Guest Review: Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder

Ok special treat for you guys today!

I have a guest reviewer for the new Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder! You may recall I blogged about this a few weeks ago if you missed it have a click over here to view my original post!

I didn’t pick this up for myself but I was seriously curious which is why I’m happy that Adina had commented and said she got it! We arranged to have her review it since she purchased it and I’m happy to say I’m currently lemming this thanks to Adina fab review and FOTD using it! It really have a nice flawless appearance to her skin! I think it’d make a great finishing powder or for more fuller coverage if you desire!

Adina’s skin type is normal with some oily bits in the T-Zone Area and of course like me dryer in the winter months!

Without further babble from me here’s Adina’s review on the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder!

Hello out there blog-reading beauties. Adina (a.k.a Krasevayadancer) here doing a guest post review on the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Face Powder with Brush which is currently only being offered on QVC. I know I have been tempted to purchase this ever since I happened to catch glimpses of the product on QVC. The lemming became too strong for me to handle and I gave in to those little voices telling me to make the purchase about 1 week ago.I picked up this little baby in the light color option (while I am pale, i am luckily not ghostly enough for the porcelain option)

What it claims to do: A face-perfecting powder and brush duo. The powder contains a hydrating blend of vitamins and antioxidants. The built in shaver allows for the convenience of a pressed powder with the radiant finish of a loose one. The super-sized brush deposits perfect amount of powder every time. The revolutionary anti-aging powder formula provides a brighter look to your skin and contains Gogi berry, a powerful antioxidant. The formula is also infused with encapsulated water to refresh the skin on contact and provide a hydrated look that won’t accentuate lines and wrinkles.

-From the QVC website

Packaging and Application- General Comments
The packaging is wonderfully sturdy and holds well in the hand. The inside lid contains a mirror which makes it quite handy as well.
I love love love how this product comes as a pressed powder that you “shave” into loose powder by twisting the compact. This minimizes the mess you get with loose powders. You get the wonderfully sheer glowy effects of loose powder without the mess you get when you use loose powder- count me a fan!

How it wears and general thoughts on the product.
Does this baby do all that it claims to do- reduce wrinkles, hydrate, and give me a flawless glow. My answer is a resounding YES! My face looks refreshed with a light dewy glow. Coverage is enough for me to get away with a couple of swipes and I am done.

Adina looking flawless with the powder on!

Is it worth the nearly $60 price tag- I would say so. For that price you get a wonderfully soft full coverage face brush and a great powder for all of you ladies who just need some light coverage and a wonderfully flawless face!

Hope you enjoyed my review. Let me know who else is using and loving this!

Honestly I want this for the brush alone hehe! That’s some seriously chunky brush it comes with! The Muse likey!

Thanks for the review Adina and for creating the warm, squishy glow of lemminginess!

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Pop Lid Neon

In keeping with the current them of outrageous colors Pop has introduced a beautiful palette entitled Lid Neon!

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Doesn’t this totally bring you back to the 80’s!?

My god I love it!

It’s sincerely loud and tacky and awesome! The Muse loves tacky!

WANT!

$22 USD for six sickeningly neon shades of yum!

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The Muse has plopped it on her Wish List!

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Vincent Longo Spring Collection 2008: C_Scope

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I’m sure you’ve read about, saw, and know of Vincent Longo’s new Spring Collection entitled C_Scope. I don’t follow a standard blog line when I do posts about new Collections as I like to put my personal spin on my entries. And even though you may have already read about this elsewhere you haven’t yet had a chance to discuss it here with me, your Muse! And I do so enjoy discussing upcoming collections with you guys plus you get the added benefit of my first impressions of the collection and you know I don’t pull strings when stating my opinion about loving or hating something!

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So C_Scope…looks nice. Very nice. I’ve noticed a few different Spring Trends developing this year one of which are the really loud colors such as you’ll find in this particular collection! The collection consists of some super bold, primary colors that you may not be too tempted to try out!

Below are two of the promo model images from Vincent Longo’s site and can I just say how awesome they both look!? Even though the colors are outrageously loud they still manage to look elegant and beautiful with some WOW thrown in!

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The first promo image entitled White Angel pairs yellow with white and I can tell you that I totally want to try this out. I’m slightly confused though as doesn’t it appear she’s wearing the yellow liner all over her lid? I’m wondering how they achieved the completed look. Below this is the Blue Belle look which again appears as if she’s wearing the blue all over her eye area.

I love, love, love both looks but it would be outstanding if they had directions, a video, or something to show us how to achieve these amazing looks!

On to the Collection……………

The collection consists of seven liners and mascaras in an array of unusual colors. Not particularly unusual as they are primary colors we see each and everyday but we don’t normally wear these shades on our eyes. Bright Yellow, Red, Blue, White, Brown, Black, and Green are available in either your choice of liner or mascara. I personally want to attempt the white and yellow look as I was saying earlier so this could mean a possible purchase of the white mascara and yellow eyeliner! The blue is very tempting as well but I already have a similar blue color in a Neo Liner from Majolica Majorca’s Summer Collection but that isn’t very pigmented so depending on how well the yellow and white turns out I might indulge in the ultra blue mascara and liner as well!

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Vincent Longo is a hit or miss brand for me but it does have many redeeming items that I enjoy using but some items are a sure fire miss for me! Of course this mainly sold me due to the amazing models and the looks created on each!

The collection is very promising and it definately makes a special appearance on my wish list IF I can pull off some of the same looks as the models! I’m terrified the liners will apply streaky and the mascaras will make me look like Cyndi Lauper circa 1981 or something equally scary but this hasn’t prevented me from having those warm, squishy feelings about this collection!

With the mascaras and liners they also introduced a new product entitled Lip Vinyl which looks interesting as well! Shiny wet lips and loud eyes! The Muse likey!

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Bravo Vincent Longo so far so good now I just need to use some of this and test it out to give it the hearty Muse Approval!

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Albion Eprise 2008 Spring Collection First Impressions, Reviews, and Other Bits and Bobs!

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I got something kinda sorta interesting to show you guys today and I have to post this super quickly I’m extremely busy at work today! If I owe you an e-mail or a reply to a comment I promise I’ll get to it soonish! I’m just a bit backed up due to work, life, the universe, and everything!

Albion Eprise has released it’s Spring Collection and one item that particularly caught my eye was the Water Face Color. Before I introduce you to the Water Face Color allow me to babble a bit about the new Collection.

I personally left behind a majority of the Spring Collection but it did have some very interesting pieces! The Collection consists of some very pretty items and unlike most of the releases this Season I’ve noticed that this particular Collection consists of some very fresh and interesting colors. Albion Eprise is obviously making it’s own kind of music with their Collection!

I feel a real sense of Spring with these colors and I was tempted to purchase a majority of this collection for that reason but I was good and only indulged in two pieces. Basically they went with really bold lips and really soft eyes which I totally love!

The lippies are almost all very bright reds and pinks while the eye colors are very soft blues, greens, and purples.

The release consists of a beautiful array of lipsticks, three new colors in the Creamy Eye Color, three new nail varnish colors, lipliners, and the Water Face Color Blush which ended up in my cart!

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As I said I skipped all of these delightful goodies and went for just the Water Face Color Blush. They blush was released in five colors and I ended up with two. All in all I thought it was rather the best of the lot of items! They have some really cute cartoon promo images using the cosmetics and this in itself almost convinced me to buy the entire lot of items used on each face but I was good!

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Ok enough babbling on to the review!

As I was saying I ended up with the Water Face Color and these are so, so, so interesting! The blushes come in a heavy glass bottle that’s quite cute. These are truly interesting as they aren’t quite a stain but they almost give you the same effect as one. On top of each bottle is a stopper which you place your finger over and proceed to tilt the bottle upside down to distribute a bit of the color on the tip of your finger for application! Not alot of product comes out of the bottle using this method which is good because you can slowly build the color up on your cheeks or use a lighter hand for a more natural, fresh look!

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The texture is a silky cool liquid that’s quite pigmented and beautiful. I found I got a beautiful flush of color to my cheeks when using this. This doesn’t dry as a powder nor does it really give you the benefits of a stain. It’s like nothing I’ve really tried on the market before and reminds me a little bit of Hard Candy’s Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush but not quite as the texture is more water based where as the Sweet Cheeks is more thick. The blush is very lightweight and has excellent staying power. I imagine this is going to work excellent in humid weather!

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If you’re seeking a very light, refreshing blush this might very well be something you’d be interested in purchasing! The colors are natural and beautiful and the formula is light and refreshing! I find it especially flawless on my combination skin (which is more dry right now in the cold weather)!

Overall, I’m very impressed with these! The entire Spring Collection from Albion Eprise appears very wearable and beautiful and I feel the need to go back for a second helping of this fabulous line up!

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Reader’s Request: KATE Glamtrick in GN-1 FOTD

Ok guys! As per your requests I did an FOTD this morning with the new KATE Glamtrick palette in GN-1.

The palette is very versatile and you can choose to do a light or a darker look using it. Don’t be discouraged that the dark look I created won’t be good for Spring because that’s not the case. I choose to do a darker look but if you desire you can definately lighten the look up! Later in the week I’ll do a lighter look with it but for today I choose to do a deeper look!

The quint is definately worth picking up as it’s truly a nice addiction to the Glamtrick line up! I know some of you had said that KATE’s line was sheer and I’ve never experienced that with any of KATE’s palettes and this particular FOTD definately proves how much you can build color up with these!

You can click here to view my original post about KATE’s Spring Collection!

I got a bit picture happy as I really loved the way this came out and I paid special attention to it as I know many of you were curious about what sort of looks you could create using this particular palette!

I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I enjoyed creating it and hopefully this helps you decide whether GN1 is something you want to add to your collection of palettes!

Glamtrick’ed out Muse
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What I Used:

Eyes
KATE Glamtrick Palette in GN1
MAC Plushlash in Black

Lips
KATE Liquid Rouge

Face
NARS Blush in Angelika

Tools of the Trade
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