Virtual Money for Nothing: Illamasqua Hauling


Say the Muse gives you $150 virtual dollars to spend on Illamasqua today. What would you haul?

Jump ahead to hear what I’d blow my virtual moola on!

My hauling would start with concealer. Indeed, some people love eye shadow, some love foundation, some are obsessed with skincare…as for me I’m addicted to finding the perfect concealer.

Count me in for a pot of Illamasqua Concealer although I’m unsure which shade I’d want…this needs a swatch!


$22 bucks down $128 to go!

The Illamasqua Color Blushes I’ve seen so far look lush. Sign me up for Hussy, Tweak, and Beg…but that’s not my final list so don’t quote me there!


Uh oh $59 left…not much left now…!

Some people would say the heart of a brand would be it’s foundation so of course, by all means, sign me up for Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation.


And finally I have just enough change left over to buy myself a Vanilla Frappachino and some Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite please.


How about you?

What are you hauling with your virtual cash?

Or should I say what have you hauled from the brand already?

Share it!

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Gently Flushed Summer Cheeks: Susan Posnick ColorMe Review


If you’re looking for a gentle flush of color this Summer that mimics that of NARS Orgasm do check out Susan Posnick ColorMe Blush in Camelia.

Click it for the review!

Susan Posnick ColorMe Blush is an easy to apply face color for cheeks or eyes. It comes in a cute travel friendly self-dispensing pot with attached puff and a mirror for application!


This mineral blush isn’t richly pigmented but it has enough of a peachy, pink glow to leave cheeks gently flushed with a hint of color that’s both natural and pretty. Application is a breeze with the puff which distributes just enough product on cheeks. The finish of the blush has a tiny bit of a golden sparkle that’s very flattering for fresher, Summer color. The color Camelia is a pinky, peach blend that’s much like NARS Orgasm minus the slightly iridescence of the NARS version. The shade was inspired by Nicole Kidman and it’s easy to see that it would be an ideal and flattering shade for those who sport as creamy a complexion as hers.


The plus side of the packaging is it allows for easy application of a loose, mineral blush minus the tapping, swirling, and buffing drama. Simply tap the attached puff onto cheeks for application and done! Simple! The product is enclosed inside it’s jar without every having to touch a brush.


Although the finish result isn’t dramatic it’s the simplicity that captures the eye. With an every so slight sparkle and a pinch of pink and peach it makes for an ideal natural, fresh makeup look for Summer.


Likey!

Susan Posnick ColorMe Blush is available in seven shades on her website.

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Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion Review


I can’t be the only one alive that runs across a shade of lipstick or gloss that just doesn’t apply correctly. I find that darker shades are incredibly difficult to apply sometimes and end up feathering, or smudging, or just ending up everywhere around my mouth just not on my lips. On these days I seriously need something to prep my lips to accept bolder shades something that creates a barrier before my slightly damp lips and the darker shade of lippie I’m applying. Something that helps the application to go smoother.

In comes Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion to save the day!

Loves it!

Click for the full review.

Although Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion is meant as a primer to allow lipstick to stay around a little longer without fading or feathering I think the true joy of the product is how it aids in application. Prepping lips prior to with this primer will allow for a smoother, even finish. I find it’s especially helpful for darker shades which always apply very messy for me.


The formula is a soft, smooth, velvet finish which doesn’t dry lips out but builds an invisible barrier that sets the foundation for lipstick. The formula also has a moisturizing blend of vitamins and an SPF 15.

With lipstick I noticed a few more hours of wear however with gloss I didn’t notice too much difference from my normal wear. Truly for me the real joy of the product is as I mentioned above, easy of application for bolder, darker shades of lipstick. The product also manages to slightly “white” out pigmented lips to allow colors to be truer.

I’m really loving this at the moment and think it’s rather an ingenious product. I haven’t really been privy to many lip primers in the past but this will happily become part of my daily makeup regime.

Loves it!

Total Muse Approval for purchase.

Works a treat and keeps my lipstick wearing long and fresh all day plus makes application a snap!

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Reader’s Request: Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream Review


I’ve gotten a fair few request to do more reviews on Burt’s Bees products. One particularly item that pops up again and again when asked for reviews would be Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. Considering it’s price of $7.99 and 97% natural ingredients it’s understandable why it appeals but the real question is does it work?

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Although it promises a gentle, effective cleaning I got more of a drying, tightness from it after use. Cleansing soap bark and healing aloe vera are promised to moisturize and soften my skin while removing makeup and dirt but for the most part it ended up drying my face out further than it already was and making it uncomfortably tight.

The rich, opaque cream lathers up nicely has a soothing, herbal scent and removes makeup well enough (just the standard fair such as foundation, a bit of blush, etc…) but sadly doesn’t do much for my dry skin. If you’re oily this may be an ideal cleanser for you especially considering it did wonders for my shiny forehead but sadly if you sport dry skin best skip this one as it won’t lend any favors to those that already sport dryness.


Although it’s healthy ingredients and inexpensive price tag appeals I can’t say the results were worth either. Those who have oily skin may appreciate the drying element of the formula and it’s cheap price tag but anyone with dry skin would probably do best seeking something else.

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Drugstore Drive-By: July 26th to August 1st


Check out this week’s steals and deals at your local drugstore!


All Rimmel Cosmetics
40% Off

Neutrogena Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 Free 3 Days Only Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday

N.Y.C. Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Neutrogena Wave Duo Power Cleanser $14.99

All Noxzema Skin Care
$3.99

All St Ives Skin Care
$3.99

Maybelline Mascara
Buy 1, Get 1 Free


L’Oreal Face Cosmetics
$2 Off

Max Factor Color Genius Face Products
$8.99

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
$2 Off

Almay Eye Liners
$5.99


Revlon Lip and Nail
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Maybelline Lip or Face
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off


Buy Any Boire Pore Strip and Get Any Other Biore Product Free

Revlon Lip and Nail
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Wet n’ Wild Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear and Organic Wear Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Covergirl Lip and Eye
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Neutrogena Cosmetics
40% Off

Almay Face Cosmetics
30% off

Maybelline Pulse Mascara
$11.99

Happy Shopping!

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