Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Makeup Tools Review: Crown Brush Synthetic Flat Bronzer Brush

A while back I went to the 2011 Premiere Beauty Classic and was introduced to a new company I had never heard of before: Crown Brush. I must have looked dumb-founded when I glanced at the price tags on the brushes. As little as $1.50 a brush?! Now I can afford that! But upon closer inspection, being the perfectionist I am, I found quite a few things wrong with some of the brushes, like the cut was not straight across or the handle had a nik in it, But after much searching I finally found a brush I liked with no niks or scratches on the ferrule and a perfect cut.


Since Sigma introduced their Sigmax line of synthetic kabuki brushes made for multitasking I have been very curious to see what all the hype was about. Just one problem: They are not easily accessible. Sigma is only sold online (and at some trade shows such as IMATS)and sometimes it just seems like huge hassle to order things online considering added shipping costs and the dreaded wait for the package. With that said, I tend to like to buy things in person and since I was at the show and was just pursuing around when I bumped into the Crown Brush booth I decided, "hey, this looks very similar to the Sigma brushes, why not give it a try when I have it sitting right in front of me?" and with that a went for the first one I saw, but found that the cut across the top was definitely not the cleanest cut I have ever seen. After putting the first one back and digging through the entire box of these brushes I found the one with a perfect cut and shape with no niks or scratches on the handle or ferrule. *insert angels singing here* 

As soon as I paid for my brush and left the booth, I tore open the plastic packaging it was in and felt possibly some of the softest bristles I have ever felt on a brush, I was in heaven for sure. Besides the super soft bristles, the brush is also super, uber dense and I determined it would be a great match for my foundations and powders. 

Once I got it home and put some foundation on the back of my hand, dipped the brush into it and brought the brush to my face with circle buffing motions, I was in love. The feel of it is heavenly on the skin and produces a flawless, perfectly airbrushed finish with no streaks or tell-tale foundation lines. It truly takes the work out of applying foundation and even makes applying foundation faster! The first time I used this brush it just took me literally less than half the time it normally takes me with my Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush! To say the least, I was impressed with it. As an added plus, I also noticed how little product was wasted and ended using much less foundation than I normally would with any other brush. 

Now that I know I love this style of brush, I just think I might, one day just maybe, go through with buying the Sigma Sigmax Flat top Synthetic Kabuki brush. But for right now, I am perfectly content with this handy brush.


The Stats:
 - Super soft synthetic bristles
 - Not easily accessible (only sold at trade shows and online)
 - Perfect for applying liquid foundation, bronzer, blush and other powders
 - Easy to clean and doesn't suck up product
 - Shorter Handle
 - Super dense
 - Sold around $15.00 at trade shows
 - Be careful buying these brushes online because many of them do not have a perfect shape or cut


Have you ever heard of Crown Brush?
Do you own any Crown Brushes?
Tell me in the Comments!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sigma's Black Friday Steals

Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time spent with family and friends. Now that the turkey has been eaten and the pie has been devoured,  it's time to shop! But don't worry, I won't make you go too far or stand outside in the freezing cold just to get a great deal!


 - Sigma is offering FREE worldwide shipping from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM United States Central Standard Time, just enter coupon code: BF2011 at checkout!

 - All Hollywood Glamour Retractable Kabuki's are just $19.00 (Regular Price $25.00)

 - All Sigma MAXbags are marked down to $24.00 from $29.00

 - Regular and Premium Travel Kits are each marked down $10.00 ($39.00 for regular and $49.00 for premium)

 - Hollywood Glamour Kit in Something About Marilyn is reduced to $44.00 from $49.00

 - Receive $10.00 off of The Premium Professional Kit with Brush Roll (Regularly $149.00)

Plus even more! Make sure to drop by soon before this shipping event ends!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sigma Beauty's Latest Launch: The Cities Collection

Sigma is back at it again this season, with the all new and limited edition, The Cities Collection. This collection boosts 4 varieties of a travel-sized brush set of 7 best-selling brushes from the Sigma Essential Kit and Premium Kit, plus a travel-sized container that unsnaps to function as two brush holders to keep you organized, stylish and looking good while on-the-go.


The Cities Complete Set
(Shown in Tokyo)


Organized: The multifunctional travel container stores your brushes safely and prevents them from being smushed and getting dirty in your purse or suitcase, unlike brush rolls which often times allow brushes to fall out, get dirty and loose their shape. Plus, the container completely unsnaps to form two brush holders, so if you are staying for a while, you are able to keep your brushes organized and in-check.

Travel container unsnapped and used as two
brush holders (Shown in Paris)


Stylish: Each of these 4 brush sets were inspired by the beauty and excitement of each city they are named after. Tokyo being pink to represent the trend-setting capitol of the world and unique culture, while Paris is red to represent being one of the most romantic places in the world compared to New York being the classic, but never understated silver ferrules and black handles while the unique 18 Karat gold ferrules and brown handles of London represent the city's elegant and extravagant ways. Whichever city you choose to live in, you will be the most stylish girl on-the-go. 

Travel Container and Box
(Shown in New York)

Looking Good: While the colors of these sets may be different and represent each city's greatness, the brushes themselves are the true brush with greatness. You get seven of Sigma's best-selling brushes for face and eyes from their Essential Kit and Premium KitF05 Small Contour, F15 Duo Fibre, F30 Large Powder,  E05 Eyeliner, E35 Tapered Blending, E45 Small Tapered Blending, and E60 Large Shader. As with all Sigma Beauty brushes, they are sure to be soft, gentle on the skin, perfect to apply products and easy to clean, all while holding their shape! 

The Cities Brush Set
(Shown in London)

Plus, The price on these travel sets is not too bad on the wallet, just $59.00 for Tokyo, Paris or New York and $89.00 for London. Which, compared to other high-quality brush brands, is a steal!

*And don't forget to use these codes when you checkout: PSW2011 to receive 10% of any Sigma order and a free gift or TIFFANY5 to get $5.00 off a Dry n' Shape*


What do you think of this new collection? 
Will you be picking up any of the cities?
Tell me in the Comments!

All Pictures Courtesy of Sigma Beauty
*I am a Sigma Beauty Affiliate and affiliate links and banners may have been used in this posting

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Pictures and Swatches

Well look-ey here! Another Urban Decay palette and more product pictures and swatches? Yes Please!

The Palette

Book of Shadows IV Box

Open the top lid to find a cluster of butterflies and
a get the look bonus card with QR codes to bring
up a few tutorials using the palette, plus a convenient
mirror and cellphone holder to view videos and
follow along.

Pull out the draw to reveal all 16 shadows (some limited edition,
others permanent), a full-sized 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner, mini Supercurl
Curling Mascara, mini Eyeshadow Primer Potion and speaker
complete with connecter cords

The Eyeshadows

First row left to right: Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra and Baked
Second Row Left to Right: Bender, Gravity, Lost and Hijack

First row left to right: Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra and Baked

Second Row Left to Right: Bender, Gravity, Lost and Hijack

Third Row Left to Right: Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight
Rodeo and Crystal
Fourth Row Left to Right: Bust, Missionary, Skimp andZephyr

Third Row Left to Right: Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight
Rodeo and Crystal

Fourth Row Left to Right: Bust, Missionary, Skimp and Zephyr

The Extras

24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Mini Supercurl Curling Mascara

Mini Original Primer Potion (in new squeeze packaging!)
Swatches Left to Right: 24/7 Waterproof Eyeliner, Supercurl
Curling Mascara and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Have you gotten your hands on this palette yet?
What do think of the combination of colors and products?
Tell me what you think in the Comments!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lip Review: Stila Lip Glaze Set For Holiday 2011

It's the middle of November and almost every high-end makeup brand has their holiday collection out and waiting for you to pick up for that beauty-obsessed BFF of yours. This set is definitely one of those top gift-giving contenders this year and I'm pleasantly surprised with it and hopefully, so will you!


Lip Glaze Shades Right to Left: Kitten, Kaleidoscope*LE*, Apricot, Grapefruit,
Fantasy*LE*, Starfruit, Dreamy*LE*, Believe*LE*

I must admit, every single time (without fail) I walk by a Stila stand or section in Sephora or Ulta, I marvel at the range of colors of their Lip Glazes. Plus, just the fact that they are called lip glazes instead of regular lip glosses just intrigues me. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to receive this set from a family member for my birthday (they know me all too well). Especially because I was debating on whether or not to buy it myself since I have been so curious about these lip glazes for so long, but never really wanted to fork over $22.00 for just one 0.08 fl.oz. tube. Plus, when you do the math, these eight 0.05 fl.oz. glazes add up to 5 full size glosses so whether you buy this for yourself or for a friend, a sister or a mother, you are getting an extremely great deal because you can also split them up and even keep one or two for yourself!


Besides just being a great deal, they are also great quality! Each gloss has a different level of opacity, some are sheer and others are more of a medium opacity, so pigment ranges, but I think of it as getting the best of both worlds, punchy color when you want it and sheer when you want a casual, laid-back feel. However, there is one drawback: these are not necessarily the longest lasting glosses of all time. They only last around 3 to 4 hours tops without eating or drinking, so make sure to bring this along with you if you plan on being out a while or eating and drinking.

Lip Glaze in Starfruit

Plus, one thing I found interesting about these lip glazes is that each color has a slightly different scent to it. Some are super fruity smelling like grapefruits and others are a more vanilla scent. Whatever the scent, it dies down after about 10 minutes of where, so girlies with sensitive noses won't have too much of a problem with them.

Whatever the occasion, birthday, holiday, or just-because, this set is sure to be a crowd pleaser while being easy on the wallet.


The Stats:
 - Great Range of Colors
 - Good Value (8-0.05 fl.oz.glazes which = 5 full glazes)
 - Easy Brush Dispenser
 - Travel Friendly
 - Great for Gift Giving - Just Add a Bow!
 - Last about 3 to 4 hours without eating or drinking
 - Pigmentation Varies (from sheer to medium opacity)
 - Click for more Product Pictures and Swatches


Which color sparks your fancy the most from the set?
Tell me in the Comments!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NOTD: O.P.I Planks A Lot

Hey Everyone! For some odd reason I just felt a little... purple this week and what better way to cure that craving than for a fresh coat or two of this to-die-for pastel?

O.P.I Planks A Lot with O.P.I Turquoise Shatter
and O.P.I Top Coat

This color may be a little un-traditional for the holiday season, but I think a little break from the dark burgundy and grey polishes of-the-moment may be just what I needed to feel a little refreshed during the long and dreary days of sitting inside of the classroom. Plus, I think brights and pastels tend to be a tad bit more cheery and upbeat than the dark colors of fall and winter. But I think next week I will be back to O.P.I's Siberian Nights and Sephora by O.P.I's Metro Chic.

What colors have you been particularly liking so far this holiday season?
Tell me your favorites in the Comments!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bath & Body Review: Suave Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

With Winter on the way, my skin is already starting to get super dry in stale heat indoors. Thankfully I have found my holy-grail body scrub, C. Booth Walnut Shell Body Scrub, but after using a scrub I have to make sure to keep the new, supple skin uncovered soft and moisturized with a body moisturizer. So I decided to pick up this gigantic (18 fl.oz.) bottle of Suave Cocoa Butter Body Lotion too make sure that I stay smooth and supple long after exfoliation.


When I picked this bottle up I was very impressed with the super low price of only $4.00 for 18 fluid ounces! However, I soon learned when I got home that I definitely chose the wrong scent to try out. After just one pump on my hand I could immediate smell the dark-chocolaty cocoa scent wafting up to my nose, which is a nice scent, don't get me wrong, but when I slathered this all over my arms and legs, I felt like I must have smelt like a Hershey chocolate bar! I expected a light cocoa scent, but nothing as sweet and sickening as what wafted out of the bottle! With that said, be forewarned about the strong scent of this line of body moisturizers.


Scents aside, smoothing this moisturizer over my rough, dry elbows was like a dream! The lotion is the perfect consistency, not too thick, nor too thin, just right. With that said, it does take about 3 minutes to completely absorb into the skin, but after it sinks into the skin, there is no greasy film or feel left behind like other moisturizers. Sadly, the scent still remains as strong as ever and the fourth ingredient on the list in this moisturizer is mineral oil, which is not too impressive, but with a four-dollar price tag, it is to be expected. However, this moisturizer redeems itself with the sixth and seventh ingredients on the list, cocoa butter and shea butter.

Overall, I do like this moisturizer, which is great for the price, but next time I think I might shell out a little more cash for something without so much mineral oil.


The Stats:
 - VERY strong cocoa scent
 - Super moisturizing
 - Smooth texture
 - Gigantic 18 fl.oz. bottle
 - Affordable at around $4.00
 - Contains nourishing cocoa and shea butter
 - Does contain mineral oil


Have you tried out any to-die-for body moisturizers lately?
Tell me in the Comments!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stila Lip Glaze Set *Pictures and Swatches*

Here a few pictures and swatches of the the Limited Edition Stila Lip Glaze Set for Holiday 2011. The set includes four bestselling shades, plus four limited-edition shades!


Lip Glaze Shades Right to Left: Kitten, Kaleidoscope*LE*, Apricot, Grapefruit,
Fantasy*LE*, Starfruit, Dreamy*LE*, Believe*LE*


Right to Left: Kitten, Kaleidoscope*LE*, Apricot, Grapefruit, Fantasy*LE*,
Starfruit, Dreamy*LE*, Believe*LE*



All of these lip glazes have amazing pigment and color, but my top four favorites from this collection would have to be Kaleidoscope, Grapefruit, Kitten, and Fantasy.



What do you think of the set? 
Will you be buying this set for any lipgloss lovers on your Christmas list?
Tell me what you think in the Comments!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Convention Haul!

Hey everyone! Guess what I have in store? Yep, you guessed it! Loads of new products (and samples!) from the 2011 Premiere Beauty Classic that I just can't wait to try out! Without further a due, here is some of my haulage from the show!

Overview of the haul including: BigSexyHair Spray and Play Harder
hairspray,HealthySexyHair Soy Touchable hairspray,
 StraightSexyHair Smooth and Seal anti-frizz and shine spray,
and BigSexyHair Root Pump Plus sprayable mousse.
*I went a lil product happy at the Sexy Hair booth*

From Crown Brush I decided to get the Synthetic
Flat Bronzer Brush to apply liquid foundation
since it is so uber dense.

O.P.I Pink Shatter and O.P.I Top Coat, which
I originally thought I picked up the base coat,
whoops!

At the O.P.I booth they asked me if I would like a few
samples and they said to just open by bag and they
would put a few in there for me, well they definitely
put a lot more than the two or three packets I was
expecting!

While perusing the gigantic Paul Mitchell booth, I happened
to walk by at just the right moment for an associate to hand me
this huge sample tube of Moisturizing Lather Shampoo from
the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi line.

Besides the predictable popular booths (O.P.I,
Crown Brush, Redken, and Paul Mitchell) Amika
seemed to be a real hit at the show. I barely got
 my hands on these samples since as soon as
they set the sample bags out, they were gone
before you could say, "FREE SAMPLES!".
Plus, Argan and Morracan Oil Treatments
seemed to be a big hit as well so I made sure
to score a sample of it to test out.

Believe it or not, that is actually all I got from the trade show, I was expecting to get quite a bit more than what I did and was pretty surprised to walk out with some money still in my wallet! But that just means it will eventually be used on some other beauty-related products as always.

Have you hauled any products lately?
If you have, make sure to comment below and tell me what you hauled!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October Favorites

Hey everyone! Yes, it is already November first! Can you believe it? I feel like October was such a great month and super hectic as well thanks to acting at a haunted house, homecoming, my birthday, the 2011 Premiere Beauty Classic, and Halloween of coarse! Here are a few of my Spook-tacular favorites from the month of October!

Makeup


This is not exactly a product, but I have been using it a ton lately! My EcoTools blush brush is pretty much just a standard blush brush that you can find anywhere in almost every company's brush line-up, but these super soft taklon fibers kept me coming back for more this month! (Here's a tip! Instead of sweeping your blush on, try just tapping your cheek with a loaded brush to get a supernatural flush that never looks painted on.


I have been really liking my Voluminous Million Lashes mascara lately, I must admit, it has been getting a lot of love this past October. I think that because of it being so cold recently and putting on the heat, the formula has dried out a bit to the point that it is much easier for me to work with.

Hair


I have been loving my SilkySexyHair Frizz Eliminator Lite this month. It has been definitely helping me tame the frizzies and flyaways throughout this awkward period of not quite fall anymore, but not quite winter whether lately. Thanks to the super cold, humid outside world and the too stale school air, my hair is going through a period of confusion and thanks to this, I still look like I am in control of my hair and my sanity!

Miscellaneous

Pretty much anything having to do with a bruise wheel, grease paint, fake blood and costuming, plus a little creepy dialogue thrown in for fun. If you don't know yet, I am a volunteer actor for a local charity haunted house. I had so much fun through the month of October, just letting loose and acting on the weekends, trust me if you have ever acted before, you know it is a really good stress reliever to just be able to make up a character and play around with their personality and be someone else for even just a little while.

Hope you all had a great Halloween and month of October!