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The Muse is all about bronzing this Summer. Normally I’m not one for embracing bronzers or tanning in any way, shape, or form but for whatever reason this year the bronzing bug has bit me in the butt and I can’t get enough bronzer in my life. I’m so obsessed that I find myself purchasing tons and tons of different compacts and trying them out for size or heading in store to swatch my little heart out.
For this review the Muse is up for a little Lancaster loving with their super size bronzing compact that I’m lusting at the moment!
Lancaster isn’t as well known in the US as it is Europe however you can find it at your local Lord & Taylor or if you sneak a peep you’ll see it crop up on HSN too! With it’s gorgeous array of jumbo size palettes it’s hard not to notice it, particularly it’s interesting line up of Summer bronzing pieces that make a Muse happy about the sun again, believe me getting excited about tanned skin isn’t easy for this Muse but she can be tempted.
Tempted indeed especially when she comes across great palettes like the Lancaster Sun Carrousel Compact Powder Bronzer. Oh how I love you. This palette combines everything I DO like about bronzers. I like bronzers that give me a soft, peach or coral finish with a hint of bronze and a tickle of pink. For me, bronzer is most flattering when I top it with a hint of pink cheeks. This way I get the best of both a sunny tan on my skin and a hint of pink on my cheekbones that makes all that bronze bearable for the Muse. The Lancaster Sun Carrousel Compact Powder Bronzer combines all that into one. Swirls of pink, bronze, peach, and coral make up this huge palette to create a soft tanned finish to skin with pops of peach and pink for a healthy tanned look. Likey!
The powder is a swirl of various shades which you can use together or separately to create your look. The powder is a matte finish which is great for the shimmer haters amongst us (there aren’t any of those around here though are there? You’d never admit to the Muse you hate shimmer! For shame!). I basically use a tiny kabuki and swirl all the colors together and apply. Afterward I sweep my brush on the pink shade and apply on my finished look. You can use the colors to contour as if you like since the shades range from lighter to darker. The pink shade lends a certain lightness to the completed bronze look which is how I favor my bronzer.
The appeal of the palette is not only it’s beautiful look or how gorgeous it looks on my skin but it’s price tag and size. The palette is huge and should last you a very long time. At $38 USD this is alot of product for the small price tag.
For the bronzer beginner or anyone who doesn’t like bronzers like me, Lancaster Sun Carrousel Compact Powder Bronzer can convert you easily. It leaves behind a flawless look that’s flattering without being too orange or too brown. For anyone who’s a novice to bronzing this a matter of simply sweeping your brush around the palette and buffing on cheeks, done, nothing hard about that.
As you can see below it’s HUGE compared to my itty bitty Urban Decay Baked Bronzer
Overall, it’s price tag, beautiful packaging, and pretty finish on my cheeks makes this Lancaster palette a sure choice for the Muse’s Summer Must Haves! Loves it. Good stuff. Makes bronzing easy without making me too brown or too orange, just a perfect peachy Muse.
Sportin’ Lancaster Sun Carrousel Compact Powder Bronzer
Musings all about Face Stockholm Eye Dust in Vanity which the Muse is loving all over at the moment. It’s a peach sparkly concoction that’s rather ideal for Summer eye looks. I think it flatters nice flushed peach cheeks and will pair up quite nicely with my Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush.
I’m kinda feeling peaches and bronze looks this Summer rather than my normal run of aquas and cooler blue shades.
What are you loving for your Summer eye looks?
If you’re a fan of the blues, not the music variety the makeup variety, Face Stockholm Cool at the Pool should appeal!
I’m a new convert to the joys of Face Stockholm so I’ve kinda been obsessive compulsively checking their website daily and adding ridiculous amounts of product to my cart and fighting with myself to not click enter!
Click ahead to hear about the Face Stockholm Summer Collection 2009!
As per the promo image this is what was used to create the splashing blue look you see above!
Make Up Base
A sheer application of Loose Powder #2 and Magic Wand will leave skin even without masking that natural summer glow.
Apply Pearl Eye Shadow #44 on the lid up to the brow bone. Top off with a touch of Details Eye Dust for shimmer and shine. Brighten the inside of the eye with Clarity Eye Dust. Use Dark Blue Matte Eye Shadow and Forceful Eye Dust on the outer lid for a smokey effect. The Dark Blue Matte Eye Shadow also does double duty as a soft liner on the top lash line.
Double up! Apply both Black and Blue Volumizing Waterproof Mascara for thick, rich lashes with a colorful twist that won’t budge, smudge or smear.
Cheeks pop with Organza Blush-On or Rio Crème Blush.
Full color power and shine is achieved with Instinct Lipstick and a top coat of clear glass.
Loving the combination of hot pink lips and shocking blue on the lids! Quite reminds me of a day at the pool!
What do you think?
Lover of blues? I know I’m an aqua kinda chica myself!
Tell the Muse!
The Muse had to second guess the idea of shelling out $95 USD for a foundation powder when she seen the new La Mer The Treatment Powder Foundation.
But now that I see how flawless my skin is looking I’m a believer.
Jump ahead for the review.
What it promises:
Lightweight coverage in a powder foundation that can go on sheer, medium, or heavy. Contains gemstones that capture light energy to create a translucent color palette, optically erasing imperfections to reveal a flawless completion. Ferment works to add visible clarity and brightness to skin, revealing a more luminous appearance.
What that means for you:
Simply put La Mer The Treatment Powder Foundation works much like a transparent white powder to blur fine lines and minor imperfections to create flawless coverage.
I tested out a good size sample of the powder and I must say I am quite impressed. The powder isn’t quite like anything I’ve tried before. The formula is an interesting texture that’s cooling, light, and slightly creamy (I know a powder that’s creamy, sounds weird). I realize the idea of a creamy powder could be a contradiction but the powder does have a slightly strange formula that’s super smooth and blends beautifully, feeling much like a cream would. I was worried about trying it out on my dry skin but it leaves behind beautiful coverage no flakes, no settling on my face like a mask, simply gorgeous coverage. The powder also contains SPF 15 for extra coverage in the sun.
$95 may seem alot to shell out for one powder however the quality of the item more than makes up for the price. It’s ability to offer sheer to full coverage makes it a perfect foundation item for Summer when the idea of liquid foundation makes us cringe.
the Muse sportin’ La Mer The Treatment Powder Foundation in Natural
Simply put the powder is truly a luxurious item that manages to conceal and create the illusion of perfect skin. Who doesn’t want just that?
I know I’ll be indulging in the full size shortly.
What do you think?
Anyone try La Mer The Treatment Powder Foundation?
Check it out at www.cremedelamer.com
Call the Muse overzealous but her “Day of Beauty”
post was inspired by her absolute love of two things that she adored about Face Stockholm’s Spring Collection. The Go Natural Mineral Foundation and the Magic Wand. I cannot begin to express my absolute delight with both of these products. I think each deserves it’s own review post but I decided to group them into one “Face” post!
Check below for the full review!
If you know anything at all about the Muse you know she abhors mineral makeup. It makes me itchy, it feels like a mask on, my dry skin hates it, and I just feel like I have way too much makeup on when I use it. I’ve come across maybe one or two mineral foundations I like but even those have ended up deep in the bowels of my unused makeup draw.
When I first got my hands on Face Stockholm Go Natural Mineral Foundation I was quickly of the mentality, “oh no another mineral foundation!” I was bracing myself for a bad case of itching and terrible flaky results due to my dry skin. Oh my gosh so not the case with this mineral foundation.
The foundation is paraben free and allows your skin to breath (even dry skin!) It simply blurs across your face and leaves behind weightless coverage. Plus did I mention it has UVA/UVB protection? Likey!
If you have had terrible experiences with mineral makeup in the pass I highly suggest checking this powder out. If I can love it anyone can love it.
Since this is all about the face I thought I’d also introduce you to the Face Stockholm Magic Wand Concealer Pen. This pen is just as great as my Dior Radiance Pen! It’s nicely pigmented, moisturizing, and conceals dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness in a flash. My dry eyes adore this! It comes in a click style pen which is always a plus with the Muse as it makes it travel friendly and mess-free application too.
Both Face Stockholm Go Natural Mineral Foundation Review & Face Stockholm Magic Wand are Muse Approved for purchase!
Absolutely loved these for making my skin look gorgeous and flawless. For the completed look using both please see here.