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philosophy Divine Illumination Moisturizer

If you’re wanting a little bit of divine intervention to be added into your moisturizer you may not have to look too far!

Philosophy Divine Illumination Moisturizer is the newest moisturizer from Philosophy that promises to improve skin tone, texture, smoothness, firmness, and adding anti-aging ingredients while adding a healthy glow to skin!

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You can pre-order Philosophy Divine Illumination Moisturizer from QVC by using item number A84989.

Count the Muse curious…I foresee some illumination in my life soon…review to follow? Possibly!

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Lush Vanishing Cream Moisturizer Review

I’ve been using Lush Vanishing Cream Moisturizer for about a month now, maybe a little longer. I originally ordered all three of Lush’s moisturizers from Lush UK over a month or so ago and the one that I was the least interested in and wasn’t going to purchase at all was Vanishing Cream. I’m actually quite relieved I indulged in Vanishing Cream because it turns out it’s rather wonderful and I’m in love with it.

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Honestly, I was worried about purchasing Vanishing Cream considering it’s absolutely all wrong for my skin type, the moisturizer is meant for acne prone/oily skin. I wasn’t going to purchase this at all but the description did peek my interest.

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Here’s the description taken from the Lush UK website:

The Low Fat Moisturiser If you have acne, oily skin, spots on your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) you could use a pot of our new Vanishing Cream. It makes your skin troubles vanish. It`s not magic though, it`s beautifully traditional natural science. We make it with a new low-fat base so it`s light as a feather and sinks in, in a trice. There`s no cocoa butter; although we love it, we know it`s not for everyone. Instead, we use shea butter and deeply softening linseed gel, with low-fat camellia, grapeseed and jojoba oils. Of course, you don`t have to have problem skins use it; if you`d like a comforting, balancing moisturiser that keeps your skin clear with lavender, neroli and uranium essential oils then walk this way. But if your skin torments you every day, making you over-oily, spotty, red or sore then you definitely need this. Use it with Herbalism, Angels on Bare Skin, Fresh Farmacy, Tea Tree Water for a new Tea Tree Tone Tabs to take really good care of your face, naturally and safely.

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As per Lush’s recommendation of “of course, you don’t have to have problem skins use it; if you like a comforting, balancing moisturizer that keeps skin clear…” this was one thing that caught my interest and of course the other item that sold me on this was the fact that it was marketed as being such a light moisturizer. I liked the idea of a moisturizer that was light, that would help battle oily skin, and balanced my skin so I decided what the heck might as well try it.

Considering this arrived sometime in July or August (I can’t recall which) I was happy to have it for part of the Summer to try out since my combination skin is sometimes oily in the Summer here it may have laid a solution.

As promised by Lush, Vanishing Cream is beautifully, wonderfully, heavenly light. I love how smooth and effortlessly this glides onto my skin and absorbs simply and easily. This is absolute perfect wear for Summer considering how light and airy the formula is. The texture is watery and runny and has a fresh, herbal smell of lavender and rose.

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The moisturizer leaves my skin matte yet dewy and fresh and keeps my forehead nice and oil free all day long. I absolutely loved using this during the hot, humid weather as it offered just the right moisture for my skin while balancing it out and preventing it from becoming shiny. One of the ingredients in this is Witch Hazel which could account for how it mattifies skin and keeps oil at bay.

I recommend this for those with the following skin types:

  • Oily Skin
  • Acne or Blemish ridden skin
  • Redness or Sensitive Skin
  • Those who want a light moisturizer for everyday use or during warmer weather

The only sole rant I have about the moisturizer is it’s lack of SPF aside from that it’s positively perfect and I love it. Although I was using this as a light, Summer time moisturizer I feel like it may carry it’s way into my Fall skincare regime as well as I’m enjoying it’s lightness and how I do not have to prep with a base or primer after use.

I highly recommending purchasing this for yourself or at the least trying it out. Currently Lush has small pots available for $5 USD which you can use to test this out. If you love it you can bring back the empty sample pot you purchased for $5 USD and have it deducted from the total cost of a large container of the moisturizer!

Nifty right?

The price is $35.95 USD or 15 for a 1.7oz pot (45g).

The Muse Approves it for purchase!

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Biore Skincare Review Roundup Featuring Biore Cooling Eye Gel, Biore Self-Foaming Cleanser, Biore Daily Cleansing Clothes, and More!

Phew it sure has been a while since I did a MuseTV video hasn’t it? Hope you enjoyed that rather quick break down of Biore’s New Skincare Collection.

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Some of the items, as I mentioned in my video, are brand new where as others are older products with new clothing. Whatever the case may be, old or new, Biore always has a special place in my heart when it comes to inexpensive, quality skincare.

Enliven

One of my two favorite items is the Biore Enliven Cooling Eye Gel which is a moisturizing, slightly cooling gel for offering moisture to the delicate eye are while reducing puffiness. I’ve used it for a few weeks now and it does a considerably good job of diminishing the puff that seems the plague my eyes upon waking up the morning. It does promise to erase dark circles as well but as of yet I haven’t seen any change in those. I actually really like this and it’s one of the first products that has actually worked and shown considerable change in my eye area in regards to puff. The box claims it’s made with a “moisture matrix” that holds up to three times it’s weight in water in which case you should see immediate results. I didn’t see immediate results however after about 10 minutes I noticed that my puffiness goes down drastically and my eye does appear well rested. This is a nice little prep prior to concealer as it moistens the eye area nicely plus the inexpensive price tag doesn’t hurt buying and trying it for yourself!

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Revitalize

Sadly, after I reviewed Philosophy Purity Foaming Cleanser I was particularly thrilled. I simply adore foaming cleaners so I was quite happy to try out Biore 4-in-1 Self Foaming Cleanser which cleanses, tones, and detoxes skin all in one go! Nice! It’s a typical foaming cleanser that does a great job of removing all my makeup in one go (not waterproof mascara though!) while remaining gentle enough not to dry my face out. It foams..need I say more? That’s enough for me to love it. I have a foaming cleanser fetish!

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Refresh

Biore Daily Cleansing Clothes are one of those lazy day makeup removal items I reach for when I’m not feeling like going through the big chore and project of removing makeup. One cloth pretty much does the job of removing it all in one go. Each cloth is pre-moistened with a gentle cleansing solution that whisks away dirt, grime, even waterproof mascara! Sweet!

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Detoixfy

Biore Daily Scrub is an inexpensive way to exfoliate and detox skin to reveal fresh, more vibrant looking skin. The scrub contains tiny exfoliating grains that remove dead skin cells and resurface your skin. This is pretty gentle for everyday use and it doesn’t dry my skin out like other exfoliating products I’ve used. I believe this is a new scrub from Biore as I’ve tried and liked the blackhead version prior to this.

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Purify

Another of my very favorite items from Biore would be the Biore Self Heating Mask. These are oil free masks that are gentle enough for everyday use although I use them about 2-3 times weekly. They are self heating upon contact with your skin and after use my skin is always left glowing! Loves these!

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Nourish and Restore

Finish up your Biore skincare regime with Biore Moisture Lotion and Boire Skin-Boosting Serum. Biore Moisture Lotion is an inexpensive way to have a light Summer (or humid weather) moisturize that contains SPF 15. Although Winter is almost here I know some of you live in warmer climates and this is an ideal light moisturizer for warmer weather! Biore Skin-Boosting Night Serum is new to the line up and offers extra night time moisture to skin while soothing and nourishing it while you sleep. I’ve convinced myself that my skin looks amazing in the AM after using this…is it me or the product? That remains to be seen!

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All in all Biore offers some inexpensive, quality skincare selections that are well worth checking out for yourself! A few years ago it was one of my staple skincare products and to this day I use some of it still. I recommend checking out the Biore Cooling Eye Gel and the Biore 4-in-1 Self Foaming Cleanser both are a win for the Muse!

And of course the best part of Biore is that all my lovely readers can definately indulge as it’s pretty International from the US, to Japan, and even Indonesia!

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Etude House Aqua Sherbet Review

Hey pretty girls (and guys)!

I know you’ve been eagerly awaiting my review on Etude House’s Summer skincare collection but skincare is a tricky thing to review and it needs a ton of testing before I can sit down and give you guys the lowdown!

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I’ve had the complete collection of Etude House Aqua Sherbet for over a month now and I’ve been using it daily for that entire time as part of my AM skincare regime. The collection consists of all of the following products:

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Facial Lotion
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Toner
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Serum
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Gel Cream
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner

Please note that a brand new mist has been recently added to the collection. Sadly, when I had my friend purchase this lot of items for me the mist was not yet out and available however I did ask for it now so hopefully soon I can bring you a review for that!

As you can see the entire regime is a bit of an overkill as that’s a whole LOT of stuff to be putting on your face daily. Although, as per Etude House’s recommendation, the products should be used in a certain order as a daily skincare technique, I personally ended up breaking some of it up and using it for different purposes although I’m not stranger to using a ton of different items on my skin daily so this was not a big deal!

I think I’ll start my review with my favorite product out of the entire line which was the Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner. I. Love. This. Stuff.

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It’s seriously awesome and I wish I could find something of similiar quality here in the US for such an inexpensive price. It’s literally does what it says, an icy cool, refreshing toner. It’s not a spray but a foam so you can’t spray this directly on your face unfortunately. Basically you spray a bit on a cotton pad, it’s a foam so it’s not really saturating the pad completely, you proceed to wipe it all over your face for a rather nice blast of coolness. It’s icy cool and fresh feeling and my skin seems to love it! Although I can’t read the ingredients I think it’s safe to say this contains a healthy dose of alcohol but I experienced no dryness after using it. It’s such a great little item to have around on a hot Summer morning! It makes my face feel cool, refreshed, and ready for my makeup! I love it! Etude House did a seriously good job with this one and I’ve enjoyed using this daily and will definately be purchasing some more to stock up on! The toner is 18,000 won which is pricey for Etude House as they normally range in the 9,000-12,000 won price category however it’s well worth it and if you so choose, and have access, you can actually purchase the toner and gel cream together for 21,000 won which is like getting the gel cream free!

The toner and the lotion are very good however I did sadly experience a bit of drying with both. As I mentioned earlier Etude House skincare does have a considerable amount of alcohol in it. It’s hard not to notice as they do faintly have the scent of it however with the Etude House Moistfull Skincare Collection I experience absolutely no dryness after use but with the Aqua Sherbet toner and lotion I did have a bit of a drying, sticky feeling after use. I don’t mind this so much since it’s so hot and humid and my skin can actually take advantage of the mattifying these two products provide however I probably will have to avoid use in the Winter when my skin will become much drier. Aside from that I liked both. Each is 9,500 won or both for 20,000 and the bottles are very large so this is definately a lovely price tag. The toner nor lotion does not produce the same cooling experience that the Ice Toner has. The Ice Toner definately has a cooling sensation when applied however the regular toner and lotion didn’t have the same effect. I was slightly disappointed that I failed to notice any citrusy scent with any of the products as well since I THINK they are meant to have a faint fruity smell. Turns out they actually smell quite similiar to the Moistfull Collection which is a fresh, aqua like smell for lack of a better description. The toner is a typical liquid toner that you use with a cotton pad and the lotion has a nice light consistency for Summer wear. All the bottles in Etude House’s skincare and fragrance line are extremely vanity worthy however I do have a problem with getting the lotion out of such a heavy glass bottle. Each bottle is a beautifully frosted heavy glass but a tiny bit unconventional for a clumsy person like me who might drop it. It’s also rather irritating to shake it around to get the lotion flowing as well! It kinda has that annoying Ketchup method where you sit for a while trying to shake the product out of the bottle. Aside from my minor rants I did like the toner and lotion.

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One of my lovely readers, jkim, kindly translated the use of each product and they should be used in the following order:

Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner or Aqua Sherbet Toner
Aqua Sherbet Serum
Aqua Sherbet Facial Lotion
Aqua Sherbet Gel Cream

I’ve been basically using them in these stages as well but sometimes skipping the gel cream and serum and using those as night treatments.

For me both the Serum and the Gel Cream had about the same consistency which was a bit of a thicker formula than the lotion but only a tad bit more so. Neither the Serum nor the Gel Cream were drying thankfully although I did feel like the Serum was much better than the Gel Cream simply because the Gel Cream left a tiny bit of a sticky residue behind after use.

I personally don’t understand the idea of using a serum, facial lotion, plus a gel cream. Maybe if I could read Korean I’d understand the mentality behind it all. Since this seemed like a rather weird way to use the products I decided I’d use the both toners in the AM plus the regular facial lotion. I follow up by using the gel cream as a primer and I use the serum in the evening. The gel and serum can be purchased together or separately. Together they retail for 23,000 won where as seperate the gel costs 12,000 won and the serum costs 11,000 won.

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In a over month’s use I didn’t experience anything wow aspiring about the collection however I am impressed with the price, the wonderful packaging, and the rather great concept of a lighter form of skincare for the Summer.

We all change and rearrange how we care for our skin during different times of the year and Etude House’s Aqua Sherbert line was a rather fun item to use as my Summer skincare. It’s light, refreshing, plus since it contains a fair bit of alcohol it successfully mattified my skin without over drying too much!

Although I had minor complaints here and there and I do prefer Etude House’s Moistfull Skincare Collection over this I still liked this little collection and felt like it was money well spent!

Cheers to Etude House for always putting a smile on my face!

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Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask Review

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Ok, I normally avoid reviewing skincare until I’ve tested it out a few weeks but might I gush about the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask I got in the mail today?

I just finished trying it out and I’m in love!

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Has anyone tried this!?

I’ve wanted to try this stuff for a long time but never really got around to indulging in any of the Bliss skincare line. I adore Bliss’s Bath and Body products, what prevented me from grabbing some of the face line I’ll never know so I’m more than pleased to finally have gotten the chance to test some of it out!

So what’s the Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask anyway?

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It’s a super quick oxygen mask that mimics Bliss Spa’s own world famous triple oxygen facial treatment! Cool, a oxygen mask I can do at home in the comfort of my own washroom!

What it promises to do:

Wake up dull, tired, and swallow skin.

What it does:

Wakes up my dull, tired skin and gives me a radiant, refreshed glow!

Fantastic!

After one use I could immediately see the sigh of relief my skin was breathing. My complexion looked glowing and rosy once again! Fantastic!

This is product is particularly recommended for those with problem skin, it also happens to be recommend for refreshing skin if you’re a smoker. I have neither problem but my skin definately can use a wake me up lately and this surely delivered what it promised.

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My first go with the product wasn’t successful as I didn’t use nearly enough to create any big change so I quickly washed up and tried again. The directions state use a generous amount and this was my biggest problem with the first use. I obviously hadn’t used enough the first time to notice anything happen however in this case more is better.

You simply dampen your face, pump out three squirts, and begin rubbing around your face in a gentle massage. The formula has a citrus like smell that’s very pleasing. It begins as a gel but it quickly turns into a foam as you massage it in. After you’ve covered your face, sit back and relax. Leave this on for five minutes and rinse.

As you sit and wait you’ll notice a small tingle as the mask begins to foam. It sizzles, cracks, and makes small little noises as it’s penetrates and you can literally feel it working. It kinda feels like a million tiny little fingers rotating around your face as it foams up. After five minutes I rinsed with lukewarm water and noticed that the water slid off my face in a rather interesting manner. My face didn’t feel greasy or oily but it did have a moisturized feeling as I rinsed.

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After I dried my face I noticed my face was slightly warm and blushing…thus the glow the product gives to your cheeks!

Loves it!

After all this my face felt extremely smooth and the tiny dry flakes I get between my brows had disappeared. My face was glowing, smooth, soft, and looked healthier!

The mask detoxifies your skin in five minutes leaving behind younger, healthier, more refreshed skin….I think the Muse loves this one!

If you’re 30 or older this will be an absolute god sent for creating a smoother, healthier skin. If you’re younger the novelty of detoxing and clearing your skin of acne woes will most definately appeal.

This one I can’t recommend enough! So far, after one use, I’m feeling the love. Next on my list to try: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask

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The Muse likey for sure.

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