Kenzo Belle de Jour Review

I normally don’t like blogging skincare until I’ve used it for a month or more but seeing as I’m so excited about Kenzo Belle de Jour Moisturizer I’m thinking that I’ll rewrite my set of rules and tell you all about it!

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The Muse tends to think outside the box and couldn’t help but think “Oh Belle de Jour moisturizer, how very Billie Piper of Kenzo…” What? Am I the only demented one that was thinking of Billie Piper after they heard “Belle de Jour”….oh come on now you know you were thinking the same bloody thing.

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Yeah, Billie’s grown up since her day’s as a companion!

Anyway….

If you put aside all the great benefits of Kenzo Belle de Jour and simply embrace the amazing packaging and incredible smell of the moisturizer you should be happy as a little clam. These things make a difference when you’re a girly girl who adores anything that looks and smells pretty.

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Bell de Jour is scented with the gorgeous smell of white lotus. Truly a stunning treat for the senses. After blogging for so long I suddenly realized one day out of the blue that some women don’t like scented moisturizers. I couldn’t believe these people actually existed. I happen to fall into the category of loving my facial moisturizer scented and Belle de Jour completely captivates with a fresh floral blend that’s really something you have to experience for yourself to understand. Truly it’s a key selling point for me as the smell is just amazing.

Ok, enough of gushing about the scent….packaging….

Packaging always matters. You know how shallow we all are. We love beautiful packaging, sweet packaging, and kawaii packaging. Don’t lie now, your Muse knows you well and she understands how important beautiful packaging is. Belle de Jour comes housed in a large white box with a beautiful lotus surrounding all four sides of the box. Inside you’ll discover a tiny little book that goes into great detail about what your new facial moisturizer will do for your skin, small things like this make me smile and take note that the brand put a little extra love into the packaging. The jar is typical Kenzo design that has that chic edge to it. It’s a simple cream jar with a slight slant and a beautiful lotus on the lid. The words Belle de Jour grace the bottom. The simplicity of the jar make it elegant and very pretty to display on your vanity.

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Now that we got all the shallow stuff out of the way how does the moisturizer perform?

Kenzo Belle de Jour is a face cream to enhance the skin’s natural beauty by protecting it from free radials and the harmful stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol is a chemical found in saliva, which increases significantly when a person is stress. The Muse images she has tons of Cortisol running around all over the place! High levels of cortisol increases blood pressure and weakens the immune system, making the body prone to illness and fat accumulation, see I told you that I had a ton of cortisol running through my body, take a look at my chubby little cheeks you’ll see what I mean! 75% of women using Belle de Jour showed a drop in their cortisol levels by 25% after a single application. Further tests and studies show that the skin surface showed a 28% reduction in reactive oxygenated elements (free radicals) on the skin’s surface.

That’s probably a little too much information but the moral behind the story is that free radicals can create havoc with your skin and Belle de Jour is a moisturizer meant to prevent that chaos. White Lotus, is a natural and potent ingredient which helps restore skin to it’s natural balance and stimulate cellular metabolism leaving behind softer, luminous skin. Simply put the cream increases radiance of the skin, moisturizers, soothes, and protects skin from free radicals.

What’s the Muse say?

The formula is a nice thick moisturizing cream which is recommended for all skin types. I do think it’s a heavy cream so I’d recommend it for night use if you have oily skin or even dry skin for that matter as it can work at improving skin as you sleep. A tiny bit goes a very long way at moisturizing skin and your face feels interestingly refreshed after a single use. The cream absorbs easily and as mentioned above smells heavenly. It sinks in completely and leaves behind softer skin upon contact. It’s one of those facial moisturizers that you’ll see results right away upon application. For example, dry patches on my cheeks were instantly soothed and relieved with one application.

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Now as per my recommendation of using it as a night cream, for it’s price you’re going to want to take note of whether or not you want to indulge in it as both a day and night cream or just one or the other. If you live a face paced lifestyle in a large city with plenty of pollution, sun exposure, and just general nastiness that will easily take it’s toll on skin, I recommend using this as your day cream. The point of the cream is to act as a barrier between you and all that insanity that surrounds you during the day. It wraps skin in a cocoon and acts not only as your moisturizer but as a self defense system for your skin. If you work or travel in a slower town and aren’t as exposed you may settle on using this as a night cream. As I mentioned the formula is thick yet manages to be fluffy and absorbs easier so for a day cream it can work well when applied in small amounts.

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Restoring the balance of my skin may take a few uses but as of now my skin just feels nicer. I do feel like my skin can take advantage of feeding off a superior facial moisturizer such as this.

I like this one alot and I feel a Muse Approval coming on but I’m going to keep testing it out and I’ll revisit with you in another post soon to tell you how it’s doing with my skin. So far, count this Muse impressed.

Visit www.kenzousa.com for further info or to place an order. Orders over $75 USD get free shipping and three free samples.

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MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Review

Dear MAC,

My life happens to be complete after meeting your MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.

Thank you for blessing my mundane little world with it’s existence.

Ever your fan,
the Muse

P.S. Can we has a pink Hello Kitty Collection?

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The Muse met up with MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and we fell in lurve. Read ahead for the details!

Not so long ago in a land right around the block from here the Muse ranted terribly about Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. Somehow, someway this powder became a staple in my daily makeup regime. Actually I think it was Bobbi Brown that absolutely convinced me I had to set my concealer with a loose powder of some kind thus I started using the Secret Brightening Powder to do so and just kind of fell off the bandwagon of ranting over it and turned into liking it. I really should do a fair review on it one day but that’s for another time.

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The moral of the story is that I started liking the powder because I found an eye cream that was moisturizing my eyes very well so the powder wasn’t creasing or caking as it once was and was setting my concealer to last all day plus brightening up my eye area. I still use it daily but I’ve also taken to using the powder that came with my Mally Concealer Kit as well. I’ve noticed that just about any transparent powder works great at settling concealer and blurring fine lines and creating very well rested eyes.

In steps MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and lust quickly set in. I really, really like this and I highly recommend grabbing some because it’s freaking cheap and it multitasks.

Break it down:

Laura Mercier $22 USD 0.14oz
Make Up For Ever $30 USD 0.35oz
MAC $21 USD 0.32oz <-----Swing! Deal!

Let’s be honest, white finishing powder is white finishing powder no matter what the hell you call it, HD, Brightening, whatever it’s name it’s all the same stuff to me so honestly you get a whole lot of product with MAC’s version and it’ll only set you back $21 USD.

Benefits of finishing powder…..

So it’s going to set your foundation for you right? True that. But it’s also going to make it last considerably longer plus brighten your face, cool. But most important for me is it brightens, lightens, and wakes up my eye area while making my concealer last all day and than some more.

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If you’re looking for that extra step to look flawless this will do the job well. I do favor it as a tool for my under eye area but it also makes my skin look extra beautiful and flawless with a quick buff on.

MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder will be available with the MAC Colour Ready Collection that releases April 2nd. I’m positive some MAC Pro shops already have it if you having a lemming at the moment.

MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder is fully Muse Approved for purchase. Get some, promise you’ll adore it!

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MAC SugarSweet Sneak Peek

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The Muse is feeling the sugar rush today and is bracing herself for the release of MAC SugarSweet tomorrow. I can barely wait as this collection is so me, the Muse happens to as sweet as sugar dontcha know!

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Jump ahead for a teeny tiny preview of what’s ahead for MAC Sugarsweet tomorrow.

As I said I’m quite excited about this color story release so I’m all raved up and ready to go. I thought I’d give you a quickie sneaky peek at a few items I’ve already hauled…tomorrow I’ll be hauling more so expect a sequel post shortly.

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Am I the only demented one that thinks with names like Dear Cupcake and Lemon Chiffon that this collection would be even better if the products were scented as such?

You seen mine now tell me yours, whatcha haulin’?

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Cargo Plant Love Green Goddess Palette

A few readers asked after this one and I had to stop, scratch my head, and wonder what you were all on about!


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Ahh but now I see the excitement! Cargo Plant Love Green Goddess Palette is looking mighty sexy!

This pretty little palette contains all you need for creating a beautiful, natural look this Spring season!

Included inside you’ll get:

  • Cargo Plant Love Bamboo Eye Shadow (Golden Brown Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Thyme Eye Shadow (Golden Olive Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Beech Eye Shadow (Peach Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Lily Eye Shadow (Light Pink Shimmer)
  • Cargo Plant Love Blush in Peony Blush (Shimmering Apricot)
  • Cargo Plant Love Blush in Rose (Matte Rose)

Cargo Plant Love Green Goddess Collection Palette is an all natural selection of color housed in an eco-certified packaging. The entire Cargo Plant Love Collection is formulated with out parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.

The palette looks darling and quite tempting. It’s $36 USD and available now from Sephora. The Muse thinks she needs one.

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the Balm Time Balm Concealer Review

You know the Muse, she’s terribly addicted to concealers. I got many requests asking me to please review the Balm Time Balm Concealer for a while plus I got many recommendations from lovely readers who told me how great it was.

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I decided it was about time that I try it out for myself to see if all the excitement that surrounds this particular concealer was living up with the Muse’s expectations.

It’s good. It’s not great and it’s not my holy grail concealer of choice but it’s not bad. the Balm Time Balm Concealer comes housed in a rather tiny little clear jar that’s about the size of what you’d get a pigment sample in. Although the packaging is tiny it houses plenty of concealer that should last well over a year. Also included is a tiny, circle sponge that blends the concealer in place.

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Few fun facts about the concealer….

It’s not a moisturizing concealer in any way, shape, or form. If you’re older this is probably not one of the first concealers you’ll want to be reaching for simply because it takes a tiny bit of work to get it in place and blended in thus being older you aren’t going to want to do all that rubbing around the eye area so much (or even if you’re younger for that matter). The product is pigmented enough to hide up plenty of woes such as dark circles, puffy eyes, and fine lines. Although the concealer is more of “harder” texture than what I’d prefer it does cover up amazingly well.

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I think the key to getting it blended correctly is using the small sponge it comes with. I twirl my finger in the top and dab a few spots under my eyes and proceed to pat on with the sponge. It seems to give a nice airbrushed look by applying this way but I do have to be careful with prepping correctly otherwise it creases and cakes terribly.

Coverage is good and the concealer performs pretty well all day without a touch up in between. I think if you prefer, for lack of a better word, a more dense concealer this would be something to consider. The texture is not creamy nor can it be compared to Benefit Boi-ing’s formula which also has a slightly “hard-like” texture. The feel of the product holds it’s own in the concealer department.

Overall, it a good concealer but I have doubts I’d repurchase if I ran out as I prefer a more moisturizing concealer. This would be a great one for those who prefer this style of texture in their concealers. Personally, at my age, I’m all about moisturizing concealers. This was nice and quite good but not on my to buy again list.

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