Posts From April 2009

Shills Flawless Foundation Cream Review


DJ put a record on I wanna dance with my new Shills Flawless Foundation Cream aka shameless dupe of Benefit Some Kind of Gorgeous. Oh my god it gets more and more comical as I try out Shills and notice the incredible similarities between them and Benefit.

How shameful! But still I’m loving me some Shills anyway!

Read ahead for a review on Shills Flawless Foundation Cream.

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Before I begin my review I think their may be a debate of whether Shills originated in China or Taiwan. I honestly can’t verify. I’ve only personally seen it available in Taiwan not China but I’ve heard from readers that it’s available in various parts of China. Personally, I’ve only seen it available in Taiwan. I hope this clears up some of the confusion.

So Shills Flawless Foundation Cream and Benefit Some Kind of Gorgeous…oh my the very my two products that are exactly alike in just about everything but price. Shills is $239TWD or so where as Some Kind of Gorgeous is $28 USD. You can obviously see the better bargain here.

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What is it?

It’s a cream foundation that dries down to a matte powder finish.

Where as the sole compliant with Benefit Some Kind of Gorgeous was the fact that it was such a nasty oily mess you’ll quickly notice that you won’t have any of the same problems with Shills Flawless Foundation Cream. I personally adore cream foundations and most of my makeup “career” has been based around cream foundations. When I got my hands on Some Kind of Gorgeous it was an utter nightmare so I’m happy to report that the Shills version is way nicer and pretty ideal for Summer wear!

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The formula of the foundation is quite a nice silky blend. It starts out a cream but quickly dries down to a powder finish which allows for ease of blending, good coverage, and fantastic oil control. I’m unable to take full advantage of this since my skin is dry but when the Summer sets in and I’m looking to mattify my skin, this is ideal.

The product only comes in one shade which is very flattering for anyone with yellow undertones and needs alot of beige to tame that. I thought it was a little too dark for my skin but I made it work by using a little and blending it out. It comes housed in a great little dual compact which has the foundation on top and has a stealthy little compartment on the bottom for the sponge.

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As I mentioned it’s a cheap dupe of Benefit with it’s record packaging which I thought was kinda of funny. Much of the line has cutesy style packaging a la Benefit style, terrible I know.

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It’s quite pigmented and has heavy coverage so it’s not completely ideal for Summer-wear but it does tame oil very well and offers a nice flawless finish to skin. I think it would be particularly good at covering up large pores as well. Overall, I liked it but wasn’t in love with it simply because they color was very dark and beige. If they released a lighter shade of this I could see myself Muse Approving it for purchase.

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If you’re wanting it I suggest checking E-bay as there are a few E-bayer’s selling Shills. I paid retail which was $239TWN I believe so try to keep that in mind prior to getting purchasing at a scary price.

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Anosa Cooling Blue Herbal Face Peeling Mask Review

Tis Summer soon sweeties! Excited about the warm weather? I kinda am although I’m more a lover of Fall and Winter, I can’t deny that Summer is a nice time of the year too.

In celebration of the warmer months to come I thought I’d do one of my crazy face peeling mask posts. Love me much?

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I explained in a prior review how peeling masks work but I’ll give you another brief tutorial of what exactly a peeling mask is and how it works. Some people misinterpret peeling as meaning you apply, let dry, and peel off but that’s not the case with many facial peeling masks in Asia. You’re actually going to use some this on a damp face. Scoop a small amount in your hand, be sure your face is damp, and rub it on your face. It’ll begin to “peel” almost as soon as you massage it onto your face and thus “peeling mask” comes into play. The peeling effect supposedly swipes away dirt, oil, and other nasities!

Anosa Cooling Blue Herbal Face Peeling Mask is meant for oily skin so it’s rather ideal for the Summer since my skin tends to get little oily when it’s warmer. But the best part isn’t the fact that it rinses clean away oily skin but the fact that it feels so cooling on my skin! I absolutely adore the cooling effect and it makes for a nice Summer treat for my skin.

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The formula can be a bit drying so do be careful not to use it often should you pick one up. Once a week is plenty for anyone with combination or dry skin. Anyone with oily skin can benefit from using it daily. I use it twice a week in the Summer as it makes my skin incredibly matte and squeaky clean with an almost glow after use.

I’m probably hyping it up a bit more than it really is but I rather enjoy the cool feeling plus it’s not to badly price if you’re paying retail! You can get it on E-bay for a bit of a jacked up price of $12.99-$14.99 USD which isn’t a great price but it’s kind of worth checking out if you have seriously oily skin as this is a nice little solution.

All in all another somewhat useless face mask but the Muse likes it anyway.

How about you?

Any fav yet useless skincare products you use?

Tell the Muse!

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NARS Summer 2009

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NARS Summer 2009 is already available for purchase at www.narscosmetics.com Mmm indeed just turned Spring and on to Summer so soon NARS? Oh well we lurve you anyway!

It’s not my favorite collection from NARS but even I get deny that the colors look very nice and I’m particularly impressed with all that gorgeous shimmering blue on the promo image!

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Oooo Tropic! Wanna be friends? Tropic is a gorgeous ocean teal with silver shimmer obviously Muse Approve for purchase before I even get my hands on it. Pretties!

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Lovely apricot and radiant orange make up NARS Scorching Sun Shadow Duo. Mimics a burning sun dontcha know! Perfect for Summer eh?

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NARS Irresistiblement Bronzing Powder is a rich terracotta to give skin the glow of a healthy tan!

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NARS Lipstick in Outsider and Falaba give a kiss of Summer to lips with coral and rose shades! Likey Outsider and wants it for myself!

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NARS Belize Lip Gloss offers a shade of pink mauve to lips to contrast that beautiful tan you’ll be sporting this Summer!

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Can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore Adelita Nail Polish! Not much of nail girl but I can be tempted by this peachy pink shade!

Overall, I’d say NARS has a nice little line up for Summer. I’m wanting Tropic Eyeshadow, Scorching Sun Duo, and possibly Outsider Lipstick.

How about you?

Anything appealing to you?

Tell the Muse!

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Musings of the Day: youTube Mania!

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My fav topic! The Muse has a serious addiction to watching youTube videos. As makeup junkies I imagine we all get our fix on youTube from time to time!

Who are some of your favorite youTube Gurus?

Here are mine in no particular order:

MissChievous



Pursebuzz



xsparkage


panacea81

Jjacks48

Nireyna


Queen of BlendingMUA

Who are your favs?

Tell the Muse!

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A New Way To Search on Musings

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Hey Guys!

Not sure if you noticed it yet or not but if you look on the left hand side of the screen I have three new buttons which allow you to search by Eyes, Lips, and Face. Simply click the button and it’ll bring up all my posts that fit the category you select.

Hope you like this new fun feature!

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