Beauty Abroad

Beauty Abroad: L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Collection

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You all suck in the UK. Ok not really I absolutely adore Britain, all hail the Queen. The point is you guys always get the good stuff. Pout! ‘Bout to have a proper Muse tantrum after seeing the new L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Collection available exclusively at Boots UK.

Oh my gods wants!

Check it after this jump.

Bjooti posted about this today and I must say it intrigues me something fierce. I’m not a huge fan of L’Oreal but they have gone and outdone themselves with this collection. We got hi-def foundation, skin brightening primer, shimmery shadow, indeed this collection looks gorg!

Dear L’Oreal Paris,

Can we has Studio Secrets Professional Collection here in the states? If you bring it I will buy.

Also I’d love you forever too!

k, bye.

Talk soon.
the Muse

Check it:

L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Primers

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How incredible do these look? You got one for anti-shine, one for anti-dullness, one for anti-redness, a solution for every skin type! £9.99 each and they look like Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer but heaps cheaper! Want!

L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Primers

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Available in 8 Shades for £15.99 (plenty of rosy under tones as well, score!)

L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Ultra-Glossy Lip Lacquer

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Available in 11 shade selections with an ultra glossy finish supposedly. £7.99 Each.

L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Lipstick

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Available in 23 shades for £8.99

L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Eye Intensifier Eye Shadows

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Slap me, I’m feeling excited about L’Oreal eyeshadow! Available in 16 shades for £5.99

L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer

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Available for £11.99

Well, that’s about it folks! Pretty nice right? I’m lemming a majority of it as everything looks super nice especially those primers. The price ranges aren’t too bad considering sterling is converting decently to USD at the moment although if available in the US it might be considerably lower priced with many coupon and sale options. I’m trying to sit on my hands and not jump on board asking people to haul me some as I’m wondering if Boots might go ahead and do a buy two get one sale soonish? But I know myself and I’ll jump to snag some way before that.

If you’re wanting it your options are to fly to the UK (not a terrible thing I’ll come with too!), have a friendly Brit buy some for you (check MUA, forums, etc…), or search evil-bay UK (on occasion deals do arise on the UK side of the evilness).

I must say this looks like an astoundingly good collection from L’Oreal and it’s a shame we probably won’t ever see in the US or if we do it’ll be sized down and revamped to be el suck.

What do you think?

UK’ers, anyone haulin’?

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The Muse’s 10 Must Have Beach Bag Essentials

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The weather isn’t quite right yet for the beach or the pool sigh. If you live in New York you’ll understand exactly what I mean as it’s not much of a Summer here in the Big Apple. However, this doesn’t stop me from thinkin’ up what I need for my beach bag or in my case pool bag as the Muse doesn’t do the beach to well (seaweed, sand, eek!).

So here’s a few items that are making a starring appearance inside my beach bag this Summer!

Everyone wants beach hair, everyone. Tousled, windblown locks that are soft, seductive, and sexy. Indeed, beach hair is where it’s at! A great item to toss in your beach bag for a full head of alluring hair would be Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist, smells just like tropics plus I just really dig on the name.

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When you’re at the beach or pool you want clean, natural makeup that wears well and wears long. Morgen Schick Cheek and Lip Stain is my go to for long wearing color on my cheeks which is waterproof and incredibly flattering for a sunkissed glow!


If you’re at the beach and you’ve SPF’ed yourself to death as is the Muse’s routine you probably won’t get much of a tan but you can flatter your pale white skin with hints of iridescent pink on face, eyes, and cheeks with a dollop of Eyeko Cream!

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Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheers used to be my all time favorite lip treatment. Don’t overlook these little tubes of pigmented joy for a Summer lip look that’s natural and laced with SPF.

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Keep your hair conditioned and protected from the sun with Blossom Under Cover Conditioning Mist with SPF. Frizz be gone!

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Eyeko Face Off Wipes aren’t great for removing a full load of face makeup but they are nice for toting around in your purse and freshening up your face with. Each box contains 10 individually wrapped wipes!

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A little touch up of cooling mist for your face is always a pleasure when sitting out in the hot sun. Pack up some Evian Mist in the travel friendly can to mist your skin with to keep it fresh and dewy!

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I’m the first one to admit that Loccitane Citrus Verbena Summer Fragrance tends to not linger very long however I find that in the Summer heat it manages to give off a very subtle, fresh lemony scent that I find rather ideal for beach or pool lazying!


Give your face a kiss of sun with Eyeko Face Tint! Amps up your Summer tan or gives your pale white skin a touch of Summer sun.

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Hope you enjoyed my picks for hauling in my beach bag this Summer!

What are some items you stash in your beach bag?

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Jelly Pong Pong Wakeup Makeup Palette Review

The Muse isn’t a morning person. Ugh oh my god I am so not a morning person. I’m more of a night owl and when morning comes I’m all about yanking those covers over my head and pressing snooze a few dozen times! This all means that I can use as much concealer and other makeup to make me as presentable as possible in the morning because I’m left looking rough at 5 am!

Which is why I’m enjoying Jelly Pong Wakeup Makeup Palette. It’s a nifty little palette I got with the Jelly Pong Pong Deluxe Gift Bags I recently ordered and told you about. Although I didn’t make proper use of the complete palette, I’ll tell you why in a sec, I thought some of the items in the palette were rather brilliant!

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Check it after the jump!

This chic little palette is quite user friendly for brightening up my entire complexion and getting me looking fresh and awake in the morning. The kit includes an eye brightener, a face brightener, 3 eyebrow shades, tweezers, and a brow brush. The kit is $27.50 and sadly too much for me to dish out for if I was purchasing it separately but since I got it with the gift bag I don’t feel too ripped off. Reason I’m not loving the price is because I’ll make absolutely no use out of the eyebrow shades as my brows are already dark and full enough. However, if your brows are thinner and need a little filling the kit is awesome.

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Even though the eyebrow shades weren’t of much use to me I thought the face and eye brighteners were brilliant. The eye brightener isn’t extremely pigmented but it still manages to create a nice illusion of a well rested Muse. A tiny touch is all I need to wake my eyes up and make them look nice and fresh. I wouldn’t consider this a concealer so don’t expect it to hide away dark circles or other under eye woes however it does offer a slight brightening effect. This is great to use maybe after concealer or as a little touch up through the day or when you are using minimal makeup. A little goes a long way as it does have a slight iridescent finish kinda like Lorac Double Feature Concealer. The face brightener is equally as nice as it does create a nice freshness to my skin. The result is very subtle, nothing wow aspiring but I rather like how it makes my skin look fresher particularly after a long day when I’m not wanting to redo all my makeup, a little touch of this and I’m looking nice once again!

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Overall, the palette is rather nice if you think you’d make proper use of everything in it. For me it was a tad wasteful as I’m only really getting use from the face and eye brightener and possibly the tweezers. Maybe if they did a palette with just the two creamy brighteners that would be worthy of a purchase from me!

Anyone snag a deluxe bag?

Loving on it?

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Beauty Credit Lovely Auto Gloss Review

I’m a pretty big fan of Beauty Credit because it’s so inexpensive and has such a wide variety of fun items from makeup to skincare and beyond. You’ve probably already ready many of my past reviews on the brand and perhaps you’re even a fan yourself of the line.

Although I’ve always had great success with many of the items I’ve tried from Beauty Credit one item I was slightly disappointed with.

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Allow me to tell you about it, click for it.

The only item, thus far, that I’ve tried from Beauty Credit that I really didn’t love was the Beauty Credit Lovely Auto Gloss. Beauty Credit Lovely Auto Gloss has a whole lot going for it with it’s cute packaging, inexpensive price tag (£4), variety of colors, and nice pigmentation but I’m not the biggest fan of the formula.

A cute click pen houses the gloss which is rather great packaging as I love this style gloss since it makes applying so easy. It also features the cute Beauty Credit rocking horse emblem. The sponge tip applicator is a bit on the smallish side but it applies the gloss pretty well regardless.

Auto Gloss has great pigmentation, enough so you don’t have to wear a stain or lipstick beneath however it’s the formula that I find terribly crummy. It’s not at all glossy or shiny and has a slightly silicon feel which ends up making it feel more like a lip color rather than a gloss. I didn’t find it moisturizing but more drying on my lips than anything else.

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I suppose if you like a silicon-like gloss you may like this but I’m not a fan. I’ve run into a similar problem with many Maquillage glosses as well.

Beauty Credit remains a fond favorite of mine for price and selection but Auto Gloss was a fail for me. No likey!

Beauty Credit has it’s own website and certain vendors around the world carry the line including ones in New York City if you’re interested in exploring the line further.

Anyone a fan of Beauty Credit?

Which items do you like?

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Lavshuca Fall Collection 2009

Ahhh blessed relief. Let’s all let out a collection sigh of utter, blissful relief. My good friend Iris from Rouge Deluxe reports about the Lavshuca Fall Collection 2009 and what a pleasant surprise it is!

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Finally something great to look forward to from Lavshuca this year.

With it’s disappointing release after release as of late Lavshuca has fallen into the do not buy list for the Muse. Look at Summer, utter disappointment there!

My last known purchase from Lavshuca was Summer 2008 and I do think, currency conversion aside, this is testimony how bad collections have been as of late from Japan. Because seriously if I’m not hauling something is terribly wrong.

But have no fear the Lavshuca Fall Collection 2009 is so something special to look forward to it appears. The floral motif and interesting color selection shown in the photo above is enough of a reason to get this Muse excited. I’m looking forward to how this develops and I’ll start saving my pennies as of now so I might indulge. Iris reports the following items will be released:

  • Lavshuca Light Mix Eyes (5 Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Grade Color Eyes (1 New Shade Selection)
  • Lavshuca Dual Prism Eyes (2 New Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Full Baloon Rouge (15 Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Rouge Star Classics (2 New Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Power Memory Eyebrow (2 Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Power Memory Eyeliner (1 Shade Selection)
  • Lavshuca Pore Concealer Base

Count me excited for Fall to get here!

Anyone else?

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