Beauty Bits & Bobs

More Bubbly For Your Buck!

Want a steal and a deal?

Head over to QVC and enter Item Number A74743 to nab yourself a trio of Philosophy Shower Gels that includes Bubbly!

You’ll get 16oz Shower Gels in:
Strawberries and Cream (Brand New Scent)
Bubbly
Melting Chocolate

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Perfect Strawberries, Champagne, and Chocolate what more could a girl want?!

All Three for $35 bucks plus they’ll get it to you before Christmas if you order by the 19th!

I feel spoiled already!

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Total Beauty: Elle Article

Total Beauty is featured in Elle this month!

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Wahoo!

Click to view the article!

Click here to see Total Beauty on Allure!

Just a reminder that The Muse is on Total Beauty’s Blogs To Love Hit List have a look by clicking here.

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Majolook Eyeshadow Palettes in SV801 FOTD with a Bit of a Tutorial

I imagine many of you have the Shiseido Majorca Majolica’s Holiday Majolook palettes on your Christmas and Holiday Wish Lists!

I know I did!

I got my collection a little bit ago and finally got around to blogging about it, you can see that blog post by clicking here.

I’m about to show you what I created with this and I thought I’d do a bit of a written tutorial as well. I’m about to babble a bit so be prepared to be enlightened or bored silly if it’s the latter I’ll wake you when I’m done.

I cracked open SV801 today and did a very neat, pretty, and simple FOTD with it. You have to keep in mind a few things when you purchase and finally work with Majolook Palettes. For one thing these palettes aren’t top quality pigment they aren’t nearly as nice as the single shadows MJ has in the general catalog plus the texture of the shadows is completely different. Don’t expect eye popping looks when using this because that’s not what you’re going to get. These ARE going to give you a beautiful, simple look. Single shadows from MJ are far more pigmented and have a completely different texture while these palettes are more about layering for intensity. This isn’t a rant, it’s simply a truth.

Secondly, I find that the Majolook work best on Asian eyes. Dunno why but I think the colors in the palettes look divine on Asian eyes. My eyes are extremely big, buggy, and dominate my entire face and I hate it. Asian eyes are delicate, exotic, and unique and the shimmer in these shadows works very, very well with that. These are so light and pretty on that style of eye in comparison to my large set eye. So really while I’m layering this and layering it some more someone of Asian descent can simply sweep this on maybe twice and get a really subtle yet awe aspiring look while I need much more to get the awe part. Personally I think it’ll work beautifully with double lid or single lid eyes (if you’re Asian you know what I mean or if you have many Asian friends you already know what I am talking about!). Sometimes it’s difficult to wear the latest trend in eyeshadow when you have a single lid but these will work perfectly with either as they are soft shimmering shades that are just perfect for double or single lids (some girls have surgery to get a double lid! My god! Scary!).

So now that I’ve babbled a bit…on with the tutorial.

I’m working my palette from left to right which would be lightest to darkest shades. As I said earlier you’re not going to have to build this up too much if you’re Asian because it’ll look cakey as opposed to if you have huge eyes like mine and need lots of color to get that “pop”.

Sadly, this tutorial isn’t exactly going to work well if you’re Asian as it’s working the darker shade into the crease. And unfortunately I couldn’t do a good tutorial on how to work this particular palette on an Asian eye because I have no experience applying any eye looks onto anyone other then myself. Sorry guys icon sad It’s especially crummy considering most of my gorgeous readers are of some Asian descent! I wish I could offer some sort of tutorial on the best way to apply this so hey if anyone wants to contribute that do give a yell! I’d be happy to post it!

I’m taking this in steps and I’m assuming you’ve already completely prepped your eye area with your cover-up, foundation, and primer of choice.

I find that working with the sponge applicator included with this palette is the best way to apply because the color just slips right off regular brushes plus you’ll be there all day packing on color with a regular brush so just use the sponge applicator and you’ll be done quicker and the color packs on really well with it. Dip the applicator in the first color, which is a sparkling white, and apply from your lid to your crease. You’re going to have to do this a few times to build the color up so keep going until your lid has a nice, healthy dose of shimmering white on the lid and crease area.

Now you want to move all the way over to your right and take the deepest silver color and apply it to your crease. Again, use the sponge applicator for application as it works best. Work the silver into your crease but refrain from getting any on your lid. Deepen the color as desired. I normally use about 3-4 strokes and that packs it on well. At this point you want to blend a bit so grab your blending brush of choice, mine happens to be the MAC 224, very lightly blend the colors. I normally blend the silver first working it back and fourth like a window wiper. Do it ever so gently. Why? Because the colors are delicate and not particularly pigmented which means they’ll slide right off before they have a sec to set properly. At this point you might want to pick up the same colors (white and darkest silver) and reapply a bit more color, again if you’re Asian you won’t need this much color.

Ok so you should have a nice contrasting eye at this point with a beautiful white on the bottom lid and a gorgeous dark silver in the crease. Pick up the middle silver color and work it gently into your lid on top of the white. Don’t overpower the white but accent it with the silver. You can use your blending brush if you want or use the sponge applicator.

Ok you’re almost done now!

Don’t, I repeat, don’t use the liner brush that this palette came with. Why? Because it’s rubbish and doesn’t work well. Use your own liner brush to apply the liner and you’ll find you won’t sit there triple dipping. I find the liner brush included smears instead of applies and I’m working hard to intensify the liner on my eyes when I could have just used my own brush and did maybe two coats without dipping 3-4 times to get a bold line. If you have the liner brush from the KATE gel eyeliner pack use that! It works a treat on the Majolook liner! Line your upper lash line, now your bottom lash liner and waterline. Don’t use it on your waterline without testing first. I personally don’t have sensitive eyes and have no problem using it on my waterline but if you’re sensitive or wear contacts maybe test first.

Ok one more step and you’re done!

Take your MJ Snow Carat Powder and remove the powder puff applicator as you won’t need it right now. Place your pointer finger on the stopper in the middle of the powder and tip it upside down an shake a little. Remove your finger and it should be nicely coated with some shimmer. Take the shimmer and pat it onto your complete eye look. Pat, Pat, Pat and keep building up the shimmer. Finally take a slim brush and dip it in the powder and work the shimmer onto your highbrow as a highlighter. I use my MAC 213 for this.

Spray your lash curler with stay, curl your lashes, apply your mascara, and you’re done! Silly me forgot to apply the Lash Freeze! But definately don’t forgot to apply your Lash Freeze after your mascara!

That’s a really, really long tutorial for such a little palette I know but many people always ask me how to best apply the Majolook palettes and which colors go where and I found that this is the system that work best for me!

Hope it helps!

Soooooooooooo I’m asking a big favor now! I want your MJ Majolook looks! Send ‘em to me and I’ll feature them on an upcoming blog entry!

I love seeing what others create using these palettes!

You can e-mail them to me at Musings.of.a.Muse@gmail.com

And finally here’s my completed SV801 Look (I look like an idiot in most of these! I guess I was tired and doing my Zoolander Magnum Looks this morning!):

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What I Used:

Eyes
Majorca Majolica’s Majolook Palette in SV801
Majorca Majolica’s Snow Carat Powder
Bourjois Paris Yes to Volume No to Clumps Mascara

Face
Bourjois Paris Blush in Lilas D’or 33

Lips
Aube Gloss Fruitina in Frozen Berry 14

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Battling Dry Winter Skin: The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash Review

My skin never behaves in the Winter. Ever. I get patchy dry skin between my eyebrows, on my cheeks, and just general gross, flaky skin all over the place! Yuk! I moisturize and moisturize and I moisturize some more but it doesn’t completely help my problem!

However this does:
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I use this in the evenings prior to applying my night cream and it works absolute wonders on my skin. For one thing it really helps my night cream sink into my skin when my cheeks are feeling tight, dry, and chapped from the cold, cold weather! It also removes any flaky, dry skin I have on my face and just makes my face feel like a clean slate! With the combination of using this and When Hope is Not Enough in the evenings I wake up in the morning to a very soft face that’s ready for the world!

Blackheads? Nasty little buggers aren’t they! I love scrubbing this on my nose to wipe clean any clogged pores!

The texture of this is very silky. It has a slightly watery, soapy base with the perfect amount of crystals in the mix. The crystals are not abrasive or scratchy but if you’re skin is sensitive I highly recommend treating the back of your hand or a small part of your face prior to doing the full treatment just in case it breaks you out!

Many people automatically assume that since it has “wash” in the title that means you’re supposed to use it with water. No. Not the case. No water is involved when treating your skin with this. Basically you squeeze about a quarter (or less if you please!) size amount into one of the Microdelivery cloths and scrub gently on your face in a circular motion. You can do it without the cloths but I prefer using them and I’ll tell you why in a brief second. I normally work this into my skin for a few minutes and rinse. I had previously used this on my damp skin, which if you want you can do too, but stopped doing so when I seen an interview with Christina Carlino (founder of Philosophy) recommending it be used sans water! After trying it I found it works twice as better on a dry face! Either wet or dry this will foam up a little as you scrub which I find great as you can feel like it working. There are so many crystals in the tiny squeeze that you used that you can easily distribute all over your face and work the product into your skin sloshing away dead skin cells and dry bits and pieces right off your face! You can get this guy in one of two sizes, 8oz or 16oz. Respectively you can get about 6 months or more out of the smaller bottle which will cost you $25 and you can probably nab a full year or more out of the big 16oz which is $37. The price is justified and inexpensive in my opinion since you’re using a tiny amount of product to achieve a fantastic finish to your skin!

I was talking about The Microdelivery cloths a little bit ago. Cloths are sadly sold separately and you might not be be able to justify the cost as they are $15 for 20 clothes tiny bit expensive but I love them! The good news is you can buy a duo of the wash and cloths on QVC for $35 (Item Number A72557) or you can scour E-bay and nab packs of 20 for $5-$10 depending on how lucky you are while bidding! The clothes just make the wash easier to distribute and work around my face and aid me in getting a nice proper scrub. You slip your hand into the one end and slide your thumb into the hole on top. Squeeze a bit of the wash onto your hand and scrub, scrub, scrub with the cloth! Presto! Beautiful Skin!

Microdelivery Face Cloths
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The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash is possibly your best defense against dry Winter Skin!

If you’re looking for a Steal and a Deal grab 32oz’s of this wash for $49.98 from QVC using Item Number A74085. I have this in the large size and I use it to refill my little 8oz bottle! Perfect and a value!!!!!!

The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash and Cloths are very Muse Approved!

Do you use this?
Love it?
Hate it?

Tell me!

bronzemuse

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Stila’s Virtual Warehouse Restock

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Got an e-mail last night announcing Stila’s Restock for the Virtual Warehouse Sale!

I’m not sure if you’ll be able to order or not unless you received the e-mail. For some reason when I posted the link last time a few problems had occurred but here it is anyway!

Click!

Nothing of great interest to me. Maybe I just have too much Stila but definately a few deals to be had here!

Happy Shopping!

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