Posts From April 2008

When Beauty on a Budget, Goes WRONG!: Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review

Prestige Cosmetics is a low end makeup that’s available in a few drugstores stateside. You may or may not be privy to this line of cosmetics.

Recently while purchasing my Milani Wet/Dry Eyeshadow haul I came across the Prestige Skin Loving Minerals display. The display had quads of eyeshadows and a few blushes. I think I was blindsided by all the pretty swirls in the blush because I ended up purchasing one.

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The packaging was nice enough. The blush came in a pretty simple yet nice clear compact. The cost was pretty nice as well at $6.49 USD. And the blush appeared to be pigmented enough! The bright beautiful pink with swirls of gold really got me excited.

But that’s about all the pros of the product because quality is absolute garbage. I can’t believe it’s legal to sell trash like this. The blush is not pigmented at all! It’s silky enough but when you apply it basically appears as if you are using a translucent powder or something! You get NO color at all from the blush!

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This is when Beauty on a Budget goes terribly wrong!

I seriously can’t help but whine that I lost $6.49 plus tax on such a trashy product! Total rant but seriously it was like flushing money down the toilet!

Grrr!

See? Now you know why I stay away from drugstore cosmetics!

A fair warning if you walk into your local drugstore and are wow’ed by the gorgeous display of Prestige Skin Loving Minerals! Don’t buy! Keep away! They may look pretty but they seriously are not worth your hard earned cash!

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The Muse says don’t buy these!

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Tagged! I’m It! Random Facts You Didn’t Know About the Muse

The beautiful Kia from Yummy411 has tagged the Muse to spill some Random Facts About Me that you may or may not already know!

I’ve been tagged before but I failed to come through on it. EEP! Sorry whoever tagged me before! I’m terrible at these little games!

Ok so six things you may not know about me.

1. I have two small teacup Chihuahua a la Paris Hilton hehe! They are my kids, my babies. I love them silly!

2. I love Zombies. George Romero is my hero. I collect all sorts of strange films featuring zombies. Stuff you may have never heard of. Budget films, crazy grindhouse movies, etc…anything that features zombies and I’m all over it!

3. I’ve traveled quite a bit! I sincerely love traveling and I’ve done my fair share of it in my 30 years. I go to England at least once a year, I’ve been to Japan, Thailand, All over the Islands, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Tons of US States (Illinois, Florida, California, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii, Maine, Louisiana, etc…etc…etc….)…I’m sure I’m missing some! Since I mentioned places I’ve been I should mention places I am dying to go too those would be Egypt, Singapore, Korea, Washington State, Australia, India, etc….etc…! My family used to spend entire Summers in Europe every year and it gave me a great love of being abroad and just enjoying visiting new places!

4. I’m extremely geeky. If you think makeup is my passion you’d be wrong. I’m more of a geek than a makeup lover. I go to Sci/Fi Conventions, Computer Conventions, I’m a trekkie type. I enjoy anything and everything that has to do with the geeky world of science and computers.

5. I am not a makeup artist, I do not work in the makeup or fashion industry, and I do not possess a pro card. I can’t tell you how many times I get asked that icon wink

6. I have one older sister whom I get on with famously. We are not only sisters but the best of friends as well. She’s actually 12 years older then me but it never feels that way! We are always like two little kids, giggling constantly, etc…!

That’s it. And it was kinda hard trying to figure out six things you may not already know about me!

My comment box is open! Tell me six things I don’t know about YOU!

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Visee Spring Collection 2008 Review

Lord I’m sure late with this one! Sorry ’bout that!

But it’s here now!

The Visee Spring Collection 2008 Review!

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Excited?

Don’t be.

It’s disappointing.

For those of you lovely girls (or boys!) that are not in the know allow me to briefly explain that Visee is a brand available in Japan and is sub-brand of Kose who makes a ton of fab brands, Visee, being one. These are sadly unavailable in the US icon sad

E6 and E7
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Without Flash E6 and E7
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Now for the review.

I know many readers were highly interested in hearing about the new Spring palettes considering that the previous release of the the Jewel Crush Eyes were such a smashing success and hit!

Don’t get me wrong these are beautiful, beautiful editions to the Jewel Crush Eyes line up but why they did them in such similar shades as previous releases is really beyond my feeble little mind.

The fact of the matter is that E6 and E7 are practically identical to E2 and E4. It really boggles my mind! The colors are so similar it borders on absurd to bother wasting your money on either!

The good news is I wasted my money so you don’t have too. Seriously, you do not need E6 and E7.

With that being said allow me to explain the very minor differences between the four palettes.

E7 is noticeably comparable to E4. The only difference between the two palettes is the fact that E7 contains a few deeper shades while E4 contains light shades. The main color appears identical to my eye, while the contrast shade is different. E4’s contrast shade is a lilac purple where E7’s shade is a deep gray. The base colors are different completely with E4 sporting a soft lilac and E7 a sparkling white. Finally the liners are a tad different as well with E4 having a purple based brown color and E7 having a smoky purple/black combo. Honestly, once they are on you’re not going to tell much difference between the looks you can create using these!

E7 and E4 (Starting from Top Left: Main Base Color, Contrasting Color, Base, and Liner)
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Without Flash E7 and E4
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E7
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Created using E7
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Moving on to E6 again we have a similar problem with color combinations. E6 is a dead on match for E2. This time the liners are identical colors! The main base shadow is gold in E6 and a softer beige gold in E2. The contrasting shadows are different in E6 is a gold based brown and E2 is more of a copper color with gold. And finally the base shadow shadow in E6 is more of a creamy white gold and E2 is a true gold. Again, same problem as before, you can create basically the same look using either of the two palettes.

E6 and E2 (Starting from Top Left: Main Base Color, Contrasting Color, Base, and Liner)
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E6
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Created Using E6
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Even though the differences appear major they are in fact very subtle and for me the small changes are not enough to warrant purchasing the newest palettes unless you’re a big addict like me and have the “have to have them all” mentality I seem to possess!

I also got the two mascaras that were released with the collection. At the time I was under the impression of how awesome Kose mascaras were but sadly these don’t fall under that “great” category!

The mascaras are not worth your money at all in my humblest. They made my lashes spiky as hell! The formula is great, the wand is fantastic, and the colors available are brilliant but that didn’t add up to a great mascara experience for me!

I’ve since used both colors I got, which were brown and black, and each time I tested these out for a run I ended up with the strange clumpy spike look! If I’m extra careful I do get some nice volume but I have to apply it really slow which for me is a big no! It’s the AM and I’m rushing no time for slow mascara application!

Big boo to these!

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I didn’t yet dive into getting any of the new metallic loose eyeshadows that were released but that’ll be very soon! As soon as I get them I’ll be reviewing!

All in all a rather weak and disappointing Spring Collection for Visee! Let’s hope Summer brings something much better!

Love Visee’s Jewel Crush Eye Palettes?

Hate this release?

Want these?

Tell the Muse!

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mark Pure Eye and Lip Strips

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I’m an Avon junkie lately.

Yea so? And?

Can you believe I said it aloud? It’s kinda like going to an AA meeting and admitting that you do indeed have an addiction!

This is not your mama’s Avon anymore kids. Seriously lately they have been introducing some seriously cool stuff!

Currently I’m really loving the pure eye and lip strips and yes they are sitting very comfortably in my virtual shopping cart awaiting me to hit submit!

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The colors of the shadows aren’t so wow aspiring but I must say that both lippie palettes look yummie to my eyes and since I’m busy sporting nudes and neutrals lately I’ll go ahead and admit that even the eyeshadows look kinda nice! Plus the price is right at $5.99 USD per a set!

Am I the only one loving these?

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Philosophy Purity 32oz Back in Stock @ QVC

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I imagine this isn’t very news worthy but I thought I’d shout out and tell you that the 32oz mega size of Purity is back in stock at QVC.

About a month ago I finished off my mega size that I had purchased last year and I wandered over to QVC for a re-order and was saddened and shocked to see it was unavailable.

Now this mega size is about $40 USD or so after shipping.

I hopped into Sephora and had to pay $32 USD for 16oz…..sheesh………..I could get twice the amount for almost the same price!

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Anyway! For the Purity lovers grab it while the grabbing is good! Item Number A34737.

On to more Philosophy news…..

Have you seen these?

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From Philosophy’s website:

you need this product if…
  • your skin is dehydrated and thirsty for replenishment
  • your skin is dull, devitalized, and in need of extreme hydration
  • your skin has lost its firmness and elasticity
  • you want to minimize the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • your skin is stressed due to climate changes, stress, hormones or illness
  • Sounds like I need these as my skin is always thirsty for more moisture! It sounds like a great fix for Winter skin blues!

    What do you think?

    I’ve never tried any capsule treatments from Philosophy (they have booster shots available as well in cap form) so I am vaguely curious!

    Hmmmm!

    Thoughts?

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