Beauty Babblings

Keep Your Skincare On Ice

I admit that I own a mini fridge that I store my skincare items in. A majority of my skincare items are Lush which means they are quite fresh and have an expiration date of a year or six months. I find refrigerating them keeps them fresher and long lasting (either that or I’m anal about what I put on my face). You can read about my skincare regime by clicking here.

About two years ago I purchased a mini fridge from Think Geek for a small chunk of change (I only keep skincare and cosmetics in it NOT food and drinks) however for $225 you can get a mini cooler that’s made exclusively for your skincare!

Check this out:

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I’m geeky enough to think this is awesome!

Check out what it promises to do:

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Have a Greedy, Retro Christmas!

How chic (or greedy) would you be pulling this out of your bag for touch ups this holiday!

Retro Makeup case with the words “I only shop for me, myself, and I” printed on it!

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Cutes!

The Muse doesn’t practice such a cruel art of gift giving but she does adore how cute this is (but I did order one for myself anyway and one for my sister’s stocking!).

Comes with a compact mirror, cherry lipgloss, and makeup bag!

Available from ASOS for 10.00 (ASOS ships worldwide).

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The Muse’s Christmas List Take 2

The Muse has quite a large list of goodies on her wish list this Holiday Season! I already did a previous post about my Japanese Christmas Wish List which you can see by clicking here. This list is basically what I’m deciding on at the moment and wondering what I should and shouldn’t get!

Sooooooooo………here’s a few of the items I’m dying to get my greedy little hands on but I’m still trying to figure out what I need and what I HAVE to have!

MAC Stylistics Lipstick in Stylistic and The Scene
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MAC Stylistics Sheer Mystery Powder
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MAC Stylistics Sheerspark Pressed Powders in Pave, Fashionette, Solitaire, and Warm Ice
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MAC Stylistics Lipgloss in Witty and Tastemaker
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MAC Finery Lip Bag Sets in Pink, Coral, Tan, and Plum Lips
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MAC Metal X Glitter Eyeliners in Blitzed, Limedandy, Wonderwhite, Enbronze, and Pewterpink
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YSL White Gold Eyeshadow Collection
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YSL White Gold Celebration Palette
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YSL White Gold Compact Powder
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Anna Sui Christmas Collection
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Excel’s Holiday Collection
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Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes EX02
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I think that covers what I am currently wanting at the moment!

You can see some of the Christmas Collections I’ve already got by clicking on the links below:

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Brown Quartz ShimmerBrick Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

NARS Night Series Palette Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Awake Limited Edition Stardom Palettes Click for my First Impression with Pictures

bareMinerals bareGold Luxury Color Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Stila’s “Asia” Only Exclusive Trios and Palettes Click for My First Impression with Pictures

MAC Royal Assets Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

MAC Antiquitease Color Click for my Review, Pictures, and Video

Guerlain Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Givenchy’s Diamantismme Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

See my Christmas Past Collection by clicking here!

So what’s on your Christmas Wish List?
What collections have you already gotten?
Which are you really wanting?
What are you skipping?
What are you considering?
Your Muse’s ears are open! I want to hear all about it!

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The Importance of Piggie Vials

That quite sounds like a disease doesn’t it? Piggie Vial? Oh my it does indeed!

You might (or might not if you happen to be a MAC Whore like the Muse) be wondering what Piggie Vials are! Piggie Vials are actually Pigment Vials which are smaller containers of MAC pigment. You can only get pigment vials around the Holidays (or at least that’s been the case for the last few years) and they normally come sold in sets of five or so!

Now you might be wondering why I am bringing this up in a blog post! Well I think that the importance of Pigment Vials is underestimated and it’s my job to tell you how important they are!

Pigment vials contain 2.5 grams of pigment in one rather cute little vial! Why is this important? MAC Pigments are so pigmented that a little product goes a long way and vials are the perfect solution to not purchasing a large jar of pigment that will take you literally years to get through!

A normal jar of pigment is 7.5 grams in size and is $19.50 while pigment vials are sold normally in lots of 5 for $29.50. That means you’ll get 12.5 grams of pigment for a nice little price plus it’s a variety of colors you’ll receive and enough product that’ll last you ages and ages!

I’m addicted to pigments and as appealing as large pigment jars are I’d love if MAC started offering pigment vials as a regular catalog item! How great would it be to walk up to your MAC counter and have the option of buying a full size jar of pigment or a vial of pigment!

Until that time comes (MAC are you listening? We want more piggie vials!) I adore picking up the Holiday collections with the 5 very cute vials that allow me to have an array of colors for an inexpensive price tag!

MAC Pigment and Glitter Vials
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MAC introduced two new pigment sets this year which are a warm and a cool selection for $29.50USD each!

MAC Curiousitease Warm Pigment
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MAC Curiousitease Cool Pigment
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The moral of the story is if you’re on the fence or you’re new to MAC and you’re feeling overwhelmed by the vast collection of color why not settle for a gorgeous set of pigments!

Now is a great time to get them as they are up and available for the Holiday Season!

MAC Pigments (big or small) are always Muse Approved!

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Philosophy on QVC

It may sound unappealing but I rock the home shopping boat every year for Christmas! Many people think that shopping from QVC will nab you cheap gifts that are not worth the effort or the money of ordering but that’s not the case! You can nab some great gifts that are inexpensive and quite posh! They also offer great flexible payment options to spread your payments into small monthly payments rather then paying the entire amount right away! Many cosmetic options also have some products that are exclusive to QVC so these are items you can’t purchase from anywhere else!

I’ve gathered together a few Philosophy items that are really great deals in my opinion and maybe they’ll simplify your Christmas gift list!

Philosophy Lemonade 5-Piece Deluxe Set Available at QVC Item Number A18856 $80USD
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Includes all of the following items:

  • 16-fl oz old fashioned lemonade shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath
  • 8-oz lemonade body butter
  • 23-oz old fashioned lemonade salt scrub
  • 2-oz lemonade hand cream
  • 0.5 oz lemon-flavored lip shine

Purchased separately this entire lot would run you $91USD

Lemonade isn’t my favorite philosophy Shower Gel but this lot of items will save you $11 if you purchased them separately so not a bad deal!

Philosophy Flavored Lip Collection Available from QVC Item Number A72108 $29.98
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Includes all of the following:

  • lip gloss in vanilla birthday cake
  • lip gloss in powdered sugar cookie
  • lip gloss in raspberry sorbet
  • lip gloss in melon daiquiri

Purchased separately each lip shine is $10 which totals $40 for four! You’ll save $10 by getting this set!

Philosophy Amazing Grace Head to Toe 6 Piece Layering Kit Available from QVC Item Number A4518
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Includes all of the following items:

  • 8-oz amazing grace shampoo, bath, and shower gel
  • 8-oz amazing grace hair conditioner
  • 8-oz amazing grace firming body emulsion
  • 1-oz amazing grace hand cream
  • 2-oz amazing grace spray fragrance
  • 0.27 oz amazing grace perfume oil
  • 2-oz bonus purity made simple facial cleanser
  • 0.4 oz bonus hope in a jar moisturizer

Some of the items in set set aren’t valued but if you add together the shampoo, conditioner, body emulsion, hand cream, spray perfume, and oil it comes to $87 or more!

Happy Shopping!

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