Make-up Reviews

Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer Review

Continuing my concealer coverage I’ve been trying out Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer. Now not all of my concealers contain SPF so I was quite delighted when I noticed that Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer had an SPF of 25. I’m sitting and raking my brain (which isn’t working very well the past week or so) trying to recall a single concealer in my arsenal that sports such a high SPF 25 and I can’t think of a single one…..Hmmmm….I love the fact that it conceal and offers SPF for my delicate eye area! Sweet!

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If you’re a fan of Benefit Boi-ing (the Muse’s holiest of holy grail concealers) this is pretty comparable in formula and coverage. Taking into consideration that Bobbi Brown’s line up of concealers is highly moisturizing and emollient you may seek something a bit more drier in texture if you’re skin is oily or you’re just not loving a formula such as Bobbi’s. Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer is quite a good deal drier but still manages to remain creamy while offering medium to full coverage. If you love Benefit Boi-ing but you are finding coverage isn’t enough or disappointed that it’s only available in three shades this would be a good duplicate with more color options and just about the same formula plus pigmented enough to hide all your woes.

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I actually loved this as it creates good flawless coverage under my eyes without creasing, pilling, or fading. It pretty much lasts all day with little to no touch ups in between. Sadly, if I don’t prep properly it does have a nasty habit of drying my eye area out drastically which is the reason I stopped using Boi-ing. I’m unsure if I’d recommend it for older eyes, fine lines, or dry eyes as the formula can age eyes if you haven’t properly prepped. I think it blends quite well but I really do need to moisturize heavily with both an eye cream and a serum prior to use. I’ll continue using the compact I currently have but I probably will debate with myself should I need to repurchase just because my eyes are so terribly dry and can’t take this particular formula. I so love my Benefit Boi-ing and I honestly felt like the Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer was a near perfect dupe for it…mmmm..if we can just have a bit more of a creaminess to the formula that may help solve the problem of my dry under eye woes!

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All in all I’d recommend checking this out if you have normal to oily skin minus any dryness. I think coverage is excellent for hiding small to large problems. It does a great job of refreshing the eye area and making it brighter and more awake.

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Avon Glazewear Diamond Lipstick Review & Swatches

Last week I was excited about the prospect of 24K Gold in my lipstick! This morning I’m excited that I get diamonds in my lipstick too……

Damn, life is good.

I got alot of requests for Beauty Budget finds and I hope so far I’ve given you what you want. Look at your Muse giving you gold and diamonds at a budget price….doesn’t it make you love her more than evers before? Avon Glazewear Diamond Lipstick is $8 USD and delivers a dazzling diamond finish with a moisturizing, pigmented formula.

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As much as I loved the new Avon 24K Gold Lipstick I have to say that the formula of the Avon Glazewear Diamond Lipstick is positively dreamy and creamy when compared with it. The formula is so buttery smooth and just glides on beautifully. The finish is so glossy smooth and gorgeous that gloss is completely optional. The color I tried was Ruby Slippers which is a peachy pink shade that makes my skin absolutely glow. The finish has a hint of silver diamond-like shimmer but nothing overly done, it’s a barely noticable shimmer. For the most part I felt like the finish was that of a gloss rather than a lipstick. I can’t say enough good things about the wonderful formula. Color payoff is equally excellant and the product is nicely pigmented.

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If you’re looking for a nice inexpensive lipstick with a glossy finish, a touch of shimmer, and great color pay off I highly recommend nabbing one of Avon Glazewear Diamond Lipsticks for yourself! The Muse Approves ‘em and thinks they are a rather great find.

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Click for color selection!

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Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick Review, Swatches, and FOTD

Remember the Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick I was telling you about? Turns out it’s something rather special! I do so highly suggest checking these out for yourself from Avon as they are truly good and inexpensive to boot!

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Each tube is $4.99 USD and contains a beautiful sparkling shade of highly moisturizing and pigmented lip color. Who can’t love that price? The shades all contain a healthy dose of gold shimmering flecks which ends up intensifying the color of the lipstick and making your lips gleam and shine! Gorgeous!

I tried two shades but I’m heading back for more shortly as truly they are gorgeous. The two colors I tried were Ruby in Gold and Golden Wine. Ruby in Gold is a beautiful deep peach a la my favorite MAC Lipglass Pink Grapefruit (I know, I know you’re tiring of hearing about Pink Grapefruit already!). Now Gold Wine had me terrified when I first seen it! The shade takes vampy up a few notches to say the least. In the tube it’s a deep, dark almost black cherry shade….terrifying….but it applies maroon with tiny flecks of gold! Gorgeous! If you ask which shade I like more I couldn’t possibly say as they are both beautiful.

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For the price and the great quality I’m slapping a Muse Approved sticker on ‘em! I loves ‘em and thinks you will to!

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If you’re looking for that perfect sparkling lippie for the Holiday Season with a nice price tag, look no further Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick has you covered!

Snag yours by clicking here! I still want to try out Golden Raisin, 24K, and Natural Gold for myself! How about you?

Tried these already?

Love ‘em!

Tell the Muse!

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Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation Review & Swatches

I’m somewhat obsessed with Bourjois Paris foundations so when I seen the new Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation aka Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau I knew I must haves it immediately. Lucky for the Muse her kindly friend from across the pond, Lauren, volunteered her time to nab me one!

In the vein of Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is pretty much the same concept with a cheaper price tag! At around $15 USD or so the price can’t be beat for the quality of the product however I do like the Too Faced version a tiny bit more for one main reason which I’ll explain shortly.

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The foundation comes in a large click style pen with a brush on one end and a depressor on the other. Click a few times and foundation will flow freely into the brush allowing you to brush on your foundation and blend into place. I find the brush is useless (same with the Too Faced one!) for blending so I normally just swipe where I need foundation and blend with clean fingers. The brush isn’t the greatest quality in the world and a tad bit scratchy however after it’s wet with the foundation the scratchiness does go away and it feels alot smoother and softer on the skin! Now considering you probably tote powder around with you but not liquid foundation this is a nice little item to have as it’s quite portable without any mess! If you need a bit of touch up during the day whip out and go to town! However, since the brush doesn’t do a fab job of blending you may not feel it’s completely portable friendly!

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The formula is a good deal more watery in consistency when compared to the Too Faced version however this didn’t bother me to much as it blends beautifully well and gives light coverage . I don’t particularly recommend this if you have alot to cover up as coverage is light to medium. I personally don’t use a whole lot of foundation on my face anyway so one click is enough for me to smooth around and create a good working canvas for my other makeup.

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Now the foundation has all but one fault with it. It covers nicely and gives a good fresh look to any dullness that’s residing on my face. I have the lightest color selection which is 31 Beige and this suits me well as it lightens and brightens up my face beautifully. Now these are the strong points of the product however after application of the foundation I get a powder-like dry down which mattifies my face a bit too much. Right now my face is already on overkill dryness and this manages to make my face feel tight. Also it pretty much shouts foundation! As soon as I apply and blend it casts a certain glow to my face that indeed says I’m “made up”. I’m chalking this effect up to the fact that my skin is so dry right now.

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The bad news is I probably can’t use this at the moment however I do look forward to retrying it in the Summer when my skin is oily. Perhaps then I’ll be quite happy with it. I did feel that the Too Faced version was far more richer, moisturizing, and thicker plus my skin seemed to soak all that goodness up and create a flawless and natural look.

Further news on the up side of things……

I also happened to enjoy how very fresh smelling this is! The foundation has a rather nice fresh scent which actually lingers around for a while after application. Quite nice as I kinda like my cosmetics to smell good.

All in all I think it’s not bad at all for the price and will be a great light foundation for Summer-wear however my skin no likey at the moment. I’m not Muse Approving it for purchase since I’m unsure how it’ll work in the warmer weather so maybe expect another look at this when the Summer sets in!

On a side note Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is not yet available in the US and I can’t honestly say when it’ll be available if ever. If you’d like to try it I do recommend visiting MUA or your makeup forum of choice and asking a friendly Brit for a CP.

Anyone tried Bourjois Brush Foundation yet?

Love or hate?

Tell the Muse!

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Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set Review

Stuff your stocking with something mini this Holiday Season. Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set contains four of their popular glitter eyeliners tucked into a cute mini gift set ready for gift giving (or just keep it for yourself, you know you want it!)!

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I always find it difficult getting through a full size of glitter eyeliner so this set was the ideal item to add to my stash of cosmetics. The set includes not one shade but four! Sweet! What’s not to love about getting four in one set right? I’m pretty partial to anything that contains glitter and shimmer (as if you didn’t already know) so completing my holiday looks with a bit of glitter liner is pure perfection as far as this Muse is concerned!

The set includes all of the following:
Ohh & Aah (Black & Silver)
Super Freak (Hot Pink)
Mad Mad Love (Baby Pink)
Stalkerazzi (Golden Brown)

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The applicators are thin and dense for precise application of a nice straight line across the lash line leaving behind a trail of shimmering goodness! Each set comes in a pink box which sports a cute little tag in the back with To: and From: fields. The Muse’s reads: To: the Muse From: the Muse, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas gorgeous! Teehee!

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Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set is $25 USD which works out to around $6 or so per a liner! Not a bad deal considering one full size is $17.50 and that price only gets you one liner so for $25 you can have four shades! W00t! The Muse makes the idea of hauling so easy with her swift and clever mathematics doesn’t she?

The moral of this story is that I loves anything that’s mini and Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set is on my favorite list for Holiday Gift giving to you, from you!

Head on over to www.toofaced.com and check out their other mini sets then come back here and tell me which ones you’re lemming! Inquiring minds want to know!

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