In the following pictures you will notice that except for 2 brushes I had already similar options in my collection so I didn’t need the full set really. When I saw that CDJapan released it and I wasn’t sure if I had to splurge. I was tempted of course but with my Japan trip arriving and the problems with our dog, my car, etc I was going to skip it. Lucky me, CDJapan appreciates that I contributed in a way to their international renown so they sometimes give me a discount or a free sample. I didn’t get this set for free, but I got a big discount, how could I say no ??
It’s a huge amount of money for a make up brush set, even though it’s an ultimate one, you still have to be very motivated and really love brushes to get it. The great news is that they give their customers the possibility to get the brushes individually.
I picked it up at the PO this morning, opened the parcel while my BF was driving, I was patting them during 40mn until I finally arrived at work, he kept giving the look “More brushes???” and I kept giving him my innocent happy look back. Every time he asked me “When will you have enough brushes?” He always got the same reply in return “How could I know…?! ” but today he finally understood that this day is far, far away…
In order to be able to take the pictures with their after-wash shape, I washed them during my break at work, then let them dry in a corner… Today my close colleagues know what my secret passion is, they kept on asking me why I was going to Japan so at the end I confessed. However, they do not suspect the magnitude of my obsession so pssschhhhhht!!!!…
This set contains 8 brushes, they come with a pouch and in a wooden box. If you hop to this link, you will see the description of the contents and the details of the brushes, material, price and size. They are all made with grey squirrel hair except for the lip brush (Siberian weasel), and the eyebrow (water badger). I will show you what I received in the set but just remember they mention the pouch can change.
Sizes in cm :
|Brushes||Full length||Hair length||Base of ferrule||Ferrule (sideways)||Widest point||Widest point (sideways)|
I won’t go into much details, these are basically just first impressions since I just got them but I think you may currently be a little bit excited by this release and some pics may already help you decide if that could be something you may desire. You may need to wait to get them, they are hand made and they have a small production site.
Here it is…
The new Serge Lutens eyeshadow #2 is a lavender-purple-grey-cool-toned palette that offers 4 eyeshadows with similars tones but in a gradient intensity. They range from a very sheer, nearly white, lavender to a very dark grey with tiny micro lavender sparkles.
Although I find this palette a bit boring, unless you love lavender cool tones, the quality is once more outstanding.
There is something about Serge Lutens eyeshadow textures that make them stand out from the crowd, not only because of their price but the finish is truly different, they grab onto the skin with more precision and it feels like the pigmentation they leave on your eyelids comes from underneath the skin, you’ll get less transfer in your final look and when it fades, it fades in an even and sultry way.
Compared to the old SL palette that I highly prefer, this new palette contains shimmery colors, my only problem with it is that it’s a bit too flat and not very appropriate for me, but maybe I am missing something, since I have no other information, no example looks, no instructions, I don’t know if I should use it the way I use it. I have tried several looks and came to the conclusion that lavender is not that flattering for me. I will share my thoughts with you today.
I recently placed an order with Serge Lutens, I received my parcel with the Blush #2 and the Teint si Fin in shade B40 refils. How can you not love the quote :
Choosing to be yourself is not without its perils.
Thank you for taking the risk with us.
Is it a risk ? Serge Lutens are statement products, often very bold therefore I admit that in a way, it’s a risk for me specially when I am wearing their “Mise à Mort” lipstick, feeling a bit out of my comfort zone with that one but enjoying every minute of it.
Dear brush lovers !
Just a tiny post to share a wonderful article that appeared recently in the New York Times about Chikuhodo and Mr Takemori.
I think many of you are interested to learn a bit more about the origins of the brand that makes so many wonderful brushes. Below is an example of some of the brushes they manufacture but they are also responsible for Kanebo, Etreindre, La Donna and possibly many more.
Needless to say that since I will be in Kumano very shortly, I will share many pictures with you during my trip.
Have a wonderful rest of the week !
Another gorgeous Koyudo temptation that I wasn’t sure I wanted to order at first, I read it wasn’t only grey squirrel but a blend with some soft goat hair, however, this brush doesn’t feel like goat hair at all. I don’t often use powder foundation so I wasn’t sure this was an useful brush for me but at the end I still decided to get it…
It costs around 60$ and AGAIN, it’s totally worth every penny ! Such a lovely surprise !! The quality is absolutely outstanding, I am in awe and so will you…
It is as soft as the Chikuhodo Z-series (I can’t feel much difference to be honest), it’s densely packed, absolutely no flaws, it’s flat(ish) -very slightly rounded as you can see in the pic- and covers a wide surface at the top, approx 4cm of diameter. The handle is short, black and the ferrule golden, the black part has little green sparkles inside, I can’t stop contemplating and patting this work of art…
I thought it would be very similar to the Chikuhodo Z-1, it is in terms of softness and hair quality but it’s more dense and short, the goat hair must be so little quantity that it just feels like there isn’t at all. The application of powder foundation with this brush is out of this world, it does the work so softly and evenly, so far I think there is no other better powder foundation application than with this Fu-Pa14, efficiency and enjoyment guaranteed !
When I apply powder foundation, I don’t apply a heavy coverage, the finish I like is sheer to medium. I have tried this brush with the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish, it picks the product really well, one swirl is enough, you have to tap off the excess just a bit, you apply and then reapply if you want more coverage. I will try it also with mineral loose powders, for now I didn’t had the chance yet but it does a better job at covering than the Z-1, because it’s flatter and denser so the process will be faster too.
I also tried it with bronzer (TF Terra), I tap off the excess on the back of my hand and I apply in the forehead, cheeks, I cannot see any lines around the application and it doesn’t look muddy but I apply it softly anyway.
This is probably one of the biggest brush temptations I could show you before my trip to Japan, I hope I will be able to find unique little brushes to bring with me !
Today my review will be brief and I am not going to talk for hours because the pictures speak for themselves, I just simply think that if you love beautiful make up brushes, you need this one.
This Koyudo Pink fan has been sitting in my shopping cart for ages, it was one of the first Koyudo brushes that captured my attention but for some silly reason I was always removing it from my cart before I placed my orders. This time I decided to order it together with the Fu-Pa14. This fan costs 4500 JPY, it is worth every penny, made with baby goat chest hair, yes it’s soft, not as soft as the Koyudo White Mushroom, but it comes very close to the Tom Ford brushes.
I can’t even believe that I was so excited to wake up this morning so that I could use it ! We need enthousiasm in our lives right ? Funny to believe that this brush helps me to get out of bed in the morning
That’s how crazy I am …
During the past years I have been utterly seduced by beautiful high-end products and innovative packaging designs, I splurge with the idea of using all of them although clearly I won’t manage to use up everything !
I did rave about these products in the past but there is also a dark side to them that I sometimes only notice afterwards, when facing a more intense daily usage. If I didn’t care about the product itself, I would simply not repurchase it. However, the items I will show you below are items that I will repurchase no matter what -providing I can still find them and I can afford it- because the product is so good that I am ok to compromise and I will find a way to live with the inconvenience incurred. But, love doesn’t always need to come with pain !!! so if there is any way for the Companies to neutralize this pain, I certainly encourage it !
The purpose of this post is to :
- share some tips and tricks in case you are experiencing the same situation with similar products, if you do and you have some advice please also share back with us!
- marketing teams are sometimes scanning for reviews or for feedback from customers, if you have an opinion on these items, either agree or disagree, please also kindly share !
Below some incriminated products that make me question their design, you may recognize some of them :
After a marathon schedule at work, finally good news : a two-day break with sunny weather ahead and a brand new discovery to share !
You may remember my recent post about Serge Lutens, when I was researching for Serge Lutens style looks I found this article about Evgeny, it was the first time I read about him but if he has Serge Lutens as an icon, he can only be good, right ? Right.
When I started to be seriously interested in makeup and beauty products I never thought it would come with the whole package : new amazing friends, new creativity challenges and more fun, but sometimes telling your friends you are passionate about makeup can be seen as “inappropriate for your age“, “shallow“, or “pointless“, I had this kind of conversation more than once :
“What do you do on your free time?“
..this, that and I have a beauty/makeup blog“
“oh…. really ? you don’t look like that kind of woman…“
“hmmm and what would that particular kind be ?”
There is a sudden embarrassing silence, then I stop their agony and change subject before they have a stroke… Maybe I don’t match the “beauty model magazine” standards, or can you not enjoy makeup after you reached a certain age ?? Ok, I don’t wear a killer smokey eye on a daily basis but make up is not only intended for runways or movies and it’s not only meant to make you look fake and superficial, I just want to have fun and use it to make me look healthier, glamorous, yet natural.
I receive many emails from women in their 40+ who would like to start using make up but who just don’t know where to start. Unfortunately I am no professional, all I know I got it from talking to make up artists or to sales assistants at the beauty counters, getting advice from Youtube gurus and watching nice and useful videos so if I can manage a nice make up look, you definitely can.
My needs were different some years ago, now I focus more on anti-ageing tutorials and products more adapted to mature skin. It depends what you are expecting from makeup, just make you feel better ? more confident ? younger ? fresher ? desirable ? or just conceal a few flaws ? Lisa Eldridge gives great advice on her channel so just try Youtube and search for what you want to do and try it for yourself. Tammy is a sweetheart, I just recently discovered her channel, I can’t believe I didn’t see it before, a great resource for anti-ageing advice and she is so fun to watch. If you know of any other gurus that give anti-ageing tips, please share !
I will be 42 in 2 weeks therefore today I am simply trying to achieve an enhanced version of me, a fresher and healthier one, exactly like Wayne says here. I cannot pull off strong and heavy makeup looks at my age but I can still look sexy with a smokey eye, there is a beautiful and hot smokey eye for everyone, it’s just a matter of getting to know your features, choosing the appropriate products for you and using efficient make up tools also helps a lot, it takes time but it’s so worth it.
Sometimes I receive questions from you that I cannot answer, so I send emails to companies to get the info. Recently I have even contacted Selfridges UK to see if their international shipping rate could be adjusted and reduced for small parcels… one can dream right ? They haven’t replied, but maybe they will ? who knows… I’ll keep you informed either way.
Tanseido just replied to the questions I had sent them, I will copy here the 3 little questions and their answers. I hope it’s clear, if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask me, they are very willing to help and I highly appreciate their availability and effort.
I may travel to Japan soon, I am planning the dates and the trip at the moment, if you have any advice, recommendations, suggestions, I’ll be pleased to hear them, I have tried to take note of the skincare you mentioned in some comments but I won’t mind at all if you centralize your recommendations here, trip or beauty related, it will be easier to access them when I am there.
My very first trip to Japan, hopefully not the last !
Have a lovely weekend !
Serge Lutens has probably the most expensive makeup line you can find today, it is also certainly the highest quality you could ever dream of.
I bought the eyeshadow palette a long time ago, before I even imagined starting this blog. I don’t know what pushed me to buy such an expensive palette, probably just the curiosity and exclusivity of it. I was actually able (and proud) to resist this line, until the day I swatched them…
The only Serge Lutens style and makeup looks I can find online aren’t looks for an everyday wear -well they aren’t for me- , they are ethereal, white face, strong lipstick, dramatic eye sculpting, dark lower lash line, they are totally in line with his perfumes and photo shoots, very artistic but not very realistic for a customer like me. Gorgeous but the question is, will you wear it ?
Let’s start with the blusher…
The blusher was a recent purchase, not something that usually seizes my attention, too orange and dark for my skintone (NW20) but when I swatched it, I just couldn’t resist it any longer, it’s so finely milled that when you apply it with a soft brush it becomes totally wearable and flattering.
I was seriously contemplating this Terracotta at the beauty counters in Geneva and I knew I was going to buy it, just needed some kind of price reduction to push me. During my last trip to Sephora in France I managed to get it for half of the Swiss price with my additional 20% reduction… Which isn’t bad at all, except that just afterwards I had to stop at the Serge Lutens counter in Geneva and get utterly seduced by their blusher -more of a bronzer for me. At the end I really didn’t do that good did I… The Serge Lutens is still under study and testing but the review will come shortly. Today I’ll show you this Nude 4 Seasons bronzer and for the best informative video about it, please kindly hop to Seth‘s youtube channel.
One info I cannot find is the fragance of this powder, I am not much of a nose and I don’t recognize it, it’s not the same as the Météorites Perles du Paradis and it is similar to the old Blondes Terracotta but I couldn’t tell for sure.
Hi my dear readers
Last Christmas I mentioned I would do a small giveaway in February 2013 to celebrate the first year of this little blog, I am obviously late… but I haven’t forgotten !
I am enjoying every minute with you, I am blessed with your participation and your comments, it brings a lot of value to this blog and without you it would just not be the same…
I just got a few little things for this giveaway, an RMK Mix for Cheeks in 02, a little eyeliner brush from the new Make Up For Ever line and some new Catrice eyeshadows.
The giveaway is only open to my followers and to enter you just need to leave a little comment below so that I can take your details for the draw.
There will be 3 winners, 1st will get the RMK blush, 2nd the Make Up For Ever brush and 3rd the Catrice eyeshadows.
If you don’t know what comment to leave below, let us know 1 or several favorite products or brushes that you are using right now, I am sure everybody will enjoy reading :)
The deadline is after Easter, next Tuesday 4th of April 2013 midnight CET so you’ll have to act fast !
Please participate !
A big warm hug and a huge THANK YOU for your precious friendship !
the entries are now closed and the winners will be announced tonight !
thank you so much, not only for the participation for all your insane sweet comments ! love you !!
The winners !!
The winners have been drawn randomly (random.org) under supervision and control, one entry was taken into account for each of you and here is the result :
1 – The RMK blush : boobooninja
2 – The Make up for ever brush : Bea
3 – The eyeshadows : greenscorpio * no reply from greenscorpio so the eyeshadows will be sent to somebody else drawn tomorrow April 19th
The new winner for the Catrice eyeshadows is Maria (with the purple-ish avatar), there are several but they are not the same
I will contact you to ask for your address and will deliver the item(s) asap.
Thank you again for your friendship and please do stay tuned because there will be more little surprises soon !
Flat foundation brushes are not something I am crazy about but I do need them on a daily basis.
- A flat synthetic foundation brush to place and distribute the foundation AND
- A goat brush to finish the application and provide an even and airbrushed application
I am extremely picky with the result of foundation application, I learn new techniques on a regular basis from great youtube videos (thank you Lisa!) and I continuously improve myself. I am not an expert but I have realized that when I have the foundation applied at the counters they always leave my foundation sitting at the surface of my skin, I look like I am clearly and obviously wearing foundation and when I look at the mirror I feel the urge to scrape my face. The only time they blended really well was at the Tom Ford counter but so far, at many other counters the finish was not done properly or let’s say… as I would like it to be done.
There is no Sephora in Switzerland but I managed to go to a very little one near the border in France. The only problem is that their selection of products is very small, nearly all the products I wanted weren’t available.
I still grabbed a few things of course, one was this new palette from Lancôme and since they launched quite a few of them I thought I should at least try one.
They have 3 categories available : Sculpted, Drama, Magnified (I hope my translation is correct) and 4 palettes in each category. The 12 palettes can be used wet or dry.
I got the Brun Adoré since it was shouting taupe I thought it would be the one I would wear the most. At the counter the swatches weren’t that bad, they looked pigmented and long lasting.
With my 20% reduction, I got the palette half-price compared to what I would pay in Switzerland, still, way too expensive for what you get, even half-price.
With the idea of finding a dupe for the Rae Morris Radiance, I ordered this Facial brush (link shared by Mimi). It looked very interesting in the picture and the price was reasonable.
I quote the description :
Classic, traditional brush used by Japanese geishas, maikos and oirans for centuries to apply and create their stunning, porcelain-like facials.
Use the soft, dense hairs to apply, pack, smooth and wipe away excess paste or powder. The unique shape let’s you create and blend broad contours with ease and precision.
They got the width absolutely right, the wood is lovely too.
I don’t find the hair that soft at all, it’s goat hair, dense but has a “straw-like” feeling to it, I never owned a goat brush that felt like this, it feels more enduring, I don’t even want to try to apply foundation with it because my skin will not love that at all. But, as mentioned in the description, this brush is meant for geisha make up application, which is more liquid, rough, you will not go for a flawless airbrushed finish but for a thick-ish white base application.
You can have a look at these two videos, this brush may be featured in the first one :
This is not a soft foundation brush but something more appropriate for Geisha makeup tutorials, who knows, maybe one day I can experiment that tutorial on a friend..
These two palettes have been released a few months ago but they just arrived here in Switzerland. I was really interested in the taupe #11 Mystery and when I saw the purple, #12 Fatal, and swatched it at the counter I really fell in love with these fresh and luminous shades.
This is what Armani says :
Giorgio Armani introduces four new Eyes to Kill Quad Shimmers featuring iridescent, eye-catching colors with electric shine. Real innovation in the formulation of a powder eyeshadow: an intense formula that melds perfectly with a satin, pearly veil producing amplified light effects. Irresistible with its extremely soft, sensorial appeal, the eyeshadow arms the eyes with a flawless weapon all day long.
- Irresistible ? yes. They are gorgeous wearable shades, nice satin or pearly finish depending on the shades, perfect for any occasion (work, evening).
- Innovation ?? I don’t see innovation here because once I started using them I realized I had very similar shades in my collection, it’s actually intriguing how close these are to the Chanel quads below. Is there any link with their creative director ? Otherwise I just don’t get it but it seems like they have been copied.
- Lasting “all day long” ?? definitely not on my eyes, even with a primer. I noticed that after 3 hours the application fades and it barely shows anymore. I apply my makeup at around 6h30 in the morning, if I was relying on these palettes to keep me looking fresh and prepped all day long they would miserably fail. I am not saying that I necessarily have the Russel Howard’s effect at 10:03 but I know that if I want to look like I still have makeup on at 10:03, I definitely need to add some other item to help, for example a more intense lipstick paired with them.
When I first saw this brush I knew it had to be mine, I am way too curious to resist innovations and new designs when this applies to make up brushes.
I received it last week thanks to my friend Lo from France, this brush is only available at the (or some) french Make Up For Ever boutiques at this moment but I received a reply from GuruMakeupEmporium and they said they will have the full range in stock in about two weeks from now.
I used it every day since I got it in order to be able to review it, I was actually hoping for a wider brush with a wider surface and wasn’t sure I was using it the best way, I was “just” happy with it but I wanted better results or an easier and faster application technique so I called the boutique in France and asked for recommendations.
They told me there isn’t a special technique, that we can use it 90° against the skin, or just like a painter would paint a canvas [eyes wide open here => I have no clue how to do that]. So let’s go to Youtube watch a few videos shall we… I found this video about Ron Ranson and the Hake brush, I visualized it a few times, just to make sure I had enough images imprinted in my little brain to try to reproduce the movements on my face in front of the mirror. It does help to keep that in mind and it is fun, so fun that I am seriously enjoying the process and I am getting distracted by it, but for me it’s not the best brush to apply foundation, it’s more time consuming and requires more work. It is the beginning though and experience comes with practice, so we’ll see how this evolves in a few weeks from now…
I hope I will be able to briefly show you these big little brushes without sounding too irrational. In a few words : are they essential ? no. Are they lovable ? Absolutely 100%.
I felt like Alice in Wonderland unwrapping these beauties. They are huge, long and you will feel insanely small in proportion ! Specially when you spend a lot of time using tiny Koyudo or Kihitsu brushes and then you jump to these !
- The YSS 17 is a grey squirrel highlight brush, 6300 yen.
- The YWC 14 is a goat eyeshadow brush, 2940 yen.
- The YSC 17 is a grey squirrel cheek brush, 6300 yen.
I was already very much in love with the Rae Morris Radiance brush that was released previously, I believe beginning of 2012 and I actually reviewed it in March 2012.
I used the old one automatically on a daily basis, either to apply the foundation or just to blend the whole application afterwards. Since I was washing it very often I got two of them, I was afraid they would not last very long with that intense usage. After one year they are still in one piece and even though they don’t look that solid they still perform like on the very first day.
Today I will show you the new Radiance that is now being released and that is replacing that first version of it. You may not need such a huge foundation/blending/finishing brush, for me it’s simply HG, I don’t think there is another brush that makes the liquid or cream base makeup application look so airbrushed. I don’t use it with powder but it’s also meant for that.
I was interested in trying some new Japanese brushes so I have placed an order with Tommy. All went perfectly well, she gathered all the different brushes for me and it was a very smooth transaction, I didn’t go through all the pain trying to order myself and have the items forwarded and then shipped to me. If you don’t want to bother with forwarding companies this is actually an easier solution when you don’t speak Japanese or when the companies don’t ship internationally.
These brushes are from Kihitsu, Houkodou and Chomotto Beaute.
Although I haven’t tried them for a long time I will share my first thoughts, hoping this helps you decide if you should be getting them in the future. I don’t think they are LE but I do recommend you to have a closer look specially at the Houkodou before you have to wait months to get one
There is something about this set that made me want it, actually a few reasons:
- The little black handles with the golden logo, elegant and sleek with their matte ferrule
- The lip brush was specially tempting and had a little James Bond look to it, well not really but my imagination is playing tricks on me and apparently I see Daniel Craig everywhere
This set comes in red handles or black handles, I just wanted the more “spy looking” one in black and gold.
- At this moment I am in the hunt for smaller cheek brushes, a nice comb brush and a Mac 239 dupe (travel size).
This set contains 5 brushes, is delivered in a pink box (cardboard) and also comes with a pouch, you can see the full description here.
I promise I will try to be objective, but it’s Suqqu we are talking here, a great love of mine, not sure I can even manage to be rational.
I don’t even know how or where to start, I feel like my brain is falling apart, *breathless*, ok… so it’s just make up right ?
The first thing that came to my mind is a movie, “The Island”, if you watched it you may see what I mean, these lipsticks look like perfect utopian clones. The packaging is one of the main reasons why I was so excited about this collection, matte white with a green-pink iridescence. These lipsticks look from another world far far away in the future.
RMK is one of my top favorites brands, specially when it comes to blushes. I am really surprised that these blushes aren’t more often reviewed and raved on the blogosphere. When I wanted to expand my collection I couldn’t find enough information or swatches online then saw a mission for me here… so I have gathered a few products and today I will show them to you, believe me, it’s not a sacrifice to spend my money on RMK, whatever the product the chances it doesn’t work for me are so minimal that I absolutely don’t mind taking the risk.
RMK was launched in 1997 by Rumiko, a Japanese professional makeup artist, I just wish her brand was more easily available. Thanks to Rouge Deluxe I got the info that Rumiko is actually going to leave her place to a new Creative Director in 2013. I just sincerely hope that RMK’s phylosophy will remain exactly the same.
Unlike other brands, RMK manages to create vibrant and bold colors and make them wearable on a daily basis, I mean “easily” wearable, no need to blend for hours and to need to be a scientist to pick the right amount of product. RMK claims that their makeup will make you feel “happier, sexier and fresher”, it’s exactly what I want and what it does to me, I like to wear discrete makeup for work but discrete and subtle does not mean flat. I love when natural comes with some kind of twist, therefore, most of my RMK products made it into my Holy Grail sanctuary…