Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush

Evening beautiful ladies. I thought I’d share my favourite foundation brush. It’s the SIGMA F80 FLAT KABUKI. I’m a big fan of Sigma brushes as they are very affordable & of good quality!

RRP: £14.99 from HERE.

In a nutshell, this brush has replaced my MAC 187 completely. The F80 is super soft yet densely packed, synthetic brush fibres, enough to give you a FLAWLESS FINISH! I think from the pictures you can sense just what I mean!

It doesn’t malt much which is ideal, as the MAC 187 used to leave me with random brush hairs on my face, not a good look! I think one thing I’ve noticed is that if I forget to wash it regularly, I have began to break out. Cleaning brushes is a MUST! It’s the perfect environment for bacteria to live in. Saying that, I get a lovely foundation finish using this brush. It’s become a firm favourite…

Hmmm… I do secretly want a ‘Beauty Blender’ sponge in my life, still!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dolls. I’m off to make myself some dinner in time for The Voice!

Sleek Blush by 3: Lace

I’m one of those girls who definitely has a love, love relationship with blushers! I always seem to go on buying them, not finishing them & just generally collecting every shade of pink, coral & peach… You catch my drift?

When I heard Sleek were releasing their highly pigmented blushers in a ’3 palette’ I knew I had to get my grubby, make-up covered, paws on them! I searched high & low in various Superdrug stores but had no luck. Then my beautiful cousin Kuki, from the blog KT Cyrus & Ruby Woo, came to the rescue & sent me the Sleek Blush by 3 in Lace.

Sleek Blush by 3 in Lace RRP: £10 from HERE.

You can now get these online from Sleek’s website which I find much better to use as they rarely have products I’m looking for in store.

Being a fan on pinks & coral blushers, I was drawn to ‘Lace’. They look so pretty in pictures but even better in real life!

I’ve been wearing this whenever the sun is out… I know, I know. It’s barely been out these days but I know this will be one of my go-to-shades during the summer (if we ever get one!) Here’s some swatches…

Left: No Flash
Right: Flash

I’ve had this for a while now & do love using it. When I say they’re SUPER-DUPER PIGMENTED, I seriously mean it! I have to apply these with a duo fibre brush else I look like a bit of a clown. However, the colours are gorgeous! This is one of those products that will last you a very long time. If you’re a blush virgin, I’d totally recommend these. They give you a nice range of colours to experiment with. Personally, I’ve been using a mixture of all 3 on my cheeks to give me a natural peachy flush :)

Have you tried any of the Sleek Blush by 3? What are your favourite Sleek products? I’m not a fan of their pout polishes/tinted lip balms, they have the most foul taste, they make me want to vom. But their lip sticks, contour kit & blushers have to be my favourites!

MAC 224 vs Sigma E40

Afternoon, doll faces! Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. We’ve finally managed to get some nice sun over the past couple of days here in the UK – yipee, Summer’s coming!

I love applying my concealer with a brush. It’s mess free, quick & easy. What more could you want, right? So, I come today with a speedy review of one of the most loved MAC brushes, the 224 tapered blending brush & it’s uncanny twin, the Sigma E40.

MAC 224 RRP £22 from HERE.
Sigma E40 £8.95 from HERE.

At over double the price, they look very similar! Both have a fairly fluffy brush to blend eye shadows, or my favourite, concealer blending! They both did malt hairs the first handful of times that I used them, but one wasn’t more than the other.

As you can see the the Sigma brush is slightly longer than the MAC, which to me is on the uncomfortable side of things when you’re blending away. Personally, I LOVE the feel of the MAC 224.

One slight (but major) difference in these brushes has to be the DENSITY of the hairs. The MAC is far more STRUCTURED to the Sigma which again is another reason why I prefer it for my concealer.

I use the 224 for my concealer on a daily basis without fail & the E40 for blending eye shadows. I would totally recommend the MAC 224 as a concealer brush. However, if you don’t want to spend over £20 & don’t mind the density factor or handle, the Sigma E40 does the job. I mean for less than £10, you can’t really complain… Can you? :P Saying that, it’s a great brush for blending eye shadows! If you’re not after a concealer brush, then E40 is a must have!

So all in all…

MAC 224 = GREAT concealer brush!
Sigma E40 = GREAT eye shadow blending brush!

 I hope I haven’t missed anything in this post. If you have any questions at all just drop me a line :)


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My 5 Favourite Highlighters.

Hey doll faces. I thought I’d share my 5 FAVOURITE HIGHLIGHTERS with you all. I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while now. The pictures have been sitting around in this post, yet I just hadn’t got round to writing anything up. I love using a highlighter on my cheekbones &/or brow bones to add some dimension to my face. Or to add a glow to my skin by mixing it into my foundation on gloomy days. My current favourites are these…

High Beam by Benefit RRP £18.50 – I’ve had this for ages. It’s from a sample I got in a magazine. Goes to show how long this really lasts. Great texture & blends in beautifully into your skin. I mainly use this on my cheek bones.

Watt’s Up by Benefit RRP £24.50 – Read by review of this HERE. But I adore this champagne highlighter. I’d say it’s more on the bronze side of things. It looks great on Asian clothes & when you’re wearing black. I love a good gold & black combination.

Polished by Topshop (limited edition, roughly £10) – This is most probably my favourite Topshop make-up purchase. I’m super gutted that it was limited edition as I use this sparingly because I don’t want it to run out. Little goes a long way. It’s has the creamiest yet lightest texture & smells so good that you gotta refrain your self from licking it… Only me then? Ah, well!

Skin Glow by Topshop RRP £10 – I tend to use this with my foundation. It gives my skin a gorgeous glow to it with any foundation (I prefer to mix it with my MAC Face & Body). I love the iridescent finish of it.

Icing by Daniel Sandler RRP £12 – These water colours by Daniel Sandler have been raved & raved by beauty bloggers & damn skippy they should be! My favourite out of the ones I own is this. It’s got a beautiful shimmery pink look to it. I love wearing it with Hoola by Benefit.

Here’s what they look like in normal day light. Beautiful! I only introduced highlighters into my make-up regime about a year ago. I don’t know what I’d do without them now.

I still want to try MAC’s Lustre drops & the NARS multiples. What are your favourite highlighters? Any that I should add to my mental wishlist? ;)