You know how much a snob your Muse is when it comes to US drugstore cosmetics right? So when I met up with Maybelline Lash Stiletto a few days ago I wasn’t expecting too much but boy was I proven wrong!
Jump ahead to feel the love!
Ranging in a price of $7.99 USD to $9.99 USD I wasn’t expecting too much from Maybelline Lash Stiletto, after all I never expect much from anything that sprouts a price tag like that from my local drugstore. Most run ins I have with drugstore mascara is using a tube as a basketball as I toss it into the trash can but obviously, on rare occasions, a Muse can be proven wrong about a product or two purchased outside of a high end counter.
Anything that promises thee ultimate in length for my lashes is way too good to be true. But ado tis true…..Maybelline Lash Stiletto promises length and provides it without question.
First off if you’re not careful during application you will end up with badly separate eye lashes and that scary spider web look, not cool. But with proper prepping with your lash curler and a sure grip on your wand you’ll be able to curl lashes upwards and out while gripping each lash and lengthening it by at least 5 times it’s normal size. The best way to apply is with a slight zig zag motion as it allows the brush to grip lashes and pull them upwards. The effect is extremely long lashes! Keep in mind that the mascara promises simply length and that’s all it gives. You’re not going to get fatter, plumper lashes with this, you’ll simply get amazing length with it.
The applicator is a thin brush with bristles. I know, gasp, shock, amazing right? A mascara with a brush applicator, not a plastic one! Bless be! The applicator is a bit on the sharp side so if you’re clumsy with mascara application do be careful with this. I think the end results are produced by the very thin, straight brush applicator as the formula isn’t anything special that I noticed. I do think that the thin applicator allows you to catch all your lashes and has an interesting effect of gripping lashes to pull them forward.
The formula isn’t waterproof and easily washes away with warm water and simple soap however it has the ability to last quite long minus smudging or flaking. I’m not a fan of non waterproof mascara but this is quite long wearing so I don’t mind in the least. The formula is light enough not to weight lashes done so it keeps curl fairly well.
All in all I think it’s a rather fabulous drugstore find and a great beauty on a budget purchase. It promises length and delivers! If you have small stubbier lashes it should work well at pulling them outwards. I’m unsure about recommending it for Asian eyes though as the applicator is such a straight edge that I think it would make for a bit of a difficult apply using it but for the price it’s well worth trying to see!
Overall, must eat my words here, it’s a love. Maybelline Lash Stiletto is Muse Approved for purchase! The Muse loves it but don’t take her word for it. She wants you to try it out for yourself to see what you think.
She has two Maybelline Lash Stiletto to giveaway! The giveaway begins today and ends next Monday. You have two chances to win. One is by following me on Twitter and the second way to win would be to subscribe to my feed.
If you already do this you don’t have to do anything, you’ll be automatically entered to win! International readers can of course join in for win as well!
Step back into the 90′s with a re-launch of CK One kiddies!
CK One has a full on new re-launch of CK One which happened to be one of my very favorite fragrances a few year’s back now. I really loved revisiting with this one, so much so that today I’ll be giving away a bottle just for you!
Here’s a few ways to win the bottle:
Join me on Twitter! If you follow me already no need to do anything but if you aren’t following me head on over and add me up and you’ll be entered to win a bottle of CK One.
Secondly, place your name in the widget below for another chance to win! (In the widget please not the comment box! Any name left in the comment box is not eligible to win the bottle so please be sure to enter into the widget).
And finally visit the CK One Facebook page and leave a comment telling us why you love CK One or why you’d like to win a bottle! I’ll be checking over there and adding your name for a third chance to win. Don’t forget to mention where you heard about the contest!
CK One is available in a few formats for this relaunch which would be the standard slim line bottle who’s simplicity always catches me. I really love this bottle for it’s minimal design.
Also launching is a new CK One Collector’s Edition which finishes a bottle of CK One and a limited edition speaker. The speaker is compatible with all standard mp3 players.
Due to the nature of this product only US residents may enter to win! Sorry guys!
Courtesy of our friends at The Body Shop today I’ll be hosting a one day/24 Hour Giveaway that’ll feature many of the brand new items from The Body Shop Moroccan Rose Spring Collection! Jump ahead to read how you can enter to win!
The Body Shop decided to spoil you with a little love this year which includes a gift pack from their brand new Moroccan Rose Collection which includes all of the following fabulous goodies listed below.
Each day, one of 14 different beauty blogs is giving out a clue to a different product on The Body Shop website. Simply follow the clue to the yummie Body Shop treat and than post the product name into the widget below. Remember the name of the product goes into the widget box not my comment box. Since the widget box allows one entry per ip address I’ll be personally adding a secondary entry for anyone who heads over to The Body Shop Blog and comments on this post about why they like the new Body Shop Moroccan Rose Body and Makeup Collection and why they’d like to win it!
This contest runs for one day only so you must hurry to enter as tomorrow it’ll move on to a new blog which in turn gives you a brand new chance to win the gift set from a different blog. For a list of other blogs that will be taking part in The Body Shop Moroccan Mystery please visit The Body Shop Blog.
Here’s your clue for today:
“When you’re ready to get up and go, your hands get tingly with anticipation. Don’t bite your nails, though, even if you think they’ll taste like a toasted flavorful treat. You’ll go nuts for this special treatment.”
Remember put the answer, your name, and email address into the widget to be entered to win and don’t forget to visit The Body Shop Blog to tell ‘em what you love about the collection and why you’d like to win it. This contest is open to US residents only.
By entering your name and email address below you are giving me permission to share your name with The Body Shop so that your prize package will be sent to you. Please keep this in mind prior to entering the contest. The contest is open to US Residents Only, I’m sorry about that one guys!
It’s a little over a month now since New Year’s has rung in but the Muse is all about a New Year, a New Me or in this case a New Year, a New You!
To celebrate the New Year the Muse wants to help you along your path to creating a brand new you and what better way to do it than creating some makeup resolutions!
You may have made a resolution to downsize this year, or you might have said you’ll organize better, or perhaps you promised yourself that you’d rid yourself of the old and get yourself some new items that needed replacing!
Whatever the case may be I’d love to be of service!
How about I help with replacing some of those old makeup brushes that you’ve been meaning to toss out? The Muse has a 5 piece set of Eco-Tool Brushes to give away and a full size, retractable Kabuki Brush. Want ‘em?
It’s easy! Simply submit your name in the widget below (not in the comment field as you won’t be entered to win if you put your information in the comment box) and you’ll be entered to win one of the two prizes I just listed!
Sweet right? What better way to start on your resolution then with a new set of brushes!
EcoTools are 100% Cruelty Free makeup brushes made from synthetic bristles (so soft and lovely on the face!). The handles of the brushes are made of quality bamboo plant which has a low impact on the earth’s resources as it is a highly sustainable plant. EcoTools is a pretty nice way to improve your stash of makeup brushes and help your planet.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? My Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual Giveaway was scheduled to end on Friday but I got a bit caught up so it ran through the weekend and gave everyone a chance to enter! Yay!
First off thank you for all your lovely comments! I wish I could answer each one individually but there were so many to get through that I just replied once or twice to everyone as a group! Hope that’s ok
Lastly more contests are coming up this week so keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways!
Find out who won the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual after the jump!
And the winner is RUBY!!!!!!!!! Congrats Ruby! Thanks for participating! Please contact me with your shipping details!
Yes to Carrots is holding a little contest at the moment on it’s Facebook Group asking readers, “What do you say yes to?”
Last week the Muse said Yes to smoother, softer hands by using Yes to Carrots Pampering Hand and Nail Spa. She was thinking about it and she realized that when it comes to cosmetics she’s constantly saying YES, YES, YES! Hmmm it’s rare you hear no uttered from these lips when makeup is invovled! With all the sales going on lately it’s getting harder and harder to say nay!
Just wanted to remind you that the contest for the signed bottle (signed by Vera Wang herself! W00t!) of Vera Wang Look Parfum is ending tomorrow! Be sure to get your name and email address in the widget before tomorrow so you can get your chance to win!
Have you entered my Vera Wang giveaway yet? Sure hope you have! If you win you’ll receive a bottle of Vera Wang Look signed by Vera Wang! Ahhhh! Coolness right? Clickie to enter!
Today you’ll be entering for your chance to win the Bobbi Brown Manual that the Muse recently reviewed! Enter your name in the comment field for your chance to snag this great read! The contest is open to US and International readers!
You can double your chances of winning by subscribing to my feed:
The winner will be announced this coming Friday so be sure to check back on Friday, December 19th to see if it’s you!
You were probably privy to this contest last Friday as it got posted back then! I had a problem with the applet I was using for the contest so I had to remove it temporarily!
But…the good news……it’s back and hopefully working hehe!
What is it?
It’s a bottle of Vera Wang Look Parfum Spray which the Muse recently reviewed….exciting right? Even more exciting…..it’s signed by Vera Wang herself! Hyper yet?
Enter for your chance to win Vera Wang Look Parfum signed by Vera herself by submitting your name and e-mail address below! The contest starts today and ends next Friday at 10 pm! The contest is open to US and Worldwide readers!
I know I didn’t reply to each individual comment in the Harajuku Lovers Solid Perfume Contest and I wanted to take a second out to thank each of you for participating and leaving such wonderful comments! I truly appreciate the lovely comments each of you made!
The winners are….drum roll please…………
UYEN AND PHYAFLYJONES
Please contact me with your addresses guys! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!
I’ve been using Softlips since…hmm forevers. The Muse and her sister have happily purchased Softlips for a very long time, years and years. I can remember Softlips Lip Balm being one of my very first makeup purchases so indeed it’s been a while!
Honestly aside from Rosebud Salve I haven’t met a better option for keeping my lips happy during the cold weather skin! I’ve always had one of these little guys tucked into my purse for quick touch ups on the go. They glide on incredibly well and offer a nice seal of protection for cold, bitter New York weather plus they taste sooooo good! And let’s not forget they have SPF 20!
Softlips have introduced two new Limited Edition Duo Packs that contain two full size Softlips Balms. The first package holds Vanilla and Mint flavored balms which are great to use alone or layer them on top of each other for a Vanilla Mint flavored pout! The second package contains my personal favorite Cherry! It also contains Sugar Cookie which you can combine with Cherry to create Cherry Sugar Cookies! Yum! The Muse gets really excited about the little things in life.
Many of you have written me emails asking I feature some budget friendly options for cosmetics, gifts, etc..and I think that these Softlips Duo Packs are ideal for budget stocking stuffers! Each pack costs around $3.50-$3.99 USD which isn’t too bad a deal at all! They make very cute gift toppers as well to tape to the top of a bigger gift or to stick in a Holiday gift bag!
But the good news is today I have two Limited Edition Packages of Softlips to give away to readers within the US and abroad! Simply comment below and I’ll be choosing two random readers to get one of the two packets I have! The contest begins today and ends on Friday so Good Luck!
Budget more of your Beauty by reading some past budget reviews!
Next week I’m bringing you a Week in Review of the brand new Harajuku Girl Fragrances. I covered these before but I wanted to do an individual review of each perfume because I got an overwhelming amount of e-mails asking how these are, if they are worth purchasing, key notes in the blends, etc…etc…Rather then answer all those e-mails I thought I’d just post a review a day of each fragrance giving you further details about each one, what my favorites are, what they smell like, etc….
In honor of my Week in Review I’ll be doing a little contest here on Musings! I know how much you adore my quirky contests where I do my geeky trivia but I’m going to keep this one rather clean and simple!
You have two chances to win one of two Harajuku Girl Solid Perfume Coffrets I have available. The coffrets have all five of the scents available in one cute gift box so you can try each of them out for yourself! Cutes right?!
You have two chances to win one of these two sets by leaving a comment below and if you’re already a subscriber to my feed you’ll have a second chance to win the set! Which means if you aren’t already subscribed you’ll want to subscribe so you can have your second chance to win the sets! You can subscribe by entering your email below:
The contest begins today and it will end next week Friday! Sadly, I can only open the contest to US residents right now! Sorry about that but I will have more contests shortly that will be open to non-US residents
For further information about the new Harajuku line you can check out a few of the links below!
I’m a little slow today getting reviews out but I wanted to do another quick give away in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I felt a bit pressured and rushed this month getting reviews out and I’ve been quite swamped with just about everything else so my blog hasn’t taken part in much of the goings on for Breast Cancer Awareness.
This doesn’t mean that I have forgotten, far from it. Although I haven’t personally been effected by this disease my heart still goes out to those who have had to personally deal with it or who have had friends or family members effected by it.
Allow me to direct you to a few members of The Beauty Blog Network who are currently working hard at raising money for this worthy cause. Please visit the Beauty Blog Network to find out more information and how you can make a personal donation to this cause.
After careful consideration I decided I wouldn’t be doing a chip in post this year for donations as I felt a tad bit too rushed to take it all on however I have made a personal donation. If you’d like to support the Muse’s charity of choice you can visit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and make your donation, small or large, every little bit takes us one step towards a cure.
You can also help with the cause by purchasing “Pink” themed products from such companies as Estee Lauder who donate partial or all proceeds of purchases to Cancer Research!
I’m having a small give away on this post as well. You can comment below to enter and I’ll announce the winner at the end of the month. If you win you’ll receive an Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon Pin!
As always my contests are open to both US and International readers!
Good Luck and I’ll hope you’ll consider making a small donation to some charity this month to help make a path towards a brighter future for cancer research!