Clarins always has a special knack for making me fall in love with each of their releases. They truly take cosmetics to a new height and nothing is quite as gorgeous this season as some of the pieces found in the Clarims Summer Collection.
One such piece is the Clarins Instant Sun Light Shimmer Palette that multitasks it’s way through my Summer by taking care of eyes, cheeks, and if I’m feeling risque my decollete.
Jump ahead for a peek at Clarins Instant Sun Light Shimmer Palette!
Made up of three shimmering shades of the Sun, Clarins Instant Light Shimmer Palette can be used as an eyeshadow, a highlighter, or for a touch of sparkle on your body such as arms and chest!
The palette consists of shades that remind me of the warmth of a Summer sun sinking beneath the waves of an ocean after a long, hot day. Sunny yellow, bold orange, and beautiful pink sparkle happily in this palette. All three shades combined create a beautiful sparkling effect on cheeks or use them together (or separately) on your lids for a pretty Sunset eye look!
I’ve already used the powder on both my face and eyes but I do prefer keeping it as a shadow simply because brushing my blush brush in it kicks up quite a good deal of powder and I feel like I’m wasting product like this. The colors are nicely pigmented and have a shimmery, iridescent finish. They blend beautifully together to create an orange, yellow cocktail with a kiss of pink. I used the yellow on my lid and the orange on my crease in the photo below for a Summery sun eye look. You can get three separate looks from the colors or mix and match them for several other looks. The formula is silky smooth and blends nicely on lids. As for the face it’s just as nice but could prove a tad too shimmery for some so you might want to stick to use it as a shadow. It looks quite nice on freshly tanned arms and chest as I tried it on my sister and it gave just the right amount of sunkissed sparkle to her skin.
Overall, I think the Clarins Instant Sun Light Shimmer Palette is well worth picking up as it’ll multitask it’s way through Summer and well into Fall if you’re feeling like getting your buck’s worth. If you’re not wanting to overindulge in makeup, pick one of these up and you’ll have your cheeks, eyes, and body all done up pretty in one simple compact.
Love this one!
Muse Approved for purchase.
When I originally discussed Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush with you I was in high debate if I wanted to indulge. The “matte” part really threw a Muse off. Am I the only one that finds the idea of a matte blush terribly unappealing? I was just thinking matte eyeshadow such a difficult blending process, imagine blush? How would that work?
Jump ahead to find out if matte works in a blush!
Turns out my fears of a matte blush are unfounded by the fact that Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush is more of a satiny finish with a sheer layer of sparkle. Quite gorgeous to say the least. So far I’ve only picked up one shade in this blush and I couldn’t be happier that I indulged. The formula is silky smooth with a nice satin finish and the barest hint of shimmer. For a baked product you’ll get nice color pay off which is sometimes not always the case with baked shadows or blushes. I was quite impressed with the natural, fresh glow that blush gave me cheeks. I picked this up at Sephora in the shade Exposed which has hints of both peach and pink. It reminds me a bit of a watermelon candy for some reason or another.
I didn’t peek at the Lorac Baked Matte Satin Eye Shadow because I was in a rush but I’m now wanting to go back and have a look, see at those plus pick up the other shades in this blush. The shade is truly unique with a very nice finish. I’m Muse Approving it for purchase! Quite a pretty blush for Summer wear!
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Can I tell you, at one time in my life I didn’t like palettes! Gasp! Horror! I know right? I’d so go for single shadows, tons of glosses, heaps of lipstick but never went for palettes at all. The only palettes I would buy for a very long, long time was Dior Limited Edition ones, this was back when Dior was making some seriously ridiculously girly palettes.
I was of the mentality that palettes were messy and didn’t really give me what I wanted, etc….
As for now?
I’m an addict. I’m absolutely palette mad. It’s not even so much that most palettes get you the best bang for your buck, it’s just more of an “Oh My God! That’s Gorg! Must haves it!” Do you ever feel that way about palettes? Shrugs could be just me.
Moral of this story is that The Body Shop actually has a brand new palette they released with their Summer Collection. I know, who knew? The Body Shop and a palette? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them do a palette quite like this….!
Check it after the jump!
If you like palettes or you’re just wanting alot of everything for a little price tag you can check out The Body Shop Eye, Lip, and Cheek Palette. Basically has everything you need to create a complete face look or several looks for that matter. Travel friendly to say the least if you’re a minimal type that hates traveling with a slew of makeup, here it be, all in one spot. Tote it around with you on holiday or stash it in your desk draw for quickie touch ups. It’s $30 USD and it snags you pretty much everything and the kitchen sink.
- The Body Shop Super Volume Mascara
- The Body Shop Liquid Lip Colors in Pink Sparkle and Golden Coral
- The Body Shops Cheek Color in Golden Pink
- The Body Shop Eyeshadows in Shell, Pink, Spearmint, and Slate
- Plus a mini blusher and shadow brush!
All the items above come housed in a slick, black box with a little ribbon closure that sports The Body Shop emblem. The shades are pretty universal so you can use them just about anytime of the year. The blush is quite an interesting shade and reminds me of NARS Orgasm but a good deal more pigmented so use lightly. The shadows you get are creamy white, black, soft teal, and pink. These are all velvet texture and are a chalky but still manage to apply nicely to the lid, quite smooth and buttery in texture with plenty of pigmentation. The glosses are a nice little extra. They aren’t terribly glossy and they are sheer but they lend a little twinkle and shine to lips plus having them tucked inside makes the palette complete for eyes, lips, and cheeks! The mascara may be mini but it packs a rather large, bushy applicator brush which does a very good job of lengthening lashes and adding nice volume. I was kinda shocked with this as I never tried Body Shop mascara prior to this and the small size had me worried it wouldn’t be so good, but good it was. Both brushes included are super soft although the blusher blush is a tad small to do my face with but I found that it worked a treat for blending my shadow hehe!
You can get any number of looks from the palette and it’s rather ideal for travel considering how strict the airlines are. If you like softer, pastel shades or you’re just a lover of palettes this should appeal.
The Body Shop Eye, Lip, and Cheek Palette is available now at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com or visit your local Body Shop to swatch and have a play! I know mine was offering free make overs using the palette and the Summer Collection if you’re interested!
I did two looks for you using the palette. The first look I used the creamy white as a highbrow highlighter, the pink on my lid, and a bit of the sheer aqua on my lower lash line and finished with Pink Sparkle gloss on my lips. The second photo I used the aqua all over my lid, you know how addicted I am to anything that’s aqua! Both photos I am using The Body Shop mascara.
Anyone see this yet?
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I did so promise you a full review of the bits and bobs I got in my Jelly Pong Pong Deluxe Gift Bags didn’t I? If you missed the post you can see it here.
Today I’ll be showing you Jelly Pong Pong Muffin and Meringue Gloss Set! Too cutes and loving it so far with a hiccup or too here and there.
Read it by clicking ahead…!
Housed in a jumbo pink and white striped box the new Jelly Pong Pong Muffin and Meringue Gloss Set contains two tubes of gloss. Loving the packaging so much on these. From the cute box they come in all the way to the very cute squeeze tube glosses I’m not sure what I adore most about these. The packaging of the glosses do not have an applicator so it’s a matter of dabbing on with your fingers or a lip brush. Squeeze, apply, and you’re good to go.
The set includes Muffin Gloss which is a light pale pink shade and Cherry Meringue which is a glossy berry stain. Both taste very nice although I’m leaning more towards Cherry Meringue as a fav for both taste and color. Muffin Gloss doesn’t really taste very muffin-like but more lemony. I didn’t really like Muffin’s color as it’s a very pale, nude pink. These aren’t very glossy and they feel a tad silicon like when they are on so I’m unsure if I’m in love with the formula or not at this point. I do like the sheer hint of red that Cherry Meringue gives to my lips and the burst of fruity cherry! Nice!
Overall, I think they are too cute and but I may be super bias about the formula since I adore the packaging so much. For a quick swipe and go they make a fine gloss although for a more fancy look you might prefer going with a MAC Lipglass or something a bit more substantial.
Cutes but needs a little work!
I’m wearing Cherry in my FOTD today which you can see here.
Anyone try these?
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Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Ecstasy slipped by this Muse. I was blinded by the cosmetic glory of the Urban Decay Get Baked Eye Shadow Palette that I didn’t realize that Urban Decay had sneakily injected two brand new shadows to their catalog on the fly that are available exclusively at Sephora. But of course this is always something that gets me hyper, I mean seriously have you seen my Urban Decay Eye Shadow Collection? You haven’t? For shame! Check it here.
In honor of my excitement about new shadow shades I’m all about Product Musing Urban Decay Ecstasy today!
Check it after the jump!
First off, Ecstasy is not Flash. Flash is a more true grape purple where as Ecstasy is more violet. But let’s keep it simple, if you love purple you’ll love Ecstasy. Particularly good news is the lack of shimmer, not good news for the Muse mind you but good news for anyone who doesn’t want a load of shimmer in their shadow. The formula is very smooth, shimmer-free, slightly semi-matte in feel but smooth and velvety. It blends incredibly well and gives your eyes a real knock out bunch of purple. It’s been a fair while since Urban Decay has added any shadows to their collection so I was quite excited to see a new shade. Minx is also a new shade which I’ll be musing for you tomorrow!
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Ecstasy is available now exclusively at Sephora
. Check it out! Likey!