Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base Review

The Muse is still rounding up concealers for you! Here’s her latest review!

Concealing our lids is just as important as concealing under our eyes. That’s where Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base comes into play.

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I normally use Benefit Lemon Aid for prepping my upper eye area. It’s my holy grain product, you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands one day. I love this stuff. However, I was recently intrigued by Clarins Instant Eye Perfect Base so I decided to cheat on good old Lemon Aid and give Clarins a shot!

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Now there aren’t a ton of products on the market right now that are using for prepping above the eye so Benefit and Clarins are definately unique in that aspect but where as Benefit preps it doesn’t prime and Clarins happens to do both.

The instant light comes in a click style pen which as you know is my ideal applicator for concealers and foundations. You simply swipe this on your lid and pat into place and it preps your eye area giving you a fresh look. When I say preps I simply mean that it creates a flawless finish to the eye while allowing your lid to match up with your under eye. Example: You conceal your under eye area but your lid isn’t looking nearly as fresh looking and concealer is simply to heavy for the lid! Solution: Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base! Take your Instant Light, smooth on, and perfection! Smooth lid, refreshed, bright, awake, and ready for shadow.

Although this happens to be ideal for prepping the lid might I suggest the amazing benefits as a primer. I hate to say this but this stuff actually works better than Urban Decay Primer Potion at prepping, priming, and allowing your eye shadow to blend on smoothly and last all day! Don’t get me wrong UDPP allows my shadow to last all day too but I experienced last fall out when using Instant Touch and my shadow blended quite nicely and smoothly after use.

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Now the formula is extremely creamy, very moisturizing and easy to blend but I was slightly disappointed in the color. Although I got the lightest and only shade available which is 00 I still felt like it was just a little too flesh colored for my liking. I prefer my concealers to have a whiter base as I feel it brightens my eye area better. However, even though the color was borderline peachy it blended seamlessly with my skin without any problems.

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This one gets a coveted place in my daily use line up and I find I’ve reached for this everyday since getting my hands on it. I like this one and I’m going to approve it for purchase!

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Visit Clarins site for further information on Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base.

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DuWop Fall 2008 Collection

Mmmm DuWop has a rather delicious line up for Fall 2008!

Behold:

DuWop Pure Venom Plumping Lip Stain Available in Two Shades $24 USD
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A plumping lip stain? I’m on it!

DuWop Crush Molten Metallic Eyeshadow Trio $24 USD
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Hmmm this is NICE! I’ll be reviewing it shortly for you! You’re going to want this one for yourself! The picture above doesn’t do this justice at all!

DuWop Lash Venom Mascara $24 USD
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Hmmm first time I’ve seen mascara from DuWop….interesting!

Overall, looks like a rather promising selection of goodies from DuWop! I got my hands on the eyeshadow trio this weekend and I’m supposed to mention that Jo, my sister, is responsible for finding it. She gave me specific instructions that she was to get credit for locating it at Sephora and turning to me and doing our normal routine which consists of both of us saying “Ooooo Prett-i” a few hundred times.

Sorry, but I’d rather not hear her call from across the room when she reads this that I failed to mention her (her desk faces mine at our office)! Everyone should now proceed to comment in the comment box and tell her thanks at her great find so she feels all special.

In all seriousness, it was a rather good find! The palette is fab but I won’t say more until I do a face with it!

Review to come soon……….!

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Black Head Off Stick Review: Blackheads Be Gone….Maybe?!

Do you have any really silly stuff in your beauty arsenal that you swear by?

Black Head Off Stick by B & C Laboratories is probably one of my most silliest items that I stash away in my beauty arsenal and often reach for, I’m embarrassed to admit I do use this!

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Muse, what the hell is Black Head Off Stick anywhere?

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Well….

This little guy is made by those same friendly people over at Sony who bring you great electronics and lip gloss too!

It’s a Japanese thing don’t ask me.

But I’m just happy to have a little stash of Black Head Off Sticks. I’ve been through about 3 in the last year.

Anyway I forgot to explain what it was didn’t I?

Well….

It looks like a lip balm but it’s actually a stick that you smooth over your nose and after that you proceed to rub the area and supposedly this “erases” your blackheads.

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Don’t ask me why I continue using this thing but for some odd reason or another I’ve convinced myself that it’s improved the blackheads I get on my nose. Ok, granted not those deeply embedded suckers that you need acid to remove…BUT the ones at the surface are easily removed by swiping this across your nose a few times and briskly rubbing.

It also kinda makes my nose matte and less shiny….and this is weird…but my nose kind of looks brighter and fresher….does that make any sense?

Prob not but I think when they coined the phrase “powder your nose” the effect would be similiar to what Black Head Off Stick does to my nose!

Is it useless? Possibly.

Am I convinced it works?

Yes.

Do I recommend it?

Sure why not!

It’s cheap as day old chips so yes I recommend picking one up. And hey you don’t even have to go to Japan (although if you have the means I highly recommend flying to Japan to get one! For cultural purposes only of course) to get it. Most Asian markets have these available and if not you can wander through my Japanese Shopping Guide and come across a few shops that carry this and it’s also available on E-bay for mere pennies.

The Muse likes it. Useless, possibly but I’m all for useless products!

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Cargo Cosmetics Fall Collection 2008

A few new pieces have popped up on Sephora from Cargo Cosmetics that I’m a bit excited about.

Cargo Wet/Dry Eyelining Palette $32 USD
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This palette contains eight powder eyeliners that can be used wet or dry.

Cargo Blu_Ray Polishing Clothes $15 USD
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Pack of 20 exfoliating clothes to prep and prime the skin for moisturizer and makeup. These happen to washable and reusable as well.

Cargo Blue_Ray Concealer $28 USED
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A click pen style concealer that promises to banish wrinkles as well as dark circles.

Cargo Essential Eyeshadow Palette $32 USD
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An essential selection of naturals, nudes, and neutrals for creating a simple yet elegant eye look.

Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette $28 USD
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A quad of four vibrant eye shadows to create one or several looks! Comes in eight shade selections!

The Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette definately caught my eye as the color selection is vast with a multitude of color shades available. I’m also very excited about those exfoliating clothes which have a really great price plus are reusable. I liked the concealer as well but was disappointed that it was available in only two shade options so those with a darker tone will be unable to indulge.

All in all looks like a nice lot of new goodies from Cargo Cosmetics!

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Jelly Pong Pong Nicola Roberts Dainty Doll Concealer Review

Ahhh concealer round up continues today with a concealer from across the pond!

Chances are if you’re not living in the UK or up to date on your British Pop Culture you don’t know who Nichola Roberts is.

Nicola Roberts is a member of the girl band Girls Aloud and now a creator of her own makeup line. Jelly Pong Pong released the collection from Nichola Roberts in April and it sold out pretty quickly online which accounts for why I never nabbed some for myself. By the time I did get a chance to look through the collection it was sold out completely. However, the good news is ASOS still sells all of the collection (They ship worldwide btw).

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After much debate with myself I decided to order the concealer and a few other items. I was highly doubtful I should order any of it since the collection is geared towards fair, pale, and milky completions. Since I’m so obsessed with lighter products and whiter skin I decided I’d give the concealer a shot.

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I really wanted to love this. It sported cute packaging, came in a similar style jar as my beloved Benefit Boi-ing, looked moist and creamy, plus the price wasn’t too bad at 8.00.

I made my first mistake when I ordered the lightest shade which was fair. It comes in fair and natural and I’m thinking natural might have been better suited to my skin. Although fair worked ok it was just a bit too light. I was hopeful that lightness would brighten my eye area up but all it did was make me look unnatural. The product is pigmented enough to cover blue or darker circles on fair skin and will offer some brightening benefits for a shade or two lighter than fair.

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Please take note the skin on the back of my hand is much darker than the skin on my face
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I made my second mistake when I assumed this would be moist and creamy. It’s not either sadly. The texture is very hard which makes blending extremely difficult even after warming the concealer on the back of my hand. The worst part is how it creased into my fine lines and actually dried my eye area out even worst than it already is! Eep!

I don’t want to give this a complete poor review because I believe that it can be extremely good for a few select people. Younger girls can definately benefit from this if you’re eye area is woe free (example: fine lines, moist skin, etc…) and I also think it’s ideal for pale, creamy complexions. It has to be thee most flattering shade I’ve seen on the market for a fair complexion. Finding the right shade of foundation, concealer, etc..when you have very fair skin comes with drama so the idea behind this entire line is simply awesome for those of you lucky enough to have a gorgeous, milky complexion.

Who this might be good for:

  • Fairer Skin
  • Younger Skin
  • Line Free Skin
  • Normal Skin that’s not dry


Those who should avoid it:

  • Older Skin
  • Finely Lined Skin
  • Dry Skin


It had it’s strong points and I think it could possibly be a Muse Approval if I fit the criteria of being younger, less lines, no dry skin, etc….

However, since I’m 30, sport some fine lines, and have a dry under eye area it simply did not work for me.

I’m quite disappointed as I really wanted to love! Stay Tuned Next Week when I review the Dainty Doll Foundation! Maybe that’ll be good!? We shall see!

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