Musings of the Day: Who Influences Your Beauty Purchases?

You read beauty blogs, you read consumer reviews on forums and beauty sites, you read magazines, and you watch TV adverts.

Question is of all those things who is it that influences your beauty purchases the most?

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Is it something that you see on your fav beauty blog? Or maybe a friend told you how you have to try out this new shampoo she loves. How about TV advertisements or magazines?

Who Influences Your Beauty Purchases?

Jump ahead to hear my influences!

For the most part I’m influenced by some of my fav beauty bloggers and also websites and the like. Say I wander onto Sephora and see something that captures my interests, that will likely cause an immediate need to purchase an item. I’m one that loves pretty pictures and the likes. If I see something advertised on a model such as items from many Bobbi Brown launches, I instantly want it as the model is always so picture perfect and flawless.

I’m also a huge follower and reader of beauty blogs so those also influence my need for product.

Forums and online communities also feed my need for beauty.

How about you?

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So Affordable: Kryolan Satin Eyedust Powder Eye Dust Review

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Oh hello there Kryolan Satin Eyedust Powder Eye Dust you’re so incredibly affordable that the Muse feels every so inclined to share you with the rest of the world.

Jump for it.

Available in almost 50 shades and in a .12oz size Kryolan Satin Eyedust Powder Eye Dust beats many mineral company shadows in price and size. Loving the huge size and ridiculous price tag of….guess….go on guess….$6 bucks!

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The size, pigmentation, shade selection, and price make these great shadows a super deal for anyone who loves a bit of sparkle and shine.

I got two of these off of E-bay but they are for sale on www.funhousetheatricalcostumes.com if you’re interested or most E-bay sellers carry ‘em at retail which is six bucks.

The formula is quite smooth and applies nicely with minimal fall out. The packaging is very friendly as it has a small spout for tapping just the right amount out without making a mess. It wears long when your eye is prepped and primed correctly and pigmentation is very, very good. I only experienced one problem which was blending shades. I noticed shades wore great alone but when blended with other colors I created a bit of a mess but chalk that up to my technique.

The colors I have are SP661 which is a mint green and SP552 which is a baby pink. I felt like both shades had a frosty finish….a bit of a sparkle yes but a bit of frost thrown in as well. Blending out you can get a soft, velvet finish minus sparkle or frost if you use a light layer and blend evenly.

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Choose from a crazy variety of shades!
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Overall, if you’re looking for a great deal these are sooooo affordable at $6 bucks each and come in a variety of shades suitable for any and all kinds of looks you’re wanting to create. Many mineral companies have big selections as well and inexpensive prices but I thought the size of these was very nice for it’s price tag.

Likey!

Muse Approved for purchase.

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Fab little deal.

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Sephora The Smokey Eye Brush Set.

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I’m a want to create the perfect smoky eye for Fall.

In order to obtain my ideal smoky eye I think I shall indulge in the Sephora The Smokey Eye Brush Set…..

See here?

Everything I need to create said smoky eye…btw is it smokey or smoky…hmm…

Jump for it!

$42 bucks and a near 5 star rating on Sephora has me wanting this kit…I’m such a bloody mush when it comes to brush sets. I always tell myself, “You so don’t need another brush set…” but my evil side proceeds to reply with, “Yes you do, what could one more hurt?”

This six piece set contains tools for creating a perfect smoked out eye. I actually do a fair job of a smoky eye on myself and don’t need a brush set to do it but hey….my evil side said it’s ok to indulge.

You’ll get a total of five Sephora Professionelle (I wonder if the “le” on the end of Professional makes these more important) Brushes and a how-to booklet plus a chic faux leather case for toting around your tools.

The brushes included are a wide smudger, an all over shadow brush, a small domed smudger, and a dual sided brow brush and comb. Plus did I mention you get Volume Mascara too? Sweetness!

I think I wants it if that’s ok. I just don’t think I needs it but hey who’s keeping track of that!

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Would You Buy It? Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair Cream

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The Muse does so wonder how far are you willing to go for your skin? Me, I’d probably go far but not too far….

I recently came across Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair Cream and noticed that a 1oz size is $150 but that’s nothing get this a 5oz size is $500 bucks!

Whoa.

Do you think it does dishes and walks the dog for that price?

This is an age-defying moisturizer which contains something called Peptide K8. Supposedly it’s one of the most advantaged anti-aging ingredients ever. This is supposed to literally transform your face!

I actually find myself craving fine lines at the moment just so I can try it and see what happens…is that terribly weird?

Question is would you buy it for that price?

Jump ahead to hear my babble.

I’d possibly dish out $150 but I’m unsure I’d go for $500 dollars for a moisturizer. That’s a bit above my budget and I sure could think of a dozen other things to do with $500 big ones and it doesn’t involve moisturizer.

Ok, I’ll be honest, I’m kinda second guessing even $150 bucks….the most I’m willing to dish out for skin care of any kind is in the $50-$65 range.

How about you?

Big spender?

Would you buy Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair Cream?

What if I told you it takes out the garbage and gets wrinkles off your face?

Convinced now?

Tell the Muse!

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Beauty on a Budget: Biore Skin Preservation Review

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Too old for acne? Occasionally get a blemish here and there? Want a skincare regime that’s affordable and meant for your 30 something skin?

The new Biore Skin Preservation Collection is a new line of skin care created exclusively for those of us who are well out of our teens and settling into a some what normal skin time.

This actually fits right in with my skin as is. My skin is pretty normal, no break outs or acne as I’m a bit too old for those days. It’s dry in certain areas, a bit uneven at time, even dull, and of course it suffers on a rare occasion with a pimple or two. It’s in between skin which is exactly what the new Biore Collection caters too!

Jump ahead for a peep at the new collection!

Although the Muse normally relies on Lush and as of late H20+ as her skin care of choice she’s quite a fan of Biore and thinks they make great items at an affordable price. If you’re wanting a skin care line with an inexpensive price tag to address issues such as fine lines, uneven skin tone, blackheads, etc…..but you aren’t of an age where your skin is completely out of a wack ala your teen years this new collection should suit. The new line consists of several items for moisturizing, exfoliating, and cleansing your skin.

One item that was particularly interesting is the Biore Self Preservation Dual Fusion Moisturize + SPF 30 ($15). Hmmm SPF 30 in a drugstore brand? Coolness. This dual phase moisturizer hydrates as it defends against UVA and UVB. The packaging is actually a dual pump which evenly distributes sun protection and moisturizer. For something that contains SPF it’s incredibly lightweight and non greasy.

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Biore Self Preservation Clean Things Up ($7) is a gel cleanser which is incredibly gentle on the skin. Some Biore cleansers have dried me out in the past but this is quite gentle and washes clean away. This fresh scented cleanser starts out as a gel and gently lathers up on your face rinsing away dirt and grime.

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Biore Self Preservation Even Smoother ($15) is a smooth exfoliating scrub to gentle buff away dry skin and reveal brighter, even skin.

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Biore Self Preservation Hard Day’s Night ($15) is a night time moisturizer for alleviating dryness and dullness. It’s quite lightweight for an night cream but it manages to absorb easily and leaves my skin nice and fresh come morning. I haven’t noticed any difference in dullness but I’ve only been using for a week so far.

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Biore Self Preservation See the Future Eye Cream ($15) is the newest eye cream in the Biore line. This sports a straight tip applicator quite like the Prescriptives Wrinkle Treatment that was recently released. The tip allows for precise application of the cream. Supposedly it brightens dark circles, fights fine lines, and battles puffiness. I haven’t used it as of yet as I’m busy testing a new eye cream but I’m quite curious how well it will do combating my under eye woes! I wish more eye creams sported an applicator like this as I’m a victim of using way too much eye cream sometimes.

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Overall, the entire Biore Skin Preservation line is a tad higher when compared to other Biore products however drugstore’s always have sales and these particularly pieces are a tad more posh taking the SPF and the likes into consideration. If you’re seeking a good quality skincare with a decent price tag I’m always one for recommending Biore.

The entire collection is available now at your local drugstore.

Visit www.biore.com for further info.

I know ALL of you use Biore!

Tell me what are some of your favs?

Mine are of course the Nose Strips!

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