Posts From June 2009
I should know by now that mineral foundation and my skin don’t get along. I’ve definitely tried a few I like and some I’ve gotten very excited about but I notice in the long run they tend to end up in the bottom of my makeup draw.
I’ve tried a few Aromaleigh products before which I’ve been very, very happy with so it was the next logical step to try out their Glissade Mineral Foundation which sounds too good to be true.
Check out my review after the jump!
Aromaleigh Glissade Mineral Foundation is pimped out like the gods themselves use this incredible formula. Words like dreamy, luxe, and emollient got me so excited I could barely see straight.
Glissade is described as the perfect solution for women (like me!) that find mineral foundations drying, itchy, tightening, and sensitizing to the skin or anyone who just couldn’t wear mineral foundation happily. This is exactly my problem or some of it. Itchy, drying, and just not happy with the overall results of mineral foundations, indeed Glissade sounded like what I needed.
Glissade is a formula that utilizes silicone-coasted pigment technology (I’m sure you’re familiar with silicon foundations by now and even liquid foundations that are embracing silicons in their formulas) which provides a buffer between your skin and the pigments. Basically it’s almost acting as if you’ve set your face with a primer first so the minerals are “laying” on your skin and technically touching it. Interesting concept, difficult to understand possibly, but I get it.
Glissade is typically the same formula as any other mineral foundation. It feels smooth, fine, silky. It feels very nice in simple terms. The idea of it being emollient and moisturizing to my skin is absurd because it also acts the way most every mineral foundation I’ve tried in the pass does. I end up feeling dry, flaky, and looking heavily made up even after finely misting with toner. On a side note prior to ordering I headed into a Bare Escentuals store to get fitted for the color I’d be using from Aromaleigh. I know I’m such a cheeky little monkey getting tips from BE and buying from Aromaleigh, bad Muse! BE was kind enough to point out my shade for me and I purchased just that on Aromaleigh however the BE shade I tried in the store was a bit darker than the Aromaleigh Glissade version. Just a note if you are buying that shades aren’t exact from my experience.
The great news is the formula isn’t itchy at all. It wears very, very comfortably. However, it does feel dry, it does feel flaky, and it does not wear long at all. Within an hour or two it’s virtually gone from my face and even leaves spots behind so it looks like I’m half made up. Gross!
Although Aromaleigh Glissade Mineral Foundation had me wishin’ and hopin’ that it would turn into this incredible flawless finish I just felt ripped off that I indulged in such a large size. Sigh…always order a sample size kids and don’t go full size, even when things sound absolutely amazing.
Glissade lacks the itch but it fails epically the rest of the way around. As for the Muse, she’ll keep searching, no sense giving up yet. There has to be a mineral out there that works!
What are your HG mineral foundations?
Tell the Muse!
Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Man Hunt Contest Voting has started. I told you about the Urban Decay Man Hunt Contest a few days ago well voting is happening right now.
Click ahead for some of my favs!
I was unsuccessful convincing Martin that it would be a good idea to allow me to submit his photo for a geeky lip gloss. Sigh. What a wuss. But looks like many other guys are out there for a vote and some are mighty fine lookin’!
Here’s my picks for the gloss:
Go vote and come back hear to tell me which guys you think should win!
Curious what you think!
Cast your vote by clicking here.
I do believe, correct me if I’m wrong, that MAC blush in Eversun from Style Warriors is easily overlooked. It doesn’t really look all that appealing does it? Kinda brown, kinda meh…..
Muse with me?
Jump for it!
At first glance MAC Eversun isn’t anything particularly wonderful. Brownish ho-hum with a bit of bronze thrown in for good measure. But…it manages to morph delightfully once applied and becomes this juicy, sunkissed peachy shade that’s an exciting Summer color!
I picked it up on a whim and bless be the gods that I did because I’d normally skip it any other day. Turns out it’s simply gorgeous!
Worthy of a pick up if you missed it. Especially for warmer tones and hey equally gorgeous on fair skinned girls too! Don’t let all that muddy brown sway you, have a swatch and a try, it’s quite pretty!
Anyone grab Eversun from Style Warriors?
Loving all over it like the Muse?
As you may know I have a slew of Asian drugstore finds hiding out in my closet. I really like shopping inexpensive Asian skincare and I’m always full of glee when I can score a deal online or have a friend pick me up something from Japan or Korea. One of my fav finds from the Asian skincare world is B&C Aqua Way Super Off Eye Make-up Remover. You may recognize the B&C name if you know Japanese cosmetics as they are the company behind Love Clover. B&C also offers a slew of inexpensive drugstore skincare items such as Aqua Way Super Off Eye Make-Up Remover. This retails for around $4-$5 USD in Japanese drugstores but it’s available readily online for US shoppers at around $8-$9. The price is a tad jacked up so the question to answer is it worth the price increase?
Jump ahead to hear about it!
Yes, if you have no friends or contacts in Japan to get this for you than yes it’s worth the price jack. It’s a quality item that I’ve used for two years or more now and absolutely adore.
What is it?
It’s a subtly orange scented gel which removes waterproof mascara, hard to remove eye makeup, and eye shadow.
I’ll start off by saying I’m not partial to gels or balms for removing my shadow. For example I think theBalm Balms Away
is awesome however it’s not my ideal makeup remover. I do prefer liquid to remove my eye makeup. That being said I can be convinced to love good quality items like Balms Away and Super Off Eye Make-Up Remover.
The formula is a very thick gel that doesn’t foam or sud, no tricks or gimmicks, simply a gel here. Taking a little more than a pea size amount you rub it on makeup laden eyes sans water. As you rub the gel breaks up makeup and goes to work to remove it. After gently rubbing for a minute or so you can proceed to rinse with warm water. Presto! Eye makeup, even hard to remove waterproof mascara, is rinsed off.
I imagine the idea of rubbing your eyes for a minute or so isn’t too appealing but I find that the gel allows your fingers to gently glide across your eyes so no severe tugging is involved. If you’re terribly uncomfortable with rubbing you can simply work the gel onto lashes and ever so gently rinse them clean. Honestly, the friction of the gel makes for a ever so gentle removal.
It’s possibly one of the best removers I’ve come across aside from Lancome Bi-Facil plus it’s way cheaper. You get about a 3.7oz to 4oz tub for the price which will last well over 3 months with daily use.
If you’re looking for the Best Inexpensive Asian Eye Makeup Remover, B&C Eye Make-Up Remover is it. It’s Muse Approved for purchase! A tried and true favorite.
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I’ll be bringing you more of my favorite, best inexpensive Asian skincare picks soon!
The tip of my nose occasionally mimics a porcupine. It’s so bloody difficult to get those pesky little blackheads cleared out even with the toughest of scrubs and nose strips. Grrr! *Shakes fist* Damn you blackheads!
I recently picked up Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It in the hopes that it would cure the woe of blackheads from my nose!
Click ahead to see if it worked!
The bad news is those blackheads are still there. Sigh. Fail! No matter how hard I try those two or three little dots just drive me bonkers trying to remove and the only really success I’ve had getting them out is either extraction or using some Mario Badescu Silver Powder.
Oh wait my Sony Black Head Stick also works, heavy sarcasm there!
Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It is a cooling, minty scrub to refine large pores and clear ‘em up. The scrub is meant exclusively for your T-Zone but it is suggested you can easily work the scrub around your face for a deeper clean. Actually if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m using this as a simple face scrub it probably wouldn’t be worth much as it didn’t remove those blooming blackheads but it did work at getting my skin nicely polished. I’m virtually pore-less so I’m unsure if anything has been refined on my face but I did feel flake free and squeaky clean after use plus no dry, tight feeling. The scrub is blue with a fresh, minty almost medicine smell. Some may be turned off by the scent, I personally like it. If you’re feeling inclined you can also take it in the shower with you and scrub away or use it as a 3-5 minute mask!
Although it sadly did nothing for my blackheads I’m still quite liking the nice deep clean it gives if nothing else.
It’s worthy of a pick up if you find it on sale (Soap & Glory was on sale last week at Target, could still be so check out your local store). It doesn’t perform miracles but for a basic deep clean, scrub it does a decent job. Not a love but a likey for sure.
The Muse is busy exploring the world of bronzers this year and she still has reservations about it, especially dank, matte ones, but she’s found a few tips and tricks that work at making bronzer (even the matte ones) rather flattering and pretty on her face!
Jump ahead for a few tips for making your boring, blah bronzer POP and SIZZLE for Summer!
Try pairing a matte bronzer with cheek stain!
Apply a dab of cheek stain on your cheeks and wait for it to dry. After dust on a bit of bronzer for a subtle sunkissed glow!
What the Muse says:
I absolutely love breaking bronzer up with a pinch of pink or red. Try using Benefit Posietint or Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in Baby Boo.
Matte bronzer is a tad boring for me but you can spice it up a bit by using a deeper pigmented powder blush on top.
Buff your matte bronzer on, smile, locate the apples of your cheeks, brush on a light dusting of your favorite pigmented blush!
What the Muse says:
The final effect is a pretty sunny bronzed look! I love breaking up my matte bronzer with a touch of color as it looks more natural and pretty this way rather than a blah brown shade on my cheeks I can get a nice bronze finish with hints of pink or peach by using a richer blush color. Try it with MAC Mineralized Blushes as they are richly pigmented with plenty of pop!
A majority of bronzers are matte but shimmery ones are becoming more and more common. I actually prefer them with a heavy dose of shimmer as it breaks up all that heinous muddy brown! Try pairing your matte bronzers with a bit of shimmer to create a pretty glow on cheeks.
Buff bronzer onto cheeks and apply a fine application of gold or pink shimmer!
What the Muse says:
Not many people like glittery, shimmery finishes but I happen to adore them. That’s how I like my makeup. It’s not for everyone but I do think that a tiny bit of shimmer breaks up a matte bronzer beautifully.
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer on it’s own is beautiful but also pairing it up with a cream blush is really a pretty effect. It adheres to skin better and gives a gorgeous flushed, sunny look!
Apply a cream blush to cheeks, I suggest trying out Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
, after brush on Urban Decay Baked Bronzer or the shimmery bronzer of your choice.
What the Muse Says:
I love the flush of pink contrasted with the deeper brush of golden shimmer that this gives to my cheeks. It’s as if my face was touched by the sun!
Using a fan brush or a skunk brush to apply bronzer is always great for a lighter, more subtle application. It’s easy to go overboard with bronzer during application and using these lighter, less dense brushes allows for a sheer layer of bronzer on your face!
Application Tip: Swirl your fan or skunk brush in your bronzer and sweep onto face and cheeks for a light application. Build up color as needed. Since the brushes only capture the smallest amount of powder you can build up color easily without over doing it!
What the Muse Says:
A skunk brush isn’t really meant for bronzers but I like using it to buff a bit of color on my cheeks. It works beautifully with shimmery bronzers in particular.
Bronzers are scary. I should know I’m deadly scared of ‘em! They just all look so terribly muddy. If you’re a bit fair of skin or just don’t find the typical brown bronze appealing try out a pink one!
Pink bronzers have just the right contrast to give cheeks and face a touch of the sun while avoiding muddy brown shades. Try out Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Maui or Antigua.
What the Muse Says:
Nothing says bronzer like pink for me. Yes, you can look equally sunny with a hint of bronzy pink for cheeks and face! It doesn’t always have to be about brown!
As the economy continues to keep us awake at night maybe bronzers are the furthest thing from your mind. If you happen to have a MAC MSF stashed away somewhere you can recycle it as a killer a bronzer for cheeks!
Try buffing some MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in a golden shade (I suggest Shimpagne) onto cheeks. Spice it up by applying Stila Convertible Color
underneath and a splash of your MSF on top for a sparkling, sunny look!
What the Muse Says:
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish are ideal as a bronzer since many are golden or bronze in color and have that pretty bronze look to them. Since many of us already have these in our stash you don’t have to spill out cash for a new bronzer, simply use what you already have!
When all else fails and you’re simply a bronzer dummy (like me!) you can turn to some great liquid bronzers to make application a breeze!
Tip: Liquid and cream bronzers are easy to smooth onto cheeks and create just a great a glow as powder. They also wear quite long too!
What the Muse Says:
Liquid bronzers are easier for me to apply as it’s a simple dab and blend technique. I love Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer for this reason. DuWop SunDrops are on my list for this reason! Ahh simple, blissfully easy bronzing at it’s best! I’m testing our Josie Maran Argan Bronzing Oil too at the moment, LOVE!
The Muse is no expert when it comes to bronzers but hopefully some of these tips and tricks help you to get the most of your bronzing experience. Breaking up bronzers and using different techniques for application and of course experimenting with other shades, colors, and products make the normal ho-drum bronzer into a new adventure!
Tell me some of your tips for the best bronzer application!