Jane Iredale D2O Hydration Spray Review

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I’m on this kick lately for moisturizing toner mists. I think it’s the warm weather but I just feel the need to forgo moisturizer in the morning in favor of a mist down with a hydrating toner that acts in the place of my normal lotions and potions. Recently my obssession with misting toners has turned to the likes of Jane Iredale D2O Hydration Spray.

Jump ahead to hear what I think!

Incredible! I love this stuff.

First off the bad news.

It’s 2oz in size and $17.50 ouchie. Wish it was a little bigger for the price but no worries I’ll totally repurchase when I’m done with my 2oz bottle as it’s darn good stuff.

Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray contains a blend of chamomile and myrrh to sooth and refresh skin. The mist is scented with Ylang Ylang which gives off a heavy herbal scent, quite pleasant. You can use the mist in any number of ways such as in the place of facial moisturizer, or for setting mineral makeup, to hydrate skin on the fly, or oily skin users can indulge in this as a primary moisturizer thus avoiding richer face creams.

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About 2-3 mists is all you need as the sprayer doses face very nicely with product. It has a slightly glycerin-like feel but dries down to a dewy, fresh finish. It’s since taken the place of my normal facial cream for Summer. I doubt I’ll be able to get away with it once Winter sets in but at the moment it’s just perfect for spraying down with for moisturizing and hydrating my skin.

You’ll like this if:

  • Your skin isn’t too dry at the moment and you aren’t in need of a heavy facial moisturizer
  • Your skin is oily and you’d like a tool for hydrating your face without over doing it
  • You want a cooling mist to set mineral or powder foundations.
  • You want to have a toner on hand for hydrating your skin throughout the day without having to redo makeup

Overall, Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray is a real winner. I’m loving this for Summer easy, fuss free moisture in the heat.

Total Muse Approval for Purchase!

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Sneak Peek: Stila Fall Collection 2009: Stila’s Smitten with Kitten Collection Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot Review and Swatches

Stila calls their new Black Cat Smudge Pot a pretty black gel liner with a blend of Kitten Shimmer. I call it gorgeous.


Click ahead for a peep!

If Stila Kitten Smudge Pot was a little too sweet for you, a little too innocent, try out a little mystery and sexiness with Stila Black Cat Smudge Pot. This black gel liner is infused with a golden sparkle that can be used as a liner, or a smudged up smoky lid color, or line lashes with it as a twinkling mascara. Releasing as part of the Stila’s Smitten with Kitten Collection this liner gives a sultry look to eyes to add an edge of drama.

Black Cat is almost brown in color due to the heavy dose of golden champagne sparkle that’s infused into the formula. It’s very flattering on my brown eyes! The pot is large enough to line with and if you so please go right ahead and add a bit to lids and blend out for a sultry smoked out eye look.


If you already own the Stila 24K Smudge Pot from Stila’s Summer Collection this year do go and indulge in Black Cat as it’s considerably different. Black Cat has way more shimmer to it and is a richer shade of blackish brown when compared to the Summer release. Dare I say even prettier?


The Muse highly recommends allowing this Black Cat to slink into your Fall cosmetic wardrobe, it’s delicious!

Available from Stila in September!

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Laura Geller Kiss & Bake Up 8 Piece Collection Review and Swatches

When I scored the Laura Geller Kiss & Bake Up 8 Piece Collection recently on QVC with free shipping I swear I felt like I won the lotto! When does QVC ever do free shipping right? The kit was $55 bucks plus no shipping? STEAL!

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Loves it!

Click your heels ahead for the review!

Here’s the deets, the kit includes all these fabulous shades of yummy color that will go down so beautifully in the Fall! I was sporting this all weekend and got tons of comments about it. If you wear warm colors well you’ll want to get this kit.

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The kit includes:
  • Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Apricot Berry
  • Laura Geller Balance-n-Bronze
  • Laura Geller Spackle Cream
  • Laura Geller Eye Rimz Baked Marbleized Illusion Shadow in Bewitching Bronze
  • Laura Geller Dream Creams in Apricot Berry
  • Retractable lip brush, Eye Rimz Brush, and Double Ended Face and Blush Brush

The kit contains everything you need for a complete face look and of course you can spice things up to create a few looks since the Dream Creams palette has a few color selections to use. All the color cosmetics in the kit are richly pigmented, silky smooth, and blend beautifully. The completed look is very warm and rich, elegant even and ideal for Fall in my opinion. Although it’s Summer I’m already counting the ways I’ll make use of this when the cooler weather sets in.

Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Blush is an incredible product and I’m the pride owner of a few shades. This is a silky smooth blush that works much the same as a MAC MSF but minus the heavy shimmer, glittery finish. The color that comes with this kit is a swirled peach, berry, golden beige combination. Brightens up cheeks with a flush of peach!

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I’m not a fan of Laura Geller Balance-n-Bronze as the bronze side is a tad too sheer and a bit chalky however the product is split so it houses the bronzer on one and the brighten powder on the other. Laura’s Balance-n-Brighten is a fabulous product that brightens the face and erases dullness for a flawless look. This part of the split pan I like but I could take or leave the bronzer side.


Laura Geller Eye Rimz Baked Marbleized Illusion Shadow in Bewitching Bronze is a rich, deep chocolate brown. This is an incredible color that works fantastic on my doe brown eyes. The shade has a tiny twinkle of gold that’s very subtle and pretty.


And finally the Laura Geller Dream Creams Palette (my favorite item) is a quad of four creamy lip colors that apply beautifully well. These are pigmented little gems of lip color and can be used together or separately to create a full, luscious pout!

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Also included with the kit is Laura’s Speckle Cream for prepping and priming prior to applying makeup and three brushes. All the brushes in the kit are quite good quality for the price.


All in all I think the kit is an absolute steal and a rather great item for Fall. Even with shipping it still ends up a really great deal. I highly suggest picking one up if you like warmer shades. The kit is undeniably gorgeous and Muse Approved for purchase! If you’re interested the kit is under item number A90709 on QVC.

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Here’s the completed look using the kit:

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Loves it, simply loves it!

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Sneak Peek: Stila Fall Collection 2009 Stila Kitten Lip Glaze Review and Swatches

If you were busy admiring my gloss in my Stila Kitten Smudge Pot post, allow me to tell you all about it. Along with it’s new Fall Collection Stila is releasing a brand new lip glaze in the Kitten color.


Good news for Kitten lovers I’m sure.

Jump for it.

First off, allow me to remind you Kitten has already been formulated in an LE gloss back in Summer 2008. No offense Stila but I really didn’t dig that gloss so I’m quite happy, ecstatic actually that Stila went ahead and re-released the shade in lip glaze formula.

Stila Lip Glaze is quite nice in general. Nicely pigmented, plenty of tack and stick for a long wearing formula, and a great click pen for application. Loves it!

Adding the shade Kitten to the line is fantastic as it pairs beautifully with Kitten shadow and the likes and as I said the original gloss formula wasn’t particularly great but lip glaze is by all means a beautiful gloss.


The Lip Glaze shade is considerably richer when compared to the shadow. It has a bit of pink sparkle to it but heavily golden beige for the most part. The shade is flattering for Fall without question but works well in the Summer sun as well!

If you’ve been longing for Kitten in gloss formula here’s your chance. Stila Kitten Lip Glaze releases this September as part of the Stila Fall Collection, Stila Smitten with Kitten.

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Review and Swatches

Ahh Urban Decay you sure do please this Fall with your incredible new collection! It’s such a thrilling time for Fall Collections this year and I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it is to see them all pop up and about. Urban Decay did a particularly incredible job this year with it’s Fall Collection and I’m quite excited to see the release of many, many new items. I was slightly worried that many brands would make subtle little releases due to poor consumer spending so it’s an utter relief to see so many great releases.

One such release is the Urban Decay Ink For Eyes that totally floored me with it’s innovative packaging, likey!


Check out the review and swatches after the jump!

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes is housed in a slick slim line case decorated with a pretty peacock, no one can say this packaging isn’t ace. Loving all over the packaging for a few reasons. I love that I can tuck these easily away for quickie touch ups as they are so small and slim it’s easy to travel with them. I love that they include dual ended brushes for application. Line eyes with the flat brush and smudge with the smudger sponge. Love the mirror tucked inside each case too! It’s just a really unique take on cream liner packaging and quite interesting, adorable really.


The liner inside each case was at first a disappointment because they had shipped in the heat and ended up quite soft and melty. I sat them in my fridge for about an hour and proceeded to fall in love soon after. The formula is creamy and richly pigmented. They smudge quite nicely too which is always a plus. I do find potted liners sometimes smudge crummy but these really smudge nicely which lends a mysterious look to eyes and will be ideal for smoky eyes. The liner doesn’t smear during so one line application and you’re done, of course build it up for a more dramatic look by all means. Formula is paraben free plus Urban Decay doesn’t test animals which should appeal to our green makeup lovers.


The liner comes in six shades so far but knowing Urban Decay I imagine you’ll see even more brilliant shades released in the not so distant future. You can go with potted liner anywhere really but if you’re wanting to step it up with bolder shades, Urban Decay is your girl.

The shades released thus far are:

  • Demolition-brown
  • Binge-deep midnight blue (almost looks purple
  • Empire-dark purple
  • Loaded-forest green
  • Pyrotechnics-iridescent glitter
  • Zero-black


My fav shades are Zero, Demolition, and Loaded. Pyrotechnics is simply a clear base with a hint of shimmery glitter so you won’t get big color payoff with this but I find that a dab in the inner corners of the eyes and a bit lined under the eyes brightens things up nicely. It’s one of the only colors I didn’t swatch successfully as it didn’t show up too well in a photo but don’t overlook it, it’s actually a very nice little shade.

All in all if you’re a fan of UD you’re going to want to haul these or if you’re scared of liquid liners and aren’t too keen on pencils, cream is definitely the way to go for ease of application. The slick, fun packaging is an interesting take on boring old potted liners!

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