Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eye Shadow Primer Review

If you’re feeling tired of Urban Decay Primer Potion or you just don’t like MAC Paint Pots (like me!) you might want to check out the new Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer for your priming needs.

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It’s a bit expensive but well worth your time.

As far as I know this is the first time that Guerlain has ventured into the primer waters. Not many brands jumped on board the eye shadow primer hype prior to Urban Decay’s release of Primer Potion so most people were left using MAC Fluidline or MAC Shadesticks as a prep and prime prior to shadow. Hey, this worked well for years and still does but I won’t say I don’t have some sincerely major love for my Urban Decay Primer Potion.

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Upon Guerlain releasing a primer though I did have to try it for myself as I simply adore Guerlain and I suppose with the release of a shadow primer I was expecting the gates of heaven to flood open…most of the time that happens with every Guerlain release that the Muse is privy to so it’s no great surprise that indeed she was touched by an angel after trying out Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer.

First of all it’s not comparable to paint pots, nor is it anything like Urban Decay Primer Potion. The formulas are vastly different in my opinion and I will do the comparison babbling for you. Obviously Guerlain Eye Shadow Primer is a nice creamy base which could be compared to MAC Paint Pots however it blends easier, isn’t as thick as a paint pot’s formula, allows better blending for pigments and shadow in my opinion, and intensifies color, all while holding my shadow in place. It’s un-comparable to Urban Decay Primer Potion as well considering it’s a cream base and not as runny a formula as Primer Potion.

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Guerlain Eye Shadow Primer is a nice creamy base that blends easily onto the lid. It comes with it’s own mini brush which honestly I find somewhat useless as I’d rather spread it around with my finger however if you’re a germ-a-phobe (hey the Muse is! No shame in that!) you’ll think the little brush is a life saver. A little bit of product goes a long way at freshening the eye area up a la Benefit Lemon Aid plus prepping for shadow or pigment. It has a hard beige edge which intensifies the color of shadow while it adheres. I don’t think any of my primers successfully intensify a color quite like this does. Greens look brighter, purples look deeper, and it just generally makes my shadow pop a fair bit. I think this has to do with the deeper beige of the product as it darkens shadows a fair bit which I find interesting.

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I suppose it’s debatable that this could perform the same function as a MAC Paint Pot which is much cheaper but honestly I have no real love for MAC Paint Pots so this is ideal for someone like me who wanted something that was easier to blend and helped my shadow remain creaseless for hours at a time. I like the formula much better when compared to a paint pot.

Overall, I will definitely repurchase when I’m finished with this as it’s superior in terms of keeping my shadow fresh and long wearing plus offering some concealing benefits as well, allowing my lids to look fresher and less dull. It also blends beautifully well which makes application a snap. Well worth trying out if you’re anything like the Muse and not a lover of MAC Paint Pots.

All in all well done on this one Guerlain. The Muse likey!

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Avon Skin So Soft Fusions Soft & Replenish Dual Softening Body Wash Review

The Muse thought she’d cheap it up today and break open her bottle of Avon Skin So Soft Fusions Soft & Replenish Dual Softening Body Wash.

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I know, I know, it’s not everyday you see your Muse going the cheap route but hey desperate times calls for desperate deals right? I’m on my search for the best beauty budget finds and this happens to be one!

Read on to learn more!

At $3.99 USD for a 6.7oz bottle, Avon Skin So Soft Fusions Soft & Replenish Dual Softening Body Wash is a value for your buck. This mutitasking body wash cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes. See? I told you it was a deal.

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The product contains a dual chamber which houses one side of a moisturizing lotion like shower gel and another which contains an exfoliating gel treatment. Squeeze a small amount into a shower puff, sponge, or your hand and the two formulas combine to create a creamy, bead infused shower gel. Small beads massage and exfoliate skin while the creamy base of the product offers moisture. The gel smells fresh and clean and leaves skin soft and silky smooth!

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Skin So Soft is an extremely popular line from Avon and extending the line to include these new body washes is truly a good thing. The Muse likes the price and the way her skin feels gorgeous after use. Can’t beat the price either.

Avon Skin So Soft Fusions Soft & Replenish Dual Softening Body Wash is a fab Beauty on a Budget score.

Nab some for yourself at shop.avon.com

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Hello Kitty Diamonique @ QVC

How very un-cosmetic of the Muse but today she’s highly interested in scoring some Hello Kitty Diamonique @ QVC! I have a serious addiction to collecting Hello Kitty themed jewelry…necklaces, earrings, watches, you name it the Muse probably owns it with Hello Kitty’s mug on it!

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At one time it was pretty difficult to get nice jewelry featuring Hello Kitty within the US so I was an offshore collector nabbing things from different parts of Asia, particularly Japan.

It’s gotten considerably less harder to get some great themed products here in the US and even Sanrio has finally expanded it’s line to include some fairly nice Hello Kitty jewelry items!

When I heard QVC was doing a presentation of Hello Kitty Jewelry, well, you can imagine how excited I was!

Check out why below!

Jumping on the coat tails of MAC’s Hello Kitty release I’m sure it’ll be a Spring of Hello Kitty releases and QVC just happens to have a line up of Hello Kitty items from it’s popular “Diamonique ” line.

Nothing got up and grabbed me after I looked through some of the collection but I did end up nailing the QVC “Today’s Special” and a few other bits and bobs I’ll share with you in a sec.

The today’s special is a Hello Kitty Zodiac Pendant for $86 USD and some change. I thought it was darling so I picked it up in my sign. It’s available in all the zodiac signs and comes with a chain so I thought it was well worth the price.

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I also snagged the Hello Kitty Diamonique High Polished “Kitty ID Tag” Pendant for $56 bucks which also includes the a chain. I thought this was a bit different from other pieces I collected and quite cute.

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And finally I got the Hello Kitty Diamonique Sterling Princess Kitty Pendant which was $96. This was quite a unique piece as well and I thought the price wasn’t bad considering it comes with the chain as well.

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They had some super cute items and I think I nabbed the most interesting and unique in the collection. It’s worth checking out if you’re a big Hello Kitty Fan!

You can check the entire collection at Hello Kitty Diamonique.

I guess Hello Kitty will be ruling the Spring scene! I look forward to see what else popped theme wit her Hello Kittyiness!

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David and Goliath Demeter Fragrance Library Collection

In collaboration with David and Goliath, Demeter Fragrance Library has introduced five new fun blends to tickle your perpetual child.

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Exclusive to YesStyle.com these cute coffrets contain one quirky fragrance and a lotion for $58 USD. Bit on the pricey side if you ask me but the cute factor sure does appeal!

Whether you’re a drama queen, a trouble maker, think boys are smelly, or think that the world revolves around you, there’s a Demeter scent just waiting for you!

Boys Are Smelly? We all knew that! The smell of well worn leather seems to be the order of business in regards to how smelly boys are! And the Muse always thought it was sweat and testosterone, goes to show you what she knows!

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The Muse likes to think the world revolves around her and just think she can have her own fragrance that’s all about her! Warm Caramel and Vanilla are what it’s all about!
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Are you a drama queen? Don’t answer that. You’ll probably deny it anyway! The Nile isn’t just a river in Egypt…it’s also a fragrance entitled Drama Queen which smells of champagne and black pansies…who knew drama smelled like that?

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Bet you’d admit to being a Trouble Maker faster than you would a Drama Queen! Trouble Makers smell like the things that our mama’s warned us about like cannabis, whiskey, and tobacco! Being bad never felt smelled…..so good?

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Chicks Rule! We knew that. They rule with sugar, orange, lemon, and all good things nice!

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Indulge your personality with Demeter’s David and Goliath Collection @ YesStyle

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Bobbi Brights Collection: Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Retro Pink and Rose Brown Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

As part of the Bobbi Brown Brights Collection, several new shades of Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color were released. I’ve reviewed Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color briefly in my Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Collection post but I thought they did deserve a revisit and an article of their own considering what a lovely formula and product they are.

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Four new shades of Creamy Lip Color were introduced with the Bobbi Brights Collection, two of which are making a spotlight appearance here on Musings for my review. Today I’ll be discussing, reviewing, and showing you the shades Retro Pink and Rose Brown.

Skip ahead to hear what I think about these lippies!

I’m a big fan of emollient lip products! Shiny, glossy, moisturizing, I’m all over that. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color brings all those great qualities to the table with a rich pigmented base that’s sure to please makeup lovers far and wide.

The formula of the lip colors is a nice glossy, moisturizing lip treatment. It’s a cross between a lipstick, a gloss, and a lip balm, all rolled into one product. Who doesn’t love all those qualities cocktailed together? I know I do. The product glides onto the lips beautifully leaving behind pigmented, glossy color. I’m a particularly fond fan of applying a dab or two of lipstain on my lips and following up with a few strokes of the creamy lip color for a lovely pout!

I have two of the four new shades released which are Retro Pink (a bubblegum pink) and Rose Brown (a muted brown with a hint of brown).

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Rose Brown makes me think of my friend Iris as I know she’d completely love this shade because it would remind her of one of her favorite lipstick shades from Esprique Precious, BR300….actually on me, as you’ll see below, the color came out as a coral because I paired it up with a touch of an orange lipstain under it prior to use. The effect of the stain and the lip color on top is interesting to say the least.

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Retro Pink is a great Spring shade considering how light and fun it is. If you enjoy Bubble Gum pink shades this will surely please.

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There aren’t a good deal of creamy lip colors on the market like this at the moment. I try ALOT of different brands as you know and I really never ran across a product like this outside of the Asian market. I enjoy how lightweight it is and absolutely love that it still remains a good deal pigmented even though the formula would seem sheer when applying. Color is buildable and lips are left feeling glossy, shiny, and lovely.

What’s not to love?

Who would love this?

  • Anyone who likes a lightweight lip color with plenty of pigmentation and a super gloss finish!
  • Those who aren’t too big a fan heavier lipsticks but still desire a bite of color on their lips!
  • Anyone who enjoys a glossy, moisturizing lip treatment.

These are really fab in the Muse’s opinion and a tried and true favorite. I look forward to new color releases and I’ll continue buying since the formula is outstanding.

All in all Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color are Muse Approved for purchase. The Muse thinks they should be on your beauty radar! Loves it!

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