Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Wishes- Sigma Brushes

Hello Hello and Happy Hump Day!
Today's edition of Wednesday Wishes is brought to you by a cosmetic company,
Sigma who are known for their brushes. I don't own any of their brushes to date, but
have heard review after review after reveiw about how amazing they are.
There are a few specific's that I have had my eye on that I would love to
add to my collection.
First up is the F80. It is a flat top kabuki brush with synthetic bristles.
This brush is designed for buffing in liquid or cream foundation.
Retails for $18
Next up is the P80 which is basically the baby version of the brush above.
It is a small dense and flat top synthetic brush that is designed for concealer application.
I am most interested in this brush at the moment because I don't have a concealer brush. I've
heard that when applying concealer under eyes or on problem areas that if you just use
your finger to apply you can actually over blend and wipe the product away. So, this brush
is designed specifically for concealing and gives a light application to stipple on the
product and leave a good finish.
Retails for $16
The last is a group of brushes in the travel collection called Mrs. Bunny.
This is a collection of 7 travel size brushes from their best selling Essential set.
Basically, this set has every brush you could possibly need when on the go.
Kit includes:
Pencil, Tapered Blending, Eye Shading, Small Angle, Large Powder,
Large Angled Contour, and Foundation.
Aren't the colors sweet?! Love the soft pink and blue combo.
The other super cool deet about these brushes is that they come in this
innovative and functional container that turns into a brush holder to keep you
stylish and organized when traveling.
I really love this concept. We all know how digging for brushes and make up
out of a bag can be frustrating. So, how nice to have this cute little container to set on
the counter in bathroom hotel room or even at home. Makes things
so convenient.
Have you tried any Sigma brushes?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Product of the Day- St. Ives

This is a product I'm sure everyone is familiar with, but I have
enjoyed rediscovering this the last few months!
St. Ives Apricot Scrub has to be one of the best and most affordable exfoliaters in the
drugstore today. It's been around forever, has fresh natural ingredients, smells
GREAT, and even tastes good too! ha. When I am using this scrub around
my mouth I will often get some product around my lips and have done a taste test...
and approve!
This is an exfoliater for your skin that claims to prevent blackheads and minimize
pores. My goal is to try to use this every other day to see if I notice a difference in my
pores around my cheeks and mouth. That seems to be my problem area. I like that
the apricot scrub is more of a hearty exfoliater. What I mean by that is that it's gentle
enough for daily use, but it's not so gentle that you don't feel and notice it's doing it's
job. There are some products that exfoliate (Aveeno) and the beads are so small that
you don't feel like you are getting a good scrub in.
My skin does feel super soft after using this scrub... as it would with most any
exfoliater. The things I like most about St. Ives Apricot scrub is the price tag,
the smell and, the consistency of the product.
Have you tried this scrub?! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Face of the Day- Valentine's

Happy Friday Gals!
I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day last night. Is it just me or does anyone else
feel that it's kind of a dumb holiday?! I don't know... the older I get the more it
 just seems so ridiculious.
I would much rather be surprised out of the blue with something sweet and unexpected
 than our society creating an expectation that b/c we are girls then we deserve flowers, dinner, gifts, etc on this made up holiday??? Maybe I sound synical. 
Not my goal here... just random
However, I did enoy my beautiful pink tulips, cards from family, and a delicious
oyster and tilapia dinner! Now I just sound like a hypocrite huh?! ha.
ANYwhoo... onto my FOTD. I thought I would showcase my look I did last
night for V-day! It was very simple and a look that could be worn everyday or
out and about depending on what you are comfortable with.
Deets of this look:
Foundation: Clinique Even Better
Concealer: Revlon Photo ready stick
Highligher: Jemma Kidd dewy glow rose gold (gorgeous cream)
Bronzer: NARS Laguna
Blush: Benetint Rose cheek stain (on apples) (this is a very light liquid stain
that gives off such a gorgeous healhty glow)
Blush: ELF Pink Passion (just a small dab of this to set the stain)
Eyes: Lorac Pro Palette (all matte shades)
Liner: Urban Decay
Mascara: Cover Girl Lashblast Volume
Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey
Gloss: NYX Mega Shine in Perfect
Have a wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday Wishes- Dior

Today's edition of Wednesday Wishes is brought to you by
Christian Dior.
I have spent so much time researching this product and know it's a product
that I will purchase in the near future.
My attention to this product is turning borderline obsessive.
In the past year or so I have gotten into highlighting the tops of my cheekbones and noticed
what a diffence it makes in giving your skin  that healthy glow that we all want. I have
several cream and powder highlighters that I use... MAC Soft & Gentle, MAC cream
color base in pearl and shell, a couple cream/liquid from Benefit, and Physicians Formula.
They all do the job great, but I have been looking for that product that just wow's me.
For months I have heard one of my favorite YouTuber's, Tanya Burr, rave about this
being her favorite highligher. She may be that person in my life that if she told me to jump
off a cliff with her I would think about it! She is so gorgeous, has amazing skin, is a make up
artist and has the cutest British accent. So, I listen to what she has to say!
This is Amber Diamond from Dior and it comes with a hefty price tag on it for
a highligher. This retails at Sephora for $45. That's insane, right?!?! Someone tell me
I can't buy this. But, what if it really did change my highlighting world? What if it really does
give your skin that glow in the most natural way that looks like your skin and not a product?
What if the powder is so finely milled that it doesn't look shimmery and glittery on your
face, but strickly radiance? What if people stopped me in the street and said your skin
is so beautiful and glowy... what do you do?! haha. Ok, Ok... maybe taking it a bit
too far. But, let a girl dream.
So, if all these things were true then it might be worth the $45, right?! There is 10g in
the packaging so it would last a LONG time!
Should I splurge on this?! Do you think it will be that different than other

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Product of the Day- Bliss

I rarely blog about bath & body products, but wanted to pass along
some info today on a body wash/bubble bath that I have thorougly enjoyed using.
My mother gave me the Bliss Lemon & Sage soapy suds body wash + bubble bath
a few months back and it has been such a treat!
First of all, the smell of this is amazing. It's a clean and fresh citrus... almost salon
like type smell. Smells somewhat luxurious if that makes sense. I'm terrible
with describing scents. Aren't we all?!
This is such a lathering formula so it works pefect for a relaxing bubble bath... which
is my personal fave! Or, it works great as just an every day wash.
This retails at Sephora for $18.
What's your favorite bubble bath product?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Nail of the Day- OPI

Hello Everyone!
Hope your weekend was better than mine... I've surely had better. But, I did
get a mani/pedi this weekend that was a great pick me up to a stressful weekend.
Today's NOTD is
OPI Strawberry Margarita
I was feeling something pink for the month of February. I've had darker colors
on my nails  through fall/winter and I'm so ready for some warm weather and brighter
spring colors so this color has satisfied my desire for the time being!
This is a bright, fun, and flirty shade that is perfect for spring and summer if you
are looking for a good pink. The color is matte and is a brighter and more coral in person
than what this picture reflects. It's almost a flamingo type pink.
This was a Shellac gel mani and if you haven't already tried one of these you
are missing out! They are wonderful. They last 3-4 weeks without chipping, dry instantly
so you don't have to be careful leaving the salon, and have a beautiful shiny finish.
Have a great day,

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday Wishes- Urban Decay

Happy Hump Day!
Sorry I've been a little mia lately. New job has made it a little harder for daily
blogging. However, I do have a Wednesday wish that I just discovered today, actually.
I'm a lover of the Urban Decay brand. I have their original Naked Palette along
with cream blush, lip and eye liners, eye priming potion and probably more.
They have just relased a new beauty goodie that has caught my attention.
I give you Naked Flushed...
I will let Sephora do the talking on this one...
What it is:
A silky bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a sleek, travel-ready compact.

What it does:
Use these pressed powders individually or blend them together to create just the right effect—and let this seemingly straight-laced trio morph into a tangled color love-fest. Then bask in the radiant glow and let people wonder what you’ve been up to. Urban Decay’s micronized, jet-milled formula has a luxe, featherlight texture that feels amazing on your skin. And the finish? Flawless. Light-diffusing particles enhance and perfect to give your skin a fresh, glowy look…even when your late-night antics have you feeling anything but. The color is intensely pigmented yet blends beautifully—and the universal shades are versatile enough for any skintone.

What else you need to know:
The bronzer is a medium bronze satin; the highlighter is a soft pink champagne shimmer; the blush is a dusty rose satin with a hint of shimmer; and they are all full-sized. It all comes in a sleek case with an easy-open magnetic closure and a big mirror that is compact enough for travel or mid-date touchups.
Retails for $30 at Sephora. Cool, right? This would be perfect for Summer travels...
having everything in one small little compact!
Have a great day, 

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