Better later than never at all…or so they tell me!
I’m a bit late and behind with my MAC posts you have to forgive me! I am, as always, a MAC fan girl but for some odd reason I got a bit mucked up when I went on vacation. My MAC Cool Heat post never made it up and my MAC Solar Bits review never got put up either! And by the very way I still have Cult of the Cherry items to blog too! Oops!
Bad Muse, Bad!
However, I figure a review of MAC Solar Bits is definately in order so I might as well slap this up before we all get old and gray (gosh, I think I may already fit part of that description or..all..eep!).
MAC Solar Bits were hailed by the masses and I definately enjoyed grabbing three of the four shades released this Summer however I did have some minor rants and a few raves about this particular style of pigments.
Although these were extremely pigmented with a very interesting texture they were a god awful mess to use sadly. The pigments are not finely milled and are made up of chunky pieces that caused major fall out woes. With a bit of care, patience, and some serious prepping you could create some great looks!
The formula is a good deal different from the standard pigment line. Although the pigmentation and color payoff is about the same as any other MAC pigment you will notice an interesting characteristic Solar Bits possesses. Where as a normal pigment stays one color, Solar Bits had a special knack of morphing into an entirely new hue when you pressed down and began the blending process. Each small curd of pigment would burst upon contact with your brush or sponge applicator and the shade would morph slightly creating a rather interesting effect.
Scatterays paired up with some gold!
Bronzescape on it’s own.
Black Ore creating an unusual effect over some MAC Pigment in Kelly Green!
The colors I have are Bronzescape, Black Ore, and Scatterays.
Bronzescape was a brassy, bronze shade that had a faint shimmer of gold, Scatterays is a soft peachy shade with hints of gold, and Black Ore was an off black with gold. All three shades had faint traces of gold that made them extra special. I’m particularly grateful that I don’t have to tuck these away since the Summer is over, they’ll easily work well into the colder seasons for an interesting smoky eye look especially Black Ore.
Although Solar Bits LOOK bigger they actually aren’t. Each pot is 3.9g/0.14oz in size where as a standard pigment is 7.5g/0.26oz. Interesting little fact for you there.
Although interesting and unique I wasn’t too impressed with Solar Bits and as I mentioned I did find them a bit of a mess to work with.
I definately liked trying these but I’m unsure if it was the color selection or just the product itself that’s not getting a complete WOW for these!
All in all another interesting offering from MAC.
Did you get these?
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MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review
MAC Cult of Cherry Review
MAC Overrich Pigments Review
MAC Color Forums Review
I really do love some of Philosophy’s offerings and the idea of having a cute little packaged box with some of their greater products really appeals to me!
Philosophy’s new “the Natural” Beauty Box contains everything you need to create a super natural, super lovely look!
The box is $75 USD and quite a good deal in my opinion. It’s also a particularly lovely deal do to the fact that you’ll also receive a Hope in a Jar and Amazing Grace Buffing Body Wash sample with your purchase at Nordstroms.
The box contains all of the following items:
Philosophy Purity Cleanser 2oz (The Muse’s favorite cleanser!)
Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup 1oz
Philosophy Supernatural Mineral Blush Duo in Pink/Bronze
Philosophy Supernatural Blush Brush
Philosophy Big Gorgeous Mascara
Philosophy Supernatural Fingerpaints in Cool (I LOVE these things!)
Philosophy Supernatural Lip Pencil in Nude
Philosophy Supernatural Lipgloss in Soft Pink
Philosophy Microdelivery Peel 0.3oz
Philosophy Vitamin C/Peptide Crystals
Although the skincare products are smaller sizes all that makeup items included are full size which makes for a rather nice lot of items at a really wonderful price.
I have many of the items in the box but I sure wish they had introduced this before as I’d have been all over it!
Favorite Philosophy items?
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Philosophy 3 in 1 Shower Gel Bubbly Review
Philosophy Purity Foaming Cleanser Review
Philosophy Green Apple 3 in 1 Shower Gel Review
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash Review
If you’re a tiny bit tired of all the metallics, vampy lips, and generally dark smoked out looks that normally come with the Fall season you might want to indulge in some of Cargo’s vibrant, bolder, and hipper Fall Collection.
I few weeks ago I told you about some of Cargo’s new Fall Collection and I was quite happy to get my hands on one of the several Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palettes released this season. Although Cargo definately has a bit of a natural, neutral look on offer for those who prefer a warmer makeup for the cooler weather, they also happen to have spiced it up a bit and added some pretty Muse friendly shades to their new palettes. Being unconventional is the spice of the Muse’s life and thankfully Cargo obviously agrees when they created the Color Eyeshadow Palette in Tahiti.
You know how much I adore teals, aquas, and greens and Cargo’s Color Eyeshadow palette in Tahiti contains all of the above and then some! One of the key things that grabbed my attention about Cargo’s new palette is the very interesting packaging. Cargo has for many years come in a unique tin casing which was quite a different presentation for makeup however in the last two years they have definately branched out and added new and interesting packaging. Cargo hasn’t forgotten it’s roots and still offers many of the same tin cases to this day that they always had.
New Packaging vs. Old Packaging
The Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette is actually considerably different from those tins of old. This palette comes in a slick, heavy clear plastic case with a gorgeous image on the cover. Open it up and four large shadows await your hand plus a generous size mirror!
The shadows are huge and comparable to Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Eyeshadow singles. I think the thing that can be appreciated most about these shadows is the buildable color option. Each shade applies sheer and light however the color is easily buildable with a few extra swipes. Going from a lighter look to an eyepopping look with ease and simplicity definately appeals. I personally prefer a pop when I use colors like the ones in the Tahiti palette however many are a little bit scared of bolder shades. The palette makes it easy and goof proof to create a softer look without going completely bold. The shades aren’t heavily pigmented however with a heavier hand you can definately get awesome color payoff. They blend wonderfully well and are a very interesting silky texture. The entire palette contains four flattering shades that just work together which I love. My biggest pet peeve is being presented with a quad of shadows that don’t work together and leave me puzzling over how to use them, not the case with this palette. The colors simply work alone or together to create a stunning, bolder look for Fall.
The Tahiti palette contains a grassy green shade, a deeper grasshopper green shade, a true blue shade, and a greenish aqua shade. The colors are semi-matte and contain no shimmer however this does not prevent them from being great.
I created three seperate looks with my palette but you can easily get a dozen or more looks from the one palette by wearing each shade separately or combining shades to create different looks or colors. I was particularly delighted with how well each shade meshed and morphed with the next to create a new shade.
This look was created by using the lighter and darker greens in the palette.
This look was creating used three of the four shades. I used the greenish aqua on my lid and creased and deepened it by adding a bit of the blue. I finished the look by adding a bit of the deeper green shade to V of my eye.
This is my favorite look! I used the greenish aqua shade all over my lid and crease and lined my lower lash line with the blue color. I think the blue contrasts beautifully with the aqua!
With 8 shades to choose from and a $28 USD price tag I’m really liking Cargo’s Color Eyeshadow Palette for both it’s versatility and it’s stray from the Fall norm!
Tahiti is definately worth checking out! I enjoyed my adventure with this one!
Check it out at Cargo’s website or your local Sephora!
Cargo Cosmetics Fall Collection 2008
Cargo Blue_Ray Concealer Review
Although the official Autumnal Equinox is normally between the 22nd or the 23rd of September I still associate the end of Summer with the day after Labor Day.
As far as the Muse is concerned we are in full Fall force mode even though it’s still fairly warm here, the nights are cooler and I’ve pretty much had Fall cosmetic collections on my head for the last month.
Summer went awful quickly this year for some reason! It could be because I started reviewing Fall collections so early or maybe it just flew by because I was so busy with life, the universe, and everything.
Either way it’s definately Fall for me!
What better way to celebrate the end of Summer then with a great post rounding up all my favorites, addictions, and obsessions in the cosmetic universe for Summer 2008!
Although no lipsticks caught my eye in a major way this Summer, I know for a fact that many glosses thrilled me to pieces! I favor gloss in the Summer anyway so this suited me just fine!
I was particularly enthusiastic when it came to MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit and it quickly made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have Makeup list! The color was sheer perfection and it’s possibly one of the best colors I’ve come across by MAC or any other brand for that matter!
Summer Must Have Makeup: MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit
I had a soft spot for NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave but you won’t catch me tucking it away now that Summer is over! The color can bring me way into the Fall and straight through the Winter! That beautiful cherry red with gold shimmer is perfection for any Season!
Summer Must Have Makeup: NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave
Dior’s Ultra Gloss Reflect had three great shades but I was partial to the gorgeous hues of Beige Lurex and Corale Lame.
Dior Ultra Gloss Reflect Review
Face of the Day Featuring Dior Ultra Gloss in Beige Lurex
Aube Gloss Frutina in EX05 has quickly made it’s self at home on my favorite list! The color is virtually perfect for both the warm Summer and the cooler Fall weather!
Aube Gloss Frutina Summer 2008 Review
I was pretty taken with MAC’s Neo Sci-Fi Collection and was pretty hyped over the great shadows released with the collection!
MAC eyes shadow in Evening Aura and Expensive Pink surely did please me and I found myself reaching for both on more than one occasion this Summer!
MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review
When it came to spicing up all my orange, bronze, and gold looks this Summer I couldn’t help but reach for my Majolca Majorca Lash Heat Metallic Mascara! I loved how this added a bit of heat and sparkle to my lashes!
Majolica Majorca Summer 2008 Review
Shu Uemura never fails to thrill and I can remember my excitement upon testing out the Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette! This palette kept me company all month long and will last well into the Fall and Winter and right into the Spring when it arrives. A palette that offers versalitity and a slew of options is always approved by the Muse!
Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette Review
KATE Dual Carat’s are easily my most favorite eyeshadow duos around and GD-2 made me realize how much I adore these great palettes! GD-2 lent a certain refreshing look to my eyes while adding a bit of sparkle! Since gold is always in style when the holidays come around this fun Summer palette will work it’s magic when the weather becomes cooler!
KATE Dual Carat Review
Having popping cheeks was quite the rage for me during the hot weather! I fell absolutely in love and lust when I got my hands on Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold! It was love at first site and it instantly changed my mind about bronzers!
Urban Decay Summer Collection Review
Lending pop, sizzling, and cracking color to my cheeks were Aromaleigh Rocks! An instant classic for the Muse and most definately a funky item to add to your beauty blush stash!
Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Review
MAC Neo-Sci played favorites not only with it’s eye shadows but also with it’s blush! I adored Spaced Out so much that I had considered for a while that I might need a back up! Soft, Peachy, Perfection! A favorite of the Muse’s!
MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review
Two cheek stains quickly climbed the ranks and became staple items for me this Summer! Both Benefit Posietint and Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech were reached for again, and again and again for a fresh glowing look that was perfect for the warm weather!
Benefit Posietint Review
Bourjois Paris Hi-Tech Rouge Review
You recently read how much I adored Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner but it’s worth a re-mention how much I loved adding this to my Summer skincare regime!
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review
MAC Neo Sci-Fi did it again with the release of MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator! Let’s hope MAC brings this one back!!!!!!
MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review
I can’t forget how much I was loving Clean Perfume’s newest scent entitled Summer! It’s been my favorite scent of the season since I got it!
Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails in Punchy was equally well reached for and used!
Clean Summer Eau Fraiche Review
Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails Review
I’m saddened Summer is over but boy do I love the Fall!!!! I look forward to incoporating some of my Summer favorites into my Fall looks.
What were your favorite Summer makeup releases?
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Current Beauty Addictions
Year End Review: Favorites List
Miss my concealer posts? I thought I’d give you a tiny break in between posts as I was coming at you full force with all those concealers the past few weeks! But I’m back and I got a fresh round of brand new concealer reviews up my sleeve! If you haven’t found your holy grail concealer yet by the end of my round up I bet you will!
Bobbi Brown truly gets props when it comes to moisturizing concealers. I’m particularly enthralled with Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer which offers that extra coverage that you may need if you’re sporting seriously dark circles. If your dark circles dominate your face and nothing you use has ever successfully covered them up, it’s time to pull out the big guns!
In this case your secret weapon would be Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer. Where as Bobbi’s regular concealer works wonderfully well at concealing all your woes the corrector concealer contains extra pigmented coverage for seriously hiding EVERYTHING, and I do mean everything.
This is the party hard only slept an hour and worked all week concealer. The formula is super duper extra moisturizing so those of us with terribly dry eyes can appreciate how emollient and wonderfully easy to blend this is. Although it does crease a little bit with proper prepping and extra care when applying you should be a ok. Coverage lasts at least eight hours straight as it’s waterproof, sweatproof, and end of the world nuclear bomb proof obviously Bobbi wasn’t messing around when she created this one.
Although the pot is small and $22 USD in price, it’ll be the best money you spent in a long time as a little goes a long way and your eyes will thank you for the extra coverage and ability to hide bags, lines, shadows, circles, and any other problem you’re sporting. I’m thinking they should rename it to Indstrustrial Strength Concealer.
Honestly, this has taken the place of my beloved Benefit Boi-ing because the formula is just right for creating flawless coverage while hiding many of my under eye woes. Even on days that I’m not sporting dark circles I still reach for this to create a perfect canvas under my eyes.
I can’t begin to recommend this enough! Well worth your hard cash and works as promises! Holy grail material this be!
You’ll have to pry this pot out of the Muse’s cold dead hands one day!
If you could pick three products to take with you on a desert island what would they be? Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer is on the top of that list!
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