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Mini Bourjois Blush Review and Swatches

They say that good things come in small packages. So the case may be with the brand new Mini Bourjois Blush Pots.

Itty bitty ickle little blushes are sure to make you break out in a smile and go “awwwwwwwwwwwwwww….”

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Mini Bourjois has plenty pleased me in the past but these new blushes take the cake. Simply adorable. Truly a cute little budget friendly option that the Muse hopes and prays will make it’s way to the US shores. As of now these little guys are only available in Europe and Asia but I’m hopeful that they’ll hit Ulta sooner or later as Ulta carries the mini line up!

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Mini Bourjois Blush are housed in a tiny compact about the size of a quarter and about 3 times smaller than a standard Bourjois blush compact. Seriously, you know how tiny the regular blush pots are already so imagine how teeny tiny these cream blushes are! Awww so sweet!

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I love the idea of a tiny cream blush since I don’t particularly love cream blush as it wears off very quickly on me, thus a small size is ideal for someone who doesn’t use it all that often. It’s also rather great for getting a range of colors without 1. breaking the bank and 2. worrying about them going bad as they’ll be long gone before that happens at this size!

The blushes are available in 8 shade selections but I only got three as they are virtually sold out everywhere according to Laura who runs around England locating this crap for me. Thanks Laura, the Muse loves you for answering her pleas of “get me this, get me that!” Truly an angel to deal with my diseased cosmetic hoarding.

I read on a British blog that Superdrug had a sale and these were 1 each which is around what I paid as they had some sort of discount going on that removed 2.53 from my purchase. It was like a buy one get one 50% off so not a bad deal. Each blush is normally 2.93 each but with the sale broke it down to around 2.08 each. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I’m about to get all cheap on you here…the blushes are really small and even at the sale price of 2.08 that’s kinda costly for ‘em and paying full price of 2.93 is even worst! If you really want to wince in pain the price in Japan is 8,40 yen…ummm oh my god inflation. I’m just taking size into consideration here but the price is a tad on the high side but it does remain budget friendly as the quality is good.

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The blushes are supposedly cream to powder but I don’t really feel they dry down to a powder finish. They have a hint of shimmer and pack plenty of pigment for their price tag. The size just thrills me. They are so tiny and ideal for toting around with you for quickie touch ups. I swear Mini Bourjois deserves an award for travel friendly cosmetic options. I can tuck this into my change purse if I wanted as it’s that tiny!

The shades I got were 2, 5, and 8. 8 is by far the best as it’s a really dark rose shade that’s truly lovely for Spring! 2 is a nice bronze shade and 5 is a shimmering light rose pink which is also lovely for Spring.

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Aside from my minor ranting about the price I am Muse Approving them for purchase because they are just too darling not to get at least one!

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If you’re wanting them look to Evil-bay UK as I’ve seen some sellers selling lots of these for decent prices. Also check on forums or MUA and ask a friendly Brit for a purchase.

Oh by the way! No FOTD’s yet but will do some soon!

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer Review

I think I might have turned to the dark side….must be because they have cookies over here…nothing could tempt me over to the dark side other than cookies and possibly cuppycakes.

I’m talking about the bronzer dark side of course.

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The Muse likes her white pasty skin. This means the sun, tanning, and bronzers are a big NO for her. However, she does so admit to dabbling her tiny toes in the bronzer pond lately.

Shocked was she that the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer is actually kinda awesome….

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Whoa a momentous day indeed! Should we write the date down? Muse discovers awesome bronzer March 3rd, 2009. K, got it!

I’m thinking you need to try out the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer for yourself. Head to a counter and have a little swatch and a play. Afterward come back here and tell me whatcha think. Bet you’ll join me on the dark side, don’t expect cookies I don’t bake.

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I like this stuff!

Basically the product comes in a glass foundation style bottle which houses a rather dark, scary gold bronze liquid. Looking at it makes me quiver and shake in fear but I promise it’s actually quite an enlightening experience once you tried it out.

I take a few dabs and rub on my cheeks and whatever I have left on my fingers I apply to my chin and forehead. The effect is a soft, peachy glow with hints of golden sparkle. Nothing too dramatic, nothing too crazy. A little goes a long way considering the product is deeply pigmented so best not get too crazy otherwise you’ll be sporting a BAD tan. Just a tiny dab on each cheek, blend, and presto beautiful looking skin.

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Well, wow who knew it could be so simple to apply liquid bronzer? I followed up my look by putting a touch of blush on top so it looks more natural. The finished result is a flushed tanned look that makes me look like I stood in the sun for a few hours. Actually the effect is better than a regular boring tan as the color is such a nice peachy glow which is something you can’t get from the sun.

Considering you only need a dab for your face you’ll probably take years to use this all up so I highly suggest adding a little bit to your moisturizer and applying to your legs for a nice tint of color or even arms! Might as well get the most bang for your buck outta of it right?

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If you’re wanting to pair it up with some great products the Muse suggests trying it out with a golden eye look! How about the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette (review coming soon…)? Gold is always great with a tan so I recommend applying a touch of the bronzer with some Urban Decay Baked Bronzer on top for a truly sparkling golden tan! Want glowing pink cheeks with your bronzed skin? Trying topping with a touch of Bobbi Brown Rouge Pot or a Stila Convertible Color!

The application is simplicity itself which makes it very appealing for a bronzer newbie like me. A simple swipe and blend on my cheeks is all it takes! The shade should be pretty universal and work with lighter, medium, and darker skin types. If you’re lighter you’ll want to just use a tiny dab and if you’re darker a little bit more will give you just the right glow!

No matter how you use it I’m positive you’ll fall in love with it the way I did. I’m quite shocked at how much I liked it and I’m already planning many uses for it this coming Summer!

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Heavier Application of Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer
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Loves it and I can’t believe I’m about to say this but I’m Muse Approving it for purchase!

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You’ll love this if:

  • You want a simple bronzer that applies in a snap and doesn’t make a mess!
  • You want something you can use on your face and your legs and arms (why not? who says we can’t improvise!)
  • You like a tanned look but don’t want to get it by forsaking your skin to the evil rays of the sun!

Overall, I was delighted with this bronzer and can see myself making great use of it, particularly when the MAC Summer Collection hits!

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View more of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection by visiting www.esteelauder.com

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Bobbi Brown Platinum Shimmer Brick Review

I think that even Marvin would find something enlightening to say about the Bobbi Brown Platinum Shimmer Brick! You can’t possibly be miserable with this hanging around your cosmetic collection can you?

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All that silver and pink is quite robotic or is that my inner geek coming out to play?

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Bobbi Brown Platinum Shimmer Brick could host up my new favorite category as it’s truly a gorgeous compact! Combining softer pinks with hints of silver and contrasting it all with a few bolder shades makes for an interesting cool look this Spring season! Today I reviewed Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows for you and I couldn’t help thinking how fabulously Ballet would go with the Platinum Shimmer Brick.

The shades in the compact range from a softer pink, with a tiny touch of silver, a few bolder shades of pink, and finishing with a soft peach. Combined together the effect is a subtle pink, silver glow that highlights cheeks and face. On top of a cool pink blush this shines through as a luminous glow.

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I was quite happy to see that Bobbi Brown seems to be embracing this new style compact for her Shimmer Bricks. Where as most of the older bricks are housed in a black compact this comes in a silver compact with a padded cover just like the Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick released this Winter season!

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I tend to have a heavy hand during application so my FOTD’s have a slight shimmer overload look but with a lighter hand you can achieve a very nice subtle shimmer finish that’s sophisticated and perfect for daytime use. The brick screams Spring in a major way and compliments many cool looks, particularly pastels and pinks. If you’re unlucky enough to have chubby cheeks like the Muse you’ll be happy to take note that the brick creates a rather nice flushed looks to cheeks and makes your face glow. The product isn’t deeply pigmented and I think it works best on your face however you can easily use it a a nice eyeshadow for a sheer wash of color on lids.

For my look I combined a soft pink on my lids with a sparkling silver on my lower lash to contrasts with the silver and pink in the brick.

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All in all the Bobbi Brown Platinum Shimmer Brick is probably one of the prettiest ones I own and it’s quite a lovely edition to my collection. This one is Muse Approved for purchase! The Muse loves the color, loves the Spring feeling of the brick, and particularly likes that sci-fi feel of it! Marvin approves too if you were wondering!

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Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer Review

Just so you know I sincerely do not like Smashbox Primer. Eep! Sorry Smashbox the Muse no likey! It breaks me out terribly and it pills horribly and lord shall I go on? Isn’t that enough to make you want to cry?

When I heard about Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer which was released with the Spring 2009 Collection, I kinda sorta felt intrigued simply because it looked all shimmery and pretty. The Muse’s brain works on one level, present her with anything that glows or looks shimmery and her brain registers it as an instant yes, wants it!

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Jump ahead for the review!

I believe Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer was originally released with the Green Room Collection. Correct me if I’m wrong but that’s how the Muse recalls it.

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What is it?

It’s actually a luminizer and a primer all in one product. The primer works at prepping your face for makeup and the luminzer highlights skin. Now actually this is where the product fails a teeny tiny bit for me. The packaging is difficult to work with and I’m left wondering if maybe it would have been a better idea to have a primer and a lumininzer separate, two products, two separate packages. Two products, one package…no likey. The tube that this is housed in has a dual chamber and two holes in one spout. This means you have to squeeze the tube just the right way to get the right amount of product out of both chambers. Most times this means you get either too little or too much of any one product. Very difficult packaging to work with and terribly irritating for me. I like my cosmetic sans an MD degree to operate, call me old fashion.

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Aside from my rant about the packaging the product overall is quite nice. A little tiny bit goes a long way as you could succumb to disco ball shimmer overload if you apply too much. I actually prefer Smashbox primer when it’s mixed up with the luminizer. It doesn’t pill, doesn’t itch as it normally would, nor does it have a silicon feel, these are all bonuses for me! The formula is gel-like in consistency and absorbs easily into skin leaving behind a peachy, gold finish. Actually I was duly impressed that using this did extend my foundation by a few hours of wear.

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I normally use this prior to blush but you can use it after if you desire to highlight cheek bones or you can use it a tiny dab on your eye lids or brow bone for a little hint of shimmer! I do think that this makes a fine product for Summer but I wasn’t feeling it for Spring.

Overall, I did like the product aside from the crummy packaging. It’s well worth checking out if you have a highlight/luminizer fetish or if you’re looking to replenish your current bottle of Smashbox Photofinish Primer why not nab this and get two products in one?

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Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection Review featuring Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow Swatches and Review

One of my absolute favorite collections this Spring is undoubtedly the Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection. The simplicity of sweetly blushing cheeks paired with a soft sparkled eye look really made Spring come alive for me. Of course, I was particularly thrilled with the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows as these are truly a gem and I hope that the collection inspires more colors in this particular shadow format!

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Jump ahead for the review on Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows and a few other items from the Spring Collection, Blushed Pink.

Many of you asked me to review all four shades from the new Sparkle Eye Shadows so indeed I have all four shades for review. I personally couldn’t resist any of these shades as I’m all about the sparkle and shimmer. You’ll read many reviews that state how subtle the shimmer on these new shadows are and how wearable it is especially for those who really don’t like a shimmer finish. All this is true but the product also has the ability to build up color as well into a truly sparkly look if you desire.

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Only four of these shadows were released and the Muse longs for more as truly they are special. Mica, Sunlight, Ballet, and Silver Moon are the shade selections. The colors are completely suitable for Spring as they have a certain lightness about them for a fresh, flirty look. Ballet is a true pink and one of my favorites, Sunlight is a fav for me as I simply adore shimmering golds, Mica is a pewter gray which goes well with smoky eye looks, and Silver Moon is creamy light silver. Each shadow is housed in the new standard black eyeshadow case the only difference being the clear flip top secondary lid that covers each shadow and prevents fall out and a mess.

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Don’t expect a whole lot of pigmentation from the shadows as these are merely a hint of sparkle which makes them ideal for topping on top a completed shadow look. With a bit of work I did find I could get decent color pay off but that takes a bit of layering to work well. I think the idea of the shadow is to create a light, bright look that freshens the eye area up and doesn’t overpower it with a load of shimmer and glitter. The end result is a shimmery shadow that can work on a girl of 20 or a woman of 45.

I was somewhat surprised to read a few rants that state the shadows as having major fall out. That’s so not the case for me. If you’re wearing these on their own I find it best to use a sponge applicator to layer color. If you’re using these as a finish on a complete shadow look I find a nice bushy brush such as the MAC 224 works great at picking up some of the color and placing it lightly all over the lid.

I think the shadows work fabulously on their own for a simple understated look. Don’t let the words “simple” and “understated” fool you though as the shadows have a knack for bringing out a fresh, glowing face. These would be particularly great for using with a bolder lip look if you’re wanting to not take away from lips with a vibrant shadow.

All in all I definitely Muse Approve them for purchase as they are truly something special. If you’re a huge fan of a shimmery finish you’ll love these.

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Also released with the collection were two new shades of shadow, several creamy lip colors, and a few glitter lip glosses. I have one of each shade in the categories to review for you.

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The first is Bobbi Brown Matte Eye Shadow in birch. Birch is soft nude brown which I’m not a particularly big fan of simply because of the finish. I do believe these new shades were added into the collection to use as liners as you’ll notice in one of my FOTD’s above (Ballet FOTD) that the shade pairs up rather well with the Sparkle Eye Shadows to create a good liner shade. I find that most of the matte finishes in Bobbi’s shadow catalog work great as liners but I’m not a big fan of using them as an all over shadow.

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Blush Pink is a great true pink shade. This particular color paired up well with all of the shadows in the collection but worked the best with Ballet and Sunlight. The fresh pink and gold brought out the innocent pink of this shade and added a nice fresh look to lips.

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And finally Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss in Baby is a peachy pink shade heavy on the golden sparkle. This too worked well with all the shadows but particularly good with Sunlight, Ballet, and Silver Moon. Contrasting Ballet with a peachy shade of glittery gloss creates a fresh Spring look.

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Overall, the Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection was definitely a favorite this season and I’m positive I’ll get plenty of use out of the sparkle eye shadows. I do think the star of the show was the sparkle eye shadows! I was very pleased with all the items released but I would have loved either a cream blush or a powder blush to compliment the other items in the collection, this is probably the only thing I’d change about the release.

If you’re looking for a fresh, Spring look with light touches of pink, gold, gray, and silver, the Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection has it all. As Spring draws nearer a fresher, lighter makeup is ideal and this collection offers that.

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