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Black Head Off Stick Review: Blackheads Be Gone….Maybe?!

Do you have any really silly stuff in your beauty arsenal that you swear by?

Black Head Off Stick by B & C Laboratories is probably one of my most silliest items that I stash away in my beauty arsenal and often reach for, I’m embarrassed to admit I do use this!

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Muse, what the hell is Black Head Off Stick anywhere?

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Well….

This little guy is made by those same friendly people over at Sony who bring you great electronics and lip gloss too!

It’s a Japanese thing don’t ask me.

But I’m just happy to have a little stash of Black Head Off Sticks. I’ve been through about 3 in the last year.

Anyway I forgot to explain what it was didn’t I?

Well….

It looks like a lip balm but it’s actually a stick that you smooth over your nose and after that you proceed to rub the area and supposedly this “erases” your blackheads.

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Don’t ask me why I continue using this thing but for some odd reason or another I’ve convinced myself that it’s improved the blackheads I get on my nose. Ok, granted not those deeply embedded suckers that you need acid to remove…BUT the ones at the surface are easily removed by swiping this across your nose a few times and briskly rubbing.

It also kinda makes my nose matte and less shiny….and this is weird…but my nose kind of looks brighter and fresher….does that make any sense?

Prob not but I think when they coined the phrase “powder your nose” the effect would be similiar to what Black Head Off Stick does to my nose!

Is it useless? Possibly.

Am I convinced it works?

Yes.

Do I recommend it?

Sure why not!

It’s cheap as day old chips so yes I recommend picking one up. And hey you don’t even have to go to Japan (although if you have the means I highly recommend flying to Japan to get one! For cultural purposes only of course) to get it. Most Asian markets have these available and if not you can wander through my Japanese Shopping Guide and come across a few shops that carry this and it’s also available on E-bay for mere pennies.

The Muse likes it. Useless, possibly but I’m all for useless products!

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Tried this?

Love it?

What do you use for pesky blackheads on your nose?

Tell the Muse!

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Majolica Majorca Fall Collection 2008: Majolook Trick On Palette Review

Majolica Majorca introduced it’s Trick On Palettes in Spring 2008. They have since extended the line to include two new colors for the Fall 2008.

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The two newest shades are Gr750 and BR751. Both are general catalog and not limited edition as far as I know. The Trick On Palettes are quite nice and I gave them a good review when they first appeared on the scene in the Spring however I’m not feeling the color variations for the Fall in all honesty.

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It’s simply the same old stuff released again and again and again! if I put together all my Majolook Line Impact palettes, last season’s Trick On palettes, plus my Majolook Illuminator palettes I could probably easily make up all four shades in the newest color selections.

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I collect all the Majolook palettes released which accounts for me purchasing GR750 and BR751 but in my humblest opinion you just don’t need either unless you’re a serious collector and like having each release from Majolica Majorca.

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Neither palette contains pop of any kind so this isn’t a sizzling eye look you’ll be creating. Each palette consists of two shadow colors, one liner shade, and a “Trick On” shimmering powder. Although the shades are very Fall-like in color I just felt like they were a bit boring and as I mentioned very easy to dupe from past palettes. For instance GR750 contains shades very similiar to BR762 from the Majolook Illuminator Palette.

GR750 contains a highlighting shade in a light beige brown shade combined with a khaki green for your lid. The liner shade is a deep dark teal green and the “trick on” powder is a shimmering gold.

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Wearing GR750
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Although the beige brown contrasts nicely with the khaki green I felt like the teal liner created an unusual look to my eyes and layering the “trick on” shimmering powder on top of the khaki green really made a mess considering it was a lighter gold shade.

It is note worthy to mention that the all the shades are nicely pigmented in particular the khaki green and each sports that unusual creamy powder formula that most Japanese eye shadows are known for.

BR751 contains a highlighting shade in gold and a taupe color for the lid which is followed by a chocolate brown liner shade and finally a pale pink shimmer makes up the “trick on” powder. Again, a rather boring array of colors sadly. This time I felt like the taupe and gold were completely mismatched as well and in particular the liner shade just doesn’t go with the base lid color. This seems to be such an unusual and weird cocktail of colors.

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Wearing BR751
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Sigh.

I do have one major rave for each palette and that would be pigmentation and ease of blending. The formula on the Trick On palettes seems very different compared to previous variations of the Majolook palettes and I find they are quite nicely pigmented and they blend very well! Yes, you do have to layer quite a bit to get good color payoff with other Majolook palettes but I felt like two strokes of color or even one with the Trick On palettes was all you needed to create a nice deep color on the lid.

All in all I was pretty disappointed with these. If you’re a big collector of MJ palettes you’ll want to add them to your collection but if you’re purchasing them simply for color selection alone it’s safe to skip both palettes in my humblest opinion. I felt like both selections made my eyes look tired, boring, and blah.

Oh well!

Have you tried Majolica Majorca Trick On Palettes?

Love ‘em?

Not really?

Are you stashing or trashing the two new color selections?

You guys have been awful quiet lately icon wink

Tell the Muse! She’s listening!

Stay tuned for next week for more Fall Japanese Collections!

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Click below to enjoy some past reviews of Majolica Majorca items!

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara Review

Majolica Majorca Fall Collection: A Girl with Wings

Majolica Majorca Spring Collection 2008 Reviewed: Featuring The First Four Trick On Palettes

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Mandom Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion Review

Feeling lazy?

Here’s your solution:

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Meet Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion.

I’ve never heard of it before, I’ve never seen it before, and probably would have never gotten a chance to even try it if my beautiful mate Aya didn’t mention it to me. During one of our e-mails she said that she noticed I was looking for a good mascara remover and proceeded to recommend this stuff!

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Well, Aya’s rave is spot on!

It’s freaking good stuff!

This removes virtually everything from your face without drying it. It does a particularly killer job removing waterproof mascara and eye makeup. The formula is very strange as it’s not oily but just like pure water! I simply took a large cotton square, pumped a few squirts on and went to work on my eyes. After I took another cotton square and did my face. Aya had suggested rinsing afterward although you don’t have to as per the instructions I took her advice and had a quick rinse. Presto done! Just as the bottle advertises, “Ready for bed as soon as possible!”

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I was so excited about Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion I had to go on my merry googling way and find out more about it!

I came across the mandom Beauty website at first visit and later I came across Lady L’s youTube video of this!

How I missed this video is beyond me as I closely follow Lady L’s going ons. Call me a stalker but she fascinates me and I adore her blog!

Hopefully she doesn’t mind too much that I’m totally snatching her youTube video and showing it here! Check it, Lady L working her magic with Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion:

As you can see it removes virtually all traces of eye makeup! It works all over the face so it multitasks as both an eye makeup remover and face cleanser plus did I mention it’s cheap as chips?

I paid retail at around 800 yen I believe. Can’t beat the price as the bottle is huge but I imagine it’ll go fast as you do need a few squirts for both eyes and face but hey it’s cheap..just buy more!

I can see this easily become a cult favorite for me right up there with Kose Airy Whip which means I’m seeing my future and it consists of me buying cases of Cleansing Express Moist!

Although you can’t purchase it for retail if you’re not in Japan you can get it from Weichi for $13.99 USD which is still a steal in my opinion! Click!

Did I mention the cleanser is water based and contains no alcohol? Gotta love it! Keeps getting better and better doesn’t it?

Do I love it?

But of course!

Am I stashing it? Yes….the Muse needs cases of this stuff!

Muse Approval for this one! I love it! I believe I found my holy grail eye makeup remover!

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Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara Review

As part of it’s Fall Collection Majolica Majorca released a new mascara entitled Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara.

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The Muse is not impressed.

I’m normally not one for fiber mascaras but I couldn’t resist purchasing one of these since I’m a big lover of Majolica Majorca mascara however this is a big disappointment for me and of course the main reason is the fact it’s a fiber mascara.

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Although to look at it you’d never know it was fiber based as the wand doesn’t have a ton of fibers sticking from it once it’s removed from the tube however once applied I instantly get that lash in the eye feeling that’s both irritating physically and emotionally. Damn right I said emotionally! I got emotional when I have to go through a work day feeling like I have lashes stuck in my eye and unable to do a damn thing about it! Ahhhhhh! The irritation is too much to take!

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Lash Gorgeous Wing is not the first fiber mascara released from Majorca Majolica but it is the first mascara that has a brush applicator as all previous versions sport the Muse beloved comb applicator which take lashes to crazy long lengths!

The mascara does exactly what it promises in providing you with feathery light lashes that keep the curl all day long however if you’re not a big lover of fibers you might want to avoid this. I, for one, picture this making a guest starring appearance in the bottom of the makeup draw graveyard.

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I like my lashes to look fat and long. Although Lash Gorgeous Wing did give me ok lenght I wasn’t loving the fact that it separated my lashes and made them look alot less full and more natural. The Muse does not like the natural look. I also felt like the mascara didn’t have the exact same inky black formula Majolica Majorca mascara is known for, it seemed much lighter.

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The brush wasn’t exactly working to my satisfaction either since it didn’t give me the volume I’ve come to expect from Majorca Majolica due to the awesome comb applicator previous versions had. I’ve always loved how fat and full the regular version of Majolica Majorca made my lashes this however fails on that account terribly.

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I’m glad I paid retail at 1,290 yen because I’d seriously be upset if I had paid more. This, I sadly have to say, isn’t exactly what I wanted from Majolica Majorca. I’ve come to expect better from there mascara and this is definately no where near the best.

The Muse gives it a thumb down! Definitely not loving it! Perhaps I’ll have better luck with the new palettes! Stay tuned for my review!

Anyone try it?

Love it?

Love or Hate fiber mascaras?

Love Majolica Majorca mascara?

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My good mate Iris is kinda loving Lash Gorgeous Wing! Check out her review by clicking here.

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Majorca Majolica Spring Collection Review

Majorca Majolica Holiday Collection Review

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Blemish Balm Cream: What is a BB Cream?

Your Muse hasn’t blogged BB Creams as of yet since her experiences with them haven’t really been the greatest however since I mentioned them once or twice I ended up getting many e-mails and comments about them. I recently reviewed Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer which reminded me of BB Cream so much in texture and formula that I was kinda of inspired to write about BB’s soon after!

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What’s a BB Cream? How do I use a BB Cream? Where can I purchase BB Creams? These are some of the daily questions I get in my inbox!

The US market, as far as I know, has not yet been exposed to BB Creams. I imagine we are all somewhat obsessed with our skin within the US but I personally feel like the Asian population is more so and that obsession accounts for the mass amount of products released within Asian countries. For me and other skincare junkies this is pure nirvana!

One of the latest, greatest, popular, and hyped products to hit Korea are BB Creams which is short for Blemish Balm Cream. The craze began in Korea but has since hit Japan, China, Etc…

So what is a BB Cream anyway?

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BB Cream is pretty much the end all of foundation, concealer, moisturizer, etc….It’s a combined product that eliminates many products from your daily makeup routine and not only simplifies foundation but also offers key ingredients that we all look for in makeup and skin care.

BB Creams are highly moisturizing, contain SPF, have acne fighting and anti-aging ingredients, plus conceal and lay a foundation for your other makeup.

What BB Cream Eliminates from your daily routine:

  • Moisturizer

BB Creams are so highly moisturizing you may or may not wish to apply a moisturizer prior to using!

  • SPF

BB Creams contain doses of 25+ SPF so you don’t need an extra SPF product to protect your skin from harmless sun rays!

  • Acne Treatments, Lotions, Etc…

BB Creams contain active ingredients for fighting off problem areas!

  • Anti-Aging Lotions, Potions, Etc…

BB Creams contain anti-aging ingredients to prevent wrinkles and also treat any fine lines you may already have!

  • Concealer

BB Creams act as a concealer for concealing under eye circles, baggage, etc…It also concealsr acne, blemishes, red areas, etc…

  • Foundation

BB Creams act as a foundation for prepping the skin for makeup and creating a flawless finish to skin!

  • Whitening Lotions, Fluids, Etc….

BB Creams contain whitening agents to lighten the skin!

You can see why everyone is so hyper and excited about BB Creams. They are virtually the superman of foundation however they are not without their flaws.

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Your Muse has tried about 8-10 brands of BB Creams now and I’ve been disappointed about 95% of the time. BB Creams are NOT without one major problem.

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My god Muse what do you mean?! They sound like skin care perfection!

The problem with BB Creams is color selection. BB Creams are not like foundation where you walk in and have an array of colors to choose from. Most BB Creams offer one color option only or sometimes, if you’re lucky, two color selections.

Right off the bat I’ll say if you’re a deeper, darker skin tone I’m highly doubtful that BB Creams will work for you although I can’t be sure as I don’t have experience with application on such a skin tone.

I’m fascinated with the excitement over a product that only comes in a dull beige color. Many Asian girls do have a yellow tone to skin and beige is not only unflattering on yellow tones but just, in my opinion, unflattering on ALL skin tones. Thus my amazement over the hype that surrounds the product in Asian countries. BB Creams are so pigmented that the color will look very unnatural on any and all skin tones at least this has been my experience with the brands I’ve tried.

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Another surprising thing about BB Creams is the fact that they seem to be best suited to dry skin. I have many, many Asian friends and about 95% of them have oily skin. BB Creams do not dry matte in my personal opinion and they feel very moisturizing when on so I’m curious how those with oily skin feel about the formula and texture of such a product.

I was recently contacted by a reader who recommended me a few brands I hadn’t tried before that made some high end BB Creams. After discussing it with her I decided to give BB Creams a much needed revisit.

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You won’t be hearing about the bad. When it comes to Asian cosmetics and skincare it’s difficult for the Muse to trash it. It’s simply too high quality to snark at which accounts for my lack of posts regarding BB Creams. However, I have decided I’ll start reviewing brands I have tried and the pros and cons of each. I’ll also have an upcoming review on a brand of BB that I do LOVE and again this is thanks to the reader that recommended it! That review is coming shortly so thank the gods we finally have a good BB Cream to rave about.

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BB Creams are a welcome edition to the makeup world and an innovation in skin care and makeup that needs a bit of tweaking. The potential for greatness is already there and with a little work we’ll have pure perfection.

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It’s hard not to notice that I littered my blog entry with difference adverts of BB Creams. As you can see many, many, many companies in Korea have out various brands of the popular product so sometimes it’s difficult to weed through the bad to get to the good! However, that’s what you have the Muse for! I’ll be sharing the best and not so great with you very soon!

Do you use BB Creams?

Love ‘em?

Got questions about BB Creams?

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Love Korean Cosmetics? Wanting to know more about Korean Brands? Try a daily dose of past posts!

Etude House Moistfull Mask Review

Etude House Spring Collection Review

An Introduction to Korean Cosmetic Brands

Banila Co “Blue” Summer Collection

If you need information about how BB Creams are different from Tinted Moisturizers please click here.

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