I have to do a bit of shopping today for my good mate Rows from Mostly Make Up. I was snapping shots of the CVS flyer for her last week and as I did I thought maybe I’d post these up for the international readers so you can see some of our drugstore brands, sales, etc…..
As you know I’m not much of a drugstore makeup fan but lately I’ve had moments where I am tempted! Kinda a weird, random post I know and my stateside readers won’t be too interested but I definately thought those of you in different parts of the world would dig it!
Behold the CVS Sale Pamphlet for the Week (Everyone Oooo and Ahhhh all at once now):
More Stila from Japan!
Apparently these Stila Illuminating Treatment Powders are big in Japan or at least that’s what Stila says. Stila has been introducing different cosmetic bits that were once available in Japan only over the course of the last few months. Adding to that they have introduced this mineral based powder for a lighter coverage. It also supposedly contains a cooling agent which sounds interesting! I really find water-based, cooling foundations interesting!
This is available now from Stila for $45 USD!
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PJ from A Touch of Blusher had alerted me to the fact that my “subscribe in a reader” link could be having a problem. I was not experiencing this problem when I attempted clicking the link and subscribing to my own feed but I later got an e-mail and a comment about how it wasn’t working for a few of you!
I think I solved the problem!
So anyone that wanted to subscribe to my feed can do so by clicking towards the left hand side and entering your e-mail address!
Cross my fingers it works for you guys now!
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I wanted to share this exciting news with you last week when I originally got it but I was too busy to recreate the look so I didn’t want to post it without my spin on it!
One of the key makeup artists at Shu Uemura, Misumi Kitano, created a gorgeous exclusive face chart for readers of Musings of a Muse using the brand new Rebirth Collection! I was lucky enough to nab some of the Rebirth Collection for myself and it’s delightfully Spring-like!
I didn’t have everything that was used in the face chart so I improvised with some stuff from my own collection!
What was used in the face chart:
Glow on Harmonious Orange
Rouge Unlimited in Dewy Beige
Rocket Eye Pencil Energy Flow
Pristine Green Eyeshadow
Precise Volume Mascara Black
My dup of the face chart:
What I Used:
Milani Mineral Blush in Mai-Tai
Shu Uemura Rocket Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow
Shu Uemura Pristine Green Eyeshadow
MAC Pigment in Charteuse
Fairy Drops Mascara
Urban Decay Lip Envy in Envious
I’m happy to say that I got a chance to sample some of the Rebirth Collection from Shu and it’s quite gorgeous. It’s one of the few Collections that is very light and Spring-like! Many collections this year went for very bold and dramatic colors that didn’t completely suit my taste for Spring but Shu came out with a beautiful range of soft Spring colors such as greens and yellows that are sure to suit the upcoming warmth of Spring! The title of the Collection is quite fitting as each spring their is a Rebirth and regrowth of life around us! Flowers, Trees, Etc…the colors and the name are well suited!
The highlight of the collection for me are the rather awesome stackable tri color pencils. These come in three colors that are stackable to create one easy to carry pencil. These are a very creamy pencil that can be applied as an all over color or an eyeliner! Two color combinations are available which are Energy Flow and Aqua Flow. Both sets include three color selections for $20 USD. These trios are Limited Edition.
Overall, the collection is quite lovely and worth having a look at! The Muse loved recreating the look from the face chart Misumi created for Musings! A big thank you to Misumi for taking time out to design the chart!
Check out Shu’s Rebirth Collection at the Shu Uemura Website.
If you’d like to copy the face chart and do your own creation and share it with the Muse and readers of Musings of a Muse do e-mail it to me at [email protected]!
Click here to read my recent review of the Shu Uemura Mini Lash Curler!
Click to read my review on Shu Uemura’s Gloss Lacquers!
Click here to read how I fell head over heels in love with Shu’s Lash Curler!
I saw, I purchased, I tested. And now I’m about to review Benefit Erase Paste for you! Click here to read my original post about Erase Paste!
So I basically spent $26 to test this new multitasking concealer out from Benefit so you guys didn’t have to! Aren’t I the bestest friend in all the blogging world?
I have mixed emotions about Erase Paste. It’s not particularly working for me but it may work for you. I think it depends on what sort of skin type you’re sporting, what you’re concealing, how old you are, etc….
You’ve already heard me moan, piss, and whine about how my under eye area refuses to cooperate with me lately. I’ve developed dry skin under my eyes plus a bit of puffiness and fine lines which equals disaster for Benefit Erase Paste. I primarily purchased this to use as an under eye concealer but it’s so thick and blends so horribly that it cakes, creases, and ages my eyes. I was hopeful that the texture and formula would be as moisturizing and as easy to blend as Benefit Boi-ing but this is far more thicker and blending is difficult, lots of tugging involved which I’m not thrilled with.
I guess this can be considered moisturizing but the formula feels as if it dries to a powder even though that’s not what it’s doing. It emphasizes the dryness of my eye area terribly which makes me look more older than awake and brightened as it promises. A little goes a long way since the coverage is excellent. It should do a great job if you have dark circles and cover the pesky buggers up completely. I got the lightest shade and it still appears very beige in the jar which I don’t particularly like because it also applies that way. It matches my skin tone well enough but I normally like to go a shade or two below when working on my eye area. This brightens the area up yes but it almost feels and looks like I took my cream foundation (My skin is combo but mostly dry so I use cream foundation) and applied it under my eyes. Very strange!
The spatula it comes with is a god sent. I personally wouldn’t want to dip my finger into the jar for obvious reasons but if you don’t mind, hey some of us don’t which is fine, it’d be terribly difficult to get any product out simply because this stuff is so thick you need to use the tiny spatula to scrap it out of the jar.
I have some mixed emotions about this since it does make my eye area looks some what rested but honestly my other concealers work much better at doing this without aging my eye area, creasing, or caking up plus they are lighter in texture and the color is a few shades below my normal foundation color where as Erase Paste basically matches my foundation in color almost.
The jar this comes in isn’t as large as you might think it is when viewing the promo images. I purposely avoided looking at the size of the jar since I wanted to be surprised at how tiny or large it might be. Turns out it’s about the size of a potted lipgloss. Not so big at all but honestly the product should last you a year or so since you need so little for coverage.
Erase Paste next to my Shu Lip Lacquer for size comparison
My review is based on using this as an eye concealer only. I didn’t try hiding blemishes as I have none and I didn’t try it as a full face brightener as I was wary of applying such a thick cream to my face! You honestly can’t use this on the full of your face in my humblest opinion as it seems like it’ll clog your pores in a major way!
Instruction Pamphlet Included with Erase Paste for different options of use!
People who might find this product helpful would be those girls that suffer with little dryness under their eyes. It might be a dream concealer for those of you with super dark circles and no dryness as it may blend easier without dry bits to worry about!
So far I’ve used this twice. I can’t give it a completely bad review as I do somewhat like the coverage it gives. This morning after major prepping of my eye area it even blended a bit better then it did the first time I tried it and I’m not experiencing as much creasing. If you prep really well prior to application it blends not so badly however still plenty of tugging involved for proper application.
Is it me or do you really hate when people say pat your concealer on? Pat your moisturizer on! I mean seriously in my humblest opinion if I pat on my concealer it looks stupid and if I pat on my moisturizer it pills under my eye! I have to very gently rub with my ring finger and then blot and then pat. I know how bad it is to tug but I do have to gently rub it in to blend correctly! Benefit suggests patting Erase Paste under your eye…ummmm…that isn’t going to work so well! The formula is so thick you’ll look like you’re running around with a layer of beige color cream under your eyes if you just pat and not rub.
Who might love this:
- Girls with younger, fresher eyes!
- Those of you with dark, dark circles you need to conceal and cover up!
- Girls with mild acne that wish to conceal a blemish here and there!
- Those of you who do not have a dry under eye area!
Who might hate this:
- Those of you with older eyes. Fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin beware!
- Ladies that do NOT like tug on the eye area to blend!
I can’t yet give this a Muse Approval for purchase but it’s slowly growing on me. If it’ll ever becomes an absolute staple in my beauty regime remains to be scene but I somehow doubt that! It’s somewhat good but it’s far from being great! I highly recommend stopping at your Benefit Counter or heading to Sephora to test this out prior to purchasing it!
I’ll keep you posted as I’ll be using this for the remainder of the week before I deciding if I’ll be returning or keeping it!
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Click here to read my review of Benefit’s New Throb Powder!
Click here to read my run in and review of Benefit’s That Gal Face Primer!
Click here to read my review about Benefit’s Dandelion!