Beauty Bits & Bobs
There happens to be a thin line between love and hate. The Muse happens to love and hate Benefit Cosmetics! Some products she simply cannot live without while others make her so mad she sees red. And so the relationship goes when you’re loving and hating someone or something in this case.
Benefit has been on a great winning streak with the Muse lately, take into consideration they are releasing Benefit Coralista shortly…whoa…has to be a win this Muse thinks…also remember how wonderful Benefit Posietint was! Another score! Obviously it’s been a rather great release of products lately but sometimes Benefit has a dud or two here and there!
However, today I’m not on the topic of hate but more along the lines of passionate, undying love for Benefit Lemon Aid. My tale starts with a request from a reader asking me to review a few of my very favorite Benefit items and in this case Lemon Aid happens to fall into the favorite pile!
My story is actually quite short as Benefit Lemon Aid doesn’t have a whole lot of hoopla attached to it. It simply is and does what it says without anything in between! The simplicity of Benefit Lemon Aid is the reason the product remains a favorite of mine for at least 10 years now (could be more!).
Benefit Lemon Aid is a yellow based cream base for eyelids. So who honestly needs a cream base for eyes? Generally speaking when we choose to conceal our woes we are most worried about what lays under our eyes but not above! Lemon Aid happens to turn the situation around and offers concealer and coverage for our lids instead of under our eyes!
Do we really need to conceal our eyelids? The Muse likes to think so. After concealing under my eyes I notice that my lids are sometimes a tiny bit red, dull, or just not very awake due to dull skin around the lids. I could probably easily just use concealer on top of my lids as well but honestly I’ve tried and it simply doesn’t work.
So here in lays my solution!
Whip out my pot of Benefit Lemon Aid and go to work concealing my lids. A little dab here, a little dab there and my eyes begin to transform and I’m looking fresher, more awake, and ready for my day!
Lemon Aid is yellow based and flattering on all skin types, it’s formula is creamy yet dense enough to create a nice base for the next step in your makeup routine (think MAC paint pot texture!), and most important Lemon Aid manages to transform woe skin to wow skin with a pat here and there!
Do you need it?
Hells yes. It’s Muse Approved so that along means you need it!
Honestly, I simply can’t live without this stuff. It’s been said you can easily use it to conceal dark circles as well but the Muse highly suggests going by the book in this case and sticking to applying on the lid. This isn’t for concealing under the eye but over it!
Wakes up tired eyes? Check!
Creamy, Moisturizing Formula? Check!
Works as a great base for shadow? Check!
I think Benefit Lemon Aid pretty much has it all covered! It’s part of my daily routine for years now and I highly recommend checking it out!
Fair warning: I’ve heard many people rant about Benefit Lemon Aid and I’m quite shocked as I think it’s the awesome! Personally I think it’s a product that you need to test for yourself to see if you’re standing on the love line or the hate one!
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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.
How do you de-stress?
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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.
Want to try it?
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