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Bobbi Brown Platinum Collection

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My very good friend Iris has information about the new Bobbi Brown Platinum Collection releasing in Japan March 19th and boy does it look amazing!

I sure do hope we’ll be getting this collection in the US as it looks quite lovely.

Jump ahead for a few images from the collection and visit with Iris for further details and photos by clicking here!

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Man, the Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick in Platinum is screaming my name and that silver cream shadow, loving all over it.

Please Jebus can we haz this collection in the US?

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Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation Review

If you haven’t experienced the full potential of your foundation you may want to try out Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation.

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Creamy, moisturizing, and richly pigmented this foundation is sure to cover all your woes and leave behind flawless, even skin.

For most of my makeup life I’ve used cream foundations not liquids, not powders, but cream. I find cream works best for my dry skin and offers great coverage however cream is a tricky little product as it wears off considerably quicker than powders and liquids or at least that’s been my experience. Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation is probably the most pigmented cream foundation I’ve tried before so anyone who has serious skin woes may likely like how much coverage you can get out of a simple pot.

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Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation is made up of two shades of foundation so each pot offers the ability to blend the perfect shade to match your skin. This is quite like my own personal favorite foundation of choice, Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight palette, so I’m quite used to blending two shades for a good match. I particularly like having the option of two shades since some days I need to go lighter and others I need a bit darker or just blend the two for a perfect me match.

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Actually their is some confusion whether or not Full Potential Foundation is indeed a foundation or a concealer or both. In answer to this question you’ll find that Full Potential actually multitasks as both. I have this in medium and sadly it wasn’t particularly great at concealing my under eye circles simply because the medium shade looked too “natural” for me. I prefer my concealer to be a few shades lighter and a more natural look makes me look tired however I do think anyone with serious dark circles will absolutely be thrilled with the intense coverage this provides. I did find it was a teeny tiny bit too dry for my under eyes though!

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It’s best to keep a few key factors in mind when using this. Remember to prep your face fully prior to use. Moisturize well, prime, and apply a good base that will allow the foundation to ease onto face easily as the formula isn’t all that creamy and takes a bit of work to buff on. I highly suggest grabbing the Tricia Sawyer Foundation Brush for application as it’s a nice small brush head that gets into the pot easily and buffs the foundation perfectly onto skin. Remember, it’s very important to use a small amount of product to start (likely a small amount will be all you need) and later if you need more you can build up coverage. The product is rich in pigmentation and using too much will make you look quite “made up” so to speak.

The formula is oil free so it’s feels quite weightless on (if you use the correct amount that is). Interestingly enough it almost feels like a mineral foundation and has a powder like dry down on the face. Luckily, the finish of the foundation doesn’t interfere with my dry skin and wears well. The powder-like finish does make me wonder how well it would work for oily skin so I’ll have to wait for Summer to find out.

This comes in four shades and as I mentioned above I tried medium but I do think light would have been a better match considering I like wearing my foundation a shade or two lighter than my natural skin tone. I thought that medium was too beige for me but it still wore quite well just not what I’m used too.

The Tricia Sawyer Foundation Brush I mentioned earlier on is quite good and I’m glad I had it for application. It fits the contour of my face quite well and makes buffing foundation on easy! It’s now a favorite go to brush for foundation application as it’s small head size fits easily under my eyes, on the sides of my nose, etc…quite a nice little brush.

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All in all quite a few people would absolutely love the benefits of Tricia Sawyer Full Potential Foundation especially if they have major problem areas that need extra coverage. I’m still in my testing phase and I haven’t quite decided if I love it yet but I definitely like what I’ve tried so far!

Who would might love it?

  • Anyone who has acne scarring, large pores, or other skin problems they want to hide with a pigmented foundation.
  • Those with dry skin who prefer a cream foundation that doesn’t settle into fine lines, age your skin, or flake up.
  • Those who like their foundation to perform double duty as a means of coverage for both the face and the under eye area.

Overall, the product has some seriously great points and I think it could hide pretty much any drama you may be experiencing on your face. Particularly I think it could possibly be a wonder treatment for covering major problems.

Visit with Tricia Sawyer for more info about this fine foundation or drop by Sephora who carries the entire like of Tricia Sawyer Cosmetics.

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Clarins Eyebrow Pencil Review

Clarins Spring Collection includes a new generation of eyebrown pencils that are sure to please if your eyebrows need a little pick me up!

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Jump ahead to learn more!

Clarins Eyebrow Pencils have a soft yet solid texture that glides on leaving behind a well define eyebrow that finishes your complete makeup look.

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The dual ended pencil includes a sharpener on one end that’s conveniently built into the cap and an eye brush on the other end for getting unruly brows back into shape.

Clarins Eyebrow Pencil are available in three shades:

  • Dark Brown
  • Light Brown
  • Soft Blonde

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If your eyebrows are in need of helping hand check these out at your local Clarins for $23 USD or visit us.clarins.com

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Givenchy Spring 2009 FOTD

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I recently did an FOTD for you using Givenchy Sari Glow Blush in Maharani Orange, Givenchy Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow in Maharani Gold, and Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Maharani Henna and today I’ll be bringing you another look using some of the items from the Givenchy Spring Collection 2009.

Jump ahead to have a peek!

Since I’ve already done a warmer looking using some of the Givenchy Spring Collection, I thought a cooler order was in order. For the cooler look I used Givenchy Sari Glow Blush in Maharani Pink and Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Maharani Rose. I was tempted to use Givenchy Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow in Maharani Silver but I thought it didn’t quite go so well with all the pink so I opted for a wash of color using a few MAC eye shadows in various pink shades.

The pink blush wasn’t as popping as I thought it would be and it came out as a basic pink shade on my cheeks, quite flattering really but nothing as bold as I originally though. I’m absolutely in deeper lust now after trying out the Maharani Rose lippie! It’s a stunning shade and quite lovely for Spring.

Here’s the basic look I created using the above listed items:

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Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD Raspberry, Papaya, Praline, and Fig

Now the only that gives me hope is my love of a certain Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick from Clarins!


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Ahhh Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick truly beautiful to behold! Clarins Spring Collection 2009 includes some seriously beautiful items but nothing, in the Muse’s opinion, outshines the eight shades of brand new Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick.

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Wow, simply wow. These are stunning lipsticks and truly gorgeous to say the least. I recently fell in love with the original formula of Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick this past Fall, needless to say that these new versions are outstanding and quite a popular product with the Muse at the moment.

Is it a gloss? Is it a lipstick? Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick hasn’t quite made up it’s mine what it is and that’s just fine by me as I get the benefits of a pigmented lipstick along with the beautiful shine and glossy finish of a lipgloss! Likey!

My review will start with four shades of Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick and later this week or next week I’ll bring you swatches, photos, and FOTD’s of the remaining shades. Yes, the Muse has all the shades and thinks YOU need all the shades too as this is unquestionable my most favorite lipstick at the moment with no end in sight!

Each lipstick has a super glossy, emollient formula that glides on with a hint of a shimmery finish. Pigmentation is fantastic and you’ll get a wonderful pop of Spring (or Summer) color especially considering Clarins went all out with the beautiful shade choices in the collection. The lipstick is long wearing and highly moisturizing so those with dry lip woes will greatly appreciate the beautiful formula. Each lipstick carries a fruit punch like taste which is quite pleasant, I heart flavored lipsticks! These come housed in a silver mirror tube that carries an air of elegance but the color on the inside can’t be mistaken for anything but pure fun!

The colors I’m reviewing and swatching for you today are Fig which is a warm brown shade with touches of peach and hints of silver shimmer, Praline which is a lovely nude beige almost champagne shade, Papaya which is a loud fun orange coral, and Raspberry which is an offbeat pink shade with touches of purple.

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Apologies the FOTD photos of me wearing the lipstick are from my recent Urban Decay Cream Shadow Review. Sorry guys! I thought I’d kill to birds with one stone icon wink

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Overall, if you’re on a tight budget this season I urge you to pick up at least one of these fabulous lipsticks as they truly are a fabulous find! They come with my highest seal of Muse Approval for purchase.

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Who would love ‘em?

  • Anyone that loves a dual product that acts as both a gloss and a lipstick!
  • Those with dry lips that like a glossy, emollient, moisturizing lip product.
  • Women who enjoy a bit of shimmer and shine in their lipsticks!
  • Anyone who adores bright, fun colors in their lipsticks!

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick promises a beautiful glossy finish but brings so much more to the table with it’s pigmented formula and gorgeous shade selection. These are a fond favorite for Spring and well into the Summer!

Likey!

You needs ‘em, like yesterday!

Run to Clarins and snag some for yourself!

Love ‘em?

Tried ‘em already?

On your wish list?

Tell the Muse!

Stick around for the sequel review of this post which is coming at you soon with new shades of this great lipstick!

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