First Impressions

Basin: A Cheap Alternative to Lush

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As much as the Muse loves Lush she admits that each year the price raise on bath goodies is a bit extreme. She recalls a time when she could find a bath bomb from Lush for a small chunk of change. Sadly, that’s no longer the case. I only order my Lush from the UK and it’s quite cheaper compared to the US site but prices do lean towards a bit much at times.

Good news ahead!

The Muse has found an interesting little shop entitled Basin! Basin offers an array of cheaper imitation Lush products for a fraction of the cost.

The Muse must admit that many of the products are a bit too close to the names and ideas of Lush however these are interesting to sneak a little peek at!

I’ve only purchased soap from the company so far and must say I’m quite pleased. The soaps are too cute for mere words!

Take a look for yourself:

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From looking at the site it appears that the actual store has a wider selection of soaps than they do online!

They also carry a huge array of Bath Bombs, Shampoo Bars, and other bath and body goodies for the masses!

Many of the items, as I mentioned previously, are a bit to close for comfort in design, scent, and idea to Lush items!

Comparing Basin to Lush:

Basin’s Butter
Sensuous, Invigorating, Exotic–This moisturizing Bubbler has a velvety vanilla and coco-butter fragrance that’s sure to make you swoon. Reminiscent of a tropical breeze off an island paradise.
Drop a Bubbler into a filled tub and watch the magic begin. The Bubbler releases a host of all-natural essential oils and fragrances, transforming your bath from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Lush’s Butterball
Our all-time, best selling bath bomb is easily taken as straight forward and simple. Au contraire! This vanilla, cocoa butter bomb is a powerful skin moisturizing agent of the fiercest variety. 20 minutes in the bath is all it takes.
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This is just one comparison but several other items are quite similar. I’m not entirely sure how comfortable I am with all the knock offs here but they are a cheap alternatives to Lush that’s for sure! Bombs run from $3.45-3.95 or less in comparison to a Lush Bomb which runs from $5.45-$8 and upwards. Shampoo Bars are $6.99 ($24.99 for 4 Shampoo Bars) in comparison to Lush Solid Shampoos at $8.95-$14.50.

The fun news about this shop is they do carry several items that you won’t find at Lush such as Bath Salts, various kids items, and a few other interesting tidbits!

With my soap lot I also happened to purchase something called Dr. Spot which promises to remove oil, dirt, and many other happy stain mistakes! This is basically a bar of soap that you rub on stains and it’s supposed to remove all of the mentioned stains and MORE! Wahoooo the Muse loves the idea of a spot remover that erases stains!

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Overall, Basin has some very cute products with some very, very nice prices! Do check it out and let me know what you think!

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Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Face Palettes Fall Collection

If you remember not so long ago I was bragging about how delightful I found Victoria’s Secret latest cosmetic offerings (Clickie for the previous blog entry).

I was pretty chuffed with what they had introduced this Spring and Summer and now I must say that I’m happy once again with the palettes they have released for the Fall.

Prior to these I had purchased the Heavenly Face Eye Shadow Quad and couldn’t rave enough about how cute, pigmented, gorgeous, and girly it was.

I had a Doctor’s appointment today and I happened to wander into Victoria’s Secret because I had about 2 minutes to spare and I came across the latest Eye Shadow Quad and deemed it a must have! My little eye spotted the duo blush and I had to have it as well! I left the store feeling quite content that I nabbed two gorgeous palettes weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Dontcha love palettes?

Both are Limited Edition palettes so get ‘em while the getting is good! I find these palettes sell out pretty darn fast at Victoria’s Secret and I’d rather nab them in store than online because paying shipping on top of the price tag of $22 each is a bit obscene! If by chance you are unable to locate these they are most definately available online and I notice they sell out at a slower rate than in stores so it’s a second choice if your lemming comes on hard! I ended up getting a kinda good deal on these as I had a $10 coupon so I got both for around $34 plus taxes, not too bad.

These new palettes come in a really blinged out box compared to the prior boring box of Spring/Summer. One is a gold glitter/shimmer box and the other is a pink glitter/shimmer box. I love the packaging this time around and will definately keep the boxes and store the palettes in ‘em as the box is to darn pretty too toss out!

As with the Spring/Summer palette the shadow and now the blush too has a cute gold shimmer design imprinted on each shadow and blush. This time it’s a little twirl and prior it was a cute star shape (you’ll see what I mean in the pictures below). The actual palette case is vastly different from the previous release. It now has the words “Heavenly Face” in script across the case where as the prior release had only a simple design on the cover. I like both actually and think they are super nice either way!

The colors in the eyeshadow quad are very fall this time around. A shimmering dark brown, a shimmering gold, a shimmering beige/nude, and a shimmering bronze are included.

The blush duo has a pale shimmering pink color and a darker shimmering pink. You can use them separately or together, personally I think the lighter pink color may be to sheer for my skin tone but I haven’t yet tried it that’s only based on looking at it not actually testing it. Sadly I couldn’t swipe any of these in store as the testers were behind a glass cube.

Overall these are definately impressive. Victoria’s Secret shocks me somewhat as they have come such a long way with their cosmetic line. These are truly cute and girly to the max!

I’m loving ‘em!

The Muse says go get ‘em before they sell out!

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Here is the Spring/Summer Palette on the left hand side and the New Fall Palette! I’m loving the new packaging!
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Again the Spring/Summer Palette is on the left and features a design on the case of the palette while the newest Fall palette has the imprint “Heavenly Faces” on it!
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Color comparisons between the two palettes! The Spring/Summer (On the left again) palette had more vibrant, bold colors while the Fall palette gives us colors that are just as vibrant and bold but more geared towards the upcoming Autumn!
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Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection

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Bobbi Brown’s Fall Eye Palette Collection are out and available for purchase this week.

I believe that I had sworn myself off Bobbi Brown for the rest of this lifetime and my next one after my fiasco with the Sand and Surf Palette (go on click it you’ll see the drama I mean)!

But it seems that I’m a glutton for punishment because I decided that I’d just have a tiny sneaky peek at these new palettes when I was breezing through Nordies, I do that occasionally, breeze through department stores, I’m that fabulous!

Where was I?

Oh ya, Bobbi Brown!

Yours truly wasn’t happy enough sneaking a tiny peek! The Muse got a bad case of Limited Edition anxiety and ended up purchasing 3 of the 4 palettes (she wants the fourth by the way).

So the sales girl sold me some gimmick that these are tripled pigmented. I’ve never heard of anything being tripled pigmented but ok it sounds good to me that must mean I need these right? Obviously that was the case because I walked out out of the store swinging a $150 bag of palettes! Somebody stop me please!

All in all I have to say that these are pretty brilliant. I think this is Bobbi Brown’s apology to me for the crummy Sand and Surf. I’ve come to the conclusion she may have just realized how it truly sucked and decided she must redeem herself in the Muse’s eyes thus she created the Metallics Collection.

Ok first of all these may very well be tripled pigmented. These have some heavy duty color going on here. Color so bright, vibrant and eye popping that one swipe of my brush is all I need, no going back for second swipes!

Secondly, if you’re insane for shimmer, these are the palettes for you! Highly, intensely shimmer packed! I’m talking fall out all over your cheeks and face! The SA I spoke to said apply the shadow prior to my foundation because I’d need some serious clean up time with these! And she is indeed right! These have to be applied super carefully to avoid a ton of chunky shadow falling all over your face! These are really an interesting texture. Very thick for a shadow but also loose. It’s almost as if the shadow was a loose pigment and pressed into the palette. As soon as you swipe a brush across a color it comes away with a ton of loose powder!

I haven’t really used these yet on my eyes just swatched them on my hand and all in all I have to say these are a big thumbs up for me! If you’re currently looking for the perfect Fall palette I’d totally nab one or two of these.

The good news is the Muse approves and gives them a big fat recommendation for purchase. The bad news is these are costly as hell at $45 per palette!

I personally recommend all four if you have the spare change hanging around but if you don’t I recommend going with either Forest Metallics or Burnt Sugar Metallics.

Burnt Sugar is probably the most versatile. It has a really good solid gold in it that can be used with just about anything you currently have. Of course the entire point is to use the palette’s three colors but you can easily take any of the three colors and use them with single shadows you may have. This palette is quite interesting to pair up with browns, golds, and even oranges or peaches!

The other two I got were the Forest Metallics and Midnight Metallics. Now the Velvet Plum palette is a mystery to me as it looked almost identical to the Burnt Sugar except darker. I didn’t notice any plum in it just brown, brown, and more brown! I’m still tempted to purchase it as that weird Pokemon feeling comes across me with cosmetics. You know the feeling right? Have to collect them all!

Well..I leave you with some pictures and a first impression! I’ll get around to doing a deeper review when I used them on a full eye look plus do some FOTD’s!

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MAC Blue Storm Haul

Finally Blue Storm has arrived!

I went to purchase this color story with Smoke Signals but sadly it wasn’t available at the time as the stock hadn’t come in! My MA offered to ship it my way as soon as it came and little did I know that it’d take nearly two weeks to arrive! SIGH!

It did get here and I’m happy to have my greedy hands all over it!

I didn’t bother getting any of the lipglasses or nail varnish with the collection. I just headed straight for the shadows and liners.

Personally I think the gold was in the shadows and liners but I know a few people were pretty impressed with the polishes!

The liners are quite outstanding colors and I think with both, Smoke Signals, and Blue Storm, they out did themselves in the eyeliner department!

The shadows are all fantastic and the only shadow that I’m iffy on is Cumulus. The rest are really vibrant and perfect for rainy day blues icon wink

Cloudburst has to be my favorite of the lot. It reminds me of Black Tied but with a bit of fine blue shimmer too it! Very nice shadow and well worth picking up!

Overall another great collection from MAC!

Your impressions? Did you get anything from Blue Storm? Talk to me! Comment box at the ready!

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Beaute de Kose Star Twinkle Collection

As you read in my prior blog one of my packages was lost for a few days! A majority of what was in the package wasn’t of much importance however these little gems were in that package and had me crying tears of joy when it finally popped back to me!

Avast Ye! Behold! This be the treasure that was lost at sea!

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Beaute de Kose Star Twinkle Collection
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Star Twinkle Powder
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Umm..nothing to get too excited about here! Where’s the sparkle? The shimmer? The glitter? The shine? Did they make some sort of mistake? Was it lost with the package? The powder, as far as I can see and feel, has absolutely no sparkle to it at all! The twinkle has left the building. I’m seeing nothing in the way of glitter here! I’ve only swiped it very lightly but I can say confidently this may very well be a waste of money but it sure is pretty to look at isn’t it? Did I just contradict myself? Oops! This is a first impression but so far I’m a bit disappointed!

The collection isn’t a total lost because I also got the Twinkle Cream shadows and these are fantastic! Bloody brilliant! Tons of shimmer, sparkle, and glittery bits are to be had! As I said before I don’t do cream shadows! But these come with my highest recommendation! The Muse loves ‘em! She not only loves what’s inside but she’s loving the outside as well! The packaging is as sweet as candy!

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Personally if you’re a collector I’d go for the entire lot but if you’re just wanting to get one or two I’d go with the cream shadows and skip the powder! The purple and peach are nice colors but the real pudding is the gold, pink, and silver colors!

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