Beauty Bits & Bobs

Alan Cumming: Simply Brilliant!

Warning:

Random babblings that have nothing to do with cosmetics ahead!

I’m a PBS geek (or maybe I’m just an Anglophile. I haven’t decided yet!).

I know can you believe I admitted it out loud? I’m the little short, round girl that strolls down Madison Avenue toting a PBS tote bag like it’s a Fendi.

And proud of myself by the very way!

For 200 years now, give or take a few years, Mystery! has had the wonderfully macabre Edward Gorey introduction. I heart Edward Gorey so I’ve always appreciated the fine animated introduction of Mystery!

However, recently things have been a brewing at PBS! Change isn’t always my most favorite thing in the world and no I don’t embrace it. You embrace it if you like it so much! I’ll stick with the things I know thanks very much!

One such change that is unforgivable to the Muse would be the revamp, rename, and re-host of my very favorite program on PBS, Masterpiece Theater.

Masterpiece Theater has undergone not only a name change but also a host change and all this other crap I’m not loving.

Gillian Anderson is suddenly the host of Masterpiece Theater…oh sorry…it’s called Masterpiece Classic now. Granted, the content is still very much the same but I can do without Gillian Anderson. Sheesh, couldn’t we find a Brit to do the introduction? Hells, I’d have settled for Madonna with a fake British accent instead of Agent Scully!

Look at her hair! It clashes with the bloody back drop! Please can it be real British host time now? The Muse simply demands it!

Sadly, even though I donate gobs of spare cash to PBS they refused to listen to my demands for a new host and I’m somehow stuck now fast forwarding through the bad introduction of Masterpiece each week and hiding my checkbook as I refuse to donate money to them until they lynch Gillian! Sorry!

Le sigh!

However, this week PBS more than made up with it when they revamped my second favorite show Mystery! with a new host and a new introduction!

Alan Cumming has made his debut as a fine host of Mystery! The Muse is not worthy of the awesomeness of Alan Cumming being so brilliant at introducing Mystery!

I lust after Alan Cumming in a major way and I couldn’t be happier that PBS has heard my agonizing cries of mercy and provided me with at the very least an awesome host for Mystery! It’s the least they could do after making me suffer through the badness that is Gillian Anderson.

On a side note check out Billie Piper making the cross over from Masterpiece Classic to Masterpiece Mystery! Obviously, life after Doctor Who and Diary of a Call Girl were simply not enough! Go Billie Go!

Ok I guess I’m appeased now! Happiness is gagging over Alan Cumming’s fine, dapper introduction on Mystery! Well done!

I’ve been a patron member for about 8 years or so now so if you’d like to donate proceeds of your cosmetic funds to PBS do have a click over!

Sometimes it’s not always about make up! icon wink

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Happy 4th of July!

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It’s a long weekend for the Muse as the fourth falls tomorrow! Yay! I’m closing my office early today and heading upstate for a long weekend of fun!

How about you guys? Any plans for the 4th?

This week has been a bit of a slow week for Musings! Apologies for that but life sometimes comes before blogging!

Up and Comming @ Musings:

  • I have quite a few things to get through in the way of reviews and I should be starting on a few Fall Collections shortly that I’ve picked up!
  • I still have to blog the latest and greatest from MAC as I am very slow pumping those reviews out! Sorry guys!
  • Japanese Fall Collections are popping into stores soonish so I’ll be hauling that stuff and reviewing shortly!
  • Etude House’s Summer Skincare will be featured shortly as well!
  • I’ll be sharing my latest awesome, foundation discovery that a friend recommended me a while ago and I’m absolutely loving! Can’t wait to share it with you! It’s amazing!
  • I’ll be doing a BB Cream article very soon that everyone has asked about but I’m currently waiting on a few new brands that a lovely reader rec’ed me. Those are being airmailed to me shortly so expect a round up post very soon!
  • I have the new Bourjois Paris 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation and a new concealer pen that the lovely Laura picked up for me awaiting my review! Expect these two reviews to be live on Monday!
  • The Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit and the Amazing Cosmetics Kit will be done in a comparison post shortly! Very fun post hopefully!
  • I have some news about RMK that I’ll be sharing with you shortly which I’m sure my lovely Singaporeans already know about!

And finally I have a few other bits and bobs laying around I’m dying to share with you guys! Have a product you’re dying to hear a review about? Tell the Muse!

For now the Muse is ready to close up shop and get some relaxing in! Here’s some link love from some past popular posts! Happy Reading!

Feel the bite of DuWop’s new Cheek Venom! Click here to read my review!

Put some pop into your cheeks with my Aromaleigh Rocks Mineral Blush Review!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching some MuseTV about my storage and huge stash of cosmetics!

Who doesn’t love a good highlighter in the Summer for our cheeks and face? Enjoy my review on Esprique Precious Illuminate Nuancer!

Remind yourself how much I love Clio Blushes by reading all about them! Click here for the details!

Since Fall Collections are popping up everywhere you might as well have a quick visit to remind yourself what a great collection Anna Sui released last year! Click on over and read my ravings about the Royal Romp Pressed Powder!

Watch a bit more MuseTV and see my Japanese Fall Collection Haul from last year!

Check out Givenchy’s Cache Cache Eye Palette released last fall and find out why I loved it!

Happy Weekend wherever in the world you are!

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Hard Candy 50% Off Sale

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I fear for Hard Candy’s life when I noticed that the entire site was marked down to 50% Off Everything!

Wow!

Happy Shopping!

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Summer Must Have Makeup: Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation

I think most of us crave a really light makeup when the humid, hot weather hits. Or in some cases you might be living in a climate when the weather is humid all the time!

When the humidity is so thick you can cut it with a knife and the heat feels like it’s going to melt your face it’s understandable to seek out a lighter, refreshing makeup that stays put and feels like you’re not wearing anything at all on your face.

In my search for a lighter foundation for the Summer I came across the Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation. This neat little wand is quite like having a large version of YSL’s Touche Eclat Radiant pen. A few clicks and a quick blend later and my face is looking refreshed, flawless, and beautiful with minimal effort on my part.

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The box claims that this banishes large pores but sadly I can’t give you the low down on this as my pores aren’t very large. It also promises to leave your skin flawless with sheer build-able coverage. That part is very true. The formula is ideal for the Summer as it applies as a moisturizing foundation but it dries down to a very matte finish which allows your skin to breath while keeping oily skin at bay.

I love how this wakes up my tired, dull skin and makes it bright and fresh looking as if I just washed and scrubbed my face! The formula is thick and creamy but don’t let that lead you into believing it’s heavy. It’s quite light and airy once blended and just feels wonderfully natural. It has pretty nice staying power without the help of powder. I wore it from 6 am till around 3 in the afternoon with no touch ups. Although my MSF was showing signs of fading around this time my foundation was still going strong and a quick pinch of cheek stain to freshen my cheeks up was all I needed. This contains light reflecting pigments and as I said it’s quite a nice moisturizing foundation without feeling oily. If you look close enough you can see a faint gleam and shimmer to your skin! Not so much that it looks shimmery or glittery but just the right amount to make your skin give off a bit of a glow!

I’m loving the packaging on this as it has a built in brush so if you don’t want to touch the foundation you can easily swipe on and blend with the built in brush! Click, dab, blend, done! Simple!

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Bare face Muse! Wearing Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Global Glow, and some NARS lip gloss in Misbehave!

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All in all a rather nice little foundation from Too Faced! The Muse enjoyed this one and I’m slapping a Muse Approval on it for purchase! Makeup simplicity is a must in the Summer heat and Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation has me covered!

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Head on over to Sephora or Too Faced to snatch one up for yourself!

Tried this?

Love it?

What are your favorite products from Too Faced?

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Get your craves for Too Faced fulfilled by clicking through some of my other reviews!

Click on over to find out why Too Faced Eyeshadow in Mess made my Summer Must Have Makeup List!

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to find out why Too Faced Liquif-Eye is my must have product!

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Atlantic City Steals and Deals

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Morning!

Happy Monday!

Seems you were treated to some Musings this weekend even though I wasn’t around! I came back and noticed my Too Faced post was up! I was puzzled for a second how the heck it got posted but turns out I had scheduled the post date as the 29th instead of the 30th! Eep! So you got some Monday morning Musings on a Sunday instead! Nice for you, a mystery for me for a second! You now know my dirty little secret….I have tons of posts already written and scheduled to go! I’m telling you about this because I have quite a lot of comments to get through so I didn’t want you think I was posting entries and ignoring you! I’ll be replying to each of you shortly!

Anyway!

This is kinda sorta a different style of post for me today. I rarely write posts about weekends, vacations, life, etc….although some of you have expressed a keen interest in seeing photos from my vacations and such I sincerely doubt you come here to read about me, my life, and such! You do however come for the great cosmetics I’m sure hehe!

I personally don’t want to bore you to tears about the details of my life or what I do on weekends and such however today I thought I’d slap some pics and such up from my little getaway in Atlantic City this weekend. This does have to kinda do with cosmetics which is why I decided to do the post!

I spend 5 out of 7 days behind a desk at work so when the weekend hits I like getting out and enjoying myself in a major way! Wahooo!

If you’ve never been to Atlantic City it’s basically the New Jersey version of Vegas just alot smaller. It’s a ton of different shops, casinos, clubs, restaurants, etc…all located on a huge strip of boardwalk complete with beach and ocean.

Recently they even added a ton of outlet shops a little ways off the boardwalk which is fab as you know I really love shopping! They have a slew of posh shops located at a mall on the boardwalk called The Pier Shops so if you’re looking for LV, MAC, Lush, etc…you’d find it here!

However, if it’s cheap you seek you can walk a few blocks down Michigan Ave and confront yourself with sincere shopping paradise such as the Banana Republic Outlet, Lancome Outlet, Converse Outlet, Etc…..

They have some amazing deals which are hard to pass up on! I was really selective about my purchases this weekend however I still managed to do some damage and came home with some great stuff from the Fall Collections plus loaded up on shoes, sneakers, clothes, etc….!

I won’t be showing any of the Fall goodies I got quite yet however I will show you some of the freaking amazing deals that I seen about around!

Behold Glorious Cosmetics on Sale at the Lancome Outlet (If some pics are blurry it’s because I took them in a rush as the SA’s don’t appreciate you walking around snapping photos in the store):

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That lady in the blue shirt was stocking up like the world was going to run out of cosmetics! She had two baskets full! Phew I was exhausted just watching her!
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Tons of Shu shadows, Shu blushes, Lancome palettes of all kinds, etc…all marked down and priced at 4 for $40!
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Can someone shoot me? Is that the Destiny Cube I see for 4 for $40 bucks? How obscene! The Muse loves hers but didn’t pay $10 bucks for the bloody thing! Revisit my review of the Lancome’s Mystery Game Collection by clicking here!
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It be Converse Time!
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Rows of yummie Converse in fruity shades! Oops blurry pic! SA is in the back of me wondering what the hell I’m doing! Turns out he was sweet even offered to take a pic of me in the aisle with the sneakers…hmmmm…no thanks that’s a bit too far!
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Converse on sale? The Muse is on the case!
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I ended up hauling five pairs of Converse for $120 USD! Plus no tax! Loves it! I didn’t take a picture but I got a really awesome soft aqua pair that are simply yummie! They had tons for $19.98 USD which is a considerable discount as they normally range from $40 and up depending on style. I have 150 pairs to match every outfit already but I sincerely couldn’t resist! It’s the inner geek in me that demands I wear a pair of Converse even with a business suit!

Coach Outlet Hauling now! Look at that white shiny sign becking in the distant!
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All shoes 20% Off? No tax? Ok, you talked me into it! Yes, designer brands too!
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Heading to The Pier Shops! That’s it on the right!
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Inside:
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That water looks rather nice! Think they’ll mind if I jump in and frolic about!
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L@@K It’s the Apple Store! Must go get my geek on inside!
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Ahhh Lush! Soap time!
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More shots of the mall:
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Where’s the sale? I see alot of people down there!
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Heading to MAC!
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The Art of Shaving! Love that store! MAC is next store!
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Below are just some miscellaneous pictures I took! Hope it’s not too boring!

Wild, Wild West Casino and Hotel
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The Shore (You can literally see how humid it is! Yak!)
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More Shopping at The Quarter
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All hail Caesar!
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