Category: Tools

Mini haul: Tom Ford Cheek Brush

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*This entry has been prescheduled to post while I am out of the country, so if you comment and I don’t reply right away, that’s why.*

Tom Ford Cheek Brush You guys know how I feel about my proper tools. I like to be able to apply my makeup with instruments that will work the best and get the most out of my products. So it was time to buy the Tom Ford Cheek Brush.

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Mini Haul: Hakuhodo brushes part 2

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Hakuhodo brushes Back with some more Hakuhodo brushes! When I saw that the J5523 was back in stock, I had to jump on it. And I took along the J521 Flat Eyeliner D1 Brush, for shits and giggles.

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Wishlist Wednesday #24 – Makeup Brush Roll

It’s no secret I love to travel. And it’s no secret I have a lot of makeup, and travel pretty high maintenance. But the bane of my traveling existence is trying to fit all my makeup brushes into cosmetics bags. I have this ONE brush that is just too long and it’s a struggle every time I travel.

I’ve thought of buying a travel brush kit, but there’s invariably something missing in one that I need. Plus, I’ve invested in high-quality brushes, so why use something inferior while traveling?

So many of my knitting friends have these beautiful rolls to house their knitting needles, and I think it’s high time I invest in a roll for my makeup brushes!

Of course, I turned to Etsy, as I do for all my craft-related needs. I found a few potentials.

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Makeup brush roll and pencil roll gift set by CapricaCreations86

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Wishlist fulfilled: My first Hakuhodo brushes

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I can finally has Hakuhodo brushes! (Sorry, I promise I’ll never write that way again.) I’ve been lusting after these cult handmade Japanese makeup brushes for a while, and I finally saved up enough money to invest in my first two. Let me show you!

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January 2014 favorites – NARS, By Terry, Bourjois, Maybelline, MAC, and Shu Uemura

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I don’t know if you’re as tired of looking at my face as I am, but good thing, because today is January 2014 Favorites day!

January 2014 Favorites

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Wishlist Wednesday #17 – Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder

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In this week’s Wishlist Wednesday, the item is not so much coveted yet unaffordable as it is coveted and somewhat frightening and baffling.

One of the banes of my existence is my chipmunk face. My cheeks go out and get rounder heading towards my jaw, making my cheekbones disappear. (I guess that at least I know I could fend off starving by storing acorns in there.)

I keep reading about contouring products that are supposed to help people like me carve out some cheekbones. Chief among them is Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium. (So I guess technically this week I’m wishing for cheekbones?)

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium
Yes…but how do you use it?!?!

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Mini haul: Makeup tools

Small haul, but useful haul.
Small haul, but useful haul.

Guys have their power tools. Women have their makeup tools. It’s how we face the world, respectively.

One day I will invest in some of the really expensive makeup brushes that I keep eyeing. (I’m super curious to try some of the Hakuhodo brushes!), but, for now, this is what I got.

Based on the raves from gh0sparties, I bought the Sigma F80 flat Kabuki brush. The flat surface makes it great for really working in your foundation so it disappears on your skin. I’ve now used it with a couple of different brands and formulas, and it works well with all.  For less than $21 on sale, I think this was a wise investment of my meager dollars.

My second purchase was a long time coming. I think a lot of women have an eyelash curler in their repertoire but mostly look at it like, “What am I really supposed to do with you?!” It takes a special occasion to strap your eyelids into that contraption, and half the time you wind up pinching yourself uncomfortably, making your eye run, ruining your makeup.

Another problem I have (as so many makeup artists like to tell me in dismay), my eyes turn down at the ends (part of why I have trouble with doing a cat eye liner…none of the usual tricks work to help me figure out when to do my flick), so fitting all my lashes into a conventional curler is always a struggle.

When I was at the Sunday Riley counter being forcibly made over, they insisted I always needed to curl my lashes, because it makes a huge impact on my eyes. (My lashes are long, but thin, and light at the ends, so mascara is always a must. Apparently so is a curler.)

Of course, the Shu Uemura eyelash curler is legendary in beauty circles, but I have only had a Revlon one. (Shhh, don’t tell, or they’ll revoke my beauty blogger credentials!) That’s why I was so excited when I saw that Shu Uemura released the S curler; I knew right away how to use it and why they designed it. (For freaks like me!)

So when Temptalia offered up a discount code for Shu Uemura, I had to take the opportunity to try it. And since the Hearts and Flowers by Murakami edition was the same price as the regular S curler, well, a little cutesiness on your makeup tools can’t hurt, right?

I used it for the first time this morning, and I don’t know why so many people have a steep learning curve with it. Maybe it’s because I understood instinctively the minute I first saw it. My eyelashes were perfectly curled, with no struggle to get the outer lashes included.

It does take a little bit more time, since you’re working in smaller sections rather than getting all your lashes in one go (but, really, who gets them all in one go, anyway?!). But you also have control and can create special looks. For example, today, I only concentrated on my outer eyelashes, to add drama and evoke a look of false lashes. So it’s more versatile as well.

Again, not that the Shu Uemura curlers are break-the-bank expensive, but for less than full price, this investment is going to be well worth it.

Have you tried either of these? What are your favorite makeup tools? Have you bought any new ones recently?

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