MAC SugarSweet Shadestick Review, Swatches, and First Impressions

Oh my god I’m in such a pissy mood right now! After work today I picked up my friend Jai and whisked us away to MAC to snatch up some SugarSweet for ourselves. Normally it’s just easier for me to head to MAC Soho to haul or Macy’s on 34th but my mate Martin, who works for Apple, was working the Mall circuit today so instead of our normal haunts we hit the MAC at the mall. Martin is our shadow so we can’t go anywhere without him in tow thus we decided to become mallrats so we could kill two birds with one stone, pick Martin up for dinner and snag some MAC.

Such a big mistake. We are so killing Martin, tis his fault we couldn’t haul MAC SugarSweet today. Upon arriving at the MAC we noticed that they had the display out for SugarSweet and it only had the Shadesticks on it. So we asked after the rest and you guessed it, nothing in stock yet.

Boo, freaking, hoo! What the hell? To say we were disappointed is an understatement but we did get some yay factor in as we got all of the Shadesticks and I think that’s what Jai and I were the most excited about.

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Jump ahead to have a look!

I only have my eye on a few other things from the collection so I am happy, at the very least, that they had the Shadesticks because that was honestly high on my list of things to get. I also want to snag Perfect Topping and Sugarshot. My list isn’t all that huge so I guess I’m not too devastated. I’m avoiding the glosses like the plague because as one reader mentioned they are seriously nice but with 2-3 uses they are going to be one big mess so it’s just not worth it. The lippies aren’t exactly all that fabulous so I can safely skip those and the rest of the shadows hold little appeal. I do wish MAC had release a blush or two with the collection.

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For me the gems of this collection were the Shadesticks. It’s been a while since MAC released Shadesticks and these are some stunning shades. The revamped packaging is pretty slick as well which makes them even more appealing. I wasn’t always a lover of Shadesticks but after seeing how easier they make it to apply pigment I started to like them.

Four new shades are released with MAC SugarSweet and one regular catalog shade. Penny is the shade that’s already available from MAC and just released in new clothes for this collection.

Cakeshop, which you would think would be the shade of batter or cake, is a frosty green almost olive shade. Wonderful shade and a possible favorite for me but strange name! Lemon Chiffon is a creamy shimmering white gold, another favorite for me. Butternutty, really a crummy, rubbish shade when viewed but swatched it’s a gorgeous nude pink that’s stunning! Red Velvet is a deeper pink with an almost matte like finish. And finally Penny is a pretty peachy copper shade.

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I absolutely love all of the shades and think they are well worth picking up. Correct me if I’m wrong but the price on these has gone up as they are $16.50 USD each but I recall them being a little less? Or maybe not.

I highly recommend grabbing some for yourself as they really do make life easier with shadow application and particularly pigment application. I find I get less fall out and a deeper color pay off when I use a Shadestick prior to applying pigment.

Overall, MAC SugarSweet is the first collection I’ve been excited about in months and I highly recommend heading over to MAC and having a swatch, you’re sure to fall in love with a few of the items available.

I also caved while I was in store and purchased Popster Tinted Lip Conditioner and Tippy Blush. I wasn’t too surprised after seeing Hello Kitty in person for the first time that still it failed to wow me.

In closing the Muse thinks the new MAC Shadesticks deserve a Muse Approval for purchase. Likey!

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What did you haul from MAC SugarSweet?

Skipped it altogether?

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Musings of the Day: Make-Up Less!?

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Fest up peeps! Do you leave your house without makeup on? Foundation-less? Gasp! Not a stitch of blush on your cheeks!? No lipgloss!?

Find out if I do after the jump!

If I’m running errands or just hanging out with friends my normal makeup wear is a bit of moisturizer, concealer, and cheek stain. That’s about it. I don’t do mascara, gloss, lipstick, shadow, etc……

How about you?

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Shills Electric Eye Concealer Review

When I first started blogging Etude House, I kid you not, Evil-bay sellers started carrying ridiculous amounts of the brand. Now that I’ve begun blogging Shills everyone and their mum is selling it.

Which is good and bad. Good because it’s easy to get a hold of, bad because it’s so terribly jacked up. A majority of items from Shills is damn fine product so it’s probably well worth what you might pay for it off of Evil-bay but still…it’s the moral of it all, you know?

Anyway.

I’m loving Shills Electric Eye Concealer at the moment and along with my Bobbi Brown Creamy Palette and Mally Concealer System, it’s one of my three favorite concealers!

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Shills is a Taiwanese brand that has a certain Benefit style packaging. As you can see with Shills Electric Eye Concealer it has that quirky, chic Benefit-feel with the black and white photo of the glam little lady on the cover and just the general font style, etc….In my humblest opinion I do believe Shills was trying to go for a dupe of Benefit Boi-ing with this concealer but it actually turns out packaging wise it’s all Benefit but formula wise it mimics Bobbi Brown.

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Obviously the packaging draws the eye instantly and it becomes an instant want item but turns out what’s inside also happens to be a winner. The concealer is a mega moisturizing creamy formula that’s comparable to Bobbi Brown concealer. Anyone with dry under eyes will absolutely love what a dreamy, creamy formula this is. The concealer blends seamlessly and covers beautifully. Dark circles, puffy eyes, fine lines, and other problem areas simply disappear with this. It offers nice flawless coverage while brightening the eye up and giving your eyes a more awake, well rested look. Likey.

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Possible problem though for some would be the lack of colors. It’s available in one shade which would be suitable for fair to medium fair skin types but anyone darker it probably would be a no go. It has a base of hints of salmon and peach with a dominate creamy, porcelain shade which is perfect for anyone with lighter skin but if you’re darker chances are you won’t be wanting to indulge.

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Aside from it’s lack of colors it’s a great little concealer for the price. I think I paid around $5-$6 USD for it and on Evil-bay I’m looking at anywhere from $12-$15 USD. I do think it’s well worth paying the extra cash for it as it works quite well especially if you like a very creamy concealer. I did a few shots comparing it’s texture to Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer and it’s quite a good dupe for the new Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Concealer I recently reviewed so you can see how similar the product is to both.

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Overall, if I run out, Shills Electric Eye Concealer is on my repurchase list. Loves it and Muse Approving it for purchase! Check it out, it’s a good one.

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MAC SugarSweet FOTD

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The Muse is getting excited to get to MAC today for a good day of hauling some of the MAC SugarSweet Collection. It’s all looking rather tempting doesn’t it?

To celebrate I decided to use some of the items I already have from the collection paired up with a few items already in my beauty vault! Jump ahead for a peek at my SugarSweet FOTD!

I really love MAC eye shadow in Aquavert so I was happy to see it brought back. I honestly have plenty to last me so I won’t be indulging in another but it’s nice to see it brought back to life with the SugarSweet Collection. This morning I used Aquavert on my eyes and added some Kryolan Metallic Mint Green Eye Dust on top. I used the MAC Shadestick in Lemon Chiffon as a base and a highlighter for my brow bone.

On my lips I have a light application of MAC Lipstick in Lollipop Loving with a clear gloss on top. Lollipop Loving was released prior with Heatherette so I already had it in my collection. Lollipop Loving is a great shade but I find I have to do a light application with it otherwise it makes my full face look even fuller eep! It’s a frosty pearl nude finish that just isn’t as flattering on me as I’d like but a nice light layer with clear gloss works well.

To complete the look I used the new MAC MSF in Refined as a blush and a highlighter. It’s pigmented enough to give my cheeks a burst of peach! Refined isn’t as glittery as many MSF’s I already have but the flash from my camera makes it look like shimmer overload so no worries it is quite a nice satin finish without chunky glitter.

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I was going to do a Dear Cupcake look but I decided I was loving all the green so I went with that plus I thought that Refined would look better with a pop of green.

What’s your ideal SugarSweet look?

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Kenzo Belle de Jour Review

I normally don’t like blogging skincare until I’ve used it for a month or more but seeing as I’m so excited about Kenzo Belle de Jour Moisturizer I’m thinking that I’ll rewrite my set of rules and tell you all about it!

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The Muse tends to think outside the box and couldn’t help but think “Oh Belle de Jour moisturizer, how very Billie Piper of Kenzo…” What? Am I the only demented one that was thinking of Billie Piper after they heard “Belle de Jour”….oh come on now you know you were thinking the same bloody thing.

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Yeah, Billie’s grown up since her day’s as a companion!

Anyway….

If you put aside all the great benefits of Kenzo Belle de Jour and simply embrace the amazing packaging and incredible smell of the moisturizer you should be happy as a little clam. These things make a difference when you’re a girly girl who adores anything that looks and smells pretty.

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Bell de Jour is scented with the gorgeous smell of white lotus. Truly a stunning treat for the senses. After blogging for so long I suddenly realized one day out of the blue that some women don’t like scented moisturizers. I couldn’t believe these people actually existed. I happen to fall into the category of loving my facial moisturizer scented and Belle de Jour completely captivates with a fresh floral blend that’s really something you have to experience for yourself to understand. Truly it’s a key selling point for me as the smell is just amazing.

Ok, enough of gushing about the scent….packaging….

Packaging always matters. You know how shallow we all are. We love beautiful packaging, sweet packaging, and kawaii packaging. Don’t lie now, your Muse knows you well and she understands how important beautiful packaging is. Belle de Jour comes housed in a large white box with a beautiful lotus surrounding all four sides of the box. Inside you’ll discover a tiny little book that goes into great detail about what your new facial moisturizer will do for your skin, small things like this make me smile and take note that the brand put a little extra love into the packaging. The jar is typical Kenzo design that has that chic edge to it. It’s a simple cream jar with a slight slant and a beautiful lotus on the lid. The words Belle de Jour grace the bottom. The simplicity of the jar make it elegant and very pretty to display on your vanity.

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Now that we got all the shallow stuff out of the way how does the moisturizer perform?

Kenzo Belle de Jour is a face cream to enhance the skin’s natural beauty by protecting it from free radials and the harmful stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol is a chemical found in saliva, which increases significantly when a person is stress. The Muse images she has tons of Cortisol running around all over the place! High levels of cortisol increases blood pressure and weakens the immune system, making the body prone to illness and fat accumulation, see I told you that I had a ton of cortisol running through my body, take a look at my chubby little cheeks you’ll see what I mean! 75% of women using Belle de Jour showed a drop in their cortisol levels by 25% after a single application. Further tests and studies show that the skin surface showed a 28% reduction in reactive oxygenated elements (free radicals) on the skin’s surface.

That’s probably a little too much information but the moral behind the story is that free radicals can create havoc with your skin and Belle de Jour is a moisturizer meant to prevent that chaos. White Lotus, is a natural and potent ingredient which helps restore skin to it’s natural balance and stimulate cellular metabolism leaving behind softer, luminous skin. Simply put the cream increases radiance of the skin, moisturizers, soothes, and protects skin from free radicals.

What’s the Muse say?

The formula is a nice thick moisturizing cream which is recommended for all skin types. I do think it’s a heavy cream so I’d recommend it for night use if you have oily skin or even dry skin for that matter as it can work at improving skin as you sleep. A tiny bit goes a very long way at moisturizing skin and your face feels interestingly refreshed after a single use. The cream absorbs easily and as mentioned above smells heavenly. It sinks in completely and leaves behind softer skin upon contact. It’s one of those facial moisturizers that you’ll see results right away upon application. For example, dry patches on my cheeks were instantly soothed and relieved with one application.

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Now as per my recommendation of using it as a night cream, for it’s price you’re going to want to take note of whether or not you want to indulge in it as both a day and night cream or just one or the other. If you live a face paced lifestyle in a large city with plenty of pollution, sun exposure, and just general nastiness that will easily take it’s toll on skin, I recommend using this as your day cream. The point of the cream is to act as a barrier between you and all that insanity that surrounds you during the day. It wraps skin in a cocoon and acts not only as your moisturizer but as a self defense system for your skin. If you work or travel in a slower town and aren’t as exposed you may settle on using this as a night cream. As I mentioned the formula is thick yet manages to be fluffy and absorbs easier so for a day cream it can work well when applied in small amounts.

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Restoring the balance of my skin may take a few uses but as of now my skin just feels nicer. I do feel like my skin can take advantage of feeding off a superior facial moisturizer such as this.

I like this one alot and I feel a Muse Approval coming on but I’m going to keep testing it out and I’ll revisit with you in another post soon to tell you how it’s doing with my skin. So far, count this Muse impressed.

Visit www.kenzousa.com for further info or to place an order. Orders over $75 USD get free shipping and three free samples.

What do you think?

Tried Kenzo Belle de Jour?

Love it?

Wanting to try it?

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