Posts From December 2008

Sephora France Aristo Punk Collection

As always we never get any of the cool stuff…..

Le sigh!

Take a gander at the awesome Sephora France Aristo Punk Collection:

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Oh my god it’s so unfair Sephora on our side of the world doesn’t have these! They totally appeal to the Muse’s inner goth side!

The gloss is violet flavored and although it’s an outrageous purple it applies clear. The blush can double up as an eyeshadow if you so please! The gloss is 8,90 and the blush is 12,90 somewhat expensive so I won’t be bugging anyone to snag these for me in France but I can’t resist the cuteness! Although the Muse is simply TERRIFIED of spiders she loves collecting bits with them on it like jewelry, t-shirts, etc….hey I never said I was normal.

If you’re in France nab these are your local Sephora, if you’re in the US or anywhere else you’re plum out of luck! *Sniff!*

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Beauty Abroad: Bourjois Paris Cream Blush

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Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation Review & Swatches

I’m somewhat obsessed with Bourjois Paris foundations so when I seen the new Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation aka Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau I knew I must haves it immediately. Lucky for the Muse her kindly friend from across the pond, Lauren, volunteered her time to nab me one!

In the vein of Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is pretty much the same concept with a cheaper price tag! At around $15 USD or so the price can’t be beat for the quality of the product however I do like the Too Faced version a tiny bit more for one main reason which I’ll explain shortly.

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The foundation comes in a large click style pen with a brush on one end and a depressor on the other. Click a few times and foundation will flow freely into the brush allowing you to brush on your foundation and blend into place. I find the brush is useless (same with the Too Faced one!) for blending so I normally just swipe where I need foundation and blend with clean fingers. The brush isn’t the greatest quality in the world and a tad bit scratchy however after it’s wet with the foundation the scratchiness does go away and it feels alot smoother and softer on the skin! Now considering you probably tote powder around with you but not liquid foundation this is a nice little item to have as it’s quite portable without any mess! If you need a bit of touch up during the day whip out and go to town! However, since the brush doesn’t do a fab job of blending you may not feel it’s completely portable friendly!

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The formula is a good deal more watery in consistency when compared to the Too Faced version however this didn’t bother me to much as it blends beautifully well and gives light coverage . I don’t particularly recommend this if you have alot to cover up as coverage is light to medium. I personally don’t use a whole lot of foundation on my face anyway so one click is enough for me to smooth around and create a good working canvas for my other makeup.

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Now the foundation has all but one fault with it. It covers nicely and gives a good fresh look to any dullness that’s residing on my face. I have the lightest color selection which is 31 Beige and this suits me well as it lightens and brightens up my face beautifully. Now these are the strong points of the product however after application of the foundation I get a powder-like dry down which mattifies my face a bit too much. Right now my face is already on overkill dryness and this manages to make my face feel tight. Also it pretty much shouts foundation! As soon as I apply and blend it casts a certain glow to my face that indeed says I’m “made up”. I’m chalking this effect up to the fact that my skin is so dry right now.

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The bad news is I probably can’t use this at the moment however I do look forward to retrying it in the Summer when my skin is oily. Perhaps then I’ll be quite happy with it. I did feel that the Too Faced version was far more richer, moisturizing, and thicker plus my skin seemed to soak all that goodness up and create a flawless and natural look.

Further news on the up side of things……

I also happened to enjoy how very fresh smelling this is! The foundation has a rather nice fresh scent which actually lingers around for a while after application. Quite nice as I kinda like my cosmetics to smell good.

All in all I think it’s not bad at all for the price and will be a great light foundation for Summer-wear however my skin no likey at the moment. I’m not Muse Approving it for purchase since I’m unsure how it’ll work in the warmer weather so maybe expect another look at this when the Summer sets in!

On a side note Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is not yet available in the US and I can’t honestly say when it’ll be available if ever. If you’d like to try it I do recommend visiting MUA or your makeup forum of choice and asking a friendly Brit for a CP.

Anyone tried Bourjois Brush Foundation yet?

Love or hate?

Tell the Muse!

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Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set Review

Stuff your stocking with something mini this Holiday Season. Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set contains four of their popular glitter eyeliners tucked into a cute mini gift set ready for gift giving (or just keep it for yourself, you know you want it!)!

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I always find it difficult getting through a full size of glitter eyeliner so this set was the ideal item to add to my stash of cosmetics. The set includes not one shade but four! Sweet! What’s not to love about getting four in one set right? I’m pretty partial to anything that contains glitter and shimmer (as if you didn’t already know) so completing my holiday looks with a bit of glitter liner is pure perfection as far as this Muse is concerned!

The set includes all of the following:
Ohh & Aah (Black & Silver)
Super Freak (Hot Pink)
Mad Mad Love (Baby Pink)
Stalkerazzi (Golden Brown)

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The applicators are thin and dense for precise application of a nice straight line across the lash line leaving behind a trail of shimmering goodness! Each set comes in a pink box which sports a cute little tag in the back with To: and From: fields. The Muse’s reads: To: the Muse From: the Muse, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas gorgeous! Teehee!

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Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set is $25 USD which works out to around $6 or so per a liner! Not a bad deal considering one full size is $17.50 and that price only gets you one liner so for $25 you can have four shades! W00t! The Muse makes the idea of hauling so easy with her swift and clever mathematics doesn’t she?

The moral of this story is that I loves anything that’s mini and Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set is on my favorite list for Holiday Gift giving to you, from you!

Head on over to www.toofaced.com and check out their other mini sets then come back here and tell me which ones you’re lemming! Inquiring minds want to know!

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Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab Review

Pop Pop Fizz Fizz! Oh what a relief it is!

Ok, we are probably all way too young to remember that one but my mum used to randomly sing it to make me laugh when I was little and it came to mind when I whipped out my Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab last night! Hehe!

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I’ve been using Lush toner tabs for a while and I realized, “hey I haven’t reviewed any yet on Musings!” so here the Muse be with a review special for you! Love me much? At the moment Lush has three toner tabs available and I’m reviewing for you today the Tea Tree Toner Tab and later on this week or next I’ll review the other two tablets!

The “tabs” are tiny tablets, about the size of a quarter, that you drop in hot water and steam your face with. You can do this in any number of ways such as dropping one into a large bowl of steaming water or, as the Muse prefers, fill your sink with hot water, drop a tablet in, and cover your head with a towel! Poof! Bob’s your Uncle! You’ll be steaming happily away! They fizz happily away while the dissolve like your favorite bath bomb which brings the Pop Pop Fizz Fizz song to mind! If you totally didn’t get that here’s some simple instructions with graphics from those kind people at Lush:

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Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab is actually for troubled, traumatized skin. So if your skin is sensitive or acne prone this would be the toner you’ll want. My skin is not sensitive nor do I have acne but I’m curious so that accounts for why I purchased this one!

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I’ve heard various complaints about how horrible this tab smells but honestly I didn’t smell much of anything other than the faint scent of salt. Aside from that I really got no smell at all from this but maybe my nose isn’t sensitive enough to pick up exactly what it is that’s so “horrible” smelling. Shrug! Who knows! After steaming my face with this I honestly felt no difference considering I don’t have problem skin however after my steam I dipped a piece of facial muslin in the water and proceeded to wipe my face. Lush recommends using all the lovely water from your steaming to tone your face with so you’re actually getting two products in one! Yay! I loved this idea! One day, in the near future, the Muse will share her beauty secret and tell you all about an amazing product called Rosewater and Glycerin but for now she’ll tell you that Tea Tree Toner Tab actually has about the same consistency as Rosewater and Glycerin. The tab makes the water feel heavenly and full of moisture so while you wipe you’ll notice your skin feeling as if you applied a bit of a light moisturizer to your skin.

The bad news….

As much as I adored the moisturizing feel of the water, I found out later that it seriously created a problem for my skin. I suspect that since this is for problem skin, that would also mean oily skin. Normally Tea Tree Oil, Water, Etc…is used to mattify oily skin which I think caused my problem. Almost as soon as I dried my face off I noticed that my cheeks had dry, itchy patches! Yak! Even after my moisturizer my skin was still feeling somewhat tight and dry so indeed this isn’t the toner tab for me. I’m thinking this would be lovely in the Summer when my skin is feeling slippery but at the moment this definitely isn’t something to reconsider using!

All in all I rather liked the feel of the water after my steam however since my skin isn’t problematic I can’t report on any improvement. It’s worth trying out one for yourself if you have acne or problem areas you’re wanting to address! I trust Lush skincare with my life so I’m sure you’ll see some sort of improvement after a few uses plus the price of $1.50 USD per a tab isn’t too bad at all!

In other news I had heard that one girl took a tab, dropped it in a spray bottle, shook it up, and used it as a toner! That sounds rather interesting and cheaper than purchasing a bottle of Lush Tea Tree Water! I personally won’t try it until Summer though.

All in all this tab doesn’t get my Muse Approval but I do think it’s worth checking out for those with problem skin!

Anyone try these?

Tried this one in particular?

Tell the Muse!

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Givenchy Holiday 2008: Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Glowing Rose Review, Swatches, & FOTD

Glow on darlin‘! Glow on!

If you’re looking for that perfect combination of blush and highlighter let me introduce you to Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Glowing Rose. I have several of Givenchy’s Blush Quartet compacts and I have to say that Glowing Rose is probably my favorite. The colors all work well to together to give your cheeks a pop of frosty, flushed color!

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The quartet is made up of four shades of color. The primary colors are pink and coral and the highlighting shades are a light pink and rose. I noticed that the two main colors have a matte finish where as the two lighter shades have a frosty, shimmer finish. You can apply by sweeping your brush in all four shades and brushing onto the apples of cheeks this produces a soft rosy glow. By concentrating your brush on the darker pink and coral and applying you’ll end up with a deeper flush to cheeks which you can highlight by using the lighter shades on the cheek bone and contours of the face. The Muse isn’t the skinniest girl around these parts so she was a tad worried at the frosty finish as frosts lends a pound to my already full face. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how very nice and fresh the product looks on. I find it easier and best to simply swirl my brush in all four shades and apply to my chubby cheeks but as I mentioned you can get technical with the shades by applying different colors to different parts of the face.

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I did a few photos for you displaying the blush in different ways as you can get a feel for how it works.

Below I’m wearing all four shades on the apple of my cheeks!
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In this photo I’m wearing just the two darkest shades. As you can see without the highlighter the colors are more matte without as much of the shimmery frost finish that the lighter shades lend to my look!
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In this photo I applied the light shades on top of the darker shades. See how the two lighter shades morphed the darker ones to create a lighter flush?
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Just the lighter shades on my cheeks here!
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Off topic of Givenchy but in case you’re curious I am wearing the Skin79 Gold Label BB Cream that I reviewed earlier this week. Considering that I took a photo wearing no makeup when I reviewed the cream I thought you’d like to take note that this is how it looks with a bit of blusher! When I originally reviewed I did mention the cream causes an unnatural look to the skin but after makeup application the color blended flawlessly with my skin. And as you can see above, with a bit of blush, the color is perfection!

This particular Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet is part of the Givenchy Holiday Collection 2009 so it’s design is extra special. The compact has a new fireworks (although the Muse thinks the fireworks look like little snowflakes!) motif on a purple background. The compact has the standard Givenchy dual flip compact design which has the blush on top and a nifty little compartment beneath for the brush. Normally I love the brushes that come with Givenchy products however I prefer using a bigger, fluffier brush for application of Glowing Rose as it worked better at blending the blush on my cheeks! The brush is nice and soft with standard square head.

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On a side note I think it deserves to be mentioned that Givenchy has recently been cutting the cost of products here and there. Such products as the new Givenchy Couture Palette and Givenchy Mister Bright have all seen a drastic dip in prices. I think we should all celebrate the fact that Givenchy is making luxe beauty more affordable during an economic slump. Bravo!

If you’re looking for that perfect holiday glow the Muse recommends checking out the new Givenchy Blush Qartet in Glowing Rose! It’s a winner for me and Muse Approved for purchase!

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Find out more about the Givenchy Holiday Collection 2008 at www.parfumsgivenchy.com

Do tell the Muse….

Are you loving Givenchy Holiday 2008?

Wanting anything from the collection?

Tell the Muse!

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