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First Impressions: Illamasqua Eye Shadow Review and Swatches

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Matte is a difficult medium to work with and not one I’m fond of. I admire those who can work with matte shades and create gorgeous looks because honestly I stink at it. If matte is your game you must be over the moon that Illamasqua has made it’s way across the pond and now resides at Sephora.com and Sephora Times Square.

Jump ahead for my first impressions and review of a few Illamasqua Eye Shadows I got to test out this week!

I’ve read a few reviews comparing Illamasqua to MAC but for myself personally I think they are considerably different brands. Packaging, pigmentation, and price are a just a few things that set Illamasqua apart from MAC.

For the most part my adventures in Illamasqua Eye Shadow has so far been a tad on the disappointing side since I’m not a matte girl. The formula of the shadows is weak in pigmentation and a tad on the chalky side. I haven’t applied on my eye as of yet but so far they prove difficult to blend just on my arm. The swatches I did take had to be built up with several swipes. I did take note that wet or applied with a base they seem brighter and more intense but without they aren’t anywhere in the same vicinity as the pigmentation of a MAC eye shadow. Colors appear buildable which redeems the fact that at first swatch you aren’t going to jump up and down in delight at how pigmented the eye shadow is. I tried two shadows out so far which were Moan and CanCan. Moan is an olive green and CanCan is a pretty violet.

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I did enjoy the interesting, unique packaging. It’s a square cut curved design that’s quite chic. This is 2g of eyeshadow for $20 where as MAC is 1.5g and $14.50. Obviously, the design isn’t only larger than a standard MAC shadow but it actually proves to hold more product. Remember looks can be deceiving sometimes and packaging can appear large but not contain a large amount of product but these prove to in fact hold a bit more shadow.

So far I can’t say that Illamasqua would replace MAC for me. I expected more for the price tag and was a tad shocked I wasn’t doing cartwheels around the room as it’s been very hyped up by makeup lovers far and wide so I did think I’d fit right into that groove. I do have to try these on my eye before making my final decision. So far I’m not too impressed but I will reserve judgment as I plan on purchasing a few of the shimmer finishes for myself because my current review could be a bit bias since matte really isn’t my medium of choice and I don’t have the skills to work with it.

So far Illamasqua won’t take over MAC for me as the price is higher and the pigmentation so far isn’t nearly as up to par. But we shall see….I need to explore and test further. If matte is your finish of choice you’ll be thrilled with a majority of the offerings from the line. In a sea of shadows dominated by various finishes, matte is a unique offering in the makeup world especially a collection of cosmetics that caters to such a finish.

Have you tried Illamasqua Eye Shadow?

Do you love them?

Tell the Muse!

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Steal It! Stila Precious Pearl Palette

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Now steal this kids.

Stila’s Precious Pearl Palette from the Spring Collection is available for 50% off at Sephora. The palette contains six vibrant shades of color in a slim line compact case. I loved this one on it’s release this past Spring and must say that $20 bucks is a steal for this!

Snag it before it’s gone!

Need help?

Check out my Stila Precious Pearl Review for swatches and other deets!

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Steal It: Stila High Shine Lip Color

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Go and steal yourself some Stila High Shine Lip Color. It’s on sale at Stila for $10 bucks and some change ($10.20 if you want to be exact about these things).

Color shade selection and variety is pretty good with the below shades available but lord knows they are bound to go quickly.

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It’s worthy of a pick up as it’s a nice glossy, moisturizing lip color with great pigmentation. I have a few I paid full price for and $10 bucks is a steal me kinda price promise!

Shop it!

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Smooth, Silky Summer Legs: King of Shave Shaving Gel Review

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My sister swears that conditioner is the go to product for shaving legs. Personally, I beg to disagree. I’ve tried conditioner on my legs and it’s just a no go….I’m all about the foam. Recently, I decided to test out King of Shave Shaving Gel and my first thought was, “oh yay glorified conditioner”….however, I was determined to give this a try out as it was labeled King of Shave. I could be wrong but I imagine somewhere down the family tree we have a gorilla or some hairy animal that was married to a distant cousin or relative because I’m all kinds of hairy. That was way too much info wasn’t it? Sorry but it’s true. My legs need serious TLC at least twice a week. King of Shave? Obviously this is what I my hair legs need, the King of Shave!

Click it after the review!

As per my original thoughts I was feeling like this kinda looked like gloried conditioner and honestly I was right it is glorified conditioner and it works WAY better too! Loves it!

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I didn’t even look at the price during my testing so when I was finished with my shower and shave I was worried how expensive King of Shave Pamper & Moisturise Shaving Gel was going to be. This thick, creamy gel gives my legs such a wonderfully close shave and leaves my skin silky smooth and extremely moisturized. The price for such greatness must be high.

Naa.

It’s only $5 bucks and change.

Gasp! Can’t believe it.

Although I was weary of a non foaming lather I was shocked how much I liked this. The gel moisturizers my skin and allows my razor to glide easily across the skin without nicks or cuts. It leaves my legs super silky smooth and manages to get me a super close shave. It is Summer and you can’t tuck those hairy legs into sweats, jeans, or pants so best whip out that razor and some King of Shave Shaving Gel and get to work getting yourself smooth legs!

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My problem? Wrestling this away from my sister.

Muse Approved for purchase. I was jolly impressed with this one and it tops my Summer Must Have list!

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Likey!

Check ‘em at www.kmishop.com

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Product Musings: Lush 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap

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George Banks was the father of the two children who’s nanny happens to be Mary Poppins. George and his family lived at 17 Cherry Tree Lane where much of the magic in the book (and the Disney film) happens at said address. The magic is unleashed in Lush’s own 17 Cherry Tree Lane soap named also after George’s old home.

Not so long ago but very far back now a terrible thing happened with 17 Cherry Tree Lane, the soap that is not the house of the same address! Lush decided to discontinue it from it’s main catalog. Oh woe. Sadness. Terribly agony. Many a fan felt awful after said day and sniffles and cries of why came from far and wide.

Gone now for a very long time but never forgotten 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap has been known to pop up at B Never on a very strange occasion or two.

However, most recently and most important is the re-release of Lush 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap that was brought back to be included with the Lush Retro line!

Oh Joy!

Jump for it!

This silky soap lathers up into a creamy foam and offers a beautifully moisturizing shower experience. With notes of mimosa, orange blossom, and jasmine this soap lends a beautiful citrus, lemony scent to your skin as your wash away with it.

If you love your soaps crisp and fresh with a wicked citrus underlay, 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap is the way to go. It’s the Muse’s very favorite and Lush even says it might have a spoonful of sugar in the mix….we all need that on a bad day!

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Get it now, before it’s gone for good (and if it is settle for a Sakura bath bombs, smells just like 17 Cherry Tree Lane!).

Anyone a fan?

Love Lush 17 Cherry Tree Soap?

Which are your fav Lush soaps?

Tell it!

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