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New NARS Makeup Brushes

NARS has introduced a few new brushes to it’s line up that have most definately caught my eye!

One in particular that I’ve been lemming for a while now is the NARS Ita Brush 28. This brush looks superb for a light dusting of shimmery bronzer, powder, or blush!

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Although the Ita Brush has been around for a while it deserved a mention since it’s just now popping up in Sephora stores around here.

If you’re seeking the latest, greatest, and brand new you might want to reach for the new NARS Botan Brush which looks simply lovely. This is an ultra large kabuki brush that’s made for buffing powder into the skin! Since I’m currently trying to convince myself that I should be loving minerals this brush appeals big time! At $75 USD the price makes me wince so the possibility of actually buying this are slim but one never knows as the Muse has been known to shell out as much as $50 for a good brush, sometimes its just worth it!

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And finally if you’re looking to tote it all along with you or you’re just a fiend for NARS you might want to get your greedy hands on the new NARS Travel Brush Set. For a mere $170 USD you can do up your makeup in style with six brushes from NARS and a travel case.

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I’m not particularly enamored with this kit’s price or the brush roll but if you’re a NARS fan it might very well be on your wish list!

All in all a nice selection of new brushes from NARS to keep your face happy and your makeup skills hone.

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Check out more NARS news and reviews by clicking on some popular posts below!

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Click here to discover why I am loving the Sephora Exclusive NARS Orgasm Nail Polish and Lipgloss Set!

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Tarte Eyelash Curler Review

I haven’t had too much experience with spring eye lash curlers but the one experience I did have wasn’t a great one. Honestly, I think I was scarred for life after trying out the Sana Excel Spring Curler. Can you say ouch?

I’m not talking about a season. When I mention “spring” I’m talking about the spring action of the curler. Tarte’s curler isn’t a traditional manual curler that you press and hold down. The Tarte Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler has a spring back handle which you press to curl and it slowly springs back when you release.

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Holy cow that sounded technical and stuff!

Honestly, I’ve never understood the concept of the”spring” action so don’t ask me to explain it! My brain might explode if I attempt an explanation!

I do admit to having a deep fondness and possible love affair with my Shu curler but I will go so far as to say that I’m digging the Tarte curler.

For $15 USD I’d say this is definately worth peeking at as the price is nice and right.

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First of all the packaging of course got me. I love that the handles are a beautiful light lilac shade. What can I say I’m a sucker for stuff that’s purple!

The curler fits very comfortable in my hand and I like the forward design of the handles. Press forward and your lashes curl up beautifully! Very easy to operate and none of the drama of stick your fingers into the handle! Just press the first handle forward until it touches the other and Bob’s your Uncle!

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The curler is a nice small size as well for easy storage and travel. It’s quite tiny and compact which I really love! It fits the contour of my eye perfectly and I experienced no pinching which was a relief considering my bad experience with the Sana Curler!

I’m slightly concerned about the size and the generous curve of the curler. Although it fits my eye perfectly well I think this isn’t such a great option for Asian girls (or guys).

My Shu curler has a very generous and straight line (with a slight tilt upward) which I think fits an Asian eye very well and pulls shorter lashes up and out where as the Tarte curler doesn’t have a straight line. It curves upwards and has a smaller size which doesn’t cover a “straighter” eye area if that makes sense.

I really like it. Actually I like it so much I’m going to slap a hearty Muse Approve for purchase on it! However, if you’re of some Asian descent I think checking this out in person at your local Sephora would be a good idea. Take a look at the design and see if you feel it will fit your eye correctly!

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All in all I really liked this curler! Of course I have a hidden motive for doing a review on this curler! You can get a free Tarte Eyelash Curler when you spend $40 USD at Tarte! Wahoooooo! Use Coupon Code: May08 and score yourself a free curler with your purchase!

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Check out the Tarte Summer Collection by clicking here and add some to your cart to grab your free curler!

Happy Shopping!

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Take a walk through my past and read all about the Tarte Wish You Wealth Palette from the Holiday Collection! Click!

All eyes on you! Click here to read my review on Tarte’s EmphasEyes High Definition Pencil!

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SpinLash Review and a Contest!

Here’s an affordable tool you might want to add to your beauty arsenal:

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The SpinLash!

SpinLash is a revolving brush that coats each of your lashes (both lower and upper) with mascara while avoiding clumping! If you have a problem with clumping this be the tool for you!

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I don’t really have much of a problem with clumping but I must admit that this definately does a mighty fine job of grabbing each lash and coating it in mascara plus not only separating my lashes but adding nice volume at the same time.

I was a bit scared of placing a spinning brush anywhere near my eye area however it works basically the same way your regular wand would aside from the fact it rotates. The bristles revolve all the way around in a gentle, slow motion not only coating your lashes with your mascara but also curling them up and out plus separating them and adding volume.

The SpinLash is only $14.95 USD and comes with it’s own mascara however, in my humble opinion, the best part of this product is you’re able to use it with your own mascara! For me that’s a total plus!

The mascara this comes with isn’t too bad and hey it’s free so no rants from me about that however I prefer using the unit with my own mascara. I tried it with it’s own mascara plus my Majorca Majolica mascara. I was astounded with the results I got when using it with the MJ Mascara. MJ adds super volume to my lashes anyway but when used it in conjunction with the SpinLash I was impressed with the glamorous look of my lashes!

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The brush on the SpinLash is soft rubber which makes for easy clean up. I used it and proceeded to dunk it in alcohol and wipe clean after use. The mascara came off fairly easy plus it prepped the brush for my next use.

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The positive experience of having one product to not only curl my lashes but also apply product with the added benefits of separating my lashes and adding extra volume is definately a likey for the Muse! Whether this will completely do away with my beloved lash curler remains to be seen but it’s definately worth checking out for yourself plus you can’t really go wrong for the price!

The SpinLash in Action!

If you’re Asian and you’re plagued with short, stubby lashes this might be the tool for you as the unit does a good job of grabbing the lashes and pulling them up and out!

All in all it’s an interesting tool and worth trying out for yourself!

The SpinLash is available for purchase now at www.SpinLash.com

They have some upcoming products that caught my eye on the website so do visit! One of which was entitled SpinBlush! Whoa…the Muse likes the sound of that!

Want a SpinLash for your own?

Join the Muse’s Contest to Win a SpinLash! I have three Brand New SpinLashes with Mascara to give away to three readers at Musings!

The contest is open Worldwide so all my pretty readers from all over the world can enter to win your very own SpinLash!

All you need to do to enter is identify the girl below and enter in the comment field who she is! Now it’s not as simple as saying who she is in “real life” but more along the lines of what character she recently played!

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All the names of the readers who guess correctly will be placed in a bowl and three will be randomly selected to win a SpinLash!

Hint: Mr. Saxon aka The *blank* once mentioned how her “father” (I use the term father loosely!) supposedly single handedly sealed the rift in The *blank* Cascade!

You didn’t think I was going to make it that easy did you?

Wanna play some more?

Fill in the blanks above and win an extra surprise! My lips are sealed what the surprise is but if you guess correctly I’ll be sure to include it with your SpinLash!

So let’s see…..

That’s one person you need to identify in order to be entered to win a free SpinLash and two blanks you need to fill out in order to win a second surprise!

There is one other catch to winning! Should you win you’ll have to review the SpinLash at Musings! The Muse wants to know what you think of the SpinLash!

Good Luck! May the force be with you!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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These come with my highest Muse Approval stamp!

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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!

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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.

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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!
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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!
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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!

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