Beauty on a Budget

Hauled It: Essence of Beauty Brushes

I had to go to CVS yesterday to hunt and peck through scary drugstore makeup to locate the Maybelline foundation I was babbling about yesterday. On my quest I couldn’t resist plopping some more Essence of Beauty Brushes in my cart.

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I don’t normally like cheap brushes but I must say that these always impress. I ended up picking up the travel size kit and a two brush shadow duo set. I think both sets cost me $15 USD or so? Not too bad a price for seven brushes total. Hi cheap brushes the Muse likey you very much.

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Although I wasn’t as pleased with the travel set as I was with the shadow duo set. The brushes seemed a bit more dense and harder than the normal Essence brushes I’ve picked up but none the less they were good aside from that. If you’re looking for some inexpensive, budget friendly brushes I’d totally recommend these as they are the best I’ve personally come across. I’m a MAC brush girl all the way but I can’t deny that the next best thing if I’m looking to save a buck or two would be snagging yourself some of these bad boys.

Check your local CVS for the selection.

Loves ‘em and even slapping a Muse Approval on ‘em for purchase!

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Lollia Grenadine & Tonic Honey-Rich Shower Gel Review: Cheap Wake Up Before You Go-Go Shower Gel!

Man, I seriously need to wake up today. A sleepy Muse is not a pretty Muse! I dunno why I’m feeling so drained but I do so feel the need for a nap!

To get my day started I broke out my Lollia Grenadine & Tonic Honey-Rich Shower Gel aka Beauty on a Budget Wake Up Before You Go-Go Shower Gel!


Nothing like Zoolander and Wham to get a girl awake in the morning!

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Like Lollia Shampoos, Lollia Grenadine & Tonic Honey-Rich Shower Gel comes in a cute little toothpaste style tube! Simply squeeze for a bit of wake you me up shower gel! The gel smells like a really nice blend of honey and sparkling citrus! Truly a great morning time shower gel!

The formula of the shower gel is a jelly so it’s rather soft and soothing on your skin. Fresh botanical extracts cleanse skin and honey-rich emollients and Bee Balm with Butters of Mango and Avocado deliver soothing nutrients to the skin. The gel is the perfect size for travel plus it’s a nicely priced $8.50 USD so it won’t kill your beauty budget! It’s also available in the Mint Julep scent which is another great scent for a morning wake up cool!

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I adore these cute little shower gels! They make a great little addition to my shower or my guest rooms for visitors plus they are travel friendly when I only need a little something to stash away in my luggage. The scent wakes me up in the morning too which is an added bonus!

If you need a little wake me up before you go-go check out Lollia Grenadine & Tonic Honey-Rich Shower Gel!

Visit Lollia Life and learn more about their great line of products!

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Maybelline Lash Stiletto Review and Giveaway

You know how much a snob your Muse is when it comes to US drugstore cosmetics right? So when I met up with Maybelline Lash Stiletto a few days ago I wasn’t expecting too much but boy was I proven wrong!

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Jump ahead to feel the love!

Ranging in a price of $7.99 USD to $9.99 USD I wasn’t expecting too much from Maybelline Lash Stiletto, after all I never expect much from anything that sprouts a price tag like that from my local drugstore. Most run ins I have with drugstore mascara is using a tube as a basketball as I toss it into the trash can but obviously, on rare occasions, a Muse can be proven wrong about a product or two purchased outside of a high end counter.

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Anything that promises thee ultimate in length for my lashes is way too good to be true. But ado tis true…..Maybelline Lash Stiletto promises length and provides it without question.

First off if you’re not careful during application you will end up with badly separate eye lashes and that scary spider web look, not cool. But with proper prepping with your lash curler and a sure grip on your wand you’ll be able to curl lashes upwards and out while gripping each lash and lengthening it by at least 5 times it’s normal size. The best way to apply is with a slight zig zag motion as it allows the brush to grip lashes and pull them upwards. The effect is extremely long lashes! Keep in mind that the mascara promises simply length and that’s all it gives. You’re not going to get fatter, plumper lashes with this, you’ll simply get amazing length with it.

The applicator is a thin brush with bristles. I know, gasp, shock, amazing right? A mascara with a brush applicator, not a plastic one! Bless be! The applicator is a bit on the sharp side so if you’re clumsy with mascara application do be careful with this. I think the end results are produced by the very thin, straight brush applicator as the formula isn’t anything special that I noticed. I do think that the thin applicator allows you to catch all your lashes and has an interesting effect of gripping lashes to pull them forward.

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The formula isn’t waterproof and easily washes away with warm water and simple soap however it has the ability to last quite long minus smudging or flaking. I’m not a fan of non waterproof mascara but this is quite long wearing so I don’t mind in the least. The formula is light enough not to weight lashes done so it keeps curl fairly well.

All in all I think it’s a rather fabulous drugstore find and a great beauty on a budget purchase. It promises length and delivers! If you have small stubbier lashes it should work well at pulling them outwards. I’m unsure about recommending it for Asian eyes though as the applicator is such a straight edge that I think it would make for a bit of a difficult apply using it but for the price it’s well worth trying to see!

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Overall, must eat my words here, it’s a love. Maybelline Lash Stiletto is Muse Approved for purchase! The Muse loves it but don’t take her word for it. She wants you to try it out for yourself to see what you think.

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She has two Maybelline Lash Stiletto to giveaway! The giveaway begins today and ends next Monday. You have two chances to win. One is by following me on Twitter and the second way to win would be to subscribe to my feed.

If you already do this you don’t have to do anything, you’ll be automatically entered to win! International readers can of course join in for win as well!

Good Luck!

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Pacifica Solid Perfume Review: Pacifica Lotus Garden, Pacifica Bali Lime Papaya, Pacifica Tunisian Jasmine, and Pacifica Egyptian Bergamot Rose

When I noticed that one of newest brands that Sephora is carrying at the moment was Pacifica I got all kinds of hyper. With high standards about what goes in their products plus an inexpensive price tag, Pacifica is a user friendly product on all accounts.

Facing a declining economy plus a need for more vegan/organic brands, Pacifica comes out as a shining beacon. With plenty of bath and body options in large sizes with small price tags the brand manages to appeal to our need for more all while paying alot less.

I’ll be featuring several items from the Pacifica Collection over the course of the next few days as I’m so deeply impressed with the quality and the price. I’m positive after you hearing my raves you’ll want to indulge in a few items yourself!

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Jump ahead to hear me babbling in joy over Pacifica Solid Perfume!

Boxed up in brightly packaged slide boxes, Pacific Solid Perfumes captivate and make a girl want to reach out and grab one just to look at the sweet little boxes the perfumes are housed in. Although the box is gorgeous the real gold lays with in so slide it open to reveal a sweet little tin no bigger than a size of a MAC eyeshadow that houses a gorgeous little solid perfume that paraben-free ad made from organic coconut wax, organic soy wax, and natural and essential oils.

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These sweet vegan friendly perfume solids pack an interesting, complex, and unique scent that’s traveler friendly and cute as a button! If you’re wanting to multitask you can use these solids not only as a perfume but also to rub on rough elbows, knees, and cracked heels for a bit of extra moisture but remember for the most part they are solid perfumes.

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The scents all have a nice throw and a good linger but my body chemistry sucks them up so I do have to reapply throughout the day to keep the scent fresh. Considering the tins are so tiny I can tuck one in my makeup bag or desk draw for a quickie pick me up through the day. A bit on all my pulse points freshens up the scent and creates a subtle yet lovely little scent of goodness. I tried four of the blends but there are a slew of others. From fruity to natural, woodsy or herbal, Pacifica has that perfect little scent for everyone. The scents I tried were Lotus Garden, Tunisian Jasmine, Bali Lime Papaya, and Egyptian Bergmont Rose.

Pacifica Solid Perfume in Lotus Garden was recommended to me and I must say it’s the very best of all four. I was thinking how floral it would be but it’s actually very fresh with hints of fruit and a tiny underlay of floral. Incredible scent. The dominant note that takes over the blend for me is a crisp, clean citrus. The citrus keeps the blend fruity but it’s quickly followed up with green notes and a strong underlay of lotus which gives it a certain twang. Who would think that citrus and lotus would go so well together? The scent manages to have a fun element but also a sexy one. It’s truly something you have to experience to understand, an amazing fruity floral blend that’s fresh, clean, and sweet!

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If it’s fruit you crave with a sweet kick Pacifica Solid Perfume in Bali Lime Papaya is sure to please! A dominant note of papaya will hit you right in the face on first sniff but the twang of lime morphs the blend and creates a sweet, tart blend that’s complex and fun, perfect Summer scent!

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Pacifica Solid Perfume in Tunisian Jasmine is ridiculously good. I don’t particularly like the scent of jasmine and this is straight up, in your face jasmine but oh it’s something special. It contains Mediterranean almond which could account for what makes this blend so incredible. It’s a really fresh, floral but very hardcore and heavy. It’s unique, very sexy, and utterly different. Loves it!

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And finally, my last scent, I tried Pacifica Solid Perfume in Egyptian Bergamot Rose. Yet another complex and interesting blend full of warm, spicy notes and hints of floral this blend is sexy and flirty. I get a strong dominant note of a spicy musk for the most part but the rose and bergamont keep the scent fresher and slightly floral. I’d favor this for more of an evening scent!

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At a sweet price tag of merely $9 USD each Pacifica Solid Perfumes won’t break your beauty budget. Each tiny tin is ideal for travel can be easily toted around for quickie touch ups on the fly. Pretty, bright, festive packaging keeps a Muse coming back for second and third helpings of these sweet little perfumes.

All in all I think Pacifica Solid Perfumes are truly a unique little beauty find and sure to please both vegan friendly and beauty budget gals alike!

The Muse loves ‘em! Cute, fun, and unique these are the perfect price for spoiling yourself.

Visit your local Sephora to grab some fantastic Steals and Deals from Pacifica, you’ll notice you get alot more for alot less! Likey!

Tried Pacifica yet?

Loving it?

Tell the Muse!

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Jillian Dempsey Celestial Spring Avon Collection

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I know, I know we’re all terribly upset with Jillian Dempsey for being married to a man with better hair than our own. What do you think that’s like in the morning at the old Dempsey house?

Picture this.

Wake up, frizzy scary morning hair and your husband is sitting next to you cool, calm, and collected with nice smooth wavy brown locks. Oh the agony. Jillian, honey, I don’t envy you anymore!

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Anyway, Jillian actually holds her own in the makeup world. She’s responsible for what used to be Deluxe Beauty…god I miss Deluxe. As of late Jillian’s taken the world of Avon by storm with little collections being released here and there.

I must say up until now quite a bit of what she’s done has been pretty nice color wise and quality wise. Taking all that into consideration I was excited about the new Jillian Dempsey Celestial Spring Avon Collection that’s available this March.

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Jillian Dempsey Celestial Spring Avon Collection includes some key pieces for creating a little piece of Spring this season with shades of tranquil blues and pastel sky tones. The shades of the new Jillian Dempsey for Avon Celestial Eyeshadow shades kind of remind me of Bobbi Brown’s Surf Palette. Two shades are available in Moon Sand and Sunset Sky one of which is an ocean hue and the other a sandy gold. You can probably see what I mean about the Surf and Sand type of vibe I get from the two shadows. Quite nice. Each shade is baked and has a twinkling, shimmery finish. Likey! These are $8 USD each but I guarantee that Avon will offer a nice little steal on them sooner or later.

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Follow up your sparkling eye look with Avon Big Color Glossy Lip Pencil which is a liner and gloss in one pencil! This is a moisturizing formula that glides onto lips leaving behind a shiny finish. They are $6 USD each and available in Glossy Celestial, Glossy Rose, Glossy Sand, and Glossy Sunset.

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As the weather grows warmer a cream blush is always in favor! Check out Avon Be Blushed Cheek Color that will release with Celestial Spring in two shades for $8 USD each. With names like Icy Pearl and Tropical Peach the Muse can feel the love!

They’ll also be a new nail color release and an exclusive mascara created by Jillian Dempsey.

You can learn more about Jillian and her Avon Collections by visiting www.avon.com/jilliandempsey

I’ll be reviewing the Jillian Dempsey Celestial Spring Collection shortly for you, keep your eyes peeled!

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