I've done some shopping over the weekend when I went to Simi Valley for my grad portraits. I loveee shopping there! They have all the goodies, and the fact that it's practically empty on a weekend is a plus too! I hate shopping in crowded malls. It feels like it's a battlefield out there trying to see who gets to snag the cutest (insert item here) first.
So guess how much I got these brushes for??
It's less than $30 for a total of 12 brushes! That's like an average of $2.50 per brush. Seriously, where can you get that anywhere else?
These are the brushes that I got at the Michaels in Simi Valley. I looked for one on that area since I'm going to be there anyway, and I had to use the coupon have too. It was 30 percent off for your ENTIRE purchase because they had a storewide sale. So I jumped on it. I didn't bother going to the one in Chatsworth since everytime I check for new shipments of the brushes I'm looking for, they never, ever have it. So I was soo ecstatic that they have two of each left of the Maxine Mop brushes at Michaels in Simi (the four brushes on your left). The fan brush I had to get. The were ridiculous soft in my face, and very inexpensive too especially with the discount! They range from $2.99-$6.99 each at regular prices. And you thought Sonia Kashuk is cheap as it is. These brushes are all long handled (which I prefer), and are good alternatives and options for people just beginning to play with makeup. There still cheap brushes available online, but you have to include your shipping costs too, so this I believe is still your best alternative for makeup brushes. I actually got the idea from EnKore when he featured it in one of his older videos.
However, before I do use these brushes, I make sure to clean them first. Remember they are in the painter's section of Michaels. So I wouldn't recommend using it right away with your makeup products for sanitary purposes (and I'm a germaphobe).
The downside of these brushes is they're very hard to come-by. I mean really hard. I usually check three different Michaels around my area, and they will usually never have it. So you just have to keep an eye on it.
Anyway, here are some of the other brushes I have stashed in my room. It's not everything because there's just too much of them to take a picture of.
(L to R): MAC 224, Smashbox, Sonia Kashuk, Flirt!, Artec (from Michaels)
LARGE SHADER BRUSH
(L to R): Coastal Scents, Loew-Cornell painter's brush, MAC 252SH
FLUFF BRUSH AND CONCEALER BRUSH (L to R): Sonia Kashuk, Flirt!, Ecotools
STIPPLING/DUO FIBER BRUSH
MY ENTIRE BRUSH COLLECTION
Mind you, some of them are still in their packaging... unused. Yet I still find a reason to buy more. I actually do run out of brushes to use when I don't clean them right away. Oh, and I'm still lemming the Pink Coastal Scents brushes. So pretty, and so pink. But I'm really trying to maintain my budget this time :).
The Flirt! brushes were actually part of my weekend haul. I haven't tried them yet, but they were really soft when I was playing with them. If you guys are still looking for a cheap stippling brush, they sell it at Flirt! counter at Kohl's for $7!!!! It's cheaper than the one at Coastal Scents and you don't have to pay for shipping! The size is comparable to MAC 188, which is a smaller version of 187 Duo Fibre Brush.
The rest of my Flirt! haul. I'll be doing swatches and a review for the lippies and the brushes soon.
The glasses I got at TJMaxx. Sooo cheap! Sorry guys, but I do love a good bargain. The black Armani glasses were only $20 and the brown Oscar de la Rentas were only $10!! They just didn't come with a case... but who cares.
MY MINERAL SAMPLES LOOT
Samples from She Space.
And.. my stuff from Franchesca's T-1-2-3 minerals. I got some baggies and the ones in the jar. I was so excited when the came in. I'm actually waiting for a another batch to come! I pretty much grabbed what I could get since they were almost gone when I reacted :\. Anyway, she was such a sweetheart! I wish I got them sooner though! I'll be posting the look I did using her eyeshadows soon.