Make-up Reviews

Victoria’s Secret Summer Collection 2009: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip & Cheek Pop Review and Swatches

I know, I know you’re probably a bit tired of all my ravings about Victoria’s Secret Pool Party Collection already. I’m sowrry but I can’t help myself I’m really enjoying this collection!

I promise this is my last review! Today I’ll be giving you some brief deets about the brand new Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip and Cheek Pop plus a few swatches thrown in for good measure.


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Ok, first off, prior to my review, I need to tell you to go out and grab these now. If you’re yearning for ‘em don’t wait as they are completely sold out on the website and many Victoria’s Secret stores I’ve passed by have maybe one color at the most. So hurry, hurry! Get ‘em fast!

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip and Cheek Pop are basically packaged in a deodorant style, swivel up tube. Just swirl the dial and the stick slides upwards for application. Swipe across cheeks or lips and you’re done. You’ll get a very subtle pinch of color that’s quite pretty. One of the novel things about these cute little blushes is the fact that they are cooling on your skin. As you apply you’ll feel a burst of coolness on your cheeks which is rather refreshing, too cutes!


The Cheek Pops come in three shades which are Peach Pop (coral, orange combo), Berry Cooler (fuchsia), and Pink Splash (pink). The sticks are pretty budget friendly as they are three for $15 USD. If you prefer your blush a bit darker you may need to swipe two or three times for decent color payoff or just once for a very sheer layer. I was pleasantly surprised at how long the color lasts. I started my day off with it on in the AM and was delighted when my sister said, “Oh it’s still wearing well..!” at around 5 PM that same day. I do think they look way better on cheeks than lips.


The only minor rant I have is the top is a clear plastic top so it kinda looks like I lost the cap on these. They look a bit unfinished if that makes sense. It seems they ran out of cash to get a proper lid on these LOL! Aside from that I generally liked these and thought they were a rather great beauty budget find.

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Definitely head in store to try ‘em out as testers are available. Overall, for the price you can’t go wrong. A rather cute little budget friendly option for natural, fresh Summer makeup! Loves it!

Sportin’ Berry Cooler on lips and cheeks minus foundation with a touch of gloss on top of the stain!

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Hauled It: FaceFront Cosmetics Cheek Up Blush in Saloon ‘n Saddle

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My love affair continues with FaceFront Cheek Up Blush! My recently haul is FaceFront Cheek Up Blush in Saloon ‘n Saddle. Oh my god how I love thee!


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It could prove to loud for those not brave enough to give it a whirl but Saloon ‘n Saddle is such an incredible coral shade (or bright orange if you prefer) for Summer. I’m utterly loving how very unique and outrageous this one is. Obviously I need to use a very light hand with it as it’s deeply pigmented but boy is it ever lovely. It also works a treat as a shadow too for a fiery sunset eye look!


Loves it!

It’s available from from FaceFront but it’s LE so step on it if you want to haul. I’m loving it, def part of my Summer Must Haves!

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Summer Must Have Makeup: Flirt! Cosmetics Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palette Review and Swatches

Let me tell you a story about the best $14 bucks you’ll spend this Summer. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is head to Kohl’s and snag yourself the new Flirt! Cosmetics Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palette.

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Loves ‘em!

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My last run in with Flirt! Cosmetics was when I came across Flirt! Cosmetics RollerBlush. I’m pretty sure at the time I was thinking that what the world needed now was more rollerblush. What? It was a simpler time in life, the economy was considerably better, and the the idea of rollerblush just made the Muse’s happy. I’ve since realized that maybe rollerblush isn’t all that great an idea however I’ll tell you what is a fantastic idea. Flirt! Cosmetics Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palettes!

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I got these in the mail a few weeks ago and I was kinda saving them up until the weather got better. Well…the weather never did get better and we are full swing into Summer now so might as well shout the good word. At first peep they aren’t really anything to write home about and the makeup snob inside me is crying out that they do look somewhat cheap. But I do so admit all those strips of color are tempting and rather pretty to look at. Anything with strips of makeup, particularly gloss, inside always seems like a disastrous mess waiting to happen which could sway me from indulging. Even with a possible hot mess waiting in the wings and the slight cheap factor I decided to give Flirt! Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palette it’s just deserves in the review department and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them.

Available in two shades these palettes consist of five shades of pigmented gloss which act more like a creamy lip treatment than a gloss. You can mix, match, combine, or cocktail any and all of the glosses into a unique shade just for you or use each shade individually. The color combinations you can get from the one palette are truly limitless. I was so, so surprised at how incredibly pigmented these were. The formula isn’t without the flaw of being quite sticky and tacky but honestly how many glosses have you run into that don’t have such a formula (hello beloved MAC Lipglass!). The gloss is pretty much bulletproof and has quite a nice long wear. I’m looking at least 4-5 hours without eating and drinking of course. I think what delighted me most about the palettes was the pigmentation. Each color pops and sizzles on my lips, oh so lurvely.

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The palette is available in two color varitations, Pink Stripes and Peach Stripes. Pink is very nice but my heart is with Peach. Mixing up the various shades of peach gives me a gorgeous shade of coral gloss that’s so beautiful! I find the best way to use the palettes is by slapping a bunch of the shades together. Some colors are lighter where as some are darker so combining them gets a perfect shade. I also noticed that applying a darker shade with a lighter on top gets a more glossy look since the darker shades lean more towards a creamy lip color rather than a simple gloss. Please excuse the crummy swatches! I only swatched the pink palette and it came out really light but truly the palette is way more pigmented than the swatches let on.

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I really adore these and I’m glad I decided to get over myself and give them a whirl. Truly a worth while beauty purchase in my opinion. Do head on into Kohl’s to check ‘em out. I’m Muse Approving these for purchase, a great Summer Makeup Must
Have for this Muse!

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Below are some pics I took using the palettes. The first set I used the pink palette and the second I used the peach. I can’t say which colors I used because it’s a cocktail of almost everything in the palette but as you can see it’s rather a nice effect especially the peach!

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Beauty on a Budget: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet Dry Shadow Review and Swatches

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3 for $15 or 6 for $20, no matter how you splice those numbers it’s pretty cheap for quality shadow dontcha think? Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet Dry Eyeshadow are that cheap and that good.

Victoria’s Secret has recently extended it’s Beauty Rush line to include brand new baked eyes shadows that can be used wet or dry.

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Ooooo baby I likey you! These are so cool. I ran across these when I was busy shoppin’ the Victoria’s Secret Pool Party Collection and fell instantly in love with ‘em.

What are they?

Cute little baked eye shadows with a metallic, shimmery finish and a cheap price tag!

How do they perform?

The formula is silky, smooth and blends beautifully for the price. Some fall out here and there but sometimes we have to take the bad with the good folks. They wear long, are nicely pigmented, and I’m rather in love with ‘em which makes them all the better right?

Who might like ‘em?

Anyone who wants a pigmented, cheap shadow!
Anyone who wants a funky, foiled eye look for the Summer!
Those who adore baked eye shadows!

I’m having a blast doing various looks with these this week. I can’t verify completely about how many shades there are but it appears around 6 to 8 shades. Honestly, for the price I’m pretty impressed. I don’t normally love the Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush makeup line but I have found a gem or two in those little displays by the register and Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet Dry EyeShadow happen to fall into the superstar category. I only got three shades as I was trying to keep my purchases to fun, Summer shades and a few colors fairly shouted Summer lovin’. The colors I got were Gold Rush, Hot Ginger, and Blueray. Gold Rush is a shimmering beige gold, Blueray is a pool blue with hints of aqua, and Hot Ginger is sparkling bronze. You can use the shadows wet or dry. Dry you’ll end up with a high metallic sparkle effect and wet you’ll have more of a foiled eye look. I didn’t create a look for you using all three shades but I did do two looks one of which I’ll post here and later on with my review of Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm you’ll see me sporting Gold Rush.

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Overall, the price tag and quality of the shadows makes them a worthy item of a pick up. These aren’t available on the Victoria’s Secret website as of yet so you can’t see swatches but head in store for a peep. These are tossed in with the other Beauty Rush items so you can’t miss ‘em. I noticed that some stores have only three or four shades where as other stores had close to 8 shades so shop around for a bigger selection.

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I’m Muse Approving these for purchase! Well worth picking up. Loves ‘em!

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Easy Mineral Application With a Flock Sponge: Flock Sponge Review

So you already know how much I hate mineral foundation right? Not really a fan here, ‘ello! In it’s defense I have had success with one or two mineral foundations however not enough success to make me toss out my cream foundation anytime soon.

As of late I’ve been hearing the ravings about how a Flock Sponge can make mineral foundation application an absolute dream. Obviously I needed a Flock Sponge for my very self since I’m absolutely stupid when it comes to tapping and buffing and and swirling and all that stuff. Kinda reminds me of stop, drop, and roll. Seriously, one day, in a few years, you’ll drop your kids at school and they’ll be a fireman there to give a demonstration on how to swirl, tap, and buff.

So about that Flock Sponge and how it’s going to change my life….


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I wonder to myself if maybe my problem with mineral makeup was all that tapping, and swirling, and buffing. Maybe I haven’t quite gotten the hang of all those tasks to get a simple foundation on my face. Word on the street is that a flocked sponge is the easiest way to get a good finish from mineral powder on your face and also makes it last longer. Hmmm! Ok, what’s this all about than?

A flock sponge gives medium coverage and creates a flawless, pore-less look when applying mineral foundation with it. It can also be washed and used over and over again.


I’m pretty much pore-less. That’s how my skin is. Pores are the least of my worries so achieving a flawless finish with a fancy named sponge wasn’t all that appealing however they did have me at flawless, even coverage plus the simplicity of not having to buff and tap and swirl anything about sounded quite good to me.

The sponge isn’t your typical run of the mill sponge. It has a velvety, felt-like finish and indeed it does what it promises. It smooths mineral foundation onto skin in a very light almost caressing way. Coverage can be light, medium, or heavier depending on how much you use. It does offer a more even coverage and takes out the drama of having to buff foundation on. Simplicity is always a great option as far as the Muse is concerned. Taking away multiply steps to apply my foundation is a welcome relief. Now you may worry that applying with a sponge will give you a cakey, heavy feeling but the flock sponge somehow manages to pick up just the right amount of product, smooth it on, and create good, flawless coverage without creating a mask of makeup. I’m particularly enamored with the sponge because it somehow makes mineral foundation feel less like a mask on my skin, I feel less made up when using the sponge and it feels like my skin is breathing.


If you’re looking for a simple, easier way to apply your mineral foundation or maybe you’re just not quite a lover of mineral foundation, I highly suggest trying out a flock sponge for application, definitely a very interesting concept that I’ve had success with.

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