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Even during times of great despair, my little city stood proud and showed great strength.

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My heart and soul goes out to those who were effected by the 9/11 tragedies.

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Hard Candy Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush Review and Swatches

I have a deep love for Urban Decay cosmetics and it was my staple brand for many, many years however I never quite felt the love for it’s sister company, Hard Candy.

I’ve done a bit of a purchase here and there of a few makeup items from Hard Candy’s line however nothing quite grabbed and held my attention like Urban Decay’s offerings. A few years back….maybe two years now or three….they released a product called Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush and it quickly became one of my very favorite items that I reached for daily.

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I’m telling you this now because at the moment Sephora’s website and certain Sephora stores are still stocking Hard Candy Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush and it’s a ridiculously low price of $3.38 USD down from it’s original price tag of $13.50 USD.

I had two of the colors selections already which were Baby and Girlie however during a recent Sephora order I ended up purchasing the other two shades since the prices couldn’t be passed up.

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If you love Benefit Benetint and Posietint these are something you might be interested in purchasing. Although vastly different in both texture and formula when compared to Benefit stains these are an interesting offering that are worthy of your attention, especially considering they are under $4 USD each!

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The product comes in a nail polish style packaging with a brush applicator for application. Simply dot a few drops on your cheeks and blend and you’re left with glowing peachy cheeks that last for hours. The formula acts like a stain with it’s incredible long wearing time but feels, looks, and blends like a creamy liquid blush. The blush is a thick creamy liquid that’s pigmented and blends much easier than stain as it’s not busy dripping down your cheeks do to it’s thick consistency.

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All of the shade selections available are peachy in color with no pinkish color choices but that doesn’t really bother me because they are all rather beautiful and give a great glow to your face. The effect of the blush not only gives warmth to cheeks but also a glow and highlighted look.

Girlie is my favorite as it’s a cross between pink and peach. It’s possibly the most pigmented and a little bit goes a very long way to create a rather fresh, natural glow to my cheeks.

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Sugar is my second favorite and is considerably more peachy in color than Girlie.

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Honey Bunny doesn’t offer as good a coverage as Sugar and Girlie and acts more like a highlighter for my cheeks than as a blush however this doesn’t prevent it from being a very nice shade. I actually like applying a bit of Sugar with Honey Bunny on top for a bit of shimmer! Baby is also not pigmented enough to work fully as a blush however it does well as a highlighter. Baby is lighter peach shade where as Honey Bunny is a bronzy honey shade.

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These are truly cute little blushes and well worth stopping at your Sephora to see if any are around left for purchase. I know Sephora has restocked on these several times and currently has 2 of the 4 shades available but do keep your eyes peeled as I did see them restocked several times already. Get them while the getting is good because they’ll be long gone before you know it at this price!

Well worth your cash!

The Muse Approves these for purchase! A Steal, a Deal, and a great blush!

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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara Review

Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara is truly a one of a kind mascara. Givenchy put alot of thought into the creation of this product and came out with an exceptional product that does exactly what it promises and is well worth it’s $27 USD price tag.

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This product is holy grail material for the Muse and comes with my highest recommendation, no questions asked.

I’m happy to see that they haven’t labeled this as Limited Edition and it isn’t as far as I know. If so I may have to jump off a bridge once it’s gone for good, either that or stock pile a ton of it before it’s forever lost to me.

Although some have complained that this doesn’t produce the desires results I’d say those people are crazy so don’t listen to ‘em, trust your dear old Muse to never lead you astray, she says you needs this, like now, forget reading the review just go get it!

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The innovative design of the applicator is the key to fuller, longer, and perfectly curled lashes. The applicator is the first of it’s kind and applies the inky, jet black formula beautifully over lashes creating a false eyelash effect. Although I’ve tried many a fine mascara this beats all, including the Muse’s beloved Majolica Majorca mascara.

The applicator is a strange sphere shape with tiny rubber spikes sticking out of it. Scary, yes but truly effective in creating picture perfect lashes. Although I got slightly scared upon reading “separates lashes” on the box I was pleased to see it created plenty of volume without causing a clumpy mess or a spider leg effect.

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This is virtually impossible to mess up with. Swipe across lashes and presto! Instantly fuller, longer lashes. The formula is a thick, ink-like consistency which I noticed gave the impression that I had tightlined when in fact I did not (if you’re unfamiliar with tightlining it simply means lining your upper water line).

I did take the fact that I have naturally fuller lashes into consideration when testing this and I can honestly say I’m unsure how those with shorter, stubbier lashes will fair when using this but I truly think it’s worth a shot as the applicator does an excellent job of pulling lashes up and out while curling upwards however I worry it could cause major clumps and smudges if your lashes are shorter.

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I was shocked to hear tales of smudging and clumping. Not the case at all. I’ve been using mine since a week or two after it’s official release on Sephora’s site and I experienced no smudging or clumping. It has extra long wear at a peek of at least 12 hours and removes quite easily with waterproof eye makeup remover.

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Givenchy Phenonmen’Eyes Mascara is pure love for the Muse! I give it my highest recommendation and approve it for purchase!

Although the cost is a bit much it’s WELL worth it’s price tag!

This one is great!

The Muse says you need it!

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The British Are Invading New York!

Plenty of gorgeous beauty bloggers are popping up all over the Internet today!

One of the Muse’s very favorite bloggers and mates, Zara, from Kiss and Makeup is working her gorgeous self on the streets of New York!

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See? Not all the gorgeous girls are on the runway! Some of them are right on the streets of New York City (or visiting my lovely city from the UK)!

Check out more about what Zara’s wearing and what she’s up to by reading the article at Instyle UK.

Visit with Zara at Kiss and Makeup.

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Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation Review

I’ve been using Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation for about 3 months now and felt it was about time for a review. Foundation for me is a splurge item, I think good foundation is worth it’s weight in gold and if I have to pay in gold to get a good foundation I’ll do just that. Foundation is an important part of making makeup look flawless, it sets the canvas for anything else you plan on putting on your face, and gives your skin the coverage it needs for picture perfect skin.

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Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation has the potential to be great but fails miserably.

First let me point out the good points of the product before getting into the major problem with the formula. One great factor on this foundation is the wonderful packaging. The foundation comes in a hygienic squeeze bottle which allows you to squeeze small amounts out for application. This style packaging is ideal for those of us that are a bit more conscious of germs and bacteria.

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Now the formula is quite thick but manages to be extremely moisturizing however it is a tad bit runny which can cause a bit of a mess during application however using small amounts at a time keeps the application mess-free and simple. The foundation manages to glide beautifully well onto skin and absorbs wonderfully.

The color selection is vast and there should be a shade to suit any skin tone however I did feel like many shades had a considerable amount of beige to them which is, for the most part, unflattering for my tone of skin. I ended up with Light 1 and as you can see even that’s a tad bit on the dark side. The price is great and ranges from $7.99-$9.99 or less if a sale is ongoing.

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I seriously wanted to love this. While doing my Beauty on a Budget week I was on the hunt for the perfect drugstore foundation and this definately caught my own considering how many raves it gets however it must be all hype because it has one sad, unredeemable problem.

The problem I’m speaking of is the fact that the product is ridiculously sheer and lightweight. I don’t particularly have a problem with sheer foundations nor do I mind lightweight coverage in the least however this smooths on completely transparent and offers absolutely no coverage. Application is quite like adding an extra layer of moisturizer or primer to your face rather then what appears to be a pigmented foundation.

Granted, I do not need a ton of coverage however I do prefer to have a foundation finish to my face and I think foundation erases the certain dullness my skin sometimes sports. Lighter coverage is perfectly fine however this fails at even offering light coverage.

Strangely enough the product appears deeply pigmented however once it’s on I see little to no difference in my face and I’m left looking like I freshly moisturized my face rather than just applied a layer of foundation.

Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation seriously has the potential for greatness but they need to work on the formula in a major way to get me to purchase it again.

Sadly disappointed with this one although I didn’t expect too much going into it anyway!

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