High-End Makeup Brands
It’s March and by the 20th the first day of Spring will be upon us but for the most part it’s still dreary as heck outside my window, cold, and I’m still quite firmly in hibernation mode without a schedule for coming out of it anytime soon.
But forget all that….
We can have a tiny bit of Spring right now with the Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Collection!
The Muse deems it that we need a little Spring right this very minute because all this cold weather is just terribly depressing! Break out the Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Collection friends and brace yourself for pretty pastels, sparkling illuminating powder, and beautiful shades of flattering pink that scream Spring, Spring, Spring!
The Muse fell in love with Estee Lauder’s over sized illuminating powders this past Holiday Season when she got her hands on the Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder. I guess after that there was no looking back. These jumbo sized compacts are awfully addicting and I can’t help but want every single one that comes out particularly when they are as pretty as the Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder. With swirls of shimmering gold, lilac, pink, and creamy white this luminous powder is sure to please the masses plus it doesn’t hurt that the design on the powder is stunning. Featuring a beautiful floral motif with a firefly fluttering happily away it’s brings the pretty as well as the practical. The powder gives cheeks, eyes, chest, and face a tiny glint of a soft glow. Swirl your brush all over it to pick up just the right amount to accentuate your cheeks and forehead with a pretty yet subtle luminous glow. The powder is multitasking as you can use it just about anywhere including your eye lids as a shadow! Can you tell how in lust I am with this palette? I think the palette is particularly flattering on cooler skin tones as it has that certain “pink” glow that’s very pretty on a cooler tone!
Following up this collection is the new limited edition Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Signature Eyeshadow Quad which features four pastel shades of silky, shimmering shadow for eyes. The colors are all very light shades and again I think they’d be best suited to cooler tones. Inside the palette houses a soft baby pink, mint green, a baby blue, and true white. I’m partial to the palette because I really adore pastel shades. I think that the mint green and blue work best together as they contrast nicely with a bit of the white as a highlighter for the highbrow area. The baby pink and the white go well together however you do have to be careful with the two as blended out they appear to become the same shade. You can mix and match virtually any of the shades in any which way you want. The compact comes with a dual sponge applicator and another dual applicator which has a sponge on one end and a brush on the other. The shadows have good pigmentation and have a silky soft finish which causes a tiny but of drama for blending but nothing too crazy so long as you’re careful.
One shade of Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gloss in Lotus Blossom was released with the collection as well. This is a shade of pure pink but with a heavy base of peach and a pearl like finish that’s quite flattering with the shades of the eye palette.
The overall look you can achieve using the entire collection is very soft, subtle, and Spring-like. It’s a very feminine collection that makes one think of fresh picked flowers, buzzing bees, green grass, and a tea party outside on a breezy Spring day.
If you’re partial to pastels and light shades of color this will surely please. Overall, the collection has some very nice items. The Muse’s personal favorite is most definitely the Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder as it’s one of those gorgeous unique makeup items that I like to make a guest starring appearance in my makeup vault.
In the photos below I’m using the white and pink shadows from the Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Signature Eyeshadow Quad. The pink is on my lid and I contrasted it with a sheer wash of the white shadow all over my eye. On my face I have a simple pink blush from MAC and topped it with a heavy brush of Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder. To complete my look I slicked on Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gloss in Lotus Blossom!
For this look I used the baby blue as a lid shade and contrasted it with the mint green in the v of my eye blending outwards. A list dusting of the illuminating powder on my cheeks completed my look!
Check out the Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Collection at www.esteelauder.com or your local counter!
Picked up any of this collection for yourself?
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I can’t help but associate Spring with the color green. Green symbolizes rebirth somehow and the beginning of a warmer season when the new flowers begin to bloom, the grass begins to peek it’s head up from the cold melting blanket of snow, and nature begins to come alive with the warmer weather.
You should probably be prepared as Spring is right around the corner and what better way to brace yourself for the up coming season than with five great green eye shadows that are sure to help you kick off Spring!
For the budget friendly makeup girl try out Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Leaf Green which is a sparkling light green that looks gorgeous on it’s own or paired up with a softer lilac or a darker green for a beautiful contrast! At around $4 USD this won’t break into your Spring budget. Get it this week at CVS during the Milani Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale!
Want to go a bit darker? Dark green always looks mysterious and alluring on brown eyes, take the Muse’s word for it! For a cheap, inexpensive dark green eye look try out Terra Eye Shadow in Emerald Green which runs around $6.49 to $7.49 USD at Duane Reade Drugstores.
If you want to step up your game and indulge in a sparkling green shadow try out Vincent Longo Wet/Dry Sparkling Eyeshadow in Verite. This dark green shade has plenty of sparkle and looks beautiful used wet or dry!
Urban Decay is known for it’s heavy duty sparkly eye shadows but Acid Rain has a nice silky finish sans glitter and packs plenty of soft Spring green that will light up your eyes!
Take your green abroad and indulge in a minty green shadow like Maquillage Eye Shadow in GR168. This minty green shade offers a different shade of green for Spring that’s unique and pleasing on any color eye!
What are your fav green shadows for Spring?
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Oh thank you Vincent Longo the Muse was terribly worried but her fear was for naught! You’re back and better than ever with your new Spring Collection , Magnetic Beauty!
I did so get worried when Sephora stopped carrying the Vincent Longo line but have no fear Vincent Longo is back with a pretty little Spring Collection that’s sure to please the cream shadow lovers!
Vincent Longo Magnetic Beauty consists of four new Creme Powder Eyeshadows that are sure to make thee perfect Spring look! With a creamy formula and a rich powder texture these long wearing colors have a bright sparkle effect that creates a stunning eye look!
Each shadow is $24 USD and available in four shades. These are brand new to the Vincent Longo line up and I’m quite eager for a try as they look scrumptious, particularly Honey Rich and New Magnolia! The Muse predicts a Vincent Longo order in her future very shortly.
What do you think?
Loving all over ‘em?
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Available now at www.vincentlongo.com
Oh my god how painful would it be if you could only select from one, single makeup brand? If you had to choose one single brand which would it be?
Jump ahead for the Muse’s choice!
Asking me to choose a single brand is like taking the color right out of my life. It would be too difficult to settle on just one but what if I had to? What if I had absolutely no choice and had to select from only, one single brand? Which would I choose?
Of course, I was leaning towards MAC because it has the most variety plus has a pretty nice user friendly price tag! But….I actually changed my mind quickly and decided on…..
Drum roll please!
I choose Bobbi because she has plenty of collections that release almost as often as MAC but with alot less fanfare so I’m not left feeling like I absolutely have to have everything released. I also feel as I get older the colors released from Bobbi Brown Collections are way more friendly and easier to use for evening or day looks.
I was thinking if I choose MAC, as cheap as it is, I’d probably end up going for heaps more money as I always want everything from their releases. Plus on top of that as I got older, if I had to settle for the one brand for life, I think that Bobbi Brown would be best as MAC would be a bit too loud for me at say 80!
So, if I had to settle on a single brand, I’d go with Bobbi Brown!
How about you?
If you had to choose only one single brand to purchase from for your entire life which would it be?
Wanna take a trip with me into Dior’s past? Let’s go visit with the Dior Girly Blossom Palette release a few Summer’s ago when Dior was still sporting uber sweet packaging and plenty of shimmering, fun shades.
Hopefully you all remember when Dior makeup wasn’t mature, sophisticated, and elegant. Granted it’s always been those things but it also used to be fun, girlish, kawaii, and sweet. I have a huge stash of old Dior palettes that I’ve collected over the year’s one of which reminds me how fun Dior used to be is the Dior Girly Blossom Palette.
Remember this palette?
It contained a gorgeous shimmering peach blush and two fun shades of gloss all housed in a blossom palette with a garter makeup brush holder and two pink retractable brushes for face and cheeks.
Ahhh those were the days.
I haven’t seen anything fun from Dior in a very long time. A majority of their current collections are very mature and sosphiscated actually so much so that they fail to capture my interest as quickly as they once did.
I miss the old days.
Blast me to Dior’s beauty past any day of the week! I’d love to relive some of those great palette days!
What do you think?
Remain with the Muse in Dior’s past?
Embrace Dior’s present and future?
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