Sunday, November 18

REVIEW: SIGMA F82 Round Kabuki & Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I have been interested in Sigma brushes ever since they became popular. I've never had a really nice brush set, so I'm excited to try out more of their products.

I got so giddy when I opened the box to find my very own F82 Round Kabuki face brush. I immediately started to compare it to my Real Techniques buffing brush.

This is a stock photo taken from Sigma.com.
I've have been using my Real Techniques buffing brush for almost a year to apply my foundation, and I've loved it. This brush is not as dense as the F82, and has longer bristles--not by much, but their is a difference when applying your makeup.

This is a stock photo taken from Ulta.com.

This is one of the photos I took, and they didn't turn out so well! #ohwell
I find that when I use the Sigma F82, it's so much easier to buff the foundation into my skin. The process doesn't take as long, and I feel like I use less foundation when using the F82.

I find that when I use the RT buffing brush, the foundation eases its way up into the bristles farther causing me to use more foundation and making it harder to clean the brush. I'm also not too crazy about the look of the orange-y gold handle.

I think both brushes are great though, and I would recommend either of them.

The Real Techniques buffing brush comes in a set called the Core Collection with three other brushes for $17.99, and it's available at RealTechniques.com, ULTA stores or ULTA.com. The only other brush that I reach for frequently out of that set is the contour brush that I use for blush every now and again.

The Sigma F82 Round Kabuki can be purchased on it's own at Sigma.com for $18. You can also get the whole Synthetic Kabuki Kit set which includes the F82 and four other kabuki brushes for $76. I think buying the set would be nice because I wouldn't have to wash my one brush as frequently--if that makes sense? I'd have a clean brush for every day of the week!

Have you tried either of these brushes? Let me know what your opinions are.
Do you have reviews of them? I'd love to check them out--leave your link!

♥b

Friday, November 16

REVIEW: NARS Blush Deep Throat

I really feel like I have been bombarding you guys with reviews lately, but I can't help it. I have been breaking out like crazy, and I've bitten my nails down so far it hurts to type! haha

If you have been following me for a while, you've probably gathered that I am more of a drugstore makeup lover. BUT I love to splurge, and I've found some pretty amazing high-end products. In my opinion, if I'm going to spend money on a product, it sure as hell better be worth it.

I decided to take the plunge and get a NARS blush. I hear so many great things about this brand, and they look absolutely amazing. The packaging is to die for, and their well-known for their provocative named products.

Deep Throat is the shade that landed in my shopping cart on Apothica.com.


I think their most famous blush has to be Orgasm. I did think that I would get that one, but I thought--why not try something new?

I'm actually very satisfied with Deep Throat. It's very pigmented, and it's such a beautiful color. It's a peachy pink with a faint golden shimmer--in the shade range I usually reach for.

For $27 this is definitely a splurge, but well worth it. I know this is a blush that I will reach for often.

I tried to find a dupe in my blush collection, but nothing was exact. The blushes I compared it to were NYX Blush in Pinched (more pink than Deep Throat); Wet & Wild Mellow Wine (Similar color, more pigmented, and matte), and ELF Candid Coral (way more on the peachy orange side).


If you are thinking about purchasing Deep Throat, those are the colors to keep in mind, but they aren't exact.

I got my NARS blush from Apothica.com, but Nars is also available at Sephora stores, Sephora.com, and NarsCosmetics.com.

In case you were wondering I use my MAC 168 brush to apply my blush!

What do you think of NARS blushes? Which ones have you tried, and which ones are you most interested in?

Let me know in the comments!

♥b

Tuesday, November 13

Lorac Pro Palette Neutral Eye

Ever since I did the review of the Lorac Pro Palette, the requests from you guys for makeup looks using it have grown!

I did do a smokey eye for the wonderful Aly of Wonderland Beauty using this palette. I suggest checking that post, as well as, her blog out!

This past weekend I went out with the boy, and this is the eye look I created. All shadows are from the Lorac Pro Palette-Nude, Champagne, Taupe, Sable & Espresso. The lashes are from Kiss, and the review of those can be found HERE. I NEVER EVER do winged liner, but I think I nailed it in this look!





I would love to hear what you think! Hope everyone is having a great week!

♥b

Sunday, November 4

FAVORITES of October!

For some reason every time I go to pull together my favorites of the month, I always go for the same products. I haven't been buying a lot of makeup because I have so much already! I've realized that I need to "shop my collection" more.


Most of these products you've probably already seen me talk about or are fairly new.

1. Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette ($42 at Sephora or ULTA): I have a review up for this palette, so I won't go too much into details because you can find that HERE. It's got 8 matte and 8 shimmer shadows. It's a really nice palette that you can reach for to achieve so many different looks!

2. Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation ($10-15 at drugstores & ULTA): I also have a review up of this foundation. It's a great oil control and long lasting foundation. It's a bit pricier than the regular Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation, but I find that I don't have to use as much. You can check out my review of that HERE.

3.CoverGirl Quad in Country Woods ($4-6 at drugstores & ULTA): These colors are great for a sheer wash of color over the lids. I love using this quad if I'm in a hurry and want quick look. The colors are sheer, but buildable--great for beginners!

4. Benefit Box Blush in Georgia (I can't even remember! haha It might be discontinued): I remember buying the day after Thanksgiving last year for a steal with another box blush from benefit. I didn't realize how light and unusable it was. I think a lot of people own this box blush or did own it and have gotten rid of it! I find that as I keep getting lighter in skin tone, it works nicely as an all over face powder if used lightly. It smells amazing, and if you already own it, I encourage you to try it as a face powder! If not, it looks nice as a highlight on your brow bone for any look.

5. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze ($7-9 at drugstores & ULTA): Love this! It works great as a base and all by itself all over the lid. It's really pretty, and I love the way that it looks with my blue eyes.

6. China Glaze Below Deck ($5-8 at Sally's Beauty Supply or ULTA): Beautiful color for fall. These colors are my go-to for fall, so I had to include this one. Rimmel makes another color similar!

7. Orly Rage ($6-8 Sally's or ULTA): This a color that I've gotten more recently--maybe mid summer. I love this color and it's been on my nails since mid September.

Friday, November 2

REVIEW: Kiss Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit

I'm gonna make this simple--love the lashes, not a fan of the glue or the tweezer thingy!

The lashes are gorgeous. I've never tried thick false lashes like these before...and I'm certainly kicking myself. They're really great if you want that full and thick look. For me they are just the right length, and they're very durable. I've worn them twice already, and they still look like new!


I am always hesitant to try the lash glue that comes with the lashes. This glue didn't hold them for very long. I suggest buying a tube of lash glue (Duo).

I was really excited about the tweezer included, but it just made it difficult to apply. I find that using your fingers works the best!

So do you really need to buy the "starter kit"...in my opinion, NO.

If you buy a tube of glue and just buy the lashes, you will be set! If you wanted to buy the starter kit to try yourself it retails for about $6.

What kind of lashes and lash glue are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

♥b

REVIEW: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

Final product from the Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox--the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin.


Again, I was super excited because I have thought about buying these in store! I think they are a great idea, and now that I have them and I've actually tried them--I guess it's a toss up depending on your hair length and the way you'd use them.

I got to first say that I haven't been wearing my hair in messy buns simply because my hair is getting really long, and I hate trying to detangle the knots I get from messy buns. When I want to wear a bun out, my sock buns and loop buns don't require a spin pin to hold.

Confused yet? haha


But I do love these for when I've just gotten out of the shower, towel dryed my hair, and I've twisted it into a tight bun so I can do my makeup and not worry about it getting in my face. That's really the only time that I've used them, but love them for that!

If you have shorter hair, I don't know how well they'd work. And obviously I don't think they'd hold if you were playing sports or working out. That might sound weird, but they don't seem like they'd hold as well as a pony tail.

These to me are either a "getting ready" asset or a "going out, I'm gonna twist my hair up" thing! haha

I think the biggest reason I haven't used them anywhere but at home is because (1) I can't put it around my wrist like a pony tail and (2) they're not flat like bobby pins and make your pocket look lumpy!

If you're thinking about buying them for yourself, definitely assess your hair type and where you'd use them! They retail for $7-8 at drugstores!

Let me know if you've tried these and what you're hair type is and where you wore them!

I'd also like to know if you like separate posts for these VoxBox reviews, or if you like them all piled into one!

♥b

REVIEW: NYM Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream

I know I keep saying that I was super excited about all these products that I received in my Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox, but it's by far my favorite and best yet!

The next product is Not Your Mother's Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream. I had to laugh because I love trying any kind of leave in hair cream!


I absolutely love the smell--Coconut & Silk extracts--YUM! The scent lingers in your hair all day!

I really don't have anything bad to say about this product. I like to put it in my hair after I've showered and  I'm headed out the door. I think it's great for the days that I don't do anything but let my hair air dry.

A full size of this product retails for $6, and you can find them in drugstores!

Have you tried Not Your Mother's products? Do you like them? Have you seen Not Your Mother's products in store?

♥b

Thursday, November 1

REVIEW: NYC Individual Eyes Custom Compact

I got to admit when I heard that I had been selected to receive the Beauty Bloggers VoxBox from Influenster, I had to find out what was in them! I had a sneak peak at Andrea Matillano's Beauty Bloggers unboxing video, and got even more excited when I saw that NYC had thrown in one of their Individual Eyes Custom Compacts. I was a bit disappointed when I had received my box and found that I got the palette that I did.


I received the Limited Edition Dark Shadows palette. The reason I was disappointed is because I have so many similar colors, and I don't wear shades like that much.

BUT the colors are very pigmented, and I understand why they paired them together. They're all shimmery which is a turnoff for me. The shadows can be powdery and because of this, the fallout in the palette gets caught in the primer and illuminator.

The primer and illuminator are not the best, and because the dark shadow fallout lands in them, it makes them dark and gross.

I really like the concept of this palette and the price. It retails for $4.99, and you can get them in drugstores that carry NYC products.

I know for a fact that I won't reach for this palette on a regular basis--only if I want to use one of the colors in the palette.

What do you think of these palettes? Have you tried them? I would love to know what you think!

♥b

REVIEW: BBW Mini Candle White Barn Nutmeg & Spice

I love candles. The only time that I burn candles is in the colder months, so I was so excited when I received a Mini Bath and Body Works candle in my Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox! These retail for $3.50 each or 2 for $5. I received the White Barn Nutmeg and Spice candle, and I really have been enjoying it.


If you are a candle lover, these mini size candles are perfect! Not only is the price great, but you can buy more scents and not have to worry about burning big candles and have them taking up storage space.

I've never had a problem with BBW candle wicks, and they seem to last a pretty long time. Even though it's a mini size, the scent filled up the downstairs of my home in a matter of minutes.

They're cute, easy to store, and smell absolutely AMAZING! BBW has hit the nail on the head with these, and there are so many different scents to choose from.These are perfect for gifts for the holidays or great as housewarming gifts. I know of a few people who will probably be getting these from me for the holidays!

Have you ever tried a Bath & Body Works candle? How do they compare to others you've tried!?

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of review. All opinions are honest and of my own.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

♥b