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Product Musings: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Ruthless Review and Swatches

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I’m getting cozy with Illamasqua today so I thought I’d muse some about their nail varnish!

Jump ahead for a peep!

Illamasqua has taken the Beauty Blogging world by storm this year. With many beauty bloggers and junkies alike getting their hands on Illamasqua goodies since it hit our side of the pond and is now available at Sephora is it any wonder we are all very happy?

As Fall rolls in I imagine you may be looking for three shades of cool to get your nails in tiptop shape. My picks for Fall in regards to nails always consists of the same colors. A true red, a beautiful chocolate brown, and a hardcore black.


Illamasque Nail Varnish in Ruthless has me covered for red. This true, rich shade of red has a beautiful glossy finish.

What are your fav shades of Fall from Illamasque?

Any that’ll be topping your nails this season?

Muse it!

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Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream Review

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The gods are every so friendly when they bless us with products that can work in a multitude of ways. For example say you want your skin prepped, mattified, evened out, and protected from the sun. You’d need a few products to do that right?

How about one product….

See? It’s a tiny miracle when one product can multitask as my primer, even out my skin tone while acting as my tinted moisturizer, and providing me with SPF and sun protection!

w00t!

Click below to hear all about my rave for the brand new Dr. Denese Defense Day Cream.

Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream will not only act as your daily dose of sun protection but also manages to act as a primer that mattifies your skin, a tinted moisturizer to even skin tone out, and holds the key to light Summer coverage.

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Likey.

Why oh why did I discover this so late into Summer? I do so wish I had this in my beauty arsenal since June at the very least. Now that I have it I’ll never let it go!

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Not only does this provide me with my daily dose of SPF it also acts as my foundation and keeps my skin matte and oil free. The formula feels quite like a primer as it has that silicon-feel so this could easily work well at filling pores and smoothing your face out. It’s oil free and mattifies my face brilliantly although I probably couldn’t get away with this in the Winter when my skin is dry but right now when I’m a bit shiny it’s ideal. You can of course wear it with foundation or powder but I can get away with using it on it’s own. It’s slightly pigmented and tinted with melanine which is the skin’s own natural color pigment allowing for a natural skin color on any skin type as it self-adjusts to disguise imperfections. It’s not going to offer full on coverage but it does offer very sheer, light coverage, enough to even out my skin tone and give me a very natural, flawless finish. The effect is that of using a mineral powder in my opinion as it gives my face a slightly airbrushed look. The finished results could account for the formula which creates a barrier on the skin acting much like a primer. Many SPF’s are heavy and greasy so I love the idea of my moisturizer having built in SPF and acting as a foundation and primer all in one.

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Overall, I absolutely love this stuff. Incredibly good. If you happen to fall into the category of loving lighter makeup during the Summer this is the ideal treat. It manages to perfect already good skin, wears long while offering a decent SPF for face, and leaves a matte and velvety smooth finish.

This morning’s FOTD was very minimal as you can see below. For my foundation, primer, and moisturizer I used Dr. Dense SPF 30 Defense Day Cream. As you can see in the photo my skin looks incredible (feels like it too!). It’s so strange as the product is very subtly tinted but it manages to create nice, even coverage on my skin.

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Loves it!

Total Muse Approval for purchase.

summer museapproved stamp

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Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All Review

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Well Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub of All isn’t my greatest love of all but I will say it’s cheap and works pretty good for the price!

Click it to hear the review!

I’m kinda sadly in lust with Soap & Glory. I can’t help myself I tend to want to try anything and everything they release. I told you ALL about the Soap & Glory Skincare line a few months ago and was ever so happy at how quickly it decided to make the trip to US shores.

Soon after it arrived on Target store shelves I proceeded to slap much of it in my cart supermarket sweep style and haul it home for a good testing. Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All is a rather great, inexpensive way to strip dull, dead skin off your face to reveal fresher, healthier skin. Granted, this doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of say Philosophy or Lush but it’s worthy of a pick up if you’re a lover of Soap & Glory or you’re just wanting to scrub down on the cheap!

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Although I wish that Soap & Glory might extend their signature scent to their skin care it has yet to happen. This scrub is very lightly and freshly scented. It’s a basic scrub with little spheres of joy that pop open as you scrub, w00t! The scrub does a nice job of scrubbing my dry skin without causing my skin to feel tight. Yes, indeed, it’s possible to fall victim to the dreaded over scrub and end up with drier skin instead of softer. This is gentle enough not to strip or make my skin drier than it already is.

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If it’s inexpensive you seek with an edge of shabby chic cuteness Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All is your gal! Don’t blame me if you break into sudden song (Whit’s making a come back maybe she’ll take on the theme for S&G)!


Snag it at your local Target.

Anyone try?

Love?

Leave?

Tell it!

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Steal It: L’occitane Fresh Face Water $10

Hey kids, now steal this!


L’occitane Fresh Face Water is a gentle make-up remover rich in shea to moisturizer and tone skin in one step plus it’s over 6 oz in size for $10 bucks! Sweet!

Wonder if they have this cool steal in store? Paying shipping would defeat the purpose of the deal…hmmmmm! L’occitane here I come!

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Reader’s Request: Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream Review

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I’ve gotten a fair few request to do more reviews on Burt’s Bees products. One particularly item that pops up again and again when asked for reviews would be Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. Considering it’s price of $7.99 and 97% natural ingredients it’s understandable why it appeals but the real question is does it work?

Click ahead to hear more.

Although it promises a gentle, effective cleaning I got more of a drying, tightness from it after use. Cleansing soap bark and healing aloe vera are promised to moisturize and soften my skin while removing makeup and dirt but for the most part it ended up drying my face out further than it already was and making it uncomfortably tight.

The rich, opaque cream lathers up nicely has a soothing, herbal scent and removes makeup well enough (just the standard fair such as foundation, a bit of blush, etc…) but sadly doesn’t do much for my dry skin. If you’re oily this may be an ideal cleanser for you especially considering it did wonders for my shiny forehead but sadly if you sport dry skin best skip this one as it won’t lend any favors to those that already sport dryness.

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Although it’s healthy ingredients and inexpensive price tag appeals I can’t say the results were worth either. Those who have oily skin may appreciate the drying element of the formula and it’s cheap price tag but anyone with dry skin would probably do best seeking something else.

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