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Charla Malone has over 20 years experience working in the beauty industry. She began her career doing makeup for print, runway and brides. In 2004, she graduated top in her class
from the Aveda Institute – St. Petersburg and is a licensed esthetician in the state of Virginia. Currently, Charla is the Lead Makeup Artist for the Salon Emage Style Team.

Charla has been blessed to have worked with celebrities at fashion shows and commercial shoots. Empowering people to feel beautiful is her greatest accomplishment especially when it comes to her work with cancer patients and survivors. Charla has a passion for many philanthropic endeavors having volunteered her time for: American Cancer Society, St. Baldwrick’s Foundation, Fauquier SPCA, Cystic Fibrosis, Partnership for Old Town Warrenton, and the Great Meadow Foundation. In her life before beauty, Charla worked for charities including the UDT-SEAL Association and the March of Dimes, was a corporate spokesperson and marketing it-girl, and dabbled in modeling. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Old Dominion University.

Review Of The Sonia Kashuk Breast Cancer Awareness Proudly Pink Brush Set

When my clients want to know how they can re-create the makeup look that I have given them at the salon, one of the first questions I ask them is, “What are you using at home to put on your makeup?” When I hear that they are using two dirty sponge tip applicators and the free brush that came with their blush, I give the same lecture; cheap (and dirty) brushes do not give you a beautiful makeup application – ever. I do not preach spending hundreds of dollars on makeup brushes. However, when it comes to makeup brushes, one gets what one pays for, so invest a little money in a decent makeup brush.

Sonia Kashuk Breast Cancer Awareness Proudly Pink Brush Set (Photo Credit: target.com)

Last week a dear friend of mine gave me a gift. It was a Sonia Kashuk Breast Cancer Awareness Proudly Pink Brush set from Target. Her exact words were, “I’m sure you have better more expensive brushes, but these were so cute I had to get them for you.”

Sonia Kashuk Breast Cancer Awareness Proudly Pink Brush set is darling: white handle with a pink ribbon, pink bristles and a silver clutch to carry the travel-size brushes. The set, and my friend, were both so cute I had to try these pink brushes. To my surprise, I absolutely love two of the brushes! The angled eyeliner brush and the flat curved brush perform wonderfully.

The eyeliner brush has the perfect angle to make the application of gel eyeliner smooth and fluid. The flat curved brush is my new favorite for applying eye primer. It picks up just the right amount of primer and disperses it evenly onto the eyelid. As far  as the rest of the set, I would not use the other eye shadow brushes for applying shadow.  They would make good blending brushes. The largest brush in the set I would use only in a pinch; it is my least favorite.

Priced at $14.99, the Breast Cancer Awareness Proudly Pink Brush set is worth purchasing just for the angled eyeliner brush and the flat curved brush. The silver clutch would work for a fun night out. Target has delivered serious bang for the buck. The brush set is sold out at Target.com, so put running to Target at the top of your priority list and pick-up a brush set for yourself. I have to hand it to Sonia Kashuk, creator of the Breast Cancer Awareness Proudly Pink Brush set, for making a good set of inexpensive cosmetic brushes and say thank to my daring friend who purchased the set for me.

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