Tuesday, April 4, 2017


The idea of a lip and cheek tint has always been so cute to me. Not that I mind using two different products for my lips and cheeks - I mean, I'm product obsessed for crying out loud. But it's adorable, the idea that there can be one cute and convenient little stick that will instantly bring color to both your lips and cheeks. I think we all just pray that we don't end up looking too matchy-matchy, kind of like the model on the Wet n Wild Queen of My Heart display (which you can see here at Musings of a Muse

Thursday, March 16, 2017


As far as I'm concerned, a few years back when Chapstick created the Total Hydration line they completely changed over from the brand with the waxy, slightly medicinal-smelling, thick lip balm to the brand with the ever-multiplying versions of a revolutionary new kind of lip balm. Now it contains mango butter! Now avocado butter! Sweet lord it has argan oil! They seem to be coming out with a new one of these every week. While it's not new, I've recently discovered the one that has CoQ10 in it, and I made the requisite trip to Target, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens in pursuit of it. I finally found it at the second Target I visited. I was interested in this one in particular because according to their website it has these benefits:

Advanced moisture formula with antioxidant CoQ10
Provides lips 8 hours of moisture
Instantly smoothes lips
Reduces the appearance of fine lines
Clinically proven healthier looking lips

Sunday, May 29, 2016


      Well, I just had to crawl out of my cave to post about my chance encounter with what appears to be a spanking-new collection of SHEER lipsticks by Revlon. Revlon's famous line of Super Lustrous Lipsticks has some new additions: 10 shades that "enchance lips with a sheer wash of color," according to the display.  The thought of photographing the individual colors completely escaped my brain while I was in the store, which probably saved me from suspicious glances. However, I did manage to capture the display for you.

This photo was taken at a Rite Aid in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of L.A., affectionately known to us as "the Valley".

The new sheer lipsticks are on the right, while 4 current Super Lustrous lip glosses are on the left. The new sheer lipsticks are $8.99 at this Rite Aid.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


        In some ways, I feel that Rimmel London is the unsung hero of drugstore makeup. I just don't hear it talked about in the same way as the ones I call the Big Four (in descending order of quality as well as price point, in my opinion) L'Oreal, Revlon, Maybelline, and CoverGirl. Then we have NYX, which is a relative newcomer, but is highly regarded. Then of course we have wet & wild and NYC New York Color at the lowest end of the spectrum. I think that Rimmel is generally thought to be around the CoverGirl range. Its display is always sort of squeezed in around wet & wild and NYC. Neutrogena and Almay are always somewhere in their own little world. Regardless, Rimmel has certain products that are well-loved, such as their Stay Matte powder and their Stay Matte foundation - both of which I will be reviewing shortly - and their Moisture Renew lipsticks. I remember way, way back when the lipstick color Crush was all the rage, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Crush is a light peach that borders on nude for light skintones. After many failed trips to the drugstore, I was finally able to find it at Ulta, and I loved it well. Sadly, it appears to have been discontinued. Damn it all to hell.
        On to the Oh My Gloss! lipgloss. I picked up the color Ooh La La, since it was the only color that actually appealed to me. As of August 15, 2015, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! lipgloss includes 17 shades, including a clear gloss and several nudes, pinks, reds, purples and browns. They retail for $5.49 at Target and the display at Target says that they are exclusive to Target.
        They have recruited Rita Ora to be the face of this particular product.

Rimmel oh my gloss
These are the claims Rimmel makes about the product on their website:

• Up to 6 hours of colour, shine, comfort and moisture for your lips.
• Lip Loving gloss with Argan Oil and Vitamin E.
• Featuring Rimmel’s ‘Gloss Lock’ technology, which delivers an elevated, long-lasting 3-dimensional shine.
• Non-sticky, lightweight and comfortable to wear.

    So, let's start with the obvious: packaging, color, scent. I think the packaging is quite nice. From the top it has a triangular shape that extends down through the tube. The top is black and the tube is clear, which is nice because I prefer to be able to see how much of the product has been used.
          Rimmel Oh My Gloss

        I put up two photos because I wanted to show you how the gloss looks under different lighting conditions. I chose this color because it is the brightest pink of the bunch, bordering on fuschia. It's definitely what I would call a hot pink. In the Rita Ora picture, it says that Rita is wearing this color, Ooh La La. However, I feel like the color she is wearing more closely resembles Pin Up, which is definitely a red shade.

Monday, October 5, 2015


          Oh boy. What can I say about this product? I think that in my twenty or so posts so far, I have generally had something positive to say about the products I've reviewed, even if I ultimately didn't like them. Not to spoil the ending, but this product doesn't fall into that category.
          Let's take a look at the packaging. Packaging is important to a lot of people. I'm not so hung up on packaging unless it is a function of the product itself. For example, those fat cylindrical containers containing some sort of powder that comes out through a brush when you twist it. In this sort of packaging you will frequently find a powder that is supposed to provide some sort of sun protection. This is a load of nonsense. No powder can substitute for a cream sunscreen. But I digress.

          The packaging of MUA/Makeup Academy's Professional Angled Shadow brush is attractive enough. It comes in a sleek black box which on one side has the picture of a rainbow of crushed eyeshadows (whoops, forgot to shoot that). On the back of the box you will find both the philosophy of Makeup Academy and instructions for use of the brush.

          From the box:
“Makeup Academy has been developed by makeup professionals and beauty experts to bring premium quality cosmetics and beauty accessories to makeup lovers everywhere.” It goes on to boast about its “expertly crafted brushes and tools.” The box also claims that the brush is made of “natural bristles” and that it's “perfect for applying a wash of color.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


       Let me first say that I love St. Ives as a brand. Reason being that I believe they create products of very good quality for an extremely affordable price. I've noticed that a good deal of the products they create are sold for several dollars less than the equivalent products from other brands. For example, St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt Body Wash is sold for $4.99 at CVS. Olay Daily Exfoliating with Sea Salts Body Wash is sold at CVS for $8.29 (although it's on sale right now for $5.00), and Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Body Wash is sold at CVS for $8.99. I haven't tried the Olay or the Dove body washes, but I doubt that they are much better than St. Ives, so why should I pay $3.00 more? Unless of course, they have something about them that you think is worth it. 
       I am inclined to believe that several other St. Ives products are delightful. St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub (for the face) has been a staple of mine that I've come back to again and again since high school. After one use your face feels fresher and after a week of use your skin starts to feel smoother and there seems to be fewer bumps and rough spots. Most of the St. Ives products have excellent ratings on CVS.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


OCEAN POTION FACE POTION BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 45 CLEAR ZINC OXIDE SUNSCREEN is fantastic sun protection for your Face, Lips, Nose, and Ears. 

From their website: "Ocean Potion® Face Potion SPF 45 goes on clear and protects the skin against both UVA and UVB sun rays. It is ideal for all outdoor activities. Broad Spectrum SPF 45
Water Resistant (80 minutes) Use On Face, Lips, Nose, Ears or Around Eyes Goes on Clear
Zinc Oxide is known worldwide for its sun protection qualities. Won't Clog Pores, Hypo-Allergenic, Fragrance-Free, Non-Greasy, Absorbs Quickly, Oil Free
Helps prevent sunburn. If used as directed with other sun protection measures, decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun."

The product is also fortified with Vitamin D3, which is the very same nutrient that comes from The Sun itself!