Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sigma Labor Day Sale

Hi Divas & Gents,

Labor Day sales have started early this year. 

Sigma Beauty is having a Labor Day sale for 20% of all of their individual eyeshadows! Use the codeSAVE20LD to receive 20% off from Friday, August 30 until Monday, September 2. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Basic Makeup Brush Kit for Beginners

Basic Makeup Brush Kit for Beginners
Hi Divas & Gents,
We all love makeup and can't get enough brushes to buy with our makeup. Sometimes we all need to know what and what we don't need. I started out over 2 1/2 years ago with a basic makeup kit, I left it at home and would get mad when I was our running errands and couldn't find something I could carry in my purse so I started out like anyone else and brought brushes for item of makeup I would use from concealer, blush, powder, liquid foundation, eyebrows, eye shadow, cream shadow the list can go on and on. And of course all high end makeup brands offer brushes with there products. But I couldn't afford MAC makeup brushes at time and still refuse to pay the price for a MAC brush, not that I'm against MAC we all love MAC but honestly, there is more to explore besides MAC.
My Top 5 Makeup Brush Companies:
1. Real Techniques http://realtechniques.com/
If you are looking for something afford, quality, no shedding, works great for any use of makeup an cleans good. These companies offer the best brushes at a great price. You can find Real Techniques at Target, Ulta and on there website. ELF is available at Target, Wal-Mart and Big Lots have been carrying a small selection.  Sigma, RC Cosmetics, and Sedona Lace are all available on there website, Amazon, and Ebay.
Basic Brush Kit for Beginners:
1. Powder Brush
Real Techniques Powder Brush $10
Evenly apply powders and mineral foundations for smooth, high-definition results

Real Techniques Blush Brush $9.00
Contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended

Sigma Concealer Brush $10.00
 Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes

Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush $6
 Application of liquid or cream eyeliner

Real Techniques Foundation Brush $8.00
The angled cut lets you build the coverage you need for airbrushed

Sigma Eye Shading Brush $10
Place color across the entire lid for an even and strong application of product

Sigma Flat Kabuki Brush $18
 Blend liquid or cream products onto flat areas of the face such as the forehead and cheeks
Starter kits are great way to start learning your brushes an crafting your tools. I wish years ago there was a starter kit. Something I can still travel with and carry in my purse, backpack or leave it in the car.  A Starter kit will have 90% of everything you will need as a beginner along with some brushes you aren't familiar with but will learn to love and YouTube is a great way to find out more and learn about how to use these brushes.
Sigma Beginner Kit "Make Me Crazy" $120
You can always sign-up for Sigma emails to receive great offers and discounts to save on buying this kit. This set is available in 5 colors: Black, Purple (picture above), Teal, Coral and Baby Blue
Brushes Included:
E05 - Eye Liner: Create smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners.
E30 - Pencil: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.
E40 - Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.
E55 - Eye Shading: Even application of color. Place color across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product.
E60 - Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage.
E65 - Small Angle: Create precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder liners.
E70 - Medium Angled Shading: Soft application of color. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.
F30 - Large Powder: Even powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
F40 - Large Angled Contour: Subtle cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.
F50 - Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products.
F60 - Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
F70 - Concealer: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.

Elf Complete 12-piece set $12.00
The Professional Complete Set of 12 Brushes includes: Concealer Brush Blush/Bronzer Brush
Foundation Brush
Blending Eye Brush
Smudge Eye Sponge
Eye Liner Brush
Total Face Brush
Defining Eye Brush
Eyelash & Brow Wand
Lip Defining Brush
Brow Comb & Brush
Eye Shadow Brush
So now you know what is available to you and I love all these brushes in there own way. I will admit you will never feel like you will have enough brushes, but don't worry you can never go wrong with any set you purchase. As you learn more about makeup remember always improve and practice is key. Advice I always give anyone is to always clean your brushes once a week with any brush cleaner and/ or baby shampoo, and olive oil of your choice. There are so many choice of brush cleaners to choice from my top 3 brush cleaners are the following:
1. MAC Brush Cleaner
2. ELF Brush Cleaner
3. Sephora Brush Cleaner
There are tons more and go with the one you feel meets your needs.
I hope you enjoyed and learned a lot. If you have any questions or concerns please feel to comment below and subscribe for more.
Stay Beautiful!!!
Miss Mika

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Skincare Series Part 1: Knowing our Skin

What is Skincare?

Hi Divas & Gents,
I wanted to do a skincare series, we all have many issues with our skin. We have a love/ hate relationship. We want to find the right products but when age, stress, hormones, and life gets in the way, we loose track of our morning and night routine. Work, husband, boyfriend, life partner, kids all are a reason why we go to bed and ignore that 5-10 minutes of peace we can enjoy.
For the past several months, while planning my wedding like most brides, I want my skin to be perfect. Well, honestly my skin is great for me. I have acne prone, Combination/Oily skin. My T-zone gets oily while I am dry on my eyebrow bone, cheek and lower jaw line.
I have experienced some products recently and brought higher end products and lower price point products and I believe I have found the perfect combination to fit my needs when flow comes to visit, stressful times, and something to help when I do a full face makeup (liquid foundation, concealer, blush, highlight,  bronzer, mascara, lipstick/lip-gloss and setting powder). We all makeup and some of doesn't but we love to enhance our beauty through our own from clothes, makeup, jewelry, and shoes. But the one thing that remains the same in we have to take care of our body. Skincare is key.
So Let's Get Started:

Skin care is one of the most important components of natural beauty, no matter what your age, skin tone, or skin type.
If you are struggling with commonly occurring skin conditions and are looking for guidance, tips and advice. This series will be great for you.
Most skin problems are easily curable but only with the right guidance and help, you can keep all your problems in the past, and have the flawlessly perfect skin that you've always wanted.
Skincare is defined as the cleansing, massaging, moisturizing, etc., of the skin, especially the face or hands.
After doing research for this series, I have found we have 3 layers to our skin, we always pay attention to the first layer, but we forget there are layers where dirt, oil, bacteria and build up clogs our pores.
How Many Layers of Skin?
The skin is composed of three basic layers. Also the dermis is the deepest layer and it is responsible for making new skin cells. Now the hypodermis is a middle layer of maturing cells and epidermis is the outer most, superficial skin layer and the only one of the skin layers that sheds.
Melanin is a natural pigment that gives your skin its color. It's produced in cells called melanocytes.
I hope you enjoy this series, and let's say good-bye to acne, blemishes, clogged pores, dry skin, and dark spots.
Don't forget to follow my blog for the next part of this skincare series: Cleanse your Face
Let me know what is your major skincare concern.


Monday, August 5, 2013

MAC Pro Palette Sale

Hello Divas &Gents,

Today MAC has started there Pro Palette sale along with inserts.

Empty Palettes on sale for $8

Inserts are on sale for $2

I just placed my order for this sale before it ends, free shipping is included. For a total of $10 you can get you a complete set. I recommend the large duo palette because its $8 plus $2 each for the blush and eyeshadow inserts saves room and its 2 inserts in 1 case.

Let me know what did you purchase!!!

Miss Mika