Hi dear everyone, I am a person who like to rotate my products, try to shop my stash more often rather than sticking to one product for a period of time, so it’s a bit hard for me to pick my favorites each month unless I am really in love with some products(still searching….). However, on my journey of experimenting old/new products, learning the art of makeup and sharing daily makeup pictures (if you follow me on Instagram; if not, please make sure that you follow me for daily dose of beauty), I often feel the need to share my views on products that I appreciate. From today, you will see a beauty series called “product appreciation” where I talk about products that are essential to my makeup routine, and that I have been enjoying using or I should have used more often, and new discoveries which I added into my makeup collection that worth recommending to my readers.
Without further ado(I finally got to say this lol), I will start the series by sharing some tools, which I hardly ever mention, however are truly important in my daily makeup routine.
1. Swissppers Cotton Pad
It claims on the package that it leaves no messy fibers and is pure softness. What do I think? I 100% vouch for this claim. I have been using this brand for many years, and it’s the only brand I would go for. I use it to apply toners before moisturizing my face, to spot-clean my eye brushes, to wipe off nail polishes and to remove my makeup every night. It’s rather durable in all means that I have mentioned earlier and I am especially satisfied with its performance during the process of spot-cleaning my eye brushes. Like it claimed, I don’t need to worry those messy fibers like some tissues sticking on my brushes and make it hard to get rid of.
2. Cotton buds
I don’t think I can ever live without cotton buds because I use it when I want to clean the tails of my wonky winged eyeliner, to flake off mascaras that are smudged on my skin(after it’s dried), to clean off excessive nail polish when I am applying nail polishes and to run it on my water line in order to help the eyeliner last a bit longer (disclaimer: I am not the one who first discover this tip, however, I find it’s rather useful).
3. MAC Brush Cleanser 235ML
I used to use Missha brush cleanser to spot clean my brushes. However, it is harder for me to find a Missha shop in Sydney now for some reasons, so I turned to MAC brush cleanser for rescue. The MAC one work wonder in terms of spot-cleaning my eye brushes, however, I don’t think it’s built for cleaning foundation or concealer brushes (I tried using it to clean one of my concealer brush today and it took me a good three minutes however, the brush still look stained). I use it every two three days to clean my eye brushes so that my eye makeup doesn’t get muddy and look dirty.
4. Inglot Cosmetics makeup stainless mixing palette and unknown brand spatula (stainless steel)
I use the mixing palette and spatula every day, mainly mixing foundations or foundation with illuminator. Once it’s mixed, I use the spatula to apply foundation on my face in which I find it’s the most hygienic way.
5. Shu Uemura eye lash curler
According to Wikipedia, Shu Uemura was a Japanese make-up artist and founder of the Shu Uemura international cosmetics line which bears his name. I know there are lots of comparisons between Shu Uemura and Shiseido eye lash curlers since both of them are Japanese brands and well-known. I have used both, and I have come to the conclusion that Shu Uemura eye lash curler are the one for me. It fits my eye shape better and won’t pinch the skin or my upper eye lids(I feel much safer, I must say). This is my holy grail eye lash curler and I use it every day to curl my downward straight eye lashes.
6. Real Techniques lash-brow groomer
One of my must have makeup tools. Because the comb was made of stainless steel; it gets in between my lashes and separate my lashes after applying mascaras. I find that it also adds volume to my lashes somehow.
7. Isocol Rubbing Alcohol(Antiseptic)
I discovered this baby when one of my MAC eye shadow crushed into powder. I did my research and fixed my eye shadow using this product like magic. Since then, I could not keep away from it. This product can be used as a toner, as a cleanser or as an antiseptic. In my every day use, I clean my makeup tools like my mixing palette, spatula, eye lash curler, and the lash-brow groomer because I truly believe that if my tools are clean, my skin can stay away from germs and stay clear.
So what are your daily essentials when you apply makeup? which tools that you find the most helpful? Please share your thoughts and leave comments.
Thanks for reading.
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