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Bdellium Tools: Precision Kabuki 957

Brush:  Precision Kabuki 957 Amazon Purple Exclusive

Price:  $7.95 USD, €6,12 Germany, £11.95 UK

Bristles:  Synthetic

Rating:  Excellent

Use:  Liquid, cream & powder foundations, blushes, and highlighters.

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Availability:  You can order direct from the Bdellium Tools site, Amazon.com, Amazon.de, and Amazon.co.uk.  For additional information about availability in your country, click here

My Two Cents:  I have absolutely no complaints about this brush.  It is incredibly versatile as it can be used with any and all types of products.  The bristles are treated with an antibacterial agent and are super soft and gentle.  I am really impressed by how beautifully well made Bdellium Tools are.  This brush is currently on for half of the original list price which is seriously a steal.  Oh yeah, and it’s purple!

While I ordered three brushes in total just to give Bdellium Tools a try, this was the first one I used and quite frankly, it truly was a case of love at first sight which quickly turned into pure infatuation upon first use.  I like to use the Precision Kabuki to apply my M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.  Since I don’t wear liquid or cream foundations, I find that this helps me achieve excellent coverage, especially with a powder product.  Other brushes I’ve used leave me looking chalky but the 957 seems to really blend the product into the skin leaving a more natural looking flawless finish.

This was definitely my gateway brush because just as I said in a tweet to Bdellium, I am smitten.  Since getting into makeup I have been expanding my brush collection by trying out a few brushes from various different manufacturers in an attempt to get a feel for them with the hope that I will eventually land on company that I feel good enough about to make a more substantial investment in a large set of their brushes.  For ages I have been coveting some Sigma brushes, and while I still want to give them along with a few Sedona Lace and Crown brushes a try, I think that Bdellium might just be “the one.”

Tips:  Keep your brushes clean and in good condition by doing a regular thorough wash with soap and water while spot cleaning in between.

Manufacturer Care Instructions:  Wash with regular shampoo, rinse, then lay flat to air dry.  For more information on care from Bdellium click here

I hope you’ve found this review helpful and I highly recommend giving this or any of Bdellium Tools brushes a try.  I can’t imagine you’ll be disappointed.  Reviews of the other two Bdellium brushes I picked up are in the works.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Maybelline: Light In Purple Color Tattoo

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Maybelline New York

Product:  Color Tattoo 24hr Gel Cream

Animal Tested:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  No

Vegan:  No

Color:  85-Light In Purple

Formula:  Poor

Pigmentation:  Poor

Wear Time:  Okay

Amount of Product:  .14 oz. / 4 g

Price:  €6,95 EUR (Converts to about $9.34 USD / £5.93 GBP)

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Availability:  This color is only available in Europe.  I found mine at my local DM Drogerie here in Germany.

What I liked:  I loved how this looked in the little jar at the store.  It almost seemed to have a bit of a subtle duo-chrome effect.  It even looked promising when initially swatched it on my hand.

What I didn’t like:  The formula was not nice.  The consistency felt really slick and did not apply opaque at all.  The lilac color almost completely disappeared once it was on my eyelids.

My two cents:  I was oh so excited and full of optimism when I first laid eyes on Light In Purple, as evident from my previous post.  Sadly though, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.  Aside from looking pretty in the jar, it had absolutely no redeeming qualities.  As I mentioned above it was not like other nine Color Tattoos I that I own.  It felt really slick whereas other colors I have from the line have more of a thicker slightly more dry creamy feel in comparison.  Once it was on my eyes all that was really left behind was the shimmer.  This color can’t be built up either.

Just for the sake of being able to give a fair review I kept it on overnight.  After just three hours of wear I noticed that Light In Purple had already began it’s disappearing act.  By the time I woke up the next morning it looked as though someone had tried to remove it during the night as there was only a trace of it left in the form of the shimmer.

Sine it just didn’t seem that this would be something I would be able to make work on it’s own, I decided to give it a try as a base with my Sugarpill Heart Breaker palette since it was so sheer and by sheer I mean virtually colorless.  I didn’t even like it as a base because it’s just too shimmery and it caused my Sugarpill shadow colors to come off really strange.  Not to mention that it just does not seem to the staying power as other Color Tattoos.

I really wanted to love this, although I would have settled for liking it, but it seems that it was not meant to be.  After trying to make it work and find a use for it, I decided to return it.  For the record, I don’t take returning cosmetics lightly as it’s something I don’t like to do.  However, these little suckers are on the pricey side for a single drugstore eyeshadow in my opinion and I just could not justify keeping something that I would never use and would surely end up in the garbage.

Tips:  Just do not bother with this, it’s a complete miss.

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New Color Tattoo’s Spotted in Germany

Tonight I was in DM and I stumbled upon a display for the new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Creme-Gels.  I know there have been two new sets of colors released in the U.S. but as far as I know, this is the first time they’ve added anything new to the line here in Europe.  So in other words, this is rather exciting news for all of us ladies living here in Germany.   At the moment I don’t know if these are limited edition or whether they will be part of Maybelline’s permanent collection, but I will do some digging so that I can let you know when I do a full review.  There were four colors available but I only two appealed to me.  While I think that three of the colors are the same or similar to some of the recent U.S. releases, there was one that I believe is exclusive to Europe.  As I said I will do some research and stop back by my local DM to hopefully get some pics of the display if I can manage it and at the very least some swatches of the other colors as well as a complete list of the new color names.

Without further adieu, here is your little sneak peek…


I know this is a bit of tease, but I didn’t want to say or show too much before I do my review.  I will say this though, Light in Purple is pretty awesome in the jar.  We shall have to wait to and see if it’s as lovely once it’s applied.  Keep an eye out for these reviews and as always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire – Sensitive Skin

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Bioderma

Cruelty Free:  No

Vegan:  No

Effective:  Excellent

Gentle:  Excellent

Overall Rating:  Excellent

Size / Amount:  250 ml

Price:  $12.99 – $26.95 USD, $22.00 – $ CA, €11,00 – €13,95 DE, £ 11.60 – £15.95 UK


Availability:  Sadly this is not the most easily accessible in North America.  You can purchase this from Amazon.  If you live in the UK or Europe it’s a bit easier to come as Bioderma is a French brand and you can even get a the double pack for under €20 through various pharmacy sites.  While you can purchase Bioderma Micellar Water through Amazon sites.  There is also Baroness, a Swiss based company and Drugstore Cocooncenter which is a French company, both of which will ship internationally for an additional fee.  Before getting excited and placing your order anywhere, be sure to look into the shipping fees because that is where they will get you even if the price of the product seems great.  Also, there are various different micellar water formulas available from Bioderma, so do some research to find the one that will work best for  your skin type.   I’ve provided some links below where I found Bioderma Sensibio H2O.

United States:  Sears

Canada:  Murale

Germany:  Easy Apotheke & Amazon.de

United Kingdom:  Amazon.co.uk & Doc Simon

Use:  You can use this as to cleanse skin, especially on those occasional nights where you just can’t be bothered to cleanse and tone as you normally would, not that I recommend using this as a substitute for normal cleanser and water.  My favorite way to use Bioderma is to remove makeup before washing my face before bed.

What I liked:  How effective and gentle it is.

What I didn’t like:  The price.

My two cents:  If I could I would sing this products praises from the roof tops.  After the short time I’ve been using it, about a month, I feel confident enough to say that this is not only hands down the best makeup remove I’ve used, but that it is also holy grail worthy.  It is incredibly gentle, in fact this is the only makeup remover that has not irritated my sensitive eyes.  Do not be fooled by how gentle it is though because this stuff is super effective at removing all makeup, even pesky water proof mascara, long wearing lip products.  So with that said, even with the hefty price tag, I would definitely repurchase this because it really is that good.

Tips:  Start with a smaller amount on your cotton pad and for waterproof products just hold the cotton pad on the area for a few seconds to allow it to work it’s magic.

I had been debating giving it a try for a few months but considering that everything else I tried had really irritated my eyes in particular, I wasn’t ready to commit and make the investment.  However, once Heather from How to be Fancy confirmed how gentle and non-irritating it was, it gave me that last little push I needed.  So thanks big bunches to her!  By the way if you’ve not checked out her site or YouTube channel then be sure to do so the first chance you get.

In other news, I finally got a new camera!  It was an early Christmas gift from Capt. Canada and after a bit of research I decided on the Canon IXUS 125 HS, which is the equivalent of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS in North America.  I’ve only had it for two weeks but I’m loving it so far and I plan to do a full review once I get a better feel for it.  At the very least, the quality of my photos have definitely improved as evident above.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Royal & Langnickel Brushes

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This is my first attempt at reviewing brushes or any beauty tools for that matter, so I was pretty clueless as to how to go about it.  I tried my best, but please feel free to make any suggestions by commenting below.  I’d really appreciate your feedback.


Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Royal & Langnickel

Collection:  S.I.L.K


Brush:  C500 Angled Shader

Price:  $5.39 – $5.99  USD, €6,20 Germany, £5.10 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:  “Use to apply and blend eye shadow.  Soft natural hairs make this brush ideal for powder shadows.  The angled cut allows for maximum control.”

Overall Rating:  Good

My Two Cents:  This is one of two angled eye brushes that I own and this is definitely the nicer of the two (the other is an Eco Tools brush).   It’s fluffy and very soft.  I use this brush many different ways depending on what products I’m using and what effect I’m trying to achieve.  I have used it for applying shadow to the lid and the crease, for blending, as well as for applying a highlight to the brow bone.  I’ve not experienced any shedding and so far it has retained it’s shape after washing.


Brush:  BC420 Smudger

Price:  $7.19 – $7.99  USD, €8,68 Germany, £6.38 – £7.14 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:   “Firm, gently pointed natural hair makes this brush ideal for creating the perfect smokey eye.”

Overall Rating:  Excellent

My Two Cents:  It’s super soft and gentle, not to mention that it always retains it’s shape after being washed.  The size and shape makes this perfect for use in the crease, but I also like to use it for blending.  This brush is just amazing.  In fact I love it so much that it has quickly become my favorite eye brush and I am seriously considering picking up one or two more.


Brush:  C440 Pointed Liner

Price:  $7.99  USD, £7.14 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:   “This natural hair brush is ideal for both lining and filling lips or creating a full line at the base of the lash.”

Overall Rating:  Excellent

My Two Cents:  In all honesty, I don’t use this brush for either of it’s intended purposes.  Although I could see it being great for applying lip products, I feel as though it is much too thick to be of much use for applying eye liner.  This bristles of this brush are very soft and it also retained it’s shape after washing.  I  have used this for smudging color under the eye, for more precise placement of color in the crease and for adding a highlight to the inner corners of the eye.


Brush:  BC480 Detail Liner

Price:  $3.59 – $3.99  USD, €4,33 Germany, £3.56 UK

Bristles:  Natural Hair

Description:  “A pointed tip is perfect to create a precision line at the base of lashes.”

Overall Rating:  Okay

My Two Cents:  I think the only positive thing I can say about this brush is that the bristles of this, just like the others, are very soft.  I had high hopes for this and thought it would be great for applying gel eye liner.  Unfortunately I was very disappointed because once I washed this (which you should always do before using) it completely lost the precision pointed shape which would have made it useful.  Nothing I have tried has helped re-shape it either.  Since I have it I do try to make it work by using it to line the bottom of my eye with powder shadow.  For lack of a better word, it just kind of sucks.  So I say save your money where this one is concerned.        


Manufacturer Care Instructions:  Use gentle shampoo and luke warm water.  Reshape and lie flat to dry completely for best results.


Tips:  I have been using baby shampoo to give my brushes a good deep clean and I find that it works great.  However, I have heard that it’s best to use an actual brush cleaner to spot clean them in between deep cleaning them as well.  I plan to purchase the  MAC Brush Cleaner for this purpose but there are many other options available from higher end companies to more affordable brands.  For instance, E.L.F., Sonia Kashuk, Sally Beauty Supply, Crown Brush, Clinique and Estee Lauder all have brush cleaners available.


Availability:  You can purchase directly from Royal & Langnickel (they also make art brushes), as well as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.


Before deciding on Royal & Langnickel’s S.I.L.K brushes I read a lot of reviews on different brands of brushes and not once did I come across a bad review on this brand.  I have even heard that these are comparable to MAC & Sigma brushes.  As far as I’m concerned R & L make a great product and I would definitely recommend them.  Overall I have been very happy with my brushes and pleasantly surprised by the high quality of them.  So if you’re looking for good, high quality brushes that won’t break the bank then definitely give the Royal & Langnickel S.I.L.K brushes a try.  If the S.I.L.K line doesn’t appeal to you or if you’re looking for a a different type of brush be sure to check the R&L site because they have numerous brush collections ranging in price from natural to different synthetic bristles to suit your needs.  Be sure to “Like” Royal & Langnickel on Facebook to stay up to date on what’s going on and as always, thanks for reading and check back soon.


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