Complexion Brush

Complexion Brush from Earth Therapeutics

Recommended by Aestheticians

Do I have to admit that I am a beauty junk? Anyway, as I wait for my husband at Trinoma mall, can’t help but go to my most 1st favorite place in the area… the Beauty Bar. It’s like a candy store to me. I just needed to buy something whenever I pass by. Fortunately my previous facial brush has to retire, thank you my good ol’ friend… you served me well.

Moving on, when I saw and felt the soft bristles that earth therapeutics brush has… I grabbed it and ka-ching!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ just for P325.00.

I am a believer of facial brush as it really washes away my make-up dirt aside from the make-up cleanser I’m using. I know it’s not healthy to use facial brush like everyday! but what can I do, I love the result. kanya-kanyang hiyangan lang yan hehe LOL. Ang importante matangal yung make-up ko sa mukha since I’m using face powder 6 days in a week. I just can’t go outside the world without wearing face powder and lip gloss.. let’s add corrector and sometimes mascara for flirty eyes ๐Ÿ™‚

As a make-up lover, I also take care of my skin even it’s too bratty! and I make sure it’s super clean before I go to sleep…. hokay not super but at least no make-up traces at all ๐Ÿ™‚

To wrap things up, as I read the instruction behind the box… it says: Use morning and night to reveal a softer; healthier and HAPPIER complexion.

I don’t know but that line made me laugh big time. Naisip ko tuloy, may sad complexion ba?! I don’t know but it’s catchy! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

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Makeup Brushes 101: The Idiot’s guide to proper care of one’s brushes

By: Xeng Zulueta

Annoyed.

That’s how I felt after perusing the May 2010 issue of Real Simple Magazine. I love this magazine to bits because of the practicality and tongue-in-cheek suggestions for anything and everything that’s DIY. I was taken aback when, upon flipping to the beauty pages, it read: “clean your makeup brushes once a month with a mild soap or shampoo”…not verbatim, but something to that effect. First of all, the cover blurb is loud and clear, the May issue is “SPEED CLEANING”. Readers, I assure you that washing your makeup brushes in mild soap and/or shampoo is not only the longest route you can take to cleanliness but the most impractical and unsanitary of all methods.


MAY 2010 Issue

THE SCENARIO

So let’s say you are an aspiring makeup artist, or maybe you’ve just purchased a set of very expensive brushes. Why not? all the best makeup artists and magazines tell you to invest in a good set of brushes because doing so is a worthwhile investment. I could not agree more. This is not some marketing ploy or conspiracy to make just one brand’s brush line flourish. Investing in a good set of makeup brushes means a lifetime of brushes that deliver the best application. I’ll let you in on a secret if you do not know it already: SOMETIMES IF THE MAKEUP BRAND IS NOT HIGH-END, WITH A GOOD SET OF BRUSHES YOUR NOT-SO-HIGH-END MAKEUP CAN LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. Reverse that phrase and honey, you’ve just flushed all that expensive makeup down the drain. Aside from near to perfect makeup application, a good set of brushes compliments a good skincare routine. How? well, calculate the amount of money you spend on skincare+trips to your dermatologist+treatments/facials,etc. So if you’re not the soap and water kind of gal, yes dear, it is most likely that you cough up a fortune to keep your face as flawless as it can possibly be or have been spending a fortune to achieve flawlessness. Okay so given all that, you buy a set of brushes that are mediocre. For me, the definition of mediocre is any brush that is A. stiff and feels scratchy on the skin B. too soft that it doesn’t really pick up any makeup. I can go on and on and on but it’s not my intention to land on the makeup brush shit list. I’m simply sharing my knowledge and practical approach on how a bad set of brushes negates any skin care routine you’ve already invested in. Another thing, would you reach for a bar of “mild soap and/or shampoo” to take off all your makeup at the end of the day. Think about what I just said, yes that’s it and let it sink in, I believe we are on the same page by now.

An aspiring makeup artist? say you have a 22-piece brush set. Correction, a very expensive 22-piece brush set. You have an assembly line of 6-15 models you have to makeup for a fashion show. OR 6 bridesmaids and a bride waiting in line to get made up. I doubt if you’ll reach for “mild soap and/or shampoo” in between girls. Um, yeah I thought so. The most practical thing to do as a professional is to keep at least 3 sets of brushes as back up, because using the same brushes over on a different client is TOTALLY and COMPLETELY unacceptable to me. In some countries, this would be a lawsuit waiting to happen should you cross-infect a cold sore or a skin infection. You don’t even want to hear the horror stories told to me by models. I have some clients who in fact, bring their own brushes when they get made up by me for the fear of spreading any sort of bacteria back and forth!

SO WHAT NOW BROWN COW?

Well for starters, invest in a good set of brushes if you have not already. If you are a pro and would like to share any other brands which I do not mention, then by all means tweet me or make a comment on this post. We are all dying to know what else is out there!!! If I have not listed it, that only means I have not tried it, or I’ve tried it but would not vouch for it. I am privy to the following brands of makeup which carry these brushes:

SHU UEMURA

MAC

NARS

CHANEL

KEVYN AUCOIN

Trish McEvoy (handy/travel size)

SOMEONE’S GOT TO DO THE DIRTY WORK
For personal brushes, cleaning them once a month is all you need PROVIDED the brushes either NEVER leave your home or are stored neatly in a brush roll or case. A lot of women are guilty of stashing their makeup brushes in the same kit alongside tubes of mascara and eyeliners. God only knows how much bacteria is breeding in that thing. A solution that I’ve provided is to have a separate set of brushes just for touching up. For personal use, you only really need at least 4 brushes: powder, blush, eyeshadow and lip/eyebrow. Keep the professional size ones at home on your dresser, anyway it’s a hassle to tote these around. Buy handy-sized versions of whatever you have at home which sole purpose is for touch-ups at work and at play, easily stores in a small kit or clutch.
For professional brushes, I will sound like a broken record when I say please clean as you go. It is imperative that you do so because models have their beauty at stake and if you screw up someone’s skin with your unsanitary ways, then the beauty gods shall unleash their karma on you, leaving you on your own and out on a limb. Nothing worse than a makeup artist with a reputation of dirty brushes/tools. Yuck. Brushes that require cleaning after EVERY client are: lip, eyeshadow, foundation and concealer brushes. These brushes work on the most sensitive and bacteria-prone parts of the face.

NOW THAT I’VE PAINTED A PRETTY PICTURE

There are only 2 brands that I know of and use which acts as a disinfectant, brush cleaner and brush softener in one AND you may use your brushes right away with absolutely NO DOWN TIME/WAITING or WASHING. To anybody who wishes to challenge this statement, I would be willing and able in an arena where we can do an actual demonstration in front of a live audience. Again, if there are other products out there that I do not know about, please share them with me.

1. Shu Uemura Brush Cleaner (left) instantly drains ALL makeup from any brush. Put it to the test: take your greasiest grease paint and pour the cleaner into a small cup, the kind that comes with mouthwash and swirl your brush back and forth, you may repeat as necessary then wipe that on a white facial tissue back and forth strokes. TA-DA!!!! your brush is not only clean, but ready use and bacteria free. THAT’S IT FOLKS. No drying, no waiting, no washing, next model in line please? The only down side to this brush cleaner (I’VE TOLD THE FOLKS IN JAPAN TIME AND TIME AGAIN) is that it is only sold in one size. You kinda need to hoard a LOT of this because you will not be able to live without it. Another inconvenience is that for brushes bigger than an eyeshadow brush, you would need a bowl of the cleaner to go through one powder or blush brush alone. This is perfect for personal-use brushes which only require once-a-month cleaning.

2. Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner (right) is the exact same type of cleaner as Shu Uemura. Unfortunately for us in the Philippines, the Cinema Secrets counters do not carry the big industrial size so you’ll have to have it bought for you in the U.S. A friend of mine said that due to some packaging fail, the big size leaked in her suitcase soiling some of her clothes but loves the product anyway.

3. For big size brushes such as the ones used for powder, blush and the like, your best bet would be an anti-bacterial hand soap that foams. Not only are they NOT “mild shampoos” they smell great and do the job of ridding the grime and the grunge that builds up in your brushes. If you can splurge buy any anti-bacterial foaming hand wash from bath & body works or if you’re on a budget brands like Ivory and Dove don’t put a dent in your bank account available in most drug stores/groceries/supermarkets.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Brushes are very personal to me. As Mr. Shu Uemura says: “They are the extension of my hands and fingers”. He could not have put it better. Treat them with care and respect and the love they deserve and know when to retire a brush that has served its purpose. Do I sound like a freak? well maybe I won’t sound like one when you thank me in 10 years and your brushes are still intact. By the way, BEWARE of fake brushes being sold on Ebay and on the internet. Always question the authenticity, there is nothing wrong in doing so.

P.S.

  1. Don’t dry your brushes with a hand dryer or a blow dryer
  2. Don’t lay your brushes down a towel while waiting for them to dry, instead lay them flat on a table with the bristles hanging off the edge, that way, all sides of the brush get to air dry properly
  3. Mold them back into their original shape with your hands, sometimes washing may cause them to open up like a fan or fountain
  4. Don’t soak your brushes in a bowl, this will cause the bristles to fall out and break
  5. Don’t throw away old brushes, you may use them to apply shimmer on the body, self-tanning products or clean your computer (HAHA), no seriously….

SOURCE: http://motherfusser.blogspot.com/

Note: I tweeted Xeng Zulueta, one of my idols in make-up world and asked what else does she recommend for make-up cleansers since I find MAC cleanser too expensive for a regular make-up user like me ๐Ÿ™‚

This article is nice ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Cleaning! follow Xeng Zulueta Blog and tweeter! Visit na!

116 Blush Brush

I lost my MAC 168 and I’ve been using it for 2-3 years ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  That’s why I decided to buy brush for powder blushย  immediately since its essential to my make up tools and a nice investment for my make up collection.

I don’t buy make-up tools “just because”

Investing good brushes is a must if you love collecting make-up. Remember Make-up has an expiration, but make-up tools last longer especially when you take good care of it properly.

I am still in search for my perfect match and hopefully I’ll be done finding them soonย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I love MAC brushes because it has the softest bristles- ever.

116 Blush Brush

(without flash)

Lovely Bristles, so soft! I love it.

OH YES!

– soft bristles that i love to mention all over and over

–ย  full rounded shape

– good for small cheeks if there’s suchย  (I have) (i guess, because there are brushes that when you use it to your face it’s all over!)

– it does not itch! (I always feel the brush first and foremost)

– I love the wood handles, sakto sa kamay ko haha.

– not heavy

BOO HOO!

– it’s expensive

MAC make-up brush cleanser is also expensive but I use it to take care my little cute brushes ๐Ÿ™‚ sayang pag nasira noh!

– it has no pouch (some MAC brushes has ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I bought this at Rustans at Shangri-la Mall Edsa. I love their staff kase ๐Ÿ™‚ di mayabang like the others.

I also recommend E.L.F professional Brushes (available at Rustans Makati) it’s more cheaper but the quality is great! Soft bristles too ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S.

Do MAC cosmetics go on Sale? LOL if yes Message me agad.

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Make-up Brush: Treat them with care and respect and the love they deserve and know when to retire a brush that has served its purpose.- xz