Swept Away By Brushes

For kicks and to earn a few bucks, I take online surveys.  Sometimes I can get a pretty nice award.  There’s one in particular that likes my reviews and comments.  Probably because I give more than a ‘It’s nice.’  So, I got a couple of Amazon gift certificates and found what I wanted in a heartbeat….

It’s a bundle of joy!  It’s a toy for playing makeup!

It’s so nice and tidy in this leather bag.  Yet it’s weighty.

Ta da!!!  Tons of makeup brushes!!  Yippeee!  I can toss out those stupid, cheapy brushes that come with shadows and as that something ‘extra’ the companies throw in to make it look like a better ‘value.’

There is quite an education to be had here in nail/makeup blog land.  I’m happy to say that I’m glad to be learning more about it.  There are quite a few blogs I fancy and they are leading me to temptation a better understanding of the beauty industry.  One of the things I learned is that Konad isn’t the only game in town.  When I read about Monster Bundles, I didn’t even think twice before pressing the confirm button on Paypal.

However, what I discovered on my own was that this same company sells a sweet package of makeup brushes.

Look here.  The same folks that brought you more stamping plates than you know what to do with, brings you, now, more brushes than you know what to do with!  34 different brushes!  REAL BRUSHES!!  I wish I had a friend who wastes spends her money on MAC brushes so we could compare.  I’d like to know which of my brushes match MAC numbers. Alas, I’ll just have to wait on that.  However, I did NOT wait, too long, before snatching some of these out and putting them to use.

But first, I had to take a photo of the lovely set all tucked away in their pockets.  Nestled in line…with…cat slobbers??!!!!!!!!!

OK, looks like Sebastian wants to play with MY new toy.  But wait, there’s more….

Libby stepped away from her vanity to come see what her brother was fawning over.  Are they gaga for the smell of leather?!!

Sebastian actually pawed one out and they both were checking it out.  Probably to see if it was still alive.  Shortly after this photo, I picked up the brushes.  MINE!!!

After a couple of days laying the pouch out across my vanity, my husband finally asked if I planned on hogging up the vanity with this ‘thing.’  Hmmm…I thought I already was hogging the vanity.  Never mind.  I did explain that as I used each one I was transferring it into my own brush holder…on the vanity.

To wrap this up, I love, love these brushes.  They are made well, the handles are long, the bristles are firmly tuffed into the barrel.  And the kicker…It was $32; two $15 gift coupons and the whole thing cost me $7 including postage.  Sweet!

Am I the only one that drools over new brushes?  I’m thinking not if you are reading this blog. 😉

Today’s Haul and A Stamped Look

What would a weekend be without going to the Dollar Tree?  I got more than I expected.  One of former classmates works there.  I haven’t seen her since last semester.  We didn’t want to stop hugging each other.  It’s a whole story about why I am not in college right now.  A story for another day…  

But I could NOT get over what I found to purchase!!
These are suppose to be used to help clean up after polishing.  However…I am thinking they will be good for SPONGING!  Of course, it would be much cheaper to use a makeup sponge.  But, don’t these look cool?  Stay posted, dear readers, for that update. 🙂

I had to stop in to Walmart to get some household supplies and, since Sally’s Beauty is in that same strip mall, it goes without saying I stopped in.  They usually don’t have any new items out until the beginning of each month.  However, there was a new display of Savvy, Femme Coulture. 
                                                                Outside lighting.
                                                  Inside lighting by the sunny window.
The one on the left is ‘Glass Slipper.’  It is a very pale blue with iridescent turquoise shimmers.  I’m purchasing way too many of this type of color.  I’ll have to do some side by sides.  Good for a future post!  But as many, I’m thinking this is going to go on sheer.

Now, to the right, is Pink Fairy.  The outdoor picture is more true to the pink color.  The indoor picture makes it look too orange.  Another shimmer that shows flashes of reddish purple.  Looks like a sheer polish too.

I think there were at least half a dozen colors in the display.  I limited myself to 2 colors to try out before I get any more.  I need to remember to take along my camera to snag some on the fly pictures.

And, lastly, I did my first Monster Bundle stamping.  Monster Bundle!!  Now I see what all the rage is about!!
21 stamping plates from Monster Bundle.  Get them here from Amazon.  For $18, and 21 plates…well, the Konad plates are going for $12-13 at the mall, for just ONE!  And, my order from Amazon took less than a week to arrive.

As I have read on several nail blogs, the pattern size is on the smaller size.  I have very small nail beds and these didn’t cover my thumb or my pointer finger.  See my practice stamping here:
                                             Monster Bundle BM20 in Konad Dark Slate

Sort of a lacey look with the Ring My Shell Professional Manicure SH line.  It got dark outside and I didn’t get to do a new mani.  I hope to do that tomorrow.

Have you seen the newest line from Savvy?  What color caught your eye?  And, do you have the Monster Bundle?  Do you like it too?