Beauty Bits & Bobs

Drugstore Drive-By: August 23 to August 29th

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Take advantage of this week’s drugstore steals and deals.

Jump ahead to start making your list!

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3 Day Sale Only
Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express, XXL Extensions, or XXL Curl Powder Mascara
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Covergirl Outlast Lip Color or Lipstain
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Revlon
Buy $15 of Revln Face, Eye, Lip or Nail Cosmetics and Get $7 Bonus Bucks Back

Covergirl Simply Ageless Blush
$10.99

Covergirl Simply Ageless Foundation
$12.99

All Rimmel Mascara
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

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Maybelline Cosmetics
40% Off

Covergirl Lip and Eye Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Revlon Eye Makeup
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Almay Face Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Physicians Formula Face and Eye Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

L’oreal Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

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Revlon Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

I know some of you asked I include Walgreens and Harmon’s in with Drugstore Drive By but I don’t always get the flyer for those stores for some reason, I’m working on it though!

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Musings of the Day: Hold Me I’m Scared!

We haven’t mused together in such a long time. Wanna give it a go?

This is an interesting one I know, but what sorts of things simply scare the heck out you beauty wise?

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Are you terrified of poking an eye out with your liquid liner? Scared you’ll over pluck your brows? Shivering in fear that your eye lash curler will give you that extra hard pinch when you capture lid skin instead of lashes with it?

Share what scares you about beauty and jump ahead for what I’m frightened of!

Mine is really simple and in my mind the most terrifying thing ever about beauty.

Oil cleansers.

I remove much of my makeup with an oil cleanser be it from Shu, Biore, or other Asian brands. I normally take to using Philosophy Purity for makeup remover but for the most part I’m an oil user as it gets my face perfectly clean.

The problem?

Fuzzy, cloudy vision.

Oh god it scares me so badly. Isn’t it the worst that your eyes are so cloudy for a few minutes after using oil cleanser?

Ugh. Worst feeling evers.

Aside from that not much else scares me beauty wise and I can’t possibly think of anything worst than walking around with fuzzy vision.

Eeep!

Share your beauty horror stories!

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Reader’s Request: Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water Review

A few months ago I fell in with Kenzo Belle de Jour which is so above my budget but I can’t help it, it’s love people.

After writing my review I got a few e-mails asking me further about Kenzo Belle de Jour and I found a few fellow fans of the moisturizer. It was a relief knowing I wasn’t the only one in love with such an incredible cream, after all it is kinda expensive and I wasn’t sure if anyone out in Internet-land was loving it as much as I was.

Now recently I got a few more e-mails thanking me for recommending Belle de Jour. This warms my heart. It always makes me so terribly excited when someone takes a chance on my recommendation, purchases the product, and ends up loving it. It’s such a joy to hear success stories about people reading my review and enjoying the product as much as I do. Along with these kind words of thanks these fans told me, “But Muse if you loved Belle de Jour why haven’t your brought us a review of Kenzoko Fresh Lotus Water…” I even had two readers telling me they must hear about it from me prior to purchasing it..blush..thanks guys!

Well, here, for your pleasure, is a review of Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water which indeed, for fans of Belle de Jour, smells just as incredible.


Jump for it.

If you’re not a lover of scented products look away dears, look away. But if you absolutely adore your skin care to have a beautiful scent stay close at hand while I tell you the joys of Fresh Lotus Water.

For a burst of cooling mist with the light, fresh scent of lotus this is your go to product for toning, hydrating, and waking up tired skin. This fresh water mist can be sprayed directly on face to prep skin prior to moisturizer or to end a hard night as a soothing toner.


The mist comes in a can and allows for a very fine cooling mist to be sprayed on skin. It’s refreshing, cooling, and ever so slightly moisturizing. I found it’s the perfect prep prior to applying Belle de Jour as it allows the moisturizer to absorb easily into my skin. Or it’s rather perfect after removing my makeup to tone my face.

The formula key element is dew grass which is used in many Chinese medicine for it’s reconstructing properties to promote and improve hydration in the skin.

I use alot of different mists on my face from Asia most of which are fairly cheap however one of the more expensive ones I lean towards will be replaced by this. It’s price is a tiny bit higher at $28 but I can’t forsake it’s incredible scent and moisturizing benefits.


Overall, Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water is a fabulous mister for restoring moisture to your face. During the long humid days of Summer I’ll be using this to give my skin the hydration it needs minus my normal moisturizer which can prove to heavy for the heat. It’s a fine mist for getting my face moist, refreshing tired skin, and working as a light moisturizer for Summer wearin’ and tearin’!

Loves it!

Muse Approval for purchase!

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Summer Must Have Makeup: Clarins Bronzing Powder and Clarins Bronzing Duo Review

Ahh Summer you’re still around here some place aren’t you? Please stick around a little longer as it feels like the Muse’s hasn’t had a chance to truly enjoy you being around this year.

In honor of Summer today I’ll share with you to fab bronzers that I’m loving from Clarins!


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Ok, let me tell you a little secret…shhhh don’t tell anyone k? I always though Clarins was kinda for old ladies but than I tried a shadow quad and suddenly it opened a whole new world to me. Now I’m an utter addict and simply adore their releases.

I was all about the Clarins Instant Sun Light Collection this year as it had some great pieces to celebrate the heat with (do a search for the reviews on my blog). And even though I’m not a bronzer fan I found myself enjoying one or two this year without ranting and raving about them. You know me and the sun don’t get along so well, hello SPF? Wanna be BFF?

Safest way to get an instant spark of Summer sun?

Try out Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Duo or Clarins Instant Sun Light Bronzing Powder!


As bronzing powder is sometimes incredibly difficult to work with I suggest trying out any that Clarins offers as they are a silky smooth formula that blend a treat. The effect is a beautiful touch of sun on face and cheeks.

Clarins Bronzing Duo is made of two shades of bronzer in two separate finishes. One light matte shade and one sparkling darker shade. Combine the two to contour your face or place the lighter shade on your forehead and the deeper on your cheeks for a safe Summer tan.


Clarins Bronzing Powder is a rich, deep bronze shade with a fine shimmer finish. The shade is very deep and could apply muddy so do use a tiny amount and build up slowly for a deeper tan. This has an SPF 15 as well.


I find the best way to use or apply either is by adding them on top of gently flushed cheeks. Grab your favorite cheek stain and apply to a fresh face (or a face prepped prior with tinted moisturizer. The lighter the makeup the more natural your bronzer will look). After your stain is in place dust a bit of bronzer on top for a lit from within glow.

Perfect for Summer sun and safe too.

Although Summer is ending you can still get away with bringing it with you into the Fall with these compacts plus it seems bronzed cheeks are making their way into many Fall looks.

Snag these palettes while they are still at your Clarins counter as they’ll be gone before you know it.

Loves ‘em!

See my Tips and Tricks for Bronzer Application to spice up your bronze look!

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Beauty News: The Face Shop New US Website

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Hey peeps!

Bestest news ever. The popular Korean brand, The Face Shop, has launched a brand new US Website. This is absolutely thrilling news for me because as you know I’m a very big fan of Korean skincare and cosmetics. As more and more Korean brands launch US websites (Etude House, The Face Shop, etc….) I can’t help the proud mama feeling as many of these brands appeared on my blog over a year or more ago when they were still available within Korea and not yet launched in the US.

Jump ahead for more details on new Face Shop site!

I just browsed the site myself and it’s just now in it’s infant stage as a few of the color collections and skincare items haven’t been updated with product as of yet however they have many, many inexpensive skincare items that are online and available for purchase.

Like many Korean brands you get quality for a very low price. One thing that’s exciting about this launch is the fact that sheet masks and BB Creams are available for purchase. As you’ve heard me discuss in the past both sheet masks and BB Creams are somewhat unknown to the US market. The Asian market is saturated with face masks of all kinds and sheet masks are a popular part of an Asian’s girl daily skincare regime. BB Creams are also unknown with the US which gives me hope that they will become more popular with The Face Shop leading in on these. So far only one cream is available but I hope they’ll begin to launch further BB’s from the line as I’ve tried a few from Korea and they are quite good. Unknown to me The Face Shop products have also been available in Walgreens. Ha who knew?

Anyone ordering from the new online shop will recieve free samples with each purchase and orders over $25 will recieve a free Mask Sheet and finally orders of $50 will get free shopping and a Nature Garden Cleansing Bar for Face and Body.

Visit with the new US shop at www.thefaceshopusa.com

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