Posts From October 2008
Happy Monday everyone!
Just wanted to give you the heads up that Smashbox is doing a one day sneak peek sale of Smashbox O-Plump!
Smashbox O-Plump combines plumping benefits and a customized pink pout all into one gloss! Just like Smashbox O-Gloss this new gloss goes on clear and then reacts with your personal chemistry to create the perfect shade of gloss for your lips but that’s not all, it also has key ingredients to plump lips as it shades!
Smashbox O-Plump will not be available until the Spring but you can get yours today on Smashbox’s website during this one day premiere sale!
Smashbox O-Plump is $24 USD and with Free Shipping so if you’re wanting to indulge best do so quickly!
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Smashbox Gift of Glow Review and Swatches
Ahhh the Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection, truly the crown jewel in my cosmetic collection (at least for now it is! Tomorrow I’m sure I’ll be on to the next fabulous makeup find!).
Many months ago I spotted this amazing collection first at Neiman Marcus and later on Bobbi Brown’s site. I knew I absolutely needed it but I couldn’t quite justify the $140 USD price tag. Honestly, it was worth the cost considering it included two palettes, brushes, and a case however I was feeling a bit reserved and stingy so I kept holding out on buying it. Finally, when I did decide to make the plunge this collection was gone from site and I couldn’t locate it again for the very life of me.
Much to my UTTER delight I located the Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection last week at my local CCO for $98 USD and I quickly snatched it up as I couldn’t, for the second time, let it escape my greedy little hands!
The collection is truly gorgeous and I’m so happy to finally have it and a bit sickened by the fact that I didn’t get it the first time around considering how beautiful it is.
The set includes a mini blush brush, a mini shadow brush, a mini lip brush, a leather case, a trio of limited edition Bobbi Brown Metallic eyeshadows, and a trio of Bobbi Brown glosses. All the items really caught my fancy however I was skeptical of the lip palette and the lip brush. I’m not a fan of lip palettes as I find them very messy to work with and lip brushes are equally annoying as they do NOT apply lipgloss or lipstick very well in my humblest opinion! However, much to my utter delight both the lip brush and the lip palette ended up stealing the show for me!
The lip palette contains three shades which are Spring Blossom, Posey, and Pastel Ink. The glosses are delightfully moist and they simply glide onto my lips leaving behind a perfectly shiny pout with just a tiny hint of color! They are lovely alone or mix them up to create a more intense look! I like starting out my look by using Spring Blossom, which is a shimmery reddish pink, all over my lips and layering Pastel Ink, which is a true pink shade, on top! Posey is a shimmering nude pink which pairs up well with either of the shades in the palette but looks the best when layered with Spring Blossom! Alone or together all the shades are stunning, especially the amazingly soft, moisturizing formula! They glide on super well which makes this palette a quick favorite for me as most lips palettes I’ve tried always have a rather hard texture but these just have an intense glossy formula that really turned my head around and made me take notice! The palette is my favorite in the entire kit and I’m particularly thrilled with the lip brush which made applying a snap. Like the glosses the lip brush is super soft! I’ve had my fair share of crummy experiences with really hard, stiff lip brushes and I’m none to fond of them however using this brush has completely changed my opinion and I have a new found love of of them now! The brush is super soft and just the right size for smoothing gloss or lipstick on lips! I think the brush actually made the palette even better than it actually was since it made my application so smooth and effortless! Truly these two pieces were my favorite in the kit and have really changed my mind about lip palettes and brushes in general!
The second trio palette in the kit included three Bobbi Brown Metallic eyeshadows in limited edition shades Hot Stone, Pink Ice, and Navajo (I believe Navajo is currently offered as a single shadow but don’t quote me on that!). Although the palette is fantastic, the lip palette remains my favorite of the two. In order to create your look it’s best to use Navajo as a highlight for your highbrow area paired up with Hot Stone on the crease and Pink Ice on the lid. I used this method to create my “Pink Satin” look. Out of the three shadows Pink Ice is my favorite, it’s a shimmery pink shade. Navajo is also a quick favorite being a creamy, shimmery gold shade. Hot Stone didn’t catch my fancy overmuch but it does work wonderfully well as a contrasting crease shade when paired up with Pink Ice!
The kit also included three mini brushes and as you already know I am loving the lip brush. Although I run across a few rants here and there about how mini brushes just aren’t the same as full size, I personally don’t find that to be true! I actually love mini brushes and I think they are identical quality to larger size brushes. Bobbi Brown brushes are particularly good in mini size and the three included with the kit are fabulous. Easy to store, work well at applying my makeup, and fantastic and ideal for travel! What more could a girl want? You already know about the lip brush but the other two brushes included are a shadow brush and a blush brush!
And finally the kit includes a mini leather makeup clutch which is quite nice. The case has slots for the three brushes, a mini pouch for storing smaller makeup items, and a roomy main compartment for toting a good deal of makeup around plus a wrist strap.
The set also included a tutorial card for creating your “Pink Satin” look. I was a tad bit peeved that the card suggests using other shadows that didn’t come with the kit. It’d be awesome if they just gave tips for using the kit without offering suggestions for using other items but I guess that’s a minor rant on my part!
All in all the kit is an amazing deal at the price I paid and it was truly a great deal at it’s original $140 USD price tag! I love just about everything in it! I’m super happy to have had the chance to add this to my collection and I know I’ll be reaching for the glosses and shadows daily for creating a subtle, natural pink look!
The look I created this morning was a tad bit rushed and didn’t come out as nicely as I wanted plus I’ve been sick so I’m looking overly tired, apologies it happens to the Muse on occasion! However, the show must go, sick and tired or not, and I really wanted to have at least one look to show you when I reviewed the kit!
So here it is:
As you can see it’s very soft and natural but allows for a bit of sparkle on the eyes and a nice pop of color on the lips! I think with a bit more time I’d have created a nicer look then this but even rushed it does have a nice look to it!
Overall, I highly recommend trying to locate your own Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection if you have access to a CCO in your area! It’s definately Muse Approved for purchase if you can locate it!
The Muse likey, ALOT!
How about you?
Did you luck out the first time this was released?
Did you buy it?
Do you love it?
Are you lemming it now that the Muse has whet your appetite?
Tell me all about it!
Don’t forget to stay tuned next week as the Muse may or may not have a little bit of Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008 to share with you! We’ll have to see!
Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection Review
Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz Review
Fall 2007: Bobbi Brown Metallics Trio Palettes Review
Contrary to popular belief around the beauty blogging world, it is STILL Fall people! I’m positive you’ve been overdosing and stuffing yourself full of Holiday goodies but let’s take a breather for a second and enjoy the falling leaves, the brisk cool weather, and of course, my very favorite Holiday, HALLOWEEN!
In honor of Halloween Lush introduced some limited edition bath and body goodies to scare of some screams in your shower and tube during it’s Halloween Chat Party.
You might have read last year how much I loved (and stocked up on) Lush Ghost Shower Gel, well, good news, it’s back for a very limited time so if you missed out last year you can grab it now!
Lush Ghost Shower Gel 8.4 oz $16.95 USD
Witches Ball $5.95 USD
If you like an earthy, herbal bathing experience you can fill your tub with a Witches Ball and soak your cares away in rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense, myrrh, ad benzion!
The Great Pumpkin Soap $4.95 USD
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a bit of a spicy pumpkin soap to envelope us in the scent of spicy, warm pumpkin!
Lush Spellbound Gift Set $27.95 USD
Lush Spellbound includes three luscious items for your bath! Give it away as a spooky gift or spoil yourself!
I heart Lush so much for creating a fun little selection of treats for Halloween! Embracing the Fall Season and the Halloween Holiday by incorporating fun little items into it’s catalog really makes the Muse an even bigger fan of Lush than she already is!
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Lush Holiday 2008
Lush Easter 2008
Lush Ghost Shower Gel Review
I remember, not so long ago, selling off a kidney to get my hands on MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Petticoat. Lucky you won’t have to sell off any organs to get your hands on one of your very favorite MSF’s from MAC as it’s now available again with the new Sheer Minerals Collection!
A little makeup porn for your eyes:
Is that beautiful or what?
Along with Petticoat MAC is releasing a slew of mineral foundations, Mineralize Skin Finishes, and more with it’s latest Sheer Minerals Color Story!
It’s up and available now at MAC and of course at your local counter!
So tell me….
What are you hauling?
I know I’m grabbing a back up of Petticoat and the other two MSF!
Tell the Muse what you’re getting, if anything!
MAC Little Darlings Swatches
MAC Manish Arora Swatches and Review
MAC Suite Array and MAC Cremesheen Review
The Mysteries of MAC Fafi Beauty Powder
Alexander McQueen for MAC Review
MAC Pro Blushes Review
The stunning elegance of the Estee Lauder Holiday Collection 2008 Vintage Jewels definately appeals to the Muse’s inner glam girl!
All that shimmer, twinkle, and sparkle has me rolling around in fits of excitement. Although the collection has some very interesting pieces I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the one item that really caught my eye is the Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder! Oh my! It’s truly a stunning piece of cosmetic glory!
I seen the compact when I recently picked up my Guerlain Midnight Butterfly haul and I must say it’s truly a beautiful piece of cosmetic. The compact is super sized and contains glorious, silky shimmering gold powder that can be used on the face or the body!
The Muse says who doesn’t want shimmering gold powder for the Holiday Season! As the Muse’s friend Betsy recently said, “One can never have too many beautiful, shimmery powders”! Truer words if the Muse ever heard them!
The powder is available now from Estee Lauder’s site and also available at your local counter for $32 USD. For it’s size the price is quite a nice deal in my opinion and this is on the Muse’s Holiday Hit List!
Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels is inspired by it’s limited edition eyeshadow duos available in Sapphire, Amethyst, and Emerald. The limited editions shades of the Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Duos have coordinating eyes pencils to complete your looks!
In the promo image the model is wearing the Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire. I thought the use of blue was interesting and unusual for a Holiday look as many companies fall into doing sparkling golds, silvers, or smokey eye looks for the Season!
All in all Estee Lauder Holiday 2008 is turning out very nicely and the Muse may indulge her desire for sparkling gold powder and blue eyes this Winter!
Vintage Jewels is on sale now on the Estee Lauder Website and at your local Estee Lauder counter. See more of the collection by clicking here.
How about you?
Anything appeal to you from this collection?
Simply adore the Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder?
Love the shadow duos?
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