Sigma Mrs. Bunny Essential Kit Review

DSC00491bYou can call this the most long overdue post in the history of MGD or the review of my Sigma Mrs. Bunny Essential Brush Kit! I received these for Christmas and I’ve been in love since the very first use. As a good blogger, I took pictures immediately before I even let them touch my face, but unfortunately they ended up in some rando folder. Alas, they’ve been found and the review is happening. Read on.
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DSC00489bThe Mrs. Bunny Essential Kit is an adorable set of 12 Vegan Friendly brushes in a perfect travel tube that are made with Sigma’s famous Sigmax HD which besides the look of the brushes was the biggest selling point for me. They’re made to flawlessly apply both powder AND cream products with ease. I’ve never been one to shell out money on expensive makeup brushes, but I realized that if I’m spending the money on expensive makeup, I need to buy brushes that make those products look amazing. I’m SO glad I did because it changed the way my makeup looked because of how these brushes picked up and distributed product on my face and eyes. They make everything so blended and smooth. They’re SO worth it.
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I was really worried that they wouldn’t look or work as well after the first or second or even 50th wash and they did! They still work just as well today as they did back in December! I use them everyday and travel with them and honestly they’re worth every penny and for the price PER brush, they’re way less expensive than other high end brands such as MAC or Bobbi Brown.

DSC00492bAs you can see if you check out the Sigma brushes now, these have pink ferrules and the new version has the sleek slilver!! If you’re looking for makeup brushes, definitely check out this set or the travel version of Mrs. Bunny! They’re also available in the Mr. Bunny which has black handles. Plus, any Sigma Beauty purchase over $30 qualifies you for a free gift if you use that link or click through the link on my sidebar!! :)

Dan xx

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Beauty Rave: thePinkPanel

I received free samples from thePinkPanel through Brand Backer and as always I only review products that line up with my blog’s focus and what I feel like my readers would be interested in. :)

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Do you ladies love beauty products? Do you love free stuff? Yes and yes? Then thePinkPanel is absolutely for you! The Pink Panel is a beauty, makeup, and skin care focused consumer panel where you get to try the latest and greatest products available! I received my first samples of products recently and I’m in love!

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It was packaged in the cutest pink pouch with nail and hand themed products. There’s the Kiss Nail Dress in Corset, which is the most fun neon polka dot print that I’ll be using as an accent nail. These are similar to the Sally Hansen, but they last longer and can be used for both your nails and your toes! Also, a Julep Everyday SPF 30 Hand Cream, was included. It’s very hydrating and the SPF is perfect to protect one of the most exposed parts of your body from the sun! The last and my most favorite product that was included was a nail polish specifically made for the thePinkPanel called Nail tini. It was completely opaque and smooth in one coat and was such a great formula. Plus it was the most perfect PINK!

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So now that I’ve got you hooked and interested in thePinkPanel, you wanna know how to join up to:

  • Test the latest beauty products.
  • Enter drawings and giveaways for products and giftcards.
  • Chat with other lovelies like yourself about everything beauty, makeup, and skin related!

Head over to thePinkPanel and sign up to be a member to start entering giveaways and doing surveys to qualify to try free products asap! :)  When you fill out the form to sign up, there will be a question about where you heard about thePinkPanel, please choose Other Website/Blog, and then in the next question when it asks about what website/blog, please type: missglamdan.com. :) I’d greatly appreciate it!!

If you have any other questions about thePinkPanel, please post them in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them! :)

Dan xx

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Friday Favorite on Tueday: BA STAR Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

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I’m excited to share last week’s Friday Favorite as this great eyeshadow/highlight palette and this great makeup brand, BA Star. Before I get into the review and swatches, does anyone remember that Lindsay Lohan (pre blonde/drug days) and Tyra Bank’s movie, LifeSize, and there was that song Shine bright, shine far, don’t be shy, be a star!!? The name of this brand totally reminded me of that. haha. I received this sample shadow palette to review and please remember I do not offer anything less than 100% honesty in a review and only on products I feel are applicable to my blog. :) BA Star is one of the top makeup and beauty brands for Dancers, Cheerleaders, and Entertainers. Their brand is affordable and great for not only performers, but for the everyday girl especially with their new Smoky Eye Eyeshadow Palettes. They’re available for $8.75 retail (keep reading for a 50% off code!!) and in four different color combinations: Smoky, Natural, Pretty N Pink, & True Blue! I received the Natural one which was perfect for me and my taste in makeup.

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Each palette is made up of five shades: 3 highly pigmented, long wearing mineral eyeshadows and 2 glitter highlighting gels. There’s also a double ended mini brush and applicator for use on the go if you’re in a pinch.

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The palette is a sturdy plastic and perfect for travel which obviously makes it ideal for a performance situation.

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bronze and cocoa

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cocoa, nude, and gold glitter

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nude, gold glitter, and crystal glitter

The pigmentation on these is crazy. The texture is very smooth and almost cream like. I would say it’s consistent with a cream to powder finish on the shadows. They’re easily blendable and wear for about 8-9 hours with a primer and about 5-6 without. The glitter is as expected very glittery. It’s a gel base that isn’t too sticky or chunky and would probably work best for a dancer, cheerleader, stage type situation. It’s not an everyday thing for me, but they’re very pigmented as well.

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I have been wearing these everyday this past week and have so enjoyed the versatility with just these three shadows. You can do an easy quick look with just the light vanilla Nude colored shade all over the lid or you can do a brown smokey eye with the deep Cocoa shade. I got quite a few compliments on how pretty they are on the eye at work. This has definitely become one of my staple neutral palettes.

Now, if you’re interested in this Natural Shadow palette or one of the other three Smoky Eyeshadow Palettes from BA STAR, you can get 50% Off with the code: BBSMOKY

xx – Dan

 

*As previously stated, I received this sample from BA STAR to review powdered by BrandBacker. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. I only review and accept samples for products that are applicable to my blog.

Let’s talk hair and Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge

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Since I dyed my hair back to brown, I’ve had a lot of emails and messages about how my hair routine has changed.  I decided it would be a great way to tie in a review of the new shampoo and conditioners I’ve been using that I received for free from BzzAgent. As most of you know, I was previously using Tigi Bedhead Colour Combat Dumb Blonde and LUSH Daddy-O, but all three of those are formulated to excentuate blonde. I wanted to use something that was good for normal to dry hair and would help bring back hydration and silkiness to my seriously over processed now brown hair. That’s where the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge came into play!

You’ve probably seen the commercials with the girls with the bouncy, volume filled locks and these products have been advertised just the same. I’m happy to say they’re just as fabulous as they look! It’s all focused on hydration and moisturizing normal to dry hair with these three products working together: Shampoo, Conditioner, and the 1 Minute Moisture Plenish Treatment.

The Shampoo might be my favorite because I love the bursting beads which I had never used in my shampoo before. They really get your hair feeling clean and bursting with hydration! It also smells INCREDIBLE, like I die with the goji berry, kiwi, and passion fruit. (My 17 year old brother even used it just because it smelled that good.) I follow up with the regular Conditioner every other wash and it’s very moisturizing and leaves my semi unmanageable hair really silky and smooth. The other days I use the really awesome 1 Minute Moisture Plenish Treatment for that added boost of hydration to my hair. It’s just as effective as a thicker deep hair treatment, but feels so light just like a normal conditioner because it’s a unique cream/gel hybrid . My hair is already thick, so I like that it doesn’t add extra weight and I don’t sacrifice the results of a thick deep conditioner.

I love that I haven’t had to lose the moisture, strength, and silkiness of my old high end hair care products even with these cheaper, but just as amazing ones from Garnier Fructis! I’ve had people ask if I got my hair done again because it looks so healthy and great even after a few days without washing in any style I wear it in! If you’re looking to try out new shampoo and conditioners, I’d highly recommend the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge. I will definitely be repurchasing these when I run out.

xx – Dan

Garnier Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil Review

I’m excited to offer my thoughts about this brand new Garnier Fructis multipurpose product! If you know me, you know I love my hair/skin oils. I’ve used and loved Moroccan Oil, Josie Maran Argan Oil, and a few others. They’re all pricey and high end and aren’t always readily available when you need it. BzzAgent sent me this all in one product for free called the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil to try. It’s in a convenient spray bottle that delivers a fine mist. It contains three different nutritive fruit oils: olive, avocado, and shea which are all amazing on their own, but together they pack a punch on dry and damaged locks!

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This is a great everyday product that can be used on your skin, face, and your hair. As most of you know, my skin is already oily, but I’ve never been weary of putting oils on my face. This one did however break me out when I sprayed it into my hands and applied it to my skin as a moisturizer. I have sensitive/combination skin, so it could work better on those with dry skin. However this was a miracle product on my hair. It can be used on damp or dry hair. After I shower, I sprayed this on my ends like I usually apply my Argan Oil and it works just as well at making my hair silky and smooth which was fabulous because this is a drugstore product at only $5.99 retail as compared to my $50 Josie Maran!! I also spritz it on my dry styled air to add noticeable shine without any greasy look. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the texture and manageability of my hair with the Miracle Dry Oil. My hair looks and feels so much healthier and hydrated!

I highly recommend this product if you’re interested in trying a hair oil and possibly a skin oil if you have dry skin. It’s conveniently packaged in a spray form, inexpensive, and works like a charm!

xx – Dan

Rave Review: Urban Decay The Glinda Palette

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I’m so very excited about this rave review today! I wasn’t sure I was going to even do it, but since I took the photos and everything, I thought why not? This is a single product review of the limited edition Urban Decay Oz the Great and Powerful Glinda Palette. It is one of two limited edition eyeshadow palettes Urban Decay has released for the Oz the Great and Powerful movie. This is the lighter, more feminine “good witch” palette for Glinda.

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The packaging is similar to most other smaller six pan Urban Decay palettes except for the fact that eyeshadows are able to be popped out like their Build Your Own Palette system. It is a rounded square shaped tin which isn’t an ideal size for travel, but it’s definitely not too bulky. I feel like it’s sturdier than the NAKED palettes.  It also has a fairly decent sized mirror on the other half of the palette.

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There are 8 brand new shadows in this palette all themed around the Good Witch. As with most Urban Decay shadows, they’re soft, buttery, and crazy pigmented. This palette introduces two duo shades with the pan split in half with two shades. They are .05 oz. which is the same size as each shadow in the NAKED palettes.

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Tornado -vibrant deep purple shimmer

Aura – iridescent white with blue shift and iridescent white with red shift

Magic – pinkish purple with golden shimmer

Illusion – pale peach satin

Oz – gold with gold glitter and silver with silver glitter

South – warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro glitter

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These are swatched backwards from the list above. The shades are all very pigmented as one would come to expect with Urban Decay without any fall out.. They have amazing lasting power especially over a primer or base. I love how girly the shades are. I’ve also swatched the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Rockstar which is a deep eggplant and also the Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Color in Glinda which is a light sheer nude included with the palette. Both of these are fabulous especially the lip pencil. They compliment the shades in the palette so well. (I had separate pictures of these, but I can’t seem to find them on my iPhoto)

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The palette also includes a little guide to the Glinda eye look just like Michelle Williams as Glinda in the film which is a great starting point for any fabulous eye looks.

I think this is a fabulous collector’s palette beautifully showcasing Glinda from Oz the Great and Powerful at $49. I’m totally in love with all of the colors and It’s a great palette to add to your collection too! (Unless you’re less good witch and more bad witch like Theodora)

xx – Dan

Back to Brunette

4685_110659583713_557478713_2842057_5195718_nToday’s the day! I’m going back to brunette. Above (in the really nerdy glasses for a geek themed party) is probably the closest my hair has been to natural since freshman year of high school. I’ve been a blonde for just about six months which is practically an eternity for my hair. While I’ve enjoyed being blonde, it’s an exorbitant amount of upkeep from the hair appointments to the special shampoos and treatments. Normally people are going lighter around this time of year, but hey who ever said I was normal? :)

I’m still up in the air about what picture(s) I’ll take to my stylist tonight, so I wanted to share some with you! They’re a little bit all over the board, but hey are you surprised?

hairspirationWhat are your thoughts you guys? Leave them in the comments below!

xx – Dan

New Makeup/Beauty Products – February 2013

I feel like there’s constantly new makeup and beauty products popping up right when my wallet is feeling tight. Each month I try to budget a certain amount of money for situations like these. I’ve purchased quite a few new products this month and I’m quite excited to put them up on the blog in a few weeks to review.  I thought it would be fun to first introduce them to you in this post, so you’ll know what to expect! (I am aware that some of these aren’t BRAND NEW, but they’re new for me, so that counts.)

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Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream in Light to Medium // Olay Shine Shine Go Away! Shine Minimizing Cleanser // Maybelline Volum’Express Mega Plush Mascara // Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquers

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MAC Betty Lipglass in Kiss & Don’t Tell // MAC Veronica Powder Blush in Prom Princess // MAC Veronica Lipstick in Daddy’s Little Girl

Both the blush and the lipstick are not in stock right now, but you can check your local counter or MAC Store or keep checking the website to see if they restock!! :)

I’m excited to try all these products out and let you know if they’re worth picking up yourself!!

xx – Dan

Disclaimer: I am not being paid or sponsored for this post. I purchased all of these items with my own money.

Branded: MAC Cosmetics

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Recently during a conversation with C of Kennedys Amongst Kardashians about some of my favorite MAC products, she suggested an amazing idea for a blogpost that I had never thought of: a beginners guide to MAC Products.  I decided to expanded that to this feature: BRANDED, a must have guide to a single brand of makeup. Because of C’s idea, I thought it was only appropriate to start with MAC Cosmetics. MAC was my first brand of makeup and I’ve tried tons of different products of theirs, so I feel like I have a pretty good idea about which ones to start out with. MAC is a great starting brand into high end makeup because the price isn’t excessive and they have one of the widest ranges of cosmetics available. Of course with this post and with any future BRANDED posts, I’m not suggesting to go run out and buy every item I’m showing. These are going to be my favorites and the ones that work for a wide variety of skin tones, eye colors, etc!

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Mineralize Skinfinish Natural / Honeylove Lipstick / Russian Red Lipstick / Bombshell Lipstick / Cream Colour Base in Pearl / Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer / Gingerly Blush / Well Dressed Blush / Underage Lipglass / Naked Lunch Eyeshadow / Woodwinked Eyeshadow / Satin Taupe Eyeshadow / Cork Eyeshadow / Painterly Paint Pot

Stand Outs:

Gingerly Blush- a great neutral bronze blush that can work as a blush or a light bronzer

Cream Colour Base in Pearl- a great multipurpose product that’s a great highlighter and eye base

Cork Eyeshadow- my first MAC eyeshadow is an amazing matte shadow for all over the lid or in the crease

What are your favorite MAC products?

xx – Dan

2012 Makeup Favorites

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Every year since Han and I started Beauty Forum, I’ve looked forward to this post. Last year it was in video form on my Youtube Beauty Channel (RIP). Since I quit my videos, I knew a post was obligatory. Top 12 of 2012 just sounds better than Top 45 of 2012. Literally, my list of favorites was a mile long, but I’ve condensed myself to 16 individual items, but 12 products. (You’ll see what I mean.) Just another tid bit — there is no mascara on this list because I change my mascara constantly and didn’t find myself repurchasing just one and I did try to stick to almost all regular line products except for a few limited edition that were musts. You’ll see some repeats from my everyday makeup as well.

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Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation– This was my stand out foundation of the year and also one of the priciest items on the list. I’m obsessed with it. It’s a medium to full coverage cream foundation. If you’re looking for something with heavy oil free coverage that will last you a long time, this is it! ($43)

MAC Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer– The best concealer I used all year and also one of my Handbag Heroes, so I won’t go into much detail, but it’s great at covering blemishes and redness! ($18)

NARS Joie de Vivre Cheek Palette– I promised there wouldn’t be too many limited edition items, but this was a stand out and HAD to be included. I got this during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and it quickly sold out unfortunately. It’s great for travel because it has four blushes (Orgasm, Luster, Angelika, Gaiety), a bronzer (Laguna), and a highlighter (Albatross). NARS blushes and bronzer are my favorites around, so I highly recommend checking any of those colors out because they’re all universal and wonderful quality.

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theBalm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner– I’m so picky about my liquid eyeliner, but this one is a great matte black that’s long lasting, but not hard to get off at night. It dries quick and is the first liquid liner that doesn’t flake off and isn’t a pain to apply. ($17)

MAC Eyeshadows in Quarry & Saddle– Here’s one place where I cheated. Two MAC eyeshadows that have been my absolute go to’s. They’re both easy matte colors that look awesome on brown eyes. I usually sweep Quarry (soft muted plum brown) across my lid and then follow it up with Saddle (golden orange brown) in my crease or vice versa. ($15)

Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette– It’s hard to believe that this palette has only been out a year because I’ve been using it like crazy alternating with my regular NAKED palette all year. This one has more mattes and more taupe/grey type shades. It gives you a nice variety to create any look you want. ($50)

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze– Another one that I can’t believe has only been out a year. While I have all of these amazing cream shadow shades (literally), there is one standout — Bad to the Bronze. It’s an amazing taupey bronzy perfection that can be worn under shadows or by itself and still look so done on your eyes. It’s a drugstore must have! ($4.99)

MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork– I love MAC Paint Pots and I think this one has to be my favorite for everyday all year long because it’s a neutral satin taupe (surprise, surprise). I use it quite frequently under any eyeshadows because I know it will keep them in place all day and it’s a great base. ($18.50)

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YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in 05 Mouthwatering Berry– Oh hi go to lip color of the year! This was featured in my Berry Beautiful Lips post and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I use it daily and it’s easy to just sweep on while keeping my lips hydrated and pigmented for a long time. It’s amazing — pricey, but worth it. ($30)

Revlon Lip Butters in Pink Truffle, Candy Apple, & Peach Parfait– This was the year of the glossy pigmented almost lip stick, partially balm type products. Again, while I have them in a lot of shades — these three are my favorite. I used Pink Truffle for a quick everyday lip, Candy Apple for special occasions (my 21st birthday!)/an amazing red lip, and Peach Parfait was my summer favorite. They’re inexpensive and come in a variety of shades. ($6.49)

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm– These are my favorite lip balms because they’re tinted and each smell uniquely wonderful. I love them and for the price, you might as well buy them all and keep one or two in your purse, desk, wallet etc. They’re also pretty moisturizing for a cutesy lip balm! ($2.99)

MAC Lipstick in Party Parrot– While Mouthwatering Berry was my go to lip color, MAC Party Parrot (a sadly limited edition lipstick that is again sold out on MAC’s website) was me in a lipstick. It was another special occasion color that quickly become a signature for me. It’s a bright red pink that is just to die for. Check your local MAC stores because it was recently repromoted and you might be able to get your hands on it!

Well, that was a lot of products. Please share your 2012 makeup favorites with me too because who knows, they could become 2013 favorites!

xx – Dan