Konglish Beauty

I do not like… Space NK brushes

Posted in brushes, Space NK, tools by konglishbeauty on July 23, 2010

I have no love for Space NK brushes after two have failed me so spectacularly. I bought these two natural hair brushes 3 years ago. The left hand brush is their blusher brush, the right hand brush their powder brush. The bristles on both are soft (blue squirrel hair) and cut well. However the powder brush is floppy and not dense so not the best for face powder application. It’s good for bronzer. However, look what happened to the blusher brush…..

The brush head is not crimped or securely attached to the handle and it has come right off. For £30 I consider that UNACCEPTABLE. I’m no fool, I know how to care for my brushes. I’ve never left it drying in an upright position, letting water steep into the ferrule. I dry all my brushes with the heads hanging over a free edge, facing a downward angle so that any water left in the head drains down away from the ferrule. I wouldn’t dream of immersing the brush head completely in water any more than I’d dream of whacking it repeatedly on a rock. I also shake away any excess water after rinsing. SO IT’S NOT MY FAULT !!!! I know that I can repair it with a dab of glue and I have… but it’s still not acceptable that I have to do this… not when MAC, Bobbi Brown, Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Forever, Trish McEvoy, Stila, NARS etc etc brushes have not done this to me , ever and I’ve had these brushes many more years than these. Maybe I got a dud? Maybe… but the fact remains that there’s no crimping of the ferrule onto the handle. What’s worse is that the powder brush head also feels loose and wobbly, an indication that it’s going the same way as its smaller headed sibling some time soon.

And if that wasn’t enough to put me off Space NK tools for life… look what happened to the lash comb…

The black plastic outer teeth both snapped off, leaving blunt edges of plastic which have scratched the delicate skin around my eyes when I tried to use the comb and the edges grazed against my eye lids and margins. No I didn’t over wash or handle them vigrously: I wash the metal teeth of the lash comb by gently rubbing it with a clean mascara wand and mild liquid soap under a running tap.

My verdict? Save your money for tools from other brands. My Space NK brushes were expensive, badly made and a big let down.

Tip: drying make-up brushes

Posted in brushes, organisation, tips, tools by konglishbeauty on July 8, 2010

Here’s a quick tip from me re: drying your make-up brushes. If you invest in make-up brushes (AS YOU ALL SHOULD!!!!) then you should also clean them regularly to avoid nasty crusty residue building up on them. I’ve seen people spending big money on premium brushes then tossing them in their make-up bags to gather detritus and debris, bending and damaging the bristles, never washing them and then complaining that their fancy brushes look and perform like crap. These people deserve to apply their make-up using pan scourers. Shame on you for not respecting your tools.

When washing then leaving your brushes to dry, conventional wisdom is to leave the bristle heads hanging over the edge of a surface like a table edge, so that the bristles and hairs don’t dry pressed flat against the surface. Some people use brush guards so that they can stand their brushes upside down whilst drying, the idea being that gravity will pull any water down so it doesn’t pool and collect within the ferrule rotting the wood or glue that holds the brush hairs in place. Good idea but personally I’ve found that using brush guards increases drying time and I can’t be bothered to hang around that long. If the brushes aren’t dry by morning (after washing them the previous night) then it’s inconvenient. Hmmmm. What to do?

Well, the next best thing…. is drying them at a downward angle. This way the brush heads are still hanging over a free edge, any excess water will drain downwards but air can still circulate around the hairs so that they’re dry by morning. GENIUS!

Buffing is the new blending

Posted in brushes, review, The Body Shop, tools by konglishbeauty on March 17, 2010

I swear that the term “buffing” in relation to make-up techniques has only been widely used in the past 5 years. Ever since Bare Escentuals broke onto the scene with their “Swirl! Tap! Buff!” mantra we’ve been busy eroding our faces into nothing with vigorous swirling motions. Buffing has its place although overzealous practice will irritate faces especially used with pokey brushes.

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MAC Style Black haul

Posted in brushes, eyeshadow, haul, MAC by konglishbeauty on November 18, 2009


Behold my MAC Style black haul. Yes, this post is really late! This was one of those lust collections for me that I’ve been lemming and lemming ever since I heard of it. I wasn’t going to go for the black lipsticks (I actually have a pretty good Barry M black and this girl only needs one black lippie). What I had my eye on was the mineralize eyeshadows, the nail varnishes, the skincare and the greasepaint sticks. Well FAIL on the nail varnishes and skincare because they aren’t being released in Korea. WHAAAAAAT!!!!!!!! I hate it when they do that. We got some crappy repromotes of nail varnish shades which are in the permanent collection in other countries. Grrrr. We also DIDN’T get the greasepaint stick in black for I don’t know what bloody reason.

Luckily I have a friend visiting from the UK who’s bringing me all the missing items (along with a pair of winter boots: you can’t buy my shoe size in Korea in women’s shoes as I have freakishly big feet apparently).

The shadows: LOVE but only when applied wet. I don’t like them dry, too much fall out and a dry dusty look with scattered glitter. But foiled, beautiful. As they’re baked products, they are fine to use wet.

Greasepaint sticks I’d rate 3 out of 5. Great pigmentation, glide on, but they set too quickly and are difficult to blend so limited use as an eyeshadow base. I use it for smokey dark lid colour and eyeliner. These are officially part of the DSqauared collection, not Style Black. The purple is my favourite of the two.

I also bought a back-up of the #165 brush which I love for blusher, powder and highlighter and even blending small areas of concealer. Love.

From London with love

Posted in brushes, haul, MAC, personal by konglishbeauty on March 1, 2009

I’m baaaaack! After two weeks of catching up with friends and family, and doing my duties at a mate’s wedding I’m back in Korea with a suitcase full of make-up goodies and many reviews to churn out.

I am originally from London and came to Korea for work 5 months ago. I’ll be out here for another year, after which I’ll probably return to the UK. When I left I had to pack stuff from my make-up collection that I would need for the time away whilst being mindful of the fact that I would *ahem* probably buy stuff out here and then have to bring back unsued things to London.

My collection and stash probably deserves its own separate post in the future but amongst the things I used to haul and collect included MAC pigments, MAC holiday/ltd edition palettes, MAC quads, MAC brushes and make-up brushes in general. Most of these stayed behind and I TRIED to take a small capsule collection of make-up. Well, what I consider capsule is probably what most other people would consider a glut but I’m way past other people’s standards when it comes to make-up.

The biggest part of my luggage when I first came to Korea was my fragrance collection. l developed a serious scent habit about 3 years ago and had amassed a collection of 100+ bottles. I did a *ahem* strict selection, made decants of my favourites and came to Korea with about 30 bottles. After all this editing, my luggage still weighed 70kg – 40 kg overweight. Luckily I have friends in high places (my mother) and I was able to bring everything with me.

Whilst my Korean cosmetics collection has been perfectly acceptable there were things I seriously started to miss. Top of the list was my MAC make-up brush collection. Brushes are my achilles heel and if forced, I would give up the rest of my collection if I could just keep the brushes. Most of them are MAC but I have some much loved ones from Kevyn Aucoin, Stila, Crown, Bobbi Brown and no-name pro brushes that I was jonesing for.

I used my trip to London to bring back with me some of those things I’d been missing as well as buying a whole load more. I’ll cover things in more detail over the course of my next few posts but in the mean time, here is a picture of the things I bought.

And here is a picture of things I was reunited with that I bought back. It’s mostly brushes but does include a few lipsticks, a couple of eyeshadow palettes, shadesticks and lipliners. Decency and common sense made me leave behind the MAC palette and pigments collection but I know they’ve back in the UK waiting for me.