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Must Have Makeup: Cargo Eyelighter Review

So you have dark circles? Got a bit less sleep then you’d like?

No problem-o! The Muse has you covered.

Have you tried Cargo Eyelighter?

Totally perfect solution for the days your eyes need a wakeup call on the double!

I recently tested out a few Cargo Eyelighters and fell pretty in love with ‘em! I purposely withheld using these on days I got plenty of rest however, like this morning for example when I’m working on three hours of sleep, I decided to dive right in to see how well Cargo Eyelighter banished my dark circles, puffy eyes, and the general sleep deprived droopy eye look I had going on!

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And I’m here to tell the tale that indeed they do a damn fine job of waking up tired, sleepy eyes and offering a refreshed, awake appearance.

What are these things anyway Muse?

These are simply a dual sided eyeshadow pencil that contains a matte side of shadow on one end and a shimmery shadow on the other. The matte side of the pencil is used on the outer corner of your eye and highbrow while the shimmery side is used on the inner corner of the eye. The effect is a brightening, lightening, wide, awake appearance. Although the package suggests using the shadows on outer and inner corners, I took the liberal to line my lower lash line with the matte end and add a bit of the shimmery side as a highlight to my eye…the effect is the same..a wider, naturally bare look that’s both beautiful and refreshing.

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Does it banish dark circles completely?

No, absolutely not. However, it successfully reflects off of dark shadows and creates a more awake appearance. Yes, you’ll absolutely still need concealer but this and concealer create a rather perfect, awake eye look!

This are ideal for travel or quick touch ups as the product is complete and you don’t have to tug around anything extra with you. The shadows are housed inside the cap of the applicator, simply twist, remove the applicator and it’ll already be saturated with color. Apply, done, AWAKE!

I think part of it’s major appeal would be the fact that it adds a natural elegance to my eye area. For someone who prefers bolder eye shadows it’s a rather nice break from vibrant and intense..to just..fresh, natural, and beautiful.

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I personally loved the finished results on this and will be purchasing these again when I run out. If you watch Gossip Girl you might notice that Blake Lively always has a touch of shimmering white or gold in the inner corners of her eye, the results are pretty much the same as what you see on her although in my case I definately do NOT look like Blake Lively hehe!

Using Cargo Eyelighter in Pink
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Using Cargo Eyelighter in Gold
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If you’re loving my blush that would be Urban Decay Baked in Glided!

The two shades I tried were Gold and Pink, Pink happens to be a new shade addition for Fall. This is also available in White which I’m dying to try out so I ordered it from Sephora last week and will bring you an updated review about it shortly!

All in all I liked this alot and I’m approving them for purchase. I like the idea of a single item that I can tote around with me for quick, on the go touch ups for wider, more awake eyes, I love the finished results of going from sleepy to wow in a few quick swipes and I simply adore the naturally beautiful look these create!

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If you’re looking for something simple, easy to use, and works well enough at giving you that 12 hours of sleep you truly DIDN’T have…these are for you!

The Muse loves ‘em!

Tried these?

Love ‘em?

Sound interesting?

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Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Review

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It’s not too difficult to fall in love with the Guerlain Holiday Collection 2008 entitled Midnight Butterfly.

Over the years I never fail to fall deeply in love with the holiday collection from Guerlain and this year is absolutely no different from years prior as Guerlain releases a perfectly stunning collection filled with elegant, beautiful, and highly collectible pieces.

While last year concentrated on gold this year Guerlain took on silver and purple, two colors, in my opinion, that clash wonderfully well together. Although I don’t associate purple with the Holidays I must say that Guerlain took purple and owned it. Pairing softer lilac, with a darker purple and touches of silver and gold create a pure perfection for a Holiday face!

Although I’d have liked to indulge in the entire collection of beautiful items I concentrated on nabbing some of the more important pieces in the collection such as the eye palette, mascara, meteorites, and radiant powder.

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None of the lip items appealed to me thankfully however my eye was caught and captured by the $160 USD Guerlain Meteorites Pressed Powder in Radiant Butterfly. Truly it was a stunning powder but honestly at $160 USD it was way, way above what I’d have liked to spend on a compact!

I was both saddened and disappointed that Guerlain has raised its prices this year. One item in particular, the Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder, costing $82 USD compared to $78 USD last year. The powder wasn’t the only price raise, other items were effected by a higher cost this year as well.

Aside from the minor disappointment of raised prices the collection has absolutely nothing to not love in it! All the items are luxe, posh and a pure, spoiled indulgence for the Holiday!

Of course, my very favorite item in the collection is the Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powder. This is a atomizer of fine, sparkling silver powder. Stunning both inside and out this powder is perfect for face or body! This is housed in a slick, feminine, vanity worthy perfume style bottle with a lilac butterfly attached. The butterfly is detachable and has a pin on the back so you can use it a as a cute accessory to a suit or a shirt. Last year I purchased a back up of Forever Gold but this year I was a bit more reserved and only indulged in one of the powders. I’m still debating with myself if I should go back for a second since the collection is so very limited!

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The Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette in Mysterious Butterfly is my second favorite item in the collection. Consisting of four shadows at $57 USD this item was not effected by the price raise thankfully and still remains the same price as last year. The palette has two shades of contrasting purple shadow, one liner shadow, and a highlighting shade. The two main shades are a sheer lilac and a dark aubergine. A bright gold is included to highlight with and a purple brownish shade is used for lining the eyes. The four shades make up the design of a fine silver butterfly. Sadly, the butterfly almost instantly disappears upon smoothing your applicator on it however the touches of silver mixed with the shadow creates a rather nice sparkling effect. The shadows are housed in a slick, lilac compact so the outside is just as stunning as the shadows. The shadows are all smooth and silky however don’t expect a dramatic eye look using these, Guerlain keeps it simple and elegant with a touch of sheer color that has a tiny touch of sparkle.

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The star of the Guerlain Midnight Butterfly collection would have to be the Meteorites. In comparison to last year the pearls are three times bigger in size which makes for easier application. Although last year’s version had touches of shimmer, this year the pearls have a matte, silky powder finish. The color is a universally flattering champagne shade that brightens and lightens to complextion while setting makeup and creating a nice glow to the face. I love the larger size this year as it makes the application super easy and mess free, the container is twice the size as normal Meteorites. In keeping with the lilac theme the Meteorites are housed in a lilac container with the emblem of a butterfly on top. The size wasn’t the only item that became inflated this year, the cost of the Meteorites raised from $51 USD to $65 USD which was a considerable raise in price compared to previous years.

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My final purchase was the Guerlain ‘Le 2 de Guerlain’ Mascara in Butterfly Sparkle. For the most part this purchase was spurred from the gorgeous packaging however ‘Le 2 de Guerlain’ is a fine mascara as I already own the gold version and I’m very happy with it. The mascara is a dual sided affair which allows for application of upper and lower lashes. The upper part of the mascara is black while the lower end is purple with a tiny bit of silver. Lining the lower part of your lashes with the purple and the upper with the black reflects beautifully off an eye look created using the Guerlain Eyeshadow Palette in Mysterious Butterfly!

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Right now, faced with an economical crisis, Guerlain Midnight Butterfly is not exactly the first collection you may have your eye due to it’s high cost however the Muse is approving it for purchase as it’s a stunning Holiday Collection! It has some highly collectible pieces in the collection for the makeup connoisseur or the makeup junkie. Face with so many options for the Holiday Season it’s difficult to choose which items are stash and which are trash! In the Muse’s opinion Guerlain’s Holiday Collection 2008 is a stash item! Truly an outstanding job on this one Guerlain! The Muse loves it!

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I did a quickie look this morning using everything in the collection! I fear it didn’t come out as well as I wanted to as I was rushed for time today but it’s not too bad.

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How about you?

Wanting the Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Collection?

Already indulged?

Bit to costly?

Tell the Muse!

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Guerlain Midnight Butterfly Product Photos

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Hi guys!

A little moblogging fun with the Muse!

Guerlain Midnight Butterfly is out and live on counters!! I’m in Neimans right now grabbing some of this stunning collection!

I’ll be back Monday to bring you the deets on Guerlain Midnight Butterfly with a full review, photos, and a Face of the day!

Loving this collection?

Tell the Muse!

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Weekend Round Up

‘ello ‘ello!

I’m pretty swamped today ugh and backed up on my posts as well! Miss me much?

The good news is Monday I’ll be back with some great reviews for you including the full review of the Guerlain Holiday Collection with a Face of the Day using the items from this very exciting collection!

I also have a bunch of other items to review for you from various Fall and Holiday Collections! Excited?

Everyone ready for the weekend?

It’s been bloody cold here the last few days and I’m happy it’s finally the weekend! I HOPE I’ll be able to get my closets cleaned up this weekend and switched over from Summer to Fall/Winter!

We shall see!

What about you? Any good plans for the weekend?

Do tell!

I’ll leave you today with a few links from the past week!

Happy Reading!

xoxo from your Muse!

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Jelly Pong Pong Venus Magical Pearls Review

Guerlain Holiday Collection 2008: Guerlain Midnight Butterfly

Lush Skin Nanny Review

Bare Escentuals Extreme Glimmer Kit

Lancome Absolue Makeup Review


Urban Decay Holiday Collection 2008: 24/7 Glide Eye Eyeliner Pencil Sets: VIP and Velvet Rope

Estee Lauder TurboLash All Effects Mascara Review

Lush Vanishing Cream Review

theBalm Holiday Collection 2008

Too Faced The Quickie Chronicles Mini Collection

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Jelly Pong Pong Venus Magical Pearls Review

I get ALOT of email daily at Musings and I honestly do have a really, really hard time keeping up with it all but I’m truly listening when you write me. One such case of e-mail overload would be about a zillion messages I got from various people asking for a review on Jelly Pong Pong Venus Magical Pearls.

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I believe I caused a bit of an epidemic with my reviews on various awesome Jelly Pong Pong items because I get daily e-mails asking about the entire line and I honestly can’t answer all the questions about certain items as I haven’t tried the complete line of products! Sorry guys, the Muse is only one girl and contrary to popular belief I do not own every item in every collection ever released hehe!

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But the good news is I can at lest ease your curiosity about Jelly Pong Pong’s Venus Magical Pearls finally. So, yes, I am listening and here, as requested, is my review!

These are awesome and come with my seal of approval before I even review! They have a bit of a novelty feel to them while keeping the cuteness that is Jelly Pong Pong and adding an inventive way to use eyeshadow!

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What are they?

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Exactly what it says on the package…Magical Pearls! Ooooo! Ok..not really….but close to magical as you’ll get. Basically you’ll be purchasing a cute container of shimmering pearls and in keeping with Jelly Pong Pong’s theme of “swiping and going” makeup these make shadow application a pure breeze and goof proof for the not so expert makeup inclined. Each jar contains a single shade of pearls which you’ll swipe your finger across, picking up shimmering color that you can use on your eyes or face. The fun doesn’t end there though…pick up one pearl and squash it between your finger tips to release a second contrasting shimmering shade! Awesome right?

I personally haven’t tried these on my face but I love creating a simple yet stunning eye look using the two shades. I normally start my look by swiping my fingers across the pearls and applying all over my lid and into my crease. I follow up by taking my frustrations out on the pearl and squashing it between my fingertips to release the secondary shade which I use all over my lid.

And it’s really that simple.

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You can use a blending brush to blend out any harsh lines but honestly it’s a simple swipe of your finger tips to get an interesting blend of shimmering colors on your eyes! Obviously part of the appeal is how quickly you can create a look using the product. It makes makeup application simple and quite fun!

The color combinations are rather wonderful and go together beautifully plus the shades are very nicely pigmented making the product last very long since you only need one tiny pearl to complete your look! The pearls are very tiny and to create my looks below I used a single pearl.

Jelly Pong Pong has these available in four shade selections which evens out to roughly eight colors combinations. I’ve tried out two of the four and I’ll be purchasing the other two shades shortly (expect a follow up review for those…).

The shades I’ve tried out are Goddess Skin and Worship. Of the two Worship is my very favorite as the color combo is beautiful plus it’s a rather great time of the year to be wearing the two shades included with Worship. Worship starts as beautiful, shimmering gold, once crushed it goes from gold to a deeply pigmented fiery orange that contrasts perfectly with the gold. Goddess Skin starts out as a bronze which looks rather brownish, it has a nice shimmery finish. Once crushed Goddess Skin turns into an olive green, pairing an olive green and a bronze brownish shade never crossed my mind but turns out the two shades bounce off each other rather nicely.

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ACK dontcha just love MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit? I’m also sporting Lancome Absolue Makeup in the above picture on a completely prepped face!

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All in all I think the simplicity of use, stunning colors, and unique application process makes this a really fun product to pick up for yourself! It doesn’t have to be difficult to create a rather flawless, fun look and Jelly Pong Pong Venus Magical Pearls helps that process right along!

I loved these and definately recommend at least trying one shade..soon after I guarantee you’ll want the rest!

These are available from Jelly Pong Pong for $20 USD or 15 on their website. The site ships domestic and international!

You can check out other combinations available here.

Tried these?

Love ‘em?

Do tell me!

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