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Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo Review and Swatches

Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo was released as part of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection. Someone mentioned that this was actually supposed to be apart of a collection all it’s own. A collection in fact like the peach one! Imagine a cherry themed Etude House collection? Omg love! It’s too bad that Etude House didn’t go through with the idea but I am happy they included the Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo with it’s Precious Mineral Collection anyway!


Jump ahead for a review!

Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo is a tiny compact that houses duo cream blushes. The shades you’ll receive are a nice off pink shade and a brighter peach almost coral color. You can use the blushes separately or together to create various looks. Combining the two shades creates a rather bright orangey coral that’s very pretty and flattering for Summer.

The formula of the blushes is the real surprise. Although creamy in texture these dry down to a matte powder finish which lasts and lasts and lasts. I was quite impressed with how long wearing these were! Although a Spring Collection, they make a fine Summer makeup addition due to their long wear formula.


The color blends easily, seamlessly, and flawlessly onto skin. Cream blushes can prove tricky during application but this is simply a matter of smiling, locating the apples of your cheeks, a quick dab and a swirl and you’re done. Beautiful, flushed cheeks. The blushes are pigmented enough that you can get decent color payoff from either shade but are also allow for sheer, subtle application if you prefer. Anyone with oily skin can appreciate the powdery finish.


Overall, a rather great little blusher from Etude House and a winner for Summer. I paid $4-5 retail for this from Korea but I’ve seen it on E-bay for around $10 bucks plus free shipping. I do think it’s worth the price jack as it’s a very nice blush that’s universally flattering for all skin tones plus it’s long wear formula makes it a great blush all around.

PS I’m kinda wishing it was cherry scented, that would be awesome! Don’t you agree?

Muse Approved for purchase!

Likey!

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Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer Review

I was interested in having a love affair with Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer but for some reason it’s not giving me any love at all. Our entire affair is lukewarm at best.


How sad….

Jump ahead for the review!

Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer was such an easy item to fall in love with. We were going to have a passionate love affair together, spend long days enjoying each others company, walks on the beach, 8 hour work days, and beyond….I had it all planned.

But sadly it didn’t work out…..

Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation with Concealer is a dual packaged product that contains a creamy foundation in a bottle with a potted concealer on top. Yay for all in one products. Loves it. All foundations should come with a matching concealer on the lid, it would make life easier.

I’m a lover of Daniel Sandler products particularly his Watercolour Blushes so when I seen the Waterbase Foundation I was quite excited to have myself a little go with it.

Ok….

The good news is it’s actually a really incredible formula. It’s super duper creamy and moisturizing. It’s probably one of the best foundation formulas I’ve run across as it’s not runny or watery in the least fancy that considering “water” is in the name.


The packaging is quite nice although it’s possible it can prove annoying for some if you aren’t a lover of having a dual package with concealer and foundation housed together. The lid of the foundation bottle actually houses the concealer and you flip it open to apply. A key point in the foundation design is the very nice spatula applicator which many Korean brands use but we aren’t privy to in many Euro and US brands. The spatula is handy for picking up a nice bit of foundation and smoothing onto face or onto a sponge or finger tips for application.


I’m trying to make light of all the good features of the foundation here as truly it has alot of great points however it’s the formula that ends up falling short in the long run.

As beautifully moisturizing and creamy the formula is that doesn’t keep it from being terribly under pigmented. It’s very sheer, very subtle, and barely covers much at all. I use foundation solely to brighten my face and even my skin tone out so my dull skin is brighter and healthier. This sadly fails miserably at covering much of anything. It’s rather strange as the product seems quite pigmented but once applied it basically absorbs into the skin and leaves little to no product behind. The finish is lovely and smooth but without proper pigmentation what’s the point?

In regards to the concealer it’s decent enough and is decently pigmented however it seems like they just slapped this on with the foundation and didn’t put much thought into it. It’s far from creamy and has a certain density that makes it difficult to blend properly so it sits on top of my eye instead of absorbing and blending out to cover my fine lines and other woes. It tends to crease a fair bit as well after about an hour of use.

As much as I wanted to love this foundation I seriously found some major flaws with the formula. I’m aghast at how such a dreamy creamy formula can fail so badly. I thought maybe I’d keep it for Summer wear as who doesn’t like lighter coverage in the warmer weather. But even for this it was a fail as the product barely brightens up dull skin.

Sigh.

I really did want to make sweet love together Daniel Sandler Waterbase Foundation but you’ve made it impossible.

Love affair over.

No likey.

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Top Keyword Searches At Musings


This is kinda a fun post or at least I think it is. I’m always curious what brings new users to Musings. I wonder how they get here, who they heard about me from, or what they looked up to locate my blog. I can’t always tell if they heard about me from someone else or how they got here to begin with although I can make a guess as I can see where they traveled from to pop up here. One of my favorite pass times though is looking through keywords that brought a reader to my site. These are words they typed into a search engine which led them here!

I compiled a list of some of the top keywords that my stat service has collected and I thought I’d share them with you!

Click below for the list!

BB Cream, Blemish Balm Cream

With my very long post about What a BB Cream Is? it doesn’t surprise me that this is one of the top keywords that brings readers to Musings!

Steam Cream is also a top search word that brings users over yonder. I find this rather funny as I fell so hard for Steam Cream and posted so much about it I’m guessing people gather around here as it’s the first thing that pops up in google when I search Steam Cream myself!

Lush Reviews seems to be a top keyword as well. Not much surprise there considering how much I adore Lush!

Benefit Coralista seems to be a keyword that’s led quite a few readers to my blog! Any wonder as Coralista was love at first swipe!

Stila Look Book is an interesting one as it continues to be a top keyword that leads people here. Interesting as Look Books are ages old and it’s been a while since I posted about them! Obviously they still warrant an interest from some readers.

Some weird ones:

Steal It From my Friends Album
Hmmm what’s this person up to?

Green Snot
When have I ever blogged green snot and why is this keyword bringing readers here?!

Naughty Maggie Gyllenhaal
I imagine my Agent Provocateur post tickles this keyword!

Are you a new reader?

What sort of keywords led you to my blog?

Share ’em!

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Product Musings: Majorica Majolica Lash Expander Mascara


Care to Muse Majolica Majorca with me? It’s been a while since I mused Japanese cosmetics. After talking with some of my mates on Twitter today I realized how much I miss musing about on CozyCot about makeup and just posting hauls and such. Good times!

I was inspired to product muse about one of my favorite mascaras soon after. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander is worthy of a muse for sures!


For the longest time Majolica Majorca mascaras were my go to holy grail mascara for longer, fuller lashes. I swear MJ mascara has some magical formula that makes my lashes look incredible. I’ve been so busy testing everything in the sun the past year or so I can’t recall the last time I purchased a new version of MJ mascara. With each new season Majolica Majorca has a knack for introducing a new mascara with a supposedly new and improved formula. Most times the formulas are as incredible as the last but I’m a traditionalist and love the simple old Lash Expander as is.

The design of the mascara is meant for Asian eyes and lashes as the applicator tends to fit the contour of an Asian eye very well and pulls lashes upwards and out. I love it because it always gives my lashes a fuller, longer look. Particularly longer! Many mascaras I’ve tried and none give me as much length as I get from MJ.


It’s my first Japanese love and will remain so ever after. I’ll continue to buy new versions as it releases and I’ll try not to push it aside when I’m busy testing other mascaras as I must remind myself it’s superior to all others. Loves it!

Are you a fan of MJ mascara?

Why or why not?

If you’d like further details about Majolica Majorca Mascara do see my full review here.

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Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths Review


Although Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths aren’t going to change the way you remove your makeup they will make it easier for the days you are feeling a tiny bit lazy!

Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths are a brand new addition to the expanded skincare collection from Soap & Glory that was released in the UK a few months ago. These new wipes are available in a pack of 25 for $6.99. Not sure I’m feeling the cheap factor here as you can probably get a cheaper brand of cleansing clothes or at the very least a bigger size for less or the same price. However, they won’t be Soap & Glory or sport the cute pink packaging I’m quite fond of teehee!

As with most cleansing wipes, Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths aren’t going to remove waterproof mascara or harder to remove makeup however they are nice for having around for days you’re feeling a bit lazy and just want to wipe it off quickly. They have a subtle floral scent that’s quite pretty but could prove a bit much for those sensitive to fragrance. The wipes are quite large and thick which makes it easy to use one for your entire face. They feel quite gentle on my skin and don’t leave behind a sticky residue. Supposedly you can cleanse, tone, and with a bit of pressure exfoliate your face. Well, cleanse and tone yes but not really much of exfoliator, at least not for my dry as hades skin.


Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloths are a nice travel friendly makeup remover or good for those days you aren’t feeling the love for an entire skincare removal regime. Nice to have around for quickie clean ups but definitely won’t take the place of my other removal products!

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