Posts From December 2008

Bourjois Paris Liner Effect Mascara Review

The thing about Bourjois Paris Liner Effect Mascara is that you need a doctrine in brain surgery to apply it correctly.

Move over people! McDreamy will now show us the proper way to use Bourjois Paris Liner Effect Mascara! He’s the brain surgeon around here after all.
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After the initial steep learning curve of teaching myself to apply the newest Bourjois Paris mascara I have to say I’m quite happy and I like it alot! The mascara has a dual sided wand which has longer plastic bristles on one end and shorter on the other. In order to apply correctly I find that swiping on the mascara with the short bristles first and brushing through with the longer bristles creates beautifully long, full lashes.

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My first use with the mascara was a hot mess which basically left me with brutally clumped up lashes, mascara on my lids and highbrow, and just an utter and complete mess. Normally at this point I’d have probably shoved it away and decided it was trash but for some reason I was compelled to try again and much to my delight I was successful at creating a rather great look and my lashes were looking quite awesome!

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The mascara promises to give a finish to lashes so it appears as if you applied liner to your eyes however I honesty didn’t notice much of a difference in this aspect. With proper application you will have plenty of volume, nice, plump lashes, and a gorgeous full look. I don’t recommend the mascara for those of you with shorter, stubbier lashes as I think it would present major clumping woes however if your lashes are nice and straight this will work at creating volume as well as nice curl.

I liked this one alot and I do Muse Approved it for purchase however it does take a bit before learning the correct way to apply so don’t give up on it right away and shove it off as trash! The Muse felt the same but ended up loving it later!

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Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer Review

Continuing my concealer coverage I’ve been trying out Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer. Now not all of my concealers contain SPF so I was quite delighted when I noticed that Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer had an SPF of 25. I’m sitting and raking my brain (which isn’t working very well the past week or so) trying to recall a single concealer in my arsenal that sports such a high SPF 25 and I can’t think of a single one…..Hmmmm….I love the fact that it conceal and offers SPF for my delicate eye area! Sweet!

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If you’re a fan of Benefit Boi-ing (the Muse’s holiest of holy grail concealers) this is pretty comparable in formula and coverage. Taking into consideration that Bobbi Brown’s line up of concealers is highly moisturizing and emollient you may seek something a bit more drier in texture if you’re skin is oily or you’re just not loving a formula such as Bobbi’s. Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer is quite a good deal drier but still manages to remain creamy while offering medium to full coverage. If you love Benefit Boi-ing but you are finding coverage isn’t enough or disappointed that it’s only available in three shades this would be a good duplicate with more color options and just about the same formula plus pigmented enough to hide all your woes.

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I actually loved this as it creates good flawless coverage under my eyes without creasing, pilling, or fading. It pretty much lasts all day with little to no touch ups in between. Sadly, if I don’t prep properly it does have a nasty habit of drying my eye area out drastically which is the reason I stopped using Boi-ing. I’m unsure if I’d recommend it for older eyes, fine lines, or dry eyes as the formula can age eyes if you haven’t properly prepped. I think it blends quite well but I really do need to moisturize heavily with both an eye cream and a serum prior to use. I’ll continue using the compact I currently have but I probably will debate with myself should I need to repurchase just because my eyes are so terribly dry and can’t take this particular formula. I so love my Benefit Boi-ing and I honestly felt like the Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer was a near perfect dupe for it…mmmm..if we can just have a bit more of a creaminess to the formula that may help solve the problem of my dry under eye woes!

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All in all I’d recommend checking this out if you have normal to oily skin minus any dryness. I think coverage is excellent for hiding small to large problems. It does a great job of refreshing the eye area and making it brighter and more awake.

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Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal Rose by Night Review, Swatches, and FOTD

I’m kinda still on my bubblegum pink gloss craze! Remember when I was all about shades of bubblegum pink?

With Givenchy Holiday 2008 they introduced thee most gorgeous shade of pink and the Muse had to have it to add to her array of pink glosses! Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal in Rose by Night is a sheer, shimmering pink shade sure to suit your cooler Holiday looks this season! The beautiful rosy shade has a healthy dose of shimmering gold and pink with a nice base pink shade that’s pretty much pigmented to wear on it’s own or over your favorite lipstick. Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal has just the right amount of tack so your gloss lasts for quite a while between touch ups. As for the packaging it’s done in the new fireworks theme for the Givenchy Holiday Collection 2008. Pretty!

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Sportin’ Givenchy Pop Gloss Crystal in Rose by Night
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All in all I think it’s well worth checking out the two newest shades available for the Holiday Collection! So far I’ve only tried Rose by Night but I have my eye on the Plum by Night now too! It shall be mine!

Both shades are Muse Approved for purchase!

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Givenchy Pop Crystal in Rose by Night is available for a limited time with the Givenchy Holiday Collection so best get it while the getting is good!

Check out Sephora and Givencvhy for further information!

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Bobbi Brown Free Holiday Makeup Lessons

Bobbi Brown counters all over the country are offering free holiday makeup lessons! Sweet! Click and Print the image below and bring it with you to your local counter to let Bobbi Brown add a bit of sparkle, shine, and shimmer to your holiday looks!

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No need for an appointment just stop by your local counter anytime! Click here to find your nearest Bobbi Brown counter!

Don’t forget to take pics! The Muse wants to see you all pretty like thanks to a Bobbi Brown Makeup Artist!

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Demeter Pick Me Up Cologne Spray Junior Mints Review

Am I the only one that associates mint with the Holidays? I dunno what it is but I always love minty fresh scents when Christmas comes to town!

Maybe it’s the candy canes or the cold winter air that gets me all hyped over mint? Who knows!

How about…chocolate and mint? Now that’s a marriage most divine! Since the Muse doesn’t mind in the least smelling edible she finds that Demeter Pick Me Up Spray in Junior Mints does the trick to get her in a festive mood! A bit of creamy mint and a whole lot of chocolaty goodness combined creates a cooling, minty fragrance that’s dominated with deep notes of chocolate….indeed it smells good enough to eat!

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You may very well find the idea of wanting to smell like mint and chocolate quite obscure but the Muse thinks it fits her personality perfect and makes for some rather quirky conversation of “Wow, what are you wearing!?”

Head over to www.demeterfragrance.com to check out Junior Mints! And do have a look at the new Hershey Collection and tons of gift sets available for the upcoming holidays!

What’s are some weird blends you like?

What are some that remind you of the holiday season?

Tell the Muse!

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