The Holiday makeup sets are here! Check out The IT Girl Set: Holiday CC+ Lip Serum Collection

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One of the best things about the Holidays are the special makeup sets that come out around this time! Especially for a makeup lover like me. These Holiday sets are always great buys! You can buy a set that is priced much lower than if you would buy the items individually. I love going to Ulta and Sephora in the weeks before the Holiday, just to check out these sets! It’s also a great opportunity to try something I normally wouldn’t, at a lower price. This is how I’ve discovered many new products. I usually end up buying one for a friend and another one for me (that’s the best way to shop, right?). :-)

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it Cosmetics Girl Set Holidays Holiday Lip Serum Collection​​


The one that I got my eyes on so far, is this one by it Cosmetics. It’s called the “IT Girl Set – Limited Edition Holiday CC+ Lip Serum Collection“. It was actually sent to me by the company, but knowing how much of a lip lover I am, I’d probably end up buying it myself. Hah! It’s a trio of exclusive CC+ Lip Serum shades.

The 3 shades you get are: Joy to the World, Snow Bunny and Under the Mistletoe.

* Snow Bunny is a very very pale pink, which is more of a ‘nude’ on my lips
* Joy to the World is a mid-toned berry pink, on my lips it’s very similar to my natural lip color
* Under the Mistletoe is a berry-red shade, which is a perfect ‘going out’ shade for me

A nice selection of shades! They’re all very wearable, in my opinion, and easy to layer over a (matte) lipstick. :-)

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it Cosmetics Girl Set Holidays Holiday Lip Serum Collection​​


The other day I mentioned the shade Love, which I’ve been obsessed with for a couple of weeks now. It’s a beautiful mauve color that works as a ‘my lips but (much!) better’ shade for me, you can find a swatch of it here. It’s definitely more a lip treatment than a lip gloss. It’s not sticky, it’s extremely hydrating (it has 9 essential butters) and it has anti-aging ingredients, such as collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid.

The 3 shades in this Holiday set have the exact same lip-loving ingredients! They increase lip hydration, color correct, reduct the appearance of lip lines and increase lip suppleness. They are definitely not regular lip glosses! In fact, my lips were super dry and chapped the other day, normally I would slap on a lip balm (which has no color), but I decided to apply one of these, I was going somewhere and didn’t want to appear like a ghost, and it fixed my lips right up!

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it Cosmetics Girl Set Holidays Holiday Lip Serum Collection​​


​​The IT Girl Set is available at itcosmetics.com, QVC and qvc.com, Ulta stores and ulta.com. It retails for $39.50. This is a steal, because these Lip Serum regularly retails for $24, so basically this set has a value of $72. See why I love Holiday sets? And this set would make a lovely Christmas gift for your bestie or mom, they’re more than just lip glosses. Just saying. ;-)



Review: Sigma’s 3DHD Kabuki Brush (and comparison with the F80 Kabuki Brush)

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that the F80 Kabuki Brush by Sigma Beauty is my favorite brush to apply my foundation with. I’ve been using it for years and I’ve repurchased it twice so far. It’s made to apply liquids, creams and powders, but I personally only use it to apply liquid foundation. It’s super soft and easily buffs in my foundation, giving me a really nice, ‘flawless’ finish: no weird stripes or patches. I’ve never had any issues with loose bristles either.

Sigma has recently come out with a new version of it, called the 3DHD Kabuki Brush and being the long-time fan that I am, I purchased it to see if this upgrade is as good (or better) than the F80. And after a couple of weeks of daily use, I can honestly say that this brush is BETTER than the F80! Yep, I said it! :-D

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Sigma Beauty brushes brush review new 3D HD Kabuki Flat Top


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Sigma Beauty brushes brush review new 3D HD Kabuki Flat Top


So above is the NEW 3DHD Kabuki Brush. As you can see it has somewhat of a weird shape. It has two flat sides. According to Sigma it was designed this way in order to reach all areas of the face evenly on every curve, crease and angle. Below is the exact description:

*Ridge: The functional ridge at the top of the brush has the perfect angle to apply liquid, cream or powder products reaching every curve, crease and angle.
*Double wedge flat surface: Allows application of liquid, cream or powder products on flat or slightly curved areas of the face in two simple steps. First, apply product using one side of the wedge, then use the second (clean) side of the brush to smooth the surface and eliminate any streaks.
*Point: The sharp point of the brush can be used for highly precise application of cream, liquid and powder products. The point allows products to be perfectly applied in the under eye area and around the mouth.
*Dimensions and density of fibers: The dimensions of the brush head were developed to provide fast product application, while the density of the fibers allow for buffing products onto the skin. The fine fibers allow for coverage of skin pores.

And in case you don’t know how the classic F80 Kabuki Brush like, here’s a picture:

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Sigma Beauty brushes brush review new 3D HD Kabuki Flat Top​​


Both of these brushes have the following in common:

* Dense, super soft bristles and firm handles.
* Easy to blend your foundation to avoid brush strokes, giving an airbrushed finish
* Multi-functional; you can use both for powder, liquid or cream products
* Very easy and quick to use, it doesn’t take long to apply your makeup (ideal!)

But here the biggest difference though! The ridges of the 3DHD Kabuki Brush are PERFECT for hard-to-reach areas (around your nose, in between your eyebrows, under your eyes etc). So not only are you getting maximum coverage, you can ALL of your face too. With this brush you will be able to use it on all areas of the face (besides your eyelids, of course) and it will cover every curve, crease and angle.

The 3DHD brush is definitely an upgrade of the F80, no doubt about it. :-) It’s not a gimmick or trick to make more sales: this brush makes your makeup application BETTER! If you’re going for a ‘perfect’ makeup look (who isn’t, right?), put aside your old brush and try this one!

Below are more detailed pictures and information on where to purchased the brush and its price.

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Sigma Beauty brushes brush review new 3D HD Kabuki Flat Top​​


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Sigma Beauty brushes brush review new 3D HD Kabuki Flat Top


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Sigma Beauty brushes brush review new 3D HD Kabuki Flat Top​​


Sigma Beauty brushes brush review new 3D HD Kabuki Flat TopThe 3DHD Kabuki Brush has not one, but two flat sides giving it a sharp point as well



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The 3DHD Kabuki Brush is available in black, pink or white (I recommend getting it in pink, because it’s gorgeous, as you can see from my pictures, and it really stands out!) It retails for $24. Click here to find it on the website. Also worth mentioning: Sigma invented this brush, there’s nothing like it in stores right now. Pretty cool!



New beauty trend? Tameeka ‘Tiny’ Harris changes her eye color to ice gray

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In an Instagram post that has shocked practically everybody, rapper T.I’s wife, Tameeka ‘Tiny’ Harris, confirmed that she permanently changed her eye color to ice gray. Tiny has been spotted rocking the set of lighter eyes recently. Fans thought they were just colored contacts; until the other day when Tiny revealed that her ice-gray eyes were courtesy a surgical procedure called ‘BrightOcular’ she recently underwent.

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Yep, you read that correctly. Tiny has a brand new set of eyes! :-D She changed her eye color from a dark brown to ice-gray color.

I myself have worn colored contact lenses for a while (light brown/green-ish blend), but I would never consider having implants. Way too risky for me! What if something goes wrong and I lose my eyesight? Or what if my eyesight starts getting blurry over time and I eventually end up being blind and they can’t fix it?

The instagram post has since been deleted from Tiny’s account. She probably realized what a stupid idea it was to promote something like eye implants…. I’m pretty sure there are tons of risks involved in having this surgery. Short term, but also long term… I sure do hope this doesn’t become a new beauty trend. Scary!

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What do you think? Did Tiny take it too far?