Editor’s Note: It’s the final day of 30 Days of Beauty, which we celebrated to help you get ready for all of those holiday parties. Prizes or discounts will be awarded randomly, so you won’t want to miss a day!
My friend Cora says my writing makes her want to spend a lot of money on beauty products. But I’ve got a surprise for her. Two, actually. Two truly terrific items that Cora will not be able to live without and that will not make her go broke: Sigma Beauty Eye shadow Brushes ($9 each) and Shadow Shields ($9.99 for 30 Shields).
Cora won’t have heard of either one of these, but she’ll run to buy them even if she can do so only on-line because she’s an intelligent woman who cares about beauty and trusts me.
Created by Brazilian entrepreneurial wiz Simone Oliveira in 2009, Sigma brushes are high-quality, professional-grade tools that feel substantial and expensive in the hand, and have silky-soft natural bristles that last forever and perform like gangbusters.
For this season’s smoky and metallic eyes, I’m especially crazy about Pencil E30, which is perfect for smudging out pencil eyeliner and for getting a precise application of powder eyeshadow; and Small Tapered Blending E45, a versatile, small, domed brush with a highly tapered tip that I love for applying highlighter just in the inner corners and also for getting shadow just in the crease.
Click here to see excellent tutorial vids on how to use all the Sigma brushes.
And speaking of…don’t you just love smoky eyes? Don’t you just hate how the eyeshadow and flecks of mascara get all over your face? Of course you do.
So does SoCal makeup artist and mom Michelle Villanueva.
That’s why she created Shadow Shields, adhesive paper crescents that fit right under the eyes and catch all the fallout. Why didn’t we think of this? These are fabulous! You peel off the back, slap ‘em on, and, as my fellow New Jerseyans would say, fuggedaboutit. And let me tell you something else: Oprah loves these. Just saying.
What’s more, the generous Miz Villanueva is giving away two packs of Shadow Shields to two lucky Mamiverse readers. Visit Michelle on Facebook and tell her why you need Shadow Shields IMMEDIATELY. Mention me and www.mamiverse.com. Whichever two comments rock her world the most will receive a box of Shadow Shields directly from The Creator herself. How’s that for a beautiful surprise?
P.S.: Cora’s going to try to beat you to the complementary punch. So you’d better hurry up.