Posts From April 2008

Pink Clarisonic Back in Stock @ Sephora

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Ok kids if you were wanting it I’m here to tell you it’s back!

The Pink Clarisonic is available at Sephora once again!

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How long it’ll be around remains to be seen! I believe they felt it was a good idea to have a few around for Mother’s Day!

I admit I’m lemming it a bit and trying not to cave because I sincerely do not need a $200 cleaning brush!

Tell me how wrong it is to purchase this thing!

Go on convince me!

Want it?
Need it?
Have to have it?

Tell me all about it! I feel your lems!

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Collection Review and Swatches

Don’t you love Shu’s Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks? Pigmented, Amazing Formula, and Beautiful Packaging.

I sincerely adore them.

Shu’s taken the original Rouge Unlimited and amped it up a bit for the Spring/Summer. We now have Shu Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine which is simply amazing!

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I tested out two of these and I’m dying to get my hands on a few more colors as they are truly great!

It’s like having a lipstick and a gloss all in one stick. This is a glossy, slick, emollient formula that simply glides onto your lips leaving behind beautiful color and shine!

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I’m loving the simplicity of a single stick of gloss and lipcolor in one tube. The color is pigmented enough to act as a lipstick while also offering your lips a moisturizing glossy, shimmering effect that’s absolutely stunning.

These are perfect for days you want a natural, glossy feel without feeling heavily made up with lipstick.

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The two colors I got are BG 950S which is a pretty shimmering beige and the second color was WN 254S which is a shimmering purple wine color but it looks very pink on!

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BG 950S
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BG 950S (Hey, L@@K I’m wearing Visee’s Aqua Shining Eyes! Pretty Right? Click to read my review on Aqua Shining Eyes!)
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The only thing I can rant about is they only come in 17 Shades. We wants more please! And secondly can we please, please, please have names we can remember? B45644578ST is too difficult to remember!

Each Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine is $23 USD and well worth it as the quality is near perfection for me.

I have at least 5 other colors on my wish list at the moment!

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Collection is available now at Shu Uemura’s website!

These are most definately Muse Approved! I love the texture, the shine, the glossy feel, and the beautiful color and effect of these! They are well worth purchasing at least one (although you’ll want more once you’ve tried ‘em!).

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Perfection!

Love ‘em?

Want ‘em?

Tell the Muse!

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Click here to travel into the past and read my Shu Uemura Summer Prism Collection Review!

Click here to read my ravings and review for Shu Uemura’s New Mini Lash Curler!

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to read about the exclusive Fact Chart Shu Uemura created exclusively for readers of Musings of a Muse!

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Mario Badescu Silver Powder

Silver Powder.

What’s it do? Who’s it for? How do I use it?

Sounds like something you might find in a jewelry showcase eh?

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My skin is fairly clear and I doesn’t really give me too much woe. I take super good care of it and that could be the reason that I’m not crying over it at night.

I suffer from one main problem that I’ve had for years and nothing really helps it. Blackheads. On my nose.

I don’t have a ton of blackheads but I have about two stubborn ones that won’t go anywhere. I’ve tried just about everything even having them professionally extracted only to have them pop back up over and over and over again!

Nose strips. Don’t work.

Various lotions and potions. Don’t work.

Extracting them? Works temporarily but they pop back up like an ugly penny!

They bug me really bad. I guess you can’t really see them unless you have a 10X zoom but I know they are there and for me that’s enough!

I was busy blabbering about blackheads in my Biore PJ Party post a few weeks ago remember?

And a lovely reader and friend, Gezebel, had suggested Silver Powder.

Hmm….a solution maybe????

I rushed to Mario Badescu’s site to check this out!

I happily ordered it as it’s only $12 bucks USD so what’s the harm right? I also crawled the internet for a coupon so I saved $1.80 USD with a coupon code I found! YAY me!

I got this super fast. Within a day it was on my door step! Go Mario Go! Props for awesome shipping time.

More props for the awesome freebies my box came with. They included a mini slew of all sorts of skincare wonder that I’ve never tried. I got a Cucumber Tonic Mask, some Enzyme Cleaning Gel, Moisturizer, Cucumber Cleansing Oil and some Eye Cream! Wahooooo for freebies! The Muse likey samples!

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Anyway about that Silver Powder I mentioned….

Well. The verdict is in and I like it.

It didn’t work the 1st time or the 2nd time for that matter. It was however successful at turning my nose a strange pale white color temporarily.

However, that 1st and 2nd use did “fade” the blackheads. I know weird but the effect was interesting. I really had to look to see them. So I went from viewing them in my 10X mirror to hauling out the big guns and peering at them with my 12X! Yup sadly those two evil suckers were deeply embedded in my nose.

But I wasn’t giving up!

Last night I attempted a 3rd run with Silver Powder. It deserves to be mentioned that several people around the internetz mentioned that using silver powder and proceeding to use a nose strip seemed to pick up more blackheads and that’s what I did the first two times without too much success!

However, this third run I just applied, waited 10 minutes, and washed off with a wash cloth.

And….mmm..pretty successfully this time around!

My nose is looking pretty darn good. I do see a tiny bit of one blackhead that’s sorting hanging on but I think I can successfully wash him away with a final run of Silver Powder!

So how do you use Silver Powder anyway?

Basically Silver Powder is just a white loose powder sorry to disappoint but no silver here. Basically you take a dampened cotton ball and dab it into the loose powder. You proceed to take the cotton ball with the now damp Silver Powder and pat it on your nose (I rubbed it a bit as well). This creates a bit of a mask over your nose (or if you prefer you can of course use it on any clogged pores you have on your face! I only have blackheads on my nose so that’s where I used it!). You live this on for 10 minutes and wash with cold water after the time is up! Some folk like to use a nose strip afterwards as I mentioned above and that works very well but I found just washing it off works just as well!

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The verdict?

The Muse Approves of Mario Badescu Silver Powder! It takes a bit of elbow grease but with a little patience you can happily kiss your Blackheads goodbye plus it’s $12 bucks for a HUGE supply! This stuff will last you a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers to that!

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Bare Escentuals Buxom Babes Lip Tints

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Sephora is super busy updating it’s site with new little bits and bobs for Summer. I ran across this kit from Bare Escentuals while browsing around. This particular kit contains four lip plumping lipglosses for $28 USD.

First of all I’d like to be the first one to say I find the packaging completely degrading and the name. Seriously this looks like pr0n. Buxom Babes? Bikini clad chicks on the packaging? Who are we trying to sell this to anyway?

I’m all for cute packaging but for some reason this deeply disturbs me. Could be because I’m in a bad mood!

Sorry but I’ll have to expose you to my ranting about Bare Escentuals pricing again! As you may know from my previous posts I’m quite appalled at the prices of Bare Escentuals kits lately and this particular peeves me. No I don’t want 4 MINI glosses for $28 dollars thanks very much! Lipglosses that in fact suck formula wise anyway!

Seriously, have you tried the original Buxom Lips? It stinks.

Ok rant over.

BE got my vote for NO on this particular kit.

Love it?

Hate it?

Rave or Rant with the Muse! Comment box is open!

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Battling Dry Skin: Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus Review

Don’t ask me why I’m purchasing skincare products from Quixtar/Amway because I really won’t have an answer for you.

The good news is even though this particular product I am about to review for you is possibly made by and disturbed by a subdivision of Amway it still really does work.

Unreal right?

Who would have thought skincare from Amway had the potential for greatness!

Gasp!

Anyway what am I going on about?

I purchased a tiny bottle of Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus from Quixtar.com after reading a review about it on another blog (I’d give credit to that blogger but god knows where I read about it! Sorry ’bout that).

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The review raved about how great this was for refreshing dry skin and it couldn’t be more right! It’s pretty darn amazing at making my skin sigh in delight!

What exactly is it?

It’s a moisturizing oil that comes in a tiny bottle with a dropper. You simply take the dropper out and squeeze about 5-10 drops in your hand and pat this gently onto your face. I don’t actually pat. Sounds weird but I give myself a little bit of a facial massage with this rubbing it in nicely. The formula is pretty oily so if you’re skin is oily/combo stay AWAY! If you happen to suffer from dry patchy cheeks or dryness on your forehead this be for you! It virtually cleared up my the dry patchy problem on my cheeks and my forehead is no longer flaking up. Yay!

I must warn you if you’re sensitive this may cause a breakout so beware prior to use. I started out with about 2 drops and I instantly experienced a little bit of a breakout but I gradually introduced my face to it and after a while my skin was loving the added moisture this gave to it.

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This advertises as a product you can use over makeup but they must have been delirious when they wrote that because unless you want to look like a beacher babe tanning with baby oil on Venice beach I’d say don’t attempt applying during the day over your makeup.

I use this as PM treatment ONLY and would not attempt it during the day as a touch up nor as an AM treatment simply because it stays oily and wet a little bit before drying down. Unless you like going around with an oily face I’d avoid using it during your AM skincare regime.

I’m not using this regularly but only when I feel my skin may need a bit of a pick up and feels a size or two tighter due to the cold weather. At the moment Spring is upon us and Summer to come shortly so I’m doubtful I’ll make much use of this but it’s an excellent treatment for the cold Winter weather months!

I’ve been using about 10 drops or so a night after using my regular night cream and I’ve noticed that I wake up with a very beautiful, soft completion!

This is .49oz in size and costs $19.50 USD. The price is a bit off for a size so small but the bottle should last a good long time since you need so very little of the product!

All and all I’m enjoying this for the days my skin is whining about how it needs a bit more moisture to be on it’s best behavior!

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