Beauty on a Budget

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes Review

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, gentle cleansing facial wipe look no further! Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes are now available at your local Duane Reade for $5.99 USD or less…I say less because I seen ‘em at my Duane Reade for $4.99 USD weeeeeee love a good deal!

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These are quick, gentle cleansing towelettes for removing makeup on the fly even waterproof mascara! These are actually really good for those with sensitive skin as they are uber gentle on skin. Although I simply adore MAC Cleansing Wipes and Biore I do feel like I get slightly dry skin from them and also they sting a tiny bit…weird I know since my skin is so not sensitive but I get a tiny bit of a burning sensation from both and I’m not entirely sure why!

So when I tried Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes I was rather surprised how gentle they were on my skin without any sticky after feel, stinging, or dryness! They are 100% Alcohol Free and Oil Free!

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If you like the sound of a simple, easy and quick wipe that’s budget friendly head on over to Duane Reade to nab some now!

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Beauty on a Budget: Softlips Review & Contest

Meet my favorite budget friendly stocking stuffers for the Holiday:

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If you read my review on Rosebud Salve you probably already hold the key to the secrets of Life, the Universe, and Everything. What you probably didn’t realize is that the second key to the universe is held within these little duo packages of joy!

I’ve been using Softlips since…hmm forevers. The Muse and her sister have happily purchased Softlips for a very long time, years and years. I can remember Softlips Lip Balm being one of my very first makeup purchases so indeed it’s been a while!

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Honestly aside from Rosebud Salve I haven’t met a better option for keeping my lips happy during the cold weather skin! I’ve always had one of these little guys tucked into my purse for quick touch ups on the go. They glide on incredibly well and offer a nice seal of protection for cold, bitter New York weather plus they taste sooooo good! And let’s not forget they have SPF 20!

Softlips have introduced two new Limited Edition Duo Packs that contain two full size Softlips Balms. The first package holds Vanilla and Mint flavored balms which are great to use alone or layer them on top of each other for a Vanilla Mint flavored pout! The second package contains my personal favorite Cherry! It also contains Sugar Cookie which you can combine with Cherry to create Cherry Sugar Cookies! Yum! The Muse gets really excited about the little things in life.

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Many of you have written me emails asking I feature some budget friendly options for cosmetics, gifts, etc..and I think that these Softlips Duo Packs are ideal for budget stocking stuffers! Each pack costs around $3.50-$3.99 USD which isn’t too bad a deal at all! They make very cute gift toppers as well to tape to the top of a bigger gift or to stick in a Holiday gift bag!

Yo can learn more about Softlips by visiting them at www.softlips.com!

I know quite a few folk were disappointed that the Harajuku Girl Solid Perfume Coffret Contest was not open to the US residents! Boo! Hiss!

But the good news is today I have two Limited Edition Packages of Softlips to give away to readers within the US and abroad! Simply comment below and I’ll be choosing two random readers to get one of the two packets I have! The contest begins today and ends on Friday so Good Luck!

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Budget more of your Beauty by reading some past budget reviews!

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Beauty on a Budget: E.L.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint Review & Swatches

Ok, ok I admit to being a mean, nasty, no good person. I’m positive that you’re vehemently disagreeing with me right now and saying, “No Muse! No! We love you and think you’re the sweetest thing since gumdrops and lollipops! Why would you say you’re a mean, nasty, no good person!?!? Not our Muse! Can’t be!” Ok, maybe I exaggerated a little bit there.

Well, I recently purchased E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer and I was kinda hopeful that I’d be able to body slam it around in a review. I know, I’m deeply ashamed of myself but I was kinda feeling the vibe to trash dollar makeup! I really can’t help myself.

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Forgive me please!? I’m semi-ashamed of myself. Kinda, sorta.

Well….the bad news is I won’t be able to trash it for you! Damn it, I’m so bloody disappointed! I really was looking forward to doing this review and making all sorts of sarcastic, catty comments!

The good news is that you can actually get a decent Tinted Moisturizer for a buck…whoa…..

I decided to take the dive into cheap cosmetics when I seen E.L.F.’s rather hysterical promo comparing it’s newest tinted moisturizer to Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer. Umm…..major claim to leave up to as the Muse heart’s Laura’s version in a big way!

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Well, E.L.F. kinda sorta made a big claim and honestly they have created a product that actually works as promised. I’m not sure I’d compare it to Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer as the products are quite different but I will say that it’s good with some minor problems here and there.

I purchased two shades of E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer, oh sorry it’s actually called E.l.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint, silly Muse! There are four shades available so I decided I’d buy Tone 1 and Tone 2 but honestly I should have just stuck with Tone 1 as that was exactly the right shade for me but hey it was only a buck, no pain, no gain! Ok, two major or minor complaints are the fact that this contains parabens and secondly the scent is really foul-tastic. I think they were going for a fresh scent but it comes across as really cheap, old cosmetic smell to me. It’s a cross between plastic and flower and so NOT pleasant. Guess what? That’s the only rants I have! GASP! SHOCK! Oh my!

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Honestly, the product is not bad at all and it works. I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as tinted moisturizer though considering that it is pretty pigmented. Honestly, depending on how you see it that could be a good thing or a bad thing. The coverage is actually really good and falls into light coverage at the very least or even medium if I press the matter. The formula is good as well, not too thick, not to runny but nice and creamy with a certain thickness that feels quite nice on the skin. It absorbs well and leaves behind a nice canvas for makeup. It’s pretty long wearing too and during a full day will last about four hours before needing a bit of a refresher. Seriously, when have you seen tinted moisturizer last longer anyway right?

I think for the most part tinted moisturizers are just that, a moisturizer that’s tinted. When you’re looking for a good tinted moisturizer I think you’re seeking a sheer coverage plus added moisturize for your face which is why I don’t place E.L.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint in the tinted moisturizer category. I think E.L.F.’s version would probably fall more into the lines of a liquid foundation if anything else as the pigmentation is good enough to work as such. Granted if you have problem skin or you need more coverage this obviously won’t give that to you however in the long run if you’re just doing a quick look and running out the door this works a treat at creating a good finish to skin. Granted even though it does have good qualities it has a certain cheapness about it that I can’t explain or this may be accounted for the fact that I’m purely a snob about makeup.

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Overall E.l.F. Shielding Hydro-Tint does successfully what it promises. It honestly works well with a few minor rants that I mentioned above. I’m unsure if I’d repurchase it again myself but setting aside my bias opinions about cheap makeup, I will say it’s sorta worth checking out for yourself.

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E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer

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My tea is happily dribbling down my monitor at the moment as after seeing this advert I couldn’t help but cough.

Isn’t this kinda like comparing apples and oranges?

I’m unsure if a $1 Tinted Moisturizer can hold it’s own next to Laura Mercier’s rather awesome version!

But tickle me curiosity!

I’m ordering some just in case!

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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm Review

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If you’re looking for a warm, simple, inexpensive look for Fall might I suggest having a look at by Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm.

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Although I’m a self confessed Avon hater I do admit that many of the collections they have released over the course of the last year have been really great, in particular those designed by Jillian Dempsey.

The collection consists of several items to make up a great face look for Fall. My favorite item is the Avon Retro Rouge which is available in two shades. The blush is a wonderfully pigmented cheek color that’s silky and long wearing. The blush comes in two shade selections and is available for $7.99 USD each. Each blush has a beautiful floral design which remains in place after swiping your blush across it! Bonus points for a great design that allows you to enjoy the cute floral design without completely erasing it after application! The color selection I have is Vintage Shimmer which is a warm peach shade. Although it contains “shimmer” in the name the blush itself remains a matte, silky finish.

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To pair up with my warm, peachy shade of blush I choose a Avon True Color Eyeshadow in Apricot which is a golden peach shade that has a very slight shimmer but creates a very natural, smooth finish that’s flattering with warm blushes.

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Finally to complete my look I used Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Charming Rose. The name is slightly misleading as the finish on this is a warm, metallic coral. Again, paired up with a warmer blush and shadow this color looks simply stunning!

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I was really pleased with the look I created using these products and highly recommend picking some of this collection up. My entire look minus foundation, mascara, etc….was $13.73 USD to create. $2.49 USD for my shadow, $7.99 USD for my blush, and my lipstick was $3.25 USD.

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Creating a stunning look for Fall for under $15 USD is definately Muse Approved.

I liked this collection alot. Color pay off was excellent, design and packaging was elegant, and my finished look was beautifully warm and Fall-like!

If you’re not particularly eager to shell out $25 USD for NARS Super Orgasm after reading my recent review I’d highly suggest nabbing this blush as a great replacement item!

Do check out Jillian Dempsey for Avon’s Retro Charm Collection to keep your beauty nice and budgeted!

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