The Muse sure is working hard at finding good budget beauty finds. I’m trying guys, I’m really trying. Many of you have e-mailed me asking please can I do more budget beauty finds and I’ve been seriously doing my homework and searching out cheaper options that work well for the price but it’s hard work and about 95% of the time I end up disappointed.
One such case of disappointment recently was my test of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom. This one really sounded like a nice find plus the price sure was sweet but sadly it’s a no go.
Read ahead to find out what I thought!
mark is Avon’s younger sister company that has a wide variety of items available for a younger crowd of makeup junkies. Almost everything I’ve every purchased from mark has been a winner as the quality is great, the price is wonderful, and quality is most definitely there.
Recently, when I noticed the release of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom I decided to give it a go since I’m quite a big fan of mark Glossblossom I automatically assumed that mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom would be a rave. Sadly, it turned out to be a waste of $6.
mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom mimics Smashbox O-Glow offering a tinted gel blush that reacts with your skin’s chemistry to give your face a natural pink flush. On the plus side of the pink flush you’ll also get a hint of golden shimmer, take that Smashbox O-Glow! Pink cheeks and gold shimmer! w00t! Yes, well the gold shimmer effect may be there but the pink cheeks not so much.
The texture of the product feels pretty much like Smashbox O-Glow with that slightly silicon feel but a good deal more gel-like and quite greasy so don’t try applying this over foundation as it’ll smear terribly. I tried out a dab at first with no results so of course I proceeded to apply a good dime size amount on my cheeks to see if that would help, again nothing. Aside from a faint gold shimmer the product fails at offering a pink flush, in short it does absolutely nothing.
The idea is fabulous combining a pink stain with faint golden shimmer but sadly it fails to work at all and does absolutely nothing aside from leaving behind a greasy feeling and a tiny bit of gold sparkle.
At $6 USD it’s not like I broke the bank with the purchase but I can’t help but feel what a waste it was. Truly a budget beauty find gone terribly wrong.
Now the only that gives me hope is my love of a certain Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick from Clarins!
Ahhh Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick truly beautiful to behold! Clarins Spring Collection 2009 includes some seriously beautiful items but nothing, in the Muse’s opinion, outshines the eight shades of brand new Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick.
Wow, simply wow. These are stunning lipsticks and truly gorgeous to say the least. I recently fell in love with the original formula of Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick this past Fall, needless to say that these new versions are outstanding and quite a popular product with the Muse at the moment.
Is it a gloss? Is it a lipstick? Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick hasn’t quite made up it’s mine what it is and that’s just fine by me as I get the benefits of a pigmented lipstick along with the beautiful shine and glossy finish of a lipgloss! Likey!
My review will start with four shades of Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick and later this week or next week I’ll bring you swatches, photos, and FOTD’s of the remaining shades. Yes, the Muse has all the shades and thinks YOU need all the shades too as this is unquestionable my most favorite lipstick at the moment with no end in sight!
Each lipstick has a super glossy, emollient formula that glides on with a hint of a shimmery finish. Pigmentation is fantastic and you’ll get a wonderful pop of Spring (or Summer) color especially considering Clarins went all out with the beautiful shade choices in the collection. The lipstick is long wearing and highly moisturizing so those with dry lip woes will greatly appreciate the beautiful formula. Each lipstick carries a fruit punch like taste which is quite pleasant, I heart flavored lipsticks! These come housed in a silver mirror tube that carries an air of elegance but the color on the inside can’t be mistaken for anything but pure fun!
The colors I’m reviewing and swatching for you today are Fig which is a warm brown shade with touches of peach and hints of silver shimmer, Praline which is a lovely nude beige almost champagne shade, Papaya which is a loud fun orange coral, and Raspberry which is an offbeat pink shade with touches of purple.
Overall, if you’re on a tight budget this season I urge you to pick up at least one of these fabulous lipsticks as they truly are a fabulous find! They come with my highest seal of Muse Approval for purchase.
Who would love ‘em?
Anyone that loves a dual product that acts as both a gloss and a lipstick!
Those with dry lips that like a glossy, emollient, moisturizing lip product.
Women who enjoy a bit of shimmer and shine in their lipsticks!
Anyone who adores bright, fun colors in their lipsticks!
Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick promises a beautiful glossy finish but brings so much more to the table with it’s pigmented formula and gorgeous shade selection. These are a fond favorite for Spring and well into the Summer!
I was wandering around CVS a few days ago. I blame my aimless wandering on some sort of alien force that swayed me to enter the doors of a US drugstore because I’d honestly never set foot in a drugstore otherwise…wasn’t me…I was possessed….had to be that.
I was wandering aimlessly and I came across the Essence of Beauty Blender Brush and promptly purchased it!
This isn’t my first run in with Essence of Beauty makeup brushes and I sure do wish I’d just take the plunge already and purchase a few as they are damn good brushes for the price!
The Essence of Beauty Blender Brush is a pocket size wonder that works fantastic at buffing in mineral powder, adding a dash of blush to cheeks, or works fab at sweeping a thin layer of powder under the eyes for a quick touch up. It blends cheek color seamlessly onto my face and tucks nicely into my purse for quickie touch ups. I’m not partial to mineral foundation but this brush definitely makes application way easier and much nicer, possibly making a mineral foundation lover out of me as it blends flawlessly.
The bristles are super soft, the handle is nice and chubby so it fits nice and steady in my hand, and did I mention it’s only $7.99 USD? Where can you get such a nice brush at that price?
Honestly, if you’re looking for some seriously great brushes at a budget friendly price and not wanting to dish out for costly MAC or counter brushes check out the Essence of Beauty line up at CVS as it’s really a great steal and a deal.
Check out the Stila Shine On Gift of Glaze Set at Sephora cut from $28 USD down to $22 USD sweet!
Jump ahead for swatches and the Muse’s babblings about this fine deal!
The Muse has LOTS of glosses and a good part of her collection is made up of Stila Lip Glaze! I love the packaging, I love the color selection, and I love the long wearing formula. Fab stuff, Stila Lip Glaze! I normally hate lip brushes with a passion but I’m regular fond of the lip brush applicator on Stila Lip Glaze. Twist up, slick on, and Bob’s your uncle! Beautiful pigmented shine! I absolutely adore I don’t have to stain my lips prior to use as the product is plenty pigmented to work on it’s own. It wears ALL day long as well which is a complete plus for lazy bums like myself who fail to touch up their makeup throughout the day!
Stila Shine On Gift Of Glaze was originally $28 USD for six glosses however it’s since been cut to $22 USD which is $3.50 USD or so a gloss. Can you seriously go wrong at that price?!
If you’re wanting to add to your growing pile of Stila Lip Glaze you’re going to want this awesome set or if you’ve never tried Stila Lip Glaze before you can afford to indulge in a set of six!
The gift set includes:
Vanilla (Nude Pearl)
Brown Sugar (Shimmering Golden Nude)
Raisin (Shimmering Plum)
Grapefruit (Frosty Pink)
Gumdrop (Bold Pink)
The shades range from cool to warm to suit any of your looks!
The Muse thinks it’s a rather awesome collection of glosses for a wee price tag. Pick it up at Sephora before it’s gone!
If you weren’t particularly a big lover of MAC Dazzleglass you might be relieved and happy to see MAC’s latest release entitled MAC Cremesheen Glass.
The Muse wonders if Dazzleglass nay sayers even exist….naaa, can’t be!
Jump ahead for a sneak peek at MAC Cremesheen releasing from MAC February 5th, 2009.
As I was saying if by some strange, weird chance you weren’t loving all the sparkle and shimmer of MAC Dazzleglass, you’ll be pleased with the release of MAC Cremesheen part of the MAC Cremeteam Collection which includes eight brand new shades of gloss in a brand new formula.
If a creamy, dreamier formula of lipglass is what you crave minus any sparkle and shimmer look no further as MAC Cremesheen has you covered. The two colors I tried are of medium pigmentation and quite a lovely creamy texture that glides onto lips leaving behind a glossy pout with a hint of gorgeous color. The texture is considerably less sticky compared to a regular MAC Lipglass but still manages to have a thick, creamy consistency that’s ideal for keeping lips moist and shiny!
I tried out Looks like Sin which is a nice solid maroon red and Petite Indulgence (my fav of the two!) which is a popping bubblegum pink.
Although I prefer my glosses with a hint of shimmer or sparkle I can’t deny that MAC Cremesheen’s are quite a nice little indulgence. I’m looking forward to the release to see what other colors tempt me!