The Muse is busy exploring the world of bronzers this year and she still has reservations about it, especially dank, matte ones, but she’s found a few tips and tricks that work at making bronzer (even the matte ones) rather flattering and pretty on her face!
Jump ahead for a few tips for making your boring, blah bronzer POP and SIZZLE for Summer!
Try pairing a matte bronzer with cheek stain!
Application Tip: Apply a dab of cheek stain on your cheeks and wait for it to dry. After dust on a bit of bronzer for a subtle sunkissed glow!
What the Muse says: I absolutely love breaking bronzer up with a pinch of pink or red. Try using Benefit Posietint or Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in Baby Boo.
Matte bronzer is a tad boring for me but you can spice it up a bit by using a deeper pigmented powder blush on top.
Application Tip: Buff your matte bronzer on, smile, locate the apples of your cheeks, brush on a light dusting of your favorite pigmented blush!
What the Muse says: The final effect is a pretty sunny bronzed look! I love breaking up my matte bronzer with a touch of color as it looks more natural and pretty this way rather than a blah brown shade on my cheeks I can get a nice bronze finish with hints of pink or peach by using a richer blush color. Try it with MAC Mineralized Blushes as they are richly pigmented with plenty of pop!
A majority of bronzers are matte but shimmery ones are becoming more and more common. I actually prefer them with a heavy dose of shimmer as it breaks up all that heinous muddy brown! Try pairing your matte bronzers with a bit of shimmer to create a pretty glow on cheeks.
Application Tip: Buff bronzer onto cheeks and apply a fine application of gold or pink shimmer!
What the Muse says: Not many people like glittery, shimmery finishes but I happen to adore them. That’s how I like my makeup. It’s not for everyone but I do think that a tiny bit of shimmer breaks up a matte bronzer beautifully.
Urban Decay Baked Bronzer on it’s own is beautiful but also pairing it up with a cream blush is really a pretty effect. It adheres to skin better and gives a gorgeous flushed, sunny look!
Application Tip: Apply a cream blush to cheeks, I suggest trying out Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, after brush on Urban Decay Baked Bronzer or the shimmery bronzer of your choice.
What the Muse Says: I love the flush of pink contrasted with the deeper brush of golden shimmer that this gives to my cheeks. It’s as if my face was touched by the sun!
Using a fan brush or a skunk brush to apply bronzer is always great for a lighter, more subtle application. It’s easy to go overboard with bronzer during application and using these lighter, less dense brushes allows for a sheer layer of bronzer on your face!
Application Tip: Swirl your fan or skunk brush in your bronzer and sweep onto face and cheeks for a light application. Build up color as needed. Since the brushes only capture the smallest amount of powder you can build up color easily without over doing it!
What the Muse Says: A skunk brush isn’t really meant for bronzers but I like using it to buff a bit of color on my cheeks. It works beautifully with shimmery bronzers in particular.
Bronzers are scary. I should know I’m deadly scared of ’em! They just all look so terribly muddy. If you’re a bit fair of skin or just don’t find the typical brown bronze appealing try out a pink one!
What the Muse Says: Nothing says bronzer like pink for me. Yes, you can look equally sunny with a hint of bronzy pink for cheeks and face! It doesn’t always have to be about brown!
As the economy continues to keep us awake at night maybe bronzers are the furthest thing from your mind. If you happen to have a MAC MSF stashed away somewhere you can recycle it as a killer a bronzer for cheeks!
Application Tip: Try buffing some MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in a golden shade (I suggest Shimpagne) onto cheeks. Spice it up by applying Stila Convertible Color underneath and a splash of your MSF on top for a sparkling, sunny look!
What the Muse Says: MAC Mineralized Skin Finish are ideal as a bronzer since many are golden or bronze in color and have that pretty bronze look to them. Since many of us already have these in our stash you don’t have to spill out cash for a new bronzer, simply use what you already have!
When all else fails and you’re simply a bronzer dummy (like me!) you can turn to some great liquid bronzers to make application a breeze!
Tip: Liquid and cream bronzers are easy to smooth onto cheeks and create just a great a glow as powder. They also wear quite long too!
The Muse is no expert when it comes to bronzers but hopefully some of these tips and tricks help you to get the most of your bronzing experience. Breaking up bronzers and using different techniques for application and of course experimenting with other shades, colors, and products make the normal ho-drum bronzer into a new adventure!
Tell me some of your tips for the best bronzer application!
If you’re looking for some fab finds to get your body beautiful for the Summer do click ahead to enjoy a slew of scrubs, shower gels, lotions, and potions to spoil yourself with this Summer. All of ’em are on the Muse’s Summer Must Have list!
Get your body beautiful!
It’s no secret I like minty products. Anything that smells like mint you can count me in. It’s particularly nice in Summer when you’re taking a shower and enjoying a minty body wash or a shampoo as it gives you that cooling, tingling sensation to keep you nice and cool while the weather is humid and hot! Check out some of my fav minty pics for Summer!
What Lush Says About It: A Revitalizing mint, scape stimulating minty and a bit more mint just to make sure! Shampoo to refresh your head and put a bit of life back into your hair. Wash, Rinse. And that’s about it!
What the Muse Says About It: Minty spearmint refreshes your hair and scalp with a burst of coolness that rinses a long day of hot Summer right out of your hair!
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Hair Mint-Infused Shampoo and Conditioner (Two for $10 at Bath and Body Works)
What They Say About It: Mint Infused shampoo and conditioner for all hair types to leave hair shiny and manageable while imparting moisture and nourishment. Formulated with invigorating Peppermint, this replenishing hair treatment energizes hair while leaving it refreshed and healthy.
What The Muse Says About It: A cooling blast of peppermint tingles through your scalp while getting hair clean and soft! Love that burst of crisp coolness on a humid morning! Just the ticket to get me to wake up.
What They Have To Say About It: A fabulous body wash cocktail with pineapple and ginseng for soft, hydrated skin. This richly lathering shower syrup leaves skin clean, smooth, and silky. Best of all, the pineapple, coconut fragrance will turn your shower into a vacation. Escape!
What The Muse Says About It: Pina Colada just spells Summer! This one is a true treat for the shower. Syrup is a great way to explain it as the formula is such a rich, ooey, gooey texture that softens my skin and scents it with the luscious, juicy smell of pineapples with a hint of coconut. Yum!
Johnson’s SoftWash 2-in-1 Shower and Shave Moisturizing Wash (Available at drugstores $4.99 USD
What They Have To Say About It: A body wash that combines gentle cleansing and smoothing saving in the shower. This new body wash works in two ways to leave skin cleansed, moisturized, and bath smooth after saving.
What The Muse Says About It: Mmmm! A bright, fresh scent that creates luxurious lather in my shower. It makes me smell fresh and clean plus it gets my entire body soft and silky smooth. And hey it double tasks as a shaving agent plus did I mention it’s cheap as day old chips?
Tame the locks I say. Humidity sets in and frizz follows after. If you happen to need a bit and a bob to keep your hair in place and together check out my pick for keeping Summer out of your hair.
What They Say About It: Soothing fragrance awakens your senses. Skin is revitalized with a refreshing herbal cleanser infused with carefully selected plants and herb essences.
What The Muse Says About It: Bloom Bath and Body products have been on my shelves for a very long, long time. Energy happens to be my favorite scent from Bloom and utterly Summer friendly with it’s crisp, herbal citrus scent it’s a sure favorite. I just wish Bloom wasn’t so bloody difficult to locate!
What They Have To Say About It: A Super Gloss-Giving Radiance and Repair Mask Treatment for All Hair Types that leaves hair smooth and shiny while coating and controlling split ends.
What The Muse Says About It: It has that signature Soap & Glory scent that I so dearly love and it keeps the frizz right out of my hair, ’nuff said.
Everyone wants beach hair but some of us just want to keep the beach (and possibly the pool) out of our hair. Check out my picks for keeping your hair squeaky clean after days of laze at the pool and at the beach!
What They Have To Say About It: New life affirming shampoo for more shine that you thought possible. Dull hair turns into traffic stopping shiny, silky hair with a formula featuring raw salt, seaweed, and lime juice.
What The Muse Says About It: If you want your hair to whistle after you clean you’d best try out Lush Big. This is possibly the best clarifying treatment you’ll ever come across in this life and your next. But please, if you dye your hair, beware!
What They Have to Say About It: Specially enhanced triple strength conditioner. Seamlessly combines soya milk, yoghurt, and fresh melon. Tempting to use a handful so do it!
What The Muse Says About It: Let me tell you after using Big you’ll need a healthy dose of Retread to get locks back in the calm. This super conditioner makes hair soft, manageable, and fresh smelling! Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo ($19.50 USD from Lush)
What They Have To Say About It: Absolutely Gorgeous Coconut and Vanilla Conditioning Shampoo. To control thick, curly hair and make it soft, shiny, and smooth this deeply moisturizing, emollient shampoo is made of 15% coconut!
What The Muse Says About It: Curly locks? No problem, your solution awaits you with a tub of Curly Wurly. Adds just enough weight to hair to keep curls soft, smooth, and frizz free plus it has chunks and chunks of shredded coconut…doesn’t coconut so remind you of Summer?
Your legs and arms aren’t hiding away anymore. Summer is here and your skin is on display alot more. You’ll need a scrub or two and a good moisturizer to keep all those rough bits smooth and soft! Check out my favs!
Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub ($16.99 USD from Target)
What They Have To Say About It: Use Sugar Crush in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly depending on your scaliness (make it four if you’ve ever been labeled old lizard legs!).
What The Muse Says About It: Smells just like a cool 7-Up! Fresh, Crisp, and Effervescent this scrub gets rough bits smooth and silky once again! When can we have a matching body lotion S&G?
Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter ($14.99 from Target)
What They Have To Say About It: A body moisturizing formula so virtuous you might swear you’re wearing velvet.
What The Muse Says About It: Hey kids! It smells like that great Soap and Glory scent…need I say more? Ok, ok I’ll say more. Thick, creamy, and moisturizing, now I really need not say more, you get it.
We all like to smell sweet and pretty but how about our hair? It’s just as important isn’t it? Try out my top pick to get locks smelling sweet!
Make Me Smooth Make My Hair Smell Deelish Perfume Detangling Mist for Hair (Available from Make Me Smooth for $9.99)
What They Have To Say About It: This refreshing Body & Hair mist is super duper for leaving the body fresh, and amazing at detangling the hair. Leaves your skin and hair lightly scented after a shower or bath.
What The Muse Says About It: It’s customizable! Available in over 100 different scents, god I love variety. Plus you can use it on hair and body, god I love multitasking products! What more does one need? My favs? Snowcakes, a Lush Snowcake dupe and Georgia’s A Peach, sweet, juicy peach scent!
Mmm swine flu. It somehow woke the world up to the evolution of washing your hands. The Muse is a chronic hand washer already but thankfully the rest of the population is finally catching up. Check out my pick for getting my hands nice and clean!
Soap and Glory Wash Your Hands Of It ($9.99 USD from Target)
What They Have To Say About It: Shea butter and silky soft liquid hand wash with soothing lime tree blossom and a built-in skin conditioner!
What The Muse Says About It: You know the drill….it smells like Soap and Glory…shrug…sorry it’s true.
Check below for my favorite picks to get feet in shape for sandals this Summer!
Frills Hey, Sugar Pineapple Sugar Hand and Foot Scrub
What They Have To Say About It: Who knew the pineapples and sugar cane of Hawaii could be this good for your hands and feet. Blended into this moisturizing gel scrub, they’re the ultimate exfoliating treat for smooth, sweet hands and feet!
What They Muse Has To Say About It: It’s cheap and it comes in single packs! 50 cents per a pack baby! w00t! Check your local drugstores for these as they are normally on end caps (or on Evil-bay too in lots of 3 or more). At 50 cents they are a steal plus it’s a slice and use packet which can be tossed after use. No mess, no fuss, just goodness for getting feet into tip top shape for your flip flops!
Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer ($5.49 USD At Drugstore.com)
What They Have To Say About It: 4 in 1 Cleanses, exfoliates, massages and moisturizes with glycerin, olive oil, shea butter, and eucalyptus.
What I Have To Say About It: Oh hai cheapness! This cheap little foot scrubber is ideal for getting feet in fine form for the warm weather. Simply wet the sponge to release a cream lather and begin scrubbing the bottom of feet and heels. Gets them super smooth, super fast!
Time to shave the legs. You may have been hiding your hairy legs under heavy jeans and sweats this Winter but now it’s time to get rid of that fuzz. Check out one of my top picks for getting the closest shave this season!
Rolling Razor Pomegranate Shaving Cream ($8.95 USD at Rolling Razor)
What They Have To Say About It: Underarm irritation is a thing of the past. Our saving cream is hands down the softest and creamiest on the market. Formulated with antioxidant-rich pomegranate, one of nature’s oldest anti-aging resources, the Rolling Razor Shaving Cream later leaves even the difficult skin soft and silky smooth
What The Muse Says About It: Fruity and lush this luxurious shaving cream makes my legs silky smooth and gives me an incredibly smooth shave. Likey!
Top picks for Summer scents? I has ’em! Check below to see what fragrances I adore for Summer!
What They Have To Say About It: Never one to get lost in the crowd, G leads her crew in a white, corseted top and a blue miniskirt á la Alice in Wonderland. Quirky, unique, and undeniably cool, G is the leader of the pack. Her scent is an oriental, fruity, gourmand fragrance with notes of fresh coconut, jasmine, and cotton woods.
What They Muse Says About It: A blend of hot coconut with hints of fruit, jasmine, and just a touch of musk make G my very favorite Summer blend. It simply smells like Summer and the beach.
What They Have To Say About It: Sex on the Beach Cocktail, a sensory sensation; an inviting and refreshing combination of Vodka, unsweetened Pineapple Juice, a touch of Raspberry liquor, a hint of Melon liquor and a splash of Cranberry.
What The Muse Says About It: Pineapples, raspberry, melon, and a certain tart twang make this scent ideal for Summer time lovin’!
What They Have To Say About It: This freshly scented Eau de Parfum is inspired by our most-loved, favorite original formulary, Lemon Body Cream. The pure, sparkling Lemon fragrance blends effervescent citrus notes with green lemon leaves and sensual, creamy undertones of warm white musk.
What The Muse Says About It: Even though the scent fails to last more than two hours this parfum is making it’s way to my top Summer pick this year. The crisp, refreshing, fruity yet tart blend of lemons is enough to make any girl happy. Love, love, love it!
These are just a few of my favorites for getting my body beautiful this Summer season. They are all currently topping my favorite list and items that I use daily. Lord knows it’s difficult weeding through a sea of product and latching on to a favorite but these are definitely making a guest starring appearance on my Summer Must Have List.
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
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.
As Summer approaches I’m all about lighter coverage, lighter makeup, just less of everything. I’m really minimal about my makeup regime this Summer and keeping it simple is where it’s at for me. In keeping in the theme of lighter makeup I’m always on the look out for the best tinted moisturizer around but never really found just the right one. I do really love Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer but I’ve cheated on it and tried others in the name of beauty blogging.
My quest brought me to Benefit You Rebel Lite last Summer and ever after it’s played an important role in my “run out of the house with as little on my face as possible” routine.
My sister SWEARS by the original Benefit You Rebel. I’m talking can’t live without. But why is beyond me, because no offense Benefit, that stuff is crazy dark and makes me look like a big blob of orangey bronze badness. When the lite version was released I was all about trying it out for myself and I’m pretty glad I did because it’s one of the very few tinted moisturizers I enjoy using!
Jump for it!
Rather random review isn’t it? Benefit You Rebel Lite isn’t new by any means so why am I reviewing it now? I think it deserves a mention because I’m sure, like me, many of you are seeking that perfect light coverage to get you through the long, humid days ahead. What better way to get that coverage than with a tinted moisturizer? Preferable one that works well.
It deserves to be mentioned my first few tries with You Rebel weren’t exactly great. I didn’t really like the results, wasn’t too keen on the overall look, and wasn’t loving the formula. But it’s since oddly grown on me and I find I reach for alot it more daily even when it’s not hot outside or Summer for that matter. These are the days I want to look flawless but I’m not in the mood to go through the entire process of primer, base, foundation, etc…etc….etc….
Right off the bat it’s greasy and it’s oily. It feels pretty darn greasy going on and has a bit of an oily texture. Don’t say I didn’t warn you kids. Now, putting that aside I will say my skin seems to love it but my skin is dry and it sucks up any moisture it can get so even though it feels greasy as hell on my fingers it ends up blending very well onto my skin. Funny as it’s oil free but indeed that’s the feel of the formula all the way.
Secondly, it has a really low SPF of 15. I suppose you’re not going to get much better than 15 in a tinted moisturizer, 30 if you happen to be lucky which is why you should prep prior with your regular SPF for extra coverage if you’re as anal about the sun as I am.
Aside from these two possible flaws it does manage to even out my skin tone and create a nice, lightweight coverage that I can apply a pinch of blush to and be gone. No insanity, no huge makeup regime. Concealer, You Rebel, and a bit of cheek stain and gloss and I’m good to go! It’s possibly one of the better tinted moisturizers I’ve tried since it’s considerably more pigmented than most so it successfully evens out my skin tone plus erases dullness. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with clogged pores or oily skin as this has the potential to be a bomb for that type of skin. However, if you have dry skin and virtually clear pores or no pores like me your skin should suck it up and enjoy.
I also wouldn’t recommend a tinted moisturizer to anyone who desires extra coverage. The point is it’s sheer, lightweight coverage so if you’re wanting to cover a ton of skin woes this isn’t going to do that for you. Stick to regular foundation for that.
If you’re wanting a simple way to create a good working canvas for a light application of makeup I definitely suggest checking out Benefit You Rebel Lite. It’s one of the better tinted moisturizers I’ve tried out.