Mid-Range Makeup Brands

Summer Must Have Makeup: Tarte Peaches and Cream Oil-Free Powder Foundation Review

I recently read about Tarte Peaches and Cream Oil-Free Powder Foundation over at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic.

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After reading Christine’s raving review I promptly looked up more reviews for the product and decided I must haves it now! Let me tell you there are quite a few raves surrounding this little product. Although I’m a Tarte fan this is the first time I’ve even heard about this. The worst part about the entire product is it’s freaking limited edition! Ugh! How awful is that? What convinced me further to want to try this out was I got at least ten e-mails over the past two weeks asking “Muse have you tried Tarte Peaches and Cream Foundation?” and I sadly had to say no that I never even heard about it!

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This is probably thee best product you’ll run across at the moment that offers really good yet light coverage plus dries down to a matte, powder finish which is perfect for those humid, hot days. I probably can’t get away with wearing this in the Winter when my skin is drier but right now when I’m sporting a bit of oily skin it’s pure perfection.

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A little tiny dab goes a long way. Simply squirt a small amount on your fingertip and go to town smoothing it down the sides of your nose and spreading outwards to your cheeks, under your lip line, sides of chin, etc….these are areas I need coverage as those are dull spots for me and also shadowy. After this I have a beautiful working canvas for the rest of my makeup or since the coverage is so natural I can simply leave the house with this on and some gloss!

It contains plenty of good for you ingredients like vitamins a, c, and e plus it has an SPF of 20 which is a total plus for me! The color does appear slightly strange. It has a very weird orange beige tinge however it does blend in flawlessly in and leaves my skin looking fresh and awake!

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In my quest for perfect, flawless skin Tarte Peaches & Cream definately gets added to my Summer Must Have list! The fact that it offers excellent coverage while remaining light and natural plus keep my skin matte in the Summer sun makes it a perfect addition to my Summer Must Have Makeup List!

The Muse sportin’ some Tarte Peaches and Cream!
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As you can see from my FOTD (excuse my tired eyes! Didn’t have much sleep last night eep!) the foundation gives a rather fresh, dewy look to my skin!

This retails for $35 USD however allow me to direct you to Tarte’s site now and get 40% off during their Friends and Family Sale! Click!

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In a world of Yay and Nay this one gets a big yay! The Muse likes it! Alot!

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Prescriptives All Minerals Makeup Review

I think I might have unintentionally found the holy grail mineral foundation. Seriously.

First off I should explain that I have a certain dislike (or hate if you prefer) for mineral makeup. When mineral makeup was first making it’s big appearance in the makeup circuit I was the idiot that promptly purchased a Bare Minerals kit. Hey, here it was a kit with everything I needed to look flawless! Awesome!

I got the kit and promptly threw it in the garbage. No joke. The Muse felt it wasn’t even good enough for swap bait!

Coverage was awful, I felt like I had a mask on, and damn was I itchy as hell! That’s not exactly my idea of flawless coverage more along the lines of uncomfortable coverage!

Since that awful experience I’ve kept far away from mineral makeup and decided it was for those with perfect yet oily skin. Those of us with flawed, dry skin were basically out in the cold. No mineral makeup for you guys! Sorry!

About a year ago I felt it was my responsible as a super star blogger (I like the way that sounded…suppppppppppper star…ok sorry..I’ll take it out later, promise, don’t be a killjoy about it! *grumble*) to venture back into the world of mineral makeup. At the moment everyone and their mum has some sort of mineral foundation out on the market. I wonder if Bare Minerals is having a cow over this. Whatta ya think?

Anyway!

The market was particularly saturated in the drugstore where many drugstore cosmetics have taken on the mineral frontier and are trying to boldly go where no cosmetic brand has gone before….I think, maybe, their might be a snark in that statement do to the Muse’s strong distaste for drugstore cosmetics.

As I was saying I’ve been sorta picking and choosing a few brands to try out and I haven’t successfully located any good mineral makeup as of yet aside from Urban Decay’s rather awesome Surreal Skin.

I know MANY of you awesome people have recommended me various e-tailer brands. Thank you! I’ll definately be making some selections soon from those brands however I may not have to since I’ve discovered thee most awesome mineral powder I’ve tried to date.

Prescriptives has introduced it’s own line of mineral foundation and I am in love.

Absolute love.

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I gotta say I am a tad bit disappointed as I was reading reviews for this on MUA and it only got a rating of 3.4 or so. That’s not particularly bad but it’s not awesome either. Who are these people reviewing this? We should take a wanted dead or live warrant out on them!

My first time using this I think I made a little bit of a mess. I was comparing this to other mineral foundation I’ve used so boy was I buffing it on like nobody’s business! I ended up looking like a scary chalky mess. Turns out that the coverage is pretty amazing so a little tiny bit goes a very, very, very long way! This is rare with mineral foundation! I’ve always found I have to pile it on but not the case with Prescriptives All Minerals Makeup. A little tiny bit will give your skin the coverage it needs while remaining light and natural.

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You may have read in a few of my posts this Summer how my skin was going through a rather dull phase due to the overwhelming humidity but I’m looking freaking awesome after application with this. At least I thinks so. It looks so fresh and it really lightens up my face which I love!

Ok, so it has sun protection right plus it contains good for you minerals and it sets the perfect canvas for makeup but get this……the long wearing that they promise…..true. Seriously, long wearing. As in bulletproof long wearing. As in jump in the pool and still look awesome long wearing.

We’re suffering a bit of the typical New York heat wave the past week and a half or so which means we get the normal round of blistering sun plus major waves of humidity. I tell ya…you can seriously do some major testing on your makeup in weather like this.

I walked 8 blocks yesterday in the humidity. 8 blocks isn’t a whole lot for me as I walk alot more but 8 blocks in the humidity tends to feel like 200 blocks. After reaching my destination I feared my face melted right off so I quickly stepped into the ladies to touch up.

No need.

My face was beautiful. No touch ups required. This stuff is seriously waterproof. I was looking as fresh as a daisy hmmm or a rose I can’t decide which. After a quick touch up with gloss I was ready to go! Right at that moment I was wishing I had my camera so I could have done some serious Before and After shots! Coverage pretty much lasts until you remove it. This stuff isn’t going anywhere. I’ve used it for about a week and a half now and I can’t begin to say what a great ride it’s been. I’m shocked, delighted, and amazed at how awesome it is. We have a winner people!

The Muse looking flawless and fresh wearing Prescriptives All Minerals Makeup
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THIS is my first attempt with the powder! I don’t think it looks too bad but you can see that I went a little bit overboard. Remember kids less is more!
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You have 18 shades to choose from so I think everyone should be able to locate at least one shade that’s flattering to your skin tone. Each jar is 0.3 oz in size and $32.50 USD.

The powder is very silky and feels weightless plus I had no itchy feeling that I normally get from mineral powders. I just felt like I had nothing on which is a plus when it comes to powder foundation of any kind. As I mentioned, please for the love of God, a little goes a long way so don’t get crazy!

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Prescriptives has a brush available at a special price of $17 USD when you purchase the mineral foundation. I got it at Macy’s but I’m unsure if you can get one at all counters. It normally retails for $30 USD so that’s a considerable discount.

The buffing brush introduced with the foundation is interesting. I’m unsure if I love it or not yet. It shed a bit which was disappointing but I did like how dense it was and how it picked up a healthy amount of product to buff onto your face. I used the powder with my MAC mini kabuki and I just felt like the Presciptives brush did a much better job of buffing the product into my skin. I’m unsure if that was due to it’s larger size. The bristles are quite soft but…kinda stiff. So I do have a few minor rants about the brush but I’m in a stage where I love and hate it at the same time. I do think at $17 USD it’s kinda sorta worth picking up because it made applying easier.

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I noticed that they have a good selection for darker skinned girls. I noticed that the tones went from nice light coffee shades all the way up to very darker shades so if you find it difficult to get a good match in mineral foundations I think it’s safe to say they should have your color available! Also plenty of the shades were flattering for my lovely Asian girls.

I know, I know many of my Singaporean readers are hating on me right for reviewing this since Prescriptives has pulled out of the Sinaporean market. I’m sorry guys! Definately check around MUA to see if some kind MUA’er can do a CP to grab some of this for you.

This one is Muse Approved for purchase. The Muse likey. Alot. The Muse has found her mineral makeup of choice!

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Check out the shade selections for Prescriptives All Minerals Makeup by clicking here!

Click on over here to see the brush!

Don’t forget you get free standard shipping if you include any All Mineral purchase in your basket! Plus you can choose a free sample with your order!

Tried Prescriptives All Mineral Makeup already?

Loving it?

Want to try it?

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Stay tuned for the new Fall palette that I’ll be featuring shortly from Prescriptives in an upcoming review!

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Too Faced Smoke & Mirrors Fall Collection 2008 Sneak Peek

Remember how I was blogging about the Too Faced Smoke & Mirrors Fall Collection a week or so ago?

Well, I got a sneak peek teaser for you!

Look what came in the mail this weekend:

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Excited about the upcoming review?

I am. The palette box is simply awesome! I’m so eager to start working with it and get on with the review!

Can’t wait for my review? Click here to view more of the collection at the Too Faced website!

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Avon In A Wink Eyeshadow Sheets

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Avon is jumping on board the ease of eyeshadow application bandwagon!

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I’ve reviewed Eye Majic in the past which was one of the very first brands to pave the road for sheet eyeshadow application but I recently noticed that the market is becoming saturated with these sheet eyeshadow products. Everywhere I look some new brand is pimping these out.

But…props has to go to Avon for making it not only easy but CHEAP too!

$5.99 USD scores you 14 powder eyeshadow sheets. That’s a deal and a half in the Muse’s humblest opinion. Whether they work or not remains to be seen however they are getting a few raving reviews on the Avon site. Check out what folks are saying by clicking here!

If you happen to want idiot proof eyeshadow application for a nicely rounded price I’d definately consider picking up a set of these to try out. They come in eight shades and are super easy to use. Unlike other kits I’ve seen where the entire process consists of several steps this is a simple press, rub, and blend with your fingertip for gorgeous, vibrant shadow!

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Can you seriously go wrong for $6 bucks, the Muse says nay and adds these to the wish list to try out!

Want ‘em?

Tried something like ‘em before?

Tell the Muse!

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Click here to check out the “Majic” of eyeshadow application!

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Lush White Wedding Bath Bomb

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A million years ago Lush had a great bath bomb that was called Wedding Bouquet I believe…..it’s been so long now I dare say I forget but the funny thing is I bet I have a few in my bath bomb pile waiting to be used from past UK parties!

Well…anyway….

The moral of the story is that Lush now has a NEW bath bomb they released called White Wedding. I could be wrong but I think this probably smells similiar to Wedding Bouquet bomb I mentioned and if that’s the case you’re in for a serious treat! The bergamot note tells me that maybe we are in store for a seriously beautiful fizzy, yummie smell bath bomb!

I’m going to stop by Lush and grab a few and let you know what I think! If you can’t wait for my review head to your local Lush or click around online and nab a few for yourself! Each bomb is $5.95 USD and only for those that truly want to spoil themselves!

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What are your favorite Lush bath bombs?

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