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Friday, March 18, 2011

The MAC 189 Brush

I used to think that all brushes were equal regardless if they were branded or not. Then I used to think that buying brushes under a certain brand was just merely a marketing strategy. This was until I became a make up artist and realized that our face need corresponding brushes that will complement the contours it has and not all brushes can do the job well done. With this you know you have a good brush when everything about it is thought about, from its shape, its bristles, density, size and etc.

That's exactly what I felt when I purchased this one of a kind MAC Brush. The MAC 189.

The MAC 189 is no longer available in the MAC website but as far as I can remember this brush retailed for about $50. A hefty price I know but it is surely worth it. I purchased mine at a CCO for about $28, so for those who have access to a CCO nearby I do suggest you check them out. Also since I am not sure if this is a discontinued brush or a PRO product only.

Compared to the MAC 190 foundation brush, you can clearly see how much bigger the bristles are. The bristles are made from Natural animal hair and is about double the size of the MAC 190, making it perfect for application of foundation on the face and Body.

What makes this brush super unique is that the bristles are incredible-y soft yet so so so dense. This makes it perfect for foundation application whether you are using liquid or cream foundation. The density allows you a flawless application one with less streaks on the face. This is also great when used with powder foundation since it buffs in the product better and also, no product goes to waste.

Overall, I think this brush is really a smart purchase. The only thing that can set you back from purchasing this brush in my opinion is:

1. Availability - Since it's no longer available in the MAC website it may now be discontinued or a PRO product.
2. Price - It was priced at $50 in the website but I purchased this for $28 in CCO. Still a hefty price both ways.

But on the other hand this brush has more good to it:

1. 1 Brush for all - can be used with Cream, Liquid and Powder Foundation.
2. Fast - With its size, you get the job done faster without compensating on the quality of work.
3. Big - It's such a big sized brush it can be used for both face and body.
4. Limitless - This brush is not only for foundation type it can be used for other things too. ( I use it to apply body shimmer to certain areas of the body such as the collar bone).
5. Sturdy - This is such a sturdy brush, I'm sure it will last me a long time. :)

So what do you guys think? The MAC 189 surely is one of my favorite brushes. :) What are yours?

Toodles! :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What's been keeping me busy

Hi girls,

Yes yes, I know I have been absent in the blogger scene for the past couple of months (almost 3 to be exact). But I do have a valid reason for that, my work has been taking the driver seat in my life for the past couple of months and it has been nothing but bliss. :)

Here's what has been keeping me busy for the past couple of months:

Print Advertorials

Advertising work

eLive on some Saturdays


Shoot with CS Toledo

My sister's wedding

Star Power 5 girls:
Angeline, Akiko, K-La, Monica and Krissel
From their journey in the show until the finals, from Star Power to Asap.

So that's a glimpse of what has been really keeping me on my toes for the past couple of months. It has been tiring but super duper fun! :)

Btw, please please grab a copy of CHALK Magazine March 2011 issue, me and Maui have an article there. :)

Toodles! :)

A Flawless Big 4 day summer promo!

Flawless Face and Body Clinic has come up with a very special treat for everyone. We have all been affected with the recent political and environmental unrest happening here and around the world and one way or the other this may have affected us emotionally and physically. It's almost summer, let us all look and feel good about ourselves this season.

For 4 days only (March 17-20), Flawless is offering 50% off on their best services to get your skin smooth, youthful and radiant! :) You get Flawless hot summer services at half off the price!!! :) Here are the special offers for only 4 days!

What are you guys waiting for? grab this 4-day special opportunity from flawless and feel better about yourself. :)

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See you all in Flawless in the next 4 days! :)

Toodles! :)