You’ll notice many smoky eyes this season and plenty of vampy lips that sport goth purple and popping red shades.
Tarte did do mysterious eyes this season with it’s new Eye Couture Day to Night Palette. And they definately took on the beautiful smoky eye that’s favored around the Fall with it’s new Indelible Wink shade. Check out more of the Tarte Fall Collection entitled “Health Couture” by clicking here.
Tarte Eye Couture Day to Night Palette
Tarte Indeliable Wink
But Tarte took a step back, looked at Fall, and decided simplicity rules the Season. Be it Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall blushing pink cheeks and just bitten lips are obviously always in style.
Looking Fresh and Healthy wearing Tarte’s Limited Edition Berry Couture Set
Which is why I couldn’t resist indulging my need for blushing cheeks and just lovely pink lips by getting my hands on the new Tarte Limited Edition Berry Couture Collection. This collection includes a Berrylicious Cheek Stain and a dual ended lipstain gloss duo. If you’re anal about parabens you’ll be happy to know the set is paraben free and contains good for you ingredients.
I was surprised to see that the Cheek Stains have improved over time. It’s been a while since I tried one and I recall they used to be domed with a clear plastic cover and much more prone to leak (even though they are solids) when you first unscrewed the lid. The formula has obviously improved with age and they are now completely flat topped and not as melty and messy as they once were. I like this new design and formula alot. The flat top of the product keeps the lid from squishing into the product thus creating that messy leak that you’d get from previous versions. Well done Tarte on improving this!
Yay New design prevent leaks and squishy cheek stain!
If you like a natural, very simple look this is the kit for you. A quick swipe of stain across both cheek bones and blend with your finger tips! Done, beautiful! Follow up with a swipe of stain for your lips and a little gloss on top.
Simple and beautiful for the Fall well into the Winter, through the Spring, and right on into Summer.
Fresh and Beautiful is always in style no matter what the Season!
Might the Muse suggest applying Tarte Cheek Stain and following up with a quick swipe of my personal favorite bronzer! The combination of blushing cheeks and beautiful bronze gives a healthy, fresh look.
I recently ran across Olay Regenerist Eye Make-Up Remover. I loved the price and the idea behind the remover so much that I decided I had to try it for myself.
At $8 USD and some cents for a huge bottle that not only promised to remove my eye makeup but also sported anti-wrinkle treatment that would smooth, hydrate, and regenerate skin around my eyes I was prepared to have the perfect eye makeup remover on the planet.
Seriously, how many eye makeup removers have peptides in the formula? This was some serious eye makeup remover here.
I wanted to love this. I really wanted to love this. But I remembered things that sounds too good to be true normally are.
Turns out this is really not as great as I had hoped for. To begin with it stings terribly. To add insult to the injury of my burning eyes it also doesn’t do that great a job of removing anything.
The formula is a creamy remover that you rub around your eyes or if you want you can pump a few squirts in a cotton pad. It did an ok job tackling my eye shadow but I definately had to do some major tugging to get all the shadow off however it did nothing for my waterproof mascara. After rubbing and rubbing and rubbing some more and finally rinsing my mascara was still right where I had put it earlier that morning. Granted, the product doesn’t actually say anything about removing waterproof mascara nor does it promise that so I really shouldn’t rant but regardless, it didn’t do that great a job with my shadow either.
I liked the fact that it was creamy and I liked the mild, fresh scent of it. I didn’t see too much of a difference in my fine lines after two weeks of use so the promise of regenerating my skin didn’t hold too true. It is moisturizing, wish I could say the same of my other eye makeup removers.
All in all between the stinging sensation and the poor performance in removing shadow and mascara I can’t help but be disappointed.
Today I’ll be reviewing Eyeko’s Touch Up and Go Concealer which promises to wake up my eyes and put my blemishes to bed. I don’t use concealer to conceal blemishes so I guess under the eyes it will be!
Does it deliver on it’s promise?
Although the packaging is super cute, and the price is just right, plus the fact it comes in a click pen makes the Muse happy doesn’t mean that it’s an awesome concealer. The bad begins when the product is only available in one shade…uh oh…not good. The worst begins when you figure out what an unflattering nude, beige, slightly peachy combination it is.
Although it’s pigmented enough to conceal dark circles brilliantly well I felt like the color did nothing for my eyes. The color matches my skin perfectly however speaking for myself and I’m sure many others prefer concealer a shade or two lighter than your foundation. In this case the concealer matches the tone of my skin and does nothing for brightening or waking up my eye area. Although it does conceal my dark circles it fails to create a fresh, awake look and I blame that on the color. The formula is moisturizing and dense while blending very well however the wear is two hours if you’re lucky. It contains a blend of Jojoba for moisture and a soft touch.
Sometimes the Muse gets suckered in by cute packaging and can convince herself the product is really good because she’s so in love with the uber sweet packaging however in this case it’s just bad.
As I said it is inexpensive at £5 and it’s probably good if you don’t mind the color or the lack of wear but personally I didn’t like it.
It’s hard not to notice that the hottest Fall trend this season is the vampy black lipstick. It’s possibly the most difficult look to pull off in the Muse’s humblest opinion. Those lucky individuals that can work it are truly something to envy and those who can’t pull it off seek another alternative to this sexy look.
In comes Lancome with it’s new luxe lip set created by Aaron de Mey, Lancome’s new artistic director of makeup. This kit is $48 USD and contains Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black and Color Fever Lipstick in Piha Red.
The idea of mixing black and red may sound twisted but do take a look at the sexy lip look created using both:
Lips like this call for a really corny Vampire dance off!
Here’s the catch. Only 500 sets are available of this posh lip set! Eep! Time to rush to Bloomingdale’s 59th in November! Or call ahead to put your name on the list at (212) 705-2886.
I put my name on the list already! I know I can’t pull off the goth purples and blacks I see cropping up in different collections this season so I’m very tempted to try this out for myself. You have to admit that contrast of all that red topped by a tiny bit of black is super sexy! Color Fever Gloss is one of my favorite glosses from Lancome do to it’s innovative applicator. Lancome is one of the few companies that have adapted the popular Japanese heart shaped applicator to their glosses. This makes for ease of application in a major way. The applicator is large and saturates well with color, one swipe gets full glossy lips in seconds! Loves it! It’s been suggested that you can also use Piha Black on your lids as well as your lips which sounds like an interesting concept. Black definately doesn’t work on my lips but I’m hoping the red will mute that and make it as popping as the promo images however when all else fails maybe I can sport this on my lids for a glossy smoked out look!
Whether or not the Muse can work this remains to be seen but try I will! You’ll see a review sometime in November for the kit!
Loving all the black that’s popping up for Fall?
What are some of your must have vampy glosses and lipsticks from this season’s collections?
I wanted to let you know of a few new features on Musings if you haven’t already noticed ‘em!
Towards the left hand column of my blog I’ve added a translation device for translating pages into your native language. Just click your country flag and any entry with be translated!
Nifty right? I felt this was particular useful for the many hits I get from China and Europe. Hopefully you’ll find it useful!
Above that you’ll notice a “Sale” graphic. Click this and it’ll bring you to my sale page. At the moment it’s kinda small but it’ll get larger soon! All items on the sale page are items I purchased with my own money. I ship International as well! Many people asked me about selling items and I never considered it but I decided why not!
On the right hand side of the column you’ll see a link that says “Feeling Lucky?” when clicked this will magically transport you to a random blog post or review! Kinda a fun way to add a little variety into your Musing experience!
And finally above my header I now have a Home, About, E-mail, Press, Link, Other Locations, and Disclaimer button.
The Home button will take you back to the first page of my blog when you’ve become entangled deep into my blog and can’t find the 1st page just click it! The About section is obviously about your dear Muse, Click E-mail to E-mail me (Warning: I take ages to reply since Musings generates a gazillion e-mails daily!), Press is an obvious one, Link Love has all the links I visit and love, Where the Muse Resides or Other Locations has places that you’ll find me when I’m not hanging out here, and finally a Disclaimer button warning you against the hazards of listening to what I say hehe.
That’s about everything!
I hope these new features will make you experience at Musings an easier, happy one! If there is something I can do to make your reading experience here more pleasing do tell me!