Posts From July 2008

Victoria’s Secret Pink Tinted Lip Balms

I’m all for light, sheer, and colorful in the Summer!

I can get all three with Victoria’s Secret New Pink Tinted Lip Balms. How cute are these? Reminiscence of MAC’s Tinted Conditioner Sticks these little guys are about half the price at $7 USD each plus they are heaps cuter! Just look at that cute little heart in the center of each!

These are definately on my wish list! I haven’t yet seen them in stores but you can click on over to Victoria’s Secret website to check them out or add them to your cart!

The Muse likes ‘em, wants ‘em, and feels a purchase coming on!

Love these?

Want ‘em?

What’s your favorite light lip wear for the Summer?

Tell me all about it!

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Click here to read about MAC’s Strobe color collection featuring Tinted Lip Conditioners!

Click here
to read up a review about Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Brilliant Lip Shine Lipgloss!

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Total Beauty Web Tour

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Viva Woman
ask if facial mists will help set or disperse your makeup.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings tells you what she thinks about Benefit’s newest fragrance, b spot.

Elke shows her favorite trick to getting your makeup on fast in the morning, and have fun in the process.

 

Come readThe Makeup Divas review and see swatches of the new Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection.

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog shows you how to make your eyes look bigger in 4 easy
steps..

Alison of the Advice Sisters Guide to Life, Success and Happiness Blog is a fan of products that multi-task and are travel-friendly. One that’s tailor-made for Summer, is the Susan Posnick ColorFlow, It does a lot of good things for your skin and your beauty routine!

Beauty Tyrant helps you to prevent adult acne. Check out some of these simple but effective tips.

 

Meredith at Daily Dose of Coffee finds another product to encourage her mascara addiction.

Jenn at Bare Budget Beauty gives you tips on looking good at the gym on a budget!

Kari at Fabulous Over Forty discovers the Artemis Woman Personal Groomer. Is it love at first swipe?

Beauty’s SPOT (previously a mineral SPF kind-of-girl) discovers the one and only lotion SPF 30 she will ever put on her face. Ever.

The Beauty Alchemist tries and loves Dr. Ci:Labo’s acne/oily skincare for adults.

 

Beauty Anonymous loves the summer makeup shades of Shiny Sand Beach!

How To Wear Bangs This Summer by Celebrity Hair Stylist Johnny Wright-Talking Makeup.

Glossypink gets a new look and finds a conditioner that leaves her with glossy hair and dollars to spare!

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having a giveaway with Elizabeth Grant.

Beauty411 is talking about the new Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF20. Recommended reading!

 

Did you know the average woman eats up to 9 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime? Try this natural lipstick for a healthier alternative to synthetic. A Mom in Red High Heels loves it!

The Beauty of Life positively melts for Sephora’s Beach Glow Melted Body Butter. She simply can’t stop staring at her legs!

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Weekend Round Up

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I’m heading upstate for the weekend for some fun, sun (with plenty of SPF of course), swimming, and chillaxin’!

Next week is another full week of reviews! I’ll be featuring FOTD’s from MAC Sonic Chic, MAC Cool Heat, and more! Got an FOTD you’d like to see? Holler at me!

I’ve got plenty of Fall posts upcoming as well! Expect reviews on Japanese Fall Collections, Lancome’s Fall Collection, Prescriptives Fall Collection, Chanel’s Fall Collection, and the list goes on and on and on! I have new Etude House reviews upcoming as well which I hope you’re as excited about as I am! I’ve also got my hands on Sephora’s Atomic Mascara plus Philosophy’s New Cleanser! I have a new light foundation from Stila I’m dying to tell you about! Bare Minerals Rocker Eye Kit is awaiting my review too (this one gets a MAJOR rave and a MEGA RANT!)! I also got some killer new fragrances from Victoria Secret to share with you! And if I dig deep enough I can pull a few Beauty on a Budget finds out of my hat too! My desk is like a counter at Nordstrom lately! Packed high with products awaiting my review!

I have so many things to get through and share with you!

Hey, check up where the Muse has made a guest starring appearance this week:

I was interviewed and featured at The Beauty of Life blog this week! Click!

Kiss and Makeup likes what the Muse blogs (and the Muse likes what they blog!) and never fails to pick up on my hottest stories! Click to see where I make an appearance @ Kiss and Makeup!

And finally here’s some link love for you until I get back on Monday to post some new, exciting entries:

Click here to get a peek at the Bare Minerals Rocker Eye Kit that I’ll be reviewing next week!

If you missed it by some chance you might want to click here to visit my MAC Neo-Sci Fi review!

Victoria’s Secret Diamond Collection Review awaits you after this JUMP!

Get a bit of Asian flavor with my review on KATE Glamtrick Eye Palettes! You’ll also see a rather awesome FOTD of me rocking the popular GN-1 palette (or at least I think I rocked it!)! W00t!

Find out my madness for Majolica Majorca!

Read all about the Kesalan Patharan French Eyeshadow Palettes and why I love ‘em!

Check out Eyeko’s new releases which I’ll be reviewing shortly!

Laneige Snow Radiant Blusher has my heart! Click for my review!

Until I see you next I wish you a fabulous weekend!

Much love from your Muse! Happy Weekend!

My comment box is open so definately stop by this weekend and tell me what you’re doing, what collections you’re hauling from MAC, and what you want to see reviewed next!

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MAC Sonic Chic: MAC Mineralize Blush Review

I was very excited about MAC’s Sonic Chic release this week. I have plenty of blushes but I can always use more especially unique ones like the Mineralize Blushes that make up the Sonic Chic Collection!

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If you like rich, bold, vibrant, pigmented colors these will obviously appeal to you in a major way! These are silky, blend easy, and offer a amazing color payoff! The only blushes I’ve seen that have a similar texture and pigmentation in comparison would be from NARS. I actually felt like some of the shades were extremely similar actually! The only difference between the two is NARS charges $25 USD where as MAC charges $21 USD!

Sadly, my counter didn’t get the complete selection so I ended up with five of the nine colors. I’m simply dying to see the rest and I’ll be heading over to bug my MA until they get them in stock! The Muse needs to collect them all damnit!

In all seriousness I’d pay close attention to Sonic Chic when making your selections between the three color stories released this month. Since all three collections have released at the same time it’s sometimes easy to over look awesome products and these blushes fall into the awesome category!

These can be a little intimidating for those who prefer a light touch of blush. They are extremely pigmented and have some sincerely extreme payoff but the good news is with a light touch you can easily blend the color out to create a softer look if you desire! So light to wow is completely optional on how you wield your brush!

One of my favorite shades that I picked up is Pleasantry which reminds me of NARS Blush in Desire and Angelika. It’s also very similar to Barbie Loves MAC Don’t Be Shy Blush. It’s a fun bubble gum pink shade that gives a delicious pale pink pop to cheeks!

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My next favorite shade would be Merrily reminds me of MAC Beauty Powder Blush in Serenely. It’s a dirty deep red that shows up almost peach on my skin! It’s comparable to NARS Blush in Taos to me. Even though Merrily shows up in the compact as reddish I felt like it applied more peachy!

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Next shade I am completely loving is Love Thing! Yum! Lots of pop here people! It’s a muddy burgundy shade that gives a very warm flush to your cheeks.

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Gleeful is described as pink with gold but for me it’s a deep, dark reddish brown shade.

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And finally Nuance which is a pretty universal shade of peach with traces of gold. This is probably the most subdued shade from the colors I picked up.

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Although the blushes do contain a very fine shimmer to them it doesn’t show up on your face at all once blended. These remind me of the MAC Beauty Powder Blush releases because of the bold colors and excellent pigmentation however the texture is quite different as they are baked blushes. I noticed that the lighter shades applied sheer and natural while the darker shades gave a bigger pop of color so if you are a bit scared of color you might want to stick to the lighter shades!

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You don’t want to miss out on these! They are truly amazing pieces to add to your collection! MAC did a fabulous job with them! Of course they get a BIG Muse Approval for purchase! Got get ‘em before they disappear!

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Want ‘em?

Love ‘em?

Own ‘em already!

Tell the Muse!

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Catch up on more great MAC posts!

Click here to see my original Sneak Peak of MAC Sonic Chic!

Check out my review on MAC New View featuring a Mineralize Skinfinish Duo!

Check out my review of MAC Neo Sci-Fi!

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MAC Electro Flash Review

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Hmmm…guess what?

I only got two shadows from MAC Electro Shock and I left the rest. Shocking right? I thought for sure I’d want every single shade once I seen them in person but turns out I skipped out completely aside from buying a single lipglass!

I’m sorry guys! I hope you’re not too disappointed in your dear, old Muse.

These weren’t calling out to me sadly. Where as MAC Antiquitease and Flashtronic offered Mineralize Eye Shadows that were soft and shimmery these just felt a bit chalky to me. They also were very, very similar in color to Mineralize Shadows I already owned. These are extremely pigmented and they smooth on intensely but I can’t quite explain what I’m not liking about the formula exactly. I guess they aren’t exactly what I expect in a baked shadow. If you’re at all familiar with the texture of Japanese eye shadow you’ll understand what I mean when I say that these feel like a cross between a shadow and a cream. This could be one of my reasons for not loving them. The formula is vastly different in comparison to the mineralize shadows released with Antiquitease and Flashtronic.

Secondly, the colors aren’t unique enough to warrant any raves from me. Yes, they are very pretty to look at but it’s nothing I haven’t already seen or own from MAC prior to this. I’ve read some reviews around on MUA and other blogs and most are really great, raving, glowing reviews but not for me sadly. I could be picky but these just didn’t do it for me this time around! I did a few pics comparable the shades from Electro Flash to ones from Flashtronic and Antiquitease. Love Connection is a bit lighter to Engaging from Antiquitease but it’s almost a dupe for the shade in my opinion. Mercuriel from Flashtronic is the same color in the Odd Couple duo as well. I felt like Silversmith was a pretty good dupe of Sea & Sky aside from the fact that Sea & Sky had two separate blues where as Silversmith had more of a gray side to it! The swirl side of Fresh Green Mix was comparable to Tectonic from Flashtronic.

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I’m saddened to say that MAC Electro Flash was a disappointment for the Muse! The one highlight was the lipglass I picked up in Sonic Vibe which is a rather neat shade of strawberry pink!

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Don’t let my review discourage you though! Head on into your local store or hit up your counter and swatch them out for yourself! You may find some color you love!

For the Muse it’s a bust!

Loving these so much it hurts?

Not really?

What did you haul from MAC Electro Flash?

Tell your Muse!

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