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Blinc Resurf.A.Stic Review

This has to be thee most laziest products on the market:

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What is it Muse?

It’s a one step microdermabrasion in a stick! It doesn’t get much lazier then that people! And did I happen to mention I love it?

The Muse likes to think she’s very anal about her skin care and in all honesty she is aside from the part that she doesn’t take time out to exfoliate nearly enough! Exfoliation is a strange thing. Do it too much and you’ll dry out your skin, do it too little and you’ll see have rough patches, don’t do it at all and you’ll have dead skin cells and dry skin woes.

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I happen to fall into the “do it too much and you’ll dry out your skin” group. If I exfoliate my face twice a week I’ll end up with flaky skin! Yak! So I tend to do once a week or even once every two weeks but the sad fact is I sometimes just forget to do it. When it comes to my everyday skincare I know what to use in the AM, I know what to use in the PM, and it’s a schedule that never changes. I do it twice a day, everyday. When it comes to exfoliating my face I actually have to remember to incorporate it into my daily skincare regime once a week….what a pain…

Now I kinda feel a little bit less likely to forget since Blinc has made an interesting little one step microdermabrastion stick aka the lazy girl’s guide to soft skin!

What is it? How do I use it? Tell us Muse, tell us!

It’s fairly simple my dears. Simply wet your face and gently press the Resurf.a.stic on your skin moving it around in small circles for one or two minutes. You can press harder for better exfoliation and or be gentle for a softer scrub. Basically the stick whisks away dryness, wipes away nasty dead cells, and reveals smoother, softer skin. After use simply rinse with warm water and you’ll be glowing!

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The formula of treatment is made up of very fine crystals so the exfoliation process is quite gentle or at least it is for me considering I’m a person who uses Lush Ocean Salt on her face. It also ha a tad bit of a moisturizing feeling as you apply so the crystals are barely felt as you treat your skin. I thought it was ideal for exfoliating my nose and getting at those pesky blackheads! I always find it difficult to exfoliate my nose and this fit quite nice on the contour of my nose and allowed me to rub it around and get at the area. I haven’t noticed any difference yet but I hope with continued use it’ll dislodge those nasty little buggers and clear up the area.

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The product obviously works very well considering after use my facial moisturizer absorbs quickly and doesn’t sit on top of my skin the way it normally does when my skin is dry or tight. I also didn’t get that tight feeling after use like I do with many systems I’ve tried in the past.

Sadly, it’s not all about raving for the Blinc Resurf.A.Stic. I had one minor rant about the product and I’m sure by now you guessed it. It freaks me out a bit to rub it all over my face and proceed to cap it closed. I’m using the product on a clean face yes but it still does make an anal Muse worry about germs and bacteria. However, the instructions do say to run the stick under water after use and wipe off which is what I did so I feel a bit better about it.

Aside from my minor rant above I’m actually going ahead and Muse Approving this one for purchase as I really liked it and can see myself repurchasing it once I’m done. The convenience and portability of the product gets a huge rave from the Muse plus the fact that I think the easy to use stick could make it less of a chore to remember to exfoliate my face!

Who needs it?

  • Anyone who wants the convenience of a portable and simple exfoliating system
  • Women with dry, flaky patches on their face
  • Those who have pesky blackheads on their nose or face that they are looking to dislodge and whisk away
  • Anyone with clogged pores
  • Women who just want softer skin

The line also happens to include sticks for your body, calluses (knees, elbows, feet), and ingrown hairs. You can find the complete line of Blinc Resurf.a.Stics at
www.blincinc.com

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What do you think?

Like the idea of an exfoliating stick?

Would you try something like this?

Have you tried Blinc Resurf.a.Stic already?

Tell the Muse!

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Hauled It: Lush Comforter Lotion Review

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Early November the Lush UK forum allowed all the Lush addicts to vote on a Lush scent they absolutely adored to be made into a perfume and lotion. The Muse quickly hurried over to cast her vote and was pleased that one of the scents that would be created in the products was Lush Comforter!

Weeeeeee!

The Muse hauled a few bottles and jars of Lush Comforter Body Lotion and Lush Comforter Perfume to stock in her beauty vault.

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Today the Muse will give you a brief review of Lush Comforter Body Lotion and tell you how to haul Comforter in other formats even though you can’t get the lotion or perfume at the moment.

When asked what Lush Comforter smells like the Muse is quite fond of telling the world that it smells like a brand new eraser. Remember when you were a kid and had cute little smelly erasers shaped like fruits, candy, or even Hello Kitty for that matter? That’s what Comforter reminds me of. It’s terribly complex to explain but it’s mostly made up of berries and cream-like fragrance. You’ll get sweet with a bit of tarty twang which is from the cassis that’s a main note of the blend.

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Now the body cream is simply stunning! It smells wonderful, lingers long, and absorbs quickly onto the skin leaving behind the sweet, tartness I was trying to explain above. It’s an extra thick cream for soothing dry skin while smelling so good you’ll want to eat it! Oh almost forgot did I mention it’s pink!

Although it’s near impossible to get the body lotion at the moment (unless your swapping skills are sharp!) the Muse highly suggests nabbing Lush Comforter Bubble Bar or Lush Comforter Shower Gel so you can experience the candy-like bliss that the Muse does when using her lotion and perfume!

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Mmmm! Total Muse Approval on this one! Lush Comforter is a staple item in this Muse’s bath and body routine!

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Do you love Lush Comforter?

Tell the Muse!

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Lierac Paris Soin Eclat Express Masque Review

If you’re anything at all like your Muse your skin may be seeking a bit of extra moisture at the moment especially if you live in a cold and windy city. Although you know I’m a true Lushie I admit that sometimes I get tempted to try out new skincare which is the case with Lierac Paris Soin Eclat Express Masque. Considering I really enjoyed Lierac Paris Hydra-Chrono Extremel Balm I didn’t mine in the least giving this mask a try out.

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Remember The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask? Lierac Paris Soin Eclat Express Masque kinda sorta reminds me of it.

The mask can be used in one of two ways. You can apply the mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and tissue off or you can apply and leave it on over night. Lierac scents it’s products quite nicely and this has a nice fresh, floral smell. The mask isn’t overly thick but has an almost gel like consistency.

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All in all for use once or twice a week this is a nice skin softening treatment especially if you have dry, flaky skin however I’m unsure if I need this extra step in my skincare regime.

Check out more Lierac Paris skincare at Lierac Paris and Drugstore.com

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M LAB Sample Pack Giveaway

The Muse is a sucker for freebies…..don’t even sit there and lie about loving freebies…I won’t believe you!

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You can nab yourself a free M LAB Skincare Pack that’s worth $100 by heading over to MLAB’s website and entering code BEAUTYMAVERICK

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Don’t quote me but I think it might even allows international entries! w00t! Score!

I’ve actually never used anything from M LAB so this is a great excuse to nab some samples and try the line out for myself!

Go get yours now! Click! No purchase is required you just have to use the promo code and register on the site with your name, address, etc…..you don’t have to buy anything, the sample pack is completely FREE!

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Lepoze Esthe Gommage Lepoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel L’epoze Esthe Gommage aka Lepoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel Review

I was going through product with my best friend Jai on Friday and I realized that I never truly dove into the ridiculous amount of Asian skincare bits and bobs I stash around my bathroom. As we went through it I suddenly had the idea that I needed to share ridiculous Asian skincare products with the beauty blogging world!

The Muse is a self proclaimed Lush lover for all good things skincare but she’s been known to tempt the hands of faith and indulge it stupid amounts of Asian products that are both useless and items she can’t live without.

Here was an untapped territory for Musings of a Muse readers that I haven’t yet covered aside from a few minor bits and bobs. Hey, who could forget the Sony Black Head Off Stick I reviewed a few months ago right? Imagine the amount of other crazy rubbish I have hanging around from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan!

So the Muse (and kinda sorta Jai) came out with the idea to review all the items I have stashed in my washroom that I use daily or use once a week or maybe kinda used once. Who doesn’t want to hear about more Asian products right? I know I never get tired of ‘em! And since my obsession with cosmetics is fully established here why not delve deeper and get into all the good skincare bits you can find that work and mmm sometimes don’t work.

Anyway speaking of blackheads and that weird black head off stick how about I start my review up with L’epoze Esthe Gommage aka L’epoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel which makes big promises to remove dirt, oil, and pesky little black heads from deep inside the pores of my nose.

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Hey, like all good things that sounds too good to be true…normally are…and you guessed it…this is WAY too good to be true!

I deem L’epoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel a glorified version of a Biore Nose Strip, granted it doesn’t work nearly as well as a Biore Nose Strip but I do deem it glorified because that sounds important and stuff. The Muse makes this stuff up as she goes along so just deal with it.

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So what is it anyway? It’s basically a paste that you apply on your nose (they have a version for your face as well but I’ll tell you about that gem another day) and it dries to a clay like consistency wrapping your nose in a warm cocoon for 10-15 minutes (timing is entirely up to you). As you sit and wait the paste dries to a harder slightly crumbly texture which after a considerable wait you’ll be rubbing off. Yup, no water here folks! Simply rub the mask off and as you rub supposedly dirt, oil, and evil, nasty blackheads all go bye-bye.

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Yea well….this Muse looked close and the pesky blackheads on her nose are still there….as for oil and dirt….who knows as my nose wasn’t dirty or oily going into this joint.

In reality the mask kinda sorta works like a Biore Nose Strip once dry however it doesn’t quite have the power that a simple nose strip has. Why that is I’ll never know. Personally I feel like a nose strip really digs in deep and adheres well to all the gunk on my nose and lifts it clear away where as this is simply rubbing off and not really adhering to anything that I can see. I guess if you’d like a gentle version of a nose strip this may work out well especially if you have larger pores or even an oily nose area.

The moral of the story is that you’ll run across many similiar masks in and around Asian drugstores but I haven’t really run across one that works. If you want my two cents I say stick with simple nose strips as they work a treat. Lepoze Blackhead Cleansing Nose Gel retails for around $6-7 USD or so which is what I paid for it however I have seen it retailing for about $10-$12 USD on Evil-bay and other online retailers. Honestly, if you can find it cheap it might be worth taking a look at but personally I think it’s a bit of a waste. This is made my a company called PD-C which also happens to put out a rather awesome brand called Soda Salon…I’ll be bringing you some fab reviews from Soda Salon soon. It’s nice to know that PD-C may have failed miserably with the entire Lepoze range of product but they do excel at a few other brands they have out on the market.

Blackheads on your nose?

The Muse says skip the mask and go straight for the strips! You’ll thank me for it later!

And yes of course you get gratuitous idiot shots of the Muse wearing the mask…would I disappoint you?

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I feel like I should be saying “hey dude, surfs up man!” with this mask on my nose! I happen to have great ones of Jai too but sadly he won’t let me share them with anyone but his adoring public aka his boyfriend…le sigh….that just sucks as he looked way better in the mask than the Muse did!

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