Introduction to the Sigma Beauty F80 Brush

Happy Friday, friends! I bet that everyone is out and about doing something really exciting. Not me! I’m just lounging around the house in my workout clothes not working out, waiting for my Thai food to be delivered. I’ve never tried this place before but I’ll let you know if it’s any good. I really don’t mind staying home on Fridays. As a matter of fact, if I had gone out today I would have missed the arrival of this magnificent beauty…

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This Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki was a prize from Sigma Beauty’s #AskSigma Twitter Party. Tweeters had the opportunity to ask Sigma Beauty’s head makeup artist, Amanda, any questions that they had about Sigma brushes and anything else pertaining to beauty. Those who participated were entered to win their very own F80. I’ve actually had the pleasure of owning this brush before. It applied my mineral makeup perfectly. I lost it last year so I was absolutely thrilled to have won a new one to replace my old one. By the way, their shipping is lighting fast. The Twitter party was only 2 days ago!

Here are the questions that I asked Amanda 😀

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Sigma Beauty announced that there would be another party like this sometime in the future so follow @SigmaBeauty on Twitter and keep an eye out! They are always tweeting sneak peaks of new products and promotions. I’ve been following them for about 5 years. That makes me sound like a stalker, doesn’t it? 😅

You can follow me as well if you like! My Twitter handle is @tiffanimated.

Sigma Beauty is currently offering free shipping to anywhere in the U.S. for orders of $50 and up. This promotion is valid for the entire month of August so this is one of the best times to try some of their brushes. The F80 is definitely a good start. I would love to try the rest of the brushes that Amanda recommended (The Perfect Blend Kit, the Extreme Color Payoff Kit, the F35, and the F15). I’m also crazy about their copper ferruled brushes so the Complete Kit in Copper from the Extravaganza Collection is something I’ve been secretly dreaming of owning 😍

Which brushes do you have and which brushes would you like to add to your collection? Tell me all about it in the comments!

P.S. The code AUG2014 will give you an extra 10% off your order 😀

Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate, I just love Sigma!
Here’s a direct link to their website: www.sigmabeauty.com

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Introduction to the Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Brush Set

Hello, everyone! Long time no blog! My boyfriend and I just got back from Florida. FYI, the flight was awful because I flew through Spirit Airlines. I’ve flown with them before so I already knew that it was going to suck. Check out www.hatethousandmiles.com if you hate Spirit, too, or if you share similar feelings for another airline. Spirit will give you 8,000 Spirit Miles for venting your 140-character frustrations. I recommend that you use your miles on magazines, they actually have a pretty good selection.

Because Spirit is so cheap I only brought an overnight bag so I didn’t return with many souvenirs. I did, however, bring this baby back.

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Feast your eyes on Sonia Kashuk’s 15th Anniversary Brush Set!

I believe this is the largest brush set that has been offered by Miss Kashuk. At $2.67 (pre-tax) per brush, this collection is an incredible deal. The eggplant colored handles with the gold accent tips add a touch of elegance to the exotic radiant orchid colored bristles. Most of the bristles are made with luxuriously soft [cruelty-free] goat hair. Even after washing the brushes with baby shampoo, all of the brushes had retained their original softness. Personally, I hardly experienced any shedding.

Sonia Kashuk’s brushes are known for professional quality at drugstore prices. Having a retailer like a Target cuts costs for both Sonia and the consumer. Everybody wins!

*This set is limited edition and will only be sold until October so if you want it and you see it, grab it and buy it!

Have you tried any products by Sonia Kashuk? Share your experiences in the comments! Also, let me know if you would like a more detailed review on this brush set.

Free Summer School

Depending on how you choose to see it, Sunday may be the first day or the last day of your week but school almost always starts on a Monday. If you’re interested in spending this Summer learning, there are wonderful resource centers called “libraries” that the public can use for research 😛

There are 91 LA County libraries and fortunately for me, I live fairly close to one. If this particular library doesn’t carry the book I need, I can have the book shipped over to this library from one of the other 90. No extra travel required!

A smaller library from a different county actually ordered a brand new book for me because the title was not available.

Develop the leader within you. Learn a new language in 7 days. Think and grow rich. Master the art of French cooking. Start a blog. Go to the library!

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I have been gaining more knowledge about skincare and makeup artistry.

What skills do you plan to polish this summer? Share your aspirations in the comments!

Review: E.L.F. Eyelid Primer

The bad news is Sunday funday is coming to an end, the good news is my eyeshadow held up pretty good this weekend.

As I mentioned in my last post, I picked up E.L.F.’s Eyelid Primer for a buck and tax at Target.

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I have previously used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and most recently Mary Kay’s Signature Eye Primer.

Urban Decay & Too Faced are both very reliable brands for eyeshadow primer. As for the eyeshadow primer from Mary Kay… Let’s just say that immediately following application, my eyeshadow was pretty. When I saw myself in the mirror a few hours later, my eyeshadow was NOT pretty… or at least what was left of it (not much). Both the NYX Natural Palette and the Urban Decay Naked Palette refused to adhere to the Mary Kay eye primer.

Summary:
While the E.L.F Eyelid Primer does not quite match the staying power of higher-end brands, I was very impressed to see that my eyeshadow was almost perfectly intact with very minimal creasing. This creamy eyelid primer creates a smooth canvas for eyeshadow. Not only are colors easier to blend, they stay on longer, too. It just may be the ideal eyelid primer for those that find their current eyelid primer too drying. For the price and performance, I can definitely recommend this product.