Posts From May 2009

Summer Series: Liptini Lip Liqueur Lip & Cheek Stain Review

Are there ever enough cheek stains? The Muse thinks not. I love cheek stains and it’s Summer so I love ‘em more. Sweat-proof, beach-proof, you name it your cheek stain will get you happily through the day. Put it on and it stays on, ’nuff said.

Cheek stains have come a long way since the Muse originally started her obsession with them way back when Benetint was the only cheek stain on the market. Nowadays they are just about everywhere but you have to admit one thing, although plentiful, they aren’t available in many shade selections. Seems they are stocked in one, two, or if you’re lucky four shades but that’s about it.

Liptini obviously understands the need for more cheek stains, lots more, in an array of colors.

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Liptini is the home to many, many a fine lip product (and nail if you’re into that sort of thing!) including plenty of, you guessed it, cheek stains! Yay everyone run around in circles and get happy or you can watch by the side lines while the rest of us run around, entirely up to you.

Liptini offers two stain options which are Lip Liqueur Lip & Cheek Stains and Cordial Shimmering Lip & Cheek Tints. The Liqueurs come in 11 shades and the Cordials come in 6 shades. That’s a whole lot of stain variety. I haven’t tried the Cordials although the finish sounds so very, very me but I have tried the Liqueurs and I must say I’m inclined to love ‘em.

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Liptini Lip Liqueur Lip and Cheek Stain can be used, obviously, on cheeks and or lips. The color is intense, bad ass pigmentation going on here. You have to be aware prior to purchasing that if you’re not a fan of popping shades of color that’s extremely long wearing you might wish to avoid. These are virtually bullet proof. The end of the world as we know it could happen later this afternoon and your lip and cheek stain would still be rockin’ on long after that. I tried out Cherry Brandy and it’s pretty darn loud. Phew! I like ‘em loud so bring it. It’s a mahogany that has a high dose of red so it gives an outrageous “hello there!!!!!!!” pop of color to my cheeks and lips. If I’m honest I think it works best on my lips because it’s just a tad too crazy for my cheeks but with a lighter application I can probably get away with it.

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You should be aware that these are a tad on the difficult side to blend if you’re using them on your cheeks. It’s a matter of working quickly during application as the product dries down super fast. I suggest dabbing a dot, a small dot, onto the apple of your cheek and quickly blend with your fingertips or a sponge. Don’t dot both cheeks and blend. If you do both cheeks at the same time chances are the product will dry down while you’re working on one cheek and you’ll end up with a dot of stain on your other cheek aka you’ll look like a clown because it dried down before you had the chance to blend it out.

The price per a stain is $16.50 USD each. For the price and variety of colors I do think Liptini has a nice product collection available however I’m definitely wanting to try out the Cordials as they look a good deal nicer and possibly easier to blend.

No matter what way you splice it, Liptini has a nice variety of products available for purchase. If you’re tired of the normal range of glosses and stains do check them out. They have some nice sets and unique glosses and the likes. I think Liptini Liqueur Lip and Cheek Stain makes a fine addition to my Summer make up series as it’s it’s long wearing, gives a nice pop of color to lips and cheeks, and isn’t too badly priced!

Visit www.liptini.com

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Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder Review

So you want surreal skin? Yes, well welcome to the club. We all want surreal skin. Perfect skin, flawless, gorgeous skin. A myth? Possibly. But occasionally we run into one or two products that help us fake it. Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder can add to the illusion of flawless skin nirvana.

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Hello, my name is the Muse and I hate mineral foundations. Yak, itchy, mask-like, flaky, horrible mineral foundation. I’ve run across maybe one or two mineral foundations that I like and I’ll go so far as to admit most end up in the bottom of my draw. I dunno why but I just can’t get on board with minerals. However, I will admit that Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder Foundation is my go to item for Summer coverage. I like this one, alot. And that’s saying something for a mineral foundation hater.

I’m trying to decide if I like this for the formula or if I just love the convenience of the packaging. I’m not on board with the whole tap, swirl, buff routine so this makes things simple. It has a puffy soft sponge on top and a simple dab on my face and a quick swipe around will get my face looking pretty flawless.

I should mention that Philosophy Supernatural comes in the same style packaging but it’s not nearly as good. It’s not pigmented, quite sheer really, plus it makes me itchy. I didn’t experience any of this with Urban Decay Surreal Skin. Surreal Skin is quite pigmented with buildable coverage for sheer or medium application depending on what you reckon your skin needs. This doesn’t contain talc so this could be one reason my skin likes it so much.

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As the Summer sets in and my forehead decides it wants to shine like a mirror I’ll be happy to have Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder in my beauty arsenal. It gives my skin good flawless coverage, keeps it semi-matte without flaking or making my dry skin look worst, doesn’t itch, doesn’t look like mask, and just generally works brilliantly.

This is one of the few mineral makeups I do like which makes it worthy of a look at. Loves it.

Good stuff and a Summer Makeup Must Have for this Muse!

Anyone try?

Love?

What are your fav mineral foundations?

Tell the Muse!

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This or That: mark Get A Tint Tinted Moisturizer and mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint

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I think we’ve established that we all want cheap right now. Who doesn’t love a good deal even when the economy is good.

Check out a little of This and That from Mark Cosmetics to get your beauty on for alot less!

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You could go with this:

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I adore Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. Creamy, nicely tinted, an SPF 20 keeps me clamoring back for more please but it does have a $42 USD price tag eep!

If you’re not wanting to shell out that much cash why not go with that:

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mark Tinted Moisturizer is $8 USD contains 1.6oz of product (that’s an oz more than Laura’s) and has an SPF of 15. You’re forgoing a little of the SPF but the size and price sure is right.

Bobbi and the Muse? BBF forevers! The Muse is loving Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek but even I admit it’s tiny for $22 USD. You could go with this:

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It’s ok if you’re not wanting to fork over that $22 bucks. You can snag a mark Just Pinched Cheek Tint for $6 which is slightly bigger and is virtually the same product as Bobbi’s version. Go with that:

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A little of this, a little of that makes for a happy beauty junkie! Hope these options save you a little money!

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Steal It: Cameleon 12 Color Professional Make-Up Palette

Oh baby I think I’m a want you!

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I’ve no idea who Cameleon is but they look like they make a mighty fine palette!

This little guy is $7 bucks over at Sasa and I do so admit to being tempted. Those shadows looked baked and quite pigmented…..likey! They also remind me a fair bit of the Terra Eyeshadows I reviewed a hundred years ago…..

Hmm to get it or not to get it that is the question!

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Fill In the Beauty: Smoky Eyes

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Fill in the Beauty blank above with your answer in the comment box and click ahead to read what creates my favorite smoky eye look!

This wasn’t a hard one for the Muse. I know at least a dozen people who will shout MAC Carbon Black! But for me the perfect smoky eye comes housed in a dual palette by Japanese brand, KATE. KATE Dual Carat Eyeshadow in BK1 has two shades that create a simple and easy smoky eye that always comes out flawless for the Muse and with just the right amount of shimmer (I love shimmer in my smoky eyes).

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Count my beauty blank filled with a bit of KATE!

See the the Muse wearing BK1 by clicking here.

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