Mid-Range Makeup Brands
Whoa! Temptalia just scooped the Smashbox Fall Collection 2009 and it’s stunning! Check it!
My eye has been roving over a few Fall Collections here and there but I admit my mouth dropped opening at the Smashbox Reign Collection which is the Smashbox Fall Collection 2009. Smashbox really outdone themselves with this one. Just look at those shadow palette, gasp!
The release includes:
- Smashbox Reign Collection Eye Shadow Palette (Shadows $42)
- Smashbox Reign Collection Jet Set Palette (Liner Duos ($48)
- Smashbox Reign Collection Fusion Blush ($32)
- Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara ($19)
- Smashbox Reign Collection Lip Gloss ($18)
- Smashbox Reign Collection Lip Color ($22)
Overall, a regal collection of Fall goodness from Smashbox. Well done. Can’t wait to swatch and try for myself! I’m salivating at the mouth already!
Anyone else duly impressed with this collection?
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The Muse has raved about Lush Skincare a plenty but she doesn’t think she ever took the time out to review Lush Masks for you. Gasp! Horror! Apologies I’m unsure why their masks never came up prior to this. Forgive me?
Jump ahead to check one of my favorite masks from Lush out!
I’m actually going to admit that I avoid Lush Masks whenever possible. You might wonder why. Allow me to explain.
Lush Masks are normally sold fresh in store and are unavailable (aside from the UK) for purchase from mail order. If you’re in the UK you can purchase them via mail order however those ordering from Lush US are unable to purchase them as they are shipped from Canada so by the time you get your mask it’ll be into it’s expiration date. Ahh…second reason I don’t buy masks much…expiration date. Masks expire within a range of two, three, or four weeks. I find that I stick them in the fridge and never get around to actually using one complete pot before tossing it. I normally try to rush it along by using heaps of the mask on my face so as not to toss it out.
I’ve tried all the masks from Lush and I have to say as much as I adore Lush Skincare the masks aren’t anything to get too excited about. My favorites are A Crash Course in Skincare, Cupcake, and Mask of Magnaminty (this one has a far longer shelf life).
After all my experiments with Lush Masks I’ve never really seen dramatic results which is another reason I stopped using them. By the way many of them smell absolutely awful too, gag! A Crash Course in Skincare smells decent enough with a bit of lime and avocado, sorta of green and herbal like. Not entirely pleasant as it has some sort of underlay of an unidentifiable note but not terrible either.
A Crash Course in Skincare is supposedly a deep cleansing, calming, soothing mask. It has a blend of avocados, yogurt, and clay to refreshen skin. According to Lush you’ll see immediate results. Personally, it feels very nice on my skin, quite cooling after a time in my fridge, and does leave skin dewy with a faint glow but nothing that’s lasting. I normally use it (if I do indulge which is rare) prior to bed and I don’t really wake up with incredible, oh my god skin after use. I apply. let sit for 10-20 minutes, and wash off with cool water. Sure, my skin looks quite nice afterward but guess what? My skin always looks good after a quick rinse with cool water.
The novelty of Lush masks sure does appeal but I’d honestly rather splurge on a pack of Kanebo Super Moisturizing Masks. I see better results.
If you’ve ever been interested in trying Lush Masks they are worthy of a look at but don’t expect miracles.
Anyone a Lush Mask fan?
Tell us your favs and how they make your skin look good!
One of my all time favorite purchases recently is the Too Faced FlatBuki Brush. I held off purchasing this for a while since I have so many facial brushes (kabuki and otherwise) it seemed a terrible waste to get another. After seeing the brush in person, purchasing it, and finally using it, I find myself asking, “How did you ever get along without this little brush?”
Jump ahead for a brief review on the Too Faced Flatbuki Brush!
With a mere $12.50 price tag this is probably one of thee cheapest (and perhaps tiniest) brush in my collection. I think it’s well worth a check out and purchase for the price as it multitasks at applying bronzes, blushers, powders, and shimmers perfectly onto your face with little to no work on your part. A quick tap and swirl blends color seamlessly on my cheeks.
The Too Faced Flatbuki is actually a smaller version of the regular Too Faced Retractable Kabuki. Mind you this isn’t retractable nor does it have the standard kabuki look or feel. The brush is a flat head and not as dense or round as many other kabuki styles. It’s flat, very soft, and lacks the density of a regular kabuki style brush. The flat head allows it to fit nicely onto the contour of cheeks and allows for a nice sweeping motion for blush application. I personally wouldn’t attempt mineral foundation with this style brush but for using with blushes, bronzers, or other powder it’s a winner.
The brush is particularly great for brighter blushes or bronzers as the bristles pick up just the right amount of color without overdoing it. You can gradually build color up without going overboard. The brush feels incredible on my face as the bristles are incredible soft. It sports a cute pink metallic handle with a floral motif which is particularly flattering if you’re a lover of girly pink bits and bobs.
I simply adore the brush and recommend snagging one especially with it’s inexpensive price tag. The only thing that can be annoying is it’s not particularly travel friendly and can get easily get crushed in your makeup bag. But hey that goes for any style kabuki brush or brushes in general.
Great value for a sweet little multitasking brush that makes makeup application a snap.
Check out this cute set from 100% Pure:
$24 bucks snags you three great products from 100% Pure in their first foray into styling products.
See more after the jump!
Count me curious about these. I’m a convert to 100% Pure after trying one of their makeup kits recently so I can get on board with good for you haircare product. This kit gets you three items for keeping hair under lock and ridding you of the evil frizz.
You’ll get 100% Pure Glossy Locks Anti-Frizz Smoothing Hair Balm plus 100% Pure Honey Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner.
I wants. I need all the help I can get for Summer frizz with my wavy locks.