Beauty on a Budget

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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Valentine’s Day: All About YOU!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about lovers! Spoil yourself a little bit too!

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Jump ahead for some cheap budget beauty options to make you feel extra special and loved this season!

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Jelly Belly Bath Fizzers 3 (Set Includes Cherry, Tangerine, and Blueberry)
Jelly Belly 7 Day Shower Set 5 (Set Includes Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Watermelon, Tutti- Frutti, Licorice, Tangerine, and Very Cherry)
Jelly Belly Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss Set 3 (Set Includes Cotton Candy, Blueberry, and Very Cherry)

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Rose & Co Bath Fancies Gift Box 5

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Sephora Brand Lip Gloss Pencil $5 USD

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mark Twinklebelle $9 USD

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Bonnie Bell M&M’s Sweet Spring Collection $3.50 USD (Buy 1 Get 1 Free!)

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Milani Runway Eye Shadows $4.99 USD

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NYX Eyeshadow $3.50 USD

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Clio Art Shadow $8.20 USD

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Bath and Body Works Radiant Powder $9.75 USD

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Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath in Wacky Watermelon $2.55 USD

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Lush Luverly Bath Bomb $5.95 USD

The Muse carefully selected little beauty purchases that all had an ickle price tag so you aren’t breaking the bank indulging in a little something sweet for your very sweet self this Valentine’s Day!

What are your favorite small indulgences for yourself?

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L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara Review

I’m positive lightening struck the labs when L’Oreal Double Edge Mascara was created!

For serious.

I’m just saying, I’ve never quite run across drugstore mascara as good as this…so something had to happen to make it so great.

Who seriously knew drugstore mascara was any good? Is this a trick? Am I being Punk’d?

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When I first tried this out I thought for sure it was going to be rubbish. I have a pretty bad track record when it comes to drugstore mascara so my hopes weren’t particularly high for L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara. When I figured out it was a fiber mascara I was equally skeptical as I absolutely abhor fiber mascara.

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But guess what? It’s awesome! Go get some NOW!

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is a double edge mascara that has a base coat on one side and the mascara on the other. Simply apply a healthy dose of the base coat to lashes and follow up with the mascara for super fat, long, and thick lashes! It darkens lashes and creates a nice full look.

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I dunno I’m confused as this is described as a “tube mascara” but personally I just associate that with fiber. But it honestly doesn’t feel like a fiber and the “tubes” are much softer and natural feeling on my lashes without that “Ahhh! I have something stuck in my eye” feeling.

It’s a bit tricky at first as the base coat makes my lashes all clumpy and gross but after a few strokes I got the knack of application. Many will be happy to know it’s a nice thick brush applicator, no plastic wands here! The brush is particularly large in size with nice size bristles which could account for why it applies so well as it really does a great job at grabbing every single lash and pulling it up and out.

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It’s not a waterproof mascara which could relieve some and scare others. I’m not a fan of mascara that’s not waterproof so I’d fit right in with the scared folk. But have no fear it doesn’t smudge, flake, or smear. It stays on all day without any drama attached to it. It’s non waterproof formula should be a rave for those with shorter, delicate lashes who don’t like waterproof formulas that make their lashes break off or feel “hard”. This is gentle for stubbier lashes and should work well at creating a nice, full look without the drama of breaking lashes off during removal. Removal is as simple as using some water water and rubbing the tubes off your lashes, no makeup remover required.

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Overall, I really liked this one alot and thought it was a great beauty on a budget find. Well worth picking up for yourself! Prices range from $7 USD to $9 USD.

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is a total Muse Approved mascara! Loves it!

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Beauty on a Budget: Pure Luxe BubbleGum Ballz Collection

When I seen the new Pure Luxe BubbleGum Ballz Collection I so knew I needed it! Bold, bright shades that resemble those bright, sweet balls of gum that I loved as a kid.

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Jump ahead to see the collection!

With Spring well on it’s way I’m all about bolder, vibrant shades of shadow so of course when I seen the Pure Luxe Bubblegum Ballz Collection I was all over it like white on rice.

Made up of 7 popping shades of bold bubblegum colors this collection is sure to please anyone who adores a bit of a bang with their eye shadow. These are some of the boldest, brightest shades available from Pure Luxe and all are an inexpensive beauty find. At $1 per a 1/8 sample and $5 per a 5g jar you seriously can’t say no to these.

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Available are:

  • Sour Apple-Bright apple green
  • Blueberry-Bright blue
  • Grape-Bold grape juice purple
  • Fruit Punch-Vibrant red with a touch of pink
  • Strawberry-strawberry with hints of melon
  • Tangerine-Funky tangerine orange
  • Lemon-Delicious buttery bright yellow

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Each shade is nicely pigmented with a pearl, shimmery finish. I purchased all seven shades in the 1/8 sample size for a $1 USD as I can get plenty of use out of this size. I’m always quite pleased with all my orders from Pure Luxe as they arrive quickly and price wise you can’t beat it.

This collection is well worth picking up if you like a little kick with your shadows. Expect some FOTD’s soon.

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Too bold for you?

Just right?

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mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom Review

The Muse sure is working hard at finding good budget beauty finds. I’m trying guys, I’m really trying. Many of you have e-mailed me asking please can I do more budget beauty finds and I’ve been seriously doing my homework and searching out cheaper options that work well for the price but it’s hard work and about 95% of the time I end up disappointed.

One such case of disappointment recently was my test of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom. This one really sounded like a nice find plus the price sure was sweet but sadly it’s a no go.

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Read ahead to find out what I thought!

mark is Avon’s younger sister company that has a wide variety of items available for a younger crowd of makeup junkies. Almost everything I’ve every purchased from mark has been a winner as the quality is great, the price is wonderful, and quality is most definitely there.

Recently, when I noticed the release of mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom I decided to give it a go since I’m quite a big fan of mark Glossblossom I automatically assumed that mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom would be a rave. Sadly, it turned out to be a waste of $6.

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mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom mimics Smashbox O-Glow offering a tinted gel blush that reacts with your skin’s chemistry to give your face a natural pink flush. On the plus side of the pink flush you’ll also get a hint of golden shimmer, take that Smashbox O-Glow! Pink cheeks and gold shimmer! w00t! Yes, well the gold shimmer effect may be there but the pink cheeks not so much.

The texture of the product feels pretty much like Smashbox O-Glow with that slightly silicon feel but a good deal more gel-like and quite greasy so don’t try applying this over foundation as it’ll smear terribly. I tried out a dab at first with no results so of course I proceeded to apply a good dime size amount on my cheeks to see if that would help, again nothing. Aside from a faint gold shimmer the product fails at offering a pink flush, in short it does absolutely nothing.

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The idea is fabulous combining a pink stain with faint golden shimmer but sadly it fails to work at all and does absolutely nothing aside from leaving behind a greasy feeling and a tiny bit of gold sparkle.

At $6 USD it’s not like I broke the bank with the purchase but I can’t help but feel what a waste it was. Truly a budget beauty find gone terribly wrong.

Skip this one, not worth your cash!

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No stash, but definitely a trash.

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Read more bad reviews on mark Shimmer Cheek Blossom at shop.meetmark.com


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