Beauty Bits & Bobs

Fall Collections 2008: Urban Decay Matte Eye Shadow in Electric

I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t disappointed when I heard about Urban Decay’s Fall Collection. They are introducing some seriously ridiculously, gorgeous lippies this season which are outrageous and the Muse is busy, busy, busy testing away however I was crestfallen when I realized the eye shadow selections for Fall are all new matte colors.

Le sigh.

The Muse is sad.

I heart the general catalog eye shadows that made Urban Decay an absolute cult favorite! Shimmer, Sparkle, Shine, and Glitter! So Muse-like!

I remember when Urban Decay introduced the matte shadows and how many sighs of utter relief soon followed. I just don’t happen to be part of the population that loves mattes so no sighing here!

Sorry.

I may be an itty bitty bit brokenhearted but Urban Decay definately made it up to me by introducing a new gorgeous, vibrant, popping aqua shade! The Muse is all over aqua! Psstt….don’t worry we still have the Winter Collection to look forward too!

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This Fall Urban Decay has extended the matte line of shadows with three new shades:

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Taupe Brown

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Mauve

And my favorite….

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POPPING Aqua!

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Can you spell lust?

The Muse is lusting this shadow! Even though it’s matte I’m still loving the fact that I can apply some and dose myself with some heavy duty sparkle and shimmer right on top to make my eyes literally pop out of my head!

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Loves it!

Since I’ve never reviewed the matte shadows prior to this I’ll give you a brief low down. They are extremely pigmented, wonderfully silky and easy to blend, and really bold and vibrant (did you expect anything else from Urban Decay?).

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Urban Decay Matte Eye Shadow in Electric has “the Muse” written all over it baby! I did a rather outrageous aqua look with it this weekend and applied a ridiculously amount of MAC pigment in Mutiny right on top!

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Pure perfection!

I’m loving this one and I’m slapping the Muse Approval on it for purchase!

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Run to Urban Decay and Sephora to grab yourself a pot!

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Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil Review

By the way…

That happens to be Jelly Pong Pong Lip Cushion on my lips!

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Reader’s Request: Kevin Aucion The Sensual Skin Enhancer FOTD

As requested after my review of Kevin Aucion The Sensual Skin Enhancer here’s a Face of the Day using it.

I have nothing on my face aside from some mark Glossblossom since my lips are busy being chapped yak!

As stated in my review a little goes a very long way. I used the product as both a skin prep and a concealer for under my eyes.

This is the amount I used on my total face including under my eyes!
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And this is what I came up with….no blush, no eye makeup, no mascara, concealer, or anything else. As you can see the product does a great job of making my face look fresh and my dull spots have disappeared!

I have very little to conceal on my face as my skin doesn’t have large pores, acne, or anything else however I do sport dull spots which drive me bats thus The Sensual Skin Enhancer creates a beautifully fresh look, erasing my dull spots, and prepping my face for the rest of my makeup!

I also happened to take this picture without using flash so you can get a better look at how the product works.

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Weekend Round Up

Hey girls (and guys)!

Tis the weekend!

W00t! The Muse be happy!

What’s your plans for the weekend? It’s a hot, humid one here in New York and your Muse has had some sincerely stressful days this week! Yak! So this weekend is all about chill-axing I’d say! I haven’t slept late in about 10 years so I’m thinking a little lay in is in order tomorrow morning with the AC blasting away, sleep mask on, and curled up under the covers! After that a bit of late brunch with mates sounds divine! I’m also thinking a brainless movie or two sounds good….How about The Mummy anyone? Or Journey to the Center of the Earth? That Brendan Fraser kinda does it for me!

I’m off to Defcon for a few days next week which should be a blast w00t! Very excited! Have no fear blogger now has an awesome schedule feature so even while your geeky Muse is away they’ll be posts to be had for all!

How about you? What are your plans this weekend?

Lazin’? Partyin’?

Tell me all about it!

Here’s a little weekend link love to keep you company while the Muse relaxes this weekend!

Happy Reading!

See ya Monday!

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Aube Shower Eyes Review

Too Faced Smoke & Mirrors Sneak Peek

Majorca Majolica Fall Collection Website Update

Lancome Maharani Elephant Bronzer Review

Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection Review

Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow Wash and Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss Review

Eyeko Summer Collection

DuWop Cheek Venom Review

Aromaleigh Rocks Mineral Powder Blush Review

T’estimo Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush Review

Aube Gloss Frutina Review

P.S. I’ll be posting the comments, answer, and winners to the Benefit B Spot Contest on Monday morning!

Good luck!

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Blemish Balm Cream: What is a BB Cream?

Your Muse hasn’t blogged BB Creams as of yet since her experiences with them haven’t really been the greatest however since I mentioned them once or twice I ended up getting many e-mails and comments about them. I recently reviewed Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer which reminded me of BB Cream so much in texture and formula that I was kinda of inspired to write about BB’s soon after!

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What’s a BB Cream? How do I use a BB Cream? Where can I purchase BB Creams? These are some of the daily questions I get in my inbox!

The US market, as far as I know, has not yet been exposed to BB Creams. I imagine we are all somewhat obsessed with our skin within the US but I personally feel like the Asian population is more so and that obsession accounts for the mass amount of products released within Asian countries. For me and other skincare junkies this is pure nirvana!

One of the latest, greatest, popular, and hyped products to hit Korea are BB Creams which is short for Blemish Balm Cream. The craze began in Korea but has since hit Japan, China, Etc…

So what is a BB Cream anyway?

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BB Cream is pretty much the end all of foundation, concealer, moisturizer, etc….It’s a combined product that eliminates many products from your daily makeup routine and not only simplifies foundation but also offers key ingredients that we all look for in makeup and skin care.

BB Creams are highly moisturizing, contain SPF, have acne fighting and anti-aging ingredients, plus conceal and lay a foundation for your other makeup.

What BB Cream Eliminates from your daily routine:

  • Moisturizer

BB Creams are so highly moisturizing you may or may not wish to apply a moisturizer prior to using!

  • SPF

BB Creams contain doses of 25+ SPF so you don’t need an extra SPF product to protect your skin from harmless sun rays!

  • Acne Treatments, Lotions, Etc…

BB Creams contain active ingredients for fighting off problem areas!

  • Anti-Aging Lotions, Potions, Etc…

BB Creams contain anti-aging ingredients to prevent wrinkles and also treat any fine lines you may already have!

  • Concealer

BB Creams act as a concealer for concealing under eye circles, baggage, etc…It also concealsr acne, blemishes, red areas, etc…

  • Foundation

BB Creams act as a foundation for prepping the skin for makeup and creating a flawless finish to skin!

  • Whitening Lotions, Fluids, Etc….

BB Creams contain whitening agents to lighten the skin!

You can see why everyone is so hyper and excited about BB Creams. They are virtually the superman of foundation however they are not without their flaws.

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Your Muse has tried about 8-10 brands of BB Creams now and I’ve been disappointed about 95% of the time. BB Creams are NOT without one major problem.

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My god Muse what do you mean?! They sound like skin care perfection!

The problem with BB Creams is color selection. BB Creams are not like foundation where you walk in and have an array of colors to choose from. Most BB Creams offer one color option only or sometimes, if you’re lucky, two color selections.

Right off the bat I’ll say if you’re a deeper, darker skin tone I’m highly doubtful that BB Creams will work for you although I can’t be sure as I don’t have experience with application on such a skin tone.

I’m fascinated with the excitement over a product that only comes in a dull beige color. Many Asian girls do have a yellow tone to skin and beige is not only unflattering on yellow tones but just, in my opinion, unflattering on ALL skin tones. Thus my amazement over the hype that surrounds the product in Asian countries. BB Creams are so pigmented that the color will look very unnatural on any and all skin tones at least this has been my experience with the brands I’ve tried.

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Another surprising thing about BB Creams is the fact that they seem to be best suited to dry skin. I have many, many Asian friends and about 95% of them have oily skin. BB Creams do not dry matte in my personal opinion and they feel very moisturizing when on so I’m curious how those with oily skin feel about the formula and texture of such a product.

I was recently contacted by a reader who recommended me a few brands I hadn’t tried before that made some high end BB Creams. After discussing it with her I decided to give BB Creams a much needed revisit.

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You won’t be hearing about the bad. When it comes to Asian cosmetics and skincare it’s difficult for the Muse to trash it. It’s simply too high quality to snark at which accounts for my lack of posts regarding BB Creams. However, I have decided I’ll start reviewing brands I have tried and the pros and cons of each. I’ll also have an upcoming review on a brand of BB that I do LOVE and again this is thanks to the reader that recommended it! That review is coming shortly so thank the gods we finally have a good BB Cream to rave about.

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BB Creams are a welcome edition to the makeup world and an innovation in skin care and makeup that needs a bit of tweaking. The potential for greatness is already there and with a little work we’ll have pure perfection.

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It’s hard not to notice that I littered my blog entry with difference adverts of BB Creams. As you can see many, many, many companies in Korea have out various brands of the popular product so sometimes it’s difficult to weed through the bad to get to the good! However, that’s what you have the Muse for! I’ll be sharing the best and not so great with you very soon!

Do you use BB Creams?

Love ‘em?

Got questions about BB Creams?

Tell the Muse!

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Love Korean Cosmetics? Wanting to know more about Korean Brands? Try a daily dose of past posts!

Etude House Moistfull Mask Review

Etude House Spring Collection Review

An Introduction to Korean Cosmetic Brands

Banila Co “Blue” Summer Collection

If you need information about how BB Creams are different from Tinted Moisturizers please click here.

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Latest Obsession: Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray Review

I recently came into a stash of Aquafina skincare goodies and as mentioned in a previous post I’ll be doing a a few different reviews for each item over the next few days.

One of the first items I want to review for you is one of my Latest Obsessions and a total Beauty on a Budget score!

Meet Aquafina’s Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray:

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This little bad boy will cost you $3.50 USD-$4 USD depending where you buy it. That’s freaking four bucks for an awesome hydrating spray! Can you say cheap and awesome?

The Muse likey cheap beauty finds that actually work!

Evian Facial Spray sells for $16 USD in a 16oz size where as Aquafina sells there version for $3.50 USD in a 6oz size. Which means even if you purchase 3 cans of Aquafina you’re still getting major bang for your buck!

Since it’s hot, humid and just generally yucky outside I absolutely adore this stuff to prep my face in the AM prior to moisturizing! I spray it all over my face for a healthy shot of cooling mineral water that softens my face and preps it for my facial moisturizer! It’s delightfully cool and refreshing plus I get the added benefit of the minerals in the water. It’s suggested for use with or without makeup on but I personally won’t attempt spraying water in my face when I have a full face of cosmetics on however in preparation for makeup it’s ideal.

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The price is sincerely awesome and it’s definately an item you’ll want to stash away cans of! The price can’t be beat and it’s a really inexpensive find for replacing your normal toner in the Summer when it’s warmer (or Winter if you prefer).

This one gets a friendly Muse Approval for purchase! If you know anything about your Muse it’s extremely rare she runs across cheap and awesome in the same product. Cheap yes…awesome no…..rare occurrence!

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But it just so happens that Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray is cheap and awesome! A marriage most wonderful!

Loves it!
Needs it!
Wants some more of it!

Have you tried this yet?

Can’t live without it?

Want to try it?

Tell the Muse!

By the way….

Aquafina’s website is doing a sincerely wicked deal at the moment. 25% off your order of $25 USD or more!

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Sweet! Click on over to start shopping!

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Find more Beauty Budgets that the Muse adored by checking out some pasts reviews!

Small and Cheap: Bourjois Paris Minis Review

Sparkle and Shimmer For a Few Bucks: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling and Lumnious Eye Shadow Review

Seriously pigmented for under $7 USD: Terra Eyeshadow Review

Loving: Essense of Beauty Crease Brush Review

Steals and Deals: Sue Devitt Naughty and Nice Palettes

Hyped about: Milani’s Wet/Dry Sparkling Eye Shadow Review

Read up on some Beauty on a Budget finds that went seriously wrong:

NYX Mosiac Powder Review

Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review

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