Beauty on a Budget

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Save 25% Off your total order from Pure Luxe! I’ve reviewed Pure Luxe before, remember the Bubblegum Collection? Quality is pretty great and the prices are quite inexpensive as well! If you’ve been wanting to stock up on some great shades for Summer at a super deal this would be a great time to haul it. The sale is ongoing till May 6th so best start shopping now!

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Cheap Beauty Challenge: The Summer Bronze Challenge with L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection

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The Muse likes a good challenge and what better way to challenge one self than with beauty? Right? Right.

As Summer approaches the Muse pictures all her beauty junkies scrambling around for that perfect pop of sizzling color that will make one’s makeup Summer ready. In my quest for the perfect shades for Summer I came across the brand new L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection.

You know your Muse she’s not much for cheap drugstore cosmetics but she was up for a challenge when she seen this new collection. Gathering up three of the items released with the L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection the Muse set out to do a cheap beauty look that would hopefully get her by this Summer. She was prepared for the worst….

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And she got, surprisingly, the best…

The beauty challenge consists of just the basics which would be point makeup only. Base makeup items are left out of this challenge simply because a majority of us already have our base items handy and no reason to bring them into the challenge. The point makeup items are focused on lips, eyes, and cheeks. During the challenge you’ll also be privy to my review of L’Oreal Glam Bronze Radian Bronzing Duo, L’Oreal Colour Rich Lipgloss, and L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad.

The Muse slapped together one of her favorite Summer bronze looks for this season which included Urban Decay Baked Eyeshadow, MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit, and Dior Bronze Harmonie de Blush. The look brings together everything I love about Summer makeup. Fresh peachy cheeks with a tiny hint of bronze, sizzling lips, and gorgeous shimmering lids. The look set me back $72 USD which is without tax. Quite costly. The Muse is never afraid of gorgeous, posh makeup but $72 USD in this economy could make a person wince.

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Setting out to make an equally fabulous bronze look for Summer the Muse hauled off to the drugstore which is where she discovered the brand new Summer Collection for L’Oreal entitled Bronze Gone Brazen. Although not identical to items used in my Posh Bronze Look, the look I did achieve was just as pretty plus very practical price wise. Since L’Oreal was buy one, get one 50% off I saved a little bit of cash on items I purchased. My total look cost me $24 USD and some change. That includes tax as well so obviously a considerably better deal than $72 USD. I imagine if I headed to Walmart I’d have gotten a much better deal but honestly $24 bucks not bad all in all.

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For my cheeks:

I started my look by sweeping L’oreal Glam Bronze Radiant Bronzing Duo across my cheeks and forehead. The bronzer consists of a beigey bronze and a darker brown bronze. The colors aren’t particularly flattering so the Muse cheated a little bit by using a tiny bit of Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss on her cheeks. I always find that stain under muddy bronzers makes it much more wearable and pretty. The duo was quite silky and blended easily but I wasn’t particularly loving that it was matte. Although I do so admit that it’s a good deal if you don’t mind matte bronzers.

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For my eyes:

To get bit of a sizzling look to my eyes I used the L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad. This is a good, solid deal as it contains four shimmering shades that are very flattering for Summer wear. The shades have just the right amount of metallic shimmer, are quite pigmented, blend easily, and create a very nice look combined or worn alone. This is my first experience with a L’Oreal quad and it was quite a enlightening one as I was shocked how good the palette was. Shades included are a pale beige cream, a metallic bronze, a shimmering copper, and a darker almost matte satin brown. For my look I used the metallic bronze on my lid, contrasted my crease with the copper, and used the creamy beige as a highbrow highlighter. I could have added further contrast by using the deeper brown in the v of my eye but I wanted the look to be more of a heated Summer look and adding the brown would have washed it out a fair bit.

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For my lips:

To complete my look I used L’Oreal Colour Rich Lipgloss in Safari Sunset on my lips. This shade is limited edition so best get it while the getting is good. Loved the formula. It’s not incredibly long wearing but I liked how pigmented it was, gave a hint of shine, and wasn’t sticky or tacky on my lips. It’s a shimmery copper that’s very flattering and pretty on my lips. The gloss is almost like a lip cream but a far thinner consistency.

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Completed Cheap Beauty Challenge Look:

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Obviously L’Oreal Bronze Gone Brazen Collection made it easy to cheap up my Summer beauty regime. I think the shadow quad and lipgloss are well worth indulging in. As for the bronzer I’m unsure if I love it simply because I’m not much of a bronzer fan but it appears to be quite a good one as far as blending goes, pigmentation, and texture.

If you’re looking to cheap up your Summer look check the collection out. Def a great cheap beauty challenge that turned out rather well!

What do you think?

Loves the completed look?

Leaves it?

Prefer to go posh bronze or cheap bronze?

Tell the Muse!

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Sunsilk Captivating Curls Collection Review

Someone told me that March comes in like a lion and goes out like lamb but it was actually pretty tame this year but hells April now that was some sincerely crummy weather. April flowers brings May flowers, abso-freaking-lutely! It’s been rain and cold since almost the first day of April. Yak! With showers brings many bad hair days all around. Frizzy nightmare! The rain makes a Muse’s hair stand up on end like Einstein. Granted the geek inside the Muse doesn’t mind in the least being compared to Einstein however she’s not so sure about the hair.

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Have no fear Sunsilk Captivating Curls has me covered to keep the evil frizz at bay and keep my wavy, curly hair nice and tame!

With four ways to tame your curls it’s easy enough to avoid scary Einstein hair with a full line of budget friendly products from the new Sunsilk Captivating Curls Collection.

Sunsilk Captivating Curls Shampoo and Conditioner features plant extract aloe-e to help tame unruly frizz and define curls. The Must thinks it smells rather pretty of peach and gardenia so you’re left with fresh scented curls as well as tame ones.

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Sunsilk Captivating Curls De-frizz Leave-in Creme is my new best friend, totally repurchasing when I run out. It’s a soft cream conditioner that you can leave in for taming frizz and keeping curls happy.

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Sunsilk Captivating Curls Gel & Cream Twist is a unique blend that provides conditioning benefits of a cream and a gel. This does a great job of taming frizz and defining curls but it weighted my hair down a fair bit so I did have to use with caution.

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Lastly Sunsilk Captivating Curls Scrunching Mousse creates full-bodied, bouncy curls for a romantic look. Kept curls tame, controlled, and beautiful.

Although the Muse is a lushie haircare girl at heart she can appreciate the fresh scent and curl taming power of the Sunsilk line plus who doesn’t love haircare that costs under $4 bucks. Loves it. If you’re looking for a line to get your curls under control do check out the SunSilk Captivating Curls Collection!

Snag your wellies and head out in the rain to sing because SunSilk has you covered, be gone frizz!

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What do you use to de-frizz?

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mark Summer Collection 2009: mark Exotics Collection

If you’re looking for cheap, who isn’t nowadays? Check out the new mark Summer Collection for 2009 entitled Exotics.

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Introducing new mark Lip Exotics Lip Lacquer Hook Up for $6 each available in five shades. These are a conditioning, high shine close with a cool spearmint flavor and a pigmented color payoff!

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Kinda looks like MAC lip lacquers but way cheaper. I can get on board with these for sure. They were the first thing that caught my eye from this collection and possibly the best item available.

Also releasing are two mark Good Glowing Mosaic Blush Custom Color blushes in two new shades. These are $7 each and do not come with a palette, they are part of the custom color system so you’d have to buy a palette separate to stick them in. Although pretty they hold little appeal for me.

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And finally mark Eye Exotics Eye Shadow Trio which contains three shades of shadow for wearing alone or combined. Again, not so thrilling and kinda reminds me of the Avon Marimekko palette I reviewed a few months ago, which was much nicer by the very way. I could get excited about this if they had more than one shade selection available, all that blue does little to excite me.

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Not much of excitement here although the blush and the lip lacquers hold my interest (particularly the lippies). If you’re looking for a few budget friendly makeup options of Summer you may want to take a peep.

It’s all available now at the mark website.

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Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection Review

How bizarre is it that I’m reviewing deodorant? But I did want to tell you all about the brand new Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection…what? It’s a great beauty budget find and it’ll make you smells pretties! What more could a girl want?

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The new Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection is inspired by world-renowned fragrance expert Ann Gottileb who is behind many of the most prestigious fragrances out on the market today.

Degree Fine Fragrance Collection combines long-lasting scents with 24-hour wetness and odor protection for an everyday budget friendly indulgence. The deodorants are paired up with a matching body mist for a gorgeous fine fragrance experience.

Each deodorant and matching body mist is available in three scents for girl’s that desire fruity, floral, or vanilla-like scents you’ll find the perfect match for your tastes.

I tried out Degree Deodorant and Degree Body Mist in Delicious Bliss and Classic Romance. The mists pair nicely with the deodorant and are perfect for Spring-Summer-wear as they are a nice long-wearing scent that lingers nicely and offers a delicate throw of scent. The scents are quite complex and quite nice overall. Delicious Bliss is my favorite of the two with hints of floral, fruity notes such as apple, peach, raspberry, and magnolia. Classic Romance is more of a sophisticated blend with hints of citrus and floral notes such as orange, peony, rose, and bergamot.

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Call me crazy but the Muse loves deodorant that smells pretty. Since I was a teenager I’ve been using a certain brand because I got a kick out of all the funky, fun scents they came out with plus I get so many comments asking “what are you wearing?” when in fact it’s simply my deodorant. So count me on board with the brand new Degree collection! I love how pretties I’m smelling after use plus they don’t break the bank at merely $3.99 each for either a deodorant or a body mist. Loves it!

Check out the new Degree Women Fine Fragrance Collection by visiting www.DegreeWomen.com

The deodorants and mists can be found at your local drugstore in the deodorant aisle.

Tried ‘em yet?

Do share!

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