Beauty on a Budget

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?

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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.

Jump ahead for the details!

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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Avon Spectra Lash Mascara Review

Last week the Muse was busy dialing Jenny’s number but she can stop all that now and dial the new Avon Spectra Lash Mascara up for a good time! It’s probably easier as Jenny hasn’t been answering since 1983, the Muse suspects she isn’t as hot as she once was.

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You know you so want technology like this! Mascara with a built in dial that dials up to three to intensify your mascara experience. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are so cranky they didn’t come up with this incredible concept before Avon!

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Supposedly Avon Spectra Lash dials up 8x fuller lashes with just three clicks, the Muse thinks it’s easier than dialing 867-5309, I’m kinda lazy, three numbers is easier than seven. The question remains does it work.

Ummm actually yes kinda it does! It’s a bit gimmicky yes but that doesn’t take away from the fact that’s it’s a decent mascara with a great price tag. Hello $6 USD mascara it’s good to meet you, let’s be BFF in this scary economy, I’ll even let you hold my hand!

So the gimmick would be the dial but technically speaking since the dial does sorta work maybe it’s not a gimmick. Dialing 1 will get you full lashes, dialing two gives you fuller lashes, and dialing three gets you oh my god fullest lashes. I’ve no idea the technical side of this innovative, crazy cool dial but I suspect by twisting the dial you’re compressing the tube somehow and it gets you more or less mascara on your brush which in turn creates the fuller or less fuller look to lashes. In simple terms the mascara simply adds more or less mascara to the brush to create fuller lashes.

The overall formula is quite good with a nice inky formula. It’s waterproof and has nice long wear. It doesn’t keep curl particularly well but it does a great job of creating fuller, longer, thicker lashes when dialed up to three. I prefer the mascara stay dialed to three for the best results as 1 and 2 give my lashes a rather whimpy look but dialed to three they look nice and plump. However, you do have to be careful as this setting puts quite an excess of product on the brush which could cause clumping when applied. Be sure to curl prior to use and brush on slowly at first to avoid a clumpy look. I took three photos so you can see the difference each time I used the mascara with a different dial. I also took photos of the brush dialed on different settings.

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All in all I think for the price Avon Spectra Lash Mascara performs quite well. Available in four shades for a $6 USD price tag makes it a nice Beauty on a Budget purchase. It’s worth checking out for the price as it performs quite well plus you get the novelty of whipping it out of your purse and showing your friends how you can dial your mascara….whoa…the coolness is just too much for this Muse!

Tried Avon Spectra Lash?

Loving it?

Wanting to try it?

Tell the Muse!

Learn more about Avon Spectra Lash Mascara by visiting www.avon.com

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E.L.F Candy Shop Lip Tins

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I’m not particularly excited about E.L.F Candy Shop Lip Tins, I just wanted an excuse to play this song.


Ok, maybe I am kinda sorta digging the fact that E.L.F has these cute little lip tins filled with candy flavored lip balm but I won’t approve of the $2 USD price tag! What the hell happened to dollar makeup? It’s not fair to charge inflated prices E.L.F! For shame!

Available in Coconut, Frosting, Mocha, Melon, Candy, Berry, and Cherry there’s a little something sweet for everyone.

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Take a trip to E.L.F’s Candy Shop and snag a deal by purchasing one Candy Shop Tin and getting one at 50% off using promo code EGSPRAP. At least that’ll get you one for a dollar so you’ll feel better about the price.

Sweetness awaits you (or cheapness depending on how you look at it)!

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Vintage Sister Pucker Up! Set Review

Steal yourself a beauty budget trio of Vintage Sister Lip Balms all housed in a cute little tin.

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If you’re more sour than sweet this set is sure to please!

$12 USD (plus a mere $1.85 USD for shipping) will get you three of Vintage Sister’s cult favorite lip balms all housed in a cute sliding tin. Each balm brings both the sour and the sweet!

The Muse is all for golden oldies which is why she’s been a big Vintage Sister fan for years now. Their uber cute balms bring back the childhood memories of cute lip balms I used to tote around with me when I was a mere girl. The set includes three flavors all of which are housed in retro style sliding tins. Slide the tin back to reveal a heavy moisturizing balm that’s dosed with plenty of of good taste or in this case plenty of sour to make your lips curl up in a puckering pout!

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The set includes Sour Cherry, Sour Lime, and Sour Pink Lemonade. Sour Cherry is a pink transparent balm that tastes and smells like the real thing. Plenty of cherry with just the right tart sweetness that’s sure to please. Sour Lime has plenty of lime flavor with a bit of a fizz a la 7up or Sprite but it also has that tart, sour kick! Sour Pink Lemonade isn’t too sour but has plenty of sweet sugary lemon that will remind you of a warm Summer day!

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Vintage Sister balms have a hard texture but once warmed up they’ll glide onto lips and leave behind plenty of shine. They’ll heal up chapped lips and keep lips moist all while tasting and smelling delicious!

Vintage Sister Puck Up Lip Balm Set is a personal favorite of mine and a great beauty budget pick!

Loves it and Muse Approves it for purchase!

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Check out more Vintage Sister goodness by visiting www.vintagesister.com

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