Monday, July 23, 2012

NEW Sigma Beauty Brow Design Kit: Review & Swatches!

Today I will be reviewing for you a brand new product that just launched today- the Sigma Beauty Brow Expert Brow Design Kit - that's a mouthful! If you missed my video on this where I show it and do a brow demo on how I use it, you can watch that here:

In a nutshell, this kit has absolutely everything that any girl needs for her brows. It features a total of 20 (yes, TWENTY) products to guarantee you get perfect brows.

*Click on any of the photos to enlarge them!*

The top of the palette holds your tools to shape and groom your brows. You get a pair of little scissors, an amazing pair of tweezers (they are my new fav), and 3 brow stencils if you are trying to shape your brows perfectly. The stencils come in 3 sizes- small, medium, and large.

The bottom of the palette has the fun stuff- 2 brow highlighting pencils, 2 basic brow pencils, a sharpener for those, 5 shadows to fill in any brow color,  a clear brow gel, a tinted brow gel, and a dual brow brush with a spoolie on one end (E80) and a small angled brush (E75) on the other end, perfect for filling in the brows. 

Here are swatches of the 5 brow colors. From left to right: Bella, Chloe, Scarlett, Natasha, & Valentina. 

And here are swatches of the 4 pencils (2 to highlight brows, 2 to fill in brows) and the tinted brow gel (the clear one is self explanatory, right?) From left to right: Matte, Shimmer (highlighting pencils), Medium, Dark (brow pencils), & Tinted (brow gel).

The kit also comes with a dual ended brush. One end is a spoolie to comb through brows before or after doing them (E80), and the other end is a small angled brush to be used with the shadows for filling in the brows (E75). I love that this brush is 2-in-1 because I find it's exactly the 2 brushes I would need anyway, so having a small version of both that fits inside the kit is perfect.

Let's not forget about our tools! Here is a closer look of the 3 brow stencils, tweezers, and brow scissors. Can I also say how much I adore the magenta color of the tools? Too cute.

What more could you ask for in a brow kit? This gives you everything, and fits every hair color, making it a universal product. I am in love- I use this everyday now and it's just what I needed. I was seriously lacking in the brow department before this- I literally did nothing to them.

The kit retails for $69 exclusively on Sigma's website. I know it's a hefty price tag, but you are getting 20 products, including tools like tweezers, scissors, brushes, a sharpener, etc. If you are interested in the kit, you can purchase it here on Sigma's site! Also, you can get 10% off your purchase by using the coupon code 'AP2012' at checkout. This code goes through the end of July, so if you want the kit, hop on it now so you can save!

That's it for today! Thanks for reading :)


Friday, July 20, 2012

Mini MAC Haul: Heavenly Creature Collection

Today I wanted to show you a mini "blog haul" of 3 new items I picked up from MAC recently. Their newest collection, Heavenly Creature, was calling my name. I'm not typically one to buy from or obsess over their limited edition collections, simply because there are too many to keep up with! This one though, I knew I wanted a few things from. Let's get into the haul!

*Click on any photos to see them full size.*

Heavenly Creature is a collection filled with gorgeous mineralized products. These are known to suck me in! The first thing I purchased was the Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Star Wonder'. This is a beautiful product, swirled with peachy, golden, and pink tones. It swatches very well too, and had great pigmentation.

Next, I picked out a blush from the collection. I was swatching every product from the collection on my hand and had to wipe it off multiple times in the store before making my selection! (lol, this is the sign of an obsessed makeup hoarder). I went with my favorite swatch, and that was the Mineralize Blush in 'Solar Ray'- a shimmering peach swirled with orange tones.

Lastly, I chose from an amazing selection of 9 Mineralize Eyeshadows- the ones from this collection are highly pigmented and the best MAC has done in a while, in my opinion. I once again went through the swatch-then-wipe-then-repeat ritual, and settled on 'Magnetic Attraction'. As for how these products appears on the skin, this is my favorite thing I purchased. I wore this shadow in my new 40 Beauty Questions TAG video and SO many of you liked my eye look and asked for a tutorial! I will do one and have it up in the next couple weeks, because I'm love with the look!

That's all I picked up! I'm so happy with my choices! :) If you are a sucker for MAC's gorgeous mineralized products like I am, I suggest going to check out Heavenly Creature before everything is gone! I went to my MAC on the day they got the collection, and one of the blushes was already sold out. You can also shop the collection online from MAC's website, Nordstrom, or Macy's.

Thanks for reading loves! Have a fabulous Friday and weekend. 


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Outfit of the Night: Dinner at the Beach

I'm more than excited to share with you a new outfit post. I just got home last night from my week long beach vacation. If you happen to be curious about what I did, I made daily vlogs and a beach house tour for my second channel that you can watch here. Anyway, on Friday night we went out to dinner and being me, I used that as an excuse to get all dressed up. We went to The Red Bar, which is an amazing restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. If you are ever in the Seaside/Grayton/Watercolor area, I highly recommend going!

 My Dress is from American Eagle. You can find it online here. Since it's low-cut in the front and on the sides, I'm also wearing a light pink bandeau from Nordstrom Rack. They have them in every color and they're under $5.

 My shoes are a new purchase from Old Navy. They were SUCH a bargain. I found them in the clearance section for $12- what?! Yeah- that's why I love Old Navy. They also have them online on sale for $15 here. If you're curious about my toe color, it is Essie 'Bikini So Teeny'. :)

 My bag is by Urban Expressions and I got it here. If you want to see my video on what's inside my bag, you can watch that here!

 Last but not least, I had to do some major arm candy! My brown wrap bracelet is from Jewelmint, the other three are all from Brandy Melville, and my watch is Michael Kors.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy these outfit posts! Let me know in the comments below if you want to see more of these. They are my favorite posts to do :)


Friday, July 13, 2012

MAC Giveaway!

 If you're reading this post, chances are you have already seen my video about the current Mac giveaway I'm having. If not, here is the video with EVERYTHING you need to know about entering!

 ***The giveaway runs from today, July 13th until Friday, July 20th at midnight EST.***

You do NOT need to comment anything on this post, it is just to show you photos of the prizes. :) You can click on the photos to enlarge them.

I am giving away 5 items from the permanent line. 3 of them are favorites of mine, and 2 of them are things I haven't tried but that I had heard great things about.

One winner will get: 'Viva Glam Nicki' Lipstick, 'Well Dressed' Blush, 'Smile' Dazzleglass, 'Blacktrack' Fluidline, and 'Trax' Eyeshadow. I tried to pick a nice mix of products :)

Above is a close-up of the blush and eyeshadow. No swatches because I'm not going to touch a product that I'm giving away, but if you're curious you can look up swatches online. :)

That's it! Again, this post is simply for photo purposes. To enter the giveaway, watch my video here.

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend :)


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sigma Beauty Performance Eyes Kit: Review & Photos

As most of you know that keep up with my beauty videos, I am utterly obsessed with Sigma makeup brushes. I can't get enough- I own practically every individual brush as well as multiple brush sets. I've said it many times, but Sigma is a company I strongly believe in because of their excellent customer service, high quality brushes, and reasonable prices. Anyway, I've been lusting over their Performance Eyes Kit for months now, and I am happy to say I am now the proud owner of it. :)

Click any of the photos to enlarge them, I know they're a bit tiny!

This kit contains 8 eye brushes that each have a specific function- from basic shading, to tightlining and waterlining, this has it all. If you're looking to create a detailed full eye look or simply want a kit with every brush you could possibly need for the eyes, this is the product for you.

To give you a better idea of everything this kit includes, I'll list each individual brush and it's function, going from top to bottom based on the above photo:

E56 - Shader - Lid
E36 - Blending
E21 - Smudge (Upper & lower lashline)
E46 - Shader - Inner Corner
E47 - Shader - Crease
E17 - Waterline Liner (Area between your eye & lower lashline)
E16 - Tightline Liner (Area between your eye & upper lashline)
E11 - Eye Liner (Small so application is precise)   

So, what are my thoughts on these brushes? Love, love, LOVE. Sometimes my basic brushes just don't do it for me when I want to create a complete look, and this kit gives you everything you need. Before these, I feel like my eye brushes collection was about 90% complete- I had all the basics, but was lacking the detailed and precise brushes. Now I feel like I have every eye brush I could EVER need! 

The quality of them is awesome, as I would expect from Sigma. I am not disappointed with any of the brushes and I've been absolutely loving incorporating them into my makeup routine lately. I would highly recommend this kit to anyone- beginner or experienced. The Performance Eyes Kit retails for $55, which breaks down to a little less than $7 per brush. 

You can purchase the kit on Sigma's website here. (BONUS! Sigma is offering 10% off all purchases in July with the coupon code 'AP2012' at checkout.) Go get you some, As Eleventhgorgeous would say ;)

Thanks for reading and let me know if you want more product reviews like this! :)


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 4th of July

Welcome to my first outfit of the day post! After I hauled my new flag shorts in my LA Haul, many of you asked to see an Outfit of the Day when I wore them on the 4th. I originally thought I would just pair them with a white v-neck, add some accessories, and be done, but I changed my mind. To enlarge any of the photos below, just click them and they will be full-size. 

My high-waisted flag shorts are from a flea market in Santa Monica. I'm not sure of the name, but it's only open on Sundays. To say i'm obsessed with these is an understatement.

Instead of a plain white v-neck, I decided to add more color and wear one of my favorite summer tops. It's a sheer top from Forever 21 with stripes and my favorite part, the pockets. I like that the stripes are vertical, because the ones on my shorts are horizontal and I think that they balance out in that way.

For accessories, I said hey, why not more red, white, and blue? So that's what I did. I'm wearing a blue beaded bracelet with a gold cross, a cream colored one with crosses, and a reddish-coral skull one. All three are from Brandy Melville. To see a closer photo, click here. My white & rose gold watch is by Michael Kors. I scored it for 40% off on Nordstrom's website, and it's my staple summer jewelry piece.

If you happen to be curious about my nail color, I did a Nail of the Day post on it here.

Lastly, for my shoes I'm wearing some basic nude braided sandals by Steve Madden. I got these at Nordstrom Rack for a great deal. On my toes is Essie's 'Bikini So Teeny'- How cute is this color?

That's about it! Hopefully you all enjoyed my first fashion post. Please let me know in the comments if you want to see more. I'm going to the beach next week and would love to post some of my outfits  when I dress up there. 

Happy 4th of July and thanks for reading!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI Red My Fortune Cookie

Hi guys! First of all, I'm sorry for my lack of blogging in the last 2 weeks. I was traveling, but I really missed it and I'm ready for a whole lot of new posts, starting with today's nail of the day: My current nail color is 'Red My Fortune Cookie' by OPI. I had the urge to paint my nails red last night, which I rarely do, so I chose this color because it's a bright stand-out red, perfect for summer (and the 4th of July!).

I'm not one to paint my nails red very often, maybe just around the Holidays to be festive, but after re-discovering this color in my collection, I think I'll be sporting red a lot more often. I love the orange tones in it because it makes the red more bright and suitable for this time of year, compared to deeper true reds that make me think of Fall and Christmas. 'Red My Fortune Cookie' is the perfect summer red.

I applied two coats to my nails and it was perfectly opaque. It went on extremely well and I had no problems with the formula. I would highly recommend this polish! I'm happy to announce that this is definitely my new favorite red. 'Red My Fortune Cookie' retails for about $8.50 and can be found at Ulta, probably Target, and wherever OPI is sold. Now my nails are ready for the 4th!

Thanks for reading!