Beauty Babblings

Laneige Darling Big Eyes Palette

Laneige released a Limited Edition Palette a few months ago entitled Darling Big Eyes. I originally saw this on Kathi’s reviews (Click here to visit her) and I knew I had to have it!

After searching for this in a few countries (Singapore, China, Japan, Etc…) I failed to locate it. It’s like Where’s Waldo to locate this damn thing! Seriously, I’ve had problems locating cosmetics in the past but this particular palette was ridiculously elusive. After some serious hard work I ended up giving up on it and chalked it up as being something I’d lem for life but never own (how dramatic am I?).

A week ago I got a random package in the mail and low and behold when I ripped open the envelope out spilled the very difficult to locate Darling Big Eyes Palette!

Oh Joy! I was crying in excitement! Turns out a “virtual” friend of mine on MUA had sent it to me as a little present as I gifted her a bunch of tarts and a warmer a few months ago so she remembered how much I was wanting this palette and came across it and got it for me!

I now have in my possession this ultra cute palette!

Behold:
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You can’t honestly say this isn’t the cutest thing you ever seen! The palette is ultra tiny and has a little hanging loop on th end which I guess you could use on your cell phone but I’m not so nuts I’ll be using this as a cell phone charm!

This contains three shimmering shades of shadow in silver blue, pink, and cream. It flips open to reveal the three shadows and mirror plus it has a sweet little draw that pulls out to reveal two sponge applicators!

I haven’t yet used the shadows but I have dabbed my finger in and it appears they are quite pigmented! I think most of the appeal of the palette is it’s size and cute design!

Overall, it’s definately a really cute collector’s item and I’m properly chuffed to finally have it!

I wish I could tell you the price but I failed miserably at ever locating this so I don’t know it’s original price tag! This particular one is a gift and I don’t want to be rude and ask how much the person paid for it!

If you happen to live in Asia definately have a look around and see if you can locate one!

I’ll be doing an FOTD shortly with this and I’m eager to try it out for size! I’m also slightly hesitant to use it as it’s too cute to spoil by dipping my brushes into it! Sigh!

Have this?
Tell the Muse what you think!

Want it?
Good luck finding it as I had the devil of a time locating one!

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Bubblegum Pink

I find myself completely fascinated with Bubblegum Pink glosses and lipsticks as of late!

It all started after seeing an FOTD of Lancome’s Seashell on Vanessa’s lips over at Nessasary Makeup! Seashell has popped up on everyone’s blog as of late including our lovely little cookie, Lilan, from the Daily Cookie who I believe the Seashell craze originated from! Lilan is busy converting the blogging community to the delights of Seashell! Thanks Miss Cookie we love you for it!

Now your Muse normally stays away from Bubblegum Pinks because they aren’t so flattering on my very full face but nothing could keep me from purchasing two shades of bubblegum pink this season! The new Dior gloss plus the Lancome Seashell has started me on a downward spiral of collecting as many flattering shades of pop pink as I possibly can!

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I found myself falling deeper in love with such a silly shade of pink when I noticed Yoon Eun-Hye wearing it in her Joinis promo images! You probably already have heard that Yoon Eun-Hye has replaced Kim Hee-Seon as the new face for Joinis. I came across some of her promo images and I just fell in love with Bubblegum Pink all over again!

As you can see in the photos below she’s wearing a lovely mod pink which definately wouldn’t work on me but it’s cute none the less and has since changed my mind about lighter pinks!

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I’ll be doing some FOTD’s using different pinks very soon so do keep your eyes peeled!

Loving all this pink?

Got some pinks you can recommend the Muse?

Tell me!

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Spring Collections 2008 Round Up

museotherpostsuntitled45Many of you are already in the know about what’s coming up in the Spring but I thought I’d do a bit of a Spring Round Up of the Collections that are popping up with a little commentary about each!

Do share your own thoughts and tell me how you’re feeling about these collections!

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NARS was one of the first Spring Collections I seen pop on the scene with it’s Shanghai Lily Collection. It also happens to have set the theme for this year’s Collections with it’s bold look. As beautiful as the collection is it leaves me with a bit of a question mark hanging over my head as it’s not in keeping with my general look of Spring! The colors are very bold and dark reminding me of a Fall Collection rather then the light feeling of Spring. The star of the collection for me would be the newest eyeshadow in Abyssina which is soft pearl shimmer.

Overall, I really do love the look of the collection but it loses some of it’s appeal when the weather begins to warm up and I’m looking for a softer look! If they released this for the Fall I’m positive I’d be all over it like white on rice however this fails to wow me at the moment! I’ll definately pick up Abyssina but the rest I can do without until the colder weather sets in and the feel of Spring has left the air!

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Smashbox hits another foul ball with it’s Green Room Collection. It consists of tons of bronzey shades and again it appears they confused seasons here. This look reminds me of a more Summer feel with it’s warmer, golden colors! Last Spring we got a rather nice surprise with the Tokidoki Collection however this too wasn’t worth your time. Aside from the gorgeous Tokidoki themed packaging the actual product and colors were a bit too sheer for my lighting thus this year we ended up with another dud. The Green Room Collection fails on all accounts for me and I can’t pick out a single item out of the collection that intrigues me. This one is can be skipped on all accounts.

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For the sake of being an avid collector I did indeed purchase some of the Givenchy Denim Collection this year just because I’m so diseased but I can’t help but feel ripped off. Again, we have really dark colors for the Spring! I’m starting to get confused what Season we are heading into here! The collection has absolutely nothing to redeem itself and it consists of all dark, deep colors that I can’t even associate a Season with! I hate to say these things as I’m such a collector and fan of Givenchy but this collection leaves no lasting impression on me! Saks also happened to pop up with a new Prismissime for the Eyes which consists of colors from the Sweet and Decandent Chocolate Prismissime. It’s quite lovely and has since made it’s starring appearance on Sephora however again another disappointment. I purchased this even thought I already own the Sweet and Decandent Chocolate Prismissime palettes separately but it’s not an absolutely have to have for a few reasons. One would be the fact that again the colors are completely off Season for me and secondly if you have the original palettes you really don’t need to shell out the cash for this new palette unless you’re as sick as I am! After some confusion it’s finally been cleared up that the blue-purplish blush you may have seen as part of the Collection is an Asian Exclusive, Japan to be exact I believe so of course we got ripped off on that. I debated myself for a while whether I should have my friend get me the blush but I’ve since decided I’ve overindulged in this collection and I really don’t need more items I probably won’t even use!

Overall, the Collection is interesting but it loses points for it’s dark colors! If you’re a collector I, of course, recommend it for purchase. If you’re not, it’s safe to skip it!

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After much debate I decided to get a majority of the Lavshuca Spring Collection! In keeping with the current theme Lavshuca decided to take the Fall road as well and introduce a ton of palettes that contain some bronzey, brownish looking colors with one lighter shade. Again, I’m scratching my head in confusion! A good friend of mine, Mayu, lives in Japan and isn’t so busy at the moment so I’ve had her do the Spring Collection Shopping Spree for me and I ended up getting the new Noble On Eye Palettes. Just call me curious but I have to see for myself what the drama is with these palettes. They intrigue me to say the very least. The new slim style lipshades have also piqued my interest and I’ve decided I must try these as well but if you ask me they just look like the same standard Lavshuca lipstick in new packaging but we shall see!

Overall, this too seems to be a disappointment but I’m eagerly awaiting the package which should be here soon so I can review these!

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Majolica Majorca has my heart this season with their newest Majolook palettes! I cannot wait to get my hands on these! At least the colors are reminding me of Spring here with beautiful pinks, aquas, and golds! Thank you Shiseido for having a heart and gifting us with true Spring palettes! Click here to read more about MJ’s newest Collection!

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Much to my utter dismay Jill Stuart’s Seductive Eye Collection totally broke my heart. How do I dislike thee, let me count the ways! Matte shadows? My god the horror! Similar to every other JS Palette released? Check. More dark colors? Sheesh. I can’t believe I’m about to admit this but I skipped on all of the newest releases from JS this year and I plan on sticking to my word about purchasing these as they were just not interesting at all! Click here to read about the Seductive Eye Collection!

I believe I’ve bored you enough with my Musings about Spring Collections! I’ll be reviewing quite a few Spring Collections soon as I purchase them!

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Click Here to Read about My Impressions of the Dior Spring Collection 2008

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Morgen Schick’s Reunion with HSN

Meet Morgen Schick:
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I was sorting through e-mail and I came across an e-mail from “Morgen” at first I thought it was spam but after reading it I was astounded to learn it was from Morgen Schick, herself!

Morgen’s e-mail to me:

Hello Muse. This is first time I have been on a ‘blog’- guess it shows my age! My name is Morgen and I actually have never Goggled myself until today, when some one told me I had to see what was on the ‘net’ about me! So I scrolled down, and see that this lovely lady has picked one of my all time favorite products as one of her ‘Fav of 2007′ products! I decided 2 things, #1- that I wanted to thank you, and #2- that you need a new Hide N Hilight!! So, if there is an address where I can personally send you a new one (at least for photography on your blog icon smile I will happily do so! I’m also loving that you use my Schick Stick Cheek & Lip Stain, again, something I use daily- I’ll throw one of those babies in too! I appreciate your including my little products in your very impressive list, and I hope you have an awesome 2008!! Best, Morgen icon smile

Even after reading this it took a sec for my brain to function and realize that this was indeed, thee Morgen Schick, and not someone playing around with me!

I almost fell off my chair soon after. I replied really quickly and in my star struck manner I asked her about HSN! It’s been a long while since I’ve seen her featured on HSN and to my delight she told me that she’ll soon be on and gave me her schedule for the dates and times!

If you’re a US resident you can tune into HSN on the following dates and times to see Morgen Schick! It’s been ages since Morgen has been on and I can’t say how excited I am! And I really want to share this with you because I honestly couldn’t achieve some of my best looks without using Morgen’s Whisper Set Powder and Hide and Highlight Foundation!

Morgen Schicks Appearances on HSN:
Jan 16th @ 3pm and 11pm Jan 17th 7am, 2pm, and 8pm

You may remember a while ago I did a blog about my Flawless Face Coverage and how I achieve it, if not click here for details! One of my secret weapons to creating a flawless look is starting with the Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette! This is my holy grail product! I use this as my main foundation of choice (click here to see it featured in my Year End Review). I’ll be featuring a review on the palette very soon but until then I highly recommend tuning into HSN and seeing Morgen work her magic!

It may sound corny but I’m such a very big fan of her cosmetics and the idea she took the time out to write me a lovely e-mail totally made my day!

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Year End Review: 2007 Favorites List

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We are soon closing up 2007 and a New Year will be upon us within a few days! In celebration of that I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products of the year!

Asking me to choose a single favorite item in each category is impossible so I’ve listed a few of them instead! My mind changes often and my taste in makeup changes day to day so something that may have been my favorite last week is probably not the same this week! Most of the items on my list are items that I’ve really enjoyed using this year! Some are age old favorites while some are brand new items! I wish I could take the time out to type a little something about each but if I did we’d end up with a huge blog entry to say the least! I’ve just decided to list my favorites and if I’ve reviewed them before or featured them I’ve included a link so if you’re inclined to find out more you can click the link and be magically transfered to the review or impression I got of the item! You can also comment or e-mail me a question about any of the items and I’ll be happy to help!

I’d really love to hear about your favorite items this year too so please by all means comment or e-mail me icon smile You don’t need an account to comment icon wink It’s open for everyone!

Much happiness for a great New Year! I hope Musings will be bigger and better this coming year with more of what you want!

Thank you for being such loyal readers! I appreciate each and everyone of you greatly!

On with the show!

Eyeshadow

MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo in Earthly Riches (See my FOTD with Earthly Riches by Clicking Here)
Canmake Metallic Eye Shadow in 01 (See my Spotlight on Canmake by clicking here)
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Star
Majolica Majorca Eyeshadows in WT963, Rd422, and BL724
MAC Eyeshadows in Firespot, Passionate, Parrot, Black Tied, and Magic Dust
Urban Decay Eyeshadiw in Uzi and Grifter
Beaute de Kose Star Twinkle Eye Color in PK 872 (Click here for more on Beaute de Kose’s Star Twinkle Collection)
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Eyeshadow Duos

Susie N.Y. Resort Collection Eye Color Paradise Duos in 01, 02, 03
KATE Dual Carat Eyeshadows in RD-1 and SV1

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Eye Pigments, Shimmers, Glitters, Etc….

B Never Metallic Loose Powder

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Too Faced After Glow Loose Powder and Pressed Eyeshadow Duo

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MAC Pigments in Silver Fog, Quietly, White Gold, Your Ladyship, and Quick Frost
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MAC Glitters in Reflects Gold and Blackened Red
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KATE Loose Eyeshadow in Bu1, SV1, PK1, and GD1
Bourjois Paris Ombre a Paupieres Loose Eyesshadow in 23

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Eyeshadow Primer

Urban Decay Primer Poton
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Mascara

Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander
Excel Maxi Glamour Lash (Click here for my review)

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Mascara Overcoats


Guerlain Gold Overcoat (Click here to see more of the Guerlain Gold Holiday)
Majolica Majorca Lash Freeze
KISS Overcoat in Pink

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Mascara Primer
Blinc Mascara Primer
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Blush

Clio Blush in Rose Pink (Click here to see my review on Clio Blushes)
MAC Blush in Fab
The Body Shop Solar Duo Blush in 01
Signature Club A Mistake Proof Blush
NARS Blush in Desire

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Highlighters

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Shimpagne (Click here to see me wearing Shimpagne)
Bare Minerals Gold Gossamer (Click here to read more)
Gransenbon Gran Brush in 10
Excel Highlighter Blush in G2

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Foundation

Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette
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Favorite Makeup Collections from 2007

Guerlain Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Holiday Guerlain)
Givenchy’s Diamantisimme Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Givenchy’s Holiday Collection)
MAC C-Shock (Click here to see my collection from C-Shock)
MAC Smoke Signals (Click here to see my collection from Smoke Signals)
Barbie Loves MAC
T’estimo Spring Collection (Click here for my T’estimo Spring Collection)


Concealers

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Benefit Bo-ing
Benefit Lemon Aid
Philosophy Airbrushed Fingerpaints Concealer Palette
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Face Powders

Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Mosaic Powder
Physicians Formula CoverToxTen

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Lip and Cheek Stains

Vincent Long Gel Cheek and Lip Stain
Loreal Pinch of Color Stain
Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain
Majolica Majorca Flesh and Blood Cheek Stain
Morgen Schick Healthy Flush Cheek Stain
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Lipsticks

MAC Lipstick in Thrills
MAC Lipstick in Queen’s Sin
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick in Plum Orchid (Read more about the Cynthia Rowley Collection for Avon by Clicking here!)

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Lipgloss

Shu Uemura Gloss Lacquer in Radical Fuchsia (Click here to see my review)
Du-Wop Lip Venom in Pink Shimmer
Majolica Majorca Imitation Kiss in 2
Sony CP Curvy Lip Silicon in Clear
MAC Lipglass in Red Romp (See my FOTD using Red Romp by clicking here!)
MAC Plushglass in Full for You
Aube Fruitina Lipgloss in 14 and 16

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Other Lip Items

Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheers

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Palettes

Stila Belle of the Ball glitter Eye Shadow Palette (Click here to read more about Stila “Asia” Only Haul)
MAC Smoking Eye Quad (Click here to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul)
MAC Gentle Fumes Eye Quad (Click here to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul)
Awake Stardom Eye Quad (Click here to read my review about the Stardom Eye Quads)
Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette in Diamond (Click here to read more about my Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette Haul)

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Bobbi Brown Metallics Eye Palette in Burnt Sugar (Click here to see my FOTD and Review of Burnt Sugar and Click here to see some more about this palettes!)
Majolica Majorca Holiday Majolook Palette in SV801 (Click here to see my FOTD and Tutorial for SV801 and Click here to see my MJ Holiday Haul)
Gransebon Gran De Eyes Palette in 15
Susie N.Y. Eyeshadow Quad in 11
NARS Night Series Palette (Click here to see more details on this palette!)
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T’estimo Frame Impact Eye Palette in 03 (Click here to see the Fall and Spring Palettes with my Impressions of each!)
T’estimo Layered Impact Eye Palettes in 04 and 05
Esprique Precious Full Sparkle Eyes in S-0
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Eyeliners

MAC Technakohl Eyeliner
KATE Super Sharp Eyeliner
Majolica Majorca Jeweling Pencils
NARS Eyeliner
Mark Star Eyeliner Pencil
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Brushes

Sponge Applicators
MAC 183 (See my recommendation by clicking here)
MAC 187
Stila 21
MAC 227
Bare Escentuals Eye Buki Brush
MAC 224
MAC 217
Mally Curved Blending Brush
Smashbox 9
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Fragrance

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Lush Cosmetics Ginger

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Lush Sakura
BPAL Perfume Oils in Crypt Queen, Dana O’Shee, Pink Moon, and Pruno (Want to learn more about BPAL Perfume Oils? Click here!)
Love Magical Perfurmerie Candy Pop Perfume Oil (Click here to read my review on Candy Pop)
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Facial Moisturizers

Lush Gorgeous
Lush Skins Shangri La
Philosophy When Hope is not Enough
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Eye Cream
Petroleum Jelly
Lush Enchanted Eye Cream
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Facial Cleaners

Philosophy Purity
Kose Airy Whip
Lush Ultra Bland (Click here to learn more about Lush Skincare)
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Facial Exfoliants

Lush Ocean Salt
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash (Click here to read my review!)
C.O. Bigelow Tropical Fruit Face Scrub
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Toners

Lush Tea Tree Water
Lush Breath of Fresh Air
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Face Masks, Treatments, Etc…


Boire Deep Cleaning Nose Strips
Boire Self Heating Face Masks
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Nose Mask
Sony Blackhead Off Stick
Pola Hot Cleaning Gel
Pola Deep Cleaning Nose Wash for Blackheads

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Shower Gels

Bloom Shower Gel in Energy
Bliss Shock Therapy
Lush Snowcake (Click here to see my Snowcake Haul!)
Lush Ghost (Click here for my review on Ghost)
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Philosophy Bubbly (See my ravings on Bubbly by clicking here)
Bath and Body Works Temptations 3 in 1 Shower Gel in Iced Tea Twist and Forever Frosting
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Body Scrubs

Isle of Eden Body Scrub in Bombshell
Philosophy Empowermint
Philosophy Pink Lemonade (Click here for my review)
Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Scrub
Philosophy Senorita Margarita Body Scrub
Philosophy Candy Cane Body Scrub
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Body Lotions

Tone Quick Absorbing Body Lotion
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Body Soaps

Lush Cocktail

Lush Snowcake
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Bath Bombs

Cherriflip Citrus Whip Truffle
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Lush Haagen Bath
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Lush Sakura
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Lush Sex Bomb
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Pich Posh Peach Bellini
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Bubble Bars

Bubbles of Rockport Bloomin’ Raspberry Bubble Bar
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Bubbles of Rockport Chocolate Covered Cherry
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Lush Creamy Candy
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Lush The Comforter
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Those are my favs of the year! How about you? What are your favorites this year?

Tell the Muse!

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