Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Dec 7, 2007

Shu Uemura Gloss Lacquer Gift Set

Shu Uemura has gifted us with a trio of Gloss Lacquer's for $69!

Behold, the Shu Uemura Gloss Lacquer Gift Set:

You'll get three Gloss Lacquer's and a makeup pouch! The Muse likey alot!

Read the Muse's review on Shu's Gloss Lacquer's by clicking here!


Lush Party NA Did you attend?

So did anyone go to the Lush NA online chat party last night (No idea what I'm talking about? Click here for details!)? Sadly, I was unable to attend as I got home really, really, really late after a longggggggggggggggggg day at broker meetings! Snore, Yawn, Boring!

I wish I could say that I had even a second to log in and partake but sadly it was a no go for me!

I did wander over to the website and it appears nothing of great interested was offered aside from Snowcake Solid Perfume. Other then that nothing really, super special or limited got made!

Did you attend?
Did you order?
Tell the Muse!

If you missed out like me here's a break down of what was offered (and appears to still be available for purchase):

Ol' Blue Skies Shower Gel $15.95USD

Ol' Blue Skies Shower Gel is back (If you're new to Lush this was a shower gel that was introduced last year for Christmas last year and when the new Christmas goodies were released for this year's Holiday Season, Ol' Blue Skies, was not part of the line up! it is if you want it but I personally suggest steering clear unless you adore deep earthy scents!)!

I'm not excited. It has patchouli in it which means it smells like just turned dirt. I'll skip.

Snowcake Solid Perfume $11.95 (or FREE! Use Code SCENTME to get it Free if you spend $65 or more on your Lush order)

Snowcake Solid Perfume wahooo! The perfume solids were introduced way before the Holiday goodies this year so when the Holiday releases popped up the only solid that was "holiday" themed was Champagne Snow Showers! Much to my dismay and fans everywhere we wondered what could have happened to the idea of having a Snowcake Solid Perfume! it be ladies!

I was faced with the dilemma of ordering from Lush from the US this morning as Lush UK does not carry Snowcake Solid Perfume! It was released special for the party!

Ol' Blue Eyes Pack $36.95USD

If you adore smelling dirt with a bit of oranges thrown in this would be a great pack for you!

You'll get Ol' Blue Skies Shower Gel, Blue Skies and Fluffy Clouds Bubble Bar, Karma Bubble Bar, and Karma Soap! Ooooo all the Muse's favorites! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love Snowcake Pack

I don't have to remind you how much I love Snowcake we've already been through it enough already right? In honor of the chat party a lovely pack was made up which consists of all good things Snowcake scented! You'll get Snowcake Solid Perfume, Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Smitten Handcream, and a chunk of Snowcake Soap! Sweet!

Sadly, nothing at all to get too hyped over!


Geeky Plaid FOTD

Monday's FOTD I was working my inner geeky plaid look! All I needed was a tie and a trench coat and I'd have done the Doctor proud!

What I used:

MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow in Family Silver
Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eyeshadow in Dawn Flesh
MAC Eyeshadow in Mineralism
MAC Technakohl in Black
MJ Mascara

The Body Shop Solar Blush in 02

MAC Lipglass in Moonbathe

More fun with trainers! At least my foot is looking a bit smaller than yesterday!

Another friendly geek working the Converse circuit!

I Heart Chuck!


Sex and the City Movie Trailer

Doesn't have much to do with cosmetics but I thought you might be interested in viewing one of the first trailers I've seen pop up online for the Sexy and the City Movie!



Dec 6, 2007

Tarte Friends and Family Discount

The fine folk at Beauty Blogging Junkie have posted up a fantastic Friends and Family Coupon for Tarte!

35% Off Using Coupon Code FF2007

Now would be a great time to pick up the We Wish You Wealth Palette! You can click here to view my impression of this palette!


Dec 5, 2007

Specktra Haul-a-Days

Check out Specktra Blog for a special Holiday Event! Specktra Haul-A-Days is happening now! Don't miss out!

I see some great companies participating in this event such as MAC, Stila, Cherriflip, and More!

So run, don't walk, and join in on this special event!

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Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Sparkling Eyeshadows on Specktra

The Muse is working the Specktra Blog circuit today!

A story of sparkle today!

Jump over to Specktra Blog to have a peek at my review and impressions of Vincent Longo's Wet Diamond Sparkling Shadows! CLICK!

Don't forget to say hi to Janice (the brains and beauty behind Specktra)!


Allure Loves Total Beauty

Total Beauty goes officially live tomorrow! Yay! How exciting!

If you happen to have Allure's December Issue handy turn to page 68 for a great review about the Total Beauty Network!

The Muse happens to have a copy handy here if you don't have one hanging around!

I'm so excited to be apart of this exciting network!

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Matching Pink FOTD

I was feeling like a really subtle pink look this morning!

Here's what I came up with (those of you who commented on my "tacky" matching you're going to LOVE this as I'm just a matching demon today! They may have to call in the fuzz with all the pink and matching going on in this look!):

What I Used:

Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Eyeshadow in Sparkling White
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Kiss
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in SWF
RMK Eyeshadow Metallic Eyeshadow in 11
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner in Groupie
Beaute de Kose Volumizing Mascara

Clio Blush in Pink 2

Urban Decay Lip Envy Envious
Smashbox Lipgloss in Radiant

Extra Bonus of me rocking my pink Converses (Don't mind by baggy slacks! I was reliving my youth today and baggy punk pants was the way to go!)

Do you love it?

Why is it whenever I wear a pair of Converse my feet look like boats? Serious my entire foot looks like a caddy! I wear a size 7-8 (5-6 UK) depending on the shoe and these just happen to be a size 7 (6 UK) yet my feet look about the size of a small country! Serious I can use these things as weapons and hurt someone really bad if I'm not careful! What's that old saying? Wear the boxes, throw away the shoes? I even own a custom pair that's a size 6 1/2 (4 UK) and STILL the bloody things make my feet look like a monster! Now I know how Paris Hilton feels! I can't begin to tell you how many pairs line my closet yet I can't help but feel like the Jolly Green Giant every time I wear a pair!

They don't make David's foot look monstrous! I don't get it! Note to Self: Become Lean, Lanky, and Sexy to work a Converse Sneaker!

Converse if you're listening make hightop sneakers more flattering for chicks with small feet! Thanks! Love you!



NARS Travel Brush Set

I love you NARS. Truly I do! Your blushes, your glosses, your gorgeous shadows...! not happening:

Pretty right? Price is not so pretty!

$170 for a mini travel size brush set is beyond my budget!

I wonder if this is a misprint?

If you're insane, unstable, or just obsessed with NARS you can purchase this NARS Travel Brush Set from Nordies for $170 (brushes that may or may not be dipped in solid gold).


Lush NA Chat Party

Tis time to party once again at Lush!

Join our online festivities on Thursday, December 6th, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (PST). Anyone can participate and there's no bouncer at the door!

I blogged about this earlier and you can see my original post here as it has some valuable info! Click here for that post!

I have no idea what's being offered this year in the way of Limited Edition Products, Specials, Etc...but I can say last year's party was nice as we ended up being able to purchase Honeywood Shower Gel which was a limited edition product that smelled of Honey I Washed the Kids.

Moral of the story is it'll be nice to intend and see what sort of goodies Lush has in store for it.

Lush NA Parties are in no way as wonderful as Lush UK Parties but it's worth a wander in to see what nice products or specials are going on during the Party!

Sadly, I'm unable to attain as I'm at a broker meeting most of the day Thursday but I'm hopeful I'll make it home in time to enjoy some of the LE products if any are offered!

I have a sneaking suspicion that Snowcake Shower Gel will be offered! So if you missed the Lush UK Party maybe you can nab it at the Lush NA Party!

Click here for the exact details, times, and more about this the party!


Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret 2007 First Impressions

I got my Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret a few days ago. I had promised myself I wouldn't bother with it but I must say I am happy I went ahead and purchased it because it's quite gorgeous!

My favorite item out of the gift set is the very cute satin pouch it came with! It's really roomy and just gorgeous for storing little treasures in! I love this!

The coffret isn't anything to write home about to be honest. It did include some great items but it's nothing you absolutely need so if you missed out buying this rest assured you'll be fine and won't die of lemming. I promise.

The set also included Shimmer Tint Face Gloss which is scented with a beautiful rose. The gloss comes in a mirrored compact that slides easily opened and closed. Very nice item but pointless a bit as it's a balm and I don't particularly care for using balms on my face.

Jill Stuart Shimmer Tint Face Gloss

The lipgloss included is a gorgeous shimmering red color which is quite nice. Packaging wise it's very beautiful with the standard jewel look of all Jill Stuart glosses. As I said the color is gorgeous but I'm slightly worried about the applicator. It comes with a sponge applicator but it doesn't appear to pick up much product upon first look! This remains to be seen as I have to smooth some on my lips before judging fully!

Jill Stuart Lipgloss in Rose Gleam

You'll also get a cuticle oil which also comes in the gorgeous Jill Stuart packaging with the gem encrusted topper! This is something the Muse can really use as her cuticles are in terrible shape in the winter!

Jill Stuart Cuticle Oil

Another favorite of mine is the scented choker! It's quite a nice choker and they give you plenty of ribbon with it so you can tie in snugly around your neck with a bit hanging down for a nice effect! It's quite a pretty piece!

And finally last but never least would be the Brilliance Eyes Palette in the special Christmas packaging! This is a lace palette with ribbon and quite lovely! If you're a collector of the Brilliance palettes this will be something you'll definately appreciate! I somehow fail to get excited about these palettes as the colors tend to leans towards the same thing over and over. The only colors in this palette that really shout at me and are "new'ish" would be the pinky rose color and the bright yellow. The other two shades are similar to what I already have in previous Jill Stuart palettes. This is not to say that the palette isn't lovely because it truly is but I do wish that they'd release some newer shades!

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes Palette Christmas Edition

Overall, a beautiful Coffret from Jill Stuart this year but I'd say you can safely skip it unless you're a die hard collector and fan! It's beautiful yes but nothing to get too hyped over!

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Urban Decay Limited Edition Shattered Collection

I think Urban Decay is half-baked.

First of all I can't begin to tell you what a big Urban Decay fan I am! I love, love, love the brand!

But today I'm just feeling confused.

They sent me an E-mail this afternoon trying to get me all hyped about their new Limited Edition Shattered Collection! MY GOD Only 50 are being made!!!!!!!!!!!!!



What's the point? It contains nothing that's LE.

Urban Decay's Limited Edition Shattered Collection (Only 50 are being made! My god get yours NOW before it's too late!)

The collection includes a mini primer potion, Shattered Eyeshadow, Glitter Eyeliner in Air Guitar, and a mini 24/7 eyeliner pencil!

The price is nice sure but I'm wondering why only 50 are being made and why it's so highly limited edition?

When you think about it you're not really getting that big a deal. Glitter liners are $18 each anyway and so are UD Shadows. So what they threw in a mini eye pencil and a small primer potion!

Hell, if you want you can pick up Shattered and Air Guitar any day of the week!

I'm so confused.

Almost as confused as I was when Sephora decided to throw me that curve ball with the Colorful Story Palette! Didn't hear about that? Click here for the details!

I'm clueless as bloody hell so Jeers to you Urban Decay! You're obviously smoking from the same pipe as Sephora!

What the hell?


Lush UK Party Order featurning Snowcake Shower Gel

YAY! Today I got home after a really, really, really, did I mention really? stressful day at work and my Lush UK had arrived! I did a little dance in my hallway and proceeded to lug my big box upstairs to my washroom to rip into it!

Thankfully everything arrived safe and sound as the postal people like to play football with airmail!

If you have no idea what I'm so excited about it you can read my previous post by clicking here for the details and history behind this order!

If you ordered during the UK party your order should be with you this week (Unless you have Retro items in your order! If you do your order may take a tad bit longer!)! I'm vaguely surprised it took this long as normally UK Party orders are pretty quick but I think they got overwhelmed with Lush Retro orders thus the wait time!

Anyway it's here now and that's the important part!

I ended up ordering 7 Bottles of Snowcake Shower Gel and a Retro Hatbox for myself! Yes, you read it correctly. FOR MYSELF! No way on God's green Earth am I sharing this shower gel with anyone! It's far to fabulous and can only grace my shower stall (the rest will be carefully locked in the beauty vault).

Lots of Snowcake Shower Gel to keep a Muse smelling yummie!

What's so fab about Snowcake Shower Gel? Go read my ode to Snowcake and you'll understand the importance of it (Click here for that story).

Snowcake Shower Gel is exactly the same scent as the soap (and Smitten hand cream)! It's gorgeous! I sampled some by washing my hands with it and it's super thick, creamy, and smelling of marzipan, almonds, and all good things Lush! I may tip the bottle and pour some into my mouth! When my 7 bottles are gone I'll mourn it's lost in a major way!

Yummie Snowcake Shower Gel

I also got myself a Retro Hatbox which was offered during the party! I can't begin to say how freaking chuffed I am with the Retro Hatbox. For one thing it was cheap as day old chips and for the other it's filled with long gone Lush that I truly miss and I'm happy to see back for a rerun! I'll be savoring all these goodies while they last! I was going to order two of these but at the last minute I decided one would have to do but I regret that now! Oh well!

My GIANT Retro Hatbox waiting for me to open it!


Ribbons off! Time to dive in!

YAY! Time to dig in!

If you're old hat to Lush you'll recognize some of the goodies that make a return in this Hatbox!

Content Menu of the Retro Hatbox

Soooooooooo the hatbox had a Snowcake Shower Gel in da da da da...yup that brings my count up to eight hehe!

It also contained one each of the following items:

Noriko Soap Oh how long it's been since I seen your delightful self make an appearance! Christmas's have come and gone since Noriko's return! A delightful Christmas soap!

Silent White Bath Bomb Another blast from the past but this has been cropping up during other parties so I haven't been in too much withdrawal for it!

Jack Froth Bath Bomb Sigh....I miss you Jack! Jack hasn't been around for Christmas in ages!

Brand Butter Bath Bomb Another wonderfully warm bomb that has failed to make an appearance in years! I'm so happy to have it back!

Ghost Writer Bath Bomb This little guy I don't recall but I'm happy to have him and try it!

And finally a favorite of mine Hot Toddy Bubble Bar Slice which hasn't been around for quite a while as well and I can't begin to say how happy it'll be making a guest starring appearance in my bath tub soon!

The hatbox cost about $60USD or so and was an absolute STEAL! If you nabbed one during the party fantastic! If not you really missed out on something special!

All of the items are packed in a gorgeous reusable hatbox (I use mine to store tarts, bath products, etc...)!

Contents of my Hatbox! L@@K Snowcake Shower Gel!

The hatbox was filled with Lush's new packaging....POPCORN! Lush is always environmentally friendly so popcorn is there way of "going naked"! It keeps all your goodies safe and sound plus you can dump it out and feed it to the birds after! No waste! Yay Lush for being so sensitive to Mother Earth! Click here to check out one of the Muse's favorite blog's for more information about packaging (you can also check out Mandy crushing mighty hard on Mark! No comment!)!

POPCORN! The Muse highly suggest NOT eating the popcorn! It's infused with Lush smell thus making it soapy popcorn! But she does recommend taking it to your local park, outside your yard, or to a duck pond and feeding it to some birds!

The fine people at Lush UK were kind enough to pack a Lush Times in with my order!

Oooo Lush Times! (So much better than Lush Times NA)

Pretty Christmas Lush!

Ooooo Lush Christmas Pressies!

My little eye spies some B at the top!

Much to my utter delight (This couldn't come at a better time considering yesterday's Goth Juice and King of Mods post was so popular with the masses! Click here for details!) there was an article and picture of Noel Fielding!

The article reads as follows:

Give Yourself a Mighty Boosh

One story about programme's name is that someone from Birmingham accent saw Michael Fielding (Naboo, Noel's brother) and remarked about his hair that he had a mighty bush (pronouced boosh, obviously). We're not so sure. Anyway, it seemed like an irresistible twist of fate; our hair styling products should naturally be named after a programme named after a hair style. Then the Boosh team heard what Lush had done and made Mark Constantine an honorary member of the Boosh Fan Club, the Mod Wolves. (Auntie P had to pay, which seemed like yet one of the many injustices that the cruel world chooses to mete out sometimes. But meh, who cares?) That's how come Adelle from the press office was an extra on set for series three. The Japanese Lush team love it to bits!

Vist the world of Boosh at and watch clips on

(If you're not getting the bit about Birmingham accents....the Muse recommends Google or youTube!)

LOOK! It's Noel in the latest Lush Times!

Tame your Mighty Boosh with Lush's New Hair Gels!

I won't ruin too much of the surprise but if you ordered from the UK Party you'll also receive a happy accident bubble bar from the Lush UK Mailorder Team! I won't reveal the scent but it is a happy little accident to have a delightful free gift from Mailorder! Thanks guys for always making UK ordering so special!

A Happy Accident Bubble Bar! What it smells like? I won't reveal! A mystery to be solved when you get yours!

Thanks to Hilary for arranging a great party! Thanks to Lynsey for getting my items to me safe and sound! And big hugs to everyone at Lush UK! Love you guys!

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Dec 4, 2007

Guest FOTD: Brilliant Sorceress

The Muse happens to be good mates with the RocketQueen and she was kind enough to send over a superb FOTD that I am absolutely gagging over! It's gorgeous! Of course, the Rocketqueen is the beautiful one not the makeup but I must say she did an outstanding job duplicating the Brilliant Sorceress look from this year's Sephora Holiday Catalog!

So without further babbling from me I present the Rocketqueen in all her glory:

Is this girl beautiful (inside and out might I add) or what?

The Rocketqueen mistakenly told the Muse that it would be a great honor if I posted her FOTD on my site. The fact of the matter is the Rocketqueen is honoring the Muse by allowing her to share this lovely FOTD with all of you!

Thanks for the great FOTD Linn! The Muse loves you!

See more FOTD's, Product Reviews, and much more at the Rocketqueen's blog! Visit her by clicking here.