Beauty Tools

Shadow Shields: A Lifesaving Review

I’m struck gold.

Literally.

I’ve come across thee most awesome product in the world of Beauty! This is seriously better then any tool I’ve come across and it’s an utter life saver for me!

I wear many shimmering shades of shadows. Gimme Sparkle! Gimme Glitter! Gimme Shine! I love it! The more the better. But please don’t give me nasty fall out icon sad

Sadly, I’ve never had an easy time of it when it comes to cleaning up fall out. I’ve tried the powder under the eye trick, doesn’t work. I’ve tried blotting it away with a makeup sponge, doesn’t work either. I’ve tried holding a piece of tissue under my eye while applying eyeshadow, no good.

I’ve sincerely tried everything to lessen or eliminate my fall out problem! If you use intensely dark shades or you love sparkle you must have the same problem as me!

I’ve never really had any success in cleaning up fall out. Normally when I try it ends up all over the place. If you’re a big lover of MAC pigments, again, you know what I am talking about!

But have no fear the Muse is here to bring you something to eliminate your fall out and keep your undereye area and cheeks free of shadow fall out!

The wonderful Michelle Villanueva gets the Muse Approved award for creating Shadow Shields. I’ve seriously been looking for a product like this for years and years and years.

Picture+196

Picture+197

So what are Shadow Shields?

Basically they are tiny little pads that have a stick on back that you place under your eye to catch fall out! w00t! I’m so excited I may spit!

Picture+191

Picture+193

The pads are half moon shaped and have adhesive all over the back however you only need to remove a little piece of the adhesive to get this on your eye. Somehow, someway the pad fits to the contour of your eye and folds upwards slightly creating a little bowl shape under your eye which catches all your shadow fall out.

Picture+199

Picture+198

The result?

Beautifully made up eyes minus nasty fall out all over your cheeks and under your eyes!

These work amazingly well however they take some getting used too! I’ve used these a few times already and I’m now Miss Master Pro at using them however my first attempt with these was a tad bit difficult. You have to sort of get used to the forget that you have something stuck under your eye as you work with your shadow. It’s also a little bit clumsy at first when tugging your eye so you can smooth shadow on (I’m a tugger. I slant my eye slightly with my pinky as I apply shadow, liner, etc….). However, after a tiny bit of struggle I finally mastered it and I can now officially say I won’t be able to live without these!

Picture+195

They seriously made a huge impact on my looks. I normally walk around with fall out everywhere because it’s just so hard to clean it all up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! However, these helped me create a beautiful look without the stress of bits of eyeshadow and pigment all over the bloody place!

You can get 50 of these for $16.95 USD! That’s a steal in my opinion! Although I will admit to being slightly a cheap-o with them! Why? Because I’ve taken to using one pad for both eyes hehe. I do one eye, peel off my Shadow Shield, and place it under my other eye! So I’m getting quite a bang for my buck with 50 pads! But honestly you don’t need to be stingy as the price is really good for a set of 50, that’s 25 uses!

If you’re a MAC lover or use other pigmented shadows or shimmers you need these. No question. I know many of you love MAC as much as I do and using such highly pigmented eyeshadows causes major fall out so here’s your solution to perfect eyeshadow application each and every time!

Picture+190

These come with my highest Muse Approval stamp!

musegold

Get them now! You need them! Serious.

Thanks to Michelle for creating every girl’s new best friend! Click here to visit the Shadow Shields site and see a video of how the shadow shields work!

Loving these?

Tell the Muse!

24 Comments

Beauty on a Budget: Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Review

A new friend of mine asked me to to get some Essence of Beauty brushes for her this week. She asked for a particular set which was the dual crease brush. As I was doing her shopping I noticed that the brushes looked pretty good and I knew that these are a cult favorite of my sweet mate, ‘Nes, at Nessasary Makeup and that was good enough for me to want to try them!

These cost $4.99 USD and are basically a dual package of mini crease brushes. The style reminds me of Bobbi Brown brushes with the wooden handle.

The size of these intrigued me as they appear to be more a smudger style brush then a crease brush but hey it was worth trying for the price tag! The first brush is a tiny dome shape that reminds me of a Mally Beauty brush I own but the Mally brush is a bit more fuller where as this is smaller.

Picture+019

I didn’t expect this to do much as it was way too small to properly work my crease area. I’m used to using MAC’s 224 and 227 on my crease. Present me with this tiny thing and I’m at a loss how I should be using it. But I happily tried it out and I must say it fits into the contour of my crease brilliantly and works a treat at blending shadows. I found that it actually gave me more management over the brush and bristles since it was far smaller then what I’m used too. I also experienced less fall out because the brush was so tiny. It also worked well on defining the v of my eye and blending inwards.

As you can see I’m used to blending with a much larger brush!
Picture+021

It’s quite a multitasking brush because I can use it on the v of my eye, within my crease, and also to line my bottom lash line with my shadow.

The second brush with the package is even smaller then the first. It’s a step up from an eyeliner brush. This too worked surprisely well. It didn’t do that great a job blending the color completely but it worked fabulously defining the v of my eye and working the my color half way across my crease for contrast.

I felt like both brushes gave me a bit more control over the look I was creating and I successfully manged to create an interesting look by contrasting a lighter shade of shadow all over my eye and a darker shade of shadow across part of my crease and v.

Much to my delight neither brush shed a bristle the entire time I was using them and the brushes are very soft. The handles are mini size but again I felt like the handles being so small gave me much more control over what I was creating! It was kind of like having a pencil grasped tightly between my hands and it was nice and steady as I worked.

As you can see below my outer eye is a shimmering light brown beige that contrasts nicely with the gold amber shadow I used. I created the look using the larger of the two crease brushes and proceeded to line my lower lash line with the smaller of the brushes!
Picture+004 400x300

Overall, for the price, these were most definately an interesting little find and I’m generally curious about the rest of the brushes in the Essence of Beauty Collection!

I can’t help but give these a Muse Approved Seal for purchase!

musegold

23 Comments

Too Faced Kabuki Brush

Too Faced has decided to grace our presence with a cute little Kabuki Brush!

photo med190

Do you love it?

It’s pink which in my lowly opinion is reason enough to want it! However! Nordstrom decided that they wanted to be special so they introduced one that’s exclusive to their Too Faced counters. So now we have a choice we can have cute and pink OR we can have the deluxe version which is cute with flowers! Oh my!

 5431982

Both are the same price so as far as I’m concerned cute with flowers is the way to go! For my animal lovers this is a cruelty free brush and animal hair free icon wink So if cute, flowers, and pink weren’t enough for you than the fact it’s good to animals has to make you want it!

This one is on my Wish List girls!

Love it? Hate it? Want it?

4 Comments

Smashbox Fall 2007 Vanity Brush Collection

Fall is obviously here! Tons of new bits are popping up here and there!

Smashbox’s contribution to Fall’s Line Up, The Vanity Brush Collection!

God, I think I am drooling! I so need this set! The only thing preventing me from purchasing this is the ugly brush bag! What’s with the faux fur? Ew!

3 Comments