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Sephora Friends and Family Checklist

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!

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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.

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Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash
Cargo Blu_Ray Concealer
Benefit Lemon-Aid
Benefit Powderflage
Benefit Boi-ing
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:

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Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Bare Escentuals Glimmer
theBalm Overshadow

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:

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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!

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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!

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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!

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NARS Blush
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!

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Urban Decay Lipstick
NARS Lipgloss
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss
Stila Lipglaze
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!

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NARS Eyeliner
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!

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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!

Happy Days!

Don’t forget to stop back here and tell the Muse all the deets on YOUR order!

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Benefit Powderflage Review

You have to be excited about this review right?

As discussed in my earlier article Benefit has introduced a brand new product called Powderflage and guess what? It happens to be brilliant.

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Ok, although Benefit Powderflage gets a big hooray from me there is one minor rant that I should get to first.

The fan brush.

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I was quite excited about the fan brush that came with the kit. It was very cool that Benefit was including a brush for application with Powderflage and I was both thankful and happy to have something to use with this. Although, I was worried that a fan brush wouldn’t be so great for application, I still felt like it was rather a nice item to include. I’ve always used my 190SE to apply this type of powder. The 190 fits snug under my eye and picks up just the right amount of powder for this delicate area. But hey, I was willing to try out a fan brush to apply the powder! Why not! The Muse is all about adventurous new makeup techniques!

Umm…

The fan brush…..

Can you say mini? Can you say very, very, very small….wow…..

I was a bit disappointed at the minuscule size of the brush. What in the world was I supposed to do with this?!

The brush is ridiculously tiny.

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Well….

Aside from my minor rant about the brush I will proceed to turn that frown upside in a second when I tell you about how the brush actually works even though it’s size is ridiculously tiny!

Now Benefit went ahead and brought back the wonderful packaging from days of old. This excites the Muse and makes her very happy. The Muse remembers when Benefit used to sport this style of packaging for most of it’s cosmetics. I remember when Benetint and Glamazon came in a cardboard tube like this. I also happen to remember when Mr. Frosty and other eye pencils by Benefit came in cardboard tubes as well! Am I dating myself or do you guys remember that too? I love that Benefit is returning to it’s roots and I hope in the future they’ll continue to re-introduce this great packaging.

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Anyway enough gushing about the packaging eh? You want the review dontcha?

So Powderflage what’s it for? Who can use it? What’s it do? Etc…etc…

Powderflage makes some big promises. It promises to banish dark circles and brighten up your eye area it also promises to erase fine lines. Does it? Yes, but with a trick.

This super fine powder is weightless and near transparent. Although it sports a slight shimmer and a shade of pink have no fear as the formula is pretty much colorless. Now I’ve tried a similar product from Laura Mercier which I reviewed in the past, I wasn’t too thrilled with the Laura Mercier version for a few reasons one of which was the fact that it settled into fine lines. To add insult to injury the product was also very white and not so transparent as it claimed so each time I applied my under eyes were left looking quite ghastly and ghostly.

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Now Benefit Powderflage gets it all right. The powder’s formula is a good deal lighter in comparison to Laura Mercier so it doesn’t settle into my fine lines plus the fact that it’s so light it breezes across my under eyes brightening them up without leaving behind a layer of product that not only ages me but also makes me look quite white and pale around the eye area. Yes, it does indeed erase fine lines and gives an airbrushed, flawless finish to my eyes. Loves it! And yes it does indeed brighten the eye area up making it appear not only flawless but awake and refreshed.

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Does it work at covering dark circles?

No. I personally don’t believe you can use this on it’s own to cover heavy dark circles however if you’re younger or need lighter coverage than yes absolutely you can get away with using this as your concealer.

Personally I need extra coverage so I conceal my eyes using my normal concealer and I proceed to follow up with Benefit Powderflage for a bit of extra coverage, extra brightening, and it also happens to work a treat at setting and holding my concealer in place all day long.

Now as I said I was quite devastated by the tiny little fan brush but turns out it makes the absolute perfect item for “flagging” on Powderflage!

The powder is so very fine that you’ll need something tiny to pick it up and in comes Benefit’s small little fan brush that helps apply Powderflage like a dream. The fan brush picks up just enough product to smooth under your eyes while fitting the contour of the eye beautifully well. It’s size is ideal for getting just the amount of powder where you need it without ever leaving behind a heavy layer that will settle into fine lines. A few strokes and your eyes will look beautifully awake and ready for the world. In the end I’m happy that Benefit thought to include such a great little brush for application so you see it’s not bad at all but quite helpful!

Do I love Benefit Powderflage? YES! I adore it. It’s fabulous! We have another winner from Benefit here.

Wakes up my tired eyes, sets my concealer beautifully well, erases fine little lines in an instant, and of course makes me look flawless and gorgeous!

This one you have to try out! Well worth your time in the Muse’s opinion!

I’m slapping a big Muse Approval on it!

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Get it!

I’ll be mad if you don’t icon wink

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Benefit Powderflage

Yak! It’s almost 3 am and the Muse has to be up and awake very soon but she just couldn’t resist telling you all about Benefit’s new Powderflage!

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Although I originally wasn’t loving Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder I’ve kinda made my peace with it and I find I reach for it daily which is why I got hyper and excited about Benefit Powderflage!

Now….I must say that I think a pale pink powder will work much better than the ghostly white LM Secret Brightening Powder sports!

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Hey Muse, what is this stuff anyway?

If you’re unfamiliar with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder you may be wondering what it is and what Powderflage is! Allow your Muse to explain!

Powderflage promises to brighten dark circles and fine lines by dusting on this pale pink powder and taking you from the 2 hours of sleep effect aka how the Muse will feel in a bit when it’s time to wake up and transforming it into 12 hours of fresh, well rested! Brighten your eye area, conceal your dark circles, and make a more beautiful you with a quick sweep of a brush!

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Yay! Exciting!

Now Laura Mercier’s powder doesn’t quite promise that. You’re supposed to use it in conjunction with your concealer. I will definately try out Powderflage as a concealer but I doubt I can trust a mere powder to conceal my wicked bad dark circles so I’ll probably be concealing with liquid or cream and applying Powderflage ontop for extra brightening! But hey, who knows this could be the miracle product we seek! Benefit’s been known to put out a miracle product here and there that I can’t live without!

We shall see!

A review comes soon of course as the Muse needs to be the first kid on the block to own this little bad boy!

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Guess what? Benefit Powderflage is already on sale at Benefit Cosmetics website! Check it out! Click! $28 USD for the powder…but I’m wondering does it come with the brush? I think it does…how awesome is that? Loves it!

Scratch that the Muse’s tired eyes have focused and she noticed the canister read “set” which means indeed it comes with the brush! Really likey that!

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Benefit B Spot Review

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I recently got my greedy hands on Benefit B Spot while I was at Macy’s and although I wasn’t intending to buy after one sniff I knew I needed to have this.

I originally blogged about this but didn’t really think I’d indulge as I knew of a few other fragrances I really wanted to try prior to shelling out my cash for this particular scent however I sure am glad I decided to stop and sniff.

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It’s simply gorgeous. I really should have know as such since Benefit’s Maybe Baby is such a roaring success with the Muse (and the Muse’s sister who possibly loves it more than me!).

The Muse’s stash of Benefit goodies!
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Yay Benefit we have another winner!

I do so admit to thinking the notes on this particular scent were a bit wonky. I mean mangoes, freesia, peony and sandalwood sounds like ALOT to take on. Turns out they all work rather well together in a nice neighborly fashion to create Benefit B Spot.

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I’m not great at explaining scent as you maybe noticed from my previous posts about perfume and such but I’ll do my best. The scent is very calming, very fresh, and very potent. The freesia is the most prominent note in the blend and it dominates however the edge of the sandalwood plus the floral and fruit take away from the cheapness freesia note to create a very unique and interesting blend. Freesia is a lovely scent however it does hold a certain cheapness about it simply because it’s used in so many body sprays around and after a while you begin to associate freesia with every $5 buck body spray you see hanging out on drugstore shelves.

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However, the blend is very, very interesting and unique. It’s quite fresh but it holds a certain seductive feel about it. Interestingly enough spraying this on certain areas of your body will heat the fragrance and allow it to release the scent as your body temperature warms.

Benefit has always successfully created quality Eau de Toilette that holds well, lingers, and creates fantastic throw all day long. The lasting power on this is brilliant. It’ll take you from morning till night with absolutely no touch ups in between and in the case of Eau de Toilette that’s saying ALOT. The scent just lingers on and on!

Recently I was sitting in the back seat of the car with a colleague (and friend) from Chicago who asked what I was wearing. This was saying something as I had sprayed myself with B Spot at 5 AM and here it was going on 6 in the evening and I was obviously still smelling wonderful if she noticed! At $38 USD for 1.7 oz this is not alot to spend on a good quality fragrance that offers considerably long wear.

I think Benefit has ALWAYS excelled at creating super fragrances as Maybe Baby can attest to that.

Benefit B Spot gets a big rave from the Muse and a seal of Muse Approval for purchase!

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Definitely head in to your local counter and try it yourself! I guarantee you won’t be able to walk out of the store without buying one for yourself!

Can’t wait? Click over to Benefit’s website and purchase one for your very self!

Wanna try it but not sure you wanna buy it?

No problem!

Contest time!

This one is easy enough I’d say maybe a bit tricky too!

I’m sure you all know the translation tool Babel Fish correct? I use it constantly as I am always browsing different Japanese, Korean, French, Etc…websites! When my nifty translation widget I have installed in my browser fails me I turn to the popular Babel Fish to do all my translating for me!

So here in lays the quiz question for your chance to win!

Where does the name and the “concept” Babel Fish originate from? Hint: Look to my profile and you’ll notice a hint and a clue that may help you solve this little puzzle!

What’s to win?

I have three small sample sprayers of Benefit B Spot to give away to those who comment correctly!

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Comments will not be posted until Friday so if you comment and your answer does not appear right away that would be why!

Each person who guesses correctly will be entered for a chance to win a small sample sprayer of Benefit B Spot!

Good Luck!

If you’re loving Benefit B Spot check out the invite below celebrating this new fragrance from Benefit!

Check out dates and listings below to see if your area is having a Benefit B Spot event! You’ll receive a complimentary makeup lesson plus a free gift if you spend $65 USD or more on Benefit cosmetics!

Happy Shopping!

Click the image and print the invitation!

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Enjoy some past posts about fragrance by clicking below!

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Demeter Fragrance: The Tootsie Collection (Review Coming Soon….)

Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Shimmering Body Spray Review

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Benefit BSpot

I’m willing to give Benefit’s newest fragrance a try since I’m such a huge fan of Maybe Baby!

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At first glance it sounds like a rather odd combo of notes. A blend of mangos, freesia, peony, and sandalwood? Whoa. That’s alot to partake of in one bottle.

But I’ll give Benefit a chance with this one! I’ll be heading into Sephora to have a sniff! Hey you never know it could be another winner!

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Tried it already?

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