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Highlights of 2014

by Sonia G.

Yet another year is gone, enriched with so many new encounters and friendships, with still the same passion about Japan and, of course, their magnificent brushes.

It feels like I only started this blog yesterday, it’s still so fresh in my memory, Feb 2012, I remember my very first steps, it was so thrilling! I don’t exactly remember what got me into Japanese brushes though, I recall loop-watching Bea’s video on Youtube, I know it was one of the things that got me into this wonderful world of Japanese traditions. Well, you don’t always remember exactly what got you there, we start searching for one thing on Youtube and we end asking ourselves: “How the heck did I get here?

It’s nearly 3 years now, to be very honest and open with you, I wasn’t expecting to still be here today but you made it possible. I am over the moon today and before I start rambling about 2014, I want you to know and to remember how much I care about you, every single post is written with you in mind, I imagine you reading on the go or chilling with a coffee or a tea nearby, or even  patting your brushes for the craziest of you 😀  Your friendship is the heart of this blog and your interest and caring personalities the engine of the forum, so here’s me, cyberly and respectfully bowing at you and thanking you for every comment, every moment we shared together, for your love and for not judging…

For fun or nostalgia, I will now share some of my beauty-related memorable events of 2014, this is not the post about my fav brushes of 2014 -that one will come soon 🙂 Please feel free and very welcome to comment and add any beauty/brush related events that have impacted you, changed you, inspired you, surprised you, anything you want!


My 2014 was thrilling, intense, fun but also filled with many bumpy and chaotic moments but I am still here, strong(er), passionate and dying to get back to regular posting! As soon as I have my brush/office-room ready and installed, I’ll be back to normal life again! In a warm cosy room *literally cries with joy*

I am still “camping” in the living room if I may say, my desk in a corner, piles of letters on one side, piles of brushes on the other. Then my vanity table on the other corner, with boxes, bags, piles and piles of elementary beauty mess, not far away my boyfriend saying “Hey, you should do something about your vanity, it’s bending”.

Omg… he is right.

The only reason I laugh about it it’s because it’s a nervous reaction, I officially lost total control of my organization and it scares me. However, in my 4 months of camping I learned how to:

  • achieve my daily beauty routine almost in the dark.
  • apply my eyeliner while keeping my eyes on the dog-cat cat-dog chase.
  • remain relatively calm when the cat violates the restraining order to stay away, very far away from my brushes.

By the way, I wasn’t planning on having a cat, but in 2014, Shadow joined the family and I admit, he is the most important, good and happy event of 2014.


Now let’s get to the point of this post, talk Beauty & Brushes’ highlights of 2014! Well, there’s a bit of everything, hopefully it will be useful and fun to recall some of the events that have brought excitement to 2014 🙂

The praised Paula Dorf crease brush came back!

I was waiting for it, it finally got re-released. Together with its little sister: the smoky lid. It may not seem that extraordinary to some of you but I was seriously wishing for it to come back.


There were some political issues with her name or brand brought to our attention by Bellyhead when I posted my review, Bellyhead shared this link, then I found this, if you want more information you can follow the links, I tried to get info but I never got replies or explanations of any sorts from Paula Dorf’s customer services.

So it’s up to you to see how much you want that brush, I personally find it excellent, we are not here talking about handmade beautiful brushes but just great efficient tools.

That crease brush, her angled blush brush and the smoky lid are part of my 2014 favs! They are not the softest brushes on earth but they are effortless and having to do fewer strokes is also an important fact to consider 🙂

Rae Morris magnetized me!

Rae Morris released her new revamped brush collection, still with magnets but this time located at the bottom of the brushes. I was against magnets in brushes but I still tried them just because of the N°23 that I love so very much and one triggered another and I ended with the whole collection, although part of it was gifted to me, I got backups of the 23, the 3 Ultimate Cheekbone and a few others that I use very often.


Today I admit I love her brushes a huge lot and I got used to the magnets! So.. never say never… 🙂

Wayne Goss

Wayne released new sets of brushes, absolutely divine. It was a very easy review because they are so effortless and so pleasant to use!

Just like Rae, they have impacted me quite a lot, I use them every day and I couldn’t recommend them enough! His eye brush set is the most well balanced eye set ever and so so worth it!



Gucci released a beauty collection, a thousand different items have been thrown at us all simultaneously, gosh it was overwhelming! There were no swatches, no reviews and yet I felt the urge of getting some asap!  😀

I started with the compact Tuscan Storm, that one is simply a must have but some of them are way too sparkly/shimmery for me, like the Serpentine Envy or the Pink quad. The terrible thing about this collection is that they are awfully expensive, in Switzerland one quad is 100$. I asked them and they told me it’s because all items are purchased in Euros then get converted into the currencies of the selling countries, still, that does not feel right to me. I am still waiting for the Geneva boutique to carry their whole line so that I can swatch everything and check the products in person but the prices are way too high.  I prefer to spend my money on other brands where I feel my wallet is not being “raped”, sorry about the language but I am sure there is another way, it is not worth 100$.

Still not tempted by the brushes, I will check them in person but I think here you will be paying exclusively for the name of the handle, but I make it my mission to verify that and let you know asap.

Surratt Beauty

Troy Surratt released a brush collection, very nice to say the least, expensive but really nice! Since the announcement it kept us panting while waiting for it but it’s now here! 😀


Some of you are already enjoying it, I have only 2 brushes but I sure do love them!

Sonia Rykiel has been discontinued

In 2014 I discovered Sonia Rykiel’s cheek products. I had two eye compacts but it’s when I tried the face products that I realized the potential, I was going all crazy about the brand when I have been informed that she was stopping her license with Albion in 2014 and therefore she is discontinuing her line (not sure if the whole line or just the make-up). HUGE disappointment, seriously, I used her face products for a few months and I cannot find anything better for mature/rish skin, I am really sad.

Albion are also behind Anna Sui or Elegance but with Rykiel, the results of her make-up on my skin were way above any expectations.

Kumano Fude Select Shop launched a brush collection

In 2014 I went to Japan for the second time, I still have to share my adventures and they were absolutely unbelievable so I’ll get to those posts in a few weeks, one by one I will introduce you to the people I met.

During my trip I discovered the new launch of the Kumano Fude Select Shop brushes, Kumano stands for the town where the manufacture is located, Fude stands for “brush” in Japanese, Select Shop is the name of their shop…  I am loving those brushes so much! Not all of them because you know my delicate skin cannot handle every brush that is made, but for the ones that I can use, they are fantastic!


Koyudo launched extreme sets

Koyudo have been releasing very extreme sets for a while, in 2014 I got a few… If you are a collector, with Koyudo you will definitely find happiness.


During my 2013 Koyudo visit I hadn’t met the President, in 2014 I did,  he is and feels very VIP, he looks very serious, is a very classy man with a very good taste for art or anything else that requires skills and engineering.  I was very impressed, my boyfriend was too, he enjoyed every minute of it!

Richard -my bf- was happy to come with me to Kumano but he was fearing that he will be a bit bored having to spend a few days there but omg, he was sooo thrilled!!! I was watching him and I never saw him so honestly happy to be there and appreciative and of course then I felt proud that I was able to introduce him to those wonderful persons.

Richard and I were admiring their wonderful brushes and techniques, the President is an artisan too, a very talented one, one of the rare few ones who can technically achieve a replica of the oldest known brush of Japan, the Tenpyohitsu. I already shared the history and a picture on my Instagram feed 🙂

This was one of the most extreme gifts I have ever received… this calligraphy brush is huge and an absolute masterpiece!


Chikuhodo Kiwami

It was also the year I finally splurged on the Kiwami, what a wonderful set of brushes!! It just convinced me that canadian squirrel bristles are the best of all. It is such an honour to have this set, made by Mr Teshyu Takemori, President and Chairman of Chikuhodo.


Unfortunately that set is now sold out and they won’t be making any more for now.

Chikuhodo Takumi

He released plenty more brushes during 2014 that were amazing, the Takumi and the two Noel sets! I love them so so much! I am sure that if you got them, you’ll love them too 🙂


IMATS 2014

Ok, now onto something absolutely thrilling!cat

How cool it was to see our friend Cat with Hakuhodo exhibitor during IMATS and she even had the opportunity to be in front of a camera, I think she is born to do that and that she should be a star on Youtube! Talking about great surprises, that made my year!!! 😀 Thank you Cat!! <3

Other 2014 Random Observations


It’s getting easier to purchase beauty products internationally, Nordstrom, Selfridges, Harrods just to mention a few, lowered their shipping fees and made it easier, well, it’s still expensive due to the custom taxes for most of them but at least it’s possible.

For the other Japanese brands, some online boutiques are helping a lot, like CDJapan.co.jp, in 2014 they started selling IPSA, Suqqu, RMK, etc… and thanks to the social networks and my smutty friends, Toshiya san, @fudejapan on Instagram, has been discovered, today, hard to get brushes are not that hard to get anymore! This is just huge news, thank you to all of you who were part of this for that wonderful discovery! We all appreciate Toshiya’s dedication to our passion 🙂

Make-up hits and misses

I still made too many make-up purchases in 2014, although much less than in 2013!!! A lot was wasted but I found great hits too. IPSA, Rykiel, Shu, Cle de Peau, Tom Ford, Suqqu, Givenchy (Croisière), Burberry, etc but for sure, there are 3 brands that I just can’t skip every time they will release a new item, those are Tom Ford, Suqqu and Burberry!!! My 3 top fav brands of 2014!!!


Sticking to the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, the other bottles are just for decoration, this Neroli is now running in my DNA.


I wasn’t happy to splurge on a very very high end Shampoo and I always went for medium range ones, in 2014 I tried the very insanely expensive Philip B.


Did it made a difference? yes. I keep it for very special occasions, maybe use it one or twice a month but it does make a difference for sure, I am not happy to spend that much money in something that I wash away but when I use it, I don’t need make-up to feel good… 😀

The blog

As you could see, I did not had much time to write, my health issues (again), some unfortunate events and the building of the office/brush room took me all the free time I had 🙁

My smuty friends came to the rescue and kept it alive, posting and sharing their collections and experiences with brushes, that’s simply amazing and I want to thank them so much for that!! Tesla, Jeanette and Sarah <3 thank you for your precious time!!



2014 Dreams, Wishes and Resolutions

Beauty school

Due to my health issues in 2014, my plans to follow a beauty certification had to be postponed, hopefully in 2015 if health and time permits!

Japan trip

Yes, achieved!! Loved it, will go back in 2015!! I had a dream to meet the artisans again and I am so happy it could happen, specially meeting Koyudo’s President and Mr Teshyu Takemori!! Very magical moments.

Not the best weather but that didn’t matter at all!



Rae Morris books

I love Rae’s books, I had made the wish to meet her and have her books signed, unfortunately I couldn’t meet her but I did get my books signed! As soon as I told Jim (Rae’s husband) I had this dream, a few weeks later it came true! She is an inspiration, my very first amazing looks were inspired by her Youtube videos and getting to know her in 2014, even if it was only virtually, was a wonderful experience.


The brush-room

Not finished I am afraid, when you are doing things that you haven’t done before, you learn a lot but it takes much longer to complete.

We had to do everything by ourselves, destroying first and rebuilding after, we have finally mounted the plaster boards on the structure and the isolation (all that took so much time), today we are going to cover the edges of each plaster board and hide the visible screws, then we can install the floor that I bought this week and finally we will be able to do the paint. Phewww!!


The green is the colour of the plaster boards, it’s not the final colour of the room! I changed my mind a few times but I found exactly what I wanted to do with it, Houzz.com is amazing for that, you get so much inspiration from others! If you are curious, you can still go to my Pinterest page where you can have glimpses of what it will have inside 🙂

The 2015 resolutions are:

  • Finish the brush-room!
  • Exercise!
  • Eat healthy…
  • Write more… I have a hundred posts pending for you 🙂
  • Fill the Brush Temple Database with my zillion new brushes…
  • Dream, create and think out of the box!
  • Meet you!

New functionalities on the blog

In 2014 I have been preparing something for you, a beauty/brush directory to help finding our loved brushes, either online or locally in Japan, also addresses for the museum, manufactures, etc, it will all be centralized there, with maps and notes that you can also browse on your  mobile 🙂

I am adding more Notes and my own comments but you can already visit it and browse it! I hope that helps you! It took me a while to do it and configure it and I will add more shops in the future, but let’s see how it goes. directory

What’s coming in 2015

I know many things are coming in 2015,  I have been to the source and I have seen things but I can’t talk, I just know that 2015 is going to be amazing 😉 so hold on tight, it’s going to be fun!!!

I wish you all the very best for this New Year, happiness, health, love, peace, prosperity, creativity, success, a job that you enjoy, also to have enough money to eat healthy and also to spend on your hobby or passion, whatever it is 🙂 and since free time is a luxury, I wish you as much free time as you could possibly have!

Once more, thank you for being here with me and spending yours with me, I truly appreciate it and dearly love you!!



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Bea 3 January, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Sonia, I think this is one of my most favourite posts that you have done!!! I love it so…

I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring for all of us!

Thank you so much for making Smutville such a wonderful place to visit!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 3 January, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Hi Bea 🙂 thank you sweetie!
I am utterly excited, it’s going to be a big year 🙂
Thank you for making Smutville such a sweet community <3

Sanikki 3 January, 2015 - 5:16 pm


I’m reading and a little tear keeps squeezing out of my eyes, I’m so blessed to experience the love of brushes through your many adventures. Thank you for the awesome reviews and brush guides you provide that aide and abet my addiction. Love you a million and thanks for opening the door to meeting awesome beauties and fellow smutville addicts through your blog…

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 3 January, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Hi Sanikki,
Thank you for your love and your kindness, actually it was really very difficult to write this post, it involved sitting down and looking back also on events that are not necessarily happy, I was very emotional and just couldn’t get to the end of it, took me a few times and a few tears. This year was only filled with huge gigantic ups and huge gigantic downs, I cannot say it was the worst year of my life because of the ups and thanks to you being around which has helped a big lot to go through all, and the pets, unbelievable how much loving pets can help you through tough times! But I consider myself lucky, the great events were compensating for the pain, at least there was that 🙂
Also another thing that breaks my heart is not having enough time to answer every email I got, I have to live with the frustration to sometimes forget emails or miss them, but I am no perfect woman, and no wonderwoman either, I wish!!! 😀 😀
I believe every blogger’s dream is to have a community like Smutville, I am so so so blessed to have you!
Truly looking forward to 2015!!!

Christine 3 January, 2015 - 5:35 pm

I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us for 2015! I appreciate all the passion and work you put into this site; it’s entertaining and informative. Reading a new post is the highlight of my day!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 3 January, 2015 - 7:19 pm

How sweet! Thank you so very much Christine 🙂 we cannot live without passion in life, it’s part of our life’s “bare necessities” 🙂
I am so grateful that you read me, you have no idea! I can’t wait to get going with the next posts <3

Dori 3 January, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Dear Sonia, i only discovered your website a couple of weeks ago but I fell in love with it and everything you do instantly. A great post, wishing you the best year yet, health above all and that you fulfill all your dreams and make news ones. You are a great inspiration. Looking forward to many more posts from you in 2015, both professional – reviews etc, and personal, sharing your life. All the best, Dori

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 3 January, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Ok, Dori, that’s just the best compliment a blogger or any person can get!
Some of the next posts will involve some special personal moments as well, it will help to understand where I come from, and why it’s important that we all have dreams and do our best to make them reality.
All the very best to you too, may all your wishes come true! <3

Raglo 3 January, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Link to your pinterest =)??

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 3 January, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Hi Olga, here it is : http://www.pinterest.com/mysweetmt/redecorating-the-brush-room-office/
Some of those items are already here…

Kay 3 January, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Sonia, such a beautiful message…it tugged at my heartstrings <3 You are an incredibly beautiful person both inside and out. I wish you the very best in 2015!!!

Anna 3 January, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Dear Sonia,

Wishing you lot of health, love and success in 2015! Thank you for your wonderful post and for the passion you put into creating SMUTville!

Beeing part of it is one of the amazing things of 2014 – the beautiful people here have become more and more important to me.

Looking forward to see what’s happend next.
Love you!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Dear Anna, thank you! I just love your personality, gosh you made me laugh in 2014!! 😀

Sylvia 3 January, 2015 - 7:40 pm

Yeah finally!!!!!!!!!!!I kept refreshing your blog recently just for this post. 🙂 So excited to read!

Sylvia 3 January, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Sonia, wish you can get better soon. Definitely get healthier in 2015! Thank you for your posts. Love your reviews, always and forever!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Thank you Sylvia, very much appreciate your kindness and excitement 😀

Karla 3 January, 2015 - 9:17 pm

Hola sonia! E estado leyendo tu blog desde hace tiempo pero creo ke nada más una vez e comentado, eske no se ke decir y me da pena jaja bueno kiero agradecerte por haber hecho este blog tan maravilloso la información ke nos proporcionas es increíble se agradece, nos das acceso a información sobre cosas como las brochas de maquillaje ke para muchas personas son difíciles de obtener o de saber más sobre ellas, gracias a ti conocí la marca hakuhodo, la semana pasada compre la G5521, G5520 y J142 y lunes me llegan la J5523 y J004, estoy enamorada de estas brochas y pienso comprarme más! Y a lo mejor para mediados o últimos de este año me animo con chikuhodo y koyudo 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Hola Karla, pues gracias a ti de estar por aqui, ya sabes lo que me encanta compartir 🙂 Ojala estés muy feliz con tus proximas compras, ya me diras! Un besazo!

Lecia 3 January, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Sonia, you are truly an inspiration. I have been avidly reading your blog for quite a while but this post really melted my heart. Thank you for taking the time to fuel our communal brush addiction. Can’t wait to read about your favourite brushes of 2014. All the best to you in 2015!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:17 pm

Thank you so much Lecia, all the very best to you too! May all your bestest dreams and wishes come to reality!

Jeanette 3 January, 2015 - 11:42 pm

What a beautiful sum up of your highlights of 2014. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your love of brushes, discoveries and stories with us and for creating this loving community. We all appreciate your effort so much <3
I cannot wait to see what 2015 holds for us 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:18 pm

You are very welcome Jeanette, I really can’t wait for 2015! 🙂 thank you for all your support behind the scenes! Warm hugs to you!

Lillian 4 January, 2015 - 3:26 am

What a wonderful treat to see a new post from you! Loved every word of it, and Happy New Year to you my sweet friend… Wishing you a terrific year filled with good health, good friends, good fortune, and success in every way.
~ L

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:32 pm

Thank you Lillian! all the very same to you too sweetie!
by the way I haven’t forgotten about the zoom, I just cannot find an agreement with the support team for the site 🙁 they say it’s complicated, all I did and their suggestions, did not work…
but I’ll get there when time permits 😉

Jillian 4 January, 2015 - 3:47 am

Happy New Year, Sonia! Life has been hectic for me too this last year but I treasure reading each and every post (even when I don’t comment). Thank you for being part of my life– I appreciate your blog and all the people I’ve met through it. Excited for what’s to come and wishing you nothing but the best!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Thank you Jillian, all the very best to you too sweetie!
I have truly enjoyed yours posts in 2014, always ahead on many and so interesting and clear and fun!! Please keep them coming 🙂

So happy to have such a fun community of friends around! 😀

Tara 4 January, 2015 - 3:51 am

I just discovered your blog in late November, and that jumpstarted my brush passion from the sudden hoarding of brushes from wherever I could get them (and it’s not easy where I live), to already scheduling a trip to Japan for the brush festival. It’s that bad. I dream of brushes now, and am only at that stage where I want to touch them against my skin, ferrule size and handle material be damned. haha. You have been an inspiration (and an excuse!) for my new addiction. So thank you! I can’t begin to imagine all the effort you spend trying to educate us and keep us in the loop. All of that is much appreciated. 🙂 2015 sounds like a more exciting brush year and I super eagerly await your news! 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Thank you Tara, do not worry you are not the only one who dreams of brushes hahaha
Fantastic, you have to join the other passionate members then!! There is a thread in the forum about a meeting at the brush festival!!
If I can I’ll go too!
You know it’s a pleasure to help and share and I hope 2015 will be a great fun year for us all 😀

terry 4 January, 2015 - 4:56 am

Hi Sonia,

Hope you still remember me, even though I’ve disappeared off the face of this blog for a while (though still lurking in the shadows and devouring the contents haha)!

This was a beautiful post, I wish you health and leisure in the year 2015. You are a generous soul and you surely deserve the best (thank you for thinking of me even when visiting Japan!!), I hope the new year goes even better than 2014 for you!

Like the others, I am eagerly waiting for the new releases, your 2014 favourites and your finished brush room.;)))

Best wishes,

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Hi Terry!
of course I do remember you!! I also can’t wait to share 😀
best wishes to you too sweetie and thanks for taking the time to say hello 🙂

Cavalla 4 January, 2015 - 6:58 am

Hi Sonia,

I just want to thank you for putting so much effort and time into writing all these informative articles. They have really helped me a lot. I recently had a friend bought some Chikuhodo brushes for me in Tokyo (the whole Takumi line included and some from Z line) thank to your tempting sharing of the Takumi line, I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon! It was initially quite difficult to track them down as you know they don’t have their own counter in Tokyo and that the place that carries Chikuhodo doesn’t have Takumi yet since they’re so new. So, being encouraged by your story visiting Chikuhodo factory, I decided to call them directly and spoke to Yutaro Takemori. He was very nice and helpful so my friend just picked up the brushes for me yesterday! Can’t wait to use them. I’m so thrilled to finally become a Chikuhodo brushes owner! Just want to give a shout out how your blog is being appreciated! Wish you a healthy, brush-full, happy New Year!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Hi Cavalla!
Waw, Takumi and Z series, what a combo!
It’s absolutely fantastic that you took your phone to call Yutaro, he is adorable isn’t he ? it’s truly wonderful to be able to feel so close to the artisans. We seem to have something in common, when we want something we just go ahead 😀
I couldn’t dream of a better entry in the new Year, with your kind comments it’s just the best way to go!
Wishing you all the very best sweetie!! take care and enjoy your beautiful brushes!

Raglo 4 January, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Ooh! I love the geometrical Asian door/drawer knobs!
However, not feeling the random white office chair :D. Please, you deserve the best – Herman Miller 😉

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 5:02 pm

hahaha you crack me up!! So, the story behind this white random chair -not that random after all- 😀 I was going to purchase another one, also white, that one: http://www.pfister.ch/fr/produktdetail/90073/Catalogue/Bureau/Si%C3%A8ges/Fauteuil-de-bureau-Malibu?6 When I got to the shop, I tried it and it was not comfy, I will spend many many hours sitting on it so I wanted to take something that looks nice enough but that is very very comfy.
I tried a few (I love PFISTER shop). They were all too expensive for me 🙁 when I tried this white one that I pin, it was love at first try! Geez that thing wraps my bum like no other XD it’s truly divine!!! so I got it -even though it was over my budget… damn- but I love it! It’s already home!
I will pass the link of Herman Miller to my bf because he will be looking for a chair soon and he will certainly be interested, thank you Olga!!

Hue Rocks 4 January, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Congrats on your achievements! Thanks for sharing your love for makeup and blushes. Thanks to your posts I found out about brushes, never thought they were worth thinking about when applying makeup. I splurged a lot on makeup and never on good quality brushes that are meant to last, when in fact makeup products are the ones expiring faster than brushes XDDD.

Regarding my beauty interest I achieved some great goals this 2014: stick to a monthly budget! This helped me to spend less in makeup and revisit my collection every single week to find “new” items to pull out to rotation. My goal for 2015 is to build a small and useful artisan brush collection, meaning to finally start it XDDD.

Good luck with your new year goals. Rebuilding can be a pain in the ass, but I think it’s key if you want to make that place trully yours and feel comfortable in your home. Cheers from Barcelona!

Stacy 4 January, 2015 - 5:36 pm

What a wonderful summary of the SMUT year!
Here’s to 2015!!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 11:00 pm

Thank you Stacy! Cheers sweetie!! ^_^

Malin, Kohlindo 4 January, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Sonia, what a Year you had 🙂 I cant wait reading about everything you will do in 2015. Im here reading your posts and I love them.
Big hug from me!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 11:01 pm

Hi Malin, I hope you are doing fine and so your baby! lots of love to both!

Kathi Kavanaugh 4 January, 2015 - 6:50 pm

My Dear Sonia,
I truly enjoy every single time I see your email letters.
I love your honesty, humor, and your great passion
and love/addiction for the amazingly beautiful brushes.
Since I have ultra delicate skin, I so enjoy your noting
which are best for your skin type. I do love knowing about
the manufacturers you write about. What a treat you are!!!
Okay, now to get straight to another Important subject to me…..
I love Shadow the cat…Hand him over, and nobody gets hurt!
That is a bit of humor. He is a love..so adorable. I have three beauties..
One is a Totally black Bombay (Savion), and the other beauties are
Sable Burmese (dante’ and Leo). My cup runneth over with joy.
I hope you continue to be well, and keep posting, I love the posts and you, dear girl !
Thanks, Kathi

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 11:11 pm

My Dear Kathi,
I couldn’t be happier, now I can go to bed with a big fatty smile on my face 🙂
hahaha Shadow! oh dear, I won’t hand him over ever, he has such a personality and he is so insanely cuddly! A few weeks ago, Richard was preparing him to start getting out of the house (little by little) although I didn’t want him to, not yet, it was ok for a few days, he was just walking a few meters away and staying flat to the ground and he looked so scared.. then one day, Shadow disappeared. When we were getting ready with big warm jackets to go search for him (wasn’t planning on coming back until I found him), he reappeared, after 3 hours… I had such a scare! My heart was so sad, I thought I had lost him forever so you see, I know you would really take care of him but I just want him to stay close to me, just as he does: like my own Shadow 😀

Please give your little sweethearts a hug from me, Dante (hahaha), Leo and Savion! Lots of love to you too <3

Eileen 4 January, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Happy New Year Sonia! Your blog / Facebook is a daily visit for me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Happy New Year to you Eileen! I am very honoured, thank you! sending you warm hugs from Switzerland!

Meredith 4 January, 2015 - 7:47 pm

You naughty woman! I’ve just blown my New Year’s resolution to stop buying so much makeup and so many brushes! Went to a site called Ichibanko and purchased some Sonia Rykiel makeup. Now I’m off to discover the Rae Morris brushes and other items you’ve mentioned here. Oh well, I’m happy now, and I needed a lift. The end of 2014 was rough and I’m having to adjust to situations with loved ones health and other stuff. I’ve been through worse and both the situations are just something I have to accept. Funny how acceptance can be so difficult sometimes. We want the power to change things that cannot be changed so we bang our heads against the brick wall. Acceptance of “what IS” is something I need to continually work on. The other thing I need to get better at is “letting things go”. Just gotta learn that I don’t possess all the power I wish I did. Welcome to being human, eh? Can’t wait for all your upcoming posts. You are so right, we all need something to keep us going in life. Makeup, brushes, and skin care are a biggie for me. Hope you have a wonderful New Year and keep us all posted on the evolvement of the brush room, the pets, everything in your life. We care about you. from, Meredith

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 11:22 pm

bahahaha Hello Meredith! I hope you won’t regret it! Please keep me posted ok? I would like to know if they work for you and I hope you love them!

As my colleague funnily says: “Been there, got a t-shirt and a dvd!” yep I know what you are talking about, eventually it gets better but we often need strong loving people around, so if I can help, please you know how to reach me!

I wish you all the very very very best, specially health and lots of love for this New Year, and sure I will keep you posted <3 Thank you for your sweet message, melts my heart!
Have a very lovely week!

Raglo 4 January, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Well okay if it wraps your butt like no other, it can stay :D!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 11:24 pm

oh yeeees it does, and I feel loved by my own chair!!! HAHAHAHA => going to bed with my white naughty chair now

Raglo 4 January, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Richard, if you’re reading this, and you end up getting the Hermann Miller Aeron or Embody (the Huayra of office chairs), you might want to get it in a colour that doesn’t go with the brush room, because she WILL steal it from you 😉

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 4 January, 2015 - 11:25 pm

He did, he laughed! He will try it and I will steal it muahahahah *evil meeeee*

Carlyn 5 January, 2015 - 5:25 am

Sonia, what an amazing recap of 2014. Because of you and the power of SMUTville, I was able to add some wonderful brushes to my collection. They make me very happy and I’m so glad to have a place where I’ve met so many wonderful like minded people to share my enthusiasm, and it’s all thanks to your generosity of time, information and passion. I’m so excited to see the brush room, I know with your taste that it will be the envy of everyone here, but no one deserves it more than you do. I pray for an improvement and maintenance of your health so you can enjoy everything life has to offer. I look forward to 2015 with you and the SMUTville gang. Hopefully I will be able to control myself. My goal is to use the makeup I own and buy only the LE items that speak loudly to me and to only get brushes that I’ve been wanting for a long time or that are truly unique to my humble collection. Thank you for your passion and dedication. Sending lots of love and hugs from Texas.

argiro 5 January, 2015 - 11:17 am

Sonia,happy 2015 and i hope that gives you love ,health and happyness!!!i am always happy when i read new post from you.i can not wait for your best brushes of 2014!!i can not wait for the brush room!!you bring joy to me life and i really love you.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Hi Argiro! thank you, I am wishing you all the very same!
I am so so sorry all that is taking so long, you have no idea how much time it requires, drives me insane to not be able to finish it faster 🙁
I’ll get there eventually 🙂 Today I have mounted the brush vault while my bf is busy with the plaster finishing !!! but the room is not yet ready to host it so it’ll have to wait…
Love you sweetie! thanks for all your warm words and friendship 🙂

Raglo 5 January, 2015 - 12:37 pm Reply
Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Muarf LMAO!!

Anna 5 January, 2015 - 6:32 pm

Hi Sonia,
Reading your posts with grdates interest and pleasure 🙂
This cat of yours is a serious gem 🙂
Wish you all blessings in 2015 and please take care.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Thank you Anna 🙂 I am wishing you all the same!!
I’ll pass the word to Shadow 😀

bellyhead 5 January, 2015 - 10:04 pm

So many wonderful things in this post: Shadow, beautiful brushes, Cat with Hakuhodo, and your wonderful dedication.

Thank you for this wonderful interwebz place, this community and for the wonderful genuine love you have. 🙂

xoxo Wishing you a wonderful new year.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Thank you Belly, I am so happy that you are enjoying this community, such a great bunch of amazing people!!
All my very best wishes to you sweetie for the most amazing 2015!

Lyanna Stark 5 January, 2015 - 10:56 pm

Happy New Year, Sonia!

I am deeply grateful for your continued maintenance of the SMUT site and community. It has become one of my favorite spaces ever.

Cheers and hugs to u!

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 7:57 pm

Warm hugs to you Lyanna! I hope you have started this New Year wonderfully <3

Monika L 6 January, 2015 - 3:33 am

Happy New Year, thank you for your wonderful post always look forward to reading them 🙂

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 7:57 pm

Thank you Monika, as always it’s a pleasure to share with you!! <3

Lyanna Stark 7 January, 2015 - 5:45 am

Woohoo Cat! WOO HOO CATALINA!! I just saw the vid (couldn’t watch it earlier) and how awesome is she!

And she has a cute little Canadian accent! Ahaha!!!


Lyanna Stark 7 January, 2015 - 5:46 am

Now what’s this about a video with Bea?!!

Ahem, link? Anyone?

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 8:17 pm Reply
gatos 7 January, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Wow, this post… I am speechless!!! Sonia, I don’t even know where to begin. First by sending you the biggest hug ever I guess! Your blog, your passion- your whole self actually- and your adorable pets bring such joy to my heart! I am sorry that this has been such a tough year for you. You are such a hero for staying strong always, I am sure I speak for all of us when I say we all admire you and appreciate you and all that you do so much! I can’t thank you enough for creating this space and this community. I never imagined that such awesome friendships could arise from the Interwebz until I met you and the rest of the smuty crew. It has been such a pleasure and HONOUR sharing this past year with all of you and I am much looking forward to what this new year will bring us.

Much love from Canada,


(Oh my god, I can’t believe you actually posted the video hahahaha! I will never be comfortable with seeing/hearing myself. You are much too kind… I could never do Youtube! I really admire all of those who can do it, and so well.)

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Thank you sweetie! It will be better now and I really can’t wait to be back!!! 😀
By the way, I honestly think you should do something about it!!! do videos plizzzzzzz !!!!

gatos 7 January, 2015 - 9:07 pm

OMG BAHAHAHAHAH stahhhppp. I can’t handle the stupid upspeak I got going here. Drives me nuts. I’d like to think I don’t do that in normal conversation but now I am not so sure *dies*. Thanks for the support my lovely Lyanna, you are such a good sport <3

Lyanna Stark 7 January, 2015 - 10:24 pm

And you are super beautiful, bright and charismatic. And you know your Hakuhodo! Cheers, gatos!

gatos 9 January, 2015 - 6:11 pm

Girl, you cray! Thank you really for such kind and very generous compliments, I feel unworthy but thank you and hugs *bows*.

Riya 10 January, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Thank you sonia for sharing so many amazing discoveries ! Your blog is Da place to be for any makeup brushes junkie 🙂
What is the name of the channel you mentioned in your post ? Bea ?
Bisou ma belle !

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 18 January, 2015 - 8:28 pm

Hi Riya, are you looking for Bea’s channel? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lFfG9KgSmU
Bisous!!! enjoy your week!! <3

Gladys L. 11 January, 2015 - 3:12 am

Long time no see, Sonia, I feel so sorry for being sneaky in the forum and commenting in your blog far less than the past. But my health and friend netwrok have undergone some drastic change in 2014. I slept in the hospital, I tried to connect with my new friends but see a lot of selfish behaviors. 2014 just crash me in the end of the year but I have found a new balance again.

But I do read your posts! I love them! My fav. is the canadian squirrel list.

As for my new found targets from 2014:
1. YSL – enjoyed the makeup service, shocked, have you booked one of those makeup session with google glass recording?
2. Amorepacific from Korea – I found it when I was looking into good facial wash.

The return of the Paula Dorf crease brush is a huge thing in 2014, I agree. But its one-off disappearance warned me about being more open to substitute choice for any holy grail brush in the world, so instead of buying it, I finally bought a few other brands and happily living with them.

This is a good lesson for me.

I tried Kumano Fude Select Shop after your recommendation, its shipping is more than speedy, and although the brush handle is made of less durable/ cheaper material, I still like the red image overall, and the crease brush is fantastic! Thanks Sonia.

I mentioned that you raised my interest towards canadian squirrel hair, I shall wait for my friends to go to department store in Japan to get me those recommended eye brushes.

As for accessibility, I made so many new friends in 2014 and they form a busy schedule of Japan visiting network! So I would have more chance to buy from Japan without paying for delivery, cool!

I have learnt a lot from the guest posts, thank you Sonia and all star guest writers, I find your dear friends’ instagram pics very alluring.

As for 2015, I think I would finally look into the Rae Morris new magnetic range, and I hope your source can bring us more good surprise in 2015, 2014 is a great year of innovation, I hope 2015 will do even better, I am still waiting for some from chikuhodo, rae morris, ysl.

midnitedesire 12 January, 2015 - 4:07 pm

What a year! ! Truly a wonderful post to round-up your year ☺ I love how much all your posts make me smile my dear , your writing is incredibly genuine! And I’m sure this year will be even better and better . Highs and lows are a part of life but you know,  you are one of the strongest people I know and I love your personality ,above of all your positivity

midnitedesire 12 January, 2015 - 4:15 pm

My comment seems incomplete

midnitedesire 12 January, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Cat, You’re sooooooo cool and beautiful

midnitedesire 12 January, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Oh no…I don’t know what happened to half of my comments!:(
I really enjoyed your summary of 2014 and looking forward to more creative fun in 2015! The happy and healthy life is the good life 🙂
Lastly, may I wish you a very belated happy new to you and your loved ones! and pray to god to fulfill all your dreams and achieve all your goals you have set.
Please keep writing 😀

midnitedesire 12 January, 2015 - 9:53 pm

Arghhhh…Sorry, something went wrong with all my comments ,it was supposed to be
“Cat, You’re sooooooo cool and beautiful 🙂 it’s so nice to see you in video and hear your voice. Just watched it three times hehehe 😉 “

Ann C. 17 January, 2015 - 3:32 pm

I love you Sonia! Because of you I got the best things that keeps me going. I have my passion (makeup and brushes) and best of al my amazing smutties for friends!

B 22 January, 2015 - 11:45 pm

Please do a favorite brushes of 2014 post! I’m waiting ever so patiently. 🙂

Cat 11 March, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Tesla!!!! I only just now so this comment, you are too sweet and kind <3 <3 <3 Thank you so much for those lovely words, you have definitely cheered me up on a tough day. Much love to you, gorgeous!

Karina Fogliani 6 February, 2018 - 10:25 pm

Man… you wrote here about the demise of the Sonia Rykiel make-up collection and I rushed to EBay to see if I could get some. I managed to find 2 blushes, one in gel in orange and one in powder form in pink. I think I know why it was discontinued. Shortly after it happened, Lancôme launched a Sonia Rykiel line, which I believe was curated by Lisa Eldridge, in quite colourful packaging. It probably meant the demise of the Japan-based one. Somehow I don’t think the quality would have been the same – the Japan one being likely superior. Sad news indeed. I wanted to get some of the eyeshadows. Sniff.

Sonia G. 11 February, 2018 - 11:55 pm

yes got a few of those Lancome! nothing in comparison to the original though!!
We need to investigate.. I think I will have to because it’s just too beautiful to be discontinued!!

Johanna 18 April, 2022 - 8:53 pm

Hey Sonia! Huge fan! Not sure if I’ve left comments before, mostly because your posts explain everything lol. But I’ve been looking for some info on the older Burberry brushes and can find little information on them besides the crease/ pencil brushes. Was just curious if you ever reviewed them back in the day, or if you have tried them? I have an opportunity to purchase an older (used) set, and just wanted to make sure I wasn’t completely throwing money down the drain. Im well aware there are better brushes out there, and I’m sure I already own better… But what’s a brush hoarder to do?! I still find them stunning and would love to collect (hoard and barely use) them!

Sonia G. 18 April, 2022 - 11:28 pm

Hi Johanna, Thank you for contacting me! well, besides those brushes I didn’t try more, I haven’t been travelling to a Burberry boutique where they sell them or even Harrods since they were sold there, it’s usually upon those trips that I buy brushes that I find interesting to own.
If you want, you can send me the links or details and often by looking at pictures we can already have an opinion, of course it’s not always the case but maybe I saw them in the past 🙂 I understand that collectors “feeling” so if you can, just go with your heart, and if you find them stunning, a decision taken with your heart is rarely a regret 🙂
You can email me with the “get in touch” from the menu on my blog 🙂 take care!!!


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