Posts From December 2007

Alexander McQueen for MAC First Impressions

Talk about late right? But I guess what they say is true better late then never!

I’m sorry for my rather delayed McQueen impression but other items took president and I never got around to reviewing McQueen!

But have no fear! I’m here now!

So…..McQueen………….sadly I have to say it’s nothing to get too excited about!

Aside from New Vegas a majority of the collection didn’t excite me! The glosses and lipsticks were a big no for me as most of the colors are nude and I just can’t pull off the mod look of nude lipstick! Sorry MAC!

The paint pots are virtually the same colors as the shadows so I skipped those as well sadly! I’m not a big fan of the paint pots anywhere so passing these by wasn’t too big a chore!

The eyeliners were gorgeous but I have just a bit too many liners at the moment so again I passed on those!

So what did I get?

I got the eyeshadows but I’m not particularly wow’ed by them! The colors are brilliant and quite gorgeous but they are very matte and I’m not a huge fan of matte! I did purchase these because I had in mind that the shadows would make a good base for a pigment color so that’s one use for them! Can you skip these? Yes I believe you can. A majority of the collection is still in stores (New Vegas is sold out at most counters and freestanding stores) so you can definately wander over and decide if these are for you but personally aside from the great packaging (which sells these) the shadows aren’t something you absolutely need unless you’re a big lover of mattes or a big collector of MAC.

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New Vegas is most definately the gem in this collection as I had previously discussed! Now you’re going to get a few people and MA’s telling you that New Vegas is similar to all sorts of MSF. Shimpagne, Global Glow, Etc… But that’s just no the case at all. New Vegas is an utterly and completely unique color for me. It’s a very light gold and quite beautiful. How it’ll look on my skin remains to be determined as I haven’t yet tried it but it’s quite a gorgeous shimmering gold affair that I’m loving. Out of all the golds that have been released this is probably the truest light golden color of them all. Most are bronze or tannish with hints of gold but this is a true gold color that I’m just loving so if you can still locate one do drop it in your cart for a purchase!

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Overall, as I said, the collection isn’t all that fantastic! I personally did without a majority of it (a first for me as I’m MAC mad).

Did you get any of the collection?
Love it?
Hate it?

Tell me!

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Shop PBS

I’m not affiliated with or endorsing PBS but it’s a project that’s very near and dear to my heart and a little pimpin’ never hurt anyone hehe!

I can remember as far back as when I was about 7 or 8 year’s old and seeing little old ladies carrying around PBS tote bags rushing for the bus! Funny as back then it was more along the lines of ewww who’d carry around a PBS tote!

Now I guess I’m that little old lady because I carry mine around like it’s Prada!

In all seriousness two projects that are very important to me are Animal Rescue and PBS so if by some slim chance your interested in supporting PBS you might want to wander over to their Shop PBS site and order yourself a Philosophy Tree House Hand Care Kit.

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The kit includes an Philosophy Apple Hand Wash and an Apple Hand Lotion. It’s $25 for the kit and you might be wondering what’s so special about this collection. The special part is your $25, 100% of it, goes to support PBS!

So why not give a gift that gives? I purchased 4 of these as stocking stuffers and it pleases me that my total cost is being donated to PBS!

Cheers to Philosophy for being so amazingly generous and supportive of PBS!

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The Gift of Perfume Oil

You must know by now that unique gifts are always in Fashion with the Muse! I adore unique gifts and what better a gift to give then a unique perfume oil that your friends and family can call their very own!

Why perfume oil?

Perfume oils are normally a blend of 50% (or sometimes more) of fragrance oil to base which means they are potent, long wearing, strong, and have wonderful throw!

Now your Muse has gathered together some lovely places to purchase oils from! Places I’ve tried and found true and places that have offered to gift you with a coupon code for trying them out! Sweet right? Your Muse does her best to get you good deals icon wink

One of the first places you can score some amazing oils would be from Woobie. Woobie offers an array of Bath and Body wonders and delights but the Muse adores the perfume blends that are available!

Woobie has a main catalog of scents available and special Holiday editions that change with the season!

You can purchase oils at Woobie as follows:

10ML Bottles $6
5ML Bottles $3.50
Sample 5 Pack Vials for $6
Sample 10 Pack Vials for $10

I can’t begin to tell you the deal you’re getting on these! These are high quality inexpensive oils that are available in an array of funky scents!

Currently Woobie has three catagories to choose from for the Holiday Season which are Dysfunctional Holiday Oils, Holiday 2007 Blends, and the 12 Days of Christmas! I have some Dysfunctional Oils from last year and I can honestly say the names not only make me laugh but I smell amazing using these!

Here is just a few of the scents available from the Dysfunctional Category:

Elf Farts – The scent of short, flatulent toy builders. Apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, fresh cloves

Socks & Underwear – The dreaded holiday gift in my family. The ONE thing we asked NOT to get each holiday, and usually got it anyway. (Thanks Mom. You have scared me for life) A soft, clean scent. Slightly fruity (for those Fruit of the Loom holiday curses)

Blitzed – What are the holidays without a few overly indulged relatives? This is the time of year when the best kept secrets and past mistakes are brought out into the open to argue and fude over. This blend has a touch of this, a touch of that and every bit of it is alcohol based.

Lump O’Coal – Let’s face it, it is so much easier to be naughty all year. More fun, too. A naughty blend of fresh patchouli, herbal sandalwood, and hints of strawberries, raspberries, and a touch of mint and vanilla.

Holiday Coma - It is always an interesting thing around our family. Presents are opened, dishes done, and everyone lays about the den with the game on the big screen. I always thought it looked like a geriatric ward. All the hustle and bustle is finally at an end as the day calmly comes to a close.Chocolate and peppermints.

The lovely owner, Penny, has issued a coupon out for readers of Musings of a Muse! You can get 10% off your order by using coupon code MUSINGS.

Woobie ships worldwide so if you happen to be in Europe, Asia, or elsewhere Penny will gladly package up your oils to travel to you where ever you are!

Thanks to Penny for extending a lovely discount to the readers at Musings of a Muse.

Woobie’s Dysfunctional Holiday Perfume Oils from 2006′s Collection
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Moving on the line you can also nab yourself some pretty sweet Holiday goodies from the Lab (but you might not receive your order in time! Buyer beware!)! If you never heard of the Lab you can drop by my previous posts to read all about it! You can find a helpful post about the Lab by clicking here.

Tis the Season for yummie perfume oils from our favorite Lab! Sadly, it’s a bit late to order as normally orders take from 2-4 weeks to process but if you can wait that long you can wander over to this year’s Holiday Collection and nab such wonderful scents as Egg Nog, Gingerbread Poppet, Christmas Rose, Lick It, Mistletoe, and More!

You can purchase Yule Blends from now up until January 15th when they take their exit not to reappear until new Christmas!

BPAL Yule Perfume Oils from year’s past! Gingerbread Poppet, Snow White, Snow Bunny, and Sugar Cookie
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If it’s cute and inexpensive you seek you can run over to Because I’m a Princess and indulge your sweet tooth with an array of funky perfume oils! You can get Three, 5ML Perfume Oil Roll Ons in your choice of scent for $5.75! These are one of my favorite indulgences! The scent lingers all day and they fit snugly into your purse for touch ups on the go! If you’re not loving the idea of purchasing three grab one for $2!

Because I’m a Princess Roll Ons in Orange Juice Cake, Orange Chiffon Whipped Pie, and Pink Flamingo
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Not so long ago I did a blog entry on Love Potion Magical Perfumerie if you missed the entry you can click here to have a peek!

These blends do not come cheap at $24.95 but I can assure you they are some of the best oils I’ve had the pleasure of trying and a unique and funky gift for your good friends or family!

I’m eager to place a new order for the Holiday Blends!

Some Holiday Blends the Muse is wanting to try rather badly:

Sugared English Toffee
The Scent of the Finest English Toffee – lightly sweetened and subtly nutty!
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Frosted Mulberry, Cranberry, and Plum
A combination of Holiday Fruits frosted with icy peppermint and pine!
The newest Holiday blends can be found by clicking here! An array of goodies await you such as Christmas Cookies, Gingerbread, and more!
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The generous folk at Love Potion extend a wonderful discount to readers of Musings of Muse! $5 Off Your First Order of $24.95 or more by clicking here plus you must enter the code MUSE on the Paypal invoice section when paying!

Love Potion Roll On Perfume Oils in Candy Pop and Summer of Sin
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If you join Love Potion’s forum you can also recieve 2 generous size samples of oils of your choice! Visit Love Potion’s site for further info about joining their forum!

Thanks to Mara and everyone at Love Potions for extending this discount to the Muse’s readers!

Last but never least would be something I’ve babbled about in the past as well! Which is Starring Fragrances! Starring has a wide array of scent and fragrance available and one of my favorite items would be the Roll On Perfume Oils! For $5 each you can’t beat the price! Tuck a few into a stocking and give your mate a unique gift!

Starring Roll of a Lifetime Roll Ons in Pink Rhapsody Marshmallows, Berry Red Vanilla Beans, and Baked Marshmallow Mint Cake
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There you have it! Five Fantastic Shops with a zillion different perfume oil options to give as unique gifts or grab for yourself!

Tried these before?
Love ‘em?
Want ‘em?

Tell the Muse!

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Lush’s King of Mods and Goth Juice Hair Gel

Back in the Summer you might remember me babbling in excitement when Lush introduced it’s Hair Gel line. This is a first for Lush as they normally lean towards other haircare items but never styling agents!

If you happen to be British or an Anglophile then you’ll be familiar with The King of Mods and Goth Juice.

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You might wonder who this King of Mods is. Well, it’s now a Hair Gel from Lush but it’s also a reference to the one and only Vince Noir aka Noel Fielding from The Mighty Boosh as for Goth Juice that’s a whole other story! Goth Juice, according to Vince, just happens to be the strongest hair spray known to man which is made out of the tears of Robert Smith (if you don’t know who Robert Smith is we can’t be friends anymore! Serious.). In this case Lush made Goth Juice a hair gel and not a hairspray.

So after that rather long story (You’re lucky it isn’t longer as I can discuss the Mighty Boosh all day long) I want to give the King of Mods and Goth Juice a big go ahead for purchase!

I wandered into Lush this weekend and I sniffed both King of Mods and Goth Juice and promptly fell in love. Sadly, I didn’t get a sec to snatch some up for my very self as I was in a bit of a rush and the Christmas crowd was vast and Herald Square Lush happens to be the size of a closet in an old Victorian house so put together a small store and a crowd and you have an unhappy Muse that’s clamoring to get out as quickly as possible!

But fear not I ordered both Goth Juice and the King of Mods from Lush UK last night and I’ll do a much better review upon using both but at the moment I can give you the low down on the scent!

I fear the name sold me on both as I’m a big Noel Fielding fan (and old enough to actually get the references in The Mighty Boosh) but upon actually getting a chance to sniff these I’m quite more in love than before!

King of Mods reminds me of Ocean Salt a bit. It’s a crisp, citrus scent with lime and grapefruit! It’s quite lovely and fresh smelling!

As for Goth Juice, yes the name was a big seller for me, but the entire idea of a herbal, earthy hair gel wasn’t too appealing but I’m happy to say that Goth Juice is a big YAY for me! It’s purple (Seriously! What color did you expect Robert Smith’s tears to be!??!) and smells alot like Jungle to me. If you use Jungle you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a bit more earthy than Jungle but it’s a very nice herbal, earthy green scent that really is quite pleasing to the nose (I’m surprised I like it since I’m more of a fruity/sweet lover! It may just be the name that’s blinding me!).

Overall, both are really gorgeous and I’m eager to see how well they work!

King of Mods and Goth Juice are available for purchase from Lush for $15.95 and $14.95 and UK side for 6.95 per pot!

King of Mods, Goth Juice, The Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding, and Robert Smith are all VERY Muse Approved (I just happened to pop in a Mighty Boosh DVD here at work as I typed this to get into the spirit of the post!)

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Cyber Colors Jewel Amour Eyeshadows

Cyber Color is a Korean brand that’s pretty much available all over Asia such as Singapore, Japan, Etc…

It’s a pretty inexpensive brand of cosmetic and I have some of their shadows and can say they are pretty pigmented for the price!

Sasa just got in some of the new Holiday Collection Eyeshadows which are entitled Jewel Amour. I must say I am pretty tempted by these and they look yummie!

Cyber Color Jewel Amour Eyeshadows Available from Sasa.com
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Some colors that are tempting me:

Amethyst
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Aquamarine
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Peridot
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Citrine
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These are a whopping $11.30 which is quite expensive as they are about 75% cheaper if you purchase them in store but I have a funny feeling after the holidays they’ll be marked down! So as tempting as they are do wait on these if you’re wanting them as they’ll be on clearance sooner or later!

Although, the colors are making me want them right now rather badly!

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