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I think I watch too much YouTube videos.
I’ve recently discovered the wonders (and some pleasures) girls get from playing around with makeup to create a myriad of different looks. Previously, I have only used makeup at a minimum (and usually only to fulfil my work obligations). See, I was brought up in a male-dominated environment and schooled to think that makeup was for girly-girls albeit vainpots and bascially, pussies; and the world was a tough place, unsuited for faint-hearted, shallow wusses. And so, I developed a disapproval for make-up and “self-absorbed” women whose only interests were knitting and cosmetics.
Boy, how wrong I have been all these years!
It started when I had to replenish my foundation and found myself wondering into Sephora. It seemed like a store for narcissists, so excessive with its rows and rows of beauty products! I kept wondering why women needed so many products just to look decent. I was also confused by the array and variety as well. After all, I only needed a refill of my foundation and was happy to leave just a promptly as I had walked in. And, as my luck would have it, the product I needed was no longer stocked or in production and I had to find a replacement. I was completely inundated with the search for the perfect foundation. Oh, the science and process involved in matching foundation shades. Besides, I was way too embarassed to ask the in-store beauty assistants so I went home and did what I always do: I googled. And out popped a string of YouTube videos. I clicked on one, then another. Soon, I developed an addiction for beauty videos. The women looked glamorous: always well-groomed with perfect hair and make-up, and they seemed to know so much about various products. I was clueless about what they were talking and that got me intrigued.
So, in the month of October, I found myself strangely attracted to the wonders that Sephora had. I started swatching and smelling and touching every beauty sample I could get my hands on. I was the wide-eyed girl in a candy store for the first time. I also started buying product after product. I developed an addiction for beauty products: be it their interesting packaging or design. I also started believing their beauty claims. What a noob.
This is also when I learnt of Michelle Phan, top beauty blogger. I also discovered how many women aspired to be just like her, reaping career success and popularity via YouTube. She really is quite the beauty guru, having since started her own line of makeup.
Anyway, I just wanted to share a recent discovery. Since I accidentally stepped into the world of beauty products, I have been on the search for a set of make-up brushes that are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free seeing as to how I love animals and would NEVER want to be using some dead animal’s fur to apply products to my face. I chanced on 13rushes, a Singapore-based company that produces cruelty-free, synthetic makeup brushes. Here is my experience shopping with this company.
I placed my order on 21 November and received the brush set on 26 November via SingPost registered mail. The total came up to S$128.65 including shipping with a 13% discount code from a local blogger.
Here are the pictures from the package:
After unboxing the brushes, I cleansed the entire set with Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap.
Castile soap is a name used in English-speaking countries for olive oil based soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. – – Wikipedia
Here I am drying them out here.
My first impression is how soft the bristles feel against my face. I am also impressed with the quality of the brushes. They seem to be well-made, with none of the brushes testing to be wobbly or coming apart from the handles. The handles are painted with a deep purple and feature gold coloured ferrules. I also noticed during the first wash that neither did the bristles shed nor did any colour bleed from the bristles. So far, I am quite impressed with what I am seeing.
I have not tried them with any products so I wouldn’t be able to tell if they pick up and apply products well. Since I big on cruelty-free products and local enterprising efforts, I will be using this brush set over the next few weeks and writing my review of them soon enough!