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Beauty on a Budget: Biore Skin Preservation Review

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Too old for acne? Occasionally get a blemish here and there? Want a skincare regime that’s affordable and meant for your 30 something skin?

The new Biore Skin Preservation Collection is a new line of skin care created exclusively for those of us who are well out of our teens and settling into a some what normal skin time.

This actually fits right in with my skin as is. My skin is pretty normal, no break outs or acne as I’m a bit too old for those days. It’s dry in certain areas, a bit uneven at time, even dull, and of course it suffers on a rare occasion with a pimple or two. It’s in between skin which is exactly what the new Biore Collection caters too!

Jump ahead for a peep at the new collection!

Although the Muse normally relies on Lush and as of late H20+ as her skin care of choice she’s quite a fan of Biore and thinks they make great items at an affordable price. If you’re wanting a skin care line with an inexpensive price tag to address issues such as fine lines, uneven skin tone, blackheads, etc…..but you aren’t of an age where your skin is completely out of a wack ala your teen years this new collection should suit. The new line consists of several items for moisturizing, exfoliating, and cleansing your skin.

One item that was particularly interesting is the Biore Self Preservation Dual Fusion Moisturize + SPF 30 ($15). Hmmm SPF 30 in a drugstore brand? Coolness. This dual phase moisturizer hydrates as it defends against UVA and UVB. The packaging is actually a dual pump which evenly distributes sun protection and moisturizer. For something that contains SPF it’s incredibly lightweight and non greasy.

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Biore Self Preservation Clean Things Up ($7) is a gel cleanser which is incredibly gentle on the skin. Some Biore cleansers have dried me out in the past but this is quite gentle and washes clean away. This fresh scented cleanser starts out as a gel and gently lathers up on your face rinsing away dirt and grime.

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Biore Self Preservation Even Smoother ($15) is a smooth exfoliating scrub to gentle buff away dry skin and reveal brighter, even skin.

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Biore Self Preservation Hard Day’s Night ($15) is a night time moisturizer for alleviating dryness and dullness. It’s quite lightweight for an night cream but it manages to absorb easily and leaves my skin nice and fresh come morning. I haven’t noticed any difference in dullness but I’ve only been using for a week so far.

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Biore Self Preservation See the Future Eye Cream ($15) is the newest eye cream in the Biore line. This sports a straight tip applicator quite like the Prescriptives Wrinkle Treatment that was recently released. The tip allows for precise application of the cream. Supposedly it brightens dark circles, fights fine lines, and battles puffiness. I haven’t used it as of yet as I’m busy testing a new eye cream but I’m quite curious how well it will do combating my under eye woes! I wish more eye creams sported an applicator like this as I’m a victim of using way too much eye cream sometimes.

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Overall, the entire Biore Skin Preservation line is a tad higher when compared to other Biore products however drugstore’s always have sales and these particularly pieces are a tad more posh taking the SPF and the likes into consideration. If you’re seeking a good quality skincare with a decent price tag I’m always one for recommending Biore.

The entire collection is available now at your local drugstore.

Visit www.biore.com for further info.

I know ALL of you use Biore!

Tell me what are some of your favs?

Mine are of course the Nose Strips!

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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation Review


Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation gets a bad wrap on most reviews the Muse has read but I’ll tell you a secret…shhh…I kinda dig it!

Jump ahead for my review.

When the Muse is feeling all lazy and isn’t up for a whole face of makeup she uses a dab of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation and calls it a day.

Before I tell you why I like it let me get the bad stuff out of the way. One, it’s likely going to settle into fine lines or large pores if you sport either. Two, it’s not going to mattify your skin, yes the name says matte, but I experienced no oil control when using it.


I hear so many reviews of how people look made up with this on and how it has a cakey finish and honestly I’ve experienced none of this. A simple dab will do you well so yes if you proceed to slather this on as you would a normal foundation chances are you will be made up. However, a simple dab or two and you’ll be golden. This is the kinda foundation I dig for the days I’m being lazy. It’s an ideal foundation for anyone who doesn’t need nor desire a ton of coverage. It doesn’t wear incredibly long but it’s great for running errands with or heading out for a quick bite, etc….as it evens out skin tone and creates a good canvas for a simple blush or cheek stain. It’s my minimal makeup product of choice.

The formula is a thick, whipped mousse that blends quite nicely onto my skin. I don’t have fine lines nor do I have large pores so it absorbs easily, mess-free, without settling on my face like a mask. It feels incredibly silky and almost silicon-like. It’s pretty pigmented and evens out my tone well erasing dullness and creating a good canvas for makeup. I tend to wear very minimal makeup when I use it as I don’t think it’ll hold well with a whole load of makeup but for use with a bit of cheek stain or powder blush it’s perfection.


I’m not keen on the packaging as I’m a germ-a-phobe so dipping my fingers into a pot to apply isn’t my ideal idea of good packaging. I tend to use a disposable sponge with each use that way I can get a dab on a new sponge without handling the product and creating a breeding playground for bacteria. After use I simply toss the sponge.

A find one or two dabs can do my entire face and I’m left looking quite flawless and ready for blush. As I mentioned above it doesn’t wear incredibly long and feels like it melts off after about 2-3 hours of use but for the days I’m just running to the grocery or something unimportant it’s great as I’m not keen on going out completely nude without a face on.

Overall, Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation isn’t going to change your coverage life but it’s a great one for minimal makeup days. If you have good skin and don’t require a ton of coverage minus large pores or fine lines this should be a great little find for natural coverage.

Call me crazy but I tend to lean towards the likey side of this foundation.

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Milani Fall 2009: Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner Review and Swatches


With the Fall quickly approaching it’s become my duty to get my cat eye on which I epically fail out by the way.

That’s why I want to practice with something cheap but that’s of decent quality.

No worries got me some Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner and working my way to a dramatically lined look for Fall!

Check ‘em after the jump!

All my adventures with liquid lining have always been a tad bit of a problem, I haven’t yet given up and I’m well on my way to performing amazing feats of dramatic eye lining tricks…or maybe that’s my imagination running away with itself.


Either way, I wasn’t really interested in spending about $20-$25 bucks on a liquid liner when I suck so hard at application. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the new Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liners available in a rainbow of cool shades at a budget price.

This is a great little liquid liner with a thin precise tip for application. Although a brush application it’s nicely dense so it won’t wobble around as you apply. The colors are all richly pigmented and application is a snap without skipping or having to go back and reline. I blame the rich pigment on the fact you won’t have problems with skipping as it simply lines straight across without having to go over it or start again to cover any skips. The shades are all really vibrant so if you’re not wanting to do a traditional black liner look you can pick any number of cool colors to work with to make your look unique and fun!

The colors I tried out were Everlast (Black), Infinite (Sapphire Blue), Endless (Rich Royal Purple), and Eternal (Olive Green). Out of the four I absolutely adore Eternal as I’m all about green on my big brown eyes as it lends a certain mystery to my looks.


The formula is pretty much smudge proof and lasts all day without fading or creasing. It says 24 hour wear but I’m honestly not up for testing those number out (I will not sleep in my makeup for the sake of Musings, somethings I simply will not do) but just rest assured it’ll stick around for a good long while. It’s fairly easy to remove as well with oil based cleanser.

Overall, if you’re looking for an inexpensive richly hued shade of liquid liner do check out the new Milani Infinite range, I’m positive liquid liners fans will love ‘em and brand new folks can take advantage of an inexpensive liquid liner that’s not hard on the wallet.

Even though I stink at lining with this medium I’m sticking a Muse Approval on ‘em for purchase, good stuff!

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P.S. I’m ever so tempted to try them as an all over lid color, is that terribly weird?

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Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara Review

Best news ever, my fav drugstore mascara has gone waterproof. w00t! I reviewed Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara for you before and it’s recently been revamped to now include a waterproof version.

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Jump ahead for more deets!

I generally loved Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara when I first tried it out but I prefer my mascara in a waterproof formula. Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara steps onto the scene with a brand new version and a waterproof formula. Score!

Now Rimmel Sexy Curves isn’t going to change your mascara world but it’s inexpensive price tag and very interesting applicator could prove it worthy of a pick up. The formula is nice and inky black and the interesting applicator pulls lashes upward and curls them very well for a longer, fuller lash look. The applicator is plastic and is made up of three round clumps. The trick to applying correctly and getting a solid, fuller lash look is to curl lashes prior to use as you’ll see the best results if you do so. The applicator seems to allow good even coverage of lashes and grasps each one between the rounder clumps that make up the brush.

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Like I said it’s not going to change your mascara world but it’s a cheap, inexpensive way to get fuller lashes on the fly for a great price. It’s waterproof formula makes it smudge and flake proof so it’s ideal for the humid days we’ve been having lately. It’s unique brush makes it a winner for me and that’s saying alot as you know the Muse isn’t a fan of drugstore mascara so much.

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Overall, I’d say it’s worthy of a pick up and a try if you’re in the market for inexpensive. It’s always great having at least one cheap mascara in your makeup case as you won’t feel so badly about tossin’ it out for a fresh one every few months! Rimmel Sexy Curves Waterproof Mascara wins this Muse’s vote for a good beauty on the budget pick.

Likey!

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Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner Review


So I’m a complete an idiot when it comes to liquid liner. I’m ok with pencils and I’m alright with potted liners but really I’m pressing it to say I’m good with either. As hard as I try getting a single straight line proves impossible sometimes.

Now liquid liner that’s just a big mess waiting to happen as far as I’m concerned. I tried one or two here and there but I honestly do not have that steady of a hand to take full advantage. For the most part liquid liner is most definitely off my must have list.

Until now….

The Muse could possibly change her tune especially when it’s made this easy with the new Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner.

Check it after the jump!

Well wow, there may be hope for me still. Milani has introduced a brand new liquid eye liner to their line up and with it’s inexpensive price and precise point I could still yet become some sort of master wizard eye liner wielding pro.


Count me impressed and that’s saying something as I suck with liquid liner. I’m talking hot mess all over my eye. I really don’t know why I can’t get it on right but it just ends up turning into one big disaster anytime I try. I remember in high school being terribly jealous of this girl in my first period class, Angela, who had this incredible cat eye she wore each and every day but of course the Muse could not begin to dupe such a look. I’ve tried with cheap and I’ve tried with expensive but to no avail has lining my eyes with liquid ever become some easy task.

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner is an absolute gem of a product. With a sharp, thin pen point this is a quick stroke and go liner. Your first line will be your last as there isn’t any tugging or relining required. The product is pigmented enough to work with a single stroke to get an even, flawless line across your lash line minus any drama. Part of it’s appeal is the precise point which gives an even, straight line with each and every use, no skipping at all!


The formula is waterproof and smudge proof for long wear even in the heat and sun. The small size makes it ideal to tote around for touch ups or to thicken the line for evening wear after work.

It’s probably one of the best liquid liners I’ve come across to date and makes me quite happy that I can finally attempt to use one without the normal chaos that comes along with liquids. Yay for the endless cat eyes I’ll be attempting this Fall, thanks Milani.

Loving you Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner.

Total Muse Approval for purchase.

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Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner is available in three shades at your local CVS or online at www.milanicosmetics.com

Easier lining experience ever!

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