Thanks to a few of my reader’s who brought to my attention that Bobbi Brown now has a brand new oil cleanser. Yay for oil cleansers. Nothing gets makeup off my face better than a good oil cleanser. I’m a big lover of Shu Oil Cleanser and many other smaller Asian brands as well so of course I’m quite excited to see Bobbi getting in on the game.
Honestly, not many brands cater to oil cleansers outside of Asia aside from Shu and most recently MAC so it’s great to see Bobbi Brown is making one too.
As requested here’s a review of the new Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil.
If you haven’t used oil cleanser prior to this I’ll give you a brief break down of how it works. With a face full of make up you’ll take 2-3 pumps of oil and move it in circular motions around your face. This is on your dry face no water involved. As you rub, with the aid of the oil, makeup will begin to break up and away on your skin. Adding a tiny bit of water to your face will emulsify the oil allowing it to further break up foundation, eye makeup, etc….now you’ll rinse…done. You’ll be left with completely clean, soft skin. Although it sounds strange to those that haven’t tried it, the oil, does not leave your skin oily or greasy in anyway it rinses clean away and is ideal for any and all skin types.
Bobbi’s version is 6.7 oz in size and $38 where as Shu’s version is $35 and 5 oz. Although I like Shu very much, it’s likely Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil will take the place of my Shu one because of price and formula.
The oil is a nice herbal scent and seems thicker compared to others I’ve tried. It glides onto my skin very nicely, breaks up makeup, and rinses clean away. I like the texture and the feel of the oil as it has a richer consistency compared to my normal brands. It removes makeup on contact and leaves my skin soft and smooth.
Overall, if you aren’t used to purchasing high end skincare this could prove an indulgence. Personally, I absolutely love it and will be replacing my current high end brand with this. It’s elegant bottle, bigger size, and incredible ability to remove all traces of makeup make it a winner for me.
For those of us who desire a little less coverage, something lighter, something barely there, I give to you Dianne Brill Fresh Water Foundation. Incredibly lightweight and long wearing this foundation is for the rest of the population that doesn’t have need of heavy coverage.
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The appeal of most all Dianne Brill cosmetics lies in the pretty, girlish packaging. Dianne Brill Fresh Water Foundation comes housed in a flip top box which resembles that of a tiny box of chocolates and inside the foundation is wrapped up in a lace dollie. Unlike traditional pump foundations this resembles that of a mini travel size toothpaste. I absolutely adore the packaging plus I find the squeeze style tube rather ideal for getting your use out of all the product. The foundation also comes with a mini foundation brush that’s quite decent for application as it doesn’t shed and for such a mini size it has a nice size brush head.
The formula of the foundation is loose and very runny. It almost resembles a tinted moisturizer in some aspects as it lacks pigmentation and is quite sheer. It applies and blends very nicely however it’s extremely light coverage so if you have lots of little or larger woes you’re wanting to hide this isn’t going to help you along your way.
For the most part those who desire light coverage that evens out skin tone and creates a nice even canvas for makeup will absolutely adore this. The foundation is incredibly light and lovely on the face and creates a beautiful glow on my skin. I don’t need a ton of coverage anyway so this is a great one for Summer.
Overall, anyone who doesn’t like heavy makeup or doesn’t have need of heavy coverage will enjoy using this one.
A few months ago I fell in with Kenzo Belle de Jour which is so above my budget but I can’t help it, it’s love people.
After writing my review I got a few e-mails asking me further about Kenzo Belle de Jour and I found a few fellow fans of the moisturizer. It was a relief knowing I wasn’t the only one in love with such an incredible cream, after all it is kinda expensive and I wasn’t sure if anyone out in Internet-land was loving it as much as I was.
Now recently I got a few more e-mails thanking me for recommending Belle de Jour. This warms my heart. It always makes me so terribly excited when someone takes a chance on my recommendation, purchases the product, and ends up loving it. It’s such a joy to hear success stories about people reading my review and enjoying the product as much as I do. Along with these kind words of thanks these fans told me, “But Muse if you loved Belle de Jour why haven’t your brought us a review of Kenzoko Fresh Lotus Water…” I even had two readers telling me they must hear about it from me prior to purchasing it..blush..thanks guys!
Well, here, for your pleasure, is a review of Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water which indeed, for fans of Belle de Jour, smells just as incredible.
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If you’re not a lover of scented products look away dears, look away. But if you absolutely adore your skin care to have a beautiful scent stay close at hand while I tell you the joys of Fresh Lotus Water.
For a burst of cooling mist with the light, fresh scent of lotus this is your go to product for toning, hydrating, and waking up tired skin. This fresh water mist can be sprayed directly on face to prep skin prior to moisturizer or to end a hard night as a soothing toner.
The mist comes in a can and allows for a very fine cooling mist to be sprayed on skin. It’s refreshing, cooling, and ever so slightly moisturizing. I found it’s the perfect prep prior to applying Belle de Jour as it allows the moisturizer to absorb easily into my skin. Or it’s rather perfect after removing my makeup to tone my face.
The formula key element is dew grass which is used in many Chinese medicine for it’s reconstructing properties to promote and improve hydration in the skin.
I use alot of different mists on my face from Asia most of which are fairly cheap however one of the more expensive ones I lean towards will be replaced by this. It’s price is a tiny bit higher at $28 but I can’t forsake it’s incredible scent and moisturizing benefits.
Overall, Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water is a fabulous mister for restoring moisture to your face. During the long humid days of Summer I’ll be using this to give my skin the hydration it needs minus my normal moisturizer which can prove to heavy for the heat. It’s a fine mist for getting my face moist, refreshing tired skin, and working as a light moisturizer for Summer wearin’ and tearin’!
Ahh Summer you’re still around here some place aren’t you? Please stick around a little longer as it feels like the Muse’s hasn’t had a chance to truly enjoy you being around this year.
In honor of Summer today I’ll share with you to fab bronzers that I’m loving from Clarins!
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Ok, let me tell you a little secret…shhhh don’t tell anyone k? I always though Clarins was kinda for old ladies but than I tried a shadow quad and suddenly it opened a whole new world to me. Now I’m an utter addict and simply adore their releases.
I was all about the Clarins Instant Sun Light Collection this year as it had some great pieces to celebrate the heat with (do a search for the reviews on my blog). And even though I’m not a bronzer fan I found myself enjoying one or two this year without ranting and raving about them. You know me and the sun don’t get along so well, hello SPF? Wanna be BFF?
Safest way to get an instant spark of Summer sun?
Try out Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Duo or Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Powder!
As bronzing powder is sometimes incredibly difficult to work with I suggest trying out any that Clarins offers as they are a silky smooth formula that blend a treat. The effect is a beautiful touch of sun on face and cheeks.
Clarins Bronzing Duo is made of two shades of bronzer in two separate finishes. One light matte shade and one sparkling darker shade. Combine the two to contour your face or place the lighter shade on your forehead and the deeper on your cheeks for a safe Summer tan.
Clarins Bronzing Powder is a rich, deep bronze shade with a fine shimmer finish. The shade is very deep and could apply muddy so do use a tiny amount and build up slowly for a deeper tan. This has an SPF 15 as well.
I find the best way to use or apply either is by adding them on top of gently flushed cheeks. Grab your favorite cheek stain and apply to a fresh face (or a face prepped prior with tinted moisturizer. The lighter the makeup the more natural your bronzer will look). After your stain is in place dust a bit of bronzer on top for a lit from within glow.
Perfect for Summer sun and safe too.
Although Summer is ending you can still get away with bringing it with you into the Fall with these compacts plus it seems bronzed cheeks are making their way into many Fall looks.
Snag these palettes while they are still at your Clarins counter as they’ll be gone before you know it.
I should be working this morning but I can’t keep my hands off the new Estee Lauder Virtual Makeover Widget.
I swear widgets like this remind me of my first Barbie Styling Head. Remember those? A decapitated Barbie head who’s hair you could style and who’s face you could make up. I remember mine looking like a clown because I’d go to town with blush and red lipstick. If I recall correctly I even gave mine a killer haircut so she ended up with a stylish (I use that term loosely), slick bob cut aka a spiky hacked mess of blond hair.
Barbie was never the same after I was done “making her up”!
I’m all grown up now and the appeal of trying on makeup still holds that certain magic.
Jump ahead to learn how you can try any number of items from the Estee Lauder catalog with their new Virtual Makeover Widget.
Play makeover with Estee Lauder’s first ever makeup widget which will allow you to try on your own face various looks and products from Estee Lauder by uploading your photo into the widget.
You can download the widget to your social media page of choice or your desktop. It works on any number of platforms such as Blogger, iGoogle, WordPress, Facebook, and many more or just download it to your desktop.
The looks you can try are endless as you can try anything from concealer, to foundation, lipstick, blush, etc…..If you’re not wanting to use your own picture Estee Lauder Model Hilary Rhoda is available to view shades on. The widget will be updated continually as new products are released and special promotions.