Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Palette

Exclusively from Nordstrom Bobbi Brown’s New Long Wear Eye Palette looks gorgeous!

This slick palette is available in two shade selections and contains two gel eyeliners and two cream shadows. The Night Sky version has caught my eye with it’s interesting selection of darker and lighter blues, black, and gray but than again the Moon Rock is equally appealing with it’s interesting cream and brown round up.

The Muse likes these….Hmmmm…I feel a purchase coming on!

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Reader’s Request: Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer Face of the Day

After my review of Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer I got a few questions about how it looked on so here’s an FOTD using Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting before applying the rest of my foundation, concealer, and makeup. My original review can be found here if you missed it!

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I’m testing out the green, pink, and lilac versions of the primer this week and will review them shortly as well!

If you’ve tried Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer do shout at me in the comment field as I’m curious how you are liking or loving it!

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Forgotten Collections: MAC Solar Bits Review

Better later than never at all…or so they tell me!

I’m a bit late and behind with my MAC posts you have to forgive me! I am, as always, a MAC fan girl but for some odd reason I got a bit mucked up when I went on vacation. My MAC Cool Heat post never made it up and my MAC Solar Bits review never got put up either! And by the very way I still have Cult of the Cherry items to blog too! Oops!

Bad Muse, Bad!

However, I figure a review of MAC Solar Bits is definately in order so I might as well slap this up before we all get old and gray (gosh, I think I may already fit part of that description or..all..eep!).

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MAC Solar Bits were hailed by the masses and I definately enjoyed grabbing three of the four shades released this Summer however I did have some minor rants and a few raves about this particular style of pigments.

Although these were extremely pigmented with a very interesting texture they were a god awful mess to use sadly. The pigments are not finely milled and are made up of chunky pieces that caused major fall out woes. With a bit of care, patience, and some serious prepping you could create some great looks!

The formula is a good deal different from the standard pigment line. Although the pigmentation and color payoff is about the same as any other MAC pigment you will notice an interesting characteristic Solar Bits possesses. Where as a normal pigment stays one color, Solar Bits had a special knack of morphing into an entirely new hue when you pressed down and began the blending process. Each small curd of pigment would burst upon contact with your brush or sponge applicator and the shade would morph slightly creating a rather interesting effect.

Scatterays paired up with some gold!
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Bronzescape on it’s own.
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Black Ore creating an unusual effect over some MAC Pigment in Kelly Green!
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The colors I have are Bronzescape, Black Ore, and Scatterays.

Bronzescape was a brassy, bronze shade that had a faint shimmer of gold, Scatterays is a soft peachy shade with hints of gold, and Black Ore was an off black with gold. All three shades had faint traces of gold that made them extra special. I’m particularly grateful that I don’t have to tuck these away since the Summer is over, they’ll easily work well into the colder seasons for an interesting smoky eye look especially Black Ore.

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Although Solar Bits LOOK bigger they actually aren’t. Each pot is 3.9g/0.14oz in size where as a standard pigment is 7.5g/0.26oz. Interesting little fact for you there.

Although interesting and unique I wasn’t too impressed with Solar Bits and as I mentioned I did find them a bit of a mess to work with.

I definately liked trying these but I’m unsure if it was the color selection or just the product itself that’s not getting a complete WOW for these!

All in all another interesting offering from MAC.

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Nordstrom Exclusive Philosophy ‘the Natural’ Beauty Box

I really do love some of Philosophy’s offerings and the idea of having a cute little packaged box with some of their greater products really appeals to me!

Philosophy’s new “the Natural” Beauty Box contains everything you need to create a super natural, super lovely look!

The box is $75 USD and quite a good deal in my opinion. It’s also a particularly lovely deal do to the fact that you’ll also receive a Hope in a Jar and Amazing Grace Buffing Body Wash sample with your purchase at Nordstroms.

The box contains all of the following items:
Philosophy Purity Cleanser 2oz (The Muse’s favorite cleanser!)
Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup 1oz
Philosophy Supernatural Mineral Blush Duo in Pink/Bronze
Philosophy Supernatural Blush Brush
Philosophy Big Gorgeous Mascara
Philosophy Supernatural Fingerpaints in Cool (I LOVE these things!)
Philosophy Supernatural Lip Pencil in Nude
Philosophy Supernatural Lipgloss in Soft Pink
Philosophy Microdelivery Peel 0.3oz
Philosophy Vitamin C/Peptide Crystals

Although the skincare products are smaller sizes all that makeup items included are full size which makes for a rather nice lot of items at a really wonderful price.

I have many of the items in the box but I sure wish they had introduced this before as I’d have been all over it!

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Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette in Tahiti Review

If you’re a tiny bit tired of all the metallics, vampy lips, and generally dark smoked out looks that normally come with the Fall season you might want to indulge in some of Cargo’s vibrant, bolder, and hipper Fall Collection.

I few weeks ago I told you about some of Cargo’s new Fall Collection and I was quite happy to get my hands on one of the several Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palettes released this season. Although Cargo definately has a bit of a natural, neutral look on offer for those who prefer a warmer makeup for the cooler weather, they also happen to have spiced it up a bit and added some pretty Muse friendly shades to their new palettes. Being unconventional is the spice of the Muse’s life and thankfully Cargo obviously agrees when they created the Color Eyeshadow Palette in Tahiti.

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You know how much I adore teals, aquas, and greens and Cargo’s Color Eyeshadow palette in Tahiti contains all of the above and then some! One of the key things that grabbed my attention about Cargo’s new palette is the very interesting packaging. Cargo has for many years come in a unique tin casing which was quite a different presentation for makeup however in the last two years they have definately branched out and added new and interesting packaging. Cargo hasn’t forgotten it’s roots and still offers many of the same tin cases to this day that they always had.

New Packaging vs. Old Packaging
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The Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette is actually considerably different from those tins of old. This palette comes in a slick, heavy clear plastic case with a gorgeous image on the cover. Open it up and four large shadows await your hand plus a generous size mirror!

The shadows are huge and comparable to Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Eyeshadow singles. I think the thing that can be appreciated most about these shadows is the buildable color option. Each shade applies sheer and light however the color is easily buildable with a few extra swipes. Going from a lighter look to an eyepopping look with ease and simplicity definately appeals. I personally prefer a pop when I use colors like the ones in the Tahiti palette however many are a little bit scared of bolder shades. The palette makes it easy and goof proof to create a softer look without going completely bold. The shades aren’t heavily pigmented however with a heavier hand you can definately get awesome color payoff. They blend wonderfully well and are a very interesting silky texture. The entire palette contains four flattering shades that just work together which I love. My biggest pet peeve is being presented with a quad of shadows that don’t work together and leave me puzzling over how to use them, not the case with this palette. The colors simply work alone or together to create a stunning, bolder look for Fall.

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The Tahiti palette contains a grassy green shade, a deeper grasshopper green shade, a true blue shade, and a greenish aqua shade. The colors are semi-matte and contain no shimmer however this does not prevent them from being great.

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I created three seperate looks with my palette but you can easily get a dozen or more looks from the one palette by wearing each shade separately or combining shades to create different looks or colors. I was particularly delighted with how well each shade meshed and morphed with the next to create a new shade.

This look was created by using the lighter and darker greens in the palette.

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This look was creating used three of the four shades. I used the greenish aqua on my lid and creased and deepened it by adding a bit of the blue. I finished the look by adding a bit of the deeper green shade to V of my eye.

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This is my favorite look! I used the greenish aqua shade all over my lid and crease and lined my lower lash line with the blue color. I think the blue contrasts beautifully with the aqua!

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With 8 shades to choose from and a $28 USD price tag I’m really liking Cargo’s Color Eyeshadow Palette for both it’s versatility and it’s stray from the Fall norm!

Tahiti is definately worth checking out! I enjoyed my adventure with this one!

Check it out at Cargo’s website or your local Sephora!

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