Sunday, January 25, 2015

What I Am Working on

I've had these three new THREE eye shadow quads for a few months.  These are 01 Party Monster, 02 My Blue Heaven and 03 Astro Girl.  I've been using and mulling over how much I like (or don't like) them and it's taken awhile to get my thoughts together as well as edit pictures!
In the meanwhile, a little video of these sparkly sparkle-some sparkle sparkles to just whet your appetite.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oh Canada (Squirrel) to Canada (Squirrel) in Pictures and Words

You know what I am totally obsessing with these days?  Not just fancy brushes, but fancy Canadian squirrel brushes in particular.  My first foray into this type of hair brush was when I got my rodent paws on the Koyudo Canadian squirrel cheek brush release.  I posted (here) about how different hair types actually DO make a difference in application and from then on, it really stuck in my head about how efficient these Canadian squirrel  tools are.

Of my Surratt Artistique brush purchases (here), one stand out was the Classic Eye Shadow brush in medium, also of that hair type.  I continued to be blown away by what a great all purpose eye brush that sucker is.  And being impressed SO much, last week I ended up also purchasing the Small and Large sized Classic Eye Brushes. 

Surratt Classic Eye Brush S, M, L
Looking to diversify into different brands for this hair type, I also picked up from Chikuhodo the Artist Red eye brushes 12-5 and 6-6.  They are much more reasonably priced than Surratt, and in my experience with other Artist Reds, very good in quality.  (I prefer the stumpy red handles, but they also come in the longer black handles).
From left to Right: Chikuhodo Artist Red 12-5, Surratt L, 6-6, M, 6-1, S
I'm cheating for symmetry sake in the above picture.  The 6-1 is kolinsky not Canadian Squirrel. :>

Aside from saying I like the brushes from both brands, I'm not ready to give any in depth opinions, but thought some pictures would be helpful if you would like a good look at the Surratt with the Chikuhodo.  I'm guessing Chikuhodo manufactures the Surratt, so take that for what it is worth.

The Big Boys (har har!  Which is funny considering how dinky the Artist Reds are!):
Top to bottom: Surratt L, Chikuhodo Artist Red 12-5 
Size-wise, the brush heads are pretty darn close in size.  The only difference (hard to tell in these crap phone photos) is that the tip of the Surratt has a small pointed taper.  In function, they perform identically to me.  No side view pictures, but the density & thickness seems about the same to me.

The Middle Siblings:
Top to bottom: Surratt M, Chikuhodo 6-6
The brush head of the Surratt is slightly wider, but density, thickness and shape-wise they both look pretty darn close.

The Babies:
As I mentioned in the family photo above, I don't have a teeny tiny Canadian Squirrel equivalent to the Surratt small.  So willy-nilly, I threw in some other similar-ish looking brushes.  Turns out, the shape of the Surratt small head is unique among my dinky babies.
Top to bottom: Hakuhodo K005, Chikuhodo Artist Red 6-1, 2-3, Surratt Classic Eye Small
Obviously, apart from different materials,the head is longer and because of the longer hairs and diminitive size, the Surratt is a little floppy (not floppy grey squirrel floppy).

I hope to share soon my thought noodles more fully on my OTHER Surratt brushes.  But hope these are helpful for anyone looking for picture comparisons and pondering purchases.

I bought my Chikuhodo from visageusa.  They ship from Japan and have a broad assortment of Chikuhodo available.  Their shipping time is long (up to several weeks).  My Surratt was purchased in person at Barney's New York.

Speaking of Canadian Squirrely Rodenty goodness, now I have lustful thoughts of the no longer available Chikuhodo Kiwami set, the absolute ne plus ultra of luxury in brushes.  Sonia from Sweet Makeup Temptations kindly reviewed in depth here.

Brush musings (obsessing) that you are having these days?

Friday, January 16, 2015

SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow in Yukiichigo EX-22

Sometimes it's good to challenge some long-held "rules" I have.  One is don't wear pink or red around the eyes because... skeery vampire lab rat/rabbit eyes.  It's not like I just arbitrarily came up this rule, because I'm sure at some point I tried on something pinky or red and backed away slowly from the mirror pondering how I was even casting a reflection.  A while back I bought (and then subsequently gotten rid of) Tom Ford Burnished Amber (here).  Now that quad is a stunner with dramatic warm red tones.  For the life of me, each time I put it on, I looked like a deranged rabbit.  Please don't email me that you're looking for it!  I don't have it anymore!

When SUQQU released the Christmas kits this past holiday, the palette in the A set had a startlingly beautiful variety of pinks.  Beautiful as it was, I held fast to my rule until I saw Enabler Kate, I mean Driveller Kate's post on this quad, Yukiichigo (here).  Raise your hand if all sanity goes out the window when you read a Drivel About Frivol post!  *raises both hands* *throws brain out the window*
My goodness, Kate is beyond beautiful wearing those pinks.  No vampire scum rabbit SHE!  When I saw this Christmas set A linger on the Selfridges website, I pounced and ordered.  These kits are nice if you like the cleansing kit they usually include, which is the creamy cleanser and a foaming cleanser.  They are nice for travel, but aren't my preferred cleansers.  Also included was a cute compact of a Creamy Glow Moist lipstick in a re-promoted color Beniaka (original tube version featured here), a very pretty sheer red.
When I first received the palette, I didn't want to use it for a long time.  (Hence is the long hiccup of a delay on this post.  Palette is sadly not around much except eBay)  I was thinking that this palette isn't going to suit me very well.
I now see that the versatility and usability of this palette is the mix in warm and cool for the pinks as well as in the finishes.  These are swatches clockwise from the upper left pan of the palette.

  • lavender tinged and cool pink that is brightly lit by white and light blue shimmer.
  • warm pink, when angled to catch different light has a very distinct shift to its golden shimmer.  Really beautiful shade.
  • a very pale warm satin pink.  While not matte, makes a nice smoothing base on the lids.
  • smooth cream shade that is blowing my mind.  The base color itself is a brown toned burgundy on my skin.  It is overlaid with a very bright glistening golden olive shimmer.  When applied sheerly, the red tones come through, while layered heavily the shimmer almost predominates.
This is my first experience with the SUQQU cream eye shadow in the palettes.  It applies smoothly but I had some trial and error trying to figure out an applicator that worked well.  Not sure I have it down pat, but I'm using a combination of the enclosed sponge applicator to lay down the color and a Shu Uemura 5R kolinsky brush to shape and blend the edges.  I also saw some glitter fallout during the day as well as some noticeable fading at the end of the day.

In terms of the powder shades, they have good medium level pigmentation with the same beautiful texture and blendability that I've come to love from SUQQU.
I'm kind of blown away by just how wearable this palette is!  Probably the hardest thing was figuring out what other pinks to throw on my face.  Intensely feminine and nuanced in every way, it is a beauty.
While probably not something I would wear all the time (the intense shimmer in the cream, et cetera), I wore this a LOT during the holidays.  If I had an excuse to glam up, like say taking out the garbage or doing the laundry, I put this on.
Other products worn:
base - Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in 02 Pale Dune, Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing powder, Surratt concealer, Guerlain Meteorites Perles 01
eyes/brows - SUQQU balancing brow powder in Moss Green, SUQQU gel liner in Jet Bordeaux, Lancome Hypnose Drama WP mascara, SUQQU Yukiichigo
blush/lips - THREE blush 20, Visée Creamy Lipstick in PK804 (LE, DC) formula featured here.

While introduced as a holiday item, I think I will also enjoy the fresh colors this Spring, too.  It's really cold here.  I'm looking forward to Spring already and I'm pretty sure Winter just started.

How are pinks for you?
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