Bourjois Paris Website Update

Oooooo I do believe I spy with my little eye something new from Bourjois Paris!

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I was excited to see that Bourjois Paris has updated the master portal of it’s website with a new page! Aside from the French portal nothing else has much changed upon clicking through all the country portals but it doesn’t leave me without hope that maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally see some sort of update on the US portal!

Please Bourjois? Pretty please.

I’m not really counting on it with the economy the way it is but it sure would be delightful to hear about some new tid bit or another. Or even a page change from the Bourjois Paris Clubbing selection that’s been up on the US portal for over a year now.

Le sigh!

The French portal has completely updated the look and feel of their site so I’m hopeful these changes will relay back to the other country portals, of course, in particular, the US one!

Here’s to hoping! I long for some small bone from Bourjois Paris US! Your fans are out here, the Muse happens to be one!

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Ben Nye Red Neutralizer Review

Going into Ben Nye virtually blind folded about the line is truly a stupid idea. Take for example that the Muse recently purchased Ben Nye Red Neutralizer to use as a concealer….

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Tis virtually white what the heck was I going to do with it?

Read ahead to find out if it was a trash or a stash.

Ben Nye Red Neutralizer is specially designed to conceal intense redness due to bruising, acne, broken capillaries, etc….so of course it was a rather a silly idea to purchase it for use as an under eye concealer.

I unintentionally purchased this off of E-bay after hearing the wonders of Ben Nye products as a concealer. Little did I know that the concealer was used for treating redness not dark circles. Considering the E-bay description was completely wrong describing the product I ended up with a white base that’s almost gray in color which was definitely not something which would turn out useful as an under eye concealer.

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Turns out it actually kinda sorta works.

The E-bay seller said that this particular shade could be used to brighten the eye area and could be used as a base prior to foundation for brightening the face and concealing problem skin. Considering I don’t have a problem with my skin aside from icky puffy, dark circled eyes I wasn’t looking to conceal much but turns out that the product works quite well at brightening up my completion when I use a very tiny dab!

The product is nice and creamy plus has a nice rich pigmentation. It smooths under eyes fairly well to brighten the eye area up. I took note that it kinda sorta works like the white powder that comes with the Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette or the mineral finishing powder in the Laura Mercier Camouflage Pot.

Interestingly enough I thought the product worked as a great prep prior to applying concealer or foundation. Remember though a simply dab will do otherwise you’ll be ghastly white looking if you go overboard. I use a tiny amount under my eyes followed up with my own concealer and it seems to do well at covering up my puffy eyes and my dark circles. A little dab around the sides of my chin and under my upper lip brightens my face up and hides any dull, darker areas on my skin. Follow up with foundation where ever you apply so the finish is more natural.

The product is slightly drying under my eyes so I have to be sure to prep and prime well prior to use as although it has a nice formula that’s soft and silky, it still manages to feel a tad on the drying side.

Although the product is meant to neutralize red I made as much use of it as possible for a few other things and I think I’ll consider purchasing it again should I run out as I’m starting to like it more than my normal skin whitening routine! I only paid $8 USD so of course I’ll be going back to try out a better shade for use under my eyes as I’m positive I’ll be able to find a more suitable color to use.

Have you tried Ben Nye concealers?

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Yes to Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask Review

I’m probably thee worst person in the world to review a product like Yes To Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask as it’s a pore refining mask. Much hate goes to the Muse when I say I don’t have a problem with pores! Grrr! I wish I did so I could experience all the woe that goes along with having large pores but I just don’t have this problem so reviewing this mask was difficult to say the least.

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But jump ahead anyway to see what I thought!

Yes To Tomatoes is in the family of Yes to Carrots and Yes To Cucumbers…these people sure do say yes to alot of veggies! Yes to Tomatoes like all the “Yes To” line is a line of products that contain 99.6% of natural ingredients! Sweet right? Who can’t get excited about organic beauty that’s as hard core as 99.6%!

The Yes to Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask is a mask meant for Oily/Combination Skin types to purify and refine pores. The Muse wasn’t in need of any refining at the moment but she could use a bit of purifying so away she went and slathered on some of this fresh scented gray mud mask.

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As mentioned above the Yes to Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask contains 99.6% Natural Ingredients such as tomatoes, watermelon, avocado, and dead sea minerals plus it’s paraben free. The mask is meant to refine pores and purify while absorbing sebum build up to keep pores clean and free. It contains 26 different minerals and mud from the dead sea to exfoliate your skin to a squeaky shine-free appearance.

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Whoa….this is a bad idea as my skin is currently dry as the Sahara Desert…putting anything on my face that could make it drier could present some serious problems…but we shall see!

The treatment contains anti-oxidant lycopene from organic tomatoes to brighten, refine, and purify the skin. I’m getting hyper just typing this! The avocado in the formula improves the skin’s moisture retention, hey good news as I can use all the moisture I can get at the moment!

After slathering on a thin layer of the mask on my face I waited for 5 minutes and proceeded to rinse off with a wash cloth and a bit of cold water. The formula of the mask isn’t much different from any mud mask you may have tried before aside from the fact that it feels rather cooling during the initial application and it doesn’t dry down to a cracking mess but more of a soft gooey finish. I hate the dry, tight, cracked feeling of mud and clay masks so this felt rather nice on the entire time I was wearing it. The scent is a pleasant fresh scent which I associate with many of the products from the Yes to Carrots Collection. I’m always shocked that these products contain so many fruit and veggie ingredients but fell to smell as such…I was expecting some sort of watermelon scent…but ado..it’s merely a very fresh almost floral smell.

The product does have a shelf date of a little over a year so you do have to be sure to use all of it within that time or it’ll go bad. I’ve been storing the mask treatment in my mini fridge with my other Lush products to keep it nice and fresh!

After rinsing the mask off I was a tad worried my skin would be dry as most masks, excluding Lush Fresh Masks, leave my face rather dry and tight. So actually, after very little debate with myself, I have to say I like the mask. I can’t really say whether it’s “refined my pores” and I can’t honestly say if it “purified” them either but I can’t deny my face was looking fresh, healthy, and had a nice tint of pink after use.

I experienced no dryness, thank god, and no tightness after use. Funny as the box says “Splash with cool water, pat dry, and take a deep breath, “Yes that’s really your reflection in the mirror!” I kinda sorta have to agree. Looking at my skin after use I couldn’t deny that fact that I glowed a little bit. I love the look of clean, healthy skin and indeed after using this I experienced just that. One minor rant was the fact that using warm water to rinse is so NOT a good idea. I’ve no idea why but when I tried rinsing with warmer water it caused an unpleasant tingling on my skin so I did as the box suggested and stuck with cool water. Aside from that my experience with the mask was an overall Yay!

Yes to Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask is only $14.99 USD so I figure it can’t break my bank to indulge in a second pot when my first one is through. If you’re looking for a nice budget mask that makes your skin look…good…healthy…this would be a great start!

I liked this one. Not bad at all!

Yes, well there are no humiliating pictures of the Muse wearing the mask but here are some of me after rinsing off the mask and I must say my skin is looking rather nice! Be kindly and disregard the fact that my face is devoid of all makeup including concealer…oy vey….!

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You can purchase Yes to Tomatoes products at Walgreens, Target, Amazon.com, and more….check out the Yes to Carrots website for further information about the entire Yes to Tomatoes line by visiting www.yes-to-carrots.com

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Which ones?

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Musings of the Day: MAC Attack!

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I’m such a makeup geek so I’m of course loving this Musing!

So spill it…just single shadows….How many MAC shadows do you have in your stash?

Find out my answer after the jump!

Just counting my singles, not my doubles or my palettes, I was surprised to learn I don’t have nearly as many MAC single eye shadows as I thought I did!

Grand total:

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Marcelle Concealer Palette Review

Remember my lemming for the Marcelle Concealer Palette? Well I decided to act on that lemming and purchased the Marcelle Concealer Palette after very little debate.

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Overall, I actually really loved it aside from one or two rantings!

Read ahead to find out what I loved and what I didn’t!

Marcelle is a Canadian based beauty brand that has an array of affordable cosmetics available within Canada. Actually, “affordable” is the key word of the day. At $15.95 USD the Marcelle Concealer Palette isn’t exactly affordable in the Muse’s humble opinion. Affordable for Canadians yes but affordable in terms of USD? No. Taking into consideration many high end cosmetic brands within the US have a price range of $15 USD to around $25 USD (some higher of course) for a concealer this isn’t really a cheap product. Taking CDN (Canadian Dollar) into consideration than yes indeed this would be cheap. The product is a bit too small to be considered a beauty budget purchase in my opinion as it contains very little product for nearly $16 plus the cost of airmail to have it shipped over makes it equally costly (Marcelle is exclusive to Canada and is not available for purchase within the US). Aside from my rant on the cost I must say it’s a decent product overall.

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The palette contains four shades of concealer in a slim circle compact with a tiny brush for application. Indeed, some may rant that the brush is too small to do anything but I quite liked the brush as it fits quite nicely under my eye, applies and blends the concealer nicely, and fits snugly back into the compact with little fanfare. The concealer shades all work well on me aside from one shade that’s a bit darker but that’s why I have three other shades…just mix a bit of the dark with the light and it’ll work fine! Colors range from a pale light beige, to a darker beige, a yellow corrector with hints of beige, and medium set beige. You can use colors individually or mix them up to create the perfect shade that’s suitable for your dark circles. I simply mix the lighter and medium shade and apply it on top of the yellow corrector. The yellow corrector erases my dark circles and the two beige shades brighten the eye area up.

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The formula of the concealer is nice creamy base that dries to a powder finish. It doesn’t have amazing pigmentation but it’s enough to cover up many of my under eye problems such as dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and tiredness. I found that the formula was a tiny bit drying since it dries to a powder finish but it’s nothing too bad and my eyes seemed to like the product overall considering it didn’t crease, fade, or cake up.

I probably wouldn’t purchase the product again solely due to it’s price tag as I can find much better at around the same price range. However, I do think it’s not too bad a product and well worth picking up if you have easy access. Remembering that MAC and many other cheaper brands that we take for granted in the US are quite costly within Canada I do think that the Marcelle Concealer Palette is a nice budget friendly option for those who are within Canada. If it was a tad bit cheaper I’d probably pick it up again.

Have you tried Marcelle?

Which are some of your fav products?

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