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Brushed It : The Starter Kit

September 13, 2015

Brushes don’t make an appearance on the blog as often as they should. They’re more like the stars behind-the-scenes. I took me a while to build up my brush collection, even though to this day I still use my fingers to apply certain products – no shame. It’s easy for beauty-newbies to get overwhelmed with all the brush choices tailored for different purposes. And let’s be honest, sponge applicators that come in compacts and eyeshadow palettes do NOTHING. Let me talk you through the ones I use on daily basis: the basics.

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Brushed it : 3 Eyeliner Brushes You Need

November 11, 2014

Eyeliners. You make one mistake and it’s over. You end up with a super thick line. And when there’s a mistake in that super thick line.. Well, you get the picture. Now, gel liners depend on the brushes you use. Obviously. There are different types of brushes that cater for your different gel liner “needs”. Continue Reading…

Brushed it : My brush collection

June 1, 2013

I know I don’t have the biggest brush collection out there. However, I know that I have more than enough to create a full look. Each brush has its own function in order to give the desired effect. As I was cleaning my brushes this morning, I thought that I would do a quick post about them. So please don’t mind their wet look, they just came out of the shower.

I received a lot of questions regarding my brushes, specially the Sigma ones. When I started building up my collection, I immediately got Sigma brushes as they sell them in kits. I heard amazing things about these brushes before getting them. I have to admit, they really are great. I would love to try Real Techniques brushes and a few MAC ones though.. The majority of my brushes are from Sigma, but you’ll see that I have a few other ones as well.

For base

F80F60F70 – UD eyeshadow (I use it for concealer)

For powder/blush

Mikyajy blusher brush  (my first brush!) – F30F50F40F35

For blending (eyes)


For eyeshadow

E60E55E70E20 – E30

For eyeliner and lips

E05E15 (used for lips as well) – E65 – Maybelline eyeliner (used for lips) – MAC 210

I will probably do a post about my favorite brushes and how I like to use them. I don’t always use them for their original function. Something a bit more detailed perhaps. What do you think?

Sigma has a coupon code to get 10% off your entire order each month. Make sure you check the banner on the side bar with the monthly coupon code. June’s coupon code is SUM2013.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Have your tried any of these brushes? Thoughts? Leave a comment below 🙂 

– Zein xx

Brushed it : Brush of the moment and how I use it!

June 25, 2012
It’s been hard finding the perfect foundation routine for my MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation. I’ve tried  applying it with everything! Stippling brush, sponge, fingers, foundation brushes (all kinds of them!)… You name it, I’ve tried it! But now I think I found the perfect brush that gives me a non-cake-y and a flawless finish!

You’ve probably read tones of rambling about this brand called Sigma. It offers makeup, tools and the best brushes I’ve tried! When I saw that their brushes were cheaper than MAC brushes, “SOLD!” was the word that screamed!

Sigma has a collection called Sigmax. The brushes are made with synthetic bristles to apply liquid, cream or liquid. So they don’t absorb product at all! They are designed to give a high definition and flawless application. 
Back to applying foundation… So I was telling you I found the perfect way to do it. From the Sigmax line, there’s this particular brush that blew my mind away! The F80 – Flat Kabuki is THE BEST brush for liquid foundation! Seriously! It gives a really flawless finish!
How I apply my foundation 
1. I apply a pump and a half of the Studio Fix Fluid on the back of my hand. 
2. Dip the F80 brush in the foundation.
3. Dab it in the center of the face or where you want to cover un the most. I start with my cheeks then nose and chin. Don’t start with the outer part of your face, we’re trying to avoid harsh lines here!
4. Then I work the foundation into my skin and blend it outwards. 
5. With whatever’s left on the brush, cover up your forehead. 
This brush can be found here for $16. Sigma is having 10% OFF on everything until the 30th of June by using this code: STAR2012! So make sure you get one of these brushes with a discount before it’s too late! 
Which brush and foundation do you use for a flawless finish? Tell me in the comments bellow 🙂 
– Zein xx 
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