Smashbox Reign Collection Sneak Peek


The Muse was happily playing around with the new Smashbox Reign Collection this morning and was quite delighted with the results. I’ll be bringing you the review later this week but for now here’s a quick sneak peek of a look I created and snapped with my camera phone this morning.

Smashbox Reign is now available at www.smashbox.com

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Beauty NIGHTMARES!


Poked yourself in the eye with your eyeliner? Squeezed your lash curler a little too hard and caught part of your lid while doing so (Ouch!)? Got shampoo in your eye? We all have them. Those little beauty nightmares that either make us laugh out loud at what a klutz we are or scare us silly!

Jump ahead to hear one of my beauty nightmares and feel free to share your own!

Believe me I’m entirely too lethal when it comes to cosmetics. Poke myself in the eye? Check! Caught my lid with my lash curler? Double check! Got shampoo in my eye? Oh yes, Check! I can name any number of ways my life has been threatened by everyday cosmetics, skin care, and hair care!

One of my most recent nightmares comes to mind for this post, read ahead.

It started like any other night……I had gotten home and was in the process of my makeup removal regime. I began by removing my eye makeup and following up with my normal cleanser. Afterward I proceeded to mist with my favorite toner. Normally I’d wait until my face was dry and follow up with night cream and eye cream however something weird happened!

I couldn’t tell you what it was but something upset my vision terribly. I know it wasn’t my cleanser as I hadn’t used an oil to remove my makeup and I don’t think it was my eye makeup remover either which only left my toner. After misting I noticed that I had a case of scary foggy/cloudy eye vision. I swear I totally freak after using an oil to remove my makeup when this happens but luckily it goes away quickly. This time around it was sticking around and seemed to be getting worst ever second! Can you say freak out?

I got so scared I called up the company that made the toner and got v-mail! Great! I proceeded to google, half blinded, about the results of the product (this had NEVER happened in all my time using it) and got nothing back. I dunno if I didn’t get results because I was temporarily blinded or because my keyword skillz weren’t up to par with my vision gone wonky.

Obviously the best thing to do is rinse with cool water but hells that didn’t work. So I jump in a cold shower for 15 minutes splashing all kinds of frigid water on my face. Aside from developing a bad case of frost bite the cloudy vision was still there.

At this point I dunno if my imagination was running around buck wild or my vision truly was becoming worst. I’m serious this was a total freak out moment for me.

I decided my best course of action was to remain calm even though I was this close to just driving to the emergency room. After about two hours of flushing with cool water and laying in bed calmly aka freaking out my vision started returning to normal.

Phew.

As funny as it sounds now I was totally scared for a sec there. Needless to say the toner was emptied down the drain and never purchased again.

How about you?

Any awesome beauty nightmares?

Minor ones?

Major ones?

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N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics Special FX Lipstick Review and Swatches

Mmmm hate to disappoint you but the Muse is going cheap again, can’t resist the charm of cool products that cost me under $3 bucks and are actually pretty decent. N.Y.C. New York City Color Cosmetics has two new lipsticks out for Summer that are $2.49 each at your local drugstore. I highly suggest snagging these as they are ideal for funky, fresh Summer Lips!


Check ’em after the jump!

These two lippies are part of a very tiny Summer Collection from N.Y.C. Color. Honestly, from the lot of items I thought these were the best. I’m not normally one for indulging in overly cheap cosmetics you know my feelings already about that sort of thing but these were shouting at me from the display as the colors are truly lovely for Summer especially if you like a sizzling lip look for the warmer weather.


I think it’s four shade’s altogether in the release but I purchased only two that I thought stood out. The lipsticks are entitled Special FX Lipstick but I’m unsure if that’s part of the regular line from N.Y.C. or just something newly introduced since I’m not all that familiar with the regular catalog of items.

The two shades I got were Hot Tamale and Sun Kissed. Hot Tamale is my favorite of the two and is a crisp, burned red shot through with a heavy dose of orange. Sun Kissed is metallic burnt orange. The finishes of each are metallic but can easily be toned down by topping with gloss plus it appears after two or three uses the metallic overcoat on the lipsticks wears done so the finish is sheer. The lipsticks are richly pigmented which was pretty interesting consider their cheap price tag. They apply smoothly and evenly leaving behind nice color pay off. I don’t think there is anything particularly special about the lipstick formula but it’s decent enough. I did find it slightly drying on it’s own minus gloss so I do recommend a touch of gloss as it not only livens the shades up further but keeps color moist on your lips.


If you’re not up for spending $15-$20 on a brand new lipstick for hot Summer lips I highly suggest nabbing these two shades from N.Y.C. Color. The inexpensive price tag, fantastic pigmentation, and HOT Summer shades are pleasing this Muse!

Loves ’em!

Total Muse Approval for purchase!

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Too Faced Fall Collection 2009: Too Faced Naturally Naughty Collection


Too Faced Naturally Naughty Collection is up and available for your shopping (or browsing) pleasure on the Too Faced site! Visit www.toofaced.com to see the entire collection. I’ve already reviewed quite a bit of it for you as well you can check through the links before if you missed any of my babblings!

Items releasing with this collection are as follows:

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Sephora Times Square Opening


Sephora is celebrating it’s second Time Squares Store and you’re invited to the launch!

  • Who’ll be there?

Adrienne Bailon, acress and singer-songwriter, Alexadra and Theodora Richards, model and rock royalty, Lauren Luke (Squee!), makeup maven and youTube glamour girl, the Sephora Pro Beauty Team, along with a who’s who of the beauty, fashion, and entertainment worlds, and YOU to celebrate the grand opening of Sephora 5 Times Square!

Opening day events will include a Sephora Square Takeover where beauty buffs are invited to participate in two glamorous Guinness World Records that will take place! The records that Sephora is hoping to break are Most Lipstick Applications by an Individual in an hour and Most Cosmetics Makeovers by a Team of Five in an hour.

  • When?

Friday, July 31, 2009 From 9am to 5pm

Events Taking Place:

  • 9am-9:30am Ribbon Cutting at Sephora 5 Times Square
  • Alexandra and Theodora Richards appearance
  • 11am-12pm Sephora Express Services
  • 12pm–1pm Sephora attempts to set the Guinness World Record for the most lipstick applications by one person in one hour.
  • Adrienne Bailon appearance
  • 2pm-3pm The By Lauren Luke Challenge
  • 3pm–4pm Sephora attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most cosmetic makeovers by a team of five in one hour
  • 4pm-5pm: Tempu Makes New York Blush: Join the AIRbrush Revolution

  • Where?

Sephora Square (Father Duffy Square)
Northern Triangle of Times Square, located between 46th and 47th Streets, Broadway and Seventh Avenue

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