Beauty on a Budget

C-Thru Fragrances Review

If you’re looking for a fun, flirty little scent that’s not hard on the budget, the Muse suggests trying out C-Thru Fragrances!

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Geared towards teens this new line of fragrances is actually created by a division of Estee Lauder, yes you read that correctly, Estee Lauder! And guess what? They are available at your local Walmart, Kohls, and Target which means the price tag is itty bitty!

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Although they were created with young women in mind the Muse doesn’t mind indulging in something so cute and fun. These are available in three fun scents which are Ruby, Blue Opal, and Purple Diamond. Which gem are you?

Ruby is a blend of peach, rose and vanilla and comes across as the fruitier of the scents. Blue Opal is a watery floral with hints of watermelon and lilac…personally I get heavy floral from it but nothing overkill more fresh and clean. And Purple Diamond is blackcurrant and jasmine with hints of musk.

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Each scent is priced to own at $17 USD upwards to $25 USD.

The bottles are funky, bold shades of purple, aqua, and pink with clear crystal beads embedded into the actually fragrance. The effect of the crystals creates a lava lamp style packaging that’s quite fun for anyone who likes a bit of color and funk when it comes to their fragrances.

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Although these are Eau de Toilette I do so promise that they are STRONG! Phew! One spray is plenty to keep you going from day to night without any touch ups in between. Surprising quality for an EDT considering my skin normally sucks EDT’s right up within an hour. These last pretty much all day with one minor spray so please do keep it light and fresh with one squirt!

Along with a unique blend each fragrance also has it’s own personality. Ruby is for someone who’s passionate, confident, and strong! Purple Diamond is meant for those who are mysterious! And Blue Opal is an expression of spirituality and balance.

If you can’t decide which C-Thru fragrance you are why not try all three by purchasing the C-Thru Fragrance Set which contains all three “gems” for $20 bucks! Sweet beauty on a budget buy!

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C-Thru can be purchased at Walmart, Kohls, and Target.

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liiv Botanicals Moisture Body Boosting Butter Review

Breathing new life into your skin is now quite cheap thanks to Avon liiv Botanicals Collection.

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The Muse thinks combining a fine quality product with an inexpensive price tag is quite nice and she can have both with the new liiv Botanicals Moisture Body Boosting Butter.

Ok, so this stuff is seriously my latest obsession. Considering my skin needs as much moisture as it can get when the cold weather sets in, I’m all over liiv Botanicals Moisture Body Boosting Butter.

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$10 bucks people! That’s right $10! Loves it.

liiv Botanicals has a whole lot of awesome going on with it’s brand new facial and body collection. The line is clinically and demagogically tested, suitable for even sensitive skin as a preservative-free and dry-free product. The collection is a holistic beauty care collection that harvests plant power to restore vitality to skin. Whoa. Count me impressed.

But aside from all that the more important thing would be how awesome it smells….gorgeous. It’s a combination of a certain freshness with a hint of floral and a whole lot of crisp ozone that combines to create a beautiful healthy blend that’s quite alluring.

liiv Botanicals Moisture Body Boosting Butter is an ultra-rich body butter that’s super thick and made for various skin types, especially dry skin! This moisturizing body butter immediately hydrates my skin and makes it smell quite pretty too! My rough elbows and knees literally suck up the formula while it leaves behind silky, smooth skin. The body butter absorbs easily without leaving behind a greasy mess.

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Count the Muse impressed that a body butter costs as little as $10 USD and smells quite brilliant, contains good for you ingredients, and makes my skin super soft.

Loves it!
Alot!

Check out the entire liiv Botanicals Collection at Avon.

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mark Shimmer Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint Review

The Muse happens to be a big fan of mark Glossblossom and has reviewed it in the past with a fond rave. Recently mark introduced a brand new version of Glossblossom which adds a hint of sparkle to the mix of things!

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Read ahead to find out if I loved it!

The Muse likes to think that mark is responsible for the whole “color changing gloss” epidemic that’s now embraced by Smashbox, Too Faced, Tricia Sawyer, and many other companies!

I do believe that mark Glossblossom was one of the first color changing glosses on the market prior to Smashbox O-Gloss and the likes. The basic concept of GlossBlossom is the same as many brands you’ve since run across in that the gloss interacts with your body’s chemistry or temperature to change lips into the perfect shade of berry pink.

One main difference between mark Shimmer Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint and other name brands would be the difference in pigmentation. Glossblossom is a much more natural nude shade of pink than what you’d get with other color changing glosses. It’s very natural, very sheer, and very pretty in my opinion. Some people have complained about how terribly pink their lips come out when using say Smashbox O-Gloss and you really have no need to worry with Glossblossom as the color stains lips very, very subtly pink.

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The new version of Glossblossom contains a healthy dose of golden sparkle. I guess the questions is if you already have the regular version of mark Glossblossom do you need this new one? No, you do not need to buy this new version if you already have the older version simply because the gold sparkle is virtually invisible to the eye unless you’re really staring hard.

The formula remains the same which is great as I really like it although some may consider it a bit too watery. It’s not long wearing due to the fact that the texture is so watery however this is also a plus as it’s not sticky or tacky on the lips but rather natural feeling with a high gloss shine. However, on that same note you’ll be disappointed by the fact that it doesn’t wear as long as a tackier, stickier gloss might but I don’t mind in the least. It creates a subtle pink pout with a high shine and a hint of fruity flavor makes it all that and a bag of chips plus the price tag can’t be beat at a retail of $6 USD (cheaper on E-bay of around $2.99-$3.99).

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If you’ve never tried mark Glossblossom before I highly suggest nabbing one as the price tag is right and it’s nice for a quickie touch up of both color and shine.

This Muse loves it even though it has a flaw or two….don’t be sucked in by the “shimmer” thought as it fails terribly at creating any sort of sparkle on the lips.

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Sportin’ mark Shimmer Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint on my unstained lips

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Visit with mark at shop.meetmark.com

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Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss Review

You know how the Muse is always going on and on about Too Faced Mirror Mirror Lip Gloss? Well, for Spring 2009 we have Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss which is actually an off the hook dupe of Too Faced Mirror Mirror plus it’s a fraction of the cost.

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Dude…for serious you need some.

The buzz on Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss is all good. Milani Buzz Worth Lip Gloss is currently available in 9 Shades at a cost of $5.49 USD per a tube (sometimes less if you score it on sale!). Enriched with honey but without the tacky, sticking feel these glosses are absolutely awesome. A mirror like finish and highly glossy lips await you for a nice budget friendly price tag.

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I highly recommend snagging some of these and I’m Muse Approving ‘em for purchase as the price is right and the quality is definitely there.

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I really loved Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss because of it’s incredibly glossy formula so when I tried these out I knew I could offer a wallet friendly option to my readers that wasn’t going to break the bank. The formula offers extraordinary high shine and a mirror-like finish to lips without stickiness or that irritating tacky feeling. It glides on beautifully and has a sheer to medium coverage depending on your color choice. The glosses are quite tasty and sweet plus they smell delicious, that’s always a plus in my book as I prefer a flavored gloss. The formula is paraben-free and contains plenty of good for you ingredients like vitamins A & E.

The applicator took a little getting used to as it’s extra long and distributes a bit too much product but after a bit of practice I was all for it as it works well at getting product onto lips and creating a full lip look with a nice high gloss finish. I tried the shades Bee Rich and Bee Mine both of which had different finishes. Bee Rich had more of a sheer glossy finish even though in the tube it’s a popping red where as Bee Mine had a good amount of pigment to create a nice glossy pink pout.

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I seriously can’t rave enough about the quality on these and think they are well worth picking up. Considering that Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss is $16 USD plus only has six shades available I’d say that Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss is a fabulous find offering more variety and a smaller price tag! Good stuff! The Muse likey. Alot.

Grab ‘em now at CVS or check out Milani for further information.

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Neutrogena Eye Tints

The Muse is a fond fan of her Benefit Lemon Aid so when she seen Neutrogena Skin Soothing Eye Tints she thought that here was a rather decently priced substitute!

Neutrogena Eye Tints promise to brighten up the eye area just like Benefit Lemon Aid but at a mere fraction of the cost plus had the added benefits of multitasking as a primer and having a cooling sensation to calm puffy eyes.

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Will it replace my beloved Benefit Lemon Aid? Find out after the jump!

One of the first things that kinda puzzled me about Neutrogena Eye Tints was the entire cooling sensation epidemic. I didn’t get it at all. My eyes do become puffy but that’s under my eyes not on my lid area….does anyone get puffy eyes around the lid area? Unless you’re having some serious allergies or cried yourself silly I doubt you have problems with this. This promises a lasting cooling sensation for puffy, tired eyes! And guess what? It does delivery a cooling sensation. But completely pointless for me…cooling would be fabs UNDER my eye not over it. Sadly, I actually found that the cooling sensation or whatever active ingredient is doing all that cooling created an irritating feeling for me. I’m unsure if I was having a reaction or what but it made my eye feel very strange and after I washed it off it still felt weird. I experienced a bit of blurriness as well but I’m chalking that up to maybe my eye makeup remover? But either way I thought the cooling was absolutely annoying as hell. The best way to describe it would be as if I had placed some dry ice on my eye lid or something. Fair warning for those with sensitive eyes!

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Now this is available in two shade selections only which are a flesh colored honey shade and a pale pink shade entitled Petal Shimmer, this is the one I got. The product comes housed in a small glass jar a la MAC Paint Pots. The product has what some may call a “fresh floral” scent however for me it smelled like cheap cosmetics. It’s a creamy shimmer which I consider more of a shadow rather than a base or a brightener. I dunno if it’s my skin tone but I experienced no brightening of my eye area at least not the results I’d see using Benefit Lemon Aid which brightens my eye area up considerably. This simply looks like I’m wearing a pale pink shimmering cream shadow which in fact, is what the product is but just advertised as something more which, in fact, it’s not.

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Well that’s two things it doesn’t do so far. No brightening and no soothing my puffy eyes.

Finally it promises to act as a primer for my eye shadow and prevent creasing and fading. Ummm ya….not so much. Mostly it makes applying my shadow more difficult since it pills as I blend my shadow. After the drama of finally getting my shadow on all straight I set out to begin my day and waited out the promise of crease-free shadow! Within 2 hours my shadow began to fall apart, literally. It pilled, it creased, and it just created a whole lot of drama. Not fun.

Three uses, one product. Neutrogena Eye Tints promises three products in one little pot.

Soothes puffy eyes? Fail.
Brightens the eye area? Fail.
Prevents creasing and fading? Fail.

Sadly, it delivers on none of the promise it makes. I’m quite happy that I paid a sale price of $3.98 USD for this as if I’d paid the retail of nearly $9 USD I’d be crying right now at the unjustness of it all. Aside from acting as a very pretty pale pink cream shadow with a hint of shimmer (which I can’t even use it as since it irritates my eye with the “cooling sensation) this pretty much does nothing it claims, so not worth it in this Muse’s opinion.

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