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Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing Oil Review

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Remember how excited I was when I originally introduced you to Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing Oil?

White….pale….milky skin..yes very Muse-like I’d say!

Strangely enough Summer brought about some dull skin for me this year. Normally I get dullness in the Winter, I imagine we all do. Stuffy, stale air, cold weather, plus a combination of both is definately hell on the skin. However, this year Summer somehow took it’s toll on my skin. Although perfectly clear and blemish free my skin was feeling kinda blue. I’ve had some dull spots, some darker spots (which I HATE), some dry spots, some oily spots, and generally some nasty shadowing that just made my skin go from bright and dewy to dull and uneven. Foundation saves the day but what about the days I just want to moisturize and go?

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First of all I think Shu Uemura Cleaning Oils in general are pretty awesome to have in your beauty arsenal. What’s not to love about one step cleaning? These remove pretty much your entire face plus everything in between! That goes for waterproof mascara too my dears! I’m quite partial to the “green” version as it’s known to it’s lovers. It’s pretty strange how everyone has taken to calling Shu oils by little nick names…the pink one, the green one, and so on and so fourth. I guess we can start calling Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex, the whitening one or the lavender one. Whatta ya think?

So you might wonder why I’m so hyped about cleansing oils. Fact of the matter is Shu Uemura is one of the very few select companies that does a cleansing oil within the US. Cleansing Oil in Asia is fair game and can be found in pretty much all drugstores and if you desire a higher end oil you can hop over to a counter to nab one. However, here in the US we do not have as many options in the drugstore category and maybe two high end companies, one of which is Shu, sells cleansing oils. Sad little country aren’t we?

I’ve tried hundreds of cleansing oils from all over Asia. Japanese ones, Korean ones, Etc…but honestly the hassle of getting them, shipping them over, etc..is a pain in the neck. So we have Shu Uemura to provide us with great cleansing oils until the rest of the cosmetic world catches up! Plus it’s local! Yay Shu! Thanks for bringing us all the good things about Asian makeup removal and sticking it into a cool bottle with a pump!

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About that Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing…I got sidetracked didn’t I?

Does it work?

Yes. It does.

It’s a weird little formula that does whiten up your complextion and takes dull skin back to dewy and fresh. I didn’t feel it was fair reviewing this as soon as I got it so I’ve been using it over the course of a few weeks actually it’s been nearly a month now I think. I wanted to see for myself if I was imaging the change or if it was really there.

The change is there. My skin is not so light you’d take notice but it’s more the fact that the oil gave back a freshness to my skin and removed the dull areas and unevenness of my skin tone do to the heat, hours in the sun, etc…

It could be me but the formula appears to have a certain illuminating factor to it that you can almost clearly see results right away upon your first washing. It’s rather interesting how good a job it does bringing your skin back to some normal level. Over time you may experience some signs of lightening however I don’t believe it’ll bring your skin down a shade or two. I feel like it’s more of a treatment for erasing damage and removing any dull areas, brightening them up and creating more of a fresher appearance.

Although price wise Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing Oil and any of the other oils are an indulgence however when you add it up the fact is that using two pumps a day of the oil, twice a day and you’ll notice that a large bottle will last you a year. In my humblest definately worth it.

I like this one. It gave me back my skin again.

I’m slapping a Muse Approval on it. If you’re a Shu cleansing oil user already this will be a nice item to replenish your dwindling bottle that you already use and if you’re new to Shu cleansing oils you’ll be happy to try out a remover that makes makeup removal simple again. One step cleaning is always in fashion plus the benefits of taking your skin from icon sad to :)!

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Which Shu oil are you using now?

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Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup

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Ahh leave it to our beloved Shu to create an outstanding Fall collection shrouded in mysterious and sensual colors.

Shu Uemura Instinct consists of several interesting pieces. Of course the shadow palettes are what caught my eye first. Each palette is a duo that consists of a powder shadow and a cream base that can also double up as a liner. The palette is housed in the standard slick, clear Shu compact and sports a gorgeous design on front. The combination of doubling up a shadow and a base is an interesting concept and is sure to be loved and hailed by those who fancy using MAC Paint Pots as base prior to shadow.

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Turns out, for once, we get the better end of the collection as the Japanese release actually sells the base and the shadow as single pieces ranging in prices from 2,940 yen and 2,415 yen where as we get the entire palette for $36 USD. I find this particularly interesting because I think the design of our palette is actually quite gorgeous in comparison to buying a single shadow and a potted base. I’m unsure how many other countries will have the palettes available to them but I do know for a fact that Singapore and the UK has the palettes for purchase and not the singles. Although purchasing the singles turns out to be a bit cheaper I rather like the idea of having both in one palette.

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The collection also consists of an array of flattering, Fall shades of blush, highlighter, and lipsticks which all compliment the shadow palettes beautifully.

I think they did an outstanding job with this one and it’s definately on my favorite list this season! I’ll be reviewing some of the Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup collection later this week for you. Excited?

Love this collection?

Nabbed any of it for yourself?

Want to?

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Viktor & Rolf for Shu Uemura

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Two of my favorite designers, Viktor & Rolf, have teamed up with Shu Uemura to design three amazing lash designs for the Tokyo Lash Bar this year.

The Couture Collection makes the Muse simply quiver in delight while drool drips from her mouth!

Have you seen these lashes?

Is it terrible to admit that I want to buy at least two pairs just because they are so stunning!?

Each lash set is encased in a gorgeous white box complete with a masquerade eye mask and costs $95 USD.

I can’t think of a more wicked and indulgence purchase than these.

At first I had two sets in my cart but I’ve since decided that I should show some control and just purchase one! Now it’s all about firguring out which pair to buy!

It’s a toss up between the Wing and Swirl versions….I’m thinking the Swirl is very Muse-like!

Ugh having such a hard time not buying both! Ahhhhhh!
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And yes, before you say it, these are an utterly extravagant, spoiled, and self-indulged purchase! But the Muse has decided she deserves it and no one can change her mind!

Expect ridiculous amounts of pictures soon and possible…if I’m so inclined…a Face of the Day sporting these…it’ll have to be a special occasion…hmm…New Year’s? My Birthday? Just because?

Stay tuned! Can’t wait? Check out Erika’s haul at Makeup Bag!

For now I leave you with promo pictures:

Swirl Couture
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Rhombus Couture
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Wing Couture
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Gagging for these?

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Loving ‘em?

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See more stunning lashes from the this year’s Tokyo Lash Bar by clicking here. Pssttt guess which ones I am lemming at the moment!

Learn more about the Viktor & Rolf Couture Collection by clicking here.

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Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil
Review Coming Soon….

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Review


Shu Uemura Mini Lash Eyelash Curler Review

Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil

Behold! Shu Uemura Brightening Cleansing Oil!

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The power of Shu compels you! Or at least it compels me.

I want a cleansing oil that brightens my tired, dull skin! This brand new cleansing oil was developed to prepare skin for a radiant, translucent finish every time you use it! Holy cow I wants it now! Dullness and dark spots appear to vanish too! We all needs it now!

I’ve used whitening, brightening products before that haven’t totally worked however I think I trust Shu enough to do the job!

I’ll be definately adding this to my cart and reviewing soon! Click for further info on Shu’s new brightening cleansing oil!

Want it?

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Get your Shu on with some of my past reviews and posts!

Did you miss my review on Shu Uemura’s Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette? Click!

Shu Uemura wants your lashes to be pretty! Here’s how……

Shu Uemura’s Mini Lash Curler got the Muse Approval slapped on it! Read my review by clicking here!

Raves for Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine over here!

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Shu Uemura 20% Friends and Family Discount

Who loves you baby?

Shu loves you!

Take advantage of stashing some Shu with the Friends and Family Discount starting June 26th and ending June 29th!

Click below to start shopping:

Use promo code SHUSUMMER to get 20% off your entire order!

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The Muse will be stashing, hauling, and stocking up on her Shu staples!

How about you?

Tis a good time to grab the new Shu palettes in my humble opinion!

Do check out some of my older reviews on Shu Uemura to find out what the Muse is loving!

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