Beauty on a Budget

Back to School Beauty: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Collection Review

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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.

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N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics Special FX Lipstick Review and Swatches

Mmmm hate to disappoint you but the Muse is going cheap again, can’t resist the charm of cool products that cost me under $3 bucks and are actually pretty decent. N.Y.C. New York City Color Cosmetics has two new lipsticks out for Summer that are $2.49 each at your local drugstore. I highly suggest snagging these as they are ideal for funky, fresh Summer Lips!


Check ‘em after the jump!

These two lippies are part of a very tiny Summer Collection from N.Y.C. Color. Honestly, from the lot of items I thought these were the best. I’m not normally one for indulging in overly cheap cosmetics you know my feelings already about that sort of thing but these were shouting at me from the display as the colors are truly lovely for Summer especially if you like a sizzling lip look for the warmer weather.


I think it’s four shade’s altogether in the release but I purchased only two that I thought stood out. The lipsticks are entitled Special FX Lipstick but I’m unsure if that’s part of the regular line from N.Y.C. or just something newly introduced since I’m not all that familiar with the regular catalog of items.

The two shades I got were Hot Tamale and Sun Kissed. Hot Tamale is my favorite of the two and is a crisp, burned red shot through with a heavy dose of orange. Sun Kissed is metallic burnt orange. The finishes of each are metallic but can easily be toned down by topping with gloss plus it appears after two or three uses the metallic overcoat on the lipsticks wears done so the finish is sheer. The lipsticks are richly pigmented which was pretty interesting consider their cheap price tag. They apply smoothly and evenly leaving behind nice color pay off. I don’t think there is anything particularly special about the lipstick formula but it’s decent enough. I did find it slightly drying on it’s own minus gloss so I do recommend a touch of gloss as it not only livens the shades up further but keeps color moist on your lips.


If you’re not up for spending $15-$20 on a brand new lipstick for hot Summer lips I highly suggest nabbing these two shades from N.Y.C. Color. The inexpensive price tag, fantastic pigmentation, and HOT Summer shades are pleasing this Muse!

Loves ‘em!

Total Muse Approval for purchase!

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Anyone haul these?

What do you think?

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Clean & Clear Eye Make Up Remover Review

Hello gorgeous where have you been all my life?


Clean & Clear has introduced a brand new oil-free makeup remover and it’s been around since, check this, March 2009. Why didn’t I know about it before this? Who’s in charge of the memo service? I didn’t get the memo telling me about cheap eye makeup remover…you know how obsessed I am with finding an inexpensive makeup remover! Heads will roll when I find out who messed up.

Teehee.

But for now I have in my possession a bottle of Clean & Clear Eye Make Up Remover and since I’m so in likey with it I’m in a forgiving mood!

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$5.95 nails you a 5.5oz a bottle of Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Make Up Remover…yes under $6 bucks and you can have a very good quality remover….thank you jebus, I prayed so hard but didn’t think it would ever happen.

I have one tiny rant but I’ll get to that in sec..

First off this is incredible stuff. This removes eye makeup in a snap plus it doesn’t contain oil so no cloudy, blurred, OMG! I can’t see! feeling. The formula is very much like simple water but it manages to do a very good job of removing waterproof mascara, pigmented eye shadow, etc……


I’m deeply impressed. It does have somewhat the same formula as Lancome Bi-Facil but it’s more watery. My only rant is you have to use alot. I had to do two cotton pads to get everything off my eyes….I wish I could have just did one swipe and be good but I did have to saturate two pads to remove everything. But…I do wear alot of eye makeup in it’s defense. I’m not upset in the least about this as it did a supreme job of getting my waterproof mascara off so I’m discoing!

That Bi-Facial feeling!


Fact is…it’s a killer deal and it works. It’s the best drugstore remover I’ve come across and well worth a pick up. I think it’ll replace…wait for it…my Sephora eye makeup remover. I have to test a bit more before I retire Sephora but it’s looking like Clean & Clear Make Up Remover is winning the coveted position of being the Muse’s eye makeup remover.

Likey!

Loves it and Muse Approves it for purchase.

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Try it, I have a feeling you’ll like it as much as I do.

Anyone try yet?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

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Summer Soft Skin On a Budget: Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash and Beauty Bar Review

Happiness is a cheap way to get Summer soft, silky smooth skin on a beauty budget price. Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash and Beauty Bar is the newest addition to the Caress Skinwear Collection and baby I’m a love it!


Click ahead to hear the review!

This is the first time I’ve heard of Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash. The wash contains brown sugar and karite butter for a smooth, moisturizing exfoliating experience. The gel has a nice, moisturizing feel on the skin but it’s the brown sugar that really wows me as it gets rough elbows and knees in tiptop shape. The scent of the wash is a beautiful, sultry fresh blend, quite addicting! The scent lingers quite nicely long after your shower is over!


The line even includes a new Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Beauty Bar so you can start out by treating your skin with a quick scrub down with the soap and proceed to follow up with the wash.


If you’re looking for a budget friendly option to get your rough skin into silky smooth shape Caress Skinwear is the way to go for under $5 bucks.

Likey!

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E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Collection

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One does wonder how to get that professional look with a $3 price tag. E.L.F. Cosmetics now offers a Pro line for “that professional look” with an appealing budget price tag.

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Aspiring to be more like NARS, E.L.F.? E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Collection does have a tad bit of a NARS look and feel to it but with quite a deeper discount. The new collection has a more sophisticated less than cheap look compared to the regular line and now sports the $3 price tag that E.L.F. has reserved for certain products in it’s line. Although much of E.L.F. still remains at $1 per an item they have grown up a fair bit and now sport $3 prices on newer items they add to their catalog, the pro line being one of those lines.

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One could go so far as to say that E.L.F. did a pretty good job with the simple black packaging on the new line but don’t get too excited as it does appear to be simply plastic. The look and feel mimics NARS a tad bit which I’m sure they will use to their advantage in future e-mail bursts advertising their products.

I can’t say I’m terribly excited to jump on board and try this out but I will admit to being ever so slightly curious. Particularly the brush set gathers much of my attention as my sister and quite a few readers have expressed their delight over E.L.F. Brushes. The rest of the line could prove very popular if you’re on a beauty budget at the moment or have always been. Shamefully I admit that cheap makeup holds little appeal to me most times but I can see the possibility of these becoming very popular items.

Here’s a few items that did capture my interest.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Eye Lash Curler ($3)

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E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Mini Makeup Collection ($15)
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E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Brush Collection ($30)
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E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Complexion Perfection ($3)
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E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Bronzer (3 Shades Available: Warm, Cool, and Golden $3)
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E.L.F. Cosmetics Pro Blushed and Bronzed ($3)

E.L.F. Cosmetics Matte Powder ($3)

E.L.F. Cosmetics Shimmer Palette ($3)
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Overall, I can’t say if I’ll be indulging in E.L.F.’s reincarnation of NARS as I’m just window shopping at the moment but I will say that $3 bucks is a nice price if these prove worthy.

What do you think?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

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