Beaute Luminous Volume Gloss Review and Swatches

Is it me or do you love to hate sticky, tacky, thick lip glosses? The Muse remembers her first experience with a MAC Lipglass, she was positive it would end up in the trash after seconds of using it. But slowly, ever so slowly it grew on her and so her love affair began with really thick, really sticky, and really tacky lipglosses.

Beaute Luminous Volume Gloss doesn’t disappoint in any of those areas. Plenty of tack, plenty of stick, and a formula thick enough to make the thinnest of lips Angelina Jolie gorgeous.


Available in 12 shades Beaute Luminous Volume Gloss adds plenty of plump to lips with an extra shiny, glossy finish, and plenty of pigmentation that you can use them with (or if you please, without) your favorite lipstick.

As I mentioned above these have plenty of stick and tack which is essential to keeping gloss in place all day long. The wear on these is incredible so you can sip your cuppa, enjoy your lunch, and kiss your boyfriend and the Muse imagines the bulletproof formula will stay in place pretty much after all that and possibly after an atomic bomb goes off.


The formula is extremely thick, very moisturizing, and has plenty of pigmentation to work as a shiny lip cream. Most of the shades are matte and shimmer-less with a nude finish. If you’re a fan of a nude lip look you’ll love the shades I have swatches of.

The gloss is a plumping gloss but not in the classical sense that we are currently privy to on the market today. It doesn’t burn, doesn’t sting, doesn’t have a cinnamon flavor or any flavor at all for that matter. The gloss uses tiny dehydrated marine collagen mirco spheres to create the plumped lip look. You’ll experience none of the normal plumping gloss symptoms, this will simply feel like another gloss on your lips. The lack of burning and stinging will make many of you happy that finally a plumping gloss without the sting!


The glosses are $26 USD each and it could be a tad on the expensive side for some but you do get a rather large size for the price plus a little bit goes a very long way. The applicator is a brush, thank gawd, which I was delighted didn’t split after a few uses or even after the first use like most lip brushes do. They have a trio of glosses available for $65 USD if you become a hardcore fan that could save a few dollars or two. The shades I tried were Medusa (nude pink beige), Girlie Show (pure pale pink), and Chimera (iridescent bronze pink).


All in all Beaute Cosmetics continues to impress me with their interesting collection of cosmetic goodness. I’d love to see them do these with a tiny bit more shimmer. If you’re looking for a gloss with great staying power, a good plumping action, and plenty of pigment you’re bound to love Beaute Luminous Volume Gloss but don’t take the Muse’s word for it check out the raves on MUA.

Visit beaute-cosmetics.com to learn more and shop!

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Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara Review

Count the Muse bored when she seen the new Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara which was launched with the Bobbi Brown Nautical Collection. Ho-hum not a whole lot of special going on here kids.


With a promise of making the most of every lash this mascara is supposed to separate, curl, and give lashes perfect definition plus it’s safe for contact lens wearers too! Supposedly the unique multi-comb brush is the key to the amazing results….yes well that’s one of the reasons the Muse was bored. That brush looked terribly boring! What was so special about this mascara?

Probably nothing.

This is a perfect reason why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Although Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara looks very unappealing it actually does exactly what it promises and than some. Quite a nice mascara and a tad surprising for this Muse.

I’m one for looking for mascaras with elaborate brushes. I shop mascara brushes as I would a brand new car. It has to have tons of bells and whistles. Nothing normal or standard will do, hey kids this isn’t 1950 where one brush reigns supreme. We have so many options now a days why settle for a brush with a straight line and simple bristles when you can have curved, plastic, or straight!

But leave it to Bobbi to prove a Muse wrong.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara does an incredible job of grasping all lashes, pulling up and out, defining, curling, and offering nice plump results with plenty of length. The formula stays on all day and keeps curl twice as long plus at the end of a long day it simply washes away with a little warm water! Loves it! Although the brush looks standard but looks indeed can be deceiving as it does an amazing job of keeping lashes looking lovely all day long.


At $22 USD it’s decently priced for a counter mascara that delivers. Well worth checking out, it has the potential to become a fast favorite with this Muse. Likey!

Final results:


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Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Removing Pads


Brand new Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Removing Pads look interesting!

I’m a fan of Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover anyway so count me on board for these. It’s $8 for 30 pads which isn’t too bad a price. I know, I know Almay does something similar but these look nicely quilted plus the Almay ones are an oily, gross, eye clouding experience that the Muse is not fond of in the least!

I’m def going to pick some up. I have a holiday upcoming so I think these will make a perfect little item to travel with. It’s two weeks worth so I do think I get by longer with a bottle of the Sephora remover but I’m unsure…must see which is the better deal.

Either way, likey! Wants it!

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Villainess Datura Slick! Review


The Muse introduced you to Villainess in her Beauty Discover post a few days ago. She did so promise reviews of the products featured in that post and today she brings you a tale of Villainess Datura Slick a gentle oil based eye makeup and congested pore cleanser.

I’m always on the look out for a right proper eye makeup remover. I currently use Sephora Waterproof Remover which is $8 USD. I love, love Lancome Bi-Facil but it’s a bit too rich for my blood. Of course, when I seen this tiny bottle of Datura Slick I was terribly curious to see how it would do. Considering what a tiny bottle it was for $10 USD I expected miracles.

Miracles didn’t happen….

Villainess Datura Slick! performs a dual function by whisking away eye makeup plus promising to cleanse congested pores. As far as eye makeup remover goes it doesn’t do so great a job.


The formula is a slick oil that has a natural herbal scent. It contains rosehip oil, jojoba oil, castor, grapeseed, cherry kernal oil, and a slew of other good for you skin ingredients. To use you can saturate a cotton pad or a piece of tissue and wipe makeup clean or rub the solution on your eyes with a finger tip to break up eye makeup. The Muse tried out both ways, once with a cotton pad and once with a finger tip. Although it did a good job of whisking away my shadow it left behind all my waterproof mascara. Epic fail there. I was pretty disappointed to say the least as I just assumed for some reason that it’s small size and it’s rather large price tag meant that it was some sort of industrial cleaning solution that would get off everything in a flash. The price tag and the size make me cringe since it’s promise of clearing away eye makeup fails so epically.


As for decongestanting pores I couldn’t say as my pores aren’t blocked but it does make a decent oil cleanser however I can get a bigger size with a better price tag.

I do give props to it’s interesting formula which is considerably more oily than a normal oil cleanser. This extra thickness and oil-feel makes the product very moisturizing. It rinses clean away as well which is always a plus.

The descriptions reads that it’s organic ingredients will smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, softens pore blockages, draws out impurities, repairs tissue, and relives tension and facial rigor.

Hmmm sounds like a miracle but sadly it’s just a ho-hum expensive cleansing oil that doesn’t do the simplest of things like..cleanse..duh!

Kinda of a disappointment to say the least. If you’re visiting with Villainess skip Datura SLick! No likey!

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Cheap Beauty Challenge: The Summer Bronze Challenge with L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection


The Muse likes a good challenge and what better way to challenge one self than with beauty? Right? Right.

As Summer approaches the Muse pictures all her beauty junkies scrambling around for that perfect pop of sizzling color that will make one’s makeup Summer ready. In my quest for the perfect shades for Summer I came across the brand new L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection.

You know your Muse she’s not much for cheap drugstore cosmetics but she was up for a challenge when she seen this new collection. Gathering up three of the items released with the L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection the Muse set out to do a cheap beauty look that would hopefully get her by this Summer. She was prepared for the worst….


And she got, surprisingly, the best…

The beauty challenge consists of just the basics which would be point makeup only. Base makeup items are left out of this challenge simply because a majority of us already have our base items handy and no reason to bring them into the challenge. The point makeup items are focused on lips, eyes, and cheeks. During the challenge you’ll also be privy to my review of L’Oreal Glam Bronze Radian Bronzing Duo, L’Oreal Colour Rich Lipgloss, and L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad.

The Muse slapped together one of her favorite Summer bronze looks for this season which included Urban Decay Baked Eyeshadow, MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit, and Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush. The look brings together everything I love about Summer makeup. Fresh peachy cheeks with a tiny hint of bronze, sizzling lips, and gorgeous shimmering lids. The look set me back $72 USD which is without tax. Quite costly. The Muse is never afraid of gorgeous, posh makeup but $72 USD in this economy could make a person wince.


Setting out to make an equally fabulous bronze look for Summer the Muse hauled off to the drugstore which is where she discovered the brand new Summer Collection for L’Oreal entitled Bronze Gone Brazen. Although not identical to items used in my Posh Bronze Look, the look I did achieve was just as pretty plus very practical price wise. Since L’Oreal was buy one, get one 50% off I saved a little bit of cash on items I purchased. My total look cost me $24 USD and some change. That includes tax as well so obviously a considerably better deal than $72 USD. I imagine if I headed to Walmart I’d have gotten a much better deal but honestly $24 bucks not bad all in all.


For my cheeks:

I started my look by sweeping L’oreal Glam Bronze Radiant Bronzing Duo across my cheeks and forehead. The bronzer consists of a beigey bronze and a darker brown bronze. The colors aren’t particularly flattering so the Muse cheated a little bit by using a tiny bit of Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss on her cheeks. I always find that stain under muddy bronzers makes it much more wearable and pretty. The duo was quite silky and blended easily but I wasn’t particularly loving that it was matte. Although I do so admit that it’s a good deal if you don’t mind matte bronzers.


For my eyes:

To get bit of a sizzling look to my eyes I used the L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad. This is a good, solid deal as it contains four shimmering shades that are very flattering for Summer wear. The shades have just the right amount of metallic shimmer, are quite pigmented, blend easily, and create a very nice look combined or worn alone. This is my first experience with a L’Oreal quad and it was quite a enlightening one as I was shocked how good the palette was. Shades included are a pale beige cream, a metallic bronze, a shimmering copper, and a darker almost matte satin brown. For my look I used the metallic bronze on my lid, contrasted my crease with the copper, and used the creamy beige as a highbrow highlighter. I could have added further contrast by using the deeper brown in the v of my eye but I wanted the look to be more of a heated Summer look and adding the brown would have washed it out a fair bit.


For my lips:

To complete my look I used L’Oreal Colour Rich Lipgloss in Safari Sunset on my lips. This shade is limited edition so best get it while the getting is good. Loved the formula. It’s not incredibly long wearing but I liked how pigmented it was, gave a hint of shine, and wasn’t sticky or tacky on my lips. It’s a shimmery copper that’s very flattering and pretty on my lips. The gloss is almost like a lip cream but a far thinner consistency.

Completed Cheap Beauty Challenge Look:


Obviously L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection made it easy to cheap up my Summer beauty regime. I think the shadow quad and lipgloss are well worth indulging in. As for the bronzer I’m unsure if I love it simply because I’m not much of a bronzer fan but it appears to be quite a good one as far as blending goes, pigmentation, and texture.

If you’re looking to cheap up your Summer look check the collection out. Def a great cheap beauty challenge that turned out rather well!

What do you think?

Loves the completed look?

Leaves it?

Prefer to go posh bronze or cheap bronze?

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