Ahh the Muse has gone so natural and neutral lately hasn’t she? But she can’t help herself when Bobbi Brown keeps introducing awesome palettes! The new Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Lip and Eye Palette contains an array of naturally beautiful shades for creating that perfect party look with a tiny bit of pop and a whole lot of elegance.
The palette contains four Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colors and four Bobbi Brown Metallic Eyes Shadows in a slick, black compact. I loved the design of the palette as it has the lip colors on top with a pull out draw housing the shadows so everything is kept nice and tidy. The draw designed to hold the shadows pulls out easily and houses the shadows nice and tight.
The shadows are all gorgeous colors with a nice metallic almost shimmery like finish. The shades are all very use friendly and aren’t in the least bit bold or scary so you’ll be getting a soft, natural look from each shade. I wouldn’t say the shadows are necessarily the same in color but I do feel like you can’t combine them to create different looks. The shadows each have an individual color and combining them does nothing but create muddy shades so I would suggest using each shade individually. The $60 USD price tag may be a bit discouraging when faced with only four looks that can be arranged from the four included colors however I took all this into consideration and still felt like it was well worth the price since the looks you can create are truly lovely.
I was a bit put off by the lip colors as I was expecting the same soft, buttery formula that I was recently treated to when I purchased the Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection. However, the formula on these was a bit hard and the colors weren’t too pigmented. They weren’t particularly easy to apply and didn’t feel as soft as the ones I originally tried. I was a bit let down by this but after applying and playing around a bit I was happy with how they looked on so I decided to disregard the crummy formula.
The palette contains a lip brush and a shadow brush. Both of which are mini size and fabulous in my opinion. Be it large or small I’m always very impressed with Bobbi Brown Makeup Brushes. I’m particularly a big fan of her lip brushes! Both brushes make applying everything a snap and it doesn’t take a ton of skill or drama to achieve a soft, flattering, work friendly look using the brushes, shadows, and lip colors!
The shadows included in the palette are:
Champagne Quartz (Shimmering beige with touches of pink)
Gold Dust (Shimmering Gold)
Golden Bronze (Shimmering fleshy peach)
Galaxy (Shimmering gray with a touch of a black)
The lip colors included in the palette are:
Berry Mauve (Berry Pink)
Pink Sequin (Sheer Peach)
Dusty Mauve (Mauve with a heavy dose of brown)
Ruby (Off Red almost maroon)
I’ve reviewed the Metallic Eye Shadows prior to this and it deserves to be mentioned again how great the formula is. For one of my looks below I actually decided to apply wet and I have to say I love how it intensifies the color and gives a foil finish when the shadow is applied this way.
I honestly can’t begin to tell you about my lips. All my looks below are created using everything in the palette but I mixed, combined, and cocktailed all the colors together to create the shades hehe so I’m unsure what I’m wearing! I think that mixing them all together kinda creates some rather nice shades rather than wearing them alone.
Gold Dust applied wet
All in all I absolutely loved this palette! It’s not loud or bold or vibrant but it does create some very soft, flattering looks that are ideal for work or a Holiday party! If you’re scared of bolder shades this will be a perfect pick for creating natural, elegant looks for the season! This one gets a big Muse Approval for purchase! Very worth it and a truly great palette, possibly my favorite of all the Bobbi Brown palettes I’ve tried as of late!
You were probably privy to this contest last Friday as it got posted back then! I had a problem with the applet I was using for the contest so I had to remove it temporarily!
But…the good news……it’s back and hopefully working hehe!
What is it?
It’s a bottle of Vera Wang Look Parfum Spray which the Muse recently reviewed….exciting right? Even more exciting…..it’s signed by Vera Wang herself! Hyper yet?
Enter for your chance to win Vera Wang Look Parfum signed by Vera herself by submitting your name and e-mail address below! The contest starts today and ends next Friday at 10 pm! The contest is open to US and Worldwide readers!
Billy Joel told me he’d much rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints so the Muse did just that this morning! She sinned with Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore Gloss and sure did like all that sinning! Supposedly only the good die young so I might as we be bad and sin my way through the day with gorgeous, shiny, plump, juicy lips!
The Muse knows a thing or two or maybe three about gloss. She’s tried her fair share of ‘em over the years and she even located one or two (or a million) that she loves but she’s never, ever, in all her year’s as a cosmetic junkie came across such a gloss as Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore Gloss. Whoa. I’ve never seen a gloss this thick, this shiny, this glossy, this pigmented….sheesh…..tis like I’ve struck the lipgloss lottery! If you’ve been searching for that perfect gloss to give you Angelina lips or maybe you prefer the Dr. Frank N. Furter look this is the gloss for you!
I think we have all established by now the entire lip plumping craze really isn’t about the “sting” but more about the texture and formula of the gloss. Thicker glosses create fuller looking lips! Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Gloss has an amazingly thick formula which glides onto lips leaving behind a glossy, shiny finish and adding a sexy plump to lips. My lips are at least double the size this morning but I promise it’s not a bad Amanda Lepore look! Although the formula is quite a good deal sticky and tacky I don’t mind in the least as it does hold the gloss in place for long periods of time without having to touch up every two seconds because it’s slipping off my mouth onto my chin. Put it on and it stays on for hours at a time. I used it last night prior to heading to the movies and it lasted through a trip to the theater, through a two hour film, through a large Dr. Pepper Slurpee, a pack of Twizzlers, and back home…..looking at myself in the mirror a few hours later and my gloss was still going strong. The color Wine Sinner is a deeper peach shade on me. The swatch on the site looks more like a wine shade but I honestly felt like it looked more like a peachy brown shade on my lips. The gloss comes in a nice heavy plastic jar which is quite large so it’s $22 USD price tag is well, well worth it. I was quite impressed with the size of the product as I was expecting a smaller size but this is huge. The gloss has a faint lemon flavor that’s reminds me of Philosophy’s Kiss Me Gloss.
I can’t begin to rave enough about the amazing formula. It’s pigmented enough to work perfectly well on it’s own plus it’s highly emollient and moisturizing. Chalk up Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore Gloss as a total Muse Approved gloss for purchase! You needs it! My only minor rant is the fact it only comes in 7 shades! Can we has more shades please? Thank you!
Sportin’ Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore Gloss in Wine Sinner
The Muse likey and says you must have it for yourself! Check them out at lipstickqueen.com
If you’re wanting to try a few shades at once you can nab yourself the Lipstick Queen Limited Edition Shine Holiday Kit which includes four mini Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore Glosses for $24 USD!
This is quite a nice deal and I’m adding it to my cart as I want a few more shades!
All in all I really loved Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore Gloss and was very impressed with the fantastic quality. It’s been a while since a gloss wow’ed me and this definitely knocked my socks well off!
I was thinking hard the other day, this normally blows out lights, circuits, and occasionally breaks mirrors, the Muse’s brain is big, stuff happens like that you know. I realized while I was deep in though that I never blogged Bare EscentualsBrushless Mascara!
For a very long, long, long, long…very long..like really a long time…likes ages and ages….like years…Bare Escentuals Magic Wand Brushless Mascara was my holy grail mascara. Absolutely nothing could touch the freaking outstanding awesomeness of Bare EscentualsBrushless Mascara! This was love people!
At the time that I was loving all over this mascara it was honestly the only one of it’s kind around. This was modern technology at it’s best! Actually if I think really hard again…I should be careful not to cause a nose bleed here…it still is pretty much the only available mascara that has virtually no brushes! It’s brushless! Hence it’s name right? The wand is basically a rounded edge with very small ridges etched in to capture lashes. To apply you simply swipe up and under lashes! Presto! Gorgeously long lashes that are full and plump!
If you’re as familiar with Japanese brands as the Muse is you will run across similar style applicators in and around Japanese drugstores however this applicator is pretty innovative by US standards even though it’s long been standard in Asia.
You may wonder if this is the mascara for you or if you’ll be poking an eyeball or two out when using it. Honestly, if you can use regular mascara you shouldn’t have a problem with this. It’s a matter of simply applying as you would any old mascara! I recommend it for short lashes, long lashes, normal lashes, stubbier ones, whatever your lash length or style I honestly think this is a great choice as the lack of brushes actually allows the applicator to get under the lash line and pull lashes outwards while curling upwards. Wow…I should try to say that three times! Fact is it curls beautifully well, gives GREAT volume, and lasts all day long without fading.
It’s been so long since I reached for it and I can’t help but remember what a fond favorite it was and is of mine! A total staple product to have on hand.
The Muse highly recommends grabbing Bare EscentualsBrushless Mascara for yourself as it was and always will be thee perfect mascara!
You can snag two for $23 USD at QVC! Item Number A64617
Pretty nice deal considering one is $15 USD!
This one comes with a big, fat Muse Approval for purchase! Loves it! Alot.
The Muse’s hands happen to be as soft as a baby’s behind but not in the Winter….ugh they get rough, dry, and I get gross hanging cuticles…all sorts of chaos going on when the colder weather sets in! Terrible! I literally have to stock up on masses of Hello Kitty bandages because I can’t resist the evil temptation of picking my cuticles!
The past few days instead of pouring gobs of moisturizer on my hands I decided to use Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa. Prior to moisturizing my hands I use this and I’m back to having baby butt smooth hands and nails minus dryness and hang nails! I can even skip moisturizer if I want as the product moisturizes my hands wonderfully well.
Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa is a paraben-free scrub made from sea salt, carrot seed oil, carrots, and pumpkin. The formula is oily and filled with large grains of scrubbing salt and resembles just about any body scrub you might be familiar with such as Philosophy scrubs. Honestly, if the title didn’t say hand and nail I’d have thought I could use it on my knees and elbows instead!
In order to use it you’ll simply scrub a small amount on wet hands and rinse! Presto! Smooth hands! The grains work at exfoliating your skin while the natural oils of the product moisturize your hands and nails. With ingredients such as pumpkin and carrot I was expecting this to smell as such however strangely enough it kind of has a soft floral scent which is interesting.
The Muse is open to just about anything that will relieve her dry skin in the Winter and she totally dug Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa! The price is quite nice as it’s on sale at Walgreens at the moment for $12.74 USD plus you get a rather large jar. It exfoliates as well as moisturizes while spoiling your hands and nails with good for you ingredients all while keeping it’s formula paraben-free!
The Muse thinks you should say Yes to Carrots and snag yourself some of this great stuff! It’s undoubtedly something your dry hands and nails will thank you for this Winter!