Hauls

Lush Easter Eggs

You may recall me babbling about Lush’s Easter Egg Gifts a few weeks ago! If not do have a click here and here for the details!

Today I got my eggs in the mail! I was so thrilled they didn’t crack! I had ordered three for myself and a few others as gifts! Can’t wait to take a bath to use some! I was going to order from the UK but I had a gift certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket and the UK doesn’t take US gift cards so I said I ordered from Lush NA and was shocked how quickly they arrived and all in one piece too!

Anyone get these?

Wanting them?

The Easter Bunny came early to the Muse’s house!

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Easter Egg Bomb compared to a regular size Lush Bomb!

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Kawaii Storage and More!

L@@K! Aren’t these darling?

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I got these a few nights at this little shop in Chinatown. It’s sorta a Sanrio style store that carries all sorts of kawaii bits and bobs plus your run of the mill Hello Kitty stuffins!

I got these for makeup storage as I was running out of room for some palettes I had and thought these would not only store them but also look really sweet on my vanity! They are really slim and long and the perfect height and size for MAC quads! I got them for $1.99 USD because Sue lurves me but they are regularly $2.49 USD which isn’t bad either in my humblest opinion!

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But of course I couldn’t just leave with the boxes! I ended up with these cute pill boxes as well which were $1 USD Each!

I heart Kiki and Lala! Little Twin Stars Rock icon wink
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Of course I couldn’t leave without sampling the Hello Kitty warez!

I got this cute little pencil box that I’m going to use for brushes when I’m away on holiday and such! It’s large enough to hold a few and has two trays!

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I ended up with this mini perfume atomizer as well! So kawaii!

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And finally Sue gifted me with this cute lipstick case! It’s a long silver heart shaped tube that’ll store one lipstick. Click the little button on the side and it pops open and a mirror is on the inner cap! Cool right? Thanks Sue the Muse hearts you (she reads my blog teehee)!

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Anyway that was all rather random I guess but it was all so cute, especially the storage boxes I couldn’t resist sharing!

Cheers!

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Beauty on a Budget: Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Uh oh.

I think Vincent Longo is sitting at his desk and being uber pissed at the fact that Milani turned around and snatched his formula for their new Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! They not only duped the eyeshadow, formula, and part of the name but I think they actually, if it’s possible, did it better then Vinny!

Oh my!

“Grrr! Damn Milani! Who do they think they are stealing muh eyeshadow formula! Get my lightsaber! This means war!”
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Last week I was wandering around my favorite Drugstore Queen’s blog, Vanessa, when I noticed she was pimping out Milani’s newest eyeshadows. We bow to you Vanessa and your awesome, artful application with mere drugstore brands! How does she do it!? She’s actually Wonder Woman in disguise! Able to leap tall buildings, race faster then the speed of light, and apply $2.99 eyeshadow like it’s Chanel! Seriously, have you seen the art she creates with really cheap cosmetics? I honestly can’t believe my eyes! This is talent people! TALENT!

Behold Milani’s New Eyeshadows! Pretty!
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Swatches from Left to Right Milani Lily White, Vincent Longo Sparkle White, Milani Shamrock, Vincent Longo Verite, Milani Blue Lagoon, and Vincent Longo Mermaid Blu
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Shamrock vs Verite
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Blue Lagoon vs Mermaid Blu
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Lily White vs Sparkling White
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Anyway.

Somehow whenever I visit with Vanessa I get these strange urges to purchase drugstore brands! I’m slightly disgusted by these urges but I must say I have them none the less! She makes everything looks so appealing! Suddenly Covergirl sounds like the call of MAC to my ears!

I’m a snob. I admit that while blushing. I just don’t have any true feelings for drugstore brands stateside and I just can’t put any love or money into inexpensive brands but the more I read ‘Nessa’s blog the more I struggle with my intense lemmings to go to CVS and Walgreens! Lord!

Last week I gave into my temptations and wandered over to CVS to purchase Milani’s Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! And I’m actually glad I did. This is my first drugstore purchase in….years…! I rarely touch drugstore brands stateside and you’ll never catch me setting foot into a CVS, Walgreens, or Harmons!

My Haul of Yum!
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Strangely enough as I entered CVS last week I thought maybe the building would fall down around me and crumble because it was such an epiphany to have me enter it’s realm! I think I heard angels sing as I entered through the sliding glass doors and perhaps a single ray of pure sunlight touched my face in welcome! I could have made that all up but you’ll never know for sure because you weren’t there so nanner nanner on you!

Now I’d never admit to you that I actually had to visit three freaking CVS stores before I found these eyeshadows! They were sold out everywhere but I’d never admit that I went to three separate stores to find them because that’s just not the case…not me…no way…I’d never do anything THAT extreme!

I gathered up eight compacts in my arms and frantically searched and proceeded to panic when I couldn’t locate the light blue shade and pink shade that I had seen on ‘Nessa’s blog! My god the horror! They sold out of these essential colors! Didn’t they realize the Muse was in their presence?!!?

Now the shadows are $5.49 USD but last week they were on sale so you’d buy one at the price of $5.49 and proceed to get the second at 50% off which brought it down to $2.75 for the 2nd shadow. I had the audacity to turn to the cashier and ask for a rain check after I brought the 8 colors! Hells here I am shelling $350 some odd dollars out for the MAC Fafi Collection last week yet I was worried about missing out on the buy one get one 50% off sale at CVS! Lord!

Anyway I guess you wanna here my review on these bad boys after all that long babbling dontcha?

The review is easy. Ready?

Get them now.

Run, Fast, Quick now and get yourself some of these! They are GOOD…no..sorry..they are GREAT!

Milani did a most fabulous job with these. If you like sparkle, if you like glitter and shimmer and shine you want these. I’m literally keeling over that these only cost $5.49 USD regularly! Who’d have freaking thought!??!?!?

The quality is excellent! Pigmentation is actually BETTER then the Vincent Longo Diamond Wet/Dry Eyeshadow. Shimmer? BETTER then Vincent Longo’s! These go on smooth, silky, and light your eye up with gorgeous glimmer and twinkle! Dry they are stunning and wet they are bold and vibrant!

The applicator these come with is a dual end. One end is a sponge and one end is a brush. It’s rubbish in my opinion. It’s twisted in such a way that you can’t really make too good a use out of it. Garbage for me. But aside from that very minor flaw these shadows have knocked my socks off!

I’m utterly devastated I wasn’t able to lay my hands on the other colors (I believe I’m missing two now! The pink and lighter blue shades.)

All the colors available in my humble opinion are sincerely workable with any coloring! The shades range from black, to white, to beautiful golds, browns, and greens!

I can’t begin to explain how shocked I am how good these are! They contain much more shimmer then the Vincent Longo ones and I find they go on better as well! I get alot of fall out with Vincent Longo’s while these aren’t nearly as bad and clean up is a bit easier! I’ve noticed that these contain a very fine shimmer of golds and silvers where as the Vincent Longo shadows only contain silver which I guess accounts for the intensity of the sparkle you get in these and why they are so much more brighter and eye popping then the Vincent Longo ones!

Black Out
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Lily White
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Silver Charm
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Beach Sand
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Bronze Doll
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Blue Lagoon
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Shamrock
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Overall, these are a freaking steal! If Milani puts out more items like this in the future they’ll have a fan for life!

Well done!

These come with the Muse’s highest seal of approval! I haven’t been this excited about a product in a very long time!

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Get you to your local drugstore and pick them up now!

Want ‘em?

Have ‘em?

Love ‘em?

Tell the Muse! I definately want to discuss these with you!

By the way, Iris, if you’re reading this, I got you some! YOU NEED TO TRY THESE! I think you’re going love ‘em!

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FAFI for MAC First Impressions, Reviews, And General Babble

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Ok. I came, I saw, and I conquered Fafi today. I picked up my bits just a little while ago from Nordies and it’s a nice haul of MAC that has some ups and downs which I’ll of course share you with you fine folk!

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So if you live under a rock or you just haven’t heard MAC’s latest collection is designed by French artist Fafi!

The collection consists of an array of vibrant, bold shades that’ll sure to please the make up adventurer. It’s generally a super collection because some of the colors are truly outstanding however as with all MAC collections you’ll run into one or two items that seem to be a complete rerun!

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I’ve been collecting MAC for about…mmmm maybe a year and a half? Maybe more but I’m not entirely sure to be honest. Some of you have fell off the MAC bandwagon a long, long, long time ago but I’m still riding my MAC high and for some reason I haven’t quite come down from my trip as of yet. I’m hoping I’ll come down soon because boy I’ll be richer that’s for sure but the fact is I love MAC. It’s high quality with a low price tag. Sincerely who doesn’t like that cocktail? I’m far from a diehard considering I cheat with so many other brands but I still do have a special place in my heart for MAC. Those of you who long fell off the train or just never boarded it I definately give props too because I sincerely find it difficult to just say no to MAC!

Fafi has a good few flaws so I’d best lay them out before getting to the good stuff! The biggest flaw, biggest BOO!, and biggest rant goes to the fact that the cute Fafinettes displayed on the packaging are labels and by the very way not only are they sticky labels but they are peeling off right out of the bloody box! I’m looking through BRAND NEW, IN THE BOX lippies that I purchased and I’m noticing tears on the label already! What the hell MAC?

I’m wondering was this to save money or just pure dumb laziness! I read about this before and was a tad worried but convinced myself it’d be fine. Wrong. Not only does this make the compacts, quads, and lipstick tubes look cheap but also totally ruins my day that they are peeling freaking off right in front of my eyes.

Great.

Fact is you aren’t going to be towing any of it around ladies. Granted these are items we’ll probably keep the boxes for and place them in the beauty vault but some people do like to tote these things around for the cute factor and honestly it’s now pretty bloody impractical since you have to worry about the labels peeling off if they rub against other bits in your makeup case.

I’m puzzling and wondering what the hell MAC was thinking!?

MAC redeems itself by actually printing the emblem on the beauty powders but the quads, lipglasses, and lipsticks are all stickers!

Another rant from your Muse. I’m simply hating the fact that they have decided it was ok to do the same exact image on ever Beauty Powder, lipstick tube, etc…..So we got three incredible beauty powders couldn’t they do a different image on each powder? A little rotation couldn’t hurt anyone could it? I’m now the proud owner of four of the six lipsticks released with again, the same image. Rotate? Variety? Please? It would have been super cute to have at least two images on the lipsticks and maybe three separate images on the Beauty Powders! The quads I guess I could forgive. Minor rant but seriously hello? It’s variety calling.

The streets of New York are lined with slushy snow and little droplets of icy rain are pelting away since this afternoon thus the Muse wasn’t too inspired to head to her freestanding store so she got lazy and went to Nordies for her lot of goods which means she missed out on the tote bag and dolls! But hey I guess it’s good as it’s money saved? Or maybe not as I’m sure I’ll be tempted to head in and grab them shortly. Either way I did luck out because my gorgeous MA had waited for me as her shift ends at 6and I was running late at work so she waited PLUS treated me to dinner after I shopped Fafi! I felt special!

I’m possibly through with my ranting as of now so I guess I can settle in on the raving!

The lippies is the collection are solid gold for me. Really bright, bold shades that I wouldn’t normally pick up but I was feeling daring so they most definately ended up in my bag! I got 4 of the 6 released.

I got Utterly Frivolous which is a pretty matte coral with a bit of pink to it. I also got Strawbaby which is my favorite of the lot! It’s a pretty deep rose, gorgeous in my book. Flash-n-Dash also ended up in my bag. This is pretty bold and falls into the neon pinky orange category, it’s very un-Musey but I couldn’t resist! Fun n’ Sexy passed under my radar as well and it is absolutely shockingly pink with a fuschia edge if ever I did see one!

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Utterly Frivolously , Strawbaby, Fun n’ Sexy, and Flash-n-Dash
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Lipglasses I only got two and I left the other two. Squeeze It quite reminded me of the color Happening Gal that was released with the Barbie Loves MAC Collection so I safely skipped it. I did end up with Totally It and Cult Fave. Totally It is a bit similar to Malibu Barbie but it’s a bit more vibrant and will go well with the Fun n’ Sexy lippie! Cult Fave is a rather natural shimmering pink shade.

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Totally It and Cult Fave
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Both blushes TOTALLY ended up in my cart. Real winners in my opinion! Fashion Frenzy is a blushing pink while Hipness is a kicking peach!

Hipness and Fashion Frenzy
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Beauty Powders that were released with this collection are definately worth your cash! I got all three as they are most definately too difficult to pass up! Sassed-Up is a peach with gold sparkles while Verve-Acious is a beautiful beige with gold sparkle. Now the problem is I got all three of the powders but my MA stuck two of Sassed-Up in my bag! Duh! I have to go back for Belightful! I’ll be sure to post pics when I have it!

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Verve-Acious
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Sassed Up
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Last but never least our quads. From what I understand only two of the colors in both quads are repromotes but don’t quote me. I loved the colors and even though I have similar shades you know I can’t say no! Fafi 2 is my favorite and very Spring! The palette is perfect aside from one shade which is Prankster. Prankster is navy blue and just not as beautiful nor as complimenting as the other shades in the palette. Gold, Coral, and Light Green all shimmer and wink at me in this quad! Love, Love, Love it! Definitely worth picking up! Fafi 1 has some very nice colors as well but another weird bluish black awaits us in the quad. Mmm oh well! Pink, Cream, and Beige are colors found in Fafi 1.

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Fafi 1
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Fafi 2
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I picked up the small makeup case and the LE bag with brush as well which are both very cute!

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Overall, it’s a nice collection as I said with some minor flaws.

Items that are definately worth picking up:

Beauty Powders
Fafi 2
Blushes
Strawbaby Lipstick

Paint Pots didn’t call to me. I find them difficult to work with so I skipped all of them! Everything else is repromoted such as mascara and such! Nail Varnish…well…we all know the drama of my nails so a skip for me.

I can’t stick a Muse Approved sticker on this. It’s VERY nice but it just can’t get the Muse’s approval with the shabby design! It really disappointed me in that aspect and it’s a bit unforgivable! I expect more from MAC! Let’s hope the same mistakes aren’t made with Heatherette! If so, we’ll all have to go on strike from MAC!

So how about you my pretties?

What did you get?

What did you love?

Hate?

Just not a MAC girl?

Tell me allllllllllll about it! Or send me your haul pics and reviews at musings.of.a.muse@gmail.com

I’d love to see and post ‘em for others to see if you’re so inclined to share icon wink

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Guest Haul: Taryn’s JPMon Order

One of the Muse’s readers, Taryn, got her first haul from JPMon a few days ago and she was very generous to share pictures of all her goodies to make us green with jealously!

Oh my pretty! Sony CP Lipgloss, Rice Powder, Tons of Mascara, Tiffa, I’m hyperventilating!

Close up shot of Apple Lip Cream (These things are like crack for the Muse! I have the peach, apple, orange, etc…totally yummie! I dunno which I love more the hand cream version or the lip cream version)!

Fairy Drops Mascara HOLY COW! I want this! NOW! How has the Muse not heard about this? I’m the Queen of Japanese Mascara but never seen anything like this! Taryn tells the Muse that this stuff is “the awesome”! Obviously it’s on my wish list right now!

Thanks so much for sharing your haul with us Taryn!

Taryn ordered all her goodies by following my little tutorial from JPmon! You can click here to view it! I feel all special now because she said I was of great help with that tutorial *sniff* *blush*

Sweet Haul Taryn!

Thanks again for sharing!

Now if you’d give us a link for the Fairy Drops Mascara we’d all be forever grateful!

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