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My Favorite Cosmetic Brushes: Sigma Beauty

Soft, durable, least shedding bristles, overall sleek design, grabs just the right amount of pigment whether natural or synthetic fiber [though this depends on you too ;)], fairly affordable (great investment), and easy to clean… these are all the things I love about my Sigma Beauty brushes :).  I have two of their sets (use them daily for nearly 4 years), their full-size and travel-size; it’s ideal to have two different sizes.  My only small qualm is with their eyeshadow brush (Pencil E30) which I use for the outer corners of my eyes; personally I would benefit from a smaller, stiffer brush since I don’t have the deepest creases.  Most people don’t have to be concerned with this…  To be fair, I may not be using the best brush for what I’m trying to achieve so I’ll have to look into another Sigma brush.  Honestly they are the best brushes I’ve ever owned and trust me, I’ve owned a good number of them from many well-known brands.

*Photocredit: Sigma Beauty

 

The Vintage Beauty

For a long time I believed red lipstick simply looked awful on me.  One day, I was inspired by CamiLovesKiwi on You Tube to give reds another try.  At first I wasn’t used to the bold look of red on me, even with very minimal eye makeup minus winged liner, so I quickly gave up and went back to wearing mostly light to medium neutrals…  I continued to hide within my “safe” colors.  I finally learned that if I wanted to get comfortable with pulling off bold shades like reds and corals, it’s best to stick with it for even a little while ;); afterall, there’s a shade out there for everyone…  just takes a bit of patience to find it.

A few years later and most recently I discovered Besame Cosmetics because of You Tube Chrissstttiiine‘s Lipstick Collection video.  Since I love vintage glamour and retro looks, I was easily seduced by their Noir Red 1930, Merlot 1933, and Red Velvet 1946.  I love their attention to detail, whether the gold packaging with pretty chrysanthemum motif or whistle-shaped lipsticks!  Great formula too!  So give them a try!  Mwahhh ♥

*Photocredit: Besame Cosmetics

Bare Minerals

I received their starter kit (purchased from Sephora.com) last week and absolutely love it. It’s easy to apply, goes on evenly with sweeps of the application brush, and leaves the skin feeling silky soft. No caking, no oiliness, no acne. Of course, the brushes have to be cleansed and kept clean, as with all brushes. I also have their sample-sized nighttime kit too but haven’t tried it yet. Maybe tonight? I’m not sure whether or not I will enroll in their mail order program since I haven’t figured out how soon I will need refills. For me, it’s probably best to buy as I need. This is their website just in case you’re interested–> http://www.bareminerals.com/. They have a few videos on their homepage. I viewed those before I bought their products. I’m a little lazy and totally dislike a time-consuming beauty regimen. Men are so lucky that they can roll out of bed without need of a tedious regimen. Bare Minerals combined with my Tarte 4 Day Stay Mascara has saved so much time for me. Putting on makeup is so much less of a chore now.

*Photocredit: Sephora