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Stash Spotlight: Jill Stuart Blush

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There’s something so very pretty about Jill Stuart Blushes. I’m not a big fan of the pressed powder blush but I absolutely adore the loose powder blushes!

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I know, I know I’ve already done a Jill Stuart spotlight but today I thought I’d focus on the blushes!

I’ve always had such a soft spot in my heart for these blushes. They come housed in a dome shaped powder jar that has a certain Victorian feel about it. Bedecked with little jewels the jar is completely girlish and very pretty. Although it’s plastic the container still manages to sport a certain elegance about it.

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I used to have all the shades of the blush but I’ve swapped a few away here and there and I’m left with five at the moment. My favorite of the bunch is Aurora Rose which is a popping pink that makes me look like someone pinched my cheeks!

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One thing I must rave on and on about is the great brush these comes with. It’s dense with large fluffy bristles that make application a breeze. I look forward to one day hitting bottom on one of these blushes so i can use the brush for something else. I’m anal at the moment and won’t use the brush for anything else but the blush it came with.

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The blushes are pigmented and silky smooth but if I’m honest I’d probably admit to buying these just because I adore the packaging…the fact that blushes are good is just a bonus!

Jill Stuart Blushes total love for this Muse!

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Anosa Rose Peeling Mask

Hello, my name is the Muse and I’m terribly addicted to absolutely useless cosmetics. Remember the Sony Blackhead Stick?

Last week I was telling you about Anosa Ananas Sativus Face Peeling Mask and this week I have Anosa Rose Face Peeling Mask for you!

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Ahh bless be another useless face peeling mask review awaits you after the jump!

Excited?

To refresh your memory allow the Muse to explain that peeling mask doesn’t necessarily mean that the mask “peels off”. Actually the product is used on a water dampened face by rubbing in and around your skin. As you work the product it “peels” and “pills” off your face in little gobs that resemble skin…kinda gross I know but interesting.

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The mask is a pale pink and smells heavenly, like fresh blooming roses.

Anosa Rose Peeling Mask is supposed to purify the face and cleanse the pores but honestly all it does is make my face feel squeaky clean and smells pretty. Aside from that it’s really useless!

Dontcha just love useless face products?

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But that doesn’t stop Anosa from promising me the world in a cute little tube smelling of roses.

Oh well…some addictions can’t be cured!

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Mini Bourjois Blush Review and Swatches

They say that good things come in small packages. So the case may be with the brand new Mini Bourjois Blush Pots.

Itty bitty ickle little blushes are sure to make you break out in a smile and go “awwwwwwwwwwwwwww….”

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Mini Bourjois has plenty pleased me in the past but these new blushes take the cake. Simply adorable. Truly a cute little budget friendly option that the Muse hopes and prays will make it’s way to the US shores. As of now these little guys are only available in Europe and Asia but I’m hopeful that they’ll hit Ulta sooner or later as Ulta carries the mini line up!

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Mini Bourjois Blush are housed in a tiny compact about the size of a quarter and about 3 times smaller than a standard Bourjois blush compact. Seriously, you know how tiny the regular blush pots are already so imagine how teeny tiny these cream blushes are! Awww so sweet!

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I love the idea of a tiny cream blush since I don’t particularly love cream blush as it wears off very quickly on me, thus a small size is ideal for someone who doesn’t use it all that often. It’s also rather great for getting a range of colors without 1. breaking the bank and 2. worrying about them going bad as they’ll be long gone before that happens at this size!

The blushes are available in 8 shade selections but I only got three as they are virtually sold out everywhere according to Laura who runs around England locating this crap for me. Thanks Laura, the Muse loves you for answering her pleas of “get me this, get me that!” Truly an angel to deal with my diseased cosmetic hoarding.

I read on a British blog that Superdrug had a sale and these were 1 each which is around what I paid as they had some sort of discount going on that removed 2.53 from my purchase. It was like a buy one get one 50% off so not a bad deal. Each blush is normally 2.93 each but with the sale broke it down to around 2.08 each. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I’m about to get all cheap on you here…the blushes are really small and even at the sale price of 2.08 that’s kinda costly for ‘em and paying full price of 2.93 is even worst! If you really want to wince in pain the price in Japan is 8,40 yen…ummm oh my god inflation. I’m just taking size into consideration here but the price is a tad on the high side but it does remain budget friendly as the quality is good.

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The blushes are supposedly cream to powder but I don’t really feel they dry down to a powder finish. They have a hint of shimmer and pack plenty of pigment for their price tag. The size just thrills me. They are so tiny and ideal for toting around with you for quickie touch ups. I swear Mini Bourjois deserves an award for travel friendly cosmetic options. I can tuck this into my change purse if I wanted as it’s that tiny!

The shades I got were 2, 5, and 8. 8 is by far the best as it’s a really dark rose shade that’s truly lovely for Spring! 2 is a nice bronze shade and 5 is a shimmering light rose pink which is also lovely for Spring.

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Aside from my minor ranting about the price I am Muse Approving them for purchase because they are just too darling not to get at least one!

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If you’re wanting them look to Evil-bay UK as I’ve seen some sellers selling lots of these for decent prices. Also check on forums or MUA and ask a friendly Brit for a purchase.

Oh by the way! No FOTD’s yet but will do some soon!

Loves ‘em?

Tried them yet?

Want to?

Tell the Muse!

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Eyeko Lip Gloss

I’ve been seriously trying to convince myself all day to just say no to Eyeko Lip Gloss Tins! Oh my god the cuteness is burning my eyes!

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Three brand new scented lip balms in cute little tins are a Muse’s downfall!

I’m not sure what’s tempting me more the fact that they are available in flavors like cherry, cupcake, and rose or the fact that Eyeko is offering free shipping on every order.

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I hate how you tempt me Eyeko! Not cool, not cool at all!

Each balm is loaded up into a cute little tin and it’s 4 price tag is just as sweet!

Snag ‘em now by visiting Eyeko

As for the Muse, she’s sitting on her hands and trying to show some restraint!

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Sana Make Essence Concealer Primer

Remember that bloody cute bear that made a guest starring appearance on the Sana Make Essence Concealer?

Well, let me tell ya, the bear wasn’t enough! Sana had to go one step further and take their evil ploy to the next level by introducing baby seals!

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Damn them!

You know and I know what crap Sana Make Essence Concealer was and how I only purchased it because of that sweet dancing bear on the packaging. So of course they have to come up with Sana Make Essence Concealer in base formula with a sweet little seal on the packaging to tempt me further. You know I just want to buy it because of the damn seal!

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Ok, well maybe it’s not ALL about the seal.

I’m a curious. Count me curious or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment but this pink primer does look interesting and it’s only 9,50 yen…I could use a little more baby seal in my life after all…..

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Expect a review soon that is if I don’t talk myself out of the dangers of bad purchases simply because the packaging is cute!

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