The Muse feels rather badly that it’s taken her so long to discover the awesomeness that is Korres Natural Products. Well, Hello Wonderful! I recently fell in love with the Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set released for Holiday 2008 and soon after a mass amount of e-mail flooded into my inbox telling me I had to try this by Korres, I had to try that, and Muse please review the foundation, review the body cream, review the eye cream, etc…etc…
After ALL the recommendations I got I was feeling a bit curious….had the Muse missed out on an important brand?
Obviously she had.
But what’s this?
Korres Body Butter!
The Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set was my first venture into the brand and honestly I wasn’t expecting much and was shocked at the amazing quality of each item in the kit. I think I take for granted the fact that aside from Lush, many “natural” brands aren’t exactly the best formulas around. Do you experience that too? Anything and everything has jumped on board the organic, natural, paraben free bandwagon lately. Honestly, it’s great but I think many of the products I’ve tried haven’t been all that and a bag of chips.
I was absolutely delighted with the quality of makeup that Korres had available and it struck me that I really needed to dive in further and explore the brand more fully especially considering many of you really wanted to hear reviews about the various products.
Today I’ll be reviewing Korres Body Butter in Quince and allow your Muse to tell you how amazing it smells, how simply amazing. At this moment I wish you could lean in and scratch and sniff your monitor because I really don’t think I can put into words how heavenly this smells! As per the package description it’s fruity and spicy! The scent starts off with a base note of floral, a middle, heavier note of fruit….almost like a crunchy, sweet pear, and finishes with a tiny bit of spice like that of a carnation. I just can’t even begin to describe how amazing it smells! I wish they had a perfume in the same scent, I’d be on it like white on rice.
This is a body butter and the formula is extra moisturizing for drier skin types so indeed it makes just about the perfect skin care item for the cold, harsh weather at the moment. Personally I just like slathering it all over my hands and arms so I can sniff myself every five minutes and sigh in delight. The formula is slightly greasy but it absorbs very well while giving skin a nice dose of moisture. The greasiness goes away quickly enough and leaves behind a nice soft, silky finish. My elbows and knees are happily soft at the moment thanks to this. The lotion comes in a rather fabulous upside pump which easily distributes a small or large amount of cream depending on what you need.
All in all Korres Body Butter in Quince is fabulous, truly a great product and well worth it’s inexpensive $21 USD price tag. The Muse gives Korres Body Butter her highest Muse Approval for purchase. This one is a keeper!
Snag some more info about Korres by visiting them at www.korres.com and purchase the complete line up of products from Sephora
The Muse has grown quite attached and fond of her Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette since hauling it many, many, many months ago. At first I wasn’t sure I loved it but now I have unquestionable admiration for it. I have many, many, many concealers and the one I reach for daily is the Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette. The combination of concealer and finishing powder makes my woes into smiles! It conceals dark circles, fine lines, and all my other problems with a quick swipe of my brush! Loves it!
Recently I came across the Mally Beauty Cancellation Concealer System on QVC for $35 USD and it’s quickly become holy grail material.
Make the jump read on about the greatness of this three piece kit!
Mally Beauty Cancellation Concealer System excels and appeals in just about every way imagination. Fab packaging, amazing price, and awesome quality. What more could a girl want?
First of all let’s dig on the price.
For $35 USD you’ll get one cream concealer, one setting powder, one dual ended brush (full size), and a pink pouch to store it all in. I spent over $60 USD on the Bobbi Brown Concealer Compact and I’ll repurchase once it’s gone however if you really can’t afford $60 bucks at the moment or don’t even want to consider shelling that much over for concealer I do so highly suggest nabbing one of these kits! You get much more product plus a full size brush and a cute carrying case…hello cheap anyone?
The packaging is absolutely adorable and appeals to my girlish good nature. The pink pooch has a velvet like feel and a snap closure. Snap it open to reveal a loop for holding your brush and two pouches to store each compact. Sweet! The compacts are metal and come in silver and pink colors, one of each. The brush matches with the cream concealer as these are both pink in color where as the powder has a silver compact. I thought it was rather strange and felt like the silver compact somehow didn’t match with the rest of the theme but I got over it.
The entire trio works virtually the same way Bobbi Brown’s Concealer Palette does aside from the fact that Bobbi’s version has three separate concealers for mixing and matching. Brush a bit of the cream concealer on and pat your powder on to set! Simple, done, and just as you would with your BB version. I love having three color options to cocktail with my Bobbi Brown version but I honestly don’t mind in the least this has one color option. That’s perfectly fine as it does the job well enough with any other colors available.
The cream concealer is lovely. It’s creamy, moisturizing, and conceals well without being heavy, creasing, fading, or causing a major mess. It does not have the same consistency as Bobbi’s version however. I noticed it was lighter and actually blended a bit better because it didn’t have that ooeey gooey formula that Bobbi’s sports. I got the lightest option available however there are four shade choices in total so I do believe you’re bound to find a suitable match for your skin type. I actually felt like the light version was too light but I don’t mind as I like my concealer to be a shade down from my skin tone to brighten my eyes up. I don’t have severe dark circles but I do have puffy eyes and a bit of a tired look and I felt this was plenty of coverage for those problems. In regards to darker circles you may or may not need something more….I think it’ll do just fine with darker circles as it is quite pigmented but results vary from person to person.
The powder this comes with isn’t quite as silky as the one that Bobbi Brown’s compact comes with but that doesn’t make it any less of a good product. It goes on well, brightens the eye area up beautifully, and doesn’t crease or age my eyes. I find applying powder under my eyes makes me look decades older this does not do that. I like that it not only sets my concealer for all day coverage but also offers a brightening around my eye area.
Finally the brush included is ideal for application. It’s a dual ended brush which has a blending style brush on one end for the powder application and a concealer brush on the other. Both work great at performing the duty of applying the powder and concealer. Bobbi has the same style brush although this concealer brush is a bit bigger and more dome shaped. I like the blending brush for applying powder…this was a trick I learned with the BB palette and have really embraced. I find a bushy, full blending brush is ideal for picking up powder and applying a thin layer to eyes without making a mess or applying too much.
The concealer lasts pretty much all day without creasing, fading, or creeping into fine lines. It offers fantastic coverage, gives me a flawless look, and creates the illusion of plenty of sleep. I did a little test and wet my arm and proceeded to rub it with a washcloth, you can see the results below and the concealer actually held up very well!
All in all I think the Mally Beauty Cancellation Concealer System is a fabulous find and I’m Muse Approving it for purchase. I highly suggest grabbing one for yourself! It has a 4 out 5 rating on QVC and just general does what it promises with a really nice price tag to match!
Count the Muse impressed! I love it and think it could be holy grail material, have to use it a bit more before I decide but it’s well on it’s way there!
Have you tried Mally Beauty Cancellation Concealer System?
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Meet my favorite budget friendly stocking stuffers for the Holiday:
If you read my review on Rosebud Salve you probably already hold the key to the secrets of Life, the Universe, and Everything. What you probably didn’t realize is that the second key to the universe is held within these little duo packages of joy!
I’ve been using Softlips since…hmm forevers. The Muse and her sister have happily purchased Softlips for a very long time, years and years. I can remember Softlips Lip Balm being one of my very first makeup purchases so indeed it’s been a while!
Honestly aside from Rosebud Salve I haven’t met a better option for keeping my lips happy during the cold weather skin! I’ve always had one of these little guys tucked into my purse for quick touch ups on the go. They glide on incredibly well and offer a nice seal of protection for cold, bitter New York weather plus they taste sooooo good! And let’s not forget they have SPF 20!
Softlips have introduced two new Limited Edition Duo Packs that contain two full size Softlips Balms. The first package holds Vanilla and Mint flavored balms which are great to use alone or layer them on top of each other for a Vanilla Mint flavored pout! The second package contains my personal favorite Cherry! It also contains Sugar Cookie which you can combine with Cherry to create Cherry Sugar Cookies! Yum! The Muse gets really excited about the little things in life.
Many of you have written me emails asking I feature some budget friendly options for cosmetics, gifts, etc..and I think that these Softlips Duo Packs are ideal for budget stocking stuffers! Each pack costs around $3.50-$3.99 USD which isn’t too bad a deal at all! They make very cute gift toppers as well to tape to the top of a bigger gift or to stick in a Holiday gift bag!
Yo can learn more about Softlips by visiting them at www.softlips.com!
I know quite a few folk were disappointed that the Harajuku Girl Solid Perfume Coffret Contest was not open to the US residents! Boo! Hiss!
But the good news is today I have two Limited Edition Packages of Softlips to give away to readers within the US and abroad! Simply comment below and I’ll be choosing two random readers to get one of the two packets I have! The contest begins today and ends on Friday so Good Luck!
Budget more of your Beauty by reading some past budget reviews!
E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer Review
Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm Review
Physicians Formula Plump Potion Review
L’Oreal Infallible Lipgloss Review
EcoTools 5 Piece Brush Set Review
I’ve been using Lush Vanishing Cream Moisturizer for about a month now, maybe a little longer. I originally ordered all three of Lush’s moisturizers from Lush UK over a month or so ago and the one that I was the least interested in and wasn’t going to purchase at all was Vanishing Cream. I’m actually quite relieved I indulged in Vanishing Cream because it turns out it’s rather wonderful and I’m in love with it.
Honestly, I was worried about purchasing Vanishing Cream considering it’s absolutely all wrong for my skin type, the moisturizer is meant for acne prone/oily skin. I wasn’t going to purchase this at all but the description did peek my interest.
Here’s the description taken from the Lush UK website:
The Low Fat Moisturiser If you have acne, oily skin, spots on your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) you could use a pot of our new Vanishing Cream. It makes your skin troubles vanish. It`s not magic though, it`s beautifully traditional natural science. We make it with a new low-fat base so it`s light as a feather and sinks in, in a trice. There`s no cocoa butter; although we love it, we know it`s not for everyone. Instead, we use shea butter and deeply softening linseed gel, with low-fat camellia, grapeseed and jojoba oils. Of course, you don`t have to have problem skins use it; if you`d like a comforting, balancing moisturiser that keeps your skin clear with lavender, neroli and uranium essential oils then walk this way. But if your skin torments you every day, making you over-oily, spotty, red or sore then you definitely need this. Use it with Herbalism, Angels on Bare Skin, Fresh Farmacy, Tea Tree Water for a new Tea Tree Tone Tabs to take really good care of your face, naturally and safely.
As per Lush’s recommendation of “of course, you don’t have to have problem skins use it; if you like a comforting, balancing moisturizer that keeps skin clear…” this was one thing that caught my interest and of course the other item that sold me on this was the fact that it was marketed as being such a light moisturizer. I liked the idea of a moisturizer that was light, that would help battle oily skin, and balanced my skin so I decided what the heck might as well try it.
Considering this arrived sometime in July or August (I can’t recall which) I was happy to have it for part of the Summer to try out since my combination skin is sometimes oily in the Summer here it may have laid a solution.
As promised by Lush, Vanishing Cream is beautifully, wonderfully, heavenly light. I love how smooth and effortlessly this glides onto my skin and absorbs simply and easily. This is absolute perfect wear for Summer considering how light and airy the formula is. The texture is watery and runny and has a fresh, herbal smell of lavender and rose.
The moisturizer leaves my skin matte yet dewy and fresh and keeps my forehead nice and oil free all day long. I absolutely loved using this during the hot, humid weather as it offered just the right moisture for my skin while balancing it out and preventing it from becoming shiny. One of the ingredients in this is Witch Hazel which could account for how it mattifies skin and keeps oil at bay.
I recommend this for those with the following skin types:
- Oily Skin
- Acne or Blemish ridden skin
- Redness or Sensitive Skin
- Those who want a light moisturizer for everyday use or during warmer weather
The only sole rant I have about the moisturizer is it’s lack of SPF aside from that it’s positively perfect and I love it. Although I was using this as a light, Summer time moisturizer I feel like it may carry it’s way into my Fall skincare regime as well as I’m enjoying it’s lightness and how I do not have to prep with a base or primer after use.
I highly recommending purchasing this for yourself or at the least trying it out. Currently Lush has small pots available for $5 USD which you can use to test this out. If you love it you can bring back the empty sample pot you purchased for $5 USD and have it deducted from the total cost of a large container of the moisturizer!
The price is $35.95 USD or £15 for a 1.7oz pot (45g).
The Muse Approves it for purchase!
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When it comes to recommending drugstore cosmetics I’m the last person in the world you want to take advice from. If you’re read my past posts you know most of my drugstore cosmetic purchases end up trashed, ripped into, and tossed aside rather quickly!
I do have a rather surprising, holy cow it can’t be true review about Covergirl TRUblend Whipped Foundation. I must be high because I’m about to rave about this stuff.
Now it deserves to be mentioned I haven’t used drugstore foundation (NOR do I recommend using it!) in years. I mean, YEARS! The last time I actually used anything by Covergirl was when I was possibly 14 or so. Needless to say my taste in makeup developed into the posh, expensive, and quality items you see posted here today on my blog and they rarely stray.
I’m particularly adamant when it comes to foundation and concealer and these two items are definately splurge material however for quite a while now I thought it was my business, as your Muse, to get out there and locate a particularly good drugstore foundation and bring it back here to review for you.
I’ve yet to find that perfect, holy grail foundation prior to this. I’ve run across bad, I’ve run across ok, and I’ve run across somewhat good however great was never located nor did I believe “great” was anywhere to be found in the drugstore foundation world.
I discovered Covergirl TRUblend Whipped Foundation recently for a mere $8.54 USD (I actually heard someone on a forum ranting this was too much for a foundation to which I proceeded to think to myself, “are they nuts?”). Now I truly didn’t expect much but I was very impressed with the array, I mean ARRAY, of shades the foundation came in. If you can’t find your color in this selection something is seriously off with your tone! The shades range from uber light to super dark and everything in between so you’re guaranteed to locate at least one shade that’s entirely suitable and flattering to your skin tone, the Muse promises it’s true!
One of the main things that got me pumped about this particular product was the fact that Drew Barrymore is pretty much splashed all over every magazine I pick up looking seriously flawless. Granted, maybe it’s her or maybe it’s Covergirl (or was that maybe it’s Maybelline? The Muse forgets!) or maybe it’s that awesome geek guy (who could be cute ala Chuck!) that photoshopped the bejesus outta her face! Who really knows but the point is I was roped into the allure of perfect skin when I seen her promo images and decided I too, must try out TRUblend for my very self.
Thankfully my gut instincts paid off and in the end Covergirl TRUblend happens to be all that and a bag of chips (and a sandwich too!).
There are two available options for Covergirl TRUblend. You have the Whipped Foundation and you have the traditional pump style foundation. I purchased both but today I’m concentrating on reviewing the Whipped version, later this week I’ll bring you the pump version.
I know, I know, everyone is moaning about dipping their hands into a big old pot of foundation. I’m sorry and I feel your pain but get over the promise of bacteria and germs and listen to my rave before you rant!
The shade I choose for myself was 410 Classic Ivory. I choose this shade for a number of reasons but mainly because if my memory serves me correctly this was the shade I used to purchase in the Covergirl Powder compact about 100 years before when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the Muse was a mere girl of 14.
I’ll get all kinds of grief if I tried convincing a makeup artist that this was the shade I want as it’s rather light however, thankfully, no MA’s are to be found in drugstores thankfully and I safely scored the shade without hearing a big lecture about how this is SO NOT my shade! I felt semi-guilty I went so light but no one was around to witness my shame so I firgured what the hell!
Turns out 410 works a treat so nanner nanner!
The foundation is creamy, moisturizing, and blends like a dream while offering light, medium, or heavy coverage depending on what you deem suitable. I use a very tiny bit as the formula is extremely pigmented so this is obviously great to build color up as you see fit. I don’t recommend trying this if you’re skin is oily or you have clogged pores or pores that clog easy as the foundation is heavy in some aspects even when used sparsely.
Sporting 410 and looking wide awake!
As for me, my skin tends to be quite dry around this time of the year so it feels beautiful on and moisturizing. It blends in easily, leaving behind a dewy finish that’s flawless and natural. The lightweight texture of the foundation is particularly delightful as it feels like you have little to nothing on your face. The foundation has a darn good wear time of at least 7 hour maybe…maybe…8 if you’re lucky and set correctly with powder.
I heard a few rants about the foundation, mainly one of which was about it’s horrifying smell. Either my nose is not working correctly or everyone else is nuts because I didn’t notice a terrible smell. It actually kinda sorta smells like cherries or Jergens Almond Body Lotion.
It brightens up my dull spots, created a flawless finish for my makeup, and does a mighty find job of even concealing dark circles if I want it to act double duty as a concealer.
Fact of the matter is that Covergirl TRUBlend Whipped Foundation is pretty much as close as you’re going to get to holy grail foundation coverage in a drugstore.
I highly recommend trying it out for yourself! It’s well worth your $8 bucks and does a fine job of prepping your face for makeup!
The Muse loves it and recommends it big time!
Muse Approved for this bad boy!
Likey, likey, like!
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