Posts From April 2008

MAC Prep & Prime Review

I had to pick up some MAC lipsticks for a swap a few weeks ago and of course being the junkie I am I couldn’t leave the counter without getting at least one item for myself!

What did I end up with? MAC Prep & Prime.

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Lately I’ve sorta been on the hunt for a good primer. I don’t normally prime prior to foundation aside from the regular toner and moisturizer regime. But after reading some rave reviews about various primers I decided I should incorporate the step into my makeup routine.

What I read that turned me onto primers:

  • They make your foundation last longer.
  • They minimize the appearance of pores (I don’t have this problem as my pores are really tiny) but hey that didn’t stop me from wanting to buy a primer!
  • They are a good base for your foundation and it applies easier and smoother when a primer is used.

All this sounded like I seriously needed to start using a primer. The promise of long wearing foundation and foundation that applied easier and smoother sounded fantastic!

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Who else but MAC would have a great primer right?

Well…

Not really.

I’ve been using Prep & Prime for about two weeks now and I seriously haven’t seen much of a difference in my foundation wear and tear. My foundation fails to last through the day sadly and I have to touch up at least twice with powder or a highlighting pen since I begin to look dull around the 4th hour or so of wear. Sadly, MAC Prep & Prime failed the test of making my foundation last longer.

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Did my foundation go on smoother?

No. Not really.

It felt about the same going on after using Prep & Prime. I’m not sure what I was expecting from it but I thought maybe it would give my face a sort of wet moisturizing feel that would allow my foundation to glide on flawlessly. This it did not do.

The texture is pretty thick and if you look close enough it has tiny particles that pick up and reflect the light but that trick doesn’t apply when it’s on. At least for me it didn’t. Someone had mentioned on MUA that one pump will do it. Well no. I need at least two pumps to do my entire face.

It glides on rather smooth and soft in contrast with it’s thick texture. It feels wonderful really however I don’t feel like it’s moisturizing my face but then again that’s not really what it’s supposed to do anyway.

All in all it just doesn’t appear to work for me. It doesn’t make my foundation last longer and it doesn’t do a brilliant job of prepping my skin for foundation so basically it’s $22 USD of thick cream that doesn’t do much of anything.

Sadly, as much as I love MAC, this one gets a big thumb down!

Have you used it? Love it? Hate it?

Any recs for a good primer?

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Beauty on a Budget: NYX Mosaic Powder Review

Yay for the Muse jumping back on board the Beauty on a Budget bandwagon!

This time I’m raving about NYX (kinda, sorta, maybe!).

Since it’s Summer it appears that NYX is busy pimping some of their older line up. Which basically means they have cute little pop up displays all over the place that have separate collections of makeup they are whorin’ out to the masses. I’ve run across two displays like this so far. One was the glitter eyeliners and the second was the Mosiac Powders. Both items are old news and nothing really new about ‘em but NYX just revamped the display I guess to catch new buyer eyes. They caught my eye recently when I was at Harmon’s drugstore picking some items up for my lovely friend Aya at Irodori.

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These particular blush powders from NYX looked outstanding so I thought I might as well grab ‘em while the grabbing was good.

They only cost $5.99 USD so really I couldn’t go bankrupt buying these. Many months ago NYX had contacted me with a discount to do a review on their products and honestly I never got around to actually purchasing anything or doing the review for that matter! Damn the Muse to hell for not getting around to doing these important things!

The powders are gorgeous. The packaging is simple yet elegant and quite reminds me of MAC. Why I never purchased NYX prior to this can only be blamed on my snotty nature when it comes to cosmetics.

I purchased two colors but there are quite a few color selections available that range from lighter to darker. I got the Pinkish Red and the Orange color. I don’t particularly love either one sadly. The pink goes on way to red and the orange makes my face look very dull.

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The powder formula is good. Silky, blends well, and lasts long however I think the color combinations are just not working well for me. I’m normally a very big fan of vibrant shades but neither color seems to suit me.

The orange color seems way too orange! And the pink color seems to just not pick up enough of the lighter shades in the palette and it grabs up more of the red which causes me to look like a clown! Ugh!

Awwww moan! I really wanted to love these! I’m going to keep trying with the pink powder but the orange after swatching is a big no!

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I think the main problem with these is that fact that they contain five separate shades of color which could be a little too much. I guess it’s a form of graduation but it just doesn’t work so well. When I applied the pink the color went on splotchy and my brush was picking up more of the vibrant red and not mixing correctly with the lighter shades in the powder.

I can’t give these too poor a rating simply because they are very pigmented blushes and good quality! However, I just didn’t like them and they didn’t work well for me.

Yes, they are nicely pigmented. Yes, the price is more than alright. But they don’t exactly do what I want them too!

NYX Mosaic Powders get a big thumbs down from the Muse!

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NeoCeuticals Problem Dry Skin Gel Review

Tis still a bit Wintery outside my window but Spring is slowly making it’s way across the board!

Come the Winter my skin suffers in a major way! Dry, itchy skin on my elbows, knees, and legs! Ugh I hate it so, so much!

I’ve tried so many moisturizers to relieve it but nothing really works! I find that my dry skin worsens since I shower twice daily and the hard water in New York rough houses my skin and makes it all chalky and yuck! Which also means I am moisturizing double duty!

I was lucky enough to test out some NeoCeutical Dry Skin Gel the past two weeks or so and I must say I’m quite liking it. It’s an interesting little product.

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It’s basically a cooling gel that softens my rough, dry skin. The tube itself promises to hydrate and exfoliate. The exfloliate part confuses me but it does soften my skin beautifully!

The product is slightly sticky and there is a dry down period so don’t expect to slip right into your clothes after using this on say your legs! I found it takes a few minutes to fully sink in and go from wet to dry!

I’ve been using it for about 14 days now and I actually did notice that the skin my elbows is much smoother and less rough then when I use my normal moisturizer!

This retails for $24 USD for a 4oz tube. The price does slightly make me cringe however you only need a small amount so I see it lasting me for a good few months!

This is available now from Ulta.com or Neostrata.

If you suffer from the Dry Skin blues in the Winter (or anytime) this might be something you want to check out!

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Benefit Lust Dusters

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Mmmm look at these! These are Benefit’s new loose shimmering powders for face, eyes, and body!

Even though Benefit fails to wow me lately this isn’t one of those times!

I’m loving these! Especially the colors Moon Doggie and Jelly Roll! These look very beautiful for the Spring!

Go Go Girl
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Boom Boom
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Punk Royalty
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Goldilocks
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Jelly Roll
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Snow Bunny
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Moon Doggie
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Nugget
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The price is $18 USD per a pot which is somewhat high but I think these have the potential to be a hit for me!

Want ‘em?

Love ‘em?

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Click to read about the release of Talk to the Tan from Benefit!

Click here to read a review of Benefit’s newest powder, Thrrrob!

Click to read why I love Benefit’s Dandelion!

Click here to read my review on Benefit’s New Erase Paste!

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Bath and Body Works Hello Sugar! Collection

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I check up on Bath and Body Works daily to see if any new Temptations have been released and during my regular visit I noticed they had a new line available. I could be wrong but maybe this new line will be replacing the regular Temptation Collection that we’ve been seeing for the past few years!

The new collection is entitled Hello Sugar! and looks very promising. I’m hoping that this smells like a sweetened, fruity, sour combination of lemon and sugar but I’m fearful this will be some sort of Fresh Lemon Sugar dupe (not that I don’t love Fresh Lemon but something different would be lovely) I’m very much in favor of the fruity, sweet version please!

The collection includes a three in one shower gel, a body spray, a shimmer body lotion, a body meringue, and a lipgloss. It’s only available in the Hello Sugar! fragrance but I’m hopeful they’ll extend the line to include other scents! I love the Tempation line but I don’t mind seeing something new like this pop up either!

Wanna try it?

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Click to read about my review on the Fall and Winter Temptations Collection from Bath and Body Works!

Click here to discover a review on Bath and Body Works Sassy Strawberry Three in One Shower Gel!

Click here to see a sneak peek of Bath and Body Works Spring Collection 2008!

Click here to see some of the Holiday Temptations Collection from Bath and Body Works this past season!

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