Beauty on a Budget

Gossip Girl: Real NYC Stories Revealed starring Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Wash and Dove Go Fresh Burst Soap

Oh hello there inexpensive way to get clean, smell pretty, and moisturize my body too!


If you’re looking for the big three’s in a body wash check out Dove Go Fresh Body Wash and Dove Go Fresh Soap. The big three you say Muse? What’s that? Well you want something that multitasks right? Something to wash your skin with quickly in the AM plus something that smells pretty and makes YOU smell pretty, and finally something that isn’t tough on your skin and offers a nice moisturizing finish.


Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Wash in Nectarine and White Ginger is the perfect beauty budget shower wash option. This sweet, tart citrus smelling shower gel has a nice foaming lather that moisturizes skin and leaves you smelling lovely. The formula is a gel wash which makes the Muse sing in the shower. The Dove Go Fresh Burst Soap is just as a nice and perfect for layering up with the wash, get yourself doubly clean!

Btw did you hear about the Gossip Girl: Real NYC Stories Revealed that’s sponsored by Dove Go Fresh? I heart Gossip so damn much. I haven’t watched yet but Gossip Girl star Jessica Szhor (Vanessa) is promoting the new program to celebrate the launch of Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Wash.

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The video series gives Gossip Girl fans a glimpse into the real lives of four young women who live in the same Manhattan hotbed as the Gossip Girl characters. Basically it’s the story about their life, career, love interests, family, and friends. Sounds like MTV Real World starring Manhattan’s elite. I can barely tolerate B and S sometimes imagine having to watch real life socialites in their everyday lives? I’m unsure if I’m excited or scared! Count me curious though! I’ll give my thoughts after I viewed the videos! Anyone watch ‘em yet? Tell me the deets!

Meet the girls (and watch their lives unfold) by visiting http://www.dove.us

You can Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Wash and Dove Go Fresh Burst Soap at your local drugstore.

XoXo

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Avon Ultra Color Rich Extra Plump Lipstick Review and Swatches

The Muse has an obssession with anything that promises her fuller, larger, poutier lips. Is poutier even a word? Most of the time she feeds her addiction by purchasing plumping glosses of all kinds to see which will give her the fatter lip look. Granted she doesn’t want to look like she had scary lip injections ala Melanie Griffith (scary!) but she does desire a sexier, fuller pout.

Up until now it’s always been about the latest, greatest lip gloss but Avon took it to the next level with it’s brand new Ultra Color Rich Extra Plump Lipstick.

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Whoa a lipstick that plumps not a gloss? Cool beans!

Jump for it!

Avon Ultra Color Rich Extra Plump Lipstick is available in 10 shades and is $5.99 a tube, likey cheap plumping agents! According to Avon you’ll have to see it to believe it yourself but no worries the Muse is here to explain it all so you don’t have to run around trying to locate a tube so you can start seeing and believing.

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The lipstick is your standard pigmented, moisturizing lipstick from Avon, hey Avon does excel at making generally good lipsticks, the Muse Approves. The only difference is that the core of the lipstick is packed with a plumping agent that hydrates, moisturizes, and you guessed it, plumps. This pretty much mimics similar products you’ve seen which have a conditioning core (remember MAC Color Forums Lipstick?) but the core this time around has a minty plumping medium that supposedly plumps and fattens up lips.

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Ok so it glides on wonderfully well and feels incredible on my lips and yes like any good plumping gloss it has a tiny bit of a stinging bite plus plenty of pigmented color to keep your pucker looking beautiful. But…not sure on the plumping part….it does make lips fuller but I didn’t really experience any amazing effects in regards to plumping. If I’m honest I get better results with my trusty tube of DuWop Lip Venom than I did with this lipstick.

Disappointed?

A little bit.

But if I take plumping out of the equation I can’t deny that Avon Ultra Color Rich Extra Plump Lipstick is cheap, pigmented, moisturizing, and quite a nice lipstick for it’s price.

Doesn’t really plump but def serves it’s own in the realms of good lipsticks for a great price.

Likey!

Avon please work on the plumping agent and you’ll have yourself a champion although this one is still in the winning category for sure it just needs that little extra something to push it over the edge.

Sportin’ Avon Ultra Color Rich Extra Plump in Rosewood

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Grab some now by visiting http://shop.avon.com

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Summer Series: Cosmetic Treasures $10 Bucks and Under

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As Summer quickly approaches you may be on the look out for a beauty steal and deal here and there! A little cosmetic treasure that won’t break your piggie bank too much. Check out some cool buys for $10 bucks and under to add to your Summer time beauty regime!

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Check outL.A. Girl Illuminating Blush in Just Pinched for a flush of pink to your cheeks. This nifty blush comes in a dual compartment compact with blush on top and applicator on the bottom plus a full size mirror for quick on the go touch ups. Best part of all? It’ll only set you back $6 bucks!

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Score glossy, shiny lips with a trio of Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss Set for under $10 bucks! Likey!

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A kiss of blush and a hint of bronze, Sonia Kashuk Crème Bronzer/ Blush Duo in Golden Crème gives you both for $8.99!

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Treat lips so they are moist and shiny with the Muse’s personal favorites, Smith’s Rosebud Salve and Smith’s Strawberry Lipbalm. Only $5.59 each so even if you indulge in both you’re still keeping it at almost $10 bucks!

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Did you know Girlactik Star Blush used to be sold at Sephora for more than the $3 bucks you can nab it for now? Check out shades Capri and Bora Bora for a slick way to amp up your Summer color wardrobe! Hey, get three and you’re still at your $10 threshold.


Pretty much a great dupe for MAC Tender Tones, L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm are around, available, and under $10 bucks (unlike Tender Tones which are long since gone!)

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It always amuses the Muse that there are indeed items from E.L.F. that cost more than a buck! E.L.F. Mineral Eye Shadows are $3 bucks and pack a nice hint of shimmer for a nice Summer eye look. Honest, the Muse has seen them up close and personal, not too bad a deal for these babies. Try out Celebrity or the new shade Golden.

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Snag a two pack of Softlips with SPF 20 to keep your lips protected while you’re lazing poolside.

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Get your glow on for $4 bucks with Bonnie Bell Blend N Glow Natural Blush!

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Metallic strips of gold, bronze, and green are sure to keep your eyes looking fierce this Summer with Milani Runway Eyes Palette.

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Not the biggest fan of Sephora makeup but not denying that the shimmering array of Sephora Colorful Strass Mono Eyeshadow for $10 bucks each is a killer deal. Try out #3 and #5 for that Sunset Eye Look you’ve been wanting to test drive.

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NYX Cream Blush is a great one for the pool as it won’t easily rub off as a powder would plus sets you back $7 bucks…what’s not to love?

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The Muse has a thing for mineral blushes especially ones that are $5 bucks, contain an SPF 15, and come in shades called Glistening Coral! Splash Mineral Blush has it going on.

Check out some of the above cosmetic goodies to keep your Summer budget on the low down. Your wallet will thank you I’m sure!

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25% Off Coupon Code for Pure Luxe Cosmetics

Want more ways to spend your money today?

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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!

Please click this link and follow the instructions for getting your discount! Worldwide shipping is available.

Happy Shopping!

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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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