Oh MAC why…why do you have do this to me? Just when I thought I was cured you yank me back under your spell. MAC Rose Romance, a truly romantic and impressive collection from MAC.
Could be love, could definately be love! Jump ahead for the sneaky peek!
MAC Rose Romance releases officially April 23rd but check your local Pro shops as it might be peeking it’s pretty head out early for you to snag. So far I only have a few of the items and from what I tried I must say I’m impressed and I’m rubbing my hands in glee awaiting my chance to get my greedy little hands on the rest of the release.
Star of the show, for the Muse, without question is the new MAC Just Pinch Gel Blush. Oh my god the coolness is too much. Housed in a paint pot glass jar this gel gives your cheeks a pinch of blush that will last all day long! Likey. It’s a loud red so a little goes a long way and with a bit of the new beauty powder on top you’re sure to look pretty for Spring!
Of course second runner up for my money are the stunning new Rose Romance Beauty Powder. Available in two shades these are shaped like a rose and pack a nice bit of pigment so they can easily be used a blush. I have Summer Rose which is a soft violet with plenty of pink.
I only have two of the three lipglasses released but from what I seen so far loves it! They seem more shimmery and full of sparkle than any other lipglasses I have. Steal My Heart is bright fun pink shade and Virgin Kiss is a pale almost peach with plenty of sparkle.
I wasn’t big on the lippies as they are a bit too nude but I def want to try to make them work. The colors I have so far are A Rose Romance which is a nude pink and Way to Love which is a creamy nude pink that almost has a touch of peach. I’m wanting Odyssey as it seems a nice warm plum shade and keeping with the mauve like look and feel to the entire collection.
Love, love, love the new shades of See Thru Lip Colour although they have been downsized from their original size of .17oz and are now mini size. I’m partial to Tender Tryst which is a gorgeous plum! I also tried out Secret Crush which is a pure berry.
Old size vs. New Size
I’m looking forward to seeing the other shades of shadow in the collection but so far I’ve tried Of Summer which is a frosty mauve and Et Tu, Bouquet? which is a frost pale pink with touches of gold (nice to to cocktail with Circa Plum piggie!).
I believe Circa Plum Pigment is a repromote. It’s a frosty dark lavender which makes a great contrasting shade for paler pinks, very fitting for the collection. Mutiny is being re-released as well and if you haven’t already gotten this gem from the Naughty Nauticals Collection I highly rec nabbing it now as it’s thee most perfect shade of aqua I’ve run across.
So far I’m deeply impressed. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest shortly and I’m very eager to try out the MAC Fix + Rose Spray, it’s on top of my list to buy! Just when I think I’m off the MAC train I can’t help but be suckered back in. Really a great collection and well worth checking out for yourself.
If you were wondering where Diane Keaton’s been the Muse is here to save the day and tell you what’s she’s been up to. What? I sometimes lay awake at night and think, “Gee, I wonder what Diane’s up to!”
Technically she’s been up to making primer for L’Oreal…I think? Actually she’s been up to alot with L’Oreal. She has her own L’Oreal Beauty Confidential Inspired by Diane Keaton Collection….I dunno I guess L’Oreal was inspired by Diane….who knows I’m not making this stuff, it’s all really true!
L’Oreal Beauty Confidential Inspired by Diane Keaton is an entire collection of cosmetics that I guess L’Oreal wants to appeal to a more mature audience. I’d have personally picked the collection inspired by Ru-Paul but hey props to Di for getting her own cosmetic line although you can color me jealous! I’m still waiting for the MAC Inspired by the Muse Collection, shrug, hasn’t happened yet damnit. Although nothing reached out at me much I was somewhat amazed, fascinated, and generally shocked to discover a primer in with the palettes and lipstick. A drugstore primer? Unheard of! Say word! Can it be so? And shaped so slickly like…might I say….Smashbox Photo Finish….Diane you cheeky little devil!
Indeed, this little guy is quite similar to Photo Finish but actually probably in the Muse’s humblest little opinion has a better formula and texture than Photo Finish. I don’t like Photo Finish. It pills, it causes me to break out, and it’s an uncomfortable primer if ever I did see one. L’Oreal Beauty Confidential Inspired by Diane Keaton is considerably better in formula and texture. It’s very much a silicon based primer but it feels smoother on my skin, it absorbs easier, and it doesn’t break me out nor does it pill. I don’t feel like I have a mask on and it makes my skin nice and smooth, likey!
What it should do.
It should fill pores, fine lines, etc….it should make foundation last longer, remain fresher, and make skin even and flawless.
What it actually does.
Ok, no pore problem here and no fine lines so I can’t speak for either of those. Foundation doesn’t really last longer but remains fresher if that makes sense. It allows my foundation to not only apply flawlessly but it also lets it breath and keeps it from oxidizing on my face so it remains fresher on. I’d say within an hour or two my foundation completely oxidizes to the point it actually morphs into an entire new color. I’ve tried plenty of different ways to prevent this from happening and have succeeded a fair bit but a majority of the time nothing helps much. Now L’Oreal Beauty Confidential Inspired by Diane Keaton Smoothing Face Primer probably doesn’t keep my foundation completely fresh but it does fairly well at the job, not bad for a drugstore find.
I do think it’s impressive to see such a product available in a drugstore as it’s not your typical drugstore fare. Honestly, how many silicon primer do you know of at your local drugstore (within the US, don’t bring Asia into this and cheat!). It does carry a tiny bit of a hefty price tag at $14.99 USD but I do think it was well worth it as the quality is definitely there.
I think the product is particularly good for anyone with large pores, anyone who likes primers in general, and anyone who wants their makeup to remain a bit fresher for a little while longer. I’m not going to say it did anything major in the way of making my makeup last all day because it didn’t but it did allow for a more seamless, flawless look to my foundation and it also kept my foundation fresh. I don’t rave about primers much so take my review as a very calm way of saying that this was quite good. I imagine if it was eyeshadow or blush I’d be bouncing off the wall but it is primer which in the Muse’s world isn’t much to get excited about. That being said I highly recommend snagging a bottle or two as I don’t know if it’s LE or not and I think it’s worth picking up as it is, as I said, very good quality for a drugstore purchase. The price I’m not keen on as it seems a tiny bit high but the size is quite nice so it should last a while. I do see myself purchasing again if I run out. I’m Muse Approving it for purchase since I liked it quite alot.
Overall, I’m loving that L’Oreal is introducing something so “techy” to the drugstore cosmetic world. Yes, it’s standard to purchase any number of primers at your fav posh counter or cosmetic store but how many can you find at your local drugstore? Good work L’Oreal…now about that Muse inspired collection…….
Anyone tried Miss Keaton’s Collection?
Tell the Muse!
Ahh…also appears this collection is VERY hard to find. FYI I found it at Walgreens but didn’t see it anywhere else as of yet nor is it on the L’Oreal website.
You in the jungle baby! We got fun and games….oh and Smashbox makeup too!
Amp it up with a bit of the jungle this hot Summer with the new Smashbox Untamed Summer Collection. Not your traditional Summer release, Smashbox focuses on a smoky, dramatic look for Summer with olive greens, shimmering brown and beige and combines it with tanned brown skin for pop.
Untamed Lip Gloss for a sexy, fierce bite of color in two shades, Flesh and Raw!
Untamed Creamy Cheek Color adds a hint of healthy glow to cheeks and face!
Untamed Waterproof Shadow Liner Trio contains two contrasting shades of shadow for a dramatic smoked out look with a matching waterproof liner! Available in Savage and Exotic.
And finally Untamed Double-Ended Eye Brightener brightens eyes and adds highlight!
Rawrrrr! Smashbox Untamed is shaping up to be something special. I particularly love the glosses and the trio! Looks like a nice evening out makeup to me and should compliment a tan if you’re into that sort of thing (although we know the Muse is not!).
The Muse has a thing about salon style shampoos and conditioners. After cutting her hair she’s always charmed by the shiny display of hair care. To add insult to injury I’ll have my stylist seducing me with the items she used in my hair after the cut. “You know your hair would really love so and so shampoo…” and of course the Muse feeds into the frenzy and purchases whatever it is she used because my hair is smelling and looking so amazing.
Although I’m a Lush girl at heart I’ve been known to cheat! Recently, I couldn’t help but cheat on my hair care regime with I.C.O.N Haircare. Oops forgive me Lush for I have given over to fresh smelling salon style shampoo and conditioner and loved it!
One of thee most important things (and appealing for that matter) about I.C.O.N. Shampoos and Conditioners are the great formulas. Using pure ingredients makes the products very easy on the hair with minimal build up so your hair is clarified, cleansed, and conditoned minus heavy silicons. Likey! I tested out I.C.O.N. Drench Shampoo and I.C.O.N. Feels Free Conditioner. Each has a beautiful salon style scent that leaves hair fresh and pretty smelling.
Drench is a moisturizing shampoo meant to address hair that needs extra moisture. It hydrates dry, unruly locks and works at protecting it while hydrating.
Feels So Free is a moisturizing conditioner that’s incredibly light weight so it leaves hair hydrated without weighting it done, double likey!
I admit I’m very picky and snotty with my haircare particularly because I’m such a lover of Lush but these were essentially two very nice products for treating my hair without weighting it down which always impresses as normally salon or drugstore brand haircare weights my hair down terribly and stresses it out. These are both very light weight, cleanse hair beautifully, and offer great moisture while giving me a good, solid hair day.
The Muse thinks they are well worth checking out for yourself if you’re in the market for a brand new haircare regime. Not bad at all, likes it!
What are your fav salon style shampoos and conditioners?
Hey kids! It’s that special time of the year! Saks Friends and Family Event! w00t!
Jump ahead to join in!
Depending what you are buying you can get up to 25% off your purchases but since I’m a beauty girl I’m mostly worried about how much I’ll save on cosmetics!
SFAFAM11 is the code to get you 15% Off your total purchase! Yay! I’m def indulging in a few of my fav prestigious brands. Code is good online but if you want to save shipping just head in store and see your favorite rep. They’ll happily give you the discount at check out. F&F starts on the 16th or the 18th in store though I think but don’t quote me on that, I’m heading in store today to peep as I want two bags I’ve had my eye on for a while.