Bath & Body

Lush Cosmetic’s Newest Haircare Line Up

Lush has always had a good solid haircare line! You’ve heard me babble some about the shampoo bars already but Lush also carries other shampoos and conditioners that I swear by as well!

I was happy to hear that Lush will be expanding it’s haircare line and introducing not only new haircare but some styling items as well! This is a big step for Lush as they have had no prior styling products to boast of prior to these! I’m very curious how they will turn out!

First up is Curly Wurly! Hmmm good news for the Muse as her hair is wavy and full of curls!

Lush’s description of Curly Wurly Shampoo:

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This thick and rich marvel is so unlike any other shampoo that your hair will think itís discovered a parallel universe, one where curls soften, relax and shine on command. Amazingly enough, we make it all happen without preservatives! Coconut butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter and jojoba oil control curls, weigh the hair down and smooth hair follicles. Shredded coconut aids in application and synthetic polymers are replaced by free-range eggs while lemons and papaya add extra cleansing and shine. Available early October.

Next up a new conditioner of sorts entitled Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze! The name alone sold it for the Muse. Anything that contains the word “fluff” in it makes me want it all the more!

Lush description for this new Fluffy product:

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Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze makes really fluffy hair smooth and encourages normal hair to behave. Henna infusion adds loads of shine and moisture, but it wonít change your color (even if itís color-treated). Brazil nut oil and olive oil add even more shine, calm fluffiness and give control to the ends without taking all the life out of it. Youíll find this hair treatment detangles, stops static and helps prevent your hair from tying itself in knots. Whatís more, the effects last for weeks! Best of all, the lovely scent of jasmine wafts around you like moonlit evenings in a Moroccan garden. Available early October.

Now these have the Muse intrigued! All natural hair gels!

The Big Tease

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The Big Tease can stand your hair straight up without feeling brittle — all with a texture a bit like glue (but in a good way). Itís loaded with natural, good-for-your-hair ingredients like glycerin for softer texture and cupuaÁu butter (pronounced: coo-poo-a-soo) from the Amazon rainforest. This acts a bit like lanolin, which means excellent conditioning thatís all vegan! Youíll be delighted when you sniff this gel too. It has the same refreshing (and very popular) fragrance as The Olive Branch shower gel, with orange flower, lemon and bergamot. Tease it high! Available early October

Goth Juice

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Fans of The Mighty Boosh (a British cult comedy TV show) will be aware that real Goth Juice is made with the tears of Robert Smith. (Thatís why itís purple.) If you have no idea what weíre talking about, thatís cool, just take it from us that our Goth Juice is a medium-strength gel to hold and style your hair without drying it out. Glycerin, hemp and flaxseed oils nurture, strengthen and in general, take good care of your hair — even when they join forces to double the size of your head. It has a beautiful, dark green-forest scent of oakmoss and olibanum. Available early October.

Holy cow the Muse definately wants this! She loves the Mighty Boosh and dare ye all who question her about it and know not of it’s origins! Off with your bloody heads for not being exposed to bloody brilliant britcom! Sadly this is also an earthy blend which means maybe the name and concept sounds brilliant but the general idea of oakmoss and other green bits aren’t what the Muse prefers her hair to smell like! Le sigh! How very depressing that Goth Juice doesn’t smell fruity!

And lastly in the hair management department….

King of Mods

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This soft-hold gel takes soft, fluffy hair, controls it and makes it look cool. It shines hair, moisturizes it and holds it softly in place no matter the adventure. Like Mods themselves, itís controlled but not hard. Itís also good for your scalp with eight percent almond oil and camellia oil (the one that Sumo wrestlers use to keep their long, black hair shiny). King of the Mods is perfumed with grapefruit and lime essential oils to wake you up in the morning and revive you for an after-work party (think Swinging London of the Ď60s). Party on! Available early October.

Overall looks like a nice little line up of additions to Lush’s already supremely awesome haircare line! I want to try the gels for sure and Curly Wurly is definately going to end up in my cart!

Reviews to come when I buy some of these bits and pieces!

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MAC Stylistics Color Collection

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It appears MAC has quite a gorgeous collection in the works for us this Holiday season! Rumors are abound and everywhere the Muse looks some new information is popping up about the latest “It” collection from MAC!

This could have the potential to be HUGE, as in the best collection I’ve seen released from MAC in quite a while!

The collection won’t be out until November 29th but it hasn’t stopped the spread of rumors, speculation, and general chitchat about this exciting limited edition color story!

Here’s what the Muse has gleaned so far from her travels through cyberspace:

Check out Beyond Beauty Basics for an interesting little article about the collection!

Not only is there a new Holiday color story to look forward to but a limited edition fragrance entitled Air of Style that will be released as well! From what I’m reading the scent will be extremely limited and once it’s gone it’s gone!

The total collection is gem encrusted so these should be some pretty gorgeous compacts ala MAC Couture from last year! Which brings up another topic! I am wondering if this is similar to Couture’s release last year. Couture was released something in November I believe and than soon after Formal Black popped up! I’m wandering if Stylistics is merely a tease and prelude to the real Holiday color story! We shall see!

Some interesting little photos of what could possibly be part of the collection have cropped up!

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The moral of the story is save your pennies because come November you’ll be flat broke after purchasing some of this collection! I’m already shaking in my designer flats!

My very tiny collection of MAC Couture from last year:
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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloween Blends

With the new moon comes new perfume blends and of course it comes right on time to compliment tomorrow’s lunar eclipse!

The goblins have been mighty busy at the Lab and have concocted an array of scary little treats to make your blood curl!

The Trading Post has been equally busy creating it’s Halloween Trick or Treat perfume oil blends as well!

I explained the Lab in a prior blog do check it out prior to reading this one!

I believe I’m shivering with fright…errr…I mean excitement at the prospect of all the goodies that await us at the Lab this Halloween season!

The Newest Halloween Blends are cut into three categories.

The first which is simply entitled “Halloween Blends”. Lucky enough for me nothing is too appealing on this list as most of the blends are very earthy, herbal, or floral blends!

If you’re the type of girl that loves a dark scent this category be for you!

All Souls 2007

All Souls makes a reappearance year after year and of course each year it has a tiny touch of difference from the year before as no two scents are created equal!

The Lab describes it as An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is an entirely new blend for the Lab and has never been introduced prior to this year! The Lab describes it as Beer, woodsmoke, tar, and treacle.

The Death of Autumn

Another new blend! The Lab describes it as Dark amber, dead leaves, khus, saffron, bitter clove, chrysanthemum, camellia, galangal, and a drop of oud.

Dia De Los Muertos 2007 (Day of the Dead)

A blend that makes an appearance almost ever year and revisits to torture and torment! The Lab describes it as funeral bouquets, the candies, chocolates, foods and tobacco of the ofrenda, amaranth, sweet cactus blossom and desert cereus.

October

Yet another new blend! The Lab describes it as Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air.

Samhain 2007

Another old friend that visits almost ever year! The Lab describes it as damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.

Samhainiphobia 2007

Again, a visitor from the past that is knock knock knocking at our chamber door! The Lab describes it as Menacing Haitian vetiver, patchouli, and clove with a shock of bourbon geranium, grim oakmoss, and dread-inspiring balsams pierce the innocuous scent of autumn leaves.

Sugar Skull 2007

Last but never least in my book another old friend that the Muse purchases each and every year….The Lab describes it as A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits.

Personally I’ll only be purchasing Sugar Skull 2007 from this lot the others are way too dark, earthy, and generally gross smelling to my nose!

The second category is entitled Halloween Blends: The Haunted House. This category appeals very little to me as well sadly but hey…money saved! All blends in this collection are brand new and have never been released prior to this year!

The Atrocious Attic
Described as sugared nectar of carnivorous blooms, putrefying wet greenery, oozing sap, crushed rosary peas, withered climbing roses, and nightshade berries.

The Lurid Library
Described as The incense-tinged scent of forbidden tomes and the musk-laden remnants of infernal servants.

The Perilous Parlor
Described as soft white pear and sweet vanilla.

The Twisted Oak Tree
Described as Blackened, rotted oak wood blanketed in moss and choked by a cloak of grasping ivy.

Lastly an old favorite of mine The Pumpkin Patch 2007 Set! As described in another blog of mine this is a great little set if you’ve never tried anything from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume! The blends in this set are truly a lovely little piece of Halloween and Fall! Some of these are revisited in a different format than prior blends and I’m not entirely sure if I am going to enjoy these variations as some sound a bit floral!

The Pumpkins can be purchased together as a set or solely.

They include the following perfume oil blends:

Pumpkin I
Pumpkin with pear, white wine grapes, and jasmine-laced tea.

Pumpkin II
Pumpkin with tobacco, champa flower, carnation, and tonka.

Pumpkin III
Pumpkin with white chocolate, caramel, pomegranate, and cream.

Pumpkin IV
Pumpkin with cactus blossom, sage, and sweetgrass.

Pumpkin V
Pumpkin with benzoin, bourbon vanilla, lemon peel, neroli, blood orange, and red ginger.

If you purchase the pumpkins as a set they’ll also include an imp of a special oil entitled the Murder of Crows.

The Lab describes it as Sleek iris and verbena, grey amber, benzoin, davana, and glossy herbs.

The Halloween Blends are on sale and available for order up until November 10th. They will be than taken down and may or may not return next year as blends do change and rotate year to year!

I’m excited that the Lab’s Trading Post has brought back it’s Trick or Treat Limited Edition perfume blends! These are something the muse wants to get her hands on!

The Tricks aren’t as appealing as the Treats so the Muse really wants to get her hands on some Treats!

The Treats

Sugar-slathered Candied Apple With a dollop of caramel!

Marshmallow Poof A gooey mound of white fluffiness! And yes, it is vegan!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Graham crackery and cream cheesy! Cinnamon brown sugary! Just a little carroty!

The Tricks

Egg’d Mailbox! Fresh egg, just starting to warm nicely in the sun!

Pumpkin Smash! Pumpkin pulp, beeswax candles, smoke, asphalt, and beer!

TP’d Trees! Cypress, oak, and pine covered in 2-ply!

And finally a special edition that’s neither trick or treat!

Spiked Punch Chunky fruit punch with a generous splash of booze!

These are on sale until October 10th and the chances of a revisit are slim to zero so get them while the going is good! Meaning they are highly limited edition!

It appears the Lab is boiling up tons of goodies in it’s cauldron for this upcoming Halloween!

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Clowns Aren’t So Scary!

When I was a kid (and now that I’m an adult) clowns terrified the bloody hell out of me!

There is something so seriously scary about clowns! Don’t even sit their and deny it because you know exactly what I mean!

Isle of Eden has kindly taken the scary out of clowns for me and made them deliciously sinful!

Over the course of a year or so Isle of Eden has done various blends of their immensely popular Clowns line of body and bath care that has gotten quite a cult following (I’m a card holding member).

This is just a tiny review of the Clowns series. The Clowns have evolved from a very simple scrub that was released for Halloween last year entitled “Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me” into a full line of different scent blends!

The original, Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me, is still available for purchase in any number of bath and body products, haircare, and perfume! The scent is a house blend created by the owner of Isle of Eden and includes all of the following notes, pink cotton candy, funnel cake, and red apple!

Since it’s original release Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me has had any number of notes added and taken away! Some of the blends I’ve gotten have included funnel cake, pink or blue cotton candy, cherry snowcone, strawberry, buttercream, pineapple, and many many other interesting tidbits!

The blend started out as a scary treat for Halloween but soon evolved into a circus/carnival themed product! It later became something else completely and began to show really unusual notes blended together that worked quite well such as pineapple and funnal cake, pink lemonade and cotton candy, etc…!

Some of my favorite Clowns were released shortly after the original house blend and were entitled Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me 1 through 4! Each blend consisted of something more wicked than the last! The blends were so gorgeous and amazing to smell that it was difficult not to dig into them with a spoon (I doubt they’d taste as good as they smelled!).

Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat me Number 2 was a mixture of blue cotton candy, funnel cake, and juicy strawberries! Sounds weird right? Strawberries with funnel cake plus cotton candy? Sheesh sugar overload! But the strawberries binds the entire blend and creates a wickedly sinful body treat!

Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me Number 3 consisted of Cherry Snow Cone, Blue Cotton Candy, and Funnel Cake.

Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me Number 4 consisted of Blue Raspberry Cotton Candy, Funnel Cake, and Frozen Pink Lemonade.

Sadly, these have made a trip into the great beyond and are no longer available in their original format! However, new Clowns are available and some contain these very same notes!

Some products I highly recommend should you dive into purchasing some very delicious clown goodies would be the Whipped Bath Cream and of course, Isle of Eden’s specialty, body scrubs!

The Whipped Bath Cream has the same consistency as a thick rich lotion but this is for your shower! A small amount and a shower puff will create mounds and mounds of luxurious suds that you can use to shave with, wash with, or even sneak in a hair wash with! I must say that a majority of Bath and Body goodies are almost always an in shower experience. Meaning as soon as you sud up and step from your shower the scent almost never lingers. I’ve found a majority of the Clown blends stick around for a bit through the day and I catch faint hints of Funnel Cake or strawberries, etc…through out the day! Which means the thrown, linger, and potency are pretty tops in my book!

The scrubs are delightfully wonderful as well! The scrubs are not only great for exfoliation but also wonderful cleansers as well since they foam up!

Sadly, Isle of Eden has one bad point. The wait time. Wait times for an order range from 1-3 months depending upon how busy they are at the moment. From what I understand they are working on decreasing that time but I’ve yet to see anything being done about it and it annoys me to have to wait that long for product!

One other minor problem is if you’re sensitive these may not be good for you! I’ve heard many reviews stating that they have caused break outs on sensitive skin! I’ve never had a problem but I do not suffer from sensitive skin. That’s something to consider prior to ordering!

Aside from that I highly recommend any of the wonderful Clown blends! You’ll see that Clowns aren’t as scary as you thought they were!

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Whipped Bath Cream in Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat me 1 through 4
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The Original Can’t Sleep Clowns Will Eat Me Body Scrub
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Weekend Beauty Shopper Deals!

Time has flown by this week and I’ve gotten very little sleep so much of my weekend will be about lots of rest!

But for those of you in a shopping mood check out this week’s Steals and Deals!

Isle Of Eden has updated it’s site with all it’s new Halloween goodies! If that hasn’t gotten you excited let me tell you something that will thrill ya!

Isle of Eden is offering one free Halloween Scrub Cauldron of your choice with every $35 you spend! Now if your total happens to be $70 you’ll get to choose two Cauldrons….if it goes to $135 you can choose three and so on and so fourth! Each Cauldron is not only a yummie free treat but also contains a code which will later entitle you to a further discount!

Wow! It’s only August and Trick or Treating is quite a steal and deal at Isle of Eden!

If you happen to be short and round, like the Muse, you can hurry on over to Torrid and enjoy discounted clothing at 20-60% off! Torrid is clearing out it’s Summer Closet and making room for it’s Fall/Winter goodies! Now is a great time to nab a deal, or two, or three! If you happen to be slim and gorgeous the Muse highly recommends checking out the sale accessories for some pretty nifty little pieces such as bags, jewelry, socks, etc!

The Muse loves natural products and sale products! Getting both together is always nice! Burt’s Bees has it’s natural lipstick on sale for $6.64! At this price you can afford to buy all the colors!

QVC has a set of three Tarte Vitamin Infused Lip Gloss powered by Borba for $45! These glosses go for $21 each so this is like buying two and getting one free! Check out item number A13111 at QVC.com

If you happen to love foody, fruity, or candy like scents head on over to the Muse’s favorite perfumery! Starring has a sale on it’s roll on perfume oils for $5 each! I can’t begin to tell you what a STEAL this is! Ashley’s scents are highly concentrated and very potent with plenty of throw and linger! If you happen to be a new customer Ashley will generously give you 15% off your first order!

Happy Weekend Everyone! The Muse is ready for some much needed sleep icon wink

See ya Monday!

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