Beauty Bits & Bobs

MAC Christmas in February FOTD

I decided to crack open my one of my MAC Christmas palettes this morning for an FOTD! I also indulged in a bit more Bobbi Brown Gel Liner (love that stuff!)

Hope you like!

Cheers!

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What I Used:

Eyes
MAC Royal Assets Palette in Metallic Eyes
Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Black
MJ Mascara
KATE Gel Liner in Gold
KATE Loose Eyes Shadow in GD1

Face
Shu Uemura Blush in P Orange 58D
Bare Minerals Gold Gossamer

Lips
Aube Fruitina Lipgloss in 15

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Click here
to read about the MAC Royal Assets Palettes with my First Impressions and Product Photos!

Click here
to read about the KATE Spring Collection including the Gel Liner used in this FOTD!

Click here to read my Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Review!

Click here to read about the bareGold Pure Luxury Collection from Bare Minerals that features the Gold Gossamer I used on my face in this FOTD!

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Taryn’s JPmon Registration Tutorial

Sometime ago a reader and mate, Taryn, was kind enough to create a registration tutorial for JPmon for the readings of Musings of a Muse!

I had originally created a JPmon tutorial for ordering but a few of you had asked me about registering and for the life me I can’t recall how I registered for the site! Duh!

But Taryn was kind enough to create a most excellent tutorial to get you all registered up prior to following my tutorial for ordering!

So here’s your first step in registering with JPmon! After this you can click here to use my tutorial to help with processing and completing your order!

If you’re clueless about JPmon allow me to explain that’s it’s an online shop that sells tons of Japanese and Asian Cosmetic Brands! The prices are decent and not too bad! Airmail shipping costs aren’t fabulous but JPmon has many brands you can’t find in online shops so it’s a great place to stock up on unique and unusual cosmetic items!

If you have online (or offline) mates that are into Japanese cosmetics you can do a bit of a group order to save on your shipping costs!

Anyway!

On with Taryn’s great tutorial (click the images to enlarge):

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Thanks Taryn! A ton of people are going to be very happy to have this!

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Guest Review: Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder

Ok special treat for you guys today!

I have a guest reviewer for the new Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder! You may recall I blogged about this a few weeks ago if you missed it have a click over here to view my original post!

I didn’t pick this up for myself but I was seriously curious which is why I’m happy that Adina had commented and said she got it! We arranged to have her review it since she purchased it and I’m happy to say I’m currently lemming this thanks to Adina fab review and FOTD using it! It really have a nice flawless appearance to her skin! I think it’d make a great finishing powder or for more fuller coverage if you desire!

Adina’s skin type is normal with some oily bits in the T-Zone Area and of course like me dryer in the winter months!

Without further babble from me here’s Adina’s review on the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder!

Hello out there blog-reading beauties. Adina (a.k.a Krasevayadancer) here doing a guest post review on the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder with Brush which is currently only being offered on QVC. I know I have been tempted to purchase this ever since I happened to catch glimpses of the product on QVC. The lemming became too strong for me to handle and I gave in to those little voices telling me to make the purchase about 1 week ago.I picked up this little baby in the light color option (while I am pale, i am luckily not ghostly enough for the porcelain option)

What it claims to do: A face-perfecting powder and brush duo. The powder contains a hydrating blend of vitamins and antioxidants. The built in shaver allows for the convenience of a pressed powder with the radiant finish of a loose one. The super-sized brush deposits perfect amount of powder every time. The revolutionary anti-aging powder formula provides a brighter look to your skin and contains Gogi berry, a powerful antioxidant. The formula is also infused with encapsulated water to refresh the skin on contact and provide a hydrated look that won’t accentuate lines and wrinkles.

-From the QVC website

Packaging and Application- General Comments
The packaging is wonderfully sturdy and holds well in the hand. The inside lid contains a mirror which makes it quite handy as well.
I love love love how this product comes as a pressed powder that you “shave” into loose powder by twisting the compact. This minimizes the mess you get with loose powders. You get the wonderfully sheer glowy effects of loose powder without the mess you get when you use loose powder- count me a fan!

How it wears and general thoughts on the product.
Does this baby do all that it claims to do- reduce wrinkles, hydrate, and give me a flawless glow. My answer is a resounding YES! My face looks refreshed with a light dewy glow. Coverage is enough for me to get away with a couple of swipes and I am done.

Adina looking flawless with the powder on!

Is it worth the nearly $60 price tag- I would say so. For that price you get a wonderfully soft full coverage face brush and a great powder for all of you ladies who just need some light coverage and a wonderfully flawless face!

Hope you enjoyed my review. Let me know who else is using and loving this!

Honestly I want this for the brush alone hehe! That’s some seriously chunky brush it comes with! The Muse likey!

Thanks for the review Adina and for creating the warm, squishy glow of lemminginess!

Show Adina some comment love!

Want it?
Love it?
Tried it?

Tell Adina (and the Muse)!

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Pop Lid Neon

In keeping with the current them of outrageous colors Pop has introduced a beautiful palette entitled Lid Neon!

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Doesn’t this totally bring you back to the 80′s!?

My god I love it!

It’s sincerely loud and tacky and awesome! The Muse loves tacky!

WANT!

$22 USD for six sickeningly neon shades of yum!

Want it?

Love it?

The Muse has plopped it on her Wish List!

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Albion Eprise 2008 Spring Collection First Impressions, Reviews, and Other Bits and Bobs!

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I got something kinda sorta interesting to show you guys today and I have to post this super quickly I’m extremely busy at work today! If I owe you an e-mail or a reply to a comment I promise I’ll get to it soonish! I’m just a bit backed up due to work, life, the universe, and everything!

Albion Eprise has released it’s Spring Collection and one item that particularly caught my eye was the Water Face Color. Before I introduce you to the Water Face Color allow me to babble a bit about the new Collection.

I personally left behind a majority of the Spring Collection but it did have some very interesting pieces! The Collection consists of some very pretty items and unlike most of the releases this Season I’ve noticed that this particular Collection consists of some very fresh and interesting colors. Albion Eprise is obviously making it’s own kind of music with their Collection!

I feel a real sense of Spring with these colors and I was tempted to purchase a majority of this collection for that reason but I was good and only indulged in two pieces. Basically they went with really bold lips and really soft eyes which I totally love!

The lippies are almost all very bright reds and pinks while the eye colors are very soft blues, greens, and purples.

The release consists of a beautiful array of lipsticks, three new colors in the Creamy Eye Color, three new nail varnish colors, lipliners, and the Water Face Color Blush which ended up in my cart!

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As I said I skipped all of these delightful goodies and went for just the Water Face Color Blush. They blush was released in five colors and I ended up with two. All in all I thought it was rather the best of the lot of items! They have some really cute cartoon promo images using the cosmetics and this in itself almost convinced me to buy the entire lot of items used on each face but I was good!

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Ok enough babbling on to the review!

As I was saying I ended up with the Water Face Color and these are so, so, so interesting! The blushes come in a heavy glass bottle that’s quite cute. These are truly interesting as they aren’t quite a stain but they almost give you the same effect as one. On top of each bottle is a stopper which you place your finger over and proceed to tilt the bottle upside down to distribute a bit of the color on the tip of your finger for application! Not alot of product comes out of the bottle using this method which is good because you can slowly build the color up on your cheeks or use a lighter hand for a more natural, fresh look!

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The texture is a silky cool liquid that’s quite pigmented and beautiful. I found I got a beautiful flush of color to my cheeks when using this. This doesn’t dry as a powder nor does it really give you the benefits of a stain. It’s like nothing I’ve really tried on the market before and reminds me a little bit of Hard Candy’s Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush but not quite as the texture is more water based where as the Sweet Cheeks is more thick. The blush is very lightweight and has excellent staying power. I imagine this is going to work excellent in humid weather!

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If you’re seeking a very light, refreshing blush this might very well be something you’d be interested in purchasing! The colors are natural and beautiful and the formula is light and refreshing! I find it especially flawless on my combination skin (which is more dry right now in the cold weather)!

Overall, I’m very impressed with these! The entire Spring Collection from Albion Eprise appears very wearable and beautiful and I feel the need to go back for a second helping of this fabulous line up!

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