August 25, 2008

Tricia Sawyer Clearly Pretty Color Revealing Gloss

Tricia Sawyer Clearly Pretty Color Revealing Gloss caught my eye recently and I want to give it a try.

I wasn’t a big lover of Smashbox O-Gloss when I tried it out so this definately has my eye after seeing the promo. Aren’t you loving the fresh pinkness of the model’s lips? So juicy! Love it.

The gloss is body heat activated and gives your lips not only a glossy finish but also a gorgeous stained effect that completely customized by your body chemistry.

As I said Smashbox O-Gloss was slightly disappointing so I’m hopeful Tricia Sawyer Clearly Pretty Color Revealing Gloss will be a hit plus it’s $18 USD where as O-Gloss is $22 USD!

Sweet!

Review to follow shortly maybe!

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Smashbox O-Gloss Review

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August 25, 2008

Bliss Shock Therapy and Bliss Minity Scrub Soap Review: Chillingly Cool Summer Treats for the Skin

Do you realize in less than two weeks Summer will turn quickly into Fall? Holy cow where did the time go! I still have Summer blog entries to post….is there a board I can appeal to to extend the Season?

Dear Seasonal Board,

Can we please have an extra month of Summer? The Muse hasn’t yet gotten through all her Summer makeup collections and wants to finish up her reviews before the cold weather sets in.

Thank you for considering this matter.

Sincerely with Hugs and Kisses,
the Muse

I REALLY should have gotten to this post earlier but hopefully we’ll have a sudden heat spell and you can make proper use out of my Bliss Shock Therapy and Bliss Minty Scrub Soap Review!

Do you love minty goodness?

I do.

Which is why I’m absolutely smitten with Bliss Shock Therapy. It’s cool, refreshing, and minty. Literally. I mean it’s really cool. As in it makes you shiver after you step out of the shower! Cool right?

This fantastic little shower gel is uber awesome as it literally cools you down on warm, humid morning. Squeeze some in a puff and go to town and you’ll begin to notice as it lathers that your skin will begin tingling and cooling off! After you step out of the shower chances are you’ll be rubbing your arms and shivering a bit.

I love it!

It’s that extra shock of cool that I need on hot Summer mornings plus it wakes me up like all hell in the Winter! Brrrrrr!

I happen to adore Shock Therapy so much that I normally follow up my cooling experience with the ridiculously large bar of minty soap. This soap is about the size of my foot. It’s freaking huge! I love all Bliss soaps but this one in particular is a favorite of mine since it’s minty and cooling.

The bar contains a fine grain of scrubbing beads inside the bar so you can get to work scrubbing those rough, dry elbows, knees, and legs to reveal smoother skin! I normally use the elevated side to work on dry spots and follow up with the smooth side.

The soap lasts ages and ages since it’s so large and you get the benefits of both a great soap, a cooling, refreshing shower, and an exfoliating treatment!

Psstt….I normally purchase Bliss Shock Therapy in bulk when Bliss has clearance section up. Around this time it’s about $7-8 USD a bottle! Sweet deal!

Both of these are Muse Approved for purchase!

Love ’em for a cooling Summer experience!

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August 25, 2008

Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer

Make Up For Ever has a new range of primer available right now from Sephora. You may or may not have seen these already but I’ve been busy trying one out that I got about a week ago and will reviewing for you shortly!

Excited?

You should be.

The primers are available in 7 shade selections that are used to correct skin problems such as dull skin, yellow under tones, sallow skin, etc….

These are $32 USD and well worth your cash, you’ll find out why soon!

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See what other primers I’m loving or not….

Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Primer

MAC Prep & Prime Review

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August 25, 2008

Bath and Body Works Scentportable Fragrance Unit Review

Ooo look what I got!

A Bath and Body Works Scentportable Fragrance Unit!

Fun, Fun, Fun!

I’m a sucker for tarts, scented oils, room spray, etc…so the idea of having a portable little unit of scent that I can clip anywhere I want kinda gets me hyper!

This little guy is available from Bath and Body Works for $5 USD but I’m sure sooner or later you’ll see some cool deal on these!

Basically this has a scented gel disk inside a plastic housing with clip. You can either sit this on a desk, table, etc…or clip it in a closet, car, or any small space. It delivers a blast of yummy scent to whatever area you choose to put it in. It’s a rather nice and safe way to fragrance an area without a electric, batteries, or the flame of a candle.

The one I have is Coconut Vanilla which smells beautifully foody and tropical. It kinda smells like cake mixed with coconut. The throw on this is fabulous. I have it clipped in my car so you know as soon as the temperature rises and your vehicle is sitting in the sun for a good long while the scent will begin to warm up and create a beautiful fragrance. I love getting in the car after a hot day and smelling this mmmm!

It’s also suggested to throw in a gym bag or luggage! These last 4-6 weeks supposedly, I’ve only had mine a week and so far it’s going strong!

One minor problem with the unit is it isn’t refillable. After the fragrance gel insert is completely dried up you aren’t able to purchase a replacement so you’ll be throwing the entire unit out for a fresh one. Not exactly environmentally friendly unless the plastic is biodegradable but I don’t think it is. Aside from this minor rant I thought this was a rather cute way to get a little fragrance into small spaces!

Check ’em out at Bath and Body Works! They also happen to come in five scents to choose from!
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Searching for other great ways to scent your space? Check out my tart warmer post!

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August 22, 2008

Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette Review and Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss Review

One of my favorite Fall Collections this year is Too Faced Smoke & Mirrors. This ones deserves some of your time so head on over to the Too Faced website or visit your local Sephora and have a peek at the selection of goodies! They are great and come with the Muse’s highest approval and recommendation.

The collection consists of several items but two of my favorite products are the Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette and the Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss. I was super impressed with these and had so much fun creating three separate looks with the palette to share with you guys!

I’ll start my review with the palette. The palette is this super cute flip up box that features nine shades of shadow that are divided into three looks. Each look has an easy to follow, step by step instruction card for creating a different smoky eye look. The eye looks you can create are Day Smoke, Fashion Smoke, and Classic Smoke.

The palette has everything you need to create your look and carry it around with you if you so please. The cards slip into a pocket in the inner lid of the palette and a nifty little draw on the bottom of the palette pulls out to reveal two dual ended sponge tipped and brush tipped applicators. I actually had one minor rant concerning the applicators. I’d have liked three applicators for the three looks! That would have really made my day but aside from that everything else is cake and ice cream. The shadows are super pigmented, very silky, and easy to blend. Each look I created was simple, easy, and quite fun. You don’t have to be a makeup artist to understand how to complete each look and the cards give a brief little instruction that’s not difficult to understand. It’s as simple as highlight, lid, and crease…done…beautiful.



Day Smoke is a combination of softer brown shades that you can use to create this insanely beautiful natural, neutral look. Actually, believe it or not, I adored this look the most out of all the looks I created. You know how much your Muse loves loud, outrageous shades but in this case I was actually loving the softness of the Day Smoke look I created. It’s perfect office wear and flattering as all heck for the Fall.

Day Smoke Look:

Use the lightest cream shade as a wash of color all over your eye prepping it for the darker shades in the palette. Pay particular attention to your highbrow using the cream to highlight this area. Follow up by sweeping Fawn all over your lid and into your crease. Blend Bronze into your crease and use it to line your lower lash line!

I felt like Day Smoke was a very flattering look for both older and younger woman. I fancied how awake and fresh it made my eyes look. I think the cream shadow made my eyes look very bright.

Completed Day Smoke Look:

Fashion Smoke Look:

Fashion Smoke was a bit difficult to pull off since all the colors are so very pigmented I had a hard time creating my look. My blending was a bit off with this and I ended up with a very nice look but you couldn’t differentiate between the green and the blue do to my poor blending and how pigmented the shadows were. In the end I ended up with more of a green look. This one needs a bit more practice when applying but master it I shall!

To create Fashion Smoke you’ll be using Sugar Cookie as a wash all over your eye prepping it for the darker shades in the palette. Follow up with Wicked Green on the inner lid and blend Midnight into the crease and upper and lower lashes.

Sadly, Midnight just turned into one big blob of green! I’ll keep trying and re-post soon when I have the look down correctly.

Fashion Smoke is a bit more daring so you may or may not want to wear this to work. It’s a great combo for a night out or if you’re like the Muse you may just sport it on any day of the week and proudly display how much you adore bold and vibrant looks!

Completed Fashion Smoke Look:

Classic Smoke:

Finally, my 2nd favorite look is the Classic Smoke. Classic Smoke is the classic smoky eye look that we all love and know.

Creating it is a simple process and you can be as light or heavy as you want while applying. I choose to go crazy and create a very heavy, bold look with it. I was particularly impressed with the way the Silver shadow blended so wonderfully well with the other darker shades in the palette.

To create Classic Smoke you’ll start by blending silver into your crease and slowly pulling upwards and fading it into your brow. Follow up with Black Spark on the lid and outer v and finish with Black Suede on the outer crease and lower lashes.

This look, in my opinion, is great for day or evening.

Completed Classic Smoke Look:

All the looks are extremely Fall friendly and I like that Too Faced didn’t go metallic the way many brands did this season. The colors are pigmented and rich, the looks you can create are simply endless, and the price is very nice at $32 USD.

If you grow tired of creating three looks using the palette no one is stopping you from using the shades individually or mixing them up for some other look you want to create!

I love the packaging, I love the ease of use, the quality is excellent on the shadows, it’s just a really great palette that I’m happy to have gotten the chance to test out.

I recommend grabbing this one. Muse Approval for it! The Muse loves it!

Also released with the Too Faced Smoke and Mirrors Collection are the Too Faced Mirror Mirror glosses. I was so silly and only used the gloss in one of my Face of the Day photos above. I’m wearing the shade “I Love Myself” in my Day Smoke look. I’ll create more looks with the glosses soon so you can see the amazing quality of these.

These are excellent.

It’s been a long time since I’ve run across such a glossy, emollient, moisturizing lip gloss and again these come with my highest recommendation and seal of approval!

The gloss reminds me of Philosophy Kiss Me gloss. It glides on so beautifully and leaves behind a glassy, mirror like shine just as it’s advertised and named, Mirror Mirror.

The formula isn’t stick or tacky yet still manages to have good long wear. They happen to be delightfully fruity tasty as well! The Muse loves her gloss tasting good!

I got the chance to test drive two shades but I’m really eager to lay my hands on more. They have the potential for holy grail material because they have such a sincerely awesome finish. I love how glossy they leave my lips, very sexy plus the mirror shine goes so well with the looks I created with the Smoky Eye Palette!

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These I absolutely love, definately a staple product for me and I’ll be indulging in more shortly.

I have a few other items to review from the Too Faced Fall Collection that will be coming along shortly. The entire Too Faced Smoke and Mirror Collection is worth some of your time to look at and definately indulge in. Both the palette and the gloss stole the show for me!

I’m sticking my highest approval on these! The Muse loves ’em and recommends you nab both the palette and the gloss! You won’t be sorry if you do but you will if you don’t!

Check out more of the Too Faced Fall Collection by clicking here!

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