By Lauren Luke My Luscious Greens Palette Review and Swatches

I got my By Lauren Luke Luscious Greens Palette last week! Squee! Very exciting as I was quite hyped to try this out. I spoke a little about Lauren several days ago do check that out here.



Jump ahead for the review!

One minor tiny rant before I get on with the review. They failed to include a tutorial with the palette. Lauren has the tutorial up on youTube which is great but I’d have loved if they included a little card with the palette explaining how to achieve the look. Ideally I’d love a little CD with her tutorial on it but that would probably cost quite a good deal more money however a small card would be appreciated. Aside from this the palette is pretty much ace with me.

The packaging of the palette is delightful. It’s a large size palette with a full size mirror that contains two shadow primers, three shadows, two lip colors, one eyeliner and one blush. The palette is $34 USD which is a decent price for a palette of this size. The palette is slim, black, and simple with a pretty flower motif on the front and a tiny amount of text that says “By Lauren Luke” and the palette’s name, My Luscious Greens.


All the items in the palette blend beautifully, have fantastic color pay off, and pack quite good bit of make up inside. This isn’t cheap or shoddy by any means, it’s great makeup and obviously Lauren is proud of it for a reason as it’s definitely good quality.

To start the look you’ll be using the primer. One of two shades are available, I used the lighter of the two. It creates a good solid base for shadows and allows the shadow to blend nicely plus it lets the shadow stay on all day and adds intensity. Yes, it does indeed keep shadows from creasing or fading. I put it to the test by forgoing my beloved UDPP for it this morning and it worked an absolute treat.


I did my look a tad different from Lauren’s tut. I ended up applying the lighter shade of green on my lids and the darker contrasting shade on my crease. I followed this up by pairing the golden lighter green as a highbrow highlighter. This simply created a pretty, mysterious green look. The shadows all have a velvet finish however the darker green does have a tad bit of a matte, satin finish but it still blends easily however use with care as it’s VERY pigmented. The liner is a nice texture and although I didn’t use it above my eye, it did work nicely on my waterline. It has a nice dense formula and it applies easily and flawlessly.

I followed up my look with the iridescent sheer peach blush. This I didn’t like simply because I’m used to louder blush shades. This is a very natural, sheer peach shade which almost works as more of a highlighter for your face. It completes and compliments the eye look beautifully but it’s a tad too sheer for my liking.


Finally both lip shades are very nice and again they complete the look nicely and pair up well with the shades in the palette. You’ll get two shades which are a nude peach and a deeper rosey peach shade. Both are plenty pigmented and look quite pretty on the lips. You can use the darker shade as a liner if you like and fill with the lighter shade.


It deserves to be mentioned, if you’re a tad anal, that the palette does indeed have fall out issues. It will become a tad messy if you aren’t careful and you’ll end up with blush in your lip colors and possibly have primer end up on the palette, etc…..but this happens with most any palette, you’ll just have to cope sadly.

Overall, I think the palette is quite a quality item and at $34 USD the price isn’t too bad. It’s an ideal palette for those who desire a complete look without having to spend a ton of time on that look. It’s also incredibly user friendly for those who are just starting out with makeup or anyone who finds it difficult to apply makeup. This simplifies things so very much and even teaches you the best shades to pair up plus how to blend a lighter and a darker shade. As I mentioned the only thing missing was a tutorial and I hope Lauren will consider adding one in at a later date as she’ll pave a way for the makeup world if she did. As we know it’s rare any makeup outside of Asia comes with a “how to”.

By Lauren Like is an incredible line and I think I’ll be indulging in one or two more of her palettes. I look forward to keeping my eye on Lauren to see what she springs on us next.

My completed look:


I’m Muse Approving her palettes for ease of use, quality, and there nice price tag! Likey!

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Check out more from Lauren by visiting http://www.bylaurenluke.com/

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Lush Queen of Hearts Review


Juice Newton said it best, playing with the Queen of Hearts baby!

A few people requested a review of Lush Queen of Hearts and since I only had a tiny silver in my soap dish I ended up buying a slab so I could review it for you. Love me much?


Lush Queen of Hearts is a completion soap. Yes, that means it’s a soap you use on your face. As in a bar of soap! Horror! Anyone wince when I said a bar of soap? Didn’t our mother’s tell us never use a bar of soap on our faces? If you wash your face with soap you should be ashamed!

No worries though Queen of Hearts is the awesome and meant exclusively for the skin on your face. If you’re familiar with rose water and glycerin toner, Queen of Hearts is the equivalent in a soap bar form. It’s a gentle cleanser made with a base of rose petals and cocoa butter to keep skin nice and moisturized. Almond and balancing geranium oils make your skin soft and do it all without drying your skin out.


So how do you use it?

As you would any soap. Wet it, later up, and rinse. The soap is gentle, non drying and removes makeup beautifully (not waterproof mascara mind you but everything else gets whisked away). Your skin is left feeling moist, dewy, and fresh after use. It’s possibly one of my favorite ways to get clean even better than cleansing oil in some cases. I don’t pay as much attention to Lush Queen of Hearts as I do my other skincare items which is a shame as it’s a great bargain since a 3.5oz bar will set you back $7 bucks and last you literally ages plus my dry skin sucks up the incredible formula.

I’d actually recommend it for most any skin type as it’s soothing and not overly moisturizing. It smells of clean fresh roses. There isn’t much not to like about Queen of Hearts.


I highly recommend trying this out while it’s still available (it’s a Retro item so who knows if it’ll disappear sometime soon!). As I mentioned the price is amazing plus it gets skin clean while being gentle enough for oily skin types and offering moisture to those with dry.

Truly the perfect bar of soap…yes I said bar of soap…for your skin!

Comes with my highest recommendation for purchase! Undoubtedly Muse Approved.

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Anyone try?

Love?

Tell me about your experience with Lush Queen or Hearts of Lush skincare in general!

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Soap & Glory Wash Your Hands Of It Hand Wash Review

Please tell me I’m not the only one addicted to the famous Soap & Glory scent? I just love taking big sniffs of this stuff, it’s like crack I tell you! I stock up on the shower gel like no one’s biz because it smells so incredible (I sometimes wash my hair with it too shhhh!).

My second go to item is the Soap & Glory Wash Your Hands Of It Hand Wash. Hey, the next best thing is having Soap & Glory scented hands loves it!


Does anyone even have a name for what this smells like? It’s kinda a bit muscular isn’t it? I can’t even describe it, just get to Target (or Boots) and sniff it!

Soap & Glory Wash Your Hands Of It is made with shea butter for a soothing hand wash hey it even has built in skin conditioners! It’s made with dry hands in mind as it’s meant to sooth, moisturize, and not dry out hands.


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But it’s the smell that gets this Muse every time…oh that incredible smell…I wish I could describe it but words fail me, it’s hard to make this Muse speechless.

It could be considered on the expensive side as it is $9.99 USD for an 8.4oz size and I tell ya the way this Muse washes her hands that could last two days at most. But I think it’s a worth it indulgence. By the way the cute retro packaging doesn’t hurt either!

Loves it!

Go have a sniff at Target and come back and tell me if you don’t fall for it quick! Total Muse Approval for purchase.

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Philip B. Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo Review

The Muse has a thing for mint. She loves it. In her hair care, in her bath and body regime…in her toothpaste? Oh wait, everyone likes it in their toothpaste right?

But seriously, there is nothing like mint in your shower to refresh you during a warm day or to wake you up (in a cold, chilling way) on a Monday morning! Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo brings the mint plus washes my hair clean through with a delightful tingle!

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Check it below!

Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo is one of Philip B’s most acclaimed products and it’s obvious why with first use. This powerful aromatic shampoo gets your hair singing in the morning. It clairifies hair with a formula of sixteen pure plant extracts, eleven essential and carrier oils plus a cool blast of 2.3% pure peppermint oil.

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Omg! Loves this stuff! For serious! It literally makes my scalp tingle and proceeds to follow up with a cooling sensation that’s positively addicting! It makes my hair feel utterly clean and fresh plus thee gorgeous minty fresh scent wakes me up in the morning that is of course if the cooling tingling feeling didn’t help!

The formula is safe for color-treated hair as well so it’s ideal for just about anyone who needs a shampoo that will clarify their hair plus wake their lazy bum up in the morning.

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The Muse only has the 2oz size but she obviously needs to spring for the 11.8oz size for $40 bucks! Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo fastest favorite evers!

Muse Approved for purchase if you’re a minty junkie like me!

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Loves it!

Total must have for Summer!

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Beauty Battle: NARS Blush Angelika vs FaceFront Cosmetics Cheek Up Blush I’m Faunally Yours

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Step right up for a Beauty Battle first here at Musings! This is the first time I’ve paired a posh line of cosmetic with a no name e-tailer brand of cosmetic. Is this kind of competition even fair? Probably not but let’s see who can win this Beauty Battle! It’s NARS vs FaceFront, to the death!


Let the battle begin!

Pairing up NARS Blush with FaceFront Cosmetics isn’t exactly a fair fight if we get right down to it but since discovering FaceFront Cosmetics Cheek UP Blush in I’m Faunally Yours I couldn’t help but think what a amazing dupe it was for NARS Angelika. Hmmmm I hear the call of a Beauty Battle!


It deserves to be mentioned the shades are almost identical down to the slight shimmer each contains. The color is a delightful bubblegum pink that gives cheeks a nice flush. Considering the shade is a great dupe we’ll have to compare size, blending skills, packaging, and price.

Weighing in at 42oz in a loose powder form, I’m Faunally Yours is $16 USD. The blush is pigmented, has a nice shimmery finish, and comes in a decent enough packaging but nothing too fancy. It blends beautifully and leaves behind a cool pink color on cheeks that’s quite flattering, flirty, and very girlish. Taking packaging into consideration I’d say it’s a tad on the cheap side but nothing terrible and I’ve seen far worst. Considering what a cult following NARS has it’s difficult to put a small name e-tailer against such a high street brand but we shall see who knocks out who!

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Running up on the wings of I’m Faunally Yours is NARS Angelika. All NARS fans agree the packaging does have a certain chic feels but also annoys us a fair bit as well since it quickly becomes a mess. At $25 USD it’s not cheap and it’s no where near the same size as FaceFront Cheek UP with a size of 0.16oz. That small size could throw this battle as honestly we can all agree the better deal lays elsewhere.

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Packaging wise neither wins the game that’s for sure! Color wise they are both a winner plus pigmentation, quality of the blush, and ease of blending they both cover that base. The real punch comes from FaceFront Cosmetics Cheek UP’s price tag. At $16 USD for a nice size it’s obviously the better bargain which brings it in for a win here. Sorry NARS, FaceFront has you here! As much of NARS fan girl I am, I do so admit the bargain lays with FaceFront plus it even has a tad more pop than NARS Angelika.

The Muse awards this Beauty Battle to FaceFront Cheek UP Blush, best bargain price and a killer blush with plenty of pop!


Loves it!

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