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The Muse’s Gift Guide: Unique Gifts From Etailers Part 1

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Hello dears.

It’s so very early to worry about the gift giving season isn’t it?  But I really want to get a jump start on Gift Giving Guides this year and one particular guide that REALLY needs an extra early preview is my Unique Guide to Gift Giving via Etailers.

I love Etailers ummm wait scratch that….I’m addicted to Etailers.  What are Etailers?  Etailers are basically smaller shops or homegrowns as I refer to them.  It’s normally run by a single person sometimes two and products are handmade in most cases from scratch.   These products include bath and body goodies, perfumes, perfume oils, and in some cases even cosmetics.  I love purchasing gifts from Etailers because it makes the gift giving experience really unique and special because seriously some of these items just can’t be purchased in any store or shop you’d find at the mall.

I’m also starting this guide a little earlier because many of these shops are popular and they sometimes have a lead shipping time which takes anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks (or more) to get your items since they are being freshly made.    I’ve personally shopped from these stores myself however I can’t vouch for their shipping time so please if you’re gifting someone do take the shipping time into consideration prior to ordering.   Again, this is why this particular gift guide is going up early.

In other news…

I’ll be doing other gift guides over the next month and into December.  Hopefully you’ll find each of these guides a helpful way to discover some great presents for friends and family.  If you have an idea for a particular guide I’d love to hear it, do comment and share.

Jump ahead for the Muse’s Gift Guide to Unique Gifts From Etailers around the Internet!

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Beauty News: ASOS $6 Flat Rate Shipping Deal

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The Muse shops ASOS way too much for her good health. This UK shop carries a variety of beauty brands not available in the US such as B Never (recent addition), Bourjois Paris, Lord and Berry, and many more!

Normal shipping costs from the site to the US is pretty high but the good news is now they have a flat rate shipping deal for $6 bucks to the US! w00t! Best news ever! I couldn’t be happier as I now I can stop asking friends in the UK to haul me goods from Bourjois Paris and the likes and just order them myself from the site for an extremely low airmail cost.

This will be ideal for any of you lemming the new Bourjois Paris Smoky Eye Palettes as you can easily score them with the shipping deal.

Yay!

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Beauty Discovery: Obsessed Minerals Pressed Eye Shadow Reviews and Swatches

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Just so you know I’ve always been a self proclaimed lover of shimmer and sparkle. I find absolutely nothing wrong with that either nor will I apologize for. Bring on the disco glitter baby!

But wait…

I am trying to mend my ways. Shimmer is much like alcohol one needs a support group and a step program to help with the addiction.

Until I can get myself off the shimmer kick I’ve been on for the past 150 years of my life I’ll go ahead and indulge my need for intensely pigmented shimmery shades of shadow from my latest Beauty Discovery, Obsessed Minerals.


Loves it!

Check it after the jump.

Obsessed Minerals carries a large range of mineral powders, shadows, lip products, etc….one item I’m partial to are their pressed mineral eye shadows. First off they have a wide range of color variety in the pressed format for a mere $10 bucks…hello inexpensive makeup! If that isn’t enough they also take anything from there normal range of loose mineral eye shadow and will press it for you for an extra dollar, is that not the coolest thing ever? God, I wish more companies would do that as the chore of pressing piggies, as we established already, is not a job I relish!

The shadows are loosely packed presses which makes the formula into this creamy powdery texture. This formula in fact makes them very easy to blend and wear. The colors are all richly pigmented and about one swipe with get you extreme color pay off. They aren’t what I would call pretty packaging wise or formula wise but the quality is there that’s for sure. The shadows are quite easy to work with aside from a tiny bit of fall out but proper prepping and priming will ease the way. I tried three shades total and I must say for $10 bucks it’s a real steal. The shades all work well wet or dry.

The shades I tried were Gotcha, Wanderlust, and Pagan. These all have an intense shimmer finish. Gotcha is a pretty copper penny shade, Wanderlust is a dirty gold, and Pagan is a sparkling royal purple. My swatches below are one swipe, one single swipe. As you can see they are seriously pigmented shadows!

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The inexpensive price tag and ability to request loose shades be pressed make Obsessed Minerals a unique beauty discovery. I love the idea of browsing loose shades of pigment and have the option of someone else slaving over a press for me. Overall, Obsessed Minerals is worthy of a check out.

Loving all over it!

Anyone try before?

Do share your experience.

Visit www.mineralobsessed.com to browse or purchase.

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As Seen By the Muse: Stila On HSN

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Stila is taking over the world once again at full speed! You’ll see them appearing on HSN in September according to a recent Tweet by the company themselves.

Until than you can haul your heart out with a few items that are popping up on HSN already including Stila Barbie Cans (although these have been popping up in other locations for far cheaper).

I’m excited I can get Stila on HSN…can we has free shipping maybe? and easy pay? and maybe cool kits? and cookies too k?

Thanks.

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Mineral Powder Review: Aromaleigh Glissade Mineral Foundation Review

I should know by now that mineral foundation and my skin don’t get along. I’ve definitely tried a few I like and some I’ve gotten very excited about but I notice in the long run they tend to end up in the bottom of my makeup draw.

I’ve tried a few Aromaleigh products before which I’ve been very, very happy with so it was the next logical step to try out their Glissade Mineral Foundation which sounds too good to be true.


Check out my review after the jump!

Aromaleigh Glissade Mineral Foundation is pimped out like the gods themselves use this incredible formula. Words like dreamy, luxe, and emollient got me so excited I could barely see straight.

Glissade is described as the perfect solution for women (like me!) that find mineral foundations drying, itchy, tightening, and sensitizing to the skin or anyone who just couldn’t wear mineral foundation happily. This is exactly my problem or some of it. Itchy, drying, and just not happy with the overall results of mineral foundations, indeed Glissade sounded like what I needed.

Glissade is a formula that utilizes silicone-coasted pigment technology (I’m sure you’re familiar with silicon foundations by now and even liquid foundations that are embracing silicons in their formulas) which provides a buffer between your skin and the pigments. Basically it’s almost acting as if you’ve set your face with a primer first so the minerals are “laying” on your skin and technically touching it. Interesting concept, difficult to understand possibly, but I get it.


Glissade is typically the same formula as any other mineral foundation. It feels smooth, fine, silky. It feels very nice in simple terms. The idea of it being emollient and moisturizing to my skin is absurd because it also acts the way most every mineral foundation I’ve tried in the pass does. I end up feeling dry, flaky, and looking heavily made up even after finely misting with toner. On a side note prior to ordering I headed into a Bare Escentuals store to get fitted for the color I’d be using from Aromaleigh. I know I’m such a cheeky little monkey getting tips from BE and buying from Aromaleigh, bad Muse! BE was kind enough to point out my shade for me and I purchased just that on Aromaleigh however the BE shade I tried in the store was a bit darker than the Aromaleigh Glissade version. Just a note if you are buying that shades aren’t exact from my experience.

The great news is the formula isn’t itchy at all. It wears very, very comfortably. However, it does feel dry, it does feel flaky, and it does not wear long at all. Within an hour or two it’s virtually gone from my face and even leaves spots behind so it looks like I’m half made up. Gross!

Although Aromaleigh Glissade Mineral Foundation had me wishin’ and hopin’ that it would turn into this incredible flawless finish I just felt ripped off that I indulged in such a large size. Sigh…always order a sample size kids and don’t go full size, even when things sound absolutely amazing.

Glissade lacks the itch but it fails epically the rest of the way around. As for the Muse, she’ll keep searching, no sense giving up yet. There has to be a mineral out there that works!

Anyone try?

Love it?

What are your HG mineral foundations?

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