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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We arrived back in Hawaii on Friday night. As usual, my plans to either schedule posts while I was gone, or work on posts while in London didn’t happen. I am probably the laziest blogger in the world. Sigh.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick and dirty post of the beauty things I brought back. It’s always fun to look at the stuff we can’t get easily in the States!

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Stopped by KIKO and picked up a clear lip liner to replace the Urban Decay one that dried out. Also bought two more of their Long-lasting Eyeshadow sticks, in a matte black and a matte greige taupe.

My friend wanted the gorgeous TopShop Chameleon eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards, and who can blame her? I swatched another Chameleon color called Changeling, and it had to come home with me. It’s the prettiest purple-green-pink shift!!

My mom and I both bought a Bourjois foundation. I picked up the Healthy Mix in the shade 53, to mix with the Healthy Mix Serum I have in 52, which is currently too light for me. Since we spent over £12 on Bourjois, Superdrug was having a promotion and gave me a free GWP. I don’t normally wear gray smoky shades, but I’ll give it a try anyway.

As you can see, I kept the number of items to a minimum. However, that doesn’t mean I kept the spending to a minimum, because…

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Yep. I bought the unicorn Suqqu Cheek Brush. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the brush Lisa Eldridge uses in practically every single video. It’s stupid expensive and hard to get a hold of. I can’t even really afford it right now. I was content to put it on my wish list and buy it eventually, one day… But since the pound is so weak (sorry guys), and I’m still eligible to claim back the VAT, I took the plunge. I almost bought two, but told myself I was being crazy (still not entirely convinced that was the right decision).

I’ve used it a few times, unwashed, and it is so wonderfully soft. It picks up and blends color effortlessly. I washed it tonight, and put a brush guard on it, so I’m hoping it’ll fluff out a bit, but not too much. Much excite!

Last, but not least, something rather exciting happened on the plane ride back from London. I spotted one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Linda Hallberg, on the same flight! I had read on her blog and her Instagram that she was heading to Hawaii, but imagine my surprise when I saw her walk by on the plane during boarding!

I thought at most she’d post pictures of places I’d recognize in Honolulu and Oahu, but instead, at baggage claim, after two very long flights, I went up to say hi to her. She was very humble and sweet and agreed to take a quick selfie with me.


If you don’t already follow Linda, check out her blog, her YouTube channel, and her Instagram page. There is no limit to her creativity and talent; she’s so inspiring!

So anyway. Now I’m home, and it’s time to try to shuffle my life into some sort of productive order. Hello, December.