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Black Head Off Stick Review: Blackheads Be Gone….Maybe?!

Do you have any really silly stuff in your beauty arsenal that you swear by?

Black Head Off Stick by B & C Laboratories is probably one of my most silliest items that I stash away in my beauty arsenal and often reach for, I’m embarrassed to admit I do use this!

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Muse, what the hell is Black Head Off Stick anywhere?

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Well….

This little guy is made by those same friendly people over at Sony who bring you great electronics and lip gloss too!

It’s a Japanese thing don’t ask me.

But I’m just happy to have a little stash of Black Head Off Sticks. I’ve been through about 3 in the last year.

Anyway I forgot to explain what it was didn’t I?

Well….

It looks like a lip balm but it’s actually a stick that you smooth over your nose and after that you proceed to rub the area and supposedly this “erases” your blackheads.

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Don’t ask me why I continue using this thing but for some odd reason or another I’ve convinced myself that it’s improved the blackheads I get on my nose. Ok, granted not those deeply embedded suckers that you need acid to remove…BUT the ones at the surface are easily removed by swiping this across your nose a few times and briskly rubbing.

It also kinda makes my nose matte and less shiny….and this is weird…but my nose kind of looks brighter and fresher….does that make any sense?

Prob not but I think when they coined the phrase “powder your nose” the effect would be similiar to what Black Head Off Stick does to my nose!

Is it useless? Possibly.

Am I convinced it works?

Yes.

Do I recommend it?

Sure why not!

It’s cheap as day old chips so yes I recommend picking one up. And hey you don’t even have to go to Japan (although if you have the means I highly recommend flying to Japan to get one! For cultural purposes only of course) to get it. Most Asian markets have these available and if not you can wander through my Japanese Shopping Guide and come across a few shops that carry this and it’s also available on E-bay for mere pennies.

The Muse likes it. Useless, possibly but I’m all for useless products!

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Tried this?

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What do you use for pesky blackheads on your nose?

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Mario Badescu Silver Powder Review

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Beauty Math

This:

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This:

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equals 200x165

This:

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Head into your local craft shop (Michaels, Jo-Ann, A.C. Moore, Etc…) and stroll down the woodcraft aisle, you should come across some of these cute, unfinished (customize ‘em if you want with paint, stickers, rub ons, etc…) pencil cases for $1 USD each!

Use ‘em to store lipsticks, glosses, eyeshadows, etc….

Beauty Math that equals easy, simple, and cheap cosmetic storage!

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What are some of your cheap cosmetic storage ideas?

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Bourjois Paris Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow 3 Piece Set from QVC

You might be missing Bourjois Paris from Sephora but have no fear QVC sells many of the items at a nice price!

In particular this trio of Bourjois Paris Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadows caught the Muse’s eye:

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$32 bucks nabs you all three! I’m kinda partial to that lovely aqua shade! The photo doesn’t do it justice (no that’s not gray it’s aqua honest!).

Want ‘em?

Item Number A50995

Happy Shopping!

Torn? Debating?

Read my review on Bourjois Paris Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow before you buy!

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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!

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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?

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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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