It’s March and by the 20th the first day of Spring will be upon us but for the most part it’s still dreary as heck outside my window, cold, and I’m still quite firmly in hibernation mode without a schedule for coming out of it anytime soon.
But forget all that….
We can have a tiny bit of Spring right now with the Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Collection!
The Muse deems it that we need a little Spring right this very minute because all this cold weather is just terribly depressing! Break out the Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Collection friends and brace yourself for pretty pastels, sparkling illuminating powder, and beautiful shades of flattering pink that scream Spring, Spring, Spring!
The Muse fell in love with Estee Lauder’s over sized illuminating powders this past Holiday Season when she got her hands on the Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder. I guess after that there was no looking back. These jumbo sized compacts are awfully addicting and I can’t help but want every single one that comes out particularly when they are as pretty as the Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder. With swirls of shimmering gold, lilac, pink, and creamy white this luminous powder is sure to please the masses plus it doesn’t hurt that the design on the powder is stunning. Featuring a beautiful floral motif with a firefly fluttering happily away it’s brings the pretty as well as the practical. The powder gives cheeks, eyes, chest, and face a tiny glint of a soft glow. Swirl your brush all over it to pick up just the right amount to accentuate your cheeks and forehead with a pretty yet subtle luminous glow. The powder is multitasking as you can use it just about anywhere including your eye lids as a shadow! Can you tell how in lust I am with this palette? I think the palette is particularly flattering on cooler skin tones as it has that certain “pink” glow that’s very pretty on a cooler tone!
Following up this collection is the new limited edition Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Signature Eyeshadow Quad which features four pastel shades of silky, shimmering shadow for eyes. The colors are all very light shades and again I think they’d be best suited to cooler tones. Inside the palette houses a soft baby pink, mint green, a baby blue, and true white. I’m partial to the palette because I really adore pastel shades. I think that the mint green and blue work best together as they contrast nicely with a bit of the white as a highlighter for the highbrow area. The baby pink and the white go well together however you do have to be careful with the two as blended out they appear to become the same shade. You can mix and match virtually any of the shades in any which way you want. The compact comes with a dual sponge applicator and another dual applicator which has a sponge on one end and a brush on the other. The shadows have good pigmentation and have a silky soft finish which causes a tiny but of drama for blending but nothing too crazy so long as you’re careful.
The overall look you can achieve using the entire collection is very soft, subtle, and Spring-like. It’s a very feminine collection that makes one think of fresh picked flowers, buzzing bees, green grass, and a tea party outside on a breezy Spring day.
If you’re partial to pastels and light shades of color this will surely please. Overall, the collection has some very nice items. The Muse’s personal favorite is most definitely the Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder as it’s one of those gorgeous unique makeup items that I like to make a guest starring appearance in my makeup vault.
In the photos below I’m using the white and pink shadows from the Estee Lauder Vivid Gardens Signature Eyeshadow Quad. The pink is on my lid and I contrasted it with a sheer wash of the white shadow all over my eye. On my face I have a simple pink blush from MAC and topped it with a heavy brush of Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder. To complete my look I slicked on Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gloss in Lotus Blossom!
For this look I used the baby blue as a lid shade and contrasted it with the mint green in the v of my eye blending outwards. A list dusting of the illuminating powder on my cheeks completed my look!
Check out the Estee Lauder Vivid Garden Collection at www.esteelauder.com or your local counter!
All the hoopla and nekkid men that currently surround Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss has the potential to take away from a really great gloss.
Yes, yes I know you crazy girls are just interested in the men and the underwear that go along with the ride but seriously the gloss is the real star of this show.
Naked men on my gloss? Ok, ok you had me at naked. I told you a little something, something about Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss last week and it was mixed emotions about whether we loved the packaging or we just thought it was strange and slightly perverse. The Muse embraces all that perverse and deems the Pocket Rocket a must have lip gloss for Spring at the very least you can whip it out and tell your friends, “I’m wearing Kirk (or Jesse or Timothy, or James…) on my lips today!” Whoa, that sounded bad right?
Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss gets the award for great packaging. These uber slim glosses pack a whopping 0.27 oz of gloss for $18 USD. Ya know a MAC Lipglass is only 0.17 oz! Lots of pretty gloss and naked men what more could a girl want? Not only is the packaging slim but it’s also a nice substantiate size gloss that fits comfortably in your hand. And bless be it comes with a brush applicator that doesn’t split! The brush applicator is small enough to fit snug back into the tube and doesn’t cause any splits or breaks in the brush because of it’s small, neat design. I’m in heaven. I heart brush applicators the better for gooping on tons and tons of gloss.
The fun doesn’t stop there!
Don’t forget about our guys now! The top of each gloss has a guy who appears completely clothed when tilted one way but tilt it the other way to experience a wicked underwear clad male prancing around your gloss top. Oh my! Flip it over and get the back view too. Hey, some of us are errr dare I say…ass girls? Rub your gloss tube and experience a burst of pheromone so you’re irresistible to your mate or your latest boy toy. My best friend Jai swears the waiter at our table was giving him the eye after he rubbed the back of the gloss but that’s not much to go on considering he thinks every man gives him the eye.
I’m pretty properly chuffed with the formula on these guys. It has nice long wear with just the right amount of tack and stickiness that’s it’s not uncomfortable on the lips. The formula is comparable to a watered down version of MAC Lipglass which is fab as it lacks the tacky feeling of a lipglass and feels way more natural on the lips. Colors have been described as sheer from a few of my kind readers but I thought they had a nice bit of pigment to make lips look full and pretty. I was quite pleased with the overall pigmentation of the product, it’s not wow aspiring but it’s enough color to go without a lippie or a lip stain underneath. The flavor…hmmm that’s in debate at the moment as it’s growing on me. It’s creme brulee flavor but at first I wasn’t loving it but it slowly grew on me. I think it’s way tastier than a lipglass that’s for sure. The gloss has hyaluronic spheres meant to plump and fill lines and wrinkles. The gloss isn’t terribly plumping to me but it does manage to give the illusion of fuller lips when layered on thickly. All the guys are vegan friendly too!
There are eight men to choose from so you’ll never be left without choices! The Muse choose six of the eight men…she wasn’t feeling men like Julio who had a kid…just couldn’t dig the guy with a baby…too much emotional baggage for me to handle at the moment hehe! She went with Timothy, David, James, Eric, Jesse, and Kirk.
Timothy happens to be the all American. He’s the guy you bring home to your parents and have them go “Awwww when’s the wedding?” His color suits his personality as he sports an innocent watermelon pink that’s has a pearl like finish. Your mum will be happy to have Timothy in the family.
Ahh David! The office man! David’s a pretty matte mauve shade without sparkle or glimmer he’s obviously perfect suitable for office wear.
James the emo kid. We all love a bit of emo don’t we? James color doesn’t suit his sulky mood as he’s a popping shade of bright neon pink with an iridescent finish! You’d think he’d be more black and moody wouldn’t you?
Eric has a bit of the European flair we’d like to see in an American male (I’ve never met one but I’m sure they are out there somewhere! This is why the Muse lets her taste run to British men.). His shade is a flaming red minus any sparkle or shimmer to kill the mood, he’s perfect for an evening out, as sophisticated a red as Eric’s personality I’m sure.
Ahhh Jesse! Totally the guy the Muse would go for 10 years ago. Jesse is the rocker and his color suits him to a T! Jesse is a deep purple with hints of maroon and red and a shimmering finish. Jesse is truly a bad, bad boy! Go on you know you want to be Jesse’s girl!
Now Kirk isn’t my normal type guy as he’s a bit of a hippie but his shade sure does please. He quite reminds me of a subdued Midnight Cowboy without the shimmer and sparkle. Simple beige makes for a natural look and perfectly fitting with Kirk’s “green friendly” personality.
Overall, I was freaked out about naked men on my gloss but now that I’m getting into the spirit of things I’m kinda loving these guys! The novelty of the packaging can be deemed cute at the very least, color selection is awesome, the quality of the gloss is pretty great, and the price tag isn’t too bad either. Mmm yeah I like ‘em and I think I’ll go ahead and Muse Approve ‘em for purchase! You have to try out at least one, go on now which is your guy?
I can’t help but associate Spring with the color green. Green symbolizes rebirth somehow and the beginning of a warmer season when the new flowers begin to bloom, the grass begins to peek it’s head up from the cold melting blanket of snow, and nature begins to come alive with the warmer weather.
You should probably be prepared as Spring is right around the corner and what better way to brace yourself for the up coming season than with five great green eye shadows that are sure to help you kick off Spring!
For the budget friendly makeup girl try out Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Leaf Green which is a sparkling light green that looks gorgeous on it’s own or paired up with a softer lilac or a darker green for a beautiful contrast! At around $4 USD this won’t break into your Spring budget. Get it this week at CVS during the Milani Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale!
Want to go a bit darker? Dark green always looks mysterious and alluring on brown eyes, take the Muse’s word for it! For a cheap, inexpensive dark green eye look try out Terra Eye Shadow in Emerald Green which runs around $6.49 to $7.49 USD at Duane Reade Drugstores.
If you want to step up your game and indulge in a sparkling green shadow try out Vincent Longo Wet/Dry Sparkling Eyeshadow in Verite. This dark green shade has plenty of sparkle and looks beautiful used wet or dry!
Urban Decay is known for it’s heavy duty sparkly eye shadows but Acid Rain has a nice silky finish sans glitter and packs plenty of soft Spring green that will light up your eyes!
Take your green abroad and indulge in a minty green shadow like Maquillage Eye Shadow in GR168. This minty green shade offers a different shade of green for Spring that’s unique and pleasing on any color eye!
Bloody hell the cosmetic companies just want to confuse me with all this mineral makeup lately. Mineral foundation this, mineral foundation that….I can see if it’s a powder as the Muse’s small little brain can wrap around that concept but when it’s a cream mineral product I begin to get mighty confused. The Muse associates “minerals” with powder how are they creamy?!
Estee Lauder jumps on board to confuse the Muse further with it’s new Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup! It’s a plot I tell you, an evil plot to confuse me!
Jump ahead to find out about skin loving minerals from Estee Lauder…!
We’ll forgive Estee Lauder for confusing a Muse since the new foundation is rather nice! Kinda reminds this Muse of tinted moisturizer but with plenty of pigment for good flawless coverage.
Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup has an SPF 10, plenty of skin loving minerals, Vitamins C and E, all packed into a creamy pigmented foundation that’s sure to please. The foundation is a creamy, dreamy formula that feels much like a tinted moisturizer. The formula is extra light and feels very natural on the skin. It absorbs easily and leaves behind a nice flawless finish. Coverage is light to medium and could possibly be built up further if you apply a bit more.
Considering the foundation is quite pigmented you can use a tiny bit to do your complete face. It comes housed in a convenient squeeze bottle which should make all the germ-a-holics like myself do the happy dance. My skin is utterly dry at the moment but this supposedly controls and absorbs oil so if you’re skin is oily it may be something to check out however it doesn’t dry matte it’s more of a dewy finish so I did find it interesting that it promises to control oil.
Taking into consideration that the foundation is so light and natural feeling I think it would make ideal coverage for Summer wear. I’m particularly delighted with how well it wears and how fresh my face looks. One tiny rant is the SPF 10 could be jacked up a bit to at least 15 or 20 but I am thankful for any SPF they throw into the mix.
If you’re looking for lighter coverage, something that resembles a BB Cream or a tinted moisturizer in texture and formula, or simply a good for you foundation do check out Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup. And don’t let all that mineral stuff confuse you like the Muse!
Sweetly pink and oh so pretty is The Body Shop RoseFlower Blush! Pink is always the perfect shade for Spring so color yourself pretty this season with this new blush from The Body Shop!
Jump ahead for the deets!
Imagine a delicate blush of pink with a hint of shimmer to give your cheeks a touch of Spring! The Body Shop RoseFlower Blush available in two shade selections flushes cheeks with the perfect pink to make your face blossom for Spring.
The blush comes housed in a clear compact with a pretty little rose design on the case. The design follows through on the actual blush with a pretty blossoming rose embedded into the powder. The rose goes deep so don’t fear using the powder and rubbing away the pretty design, it’ll stick around for a while. I have the lightest shade of blush which is 01 Pink. The formula is silky and sheer and best used on top of already applied blush to boost the color as it’s too light for me to wear on it’s own. After trying out a few pieces in the collection I’m still quite charmed by the fact that everything smells like roses. How sweet!
02 Fusia seems like it would be a better option for my skin and appears more pigmented but I do like 01 Pink as a sort of finishing powder as it beefs up my blush and casts a hint of shimmer on my cheeks which is quite pretty.
I’m really enjoying The Body Shop RoseFlower Collection and think it’s one of the prettiest ones they released in a long while. Definitely wanting to go back and check out the second blush!
How about you?
Tried anything from the collection yet?
Tell the Muse!
Shop the collection by visiting www.thebodyshop-usa.com