Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Aug 31, 2007

The Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals!

I'm away this weekend but I do believe taking a second out of my busy schedule to type up this Weekend's Steals and Deals is always in order!

Don't you agree?

This weekend the Muse recommends heading over to Sasa for your beauty crack! Lots to be had on sale over at Sasa and Free Shipping too on orders of $50 or more!

Some of the Steals and Deals to be had at Sasa:

Bourjois Maxi Frange Maximum Length And Volume Mascara This mascara comes with the Muse's highest recommendation and at $10.90 it also comes cheap! This retails for $19 at Sephora so you'll be saving yourself $9! Yay!

Lavshuca Single Eyeshadows are $8.80

Majolica Majorca eyeshadows are available for $8 Sadly colors are extremely limited but if you have a hardcore lemming these are a pretty ok deal! They aren't jacked up too much price wise compared to the original price of $5 or so each Japan side!

If I were you and I was in a bit of a shopping mood I'd click my mouse over to and take advantage of the sale they have!

$5 off $30 plus free shipping


$10 off $50 plus free shipping is also having a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale which can be combined with the above deals (You'll find a few goodies in this sale! Rimmel Mascara, Neutrogena Face Soap, Etc...)! Wahoooooo savings all around!

Might the Muse recommend THIS for your cart?

Macy's likes us to be happy shoppers so they are offering a free deluxe sample of Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake 3 in 1 Shower Gel with a 2 product Philosophy purchase!

Since you're at Macy's anyway you might want to check out the Estee Lauder counter and score Free Shipping if you purchase $50 in products! Use coupon code LAUDERAUG to take advantage of Free Shipping!

If you're lemming the Mystery Game Collection now might be a good time to get it and get something free! Lancome is offering a free sample duo with any purchase! The duo includes Definicils High Definition Mascara and Bi-facil Eye Makeup Remover (The Muse uses this and recommends it for eye makeup removal).

That's it for this Weekend's Beauty Steals and Deals! Enjoy your weekend! Happy Labor Day (and Happy Shopping at all the Labor Day Sales!)

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Aug 29, 2007

Heartpounding Hair Gel!

Dontcha love when celebs pimp themselves out to Japanese couture, cosmetics, and other adverts?

Now by far the best commercial I've had the pleasure of seeing is freaking Orlando Bloom acting all secret agent like in a hair gel commercial for Shiseido. My dear, dear friends please do have a tissue ready as drooling may occur!

Head on over to Eru's blog Cuteness Junkie Girl to see this heart pounding, drool worthy, yummmmmmmmie commercial! I guarantee it's worth five minutes of your time to view!

Maybe we should all write to Hollywood and beg them to make Orlando the next Bond.......Hmmmm Jeeves bring me some paper and a pen! Oh wait...isn't it the Queen that decides who the next Bond will be? Hmmm best write to them both!

And by the way Orlando can whisper "Fiber Neo" in my ear as he strokes my arm, kisses my neck, and....oh excuse me...I was fantasizing aloud!

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Urban Decay Reviews, Questions, Etc...

I've gotten quite a few messages over the last few days in regards to Urban Decay. Asking general questions, reviews, and such!

I think quite a few of you must be taking advantage of the sale and either participating in sprees or having cps done for you!

Either way if anyone has questions, needs a review, or close up pictures of products do go right ahead and message me, comment here, or e-mail and I'll gladly provide you with a mountain of info in regards to Urban Decay!

I don't only whore myself to MAC you know ;) Urban Decay was my original crack! hehe!

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Lush Cosmetic's Newest Haircare Line Up

Lush has always had a good solid haircare line! You've heard me babble some about the shampoo bars already but Lush also carries other shampoos and conditioners that I swear by as well!

I was happy to hear that Lush will be expanding it's haircare line and introducing not only new haircare but some styling items as well! This is a big step for Lush as they have had no prior styling products to boast of prior to these! I'm very curious how they will turn out!

First up is Curly Wurly! Hmmm good news for the Muse as her hair is wavy and full of curls!

Lush's description of Curly Wurly Shampoo:

This thick and rich marvel is so unlike any other shampoo that your hair will think it’s discovered a parallel universe, one where curls soften, relax and shine on command. Amazingly enough, we make it all happen without preservatives! Coconut butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter and jojoba oil control curls, weigh the hair down and smooth hair follicles. Shredded coconut aids in application and synthetic polymers are replaced by free-range eggs while lemons and papaya add extra cleansing and shine. Available early October.

Next up a new conditioner of sorts entitled Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze! The name alone sold it for the Muse. Anything that contains the word "fluff" in it makes me want it all the more!

Lush description for this new Fluffy product:

Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze makes really fluffy hair smooth and encourages normal hair to behave. Henna infusion adds loads of shine and moisture, but it won’t change your color (even if it’s color-treated). Brazil nut oil and olive oil add even more shine, calm fluffiness and give control to the ends without taking all the life out of it. You’ll find this hair treatment detangles, stops static and helps prevent your hair from tying itself in knots. What’s more, the effects last for weeks! Best of all, the lovely scent of jasmine wafts around you like moonlit evenings in a Moroccan garden. Available early October.

Now these have the Muse intrigued! All natural hair gels!

The Big Tease

The Big Tease can stand your hair straight up without feeling brittle -- all with a texture a bit like glue (but in a good way). It’s loaded with natural, good-for-your-hair ingredients like glycerin for softer texture and cupuaçu butter (pronounced: coo-poo-a-soo) from the Amazon rainforest. This acts a bit like lanolin, which means excellent conditioning that’s all vegan! You’ll be delighted when you sniff this gel too. It has the same refreshing (and very popular) fragrance as The Olive Branch shower gel, with orange flower, lemon and bergamot. Tease it high! Available early October

Goth Juice

Fans of The Mighty Boosh (a British cult comedy TV show) will be aware that real Goth Juice is made with the tears of Robert Smith. (That’s why it’s purple.) If you have no idea what we’re talking about, that’s cool, just take it from us that our Goth Juice is a medium-strength gel to hold and style your hair without drying it out. Glycerin, hemp and flaxseed oils nurture, strengthen and in general, take good care of your hair -- even when they join forces to double the size of your head. It has a beautiful, dark green-forest scent of oakmoss and olibanum. Available early October.

Holy cow the Muse definately wants this! She loves the Mighty Boosh and dare ye all who question her about it and know not of it's origins! Off with your bloody heads for not being exposed to bloody brilliant britcom! Sadly this is also an earthy blend which means maybe the name and concept sounds brilliant but the general idea of oakmoss and other green bits aren't what the Muse prefers her hair to smell like! Le sigh! How very depressing that Goth Juice doesn't smell fruity!

And lastly in the hair management department....

King of Mods

This soft-hold gel takes soft, fluffy hair, controls it and makes it look cool. It shines hair, moisturizes it and holds it softly in place no matter the adventure. Like Mods themselves, it’s controlled but not hard. It’s also good for your scalp with eight percent almond oil and camellia oil (the one that Sumo wrestlers use to keep their long, black hair shiny). King of the Mods is perfumed with grapefruit and lime essential oils to wake you up in the morning and revive you for an after-work party (think Swinging London of the ‘60s). Party on! Available early October.

Overall looks like a nice little line up of additions to Lush's already supremely awesome haircare line! I want to try the gels for sure and Curly Wurly is definately going to end up in my cart!

Reviews to come when I buy some of these bits and pieces!

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MAC Stylistics Color Collection

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

It appears MAC has quite a gorgeous collection in the works for us this Holiday season! Rumors are abound and everywhere the Muse looks some new information is popping up about the latest "It" collection from MAC!

This could have the potential to be HUGE, as in the best collection I've seen released from MAC in quite a while!

The collection won't be out until November 29th but it hasn't stopped the spread of rumors, speculation, and general chitchat about this exciting limited edition color story!

Here's what the Muse has gleaned so far from her travels through cyberspace:

Check out Beyond Beauty Basics for an interesting little article about the collection!

Not only is there a new Holiday color story to look forward to but a limited edition fragrance entitled Air of Style that will be released as well! From what I'm reading the scent will be extremely limited and once it's gone it's gone!

The total collection is gem encrusted so these should be some pretty gorgeous compacts ala MAC Couture from last year! Which brings up another topic! I am wondering if this is similar to Couture's release last year. Couture was released something in November I believe and than soon after Formal Black popped up! I'm wandering if Stylistics is merely a tease and prelude to the real Holiday color story! We shall see!

Some interesting little photos of what could possibly be part of the collection have cropped up!

The moral of the story is save your pennies because come November you'll be flat broke after purchasing some of this collection! I'm already shaking in my designer flats!

My very tiny collection of MAC Couture from last year:

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Aug 28, 2007

Chat and Be Happy!

I have so much fun talking to each and everyone of you! I love replying to your emails, messages, and comments! It really brightens my day up!

I know that sometimes I take a while to reply to some messages but I do my best to always answer everyone!

I've decided to add a little chat room to my blog! If you scroll down the page a little and look towards your right hand side on my blog you'll see a little button that says "Click to Chat". If you click it (be sure your browser has popups disabled otherwise it won't work) a little chat room will pop up and you can chat with each other or me if I am online at the moment! You'll notice it lists the numbers of chatters but I don't think this updates correctly so if it reads 0 chatters still pop your head in because it's likely myself or someone will be in the room since it doesn't appear to be updating correctly!

I'll be doing a schedule (when I have some free time) for live chat nights if anyone is interested so we can gather together and babble our hearts out about cosmetics, life, the universe, and everything ;)

I will, of course, leave the chatroom up and running when I am online so that if you happen to wander on you can say hello to me!

Many thanks for all your comments it makes doing these blogs a pure joy!

I look forward to talking to each and everyone of you!


Aug 27, 2007

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloween Blends

With the new moon comes new perfume blends and of course it comes right on time to compliment tomorrow's lunar eclipse!

The goblins have been mighty busy at the Lab and have concocted an array of scary little treats to make your blood curl!

The Trading Post has been equally busy creating it's Halloween Trick or Treat perfume oil blends as well!

I explained the Lab in a prior blog do check it out prior to reading this one!

I believe I'm shivering with fright...errr...I mean excitement at the prospect of all the goodies that await us at the Lab this Halloween season!

The Newest Halloween Blends are cut into three categories.

The first which is simply entitled "Halloween Blends". Lucky enough for me nothing is too appealing on this list as most of the blends are very earthy, herbal, or floral blends!

If you're the type of girl that loves a dark scent this category be for you!

All Souls 2007

All Souls makes a reappearance year after year and of course each year it has a tiny touch of difference from the year before as no two scents are created equal!

The Lab describes it as An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is an entirely new blend for the Lab and has never been introduced prior to this year! The Lab describes it as Beer, woodsmoke, tar, and treacle.

The Death of Autumn

Another new blend! The Lab describes it as Dark amber, dead leaves, khus, saffron, bitter clove, chrysanthemum, camellia, galangal, and a drop of oud.

Dia De Los Muertos 2007 (Day of the Dead)

A blend that makes an appearance almost ever year and revisits to torture and torment! The Lab describes it as funeral bouquets, the candies, chocolates, foods and tobacco of the ofrenda, amaranth, sweet cactus blossom and desert cereus.


Yet another new blend! The Lab describes it as Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air.

Samhain 2007

Another old friend that visits almost ever year! The Lab describes it as damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.

Samhainiphobia 2007

Again, a visitor from the past that is knock knock knocking at our chamber door! The Lab describes it as Menacing Haitian vetiver, patchouli, and clove with a shock of bourbon geranium, grim oakmoss, and dread-inspiring balsams pierce the innocuous scent of autumn leaves.

Sugar Skull 2007

Last but never least in my book another old friend that the Muse purchases each and every year....The Lab describes it as A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits.

Personally I'll only be purchasing Sugar Skull 2007 from this lot the others are way too dark, earthy, and generally gross smelling to my nose!

The second category is entitled Halloween Blends: The Haunted House. This category appeals very little to me as well sadly but saved! All blends in this collection are brand new and have never been released prior to this year!

The Atrocious Attic
Described as sugared nectar of carnivorous blooms, putrefying wet greenery, oozing sap, crushed rosary peas, withered climbing roses, and nightshade berries.

The Lurid Library
Described as The incense-tinged scent of forbidden tomes and the musk-laden remnants of infernal servants.

The Perilous Parlor
Described as soft white pear and sweet vanilla.

The Twisted Oak Tree
Described as Blackened, rotted oak wood blanketed in moss and choked by a cloak of grasping ivy.

Lastly an old favorite of mine The Pumpkin Patch 2007 Set! As described in another blog of mine this is a great little set if you've never tried anything from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume! The blends in this set are truly a lovely little piece of Halloween and Fall! Some of these are revisited in a different format than prior blends and I'm not entirely sure if I am going to enjoy these variations as some sound a bit floral!

The Pumpkins can be purchased together as a set or solely.

They include the following perfume oil blends:

Pumpkin I
Pumpkin with pear, white wine grapes, and jasmine-laced tea.

Pumpkin II
Pumpkin with tobacco, champa flower, carnation, and tonka.

Pumpkin III
Pumpkin with white chocolate, caramel, pomegranate, and cream.

Pumpkin IV
Pumpkin with cactus blossom, sage, and sweetgrass.

Pumpkin V
Pumpkin with benzoin, bourbon vanilla, lemon peel, neroli, blood orange, and red ginger.

If you purchase the pumpkins as a set they'll also include an imp of a special oil entitled the Murder of Crows.

The Lab describes it as Sleek iris and verbena, grey amber, benzoin, davana, and glossy herbs.

The Halloween Blends are on sale and available for order up until November 10th. They will be than taken down and may or may not return next year as blends do change and rotate year to year!

I'm excited that the Lab's Trading Post has brought back it's Trick or Treat Limited Edition perfume blends! These are something the muse wants to get her hands on!

The Tricks aren't as appealing as the Treats so the Muse really wants to get her hands on some Treats!

The Treats

Sugar-slathered Candied Apple With a dollop of caramel!

Marshmallow Poof A gooey mound of white fluffiness! And yes, it is vegan!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Graham crackery and cream cheesy! Cinnamon brown sugary! Just a little carroty!

The Tricks

Egg'd Mailbox! Fresh egg, just starting to warm nicely in the sun!

Pumpkin Smash! Pumpkin pulp, beeswax candles, smoke, asphalt, and beer!

TP'd Trees! Cypress, oak, and pine covered in 2-ply!

And finally a special edition that's neither trick or treat!

Spiked Punch Chunky fruit punch with a generous splash of booze!

These are on sale until October 10th and the chances of a revisit are slim to zero so get them while the going is good! Meaning they are highly limited edition!

It appears the Lab is boiling up tons of goodies in it's cauldron for this upcoming Halloween!

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Fall Collection Photos

A few Fall Collection photos to appease our appetites for new color collections ;)


Urban Decay Matte vs. Shine Collection

Nars Modern Oddessy Collection

Givenchy's Camaflouge Chic Collection

Bourjois Paris Fall Color Collection

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Urban Decay Liquid Liners

I spy with my little eye something new from Urban Decay!

Dare I say I'm excited about these little liners (when am I NOT excited by cosmetics right?).

I was adding things into my cart like a little demon earlier after hearing about the sale and I came across these new liners! Oh my the very my!

These come in the same bottle as the lip stain (which I dearly love by the very way!) that was released winter of last year. I'm duly impressed with the variety of colors they are offering in this nifty little liner! 12 in all it appears!

I do believe some of the colors promise sparkle too!

These be on the wish list maties!

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Better Late Than Never: Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul Update

My Better Late Than Never blog entry is being updated with the videos! Check back shortly and scroll to the bottom of the entry to see MuseTV's latest video blog!

You can view that blog by clicking here.

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Clowns Aren't So Scary!

When I was a kid (and now that I'm an adult) clowns terrified the bloody hell out of me!

There is something so seriously scary about clowns! Don't even sit their and deny it because you know exactly what I mean!

Isle of Eden
has kindly taken the scary out of clowns for me and made them deliciously sinful!

Over the course of a year or so Isle of Eden has done various blends of their immensely popular Clowns line of body and bath care that has gotten quite a cult following (I'm a card holding member).

This is just a tiny review of the Clowns series. The Clowns have evolved from a very simple scrub that was released for Halloween last year entitled "Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me" into a full line of different scent blends!

The original, Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me, is still available for purchase in any number of bath and body products, haircare, and perfume! The scent is a house blend created by the owner of Isle of Eden and includes all of the following notes, pink cotton candy, funnel cake, and red apple!

Since it's original release Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me has had any number of notes added and taken away! Some of the blends I've gotten have included funnel cake, pink or blue cotton candy, cherry snowcone, strawberry, buttercream, pineapple, and many many other interesting tidbits!

The blend started out as a scary treat for Halloween but soon evolved into a circus/carnival themed product! It later became something else completely and began to show really unusual notes blended together that worked quite well such as pineapple and funnal cake, pink lemonade and cotton candy, etc...!

Some of my favorite Clowns were released shortly after the original house blend and were entitled Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me 1 through 4! Each blend consisted of something more wicked than the last! The blends were so gorgeous and amazing to smell that it was difficult not to dig into them with a spoon (I doubt they'd taste as good as they smelled!).

Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat me Number 2 was a mixture of blue cotton candy, funnel cake, and juicy strawberries! Sounds weird right? Strawberries with funnel cake plus cotton candy? Sheesh sugar overload! But the strawberries binds the entire blend and creates a wickedly sinful body treat!

Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me Number 3 consisted of Cherry Snow Cone, Blue Cotton Candy, and Funnel Cake.

Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me Number 4 consisted of Blue Raspberry Cotton Candy, Funnel Cake, and Frozen Pink Lemonade.

Sadly, these have made a trip into the great beyond and are no longer available in their original format! However, new Clowns are available and some contain these very same notes!

Some products I highly recommend should you dive into purchasing some very delicious clown goodies would be the Whipped Bath Cream and of course, Isle of Eden's specialty, body scrubs!

The Whipped Bath Cream has the same consistency as a thick rich lotion but this is for your shower! A small amount and a shower puff will create mounds and mounds of luxurious suds that you can use to shave with, wash with, or even sneak in a hair wash with! I must say that a majority of Bath and Body goodies are almost always an in shower experience. Meaning as soon as you sud up and step from your shower the scent almost never lingers. I've found a majority of the Clown blends stick around for a bit through the day and I catch faint hints of Funnel Cake or strawberries, etc...through out the day! Which means the thrown, linger, and potency are pretty tops in my book!

The scrubs are delightfully wonderful as well! The scrubs are not only great for exfoliation but also wonderful cleansers as well since they foam up!

Sadly, Isle of Eden has one bad point. The wait time. Wait times for an order range from 1-3 months depending upon how busy they are at the moment. From what I understand they are working on decreasing that time but I've yet to see anything being done about it and it annoys me to have to wait that long for product!

One other minor problem is if you're sensitive these may not be good for you! I've heard many reviews stating that they have caused break outs on sensitive skin! I've never had a problem but I do not suffer from sensitive skin. That's something to consider prior to ordering!

Aside from that I highly recommend any of the wonderful Clown blends! You'll see that Clowns aren't as scary as you thought they were!

A few pictures of my Clown Collection

Whipped Bath Cream in Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat me 1 through 4

The Original Can't Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me Body Scrub

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Better Late Than Never: Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul

I've been very busy lately and updating my blog normally happens either really, really, really late at night, during brief pauses at work if I am even remotely lucky to have any, or in spurts here and there. Basically what you see written on any one entry takes me a day or more to complete because I'm so nuts with work and life in general lately ;)

Reason I am telling you all this is I'm quite late displaying my latest Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul! I got it ages ago and never had a chance to really take it out of the box and truly enjoy it aside from taking some pictures and doing a video of it AGES and AGES ago.

I know MANY of you have already been exposed to the new Jill Stuart palettes, pressed blushes, etc...but I like to keep my blog updated with all my latest hauls so here goes anyway ;) Hopefully it isn't too much of a snore!

Kose Airy Whip (The new love of my life! This could replace Purity for washing my make-up off in the evenings! It's so light and lovely and removes all traces of my foundation, blusher, and eye makeup too!)

Crystal Lash Pearls (These are great! An inexpensive way to enjoy lash pearls! Work just as well as Givenchy's Lash Pearls!)

Esprique Precious Gift Set (A real value! Tons of goodies for under $50)

Esprique Precious Gift Set Illuminate Nuancer (Could possibly be better than Meteorites! Oops did I say that out loud?)

Canmake Goodies (Canmake is the one of the few inexpensive cosmetics that the Muse has room in her heart for!)

Canmake Glitter Eyeliner Pencils (These are a bit to rough and hard in texture so hey may need to have a go under the hairdryer to soften them up prior to application)

Canmake Lipgloss (Pretty brilliant! First Japanese brand that actually made a flavored gloss hehe)

Canmake Glitter Shadow Trios

Canmake Metallic Eyes Shadow

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyeshadow Palettes Fall 2007 (Both are gorgeous as you can see and the colors are surprisingly really nice! I was worried I'd never make any use out of these palettes but I've fallen in love)

Jill Stuart Pressed Blush Compact (Bit sheer but haven't tried them on my face as of yet)

Jill Stuart Loose Powder Blush

Majolica Majorca Single Eyeshadows

Majolica Majorca Majex (This is going to work great during chapped lip season!)

Tiffa Goodies (In love with Tiffa! This is my first haul from Tiffa and I'm loving the gloss and shadow)

Tiffa Eyeshadow Duo

Gransenbon Blushes

Gransenbon Eyeshadow Palettes

RMK Shadows

RMK Cases

Excel Single Shadows (LOVE these! So much sparkle and shimmer!

Excel Mini Glitter Mascara

Sofina Compact Case Fall 2007 (Best compact introduced yet in my humble opinion!)

KATE Mascara Primer (Not entirely impressed with this yet! The fibers get caught in my lashes and are visible a bit which means I have to struggle to catch every fiber while applying mascara! Not sure I'm in love with this as much as I'd like to be!)

KATE Lipgloss

KATE and Lavshuca Super Sharp Eyeliner (Never seen a liquid liner with such a slim applicator!)

Some presents from my angel!

MuseMedia Presents: A Japanese Haul That's Better Late Than Never!

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