Random Eye Brushes

Before I became obsessed with makeup, I bought random brushes. Especially when it come to eye brushes. So here are the ones that lasted with me through this years.

Elianto crease brush. As I love crease/blending brush. This is good as it is quite small. Perfect for small eyes and can be use for any purpose, really.

Manicare liner brush. It is soft and good for gel liner. Well I hardly use it, but I like it when I happen to play with it.

Essence lid brush. This is decently size. It is fluffy but not exactly the softest brush. Good at picking up pigments.

Nobrand lid brush. This is like first brush ever. I love it. Until now I feel that it is the perfect size for my lid. It is slightly tempered at the top, so it can reach the inner corners of the lid very well.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage brush is not suppose to be in this picture. This is a concealer brush. Good at doing its job as it has a pointed tip.

Maybelline eyeliner brush. This comes free with the Maybelline gel eyeliner. But I really do think that the brush is perfect for applying liner. It is soft yet sturdy and the tip is the right size for a thin or a thick line.

Elianto angle brush. This one is nice for setting the eyeliner with a powder shadow. It will pick up the shadow and the angle make it just right for tapping into line.

MUA E4 is a liner brush. Just a typical liner brush. But at least you can cover it up so it is good for travelling around with.

Nobrand lid brush. This is my attempt at replacing my fav eye brush. This is good but not as good. So I tend to use this with cream shadows. It will not absorb the cream, so it makes a better cream shadow applicator. And it doesn’t spoil the brush.

So there you have it. All my eye brushes that doesn’t belong with the rest of my brushes.

Winterize Your Nails: The Julep Guide (Plus Mine)

I’ve been busy, I’ve been lazy, I’ve been keeping my nails plain for weeks. If you are my friend, you will know that is not me at all. Nonetheless, I’ve been ignoring nail care for awhile and that is not acceptable. Especially when I just starting to work and the number of people I have to shake hands with is a ton. Thankfully no one cares. I guess I mostly deal with people in the food industry, so having non-painted nails is not a big deal to them.

I would not have paid much attention until I saw an email by a representative of Julep. She brought me back to a time where I was still free to sit down and do whatever I want. I miss that and so I am going to balance my life between beauty, nail art and working adult stuff.

The first will be caring for your nails and hands. Julep call it winterize, I call it Monsoonize?! Okay, ignore that. Singapore doesn’t have winter, we only have sun or rain. Surprisingly, the weather had been cold these past few weeks though, so I guess that count. (Yes, 22 degree C is freezing to us.)

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The Julep how-to, it’s simple enough right? But like me, if you don’t see Julep in your country, then you will need an alternative. So here is my guide:
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If you have no time to do anything, bring along a small hand lotion. I like the mini Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. It’s small and really compact, the perfect thing to throw into your purse. You can apply this on the go. As in, anytime and anywhere.
It’s a solid product that melts on your hand. Feels quite oily at first but it’s really moisturizing on the hands. Really good for the cuticles too. Eventually it just looks like you got oily fingers, but you won’t feel the ickiness. From the tube it smells kind of minty, but not that strong and doesn’t really transfer onto the hands.

If you have a bit more time, then you should really do more.
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Starting with trimming your fingernails. I mean if it’s winter, you’ll be wearing gloves most of time. It’s better to have shorter fingernails. I like to cut them with nail clipper, but still leaving an inch or so. Then I’ll file them using a glass filer, smoothing out the edges.

Then, I use Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover. Just apply on cuticles and under nail tips, wait 15 seconds and push back cuticles using an orange stick. Really love this. It’s easy to use and I find that it helps in getting rid of excess cuticles. They say it’s not good to get rid of cuticles completely. But my cuticles can be so messy sometime. So this really helps to keep them in shape.

Next I will always use a nail strengthener. The one I am loving is the Elianto one. Not only I find the bottle pretty, it’s a really good product. It dries fast, harden the nails, making them stronger and adds shine. So if you have no time for a manicure, just use nail strengthener or a base coat. Nails look so polish no one knows it’s actually a treatment.

Lastly, use a hand cream. At home, I am using Burt’s Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Cream. Well I keep trying out new hand cream and I just happen to be using this at the moment. It’s good. Smells like honey, but I do find that it takes sometime to dry.

Now that you have learn the ways to care for your nails, I leave you with Julep’s winter collection.
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Pretty huh!? Now if only I can try Julep nail polishes. Hopefully they will venture out to Singapore soon.

Elianto shadows

I’ve been meaning to do this review, but for some reason I keep forgetting. Anyway this is the two eyeshadows I managed to grab from Elianto. They have a little shop at JB City Square and Tampines Mall, so it’s quite convenient to check them out.
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I went a little crazy with colors. Usually I will pick neutrals, but I guess I was bored that day or something. I choose two different kind of shadows (I allow myself only 2) that is unique to me and paid for them. They have so many types of shadows and so many colors. I picked up Ardour shadow 05 Forest Green RM8 and Luminous shadow 13 Sapphire Blue RM12.
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Ardour shadow has a soft, smooth texture. It is also a matte finish. It glides on easily. An affordable matte singles with unique colors. Can be powdery, but not a major problem for me. The only thing bout Elianto is that the shadows come in a pan form. So you need to have your own palette or purchase from them. It doesn’t have magnet and the pan is plastic.
Even though its green, but it’s a muted one. So it is different than browns but it still doesn’t scream look here. It’s perfect for me.

Luminous shadow, one word to describe it will be velvety. It just feels like velvet on your fingers. I don’t apply this with a brush, I always use my hand as I just love touching it. It is a frost texture, stay perfectly and make smokey eyes more glamorous. Love it. Even though its kind of dark and bold at the same time. I really like the staying power.
I know I’ve said this but I really really love touching it. Price is RM4 more expensive but it’s so worth it.

I don’t know the prices of the others, but Elianto is not exactly a really “cheap” brand. It is consider affordable but it’s not cheap. They have bright colors, but I heard its not as good as safe colors. I guess you get what you paid for.

You can check out Elianto at www.elianto.biz/.