Beauty Bits & Bobs

Philosophy Sold @ Target Now

Holy cow! Target sells Philosophy now?

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When did this happen and why wasn’t I sent the memo?

So far it’s only the 3-1 Shower Gels but it’s kinda neat that Target is carrying the selections!

Nab some now plus free shipping and here’s a coupon from your dear old Muse to use while you’re shopping!

10% Off plus Free Shipping using promo code EVW6WK7W

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Prescriptives Fall Dimensions Eye Color Quad Review

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Prescriptives has my heart this season with it’s new Fall Collection Daring. The entire collection is simply gorgeous but one item in particular I’d like take a moment to rave about is the new Fall Dimensions Eye Color Quad.

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Wow.

Simply Wow.

Must have Fall makeup starts with this quad.

The quad consists of three flattering shades of yummie Fall colors and a rather oddball fourth color of blue! Have no fear the blue works! Promise!

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I created two separate looks with the palette one of which was a very flattering brown smokey eye and the other was a dupe of from Prescriptives Urban Heat Collection! Hey, what can I say I’m still in Summer mode here! Sue me!

I wish I had created a third look for you duping the promo model’s eye makeup but the Muse only has one face! I’ll work on that third look soon.

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The first look was creating by using three colors in the palette. How brilliant is that already? Three colors, a little mascara, and I’m looking smoking hot (well kinda…not really smoking but definately cute comes to mind!).

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As I get older I find simplicity is the key to life, the universe, and everything (42 also happens to the key but that’s probably another story for another day when I’m feeling more geeky to explain!) so reaching for one palette in the morning to create an elegant, mature, and fun look is a good thing for the Muse. Especially since mornings consist of the Muse running around like a chicken without a head.

The three colors I used in my first look were the base shade which is a matte creamy beige color, followed by a lighter lid shade of brown, and followed up with a contrasting shade of deep dark chocolate and finishing with the deeper chocolate shade as a liner. Add some mascara and I had a beautiful smokey brown look.

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Aside from the lightest base shade in the palette each shade has a very fine grain of shimmer which is barely noticeable but does give a bit of a sparkle to your completed look! Very nice to say the least.

Now I got all happy when I originally seen the Urban Heat promo images and I can recall wanting to dupe that look and there in lays the inspiration for my second look!

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The Muse’s version of Urban Heat:

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To create my look I simply used Bare Minerals Glimmer in the color Cervas on the inner lid of my eye and finished with some of the dark blue from my Perspectives Dimensions Eye Color Quad.

Pretty interesting isn’t it? I’m feeling rather properly proud of myself! I really like how the blue contrasted with the gold and creates an exotic look to my eyes!

I realize I could have just lined the bottom lash line with the blue when I did my smokey brown look but I was feeling adventurous and wanted to use the bolder blue to create something completely different! Isn’t that the fun of a palette? Creating multiply looks from four simple colors!

The texture of each shadow is silky and easy to blend and pigmentation is pretty good as well. Granted it’s not as pigmented as say a MAC shadow would be but it’s a different type of pigmentation that you’re really not wanting a load of color on your eye to create simplicity and elegance. That’s why I adored the palette so much.

The presentation of the packaging is extremely nice as well with it’s quilted cover and quilted design on each shadow. Beautiful!

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If you adore elegance, if you seek a beautiful Fall eye look, and if you love nudes and naturals don’t hesitate picking one of these up!

Definitely a gorgeous palette to add to your Fall must have beauty list!

The Muse approves it in a major way! It’s been a long time since a palette has captured my heart so quickly!

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Stay Tuned for more reviews on the Prescriptives Fall Collection!

Although the Prescriptives Website has not been yet updated with the Fall Selections you can get yours at both Nordstrom and Macy’s (Bonus Gift with Purchase at Macy’s!)! Happy Shopping!

Love it!

Do you have the Prescriptives Fall Dimensions Eye Color Quad?

Love it?

Want it for your very own?

What are some of your Must Have Fall items?

Tell the Muse!

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Enjoy other palette reviews by weeding through some of my past posts!

MAC Colour Forms Review featuring the Warm Palette

Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Shadow Brilliance Palette First Impressions

MAC Dresscamp Palette Review

KATE Glamtrick Palette Review

Lunasol Geminate Diamond Palette FOTD (Warning: Shimmer Overload!)

Bobbi Brown Mauve Palette Review

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Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation Review

This Summer I’ve been motoring around and jumping from foundation to foundation to find that perfect light wear that I seek for the humid weather.

When I ran across Stila’s Illuminating Liquid Foundation I firgured it was worth trying out. I’m glad I decided to give this a shot because I like it, alot.

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First off I’d like to rave about the uber nice packaging. The foundation comes in a heavy, vanity worthy, glass pump bottle. I really like the cute Stila girl on the front of the bottle and just think they went that extra step to make the bottle look nice! I really love the packaging on this and can’t help but gush about how cute it is. It’s truly a nice heavy bottle plus the pump makes it mess free to apply while keeping your hands and fingers away from the product! Bacteria be gone! The pump allows you to disperse just the right amount of foundation without creating a major mess!

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The formula on this is extremely light and of medium pigmentation which means you’ll need at least two or three pumps to cover your entire face but that’s the beauty of the product for me. The lightness of formula is what drew me to the product to begin with. It’s hot out and humid so I’m really not wanting an entire mask of foundation on my face thus Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation is perfect light wear that offers decent coverage while giving a bit of moisturize to the skin and offering a dewy, fresh look to the face.

The product will be particularly appealing to those with a porcelain, milky completion since many of the color options available are extremely light and creamy. I choose mine in the color 30 Watt which probably isn’t what an MA would choose for my medium-fair tone but I thought it blended well and gave me a very fresh look.

Although the formula is moisturizing it dries matte which is particularly perfect for hot weather and oily skin woes. The matte feeling is not a cream to powder feeling thankfully which I’m not fond of. It’s more of a simple dry down of the product as it adheres and becomes one with your skin creating a nice, even coverage that’s not overly made up. It’s almost like wearing really tinted moisturizer with much better pigmentation than you’d get from a tinted moisturizer.

Here’s a photo wearing the foundation on a clean, bare face. As you can see coverage isn’t super duper pigmented but just natural. It evens out my skin tone yet doesn’t successfully hide my blushing cheeks thus it’s more of a lighter coverage versus a heavier foundation.

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The wear is pretty good and I got about five hours before I needed to touch up. One major plus to the product was the fact it didn’t go ashy, chalky, or gray on me which some foundations are known to do on my skin.

All in all I’m really enjoying this as a light Summer-wear foundation! It’s light, creamy, and offers decent coverage while taking my skin from dull to glowing.

What are some of your favorites for light Summer coverage?

Have you tried Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation?

Love it?

Tell the Muse about it!

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Check our some past posts of coverage by clicking below!

Beauty Secrets: Whitening your Skin, Ridding yourself of dark circles, and other Babblings!

Tarte Peaches & Cream Powder Foundation Review

Prescriptives All Mineral Makeup Review

MAC New View: Mineralize Skinfinish Duo Review

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Josie Maran Cosmetics

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I’ve been thinking about it really hard I think Josie Maran must know alot about cosmetics after being Maybelline’s promo model for so long. It’s probably pretty fitting that she now has her own line of cosmetics available from Sephora than dontcha think?

I admit I’m tempted.

Her new line isn’t only quite nice to look at but it’s also organic. The line contains botanical ingredients and sports recyclable and biodegradable packaging. Go Josie Go!

I think I’ll be picking up a few items for review shortly as I’m totally digging the packaging and the looks of everything!

Want to try it?

Tell the Muse!

Check out more about the line at Josie Maran Cosmetics.

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Benefit B Spot Winners!

Hey there, Hi there, Happy Monday!

How’s your day going so far? Mine is complete stress! One of the seven fans in my gaming box went boom last night so I’ve been going NUTS trying to locate a new one! Anyone know where I can find a 92MM M35105-58 with ball bearings and frames? I figure it’s worth a shot asking! The worst part is it’s one of the three fans that are cooling the CPU and I’m NOT in the mood to reconfigure the box fans to blow onto the CPU so I’m aimlessly wandering gaming forums and IRC asking around for a swap! At this point I’ll take anything new or used! My CPU is overclocked so it’s either find a new fan or sit down and rip the fans out and rearrange them! Nooooooooooo!

On top of that my work load is triple today since it’s Monday so I’m quite nuts! Plus I’m behind on comments and my email box is about to burst!

Can anything else go wrong today?

Grumpy Muse am I!

But hey some good news comes out of all this! The Winners to the Benefit B Spot contest!

Yay!

I got some interesting answers to the following question: where does the name and the “concept” Babel Fish originate from? Hint: Look to my profile and you’ll notice a hint and a clue that may help you solve this little puzzle!

Watch the clip below for the correct answer:

The hint in my profile would be the fact that my location reads: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe which is the 2nd Book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series.

So now you know that the babel fish I was referring to was from a series of brilliant books by the author Douglas Adams.

And the winners are………

Asta
Abby
and Marta

Congrats guys!

Just send me over an email with your address and I’ll send your prize over!

Thanks to everyone who participated and if you didn’t win this round you always have next time to look forward too!

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