Beauty Abroad

Beauty News: Bourjois Paris Launches Makeup Removers and Cleansers

The Irish Beauty Blog girls have the scoop on the new Bourjois Launch Makeup Removers and Cleansers that release this Fall in the UK. Gawd, I hate that we don’t get any of the good stuff here!

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Here’s the deets:
Bourjois Paris Fresh Cleansing Milk (suitable for dry)
Bourjois Paris Vitamin Enriched Toner
Bourjois Paris Express Eye Makeup Remover (two-phase formula to remove all types of eye makeup)
Bourjois Paris Foaming Cleansing Cream (suitable for dry)
Bourjois Paris Express Cleansing Wipes

The Muse thinks she needs it all. I guess I’ll have to be hunting down a clever Brit to snag me some of the goods upon release.

Now if we could only tempt Bourjois back to US waters…..

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Skin79 The Oriental Smooth Sun BB Pact Review

When I first started Musings it was very much a blog about Asian beauty. I’m not Asian but I plan to be in my next life. With my love of all things Asian and all things beauty, Musings was a rather ideal place to combine both. Much of my original posts were on Japanese brands and a fair bit of MAC thrown into the mix.

As of late I find I do less and less Asian posts and that really upsets me as I feel like I’m not bringing you enough great beauty abroad purchases particularly because of my great love of Asian makeup finds.

I plan to redeem myself in this. Hopefully if you’ve been reading a while you’ll rejoice over more Asian themed cosmetic posts and if you’re new to Musings you’ll enjoy discovering products you may never have been privy to before.

Today I’m going to bring you a review on Skin79 The Oriental Smooth Sun BB Pact.


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You know since it’s demise I’ve been trying to relive my time with Raycious. I have a stash of four powder palettes I’m stowing away for a rainy day from Raycious and it terrifies me the day they’ll be gone. Raycious is an incredible line of base makeup products created by Sofina in Japan. Sadly, it’s long since gone but I loved it so.

I’m always on the look out for a similar powder such as that but never have succeeded at finding one as great.

For now Skin79 The Oriental Smooth Sun BB Pact will do the job (not as great but just as good).

This powder is part of a collection that Skin79 has out at the moment entitled The Oriental. The powder is pretty much your basic mattifying powder from Korea with a few added benefits slapped in for good measure.

Allow me to say that the powder is made with Asian skin in mind so large pores, oily skin, etc….are kept at the forefront in the production of the powder so it does excel at helping with these problems. Also the powder does come in a single shade so it’s best used on light to fair skin or yellow undertones but sadly not darker or olive tones.

The compact comes housed in a lilac compact with sponge. It has a protective seal that closes off the powder so you can lay your sponge on top without worrying about having a fly of loose powder all over the place. Little touches like this are why Asian makeup excels at quality.


The powder itself is a creamy shade which isn’t richly pigmented but still manages to even out skin tone, set makeup (particularly BB Creams), and create a smooth working canvas for makeup or to simply mattify the skin. It’s slightly chalky in texture and has a finish as such but regardless most Asian brands sport a similar formula. This formula actually aids in keeping oily skin matte. Even though the texture is strange it still manages to create a very smooth look to skin hiding flaws such as acne scarring, enlarged pores, etc…with proper prepping and priming the powder aids in creating a good flawless canvas.

The powder is meant to keep skin fresh and natural looking even with continued application. Meaning retouches won’t cause a “made” up look to face but will simply look natural and flawless. It’s SPF 25 formula also makes it very appealing as the sun protection alone could urge you to want it.


I’m a very big fan of Asian pressed powder as it does a great job at making my face look flawless without having a made up look and also doesn’t flake on my dry skin.

Overall, I wouldn’t say that Skin79 The Oriental Smooth Sun BB Pact is particularly special but it is a nice item to have for setting my BB Cream and holding it in place.

I got mine directly from Korea for retail but I’ve seen it on E-bay for $16.99 which I think is a fairly good deal. If you’re a fan of powders or if you’ve never tried an Asian pressed powder this is a good place to start!

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Beauty News: The Face Shop New US Website

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Hey peeps!

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.

Visit with the new US shop at www.thefaceshopusa.com

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Shills Pore Hide & Heal Cream Review

One of my greatest discoveries from Shills (aside from a BB Cream you’ll learn about soon) is the Pore Hide & Heel Cream. Although I don’t suffer large pores I still can appreciate the flawless finish of my face after using Shills Pore Hide & Heel Cream.

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Simply loving this for Summer wear!

Click ahead for a review.

Shills is a Taiwanese brand not available within the US. You can haul it from evil-bay or if you’re lucky enough to have a friend abroad they can probably grab it for you!

Shills Pore Hide & Heel Cream is a hard textured cake cream housed in a cute vintage style tin a la Benefit Dr. Feel Good. Sadly, Dr. Feel Good and I never got oh so well so I was every so slightly scared to try this out but turns out it’s incredibly different in so many ways when compared to Benefit’s version. One key factor is the fact that it’s tinted where as Dr. Feel Good is simply transparent.

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Where as Benefit’s version is a silky primer this is actually a tinted balm. You can use it in a few ways one of which would be to prep your face with it. As a step prior to your regular foundation you can use Pore Hide & Heel as a prep to fill pores and prep skin for foundation. I can’t speak for it hiding pores as mine aren’t large at all but it does create a near perfect finish for foundation. It’s other use would be to smooth on and apply blush for very light Summer coverage. It’s not incredibly pigmented but it has enough pigment to cover minor problem areas, even out skin tone, and create a nice flawless, youthful finish to skin.

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Although unappealing in the tin the product has a nice silky, cream texture that dries down to a powder. Although it works well at mattifying my skin at the moment I probably won’t be able to use in the Winter when my skin is drier as I imagine this will pill or flake up.

It’s perfect for throwing in my bag for quickie touch ups on the fly as well so I’m not worrying about applying powder or foundation. Smooth this on with the enclosed sponge applicator, add a little blush and I’m looking collected and in order once again.

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Overall, I think it’s worthy of a hunt down. It’s an all around great product and pretty cheap as well. I paid around $7 but I’ve seen it around for $12-$13 which I think is a fair price as the product is decent.

Shills Pore Hide & Heal Cream is one of those perfect little makeup treats for creating beautiful, lasting coverage for warm, humid days.

Loves it!

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The Muse’s Japanese Fall Collection Wish List for 2009

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For what seems like a very long time I’ve fallen out with many of my beloved Japanese cosmetic collections. If you’re a collector or fan or Japanese cosmetics you probably know what I mean as it’s been a rather long, hard road of reruns and repetitive products and colors.

This year I’m actually quite excited to finally haul some new products from some of my favorite Japanese brands that have captured my interest.

Jump ahead to hear the Muse’s Wish List for Japanese Collections 2009.

Although my love affair is not nearly over with T’estimo, I have gotten used to the idea of Coffret D’Or. One thing I am excited about is the release of sixteen shades of Coffret D’Or Eye Shadows Singles. These shadows all look quite exciting to me and carry an inexpensive price tag so indulging in a few won’t break my bank.

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It’s been a while since Lunasol really caught my interest. As beautiful as many of the pieces are, I admit that the price does put me off every so slightly. However, cost aside this year’s Lunasol Star Shower Eyes have me in fits of joy. I see at least three color combinations I’ll be hauling!

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KATE almost always has my heart and it hasn’t been so long since my last haul from the brand. Kate Reflect Mirror Eyes look positively delightful with three shades of shadow for a contrasting, sparkling eye look!

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And finally Lavshuca Light Mix Eyes garnered some of my attention as these are a tad different from what Lavshuca has been pulling off lately. Although the color selection is pretty the same ho-hum shades, I still feel they may be worthy of a pick up.

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Overall, Japanese Fall is looking up this year. Although many of the shades and products have been done before a few items did warrant a further look and since I do feel ever so slightly excited about these releases I think, finally after a long, dry spell, I’ll be indulging in quite alot of Japan’s Fall cosmetic offerings.

How about you?

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