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Beauty Reflections: The Road So Far

The Muse has been busy as a little bee pumping out plenty of wonderful Spring Collection reviews for you!

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She has a slew more to go and they’ll keep coming until Spring actually hits, it’s still cold as all hells around here so Spring seems ages away.

For now let’s reflect on some of what she’s reviewed so far for you!

Possibly one of my favorite items this Spring would be Benefit Coralista! Truly a star for Spring (and Summer for that matter!)

Benefit Coralista Review

Prescriptives Flawless Face Primer is brand new and holding it’s own against my other face primers and winning a coveted position in my daily use pile!

Prescriptives Flawless Face Primer Review

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick has this Muse’s heart! Amazing formula, pigmented, and did I mention tasty?

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick

The Givenchy Spring Collection is ridiculously awesome as far as this Muse is concerned!

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick Review

Givenchy Sari Glittering Eyeshadow Review

Givenchy Sari Glow Blush Review

The Muse has been erasing all her worries with Tarte The Eraser Concealer!

Tarte The Eraser Concealer Review

Preppin’ and Primin’ comes easy with Guerlain Eyeshadow Primer!

Guerlain Eyeshadow Primer Review

The Muse got her Smurf on with the Too Faced Smurfette Collection!

Too Faced Smurfette Collection Review

Men dressed as dames? It happens. Dame Edna happens to be a male, happens to dress up like a woman, happens to be a dame, and most important, happens to have his…errr her own MAC Collection!

MAC Dame Edna Collection Review

Obsessed much? The Muse is with Clarins Instant Gloss!

Clarins Instant Gloss Review

Valentine’s is way over but Philosophy Cinnamon Hot Dots Shower Gel is still guest starring in the Muse’s Shower!

Philosophy Cinnamon Hot Dots Shower Gel Review

Creating a masterpiece was easy especially when the Muse had Smashbox Muse Blush Rush in Masterpiece available!

Smashbox Muse Blush Rush in Masterpiece Review

What have you tested, tried, and purchased from the upcoming Spring Collections so far?

Busy waiting for Summer?

Tell the Muse!

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Clarins Eyebrow Pencil Review

Clarins Spring Collection includes a new generation of eyebrown pencils that are sure to please if your eyebrows need a little pick me up!

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Jump ahead to learn more!

Clarins Eyebrow Pencils have a soft yet solid texture that glides on leaving behind a well define eyebrow that finishes your complete makeup look.

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The dual ended pencil includes a sharpener on one end that’s conveniently built into the cap and an eye brush on the other end for getting unruly brows back into shape.

Clarins Eyebrow Pencil are available in three shades:

  • Dark Brown
  • Light Brown
  • Soft Blonde

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If your eyebrows are in need of helping hand check these out at your local Clarins for $23 USD or visit us.clarins.com

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Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD Raspberry, Papaya, Praline, and Fig

Now the only that gives me hope is my love of a certain Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick from Clarins!


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Ahhh Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick truly beautiful to behold! Clarins Spring Collection 2009 includes some seriously beautiful items but nothing, in the Muse’s opinion, outshines the eight shades of brand new Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick.

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Wow, simply wow. These are stunning lipsticks and truly gorgeous to say the least. I recently fell in love with the original formula of Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick this past Fall, needless to say that these new versions are outstanding and quite a popular product with the Muse at the moment.

Is it a gloss? Is it a lipstick? Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick hasn’t quite made up it’s mine what it is and that’s just fine by me as I get the benefits of a pigmented lipstick along with the beautiful shine and glossy finish of a lipgloss! Likey!

My review will start with four shades of Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick and later this week or next week I’ll bring you swatches, photos, and FOTD’s of the remaining shades. Yes, the Muse has all the shades and thinks YOU need all the shades too as this is unquestionable my most favorite lipstick at the moment with no end in sight!

Each lipstick has a super glossy, emollient formula that glides on with a hint of a shimmery finish. Pigmentation is fantastic and you’ll get a wonderful pop of Spring (or Summer) color especially considering Clarins went all out with the beautiful shade choices in the collection. The lipstick is long wearing and highly moisturizing so those with dry lip woes will greatly appreciate the beautiful formula. Each lipstick carries a fruit punch like taste which is quite pleasant, I heart flavored lipsticks! These come housed in a silver mirror tube that carries an air of elegance but the color on the inside can’t be mistaken for anything but pure fun!

The colors I’m reviewing and swatching for you today are Fig which is a warm brown shade with touches of peach and hints of silver shimmer, Praline which is a lovely nude beige almost champagne shade, Papaya which is a loud fun orange coral, and Raspberry which is an offbeat pink shade with touches of purple.

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Apologies the FOTD photos of me wearing the lipstick are from my recent Urban Decay Cream Shadow Review. Sorry guys! I thought I’d kill to birds with one stone icon wink

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Overall, if you’re on a tight budget this season I urge you to pick up at least one of these fabulous lipsticks as they truly are a fabulous find! They come with my highest seal of Muse Approval for purchase.

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Who would love ‘em?

  • Anyone that loves a dual product that acts as both a gloss and a lipstick!
  • Those with dry lips that like a glossy, emollient, moisturizing lip product.
  • Women who enjoy a bit of shimmer and shine in their lipsticks!
  • Anyone who adores bright, fun colors in their lipsticks!

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick promises a beautiful glossy finish but brings so much more to the table with it’s pigmented formula and gorgeous shade selection. These are a fond favorite for Spring and well into the Summer!

Likey!

You needs ‘em, like yesterday!

Run to Clarins and snag some for yourself!

Love ‘em?

Tried ‘em already?

On your wish list?

Tell the Muse!

Stick around for the sequel review of this post which is coming at you soon with new shades of this great lipstick!

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Clarins Spring Collection 2009: Latest Obsession Clarins Instant Gloss Review, Swatches, And FOTD

Clarins Nature Temptation Collection for Spring 2009 is currently topping my favorite list! I just got my hands on a majority of the collection yesterday and I have to say it’s turning out to be something seriously special. I’ve decided to do separate reviews for each product in the release because I can concentrate more on each review and offer more details etc….

One item that’s currently topping my latest obsession list is the Clarins Instant Gloss which was released with the Spring Collection.

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Read more why I love it and think you need it after the jump!

So what’s Instant Gloss?

Well, you’ve seen the concept before so it’s nothing new but Clarins Instant Gloss is a transparent gloss that creates an instant shade of unique pink to suit your skin tone. We’ve been introduced to this concept alot lately with Smashbox O-Gloss, Tricia Sawyer Clearly Pretty, and as of recent Too Faced Mood Swing Gloss.

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Ok, I did groan when I heard about yet another gloss changing formula…it’s sorta old news and a majority of the time I really don’t even like the shade it turns my lips however so NOT the case with Clarins Instant Gloss. This particular gloss happens to be quite unique and different when compared to the competition.

Although the idea of another “perfect pink” gloss held little appeal I knew that Clarins, if anyone, would perfect the idea and make it it’s own. And indeed they have excelled at making Clarins Instant Gloss a truly great product. Clarins took Instant Gloss and made it into a semi-glossy formula with the perfect amount of pink to make lips natural, shiny, and truly gorgeous looking. I think natural is the key word here. I do so associate Clarins with sophistication and they take that element and make this gloss completely wearable for those seeking a more mature look. Please don’t be scared when I say “mature” as the gloss is truly a flattering shade of pink when it does turn. I suppose what I am getting at here is the fact that the shade of pink happens to be very subdued, natural, and in keeping with flattering your lips while not overpowering them with a loud burst of color.

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The formula of the gloss isn’t particularly glossy but it does offer just the right amount of shine and mirror-like finish for a nice, quiet look. The shade of pink it turns my lips enhanced the color of my natural lips while keeping a nice sweet pink color.

All in all I was very, very pleased with the product and will repurchase it again. I’m unsure if this is limited edition or not and truly if it is I may need to go back and grab another one because it’s currently topping my latest obsession list.

When swatching I noticed that the gloss barely changed color but on my lips it changes quite nicely!

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As you can see from my pics below the gloss gives me just the right bite of color without appearing out of place or unnaturally pink.

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Truly the gloss is a great introduction to Spring and will go wonderfully well with cool shades of shadow, softly blushing cheeks, and a more natural, fresh look.

The Muse loves it and recommends checking it out for yourself. It comes with the highest form of Muse Approval for purchase.

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Clarins Instant Gloss is available now at Clarins website or your local Clarins counter for $22 USD.

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Sephora Friends and Family Checklist

It’s today people! Sephora Friends and Family starts today with a whopping 20% off your entire order! I always look forward to this time of year since it’s a fab time to try out new makeup, stock up on staple items, purchase gifts for friends and family, and of course indulge my own sweet tooth for more makeup! After all we all know the Muse can never have too much makeup!

For a while there I was worried about whether Sephora Friends and Family was going to actually happen but thankfully soon after we got good news and today we are ready to shop till we drop hopefully!

I can’t speak for this year but I did use the code three times last year when I forgot to purchase various items that didn’t end up on my wish list, or I seen something else that caught my interest, or I ended up grabbing a few items for friends, and so on and so forth! This year I’m hopeful I can do the same thing just in case I forget an item or want to go back for second helpings however I’ve prepared myself just in case I can’t and I thought I’d share some of the items I think you should be considering or things that you may already have on your wish list or things you might want to quickly write down since your Muse loves ‘em and we all know what the Muse loves is probably awesome…right? Am I putting too much importance on how uber fabulous I am there? Probably but my ego knows no bounds!

I took a few pictures and I’ve included links to reviews if I already reviewed an item here on Musings. If you need help or have a question about any of the items I mention here do shout it in my comment box as I’d love to be of service! I’d also love to hear what you’re hauling so share, share, share! Please? The Muse loves hearing about hauling as much as she loves to haul herself!

Considering Sephora is busy stocking up on palettes and gift sets the Muse thinks it’s a great time to stock up on these items considering the discount! Some of the ones she thinks you should keep your eye on are below!

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Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit
Urban Decay Book of Shadows
Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad
Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection
Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit
Urban Decay Essentials
Too Faced Glamor 2 Go Palette
Too Faced Pink Diamond Jewelry Box Palette
Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette
Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette

Now you might not even be thinking about staple products at the moment because you’re so excited about getting new makeup but don’t forget that now is such a great time to grab some staple items that you use daily and may be running low on or better yet to have a back up handy when you are! At 20% off it’s a great time to nab concealers, skincare, foundations, primers, etc….Some the ones the Muse thinks you should have on your list are below.

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Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash
Cargo Blu_Ray Concealer
Benefit Lemon-Aid
Benefit Powderflage
Benefit Boi-ing
Dior Radiance Booster Pen
YSL Touche Eclat

Laura Mercier Concealer
Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer
DERMADoctor Wrinkle Revenge Eye Balm

Of course, we’re all hyper about makeup! We want as much makeup out of this deal as we can get! Right? Glosses, shadows, blushes, the more, the merrier!

The Muse has selected some of her personal favorites that she thinks you might like too! Check it out:

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Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Bare Escentuals Glimmer
theBalm Overshadow

Mascara, mascara, mascara! Now is a rather great time to grab some mascaras you’ve been dying to try out but not wanting to splurge on! The Muse picked out a few that she thinks you might love:

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Lorac Visual Effects Mascara
Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Bare Escentuals Big Tease Mascara
Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara
Givenchy Phenomen’ Eyes Mascara

Nothing can begin without foundation! The Muse knows of some she thinks you’ll want to nab at a discount!

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Keyvn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
Too Faced Illuminating Magic Wand Foundation
Benefit Play Sticks

Primers can be costly so now is a great time to stock up on old favorites or try out a new primer at a discounted price!

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Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer
Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion

There are so many powders and blushes that the Muse absolutely loves but some are rather costly! Now is a great time to update your blush wardrobe with some new shades! Check below for ones that the Muse loves!

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NARS Blush
Bare Escentuals Blush
Stila Convertible Color

Can’t forget lipsticks and glosses can we? Many have run across the Muse’s path this year and some of her favorites are on her list to stock up on during Sephora Friends and Family!

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Urban Decay Lipstick
NARS Lipgloss
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss
Stila Lipglaze
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited
Dior Addict Ultra Reflect Lipgloss

Finish up your greatest eye look with an equally fab liner! The Muse choose a few she loves below!

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NARS Eyeliner
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner

Last minute bits and bobs can quickly be added to your cart! Some items the Muse suggests nabbing are Benefit’s powders such as Dandelion and Dallas! Don’t forget stains! The Muse swears by a good stain and listed a few favorites below!

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Benefit Face Powders
Stila Cherry Crush
Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain

Well I think that’s all for now guys! Plenty more awaits you I’m sure and your lists must be as long as mine! Better check ‘em twice and make sure you have all the yummie goodies in place and start shopping!

Happy Days!

Don’t forget to stop back here and tell the Muse all the deets on YOUR order!

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