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MAC Pigment Pressing: The Muse No Likey

Late Sunday night I decided to dive in and try out MAC Pigment Pressing for the first time. Um yea can I tell you how horrifying pigment pressing is for a makeup junkie?

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Ok, first off let me explain that I thought pigment pressing was going to be some sort of major mess but turns out it’s actually quite easy, fuss and mess free! I had zero mess to clean up and didn’t get pigments on my fingers or anywhere else thankfully!

What was it horrifying?

The problem with pigment pressing is if you’re emotionally attached to your MAC LE pigments and you’re planning on pressing them you may be in for a shock at how much product you have to use to get a single press! I had no idea I would have to use SO much pigment! I used MAC Pigment in Mutiny because I sincerely adore this color. I was smart enough to realize when to stop but if I kept going I’d have used up over half of my jar of Mutiny before getting a full press!

Holy cows!

I had no idea that I’d need to use so much pigment to get a full press of shadow from the jar! If you want a full press of a pigment you have to use at least half a jar of pigment or more! See where I am heading with this?

If you’re really attached to your pigment in loose form chances are you’re going to be upset when using a half a jar of a favorite LE pigment! On top of this the chances of messing the press of the pigment are very real. I was trying to press MAC Pigment in Blue Steel and completely screwed it up! Ahhhh! Imagine taking a very valuable LE pigment and screwing up the press? It would be like going to a funeral!

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I guess if you’re using pigments you can get from MAC anytime then I’d recommend pressing them out as it makes application quite easy considering how much fall out pigments create however if you have vaulable LE pigments that you’re not willing to part with I’d totally avoid pressing them (unless the Muse is the only one emotionally attached to her pigments)!

This was an experience the Muse didn’t enjoy and won’t be doing again as most of her piggies are LE!

These are about a quarter jar of pigment each…as you can see the presses are not even half full!!!!!!

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What do you think of pigment pressing?

Tried it?

Willing to use your LE pigments to do it?

Tell the Muse!

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Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes Review

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, gentle cleansing facial wipe look no further! Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes are now available at your local Duane Reade for $5.99 USD or less…I say less because I seen ‘em at my Duane Reade for $4.99 USD weeeeeee love a good deal!

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These are quick, gentle cleansing towelettes for removing makeup on the fly even waterproof mascara! These are actually really good for those with sensitive skin as they are uber gentle on skin. Although I simply adore MAC Cleansing Wipes and Biore I do feel like I get slightly dry skin from them and also they sting a tiny bit…weird I know since my skin is so not sensitive but I get a tiny bit of a burning sensation from both and I’m not entirely sure why!

So when I tried Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes I was rather surprised how gentle they were on my skin without any sticky after feel, stinging, or dryness! They are 100% Alcohol Free and Oil Free!

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If you like the sound of a simple, easy and quick wipe that’s budget friendly head on over to Duane Reade to nab some now!

Tried these?

Love ‘em?

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The Demise of NP Set, Jemma Kid, and Pixi

A kind reader, Elena, pointed out last week NP Set, Jemma Kid, and Pixi had disappeared from the shelves and was clearance’d out at her local Target!

GASP!

Could this be true? Was the Muse’s prediction of the demise of these lines at Target right?

I skipped my way to Target immediately to find out as I was very curious to see what was going on!

Super sleuth, the Muse, is on the case!

I’m unsure where Elena is located but it looks like the lines are all up and available at Target and regularly priced here in New York. I visited two Targets just to be sure but all remains perfectly safe and sound….so far.

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The only thing I noticed that was slightly suspicious is the lit title header on the Pixi display was gone (at both Targets!)…..mmmm could be me jumping to conclusions but is this a hint that they are taking the display down soon?

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Who knows but I’m definately keeping my eyes peeled for new develops as I’m dead curious if the lines will make it or break as predicted by yours truly!

Have you seen Pixi, NP Set, or Jemma Kid on sale at your local Target?

No? Think the lines will last much longer before hitting the sale bin?

Tell the Muse!

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Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat at Sephora

How exciting! I just noticed Sephora is now carrying Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat!

I’ve been to Dylan’s a few times as we have one here in the city and it’s truly quite a funky, fun experience! The line includes, obviously, candy, accessories, and bath and body goodies with a candy/foody theme!

The only items that Sephora are carrying are the Bath and Body items but that’s still pretty cool as the line is quite fun and it’s not too badly priced either.

Although I love the idea that Sephora has brought the brand in I am highly doubtful it will remain for long and I picture it ending up 50% off in 6 months to a year. As we know, think Jessica Simpson’s Dessert line, candy and food theme Bath and Body items and perfumes do not do well at Sephora. The only line that has successfully fit into this niche market would be Philosophy with the Three in One Shower Gels that are so popular with the Muse and the masses!

I imagine that Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat is taking the place of Sugar Cosmetics who’s demise is currently happening at Sephora as all of it is marked down 50%!

I suspect we’ll see a few more new brands make an appearance as the Holiday sets in and January closes in. I don’t see a slew of new brands popping up but maybe two or three from now up till January!

Which is good news as it’ll mean more sales for us!

Anyway……more about Dylan’s…..

Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat consists of a body scrubs, lotions, shower gels, and other candy and food scented bath and body treats!

Some of the items popping up on Sephora are:

Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat Coconut Bon Bon Collection Prices Range from $8-$22 USD

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Strawberry Licorice Soda Pop Shower Gel $16 USD
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Candy Lip Saver Stackable Lip Balm $30 USD
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Birthday Cake Batter Candy Butter Cream $22 USD
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I personally haven’t tried anything from Dylan’s aside from the candy hehe but now that the bath and body line has hit Sephora you can count the Muse curious! I love really sweet candy, foody scents so this completely appeals to me!

I may check it out!

How about you?

Love candy scents?

Curious about this line?

Tell the Muse!

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Fall Favorites: Cheeks, Eyes and Lips Edition

Hey lovies!

Tis time for a new Favorites list for Fall!

Excited (If you’re not just pretend you are!)?

Me too!

Rounding up some favorites for this month wasn’t too hard as so many interesting pieces have fallen into my lap for my very favorite season, Fall. I’ve hot linked any reviews I may have done on these items so do have a click around and maybe you’ll run across a review you might have missed the first time around!

Days of settling for oranges and golds are long gone and this year I embraced my need for nudes, naturals, and browns! Rounding up those colors I also had a fix for purple!

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Although I only reviewed some of MAC Cult of the Cherry I admit to indulging in far too much of this vibrant Fall Collection! One item that I’ve reached for on more than one occasion since the weather has gotten cooler, would be the my MAC Quad in Spiced Chocolate! Fiery copper, cranberry, and brown create a favorite Fall eye look for the Muse!

Japanese brand, Gransenbon, never fails to please me with it’s tiny, adorable packaging but what’s inside is the real joy! The Gransenbon Gran de Eyes in 17 has been a favorite of mine for over a year now but I find I like it for creating a quick Fall eye look! Although purple isn’t exactly the first color you think of for Autumn, it reminds this Muse of Halloween and witches! And I do so love Halloween!

I scored almost all of the Napoleon Perdis Eye Patrol Eyeshadows at Sephora’s for 50% off Napoleon Perdis Sale but they have been a favorite far before that! Two shades I’ve reached for daily since Fall hit are Private Boudoir and Private Noir. The shades are ideal for a smoky brown eye while giving me a bit of sparkle, which we all know the Muse is sincerely addicted too!

Ahh Bobbi, Bobbi, Bobbi how you’ve changed the way I view makeup!
Although the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Palette is most definately not something you’d have seen me toting around in the past, I’ve long since made my peace and embraced my need for nudes! This palette makes nudes more bearable by bringing in beautiful shimmer and sparkle!

Clarins Jazzy Colours Collection became a SUPER fast favorite this season and one item in particular that stunned me happy was the Clarins Colour Quartet for Eyes in So Chic!

Although I adore a warmer shade of blush for Fall, you’ll definately catch me with a bolder shade of pink on occasion as nothing like pink says “baby, it’s cold outside” to the Muse! Some of my favorite blushes for the Fall might surprise and delight you!

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I think we established how much I love the multitasking demon that is Sugar Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Blush in Gingerbread! This dual sided baked blusher doubles up as a highly pigmented eyeshadow! So…you’re double tasking your way to warm eyes and cheeks for the Autumn! Don’t forget all Sugar is 50% Off at Sephora!

Although Victoria Secret meant for it’s Diamond Luster Face Powder to be ideal for a Summer bronze look, the Muse decided she’d embrace it for Fall! A quick swipe across my already blushing cheeks gives me a twinkle and shimmer of beautiful gold, copper, and pink from this gorgeous little palette!

Understanding my deep love and lust for Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer in Gilded Gold can not be comprehended unless you try it for yourself! It’s been my favorite all through Summer and has run right into Fall as being my top pick for adding a beautiful highlight of gold to my cheeks! Although I’ll tuck it safely away when Winter comes for now it remains on my top list!

Hauling Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot at my local CCO was possibly one of the best purchases I ever did make! Pink or Peach or both, Apricot really doesn’t know what it wants to be but the Muse doesn’t mind in the least! For her, it creates a beautiful flush of color on the cheeks that can’t be duped by any other blush she has in her collection! A fast favorite that carries it’s way through all seasons!

If it’s cheap you seek for flushed cheeks try out Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Blush in Blushing Berry! For me blushing cheeks are always in Season! I reach for Blushing Berry time and time again for nice pop of natural cool to complete a deeper, bolder Fall eye look!

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I had quite a few favorites this Fall in the lip department and I’m finding new ones everyday! Glossy, bolder lips were definately in for me but I also liked a spot of shimmering pink or a quick mirror natural glossy look!

MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish quickly climbed the ladder to my Fall list when I found out how well it went with my favorite MAC Lipglass of all time, Pink Grapefruit!

For a mirror, glossy finish I absolutely LOVE Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss! It’s my ideal gloss for beautiful, full, glossy lips!

Clarins Joli Rouge in 717 Plum left behind moisturizing, pigmented lip color in a bold shade of plummy maroon and has completed many of my Fall looks lately! It’s truly a favorite for both it’s shade and it’s great formula!

The sweet collection that made up Etude House’s Fall Collection included two brand new Plumping Lip Tints one of which turned into a favorite of mine! Etude House Plumping Lip Tint in Pink completes many of my bolder Fall looks and my need for a simple, yet beautiful burst of glossy pink on my lips! Tis love!

Japanese Brand, Kiss, created a beautiful Spring Collection but I’ve noticed I much prefer it for Fall! One item that I reach for daily would be the Kiss Gloss in Melty Chocolate which leaves behind a nice layer of sparkle and the yummie flavor of fresh mocha!

Although almost all the items from the MAC Cult of Cherry were favorites, I must say I do so reach for MAC Lipglass in Jampacked daily! Although it has a certain underlay of purple, the Muse feels like it looks like crushed dark cherries! Fall lip perfection in my humble opinion!

Jill Stuart Gloss is always a favorite for a bit of sparkle and shine and as far as the Muse is concerned all the shades are Fall friendly and Muse Approved for the shimmer gloss addicts!

The Avon Retro Charm Collection is on my favorite list but one item that gets paired up with many of my fall looks would be the gorgeous Avon Lipstick in Charmed Rose! Beautiful peachy perfection!

Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou is high on the rungs of favoritism for me! I totally adore how it kisses my lips with just the right bite of color! This one is a favorite for all seasons to come I’m sure!

Well that’s it! My Fall Favorites for Cheeks, Eyes, and Lips! I’m sure next week something else will catch my eye but for the past few weeks these are items I’ve reached for daily!

Now it’s your turn!

What are your Fall Favorites?

What do you use daily or often on your lips?

How about on your cheeks?

Anything that you love for your eyes?

Any of my favorites match up with yours?

Tell the Muse!

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