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Blog anniversary

by Sonia G.

Hi my dear readers ๐Ÿ™‚

Last Christmas I mentioned I would do a small giveaway in February 2013 to celebrate the first year of this little blog, I am obviously late… but I haven’t forgotten !

I am enjoying every minute with you, I am blessed with your participation and your comments, it brings a lot of value to this blog and without you it would just not be the same…

I just got a few little things for this giveaway, an RMK ย Mix for Cheeks in 02, a little eyeliner brush from the new Make Up For Ever line and some new Catrice eyeshadows.


The giveaway is only open to my followers and to enter you just need to leave a little comment below so that I can take your details for the draw.

There will be 3 winners, 1st will get the RMK blush, 2nd the Make Up For Ever brush and 3rd the Catrice eyeshadows.

If you don’t know what comment to leave below, let us know 1 or several favorite products or brushes that you are using right now, I am sure everybody will enjoy reading ย ๐Ÿ™‚

The deadline is after Easter, next Tuesday 4th of April 2013 midnight CET so you’ll have to act fast !

Please participate !

A big warm hug and a huge THANK YOU for your precious friendship !

Hi again ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

the entries are now closed and the winners will be announced tonight !ย 

thank you so much, not only for the participation for all your insane sweet comments ! love you !!

The winners !!ย 

The winners have been drawn randomly (random.org) under supervision and control, one entry was taken into account for each of you and here is the result :ย 

1 – The RMK blush : boobooninja

2 – The Make up for ever brush : Bea

3 – The eyeshadows : greenscorpio * no reply from greenscorpio so the eyeshadows will be sent to somebody else drawn tomorrow April 19th ๐Ÿ™‚

The new winner for the Catrice eyeshadows is Maria (with the purple-ish avatar), there are several but they are not the same ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

I will contact you to ask for your address and will deliver the item(s) asap.ย 

Thank you again for your friendship and please do stay tuned because there will be more little surprises soon !ย 

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Mary 28 March, 2013 - 3:41 pm

I love your blog and thanks for all the great posts over the last year.
My fav products are Laura Mercier Mineral Powder and Rachel K CC Cream.

212kiki 28 March, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Hey your Blog is the best in the World ๐Ÿ˜€
Because your reviews are very detailed and a very big point is that you reply to almost all comments, that is something I’ve never seen anywhere else ๐Ÿ˜‰

And to the product hmm I think my Koyudo H008 because I love to use it for my mineral foundation.

Bea 28 March, 2013 - 4:27 pm

I am so glad I found your awesome blog! Now I can talk ‘brush’ with all the lovely like minded people here lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ My wallet however, has a different opinion which I will not go into. ๐Ÿ˜›

porvocacion 28 March, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Love your blog
My favourite hakuhodo serie j 5521

Susanne 28 March, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Great blog – thank you!
I am currently in love with this cheek combination: soleil tan de Chanel bronzer with a powder dusting on top with the Guerlain meteorites in beige. The meteorites take away some of the orangeness the bronzer has and at the same time give a subtle glow. I know the brands sound snobbish. But i also happily use drugstore products… Love, Susanne

Angela 28 March, 2013 - 5:00 pm

I love love love your blog. I am fascinated by your affection for brushes. I am currently using Mac brushes but i am inspired by you posts and intending to buy Hakuhodo, to begin with.

kat 28 March, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Still in love with hakuhodo brushes.I am saving some money for their Kinoko brushes, they look so adorable…thaks for your blog, please keep going…bye

Malin, Kohlindo 28 March, 2013 - 5:26 pm

We love your blog Sonia. Congratulation to the year of blogging ๐Ÿ™‚ You are doing a great job and I learn a lot from you and your readers. So many great women (and men of course) we have in our world! ๐Ÿ™‚ Im so happy to have met so many crazy brush women like me ๐Ÿ˜‰
Have a Happy Easter!

p.s Im not writing this for the giveaway. Please dont pick us. I just want to send our congratulations to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomate Farcie 28 March, 2013 - 5:39 pm

I really learn a lot from your blog! I guess I’m on a bit of a Nars kick. I’m loving Key Largo eyeshadow duo, Heat Wave lipstick and Deep Throat blush,

Mimi 28 March, 2013 - 6:09 pm

I am loving my Chikuhodo MK-2 brush, sent to me by Malin in Sweden. This brush is Heavenly! I have been patiently waiting for her to get re-stocked so I can try more of this line. I had never heard of it until discovering your website. I am also loving Chanel’s new illuminator because it’s kind of a golden-very slightly pink glow instead of a shiny whitish powder on top of the skin. It’s the one with all the little thingies all over it, symbols or whatever. I can’t see well enough to be able to tell. No wonder I look so good these days! It must be Mother Nature’s kindness to us that we can’t see so well as we age so we don’t become suicidal over the wrinkles and sagging. That must be it. ๐Ÿ™‚

bengaltigre 28 March, 2013 - 6:35 pm

Sonia, you introduced me to a new world of brushes that completely changed the way I do my make up! I can’t thank you enough. Even though my Hakuhodo brushes are lovely, my Chikuhodo brushes are so much more amazing, I am still experimenting with my stash. Also thanks to you, I have me some RMK, RBR and Suqqu make up. Kudos to you! Great job!

Maria 28 March, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Currently, my newfound fave is the Chanel CC Cream. Those giveaways are so yummy!

Victoria 28 March, 2013 - 6:57 pm

I started using Hakuhodo brushes after reading your blog! And now I am crazy about them!!! I blame you ๐Ÿ™‚

I know how long it takes for you to make a single post, and your effort is truly appreciated! Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ˜‰

natasa 28 March, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Happy anniversary! I have enjoyed reading your blog over the past several months since I first came to it and have based several makeup brush purchases on your recommendations.

I have been using the old standby Chanel Soleil de Tan for contouring, paired with the Horizon blush almost exclusively for two weeks now and have loved it. And I have been applying both with Hakuhodo brushes I selected based on your reviews and I couldn’t be happier!

Day Loves Colours 28 March, 2013 - 7:52 pm

I love your blog because of brushes and with your “help” I selected few current favourites.
My fav are RBR Blackpepper Jay and Eclipse Eagle, Rae morris 9 and 12 brushes and by terry sheer cover foundation and Kiss me Quick lipstick.

Maria 28 March, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Hi I found your blog when I wanted to research Hakuhodo & Tom Ford brushes.I really like how you compare things. I have some brushes from: Sonia Kashuk, MAC, Louise Young, Kevyn Aucoin, Cozzette, Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Real Techniques, Bare Minerals, Ecotools, Nars, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, Makeup Forever, Hakuhudo. My favorite is Real Techniques stippling brush for liquid foundation -love the way the fibers are shorter and thicker compared to MAC’s 187 and blend well, but I most of all love the way it cleans up. I spray it with Beauty So Clean brush cleaner and wipe it on a tissue, all traces of makeup are gone, it drys quickly & is sanitized and ready. My second brush is Hakuhudo g5556 to apply bare minerals loose powder.Thanks

Jo 28 March, 2013 - 8:31 pm

I have been stalking, and drooling over your blog for a while now. Thank you for sharing all your methodical work with us!! Dior’s Diorskin Nude mixed with a drop or two of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil to get me through these winter months. and Kevyn Aucoin’s shading powder!

Aldona 28 March, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Hey Sonia, as you know I am reading your blog ALL the time and I got hooked an all the brushes and … gulp… suqqu. I am a obsessive compulsive shopaholic and proud of it! … Oh and I am waiting for chikuhodo brushes too because of you… Anyway… ๐Ÿ™‚ My ultimate current favourite products are hakuhodo brushes, the suqqu EX-11 palette and lip tars… As for foundation I actually wear a lot of MEHRON HD foundation which is cheap and really good…

Sylvia 28 March, 2013 - 9:52 pm

What fun! Celebrating a year of blogs with a giveaway is a great idea, though I think we’re all agreed the best giveaway are your fabulous articles. My favourite product at the moment? Benefit’s RSVP eyeshadow.

midnitedesire 28 March, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Congratulations on your 1st blog Anniversary! Keep up the great work ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve put together several of my favorite products from the past 3-4 months
Stila sun bronzer
Korres bronzing powder
Benefit Hervana
MAC tinted lip conditioner- Fuchsia Fix
MAC veluxe brow liner
NARS translucent crystal light reflecting setting powder-Loose
Urban Decay all nighter makeup setting spray
Origins starting over age erasing cream
Lancome Visionnaire
and these are a few brushes that I tend to use a lot…Hakuhodo J210, B509, J5522, G5523, G5533, G5513, J146 MAC 224, 234, 239, 242, 272

Mandi 29 March, 2013 - 12:20 am

Happy 1 Year Anniversary! Your blog is absolutely one of my favorites. Your details descriptions/pictures are outstanding. I know its a lot of work put into what you do, thats why you need to know that I am truly grateful for ALL your hardwork, time & dedication. Your blog just being a awesome gift already, you are then doing a generous giveaway. THANK YOU!

My favorite brushes at the moment are my Suqqu. I finally was able to get them this year after 2 years of waiting. Next on my list is Chikuhodo….:)

Esther 29 March, 2013 - 1:25 am

Love your blog!

Pam 29 March, 2013 - 1:35 am

Relatively new to your site but thanks to your recommendations I am loving my Hakuhodo brushes!

Panglu 29 March, 2013 - 1:55 am

Sonia, happy 1 year blog anniversary. You’ve had one hell of a year blogging. I’ve recently purchased two brushes that you personally like which is the nars 13 and shu 12. but my favorite is the shu 12.

As for face brushes, I am using shiseido’s blush brush and powder brush along with their small eyeshadow brush. Shiseido has some beautiful brushes and they work for me although I only have 1/100 of what you have, lol. Have you tried them?

shusheshe 29 March, 2013 - 2:22 am

I’m so glad I found your blog, your posts about Japanese brushes helps me decide which one I absolutely need to buy!

Bruce 29 March, 2013 - 2:24 am

You are very generous!
I still love flat foundation brushes.

producthoochie 29 March, 2013 - 3:39 am

Happy Anniversary! Those eyeshadows look great- we don’t get Catrice in the states.

Becky 29 March, 2013 - 6:41 am

You have been so bad for by budget in that I am now ordering brushes from Koyudo, more from Hakuhodo, Make Up Forever, etc. etc. I love your blog and so appreciate your insight and detailed reviews! Thank you. I am loving my Fu-pa brushes and hope to obtain some Tanseido brushes soon!!!

Gladys L. 29 March, 2013 - 7:51 am

Happy Anniversary!

You have contributed so much to us all by putting so much work at this lovely place. You ought to know that you run this place so well that your blog means more than reviews to us.

I wish you well and happiness and hope that this blog would still runfor many many years (If you become a beauty expert kind of celebrity in the future, please keep posting, long or short).

My love goes to MAC-donald’s extra dimension eye shadows. You won’t be disappointedby the less performing shades. I am also crazy for Chikuhodo Z4, Real Technique shading brush and Tanseido YCQ 12S.

Ni 29 March, 2013 - 8:00 am

Hey Sonia, I’ve been following you for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ I read all of your posts on my pulse app (rss reader). So surprised it’s only been one year! I feel like I’ve learned about so many brands for makeup brushes from you (and got a little brush obsessed myself). And your post on suqqu spring cemented my decision to get the ex-11 quad recently. I really like all that you review and I always smile when I see you’ve updated. Wishing you another great year of blogging to come ๐Ÿ˜€

greenscorpio 29 March, 2013 - 8:12 am

I JUST found your blog today while researching about Rae Morris’ brushes!! I’m still exploring your blog. Look like I’ll be staying for a while. Hihi Followed you!! Keep it up and congrats for reaching 1 year!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Mamma 29 March, 2013 - 9:17 am

Hello from Australia.
I have been reading your blog for a few months now and have learnt more about brushes than bank manager appreciates! Many thanks for your insights.

rrlrrl 29 March, 2013 - 9:46 am

Avid reader of your blog.. your brush reviews make me want to buy and try them all!
For me, I love blushes, foundation and skincare. Currently I got hook in Guerlain meteorites, especially the DCed ones. For blushes, my faves are Suqqu, Chanel.. Foundation, I am loving Chantecaille Future Skin and Covermark Essence foundation.

I plan to purchase Suqqu and Chikuhodo face brushes soonโ€ฆ in case Iโ€™ll be purchasing, I will re-read your blog again.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks and more power!!!

terry 29 March, 2013 - 3:01 pm

You do have the best brush reviews I’ve ever read!! Though I can’t afford any of those luxury brands you introduce, or even to buy from your blog sale, and am therefore stuck using cheapo fake pupa ones, I still love staring at your posts and photos and just lust after them, haha.

Johanna Kautt 29 March, 2013 - 3:56 pm

This is a fave giveaway!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cristina 29 March, 2013 - 10:50 pm

You have the best taste in makeup and I really value your expertise on brushes! My favorite product now is by terry blush in ultimate radiance.
Thank you so much for sharing your opinions.

Emily 30 March, 2013 - 12:21 am

I’m loving my hakuhodo h3086 brush its a contour brush!

Congrats on 1 year xo

mintylemonade 30 March, 2013 - 12:39 am

Your blog is the motherblog of all the blogs out there. Before I consider buying HE makeup brushes I come to your blog as its a huge resource to makeup artists, and makeup monsters alike ๐Ÿ™‚
Love this giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚
I have never tried Suqqu or RMK, but hopefully in the future.~
Thanks xo

Stacy 30 March, 2013 - 12:41 am

I love your website. It gives me so much information about brushes!!! All that I have purchased that you have suggested have been great. Congrats for making it in the blogsphere.

Ni 30 March, 2013 - 12:51 am

Hey Sonia, I’ve been following you for a while now. I actually keep updated by getting your rss feed on my pulse app, and it always makes me smile to see you’ve updated. So I was so surprised it’s your one-year anniversary! One year has gone by so fast. You’ve taught me about so many makeup brush brands (and inspired a little brush obsession in me) and high end asian makeup brands. Your latest post on Suqqu spring 2013 quads actually made me more confident to dive in and buy the EX-11 quad recently. Hope you have a great coming year blogging and I’m looking forward to the great posts that continue ๐Ÿ˜€

Emily 30 March, 2013 - 4:57 am

Sonia, I have been reading your blog for the past several months. Your blog has given me different lenses to look at brushes! I also love Suqqu. I have got a Suqqu M and would love to buy more Suqqu products and try Chikuhodo brushes. I guess I will just save them up as Christmas gifts for myself. The products I recently keep going back to are from Suqqu Spring/Summer Collection 2012 – Blend Colour Eyeshadow 09 Usumoegi , Balancing Cheeks EX-02 Kohokusui and Blend Creamy Glow Lipstick 02 Kurumiiro.

Keep it up! Would love to hear more from you!

Bonnie 30 March, 2013 - 7:48 am

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been one year too – not that I was here from the very start, but I feel like it’s been incredible how close a community this has become in the time. I’ve met some wonderful people here, and made some good friends!

I don’t really mind whether you put my name in the draw or not, but I will tell you what I’m loving. The La Mer Foundation and Chanel Notorious for products, and for brushes, the Chikuhodo PF-2, Koyudo Red Squirrel and my TF #13. Thank you so much!

Nikoleta 30 March, 2013 - 8:20 am

Happy birthday to your blog, Sonia ! Please keep your enthousiasme and continue to share your temptations with us ๐Ÿ™‚ Bises

Bing 30 March, 2013 - 9:53 am

Hooray! Happy 1st anniversary Sonia! Your blog is just a year old? From all the posts and detailed info, I seriously thought it would be at least 3 years old! Thanks to you, I’ve realized that MAC brushes aren’t as gold as I thought. Haven’t bought any nice brushes yet, but hoping to buy Hakuhodo brushes one day!
Keep up the awesome work! (:

BAMBI 30 March, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Hello Sonia,

Happy anniversary! I’ve been a reader of your blog just recently but I really feels lucky to found your blog because you gives great review and as always a perfect swatch.

Brush that I do love and use almost everyday is Koyudo red squirrel. Thank you very much for your review. I do not regret the purchase.

THANK YOU again for everything that you sharing for reader. It’s very helpful and Iโ€™m looking forward your new posts always.

Sylvia 30 March, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Bambi, how great to see another RS devotee!

Carlyn 30 March, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Happy Anniversary, Sonia. I wish you many more years of great blogging if that is your heart’s desire. I’m loving all my new brushes and looking forward to adding a few more to my collection. Thanks for all your help in acquiring these great brushes.

Melissa 30 March, 2013 - 8:11 pm

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DEAR SONIA!! Thank YOU for every minute you spent on those awesome reviews. However, my bank account doesn’t seem to be very pleased with all your recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope to enjoy reading your blog for many years to come! CHEERS!

Mimi 31 March, 2013 - 3:36 am

I agree with Melissa, my bank account is getting slimmer all the time due to Sonia’s recommendations but hey, if we women don’t keep the economy afloat, who will? After all, we are doing the world a service by spending and spreading the profits around, right? We really doing this for a benevolent reason so it’s all good!

Devin 30 March, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Thank you so much for all that you do. You, and the other fabulous commenters, have taught me so much about brushes. My favorite brush right now is the Hakuhodo J214 but I have a couple of fu-pas on order so those might take the top spot.

BooBooNinja 31 March, 2013 - 7:11 pm

I am a huge fan of your blog. I’ve been following via GFC but have recently switched to Bloglovin’ as BooBooNinja. Thank you for exposing me to products of exceptional quality, products and brands that I would otherwise not know about. Keep up the great work!

Joana Bento 1 April, 2013 - 7:21 am

At the moment my favorite brush is a lip brush from Barbara Hofmann

Michelle 1 April, 2013 - 1:39 pm

One year!? Impossible! You have provided so much valuable information in that time and heavily influenced my first Hakuhodo purchase, I’m now eyeing off some Koyudo goodies and trust your opinion 100%

Congratulations, and best of luck for the future xx

Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty 3 April, 2013 - 4:56 am

congrats on ur blog anniversary!! I’m currently enjoying Alpha H liquid Gold which is an amazing acidic peel for the skin and helped a lot with my problematic skin!

Bea 3 April, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee I won!!! Sonia I sent you my addy. Thank you so much, this is so exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


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