Mid-Range Makeup Brands
The Muse has a deep, affectionate relationship with MAC Technakohl.
It’s possibly one of my favorite pencils from MAC and works like such a dream. But, ado, everything is not always perfect in Technakohl land.
Is it me or does it irritate the population terribly that Technakohl wears down so quickly? I actually find the product useless once it’s worn down to a stubby little smidgelet of a pencil. The sharp even edge that I loved so much is worn down within three or four uses and basically after that I only get proper use out of my Technakohl by using it on my waterline as it no longer has that sharp, precise tip that I so dearly loved lining my upper lash line with!
All in agreement say I!
But of COURSE the Muse was fairly excited to see the Sephora Brand Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner for $12 USD…ooooo cheaper than Technakohl…but guess what else?
Not only is the design pretty much the same but the dreamy, creamy formula looks the same too but guess what else!?
A built-in sharpener to keep your pencil tip extra sharp and crisp for lining and defining for months to come! Ahhh blessed relief. Question remains is the formula just as good as MAC Tecnakohl? If so, count the Muse happy that someone finally figured out a sharpener was in order!
Oh by the way….how about a smudge tip too? Sephora thought of it all with this one kids!
Good on ya Sephora! MAC failed to remember it but you didn’t!
Yay or Nay?
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The Muse thinks anything named Yu-Be and has been around for 50 years in Japan has to be awesome by default right?
One of Japan’s most trusted skincare lines in Japan, Yu-Be has been used for over 50 years. The idea of Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream is to address an entire slew of skin care problems. Parched Lips, ragged cuticles, cracked heels, and even diaper rash, Yu-Be has you covered. This gentle, glycerin-based formula is enriched with vitamin E, B2, and camphor to soothe even the driest and irritated of skin types.
Sounds like super balm right?
It’s actually quite awesome. It does exactly what it promises in aces. The formula is a thick, yellow cream that has a medicine, menthol smell that goes away quickly. The cream absorbs fairly quickly and does sooth extra dry skin however it is a tad bit on the greasy side which could be a deal breaker for some. Personally I didn’t mind the greasy feel since it did such an amazing job healing my dry skin which is much like skin on of an Elephant during the cold Winter months.
I generally liked the idea of such a multitasking moisturizing and have been tucking it into my purse to use on my cuticles during work hours as I’m one for picking at my nails until they bleed! Gross! This successfully softens the skin around my nails which causes me to be less obsessive about picking my hang nails.
It works great on my rough elbows and knees and particularly well at making and keeping my feet nice and smooth after a pedi!
Overall, it’s def on my list for repurchase when I run out! Really liked this one and Muse Approving it for purchase as it’s well worth checking out for anyone who suffers from dry, cracking skin in the Winter or anytime!
Learn more about Yu-Be products or to purchase by visiting www.yu-be.com
The Muse deems that you can feel pretty just not witty and wise when you use the new Body Shop Roseflower Radiance Stick.
Sorry, pretty, witty, AND wise are reserved for the Muse…you understand right? Still friends? What? I have to have some perks…I’m the Muse after all!
The Body Shop Spring Collection slowly won over this Muse’s heart and she’s actually pretty pleased with the brand new body Shop RoseFlower Radiance Stick. Not only does it come housed in a pretty rose patterned case but it also makes the Muse feel all flirty, girlish, and Spring-like by touching the Muse’s cheeks with hints of rosy shimmer!
The RoseFlower Radiance Stick smells like a fresh bouquet of roses which just tickles my inner Victorian’ side, can’t help it I adore scented products. The stick is way to sheer to work on it’s own unless you happen to be blessed with naturally pink cheeks however it works fantastically as a beautiful highlighter when paired up with a sweet pink blush. A touch on your cheeks will create a glowing, slightly shimmery effect that highlights and softens your makeup look.
If you like the look of luminescent, healthy skin this is the ticket. I liked the effect especially paired up with Benefit Posietint
as it created a fresh, highlighted cheek look that was pretty and quite natural looking on my skin. I think it’ll make a brilliant Spring makeup item when I’m working a more natural look. The texture is creamy and moisturizing and it blends easily into the skin drying down to a powder finish. The shimmery effect could prove too much for some but is easily toned down by blending with a blush brush. You can also use a touch on your your eye lids for a soft pink shadow or a hint on your brow bone to highlight your eyes!
Overall, I thought The Body Shop RoseFlower Radiance Stick made a rather great little addition to my Spring makeup collection and I’m looking forward to creating some pink cheeked looks using it!
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The entire Body Shop RoseFlower Makeup Collection is currently on sale so do visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com to take advantage!
The Muse is wondering should she call the poison control center? She just finished scrubbing her lips with The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ but she’s pretty sure as she scrubbed she consumed more than half of the product.
I couldn’t help myself it tastes like sugar and peppermint…..It happens right?
Winter stinks! It makes my cheeks patchy and dry! It makes my legs, elbows, and knees itchy and flaky! And it makes my lips dry which leads to cracking and peeling.
Have no fear I have The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ to save the day….I figure if I don’t use it to scrub away dead skin cells on my lips at the very least I can eat it for a snack.
Julie Andrews told me one of her favorite things is brown paper packages tied up with strings or in this case brown paper boxes tied up with ribbons. The Lip Scrub comes in a tiny brown box tied up pretty with a white ribbon. Open the box up and you’ll find a pot of exfoliating lip scrub for your dry lips!
The formula is a white scrub with plenty of sugar crystals and an amazingly sweet peppermint taste (if you prefer it comes in any number of other flavors like Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla Bean!). To use, simply scoop a small amount out (or a large amount whatever your pleasure) and scrub onto lips! After scrubbing for a few minutes remove with a tissue and presto your lips are beautiful again! The scrub removes flaky dry skin and preps them for lipstick or a kiss from your sweetie.
I absolutely love this product and it’s a life saver for me as my lips get terribly dry and cracked in the Winter. I follow up my scrub with some of my Lip Slip and my lips are gorgeous again!
The Lip Scrub by Sara Happy is fully Muse Approved for purchase. An absolutely essential item for dry, cracked lips.
But please, don’t try to eat it….
Find out more about Sara’s great products by visiting http://thelipscrub.com
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The Muse is terribly obsessed with the Crabree & Evenlyn Distillations Collection. I recently reviewed the Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Revitalize Conditioning Body Lotion which was love at first application. Today I’ll be bringing you a review of the Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Soothing Body Lotion and Gentle Cream Body Wash.
Jump ahead for the deets!
The new Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations line up combines the benefits of 100% essential oils and natural ingredients to create a relaxing blend for both your skin and your senses. Each blend contains no parabens, no mineral oil, and absolutely no additives.
Although I’ve already tried out the Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Soothing Body Lotion that version was a revitalizing blend which contained tart lemons to wake this tired Muse up! The blend I’m currently loving is filled with relaxing lavender and rosewood essential oils which makes it the perfect sleepy time body lotion. The lotion absorbs on contact and melts into skin beautifully leaving behind a lovely herbal scent that’s soothing and healing to my dry skin. The scent is relaxing and quite comforting which makes it an ideal lotion to use just before bed. I’ll save my other lotion for early morning wake up calls!
This is my first time trying Crabtree & Evelyn Distillations Gentle Cream Body Wash. This too is scented with lavender and rosewood essential oils which makes it a perfect companion to layer with my body lotion. The formula is a creamy, dreamy moisturizing body wash that cleanses as it moisturizes my dull, dry skin. The lavender does a wonderful job of soothing my skin and locking in moisture and of course, it’s simply relaxing to breath in the scent while I shower!
I’m really enjoying this new collection and think it’s well worth checking out for yourself!
Visit www.crabtree-evelyn.com to check out the Crabtree & Evelyn Distillations line up for yourself.