For Your Shower and Bath

Bath and Body Works Fall & Winter 2007 Collections

I got a sneak peak at what’s ahead for Bath and Body Works and I’m doing a little jig in excitement!

I can’t help but get a bit excited at the prospect of new 3 in 1 temptation shower gels! I’ve collected myself a nice little stockpile of these during the Summer sale and I think I might love ‘em even more than Philosophy’s 3 in 1′s!

Just a few of the bottles I snagged during the Summer sales! There are more but we wouldn’t want you to see how diseased I really am now would we?
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Last year, Twisted Peppermint was quite a RAVE for the Muse! So much so that she ended up squirreling away bottles and bottles and bottles, did I mention bottles? and bottles of it! It was thee most delightful blend of vanilla and peppermint candy cane that the Muse truly enjoyed indulging in! The best part about Twisted Peppermint is it not only made the perfect winter pampering treat but it also carried into Summer as wonderful cooling experience!

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This year it appears they are adding to the Twisted Peppermint collection a body spray! Oh my! Lotion, Shower Gel, and Scrubs wasn’t enough they had to tempt me with body spray too! I can picture myself come December calling up everyone I know in New York and screaming at them to PLEASE for the LOVE of God and all things HOLY get me some of that Twisted Peppermint and ship it over to England as soon as possible (I’ll be in the UK for Christmas)!

Flipping through the catalog I also happened to come across some other very interesting items! Spicy Gum Drop! Oh My! And what’s this…Chocolate Mint! This should be illegal!

The somewhat bad news is that the Fall line up looks kinda sorta similar to last year! Pecan Pie is sticking around, Pumpkins on Parade is coming back, and…..drum roll please……Cherry Pie is making it’s debut! Cherry Pie looks divine!

Looks like it’s going to be a sweet Fall and Winter if Bath and Body Works Temptation line will be sharing your shower with you!

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Halloween Arrives Early at Cherriflip

Cherriflip has sent out it’s monthly newsletter with it’s new Halloween goodies and the Muse is getting quite a case of the excited wriggles!

The goodies available for Halloween are 4 new bubble bars and 7 new gorgeous scents that you can have in any number of bath goodies, shower gels, perfumes, etc..!

One of the bubble bars entitled Blue Meanie is cute and sweet but it’s also a contest! One of the bars was made wth orange eyes and if you happen to get that bubble bar in your order (these are randomly selected) you could win your entire purchase free of charge! Yay how exciting!

Some of the new Halloween Themed Bubble Bars:

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If you are unfamiliar with bubble bars I’ll explain icon wink Bubble Bars are a solid form of bubble bath! You take these very cute bars and crumble them under warm running water while your bath fills! Swish your hand around a bit and you get masses of lovely bubbles in your tub! Not only do they smell amazing but they moisturize wonderfully!

The New Halloween Scent List:

Screaming Banshee: You will be screaming with delight with this divine salty yet sweet caramel ice cream scent. Hints of soft toasted peanuts, rich vanilla, and sugary sweet caramel ice cream make this the ultimate decadent sweet treat.

Spooky Juice: Bright and crisp concoction of fresh guava, airy cucumber and soft pear. Spooky juice is a refreshing light treat.

Dark Enchantment: A bewitching sophisticated blend of deep black amber and vanilla bean blended with lavender. Dark enchantment is a deliciously addictive scent.

Voodoo Doll: Wickedly wild and refreshing wasabi sniff. Walk on the wild side with a little wasabi voodoo!

Taboo: warm caramel cream with just a touch of cocoa and vanilla meringue, and a hint of praline essence

BOOkies: Sweet caramel pumpkin cream essence infused in a warm cookie crumble base.

The Vanishing: A delicious banana blended with ripe, fresh fruit mallow cream. Fresh banana slowly vanishes to reveal light berries, citrus and marshmallow cream. This is one disappearing act you don’t want to miss.

The Muse would love to place an order but first she must firgure out the riddle that Cherriflip has teasingly put in their newsletter:

My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
Thin, I am quick
Fat, I am slow
Wind is my foe.
What am I?

If I can firgure it out I’ll receive an extra 15% off my entire order! Any ideas? I’m stuck icon wink If you do happen to firgure out the one word answer you can use that word in the coupon box to get the discount off your order!

Cherriflip is one of my favorite online shops for not only wonderful Bath Goodies and Bodycare but cosmetics as well! Do check out the entire Halloween line up!

Happy Haunting..err..I mean Shopping!

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Shopping Discoves on Etsy

I think, by now, we have established I LOVE shopping! Now I’m not saying that I love it…I LOVE IT….get me?

Sometimes, a girl such as myself, can get a bit bored with items that stores have. I get a bit burned out seeing the same type of product offered over and over and over in a different format, color, or package.

I love being wow’ed by the next best thing but on a occasion sometimes the wow factor goes out of shopping!

In order to get my daily dose of wow I head over to Etsy to discover new, interesting, unique and generally awesome little goodies that are handmade by masses of different people!

Etsy reminds me of a little market places where tons of friendly people are peddling their wares! The only difference between Etsy and a real market place is this is my computer and I don’t actually get a chance to meet with the talented artists that pawn their goods on Etsy!

I admire and respect many of the artists on Etsy and adore giving them business! I think it takes a special kind of person to create so many interesting items! I call them artists because truly that’s what it boils down too! These people put heart and soul into all their creations! The best thing is you’ll shop, purchase, and end up owning something that’s truly a one of a kind item! What more could a girl want?

Some Etsy Shops that the Muse frequents and recommends:

Mad City Sue Soaps

Plenty of wonderful bits and bobs to keep you happy in the shower and out! Handmade soaps, body scrubs, customized mists and more! I strongly recommend the Italian Cream Cake Foaming Shower Parfait but please try to avoid digging into it with a spoon! After all it is for your body!

Whimsy Hollow
When the Muse wants to a little sparkle, shimmer, and glitter she looks no further than Whimsy Hollow where she can purchase Faerie Glimmer Dust! This gorgeous shimmer comes in a whimsical little jar with the cutest little powder puff. Use it on your eyes, shoulders, body, anywhere you’d love a little sparkle and a bit of honeysuckle fragrance makes it extra special! Whimsy Hollow offers other fine little bits and bobs for sale so check the shop out and see what catches your fancy!

Sobe Botanicals
The Muse loves lip glosses and balms! When she grows a bit tired of her normal stash she heads over to Sobe Botanicals to purchase some of their custom made lip glosses! Sobe allows you to choose the color and the flavor of your balm! It goes on smooth, gives your lips a tiny touch of color, tastes yum, and is cheap as a day old chips! Perfect for those days you don’t want to be too made up! Sobe has other wonderful little makeup minerals and such for sale as well!

Baba Studios

The Muse sometimes likes to step off the well used path onto a new one! When she does she visits Baba Studios to purchase some of their highly sought after bags! She uses them for a variety of storages purposes and sometimes even when she’s out and about! They always cause quite a stir among the vintage lovers in her life and are quite the conversation piece! For a few dollars you too can own a very interesting piece of art work to hang around your wrist or just to hold your tiny treasures in!

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The Muse absolutely adores spoiling her family and friends! She loves buying them pressies even when their isn’t a holiday or a birthday to celebrate! When she wants to add a special little something to a package for a friend or a family member she enjoys tagging it with one of the Victorian tags she can purchase from GraceEsjavacreations! It gives her gifts that special little touch!

BamaBelle Vintage Boutique
I can’t think of a single thing that the Muse’s likes more than vintage clothing! Oh yes wait I can think of something! Vintage clothing without the hassle of shopping for it yourself! Bamabelle scours the Vintage scene for all the greatest finds you could possibly imagine and all you do is sit back and relax while browsing through an extensive list of her finds! Gosh vintage shopping doesn’t get any easier does it? Note: the Muse loves when Bamabelle locates interesting cute camis and lists them for mere pennies for which she’d paid here in Manhattan!

Louise Black Designs
The Muse is never averse to adding a little goth into her life! She admires all the FRUiTS, Lolitas, and general Harajuku girl styles! When you want a little darkness in your life you can visit Louise Black Designs for an array of wonderful gothic clothings! Gorgeous corsets, blouses, and wonderful vintage pieces will line your closet after shopping here! She’s pretty new but she’s a favorite for me already! Her corsets are absolutely drop dead gorgeous! I’ve purchased two already!

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The Muse has a lot of wobbly bits that need to be tucked out of the way! When she wants them tucked away and seeks to look glamorous she heads over to the glamourbunny’s closet to purchase corsets and belts and an array of gorgeous handmade clothing! The Muse recommends the Taffeta bow belt for $25! It’s the must have Fall fashion accessory in her humble opinion!

Boudoir Queen
The Muse loves a little flare! When she seeks something with flare she wanders over to Boudoir Queen to purchase it! The Boudoir Doll purses are quite a favorite here! Note: If you’re a lucky petite size you’ll be happy to shop her Living Doll Collection which features some of thee most amazing fashion finds I ever did lay my eyes on! You can pair some of her corsets with a simple pair of jeans for a really amazing look!

As you can see Etsy offers a wide array of wonderful, unusual, unique, and amazing finds! These are just a mere handful of my favorite shops! Head on over, sign up, and begin searching, finding, and adding to your favorite shops! It’s always nice to have a special piece in your closet, shower, or train case that no one else has! Just don’t tell them where you purchased it! A girl has to have some secrets right?

Already an Etsy Member? Tell me your favorite shops!

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Simplifying Your Haircare

Are you not a morning person? Do you find general haircare a pain in the neck? Do you seek to simplify something as mundane as shampooing your hair? Do you travel alot?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above than I have quite a simple solution for you!

Look no further your wish is my command!

A shampoo puck.

Yes, yes I am already hearing you say to yourself, “What’s she on about now?”
Well..occasionally…the Muse is a bit lazy in the morning or just wants to keep things a bit on the simple side so she uses a nifty little shampoo puck to get her locks cleansed, shining, and happy in the shower!

Lush Cosmetics offers several kinds of these multitasking demons!

I generally use shampoo pucks when I’m being a bit lazy but they are also quite a nice little bit to have when you are traveling! Reason being with airline security being so tight these are a simple little treat to stow in your train case without the drama of large bottles! They also double as a bar of soap! Wash your hair and your body with one puck! Cool eh?

You’re probably curious how these work aren’t you? Easy as pie! Wet your hair, swipe the bar across your head a few times, lather, rinse, repeat, and smile! Simple as 1-2-3!

Not only are these easy to use and easy to travel with but they last for ages! If you’re currently being frugal with your money and don’t want to shell out for expensive shampoos this is a good way to go! One puck will last as long as 3-4 months!

If you aren’t happy enough at the idea of a cute little shampoo puck you will be at the fact that they have cute little tins to hold ‘em in too! Excited yet? I knew you would be! And since Lush likes it’s customers so much, if you buy two bars you’ll get a free tin! Yay!

At the moment their are 9 different bars to choose from! I’ve tried most of them so I can give you a brief review of each! As I said above I generally use these when I travel or when I am feeling a bit on the lazy side in the morning! My hair is dry and tangles easily so I can use only some of these without conditioner! You may very well be able to get away with using the puck alone but I can’t with most of them. I’d recommend a good condition afterwards! Lush also offers solid conditioners (I recommend trying Jungle) to compliment it’s solid shampoo bars so that’s something you might like to try as well!

Sadly Lush has discounted a few of my favorite shampoo bars such as Doctor Peppermint! But they have since replaced it with another of my favorites which is called New!

New! smells like red hot candies and feels quite refreshing and tingly when lathering up my hair! I actually use it once a week as a clarifying shampoo to cleanse my hair! It clarifies really well, maybe too well as it does seem to dry my hair out a bit more than I’d like! But it does a great job of making my hair shiny clean!

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Godiva is a very popular shampoo bar and ends up on the bestseller list quite alot! It’s not not my favorite but I do like it! I can easily use it as a multitasking shampoo bar and don’t need conditioner very much afterwards as the bar is loaded with chunks of cocoa butter which my hair seems to really like thus causing it to behave and remain tangle free! Godiva has the strong scent of jasmines and after one use I guarantee your hair will smell delightfully floral all day long!

Godiva Shampoo Bar
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Lush offers two distinct shampoo bars which are used according to your water! If you’re in an area where your water is soft they present the Soft Shampoo bar and if you live in an area where the water is hard they offer the Hard Shampoo bar. I personally do not like either! They tangle my hair up badly, aren’t the best smelling, and dry my locks out to a straw like texture! These you can pass up in my humble opinion! If you by some chance live in the UK or are traveling there you may want to pick up a Hard Shampoo bar because in cases of harsh water as England’s this works a treat even though I’m not a huge fan of it!

Soft Shampoo Bar

Hard Shampoo Bar

Karma Komba a Shampoo Bar that is most loathed for this girl! To my nose this smells like oranges and dirt! Yes, oranges and dirt. You heard me right. Patchouli is a very hardcore note in this Shampoo Bar so if you enjoy a deep green, herbal scent this be for you! As for me I can’t stand it!

Karma Komba

Soak and Float is a bar for problem scalps! If you suffer from dandruff or oily locks this be the bar for you! The scent is quite overpowering and just terrible. I’ve never actually used this on my hair as I suffer from neither dandruff or oily bits but from what I’ve heard it’s a miracle cure all for a troubled scalp! I guess if you can get pass the scent you’ll be on squeaky clean scalp street with this bar!

Soak and Float Shampoo Bar

Seanick is the type of bar that will give your hair that just out of the ocean look! I’m serious, tis true! If you like the way windblown, full hair looks this be the bar for you! Seanick gives great volume and bounce and it simply makes your hair shine! It has quite a nice scent, like fresh ocean air! This is an overall lovely Shampoo bar that comes with a healthy recommendation!

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Now Hybrid is a friend of the Muse’s hair! When my hair begins to grow down my back once again (I cut it, shoulder length, not so long ago) this is the bar I reach for! If you have long hair you realize how much weight that is and how it feels so heavy on your back and product just seems to stay “glued” in it! Hybrid makes your long locks feel airy and light, it clarifies and cleans too! It has a strong smell of black licorice that’s quite appealing to my little nose! And best of all I don’t have to worry overmuch about conditioning afterwards because my hair behaves very well after a lather up with Hybrid!

Hybrid Shampoo Bar

The Ultimate Shine promises shine, bounce and condition. It does none of the above. It smells quite strong of Ylang Ylang which makes my nose wrinkle up in dismay! It tangles my hair awfully and causes generally havoc with my locks! This one I’d avoid at all costs!

Ultimate Shine Shampoo bar

Remember prior to putting your puck in your tin, dry it out fully otherwise you’ll end up with a mushy shampoo bar when next you use it!

Shampoo Tin

These are great little multitasking tools when traveling abroad or just for those really quick Monday morning showers!

The Muse likes to simplify life sometimes and these shampoo bars help that along! And if you happen to be a guy these might just be an offering from the Gods (Think we didn’t know you’ve been washing your hair with a bar of soap? We girls know everything! Now you can use a bar of soap to wash your hair and guilt free too!)

Some of my Shampoo Bars
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Sneaky Little Spontaneous Purchases!

On my rush to get home last week I decided that it would be such a grand idea to stop into Bath and Body Works to pick up the three newest 3 in 1′s!

A little history behind these new 3 in 1′s:

They are a big ripoff of Philosophy’s 3 in 1′s and could………possibly…..be better! You did not hear that from me, if you spread the word you heard it from me…I’ll deny it! I have no shame, I’ll claim you a liar and laugh about how ridiculous you are to spread such a rumour as this!

Now around Christmas 2005, Bath and Body Works introduced three very simple 3 in 1 Shower Gels. They were, as I recall, Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, and Gingerbread. Obviously they went over pretty big because summer rolled around with new 3 in 1′s. Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, and another, the name of which, escapes me at the moment. After this, quite a few were released with the new seasons….

Now these must have been quite a smashing success because this year they went nuts and released around 12 new scents! They never did anything like this on such a large scale so the variety was quite lovely! Peach, Melon Cooler, Island Coconut, Frosting Forever, Iced Tea, Etc..Etc…

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Oh my how naughty! Does this remind you of anything? Talk about shameless copying!
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Now my story got off track slightly and I have to somehow pull myself back to the right mind frame! All this variety frazzles my nerves!

As I was saying I decided to pop into Bath and Body Works to purchase three new 3 in 1′s in particular! I had wandered on the website during my work day and noticed that they were $6 during the HUGE Semi-Annual Sale! I was shocked that something they introduced a few short weeks ago was cut in half from it’s original $12 price tag! WOW!

The three newest scents that they had put out were Island Coconut, Sunset Mango, and Beyond Berry! These scents were introduced after the above mentioned ones so I was quite pleased that I’d be nabbing myself a little deal!

I now realize what a conspiracy the $6 price tag is! Heed my warning and you can avoid the drama of Spontaneous Purchasing!

When I entered Bath and Body Works that day the line of people was what borderlines on the absurd really. People holding tight to dozens and dozens of bottles of body sprays,body lotions, etc…. These people were acting like there might very well be a shortage of lotions, shower gels, and body sprays sometime in the near future (Dear oh Dear maybe they knew something I didn’t?!?!?!)! It’s actually very difficult, to hold your head high, walk through the aisles, and avoid bins that are marked $3, $4, $5, etc….

I’ve come to the conclusion that the gimmick of setting the newest 3 in 1 scents at $6 a piece is just to get your little ass in the shop because when you are there you aren’t settling for just those three shower gels! You’re wanting some of everything! Before long you’re running around with the rest of the minions gathering up bottles of lotion that will keep you smooth for the rest of your living days!

I’m happy to report I didn’t give into temptation! I resisted! Bath and Body Works evil little plot to get me in the shop and spend a zillion dollars didn’t work!! I went in, purchased the three bottles I said I would and not a thing more!

Go on, pat me on the back! I deserve it right?

Ahh..the temptation of spontaneous buying weights heavy on my mind and heart but resist I did and came out a stronger person for it!

My Very Small Haul from This Year’s Semi Annual Sale!
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