Guest Brush Post – Revealing Tesla [MidniteDesire]

Every blogger has his own personal reasons and motivations to blog, my initial and only motivation is “you” who are reading this right now and who made this little blog evolve and live day after day.

The most amazing consequence of blogging is who you meet along the way, the “community” that you bring together. When you start such an adventure you can trigger joyful insanity and make everyone else feel much less lonely in their own little universe. If you are familiar with the “SMuT” Forum then, you already know what I mean.

Sharing this serious and absolutely reasonable interest for brushes doesn’t only go one way, I learn a lot from you and I have so much fun reading your comments that I believe I am now officially desperately addicted to our interaction…

But… I am still crazy busy with the brushroom renovation so I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of our dedicated SMuT members, they will reveal to us their most beloved brushes, their preferences and their profile so that it helps you too.

Today I would like to introduce you to the gorgeous and brave Tesla who has the difficult task of going first :D  Tesla and I both live in Switzerland and although we haven’t met in person yet, we chat a lot behind the SMuT scenes. I leave you now in her company and thank you for reading, commenting, asking her anything you want! :D

A huge thank you to Jeanette for the wonderful guest post idea and a huge thank you to Tesla for this post and for being such an amazing friend! <3

TESLA – MidniteDesire

Hello there gorgeous! First off I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Sonia! Really, I’m super excited to be doing my first ever guest post for our beautiful SMUT – president and her fabulous blog, you know that feeling you get when your words get all mixed up, sentence comes out all jumbled and nothing you write sounds nice or good enough, so please go easy on me, this would normally be out of my comfort zone. :D

Oh heck, I forgot to introduce myself, guess I should introduce myself, right? I’m Tesla (MidniteDesire) from Smutville(http://forum.sweetmakeuptemptations.com/index.php) ,I think we all know that Smutville is known to be a very dangerous place and potentially fatal for brush addicts lol and I’m addicted to beautiful things, particularly for makeup brushes… NO way to avoid it.

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GUCCI Beauty – First impressions on Tuscan Storm and Coral Flower

Gucci have just launched their beauty line with so many make-up items that your wallet may well cry out loud if you love the Brand!

I started with just two items, the eye palette Tuscan Storm and the Coral Flower blush.

I wanted to post my comments on Instagram but apparently I am being too long and detailed :P so I’ll extend them a bit more and post them here, although this is not a review, these first impressions will give you a better idea about these two items :

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On the swatches above, on the left the eye palette and on the right the blush (3 swatches, 1st with a brush, 2nd with my fingertip, 3rd with the brush from the compact).

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What’s up… ?!

Since I came back from Japan many things happened in my life, some that I can share today, some a bit too personal to mention but I still wanted to say why I have been “away” for a while.

It’s not because of my passion gone, or because I didn’t want to write anymore, my passion is still going strong and I am dying to tell you all that happened in Japan, getting ready for it one post at a time.

Recently, everything started to get wild around me, my private life, my work, my health and my home (=house works still ongoing and a new furry member accidentally popped in -not a brush this time-). When you have to deal with issues all piling up uncontrollably it leaves you no time at all for your hobbies and not sleeping enough also brought me into exhaustion.

I won’t talk about my private life but all is great and going in the right direction, just some little changes going on. At work I gained additional responsibilities and since I love my work I have to invest more time on that too with also some exams approaching. My health was a real mess, they finally found out what was wrong with me -more or less- but there is no solution, no life threatening at all but I know that I may struggle from time to time.

Finally, “my home”… which brings me to the reason for this little post.  We bought our house 2 years ago, a very old Swiss Chalet, with a lot of work required. We still wanted to get it because of the history behind it,  but I warn you, it’s not a modern house or luxurious or anything like that. We love it because it’s peaceful, we can be outside and enjoy the view without neighbors too close,  it’s just 35mn from work by car and… it’s “our” house  and having a house in Switzerland is rare because of how expensive it is in general. Luxury for us is having space and peace around us and we do have that. So we have to restore it but it will be worth it.

The rooms are very small but I have one room just for me, for my brushes/office/vanity/studio… That is pretty amazing! Only approx 10 square meters but I am thrilled! Only issue: I have to remove the current walls, floor, roof, isolate everything and paint then decorate… and I will do all that by myself with a little big help from my BF when I am not strong enough for some of the tasks.

I took this upcoming week off work to start the big work:  the walls and roof, once this is done the rest will be a lot easier.

I decided to create a page dedicated to it where I share my “Brush-room” project, I think some of you wanted to see it and I am honestly dying to show you what is going to happen :) I will explain what I do, why and how. It’s not going to be finished in a week, but I really need to get started. At this moment, I cannot find anything when I need to, cannot write reviews because my stuff is part in boxes, part in drawers, part disappeared. It’s a huge mess.

I have quite a few ideas for efficient and gorgeous deco and it’s going to be a bit bold. In the page dedicated to the brush-room project I will share my ideas and post pics as I go. My budget is very small so I can’t go too wild but I have been browsing Houzz and watching Libby Langdon on Youtube and other related videos and I believe that despite a small budget we can have a lot of fun and my intention is to have a real blast :D

If you want to follow this project with me, it will be awesome to answer your questions or to get comments and ideas from you :)

You can jump to the dedicated space if you click on this pic (or the link is also on the blog MENU):

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I tried… Lash Extensions!

If you are not familiar with lash extensions, extensions are synthetic lashes applied (glued) alongside your own lashes, they are placed near the root but not at the root as I understood they should not touch the skin. They last approx 2 to 3 weeks before needing a “refill” but this will vary on how long they last on you. Unlike false lashes that you can buy and apply yourself, the extensions are applied by a professional and are worn overnight. There are several types and materials but I only tried the most common and cheap ones. The finished style will depend on what you ask for and your eye shape. They should actually ask you what you want and eventually what your daily relation with make-up is, just for a better adoption.

Why ? 

Mascara is the most important yet frustrating step in my make-up routine, my lashes are short, sparse, when you can see them it’s because I have spent a while trying to make that happen. I occasionally use fake lashes but when I do, I prefer to use flares. Very rarely use full length because I don’t often go to events where these would be appropriate and because with my very round eyes I find them a pain to apply.

I went for synthetic lash extensions because :

  1. I wanted to try this technique for over a year but did not take the time to look for a place.
  2. I was going on holiday, best time!
  3. I found a fantastic offer.
  4. I wanted to report back to you, on behalf of all the 40+ community who have hooded lids :) I am convinced it’s much easier on younger eyes to walk around wearing extensions or false lashes but what about more mature eyes ?

Here I am today reporting back on this experience with all the pros and cons I encountered!

BEFORE the lash extensions

Since my lashes require a lot of effort, I was using either the RMK Extra Deep W mascara (with the fibers), or the RMK curl, or also the Chanel Le Volume.

In the past and for a very long time I used Chanel Inimitable Intense. I repurchased that mascara probably 6 times -every 4 months approx- until I got two in a row that were of inferior quality or maybe they were not performing as good on my lashes… our eyes and lashes may change as time goes by so maybe that’s what happen.

Part of my lash “bar”:lashes10

The RMK Extra Deep W adds volume and length and the RMK focuses on curl and length. Curl on my lashes is way more important than volume but I love and use both types, not at the same time. If I am wearing a very dramatic smokey eye, I will pick the RMK that adds volume (thickness) so that the lashes stand out and frame the eyes. If I go for a more elegant look that has a light shade on the mobile lid (or a graduation), I will pick the curling one, this will open the eyes as you will be able to actually see the shadow behind the curl of the lashes and bring light to the eyes.

False eye lashes

Since this topic is rarely discussed when it concerns more mature eyes, I’ll share my experience maybe this can help someone :)

The full length false lashes are not something I love to use because they are a pain to apply and if something goes wrong and they partially unglue you will have part of it sticking  out… yep been there… :D –  using half ones or flares is not only easier to apply but also more natural and less risky if any accident occurs.

There is a video on Youtube from Loriover40 that I love and follow, link here, she is very funny and she talks about the issues you may encounter if you are not used to apply them and she addresses some questions you may have if you are… over 40 and are considering false lashes :) If you are not used to it and if you start with full length ones, you may find that difficult at the beginning, you may also find that too fake looking.

I will just quickly show you an example with two different type of flares, the Ardell Duralash on the left, and my favs Shu Uemura on the right. You will see in the pics why I prefer the Shu.

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The left column is my lashes totally bare, no mascara at all. In the middle column just one layer of mascara, this is just to prep them for the flares, I usually wear 3 or 4 coats of mascara. On the right column the flares, on my right eye the Shu Uemura on my left eye (to your right…) the Ardell.

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If you have a closer look to the base of the Shu flares, you do not see the roots, they look gorgeous and natural. There are 10 in the Shu compact, I am wearing two of them side by side near the outer corner of the eye. I am not wearing any eyeliner at all so that you can see them on their own with nothing to hide their base. You can zoom on the pic if you click on it.

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I start from the outer corner but I do not go all the way to the outer corner, just stop a few lashes before the end so that it lifts the eye. These Shu pair nicely with my own lashes and you don’t see when they start and when they end. Unlike the half ones I have from Mac for example, they are too long, maybe I will just cut them one day and still use them :)

flaresshu I use the long Shu Uemura tool but only after I have placed them with a smaller one, I don’t mix the one I place them with and the one I  “marry” them, working this way makes it easy for me and it takes me 30 seconds per eye… tools

With the Ardell, I use 3 or 4 flares in the outer corner, they don’t look as natural, they are too long for me and it’s not easy to have them look in the same direction… I only placed 2 of them here (approx 8 lashes per flare)  to show you the roots because even though they look weird on me, you can see that the root is not obvious which is great. Ardell are on my left eye (to your right) :

flaresardellI think wearing flares still makes a statement without being over the top. It is a good comprise if you don’t want to try lash extensions to start with and if you don’t want to struggle with full length false ones, so just give these type of flares a go and let me know :)

I know it’s not something you would do everyday, you may not have the time and energy to apply them often but, occasionally, it’s super fun to do so. After 40 (or even before!) and if you are in a relationship, you may face obstacles during the application, I mean, you need to be left alone to do that and the husband quiz may also trouble you… (are you going on a date??? or…  do you think you are 20 again???)  Hmmmm not easy to do that while someone is staring at you and not always fun to have to explain that you are actually wearing false lashes just for fun… BUT as I said before it’s worth it, it’s not a surgery operation and yet it changes the whole face quite a lot!

That’s why I wanted to try the “semi-permanent” lash extension option because I love how so little can do so much :)

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Wayne Goss – Updated thoughts and Giveaway

I have received several requests either in the comments or by email asking for a little update on my Wayne Goss brushes after having had them since their beginning: 9 months for The Collection set and 4 months for the Eye and Face sets. I’ll do that today but not only that, this update is paired with an exceptional Giveaway, kindly and generously sponsored by Beautylish.com. I was contacted by Beautylish very recently, we had a video chat and discussed brushes, Japan and other fun topics. Since they know how much we love exceptional brushes here, they decided to do something special for us :)

Beautylish.com

Beautylish.com started as a Beauty Community created to share information in many different ways, reviews, discussions, articles, etc. Later they also launched their online shop and that was just approx 2 years ago. I remember when I found their website for the very first time, I was desperately looking for the BUY button but couldn’t find it … normal: not all products they feature are available for purchase and some are for informative purpose only. It’s good to know that in the future we will actually see more and more products and brands available for sale on their website and you will be happy to know that they will also change their shipping policies so that they will be able to ship to additional countries (depending on the brand).

On their website you can shop for Chikuhodo, Ellis Faas, OCC, Billy B and many others -Charlotte Tilbury is arriving at their shop in September. They are the exclusive retailers for Wayne Goss’s brushes and these later are available worldwide now, if you are ordering from outside of the US & Canada, you should use their new link:  waynegossxbeautylish.com if you are in the USA or Canada their usual site beautylish.com will be the one to use. I did not buy my brushes on their website because mine were a present from Wayne but thanks to my friends I know that their wrapping and packaging is gorgeous and that they know how to pay attention to detail. Now that I know them better myself I can confirm that they are very special people who want to stand out from the online crowd but I believe you will witness that as you get to know them too. 

For those of you interested by Chikuhodo, they are shipping Chikuhodo only to the US & Canada for now but will be expanding in early August to include UK and Australia, then full intl shipping will be close behind!  To know more and be informed as things happen, I strongly suggest you follow them on Instagram or Twitter, their pics or tweets will give you a clue on what they are up to :)

Giveaway info

Shipping

Beautylish will take care of the costs for the 3 sets and the shipping to the winners to wherever you live, I will provide the details of the winners to them and they will contact you directly for shipping details, if you are abroad (they are in the USA) please just take note that you will be responsible for any duties or VAT on the brushes, although they will do their best to avoid them but there is always a risk.

The prizes

The 3 Wayne Goss sets

 

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a different one for each winner. The first winner will get one Face set (265$), the second winner one of the Collection sets (210$), the third winner the Eye set (148$)

In addition to that, I will offer a private Google Hangout video call to the 3 winners, either to answer any question you may have about these brushes or just to chat about brushes in general or anything you want, it is not mandatory but I will contact you and ask you if you would like that video call with me and we will organize that.

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