Ahh Summer you’re still around here some place aren’t you? Please stick around a little longer as it feels like the Muse’s hasn’t had a chance to truly enjoy you being around this year.
In honor of Summer today I’ll share with you to fab bronzers that I’m loving from Clarins!
Jump ahead for the deets!
Ok, let me tell you a little secret…shhhh don’t tell anyone k? I always though Clarins was kinda for old ladies but than I tried a shadow quad and suddenly it opened a whole new world to me. Now I’m an utter addict and simply adore their releases.
I was all about the Clarins Instant Sun Light Collection this year as it had some great pieces to celebrate the heat with (do a search for the reviews on my blog). And even though I’m not a bronzer fan I found myself enjoying one or two this year without ranting and raving about them. You know me and the sun don’t get along so well, hello SPF? Wanna be BFF?
Safest way to get an instant spark of Summer sun?
Try out Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Duo or Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Powder!
As bronzing powder is sometimes incredibly difficult to work with I suggest trying out any that Clarins offers as they are a silky smooth formula that blend a treat. The effect is a beautiful touch of sun on face and cheeks.
Clarins Bronzing Duo is made of two shades of bronzer in two separate finishes. One light matte shade and one sparkling darker shade. Combine the two to contour your face or place the lighter shade on your forehead and the deeper on your cheeks for a safe Summer tan.
Clarins Bronzing Powder is a rich, deep bronze shade with a fine shimmer finish. The shade is very deep and could apply muddy so do use a tiny amount and build up slowly for a deeper tan. This has an SPF 15 as well.
I find the best way to use or apply either is by adding them on top of gently flushed cheeks. Grab your favorite cheek stain and apply to a fresh face (or a face prepped prior with tinted moisturizer. The lighter the makeup the more natural your bronzer will look). After your stain is in place dust a bit of bronzer on top for a lit from within glow.
Perfect for Summer sun and safe too.
Although Summer is ending you can still get away with bringing it with you into the Fall with these compacts plus it seems bronzed cheeks are making their way into many Fall looks.
Snag these palettes while they are still at your Clarins counter as they’ll be gone before you know it.
Remember how the Muse was telling you how awful she is with liquid eye liner? Seriously, liquid liner is such a difficult medium to work with. Who are these glamorous girls that can line their eyes with liquid and look all beautiful and put together? And why can’t the Muse acheive the same results without poking an eye out in the process?
It’s just not fair.
My mum always told me life wasn’t fair but I’m going to even out the score with Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner. Those glam girls can have their liquid liner while I use Indeliable Wink to line my eyes with liquid but also a nifty little trick allows me to do it quickly and painlessly without losing an eye in the process!
Skip for it!
What’s the trick? Tarte Indelible Wink Liquid Liner & Shadow comes with a fine sponge applicator that’s loaded with shadow.
So what the hell does that mean Muse?
Here’s the deal. First off you really have to love the fine tip applicator of the liquid liner. It’s a hard applicator that allows for precise application of liquid liner. Although this hard, thin tip is superb for lining the formula itself is still difficult to work with. I just can’t get the hang of lining well with liquid liner. The good news is I don’t really have to be a genius to get it correct. The key is lining with the liquid and retouching with the powder. It’s simple really after lining my eyes with the liquid I go back and trace over that line with the matching powder shadow to fill in any skips from the liquid and to set the liquid. The results? A perfect lined eye.
The best part about the shadow is the fact that it sets the liquid so it’s smudge proof and wears long all day. Plus if you skipped a bit using the liquid or your hand was shaking a bit and your line ended up edging around in an unattractive way you can easily fix the mistake using the powder.
Instant gorgeous, glamorous eyes.
See? Didn’t the Muse promise you beautifully lined eyes?
Bestest news ever. The popular Korean brand, The Face Shop, has launched a brand new US Website. This is absolutely thrilling news for me because as you know I’m a very big fan of Korean skincare and cosmetics. As more and more Korean brands launch US websites (Etude House, The Face Shop, etc….) I can’t help the proud mama feeling as many of these brands appeared on my blog over a year or more ago when they were still available within Korea and not yet launched in the US.
Jump ahead for more details on new Face Shop site!
I just browsed the site myself and it’s just now in it’s infant stage as a few of the color collections and skincare items haven’t been updated with product as of yet however they have many, many inexpensive skincare items that are online and available for purchase.
Like many Korean brands you get quality for a very low price. One thing that’s exciting about this launch is the fact that sheet masks and BB Creams are available for purchase. As you’ve heard me discuss in the past both sheet masks and BB Creams are somewhat unknown to the US market. The Asian market is saturated with face masks of all kinds and sheet masks are a popular part of an Asian’s girl daily skincare regime. BB Creams are also unknown with the US which gives me hope that they will become more popular with The Face Shop leading in on these. So far only one cream is available but I hope they’ll begin to launch further BB’s from the line as I’ve tried a few from Korea and they are quite good. Unknown to me The Face Shop products have also been available in Walgreens. Ha who knew?
Anyone ordering from the new online shop will recieve free samples with each purchase and orders over $25 will recieve a free Mask Sheet and finally orders of $50 will get free shopping and a Nature Garden Cleansing Bar for Face and Body.
I should be working this morning but I can’t keep my hands off the new Estee Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget.
I swear widgets like this remind me of my first Barbie Styling Head. Remember those? A decapitated Barbie head who’s hair you could style and who’s face you could make up. I remember mine looking like a clown because I’d go to town with blush and red lipstick. If I recall correctly I even gave mine a killer haircut so she ended up with a stylish (I use that term loosely), slick bob cut aka a spiky hacked mess of blond hair.
Barbie was never the same after I was done “making her up”!
I’m all grown up now and the appeal of trying on makeup still holds that certain magic.
Jump ahead to learn how you can try any number of items from the Estee Lauder catalog with their new Virtual Makeover Widget.
Play makeover with Estee Lauder’s first ever makeup widget which will allow you to try on your own face various looks and products from Estee Lauder by uploading your photo into the widget.
You can download the widget to your social media page of choice or your desktop. It works on any number of platforms such as Blogger, iGoogle, WordPress, Facebook, and many more or just download it to your desktop.
The looks you can try are endless as you can try anything from concealer, to foundation, lipstick, blush, etc…..If you’re not wanting to use your own picture Estee Lauder Model Hilary Rhoda is available to view shades on. The widget will be updated continually as new products are released and special promotions.