Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Sep 13, 2007

The Weekly Beauty Read

My New Family @ Beauty Blog Network have a ton of interesting blog entries this week!

Check out some of my favorites!

The Muse's good mate PJ has a wonderful review on Prescriptives Flawless Skin and Anywhere Foundation up! Click on over and have a visit and a read! And maybe a nice cuppa as well since PJ's fabulous presence graces the other side of the Pond!

Click on over here and visit with Elke! She was in the Muse's knack of the woods for Fashion Week and has a great article up of her experiences at New York Fashion Week plus other interesting tidbits!

The Muse can only ever hope to be as amazing at eye makeup application as this beautiful girl! Click yourself over to Temptalia and learn how to create the perfect dramatic smokey black gold eye look!

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The Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals!

The Muse is posting the Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals a bit early this week as she's in a fine state of worry. The love of her life in England has had his appendix removed and the Muse is about ready to burst into tears that she's so far from him during his time of need!

The Weekend Steals and Deals were so good she didn't want to deprive you of them while she was busy being upset! So here they are a day early! Enjoy!

Time to Shop (it's up to you if you drop afterwards)!

Don't forget that Becca is on Clearance at Sephora! The Muse recommends nabbing some of the Jewel Dust for $5.50!

Grab yourself a Deluxe Sample while you're shopping for Becca at Sephora! Enter coupon code THEBEST to receive a deluxe sample of Dior Mascara. This qualifies for any order, no cash minimum to receive your free gift!

The Muse came across a new shop she never tried called Le Mod Boutique! Some interesting body scrubs and bath goodies to be had here! They have a coupon for 25% off your total order! The Muse used it to order two JD scrubs in Pucker Up and Citrus Explosion. I love trying new bath goodies and I especially love trying bath goodies that I can use a coupon on! They also carry Margarita-Bloom Bath and Body products which the Muse highly recommends trying!

Love samples? Love Deluxe Samples? Me too! Bath & Body Works is offering free Deluxe Samples! Check out the site for details! Some of the samples available Strawberry Butter Body Scrub, Stardom Mascara, and much more!

Wondering what you can purchase to nab a cool deluxe sample? Check out the Signature Collection for some Steals and Deals! Buy any 3 Signature Collections Items and Get 1 Free!

Spend $55 or more and get free shipping from Bath & Works with coupon code FREESHIP!

If you're not shopping online have a click HERE and print out the coupon on screen to receive a free item from the new aromatherapy line with any $15 purchase! Coupon Expires September 23.

Bath & Body Works is a good place to be as the specials just keep piling up! Spend $20 and you can purchase a limited edition fall tote for $20 filled with 15 Samples plus a cute gold charm bracelet!

I do believe Macy's wants you to be a happy shopper this weekend! Head on over to your nearest Estee Lauder counter and receive a makeup bag filled with goodies with your $26.50 purchase! If you happen to be ordering online grab yourself some free shipping if you spend $65 or more! Use coupon code LAUDERGWP. has a 28 Strip Pack of Crest White Strips for $29.99 plus Free Shipping (I know corny steal and deal but I use these bad boys and love 'em! Good deal as I normally pay $37.99 at my local Walgreens!).

Nordstrom will include a mini Posey Shimmer Lip Tint with $85 or more purchases from Bobbi Brown.

Summer is sadly over and the bite of coolness is in the air! But you can bring back some of the Heat and good times of Summer by heading over to the Soap Box Companies Summer Clearance Sale! Plenty of Bath and Body goodies on sale for $2.99, $3.99, $5.99!

Qualifying orders of $75 or more will receive a free Shampoo and Conditioner Set in a choice of Fall Scents!

If you don't mind spending now and saving later you can head on over to and spend $100 to receive $25 back later!

Cherriflip Bath goodies are Buy 2 get 1 free, Buy 4 get 2 free, and so on and so fourth! You can Mix and Match Items! Orders over $80 have free shipping! Bubble Bars and Fizzies are excluded from this sale!

That's all for the this week ladies! Happy Shopping! Enjoy your weekend!

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Survival Beauty

I think, as a woman, I've asked myself the question, "What items would I need if I were stranded on a deserted island?", a million times!

You must ask yourself this too or have had a friend ask you what three or four items would you ABSOLUTELY need if you could have nothing else with you!

Well..I'd answer...I need a stunning man (or two) to climb trees for me and gather coconuts, and fish, and do all that manly stuff because I'm a delicate ladeeee!

And I'd also need a few beauty items. Sadly I'm unable to give you a list of three or four items I absolutely have to have because really I'd be lying if I said the list was that bloody short! Knowing me I'd need a u-haul truck full of cosmetics, skincare, and general girlish rubbish to keep me content on a deserted tropical island! I don't give one flying leap it's paradise! I need cosmetics damnit and I need them now!

If I'm without I might as well jump into the ocean and perish!

But have no fear I don't have to go through such drastic measures as that!

Victoria Jackson is here to save the day!

If the ship was sinking and the rescue boats were waiting to whisk me to the deserted island in wait of help I'd grab up my Victoria Jackson Survival Kit and call it a day!

YAY I can be fabulous and stranded!

The Survival Kit is by far the coolest little gadget the Muse has set eyes on. The Muse likes nifty gadgets it must be the geek in her!

Flip up the top and an eye pencil, lip pencil, and mascara await you!

Split the kit open and two blushes and a mirror are on one side.

Flip over the blush tray and another mirror (in case you didn't feel fabulous looking at yourself in the first one!) and 5 lipcreams are at the ready to make you gorgeous!

Slide the tray out on the side and 2 trays of 5 shimmering shadows (10 in total) are here to make your eyelids sparkle with color!

Slip the tray out on the opposite side and a blush brush, shadow brush, and lip brush are enclosed to put your face on!

How freaking cool is this?

Thanks Victoria! We beauty junkies needed this! Might the Muse add that this is the perfect little treat to take with you on trips! With all the rigid airline rules in place I get very nervous packing my precious cosmetic items for fear they'll be broken or taken away! Pack this up and I'd say you're good to go and look elegant at the same time!

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Sep 12, 2007

The Muse Proudly Joins The Beauty Blog Network

I know I know I know! I already posted this! But I couldn't resist pushing it to the front as I updated it with a rather cute little pic!

I may just faint, fall over, or pee myself in excitement (hopefully not the last one)!

Elke Von Freudenberg e-mailed me an invitation to join the Beauty Blog Network and I'm so excited I am about ready to squeal!

I personally read a ton of beauty blogs but the general idea of me belonging to a site that promotes Beauty Blogs and Cosmetic Junkies like myself just blows me away! It's surreal. I personally use the site to find new blogs and now I belong too! Little old me! Holy cow!

Sorry I'm a tad excited here ;)

Either way, yours truly is now a very proud member of the Beauty Blog Network!


Yay me!

Time to Celebrate!

You can view the Muse's feed at the Beauty Blog network HERE.

HOLY COW L@@K It's me on the front page (bottom link):

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Becca Clearance @ Sephora

Hey guys!

I was going to wait for Friday and list this with my Weekend Beauty Steals and Deals but by then it's possible all the good stuff will be gone :(

So here's a Steal and Deal for ya ;)

Sephora has Becca on Clearance for 50-75% off the original price!

Click and start loading up on the goods!

Happy Days!

Pssttt...keep loading the pages and visiting daily as they keep updating the stock for items that are "temporarily out of stock"!


Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Metallic Palette FOTD

One of the Muse's readers and mates, Taryn, requested I do an FOTD with one of the new Bobbi Brown Palettes.

Taryn, this one's for you! Hope you like it! You need these palette girlie (Wait did you get a few of these already? Can't remember eep!)!


What I used:
Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Metallic Palette
KATE Gel Mascara
KATE Primer

Mini Review:

I originally wrote a first impression about the palettes when I purchased them a week or so ago. I based this review solely on swatches I did and just viewing the palette by eye. I've finally dug in and used Burnt Sugar today so here's a mini review after using the palette.

My original post I had spoken about how the MA said the fall out was a major problem with these however I experienced almost no fall out! Originally the colors looked super shimmery, which of course leads to major fall out, however I experience no such problem during application this morning! Any fall out on my face in the pictures (I always have a severely hard time clearing up fall out!) is strictly from the Excel Single shadow that I used for a highbrow highlighter none of it was from the Burnt Sugar shadows!

The palette isn't as shimmery as I originally thought! I really have no word for the texture of these shadows. I read on someone's blog (*blush* I forgot who's otherwise I'd properly credit whoever it was) that the shadows almost feel creamy in texture and I think that pretty much sums up how they feel for me. It's almost as if the shadow is a cream and a powder in one. The powder is very thick and I'm curious how they'd look if I used a mixing medium to thin them out (If wet will they take on a Metallic look? Hmmmm something to try!).

Blending is a snap with these and the colors are highly pigmented as promised by the MA I purchased these from. You don't need much of the color to work with, a quick swipe of your brush will pick up plenty of color!

Personally I think Burnt Sugar gives a bit of a conservative look, for me anyway, as you know I'm one for bolder colors! However, I really do like the look these created, it's very natural, soft, and of course very Fall/Autumn.

Overall I like these and I experienced none of the drama I had with the Sand and Surf Palette! Yay Bobbi Brown! Keep palettes like this coming and I'll be back for more!

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Blue Storming It FOTD

Here's another FOTD that slipped under the cracks!

Did this about two weeks ago? Or maybe more! Can't recall eep!


What I Used:
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Deviant
MAC Eyeshadow in Blue Storm
Canmake Metallic Eyes in 01 White
Ricky's New York House Blend Shimmer in Blue
MJ Neo Expander
MJ Mascara
K-Palette Glitter Mascara in Blue


Sep 11, 2007

Elke Von Freudenberg on the Wedding Podcast Show

I happened upon this tonight and thought I'd share! The Muse's new mate, Elke, is on the Wedding Podcast Show discussing quickie makeup application tips and eyebrow shaping! I was particularly enthralled listening to her discuss eyebrow shaping (I had a giggle when she said she sorta looks at girls in the street and envisions what she could do to make the brow area better, etc...). I'd love to see what sort of advice she'd give the Muse about her brows!

Anyway do CLICK over and listen! It's quite interesting!

While were on the topic of eyebrow shaping check out the photoshopped eyebrow job that Kiss and Makeup did on Keira Knightley!

Remember kids, eyebrow shaping is important, don't want to go around looking like that scary photoshopped version of Keira do ya?

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The Muse's Newsletter


Some interesting news!

I've decided to put together a newsletter :)

If you scroll down the page and look to your right hand side you should see a little box requesting your name and email addy! If you kindly give them to me(No spam, advertising, etc..will be in your box from this) you'll be subscribed to my newsletter service!

I'm planning on doing a weekly or twice weekly newsletter basically updating about my blog entries, what to expect in future blogs, general chitchat, reviews, the weekend's steals and deals, etc!

Consider it another way that the Muse is breaking into all forms of media ;) Next on my list...a forum and a podcast! Oh my! Stay tuned for details!


MuseTV Presents Tarts: A Non Cosmetic Blog

Ya ya I know tarts aren't very cosmetic like are they?

But I guess they kinda sorta fall under the Bath and Body line of thinking ;)

The Muse sure does enjoy tarts and she keeps quite a healthy stash of these guys around her house to make her home smell wonderful!

Some of you may or may not know what tarts are so I'll dive right into a bit of an explanation.

Tarts are little pieces of either soy or paraffin wax that can be placed into a tart warmer or burner and melted to release lovely scents into your home. So it's pretty much like a scented candle without a wick! You take your tart and place it into your warmer, light a votive under it, and as it melts the smell of the tart will become stronger and stronger releasing a wonderful aroma throughout your home!

Tart Warmer

Tart Burning

Tart warmers come in many shapes and sizes! I collect 'em *blush* I know weird habit but I do! Yankee Candles sells warmers and tarts. I personally don't like the tarts all that much as the scents are kinda limited compared with online sellers who hand make tarts in a much larger scent selection scale. Yankee Candles does sell some amazingly cute warmers that they rotate with each Season and Holiday. The Muse loves having a different warmer for each Season and Holiday that comes along!

Tarts come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and scents to suit all your needs! Some shapes you'll come across are small little cupcake shaped melts, large breakaway bars which allow you to break a piece off and combine with other tarts to make a unique scent all your own, food shaped tarts such as fruits, cakes, etc....that carry the scent of their shape, and some come in cups of various kinds which make for easy storage!

It's difficult to decide on where to purchase tarts with the HUGE array of places that make tarts! But hey that's why you have the Muse! She'll tell you the best places to purchase your goodies from as she's tried most all of 'em!

Now tarts are kinda a picky little animal which means some tarts aren't as strong as others! Some shops don't use enough fragrance oil in their blends so the tart falls flat and you either end up not smelling it at all OR it smells very little! You want a good solid tart that gives off super strong scent, linger, and nice throw. Meaning you'd like something that you can burn upstairs and still get whiffs of downstairs in your home! You'd also like something that maybe lingers a bit after the flame has long gone out!

Yes of course I did a video for you! Hehe! Please excuse my 1. Messy Desk and 2. Clutter of wires on the floor *blush* I decided tonight was a good time to crawl under my desk and install two new archive hard drives into my main server so basically I have a massive tangle of wires after pulling out my server for the installation work.

So if you don't mind all that...please go right ahead and view!

Muse Media Presents Tarts The Art of Home Fragrance (A Non Cosmetic Blog)

Some of my personal favorite tarts places would have to be the following (in no particular order):


Candy, the owner, is a sweetheart! She has wonderful service and a quick turn around time when ordering! She is in Canada which means higher shipping costs but her tarts are fantastic! She offers three types of tarts. Breakaways, single tarts, and bags of 4 tarts. She also does a bag of "misfit" tarts which are tarts that are in odd shapes or just something she is unable to use for sale so she bags 'em together and sells them in 1lb surprise bags! This is great for trying various scents and enjoying the feel of a grab bag surprise! Overall, her tarts are hit and miss! Meaning some scents are stronger than others! The Muse highly recommends Boo and Ichabody for Halloween! Both are fantastically strong and just put you in the spirit of the Holiday! Two others I adore would be Bunny Hugs and Sweet Candy both of which are strong and good smelling tarts!

Some Break-A-Away Tart that are sold at Skindazzles! These come in a large bar and you can break off cubes to mix and match with other cubes to create a new blend or just break off pieces to burn by themselves! These are available in an array of scents that you can choose from!

Some tart melts from Skindazzles. These come in a package of four and again you can mix these with other melts to create a brand new blend all your own! The Muse loves mixing Pumpkins on Parade with Southern Peaches and Buttercream melts! Yum!

These are some single tarts that Candy has pre-made which means you can only pick from a list of tarts she has already select to make in this style!

Pacific Scents

Another great tart place! They aren't open very often so when they do open (mid September is their next opening I believe) make sure you grab a nice order of her wonderful tarts! All the scents have amazingly strong throw! She normally does a bakers dozen for $9.99 which is a fab deal in my humble opinion! And occasionally she does buy 2 bakers dozen get one free! Her scent list isn't as extensive as most tart dealers as she pre-makes these and doesn't make them as orders come in! So they aren't customizable that you are picking scents you want from a list! It's more of whatever she has made that's what you can order from her at that time! Either way she does some wonderful tarts and the Muse recommends nabbing some!

Alternative Breeding

AH! Dearest Tod! A genius if every their lived one! This man KNOWS how to create tarts! Tod's list of tarts is not extensive and since he's a man his tarts lean towards the dark side of things! If you like earthy blends he's your guy! He does many woodsy, herbal, and darker blends that aren't so appealing to my nose! But on the positive side I am a loyal customer because he has several scents that I adore. Tod's tarts are weird. Why? Well...they are good for one solid burn. Which means reburning them will mean that you won't get much scent from them. When I say reburn I mean that at some point during your burning you blow the candle out and go to bed, or leave the house, etc...when you come back you are left with a solid pool of wax where once a pretty tart laid! You can relight it and get some more use out of it. However, this can't be done with Tod's tarts. They are only good for a nice long burn of 6 or more hours. After you blow out the votive the scent is pretty much done for so you'll need to start a fresh tart! But the good news is that Tod's tarts are so amazingly strong and wonderful that they are well worth that minor rant from me! His tarts fill my entire home with yum (plus they linger like crazy! I can burn a Honey Roast tart from his line, blow the votive out, go to bed, wake up in the morning and still smell it!)! I strongly, strongly recommend Honey Roast (He makes me soap in this but I'm special so don't ask him to do it for you hehe! I know I'm a tease!), Candy Coma, Summer on Ice, Monkey Love and Bonbon Voyage!

Tod's KILLER tarts!


The lovely Peldon Sisters at Starring opened up an Etsy shop for tarts. Courtney took over the tart side of business while the lovely Ashley continues to wow me with awesome perfumes! I just recently got into Starring tarts and must say Courtney outdoes herself with some of these concoctions! Courtney does a triple layer tart which consists of three scents in one tarts. As each layer melts it releases one layer of the scent as the next layer melts it combines with the 1st to create a new smell and so on and so fourth! Truly genius (Skindazzles does something similar by the way)! Courtney does a bag of 7 in a theme for $8! Her themes consists of mostly Wiccan themed tarts with elaborate names and cute descriptions (Courtney is Wiccan) but don't let that fool you. The scents are pure joy! Most are very complex cake blends! Such as The Enchanted Broomstick which consists of bananas and chocolate! Or Sparkling Potion which has caramel corn and cookies! At the moment the Muse highly recommends snatching up the Halloween Blends she is doing! She has two packs Halloween 1 and Halloween the sequel! Both are fantastic packages of tarts! She also has two new themed tart packages which are mostly cake blends!

A few Halloween tarts from Courtney's newest packaged sets!

Courtney's Wicked little tarts naked out of their packaging!

Because I'm a Princess

Once upon a time their was a wonderful lady by the name of Kelly who shared her love of tart making with the world! The lovely lady got pregnant and was unable to continue making tarts as her world was about to change and she was about to become a busy mum! This was good news and sad news! Good news that a baby was entering the world ;) Sad news as Kelly's awesome tarts were taking a vacation! For almost a year I was without Kelly's wonderful tarts! And a few months ago, much to my delight, she reopened her shop and began once again making her delightful blends! Her sweet baby Kara is 9 months old and is the "theme" of her new shop! Kara's name appears on most all the products Kelly sells! It's quite cute! Kelly has an extensive scent list that will wow you and make your mouth water! Now one thing about Kelly is you are not only ordering tarts but you are making a new friend. Her customer service is like ordering from your best friend. She packages this stuff amazingly with candy, and uber generous samples, and just tender, love and care! She gives so many extras you'll want to go back again and again and again! I love great customer care don't you? I don't think she has many scents that the Muse doesn't love! Strongly recommend 'em all! They have amazing throw, great linger and just awesome all around!

Because I'm a Princess Tarts

These are just a TINY few of the etailers I purchase tarts from! Google tarts and you'll find a million more! This may sound like some endorsement for the above etailers but it's not I just generally love these tarts and the people that make them have ALWAYS treated me with kindness and generosity! That's not something you get in a store!

Now if you're looking for tart warmers you can head on over to and get have an array of warmers at your fingertips to choose from! Some of you may be weary of having an open flame in your home or have young children around that you don't want touching the candle, etc....The good news is you can still enjoy tarts as their are electric burners available which plug into a wall socket, heat up, and burn your tart just as good as a candle burning warmer ;)

A few of my tart warmers:

Here's the back of a warmer! Slip a burning candle in and you're ready to start ;)

If you're curious about how to switch scents and start up a new tart that's easy enough! Just blow out the candle in your warmer, allow the pool of wax left from your tart to harden, slip the entire warmer or the dish from the warmer (some have removable dishes like my Yankee Hanging Tart Warmers) and slip it in the freezer for a few seconds. Take it out and PRESTO! The wax will slip free and allow you to start a new tart up!

A solid pool of wax ready to pop in the freezer!

Please keep in mind prior to ordering tarts from etailers that these are handmade items which means when you place your order they will hand make them at that time! This causes for a wait time! Most places get items out anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on how busy they are! Holiday months are always a busy time so keep that in mind when placing orders during the holidays!

Well...I guess I've babbled enough!

Questions? Comments? Favorite Tarts? Comment me!

Some Random Tarts from E-tailers:

Smells So Sweet Soy Tarts

Suds and Light Jolly Rancher Tarts

I hope I didn't bore you guys too much!

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Sep 10, 2007

Lunasol Geminate Eyes Ruby Palette FOTD

Okee dokee I know a few of you who were dead curious how the the Lunasol Geminate Eyes were!

A few weeks ago I did a Face of the Day which I failed to post so here it is:

I only used the Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette in Ruby to create the look nothing else. I think it probably came out crummy. Not dark enough. I'd have liked more of a bold look but the fault is my own as I was using a light touch as the palette is just too pretty to touch if you know what I mean ;)

This is a fantastic palette and I highly recommend getting at least one or all of the palettes! The best part about the look is finishing it off with the middle glitter layer which really makes the eye POP!

Overall the palette is a breeze to work with. The colors are highly pigmented, they blend easily and work into the eye flawlessly. This look I created came out a bit sloppy I guess but I'd say with time, patience, and a bit of a heavier hand you can create an absolutely awesome eye look! You don't need much else aside from liner and mascara to complete the look! I don't normally apply liner on my upper lid during most eye looks because I just feels it's a bit TOO much as I am already using such vibrant colors to begin with but these palettes seem to be just the right shades that you can complete a look with a bit of black liner without appearing overly done up! I didn't use any liner in this FOTD but as I said I think a bit would have tied the look up and it wouldn't appear "too much"!

I can't wait to try the other palettes now! The only thing that sorta disappoints me is that Lunasol failed to provide face charts or even a video using these palettes! I'd love to have seen either or both to get some ideas of looks they envision creating with these palettes!

Other than that minor rant I'd say go get 'em girls!

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