Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Sep 28, 2007

The Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals!

I'm backkkkkkk!

Last weekend I had missed the Steals and Deals of the week but this weekend I'm back with some great finds just for you!

Click over and print out this coupon for a Free Wallflower or Scentport Starter Kit from Bath and Body Works! Get your home smelling lovely and hey it's free! $15 Value!

Head on over to QVC and add a quad of Philosophy lipglosses into your cart for $33! These normally retail for $10 each but you can get all four for $33 (Item Number A12627). The kit includes lemonade, mint, apple, and coconut! And while you're at it you might want to sneak on over and check out the Muse's review on these glosses prior to purchasing!



Since you're at QVC browsing around for lipglosses on sale why not indulge your sweet tooth and check out their newest three in one shower gel duo for $30! You'll get both Sweet Creamy Frosting and Red Velvet Cake with this kit! Mmmmm!



And hey, the Muse advises and says that it's never to early for Christmas shopping! So check out Item Number A5322 for a fab deal! This is a trio of full size (16oz) Philosophy Three in One shower gels with cute gift bags! The Muse purchased a few of these last year for various Christmas gifts, grab bags, etc..and they were a huge success! And at the price of $35 bucks for all three they come cheap (That's less than $12 each!) The Muse advises purchasing these prior to November as last year they sold out and were on wait list forever! So grab 'em while the grabbing is good! They make great gifts as a set or given away indivdually!



Lush wants you naked! Head on over to Lush and purchase any two of their bare-ly wrapped products and get the third absolutely free! Promo Code: BARENAKED



Keep your brows in order for free! Beauty.com will include a free Anastasia brow gel with any purchase!



Enjoy Free Shipping from Sasa with any $50 Purchase! Did the Muse happen to mention how much she LOVES free shipping?



Burt's Bees happens to be one of the Muse's favorite brands and it's on sale at Drugstore.com! 30% Off All Burt's Bees Stock plus Free Shipping!

Bobodave is offering 10% off All Sofina Stock from September 24th to the 30th. Discount will be refunded after purchase.

Glossy Lips anyone? Get a double ended gloss wand with any $50 Benefit purchase free! Enter Coupon Code GLOSSIX2 to receive your free gloss!



Grab yourself Free Shipping and a Free Full Size product of your choice if you spend $39.50 at Beach Girl Beauty.

It's not beauty but it is Bollywood! If you happen to love Hindi films, like me, the Muse advises you to click over to Nehaflix to nab some great deals on Bollywood DVD's and receive Free Shipping with your order of $30 or more!

Nordstrom is giving away a soft traincase full of goodies to Lancome customers who spend $35 or more! Now might be a good time to nab yourself some of the Limited Edition Mystery Game goodies to get your free traincase!



Happy Weekend! See you Monday!

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The Weekly Beauty Read

Ahhhh it's that special time of the week kids! When I can kick back, relax and of course catch up on reading all my sister blog posts on the Beauty Blog Network!

This week quite a few items caught my eyes and I'll be ever so nice and share them specially with you!

I'm tempted by Bonacure Hair Products especially the Kick Leave in Conditioner! Sounds like something my dry hair might like! Do check out the review from Beauty and Fashion Tech!

The lovely Elke Von Freudenberg brings us the WORST Beauty Trends of Fashion Week! Wander over to her blog and have a look! The Muse must say that she agrees the "no make-up" just doesn't do it!

Oh my am I drooling! PJ has posted up the Dior Holiday Collection and the Muse has decided to make it her business to get this collection as soon as it pops up UK side! Repeat after me...Must Have...Must Have.....click on over to see the pictures and PJ's first impression of the collection!

The Muse really has a thing for soap. What's that? You do too!? Great! you should visit the Etailers Mall and have a peek at the perfect soap for fashionista little minions like ourselves! Believe me it's quite the perfect little gift or maybe you want to get a few to spoil yourself with! Have a peek!

Ahhh..pink...ever girl's signature color! Hello Dollface brings the pink this weekend with a great blog about Jaqua's Pink Potion Collection! Jaqua makes great products and this Pink Potion is one the Muse hasn't had the pleasure of using! Uh oh I do believe the folk at Hello Dollface have created a bit of a "want" here!

Makeup Bags...we all need 'em...! Organization is quite important with a large, medium, or even small collection! Lipstick, Powder 'n Paint show us some nifty little bags to organize our cosmetic bits and pieces!

Temptalia is busy tempting the Muse with visions of MAC's new color story, Mattene. The Muse promised herself she'd be TRY to be good until the Holiday goodies arrived! But reading Temptalia's blog is making me want Mattene! Click on over and check out reviews and swatches for this new collection!

The most lovely Marina from Makeup Loves Me discusses the trend of the half moon nail this week! Sadly, the Muse bites her nails like mad but reading and viewing the picture on Marina's site makes the Muse realize it's about time she stops and starts taking better care of her nails so she might partake of this latest trend! Have a click and visit with Marina!

Face Candy brings a tale of mini! Dontcha love mini cosmetics? I sure do! Sneak a peek at Face Candy's blog of mini!

Canadian Beauty has helpful hints for prolonging your summer tan into the Fall! Click over and have a look!

Want radiant skin? Mytical Beauty's Musings has the secret to gorgeous skin!

Might I also pimp Makeup Moxie's Beauty Blog! Jazmin, a most gorgeous girl, runs this great blog! Do check it out! The Moxie and the Muse got on famously during the live chat the other night and with that I present to you her blog! Do visit this darling girl! Her site is Muse approved ;)

And with that said and done I say have a great weekend and I'll see all of you Monday!

A short note please keep in mind that I hide little hot links all over my blog entries! Particularly the Weekly Beauty Read! So if you happen upon a blog with a word that might be colored purple that means it's a hotlink, click and you'll be magically whisked away to a new site to explore!

Enjoy!

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Sep 27, 2007

Givenchy Holiday Collection 2007



Well..my German is rusty but if you happen to head over to Bjooti you can lay eyes on something that the Muse wants under her Christmas Tree this year!

Diamonds.

Givenchy is giving us girls our very best friend for Christmas! The Diamantisimme collection looks like something the Muse may likely kill for (not really but I can't promise I won't hurt someone for it! I'm kidding! I'm kidding!).

This powder looks astounding!

The Muse's new mate and reader, Sarah, is possibly peeing her pants while reading this right now (She loves Givenchy just as much as I do)! Sarah, honey, I'm with you!

The Muse is beyond excitement! Now if I can just brush up on my German and firgure out what's being said about this collection hmmmmm......where'd I put that dictionary?

This is on the Wish List for sure! Now the question remains how to find it before it sells out faster than the Muse can whip her credit card out!

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BREAKING NEWS on the MAC Front

The Muse happened to scroll on over to Janice's blog, the Queen of MAC in the Muse's eyes.

And I'm gobsmacked!

Do have a peek and see for your very own eyes that Parrot may be making a reappearance soon!

*waits for the gasps and screams of excitement*

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Alexander McQueen for MAC





Alexander McQueen, a goddess in his own mind (and mine for that matter) brings to us a new MAC Collection.

Now you might be lemming this for several reasons such as the vibrant, eyepopping colors. The fact that's it's limited edition must also be tempting you and of course it has cute packaging details that also might put you in that "want" frame of mind.

But I think we can all be honest and admit that the reason we REALLY want the collection is for the coveted and long gone repromote of New Vegas Mineralize Skinfinish.

I can't tell you how often I've searched on E-bay for a New Vegas and failed finding one that hadn't hit the $60 or more mark upon auction end (Stereo Rose is another item I've failed miserably at locating for a price that didn't include a contract for my first born child!)! The Muse sometimes has to give herself limits and purchasing a MSF for $60 or more dollars is one of her cut off points (however she has been known to sell an organ for parrot but that's another story for another day)!

Well...girls...look no further New Vegas is back with a bang and we can all bow low to Alexander McQueen for it's return!

Aside from the very exciting repromote of New Vegas I'd say we have quite a nice lot of goodies to look forward to with this collection and truly if you love awe inspiring shades this be the color story for you!

The colors look just perfect and not a doubt crosses my mine that they will be a nice little investment as well! These are bound to go up in price drastically after they are sold out so you can grab yourself a nice little piece of history here for it's original, cheap price and next year you can laugh at all the n00bs who are searching their lemming out on E-bay and successfully finding ridiculously priced paint pots, MSF, and other yummie items from this color story! Although, the Muse highly recommends be nice and not laughing at the n00blets, after all, we were one ourselves at one time (as you can see the Muse has been playing far to much WoW and she's reverted to leet speak! Do forgive her! She'll be back to her beautified, non geeky self shortly. Well back to beautified not being geeky might not be possible!)!

The Muse says...GO YOU...GET TO THE STORE...and do purchase this collection! October 11th the Muse will bounce her way to her Nordie's counter and give her monthly donation to the MAC counter so that she might have these wonderful, gorgeous goodies for her very own!

Happy Shopping!

Alexander McQueen for MAC

Eyeshadow
Haunting - Sea green
Nile - Soft royal blue with white pearl
Pagan - Yellow lime green with yellow pearl

Lipstick
Masque - Rosy pink
Archtype - Light gold

Lipglass
Nothingless - Baby pink with white pearl
White Magic - White gold with yellow pearl

Kohl Power
Black Karat - Black with gold pearl
Feline - Rich black
Jealous - Black with green pearl

Paint Pots
Electro Sky - Royal intense blue
Pharaoh - Creamy yellow green
Otherworldly - Mid tone sea blue

Mineralize Skinfinish
New Vegas - Golden beige with bronze pearl

Update: The lovely Marina from Make Up Loves Me just asked me where I had gathered my info from! And let me share, dear readers, with you, where I get the great updates on color stories! If you happen to visit the Specktra forum a lovely lady by the name of Janice puts alot of heart and soul into keeping the masses updated on all good things MAC! This is where the Muse gathers all the best info about upcoming color stories!

You can visit Janice by clicking over to either the forum or her blog at Specktra Blog.

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Bare Escentuals "V" Brush


After much debate the Muse has decided to order the Smokey "V" Eye Kit from Bare Escentuals.

I really didn't need or want the kit when I originally seen it pop up online at Sephora however I've changed my mind since seeing the "V" Brush in action.

I scoured around E-bay for the Brush and it looks like, at the moment, it's going for anywhere between $14-22 USD. For that price I figured I might as well just dive in and buy the whole kit which is available on an E-bay auction for $29.99 plus free shipping or from Sephora for $32 (but then I'd have to pay taxes and shipping so E-bay seems a good idea!).

Ok...anyway...let's get back to the brush!

The brush was intriguing when I first seen it but I wasn't sure how exactly it was supposed to work. It basically resembles a fishtail and I was assuming that to apply you'd be dipping into your shadow and just using the brush in the outer corner of the eye where the area creates a "V" however since viewing a demo on QVC (which I am sad to say I am unable to locate for you to view) that's not the case at all!

Photos of the brush that I nicked from E-bay




Ok so this might be hard to explain but basically to use the brush you'll be dipping into your shadow or better yet coating both sides of the brush in whatever color you are using at the moment. After your brush is nicely coated in color you'll be dragging the brush from the inner corner of the eye all the way outward to the V of your eye where you'll proceed to twist the brush up slightly. The entire effect basically coats your crease and lower lash liner with color while avoiding your middle eye and lid area! The twist towards the end will emphasize the V area and create a more intense effect.

So..that sounds really complicated but I promise you when I seen how it was used I was really delighted and instantly in "want" mode!

The Muse has decided that she needs this kit and highly recommends scouring around E-bay for either the kit or to try to locate the brush at a decent price! It seems a really good tool to add to the beauty arsenal! All in all I'd say you'll make good use of the shadow and glimmer that comes with the kit! They are perfect colors for the fall/winter and evening looks plus you end up with the nifty brush.

Happy Hunting!

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Clio Blushes

You might remember a few months ago I had gotten some Clio Eyeshadows that I really liked.

I was dead curious about the entire line so I googled a little and came across the website for Clio. Upon viewing the website I fell in love with just about everything the line offers as the items are so damn cute!

Of course when it's cute that normally means it's some sort of Asian cosmetic that the Muse will have a hard time getting her hands on! *sad sigh*

Lucky enough the Muse happens to have friends in high places (sort of, kinda) and she ended up nabbing two of the Clio Blushes that were extremely difficult to locate here in the US!

I must say these are everything the Muse wants in a MAC Skinfinish! They are silky, smooth, and pigmented! MAC Skinfinish are amazing but I'd love a bit more color to some of them, that, is in fact, where Clio picks up the bag. Clio Blushes give a gorgeous wash of color on the cheeks that looks amazingly natural and just downright pretty! The brushes they come with are very soft, no shedding, and nicely rounded and large for good coverage!

I ended up getting two of these FINE blushes and I wish I could have gotten the other colors! If you have access do pick up a few of these as they are fantastic!

I love the Clio eyeshadows I've purchased prior to this but I must say they out did themselves on the blushes!

Bravo!

Now..solving the problem of locating Clio stateside...hmmmmmmm..........







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Samples Anyone?




Love samples? Love trying new things?

Imagine a box full of sample and full size products that you can enjoy at a low price.

Excited?

Check out The Little Black Box for a fabulous box of goodies. For $23.50 you get a box full of interesting tidbits to try out! Cosmetics, Candles, and Bath and Body bits and bobs are only some of what you'll find in the box you order!

The Little Black Box is on sale monthly and each month is a great time to experience new goodies! It's an awesome way to discover interesting new shops on the internet that you may never have thought of trying before!

The next box is on sale October 19th and includes samples (and if you're lucky full size items) from over 35 online shops!

The Muse loves the idea of a big old sample box of goodies! She can't wait to order her box!

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SHOUT! Box Update

Hey girlies!

I had to remove Shout Box due to a slightly rude comment! So sorry about that! I wasn't sure how long it'd last before rude bits started popping out and was vaguely shocked that it lasted as long as it did!

It was a nice medium to have for quick replies and such but sadly I have no control over it and since the Muse prefers that her blog remain a happy place minus insults to her person she's taken down Shout Box for now!

Comments are always open on any of my blog entries and I ADORE speaking to each and everyone of you via that! Or e-mail of course ;) Both of which I have way much more control over!

Hugs girls!
Speak to you all soon in the comment box =)

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Lovely Chat

Well...that was great!

I wanted to thank all the fine bloggers from the Beauty Blog Network that stopped into my chat tonight! You guys sure do know how to support a girl ;)

Elke, Jazmin, Marina, Shannon...etc...Thanks! It truly meant the world to me that you came to show your support!

The lovely Miss Sarah, a reader of the Muse's blog, stopped in as well!

The chat was somewhat slow in regard to readers but everyone that did pop in made the entire experience a fun one!

Thanks so much again and hope to do this with everyone in the future!

A little Update: A big Hello to Betsy who was having problems accessing the chatroom tonight! Betsy so sorry you missed us :( I believe the chat works a ok with IE and Firefox! Sarah mentioned she had a problem loading up with a browser and turned to IE where it worked a ok! In the future, hopefully, we'll have a better chat room to use ;)

Looking forward to seeing you next time!

Hugs! Thanks for trying to pop in!

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Sep 26, 2007

Shop Shu



For the longest time, in order to get my Shu dosage, I ordered from the Shu Uemura website but now I can shop Shu from Sephora!

Sephora used to carry a limited range of Shu cosmetics but it now offers quite a few more items! It doesn't yet carry the entire line but it's slowly adding more and more items.

This makes the Muse happy! Especially when it's time for the Friends and Family discount at Sephora! Shu discounted! Yes, indeed the Muse is content!

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Lush Chat



I mentioned Lush's newest haircare line in a prior blog if you remember.

In honor of the new haircare lineup Lush is throwing a little party on it's website that includes previews of the upcoming products, games, prizes, specials, and other fun little bits and bobs!

The online party takes place tomorrow between 2-7pm PST and can be reached via their website!

Hop on over to the site and you'll find out how you can participate in the live chat! The Muse won't be there but do tell her how it was if you happen to go!

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Sep 25, 2007

Chit Chat

Anyone up for a chat?

My chatroom is up and available. Below my picture on the right hand side of the page is a "click to chat" button (be sure your pop up stopper is off). Do click it tomorrow night at around 7pm eastern and you'll find the Muse inside!

Would love to talk to you all live!

Hope to see you there!

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A Reader's youTube Videos

A lovely girl by the name of Aimee happened to e-mail the Muse about a month ago (*blush* it's taken me this long to get to replying).

In her e-mail she explained that my videos had inspired her to make some of her own!

I love looking at other people's collections and this video deserves a look (A traincase full of goodies)! Aimee also happens to have some great tutorials up!

The Muse recommends you have a peek!



Thanks for the e-mail Aimee and keep up the great work with the videos! The Muse approves and loves 'em ;)

And of course she's utterly flattered she's inspired you in someway!

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Anna Sui Royal Romp Pressed Powder M



An angel happened to help the Muse out in purchasing some of her recent lemmings for Anna Sui goodies!

Upon seeing the new Royal Romp collection from Anna Sui on the Japan site the Muse swooned in delight!

The entire collection is quite delightful but the thing that whispered to the Muse's delicate little ears was the Pressed Powder M!

Magical Pressed Powder to enhance my complexion! Oh my!

The design on these delicate compacts is lovely gothic black and purple colors with a silver and purple butterfly emblem on top! Inside the powder has a slight shimmer to it and a purple puff that carries the strong, sweet, gorgeous scent of roses! Tre Chic!

I'm quite pleased with these powders! It's just the right amount of shimmer that you aren't over doing a look. The texture is soft and perfect in all ways! And how cute to whip this out of your bag for quick touch ups right?

The colors available are a pale pink/white (01), a beige/peach (02), and a darker pink (03).

The Muse ended up going with 01 and 03 as 02 didn't appeal to her.

Overall these are a fantastic little find from the Royal Romp Collection and worth a peek or a purchase! They are limited edition so get 'em while to getting is good ;)











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Shu Uemura Rougue Unlimited Reds Collection



The perfect shade of red is very in this season and I'm positive you can find it from the new Rougue Unlimited Reds Collection!

If I had to pick a lipstick that I could never be without it'd have to be Rougue Unlimited. The Muse highly recommends checking out these sexy shades of red!

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Benefit's Do It Daily!



Benefit is asking if I Do It Daily and last time I checked I most definitely do it daily and nightly too!

Stop thinking nasty little thoughts! I'm talking about moisturizing your face!

Benefit is introducing a brand new moisturizer entitled Do It Daily! that's good for all skin types and contains an SPF of 10.

Personally I'm not running around in excitement over this as most skincare items I've tried from Benefit aren't always that great!

But the idea of a lightweight facial moisturizer with SPF 10 that takes the guess work out of skin type does sound neat!

The Muse will have a think and consider it as a future purchase (the packaging sure is cute)!

If you do happen to try it, comment, let us know what you think!

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MAC Plush Lash



Plump the lashes up with MAC's newest mascara Plush Lash! Another story you can resist running to the store for as it's part of the regular catalog of items.

I've tried various plumping mascaras and didn't have great results but this does sound intriguing! The Muse is tempted!

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MAC MatteĀ²



Ahh...another day, another color story from MAC.

I'm not partaking of this color story but the sixteen vibrant, eye popping shades are tempting!

All are regular catalog items (no limited edition this time around) so don't rush out to buy these as they'll be around and available for a long while!

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Sep 24, 2007

Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie

The Muse is as obsessed with fragrance as she is with cosmetics and she's always on the look out for exciting new scents to tickle her nose and make her smell gorgeous!

While wandering around on one of my favorite sites, Wickedly Chic, I came across a review of Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie.

I ended up ordering three oils from Magickal Perfumerie and believe you me that was a difficult task to do! The array of scents available is overwhelming and everything sounds so good that you'll be tempted to buy one of everything!

The first item to hit my cart was a perfume oil entitled "Candy Pop".



This perfume promised notes of Pink Sugar, Candied Apple, Coconut, Cherry, Strawberry, Vanilla, Daffodil, Plumeria. Oh my the Muse likey all those notes!

I haven't yet tried any of these on my person so this is a first impression from sniffing alone and not wearing the actual fragrance! Upon first sniff of Candy Pop I can most definately smell the fruits in this blend! Cherry and Strawberry are the most prominent with an underlay of coconut and a tiny smidgen of apple! Vanilla is most definately in there as well and it appears to be holding the entire concoction together with a gorgeous layering.

Candy Pop is most definately a favorite for the Muse! As far as lasting power and linger that's to be determined when I get around to wearing this lovely blend!

As I was wandering and browsing around the site with Candy Pop safely in my cart awaiting purchase I came across a most interesting perfume, Linnea Quigley Summer of Sin. Now I think the celeb factor along sold me on this perfume blend. You may not know Linnea Quigley unless you're a geek but for me the general idea of a blend that was endorsed by the scream queen of B Horror films totally blew me away and I had to have it. The geek factor did sell me on this but I also happened to glance at the notes in the oil and they also agreed with the Muse's little nose so into the cart it went!



The description of the oil contains Coconut Oil, Papaya and Pineapple and a few other interesting tropical treats that most definately appeal to my sense of smell. Upon sniffing this I am a tad disappointed. I was expecting this to be way more tropical than it actually is. I do get coconut and some pineapple but the blend seems to also have a strange (not unpleasant) of chocolate. It's interesting that's for sure and my disappointment is only minor as the blend seems quite nice!

My final purchase was difficult to make simply because I ended up running into the "sugared" collection category on the site. The site carries a large list of sugared scents that make my mouth water! I settled on Sugared Melons as my purchase but Sugared Cherries, Sugared Bananas, Sugared Vanilla Mint, and quite a few more tempted me to commit a major sin against my credit card! I refrained and ended up with Sugared Melons as I do adore the sweet scent of Melon!

A mouth-wateringly delicious melon salad of Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Mango, Guava and Papaya, with a sprinkling of sparkling sugar.




The above description sold me on this perfume blend and I'm happy to have picked it as it smells fantastic! Cantaloupe is most definately a high note in this perfume blend and it's quickly followed by Watermelon. I haven't yet touched on Mango, Guava, or Papaya but once I try this on my skin I imagine it'll dry down to a mix of wonderful fruity scents!

Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie are extremely generous with their samples and they included 4 large samples that the Muse is quite thankful for as it gives her a chance to further experiment with some new blends from this fantastic site!

Included with my order was Sugared Orchids, Innocence Found, Nectar du Printemps, and Linnea Quigley's Rabid.

Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie is making it's way to the Muse's favorite list very quickly! Customer Service was fantastic, generous extras, and shipping was super quick (and quite FREE! I love free shipping!).

One other thing that deserves to be mentioned is the artwork on the bottles and the website. The art work is just too awesome. What you see on the site is what is printed on each bottle's label!

I'm very eager to try these on and can't wait to make my next order!

My Haul from Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie:







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Basin: A Cheap Alternative to Lush



As much as the Muse loves Lush she admits that each year the price raise on bath goodies is a bit extreme. She recalls a time when she could find a bath bomb from Lush for a small chunk of change. Sadly, that's no longer the case. I only order my Lush from the UK and it's quite cheaper compared to the US site but prices do lean towards a bit much at times.

Good news ahead!

The Muse has found an interesting little shop entitled Basin! Basin offers an array of cheaper imitation Lush products for a fraction of the cost.

The Muse must admit that many of the products are a bit too close to the names and ideas of Lush however these are interesting to sneak a little peek at!

I've only purchased soap from the company so far and must say I'm quite pleased. The soaps are too cute for mere words!

Take a look for yourself:










From looking at the site it appears that the actual store has a wider selection of soaps than they do online!

They also carry a huge array of Bath Bombs, Shampoo Bars, and other bath and body goodies for the masses!

Many of the items, as I mentioned previously, are a bit to close for comfort in design, scent, and idea to Lush items!

Comparing Basin to Lush:

Basin's Butter
Sensuous, Invigorating, Exotic--This moisturizing Bubbler has a velvety vanilla and coco-butter fragrance that's sure to make you swoon. Reminiscent of a tropical breeze off an island paradise.
Drop a Bubbler into a filled tub and watch the magic begin. The Bubbler releases a host of all-natural essential oils and fragrances, transforming your bath from ordinary to extraordinary.



Lush's Butterball
Our all-time, best selling bath bomb is easily taken as straight forward and simple. Au contraire! This vanilla, cocoa butter bomb is a powerful skin moisturizing agent of the fiercest variety. 20 minutes in the bath is all it takes.


This is just one comparison but several other items are quite similar. I'm not entirely sure how comfortable I am with all the knock offs here but they are a cheap alternatives to Lush that's for sure! Bombs run from $3.45-3.95 or less in comparison to a Lush Bomb which runs from $5.45-$8 and upwards. Shampoo Bars are $6.99 ($24.99 for 4 Shampoo Bars) in comparison to Lush Solid Shampoos at $8.95-$14.50.

The fun news about this shop is they do carry several items that you won't find at Lush such as Bath Salts, various kids items, and a few other interesting tidbits!

With my soap lot I also happened to purchase something called Dr. Spot which promises to remove oil, dirt, and many other happy stain mistakes! This is basically a bar of soap that you rub on stains and it's supposed to remove all of the mentioned stains and MORE! Wahoooo the Muse loves the idea of a spot remover that erases stains!



Overall, Basin has some very cute products with some very, very nice prices! Do check it out and let me know what you think!

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Mr Darcy aka Jonny

Many of you have e-mailed (like 80 e-mails lol), commented, etc....on Mr Darcy aka Jonny ;-)

Jonny is fine. He had his appendix burst last week and was rushed to the hospital to have it removed. The Muse was quite distressed (what's a Muse without a Darcy?) over this as she's so far away from him but he's quite alright and out of the hospital. I believe his sole problem during all this drama was the fact that the chips weren't to his liking at the hospital (He's a vegetarian and the menu choices were limited from what I understand! But hey when is hospital food, good food, right?) ;)

In all seriousness it was quite an episode and he could have, god forbid, died. After his first surgery they wanted to go in for a second surgery which was terrifying as hell. But luckily his meds set in and the surgery was canceled.

I'm positive he'll be tickled (or embarrassed) at how many of you expressed concerned over his health! And hey if you're really nice maybe he'll offer to show you his scar ;)

Thanks for caring guys!

Many Hugs to all of you!

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Vintage Sister Halloween Treats



Halloween is so yummy isn't it? Plenty of treats full of sugar, fat, and high calories! Hmmm....avoid the calories and treat yourself (and your lips) to some tasty balms instead!

Vintage Sister has introduced it's Halloween lip balms and the Muse couldn't be more excited!

It's a great round up this year with the Muse's ever favorite Candy Corn flavored balm! Yums!

Two new flavors that the Muse hasn't had the pleasure of trying are Caramel Apple and Trick or Treat.

Looks like it's going to be a Happy Halloween for your lips ;-)

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