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Smashbox Reign Collection Sneak Peek

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The Muse was happily playing around with the new Smashbox Reign Collection this morning and was quite delighted with the results. I’ll be bringing you the review later this week but for now here’s a quick sneak peek of a look I created and snapped with my camera phone this morning.

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Smashbox Reign is now available at www.smashbox.com

Anyone haulin’ from this collection?

Leaves it?

Leaving it?

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Reader’s Request: The Body Shop RoseFlower Blush FOTD

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As you know I recently hauled a few bits at The Body Shop one item of which was The Body Shop RoseFlower Blush 02 which was on sale. A few readers requested a review to see what it looked like on.

Here you go chicas!


As you can see it’s a very pretty flush of color. Do look around your local Body Shop as there many be some to haul or I’ve seen a few on Evil-bay that aren’t badly priced.

Anyone haul it?

Loving it?

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Medusa Blush Review and Swatches

If you like your blush brighter, bolder, and full of energy you’ll likely love Medusa Blush.

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I’m all for different. I love bolder shades of blush and I’m not scared to use them. I personally think brighter shades are suitable for any skin tone so long as you use them subtly. With the Summer finally here (gorgeous day outside my office window today) a little pop of pink or orange is all in order for this Muse which is why I’m loving all over the two Medusa Blushes I recently hauled.

Jump ahead for the review.

Available exclusively in two shades for a mere $10 bucks each of these blushes are a huge size with plenty of pigmentation for your cash. Each blush has a very subtle shimmery finish and has a sifter with a bubble top for easy swirl and tap application. The two shades available are Georgia Peach and Dangerous Liaison. Out of the two it’s difficult to decide which I love more as both are gorgeous.

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Georgia Peach is a gorgeous peach with plenty of coral and orange. Completely flattering for Summer this shade is incredible on darker skin tones and lighter. A little sweep will do you so try not to over do it during application.

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Dangerous Liaison is a pure bubblegum pink which I also dub ideal for Summer. It’s a good deal less shimmery compared to Georgia Peach.

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Both blushes blend beautifully well and give just the right touch of color to cheeks. If you’re feeling courageous you can use these on your eyes as well.

Overall, the price, the pigmentation, and the colors are too good to pass up! Loves ‘em! I ordered these from www.medusasmakeup.com

They also carry a slew of other great items. So far I’ve been very pleased with the items I’ve ordered from them and look forward to checking out other items from Medusa.

Sportin’ Medusa Blush in Dangerous Liaison

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Bronzers for Dummies: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Review

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What’s up? Long time no speakie about the makeups! I swear I went through blogger withdrawal while on vacation. Some days I’m like “damn I have to get some posts out there for my little corner of the web but I’m sooo tired”…hey blogging is hard but after being away from it for so long I’m feeling more along the lines of “damn I can’t wait to start chittering about makeup!”

Speaking of great makeup I thought I’d kick off my welcome home with a little bronzing 101. Bronzers for Dummies aka the Muse’s most friendliest bronzing discovery. As you know I’m all about bronzers this Summer. I’ve been known to rant about bronzers and spawn spat about how horrible they are but I do so humbly admit that I’m on a rampage of bronzer love you moments. For example I recently had lunch with Lorac Baked Matte Satin Bronzer which has an SPF of 15! Hello, the Muse’s best friends with it now. Nothing matte about it. But….ado…today is not about Lorac (that review is on the horizon so stay tuned). Today is about the Muse’s favorite girlfriend, Bobbi.

Bobbi have I told you how much I love you recently?

Prob a million times but I do so bet you never get tired of it do ya? My recent love affair with bronzers was taken to the next level when encountering the user friendly application of Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer Powder in Antiqua! Loves it!


Click ahead to find out why I adore it…!

Leave it to Bobbi to create a slew of flattering bronzer shades for the masses. Sporting six shades of these popular bronzer powders are a yearly event with a new shade releasing each season. For the Muse it’s all a new experience because last year she’d have turned her nose up at the idea of bronzer. This year though she’s discovering the joys of Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder! Possibly the coolest thing about this particular bronzer are the interesting shade selections, particularly the pinks. The newest shade that I tried out is Antigua which is a killer bronzing pink shade with touches of bronze and brown to even out all that pink. Who doesn’t love the idea of a pink shade of bronzer? It’s sheer perfection in my opinion.


The formula is ultra soft and beautifully smooth for an even, flawless application. It’s difficult to go wrong with this. I’m no expert when it comes to bronzers which makes this the ideal bronzer for a dummy like myself. I simply swirl a kabuki in the powder and dust onto the apples of my cheeks, forehead, and places where I want a touch of sun. The overall effect is a bronzing pink look that’s quite flattering for anyone who’s unsure of bronzers on a whole. I do so wish I had a bronzer like this last year when I was adamant about my dislike of them.

If you’re in the market for a bronzer at the moment and never tried one I suggest checking out Bobbi Brown’s selection of Illuminating Bronzing Powders. With six shades to choose from you’re sure to find that perfect shade that’s easy to apply and gives your face just the right touch of the sun.


I’m loving Antigua and now I have my eye on Maui! Yum, yum! Each bronzer is $33 USD and available now at your fav Bobbi Brown counter or by visiting www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

For my look below I paired up Antigua with a little Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow in Scratch. I was trying to locate my Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Bronzed Pink, remember that awesome shade from last year? Needless to say I was unsuccessful finding it as I was rushing about today so I settled for Scratch which kinda reminds me of it!


I know, I know. Doesn’t look to bronzy! Sadly the flash from the camera takes away from the color a tad bit so do head to the counter for a play and a swatch as it’s considerably warmer than it shows in my picture.

Anyone try Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder?

Which color have you tried?

Did you do any hauling during the 25% Off Sale?

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The Body Shop Eye, Lip, and Cheek Palette Review and Swatches

Can I tell you, at one time in my life I didn’t like palettes! Gasp! Horror! I know right? I’d so go for single shadows, tons of glosses, heaps of lipstick but never went for palettes at all. The only palettes I would buy for a very long, long time was Dior Limited Edition ones, this was back when Dior was making some seriously ridiculously girly palettes.

Anyway.

I was of the mentality that palettes were messy and didn’t really give me what I wanted, etc….

As for now?

I’m an addict. I’m absolutely palette mad. It’s not even so much that most palettes get you the best bang for your buck, it’s just more of an “Oh My God! That’s Gorg! Must haves it!” Do you ever feel that way about palettes? Shrugs could be just me.

Moral of this story is that The Body Shop actually has a brand new palette they released with their Summer Collection. I know, who knew? The Body Shop and a palette? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them do a palette quite like this….!


Check it after the jump!

If you like palettes or you’re just wanting alot of everything for a little price tag you can check out The Body Shop Eye, Lip, and Cheek Palette. Basically has everything you need to create a complete face look or several looks for that matter. Travel friendly to say the least if you’re a minimal type that hates traveling with a slew of makeup, here it be, all in one spot. Tote it around with you on holiday or stash it in your desk draw for quickie touch ups. It’s $30 USD and it snags you pretty much everything and the kitchen sink.


You’ll get:
  • The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara
  • The Body Shop Liquid Lip Colors in Pink Sparkle and Golden Coral
  • The Body Shops Cheek Color in Golden Pink
  • The Body Shop Eyeshadows in Shell, Pink, Spearmint, and Slate
  • Plus a mini blusher and shadow brush!

All the items above come housed in a slick, black box with a little ribbon closure that sports The Body Shop emblem. The shades are pretty universal so you can use them just about anytime of the year. The blush is quite an interesting shade and reminds me of NARS Orgasm but a good deal more pigmented so use lightly. The shadows you get are creamy white, black, soft teal, and pink. These are all velvet texture and are a chalky but still manage to apply nicely to the lid, quite smooth and buttery in texture with plenty of pigmentation. The glosses are a nice little extra. They aren’t terribly glossy and they are sheer but they lend a little twinkle and shine to lips plus having them tucked inside makes the palette complete for eyes, lips, and cheeks! The mascara may be mini but it packs a rather large, bushy applicator brush which does a very good job of lengthening lashes and adding nice volume. I was kinda shocked with this as I never tried Body Shop mascara prior to this and the small size had me worried it wouldn’t be so good, but good it was. Both brushes included are super soft although the blusher blush is a tad small to do my face with but I found that it worked a treat for blending my shadow hehe!


You can get any number of looks from the palette and it’s rather ideal for travel considering how strict the airlines are. If you like softer, pastel shades or you’re just a lover of palettes this should appeal.

The Body Shop Eye, Lip, and Cheek Palette is available now at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com or visit your local Body Shop to swatch and have a play! I know mine was offering free make overs using the palette and the Summer Collection if you’re interested!

I did two looks for you using the palette. The first look I used the creamy white as a highbrow highlighter, the pink on my lid, and a bit of the sheer aqua on my lower lash line and finished with Pink Sparkle gloss on my lips. The second photo I used the aqua all over my lid, you know how addicted I am to anything that’s aqua! Both photos I am using The Body Shop mascara.

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Anyone see this yet?

Wanting it?

Tell the Muse!

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