Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer Review

Just so you know I sincerely do not like Smashbox Primer. Eep! Sorry Smashbox the Muse no likey! It breaks me out terribly and it pills horribly and lord shall I go on? Isn’t that enough to make you want to cry?

When I heard about Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer which was released with the Spring 2009 Collection, I kinda sorta felt intrigued simply because it looked all shimmery and pretty. The Muse’s brain works on one level, present her with anything that glows or looks shimmery and her brain registers it as an instant yes, wants it!

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Jump ahead for the review!

I believe Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer was originally released with the Green Room Collection. Correct me if I’m wrong but that’s how the Muse recalls it.

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What is it?

It’s actually a luminizer and a primer all in one product. The primer works at prepping your face for makeup and the luminzer highlights skin. Now actually this is where the product fails a teeny tiny bit for me. The packaging is difficult to work with and I’m left wondering if maybe it would have been a better idea to have a primer and a lumininzer separate, two products, two separate packages. Two products, one package…no likey. The tube that this is housed in has a dual chamber and two holes in one spout. This means you have to squeeze the tube just the right way to get the right amount of product out of both chambers. Most times this means you get either too little or too much of any one product. Very difficult packaging to work with and terribly irritating for me. I like my cosmetic sans an MD degree to operate, call me old fashion.

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Aside from my rant about the packaging the product overall is quite nice. A little tiny bit goes a long way as you could succumb to disco ball shimmer overload if you apply too much. I actually prefer Smashbox primer when it’s mixed up with the luminizer. It doesn’t pill, doesn’t itch as it normally would, nor does it have a silicon feel, these are all bonuses for me! The formula is gel-like in consistency and absorbs easily into skin leaving behind a peachy, gold finish. Actually I was duly impressed that using this did extend my foundation by a few hours of wear.

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I normally use this prior to blush but you can use it after if you desire to highlight cheek bones or you can use it a tiny dab on your eye lids or brow bone for a little hint of shimmer! I do think that this makes a fine product for Summer but I wasn’t feeling it for Spring.

Overall, I did like the product aside from the crummy packaging. It’s well worth checking out if you have a highlight/luminizer fetish or if you’re looking to replenish your current bottle of Smashbox Photofinish Primer why not nab this and get two products in one?

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Labello Caregloss and Shine Review

The Muse didn’t realize how big Labello would be when she posted a review on some Labello Lipbalms a few weeks ago! Suddenly her inbox is filed with comments and questions about Labello.

Phew!

So at many a reader request I decided to do some more Labello reviews. One in particular that comes with a Muse Approval for purchase in Labello Caregloss and Shine!

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Loves it!

Find out why after the jump!

There are only two shades of Labello Caregloss and Shine which does so make my life easier. As much as I love Labello it does get a bit overwhelming when it comes to the variety of a simple lip balm! Sometimes taking away options for the Muse is a good thing otherwise she’d sit there and want every single color. In this case the best shade available is Pink Star! Amen for lack of colors! For once I’m relieved I don’t have to make difficult color selections.

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I have a slew of reasons why I absolutely adore Labello CareGloss and Shine starting with the color! Pink Star is the perfect pink that makes lips look natural and pretty. It’s just such a flattering shade of pink that makes my lips look full, pouty, and very, very pretty. The shade has a certain fun feel about it and makes me feel girly! Probably the most important factor about Labello Caregloss and Shine is the formula which allows for endless hours of wear. The formula has a slight silicon feel but remains slippery and glossy with a shiny, mirror finish. The silicon aids the gloss in wearing quite long on your lips while having a very comfortable wear without a sticky or tacky feeling. The gloss keeps lips moist and heals chapped or dry lips all while giving a beautiful touch of pink to lips! How many healing lip products do you have lying around that heals lips and offers great color?!

Doesn’t it look soooooo pretty on my lips!?

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If you’re wanting a long lasting gloss with beautiful color and the ability to heal dry, chapped lips look no further as Labello Caregloss and Shine has you covered.

A tried and true favorite for the Muse. Loves it!

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A few readers have asked me where to get Labello online and I’m really not an expert as I have someone who ships them over from Europe for me but I do suggest trying E-bay or these shops:

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Prices are sadly not retail and are nearly 50% higher than what you’d pay in Europe but Labello is such good quality it’s probably worth the increase.

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Clio Spring 2009 Collection

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I always get rather excited when I see Clio releasing new items as they don’t do so nearly enough!

Releasing a brand new base collection along with a point collection offers many options this season for perfecting skin and creating a colorful Spring look!

Much of the new base collection embraces anti-aging with Q10 to help promote fresher, rejuvenated skin.

Clio Collagen Essence Foundation firms and lifts skin.

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Clio Collagen Essence Concealer firms and lifts skin under the eyes while concealing fine lines and dark circles.

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Clio Collagen Essence Pact contains an SPF 22 and collagen boosting benefits to sooth skin and regenerate.

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Clio Art Lip Gloss is available in 17 shades offers a clear sparkle with Vitamin E and C.

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Housed in an deco lipstick case Clio Art Lipstick is a pigmented, moisturizing formula.

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Clio Lip Plumping Pencil offers a high shine finish and a formula that plumps lips for a flirty Spring Pout!

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Clio Art Shadow 1.5 embraces the old Clio shadow lie but with a new twist. A trio of shades instead of single color. Use all three shades to create a perfect Spring eye look!

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Quite a nice selection of goodies from Clio for Spring 2009 me thinks. I already have a great deal of the single shadows from Clio and I’m absolutely loving the idea of trio. The base makeup all looks rather good as well particularly the concealer.

Although none of this is available within the US keep your eyes peeled and check up on Sasa as sooner or later the collection is available…a little late..but better late than not at all!

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Spring Collection 2009: Pupa Plastic Shine Collection

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Remember when Pupa was all about those cute little animal shaped compacts? I remember having the Angel and the Devil…actually if I think about it I probably still do somewhere in the sea of forgotten makeup items on the bottom of my closet. Remember when it was sold at Sephora!?

It’s since changed a good deal in a great way aside from the fact it’s near impossible to find stateside.

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Pupa Plastic Shine Collection embraces all the modern and leaves behind all aspects of kawaii that it used to sport. The collection features some bolder shades for Spring highlighted with softer cheeks.

Pupa Baked Eye Shadow in four new shades can be used wet or dry to create a vibrant Spring look. Pink, Blue, Green and Violet all offer popping color not just for Spring but anytime!

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Pupa Luminys Eyeliner
Complete your look with perfectly matched liner!

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Pupa Lip Perfection Splendor
Shiny liquid lipstick available in three shocking colors to create a ultra shiny lip look to compliment your bold eye look!

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Pupa Baked Blush-On Illuminating Blush
Just a touch of healthy, natural highlight to cheeks and face will finish up your look!

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I really love this collection, particularly the shadows. The line should be available as of now in Singapore, Japan, and various parts of Europe. For US residents keep checking Sasa as they tend to get collections just a bit later on the release.

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Sephora 15% Coupon

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