Bath & Body
Winter is around the bloody corner isn’t it? How did that happen so fast. Well, if the Muse is being honest she doesn’t really need cold, harsh weather to feel the dry, itchy, tightness that makes up her skin. My mother gave birth to a little baby crocodile because my elbows and knees are so dry it’s absurd. I have to keep at them constantly by scrubbing away dead skin and moisturizing as much as possible to keep them nice and soft. Miss a single day and it’s back to dry, flaky skin! Yak!
I got the chance to test out a new inexpensive beauty budget collection from St. Ives which is keeping my skin nice and hydrated right now and should keep it so throughout the long winter ahead!
Jump for it!
Considering the Muse is the first to sob at the state of the economy I’ve been keeping an eye out for any and all good budget beauty finds however they are so very few and in between. However, one great score is the new St. Ives Mineral Therapy Collection. Guys, def head into store for a sniff if possible as these smell so very heavenly which gives them a proper A+. Aside from smelling great they are heavily moisturizing and hydrating plus the formula contains no parabens or phytalates. The line includes three brand new products all $6.99 or under so you aren’t breaking the bank by indulging.
St. Ives Moisturizing Mineral Therapy Body Wash ($2.99-$3.99) is a freshly scented moisturizing body wash made with natural ingredients. The formula is not tested on animals nor does it contain animal ingredients plus the bottle is made up of 20% post-consumer recycled material. The body wash is a smooth, creamy blend that lathers up very well and leaves skin silky and smooth. It’s not drying in the least and it feels heavenly to my dry, crocodile skin.
St. Ives Mineral Therapy Body Polish ($6.99) is an exfoliating body scrub that is simply awesome. Muse Approval for this one. The formula is a thick, gooey paste much like shea butter with fine crystals blended in to gently exfoliate skin. It starts off as a moisturizing butter that scrubs away dead skin and later turns into a soft, smooth lather that rinses clean away. It’s a gem, definitely purchase this if nothing else from the line. They have it available in three formulas which are Oatmeal & Shea Butter (gentle polishing made with oatmeal and shea), Collagen Elastin (Collagen and Elastin proteins for younger, smoother skin), and Mineral Therapy (blend of minerals). I tried the Mineral Therapy and it smells just as heavenly as the wash does. The scrub works very gently but still manages to whisk away icky dry flakes while leaving skin super soft and super smooth. Loves it. It’s one of the few scrubs I’ve tried that doesn’t scrub away to the bone….I’m sure you know what I mean. Some scrubs are mega harsh this is ever so gentle and still works at making my skin smooth.
Finally, you can follow up your hydrating experience with St. Ives Replenishing Mineral Therapy Advanced Moisturizer ($4.99). This is a thick, creamy intensely moisturizing body lotion to keep skin soft. If you experience dry, itchy skin in the colder weather this will be a welcome relief to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.
Count the Muse impressed with the St. Ives Mineral Therapy Collection. It’s great, inexpensive way to get smooth skin. If you’re looking for a budget friendly option I recommend these as they are truly good. Worthy of a pick up me thinks.
Muse Approved for purchase.
What are some of your fav St. Ives products?
I remember loving the St. Ives Apricot Scrub when I was in my teens. I seriously need to rediscover St. Ives as I forget how bleeding great it is.
Visit www.stives.com for further information plus check out the revamped packaging as the entire line is sporting new clothes!
George Banks was the father of the two children who’s nanny happens to be Mary Poppins. George and his family lived at 17 Cherry Tree Lane where much of the magic in the book (and the Disney film) happens at said address. The magic is unleashed in Lush’s own 17 Cherry Tree Lane soap named also after George’s old home.
Not so long ago but very far back now a terrible thing happened with 17 Cherry Tree Lane, the soap that is not the house of the same address! Lush decided to discontinue it from it’s main catalog. Oh woe. Sadness. Terribly agony. Many a fan felt awful after said day and sniffles and cries of why came from far and wide.
Gone now for a very long time but never forgotten 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap has been known to pop up at B Never on a very strange occasion or two.
However, most recently and most important is the re-release of Lush 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap that was brought back to be included with the Lush Retro line!
Jump for it!
This silky soap lathers up into a creamy foam and offers a beautifully moisturizing shower experience. With notes of mimosa, orange blossom, and jasmine this soap lends a beautiful citrus, lemony scent to your skin as your wash away with it.
If you love your soaps crisp and fresh with a wicked citrus underlay, 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap is the way to go. It’s the Muse’s very favorite and Lush even says it might have a spoonful of sugar in the mix….we all need that on a bad day!
Get it now, before it’s gone for good (and if it is settle for a Sakura bath bombs, smells just like 17 Cherry Tree Lane!).
Anyone a fan?
Love Lush 17 Cherry Tree Soap?
Which are your fav Lush soaps?
It’s here kids! The release of Kat Von D Sinner and Saint perfume is upon us. Sephora has updated it’s site with both Saint and Sinner which will be on sale shortly. Until than you can try a free sample out of both scents!
Check it below for the deets!
Are you a random act of kindness kinda girl? Never lie? Sweet as pie? You must be a saint.
Indulge in Kat Von D Eau de Parfum Spray which is a sweet nectar of Mirabelle Plum and sparkling juicy mandarin. With a heart of, exotic, heady Tiare flower and sweet, caramel adorned with the jasmine and a sensual vanilla and creamy musk combine with the warmth of sandalwood for a comforting dry down you’re sure to be saintly and angelic.
Do you lie? Cheat? Gossip? You must be a sinner.
Indulge in Kat Von D Eau de Parfum Spray Sinner which with delicate top notes of orange blossom, refreshing mandarin, and fleshy plum creating a beautiful contrast with a provocative, sultry heart. Jasmine blends seamlessly with a white-flower bouquet and a spicy warmth of cinnamon—an herb. Vetiver, patchouli, and woods enveloped in creamy vanilla and sensual musk.
Or maybe you’re both? Are you sinner and saint? If so you can try out both of Kat Von D’s brand new perfumes before they hit shelves by making a purchase at Sephora and using promo code VIBKVD.
Each bottle of her new fragrances was created exclusively by Kat and brought to you by Sephora. The bottles are 1.7oz in size and $55 each. They aren’t on sale yet but should be released shortly.
Count me eager to try both. Sounds like I could be both a saint and a sinner although I am leaning towards my more saintly side!
How about you?
Tell the Muse (she promises not to judge).
Gosh I imagine some of you are preparing to head back to school soon or will be shortly! Lucky you. I remember my days at school quite fondly, fun, fun. As you begin preparations to pack up for college you’ll notice plenty of cosmetics, hair and skin care goodies launching new lines to tempt and tease you at check out. You obviously need to wash your hair while away at school…ok, I’ll be fair…some of us don’t bother washing while we’re at school especially laundry nor do we sleep or eat anything that doesn’t come from a vending machine, it’s cool, we’ve all been there. However, budget friendly options are available so at the very least let’s try to keep our hair squeaky clean.
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Collection is a new line of products designed to work together to achieve a touchable tousled look. Believe me I TRY so hard to gain this look it’s not even funny. Stiff, crunchy hair is OUT, soft, tousled locks are so IN.
Check out the brand new Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Collect below (it’s budget friendly too).
If you’re a fan of Herbal Essences you’ll be happy to know the entire line is quite budget friendly with a $2.99 price tag (aside from the finishing cream marked at a reasonable $5.49 for a large jar). So if you’re looking to snag some hair care to tote away with you to school or you’re in need of soft, tousled curls that aren’t going to cost you a ton of cash check out some of these options!
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Shampoo and Conditioner $2.99
Cleanses hair without stripping and smells super fresh and pretty too!
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse $2.99
A lightweight mousse to hold curls without that icky stuff, crunchy feel!
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hair Spray $2.99
Keeps hair in place minus stickiness!
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel $2.99
Perfect for styling damp hair to set a style in a snap.
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Finishing Cream $5.49
My favorite of the products. This is a soft conditioning cream for wet hair that makes your tresses oh so soft and scented pretty.
You know the Muse, she’s normally a Lush fan for life but I can be occasionally tempted to the dark side to indulge in cheap drugstore hair care goodies. Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Collection is particularly good for someone like me who avoids hair dryers like the plague. The products can all be used on my wet hair to create soft, frizz-free curls that are gently tousled and pretty. For $2.99 it’s not going to change your hair’s life but it sure will attempt to!
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Collection is available now at your local drugstore.
Stay tuned for more back to school beauty buys in upcoming posts.
I seen this randomly when looking at the Sephora V.I.B. page.
Kat Von D will introduce two new scents in August! w00t! Very exciting. I’m a big fan of the Kat Von D Collection and adding scents to the collection will be incredible. Kat Von D Saint and Kat Von D Sinner are the names of the fragrances they are planning. If I hear further word about these I’ll let you know.