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Lancome Oscillation Mascara Winner

Ok guys!

Here’s the big moment you’ve all been waiting for!

Earlier this week I announced a contest to win a brand new Lancome Oscillation Mascara! Ahhhh! Exciting right?

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With a simple press of the button the mascara wand vibrates allowing smooth application in one swipe creating longer, fuller lashes!

Loves it!

I can’t wait to get mine and review it for you guys!

Visit the Lancome site to view the video application and get further info about ordering your Lancome Oscillation Mascara!

And the winner is……………

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Congrats Kimmy you’re now the proud owner of a Lancome Oscillation Mascara! Yay! Please e-mail me with your shipping address so I can get this out to you directly!

I’m so sorry to those of you that didn’t win but I’ll be having more contest this Holiday Season so please stop back soon! I wish I had a mascara to give to everyone as I heart you guys so much!

Thanks for participating in the contest! We got over 140 entries! Wahoo!

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Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Palette Review and Swatches

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Palettes started off as an exclusive item from our friends at Nordstrom however Bobbi was feeling generous so she’s included them in with her Winter and Holiday Collection which means you can get ‘em from your local Bobbi Brown counter or directly from Bobbi Brown’s website now! No Nordstoms required!

I thought for sure that I’d want to indulge in both versions of this palette but turns out it has some minor flaws that made me feel a little less in love with it. Up till now I’ve been having awesome Bobbi Brown experiences but sadly I wasn’t feeling the love for the Long Wear Eye Palette.

The palette comes in two color variations, Moon Rock and Night Sky. I tested out Night Sky for myself and the palette overall is rather wonderful with a few minor rants here and there from your dear old Muse.

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The palette contains two Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadows in Ocean Storm and Rockstar and two Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liners in Black Ink and Thunder Storm. Ocean Storm has an off cast of gray to it but it appears more like a shimmering white once applied and Rockstar is a deep navy blue that has a slightly shimmery finish. Black Ink is obviously a true black liner shade while Thunder Storm has an off cast of brown but appears very black once applied even though in the photo I took it looks like a true brown.

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You can probably get a total of four looks from the palette but I just choose to do one complete look by using the two cream shadows and one liner. To do my look I used Ocean Storm as an eye prep from lid to crease and followed up with Rockstar all over my lid. To complete my look I used the Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner in Black in on my lower lash line and upper lash line. There is absolutely no denying that the completed look has a nice sophisticated edge. I thought it opened my eyes up and created a soft, pretty look however this does not change my mind about some of the problems that arose while using the palette.

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One major problem with the palette is the packaging. Although the packaging looked ideal to me it needs a tiny bit of work to be perfect. The palette contains a lid for each of the liners and shadows. This is a wonderful idea as it protects the contents of the palette and keeps the liners and shadows from hardening. Each lid snaps open and closed to protect the content of each “well” however I find it very difficult unsnapping each lid. Each time I used the palette I had to get a nail file and wriggle it under the lid to get them to pop up and open. Maybe after a few uses the lids will loosen enough to open easy but at this point I struggle with them every time I use the palette. Although I completely appreciate the idea behind the lids I do get a major case of irritation that it takes so long to get each lid open prior to use.

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Now the liners are pure perfection! You probably know what a joyous day it was the day I discovered how much I love Bobbi Brown Gel Liner! Angels sung in heaven, the sun shined bright, all was right with the world when I got my first pot of Bobbi Gel Liner however the long-wear cream eyeshadow left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

As I mentioned I simply adored the finished look the palette gave my eyes however the cream shadows have a crummy formula in my humblest. They blend very streaky and even after a few layers color payoff isn’t too fabulous. I won’t rant too much on pigmentation considering I think the idea is to give a very light finish and not bold and loud however after five layers of Rockstar I finally decided that this was the best I was going to get in the color department and I wasn’t going to stretch it out any further. The shadows do have a great formula for the simple fact that they don’t dry right away so you have plenty of time to layer, blend, and just generally work with the shadow before it completely dries down. Cream shadow formulas that remain moist for a while are really user friendly in my opinion and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Cream gets a rave in that department. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that they seriously apply in a major streaky messy. As I move my finger across my eye to blend I end up completely removing the shadow so I take my brush add more color and reblend with my fingertip and again and again and over and over I proceed to repeat the process a million times. After a while, if I’m lucky, I’ll finally have a good layer of product and my bare lid won’t show through but this does take a good 20 minutes to perfect since for some odd reason the shadow just streaks every which way from Friday!

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I almost failed to mention the palette also includes a dual sides brush which is very nice. One end has a shadow brush applicator and the other side has a thin liner brush with cap! I totally appreciated the fact that they included a cap for the liner brush as after using liner it’s always messy to put the brush back into the palette.

Overall, the palette is actually really nice with a few minor imperfections however it’s these imperfections that will probably prevent me from purchasing the second color available. I loved the look I created using the palette but I think the packaging needs a tiny bit of work and the formula on the cream shadows could be slightly better!

I do recommend heading to your counter and trying it out for yourself as you might very well fall into the love/hate relationship I’m currently having with it! Not all bad but not completely good either!

The Muse’s opinion remains open on this one and she hopes as time passes she’ll grow to love it!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Palettes are available now at the Bobbi Brown Website or your local counter! They are limited edition and $55 USD each!

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Lancome Oscillation Mascara Launches at Lancome’s Website

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It’s today, it’s today!

Lancome Oscillation mascara has launched live on the Lancome site! The Muse is ordering hers right now and a back up for her annoying little friend, Jai!

Go snag yours now before it sells out! It sold out mighty fast during it’s sneak peek this Summer so the Muse is taking no chances during this second release!

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Check out the application video (CLICK!) while you’re visiting Lancome’s site so you can tutor yourself on proper application just in case you win a Lancome Oscillation mascara during the Muse’s giveaway (I’ll be announcing the winner later today!)!

Spend $35 USD or more on Lancome site and you’ll get a Deluxe Sample of Bi-Facil and Cils Booster XL when you enter promo code Oscillation.

Do tell the Muse if you grab a Lancome Oscillation! She’s curious who wants this!

Happy Shopping!

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Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer Review

Ahhh water. Our body loves it and our skin needs it plus it’s cheap as day old chips! Skincare nirvana comes in a simple bottle or a flick of your wrist to turn on your faucet!

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Did you know as babies we are made up of 75-80% water? As we grow older that decreases from 50-60% and as for our brain it’s made up of 85% water and our skin and bones 10-15%!

Helluva cheeky smart girl aren’t I?

When I seen Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer but of course the very first thing that popped out at me was WATER! I always look for water content in my primers considering how much I hate silicon based primers so anything that remotely resembles a moisturizing primer experience will end up in my greedy little hands instantly!

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Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer contains silicon but it also has a unique cooling formula that’s water based which releases extra moisture when applied. The Muse likey! The primer is oil-free and glides gently onto the skin leaving behind a cooling, moist, dewy surface to prep your skin for foundation.

Although this didn’t do much to make my foundation last longer it did provide a flawless canvas for my coverage and made it easy to work with since it created a balanced, moist surface for my foundation. I think it successfully gave my skin a normal feel for a few hours of wear which was both shocking and delightful. Since my skin is combination at the moment, ranging from oily to dry in different locations of my face it was shocking to smooth some of this on, proceed to apply my makeup, and have my skin act normally for 8 hours. Obviously as per it’s name it does balance the skin.

The texture is extremely interesting as it does have a slight silicon feel but it does have a water base so it manages to feel very moist. I find silicon primers uncomfortable to wear and notice they pill on my face however the water base in this allows it to glide on perfectly well, absorb quickly, while feeling light and airy on. It creates a super moist feeling and in turn this provides ease of application for my foundation.

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The primer comes in a really great pump style bottle that distributes just the right amount of primer with the first press.

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All in all I really enjoyed this one and recommend going to try it out at your local Sephora. The texture and formula is truly dreamy plus eases application and creates a flawless finish to my skin for my makeup. I love the extra amount of moisturizer it provided and the way it eased my irritating combination skin was a huge plus!

This one looks like it’s shaping out to be a keeper!

You can nab yours at www.triciasawyer.com or visit Sephora to try it out before you buy it!

The Muse likey! I see it becoming a fast favorite and possible a staple product in my morning makeup routine!

Tried it?

Love it?

Want to try it?

Tell the Muse!

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Lancome Oscillation Mascara Giveaway

Did ya know that Lancome Oscillation Mascara is available for purchase on Lancome’s website as of October 22nd?

Excited?

The Muse sure is!

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I got my credit card handy and ready to go as I missed the original release of Lancome Oscillation Mascara when Lancome had a sneak peek purchase a few months ago!

Damn!

But now, finally, I can have one for my very own!

I seriously can’t wait to try this mascara because I’m hearing raves all across the board about how fab it is! From what I understand the counter wait list is long so you might want to save yourself the agony right now and order it online when it officially releases this week!

Plus I got super good news for you…..

You can have one too!

Want a chance to win the Lancome Oscillation Mascara?

You can right here at Musings!

Just comment below and I’ll enter you to win your very own Oscillation from Lancome! I’ll be announcing the winner on October 22nd when the mascara is officially available for purchase on Lancome’s website!

Aren’t you happy that the contest is so easy and your Muse isn’t confuddling you with crazy Doctor Who trivia as per her past contests! I thought I’d give you a break this time and make it nice and simple! No googling skills required hehe!

For now do click over to Lancome’s site and have a visit with the Holiday Collection 2008!

Good Luck and do have a click over to Lancome’s site and show ‘em the love! The Muse would appreciate it greatly!

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