I’m sorry I disappeared from the blog for a bit, I’ve moved apartments and have been taking my time getting back in the swing of things. I’ve also been using fewer beauty products in general—I have my skincare unpacked and organized, but for makeup I’ve just been working out of a small travel bag with just a handful of basic daily products. One of the things I have been using all the way through the transition is this silicone facial brush called the Mirai by True Company, which has been lovely to use both at home and on the go.
It looks like EcoTools has come out with some new brushes, including this bronzing and highlighting duo for $11.99. The new line is marked by updated handles and ferules, and I thought that these two looked like brushes that I could use in my collection. They’re soft and fluffy, and I feel like over time EcoTools has been getting better with their brush shapes and the taper of the bristles. These are also vegan, tree-free, and utilize recycled materials including handles made of recycled bamboo.
My husband and I just came back from our second trip to Tokyo, where we spent New Year’s in the middle of visiting both of our families for the holidays. Having gained some level of familiarity with Japanese cosmetics brands since our first visit last year, and having restrained my cosmetic purchases fairly well over the past year, I basically went in feeling ready to buy some stuff. The added bonus was learning about and having my first experience with fukubukuro, or “lucky bags” of products that lots of Japanese retailers put out for New Year’s sales.
I made some orders with Zoeva and BH Cosmetics, and was spurred on by a makeup brush clean-out and a sale. Zoeva was the big one that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and finally put together an order of brushes and makeup to make the international shipping worth it. BH Cosmetics, on the other hand, won me over with a sale and some interesting new products on the site.
I ordered from Makeup Geek weeks ago because I was pretty excited about the MannyMUA palette that they’d released. Ahead of the launch I tried to refine a little wish list so I would be able to throw a few more things in the cart without thinking much, as well. All told, I walked away with the palette, 5 single eyeshadows, 2 blushes, a gel eyeliner and a brush.
Last week I saw someone on YouTube mention BH Cosmetics, and I realized that I’d just about completely forgotten about the brand! As someone who prefers to buy affordable and cruelty-free makeup, there’s a lot to love about them, and the only reason I don’t buy more from them is probably the simple fact that I have to remember to check them out online. There were a few basics that I was in need of, so I went ahead and placed an order that afternoon.
I’ve had a small box of makeup set aside for a de-potting project, and I finally got around to buying a few small tools to help me with the job. It’s my first time breaking open my stuff, but I had a few products that I was eager to put in magnetic palettes in order to help me use the shades inside more often.
I’ve had a pile of loose eyeshadows that I’ve kept in a drawer, and I knew I needed to deal with them as I’ve been reorganizing my makeup since moving into a small Manhattan apartment. Pressing them and keeping them in magnetic palettes seemed like a great space-conscious solution, plus I knew that it’d help me reach for them on a more regular basis. I’ve gone through and pressed eyeshadow from five different brands and thought I’d show you the tools and process I used to do it.
I’m on a mission to reorganize and consolidate makeup, which includes pressing loose shadows, de-potting other makeup and giving things a new home in a magnetic palette. After some research and knowing I was going to need to drop a chunk of money on whatever palettes I decided to buy, I landed on the Book of Shadows shop on Etsy run by Anothersoul. Book of Shadows offers a wide variety of beautiful, handmade magnetic makeup palettes in all different sizes, and I bought a pretty good mix of them for my collection.
I’m not normally the type to remark on the passage of time, but February went by really quickly for me. I had a major work event, flew around the US a couple of times, and then flew off to Europe for a vacation, which is where I am now! I have a handful of really great products that I finished up this month, including skincare, hand care, and a makeup brush that I’m tossing.