Posts From February 2009

Stash Spotlight: Benefit Powders

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The Muse has successfully collected all the Benefit Powders aside from 10. I’ve no idea why I never purchased 10 but it’s def on my to buy before I die list. Aside from 10 I have virtually all the powders even ones that aren’t always so suitable for my skin (Hoola…eep!).

I dunno if it’s the packaging or the awesome quality but I sure do love them!

Jump ahead to view my stash!

For a really long time Benefit Dandelion was my absolute fav of the powders and than along came Benefit Thrrrob which quickly replaced it in my heart and on my favorite list. But without a doubt as of now and possibly always (unless Benefit tops this release) Benefit Coralista is thee most awesome of the Benefit Powder releases.

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With the release of Benefit Coralista I think they opened a brand new door for the powder collection and I sincerely hope and pray they embrace the idea of Coralista and use it to make more great powders. If you haven’t tried Coralista yet the Muse highly suggest grabbing some.

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All in all the Muse sure is mighty proud of her little stockpile of Benefit Powders!

Which Benefit Powders do you own?

Which are your favs?

Tell the Muse!

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Product Musings: Bare Escentuals Glimmer in Azure

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When I recently mused about Bare Minerals Glimmer many of you were quick to chime in about a favorite shade of mine that was pictured in one of my photos.

Azure.

Ahhh Azure truly a great Glimmer if ever the Muse seen one!

Although many Bare Escentual Glimmers are gorgeous I have a special place in my heart for Azure. Truly a versatile color that works fantastically well with greens to create a perfect popping eye look. A wash of Azure over your lids is sure to create plenty of conversation on “whatever is that color?”

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Is it blue? Is it blue-green? Is it teal? Is it aqua?

It’s Azure and stunning to say the least.

Tried and true favorite for the Muse!

Love Bare Escentuals Glimmer in Azure?

Own it?

What do you cocktail it with?

Tell the Muse!

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Sephora Brand Harmony Trio Bronzer Apricot

Remember the old Sephora Harmony Trio Bronzers?

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Somewhere deep in the realms of my makeup pile, Sephora Harmony Trio Bronzers in Rose and Bronze lay in peace.

Lord knows the Muse recalls purchasing ‘em but for the life of her she can’t remember using them! After a while she just got tired of them even thought she used them once at the very most.

However….

Have you freaking seen the new Sephora Bronze Harmony Trio in Apricot? Hello Spring!

Sephora Brand Harmony Trio Bronzer in Apricot is looking mighty fine me thinks!

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Dare I say the bright rose, orange, and gold shimmering shades aren’t fitting in with the name “harmony bronzer”…oh no…these are something special, something more…!

The shades are so Spring-friendly and remind this Muse of candy! I likey, might I have one now please? Count me curious…this may very well make it onto my wish list soon!

Whatcha think?

Have the old trios?

Loves ‘em?

Loving Apricot?

Tell the Muse!

Available now from those crazy kids at Sephora.

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Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick

Nothing gets me in the mood like seeing fellow geek Ely Kim get his groove on!


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The Muse was dancing like this when she noticed that Neiman Marcus has updated it’s website with the new Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick!

Jump ahead to hear (but not see her dance) about the Muse’s excitement!

It’s ok to get excited about things like this:

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One part pretty, two parts pink, a touch of shimmer, and a whole lot of beautiful…mix it all together and come out with the new Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick!

Is this love or what?

The perfect cool pink shimmer for Spring sure to brighten your face up and make it glow and glisten. Highlights with touches of pink and platinum gives your face a modern edge…or a robotic one which ever tickles your fancy!

The Muse needs it that much she knows but she’s left wondering…is this new collection exclusive to Neiman Marcus or will it be launching everywhere?

Whatever the case may be she feels her wallet screaming in protest…and delight…

Dance, baby, dance!

Can’t wait?

Grab it at Neiman’s now!

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Benefit Hello Flawless! Review, Swatches, and Before and After Photos

Benefit has succeeded yet again and has a big winner on it’s hands with it’s brand new Hello Flawless! Powder.

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Fantastically good stuff. Count this Muse impressed!

Jump ahead to hear me rave!

I’ve used quite alot of powders in my day but I don’t think I’ve come across a richly pigmented powder as Benefit Hello Flawless! If you use a powder foundation you’re seriously going to want to give this a try as it truly covers literally EVERYTHING and possibly the kitchen sink too.

The powder is heavily pigmented but manages to remain light and natural on the face which is quite impressive for the Muse. Anything as pigmented as this powder would make me think twice as I’d worry it would appear cakey on my skin but nope, not the case. Flawless is the order of business indeed. The formula is gentle, light, and quite airy. I was a bit worried that my dry skin would look absolutely ridiculous with this on but no problems at all in that area. The powder applies and blends like a dream and creates flawless coverage without any caking, creasing, or flaking due to dry skin. It managed to control my oily forehead and stayed fresh for about four or five hours before I needed to head in for a touch up. Normally I don’t wear powder as a foundation but I did so today and I must say I was looking heavenly as you’ll notice from my photos below. Even my mate Martin mentioned that I was “glowing”!

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Benefit Hello Flawless! has alot going for it in particular the fact that it contains SPF 15. Combining sun protection with a mattifying powder plus one pigmented enough to work as a foundation creates a star of a product. The compact is too cute with a “lit” makeup mirror on the cover and the words “Hello Flawless”. Flip it open to reveal a dual compact which has the powder on top and houses the brush and the sponge, yes indeed two applicators, underneath.

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The powder gives the Burger King motto a whirl for it’s money! It’s “Have it your way” foundation powder! w00t! The basic concept of the powder is it works one of two ways by 1. using the brush to sweep on a thin layer of powder to combat oil, set makeup, or freshen your face up or 2. use the sponge applicator for full on flawless coverage and to cover spots, blemishes, or dull skin. The Muse tried it both ways and although brushing on the powder is fab for a quickie touch up I actually prefer application with the sponge as I felt like taking full advantage of such a pigmented powder (in this particular case more was less). There aren’t many ways to describe the results…flawlessness is the best way to put it, hence the name right? It seriously covers really well and creates a perfect canvas for makeup. Heck, I even used a tiny bit under my eyes and it covers up dark circles in a snap! I checked the ingredients and I don’t see any Talc which could account for why it wore so well on my face.

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The beauty mark test! Now you see it, now you don’t!
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Have it your way coverage!
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The following photo is a makeup free Muse. As you can see my face is a bit dull, circles under my eyes, tired looking eyes, a few spots on my face, and my skin just isn’t looking amazing.

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After a dusting of Benefit Hello Flawless! you can begin to see a bit of better looking skin but a bit more is needed.

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After a full application of the powder my skin is absolutely perfect! Spots are gone, dark circles and tired eyes are brighter, the dullness of my skin is left glowing and beautiful!
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Overall, I’m truly in love with Benefit Hello Flawless! and quite happy to Muse Approve it for purchase. You seriously need to give this one a try as it’s a winner. I’m looking forward to using this as my primary foundation come the Summer and I’m particularly delighted that even though it’s Winter and my skin is quite dry that I’m still able to take full advantage and look beautiful and gorgeous without any flaky grossness. Any certain dullness was quickly erased and I was left looking flawless.

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Who might love this:

  • Anyone who wants perfect, healthy flawless looking skin!
  • Those who use a powder foundation right now but feel like they need something more pigmented.
  • Anyone in a hot climate who needs a powder foundation to combat oily skin with the added benefits of SPF.
  • Those who want a multitasking powder that they can easily apply in sheer or heavier layers!
  • Anyone who wants to walk down the street and hear a greeting from a friend saying “Well, Hello Flawless!”

Loves this one.
Alot.

The Muse thinks you need it.

Benefit Hello Flawless! isn’t available in store until April but you can get it now at www.benefitcosmetics.com

Give it a day or two and the Muse bets Benefit gives you Free Shipping on it too! Remember kids, Benefit ships Internationally too and is offering Free Shipping for orders over $115 USD so get your friends together and form a spree to grab yourself some Benefit goodies! The Muse knows that many Cozy Cotters do sprees so you might want to check over there. Coupon Code WORLD115 for Free Worldwide Shipping!

Update! Update! Update! Get Free Shipping using code FLAWLESS

Tried it?

Loves it?

Want to try it?

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