Mid-Range Makeup Brands
mark has a brand new collection of Self Sanctuary Berry Cranberry Scented products. The collection includes a slew of luxurious, inexpensive goodies to scent you up with a blend of sugar coated cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Sounds berry-lish to this Muse!
Jump ahead for a peep!
mark Self Sanctuary Berry Cranberry Body Butter ($8)
Drench skin in a berry melody with this body butter!
mark Self Sanctuary Berry Cranberry Shower Wash ($6)
Lather up with this moisturizing shower gel!
mark Self Sanctuary Berry Cranberry Moisture Milk ($6)
Step put of your shower and hydrate your skin with this moisturizing lotion! Tip: Layering products will make the scent linger longer!
mark Self Sanctuary Berry Cranberry Scent Mist ($12)
Mist up with this unique blend of berries!
Overall, the mark Self Sanctuary Berry Cranberry Collection is a unique blend of berries. I’m quite interested to see what the combination of cranberry, raspberry, and blueberry smells like. I suspect intensely sweet which is exactly how I like my fragrances. It’s inexpensive so it’s a rather nice little treat for yourself without breaking the bank. I think I’ll snag the mist to start.
It’s available now from the mark website!
The Muse has been fiddling about with Tarte ReCreate Foundation for a few months now. It’s chock full of interesting features one of which is very important, anti-aging. Can’t say there are a slew of anti-aging foundations on the market that I know of. The novelty of a foundation that would aid me in keeping my skin youthful and fresh sounded incredible.
Jump ahead for the deets and review.
Like many foundation, Tarte ReCreate Foundation has plenty of good points and a few bad.
It’s paraben-free, natural formula is a very good point particularly if you’re super conscious of what goes into your makeup. The fact that it contains an SPF 15 is another good point but I do think that’s a tad low in the sun protection department. And most important of all it’s interesting “wrinkle rewind” technology which holds a claim of being clinically proven to decrease fine lines and wrinkles while increasing moisture, toning, and firming the skin.
All this is very appealing however I may not be getting the full benefit of it as I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles on my face as of yet so I can’t speak for whether it’s improving any of that. I also can’t say if it’s working at keeping my skin youthful as a few short months of use would never be enough time to judge that however that doesn’t stop me from loving the idea that it could very well be protecting my skin and preventing wrinkles.
The formula is creamy, moisturizing and blends flawlessly onto my skin. It’s a tad on the runny side but not in a bad way as that allows it to easily absorb into my dry skin. It’s not incredibly pigmented but it’s rich enough to allow light to medium coverage but if you have major skin care woes you’re wanting to cover it probably won’t completely help that case (even though it says full coverage I felt it wasn’t pigmented enough for total coverage). I’ve heard it tends to sink and settle into pores but I don’t have large pores so it sits comfortable on my skin and almost feels like a glove…it’s not a silicon feel but it feels interesting during first application.
I’m also a big lover of the packaging. It comes in a pump style tube that dispenses just the right amount of product. Fantastically clean, mess-free distribution makes it a winner in the packaging department!
Now my main problem with it…
All the colors have an incredible amount of unflattering beige to them. Even the very lightest ivory looks like a muddy beige shade. This in itself was a deal breaker for me as it made me look terribly old and uneven. The shade was just wrong. I did do a ton of swatches of other shades and all of them were just sadly wrong for my tone. MAC seems to have a similar problem when it comes to foundation as many of their shades have incredible amounts of either orange or beige and of course drugstore brands as well.
Overall, if the interesting concept of an anti-aging foundation appeals to me in a major way and I like the formula of the foundation as well as it’s light and feels nice on my face. However, the shade selection does need considerably improvement and I can’t say I’d indulge again once I’m done with this one.
Anyone try Tarte ReCreate?
Not so much?
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I did wonder when Kat Von D would pop up with her own liner considering she’s known for her heavily lined eyes. The new Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is the latest offering from the Kat Von D Cosmetic Collection available at Sephora.
Available in two shades of blue and black this liquid liner pen works on face and body. I suppose you can create some incredibly dramatic eyes with this as a liquid liner as it has a nice precise point as seen in pictures but in regards to using it on your body hmmmm…..you can create temporary works of art that are water resistant on your skin but the Muse doesn’t suggest using it on your skin and proceeding to use it on your eyes, perhaps buy two?
I’m not an artist but I like the concept.
What do you think?
Barbie still loves Stila by the very way. So much so that she has her own color collection releasing shortly from Stila!
Take the jump for the complete details!
Unlike the first release this collection focuses on individual color cosmetics with a Barbie Loves Stila theme. The collection is available for a limited time from Sephora (online and in store), Ulta, and Stila Cosmetics website.
The following items will be released shortly.
Barbie Loves Stila Lip Enamel Trio ($32) Includes shades Happiness (light pink), Tickled Pink (signature power pink shade made exclusively for this collection), and Joy (red)
Barbie Loves Stila LipGlaze ($22) Available in Pale Pink, Bright Pink, or Red
Barbie Loves Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner ($20)
Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pot ($20) Available on Cobalt Clutch which is a bright blue with blue shimmer. Features a cute Barbie image on the lid of the pot.
Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Palette ($28) Quite a value and a different style palette for Stila. Includes four pans of color split into three shades for a total of 12 shadows!
Looks rather fabulous doesn’t it?
It’s out and available as of August 27th so very shortly kiddies!
I’m excited. How about you?
Tell the Muse!
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“One winter day, the queen was doing needle work while gazing out her ebony window at the new fallen snow. A bird flew by the window startling the queen and she pricked her finger. A single drop of blood fell on the snow outside her window. As she looked at the blood on the snow she said to herself, “Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.”-Quote from Snow White
Indeed, skin as white as snow always appeals to this Muse. I’m always looking for the best way to brighten my dull, lackluster skin up. Be it with cleansing oils that promise me whiter, brighter skin or moisturizers or even makeup.
My skin on occasion is so very dull it needs all the help it can get to look brighter and more youthful.
My latest discover for brightening up my skin, Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizer.
Take the jump to learn more!
Korres Wild Rose Moisturizer is an intense moisturizer for normal to dry skin. The formula contains whitening wild rose oil to help prevent brown spots caused my sun damage. For me I was ever so hopeful it would aid me with dull skin.
I haven’t been using it long enough to express delights over how it’s brightened my skin but I will give you a few choice details about it and why I’m loving it so far.
The formula is Korres is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, and many other harmful ingredients this alone could prove a key for those wanting to indulge in a healthy skin care product. I must say that although it’s recommended for normal to dry skin I felt the formula was incredibly rich which leads me to recommend it for dryness but only as a night cream for those with normal skin as it could be a bit too much moisture for such a skin type.
It’s quite a heavy moisturizer but still manages to feel very light and absorbs easily without a greasy, oily feel as many thicker moisturizers are known for. Right now my skin simply hates it because it’s so humid out and I need something very light to keep the oily parts of my face in check. However, come Winter my skin will rejoice at such a hydrating formula. It has a pleasant fresh floral scent but I’m so terribly disappointed it wasn’t scented like rose hehe! I adore rose scented skin care.
Overall, with it’s inexpensive price tag ($32), large size, and natural formula it could prove a winner for many. For me I’ll be loving it all through Winter when my dry flaky skin makes a guest starring appearance. The value of it’s size and it’s hydrating formula make me loves it long time. It does contain an SPF 6 but I didn’t mention that above as it’s not equate sun protection in my opinion but than again you’re talking to the girl who wears SPF 95 or more.
Likey very much!
Good one Korres, as always an impressive skin care item.
What are some of your favs from Korres?
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