The Muse was wondering how is the current economy influencing your beauty purchases?
Are you cutting back on your normal hauls? Saving more?
I’m very, very anal about setting budget goals for just about everything in my life. I plan cosmetic releases (and non cosmetic things) down to the last penny but occasionally I do go over budgets that I set for myself but it’s quite rare. I think present economic situation has definitely influenced my purchasing as I’m not so quick to jump on board purchasing every single shade of aqua eyeshadow put out. I’m a tad bit more conscious of asking myself do I really need this or do I have two dozen of the same thing at home? I’m also pretty tame with my MAC hauling late. I honestly don’t think this has too much to do with the economy so much as it has to do with scaling back some as sometimes I do realize that I have a bit TOO much stuff hanging around!
How about you?
The Muse MIGHT be easily amused, it’s hard to say really with her sense of humor but she did so find it slightly funny that Zirh has a Warrior Collection of Shower Gels available at the moment for men.
If your man’s ego isn’t bloated enough you can now buy him Warrior Shower Gel that will make him feel like Alexander the Great, Ulysses, and dare I save even Julius freaking Caesar.
Feed his ego with these fine shower gels from Zirh and I’m postive he’ll be charging into your bedroom with a toga wrapped around his body yelling “All Hail Caesar!”
How oddly exciting….
Remember how fond the Muse is of ranting about the lack of face masks available without the US? Asian markets are flooded with all sorts of facial masks and it’s a common part of skincare regime to use these masks for extra moisture, whitening benefits, and a number of other reasons. Almost all masks are commonly found in drugstores at quite an inexpensive price tag.
Now US women are quite deprived of these great treatments and if you’re seeking such a face mask a few select brand such as Shu make these masks but with a high price tag.
I was excited to see that the Sephora Brand Power Mask Collection has popped up at Sephora! Wow finally a company within the US was finally jumping on board the face mask craze.
Don’t get too excited, read ahead to find out why!
The idea behind the Sephora Brand Powder Mask Collection was quite exciting as I loved the idea of finding masks locally at my Sephora store. Cool!
Three masks are available for use one of which is a face mask that delivers extra moisture to the face! The Muse can always use as much moisture as possible on my face. Also available is an eye mask that also delivers moisture, comfort, and cooling to the eye area.
And finally another face mask option is available that nourishes tired skin and creates a more fresher, newer you!
Are you excited yet? I was.
Until I seen the price.
Umm hello expensive how are you?
The masks are not sold in bulk such as ones from Asian companies which means you’re getting a SINGLE mask, ONE time use for a price tag that starts at $8 and ends somewhere at $12.
Even Shu Eye Masks run cheaper at $45 for a box of 8 which adds up to around $5.65 per a mask.
Um no my face does not need moisture at that cost! Especially moisture that isn’t even from a high end brand name.
Needless to say you won’t catch these in my cart until they are on clearance for a buck ninety nine. The Muse is all about playing it cheap with these masks! Love the idea, no likey the price.
Lower your prices Sephora and they will come.
Hello, my name is the Muse and I’m addicted to lip balms. Whoa I’m kinda proud of myself for admitting I have a problem!
No but seriously I really do have some sort of problem when it comes to tasty treats for my lips in the Winter. I could really care less in the Summer as my lips aren’t nearly as dry so I don’t bother much but Winter hits and the addiction for lip balm sets in!
When I seen a cute quad of lip butter on QVC I had a hard time not putting them in my cart and purchasing away!
Read on about kawaii lip balms!
The 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter Set (Item Number A88350) contains four tasty little balms all tucked into a keepsake aluminum tin…ok, ok…I admit that the tin kinda sorta did me in and I was totally feeling the need to own a tin full of lip butters. It was lip butter storage at it’s best…ahhhh kawaiiiiiiiiiii!
The kit is $29 USD and contains four lip butters in peach, strawberry, pomegranate, and cranberry. Hmmm tiny bit pricey but did I mention it includes a tin to store the lip butters in? Key selling point people…kinda…sorta.
Ok, maybe I’m all alone in my diseased nature but take a look at pictures and try to tell me these aren’t cute as all heck!
I was good, I didn’t order them but you can’t keep me from drooling! What? Am I the only one developing a serious case of the lems for this cute set?
I was browsing around Sasa looking for a steals and deals when I noticed that they are now carrying Kyowa Rose Hip Makeup Removal Cleansing Tissues! Coolness! I have these hanging out just about everywhere in my house and office. I keep ‘em by my bed, on my vanity, in my bathroom, in my desk draw…they are kinda my go to item for freshening up makeup, cleaning brushes, and removing makeup on the fly.
Read more about why I love ‘em after the jump!
I’m a big fan of MAC Makeup Remover Wipes but damn they dry my skin out bad plus they kinda sting a little bit. I’ve long since replaced them with Kyowa Rose Hip Makeup Removal Cleansing Tissues that I buy at my local Asian supermarket for a buck. That’s right, $1 for 30! Score! A steal and a deal, thank you very much.
They do a rather fab job of removing all my makeup without drying out my skin so I keep buying ‘em for quickie makeup removal when I’m lazy plus I use ‘em for a variety of other reasons too since the price is right. Do keep in mind that they epically fail at removing waterproof mascara but honestly have you ever met a wipe that does a good job with that? I haven’t, not even MAC’s version.
Although I do like these for super quick makeup clean up I really dig having them around for wiping my brushes in between shadow color changes. Swipe a few times and my brush is nice and clean for my next color plus dries really quick. These also make a nice pick me up in the summer when my forehead is being oil, quick wipe removes the oil and I can brush on a bit of powder to mattify.
Honestly, they are pretty multitasking and the price can’t be beat. When I seen them on Sasa I was kinda excited that the rest of the world could now indulge (that is if you don’t have many options around in regards to small Asian shops, markets, etc…) although on Sasa they do retail for $3.20 USD but still if you’re doing a Sasa order it’s not too bad a deal to throw a box in your cart to take them for a whirl.
They smell fresh and clean, leave my skin moist without a tight, itchy dry feeling, and multitasking as a remover, brush cleaner, and more! What more could a girl want at this price?
Kyowa makes several styles of the wipe, so pick the one you want and get cleansing! The Muse loves ‘em!