Beauty Bits & Bobs
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Ecstasy slipped by this Muse. I was blinded by the cosmetic glory of the Urban Decay Get Baked Eye Shadow Palette that I didn’t realize that Urban Decay had sneakily injected two brand new shadows to their catalog on the fly that are available exclusively at Sephora. But of course this is always something that gets me hyper, I mean seriously have you seen my Urban Decay Eye Shadow Collection? You haven’t? For shame! Check it here.
In honor of my excitement about new shadow shades I’m all about Product Musing Urban Decay Ecstasy today!
Check it after the jump!
First off, Ecstasy is not Flash. Flash is a more true grape purple where as Ecstasy is more violet. But let’s keep it simple, if you love purple you’ll love Ecstasy. Particularly good news is the lack of shimmer, not good news for the Muse mind you but good news for anyone who doesn’t want a load of shimmer in their shadow. The formula is very smooth, shimmer-free, slightly semi-matte in feel but smooth and velvety. It blends incredibly well and gives your eyes a real knock out bunch of purple. It’s been a fair while since Urban Decay has added any shadows to their collection so I was quite excited to see a new shade. Minx is also a new shade which I’ll be musing for you tomorrow!
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Ecstasy is available now exclusively at Sephora
. Check it out! Likey!
We all have favorite beauty bloggers don’t we? I know I do. Just because I write this strange and unusual blog doesn’t mean I’m not also as obsessed as many of you are about reading my favorite blogs!
A few weeks ago I showed you some great beauty brands (Missed the post? Click here!) that twitter and today I’ll show you some of my favorite beauty bloggers (and some of yours too I bet) who are twitting happily away!
Why follow your fav bloggers? It’s fun! You can talk to them, ask them questions, follow their daily posts as many of them have a Twitter feed that updates their daily posts, plus it’s a personal experience with the writer and editor. Reading posts is one thing but getting to know your favorite blogger and have one on one chats with them is a cool experience.
You can find my favorite beauty bloggers that I stalk on twitter below!
My mate Rows from Cosmetic Candy Twitters happily away with the masses.
If polish is your game check out the Muse’s bud, Michelle, from All Lacquered Up!
The Swatch queen of the Internet, Karla Sugar is a Twitter fan as well!
I dunno if you’d call Pink a beauty blogger but she occasionally throws in a beauty post or two in between posts of cussing like a pirate, her keen sense of fashion, and lots of food and still manages to stay slim and gorgeous! Follow this chica!
One of my fav bloggers and a real sweetie, Carla, from Product Girl is hanging out on Twitter.
Who doesn’t freaking love my mate E from Pursebuzz? She buzzes beauty and donuts on Twitter (if you follow her you’ll understand all about the donuts).
Erika from Makeup Bag (first beauty blog I ever really read) is on Twitter…if you’re lucky you can witness cool Janey pic posts on occasion (the Muse thinks Janey might need her own blog).
Christine aka Temptalia, Queen of all MAC is a Twitter, who doesn’t want to follow the Queen of MAC? Hasn’t MAC given this girl her own collection yet?!
Missy from In My Professional Opinion is a Makeup Artist and a Beauty Blogger, follow her up!
Jami from Bionic Beauty is a Twitter-a-Holic and geeky, must be why the Muse and her get on so well! Follow up with her! You’re liable to get plenty of hawt Rob Pattinson pictures in with yout beauty!
The Muse likes cookies, especially cute ones like Lilan from The Daily Cookie. The Cookie and the Muse go way back! Follow her!
Last but never least, the Muse’s little sis, Plue (she’s sick at the moment with the flu, wish her well!) is busying tweet, tweet, tweetin’ when she’s not sick that is!
As I said Twittering with your fav bloggers is a fun way to interact with them and get to know them on a more personal level. Some bloggers work from home and others work from work so we are all on at some point during the day and willing to chat about makeup, the weather, or what we are doing!
Looking forward to seeing you on Twitter peeps!
Oh how terribly awesome is the Muse. Bringing you a review of the brand new Benefit Velvet Eye Shadows just in time for their 20% Off sale! I’m such a good mate aren’t I? You can proceed to tell me how wonderful I am in the comment box and send donations in honor of my awesomeness to my paypal account. Ok, ok I’ll take cookies at the very least. Deal?
Didn’t Benefit have eye shadows a little while ago? I can’t remember. I dunno why I forgot them. Were they forgettable? I remember Benefit having a line of shadows but nothing like these….hmmmm you can refresh my memory alone with those cookies while I give you the details on Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow.
I don’t normally go for velvet but I can get on board with these as the formula is so buttery smooth and easy to blend. I like to think of these as the dummies guide to eye shadow as they truly are goof proof. They glide on beautifully well and make shadow application a snap. Benefit Velvet Eye Shadows are brand new to the Benefit family and available in nine shades, no worries I’m sure Benefit will extend the color selection.
The formula is extra light which makes the shadows ideal for Summer. Who wants a load of eye makeup on when you can do a nice wash of color that’s soft, smooth, and light. With proper prepping they will remain fresh all day without creasing or fading away. Each shadow is very nicely pigmented for a good burst of color on lids. From what I’ve read so far people are really loving piling this on top of some Benefit Creaseless Shadow and rockin’ out. I haven’t tried that yet but they work just as wonderful on their own.
I tried out five shades which are as follows:
Like What You Sea?-Cloudy Sky Bluish Grey
Dandy Brandy-Brown with a tickle of gold
Where There’s Smoke-Pewter
Bikini Line-Buttery Yellow
Leggy-Icy Nude Pink
Out of the five I loved Dandy Brandy as it flattered my brown eyes! Bikini Line I’m favoring for Summer as it’s such a pretty soft yellow. I did several photos with the shadows on as you can see above, the only one I didn’t use was in a pic was Like What You Sea? I’ll do one shortly and update the post.
Overall, definitely a quality shadow in my opinion. Nice soft finish for both younger and older girls, very natural and fresh, easy application with little to no fall out, plenty of pigmentation, and the buttery smooth formula makes them very easy to apply. Likey! If you’re a lover of velvets I imagine you’ll fall in love with Benefit Velvet Eye Shadow.
These are available now at www.benefitcosmetics.com
And don’t forget 20% Off coupon code hiding out in this post!
Anyone try these yet?
Coming July, to a theater near you. Dudes, I so wish I had that awesome announcer guy to lead into this review. Wouldn’t that be hawt? Ok so maybe I’m deranged and think that’s an awesome idea.
Coming in July from Avon is a brand new product, actually a few new products but today I’ll bring you one, Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand. Oh the excitements I just can’t stand it.
Don’t hate me for reviewing this so early k? You can’t get it yet but the Muse’s promises that Jillian Dempsey and Avon are working hard at getting it to you in July, right around the corner.
The Muse likes to think you can thank Mrs. McDreamy for all the cool new changes to Avon lately as she’s the new Avon Global Creative Color Director plus her husband has really cool hair, go Jillian! Yay!
Gee I lost my train of though, sorry. I was going to introduce you to Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand…..so did you ever want to carry around all your lip products in one slick tube? Liner? Gloss? Lipstick? Check, check, check! I’m not talking about carrying around three separate cosmetics, I’m talking about one single item with all three options available to you.
Likey this idea?
Jump for a review on a cool techy gadget from Avon.
Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand is basically your one stop work horse for lining, filling, and defining in one slick, slim line tube. Ok, I admit that I don’t really feel like toting around three products but I also admit that I don’t use lip liner so this could be potentially pointless for me. However, the fact remains it’s got that superfly, Inspector Gadget-feel which appeals to my geeky nature. I love the idea of a single tube that has all three products housed inside.
How’s it work?
Pull the cap off the top half to get to your lip liner, twist the middle to get to your gloss, and unscrew the bottom to get your lippie. Presto! All your lip goodies in one spot.
I think Avon was trying keep things simple plus offer three products in one value price of $9.50 USD (no worries the Muse bets her life that it’ll be cheaper when it first launches). I don’t think I can deny that Avon makes darn good lip products, remember Avon 24k Gold Lipstick?
So you want the deets on the quality I’m sure.
Here it is. Liner is good, mind you I don’t use liner, but it’s buttery smooth and goes on very nicely. Gloss, very good too, not deeply pigmented but quite shiny and glossy with little to no tack. Lipstick, not sure yet how I’m feeling. It’s not on par with Avon lipsticks I’ve tried before however I’m a tad bias as the color I got, Delicate Rose, is really nude and with a cream finish. Cream finish, nude, yup not so Muse-like. But I will say after lining, filling, and glossing up I really liked the finished results. I normally hate a nude lip look but I liked this.
Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand will be available exclusively through Avon reps starting July in 10 shades but I imagine it’ll pop up for sale online as well, if not we better all get on the horn to our Avon lady (I don’t even have one of those! An Avon Lady that is, I have a phone.). If you’re looking for the convenience of a multitasking lip product that’s easy to tote around this be it kids! I’ll reserve my full judgment after I tried one or more colors as I just don’t Delicate Rose was very me!
Sportin’ Avon Pro 3-in-1 Lip Wand in Delicate Rose
What do you think?
Like the idea of carrying it all with you?
Rather just carry around separate products?
Tell the Muse!
So you want surreal skin? Yes, well welcome to the club. We all want surreal skin. Perfect skin, flawless, gorgeous skin. A myth? Possibly. But occasionally we run into one or two products that help us fake it. Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder can add to the illusion of flawless skin nirvana.
Click it for the surreal facts about Urban Decay Surreal Skin!
Hello, my name is the Muse and I hate mineral foundations. Yak, itchy, mask-like, flaky, horrible mineral foundation. I’ve run across maybe one or two mineral foundations that I like and I’ll go so far as to admit most end up in the bottom of my draw. I dunno why but I just can’t get on board with minerals. However, I will admit that Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder Foundation is my go to item for Summer coverage. I like this one, alot. And that’s saying something for a mineral foundation hater.
I’m trying to decide if I like this for the formula or if I just love the convenience of the packaging. I’m not on board with the whole tap, swirl, buff routine so this makes things simple. It has a puffy soft sponge on top and a simple dab on my face and a quick swipe around will get my face looking pretty flawless.
I should mention that Philosophy Supernatural comes in the same style packaging but it’s not nearly as good. It’s not pigmented, quite sheer really, plus it makes me itchy. I didn’t experience any of this with Urban Decay Surreal Skin. Surreal Skin is quite pigmented with buildable coverage for sheer or medium application depending on what you reckon your skin needs. This doesn’t contain talc so this could be one reason my skin likes it so much.
As the Summer sets in and my forehead decides it wants to shine like a mirror I’ll be happy to have Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Powder in my beauty arsenal. It gives my skin good flawless coverage, keeps it semi-matte without flaking or making my dry skin look worst, doesn’t itch, doesn’t look like mask, and just generally works brilliantly.
This is one of the few mineral makeups I do like which makes it worthy of a look at. Loves it.
Good stuff and a Summer Makeup Must Have for this Muse!
What are your fav mineral foundations?
Tell the Muse!