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Beauty Reflections: All About The Lips

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The Muse knows she’s not alone in thinking that their is something so very wonderful about lipgloss!

Go on now, you know you simply adore it.

Jump ahead to reflect on some reviews that’s are all about the lips!

The Muse thinks kawaii and gloss is a marriage most divine so of course she was all about Love Clover PopChu Lipgloss from Japan.

Love Clover PopChu Lipgloss Review

Christmas was extra special when the Muse discovered that diamonds and gloss could come together in a gorgeous piece of bling!

Isadora Diamond Gloss Ring Review

From Korea (and Etude House) with Love, the Muse was all about the newest Etude House plumping gloss!

Etude House Plumping Lip Tint Review

The gods graced the Muse (and makeup junkies everywhere) with the awesomeness of Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss this past Fall! Bless be!

Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss

Only the good die young so might as well sin with Lipstick Queen!

Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore LipGloss Review

Why choose when you can have a slew of variety? Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss set was all about choices!

Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss Gift Set Review

Rule the recession with budget friendly gloss from Mark!

Mark Glossblossom Lipgloss Review

Part two of my Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick Review is upcoming so best get cracking and start reflecting on part one!

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick Review and Swatches

The Muse finally admits that every cosmetic purchase she makes from Japan isn’t always a great one!

Shiseido Maquillage Diamond Tear Gloss Review

The Muse couldn’t pull off MAC Binge Slimshine but she found an alternative that worked well!

NARS Lipgloss in Revolt Review

Armani and the Muse are BFF’s especially when she was loving all over lip wax a few months ago!

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Wax Review

It’s not always about gloss! How about Lip Stain too?

Pixi Lip Blush Review

Hope you enjoyed reflecting on lip products today!

Tell the Muse some of your fav lip products!

She’s listening!

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Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream Review

The Muse thinks anything named Yu-Be and has been around for 50 years in Japan has to be awesome by default right?

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Maybe….

One of Japan’s most trusted skincare lines in Japan, Yu-Be has been used for over 50 years. The idea of Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream is to address an entire slew of skin care problems. Parched Lips, ragged cuticles, cracked heels, and even diaper rash, Yu-Be has you covered. This gentle, glycerin-based formula is enriched with vitamin E, B2, and camphor to soothe even the driest and irritated of skin types.

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Sounds like super balm right?

It’s actually quite awesome. It does exactly what it promises in aces. The formula is a thick, yellow cream that has a medicine, menthol smell that goes away quickly. The cream absorbs fairly quickly and does sooth extra dry skin however it is a tad bit on the greasy side which could be a deal breaker for some. Personally I didn’t mind the greasy feel since it did such an amazing job healing my dry skin which is much like skin on of an Elephant during the cold Winter months.

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I generally liked the idea of such a multitasking moisturizing and have been tucking it into my purse to use on my cuticles during work hours as I’m one for picking at my nails until they bleed! Gross! This successfully softens the skin around my nails which causes me to be less obsessive about picking my hang nails.

It works great on my rough elbows and knees and particularly well at making and keeping my feet nice and smooth after a pedi!

Overall, it’s def on my list for repurchase when I run out! Really liked this one and Muse Approving it for purchase as it’s well worth checking out for anyone who suffers from dry, cracking skin in the Winter or anytime!

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Likey!

Learn more about Yu-Be products or to purchase by visiting www.yu-be.com

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Gosh Cover Me Up Mousse

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What? Waterproof coverage? Ok, I’m in!

A light makeup mousse that hides imperfections and leaves skin silky and matte all day….conceals, disguises, and perfects skin and oh hai it’s waterproof!

Yes, well the idea of waterproof coverage definitely appeals to this Muse plus all that talk of super coverage gets me hyper. I’m willing to spend $24.50 USD if it does what it promises!

Review coming soon!

Wants it?

Tell the Muse!

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Shills Perfect Brightening Primer Review


Shills Perfect Brightening Primer promises the world. Prime, Protect, correct, and refresh tiredness all in one step plus anti-aging ingredients too! Whoa.

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That’s alot of talk….does it work?

Jump ahead to find out!

I’ve known love and I’m pretty sure that love is Shills Perfect Brightening Primer. Possibly the best primer I’ve run across in a very long time with darling packaging, a sweet price tag, and a pretty scent, this primer sure does please a Muse.

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What it promises:

It claims that it will prime skin creating a perfection canvas for foundation application. It also promises to protect with anti-aging ingredients and also promises to correct by evening out and whitening skin tone. And finally it promises to refresh my tired skin!

Actually it seems to successfully do just about everything it promises.

What it does:

I don’t have super large pores as you may may already know from past primer reviews but I think I can say that Shills Perfect Brightening Primer is thick enough to do a fairly good job of filling pores and creating a nice smooth surface for your foundation. The formula is thick and creamy but manages to absorb easily into the skin. It’s a very pale pink shade that smells floral and fresh, almost rose-like. After moisturizing a tiny dab of this preps my skin beautifully and allows my foundation to smooth on easier. The product does whiten ever so slightly but nothing ghastly or unnatural just a hint of brightness that relieves tired, dull skin and breathes new life into it. My foundation lasts an extra 2-3 hours after use which is surprising considering this isn’t a silicon base.

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I can’t decide what I loved best about this but some things I adored were the beautiful smell, the way it made my skin look bright and less dull, the great way it smooths on and offers extra moisture and eases my foundation on. I can’t speak for the anti-aging elements but hey all the better if it does protect my skin against aging.

The foundation comes in a cute pink squeeze bottle with a little faux diamond tacked onto to the top. It’s sadly not a lot of product inside the tube but since you only need a little it should last you quite a while.

I paid retail for this which was $239TWD, I’ve seen it on E-bay for nearly triple it’s retail price which makes me wince in agony. I do think it’s worth at least $15 USD but I really hate that it’s been jacked up so badly. It’s well worth trying out and it’s Muse Approved for purchase by yours truly!

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Who might like it?

  • Anyone who needs a thick primer to fill in pores
  • Those who want their foundation to last longer
  • Anyone who’s skin needs a little pick me up to go from dull to pretty

Overall, Shills Perfect Brightening Primer definately promises a whole lot of everything and quite successfully delivers it all. I really liked this one and think it’s worth tracking down for yourself.

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New Base Makeup from Excel

Excel has updated it’s catalog with a new base makeup for Spring 2009!

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Is it me or did Excel grow up suddenly? It’s now featured as an elegant brand where before I got more of a cheap vibe from it. Hmm maybe it’s just me!

Two new items are featured for the base makeup line up which are a pressed powder and a concealer. The pressed powder contains SPF 32 which is a rather nice number for powder. The items are 1,600 and 2,200 yen respectively with refills for the compact at a nice price of 1,500 yen. Although these current sums convert like absolute rubbish to USD the actually beauty budget would being able to purchase in yen icon wink

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I doubt I’ll indulge as I’m really concealer’ed out at this point (way too many concealer reviews from this Muse lately!) and I’m still mourning Raycious to indulge in any new Japanese powders but it does look like a nice line up of items.

As we near the end of the month and start in on March I’m sure we’ll see more and more Japanese brands that will begin updating their base makeup line. I look forward to seeing what Lunasol and a few other brands have in store for us.

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