Sephora Moroccan Sunrise


I suppose the Spring isn’t always about pastel shades. I can’t help but think light and airy for Spring but that’s not the case with most collections releasing this year and year’s past. I imagine most brands aren’t of the same frame of mind as the Muse and when they think Spring they think time for a “tropical holiday” and time to beat the cold and embrace the warmth of a warm vacation on an island somewhere with the sun beating down on our heads and the smell of colitas rising up through the air…oh wait…that’s a song isn’t it?


Sorry I meant to say the warm smell of tanning lotion!

Yea, well you’re either an Eagles fan and loved it or didn’t get it at all.

Moving on….

Sephora has embraced that warm, tropical feeling with it’s brand new collection entitled Moroccan Sunrise.

The Muse say…whoa likey!


I honestly have no love loss for Sephora Brand cosmetics but I do generally love how hard they try when they do release an interesting collection so be the case with the Sephora Moroccan Sunrise Collection, it truly is rather gorgeous.

The general fanfare is included with the release including brush sets, makeup bags, and the odd little cosmetic bit and bob such as a mirror and atomizer. However, what really caught my attention was the entire makeup part of the collection. It all looks quite nice and dare I say indulge-able. Is that even a word? Well I deem it a word, place it in your Musepedia of words and phrases this Muse uses.

I personally think they went a bit too far with the fanfare items and left the color makeup part of the collection lacking. We all know that the huge selection of Moroccan themed makeup bags will end up on clearance quickly enough so why bother releasing so many? They should have expanded further on the makeup line up in my humblest as this is really quite nice.




The collection is tiny as you can see and understand why I’m ranty now. It includes a gold powder, a beautiful eye palette, and a few lipglosses. If I were Sephora I’d have done some blushes, maybe an eyeliner or two in sunny shades, and perhaps some lipsticks. They actually did pretty well with what they did release however a blush would have been superb but hey we can’t haz it all can we?

The fluff pieces:









I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about adding that eye palette and bronzer too my wish list! Hmmmm….decisions, decisions…

What do you think of the Sephora Moroccan Sunrise Collection?

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Spring Collection 2009: Lush Valentine’s Day Collection

Although the Muse isn’t the biggest fan in the world of Valentine’s Day she can definately open her heart to the love of the Lush Valentine’s Day Collection this year!


I’m quite surprised that Lush went all out this year with it’s fine selection of Valentine’s Day gift sets. Last year the collection was a good deal smaller and I honestly thought it would be even more so this year with the economy the way it is!

But not the case at all! 5 gift sets and a few new products are on the table to sweeten up yours, a friend’s, or a loved one’s Valentine’s Day this year! Check out below for the details on what’s available!








All in all a rather lovely little round up of nice gifts from Lush! I have my eye on the Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar, You Wash My Back Soap, and a My Fair Lady Gift Set.

Is it ok to say I really want the Lush Hello Sailor Gift Set for the tattoo alone. What? I’m a sucker for temporary tattoos because I’m too much of a wussy to get a real one!

Snag 15% off your entire order using code GIFTFORYOU09

Get ‘em while they are here because once they are gone you’ll have to bid them farewell till next year!

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Sephora Brand Buildable Cover Concealer

Here’s one that could be interesting, check it out:


Sephora Brand Buildable Cover Concealer…hmmm…count this Muse intrigued!

Available in three shades for $16 USD the Muse could say that this makes a girl curious for sure. Sephora Brand Buildable Cover Concealer looks like Benefit Boi-ing but supposedly dries to a powder-like finish. Not sure I’m loving a cream to powder formula in concealer can you say creasing? But it supposedly hides just about everything including tattoos…whoa…this could be good.

Buildabe coverage makes this a customized concealer for large or small problems. Contains Viatmins A and E with hydrating agents such as cocoa oil.

Sure sounds like it’s food from the concealer gods…whether it is or not remains to be seen!

In the cart you go….review coming soon!

Tell me…


The Muse finds that a majority of Sephora brand cosmetics are a trash…could this be awesome?

Count me curious!

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Too Faced Mirror Mirror Mini Lip Gloss Set


But of course the Muse’s is the fairest of them all!

Ok, maybe not. I probably made that up but I happen to be a legend in my own mind…that counts for something right?


Speaking of mirrors you can nab yourself a super steal at the moment as the Too Faced Mirror Mirror Lip Gloss Set is currently hitting pay dirt over @ Sephora!



Check it….

The Muse has a certain fondness…ok…PASSION for Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss! Loves this stuff. Alot. Possibly thee best lipgloss I’ve tried in a while. I’ve already reviewed it here on Musings but it’s well worth a re-mention as it’s currently on sale at Sephora.

Nab yourself a four pack of Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss for $21 USD! That’s $5.25 per a gloss and well worth it in the Muse’s humble opinion. This is a perfect excuse to try the gloss out if you haven’t already plus nab a variety of colors. Or if you’re already a fan what’s not to love about the price tag? Hello, perfectly cheap so nice to see you around here darling!


Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss lives up to it’s name giving lips a mirror like shine that’s intensely glossy, ultra moisturizing, and might I say super shiny! This gloss is truly one holy grail material. Simply love it.









Nab yours now for $21 USD @ Sephora, totally Muse Approved for purchase! You can thank me later for introducing you to this “can’t live without it” lipgloss! If you’re feeling particularly generous pick up a few for V-Day gifts for friends! That’s what the Muse did!

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Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation Review

I’m generally wary of trying mineral foundations as they all make me rather itchy! Although it goes without saying that I was really a fan of Prescriptives All Mineral Makeup and Urban Decay’s Surreal Skin however I do find that I don’t use them as much as I would liquid or cream foundations.

I should mention I also happen to be dubious of products that promise me a one minute miracle and 4 products in 1. So be the case with Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation. 4 products in 1 pressed powder that promises me a miracle in under a minute….

 

 

 

 


naaaaaaaa no way!

 

Maybe I need to eat my words because I was actually surprised at how well Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Foundation performed. I will mention that the first time I opened the compact I got amazingly annoyed as the product had no sponge, no brush, nothing. At $24.50 USD they couldn’t include a brush and a mirror? How irritating! After reading the back of the package where it states use brush to apply I began to get even angrier. I dunno why I was so mad because I honestly never make proper use of a brush or a puff anyway but sheesh at the very least they could have included either of the two to appease my sudden frugal nature.

 

 

 


Turns out your Muse was quite silly…the compact is actually dual sided…oh likey alot now! It has the powder on top and you can flip it over to open the other side which has a deep well, a full size mirror, and a rubber sponge! This was getting better and better. I absolutely love dual sided compacts since they are so handy for keeping powder neat and tidy. So far I was loving the packaging after my tantrum earlier on.

 

Now the packaging was cool but it was time to test out the formula. Would it offer coverage? Would I be itchy after using it? Turns out that it performs as well as my Physicians Formula Pressed Powder which I adore and in some aspects even better if possible.

 


The powder isn’t particularly silky but it is soft and it blends quite well leaving behind flawless skin. It works as a concealer, foundation, mineral powder, and SPF all in one. Technically the coverage is buildable but sheer so I’m unsure how well it’ll perform on skin problems such as acne however it does an amazing job with offering good flawless coverage and brightening up my dull skin. I think it would perform well in concealing pores as well but I don’t have terribly large pores so I couldn’t say for sure. I was slightly worried about using it under my eyes since I have a problem with powder under my eyes however this worked surprisingly well at offering decent coverage without creasing or aging my eyes. The powder contains an SPF 15 which is great if you’re seeking extra coverage after applying your normal SPF treatment.

 

 

 


I haven’t tried application with a brush but the included rubber sponge works fab at applying the powder and I actually prefer it over using a brush. It blends easily on my skin however since my skin is going through a crummy dry session at the moment it does look a little bit made up however with proper prepping and priming it looks natural and beautiful on my skin. The product is made with mineral pigment with a base of Shea Butter and Vitamin E which sounded promising for dry skin but no joy sadly, my dry skin really doesn’t love it without proper moisturizing prior to use.

 

 

 


It does promise full coverage and it does give quite a good deal of coverage yet applies sheer so it feels like you have virtually nothing on your skin. This is always a plus as we all want to look as natural as possible in regards to makeup.

 

Relieved is the Muse as it didn’t make her itchy as most mineral products do however I do have one minor rant in regards to wear. It wears extremely well but it does need a touch up around 3-4 hours into wear. I normally like my foundations to work overtime and offer at least 6 (if possible 8) hours of wear. I’m not good at touching up unless I am heading out after work so I do like my makeup to wear well and wear for hours at a time. This did need a bit of a refresher after around the fourth hour of wear. Not too bad but I’d prefer a longer wear time.

Is it a minute miracle? I dunno. I think it does a fine job of lightening my face up, giving flawless coverage, and making me look fresh and awake however I’m unsure if I can use this daily as my sole foundation since I’m more of a cream foundation girl but for in between uses I think we’ll get on just fine. Whether or not it will do the same for you really is a matter of trying it out and testing for yourself. At $24.95 USD the price is quite right which is always a bonus. The powder comes in a wide variety of tones as well which is more than I can say for most mineral products plus as I mentioned the small price tag definitely appeals.

I’m wearing the powder below with a touch of blusher. You can probably see that I do need a great deal more of concealer under my eyes as they are looking a tad puffy and tired but aside from that I think my skin looks quite healthy and flawless.

All in all I’m quite pleased with my first venture into Pur Minerals and I will repurchase the powder once I’m done with this one and also interested in trying out further items from the line.

 

How about you?

Loving Pur Minerals?

Tell the Muse!

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