All posts tagged: sigma

Cleaning Brushes

Cleaning brushes has definitely turned into one of my most reviled beauty-related activities. What used to be a therapeutic session for me is now something I put off doing until I absolutely cannot take the state of my dirty brushes anymore. I’ve figured out that the reason why it takes me so long to do this is because I wash all of my brushes in one go. Instead of rotating out duplicates and washing my brushes in small, filthy batches, I torture myself and go all or nothing. Anyway, my solution to my groaning and moaning is switching out my brushes for their alternates once they get too dirty to handle, wash them, and replace. And so on. After my most recent round of cleaning my brushes, I resolved to only use and keep out a few of them at a time. I tend to let all of them sit within reach but some of the unused ones (passed over for my preferred and favorite brushes) sit and gather dust, ending up in need of …

Everyday Face Brushes

Not that I wear makeup everyday, but you know what I mean. I’ve personally amassed a ridiculous amount of brushes, but having dialed back on the makeup obsession, there are just a few brushes that I regularly use now. Here are the face brushes that I’ve been using as of late. I am thinking about making a “Favorite Brushes” or “Most Useful Brushes” post sometime in the near future. Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki Brush** This is the newest addition to my arsenal and I freaking love it for liquid bases that need more than finger action to blend out properly. The tapered end makes it easy for you to reach weird nooks on your face, like the space around your nose and all around under your eyes, and other places that need precision. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush This was my weapon of choice for liquid bases, but now I find I use it a lot for cream products like blush and bronzers. It still works great for your regular face base, but it also …

Make That Face Monday: My Go-To Urban Decay Naked 3 Look

I’ve been putting off this video for a really long time—like, unspeakably long—but now here it is! It’s a sped-up sort of GRWM with a voice-over that has a typical full-face routine. I’ve tried all of the 12-pan Naked palettes by Urban Decay, and I think that the Naked 3 is my favorite. I don’t think you get a lot of variety from it as it’s a pretty full-on rose obsession, but the looks I get with it are just always SO PRETTY. In the end, the face looks like this: I just realized that this video may have exposed my really shitty brow job, lol. It’s all good, though, because I don’t carve out my brows that much. I just follow the regular, “groomed~” shape and call it a day. I don’t think anyone in my immediate vicinity cares about eyebrows all that much anyway. I sure don’t. Products + Tools Used: — NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (Punjab) — NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger) — Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki Brush** — Nature Republic By …

Sigma Powder Blush in Born To*

I’m not generally one to fawn over blushes—at a certain point, I’ve had to admit that most look similar on my skintone—but I’ve been liking the Sigma Powder Blush in Born To* even though I hadn’t expected a whole lot from it. Born To is such a pretty shade—a dusty mauve-y pink with fine silver specks. I’ve swatched it heavily, then blended out in the photo above. From my experience, Sigma blushes aren’t that pigment-packed in practice, but it does layer and build really nicely. I love pairing this blush with similar-toned lip products, since I think it helps bring out the tones of the blush. Powder blushes tend to fade really quickly on me, as my face tends to eat it up for some reason, but I like that this one comes in such a portable compact that’s easy to bring for touch-ups. Born To is such a pretty everyday shade, even if you’re not cool-toned, which is what I initially thought would suit this blush the best. It’s a really pretty all-around blush …

January Favorites: 2015

So, I haven’t done these in a while, but I thought it would be a good video to start the year with! I always enjoy making videos, so I’m not sure why I don’t do them more often. In any case, here are my favorites for January. If you don’t want to hear what I have to say about the products, here’s a straight-up list of faves: NYX Powder Blush in Taupe // Ellis Faas Concealer in S204* // MAKE Matte Eyeshadow in Khaki* // NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab // Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium // Sigma F86 Brush (Tapered Kabuki)** // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette // Diptyque Vetyverio A pretty straightforward list, yeah? It’s kinda boring, but also filled with holy grail products. Do share what you’ve been loving lately. I’d love to know and live vicariously through you! * PR Sample, ** PR Sample + affiliate link Follow me: Bloglovin’ • Twitter • Instagram • YouTube • Facebook

FOTD: ColourPop Not a Box of Chocolates

I wanted to post a look using ColourPop’s Not a Box of Chocolates, which was a holiday release (sorry). I mainly wanted to show how they look and talk about how they apply. 🙂 So this is going to be a sort of short review, too. I used a matte shade, Doe-a-Deer, which they ended up making permanent and the other colors I used aren’t that hard to dupe anyway. Here’s the look: ColourPop’s Halo, Partridge, and Doe-a-Deer are the only eyeshadows I used for this look. I used the NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base under everything, and a primer/base really helps the colors to pop more. ColourPop actually suggests you apply these shadows with your finger, to really pack on the pigment. I find that this absolutely makes a difference in how the colors apply. Basically, I patted on Halo on the inner 2/3 of the lid. It’s a pale, non-metallic gold with a little bit of sparkle. It’s a “Satin Luxe” finish, which means that it has a bit of shine, but it’s …

FOTD: Everyday Mauve

At times, I feel like I’ve been “uninspired” when it comes to makeup because I rarely ever do any fun looks anymore, with the exception of certain lip colors… but I realized that it doesn’t really matter because I will use my makeup the way I want to use it. If that means yielding boring FOTDs, then so be it! For the record, I really like this FOTD, so there’s that.