Beauty News: Illamasqua at Sephora

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Illamasqua slides onto Sephora’s virtual shelves today with a warm welcome from many a fan. I’m sure many are curious about the exchange from sterling to USD for those readers in the UK and those in the US. It appears that it is a tad cheaper on our side of the world as of current conversion (when the economy heals and the sterling begins to top USD again you’ll notice a considerably jump in the price). Prices are ranging at $1-$3 cheaper than product in the UK. Not too bad, hopefully UK’ers are relieved too but as I mentioned you’ll see a big jump as the economy heals. I’m quite happy with the prices and and think it looks quite good.

But most important we now have the brand locally and can enjoy the entire Illamasqua collection for ourselves! Yay!

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Beauty News: By Lauren Like At Sephora

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As per my previous post about Lauren Luke’s makeup collection appearing on Sephora, today it went live and I couldn’t be more excited for her. The palettes are all available now via Sephora for $32.50 each.

“My hope is that you will be waiting at the letterbox for your package of makeup about to chew the postman’s hand off with excitement—just like I always am.”

Indeed Lauren, we know the feeling well!

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Freeze 24-7 Freeze & Go Review


You may have captured Freeze 24-7 products here and there lately on clearance. Hautelook had a sale today with some of the line and a few other places as well. The line never interested me much due to the poor reviews I’ve seen and the inexpensive price tag, ouchie talk about $$$!

However, my sister happened upon a huge stash of Freeze 24-7 at a serious discount recently and tugged some of it home to me as she thought I’d like to try it for myself. She couldn’t be more right in all honestly as I’ve always wanted to indulge but for the reasons above I never did.

One item she snagged for me at the price tag of $29.99 was Freeze 24-7 Freeze & Go. This is a HUGE savings as it normally runs a whopping $75 bucks! Dude, a 0.68 oz little tube for $75 bucks must be some sort of miracle product.

Click my review to hear all about it.

I find with most Freeze products they are jacked up to the max. Promising the world and some when it comes to a flawless complexion! Talk about over hype.

I find that Freeze 24-7 Freeze & Go is not different in that aspect. A fix for large pores, a way to absorb oil, brighten skin, fix fine lines, eliminate skin imperfections, enliven tired skin, defend skin against free radicals, and walk the dog this primer has it all.


Speaking of primer…I suppose that’s what I’d call it. Freeze classifies it as an instant smoother and brightener I define the formula and the concept in simple terms of facial primer. Let’s not get fancy here guys. You can use this under or over makeup but honestly the idea of using a primer over my makeup has always puzzled me so I just tried it under but maybe one day I’ll be tempted to use it over.

It is heavily silicon based but not in an unpleasant way that I’ve experienced primers with this type of formula before. Actually, anyone with a heavily lined face or larger pores will probably drop to their knees and thank the gods above for such a great filler. For me it’s useless as my skin is to dry to even understand the concept of a large pore. Does it brighten? Does it fill? Does it make foundation last longer?

Well….

It does give my face a nice clean finish and it does ever so slightly give a fresher look or maybe I’m imagining it? But honestly I do feel like my face looks better once it’s in place. My tired, dull skin seems to like it alot. Does it fill? Not sure as I said no pores but does a really good job of filling fine lines under my eyes and prepping for foundation. Doesn’t make my foundation last longer much sadly, I noticed no real difference. I did notice when my skin was feeling dry that it pilled a bit upon application, yak. But if I prep correctly prior to use it applies and blends perfectly well.

Box claims it works miracles on dark circles even…ummm not so much. The product is way over hyped and terribly overpriced but I can’t help but feel that I liked it. The thick formula feels like the ideal way to prep prior to foundation and I’m positive it would be some sort of miracle for oily skin (my skin isn’t that oily that I’d need something as strong).


If you can find it on sale or you’re daring enough to splurge $75 bucks it’s sorta worthy of a look at. It intrigued me. I’ll continue to use this (shouldn’t be around long as the tube is so small I’ll get a few uses out of it at best) to see how I fair. I do wish I had the cash to blow on another one so I’m hopeful that wherever my sister picked this up she can snag me another for the same price. $29.99, even that’s too high for such a small size but $75 bucks? No ways!

Side by side with an Urban Decay Lipstick for size comparison


Overall, interesting little primer….very interesting. Actually in 20 years it may be exactly what I’ll be looking for to fill up deep lines in my face, best keep that in mind because I might be liable to dish out the $$ when my face isn’t as young as it is now!

Anyone try?

Lover?

Leaver?

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Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes Review


Takes alot to impress this girl when it comes to drugstore skincare but Clean & Clear has surprised me again and again the past week and half with a great release of products that bring plenty of quality to the table and an inexpensive price tag to boot.

New Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes, likey!

Click it for the review!

When I find makeup removing wipes that works it’s much like winning the lottery. Seriously how many wipes really work well out there? I can’t name a ton. If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to MAC Cleansing Wipes you’ll be happy to know Clean & Clean Make Up Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes are just as good and only run about $5-$6 bucks! Hello cheapness!

There isn’t much special about the swipes in regards to cloth or anything like that. It’s a pretty standard wipe as with any wipe. The difference between it and any other wipes is it’s ability to get the job done right. The wipes are saturated nicely with an oil-free remover and a fresh clean scent. They do a great job of quick clean up of eye makeup, waterproof mascara, and other gook that’s built up on your face.

First off, I’d honestly never use a wipe to clean my face every night. I reserve cleaning wipes for days I’m being a lazy bum and can’t be bothered to do my entire skincare cleaning regime, believe you me it’s a regime. These are rather fab for whisking away all my makeup in a quick swipe. Believe it or not they even do a damn good job on waterproof mascara. Mind you, I didn’t get it ALL off but I did get a majority of it off my lashes, nice job. They are on par with MAC wipes aside from the fact that they aren’t as thick but besides this minor detail I’d say they make a rather great budget dupe.


Overall, Clean & Clear has impressed me yet again and restored my faith that good skincare can be found at my local drugstore.

Total Muse Approve for purchase.

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You’ll love ‘em!

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Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Eyeliner Review and Swatches


Golly anyone else an emotional wreck when it comes to applying liquid liner? I’m fairly decent with gel or pencil liner but put a liquid one in my hands and I begin to shake in fear.

For those of you who aren’t as emotional with liquid liners you’ll be happy to hear all about the new Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Eyeliner!

Click it to see what it’s all about after the jump!

Not unlike Too Faced Glitter Eye Liners these new liners have a sparkling, shimmery finish to line lids with however the formula is that of a liquid liner. Line eyes with long-lasting, non-smudging liner that comes in eight shimmering shades. The quick drying formula makes application a snap even for liquid liner amateurs like me!


The thin brush lines eyes precisely for a clean, professional look. The gentle formula has great color payoff with a rich pigment and a beautiful shimmery finish.

Pictured below Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Liner in Twilight (Sparkling Navy Blue)


Too Faced Metal Liquid Eyeliner will be available for $17.50 each in the following shades:

  • Black Out (black)
  • Dirt Bag (reddish brown)
  • Brown Sugar (golden brown)
  • Get Lucky (sparkling emerald)
  • Shotgun (gunmetal
  • Handcuffs (metallic steel)
  • Plum Crazy (vivid amethyst)/li>
  • Twilight (sapphire spark

If you’re seeking a new liquid liner in your life with a bit of sparkle to spice up your Fall looks do check out Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Eyeliner to perfect your eye look with a bit of pop.

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