The Muse Featured on The Beauty of Life

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The Beauty of Life is on my daily reading list so I was honored and flattered when it’s editor, Jamie, asked if I’d like to participate in her First Look Fridays post.

The First Look Friday entries are posted each Friday and feature a different blog and interview with it’s editor each week! It’s a really fun way to find out more about the author behind some of your favorite Beauty Blogs!

If you ever wondered how Musings began, or who the Muse really is, what blogs I am reading, or just more information in general about me you can hop on over to Jamie’s site, The Beauty of Life, and check out my Q&A session with her!

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Happy Reading!

Want to know more about me? Click on the “Pieces of Life” tag below and I’m sure you’ll find out plenty of interesting tidbits and morsels about your favorite Muse!

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MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

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I’m really late pumping out my review for MAC Neo Sci-Fi! I was on vacation when this popped into stores which ended up in a delay getting all the pieces I wanted and thus my very late review to you!

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Bad Muse!

Sadly, by now you’ve read the reviews, seen the swatches, and brought the T-Shirt on MAC’s Summer trio release however you haven’t heard my thoughts on the topic and those are by far the most important of course…maybe…sorta….kinda……….

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Upon Neo Sci-Fi’s original release I wasn’t doing cartwheels through the aisles as I’ve been known to do when a new MAC color story pops up! Last year’s Summer Collection wasn’t anything I was too excited about either so Neo Sci-Fi found it’s way to the bottom of my list of Must Have Summer Makeup.

However, upon getting my hands on some of the collection I quickly realized that many of the items released with it are truly gems and I’m happy that I grabbed a majority of the collection!

As you know the color story was released in three seperate parts. Neo Sci-Fi which includes all the blushes, eye shadows, and facial cosmetics, Solar Field which included the bronzers and a new pigment product called Solar Bits (review to follow on those shortly), and finally Future Earth which included some very interesting skin care items!

So I think I personally got the best of the best that was offered with this particular collection!

I ended up with four out of the five shadows released. Femme-Fi which is a frosty golden cream, Evening Aura which is golden peach, Magnetic Fields which is a black brown, and Expensive Pink which is a golden orangey shade.

Out of the four shadows Expensive Pink is most definately a must have in my humblest opinion. Although the title says pink and the MAC website says it’s pink I see it as more of a flattering golden, burnt orange. It’s sincerely a beautiful shade for Summer when you’re sporting some great golden bronzer or some beautiful peach or coral blush! Evening Aura is about three shades lighter but it compliments Expensive Pink beautifully and makes for a great lid color while using Expensive Pink in the crease of your eye! If you’re just looking to buy one shadow from this particular collection definately don’t miss out on Expensive Pink (even though it’s actually available all the time it’s still nice to have in the cool neon packaging!). Magnetic Field was a spur of the moment purchase. It’s a dark black brown and I thought it would go great with one of the Solar Bits I picked up plus it looks wonderful as an upcoming Fall Shade. Femme-Fi is a creamy golden beige that works great as a highlighter and in conjunction with Expensive Pink and Evening Aura you can do a nice eye look combining the three!

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Speaking of packaging….at first I was a little dismayed at the really gaudy neon orange packaging but turns out it’s rather funky once you get used too it! I’m actually liking the unique look of these particular compacts and not minding the glow in the dark effect at all!

Now blushes I might have made a tiny mistake on. I got both but I’m a bit scared of X-Rocks. X-Rocks is a very deep dirty mauve that appears almost brown. With a light hand I may be able to work this well but I am quite frightened I’ll just look dirty with it on so I need to practice with this before stepping outside the door! The star of the blushes is definately Spaced Out which is a shimmery summer peach shade that looks stunning on! If you’re sporting a tan you’ll look simply gorgeous wearing this!

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And finally I nabbed a few of the lip items. Pink Grapefruit lipglass was my number one product in this collection! It’s simply too yummie and it made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have List very quickly! I ended up purchasing a backup since it’s truly a unique shade. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend tracking this one down! It’s has shades of orange, gold, pink, and peach all combined into a unique and simply stunning shade! I originally only purchased one item from the lip stuff released but I later went back after a reader pointed out that Soft and Slow was a must have lipglass! Turns out she was right as it’s a rather beautiful shade of creamy plum that works well with all the shadows and blushes in the collection! Finally I couldn’t keep my hands off of Electro Lipstick. It’s a bright true orange that I’ll probably look ridiculously sporting but I don’t have any shades like it so I absolutely had to have it!

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All in all Neo Sci-Fi has some serious winners and I’m happy I did manage to score some of it. At first I wasn’t going to bother to head into store to swatch but I’m happy I did as the collection has some terrific finds!

Must have Hits from this Collection:
Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit
Eye shadow in Expensive Pink
Blush in Spaced Out

Face of the Day I created this morning using the following from MAC Neo Sci-Fi:

Eyes
MAC Eyeshadow in Femme-Fi
MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink
MAC Eyeshadow in Evening Aura

Cheeks
MAC Blush in Spaced Out

Lips
MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit

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What did you haul from Neo Sci-Fi?

What was a hit for you? What was a miss?

Loved this collection?

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Read my mad ravings about MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit!

Click here to read about the trio of MAC Summer Color Stories released last month!

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to find out why I am loving MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator released with Future Earth!

Check back soon to see my review on MAC Solar Bits and MAC Cool Heat!

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Summer Must Have Fragrance: Clean Summer Review

The Summmmmmmmmmmmer wind came blowing in from across the seaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! It lingered there and touched your hair………….

Sorry I got caught up for a second there! Sinatra does that to me!

What was I saying now?

Oh yea!

My review on Clean Summer!

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Clean is one of my favorite lines of fragrance around. It’s one of the few lines of perfume that holds a wonderful linger, has a fantastic throw, and just contains unique, complex notes that just make me a happy Muse

Although Clean carries a rather hefty price tag you’ll be happy to shell out your hard earned money for some of their fragrances as they are Eau de Parfum not Eau de Toilette meaning long, lingering, gorgeous scent that lasts all day into the evening!

I own a majority of every single product Clean has put out thus far and I happily added the newest fragrance released from Clean to my collection recently entitled Summer! How fitting a name for a wonderful Summer fragrance!

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Clean Summer is slightly different from previous Clean releases as it happens to be an Eau Frachie which means it contains almost no alchohol and is better for your skin and provides moisturizing benefits. Cool! A beautiful Summer scent that not only smells gorgeous but is also beneficial to my skin.

Although Eau de Frachie fragrances normally contain about 3% perfume oil this shouldn’t sway you from purchasing Clean Summer as the throw is quite good and the linger lasts throughout the day. I did three squirts on a humid day and I was left smelling yummie all day and well into the evening! I also happened to score about three compliments asking what I was wearing that day alone!

The notes in this are Crisp Bargamot, Rose Ice, Mirabelle Plum, Lily of the Valley, and Italian Limoncello. The fragrance is very complex and you won’t be able to pick out exact notes (unless you have a super sense of smell!) however I did find the dominant note was the Italian Limoncello. The lemon pulled through beautifully and just gave me that beautiful illusion of a fresh, cool Summer day. As humans we associate certain smells with certain events or times in our lives and Clean Summer happens to put me in the spirit of a lovely Summer day! It smells like sunshine in a bottle!

If you have a body chemistry that sucks scent and fragrance up you might want to consider layering Clean Summer with it’s matching Soft, Refreshing Lotion for added fragrance throw and staying power. The lotion has a gorgeous matching scent and has a light cooling effect on the skin!

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I’m rather loving Clean Summer at the moment and I’m quite excited I got the chance to test drive it out. The Muse definately slaps a seal of Muse Approval on this one and adds it to the Must Have Summer Fragrance list!

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I’ve only seen this on for sale at HSN so far. Click on over to nab it for $44.95 USD! This includes both the fragrance and the moisturizer as a kit! Not too bad a deal in my humblest!

Want more Clean? Check out the Clean Perfume website and see some of my favorite fragrances like Clean Lather!

Love Clean?

Which are your favorite fragrances from Clean?

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Stay tuned for more Clean Perfume reviews soon!

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Get in touch with your fragrant side by traveling around some past posts!

Click here to read my review on the newest Jill Stuart perfume! You’ll love my pictures of the gorgeous bottle!

Click here to read why Carol’s Daughter Jamaican Punch was holding my heart captive a few months ago!

Read my review on Bath and Body Works Hello Sugar! body spray!

Revisit your childhood with my post about some interesting cologne sprays from Demeter!

Cynthia Rowley has a few new scents out she made exclusively for Avon! Check my review out here!

Click here to read about Benefit’s newest fragrance, BSpot!

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MAC Pro Neon Pigments

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MAC Pro has released six shades of matte, neon pigments. I find this very interesting and have a lemming for a few colors.

Have you seen these?

Gorgeous!

Must have! *drool*

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Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection Sneak Peek

I see a sneak peek below of the new Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection!

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Excited?

Me too!

My love and lust for Bobbi continues lately after I spotted the the Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection for Fall. Although the Mauve Collection didn’t call out to me I still felt like I might need to test drive it out for myself before making any rash decisions about it!

I’m sure glad I did as I’m beginning to love it! Expect my review sometime this week!

For now I’ll leave you with the details about this collection to whet your appetite after my tease sneak peek on the collection above!

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The collection consists of a wide variety of interesting shades that are most flattering for the upcoming Fall season. Although I’m not a huge fan of neutral shades the Mauve Face Palette has caught my eye for some reason or another. The collection pretty much focuses on the elegance of simplicity in purple, brown, gray, and mauve colors.

Not exactly exciting bold colors but as you can see from the model’s promo image she does manage to pull off a certain elegant, natural beauty look which is why the palette intrigued me. This is very grown up makeup for the Muse’s tastes.

Count me curious!

I’ll be reviewing some of the collection soon and you’ll be pretty surprised at what I have to say about it!

Bobbi Brown’s Mauve Collection is available now at your local counters and from Bobbi Brown’s website!

See more of the Mauve Collection by clicking here!

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Not your style?

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Catch up on past Bobbi Brown Collections by clicking around below!

Click here to read about the Bobbi Brown Bronzed Pink Collection!

Click here to read about the Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection!

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