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Jouer Cosmetics Summer Collection 2009 Review, Swatches, and Summer FOTD

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Contrary to all of today’s Musings about Fall and Holiday 2009, it is in fact still very Summer outside. To celebrate those long, hot days of Summer still ahead I gathered up a slew of Jouer Cosmetics to do a Summery look this morning.

Jump ahead for a peep, some swatches, and some babblings about Jouer.

The Muse remembers her first Jouer palette….it was a Holiday release…something bunny it was called. It had a cheek and lip stain and I was quite delighted and rolling around in fits of excitement how cute it was. Since that time Jouer has grown up, revamped, and come out with new, fun products. Although they have taken a new approach, the same fun design remains. Jouer Cosmetics, if you’re not privy to the brand, is a series of face, eye, and lip products that all “snap” together quite like a puzzle to make a customized beauty palette. Each piece features notched edges for sliding pieces together to create a little palette of sorts. Even a standard lipgloss has a deep set grove for snapping on shadows or a blusher for on the go touch ups. Pieces are also stackable for easy storage and portability. If you fancy a little organization with your makeup, Jouer has you covered.

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The Jouer Cosmetics Summer Collection is simplicity at it’s best. Jouer is not making a huge splash but keeping to a minimal, sunny look that’s fresh and pretty. Thinking about it now it’s the ideal collection for toting away for a quick holiday getaway when you aren’t wanting to drag around a slew of makeup. The collection features all the key ingredients for glowing skin, sexy lips, and sparkling eyes!

For my look below I used the following products:
Jouer Cosmetics Lip and Cheek Tint in Poppy
Jouer Cosmetics Suntan Matte Bronzer
Jouer Cosmetics Mimosa Lipgloss
Jouer Cosmetics Tiare Highlighter

The look is fairly simple to create and gives a warmth to your face leaving it fresh and sunny.

Start out by using the highlighter on your eyes. You can use this just about anywhere where you want a bit of golden sparkle. I opted to use it all over my lid to add a hint of gold to my eyes. I followed up with the the lip and cheek tint in poppy on my cheeks for a flush of sheer coral. The tint can be used on lips as well as it’s moisturizing and pigmented. To add a deeper color to the tint I swept on the matte bronzer on suntan by applying to places the sun would naturally hit my face. The finished results of using the tint and bronzer together creates a sunny glow to my face. Finally I completed the look by topping with lipgloss in mimosa which shimmering golden pink that pairs beautifully with warm skin.

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Overall, if you’re looking for a simple, sunny look for Summer do check out the Jouer Collection! I was quite impressed with the look especially since this morning I was rushing around and just wanted something minimal yet flattering. As you can see it’s quite a pretty look and just right for the warm weather!

You can see more and “try” on color for your skin tone at www.jouercosmetics.com

If you haven’t tried Jouer prioer to this it’ll be a great little discovery and if it’s been a while since you checked them out you’ll be in for a delightful surprise with the many changes to the line!

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Smashbox Reign Collection Review and Swatches

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“The Smashbox Reign Collection is inspired by the ruling era of the English Tudors—an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence. The products featured in this collection are luxe, sexy, and indulgently sensorial, giving a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of royalty…”

Actually I think Smashbox was thinking “Oh my gawd that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the hawtness let’s base a collection around all that eye candy!” Or at least that’s how interpenetrated it. The Muse has a one track mind when it comes to loving me some JRM.


Jump ahead for the review on the smashing Smashbox Reign Collection!

Oh baby I’m a need the two palettes that were released with this collection so stay tuned for the review on those but for now I’m going to show you three pieces from the collection that created this rather awesome, elegant, super easy look for me yesterday.

Check it.

I got my hands on the Smashbox Reign Jet Set Palette which is hello all kinds of gorgeous. Really they put alot of effort into this collection so props and applause to Smashbox. The palette is a slick faux leather affair with a flip top, full size mirror, two wells with liner duos, a mini liner brush, and a “tudor” Smashbox themed coat of arms design. The palette is quite elegant, don’t expect cheap here, it’s a very nice piece of palette and alot of love and consideration was put into the design, likey! This particular palette houses two wells with snap closures. Inside each well a duo of Smashbox Jet Set Gel Eye Liners await you. You’ll get a deep, dark rich chocolate brown and light brown on one side and a golden metallic bronze and light metallic bronze brown on the other. I’m not the biggest fan of Jet Set liner as a prefer Smashbox regular cake liner from yesteryear but one thing I do love about Jet Set is the ability to use it as a shadow. The colors aren’t deeply pigmented so they blend wonderfully on the eye for a sheer wash of color or build it up for deeper color payoff. I got creative with this palette to create my look as I didn’t want to go all boring on you and just line my eyes using it. To create my look below I used the liners on the right side of the palette, the bronze brown and golden bronze. I placed a bit of the brown on my lid and blended out and proceeded to layer the golden bronze on top. Presto done. I lined my lower waterline with tons of the deeper chocolate brown on the opposite of the palette to set off my brown eyes. It’s a very simple, understated yet incredibly elegant look. Granted I’m doubtful that Smashbox had any intention of creating such a look with the collection but I was feeling all creative. It’s worthy of a pick up in my opinion as it’s travel friendly (hello four liners in one chic case! I likey you to come with me on holiday!) plus the shades all work as a shadow as well.


Now my new best friend is the Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color Pencil. This really beefed up my look with a bold splash of rich red on my lips. Brace yourselves for a moisturizing lip experience as Smashbox has perfected this one. The pencil is dual sided with a liner on one end and a lip color on the other. I braced myself for a rather blah experience as normally pencils aren’t all that fantastic. However, I was simply shocked at how juicy, moisturizing, glossy, and pigmented the lipcolor side was! Whoa! I didn’t use the liner but I did use the lipcolor all over my lips for my look below and as you can see it contrasts amazingly well with my more subdued eye look.


Finally I tried the one gloss that was released with the collection. Again very elegant packaging as this has a tiny charm attached to the gloss with the Smashbox coat of arms emblem. Slightly disappointed with this as the color quite reminds me of the shade released with Smashbox Muse. I personally prefer the bolder look they decided on with the duo lip pencil as this more subtle nude peach is a tad boring however I imagine it’ll go very well with the bolder eye palettes that I hope to review for you soon!


Overall, the Smashbox Reign Collection definitely has royalty stamped all over it. It’s a tad on the expensive side for Smashbox but I must say I’m quite impressed with the packaging, the overall look, and the beautiful shade selections. If you’re looking for a rich makeup look this season do settle on Smashbox Reign. Loving all over it at the moment and Muse Approving it for purchase.

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The Muse’s Smashbox Reign Look


So far it’s a love!

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Sneak Peeks: Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection Review and Swatches

Oh. my. god. The Muse is so about the Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection! I told you a bit about the collection yesterday and popped a sneak peek of my FOTD today on Twitter.


For Fall the bold, green eye look is too entirely flattering for brown eyes in my humblest. Putting aside the preppy factor and just rejoicing over such a true, gorgeous shade of forest green is enough to make me dance around in circles of joy.

Check it after the jump!

So far I’ve only gotten my hands on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Golden Leaf but I want to haul the other emerald green shade that is being released. The texture of the shadow is super smooth, blends beautifully, and is deeply pigmented, delish! Although it’s a shimmer wash shadow it still manages to have a velvet-like finish with a subtle hint of golden sparkle. Too pretty.


To accompany the greens in the collection a new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink was created. The color has a dominate brown note but also has the deeper aspects of a golden olive green. The shade is perfectly suited to the two shadows released and could possibly work as both a liner and a base.


I also told you about the new Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils. I got one in brown plum. Quite a nice, moisturizing pencil that glides on smoothly without skipping and smudges like a dream. For my look today I didn’t use the pencil but I have a future FOTD planned with it.


Honestly for me the stars of this show are the Forest Shimmer Ink Gel Liner and the two new shadows, particularly Golden Leaf. Although I favor a warm look in the Fall that’s made up of browns, golds, and occasionally oranges I can’t deny that such a deep, dark green is utterly flattering and fitting for the season.

Well done Bobbi. Another incredible line up.

For my look below I simply used Golden Leaf eye shadow all over my lid and crease followed up with Forest Shimmer Ink liner on my waterline. You can see how dramatic the look is, it obviously speaks for itself that a simple wash of shadow on my lids and a little lining created a bold, beautiful look! Also as promised a close up of my eye using Urban Decay Eye Lash Primer and Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara…I think you can see the results are quite nice when the two are combined.


Anyone hauling?

Excited as I am about all that green?

Tell it!

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Guerlain Summer Collection 2009: Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun Review and Swatches

Let’s step into Summer for a second here. Can I tell you the life of a beauty blogger is so NOT fun. I hate that I can’t enjoy Winter without worrying about Spring or how I can’t just indulge in Summer makeup because I’m busy testing Fall….grrrrrrr!

So today let’s step back into Summer. After all we are in the heart of it right now aren’t we? It’s almost August and the sun is super bright today! Humidity is hitting my little city so hard and I’m smiling all the more for it as I’m tired of all the bloody rain New York’s been hit with lately.

Stepping into Summer reminds me I indulged in Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun. Oh Guerlain how you delight the Muse.


Jump back into Summer by taking the jump for a quickie review of Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun!

Guerlain manages to cover both the bronzing and the blush world by creating it’s Blush & Sun powder. Capturing the essence of a bronzer with a touch of sheer blush makes thee perfect go to powder for Summer. It’s a Summer must have in the Muse’s opinion.


The bronzer aspect of the product is ever so sheer so for all the bronzer dummies (like me!) out there or those nay sayers that hate bronzers (I used to be one of those!) this is the ideal solution for getting a kiss of the sun but still having the added benefits of a pinch of blush.

The product comes in three different shades all of which are very nice however the lightest shade, 01 Sun Light, is the best of the three in my opinion and should work well on light to medium skin tones. The shade is a golden peachy beige with a kiss of shimmer. The product works more like a blush than a bronzer which is what makes it so appealing however don’t let that fool you as it does give cheeks a sunny touch of color.

The finished look is probably one of the more natural ones I’ve come across. A sweep of this across your cheeks creates a very sunny, peachy look that not only wears like a blush but also manages to look as if you’re spent an hour at the beach and got a slash of color across your cheek bones. Very, very flattering.


Overall, if you’re scared silly of bronzers and aren’t tempted to try one out for size I’d say that Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun is the perfect product for you. A touch of the sun and a touch of blusher creates a super flattering look in this warm, humid weather!

Delicious!

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Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm Review and Swatches


The Muse is a mighty fan of The Beatles, John in particular. She does so believe that the sun rises and sets around Lennon, truly a gift to this world.

Anyway, Let’s talk Revolution, Revolution Organics that is. Come out, come out wherever you are you green friendly makeup lovers.

Revolution Organics are a new set of products that are made with certified organic ingredients and without harmful synthetics or chemicals. 100% healthy color with the benefits of a skincare the brand new Revolution Organics Glow Beauty Balm is a naturally moisturizing beauty stick for lips and face the leaves behind gorgeous, healthy color. A perfect little treat for the Summer me thinks!


Jump ahead for a review and swatches!

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm are 100% natural and created with 85% certified organic ingredients. If you’re conscious of what goes into your make up you’ll be happy to add these multitasking sticks to your beauty regime.


Each color stick can be used on lips, cheeks, or eyes to add a radiant touch of dewy color. The balms are highly moisturizing, pigmented, and pretty enough for a natural, fresh faced Summer look. The easy to use stick is a snap apply, simply twist, apply, and blend!

If you’re a fuss free makeup user or you prefer lighter makeup in the Summer these are ideal for creating a gentle flush to lips and cheeks (I haven’t tried on my eyes as the colors aren’t really meant for lids) for a quickie flushed look on the fly. The balms are moisturizing and blend easily onto cheeks. They are richly pigmented and leave behind a dewy finish. The results are very natural and pretty. I wouldn’t say these are sweat or warm weather proof as the formula is a tad too moisturizing to wear long on the face but the packaging is nicely portable for quickie touch ups and go!


Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm are available in three shades. Sunkissed (Peach), Blushed (Rose), and Bronzed (Warm Golden Bronze). My favorite of the three was blushed which gives a just pinched pink look to cheeks and a bitten look to lips (I’m wearing the shade in my pictures below).


If you’re looking for blush with organic, natural, good for you ingredients or just a simple blush for Summer wearin’ and tearing that multitasks for both lip and cheek use, these cute blushes fit the bill perfectly!

Available now from QVC, C.O. Bigelow, or visit www.revolutionorganics.com

Sportin’ Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushes on Cheeks and Lips


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