Miss Bella Brush Tree

I think I held out on buying a real brush drying tool for long enough. Mind you, I made it work for a whole six months on a dirt-cheap improvised system. But after several accidents in the middle of the night that ended with my freshly washed brushes hitting the bathroom floor, I knew I had to make a change.

While canvassing for something affordable online, my friend, VWritesBeauty, suggested a brush dryer she saw The Beauty Junkee review. And at PHP 700, the 26-slot Miss Bella Brush Tree (Square) is a bargain buy I can get behind.

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Zoeva 101 Luxe Face Definer

This is about 6 months delayed, but I’m about to share my very first Sephora Philippines purchase. Oooh, where did the time go? Let me tell you what happened: I got the products, shot them ASAP, giddily started using them, then forgot to actually document. *facepalm* And, yes, this happens to me A LOT. I get too obsessed with savoring the stuff that I don’t remember to jot down my impressions.

To play catch-up, I intend to use the first half of 2017 just going through the backlog. And, if you’ve been following the recent entries, it’s all about the beauty tools at the moment! Here is Zoeva 101 Luxe Face Definer (PHP 1,240; USD 27.50)!


Sephora PH Haul: A Zoeva brush and a Becca highlighter value set

Quick Specs: 17.8 cm

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit

Out of all makeup things, it seems like I’ve held out on investing in beauty tools the longest. It primarily has to do with budget and a laziness when it comes to maintaining brushes and sponges. But when I started receiving brushes as gifts (and started buying a few here and there), I was able to get used to clean-ups and decided that it was time to start investing in some premium picks. So I recently splurged on MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit (USD 52.50)


MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit

Quick Specs: made in China

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Daiso Egg Brush Cleaner

My Instagram feed is flooded with the latest on beauty trends, but I can’t always follow. There may be tons of products I’m dying to try, but there simply isn’t a budget for everything. Next best thing is to wait for cheap alternatives to come along. Thus was the case of the Brush Egg. I was perfectly content hand-washing brushes (like in the olden days lol!) until I got my hands on a Daiso Egg Brush Cleaner aka Daiso Egg Laundry Board (PHP 88 / USD 2) from their Shangri-la Plaza branch’s opening event.

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Improvised Brush Drying System

It sounds way cooler than it looks, but it works just fine. In an effort to cut costs on the beauty front, I decided to employ a hanger and a bunch of rubber bands to help air-dry my makeup brushes upside down. With this position, gravity assists in getting rid of moisture, especially in the area where the glue holds the hairs together.

Not-so-chic, but cheap

By the way, I got the distinctly-colored rubber bands from National Bookstore for PHP 19.75 in a bid to distinguish them from the rubber bands being used as office supplies at home. Wouldn’t want my brush handles to be dirtied by them.

Bight Yellow Rubber Bands for less than $0.50

That’s it for now! I have to get back to my deadlines.