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Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

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Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation, I wants it. Promises of a perfectly flawless face is never lost on a Muse!

Ok, so Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation doesn’t have a super rating on MUA which makes me wonder if I need to bother my time with it. But I can’t help but want it for some reason. I’m unsure why this holds so much appeal! Maybe it’s the commercial? The promise of instantly flawless skin? The really cute looking bottle?

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Actually….I kinda think it’s the bottle. The packaging kinda looks sweet doesn’t it!?

I rarely bat a lash at splurging $30-$40 USD on counter foundation but present me with a ten buck bottle of drugstore foundation and suddenly you have to pry that money from my cold dead hand. It’s a tough choice wondering if I should spend $10 on a bottle of foundation that probably sucks. But I admit the temptation still holds true.

After researching Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation I located the European release which is entitled Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid. Now we all know, or I hope we know, that European drugstore quality in brands such as Maybelline is considerably better than the US release. Now the debate is do I need to track down a bottle of Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid or should I just travel on over to my local CVS and indulge in a bottle of possibly sucky Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation.

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The choices a Muse has to make are sometimes difficult! Maybe I should just get both and compare.

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Maybelline Lash Stiletto Review and Giveaway

You know how much a snob your Muse is when it comes to US drugstore cosmetics right? So when I met up with Maybelline Lash Stiletto a few days ago I wasn’t expecting too much but boy was I proven wrong!

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Jump ahead to feel the love!

Ranging in a price of $7.99 USD to $9.99 USD I wasn’t expecting too much from Maybelline Lash Stiletto, after all I never expect much from anything that sprouts a price tag like that from my local drugstore. Most run ins I have with drugstore mascara is using a tube as a basketball as I toss it into the trash can but obviously, on rare occasions, a Muse can be proven wrong about a product or two purchased outside of a high end counter.

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Anything that promises thee ultimate in length for my lashes is way too good to be true. But ado tis true…..Maybelline Lash Stiletto promises length and provides it without question.

First off if you’re not careful during application you will end up with badly separate eye lashes and that scary spider web look, not cool. But with proper prepping with your lash curler and a sure grip on your wand you’ll be able to curl lashes upwards and out while gripping each lash and lengthening it by at least 5 times it’s normal size. The best way to apply is with a slight zig zag motion as it allows the brush to grip lashes and pull them upwards. The effect is extremely long lashes! Keep in mind that the mascara promises simply length and that’s all it gives. You’re not going to get fatter, plumper lashes with this, you’ll simply get amazing length with it.

The applicator is a thin brush with bristles. I know, gasp, shock, amazing right? A mascara with a brush applicator, not a plastic one! Bless be! The applicator is a bit on the sharp side so if you’re clumsy with mascara application do be careful with this. I think the end results are produced by the very thin, straight brush applicator as the formula isn’t anything special that I noticed. I do think that the thin applicator allows you to catch all your lashes and has an interesting effect of gripping lashes to pull them forward.

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The formula isn’t waterproof and easily washes away with warm water and simple soap however it has the ability to last quite long minus smudging or flaking. I’m not a fan of non waterproof mascara but this is quite long wearing so I don’t mind in the least. The formula is light enough not to weight lashes done so it keeps curl fairly well.

All in all I think it’s a rather fabulous drugstore find and a great beauty on a budget purchase. It promises length and delivers! If you have small stubbier lashes it should work well at pulling them outwards. I’m unsure about recommending it for Asian eyes though as the applicator is such a straight edge that I think it would make for a bit of a difficult apply using it but for the price it’s well worth trying to see!

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Overall, must eat my words here, it’s a love. Maybelline Lash Stiletto is Muse Approved for purchase! The Muse loves it but don’t take her word for it. She wants you to try it out for yourself to see what you think.

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She has two Maybelline Lash Stiletto to giveaway! The giveaway begins today and ends next Monday. You have two chances to win. One is by following me on Twitter and the second way to win would be to subscribe to my feed.

If you already do this you don’t have to do anything, you’ll be automatically entered to win! International readers can of course join in for win as well!

Good Luck!

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Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation Review

I’ve been using Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation for about 3 months now and felt it was about time for a review. Foundation for me is a splurge item, I think good foundation is worth it’s weight in gold and if I have to pay in gold to get a good foundation I’ll do just that. Foundation is an important part of making makeup look flawless, it sets the canvas for anything else you plan on putting on your face, and gives your skin the coverage it needs for picture perfect skin.

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Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation has the potential to be great but fails miserably.

First let me point out the good points of the product before getting into the major problem with the formula. One great factor on this foundation is the wonderful packaging. The foundation comes in a hygienic squeeze bottle which allows you to squeeze small amounts out for application. This style packaging is ideal for those of us that are a bit more conscious of germs and bacteria.

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Now the formula is quite thick but manages to be extremely moisturizing however it is a tad bit runny which can cause a bit of a mess during application however using small amounts at a time keeps the application mess-free and simple. The foundation manages to glide beautifully well onto skin and absorbs wonderfully.

The color selection is vast and there should be a shade to suit any skin tone however I did feel like many shades had a considerable amount of beige to them which is, for the most part, unflattering for my tone of skin. I ended up with Light 1 and as you can see even that’s a tad bit on the dark side. The price is great and ranges from $7.99-$9.99 or less if a sale is ongoing.

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I seriously wanted to love this. While doing my Beauty on a Budget week I was on the hunt for the perfect drugstore foundation and this definately caught my own considering how many raves it gets however it must be all hype because it has one sad, unredeemable problem.

The problem I’m speaking of is the fact that the product is ridiculously sheer and lightweight. I don’t particularly have a problem with sheer foundations nor do I mind lightweight coverage in the least however this smooths on completely transparent and offers absolutely no coverage. Application is quite like adding an extra layer of moisturizer or primer to your face rather then what appears to be a pigmented foundation.

Granted, I do not need a ton of coverage however I do prefer to have a foundation finish to my face and I think foundation erases the certain dullness my skin sometimes sports. Lighter coverage is perfectly fine however this fails at even offering light coverage.

Strangely enough the product appears deeply pigmented however once it’s on I see little to no difference in my face and I’m left looking like I freshly moisturized my face rather than just applied a layer of foundation.

Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation seriously has the potential for greatness but they need to work on the formula in a major way to get me to purchase it again.

Sadly disappointed with this one although I didn’t expect too much going into it anyway!

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Beauty on a Budget: Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara Review

I nabbed some of the new Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara a few days ago…Hells was that a mouth full or what?

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That’s some ridiculously long name!

I had to go to Rite Aid…or maybe CVS…somewhere like that to pick up a prescription so this was hanging out on a large end cap display and all the shiny neon packaging drew me in like a moth to a flame.

I firgure that shelling out $4.99 USD had to be better than losing $8.99 USD on that scary L’Oreal Telescopic mascara!

Thanks to Mandy for reminding me of this fab commercial!

Well it turns out that Maybelline has done a good job with Colossal Volum’ Mascara! Aside from the really long, irritating name the mascara itself is actually quite good for the price tag!

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We have lift off people! Finally a Beauty on a Budget find that’s good!

I prefer my mascaras to have some sort of comb applicator so I wasn’t thrilled to find out that this had a rather large brush applicator. I normally find that large brush applicators cause major clumps for me which is the reason I don’t like some of the Dior mascaras that are out. Large voluminizing brushes just make a mess in my humblest.

The good news is that it is indeed a BRUSH. It’s not a piece of plastic with some spikes on it that they call a brush….it’s a brush…with bristles…Maybelline is kicking it old school with this mascara! Even better news is that the brush works well at evenly distributing the mascara and fattening my lashes up nicely. It promises volume and it delivers. It fattens my lashes up very nicely without making them a clumpy, spikey mess! It also has great long wear without smudging or flaking all day even in severe humidity (it’s been humid here in New York the past few days)!

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I didn’t experience major lenght after application but it definately gave me an appearance of nice, full lashes. I didn’t have to struggle with it during application, or fiddle around trying to get it on correctly, or have to comb it out afterward. I brushed it on quickly, it applied evenly and perfectly with the first stroke, and I was good to go. Unlike other drugstore brands I’ve tried this was pretty good quality for the price.

This isn’t really a “oh my god you must buy this or die!” post because I wasn’t that impressed with the mascara to get that crazy! However, at a price of $4.99 USD it is worth checking out for yourself especially if you’re either on a budget or just don’t like shelling out large amounts of cash for a top shelf mascara.

The Muse thinks it’s a Steal, a Deal, and a great Beauty on a Budget find!

Not necessarily Muse Approved but definately worth checking out for yourself!

Have you tried Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara?

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Craving more mascara? Take a blast through the Muse’s past and check out some old mascara reviews!

Click here to read my raving review on Excel Mascara!

Visit my Beauty Addiction list to find out which mascaras I’m addicted to!

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Check out my Year End Review to see what mascara made it as a favorite!

Find out why Heroine Mascara Remover isn’t all that!

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to read my rave for Urban Decay’s New Summer Collection that includes Big Fatty “Color” Mascaras!

Click here to find out why I love Fairy Drops Mascara from Japan!

Find out about a rather interesting Lorac mascara that was recently released!

Click here to see me wearing Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara in a Face of the Day I did recently!

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Beauty on a Budget Week: Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundatin & Blush Review

I’m back.

With more Beauty on a Budget finds just for you!

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Today I’m reviewing Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundation and Mineral Power Naturally Luminous Blush. Phew that’s a mouthful right there!

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So obviously it’s called Maybelline for a reason….because maybe it’s a good…maybe it’s not…Maybe it’s Maybelline…HA! I crack myself up. Ok, sorry no more corny jokes.

I’ll start by saying I’m not a big fan of mineral powders anyway so my reviews of various mineral powders lately may be bias do to that little fact.

The kit was super duper cheap so I can’t complain. $7.92 USD gets you a large size mineral powder, a mineral blush, and a tiny kabuki brush for application! Not bad at all considering that Bare Escentuals will charge you $40 USD and upwards for their kits but than again you get a whole lot more with that kit than you do with this one.

I got the foundation powder in Light 3 and obviously that’s not a suitable shade for me as it ended up giving me that dusky, ashy, dirty look that I successfully achieved with the Physicians Formula Flawless Complexion Kit. Maybe I’m just doomed when it comes to mineral makeup but damned if it doesn’t suck the healthy glow right out of my face. The powder isn’t too bad a formula. It’s soft and silky but as soon as I applied it I watched as my bright skin went from gorgeous to dull in a few short minutes. I felt like I had a big old eraser and had taken it to a sunny picture of the sky. Buff, buff, buff away healthy, blushing pink cheeks, buff, buff, buff away my pale skin, buff buff my way to dull, gross, chalky, made up skin! After application of the foundation I feel as if I have about 10 pounds of powder on. Very disappointing feeling here people.

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Final say on the powder: No likey.

The brush this comes with is utterly useless so that’s the 2nd problem with the kit. It’s scratchy, hard, and sheds like a cat. It’s cute enough in it’s small and compact format but it’s good as garbage because it does nothing at all in the ways of applying the foundation evenly plus it just feels so bloody harsh on my skin!

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Well…two down one to go….

The kit has one redeeming quality. Praise the Lord! The Mineral Powder blush is actually half way decent although I probably won’t buy it by itself should I walk into a store and see it hanging out on the shelf. It’s pretty pigmented and the formula is smooth, silky, and blends very well! The color I got with the kit was True Peach which is almost identical to the Blushing Glow from Physicians Formula that came with the kit I reviewed yesterday. However, it applies much better and does give a very nice peachy glow to my cheeks.

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I got two of these kits as I had have some seriously high hopes for them. The other version I didn’t bother opening. It contained a translucent powder, a pink blush, and a brush. I think it’s safe to say that one will be making a return as soon as I have the time to stop back into the store. Either that or it, like these items, will end up in the grave yard of unused makeup in the bottom of my closet.

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Final say:

Do not want.

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$7.92 USD isn’t a whole lot of cash to splurge on the kit but it’s just not that great a kit to bother with! Save your money for gas!

In conclusion it appears we are not making a good go of Beauty on the Budget Week!

Let’s check the scores:

The Muse loves Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Cream Foundation and Concealer!

The Muse no likey Physicans Formula Flawless Complextion Kit or Maybelline Mineral Power Powder Foundation!

2 to 1 so far!

Let’s hope my pile of Budget Beauty finds gives us a winner tomorrow!

Stay tuned for more!

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