Posts From April 2008

Beauty on a Budget: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Review

Remember a few weeks ago when I was testing out the Neutrogena Wave? Sheesh forgot already? Click for a refresher!

I’ve also been testing out the Skin Rejuvenator as well. I actually couldn’t use this for a while as I was broken out for a bit and anything aside from simple oil cleanser was all I could use without further making my skin cry NO!

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But I’m back!

And testing resumed recently!

I have to say that I felt like the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator did a far better job cleaning my skin than the Wave. I really liked the Wave alot prior to testing the Rejuvenator but I now find myself reaching for the Rejuvenator more often!

Why?

I feel like the Rejuvenator cleans deeper as it sends off more powerful vibrations then the Wave and the pads that are included foam up better. I’m not only feeling like I get a deeper clean but I also feel like it’s exfloliating my skin as well!

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The Rejuvenator is actually meant to improve fine lines and wrinkles and promote firmer skin. I have neither problem but it worked perfectly great in to give my skin a softer, cleaner appearance! My moisturizer seemed to really like it too as after using this it sunk in much better than it normally does!

I guess I’m somewhat on the hunt to find a cheap alternative to shelling out $199 for the Clarisonic Cleaning Brush and the Wave and the Healthy Skin Rejuvenator does a pretty good job of that!

This particular kit comes with the cleaner, batteries, and 12 cleaning puffs. It works just the same way as the Wave does in that you simply attach a pad to the cleaner, switch on, and begin circling it across your face.

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After you’re finished you ditch the pad, rinse, and you’re good to go!

The kit is a bit more expensive then the wave at about $33 USD but I also felt like it did a better job than the Wave which had cost $12 USD.

You can certainly feel the difference when you switch it on as the pulse and vibration are much stronger!

The pads are pre-soaked with a cleaning solution and you get a bit of a tingle as you use them which is very cooling and refreshing! They foam up much better than the Wave however I don’t feel I can use this to take off major makeup but I do enjoy using the entire unit in the shower, as it’s waterproof, for a nice deep clean in the morning!

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The unit also left my face with a beautiful glow and softness that it normally doesn’t always have!

Overall I’d say it’s definately an improvement over purchasing a unit that could cost $199 or more!

Definitely worth trying out for yourself, young or old!

Tried this?

Love it?

Want to try it?

Tell the Muse!

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Heatherette Trio 1 FOTD

Playing with Heatherette’s Trio 1 today!

It came out crap. I hate my lips, hate my cheeks, but I do like my eyes a bit. I’m also totally pms’ing so my skin is a MESS!

Anyway!

For the longest time I was puzzling over how best to use the palette and then yesterday I was visiting with Silver Lips and I totally stole her Heatherette look! It was pure perfection. I never really thought to use the palette like this in all honesty and I’ve been sitting on it for a bit now trying to think how to incorporate the darkest shade into my look. Call it a senior moment but this was suddenly a difficult task for me!

And behold I duped Silver Lips look and thought it came out rather lovely and user friendly as hell!

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What I Used:

Eyes
MAC Eyeshadow Palette in Heatherette Trio 1
Kiss Mascara

Cheeks
MAC Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl
Lola Blush in Mistress

Lips
MAC Lipglass in Cult Fav (Fafi for MAC)

Got any of your own Heatherette looks you want to share with me? E-mail them to musings.of.a.muse@gmail.com!

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Non Cosmetic Babblings About the Brit Awards 2008

After a bit of a wait the US was treated to the Brit Awards a few weeks ago on BBC America. The original showing was about over a month ago British side I believe and I finally got to sit down and see it for myself rather then go through youTube clips, blogs, etc….

I always appreciate Brit Award shows far more then I do the US ones. I found the Brits really hang loose where as we are so commercial and Hollywood US side the Brits just sorta sit back, kick back the liquor, get loud and enjoy themselves. Not likely in the US Award ceremonies. The UK always remind me of a buncha drunk folk in a pub lushing it up. I don’t normally even like Award shows but if it’s British I’m all over it like white on rice!

The awards were hosted by none other then the Prince of Darkness and his family. I freaking love watching the Osbournes in action. It’s like a trainwreck, you just can’t take your eyes off, particularly Sharon. I love Ozzy and I love Black Sabbath and watching Ozzy age before my very eyes has always taken a little bit of getting used too!

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Ozzy was fine, Jack was fine, Kelly was fine, but I couldn’t figure out if Sharon was high, drunk, or just being a show off in general. I go with being a show off. She’s one for flashing herself around and acting all hot in the pan. She was really, really irritating. I normally find her ok to deal with but last night I felt like slapping her upside the head.

I must say that the amount of weight that Jack and Kelly have taken off is amazing and they really look very healthy and beautiful. Not that they weren’t before but they just look very cleaned up and mature. A big improvement over the old Kelly and Jack for sure.

The strangest part of the entire night was when Sir Ian McKellen got up to present and proceeded to say, “If you’re wondering (and I was wondering) what I’m doing at the Brits, I’m here to meet MIKA!”

At this point I gulped my tea the wrong way and spurted it back out at the TV. Wow. Way to out a guy Ian! I love me some Ian but this might be a bit too much considering how private Mika is about his sexuality and which side he’s pitching for. I imagine at this point the poor guy crawled under his table and prayed for death!

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The Muse’s favorite Doctor made his special appearance at the awards and general drool, panting, and such occurred as he walked on stage to present. David has a knack for swinging around the court in a manly manner or last night in this particular case he displayed his metrosexual sense of flair and style with a close fitting jacket and a ultra cute t-shirt with a star emblem. We love you David, you’re a god. He presented the award to Kylie whom walked right into David’s arms as I stared daggers at the screen. I felt a bit of chemistry there…hmm the girlfriend is going to be jealous David you cheeky little monkey! I almost threw the TV out the window at this point since I was gagging so hard watching Kylie’s little botox arse hug David so hard but I realized I had a good hour left of the show so best keep the telly sitting where it was!

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Amy Winehouse was surprisely sober during all this fanfare or at least she looked slightly sober. Her voice, as always, was beautiful. Her hair was in some decent sort of order, decent for Amy anyway. I suspect she took a few downers in the back prior to going on stage because damn she was very mellow. I almost didn’t recognize the “unwired” Amy!

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Rihanna was looking beautiful as always! I can totally understand why this chick’s legs are insured for a million bucks!

Oh Lord I’m embarrassed for Sharon!

I think the major highlight of the night was the brief 20 seconds that Jonathan Rhys Meyers hopped on stage to present. He was looking smoking HOT! We aren’t exposed to enough JR here in the states. Please can it be Jonathan Rhys Meyers time all the time? Thanks the Muse appreciates it!

We know why you like his album Jonathan!

I was also loving the Arctic Monkeys! They looked sweet as pie in my humblest! That could be a bias opinion as I love them so much!

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All in all an interesting night of beautiful brits!

Did you see it?

It should be available on youTube by now!

Do share if you watched!

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Indonesian Cosmetic Brands

My post on Korean brands was very popular and it inspired me to do more posts about brands that can be found abroad!

I thought I’d branch out and do a few posts like this and will be bringing you a few brands from all around the world that might interest you!

Here at Musings I have quite a range of readers from all over the world so why not do a bit of a spotlight on different brands found in different countries!

I find these posts particularly enjoyable and I think that you as a reader might as well! Being overly exposed to many brands here in the US I get tired of seeing the same things over and over again and being the cosmetic junkie I am I love the thrill of a new brand that’s unattainable here in the US.

Today I thought I’d focus on Indonesian Cosmetic Brands. Indonesia has the standard line of cosmetics that you can pretty much find here in the US but they also have a few interesting brands that I’ve been privy too and find interesting one of which is PAC Beauty.

PAC Beauty is a lovely brand that has a wide selection of interesting colors and products to choose from!

The Spring release entitled Glitz and Gold looks particularly interesting!

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The selection available is vast but it holds little appeal to me due to it’s rather boring packaging although the eyeshadow stackables are interesting enough and similar in style to MAC pigments only smaller in size!

Stackable Loose Eyeshadows
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Some color selections available in the loose shadow catalog!
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Lip Rouge
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Lipglosses
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Out of the entire line what I enjoyed most is the adverts and interesting face charts they have created using the color combos available in there catalog! I actually find the advertisement for the collection much more attractive and appealing then I do the actually cosmetics. Again this could be do to packaging but it looks a tad on the cheap side however if I can create some of the looks below I’d say it’s well worth my hard earned cash!

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A particular favorite advert of mine! I love the contrast of the black and white photo and beautiful green shadow on her eyes!
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The goddess series adverts are amazingly well done as well! There are four total rotating and each is more dramatic then the last!
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I’ve never tried anything in the line aside from two loose eyeshadows which were both highly pigmented aside from that I’ve never been curious enough to dive into anything else they offer! Although the advertising is beautiful, packaging always sells the cosmetic to me and this sadly fails in that department!

Sariayu is another brand available within Indonesia. Sadly, the brand is also equally as boring packaging wise as Pac Beauty although they do incorporate some fun colors into the packaging!

Sariayu carries a range of cosmetics as well as haircare, skin and body care, and herbal supplements which translates as it’s your one stop shop for beautifying your entire self inside and out!

Although the line has a wide range of colors available the product list is small and only includes some lipsticks, glosses, eyeshadow, and blush for the point makeup. This basically consists of very simple eyeshadow palettes and nothing too elaborate.

Lipsticks
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Eyeshadow Palette
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Blush Palette

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Even though the packaging fails to wow me it deserves to be mentioned that the shades are very flattering and in complimenting with the modern Indonesian girl’s coloring and skintone in mind! For example see below adverts from the past and how gorgeous the cosmetics look on the models skintone and type!

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These particular adverts are about 10 years old but notice the beautiful juicy red lips and lovely greens and golds that compliment the look of the model perfectly! I truly love these looks and wish I could pull off a similar style!

All and all I don’t particularly like the style of packaging and feel it needs a bit of a revamp however the line is interesting if nothing else!

Finally last on my hit list for Indonesia is Caring Colours. Caring Colours is really a tiny line as far as I know (do correct me if I’m wrong). They carry the typical point and base makeup products but the colors combinations are nothing wow aspiring and the catalog is very basic with little frills!

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I do love the eyeshadow trios available though as they come in some wonderful color combos that compliment each shade in the palette perfectly!

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Indonesia has the promise of some interesting brand but fails the Muse with it’s poor packaging options!

However, the uniqueness and different products carried throughout each line definately holds some appeal!

Indonesia carries standard drugstore brands as well such as L’oreal, Revlon, Etc..however the true promise lays in what is exclusively available to it’s country alone and these are some brands you might find in your local Indonesian drugstore!

Anyone from Indonesia?

Interested in these brands?

Curious to hear more Beauty Abroad posts?

Speak to the Muse!

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You might have missed my post on Korean brands if so have a click over here to catch up and read all about it!

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Lee Jun Ki or Shin Sung Woo?

Ok I need some help.

I’m debating with myself on ordering two DVD’s so I thought I’d ask you lovely ladies to see if you’ve seen them yet.

First one is Virgin Snow.

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I heart Lee Jun Ki in a major way. He’s so bloody cute and all that emo crying in My Girl just makes me want him more! I really should feel like biatch slapping him after all that sniffling but it just made me sit there with a box of tissues while yelling at the telly screen “Pick me damnit! Pick me!”

I admit the fact that the cover art displays his hair all chopped off is slightly turning me off but he did look kinda sorta hot with it cut short in Time Between Dog and Wolf BUT even though it was short it still had the fem edge too it. Seriously obviously Lee Jun Ki is hot because he got a major bish?nen vibe going on. Don’t even deny you don’t think he’s hot because of that! I’ll call your lie out if you do!

The Muse no likey short hair!
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Ahhh much better! The Muse likey alot! Why oh why did he chop it all off?
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Anyway!

Who’s seen Virgin Snow? And is it worth buying?

Second on my list is Country Princess.

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Obvious reasons why I want this. Shin Sung Woo.

But I dunno I’m not so into the story line!? Seems to typically K-Drama for me.

Anyone see it?

Comment box is open! I could sure use the recommendations as I don’t wanna splurge out $70 for a new K-Drama that’s going to put me to sleep and as for Virgin Snow it’s not so expensive but I’m in high debate if I want it. I could always turn the volume off and just stare at the screen drooling but then it’d cost me $20 to do that!

So give me recs!

Thank ye!

The Muse loves you with all her heart!

PS JUST THESE TWO! Please don’t hang out in my comment box being evil and recommending me K-Drama’s left and right otherwise I won’t likes you any more! You know how I am when it comes to this stuff and if you start rec’ing me titles I’m going to end up with a cart full of 24 episode Korean Dramas! Be nice to the Muse she hasn’t even watched the last one’s you recommended her!

I’m kidding of course icon wink I love when you guys rec me stuff but be gentle as I’m picturing the comments flying now about what I should or shouldn’t be watching and my cart getting bigger and bigger and bigger as I trust your opinions on this serious, serious matter hehe!

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