Posts From August 2008
Lush introduced two new shower gels during a UK Forum party recently and your Muse happened to order a few of both.
Normally during a forum party there are special items offered that are not available within stores or online. These items are made exclusively for forum members and the general public may never know they exist if they never joined the UK Forum to hear about them.
For instance did you know that Lush has made several perfumes over the years such as Snowcake perfume, Snow Fairy perfume, Honey I Washed the Kids perfume….betcha didn’t know that did ya?
Your Muse has ‘em all
Strangely enough Lush UK did something a little bit difference this time around. During the party we were told a brand new, forum exclusive shower gel batch was being made up for forum members which of course made everyone hyper and quite excited. However, this time the shower gel actually made it to the shelves of stores and online!
As you can see my bottle is marked “Forum Special”
That shower gel is entitled Rub Rub Rub. I fear the name isn’t all that inventive but fitting in for an exfoliating shower gel.
It just so happens that Rub Rub Rub contains very tiny grains of salt for scrubbing those rough elbows, knees and dry bits on your body! This is slightly disappointing for me since I adore multitasking with Lush shower gels and using them not only on my body but also on my hair. Lush suggests you can use Rub Rub Rub as shampoo and in all honesty the pieces of salt in the product are way smaller than what you’d find in Big Shampoo however I’m still somewhat skeptical about using it as a shampoo!
I love scrubs! I have dry skin so anything that softens my skin is always a welcome addition to my skincare routine however I really don’t like exfoliating shower gels. I dunno why but I just don’t like the texture and formula for some reason thus I’m a bit put off by Rub Rub Rub. I personally think a scrub is a scrub and a shower gel is a shower gel and never shall the two meet.
So imagine my disappointment when Rub Rub Rub arrived and I used it the first time realizing it was a scrubbing gel! I guess I wasn’t paying attention during the party to realize as such!
The plus side of Rub Rub Rub is that it does smell positively gorgeous. If you know what Sakura Bath Bomb or my beloved and missed 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap you’ll understand the scent of Rub Rub Rub. The smells are identical to these two items. The scent is a lemony fresh mimosa smell that’s truly fresh, slightly fruity, and very addicting.
The Muse really adores the smell but she could have done with out the sea salt!
The moral of the story is if you simply adore shower gels with scrubby bits this one is for you! However, if you’re more a fan of keeping shower gels as a shower gel you might want to skip this one.
I recommend grabbing a small bottle and giving it a shot! At the very least it smells wonderful and I do love that part about it however I can’t love the grainy feeling it has while I’m rubbing it on my body and trying to get clean with it!
Stay Tuned for a review of Lush’s other new shower gel entitled Yummy Yummy Yummy!
Retro Lush is Here!
Did you know there are over 20 new lovely things available from Lush?
I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t disappointed when I heard about Urban Decay’s Fall Collection. They are introducing some seriously ridiculously, gorgeous lippies this season which are outrageous and the Muse is busy, busy, busy testing away however I was crestfallen when I realized the eye shadow selections for Fall are all new matte colors.
The Muse is sad.
I heart the general catalog eye shadows that made Urban Decay an absolute cult favorite! Shimmer, Sparkle, Shine, and Glitter! So Muse-like!
I remember when Urban Decay introduced the matte shadows and how many sighs of utter relief soon followed. I just don’t happen to be part of the population that loves mattes so no sighing here!
I may be an itty bitty bit brokenhearted but Urban Decay definately made it up to me by introducing a new gorgeous, vibrant, popping aqua shade! The Muse is all over aqua! Psstt….don’t worry we still have the Winter Collection to look forward too!
This Fall Urban Decay has extended the matte line of shadows with three new shades:
And my favorite….
Can you spell lust?
The Muse is lusting this shadow! Even though it’s matte I’m still loving the fact that I can apply some and dose myself with some heavy duty sparkle and shimmer right on top to make my eyes literally pop out of my head!
Since I’ve never reviewed the matte shadows prior to this I’ll give you a brief low down. They are extremely pigmented, wonderfully silky and easy to blend, and really bold and vibrant (did you expect anything else from Urban Decay?).
Urban Decay Matte Eye Shadow in Electric has “the Muse” written all over it baby! I did a rather outrageous aqua look with it this weekend and applied a ridiculously amount of MAC pigment in Mutiny right on top!
I’m loving this one and I’m slapping the Muse Approval on it for purchase!
Run to Urban Decay and Sephora to grab yourself a pot!
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil Review
By the way…
That happens to be Jelly Pong Pong Lip Cushion on my lips!
As requested after my review of Kevin Aucion The Sensual Skin Enhancer here’s a Face of the Day using it.
I have nothing on my face aside from some mark Glossblossom since my lips are busy being chapped yak!
As stated in my review a little goes a very long way. I used the product as both a skin prep and a concealer for under my eyes.
This is the amount I used on my total face including under my eyes!
And this is what I came up with….no blush, no eye makeup, no mascara, concealer, or anything else. As you can see the product does a great job of making my face look fresh and my dull spots have disappeared!
I have very little to conceal on my face as my skin doesn’t have large pores, acne, or anything else however I do sport dull spots which drive me bats thus The Sensual Skin Enhancer creates a beautifully fresh look, erasing my dull spots, and prepping my face for the rest of my makeup!
I also happened to take this picture without using flash so you can get a better look at how the product works.
I think we should all consider moving to Korea.
Anyone wanna come?
Hot guys, awesome food (spicy kimchi anyone?), and freaking ridiculously cheap skincare and cosmetics!
Etude House has an Eye and Lip Remover for mere pennies and it works a treat too! A friend of mine recently sent over a CP she did for me and she included a bottle of Etude House’s Eye and Lip Remover as a little gift and I must say it’s a rather awesome Steal and a Deal.
Totally a Beauty on a Budget find the only problem is getting your hands on some for a good a price as you would if you lived in Korea.
Knock, Knock! Hello? Etude House? Please come to the U.S.A.! The Muse and her friends here at Musings would be eternally grateful.
Talk to you soon!
The formula is one of those water base versus oil removers that you have to shake up! Once you’ve shaken it up a bit the liquids will blend together and you can wet a cotton pad and go to work removing your mascara, shadow, etc…
I tried this with various eye shadow and mascara combinations and so far it’s gotten everything off without a problem ASIDE from my Beaute de Kose mascara. That it wasn’t so successful at removing however it’s no fault of the formula. I’ve come to the conclusion I need gasoline soaked towels to remove Beaute de Kose mascara! That stuff is like permanent ink!
On everything else is did a simply great job of removing all my shadow, waterproof mascara, and whatever other eye makeup I was sporting toe the day.
Strangely enough the smell of this is kinda sorta like old lady perfume but I didn’t really find it unpleasant and thought it kinda added to the novelty that is Etude House.
I believe a bottle is about $2-$3 USD or so and at that price you can’t go wrong as it works just as good as the Sephora Eye Makeup Remover I favor.
It’s not Lancome Bi-Facil but it is a rather awesome little find should you get it for cheap.
The Muse likes it and gives it a Muse Approval for purchase!
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