MAC 217 Blending Brush

It seems as though my mood as of late leans toward the review of beauty tools rather than makeup. Seems fitting, because I have been using several makeup applicators that I consider to be game-changers. As in, love at first swipe, and they haven’t left my rotation of daily tools ever since their discovery. One of the first rave-worthy tools that I ever invested in, even before the purchase of a limited edition brush set, is the MAC 217 Blending Brush (PHP 1,600 ; USD 25). And I’ll tell you why it has now become one of my absolute favorites.

MAC 217 Blending Brush

MAC 217 Blending Brush

Quick Specs:  17 cm ; made in Japan

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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)

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit

Quick Specs: made in China

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MAC Lipstick in Instigator

Do you get swept up by trends? I get swept up by the “season”. (In quotation marks, because the where I’m from isn’t exactly a seasonal place. But I digress…) If I see all those gorgeous seasonal shades, I start obsessing. And even before fall officially started, I was already into the idea of the ultimate vampy lip that I have always been a little self-conscious of. Its the color that will push me to my limits, short of going all-out black. My Pick for 2016: MAC Instigator (PHP 1,000; USD 17).

MAC Lipstick Instigator

MAC Lipstick Instigator

Quick Specs: 3 g / 0.1 US oz ; made in Canada

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MAC Lipstick in Rebel

December has come and gone, but the cool winds came in late. It’s already February, but some nights have a slight chill. The season won’t last long because of the drought, but at least there’s some sort of fall/winter extension where it still feels nice to wear darker lipsticks. For the latter part of 2015 (and the beginning of 2016), my ultimate this-is-fall lipstick is most definitely MAC Rebel (PHP 1,000).

MAC Satin Lipstick

Quick Specs:  3 g / 0.1 US oz ; made in Canada

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