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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Battle of Retractable Brushes

I've been a retractable brush user since I started my journey in playing with makeup.  It started with a P100+ retractable blush brush I bought in Divisoria and I'm hooked to retractable brushes ever since. Despite that retractable brush as something bought in Divisoria, but the bristles of that brush are so soft and gentle to the skin that up to now I use it when I travel since it's so compact and still reliable.

I would like to share with you my experiences with 3 of my retractable brushes.  Brushes are an investment and they should be a value of your money.


I'll be reviewing these three retractable brushes: Real Techniques Kabuki Brush, Ecotools Powder Brush and Japonesque BB/CC Cream brush.

I use all of these brushes on powdered products, powdered blush, loose finishing powder, contour powder etc.  

Size

Of all, the Real Techniques kabuki brush is the longest.  But it's diameter is also smaller compared tot the three.  The one with the longest diameter is the EcoTools.  Japonesque is the shortest of the three.  It has has the shortest bristles compared to the three.  The Real Techniques has a clear plastic pink cap, the EcoTools has a bronze cap metal cap, the Japonesque has a black metal cap as well.

Retractability
I'm not sure if my term is correct, but this is how they all look like if you pull the retractable metal up.
The Japonesque brush almost completely covers the brush, there are a few bristles which peak through.  The EcoTools is the one who cannot completely cover the brush, this is one thing I don't like in this retractable brush.  I have to take note of it whenever I cover the brush.  Real Techniques completely covers its brush and this is just right for me.

Shape

Japonesque brush has a dome shape brush with dual color which is one thing I like since it helps me whenever I clean it. The brush is kind of loose compared to the other two, maybe this is designed to be a bb/cc cream brush anyways.

EcoTools has a dome shape brush as well, this was really perfect as a powder brush, the density of the brush is just right as well.


The Real Techniques has an angled brush.  The density is a little dense than the two.  For me, this is the perfect blush brush since it's angled.

Performance
The Japonesque brush is the softest of all the three.  The bristles are really gentle and soft.  This brush wins this category of the gentleness of the brush.  I like it as a powder brush and I love the way I can use it in baking, the bristles doesn't prick my undereye skin which is the characteristic I love most of this brush.

The EcoTools brush is the standard performing brush for me, I don't hate it, but I'm not crazy over it either.  It just performs well in my opinion as it claims to be.  You can't use this in baking though as it can prick sometimes my undereye skin.

The Real Techniques brush, I just love this, it's versatile in all types of powdered products.  You can use it as blush, contour, as powder etc.  It can prick my under eye skin though when I tried this once for baking.  But for me this is just versatile and just perfectly made.

Durability
I thought I will not have any problems with this category since all these 3 brushes are "branded".  But I was so damn disappointed with Japonesque Brush, after 1 week of using it just got detached from the case!
This was a major disappointment, and this is the most expensive of the three!!! Here I thought since it's more expensive, it will have the better quality and yet it has the most flimsy of al.

I can attest to the Eco Tools brush, it's really durable, this is the retractable brush that's with me for the longest time, years already.  The Real Techniques is with me for more than a year already, and I'm really happy with it.

Price
The Eco Tools, I bought for P500 from a bazaar in World Trade Center.  Then the Real Techniques I got for P500 online (Carousell).  For the Japonesque, I got from Beauty Bar for P1750.

My Verdict
The brush that I will recommend and who won is the Real Techniques kabuki brush being 1st, and Eco Tools being 2nd.  Don't bother wasting your money on Japonesque Retractable BB/CC cream brush, poorly made retractable case that it really irritates me up to this day.

Hope this helps you in deciding which retractable brush to buy.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

One day I just woke up and decided I wanted to try any one of Lush product.  I shy away from Lush stores open here in the Philippines.  Mainly because I think the smell of the store although it smells really good but I find it overpowering.  But I guess something came to me that day and I just decided to try any Lush product.

I did not even look at the net for suggestions which product to buy.  It's just like a spontaneous thing 😆

Packaging 
I kind of like the packaging, of this lip scrub.  It's in a glass jar with black plastic screw cover.  It's stated that this lip scrub is freshly handmade.  What I love about this the most is that at the bottom of the jar, there's a  cartoon picture stating the person/nickname of the person who made it, the manufacture date, and the expiry date as well.  I like the idea of having the name of the person at the package, since it gives you that 'special' feeling you always get when you receive something handmade.  It's also stated in the package that they fight animal testing.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pink Sugar Sugar Tint Lip & Cheek Tint

This was one of the most popular products from the Philippines.  I was kind of late in trying this out, but better late than never.

The shade that I got is: Love Bug

Packaging 
This comes in a clear plastic tube with black cap and a doe foot applicator attached to the black cap.  Since the tube is clear, you can see the color of the lip tint it contains.  The package weighs 9g (0.3 oz) and 10.5 cm in length and 1.5 cm in diameter
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Battle of the Peripera Ink Bottles

In service is done!!! I can now go back to blogging again! Hope I can continue blogging... 

When I was looking at the Peripera Ink Lip tints, I thought the Airy Ink Velvet and the Ink velvet were promising, but I don't know which to choose since there were mixed reviews for both.  I was looking for a head to head comparison but I couldn't find it at that time yet, well maybe because that air ink velvet was still new at that time and people are just beginning to buy from that line.

So I thought of making a head to head comparison of the 3 Peripera Ink Lip tints that I have: Peripera Peri's Ink, Peripera Peri's Ink Velvet and Peripera Air Ink Velvet.

Packaging:
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