Musings of a Muse: The Make-Up Routine

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We all have certain ways and quirks of applying our makeup. What are some of yours? Do you apply concealer first and follow with foundation? Blusher before shadow? Shadow before blusher? Do you curl your lashes after mascara or before?

Tell me how your makeup regime takes place!

Skip ahead to read how I do mine.

Although many of my friends swear to the gods that it’s a good idea to always apply full eye makeup first, the Muse doesn’t, nor does she understand how people accomplish this. Since I’m so hands on with my foundation/concealer the idea of applying a full shadow look before either strikes me as terribly out of order.

After SPF, moisturizer, eye cream, etc…this is how my makeup routine normally goes:

  • Conceal under my eyes
  • Conceal my lids (‘ello Benefit Lemon Aid!)
  • Prime my lids
  • Apply my face primer
  • Apply liquid or cream foundation
  • Light dusting of powder sometimes but not always (depends how my skin is behaving)
  • Apply shadow
  • Curl lashes
  • Apply mascara
  • Apply blush
  • Oops almost forget lipstick and gloss!

Done!

How do you apply your makeup?

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Reader’s Request: MAC Just A Pinch Gel Blush Review

Ok, so you don’t like Benetint because it’s simply too red. And you’re not too keen on Posietint because it’s too pink….but you’re still wanting a nice, natural cheek stain.

No problem.

You really need MAC Just a Pinch Gel Blush!

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Introduced as a limited edition product with MAC Rose Romance Collection this sweet little blush gives cheeks just the right amount of flush without being too red, too pink, or too bold!

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The gel comes in the standard paint pot jar which contains a healthy amount of product but since I’m loving it so much I feel like I need a back up before it’s gone EEP! I suppose it’s not really a stain per say but more of a gel blush. The formula is a cool, moist gel with a subtle touch of color that can be built up in intensity. Going natural or loud is completely optional just layer the product for a more bolder look or use a tiny touch for a more natural look.

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Since it doesn’t have the standard formula of a liquid stain it’s easier to blend on to cheeks. You won’t be left with little dots of red on your cheeks since it absorbs and blends easily for a smooth finish. The impact is a very natural, simple flush to cheeks, nothing dramatic, very subtle and fresh. Ideal for Spring I’d say. You might recall a few years back when MAC had gel blushes in a tube. This is kinda the same concept but more of a solid base.

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Personally I love the look it gives to my face. If you’re a big lover of stains you’ll probably fall for MAC Just A Pinch Gel Blush instantly! Although it’s a rather bold shade of red in the pot, I thought it looked very natural and sweet on my cheeks.

Definately Muse Approving this one for purchase! Loves it so much I think I’ll snag a back up!

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Did you nab one?

Want one?

Loving it?

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For further pictures of this product please see my MAC Rose Romance First Impressions post.

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Cargo Blu_Ray Polishing Clothes Review

Speaking of exfoliation….we were talking about it a few posts up and since the Muse has a one track mind, might as well stick to the topic she was on earlier….what was I saying?

Oh ya!

Speaking of exfoliation Cargo Blu_Ray Polishing Clothes kinda butter my toast lately!

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Jump ahead for a review, a babble, and some pictures!

Cargo Blu_Ray Polishing Clothes are a box of 20 facial exfoliating clothes that are meant to shrub away dead skin and polish your face up to a baby smooth finish.

And they don’t work….

At first anyway.

They do promise the world in a small box like removing makeup, preventing blackheads and ache, and reducing the signs of sun damage and honestly I can’t really say they do ALL that but they do actually make my skin buttery soft but first I had to learn how to use them.

First try they do nothing. I really seen no results at all but than….slowly…I noticed my skin becoming smooth, softer, and my moisturizer was sinking in hells quicker. If you’re as impatient as I am and want to see results double quick you’ll be disappointed as these definately do not give results right away. With patience and proper use you’ll notice a certain smoothness to your skin in about two weeks of use. I’m lucky I didn’t give up right away on them otherwise I’d have not noticed how properly soft my skin was after I used them well over a month.

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The clothes are reusable so you can get plenty of use from one package although it is slightly gross to reuse considering bacteria and the likes. I got about 4 uses total from one cloth before I was feeling the need to ditch them. The best results I noticed were when I used these on a already clean, damp skin with a drop of Philosophy Microdelivery squeezed on the cloth.

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I was quite frustrated not seeing results right away and I was on the verge of simply tossing the box but I was stubborn and kept at it and now I’m done with my first box and ready for a new one as I’m loving the results. One of my main problems with exfoliating products is the fact that they make my dry skin even more dry and tight. If I choose I can use these on clean, damp skin minus product so it’s a natural way to remove my dry, flaky skin without adding product to an already dry face that will in turn make it feel even worst.

All in all I think they are a fine deal and worth trying out. I liked the results and noticed a grave improvement when applying foundation and moisturizer!

Likey!

Anyone try?

Loves ‘em?

Leaves ‘em?

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WANTS IT: Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

Say hello to my new little friend!

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Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Balm! Wants it!

What is it? It’s a sheer lip balm that responds to the color chemistry of your lips to a create a uniquely “you” shade of lip color! Oh my I likey you so much Dior for creating this!

We’ve been through all the color changing glosses we can get through but I deem this one cool…hmmm maybe I’m bias because it has Dior printed on it? Whatever, I wants it, like yesterday.

Whatta ya think?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

Tell your Muse!

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John Masters Organics Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser Review

Occasionally, rarely, you can sometimes get the Muse to knock her habits and try something new. When it comes to skincare this Muse is a pure creature of habit so she normally kicks and screams when something is introduced into her perfect realm of skincare bliss.

Recently, she was told she must try John Masters Organics….hmmmm…ok, it’s organic….what else you got for me? Kinda cool chemist-y style packaging…mmmm ok I can be convinced maybe….smells nice….it’s getting good now….

Who am I to lie? John Masters Organics Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser had me at cool chemist-y style packaging…what I’m shallow I dig cool packaging sue me!

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Jump ahead to find out if the packaging matches up with the product inside!

John Masters Organics Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser is a certified organic facial cleanser that’s not tested on animals, is paraben-free, contains no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, or petro-chemicals. Ooo ok….green friendly makeup remover we like that…nods…yes we do!

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Housed in a brown glass apothecary jar with pump this slick cleanser exfoliates as well as cleanses, multitasking, we like that too! The product is a nice creamy moisturizing cleanser that contains jojoba beads for exfoliation. It smells heavenly by the very way. It has a clean, crisp citrus scent with a touch of something green, just really fresh and beautiful! Likey!

Does it work?

Yes, it does a fair job of cleansing my skin while sloshing away dry, flaky skin. It’s meant for oily/combination skin which sadly means it does make my skin slightly tight and dry after use as at the moment I am in full blown dry skin mode however I really like how well it exfoliates plus it makes my skin kinda glow after use. I look all fresh and rosy cheeked after a cleanse with this!

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If you’re looking for a good cleanser that combines exfoliation as well as being green friendly you might want to considering picking up John Masters Organics Jojoba & Ginseng Exfoliating Face Cleanser.

All in all I liked it but the dry, tight feeling will keep me from using it again until Summer arrives and my skin begins to get oily. My skin will really like this than!

Anyone tried John Masters Organics?

Any recs for other products that are good from the line?

Tell the Muse!

Visit www.johnmasters.com for further info on the entire line of John Masters Organics.

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