Beauty on a Budget

Chapstick True Shimmer Review and Giveaway

Ooo I told you about the joys of ChapStick True Shimmer months ago before the hype hit the beauty blog world. Didn’t I? Check out my full review of ChapStick True Shimmer and proceed ahead for a few brief deets and a giveaway(you know you love free stuff!).


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Wallet feeling a little lighter lately? If you’re not wanting to spend a whole lot and just want a little indulgence, ChapStick True Shimmer is kinda a cute little splurge for a buck or two. I purchased one of these months ago in some drugstore or another, forgot where. I do remember that the commercial was what attracted me to them to begin with. I had a dickens of a time finding any of the flavors though and ended up with ChapStick True Shimmer in Peppermint Rush. I actually dig these as they only cost a buck or two and give lips a tiny hint of shimmer. Nothing dramatic here just a touch of sparkle! Honestly, Chapstick isn’t my go to product for my lips but I admit that sparkle captures my interest right away.


If you want a nice prepping balm prior to gloss, or your lips dry out in the summer and you need a bit of protection, or you don’t want to spend a whole of lot money but want to treat yourself to a little treat, or maybe you want bare, natural lips with a hint of shimmer…get the idea? 2 bucks or less and you’re enjoying little flavored balm…and it has shimmers! w00t!


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I liked them months ago when I got my first tube and I like ‘em now!

Available in four flavors. Botanical Berry, Peppermint Rush, Tropical, and Blended Fruit Sherbet, there’s a flavor for every pout.


It’s a no brainer, Muse Approved for purchase. I just think the inexpensive price tag and idea of a sparkling lippie turn me on!

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Now the good part, win three ChapStick True Shimmer lip balms by entering your deets in the widget below! Good Luck! You know the rules but just in case, contest is open to US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and residents of the Plant Mars, so get your e-mail and name filled in for your chance to win!

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Beauty on a Budget: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet Dry Shadow Review and Swatches

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3 for $15 or 6 for $20, no matter how you splice those numbers it’s pretty cheap for quality shadow dontcha think? Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet Dry Eyeshadow are that cheap and that good.

Victoria’s Secret has recently extended it’s Beauty Rush line to include brand new baked eyes shadows that can be used wet or dry.

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Ooooo baby I likey you! These are so cool. I ran across these when I was busy shoppin’ the Victoria’s Secret Pool Party Collection and fell instantly in love with ‘em.

What are they?

Cute little baked eye shadows with a metallic, shimmery finish and a cheap price tag!

How do they perform?

The formula is silky, smooth and blends beautifully for the price. Some fall out here and there but sometimes we have to take the bad with the good folks. They wear long, are nicely pigmented, and I’m rather in love with ‘em which makes them all the better right?

Who might like ‘em?

Anyone who wants a pigmented, cheap shadow!
Anyone who wants a funky, foiled eye look for the Summer!
Those who adore baked eye shadows!

I’m having a blast doing various looks with these this week. I can’t verify completely about how many shades there are but it appears around 6 to 8 shades. Honestly, for the price I’m pretty impressed. I don’t normally love the Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush makeup line but I have found a gem or two in those little displays by the register and Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Wet Dry EyeShadow happen to fall into the superstar category. I only got three shades as I was trying to keep my purchases to fun, Summer shades and a few colors fairly shouted Summer lovin’. The colors I got were Gold Rush, Hot Ginger, and Blueray. Gold Rush is a shimmering beige gold, Blueray is a pool blue with hints of aqua, and Hot Ginger is sparkling bronze. You can use the shadows wet or dry. Dry you’ll end up with a high metallic sparkle effect and wet you’ll have more of a foiled eye look. I didn’t create a look for you using all three shades but I did do two looks one of which I’ll post here and later on with my review of Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm you’ll see me sporting Gold Rush.

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Overall, the price tag and quality of the shadows makes them a worthy item of a pick up. These aren’t available on the Victoria’s Secret website as of yet so you can’t see swatches but head in store for a peep. These are tossed in with the other Beauty Rush items so you can’t miss ‘em. I noticed that some stores have only three or four shades where as other stores had close to 8 shades so shop around for a bigger selection.

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I’m Muse Approving these for purchase! Well worth picking up. Loves ‘em!

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Coppertone NutraShield Sunscreen Lotion Review

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A little more SPF’ing in the cheap zone today kids! Many of you expressed a delight for a budget SPF after I posted a review on Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch (many of you also expressed your dislike! Wince!). For those not loving the budget SPF quick look away and tune in next week when I dig into the posher brands! And for anyone who said hells yes I want cheap SPF, here’s another one coming atcha!

Coppertone NutraShield for your face and body this season offers a high SPF and an affordable price tag.

But is it worth it?

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Coppertone NutraShield Faces Sunscreen Lotion is an SPF 70+ with the ability to protect from UVA and UVB. It’s pretty much sweatproof and waterproof so you’ll be happily skipping around outdoors, heading to the beach, or swimming it up at the pool without having the worry about reapplication over the course of the day. Put it on and it stays on.

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Minor problems here and there but for the most part a good experience with this SPF.

It’s a creamy, creamy formula which is great if your skin is dry but not so fab if your skin is oily. My skin seems to like it but it takes a sec or so to absorb fully and it leaves a slightly white cast. I don’t mind the whiteness because I’m going to use a prep and prime to whiten anyway so who cares but the whiteness could be irritating to some however many SPF’s do this anyway so you may already be used to it by now. Remember with SPF less is more. You don’t need to slather your face in SPF. A simple dollop will do. I’m mentioning this because the creamy formula may sway oily skin users from trying this but I think with proper application it can work for just about anyone. The product is pretty much fragrance free or at least I didn’t smell anything, again a plus for anyone that doesn’t like scented facial products. Cheap sun protection? I has it! With it’s high SPF and inexpensive price tag I do think Coppertone NutraShield Faces Sunscreen Lotion could become your new best buddy this Summer. This will set you back $7.99-$10 bucks at most drugstores.

Now if you’re wondering about your body you can follow up with Coppertone NutraShield Sunscreen Lotion. This has pretty much the same moisturizing formula as the facial formula. It absorbs nicely, it’s not sticky, and it protects with an SPF of 70+ which makes it ideal for harmless UVA and UVB rays. I tend to spend much more money on facial SPF than I do on body SPF so this is pretty much a perfect pick for me to slather on my arms, legs, etc…..I used to buy Clarins but I’ve come to realize that I go through it so quickly it’s best to stay on the cheaper side when purchasing an SPF for my body plus SPF is generally good for a mere year before going off.

Overall, Coppertone NutraShield offers a nice inexpensive option for both your face and body. If you’re looking for a drugstore brand in the $10 range this would be something you might want to peep at. Pretty good stuff!

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Reader’s Request: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+ Review

We should all be worried about sun protection as the Summer approaches and the sun becomes stronger. Honestly, you should be worried about it 365 days of the year and obsess over it as much as the Muse does. Not only because you want to keep your skin looking beautiful but also because the harmful rays of the sun has the potential to cause some major havoc.

A kindly reader asked about inexpensive SPF and where she could get something that wouldn’t break her beauty budget bank. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, effective SPF for your face do check out Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+.


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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+ manages to bundle together everything I want in an SPF into a cheap, inexpensive package. I’m reviewing this SPF as a facial SPF only, I’ll be doing a follow up post on SPF’s I use on my body sometime soon but today I am focusing on my face. My reader did state she was seeking something light with a high SPF for her face and I couldn’t think of a better SPF than this Neutrogena one as I’ve been using it a while now and really like it.


It deserves to be mentioned that I really love Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 but it’s $34 USD for 2 oz. Since I use SPF so often and I run out fairly quickly I was searching for something that could offer me the benefits of good sun protection with a cheap price check.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block has a high level of sun protection and offers protection from UVA and UVB rays. The formula is not greasy in the least thus it’s name “dry-touch”. It doesn’t sink in or absorb as quickly as I would like but I can’t deny that the formula is extremely good since it’s not greasy or oily on my skin and feels quite matte and nice. I can forsake a quick absorbing formula if it means the SPF won’t be oily and gross on my face as many SPF’s are. As you know by now my skin is dry but thankfully it doesn’t mind the dry feeling of this lotion. It has a nice floral scent (nothing overwhelming, don’t worry!) which adds to it’s appeal in my opinion.


Considering how widely available Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sun Block SPF 85+ plus it’s inexpensive price tag I think it makes an ideal facial SPF for use everyday. This retails for $9.99 USD or less in drugstores.

If you’re looking for something cheap and effective I highly suggest snagging one! Muse Approval for purchase.

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N.Y.C. New York Color Coupon Giveaway!

Hey chicas!

Are you a fan of New York Color? You know, that really cheap, budget friendly brand that you can find at your local drugstore.

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The Muse is always on the look out for ways to cheap it up lately and N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics has quite a few items that are inexpensive and are pretty decent beauty finds!

If you’re a fan of the line jump ahead for a funky contest!

250 readers will each win 2 coupons worth $5 each for N.Y.C. New York Color Products good at participating retail stores by clicking here! The contest is running until June 5th so get over there and enter! Dude, that’s $10 bucks and you can so get an arsenal of makeup from N.Y.C. with that! For serious! The prices are super cheaps!

Good Luck!

If you win the Muse recommends checking out some of the N.Y.C. New York Color Pink Persuasion Collection. I brought the Mosaic Face Powder and gloss! Pretty nice for the price.

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