I adore stains! Big time ! I love the natural, flushed look you can get from a stain. I’ve been a big time user of Benetint for ages but in all honesty I’ve found far better alternatives. Benetint is a bit sheer for me and I can get a deeper color from other brands. Good quality stains don’t come cheap however I’m about to show you an inexpensive, high quality one!
I got this off of JPmon but believe it or not I’ve also seen it in various Asian supermarkets in the US. Fact is I never knew what it was prior to seeing it on JPmon. When you’re in an Asian supermarket surrounded by stuff you aren’t familiar with you practice caution when making your selections. My main reason for not purchasing it was the fact that I wasn’t sure what it was for. Sure it has a beautiful geisha-like girl on the cover but that doesn’t mean anything! This could be dip for chicken or something how could I know it was cosmetic? Seriously have you been to an Asian market before? EVERYTHING has cute labels! Packages of Baby Star (this is a snack) have really cute images on it! The US is not yet exposed to the kawaii packaging of food and just about everything else. Hell, the only thing cute about our food packages would be cereal. America wants to shove cereal down the throats of babes so they showcase cute tigers, tucans, and three strange little elf like chefs named Snap, Crackle, and Pop. Hey, I never claimed we were creative in the US!
I was ordering some Kose Airy Whip on JpMon as the shipping is a bit cheaper for a few cans in comparison to my friends buying it and shipping it over (because you have to stock up on Airy Whip like it’s the end of the world as we know it) when I noticed that this same cheek stain that was available in my local Asian market was here at JpMon! Hmm! After being hypnotized by the delightful animation of the cute girl applying this I knew I must have!
So on with the review after all that babbling…!
I can’t recall how much I paid for this on JpMon but it was cheaper in the store I believe at $6 bucks or something like that. I just added it to my cart at JpMon as I was doing an order anyway so why not!
This is a bit thicker then Benetint but easy enough to blend. Three dots across your cheeks, smile, blend, and perfect flushed cheeks. A tiny bit lasts all day, literally. As with all cheek stains it’s virtually waterproof, smudge-proof, and atomic bomb proof! This stuff isn’t going anywhere unless you take it off!
This will work well enough on medium light skin tones like my own and it’ll also flatter a medium dark skin tone. My sister is what I call a coffee skin tone and it looks beautiful on her and even more flattering then on my own paler skin!
This is something you might want to nosy around your own markets or small shops for if you have any local ones! If I can find it here I’m positive you’ll be able to find it in similar markets! Who doesn’t have a local Asian market around?
If anything it’s probably the best cheapest brand of tint I’ve come across and I’ve tried them all! Works way better then Benetint that’s for sure!
Another interesting look from Sephora! I’m a tad bit scared as I believe rigamortis is setting in here!
Are you scared?
I am too.
I just want to know why she’s all pale under her eye area? What the hell happened?
I might have to avoid aquas from now on just in case I look like I’m sporting the new Zombie look!
Click here to see other Sephora looks that went seriously wrong!
L@@K! Aren’t these darling?
I got these a few nights at this little shop in Chinatown. It’s sorta a Sanrio style store that carries all sorts of kawaii bits and bobs plus your run of the mill Hello Kitty stuffins!
I got these for makeup storage as I was running out of room for some palettes I had and thought these would not only store them but also look really sweet on my vanity! They are really slim and long and the perfect height and size for MAC quads! I got them for $1.99 USD because Sue lurves me but they are regularly $2.49 USD which isn’t bad either in my humblest opinion!
But of course I couldn’t just leave with the boxes! I ended up with these cute pill boxes as well which were $1 USD Each!
I heart Kiki and Lala! Little Twin Stars Rock
Of course I couldn’t leave without sampling the Hello Kitty warez!
I got this cute little pencil box that I’m going to use for brushes when I’m away on holiday and such! It’s large enough to hold a few and has two trays!
I ended up with this mini perfume atomizer as well! So kawaii!
And finally Sue gifted me with this cute lipstick case! It’s a long silver heart shaped tube that’ll store one lipstick. Click the little button on the side and it pops open and a mirror is on the inner cap! Cool right? Thanks Sue the Muse hearts you (she reads my blog teehee)!
Anyway that was all rather random I guess but it was all so cute, especially the storage boxes I couldn’t resist sharing!
w00t! Ghost Hunters returned tonight!
The Muse has set the Tivo and recorded every juicy minute (when I’ll get a sec to watch it is anyone’s guess!)!
Don’t get me wrong I’ve been enjoying Ghost Hunters International but I was missing Tango in a major way! The Muse crushes on Tango in a rather strange way! What’s not the like? He stutters slightly, he’s twitchy as hell, and he looks like he might fall over if I blow on him but hey he hunts ghosts that’s enough for the Muse! I met Tango at a geeky Fangoria style convention about a year and a half ago and can I tell you he’s as neurotic in real life as he is on the telly but still damn cute! Sadly, I don’t have pics as I was being as neurotic as he is when I met him! I may have even developed some sorta stutter! Imagine if I met a real celebrity? I’d fall over and have convulsions!
So an anonymous poster had posted in my Lestat blog and said that “she loves the random geeky bits…” I can’t begin to tell you how properly chuffed I was when I read that! I got that warm, fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach and I felt like I had accomplished something for the geeks of the world! YES I’ve evolved and become not only your makeup guru but your geek god! I rock!
Seriously I was super proper happy that she was enjoying content that was geeky in nature minus the cosmetic side.
Thus this particular post came alive after I got her comment because I sincerely want to share the joys of the Ghost Hunters with possible fans in Cosmetic Land.
Granted Ghost Hunters has gone from somewhat scary to “oh my god this is so fake” to “wow Jason looks strange being bald and all and having a beard” to “warning: Purely for entertainment purposes only”.
I’m saddened by the fact that Ghost Hunters has taken the commercial path and choose endorsement over science. I’m not a big believer in ghosts in all honesty (I am a believer in aliens if that counts?!) but during the first season of Ghost Hunters they had me slightly believing that maybe just maybe it was true. But it slowly went downhill soon after and I was unable to take much of it seriously. Over the course of it’s run I’d say it was from being sorta believable to being hopelessly full of bologna!
Anyway even if it is for entertainment purposes I still enjoy it in a major way! I’m actually quite saddened the team has dwindled down so much and all the awesome people I enjoyed laughing at (Brian anyone?) are long gone.
However, at least I get to see Brian and Barry make fools of themselves in England, Scotland, Etc…Seriously what’s better then Brian in England running around like an idiot!
The team has since added that Kris or Chris chick who I find deeply annoying! The original cast is pretty much null and Jason, Grant, Steve, and Tango are all that remains but I get my kicks where I can and enjoy it even minus half the originals.
Personally the Muse wants a show named Ghost Hunters Dave Tango Style but I doubt it’ll happen but if you want to start a petition give a yell!
Tell the Muse!
I thought I’d share with you some of the really hysterical comments I get daily on youTube. I literally laugh myself silly sometimes at these comments and I can’t help but show you some of these because they may just amuse you too!
In order to be a video blogger you need to have really tough skin. People are brutal. I’ve had people tell me I have fat hands, I talk too much, and worst! Lucky enough the positive outweighs the negative in my entire time on youTube however I’ve never seen so many people so interested in where I get the money to buy cosmetics. I’ve taken to telling them I sell organs and rob banks! Seriously, when did it become anyone’s business where I get money to pay for anything I might own? Lordie! I guess these people didn’t have a Mum like mine growing up! If I dared ask such a question I’d get hit over the head with a broom stick or a wooden spoon (My mum’s Italian!). My mother instilled some serious manners into my sister and I and asking people where they got the money to buy something or how much it costs is a number 1 offense! That’s like seven years to life in my mother’s book!
I’m not ranting here I’m just generally amused! At first I was shocked but as I got used to youTube I realized that this was something I’d face daily and now I’m not so much shocked or hurt but just plain amazed at what people say!
Mind you these are NOT children! These are grown adults ranging from 19-35 or more! The funny thing is on a rare occasion some of these, as I dubbed them, “strange ones” follow me over to blogger and make generally rude comments. Mind you I really dislike taking away a person’s freedom of opinion and I generally want people to say what it is they are thinking but somehow these “strange ones” think it’s their god given right not only to insult me on youTube but waltz on over to Musings, pop a squat, and insult me here!
After all that babbling allow me to paste a few of my personal favorites:
OMG you breath so loud you talk and then it sounds like your gasping lol.
sorry ’bout that. I hadn’t noticed I was gasping or breathing loudly.
I doubt she noticed the sarcasm in my “sorry ’bout that…” This particular gem comes to us from a 23 year old young lady.
In my travels through youTube everyone is VERY, VERY fond of telling me about infections, eye damage, bacteria, germs, etc….as if I didn’t already know all this.
This particular comment was in reply to the fact someone had said that powders are good for at least three years. I assume she wants me to use an eyeshadow once and throw it out after 2 months!
Once you open them though, you’re supposed to throw them out wayyy earlier than that; otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for any eye infection.
Update: No Pink Eye Yet! Phew!
As I was saying earlier people are positively fascinated with my income!
ooo mmmyyy ggooosh!!!..loopove your collection!!!!…
how mcuh money do spend on makeup??.. i mean just for 1 eyeshadow or blus..etc..cause u said u don’t buy cheap makeup liek the bodyshop..and i can’t even afford body shop cosmetics…=)..
man! u talk alot at the beginning…
where do u get all that money to buy these stuff.. u must be rich!..
anw, its quite an awesome collection
so what do you do for a job to afford all this makeup? lol
I felt like replying None of your damn business LOL but I was nice! I thought the LOL at the end was a nice touch!
woahh…..i want your makeup. each of those eye shadows are like 13 dollars!! your probably broke huh. ahahaha.
How do you afford all your goodies?! They amaze me! x
Wow! How do you afford all that stuff? Do you have a mac pro card? Either way, that is still a lot of money! I saw your stash videos. I would love to just have like a fraction of what you have!
No I don’t but damn I WISH I did!
How mutch money did all the stuff cost must have been really expensive? But everything looks so yummy and delicious!!
How do you afford to buy high priced cosmetics at one time? and do you have a mac pro store near you?
They are equally fascinated with how much I talk and aren’t shy of telling me in rude terms how much I talk:
you really do talk a lot.
but great stash
This one has a an irritated smiley at the end! I guess my talking really pissed her off! The nerve of me! Talking in my own videos!
WOW u talk alot!!!
Folks are also very fond of telling me that I giggle too much, I say ummm too much etc….
u sat “ummm” alot in this video omg lol
Well I guess you get the idea! And you can imagine that one of the main reasons I don’t do videos (and am slowly fading out FOTD pictures) anymore is because of all this drama! It’s sincerely too much of a headache to monitor comments on youTube and take out time to reply to what I consider some seriously weird comments. I’d much rather spend that time here with you guys interacting, discussing cosmetics, and just having a generally good time!
Strangely enough this post wasn’t inspired by youTube. It was actually taken from the fact that I’ve made a guest starring appearance on a few forums this week. Pictures of my stash and my self were taken from here and placed on a forum. Some of the comments were good ones but some were downright scary from what I saw. I actually wasn’t upset by anything that was said (I’ve been dubbed the “fat girl” on the forums it appears) because over the past year of blogging the written word and blogging video I’ve grown such a tough skin that none of this fails to shock me anymore or hurt me for that matter. It interests me that people find me so fascinating that they want to rip me a new a**hole without every getting to know me as a person! But oh well..to each his or her own! My take on it is I’m still the same old person I was yesterday and I’d personally never say or do anything that these people do and I take pride in that. I’m a generally nice and good person and I sadly fail to expect the same in people lately but I defiantly treasure those who have the same type of heart that I do!
Hope you enjoyed my foray into youTube!
Do feel free to comment minus the OMG WHEREZ U GETZ TEH MONIES FOR DAT!?
PS Do remember that I love each of you and 99.9% of the comments I get on Musings of a Muse are awesome so do keep chatting to me and commenting! I love hearing from each and every single one of you!