Beauty on a Budget

Nuance Salma Hayek Dual Phase Makeup Remover Review

Nuance Salma Hayek Dual Phase Makeup Remover

Ha I didn’t know Nuance by Salma Hayek had a Cucumber & Rosewater Dual Phae Makeup Remover ($8.49). I ran out of Maybelline Clean Express and had some of those Beauty Bonus Bucks from CVS that I always let expire so I was determined to use them (I let one for $50 expire a few months ago and another for $10 and….and….)!

So I headed to CVS last night after having a rather delightful Italian dinner with some friends. I must have circled the aisles twenty times because nothing jumped out at me and I was almost ready to pack it and forget about the stupid bonus bucks when I noticed this makeup remover.

So that’s my story about discovering this stuff. And it was long and boring but you know I love to babble don’t you?

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Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads Review

Almay Longwear Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Four score and seven years ago the Muse was a younger girl and tried out Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. This devil product nearly put me off Eye Makeup Remover for all time. It was greasy, oily, and it blinded me with science…not really science but it was cool to throw that in a sentence.

No seriously, they were so OILY that they ended up giving me trippy eye vision for hours after. I must have been 18ish or so when I first tried them. I had a brief stint working at CVS when I was around 16 or so so it could have been even as far back as that when I originally tried them.

Almay recently launched four new pad eye makeup removers and two new liquid eye makeup removers. I saw the display, quickly shook my head, and walked away from it. Those pads are evil I told myself, you’re still recovering from the last time you used them, remember what an emotional wreck you were after using them that first time? Needless to say curiosity killed the cat but this cat was curious none the less….so I decided to repurchase the Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Pads. I mean there was Kate Hudson right on display, smiling at me reassuringly. This must mean they somehow reformulated these pads! No oil, no trippy cloudy vision that makes me want to play I am the Walrus as I stumble from my bathroom to my bedroom….goo goo g’joob indeed.

How are they?

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New Revlon Lip Butter Shades Available Now at Ulta

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter New Colors

The newest Revlon Lip Butters I recently featured on Musings of a Muse found in the Gucci Westman Summer 2013 Collection are now permanent shades and available at Ulta.com.

If you’ve had a difficult time tracking these down now is a great time to get them as they are buy 2, get 1 free at Ulta.com and Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Shades:

Happy Shopping!

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Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Review & Swatches

Almay Smart Shade CC Cream1

I think part of the irony of Almay Smart Shade CC Cream is the fact that the Almay Smart Shade Foundation is more of a CC Cream than this is.

At the moment CC Creams are pretty popular in Korea and we’re seeing some of that in the Western market. Most of these CC Creams in Asia are white, self adjusting formulas with lightweight textures. Remind you of anything? Almay’s Smart Shade Foundation is actually white and self adjusting….

I find it funny that their CC Cream actually doesn’t go the self adjusting root. It’s unusual that their original, old formulated foundation is more a CC Cream than a new product they just launched.

Oddness!

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Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick (Summer 2013 Shades) Review & Swatches

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick Summer 2013 Colors

Good news Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick fans! Nude Shimmer, Ravishing Pink, I Crave Coral and Sienna Sands are four new, limited edition Summer 2013 shades of Color Whisper Lipstick available at drugstores now (if you can find them GRRrrrRrrr).

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick is possibly my favorite drugstore lippie at the moment so I was excited to see these new shades pop up.

Take a look!

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