Posts From February 2009
My very good friend Iris has information about the new Bobbi Brown Platinum Collection releasing in Japan March 19th and boy does it look amazing!
I sure do hope we’ll be getting this collection in the US as it looks quite lovely.
Jump ahead for a few images from the collection and visit with Iris for further details and photos by clicking here!
Man, the Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Platinum is screaming my name and that silver cream shadow, loving all over it.
Please Jebus can we haz this collection in the US?
Oh woe is the Muse. She resigned herself to not ordering anything from the Lush Valentine’s Day selection this year but than she seen this year’s Lush UK Valentine’s Day offerings and she’s finding it difficult to resist it’s evil lure!
Jump ahead to read more about Lush UK Valentine’s Day 2009.
I’ve already discussed the Lush NA Valentine’s Day releases and although they looked lovely I had decided I really didn’t any of it. I did think that Lush UK would stick to the same round up but noooooooo they had to go and do some items that are exclusive to their side of the pond that I’m so lemming now!
Lately the release after release of B fragrances in Lush soap format is absolutely thrilling to me. First Cocktail, followed by Keep It Fluffy, and now beautiful Love! Oh love, sweet love!
Love is one of my favorite scents from B Never so I’m thrilled they made it into a soap! Yay!
If you love girlish scents you’ll really enjoy a heart shaped, limited edition Mmmmm Melting Marshmallow Moments! Softens up your bath water and offers extra moisturizing and beautiful scent. Gather up a SWALK and spoil yourself!
Taking it’s newest Bath Bomb, Vanilla Fountain, and making it into a fragrant massage bar is a clever idea to say the least! Heavanilli Massage Bar is sure to please the vanilla lovers out there!
Lush UK ships worldwide so if you’re wanting to cure that lemming you can order now at www.lush.co.uk
If you haven’t experienced the full potential of your foundation you may want to try out Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation.
Creamy, moisturizing, and richly pigmented this foundation is sure to cover all your woes and leave behind flawless, even skin.
For most of my makeup life I’ve used cream foundations not liquids, not powders, but cream. I find cream works best for my dry skin and offers great coverage however cream is a tricky little product as it wears off considerably quicker than powders and liquids or at least that’s been my experience. Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation is probably the most pigmented cream foundation I’ve tried before so anyone who has serious skin woes may likely like how much coverage you can get out of a simple pot.
Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation is made up of two shades of foundation so each pot offers the ability to blend the perfect shade to match your skin. This is quite like my own personal favorite foundation of choice, Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight palette, so I’m quite used to blending two shades for a good match. I particularly like having the option of two shades since some days I need to go lighter and others I need a bit darker or just blend the two for a perfect me match.
Actually their is some confusion whether or not Full Potential Foundation is indeed a foundation or a concealer or both. In answer to this question you’ll find that Full Potential actually multitasks as both. I have this in medium and sadly it wasn’t particularly great at concealing my under eye circles simply because the medium shade looked too “natural” for me. I prefer my concealer to be a few shades lighter and a more natural look makes me look tired however I do think anyone with serious dark circles will absolutely be thrilled with the intense coverage this provides. I did find it was a teeny tiny bit too dry for my under eyes though!
It’s best to keep a few key factors in mind when using this. Remember to prep your face fully prior to use. Moisturize well, prime, and apply a good base that will allow the foundation to ease onto face easily as the formula isn’t all that creamy and takes a bit of work to buff on. I highly suggest grabbing the Tricia Sawyer Foundation Brush for application as it’s a nice small brush head that gets into the pot easily and buffs the foundation perfectly onto skin. Remember, it’s very important to use a small amount of product to start (likely a small amount will be all you need) and later if you need more you can build up coverage. The product is rich in pigmentation and using too much will make you look quite “made up” so to speak.
The formula is oil free so it’s feels quite weightless on (if you use the correct amount that is). Interestingly enough it almost feels like a mineral foundation and has a powder like dry down on the face. Luckily, the finish of the foundation doesn’t interfere with my dry skin and wears well. The powder-like finish does make me wonder how well it would work for oily skin so I’ll have to wait for Summer to find out.
This comes in four shades and as I mentioned above I tried medium but I do think light would have been a better match considering I like wearing my foundation a shade or two lighter than my natural skin tone. I thought that medium was too beige for me but it still wore quite well just not what I’m used too.
The Tricia Sawyer Foundation Brush I mentioned earlier on is quite good and I’m glad I had it for application. It fits the contour of my face quite well and makes buffing foundation on easy! It’s now a favorite go to brush for foundation application as it’s small head size fits easily under my eyes, on the sides of my nose, etc…quite a nice little brush.
All in all quite a few people would absolutely love the benefits of Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation especially if they have major problem areas that need extra coverage. I’m still in my testing phase and I haven’t quite decided if I love it yet but I definitely like what I’ve tried so far!
Who would might love it?
- Anyone who has acne scarring, large pores, or other skin problems they want to hide with a pigmented foundation.
- Those with dry skin who prefer a cream foundation that doesn’t settle into fine lines, age your skin, or flake up.
- Those who like their foundation to perform double duty as a means of coverage for both the face and the under eye area.
Overall, the product has some seriously great points and I think it could hide pretty much any drama you may be experiencing on your face. Particularly I think it could possibly be a wonder treatment for covering major problems.
Visit with Tricia Sawyer for more info about this fine foundation or drop by Sephora who carries the entire like of Tricia Sawyer Cosmetics.
Clarins Spring Collection includes a new generation of eyebrown pencils that are sure to please if your eyebrows need a little pick me up!
Jump ahead to learn more!
Clarins Eyebrow Pencils have a soft yet solid texture that glides on leaving behind a well define eyebrow that finishes your complete makeup look.
The dual ended pencil includes a sharpener on one end that’s conveniently built into the cap and an eye brush on the other end for getting unruly brows back into shape.
Clarins Eyebrow Pencil are available in three shades:
- Dark Brown
- Light Brown
- Soft Blonde
If your eyebrows are in need of helping hand check these out at your local Clarins for $23 USD or visit us.clarins.com
The Muse so needs a vacation! Please just take me away.
She can’t exactly leave at the moment since her office is chaos around this time of the year so she’ll have to depend on Michael Kors to take her away.
Island Michael Kors Bermuda should suffice at taking me away from the cold, Wintery weather and make me feel just like I’m on a tropical island!
Jump ahead to be transported to Bermuda!
Island Michael Kors Bermuda easily transports this Muse to a beautiful tropical island with the lingering scent of Hibiscus, Cassis, Passion Flower, and Pink Peony.
In his newest destination fragrance, Michael Kors manages to bottle Bermuda and bring it to you in a pretty pink package. This soft floral blend is calming and beautiful, sure to please those who like a clean, floral scent.
Bring paradise to your beauty regime with the complete Island Michael Kors Bermuda Collection which includes:
- Island Michael Kors Bermuda Eau de Parfume Spray $62 USD
- Island Michael Kors Bermuda Moisturizing Body Lotion $28 USD
- Island Michael Kors Bermuda Lip Gloss $12 USD
So far I’ve only tried out a sample of the lotion and it’s simply luscious so I’ll be quickly snatching up a bottle of the EDP for myself as hey it’s the next best thing to getting to Bermuda at the moment!
The fragrance will be available February 2009 at Bloomingdales
, Neiman Marcus
, and Sephora
Do check it out as it’s quite a beautiful blend!
The Muse likey and Muse Approves it for purchase.
For more Michael Kors visit www.michaelkors.com
Prescriptives made a wise choice dubbing it’s new primer “Flawless Face” as it indeed delivers on the promise of a flawless face.
The Muse has been burnt by primers before and particularly isn’t a fond fan of Smashbox Photofinish. Can you say itchy and acne? Ack! I normally chalk up almost all primers and compare them to Smashbox Photofinish which makes me generally wary of attempting to test any out but I’m sure glad I said yes to Prescriptives Flalwess Face Primer as indeed it’s a great find!
I don’t need a primer to cover lines or pores but I do need one to help keep my foundation fresh, aid my foundation to apply easily, and allow my foundation to look flawless when on. Prescriptives Flawless Face Primer does all three quite successfully!
I hate silicon based primers since they tend to pill on my face and also cause me to itch and break out. Pilling, if you’re not familiar with the word, is an effect of product coming off the skin in little rolls and clumps that resembles skin…yuk! Eye creams are legendary for pilling and primers in my case as well. Prescriptives does have a bit of silicon feel to it’s formula but it manages to feel moisturizing when applied and does not pill. This is oil free so it absorbs easily without leaving behind a greasy feeling or causing itching and acne later on!
The primer gives skin a smooth, even texture to allow foundation to apply easily and seamlessly while making it last longer. It’s quite thick so it should work quite well at filling pores, fine lines, and other problem areas you might have. For me it’s a combination product as it acts as a primer but also illuminates my face due to it’s pearl like finish. I really like this one and I imagine I’ll repurchase it once I’m done.
Overall, the product allows my foundation to glide on easily, keeps my foundation fresh for 2 to 3 hours longer than usual, and allows my face to look flawless and perfect so indeed it keeps many of the promises it makes.
Who should try it?
- Anyone will large pores, fine lines, or imperfections that need extra prepping prior to foundation use.
- Those who desire a flawless, even complexion.
- Anyone who wants their foundation to look and stay fresh for hours on end.
Prescriptives Flawless Face Primer is $27.50 USD and available now from www.prescriptives.com
What’s your primer of choice?
Tried this one?
Tell the Muse!
The Muse sure is working hard at finding good budget beauty finds. I’m trying guys, I’m really trying. Many of you have e-mailed me asking please can I do more budget beauty finds and I’ve been seriously doing my homework and searching out cheaper options that work well for the price but it’s hard work and about 95% of the time I end up disappointed.
One such case of disappointment recently was my test of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom. This one really sounded like a nice find plus the price sure was sweet but sadly it’s a no go.
Read ahead to find out what I thought!
mark is Avon’s younger sister company that has a wide variety of items available for a younger crowd of makeup junkies. Almost everything I’ve every purchased from mark has been a winner as the quality is great, the price is wonderful, and quality is most definitely there.
Recently, when I noticed the release of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom I decided to give it a go since I’m quite a big fan of mark Glossblossom I automatically assumed that mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom would be a rave. Sadly, it turned out to be a waste of $6.
mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom mimics Smashbox O-Glow offering a tinted gel blush that reacts with your skin’s chemistry to give your face a natural pink flush. On the plus side of the pink flush you’ll also get a hint of golden shimmer, take that Smashbox O-Glow! Pink cheeks and gold shimmer! w00t! Yes, well the gold shimmer effect may be there but the pink cheeks not so much.
The texture of the product feels pretty much like Smashbox O-Glow with that slightly silicon feel but a good deal more gel-like and quite greasy so don’t try applying this over foundation as it’ll smear terribly. I tried out a dab at first with no results so of course I proceeded to apply a good dime size amount on my cheeks to see if that would help, again nothing. Aside from a faint gold shimmer the product fails at offering a pink flush, in short it does absolutely nothing.
The idea is fabulous combining a pink stain with faint golden shimmer but sadly it fails to work at all and does absolutely nothing aside from leaving behind a greasy feeling and a tiny bit of gold sparkle.
At $6 USD it’s not like I broke the bank with the purchase but I can’t help but feel what a waste it was. Truly a budget beauty find gone terribly wrong.
Skip this one, not worth your cash!
No stash, but definitely a trash.
Read more bad reviews on mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom at shop.meetmark.com
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Avon Hollywood Lights Lip Gloss caught my eye recently.
What? I’m a sucker for cool packaging and this has it all!
Avon Hollywood Lights Lip Gloss brings it all to the table with it’s slick built in mirror and light up wand for quickie touch ups in the dark!
Available in four shades at a price of $7.99 USD mmm I think I can afford to nab one or two try it out for size!
Yay or Nay?
Tell the Muse!