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Cover FX Natural FX Water Based Foundation Review

If it’s extra coverage you desire in a thick, creamy formula, Cover FX Natural FX Water Based Foundation may be what your skin seeks!


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Available in a generous size tube, I do mean generous as a little goes a long way, with an SPF 15, Cover FX Natural FX Water Based Foundation is a good start to creating flawless skin.

I’ve been muddling around with this for a week and I’ve finally decided it’s a solid foundation that I really like. The formula is a thick, creamy moisturizing base not unlike that of a tinted moisturizer but no where near as runny. You can 1. wear it on it’s own or 2. mix some in with your moisturizer for a more dewy finish. It could be considered drying to some but simple prepping and priming prior to use will get you an even, easy to blend finish.


The foundation is rich and heavily pigmented so a tiny bit goes a very long way. Although Cover FX advertises it as sheer to medium coverage I do believe you can take it one step further and go with full coverage. I’ve found prepping is key for applying any Cover FX products so be sure to use a gentle exfoliater prior to use, followed up with a light serum or moisturizer, and finally a primer.

On my dry skin the product works best when mixed with a drop of moisturizer and applied by hand however if my skin decides it wants to be oily I find application with a sponge easier particularly a slightly damp one. Coverage is quite flawless and evens out skin beautifully well hiding minor to heavier skin problems such as acne scarring, redness, etc….coverage feels very light without the heaviness of the actual product.


I have M40 here and I think I need a little bit lighter as this was a tad too orange on my face however it still managed to even out my skin tone, erase dullness, and even acted as a concealer due to it’s heavy pigmentation.

Overall, quite a great foundation particularly for those who have problem skin or have a need to cover up more.

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Beauty News: Sara Happ Now Sold At Bath and Body Works


Sara Happ’s complete line of lip products is now sold at Bath and Body Works including Lip Slip by Sara Happ and The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ.

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As Seen By The Muse: By Lauren Luke Coming to Sephora


In a few days time you’ll be able to purchase By Lauren Luke at Sephora. W00t! If you haven’t yet experienced the joys of Lauren’s new palettes you can now head to Sephora to swatch and test out for yourself!

Check out my review of the By Lauren Luke Luscious Greens Palette I recently purchased.

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Too Faced Fall Collection 2009: Too Faced Natural Eye Palette Review and Swatches

Last year I fell in love with the Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette and this year isn’t any different with the introduction of the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette, incredible, truly a fabulous palette and a killer deal!


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I’ve been known to hate all over a natural, nude eye look but my tastes have evolved since I started this little site and with those changes came the revelation that I do enjoy a natural eye look. With a total of nine shades, three tutorials, and a brush, all packaged together, Too Faced Natural Eye Palette arms you with just about everything you’ll need to create three natural, nude looks or any number of looks using the nine shades. This style palette is ideal for anyone who either loves neutrals or isn’t so handy with eye shadow application. It’s ease of use and nifty little tutorial cards make it’s a snap to create a flawless eye look sans drama.


The palette is a sweet flip top box with full size mirror and pull out draw with one dual applicator that includes a sponge on one side and a liner brush on the other. As per my rant last year I will say that I hate they don’t include at least three sponges with the kit as it would be great to use one brush per shadow look. The kit also includes a sleeve which houses three little business card size tutorials with three simple steps for creating a Day, Fashion, and Classic Eye look. The instructions are simple and easy to understand and for the most part one sentence tells you what to do. Believe me if I can follow the instructions you’ll be able to without any problem. The instructions make it very easy to create dramatic neutral looks that are beautifully flattering for Fall.


The shades in the palette are as follows:

Day Look
Heaven (Matte Cream)
Velvet Revolvor (Matte Nude)
Sexpresso (Matte Brown


To create the Day Look you simply sweet Heaven all over the line and blend Velvet Revolver into the crease to contrast. Finish the look by blending Sexpresso on the upper and lower lash line for a smudged out liner effect. The results of the completed look are a work friendly subtle neutral eye look.

Fashion Look
Nude Beach (Shimmering Beige Peach)
Honey Pot (Coppery Bronze)
Cocoa Puff (Shimmering Golden Brown)


When compared to Day, Fashion Look is considerably more dramatic. To create the look you’ll be using nude Beach as a high brow highlighter and blended into the crease. Follow up with Honey Pot patted on the inner lid and around the tear duct and complete with Cocoa Puff blended on the out lid, crease, and upper and lower lash lines. Although completely work friendly, Fashion Look manages to have the drama of a night time look as well!

Classic Look
Silk Teddy (Nude Shimmering Peach)
Push-Up (Light Shimmering Brown)
Erotica (Grayish Brown with Golden Sparkle)


The Classic Look is probably the most dramatic of all the looks with a blend of bronze and brown to create a very smoky, nude look. To achieve the look you’ll blend Silky Teddy from crease to brow and gently press Push Up onto the lid. Follow up by smudging Erotica on crease and lower lashes.

All three looks are very pretty and flattering on my brown eyes. It’s fun following the card step by step but nothing is stopping you from using the shades individually or combined to create any number of looks. Nine shadows is alot of color so I’m sure you can let your imagination run wild to create some other interesting looks. All the shadows in the palette are brilliantly pigmented and rich in texture. Finishes range from shimmery, matte, to velvet and blend like a dream.

Overall, the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette is an absolute steal at $34 and a Fall must have for creating natural or dramatic eye popping looks. I really love this one and I’m deeply impressed. Quite a great little palette for not only makeup amateurs and beginners but also those who are well versed in makeup application.

A gem!

Loves it!

Muse Approval for purchase!

You won’t regret adding this one to your collection, likey!

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Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Review and Swatches

Oh I fancy myself some gold shimmer. Gold is such a good color for me and so flattering. Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight is part of the Too Faced Fall Collection 2009 and one of my favorite items released. A pretty little compact filled with powder candlelight is just what ever girl needs in their life.


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Housed in a cream and gold compact this finely milled, sheer golden powder has a hint of shimmer to deliver a lit from within finish to skin. The powder is ideal for sweeping on cheekbones and face for a subtle little kiss of gold. It works a treat on bare moisturized skin to illuminate skin with a natural finish. The powder easily multitasks as a great way to brighten up eyes or the brow bones too. It’s also packed with a dose of skin-saving antioxidants to help protect and sooth tired skin as it warms and illuminates your complexion.


I’m all about gold so this has much of my attention. It’s a rather universally flattering shade that works well right now in the Summer, will remain looking fabulous as the Fall and cooler weather approaches, and will be ideal for the holidays when I want a brush of gold across my face.


Truly a great little palette for illuminating and brightening up my complexion for a soft, romantic glow.

Muse Approved for purchase!

A touch of candlelight on my cheeks!

Loves it!

Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight is available now from Sephora for $25.

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