Beauty on a Budget
Ok, are you listening?
Make sure your listening.
This is important.
For $10 USD or less you can have awesome flawless skin.
Are you in?
If you like the way my skin looks in my photos you can thank my secret weapon which I’ve been using for at least 10 years now.
It creates flawless perfection.
Seriously the best stuff I ever used in my life.
Now you know I HATE drugstore cosmetics within the US however this stuff deserves some serious props.
I discovered this when I was a wee lass and on a student budget and since I started using it I never looked back.
It can be used as my sole foundation, as a quick touch up, as a finishing powder, to hide dullness, to refresh my skin, to create the illusion of pure perfection.
Sounds too good to be true right?
But it’s true.
WHAT IS IT MUSE!?
Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Pressed Powder Palette.
Go figure right?
I’ve seriously used this stuff since I was a teen and I just love it. I recently had to purchase a new one and I thought gee I need to share this with the world.
See? Told you I needed a new one!
So here I am telling you all about my secret weapon that creates the flawlessness you see in all my photos.
The powder comes in a few different color selections but I use Creamy Natural. I think it’s safe to say that Creamy Natural should work on fair, medium, and yellow tone skin. I think this should be flattering on Asian skin but I can’t completely guarantee it as I haven’t yet convinced any of my Asian girl friends to take the dive (they are just as snobby as me when it comes to drugstore beauty brands!). However, it has so many variations of beige in it that I think it should even out yellows very nicely!
The palette is made up of several colors including white, darker, lighter, and medium shades of beige. Each color combines to create this rather amazing shade that’s completely flattering to my skin tone.
I’ve used the product as a finishing powder mostly but I can easily get away with using it as foundation. It’s truly pure perfection. It works amazing well at creating this soft focused look that I’ve never been able to duplicate with expensive powders I’ve tried. It evens out my skin tone, removes dullness, and just makes my skin look beautifully flawless.
I love the packaging too by the way! It’s a two way compact with the powder on top and a small compartment underneath for tucking in the super soft puff application it comes with.
Sadly, it does contain talc and parabens. Parabens are definately a no for many people but I don’t mind them as much and talc has been known to cause break outs however I’ve never experienced that problem with this.
Is it love?
If I had to pick three products to take with me on a deserted island would this be one?
This one is holy grail material.
I love it and I’m kindly sharing it with you!
Go out, grab some, and try it out! I bet you’ll be hooked!
This is by far the best Beauty Budget purchase I ever made in my life and if they ever axe this from the line I might as well jump out a window! Can’t live without it!
The Muse Approves it big time!
Want to try it?
What’s your holy grail powder?
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Enjoy some past Beauty on a Budget posts!
Rimmel Underground Spring Collection 2008: Rock, Spark and Spin
Physicians Formula Plump Potion Review
Latest Obsession: Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray Review
Beauty on a Budget: Twice as Clean Gift Set
Physicians Formula Flawless Complexion Kit Review
Shiseido Kesho Wakusei Summer Collection Line Up
Terra Eyeshadow Review
When Beauty on a Budget, Goes Wrong: Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review
Although I normally favor Lip Venom for my lip plumping needs I couldn’t resist picking up some Physicians Formula Plump Potion Lip Gloss while I was in Harmons recently.
Not a bad Beauty on a Budget find here guys! Total cost for two large size glosses was $8.95 USD and they are seriously big glosses with tons of product inside.
The box promises instant results and plumped up lips of up to 3 times…question is does it really work?
I never ran across a gloss that actually plumped. Most just offer a bite or sting and a formula that’s so thick it gives the appearance of fuller lips which is just the case for Physicians Formula Plump Potion. The formula is extremely thick thus the illusion of larger, plumped up lips comes into play. So physically you’re not obtaining a Angelina Jolie pucker! Sorry ’bout that!
The formula is very thick, dense, and sports a rather weird perfume smell and taste I wasn’t loving. Once it’s on you won’t feel any painful bite or sting however you will notice a rather strange little tightening around your lips that lasts for a few seconds and quickly disappears. The original application is a sticky, tacky mess however the dry down feels very nice, natural, and you’ll barely notice you’re wearing gloss which is an absolute plus for the Muse.
The color I tried out was Rose Potion which is a nice rosy shade that has a metallic finish which looked very nice on. The package also included a free Plump Potion in clear which was great for layering on top of lipstick.
Rocking Out with my Tarte Peaches & Cream Foundation
For the price it was a rather nice deal and the formula is pretty good too plus the color is extremely pigmented.
If you’re looking for a good plumping gloss that offers the benefits of fuller lips, great color selection, and an inexpensive price Physicians Formula Plump Potion is worth checking out!
The Muse thought it was pretty great for it’s $9 buck price tag!
Definitely a Muse Approved Beauty on a Budget find!
Cure your gloss cravings with past posts and reviews on lip gloss I’ve either stashed or trashed….
L’Oreal Infallible Lipgloss Review
DuWop Moon Venom Review
Smashbox O-Gloss Review
I recently came into a stash of Aquafina skincare goodies and as mentioned in a previous post I’ll be doing a a few different reviews for each item over the next few days.
One of the first items I want to review for you is one of my Latest Obsessions and a total Beauty on a Budget score!
Meet Aquafina’s Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray:
This little bad boy will cost you $3.50 USD-$4 USD depending where you buy it. That’s freaking four bucks for an awesome hydrating spray! Can you say cheap and awesome?
The Muse likey cheap beauty finds that actually work!
Evian Facial Spray sells for $16 USD in a 16oz size where as Aquafina sells there version for $3.50 USD in a 6oz size. Which means even if you purchase 3 cans of Aquafina you’re still getting major bang for your buck!
Since it’s hot, humid and just generally yucky outside I absolutely adore this stuff to prep my face in the AM prior to moisturizing! I spray it all over my face for a healthy shot of cooling mineral water that softens my face and preps it for my facial moisturizer! It’s delightfully cool and refreshing plus I get the added benefit of the minerals in the water. It’s suggested for use with or without makeup on but I personally won’t attempt spraying water in my face when I have a full face of cosmetics on however in preparation for makeup it’s ideal.
The price is sincerely awesome and it’s definately an item you’ll want to stash away cans of! The price can’t be beat and it’s a really inexpensive find for replacing your normal toner in the Summer when it’s warmer (or Winter if you prefer).
This one gets a friendly Muse Approval for purchase! If you know anything about your Muse it’s extremely rare she runs across cheap and awesome in the same product. Cheap yes…awesome no…..rare occurrence!
But it just so happens that Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray is cheap and awesome! A marriage most wonderful!
Wants some more of it!
Have you tried this yet?
Can’t live without it?
Want to try it?
Tell the Muse!
By the way….
Aquafina’s website is doing a sincerely wicked deal at the moment. 25% off your order of $25 USD or more!
Sweet! Click on over to start shopping!
Find more Beauty Budgets that the Muse adored by checking out some pasts reviews!
Small and Cheap: Bourjois Paris Minis Review
Sparkle and Shimmer For a Few Bucks: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Sparkling and Lumnious Eye Shadow Review
Seriously pigmented for under $7 USD: Terra Eyeshadow Review
Loving: Essense of Beauty Crease Brush Review
Steals and Deals: Sue Devitt Naughty and Nice Palettes
Hyped about: Milani’s Wet/Dry Sparkling Eye Shadow Review
Read up on some Beauty on a Budget finds that went seriously wrong:
NYX Mosiac Powder Review
Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review
Finally I got my hands on some Aquafina Skincare after hearing SO much about it!
I’ll be reviewing an item a day from the collection starting tomorrow so stay tuned on whether the Muse thinks you should be stashing or trashing the new Aquafina Skincare Collection!
Tried it already?
Learn the best (and worst) options for taking good care of your skin with some past posts from the Muse!
Clarisonic Skin Care Brush Review
Artistry Essentials Moisture Plus Review
MAC Prep and Prime Review
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Review
Keihl’s Skincare Review
I swear I must be the only girl alive that loves wandering down the aisles of Staples and thinking up strange and unusual ways to use office supplies for beauty storage purposes. At the moment I’m using various desk top organizers that I purchased online and in office shops as storage for cosmetics (I happen to do the same thing with kitchen draw organizers too!). Oh well I never claimed to be normal!
I needed a few items for my office this week so I hurried down to Staples in excitement in what I’d find in the Back to School aisle that I could use for beauty purposes. I love Back to School! It’s the best time of the year for locating little pencil boxes, small plastic bins, and other awesome little compartments and boxes that I can use for stowing away lipsticks, shadows, and the likes!
Sadly, I didn’t find too much in Staples Back to School aisle aside from three kids bawling there eyes out and one frantic mum trying to quiet them. I suspect they didn’t like the idea of shopping for school supplies in July but that’s just my theory of course.
However, I did find one cheap and cheesy find that I am loving for travel storage! A rather cute plastic pencil case that snaps open to reveal a little pull out draw. Obviously it’s used for stowing away pencils and such but I find it particularly nice for stowing brushes when I’m traveling!
Great idea right?
It has enough room to hold a ton of your eye brushes and you can neatly hold at least five or six face brushes inside maybe more if you don’t mind them being squished up.
At 79 cents I’d say it’s a steal and a deal plus convenient! The Muse highly recommends heading down to your local office supply store and looking at Back to School pencil boxes in a new light! Consider your makeup collection inside instead of a buncha pencils, pens, and erasers.
Simple ideas from your silly, old Muse!
How the Muse stores her stash!
Sephora Metro Traincase
Lori Griener Cosmetic Storage Solutions
MuseTV: Revisiting My Storage Solutions