Friday, July 8, 2016

The Blog Sale Has More Stuff Even

Thank you so much to each of you that shopped my blog sale this week!  And for exchanging witty emails and brightening my day.  Also for sending me money.  :D  All your parcels are en route at this point.
Random bargain rose purchase from this week
Now I've done what I've been meaning to do, which is to perform yet another round of killing.  This round is super SUQQU heavy and I think this is what most of you are looking for.  It makes me glad to know when they find a new happy home.

So please take a look and see if anything catches your eye on my blog sale page.  Several items are very hard to find items.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Belly Blog Sale is ON!

I am ruthlessly culling down my stash (yet again!).  In this instance we have several brand new and hard to find items as well as my usual gently used and previously loved products.

In this sale, many of my usual brands representing:
Tom Ford
Addiction by Ayako
and several brushes and perfumes

I ship to the US and Internationally and use only Paypal for payment.  Please check out the sale here!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Wayne Goss Air Brush vs. SUQQU Cheek Brush Comparison

I thought I'd celebrate with a post.  What am I celebrating?  I'm celebrating having actually purchased a beauty item the first time in a long while.  I can barely recognize myself in the mirror and wallet anymore.  I've become vaguely normalized.  Not so normal though, that the whispers of a pretty new brush wouldn't tug at my heartstrings (and wallet clasp).

Wayne Goss is well known across the beauty blogosphere as a Youtube makeup artist celebrity and of course for his own line of Japanese crafted brushes.  Even more than Troy Surratt with his very high price point and luxurious range, Wayne is really bringing interest for hand-crafted Japanese brushes to a wider level of general interest for consumers.  Probably because I already own a large array of fancy pants brushes already, the Wayne Goss line hadn't truly interested me.  I am also not too keen on the very aggressive marketing, but when I heard about the Air Brush, I sniffed the scent of a "good deal."

This Air Brush is a limited edition item from the line and is available from Beautylish for $35 (here, non-affiliate link).  It's a blue squirrel paddle-shaped brush that is designed for the multipurpose practicality of applying highlighter, contour, brush and then air brushing the whole thing into flawless blended perfection.  Or just as a powder brush.  Hard to say if it is all that and a bag of chips but, it does bear striking resemblance to the brush that started my love affair (oh, I tell you the truth: my unhindered spending craze for Japanese brushes), the SUQQU Cheek Brush.  The SUQQU is a few times the price of the WG and the resemblance is high, so it seems like a logical step to make the purchase, no?

I leave it to you to check and compare.  The brush head has a similar rounded tip and a general paddle shape.

Close up, you can see the the Wayne Goss Air Brush is slightly smaller in size.  The ferrule on the Wayne Goss is also pinched a little tighter.  
The difference in brush shape is a little more pronounced when turned on its side.  This unwashed Wayne Goss is much flatter than the SUQQU, more blade like that the SUQQU Cheek.  The price difference does make more sense to me now since the amount of materials used (namely the hairs in the Air Brush vs. the Cheek brush) is much less.
The tight crimp on the ferrule of the Wayne Goss makes it feel like a denser and more uniformly bundled brush than the SUQQU which has a definitely airy feel.  The Wayne Goss IS super soft but has more resistance and boing without sacrificing softness.  It feels beautiful on the skin.  I like that turning the brush to its narrow side and give me some precision (such as contour work under the cheekbones) and then using the flat paddle side to cover larger areas and planes of the face (for say, setting with loose powder on my forehead as an example).  I think for blush, I like the looser bundling and rounder shape of the SUQQU because I can get a more diffuse placement of color, but I think this is more about preference than quality or functionality.

Hello!  $35!  If you have any vague inkling with money to spend, the Wayne Goss Air Brush is a great buy.  I'm not sure any brush is going to take over the SUQQU for me in terms of Gollum-level precious, but Wayne Goss's limited edition Air Brush sure is a fabulous multitasking brush to own.

I don't know why such a brush needs to be limited edition though.  The hyped up marketing touting "LIMITED EDITION" is really irksome.  And that some of WG's previous limited edition brushes make it into the permanent line could make one unsure whether to run and buy this Air Brush RIGHT NOW and then CLICK AGAIN to buy a back up brush, or wait until it comes back because maybe it will?  Grrr.

Anyway, unrelated to this at all, I am working on opening up a big blog sale.  While I can never Marie Kondo-level right size my stash, I'm working on opening up my makeup drawers and feeling a little less overwhelmed by the amount of choices.  Hope you will stick around and shop my sale when it opens up.

I highly recommend you check out Sonia's post on Sweet Makeup Temptations because she's done an incredible job comparing the Air Brush to many other brushes.  Any peek at her beautiful brushes is always a treat.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE Alchemy Long-Lasting Brow Liner

>> This post features a product provided by the brand / PR without charge for my consideration <<

A while back Rouge Bunny Rouge was kind (of crazy) to feature me on their website as a beauty blogger in their Meet the Beauty Blogger series.  In it I was asked to name one new product I would add if I could to their line.  I said:
"if I can request one more item, a killer eye brow item in the perfect ashy cool shades across light to deeper colors. These are incredibly hard to find from any brand that is readily accessible!"
I said that! Yes, I said that!  And then a few months later, I ended up receiving the parcel of my dreams courtesy of RBR and in it were these things.  These are the new brow pencils from the brand in the two shades.  Things like this when I was a child would make me think I have some serious magical thinking powers.  Most likely this wish fulfillment scenario was just a coincidence (I think), but now I may go off and day dream about what sort of harm or good I can do with my new superpower.  (Calorie-less bacon.  Endless fountain of coffee that don't make the heart go into palpitations.  I can't believe it's not butter because it IS butter.)
Speaking of super powers, the new brow liners are made in a wax formula in a twist up/down format.  The tip is quite fine that it's pretty easy to draw in natural looking brows.  The formula is also water proof and soft enough to easily impart color and also to smudge and blend with a spoolie brush.
The application is super straight forward.  With its fine tip, I can just apply thin lines to both fill into sparse areas and also define the brows.  It is also possible to use a brow brush (or other similar small stiff brush) to pick up color from the pencil and apply.  Once applied, I use a spoolie brush (or you can use a clean mascara brush) to soften any harsh lines and to blend.

They say waterproof, so to test this out, the first weekend I had these I wore them and then went to an indoor water park.  Let's say I don't recommend that as the normal test for waterproofing, but my brows mostly stayed defined though I had fading.  For normal wear with the occasional sweats, or a small rain sprinkle, these liners will perform really well.

Colors offered will cover a good swathe of the population, though I had dreamed of a more extensive range.
  • Antimony is my ideal shade.  It's a cool dark brown, very close to my all time favorite Moss Green shade from the SUQQU brow products.  This will work for dark-haired people what don't like any redness or warmth in brow products.  
  • Trona is a lighter neutral brown.  This would work for many fairer haired people, but wouldn't be as idea if you can't deal with a touch of red.

I rounded up all my bits and bobs of brow bobbins so that I can compare the shades for you.  My myopic cool brow obsession is all encompassing.  You too? 

That's the serious pan I'm sporting in the SUQQU brow palette!  I rue the day I run out of that cool brown and get stuck with two pans I never use.  :((

The Greens:
Rouge Bunny Rouge's Antimony is very cool and dark.  When arranged alongside swatches of the other shades, it's apparent that Antimony and the middle shade of the SUQQU palette are the greenest (coolest).

The Taupes:
K-Palette in 02 (grey brown) and the Marcelle in Universal Dark are more grey taupes.

The Browns:
Trona with its versatile neutral brown tones seems to align closely to the Surratt pencil in Raven, the Brown shade in the SUQQU Moss Green palette and also Shu Uemura Hard 9 pencil in Seal Brown (a PAIN to swatch).

Here are the ingredients if you are interested in seeing them.

Here's how the Antimony Brow Liner works on me.  First let me show you my brows with no products in them.  They are pretty shapely and full-ish.  I don't do any real crafting of brows when I apply products in them.  Mainly I extend the tails, fill into slightly sparse areas and also darken the front of the brows subtly.

Naked brows
Antimony on the LEFT side only
Wearing the Raw Gardens e/s palette in Antigo.  Reviewed here. And Antimony on both brows

I see the product in the non-US side of the RBR website (here, non-affliate link) and expect the product to launch shortly on the US side.  They also introduced a brow gel as well.

A great, easy to use brow pencil in two versatile shades is a wonderful (and wished for) addition to the Rouge Bunny Rouge line!  That's cool!

Don't forget that you can use my special discount code that will give you 20% off the RBR website.  RBR-wondegondigo20 is good on the website shipping to any country.

Disclosure: this post features product that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own!  Yes indeed!  Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here.
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