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The newest Sigma Beauty brush kit has debuted. Here is the official description:

The Sigma Beauty Extravaganza Collection is a lavish assortment of one of a kind, brushes with 18K gold plated ferrules. The Extravaganza Face Kit features four unique brushes specially designed to deliver a luxurious makeup application and come in a deluxe carrying case, perfect for traveling and storage.

Brushes in this kit:

Fan – F90 Sculpt and highlight cheeks and face. The unique shape is perfect for application of powder products onto cheeks and for polishing foundation for a flawless finish. Natural bristles.

Blush – F92 Perfect for application of powder blush. Also ideal for shading and highlighting cheeks and face. Natural bristles.

Kabuki – F94 Dense and rounded, this brush effortlessly blends, bluffs and polishes product on the face and neck. Natural bristles.

Powder – F95 Dense and tapered, this brush is perfect for applying powder products to the face, neck and d├ęcolletage. Natural bristles.

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This kit is steeply priced at $210 but what do you expect for 18k gold makeup brushes? I’m not really a gold person but reading reviews from affiliates that have this kit say that it is to die for and completely worth it.

What do you think about 18k gold on makeup brushes?

Photo Credit: Sigma Beauty

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I wanted to introduce you to the latest addition to Sigma Beauty. The Bunny collection is 100% vegan and available in Mrs. (blue/pink) and Mr. (black/silver). Here is the official description followed by pictures of the collection:

The Sigma Beauty Bunny Collection was designed to deliver the perfect makeup application using all synthetic brushes. The Bunny Collection utilizes Sigmax HD fibers, which guarantees perfect makeup placement without product absorption into the bristles. This kit contains 12 brushes from our best-selling Essential Kit. The brushes come in an innovative and functional container that turns into two brush holders to keep you stylish, organized and vegan-friendly!

Brushes in this kit

Eye Liner – E05 An extra fine-tipped brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes. Synthetic bristles.

Pencil – E30 Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, upper and lower lash line.

Tapered Blending – E40 Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease.

Eye Shading – E55 Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments.

Large Shader – E60 Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers.

Small Angle – E65 Essential for the application of gel or cream eye liner on the upper and lower lash line.

Medium Angled Shading – E70 Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners.

Large Powder – F30 Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body.

Large Angled Contour – F40 The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades.

Duo Fibre – F50 Specially designed to generate an airbrushed finish when used to apply blush, highlight shades and foundation.

Foundation – F60 Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. Recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas.

Concealer – F70 The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area.

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You can pick up this collection from Sigma Beauty. Also they have many other collections to choose from as well as individual brushes and a sale section! Enjoy!

Image Credit: Sigma Beauty


This is part 2 of my Darling Girl Cosmetics haul/swatches/review. In the shadow swatches the top swatch is dry no primer and bottom is over NYX Black Bean. Enjoy!

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Glitter Glue

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Rainbow Brite collection

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Buddy Blue official description: Buddy Blue is off white in the jar but swatched has awesome turquoise/blue iridescence and a little blues star sprinkles.

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Canary official description: Canary looks off white in the jar but swatched is a gorgeous yellow golf flash is seen with color shifting star sprinkles that shift from gold, greent to blue.

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Indigo official description: Indigo is white in the jar but swatched a gorgeous purple shift emerges with flashes of blue and purple star sprinkles.

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La La Orange official description: La La Orange is a pale tangerine in the jar but when applied has a pretty orange/copper shift with orange and red star sprinkles.

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Lucky official description: Lucky is the only sprite in the collection. It is a pale white with turquoise iridescence in the jar but when swatched a beautiful green flash is seen along flash of blue, green, red/pink sparkles.

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On-X official description: ON-X is a sheer black base with loads of rainbow star sprinkles. This is the most awesome liner!

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Patty O’Green official description: Patty O’Green looks all like a demure off white in the jar but when swatched a mischevious lime green shift appears along with spunky little aqua sparkles.

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Rainbow Brite official description: Rainbow Brite is a pale baby pink with red shift and a rainbow of star sprinkles.

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Red Butler official description: Red Butler has a color shift from pinky fuchsia, copper to gold with plenty of red ‘star sprinkles’

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Shy Violet official description:Shy Violet is white in the jar but swatched a blue/violet shift comes alive. This is similar to Buddy Blue but is a more on the purple side.

Overall I am extremely pleased with my purchase. All of these go on smoothly, blend easily, and are not gritty at all. I am super excited about using these as highlight shades because I think they will be more interesting than the usual highlighter shades.

Which are your favorites?


This is part 1 of at least a 3 part post. I don’t want to do it all in one post cause it would be super long and picture heavy.

I recently placed an order at Darling Girl Cosmetics after seeing swatches and reading reviews from Mandy. I placed the order on November 18th and received it on December 3rd. They are very upfront about their processing time and you can always find updates on their blog and twitter. Part 2 of this series will be swatches and review of the Rainbow Brite collection and part 3 will be swatches and reviews of the review pack I received. Here’s what I received along with swatches of 2 samples and a gwp that were included!

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This was written on the outside of the mailer that my order shipped in. Such an awesome added touch! I’m a sucker for stuff like this!

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Zebra print and lime green?! Delicious!

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Again, love added touches!

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The 2 extra samples and gwp (gift with purchase) were in this adorable little bag.

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bag contents. Look at the sticker!

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Purple Haze blush. Official description: vibrant red violet with a soft red/pink afterglow. I love this color and it is so smooth and blendable!

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Mustang eye shadow. This shade is not available on the site so no official description. It seems like a medium taupe. It is very soft and blends well but I usually wear brighter colors.

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Persuasion eyeshadow. I do not have an official description for this one but it is a very glittery light purple. I love this shade!

I’m so excited to share the other stuff with you all! So far I am super impressed!


I recently got my hands on Benefit’s newest boxed powder, Hervana. This beauty will be available for purchase in January 2012. It’s a light blusher which I think would work best on light skin tones but it also has subtle shimmer which could work as a highlight on darker skin. It smells sweet and kind of floral like which is similar to the other boxed powders. One new thing with this addition to the boxed powder lineup is the included brush is slanted instead of flat. I usually don’t use the included brushes but maybe I will try this slanted one for fun. I wasn’t able to get a decent swatch photo, sorry guys :(. I highly recommend checking this out as well as all the other boxed powders. I love them all!

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I’ve had my Sigma Brushes for about a week now and I’ve used them everyday. I’m completely in love with the face brushes both the F84 synthetic brush and the face brushes that came in the Make Me Blush set (pictured below).

The F84 is amazing. I can not stress that enough. I have never had anything that blended foundation so well. Love, love, love!!

The Make Me Blush set is also amazing and a great value because the container it comes in transforms into 2 brush holders that I’m currently using for all my brushes. The holders are a little tall for shorter brushes but I remedied that by using beads in the bottom. As I said before I love the face brushes in this set. Also I really like the eye brushes but the eye brushes do seem to shed more than I would expect. Overall I’m extremely satisfied and will be purchasing more from sigma!!

You can buy Sigma Brushes here: Sigma Brushes

Disclaimer: I bought these products myself and am not being compensated for this review.

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Today is the first time I have used this mascara. I don’t have an opinion of it yet but here is a before and after.

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