Sasatinnie, E.L.F and Sonia Kashuk Brushes

HK is primarily a world of  high end makeup, and these brands become our go to for makeup brushes.

MAC & Bobbi Brown lead the way and cheaper brushes are not available.

Well they are, like those available at SASA or Bonjour but they are about as soft as dish scrubbers.

The Maybelline/Revlon/drugstore lines are limited in their range of cosmetics and almost never stock their makeup tools lines  (if they so exist)

Its only through my beauty vlogger addiction that I found out about the Real Technique brushes by Sam Chapman. And those I ordered off iHerb, including the awesome Miracle Sponge.

Through Youtube I also learnt of  E.L.F & Sonia Kashuk and some of their pretty awesome brushes. Note the use of the word ‘some’.

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The two featured, both sold as Eye Blending brushes are not worth buying. The Sonia Kashuk one in particular is awful.  Hard, rough and doesn’t blend well. The ELF is better but I use it as a small crease brush and use my Revlon crease brush to blend. (the Revlon brush I bought at Priceline, CBD, Sydney)

Yes I know!! I am resisting the holy grail of all eye blending brushes, the MAC 217, and will see how long I can do without it 🙂

Anyway I do adore all my RT brushes and my E.L.F kabuki brush is simply marvelous, but my search for local (cheaper) brushes continues since shipping costs from the US do add up.

After numerous duds purchased (dish scrubbers) I am very happy to announce that Sasa’s own brand Sasatinnie has made me and my wallet very happy.

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They are soft and blend well.

The Foundation brush- I use this to apply serum and my face-mask. I am a Sponge (or fingers) foundation girl so I don’t use it for foundation.

The small white brush- I use it  to lightly dust  powder on my face, especially under my eyes. I am sure it’s for blush. A nice small size. We know that its almost impossible to find small blush brushes!

The Angled brush- is fantastic for contouring. I use the tip to apply the lines and then the fat bit to blend. I wipe it and use the same to apply my blush. Especially good since I apply my blush high on my cheek bones and drag it up to my temples. (the WAYNE GOSS way https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIYwe7OW5xQ )

The Angled Eye brush- is beautifully soft and blends well. Its a bit too big for my small eyes as I have very little lid space.

Just for reference even the MAC 217 is a bit too big for my eye space and the hunt for the  perfectly sized crease/eye blending brush continues.

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Depotting Accidents, Learnings and a Happy Customer

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Another Dior depotted. Lippies I transferred to another pallette

We have clutter in our lives. Some people with books, some with DVDs/CDs and me with makeup.
Singles of blushes and eye shadows lying here and there cluttering up my vanity drawers.

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My MUJI stacked up drawers helped me sort it somewhat. Blushes in one drawer, eye shadows in another, lip sticks at the botton, mascaras on top but the singles were still annoying me.

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And for me it’s also ‘out of sight out of mind’. So I dont even end up using some of those singles as I always seem to reach for the easy to access multiples.

How do I consolidate this and make my life simple?
Thats when I discovered Z Palettes and DIY magnetic palettes and Depotting.

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Check out Z Palette website http://zpalette.com/content/10-what-is-depotting or Makeup Geeks Youtube tutorial on DIY magnetic makeup palette. She even takes you through depotting
Some blogs-

DIY : Make your own customized magnetic makeup palette


http://sequinscarsbeautyblog.blogspot.hk/2013/02/diy-magnetic-palette.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/depotting-mac-makeup-tips_n_2860531.html
Basically you remove all the individual pots and pans from their packaging and store them altogether in 1 case.

Now I dont have enough vanity space for the CD case/Zpalette option and I wanted something small enough to fit into my Muji makeup drawers and was flat.

But finding some things in HK stationery shops is a nightmare, example Magnetic tape or sheets so I embarked on my own version.

I used a business card holder and an old powder foundation compact ( was the wrong colour) and Elmer’s glue. I depotted the powder foundation to make space.

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These two cases now house the contents of a DIOR and Benefit palette and 4 single shadows. 6 were depotted but two died.

Elmer’s glue over superglue makes it easier to replace the pots once done.

Accidents- This is a given in depotting, or atleast with the novice depotter. See the broken bits of shadow? Some shadows I lost completely and had to bin them.

Learnings- Most of the usual brands like MAC, Shu, Max Factor are easy to depot. I think because they know professional MUA will depot to create their OWN palettes. The lesser known ones I bought from Sasa were the ones I lost the battle with.
The bent one survived, but its brother crumbled and died. (yes eye shadows are male and blushes are female, atleast in my head)

Happy Customer- Me. Less clutter, easy access to annoying singles and less things to carry when going on holiday.

Camping is a C Word

…and please never use it in my presence.

My friends are like me who enjoy the urban lifestyle. So mid-sip of champagne, when they invite me to go camping, I almost always choke.

But ‘you are not a Birkenstock hippy so why this desire to sh@@ in the woods?’

They tell me it’s the feeling of freedom, it’s the stars hung so low in a clear sky that you can reach up and grab them. They tell me the wine tastes better with friends around a campfire. They tell me it’s a feeling you can’t beat. They say once I try it, I will love it.

It’s addictive, they say.

Hogwash, I say.

If you are like me, then please don’t believe them. You are either a camper or your are not. Its not something thats going to magically appeal to you once you toast your first marshmallow.

I fell victim to camping. It was quiet possibly the most boring experience of my life not to mention the acute discomfort of it all. I went Glamping. A solid wooden cabin with locks on doors, electricity, power sockets, curtains, heater and….free wifi! Clean built up bathrooms, two fat stray cats and strawberries with chocolate.

My shoes and mouth were full of grit, my nose full of woodsmoke, my clothes dusty and sitting around a campfire is appealing only for so long. I started to panic when I realised it was only 9pm and day break was far, far. far away.

Day break when we could pack all our frikking paraphernalia and drive home. Paraphernalia of food, coffee, water, bug spray, torches, candles, cutlery, bedding, toiletries, hand towels, hand sanitisers and cooking pots. A lot of it and very heavy.

This bit is grossly un-necessary and should be provided by campsites as a service. Someone to source, carry and set it up.

But the whole exercise is pointless, so who am I to nit-pick.

As the sun set it started to get cold (California desert temperatures) so ofcourse I had to go to the bathroom a lot. Bathrooms are a novice campers biggest fears. But this was glamping so it came with a clean and brightly lit bathroom. But instead of being attached to my log cabin it was communal and stood on the edge of the pitch black country park woods.

It looked like a leering Halloween jackolantern .

Add to this the screeching animal sounds in stereo. Sounds that would muffle my cry of help when the serial killer lurking in the woods would leap out and slash my throat, mid p**.

My husband who was on bathroom duty all night long did try and make it magical by pointing out the BIG FAT low hung stars and the Milky Way. But I snapped at him. It was too cold, and having escaped the serial killer while in the bathroom I didn’t want to tempt him by dawdling around in the dark staring at stars !

On hindsight a swift slash across my throat would have been welcome relief.

The air-mattress was uncomfortable and at daybreak, my sister and husband knew I was at the end of my tether..and without further ado packed up and we headed home.

Home- where the outdoors stays where it should, OUTSIDE, with me comfortably inside.

My Top Tips for a ‘Camp’ like experiance: have a hotel arrange it for you. Where someone else does the work. You show up, as you would to a party. And when you have had enough you retire to your 5 star room with an ensuite bathroom and free wifi. I wouldn’t mind a glass ceiling so you can look at the night sky as you fall asleep. Now that I think would be awesome!

However if you want to experience what I experienced then please visit http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/parks/Camping/heise.html They didn’t pay me for this plug, but I do think you would enjoy it.

 

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Not me.

YOU.