MAC Colour Craft: MAC 131 and MAC 226 Review


Brush hauling ahead peeps. Three new brushes were released with the MAC Colour Craft Collection, two of which I hauled!

Jump ahead for a peep and a babble about the new brushes!

When I was plotting my haul for MAC Colour Craft I got so obsessed with snagging the 131 that I almost missed out on the 226. The 226 was originally released with MAC BBR and it was sold out by the time I made up my mind I must have. Thank gawd the MAC gods were shining down upon me as it’s been re-released with this latest color story.

The 226 is quite like the younger sister of the 224. It’s slimmer, far less bushy, and denser. I love my 224 and couldn’t live without it but the 226 has alot going for it. The brush fits beautifully into the crease of my eye and blends shadow a treat. The bristles are light and dense enough so my heavy hand doesn’t overdo my eye makeup. I’m absolutely in love with this brush at the moment. It’s worthy of a look at and a pick up if you adore the 224.


The second brush I knew I had to have was the 131. The 131 reminds me of a fiber optic brush that I reviewed for you a while back ago. Although the 131 isn’t as bushy it’s almost an exact dupe for this brush so if you’d like a cheaper alternative grab the Aromaleigh version. As for me I’m loving the 131 for picking up a light wash of MSF or it’s rather ideal for deeply pigmented blushes as it applies very gently. Really a great brush and also worthy of a look at. Of course it contours and highlights beautifully as well but for the most part I’ll be using it with MSF.


Overall, these are two not to be missed brushes in my opinion particularly the 226 if you’re looking for a good, dense blending brush!

Anyone haul these?

Wanting to?

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Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation Review


I’ve been flirting with Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation for over a month now, probably longer. No one has said it yet and it needs to be said. Why the hell do we need HD foundation anyway? It’s not like we are on TV or doing photo shoots all day. At least I’m not, lucky you if you are.

In a bid to be the latest to jump on board the HD makeup craze bandwagon Smashbox has introduced a brand new HD ready line of products including foundation and concealer.

What do I think about the foundation?

Check it after the jump!

Smashbox High Definition Healthy FX Foundation is an oil-free liquid foundation that promises flawless skin.

Here’s the deal it’s advertised as providing the perfect finish for use with high definition film, so I can look great on film, television, and in my photos. But the fact is…my life is obviously boring…because I’m not on TV nor am I in the movies.

Damn.

But…I do want flawless skin anyway, I’m shallow like that.

The formula is oil free but in fact feels like a hot oily mess on my skin. Ugh totally a gross feeling. It’s a bit of a silicon nightmare going on here. Smashbox HD Foundation has a similar texture to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer but with a runny formula. We’ve established how much I hate silicon by now. It feels very strange on my skin and dry down takes a good deal longer than with my regular foundation.


Hmmmm…

It’s difficult to explain but the foundation does feel like it sits on top of my skin rather than absorbing. I chalk this effect up to the silicons that are in the product. Although I absolutely abhor the feeling of the foundation I really can’t deny the fact that my face does look smoother when it’s finally applied and in place. The foundation is weightless but does leave a tad bit of an oily residue on my skin.

I don’t recommend it for anyone with oily skin as this has the potential to be uncomfortable for extremely oily skin types. If you have dry skin or combination skin this should work a treat. The product contains an SPF 15 which isn’t substantial enough for me but I do appreciate SPF is included.

Overall, I wanted to love this but I just found too many faults with the formula. I love how smooth it makes my skin and the illusion of perfection it hints at but the uncomfortable oily formula makes me second guess it.

No likey.

Anyone try?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

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C.O. Bigelow Cucumber Skin Tonic Review

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After I do this last review I promise to stop tortuing you with my C.O. Bigelow haulage. Honest, I will, maybe…..I’ll possibly stop…no promises k?

On the menu today we got stupid cheap C.O. Bigelow Skin Tonic for Dry Skin and the Muse likey!

Check after the jump!

Dry skin chicas rejoice at an ultra light, gel-like, moisturizing skin tonic to cool and refresh skin without alcohol! This slippery smooth gel toner is fantastic for Summer wear if you’re wanting to forgo moisturizer. Saturate a cotton pad and smooth onto your face for a cool burst of cucumber scented toner that moisturizers your skin and preps it for makeup.

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I’m in lust with this stuff.

It’s $12 bucks for a big old bottle and simply grand for warm, humid days. It feels nice and cool on my face and it’s ideal for ditching my regular facial cream for. The formula is a very light, runny gel which absorbs into skin easily without being tacky or sticky. The lack of alcohol is a great treat as alcohol bases are legendary for drying skin out.

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Who might like this?
  • Anyone who wants a cool, refreshing toner in a non-mist or liquid formula.
  • Anyone who has dry skin but doesn’t feel the need for rich moisturizing creams in the hot weather.
  • Anyone who wants a budget toner that gives skin a dewy finish!

Overall, it’s an absolute steal for a large bottle and a rather great little must have for fresh Summer skin.

Muse Approved for purchase.

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Loves it!

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Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil Wallflower and Paranoid Review and Swatches

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If you’re a fan of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils you’ll be happy to hear they introduced two new shades with their Fall Collection!

Check ‘em out after the jump!

A dupe design of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils but just for your lips! These lip pencils contain Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E for a smooth, moisture rich application onto lips. The formula is a creamy liner that applies easily without skips. Available in 6 shades with 2 new shades you’re sure to find the perfect match to compliment any of Urban Decay’s lipsticks or glosses.

For Fall the two newest shades are Wallflower and Paranoid. Wallflower is medium nude and Paranoid is a dark pink nude. You can easily fill lips as well since the pencil is pigmented enough to line and fill if you like.

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The two newest shades are available now from Urban Decay along with the other great goodies released for Fall!

Check ‘em out at www.urbandecay.com

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Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Brightening Review

Urban Decay you slay me.

When I heard about the release of not one but two face primers from Urban Decay I felt like it was Christmas morning! Two? Two primers? For serious?

Indeed, two different primers have been released for Fall from Urban Decay along with the other 30 odd items they got going on for Fall. Talk about awesome.


Jump ahead to hear my rave for Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Brightening!

A company that creates a crazy cult eye primer has to have the low down on creating good facial one right? How can they mess up? They literally mastered eye primer….seriously how many brands were marketing eye primer prior to UD? Hardly anyone at the time. I can’t hide my excitement about trying out a face primer for Urban Decay. I’m a huge fan girl for Urban Decay Potion Primer so of course I’m all over this new release.

What is it?

An oil-free, brightening moisturizer that contains wrinkle-reducing Matrixyl.

What it promises:

A brighter, fresher complexion that keeps foundation wearing strong all day while smoothing skin out and making it tighter and brighter.

So I found it interesting that Urban Decay actually recs this for mature skin. Interesting since the brand is pretty hip and has a flock of teens and twenty somethings as fans. Way to go UD, showing the love for the older folk like the Muse.

Supposedly this contains something called Matrixyl 3000 which is known for it’s ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Honestly I haven’t a clue if it works on fine lines as I haven’t yet been a victim of lines on my face. It’s supposed to make skin tighter and brighter while reducing fine lines and also minmizing them by filling them as a good primer should. Again, I can’t really speak for all this as I haven’t hit an age where fine lines on my face are an issue as of yet.


I can say this…..

At first when I heard brightening I perked up. Instantly I was picturing some sort of white cast to my skin. Yea, well, you know me. I love to be white. Anything to make me pale is a welcome. I’d have made a fine geisha. It doesn’t whiten and really it doesn’t brighten either. However, it does make skin glow slightly…not a blushing kind of glow but more of a dewy, natural, healthy glow. As in your skin is a bit tight, a bit dry, and you smooth this on and your skin starts to breath again. Your skin feels moist, it feels like it’s taken a sip of cold water, it feels dewy, fresh. So if dullness and dryness is your problem this will be a very nice primer. It’s not silicon based so breath a sign of relief for moisturizing primer without silicons. I don’t believe that UD created this as a pore filler that’s what the other version, second primer release, was created for. This is more for someone like myself who doesn’t have large pores but does have dullness, dryness, perhaps fine lines or wrinkles. This smooths minor imperfections down and preps skin for foundation.

The formula is slippery smooth and absorbs nicely onto skin. A tad sticky at first it quickly dries down to a dewy finish. It comes in a great packaging which mimics old school glue. Unscrew the top and squeeze the bottle for a small amount of primer to pop up. Very good packaging and product distribution. No woes of product getting trapped in the bottle…you’ll get every little drop out.


As for my foundation….mmm yes it does a pretty decent job of keeping it fresher. I wore this with two separate foundations. One powder and one liquid and both remained quite fresh on my skin for a little while longer. It worked particularly well with a BB cream I had on and I seen very good results with a wear of 7 hours prior to touch up. Normally I get about 6 hours from a good BB. Plus I kinda sorta felt like my foundation didn’t oxidize thanks to this….my imagination? Not sure but I’m going to keep testing and see if that’s the case. If it’s true…whoa! Sign me up for a case! Foundation oxidizing is one of my beauty woes!

Who might like it?

  • Anyone who likes a moisturizing primer minus silicons.
  • Anyone who has dull, dry skin and needs a cooling, moisturizing primer.
  • Anyone who loved MUFE Elixir or Korres Primer
  • Anyone who doesn’t have huge pores or is pore-less.

Overall, I think it’s well worthy of a pick up. It’s an interesting product and considering not a slew of companies release primers without a silicon base, it’s probably a worthy contender for your time if you aren’t partial to silicons!

Anyone try?

What do you think?

Are you hauling it?

Tell the Muse, very curious what your thoughts are on Urban Decay Primers!

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