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Body Beautiful: Summer Must Haves For Beautifying Your Body from Head to Toes


If you’re looking for some fab finds to get your body beautiful for the Summer do click ahead to enjoy a slew of scrubs, shower gels, lotions, and potions to spoil yourself with this Summer. All of ‘em are on the Muse’s Summer Must Have list!

Get your body beautiful!

It’s no secret I like minty products. Anything that smells like mint you can count me in. It’s particularly nice in Summer when you’re taking a shower and enjoying a minty body wash or a shampoo as it gives you that cooling, tingling sensation to keep you nice and cool while the weather is humid and hot! Check out some of my fav minty pics for Summer!

Lush Ice Blue Shampoo ($25.95 USD from Lush)

What Lush Says About It:
A Revitalizing mint, scape stimulating minty and a bit more mint just to make sure! Shampoo to refresh your head and put a bit of life back into your hair. Wash, Rinse. And that’s about it!

What the Muse Says About It:
Minty spearmint refreshes your hair and scalp with a burst of coolness that rinses a long day of hot Summer right out of your hair!

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Hair Mint-Infused Shampoo and Conditioner (Two for $10 at Bath and Body Works)

What They Say About It:
Mint Infused shampoo and conditioner for all hair types to leave hair shiny and manageable while imparting moisture and nourishment. Formulated with invigorating Peppermint, this replenishing hair treatment energizes hair while leaving it refreshed and healthy.

What The Muse Says About It:
A cooling blast of peppermint tingles through your scalp while getting hair clean and soft! Love that burst of crisp coolness on a humid morning! Just the ticket to get me to wake up.

We all know I have a serious addiction to shower gels. I’m a self confessed shower gel collector of some sort or another and tons of these crazy bottles line the shelves of my washroom closet. How sad. Here are a few of my Summer loves!

Jaqua Beauty Pina Colada Shower Syrup ($18 USD from Jaqua Beauty)

What They Have To Say About It:
A fabulous body wash cocktail with pineapple and ginseng for soft, hydrated skin. This richly lathering shower syrup leaves skin clean, smooth, and silky. Best of all, the pineapple, coconut fragrance will turn your shower into a vacation. Escape!

What The Muse Says About It:
Pina Colada just spells Summer! This one is a true treat for the shower. Syrup is a great way to explain it as the formula is such a rich, ooey, gooey texture that softens my skin and scents it with the luscious, juicy smell of pineapples with a hint of coconut. Yum!

Johnson’s SoftWash 2-in-1 Shower and Shave Moisturizing Wash (Available at drugstores $4.99 USD

What They Have To Say About It:
A body wash that combines gentle cleansing and smoothing saving in the shower. This new body wash works in two ways to leave skin cleansed, moisturized, and bath smooth after saving.

What The Muse Says About It:
Mmmm! A bright, fresh scent that creates luxurious lather in my shower. It makes me smell fresh and clean plus it gets my entire body soft and silky smooth. And hey it double tasks as a shaving agent plus did I mention it’s cheap as day old chips?

Tame the locks I say. Humidity sets in and frizz follows after. If you happen to need a bit and a bob to keep your hair in place and together check out my pick for keeping Summer out of your hair.

Bloom Energy Liquid Body Wash ($15.49 USD at Shared Secrets)

What They Say About It:
Soothing fragrance awakens your senses. Skin is revitalized with a refreshing herbal cleanser infused with carefully selected plants and herb essences.

What The Muse Says About It:
Bloom Bath and Body products have been on my shelves for a very long, long time. Energy happens to be my favorite scent from Bloom and utterly Summer friendly with it’s crisp, herbal citrus scent it’s a sure favorite. I just wish Bloom wasn’t so bloody difficult to locate!

Soap & Glory Hair Supply ($9.99 USD at Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
A Super Gloss-Giving Radiance and Repair Mask Treatment for All Hair Types that leaves hair smooth and shiny while coating and controlling split ends.

What The Muse Says About It:
It has that signature Soap & Glory scent that I so dearly love and it keeps the frizz right out of my hair, ’nuff said.

Everyone wants beach hair but some of us just want to keep the beach (and possibly the pool) out of our hair. Check out my picks for keeping your hair squeaky clean after days of laze at the pool and at the beach!


Lush Big Shampoo ($21.35 USD from Lush)

What They Have To Say About It:
New life affirming shampoo for more shine that you thought possible. Dull hair turns into traffic stopping shiny, silky hair with a formula featuring raw salt, seaweed, and lime juice.

What The Muse Says About It:
If you want your hair to whistle after you clean you’d best try out Lush Big. This is possibly the best clarifying treatment you’ll ever come across in this life and your next. But please, if you dye your hair, beware!

Lush Retread ($22.35 from Lush)

What They Have to Say About It:
Specially enhanced triple strength conditioner. Seamlessly combines soya milk, yoghurt, and fresh melon. Tempting to use a handful so do it!

What The Muse Says About It:
Let me tell you after using Big you’ll need a healthy dose of Retread to get locks back in the calm. This super conditioner makes hair soft, manageable, and fresh smelling!

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo
($19.50 USD from Lush)

What They Have To Say About It:
Absolutely Gorgeous Coconut and Vanilla Conditioning Shampoo. To control thick, curly hair and make it soft, shiny, and smooth this deeply moisturizing, emollient shampoo is made of 15% coconut!

What The Muse Says About It:
Curly locks? No problem, your solution awaits you with a tub of Curly Wurly. Adds just enough weight to hair to keep curls soft, smooth, and frizz free plus it has chunks and chunks of shredded coconut…doesn’t coconut so remind you of Summer?

Your legs and arms aren’t hiding away anymore. Summer is here and your skin is on display alot more. You’ll need a scrub or two and a good moisturizer to keep all those rough bits smooth and soft! Check out my favs!

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub ($16.99 USD from Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
Use Sugar Crush in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly depending on your scaliness (make it four if you’ve ever been labeled old lizard legs!).

What The Muse Says About It:
Smells just like a cool 7-Up! Fresh, Crisp, and Effervescent this scrub gets rough bits smooth and silky once again! When can we have a matching body lotion S&G?

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter ($14.99 from Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
A body moisturizing formula so virtuous you might swear you’re wearing velvet.

What The Muse Says About It:
Hey kids! It smells like that great Soap and Glory scent…need I say more? Ok, ok I’ll say more. Thick, creamy, and moisturizing, now I really need not say more, you get it.

We all like to smell sweet and pretty but how about our hair? It’s just as important isn’t it? Try out my top pick to get locks smelling sweet!

Make Me Smooth Make My Hair Smell Deelish Perfume Detangling Mist for Hair (Available from Make Me Smooth for $9.99)

What They Have To Say About It:
This refreshing Body & Hair mist is super duper for leaving the body fresh, and amazing at detangling the hair. Leaves your skin and hair lightly scented after a shower or bath.

What The Muse Says About It:
It’s customizable! Available in over 100 different scents, god I love variety. Plus you can use it on hair and body, god I love multitasking products! What more does one need? My favs? Snowcakes, a Lush Snowcake dupe and Georgia’s A Peach, sweet, juicy peach scent!

Mmm swine flu. It somehow woke the world up to the evolution of washing your hands. The Muse is a chronic hand washer already but thankfully the rest of the population is finally catching up. Check out my pick for getting my hands nice and clean!

Soap and Glory Wash Your Hands Of It ($9.99 USD from Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
Shea butter and silky soft liquid hand wash with soothing lime tree blossom and a built-in skin conditioner!

What The Muse Says About It:
You know the drill….it smells like Soap and Glory…shrug…sorry it’s true.

Check below for my favorite picks to get feet in shape for sandals this Summer!

Frills Hey, Sugar Pineapple Sugar Hand and Foot Scrub

What They Have To Say About It:
Who knew the pineapples and sugar cane of Hawaii could be this good for your hands and feet. Blended into this moisturizing gel scrub, they’re the ultimate exfoliating treat for smooth, sweet hands and feet!

What They Muse Has To Say About It:
It’s cheap and it comes in single packs! 50 cents per a pack baby! w00t! Check your local drugstores for these as they are normally on end caps (or on Evil-bay too in lots of 3 or more). At 50 cents they are a steal plus it’s a slice and use packet which can be tossed after use. No mess, no fuss, just goodness for getting feet into tip top shape for your flip flops!

Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer ($5.49 USD At Drugstore.com)

What They Have To Say About It:
4 in 1 Cleanses, exfoliates, massages and moisturizes with glycerin, olive oil, shea butter, and eucalyptus.

What I Have To Say About It:
Oh hai cheapness! This cheap little foot scrubber is ideal for getting feet in fine form for the warm weather. Simply wet the sponge to release a cream lather and begin scrubbing the bottom of feet and heels. Gets them super smooth, super fast!

Time to shave the legs. You may have been hiding your hairy legs under heavy jeans and sweats this Winter but now it’s time to get rid of that fuzz. Check out one of my top picks for getting the closest shave this season!

Rolling Razor Pomegranate Shaving Cream ($8.95 USD at Rolling Razor)

What They Have To Say About It:
Underarm irritation is a thing of the past. Our saving cream is hands down the softest and creamiest on the market. Formulated with antioxidant-rich pomegranate, one of nature’s oldest anti-aging resources, the Rolling Razor Shaving Cream later leaves even the difficult skin soft and silky smooth

What The Muse Says About It:
Fruity and lush this luxurious shaving cream makes my legs silky smooth and gives me an incredibly smooth shave. Likey!

Top picks for Summer scents? I has ‘em! Check below to see what fragrances I adore for Summer!


Harajuku Lovers Fragrance G ($45 USD from Sephora)

What They Have To Say About It:
Never one to get lost in the crowd, G leads her crew in a white, corseted top and a blue miniskirt la Alice in Wonderland. Quirky, unique, and undeniably cool, G is the leader of the pack. Her scent is an oriental, fruity, gourmand fragrance with notes of fresh coconut, jasmine, and cotton woods.

What They Muse Says About It:
A blend of hot coconut with hints of fruit, jasmine, and just a touch of musk make G my very favorite Summer blend. It simply smells like Summer and the beach.

Demeter Sex on the Beach ($20 USD from Demeter)

What They Have To Say About It:
Sex on the Beach Cocktail, a sensory sensation; an inviting and refreshing combination of Vodka, unsweetened Pineapple Juice, a touch of Raspberry liquor, a hint of Melon liquor and a splash of Cranberry.

What The Muse Says About It:
Pineapples, raspberry, melon, and a certain tart twang make this scent ideal for Summer time lovin’!

Demeter Swimming Pool ($20 USD from Demeter)

What They Have To Say About It:
A soft, watery, natural ozone scent…wrapped in a fresh cotton towel…

What They Muse Says About It:
Watery, refreshing, and fresh this one definitely reminds me of a cool dip in the pool!

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell (3 for $24 or 7 for $35 from Victoria’s Secret)

What They Have To Say About It:
Lush blend of peach, cherry blossom and white jasmine.

What The Muse Says About It:
Do I really need to wax poetry about Love Spell? An age old classic that graces my fragrance library year round.

C.O. Bigelow Lemon Eau de Parfum ($34.50 from Bath and Body Works)

What They Have To Say About It:
This freshly scented Eau de Parfum is inspired by our most-loved, favorite original formulary, Lemon Body Cream. The pure, sparkling Lemon fragrance blends effervescent citrus notes with green lemon leaves and sensual, creamy undertones of warm white musk.

What The Muse Says About It:
Even though the scent fails to last more than two hours this parfum is making it’s way to my top Summer pick this year. The crisp, refreshing, fruity yet tart blend of lemons is enough to make any girl happy. Love, love, love it!

These are just a few of my favorites for getting my body beautiful this Summer season. They are all currently topping my favorite list and items that I use daily. Lord knows it’s difficult weeding through a sea of product and latching on to a favorite but these are definitely making a guest starring appearance on my Summer Must Have List.

What’s making your body beautiful this Summer?

I look forward to hearing your picks!

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Lush Washday Greens Shampoo Review


The Muse remembers quite well the first time she fell in love with Lush Washday Greens Shampoo. It was quite a few years back and the shampoo had already been long since discontinued however during a UK forum party they had a few bottles up for grabs and grab the Muse did.

After hauling two bottles I patiently awaited the post to bring me my new shampoo. Soon after I was sporting minty green fresh hair and loving it all away!

Click it to hear the rave!

Thank the Lush gods that Washday Greens is making it’s reintroduction to the Lush Shampoo category (how long it’ll stick around is anyone’s guess) thanks to Retro Lush. Retro Lush is where Lush brings back popular items back from the Lush graveyard for a limited time.

Lush Washday Greens is possibly one of the most unique shampoos I’ve tried from Lush simply because of it’s interesting scent. Think of a combination of fresh cut grass, crisp, green plus add in some cool spearmint and you’ll have Washday Greens!

Washday Greens is specifically meant to tame fine, flyaway hair or greasy hair. I’m honestly none of those things but I still make proper use of it since my hair does occasionally get weighted down with hair gel and the likes. It gets hair really squeaky clean plus it makes it smell incredible.


Highly suggest nabbing one and total Muse Approval for purchase. Lush Washday Greens Shampoo is one of those items that make you want to haul bottles and bottles for fear it might be gone forever one day!

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Anyone a lover?

Tell the Muse!

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Beauty Babble: Survival Beauty

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Hey Guys!

I’m trying out a new category here at Musings called Beauty Babble. The Beauty Babble section will basically be a scenario of “possibilities” with questions and answers about what you’d do in situations where cosmetics would be needed!

For example.

Your house on fyressssss! Oh my god! What beauty item would you grab while running out the door! (might as well add this one into our Beauty Babble this week)

Fun right?

Jump ahead to see this week’s Beauty Babble!


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Your in a deep sleep, REM has set in, your snoring out of one nostril and drooling from your mouth while dreams of Colin Firth sweeping you across an English country side dances through your head! Suddenly an annoying beeping makes a guest starring appearance in your Pride and Prejudice fantasy, what the hells is it? Oh my god it’s the smoke alarm! You have to jump out of your bed and get out of your house (or apartment, parent’s basement, rental room, etc…) as quick as you can! You have to grab one beauty product! What would it be?

The Muse says concealer. I could probably live without the rest but I need concealer to cover up my scary puffy eyes, fine lines, and dark circles! I’d probably go with the Mally Concealer System, I figure I could pass it off as two products in one since it has a setting powder and a creamy concealer.

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You’re on a gorgeous cruise, the weather is beautiful, you’ve been enjoying fun in the sun and plenty of eating at that never ending buffet (does the food every end?). As you’re waiting on that buffet line in your string bikini the captain announces you must abandon ship! Waiting life boats are prepared to dump you on a deserted tropical island. The captain happens to be a makeup junkie so he allows you to select one item from your train case to take with you! What will it be?

The Muse says SPF! As tempting as it is to say concealer or powder (imagine my oily face in that humidity), I’d much rather protect my skin with a good SPF, I’d simply die if I ended up all tanned and gross looking (the Muse no likey tanning). I’d probably go with Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection as it’s one of my favs!

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As you’re yawning through your work day and procrastinating terribly by reading beauty blogs you notice your favorite blogger is going to the moon! You read further to hear she (or he) is giving away tickets to the moon, whoa. Foaming from the mouth you eagerly comment and enter for your chance to go to the moon with your favorite beauty blogger (your fav beauty blogger should be the Muse btw plus as soon as cosmetic companies start giving away trips to the moon you know damn well I’m holding a contest for one!). A week later you’re contacted about winning but sadly you’re only allowed to take one item with you due to strict moon travel accommodations. What do you take with you to the moon?

I’d so take some sort of anti-frizz gel or spray! Imagine a no gravity situation? You’d be looking like Einstein as soon as your foot hit pay dirt! I’d probably go with Lush King of Mods, Soap & Glory Hair Supply, or some of that Sunsilk Captivating Curls smoothing cream!

Now it’s your turn. Put your self in all the above situations, a fire, a trip to the moon, and a humid tropical island. Now think hard….what one item would you take with you to those destinations? This Beauty Babble is all about Survival Beauty!

Post your answers in the comment box!

Have fun!

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Philip B. Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo Review

The Muse has a thing for mint. She loves it. In her hair care, in her bath and body regime…in her toothpaste? Oh wait, everyone likes it in their toothpaste right?

But seriously, there is nothing like mint in your shower to refresh you during a warm day or to wake you up (in a cold, chilling way) on a Monday morning! Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo brings the mint plus washes my hair clean through with a delightful tingle!

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Check it below!

Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo is one of Philip B’s most acclaimed products and it’s obvious why with first use. This powerful aromatic shampoo gets your hair singing in the morning. It clairifies hair with a formula of sixteen pure plant extracts, eleven essential and carrier oils plus a cool blast of 2.3% pure peppermint oil.

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Omg! Loves this stuff! For serious! It literally makes my scalp tingle and proceeds to follow up with a cooling sensation that’s positively addicting! It makes my hair feel utterly clean and fresh plus thee gorgeous minty fresh scent wakes me up in the morning that is of course if the cooling tingling feeling didn’t help!

The formula is safe for color-treated hair as well so it’s ideal for just about anyone who needs a shampoo that will clarify their hair plus wake their lazy bum up in the morning.

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The Muse only has the 2oz size but she obviously needs to spring for the 11.8oz size for $40 bucks! Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo fastest favorite evers!

Muse Approved for purchase if you’re a minty junkie like me!

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Loves it!

Total must have for Summer!

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Aveda Sun Care Review

It’s kinda sorta difficult to drum up excitement when it comes to haircare but I do so admit that Aveda recently captured my attention with it’s new collection!

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As Summer quickly approaches, better still as my vacation quickly approaches (June 1st) it’s always a good time to think about good ways to get hair in tip top shape. The heat, the beach, and the pool are all harsh elements on our hair. Aveda Sun Care is a line developed to protect hair and help defend it against the Summer elements that may be fun but turn everyday into a bad hair day.

The Muse is either easy to excite or she’s just digging the entire Aveda Suncare line. One thing I’m very impressed with is the lack of build up (hey, anything that’s meant to cleanse the hair of chlorine shouldn’t cause build up right?) and the rather interesting scent of all three products. All the products are an interesting blend of wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils, green tea extra, organic sunflower seed oil, shea butter, coconut, palm oils, and tamanu. The Muse admits she
hasn’t a clue what tamanu is but she bets anything in the world it’s damn important stuff. The scent might not be for everyone but I LOVE it. It’s very organic smelling. Not really floral not really green and def not fresh but it’s a little green and a touch of fruit and a tad bit of floral. It’s interesting, trust me.

I’m impressed with all three of the products I tried out but I’m the biggest fan of the Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. This leave in spray protects hair against harmful sun rays. Ok, so no offense but if I’m being honest I just dig how it makes my hair feel soft and bouncy after application and I’m totally digging on how it makes my hair smell. As far as protecting the locks from the sun….well let’s just say I don’t see the point but it’s on my to buy list again because props to a cool spray that makes my hair smell awesome and feel nice! Likey!

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Lucky me I went swimming today so I took full advantage of seeing how Aveda Hair and Body Cleanser (Yes! Multitasking goodness! Score!) and Aveda After-Sun Hair Masque worked. I love, love how well this hair and body cleanser performs. It’s ideal for toting with me on my trip next month as it works as a shower gel and a shampoo. It smells lovely and does a fine job of rinsing my hair clean after a swim and making it nice and fluffy, very smooth, and clean feeling. It’s gentle enough that it’s not causing any build up simply aiding in removing chlorine or salt (if you’ve been to the beach) plus product build up in general! Loves this stuff! Awesome in a bottle. The After-Sun Masque is just as good at restoring my hair to a nice moisturized finish. This is a tad heavy so I do have to be careful it doesn’t load my hair down with silicons but all in all it conditions very well and makes my hair nice and soft plus it’s a great follow up after using Aveda Hair and Body Cleanser.

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I generally liked these alot and I’m Muse Approving them for purchase as they were quite worth checking out. Pretty nice to stash away in your luggage during travel if you’re going to be at the beach or pool side a whole lot (or in the sun). I have a pool so I’m in it everyday, sometimes twice a day, when the weather is warm so anything that rids my hair of chlorine and keeps it from damage is always a plus in my book!

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Learn more about Aveda Sun Care by visiting http://www.aveda.com

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