Posts From February 2009

Smashbox Beauty Guru Palette

Oh teach me Smashbox! Teach me! I want to be a beauty guru too! I imagine that if I snag myself a Smashbox Beauty Guru Palette I’ll be well on my way to becoming a master beauty jedi.

Beauty Guru Jedi Council in Training

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One can hope that’ll happen….

Gather around now kids and behold the multitiered palette for eyes, cheeks, AND lips.

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Are you excited yet? I’m well on my way there.

The new Smashbox Beauty Guru Palette has everything you need for making up lips, eyes, cheeks, and everything else in between, kitchen sink sold separately, apologies from the artists at Smashbox but you can’t have everything. Settle down now kids.

Smashbox and Sephora Beauty Guru Andria Woods include a step by step guide for obtaining a catwalk-worthy look. Personally, I don’t care about the catwalk I just want a palette with three tiers…is that terribly weird of me?

The set includes a blusher/bronzer duo, shadow and liner quad, and lip color trio with a high shine topcoat. All yours for $47 USD…or all mine in this case.

Although the Muse has been known to hate on bronzers she’s feeling the love for a pinch of pink and a hint of brown to spice things up for the Spring. The colors in the palette all look quite friendly although I’m sure you know what I’m about to say….the palette is a bit Fall-like color wise but aside from that minor rant I like the looks of it.

How about you?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

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Exclusive to Sephora so grab it now!

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Dr Denese HydroShield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum

Ok, all you dry skinned peeps! Listen up! I’m about to divulge to you the secret of soft, silky smooth skin in the Winter. Gasp! Unheard of Muse! I know right? Can’t be true!

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But I promise it is!

Jump ahead to find out what it is that’s making my skin soft as a baby’s behind but be warned once you find out my secret I’ll have to kill you. Sorry those are the rules.

I happen to be a big fan of Dr. Denese….don’t know her? She’s some Doctor that appears on QVC every so often pimping out her incredible line of skincare. Actually I don’t love her for product alone. I love her because she’s so bloody cute. Check it. See what I mean?

Ok, so what I want to know is how OLD is Dr. Denese because I gotta tell you she’s looking freaking flawless. I’m thinking if I start stocking up on more Dr. Denese skincare items that I’ll be looking as awesome as she does when I’m her age. She looks like a little doll. Yeah, major fan girl moment here.

Anyway, I promise there is a moral to this story.

I’ve been using Dr. Denese Skincare products for two years I think. Two of my favs are Dr Denese Hydroshield Ultra Moisturizing Serum and Dr Denese Hydroshield Eye Serum. I promise to tell you about the joys of the eye serum at a later date but today I’ll be concentrating on the Hydroshield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum aka a blessing in a blue bottle.

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What is it?

Expensive as hell that’s what it is. No but seriously, contrary to it’s sci-fi style name (oooo hydroshield how very Star Trek!) it’s a face serum that dramatically softens the appearance of small lines and wrinkles. Well..that doesn’t help me much as I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles on my face….HOWEVER…it gets better promise…the serum is also a super duper hydrating serum that locks in moisture and creates smooth, silky skin. The formula is packed full of ceramides, soy, vitamin E, retinol, linoleic acids, and more which help skin to lock in moisture.

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Granted it is ideal for those that have serious fine lines and wrinkles but I just dig it for the moisture effects along plus I’m kinda hopeful that it does delay the aging process around here. The product is a thick clear liquid which is quite greasy feeling due to the lipid content however it does absorb fairly quickly. You’ll notice in my swatch photo that the formula mimics a lip gloss like texture almost, quite shiny and glossy feeling. It does promise to leave a matte finish behind but sadly I do have to wait a fair bit before this dries to apply makeup which is why I’ve taken to using it in the evening only. Normally my routine consists of washing my face, applying this, and following up a few minutes later with my regular night cream. In the morning my face is simply drop dead gorgeous and my skin is left glowing plus the flaky, patchy areas on my skin are completely gone. I do not use the serum in the Summer as it’s a bit to heavy for me around that time of the year however this is a god sent in the Winter months.

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I highly recommend this for anyone who experiences dry, patchy areas on their face such as on the cheeks. The product is intensely moisturizing and delivers on the promise of locking moisture in and holding it. If you’ve tried everything else on the market and still haven’t found the right moisturizer that keeps those evil dry patches and flaky skin at bay I highly recommend checking out Dr Denese Hydroshield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum.

Loves it!

Big Muse Approval!

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Boots No7 Spring Collection 2009

I get a tiny bit excited when Boots releases a limited edition collection. Granted Boots No7 isn’t the best cosmetic brand in the world but I tend to veer towards it when I hear the words “limited” and “edition” in the same sentence. I’ve been collecting Boots No7 LE items for as long as the sky is blue so of course when I noticed they had a new Spring Collection I kinda did my little happy dance!

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Yes, Yes you can diss on it all you like but I’m still kinda sorta loving it!

Remember kids it’s the little things that makes the Muse happy!

The collection consists of the Boots No7 Petal Lip Tint, Boots No7 Eye Palette, and Boots No7 Petal Blusher. All of the palettes are available in two shade selections aside from the eye palette. The collection allows for a warm or cool look if you so please. I’m quite smitten with the No7 Petal Blusher although I’m not feeling the price range on most of the line which is topping in at £8 to nearly £11 hmmmm….can it be cheaper now please?

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Aside from the price the line up is quite nice and keeping with the Spring theme of things. I’m considering picking it up just because I like collecting these particular palettes but we shall see as I’ve already used up a majority of my Spring Collection budget.

It’s ok, I give you leave to rant over the shat quality of Boots No7 now.

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MAC Hello Kitty Collection Photos, Review, and First Impressions

I’m starting to feel like I’m the only makeup junkie alive who fails to feel the excitement for the MAC Hello Kitty Collection.

I’m so lonely, please don’t hate me (or hurt me).

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New York has had pre-launch after pre-launch of this exciting collection and I’ve yet to attend a single one…..I’m just not feeling the love for Miss Kitty….

My story started some weeks ago when I was busy witching (exchange that w for a b) about the crazy strange goth look of Miss Kitty’s MAC release. Why black? Why god why!

Soon after the Muse decided she’d make up her own MAC Hello Kitty Collection and plea to the mighty gods at MAC to please give us pink and white? No one listened and the fan girls gathered at the gates of MAC Pro hammering the doors down and demanding their gothy black Hello Kitty packaging.

The Muse wept…cold and alone.

Was that too dramatic?

Probably.

But I lurve the dramas!

In all seriousness, MAC Hello Kitty sadly does not excite me however I do have a few odd pieces to share with you today. I will say that the packaging isn’t all bad mostly I’m not in love with the swirly bits but I do sorta dig the black but I must emphasize that the entire swirl effect they got going on…mmm not digging it. The palettes are actually quite awesome as they sport Hello Kitty’s cute little mug and a nice heavy spray of pink shimmer all over the palette! Fun, fun! Who knew?! However, the swirl design thingyamagee takes away from the palette and just makes it rather cheap looking in my humblest of opinions.

From what I’ve seen so far online the color selection looks pretty outstanding and I can definitely see myself loving some of these shades if I ever actually venture into a MAC store to sneak a peek. So far I haven’t been near a counter or a store as it just hasn’t held my interest.

I do wonder to myself if I’m falling off the MAC bandwagon or it’s just that I’m not particularly digging MAC Hello Kitty. I do think it’s a little bit of both but MAC will always remain near and dear to my heart it’s just that it’s been a tad bit hit or miss with me lately.

Actually, the moral of the story is, that I went and took my entire MAC Hello Kitty budget and blew it on a Kindle 2…obviously Kindle 2 trumped MAC Hello Kitty in this current stage of my life. However, I think I still might go and wander into MAC and just peek a bit more to see what appeals….I always say you never can tell until you see it for yourself, swatch it for yourself, and finally fall in love with it for yourself. Blogs are great, pics are wonderful, reviews are tops, but nothing quite makes up for just viewing it for yourself and finally making that decision of whether it’s a love or a leave.

Without further ado here are a few little pieces that ended up in my possession as the MAC fairy dropped them off at my house recently.

MAC Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Quad in Lucky Tom reminds me of Fafi’s release with the lemon (Crème Royal) and orange shade (Paradisco). Following up on these lighter shades are purple (Stylin) and a brown (Lucky Tom). This has to be the strangest mismatch of colors I’ve seen to date from MAC either that or I’m just not creative. Pairing two tropical shades (which I love by the way even though I already own Paradisco in a single) with a purple and brown completely throws me for a loop. Hello, do we has face charts please because I’m confused what to do next!?

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MAC Hello Kitty Lipstick in Cute Ster is actually quite nice for Spring with it’s warm peachy base and golden shimmer. Loves this one!

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MAC Hello Kitty Blush in Fun & Games is another winner for me as it’s a fabulous warm iridescent peach that will be flattering for the warmer weather ahead!

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MAC Hello Kitty Lipglass in Fast Friends is sure to please anyone who likes unique shades of lipglass. The color is a nice purple but applies quite sheer aside from sparkling bits of purple shimmer it leaves behind. Should look fab on top of warmer berry shades!

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And finally MAC Hello Kitty Nail Polish in Something About Pink which my sister is absolutely loving at the moment. This is a nice hot pink shade that should look fab on piggies this coming Spring and Summer!

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Few things that deserved to be mentioned are the fact that, thank god, their are no stickers on the packaging. The design is not a sticker, no peeling off drama, no Dame Edna or Fafi problems here. The design is printed on the compacts, lipsticks, and glosses. Yay MAC! Also I think it’s worth mentioning that I really like this style quad for MAC and think they should embrace it with other palettes they release. It’s a nice slim line design that’s easy to store and great for traveling. I’m enjoying this size and style quite alot!

I’ll try not to disappoint, I promise to do my best and drag myself to MAC sometime this week to see if anything else strikes my fancy but be warned I might not be able to ever get over my depression of the MAC Hello Kitty release. Can we rewinds and do it over please?

What are you thoughts?

What have you hauled?

Get me the Muse in the spirit of things!

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Guerlain Paradise Exotique Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches, and FOTD

For some odd reason or another I couldn’t help but think of Toucan Sam when I seen the Guerlain Guerlain Paradise Exotique Eyeshadow Palette.

Maybe I was just hungry for some Fruit Loops?

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I dunno what it is but the colors in the palette remind me of a bowl of brightly colored fruit loops! Hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing mind you.

Gorgeous is an understatement when confronting the brand new Guerlain Paradise Exotique EyeShadow Palette released for Spring 2009. The palette consists of three tropical (and fruity) shades and one brown shade thrown in for good measure. Hey, they had to have a little balance in there so brown was suitable for just that. I have a slew of Guerlain special release shadow palettes and I have to say this is quickly becoming a favorite as the shades are just lovely and pretty brilliant for the upcoming Spring season.

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The fact that Guerlain manages to bring vibrant shades to a more mature audience definitely appeals. As I get older I’m somehow realizing that I can’t always walk out of the house sporting bold aqua eyeshadow, darn it I don’t want to grow up but this palette honestly makes it easy to wear bolder eye shadows but with a softer finish. The palette consists of lime green, a soft tropical orange, a vibrant yet soft pink, and a rather out of place brown shade. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the brown but I did acknowledge it as a good liner shade. Pairing up the fun shades in the palette is a blast and they all simply work well together. The green goes fabulously with the orange and the pink brings a little something special the to the green and so on and so fourth. Wear ‘em alone or mix them and match them for a cool tropical look.

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The compact itself is a shiny metallic green with a palm and tropical bird design on the cover. It’s a typical classy Guerlain compact with a full size mirror, applicators, and that rather loathsome magnet for fingerprints finish…le sigh. One thing about Guerlain it sure does know how to make a palette that attracts fingerprints in a major way.

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The shadows all have the customary silky formula that I’ve come to associate with Guerlain. In simple terms Guerlain shadows just work. They blend beautifully well and leave behind a silky finish that’s flawless. You’ll likely never run across a better shadow that leaves behind such an amazing finish and Guerlain always brings that high quality to the table with it’s eye shadow.

One minor rant would be that the gorgeous palm design on each shadow is an over spray so one swipe of your applicator and it’ll disappear fairly quickly. This is really a pet peeve of mine when it comes to Guerlain but I try to buck up and not cry too much over it however I’d love to see Guerlain maybe work on a better design that’s more deeply embedded into the shadows that will last far longer than after one simple swipe.

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At $58 USD sadly, no, the palette is not cheap but for anyone who favors Guerlain it’ll seem like a small chunk of change to lay out for a truly stunning palette. This one is Muse Approved for purchase all the way around! Outstanding and truly beautiful. The Muse loves it!

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For my look below I used the lime green as a contrasting shade in my crease and the tropical orange on my lid. I thought it came out kinda fun and it really kept my eyes bright, cheerful, and very awake without drowning them out in a ton of color.

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Overall, I’m loving this palette and think it’ll make it’s way well into the Summer with it’s fun tropical shades.

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