Posts From August 2007

Sephora Fall Catalog 2007

It’s here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sephora’s Catalog should be winging it’s way into your mailbox shortly but if you can’t wait you can hop on over to Sephora’s website and see the catalog in all it’s glory from first to last page!

Are you excited or what?

Don’t be.

Sorry don’t mean to burst your bubble there! It appears this year’s catalog blows!

This is my “I’m not excited” at all attitude. Sheesh you know the world may very well be coming to an end if I’m not squealing at the prospect of a new Sephora catalog! Best look outside your window and make sure hell hasn’t frozen over or large drops of fiery rain are falling from the skies!

Ok..so maybe I’m being dramatic but geez the catalog just stinks! I don’t see much of anything that I can remotely get my panties twisted in a bunch over aside from items I have previously mentioned in my blog!

Thanks alot Sephora it’s almost as if it’s Christmas morning minus the presents! Wasn’t it enough to disappoint me with the Summer Catalog? You had to go and ruin the Fall Catalog for me too? It’s not fair I tell you! God I’m already in a state of panic about the possibility of the Winter Catalog sucking too! That’d make an entire year of shitty catalogs! That’s wrong on so many levels!

Sigh….

I’m going to bed utterly depressed and devastated tonight!

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Touches of Fall

As I sit here and type this I can hear the crickets outside my bedroom window. This can sadly mean one thing, Summer is soon coming to an end.

I always get kinda melancholy when the season changes and a new one begins. It’s almost as if I am saying goodbye to friend that I won’t see for an entire year!

The good news is that soon the weather will get cooler, the leaves will start to fall from the trees, and the nights will become longer. All this adds up to the upcoming holiday that I may very much like more than Christmas. Some of you may guess what Holiday I am speaking of but some of you may well not be familiar with it in your part of the world. Halloween icon smile

Halloween holds a spot near and dear to my heart not only because it’s my birthday but because it’s just a generally awesome Holiday! I love everything about it! Candy, costumes, nutty (like me) caramel apples, kids….!

I think one of the best things about Halloween is when the beauty industry takes a step into it and store shelves not only line up with candy and decorations but Halloween themed bath goodies, perfumes, and an assortment of bits that any girl will love!

I’m particularly partial to heading into Bath and Body Works when they start loading their shelves with body lotions, shower gels, and body sprays in an array of funky Halloween blends like Spicy Pumpkin, Apple, etc….! I’m quite curious what they’ll be introducing in the Temptations line for Halloween/Fall!

Many smaller shops online take part in the festivities of Halloween and theme many products for the Holiday!

One particular shop that I know and love dedicates an entire line of perfume oil to the Halloween holiday!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab or BPAL to it’s diseased, addicted fans (Hey I can call them diseased because I’m one of the club with a gold membership card!) releases anywhere from 10 to 15 limited edition perfume oils every year for Halloween! This is truly an eagerly anticipated event for fans everywhere!

If you aren’t familiar with the Lab let me give you a very brief introduction to it.

The Lab started out as a very small operation that sprung up into a pretty huge full time online shop! It’s immensely popular and has an order wait time of 20-45 days!!!!!!!!!!! They sell 5ML bottles of highly concentrated perfume oil in a variety of scents. Perfume Oil is very potent and strong, a dab will last all day and into the evening too! 5ML seems small but it will last you a long time since you’ll be applying so sparely. The Lab, sadly, isn’t particularly a great place for people like me. Reason being is because they lack fruity, food, and sweet blends. A majority of the catalog are earthy, herbal, dark blends which I can’t stand. These have a huge cult following and many girls absolutely love them. Personally they aren’t for me. The good news is that if you dig deep enough you’ll find quite a few gems in the catalog! They release limited edition scents quite often and with every new moon they release a fragrance dedicated to that particular moon! I find that the limited edition scents are where the real treasures lay! They do Halloweenies during the Fall and Yule blends during the winter and Christmas Holiday! They also have themes for Valentine’s Day but those are normally too dark for me! They even went so far as to release some very silly Paris Hilton in Jail themed oils! Now if you are weary and just want to try they offer what they call “imps” of catalog blends. Imps are tiny vials of oil for you to test and see if you’d love a larger bottle! 6 are $19.50 plus shipping! They also include imps with any full size bottle purchase as an extra little gift for purchasing!

Well that’s a bit of background info on the lab….

Mostly I’m excited because shortly towards the middle or end of the month (Depending on Beth’s, the owner, schedule) the Halloweenies will pop up and be available for purchase!

Each year I really get excited to see which blends will make a come back from the year before and which new blends will be available! If you LOVE Halloween as much as I do you’re in for a real treat if you do decide to order from the Lab! The past few years I’ve collected many a fantastic perfume oil! Spicy Pumpkin, Candy scents, and so many other interesting bits and bobs have popped up! I’m especially a huge fan of the Pumpkin Patch oils which are released in a set of 5 and consist of 5 different blends of pumpkin mixed with different notes such as cocoa, pomegranate, and more!

These are actually a good investment. Sounds weird doesn’t it? Perfume Oil an investment. But actually they are. Bottles have ranged, over the course of a few years, from $14 to $17.50 and $20-22 for Limited Edition. Now if you hang onto a particular blend long enough you can fetch triple or more your money back! Not that I’d sell ANY of my rare blends EVER but it’s an interesting little fact of information to share! I’ve seen bottles of Pumpkin King go for $300 on E-bay! I’ve also seen many bottles from the Carnival Series go for $90-$120! I’ve even heard rumors of unreleased blends going for $500!!!!!!!

Occasionally with the Limited Edition blends the Lab’s Trading Post shop will release special oils that are a bit more costly! Last year they released 4 blends entitled Trick or Treat. It consisted of 4 oils, 2 Trick and 2 Treat. In order to get the oils you had to plea your case of which you wanted and why! It was all in good fun and made your purchase interesting and fun icon smile I got all 4 of the bottles! They cost $50 each and came with a cute little T-Shirt! The oils are well up in price now on E-bay but I refuse to part with them icon wink

Soon the new blends will be released and again the yearning for a new scent will fall upon me and others like me!

If you’ve never purchased from the Lab before now is a good time as any to start checking it out and see which Halloween blends will pop up that you might be interested in!

If you need any help deciding on a particular scent do let me know as I’ve tried plenty!!!!

Happy Shopping!

I leave you with some pictures from my collection!

Trick or Treat Oil Blends from Halloween 2006
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Pumpkin Patch Oil Blends from Halloween 2005
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A few of the Halloweenies from Halloween 2006
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A few Halloweenies from Halloween 2005 (As you can Sugar Skull is in both this picture and the one above! Sometimes oils get a reprieve and make a reappearance from year to year! I always buy the reruns because the blend is sometimes slightly different from the year before and it’s delightful to pick apart how they differ from year to year!)
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Anti-Aging Week

The Muse’s lovely mate at A Touch of Blusher has an entire week of Anti-Aging! Some wonderful articles to be had on general skincare, skincare reviews, and great tips and tricks!

Of course the Muse is gorgeous and never aging so she has no need of trivial things such as anti-aging methods (I’m Kidding! I’m Kidding!)!

My favorite so far is Thursday’s entry which contained a link for What Makes a State-of-the-Art Moisturizer? Very interesting reading!

And of course when Anti-Aging week is over you can always keep A Touch of Blusher bookmarked for other fantastic blog entries about cosmetics, skincare, and all good things girly!

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Excel Mascara Review

The last few weeks I’ve been hooked on using Opera My Lash Mascara. This was recommended to me by Haru from Rogue Deluxe and I absolutely fell in love with it!

This morning I decided to spice it up a little so I cracked open my Excel Mascara and boy oh boy life is good my dear friends! This is the mascara of the gods! I hate to say this….but….I think….it might…be better than MJ Mascara! Holy cow did those words just leave this mouth??!!! Damn this is some good stuff! I’m impressed! This is some killer mascara folks! Look out MJ I see a replacement on the horizon!

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On American shores the curved mascara brush is sorta kinda popping up in some of our brands but it’s pretty standard in Europe and Asia at the moment! The curved brush picks up quite a big lump of mascara, so much mascara in fact that you may be slightly panicky upon seeing that big o’ clot of it on the brush! But it goes on flawlessly and smoothly. One quick swipe will have your lashes extended to the ceiling (ok, ok maybe not the ceiling!), another swipe will even your look out and create the illusion of falsies, and finally by flipping the brush over and swiping a final time, you’ll separate your lashes and complete your look! Texture is really good on this and it applies very well and evenly. This does remind me of a cheaper version of Beaute de Kose Mascara and could possibly be better!

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If you have fragile lashes I would avoid this because it is pretty difficult to remove. After many swipes with Oil Based Eye Makeup Remover plus my regular facial cleaner and lots of water later I was finally able to get a majority of it off but my lashes do still feel a bit stiff even after all that! I don’t mind so much as in the shower tonight I’m sure it’ll wash away and my lashes are full and strong so a bit of tugging to remove won’t make a difference to me! However, I can’t fully recommend this product to anyone who has tiny lashes or ones that break off easy!

Now Excel also offers a remover which I am now disappointed I didn’t order as that appears interesting enough and might very well do the job in getting this off once it’s on!

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All in all a fine product by Excel! Brilliant Mascara! If it’s the illusion of falsies you seek this be the mascara for you! The Muse highly recommends it and dubs it her new favorite mascara of choice!

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Showing off my fine lashes thanks to Excel Mascara!
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A Flossy Tale

Once upon a time their was a beautiful princess by the name of Lynnderella! Now Lynnderella, like all gorgeous princesses, wanted to smell like the sweet scent of cotton candy.

Now Lynderella is quite a smart princess as she wrote to the Muse telling her tales of the perfect Cotton Candy blend! In turn the Muse felt that she owed the beautiful princess some highly gorgeous Cotton Candy recommendations icon wink

So this….is for you Lynn….a highly compiled list of all the Cotton Candy blends the Muse has tried and found true and unique to her little nose icon wink I hope it helps you on your quest in finding that perfect cotton candy blend that your little heart seeks! May it put your lemmings to rest!

Now most anyone that hears cotton candy will right away jump up and shout PINK SUGAR! PINK SUGAR! PINK SUGAR! (My lovely soulmate owns a pink shirt that’s been properly nicked Pink Sugar as I kept slipping up whenever I typed “pink shirt”…see this is how the mind of a true girl works! “Pink shirt” some how popped out as “pink sugar” almost every single time!)! Now the wonders of Pink Sugar are quite lost on me because I hate it! It makes me positively ill! Pray don’t step forward and tell me you love it because I may have to shoot you dead for admitting as such! Ok Ok..I won’t shot you…but torture you I may!

So Pink Sugar is officially off the Cotton Candy list! Princess Lynnderella is clever and she has already tried Demeter’s version of Cotton Candy but this was not to her liking! Or to mine for that matter! The throw is off, the linger is non existent and it’s just not worth it!

In the Muse’s travels through cyberspace she has discovered some near perfect blends of Cotton Candy that she hopes might appease our Princess and make her happy and lemming free!

And here they be:

Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Isle of Eden (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):

Blood Orange Cotton Candy
This ain’t your grandma’s cotton candy. For a grown-up treat that still looks good on a paper cone this ultraluxe combo of Cotton Candy and real Italian Blood Orange will make every kid on the Tilt-a-Whirl jealous.

Can’t Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me!
You’ll smell it all! Pink Cotton Candy, Funnel Cake, and Delicious Candied Red Apple!

Pink Lemonade
The wonderful aroma of fresh-squeezed lemons and sugar, with an added touch of cotton candy.

Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Skindazzles (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):

Peep Show
Sweet marshmallow fondant blended with ice cream & cotton candy. Totally pink and fluffy!

Pink Crush
Pink Lemonade mingles with sweet pink cotton candy, pink grapefruit and vanilla.

Framboise Fairy Floss
A delicious fragrance blend consisting of raspberry, cotton candy, amaretto and vanilla.

Candy Carnival
A playful carnival inspired blend of cotton candy, caramel apple and candy corn.

Coral Beach
Breezy ocean notes, bright orange sunshine and sweet cotton candy.

Cotton Candy
Delicious and sweet cotton candy!

Scarlet Pansy
A sweet and sexy mixture of blackberries, sweet cotton candy, pansy & a touch of amber musk.

Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Cherriflip (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):

Pretty Paris
Sweet summer strawberries, oodles of marshmallow cream frosting, cotton candy and vanilla cream makes this one sweet treat. This is one of the Muse’s signature scents but since she likes Lynn she’ll share the secret of it’s existence!

Sugared Grapefruit
Pink sparkling grapefruit sprinkled in sweet sugar, with supporting notes of honey, cotton candy, and vanilla.

Pink Sugar Cubes
Sweet cotton candy, caramel are all at this sugary pink carnival!

Cotton Tail
Sweet fluffy very real cotton candy sniff.

Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Suds and Light (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes available in these blends):

Berry Delicious
Blue raspberries, vanilla cream and sugary cotton candy

Blue Cotton Candy
Sweet blue raspberry flavored cotton candy

Creamy Cotton Candy
Pink fluffy cotton candy and creamy vanilla

Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Tickled Pink Scentsations (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):

County Fair
Caramel Apples, Cotton Candy, and freshly popped kettle corn.

Sweet Silk
Cotton candy glistening with sprinkles of sweet sugar.

Tres Magnifique
Vanilla, cotton candy, and other sweet candies.

The Muse doesn’t share her secrets with everyone but just this once I guess it’s ok! Starring Fragrances is one of her FAVORITE (I don’t mean favorite I mean FAVORITE) locations to purchase from (I own everything on the site..seriously I do)! Here are some of the fantastic Cotton Candy blends they make:

Lime it Up!
Take a little sprinkle of sweet lime sugar atop that sticky sweet cotton candy! Tart lime, sweet candy floss, a whole lot of smiles!

The Girlfriend
Sneak a cuddle in a floral garden full of sweet fresh buds with a basket of sweet mixed berries and swirls of cotton candy and vanilla kisses.

Pink & Yellow Cake
A new twist! We’ve added Bathsweets delicious pink cotton candy to her classic yellow cake for a new twist! A rich buttery yellow cake with swirls of puffed pink cotton floss!

Pink Marshmallow
Think about a sweet marshmallow puff kissed with the most perfect bright pink cotton candy

Who Spiked The Cupcakes?
Thick luscious white cupcakes topped with mounds of pure white frosting was secretly spiked with soft spun pink confectionery cotton candy!

Sticky Situations
You won’t want to avoid this sweet sticky mess! Fluffy pink cotton candy, sweet cherry cream chews, and white chocolate pistachio bark!

The Family Film
Something everyone can enjoy! Some fair favorites like a refreshing blue raspberry sno-cone, a frothy frozen orange sherbert drink, and sticky sweet pink cotton candy!

Now if you are unable to locate the perfect cotton candy blend from Starring the lovely Ashley will blend, blend, blend until she finds just that right sniff you seek (If you’re not familiar with the Peldon sisters just know they are some of the sweetest people I have ever had the chance of knowing. I am not recommending their products because of that! I am recommending them because the quality cannot be beat!)!

All my Cotton Candy secrets are now spilled all over the internet icon wink I hope it helps you locate your perfect blend my friend! Happy Hunting!

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