Mid-Range Makeup Brands
Ahh the joys of being a lazy Muse. It happens on occasion don’t you know? I come home late, I’m tired, I’m trying to wind it down from a stressful day and I’m quite lazy enough that I’m not wanting to deal with my 20 step program to remove makeup, it’s a chore being me. When I’m busy being a lazy little bum I head for makeup wipes to clean my face on the fly so I can head straight to my bed and watch 10 Things I Hate About You on my Tivo Playlist. Gawd, that Ethan Peck
is all kinds of cuteness.
My latest discovery for wiping off fast are the new Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes. Oh joy they smell so pretties and are terribly cheap too, loves it!
Check it after the review.
If you don’t really like makeup remover wipes I highly suggest grabbing a package of Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes just for the sake of sniffing them. You can totally get high off this scent. I guess it’s supposed to be the scent of Pomegranate but it falls into more of a fresh, rosy, floral mysterious scent that my nose can’t identify outside of saying, “oh my god so beautiful!” Excuse me Korres can we get a body spray or something in this scent? Soooo good!
On top of awesome smelling they also do a mighty fine job of a quickie clean up on my face. Sadly, they aren’t going to wipe off heavy duty waterproof mascara but they do a decent job of wiping off the rest of the gunk that needs taking off my face at the end of a long night. The cloths are nice and thick and have a smooth, soft texture. They are good for both combination and oily skin types and won’t dry out your skin and supposedly they even tighten up pores. They aren’t terribly saturated but they do have just enough remover on them to get off much of your makeup on those lazy nights when Ethan Peck is waiting for you on your Tivo.
Overall, if you’re looking for an inexpensive ($12 for 25 wipes), great smelling wipe that’s paraben free and created with good for you ingredients Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes is the way to go. They aren’t going to do the job of your normal cleansing routine but they are great for quickie makeup removal on the fly.
All the yak from my face eww!
As for this Muse she’s off to smell them some more….!
When the Muse set eyes on the new Victoria’s Secret Silky Eyeshadow she got all kinds of hyper and excited. Looking at the display of gorgeous shadows is too tempting as the shimmering jewel shades sparkle so brilliantly under the hot, bright lights in store. Once you get past the gorgeous shades and incredible finish you’ll stumble upon the fact they are merely $10 bucks each. Omg! Makeup nirvana surely this is it.
Jump ahead for a peep at the brand new revamped Victoria’s Secret Silky Eyeshadows and hear what I think!
The new shadows are available in two finishes, Lustre and Sparkle. Of course the Muse was all about the sparkle. The shades on display just make you want to haul them all as they shimmer and shine like little square gems, too pretty. Each shadow is $10 dollars and I was truly tempted to haul away especially after swatching and seeing how richly pigmented they are.
First off I will say the pigmentation is incredible upon swatch. It’s a rich pigment with a heavy duty sparkle. Actually, after getting them home I did think that it was a bit TOO much shimmer, gasp I know? Too much shimmer? Has the Muse gone loco? But it’s true the finish is a tad too shimmery even for the likes of me. I didn’t swatch the Lustre finish and ended up hauling three shades from the sparkle line and I’m actually relieved it was only three as it turns out they aren’t as great as I had hoped.
I ended up with three shades which were Gaze (Olive Green), 24K (Buttery Golden Yellow), and Glided Fierce (Black with Gold Shimmer) Glided Fierce is also available the Christian Siriano Victoria’s Secret Cosmetic Collection
As mentioned swatching was great but working with the formula ended up to be an overall crummy experience. The formula is a creamy, powdery texture which is beautiful but causes major fall out, this was problem 1. As pigmented as these swatch they aren’t nearly as great applied on the eye, problem 2. You need a good build up of product before seeing good color payoff. This could be because the product fails to blend great or it’s just a flaw with the formula but after my first stroke I needed at least two more layers to get a good pop of color. Brushes are a big no, you’ll need a sponge applicator to properly place color on the lid. Even with proper priming (my believed UDPP never fails me) the shadow was creased and gross by the end of the day, not a cool look. I’m shocked as Urban Decay Primer Potion is not to blame as it normally bulletproofs my shadow.
Overall, I really had a difficult time working with these. It’s a mystery to me as truly they swatch so beautifully but the formula just doesn’t live up to what I was expecting. I’m wondering if VS will take these back as I’m unsure what the return policy is for used makeup. At this point I’m really considering getting my money as you can count me unimpressed and disappointed. They are definitely a big improvement over the shadows VS used to carry but this doesn’t change the fact they aren’t as great as I had hoped for.
Oh well can’t win ‘em all.
Regardless of how I’m feeling about these I do urge you to head in store and have a swatch for yourself I’m curious what you think. I think I’ll explore the lustre finish to see if that works out better and I’ll continue playing with these to see if I can get a better payoff.
Here’s a look I created using Gaze
Anyone try yet?
Tell the Muse!
Kat Von D showed up at the Teen Choice Awards with a new blonde do. Honestly, I’m not sure which disturbs me more that she was at the Teen Choice Awards or that she’s now blonde. Her hair looks somewhat like a wig though and not a color job? I prefer Kat as a brunette myself but I will say, stringy, straw-looking hair aside, the blonde locks look good but we my need a little conditioner because at the moment it has a too long in the fryer look about it!
Proper Teen Choice attire?
What do you think?
Kat Von D as a blonde?
Yay or Nay?
If you haven’t already noticed Victoria’s Secret has revamped and updated it’s main makeup line. This is the 3rd time that VS has repackaged the line but it’s the least dramatic revamp of the three times. I’m honestly not sure what I expected but I didn’t think it would be quite so similar to the standard black cases of old.
Hear my initial thoughts and see some photos of the new line after the jump!
As I said I was a little surprised that the changes weren’t particularly dramatic. The main change would be an introduction of new products, a Victoria’s Pro Makeup Collection, and compacts now have viewing windows where as before they were closed.
First off the main line of shadows include singles and now quad strip style shadows. If you’re a sparkle girl you’ll absolutely adore the singles as they are heavily pigmented with a major shimmer finish (I’ll tell you a bit more about these in my review that’s scheduled for later today) and the strip eyeshadows have a very faint shimmer with four strips of graduating colors. The Victoria’s Secret Eye Shadow Quad is $15 where as the Victoria’s Secret Silky Eye Shadow Singles are $10 each. I’d say they are fairly reasonable priced.
Lip items are pretty much the same lot of items that VS always carried aside from a new slim line lipstick.
Face products seem to be pretty much the same as well with little minor differences. Concealer is pretty much the same wand style and foundation has a new revamped rounded bottle packaging. The mosaic blush powders I’ve come to associate with VS are now replaced with a Blush Trio. There isn’t anything dramatically different about the face products but the tiny updates could tempt you to stay and play a little with the products to get a feel for them.
The new Victoria’s Secret Pro Makeup Collection consists of a few items that are located on the top tier of the display. These items include the following:
Victoria’s Secret Airbrush FX Face Primer SPF 20 ($14)
Victoria’s Secret Radiant FX Face Illuminator ($14)
Victoria’s Secret Camouflage FX Concealer Palette ($14)
Victoria’s Secret Matte FX Blotting Gel ($16)
Victoria’s Secret Brow FX Grooming Gel ($8)
Victoria’s Secret Lastig FX Eye Shadow Primer ($8)
I found it interesting they are doing a shadow primer, face primer, and concealer palette. I love they took the initiative to make affordable pro products for perfecting the face. I haven’t indulged in anything as I’m a tiny bit worried about quality but count me curious.
Overall, the line looks promising. I had a little swatch and play a few days ago and was pretty excited to discover some new products as well as old favorites with tiny differences. At the moment my wish list is packed so I probably won’t purchase anything but I’m looking forward to reading a few reviews to see how users are feeling about the collection. It’s also quite inexpensive for many of the items which makes them worthy of a peep.
At the moment if you head in store they have a coupon booklet which entitles you to $10 off your $30 purchase. You can purchase any three products and get $10 off. I used this to purchase three shadows for $20 which was a great deal as it would come to $30 without the coupon.
What do you think?
Have you seen the new Victoria’s Secret Makeup Collection?
Think you’ll buy anything from it?
Tell the Muse!
One wonders if DuWop was trying to capture the interest of Twilight or True Blood fans when they created Lip Venom V. Honestly, I get a more Lafayette Reynolds flamboyant self vibe from a bottle of V. Visions of Lafayette prancing himself around Bon Temps hooking bottles of DuWop V isn’t hard to imagine. Honestly, the image fits better than Edward Cullen or Twilight.
But I guess blood red is blood red and can be associated with vampires in general. DuWop Lip Venom V holds a little bit of the vampire world and the human world when combined creates a shocking red shade that looks like you’ve just been bitten or taken a bite out of someone….
Jump for it!
This special limited edition Lip Venom is a shimmering crimson lip stain suspended in a venom-laced liquid lip conditioner. Don’t expect a glossy finish from this as it’s simply a blood red stain for lips. The formula is much like mixing oil and water as the lip conditioner and stain don’t exactly jive together unless shaken hard before use. If you happen to be sensitive do stay clear away as it has a serious bite ouch! Unlike DuWop Lip Venom’s regular formula this appears to have a seriously harsh, uncomfortable stinging sensation if you aren’t prepared for it. I find that DuWop’s regular glosses just have a bit of a warm sting but this is more of a stinging bite that makes lips sensitive to even touch with the applicator if you want to build color up!
After being shaken
I’m still in debate whether I actually like the product or not. I did think it would be a glossy, red stain however I was disappointed to find out it’s simply a stain. No gloss here folks. I generally like stains for my lips however this is a tad too red so it’s best to apply very lightly to avoid looking like Bozo the Clown. Goth lovers rejoice as if it’s super pale skin and juicy, pigmented red lips is that you fancy, DuWop Lip Venom V will be sure to deliver.
Strangely enough on swatch you won’t see much of a color payoff but upon contact with your lips you’ll notice an intense, richly pigmented shade of red. Red can be a sophisticated, classy color but this could prove a little too much for some.
I found a light application was the safest and most flattering bet for me. It gives my lips a just bitten look that’s quite pretty. Heavier application leaves me looking like I just took a sip from someone’s neck.
Overall, I adore the idea and concept behind the product. Twilight is such great brain mush teen lit it’s hard not to love it so I’m always on board the marketing train for anything they put out. Although it could be seen as a cop out for some and a way to feed the Twilight cash cow as for me I kinda feel it’s a unique offering and a fun concept.
Honestly, I’m still thinking it’s got that True Blood feeling to it, a little blood red for the fang bangers out there!
Anyone try yet?