Spring Collections 2009

Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints Review and Swatches

I just got done meeting up with my best friend Jai for some incredible sushi (yums!) and in he walks with a little bag swinging from his arm that contained all three of the Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints. He hands it over and says, “Biatch, don’t tell people on your blog about where I pick up hot guys!” Obviously, I can’t accuse Jai of not reading my insanity here on Musings, he sees all, hears all, and knows all. Oops.


Thank Jai, I’m a love you for buying me liquid tints to review.

So jump ahead for a review of Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints sponsored by Jai!

As I was telling you last night these intrigued me especially since I enjoy liquid stains and such in the Summer, well ok all year round I love stains.

These little guys come in a generous pump bottle in three different shades for $9.99 each. The novelty is the scent! Teehee! They have a slightly fresh, fruity smell. It’s the little things in life that really delight me and the smell of these kinda made me smile.


The shades are all rather loud, bold, and outrageous but once they are blended out it’s a subtle, natural finish. I admit I was a tad disappointed they weren’t as pigmented as I had hoped. The consistency of the formula is a runny gel which was also a little bit disappointing as I was hoping for creamy.

They blend nicely but you may find that a single pump won’t do and you’ll want to build up color with maybe a drop or two more. Actually it’s quite a great little blush if you like to slowly build color up or just prefer a subtle kiss of color rather than full on blushing cheeks.

I like the pump applicator as it distributes product nicely enough but it does have a little bit of a learning curve as pressing too hard ends up with too much product. A very slow pump will get you just the right amount of blusher so be gentle. The bottles are a cheery color that matches the blush inside, very cute in my opinion.


The shade selections are Peony which is a hot fuchsia pink, Poppy which is a peachy coral, and Rose which is a rich red rose shade. I’m not favoring any of the shades as I think they are all gorgeous colors and each offers a nice flush of color. I don’t think the product will work well on dark skin girls as it’s a bit to subtle however anyone that’s fair or medium can very well take advantage.


I haven’t worn out as of yet but I do have Rose on right now and I’m taking a trip to the movies in a little bit so we’ll see how long it wears after sitting through Manhattan traffic and a two hour movie. So far it’s wearing quite well but I’m wondering if it might melt off after a bit….I’ll tuck it into my makeup bag just in case I need a touch up.

Overall, I think Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tints make a find addition to your Summer make up bag. The inexpensive price tag, pretty colors, and light formula is quite pleasing for Summer wearin’. If you’re a lover of a more natural finish to blush these should please. Definitely worthy of a look at this price!

Anyone try yet?

Wanting to?

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Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo Review and Swatches

Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo was released as part of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection. Someone mentioned that this was actually supposed to be apart of a collection all it’s own. A collection in fact like the peach one! Imagine a cherry themed Etude House collection? Omg love! It’s too bad that Etude House didn’t go through with the idea but I am happy they included the Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo with it’s Precious Mineral Collection anyway!

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Jump ahead for a review!

Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo is a tiny compact that houses duo cream blushes. The shades you’ll receive are a nice off pink shade and a brighter peach almost coral color. You can use the blushes separately or together to create various looks. Combining the two shades creates a rather bright orangey coral that’s very pretty and flattering for Summer.

The formula of the blushes is the real surprise. Although creamy in texture these dry down to a matte powder finish which lasts and lasts and lasts. I was quite impressed with how long wearing these were! Although a Spring Collection, they make a fine Summer makeup addition due to their long wear formula.

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The color blends easily, seamlessly, and flawlessly onto skin. Cream blushes can prove tricky during application but this is simply a matter of smiling, locating the apples of your cheeks, a quick dab and a swirl and you’re done. Beautiful, flushed cheeks. The blushes are pigmented enough that you can get decent color payoff from either shade but are also allow for sheer, subtle application if you prefer. Anyone with oily skin can appreciate the powdery finish.

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Overall, a rather great little blusher from Etude House and a winner for Summer. I paid $4-5 retail for this from Korea but I’ve seen it on E-bay for around $10 bucks plus free shipping. I do think it’s worth the price jack as it’s a very nice blush that’s universally flattering for all skin tones plus it’s long wear formula makes it a great blush all around.

PS I’m kinda wishing it was cherry scented, that would be awesome! Don’t you agree?

Muse Approved for purchase!

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Likey!

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Summer Loving Giveaway: Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipstick Giveaway!

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Summa, Summa time! Indeed it’s getting there now kids. Summer has almost but not quite arrived, damn global warming may be keeping it from us.

Good news is Summer is going to be filled with a slew of hefty giveaways from yours truly. It’ll be Christmas all through June, July, and August here at Musings so keep it tuned here for some exciting giveaways!

Let’s start today off with a Clarins giveaway!

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Remember those Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks I was loving all over this Spring? Can’t forget that, whole lot of loving going on in that post.

Well….I want to share my great love for these fab lipsticks and give one away to readers who follow me on Twitter! Come visit me on Twitter, say hello, tell me your fav make up tricks, or whisper in my ear about how gorgeous I am (this sort of thing will get you brownie points). By following me on Twitter you’ll be entered for your chance to win one Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipstick in Pink Sugar. If you follow me already no need to do anything, you’ll already be entered to win! If you aren’t following me clickie here and hit that follow button. The winner will be alerted via Direct Message on Twitter next Friday.


Good Luck!

P.S. No worries if you don’t win this round! I have LOTS more goodies to giveaway all through Summer so keep it tuned here! And yes this is open to US, Europe, Asian, Canadian, and Planet Mars residents.

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IsaDora Spring 2009: IsaDora Blooming Spring Palette Review and Swatches

Technically speaking it’s still Spring right? Just be quiet and pretend it’s Spring for a little while so I can show you the Isadora Blooming Spring Palette. Shhh no one will know it’s almost Summer. Close your eyes, think of a cool brisk breeze, the scent of tulips in the air…are in your special Spring place now?

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Good!

Let’s go to the review!

Ok, so no matter what one thing that IsaDora never fails out is giving me bang for my buck. Beautiful palette, $19 bucks? I can go for that.

The IsaDora Blooming Spring Palette contains five beautiful shades for that perfect Spring eye look, shhh you’re in your Spring place now no thinking about bronzers! No but seriously you can easily get away with using the palette year round as it has some great shadows. Peach, Pink Purple, Green, and Brown make up the palette shades. These can be combined or used separately to create various looks. The colors are all quite pigmented and blend very well however they do have a tad bit of a chalky formula. In my experience with IsaDora palettes so far I noticed they sport a very similar formula and texture to that of most Japanese eye palettes, it’s that creamy powder formula that’s almost chalky in texture. This isn’t a bad thing but if you aren’t a lover of such a formula you might not like working with these. The shadows are very nice, pigmented, buttery smooth, and they blend quite well it’s just that strange chalky texture that could sway some. Personally I like the way they apply and think they create some seriously lovely looks.

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The only rant I have about the IsaDora Blooming Spring Palette is the fact that it was a simple black compact. Most of their special releases have a different compact design but this is simply the standard black casing. Meh a tad disappointing for a packaging junkie like myself but nothing to get to upset over.

All in all, for the price the quality is there and it’s worth picking up if you’re an IsaDora fan. I think it’s also worth trying out if you’re new to the line.

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Few small notes…..

Cosmetic Mall used to sell IsaDora but now it gives a strange buy two option. This is news to me until a few readers mentioned it. So basically they want you to purchase two of every product. What?! Not cool. So….you can either get a friend and order together or you can order through the IsaDora Amazon Store. As your last option you can check on Evil-bay although I suggest heading to the Amazon Store to score the palette and other items from IsaDora at retail price.

Here’s a few looks I did with the palette:

Using Pink:

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Using Peach:
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Using Green and Brown:
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Anyone an IsaDora fan?

Wanting this palette?

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Product Musings: Face Stockholm Eye Dust in Vanity

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Musings all about Face Stockholm Eye Dust in Vanity which the Muse is loving all over at the moment. It’s a peach sparkly concoction that’s rather ideal for Summer eye looks. I think it flatters nice flushed peach cheeks and will pair up quite nicely with my Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush.

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I’m kinda feeling peaches and bronze looks this Summer rather than my normal run of aquas and cooler blue shades.

What are you loving for your Summer eye looks?

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