in Bare Escentuals
, Kevyn Aucoin
, Too Faced
, Urban Decay
It’s today people! Sephora Friends and Family starts today with a whopping 20% off your entire order! I always look forward to this time of year since it’s a fab time to try out new makeup, stock up on staple items, purchase gifts for friends and family, and of course indulge my own sweet tooth for more makeup! After all we all know the Muse can never have too much makeup!
For a while there I was worried about whether Sephora Friends and Family was going to actually happen but thankfully soon after we got good news and today we are ready to shop till we drop hopefully!
I can’t speak for this year but I did use the code three times last year when I forgot to purchase various items that didn’t end up on my wish list, or I seen something else that caught my interest, or I ended up grabbing a few items for friends, and so on and so forth! This year I’m hopeful I can do the same thing just in case I forget an item or want to go back for second helpings however I’ve prepared myself just in case I can’t and I thought I’d share some of the items I think you should be considering or things that you may already have on your wish list or things you might want to quickly write down since your Muse loves ‘em and we all know what the Muse loves is probably awesome…right? Am I putting too much importance on how uber fabulous I am there? Probably but my ego knows no bounds!
I took a few pictures and I’ve included links to reviews if I already reviewed an item here on Musings. If you need help or have a question about any of the items I mention here do shout it in my comment box as I’d love to be of service! I’d also love to hear what you’re hauling so share, share, share! Please? The Muse loves hearing about hauling as much as she loves to haul herself!
Considering Sephora is busy stocking up on palettes and gift sets the Muse thinks it’s a great time to stock up on these items considering the discount! Some of the ones she thinks you should keep your eye on are below!
Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit
Urban Decay Book of Shadows
Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad
Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection
Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit
Urban Decay Essentials
Too Faced Glamor 2 Go Palette
Too Faced Pink Diamond Jewelry Box Palette
Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette
Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette
Now you might not even be thinking about staple products at the moment because you’re so excited about getting new makeup but don’t forget that now is such a great time to grab some staple items that you use daily and may be running low on or better yet to have a back up handy when you are! At 20% off it’s a great time to nab concealers, skincare, foundations, primers, etc….Some the ones the Muse thinks you should have on your list are below.
Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash
Cargo Blu_Ray Concealer
Dior Radiance Booster Pen
YSL Touche Eclat
Laura Mercier Concealer
Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer
DERMADoctor Wrinkle Revenge Eye Balm
Of course, we’re all hyper about makeup! We want as much makeup out of this deal as we can get! Right? Glosses, shadows, blushes, the more, the merrier!
The Muse has selected some of her personal favorites that she thinks you might like too! Check it out:
Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Bare Escentuals Glimmer
Mascara, mascara, mascara! Now is a rather great time to grab some mascaras you’ve been dying to try out but not wanting to splurge on! The Muse picked out a few that she thinks you might love:
Lorac Visual Effects Mascara
Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Bare Escentuals Big Tease Mascara
Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara
Givenchy Phenomen’ Eyes Mascara
Nothing can begin without foundation! The Muse knows of some she thinks you’ll want to nab at a discount!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Keyvn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
Too Faced Illuminating Magic Wand Foundation
Benefit Play Sticks
Primers can be costly so now is a great time to stock up on old favorites or try out a new primer at a discounted price!
Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer
Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
There are so many powders and blushes that the Muse absolutely loves but some are rather costly! Now is a great time to update your blush wardrobe with some new shades! Check below for ones that the Muse loves!
Bare Escentuals Blush
Stila Convertible Color
Can’t forget lipsticks and glosses can we? Many have run across the Muse’s path this year and some of her favorites are on her list to stock up on during Sephora Friends and Family!
Urban Decay Lipstick
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited
Dior Addict Ultra Reflect Lipgloss
Finish up your greatest eye look with an equally fab liner! The Muse choose a few she loves below!
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner
Last minute bits and bobs can quickly be added to your cart! Some items the Muse suggests nabbing are Benefit’s powders such as Dandelion and Dallas! Don’t forget stains! The Muse swears by a good stain and listed a few favorites below!
Benefit Face Powders
Stila Cherry Crush
Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain
Well I think that’s all for now guys! Plenty more awaits you I’m sure and your lists must be as long as mine! Better check ‘em twice and make sure you have all the yummie goodies in place and start shopping!
Don’t forget to stop back here and tell the Muse all the deets on YOUR order!
I’m not partial to rubies. Rubies remind me of budget vampire flicks, blood, and oh, this guy:
I harbor a secret hope that they’ll bring Gordon Walker back as he’s the villain I was secretly hoping would bring down the Winchester boys after they started waxing Jared’s eyebrows and deep frying him in a tanning bed. Once you start man-grooming that badly all bets are off for the Muse!
After Hollywood man-grooming!
I thought it was so killer watching Jared run after Gordon Walker with a stake while yelling, “Don’t call me Sammie!” Although I was considering personally contacting Kripke and telling him that the scene would be WAY better if they had Jared running around chasing Gordon in his boxer shorts. Just the Muse’s opinion but that would make fine, healthy entertainment for the tweens, teens, and generally old fan girls like the Muse!
But since we probably won’t see any ruby red blood dripping from Gordon Walker’s vampy teeth anytime soon we’ll have to settle for getting our ruby fix from the new Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection.
Although I’m a big fan of pointing out all the wrongs with Bare Escentuals kits now a days that doesn’t stop me from being their biggest supporter when it comes to purchasing their kits, especially Holiday ones!
The Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection is $54 USD and contains the following items:
bareMinerals Ruby Radiance All Over Face Color
bareMinerals Golden Ruby Eye Shadow
bareMinerals Vintage Ruby Eye Color
bareMinerals Wild Ruby Eye Liner Powder
Double Ended Black Mascara and Ruby Beautifully Luminous Lashes
Ruby Buxom Lip Polish
Double-Ended Shadow and Eyeliner Brush
Faux Croc Clutch
I have a few rants, I have some raves, I have good news and I also have some bad news with this review sooooooo sit back, relax, and take it all in as this is going to be a bit of a long ride!
It’s always best to start with the good news so I’ll tell you that first. The kit is priced at $54 USD and contains the same amount of items released with the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection from last year which was actually, here’s the good news part, $59 USD! You’re getting a great kit at nearly $5 USD less so maybe Bare Escentuals is actually listening to the Muse when she rants about the price as of late!
I personally love Bare Escentuals kits because they make application easy, simple, and fuss-free. If you’re not an expert at applying makeup I highly suggest nabbing one of their full kits because it truly breaks down application and teaches you how to create a beautiful look. Although I didn’t completely love the look that I got from the Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection I generally liked a good deal of the items included with the set and in the end the look I created wasn’t too bad just not thrilling (that’s the only bad news I really have).
My favorite item in the kit was the Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips in Ruby. The color is truly a nice ruby shade with a metallic-like finish that lends a nice warmth to lips. I mentioned this last year but it deserves to be said again that I really appreciate the fact that Buxom Lips Gloss now comes with a brush applicator and not a sponge tip applicator. The gloss was always a mediocre find for me until they converted to the brush applicator which now makes it a fabulous gloss in my opinion. The brush allows for much better application and really brings out the thick formula and pigmentation of the gloss where as before you could never really tell how good the gloss was as the sponge applicator failed to pick up enough product to really apply correctly.
Bare Escentuals Ruby Radiance All Over Face Color is my next favorite item within the kit. The entire collection is supposedly infused with real ruby powder. In the case of the Ruby Radiance All Over Face Color you can get the flair of the ruby within the powder. It has nice touches of warm red and pink with a very faint shimmer that’s not overwhelming on the skin. Once buffed on you’re left with a very rich, warm shade of cheek color. The finished result quite reminds me of the mauve blush included with the Bobbi Brown Mauve Face Palette.
The eye colors included in the kit are Golden Ruby and Vintage Ruby. Golden Ruby is a shimmering subdued golden shade which you’ll be using as an all over color wash while Vintage Ruby is soft fawn shade that contrasts Golden Ruby on the crease of your eye. I was too thrilled with Vintage Ruby but I can’t deny that it does contrast well with Golden Ruby. Golden Ruby was my favorite of the two as I love shimmering golds for my eyes. Following up your look you’ll be using Wild Ruby as a liner shade which is a purple plum shade. Wild Ruby seems out of place with the other shades but it does complete the overall look well and goes rather well with Vintage Ruby.
I took note that Bare Escentuals has introduced a new lift and peel seal. You may not care about this as much as I do but it thrilled me to bits that it was so EASY to open up the jars due to this new seal. You simply snatch the upper part and twist up and open! The seal pulls off in one go and you aren’t spilling content or having to scratch the remaining label off if you didn’t pull it all off the first go. I really appreciated this new seal and I hope other brands that seal product in a similiar fashion will begin using the same method!
To complete your Bare Escentuals Ruby look you can use the dual end mascara included with the kit. As per normal the mascara isn’t anything to write home about, it a simple black mascara that isn’t really fantastic but does the job well enough. On the opposite end you’ll get a Ruby Beautifully Luminous Lashes. I’ve reviewed Bare Escentuals Luminous Lashes prior to this and you can see that review here. Although I think the Ruby Luminous Lashes is great to add to my collection I just see it as a rather strange item to include with this kit. Sparkling ruby lashes just didn’t really go so well with the completed look I created with my kit.
Finally the kit includes a face brush, dual ended eye brush, and a faux croc makeup case. The brushes include a red handle and a ruby crystal embedded into the handle which mimics last year’s collection where they had white handles and a diamond crystal embed. The croc makeup bag is cute but knowing me I’ll swap it away as it really isn’t particularly thrilling and looks a tiny bit old lady like however it’s a nice extra to the collection!
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Brush versus Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection Brush
Overall, the collection was really nice. You’ll be happy to know that the products are nice, full size and not small sample sizes as per the Bare Escentuals Rocker Kit Tutorial that I recently reviewed. I was particularly delighted that the Radiance Powder was full size and not small like last year’s Classic Rock Collection.
The collection created a warm look which I wasn’t completely feeling as I prefer a cooler look for the Holidays but I can’t deny that it does look very natural and nice but nothing too dramatic.
All in all I think Bare Escentuals did a great job with the Ruby Collection. It’s not my favorite kit that they released but it contains a nice selection of items, a majority of which I really liked alot. I’m glad BE decided to lower the price slightly as well and I do think $54 USD is a fair enough price for the entire kit and the majority of items you’ll be getting. It’s well worth checking out for yourself. This is a Sephora exclusive so if you’re wanting to swatch up, check out, or buy these for yourself you’ll have to head over to Sephora to nab it!
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Review
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock and Bare Escentuals Platinum Collection
Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection Review
Bare Escentuals bareGold Collection Review
Bare Escentuals bareDiamond Collection Review
Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit Review
The Muse likey glitter so when she seen Bare Escentuals Extreme Glitter Kit she knew she must have it! Now!
The kit includes three Bare Escentuals Extreme Glimmers with “mega-watt” sparkle….doesn’t this sound soooooooo Muse-like? I mean seriously, mega-watt sparkle? It has my name written all over it! I simply know that Bare Escentuals was thinking all about ME when they created this kit!
What you get:
- Bare Minerals Extreme Silver Eye Color
- Bare Minerals Extreme Plum Eye Color
- Bare Minerals Extreme Bronze Eye Color
- Glimmer Brush
- Sample Size Prime Time Eyelid Primer
$32 USD for the set! I like the price but the shadows are sized at 0.01oz eep! That’s really tiny….if you recall I recently reviewed the Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit and the shadows included were 0.02 oz in size and that was pretty small and these are downsized a bit….
I’ll definately be purchasing this kit for myself however the smaller and smaller size does disappoint me as I’ve always associated Bare Escentuals with getting more for less but I guess nothing stays the same especially with the economy the way it is at the moment.
Bare Escentuals Holiday/Winter Collection is shaping up nicely if they keep releasing sparkling kits like this one the Muse will be very happy!
Like this one?
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I’ll be reviewing it for you shortly as soon as I get my greedy little hands on it!
Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit Review
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Review
Bare Minerals Pure Gold Collection Review
Bare Escentuals iQuad Eyeshadow Review
Bare Escentuals Smokey “V” Eye Kit Review
I’m a vintage rocker geek. I really adore vintage rock I also happen to love heavy metal, hair bands, etc…etc….
The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Iron Maiden, The Eagles, Triumph, Metallic, Sammy Hagar, Guns n’ Roses circa the 80’s, (seriously have you seen Axl Rose lately? Not pretty! Let’s remain in the 80’s shall we?), The Ramones, Led Zeppelin, just to name a few are all loaded up on my iPhone and iPod for my head banging pleasure.
I’m off to see The Eagles at Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center in Alantic City this weekend! Yay! I can barely wait.
Sadly, The Eagles aren’t what they were back in the 70’s:
I think they got old and stuff somehow. I wonder how the hell that happened! Hmmm…! They also happened to lose and gain a few members along the route but the sound is sorta kinda still the same although it’ll never truly be as wonderful as when the entire band was tripping out on acid but hey we can’t have it all right?
So why am I telling you all this anyway?
Because right now would be the perfect time to review the new bareMinerals Tutorial Kit entitled Rocker Eye!
What better time to sport a rocked out eye look then at The Eagles concert right?
Ok, before we get to the rave I must rant. Sorry that’s the order of business today!
I will go right ahead and rant at the price yet again (How many times have I gone on about the price jack on BE lately?) I cannot believe how high in price Bare Escentuals has gone lately. I truly like some of the items they put out but the prices have taken a considerable raise very quickly in the last year or so! Rocker Eye is particularly expensive at $38 USD….ok…ok…let’s go ahead and give this the benefit of the doubt and say hey we get two shadows, a liner, and a brush! Awesome! But guess what? Another rant coming on….! The size of the shadows and liner have reduced in a MAJOR way! I was SHOCKED! Simply shocked! Fall off my chair shocked when I seen the ridiculously small size of the eye shadows and liner within the box! I’ve purchased many kits similiar to this and always the size of the shadows and or liners included are 0.02oz in size. The size has been decreased to 0.28 grams! Basically it’s about the size of a pigment sample now or a quarter!
Is that surreal or what?
Just last year I purchased the Foiled Eye Kit for around $28 bucks I believe and it came with a brush plus three eye shadows that were 0.02oz. This year I’m purchasing almost an identical kit thats $10 bucks more plus has took a big hit in size! I can never get through an entire jar of Bare Escentuals eye shadow because they are such a wonderfully large size but I think I can honestly say that getting through the colors in the Rocker Eye kit shouldn’t be a problem they are so small!
Normal size eye shadows compared to the Rocker Eye Kit eye shadows
Ok..I guess enough of ranting. I do have some major raves!
After getting over my initial shock at the size and price I was actually happy I got this kit and I admit that I may even indulge in a back up of this if it is LE (not sure if it is or isn’t!). It has some wicked fine colors in it plus an amazing, I mean amazing brush!
Let me tell you more about the brush….
It’s good. It’s really good.
The brush is possibly one of the best ones BE has put out to date. Normally I’m on the fence about the brushes they put in kits but this is a fantastic piece of beauty tool awesome. It’s a dual ended brush with super soft, dense bristles that has a liner brush on one side and a dome shaped smudged on the other side. The brush is all you’ll need to create an outstanding smoked out shimmering rocking eye! Pure perfection says the Muse! It works like a charm blending in the colors, smudging them up, and lining! Props to the brush! Hint: the Muse suggests hopping on E-bay to see if anyone has taken the kit apart and is selling the brush separately! Well worth $10-$20 for the brush alone!
Second rave for the Muse is the outstanding, pigmented liner called Black Leather. It’s a really dark, true black color that lends pop and drama to your eye look! It has a very tiny, smidge of silver shimmer but it’s barely noticeable once on. I love lining with powder for some reason. It’s just easier to work with in my opinion! You can wet this or use it dry. I prefer lining with it dry as it works a treat and is easier to manage in my humblest! Great solid black color!
The two shadows included are 1980’s which is a silver grey shade and Rock Star which is this beautiful amazing off black shimmering silver cocktail! I already have a full size of 1980’s and honestly it’s a boring shade but paired with Rock Star and Black Leather…WOW…awesome!
Combining all three shades you’ll get a gorgeous smoked eye, shimmering eye look that’s both dramatic and elegant!
The packaging on this is great as well since it makes creating a unique eye look quite simple. Look kids no prior brain surgery training required! You don’t have to be a master makeup artist to follow the simple steps included in the fold out box! It’s easy as 1-2-3! Very idiot proof and perfect for those that struggle with a smokey eye look!
You simply apply 1980’s all over the lid up to the crease, follow with Black Leather liner on the lower and upper lash line, and finish it off with some Rock Star eye color that you smudge on the V of the eye or within the crease if you want a little bit more shimmer and drama! Simple! Done! Awesomeness awaits you!
I sincerely love the kit. Although the price and size of product included is a big boo I’m still going ahead and slapping the Muse Approval on this one! It’s worth checking out! It’s worth buying! Grab it, seriously! Good stuff and well worth the chunk of change! The Muse may need a back up of this bad boy!
Here’s an FOTD I did using the kit a few days ago!
Love this kit?
Any kits you use for a smokey eye that are awesome?
Tell the Muse!
Bare Escentuals Tutorials Smokey “V” Eye Kit Review
Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection Review
Bare Escentuals Tutorials Foiled Eye Kit
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Review
It’s that special time of the year again kids!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
That means you can head into your local Nordies starting July 18th to nab yourself some seriously awesome, unique beauty finds!
Over 100 brands are participating this year including MAC, NARS, Juicy Couture, Dior, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Philosophy, and many more!
These brands all offer up some Nordstrom Exclusive beauty finds that won’t be available elsewhere so it’s a perfect time to nab yourself a unique beauty find and some are even a Steal and a Deal!
Here’s some items that caught my eye that I might be indulging in this Thursday (you could have begun pre-booking these items as early as June 23rd but I normally like to wander into Nordies and see them for myself on the date of release!):
Bobbi Brown Cocoa Mauve Collection
A really fab collection of awesome Bobbi Brown finds can be found within the Cocoa Mauve Collection that is exclusive to Nordstrom. This kit is $65 USD and comes with a Travel Case, Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cocoa Mauve Ink, Creamy Lip Color in Berry Mauve, Metallic Eye Shadow in Iced Mauve, and Blush in Sand Pink.
The total cost is a considerable discount from what you’d pay by purchasing each item separately as Bobbi Brown is far from inexpensive!
As you can see below the model is sporting the entire look and looking very posh! I particularly like this collection as the look created is very similar to what you can get using the Bobbi Brown Mauve Face palette I recently review. At $55 USD it’s a bit pricey for the palette so this is rather a nice deal at $65 USD where you get quite a good deal more to do a complete look including a gel liner!
This one is on my wish list!
Dior has released a special limited edition palette for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale which is entitled Dior Gaucho. I’ve VERY tempted by this but I have so many Dior palettes in my beauty arsenal collecting dust it would be a shame to indulge my inner demon of need. However, I am tempted. The colors are simply yummie for the upcoming Fall and at $55 USD the price is not bad at all!
Dior Gaucho Palette
If you’re wanting the palette I’d highly recommend doing your ordering from Nordstrom as you can get a free deluxe sample of Dior Black Out Mascara with your $50 purchase!
Now here’s one we have all been waiting on! Nordstrom’s Exclusive MAC Collection entitled Color Forms! Don’t lie to your Muse and say you aren’t excited about this collection because I’ll call your bluff! Ok, ok maybe it’s not THAT exciting! I’m actually kinda sorta excited about it. I’m very interested in the eye palettes as they are a design we haven’t yet seen from MAC and I’m intrigued by the lipstick as well! And I do so admit that the piggies get me hyper enough to warrant the use of a paper bag to catch back my breath after have a mild case of hyperventilation. It’s definately unique and I’m positive I’ll score a few items from this release!
As always this is a great time to nab some killer deals on brushes! I’ve always raved about how fab the brush sets are and now is a good time as any to nab some fine brushes at 75% off the original prices. Yes, some people do rant that the mini size aren’t as great as the full size but the Muse says don’t listen! The smaller size is just as good as the full size plus it’ll only cost you about $10 USD per a brush in these kits! That’s a sweet steal and a deal in my opinion!
The Muse says don’t feel too special when you pick up MAC Colour Forms for yourself. Although it’s advertised as a Nordstrom Exclusive it does make its way across the board and ends up in Singapore, Japan, and other locations outside of the US so definately don’t buy into the “exclusive” keyword with this collection.
I spy with my little eye a giant bottle of Philosophy Purity! My all time favorite size of Philosophy Purity is making it’s way to Nordstrom!
This little guy (I use the term little loosely) was only every available from QVC and sadly for the longest time it’s been MIA but now Nordstrom has gone and slapped an exclusive on it, jacked up the price by $10 USD or so dollars, and has made the Muse a happy Muse! I love this size. I go through gallons of this stuff anyway so why not grab the 32oz size! Hey, the economy isn’t doing so well right now why not indulge in a larger size cleanser right?
Philosophy Purity: The Massive Size
Wish list anyone?
Bare Escentuals never fails to make me gasp in absolute horror lately at it’s jacked up prices. But hey it’s the brand that I love to hate (price wise only of course). I love BE like I would a younger sibling, I like to talk down to it but that doesn’t mean I don’t care very deeply for it! Bare Escentuals In Fashion Nordstrom Exclusive is by far the most overpriced set I’ve seen to date from BE at $75 USD. I’m truly shocked. The price tag makes me cry out in pain however it doesn’t stop me from saying “ohhhhh look at the pretty colors” as drool drips from my mouth! The set looks quite breathtaking! This is an 8 piece set that includes Radiance All Over Face Color, Eye Shadow in Bahamas, Liner Shadow in Caviar, Blush in Escape, Lipcolor in Bavarian Cream, a Flawless Radiance Brush, Double Ended Precious Eye Brush, and a gorgeous clutch bag to store it all in!
Bare Escentuals In Fashion 8 Piece Set
Got $10 bucks? Nab a cool steal with the Evian Facial Water Spray Set! Get 1 Full Size Evian Facial Water Spray and a second mini travel size one for $10 USD!
Evian Facial Water Spray Set
The Muse likes the price! Definately on the wish list!
All in all I see some really great buys from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and plenty of ways to get more for less! I’ll be indulging this Thursday when all of these items hit stores (do check with your counter as they may already be available)!
Click on over and have a look at items that I didn’t mention in my post available during the sale!
Are you shopping for Nordies Exlusives?
What are you hoarding, hauling, and stashing away?
Excited about MAC?
Loving the Bobbi Brown set?
Wanting something I didn’t mention here?
Tell the Muse!