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Beauty Credit Lovely Q10 Makeup Fitting Gel Review

Did you ever think you could get an awesome makeup base that would cost you 6.50? You can.

Remember how I was raving about Beauty Credit a week or so ago? I got some seriously awesome products from Beauty Credit this week that I’ll be reviewing for you over the course of the next week or so. One of the main things that impressed me with Beauty Credit was the inexpensive price tag, gorgeous selection of cosmetics, and pretty packaging!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Beauty Credit’s Lovely Q10 Makeup Fitting Gel. This I love. I really like primers that sport a beautiful watery texture. I’m not a lover of silicon based primers simply because I feel like I have a mask on and they also happen to break me out a fair bit plus they pill terribly! It looks like my skin is peeling when I wear one yuk!

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However, Beauty Credit’s Lovely Q10 Makeup Fitting Gel combines all the elements I love about a primer plus the added benefits of an inexpensive price tag and pretty little packaging! The formula is a light gel base that quickly absorbs into the skin perfectly prepping the skin for your foundation. The gel is beautifully cooling and carries a light, refreshing scent. I’m particularly loving how cooling and gentle this is on the skin. Perfect for humid weather the Muse says! The formula is not greasy or oily which is surprising as some gels tend to leave a tacky film behind. The product simply blends perfectly across the skin and quickly absorbs leaving your skin refreshed and ready for makeup.

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As I said the packaging is adorable as well and vanity worthy. It comes in a plastic pump style bottle that appears to be glass. The top and base of the bottle is a beige pink shade. The rocking horse emblem is etched beautifully into the top of the bottle. I love this emblem, it gives the product a certain kawaii factor that the Muse is all over.

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As mentioned above the product blends beautifully well into the skin and does a fine job prepping the skin however I did simply LOVE the fact that this not only made my foundation last a full hour longer without touch up but it also helped keep my foundation fresh. My foundation does occasionally go gray or ashy on my skin do to a number of reasons…humidity, heat, stale air, etc..however, Lovely Q10 Makeup Fitting Gel kept my foundation very fresh and I experienced no problems with my foundation the entire day. My foundation normally lasts about five hours without touch up possibly less depending on how much I’m outside however this based allowed it to last an extra hour or two. I actually didn’t bother touching up at all the entire day to see what exactly would happen. When I came home some of my foundation had worn away but my face was still looking fresh.

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I love this one and I’ll definately be purchasing it again once my bottle has dwindled down!

I’m sticking a Muse Approval on it for purchase! The Muse loves it and thinks it’s a super steal and a deal!

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As per my earlier discussion about Beauty Credit I had mentioned that the items were sold within the UK, Asia, and a few select locations in the US. Turns out Beauty Credit is more local then I realized! It’s right in my backyard and can be found at the following location if you happen to be in New York:

158 Hester Street
New York, NY 10013
Contact Number 212.334.6400

A lovely reader mentioned this so thanks to them for the info!

I haven’t yet headed over there yet but I’m very eager to get there and see what selection they have available!

I’ll be bringing you further Beauty Credit reviews shortly so stay tuned! While you’re waiting do drop by the Beauty Credit Website to see more of the great selection available! UK Residents can order online too!

Tried Beauty Credit?

Love it?

Want to try it?

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Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip Review

Although it has it’s cult following Maquillage is not my favorite branch of Shiseido cosmetics. Maquillage has some seriously great releases just nothing that every caught my eye so much that I was panting after it!

However, after much debate I decided to indulge in a Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip after reading quite a few raves for this particular item.

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Neo Climax Lip is a combination lipstick and gloss that comes in a rather slick push up style packaging. I love the packaging and the applicator. Twist and the applicator saturates with color, swipe across lips and done! The applicator is a smooth plastic head which I normally don’t fancy but in this case it works very well and fits comfortably to the contour of your lips while delivering color and gloss.

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The formula is where the problems begin for me with this one. You may recall my review on L’Oreal Infalliable Lipgloss and one of my main rants with the product was the strange waxy feeling of the gloss Neo Climax Lip happens to sport a similar formula. Although I like both glosses it’s very difficult getting used to having a waxy film on your lips. In all fairness this particular formula allows the gloss to have super long lasting power however dealing with it all day is difficult. It just just feels like I have a mask around my lips which is rather weird.

Aside from my rant about the formula I have to say that the color I picked is so outstanding that I’ll definately be using this again even though the formula isn’t to my liking.

The color is a very light shimmering shade of peachy pink that matched so perfectly with my skin tone and just brightened up my entire face. It gave me both a look of health and innocence that was simply stunning or at least I thought so. I don’t have the number for this color at the moment but I’ll correct this post later today with the correct number. I believe it was PK 356 but don’t quote me on that.

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I’ve been looking for a color like this my entire life it seems. It’s just a combination of peachy, pink, and sports that natural look to your lips.

I simply love it.

I was so deeply impressed with the color I’ve decided to Muse Approve Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip for purchase. I think I will be indulging in a few more colors and if they are anything like the one I tried I’m sure to be VERY pleased.

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The Muse likes this one and is temporarily putting bad formulas aside and entertaining her joy for an amazing color!

Likey!

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Craving more great gloss posts? Find ‘em below!

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Cushion

Tarte Double Dose Lipgloss Review

Aube Gloss Frutina Summer 2008 Review

MAC Dazzleglass Review

Dior Summer Collection 2008: Ultra Addict Gloss Reflect Review

Tried this?

Love it?

What are some of your favorite glosses that you love to hate?

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Lifecella Eye Mask Review: A Little TLC for the Muse’s Under Eyes!

Why hasn’t the Asian rage of moisture sheet face and eye mask caught on in the US? It’s so standard for an Asian girl in any Asian country (Japan, Korea, China, Etc…) to walk down to her local drugstore and pick up some moisture masks for a few dollars, take them home, and spoil herself with a cooling, refreshing, moisturizing mask!

We have nothing like this in the US.

We are a deprived and hungry nation full of rabid woman that want to indulge in a simple sheet moisture mask but are unable to get any, anywhere (aside from the occasional Asian drugstore or market).

It saddens me that we have an array of all the wrong products in drugstores right now. Nothing comes close to what you can locate in drugstores in any Asian country.

Ok, ok so maybe it was a bit dramatic to say we are deprived..maybe I should re-word and say we have a few sheet masks available but they are extremely high end and costly as hell. Sheet masks are available for mere pennies abroad and seriously I can’t understand why it’s never caught on here in the States! The same goes for Cleaning Oil! Knock, Knock, hello beauty world it’s your wake up call calling! Get with the bloody program!

Anyway.

Now that I’ve ranted about our lack of good product I’ll go on with my review and say for 523 yen I can get 5 sheets of of Lifecella Eye Masks. That’s a deal and a half my friends.

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I’ve used sheet eye masks before but I’ve always wanted to try the Lifecella ones and I’m happy to have gotten my hands on some that a lovely friend sent over from Japan recently.

These are pre-soaked sheets that are contoured perfectly to the eye fitting the complete under eye all the way up to the corner of the eye to reach any crows feet, fine lines, etc..you might be having in that area. I don’t personally, thank god, have crows feet yet however I can appreciate the added moisture to this area.

These are dry already but they are heavily saturated with lotion when removed from the package!
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My eyes are dry as I’ve been known to rant about in prior posts and Lifecella are soaked in a nice cooling, moisturizing lotion that feels delightfully refreshing my under eyes. I can feel my eyes sigh in relief when I put these on.

I normally leave them on an hour or until they dry up and afterwards I simply pat the beautiful moisture left over from each sheet onto my eyes. These are super soaked so you’ll have plenty of cooling moisturize being sucked up.

The best part is these do a fab job of calming my puffy, tired eyes plus adding much needed moisture that my dry skin is hungry for. The masks or pads (whichever you prefer to call them) are large and as I mentioned they fit beautifully well under the eye extending outwards to cover the entire area.

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I’ve used up an entire box this past week so I guess I’d best stock up on so more but honestly with the amount of eye masks and sheet masks available in Asia I might just go ahead and try different brand!

Life is all about variety!

What are your favorite sheet masks?

Favorite eye ones?

Tell the Muse!

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Eyeko Touch Up & Go Concealer Review

Wow I’ve covered ALOT of concealers these past month haven’t on? And guess what? I’m still going strong and bringing you a brand new batch of concealer reviews this week!

If you missed my introduction please see my Good, Bad, and Great Concealer post to see what’s been reviewed so far!

Today I’ll be reviewing Eyeko’s Touch Up and Go Concealer which promises to wake up my eyes and put my blemishes to bed. I don’t use concealer to conceal blemishes so I guess under the eyes it will be!

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Does it deliver on it’s promise?

Not quite.

Although the packaging is super cute, and the price is just right, plus the fact it comes in a click pen makes the Muse happy doesn’t mean that it’s an awesome concealer. The bad begins when the product is only available in one shade…uh oh…not good. The worst begins when you figure out what an unflattering nude, beige, slightly peachy combination it is.

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Although it’s pigmented enough to conceal dark circles brilliantly well I felt like the color did nothing for my eyes. The color matches my skin perfectly however speaking for myself and I’m sure many others prefer concealer a shade or two lighter than your foundation. In this case the concealer matches the tone of my skin and does nothing for brightening or waking up my eye area. Although it does conceal my dark circles it fails to create a fresh, awake look and I blame that on the color. The formula is moisturizing and dense while blending very well however the wear is two hours if you’re lucky. It contains a blend of Jojoba for moisture and a soft touch.

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Sometimes the Muse gets suckered in by cute packaging and can convince herself the product is really good because she’s so in love with the uber sweet packaging however in this case it’s just bad.

As I said it is inexpensive at 5 and it’s probably good if you don’t mind the color or the lack of wear but personally I didn’t like it.

Thumbs down on this one.

It’s a trash and not a stash!

Tried it?

Love it?

Which are your favorite “pen” concealers?

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New Korean Brand Beauty Credit

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Round up those CP pals my friends! You’re going to need a CP pal after you hear this.

Muse you always talk about CP’s what the heck does that mean anyway?

Gasp! Some of us aren’t always up to date on our internet lingo so allow me to briefly explain that CP stands for “custom purchase”. This entails a certain individual from another country going out and purchasing an item for you and you either return the favor or you pay them via paypal. After arrangements have been made to either pay them or swap with them your items are sent over and you send any goods over to them and Bob’s your Uncle you have a CP partner!

I’ve done many a fine CP for people and have had many CP’s done for me thanks to people I’ve met on MUA, various makeup forums, etc….

You might remember Laura who runs around England snatching up Bourjois Paris for the Muse and shipping it over. I heart that girl!

The moral of the story is now is a good time to grab your CP partner OR find one on your local makeup board.

Beauty Credit is a brand new brand I came across while watching some Kiss and Makeup TV. Those cheeky monkees, Zara and Gemma, have created major lemmings for me after I viewed their video!

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Since the Muse loves Zara and Gemma so much she’ll forgive them this once for making her want to indulge in major amounts of Beauty Credit and roll around in it.

What’s Beauty Credit?

Somang Cosmetics is South Korea’s 5th Large Cosmetic manufacturer and distributor. It began in 1992 with three employees and has since ballooned into 600 employees! Amazing right? Somang Cosmetics has several sub-brands and just as Kanebo in Japan distributes several brands such as Lavshuca, Tiffa, Coffret D’Or, Etc…Somsang Cosmetics has several different brands it’s responsible for manufacturing and disturbing. One of which happens to be Beauty Credit.

My readers in Singapore may recognize Beauty Credit as it is available within Singapore. Beauty Credit is available in 17 countries including the US and Canada (I haven’t personally run across the brand within the US).

As you know from past posts and reviews I’ve done Korean cosmetics are normally two important things, high quality and cheap plus add in very cute and you got cosmetic nirvana. I think we established how much the Muse loves Korean makeup and culture already so of course I jumped all over Beauty Credit when I heard about it!

The good news is I’ll be reviewing some of the line for you shortly. The bad news is that you can’t order it online within the US. Sorry guys. Which is why you’ll need that CP pal across the pond for the hook up of purchasing and sending over some Beauty Credit your way (or if you’re lucky maybe Beauty Credit is available in your area of the US?)

The really good news if you happen to be lucky enough to be English (the Muse wants to be English when she grows up if she can’t she’ll settle for having an English accent and being Asian in her next life…what are the chances I’ll get that lucky?!) you’ll REALLY want to pay close attention to this little brand since it’s very, very cheap. It’s rare you can find quality cosmetics in England at a good price. And this brand is very nicely priced for UK beauty addicts.

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I don’t yet know how good the products are but I shall be reviewing them shortly as I mentioned but I’m sure it’ll be fabulous as when have we run across Asian cosmetics that aren’t anything but brilliant right? The line looks very promising and contains bath and body, skincare, and cosmetics. Did I mention they have their own BB Cream too? Promising, very promising!

Stay tuned for further info!

Cure your lemmings, begin your shopping list, or start making a wish list by clicking over to the Beauty Credit website!

Happy Browsing!

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