Beauty Bits & Bobs
Seriously day from hells today for this Muse!
Guess I’ll have to use VIP Expert by Terry Peace & Glow Roll On! I know, I know what’s a roll on have to do with relieving stress? I honestly couldn’t tell you but supposedly this little guy smooths, relaxes, and softens signs of fatigue while restoring my face’s serenity.
Oh come on Muse don’t be ridiculous!
It’s true though…..using this actually creates some sort of inner calm for me or I’m simply nuts and believe anything and everything when it comes to awesome packaging! But honestly, when I start stressing my eyes become super tired looking and I develop these nasty frown lines on either side of my nose….so not cool! Old Muse like looking!
All you need to do with Peace & Glow is simply smooth it on those problem areas and reach your inner special place…I find that humming helps as well…get the entire meditation effect going on…I’m kidding, I’m kidding!
In all seriousness it does exactly what it says…it literally makes your face look refreshed while perking up dull, tired skin. I’ve no idea how it does this but it successfully does it plus it smells super nice too! The roll-on is a jumbo size with a rather large ball for rolling onto face, simply smooth on and you’ll get a burst of a fresh scented liquid that calms skin and relieves the signs of stress, fatigue, and general irritation.
I’ve been using this for the better part of a month and I rather like pulling it out when I’m touching up my makeup as it seems to do an awful good job of smoothing out my skin and removing a certain dullness around my eyes. Am I nuts? Possibly but I thought it did a rather good job waking me up and giving my skin it’s second wind!
If you’re wanting to avoid the head desk route you might want to check out VIP Expert by Terry Peace & Glow at Barneys or Sephora.
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The Muse isn’t the biggest fan of the Clarisonic but she acknowledges that some people think it’s the best thing since sliced bread! The Clarisonic Skincare Brush is one of those things that either really, really changed your life or made minimal impact (the Muse falls into the minimal catagory!).
If you’ve been wanting to indulge in the brush for a while now but just couldn’t justify the cost you can now purchase The Clarisonic for $195 USD plus Free Shipping and break the payments up into four easy pay payments!
I dunno about you but shelling out $195 USD for the brush made me wince when I purchased mine so I’d have really dug a deal where I could just give them $50 USD at a time…makes me feel like I’m not spending as much on it for some reason! You’ll want to hurry because this is only available for the month of December!
You can also now personalize your Clarisonic with your name! Oooo how i-Pod’ish of Clarisonic!
Check out other deals at www.clarisonic.com and give me the deets on your thoughts of the Clarisonic in my comment box! I’m a listening!
Clarisonic Skincare Brush Review
Determining whether you want to actually indulge in some of Target’s new “high end” makeup collections like Pixi is a debate I’m sure you’ve all had with yourself a few times since these collections have been released.
Honestly, as soon as I heard about them I immediately headed in store and purchased a few items because I was generally curious however I’m still somewhat on the fence about splurging on cosmetics at my local Target.
For example the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel I’m about to review for you is a whooping $20 USD and although it’s not a bad product I’m unsure of the price tag. I took the liberty of looking through my stash and came to the conclusion that a majority of the stains I own run from $16-$28 USD so really I shouldn’t wince too much at $20 USD but for some reason or another the price just makes me shake my head. Could it be because I expect much less from Target?
Disregarding the price for the moment I will say that I’m a sucker for stains so I did pick up Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel almost right away upon seeing it. The color I selected was 03 Rosy which is a cocktail of peachy pink. The color actually swatches much deeper than it is as once it’s applied it leaves behind a very sheer blush of color on cheeks which is quite flattering and in living up to it’s namesake of “sheer cheek gel”. The texture of the product is a gel so it blends quite easily although I’d like a bit more pigmentation since I did have to get a few squirts onto my finger tips to build up color for my finished look you’ll see below. It does have a slightly odd smell which isn’t really unpleasant but perhaps a tad bit annoying. It’s a bit of a plastic scent combined with some alcohol which I basically translate as “cheap makeup smell”.
Honestly I love how the product looks on but I don’t like is the price nor am I loving how much I have to use in order to get the finished results.
All in all I enjoyed Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel and I’m sure I’ll reach for it daily from now on however I’m unsure if I’ll consider repurchasing at this price as I can get much better stains for less with better pigmentation.
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NP Set Lipgloss Compact Review & Swatches
Mmmm the fire in my blood is slowly dying out for Japanese brand Lavshuca. What is going on with these releases lately? They either all have similar colors to previous collections or they just suck in a major way! And hello? How many shades of brown and natural brown can we possibly have? Every single palette has brown, brown, and more brown! What happened to the rather lovely pinks and aquas that Lavshuca used to release?! I know, I know, shocking how candid the Muse is on voicing her opinion when she’s been known to express her undying love and appreciation for all things Lavshuca!
I purchased both coffrets from the Lavshuca Antique Collection for Holiday 2008 and I must say that they are nice but lord knows that the colors are absolutely boring and the same colors released over and over and over again from Lavshuca lately!
The Lavshuca Antique Collection comes in two flavors, Antique Sepia and Antique Monochrome. I’ll be reviewing Antique Sepia today and bringing you Antique Monochrome later this week. Each collection comes housed in a tiny, sturdy cardboard box and includes one Lavshuca Dual Eyeshadow and one Lavshuca Liquid Rouge. I paid retail for each set which was 1,890 yen plus the normal promotional discount (30% or so) that applies to Japanese drugstore cosmetics. I’ve seen the sets on E-bay for around $21 USD plus shipping if you’re wanting to indulge and of course Adams Beauty will probably have them for considerably less so do shop around before settling on one spot to buy from!
I think my two favorite items from the collection are the box and the gloss. Taking into consideration that Lavshuca’s Winter Make palettes were very delicately made last year it came as a shock that the box with this year’s collection is so sturdy and nice. It’s quite a cute little pull out draw that will hold around three or four MAC lipsticks. I was actually expecting something large as the pics make it look HUGE however it is tiny! As you can see below I placed a Clinique eyeshadow palette beside the box to show the size.
The second item that I really enjoyed with the collection was the Lavshuca Liquid Rouge. For some odd reason or another this particular Lavshuca Liquid Rouge seemed to have a bit more sparkle and shimmer than the normal range. The color included with Antique Sepia is a nice beige with golden shimmer and hints of peach! It completes my nude look beautifully when I use the included shadow duo!
The shadow is a bit on the boring side sadly as it includes a rather crummy nude brown shade with hints of gold shimmer and a base color of white gold that contains a bit of sparkle with a slightly iridescent finish. I will say that once I completed my look I did like the effects of combining the beige gloss with the nude eye look however it’s not what I’d want for the Holiday in all honestly. Right now it goes rather well with the Fall weather however I do love a festive eye look come the Holiday that’s vibrant, full of shimmer, and most importantly doesn’t shout natural! The duo is quite tiny and far from regular size. Although the gloss is regular size do brace yourself for a mini shadow!
As you can see below a MAC eyeshadow is even bigger than the little Lavshuca duo!
I did have a hard time deciding how I wanted to use the shadow. Sadly, I don’t read Japanese and the diagrams that I’ve come to rely on, on the back of the package are just never around on Lavshuca packaging. They must do this to irritate me, honestly. Between Jill Stuart and Lavshuca I’m unsure which brand annoys me the most when they fail to include the handy dandy eye diagram most Japanese brands favor on the back of their packaging!
In the end I decided that I’d use the white creamy gold shade as an all over color wash on my entire eye and follow up by blending the brown into my crease and on my lid. The look comes out very natural and yes, I begrudging admit, lovely but I still call it as being hells boring for the Holiday Season! Sorry it is what it is and this doesn’t shout “fun, shimmery Holiday!” to this Muse!
Aside from my major ranting about the shades and the lack of festive feel to the collection I did like the items included and especially enjoyed the very cute packaging! Overall, they are worth picking up if you can nab them at a good price but not so much if you’re paying more than retail!
I’ll give you the good (or bad) word on the second coffret shortly so stay tuned!
How about you?
Not loving all the nudes from Lavshuca lately?
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Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation Review
Lavshuca Holiday Collection 2008 Coffrets
Lavshuca Perfect Base Moist and Lavshuca UV Review
Lavshuca Holiday Collection 2008: Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes Review