Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MAC Makeup and Makeup Brush Mall Mini Haul!

If you read my post "Tis the Season... Not to be Shopping" , you'll know that I had a less than stellar shopping experience at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in New York this past weekend.

It was freezing cold with blustery winds, flurries, and jostling customers!  Not to mention, I just didn't find anything that really wowed me.  So we headed off to a Mall or two.  Of course, the MAC counter, and Sephora were on my hit list.

First up, my continuing quest to get the best makeup brush selection that I can find.  My all time favorite are my Hakuhodo makeup brushes, but other companies do make incredibly good brushes too!  I doubt there are many companies (unless they are exceptional artisans dedicated to that single craft, Hakuhodo) that make a complete range of truly great brushes.  Even MAC, which many people seem to prefer, have produced some awful brushes.

Ever since I saw GossMakeupArtist on YouTube use and rave about the Makeup Forever #55N Powder Brush, I have been dying to get my hands on one.  This particular one is goat hair and nylon.  GossMakeupArtist used it to stipple a liquid foundation on, and the effect was stunning.

I found it at Sephora, and here it is:

Make Up For Ever 55N Brush

The tips of the bristles have wispy ends.
Just a word of warning about this brush, when I opened it up it had an incredibly strong odor!  Like strong glue, or some kind of chemical smell.  I did wash it thoroughly last night and it is drying out now, so I'll update you in a later post on whether I was able to vanquish that strange smell.

Next up, at Nordstroms I purchased the MAC 219 Pencil Brush:

MAC 219 Pencil Brush

The MAC 219 Pencil Brush has a pencil shaped tip for blending.
I have a travel size version of this brush and I like using it, so I went ahead and got the full size brush.  Buying travel size sets allows you to test which brushes you really like to use first.  When you finally buy the full size brush, you have a back-up and a convenient travel size set to take with you.  I am always paranoid about my luggage being stolen, and I'd rather carry around my travel brushes in case my luggage gets lost for all eternity...

MAC Eye Shadow in Quarry.

This shadow might just be the perfect pink matte color!
If you are looking for a dusky matte pink to dust your eyelids with, or to deepen the shadows in your crease, this might just be what you are looking for!  It's just a beautiful, beautiful color.  

Next up, fragrance!  I bought duo his and hers set of Prada Infusion D'Iris for only $10 at Sephora!  This is a great stocking stuffer!  One for him, one for me...

And last but not least...

The Original TURBIE TWIST!
I got my eager little hands on a Turbie Twist!  If you watch my November Haul video on YouTube you'll know that I love to use hair treatments, and this is perfect (when warm and damp) to wrap around your head, while you have a hair treatment going on!  And of course, you can use it to help dry your hair too (Turbie Twists original purpose). So it has a dual purpose for me, and I can't wait to try it out this weekend!

The Sassi Wench.

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