Beauty Bits & Bobs
I came, I saw, I conquered Sephora’s Friend & Family Sale!
I ended up doing all my own personal purchases and gift purchases for friends and family on the same order. I normally like keeping them seperate because I like to budget my own purchases but this year I just gobbed it all together!
Sadly, it wasn’t as thrilling as it would be if I wasn’t a blogger. I tend to end up purchasing things way early so I can get reviews up here. If I waited for Sephora FF I’d be WAY late on reviews so I just indulge early! But I did get a few items that had my eye and will review them all for you when they arrive of course!
Here’s the final list (I think that’s all of it!):
Kate Von D Rock n Roll Eyeshadow in Air Guitar and Confessional
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Emmanuelle
Korres Eyeshadow in 24S Gold
Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set
Stila Eyeshadow Duo in Terracotta
Bare Escentuals Extreme Glimmers Kit
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Persepolis and Mediteranee
YSL Bow Lip Palette
I won’t be posting gifts I brought as my friends and some family members read my blog! Don’t wanna ruin the surprise!
How about you?
Tell the Muse!
Sephora Friends and Family Coupon Code
Sephora Holiday Catalog 2008
Sephora Friends and Family Checklist
Sephora Friends and Family Discount 2008: Disappointing News
The Muse was feeling like blue was the order of day so she pulled out her Estee Lauder Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire from the Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels Collection and proceeded to go to work!
Estee Lauder released three “gem” inspired duos with it’s new Holiday Collection and I happen to love every single one of the color combinations. I fear the Pokemon epidemic may hit the Muse soon and she’ll be collecting all three to stash away in her beauty vault for the upcoming Holidays!
The duo I tried out this morning was Sapphire which is made up of a navy blue and a lighter blue based gray. The colors bounce off each other and contrast nicely when applied together. These are actually the shades used in the promo image for Vintage Jewels which is why I got Sapphire as I wanted to dupe the look. To create the look it’s a rather simple matter of applying the grayish blue shade to the entire lid and crease. Finish your look by blending the darker blue into the lid and slightly upwards into the crease. Done! Instant sophisticated smoked out blue look!
Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire as seen on the model in the promo image!
This is my first time using these duos and I was pretty satisfied with the silky texture and they blend quite nicely. I’m unsure what I’d called the finish as they do not contain a shimmer but they aren’t quite matte or frosty either. The look I created was quite simple yet had a nice pop of color for a Holiday look. I do think I messed up with the lipstick I used as I think a more flattering shade of maroon would have done nicely but I went with a louder true red.
The duo contains a dual sided applicator which has a sponge tip on one side and a brush on the other so you have pretty much all you need within the compact to create a quick look on the fly. If you’re not willing to wear blue to work and have an evening planned out for after you can slip this easily into your purse to create a really simple look that’s both beautiful and elegant.
For my look I used the following items:
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
Estee Lauder Shimming Jewel Powder
MAC Lipstick in Port Red
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Lipgloss
Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire
Estee Lauder Smoked Eye Eye Pencil in Sapphire
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara
Overall, I think the entire Estee Lauder Vintage Collection is well worth checking out at your local counter as it has some fine pieces! I’m rather fond of the duo I got and I absolutely love the Shimming Jewel Powder as you probably already known from reading my previous review! Do have a peek at the Estee Lauder website for more details, face charts for application, and information about the entire Vintage Jewel Collection!
Estee Lauder Shimming Jewel Powder Review & Swatches
Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels Collection
Estee Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara Review
The Muse’s heart was thumping rather loudly after she seen the new NARS Holiday Collection 2008! She was particularly thrilled with the introduction of the two newest shades of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and Silent Night. Have you seen them yet? Oh my gosh gorgeous!
Today I’ll be reviewing NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and later this week I’ll bring you a second review of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Silent Night. Excited? The Muse is!
I’m unsure which I love more but I must say that both shadows are outstanding. I used Night Life this morning for simple look and you can honestly get any number of looks using the shadow alone or together with other items in your stash. Night Life is a sparkling metallic silver which is absolute shimmer overload! If you love your shadows full of sparkle, shimmer, and glitter, Night Life should appeal! The texture may be a little bit of a let down considering that this causes major fall out woes. Upon applying you’ll end up with sparkles just about everywhere which is because the formula feels much like a pressed pigment would. Once you swipe your brush across the shadow it kicks up a huge cloud of chunky pieces of sparkle and glitter which in turn cause a major ordeal for application but honestly, when have you ever not run into a problem when applying a shimmering shadow?
Aside from fall out problems I loved the finish of the shadow and highly recommend nabbing it for yourself. The shadow can be used alone to create a metallic, foiled silver eye which pairs up nicely with a black liner (this is how I used it this morning!). Or, better yet, Night Life will be an ideal shadow for creating a smoked eye sparkling eye look that should grab attention this Holiday Season! The silver would be a fantastic base or as a crease shade followed up closely with a matte black shadow to create a rather outstanding smoky eye! Honestly, the possibilities of using this shadow are endless and it’s fast becoming a favorite for the season ahead for me!
If you simply adore sparkling shadows you’ll want to grab NARS Night Life for yourself! The Muse Approves it for purchase and says it’s well worth picking up to add to your NARS Collection!
To create my look this morning I simply used NARS Night Life all over my eye and followed up with liner! Simple, sparkling, gorgeous!
What I used to create my look:
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Life
Tony & Tiny Glitter Eyeliner in Black/Silver
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero
MAC Eyeliner in Black Funk
KATE Gel Mascara
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
Bare Escentuals Gossamer Diamond Powder
NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave
How about you?
Anything catch your eye from NARS Holiday Collection?
Tell the Muse!
NARS Holiday Collection 2008
NARS Super Orgasm Review
NARS Revolt Lipgloss Review
NARS Roundup Review
How are you liking the Prescriptives AGLOW coverage so far today? I have a few more items to review for you but I’ll get to them tomorrow!
For today I’ll leave you with one of my completed looks!
For the look below I used:
Prescriptives Winter Reflections All Over Highlighter Pearls
Prescriptives Blush More or Less in Sonoma Rose (Review Coming Soon….)
Prescriptives Winter Reflections Cool Eye Color Quad
Prescriptives Colorscope Lipcolor in Winter Rose (Review Coming Soon….)
I feel so bad because this morning I was rushing around and only got the chance to do a quickie look using the new Prescriptives Winter Reflections Cool Eye Color Quad! It’s such a gorgeous quad it deserved more of my attention but the Muse doesn’t do Monday mornings too well so I only have a quickie look I did using it!
The good news is you’ll get a review, swatches, and pictures today and tomorrow I promise I’ll do a better look using the quad! Forgive me?
The Prescriptives Winter Reflections Cool Eye Color Quad is one of two quads released with the Prescriptives Aglow Holiday Collection. This quad contains all cool shades and the other quad is more of a warmer quad. I choose the cool quad because I think the shades are much more flattering for the Winter! The quad most definitely brings together the cool, frostiness you probably associate with the Holiday.
I love the fact that three of the shades included in the cool palette are actually limited edition. Many palettes released always have rerun shades that are already out and available, it’s pretty nice that Prescriptives took the initiative to make the palette extra special with new, limited edition colors. The shades in the cool palette are:
- Oyster (Pink)
- Twinkle (Blackish Cranberry)
- Eclipse (Bluish Gray)
- Shell (Cream)
As I mentioned my look was super quick this morning so I used Oyster as an all over color wash and lined my eyes using Twinkle. To get the most of the palette you can use it in any number of ways one of which would be using Oyster as an all over color wash, highlighting using Shell, applying Eclipse in the V of the eye, and finishing the look by using Twinkle as a liner. All the shades in the palette are nicely pigmented and have a frosty finish aside from Twinkle and Eclipse which are quite matte with a tiny bit of shimmer.
The Prescriptives Winter Reflections Cool Eye Color Quad creates a rather beautiful, sophisticated look for the Holidays that can easily be turned into a fun look by applying a bit of shimmer to your face!
Even though I didn’t take full advantage of the palette this morning I must say that I still liked the look I created! Twinkle smokes out my eyes beautifully well and contrasts quite nicely with Oyster or any other pink shade of shadow in your collection. In the photos below I’m also using the Prescriptives Winter Reflections All Over Highlighter Pearls.
I fell in love with Prescriptives Quads this Fall when I tried the Fall Dimensions palette and I must say I’m just as in love with this quad so I’m Muse Approving it for purchase as I think I’ll be reaching for this one again and again and again this coming Winter and Holiday Season!
You can nab yours Nordstroms or your local Prescriptives counter! Keep your eyes peeled for the release on the Prescriptives website as well where you can get Free Shipping!
The Muse loves it!
Prescriptives Winter Reflections All-Over-Highlighter Pearls Review & Swatches
Prescriptives AGLOW Haulin’
Holiday Collection 2008: Prescriptives AGLOW