When I saw that Gilt was offering $25 for $50 codes for SpaceNK, I totally forgot about my year-long makeup ban and placed an order for two cheek products I have been eyeing up for months. I totally would have gotten the $50 for $100 code but by I fought myself for several hours over whether or not I should give into my beauty lemmings and the better deal was sold out. I paid for this whole order with a giftcard I had been saving up so technically this was a present....
One of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes is finally mine and I chose the shade Luminous Flush. It's the standard peachy pink blush that looks lovely on everyone that I can really get some use out of. I believe this is my first Hourglass product to make its way into my collection although I have tried some samples of Hourglass bases in the past. In the spirit of trying new things, I plopped the Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo in #4 Sculpting Medium and Candlelight into my virtual basket. I have a bajillion bronzers and highlighters but not too many in cream form. My rationale for this purchase was how convenient it would be to tuck this into my makeup bag for touch-ups between my day job and a fancy evening out.
The total for both products was originally $63 and $5.58 in tax but after my $50 discount, I paid $14.15 in difference. Also, Gilt had a 20% off code (Welcome20) so I only paid $20 for my $50 voucher. All in all, I only paid $34.15 which is less than the retail price of one Ambient Lighting Blush! Shipping was free and super speedy since the warehouse is in New Jersey. I love that the products come in a sturdy plastic bag which is great for getting through TSA and they also threw in three random sample packets from high end brands I've never tried. I had a great experience ordering from SpaceNK and now am scared I won't be able to look away the next time a deal this good comes by.
The night before my unnecessary SpaceNK purchase, I went back and forth for an hour or two debating if I should place an order on Beautylish for a Chikuhodo brush. You can see how that debate ended. I love the Wayne Goss #4 Brush I bought from Beautylish at IMATS so I was keen on trying one of the face brushes form his line. I settled on the Wayne Goss #14 Brush and while I usually look to maximize the functionality of expensive brushes, I had a very specific task for this one. I wanted a very fluffy highlighter brush to use with TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer, one of my favorite highlights but also one of the most difficult one to apply without looking like a glimmery mess. I also purchased the Chikuhodo Passion Series PS-2 Cheek Brush for blush. I didn't need another blush brush but I was very curious about the quality of Chikuhodo brushes and this one was a reasonable price and one that I could get a lot of use out of.
Both of the brushes are crafted by Japanese artisans and use natural hair. The hairs are not cut like with most brushes but aligned by hand to achieve impeccable softness and durability. The Wayne Goss #14 Brush is $33 and the Chikuhodo Passion Series PS-2 Cheek Brush is $38. In my view, these are bargain prices for the quality you are getting. I see brushes as investments that will last years and honestly, these are less expensive than many a Mac brush which are honestly inferior. Also, first time Beautylish shoppers get $10 off their order which made this purchase even sweeter! At only about $30 a brush, I am very happy with my newest brush additions. I hope to collect a few more Japanese brushes from Hakuhodo and perhaps a few more eye brushes from Wayne.
Have you tried any of these products before? Have any Japanese brush recommendations? I am looking to add many more Hakuhodo brushes to my collection in the future so I would love to read about your personal favorites!