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I have a relatively decent collection of Artist Studio brushes. Most of them are the “bronze” brushes – brushes with bronze colored ferrules and black handles. For instance these three brushes below are all bronze brushes (powder brush, angled flat top brush, angled eyeliner brush).

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I also have one of the “silver” brushes – brushes with a silvery ferrule and black handle. The one I have here is an eyeshadow brush.

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Recently I learned that there is a new type of Artist Studio brushes – the white ones! These are brushes with white handles and black ferrules. I purchased two of them to see how they compare with the brushes I already have. I got two: a powder brush and a flat liner brush.

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This powder brush is quite a bit smaller than my first powder brush (the bronze one above). It is also a bit flatter in profile, and the hair feels a little bit less sturdy. It is also much cheaper at Php109.75, compared to the bronze one which is around Php129.75 if I recall correctly.

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The angled liner brush is also quite short. The bristles aren’t as stiff as the bronze liner brush, so I doubt this is going to work as well. This is again around 20 pesos cheaper, at Php29.75 (the bronze one is Php49.75 I think).

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I haven’t tried cleaning these yet, but I am starting to doubt that they are as sturdy as the bronze ones. They really feel a little flimsy, although they do perform well for their respective functions. I bought these at Landmark Trinoma.

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I expect to have less and less hauls as the months roll by. I’ve been spending too much and I’ve already received a lot of interesting stuff to try, so I have decided to tone down my purchases. Here are the things I bought for the month of September.

1. Artist Studio Foundation Brush and Lip Brush

This has been on my wish list for some time as I’m working my way to a complete set of Artist Studio brushes. The foundation brush costs Php79.75 while the lip brush is Php49.75.

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2. Gift from Celeteque

I received this unexpectedly in the mail this September. It came in a gigantic brown box and it contained this neat transparent tote. It also has these four Celeteque products that I don’t mind receiving at all: Soothing Lip Balm, Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Gel, Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener, and the small version of the Cleansing Oil. Thank you Celeteque!

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3. Goody Event Loot Bag

I attended the Goody Come Play event last September 14, and received the following in the Loot Bag (clockwise from the top): Philips Avent resealable cup, Nippon Esthetics Wedge Sponges, blue Sharpie, PH Care Intimate Wash in Cool Wind sachet, Celeteque Soothing Lip Balm, Vitress Cuticle Coat, Vitress Hair Polish, 2x Goody Ouchless Elastics, vouchers from Beauty N Butter and Philips Avent. Thank you for the wonderful event, Goody!

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4. Nippon Esthetics Dual Ended Cotton Tips and Cleansing Sponge

In the same Goody event, I went over to the Nippon Esthetics booth and got a free cleaning of my brushes as well as a pack of cleansing sponges. I love how the cleansing sponges perform and I definitely appreciate receiving these. While waiting for my brushes to get clean, I saw this tub of cotton tips with the all-too-rare pointed ends. I immediately got one, and it costs only Php40. I use this a lot for cleaning up after doing nail art.

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5. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, Sweet Recipe Baby Choux Base in Mint, and Nail Remover Mild

It happened! Etude House Philippines has achieved 200k likes on FB, and as promised, they held a 20% off on ALL products. I went last September 16, the Pink Membership exclusive day. I wanted to get the whole range of the Wonder Pore (cleansing foam, freshner, clay mask) but unfortunately the Greenbelt branch only had the freshner. This big bottle costs Php798 normally, but with the sale it only costs Php638.40.

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I have also been waiting for the Mint Baby Choux Base to be released, but strangely EH seems to have phased out the tub version and only have the tube version now. It costs the same as before, normally at Php628, but with the sale it’s down to Php502.40.

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Lastly I wanted to get the mild version of the Nail (Polish) Remover. This is normally Php98, but I got it for just Php78.40. I was pleased with the Extra Strong version so I wanted to see how the mild one performs.

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6. Sampleroom

This month I was able to snag two Sampleroom loots. The first features the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream (awesome, this!), and I added a batch of Carbtrim to go with it. I’ve always wanted to try the new line from Shiseido and thanks to Sampleroom I was able to try the eye cream. I’ve always enjoyed drinking Carbtrim too. Now whether it works as claimed is still yet to be determined, as I am fairly inconsistent when drinking this. The eye cream is worth 70 points while the carbtrim is 45 points.

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The second set was when Sampleroom released the goodies from Beauty and Minerals makeup store. I immediately snagged myself the Charm brush (75 points) and I ordered the Inti-Mate Bra Converter (50 points) as well. The bra converter came in a set of three, but I immediately gave one to my sister-in-law so she can try it too.

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7. OMG Crystal Sand in Hematite, Indian Red, Emerald, and Citrine

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I of course couldn’t resist getting the rest of the set of OMG Crystal Sand. I’ve swatched the first three, and I decided to get the other four because it really is so worth it. It’s very pretty and there’s nothing more affordable than this! I bought this from Landmark, Trinoma.

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8. Erzullie Fashion Feast Sale

Erzullie is a brand I’ve recently discovered through twitter, and I like the fact that the ladies behind it are very hands on toward their customers. Erzullie is a clothing brand that caters to plus-size women, and designs pieces that flatter the curvier figure. I decided to give them a try when they held a sale of a whopping Php300 per item as long as supplies last. Unfortunately I came in too late, and didn’t really have the pieces I was eyeing beforehand. Nevertheless! I was able to snag four (plus one) items from the remaining stocks. I only have pictures of two in action (black blazer and bolero). The other two are a black palazzo pants and a black kimono top. (Puro black you ask? Ubos na yung mga colored, for my size! T_T ) As I mentioned earlier, each of these are just Php300 each, and are probably less than half of their full price. Amaaaazing. When I was going out the door Aries (one of the ladies behind the brand) gave me a cute skirt with huge white ruffles, a fun piece!

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9. Eye of Horus Nubian Brown Goddess Pencil

A last minute addition! I won the Glamourbox x Eye of Horus giveaway on facebook for one of ten EoH Nubian Brown Goddess Pencils, and it arrived on the same day that the Beauty SOS Glamourbox did. I really like how carefully Glamourbox does its packaging, making sure that my new pencil will not break in transit. I’ve only tried it once so far and I’m already liking it!

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There you have it! This haul isn’t as small as I initially thought!

Let me show you what I got this June-July. You will already have seen some of these in my posts, but I wanted to gather all of them together in a massive haul post.

1. Dazzle Dry Me d’Forest Queen and Dazzle Dry Thinner

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This is a very late June buy. My Afternoon Tea samples were getting a little dry and I wanted to revive them a little. I bought this thinner from the Dazzle Dry website, and I decided to get Me d’Forest Queen at the same time to save on shipping. The thinner worked as expected of course. It costs Php175, while the lacquer is Php450.

2. Artist Studio Brushes: Powder Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Angled Flat-top Brush, Angled Liner Brush

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I haven’t done a review of these yet, but I am using these four almost every day.  The brushes are very affordable and do a very swell job of helping me apply makeup. Unlike other cheap brushes, I haven’t experienced any shedding yet. The small brushes are Php49.50 while the big brushes were something like Php129.50, all bought from Landmark Trinoma.

3. The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Nail Remover

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This is another item in my future nail polish remover comparison. It costs Php78, and I got it from the Trinoma branch.

4. S&H Boots

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I got this from the I’m Shoe in Love Bazaar at the NBC Tent last July 20.

5. Etude House Nail Remover (Extra Strong)

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Yes! After a long long search I’ve finally completed my lineup for the epic comparison post. This is the Extra Strong variant (purple) and costs Php129.50. Etude House has a milder version (pink) and costs Php95. The sales assistant told me that this variant is usually for removing glitter polishes. I bought this from the EH branch in Megamall.

Note that this and the Face Shop one both say “Nail Remover”. They actually just remove the nail polish, not the nails!

6. Girlstuff Nail Polish in Nina

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I’ve been hearing about this brand from my fellow bloggers and I got super curious. I chose Nina, a nice peachy-red glitter shade, which was also recommended by the sales assistant. Can’t wait to try it out! I got this from the Girlstuff stall in Megamall.

Whew that was a rather huge haul. This is a sort  of preview of what you will find in the blog for the month of August.

My first haul post! I am so excited! I was finally able to get my shopping done this week, and I got the following:

Three San San nail polishes from HBC, Php37 each. Shades: Amethyst, Arctic Green, and Lavender Blush. I needed a purple polish to go with my cocktail dress that I wore to a wedding. I bought two shades of purple just to be safe. I’ll be putting up the swatches soon.

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Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream from Lush, Php450; Lander Nail Polish Remover from Landmark, Php129.75; Nivea Baby Smoothy Cream from Landmark, Php164.75. As I have developed a rather serious hobby in nail painting, I decided I should be willing to invest in products that will help protect my nails. I’ve seen a lot of recommendations from other lacqueristas for Lemony Flutter, and I’m glad to have found some tubs in the Trinoma branch of Lush. I am also about to run out of my Caronia nail polish remover, so I grabbed this bottle of of Lander. I’ve also gotten raves about the Smoothy Cream, used as a moisturizer. I can’t wait to try this out.

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Elf Brightening Eyeshadows, Php129.75; Fanny Serrano Dark Brown Eyebrow Pencil, Php65; Artist Studio Concealer Brush, Php49.75; all from Landmark Trinoma. I wanted more neutral eyeshadow colors to play with, so I grabbed this neutral palette from the Elf counter. I also broke my Nichido eye pencil, so I decided to try out a new brand. Lastly, I’m trying to complete a set of makeup brushes, and I decided to get a concealer brush for now.

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White plastic trays from Landmark Trinoma, 3 for Php49.75. I needed something to organize the small mess that is my makeup collection. These trays are cheap enough, and small enough to fit my dresser/shelf.

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I can’t wait to try them all out! Hopefully I can get things properly documented so you can see some of these reviewed here.


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