Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection Review featuring Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow Swatches and Review

One of my absolute favorite collections this Spring is undoubtedly the Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection. The simplicity of sweetly blushing cheeks paired with a soft sparkled eye look really made Spring come alive for me. Of course, I was particularly thrilled with the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows as these are truly a gem and I hope that the collection inspires more colors in this particular shadow format!

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Jump ahead for the review on Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows and a few other items from the Spring Collection, Blushed Pink.

Many of you asked me to review all four shades from the new Sparkle Eye Shadows so indeed I have all four shades for review. I personally couldn’t resist any of these shades as I’m all about the sparkle and shimmer. You’ll read many reviews that state how subtle the shimmer on these new shadows are and how wearable it is especially for those who really don’t like a shimmer finish. All this is true but the product also has the ability to build up color as well into a truly sparkly look if you desire.

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Only four of these shadows were released and the Muse longs for more as truly they are special. Mica, Sunlight, Ballet, and Silver Moon are the shade selections. The colors are completely suitable for Spring as they have a certain lightness about them for a fresh, flirty look. Ballet is a true pink and one of my favorites, Sunlight is a fav for me as I simply adore shimmering golds, Mica is a pewter gray which goes well with smoky eye looks, and Silver Moon is creamy light silver. Each shadow is housed in the new standard black eyeshadow case the only difference being the clear flip top secondary lid that covers each shadow and prevents fall out and a mess.

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Don’t expect a whole lot of pigmentation from the shadows as these are merely a hint of sparkle which makes them ideal for topping on top a completed shadow look. With a bit of work I did find I could get decent color pay off but that takes a bit of layering to work well. I think the idea of the shadow is to create a light, bright look that freshens the eye area up and doesn’t overpower it with a load of shimmer and glitter. The end result is a shimmery shadow that can work on a girl of 20 or a woman of 45.

I was somewhat surprised to read a few rants that state the shadows as having major fall out. That’s so not the case for me. If you’re wearing these on their own I find it best to use a sponge applicator to layer color. If you’re using these as a finish on a complete shadow look I find a nice bushy brush such as the MAC 224 works great at picking up some of the color and placing it lightly all over the lid.

I think the shadows work fabulously on their own for a simple understated look. Don’t let the words “simple” and “understated” fool you though as the shadows have a knack for bringing out a fresh, glowing face. These would be particularly great for using with a bolder lip look if you’re wanting to not take away from lips with a vibrant shadow.

All in all I definitely Muse Approve them for purchase as they are truly something special. If you’re a huge fan of a shimmery finish you’ll love these.

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Also released with the collection were two new shades of shadow, several creamy lip colors, and a few glitter lip glosses. I have one of each shade in the categories to review for you.

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The first is Bobbi Brown Matte Eye Shadow in birch. Birch is soft nude brown which I’m not a particularly big fan of simply because of the finish. I do believe these new shades were added into the collection to use as liners as you’ll notice in one of my FOTD’s above (Ballet FOTD) that the shade pairs up rather well with the Sparkle Eye Shadows to create a good liner shade. I find that most of the matte finishes in Bobbi’s shadow catalog work great as liners but I’m not a big fan of using them as an all over shadow.

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Blush Pink is a great true pink shade. This particular color paired up well with all of the shadows in the collection but worked the best with Ballet and Sunlight. The fresh pink and gold brought out the innocent pink of this shade and added a nice fresh look to lips.

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And finally Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Gloss in Baby is a peachy pink shade heavy on the golden sparkle. This too worked well with all the shadows but particularly good with Sunlight, Ballet, and Silver Moon. Contrasting Ballet with a peachy shade of glittery gloss creates a fresh Spring look.

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Overall, the Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection was definitely a favorite this season and I’m positive I’ll get plenty of use out of the sparkle eye shadows. I do think the star of the show was the sparkle eye shadows! I was very pleased with all the items released but I would have loved either a cream blush or a powder blush to compliment the other items in the collection, this is probably the only thing I’d change about the release.

If you’re looking for a fresh, Spring look with light touches of pink, gold, gray, and silver, the Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink Collection has it all. As Spring draws nearer a fresher, lighter makeup is ideal and this collection offers that.

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Girls with Attitude LipZing Review

Oooooooo come on baby make it hurt so good! Girls with Attitude LipZing has the zest and spice for making it hurt so good? Not sure if it’s good or not or maybe it’s “oh my god take me to the emergency room my lips feel like they are on fyreeeees!”


Girls With Attitude LipZing is an instant Plumping Gloss that’s a mere 5 so the Muse said “hey, something cheaper than Lip Venom! Let’s have a go!”

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When I was deciding I’d have a go at LipZing I didn’t realize that the go might be me flying out my bathroom window and burying my lips and face into the nearest pile of cold snow! Ouchie this stuff stings!!

All the promises on the back of the box of achieving that Hollywood glamour lip look def does not make up for the fact that this stuff seriously tingles, stings and creates a rather uncomfortable feeling on my lips plus it’s freaking bitter as all hell if I happen to get a taste of it when licking my lips…well hello it’s on my lips I’m going to taste it sooner or later can’t we at least make it a pleasant experience when I do? K, thanks to the team at Girls with Attitude! And seriously if I’m going to burn my lips off when it’s applied can’t we at least make it a strawberry or watermelon type experience? Maybe the flavor will sooth the fire!

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I really adore DuWop Lip Venom and although their are tears of absolute agony whenever my sister uses it I absolutely love it and never experienced the terribly stinging sensation she proclaims on and on about. Until now the only lip plumping gloss I’ve tried that worked is in fact lip venom but lord knows the award should go to LipZing! LipZing definately plumps no question about it! My lips were looking quite Amanda Lepore like…I was channeling my inner tranny girl with this stuff. I’m thinking that I can’t blame the formula so much as the irritation. Those crazy chicks with attitude probably created this so it would actually irritate the lip area and in turn that would cause all the swelling and plumping up! Hello hurtful!

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My lower bottom lip was sticking out like it was in a permanent pout and hells knows I was loving the look but honestly the promise of a “gentle pleasant tingling sensation” (or so the box says) is NOT happening. Taking into consideration I’m not in the least sensitive this one is going on my do not buy again list.

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If you’re dying to experience the pleasure pain of Girls with Attitude LipZing shop it at Asos. But don’t say I didn’t worn you!

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Pieces of Life: The Hello Kitty Edition

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Damn, that bloody kitty! She’s popping up everywhere lately isn’t she? I’m speaking of Miss Hello Kitty of course!

With the introduction of the MAC Hello Kitty Collection the entire world is being reintroduced to every one’s favorite cat again! The Muse loves the fact that everyone is embracing Hello Kitty and loving all over her.

Actually since we are all feeling the love for Miss Kitty this Spring how about banking with HK herself?

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If you happen to have an account with Bank of America you can sign up for their new program called My Expressions Banking.

My Expressions Banking is simply a gimmicky deal that allows you to embrace the unique side of your personality while banking. Who the hell knows why banks deem it necessary to make your banking more personal with debit cards that feature cats, dogs, and any other array of items that suit your personality! But hey I am so NOT complaining as I am loving the My Expressions Banking Hello Kitty Edition.

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Basically the program simply works by taking your old ugly blue and silver debit card and replacing it with a pink and white Hello Kitty debit card! Oh my god the cuteness may make me hurl! But not only does your debit card change you’ll also get checks featuring Hello Kitty and your monthly paper statement (if you get one in the mail) will be printed on Hello Kitty stationary! How awesome is that?

Sincerely, can I embrace my inner 6 year old kid with these options? I love that my bank card sports Hello Kitty! For the Muse it’s the equivalent of a black American Express Card.

I actually don’t get monthly paper statements as I do my banking online but I was too curious to see these Hello Kitty statements so I switched back to paper for a month and was oddly delighted to see Miss Kitty making an appearance on my banking statement…lord things can’t get any cuter!

If you’re a Bank of America customer you can call up and have your current debit card switched over to My Expressions Banking right now. Believe me if you’re an HK fan you’re so gonna wanna do this. And hey if Bank of America tanks at least you’ll have a cute debit card that’s virtually useless! Yay!

Click to make the switch from blah banking to Hello Kittified banking!

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Stila Convertible Mascara Review

Is it terribly weird that while I was testing out Stila Convertible Color Mascara I was thinking of convertibles and the Hoff?


I dunno what it is but convertibles just remind me of that catchy little ditty by David….I hear he’s big in Japan.

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Stila Convertible color is embracing the crazy tube technology that’s taking the mascara world by storm at the moment. Not fibers kids but tubes!

The unique polymer formula encases puny lashes in a tiny smudge-proof, water-proof “tube” that binds each lash and offers longer, defined lashes that can take on the world and the Hoff if worst comes to worst without flaking, smudging, or creating terrorizing raccoon eyes!

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I don’t claim to know why Stila dubs everything with convertible lately but the Muse likes to think they too were thinking of the Hoff and his hawt car when creating this mascara. The Stila Convertible Mascara is a dual-ended brush that works at offering volume to both top lashes and lower lashes for that no lash left behind feeling (our x-President would be pride I’m sure!).

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I generally like the idea of a double ended wand that performs separately to lengthen my top and lower lashes. Considering that each brush is made specifically for separate functions I somehow wish that all my mascaras sported a similar feature as I always have a hell of a hard time getting to those naughty lower lashes without causing a hot mess. The upper lash applicator is a nice size brush that grasps lashes quite well and sweeps them upwards and outwards while the secondary lower lash applicator is thinner in size and has a straight line for snagging those hard to reach lashes.

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The mascara isn’t particularly wow inspiring. It does volumize and it does offer length but it’s nothing too dramatic. I recommend it for anyone that doesn’t like the irritating feeling of fiber based mascaras as this is a nice light weight formula that will offer good volume to puny lashes without weighting them down or making them feel “hard”. For me personally tube mascaras are probably thee most awesome find considering how much I hate the feeling of fiber mascaras.

This offers plenty of bells and whistles such as being smudge-proof and water resistant while offering definition, length, and volume but I can’t help but feel the overall effect wasn’t particularly amazing. I’m not too big a fan of a more natural lash look and this is exactly the finished result that Stila Convertible Mascara offers.

All in all quite a nice product but I prefer L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara as it’s cheaper and offers more of a dramatic result than this did. It was worth testing out just so I could compare “convertible mascara” to David’s popular “Get Into My Car” song. Bless that man.

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Stila Plumping Lip Glaze Set

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Oh hells yes I want this Stila Plumping Lip Glaze Set!

The Muse loves Stila Lip Glaze so she’s loving the idea of a plumping formula of lip glaze! Bring it on baby!

How did this find fall off my radar? Released for Valentine’s Day, Stila has a set of three Stila Plumping Lip Glaze for $32 USD!

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The flavors sounds fantastic and it’s a real steal for the kit too as the cost per a gloss comes out nice and cheap!

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I’m feeling tempted!

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