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Good Morning Everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend and spoiled your dear old dad! I thought we’d start Monday morning off with some fabulously fantastic new in beauty goodies.

Take a look and let me know any new stuff you’ve seen at your local Ulta, drugstores, Sephora, or counters!

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Almay One Coat Dial-Up Mascara

I got Jenny’s number on speed dial by now. I dialed her up when Avon Spectra Lash Mascara came out and I dialed her again when Rimmel 1-2-3 Looks Mascara was released so I have her number on speed dial now yo, hell I know her number by heart!

Just for kicks.

Jump!

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Almay Pure Blends Loose Finishing Powder Review

Why I’d spend over $14 USD for a drugstore finishing powder is seriously beyond me. My head is ready to explode thinking about it.

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The Muse tries, she tries oh so hard.

Almay Pure Blends sounded like something the Muse needed to add to her line up of items to be reviewed. With cries of “please Muse more vegan friendly makeup…please more organic makeup reviews…”, the Muse was feeling rather pressured to embrace her green side. With the promise of a formula that 98.2% Natural, here in laid the perfect item to bring to my green friendly makeup users.

Um not so much.

The Muse is never shy to admit that she’s as shallow as they come and when cosmetic packaging is cute she can be swayed to buy it for that sole reason alone. Almay Pure Blends Loose Finishing Powder definitely has cute on it’s side. Housed in a sturdy pink and white box with a flip top lid the Muse was feeling the cuteness and mess free application. Likey! Aside from it’s cute packaging Almay Pure Blends Loose Finishing Powder doesn’t have a whole lot going for it.

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I’m all about the shimmer so I got the shimmer finish on this powder. It’s supposed to be a translucent finish with a hint of shimmer but there is definitely color to the product which isn’t a bad thing, I don’t mind in the least however if you’re darker tone this could present a problem as you’ll look a bit chalky when it’s in place. The main problem for me with the powder is the fact that it really settles onto my face in a bad way. Yes, I do have dry skin at the moment but the powder shouldn’t lay on my face in such a strange way. It makes my skin quite flaky and dry looking, granted as I said my skin is already dry but it still shouldn’t settle this way. The powder is quite course and not exactly as silky as many of my other powders. The Muse loves shimmer but this powder is laden with it. I wouldn’t mind the shimmer so much if it wasn’t for the strange way the powder just lays on the skin. It gives me a bit of the disco ball effect which isn’t always a good thing.

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As many raves as I had about the packaging and the mess free flip top lid I can’t help but feel it also hinders the use of the powder and makes it difficult to apply. As mentioned above the powder comes housed in a large box, once opened it has a flip top lid with sifter and a soft sponge for application. Although the flip top makes the product quite mess free it also makes for difficult application. I’m basically left tipping the powder upside down to shake some of the powder onto the puff since the sifter/opening isn’t large enough to fit the puff over it. I’m not sure why this annoys me but it does.

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Honestly, at nearly $16 USD I’d go to MAC and buy some finishing powder because this is def not worth your cash. No likey. Cute packaging, nice green friendly concept, but the formula is just not so fabulous.

No go for this Muse. Skip it. If you’re simply too curious I’ve added my gently used Almay Pure Blends Loose Finishing Powder to my sale page.

Anyone try Almay Pure Blends yet?

Loving the line?

Do share!

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Almay Pure Blends Foundation Review

The Muse has been really trying hard to get a few drugstore finds up and reviewed here. I know many of you shop drugstore and you want the latest info about whether or not items are a stash or a trash so I’ve been trying hard to get “into” the drugstore scene.

My latest drugstore purchase brought me to Almay Pure Blends. Although I’m not always conscious (bad, bad habit) about what goes onto my face, I realize many of you are which is why I wanted to review this line for you and see if lived up the hype.

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Find out if it did after the jump!

Almay Pure Blends is a brand new collection from Almay that promises 97.4% natural ingredients. It’s housed in eco-friendly package, blended with antioxidants of lotus, orchid, and acia plus has a paraben free, talc free formula. For anyone terribly sensitive it’s also hypoallergenic as well.

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The line contains everything from glosses and shadows, to main base make products such as the Almay Pure Blends Foundation I purchased. Don’t expect major coverage because you’re simply not going to be happy purchasing this if that’s what you’re expecting. The formula is runny, watery, and thin and manages to offer the coverage of a nice tinted moisturizer rather than a full on foundation. Although it doesn’t work at covering much of anything it still manages to exceed at evening out skin tone and offering a nice natural finish minus any bells and whistles.

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I read some reviews that said felt it was too oily and I honestly thought the formula was just right. Not to oily, not to drying but just very natural feeling as if I was applying a very light moisturizer to my skin. I don’t need a whole lot of foundation anyway so this is perfect for warmer days or days I’m not looking for a made up look.

Minor rants would be the price of nearly $12 USD or so (yes, you can probably save money by buying it on sale but I didn’t wait for a sale!) and the smallish packaging for that amount. It’s an oz of product and likely won’t last long with proper, daily use so I can’t help but feel I can do way better by purchasing a MAC foundation or some other brand for a few dollars more that will last me a year or so. However, I’m sure if purchased on sale it would be possibly worth shelling out for.

I’ll continue using it till I’m finished but it’s absolutely nothing to write home about. If you’re seeking a drugstore brand that’s green friendly with alot less toxic ingredients you’d find in most foundations this is probably something you want to check out otherwise if you’re thinking to purchase it simply because it sounds like a good foundation, I’d skip. Possibly the only thing appealing about it is it’s green friendly formula because I can’t speak for anything else being so grand about it.

Like it well enough but not feeling any undying love for it.

How about you?

Tried Almay Pure Blends?

Loves ‘em?

Leaves ‘em?

Tell the Muse!

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