The Muse loves Chicago. LOVES IT!
(Taken Summer 2007)
Chicago is possibly one of my fav cities in the US. It’s like a mini Manhattan but with a quiet sophistication and calm that New York lacks. I love my city but I def have a special place in my heart for Chi-town!
Speaking of did you see the new NARS Loves Chicago Set exclusively at Barney’s? WANT! This brand new set contains NARS Babylon Eyeshadow Duo, NARS Transformer Nail Polish, NARS Passion Blush, and NARS Nigh Bird Single Eyeshadow ($75 USD). Each item will be remained to Wicker Park, Millennium Park, Windy City, and Michigan Avenue in honor of Chicago namesakes. This set will be exclusively available from Barney’s New York starting June 17th for a limited time.
If you’re loving NARS you can meet the founder and creator of the brand, Fran�ois Nars at Barney’s!
Click below to get the scoop!.
Fran�ois Nars will be making a special appearance Barney’s New York in Chicago (15 Oak Street) on Saturday, June 20th from 2 to 3:30PM. Damn makes me want to hop a flight to have a sit down and visit with the master himself. Think he’ll consider doing lunch with the Muse?
If you’re in Chicago, lucky you, take some piccies for the Muse!
, Bobbi Brown
, Fab Favs
, Japanese Brands
, Kevyn Aucoin
, Lipstick Queen
, Mally Beauty
, Shu Uemura
, Taiwanese Brands
, Urban Decay
You ever have those very favorite products that seem so amazing, so great, so incredible that you feel like you couldn’t possibly live without them? Indeed, the Muse knows that feeling well!
Jump ahead for a few Beauty Items that I can’t live without.
Shills BB 6 in 1 BB Cream (review coming sometime soon) is something I can’t possibly live without. It’s one of thee best BB creams I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing! So much so that I’ve forsaken most every other BB Cream in my collection for it. This is love people.
Speaking of BB Creams no question that Etude House Magic Cream and InnisFree Trouble Care BB Cream are two of my other favs in the BB Cream world!
omg! I can’t think of three letters that explain how great Coralista is other than O M G. This pigmented peachy powder is my very favorite blush of all time.
On the topic of Benefit let’s not forget the awesomeness that is Thrrrob
and my staple product, Benefit Lemon Aid.
I find that lately I can’t live without the very beautiful Ella Dean’s Beautiful Twist Lip Balm
in Winter’s Cherry Snow Slushie Kisses. Who doesn’t like slushies? Especially cherry ones! Yum!
Although it’s sticky and tacky and ooey and gooey I probably couldn’t live without Lipstick Queen Shine Gloss
. It gives my lips such incredible slippery shine plus it makes them look twice the size! Loves it!
The day NARS Super Orgasm
entered my life I think the angel’s sung! What an incredible blush. Needs no commentary from me about it’s awesomeness.
I can’t live without Urban Decay Primer Potion and I don’t want to think about it not being in my life. ’nuff said.
Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot entered into my collection quite by chance when I happened upon it at my local CCO. Ever after it’s been my staple blush and favorite shade!
Oh Bobbi your name is on my lips today! Let’s not forget how I went from feeling unsure about the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer palette
and quickly having it become a staple product for me. I NEED this in my life.
Shu you know how to treat my lashes right. The cadillac of lash curlers would be my trust Shu Uemura Lash Curler
, we be best buds.
Although it’s meant for aging skin I absolutely love Lancome Absolue Makeup
. Flawless perfection comes to mind after use!
Speaking of perfection that would also come in my jar of Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
, nope can’t live without, can’t go for that!
Another beautiful foundation that graces my daily cosmetic regime would be Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation
, we loves each other for about a year now with no end in sight!
It’s Summer again so the Muse is hauling out Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold.
Indeed, this product single handedly changed my mind about bronzers!
Life isn’t worth living without Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy in my life, golden perfection.
Mally Concealer System
, worth it’s weight in gold peeps.
Majorca Majolica Mascara
probably couldn’t live without that and not willing to try either!
Ok that’s Beauty Items that I can’t live without! Any of ‘em match yours? Name a few you can’t live without!
Step right up for a Beauty Battle first here at Musings! This is the first time I’ve paired a posh line of cosmetic with a no name e-tailer brand of cosmetic. Is this kind of competition even fair? Probably not but let’s see who can win this Beauty Battle! It’s NARS vs FaceFront, to the death!
Let the battle begin!
Pairing up NARS Blush with FaceFront Cosmetics isn’t exactly a fair fight if we get right down to it but since discovering FaceFront Cosmetics Cheek UP Blush in I’m Faunally Yours I couldn’t help but think what a amazing dupe it was for NARS Angelika. Hmmmm I hear the call of a Beauty Battle!
It deserves to be mentioned the shades are almost identical down to the slight shimmer each contains. The color is a delightful bubblegum pink that gives cheeks a nice flush. Considering the shade is a great dupe we’ll have to compare size, blending skills, packaging, and price.
Weighing in at 42oz in a loose powder form, I’m Faunally Yours is $16 USD. The blush is pigmented, has a nice shimmery finish, and comes in a decent enough packaging but nothing too fancy. It blends beautifully and leaves behind a cool pink color on cheeks that’s quite flattering, flirty, and very girlish. Taking packaging into consideration I’d say it’s a tad on the cheap side but nothing terrible and I’ve seen far worst. Considering what a cult following NARS has it’s difficult to put a small name e-tailer against such a high street brand but we shall see who knocks out who!
Running up on the wings of I’m Faunally Yours is NARS Angelika. All NARS fans agree the packaging does have a certain chic feels but also annoys us a fair bit as well since it quickly becomes a mess. At $25 USD it’s not cheap and it’s no where near the same size as FaceFront Cheek UP with a size of 0.16oz. That small size could throw this battle as honestly we can all agree the better deal lays elsewhere.
Packaging wise neither wins the game that’s for sure! Color wise they are both a winner plus pigmentation, quality of the blush, and ease of blending they both cover that base. The real punch comes from FaceFront Cosmetics Cheek UP’s price tag. At $16 USD for a nice size it’s obviously the better bargain which brings it in for a win here. Sorry NARS, FaceFront has you here! As much of NARS fan girl I am, I do so admit the bargain lays with FaceFront plus it even has a tad more pop than NARS Angelika.
The Muse awards this Beauty Battle to FaceFront Cheek UP Blush, best bargain price and a killer blush with plenty of pop!
Oh hai gorgeous palette from NARS! The Muse isn’t a bride but she can so get on board with your gorgeous Bridal Palette.
The NARS Bridal Palette packs everything the NARS fan or beauty junkie could want into one slim line palette for $65 USD. Likey the price, likey the colors selection, loves it all!
You get the following goodness with the NARS Bridal Palette:
For your eyes:
Edie, Nepal, Night Fever, and Ondine
For your cheeks:
Albatross and Orgasm
For your lips:
Mitzi, Baby Doll, Sexual Healing, and Roman Holiday
The NARS Bridal Palette is available exclusively at www.narscosmetics.com
Go on and indulge! No worries you don’t have to a bride to enjoy all that cosmetic bliss.
Knowing how much of a fan girl I am when it comes to NARS you can imagine how hyped I was over the release of a concealer from NARS. Considering NARS has such an incredible line up it’s always put this Muse in a state of shock that such an extensive line of product only ever included a simple stick concealer. Stick concealer? What is this 1960? Of course NARS more than makes up for it’s lack of coverage by bringing out uber fabulous shadows and blushes but the Muse was always feeling a bit empty inside without a super amazing concealer to go along with all those other great beauty bits and bobs from our friends at NARS.
To my delight with the Spring Collection 2009 a brand new NARS Duo Concealer was released! Whoa, likey!
I can go for this. Jump ahead to see if I’m loving NARS Duo Concealer!
The Muse is never one for beating around the bush when it comes to something she really, really loves or something she strongly dislikes. In this case she’s feeling utterly devastated how much she didn’t like it this new NARS concealer. Le sigh.
The duo concealer is made up of two shades for mixing and combining your perfect color combination. I honestly thought these were going to be a creamy, dreamy moisturizing formula…um not so much. It deserves to be mentioned that the product has serious raves on Sephora. For me that’s rather puzzling as I didn’t find much at all to rave about but I did read through each review diligently because I wanted to see what it was that was so exciting about this concealer.
Main problem is the formula and second problem is pigmentation. The formula is a thin consistency that’s very hard for lack of a better word, so much so that it makes blending an absolute nightmare. Coverage is extremely sheer so don’t expect to cover up much with this in regards to dark circles, fine lines, etc…it’s merely a very lightweight coverage that blends like utter rubbish and proceeds to dry out your skin and settle badly into fine lines.
I did notice most of those who reviewed the product on Sephora were in their teens or twenties. Perhaps the Muse is simply an old lady with too much to cover. I personally wouldn’t indulge if you have dark circles, fine lines, or puffiness, generally speaking if you have a whole lot of stuffins going on under your eyes don’t think NARS Duo Concealer is going to cover it.
If you desire a light weight coverage and like concealers that aren’t thick, creamy, or moisturizing but simply light and a bit hard in texture this might very well be something you love.
As for this Muse she’s terribly disappointed and will hold out hope that maybe NARS will go ahead and release a click pen concealer in the future or a more moisturizing concealer. Until than this Muse is sticking with Bobbi Brown
and Mally Beauty
for her concealing needs.
Tell the Muse!