Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Dec 21, 2007

Happy Holidays Lovely Readers!

The Muse figures she'll be quite busy this weekend and won't have much time for posting so she wanted to wish each of you and your families a very, very, very Happy Holiday Season! Only my warmest wishes to each of you for a beautiful Holiday!

Eat, Drink, Be Merry but remember what John Lennon asked us in 1971, "So This is Christmas and what have you done?"


FUZE Slenderize Guilt Free Lip Gloss

As Seen on Sephora:

This resolution is hardly original. But when beauty is involved, we'll jump on any bandwagon. Too Faced's new gloss packs wondrous ingredients that promote appetite-normalization. Swipe it on your lips to help kiss those unwanted pounds goodbye.

You read it here first folks. A gloss that's going to help me lose weight. I'll take a case. Wait. Better make that 10 cases! Thanks!

I always thought my appetite was pretty normal but this gloss is actually going to normalize it for me! I dunno what that means but it sure does sound super important. It's also going to melt away any unwanted cellulite on my hips that I may want to rid myself of plus it's also going to arrange for World Peace.

Can your gloss do that? What? I can't make this stuff up people. It's for reals!

The stupidity of the beauty world never ceases to amaze and delight me this is almost as good as the "breath fresher" lipgloss that was released last year!

I love me some gloss but count the Muse doubtful that a gloss is going to make me skinny!

I'll eat my words later if this actually works or maybe not as I'll be too full since my gloss is normalizing my appetite for me!


MAC The Originals Con Gratis

I faced the demons, the mad rush, and the evil Christmas shoppers and even Joe Torre (Seriously. He was sitting on one of the benches by the water fountain in the mall! To be honest I'd never have known it was him if my friend hadn't said "HOLY SH*T It's JOE TORRE!" Hey, a man's gotta shop right? Even if he's a New York Yankee!) to head to the MAC counter and explore the wonders and delights that is The Originals Collection.

And I'm here to say.......................

It's just as boring as I originally blogged about. Click here to read my first impression of this collection.


I went, I saw, and I conquered.

The good news is I did get some of The Originals Collection because my darling, sweet, lovely, gorgeous MA gifted me with her "gratis" bag of The Originals. I didn't purchase a single item while I was there but she just handed me her entire bag. I was gobsmacked at her generosity. To be utterly honest I went to the counter for two reasons: 1. To purchase Parrot and 2. To give my MA some truffles I had purchased for her for Christmas.

I ended up not buying anything as she came tearing out as soon as she seen me with the bag full of The Originals.

The really good news is I did fall in love with two of the items in the bag which was the Antique Gold and Blackened Red glitters! The rest was not so great (I feel so incredibly guilty for saying that as I'm eternally grateful for what a sweetie she is to me all the time).

Beautiful! My favorite in the lot! Blackened Red and Antique Gold Glitters

Here's the items that she gifted to me:

I'm not sure how I'm going to make some of this work because some the colors are just not me. To be honest a majority of The Originals Collection just wasn't Muse friendly! But I am very happy to have some of it to play with!

In the bag was Parrot which I'm properly chuffed to have a 3rd pot of because as I explained 2 pots of Parrot weren't enough to get me through my lifetime!

Here's the rundown:

Parrot-Gorgeous! Need I say more?
Charred-Quite a nice color for a smokey eye! I can definately make use of this guy!
Daisychain-Kinda blah. I actually though this would be much better in person but sadly it's just a really meh shade of pale yellow! Good for a highbrow highlighter I guess!
Clue-I don't even have a name for this! It's sorta a brownish gray! Not so fab at all! This will be difficult to work with!

Full on Lust-Not so great. It's a rather boring matte muddy rose color!

Chinz on Chinz-A soft chocolate color that I'm liking! I could make this work I think!
Nouveau Fro-A really awful beige mod color! I'm going to need to do some serious thinking on how to fit this into a look!

Antique Gold Beautiful! Wouldn't have purchased myself but happy to have this!
Blackened Red Lovely! Was definately on my "maybe" list and I'm happy to have a jar!

Overall, this is kinda fun as there aren't many colors in the bag I'd have chosen for myself so now I'll have a fun challenge trying to fit these into looks for myself!

The Originals Collection isn't exactly what I hoped for but since I got some of it free I can't complain too much ;)

A big thanks to my MA for spoiling me something awful!

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Prescriptives Magic Eye Shadow Effects

I spied with my little eye some fantastic shadows from Prescriptives last night!

Behold! Magic Eye Shadow Effects Eyeshadow in Gold and Silver

Prescriptives is probably a brand I should pay more attention to but sadly I don't. I happened across these and wanted them rather badly. Although I was somehow being frugal when I seen the $25 price tag!

Maybe after the Holidays!

I will say these are a very beautiful fine shimmer eyeshadow that's a sure hit with the Muse as I love shimmery shades!

I have no idea if these are a Holiday item or if they have been around a while because as I said I'm not on the Prescriptives bandwagon but these look to be a definite keeper!

They will be mine *insert evil laugh here* but for now they can be placed on the back burner while I finish up my Christmas shopping for others as sometimes I have to remember Christmas isn't always about "what the Muse wants"!


Nessasary Makeup Dupe FOTD

I was wandering around Vanessa from Nessasary Makeup blog's last week and I came across an FOTD she did using Urban Decay's Underground and Shag.

For the longest time I had these I never could come up with a good combo for them and her FOTD just inspired me to use both together and it came out kinda ok!

My combanation is heaps different from hers but the cocktail of the two colors is a marriage most lovely!

Thanks to Vanessa at Nessasary Makeup for the inspiration! You can visit with Vanessa by clicking here and you can see her version of this FOTD by clicking here but be warned her blog is utterly addicting and you'll find yourself jotting down colors to use in looks later on as her combos are brill!

What I Used:

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Underground
Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Shag
MAC Pigment in Cocomotion
MAC Pigment in Gold Stroke
MAC Pigment in Quick Frost
Bare Escentuals Glimmer in Nice Rock
Bare Escentuals Glimmer in Golden Earth
MJ Mascara
MAC Technakohl in Plank
MJ Jeweling Pencil in BR606
Tony & Tina Herbal Eye Pencil in Brown/Gold

MAC Blush in Fab
Bare Escentuals Blush in Riches
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Shimpagne
MAC Beauty Power in Natural Flare

theBalm Stainiac in Homecoming Queen
Lancome Juicy Gelee in Spring Fantasy


Twisted Peppermint Shimmer Body Splash

I should be taken out and shot for going back on my word and giving into the evil empire of Bath and Body Works.

I purchased two bottles of Twisted Peppermint Shimmer Body Splash last night contrary to my original post where I was saying how much I hate body splashes that shimmer.

I guess I'm contradicting myself as we've all established how much in love and lust I am with sparkle, shimmer, and glitter of any kind.

However, shimmer in my Body Splashes, Lotions, or any other Bath and Body item should be against the law! I hate it for some reason! I just detest shimmer in these products with a passion! Especially Body Splash! Why for the love of God and all things good would you want the put shimmer into a Body Spray!?


Rant, Rant, Stamping Feet, Rant!

Ok now that I'm done raving like a loon I will say that these were on sale so I guess it makes up for the shimmer part.

These were $4 Each and believe me I couldn't resist the sweet, vanilla and peppermint scent so the overwhelming need to purchase came upon me and I left swinging a bag of body spray! Shoot me now for giving in!

In all seriousness these smell so yummie but I'm still wishing away the evil shimmer part!

The bottom of each has fake little peppermint candies! Cutes!

I went into Bath and Body Works with the soul plan to purchase a pair of Lambie Slippers because a reader who shall remain nameless for her sin created a lemming in me for these!

Sadly, they were sold out! My god the horror! Thus Twisted Peppermint Shimmer Body Splash took the place of my hardcore lemming for Lambie Slippers just barely mind you!

I'm currently searching E-bay for a pair but they are $39 and upwards and I haven't yet reached the level insanity where I am even half considering purchasing a pair of slippers, shaped like lambs for $39. If I do reach that level you'll be the first to know dear readers.

I did purchase a pair of the Sweetest Softest Slippers for $9 but they aren't Lamb-y like. Dear oh dear what's a girl to do?


The moral of the story is Twisted Peppermint Body Spray is a go with the Muse! Grab it while the grabbing is good because it'll sell out quick at this price (it's already gone online!)!

Happy Shopping!

Check out my Bath and Body Shop Sale post by clicking here!

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Dec 20, 2007

Stila Virtual Warehouse Sale Sign-Up

Some readers had a problem purchasing from Stila's Virtual Warehouse Sale last time I posted the link. I got a comment about it and a few e-mails asking me what was going on.

I'm here to say I have no idea.

Seriously, no clue why you couldn't order but I'm thinking it could be because you didn't get the actual invite and were accessing the site from my secondary link.


Solution to your problem.

Click here
to sign up for the Virtual Warehouse Newsletter and you'll recieve the invite in your e-mail when Stila puts up new sale items!

Your Muse spoils you doesn't she?

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MAC Originals Color Story

I've been reading so much about the Originals Collection that I'm an absolute walking encyclopedia about it by now! I know the colors, I know what collections they had previously been in, I've seen swatches, etc...etc...etc....

This has popped up on everyone (and their mum's) blog this week! It's MAC excitement and cosmetic whores (excuse you but I proudly call myself Cosmetic Whore thanks very much!) and junkies far and wide are absolutely rolling around breathlessly in joy that Parrot is back!

How long has it been since Parrot's been gone? 2-3 years or more? You can read my Ode to Parrot by clicking over here.

Now I'm not immune to the lure of Parrot by any means and I love her just as much as you or anyone else does but I have two pots that are carefully stashed away and guarded by rabid pitbulls in my beauty vault already so I'm thinking to myself do I really need another pot of Parrot and I'm listening to the voices in my head that are screaming HELL YES (I've been told it's ok if the voices speak in my head it's just if I answer them that I have to worry!).

So...I guess that means I'll be skipping my way over to the MAC counter to purchase another pot because obviously two pots aren't enough and god knows I'll live to be at least 70 or more hopefully and I KNOW I'll want a vibrant shade of aqua blue in my train case when I'm 60 and freaking hip beyond any means! And two pots won't get me through this lifetime never mind the next one so best get a 3rd pot as a backup JUST IN CASE. Plus who the bloody hell knows it might just turn into a solid gold piece later on in life when I need to sell it to fund my future child's college tuition.


It's not exactly smart to face the Holiday crowds just to nab a pot of Parrot even though we know it's well worth it. I'm strapping on my bullet proof vest to make my way into Nordie's to fight my way to the MAC counter and glance at the array of the Originals Collection!


This color story has me saying....


I'm a little bit shocked that nothing aside from Parrot is crying at me to buy it!

I'm somewhat disappointed in everything.

Someone slap me it can't be that I'm not fawning over MAC what's wrong with me? Where's my MAC spirit?! I'm MAC's biggest cheerleader what's going on!?

I guess some of the colors are just boring for me. I like more bold shadows and these aren't doing so much for me! Plus the piggies I already have and the reflects glitter aren't something I am entirely keen on.

You've read it everywhere by now but here's the low down on what's out this week:

  • Parrot
  • Ochre Style
  • A Little Folie
  • Daisychain
  • Memorabilia
  • Clue
  • Alum
  • Charred
  • Frisco


  • Kitschmas
  • Violet
  • Melon
  • Golden olive
  • Steel blue

Reflect Glitter

  • Blackened Red
  • Very Pink
  • Transparent Teal
  • Antique Gold


  • Sandy B.
  • Rozz Revival
  • Chintz on Hintz
  • Russian Red
  • Twig Twig
  • Supersequin
  • Nouveau-Frou
  • Retrofluid
  • Back to Del Rio
  • Utter Pervette


  • C-Thru
  • Full on Lust
  • Avarice
  • Real Desire
  • Nico Now

Eye Pencil

  • Ebony
  • Coffee
  • Indigo

Let's pick this apart a little and see what the Muse is contemplating.

I'm sad that the eyeshadows aren't all that and a bag of chips. They brought these back because everyone really, really, really, wanted them right? Normally the first thing that catches my eye when a new color story is released would be the shadows but aside from Parrot nothing is yelling at me! Maybe Daisychain?

Ok glosses. I see two that look interesting here those would be Avarice and Real Desire.

Lipsticks I really have to see in person to decide.

Pigments have 'em all already. Glitters mmm maybe yes maybe no.

Eyeliner and Mascara? Skip.

Wow I'm saving money left and right here kids!

Maybe when I see this in person I'll have a hard time saying no to it all but at the moment it's not what I expected at all! I expected more wow!

Oh well!

Money saved for another day and another MAC Collection!

Want any of it?

Tell me!

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Guest Haul: Taryn's JPMon Order

One of the Muse's readers, Taryn, got her first haul from JPMon a few days ago and she was very generous to share pictures of all her goodies to make us green with jealously!

Oh my pretty! Sony CP Lipgloss, Rice Powder, Tons of Mascara, Tiffa, I'm hyperventilating!

Close up shot of Apple Lip Cream (These things are like crack for the Muse! I have the peach, apple, orange, etc...totally yummie! I dunno which I love more the hand cream version or the lip cream version)!

Fairy Drops Mascara HOLY COW! I want this! NOW! How has the Muse not heard about this? I'm the Queen of Japanese Mascara but never seen anything like this! Taryn tells the Muse that this stuff is "the awesome"! Obviously it's on my wish list right now!

Thanks so much for sharing your haul with us Taryn!

Taryn ordered all her goodies by following my little tutorial from JPmon! You can click here to view it! I feel all special now because she said I was of great help with that tutorial *sniff* *blush*

Sweet Haul Taryn!

Thanks again for sharing!

Now if you'd give us a link for the Fairy Drops Mascara we'd all be forever grateful!

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Specktra and Snowcake a Marriage Most Perfect

The Muse is pimpin' Snowcake on Specktra this week!

I figured you guys are exhausted hearing about Snowcake by now so I moved on to bug the Specktra users about it!

*evil smile*

If you're not too tired you can visit with the Muse on Specktra blog and read all about her looney ravings by clicking here!

I made it worth your wild to come visit me on Specktra with pretty pictures of chunks of Snowcake that I've stuffed into stockings for friends so definately come visit with me over yonder!


Smashbox O-Gloss

Smashbox O-Glow doesn't really work as great as I'd like it too but that hasn't prevented me from wanting the new Smashbox O-Gloss.

I'm a glutton for punishment I guess.

Smashbox O-Glow Lipgloss Available now from Sephora and QVC

You can get the $6 version by clicking here but if you're obsessed as the Muse you're probably willing to shell out $22 for the Smashbox one!

Want It?


Ahhhh Youth

My mum convinced me that I'd be doing a "good deed" if I dressed as a little elf last night. Yes. Tis true. I dressed as an elf.


The things I won't do for my mum.


She had this senior get together thingy (she hates when I call her senior but damn if I don't get joy from it) and she dresses as Santa every year and every year she somehow convinces me that playing an elf to her Santa is an absolutely AWESOME idea (I just think I feel guilt because my dad and sister have already said absolutely NO WAY! Thus that leaves me!).


I went to my parents house late yesterday afternoon to pick up "Miss Santa Claus" and wandered around as she got her bits together.

And let me tell you my mum is big on pictures. She has pictures of everything we've done as a child. I'm talking first spit, first poo, first snot, etc......if my sister and me did it, it's liable she has a picture of it somewhere (where as my dad is the utter opposite! He carries around a keyring with the three of us in a photo. He claims it's to remind him how he went crazy!)

I've never seen such a mother so proud of her daughter's first snot like my mum! She's the type to whip out some embarrassing photo at random moments and coe at how awesomely gorgeous my sister and I are (did I mention she's blind? I'm kidding! I'm kidding!).

My mum is the type to tell me, "Pick me up at 1 on the dot and don't be late". Meanwhile I have to wait 15 hours while she gets her rubbish together before we can actually leave her house and get to our destination.

So yesterday I was waiting for her and she yells from upstairs to gather the cookies and such on the dining room table and I wandered in to gather them up and I was faced with the doom of staring at the life size image of my graduation picture on the dining room wall.

Pray tell. Who does this to their children?

So here are twin life size photos. One of me, one of my sister Jo on the dining room wall. God. The horror.

The sad news is I have to face this every time I have dinner at my parents house. The really bad news is company has to as well (those poor, poor people).

The good news is yesterday I realize that in 13 years since I graduated High School I haven't changed one bit!

I'm seriously considering bottling some of my youth and selling it on E-bay!

No but seriously I must be doing something right in my skincare routine because nary a wrinkle mars my face, an age spot, a single gray hair, or any other signs of aging have occurred as of yet! Maybe I should be quiet before I jinx myself and knock wood!

I turned 30 this year and I can still get away with saying I'm 17.....

Hmmm.....Maybe when I'm 60 I can tell people I'm 30.

I chalk it up to expensive cosmetics, skincare, and good genes as my mum looks damn good for her age too (this from a lady who washes her face with Ivory soap and walks out of the house without foundation, blush, or lipstick for the past 150 years of her life).

An unflattering picture of the Muse and her mum

Well...anyway to embarrass myself further I give you my High School grad photo from almost 13 years ago (granted I can't get away with the Peaches and Cream face look anymore! Now I have to layer on foundation and blush to even resemble this image)!

Behold Greatness (I kid, I kid):

I believe back then there was no such thing as tweezers or something (Have to have some excuse for my awful untamed brows)!

Ah youth!

Count your blessing at how lucky you are I've shared such an embarrassing photo with you!

But it's a darn fun post isn't it and a good excuse to pimp Lush!

Check out the Muse's skincare regime by clicking here.

And no cheeky comments about how dorky I look or how much weight I've gained *groan*!


Guerlain Forever Gold FOTD with Review

I cautiously cracked open one of my bottles of Forever Gold this morning (I know I'm such a daredevil rebel aren't I?)! You wanna be just like me when you grow up don't you!?

Who'd have thought I'd actually try to use this stuff! It is the Holy Grail after all and when I purchased two bottles I was thinking that I'd take them out of my beauty vault on special occasions, stroke them lovingly, tell them how pretty they are, make empty promises to them about possibly using them in the near future and then tuck them safely back into my vault.

But today....

Surprise Surprise! I used a bottle. My god it felt absolutely decadent spraying my face and bosom with $78 Gold Shimmer! I take it this is how Paris Hilton feels (I picture her bathing in liquid gold for some reason or another as she just looks the type ya know?).

As I sat there trying to very gently depress the pump I suddenly got overwhelmingly daring and instead of just doing one tiny squirt I was doing about 4 or 5! It was madness I tell you! Absolute bloody madness! This is Guerlain Forever Gold for god's sake what was I thinking!? I was being awful brave this morning!

Well....I dunno what possessed me but damn I sure felt like 2 million bucks afterwards!

This stuff is magical (or crack I haven't decided which yet). Seriously it is. As well it should be for the insane price tag!

If I wanna be fair to myself I will say I expected crummy results when spraying this on my face. I didn't think it would spray evenly and I thought I'd have one half of my face dusted in gold and the other half looking strangely vacant. But, Guerlain somehow worked it's magic and one quick squirt of this distributes an even and beautiful layer of pure gold shimmer right across my entire face! I just went nuts and did a few pumps on my face and my neck and my chest and...well you get the idea (I was tempted to just hose my entire body down with this stuff but I fought the good fight and I decided against using an entire bottle for that purpose! But don't think I wasn't tempted to do just that because I surely was!).

In all seriousness this stuff rocks in the way of application! It's such a snap to use! Squeeze once for an ultra sheer layer of shimmer on your face, shoulders, anywhere you want a bit of gold! And as I said earlier it distributes quite easily as long as you hold it a nice distance away from your face or where ever it is you're applying!

The shimmer is a very fine milled powder and it's not clumpy or gritty. It just simply is. Once you apply it's as if your skin is shining with gold from within. It doesn't lay on the skin in a way you can see where it begins so to speak. It becomes one with your look!

I refuse to give this a bad review but I do need to mention that it appears that it sort of blew off or just came off in the process of the day! I'm chalking it up to bitter cold windy New York weather and it's no fault of the product! 12 Hours in and it seems to somewhat diminished from my face but hey what powder, shimmer or shadow do you know that lasts 12 hours straight anyway!?

Have I mentioned how in lust I am with this stuff? I think I'm going to make room for it in my bed and snuggle next to it tonight!

This is seriously well worth the cash I shelled out for it. Well done Guerlain a very happy fan girl here!

If you haven't picked this up yet I have bad news as I believe it's virtually sold out everywhere but do try to locate a bottle of your very own from your local Sephora, Saks, or maybe E-bay or MUA.

You can see the rest of the Muse's Guerlain's awesome Holiday Collection by clicking here.

Have this?
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Tell the Muse!

Click Me to see all that gorgeous shimmer on my face!

What I Used:

MAC Technakohl in Black
Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Pigment in Quick Frost
MAC Pigment in White Gold
MAC Glitter in Reflects Gold
MAC Eyeshadow in Magic Dust
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie

MAC Blush in Fab
MAC Beauty Powder in Natural Flare

Sony CP Gloss in Clear
Tarte 24/7 Lipbalm in Tuesday

12 Hours Later, 15 Blocks in the Wind, A bit of Rain, and A little King of Mods working overtime to tame my horrible head of frizz and this is what you have:

I'm too sexy for my own blog. Not. Jesus my hair looks like it's been flushed around a few times! Sorry folks can't have slick locks all the time! I look everyone of my 30 years in these pictures! Phew cold weather sure ages a girl!


And for your enjoyment me working my "Ghetto Fabulous" jacket! I picked this little gem up on 34th Street last weekend. My mate Jen calls my taste in clothes "the fashion weird" but hey I'm loving this jacket! I can't help myself! I love tack *happy sigh*!

Dontcha love the hood? I'm strange. Just deal with it.

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Dec 19, 2007

Bath and Body Works Temptation Sale

Well me loves it's that time of the year!

I'm wandering around Bath and Body Works and the Semi Annual is creeping slowly up on us!

The Temptation line, as predicted by yours truly, has made it's way onto the sale list!

So go yee and stock up on Twisted Peppermint for a mere $6 for a 12oz bottle!

What I seen on the site so far:
Twisted Peppermint 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Twisted Peppermint Body Scrub $6
Glittery Gumdrop 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Sassy Strawberry 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Sugar and Spice 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Various Lotions from the Temptation Line $4
Twisted Peppermint Bath Fizzies $1.75

A majority of it is 50% off at this time but give it a bit of time and it'll be down to 75% soon I'm sure!

I'd personally start loading up on the Twisted Peppermint if you're inclined as it tends to sell out fast online once it hits the clearance bin!

Now if they'd just discount the Sweetest Softest Line I'd be a happy Muse!

Happy Shopping!

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The Boyfriend Who Depots! Jealous Much?

I was just discussing Row a few blog entries back and her rather sweet cousin who gifted us with an absolute fabulous video tutorial on cosmetic application (Lord knows how we got along without it!)!

Row has her own little beauty blog that I adore and I'm catching up on reading her fab blog today (I'm supposed to be working but reading beauty blogs is far more entertaining for me).


Moral of the story is at this point we should all be properly jealous of Row as she has a boyfriend who depots for her.

I personally don't depot my shadows but the general idea of having a boyfriend to do it for me makes me 1. laugh and 2. say awwwwww true love!

Click here to see Row's fabulously patient boyfriend depotting her NYX trios.

I'm wondering if she's behind him cracking the whip or has drugged him up to do this!



Sorry it was just too bloody good not to share love!

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Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Brilliant Lip Shine Lipgloss Review

Meet Victoria's Secret's imitation of Yves Saint Laurent 'Touché Brillance' Sparkling Touch Lipgloss:

From Top to Bottom: Possession, Randy, and Torrid

These shiny little glosses cost a nice cheap $12 however you might want to save your pennies and spend the $29 on the YSL version as they aren't that great sadly.

Contrary to my rave reviews about Victoria's Secret Cosmetics line lately I must give these guys a poor review.

Let me share some of the cons with you. The packaging on these is great. They come in the standard click pen style. Click for color and apply. The price tag is pretty sweet at $12 per pen and it's quite a large amount of product in the pen from what I can see.

However, the cons stop with the actual formula of the gloss. The gloss is sparkling and comes in an array of gorgeous shades but the texture is tacky, sticky, and difficult to apply. It's not so much about tacky and sticky as I wear lipglass and god knows lipglass is the height of stick and tack. This is much more on the waxy side. Weird right? But it's true. It feels like I'm smearing a melted crayon on my lips when applying.

When finally have this arranged on my lips correct, which is a task to say the least, the actual gloss doesn't last that long at all. It slips and slides right off my lips within 10 minutes. So chalk up the staying power as zero.

Don't try layering this with lipstick either otherwise you're liable to look like a clown. For some reason the texture, the formula or all of the above just smears in a way that you'll end up looking like Bozo the Clown in a matter of seconds during application.

So...sadly...these get the Muse's thumb down rating. Vicky has been doing so well in the beauty department lately and I've raved (See my raves here, here, and here) a ton but this time I must rant and say that these are an utter waste of $12!

Save your pennies and grab a YSL gloss instead!

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Latest Obsession: MAC Beauty Powder in Soft Flame

Here's a new obsession:

Meet MAC Beauty Powder in Soft Flame and I'm here to say it's gorgeous! I have two Beauty Powders already in Micro Pink and Natural Flare but I must say that Soft Flame blows both out of the water!

If you missed out on MAC's Flashtronic Collection there happened to be a gorgeous little Mineralized Skinfinish in that color story that was entitled Northern Light and Soft Flame quite reminds me of it!

If you haven't partaken of the Of Beauty Collection I'd say definately at the very least pick up Soft Flame.

Soft Flame is vibrant enough to use as a blush which can't be said of the other colors in these powders. It's a shimmering reddish copper with touches of gold that are beautiful on the skin. This can be used under your blush or over it but I prefer just using it on it's own for a really perfect shimmer of color!

If you're a medium to dark skintone this will really light your skin up! I'd say avoid it if your skin is a bit lighter as you may get a bit of a muddy look with it.

I've already done a review on MAC's Beauty Powder so I'm not actually reviewing the powder here just the color so if you'd like the read a review about the powders click here.

I'm absolutely loving Soft Flame and I can't believe I almost missed out on ordering this but when I fell in love with the 183 I ended up seeing this and promptly falling in love!

Get this before it's gone it's definately a keeper!

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