Product Musings: MAC Style Warriors Soft Force and Tempting Eye Shadow Swatches

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Hopefully by now everyone got their MAC Style Warrior groove on! The collection had some tempting offerings and even though I didn’t haul big I still came out blessed with quite a few items that should get me through Summer and well into Fall. That’s one great thing about MAC Summer, it normally ends up that the colors are so warm that I feel quite content and happy using them into Fall. Such is the case with Style Warrior Shadows Soft Force and Tempting!


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Pretty difficult to resist the allure of beautiful shades like these. Tempting is a beautiful rich brown and Soft Force frosty white gold. Perhaps Soft Force isn’t anything particular to write home about but I think it’s pretty special when combined with Tempting for a deep smoky eye look that’s quite gorgeous. Both shades aren’t entirely Summer friendly in my opinion but they definitely have a strong appeal for when the cooler weather sets in plus I do so admit that each does possibly look good with a bit of bronzer.


Either way I highly recommend nabbing Soft Force and Tempting before they are gone for good. I was quite surprised (and delighted) that although the economy lays low, MAC is still going well as many Style Warrior displays I’ve seen are pretty much empty. You can see me wearing both shades in an FOTD here.


Anyone haul these?

Loving on ‘em?

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Sizzling Summer Cheeks: Pop Beauty Blush Cake

The Muse knows not everyone is up for outrageous color in their lives but I’m all about it. Which is why I’m lovin’ all over Pop Blush Cake for sizzling, Summer cheeks! Loves it!

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Peep at ‘em after the jump. They are my new must have Summer blush.

I got two of these recently from Sephora (‘ello clearance time!) in Pretty In Pink and Warm In Sienna. The blushes are housed in a cute little tiny and contain strips of popping variations of color. Warm In Sienna contains beautiful peaches, corals, and beige where as Pretty In Pink contains sheer pinks, louder berries, and a fair bit of shimmer.

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Both blushes are absolutely stunning and I’m truly adoring them at the moment. Sadly, most Sephora’s have sold out of these but you can head to Pop Beauty as they are available in both shades for $18 each.

Warm In Sienna is recommended for darker skin tones and Pretty In Pink is for medium skin tones. Honestly, either should work with any skin tone with a lighter or heavier hand (depending how you like to apply). They are incredibly pigmented and silky smooth! Loves ‘em!

Well worth adding them to your Summer makeup collection if you’re a fan of popping shades of blush! So worthy of a Muse Approval!

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Beauty Most Unusual: Bacon Lip Balm

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Let me tell you a cute little story. My x-boyfriend is a vegetarian and I can’t recall but at the time we were discussing bacon for some odd reason or another. Him being a veggie eater he had never even tasted bacon in his life but he proceeded to make me snort myself silly when he said, “but I really like the smell of it….!” LOL ahhh the irony.

Well the lead in to that story is maybe an ideal gift for him would be bacon lip balm!

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Maybe, just maybe Cheetos Lip Balm doesn’t cut it. Maybe you feel the need for more fat in your diet. Whatever the case may be J&D (whoever the hell they are) has it’s own Bacon Flavored Lip Balm.

Indeed you read that right.

For a mere $3.99 you can own yourself a slice of pig in a balm. Think how appealing you’ll be to your loved one tasting just like fatty bacon. J&D promises that this balm will remind you constantly why bacon is the king of all meats (silly me though lobster was the king of all meats).

Ok J&D we’ll take your word for it.

If you have a yearning for more bacon you can purchase you tube here but I wish you wouldn’t.

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Simples Rules for Sun Protection Brought To You By Neutrogena

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I recently fell in love with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sun Block because of it’s rather nifty little price tag and it’s SPF of 85+! Kaching! Thanks Neutrogena I just saved $30 bucks! I purchased it at CVS for under $10 or so, um hello awesome considering my normal SPF is in the $40-$50 range.

Speaking of sun protection Neutrogena has some simple tips for protecting your skin this Summer (and all times) and an interesting survey about the habits of sun protection in the US.

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I found it interesting reading!

Americans are obviously not as responsible as we may believe in protecting themselves against the sun. I knew it, I just knew it! One more reason to move to Asia, Asian chicas take sun protection super serious (as does a Muse). Neutrogena commissioned a survey of over 2000 Americans to learn their sun protections habits and the word is out that 60% rarely or never use sunscreen. Ahh in 20 years they can use their skin as a belt or make a nice leather purse with it!

The survey revealed:

  • 80% of adults agree that sun exposure can be deadly (so why aren’t you using sunscreen people?)
  • 70% reported getting sunburned at least once per a year.
  • 13% apply sunscreen daily (I’m so embarrassed by these numbers!)

Americans obviously are not taking the idea of sun protection as serious as they should. Not only does the sun age skin but skin cancer is a very real disease!

Here’s a few simple rules to follow everyday, every season, whether the sun is out full blown or not.

  • Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors.
  • The higher the SPF, the better the protection.
  • Sunscreen should be applied liberally and evenly to all uncovered skin.
  • Reapply at least every two hours, or according to the product’s instruction (depending on what you use and if you’re in water you can skip this step)

Sun protection is an important topic all year round. Just because it’s Summer you shouldn’t drop everything and worry about SPF. The fact is you should drop everything and be worried about it 12 months out of the year as it’s an important anti-aging step and also good protection against possible skin cancer disease.

What are you sun protection tips?

What are your fav SPF’s?

I’d love to hear ‘em!

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Steals and Deals: Complete NYX Brush Kit

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This one is only for the chica’s who are looking for brushes at the moment or need some basic brushes to start a collection. I’m a big fan of MAC brushes, they have pretty much taken over my collection however they are costly.

Check out the NYX Brush Kit! Get more for ALOT less.

Like I said this is kinda for anyone that 1. wants to save money and 2. anyone who doesn’t have a ton of brushes and wants a complete brush set to do makeup with. The NYX Brush Set is $144.20 USD and includes 18 brushes (plus a brush belt)! I can’t speak for quality as I haven’t used these but the price rounds out at about $8 per a brush which is quite a nice deal. It pretty much covers every brush you’ll need as well which makes it all the more appealing.

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You’ll get:

  • Blush Brush
  • Cheek Cream Brush
  • Foundation Brush
  • Powder Brush
  • Flat Top Skunk Brush
  • Fan Brush
  • Flat Brush
  • Blender Brush
  • Eye Primer Brush
  • Crease Brush
  • Shadow Brush
  • Shading Brush
  • Smoky Brush
  • Smudger
  • Brow Brush
  • Liner Brush
  • Cover Up Brush
  • All Purpose Brush
  • Brush Belt/Carrying Case

I dunno if anyone is willing to shell out $145 on the spot but I can’t complain that the price is right (Is it ok to lem it for myself even though I have more brushes than I know what to do with already?). If you’re want it, click it to get it!

Anyone use NYX brushes?

Any good?

Tell it!

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