REVIEW: Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara

Since experimenting outside of my trusty Majorica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara, I’ve tried and reviewed various Japanese mascaras on this blog. I do it rarely because I’m notoriously picky about mascara because I’ve been cursed with short, sparse, Asian lashes! For me, it’s important that I get LIFT and CURL before I get length and volume. Most Western mascaras will make my lashes droop and fall down after curling – no matter how fancy the mascara is. Before applying any mascara, I always use the Shiseido mascara base – which has worked wonders and has protected my lashes from harsh, drying, waterproof formulas.

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My newest obsession is the Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara that I recently picked up at an Asian grocery chain. Honestly, ordering it on eBay probably would’ve been a cheaper option, but I wanted it right then and there rather than waiting for it to come in the mail! :) I opted for the volume and curl option rather than the lengthen and curl. In my experience, Japanese mascaras that have “lengthen and curl” in its title will do just that and nothing more. I always have to layer on another mascara for more oomph.

The Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara is great and has temporarily replaced my current Japanese mascara – the Fasio Curl Lock Mascara. The wand of the Kiss Me mascara is tapered and much more manageable because it’s thin and small – albeit it does not spare any bristles. For Asians, when you don’t have a lot of actual lashes to work with, attempting to maneuver a big, fat, dense brush is frustrating because it will only end up transferring product onto the lids and beyond. The concentrated brush is the best feature of this mascara.

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The formula is what makes this mascara – obviously. The glossy black finish is pretty but not in an obnoxious way. It holds the curl immensely through rain or shine, and doesn’t smudge or flake off throughout the day. Occasionally, I will still layer a mascara on top if I feel like it, but the volume this mascara provides is still good – although it can get clumpy if you’re not careful. The formula is initially wet on application but dries quickly – I assume to capture the angle of the curl, lol.

Like ALL curl-holding Japanese mascaras, this is difficult to remove. I believe Kiss Me sells a separate remover for this high-power mascara, but if you’re unable to get a hold of one (like me), I suggest using Lancome Bi-Facil or the Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover and following it with a cleansing oil.

I highly recommend this, especially if you need a mascara that holds the curl. If there isn’t an Asian market around you and your store doesn’t carry beauty products, I suggest hunting it down via eBay because there’s some reliable sellers who carry this product!

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Best of MAC

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I got this Best of MAC feature from Pinterest and was excited to share it with you. Apart from the MAC Face and Body Foundation and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, I’ve owned previously, currently own, and tried the rest of the products. :)

For those of you beginning with makeup or are in the process of collecting MAC products, this may be a good reference for you to give you a starting point. Even if you’re a seasoned MAC cosmetics user, it’s still a handy reference to go back to. I’m not 100% dedicated to MAC because I love other brands and products from all over, however, I adore MAC blushes, eyeshadows, and the occasional lipstick.

I hope this post helps! And, good luck with building your ever-growing makeup collection.

Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in “Chestnut”

After relying solely on appropriate eyeshadow shades to fill in my eyebrows, I was recently convinced to try an eyebrow pencil. In the past, I’ve used MAC’s “Lingering” but preferred the natural look of powder on the brows. Today’s post is about the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Chestnut.

Despite the steep price for an eyebrow pencil, I decided to try the item after reading rave reviews. Because I haven’t tried many different eyebrow pencils out on the market, I can’t say 100% that this is the best I’ve ever tried. However, what I CAN say is that right now, I prefer the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor over my MAC eyeshadow in “Coquette” and MAC’s eyebrow pencil in “Lingering.” :)

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It’s often said in the beauty-world that the eyebrows are one of the most important elements of the face – because it not only frames your face, but also frames your eyes as well. Without groomed or filled in brows, in my experience, your overall appearance and makeup look, is rather incomplete.

Naturally, I have thin hairs and have always wished for thick eyebrow hairs. Strangely, although my eyebrow hairs tend to grow quickly and I have a lot scattered hairs, the overall appearance of my brows is quite thin. My natural hair color is a dark chocolate brown shade, rather than a black-charcoal shade as well. Tom Ford says that “a perfectly groomed and shaped brow is the most powerful non-invasive way to define and enhance your features.” I would absolutely agree with that.

“The unique calligraphy tip allows a tailor-made stroke, from thin to wide.” This built-in angle of the tip is the key element. Other eyebrow pencils – whether they’re automatic or in pencil form – will get blunt and flatten out as you use the product. Because of that, it’s difficult to create a thin, crisp line that will help define the brows. A precision-tipped applicator is key in creating a defined and well-edged brow.

By having the angled tip, it’s easy to draw on the brows; and, then the wide portion of the tip is great for shading and adding dimension. The color – although waxy – transfers well onto the brow hairs and skin. It’s very easy to use, which I like – while I was using MAC’s “Lingering,” the blunt tip was hard to work with and it was difficult to shade or fill-in the sparse areas because the tip was so rounded.

NOTE: Remove the opposite-end cap to uncover the grooming brush; twist the cap counterclockwise to reveal the sharpener. This sharpener comes with the pencil and housed inside of the product – that way you’ll never lose it. This is handy for maintaining the angled-tip.

The shade “Chestnut” is a great match for my skin tone and my natural hair color. The warm deep brown can be applied lightly or layered for a stronger, bolder look. I’ve been using my brow sculptor for two weeks now and have already sharpened it 4 times – shaving off as little as possible, lol. I suspect this product won’t last long, which is a problem since this product is $42.00 – so this is something to consider. Using my trusty MAC eyeshadow in “Coquette” will probably last me a lifetime, so if you’re looking for something economical, the TF Brow Sculptor may not be a budget-friendly option.

I love this product but it won’t last long. While it was a cool product to try, I don’t think it’s special enough to be repurchased, unfortunately. And, also, using powder to fill in the brows is the most natural way to go, in my opinion.

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Made in Japan.
Retails for $42.00 USD.

REVIEW: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19

The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation with SPF 19 was recently gifted to me as an early Christmas present and I haven’t been able to part with it since. As a foundation fanatic, I’ve got high expectations and am picky about finish, texture, and oil-control. Previously, I posted a 2012 Favorite Foundations entry if you’d like to refer back to it for additional foundation information.

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The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation can be found at Sephora and YSL counters. I had previously tested the colors on my own before adding it to my wishlist; and, I have to say that color match was a struggle because all the pale hues – whether they’re beige toned or pink toned – looked similar to me. Depending on how pale I wanted to be or how exact I wanted to be, I felt like I could have three different choices. I’d advise getting matched at a counter or test a few samples before committing.

As mentioned in past posts, I’ve previously reviewed the YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch concealer/illuminating pen. Based on the infamous Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, the Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation was created: “For the first time, the magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation with the added benefit of SPF 19 sun protection. Infused in a weightless fluid, this foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. Free of opaque fillers, its perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections while enhancing your skin’s natural beauty.”

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According to Sephora, this foundation is a “weightless, illuminating foundation” formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan.

My shade is BR20 – aka Beige Rose 20. This may seem like an odd choice for me, seeing as how I’m Asian with warmer undertones. However, I don’t lean 100% towards the beige-golden range; and, often, some foundations can appear too yellow on my skin tone. BR20 is described as a color for those with “fair complexions with rosy peach light beige undertones.” And, interestingly, the shade matched my skin very well – even though originally I went thinking I’d be a BD10 (which is a shade entirely for those with yellow-beige undertones).

The texture of the formula is light and runny, which allows for easy blending. Surprisingly, despite its runniness, coverage is medium – which is impressive, and could come in handy for problem-skin days. The finish is satiny yet dewy and there’s a nice naturalness that gives the illuminated appearance. I powder my nose but that’s it and oil-control is decent but not spectacular. I love how light and weightless it feels on the skin – it feels like my pores and my skin can breathe!

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Here – I’ve swatched YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation BR20 and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in “Mont Blanc” respectively. Both are very similar and match my skintone well. Also, it’s not really that pink and it’s not really yellowy either. Notice there’s no ashy neutral tones in either. I’m quite happy with the shade and a little surprised with it as well. I suggest you play with the shades before truly committing because the shades seem to vary from person to person.

This foundation has received great reviews online and I love it too. It’s amazing how well it covers and illuminates without looking cakey or oily. It’s like having the best of both worlds – one being the power of a high-coverage foundation, and the other being the lightness of a tinted moisturizer or light-coverage foundation. I think that’s the reason why so many people are happy with it!

1 oz. Made in France
Retails for $55.00 USD

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo

I spent a good portion of the summer and fall months “regulating” my hair from oily to normal. I went from washing my hair every day (which isn’t good for your scalp or hair) to washing is every other day – to eventually, being able to maintain 2-3 day hair. By “regulating,” I mean, waiting longer – an extra day or so – to wash my hair, allowing it get used to the process.

It took a lot of sacrifice and experimenting with dry shampoos and clarifying shampoos. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a dry shampoo that I like; and, recently, I’ve found a clarifying shampoo that does everything I want it to. Love!

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For my clarifying shampoo of choice, I’ve chosen the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo. I chose this clarifying shampoo because of the consistently high ratings for performance. Online, it’s described as “a weekly detox for product junkies and infrequent washers.” Perfect, right?

This “shampoo rids hair of residue, hard water minerals, and pollutants,” and allows for hair to go on for longer periods of time without having to wash it. For me, product build-up isn’t an issue because I don’t tend to use any except for hair wax. But even that can build up over a few days if I re-apply. I’ve noticed that an important part of growing your hair out and/or maintaining the health of your hair starts with keeping it healthy by not stripping it.

This clarifying shampoo is great for weekly use; or, for me, once every 2 weeks – or, about every 6ish washes or so. Following this shampoo, I like to use a deep treatment hair mask – whatever brand, really. It’s great for getting the moisture and health back into the hair after a thorough cleaning!

The scent is light and sweet – not overly citrusy or floral, thank goodness. A little bit goes a long way and it lathers well so it’s easier to distribute throughout my hair. I like how it rinses clean so it’s ready for deep conditioning afterwards. I highly recommend!

NOTE: This product is not for color-treated hair.

Key Ingredients:
Panax Ginseng Root Extract: Astringent for hair and scalp.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract: Stimulates the scalp; provides antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract: Cleanses; stimulates the scalp.

8 oz.
Made in USA.
Retails for $21.00 USD.

REVIEW: Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette

So, as an avid neutral shadows collector, I’ve sworn to stay away from Urban Decay’s NAKED palettes – all for good reason! However, I was convinced to get the Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette because I’m weak – and, I caved! :)

If you’re like me and you need to justify a purchase like this, use my excuse: ‘Well…technically…I don’t have any matte shadows, so I should get this palette to expand my matte shadows collection…’ HEHE

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A few things to cover before we take a gander at the swatches:
1. Packaging – AWESOME. It’s small and compact with a wide-long mirror. I like that there’s no random lipgloss or eyeshadow applicator/brush because they’re useless anyway. The slightly rubberized texture of the palette is nice, but it’s not sticky-rubbery like the NARS packaging.

2. Urban Decay describes this palette as their first matte palette “featuring six gorgeously Naked neutrals to build on or wear alone—including four never-before-seen shades.” Naked Basics is “more than just the long-awaited, multipurpose MATTE companion to Naked. It’s the palette EVERY woman needs in her beauty arsenal.”

3. Is it worth it? Only if you’re into the natural, naked, minimal effort look. If not, this probably isn’t going to do much for you or be special enough to purchase. I’m not sure how it would look on darker skin tones because the shades could appear ashy.

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Recommended use:
“Use these shadows to contour, line and highlight to create the right amount of definition for any occasion. Or for the days when you’re craving more color, pair them with your fiercest, boldest shadows. Richer than other mattes, the color goes on with a smooth, luxe finish (never chalky or powdery). There’s even one demi-matte shade, Venus, which has the tiniest touch of satin—perfect for highlighting and adding dimension.”

Formula:
The shadows are “velvety, [with] suede-like smoothness and blendability.” It’s soft to the touch and applies easily onto the lids. LOVE. I’ve always been impressed UD shadows because of the buttery-smooth formula. There’s no fallout, no oxidation, and best of all, the shadows are not chalky – like most matte shades are. I like to use this palette to do the natural look without actually going bare. However, if you look at the swatches, most of the shades are literally naked and barely noticeable. Even so, don’t neglect this palette.

Shades:
Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (cream bisque matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).

Final thoughts:
I recommend this palette because it more versatile than it looks in the pan, I promise. I’ve enjoyed it everyday since purchasing it; but, I can understand those who’d want to pass it up. In my opinion, it’s not the most spectacular item and it’s not a substitute for either of the Naked palettes. Because it’s a matte palette, it’s in an entirely different category of palettes – it just depends on what your daily “look” is.

Overall, I’d recommend it. :)

Fill Weight: 6 x 1.3g e 6 x 0.05 US oz.
Retails for $27.00 USD.

Made in USA.

My Z-Palette/My Must-Have MAC Eyeshadows

As I’ve previously mentioned in my last post, I’m currently back at home for the holidays and am limited with my makeup supply for the next couple of weeks. For the purpose of convenience, I’ve brought one palette with me – although, this isn’t going to stop me from purchasing other shadows that catch my eye, hehe.

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I’m using the Z palette here, only because it’s small and compact. For me, I don’t see a reason to bring along 15+ eyeshadows. Although it’s convenient and somewhat sturdy, it’s quite expensive for what it is: cardboard. I do like the clear see-through window and the magnetic closure. It comes with a built-in magnet so you can just pop your shadows/blushes in and be on your way.

I assume, however, if I were to drop this or get it wet, it would be a completely tragic event. The website refers to the palettes as “the ultimate customizable makeup palette,” which is true since you can pack whatever you want. So, in essence, if I had the larger palette, I could have my shadows and blushes in one area.

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Housed in this palette are ONLY my favorite MAC shadows. I figured this would be a good opportunity to take advantage of talking about my must-haves. Of course, I’ve got enough “favorites” to fill a real palette; but, again, for traveling purposes, I’ve intentionally limited myself here. I enjoy MAC shadows and have been collecting them and using them for years. There are other brands out there that I love equally or more, so this post isn’t promising that these shadows here are the end all be all. :)

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A. Soba
B. Tempting
C. Era
D. Phloof
E. Patina
F. Mystery
G. Sable
H. Wedge
I. Blanc Type

Also note, I’ve been using MAC “Coquette” for my brows – which isn’t pictured in the palette because I like it in the pot form (so I can take it around).

Also not pictured are “Charcoal Brown” and “Mulch” – again in pot forms instead of the pan. I suppose I can say that they fall into the ‘honorable mention’ category.

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This palette is great for looks all across the board – whether it’s natural, defined, dramatic, or smokey. It really depends on the day and my mood, rather than the occasion, lol. Most of the time, I’ll apply natural shadow and throw on some liner (or smudge it) for subtle definition. This is also probably why I’ve steered clear of ALL versions of the Urban Decay Naked palettes and dupes – simply because I really do have all the neutral shadows that I could ever need/want. :)

How’s your weekend so far? Christmas shopping? I am!

What’s In My Makeup Bag v.2

Holiday cheers! Awhile back, I wrote a post called Weekend Getaway: What’s In My Makeup Bag. This time around, it’s version 2 because I’m going back home for the holidays. Since it’s a bit more than just a weekend getaway, my packing is a bit different.

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I found this cute makeup bag at Forever 21 for like, $6-$7 and couldn’t pass it up. I switched to this bag because I will packing other bags with skincare essentials, brushes, and cleansing essentials. On top of that, I will also be bringing hair care, body care, and random styling products since I will be at home for a few weeks.

An opportunity that I like to take advantage of when I go back home is to FINALLY use up products. I say this because it feels like I’m intentionally “restricting” myself. I don’t like to overpack – even though all this seems excessive, lol, and I only bring what I know I’m going to use, because I try to avoid the “what if” situations. It’s generally a good time for me to bring items that are almost done so I can finish them up. Also, much like my weekend getaway bag, I can’t be bothered to be testing products, so I bring my trusted products only – I don’t want to be frustrated and stuck with a product I don’t like or have to deal with a product that breaks me out.

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A quick peek inside!

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As you can see, this bag may look small, but it sure does hold a bunch of stuff! It’s just the right size – that way, it’s not too big that I over-stuff it; and, it’s not so small I feel insecure about bringing too little, lol. And, when I’m back at home shopping is just much better. So chances are, I’ll end up buying a thing or two while away and end up using that too!

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Inside:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light, reviewed here
Benefit Sun Beam, reviewed here
Rachel K CC cream, reviewed here
YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch, reviewed here
Benefit High Beam, reviewed here in a post about glowy skin
MAC blush in “Well Dressed,” refer to this post

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Inside:
Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion (sample)
Benefit blush in “Coralista” (reviewed in same post as Sun Beam)
Canmake highlighter
Clé de Peau Beauté concealer, reviewed here
Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting foundation, reviewed here

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Inside:
KOJI eyelash curler
Dior Nude Rouge lipstick, reviewed here
NIVEA Intense Moisture – healing medicated lip care
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in “Bare Naked,” reviewed here
Shiseido Mascara Base
Fasio Ultra Curl Lock mascara, reviewed here
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

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For the eye makeup portion, I’m just bringing my Z palette with some of my trusty eyeshadows and MAC’s eyeliner in “Teddy.” I will post a more in-depth color review/swatch in another post regarding my top, favorite MAC eyeshadows. But for traveling purposes, I need something versatile, compact, and easy to carry. Also, this way, if I end up purchasing something new, I’d have room to bring it back (or enjoy it while away).

As always, thanks for reading. Are any of you guys going back home for the holidays? What are you bringing?

Precision Tools for Eyeshadow Application

Precision tools are important for eyeshadow application because it helps with detail-work. Just like a painter needs smaller tools for adding to the bigger picture, so do makeup junkies! Although brushes are not mandatory for makeup application, I like to use them for my eyeshadow work because it helps everything look neat and more defined.

Also, for those of you with smaller eyes (like most Asians), smaller tools are important because we have a smaller lid space to work with. And, where you put the colors and how you put them on can determine if the “look” is messy or not.

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In my experience, precision tools have proved to be worth the investment. However, there are plenty of budget-friendly options for smaller tools.

Here, I’m featuring the Laura Mercier smudge brush, Trish McEvoy precision smudge brush, MAC 214 Short Shader brush, and the MAC 239 Eye Shader brush. Notice none of these brushes actually blend. They are small-tipped, dense brushes for initial color application and precision work. For me, all blending is done using the MAC 217.

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Of course, these brushes are not limited to those with smaller lid spaces. I just find it easier to use these kinds of brushes to sweep on or pack the color. Notice that each brush is different; although, they are all small. Also note, that some of the “smudge” brushes can be used to actually smudge – like eyeliner or a smokey color in the crease.

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The Laura Mercier Smudge brush is excellent for everything: using a dark shadow to line the upper lashline, smudging a dark eyeliner, apply anything to the lower lashline, and adding a pop of color in the inner corners of the eyes. This is one of my favorites for detail-work like shading and adding depth and definition lightly towards the crease.

The “short bristles gently form a rounded tip” so it’s easy to apply the color and the smudge. The bristles are “handcrafted from the finest natural hairs” and the “hand-tied bristles do not shed.” This brush is also easy to wash and dries quickly since it’s small (approximately 6 1/2″/16.51cm).

Retails for $24.00 USD.

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The Trish McEvoy Precision Smudge brush is another smudge brush but different than the LM one. Although it’s just as dense as the LM smudge brush, the bristles are a tiny bit longer, making it easy to blend and sumdge simultaneously. It’s also good for sweeping on color, but essentially, functions just like the LM brush.

“Trish’s Brush 41 Precision Smudge is perfectly dome shaped to sit at the roots of lashes and smudge any powder or pencil eyeliner for a softly defined eye or to layer color over liner for added definition.” It is “handcrafted for exquisite quality and durability” and the “precision-cut” of the bristles are great “for technically perfect results.”

The handle is see-through and much shorter than the LM. Because of this feature, you can get up really close to the mirror without nearly stabbing yourself in the eye.

Retails for $25.00 USD.

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Here, as a comparison, you can see that the brush head is slightly different.

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The MAC 214 Short Shader brush is shorter in height than the previous two smudge brushes, wider, and even in length on top. This is my lower lashline brush – whether it’s for eyeliner, eyeshadow, or a mixed combination of both. It’s not good at applying anything that covers a large area like lid space since it’s so short; but, it’s good at doing everything for the lower lashline including applying glitter.

This “short, rounded, double-chiselled brush [is] soft [with] natural bristles.” It’s great at doing precision work anywhere near the lashlines. Also, if you wanted to densely pack on a particular shade, this brush is great for that, too.

Retails for S$25.00 USD.

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The MAC 239 Eye Shader brush is great for general application of your eyeshadow color. When you need a brush that will in 1-2 sweeps apply your “all-over lid” shade, this is the brush to do that job. It’s soft but not as dense, giving it some flexibility with shading and blending a bit. It’s also great for emollient-based products, such as cream eyeshadows and paint pots. This “brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid.”

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Next to the 214, the 239 is taller and the bristles are not as densely packed together. Both are great brushes that do very different jobs. However, between the two, the 239 is the most versatile and probably worth the investment because of this.

Also note, that all MAC brushes are “hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.”

Retails for $25.00 USD.

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All together, these 4 brushes are very important to me. Even on lazy days when I’m not feeling fancy, I still reach for at least one of these brushes to do something. Again, I didn’t feature the MAC 217 because that brush is strictly a blending brush for me – not so much as precision tool.

I’ve also noticed that when I’m traveling and I’m being stingy with space, I only need these brushes and a blending brush – and, I’m pretty much all set to go. Realistically, I can do with ONLY these brushes, but my inner hoarder always wants more and more brushes, lol.

What about you? What are your must-have tools?

Calendula Gel – Homeopathic Medicine

Calendula is great for helping to promote the healing of scrapes and skin irritations. I believe there are times when using something natural and free of chemicals can be more or just as effective as using something that is more mainstream. Although I don’t believe this is always the case, sometimes it’s nice to get down to just ‘the basics.’

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I purchased my Calendula gel from Whole Foods, but you can find various forms of this on eBay, Amazon, etc. I bought this randomly because it sounded nice and because a lady standing next to me in the skincare isle couldn’t stop raving about what it did for her skin – even at times when she didn’t have any issues/injuries.

For awhile, it sat idle in my drawer and became lost in the midst of my ever-growing collection of products, creams, and potions. Then, it started to come in handy – a cut, a random scrape/scratch, a new bruise, a healing pimple that was previously popped and squished, etc. Even with stove top mishaps and an accident with my unruly hair straightener led to using this Calendula gel for treating the minor burns.

And, if you remember my post on the La Roche-Posay product, it was this Calendula gel that once again got me out of trouble and it worked wonders.

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The gel itself is cooling when applied to the skin. Just a teeny tiny dollop is all you need for multiple areas. I rub it in gently and then go about my day, allowing it to dry clear and become undetectable. It’s soothing and so gentle that I used it on my face when I got mini burns from using a strong acne medication. It doesn’t sting when applied to cuts and scrapes and very effective in healing.

Calendula is a plant and has been used for medicinal purposes for ages. And, what’s nice is that this one tube can be used virtually anywhere on your body. BEWARE: If you’re allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and/or daisies, check with a doctor before dabbling in this.

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Calendula extracts have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue. I swear my bruise healed and faded much faster, while my unfortunate burn incident – although minor – was soothed over night and was able to be properly covered up with makeup the next morning. By night 2, I had applied Calendula gel again, only to find I didn’t really need to because skin had healed significantly – albeit not all the way. I applied it again on the 3rd night just to feel secure and woke up completely satisfied – all traces of a burn incident was gone.

What I like about the Calendula gel is that it works just as well as traditional chemical options such as Neosporin. I’ve learned to keep this handy and I tend to use it regularly now. And, although you’re not supposed to pick at your pimple, this is great to apply after popping it! :)

How do you feel about this alternative method to healing?