Mini Bourjois Blush Review and Swatches

They say that good things come in small packages. So the case may be with the brand new Mini Bourjois Blush Pots.

Itty bitty ickle little blushes are sure to make you break out in a smile and go “awwwwwwwwwwwwwww….”

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Mini Bourjois has plenty pleased me in the past but these new blushes take the cake. Simply adorable. Truly a cute little budget friendly option that the Muse hopes and prays will make it’s way to the US shores. As of now these little guys are only available in Europe and Asia but I’m hopeful that they’ll hit Ulta sooner or later as Ulta carries the mini line up!

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Mini Bourjois Blush are housed in a tiny compact about the size of a quarter and about 3 times smaller than a standard Bourjois blush compact. Seriously, you know how tiny the regular blush pots are already so imagine how teeny tiny these cream blushes are! Awww so sweet!

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I love the idea of a tiny cream blush since I don’t particularly love cream blush as it wears off very quickly on me, thus a small size is ideal for someone who doesn’t use it all that often. It’s also rather great for getting a range of colors without 1. breaking the bank and 2. worrying about them going bad as they’ll be long gone before that happens at this size!

The blushes are available in 8 shade selections but I only got three as they are virtually sold out everywhere according to Laura who runs around England locating this crap for me. Thanks Laura, the Muse loves you for answering her pleas of “get me this, get me that!” Truly an angel to deal with my diseased cosmetic hoarding.

I read on a British blog that Superdrug had a sale and these were 1 each which is around what I paid as they had some sort of discount going on that removed 2.53 from my purchase. It was like a buy one get one 50% off so not a bad deal. Each blush is normally 2.93 each but with the sale broke it down to around 2.08 each. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I’m about to get all cheap on you here…the blushes are really small and even at the sale price of 2.08 that’s kinda costly for ‘em and paying full price of 2.93 is even worst! If you really want to wince in pain the price in Japan is 8,40 yen…ummm oh my god inflation. I’m just taking size into consideration here but the price is a tad on the high side but it does remain budget friendly as the quality is good.

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The blushes are supposedly cream to powder but I don’t really feel they dry down to a powder finish. They have a hint of shimmer and pack plenty of pigment for their price tag. The size just thrills me. They are so tiny and ideal for toting around with you for quickie touch ups. I swear Mini Bourjois deserves an award for travel friendly cosmetic options. I can tuck this into my change purse if I wanted as it’s that tiny!

The shades I got were 2, 5, and 8. 8 is by far the best as it’s a really dark rose shade that’s truly lovely for Spring! 2 is a nice bronze shade and 5 is a shimmering light rose pink which is also lovely for Spring.

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Aside from my minor ranting about the price I am Muse Approving them for purchase because they are just too darling not to get at least one!

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If you’re wanting them look to Evil-bay UK as I’ve seen some sellers selling lots of these for decent prices. Also check on forums or MUA and ask a friendly Brit for a purchase.

Oh by the way! No FOTD’s yet but will do some soon!

Loves ‘em?

Tried them yet?

Want to?

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer Review

I think I might have turned to the dark side….must be because they have cookies over here…nothing could tempt me over to the dark side other than cookies and possibly cuppycakes.

I’m talking about the bronzer dark side of course.

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The Muse likes her white pasty skin. This means the sun, tanning, and bronzers are a big NO for her. However, she does so admit to dabbling her tiny toes in the bronzer pond lately.

Shocked was she that the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer is actually kinda awesome….

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Whoa a momentous day indeed! Should we write the date down? Muse discovers awesome bronzer March 3rd, 2009. K, got it!

I’m thinking you need to try out the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer for yourself. Head to a counter and have a little swatch and a play. Afterward come back here and tell me whatcha think. Bet you’ll join me on the dark side, don’t expect cookies I don’t bake.

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I like this stuff!

Basically the product comes in a glass foundation style bottle which houses a rather dark, scary gold bronze liquid. Looking at it makes me quiver and shake in fear but I promise it’s actually quite an enlightening experience once you tried it out.

I take a few dabs and rub on my cheeks and whatever I have left on my fingers I apply to my chin and forehead. The effect is a soft, peachy glow with hints of golden sparkle. Nothing too dramatic, nothing too crazy. A little goes a long way considering the product is deeply pigmented so best not get too crazy otherwise you’ll be sporting a BAD tan. Just a tiny dab on each cheek, blend, and presto beautiful looking skin.

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Well, wow who knew it could be so simple to apply liquid bronzer? I followed up my look by putting a touch of blush on top so it looks more natural. The finished result is a flushed tanned look that makes me look like I stood in the sun for a few hours. Actually the effect is better than a regular boring tan as the color is such a nice peachy glow which is something you can’t get from the sun.

Considering you only need a dab for your face you’ll probably take years to use this all up so I highly suggest adding a little bit to your moisturizer and applying to your legs for a nice tint of color or even arms! Might as well get the most bang for your buck outta of it right?

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If you’re wanting to pair it up with some great products the Muse suggests trying it out with a golden eye look! How about the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette (review coming soon…)? Gold is always great with a tan so I recommend applying a touch of the bronzer with some Urban Decay Baked Bronzer on top for a truly sparkling golden tan! Want glowing pink cheeks with your bronzed skin? Trying topping with a touch of Bobbi Brown Rouge Pot or a Stila Convertible Color!

The application is simplicity itself which makes it very appealing for a bronzer newbie like me. A simple swipe and blend on my cheeks is all it takes! The shade should be pretty universal and work with lighter, medium, and darker skin types. If you’re lighter you’ll want to just use a tiny dab and if you’re darker a little bit more will give you just the right glow!

No matter how you use it I’m positive you’ll fall in love with it the way I did. I’m quite shocked at how much I liked it and I’m already planning many uses for it this coming Summer!

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Loves it and I can’t believe I’m about to say this but I’m Muse Approving it for purchase!

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You’ll love this if:

  • You want a simple bronzer that applies in a snap and doesn’t make a mess!
  • You want something you can use on your face and your legs and arms (why not? who says we can’t improvise!)
  • You like a tanned look but don’t want to get it by forsaking your skin to the evil rays of the sun!

Overall, I was delighted with this bronzer and can see myself making great use of it, particularly when the MAC Summer Collection hits!

How about you?

Think this might be something you’d love?

Tried it before?

Like it?

Tell the Muse!

View more of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection by visiting www.esteelauder.com

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Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer Review

Did you know the Muse had to recently move mountains to locate a pot of the new Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer? I know, I know I’m so damn heroic aren’t I? Moving mountains to locate products to review for you guys…go on now tell me how wonderful I am!

No but seriously it was HARD finding this junk! I looked everywhere but it was either not available or sold out in the shade I wanted. Seriously, when I walk into a drugstore I think they should all bow down at my arrival, after all I am the freaking Muse but ado the memo of who I am must be delayed so each time I visited my shade was not available or I just couldn’t find the product.

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How horrifying.

After several weeks or maybe it was only a few weeks, I like to exaggerate to make it seem more dramatic. Anyway, after several months I finally located Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer! Bless be!

I hate all the products that come out lately that are cream but have “mineral” in their name. Does that annoy anyone? It annoys me. I associate minerals with powder not with creams and it just drives me bats when creams are called “mineral”. What was I saying?

Oh yes on with the review!

The product is housed in a dual container which has a creamy concealer on top and a white setting base on the bottom. The basic design mimics Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit and Laura Mercier Undercover Pot. Actually, the product is almost as good as both of those concealers with a minor hiccup here and there.

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Allow me to rant for a minute. When I first seen this concealer it was $8.49 USD…when I finally located it the price had jacked up to $13.99 USD which means I paid $15.02 USD. So not cool. So not not cool. Oh my god…$15 bucks for drugstore concealer? Not cool people, really not cool! Might as well head to Sephora for that price. Anyway I’ll be nice and will say that you can probably get it on sale and save a whole lot of money. I was just impatient and I’m extremely bratty that I paid that much for it.

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Formula is identical to Bobbi Brown Concealer, very emollient, very moisturizing, and heavily pigmented. This bad boy will hide it all! Dark circles, fine lines, puffiness, you name it I’m sure you can cover it with this. It doesn’t crease, it doesn’t fade, and it’s virtually waterproof. I came home after a really long day and it was still in place. VERY good long wear on this concealer. Count the Muse impressed. The setting powder is nice and sheer but doesn’t do too big a job of brightening up the eye area. I find my powder from my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Palette brightens as well as sets but hey we can’t have it all.

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Now….problem…..could be slight and not too big a deal but could be a deal breaker for some…I’m trying to overlook this flaw and love the concealer regardless.

It doesn’t blend very well. Dunno why as the formula is pretty much the same as Bobbi’s but it doesn’t quite blend out as well. I had a difficult time getting it on correctly and it kind of sat on top of my eye area. After it’s in place it looks good but blending is a tiny bit troublesome and I’m not entirely sure why that is. When I use Bobbi’s concealer it blends in and creates a nice even finish but this just sat on top of my skin and looked quite unnatural. When I did try to blend it, it ended up smearing around and I dunno…just a mess. Minor rant I suppose since when I do get it properly in place I love the finished results and I absolutely adore at how well it conceals. The formula is quite thick so you might want to keep this in mind prior to trying it out and also remember to prep very well prior to use as it will settle into fine lines if you don’t. This has a nice high SPF of 20 as well which is a plus.

All in all I liked this alot and I’m even approving it for purchase but do try to locate it on sale as I don’t think it’s worth dishing out $15 bucks for it, for that price you can splurge on a name brand!

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Who might like it?

  • Anyone with serious under eye woes that need concealing and covering up!
  • Anyone who likes thick, creamy concealers!
  • Those who want a drugstore concealer that works.
  • Anyone who’s seeking a long wearing concealer

Who might hate this?

  • Anyone who hates thick concealers!

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Eyeko Lip Gloss

I’ve been seriously trying to convince myself all day to just say no to Eyeko Lip Gloss Tins! Oh my god the cuteness is burning my eyes!

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Three brand new scented lip balms in cute little tins are a Muse’s downfall!

I’m not sure what’s tempting me more the fact that they are available in flavors like cherry, cupcake, and rose or the fact that Eyeko is offering free shipping on every order.

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I hate how you tempt me Eyeko! Not cool, not cool at all!

Each balm is loaded up into a cute little tin and it’s 4 price tag is just as sweet!

Snag ‘em now by visiting Eyeko

As for the Muse, she’s sitting on her hands and trying to show some restraint!

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Sana Make Essence Concealer Primer

Remember that bloody cute bear that made a guest starring appearance on the Sana Make Essence Concealer?

Well, let me tell ya, the bear wasn’t enough! Sana had to go one step further and take their evil ploy to the next level by introducing baby seals!

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Damn them!

You know and I know what crap Sana Make Essence Concealer was and how I only purchased it because of that sweet dancing bear on the packaging. So of course they have to come up with Sana Make Essence Concealer in base formula with a sweet little seal on the packaging to tempt me further. You know I just want to buy it because of the damn seal!

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Ok, well maybe it’s not ALL about the seal.

I’m a curious. Count me curious or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment but this pink primer does look interesting and it’s only 9,50 yen…I could use a little more baby seal in my life after all…..

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Expect a review soon that is if I don’t talk myself out of the dangers of bad purchases simply because the packaging is cute!

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