Beauty Bits & Bobs
Enjoy 30% off your entire order at Vincent Longo by using promo code NEWLAUNCH
Now would be a great time to get the brand new Vincent Longo Diamante Quad I recently reviewed or stock up on other goodies!
Happy Shopping! Do stop back and let me know what you haul!
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Aquila Review and Swatches
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Aquila
Vincent Longo Liquid Shadow Review
Official Twilight Trailer is up and live!
P.S. What ever you do don’t mention the 4th book! The Muse has it marinating on her bookshelf and is saving it for that special occasion when she’ll finally crack it open and read it!
Musings of Edward Cullen
Hope everyone is having a nice, long holiday weekend! Sadly, I’ve been sick since yesterday so it’s mostly rest and relaxing for me!
Last week I had the flu shot and I can only assume that’s where I ended up picking up this bad case of sneezing, sore throat, stuffy head, and other bits I have going on right now!
I have a ton of comments to get through and I’m slowly replying to them all! I don’t have any new posts planned for today but I promise to be back in fighting form tomorrow with brand new release info, reviews, and tons of other goodies!
-a sick Muse
Well, slap me and call me silly! I do believe, somehow, some way, I ended up giving money to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of all people!
Ahh much better! Sorry ’bout that!
So what was I saying?
Oh yes, I recently gave $7 USD and some change to the Mary-Kate and Ashley Cosmetic Line….Yes, I have lost my mind!
Dude…for serious…did you even know Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had a cosmetic line? I must live under a rock because I haven’t been exposed to the height of sophistication that is the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Cosmetic Collection! It’s like Chanel only much better….the Muse is being dry…very, very dry…..
Turns out they do indeed have a cosmetic line and you can get it by visiting E-bay and purchasing it in bulk boxes of 300 pieces or you can get some at your local Walmart! I personally like buying my Mary-Kate and Ashley Cosmetics in bulk lots from E-bay however I happened to be at Walmart with my sister a few weeks ago (she loves Walmart passionately and enjoys giving them mounds of her cash while I cry in agony on the side lines! “Why GOD! WHY!!!!!!! Not my own flesh and blood!!!!!”) and came across Mary Kate and Ashley’s enchanting line of cheap cosmetics while I was begrudgingly strolling through the cosmetic aisle and cursing my sister for dragging me to bloody Walmart with her (what if someone fabulous I know seen me there? God forbid!)!
The bad news is the Mary Kate and Ashley line sucks majorly…I know, I know…don’t be disappointed, chin up, it’ll be ok the Muse promises! The good news is I came across Blush On The Go Make Up Sheets and I’ll admit, shame faced and embarrassed, that I kinda dig these things…
What the hell are Blush On The Go Make Up Sheets anyway Muse?
Well…these are kinda like oil blotting sheets only they contain a shimmering blush! Cool right? Take a sheet out, swipe across your cheeks, blend, and you’re left with blushing cheeks…whoa!
Blush On The Go Sheets in Radiance
Blush On The Go Sheets in Flushed
Seriously, I was kinda shocked at how cute these were and how well they worked! Each box comes with 50 sheets and shocked am I that they are actually pigmented! I got two shades but there are a total of four shades available plus bronzer sheets as well! Each box of 50 Sheets will set you back $3.49 USD which isn’t too bad!
I love sticking these in my purse for super quick touch ups on the go or they’d be ideal for traveling since the airport bans virtually everything lately and sticking expensive make up in your check in baggage is not an option (at least for me it isn’t)!
I tried the colors Flush and Radiance. Flush I didn’t like and it looked rather bad on my skin however I do recommend it for darker tones. It’s a shimmering deep mauve pink that ended up looking a bit muddy on my skin however it really made my sister glow when I tested it on her, she’s about two or three shades darker than my own medium fair skin. The other shade that I tried was Radiance and that was fabulous on me! It’s a bubblegum pink shade that almost mimics the look you can get from Benefit Posietint!
The moral of the story is you should probably head on over to the Walmart and check these out! The Muse is sorta impressed with the cute factor, ease of use and mess free application plus the price can’t be beat considering we all have to board the beauty on a budget express train right now with the way the economy is sinking down around our ears!
The Muse sporting Radiance on her cheeks!
Not bad Mary Kate and Ashley…the Muse gives props for creating an interesting product!
Ran across these?
Would you be willing to try a blush in a sheet?
Tell the Muse!
Other blush posts you may enjoy!
Hard Candy Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush Review
Sugar Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush Review
Aromaleigh Blush Review
MAC Sonic Chic Review
A few weeks ago I had blogged about Josie Maran’s new cosmetic collection and today I’m bringing you my review.
The collection was actually appealing to my eye as I liked the pink packaging that everything came in and as you know the Muse is a sucker for cute packaging. Honestly, that’s what originally attracted me to the brand. After lusting after the sweet pink metallic compacts I decided I must try it for myself and see if the content is as good as the products! Today I’m bringing you a review of a few of the items in the collection and I think I’ll be pursuing the line further so perhaps you’ll see another review shortly as I was impressed with the few pieces I’ve tried so far!
First of all, good news for the green goddesses, Josie Maran cosmetics are very green friendly in both packaging and ingredients. The Muse is the first to admit she isn’t always conscious of what goes onto her face however I do respect that many of you are so you’ll be happy to know that a majority of Jose Maran Cosmetics are paraben-free, organic, and contain many natural, non toxic ingredients. The packaging is biodegradable and recyclable so the outside packaging is just as green friendly as what’s inside it! You can find further information about the packaging, ingredients and more by clicking here.
Today I’m doing a round up review today of products I used to do one complete look. The look I created was a very simple, natural yet elegant work friendly face. I think a majority of the line creates a softer look so if you’re yearning for a bolder look you may have to look elsewhere but if you love softer colors this should be exactly what you’re looking for.
The shadows I’ve seen from the line range from soft shimmery powders to easily blendable matte shades. Yes, I know, shocking, matte shades that are easy to blend! What’s the world coming too? But it’s quite true! In the look I created I used Josie Maran Eyeshadow in Maple which is a soft matte brown. The texture is beautifully silky and smooth and it blends like a dream. I’ve never run across mattes that are easy to work with but this applied smoothly and blended in wonderfully. The shadow glides right onto the eye like butter and leaves behind nicely pigmented color!
To compliment my nude eye look I gave my cheeks a hint of natural color with Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunrise. Sunrise is a very soft pink and comes in a weightless formula that glides on smoothly, absorbs into the skin easily, and leaves behind a soft, natural pop of color. I wish I had picked this blush up for the Summer as it would have been an ideal lightweight cream blush for the warmer weather!
In consideration of how light and fresh my look was turning out I thought a darker color of lipstick would be ideal so I used Josie Maran Lipstick in Devious to spice things up a little bit! The formula is lightweight and moisturizing while manging to keep a good healthy pigmentation when applied. Devious is possibly the truest red I own in my collection and I quite love how it complimented my natural face and eye look!
Since I’m ALWAYS on a concealer binge, I, of course, needed to try out Josie Maran Concealer for myself. Although I’m a self confessed hater of stick concealers this was actually an interesting little concealer. It’s not smooth enough to be call moisturizing in all honestly however it still manages to have a certain thickness to it and staying power that I found interesting. It doesn’t crease into fine lines or cake for that matter and it’s a bit too drying for my already dry under eyes however this doesn’t prevent me from actually liking it. It works well at hiding light to medium dark circles and it manages to stay exactly where you put it. It just sticks really well to the under eye area and doesn’t move which I thought was a big plus and a redeeming quality considering it’s not as moisturizing as I like my concealers to be! The color I choose was the lightest shade which is entitled Butter. Butter was slightly disappointing as it contained a healthy amount of beige and being the lightest shade available it still looked too dark for me however it actually does do a good job of freshening up my eyes and making me look awake as any good concealer should!
Here’s my completed look using the products I just reviewed:
Swatches from Left to Right: Josie Maran Eye Shadow in Maple, Josie Maran Lipstick in Devious, Josie Maran Cream Blush in Sunrise, and Josie Maran Concealer in Butter
Overall, I liked the items I tried from Josie Maran cosmetics. I know I’ll be going back for more shadows for sure as I loved the buttery smooth formula and I think I’ll indulge in another cream blush for myself! I’m also very curious about the tinted moisturizer!
You can see more of the offerings from Josie Maran by visiting www.josiemarancosmetics.com
How about you?
Tried any of Josie Maran’s new line?
Tell the Muse!
Further Information About Josie Maran Cosmetics