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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sigma Premium Brush Kit Review, Plus A Free Gift For You!

I received the Sigma Premium Professional Brush kit a few weeks ago to try and I wanted to really test them out before I gave a review on them. So these are my thoughts on them.

I have the first Complete set and I loved those, so I was excited to try this set out. I have a review on the Complete Set here http://www.lipglossgossip.com/2009/09/sigma-brush-set-review.html .

When you order from Sigma everything comes packaged really cute, and I love that.

You will also get a card explaining how to care for your brushes.

And you will get this pamphlet telling you what each brush is for.



It comes in a really nice quality brush roll.


You get a total of 15 brushes in this set! It is $149. That might seem like a lot but when you think about it your paying under $10 for each brush in the kit, plus you get the brush roll, so this is a really great deal.


Some of these brushes in this set are similar to MAC brushes so I will compare them.

First we have the Sigma F20 and it's comparable to the MAC 134. They are both soft. The Sigma F20 is slightly fuller but there isn't really much of a difference, other than the price. The MAC 134 is $52, you can pay that or you can buy this full set and pay under $10 for it or if you would rather buy the individual brush from Sigma it's still only $18 compared to $52 for the MAC brush. I like using this brush for setting powders and it's also the perfect bronzing brush.



Next is the Sigma F25 which is comparable to the MAC 138. This is another great brush. Again there is a big price difference for equally great brushes.   I love using this one for contouring and setting powders as well. It's really soft. It did shed with the first wash but not anymore.
 


The F10 is a powder/blush brush, similar to the MAC 129. I have been using this brush a lot, mainly for contouring. It allows for more control. I didn't have any shedding problems with this brush. The MAC brush is a little bit fuller than the Sigma F10 but the MAC 129 feels scratchy compared to the F10. The F10 is a lot softer.



Next is the F35, similar to the MAC 165 brush. This is a really great brush. It's meant to be used as a highlighting brush but I use this for a lot of different things, like contouring, setting my under eye concealer, and even a blending brush. I had no shedding with the F35. As you can see the it is more pointed than the MAC brush, which I like because it makes it easier to get under my eye or around the corners of my nose to blend in powders. This is a great multi-function brush. This one is not available at MAC so definitely grab the F35.



The E50 I use for highlighting and blending. This is a really great brush to add a quick wash of color over your lid if your in a hurry because it's large enough to cover your whole lid in one swipe. Add some liner and your good to go and you look put together! I honestly see no difference in these brushes, except the price, so you decide what you would rather pay. :)



I love the F15. It's really great for applying highlighter on your cheekbones. If you have really pigmented blushes that maybe you are afraid to use, this would be a great brush for you because it applies a sheer amount of product.



Next is the E35 brush, which I am in love with! This is my favorite crease brush right now! This one is similar to the MAC 222 brush. I love the Sigma brush because it's fuller and denser, and it picks up more pigment and it just fits my crease really well. It's also really soft and I just love it! I am probably going to get a couple more of these! It's a must have for me! :D



The E25 is comparable to a MAC 217. Again the brush head on the Sigma E25 is fuller and denser. I really love using this with concealer. I have a few dark spots/scars from when I used to get acne but I use this to stipple on small layers of concealer and it works really well and blends it in perfectly. Of course you can use this with your eyeshadow but I like to use my brushes for other things. This is great multi-function brush, a must have!



The E45 is another current favorite of mine. I love using it on my outer corners and crease. It's similar to the MAC 226. The E35 is slightly more pointed but they both work equally great.. The MAC brush was a LE, they release it from time to time but if you want one now and at a great price just swing for the Sigma E35.



Next is the E20 similar to the MAC 214. This is a great smudger brush to get really close under the lash line. It's great for smokey eyes. I honestly see no difference in these brushes at all so grab the Sigma one because you'll save yourself some money! :)



Next we have the F75, E15, E10, and F65. I don't have the MAC versions of these brushes so I can't compare them but I honestly wouldn't even buy them because I'm happy with these. I love the F75 concealer brush! I love using it to apply my under eye cream and concealer. I also use the E15 for concealer. I wear a lot of bright lips and I like using the E15 to blend in concealer around my lips to really make the application look sharp. The E10 is a great liner brush. If your artsy you can make some great eye lining designs with it. The F65 is called a large concealer brush but I like using this for cream blush since it's SO large. It also works well for foundation.



Lastly we have the L05 brush which is similar to a MAC 316. This is a great lip brush since it has a cap. You can toss it in your bag and you don't have to worry about it getting your bag dirty. You can also use this with concealer or even liner, just make sure you clean it if you use it for multiple things.



Overall I am really happy with this set. I had some shedding on the larger brushes when I washed them, but I don't have any shedding problems anymore.

I really love Sigma brushes because you get a really great quality brush for a great price. I wish Sigma was around eight years ago when I bought all my MAC brushes. I would have saved myself a whole lot of money!

If you have been wanting to try Sigma brushes don't hesitate, you will be so happy with them! I definitely recommend them.

Also if you place an order of at least $30 or more you will receive a FREE mini E25 brush! Yay!



The Sigma Premium brush kit and more can be found here, http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=144 .

Have you tried Sigma brushes? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Disclaimer ~ Brushes provided by Sigma for review. Review contains an affiliate link.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Winner For NYX Giveaway

I was never contacted for the NYX prize, so I have chosen a NEW Winner!

The New Winner is comment #35 Kris, http://theglamplussizediva.blogspot.com/

Hopefully she sees this and will contact me within a day, if not a new winner will be chosen. :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Betsey Johnson for Tweezerman!

I have mentioned before that I LOVE Tweezerman tweezers. I think they are they best out there.

Well now you can tweeze with style! Betsey Johnson has teamed up with Tweezerman to bring us these adorable tweezers!









How cute are these!?!

I will definitely be picking up a pair of these, or maybe all three! :D

What do you think? Will you be getting  a pair?

The Betsey Johnson, Tweezerman Tweezers can be found at http://sephora.com/ or http://www.betseyjohnson.com/ , for $25 each.

Disclaimer ~ This is my own opinion and I am not being paid for this post.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

And the winners are...

Here are the winners of my giveaway

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The winner of the NYX goodie bag is comment #8 guitarrasara,

and the winner of the Urban Decay Naked Palette is comment #191, L!

You have one day to contact me with your mailing info, or a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you all for entering! If you didn't win, there will always be more giveaways in the future! :)

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Disclaimer ~ Prizes purchased by me.

Friday, September 10, 2010

NARS Fall Collection Review

A few weeks ago I showed you some pictures of a couple items I picked up from the NARS Fall 2010 Collection.

I have had a lot of time to play with them, so this is just my thoughts on what I picked up.


The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful purple eyeshadow in Daphne. It's a vibrant matte violet color. It's a little similar to MUFE #92 but not close enough that I would say you didn't need them both. :D


NARS Daphne, MUFE #92, MAC Violet Trance

I have been using this color quite a bit and I love it. It's really pretty all over the lid or on the outer corners.

It's a little hard to blend, maybe because it's a matte formulation but I don't mind the extra work because it's such a pretty color.


Lastly I got the Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Palladium. I had never used these eyeshadow pencils from NARS before, so I was excited to try it.


It's a bright bold turquoise with shimmer. I loved the color but I honestly did not like the product. If you want the color intensity that you see, it's easy to achieve that, but at a cost because it will crease like no other!

If you want to use this product and don't want it to crease, you will have to sheer it out, like shown in the first swatch in the above photo.

I had purchased it to use it as the bright color you see, so for me it didn't work out. If you plan on using it as a sheer color then this might work for you, but if you want that color intensity, it will crease.

I did use it with and without UDPP and TFSI, but it still creased.

I was a bit disappointed. I really wanted to love it because it is really pretty.

That is all I picked up from the collection. Nothing else really called out to me.

If I had to pick, the must have from this collection is definitely Daphne eyeshadow.

The NARS Fall Collection can be found at http://www.narscosmetics.com/ and http://sephora.com/
Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ~ $24
Single Eyeshadow ~ $23

Did any of you pick up anything from the NARS Fall Collection? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

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P.S.
I still haven't posted the winners for the giveaway but I will be choosing the winners tonight and posting them up tomorrow, so stay tuned for that! :)

Disclaimer ~ All items purchased by me.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

15% Off Philosophy Fan Favorites!



Plus Free Shipping over $50!

http://www.philosophy.com

I am almost out of my Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, so this coupon came at a great time. :)

Will you be picking anything up?

P.S.
I will be posting the winners of my giveaway soon! :)