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Reader’s Request: Kevin Aucion The Sensual Skin Enhancer FOTD

As requested after my review of Kevin Aucion The Sensual Skin Enhancer here’s a Face of the Day using it.

I have nothing on my face aside from some mark Glossblossom since my lips are busy being chapped yak!

As stated in my review a little goes a very long way. I used the product as both a skin prep and a concealer for under my eyes.

This is the amount I used on my total face including under my eyes!
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And this is what I came up with….no blush, no eye makeup, no mascara, concealer, or anything else. As you can see the product does a great job of making my face look fresh and my dull spots have disappeared!

I have very little to conceal on my face as my skin doesn’t have large pores, acne, or anything else however I do sport dull spots which drive me bats thus The Sensual Skin Enhancer creates a beautifully fresh look, erasing my dull spots, and prepping my face for the rest of my makeup!

I also happened to take this picture without using flash so you can get a better look at how the product works.

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Summer Collections 2008: KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Review

Can I tell you how strange it is for me to review a Summer collection? I’m so in Fall mode that I forgot how to enjoy Summer!

Fall comes way to early for us beauty bloggers! Sheesh!

However, I did think I should stop and smell the flowers, take in the sun, and enjoy a nice Japanese Collection this week!

I hate to think how long I’ve been hanging on to KATE’s Summer Collection without reviewing it. It’s been months I’m sure since I got it and I’m just now getting around to the review. You’ll forgive your Muse for being so lack with Summer won’t you?

KATE is a Japanese brand and one of Kanebo’s sub brands that contains a healthy amount of edge to it that I simply adore!

One of my favorite products from KATE are the Dual Carat Eye Shadows. I own every single color that KATE has put out thus far and with the Summer Collection they released three new colors.

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Before I show you the new colors I think a review of KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadows is in order as I’ve never really done a detailed review on the palettes before. Each palette contains two shimmerings shades of shadow in a tiny compact with a sponge tipped applicator. A majority of Japanese eye shadows almost always have the same formula with a few in between that have a completely different consistency. KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadows have an almost identical texture and formula as most of these brands however I do feel like it has an added something that makes the shadow superior to others I’ve tried before.

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Each shade contains a healthy dose of shimmer and sparkle which I love. The formula is a similar chalky, creamy texture as most major brands however I feel like these blend much better due to the silky consistency of the powder. The shimmer is equally silky and gives a certain sparkle to the eye which make these my favorite duos!

This Summer KATE extended the Dual Carat Line to include three new shades which were GD-1, WT-1, and BK-1. The shades aren’t typical Summer in my opinion but this didn’t stop me from purchasing all three and lavishing major love on them.

Before I get on to the color selections I think it deserves to be mentioned that all the looks you’ll see below are done exclusively with the palettes and using nothing else aside from mascara. I think not using extra products gives you a better review and idea of how the palette looks on without adding in extras if that makes sense. So each look I created was using the palette and nothing more!

I’m particularly thrilled with GD-1 which sports a shimmering gold and a shimmering creamy white. If you’re getting a bit older and seeing a bit of baggage under your eyes or a few lines here and there or you’re just tired and seeking something to brighten up your eye area GD-1 will sincerely do wonders with your eyes! I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror after applying this. It made me look years younger, wide awake, and gave a beautiful pop to my lids. I used the creamy white as an all over wash on my eye and the gold on my lid. This is a particular good way to use it if your eyes are extremely wide and buggy like mine. However, I think it’s flattering on Asian eyes if you apply the creamy white as a color wash and the gold in the corner of the eyes both outer and inner!

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WT-1 is my least favorite of the three shadows. It’s a very nice combination of a white and creamy light taupe color however the colors are too similar so you can’t really see much of a contrast when they are applied together. I tried sporting the white as an all over color wash and applying the taupe to my lid however it appeared I was wearing only one shade. A tad disappointing but I can definately make use of both colors as a highlighter for my highbrow, as a color wash, or simply alone as a shadow instead of together. Together they don’t work so well but alone they really wake up the eye and bring out a certain delicious natural look!

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Now my second favorite (or possibly first) is BK-1 which is the ideal palette for a smoky look plus heaps cheaper than shelling out for Bare Minerals Rocker Chick Kit. KATE already released a duo like this previously in the Dual Carat collection however I felt like this one was different. The other version, the number/name of which escapes me at the moment, is a bit darker where as this is a lighter grayer version. If you already have the previous color I’d still recommend indulging in this one as well. I created an uber awesome smokey eye look with this color!

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I purchased these at retail which is maybe $9-$10 USD per a palette? Perhaps a bit more I can’t recall. A friend in Japan got them for me and airmailed ‘em over! However, I’ve seen them online for $15.50 USD or a bit less depending on where you shop (see my Japanese Cosmetic Buying Guide for further information about where you can purchase these!). At a cost of $15.50 USD I do believe they are worth. They are pigmented, beautifully shimmery, and are good quality eye shadows.

The Muse Approves the new KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadows for purchase! Definitely grab ‘em! They are a must have in my humblest and the colors will work well into the Fall and Winter.

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Summer Beauty on a Budget Finds: NYX Hot Orange Eye Shadow Review

Alot of hype surrounds NYX eye shadows. I’ve read many a review, many a post, and many a discussion about how wonderful NYX eye shadows are and how close in pigmentation they are to MAC.

I personally never purchased any NYX eye shadows until recently when I came across a display at Harmons and my eyes were drawn to the NYX eye shadow color in Hot Orange.

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It’s such an awesome Summer shade.

Although Hot Orange is quite a gorgeous shade it’s not without it’s flaws. As I mentioned this is my first time purchasing an NYX eye shadow and being a MAC girl myself it’s definately difficult to compare MAC to NYX in quality but you can perhaps chalk that up to your Muse being very picky about cosmetics.

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This particular shade is a bit gritty as it contains a healthy dose of what appears to be non cosmetic glitter, really chunky pieces of the type a glitter you’d use for some after school crafts are something….yak!

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The pigmentation is pretty good on the shadow and it blended pretty well aside from the glitter getting everywhere. I did notice that the texture was not as silky as a MAC eye shadow and I did have to swipe a few times and build the color up to get the desired vibrancy that I’d get easily with one swipe from a MAC shadow.

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On the plus side the color is such a great Summer shade. The orange is wonderful by itself or combined with some golds or yellows from your collection! Plus the price can’t be beat at $4.99 USD!

For the price I’d say it’s worth checking out and it’s a very nice Summer Beauty Budget Find! Will I buy NYX again? Possibly!

If you’re trying to keep your beauty budget tight this is a great little find to add a bit of wicked color to your Summer makeup routine!

The Muse working NYX Hot Orange (or at least trying to work it!):

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Want another beauty budget find? Check out the review for the mascara the Muse is wearing in this Face of the Day picture! Wondering about my blush? It’s the cheap Bobbi Brown blush I picked up in Woodbury! Clickie!

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Enjoy some other Summer Must Have Cosmetic findings by reading some past posts!

NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

Too Faced Eye Shadow in Mess in a Dress

Redpoint Airbrush Effects Whipped Blush

The Muse’s favorites for Summer Sizzling Eyes

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Bare Minerals Tutorials Rocker Eye Kit Review

I’m a vintage rocker geek. I really adore vintage rock I also happen to love heavy metal, hair bands, etc…etc….

The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Maiden, The Eagles, Triumph, Metallic, Sammy Hagar, Guns n’ Roses circa the 80’s, (seriously have you seen Axl Rose lately? Not pretty! Let’s remain in the 80’s shall we?), The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, just to name a few are all loaded up on my iPhone and iPod for my head banging pleasure.

I’m off to see The Eagles at Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center in Alantic City this weekend! Yay! I can barely wait.

Sadly, The Eagles aren’t what they were back in the 70’s:

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I think they got old and stuff somehow. I wonder how the hell that happened! Hmmm…! They also happened to lose and gain a few members along the route but the sound is sorta kinda still the same although it’ll never truly be as wonderful as when the entire band was tripping out on acid but hey we can’t have it all right?

So why am I telling you all this anyway?

Because right now would be the perfect time to review the new bareMinerals Tutorial Kit entitled Rocker Eye!

What better time to sport a rocked out eye look then at The Eagles concert right?

Right! \m/!

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Ok, before we get to the rave I must rant. Sorry that’s the order of business today!

I will go right ahead and rant at the price yet again (How many times have I gone on about the price jack on BE lately?) I cannot believe how high in price Bare Escentuals has gone lately. I truly like some of the items they put out but the prices have taken a considerable raise very quickly in the last year or so! Rocker Eye is particularly expensive at $38 USD….ok…ok…let’s go ahead and give this the benefit of the doubt and say hey we get two shadows, a liner, and a brush! Awesome! But guess what? Another rant coming on….! The size of the shadows and liner have reduced in a MAJOR way! I was SHOCKED! Simply shocked! Fall off my chair shocked when I seen the ridiculously small size of the eye shadows and liner within the box! I’ve purchased many kits similiar to this and always the size of the shadows and or liners included are 0.02oz in size. The size has been decreased to 0.28 grams! Basically it’s about the size of a pigment sample now or a quarter!

Is that surreal or what?

Just last year I purchased the Foiled Eye Kit for around $28 bucks I believe and it came with a brush plus three eye shadows that were 0.02oz. This year I’m purchasing almost an identical kit thats $10 bucks more plus has took a big hit in size! I can never get through an entire jar of Bare Escentuals eye shadow because they are such a wonderfully large size but I think I can honestly say that getting through the colors in the Rocker Eye kit shouldn’t be a problem they are so small!

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Ok..I guess enough of ranting. I do have some major raves!

After getting over my initial shock at the size and price I was actually happy I got this kit and I admit that I may even indulge in a back up of this if it is LE (not sure if it is or isn’t!). It has some wicked fine colors in it plus an amazing, I mean amazing brush!

Let me tell you more about the brush….

It’s good. It’s really good.

The brush is possibly one of the best ones BE has put out to date. Normally I’m on the fence about the brushes they put in kits but this is a fantastic piece of beauty tool awesome. It’s a dual ended brush with super soft, dense bristles that has a liner brush on one side and a dome shaped smudged on the other side. The brush is all you’ll need to create an outstanding smoked out shimmering rocking eye! Pure perfection says the Muse! It works like a charm blending in the colors, smudging them up, and lining! Props to the brush! Hint: the Muse suggests hopping on E-bay to see if anyone has taken the kit apart and is selling the brush separately! Well worth $10-$20 for the brush alone!

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Second rave for the Muse is the outstanding, pigmented liner called Black Leather. It’s a really dark, true black color that lends pop and drama to your eye look! It has a very tiny, smidge of silver shimmer but it’s barely noticeable once on. I love lining with powder for some reason. It’s just easier to work with in my opinion! You can wet this or use it dry. I prefer lining with it dry as it works a treat and is easier to manage in my humblest! Great solid black color!

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The two shadows included are 1980’s which is a silver grey shade and Rock Star which is this beautiful amazing off black shimmering silver cocktail! I already have a full size of 1980’s and honestly it’s a boring shade but paired with Rock Star and Black Leather…WOW…awesome!

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Combining all three shades you’ll get a gorgeous smoked eye, shimmering eye look that’s both dramatic and elegant!

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The packaging on this is great as well since it makes creating a unique eye look quite simple. Look kids no prior brain surgery training required! You don’t have to be a master makeup artist to follow the simple steps included in the fold out box! It’s easy as 1-2-3! Very idiot proof and perfect for those that struggle with a smokey eye look!

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You simply apply 1980’s all over the lid up to the crease, follow with Black Leather liner on the lower and upper lash line, and finish it off with some Rock Star eye color that you smudge on the V of the eye or within the crease if you want a little bit more shimmer and drama! Simple! Done! Awesomeness awaits you!

I sincerely love the kit. Although the price and size of product included is a big boo I’m still going ahead and slapping the Muse Approval on this one! It’s worth checking out! It’s worth buying! Grab it, seriously! Good stuff and well worth the chunk of change! The Muse may need a back up of this bad boy!

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Here’s an FOTD I did using the kit a few days ago!

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Love this kit?

Want it?

Any kits you use for a smokey eye that are awesome?

Tell the Muse!

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Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Review

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MAC Colour Forms Swatches and Review

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Grrr I’m so peeved with myself! Last night as soon as I got off work I picked up my best mate Jai and we took our fabulous selves off to Nordies to get the low down on the Nordstrom Exclusive MAC Colour Forms Collection (plus see the other exclusive bits and bobs)!

When we got there we headed to the MAC counter first and I was told that the pressed powder was sold out! UGH! I was so disappointed as this was the item I was the most excited about! My MA told me virtually everything was gone aside from two or so each of the new pigment shades, a few palettes, three shades of the highlighters (the rest were gone, gone, gone!) and the brush sets. Can you believe it? Who knew it would go this quickly!!!!!!!

I normally pre-book everything in advance but since I’m always seen these exclusives pop up at my local CCO a few months later at killer deals I was playing it safe by waiting until the date of release but sadly I got turned out in the cold! Can you believe it? The Muse missing out on MAC! Don’t they know who I am?

It’s not all bad as I can get it online but still! Damnit!

On top of that horror story I thought that the new green pigment was a re-promote of “Golders Green” so I skipped it…I got home and realized it’s called Glided Green! Someone shoot me please?

So the Muse is only bringing you part of my haul and the rest will come next week after my order ships from Nordies website!

Jai ended up with zero which is very unlike him as he’s like me and collects all the palettes. He was either suffering from some unknown disease last night or he just wasn’t too thrilled with MAC Color Forms. I can’t blame him too much as it really wasn’t too much to get excited about.

Do not get me wrong. There are some sincerely beautiful things in this collection but I just felt a little tiny bit meh about it. I ended up hauling one palette (very unlike me), one lipstick, and three piggies! $126 USD later I left swinging my bag and humming a happy tune!

Again, very unlike me but I only picked up one of the two palettes. I’d normally grab both but the Cool Eye palette was just blah. Not great colors at all! However, the Warm Eye palette was simply divine and well worth grabbing. It’s a perfect selection of great Fall colors plus it’s a design I haven’t personally seen from MAC before so that alone makes it unique!

The compact design is pretty much identical to last year’s Novel Twist. It’s a solid rectangle box with a flip lid, magnetic closure, and fabric cover. Aside from it’s bright green material cover it’s virtually the same exact compact style as last year’s design. Unlike last year’s five shadow line up this is a tiny bit different. Yes, it does contain five shadow shades but instead of a straight line placement they now have three shadows facing the standard upwards position and two shades that are laying on the side.

It’s an interesting set up for the palette and as I said I’ve never seen MAC do a palette like this. They choose to make the two shadows on the left hand side bigger sizes or at least they look bigger to me. The two lightest shades that you’d use as a base and highlighter are the shades that they give you more of (or it appears to be more but it could be just the set up!).

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The color selection is pretty much a very nice array of Fall colors. Granted it’s probably very similar to past MAC palettes but I really like it anyway. I might be bias because I just enjoy MAC palettes but this seems really pretty to me.

MAC Colour Forms Warm Eye Palette versus Novel Twist Warm Eye Palette
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Colors included are:

Chillproof-Creamy white comparable MAC Eyeshadow in Mylar or Nyon
Tancentric- Pale Rose
Rolled Gold-Smoky Khaki Green
Rustic-Cranberryish Shade comparable to MAC Eyeshadow in Cranberry
Fertile-Matte Chocolate Brown

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Personally I like the palette and I think it’s worth picking up! It has a nice healthy array of Fall colors plus if you’re a collector you’re going to want one!

The lipsticks released with MAC Colour Forms are unique and again, not something I have seen from MAC prior to this. They contain a lip color that surrounds a core pearl finished core. Let me tell you it looks really pretty but it does nothing. The color I selected was Rose Go Around and it’s a gorgeous maroon red while the inside houses a peachy, gold shimmering core. It’s lovely, truly it is but that core doesn’t really do much that I see? Once I apply I just get beautiful, pigmented off red lips. I’m not really noticing any gold shimmer to my lips….I’m not even noticing that the lipstick applies easier or has some sort of moisturizing benefits due to the new core. Nada. Very nice to look at and definately worth picking up as the shades available are very nice but don’t get it because you’re thinking that the core will give your lips a slick look. That’s not the case, it applies as any other MAC lipstick would.

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And finally, something I think everyone always gets excited about, the piggies! It’s always very exciting when MAC does some new pigments. It’s not something they do often and I think it makes everyone very happy when they do release new shades! I had two of the shades already so I ended up with three total and a fourth that I thought I had as I mentioned but didn’t get. Damnit! Review for that one later.

Repromotes are Steel Blue and Jardin Aires. Steel Blue shouldn’t even be a repromote actually..I believe Pro sales it or at the very least MAC’s website carries it or stores. Unsure but it’s definately available around somewhere! Jardin Aires was released with a collection that the name escapes me at the moment but it’s a color you’ll definately want to grab up if you missed it the first time around. It’s a creamy beige, peachy shade!

Now new colors that have never been released prior to Colour Forms are Royal Flush, Tea Time, and Circa Plum. Get all three if you have the spare cash as they are very nice shades for Fall. They aren’t very Muse-like but they are very pretty especially Royal Flush which is kinda like a lighter shade of MAC Cranberry in pigment form! Cool!

Royal Flush-Cranberry Shade
Tea Time-Simply a light brown
Circa Plum-Plummy purple

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I guess that’s pretty much it! All in all it’s a pretty nice selection of items from MAC. I’m not really jumping around doing cartwheels over it but I think it’s worth checking out for yourself because there are a few items in the collection that you might want to see, swatch, or buy! And as always I highly recommend the brush sets, these are such a killer deal and it works out to like $10 USD per a brush if you do indulge! Good one!

Head on into Nordstrom to check out MAC Colour Forms for yourself or click on over to Nordies site and see it for yourself!

Expect a review of the highlighter/blush powders and Glided Green pigment shortly!

Here’s a simple Face of the Day using MAC Colour Forms Warm Eye Palette. I used Chillproof as a highlighter, Tancentric all over the and creaase, Rustic on the crease and V, and finished off with Rolled Gold on the lower lash line. On my lips I’m wearing the MAC Color Forms Lipstick in Rose Go Around.

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So tell me…….

What did you haul?

What did you stash? What did you trash?

Love MAC Color Forms?

Not for you?

Tell the Muse!

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Get your MAC cravings filled by clicking through past posts!

Check out what I hauled from Nordstrom’s Exclusive MAC Collection Novel Twist from last year!

MAC Sonic Chic Review

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

MAC Dazzleglass Review

MAC Naughty Nauticals Review

MAC Dress Camp Review

Fafi for MAC Review

MAC C-Shock Review

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