Monthly favorites : My May favorites!

June 1, 2012

Hi everyone!

It’s the 1st of June today, which means that the month of May has past. This calls for a monthly favorites!!
This is a new series of posts that I’m introducing to the blog. At the end of each month, I’ll be posting the go-to items that I’ve loved and used. It includes makeup, skincare, haircare, clothes, shoes, accessories… I’ll do a quick review of every product to not make this post super long and boring!

This month I have a lot of Sigma favs and MAC favs!

I’m going to start off with skincare. I’ve been using this for while now and I’m almost out of it!! It’s the Sebium Mat by Bioderma.

They call it “anti-shine fluid”, I call it “miracle worker”! It moisturizes your face and matifies it. Now that summer is here in Dubai, my T-zone is becoming oilier. With a normal moisturizer, my skin tends to look shiny throughout the day. With this, my skin isn’t completely matte as it promises, but it has this perfect glow for summer. Now, if you have dry skin I wouldn’t recommend Sebium Mat for you. However, if you have combination or oily skin you might like it! It’s really awesome!
Moving on to makeup base! I’m really enjoying the Studio Fix Fluid by MAC.
This foundation has a matte finish and SPF 15 (the SPF you need daily) with medium to full coverage. I still haven’t found the perfect way to apply it, but when I do I’ll do a foundation routine. I like that it’s a very light-weight foundation although it has a medium to full coverage. Most foundations with as much coverage are quite heavy. When I wear this foundation, I don’t feel like I have any makeup on! It holds up up to eight hours (tried and tested!) but it isn’t waterproof. What I don’t like about it is that it has a really bad smell and that you have to buy the pump separately, but I don’t mind. Again, I don’t recommend this for people with dry skin. 

On to concealer! I loved the Studio Finish Concealer by MAC.

This concealer is really strong! It has full coverage, it’s long-wearing, it’s smooth, it’s water-resistant, it has SPF 35. What’s better than that?! Plus, it’s great for all skin types! I like using it for my dark circles as well as my face where I have blemishes or breakouts.

I like applying it with the P80 Precision flat brush by Sigma.

This brush is great for concealer and for hiding unwanted blemishes! It gives a flawless finish. I really like it! I also like applying liquid highlighter onto my cheekbones with it.

For my eyes, I’m really loving the Sigma eyeshadows! I have used one in particular in the Bare palette. 

Now, this isn’t the Bare palette. If you’re familiar with Sigma, you may know that they send you a free gift if you spend $30 or more (so cool!!). This sample palette was the free gift sent to me when I purchased my brushes. It contains three samples of an eyeshadow of each palette they’ve got (Bare, Flare and Dare). 
Lately, I’ve been applying just one eyeshadow color all over the lid to go to school. I’ve been using this color in the middle, “Act” from the Bare palette. I love it! It’s a bronzy color that is wearable everywhere you go! I like the colors that came in the sample palette, but not for everyday. You can find the three palettes by clicking here
Now that we’re in the eyeshadow talk, the perfect eyeshadow brush is the E55 Eye shading brush by Sigma.
This brush is great for patting a color all over your lid and up to your crease! It’s my go-to eyeshadow brush! It’s also amazing for highlighting your brow bone!
The next eye product is an eyeliner! It’s the Inglot Soft precision eyeliner in the shade 32. 

Built up; with one stroke

It goes on smoothly onto the skin, it has a flex of shimmer to it and it’s quite pigmented. When I apply over my upper lash line, people think that it’s blue eyeshadow, lol! I like it on my lower waterline. I think that it looks less harsh than plain black eyeliner. 
My favorite blush is definitely Pinch O’ Peach by MAC. 

Not blended; Blended

In the pot it looks scary, once it’s on your face it looks gorgeous! This is a peach/pink blush with a sheertone finish. It’s suits literally every skin tone! It’s great for spring and summer. It gives natural pink cheeks.
Last but not least, the brush I like using with this blush is the F50 Duo fibre brush by Sigma.
I know, I know, I’m a Sigma freak! This brush is a multi-purpose brush! Very handy it you’re a beginner! You can use it for foundation, blush, bronzer and highlighter! It gives an airbrushed finish. You can use it with powder or liquid products. Love it! 
You can now get 10% off your Sigma purchase! Use this coupon code STAR2012! Hurry up, the offer is valid until the 30th of June! Click here to enjoy your shopping! Spend more than $30 and get a free mini E25 blending brush!
What are you’re monthly favorites? Tell me in the comments bellow! 
– Zein xx

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  • Reply Anonymous June 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Waw! I so wanna try the brushes! They’re way cheaper than MAC!

    • Reply Zein June 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      They are! Plus, it’s the exact same quality 😉

    • Reply Anonymous June 12, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Which store sells those sigma brushes in Dubai?

    • Reply Zein June 12, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Unfortunately, Sigma brushes can only be bought online 🙁 But I guarantee you they are excellent! They come in perfect shape, they work beautifully (tried and tested!) and your total (+shipping rate) will be less expensive than MAC brushes over here. Plus, their quality is compared to MAC brushes.

      For example I got 14 brushes once and my total (+shipping rate) was about AED 500. With AED 500, you can only buy 4 or 5 brushes at MAC! But of course, this order was huge! That’s why is was a bit pricey…

      You can find the brushes on this website:
      Btw Sigma is making 10% OFF on your purchase until June 30th, just use the code STAR2012
      Have fun shopping! 😀


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