Organisation Porn: Hakuhodo Brush Storage

 

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So Xiao recently posted about makeup storage on her blog, and I got the bug. Sadly, my actual makeup storage is a bit up in the air at the moment (still scattered between shoe boxes, makeup bags and my handbag), but I recently got my brush storage sorted out and wanted to share.

Face and Lip Brushes

I used to store all my brushes in a huge brush roll I made, but I found that the bigger brushes (for cheeks and powder) got flattened on one side and basically became misshapen. So I decided to store them upright in some tea jars I had lying around. My main issue with storing brushes upright in jars is that they tend to get dust/fluff/air-stuff on them, and powder applied with a lint-covered brush looks kind of crap. So naturally, because I am super classy, I decided to cover the jars with those free shower caps you get in hotels. While this doesn’t look too pretty it’s great because:

  • It keeps dust off
  • It clings tight to the jar, so it’s not always falling off
  • It balloons out over the top of the jar, so it’s not pressing down against the brushes, just protecting them.

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I like to keep as many brushes as possible in their original packaging and plastic tubes – partly because it helps them keep their shape, and partly because I think it may protect them …somehow. I tend to do this with my makeup as well – keeping it in the cardboard boxes it came in.

Eye Brushes

If I had an extra tea caddy, I could easily store my eye brushes in there, but

  1. I don’t and
  2. I like to be able to see them all laid out.

I have many eye brushes that can do the same thing, so it’s nice to be able to see them all at once and maybe pick a brush I haven’t used recently instead of going straight for old favourites. So I chose to put these in a brush roll. With bunnies on it.

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The brush roll is sorted with application on the left, then multipurpose, then blenders, then detail, and then liner. Then the random yachiyo because it’s too small to fit in the caddies.

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The Mizubake

Storage for the Mizubake perplexed me up until recently, it was too short to go in the tea caddies, too fluffy to go in a brush roll, and the plastic box it came in had been crushed long ago.

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I eventually decided on using an empty vitamin pot. I had to put it in the dishwasher and then soak it in Dr. Bronners solution to get rid of that strange vitamin smell, but now it makes a perfect storage container for the Mizubake.

I don’t have to worry about hairs splaying because this vitamin jar is a perfect fit, but if it were too big, I’d put some cotton pads at the bottom to lift the brush so the hairs don’t get caught under the neck of the bottle.


How do you store your makeup brushes? Or, how would you want to store your brushes if you had the time/makeup/energy? Bonus points for links to pictures!

(Mis)Adventures in Contouring: Chanel Ombre Contraste Notorious Review and Test Run

I start this post with a disclaimer: I am not good at contouring. I have contoured twice in my life, once yesterday (disaster), and once today (…meh). Usually I’d practise a bit more before posting my efforts, but it seems a LOT of people want to know how this product looks on skin sooner rather than later.

For a post where the Ombre Contrast is used by someone good at contouring, check out this post by the lovely Xiao of Messy wands.

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Being a newbie, I had no idea which brush to use (Xiao used the Hakuhodo 210) so I picked out the G5521, Small Pointed Yachiyo, B214BkSm Highlight brush, S111 and Kokutan Eyeshadow C brushes for my attempt. I ended up using the G5521 to do most of the work, and the Small Pointed Yachiyo to blend difficult areas.

Oh and here’s another swatch

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Heavy on the right, smudgy on the left.

Before

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I tried to create an even base using Shu Stage Performer, Bobbi Brown Corrector and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.

Half and Half

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Contour on the right side of my face (the left side of the photo). I’ve contoured my cheekbone, my jawline, and the side of my nose.

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This is where skills come into play, the edges of my contouring are very blunt, which makes it look quite obvious. BUT, if you look at the shadow at the bottom of my neck, then look at the shadow on my jaw or on my cheek, you can see that they’re pretty much the same colour and that’s really what matters. The reason I haven’t even attempted contouring in the past is because the shade is nowhere near what a natural shadow on my face would look like. The Ombre Contraste makes a refreshing change.

Full

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Contouring on both sides of face on jaw, cheek and nose.

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Finished Face

Adding some lipstick (LQ Medieval), blush (Addiction Revenge), and highlighter (Becca SSP Pearl). (And letting my hair out finally!)

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Conclusions

  • I need to practice!
  • But I really love this Ombre Contraste
  • Because it actually looks like a shadow, and not like darker foundation/poorly-placed bronzer.
  • It’s pretty easy to work with and build-up
  • But use a light hand because it’s quite difficult to fix mistakes.

Further Reading

Bleurgh (it’s French) and Brush Drying

Hello lovely people, I just thought I’d let you know that I won’t be posting until next Wednesday.

How will you live without my wisdom for a week? It’ll be hard, I suggest hibernation or extreme tea consumption.

Anyway basically I just have to get myself sorted for the new University term. I considered writing half-assed blog posts just to keep the updates going, but:

  • What if you liked them more than full-bottomed blog posts? (I would cry)
  • I’ll feel rather ashamed when I read them over in a few months time – I’d rather give you what I deem to be good content than any old stuff.

I’ll leave with you an amazing idea for drying brushes that Karen (a fellow Hakuhodo obsessive) sent me. (Thanks, Karen!)

Here’s what she says about it:

“I take a rubber band, wrap one end around my towel rod, loop that end through the other end of the rubber band, and then around the top of the brush handle a few times. The brush head will end up pointing towards the floor due to its weight. With this method, I can dry any number and any type of brush including the thick handled ones like the G543 and G527. … It works great and if you don’t have a convenient towel bar, you can loop your brushes on a clothes hanger and hang it on a drawer pull or doorknob.”

I wrote about brush-drying here, but I prefer Karen’s method because it can work for any handle size, and I don’t have to lug my rag dryer between uni and home.

Hakuhodo Buying Guide

Right so, I’ve structured this post as a series of questions (some I made up, some I’ve been asked, and some I’ve seen on message boards) to make it more digestible. You can click on any of the questions in the list below to take you to the answer, or you can just scroll down and read them in sequence. I’ve organised the questions so that, if you do read them from start to finish, they form a comprehensive buying guide that begins with the very basics and then gets more specific towards the end.

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