Sephora’s Philosophy Bubbly 3 in 1 Shower Gel Version

Remember my post about Philosophy Bubbly? It wasn’t so longer ago but if you’re feeling forgettable on a Monday morning (and who can blame you in this cold) click here for a refresher!

Well Sephora’s jumped on the bandwagon and they got a new box, the same price tag, and slapped a new name on the packaging and called it their very own and only available from them too mind you (but we already know it’s available at QVC too).

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Sephora’s “version” of Bubbly comes in a box that reads “Congratulations” and is the same whopping 24oz size and the cost is pretty much the same too at $20!

It’s a perfect gift really so no matter if you buy it from Sephora or QVC it all smells the same and does the same thing!

Go on..indulge…you know you want too!

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Total Beauty: Elle Article

Total Beauty is featured in Elle this month!

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Bourjois Paris Ombre A Paupieres UK Colors: The Sequel

I’m still digging through my box of goodies from the UK! I happened across ANOTHER Bourjois Paris eyeshadow in Prune Intense. It’s a gorgeous deep purple that reminds me of MAC’s Entremauve Pigment but this is far more wearable for me as it shows a tad bit lighter and has some more shimmer to it!

Just beautiful!

You can see my other post with other colors of Bourjois Paris Ombre A Paupieres UK colors by clicking here!

I can’t wait to do an FOTD with this color!

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philosophy Bubbly Three in One Shower Gel

An item that is making an appearance under my tree this year would be Philosophy’s QVC Exclusive Bubbly Three in One Shower Gel!

Philosophy Bubbly Sold Exclusively at QVC
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I’ve been disenchanted with Philosophy’s Three in One’s for a while now and I find myself reaching for the Bath and Body Works Temptation shower gels more than the Philosophy ones lately!

However, about a year ago Philosophy had introduced a trio of gels in a gift pack that was labeled the Wedding Party or the Wedding or something of that nature and in it was a small bottle of a shower gel that I had fallen in love with entitled Bubbly!

My tiny little bottle of Bubbly that I’ve been cherishing for the past few months! But now I have my massive bottle to take it’s place!
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QVC, and Philosophy for that matter, would have you believe that Bubbly is a BRAND NEW, never released product but that’s not the case! It had made it’s appearance for a very short, limited time and the Muse just happens to own a small bottle of it!

When I seen Bubbly pop up again on QVC’s site in a massive 24oz bottle (Normally the Three in One Shower Gel’s are 16oz) I knew I must have it! I was especially delighted by not only it’s size but it’s $15USD price tag (It’s now since gone back to being $20 on the site as the $15 was a special of the day or some such thing)!!! You may remember my posts about Philosophy changing it’s packaging and this bottle you see is in the new bigger size! Previous posts about Philosophy’s big change of clothes can seen by clicking here, here and here!

The New 24oz bottle beside the old 16oz bottle! Plus a little baby 6oz of Bubbly at the end!
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I snagged five bottles (one for myself of course) and the rest I’ll be wrapping up as extra stocking stuffers for some friends this year!

This delightful shower gel lives up to it’s name! It’s bubbly and effervescent with a tiny touch of sweet citrus champagne scent and just perfect all around! It Pops, Fizzes, and just lights up your shower with such a great scent! The Muse highly recommends nabbing an ultra inexpensive bottle for yourself and maybe several more as gifts!

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I don’t know how long Bubbly is going to be around for but you can purchase it now from QVC ONLY by using Item Number A74742.

Toast yourself in the shower with a bit of Bubbly!

Bubbly is most definately Muse Approved!

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Majolook Eyeshadow Palettes in SV801 FOTD with a Bit of a Tutorial

I imagine many of you have the Shiseido Majorca Majolica’s Holiday Majolook palettes on your Christmas and Holiday Wish Lists!

I know I did!

I got my collection a little bit ago and finally got around to blogging about it, you can see that blog post by clicking here.

I’m about to show you what I created with this and I thought I’d do a bit of a written tutorial as well. I’m about to babble a bit so be prepared to be enlightened or bored silly if it’s the latter I’ll wake you when I’m done.

I cracked open SV801 today and did a very neat, pretty, and simple FOTD with it. You have to keep in mind a few things when you purchase and finally work with Majolook Palettes. For one thing these palettes aren’t top quality pigment they aren’t nearly as nice as the single shadows MJ has in the general catalog plus the texture of the shadows is completely different. Don’t expect eye popping looks when using this because that’s not what you’re going to get. These ARE going to give you a beautiful, simple look. Single shadows from MJ are far more pigmented and have a completely different texture while these palettes are more about layering for intensity. This isn’t a rant, it’s simply a truth.

Secondly, I find that the Majolook work best on Asian eyes. Dunno why but I think the colors in the palettes look divine on Asian eyes. My eyes are extremely big, buggy, and dominate my entire face and I hate it. Asian eyes are delicate, exotic, and unique and the shimmer in these shadows works very, very well with that. These are so light and pretty on that style of eye in comparison to my large set eye. So really while I’m layering this and layering it some more someone of Asian descent can simply sweep this on maybe twice and get a really subtle yet awe aspiring look while I need much more to get the awe part. Personally I think it’ll work beautifully with double lid or single lid eyes (if you’re Asian you know what I mean or if you have many Asian friends you already know what I am talking about!). Sometimes it’s difficult to wear the latest trend in eyeshadow when you have a single lid but these will work perfectly with either as they are soft shimmering shades that are just perfect for double or single lids (some girls have surgery to get a double lid! My god! Scary!).

So now that I’ve babbled a bit…on with the tutorial.

I’m working my palette from left to right which would be lightest to darkest shades. As I said earlier you’re not going to have to build this up too much if you’re Asian because it’ll look cakey as opposed to if you have huge eyes like mine and need lots of color to get that “pop”.

Sadly, this tutorial isn’t exactly going to work well if you’re Asian as it’s working the darker shade into the crease. And unfortunately I couldn’t do a good tutorial on how to work this particular palette on an Asian eye because I have no experience applying any eye looks onto anyone other then myself. Sorry guys icon sad It’s especially crummy considering most of my gorgeous readers are of some Asian descent! I wish I could offer some sort of tutorial on the best way to apply this so hey if anyone wants to contribute that do give a yell! I’d be happy to post it!

I’m taking this in steps and I’m assuming you’ve already completely prepped your eye area with your cover-up, foundation, and primer of choice.

I find that working with the sponge applicator included with this palette is the best way to apply because the color just slips right off regular brushes plus you’ll be there all day packing on color with a regular brush so just use the sponge applicator and you’ll be done quicker and the color packs on really well with it. Dip the applicator in the first color, which is a sparkling white, and apply from your lid to your crease. You’re going to have to do this a few times to build the color up so keep going until your lid has a nice, healthy dose of shimmering white on the lid and crease area.

Now you want to move all the way over to your right and take the deepest silver color and apply it to your crease. Again, use the sponge applicator for application as it works best. Work the silver into your crease but refrain from getting any on your lid. Deepen the color as desired. I normally use about 3-4 strokes and that packs it on well. At this point you want to blend a bit so grab your blending brush of choice, mine happens to be the MAC 224, very lightly blend the colors. I normally blend the silver first working it back and fourth like a window wiper. Do it ever so gently. Why? Because the colors are delicate and not particularly pigmented which means they’ll slide right off before they have a sec to set properly. At this point you might want to pick up the same colors (white and darkest silver) and reapply a bit more color, again if you’re Asian you won’t need this much color.

Ok so you should have a nice contrasting eye at this point with a beautiful white on the bottom lid and a gorgeous dark silver in the crease. Pick up the middle silver color and work it gently into your lid on top of the white. Don’t overpower the white but accent it with the silver. You can use your blending brush if you want or use the sponge applicator.

Ok you’re almost done now!

Don’t, I repeat, don’t use the liner brush that this palette came with. Why? Because it’s rubbish and doesn’t work well. Use your own liner brush to apply the liner and you’ll find you won’t sit there triple dipping. I find the liner brush included smears instead of applies and I’m working hard to intensify the liner on my eyes when I could have just used my own brush and did maybe two coats without dipping 3-4 times to get a bold line. If you have the liner brush from the KATE gel eyeliner pack use that! It works a treat on the Majolook liner! Line your upper lash line, now your bottom lash liner and waterline. Don’t use it on your waterline without testing first. I personally don’t have sensitive eyes and have no problem using it on my waterline but if you’re sensitive or wear contacts maybe test first.

Ok one more step and you’re done!

Take your MJ Snow Carat Powder and remove the powder puff applicator as you won’t need it right now. Place your pointer finger on the stopper in the middle of the powder and tip it upside down an shake a little. Remove your finger and it should be nicely coated with some shimmer. Take the shimmer and pat it onto your complete eye look. Pat, Pat, Pat and keep building up the shimmer. Finally take a slim brush and dip it in the powder and work the shimmer onto your highbrow as a highlighter. I use my MAC 213 for this.

Spray your lash curler with stay, curl your lashes, apply your mascara, and you’re done! Silly me forgot to apply the Lash Freeze! But definately don’t forgot to apply your Lash Freeze after your mascara!

That’s a really, really long tutorial for such a little palette I know but many people always ask me how to best apply the Majolook palettes and which colors go where and I found that this is the system that work best for me!

Hope it helps!

Soooooooooooo I’m asking a big favor now! I want your MJ Majolook looks! Send ‘em to me and I’ll feature them on an upcoming blog entry!

I love seeing what others create using these palettes!

You can e-mail them to me at [email protected]

And finally here’s my completed SV801 Look (I look like an idiot in most of these! I guess I was tired and doing my Zoolander Magnum Looks this morning!):

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What I Used:

Eyes
Majorca Majolica’s Majolook Palette in SV801
Majorca Majolica’s Snow Carat Powder
Bourjois Paris Yes to Volume No to Clumps Mascara

Face
Bourjois Paris Blush in Lilas D’or 33

Lips
Aube Gloss Fruitina in Frozen Berry 14

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