Fall Collections 2007

Cynthia Rowley For Avon

As some of you may or may not know Cynthia Rowley had a cosmetic collection out sometime ago. You can read about it by heading over to PJ’s site. A wonderful article with pictures await you at A Touch of Blusher! Click!

When I heard that Avon was doing a new collection with Cynthia Rowley I went into want mode as I had read PJ’s article and was intrigued plus the cute design of the packaging, as always, sold me.

Aside from mark I have never tried anything Avon prior to this that I know of…maybe a lipbalm or something ages ago? I can’t really recall every buying any Avon before this. I do ADORE mark and give it a big hearty recommendation but Avon I know nearly nothing about.

The bad news is Avon sucks in regards to delivery. The entire process of ordering online and receiving the Cynthia Rowley Collection I ordered for myself and a friend took about two weeks I believe or more.

First of all the order took about a week to arrive which is fine since that’s about the time it takes Urban Decay to get my goodies to me (standard delivery).

Second rant I have with Avon is the fact that two powders arrived broken into a zillion pieces :( However, I can’t rant too much as a short call to customer service and they told me keep the broken powders and we’ll send two new ones out right away!

Another week went by and finally I got the powders.

The third major, major rant I have with Avon is that all the cosmetics I ordered appeared used. The boxes were crushed, the shadows had little chips in them, the lipstick had a small crack, and the brush on one of my glosses was all twisted up. To say I was pissed is an understatement.

This particularly bothered me because half this order was for a good friend and I didn’t want her thinking that I was opening her items up and tried them or something!

After all this drama I have to give a really, really surprised and great review for the entire Cynthia Rowley Collection.

For the price I was expecting it all to be utter rubbish and a complete waste of cash but I’m happy to say even though the ordering process was traumatic in the long run it was worth it for the cosmetics!

My friend and I ended up ordering practically the same items aside from the Finishing Powder and I’m looking forward to hearing her reviews on these products as we almost always agree in regards to cosmetics.

The first item I’d like review since I just mentioned it is the Finishing Powder. I can’t begin to say how properly pleased I am with this. The powder has somewhat the same finish as Raycious powder. It’s a light, natural color that should be flattering on light and medium skin types. It did an excellent job of covering up my very weary, tired eyes! Plus it’s freaking $10 people! Cute little compact with ultra awesome powder for 10 bucks? Where can you find that? I was messing around after waking up this morning and just smoothed it under my eyes and on either side of my nose and I happened to glance in the mirror and thought WOW I look like I got 15 hours of sleep and drank about 25 glasses of water! My skin was looking happy! It comes with a cheesy, thin application sponge but as thin and crummy as it is it does the job and smooths on the powder perfectly! The powder has the words Pretty! embedded in it which is just the cute extra touch that the Muse always loves.

So what do I think? I think I need back up! Two thumbs way up!

Cynthia Rowley For Avon Finishing Powder

Two eyeshadow quads are available and at first glance I was thinking uh-oh old lady shadows (I’m old I shouldn’t say that!). The second thought that popped into my head was these are SO not going to work together. But I thought what the hell for $8 bucks I wasn’t going broke by getting both!

The two choices available are Plum Orchid and Very Violet. I haven’t tried Very Violet but I can give a healthy go ahead on Plum Orchid. The colors are pigmented enough and they look quite natural and elegant and yes they work together just fine! Much to my utter delight the back of the packaging has a nifty little “how to” for applying these and if you follow the instructions you end up with a pretty nice Autumn eye look! A bit understated for me but nice none the less. I’m shocked! How delightful! $8 dollars for a cool quad!

Cynthia Rowley for Avon Eyeshadow Palette

Very Violet and Plum Orchid

The collection also happens to have a brush set available and again my skeptical little mind was thinking how horrible these would be! But I’m happy to report that the brush wallet is cute as hell with a little mirror and the brushes are awesome! I’m particularly loving the big chunky powder brush this set came with! Three brushes and a brush wallet sets you back $15! The eyeshadow brush is fast becoming a favorite as well with it’s tiny slant it fits into my crease and contours my eye perfectly! No shedding and these are quite soft. Sweet!

Cynthia Rowley for Avon Brush Set

I picked up a lipstick and some glosses as well and again, the Muse is shocked right out of her socks how great they are! The lipstick color could possibly become a favorite of mine. I ordered Plum Orchid (four other shades are available) and it’s a luscious shade for the cooler weather and works with the entire look that the quads and rest of the collection aims to create. The lipstick is super moisturizing, applies slickly and looks beautiful on! And guess what..it cost me $4.50!!!!!!!!!!

Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick

Next I tried the glosses and again how great are these! Slick, pigmented, and perfect! The glosses are just right for applying by themselves. I don’t need to stain my lips or use lipstick prior to slicking these on. The color is so bold that it goes on perfectly without the aid of an extra color under it. The two colors I got were Plum Orchid and Very Violet (all these names that are the same are confusing me). Applying Plum Orchid on top of the lip color I got makes my lips pop up and say Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo there!

Cynthia Rowley Lipgloss

Finally, the best for last, the all over face powders! I got both of these bad boys and really I think this was the one thing that had originally tempted me to purchase the collection. And I’m happy to say my original line of thought was correct these are wonderful! I got both the light/medium and the dark/medium colors and both are great! These aren’t pigmented enough to wear alone but they work wonderfully over your own blush and give a bit of shimmer and finish to your face plus they are so pretty to look at! These were $10 bucks each! Hello? $10!

Cynthia Rowley for Avon All Over Face Powder

The line also included nail polish and blush sticks, both of which I didn’t get.

Cynthia Rowley for Avon Blush Stick

Cynthia Rowley for Avon Nail Varnish

So…I guess this is where I apologize to Avon for being such a harsh critic and say just wow. I am still in shock that this collection is so good and so cheap. I guess I’ll be checking out the Avon website much more often! Hmmm I wonder what else I can try for dirt cheap……………..!

The Muse says head on over to Avon and pick some of this line up for yourself! You can’t afford not too!

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Face of the Day using some of the Cynthia Rowley Avon Collection

I’m not entirely sure why I look shocked here. Just chalk it up as I’m so cool look! Either that or I’m too sexy for this makeup look!

What I used:
Plum Orchid Eye Quad
Plum Orchid Lipgloss and Lipstick
Finishing Powder
All Over Powder in Light/Medium
Benefit Bad Girl Mascara (Not my fav mascara in the world but it gave me a good minimal look which I was looking for this morning)
Majolica Majorca Jewelling Pencil in BK999
MAC Petalpoint Blush
Brushes I used are the ones from the collection and nothing else!


Benefit’s Miss Popularity

Do you want to be Miss Popularity? Look no further, Benefit has got you covered!

Taken from the Benefit Site:

Turn up your “all that” appeal with miss popularity. All you need is our new precision highlighter in all the right places and you’re “all that” just like that. This soft white shimmering highlighter makes it so easy.

Tips and tricks: miss popularity’s secret lesson for highlighting: For bright eyes… apply to the triangle of the eyes & blend. Perk up your smile… apply to the outer corners of lips & blend. Slimify your nose… apply 3 dots down the middle & blend. To enhance cleavage… apply above your bra line and blend.

Um ya….

Well we already know the story of “That Gal” don’t we? Oh you missed it? Click here and you’ll understand!

I’m a little skeptical of a product that promises to brighten and highlight me after my fiasco with “That Gal” however, I might just give Benefit a second chance to make things right in our relationship!

Anyone interested in this?


theBalm: Balm Shell Lipgloss

Remember those moving pens from yesteryear?

I live in New York thus I am overexposed to crazy sovereigns of all kinds. Statue of Liberty keychains, I Love New York T-Shirts, Empire State Building figures, and of course the moving pen.

Now if you’ve never seen a moving pen let me elaborate further. Basically it’s a regular everyday pen but the upper part would have some sort of scene. In my case it’d be a scene of New York and a taxi. The taxi part of the scene would move up and down the pen as you flipped the pen upside down to right side up!

Brilliant right?

A moving screwdriver pen with a truck that moves back and fourth:

Fascinating isn’t it?

Oh you wanted to know what the hell this has to do with cosmetics didn’t you?

Sorry about that 😉

theBalm has decided to nick the idea of the moving pen and use it on their new lipglosses called Balm Shell.

Each gloss has a different girly fun scene such as a day at the beach, a day shopping, etc..etc.. The moving illustration is unique to each shade and story line within the glosses little handle!

When the lip-gloss is finished, the handle can be unattached and used as a keychain!

Fun Fun!

The Muse wants some of these just for the cute factor alone!

Each gloss is $22 each and comes with the keyring.


Alexander McQueen for MAC

Alexander McQueen, a goddess in his own mind (and mine for that matter) brings to us a new MAC Collection.

Now you might be lemming this for several reasons such as the vibrant, eyepopping colors. The fact that’s it’s limited edition must also be tempting you and of course it has cute packaging details that also might put you in that “want” frame of mind.

But I think we can all be honest and admit that the reason we REALLY want the collection is for the coveted and long gone repromote of New Vegas Mineralize Skinfinish.

I can’t tell you how often I’ve searched on E-bay for a New Vegas and failed finding one that hadn’t hit the $60 or more mark upon auction end (Stereo Rose is another item I’ve failed miserably at locating for a price that didn’t include a contract for my first born child!)! The Muse sometimes has to give herself limits and purchasing a MSF for $60 or more dollars is one of her cut off points (however she has been known to sell an organ for parrot but that’s another story for another day)!

Well…girls…look no further New Vegas is back with a bang and we can all bow low to Alexander McQueen for it’s return!

Aside from the very exciting repromote of New Vegas I’d say we have quite a nice lot of goodies to look forward to with this collection and truly if you love awe inspiring shades this be the color story for you!

The colors look just perfect and not a doubt crosses my mine that they will be a nice little investment as well! These are bound to go up in price drastically after they are sold out so you can grab yourself a nice little piece of history here for it’s original, cheap price and next year you can laugh at all the n00bs who are searching their lemming out on E-bay and successfully finding ridiculously priced paint pots, MSF, and other yummie items from this color story! Although, the Muse highly recommends be nice and not laughing at the n00blets, after all, we were one ourselves at one time (as you can see the Muse has been playing far to much WoW and she’s reverted to leet speak! Do forgive her! She’ll be back to her beautified, non geeky self shortly. Well back to beautified not being geeky might not be possible!)!

The Muse says…GO YOU…GET TO THE STORE…and do purchase this collection! October 11th the Muse will bounce her way to her Nordie’s counter and give her monthly donation to the MAC counter so that she might have these wonderful, gorgeous goodies for her very own!

Happy Shopping!

Alexander McQueen for MAC

Haunting – Sea green
Nile – Soft royal blue with white pearl
Pagan – Yellow lime green with yellow pearl

Masque – Rosy pink
Archtype – Light gold

Nothingless – Baby pink with white pearl
White Magic – White gold with yellow pearl

Kohl Power
Black Karat – Black with gold pearl
Feline – Rich black
Jealous – Black with green pearl

Paint Pots
Electro Sky – Royal intense blue
Pharaoh – Creamy yellow green
Otherworldly – Mid tone sea blue

Mineralize Skinfinish
New Vegas – Golden beige with bronze pearl

Update: The lovely Marina from Make Up Loves Me just asked me where I had gathered my info from! And let me share, dear readers, with you, where I get the great updates on color stories! If you happen to visit the Specktra forum a lovely lady by the name of Janice puts alot of heart and soul into keeping the masses updated on all good things MAC! This is where the Muse gathers all the best info about upcoming color stories!

You can visit Janice by clicking over to either the forum or her blog at Specktra Blog.


Bare Escentuals "V" Brush

After much debate the Muse has decided to order the Smokey “V” Eye Kit from Bare Escentuals.

I really didn’t need or want the kit when I originally seen it pop up online at Sephora however I’ve changed my mind since seeing the “V” Brush in action.

I scoured around E-bay for the Brush and it looks like, at the moment, it’s going for anywhere between $14-22 USD. For that price I figured I might as well just dive in and buy the whole kit which is available on an E-bay auction for $29.99 plus free shipping or from Sephora for $32 (but then I’d have to pay taxes and shipping so E-bay seems a good idea!).

Ok…anyway…let’s get back to the brush!

The brush was intriguing when I first seen it but I wasn’t sure how exactly it was supposed to work. It basically resembles a fishtail and I was assuming that to apply you’d be dipping into your shadow and just using the brush in the outer corner of the eye where the area creates a “V” however since viewing a demo on QVC (which I am sad to say I am unable to locate for you to view) that’s not the case at all!

Photos of the brush that I nicked from E-bay

Ok so this might be hard to explain but basically to use the brush you’ll be dipping into your shadow or better yet coating both sides of the brush in whatever color you are using at the moment. After your brush is nicely coated in color you’ll be dragging the brush from the inner corner of the eye all the way outward to the V of your eye where you’ll proceed to twist the brush up slightly. The entire effect basically coats your crease and lower lash liner with color while avoiding your middle eye and lid area! The twist towards the end will emphasize the V area and create a more intense effect.

So..that sounds really complicated but I promise you when I seen how it was used I was really delighted and instantly in “want” mode!

The Muse has decided that she needs this kit and highly recommends scouring around E-bay for either the kit or to try to locate the brush at a decent price! It seems a really good tool to add to the beauty arsenal! All in all I’d say you’ll make good use of the shadow and glimmer that comes with the kit! They are perfect colors for the fall/winter and evening looks plus you end up with the nifty brush.

Happy Hunting!

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