Japanese brushes, part 1

*taps mic* Is anyone still here?? I’m sorry I haven’t posted since July.  Between settling down in a new country and starting a job, this draft post has been gathering dust for about two months. (And yet, despite my silence, my Facebook page has been steadily gaining likes week after week?? I don’t even know. Thank you, though!)

Anyway, in the midst of all the crazy bullshit happening in the world right now, let’s talk about lovely things instead.

I’ve been meaning to write about my Japanese brushes for a long time now. I first got into fude(s? What’s the plural for this?) about a year and a half ago. Since then, I have managed to build a nice little family of wonderful, handmade fluffies. Brushes are my current beauty obsession; I’m more interested in researching new shapes and bristle types with makeup releases nowadays.

First off, I very firmly believe that you DO NOT need expensive-ass brushes to apply makeup well. High quality tools are obviously very important, but do you need to splash out $100+ on a blush brush to achieve perfectly flushed cheeks? No. No one “needs” high-end makeup brushes anymore than anyone “needs” high-end designer bags. If you use and love drugstore brushes, and they work well for you, that’s great! Makeup, brushes, and application all come down to highly personal preferences.

For me, I simply enjoy the superior craftsmanship a fude offers, and I love the way they apply products. They’re a small daily indulgence, and using them makes me happy. I’m not here to tell you why you should buy a fude instead of a drugstore brush. This post is pure vanity, showing off my fluffy treasures.

Here’s a great post by Karima about why you you might want to consider Japanese makeup brushes. Additionally, Sonia’s blog, Sweet Makeup Temptations is an absolute TREASURE TROVE of information and comparison pics, if you’re interested in learning more about fudes.

Enough blabber, here are some pics!

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Now in the U.K., more or less permanently!

*pokes everyone*

Hiya! I arrived in London last week Wednesday! Since this was The Big Move, I’ll be blogging from the UK (and the UK timezone) from now on. Not that anyone was scrutinizing at what time my posts would go up, but there you go.

Once I get my life in order (okay, yeah right… let’s shoot for barely functioning order, I feel like that’s more achievable and realistic), I’ll start posting again.

Cheers!

April and May 2017 empties

Seeing as we’re already halfway through June, I’d better get these up now-ish.

This will most likely be rambly and boring, so feel free to click away. *shrugs*

April empties

e.l.f. Shine Eraser blotting papers – I could have sworn there used to be 50 sheets per pack, but now there are only 30?? As a result, I’m going through these faster than before. Also, now that it’s summer, I’ve been using 3 sheets a day.

Nature Republic Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Collagen Solution – I like these gel masks more than paper ones. They feel more substantial and soothing. I enjoyed this one and have one more that I need to use before I leave!

Jouer lip gloss in Sunset – Just tired of this one. I don’t use lip gloss much anymore, and I have no feelings one way or another about this.

Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – It’s okay. I know there are better spf moisturizers out there, but I’m kinda cheap when it comes to skincare. Mostly because skincare ingredients etc. intimidate me.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry eau de toilette – It’s a sweet, one-note fragrance. I liked it, but I bought it only because I used to work there and needed to wear a company fragrance.

The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in 05 – FINALLY DONE WITH THIS MOTHERFUCKER. This foundation just wouldn’t die and I started to really resent it. It’s been discontinued, but I wouldn’t repurchase it if it were still being sold. It wore horribly throughout the day, looked greasy, and clung to dry patches. Blech.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – HG status. I will forever repurchase this hand cream. Again, the scent is not for everyone, but it is the best hand cream for my perpetually thirsty paws.

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FOTD: Changeling

I haven’t posted a makeup look in ages. In fact, I haven’t created one worth documenting in ages either. I did this waaaay back in April. Whoops.

This look started out with the intent of using TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling, but the name of the shadow and its incredible color shift kind of took over and it evolved into this.

Aaaand I just realized that I never did post pics of that gorgeous eyeshadow! So, here you go:

TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling

topshop chameleon glow changeling

Looks mildly interesting in the pan. Reddish with a green shift. Okay, what makes it special?

Feast your eyes:

topshop chameleon glow changeling swatch

How pretty is this?? It has such a delicious, delicate iridescent sheen, and that color shift! I don’t have anything else like this in my stash. It is utterly unique.

Come a little closer:

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Urban Decay eyeshadow Smokeout

urban decay eyeshadow smokeout

I have a good number of pictures already edited and cropped, just sitting on my desktop. All I need to do is upload them and word dump about them a bit. Easier said than done, but here I am finally. So, let’s get to it!

Urban Decay eyeshadow Smokeout

Urban Decay describes Smokeout as “dark taupey-black.” I’m crap at coming up with accurate color descriptions on my own, so I say sure! Sounds about right! I think it’s a gorgeous not-black color, perfect for both everyday and sexier looks.

It has a beautiful satin finish, with just enough sheen to keep it from being completely flat and lifeless. I’ve been using this a lot to smudge out my pencil liner, and it makes quick work of a hazy, smoky eye. The color blends out so well and it ends up looking like I spent more time on my makeup than I actually did.

urban decay eyeshadow smokeout swatch

I swatched this on bare skin with a brush. You can see here that there is a bit of fallout upon application. To combat this, I push the pigment into the bristles against the inside of my wrist before applying.

I impulse bought this when Urban Decay was 15 or 20% off on Nordstrom. No regrets at all; I think it’s easily one of the best shadows that Urban Decay has, both formula and colorwise.

Note: if you sign up for Urban Decay’s Beauty Junkies loyalty program (personal invite link, feel free to avoid if you like :P), you get a free eyeshadow of your choice on your birthday. I ended up choosing Fireball, and bought this one later, but I rarely use Fireball and instead am having an intense love affair with Smokeout.

Although I said I’ve been using this color a lot, sadly I don’t have any FOTD pictures using it yet. I want to slowly ease back into posting more regularly. Thanks for sticking with me through my frequent periods of radio silence! For some reason my Facebook page has been getting a lot of likes, and I never use that platform. What would you guys like to see there?

Lastly, if triplexm from MUA is reading this, HI!! *waves*

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