makeup brushes

Her Name Is Laura…

Laura Mercier Cheek Colour Brush, Pony Tail Brush, Smudge Brush, Flat Eye Liner Brush

No, I haven’t popped out my baby girl yet!  And no, we’re not going to call her Laura either.  But I’m talking about the Laura Mercier Touch Up Brush Clutch For Eyes & Cheeks which landed on my beauty desk recently.

*hehe*
But I fooled y’all for a second, didn’t I?
…crickets chirping…

Moving swiftly on…

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Get or Forget : Kirkland Signature 10 Piece Deluxe Brush Collection with Designer Bag

Costco Kirkland Signature makeup brushes

Costco.  If you haven’t been to Costco before, you are surely missing out.  Costco opened up in my hometown of Glasgow yonks ago and it was and still is, one of my Mum’s favourite places to shop.  And guess what?  I am turning into my Mum because it is also one of my favourite places to shop now that Costco has opened up in Melbourne.  I love Costco’s freshly baked croissants, large packs of salmon, Skippy Peanut Butter and I really miss the baked potatoes because they don’t sell that here in Melbourne.  Damn them!!!!!!  Anyway, this isn’t a food blog so let me get onto the beauty bit of today’s blog.  During one of our Costco visits, I came upon Kirkland Signature 10 Piece Deluxe Brush Collection with Designer Bag for the bargainous price of $20 AUD and in a flash, it hopped onto my trolley and came home with me.

The 10 brushes are :-

  • Powder : Big and fluffy but not soft enough for my liking
  • Finishing : Good for stippling
  • Foundation Concealer :  LOVE this as it is dense but soft and buffs well
  • Cheek : 2nd favourite and great for contouring
  • Crease Eye : I like to use this on fake crease (I have Asian eyes with no crease – boohoo!)
  • Angled Eye : Not used very often so cannot comment
  • All Over Eye : Great for eye shadow in powder form
  • Liner : I’ve been using this a lot to line my waterline with black matte shadow
  • Highlighting : Haven’t had the need to use this at all
  • Contour Kabuki : Lovely and soft

Here is my review of Kirkland Signature 10 Piece Deluxe Brush Collection with Designer Bag in the Get or Forget format…

Get Kirkland Signature 10 Piece Deluxe Brush Collection with Designer Bag if :-

  • You cannot be bothered washing your make-up brushes (hello, that’s me!)
  • You’re not a make-up brush snob because the handles are plastered with Kirkland Signature logo which is a tad tacky
  • A foundation brush is what you are after.  This is the star in the collection.  Star!!!

Forget Kirkland Signature 10 Piece Deluxe Brush Collection with Designer Bag if :-

  • You have an ultra-sensitive face because some of the brushes are scratchy!!
  • You like tapered handles on make-up brushes.  The handles here aren’t tapered and can make application a tad more difficult.
  • You think you’re getting a “DESIGNER BAG” – it aint designer, I tell ya!  That’s false advertising!!!

My expectations for Kirkland Signature 10 Piece Deluxe Brush Collection with Designer Bag were low and that is why the brushes exceeded my expectations.  For $20 AUD, I am not complaining.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a Costco near you because you can buy it on Amazon

Are you a Costco fan?  Have you tried these make-up brushes?  And do you love Skippy Peanut Butter too?

Nude By Nature Powder Brush Gives Me A Make-Up-Brush-Gasm!

Nude By Nature Powder, natural make-up

Do you know what my favourite make-up brush is?  It is a big fluffy powder brush!  Why?  Because I love how the big soft fluffy bristles feel against my face and how it delicately tickles my not-so-delicate flat Asian nose.  No other make-up brush gives me that much satisfaction.  It’s like a make-up-brush-gasm (i.e make-up brush + orgasm)…if there is such a thing.  No?  Okay, it’s just me then…

Anyway, this will explain what happened when I received a Nude By Nature care package…  In the box, I immediately noticed a trio of lip glosses – which I promptly reviewed – and a couple of make-up items which I ooh-ed over…and THEN I SAW THE POWDER BRUSH!

I tested the bristles on my hand and I knew that this Nude By Nature Powder Brush was a goodie.  It was lovely, fluffy and supersoft.  INSTANT LOVE and that make-up-brush-gasm I was talking about earlier…ahem…

Anyway, my care package included the perfect accessory to road-test the Powder Brush and that was in the form of the Nude By Nature Mineral Finishing Veil.

Nude By Nature mineral review, Nude by Nature powder

Nude By Nature Mineral Finishing Veil is a finely-milled translucent finishing powder AKA “Oily Face Police”.  I like it but I don’t love it.  But that’s because of the packaging fault of the holes.  The powder just gets EVERYWHERE!  Up my nose, down my throat, on my bathroom floor…you get the picture!

So yeah… go and test out the Nude By Nature Powder Brush  ($14.95 AUD) and see if it gives you a make-up-brush-gasm too.  As for the Nude By Nature Mineral Finishing Veil ($39.95 AUD), it’s a better-than-average powder but it’s not perfect, in my opinion.

Have you tried Nude By Nature products?  Is it just me or are the photos I took for this post looking really good or what?  Also, I wonder what Google hits I will get from this post as it contains dodgy words like “nude” and “orgasm”.  Let me write “sex” too – just for the heck of it 😛

RIP : Red Earth Lip Brush

It’s a sad day on The Best Beauty Blog as there has been an unexpected death.  It brings me with great sorrow to announce that my Red Earth lip brush committed suicide today.  Here’s what happened :-

I thought I was doing the right thing by giving my set of Red Earth brushes a wash – all the makeup gurus insist that it is important to wash makeup brushes frequently to prevent bacteria build-up and contamination.  So I thought I’d do my good deed for the day (I try and do one of them every day) and take them for a wash.  But before I even turned on the tap, my Red Earth lip brush leaped out of my hands and dived into the plug hole…never to be seen ever again!

I tried to rescue it.  I did.  I even used my precious Tweezerman tweezers to dig around and try and fish them out.  Instead, I fished out a clump of long yukky hairs.  GROSS!  Obviously, the hairs don’t belong to me!!

I just don’t understand why!!  Why did my Red Earth lip brush want to leave behind the rest of her family?  Just look at that photo – all the other Red Earth makeup brushes are wet with tears!!!!  They are so traumatised that they want to jump into the plug hole too!  NO WAY!  I lost one today and I do not intend to lose anymore of them.

I adopted this beautiful set of Red Earth makeup brushes around 5 years ago when I first laid eyes on them in Hong Kong.  They were beautifully crafted and served me well for all these years.  Admittedly, I did not give the lip brush much love as I only recently became a lipstick lover.  But I promise to change – I, Ling Tung, do solemnly swear never to wash my makeup brushes ever again!

Let’s have a minute of silence as we remember my Red Earth Lip Brush…which never lived to be photographed.  Forgive me when I brush my teeth tonight and spit on you!  RIP in Makeup Brush Heaven.