in Bare Escentuals
, Kevyn Aucoin
, Too Faced
, Urban Decay
It’s today people! Sephora Friends and Family starts today with a whopping 20% off your entire order! I always look forward to this time of year since it’s a fab time to try out new makeup, stock up on staple items, purchase gifts for friends and family, and of course indulge my own sweet tooth for more makeup! After all we all know the Muse can never have too much makeup!
For a while there I was worried about whether Sephora Friends and Family was going to actually happen but thankfully soon after we got good news and today we are ready to shop till we drop hopefully!
I can’t speak for this year but I did use the code three times last year when I forgot to purchase various items that didn’t end up on my wish list, or I seen something else that caught my interest, or I ended up grabbing a few items for friends, and so on and so forth! This year I’m hopeful I can do the same thing just in case I forget an item or want to go back for second helpings however I’ve prepared myself just in case I can’t and I thought I’d share some of the items I think you should be considering or things that you may already have on your wish list or things you might want to quickly write down since your Muse loves ’em and we all know what the Muse loves is probably awesome…right? Am I putting too much importance on how uber fabulous I am there? Probably but my ego knows no bounds!
I took a few pictures and I’ve included links to reviews if I already reviewed an item here on Musings. If you need help or have a question about any of the items I mention here do shout it in my comment box as I’d love to be of service! I’d also love to hear what you’re hauling so share, share, share! Please? The Muse loves hearing about hauling as much as she loves to haul herself!
Considering Sephora is busy stocking up on palettes and gift sets the Muse thinks it’s a great time to stock up on these items considering the discount! Some of the ones she thinks you should keep your eye on are below!
Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit
Urban Decay Book of Shadows
Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad
Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection
Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit
Urban Decay Essentials
Too Faced Glamor 2 Go Palette
Too Faced Pink Diamond Jewelry Box Palette
Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette
Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette
Now you might not even be thinking about staple products at the moment because you’re so excited about getting new makeup but don’t forget that now is such a great time to grab some staple items that you use daily and may be running low on or better yet to have a back up handy when you are! At 20% off it’s a great time to nab concealers, skincare, foundations, primers, etc….Some the ones the Muse thinks you should have on your list are below.
Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash
Cargo Blu_Ray Concealer
Dior Radiance Booster Pen
YSL Touche Eclat
Laura Mercier Concealer
Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer
DERMADoctor Wrinkle Revenge Eye Balm
Of course, we’re all hyper about makeup! We want as much makeup out of this deal as we can get! Right? Glosses, shadows, blushes, the more, the merrier!
The Muse has selected some of her personal favorites that she thinks you might like too! Check it out:
Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Bare Escentuals Glimmer
Mascara, mascara, mascara! Now is a rather great time to grab some mascaras you’ve been dying to try out but not wanting to splurge on! The Muse picked out a few that she thinks you might love:
Lorac Visual Effects Mascara
Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Bare Escentuals Big Tease Mascara
Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara
Givenchy Phenomen’ Eyes Mascara
Nothing can begin without foundation! The Muse knows of some she thinks you’ll want to nab at a discount!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Keyvn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
Too Faced Illuminating Magic Wand Foundation
Benefit Play Sticks
Primers can be costly so now is a great time to stock up on old favorites or try out a new primer at a discounted price!
Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer
Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
There are so many powders and blushes that the Muse absolutely loves but some are rather costly! Now is a great time to update your blush wardrobe with some new shades! Check below for ones that the Muse loves!
Bare Escentuals Blush
Stila Convertible Color
Can’t forget lipsticks and glosses can we? Many have run across the Muse’s path this year and some of her favorites are on her list to stock up on during Sephora Friends and Family!
Urban Decay Lipstick
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited
Dior Addict Ultra Reflect Lipgloss
Finish up your greatest eye look with an equally fab liner! The Muse choose a few she loves below!
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner
Last minute bits and bobs can quickly be added to your cart! Some items the Muse suggests nabbing are Benefit’s powders such as Dandelion and Dallas! Don’t forget stains! The Muse swears by a good stain and listed a few favorites below!
Benefit Face Powders
Stila Cherry Crush
Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain
Well I think that’s all for now guys! Plenty more awaits you I’m sure and your lists must be as long as mine! Better check ’em twice and make sure you have all the yummie goodies in place and start shopping!
Don’t forget to stop back here and tell the Muse all the deets on YOUR order!
I’m such a cheese but I totally dig the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette simply because it has an option that allows you to record a personal holiday message and play it back! Hey, it’s the little things in life that thrill the Muse to pieces!
After testing this out I promptly headed onto Stila’s site and ordered three more as stocking stuffers for a few of my good friends! Soon after receiving them the Muse sat down, hit record, and started singing along with Andy Williams as he sung “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! Nothing says personalized gift giving like the Muse singing while you apply your makeup! Gifts like this are priceless. Too bad for you the Muse won’t be sharing her rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” but she will share a review with you of the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette!
I dig the simplicity of Stila palettes lately and the Stila Surprise & Shine is just that, simple. The palette includes everything you need to create a really simple yet beautiful Holiday look no prior brain surgery training required. Truly I love Holiday palettes but honestly sometimes (Yes, I’m talking about you MAC) you really do need to be uber creative or just an amazing makeup artist to understand and use some of these palettes! If you’re looking for simple, quick, and easy I’d say that the Stila Surprise & Shine palette is ideal for you!
The palette comes with a base eyeshadow shade which you’ll be using as an all over color wash on your eyes and a prep for the primary shadow shade. The base shadow is a nude, flesh color with a tiny bit of golden sparkle that’s barely noticeable so you won’t have the disco ball shimmer effect with this but just a tiny hint of shimmer. The primary color you’ll be using on your lid and blending up to your crease if you like. Completing your eye look you’ll be using the darker liner shade which can double up as an eyeshadow if you like. Finally add a bit of the Stila Convertible Color to lips and cheeks and away you go!
The finished result is a natural look that’s pretty and flattering for a day or evening look! I’m particularly partial to the palette as it makes my eyes look quite fresh and I highly recommend it if you’re a bit older and starting to experience fine lines around your eyes or puffiness! The colors manages to diminish the look of shadows, fine lines, etc…while making your eyes more awake and fresh looking!
I think the novelty of recording my own personal message was what really snagged my attention about this palette but the colors included and the simplicity of use most definitely kept my interest!
If you’re not great at makeup application and you’re looking for a nice little palette that easy to use the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette is worth taking a peek at! If you’re looking for a creative little gift to tuck into a friend’s stocking or to give as a little gift this is fantastic as well!
The Muse thought this was a cute little palette for the Holidays and recommends checking it out for yourself!
The palette is available now at Sephora and Stila cosmetics.
Stila Step out and Shine Gift Set Review and Swatches
Stila Look Book Palettes 1-4 Review
Stila Kitten Eyeshadow Wash and Stila Kitten Lipgloss Review
Stila’s Holiday Collection 2008 is turning out wonderfully well so far! I really love when Stila releases kits for the Holidays as they are always filled with great items and have a super sweet price tag attached!
One item in particular that grabbed my attention is the Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection and Handbag Gift Set. The really awesome thing about Stila Step Out and Shine would be the fact that it includes the brand new, not yet debuted Stila Pomegranate Crush Cheek and Lip Stain! W00t! Score!
You know how much I loved Stila Cherry Crush? Take a trip down memory lane…CLICK!
Well, take Stila Cherry Crush and amp it up a little bit, deepen it, darken it, create a more intensely flushing shade and you’ll have Stila Pomegranate Crush!
Excited? I am but you can chalk that up to my great love of stains!
Stila Pomegranate Crush multitasks as a cheek and a lip stain and as per my earlier review of Stila Cherry Crush I have beef with using a product on my face that has already touched my lips! The Muse is anal about germs to say the least. So I highly recommend using the mini size that’s available with this gift set for your lips and later, when it debuts, grab yourself a full size for your cheeks!
Pomegranate Crush is a deeper shade of red than Cherry Crush which was much more pink. The color is ideal for Fall as it has a certain cast of maroon to it which is delightful!
This morning I was trying to locate my Stila Cherry Crush as I wanted to compare the two but sadly I couldn’t find! Swatches to follow later today!
The kit includes a slew of other goodies to create a quick, simple, flattering Holiday face! Aside from Stila Pomegranate Crush you’ll also receive the following items:
Stila Convertible Color in Orchid
Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize
Stila Multi-Effect Mascara Black
Stila Pomegranate Crush (as mentioned above)
A cute silver clutch with purple lining and a Stila emblem tag inside!
The Stila Convertible Color you’ll get is not available in the regular line up which makes the kit extra special that it included an item you normally can’t get. The color is a reddish maroon shade which adds just the right flush to cheeks and lips. A lighter hand will get you a blushing look while a heavier hand will create a deeper pop of color on cheeks! Convertible Color is appropriately named as it can easily convert from a cheek product to a lip product. How you use it is entirely up to you! I’ve reviewed Convertible Color prior to this and it’s one of favorite products from Stila as I adore products that multitask and allow for quick application!
Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize is a shimmery, light wear cream that can be used on lids, cheeks, or lips for an added touch of sparkling highlight! The is my first experience with the All Over Shimmer Luminize and I liked it! I tried it on my eyes as an all over color wash and it worked a treat at creating a rather natural highlight to my eyes.
This is my first experience with Stila Multi-Effect Mascara and it’s quite good. This is a nice volumizing mascara that gives a brilliant feather effect to lashes. It separates perfectly while creating a full look, plump look to lashes!
For the look I created below I used everything in the kit and only added a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero and some gloss to bring the look together.
I started my look by applying the Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize on my lids and following up with two layers of Stila Multi-Effect Mascara. I followed up by applying Stila Convertible Color in Orchid to my cheeks and completed the look by applying Stila Pomegranate Crush to my lips!
The results: A simply, classic flushed look that was both simple and elegant.
I recommend the kit for cooler and warmer skin types as the kit is plenty pigmented to suit any tone. The kit is ideal for those who are super busy during the Holidays and want a quick, easy, and fun look on the go! It doesn’t take a ton of work or time to apply and the results are beautiful and natural!
I liked this one alot so I’m Muse Approving it for purchase!
I did notice an interesting fact about this kit. The one Stila is offering includes all of the goodies I listed however Sephora has an exclusive kit that also contains an eye quad which I thought was really nice as well!
Whichever Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection suits you, rest assured your Muse loved this one!
It makes a killer gift but you know you want it for yourself anyway so why bother right? Hehe!
Loving anything from the Stila Holiday 2008 Collection?
Any of the items on your wish list?
Tell the Muse!
Stila SPF 20 Shine Lip Color Review
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder Review
Stila Convertible Color Review
Looks like Beauty Crunch has been busy updating it’s site with a SLEW of Steals and Deals!
I’ve blogged Beauty Crunch prior to this and have ordered from them in the past with great delight. Beauty Crunch is an authorized dealer of Stila and a few other select beauty brands and offer great deals and discounts on cosmetics!
Do check it out!
I noticed these crunches (And they may make a guest starring appearance in my cart shortly):
Bella’s Powder Room $14.50 USD
Stila All Over Glow Peachy Keen $11.50 USD
Stila Sleeping Princess $12 USD
Too Faced “Love Lisa” Palette $10 USD
Lola Simply Smoky Eye Kit $22 USD
Pop Beauty Cabinets $15.20 Each
Beauty Crunch definately has a little something for everyone! I definately want to indulge in a few items from Stila and Pop! I’ll be hauling shortly!
How about you?
What caught your eye?
Beauty Crunch and Stila: A Union of Yummie Sales!
Stila Kitten Gloss and Stila Kitten Eyeshadow Wash Review
Stila Cherry Crush Review
Stila Look Book Palettes Review
Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette Review
Pop Apple of the Cheeks Stain Review
Pop Day To Play Palette Review
This Summer I’ve been motoring around and jumping from foundation to foundation to find that perfect light wear that I seek for the humid weather.
When I ran across Stila’s Illuminating Liquid Foundation I firgured it was worth trying out. I’m glad I decided to give this a shot because I like it, alot.
First off I’d like to rave about the uber nice packaging. The foundation comes in a heavy, vanity worthy, glass pump bottle. I really like the cute Stila girl on the front of the bottle and just think they went that extra step to make the bottle look nice! I really love the packaging on this and can’t help but gush about how cute it is. It’s truly a nice heavy bottle plus the pump makes it mess free to apply while keeping your hands and fingers away from the product! Bacteria be gone! The pump allows you to disperse just the right amount of foundation without creating a major mess!
The formula on this is extremely light and of medium pigmentation which means you’ll need at least two or three pumps to cover your entire face but that’s the beauty of the product for me. The lightness of formula is what drew me to the product to begin with. It’s hot out and humid so I’m really not wanting an entire mask of foundation on my face thus Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation is perfect light wear that offers decent coverage while giving a bit of moisturize to the skin and offering a dewy, fresh look to the face.
The product will be particularly appealing to those with a porcelain, milky completion since many of the color options available are extremely light and creamy. I choose mine in the color 30 Watt which probably isn’t what an MA would choose for my medium-fair tone but I thought it blended well and gave me a very fresh look.
Although the formula is moisturizing it dries matte which is particularly perfect for hot weather and oily skin woes. The matte feeling is not a cream to powder feeling thankfully which I’m not fond of. It’s more of a simple dry down of the product as it adheres and becomes one with your skin creating a nice, even coverage that’s not overly made up. It’s almost like wearing really tinted moisturizer with much better pigmentation than you’d get from a tinted moisturizer.
Here’s a photo wearing the foundation on a clean, bare face. As you can see coverage isn’t super duper pigmented but just natural. It evens out my skin tone yet doesn’t successfully hide my blushing cheeks thus it’s more of a lighter coverage versus a heavier foundation.
The wear is pretty good and I got about five hours before I needed to touch up. One major plus to the product was the fact it didn’t go ashy, chalky, or gray on me which some foundations are known to do on my skin.
All in all I’m really enjoying this as a light Summer-wear foundation! It’s light, creamy, and offers decent coverage while taking my skin from dull to glowing.
What are some of your favorites for light Summer coverage?
Have you tried Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation?
Tell the Muse about it!
Check our some past posts of coverage by clicking below!
Beauty Secrets: Whitening your Skin, Ridding yourself of dark circles, and other Babblings!
Tarte Peaches & Cream Powder Foundation Review
Prescriptives All Mineral Makeup Review
MAC New View: Mineralize Skinfinish Duo Review