NARS Essential Eye Palette and NARS Best of Lips Palette


Ahhh NARS you excited me so! And two new palettes to choose from too! Loves it!

Skip ahead for the details!

Two new palettes are available now from NARS for lips and eyes. Yay!

The NARS Essential Eye Palette contains a combination of warm and cool tones for the eye.


Top Shades
  • Unconditional Love
  • Night Star
  • Galapagos

Bottom Shades

  • Nepal
  • Ondine
  • Thunderball

Also available is the new NARS Best of Lips Palette which includes a variety of rich, vibrant shades for Fall.


Top Shades
  • Copacabana
  • Chelsea Girls
  • Dolce Vita

Bottom Shades

  • Orgasm Multiple
  • Eros
  • Red Lizard

These are both available now at Nordstrom.

Want ‘em? I know I’m yearning for the eye palette!

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L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara Review

I’m almost positive L’oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara isn’t going to change my cosmetic life any time soon but it’s decent enough for a $6.99 mascara…likey budget right?


Check it after the review!

Many of my friends aren’t as heavily into makeup as I am and some that do like (but not love) makeup think that a throw away drugstore mascara is the ideal solution to not spending $20-$30 on a high street brand. It’s understandable especially if you’re as anal as I am about germs. I won’t touch mascara after 3 to 4 months simply because I’m worried about what’s breeding inside the tube so it seems sensible to head to the drugstore to score mascara as that way we aren’t shelling out ridiculous amounts of cash for something we’ll toss out anyway within in a few months.

I’m not of the mentality that cheaper is better even in cases of mascara. I do so love a good brand name mascara that sets me back $20 or more dollars as I see good, solid results with said product. Am I alone? Maybe.

If you happen to fall into the “I don’t want to spend more than $10 bucks on a mascara” group you can try out L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara for around $7 bucks and call it a day. Like I said it’s not going to change your cosmetic life but it’s inexpensive and it does what it says to some extent.

The plus side of the formula is it’s richly pigmented and truly black. I love mascara that’s really rich and deep black it’s the perfect companion to a smoky eye. This sells me right off the bat in regards to that. It promises 12x’s your normal lash length…ummm not really. It does a decent job of lengthening but nothing that has me jumping up and down shouting, “Yes!” while doing a fist pump. For the most part the finished results are very natural, softer, fuller curls. If that’s your look you’ll love this. The brush applicator makes mascara application a snap as it glides on to lashes perfectly while lengthening and plumping. I don’t see dramatic curl results with this but it does wear well without smudging or flaking.


Overall, it’s noting I got too hyped over but it’s decent enough for the price. I’m not a fan of the “natural” lash look and prefer a more dramatic look so that could be one reason I’m not thrilled. If you like your lashes to look fuller and longer while still remaining very natural this might very well be a great one to try. For the price it really can’t break the bank to give it a whirl.

Have you tried L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

Tell the Muse!

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Villainess Mud Masks Review


The Muse loves a mud mask. Must stem from her childhood days as a tomboy as playing in the mud was a favorite pass time as I recall it. Some of that branches into adulthood as mud masks are so my thing.

I particularly love ones that promise to detox my skin and make me all fresh faced and glowy again!

I recently introduced you to Villainess Soap. Villainess is known for making fine soaps and scrubs but they are also venturing into the land of skin care as well recently with a makeup remover and now mud masks…humff…who knew!

I ordered a few of the masks for myself several weeks ago and I’ve been fiddling about with them for some time. Jump ahead to finally here what I think!

At $12 per 2 oz jar these are an inexpensive mask as you can get tons of use from the one container. The “muds” come packed in a gorgeous little plastic container with vintage label. These are powdered in formula and need a tablespoon or two of water to get them worked up into a fine paste for your face. There are several muds to choose from that work in different ways and for different skin problems. These can be used on face or body. All three that I tried seemed a bit strong so sensitive skin types do beware as most of these caused a mild stinging while setting on my face but I didn’t mind much as my skin is virtually bulletproof, really takes alot to break me out or upset my skin. The three I purchased were Blush, Dulces En Fuego, and Scintillating.

I want to say that Scintillating is my absolutely favorite mud but sadly it’s not. Scintillating is a fabulous scented soap and scrub from Villainous that I adore. It’s a mix of vanilla and mint which is fresh, crisp, and cooling. I was skeptical about it appearing in a mud form but I was determined to love it. The mask supposedly purges oils, toxins, and buildup from the pores and is a combination of powdered mint leaves and essential oils to encourage healthy blood flow to skin. Sounds incredible right? Problem is I couldn’t bare to leave it on my face for more than a minute because it stung terribly. OUCH! I assume it’s the mint that’s a little too intense for me but this one I can’t really rate because it was just too painful to keep on long enough to see any sort of results. All three masks I tried did have a sting but this one was the worst of the lot.


Next on my list was Dulces en Fuego which smells like a herbal hot chocolate cocktail. It’s a mix of rhassoul and white kaolin clays which supposedly draws impurities from the skin. This is supposed to brighten dull completions and promote sluggish circulation. The results are quite good. Can’t speak for any impurities being drawn out of my skin but after use twice a week my skin glows in the mornings after use. This one also stings a bit but nothing as intense as Scintillating. I liked this one very much as the results were visble in my glowing skin.


Lastly my favorite of the lot for is Blush. This is slightly soury sweet smelling mud with a combination of white and pink clays to draw out toxins and marshmallow root to soften skin. Fruit acids help to shed dead cells. The results are also quite visible with this as well. It’s supposed to be very good for cleansing congested pores but for me it did a rather nice job with the flaky patches on my face (chin, between my eyes, etc…) and also gave a fresh, glow to my face. This tingles but doesn’t sting thankfully.


The masks all start out wet when first applied but quickly dry out and tighten on the face. None dried my face out or caused any other skin havoc during use or after but of course results will vary so use caution when trying. Depending on how you mix the mask and how much water you use versus powder you’ll end up with either a runny or thin paste. Below the photos show only a small amount of powder used with way too much water so you’ll want to use enough powder and water to create more of a paste as it makes application easier when you aren’t working with a runny consistency such as this.


All in all I generally liked these for the price. Two of three worked fairly well and I think I’ll indulge further when I complete the three I do have as they are friendly little masks for getting my skin back in order after a rough day of city air. I don’t highly recommend them as they probably aren’t for everyone since the stinging could present a problem but if you’re an experimental skincare type of person these may appeal.

If you’re like to try them for yourself they can be found at www.villainess.net

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Clinique Bamboo Pink Collection Review and Swatches


I believe it was 1930, when the Muse was still a fresh faced teenager, that she hauled her first real live counter lipstick. That lipstick happened to be Clinique Bamboo Pink. Isn’t Bamboo Pink such a timeless classic that never goes out of style? Truly Clinique put the shade on the map for many a fan and I imagine at least one or two of you out there consider it your HG (holy grail) color of choice. With it’s deep tone of nude pink it’s just one of those shades that begs at the door of gorgeous.

Clinique realizes all of this. They realize they have a sure fire hit on their hands with Bamboo Pink, they realize how many fans of Bamboo Pink are out there, and cheeky, smart little company they are they released an incredible collection themed for the color.

Fabulous? Yes.

Check it after the jump!

Although it’s a Summer Collection, Clinique Bamboo Pink will get you through Fall, right into the long, cold Winter, and back into the warm weather again as the color just works well with anything you throw it’s way.

You have to hurry if you want this as it is available for a very short time although the Muse thinks they should keep it a permanent collection.

The collection consists of Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Bamboo Pink ($29.50), Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Bamboo Pink ($25), Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Bamboo Pink ($14), and Clinique Powder Brush ($30).

The collection is really worthy of a look at in my opinion as it creates a rather fresh, radiant look. The colors all work well together to create a warm, sophisticated look. Each piece in the collection is crafted in a bamboo like design in keeping with the theme.

For my look below I used the Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad to create a beautiful, dramatic eye look. The colors are all intense and pigmented. They have a slight shimmer finish but for the most part are very velvet and buttery smooth. They blend like an absolute dream and have incredible color pay off. The shades all range in shades of pink that can be used alone or blended together. The shadow has almost a creamy formula and wears very well on the eye.


On my face I’m wearing the Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Bamboo Pink. You can use this to highlight or to act as a blush. It gives a luminous glow to skin with a nude pink color pay off if you’re using it as a blush.


On my lips is Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Bamboo Pink which is a fantastic lipstick. Highly moisturizing, glides on like a gloss and feels incredible on the lips with excellent color pay off. Bamboo Pink is such a timeless shade for lips and it pairs beautifully well for finishing the completed look!


Sadly I wasn’t thrilled with the Clinique Powder Brush. This was scratchy on my face and shed a fair bit. It applied the Allover Colour quite well but the scratchy bristles irritated me and I’ll probably end up tossing it in a draw and forgetting about it quickly because of this.


Overall, count this Muse impressed with the whole collection. Honestly, I don’t favor this completed look for Summer as it’s a little to warm but I’ll be sporting this happily in the Fall as I think it makes a rather killer rosy, glowing look for the cooler weather!


Anyone haul this collection?

Wanting to?

Are you a Bamboo Pink fan?

Tell the Muse!

The Bamboo Pink Collection is available now at Clinique counters and online.

Big Muse Approval for the lipstick and eye palette! Those are my two favorite pieces.


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Smooth, Silky Summer Legs: King of Shave Shaving Gel Review


My sister swears that conditioner is the go to product for shaving legs. Personally, I beg to disagree. I’ve tried conditioner on my legs and it’s just a no go….I’m all about the foam. Recently, I decided to test out King of Shave Shaving Gel and my first thought was, “oh yay glorified conditioner”….however, I was determined to give this a try out as it was labeled King of Shave. I could be wrong but I imagine somewhere down the family tree we have a gorilla or some hairy animal that was married to a distant cousin or relative because I’m all kinds of hairy. That was way too much info wasn’t it? Sorry but it’s true. My legs need serious TLC at least twice a week. King of Shave? Obviously this is what I my hair legs need, the King of Shave!

Click it after the review!

As per my original thoughts I was feeling like this kinda looked like gloried conditioner and honestly I was right it is glorified conditioner and it works WAY better too! Loves it!


I didn’t even look at the price during my testing so when I was finished with my shower and shave I was worried how expensive King of Shave Pamper & Moisturise Shaving Gel was going to be. This thick, creamy gel gives my legs such a wonderfully close shave and leaves my skin silky smooth and extremely moisturized. The price for such greatness must be high.

Naa.

It’s only $5 bucks and change.

Gasp! Can’t believe it.

Although I was weary of a non foaming lather I was shocked how much I liked this. The gel moisturizers my skin and allows my razor to glide easily across the skin without nicks or cuts. It leaves my legs super silky smooth and manages to get me a super close shave. It is Summer and you can’t tuck those hairy legs into sweats, jeans, or pants so best whip out that razor and some King of Shave Shaving Gel and get to work getting yourself smooth legs!


My problem? Wrestling this away from my sister.

Muse Approved for purchase. I was jolly impressed with this one and it tops my Summer Must Have list!

Likey!

Check ‘em at www.kmishop.com

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