Beauty Bits & Bobs

Musings of the Day: Fav Drugstore Mascara (US Drugstore)

Since discovering my favorite drugstore mascara I’ve wanted to shout the good word of it to all the masses…..well I already have kinda but I’ll tell you about it again after the jump!

Ok, I’m speaking of US Drugstore brands here as there are way too many awesome Japanese drugstore mascaras that rock my little world. If you choose it does have to be a US brand…those be the rules kiddies!

My choice would have to be L’oreal Double Extend Mascara, whoa I really like this stuff, sincerely. I can’t help myself but this stuff is pretty damn good. I’ve been using it daily for about a month now and simply lurve it. That’s saying something as I normally fart in the general direction of any and all drugstore mascara finds in the US, sorry if you’re a lover, I happen to be a leaver. But Double Extend changed my very life and made me a believer that great mascaras may still dwell within a US drugstore….

Brb I think I just heard an angel sing!

Name your fav mascara.

Remember US brands only, no cheating and playing with the big guns, we all know Japanese drugstore mascara rocks it so you must choose a US brand…if you can that is….

It’ll be hard but I have confidence that you can do it!

Shameless self promotion: Find my review of L’oreal Double Extend Mascara by clicking here.

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Stash Spotlight: Shu Uemura Blush


Do you realize that I used to have over 25 Shu Uemura Blushes? It was a disease I believe, that’s the only thing I could think of that would cause me to collect so many.

I started out my collection years ago but I’ve since swapped many of the blushes away when I started collecting NARS. I’m unsure why because I do think that Shu might top NARS very slightly in the blush category! But indeed, I use to have a fair few.

Today I’m proud to say I only have six. Phew. Jump ahead to spy my small stash of Shu blushes!


With names like P Red D32 you’re sure to completely forget what color is your favorite. This could be one reason I stopped purchasing Shu blushes, the bloody number and letter system confused this Muse. The blushes are all majorly pigmented so for those who prefer alot of pop with their blush you’ll find Shu makes some of the best around. They have quite an extensive catalog of colors so there is definitely a little something for everyone.


As I look at these I remember what fond favorites they were and are. I think I’ll take advantage during the next FF sale and indulge in a few shades I swapped away…the Muse misses them and feels a bit nostalgic.


What about you?

Lover of Shu?

Leaver?

Tell the Muse!

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Product Musings: MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish


The Muse is super excited about MAC’s upcoming Summer Collections. All the colors are positively dreamy! Loving all that gold and bronze, so very Muse-like!

As I salivated over MAC Summer I couldn’t help but think what was already in my beauty arsenal that I could combo up with the collections when they released and the first thing to entire my mind was MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish!

Loves it!

Released with the special, limited edition Manish Arora for MAC this incredible lipstick shade won my heart over fairly quickly. It’s made it’s way onto my Year End Favorite List for 2008 and has been worn too many times to count, that’s saying something as the Muse isn’t loyal to any one lipstick.


The shade quite reminds me of my other favorite shade from MAC, Pink Grapefruit Lipglass. It’s such an incredibly deep shade of coral with a loud orange base but just enough punch to give it a dark peach sheen on my lips. Absolutely stunning! Truly MAC broke the mold when they made this particularly lippie!

Have you tried it?

Hauled it for yourself?

Love it as much as the Muse?

Tell me all about it!

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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.


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


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!




Likey!

Did you pick up either?

Loving ‘em?

Tell the Muse!

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