SONIA G – FAQ and UPDATE


I wanted to write this little post to say thank you for being here with me, for supporting “Sonia G” and Kumano’s craftmanship, it has been almost a year and it’s wonderful to see that there is such great feedback and interest, I am sincerely grateful and deeply touched by your friendship.

I just recently came back from Japan, I am preparing a post about the trip for those of you who would like to know a bit more about Kumano. In the meantime, I saw some questions on Instagram that I thought I could answer here as I have more space to go a little bit more in detail, so let’s jump to them straight away:

Are you going to continue your blog (Sweet Make-up Temptations)?

Yes definitely, I am just as excited about make-up and tools as I was at the very beginning of the blog. The reason why I could not post often is just simply lack of time. I have a job and a 2 year old daughter, my husband is helping a lot with everything at home but until very recently my daughter was not sleeping during the night, I was exhausted, I did not know what sleep deprivation could really mean until I experienced it, drives you crazy. I tried to sleep a little when I could, no schedules possible, no planning possible, going through the day enjoying every moment but in survival mode and I obviously had to accept that I could not do everything.

I probably have at least a thousand more brushes compared to one year ago, I continued the “experimenting” in hard core mode and I promise that as soon as things calm down a little, I will immediately jump on my blog!!

My daughter Alice just recently started to sleep well and now I even manage to have a full night sleep! This feels soooo good, it is so extraordinarily amazing!! 😀 Today she is fine to play alone with her toys for a little while when I am moving around but as soon as I sit, she stops and gets me 😛
For sure it will get better and I would be delighted to be a frequent writer again.

When is Worker Two going to come back in stock?

It is ready, it’s on its way! Hopefully soon on Beautylish again.

It takes an awful lot of time to make the handles, each handle is sanded by hand and unique. They are made with the same techniques and craftmanship as an art object and by reknown artisans. For a handle to be completed, it takes 45 separate processes, in a specific sequence which takes more or less time depending on the humidity or the weather conditions, not easy to make precise plans…

When is Builder Two coming back in stock?

Not that soon. For machine made products it’s easier to control the production rhythm. When we talk about artisan made products, this is more difficult for various reasons. You cannot order huge batches at once and you cannot order small batches either. The profit margin is so small in comparison to a machine made product that you have to find the best moment in order to maintain the production costs under control and be able to handle them.
Then, there is also the slot availability in the various manufactures that impacts severely the delays, to enter the next slot available sometimes it takes many days or weeks. In all cases, whenever we know a brush is going to need restock, I do everything possible to bring it back asap.

Are you going to discontinue your squirrel brushes?

Squirrel bristles are getting too expensive for Kumano to obtain for mass production, many brands will probably just stop using them at some point.
In my case I had decided to change mine even before Kumano started to announce the price increase. I have been working on shapes that won’t need squirrel bristles to feel good and perform great. This refers to Pencil One, Crease One and Smudger One, once the current stock is gone, the new versions will come instead.

If you are planning on getting some squirrel brushes before the prices go higher, better do it now, whatever the brand.

Are your brushes going to change?

It is linked to the previous question, yes. The three squirrel brushes will change.
There is another mini change coming concerning Sculpt Two when the current version is gone. For obvious reasons I cannot share exactly what and how it is changing but at least I can give you the heads up as I know that some of you really love the squirrel brushes and that Sculpt Two.

Can your brushes be used with creams?

The white saikoho can be used with creams.
The dyed brown saikoho bristles, although not encouraged by the manufacture, they also can. The manufacturers are afraid that the frequent washing may cause the dyed bristles to bleed.
If you are planning on using them frequently with creams, I recommend using synthetic brushes instead, they will endure frequent washing better and synthetic bristles will also better handle the application and absorb less product.

Are you going to launch synthetic series?

I was working on it at the beginning, I have some prototypes but it did not end up as expected. I am working on a project at the moment but it will take a long time to complete.

How can I take better care of your brushes?

Here are some little do’s and don’ts:

If possible, avoid dropping or kicking the handles against hard surfaces or corners (for example to tap off excess), it is much better for the paint and the coating to not kick them against sharp corners.
Don’t use alcohol on the handles.
Don’t spray directly on the brush heads, if you need to sanitize them it in between clients, spray on a cloth and gently wipe the brush on the cloth.
When possible, store your brushes in a cup with a padded bottom or wood but not something really hard. This applies to any high end brush painted with special paints or coatings.

What soap do you recommend?

I alternate between several options. I sometimes use a soft Savon de Marseille, it’s a local soap that I find in France, it’s soft, it does not leave residue and does not dry out the bristles.
I also use the Sephora or the Beautyblender 

What were you doing in Japan? Is something new on the way?

I travel to Hiroshima at least once a year, I have dear friends in Kumano who I love like family, I am always looking forward to spending some time with them each time I am there.

I have also meetings planned with manufacturers, to touch base and together have a look at the possibilities; it’s also a friendly visit to say hello and make sure they don’t forget me! 😀
My ultimate dream is to work with all of them at some point and I want to make sure that if we do, they keep in mind that I do it for the love of brushes and not for the money, they need to be willing and happy to go the extra mile so that we create more than just “tools”. Even with the language barrier I can feel when we are in the same page and it’s truly epic when it happens!

I shop but not so much, a little make-up, a few brushes, I love to buy towels and some gadgets. I don’t understand why I always end up with two cases because I don’t buy “that” much, seriously, that’s weird 😀

Yes there is something new coming this year, I cannot wait to share more and we are not that far away but when you do something new, until the items are ready to be shipped in the warehouse you should not even talk about it, you never know what could happen.

But, to clarify something:  it takes months and years to create something really nice so whatever is coming, it has been in the works for quite a while.

What is your logo and what does it mean?

It’s a trident with an S.
The initial logo was different but could not be printed at the bottom of the handles due to technical limitations at the manufacture. I had to start all over and find something else that could be printed with their techniques and that would match me in the best way possible.

The trident suddenly appeared like the most strikingly obvious symbol.
It fits with the blog’s name, it can also be combined with the S of Sonia, representing Neptune’s symbol (the trident with a cross), its symbolic meaning including dreams, intuition, invention, imagination, emotion, etc, define the energies that are deep within me.

Why the blog has been called “Sweet make-up temptations” is part of another story but I could also share eventually 😉

 

We will speak soon and I cannot wait for the  next chapter 😉

Again, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!!!

By | 2018-10-11T17:58:45+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Sonia G|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Meredith October 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you for answering these questions, these are by far my favorite brushes and it has made me appreciate the craft so much and I now find myself collecting Japanese brushes not only are they gorgeous but my application is so much smoother and blended. Keep up the GREAT work!!! Can’t wait to see what comes next, I know I will purchase them all!

    • Sonia G October 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Meredith,
      Thank you for reading and for the sweet words 🙂 It can only get better when both craftsmanship and performance are put together! Again, I could not thank you enough, lots of love to you and we will speak soon!

  2. Denise Marie October 12, 2018 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Sonia! You buy towels and gadgets when in Japan. You crack me up. I need to see these towels!! May I express how appreciative I am to have the opportunity to chat with the creative mind behind some really wonderful makeup brushes. Personally I will pay a bit extra for an item I use daily which goes the extra mile. So please keep in contact with your manufacturers so production is meeting the high standards of both function and beauty I have come to expect from Sonia G tools. (no pressure). Looking forward to your next release. Now go get some sleep, Mommy. Blessings! Denise

    • Sonia G October 12, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Denise,
      Happy to see you here 🙂 oh dear… I already sent those towels so I cannot take pics anymore. When I come back I usually have a very big parcel for my family in Spain and it’s already on its way!
      I have just a few Kashoen here that I really wanted for a long time, I love them because they have the gorgeous Kashoen logo on them 😀 I have uploaded a phone pic and you can see it here They are very long and I put on my shoulders to protect my clothes in the morning when I do my make-up, also to protect the vanity bench when Alice is around.
      Hmmmm did you just say “creative mind” ?? that’s the best compliment! thank you, I just LOVE it!! it’s my real pleasure to chat with you all, hopefully we can do it in person one day. I know it’s not that easy to take the time to leave me a comment and connect and I am so happy when this happens, really grateful!
      I have to admit I was freacking scared when we launched because I knew you would only expect something different and amazing, no, no pressure at all 😀 but that pressure is what makes my standards so high and the products what they are.
      Thank you again Denise and have a wonderful day!

  3. Jacqueline Nehama October 12, 2018 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions in what is obviously a busy schedule. I really appreciate the tid bits on caring for your brushes. I love them and they work beautifully but I worry that I could damage them in the cleaning process. The brush I worry about most is the Base One. It’s my absolute favorite for foundation application and I feel like it needs to be cleaned after each application of a liquid and though it’s goat hair,I worry it will be too much cleaning. I use some synthetic Kabuki style brushes to give it a break but nothing applies foundation like it . I just bought the Sephora spray and I will combine that with a microfiber towel and save the shampoo for longer intervals and when I can I will get a second brush. It’s a unique experience, getting to communicate with the creator of something you cherish ,I really appreciate your willingness to interact with us. I am waiting for a brush from Kumano that I ordered based on your recommendation. I love the squirrel hair for powders because my skin is very sensitive to texture. If prices become unreachable soon I’m glad that I have a reasonable number at this point.

    I’m glad for you, that your little girl has reached the stage of sleeping through most nights. I had two toddlers and a job that involved night work and it was physically devastating but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. My little girl in particular wanted to do what Mom was doing when all I wanted was a nap, but I found getting her a version appropriate to her age of whatever tools I was using would get me time to finish what I was trying to do. She started cutting vegetables with a soft butter knife at the kitchen table when she was 3-4 years old and it gave me enough time and her company while I made dinner. Now at 15 she is an excellent candidate cook and Baker.

    I can’t wait to see what your next project is! I look forward to it with great anticipation.

    Thank you again,
    Jacqueline

    • Sonia G October 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Jacqueline,
      First of all, it’s a real pleasure and privilege to be able to talk to you all!
      Regarding Base One, I do the same. Unfortunatelly all the brushes have a life span, the foundation brushes is even shorter because of the technique or the pressure we sometimes use and the frequency of the cleaning, with this Base One we don’t really need pressure for it to blend, just movement more at the “fingers” level 😀 less movement at the wrist level 😀 -I don’t even know if that makes sense but maybe you see what I mean? if not please tell me!
      I also rotate with a synthetic one 🙂
      Good that you got a Kumano brush, I hope you will love it!

      Oh… I totally see you doing that in the kitchen!! I did the same, I have a cheap light table for Alice, I bring it next to me in the kitchen, she NEEDS to participate in every thing, she also “cuts” and “cooks” and helps with the toppings, I am so in awe of her! Even without rest it’s so strange how we manage to find energy and get all the patience in the world 😀 that’s amazing!
      I am looking forward to every milestone in the kitchen with her! you must really enjoy her help now!! 😀

      I can’t wait to share the next chapter and I hope to read you again! Hugs!!

  4. Carolyn Alchin November 4, 2018 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Sonia, SO glad I saw this post in time – immediately dived over to Beautylish for more of your squirrel brushes as backups as they are divine. The Crease One is a total favourite for my crepey eyes. One goes with me absolutely everywhere next to a couple of Worker Ones in my handbag.

    If you ever decide to offer squirrel/squirrel blend versions of your brushes as limited edition offerings, I’ll be keenly watching out for them. If there’s a few months notice (even if the delivery date remains ‘sometime in the next few months’ because of artisan workflow), I can save and plan for them.

    Because I adore your brushes so much, my personal wish list for the future is for travel versions with full size heads, especially Worker One and Sculpt One :). I realise the production cost would be similar; that you can only afford to have a certain number of brushes in production at any given time; and you’d be simultaneously trying to gauge market needs/competitors… but thought I’d just put some wishful thinking out there!

    I’m really looking forward to seeing what emerges next from your creative space.

  5. Qing November 15, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    I am glad to see this by chance 🙂 hope you enjoy your family life and your work and your burshes.

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