Sunday Tip #15

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

This week’s very short tip is brought to you from Total Beauty, or more precisely from this article here. It might seem like a money-wasting, rather obnoxious and elitist tip to some, but having experimented with it myself I do find myself agreeing. Higher- or or mid-end tools do tend to give a better, more professional result than lower-end tools, so if you can afford it, go for a better quality tool. It can help improve your application and/or usage, and subsequently your technique, as I’ve experienced personally especially in regards to eyeshadows (Which I’m still learning and experimenting with, but can now apply with either a brush or just my fingers) and liquid foundations (I mainly use my fingers, and lower-end brushes and/or sponges, for example, can make it harder to blend, soak up more product than necessary and/or leave a patchier or streakier finish) :)

However, now I find that good quality tools, in this case more on brushes, tend to be more affordable, for example Ecotools, Sephora‘s in-house brushes and maybe perhaps even Real Techniques and Sigma. M.A.C isn’t that bad either, and I hear Sonia Kashuk‘s pretty good too. It’s worth saving up for better tools as they also last longer!

Saturday Meme- 5 Favourite Brands

Hurrah for getting the Saturday Meme on its proper day this week! ;) Hopefully it shall continue becoming a tradition as I am quite enjoying it, though sometimes brainstorming the contents can be a pain! :P

In this week’s installment of the Saturday MemeSukie of A Little Bit Of Everything and I shall talk about our 5 favourite brands! Although admittedly I think we do favour more than 5 brands but for the sake of brevity we shall narrow it down to 5 or else it shall be a never-ending post :x

Without further adieu, here are my 5 favourite brands, again listed in no particular order:

1. RMK

I own and use the RMK Liquid Foundation (Reviewed here), RMK Pressed Powder N in 03 and the RMK Cheek Brush S, and I love them all! I have to say this is one makeup brand that has worked for me (More like my fussy, sensitive skin) so far and with good results, and I am mightily pleased with it so it earns a spot in this list! I would actually love to try more of their products- maybe their RMK Super Basic Liquid Concealer or RMK Super Basic Concealer Pact or eye make-up or lip products even (I’m not so sure yet myself!), but the downside for me is that the nearest available RMK counter to me isn’t exactly near so I don’t really have the luxury of being able to try out their products at my convenience… but I think it’s kind of a good thing in a way since that would mean my pocket is much happier :P

2. Timbuk2

This is my first “gadgety” functional bag love, introduced to me by non other than my dearest functional-bag-loving boyfriend Louis. I love their concept and I love their designs. I own a customised D-Lux Bondage Messenger in XS (Just the right size for me, as their sizes run big!), which I got during my last trip to Singapore as they had a standalone store there, and it cost me SGD 179 so it wasn’t exactly cheap, but is worth every cent! I look forward to owning more Timbuk2 bags though- maybe a Cargo Tote or the Harriet Shoulder Bag or another Messenger since they’re so functional, comfortable, tough and sturdy, but maybe not for a while yet since I have another functional bag in the post for me from my sister from another mister ;)

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Sunday Tip #12

Every Sunday I shall share here a beauty tip that I’ve read or heard about, and leave my comments or thoughts on it. Please feel free to leave your views, too! :)

Makeup applicators include brushes and sponges! It may be my OCD speaking but I find this very important- wouldn’t want built up dust, bacteria and old makeup on your face wouldn’t you? :P It may, after all, even interfere with your makeup application- making makeup look powdery/cakey/uneven.

I clean my brushes at least once a week, and if I’m trying a new product that requires a brush (e.g. powder foundation) I will clean the brush prior to using it on the product. I love M.A.C Brush Cleanser and always go back to it after having tried out other brush cleansers and/or other brush cleansing methods. It doesn’t last very long the way I use it- apply the brush cleanser, work it in, rinse with water, repeat if necessary until clean- but it does cleanse very thoroughly and I find that it cuts down the drying time, even for dense brushes. Also, going through bottles of it quickly means hello Back To M.A.C haha! :P I then wipe the washed brushes on a towel after cleansing, then wipe again on a microfibre towel or cloth and wrap it up in the microfibre towel or cloth (To protect against dust) to dry overnight.

As for other makeup applicators e.g. sponges, I tend to change them every 2 weeks if I am using them everyday, and I buy a large packet of makeup sponges for that purpose (Usually the ones from Guardian Pharmacy) :x

The Brush Guard- Blush (S) And Foundation (M)

I love brushes :P Especially face brushes. Over time I think I’ve amassed quite a collection of them: The Body Shop Blusher Brush, Sephora Collection Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45, MAC 129SH Powder Blush Brush, Sigma F15 Duo Fibre Powder/Blush Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush, Ecotools Bamboo Powder Brush, Lunasol Powder Brush N, Lunasol Cheek Brush N and RMK Cheek Brush S. And being the OCD person I am, I tend to be quite obsessive about keeping them clean, considering how they come into contact with my face!

I clean my brushes once a week at the very least with M.A.C Brush Cleanser (The best brush cleanser I have used and tried in my opinion- I went through bottles of this), or every time I change powders or foundations and want to use that same particular brush I’ve been using. I honestly forgot where I first heard about The Brush Guard from, but being a clean freak who wants to keep her brushes as clean and “uncontaminated” as possible, got them especially as my brush collection grew :P

The Brush GuardBlush Pack (S) and Foundation Pack (M)

The Brush Guard, according to its site, is supposed to protect your brushes, not just in general, but also from the “ickies”- old makeup, dead skin cells, bacteria, dust and dirt and oil. It also supposedly makes travelling with and storing brushes more convenient and easy.

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