Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Nov 17, 2007

The Weekly Beauty Read

It's going to be quite a busy weekend for your Muse so here's the Weekly Beauty Blogroll a little bit early ;)


Happy Weekend!
See you Monday!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic kicks off a week of reviewing Dr. Brandt's Skin Care!

All Lacquered Up's Nail Tip Of The Week - Pedi Socks

Bionic Beauty covers the freebies offered by Jergens Skincare and Lotions.

Does the LeSportsac Tokidoki Bag stand up to the rigorous testing of a day in the life of Makeup and Beauty Blog?

Makeup Moxie reviews Shiseido Lip Gloss...and loves it!

Temptalia Reviews MAC's Of Beauty Collection with swatches and product photos!

Celebrity Makeup Artist Brett Freedman talks to Hello Dollface!

A Touch of Blusher declares, "This is the ONLY eyelash curler I ever need!"

Savvy Skin says My Body Wash Clogged My Pores.

Beauty and Personality Grooming:Sandalwood as beauty aid.

SugarShock scores a flawless face with per-fekt skin perfecting gel.

Scandalous Beauty unveils a Smoky Eye Tutorial on location at the Make Up For Ever Boutique and Studio!

Makeup Loves Me meets her perfect red lipstick.


Nov 16, 2007

Vincent Longo Diamante Quad First Impression

Here's a few more items that I purchased with my Friends and Family order discount! The Vincent Longo Diamante Quad's in Roja and Cassini!

These are fabulous and I'm well and properly chuffed that I put these in my shopping cart when ordering. These are regularly $40 each but I paid $32 after the discount!

I already own a few of the Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eyeshadows and adore them so having a palette of four shades is thrilling your Muse!

If you love shadows that have major fall out these be the palette for you! They contain a huge amount of shimmer, sparkle, glitter, and shine! They also happen to be super pigmented! Add that all together and it equals a must buy for me!

The colors in these palettes are all yummie and range from darker for a smoky eye look to lighter for a nice soft look!

When creating these I don't think they had any plans for combining all four shades into one looks but have no fear you can do some pretty gorgeous looks just using two colors or even one!

Cassini contains a gorgeous shimmering purple, an elegant sparkling black, a beautiful beige and a softer shimmering pink!

Roja contains two beautiful bronze colors (one darker than the other), one darker pink and one lighter pink!

I find Roja has the best complimenting shades as you can do nice contrasting eyes using the two bronze/copper shades in the palette or the two pinks!

I'd say it's a great bang of shadow for your buck whether you are paying the original $40 or the discounted price!

The Muse most definately approves!



The Weekend Beauty Steals and Deals

Hello Pretties!

Time to shop (and save)!

DuWop does not get enough love on this blog! I adore DuWop and haven't done enough talking about it so today I present some pretty nice steals and deals from DuWop for your shopping pleasure!

Head on over to DuWop's Vintage section and nab quite a few interesting items that are 25%-50% off!

DuWop Eyes Cream Palette's are $25.60 (originally $32) and available in a array of great colors!

DuWop's Limited Edition ICE palette from last year is available for $14.40 (originally $18)! I own ICE and adore it! It's a pressed powder that's a light, sheer pink shade with gorgeous sparkle to light your face up! Sadly, I didn't get mine on sale!

Pick Your Poison Lipgloss Box Set from last year is also on sale for $23.20 (originally $29)! A nice set of goodies for your lips!

Spend $75 with Duwop and you can get the Lip Venom Trio Gift Set Free!

Love Meteorites? Me too! Grab a gift set for yourself or someone you love at a great price tag! $79 nabs you three Mini Guerlain Meteorites Plus a Brush! This is most definately a deal you can't refuse! You can purchase yours from Evecare by clicking here.

Wanna try the new Lush Solid Perfumes for Free? Spend $65 and get a Free Solid Perfume by using code SCENTME01

Bonus time at Clinique! Yay! Spend $25 in Clinique Purchases at Nordies and nab a makeup bag full of treats!

Saving big on Philosophy 3 in 1 Shower Gels this season! Get some for yourself, friends, and family at a great savings!

Buy 2 for $30
Buy 3 for $46
Buy 4 for $50

The more you buy the more you save!

Plus Free Shipping on $75 or more!

Stuff a basket full of favorite Bath and Body Works treats for your mum or any special person in your life and do it cheap! Any 5 Signature Items at Bath and Body Works is $25! Not a bad deal 5 for $25!

That's all for this week's Steals and Deals! Keep your eyes peeled for next week's Steals because I'm positive they'll be freaking fantastic for Black Friday!

Happy Shopping!
Happy Weekend!

Big Hugs from your Muse!


Nov 15, 2007

NARS Night Series Palette First Impression

I got my Sephora Friends and Family order a few days ago and inside lay my gorgeous Night Series Palette from NARS! Oh My! This is beyond yummie my friends and well worth the money!

I had blogged about this previously and must take back any bad thought I had about it! The palette just looks boring when you view it online! It looks matte and unexciting and just not something that I must have! So really when I originally seen it pop up on Sephora I just passed over it really quickly and chalked it up as rubbish that I didn't need!

However, upon seeing it in store I fell in deep lust and it ended up on my WANT, MUST HAVE NOW list!

The palette is $55 regularly but I got it for $44 with the 20% discount. $55 may seem a bit much but if you break it down it's less than $10 per a shadow which is a pretty good deal! I must say that I prefer paying $44 for it in comparison to it's original price tag of $55 however I'd pay the regular price if I had to because the palette is most definately a high quality item in my humblest opinion.

The palette contains a favorite shadow of mine which is Night Star! I love this shadow! It's an understated gold sparkle affair that is fantastic as a base or all by itself.

The rest of the shadows I don't have but all of them are gorgeous. One of which I'm deeply in love with is the Night Snow which is a gorgeous shimmering white sparkle that's going to be absolutely perfect for many great Holiday eye looks!

Other shadows included are Night Fever which is a black with tons of red glitter, Night Clubbing which is black with gold glitter, Night Rider which is purple with silver glitter, and Night Fairy which is lilac with gold glitter!

I love the two blacks in this palette because the shimmer has totally transformed the colors from being basic black to something completely WOW!

Overall, the palette is most definately on my awesome list! I'm completely loving it and it's Muse approved for sure!

Have it?
Love it?
Want it?
Hate it?

Tell me! I'm curious what you think!

Labels: , , ,

Tiny Holiday Beauty Treasures On A Budget

Here's a nice list of Christmas Goodies that won't break the bank!

Grab yourself a chunky 2oz Peppermint Candy Soap from E-Bubbles for a mere $2! Or get a few to tuck on top of pressies and packages as a little something extra for a friend or family member! $2 can't break the bank ;)

With less than $5, $4.75 to be exact, you can get three peppermint flavored Lollipop Lipglosses from E-Bubbles! Not bad for breaking them up and also including them as a little something extra! Tie a ribbon around one with a tag and slap it on your present as part of the "To:" "From:" details ;) How many girls do you know that don't adore lipgloss!

For $3 you can choose from a ton of different Fizzmos Holiday Bath Bombs! White Chocolate Moose, Snowball, and Sugar Plum Fairy will all tuck nicely into a stocking for anyone who adores taking baths!

Are you gifting a palette this season? Why not include some girl2go Naked Eye Makeup Remover Pads for $5 or some girl2go Make-Up A Go Go Make-Up Remover Wipes for $4.50!

Give the gift of gloss for $10 bucks! Get any two glosses from a slew of different flavors and brands at Bath and Beauty Works!

C.O. Bigelow Frosty Peppermint Lipgloss

C.O. Bigelow Frosty Spearmint Lipgloss

C.O. Bigelow Frosty Cinnamint Lipgloss

Goldie Mini Lipgloss (Available in several colors)

Liplicious Lipgloss (Available in Grape Soda, Cotton Candy, and Array of Tasty Treats!)

I spoke about this briefly before but it's worth a remention! $3.50 nabs you a Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Bath Bomb Fizzy! Mmmm! Love this one! Best Deal around!

Casidy's Closet on Etsy has a set of five mini Holiday Soaps for $6! Each is individually wrapped and ready for gift giving!

If you love Etsy as much as I do you might want to sneak a peek at some more Holiday goodies! Check in with Dug Shop and get yourself some cherry scented Holiday Light Soaps! If you're not loving Cherry you can always have a custom blend in any number of scents special for you! These are available in your choice of color and scent! I'm partial to red and cherry myself! $1.50 each can't go wrong for that!

It's not very Christmas like but if you're really lemming some Sanrio fun you can nab a 4 pack of Hello Kitty soaps custom scented in your choice of scent for $3! Thanks Dug Shop the Muse loves Hello Kitty and will definately take a batch of these!

Want something mini? Want it for cheap? Get a tin of Sephora Cream Shimmer Shadows in two colors for $4! Comes with a tin and mini shimmer shadows!

I love loose shadow powders with attached applicators! Know the ones? Dip and slip it across your eyes for easy application! I'm sure you've seen them around! You can get some for $4 in an array of colors at Sephora!

A party kit for $10! Do you eyes up fancy for the Holiday! Sephora's My Party Kit includes everything you'll need! A Silver Keepsake box that includes a shadow, glitter eyeliner, false lashes, and a lipshine!

Giving Lush as a gift or an extra little something doesn't always have to be expensive!

Grab some of these sweet deals for $9.95-$10.95!

Secret Santa $9.95
Includes Bob Soap and Christmas Kisses Bubble Bar

Rock Chick $10.95
Includes Creamy Candy Bubble Bar and Star Shaped Rock Star Soap

Best deal ever! Your girly girl friends will love you for buying them this!

Frosty $9.95
Includes Mr Butterball Bath Bomb and Chunk of Ice Blue Soap

What are some of your budget picks for the season!?

Labels: ,

DuWop Moon Venom

Mmmm......a new Lip Venom to keep our lips happy, glossy, and TINGLING this Holiday Season!

No question.
I want it!


A Slice of Soap...Errr I Mean Cake!

I love interesting gifts and I really go out of my way to locate unique gifts for friends and family!

I found this rather awesome little shop on E-bay called Sunflower Gardens that sells thee most interesting little soaps I ever did see!

A Slice of Cake Soap ;)

These slices of Soap run from about $5-$10 or so and are HUGE!!!!! Plus they look like the real thing (and smell like it)!

I just find them ultra cute and I think they'd make such a killer stocking stuffer or little Christmas gift for your mailgirl (if you have a mail girl), or a nurse at your doctor's office, or anyone really!

I mean who wouldn't want a big old slice of cake that smells yummie, lathers up like a dream, and comes shaped like a big chunk of delicious cake!

I know the Muse is liking these!

What do you think?

Chocolate Cream Pie Slice of Soap

Oreo Cookie Chocolate Pie Slice of Soap

Key Lime Pie Slice of Soap

Neapolitan Ice Cream Slice of Soap

If cake is not your bag that's ok Sunflower Gardens has brownies, ice cream, pies, cupcakes, poundcake, cheesecake, and anything else your mind (and stomach) might be dreaming about in a soap!

Sincerely, how cute are soaps that are shaped like brownies, ice creams, and cakes! I'm hungry now!

Brownies Ala Mode (Yes! It's most definately soap so don't try and eat it!)

Check out Sunflower Gardens for yourself! I'm positive you'll find at least one item that will strike you as a cool gift!


mark Little Block Box "Customize Your Shimmer" Palettes

A few months ago I blogged about mark's new Block Boxes that allowed you to customize a palette with little cubes of shimmer for eyes and face. Remember? No? Click here and you can read my original post.

The Little Block Box is finally available for purchase from mark! Finally! I was waiting on these for ages!

The good news is these look quite interesting! The bad news is I want them all so they become a bit more expensive when you are wanting one of everything hehe!

Basically you have to purchase the "block box" first at $6 you then proceed to customize it for face and eyes by purchasing blocks of color at $5 for eye blocks and $6 for face blocks.

Block Box $6 (Empty)

When you first see it you think this might run you a few dollars but in reality you're running up a bill of $26 for 4 eye blocks and one block box! That isn't too shocking as I've spent more on palettes before but those were posh brands not Avon (mark is Avon's younger sister brand).

I honestly do want to try some of these because the shimmer looks great in them but the price is just making me scratch my head slightly.

The fun of customizing this case is great the price however leaves a bit to be desired! Maybe if it was just put together and offered in a few color selections and have say...mmm a $15 price tag that would seem fair! But spending $18 and upwards for a cheaper cosmetic brand seems a bit too much!

I've tried several combos and prices range from $18 up to $26 or so per palette. $18 bucks gets you the block box and two face shimmers while $26 would get you the block box and four eye shimmers and if you want a combo it'll set you back $22 for one block box, one face shimmer, and one eye shimmer.

Eye Shimmer Blocks $5

Face Shimmer Blocks $6

I'm doing the math on these and it's boggling my mind a little bit because I can get a far superior MAC palette for $10 bucks more and mark is in no way the same quality as MAC!

Oh no the Muse is being cheap (it doesn't happen often so enjoy the novelty before it wears off!). But I can't help it! The prices seem really off to me!

To be honest I'm diseased and I'll probably buy at least one because my curiiosity is getting the better of me and I'm wondering what these are like! Sigh! The life of a cosmetic junkie sure is hard sometimes!

What's your take?
Want 'em?
Leave 'em?

Let the Muse know!