Posts From November 2007

Stila Convertible Color Review

‘ello ‘ello lovely readers!

Today I bring you a review of one of my favorite “simple” makeup products. Stila Convertible Color is just the thing I need when I am in a rush, to lazy for a full makeup look, or just looking for the right pinch of color for my cheeks!

Stila Convertible Color is available in a slew of fantastic shades to suit any skin and complexion type. I believe most shades are flattering on all skins tones since the colors are so transparent and sheer yet natural and pigmented.

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Convertible Color is supposed to be your one stop shop for adding color to your cheeks and lips but I personally only use it on my cheeks as I find it feels quite weird on my lips and some of the colors just don’t work well.

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Convertible Color quite reminds me of a Tarte Cheek Stain in a compact but with fewer touch ups inbetween uses! The texture is almost gelly like with a creamy base and it lasts ages on me. I rarely have to run into the washroom to layer on some more it just lasts and lasts and lasts. It also gives me a great illusion of looking like I’ve had about ten hours of sleep when I’ve only had about two! My cheeks look dewy and fresh upon application. The completed look always makes me look gorgeous and flawless! My favorite way of using this is after finishing my morning face wash routine (scrub, tone, moisturize)! If it’s a weekend and I’m just running out to do errands I have a quick shower, tie my hair up, wash my face, moisturize, and slip some Convertible Color onto my cheeks and away I go minus foundation! Simple, Easy, Fast!

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As I said early this does quite remind me of Tarte Cheek Stain but the texture is slightly thicker and almost sticky when you first apply but as your skin warms the cream it sinks in quite nicely and the sticky feeling subsides. The difference is if I use Tarte Cheek Stain I’ll be touching up five times a day where as with this it lasts from morning to afternoon and beyond!

Overall, it’s a fabulous little product and definately makes life in the cosmetic world a whole lot easier!

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Happy 1st Birthday PJ and A Touch of Blusher

I can’t think of the world of blogging without PJ from A Touch of Blusher in it! Blogging wouldn’t be blogging without PJ to listen to my woes, whining, triumphs, questions, and concerns!

PJ is always a source of information on all good things cosmetic, blogging, and life icon wink

A Touch of Blusher is what Musings of a Muse aspires to be!

This is a post for a very special friend and blogger.

Happy 1st Birthday to A Touch of Blusher and it’s wonderful writer, PJ! May you have many, many, many fine years of blogging!

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Do head over to A Touch of Blusher and wish PJ well on A Touch of Blusher’s 1st Birthday!

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Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection Review

I purchased the Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection from Nordstrom.com this past week and it arrived in the mail yesterday! Yay!

It’s quite an interesting little kit and I’m very eager to get my hands on the Classic Rock Collection as well now. You might recall I did a comparison of the two in a previous post thanks to a dear friend and reader, Betsy, who had purchased both sets! You can click here to see the post.

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I’ll give you a break down of what we have in this set and the price and cost per item. The kit is $59USD with tax it’ll run you about $64 give or take a few cents. You get a total of 9 items (10 if you’re counting the double ended mascara as a dual product). Broken down that would mean you are paying about $7 per an item ($6.40 if you count the dual end as two products) which isn’t such a bad price. The good news is that all the items in the kit are highly usable so you aren’t left with some items you love, a few you like, and a few you’ll never use. All the items are good, high quality items that are well worth the $7 bucks a piece you’ll be shelling out for ‘em!

The kit includes all of the following:
Platinum Gossmaer Face & Body Color
Platinum Glimmer
Twlight Eyeshadow
Posh Blush
Ripe Fig Natural Lip Color
Dual Ended Classic Black Mascara and Platinum Beautifully Luminous Lashes
Full Flawless Face Brush
Full Tapered Shadow Brush
Crease Defending Brush

The three brushes alone, purchased separately, would run about $50. So I guess you can say you’ll be buying the brushes and getting a buncha of free stuff with those!

Pictured from Top to Bottom: Tapered Shadow Brush, Flawless Face Brush, and Crease Brush
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Bare Escentuals make pretty ok brushes but some do shed however the ones included with this kit did not shed thankfully. The Flawless Face Brush is a nice brush for buffing on color. It’s very soft and as I said thankfully no problems with shedding. The shadow brush was equally as good for spreading shadow on without a hiccup however the crease brush was a bit stiff to me. Usable but very stiff bristles. Overall, I’d say the brushes included with the kit are pretty good and the Flawless Face Brush is the best of the three in quality.

Ripe Fig Natural Lip Color
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The lipstick included in the kit is very good as well however the color isn’t totally me. It’s a muddy nude rose shade that does nothing for my complexion however it can easily be redeemed by slicking on some tinted lipgloss in a softer pink. I found it tones down the color and makes it wearable after mixing with gloss! It’s most definately moisturizing and applies flawlessly with one coat it’s just the color that is somewhat turning me off but the actually quality of the lipstick is good.

Dual Ended Classic Black Mascara and Platinum Beautifully Luminous Lashes
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The Dual Ended Mascara is an ok product as it does what it’s supposed to in lengthening your lashes. However, I am a mascara snob so this isn’t a product I’m exactly hyped over. It’s good quality but does nothing impressive to my lashes that makes me get up and shout in excitement. The product is dual ended and has a Beautifully Luminous Lashes on the other side. I have a love/hate relationship with Beautifully Luminous Lashes as it doesn’t quite accomplishment what I’d like it to do and I’ve found better Japanese brands that do what this product promises. If you’ve never heard of the product let me explain. It’s basically a colored overcoat that you use after your mascara to give your lashes a touch of sparkle and shine. I do love the look it creates by using this but it takes a bit of work to get it on correctly and I believe that’s due to the brush applicator. I think this would work wonderfully if it was brushless but none the less a nice product all the same.

Posh Blush
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Posh Blush isn’t all that I wanted it to be sadly. It’s a bit of a muddy rose color and similar in style to the Ripe Fig lip color. It’s almost a perfect match actually for the lip color! If you like warmer colors this would be a perfect blush but I’m more for bolder shades that light up my face this I guess gives me more of a sophisticated look that isn’t entirely suited to my face.

Twlight Eyeshadow
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Twlight Eyeshadow is nice and pigmented and contains just the right amount of sparkle! I really like this color and it goes well with the rest of the items within the set.

Platinum Glimmer
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Platinum Glimmer is quite gorgeous. Shimmery, Sparkley and pigmented! This too goes well with everything within the kit! It contrasts wonderfully with Twlight!

Platinum Gossmaer Face & Body Color
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My favorite piece in the collection is the Gossamer! It’s full of sparkle and it looks positively perfect as a highbrow highlighter, within the crease, on the lid, on your cheeks, or dusted on your cleavage! I love multitasking makeup icon wink And the flawless face brush applies it perfectly!!!!

I tried the kit this morning and wasn’t impressed with the results as I attempted using only items I got with it (plus my own foundation of course) and I wasn’t so thrilled so I think basically if you use it in conjunction with items you already have you can make a stunning face! It’s quite a nice kit and really when you break it down the price is very good. I do sometimes over analyze items so don’t mind me icon wink I’d say it was most definately something nice to pick up for yourself or a friend this Holiday season! And, of course, I’m still wanting the Classic Rock Kit as well!

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MAC Pro Blushes

Ah do insert a happy sigh right here my pretties!

Your Muse has just popped back from the MAC Pro shop and she got two fabulous blushes that she’s in lust with at the moment!

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Around July or maybe June MAC Pro had introduced a few blushes and eyeshadows (Visit with Christine and you can see swatches of all the shadows and blushes that were released!) that were exclusive to Pro shops only. It’s been a while since I dragged myself into a MAC Pro store so I decided to hop in today as I needed a bit of cheering up!

My little eyes did indeed spy two gorgeous shades of blush that were introduced in the line I was just talking about above and those are Full Fuchsia and Salsarose.

I’m positive if I showed these two colors to a professional makeup artist they’d yell and scream at me for purchasing such loud, bright, vibrant colors for my complexion but bloody hell I’m so used to breaking every cosmetic law in the book that I firgure I might as well go on and not stop now!

Both colors are utterly illegal and it’s possible I could be arrested for purchasing these vibrant shades but like I said I’m just not caring! I love these!

Full Fuchsia is just what you’d expect from a fuchsia colored blush! Holy cow it might very well glow in the dark if I switch the lights off my dears! It’s quite full on! When I wear it I look like I’m stepped in from a really cold winter’s night and I just adore that look as it makes me appear younger than I am hehe…!

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The shade is truly fabulous and I’m absolutely ecstatic to use it with some vibrant shade of fushica eyeshadow (Hey why stop at blush! I want the ENTIRE look!).

I’m not entirely sure how many people (or myself for that matter) can pull this color off but I’m positive you’ll (and I) will have tons of fun trying to find just the right look using it!

Now Salsarose is much more subdued than Full Fuchsia (not by much). Salsarose is a coral red color that again gives me the just out of the cold (or pinched) look! It’s just as vibrant and gorgeous as Full Fuchsia and I’m really looking forward to using it in a full makeup look!

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Overall, I’m so saddened I hadn’t picked these up when they were originally released because truly they are gems! Several other colors I wanted were out of stock and are equally in your face vibrant and yum!

If you live near a Pro shop do stop in to peek at these! If not you can always dial any Pro shop in the US and they’ll promptly deliver these or anything else your little heart desires for $7 UPS shipping fee!

Your Muse(y) approves of full on blush colors and highly suggests having a peek at these to see if they are just right for you icon wink

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Benefit Dandelion Review

I know, I know, I don’t give enough love to Benefit do I?

Honestly, I do like Benefit regardless of past entries! It’s just sometimes they have really miss products that make me want to throw myself on the floor and have a bit of a tantrum (well maybe nothing that drastic!).

Some items I’ve purchased from Benefit are absolute gems and one such item would be Dandelion.

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You need this. No questions. You need it.

Dandelion has to be thee perfect powder I have come across in this life (and maybe the next). As many misses as Benefit has in my book there always comes along one particular product that they create that I just fall in love with and need with me should I be stranded on a deserted island (Hmmm well maybe I’d need a hot guy too! We can discuss that later though!).

Dandelion, of course, is one of those products that I adore. It’s so difficult to explain this fine powder but I shall do my very best. I can only speak for my own skin tone but this powder weirdly enough, contrary to it’s sheer, rather colorless state within the box, is quite pigmented and actually gives my cheeks a stroke of color that is so very natural and flawless!

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Like I said the powder, strangely enough, is a very sheer pink (with almost a touch of peach). It comes in a cute little box with a strong sturdy brush with slightly harsh hairs (but I still love the brush).

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You’d never think looking at it that it would pack such a powerful punch. You can use it in one of a few ways. You can stroke it across your face as a finishing powder, you can use it for touch ups, you can use it alone for a pretty flushed look, and you can use it over your blush to tone it done some! I’m positive it has any number of uses and those are just a few ways I’ve used it for!

You simply can’t go wrong with this nifty little powder!

FINALLY a HIT from Benefit! The Muse loves you for giving her Dandelion icon wink

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