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.
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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!
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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?
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Pop Apple of the Cheeks Stain Review
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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!
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Prescriptives All Mineral Makeup Review
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Stila jumps on board the cool, refreshing band wagon and releases it’s new Hydrating Powder and Primer.
Both the powder and primer are available for pre-order at Stila’s site and are supposed to be officially released in 2-3 weeks but you can order now! I’m unsure exactly when the items will ship but it’s safe to say it’ll be before the official release of both!
I’m actually curious about both and leaning towards investing my hard earned cash into buying them! I have my doubts about the price but it may well be worth it!
I’ve been searching for a good primer for a while now and “hydrating” primer sounds quite interesting. Stila’s hydrating primer has an SPF 15 which is a big plus and anti-aging ingredients. The price at $34 USD does make me shudder but as I always say, “whoever said being beautiful was cheap?”
Stila Hydrating Primer
The powder also has my eye and I’m curious of it’s a cooling, “wet” feeling powder but again at $32 USD I am raising my eyebrows! At this price I can just dive in and purchase the Awake powder I’ve had my eye on for ages! But I’m not totally crossing this off the list as of yet! Must test this out and see for myself!
Stila Hydrating Powder
This is proof that certain words will trigger off that “need” for product! As soon as I heard hydrating I was ready to jump on the site, whip my credit card out, and begin the buying spree!
Will I review these? Depends! Stay tuned and they might pop up around here soon!
How about you?
Tell the Muse!