Milani Lip Mixer Review

My inner bartender likes the idea of Milani Lip Mixer! Doesn’t it sound like a fancy drink? I’m positive the next Sex and the City Movie will feature the girls asking for a Milani Lip Mixer and not some boring old Cosmopolitan plus it’s probably heaps cheaper at $5.49 USD…gotta love the Muse for bringing the budget right?

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Jump ahead to hear the deets on Milani’s newest gloss available for Spring 2009.

Milani Lip Mixer is a unique 3-in-1 formula that offers high gloss, reflective pearls, and a conditioning color with one swipe of the wand…damn…that’s a whole lot of everything in one little tube.

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Now the Muse likes to thin of it as three layers that consist of a creamy color, a glitter top coat, and a glossy base. She thinks her way is easier to remember and keeps the frills to a minimum. Whatever way you dice it you’ll end up with the same awesome gloss that offers a nicely pigmented pout with hints of shimmer and a glossy finish all for a small price tag. Likey! If we’re being honest after around three uses the “mixer” becomes one gloss as everything ends up cocktailing together anyway so you’ll end up with a shimmery gloss and you can forget the rest.

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I tried out two of the six new shades available and I must say I did like them especially because of the price. The colors I tried were Lip Mingle and Lip Fuse. Lip Mingle is a toasty brown, bronze shade with a heavy dose of golden shimmer where as Lip Fuze is a true pink shade with a slight lilac base and pink shimmer. Out of the two Lip Mingle was def my favorite as it pairs up incredibly well with a warmer eye look.

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The formula feels more like a lip cream rather than a lip gloss but has a nice glossy finish. The conditioning color has quite a good pigmentation so the gloss can be worn alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. The texture isn’t tacky and feels creamy on your lips. The glosses have a slightly fruity grape taste which is quite pleasant, the Muse is a sucker for glosses that are flavored! Each gloss is $5.49 USD and of course can be cheaper depending on sales and such at your local drugstore (especially CVS who has BOGO offers all the time for Milani Cosmetics w00t!).

All in all I think Milani Lip Mixer Lipgloss is well worth checking out as it’s a rather nice little gloss with a sweet price tag! Loves ‘em!

Tried ‘em?

Liking them?

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Check out more from Milani at www.milanicosmetics.com

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liiv Botanicals Vitalizing Face Serum Review

liiv Botanicals Vitalizing Face Serum is formulated with Plant Essence Technology which captures active plant extracts and delivers rejuvenating benefits directly to your skin.

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Oh and it kinda sorta smells like dirt too!

Dude, for serious. I’m still trying to put my finger on it but so far I’ve come to the conclusion that liiv Botanicals Vitalizing Face Serum kinda sorta smells like dirt. Or maybe it’s dirt and rotten fruit…hmmmmm….I’m thinking Avon has some sort of reverse psychology going on with this. “If we make it smell pretty they won’t buy it but if we make it smell like dirt they’ll think it’s REALLY an important facial product!” Mark my words, make it smell like dirt and they will come!

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But guess what? Even thought it has a strange odor it actually works pretty darn well! The serum is meant to be applied twice a day all over your face, targeting facial lines and wrinkles….the Muse hasn’t reached the wrinkle stage as of yet thankfully but it also promises to make my skin brighter and more radiant, I can appreciate that. The formula contains an SPF 20 which endears itself further to me plus it’s the most divine texture. Although it smells rather weird (don’t worry you’ll get used to it and even find it pleasant as time goes by) and looks kinda weird (think swamp water), it still manages to feel simply delicious. It’s cold and slippery and absorbs easily leaving your skin feeling soft, silky, and slightly moist as if it was drenched with a cup of cool water.

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The product was created to reawaken the appearance of youth but the Muse likes to think her youth is around and still kicking so hopefully I don’t have to recover my youth in a bottle of facial serum, at least not yet anyway. However, if you’re seeking a product that’s meant to help visibly lift skin, enhance it’s brightness, and make it smoother and more firmer, liiv Botanicals Vitalizing Face Serum is something well worth checking out.

As for the rest of us….it makes a damn fine prep prior to moisturizer! My skin seems to love it and the extra moisture is a welcome relief for my dry winter skin. I haven’t noticed much difference since my testing began a week ago but I’ll definitely finish off this bottle and consider a secondary purchase as it’s an inexpensive product ($20 USD or less) and it’s organic with plenty of good for you ingredients.

Avon continues to delight me with the liiv Botanicals Collection.

See more of the collection by visiting shop.avon.com

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Stash Spotlight: Urban Decay Eye Shadow

As the Muse recalls the addiction to makeup started with the purchase of one Urban Decay Eye Shadow….

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The downward spiral into makeup addiction hell began soon after!

All that glitter, all that pigment, all that bloody shimmer…who wouldn’t want to collect them all?

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Jebus,

I’ve sinned many, many times with my Urban Decay Eyeshadow purchases….please forgive me? You know you loves ‘em too but it’s ok if you don’t want to admit it.

Your faithful makeup junkie,
the Muse

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Lover, collector, obsessed fool for Urban Decay Eyeshadow?

Tell the Muse!

Tis ok, you can admit your addiction to your fellow diseased cosmetic junkie! I won’t tell anyone shhhh….sometimes these things get out of hand.

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Sephora Brand Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

The Muse has a deep, affectionate relationship with MAC Technakohl.

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It’s possibly one of my favorite pencils from MAC and works like such a dream. But, ado, everything is not always perfect in Technakohl land.

Is it me or does it irritate the population terribly that Technakohl wears down so quickly? I actually find the product useless once it’s worn down to a stubby little smidgelet of a pencil. The sharp even edge that I loved so much is worn down within three or four uses and basically after that I only get proper use out of my Technakohl by using it on my waterline as it no longer has that sharp, precise tip that I so dearly loved lining my upper lash line with!

All in agreement say I!

But of COURSE the Muse was fairly excited to see the Sephora Brand Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner for $12 USD…ooooo cheaper than Technakohl…but guess what else?

Not only is the design pretty much the same but the dreamy, creamy formula looks the same too but guess what else!?

A built-in sharpener to keep your pencil tip extra sharp and crisp for lining and defining for months to come! Ahhh blessed relief. Question remains is the formula just as good as MAC Tecnakohl? If so, count the Muse happy that someone finally figured out a sharpener was in order!

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Oh by the way….how about a smudge tip too? Sephora thought of it all with this one kids!

Loves it!

Good on ya Sephora! MAC failed to remember it but you didn’t!

Yay or Nay?

Tell the Muse!

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Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream Review

The Muse thinks anything named Yu-Be and has been around for 50 years in Japan has to be awesome by default right?

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Maybe….

One of Japan’s most trusted skincare lines in Japan, Yu-Be has been used for over 50 years. The idea of Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream is to address an entire slew of skin care problems. Parched Lips, ragged cuticles, cracked heels, and even diaper rash, Yu-Be has you covered. This gentle, glycerin-based formula is enriched with vitamin E, B2, and camphor to soothe even the driest and irritated of skin types.

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Sounds like super balm right?

It’s actually quite awesome. It does exactly what it promises in aces. The formula is a thick, yellow cream that has a medicine, menthol smell that goes away quickly. The cream absorbs fairly quickly and does sooth extra dry skin however it is a tad bit on the greasy side which could be a deal breaker for some. Personally I didn’t mind the greasy feel since it did such an amazing job healing my dry skin which is much like skin on of an Elephant during the cold Winter months.

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I generally liked the idea of such a multitasking moisturizing and have been tucking it into my purse to use on my cuticles during work hours as I’m one for picking at my nails until they bleed! Gross! This successfully softens the skin around my nails which causes me to be less obsessive about picking my hang nails.

It works great on my rough elbows and knees and particularly well at making and keeping my feet nice and smooth after a pedi!

Overall, it’s def on my list for repurchase when I run out! Really liked this one and Muse Approving it for purchase as it’s well worth checking out for anyone who suffers from dry, cracking skin in the Winter or anytime!

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Likey!

Learn more about Yu-Be products or to purchase by visiting www.yu-be.com

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