Posts From August 2009

Product Musings: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Ruthless Review and Swatches

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I’m getting cozy with Illamasqua today so I thought I’d muse some about their nail varnish!

Jump ahead for a peep!

Illamasqua has taken the Beauty Blogging world by storm this year. With many beauty bloggers and junkies alike getting their hands on Illamasqua goodies since it hit our side of the pond and is now available at Sephora is it any wonder we are all very happy?

As Fall rolls in I imagine you may be looking for three shades of cool to get your nails in tiptop shape. My picks for Fall in regards to nails always consists of the same colors. A true red, a beautiful chocolate brown, and a hardcore black.


Illamasque Nail Varnish in Ruthless has me covered for red. This true, rich shade of red has a beautiful glossy finish.

What are your fav shades of Fall from Illamasque?

Any that’ll be topping your nails this season?

Muse it!

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Drugstore Drive-By: August 2nd to August 8th

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Jump ahead for a peek at what’s happening at your local drugstore!

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Garnier Skin Care
$9.99 (After Rebate)

L’Oreal Face and Lip Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Maybelline Eye Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Almay Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Sally Hansen Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Revlon Beyond Natural Makeup
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Revlon Double Twist Mascara
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Covergirl Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Purchase Any 3 Items from Maybelline, Clearasil, Sally Hansen, Got2b, Veet, Love’s, Phisoderm, and N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics and recieve back by mail a free back to school survivial kit filled with product samples.

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L’Oreal Lip Products
$2 Off

Revlon Nail Polish
2 for $7

Rimmel Mascara
$2 Off

All Maybelline Eye Shadows and Liners
$1 Off

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Maybelline
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Revlon
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Neutrogena
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

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Max Factor Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 50% Off

Covergirl Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

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Covergirl Lashblast Mascara
Purchase $25 in P&G Products to Get It Free!

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Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Almay
3 Days Only (After Tuesday Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off)
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Happy Haulin’!

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Musings of the Day: When Swapage Goes Terribly Wrong!

I love swapping makeup. I haven’t done so in a long time but I adore hanging out on Cozycot, Specktra, MUA, etc…to discuss makeup, do cps, or just enjoy a swap or two. Which brings me to today’s Musings.

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Have you ever had a swap that went wrong? Maybe you’ve been swap-lifted? Gasp! Or got the item and it was in totally gross condition?

Tell me your swap story and jump ahead for my tales of swapage that have gone terribly wrong!

Honestly, I’ve only ever been blessed with the best swap partners. Particularly my good friend Iris comes to mind when I think of hardcore CP’ing. I swear Iris must curse the day she met me because she’s probably never got such requests as the ones I loaded on her. Truly a swapper/cp’er extraordinaire.

Personally, I stink at cps, swaps, trading, etc….since I started Musings. I just have no time to complete a good cp and I’m a total wash up. It’s so bad I just stopped offering altogether.

But days of old when swapping was my game I’ve been lucky enough to always have a great partner to trade with. I can only recall two times that I had a problem with a swap and I’ve never mentioned them on the Internet until now but have been known to make my friends laugh rather loudly when I tell them that swapping can sometimes be disgusting.

Generally I never look to swap anything used. I’ve been known to swap away gently used items however I personally don’t want used items. I know I’m so anal, apologies. Moral of the story is everything I’ve ever swapped for was brand new aside from this one time when I decided to swap for a MAC Cream Blush. At the time the girl who contacted me wanted something really badly from my list and she had absolutely nothing I wanted. But she was begging and pleading with me so I felt bad enough to give in and select an item from her list. I ended up going with a MAC Cream Blush that said “gently used”…honestly I had no intention of using it because I know how I am, miss germ-a-phobe, but since her list consisted of 99% used goods it was the only item that looked somewhat good. I was thinking once I got it I could just put it back up for swap.

I got it alright but the description failed to tell me that the swap also included hair. Omg so gross. The compact had two strands of long brown hair. Can I tell you I didn’t even bother opening it. I took one look at the blush through the transparent plastic barrier and proceeded to ditch it.

Ew!

Just ew!

To add insult to injury she included two extras. Extra that were also used…as in used chapstick in Cherry and some no name lipstick that was equally used almost completely used up…maybe 50% lipstick remained.

To say I was horrified is an understatement.

That’s about the worst swapping experience I’ve had thankfully.

How about you?

What are some of your swap nightmares?

Tell the Muse!

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MAC Holiday Collection 2009 MAC Magic, Mirth & Mischief

More mischief is a foot with two photos of MAC Holiday Dazzleglasses, check ‘em out below!

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Hmmmm, how typically holiday-ish with shades of gold and silver!

What do you think?

Yay?

Nay?

Tell it!

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Jouer Cosmetics Summer Collection 2009 Review, Swatches, and Summer FOTD

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Contrary to all of today’s Musings about Fall and Holiday 2009, it is in fact still very Summer outside. To celebrate those long, hot days of Summer still ahead I gathered up a slew of Jouer Cosmetics to do a Summery look this morning.

Jump ahead for a peep, some swatches, and some babblings about Jouer.

The Muse remembers her first Jouer palette….it was a Holiday release…something bunny it was called. It had a cheek and lip stain and I was quite delighted and rolling around in fits of excitement how cute it was. Since that time Jouer has grown up, revamped, and come out with new, fun products. Although they have taken a new approach, the same fun design remains. Jouer Cosmetics, if you’re not privy to the brand, is a series of face, eye, and lip products that all “snap” together quite like a puzzle to make a customized beauty palette. Each piece features notched edges for sliding pieces together to create a little palette of sorts. Even a standard lipgloss has a deep set grove for snapping on shadows or a blusher for on the go touch ups. Pieces are also stackable for easy storage and portability. If you fancy a little organization with your makeup, Jouer has you covered.

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The Jouer Cosmetics Summer Collection is simplicity at it’s best. Jouer is not making a huge splash but keeping to a minimal, sunny look that’s fresh and pretty. Thinking about it now it’s the ideal collection for toting away for a quick holiday getaway when you aren’t wanting to drag around a slew of makeup. The collection features all the key ingredients for glowing skin, sexy lips, and sparkling eyes!

For my look below I used the following products:
Jouer Cosmetics Lip and Cheek Tint in Poppy
Jouer Cosmetics Suntan Matte Bronzer
Jouer Cosmetics Mimosa Lipgloss
Jouer Cosmetics Tiare Highlighter

The look is fairly simple to create and gives a warmth to your face leaving it fresh and sunny.

Start out by using the highlighter on your eyes. You can use this just about anywhere where you want a bit of golden sparkle. I opted to use it all over my lid to add a hint of gold to my eyes. I followed up with the the lip and cheek tint in poppy on my cheeks for a flush of sheer coral. The tint can be used on lips as well as it’s moisturizing and pigmented. To add a deeper color to the tint I swept on the matte bronzer on suntan by applying to places the sun would naturally hit my face. The finished results of using the tint and bronzer together creates a sunny glow to my face. Finally I completed the look by topping with lipgloss in mimosa which shimmering golden pink that pairs beautifully with warm skin.

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Overall, if you’re looking for a simple, sunny look for Summer do check out the Jouer Collection! I was quite impressed with the look especially since this morning I was rushing around and just wanted something minimal yet flattering. As you can see it’s quite a pretty look and just right for the warm weather!

You can see more and “try” on color for your skin tone at www.jouercosmetics.com

If you haven’t tried Jouer prioer to this it’ll be a great little discovery and if it’s been a while since you checked them out you’ll be in for a delightful surprise with the many changes to the line!

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