I finally succumbed to the Sigma marketing and have purchased 2 items off their site. If you're not familiar with the Sigma brand - they became popular in the online beauty community for producing cheaper dupes of MAC brushes (right down to the numbering). Although they no longer copy MAC's numbering, they still sell brush dupes along with their own unique products.
I was sceptical about this brand because they sent their brushes to A LOT of Youtubers and bloggers. Part of me wondered how much of their positive publicity was related to free brushes/commissions for referrals rather than actual brush quality. Although I read a lot of blogs, I only trust the opinions of certain people: those who buy MOST of their products themselves...and when sent products - aren't afraid to review them critically - highlighting both the positives and negatives (I apply this standard to myself as well). Here are the two items I purchased (with my own money!)
Sigma F80 brush - this brush is unique to Sigma and not a copy of any MAC brush. It is meant to be great for buffing in foundation and is supposed to be unbelievably soft and dense. On the downside apparently some Sigma brushes bleed and shed when washed - hope that's not the case with this brush. I'm going to try this as an alternative to my ELF flat-top studio powder brush.
my brush guard through the online beauty community - and I can't live without it! I hope I feel the same about my Sigma purchases...
Now for some "Nail of the Day" photos from this past week:
here. I like the consistency of these polishes - they're very creamy and pigmented. They have a wide range of shades - and since the bottles are so small, they're great for experimenting with different colours. This lavender is very cheerful and spring-like - but I felt that the shade was a bit childish for me...
Finally, here's some food I made this week:
here. It tasted good, but was not worth all the effort and specialty ingredients it took to make the marinade/glaze from scratch. I think I'll stick with my pre-mixed seasoning powder next time!