So it’s been established I’m a bit of a Bobbi Brown fan girl. Bobbi is like my makeup goddess and maven but I gotta tell you I thought she was plum loco when she suggested in a makeup tutorial video that setting your concealer with a bright white powder was a good thing. I’m of an age where placing powder under my eyes is so not a good idea. My eyes are dry, they sport fine lines, and in the AM hello puffiness how are you today? Adding powder into that mix of things is just a bad idea. After picking up my HG (holy grail) Bobbi Brown Concealer palette a year or so which indeed included a fine white powder my mind switches from thinking bad, murderous things about powder to thinking how glorious it is.
I learned over the course of a year that a simple dusting of white powder is effective at concealing dark circles, lightening up my eye area, sets concealer to last all day, adds a soft focus to fine lines (virtually erasing them), and makes my bags disappear like magic.
Recently, I reviewed the Mally Concealer System for you which actually came with a white powder included. Obviously Bobbi isn’t the only smart cookie around here as Mally choose to include an entire compact filled with white powder to pair up with her creamy concealer.
I’ll tell you who else knows the benefits of white powder, Taiwanese Make Up Artist, Kevin from Kevin Beautymaker cosmetics.
Click ahead to hear a review of Kevin Beautymaker Bright Eye Pressed Powder.
Kevin takes the idea of white powder to a new level as his version is sold separate from his concealer compact plus it’s nearly 85% cheaper than anything else you’ll find on the market today. Benefit, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, and Mally are the only lines I’ve seen that carry fine white powder that works at brightening up the under eye area, there may be more but I haven’t really seen too many brands using the idea.
Fact is it works.
If you’re younger you can appreciate this to brighten up your eye area a fair bit after concealer is in place. I personally wouldn’t use it alone as it works best when your eyes are completely concealed using your regular potion of choice. It adds a certain airbrushed quality to the under eye area and erases certain flaws such as dark circles. If you’re older you can appreciate this much, much more as puffy eyes, fine lines, dark circles, and other woes will be magically erased when this is used with concealer.
It’s basically a very simple, matte powder. Nothing crazy or dramatic. Who knew simple white powder could do so very much? Kevin’s version comes in a cute slide out box with a decent size powder brush for application. Honestly, not loving the brush it comes with as it picks up way too much product and blends it terribly. I highly suggest using some sort of bushy blending brush for application. Use a small amount and build up as needed but please don’t overdo it as you will be looking like Casper the friendly ghost if you’re not careful.
Kevin Beautymaker Bright Eye Pressed Powder is not my favorite by any means as the formula isn’t quite as silky as other powders I’ve tried however it is the cheapest option available and very, very good quality for the price. I only paid a few dollars for this however I’ve seen it on several stores for $14.99 and upwards. That’s of course nearly 60-65% higher than retail. At that price I do think it’s worthy of a try if you’ve never considered trying to set your concealer with a powder before or you’re simply intrigued to see how white powder can improve your overall eye look.
Overall, the moral of this story is white powder is sometimes a good thing. It took me a very long time to realize that but it’s now become a staple item that I use daily. Just as I would apply foundation, concealer, etc…everyday, white powder also gets included along with my prep and prime routine.
You fancy a smooth, creamy, dreamy, moisturizing, easy to blend, long wearing concealer to brighten up your eye area and make you look well rested and pretties all day long?
What you need is Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer!
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A lovely reader asked me for a few reviews on Kevin Beautymaker cosmetics and I’m happy to bring them to her (and you) as I have a ton in my beauty arsenal.
Time and time again it’s proven that Asian brands are far superior at creating unique, inexpensive cosmetics that are high quality and positively brilliant in all aspects.
Taiwanese brand Kevin Beautymaker is an extremely inexpensive cosmetic brand that’s rich in some seriously great products one of which is the Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer.
Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer is specifically designed for use around the eyes as it contains light brightening particles to conceal dark circles and uneven skin tone and I promise it does just that. When I originally got this concealer I was terribly disappointed as it was very dark for a shade 1. It’s only available in three shades so I went with the lightest and it appeared way to beige in the container. But blended in it’s a near perfect color match and manages to conceal dark circles while creating a beautiful airbrush finish. It’s highly moisturizing and blends a treat so it won’t creep into fine lines, cake or crease and wears incredibly long for such a moist concealer. Honestly, it would make a fine dupe for another Taiwanese concealer I love which is Shills Eletric Eye Concealer. The formulas are nearly identical. Strangely enough you’d think that such a moisturizing concealer wouldn’t wear so well and or wear long. For the most part Aqua Eye Concealer is quite like Bobbi Brown Concealer in many aspects but it’s a little denser which makes it beautiful to work with and blend. As mentioned I thought that this would quickly wear a way as the formula is very moist but it actually stands the test of humidity and warm weather and will stay on pretty much all day without touch ups in between.
The concealer can be used on it’s own but for added brightening and concealing you can prep prior with Kevin Beautymaker Color Correcting Eyelid Primer. This can be used to conceal dark circles or used as a prep above the eye a la Benefit Lemon Aid.
I got this concealer off of Payeasy but it’s on E-bay and also Imomoko for around $13.99 or so. Although that’s almost over a 50% mark up I still think it’s a very good deal as the concealer simply works incredibly!
If you like your concealers highly moisturizing and pigmented enough to create a good flawless finish under your eyes, Kevin Beautymaker Aqua Eye Concealer is a fabulous choice. Try it, the Muse knows you’ll love it! It’s so good it qualifies for HG material.
I’d like to think I paved the way for many a Lush lover. I get so many e-mails a day since starting my blog about how people are rejoicing since discovering Lush on my blog. It warms my Grinch heart that people are busy discovering Lush. I’ve been a Lush lover for many a fine year and simply think it’s an outstanding brand.
I thought I’d take a moment out to point you in the direction of Lush’s sister brand B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful. I introduced you to B a year or so ago with a few posts here and there and even one about my collection of B perfumes. Up until now I can’t believe I’ve never once posted my stash of B cosmetics.
Yes, you read that right, cosmetics. Lush is indeed responsible for creating it’s own line of makeup under the B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful brand name. Think of B as Lush’s hipster sister. Created with a no animal testing policy and with plenty of “fresh” ingredients this makeup is all Lush!
Click it for a peep at my stash of B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Eye Shadows.
Some folk love ‘em, some hate ‘em. Count me as a lover of B makeup. Although it expires fairly quickly (a year, sometimes two, three if you’re lucky) it’s one of the most unique brands I’ve had the pleasure of owning. Housed in bejeweled little pots much of the line brings quality and a bit of posh to the table. Most of my B was collected on various trips to London but you can order B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful product from it’s website which ships internationally.
The shadows are particularly wonderful little critters as they are pigmented as a MAC shadow and quite cute to boot (about the size of a US quarter). The line should appeal to Lush lovers as it’s a whimsical collection of interesting hippie makeup bits and bobs or if you’re just a fan of interesting little out of the way make up items the line will capture your fancy.
Below are some shots of my stash of B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful eye shadows, check ‘em!
Some makeup I just treasure and all my B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful makeup happens to fall right in with that. Gorgeous, stunning little things aren’t they?
Hope you enjoyed a view of B’s shadows and I’ll bring you more spotlights of B collection in future posts.
The Muse has been around the color wheel a time or two. Thing is if you’re not into whitening, brightening, or evening out your skin tone you can safely skip this post. I happen to fall into the group of wanting to even out my face tone and make my skin brighter and whiter this is where a good color wheel comes into play.
Color wheels aka correctors are normally a circle compact that houses several shades of correcting concealers to fix a multitude of skin problems. A variety of companies make these correctors but not as many main stream or upscale brands have. They are pretty common in Asia particularly lilac primers which whiten and brighten the skin. Most commonly color wheels include a lilac shade, a green shade, beige shade, salmon or peach shade, and another neutral beige shade.
The idea of the color wheel is to use it to prep skin prior to regular foundation application or to use on it’s own. You’ll use the shades as follows, the lilac to erase dullness and brighten skin, the green shade on redness, the salmon and peach shades on top of a beige shade to conceal dark circles, and one or two of the beige shades to smooth out the entire canvas or to sculpt and contour.
The effect is flawless, even skin tone minus flaws.
Lisa Watier Portfolio Face Corrector Palette contains an array of all the shades I just described.
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Lisa Watier has a line of quite nice cosmetics available in Canada but can be purchased here in the US via evil-bay or www.naimies.com
The corrector palette out with her line is a pretty popular item which is one reason I indulged in it. I have any variety of color wheels that I use daily however all the hype surrounding this particular palette got be curious to try it myself.
It doesn’t quite live up to the hype however it’s an extremely good product. First off people talk about it like it’s life changing and honestly it either really is that good or I’m just immune to it’s amazingness since I’ve used tons of similar products like this before.
As described in my intro the palette is made up of 5 color correcting shades all used to conceal and correct different areas of the face. The palette is surprisingly not as moisturizing as similar palettes I’ve tried in the past. I’m quite shocked that I liked this formula as I normally prefer a bit of moisture to ease the blending process. The correctors are all rather hard and blending with them isn’t entirely easy due to this however I found I had more control of the product because of the hard texture. With a moisturizing cream it’s very easy to over do because you’re dipping and picking up a ton of product. The harder texture makes it a little more difficult to pick product up therefore eliminating the potential of picking up TOO much.
The best application technique with this palette and any color wheel palette is to do your entire face. This simply means to slap on all the shades in prime locations where you’ll need them and proceed to blend the product with a sponge, fingers, or a brush. You’re not going to want to conceal your eyes and proceed to follow up with the lilac primer to erase dullness. The point is to slap it all on in one go. Slap a little lilac on the side of your eyes, smear a bit of beige under your eyes and some peach on top, dab a little green on your nose and go to town blending all the colors in. The effect is more of a natural, flawless look.
You will notice that your skin shade may go down a tone so don’t freak out. Simply apply your foundation on top as normal and you’ll notice what a beautiful, working canvas you have for your makeup.
Lisa Watier Portfolio Face Corrector Palette isn’t the best corrector palette I’ve ever used but it’s a fairly good palette and does exactly what it promises. If you’re noticing dullness, redness, or dark circles do pick one of these up to erase all your woes in one go. A most excellent choice for creating a flawless face.
Well Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub of All isn’t my greatest love of all but I will say it’s cheap and works pretty good for the price!
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I’m kinda sadly in lust with Soap & Glory. I can’t help myself I tend to want to try anything and everything they release. I told you ALL about the Soap & Glory Skincare line a few months ago and was ever so happy at how quickly it decided to make the trip to US shores.
Soon after it arrived on Target store shelves I proceeded to slap much of it in my cart supermarket sweep style and haul it home for a good testing. Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All is a rather great, inexpensive way to strip dull, dead skin off your face to reveal fresher, healthier skin. Granted, this doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of say Philosophy or Lush but it’s worthy of a pick up if you’re a lover of Soap & Glory or you’re just wanting to scrub down on the cheap!
Although I wish that Soap & Glory might extend their signature scent to their skin care it has yet to happen. This scrub is very lightly and freshly scented. It’s a basic scrub with little spheres of joy that pop open as you scrub, w00t! The scrub does a nice job of scrubbing my dry skin without causing my skin to feel tight. Yes, indeed, it’s possible to fall victim to the dreaded over scrub and end up with drier skin instead of softer. This is gentle enough not to strip or make my skin drier than it already is.
If it’s inexpensive you seek with an edge of shabby chic cuteness Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All is your gal! Don’t blame me if you break into sudden song (Whit’s making a come back maybe she’ll take on the theme for S&G)!