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Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush Review and Swatches

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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The Body Shop Eye, Lip, and Cheek Palette Review and Swatches

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.

Anyway.

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.


You’ll get:
  • 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.

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Jelly Pong Pong Muffin and Meringue Gloss Set Review

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Product Musings: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Ecstasy Review and Swatches

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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.

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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!

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Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Ecstasy is available now exclusively at Sephora. Check it out! Likey!

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Benefit Velvet Eye Shadow Review and Swatches

Oh how terribly awesome is the Muse. Bringing you a review of the brand new Benefit Velvet Eye Shadows just in time for their 20% Off sale! I’m such a good mate aren’t I? You can proceed to tell me how wonderful I am in the comment box and send donations in honor of my awesomeness to my paypal account. Ok, ok I’ll take cookies at the very least. Deal?

Didn’t Benefit have eye shadows a little while ago? I can’t remember. I dunno why I forgot them. Were they forgettable? I remember Benefit having a line of shadows but nothing like these….hmmmm you can refresh my memory alone with those cookies while I give you the details on Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow.


I don’t normally go for velvet but I can get on board with these as the formula is so buttery smooth and easy to blend. I like to think of these as the dummies guide to eye shadow as they truly are goof proof. They glide on beautifully well and make shadow application a snap. Benefit Velvet Eye Shadows are brand new to the Benefit family and available in nine shades, no worries I’m sure Benefit will extend the color selection.

The formula is extra light which makes the shadows ideal for Summer. Who wants a load of eye makeup on when you can do a nice wash of color that’s soft, smooth, and light. With proper prepping they will remain fresh all day without creasing or fading away. Each shadow is very nicely pigmented for a good burst of color on lids. From what I’ve read so far people are really loving piling this on top of some Benefit Creaseless Shadow and rockin’ out. I haven’t tried that yet but they work just as wonderful on their own.


I tried out five shades which are as follows:

Like What You Sea?-Cloudy Sky Bluish Grey
Dandy Brandy-Brown with a tickle of gold
Where There’s Smoke-Pewter
Bikini Line-Buttery Yellow
Leggy-Icy Nude Pink

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Out of the five I loved Dandy Brandy as it flattered my brown eyes! Bikini Line I’m favoring for Summer as it’s such a pretty soft yellow. I did several photos with the shadows on as you can see above, the only one I didn’t use was in a pic was Like What You Sea? I’ll do one shortly and update the post.

Overall, definitely a quality shadow in my opinion. Nice soft finish for both younger and older girls, very natural and fresh, easy application with little to no fall out, plenty of pigmentation, and the buttery smooth formula makes them very easy to apply. Likey! If you’re a lover of velvets I imagine you’ll fall in love with Benefit Velvet Eye Shadow.

These are available now at www.benefitcosmetics.com

And don’t forget 20% Off coupon code hiding out in this post!

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