There happens to be a thin line between love and hate. The Muse happens to love and hate Benefit Cosmetics! Some products she simply cannot live without while others make her so mad she sees red. And so the relationship goes when you’re loving and hating someone or something in this case.
Benefit has been on a great winning streak with the Muse lately, take into consideration they are releasing Benefit Coralista shortly…whoa…has to be a win this Muse thinks…also remember how wonderful Benefit Posietint was! Another score! Obviously it’s been a rather great release of products lately but sometimes Benefit has a dud or two here and there!
However, today I’m not on the topic of hate but more along the lines of passionate, undying love for Benefit Lemon Aid. My tale starts with a request from a reader asking me to review a few of my very favorite Benefit items and in this case Lemon Aid happens to fall into the favorite pile!
My story is actually quite short as Benefit Lemon Aid doesn’t have a whole lot of hoopla attached to it. It simply is and does what it says without anything in between! The simplicity of Benefit Lemon Aid is the reason the product remains a favorite of mine for at least 10 years now (could be more!).
Benefit Lemon Aid is a yellow based cream base for eyelids. So who honestly needs a cream base for eyes? Generally speaking when we choose to conceal our woes we are most worried about what lays under our eyes but not above! Lemon Aid happens to turn the situation around and offers concealer and coverage for our lids instead of under our eyes!
Do we really need to conceal our eyelids? The Muse likes to think so. After concealing under my eyes I notice that my lids are sometimes a tiny bit red, dull, or just not very awake due to dull skin around the lids. I could probably easily just use concealer on top of my lids as well but honestly I’ve tried and it simply doesn’t work.
So here in lays my solution!
Whip out my pot of Benefit Lemon Aid and go to work concealing my lids. A little dab here, a little dab there and my eyes begin to transform and I’m looking fresher, more awake, and ready for my day!
Lemon Aid is yellow based and flattering on all skin types, it’s formula is creamy yet dense enough to create a nice base for the next step in your makeup routine (think MAC paint pot texture!), and most important Lemon Aid manages to transform woe skin to wow skin with a pat here and there!
Do you need it?
Hells yes. It’s Muse Approved so that along means you need it!
Honestly, I simply can’t live without this stuff. It’s been said you can easily use it to conceal dark circles as well but the Muse highly suggests going by the book in this case and sticking to applying on the lid. This isn’t for concealing under the eye but over it!
Wakes up tired eyes? Check!
Creamy, Moisturizing Formula? Check!
Works as a great base for shadow? Check!
I think Benefit Lemon Aid pretty much has it all covered! It’s part of my daily routine for years now and I highly recommend checking it out!
Fair warning: I’ve heard many people rant about Benefit Lemon Aid and I’m quite shocked as I think it’s the awesome! Personally I think it’s a product that you need to test for yourself to see if you’re standing on the love line or the hate one!
Tell the Muse!
Benefit Posietint Review
Benefit “That Gal” Review
I’m still on my special Target kick so today I’ll be reviewing Pixi Lip Blush! More Lip Stain! W00t! Excited? I am!
Long Wearing? Check.
Find it cheap elsewhere? Definitely!
Pixi Lip Blush is sadly not the innovative product of the year as it’s been done over and over and over again by many a fine company! And actually, thinking back, it actually failed with every company that every put out a product like it.
What is it?
It’s a magic marker….you know like the ones you used in grade school to color on walls, kitchen counters, and other places your mum would give birth to a cow over! Remember those days!? Fun!
Basically it’s a marker that you can use to add a beautiful pop of color to lips! The formula is extra pigmented and super long wearing which makes it not for everyone simply because it does lend a certain kool-aid smile to the lips! This could be considered sexy by some and just plain weird by others! The Muse prefers her lippie products bold and vibrant so she actually likes the loudness of the color! A little Pixi Lip Blush, a bit of clear gloss and you’ll be good for hours on end…even after your gloss long wears off you’ll be sporting a killer lip look!
The product lasts literally for ever…on your lips and the actual product…as in it’ll keep going and going and going..for years if you so please! It doesn’t dry up and it doesn’t wear down like your favorite lipstick…it has a tendency to last for quite a while! How do I know? I’ve tried similar products from mark, Urban Decay, Bourjois and Sephora and they have all lasted me well over a year!
It’s $18 USD and as we already know and established I’m not loving an $18 USD price tag at Target…mmmmmmm…dunno why…not sure the mentality behind it…but dishing out $18 bucks at Target makes me cry for my mommy!
Urban Decay started this craze a few years ago and it didn’t last and soon after mark and Sephora did their version and again it didn’t last so honestly I don’t see this lasting either. Reason? I don’t think many people actually like the idea of such a bold, unnatural shade on the lips! If your makeup lends itself to the gothic lolita (FRUiTS may appreciate it as well) side you can definitely dig this but honestly if you’re not up for “doll-like” cosmetics I’m doubtful you’ll want to give this a try! Which is why I personally think every company has failed with these.
Now…if Pixi and the other companies I mentioned did softer shades with less pigmentation they’d have a total winner on their hands but taking into consideration that the shades are highly pigmented and loud…def a loser!
All in all I loved Pixi Lip Blush! It applies awesome, has amazingly long wear on the lips, and it suits me wonderfully well…no likey the price though! I tried the shade Love with is a rather loud off orange shade! Suits me wonderfully well with a bit of peach blush, I’m rocking it! I’ve heard some people complain sometimes about how lip markers dry their lips out but I’ve never experienced this problem.
I’d prob buy it again if I seen it on sale but wouldn’t bother if it kept the $18 USD price tag! Yup, loves stains like this but it’s about the principal of walking into Target and paying less while getting more not vice versa!
So cheers on an awesome product but boo on a big price tag!
If you’re wanting some at a cheaper price you can scour the bowels of evil-bay (where all dead makeup goes to rest in peace!) and get yourself some of the mark, Sephora, and Urban Decay markers at really great prices.
How about you?
Have you tried the Pixi line at Target?
Love Lip Markers?
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Oh my god, dude! Seriously, the Muse totally wanted to make up an excuse, any excuse to post this video and now I have the perfect excuse! Jaqua Lip Whip! Whip it, Whip it good! Dontcha totally want a hat like that and a whip? And maybe the goggles too…Ok, maybe that’s only me….
Ok…sorry but I can’t help myself sometimes!
Want the perfect popping pout for the Holiday? Grab yourself some Jaqua Lip Whip in Raspberry Buttercream Frosting! Promise you’ll loves it as much as I do! It carries the intense flavor of raspberries and cream plus it’s amazingly pigmented for a sizzling red pout!
Yea, yea not the most flattering look here with my eyes half closed but concentrate on the lips…the lips are yums! It’s that perfect ratio of red and pink with just the right amount of gloss plus the favor tops it into pure perfection!
I was pretty keen on how pigmented the formula was on this one! I must say I do so fancy a gloss that’s as pigmented as this! Sweet! It’s not particularly glossy but it’s emollient enough to give a nice shine to lips!
You can nab your Jaqua Beauty Lip Whip by visiting Jaqua Beauty! It’s on my Holiday must have list!
Other glosses that have been known to make the Muse want to “whip it!”
Smashbox Rapture Lip Gloss Set Review & Swatches
Love Clover PopChu Gloss Review & Swatches
IsaDora Diamond Ring with Gloss Review
NARS Lip Gloss in Revolt Review
Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Collection really caught the Muse’s eye this season with the introduction of the beautiful Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick. Also released with this collection are brand new, limited edition Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balms.
Of course the Muse is all about glitter so she must have some glittery lip balms for her lips! Sadly, after trying out these balms I’m somewhat on the fence if I actually like them! I tried the shade Copper Diamond which is a rich brown shade with gold shimmer. I did expect a gritty formula as per the name “glitter lip balm” but thankfully the formula is quite smooth and applies easily. Actually the formula is my main problem with the product, considering it’s a balm it applies as such so it has that slightly waxy feel to it and feels a bit heavy on the lips! In defense of the product you have to take into consideration the fact that it is a balm so it does have the texture of one. I guess I was feeling like it might be a bit more emollient and moisturizing on but that’s not the case. Some tugging and pulling is involved to get it to glide on smoothing but the good news is it is pigmented so one layer of product is plenty! I also wasn’t particularly thrilled with the color as it’s a chocolate brown that wasn’t too flattering on me and the other two shades released don’t look too much better to me so I honestly have no interest in purchasing another shade considering the formula is fab and the shades aren’t either.
All in all if you like the general texture of regular balms you might find this is a product you’ll absolutely love but the Muse wasn’t particularly excited about it after trying it on for size. I’ve had some great experiences with Bobbi Brown lately but the Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balm gets a thumbs down for me this time around!
Have you tried these?
Not so much?
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Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick Review, Swatches, & FOTD
Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Cream Compact Foundation Review
Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection Review & FOTD
Determining whether you want to actually indulge in some of Target’s new “high end” makeup collections like Pixi is a debate I’m sure you’ve all had with yourself a few times since these collections have been released.
Honestly, as soon as I heard about them I immediately headed in store and purchased a few items because I was generally curious however I’m still somewhat on the fence about splurging on cosmetics at my local Target.
For example the Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel I’m about to review for you is a whooping $20 USD and although it’s not a bad product I’m unsure of the price tag. I took the liberty of looking through my stash and came to the conclusion that a majority of the stains I own run from $16-$28 USD so really I shouldn’t wince too much at $20 USD but for some reason or another the price just makes me shake my head. Could it be because I expect much less from Target?
Disregarding the price for the moment I will say that I’m a sucker for stains so I did pick up Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel almost right away upon seeing it. The color I selected was 03 Rosy which is a cocktail of peachy pink. The color actually swatches much deeper than it is as once it’s applied it leaves behind a very sheer blush of color on cheeks which is quite flattering and in living up to it’s namesake of “sheer cheek gel”. The texture of the product is a gel so it blends quite easily although I’d like a bit more pigmentation since I did have to get a few squirts onto my finger tips to build up color for my finished look you’ll see below. It does have a slightly odd smell which isn’t really unpleasant but perhaps a tad bit annoying. It’s a bit of a plastic scent combined with some alcohol which I basically translate as “cheap makeup smell”.
Honestly I love how the product looks on but I don’t like is the price nor am I loving how much I have to use in order to get the finished results.
All in all I enjoyed Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel and I’m sure I’ll reach for it daily from now on however I’m unsure if I’ll consider repurchasing at this price as I can get much better stains for less with better pigmentation.
Want to try it?
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