Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Mask Bar SoHo New York

You know that one K-beauty store in Koreatown that I raved about a long time ago? If you don't know about it, it's called The Mask Bar. It has been more than a year since I've written that blog post and I am ecstatic to tell you that they opened a new shop in SoHo!

The new store is located at 443 Broadway, NY, NY 10013. It is a block away from the N, Q, R, MTA Canal train station and near stores like American Apparel, CB2, MUJI and Footlocker. 

This is honestly a small shop, definitely much smaller than the one in Ktown but it is nicely packed with Korean beauty goodness! 

The reason for this visit to The Mask Bar in SoHo was because of Jennifer, which I also mentioned in my post on The Mask Bar. She reached out to me on Instagram and she actually told me that she remembered my visit a year ago and quite a number of their customers said they found The Mask Bar through my blog! ^^ I was really surprised when Jen told me that since I didn't really know how much of an impact that post had. I put up the same review on Yelp and on my Instagram and I'm just really happy that people actually did decide to stop by and check out the store! 

So when Jen messaged me, she asked me to drop by the new store they have and told me she have some Korean skin care items set aside for me. I am beyond happy when she told me that and I though it was perfect timing as well since I needed to grab a couple of Korean beauty items for my giveaway in December. 


This quaint little shop is The Mask Bar in SoHo.

Jennifer is so cute and bubbly and her laughter is so contagious! She will answer every Korean skin care queries that you might have.

Although the store might be small, it is a bit overwhelming to go in there since it is packed from top to bottom with sheet masks from a lot of brands. All over New York, you would find Korean beauty shops like Tony Moly, Face Shop and Nature Republic but the difference with the Mask Bar is that they carry skin care and a few Korean makeup items from brands that are not widely available in the US market. Brands like Etude House, Innisfree, iSOi, It's Skin, Leaders, MediHeal, SNP, Skinfood, IOPE, Hera and others. They also carry Too Cool for School and Dr. Jart which is also available in Sephora. 

So lovely and homey. The store is very rustic chic.

Arent't these cute? Kbeauty packaging always gets me.

They have an ongoing deal with pre-packaged masks which is $10 for 10 masks. They also have a promo for Leaders masks which is BOGO and the box set of 10, which originally retails for $29 but is only $35 for 2 boxes. I personally bought 2 boxes of the Leaders sheet masks since it is one of my brands,

Jenn in her natural element. Her knowledge and outgoing personality is truly amazing!

I went to visit The Mask Bar SoHo with my godsister, Abby, and we took some polaroid shots! Abby got to keep our picture together but Jenn and The Mask Bar gets to keep the one of me and Jenn. 

Jenn has also informed me that The Mask Bar in Ktown is closing down soon since that building where they're at is going to be turned into a hotel. The Mask Bar will be opening up a new place in Chinatown some time next year and I'm excited to see that one come into fruition. 

The warmth and friendliness of Jenn and The Mask Bar is something that I truly cherish. Please visit the new Mask Bar in SoHo and tell her Joanne sent you! ^^ You can follow The Mask Bar SoHo on Instagram @themaskbar.soho. They also have a website for your online orders so you can also check out themaskbar.com.

The Mask Bar also gave me some goodies but I will share that in another post as I will slowly review each of them.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Bdellium Tools Brush Review

Bdellium Tools is a brush company that has been around since 2009. The brushes are made from natural and/or synthetic hair specially designed for each brush function. 
They have released 7 product lines:
  •  Maestro Series - a collection of luxurious makeup brushes with nickel plated brass ferrules
  • Green Bambu
  • Yellow Bambu
  • Purple Bambu
  • Pink Bambu - these 4 lines are eco-friendly makeup brushes with all sustainable bamboo handles and all vegan soft synthetic bristles and an anodized ferrule
  • Studio & Travel Line - professional makeup brushes with the classic 7 layer lacquered yellow handle with anodize aluminum ferrule
  • SFX Series - specifically designed for special effects makeup
Bdellium tools also have HD brushes (BDHD) that helps you achieve flawless, HD looking, makeup that are available in Maestro, Studio and Pink Bambu brushes. 

In 2015, Bdellium Tools launched their first makeup product with the Auto-Lip Crayon in 7 Shades.

The company is continually growing and expanding their brand. As a part of this expansion, they have reached out to several beauty influencers to spread word about their amazing products. Today, I'm happily bringing you a review of 3 of their brushes, the Pink Bambu Angled Face 990, the Studio Angled Shadow 766 and the Studio Angled Brow 763.

The Pink Bambu 990 is a pretty pink brush with synthetic bristles. It is an angled face brush that is nicely angled and domed at the same time. It is one of the softest face brush I've ever encountered. It is described as a brush that is "perfectly suited for whisking powder over the face or gently brushing off any excess."

This brush has a nice density to it that is great for applying pigmented powders. I can see why it is recommended as an all over face brush since diffuses powders really well. I actually like applying bronzer and blush. I am the type of person who can get heavy handed when it comes to applying contour powders and this is a great brush that helps give you a light handed application. If you have any pigmented blushes, this also helps diffuse the color so you won't have clown-faced cheeks. The only downside I see with this brush is that it is slightly big for my face. This would be a perfect brush for me if is slightly smaller in width. Other than that, I really have no complaints with this brush.

The Pink Bambu 990 also feature a tapered handled that makes it sip easier into a brush belt - great if you are a makeup artist who works on clients.  The 990 retails for $20.

Each Studio Line brush is treated with an anti-bacterial agent. This Studio Angled Shadow 766 is a fluffy angled brush that is great for blending shadows on the crease. Since it is angled, it is great for applying eyeshadows at the outer corner of your eye in an angle. 

I personally love the 766 for contouring my nose. I also like how it seamlessly blends the contour shade. As an eyeshadow brush, I like it but is not my go to since it is not small enough for my eyes. It is a bit bigger than the other angled shadow brushes that I have and since I have small eyes and smaller lid space it is a bit difficult for me to use. It is a brush that is very versatile so you can definitely use it for other things like precise contouring. The 766 retails for $8.

The Studio Angled Brow 763 is definitely a brush for applying powdered brow products. You can also use this with pomades and gel application on your brows, however I do not prefer it for that. It is slightly thicker than the angled brushes that I use for my brows and I like clean, precise application for my brow products that can only be achieved with a slimmer, finer, bristled angle brush. 

I use the 763 as a smudge brush, applying eyeshadows on my lower lash line. The 763 retails for $8 which is actually quite a bargain for it's make and quality.

Brushes, although they are marketed and specifically made for a particular area of your face, can always be used in different areas of your face depending on your needs. This is what I like about makeup, since there really are no rules. There's do's and don'ts but you are still free to do whatever you like and just have fun with it. Same goes with the tools you use to apply the makeup!

I like how Bdellium Tools brushes are very versatile to use. They are also well made and low to mid-range in pricing. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, there is surely a brush for you!

You can find Bdellium Tools in their website: bdelliumtools.com, Instagram: @bdelliumtools and on Amazon.

*This product was sent to me for review but as always, my reviews are honest and based on my own opinions and experience.