Beauty Bits & Bobs

Reader’s Request: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Refined Swatches

Sorry I really should have posted these with my original haul post from MAC SugarSweet. As requested from a few readers here are some swatches from MAC Minralize Skinfinish in Refined.

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I was visiting on Cozy a few days ago and many of the girl’s were impressed with how pigmented Refined was. Just a note I thought it applied best and deepest when used with a kabuki brush. It works a treat as a blush so long as you buff the color into cheeks with a kabuki. With any other brush it acts more as a highlighter! Just thought I should add that if you were curious.

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MAC SugarSweet Collection: Dear Cupcake and Red Velvet

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I was working from home Friday since I purchased a TV and was waiting on it to be delivered so I didn’t really put much effort into my FOTD. I ended up fiddling around a bit with MAC Eyeshadow in Dear Cupcake and MAC Shadestick in Red Velvet for my look below. I really like how well these work together to create a nice popping pink look! I liked the look so much I didn’t bother removing it for when I went out later that night as it wore amazingly well all evening without creasing or fading up. Great shade combo.

Check below for the look I created using both!

I used a quickie swipe of MAC Shadestick in Red Velvet and MAC Eyeshadow in Dear Cupcake on top. The Shadestick allowed the eyeshadow to last ll day and also made it a more intense color of pink! Quite nice. I used a simple shimmering white on my highbrow to highlight the whole look. It’s not really anything special as I rushed a fair bit while doing it but I must say Dear Cupcake goes so very well when combo’ed with Red Velvet!

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Likey!

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Sneak Peeks: Spring 2009 and Summer 2009 Shu Uemura Collections

Hey guys!

Busy Monday for the Muse today! How was your weekend? It’s a gorgeous but brisk day in New York today, supposedly it’s going down to 16 degrees tonight…umm so much for Spring weather!

Even though the weather outside is frightful I can tantalize you with news of Shu Uemura Collections releasing over the new few months.

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Check it out below!

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Loving these! Available now, brand new Shu Uemura Cream Eye Shadows available in nine shades for $30 USD each. The waterproof formula comes in matte and pearl finishes. The formula supposedly lasts for hours without creasing or fading for all day, long wear.

Colors available are:

  • Black
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Light Green
  • Sand Brown
  • White
  • Light Blue
  • Pink Taupe

These looks fab but I was a little shocked at the $30 price tag….seems a little bit much? But I have complete faith in Shu and I think they might be something special! We shall see! Looking forward to having a swatch and trying ‘em out for myself.

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Now this I’m all over! You know how much I adore concealer of any kind! This is $45 USD and available in March. This can be used for precise application on age spots, acne scars, and dark circles.

Likey! Anything to cure my dark circles I’m all over and I like the idea of using it everywhere on my face not only under my eyes.

Here’s some sneak peeks of what will be coming soon from Shu Uemura this upcoming Spring and Summer, check it!

Coming in April, Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection which will include lipsticks and glosses made from Pink Hybrid Pigment, one of the purest pink pigments ever discovered. Oooooo likey pink for the Spring, this sounds interesting!

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In May Shu Uemura Painting Gel Liners will be released in nine shades. I’d love to see how these measure up to my HG liner, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner!

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May also brings the release of Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse Shimmer which is a light weight mousse primer to even skin tone, tighten pores, and create a flawless, even finish for makeup.

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In June we can partake of a new Shu Uemura Tokyo Lash Bar themed as Lashes in Nature. I’m looking forward to seeing these. The collection is designed by Shu’s atelier team including celebrity artist and Shu Uemura artistic director Gina Brooke.

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Overall, we have plenty to look forward to from Shu this Spring and Summer! I’m particularly eager to try the new cream shadows and spot brightener.

How about you?

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The Container Store: Storage Steals and Deals

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You got the makeup now you need somewhere to store it all. I’m always looking for ways to organize my monster of a stash and The Container Store is one of the first places I hop to when I want to locate cute little draws, containers, bins, boxes, and trays for stashing away all my makeup goodies!

Jump ahead for a steal and a deal for your storage needs!

From now until April 13th you can score 25% Off your entire Container Store online order or in store purchase! Sweet deal right? I rarely see them offer a deal like this so the Muse is taking full advantage.

I’ve had my eye on a Bisley media cabinet for a while now to store away some of my shadows, glosses, etc…it’s so tiny and takes so little space but you can stash so much makeup in it! It’s still costly after the discount but it’s probably the best price I’ll find on a Bisley! I’m thinking of taking the plunge.

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Well, enough about my storage needs.

If you want take to take advantage of the 25% Off simply use code CLUTTERCREW or click here to print your in store coupon. Take your coupon to the store, load your cart, and hand the coupon to your sales person, and presto! 25% Off!

Sweet!

Get organizing!

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Josie Maran Earth Day Essentials Green-On-The-Go Kit: Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss Review

Oh my gosh the Muse so wants to cozy up to Josie Maran for Earth Day! Have you seen the Josie Maran Earth Day Essentials Green-On-The-Go Kit?

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Loves it!

Bonus! Jump ahead for a review of Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss!

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The Josie Maran Earth Day Essentials Kit includes all full size products aside from the Jose Maran Argan Oil which is mini size! Cool, a steal and a deal! Pretty impressed they are bundling together so many products for a low cost of $48 USD. Economy beauty rocks doesn’t it?

The set includes:

  • Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil
  • Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss in Daring
  • Josie Maran Cleam Blush in Sunrise
  • Josie Maran Mascara
  • Josie Mara Eye Liner

Josie’s line is eco-friendly and organic right down to the packaging! The line is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

I’m simply gagging to get my hands on the kit to review but until I do I at least have the Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss in Daring that’s included with this kit. It deserves it’s own review as it’s mighty good!

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When I was little my older sister used to make me cupcakes from cake mix like Betty Crocker to take with me to school for my birthday. I always wanted to lick the spoon after but my mum was fond of telling me if I did I’d get worms, lord….my mum is such a freak. Anyway….what brought that story on? Oh yea..Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss tastes like Betty Crocker Cake Mix…for serious it does. Look mum I can lick my lips and eat my gloss and not get worms! It’s deadly tasty which means it probably won’t stick around on your lips very long! Seriously, if I could I’d lick the applicator like a spoon…so sweet and yummie!

The gloss itself has a nice waterY texture minus any tack or stick. The formula does need to be layered on for intensity as one layer won’t cover much so I do suggest going over lips a few times as the effect is stunning if you do. It has a small brush applicator which is nice as it fits snug in the tube without splitting as some brush applicators are known to do. The formula does make lips look fuller and plumper. The shade I tried is Daring which is a shimmering rose that looks almost copper on my lips with hints of brown. It’s a nice warm shade that pairs beautifully with a peach or a bronze shade of blush. It’s not a long wearing gloss because of it’s thin consistency plus the fact that it tastes so good doesn’t help but it does give a high shine to lips and a certain fullness. The formula doesn’t have harmful ingredients nor does it contain parabens so you’re not going to worry whether or not you should be ingesting it.

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All in all the gloss is quite nice and I see myself purchasing a few more shades. It’s a generous size, has plenty of shine, offers lips a fuller look, and tastes bloody good! What more could a girl want?

I’m Muse Approving this one for purchase as I really liked it and think it’s worthy of a look!

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