Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara Review

I was thinking hard the other day, this normally blows out lights, circuits, and occasionally breaks mirrors, the Muse’s brain is big, stuff happens like that you know. I realized while I was deep in though that I never blogged Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara!

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Blasphemy!

For a very long, long, long, long…very long..like really a long time…likes ages and ages….like years…Bare Escentuals Magic Wand Brushless Mascara was my holy grail mascara. Absolutely nothing could touch the freaking outstanding awesomeness of Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara! This was love people!

At the time that I was loving all over this mascara it was honestly the only one of it’s kind around. This was modern technology at it’s best! Actually if I think really hard again…I should be careful not to cause a nose bleed here…it still is pretty much the only available mascara that has virtually no brushes! It’s brushless! Hence it’s name right? The wand is basically a rounded edge with very small ridges etched in to capture lashes. To apply you simply swipe up and under lashes! Presto! Gorgeously long lashes that are full and plump!

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Sweet!

If you’re as familiar with Japanese brands as the Muse is you will run across similar style applicators in and around Japanese drugstores however this applicator is pretty innovative by US standards even though it’s long been standard in Asia.

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You may wonder if this is the mascara for you or if you’ll be poking an eyeball or two out when using it. Honestly, if you can use regular mascara you shouldn’t have a problem with this. It’s a matter of simply applying as you would any old mascara! I recommend it for short lashes, long lashes, normal lashes, stubbier ones, whatever your lash length or style I honestly think this is a great choice as the lack of brushes actually allows the applicator to get under the lash line and pull lashes outwards while curling upwards. Wow…I should try to say that three times! Fact is it curls beautifully well, gives GREAT volume, and lasts all day long without fading.

It’s been so long since I reached for it and I can’t help but remember what a fond favorite it was and is of mine! A total staple product to have on hand.

The Muse highly recommends grabbing Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara for yourself as it was and always will be thee perfect mascara!

You can snag two for $23 USD at QVC! Item Number A64617

Pretty nice deal considering one is $15 USD!

This one comes with a big, fat Muse Approval for purchase! Loves it! Alot.

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Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa Review: Good-bye Dry Hands!

The Muse’s hands happen to be as soft as a baby’s behind but not in the Winter….ugh they get rough, dry, and I get gross hanging cuticles…all sorts of chaos going on when the colder weather sets in! Terrible! I literally have to stock up on masses of Hello Kitty bandages because I can’t resist the evil temptation of picking my cuticles!

The past few days instead of pouring gobs of moisturizer on my hands I decided to use Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa. Prior to moisturizing my hands I use this and I’m back to having baby butt smooth hands and nails minus dryness and hang nails! I can even skip moisturizer if I want as the product moisturizes my hands wonderfully well.

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Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa is a paraben-free scrub made from sea salt, carrot seed oil, carrots, and pumpkin. The formula is oily and filled with large grains of scrubbing salt and resembles just about any body scrub you might be familiar with such as Philosophy scrubs. Honestly, if the title didn’t say hand and nail I’d have thought I could use it on my knees and elbows instead!

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In order to use it you’ll simply scrub a small amount on wet hands and rinse! Presto! Smooth hands! The grains work at exfoliating your skin while the natural oils of the product moisturize your hands and nails. With ingredients such as pumpkin and carrot I was expecting this to smell as such however strangely enough it kind of has a soft floral scent which is interesting.

The Muse is open to just about anything that will relieve her dry skin in the Winter and she totally dug Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa! The price is quite nice as it’s on sale at Walgreens at the moment for $12.74 USD plus you get a rather large jar. It exfoliates as well as moisturizes while spoiling your hands and nails with good for you ingredients all while keeping it’s formula paraben-free!

Sweet!

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The Muse thinks you should say Yes to Carrots and snag yourself some of this great stuff! It’s undoubtedly something your dry hands and nails will thank you for this Winter!

Learn more about Yes to Carrots by visiting www.yes-to-carrots.com

Find out where you can locate Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa by clicking here!

How do you keep your hands moist during the cold weather?

Tell the Muse!

Keep your eyes open because next week you’ll have a chance to win your own tub of Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand & Nail Spa!

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Tarte Friends and Family 40% Off Coupon Code

Snag some Tarte for yourself and friends at a 40% Discount! Yay! Using promo code FF08 and get 40% off your total order at Tarte!

Click to start shopping!

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Bourjois Paris Liner Effect Mascara Review

The thing about Bourjois Paris Liner Effect Mascara is that you need a doctrine in brain surgery to apply it correctly.

Move over people! McDreamy will now show us the proper way to use Bourjois Paris Liner Effect Mascara! He’s the brain surgeon around here after all.
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After the initial steep learning curve of teaching myself to apply the newest Bourjois Paris mascara I have to say I’m quite happy and I like it alot! The mascara has a dual sided wand which has longer plastic bristles on one end and shorter on the other. In order to apply correctly I find that swiping on the mascara with the short bristles first and brushing through with the longer bristles creates beautifully long, full lashes.

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My first use with the mascara was a hot mess which basically left me with brutally clumped up lashes, mascara on my lids and highbrow, and just an utter and complete mess. Normally at this point I’d have probably shoved it away and decided it was trash but for some reason I was compelled to try again and much to my delight I was successful at creating a rather great look and my lashes were looking quite awesome!

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The mascara promises to give a finish to lashes so it appears as if you applied liner to your eyes however I honesty didn’t notice much of a difference in this aspect. With proper application you will have plenty of volume, nice, plump lashes, and a gorgeous full look. I don’t recommend the mascara for those of you with shorter, stubbier lashes as I think it would present major clumping woes however if your lashes are nice and straight this will work at creating volume as well as nice curl.

I liked this one alot and I do Muse Approved it for purchase however it does take a bit before learning the correct way to apply so don’t give up on it right away and shove it off as trash! The Muse felt the same but ended up loving it later!

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Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer Review

Continuing my concealer coverage I’ve been trying out Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer. Now not all of my concealers contain SPF so I was quite delighted when I noticed that Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer had an SPF of 25. I’m sitting and raking my brain (which isn’t working very well the past week or so) trying to recall a single concealer in my arsenal that sports such a high SPF 25 and I can’t think of a single one…..Hmmmm….I love the fact that it conceal and offers SPF for my delicate eye area! Sweet!

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If you’re a fan of Benefit Boi-ing (the Muse’s holiest of holy grail concealers) this is pretty comparable in formula and coverage. Taking into consideration that Bobbi Brown’s line up of concealers is highly moisturizing and emollient you may seek something a bit more drier in texture if you’re skin is oily or you’re just not loving a formula such as Bobbi’s. Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer is quite a good deal drier but still manages to remain creamy while offering medium to full coverage. If you love Benefit Boi-ing but you are finding coverage isn’t enough or disappointed that it’s only available in three shades this would be a good duplicate with more color options and just about the same formula plus pigmented enough to hide all your woes.

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I actually loved this as it creates good flawless coverage under my eyes without creasing, pilling, or fading. It pretty much lasts all day with little to no touch ups in between. Sadly, if I don’t prep properly it does have a nasty habit of drying my eye area out drastically which is the reason I stopped using Boi-ing. I’m unsure if I’d recommend it for older eyes, fine lines, or dry eyes as the formula can age eyes if you haven’t properly prepped. I think it blends quite well but I really do need to moisturize heavily with both an eye cream and a serum prior to use. I’ll continue using the compact I currently have but I probably will debate with myself should I need to repurchase just because my eyes are so terribly dry and can’t take this particular formula. I so love my Benefit Boi-ing and I honestly felt like the Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Concealer was a near perfect dupe for it…mmmm..if we can just have a bit more of a creaminess to the formula that may help solve the problem of my dry under eye woes!

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All in all I’d recommend checking this out if you have normal to oily skin minus any dryness. I think coverage is excellent for hiding small to large problems. It does a great job of refreshing the eye area and making it brighter and more awake.

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