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Milani Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off @ CVS Next Week

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Hey There, Hi There!

Quickie post to let you know that Milani is Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off @ CVS starting Sunday!

Good time to pick up some of the Sparkling Wet/Dry Eyeshadows myself and the rest of the Blogsphere have been raving about!

Click here if you missed my review on the eyeshadows!

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Beauty on a Budget: NYX Mosaic Powder Review

Yay for the Muse jumping back on board the Beauty on a Budget bandwagon!

This time I’m raving about NYX (kinda, sorta, maybe!).

Since it’s Summer it appears that NYX is busy pimping some of their older line up. Which basically means they have cute little pop up displays all over the place that have separate collections of makeup they are whorin’ out to the masses. I’ve run across two displays like this so far. One was the glitter eyeliners and the second was the Mosiac Powders. Both items are old news and nothing really new about ‘em but NYX just revamped the display I guess to catch new buyer eyes. They caught my eye recently when I was at Harmon’s drugstore picking some items up for my lovely friend Aya at Irodori.

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These particular blush powders from NYX looked outstanding so I thought I might as well grab ‘em while the grabbing was good.

They only cost $5.99 USD so really I couldn’t go bankrupt buying these. Many months ago NYX had contacted me with a discount to do a review on their products and honestly I never got around to actually purchasing anything or doing the review for that matter! Damn the Muse to hell for not getting around to doing these important things!

The powders are gorgeous. The packaging is simple yet elegant and quite reminds me of MAC. Why I never purchased NYX prior to this can only be blamed on my snotty nature when it comes to cosmetics.

I purchased two colors but there are quite a few color selections available that range from lighter to darker. I got the Pinkish Red and the Orange color. I don’t particularly love either one sadly. The pink goes on way to red and the orange makes my face look very dull.

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The powder formula is good. Silky, blends well, and lasts long however I think the color combinations are just not working well for me. I’m normally a very big fan of vibrant shades but neither color seems to suit me.

The orange color seems way too orange! And the pink color seems to just not pick up enough of the lighter shades in the palette and it grabs up more of the red which causes me to look like a clown! Ugh!

Awwww moan! I really wanted to love these! I’m going to keep trying with the pink powder but the orange after swatching is a big no!

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I think the main problem with these is that fact that they contain five separate shades of color which could be a little too much. I guess it’s a form of graduation but it just doesn’t work so well. When I applied the pink the color went on splotchy and my brush was picking up more of the vibrant red and not mixing correctly with the lighter shades in the powder.

I can’t give these too poor a rating simply because they are very pigmented blushes and good quality! However, I just didn’t like them and they didn’t work well for me.

Yes, they are nicely pigmented. Yes, the price is more than alright. But they don’t exactly do what I want them too!

NYX Mosaic Powders get a big thumbs down from the Muse!

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When Beauty on a Budget, Goes WRONG!: Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review

Prestige Cosmetics is a low end makeup that’s available in a few drugstores stateside. You may or may not be privy to this line of cosmetics.

Recently while purchasing my Milani Wet/Dry Eyeshadow haul I came across the Prestige Skin Loving Minerals display. The display had quads of eyeshadows and a few blushes. I think I was blindsided by all the pretty swirls in the blush because I ended up purchasing one.

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The packaging was nice enough. The blush came in a pretty simple yet nice clear compact. The cost was pretty nice as well at $6.49 USD. And the blush appeared to be pigmented enough! The bright beautiful pink with swirls of gold really got me excited.

But that’s about all the pros of the product because quality is absolute garbage. I can’t believe it’s legal to sell trash like this. The blush is not pigmented at all! It’s silky enough but when you apply it basically appears as if you are using a translucent powder or something! You get NO color at all from the blush!

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This is when Beauty on a Budget goes terribly wrong!

I seriously can’t help but whine that I lost $6.49 plus tax on such a trashy product! Total rant but seriously it was like flushing money down the toilet!

Grrr!

See? Now you know why I stay away from drugstore cosmetics!

A fair warning if you walk into your local drugstore and are wow’ed by the gorgeous display of Prestige Skin Loving Minerals! Don’t buy! Keep away! They may look pretty but they seriously are not worth your hard earned cash!

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The Muse says don’t buy these!

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Beauty on a Budget: Terra Eyeshadow Review

I was tempted again by the evil Beauty on a Budget brands that can be found in my local drugstore….go firgure.

My little mate Mandy from Mandy’s Beauty Blog was bragging about Terra eyeshadows in a recent post of mine and of course I got to thinking that I need to recheck these out. The reason I say “recheck” them is because I had previously seen these in my local drugstore and even swatched them but me being the snob I am I skipped and didn’t bother buying any!

Of course, when I went back my mentality had changed slightly and I was open to the suggestion that maybe these could be good. Lucky for me I kept that frame of mind because I walked out of the store toting eight shades in a little plastic bag with a goofy smile on my lips over my latest haul.

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These are great, thanks Mandy!

I know many of you piss, moan, and bitch something fierce about baked eyesahdows. I personally don’t mind an occasional baked eyeshadow. They spice up my life a little bit and they are different and interesting however I do agree with some of you to an extent about the lack of pigmentation.

These shadows I am about to show you are baked eyeshadows however they are alot different then what you’re used to with your normal variety range of baked eyeshadows!

These are entitled Terra Eyeshadows and yes I googled plenty for you but I see nothing about these anywhere. No website, no listing, nada. The back says “Made in Italy” but soon after it displays a Miami address…I dunno.

The good news is these are fantastic. The pigmentation, for a baked eyeshadow, is brilliant. They are loaded with color, blend easily, and have just a touch of shimmer that’s not to overkill for my sparkle/shimmer haters out there.

The shadow itself is very silky and smooth and it blends very well for a baked eyeshadow as I normally find baked shadows here in the US a bit hard in texture if that makes sense and not as silky as what I’ve tried abroad.

Prices vary from shop to shop but they aren’t too expensive at $7.49 USD or so per a pot. I’ve seen them in a few drugstores for different price ranges but no higher then $8.99 USD. For what it’s worth that’s somewhat high for one eyeshadow purchased in a cheesy drugstore in the United States however they are good and you know when I say something is good I sincerely mean that from the bottom of my little heart.

The first time I noticed these as I had mentioned early on in this post was when the line had single eyeshadows only. They now have duo eyeshadows as well which I love since the color combinations are flattering and do work well together. The entire line is really tiny it consists of about twelve or so eyeshadows and a few bronzer type blushers and that’s it.

As I mentioned I ended up with eight of the eyeshadows total.

I’ve seen these in two locations so far. Harmon’s Beauty Store and Duane Reade. As I recall they were cheaper in Harmon’s so hit up there first prior to heading to Duane Reade for the best price. To find them don’t look in the main cosmetic aisle you have to swing yourself around and they are right next to the applicators, eye makeup removers, and cotton swabs and stuff. Right by the accessories you’ll see a tiny little display with these hanging out on it!

I did notice something that deserves a mention about these. I had to do some major prepping of my eye prior to applying as I noticed the first time I used one of the duos that it creased terribly. I blame that on my lack of prepping and my rushed application however I did a second look and the same thing happened so when using these you may need to spend a little extra time prepping your eye area well prior to application. My third time trying these I hit the nail on the head and got it right, no creasing and perfect wear and tear all day but I spent some time making sure I had a good surface on my eye prior to applying and my bit of hard work rewarded me with beautiful, eyepopping eyeshadow that lasted all day and into the night!

Without further babbling from me a few pictures of the Terra Eyeshadows I picked up!

Lime/Lemon
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Turquoise Pearl
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Water/Green
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Emerald Pearl
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Snow Gold Pearl
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Beige Pearl
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Midnight/Ice
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Purple/Sky
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My favorite of the bunch is Turquoise Pearl which is a beautiful aqua touched with some lovely blue and Snow Gold Pearl which is a lovely golden cream! All the colors are truly outstanding and the photos don’t do them justice!

Terra Eyeshadows are most definately Muse Approved for purchasing! I’m loving these at the moment!

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Revlon Spring Collection 2008

I know, I know. Why the bloody hell am I posting about Revlon? So unlike me. I should put a disclaimer on this post to say I do not buy Revlon.

The reason I’m posting this is because much of my target audience flows in from abroad. I love you yanks but sadly you aren’t my main reader quota.

We tend to take what we can get here in the US for granted and likewise for those of you around the world.

There in lays my inspiration for this post.

Something as simple as Revlon’s Spring Collection may not yet be available around the globe (or available at all for that matter) so it’s my responsibility as a good blogger to inform all my readers outside of the US what happening here in drgustores!

Yay me!

So I came across some of the Revlon Spring Collection at CVS when I was doing some personal shopping for Miss Rows at Mostly Makeup.

Here’s what I came across (hold your applause until the end):

Revlon does this big deal about how limited these are but this isn’t Japan which basically translates as you can get this crap for ages and ages and it never leaves the shelf. How limited is that? I think I’ll sue Revlon for false advertisement! Remember when they released those Just Bitten Lip Stains 500 years ago? Oh sorry it was last year I think! Well those are still hanging around the shelf. Yay for limited edition products!

Anyway!

Here’s the line-up, without further snarky, wise cracking commentary from me!

Floral Affair Sheer Powder Blush Available in 4 Color Selections
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Make a Sheen Eyeshadow Palette Available in 4 Color Selections
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Marble-ous Match Liner Available in 5 Shades
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Soft on the Eye Sheer Loose Powder Eyeshadow Available in 3 Color Selections
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Mix and Mingle Lip Palette Available in 6 Shade Selections
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Prices range from around $6.99-$9.99 USD and most places have buy one get one 50% off type a deals depending on the sale at the tim!

I actually must say that collection is interesting! I won’t personally buy any of it but it does appear rather nice to look at!

So…that’s all folks!

Hope you enjoyed this brief foray into US Drugstore Brands (mind you Revlon is available almost everywhere in the world but unsure if this particular collection has reached shores other then our own here in the US).

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