Givenchy Fall Collection 2009: Givenchy Gloss Poetique Review and Swatches

Everyone is trying their hand at color changing gloss this season right? But how many brands have perfected it? Color changing gloss is a difficult one as you’ll run across many that are just too bright to look flattering on your lips. Most turn a bright bubble gum pink that the Muse thinks is quite pretty when swatched but on my lips not so much.

Givenchy Gloss Poetique gets it just right and than some!


Jump ahead for the review.

Available for a limited time as part of it’s Fall Collection, Givenchy has released Gloss Poetique a natural color enhancing lip treatment.

In some cases a hard Fall eye look is reigning supreme. Something smoky, something dramatic, perhaps a swirled up cat eye….in these cases we don’t want to take away from such an incredible eye look by pairing it up with a bold shade of lipstick or gloss. These are the times we want just the right amount of color but nothing dramatic, nothing crazy. Smooth a little Givenchy Gloss Poetique on for a radiant burst of pink that’s sheer, subtle, and pretty.


Housed in floral motif Givenchy palette this gloss and cheek duo may very well deserve the back up treatment. I have one so far and I’m ordering another shortly as it’s one of those things you won’t want to be without when it’s gone for good.

The formula is a gel like consistency that’s incredibly glossy and shiny for a potted lip treatment. Anything that doesn’t come in a tube is always a bit of a chore to get working correctly on lips in my opinion but this simply smooths on leaving a high glossy finish with a tiny touch of pink.


You’ll be delighted to know it also acts as a stain for cheeks. It’s glossy gel formula makes it a long wearing flush of pink for cheeks and face. Although a tad strange feeling on your face it does leave behind a gorgeous shade of baby pink that’s natural and quite pretty. The formula is meant to be used on most any skin tone for that perfect shade of pink on both lips and face.

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Overall, it’s unique formula that multitasks on both face and lips makes this a great little find for Fall. Pairing up your dramatic eye look with gently flushed cheeks and subtle glossy lips makes for an ideal look for the upcoming season. I’m absolutely thrilled with Givenchy Gloss Poetique. Truly a fabulous little product and worthy of a pick up (and a backup purchase).

Loves it!

Total Muse Approval for Purchase.

summer museapproved stamp+(3)

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Minimizing Mask Review

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Prior to taking over the world I first want to accomplish one major thing in regards to my almost perfect skin. I want to remove the icky, gross blackheads embedded in my nose without having to head to my dermatologist. I also wish to do this with a mask treatment that won’t remove pieces of skin along with my blackheads.

Biore Nose Strips are an absolute dream come true but I have one or two pesky blackheads on the tip of my nose that hang out there and no manner of plucking will get those buggers out.

My goal was to get them off with something that was inexpensive and easy to find. In steps The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Minimizing Mask.

Click ahead for the review.

Believe me when I say I’ve used just about every Asian mask treatment around in hopes it would remove my blackheads without success. Particular attention has been paid to charcoal masks which remove skin but not blackheads….as in they rip the skin right off your nose, umm ouch!

Curiosity led me to The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Minimizing Mask which is readily available, doesn’t have to be hunted down from abroad, and is fairly cheap. The mask can be used all over your face or on your nose where pesky little blackheads have been known to play and hide.

The mask is green in color and applies smoothly as it’s a moisturizing cream at first. After dry down it becomes slightly harder and peels gently off hopefully whisking away blackheads and other nasties. I choose to use it as a nose treatment as that’s where I have blackheads but I did go so far as using it all over my face as well since I was curious what sort of results I’d have as it does contain Tea Tree Oil which is great for mattifying skin.

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I read a few reviews that said this hurt terribly when peeled off but I either have bulletproof skin or these people are super sensitive. It peels away fairly easy and doesn’t hurt or sting or burn in anyway. At least not for me.

Now the results aren’t so great sadly. As an all over treatment mask it works fairly well at soaking up excess oil but do keep in mind I’m not mega, slippery slidey oily. It mattifies my skin fairly well and my skin feels very nice the day after use so it’s a great night time treatment prior to bed. As for blackheads on my nose it’s a no go. It didn’t clear up those pesky buggers in the least and they are still happily sitting on my nose. Yuk!

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Overall, I’d say it’s a fairly nice all over mask as it makes my skin feel quite refreshed and glowy after use and does a decent job of soaking up excess oil. As for a nose treatment I’d say it’s a fail. It’s fairly inexpensive so it won’t break the bank to give a try for yourself. You might have better results than I did but for now I’m going to continue hunting for the cheapest and best way to get rid of those two stubborn blackheads on the tip my nose!

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Shills Pore Hide & Heal Cream Review

One of my greatest discoveries from Shills (aside from a BB Cream you’ll learn about soon) is the Pore Hide & Heel Cream. Although I don’t suffer large pores I still can appreciate the flawless finish of my face after using Shills Pore Hide & Heel Cream.

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Simply loving this for Summer wear!

Click ahead for a review.

Shills is a Taiwanese brand not available within the US. You can haul it from evil-bay or if you’re lucky enough to have a friend abroad they can probably grab it for you!

Shills Pore Hide & Heel Cream is a hard textured cake cream housed in a cute vintage style tin a la Benefit Dr. Feel Good. Sadly, Dr. Feel Good and I never got oh so well so I was every so slightly scared to try this out but turns out it’s incredibly different in so many ways when compared to Benefit’s version. One key factor is the fact that it’s tinted where as Dr. Feel Good is simply transparent.

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Where as Benefit’s version is a silky primer this is actually a tinted balm. You can use it in a few ways one of which would be to prep your face with it. As a step prior to your regular foundation you can use Pore Hide & Heel as a prep to fill pores and prep skin for foundation. I can’t speak for it hiding pores as mine aren’t large at all but it does create a near perfect finish for foundation. It’s other use would be to smooth on and apply blush for very light Summer coverage. It’s not incredibly pigmented but it has enough pigment to cover minor problem areas, even out skin tone, and create a nice flawless, youthful finish to skin.

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Although unappealing in the tin the product has a nice silky, cream texture that dries down to a powder. Although it works well at mattifying my skin at the moment I probably won’t be able to use in the Winter when my skin is drier as I imagine this will pill or flake up.

It’s perfect for throwing in my bag for quickie touch ups on the fly as well so I’m not worrying about applying powder or foundation. Smooth this on with the enclosed sponge applicator, add a little blush and I’m looking collected and in order once again.

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Overall, I think it’s worthy of a hunt down. It’s an all around great product and pretty cheap as well. I paid around $7 but I’ve seen it around for $12-$13 which I think is a fair price as the product is decent.

Shills Pore Hide & Heal Cream is one of those perfect little makeup treats for creating beautiful, lasting coverage for warm, humid days.

Loves it!

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WANT IT: La Mer The Radiant Concealer

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Ok, so yes I do have an obsession with quality concealer. I’ve tried so many concealers over the course of the year it’s grown from a simple obsession to a rather sick, twisted NEED to try something new. I’m always on the hunt for thee perfect concealer, the concealer that will change my life, the concealer that will end my woes of dark circles and puffy eyes forever.

Could that concealer be the new La Mer The Radiant Concealer?

At $65 this has to be the concealer that will create flawless coverage under my eyes, erase my dark circles, conceal my puffy eyes, erase my fine lines….yes…this one has to be it.

Available in three shades the treatment cream concealer optically corrects dark circles and blemishes to create a flawless finish. It instantly evens out the skin appearance while adding radiance. Gemstones capture light energy to camouflage dark circles and precious marine plant extracts help to reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness by the way it also has an SPF 25.

I’m not worthy La Mer.

I need this in my life, like now, like yesterday.

Expect some sort of review soon as I can’t control the need to snag me some of this. My excitement knows no bounds.

Available now from La Mer.

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Givenchy Play Fragrance for Men

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Oh Justin’s bringing back all kinds of sexy with the new Givenchy fragrance for men, PLAY.

Givenchy PLAY was inspired by the lifestyle of today’s man, characterized by freedom of action and freedom of movement. Available in EDT and Intense EDT this scent was formulated by Emilie Coppermann and Lucas Sieuzac under the direction of Givenchy’s ‘brand nose’ Francoise Donche.

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Givenchy PLAY contains top notes of Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Bitter Orange, and Grapefruit with a bottom layer of Vetiver and Patchouli and a middle base of Black Pepper and Coffee Flower.

If you’re a fan of Justin you might want to visit the official fragrance site as it has exclusive behind-the-scents footage from the photo shoot and desktop wallpaper as well as being able to shop for the fragrance and enter for a chance to win an autographed bottle of PLAY by Justin.

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PLAY is available for purchase at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Sephora beginning August 2009.

www.playgivenchy.com

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