Posts From July 2009

Korres Primer Review Silicon-Free Primer

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When Jebus set out to create primer he though of filling the pores of beautiful girls everywhere, of taming their oily skin, of creating a perfect canvas for makeup. During this creation process the Muse thinks he might have forgotten the rare few of us who don’t really have a problem with oily skin or large pores……those of us who have dry skin, sometimes flaky bits on our face, and feel the need for a moisturizing primer that isn’t silicon in nature.

Although he forgot much of this Korres remembered that we were around and in turn created the exact primer we need.

Jump ahead to hear my review.

Korres Primer makes my day all the brighter with it’s silicon-free formula. If you’re looking for a primer that makes your foundation easier to blend, allows your foundation to apply easier, and offers extra moisture to your face, Korres Primer is the way to go.

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Although debate could arise that a creamy, moisturizing primer is basically the same concept as using a facial moisturizer, not the case. Facial moisturizers on a whole compared to primers are vastly different as they are a bit more greasy, aren’t as dense, and don’t offer that smoother feel that allows foundation to sit on top of skin rather than blend into the skin.

The formula is a moist, dense cream that adds extra moisture to the skin while prepping and priming for foundation. I’m unsure if I’d recommend it for oily skin but dry and normal skin types should rejoice at the prospect of a silicon-free primer. It’s lightly scented with orange which I think is very nice although some may find they don’t like it if they are sensitive to smell, as for me I think it just adds to the appeal of the product. The product absorbs upon contact with skin but still manages to cast an invisible barrier on top of skin so that foundation doesn’t oxidize or absorb away completely into skin. It keeps foundation fairly fresh but I didn’t notice extended wear when using this.

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Overall, if you’re not a fan of silicon based primers and just seek a simple, effective way to prep and prime your dry skin (or normal) prior to foundation Korres Face Primer is a great choice. I liked it alot and will purchase it again when I’m through. The $28 price tag could be a bit much for some if you are just wanting to test out so it’s nice that Korres has a smaller size for a mere $10 which should get you a few uses prior to indulging in a bigger size if you end up loving it.

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L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara Review

I recently got a chance to try out L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara thanks to the gorgeous Helena over at Lipgloss Bitch. I haven’t seen this outside of Sweden and the UK but I have heard the whisper of a rumor it’s available within the US, where? I haven’t a clue but people have been lucky to get their hands on it.

I imagine I wanted the mascara for a few reasons one of which was the fact that it mimics that of Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara. Indeed, the medieval torture device that makes up the end of this applicator proves popular in the mascara world with junkies like myself. With it’s round ball head and tiny little spikes one would wonder is it for applying to the eye area or torturing it?


Find out after the jump!

I will say I loved Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara and the excitement of a cheaper alternative on the horizon seemed quite nice. I also loved that drugstore brands were taking risks with a unique design (even if it was a copy from a posher brand).

But where as Phenonmen’Eyes works well at lengthening, volumizing, and making lashes fuller, L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara fails, miserably. Explosion indeed, explosion of mess all over my bloody lashes.


Although the applicator is about the same size as Givenchy’s it seems the formula is the epic fail in this mascara. The applicator picks up way too much of the inky black gel like formula and proceeds to glue lashes together, clumps them up, and creates havoc in the form of a hot mess. The mascara formula is the only thing I can blame as the applicator is an exact dupe of Givenchy. The formula turns my many lashes into one uni-lash by gluing them altogether in a terrible mess of product. On the up side when applied slowly you’ll see decent results although lashes will need to be combed out to prove any worthy results with this. Applied to quickly or incorrectly and you’ll end up with mascara all over your eye and a gooey, sticky, wet mess of lashes.


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As you can see in my after shot my lashes are a bit clumpy (this is after a comb through! They’d be glued together in one lash if I hadn’t combed eep!) and there is mascara all over my lash line yak. It’s impossible to apply this mascara without getting it all over the place.

The potential to create longer, fuller lashes is there but the formula is just to runny to succeed.

Overall, a complete and utter waste. Best bet is running out and splurging $28 on Givenchy, some times it pays to go the expensive route.

Final results? No likey. Bit hot mess waiting to happen.

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As Seen By the Muse: Stila On HSN

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Stila is taking over the world once again at full speed! You’ll see them appearing on HSN in September according to a recent Tweet by the company themselves.

Until than you can haul your heart out with a few items that are popping up on HSN already including Stila Barbie Cans (although these have been popping up in other locations for far cheaper).

I’m excited I can get Stila on HSN…can we has free shipping maybe? and easy pay? and maybe cool kits? and cookies too k?

Thanks.

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As Seen By The Muse: Shiny Media In Adminstration??

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I just seen this tweet’ed from the British Beauty Blogger and it’s also appearing on her site.

I’m in shock. I hope it’s not true and that all is well with Shiny Media as some of their sites are my favorite places to visit (Kiss and Makeup).

Hopefully, they keep chugging along as we all are doing in this strange, worrying economy.

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Stash Spoglight: Jill Stuart Eye Shadow Palettes

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One of my most prized collections is that of my Jill Stuart cosmetics particularly my Jill Stuart Eye Shadow Palettes.


You’ll see why after the jump!


Jill Stuart Cosmetics have that certain beautiful packaging that makes us forget most of the makeup world and just stare in awe (and possibly drool while doing so) and excitement at the beauty that makes up this makeup. Much of the packaging is unique to anything I’ve purchased before and very, very beautiful. I’m a fan particularly of the eye shadow palettes whith house soft shimmering shades of color. I started out my collection with a single palette and soon after hauled five more. Since that time I ended up with near 20 palettes but only nine now make up my collection as various ones were handed over to friends who fell as in love with them as I did.


Although expensive and at times repetitious the brand holds a very special place in my heart. Hope you enjoyed my stash spotlight of Jill Stuart Shadow Palettes!

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