Scrubtastic – the Cheap, Easy way to Clean your Brushes

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I’m going to be completely honest with you guys: I am an avid brush deep cleansing avoider. There, I said it! There’s a huge load of my chest let me tell you.

What’s worse, is that I don’t have an excuse for my laziness aside from, well, laziness! But I knew this had to stop, my sporadic and rare deep brush cleanse routine needed a pick me up. I’d heard things about Sigma’s Spa Glove for washing brushes, and thought it was a clever concept, but beyond my budget. I thought to myself, “Surely, there must be something else out there?!” and yes, there was.

I was hunting around my local Daiso the other week, a Japanese $2 store (except that everything is $2.70) and came across this cute little (lizard?) oven mitt. I was stopped in my tracks, and a light bulb turned on in my head and said “Hey, what a good idea!”

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Say hello to my little friend! This tool has made cleaning my brushes sooo much easier and more time efficient. No longer will my back ache from bending over the sink for hours; no longer will my hands crinkle up like raisins from all that water exposure. Ok, so it’s not as big or as high tech as Sigma’s one, but it still has two different textured ridges, that allow for the perfect amount of abrasion, and ensure that all those cheeky black eyeshadow pigments and stubborn foundation stains get washed away.

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I will use this with my Johnson’s Baby Conditioning Shampoo, working the water and shampoo into a good lather in the palm of the glove. At first I thought it was just a novelty, but this glove has really made a difference in how clean my brushes are. Formerly, I’d have to use a great deal more shampoo to clean each brush; now, just one squirt is sufficient for a number of smaller brushes, and more than enough for larger ones.

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As you can see, it isn’t quite big enough to cover my knuckles, but I generally don’t submerge my entire hand under the tap, so that isn’t a problem. I will hold my hand ‘ajar’ to expose the ridges in the glove, and work from there. It is a bit of an awkward position for the hand to be in, but considering how efficient this little baby is, I don’t really mind.

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And I mean look at it! It’s bright, fluorescent pink, and in the shape of a (lizard?) – you can’t go wrong.

Are you just as lazy as me when it comes to deep cleansing your brushes? What are some of your tips for brush cleaning?

Thanks for reading everyone!

Rosie xx

Kabuki Crazy!

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Yes, that’s right, another brush haul. Ok, I’ll be real – I’m on a bit of a bender at the moment because I’m trying to build up a kit (at least that’s my excuse…!)

For literally months now, I have been umming and arring on Sigma’s site, trying to work out what brushes I really needed. Yes, the premium kits look amazing (how’s that Extravaganza one? Crazy!) but I knew I’d be doubling up on brushes I already owned. Just the other week Sigma had a 20% off promotion, which was like the universe telling me “This is your time, Rosie!” So I pounced :P

I settled on one of their Synthetic Kabuki kits, the one with 4 large brushes. I knew I didn’t own any brushes like these, so thought it was the best option. Even with shipping and the 20% off code, these brushes were still loads cheaper than ones I’d find in the drugstore (Australian prices, the bane of my existence).

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The brushes came with a leaflet detailing the other brushes Sigma has to offer, and a thank you card for ‘keeping the world beautiful’ (ugh, so lame and cliché!). It also came with a small gift, which was a sample of Sigma’s Spa Glove, a rubberised, silicone glove that is supposed to make washing your brushes a pleasure.

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Sure, it looks like a good idea, but this ‘gift’ is a thin, pancake-like bit of rubber, and can’t be worn…I don’t know about you, but I can’t envision myself holding this flimsy thing whilst washing my brushes. A nice novelty, but that’s about it.

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The set comes with four of the Kabuki brushes, including the tapered, angled, flat and round kabukis (is kabukis the plural for kabuki? It looks funny to me :P). I’m yet to use these, but I can already tell they’re going to be a blessing to my makeup routine. I’m always on the hunt for ways to apply my makeup faster and more efficiently. The soft texture and density of the bristles means they’ll be great with both liquid/cream and powder products. Versatility – I like it!

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They’re well made, there’s no doubt about it. The ferrule is engraved with their name, and the handles embellished with holographic lettering, which is pretty groovy. The wood is laquered and shiny, which is a nice change from my other, more matte brush handles.

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“It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!” – 10 points if know what movie that’s from :P

That about wraps this short haul up. I’m definitely glad I bought this set, and am super excited to see what these little puppies can do.

Have any of you tried Sigma brushes? What are your thoughts on them?

Thanks for reading everybody, have an awesome Monday!

Rosie xx

Liebster Award Tag!

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Source: http://gnomeangel.com/liebster-award-ive-been-nominated/

This is so exciting! I’ve been tagged by fellow Aussie Tried and Tested to do this Liebster Award Tag!

The Liebster Award Rules:  
You must link back the person who nominated you.
You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers. (I chose 4, but yolo…:P)
You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

And now for the questions :D

1. Which product do you regret purchasing the most?

Without a doubt, my Urban Decay Vice Palette. I remember thinking how cool it looked from xsparkage on YouTube’s review, and just had to have it. I can say with 100% accuracy that I NEVER reach for this palette when doing my eye makeup. Some of the shadows are suuuper hard to work with (ahem, Provocateur!) and though the colours are cool and vibrant, I rarely ever wear anything other than neutrals. Such a waste of money!

2. What is the one makeup product you cannot live without?

Hmm…I think I’d have to say foundation. I feel like foundation gives the most dramatic difference to my face and transforms the way I look more so than other products. But I do love mascara and eyeliner! Ahh such a tough decision!

3. Do you prefer cosmetics or skincare?

This is a bit of a no-brainer – cosmetics! Most of my daily routine/expenditure on material items goes towards makeup, I am that obsessed. I will spend around 90% of my time on the internet doing something cosmetic related, whether that be reading blogs, watching YouTube tutorials, reading reviews, or my favourite, online shopping :P I don’t think I could live without my beloved makeup :)

4. What product do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Hmm…I think I’d have to say foundation. I feel like foundation gives the most dramatic difference to my face and transforms the way I look more so than other products. But I do love mascara and eyeliner! Ahh such a tough decision!

5. What is your favourite makeup brand?

You’ll probably hate me, but I’d have to say Mac. For me personally, they have a huge variety of products, ranging from foundations to lipsticks to eyeshadows, that I could ever need or want in a lifetime (well, at least during my youth :P) and considering they were the first real high end brand I was introduced to a few years ago, I feel like a loyal customer and feel somewhat attached to them…weird, I know!

6. If you only had $10, what product/s would you purchase and why.

Probably a drugstore mascara, just because I think they are as good if not better than high end ones. I recently purchased Maybelline’s Great Lash and am loving it!

7. What’s your signature beauty look?

Full coverage foundation; bronzer and blush; highlighted cheekbones; winged black liner, highlighted inner corner; jet black mascara; subtle or sometimes bold lip.

8. What’s one thing you wish someone had told you earlier about makeup?

Perhaps to take my time getting into it. I’m one of those people that gets very obsessive about things, and has to perfect every aspect of it in the shortest possible amount of time. I would have preferred to have worn a lot less makeup when I was younger, especially during school, but I felt compelled to master it all instantly, if that makes any sense.

9. A list of 5 of your must have products.

1. Good quality foundation, preferably medium to full coverage
2. A concealer that isn’t too cakey/sheer
3. A warm bronzer that doesn’t show up orange (eugh!)
4. Pot of gel liner
5. Volumising, dark dark daarrrrk black mascara :P

10. Statement eyes or lips?

Arrghhh I love both! I’d have to go eyes, as I tend to choose bold eyes over lips for day to day.

Woo, that was fun! Ok so I’m nominating:

Veronica – captivatinglifetolive

Bernice (B) – gothicbeeza

Rachel – brookbeauty

Katie – myclosetnbeautyfinds

And these are my questions to you ladies:

1. What is one beauty related step that you tend to skip and why?

2. If you could only ever wear lipstick or eye makeup for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

3. What is your most owned product (i.e., which product do you own the most of, e.g. foundation, lipsticks)?

4. What do you apply first – face or eye makeup, and why?

5. How many days in the week would you wear makeup?

6. If you randomly won $1000, would you spend it on clothing, makeup or skincare?

7. Makeup – high end or drugstore?

8. Is there a part of your beauty regime (skin care or makeup) that you absolutely can’t stand doing?

9. If you can recall, how did you get into makeup/skincare and what sparked your interest?

10. Are you a sweet, florally perfume girl or a sophisticated, rich perfume girl?

That’s all the questions! Thanks for reading everyone!

Rosie xx

50 Facts About Me Tag!

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Here’s another tag I’ve seen around, so I thought I’d give it a shot. If you’ve done a version of this, or plan on doing one, let me know with a comment and I’ll make sure to check it out!

Let’s get right into the tag :)

  1. My birth name is Rosie, it isn’t my nickname (i.e., my actual name isn’t Rosemary)
  2. My father wanted me to be called Anna and my middle name to be Danielle, but my mum woke up in the middle of the night just before I was born and decided I’d be a ‘Rosie Alice’
  3. I’m part of a mixed family, and have half siblings and a full sibling
  4. Sometimes I’ll get stopped in the middle of the street/at a club by a complete stranger, and asked where I’m from (i.e. My nationality)
  5. Though I’m not sure how much I am of one nationality and how much of another, I know that I’m part English, Welsh, Sri Lankan, Portuguese and Dutch – I’m Australian at heart :)
  6. For the entirety of my schooling, I attended the one school. I spent 14 years in that joint…let’s just say I won’t be heading back there any time soon!
  7. My full brother and I are 10 months apart. Yep, you don’t need to say it, I’ve heard the stock standard reaction a thousand times…
  8. My eyes are hazel in colour, and there is a fleck of light brown colour that ventures beyond the boundary of my iris (it sort of looks like something’s stuck in my eye)
  9. I have super weak nails. Just before I managed to push my right index fingernail halfway back whilst stacking the freezer – sorry for the visual!
  10. Currently, we are a three dog family. We have two jack russells and an older mongrel – a staffy, whippet and fox terrier cross
  11. I got my learner permit 2 days after I turned 16, and got 100%
  12. I passed my driving test 2 days after my 18th birthday, and my test lasted 10 minutes
  13. I’ve had plastic surgery – nothing exciting guys, I’ve had nail issues on my toes so got that fixed, sorry, again, if that’s too much info!
  14. I can flare my nostrils
  15. I can curl my tongue
  16. I can move my ears back and forward
  17. I can make my tongue into a shell
  18. I can raise both eyebrows together, and each one on its own
  19. When I was about 7 years old, I visited the orthodontist, as recommended by my dentist. He told me I’d need braces when I was older (which I did), and I burst into tears and cried all the way home
  20. My brother’s girlfriend’s cousin dated Keith Richard’s daughter. He then left her, and is now dating Lara Bingle. Go figure…
  21. Whilst driving home from a family trip one year, I fed my labrador (who sadly isn’t with us anymore) some McDonalds. I was too little to understand the potential consequences, and subsequently ended up with dog barf all over my lap, hmm!
  22. I get carsick, and can hardly read a melway (Melbourne’s roadmap) without feeling nauseous
  23. Horror movies are my addiction. I don’t care how cheesy they are, or how much blood and gore there is, I’ll watch it
  24. I have six piercings – my first and seconds on my ears (4), a cartilage piercing on my right ear (5), and my nose pierced on the left side (6)
  25. I have no tattoos, and don’t ever plan on getting one. I’m cool with them on others, and sometimes find them quite aesthetically pleasing
  26. My mother used to take my brother and me to the public pool when we were little. I desperately wanted to jump off the diving board, so my mother waded in the water just in front to catch me so I wouldn’t drown (this was in the big pool, and I would have been about 4 at the time). I was so excited, that I jumped a little too far, landed on her face, and broke her nose. I feel so bad, to this day!
  27. Oh, and I also gave her gestational diabetes…oops…
  28. Because I am quite tall, I have quite large feet – I’m a 10.5/41, so finding shoes is sometimes frustratingly difficult
  29. I’ve always had an interest in, and been quite good at spelling and grammar
  30. I love acidic fruits, like strawberries, pineapple and kiwifruits, but I am almost guaranteed mouth ulcers after I eat them
  31. There is nothing more disgusting in this world than raw tomato…
  32. Slurpees are an appropriate drink, no matter what the weather man tells me
  33. During a hockey match a couple of years back, a girl from the opposition stuck her stick in front of me on purpose and I fell over. I got her back – when I wound up to hit the ball I ‘accidentally’ missed it, and thumped her foot with my stick. My bad :)
  34. My brother started school a year before me, and I would get jealous that he’d have homework, and I didn’t. So my mum bought me an English and Maths book with simple exercises to make me happy – I know, what a weirdo…
  35. My best subject in my final year exams was art
  36. My worst subject was Latin. Do not ask me why I did it, I honestly have no idea
  37. I had never seen the university I currently attend until my first day (I never went to any open days or seminars)
  38. I was the only Rosie in my school until an imposter (whose actual name is Rosemary) came…how dare she! :P
  39. I have an unusual knack for recognising people in movies. Even if they aren’t particularly famous, I’ll know their real name, the movie I recognise them from, and the character’s name that they played
  40. My mum and I are complete sooks around babies, I cannot wait to be a mother
  41. I have a scar on my hand from Skittle oil. I thought it would be awesome to melt Skittles down in the microwave, because it would produce a rainbow liquid of delish-ness. I was wrong. As I pulled the bowl of plasticy muck out of the microwave, oil splashed out and onto my hand. Not only was I disappointed that Skittle rainbow liquid cannot be made this way, but I had a nice burn to deal with
  42. Josh Hartnett and Alexander Skarsgard are delectable
  43. For years now, I have watched The Nightmare Before Christmas on Christmas Eve, followed by either Love Actually or Bridget Jones’ Diary, or both, on Christmas Day
  44. I have a thing for European accents. I met some Germans out the other night that weren’t even attractive, but felt compelled to talk to them because their voices were mesmerizing. My art history tutor’s name is Antonino, and he’s Italian. Drool.
  45. I am really obsessive about certain things. My cards go back into their respective places in my wallet, I will only write with Pentel Energel Rollerballs on premium paper (the ink mustn’t show through), and I have to wipe down my makeup counter every time I put on makeup, regardless of whether I’ve made a mess or not
  46. I am perfectly content with sitting and watching Disney cartoons all day
  47. Picking my cuticles is my bad habit
  48. When I’m out and about, I have a tendency to stare at people. Not in a freaky way, but in an I-want-to-observe-you-for-an-extended-period-of-time way (that still sounds pretty freaky lol). I’m incredibly inquisitive, so I like trying to read people
  49. I have fainted 3 times in my life. Once after swimming trials at school (I collapsed, half changed, in the girls’ bathroom). The second time was on a really hot night, and I tried putting a drink back in the fridge, slipped, and hit my head on the way down. The final time to date was after surgery whilst on Panadeine Forte, and I fainted on the toilet.
  50. For years I was a tomboy and would dress in all black. Then I suddenly began to change and become more girly, changing my image completely. I started to get into styling my hair and doing my makeup, and this has led me to where I am today – a beauty lover and future makeup artist (and lawyer) – at least that’s the plan.

Phew! I never thought I’d get there! I’m sure your eyeballs are about to fall out of their sockets after reading this, but I hope you enjoyed it. If you end up doing the tag, let me know with a comment and I’ll make sure to check it out.

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Rosie xx

Beauty Haul: Diorskin Amber Diamond

I don’t even know how long I’ve been lusting after this product, it’s crazy. No matter where I looked here in Aus, I just could not find it anywhere. I desperately searched high and low, but to no prevail. I did manage to source it online, at strawberrynet.com from memory, but it was around the $100 mark. I knew the US sold this powder for $45, and though it looked amazing, I was not prepared to pay twice that amount for it!

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Luckily, one of my close friends just was recently traveling in the US, and she kindly offered to pick one up from me from Sephora! You have no idea how excited I was for this powder, it’s a little sad, I have to admit. What I’ve been going so crazy over is the Dior Diorskin Poudre Shimmer, an ‘ultra-shimmering all over face powder’ in the shade ‘002 Diamant Ambré (Amber Diamond)’.

This. Is. Amazing.

As I’m only a student, I don’t really have the budget to afford such high end, luxury products. However, in Australia, this product is cheaper than Mac’s Soft and Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish (which comes in at $47AUD), so to pay less for something that is much more special seemed like a no brainer to me (women logic!).

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When my friend handed over my new baby, I’m pretty sure I let out gasp of joy. I just couldn’t wait to open up the box and take a look inside, I felt like a child at Christmas!

The powder compact comes in a velvet pouch, which can be used for storage. The pouch has the letters ‘CD’ embossed into it, oh how very chic indeed. It’s such a novelty to have a velvet sleeve, but it makes the product seem that much more glamorous.

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The compact itself is made of sturdy plastic, and has a clip release button which you can just make out in the photo. The ‘C’ and ‘D’ in the background are sort of holographic, and disappear in darker light. It’s all in the details!

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And there it is. Beautiful, isn’t it? Just for the record, these photos do not to it justice. The classic Dior pattern has been meticulously embossed into the powder alongside the word ‘Dior’. I honestly had to sit and stare at it for a few moments. I’m jus a huge sucker for attention to detail, and Dior ticks all the boxes.

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From what I’ve read online, this powder should last a lifetime. I’ve seen Temptalia’s compact after her owning it for 3 years, and you can still clearly see the embossing in the powder! This stuff is UBER pigmented, so I can imagine just how long it will last.

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When I swipe my finger across all of the colours, this is the result. A beautiful, warm toned bronze, with a hint of peach I’d say. I’m glad this turned out to be more on the bronze side than gold, as my other highlighters from memory lean more towards the gold side. What’s really cool about this product, is that you can select just one, or two of the colours for a different result, or even use them as eyeshadows. Versatility is always a plus!

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Like I said before, photos do not do this powder justice. I know it looks pretty standard in the above photo, but in real life it’s like my hand has been swatched with liquid bronze. This product appears to have very finely milled shimmer in it, rather than big chunks of glitter. This makes application more refined and delicate; it is in no way heavy or over the top.

I simply cannot wait to wear this gorgeous highlighter. My skin is quite warm and I think this will compliment it well. For those of you fairer, more pink based gals out there, Dior has another of the Poudre Shimmer powders in ‘Rose Diamond’, which has stunning pinks and frosts. In all honesty though, I think this highlighter would flatter a whole range of skin tones.

 

Ok I think that about wraps it up! As always, thank you for stopping by and having a read.

Til next time,

Rosie xx

Brush Haul: Bdellium Tools

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So I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately…but I’m back! Let’s dive right in.

The other day I made an order on Iherb.com, an online shop mainly for natural products, that also happens to sell a few brands of brushes and makeup. I’ve ordered Real Techniques brushes and Physician’s Formula makeup from them before, so I know they’re a trusted site. I made an order on either Thursday or Friday (I’m not sure), but the brushes arrived yesterday, which is pretty dang fast if you ask me!

For a while now, I’ve been on the hunt for new brushes. Not because I necessarily need more, but I just felt that I wanted to expand my collection, and venture beyond the brands I already own. Before this week, I was a devoted Mac and Real Techniques brush user. Though Mac brushes are superb and make applying my makeup feel more glamorous, if you will, I just cannot justify spending north of $30 per brush (and that’s for the smaller ones!). I love my Real Techniques ones though. I own almost all of their face brushes, none of which have shed (unlike some brands, I’m looking at you Mac) and really do a fantastic job, considering how affordable they are.

I’d heard great things about Sigma brushes, having watched countless reviews and tutorials in which these have been featured. For a while now, I’ve mulled over different sets and individual brushes, trying to work out what would best suit my needs, what is most budget-friendly etc etc. Unfortunately, no matter close I came to making a decision, I’d always end up backing out as their shipping is exorbitant – ain’t nobody got time for that.

I can’t exactly remember how, but I somehow stumbled across the name Bdellium Tools, perhaps on a blog or somewhere on YouTube. I was immediately intrigued – I mean how the hell do you say that!? Dealium? Dellium? B-Dellium? I just had to know! So, I did my research, and found out a few things. Firstly, it’s pronounced ‘Dellium’ (the ‘b’ is silent), and Bdellium Tools is a brand that make a whole range of brushes, divided into several ‘classes’. I was drawn to the Studio line (I ended up going with the 24 piece set from this range), because of its yellow handles, not going to lie! Apparently, this is the consumer grade, second to the Maestro collection, which are aimed at more professional use. This brush set cost about $150AUD all up, plus a little extra for another 2 brushes I bought that were not part of the set. I know you’re thinking ‘Woah! That’s a heck of a lot to spend on brushes!’ Yes, I know. But if you think about it, each brush averages out to be $6.25 – that is pretty impressive! Considering drugstore, crappy quality brushes will set you back at least that, reaching up to the $20 and $30 mark, I had no problem paying under $10 for each of these brushes.

Now, whenever I have to make an online purchase, particularly of something that I have no prior experience of testing/swatching/seeing/holding myself, I am incredibly scrupulous, and will spend a good amount of time researching the brand and its products I’m interested in buying. With Bdellium Tools, it seems that not much content is readily available on the net (i.e. reviews, articles). This puzzled me, as this brand is featured at IMATS shows, and I figured there would be loads of content online, right? Though I knew I was taking a risk in buying this brush set, I’m so glad I did. Let me tell you why.

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Naturally, the first thing I notice when I open a shipment of goodies, is the packaging. I had already seen what the 24 piece set’s box looked like, having Google imaged it to death. The brush set came in a relatively cheap cardboard box, but in all honesty, who gives a toss about that (not me, anyway). I quickly opened it up to find that the brush roll and the brushes were packaged separately. I expelled a huge sigh of relief – if the brushes had come mashed into the brush roll, there may have been some damage or squishing of the brush hairs, which would have made me a sad panda.

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I was expecting the brush roll to be some crappy, thin, manufacture-smelling piece of plastic. Though it is made of leatherette, this brush roll seems surprisingly sturdy. I did test slotting each of the brushes inside, and it rolls up somewhat like a jam roll, in a cylindrical shape.

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The interior of the brush roll is made of that scratchy, plasticy material. I think this is useful considering its flexibility and water-resistant texture.

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The 24 piece brush set comes with, yep, you guessed it, 24 brushes. These brushes are treated with an anti-bacterial agent, which sounds pretty cool, but doesn’t amaze me. The box advises against washing these with alcohol based cleaners to make the agent last longer, but I’d rather use my usual cleaner to ensure I’m really killing that bacteria. The agent is said to wear off after a while anyway, and I can’t seeing it making that much of a difference, at least for me.

In addition to buying the 24 piece set, I did purchase 2 extra brushes separately, having heard rave reviews from a couple of Bdellium fans. One of these is the #985S Duet Fiber Powder (pictured above), and the #787S Duet Fiber Large Tapered Blending, which is apparently awesome for under eye concealer (pictured below).

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These brushes are all pictured after being washed with baby shampoo (Johnson’s, oh yeah!). I’m not going to lie, some of the brushes did shed a little. I read that this seems to be relatively common with the first wash. I really don’t mind that much, considering Mac brushes still shed when washing them, even after owning them for months. The brushes that shed tended to be those made of natural hair, and are predominantly face brushes.

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I really did try to separate each brush and show its label, but some of them just wouldn’t stay in their spots and insisted on rolling around all over the place!

What really drew me to this brush set was the variety of brushes that were included. A few of these I had never seen carried in any other brush lines, such as the #769S Angled Contour and the infamous #957S Precision Kabuki. I liked that they included both standard and funky brushes in the one set, rather than just trying to fill up each 24 brush slots with ‘meh’ brushes.

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Here is a close-up detail of the #948S Foundation brush. What you’ll notice is the seamless transition between the ferrule (the metal part that binds the bristles of the brush, and connects to the yellow handle). I even tried to pull and wiggle the ferrule, to see if it would come loose, as has been my experience with cheap brushes. This ferrule would not budge! To me, this is definitely a sign of well manufactured brushes. There’s nothing more disconcerting than being right in the middle of blending your eyeshadow or buffing in your foundation, to find the top of your brush slip off the handle and topple to the ground!

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From what I’d seen during my research, their #957S Precision Kabuki is one of their best-selling brushes. I used this brush this morning to buff in my liquid foundation, and it did an incredible job. It is dense, yet surprisingly flexible, so you don’t have to try to drag it across your skin. The bristles spread out enough to ease application, but don’t leave you with that streaky look that you might get with something like a stippling brush.

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The bristles of this one are SUPER dense, I mean look at that! I have the Elf Powder Brush which I’ve used on occasion for foundation application, but the bristles are nowhere near as dense as the #957S (not to mention Elf’s crappy, lightweight handle and ferrule that constantly comes loose).

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The handles have a satin finish, so they’re more like Sigma handles, rather than more matte brushes, such as Mac ones. They are painted with 7 (I think) layers of golden yellow paint, how sleek! Another thing I noticed is the weight of these brushes. They are incredibly comfortable to hold, and they are probably on the heavier side as brushes go. To me, this is a major plus; in my opinion, there is a fairly consistent correlation between cheap and lightweight brushes (Real Techniques is an exception to this rule, mind you!). I like being able to feel the weight of the brush in my hand, and to know that I’ll have that little bit of extra control when using them.

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Just to give you an idea of the drying shape of the brushes, here are a couple of the eye ones. I love how the #710S Eye Liner brush (left) kept its pointed shape, even after a good scrubbing. The same goes for the #714S Flat Eye Definer (right), which remains stiff and tightly packed after a wash – I can see this brush being great for filling in brows!

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This here is the #942S Slanted Contour brush, which has a slightly smaller head to its Mac and Sigma counterparts. I thought this was clever, since it’s hard to get a ‘believable’ contour line with such a big brush head.

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Here is an indication of the weight of one of the powder brushes. As you can see, the handle is almost exactly as heavy as the ferrule and brush head. This ain’t cheap stuff guys, let me tell you.

This haul managed to turn into an essay very, very quickly! My apologies and congratulations if you’ve made it this far :P If you can’t already tell, I am pretty darn stoked to start using this brush set. Considering they tick the boxes of both being affordable and good quality, I can see I’ll get a lot of use out of these.

I might think about doing a post on my thoughts on the brushes a little later on, after I’ve given them a thorough workout!

Thanks for reading everyone, hope you’re having a lovely day!

Rosie xx

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned…seven times!

Hey everyone!

This post is going to be on the Seven Deadly Sins of Makeup tag. This tag has been floating around the blogosphere for a while now, and let’s just say I’m a sucker for tags…so I thought I’d do this one! I tag all my readers, so feel free to make a post and I’ll definitely check it out.

1. Greed: What is your most inexpensive beauty product? What is your most expensive beauty product?

Makeup is so expensive in Australia, but on occasion there will be some ripper sales that I take advantage of. Priceline had a 40% off sale not too long ago, and I purchased an Essence eyeshadow which came down to about 90c. This was a bargain, but a rarity here in Aus. My most expensive beauty product would be a tie between my Nars Danmari and Nars All About Cheek palette which I had to source on eBay.

2. Wrath: What beauty product do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?

I’d say I have a love/hate relationship with eyeliner. I love wearing winged, gel liner on my upper lashline, but can never get the darn flicks the same on either side. Also, No matter what brand of eyeliner I use on my waterline, it will almost never stay put. I can swab my waterline with a q-tip beforehand, apply the liner and set with a powder, but nothing seems to work – I think I just have abnormally watery waterlines…I guess it’s called a waterline for a reason then!
The hardest product to get my hands on has definitely been Dior’s Amber Diamond Shimmer Powder. I have lusted after this having seen it in tones of videos and reviews, and have searched far and wide at David Jones and Myer at their respective Dior counters, and still have not found it – perhaps we do not sell it in Australia. A friend of mine is currently overseas, and is kindly bringing me back one, so problem solved.

3. Gluttony: What are your most delicious beauty products?

The Lush sugar lip scrubs are pretty scrumptious. I received the bubblegum flavoured one for Christmas, and I’m too stingy to use it, it’s that yummy! Also, Australis have some pretty awesome lipglosses, Colour Inject I think they’re called. I have the clear one, and the bright pink one – they smell like artificial peaches, yum!

4. Sloth: What beauty product do you neglect due to laziness?

I’ve mentioned this in a previous post – I never use primer, guilty as charged. Even when I set it on top of my makeup counter to subliminally tell me to use it, I somehow just forget or don’t notice it staring me in the face, and skip it. To be honest, it doesn’t make too much of a difference on my skin. I don’t like to wear makeup long enough for it to start to fade or smudge anyway, so for me, primer isn’t a necessity.

5. Pride: What beauty product gives you the most self-confidence?

Hmm…each product I use gives me confidence, but not enough confidence if used on their own, if that makes sense. If I absolutely had to choose, I’d probably go for foundation or concealer. My skin is fairly clear as I’m over my horrific acne days, but I have been left with some noticeable redness and scarring, particularly around my cheeks and on my chin. My skin looks significantly different with foundation on though, and it definitely makes more of a difference than any other product, so I’ll settle on foundation.

6. Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

This is such a random question, but what the hey! For me, confidence and humour are key. If a guy can come up to me in a non-creepy way and simply entertain me, I’m hooked. This might be a little old fashioned, but manners also matter to me. I’ve been brought up to be respectful and polite, and both my parents and I expect no less from anyone else. If a boy can come over for tea, and impress my family by being engaging and polite, he’s a keeper for sure.

7. Envy: What product would you most like to receive as a gift?

I’m assuming this question is referring to beauty products, right? In all honesty, I feel like it’s hard to buy beauty products for someone – you might not know what colours look best on them, or you could match their foundation incorrectly. I’ve been given gift cards for beauty stores (Mecca and Mac, for example) and these make me so happy – there’s nothing like being able to splurge and not feel your wallet empty!

That sums up this tag – let me know with a comment if any of you guys are going to do it, and I’ll check back to see your responses!

Thanks for stopping by!
Rosie xx