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Beauty News: Illamasqua Coming Soon To Sephora

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Great news for you today! British born beauty brand, Illamasqua is making it’s way across the pond shortly!

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Every since Illamasqua hit the beauty blog airwaves it’s since turned into the new must have makeup brand. Sadly, up until now, it’s been exclusive to British shores. But lem no more! Sephora’s website will begin carrying the entire Illamasqua Collection starting on July 21st and the new Times Square Store will have it in stock starting July 30th!

Happy, happy, joy joy!

Anyone a fan?

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Chapstick True Shimmer Review and Giveaway

Ooo I told you about the joys of ChapStick True Shimmer months ago before the hype hit the beauty blog world. Didn’t I? Check out my full review of ChapStick True Shimmer and proceed ahead for a few brief deets and a giveaway(you know you love free stuff!).


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Wallet feeling a little lighter lately? If you’re not wanting to spend a whole lot and just want a little indulgence, ChapStick True Shimmer is kinda a cute little splurge for a buck or two. I purchased one of these months ago in some drugstore or another, forgot where. I do remember that the commercial was what attracted me to them to begin with. I had a dickens of a time finding any of the flavors though and ended up with ChapStick True Shimmer in Peppermint Rush. I actually dig these as they only cost a buck or two and give lips a tiny hint of shimmer. Nothing dramatic here just a touch of sparkle! Honestly, Chapstick isn’t my go to product for my lips but I admit that sparkle captures my interest right away.


If you want a nice prepping balm prior to gloss, or your lips dry out in the summer and you need a bit of protection, or you don’t want to spend a whole of lot money but want to treat yourself to a little treat, or maybe you want bare, natural lips with a hint of shimmer…get the idea? 2 bucks or less and you’re enjoying little flavored balm…and it has shimmers! w00t!


Likey!

I liked them months ago when I got my first tube and I like ‘em now!

Available in four flavors. Botanical Berry, Peppermint Rush, Tropical, and Blended Fruit Sherbet, there’s a flavor for every pout.


It’s a no brainer, Muse Approved for purchase. I just think the inexpensive price tag and idea of a sparkling lippie turn me on!

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Now the good part, win three ChapStick True Shimmer lip balms by entering your deets in the widget below! Good Luck! You know the rules but just in case, contest is open to US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and residents of the Plant Mars, so get your e-mail and name filled in for your chance to win!

What do you think?

Love ChapStick True Shimmer?

Leaves it?

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Curious how you’re feelin’ about these!

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Jane Iredale D2O Hydration Spray Review

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I’m on this kick lately for moisturizing toner mists. I think it’s the warm weather but I just feel the need to forgo moisturizer in the morning in favor of a mist down with a hydrating toner that acts in the place of my normal lotions and potions. Recently my obssession with misting toners has turned to the likes of Jane Iredale D2O Hydration Spray.

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Incredible! I love this stuff.

First off the bad news.

It’s 2oz in size and $17.50 ouchie. Wish it was a little bigger for the price but no worries I’ll totally repurchase when I’m done with my 2oz bottle as it’s darn good stuff.

Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray contains a blend of chamomile and myrrh to sooth and refresh skin. The mist is scented with Ylang Ylang which gives off a heavy herbal scent, quite pleasant. You can use the mist in any number of ways such as in the place of facial moisturizer, or for setting mineral makeup, to hydrate skin on the fly, or oily skin users can indulge in this as a primary moisturizer thus avoiding richer face creams.

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About 2-3 mists is all you need as the sprayer doses face very nicely with product. It has a slightly glycerin-like feel but dries down to a dewy, fresh finish. It’s since taken the place of my normal facial cream for Summer. I doubt I’ll be able to get away with it once Winter sets in but at the moment it’s just perfect for spraying down with for moisturizing and hydrating my skin.

You’ll like this if:

  • Your skin isn’t too dry at the moment and you aren’t in need of a heavy facial moisturizer
  • Your skin is oily and you’d like a tool for hydrating your face without over doing it
  • You want a cooling mist to set mineral or powder foundations.
  • You want to have a toner on hand for hydrating your skin throughout the day without having to redo makeup

Overall, Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray is a real winner. I’m loving this for Summer easy, fuss free moisture in the heat.

Total Muse Approval for Purchase!

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Likey!

Anyone try it before?

What are some of your fav toner mists?

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Sneak Peek: Stila Fall Collection 2009: Stila’s Smitten with Kitten Collection Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot Review and Swatches

Stila calls their new Black Cat Smudge Pot a pretty black gel liner with a blend of Kitten Shimmer. I call it gorgeous.


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If Stila Kitten Smudge Pot was a little too sweet for you, a little too innocent, try out a little mystery and sexiness with Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot. This black gel liner is infused with a golden sparkle that can be used as a liner, or a smudged up smoky lid color, or line lashes with it as a twinkling mascara. Releasing as part of the Stila’s Smitten with Kitten Collection this liner gives a sultry look to eyes to add an edge of drama.

Black Cat is almost brown in color due to the heavy dose of golden champagne sparkle that’s infused into the formula. It’s very flattering on my brown eyes! The pot is large enough to line with and if you so please go right ahead and add a bit to lids and blend out for a sultry smoked out eye look.


If you already own the Stila 24K Smudge Pot from Stila’s Summer Collection this year do go and indulge in Black Cat as it’s considerably different. Black Cat has way more shimmer to it and is a richer shade of blackish brown when compared to the Summer release. Dare I say even prettier?


The Muse highly recommends allowing this Black Cat to slink into your Fall cosmetic wardrobe, it’s delicious!

Available from Stila in September!

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Sneak Peek: Stila Fall Collection 2009 Stila Kitten Lip Glaze Review and Swatches

If you were busy admiring my gloss in my Stila Kitten Smudge Pot post, allow me to tell you all about it. Along with it’s new Fall Collection Stila is releasing a brand new lip glaze in the Kitten color.


Good news for Kitten lovers I’m sure.

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First off, allow me to remind you Kitten has already been formulated in an LE gloss back in Summer 2008. No offense Stila but I really didn’t dig that gloss so I’m quite happy, ecstatic actually that Stila went ahead and re-released the shade in lip glaze formula.

Stila Lip Glaze is quite nice in general. Nicely pigmented, plenty of tack and stick for a long wearing formula, and a great click pen for application. Loves it!

Adding the shade Kitten to the line is fantastic as it pairs beautifully with Kitten shadow and the likes and as I said the original gloss formula wasn’t particularly great but lip glaze is by all means a beautiful gloss.


The Lip Glaze shade is considerably richer when compared to the shadow. It has a bit of pink sparkle to it but heavily golden beige for the most part. The shade is flattering for Fall without question but works well in the Summer sun as well!

If you’ve been longing for Kitten in gloss formula here’s your chance. Stila Kitten Lip Glaze releases this September as part of the Stila Fall Collection, Stila Smitten with Kitten.

Sportin’ Kitten On My Lips

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