Beauty on a Budget
My o My! E.L.F is moving up from it’s normal $1 cosmetic range to a $5 and $20 range now!
It appears they have introduced a new line of mineral makeup that runs in kits for around $20 and in single pieces for $5 each!
E.L.F. Mineral Starter Kit $20
E.L.F. Mineral Blush $5
E.L.F. Concealer $5
Hmm….count me a curious cat as to how these are! I’m especially intrigued by the blush!
Allow the Muse to share a few coupons if you’re curiosity is piqued might as well save money while being curious!
Code EGBROAL1 Gets you a Free Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Sun Kissed
Code NEW2ELF Gets you 5% off your Total Order
Code SHIP45 Gets you Free Shipping on orders of $45 or more!
Code CAROLINA Gets you 50% Off your total up to $15
I guess with all these great codes now is a good time as any to try E.L.F.’s new minerals!
Here’s a nice list of Christmas Goodies that won’t break the bank!
Grab yourself a chunky 2oz Peppermint Candy Soap from E-Bubbles for a mere $2! Or get a few to tuck on top of pressies and packages as a little something extra for a friend or family member! $2 can’t break the bank
With less than $5, $4.75 to be exact, you can get three peppermint flavored Lollipop Lipglosses from E-Bubbles! Not bad for breaking them up and also including them as a little something extra! Tie a ribbon around one with a tag and slap it on your present as part of the “To:” “From:” details How many girls do you know that don’t adore lipgloss!
For $3 you can choose from a ton of different Fizzmos Holiday Bath Bombs! White Chocolate Moose, Snowball, and Sugar Plum Fairy will all tuck nicely into a stocking for anyone who adores taking baths!
Are you gifting a palette this season? Why not include some girl2go Naked Eye Makeup Remover Pads for $5 or some girl2go Make-Up A Go Go Make-Up Remover Wipes for $4.50!
Give the gift of gloss for $10 bucks! Get any two glosses from a slew of different flavors and brands at Bath and Beauty Works!
C.O. Bigelow Frosty Peppermint Lipgloss
C.O. Bigelow Frosty Spearmint Lipgloss
C.O. Bigelow Frosty Cinnamint Lipgloss
Goldie Mini Lipgloss (Available in several colors)
Liplicious Lipgloss (Available in Grape Soda, Cotton Candy, and Array of Tasty Treats!)
I spoke about this briefly before but it’s worth a remention! $3.50 nabs you a Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Bath Bomb Fizzy! Mmmm! Love this one! Best Deal around!
Casidy’s Closet on Etsy has a set of five mini Holiday Soaps for $6! Each is individually wrapped and ready for gift giving!
If you love Etsy as much as I do you might want to sneak a peek at some more Holiday goodies! Check in with Dug Shop and get yourself some cherry scented Holiday Light Soaps! If you’re not loving Cherry you can always have a custom blend in any number of scents special for you! These are available in your choice of color and scent! I’m partial to red and cherry myself! $1.50 each can’t go wrong for that!
It’s not very Christmas like but if you’re really lemming some Sanrio fun you can nab a 4 pack of Hello Kitty soaps custom scented in your choice of scent for $3! Thanks Dug Shop the Muse loves Hello Kitty and will definately take a batch of these!
Want something mini? Want it for cheap? Get a tin of Sephora Cream Shimmer Shadows in two colors for $4! Comes with a tin and mini shimmer shadows!
I love loose shadow powders with attached applicators! Know the ones? Dip and slip it across your eyes for easy application! I’m sure you’ve seen them around! You can get some for $4 in an array of colors at Sephora!
A party kit for $10! Do you eyes up fancy for the Holiday! Sephora’s My Party Kit includes everything you’ll need! A Silver Keepsake box that includes a shadow, glitter eyeliner, false lashes, and a lipshine!
Giving Lush as a gift or an extra little something doesn’t always have to be expensive!
Grab some of these sweet deals for $9.95-$10.95!
Secret Santa $9.95
Includes Bob Soap and Christmas Kisses Bubble Bar
Rock Chick $10.95
Includes Creamy Candy Bubble Bar and Star Shaped Rock Star Soap
Best deal ever! Your girly girl friends will love you for buying them this!
Includes Mr Butterball Bath Bomb and Chunk of Ice Blue Soap
What are some of your budget picks for the season!?
Two seasons ago Sue Devitt introduced two gorgeous palettes that I was and am still very much in love with! They were entitled the Naughty or Nice palettes and they packed a whole lot of gorgeous into one very, very cute palette!
Sue Devitt’s Naughy or Nice Palettes
Now the Muse is telling you this for two reasons. One, she wants you to have a gorgeous, shimmering Holiday face and Two, she wants you to nab an awesome deal!
I believe at the time these palettes had cost $38 or $35 each (Don’t quote the Muse, she’s growing older and her memory isn’t as good as it once was). But you can have them both for prices ranging from $7.99-$14.99! Both of them for that price! That’s like $4 bucks a palette! If you search E-bay for “Sue Devitt Naughty Nice” you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the very nice, low prices these palettes are selling for!
Why is the Muse telling you this? Another two reasons if you will. One, if you’re on a budget this season and want to look gorgeous these are both fabulous palettes to have in your beauty arsenal and Two, did I mention these are selling for practically FREE!?
Now if I haven’t sold you with the price alone allow me to tell you a little about each palette! If you happen to love shimmer and sparkle and shine and glittery bits and pieces as much as the Muse does, these, my friends, be the palettes for you!
Naughty is my favorite of the two (not that Nice isn’t equally as gorgeous I just have a thing for the name! “Naughty” how very bad!). The Naughty palette contains two shimmering shades of shadow and two glittering lipglosses. The shadows included are a deep silver shimmer and a gorgeous frosty white. The lipglosses are a bitten red with silver sparkle and a deep pink with silver sparkle. The overall look the palette creates is a frosty holiday face that’s sure to please! Add a little liner from your own stash and you’ll be looking so Naughty it’ll be nice
Sue Devitt’s Naughty Palette
Now the Nice palette is as equally as gorgeous as the Naughty! If you happen to be a brunette these are most flattering shades indeed! This palette includes a gorgeous sparkling bronze eyeshadow and a sparkling beige that reminds me of Stila’s popular Kitten eyeshadow but with way more sparkle! The two lipglosses included are a bronze with gold sparkle and a copper with gold sparkle! The naughty palette isn’t only for the holidays you can easily get away with the look for Autumn or Summer! The effect this palette creates is a very elegant bronzed look with tons of beautiful shimmer!
Sue Devitt’s Nice Palette
Each palette also includes a lipbrush although for some odd reason or another they failed to include an eyeshadow applicator but that doesn’t take away from the fact that these are and remain a favorite Holiday Palette! Sue Devitt hasn’t wow’ed the Muse in a few years and these, at the time, had most definately wow’ed me!
I’d grab these off E-bay it’s such a good deal you can’t really lose out!
Being beautiful doesn’t have to cost a fortune
The Muse is quite the cam whore today! She couldn’t help herself! After using her new MAD Minerals she felt so glamorous that she couldn’t stop clicking picture after picture to show you how WOWZER her eyes came out!
What do you think?
After work and my eyes are still crackling away!
You may remember our guest Face of the Dayer Julie from a few days ago! She had done this AMAZING purple look that the Muse fell in lust with! After seeing it I ran (I never walk when cosmetics are around) over to the MAD Minerals website and immediately placed an order for the exact same colors that Julie used on her eyes!
So I’m mighty impressed with these piggies I picked up at MAD Minerals. For one thing they are cheap as day old chips with great pigment and fantastic hold through the day into the evening. Another fantastic thing is their catalog is pretty darn huge and they have an array of colors to suit any mood or taste!
1/4 tsp. Sample Jar is $2.25 and believe me a little goes a long way so that small amount will last you ages!
The texture of these is very weird because inside the jar they appear thin and almost transparent but as soon as you apply you’ll notice right away the color pay off they pack is pretty huge!
The company sells larger sizes if you’re loving a particular color, I personally just brought some sample size jars.
I ended up buying all the colors Julie used and they also threw in three sample jars which was very generous!
They shipped these within a day and I had them within two days or so! Very fast turnaround time!
Overall it’s worth a look at and the Muse deems it fit for purchase!
A special thanks to Julie who’s enabled me to the wonders of these pigments!
If you’re wanting these at the moment Barbi from MAD Minerals informs me that they are going to do a Halloween Sale shortly with 20% off the entire site!
Off to make my list of goodies I want!
Givenchy Lash Sparkles aren’t so expensive at $22 per a pen but certain bits factor into that cost and the Muse will happily share those factors with you!
For one thing the possibility of the Lash Sparkles selling out before you have a chance to purchase them is very high! Secondly, the pen doesn’t hold a whole lot of product and you’ll get quite a few looks from them but you’ll be wary of applying too much for fear when it’s gone it’s gone as it is limited edition (at least, as a cosmetic collector, I have that fear!).
The good news is the Muse offers you some slightly cheaper ways to make your eyes sparkle and pop with glittery bits of silver without having to spend $22 or having a deep fear of using these if you did purchase them
Some of what we’ll be discussing:
For $18 you can nab yourself some Urban Decay Heavy Metal liner and swipe it across your lashes (instead of lining your eyes with it) to encrust your lashes with funky glittery bits for the holiday season (or any season you deem as a good time of the year to sparkle!).
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner
Now $18 isn’t such a big savings over $22 however you’re getting a bit more product in the liner than you are in the Lash Sparkles and it’ll last quite a while longer plus it’s not limited edition so when it’s gone you can drop by Sephora or head over to Urban Decay.com and nab yourself another one!
Glam Rock would be the most fitting color in the lot that matches what you’d receive if you purchase the Givenchy Lash Sparkles. It’s silver in color and has a high sheen of glittery bits to keep you shiny and sparkley all season long!
Too Faced has a similar style liner called Starry-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner and works in the same fashion as the Urban Decay liner but the price tag is a bit less! $17.50 will get your lashes all glammed up! The best color to get the same effect as the Lash Sparkles would be Ooh & Aah!
Too Faced Starry-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner
For $25 you can nab not one but three glitter liners that again will basically do the same thing as Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles. Sugar Cosmetics has a trio of glitter liners in blue, pink, and the perfect silver which matches the look we are trying to achieve!
Sugar Cosmetics Glitterama Glitter Liquid Eyeliner Trio
One of the Muse’s favorite Japanese Brand (when is a Japanese Brand not a favorite brand of mine right?), Sana, has out Shiny Mascara which is a silver overcoat to top your lashes with! It works a treat too might I add! Shiny Mascara is available in gold and silver and of course to keep with the theme of things the best way to achieve the Givenchy look would, of course, would be to get the silver one! This has a comb on applicator and makes it easy to swipe over your lashes!
Sana’s Shiny Mascara can be purchased off of E-bay for around $7.99 (plus airmail shipping costs).
Sana is exclusive to Japan so e-bay is the only option for purchasing at the moment however, if you have some lovely friend in Japan they can snatch you up a few and ship them your way!
Sana Shiny Mascara
The comb makes for easy application!
If you’re willing to shell out $59 you can purchase Bare Escentuals Classic Rock or Pure Platinum kits which includes Luminous Lashes in silver toned colors to add sparkle to your lashes!
At the moment Luminous Lashes is available for sale by itself but the colors available won’t achieve the look we are seeking so purchasing the kit is the only way of getting these special overcoats that are included in each kit! A slightly expensive way of getting the look but still you do get a buncha of other goodies with your purchase
At the moment their are quite a large array of different products you can use to create the same look that Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles will give you! Some of these products may not be the cheapest however I find they contain more product for the price and therefore are appealing if you’re on a budget! As much as I adore limited edition products I also enjoy the safe, secure feeling of knowing an item I love to use will be around for a good, long while! A majority of these products offer the security of being available when you need them plus as I said they contain more product for your dollar!
Get out there and glam your lashes up