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Pixi Water Stain Blush Review, Swatches, and FOTD

If you know the Muse you know how much she values a good blush or cheek stain that gives her that perfect flush. The flush that you get when you come in from a cold winter’s night, the flush you get from a sweet kiss, the flush you get when someone pinches your cheeks (hey I’m a good deal older now but my aunt still pinches my cheeks!)….all these things give a wonderful burst of cool that lights up my face with a natural pink sheen! Ahhhhh dontcha just love that look? I sure do. I get that look easily when using Benefit Posietint but that doesn’t mean I’m not always wandering around and searching out the next best thing to give me that flushed, cheeky look!

The next best thing today happens to be Pixi Water Blush Cheek Stain however it’s not as delicate or subtle as other tints and it definitely has that pop that the Muse prefers when it comes to color! However, the Muse does debate whether it’s the best at all…..


Up until now the Pixi Target line really hasn’t held much of my attention. I’ve tried a good bit of the products offered and nothing has completely knocked me over as being amazingly great and must have. For the most part, as we’ve been over again and again, the price sways us all as paying counter prices at Target definitely holds little appeal for this Muse. I must say that I did love the Pixi Water Stain Blush however it holds one or two problems in it’s own right.

The blush sports the same style bottle as Benefit Benetint and Benefit Posietint with it’s nail polish style packaging and a brush applicator that resembles your favorite bottle nail color. The color I tried was Rose Stain however I believe there are three other shades to choose from but don’t quote me on that could be more. Although in the bottle and swatches the color is a deep off red shade it actually ends up applying as an almost peach with deep red undertones. Since the product is deeply pigmented it does cause a bit of drama when blending. To apply you simply dot a small amount on cheeks but since it dries down so quickly those “dots” remain even after blended which is rather annoying (you can actually see the problem in my blended swatch below). Aside from the blending problem it does give a super nice pop of color to my cheeks although it’s not natural or subtle in the least so if you’re looking for a soft flush this will not be something you’re wanting to try. I really liked the look however it does look a bit unnatural on but that didn’t sway me from liking how deep a shade it was. The finish is a combination of orange, red, and peach.







Pixi Water Stain Blush is $20 USD which is considerably lower priced when compared with Benetint’s $28 USD price tag however it all comes down, once again, to paying such a high mark up at my local Target.

Dear Target,

We head to your store for steep discounts not for high priced cosmetics!

k, thanks.

xoxo
the Muse

Aside from my ranting about price and blending I did like the product but mmm…probably not enough to repurchase it as I do think there are better stains around.


It’s worth checking out for yourself as you may just fall in love with it! As for me I’ll use this up and be on my way to the next great stain!

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MAC Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead Collection: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Brunette Review, Swatches and FOTD

Good Morning World! How are you? Miss me much?

I hope everyone had a super Holiday weekend! It went way too fast didn’t it? I have a slew of reviews for you today and I’ll do my best to get ‘em posted as quickly as possible! I have quite a few comments to get through and will do so shortly. And finally, as always, my inbox is very, very full so if I owe you a reply don’t think I’m ignoring you!

Today I’ll be giving you a sneak peek of one of the three Mineralize Skinfinishes that are releasing with the new MAC Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead Collection. I think alot of people are pretty excited about this collection, I know I am.

I got a chance to play around with a few pieces from the Brunette selection of goodies. This suits me just fine considering that my hair and eyes are dark brown although I do admit that I’ll probably venture into checking out the other selections for the Blonde and Redheads as well considering some of the shades look tempting.

I’m an absolute lover of MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes so when I seen MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Brunette it surely was love!


Isn’t she pretties?

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Brunette is a good deal different when compared to past releases. The color is deeper, contains less shimmer and chunky glitter, and more pigmented than those released in the past. The shade is a deep brown with hints of orange, peach, and has an almost Indian red cast to it. If I’m being honest with myself the color isn’t what I’d normally go for. The color can easily be used as a blush which makes it very appealing to me as I really like not having to apply blush and than apply MSF on top. Using my MSF as both a blush and a highlighter offers a more minimal look where as applying both blush and MSF gives a more me more of a made up look. In regards to minimal you definitely need to apply with a light hand as the product is so deeply pigmented and a little goes a very long way. Interesting enough the skinfinish appears to have an almost gradation appearance with the left side having a lighter shade and the right side having a deeper.




Although I love peachy shades this one gives a certain brown cast to my cheeks which I’m not finding particularly flattering. For some reason the shade looks abnormal on my cheeks and suitable for a much darker skin tone than my own. I do love it none the less but I need to try it a few other ways before settling on the best way to use it. Below I used it as a blush only and didn’t really like the overall effect so I’m wondering if a lighter hand and maybe a peachy shade of blush beneath will give me a better a finish.





Overall, the product does deliver a burst of warmth to the cheeks without the chunky glitter and shimmer that past MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes are known for plus it easily works as both a blush and a highlighter in one product. I think it’s worth picking up as the shade is pretty unique from past releases however the Muse recommends using a very light hand when applying if you’re a fair skinned brunette like myself.

Wearing MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Brunette on it’s own

What do you think?

Excited about the release of the MAC Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead Collection?

What will you be picking up?

Tell the Muse!

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Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008: Bobbi Brown Lip and Eye Palette Review, Swatches, and FOTD

Ahh the Muse has gone so natural and neutral lately hasn’t she? But she can’t help herself when Bobbi Brown keeps introducing awesome palettes! The new Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Lip and Eye Palette contains an array of naturally beautiful shades for creating that perfect party look with a tiny bit of pop and a whole lot of elegance.

The palette contains four Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colors and four Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyes Shadows in a slick, black compact. I loved the design of the palette as it has the lip colors on top with a pull out draw housing the shadows so everything is kept nice and tidy. The draw designed to hold the shadows pulls out easily and houses the shadows nice and tight.

The shadows are all gorgeous colors with a nice metallic almost shimmery like finish. The shades are all very use friendly and aren’t in the least bit bold or scary so you’ll be getting a soft, natural look from each shade. I wouldn’t say the shadows are necessarily the same in color but I do feel like you can’t combine them to create different looks. The shadows each have an individual color and combining them does nothing but create muddy shades so I would suggest using each shade individually. The $60 USD price tag may be a bit discouraging when faced with only four looks that can be arranged from the four included colors however I took all this into consideration and still felt like it was well worth the price since the looks you can create are truly lovely.

I was a bit put off by the lip colors as I was expecting the same soft, buttery formula that I was recently treated to when I purchased the Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection. However, the formula on these was a bit hard and the colors weren’t too pigmented. They weren’t particularly easy to apply and didn’t feel as soft as the ones I originally tried. I was a bit let down by this but after applying and playing around a bit I was happy with how they looked on so I decided to disregard the crummy formula.

The palette contains a lip brush and a shadow brush. Both of which are mini size and fabulous in my opinion. Be it large or small I’m always very impressed with Bobbi Brown Makeup Brushes. I’m particularly a big fan of her lip brushes! Both brushes make applying everything a snap and it doesn’t take a ton of skill or drama to achieve a soft, flattering, work friendly look using the brushes, shadows, and lip colors!

The shadows included in the palette are:

  • Champagne Quartz (Shimmering beige with touches of pink)
  • Gold Dust (Shimmering Gold)
  • Golden Bronze (Shimmering fleshy peach)
  • Galaxy (Shimmering gray with a touch of a black)

The lip colors included in the palette are:

  • Berry Mauve (Berry Pink)
  • Pink Sequin (Sheer Peach)
  • Dusty Mauve (Mauve with a heavy dose of brown)
  • Ruby (Off Red almost maroon)

I’ve reviewed the Metallic Eye Shadows prior to this and it deserves to be mentioned again how great the formula is. For one of my looks below I actually decided to apply wet and I have to say I love how it intensifies the color and gives a foil finish when the shadow is applied this way.

I honestly can’t begin to tell you about my lips. All my looks below are created using everything in the palette but I mixed, combined, and cocktailed all the colors together to create the shades hehe so I’m unsure what I’m wearing! I think that mixing them all together kinda creates some rather nice shades rather than wearing them alone.

Gold Dust applied wet

Galaxy

Golden Bronze

All in all I absolutely loved this palette! It’s not loud or bold or vibrant but it does create some very soft, flattering looks that are ideal for work or a Holiday party! If you’re scared of bolder shades this will be a perfect pick for creating natural, elegant looks for the season! This one gets a big Muse Approval for purchase! Very worth it and a truly great palette, possibly my favorite of all the Bobbi Brown palettes I’ve tried as of late!



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Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick Review, Swatches, and FOTD

Remember the Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick I was telling you about? Turns out it’s something rather special! I do so highly suggest checking these out for yourself from Avon as they are truly good and inexpensive to boot!

Each tube is $4.99 USD and contains a beautiful sparkling shade of highly moisturizing and pigmented lip color. Who can’t love that price? The shades all contain a healthy dose of gold shimmering flecks which ends up intensifying the color of the lipstick and making your lips gleam and shine! Gorgeous!

I tried two shades but I’m heading back for more shortly as truly they are gorgeous. The two colors I tried were Ruby in Gold and Golden Wine. Ruby in Gold is a beautiful deep peach a la my favorite MAC Lipglass Pink Grapefruit (I know, I know you’re tiring of hearing about Pink Grapefruit already!). Now Gold Wine had me terrified when I first seen it! The shade takes vampy up a few notches to say the least. In the tube it’s a deep, dark almost black cherry shade….terrifying….but it applies maroon with tiny flecks of gold! Gorgeous! If you ask which shade I like more I couldn’t possibly say as they are both beautiful.

For the price and the great quality I’m slapping a Muse Approved sticker on ‘em! I loves ‘em and thinks you will to!

If you’re looking for that perfect sparkling lippie for the Holiday Season with a nice price tag, look no further Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick has you covered!

Snag yours by clicking here! I still want to try out Golden Raisin, 24K, and Natural Gold for myself! How about you?

Tried these already?

Love ‘em!

Tell the Muse!

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Lavshuca Anqitue Collection Antique Monochrome Review, Swatches, & FOTD

Last week I brought you a review of the Lavshuca Holiday Makeup Collection in Antique Sepia. As mentioned in my prior review Lavshuca released two separate coffrets for the holidays. Today I’ll be reviewing the second color option available for the collection entitled Antique Monochrome.

If you read my prior review you already know the little details about the collection, the price, the packaging, etc….so I’ll just dive into the review today without repeating much of what has already been said about the Lavchuda 2008 Holiday Collection. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with Antique Sepia but it’s probably my favorite of the two as Antique Monochrome doesn’t have a whole lot going for it aside from the nice shade of gloss.

The shadow included with this set is a duo that includes an icy, creamy white shade with a pink iridescent finish and a contrasting gray black shade. I used the lighter shade as a base and highbrow highlighter prior to applying the grayish black shade on my lid and blending a bit into my crease. The pigmentation on the shades is as nice as Antique Sepia and the completed look is a bit of a smoky eye with a hint of girlish innocence due to the creamy pink base. Honestly, in my humble opinion, the look is a tad bit on the boring side but for a quick makeup look I do like it!

The Lavshuca Liquid Rouge Gloss in this set is a bright pink with silver sparkles. I mentioned in my other review how much I loved the gloss and in this set I feel the same way. The gloss is the best part of the set for me! It has a nice shimmer and sparkle and looks rather fab over a dab of lip stain!

Overall, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with Antique Monochrome or Antique Sepia but I am glad I purchased both for my Lavshuca Collection. I’m unsure if you really need to indulge unless you’re a collector. The Lavshuca Spring Collection does hold a bit of promise for me so I’ll look towards brighter horizons on the Lavshuca front!

How about you?

Loved these?

Which was your favorite set?

Planning on purchasing them?

Tell the Muse!

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