Posts From August 2008
I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t disappointed when I heard about Urban Decay’s Fall Collection. They are introducing some seriously ridiculously, gorgeous lippies this season which are outrageous and the Muse is busy, busy, busy testing away however I was crestfallen when I realized the eye shadow selections for Fall are all new matte colors.
The Muse is sad.
I heart the general catalog eye shadows that made Urban Decay an absolute cult favorite! Shimmer, Sparkle, Shine, and Glitter! So Muse-like!
I remember when Urban Decay introduced the matte shadows and how many sighs of utter relief soon followed. I just don’t happen to be part of the population that loves mattes so no sighing here!
I may be an itty bitty bit brokenhearted but Urban Decay definately made it up to me by introducing a new gorgeous, vibrant, popping aqua shade! The Muse is all over aqua! Psstt….don’t worry we still have the Winter Collection to look forward too!
This Fall Urban Decay has extended the matte line of shadows with three new shades:
And my favorite….
Can you spell lust?
The Muse is lusting this shadow! Even though it’s matte I’m still loving the fact that I can apply some and dose myself with some heavy duty sparkle and shimmer right on top to make my eyes literally pop out of my head!
Since I’ve never reviewed the matte shadows prior to this I’ll give you a brief low down. They are extremely pigmented, wonderfully silky and easy to blend, and really bold and vibrant (did you expect anything else from Urban Decay?).
Urban Decay Matte Eye Shadow in Electric has “the Muse” written all over it baby! I did a rather outrageous aqua look with it this weekend and applied a ridiculously amount of MAC pigment in Mutiny right on top!
I’m loving this one and I’m slapping the Muse Approval on it for purchase!
Run to Urban Decay and Sephora to grab yourself a pot!
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil Review
By the way…
That happens to be Jelly Pong Pong Lip Cushion on my lips!
As requested after my review of Kevin Aucion The Sensual Skin Enhancer here’s a Face of the Day using it.
I have nothing on my face aside from some mark Glossblossom since my lips are busy being chapped yak!
As stated in my review a little goes a very long way. I used the product as both a skin prep and a concealer for under my eyes.
This is the amount I used on my total face including under my eyes!
And this is what I came up with….no blush, no eye makeup, no mascara, concealer, or anything else. As you can see the product does a great job of making my face look fresh and my dull spots have disappeared!
I have very little to conceal on my face as my skin doesn’t have large pores, acne, or anything else however I do sport dull spots which drive me bats thus The Sensual Skin Enhancer creates a beautifully fresh look, erasing my dull spots, and prepping my face for the rest of my makeup!
I also happened to take this picture without using flash so you can get a better look at how the product works.
I think we should all consider moving to Korea.
Anyone wanna come?
Hot guys, awesome food (spicy kimchi anyone?), and freaking ridiculously cheap skincare and cosmetics!
Etude House has an Eye and Lip Remover for mere pennies and it works a treat too! A friend of mine recently sent over a CP she did for me and she included a bottle of Etude House’s Eye and Lip Remover as a little gift and I must say it’s a rather awesome Steal and a Deal.
Totally a Beauty on a Budget find the only problem is getting your hands on some for a good a price as you would if you lived in Korea.
Knock, Knock! Hello? Etude House? Please come to the U.S.A.! The Muse and her friends here at Musings would be eternally grateful.
Talk to you soon!
The formula is one of those water base versus oil removers that you have to shake up! Once you’ve shaken it up a bit the liquids will blend together and you can wet a cotton pad and go to work removing your mascara, shadow, etc…
I tried this with various eye shadow and mascara combinations and so far it’s gotten everything off without a problem ASIDE from my Beaute de Kose mascara. That it wasn’t so successful at removing however it’s no fault of the formula. I’ve come to the conclusion I need gasoline soaked towels to remove Beaute de Kose mascara! That stuff is like permanent ink!
On everything else is did a simply great job of removing all my shadow, waterproof mascara, and whatever other eye makeup I was sporting toe the day.
Strangely enough the smell of this is kinda sorta like old lady perfume but I didn’t really find it unpleasant and thought it kinda added to the novelty that is Etude House.
I believe a bottle is about $2-$3 USD or so and at that price you can’t go wrong as it works just as good as the Sephora Eye Makeup Remover I favor.
It’s not Lancome Bi-Facil but it is a rather awesome little find should you get it for cheap.
The Muse likes it and gives it a Muse Approval for purchase!
Neotrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
Etude House Spring Makeup Collection Review
Balms Away Eye Makeup Break Up Remover Review
Hey girls (and guys)!
Tis the weekend!
W00t! The Muse be happy!
What’s your plans for the weekend? It’s a hot, humid one here in New York and your Muse has had some sincerely stressful days this week! Yak! So this weekend is all about chill-axing I’d say! I haven’t slept late in about 10 years so I’m thinking a little lay in is in order tomorrow morning with the AC blasting away, sleep mask on, and curled up under the covers! After that a bit of late brunch with mates sounds divine! I’m also thinking a brainless movie or two sounds good….How about The Mummy anyone? Or Journey to the Center of the Earth? That Brendan Fraser kinda does it for me!
I’m off to Defcon for a few days next week which should be a blast w00t! Very excited! Have no fear blogger now has an awesome schedule feature so even while your geeky Muse is away they’ll be posts to be had for all!
How about you? What are your plans this weekend?
Tell me all about it!
Here’s a little weekend link love to keep you company while the Muse relaxes this weekend!
See ya Monday!
Aube Shower Eyes Review
Too Faced Smoke & Mirrors Sneak Peek
Majorca Majolica Fall Collection Website Update
Lancome Maharani Elephant Bronzer Review
Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection Review
Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow Wash and Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss Review
Eyeko Summer Collection
DuWop Cheek Venom Review
Aromaleigh Rocks Mineral Powder Blush Review
T’estimo Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush Review
Aube Gloss Frutina Review
P.S. I’ll be posting the comments, answer, and winners to the Benefit B Spot Contest on Monday morning!
Your Muse hasn’t blogged BB Creams as of yet since her experiences with them haven’t really been the greatest however since I mentioned them once or twice I ended up getting many e-mails and comments about them. I recently reviewed Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer which reminded me of BB Cream so much in texture and formula that I was kinda of inspired to write about BB’s soon after!
What’s a BB Cream? How do I use a BB Cream? Where can I purchase BB Creams? These are some of the daily questions I get in my inbox!
The US market, as far as I know, has not yet been exposed to BB Creams. I imagine we are all somewhat obsessed with our skin within the US but I personally feel like the Asian population is more so and that obsession accounts for the mass amount of products released within Asian countries. For me and other skincare junkies this is pure nirvana!
One of the latest, greatest, popular, and hyped products to hit Korea are BB Creams which is short for Blemish Balm Cream. The craze began in Korea but has since hit Japan, China, Etc…
So what is a BB Cream anyway?
BB Cream is pretty much the end all of foundation, concealer, moisturizer, etc….It’s a combined product that eliminates many products from your daily makeup routine and not only simplifies foundation but also offers key ingredients that we all look for in makeup and skin care.
BB Creams are highly moisturizing, contain SPF, have acne fighting and anti-aging ingredients, plus conceal and lay a foundation for your other makeup.
What BB Cream Eliminates from your daily routine:
BB Creams are so highly moisturizing you may or may not wish to apply a moisturizer prior to using!
BB Creams contain doses of 25+ SPF so you don’t need an extra SPF product to protect your skin from harmless sun rays!
- Acne Treatments, Lotions, Etc…
BB Creams contain active ingredients for fighting off problem areas!
- Anti-Aging Lotions, Potions, Etc…
BB Creams contain anti-aging ingredients to prevent wrinkles and also treat any fine lines you may already have!
BB Creams act as a concealer for concealing under eye circles, baggage, etc…It also concealsr acne, blemishes, red areas, etc…
BB Creams act as a foundation for prepping the skin for makeup and creating a flawless finish to skin!
- Whitening Lotions, Fluids, Etc….
BB Creams contain whitening agents to lighten the skin!
You can see why everyone is so hyper and excited about BB Creams. They are virtually the superman of foundation however they are not without their flaws.
Your Muse has tried about 8-10 brands of BB Creams now and I’ve been disappointed about 95% of the time. BB Creams are NOT without one major problem.
My god Muse what do you mean?! They sound like skin care perfection!
The problem with BB Creams is color selection. BB Creams are not like foundation where you walk in and have an array of colors to choose from. Most BB Creams offer one color option only or sometimes, if you’re lucky, two color selections.
Right off the bat I’ll say if you’re a deeper, darker skin tone I’m highly doubtful that BB Creams will work for you although I can’t be sure as I don’t have experience with application on such a skin tone.
I’m fascinated with the excitement over a product that only comes in a dull beige color. Many Asian girls do have a yellow tone to skin and beige is not only unflattering on yellow tones but just, in my opinion, unflattering on ALL skin tones. Thus my amazement over the hype that surrounds the product in Asian countries. BB Creams are so pigmented that the color will look very unnatural on any and all skin tones at least this has been my experience with the brands I’ve tried.
Another surprising thing about BB Creams is the fact that they seem to be best suited to dry skin. I have many, many Asian friends and about 95% of them have oily skin. BB Creams do not dry matte in my personal opinion and they feel very moisturizing when on so I’m curious how those with oily skin feel about the formula and texture of such a product.
I was recently contacted by a reader who recommended me a few brands I hadn’t tried before that made some high end BB Creams. After discussing it with her I decided to give BB Creams a much needed revisit.
You won’t be hearing about the bad. When it comes to Asian cosmetics and skincare it’s difficult for the Muse to trash it. It’s simply too high quality to snark at which accounts for my lack of posts regarding BB Creams. However, I have decided I’ll start reviewing brands I have tried and the pros and cons of each. I’ll also have an upcoming review on a brand of BB that I do LOVE and again this is thanks to the reader that recommended it! That review is coming shortly so thank the gods we finally have a good BB Cream to rave about.
BB Creams are a welcome edition to the makeup world and an innovation in skin care and makeup that needs a bit of tweaking. The potential for greatness is already there and with a little work we’ll have pure perfection.
It’s hard not to notice that I littered my blog entry with difference adverts of BB Creams. As you can see many, many, many companies in Korea have out various brands of the popular product so sometimes it’s difficult to weed through the bad to get to the good! However, that’s what you have the Muse for! I’ll be sharing the best and not so great with you very soon!
Do you use BB Creams?
Got questions about BB Creams?
Tell the Muse!
Love Korean Cosmetics? Wanting to know more about Korean Brands? Try a daily dose of past posts!
Etude House Moistfull Mask Review
Etude House Spring Collection Review
An Introduction to Korean Cosmetic Brands
Banila Co “Blue” Summer Collection
If you need information about how BB Creams are different from Tinted Moisturizers please click here.