DuWop Circle Block Review and Swatches

I dunno what it is but concealers really turn me on lately. I’m on board the concealer express train and haven’t quite reached my destination as of yet which is why when I seen the new DuWop Circle Block Concealer I was quite excited to have a try.

It has it all! A dynamic duo to conceal my dark circles and a water-resistant treatment shield to keep my circles away all day.

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Right…when things sounds too good to be true that normally means they are.

DuWop Circle Block is a dual system which works at concealing dark circles and waterproofing the concealer formula so you have lasting, flawless coverage throughout the day.

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Well, slap me and call me silly but I’ve no idea why they though it was a good idea to package a concealer with a strange “water-resistant treatment shield” that’s orange in color and actually makes your eyes look tired and more exhausted than when you originally started out.

Two steps go into applying the concealer. 1st you’ll be applying the orange “shield” below your under eyes and proceeding to follow up with the concealer. The orange shield is a moisturizing orange, yes orange treatment which is rather strange to apply considering it doesn’t technically blend out to a suitable shade it just stays…well it stays orange. After the orange treatment is on you’ll follow up with the concealer. The concealer has a nice whipped texture which could be comparable to Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation however not as much silicon in the formula. I tried the lightest shade and it’s honestly still too beige. Add to the fact that the shade is a terrible shade of beige plus applying on top of the orange and you come out with a nice hot mess of interesting shades under your eyes.

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I generally love that they put an interesting effort into the product with a “water-resistant” treatment. That seriously sounded like it’ll be a life saver in the concealer department however it’s an epic fail for me. The orange is terribly strange! I guess they consider the treatment not only a water proof mechanism but also a means of concealing darker circles by off setting them with a salmon shade however for me it just drowns my eyes out terribly and gives me a full on made up look. The concealer itself on top of the treatment creases and cakes terribly partly due to it’s whipped consistency I’d say. The concealer blends well enough and has a nice texture but it doesn’t absorb too well and patting into place is out of the question as you’ll really end up with a cakey mess. Smoothing on is the way to go but after an hour or so you’ll notice it creeping into fine lines.

Overall, I just thought the entire two part system was rubbish. It concealed circles only ok but I have way better concealers that do the job without as much fanfare. I felt like it aged my eyes as well and made me look tired due to the mix of orange and beige shades. Props to an interesting idea but it just fails to work well enough for me to rave. The formula is paraben free but that doesn’t excuse the terrible finished results of the product.

In the end DuWop Circle Block ended up taking the short train home to Sephora as I returned it. $28 USD is just too much to spend on a product that did absolutely nothing for concealing my under eye woes.

Rethinking this I love the idea and maybe if they did a clear waterproof treatment, with a more flattering shade of concealer (less beige) please and maybe a finishing powder to complete the entire concealing system. Now that would really work for me.

In the end DuWop Circle Block is a no likey for this Muse!

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Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation Review

I sweat Korres so hard. Oh we already established that didn’t we?

But seriously I’m just loving so hard on Korres lately and can’t help myself. I’m so excited for Summer as I’m looking forward to what they might be releasing!

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In the mean time let’s talk shop about how wonderful Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation is.

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Jump ahead for the big rave.

Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, and phthalate. Loving the natural formula aren’t you? The formula is packed full of vitamins C and E, SPF 10, and ginger extract to tone and moisturize!

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I wouldn’t call Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation a true “foundation” as it’s a very light, sheer coverage and for this I’d say it was more like a tinted moisturizer but that doesn’t stop me from simply loving it. As the weather warms I’ll appreciate the light formula that evens out my skin tone, gives my face a soft, radiant glow, and gives just the right amount of coverage to my face to make it look flawless and healthy.

The formula is water based which makes it fast absorbing, non greasy, and easy to blend. Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation packs all the good stuff inside and leaves out many ingredients that could be irritating to skin which is why I highly recommend trying this out if you’re sensitive or easy to break out. The formula is light weight but allows for decent buildable coverage that leaves behind a very natural, flawless look.

I’m partial to the interesting “toothpaste” style packaging design as a tiny squeeze gets me exactly what I need to do my entire fast while making it easy to travel with, easy to store, and easy to get that very last drop of product out of the tube when you’re through.

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If you’re seeking lighter coverage due to warmer weather, problem skin (clogged pores, acne, sensitive skin, etc…) or just like feel the need for a more natural, lighter foundation I highly suggest checking out Korres Ginger & Vitamins Foundation. This one is a winner and Muse Approved for purchase.

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Overall, I loved how my skin was left looking after use! Un-made up, natural, and just pretty and most important, healthy minus dull spots.

Loves this one!

Check it out at Sephora or Korres.

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Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation Review

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Is it a BB Cream? Is it a primer? One can’t be sure when it comes to Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation. Ahh there in lays a clue…”silkily foundation” so that must mean it’s a foundation right?

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Let’s find out!

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If I’m honest with myself I’ll admit that Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation is not a BB Cream, nor is it a foundation but it does happen to fall into the glorified primer category quite nicely.

What is it?

A refreshing and moisturizing tonic which regulates the skin’s PH and restores it’s uniform color.

I dunno that’s what the box says but don’t take my word for it take a look for yourself:

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What is it really?

It’s a thick creamy white moisturizer with flecks of pearl that preps skin prior to foundation use. It’s extra thick which makes it a pain for blending in and absorbing easy but it sure will do the trick of filling pores if you’re looking for a good treatment to do so. The thick consistency should fill lines, pores, and other skin woes you’re sporting at the moment. It’s not greasy in the least and feels quite nice on the skin once it’s fully absorbed.

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The product promises to whiten skin which it does successfully. It removes dull spots and creates a nice white finish to skin which allows your foundation to go on smoother and look more natural. The shade is a tad ghastly at first but after foundation is in place it’s perfect. This also claims to have anti-aging and anti-acne fighting ingredients but I can’t speak for either as I am not having any probs with acne at the moment and anti-aging is really a hard call as you’d have to use the product years to see any real results.

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As a primer it’s super as it does allow foundation to apply easier and last a tad bit longer than usual. It smells like a fresh floral almost rose scented. The product in general does much of what it promises and I’m particularly thrilled with how well it works at bringing my skin down a shade slightly, nothing dramatic just a tad bit of whitening. The Muse is all about anything that whitens her skin so this falls into the awesome category. Generally speaking the product is used to create radiant to skin where it happens to be dull or lackluster so don’t be fooled by it’s name “BB Silkily Foundation”, it is by all means a primer with whitening benefits at best. Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation also comes in a lilac shade which can be used for lightening skin tone as well but I felt like the white did a fine job of this already.

Overall, I really liked the product and would purchase again should I run out. I paid retail which was $239TWD I believe which isn’t a bad deal. I’ve seen it on E-bay ranging for $15.99-$17.99 USD which isn’t exactly a fair price but not too bad as I think it’s worth trying out.

You’ll like this if:

  • You want something to fill up pores, fine lines, etc…
  • You want to brighten, whiten, and add radiance to skin
  • You want a nice thick primer to aid foundation wear and tear

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Badger Balm Headache Soother Review

I’m talking to my sister at the moment (by the time you read this though it’ll be much later in the evening and she’ll be feeling much better) and she was saying what a terrible headache she had and how she wished I was carrying around some Badger Headache Soother as it would be a great time to try it out.

She’s never tried it before but was willing to have a go considering she’s having a bit of a migraine at the moment.

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So what is Badger Headache Soother? Jump ahead for the deets!

Last night I was having my own little headache nothing major just tiny so I broke out my Badger Headache Soother and was feeling instantly relaxed and relieved.

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Badger Headache Soother is an organic blend of virgin olive oil, beewax, peppermint, and lavender. This blend is cocktailed into a balm that you can rub onto your neck, temples, and pulse points. I stick to rubbing this on my neck, resting on my back, with my eyes closed and I’ll experience almost instant relief from my headache.

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The balm is cooling due to the peppermint which also happens to be the dominant note so as you breath in you’ll get a cool, fresh burst of peppermint. The lavender in the blend breaks the peppermint down a fair bit and gives off the scent of a cooling, herbal blend which relaxes and soothes headaches in a flash.

An aspirin is always a good remedy for a headache but the Muse thinks Badger Headache Soother Balm performs just as good and is a whole lot healthier.

If you experience stress headaches, eye strain headaches, or just a regular old headache here and there, the Muse highly recommends trying out a tin of Badger Balm Headache Soother to relieve and refresh you!

Loves it!

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Check out more Badger Balms at www.badgerbalm.com

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20% Off at Benefit Cosmetics with your $50 Purchase

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Now is a good time to pick up Benefit Hello Flawless! or Benefit Coralista as they are both gems as far as this Muse is concerned.

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Go haul kids, go haul! And for my International readers get spreein’!

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