Beauty Bits & Bobs

Jane Iredale D2O Hydration Spray Review

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.

Jump ahead to hear what I think!

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.

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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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.

Click ahead for a peep!

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!

Will you haul it?

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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.

Jump for it.

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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Loves it?

Leaves it?

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Sneak Peek: Stila Fall Collection 2009 Stila Kitten Smudge Pot Review and Swatches Stila Smitten with Kitten Collection

Stila roars (or maybe meows?) into Fall with brand new Kitten goodies that are sure to please. Here’s a little sneak peek review at the brand new Stila Kitten Smudge Pot releasing this September at Sephora.

Check it!

Stila introduced Kitten Eyeshadow way back when in 1997. I do believe this was just around the time I was getting into Stila and can recall Kitten being a fast favorite. I’m not the only one as many a fan will attest that Stila Kitten Eyeshadow is a cult fav! With it’s universally flattering combination of pink and beige champagne it’s one of those soft shadows that’s brilliant for dressing up or down with. Many a fan are Smitten with this Kitten.

The release of Stila Smitten with Kitten Collection for Fall 2009 includes two new smudge pots and one new lipglaze.

You’ll be seeing Stila Kitten Smudge Pot and Stila Kitten Lip Glaze today in separate reviews and later this week I’ll be showing you Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot which is also apart of this sweet collection. Kitten has been done prior to this in a cream form and also a gloss in the Summer 2008 but it’s still very nice to see it released in a smudge pot and lip glaze format.

Stila Smudge Pots are great multitasking tools to use as a shadow primer, an all over shadow color, liner, or go crazy and use on cheeks and brow bone for a pretty highlighter. Stila Kitten Smudge Pot is a gorgeous blend of pink ad beige champagne with a shimmer finish. This smudge pot is particularly great if you’re not in love with the fall out from the powder format of Kitten as this blends easily onto the eye minus clean up after use.

Stila Smitten with Kitten is a Muse Approved for purchase. It’ll be available from Stila in September but I suspect you’ll see it towards the end of August.

If you’re a lover of Kitten you’ll sure to want to peep at this collection!

Will you haul it?

Are you a fan of Kitten?

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Sportin’ Stila Kitten Smudge Pot on my eyes and Stila Kitten Lip Glaze (review and swatches upcoming) on my lips!


Tips for Minimal, Fresh, Natural Summer Makeup

I’m always looking for a few tips and tricks to keep my makeup fresh, natural, and above all else, minimal in the Summer. Who wants to wear tons of foundation and eye makeup when it’s humid and sticky outside? I’m sure you agree minimal is where it’s at when the temperature is tipping into the 80’s and 90’s.

Check it below for some tips to keep makeup on the low down this Summer!

For my look above I kept it really minimal. Here’s what I used:

Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist
Korres Face Primer
Stila Convertible Color in Poppy

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer
Shu Uemura Lash Curler

Clarins Instant Gloss

  • Go Without Foundation

I know I’m crazy right? Go without foundation? Nuts! But I highly suggest going without if you can pull it off and truly if your skin is fairly clear you shouldn’t have a problem doing so.

Try out these simple tips for getting glowing skin.

  • Scrub, Scrub, Scrub!

Exfoliate your skin in the shower or at the sink in the morning. In the Summer, I always prefer exfoliating my face in the morning as it gives my skin a certain fresh, glow that lasts almost all day plus it makes it easier to go without foundation. Try a gentle exfoliator such as Philosophy Microdelivery. Gentle scrubs are best as they shed dead skin cells and don’t dry skin out. If you’re sensitive and can’t stand the though of a scrub try out Cargo Polishing Clothes to get skin glowing!

  • Light Moisturizer

You’re not going to want to use a heavy moisturizer on your face in the Summer. I tend to get oily if I go to heavy with moisturizer so I’ve been using Korres Primer as my moisturizer if I want to keep things minimal or a moisturizing mist or toner. Try out primers that aren’t silicon based but have a water base for a moist, dewy finish. If your skin is oily but you desire a bit of moisture try misting with a moisturizing toner of some kind.

  • Tint It!

If you fear heading out of the house naked, try out a tinted moisturizer or a lighter foundation. If your skin is slightly dull or you have uneven skin tone you can easily redeem it with a light tinted moisturizer or foundation. My favorite picks for tinted moisturizer Laura Mercier’s and DuWop. If you aren’t a fan of tinted moisturizers try a light foundation such as Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation or if you have oily skin try out Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau for a matte finish.

  • It’s All In The Eyes

Goops of mascara and tons of eye makeup hold little appeal when it’s hot outside. For a fresher look try ditching it all! I find if I concentrate much of my time on my eyes and concealing them correctly that my entire face is radiant. Use a pigmented concealer to blend away dark circles, tired eyes, fine lines, and puff. Top with a very fine layer of powder to set and you’ll be golden all day. Prepped and primed eyes will make your face look ten years younger and you’ll look and feel your best! If you’re daring you can even go mascara-less! Forget mascara and curl your lashes up with a good curler. Press and hold for a minute or more for longer, fuller lashes. Tuck your curler in your makeup bag for quickie touch ups through out the day. No icky mascara to deal with to make lashes heavy just simple, fresh doe eyes.

  • Flush With Healthy Color

Put your powders away and haul out your creams and stains for long wearing color. Flush cheeks with popping shades of cheek stain or creamy long wearing cream blushes. I find that tacky, sticky cream blushes wear best in Summer and longest. If you’re wanting to go waterproof head for stains as they’ll last all through a day at the pool or beach. I find that stains and cream blushes not only give a healthy burst of color to cheeks but also light my face up so it’s barely noticeable if I’m going foundation-less.

  • Don’t Over Do Your Lips

Wearing layers of lipstick does not appeal in the Summer sun. Try to lighten it up with balms, color changing glosses, and simple glosses. Clarins has a color changing gloss that makes lips slick with just a hint of pink as does Too Faced and Smashbox. Try out these glosses for a very simple look. Try a lighter moisturizing lipstick like Lipstick Queen Medieval for a touch of color without a weighted down formula.

Above All Else, Don’t Forget Your SPF!

I hope you enjoyed some of these Summer tips for keeping your makeup minimal and fresh during the hot, humid weather. Feel free to share your tips for a fresh, glowing face in the comment box!

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