Beauty Bits & Bobs

Rouge Deluxe Joins The Beauty Blog Network

I’d like to take a moment to welcome my good friend Iris into the Beauty Blog Network icon wink

Her passion for cosmetics is a welcome addition to the network!

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I’m so glad you’re here!

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I know a majority of you probably already have but if you haven’t for some reason do take sometime out to visit her @ Rouge Deluxe!

I guarantee you won’t regret it if you’re a big lover of Japanese Cosmetics (or makeup in general)!

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The Weekend Beauty Shopper

Greetings!

It’s the Weekend and it’s Fall which to me is a perfect combo for shopping icon wink

Check out Last Week’s Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals blog as some of the deals are still available to steal icon wink

This week I have a small array of goodies for your shopping pleasure!

Sometimes it doesn’t always have to be about beauty icon wink Click and Print out this coupon and take it to your nearest Borders or Waldenbooks to receive 20% off a book, cd, or dvd of your choice!

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Getting back to beauty…

Step into your local Bath and Body Works and stock up on anything from the signature collection! All items in the collection are 5 for $20! Lotions, Body Splashes, Shower Gel, Body Cream, and More!

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Few more deals to be had at Bath and Body Works….Check it out:

Get the newest Apple Fizz Temptation Kit from Bath and Body Works at a discount of 50% you’ll only pay $9.75 after discount! The kit includes body lotion, shower gel, and a lipgloss!

The Signature Hair Care line is $4 for the large 12oz bottles! Might the Muse suggest trying the Pineapple…Mmmm!

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C.O. Bigelow Lemon Bodycare are Buy 1 Get 1 Free! This is a pretty great deal as the products generally run from $16-21 so you’ll be getting two of those products for the same price! Sweet! Stock up and Save! The Muse adores the tart, sweet goodness of C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream!

Free Shipping as always if you’re shopping online! If you order total is $55 or more enter code FREESHIP55!

If you’re a Beauty Perk Member at Sephora you can score a free full size Bare Escentuals Buxom Lipgloss in Amber with your $50 purchase! Just enter code AMBER to get your gloss!

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If you happen to have some Givenchy Blush on your wish list you can nab them for $37 plus Free Shipping and a gift! Head on over to Strawberry Net to grab a free gift and discounted Givenchy Blush!

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Remember when I was blubbering about Lush’s newest haircare line up? Well now you can try one of the haircare products of your choice plus a bathbomb FREE! Spend $70 or more and choose one of three of the newest haircare items and one of two Christmas themed bath bombs free with your purchase! Use Coupon Code TEASEME.

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Last but never least check out my blog about Stila’s 20% Off Sale! Click here for details!

That’s it for this Weekend’s Steals and Deals! Get out there and shop, shop, shop! And don’t forget Christmas is around the corner so get some early shopping in for the Holidays!

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Stila 20% Off Sale and Free Shipping

It’s a little early for the Weekly Beauty Steals and Deals but let me share this with you!

Stila’s website was down for a while but they are back and ready for business icon wink

And to celebrate good times Stila is offering 20% off purchases of $50 or more plus freaking Free Shipping. Use Coupon Code WELCOMEBACK

I don’t have to tell you what an awesome deal that is now do I?

Not sure what to buy? The Muse’s cart is filled with the newest smoky eye palettes!

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Go get ‘em girls!

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MuseTV Presents: Spotlight on Canmake

If I may, allow me to introduce you to a wonderful little Japanese Brand entitled Canmake.

Canmake is pretty much the bottom of the line in regards to cosmetics. It’s a cheap and cheesy little brand that packs a baby punch of goodness icon smile

It’s cute, usable, and inexpensive. If you’re on a budget we are heading into the land of sweet cosmetics that will cost you a few dollars and leave you left over money for lunch! Yay! Canmake kinda reminds me of a time when I was 10 or 11 and Bonnie Bell was the epitome of fine cosmetics and if you had a lipgloss from Bonnie Bell you were the height of fashion, style, and sophistication (or maybe that was just me feeling this way hmmm).

MuseTV Presents: A Spotlight On Canmake Cosmetics

Canmake has both an English and a Japanese site. For some odd reason or another I enjoy visiting the Japanese site more than the American site, don’t ask me why, we’ve already established I could be mental. Canmake’s site is pretty darn helpful as they have diagrams for application all over the bloody place! I love user friendly sites don’t you? This isn’t something you’ll find in any brand stateside so enjoy the helpfulness of the Japanese and take advantage of the great tutorials and how to’s on some of these sites because I personally find them very helpful and just awesome!

Canmake has a HUGE catalog of goodies and I only have a few of the items they carry! The entire line is pretty darn big. They carry a little bit of everything. Glosses, Blushes, Skincare, Perfume, Etc…

One item that I failed to mention in my video that deserves a good healthy rave would be the Cheek Gradation. Basically this is a highlighter not a blush, which means don’t try wearing it by it’s lonesome, it’s not nearly pigmented enough to make any difference on a bare skinned face. Apply your blush and afterwards apply the Cheek Gradation of your choice and Presto! Chango! You’ll glow and elude a soft dewy look! Yum!

The Gradations I’ve used are 01, 04 (we’ll take more about 04 in a second), and 02. Basically the Gradations give me a soft sparkle after using my blush and a cheaper Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick effect. I liked all the ones I have but my favorite would be the limited edition color 04. I don’t normally like a bronzed look and 04 gives the appearance of being a somewhat bronzy color however, upon using it, you’ll find out that it’s the most pigmented of all the Gradations that Canmake makes. It could possibly be used alone as a blusher (I haven’t tried that yet). 04 oringally started out as a limited edition shade but my little eye spies it on both the Japanese and the American site so if you have the means try and grab this gem! The Cheek Gradations run about $7 bucks each and hey if you’re really wanting a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick but the price seems just a little too much right now…spend $7 and get yourself a Canmake Cheek Gradation and call it a day icon wink The Muse loves them and recommends them fully!

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Canmake makes quite a few different shadows, most of which I’ve tried. Sadly, you can’t expect too much from a Canmake shadow. Shadows are a good texture but they are very, very sheer depending on which shadow series you end up purchasing!

The first shadows I’ll discuss are the Eye Nuanace Trios. These are tiny circular palettes that include three very workable shades! I should say that if you aren’t a fan of pigmented shadows or you like a sheer, no nonsense, minimalist look, these are great! I’ve used these on many occasions when I am just not up for a full on eye makeup look! The trios always have colors that work well together so if you enjoy colors that are neatly organized you’ll love these! I have six of these and my favorite of the lot is 11. The combos of green and yellow are just lovely and it goes on for a pretty nice look!

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Overall, I’d say for around $5 you get what you pay for. If you have the means to get them do add them to you cart however, don’t pay more than retail for them! That’d be a waste!

Next up on the eyeshadow line would be a favorite of mine, the Metallic Eyes single shadows. These little guys are great! They pack a nice sparkle to them and are pretty nicely pigmented for the price of $4.50 or so! I use these as a highbrow highlighter or an all over color wash. They go on pretty heavy with the first stroke and you can build the intensity as little or as much as you like! I give these a high recommendation because they do exactly what they promise!

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Another that falls into my favorite list is the Glitter Eye palettes. These are pretty cute palettes. What I failed to mention earlier is the packaging these all come in is really tiny and small so it makes great for toting around! Now the Glitter Eye palettes are a favorite however, you have to be aware that some colors are more pigmented and others are very sheer. These are a tad on the grainy side, think the middle color in the Lunasol Geminate Eye Palettes, of course it’s not nearly as bad as that but as you get deeper into these palettes it gets a bit grainy. Most of the colors I can’t use alone for a look unless I really want a minimal no makeup look but I do use them as washes of colors to prep my eye area or as a highbrow highlighter and they work a treat! Purchase 06 or 05 if you want to wear these alone as those are the most pigmented I’ve come across for these! For $5 a pop these are worth getting one or two of just to try! The Muse recommends them!

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Next up the Dual Sparkle Shadow from Canmake. These are very sheer, so sheer they may be transparent. I don’t get too much sparkle from these but the good news is they do a great wash of color to prep my eye area for something that packs a better punch. I can’t say I don’t recommend buying these because I actually do. At about $4.50 you can’t afford not to at least try one or two! The colors offered are pretty nice and the shadows have a good, smooth texture to them.

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Finally on our list is another favorite of mine! The Glow Twin color are pretty darn pigmented for the price of $5.50 each. These are fantastic for a really, super quick make-up look! Darn good multitasking shadow in that you can create a simple look, use them as highbrow highlighters, use them as color washes, or even dip a blush brush in and powder your cheeks with them for some sparkle! The texture is very smooth and almost creamy when applied. I find that the top color has a bit more shimmer than the bottom color. The bottom color almost appears matte in texture compared to the top! I really like these and give them a big thumbs up icon wink

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Canmake has a really nice size line of glosses! I’ve only tried the Lip Essence and it goes right onto the recommendations list. It’s one of the few Japanese Brands that I’ve seen a sponge applicator with, as much as I like the spatula style applicator, sometimes it’s nice to have a sponge one icon wink

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The gloss is nice and slick minus any tacky, sticky feelings! The colors are very nice and you can wear them alone for a nice wash of gloss, shine, and a tiny bit of color. My favorite is 02 it gives me a nice reddish pink kissed look! $6 or so each and the Muse says it’s a steal for a great gloss!

Our Canmake Spotlight comes to an end with the Super Glitter Liner! Looking for a cheap inexpensive glitter liner? Well, here it is! Works just as well as the MAC Glitter Liners, or Too Faced, or Pop, or any of the other designer brands that put out Glitter Liners icon wink

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These liners are about $5 each and are perfect for adding a little sparkle to your lower and upper eye line! Wanna get the most bang for your buck? Use them as a liner, use them to smooth onto your lashes for a bit of sparkle, use by patting ont your shadow for some extra POP!

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That’s all for today my friends! I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about my favorite inexpensive brand of cosmetic, Canmake! If you have any questions do give a shout and I’m happy to answer icon wink

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Reader’s Request: Angels On Bare Skin Tutorial

A lovely reader left a wonderful comment for the Muse and had asked a question in regards to Lush and using Angels on Bare Skin.

I’ve discussed Lush a plenty on my blog as it’s part of my main skincare/bodycare/haircare regime so I pimp it as much as possible as I’ve had such brilliant results with it and of course when it works good the Muse must pass that info onto all you lovely ladies icon smile I’m positive you recall my rather long post about Lush prior to this but if you happened to miss it do click here and have a look!

Now her question was about a product called Angels on Bare Skin. Angels on Bare Skin is a Preservative Free Face Cleanser. First time users may be confused how exactly to use it! So…here’s a tutorial for Stephanie and anyone else who was interested in the best way to use Angels on Bare Skin!

Stephanie thanks for your comments and your question! I hope this helps!

MuseTV Presents: Angels on Bare Skin Tutorial

(If the video doesn’t play right away please try back in a few)

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