Posts From July 2009

Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Review and Swatches

Oh I fancy myself some gold shimmer. Gold is such a good color for me and so flattering. Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight is part of the Too Faced Fall Collection 2009 and one of my favorite items released. A pretty little compact filled with powder candlelight is just what ever girl needs in their life.


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Housed in a cream and gold compact this finely milled, sheer golden powder has a hint of shimmer to deliver a lit from within finish to skin. The powder is ideal for sweeping on cheekbones and face for a subtle little kiss of gold. It works a treat on bare moisturized skin to illuminate skin with a natural finish. The powder easily multitasks as a great way to brighten up eyes or the brow bones too. It’s also packed with a dose of skin-saving antioxidants to help protect and sooth tired skin as it warms and illuminates your complexion.


I’m all about gold so this has much of my attention. It’s a rather universally flattering shade that works well right now in the Summer, will remain looking fabulous as the Fall and cooler weather approaches, and will be ideal for the holidays when I want a brush of gold across my face.


Truly a great little palette for illuminating and brightening up my complexion for a soft, romantic glow.

Muse Approved for purchase!

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Loves it!

Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight is available now from Sephora for $25.

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Too Faced Fall Collection 2009: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Review

The Too Faced Fall Collection 2009 zoomed onto shelves very early at Sephora so early in fact it’s not even updated on their site as of yet. It’s quite a selection of goodies one item in particular is really outstanding (that review is coming in a few). For now let me tell you that Too Faced joins in on all the primer games this season with a brand new primer of it’s own. Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer is the first facial primer that the company has had in it’s collection to my knowledge. Interestingly enough it’s also the most unique primer I’ve come across as it comes in a beige shade that seems to even out my skin tone a tad bit.


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We all probably share at least one thing in common, a desire for flawless skin. Proper prepping and priming is key to creating a good working canvas for making and achieving a flawless, perfect look.

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer aids you on your quest for perfect skin nirvana with an interesting primer formulated to wear under bronzers, foundations, and powders to keep skin radiant and fresh. The primer pretty much mimics the formula of many popular primers today with a silicon-like base that dries down to a powdery finish. Unlike many primers like this it doesn’t make me itchy, doesn’t make me feel like I have a mask on, and doesn’t pill. I’m still not the biggest fan in the world of silicon or silicon feeling primers but I’m trying to find the joy in them.


Even though it feels like a typical primer it’s actually a bit different in one case. This one case is in fact what I think makes it special. The primer is a translucent beige shade that somewhat evens out my skin tone. It’s considered colorless and invisible for the most part but I felt like it not only smoothed my skin but also evened out my complexion slightly.


The primer glides onto my face without looking or feeling heavy and mask-like. I can’t speak for filling pores as my pores are non existent but I think it’ll make a perfect filler. It allows my foundation particularly powder to apply easily with little fuss. I didn’t notice any extended wear for my foundation but it does keep my foundation fresh without it oxidizing quickly.

All in all a very good primer and worthy of a check out. Too Faced Primed and Porless is $30 and is available now from Sephora.

Anyone check this out yet?

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Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist Review

I hate the beach. Sorry. Since I hate the beach it’s impossible to get beach hair. Beach hair seems absolutely essential to Summer and if I don’t have beach hair I might not be “in”….I must have beach hair at any cost!

Ok..dramatic I know but seriously. I don’t do beaches…sand, sea weed, etc…if God had meant for us to thread around on hot sand, wade in salt water, and have the sun beating on our heads, he’d have given us fins at the very least dontcha think?

Beach hair seems to be the in thing during the Summer months. That slightly damp, mussed up look a la the Little Mermaid. You know hawt tresses that look like you dived into the ocean, spread out on a beach towel, and let the wind dry out your salt laden hair to perfection. Who knew that the beach could do good things for your hair right?


If you aren’t a lover of the beach but still desire the hair that goes along with a trip to the shore peep at my review below!

Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist is awesome hair in a bottle sans the beach. A cocktail of sea salt, extracts of algae, orchid, Tahitian gardenia, aloe vera, oils of kukui and coconut and possible a little bit of sand (ok I made the sand part up) gives tresses texture, body, bounce, volume, and hold for that beach worthy look you’re craving.


God this stuff smells incredible. Can’t we has sniff o’ vision on the Interwebz? I’ll talk to Al Gore and see what we can arrange, the mighty guru of Internet creation. I wish I can explain the scent to you but it’s a bit complex…think fresh, think slightly floral, think…the beach…Maui with a little wowie thrown in there. Loves it!

So what’s it do?

Take your slightly damp hair (or dry but damp gets the best results in my humble opinion) and mist a bit of Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist onto your locks. Don’t comb it through just scrunch it gently if you like or flip it upside down and shake (this works a treat plus you’ll feel like you’re in some shampoo or styling commercial). That’s about it…the results are bouncy, textured locks, with a bit of volume that simply makes you look like you just bounced off the sand.

Beach hair easy and mess free in a bottle plus no sand in unusual places!

Adore this stuff. Muse Approved for Purchase, it’s one of my Summer Makeup Must Haves!

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Nars Orgasm Dupe: Aromaleigh Pure Rouge Blush Verve Review

You’d never know that Aromaleigh Pure Rouge Blush in Verve would make a fine dupe for NARS Orgasm just by looking at them, swatching the two side by side, or sitting them together. But Verve is indeed quite a nice dupe of Orgasm and possibly more flattering (and definitely more cheaper)


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With a price tag of $14.25 ($10.69 on sale now) you can deduct nearly half the price of NARS Orgasm from this little pot of joy. Not quite pink and not all peach but a cross between the two makes Verve a good dupe contender for one of my favorite blushes from NARS, Orgasm.


Although considerably more shimmery and a tad bit on the dirty warm red side, Verve applies to cheeks with a blend of pinks and peaches. The formula is a finely milled powder with a shimmery finish that blends onto cheeks beautifully. The undertones of pink cool the color down from it’s dominant base of peach. It’s a unique shade that can be easily be mistaken for Orgasm once applied but with better pigmentation.


If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to $25 NARS Orgasm (it’s not an identical twin mind you but not a bad try!) this is one to try. Cheap, pigmented, and pretty it’s a beautiful shade for Summer!

Likey!

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Musings of the Day: Manly Beauty Regime

According to an article on Reuters Japanese men are quite obsessed with beautifying themselves.

“Yoshitomo Sango treats his complexion to a face scrub, toner and face cream every morning before strolling to a nearby salon to get his hair done….”

Which brings me to my Musings today. What do you think of men that take part in a daily beauty ritual? Moisturizing? Toning? Maybe even applying powder or foundation….?

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“Japan’s $3 billion male cosmetics market is one of the biggest in the world, accounting for nearly one-fifth of men’s cosmetics sales globally, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. It estimates the global market will reach $25 billion by 2011….”

These numbers do not shock me in the least. Japan is a culture obsessed with beauty, could be why I love the Japanese so much, and having such a large male audience in the beauty world isn’t any surprise. I think it’s great for a guy to enjoy a beauty regime of any kind he chooses be it skincare or makeup. Any guy that feels skincare is important is so in my ace book plus the Muse has never made any secret over the fact that she loves pretty men!

What do you think?

Do you think men that worry about their skincare are awesome?

Scary?

Do you draw limits on what they should and shouldn’t concentrate on makeup and skincare wise?

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