H20+ Sea Results Renew Starter Systerm Review

Not sure if I got you all pumped about H20+ as of yet but if by chance I have and you’re overwhelmed what to try first, you’ll be happy to hear about the kits they offer. H20+ has several great skincare kits available so you don’t have to choose to test one single large item that you may not like! You can get a selection of 3-4 items in one kit for a low price that allows you to test out a few choice offerings from H20+.

Right now it’s my go to skincare and I’m enjoying the ride fully. I recently placed a haul order which I’ll tell you more about later but for now let me introduce you to the H20+ Sea Results Starter System.


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These kits are available for a variety of skin problems and contain up to four items for a mere $19.50. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the line and see if you’ll like it. So far I’m having great results with H20+ and I can possibly…gulp…see it replacing my Lush moisturizers.

The H20+ Sea Results Renew Kit contains a variety of items for cleansing and repairing skin. Particularly it concentrates on fine lines and wrinkles. The kit includes four items total in mini form.


You’ll get:

H20+ Sea Results Sea Mineral Cleanser
H20+ Marine Toner
H20+ Sea Results Line Mender
H20+ Sea Results Eye Mender Plus

First off the item I loved the most that I’ll will be purchasing a bigger size of would be the H20+ Sea Results Mineral Cleanser. I normally stay clear of cleansers that are of a cream consistency as they don’t seem to work great at removing makeup. The formula of this is a moisturizing, loose, slightly runny cream. I’d probably miss on this if I had known of it’s formula to begin with but I sure am glad I was oblivious as it’s terrific! The formula is very gentle on my face and feels cooling and refreshing. You can literally feel it wipe away makeup and grime while refreshing the skin with a burst of moisturizing hydration. It doesn’t leave me feeling tight or itchy after use and feels like I rinsed with cool water and naught else. Very nice stuff.


Now I wasn’t too impressed with the H20+ Marine Toner. It feels well enough on my face but I didn’t really notice anything particularly exciting about it aside from the fact it was simply a toner without much fanfare. Unexpected as I’ve grown used to great things from H20+ lately.


The other two items in the collection I can’t say I’ve seen results as I’ve yet as it’s only been a week and a half since I’ve used either. I will say the Eye Mender Plus is a great eye cream so far as it’s creamy and very moisturizing. The Line Mender probably isn’t useful as of yet since I don’t have lines on my face that need mending, thank god, but I suppose it’ll make a nice treatment regardless, can never start too early fighting wrinkles, even ones that aren’t there.


Overall, the kit is a great little bang for your buck. H20+ Sea Results are available in any number of options from fine lines, to oil control, and even extra hydration so you don’t have to settle on this particular kit you have options available depending on your skin type.

These are a fine deal and a great way to become neighborly with the brand.

Loves it!

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Givenchy Les Poetiques: Poetique Camelia and Poetique Iris Review and Swatches


Givenchy’s Fall Collection is proving to be one of my favorites this season. I’m delighted with the brand new shades of lipstick introduced which are soft, romantic shades that enhance my own natural lip color.

Click ahead to hear the review and see the swatches!

Two brand new shades of limited edition lippies compliment the Givenchy Les Poetiques Fall Collection. Each shade introduced is in a different Givenchy lipstick formula. Both shades are soft, natural shades which compliment the palettes introduced with this collection.


The first shade Poetique Camelia is in the Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine Lipstick format. This is a soft peach pink with a shimmer finish. The formula if Interdit Shine is moist, sheer, and glossy.


The other shade introduced, Poetique Iris, is available in the Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick format. This shade is a light pink much liked Urban Decay Naked but with a deeper hint of mauve. Satin is considerably easier to apply than Shine and the formula is beautifully glossy and rich. It’s a subtle, sheer color that enhances the look of my naturally pink lips.


Overall, each shade is better than the next and worthy of a pick up as they combine beautifully well with the softer shades of the Les Poetiques Prismissime Eyes for a full on romantic look for Fall!

Beautiful!

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Tarte Fall Collection 2009: Tarte Lifted Primer Review


Ahh primer. The Muse recalls a time without primer, this was during the dark ages when the world of eye shadow had never heard of such an incredible thing like primer. I remember those days well as that was the time I’d come home after a full day to creasing, faded, gross looking shadow all over my lid. It would either be completely gone or creasing so much that it looked like I had a second eye lid eww!

Those days are thankfully long gone and many a brand has released primer of it’s own in some shape and form. I’ve tried many a primer in my day and I’m about to review a brand new one for you!

For it’s new Fall Collection Tarte has released a brand new shadow primer for not only prepping for shadow but also for smoothing lids out for a younger look.

Jump ahead for a review and a peep at Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer!

With an incredible formula that’s free of fragrance, gluten, dye, talc, parabens, and many other harmful ingredients this primer is as green friendly as they come.

Now I can’t speak for lifting my lid as I’m not in any condition to speak on such matters as of yet but supposedly Tarte Lifted Primer works to tighten eyelids and the surrounding area for a younger, smoother look. This could prove a perfect tool for those who are aging a bit and are having issues with fine lines on the lid or a droopy area in and around the lid area. The formula contains something called Firmitol which aids in this firming technique. Again, I can’t really say if it works or not as I don’t yet sport wrinkles around my upper eye area but it sounds quite interesting and unique as many primers don’t have this option.

Rejoice at the packaging as a certain known brand we all love makes us terribly irritated when we can’t get all our beloved primer out. This is a straight line tube so you’ll capture every drop, every time, without waste.

The formula is considerably looser and runny when compared to other primers I tried. This did have me worried as the harder texture of other primers seems to fit over my lid like a glove allowing shadow to sit on the primer and not the lid which in fact makes it last long. Such a loose, runny formula had me worried that it would mix with my shadow and create a bit of a mess. First application is easy with the enclosed sponge applicator. Tap some on your lids and blend out. Your lid will remain slightly wet with the primer for a second or two…again me panicking over this as I thought for sure this wouldn’t work well. I will say it blends very nicely onto the lid and smooths on perfectly.


Now the results….

As I mentioned it’s wet texture had me worried about the results but after a quick dry down period (30 seconds or so. Just do your hair, foundation, or concealer while it sets) all is ready for my shadow application. Shadow application and blending was easy no hiccups with the formula pilling or creating any known problems. As for wear it wears well and it wears long as a good primer should. I can get an entire day/evening out of the primer without fading or creasing of any kind. It keeps my shadow in place without a problem.

Overall, it’s friendly packaging, decent price tag ($20), and easy to blend formula makes it a winner for me. Plus the added benefits of a “healthy” formula could tempt many to change the primer they are currently using to replace it with Tarte Lifted Primer. The ability to lift the eye area is also an interesting perk which I’m sure I’ll be taking advantage of in a few years.

Not bad Tarte on your first real primer release. Likey!

Anyone try yet?

Wanting to haul it?

Do share your fav primers!

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Dior Addict Lip Glow Review and Swatches

The Muse thinks it’s safe to say Summer is finally here. The humidity is crazy awesome outside my office window and I’m loving it. Although I shouldn’t talk so loudly as I believe it’s going to rain tomorrow. WTH?

Which brings me to today’s review. Looking for that light Summer balm that moisturizers your lips with just a hint of color? One that’ll follow you through the Fall with just a touch of pink to flatter your dramatic, bolder looks for the season?


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You need Dior Addict Lip Glow in your life chicas. It’s a moisturizing balm packaged in the standard Dior Addict Lip Stick packaging with a pale pink case. It’s packaging alone will make you weep in fits of girlish joy me thinks.

What is it?

It’s a sweet little moisturizing balm that’s pink in color but pretty much transparent until it hits your lips. One applied it reacts with your body temperature to create a perfect shade of pink customized just for you!

Golly, must be my girlhood memories of yesteryear that makes this so appealing. Reminds me of mood lipstick which was all the rage when I was 11 or 12 years old. The balm itself is a moisturizing balm nothing glossy, shiny, sticky, or tacky here…it’s simply a balm that smooths onto lips in a nice, even glide. It leaves behind a nice kiss of pink that’s completely flattering for all skin tones.


Ahh those lazy days of makeup are always in order when the humidity is out in full force and what better way to take advantage than applying a quick swipe of flattering pink to lips with Dior Addict Lip Glow and maybe a pinch of pink cheek stain for a natural, fresh faced makeup look!


Likey!

Well worth a purchase and Muse Approved.

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Did you haul Dior Addict Lip Glow yet?

Loving it?

Tell the Muse!

P.S. A little clear gloss on top makes this pop!

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Benefit Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Benefit has replaced many of it’s glosses with a single new line of gloss in eight shades.

The formula is supposedly a glossy finish with a great color payoff and most important a dazzling shine.

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What did I think of them?

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So long as you go into your purchase of Benefit Lip Gloss believing it to be more of a lip cream than a gloss you should be alright. It’s a very interesting formula that isn’t particularly glossy or shiny but more of a creamy lip color.

I tried three shades of the new gloss and I loved the fact that they had such great color payoff. Each one was quite pigmented and left behind a creamy, sparkling finish. It’s not really a typical gloss in my opinion as the texture and formula are quite creamy in nature. One shade did have a slightly gritty texture due to the amount of shimmer in the product but it still managed to apply nicely. The shades all wear pretty long and have a moisturizing formula so they won’t try out your lips.

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The shades I tried were Zone Out (Golden Nude), Almost Famous (Bronze Penny), and Fresh Squeezed (Shimmering Off Pink). I loved all three shades but I was particularly delighted with Almost Famous as it paired up so great with many of my Summer looks this season.

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So long as your purchasing these for the pigmentation you should be ok but don’t expect a super glossy finish. I thought that the formula of Benefit Her Glossiness was rather ideal for a glossy finish but these lacked the standard mirror shine you’ll get from many “glosses” which is why I’m seeing them more as a creamy lip color.

Overall, the shades are very nice and if you prefer a gloss that isn’t super sticky, tacky, or shiny these should appeal especially if you love a highly pigmented lip product!

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