In my recent visit to the MAC Pro Store I grabbed one of the Pro brushes that I had been curious for a while. The MAC brush 205 is a small synthetic fan brush that is intended to be used to apply mascara.
As you can see above, there are two lenghts of bristles, and to me the short ones feel stiffer than the long ones.
If I am honest, when I kept seeing posts praising the powers of the Nuxe Rêve de Miel balm I was a bit skeptical. Could a balm really be that good?
Then I spotted it in my local chemist’s and I could not resist the temptation. There was some kind of 20 anniversary edition thing going on, but I grabbed the one that seemed to be the original formula.
For some time now I have been decluttering my stash of lower quality products, those that did not work for me or simply those that for any reason I did not reach for.
In the case of the ones featured in this post, we could consider them my training wheels, as I am putting aside to give away or throw away some brushes that I bought when I first started and a cheap basic palette that has allowed me to play with different colours without breaking the bank.
Kiko has some decent brushes and at affordable prices. They have both permanent and limited edition brushes, which are worth a look if you are in the market for basic brushes (specially if you take advantage of the frequent sales).
Above are pictured the face 102 brush and two limited edition brushes. The powder brush is quite dense, works well to blend powder on the face but is scratchy. I have found nicer substitutes to this one.
One would think that as much as I’ve been into make up these last few years I would have also really gotten into skincare. Afterall, one needs a good canvas to build on, don’t we?
Well, the fact is that that logical and obvious truth didn’t really get into my head until recently, and I have just begun trying different ingredients that I had not tried before. Some of those ingredients are cosmetic acids.
Many might be familiar with acronyms like AHA and BHA but to me it all looked gibberish for a long time. Finally, I pulled up my sleeves, did some online research and jumped into the pool.
The first product that I tried was the limited edition Kiko Intense Peel (currently on sale at aprox 10€). This product is presented as individual wipes wraped in foil. Each packet contains one exfoliating wipe soaked in glycolic, mandelic, citric, malic, lactic and salycilic acids while the second wipe is soaked in some kind of solution that is suposed to “stop the action of the AHAs and BHAs” and “calm” the skin.
If you love brushes, how to store them is the natural question that follows to the excitement that the arrival of a new brush induces.
Many a solution can be found around the net, many of them very pretty displays that showcase them.
I did try the whole jar filled with rice, but the truth is that the rice attracted insects and that the brushes would quickly acumulate dust. I also kept my most valuable brushes in a brush roll, only to discover that some of them had had their shapes slightly deformed.
So while I waited for the ideal solution, I kept mine in the plastic containers that sugar sackets came in as a cheap, unbreakable and lightweight option.
I would surf the net and find wonderful storing options like displays and lined drawers in this forum, but I would moan my lack of storing space. Then I found this post and I found solutions that would work for me: keep the brushes dust free, not take up much space and do not risk flat sides by keeping them upright.