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The Muse is most flattered today!

Kiss and Makeup have linked back to her review on the Bare Escentuals Smoky “V” Eye Kit!

You can view their entry by clicking here.

When a blog that I adore and love features me on their page I can’t help but be tickled and flattered over it icon wink

Thanks to the team at Kiss and Makeup for making the Muse’s Monday all the brighter icon wink

By the way check out the price on the kit on the other side of the pond as compared to our price of $32 (and I paid $30 on E-bay)!

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Bare Escentuals Smoky "V" Eye Kit Review

You may remember my prior post a week or two ago about this kit. If not click on over here to have a peek!

Bare Escentuals Smoky “V” Eye Kit
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I just got this in the mail today so I thought I’d review it all for you. Originally I was excited about the very interesting little brush this came with but after trying it for myself I’m up in arms about how I feel about the entire kit, including the brush.

I’m very confused whether I like this or find it useless. Mixed emotions here and it’s very difficult to say whether I can recommend this or say don’t bother. At this point I’m sort of leaning towards don’t bother but I am also feeling like this is a kinda sorta ok kit for people that find application difficult.

Hell I’m clueless when it comes to doing makeup application but I think I do ok and my blending isn’t all that bad.

Um..wow this is a tough one.

I guess I should start by saying that the eyeshadow this came with, pacific heights, is boring as sin and not very pigmented. You really have to work this bad boy in to get some color payment on your lid. The glimmer it came with, 1990’s, is a very nice shimmering shade of purple and pretty pigmented. I guess this evens out the score because to achieve the look you need a good light shade (pacific heights in this case) and a nice darker shade (1990’s).

1990’s Glimmer and Pacific Heights Eyeshadow
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The instructions are perfect on this. I really, really give them props for good presentation on the packaging with the instructions being simple and easy to follow and very detailed!

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The brush doesn’t work exactly the way I thought it would. It’s a bit difficult to use and it makes my completed smoky eye look more like a bruised eye. Maybe I need a bit of practice with the brush. Overall I’d say the brush could be a handy tool with a bit of practice.

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The look it creates is similar to the picture of the girl on the cover which is a purple slanted upwards eye look. However, I’m not really getting a smoked out look to my eye after completing all the steps and using what was provided in the kit.

At least not my idea of a smoky eye look.

Can you achieve this with another brush in your collection? Yes. Do you need the kit and brush to do it? No.

I guess I’d say I recommend this for people who haven’t quite mastered eyeshadow application correctly. The instructions are a pure treat and explain in simple terms exactly how to achieve the look! The brush is good and I think it may have the potential to be great with a little practice using it. The glimmer is nice but I’m not so impressed with the shadow.

Nay or Yay?

Nay. I’d skip it. Unless, like I said, you want to learn more about shadow application and have the bucks to lay out!

Only digging the brush?

No problem! Check E-bay! Dozens around for sale!

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Tis’ The Season for "Mini" Gift Sets

I’m noticing a major trend in the cosmetic gift giving selection this year. That’d trend would be minis!

Yay!

I mean we obviously love full size products but hell don’t we love mini versions that we can tuck in our purses and makeup bags for touch ups here and there and everywhere?

Urban Decay has graced us with it’s mini 24/7 Kit which you can check out by clicking here.

Benefit has it’s new Powder Pop! palette available which contains mini versions of it’s popular powder line. You can droll over it by clicking here.

Stila has a mini kit of it’s lipglazes which I purchased yesterday! You can see my first impression here.

And now some more minis that are popping up at Sephora for the Holiday Season! Let’s have a look.

Napoleon Perdis Lip Couture Set for $35

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Ok so these might not qualify for mini but I’m making the big assumption these aren’t the big sizes.

Next on our menu the Bare Escentuals Buxom Babes Lip Polish Set for $28

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Next on our list of minis would be the Bourjois Paris Kisses From Paris Set for $18

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A cocktail of lipglosses for you! Lorac Mini Mini Mocktail Bar for $25

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The best deal yet (I believe this might be full size but don’t quote me on that) would be the Smashbox Light Speed Lip Gloss Collection for $29!

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Tarte has a new trio of cheek stains as well which are $30 and entitled We Wish You Happiness Mini Cheekstain Set. This isn’t very new because Tarte has these as normal catalog items and plus they offer them almost every holiday season however from year to year the case they come in changes which is fun!

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Minis aren’t new to Sugar Cosmetics but they always have some of the cutest minis I’ve come across icon wink This one is called Glitterati and has glitter on one end a light matching cream base on the other! The set is $32.

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So..what’s so great about minis anyway? Well minis are great for toting around for touch ups plus they are so lightweight that they fit in the smallest of places which makes for easy storage! You also get a slew of variety and bang for your buck by purchasing these sets! It’s such a great way to try several items in one cute kit.

Get shopping icon wink Grab some of these as gifts while you’re at it!

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Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Flawless Diamond Color Collection

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My Jill Stuart video and blog are a bit late coming today! But until I can post it I bring you the new Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Flawless Diamond Color Collection!

Diamonds are most definitely a girl’s best friend this year! I see a trend developing here.

Givenchy is delighting us with it’s Diamantisimme collection and now Bare Escentuals is bringing the bling with it’s newest set!

If you remember prior to all this Victoria’s Secret had released it’s Sparkling Diamond collection this past summer.

The Classic Rock collection has a similar promise as the Victoria’s Secret Sparkling Diamond collection which would be…drum roll please…..genuine diamond powder that is crushed into the minerals.

I can really get excited about this.

So I want it. Like now.

The collection is $59 and includes Diamond Gossamer powder, Classic Rock Eyeshadow (white silver), Nice Rock Glimmer (chocolate), Diamond Laughter Blush (peach), Diamond Beautifully Luminous Lashes (black mascara and white Luminous Lashes to add a silver sparkle to lashes), Diamond Lip Polish, Full Flawless Face Brush, and a Diamond faux leather bag!

Oh my all the bling is making me hyper!

I deem this a must have for the holiday season!

Wish List anyone?

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Bare Escentuals "V" Brush

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After much debate the Muse has decided to order the Smokey “V” Eye Kit from Bare Escentuals.

I really didn’t need or want the kit when I originally seen it pop up online at Sephora however I’ve changed my mind since seeing the “V” Brush in action.

I scoured around E-bay for the Brush and it looks like, at the moment, it’s going for anywhere between $14-22 USD. For that price I figured I might as well just dive in and buy the whole kit which is available on an E-bay auction for $29.99 plus free shipping or from Sephora for $32 (but then I’d have to pay taxes and shipping so E-bay seems a good idea!).

Ok…anyway…let’s get back to the brush!

The brush was intriguing when I first seen it but I wasn’t sure how exactly it was supposed to work. It basically resembles a fishtail and I was assuming that to apply you’d be dipping into your shadow and just using the brush in the outer corner of the eye where the area creates a “V” however since viewing a demo on QVC (which I am sad to say I am unable to locate for you to view) that’s not the case at all!

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Ok so this might be hard to explain but basically to use the brush you’ll be dipping into your shadow or better yet coating both sides of the brush in whatever color you are using at the moment. After your brush is nicely coated in color you’ll be dragging the brush from the inner corner of the eye all the way outward to the V of your eye where you’ll proceed to twist the brush up slightly. The entire effect basically coats your crease and lower lash liner with color while avoiding your middle eye and lid area! The twist towards the end will emphasize the V area and create a more intense effect.

So..that sounds really complicated but I promise you when I seen how it was used I was really delighted and instantly in “want” mode!

The Muse has decided that she needs this kit and highly recommends scouring around E-bay for either the kit or to try to locate the brush at a decent price! It seems a really good tool to add to the beauty arsenal! All in all I’d say you’ll make good use of the shadow and glimmer that comes with the kit! They are perfect colors for the fall/winter and evening looks plus you end up with the nifty brush.

Happy Hunting!

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