Posts From April 2008

Bath and Body Works Hello Sugar Shower Gel and Body Splash Review

I needed serious retail therapy this weekend. Honestly, I did. I’ve been so upset the past week that my friend Jai decided I needed a day of shopping (as if either of us needs an excuse to shop). So away we went on Saturday afternoon.

We stopped at Bath and Body Works not only because I had a thirst to sniff the new Hello Sugar! Collection but also because Jai has a thing with tanning and bronzers and all that crap so he had to peek at the new dial a tan thingy (or whatever it’s called) that BBW has out right now. According to him tan is sexy and his boyfriend think he looks amazing with a tan so I guess that means Jai has to do everything he can to get a sexy glow for his significant other. I say whatever floats your boat but I’ll be in the shade, under a palm tree, thanks very much!

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It wasn’t difficult to locate Hello Sugar! as it was right up front on a huge display. I was scared that if I picked one bottle up the rest would tumble all over the place since they had them stacked so high.

And the verdict is in. The Muse is both delighted and disappointed with Hello Sugar!

I picked up the Body Splash and the Three in One Shower Gel to start. First of all I should take note and mention that the Body Spray came in an ultra cute bottle with little faux rock candy dangling from the top. It’s a plastic bottle but it can easily pass for glass! I like it! Very cute and different for Bath and Body Works!

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I’m a disappointed because this smells nothing like I imagined. I was seeking something fruity with an underlay of sweet for the Summer. I associate sweet and fruity smells with Summer and adjust my fragrance wardrobe according to that. This is fruity but not so much sweet. Turns out this is more of a foody scent. It smells to me like lemon cake or lemon meringue pie. The sugar is there and the lemon is there but it’s somehow been combined with some sort of cake or baked good smell.

That’s the bad news….however the good news is even though it’s disappointing that it isn’t fresh and fruity it is a delightfully beautiful scent! The sweet and sour scent of lemon combines wonderfully with the underlay of cake I’m getting and the entire smell transforms into a very light bakery scent. It’s so very difficult to describe but it’s as if I am smelling some sort of lemon tart or pastry.

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I’m not entirely sure I’m loving the idea of Hello Sugar! for the Summer but it’ll make a beautiful Fall scent or even Winter!

Overall I like it. It’s very interesting and different for Bath and Body Works. I’m enjoying the fact that they have dipped their toes into something new and exciting and aren’t keeping with the normal scheme and theme of things!

Cheers to Hello Sugar! The Muse enjoys veering off the well walked path on occasion!

Hello Sugar! is available now from Bath and Body Works! $12 USD for the Three in One Shower Gel and $12.50 USD for the Body Splash.

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I’m Catching Up on E-mails and Comments….Sort of….!

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Happy Monday guys!

Just a quick note to say I’m slowly catching up on comments and e-mails (the e-mail process is ALOT slower than the comment process so please be patient with me)! I got some great comments to reply to in my “Tagged” post and I’ve been a bit remiss getting to them as I’ve been swamped with work and with life!

But I’m slowly getting to them all!

Just wanted to touch base and let you know I’m not ignoring you!

Hope your Monday is going well!

Cheers!

Enjoy the new reviews below and as always do share your thoughts! I’m listening!

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Givenchy Perfect Again! Corrector Palette Review

I know some folks have been awaiting me to do a post and review on Givenchy’s Spring Collection for this year and I honestly haven’t really been up for it. It failed to excite me this year and I guess that’s why it’s sorta been laying in boxes on my vanity for about 2 months or more now. I just can’t get excited about it as it was sadly such a disappointment. Am I the only one feeling like this could have been so much better? Don’t get me started on the Summer Collection which I’m equally hating by the very way!

I apologize for failing to review it but I’ll get on it sooner or later.

The good news is today I bring you a review on Givenchy’s Perfect Again! Corrector Palette! This review is a long time coming and I should have done it ages and ages and ages ago when I originally purchased the Spring Collection as this happened to be one of the items that I purchased with it!

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The was introduced this year with the Spring Collection and is a Limited Edition Palette sadly. I believe the retail cost was $38 USD? and well worth every penny might I add.

I love it.

When I want to go light for coverage this is what I reach for. If you have heavy duty dark circles or you’re concealing some major baggage this is not something you want to even bother with. However, if you skin behaves well and you like a very natural coverage without feeling heavily made up this is definately something you’ll need and want to have around.

Givenchy would have you believe that this thing can cover everything and make you look like amazing. Not the case, sorry. It also happens to advertise it as a blemish, eye, and everything concealer. Again, not the case, or at least not for me.

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I happen to use this kit exclusively for my eyes and it works perfectly under that area thanks very much. I haven’t tried to remake my face over into perfection with this kit nor will I try because it seriously can’t do that in my humblest opinion however it does a super job of making my eyes happy.

The palette contains two concealers. One light concealer and one darker shade which can be mixed or used separately. It also includes a smoother and a highlighter.

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The smoother is awesome. Sincerely super duper awesome. Givenchy says you can use this to cover up enlarged pores but I use it for smoothing under my eyes and filling in fine lines prior to mixing up the two concealers and applying under my eyes.

This my friends gives me a beautiful very natural concealed coverage for my eyes. Perfect for days I’m going without heavy duty eye makeup and just making the rounds around town. Simply beautiful coverage. Truly.

The smoother is awesome and if they made this in a single palette I’d buy a few to stock up because it’s just great. It’s white and has the feeling of a primer such as Clarin’s Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch but much lighter. I smooth it carefully under my eyes and it preps my eye area wonderfully for my concealer! My concealer ends up lasting longer and doesn’t cake or crease thanks to this little gem! Please Givenchy might we have a larger size of this amazing stuff?!!

The concealers in the palette aren’t anything too exciting and some people might be turned off by the hard texture. They need a bit of warming up prior to use which I’m always a hater on but I will say that they work pretty nicely for when I want a very natural, light coverage. This is equally wonderful for someone who doesn’t have much to conceal or maybe doesn’t even use concealer to begin with! They go on feel almost powdery instead of creamy.

Finally the highlighter which is a pinkish lilac color with a tiny bit of shimmer can be used for highlighting your highbrow or cheekbones. I must admit this color was used the least out of the four correctors in the palette.

The palette is the typical Givenchy affair that has a tier flip which includes the cream correctors on one level and three brushes on the second level. Mmm….the applicators are somewhat useless to me. They included two sponge applicators with this which seem perfectly silly for using with the palette in my opinion. The third brush is a black sponge with a slanted tip. Ask me what the frack (can you tell I’ve been overdosing on BattleStar lately?) it is and I couldn’t tell you. I’m taking a guess and saying it’s to be used with the smoother cream? Hmmmm mystery unsolved.

All in all the palette definately gets the Muse Seal of Approval for purchase however I strongly suggest not purchasing it you have lots to conceal. This will not help in anyway if you have terribly dark circles or baggage going on.

I love it and say it’s definately worth checking out for yourself! I haven’t been this excited about a concealer in a long time and this is HG (Holy Grail) material for me!

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Beauty on a Budget: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling and Luminous Eyeshadow Review

Here’s an awesome Beauty on a Budget find for you!

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling and Luminous Loose Eyeshadows.

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I picked these up this weekend spontaneously while waiting in line at Victoria’s Secret. I see them ALL the time and Victoria’s Secret pimps them out big time. These things are in little buckets all over the store so seriously sooner or later you’re bound to pick up one or two even if you don’t want to which is just the case for me!

I didn’t need, nor want these but somehow, someway they finally ended up in my cart.

Shrugs.

What can I say? I guess I got tired of seeing them all the time and never trying them! No idea why I bothered purchasing them but honestly I’m actually glad I did because they aren’t so bad!

These are $7 USD each which is the most obscene price I ever heard of in my life as they are so tiny! $7? Come on! No way am I dishing out a near $10 bill for these little tiny eyeshadows!

But I brought five of them which means I got ‘em for $4 USD each! I like that price much better icon wink

They are available at a single price of $7 or as a purchase of 5 for $20 which sounds much better.

F0r some odd reason everyone and their mum decided that it was a good idea to be at Victoria’s Secret and the line was fracking out the door. So as I waited impatiently I was busy swatching every color of these shadows on my arm and decided I did indeed need one or two.

As I said they are good.

First of all they are very light and shimmering. If you love a “not so made up” look these are definately something you might want to consider purchasing. Pigmentation is not too bad and the color is buildable. The powders are light, shimmery, and have a nice bit of sparkle.

They are advertised in two finishes one of which is a “high sparkle” finish while the other is a Luminous version. I honestly can’t tell the difference between the two as they both give a nice fair amount of sparkle.

Colors range from a few bold colors like greens, purples, and teals to lighter shades like pink, beige, and white.

I personally choose mostly light colors as I thought they would be great for Summer for a light makeup look.

Not alot of product comes in the little jar but for the price I can’t complain too much. The applicator is awesome in my humble opinion! I wish that Urban Decay had such a great applicator on their new loose pigment shadows. It’s a dense, rounded sponge tip that fits very nice not only in the contour of my eye but right across the lid for easy application!

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The colors I got were:

  • Glow Nude-A sparkling nude cream color
  • Deja Blue-A deep blue green
  • Goldblinger-A soft creamy gold
  • Miami Ice-A sparkling white
  • Twinkled Pink-A iridescent pink

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All in all these are pretty good quality for the price and the Muse likes them! If you favor a light, natural look or just want an easy, simple eyeshadow application these might be something to consider!

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling and Luminous Loose Eyeshadows should definately be able to fit into your Beauty Budget!

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Join me in loving Victoria’s Secret Beauty by viewing some old posts!

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Click here to read my babblings and excitement over the Victoria’s Secret Sparkling Diamond Collection!

Click here to read my review on Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Palettes!

Click here to find out why I wasn’t loving the Victoria’s Secret Brilliant Lip Shine Lipgloss!

Click here to hear my raves and review about the Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Cosmetic Collection!

Click here to enjoy an FOTD of me using Goldblinger from this Collection!

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Canmake’s Summer Collection 2008

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Canmake is a drugstore brand available in Japan that’s low in cost and high on the cute scale. I personally love many of the items they put out. Quality is pretty good and the price can’t be beat! And the selection of items is VAST!

Canmake’s Summer Collection 2008 is now available on the website and should hit stores soon in Japan (or may already be in stores).

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It’s not a huge collection but the items released have a bit of an impact as they are new to the Canmake line.

The first item that catches my eye straight away are the new eye palettes. This is the first time I’ve seen Canmake do an eye palette like this and it’s quite exciting! The palette is a quad of three shimmer shades (base shadow, eyelid shadow, and contrasting shade) and one liner. It’s a typical Japanese palette setup and has been done and redone but I still want them all!

The color selections available are a rose, blue, and brown variation. The price is 680 yen and as the yen is so strong at the moment which is setting it at under the mark of $6.73 USD but for the sake of it you might as well say it evens out to the same cost.

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If you have access you might consider shopping in Taiwan at this point since it’s cheaper by at least $1 (or more if you’re lucky).

The collection also includes four new nail varnish colors available for 300 yen each. These aren’t new just updated colors to the general catalog.

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It’s a tiny collection of goodies but I think the palettes make a big impact and I’m excited to try them out for myself!

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Click here to enjoy my spotlight on Canmake featuring a MuseTV video and the Muse’s Collection of Canmake goodies!

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