Posts From July 2008

Reader’s Request: What Brush Should I Use with my MAC Mineralize SkinFinish?

MAC New View is near and dear to my heart right now as I am absolutely adoring the MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Duo which contains a shimmering side and a matte side! Obviously, I don’t have to explain why I love this now do I?

A few people e-mailed and commented asking what brush should they use with the MSF and I thought I’d do a quickie post showing what I personally use with mine.

If you have a spare chunk of change I highly recommend purchasing the Limited Edition Brush that released with New View which is the 189 Face Brush. It’s a fabulously dense brush that’s perfect for picking up a light dusting of powder and apply in select locations on your face without giving you a chalky, powder, made up look! This brush is particularly good if you sculpt and contour your face. I’m seriously lemming it just for using with my powders to give me light, natural coverage. However, the 189 is $40 USD and although I have a funny feeling I’ll be heading to MAC very soon to indulge my whim for an expensive brush there are alternatives.

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I’m currently using the 190SE which is a similiar brush in style to the 189 but is much softer, less dense, and flatter rather than rounder. It’s truly great for picking up a bit of powder and blending onto face for natural, flawless, even coverage. This brush is actually a foundation brush but I have a second one I do use for my foundation and this one I use for placing powder just where I want it. It gives me a sheer amount of product that I can build up with ease while not appearing as if I’m wearing two tons of powder. It fits my under eye contour perfectly as well and works particularly great with Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder (Which I’m kinda liking lately!).

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This brush is particularly a great mention since MAC is introducing the Nordstrom Exclusive Colour Forms collection shortly and the Basic Brush Set for $49.50 USD contains 5 brushes including the 190SE! That evens out to $10 USD per a brush where as you’d spend $40 USD and upwards for the full you can nab the mini version for way less!

I also use the mini kabuki which is not available at the moment from MAC but if ye seek ye shall find it on E-bay for $10 USD or so. It’s a mini version of the full size that is released with MAC Sonic Chic and I actually prefer this size to the larger as I feel I have more control on how much product I pick up! It’s ideal for buffing MSF onto the skin and creating a perfect canvas for makeup! Although it doesn’t offer as light a coverage as the 190SE does it works well at building coverage up and covering flaws and larger pores.

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Both brushes are great for use with your MSF in the Muse’s opinion! Do look out for the 190SE in the new brush packs and check out E-bay to grab yourself the mini kabuki! Both work fabulously in conjunction with your MSF to create flawless, even, beautiful skin!

What do you use with your MSF?

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Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil

Behold! Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil!

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The power of Shu compels you! Or at least it compels me.

I want a cleansing oil that brightens my tired, dull skin! This brand new cleansing oil was developed to prepare skin for a radiant, translucent finish every time you use it! Holy cow I wants it now! Dullness and dark spots appear to vanish too! We all needs it now!

I’ve used whitening, brightening products before that haven’t totally worked however I think I trust Shu enough to do the job!

I’ll be definately adding this to my cart and reviewing soon! Click for further info on Shu’s new brightening cleansing oil!

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Get your Shu on with some of my past reviews and posts!

Did you miss my review on Shu Uemura’s Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette? Click!

Shu Uemura wants your lashes to be pretty! Here’s how……

Shu Uemura’s Mini Lash Curler got the Muse Approval slapped on it! Read my review by clicking here!

Raves for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine over here!

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Sephora Atomic Volume Maximum Volume Mascara Review

I indulged in Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara soon after blogging about it a few weeks ago and I’m just now getting a second to sit down and write about it. Ahh the busy life of a cosmetic junkie!

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This is quite an interesting mascara but I’m not entirely sure if I’m smitten with it. At $16 USD it’s probably not the cheapest mascara in the world and if you think awful hard about it, as the Muse sometimes tends to use alot of brain power on cosmetics, it’s actually kind of pricey for a store brand. If you tack a few dollars on or even at the same price you can end up with a designer brand.

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The applicator is the new style applicator that all drugstore mascaras are favoring lately. It’s plastic with small spiked ridges surrounding it. This alone put me off since I’ve had little success with this style of applicator however I was determined to love this and felt like the applicator was a tad chunkier than I’ve used prior to this so that alone would successfully make my lashes awesome.

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Mmmm…not so much sadly.

It doesn’t clump thankfully however it doesn’t really offer major volume either. The formula is very good in that it doesn’t smudge or flake however I wasn’t really loving it all that much. It fattens my lashes up very nicely and I do get considerable length when using it.

I think I’m not in love with it simply because I feel like the applicator can be so much better. Although it does an ok job of application it’s also a tedious task applying as you have to do so very slowly or you’ll end up with a gob of black mascara on your lashes since the applicator picks up so much product. It also takes a few solid strokes to get it all evenly onto your lashes and of course if you’re not taking your time while applying you may end up with clumps that you’ll be combing out with a brush!

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The applicator is virtually useless on lower lashes and fails at grabbing them at all. It does apply a smidge of a product to the lower lash line but not enough so again you’ll be wasting time on simple mascara application by reaching for another brand to do your lower lashes with.

After application I was pleased with the results as I did have a nice amount of volume plus my lashes appeared thicker. However, I’m not sure I’d recommend this for purchase. It’s a personal choice really and it may likely work for you if you like this style of applicator!

I wasn’t really thrilled with it. Head on into the store to check it out for yourself is my suggestion as I think actually seeing it in person may make or break the deal to buy it!

All in all the Muse has seen better!

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Budget your mascara purchases with my review on Maybelline’s Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara!

Read my ranty review on L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara!

Check out my ravings for the SpinLash that makes mascara application a unique experience!

Click here to read the hot mess of Bourjois Paris Volume Clubbing!

Remove and review all your mascara with Too Faced Lash Injection Antidote Makeup Remover!

Click here to read my review on the Majorca Majolica Summer Collection featuring Lash Heat Metallic Mascara!

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Lavshuca Fall Collection 2008

I’m not sure if I should be relieved or disappointed that most of the Japanese Fall Collections are turning out to be a snore this year.

One collection in particular that’s a devastating disappointment is Lavshuca’s Fall Collection. Yet again Lavshuca decided to revamp it’s eye shadow palettes with an array of rather boring shades. I thought I had all I could take with the Lavshuca Noble On palettes released for Spring but now I have another weak assemble of strange duo shadow palettes to contend with.

I feel like Lavshuca is trying just a little too hard lately. The original palettes released were such a gorgeous array of shimmering shades that just worked but lately each new design and color releases seem to be rushed with little thought. The only redeeming collection from Lavshuca in a while now would be the Summer palettes which I will be reviewing shortly.

These shades just look strange to my eye and I’m debating with myself fiercely whether I should be indulging or not. Sometimes cosmetics remind me of a great author. I’m a big reader and I love many fine authors. I find myself buying a new book release from an author that I know has long since lost it in the hopes of gathering that special feeling I felt the first time I read a book by that writer. And so it goes for cosmetics as well! For the sake of collecting I find myself picking up various pieces from collections even though I know they won’t be as great as they were the first time I was lured in by their brilliance.

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In this case I’m wondering if I’ve learned my lessons when I purchased all the Lavshuca Noble On palette releases!

These could very well turn out to be amazingly good but for once I think I’ll sit back and wait for a review prior to being the “first kid on the block” to purchase them!

I’ll keep hope alive that the Lavshuca Winter/Holiday releases hold a special magic that the Fall releases have failed to give me!

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Click here to view my review on the Lavshuca Spring 2008 Collection featuring the Noble On palettes!

Get a sneak peek of the Lavshuca Summer 2008 palettes that I’ll be reviewing soon!

Check out the Lavshuca Winter Make palettes from the Holiday Collection!

Kick back and watch some MuseTV with a Spotlight on Lavshuca Cosmetics!

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Coffret D’Or On Sale!

BoBoDave has a few steals and deals on Coffret D’Or’s original release collection. The prices are about $3-$4 higher than what you’d pay in drugstores but still much better in comparison to some sites that charge $10 or more on top of retail.

In particular the 3D Lightening Shine Eyes caught my eye for the reasonable price. Of course this doesn’t include shipping but still not a bad deal at all either considering that Ichibankao charges $44 USD per a palette!

3D Lightening Shine Eyes HK $180
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This is a private sale available via e-mail only however you got your dear old Muse here to share it with you!

In order to take advantage of these sales you simply have to e-mail a list of the items you’d like to the following address order@bobodave.com.

After that they will invoice you for your purchases and after payment they will ship. I’ve ordered from BoBodave about 5-6 times or more and always had a good experience with the customer service and fast shipping times however I have read many poor reviews as well but I’ve personally never experienced any problems with them!

Other items on sale:

Coffret D’Or Foundation HK $200
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Coffret D’Or Full Styling Rouge HK $176
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I don’t have any reviews on Coffret D’Or sadly as I am still in mourning over my beloved T’estimo so I haven’t really delved into the delightful world of Coffret D’Or quite yet. However, do click around below to find out why I’m missing T’estimo so much!

Happy Shopping!

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Click here to see why I was raving about the T’estimo Fall Collection for 2007!

Read more ravings about the T’estimo Spring Collection for 2007!

Click here to read a brief introduction to Japanese Cosmetics featuring T’estimo!

Read why I love T’estimo’s Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush!

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