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Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation Review & Swatches

I’m somewhat obsessed with Bourjois Paris foundations so when I seen the new Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation aka Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau I knew I must haves it immediately. Lucky for the Muse her kindly friend from across the pond, Lauren, volunteered her time to nab me one!

In the vein of Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is pretty much the same concept with a cheaper price tag! At around $15 USD or so the price can’t be beat for the quality of the product however I do like the Too Faced version a tiny bit more for one main reason which I’ll explain shortly.

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The foundation comes in a large click style pen with a brush on one end and a depressor on the other. Click a few times and foundation will flow freely into the brush allowing you to brush on your foundation and blend into place. I find the brush is useless (same with the Too Faced one!) for blending so I normally just swipe where I need foundation and blend with clean fingers. The brush isn’t the greatest quality in the world and a tad bit scratchy however after it’s wet with the foundation the scratchiness does go away and it feels alot smoother and softer on the skin! Now considering you probably tote powder around with you but not liquid foundation this is a nice little item to have as it’s quite portable without any mess! If you need a bit of touch up during the day whip out and go to town! However, since the brush doesn’t do a fab job of blending you may not feel it’s completely portable friendly!

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The formula is a good deal more watery in consistency when compared to the Too Faced version however this didn’t bother me to much as it blends beautifully well and gives light coverage . I don’t particularly recommend this if you have alot to cover up as coverage is light to medium. I personally don’t use a whole lot of foundation on my face anyway so one click is enough for me to smooth around and create a good working canvas for my other makeup.

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Now the foundation has all but one fault with it. It covers nicely and gives a good fresh look to any dullness that’s residing on my face. I have the lightest color selection which is 31 Beige and this suits me well as it lightens and brightens up my face beautifully. Now these are the strong points of the product however after application of the foundation I get a powder-like dry down which mattifies my face a bit too much. Right now my face is already on overkill dryness and this manages to make my face feel tight. Also it pretty much shouts foundation! As soon as I apply and blend it casts a certain glow to my face that indeed says I’m “made up”. I’m chalking this effect up to the fact that my skin is so dry right now.

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The bad news is I probably can’t use this at the moment however I do look forward to retrying it in the Summer when my skin is oily. Perhaps then I’ll be quite happy with it. I did feel that the Too Faced version was far more richer, moisturizing, and thicker plus my skin seemed to soak all that goodness up and create a flawless and natural look.

Further news on the up side of things……

I also happened to enjoy how very fresh smelling this is! The foundation has a rather nice fresh scent which actually lingers around for a while after application. Quite nice as I kinda like my cosmetics to smell good.

All in all I think it’s not bad at all for the price and will be a great light foundation for Summer-wear however my skin no likey at the moment. I’m not Muse Approving it for purchase since I’m unsure how it’ll work in the warmer weather so maybe expect another look at this when the Summer sets in!

On a side note Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is not yet available in the US and I can’t honestly say when it’ll be available if ever. If you’d like to try it I do recommend visiting MUA or your makeup forum of choice and asking a friendly Brit for a CP.

Anyone tried Bourjois Brush Foundation yet?

Love or hate?

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Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set Review

Stuff your stocking with something mini this Holiday Season. Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set contains four of their popular glitter eyeliners tucked into a cute mini gift set ready for gift giving (or just keep it for yourself, you know you want it!)!

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I always find it difficult getting through a full size of glitter eyeliner so this set was the ideal item to add to my stash of cosmetics. The set includes not one shade but four! Sweet! What’s not to love about getting four in one set right? I’m pretty partial to anything that contains glitter and shimmer (as if you didn’t already know) so completing my holiday looks with a bit of glitter liner is pure perfection as far as this Muse is concerned!

The set includes all of the following:
Ohh & Aah (Black & Silver)
Super Freak (Hot Pink)
Mad Mad Love (Baby Pink)
Stalkerazzi (Golden Brown)

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The applicators are thin and dense for precise application of a nice straight line across the lash line leaving behind a trail of shimmering goodness! Each set comes in a pink box which sports a cute little tag in the back with To: and From: fields. The Muse’s reads: To: the Muse From: the Muse, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas gorgeous! Teehee!

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Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set is $25 USD which works out to around $6 or so per a liner! Not a bad deal considering one full size is $17.50 and that price only gets you one liner so for $25 you can have four shades! W00t! The Muse makes the idea of hauling so easy with her swift and clever mathematics doesn’t she?

The moral of this story is that I loves anything that’s mini and Too Faced Starry-Eyed Mini Glitter Eyeliner Gift Set is on my favorite list for Holiday Gift giving to you, from you!

Head on over to www.toofaced.com and check out their other mini sets then come back here and tell me which ones you’re lemming! Inquiring minds want to know!

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Givenchy Holiday 2008: Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Glowing Rose Review, Swatches, & FOTD

Glow on darlin‘! Glow on!

If you’re looking for that perfect combination of blush and highlighter let me introduce you to Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Glowing Rose. I have several of Givenchy’s Blush Quartet compacts and I have to say that Glowing Rose is probably my favorite. The colors all work well to together to give your cheeks a pop of frosty, flushed color!

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The quartet is made up of four shades of color. The primary colors are pink and coral and the highlighting shades are a light pink and rose. I noticed that the two main colors have a matte finish where as the two lighter shades have a frosty, shimmer finish. You can apply by sweeping your brush in all four shades and brushing onto the apples of cheeks this produces a soft rosy glow. By concentrating your brush on the darker pink and coral and applying you’ll end up with a deeper flush to cheeks which you can highlight by using the lighter shades on the cheek bone and contours of the face. The Muse isn’t the skinniest girl around these parts so she was a tad worried at the frosty finish as frosts lends a pound to my already full face. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how very nice and fresh the product looks on. I find it easier and best to simply swirl my brush in all four shades and apply to my chubby cheeks but as I mentioned you can get technical with the shades by applying different colors to different parts of the face.

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I did a few photos for you displaying the blush in different ways as you can get a feel for how it works.

Below I’m wearing all four shades on the apple of my cheeks!
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In this photo I’m wearing just the two darkest shades. As you can see without the highlighter the colors are more matte without as much of the shimmery frost finish that the lighter shades lend to my look!
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In this photo I applied the light shades on top of the darker shades. See how the two lighter shades morphed the darker ones to create a lighter flush?
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Just the lighter shades on my cheeks here!
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Off topic of Givenchy but in case you’re curious I am wearing the Skin79 Gold Label BB Cream that I reviewed earlier this week. Considering that I took a photo wearing no makeup when I reviewed the cream I thought you’d like to take note that this is how it looks with a bit of blusher! When I originally reviewed I did mention the cream causes an unnatural look to the skin but after makeup application the color blended flawlessly with my skin. And as you can see above, with a bit of blush, the color is perfection!

This particular Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet is part of the Givenchy Holiday Collection 2009 so it’s design is extra special. The compact has a new fireworks (although the Muse thinks the fireworks look like little snowflakes!) motif on a purple background. The compact has the standard Givenchy dual flip compact design which has the blush on top and a nifty little compartment beneath for the brush. Normally I love the brushes that come with Givenchy products however I prefer using a bigger, fluffier brush for application of Glowing Rose as it worked better at blending the blush on my cheeks! The brush is nice and soft with standard square head.

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On a side note I think it deserves to be mentioned that Givenchy has recently been cutting the cost of products here and there. Such products as the new Givenchy Couture Palette and Givenchy Mister Bright have all seen a drastic dip in prices. I think we should all celebrate the fact that Givenchy is making luxe beauty more affordable during an economic slump. Bravo!

If you’re looking for that perfect holiday glow the Muse recommends checking out the new Givenchy Blush Qartet in Glowing Rose! It’s a winner for me and Muse Approved for purchase!

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Find out more about the Givenchy Holiday Collection 2008 at www.parfumsgivenchy.com

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Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss in Disco Pink Review, Swatches, & FOTD

You know Bobbi Brown Glitter Balm failed to excite this Muse but she has absolutely no such feelings about Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss!

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Likey!!!!!

This morning I whipped out my brand new Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss in Disco Pink and started to boogie down baby!

I’m trying so hard to resist the 20% Off discount and not get the other shades of this gloss as I loves it lots. Where as the balm had a crummy texture this succeeded in having a fab emollient formula that was slick, glossy, and shimmery! Yay! It also happens to have wonderful pigmentation and I have no need to use a lipstick or stain prior to use! Slick on and beautiful glossy lips!

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Although many of us hate dipping our fingers into pots and such, the Muse’s number one pet peeve there, I try to set aside my dislike and concentrate on the good things that the packaging has to offer like the fact it has a rather awesome dual cover. The compact sports a regular lid and a secondary clear lid to protect the gloss from ending up all over the upper lid, whoa did that make sense? Anyway, I’m sure you got it! Pretty cool right?

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The shade I tried out is Disco Pink which by the very way has nothing pink going on with it…holy strange name Batman! But the good news is that I absolutely love the shade as it’s a beautiful brown based peach shade that looks stunning with warm corals, golds, and bronze looks! As I mentioned earlier the formula is quite emollient so the gloss gives your lips a nice slick look with a hint of fine gold shimmer that lends a festive feel to the gloss as it should considering it’s part of the Bobbi Brown Party Collection.

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Sportin‘ Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss in Disco
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Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss is available in for a limited time in six fab shades! So get yours while the getting is good!

The Muse loves ‘em and approves ‘em for purchase!

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Givenchy Mister Bright Review & Swatches

The Muse thinks that sometimes the saying “as you get older you get better” isn’t always necessarily true.

For example the Muse thinks that as Bruce Campbell gets older he fails to get better in a major way! Now if I was Bruce I’d have left the industry when I was still the cult horror God of The Evil Dead Series….but ado…a 100 lbs later and Bruce feels the need to continue trying to recapture his youth by appearing in bad budget films that never quite get it right.

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Now the Muse can go on and on about epic fails in the movie industry but she won’t bore you with the details. The moral of this story is the Muse knows that she doesn’t always get better as she gets older and sometimes she needs a little bit of help making herself better.

In this case the Muse needs a tiny bit of help with her under eye woes…a bit of brightening, a little lightening up….in this case she whips out her trusty Givenchy Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen! A click and a swipe and my eyes are looking more awake, well rested, and bright eyed and busy tailed!

Now Mister Bright has a great knack for being a multitasking demon! He works as a great highlighter on cheeks, sides of nose, or anywhere you want to add a bit of light! He highlights and contours your face beautifully with a pink pearl luminance! He can also be used to highlight your brow bone or a dab or two on your lids and on the inner and outer corner of the eyes to create the illusion of 8 hours of sleep when you only had 4!

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Mister Bright comes packaged in a click pen! Dontcha just love click pens? The Muse does! One click should be plenty of product to do your entire face as you’re not going to want to use a heap of this since it does contain a healthy amount of shimmer. The formula is a thick pink cream which blends effortlessly. If you’ve ever tried Benefit Eye Bright Pencil this is virtually the same concept but in a liquid form plus it works much better! You can use Mister Bright under your eyes as well but do be careful! Only a dab for under the eyes as you’re not wanting to get insane shimmer overload by dabbing a whole lot. Remember, Mister Bright isn’t a concealer but a highlighter so use him to brighten up your dull complexion and wake up your tired eyes but don’t expect him to conceal major problems! If you’re wanting to get the most out of the product you can also use it as an all over color wash on your lid and eye area as a cream eyeshadow! The effect is a illuminating pearl pink wash of color that lights up the eyes and gives an angelic look to the face!

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The Muse likes Givenchy Mister Bright so much she’s Muse Approving it for purchase! At $31.50 USD he doesn’t break the bank either considering a little goes a long way plus anything that helps me get better as I get older is always in fashion with the Muse! The Muse sure does think Givenchy Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen does the trick at creating the illusion of perfection.

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Find out more abot Givenchy Mister Bright by visiting www.parfumsgivenchy.com

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