Saturday, 10 January 2015

SIGMA brushes | New addition

Hi loves,

Sigma is one of my favourite brush manufacturers; every brush is just spot on and does exactly what it is designed to do. Recently I've added 3 new brushes to my collection, and today I wanted to share my thoughts on these brushes.

Sigma Kabuki F86
Sigma Kabuki F86
Firstly, my favourite brush of the three - the Sigma tapered Kabuki F86. This brush is perfect for highlighting and for setting the under-eye concealer. It's very soft, but at the same time firm enough for a precise application. Some people use it for contouring too, but I prefer my NARS Ita brush for this purpose.
Sigma 3DHD Kabuki
Sigma 3DHD Kabuki
Next up is the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush, which lots of bloggers and makeup artists raved about. I like my brushes to have black handles as it looks more professional, but unfortunately, when I was ready to purchase this brush, the black ones were literally sold out everywhere, so I had to go for the white *sad face*. Anyway, the handle doesn't change the performance! According to Sigma, the 3DHD Kabuki brush was designed for all areas of the face to apply various products such as powders, creams and liquids. Personally I prefer to use each brush for a particular purpose (which means that I have a LOT of brushes and my kit is enormous!). To me this brush looks like a foundation brush, and this is what I use it for. It took me a while to get used to the unique shape. The quality is as good as it gets with Sigma. However, I find it difficult to use it for blending my under-eye concealer, for example, where a small, finer brush would be more precise. Would I buy it again? Probably not. I still prefer my Sigma F80 Kabuki much more.

Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter
Lastly, I have the Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter brush. For years I've used fan brush for highlighting, so I figured that it was time to try something different! I love this brush, it is small enough for a precise application of the highlighter, it creates a lovely diffused finish and the bristles are very soft. A must-have for every makeup lover!

What I love about all Sigma brushes is that they hardly ever shed bristles, it's very easy to wash them and they keep their shape perfectly once cleaned!

What is your favourite Sigma brush?

Anna x

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

NARS Audacious Lipsticks | Review
NARS Audacious Lipsticks
Hello lovelies, 

over the last couple of months I treated myself to 4 Audacious lipsticks by NARS which lots of bloggers hyped about recently. Now I totally see why so many people love them. The formula is great, the lipstick goes on very smoothly, the coverage is super opaque and the pigment is very rich.

The shades I've collected are Anna, Anette, Juliette and Bette.

At first glance, Anna and Anette are both similar nude shades; very wearable colours that are great for day or night look. 

Anna has slightly more purple undertones, but it suits most skin tones. Anette is a little more muted pink shade that would complement a smokey eye look or simply add a little colour to your lips on these cold winter days!

Juliette is another gorgeous muted orangy-pink shade for the more brave girls out there! I absolutely love it and wear it a lot, applied over Stripdown lip liner by MAC. 

Bette is a beautiful cranberry shade which is perfect for winter. The colour is super-rich and provides great opaque coverage. This is definitely my favourite winter shade; it's so dramatic I just can't get enough of it!
NARS Audacious Lipstick "Bette"
The lipsticks last for ages on my lips and hardly need any topping up. I prefer lining my lips with a pencil first which adds to the durability of colour too. At £24 a pop it's quite pricey, but the colours are so gorgeous that these would make a perfect set of staple shades for your makeup bag!

Have you tried the audacious lipsticks? Which one is your favourite?

Until next time,

Anna x