Beauty Abroad

Isadora Ultra Cover Compact Powder Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

Isadora Ultra Cover Compact Powder was recently released along with the Isadora Summer Collection. Although the compact isn’t apart of the Summer Collection it manages to stand up by itself and offer very good coverage with an equally nice price tag.


With an SPF 20 and plenty of pigment to cover everything, the Isadora Ultra Cover Compact Powder could be a nice (and cheaper) dupe of the Muse’s very favorite powder of the moment, Benefit Hello Flawless. If you’re looking to cut corners this powder is half the cost ($16 USD) and has plenty of the pigment that wow’ed me over when I reviewed Hello Flawless for you!

The powder instantly covers problem areas with a pigmented, silky formula that blends easily and flawlessly into skin. The powder comes in one universal tone which I suppose Isadora thought was a good idea but it’s a bit too beige and orange for this Muse but she does so admit that it blends pretty well once applied however I do have my doubts for anyone with fairer skin than my own or even darker for that matter as the shade just seems a tad off for darker or lighter tones. I’d recommend it for medium, medium fair, and possibly caramel tones but nothing darker or lighter than those.


SPF 20 protects skin against the harsh Summer sun while the powder formula allows for breathable flawless coverage for oily to normal skin. At the moment my skin is suffering it’s normal stage of dryness after a harsh Winter and the powder applied perfectly well without flaking up or looking unnatural on.

Coverage is mostly definitely heavy but can be applied sheer with a brush instead of a sponge. I imagine you can get all three coverages from the one powder including light, medium, to heavy. The powder is supposed to be ideal for covering up ruddy cheeks or redness on the face however I suffer from neither so I can’t say if that works but I did take note that the finish is that of a mineral foundation and it evens out my skin nicely.


For the price I don’t think you can go wrong especially if you’ve been considering Hello Flawless but just weren’t willing to dish out the $34 for it. Isadora Ultra Compact Powder makes quite a nice dupe and is good wear for the humid days ahead when our skin will need a bit of powder to keep it mattified and fresh looking while battling a forehead that looks like a mirror as our skin becomes more oily due to the warmer weather. I’d have liked a bigger selection of colors but for what it’s worth the universal shade isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be at first swatch, just remember to build up coverage slowly to avoid a case of a muddy or a mask-like look.

Sportin’ Isadora Ultra Cover Compact Powder with a spot of blush!


Visit http://www.isadora.com for more deets and purchase from Amazon or Cosmetic Mall if my review has fed your lemming!

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Shiseido SpotCover Foundation Review

Ok, so you need coverage. You need to conceal those dark circles, mask that evil pimple popping up on your chin, and rid yourself of possible acne scarring. No worries, the Muse is on the case with Shiseido SpotCover Foundation.


Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound while concealing all your problem areas Shiseido SpotCover Foundation is exactly what the Muse wanted and hoped for from Erase Paste. Shiseido SpotCover Foundation is from the FT Shiseido line of products available in Japanese drugstores. This branch of Shiseido is not available within the US but can be located on a few online shops.


Shiseido SpotCover Foundation is a multitasking product for concealing or as a base makeup item. It’s extremely thick and very pigmented. If you have alot to hide this would be your go to product for making your skin look beautiful again.

For concealing under eye circles it works a treat but it’s a tad too heavy. It’s heavily pigmented so it pretty much covers everything up, I imagine it could possibly cover tattoos with proper blending skills. Although it works incredible under my eyes I did notice it settled into fine lines easily and dried out my eyes a tiny bit. In it’s defense I will say my eyes are getting to a point where I have to be extra careful what I use under them due to my age (yes the Muse is fairly old now). The formula is an interesting combination of being creamy and slightly whipped. It blends well enough when using on the face although a tiny little bit goes a very long way. I can’t stress enough how very thick this so if you do indulge please use caution during application.


The product retails in Japan for 1,200 yen but I discovered it for a nice deal on my favorite site iMomoko for $14.99 USD so that was quite a good deal. Rather than yammer to friends in Japan to get it for me I just dished out the $14.99 as that’s a rather good price and not too heavily jacked up from retail.

The Muse thinks you’d like this if:

  • You love thick, heavy foundations and concealers.
  • You have alot to hide and you need a pigmented foundation/concealer to hide it all.

I’d like to love this product but the thickness of the formula prevents me from really enjoying it as it’s a tad too much. I’m going to revisit it though over the next few weeks and see if end up loving it. Definitely a good find for anyone who desires full on coverage.

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Beauty Reflections: Summer Collections 2008


Step back in time with the Muse and re-visit with some of what was happening in Summer 2008.

Bobbi Brown taught this Muse a thing or two about the benefits of combining pink with beautiful bronzes to create a killer Summer look! Check out the Muse’s review of the Bobbi Brown Bronzed Pink Collection from 2008.


Much excitement was afoot when the Muse discovered the new Stila Kitten goodies but sadly they did so disappointed. Gather round and listen to a tale of Stila Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss and Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow Wash.


MAC Solar Bits were somehow easy to forget after the Muse originally purchased them and you’ll understand why after reading my review!


What was the deal with Too Faced Mineral Water? Find out by reading my review.


Bless Be! The KATE Summer Collection 2008 was absolutely a joy for this Muse! She was partial to her favorite shadows being released in three new shades. Japan never looked so good.


Urban Decay taught the Muse how to love bronzer! Check out her review of the Urban Decay Summer Collection 2008 after this jump.


Please MAC won’t your bring back Volcanic Ash this Summer?


Small but lovely was the Majorca Majolica Summer Collection 2008.


Vincent Long Liquid Shadow had a Muse crying nay! Check out her review on these shadows introduced in the Summer of ’08.


Addict? Sure definately an addiction when it comes to the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect shades that were released last year. Loves ‘em!


Cooling off with Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare was easy especially since it smelled so pretty and looked equally gorgeous.


Hope you had fun clicking through some of Summer 2008. Maybe you came across a few reviews you missed from last year or discovered something new.

The Muse is a wonderin’…..

What’s your favorite releases from last Summer?

Share ‘em with me!

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Steam Cream 1st Anniversary Celebration

Yes, we all know about the Muse’s fascination, obsession, and love for Steam Cream! Steam Cream is almost a year old soon and to honor that they are having a little competition.


Click ahead to join in on the celebration!

To celebrate Steam Cream’s birthday they’ll be holding a new tin design competition. Put your creative hats on chicas and send a totally original image to Steam Cream that could be printed on a limited edition run of their tins! You can choose anything you like, get creative and use your imagination to create a super gorgeous Steam Cream tin! After all we all know that part of Steam Cream’s appeal are those cute little tins it comes in!

Your file size must be under 1MB and it can be sent to mailorder@steamcream.co.uk or post your design to:

STEAMCREAM Ltd
20 Market Street
Poole
Dorset
BH15 1NF

As mentioned the winning design will be produced for a limited time on a Steam Cream tin with the artists name on the base of the tin. And of course the winner gets 12 of their own tins to enjoy!

The closing date for the contest is May 31 so get your thinking cap on and start letting your imagination run wild to create that perfect design!

The Muse happens to be tempted to try her hand at creating a tin hmmmmm! Something flirty and fun me thinks.

Share your ideas in the comment field!

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By Lauren Luke Palettes Launched!


Everyone’s favorite youTuber, Panacea81, has launched her brand new makeup line!


Lauren’s one of those girl’s that you absolutely love because she’s just a down to earth, everyday type of person. I’m quite excited to try out her new makeup line which officially launched today.

Each of her brand new palettes are $32.50 USD each and include three shadows, primer, two lipsticks, one blush, and a liner all stashed away in a super slim, sexy palette with flower motif! Count me curious about these! I just ordered the My Luscious Green palette, believe me it was difficult to decide on just one. I was super tempted to order them all but refrain I did.


As you can see the palettes look quite lovely. I’m very eager to get mine. The total with shipping and tax came to $40 and some change. Not too bad at all! They offer free shipping with two or more palettes, I was tempted to order two.

As I said I’m def looking forward to trying these out! The palettes are limited edition and the site does ship worldwide so I guess you better get on board quick before they sell out.

For more deets check out www.bylaurenluke.com

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