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Product Review: Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush*

Friday, January 6th, 2012
By Glinda

For some things, I can be a creature of habit.  I would say that makeup brushes fall into that category.

I am extremely lazy about buying new makeup brushes, although I probably ought not to be.  So when a mini kabuki brush came with my Bare Escentuals starter kit, I never really thought about purchasing a different one.   It worked, after all.

Little did I know what was waiting for me the entire time.

I started thinking about getting a replacement buki brush about a year ago.  Mine was at least six years old, and was starting to shed quite a bit.  I also didn’t like the fact that when I packed it to go somewhere, it wouldn’t fit properly in my brush wallet, thus needing to hang out on its own in a Ziploc bag with the Bare Escentuals makeup itself.  You know, because I’m classy like that.  This was before they introduced the self-closing jars.  And amen to those.

Ahem, getting off track here.

So for my next buki, I vowed that it would be a retractable one, and a mini one as well since I just don’t like the way the full sized bukis apply, but that could be all in my head.

After a long (and to be honest, intermittent) search, I came across the Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush.  I ordered it with some trepidation, but it had five stars from Sephora reviewers, so I felt things couldn’t go too badly.

Long story short, I adore this brush.

It is so, so soft.  And before using this brush, I equated a certain stiffness in a kabuki to be a desirable thing.  But now I know that isn’t necessarily the case.  I love that it comes in a very pretty, girly metallic casing, and I LOVE the way it retracts.  It doesn’t twist down, but has a little “shield” that pops up before you put the cap on, thus ensuring the bristles don’t get smushed.   Oh yeah, and it also does a better job at applying the powder than the BE brush.  It does it a bit more subtly, although maybe that was just the age of my BE brush showing.

Should have bought it a loooong time ago and well worth the expense, especially for someone who regularly uses mineral makeup.


*Bought with my own damn money.  I have NEVER gotten a freebie to review.  Although, uh, I wouldn’t be against it.

Cindy Lou Who?

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
By Glinda

Usually when I see a celebrity who has had “work” done to their face, I can sort of ignore it. I can acknowledge that is is either good (rarely) or bad (usually). And then I move on.

However, when I saw this recent picture of Cindy Crawford, I felt sad.


In her heyday, I thought she was probably the most beautiful of all the 80’s supermodels.  Anybody who can look that good with wet hair is obviously at the top of the genetic food chain.  She had a very unique look, and as she aged, I felt she was doing a great job of embracing the changes that come with it.

At 45, she is only five years older than I am, and she was already feeling that her face was “unacceptable.” Which I find odd because she isn’t really working anymore, and has never been an actress who relied on looking younger to play a certain age.

I’m sort of hoping that she was just looking especially puffy that night, and maybe whatever she injected her face with will reduce down to a recognizable level.

Because if a beauty like Cindy Crawford feels wrong at 45, what the heck am I supposed to feel like?

I am all for women doing things for themselves to make themselves feel better, but I have to stop and wonder if this whole anti-aging thing is getting a little out of hand.

Oh Dior

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
By Glinda

I cannot for the life of me decide if this is cool or intensely stupid.

I like the music, though.

Tuesday Beauty Poll

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
By Glinda

Well hello there! Long time no see!  Well, that was actually all my fault, but I’m ready and raring to go here in 2012.

Our last poll was about metallic makeup and if women past a “certain age” should take a pass on it.  Interesting, it seems no one can ever agree when that “certain age” begins, though.  Young people and older people alike think it means everybody but them!

The voting was a bit tight, with 41% saying metallics should be given the heave whenever that nebulous age is reached, while 58% say anything goes.  I’d like to join the 58% and say that if you are still interested in wearing makeup at 80, you can wear whatever the hell you like.

Today, Kate Shapland at The Telegraph gave a list of the worst beauty trends of 2011, and I’d like to hear your thoughts.  I didn’t include all of them, because ‘Scouse brow isn’t really being done here.

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