The gods are every so friendly when they bless us with products that can work in a multitude of ways. For example say you want your skin prepped, mattified, evened out, and protected from the sun. You’d need a few products to do that right?
How about one product….
See? It’s a tiny miracle when one product can multitask as my primer, even out my skin tone while acting as my tinted moisturizer, and providing me with SPF and sun protection!
Click below to hear all about my rave for the brand new Dr. Denese Defense Day Cream.
Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream will not only act as your daily dose of sun protection but also manages to act as a primer that mattifies your skin, a tinted moisturizer to even skin tone out, and holds the key to light Summer coverage.
Why oh why did I discover this so late into Summer? I do so wish I had this in my beauty arsenal since June at the very least. Now that I have it I’ll never let it go!
Not only does this provide me with my daily dose of SPF it also acts as my foundation and keeps my skin matte and oil free. The formula feels quite like a primer as it has that silicon-feel so this could easily work well at filling pores and smoothing your face out. It’s oil free and mattifies my face brilliantly although I probably couldn’t get away with this in the Winter when my skin is dry but right now when I’m a bit shiny it’s ideal. You can of course wear it with foundation or powder but I can get away with using it on it’s own. It’s slightly pigmented and tinted with melanine which is the skin’s own natural color pigment allowing for a natural skin color on any skin type as it self-adjusts to disguise imperfections. It’s not going to offer full on coverage but it does offer very sheer, light coverage, enough to even out my skin tone and give me a very natural, flawless finish. The effect is that of using a mineral powder in my opinion as it gives my face a slightly airbrushed look. The finished results could account for the formula which creates a barrier on the skin acting much like a primer. Many SPF’s are heavy and greasy so I love the idea of my moisturizer having built in SPF and acting as a foundation and primer all in one.
Overall, I absolutely love this stuff. Incredibly good. If you happen to fall into the category of loving lighter makeup during the Summer this is the ideal treat. It manages to perfect already good skin, wears long while offering a decent SPF for face, and leaves a matte and velvety smooth finish.
This morning’s FOTD was very minimal as you can see below. For my foundation, primer, and moisturizer I used Dr. Dense SPF 30 Defense Day Cream. As you can see in the photo my skin looks incredible (feels like it too!). It’s so strange as the product is very subtly tinted but it manages to create nice, even coverage on my skin.
Total Muse Approval for purchase.
Golly it’s August and we are already into Holiday 2009. Of course, most important of all, MAC Holiday 2009 debuts soon and Magic, Mirth, and Mischief is a foot…all those things yes but that also happens to be the name of the collection.
Jump ahead for more deets and photos!
Let’s not forget this is the full face color story and not the palettes so don’t get disappointed too quickly as I was. One thing I adore about this collection’s primary image is the fact that it is indeed very festive and holiday-like however I’ll proceed to moan about more…mineralized eye shadows? Can you say over done? But as I mentioned I won’t whine over much as the fact of the matter is that we still have the palette and gift set selection to look forward to and I’m positive those will be special. Worst than mineralized eye shadows would be the fact that many of these items are repromotes.
Here’s what we have to look forward to from MAC Holiday 2009 Magic, Mirth, and Mischief (callin’ Harry Potter!):
MAC Holiday 2009 Lipstick
- Pervette (soft bright pink with violet opalescent shimmer)
- Utter Fun (fuchsia cherry pink)
- Surprise Me (mid-tone peach)
- Total Wow! (blue pink berry)
MAC Holiday 2009 Dazzleglass
- She-Zam Sheer (silver with silver and red pearl)
- Jingle Jangle (sheer yellow peach)
- Phiff! (yellow pink with red and sapphire pearl
MAC Holiday 2009 Cremesheen Glass
- Ever So Rich (sheer lilac)
- Partial to Pink (light creamy yellow pink w/light gold pearl)
- Boy Bait (light neutral beige with pearl)
Softsparkle Eye Pencil
- Iris Accents (pale violet with silver pearl)
- Nightsky (true black with silver pearl)
MAC Holiday 2009 Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo
- Devil-May (light violet)
- Crescent (silver)
- Under Your Spell Base (light yellow peach pink)
- Crescent: (rich copper)
- Mayhem Base (dirty brown gold)
- Crescent (silver)
- Midnight Madness Base (dirty grey brown)
- Crescent (gold)
- It’s A Miracle Base (deep blue burgundy)
- Crescent (gold)
- Blue Sorcery Base (bright turquoise)
- Crescent (silver)
- Su perdu pernatural (mid-tone coral)
- Conjure Up Dirty (mid-tone plum)
MAC Holiday 2009 Nail Lacquer
- $$$ Yes Metallic (silver foil)
- Lucky Number (metallic blue pink)
Overall, I admit I’m not that excited about this line up but I’ll hold off my final judgment until I see it all in person, after all, MAC has a way of catching up with us when we actually have a swatch and a play.
What do you think?
Tell the Muse!
It’s here kids! The release of Kat Von D Sinner and Saint perfume is upon us. Sephora has updated it’s site with both Saint and Sinner which will be on sale shortly. Until than you can try a free sample out of both scents!
Check it below for the deets!
Are you a random act of kindness kinda girl? Never lie? Sweet as pie? You must be a saint.
Indulge in Kat Von D Eau de Parfum Spray which is a sweet nectar of Mirabelle Plum and sparkling juicy mandarin. With a heart of, exotic, heady Tiare flower and sweet, caramel adorned with the jasmine and a sensual vanilla and creamy musk combine with the warmth of sandalwood for a comforting dry down you’re sure to be saintly and angelic.
Do you lie? Cheat? Gossip? You must be a sinner.
Indulge in Kat Von D Eau de Parfum Spray Sinner which with delicate top notes of orange blossom, refreshing mandarin, and fleshy plum creating a beautiful contrast with a provocative, sultry heart. Jasmine blends seamlessly with a white-flower bouquet and a spicy warmth of cinnamon—an herb. Vetiver, patchouli, and woods enveloped in creamy vanilla and sensual musk.
Or maybe you’re both? Are you sinner and saint? If so you can try out both of Kat Von D’s brand new perfumes before they hit shelves by making a purchase at Sephora and using promo code VIBKVD.
Each bottle of her new fragrances was created exclusively by Kat and brought to you by Sephora. The bottles are 1.7oz in size and $55 each. They aren’t on sale yet but should be released shortly.
Count me eager to try both. Sounds like I could be both a saint and a sinner although I am leaning towards my more saintly side!
How about you?
Tell the Muse (she promises not to judge).
“The Smashbox Reign Collection is inspired by the ruling era of the English Tudors—an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence. The products featured in this collection are luxe, sexy, and indulgently sensorial, giving a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of royalty…”
Actually I think Smashbox was thinking “Oh my gawd that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the hawtness let’s base a collection around all that eye candy!” Or at least that’s how interpenetrated it. The Muse has a one track mind when it comes to loving me some JRM.
Jump ahead for the review on the smashing Smashbox Reign Collection!
Oh baby I’m a need the two palettes that were released with this collection so stay tuned for the review on those but for now I’m going to show you three pieces from the collection that created this rather awesome, elegant, super easy look for me yesterday.
I got my hands on the Smashbox Reign Jet Set Palette which is hello all kinds of gorgeous. Really they put alot of effort into this collection so props and applause to Smashbox. The palette is a slick faux leather affair with a flip top, full size mirror, two wells with liner duos, a mini liner brush, and a “tudor” Smashbox themed coat of arms design. The palette is quite elegant, don’t expect cheap here, it’s a very nice piece of palette and alot of love and consideration was put into the design, likey! This particular palette houses two wells with snap closures. Inside each well a duo of Smashbox Jet Set Gel Eye Liners await you. You’ll get a deep, dark rich chocolate brown and light brown on one side and a golden metallic bronze and light metallic bronze brown on the other. I’m not the biggest fan of Jet Set liner as a prefer Smashbox regular cake liner from yesteryear but one thing I do love about Jet Set is the ability to use it as a shadow. The colors aren’t deeply pigmented so they blend wonderfully on the eye for a sheer wash of color or build it up for deeper color payoff. I got creative with this palette to create my look as I didn’t want to go all boring on you and just line my eyes using it. To create my look below I used the liners on the right side of the palette, the bronze brown and golden bronze. I placed a bit of the brown on my lid and blended out and proceeded to layer the golden bronze on top. Presto done. I lined my lower waterline with tons of the deeper chocolate brown on the opposite of the palette to set off my brown eyes. It’s a very simple, understated yet incredibly elegant look. Granted I’m doubtful that Smashbox had any intention of creating such a look with the collection but I was feeling all creative. It’s worthy of a pick up in my opinion as it’s travel friendly (hello four liners in one chic case! I likey you to come with me on holiday!) plus the shades all work as a shadow as well.
Now my new best friend is the Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color Pencil. This really beefed up my look with a bold splash of rich red on my lips. Brace yourselves for a moisturizing lip experience as Smashbox has perfected this one. The pencil is dual sided with a liner on one end and a lip color on the other. I braced myself for a rather blah experience as normally pencils aren’t all that fantastic. However, I was simply shocked at how juicy, moisturizing, glossy, and pigmented the lipcolor side was! Whoa! I didn’t use the liner but I did use the lipcolor all over my lips for my look below and as you can see it contrasts amazingly well with my more subdued eye look.
Finally I tried the one gloss that was released with the collection. Again very elegant packaging as this has a tiny charm attached to the gloss with the Smashbox coat of arms emblem. Slightly disappointed with this as the color quite reminds me of the shade released with Smashbox Muse
. I personally prefer the bolder look they decided on with the duo lip pencil as this more subtle nude peach is a tad boring however I imagine it’ll go very well with the bolder eye palettes that I hope to review for you soon!
Overall, the Smashbox Reign Collection definitely has royalty stamped all over it. It’s a tad on the expensive side for Smashbox but I must say I’m quite impressed with the packaging, the overall look, and the beautiful shade selections. If you’re looking for a rich makeup look this season do settle on Smashbox Reign. Loving all over it at the moment and Muse Approving it for purchase.
The Muse’s Smashbox Reign Look
So far it’s a love!
Oh. my. god. The Muse is so about the Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection! I told you a bit about the collection yesterday and popped a sneak peek of my FOTD today on Twitter.
For Fall the bold, green eye look is too entirely flattering for brown eyes in my humblest. Putting aside the preppy factor and just rejoicing over such a true, gorgeous shade of forest green is enough to make me dance around in circles of joy.
Check it after the jump!
So far I’ve only gotten my hands on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Golden Leaf but I want to haul the other emerald green shade that is being released. The texture of the shadow is super smooth, blends beautifully, and is deeply pigmented, delish! Although it’s a shimmer wash shadow it still manages to have a velvet-like finish with a subtle hint of golden sparkle. Too pretty.
To accompany the greens in the collection a new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink was created. The color has a dominate brown note but also has the deeper aspects of a golden olive green. The shade is perfectly suited to the two shadows released and could possibly work as both a liner and a base.
I also told you about the new Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils. I got one in brown plum. Quite a nice, moisturizing pencil that glides on smoothly without skipping and smudges like a dream. For my look today I didn’t use the pencil but I have a future FOTD planned with it.
Honestly for me the stars of this show are the Forest Shimmer Ink Gel Liner and the two new shadows, particularly Golden Leaf. Although I favor a warm look in the Fall that’s made up of browns, golds, and occasionally oranges I can’t deny that such a deep, dark green is utterly flattering and fitting for the season.
Well done Bobbi. Another incredible line up.
For my look below I simply used Golden Leaf eye shadow all over my lid and crease followed up with Forest Shimmer Ink liner on my waterline. You can see how dramatic the look is, it obviously speaks for itself that a simple wash of shadow on my lids and a little lining created a bold, beautiful look! Also as promised a close up of my eye using Urban Decay Eye Lash Primer and Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara…I think you can see the results are quite nice when the two are combined.
Excited as I am about all that green?