Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Jan 18, 2008

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Thanks for always making my work week so much fun with your comments and great feedback!

See ya Monday!

-the Muse


DuWop Spring Collection 2008

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh more yummie products for the Spring my pretties!

DuWop Lip Lingo Palettes $32 USD

AH! I want 'em both! I don't normally like lip palettes but these be very tempting!

Dontcha just love new collections!?

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Urban Decay Spring 2008 Collection Previews

Mmmm some exciting items from Urban Decay!

Anyone for Loose Pigments? The Muse most definately wants these! These come an an ARRAY of colors! Click to see some of the amazing colors on offer from Sephora!

Urban Decay Loose Pigments $20 USD

Quick fix for your brows? No problem!

Urban Decay Brow Box $29 USD

Spring is in the air with all these new makeup goodies!

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More Spring Offerings from Tarte

Earlier today I introduced you to Tarte's newest Cheek Stain! Missed it? Click here.

Here's some more new Tarte:

Infinite Glow $30 USD

A nice little palette featuring a bronzer, cheek stain, and lip sheer! Cutes! The Muse hates bronzers but she likey this palette!

Double Dose $21 USD

Tarte picks up on the latest craze and infuses it's newest lipgloss with vitamins!

Rejuvelash Mascara $16 USD

This pocket size wonder declumps lashes and protects them from breakage!

All in all some tempting Spring offerings from Tarte!

Want 'em?
Have 'em?

Tell the Muse!

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A Raving Review for Stila's Cherry Crush

I'm in lust with Stila's newest lip and cheek stain Cherry Crush! I'm about to give a raving review to you for this new product! Yay!

Ok, before I rave I have to rant as that's the proper order of the day for the Muse! This is a multitasking product that you can use to stain your lips or your cheeks which is where my rant comes into play! The idea of using this on my lips and then smoothing it on my cheeks and vice versa totally grosses me out. Sorry but it's just not entirely hygienic to use it on my lips and then proceed to put it on my face. Easy enough would be purchasing two, one for your face and one for your lips! I plan on doing just that but it's somewhat expensive at $24 USD. That's my only minor rant now I can rave!

This comes in a click style pen so basically you're clicking for the color! I'm not particularly a big fan of click pens as I always find they distribute way too much product at one time. Anyway! When I got this I proceeded to click and swiped the color from the brush onto my fingertips to use on my cheeks and I'm happy to report this is very deeply pigmented so it gives your cheeks a lovely flush of color! The texture is a moisturizing gel! It slides onto your face easy enough, rub it in, and you're instantly blushing! Beautiful!

The remaining of the time I've been using this I've avoided using it on my face as the brush included on the end of the pen has been touching my lips way too often so as I said I'm utterly freaked to use it on my skin now! I'm a big fan of staining my lips and cheeks prior to blush and gloss so this is a great product for me! Again, it's just as pigmented on your lips as it is on your cheeks! I've heard many rants about how stains cause dry lips, I've personally never had that problem but with this you can safely avoid dry lips as the formula is very moisturizing and lovely! It not only stains your lips but it also has a knack for making your lips look fuller and glossy! The stain is not overdone in anyway and it gives just enough color to make it look quite natural on and not clowny. The color is a subdued red so it looks as if you bit your lips or have just been kissed. My lips are rather dull and pale without gloss or stain so this is a great solution for me during the day when I've bitten off my gloss and lipcolor! Pop it out, swipe it on, beautiful!

Overall, it's a really cute product! I'm slightly disappointed that it's not entirely multitasking as I had hope for because I seriously doubt anal folks will be swiping this on their lips and proceeding to do so on their cheeks but aside from that and the slightly high price tag it's great! Plus it contains a slew of "good for you" ingredients such as Vitamins A, C and E and did I mention it smells and tastes so yummie!? It smells like crushed cherries and tastes just as sweet!

Stila's Cherry Crush gets a big RAVE for purchase! I'm loving it and it's most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

Have it already?

Want it?

Tell the Muse!

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Tarte Swirl Cheek Stain

Oh my little eyes spy a new Tarte Cheek Stain!


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Physicians Formula Organic Wear

Physicians Formula may be the only drugstore brand in the US that the Muse approves of and uses! Physicians Formula makes some very high quality makeup and I adore some their products. The good news is now there is even more reasons to love Physicians Formula with their new 100% Paraben free Organic Wear line!

Many of you ask me about Paraben Free cosmetics and here in lays a fantastic lineup of Paraben Free cosmetics in eco-friendly packaging! The line is not tested on animals and is vegan friendly (this gets better and better!).


Tinted Moisturizer

Face Powder

Loose Powder


Finishing Powder

Concealer Stick

The line looks very promising! I haven't yet seen it in drugstores but I'll definately be picking some of this when I do! Click here for more details about this new line of cosmetics from Physicians Formula.

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Snowkei's Blog

If you happen to be a member of Specktra you must know who Snowkei is!

If not do click here to visit her blog!

Sadly, I'm unable to read any of it however you can see her FOTD's as she posts them and I promise they are outstanding!

Snowkei totally rocks my world and has makeup application down to a fine art! I love her color combos and many of them have been inspirational to some of my own combos!

Definitely check her out!


Jan 17, 2008

Bit of Aqua, Bit of Green, Mix it All Up FOTD

Thought I'd take a quick break from work and post an FOTD! I'm staying late tonight to do billing and it's driving me bonkers! Ahhh the sweet relief that blogging brings!

I've no idea what I got going on here but I ended up screwing it all up rather badly ;)

Oh well!

A mix of color! It's been a while in between bold looks for me!

What I Used:

Pout Blush in Cherie Tarte

Lavshuca Jewel Lips Lipstick in Pk-2
Esprique Precious Rouge Stylish Gloss in Pk 822

MAC Eyeshadow in Waternymph
MAC Eyeshadow in Wondergrass
MAC Eyeshadow in Blue Storm
MAC Pigment in Kelly Green
Excel Mascara
Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Sparkling Eyeshadow in Sparkle White

Wish me luck with my billing and hope I get out of here before 10! It's a long and winding road......................*sings*


Stila's Winter Sale

I'm going to murder Stila ;) They are having a big Winter sale and most of the palettes I purchased are 50% Off! Bloody hell! Anyway plenty of deals to be had here!

Click here to access the sale!

Here a few items I saw that were great deals:

Stila "Asia Only" Cool Eye Palette $14 USD

Stila "Asia Only" Warm Eye Palette $14 USD

Empty Pan Palettes $6.40 USD

Free Shipping applies to orders over $50 when using coupon code STILALOVER or you can get Free Shipping Plus a Belle of the Ball Palette when spending $75 or more just use code BELLE!

Load up now because a majority of this stuff is going to sell out super fast! I ended up purchasing all the lipgloss sets! As those were great deals as well!

Happy Shopping!

Click here to read about my impressions of the Belle of the Ball Palette as well as the Warm and Cool Palettes!

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Lush Cosmetics Valentine's Bath and Body Gifts

Love..or should I say Lush? Is in the air!

Lush Cosmetics has updated it's site with all the Valentine's Day goodies your little heart might be desiring this year! The Muse sees at least three items she wants!

Ahhh the Perfect Match! He who makes your soul sing! In Lush's case the Perfect Match is a set of Solid Perfume and a Matching Hunk of lovely soap!

Perfect Match Gift Sets $19.95 Each USD

These ultra cute gift sets come in two flavors! Honey contains a heart shaped Honey I Washed the Kids Soap and a Solid Perfume! A most beautiful match if I ever did see one!

While Silky contains a chunk of heart shaped Alkmaar Soap and a Solid Perfume in Silky Underwear! An equally beautiful match!

For $19.95 you can't really go wrong in buying one for yourself, one for your honey, and one for a mate!

Meet Lush's newest massage bar, If You Play Your Cards Right. This is scented with the gorgeous smell of Sex Bomb! If you're a big fan of the bath bomb you'll be wanting to stock up on a few of these bars as it carries the gorgeous aroma of Sex Bomb! The Muse says stock up on a few and keep them in your fridge! I love rubbing these on rough winter elbow and knees! Of course you're entirely entitled to use it in appropriate ways with your loved one if you so desire it!

If You Play Your Cards Right Massage Bar $8.95 USD

Want a bit of a more luxurious gift? How about the Long Lost Love Box that contains an array of yummie Lush goodies to spoil yourself with! This gift box contains an array of retro products that haven't been available in a long time so grab one of these to experience some much beloved favorites that have been gone for too long!

Gift box contains Kiss Me Klimt Bath Bomb, It's a Date Bubble Bar, Potion Body Lotion (The Muse's very favorite product!), Black Magic Massage Bar, and Queen of Heart's Facial Soap (Another Muse Approved Favorite!).

Long Lost Love Box $49.95 USD

Lush also has a rather cute trio of massage bars entitled Massage a 'Trios! Oh La La! Use it for kinky fun (hey not too kinky!) with your mate or stick to rubbing it on your rough elbows and knees to soften your skin and make it scream in delight!

This little set includes Soft Coeur, Mange Too, and Nutts Massage Bar!

Massage a 'Trios $29.95 USD

I ordered a Long Lost Love Box for my very self and of course a few of the You Play the Cards Right Massage Bar ;) It doesn't need to be Valentine's Day for the Muse to spoil herself rotten! Although she wouldn't refuse some of the other lovely gifts should her boyfriend be reading this such as diamonds, a fur coat, etc...etc...nothing to big mind you!


Happy Early Valentine's Day!

Other Posts You Might Love:

Steals and Deals Weekday Edition Featuring a Lush Coupon for 15% Off! Click for details!

Read about Lush's upcoming Easter Selections! Click here!

Click here to read a review of Lush's Solid Perfumes!

Click here to read about the Lush UK Party featuring Snowcake Shower Gel!

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Fairy Drops Mascara Review

I'm able to bring you this review thanks to the lovely Taryn who gifted me with this mascara! Thanks Taryn :) (Click here to read more about the lovely parcel Taryn sent my way!).

One thing that I am truly obsessive and passionate about is Japanese mascara. I. Love. Japanese. Mascara.

I find Japanese mascara does exactly what I hope for and more. It extends, deepens, thickens, lengthens, and just makes my lashes perfect in all ways! I haven't met a brand I don't love! Where as I've spent tons of cash on mascara I can get right here in the US I never found one as good as some of the cheapest brands I can get out of Japan! That being said onto the awesome review of Fariy Drops Mascara!

Fairy Drops is indeed a unique brand of mascara! You MIGHT be wondering what's so special about Fairy Drops well if you look at the picture below you'll see the really interesting and unique wand for this mascara!

The wand is the magic in this mascara! Basically it's made up of three small clumps of brushes. Each brush not only lengthens and thickens your lashes but also separates your lashes so you aren't dealing with a bit clumpy mess of product! It actually creates an illusion of not wearing mascara at all. I've tried many great mascaras that work a treat but none do such a fab job of separating my lashes so well! I normally have to separate my own lashes with a comb after applying but with this I don't need to! The brush does all the work for me!

Not only does it do a superior job of separating my lashes but it also has a knack for catching every single lash! I normally struggle a bit with my inner lashes but this catches them all with one swipe!

The texture, like all Japanese Mascaras, is very thick but the difference with this one is it appears a bit on the light side as well! If you're lashes are a bit sensitive I think you're safe using this as it feels like the formula is very gentle on my eyes and my lashes are not feeling "hard" for lack of a better word. I feel like I'm not wearing mascara at all!

Removal was very easy with minimal rubbing! I swiped each eye twice with a cotton pad and all the mascara came off perfectly. My lashes are thick and strong however I feel comfortable saying this would be a good mascara for those with weaker lashes or thin ones as it didn't break off any of my lashes during removal. The staying power is great as I put this on around 6:30 in the morning yesterday and I had no fading, flaking, or raccoon eyes so it's definately standing up to all my tests for long wearing!

Overall, it's an amazing little product that I'm totally in lust with at the moment!

Fairy Drops Mascara is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

You can get yours from JPmon!

Thanks again to Taryn :)

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Benefit Thrrrob Review

I got my Benefit Thrrob Powder ages ago and I'm finally reviewing it for you! YAY! Click here to read my original post about Benefit Thrrob Powder.

I have to give this powder a big Muse approval for purchase as I'm in love with it at the moment!

At first glance I was pretty disappointed for a few reasons. First of all it looks all too similar to the other love of my life, Dandelion, however I soon find out they are quite a deal different from one another. The second reason I was feeling disappointed was the powder was quite sheer when I first opened the box. Huge sighs of grief left my lips when I seen that the powder wasn't as vibrantly pink as I had hoped!

When I seen this on the site I thought for sure this was the answer to my prayers for beautifully flushed cheeks but upon seeing the powder I thought for sure it was another big disappointment from Benefit! However, I take back all my negative thoughts after using it!

The powder is a beautiful silky texture with a touch of shimmer but as I said it's a bit on the sheer side when you're just glancing at it! However, after applying it to my cheeks I was delighted that the shade is deeper on, very beautiful, and natural! I actually tried it sans foundation and I found it gave me a lovely little glow of pink that was truly perfect!

If you're in love with natural looking powders and blushes this would be something you'll want! A little foundation, a little gloss, and some of this will give you a truly fresh, glowing look!

If you're scared of shimmers, glitters, or sparkle you can rest easy as the shimmer in this is very subtle and barely noticeable!

First thing I did when I got this was take out my Dandelion and do the comparisons. I have to say that I do get almost the same look from Dandelion however with Thrrob I noticed that the color is slightly deeper and a bit more pink where as Dandelion is pink yet not as deep. I normally apply Dandelion over my blush and let it work it's magic however I rarely wear it alone where as Thrrob can be used both under or without blush! Although Dandelion can certainly be used on it's own I found that Thrrob gives a much more brighter look rather! I'm not particularly certain that Thrrob is anymore pigmented then Dandelion however it is a bit more vibrant but not overly so!

Thrrob and Dandelion

Where as Dandelion is a soft pale peachy pink, Thrrob is more of a true pink. Thrrob goes on as a reddish pink to me so you're getting that "just out of the cold" look where as Dandelion you get more of a soft, highlighted glow.

Thrrob is $28 USD and available now directly from Sephora or Benefit Cosmetics.

Overall, I can definately give this a go ahead for purchase! I'm really loving it at the moment!

Benefit finally got it right this time and I'm happy to see a product I'm loving by them as it's been ages since I purchased an item that I wasn't a tad disappointed with!

Good job Benefit!

Benefit Thrrob is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

For a different review about Benefit Thrrob click here to visit Mandy and read her thoughts on this powder!

Click here to read my Benefit Dandelion Review

Click here to read my drama with Benefit's That Gal Primer

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NARS Night Star FOTD

A bit of NARS Night Star today! I love this color! I know I'm on such a gold kick lately but I can't help myself ;)

What I Used:

Fairy Drops Mascara
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Star
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie
Stila Smokey Eye Palette
MAC Technakohl in Black

Stila Lipstick in Lana
Too Faced Fat Kiss Lipgloss in Fat Candy

MAC Blush in Fab
MAC Beauty Powder in Natural Flare

Other Gold FOTD's you might enjoy:

Click here to see my Guerlain Forever Gold FOTD with Review

Click here to see the Muse making use of her Guerlain Gold Eyeshadow Palette