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Visee Glam Hunt Palette Review

The Muse is a bit tired of all the holiday coverage! It’s the end of the week and she isn’t really up for doing more holiday collections and just feels like concentrating on the lovely Fall weather and maybe a Fall collection too!

How about you?

I’ve had the Visee Fall Collection for a while now but haven’t had a chance to take advantage of it but this week I decided to crack open both and give them a whirl. The new Glam Hunt Palettes are quite different from previous releases from Visee but have no fear they are just as good. I was playing at being a good Muse so I only ordered two of the five color combinations released.

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the Visee Glam Hunt Palettes as I do have a love affair with the Visee Jewel Crush Eyes Palettes and as I mentioned these are vastly different. Although the Glam Hunt Palettes contain some shimmer it’s not a whole lot when compared to previous palette releases from Visee.

The Glam Hunt Palettes have five strips of color that you’ll be using on various parts of your eye. I always find it interesting that the directions for application instruct you to use the lightest shade of shadow on the crease instead of the lid. I normally contrast my shades of shadow by applying a darker shade to the crease and a lighter shade to my lid however most Japanese brands recommend contrasting them in the opposite way!

The shades included in the palettes are two contrasting shades of eyeshadow, one liner shade, one base shade, and a sparkling powder which can be used in the inner corner of the eye to add a bit of sparkle and shine to your look! The palettes I got were G1 and G4. G1 consists of green shades which are comparable to my favorite KATE Glamtrick Eye Palette GN-1 and the G4 palette contains dusky rose shades. Out of the two palettes G1 was my favorite simply because I really adore how a smoked out green eyeshadow look makes my eyes sizzle! The G4 is very nice as well but I thought the liner shade made my eyes look slightly tired.

G4

G1

The shadows are all quite pigmented and blend wonderfully well. I thought the formula and texture was comparable to KATE palettes. As I mentioned above these are considerably different from the palettes you’ve seen Visee release before and I’m hoping they’ll actually continue with the line as it’s quite good.



All in all I thought the Visee Glam Hunt palettes were quite nice with a good selection of Fall friendly colors. I’m not Muse Approving for them purchase simply because they are quite similiar to many Japanese brand palettes you might already own! If you don’t have a considerable stash of Japanese palettes I do recommend trying these out as they are quite lovely!



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More Musings of Edward Cullen

It’s getting to be that special time of the month soon kids! The 21st is around the corner and the Muse and many of her friends (even my newly converted sister) are very eager for the date to arrive! I told my sister she has to be on Team Jacob teehee the Muse be evil but there are just TOO many Team Edward players! Sorry the Muse wants the Edward all for herself! Get ye to the Team Jacob field!

Last Sunday morning my friend Jai, Kenningston, Jenn, Kira and myself hauled ass to Torrid, Hot Topic, and anywhere else in the Mall that had Twilight gear. We ended up snatching up several T-Shirts, patches, totes, and various other paraphernalia which we proceeded to take home and chop up over Sunday brunch to make several hoodies with. But of course the Muse is a Team Edward player so her hoodie is all ABOUT Edward!

I’m not going to show you how it came out just yet as I’m still working on it but be prepared for the unveiling soon! My best friend Jai is also a Team Edward player and his hoodie came out particularly brilliant with sequins and other glittery bits and bobs. Gotta love the dazzle and Edward right?

The moral of the story is that you don’t have to get too particularly crazy and start making hoodies out of chopped up t-shirts when you can get some already made at Cafe Press! The Muse seen some seriously awesome stuff on the site and highly suggest skipping over for a lookiee and a purchase for the big night! Users got really creative with some of the gear available for sale and some items made me laugh! Gotta love the rabid fan girls right? I mean there are over 130,000 designs at Cafe Press….You. Gotta. Love. That.

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Here’s some that caught my eye in particular:

‘Nuff Said!

Yup, yup the Muse’s shopping list is already changed to reflect the ravishing of Edward! She’ll save you the leftovers!

Yes, I wonder that on occasion…can’t help myself the Cullen’s have changed the way I view baseball!

Only in Edward’s case!

The Muse is a car/motorcycle person and totally appreciates the cracky Volvo fun!

For those of you who just can’t decide!

Love Edward as a little kawaii manga!

Awwww….sniff…so romantic!

The moral of this story is that the Muse is a sad, old fan girl! Hehe and loving it too! Cheers to my rabid fan girls and hope for the best as the Muse is slightly worried it won’t live up to all the hype but at least we can relieve it in our imaginations!

Remember kids, all good things Twilight, Edward, and Cullen is Muse Approved!

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Musings of Edward Cullen

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Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set Review & Swatches

I think I missed the memo going around saying how freaking aweome Korres is. Um hello how did I not know about this?

Yeah well I’m thinking I didn’t get the memo because this guy is taking care of them!


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Anyway. Note to self: Korres is the awesome!

Ok, so now that we established that Korres is my new favorite brand of all time I can get on with my review of the Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set! Holy beautiful Batman! This set is too gorgeous for mere words and what’s inside…my the very my! It’s sincerely good stuff and you shouldn’t bother reading further just head to your nearest Sephora and snatch it up for yourself!

I think a few people had mentioned they were on the bubble about this Gift Set and honestly so was I. I’m guessing a few of your concerns were the fact that plum colored shadow is kinda iffy and you might have also been worried about the gloss not being up to par and the balm just being an add on that you really didn’t need. I know these are some things that entered my head while I was playing a game of tag with myself debating on purchasing the set. My main concern was that I don’t do plums or purples so well! As much as I love these shades I felt like they might make my dark circles prominent and my puffy eyes even worst looking then they already are!

However, I dove in and decided to purchase the Korres Sugar Plum Gift Set during Sephora’s Friends and Family event and I’m so happy I did because it’s a sincerely an awesome set and comes with my highest recommendation and Muse Approval for purchase!

The set includes Korres Eyeshadow in Plum, Korres Lip Butter in Plum, and Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss in Plum 27. All the items are highly pigmented which is thrilling as the an entire “All Natural” theme sometimes forsakes quality but not the case with these items! This is the first time I’ve tried anything by Korres and honestly the quality and inexpensive price tag should have me returning for much more!

Although all the items really impressed me I have to give major props to the Korres Cherry Full Color Gloss in Plum 27 . I’m unsure why they are calling this a lip gloss as it’s SO much more then merely a gloss! The color payoff is much like a lip cream and comparable (and possibly better then) to Laura Mercier’s Lip Velvet. They are glossy but not so much of a mirror shine more like a a semi-glossy, intensely pigmented lip color. Plum 27 is a plummy maroon with a deep red base that’s stunning when paired up with the shadow included in this gift set!

The Korres Eyeshadow in Plum was also richly pigmented and very easy to blend. As I mentioned above I was worried that such a deep shade of purple would make my eyes look quite tired while displaying my dark circles even more but turns out the color lends an aura of mystery and seduction to my eyes. I know, I know Muse and seduction should never be used in the same sentence but honestly the shadow just has a certain sexy, seductive feel that makes eyes literally pop! I used the shade on my own without anything else aside from some black liner on my lower water line and my eyes just sizzled! Truly a great shade and pairs up beautifully with the lip gloss in the kit!

Now the Korres Lip Butter in Plum was the item I was kinda meh about. I honestly don’t use balms aside from when I go to bed at night. I find them messy and feel they apply horribly which is why I stick to applying gobs of balm at night to my lips when no one is around to witness it dripping off my lips onto my chin. Korres may have single handedly turned my thoughts around about balm! Whoa! This too was an amazingly pigmented surprised! The butter smooths on lips like a lip cream and you’re left with a richly pigmented pout which you can top with a bit of gloss for a real smoking lip look!

For my look below I used everything included in the kit and just added my own mascara, a little blush from the Bobbi Brown Mauve Palette, and a bit of liner on my lower waterline!

All in all I’d say nab this set right away! It’s a limited edition set so who knows how long it’ll be around! I think the shades are simply gorgeous evening wear for the holiday or anytime really! The colors just work well together and create a very seductive finish! The price is fantastic at well which is $29.50 USD (I paid even less during Sephora’s FF!). This one is a must have in the Muse’s opinion and I highly recommend nabbing it!

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Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box Review & Swatches

Ahh variety, the spice of this Muse’s life.

No, not this spice!

Yeah, well you’re either a geek and totally laughed at that or you’re clueless (Helpful Hint)!

This spice:

It’s Friends and Family Discount time at Urban Decay! 30% Off your total purchase! Ahhh everyone run around in a frenzy and scream!

I know, I know tis exciting!

In honor of good times at Urban Decay the Muse brings you a review of the brand spanking new Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box! Now you can really run around in a frenzy and get excited!

This new palette contains ten delicious shades of Urban Decay shadow but that’s not all! You also get a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion as well! Ahhh life is good isn’t it?

The Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box contains all of the following shadows:

  • YDK (Mocha with Gold Shimmer)
  • Flipside (Teal)
  • Grifter (Lilac with Silver Shimmer)
  • Uzi (Metallic Silver)
  • Twiced Baked (Dark Brown with Gold Shimmer)
  • Midnight Cowboy Rides Again
  • Flash (Bright Purple)
  • Oil Slick (Black with Silver Shimmer)
  • Kiddie Pool (Ocean Blue)
  • Half Baked (Golden Bronze)

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The Muse was thinking she should contact Urban Decay and have this renamed to “The Muse’s Box of Favorite Shadows”….has a certain ring to it dontcha think? Most of the shades included in this palette are my top favs from Urban Decay so it’s super nice having them all tucked away in one palette! Great for travel! Likey!

The palette retails for $36 USD but since it’s 30% Off you’ll get it for $25 USD which is $2.50 USD per a shadow….um can you say super deal? If you’re new to Urban Decay eyeshadow here in lays a great excuse to try the shadows out! The shadows have always been a favorite of mine even way before I was a MAC junkie and they remain on the top of my Must Have At All Costs list (another words if I needed desert island essentials…Urban Decay Eyeshadow comes before food and water!). The shadows are pigmented and contain a super dose of wonderful shimmer!

The palette is carefully constructed to avoid a mess which I can appreciate. It has a slick and beautiful bamboo cover that slides upwards to reveal the shadows. Swatch, swipe, and apply with the included brush (although the brush is a tiny bit small so you might want to use your own brush) and simply slide the cover back into place for storage! The design on the cover is a beautiful floral with butterflies and the Urban Decay logo!

I created three separate looks using the palette but honestly you can get at least twenty separate looks or more if you’re creative!

Uzi and Kiddie Pool

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Half Baked and Twice Baked

Grifter and Flash

Honestly, the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box is well worth checking out and Muse Approved for purchase! It’ll make an ideal gift for a makeup lover or seriously you know you so want it for yourself! Rather then purchase each shadow individually might as well indulge in this and get ten super shades plus a Urban Decay Primer Potion!

Sweet!

The Muse loves it and thinks you will too!

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Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes Review

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, gentle cleansing facial wipe look no further! Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes are now available at your local Duane Reade for $5.99 USD or less…I say less because I seen ’em at my Duane Reade for $4.99 USD weeeeeee love a good deal!

These are quick, gentle cleansing towelettes for removing makeup on the fly even waterproof mascara! These are actually really good for those with sensitive skin as they are uber gentle on skin. Although I simply adore MAC Cleansing Wipes and Biore I do feel like I get slightly dry skin from them and also they sting a tiny bit…weird I know since my skin is so not sensitive but I get a tiny bit of a burning sensation from both and I’m not entirely sure why!

So when I tried Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes I was rather surprised how gentle they were on my skin without any sticky after feel, stinging, or dryness! They are 100% Alcohol Free and Oil Free!

If you like the sound of a simple, easy and quick wipe that’s budget friendly head on over to Duane Reade to nab some now!

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