Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A dupe for Benjabelle brush holder?!

Ok. When I got my first set of brushes ever from Coastal Scents, like two years ago, I have since moved on to Real Techniques as my go-to brushes, with some odd bits of brushes I picked up from here and there.

Using brushes meant having the added step of caring and cleaning for them too. All the while I've been simply drying them laid on a face towel, brush head downwards at the sloping tilt of the top of my glamorous washing machine.

I've heard and seen pictures of this mysterious contraption called Benjabelle, that make-up aficionados with plenty of brushes to dry, use with rapturous comments on its usefulness. As always, gullible as I am, the price for one still made me hesitate. The cheapest variant still went for slightly above a hundred Malaysian ringgit. After all the sloping top of the washing machine seemed fine - until the cat decides to jump over it, or the brushes get knocked off when someone over vigorously tosses their laundry to get to the laundry basket.

To cut long story short, I was at this gem of a stall in Midvalley, that sells makeup brushes and bits and bobs, to pick up a disposable mascara wand (I use it to brush shape up my eyebrows prior to drawing them in mostly though it comes in real handy to separate mascara-ed eyelashes too) and add on my brush protector nets. Then lo and behold...I see behind the counter:

My dupe Benjabelle! Excuse the paper bag, its there exclusively to cover the unsightly background. This was assembled at home, after purchase naturally :P
What got me even more excited was the pricetag. A mere RM55! Like less than half the price of the same Benjabelle model. After comparing pictures of the variant from the website , I conclude that what I purchased is a Sunflower Brush Tree that sells for like RM140 ish here (plus or minus shipping) through local re-sellers.

It came flat-packed like this with a sticker price of RM65 but sold for RM55. Apparently they had white too but I decided to stick to the classic black. Pretty simple and easy to assemble.

Top view. Pretty versatile choices of holders, from bigger brushes down to mid and small eyeshadow brushes. Love!
With a variety of brushes slotted in. Works great!
I was quite excited to try out my purchase and did so as soon as I got home. Washed the stippling and highlighter/concealer brushes that I coincidentally bought previously from the same stall and test-drove my dupe Benjabelle. Added on my Elf eyeshadow brush to test the smaller holder. Worked fine too.

Ahh. The finds one finds. The quality of brushes sold at that stall is pretty good too (I sense a review coming on...). It's on the basement floor, along the way that connects to the Garden's food hall area.

:) Love a good bargain.

Mini haul! Bourjois and Inglot

So I've been majorly absent from logging in my beauty purchases. Yes, I have been lazy. And busy busy with work, and now after an almost mini breakdown, have now taken a step back to find ways to destress. Which led me to resurrect this blog again.

As can be imagined, my collection has truly grown by leaps and bounds, although I wish I can say the same about my actual makeup skills.One major development I can report since my humble beginnings of actually purchasing and learning to use brushes to apply foundation is that...I now can only apply my foundation with a brush. I cant go back to my Neolithic days of only using my fingers (ick!).

Anyway before I go on rambling, during the weekend I went on a mini bender and finally to satisfy my curiosity, went to Sunway Pyramid to get a good look at Malaysia's first Bourjois kiosk. Haha, sounds pathetic, but it was just last year that I went around Bugis Street and then Marina Square in Singapore, hot on the Bourjois trail.

And yes, while I was in Sunway Pyramid, I went back to where it started it all for me when it came to that wonderful Polish brand, Inglot. Ahhh..memories! My very first blusher that ever hit pan was that very first Inglot blusher.

My lovelies!Giving in to my lust for Bourjois and Inglot..a teeny bit.

The Bourjois kiosk was a little bit of a letdown. It still wasn't as extensive as the one in John Little over at Marina Square. As can be seen just from the range of shades; they only had up to 53. They don't carry the cream blushers either :( But they did have the nail polish. And I couldnt resist getting a dreamy sky blue. The so-called cult Healthy Mix foundation that I first got last year was a little too healthy for me (I did gave it to my Mum, for whom the shade and formulation suited better) and so this time around (since they had an offer for the foundation and powder items), I decided to try the 123 Perfect Foundation instead. Also decided to try the loose powder. And added another of those cute round pot blushes. I really adored the Healthy Mix blusher that I first bought hence this tentative addition of a different shade.

As for Inglot..I couldnt resist. If you must know, I have added a few Inglot lipsticks, eyeshadows and its loose powder to my collection since that first time I fell in love with this line of cosmetics. And now after a long while, this blusher with its case. Plus this new product they have, essentially a lipliner but doubles up as a matte lipstick.

Anyway, thats a little tease on what I just got; will update on the reviews. Be prepared with me going full blast putting up a number of posts :D

Its good to be back. Wake up, it's makeup, people!