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Guerlain Paradise Exotique Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches, and FOTD

For some odd reason or another I couldn’t help but think of Toucan Sam when I seen the Guerlain Guerlain Paradise Exotique Eyeshadow Palette.

Maybe I was just hungry for some Fruit Loops?

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I dunno what it is but the colors in the palette remind me of a bowl of brightly colored fruit loops! Hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing mind you.

Gorgeous is an understatement when confronting the brand new Guerlain Paradise Exotique EyeShadow Palette released for Spring 2009. The palette consists of three tropical (and fruity) shades and one brown shade thrown in for good measure. Hey, they had to have a little balance in there so brown was suitable for just that. I have a slew of Guerlain special release shadow palettes and I have to say this is quickly becoming a favorite as the shades are just lovely and pretty brilliant for the upcoming Spring season.

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The fact that Guerlain manages to bring vibrant shades to a more mature audience definitely appeals. As I get older I’m somehow realizing that I can’t always walk out of the house sporting bold aqua eyeshadow, darn it I don’t want to grow up but this palette honestly makes it easy to wear bolder eye shadows but with a softer finish. The palette consists of lime green, a soft tropical orange, a vibrant yet soft pink, and a rather out of place brown shade. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with the brown but I did acknowledge it as a good liner shade. Pairing up the fun shades in the palette is a blast and they all simply work well together. The green goes fabulously with the orange and the pink brings a little something special the to the green and so on and so fourth. Wear ‘em alone or mix them and match them for a cool tropical look.

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The compact itself is a shiny metallic green with a palm and tropical bird design on the cover. It’s a typical classy Guerlain compact with a full size mirror, applicators, and that rather loathsome magnet for fingerprints finish…le sigh. One thing about Guerlain it sure does know how to make a palette that attracts fingerprints in a major way.

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The shadows all have the customary silky formula that I’ve come to associate with Guerlain. In simple terms Guerlain shadows just work. They blend beautifully well and leave behind a silky finish that’s flawless. You’ll likely never run across a better shadow that leaves behind such an amazing finish and Guerlain always brings that high quality to the table with it’s eye shadow.

One minor rant would be that the gorgeous palm design on each shadow is an over spray so one swipe of your applicator and it’ll disappear fairly quickly. This is really a pet peeve of mine when it comes to Guerlain but I try to buck up and not cry too much over it however I’d love to see Guerlain maybe work on a better design that’s more deeply embedded into the shadows that will last far longer than after one simple swipe.

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At $58 USD sadly, no, the palette is not cheap but for anyone who favors Guerlain it’ll seem like a small chunk of change to lay out for a truly stunning palette. This one is Muse Approved for purchase all the way around! Outstanding and truly beautiful. The Muse loves it!

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For my look below I used the lime green as a contrasting shade in my crease and the tropical orange on my lid. I thought it came out kinda fun and it really kept my eyes bright, cheerful, and very awake without drowning them out in a ton of color.

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Overall, I’m loving this palette and think it’ll make it’s way well into the Summer with it’s fun tropical shades.

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Product Musings: MAC Eyeshadow in Forgery

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You know the Muse tends thinks that the creative genius behind MAC Eye Shadow in Forgery deserves a major award.

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Although I have a slew of favorites when it comes to MAC Eye Shadow I do so admit that Forgery holds a special place in my heart.

It’s probably one of thee better shadows I own from MAC. Pairs up perfect with a cool look, works fabulous as a highlighter, tops off a smoky eye with just the right touch of shimmer, and simply screams sparkly brilliance.

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Indeed, whoever created this shade deserves some sort of compensation. A tried and true favorite for this Muse.

Are you a fan of Forgery?

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Yay or Nay: Bare Escentuals Glimmer

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Count the Muse curious but she’s busy a wondering. Are Bare Escentuals a Yay or a Nay with you?

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Jump ahead to find out if the Muse is feeling Yay or Nay about ‘em!

I imagine many would beg to differ with me and tell me how much cheaper online mineral etailers are and how much more variety I can get for less, etc…but honestly Bare Escentuals Glimmers are a big yay for me!

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I have dozens and dozens of these little guys and I continue to buy more as they release shades. I can find them on E-bay for really good prices plus pigmentation is awesome and quality is fantastic. Yes, mineral etailers definately have competitive pricing and variety but I haven’t met a mineral yet that’s as good as a Bare Escentuals Glimmer.

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Big Yay for me!

How about you?

Yay or Nay?

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Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss Review

You know how the Muse is always going on and on about Too Faced Mirror Mirror Lip Gloss? Well, for Spring 2009 we have Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss which is actually an off the hook dupe of Too Faced Mirror Mirror plus it’s a fraction of the cost.

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Dude…for serious you need some.

The buzz on Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss is all good. Milani Buzz Worth Lip Gloss is currently available in 9 Shades at a cost of $5.49 USD per a tube (sometimes less if you score it on sale!). Enriched with honey but without the tacky, sticking feel these glosses are absolutely awesome. A mirror like finish and highly glossy lips await you for a nice budget friendly price tag.

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I highly recommend snagging some of these and I’m Muse Approving ‘em for purchase as the price is right and the quality is definitely there.

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I really loved Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss because of it’s incredibly glossy formula so when I tried these out I knew I could offer a wallet friendly option to my readers that wasn’t going to break the bank. The formula offers extraordinary high shine and a mirror-like finish to lips without stickiness or that irritating tacky feeling. It glides on beautifully and has a sheer to medium coverage depending on your color choice. The glosses are quite tasty and sweet plus they smell delicious, that’s always a plus in my book as I prefer a flavored gloss. The formula is paraben-free and contains plenty of good for you ingredients like vitamins A & E.

The applicator took a little getting used to as it’s extra long and distributes a bit too much product but after a bit of practice I was all for it as it works well at getting product onto lips and creating a full lip look with a nice high gloss finish. I tried the shades Bee Rich and Bee Mine both of which had different finishes. Bee Rich had more of a sheer glossy finish even though in the tube it’s a popping red where as Bee Mine had a good amount of pigment to create a nice glossy pink pout.

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I seriously can’t rave enough about the quality on these and think they are well worth picking up. Considering that Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss is $16 USD plus only has six shades available I’d say that Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss is a fabulous find offering more variety and a smaller price tag! Good stuff! The Muse likey. Alot.

Grab ‘em now at CVS or check out Milani for further information.

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Musings of the Day: MAC Attack!

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I’m such a makeup geek so I’m of course loving this Musing!

So spill it…just single shadows….How many MAC shadows do you have in your stash?

Find out my answer after the jump!

Just counting my singles, not my doubles or my palettes, I was surprised to learn I don’t have nearly as many MAC single eye shadows as I thought I did!

Grand total:

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