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Bare Minerals bareDiamond Spring Color Collection Review and FOTD

A few months ago I had purchased the Bare Minerals bareGold Pure Luxury Gold Collection from QVC. The kit came with an Autoship option for those not in the know that simply meant that they’d send me a kit every few months that was similar in style to the bareGold Collection but with a different color selection. In total it’s four kits that I’ll be getting and so far I’ve gotten two which are the bareGold and now the bareDiamond.

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bareDiamond for me is a total disappointment. There isn’t anything redeeming in the kit aside from maybe the blush and brushes?!

Where as bareGold had some very lovely golds and browns bareDiamond sports lighter shades for the Spring but the colors are completely off to me.

The kit included:

Diamond Gossamer Powder
Eyeshadow in Clarity
Glimmer in Marquise
Liner Shadow in Bronze Leaf
Blush in Hint
Mineral Veil
Lipstick in Gelato
Angled Face Brush
Soft Focus Eyeshadow Brush
Eyeliner Brush
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First off the Diamond Gossamer is an absolute disappointment as I already have it from the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection. It’s a fantastic gossamer to have and I absolutely love it but I didn’t need a second pot of this. However, somewhere in the back of my head I knew that one of the kits included a gossamer I already had so no problems I can swap or sell it off!

The eyeshadow in Clarity is a nice enough color I guess but it’s a bit blah for someone that enjoys bold shades. It’s a pale blue, slightly iridescent shade that can be used as a base, highlighter, or all over wash of color. Formula is fantastic as always with Bare Minerals however for some odd reason I had a bit of a difficult time blending this well and the look I created with it today just came out rubbish!

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The glimmer in Marquise is equally awful. The color is just blah, blah, blah. It’s a dirty chrome gray mix up that doesn’t do anything for me. Again I had a difficult time blending this for some reason hmmm…I see a pattern developing here!

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The liner shadow in Gold Leaf has some redeeming qualities. It’s a brown bronze with little sparks of gold and purple that are quite lovely however it really left me feeling un-Spring like! Bronze now? It’s Spring!

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Now you’re supposed to take all three of these, combine them, and come up with some gorgeous Spring look. Um no. Don’t think so.

I created mud with a bit of light blue thrown in for good measure. Actually the effect came out somewhat like the Lavshuca FOTD I did using the Aqua Noble On Palette (Click to view the FOTD).

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The general idea is you apply Clarity as a base all over your eye, follow up with Marquise on the lid, and line with Gold Leaf and your finished look equals mud more or less with a bit of blue thrown in! The above FOTD was created using everything in the kit aside from the lipstick. I threw some Jill Stuart gloss on instead of the lippie that was included with the kit if you were curious what was on my lips!

I don’t know who’s bright idea it was to match up browns and beiges with lighter blues but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t WORK! Bloody hell it looks awful! STOP doing palettes and kits with blue and brown it doesn’t work I SAY (at least for me it doesn’t!).

Moving on….

The blush is actually redeemable after all the drama with the shadows and liners in the kit. I sort of liked it. It’s a dusky rose color and although it’s very subdued for me it does create a very natural, elegant look. I actually do like this and it will work well in taming down my wilder looks! Yay! One product that I actually like!

Blush in Hint
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The lipstick is another blah for me. The color is rose but it has some peach in it as well! I actually didn’t even bother swiping or using it since it was so unappealing. Another one for the swap/sale bin!

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Finally the brushes were pretty good! The brushes are a bit different from the previous set aside from the large Soft Focus Brush. I already have this brush from the previous sets so that’s another for the swap bin! However, the Soft Focus Eyeshadow Brush is very nice. No shedding on this and it’s very soft and works well for washing color onto the entire lid. I tried blending with it but it doesn’t work at that for that task. Overall, a good brush for general color washing but not blending or packing color on. The other brush is a slim liner brush which is also very good. It’s a thin tip brush and it works well with the liner shadow the kit came with! The brushes are different from the bareGold aside from the Soft Focus Brush which is great as I don’t have dupes now.

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Overall, the Collection is a bust for me. The colors are way too weird and mixed up to create a good look, many of the items are duplicates I already have, and I just found the shadows and glimmer difficult to blend for some reason or another.

If you’re still lemming this after my poor review you can call QVC direct (this isn’t available online for purchase) and use item number A77475 to order yourself one!

The Muse gives this a big thumbs down for purchase! Waste of money, don’t bother. The good news is if you’re really loving any of this I’ll be putting up a Spring Sale page very soon so most of this will be thrown on that page for sale! Yay!

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Click here to read about my first impressions of the bareGold Collection I purchased!

Click here to read about the contents, price, and autoship feature on the bareGold Collection!

Click here
to read about the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection!

Click here
to read the review for the Bare Escentuals Platinum Collection!

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Reader’s Request: Vincent Longo Lip Vinyl

A few weeks ago I had laid my hands on some of the Vincent Longo C_Scope Collection. I was pretty impressed with the Lip Vinyl I got in Fellini Red. You can click here to read my original post and review about the collection!

A few of you had asked for an FOTD of me wearing it so you can see the color on! Here it is!

It’s quite eye popping and bright but I adore it! Such a vibrant, bold red! I’m not normally one for red but this is beautiful just beautiful!

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Shu Uemura Exclusive Face Chart for Musings of a Muse

Hey guys!

I wanted to share this exciting news with you last week when I originally got it but I was too busy to recreate the look so I didn’t want to post it without my spin on it!

One of the key makeup artists at Shu Uemura, Misumi Kitano, created a gorgeous exclusive face chart for readers of Musings of a Muse using the brand new Rebirth Collection! I was lucky enough to nab some of the Rebirth Collection for myself and it’s delightfully Spring-like!

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I didn’t have everything that was used in the face chart so I improvised with some stuff from my own collection!

What was used in the face chart:

Cheeks:
Glow on Harmonious Orange

Lips:
Rouge Unlimited in Dewy Beige

Eyes:
Rocket Eye Pencil Energy Flow
Pristine Green Eyeshadow
Precise Volume Mascara Black

My dup of the face chart:

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What I Used:

Cheeks:
Milani Mineral Blush in Mai-Tai

Eye
Shu Uemura Rocket Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow
Shu Uemura Pristine Green Eyeshadow
MAC Pigment in Charteuse
Fairy Drops Mascara

Lips
Smashbox O-Gloss
Urban Decay Lip Envy in Envious

I’m happy to say that I got a chance to sample some of the Rebirth Collection from Shu and it’s quite gorgeous. It’s one of the few Collections that is very light and Spring-like! Many collections this year went for very bold and dramatic colors that didn’t completely suit my taste for Spring but Shu came out with a beautiful range of soft Spring colors such as greens and yellows that are sure to suit the upcoming warmth of Spring! The title of the Collection is quite fitting as each spring their is a Rebirth and regrowth of life around us! Flowers, Trees, Etc…the colors and the name are well suited!

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The highlight of the collection for me are the rather awesome stackable tri color pencils. These come in three colors that are stackable to create one easy to carry pencil. These are a very creamy pencil that can be applied as an all over color or an eyeliner! Two color combinations are available which are Energy Flow and Aqua Flow. Both sets include three color selections for $20 USD. These trios are Limited Edition.

Overall, the collection is quite lovely and worth having a look at! The Muse loved recreating the look from the face chart Misumi created for Musings! A big thank you to Misumi for taking time out to design the chart!

Check out Shu’s Rebirth Collection at the Shu Uemura Website.

If you’d like to copy the face chart and do your own creation and share it with the Muse and readers of Musings of a Muse do e-mail it to me at Musings.of.a.Muse@gmail.com!

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Click here to read my recent review of the Shu Uemura Mini Lash Curler!

Click to read my review on Shu Uemura’s Gloss Lacquers!

Click here to read how I fell head over heels in love with Shu’s Lash Curler!

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Lunasol Geminate Diamond Palette FOTD

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You may recall that I had was in with all of the Lunasol Geminate Eye Palettes when they were introduced. I went nuts and just said to myself “MUST have all!”

At the time I recall my good mate Iris from Rouge Deluxe saying she liked the Diamond palette the least. At the time Iris had purchased me the Diamond palette and I was in agreement with her that it was probably not as nice as the others plus would be a bit sheer as well! It’s rare I’m in disagreement with anything she says so I was definately on the bandwagon that this particular palette wasn’t as beautiful as the rest of the lineup!

However, I beg to change my opinion! It’s become a fast favorite of mine the times I’ve used it and I’ve created some ultra stunning, shimmery looks with it!

I love, love, love how the colors all just work so well together!

This is what I created a few days ago when using it:

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It’s quite nice but it’s a bit of shimmer overload! My fallout was a mess! Oh well I’m still enjoying all the glittery bits and pieces!

What I Used:

Cheeks
MAC Blush in Full Fuchsia

Eyes
Lunasol Geminate Palette in Diamond
MJ Lash Extender Spring Edition
KATE Loose Eyeshadow in PK1
Kate Loose Eyeshadow in SV1

Lips
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Pink Raspberry
Ettusais Glitter Pink Lipgloss

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Vincent Longo C_Scope Collection Review (And a bit of Pop Lid Neon Too!)

Welcome to my combined review of the Vincent Longo C_Scope Collection that I babbled about yesterday PLUS the Pop Lid Neon Palette as well! Isn’t it fun to get a double dose of two brands in one post?

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I was babbling quite a bit yesterday about Vincent Longo’s C_Scope Collection so if you missed it you can click here for a recap! I also babbled about (and swatched) Pop’s new palette Lid Neon if you missed it click here and here to get in the know!

Let me start by saying I’m quite in lust and love with the Vincent Longo C_Scope Collection! After swatching myself happy at Sephora with every single shade in the collection I decided, after much debate and deep thought, that I’d go with the mascara and liner in blue. Truly it was a difficult choice and I wanted to walk out of Sephora with at least three other colors but somehow, some way I showed a willpower I didn’t even know I possessed. Although I imagine the other colors will make a starring appearance in my collection soonish!

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The blue I choose is a the truest blue I’ve ever owned. I don’t own any colors like it and I’d never have thought to pick such a color for myself but after seeing the promo images I was pretty much sold! It’s a solid, true, primary blue and might I add it goes wonderfully with the blue in the new Pop Lid Neon Palette I purchased.

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I decided this morning I’d pair up the Pop Lid Neon Palette with my Vincent Longo mascara and liner. What I created is a bit scary and needs a bit of tweaking to look good but I think with a lighter hand and a bit more time I can do a sincerely awesome look!

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I should mention that I hate liquid liners with a passion. HATE! They are so difficult to apply! Stick me with a pencil or a potted liner and I’m good to go, give me liquid and it’s like sending me to a hanging! I have no skill when it comes to lining with liquid (I have had success with Cenora Liquid Liner though! Yay me!)! I just suck at it, pure and simple. The good news is that the liners from the collection are so deeply pigmented. It’s like applying ink to your lashline and it’s impossible to screw it up. It just slides right on perfectly and personally you don’t need much talent for application. I dunno why but since the blue is so loud and outrageous it just makes it easier to apply for me. If I’m using black in a liquid liner I tend to notice if I screw up or if my line is messy and not so straight where as with the bright, bold blue I didn’t notice any such thing. I think the fact that the color is so very vibrant that you’re not noticing any minor imperfections. Any goof ups I did have, I corrected easily by gently following the line I made with a q-tip, reapplying, and again lightly touching up with a q-tip! Presto! Bob’s your uncle! Perfect line!

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As I mentioned earlier I also picked up the blue mascara. This I didn’t like as much as the liner simply because I felt like it was clumping my lashes up during application. Pigmentation, like the liner, is excellent! It literally turns your lashes bright blue! So outrageous! But I didn’t enjoy the way it applied. The applicator is a comb applicator so no brush here which is good because you’ll get excellent coverage this way but I’m not loving the clumpy feel and look of my lashes after application.

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More raving ahead after that minor rant…….

The collection also introduced a new product entitled Lip Vinyl. Four shades are currently available and I’m hopeful they’ll slowly add more. I got the color Fellini Red and I absolutely adore it. Wow. Super duper pigmentation. I can’t speak for the other colors but this is seriously some killer lip product here! A quick swipe gave my lips a very full on, drop dead red pout! I don’t normally like reds but I have to say I loved how awesome this looked on! It might be even too much if possible! I felt like Marilyn Monroe for a second there! The formula is strange because it does apply somewhat wetly but it’s dry on your lips and very matte which I don’t like. I’m not one for a matte lip color so a little gloss on top makes my lips very happy, VERY red, and very shiny! Gorgeous!

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This morning I decided to pair my Pop Lid Neon with the Vincent Longo liner and mascara. Many of you had asked how pigmented the Pop Lid Neon palette was and I couldn’t truly answer without first trying it on my eyes. I’m here to tell you it’s worth your bucks! It’s very pigmented and the one color I used (blue) went on beautifully! All the colors are matte, again I’m not a matte lover, but I am happy to have this little guy in my beauty arsenal because the shades are excellent and you can get hundreds of looks out of one little kit! The shadow is silky and applies with ease and it’s very long wearing!

As I was saying I paired up my Vincent Longo blue liner and mascara plus the blue shade from the Lid Neon palette today and although the look was a bit overkill I think in the future I can definately work it a bit better! I went with very natural lips and cheeks because the blue was already loud enough in itself!

On a side note the color lasted all day on both the shadow, liner, and mascara. No smudging, no flaking. On the upside of this I’m happy to report that the liner is pretty easy to remove. If you’re a MAC lover I’m sure, like me, you avoid Liquidlast Liner like the plague! Seriously does anyone buy it? You need gasoline dipped cotton balls to remove it from your eyes! It doesn’t budge! It terrifies me! It’s like applying tattoo ink to my lashline! The good news is you get the same incredible lasting power and pigmentation with Vincent Longo’s liner but the ease of removal that MAC Liquidlast liner fails at!

So here’s what I created, don’t laugh, it looks kinda crummy and needs alot of work! My favorite part is the liner which is why I’m showing you this! It’s so very beautiful and has that wonderful “wow” and “pop”! I’m eager to try the liner on it’s own and maybe smudge it up some and see what kind of effect I can get! By the way don’t mind the fact that I have a huge stain of blue in the inner corner of my eye, it was removed after taking the pictures! I noticed it and was like UGH!

UPDATE: Sorry guys but I’m removing the FOTD pics. Totally feeling bummed after getting some crummy comments but the good news is the review is still here!

W00t!

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