Beauty Bits & Bobs

Virtual Money for Nothing: Illamasqua Hauling

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Say the Muse gives you $150 virtual dollars to spend on Illamasqua today. What would you haul?

Jump ahead to hear what I’d blow my virtual moola on!

My hauling would start with concealer. Indeed, some people love eye shadow, some love foundation, some are obsessed with skincare…as for me I’m addicted to finding the perfect concealer.

Count me in for a pot of Illamasqua Concealer although I’m unsure which shade I’d want…this needs a swatch!

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$22 bucks down $128 to go!

The Illamasqua Color Blushes I’ve seen so far look lush. Sign me up for Hussy, Tweak, and Beg…but that’s not my final list so don’t quote me there!

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Uh oh $59 left…not much left now…!

Some people would say the heart of a brand would be it’s foundation so of course, by all means, sign me up for Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation.

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And finally I have just enough change left over to buy myself a Vanilla Frappachino and some Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Incite please.

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How about you?

What are you hauling with your virtual cash?

Or should I say what have you hauled from the brand already?

Share it!

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Reader’s Request: Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream Review

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I’ve gotten a fair few request to do more reviews on Burt’s Bees products. One particularly item that pops up again and again when asked for reviews would be Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. Considering it’s price of $7.99 and 97% natural ingredients it’s understandable why it appeals but the real question is does it work?

Click ahead to hear more.

Although it promises a gentle, effective cleaning I got more of a drying, tightness from it after use. Cleansing soap bark and healing aloe vera are promised to moisturize and soften my skin while removing makeup and dirt but for the most part it ended up drying my face out further than it already was and making it uncomfortably tight.

The rich, opaque cream lathers up nicely has a soothing, herbal scent and removes makeup well enough (just the standard fair such as foundation, a bit of blush, etc…) but sadly doesn’t do much for my dry skin. If you’re oily this may be an ideal cleanser for you especially considering it did wonders for my shiny forehead but sadly if you sport dry skin best skip this one as it won’t lend any favors to those that already sport dryness.

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Although it’s healthy ingredients and inexpensive price tag appeals I can’t say the results were worth either. Those who have oily skin may appreciate the drying element of the formula and it’s cheap price tag but anyone with dry skin would probably do best seeking something else.

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Drugstore Drive-By: July 26th to August 1st

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Check out this week’s steals and deals at your local drugstore!

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All Rimmel Cosmetics
40% Off

Neutrogena Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 Free 3 Days Only Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday

N.Y.C. Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Neutrogena Wave Duo Power Cleanser $14.99

All Noxzema Skin Care
$3.99

All St Ives Skin Care
$3.99

Maybelline Mascara
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

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L’Oreal Face Cosmetics
$2 Off

Max Factor Color Genius Face Products
$8.99

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
$2 Off

Almay Eye Liners
$5.99

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Revlon Lip and Nail
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Maybelline Lip or Face
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

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Buy Any Boire Pore Strip and Get Any Other Biore Product Free

Revlon Lip and Nail
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Wet n’ Wild Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear and Organic Wear Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Covergirl Lip and Eye
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Neutrogena Cosmetics
40% Off

Almay Face Cosmetics
30% off

Maybelline Pulse Mascara
$11.99

Happy Shopping!

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Beauty News: Victoria’s Secret Debuts New Makeup Collection

Call me a beauty junkie but I can’t help but be excited about the new line of Victoria’s Secret Makeup coming out in August. Most every Victoria’s Secret you’ve walked into lately probably has the same sign up as seen below.

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Most of the line was hit with a 50-75% off sale during the semi-annual and in some cases even before that. This big discount was to make room for the new line do out in stores August. Of course, much of it will probably be the regular line up of blushes, shadows, and lip products however the excitement for me would be the reinvention of the packaging.

This is the second time that Victoria’s Secret is revamping it’s packaging. I admit that I long since missed the silver and pink standard from yesteryear and was never fully on board with the newer, chic black packaging. Out with the black and in with the new, this Muse hopes it’s a good one.

What do you think the new packaging will look like?

What do you want it to look like?

Hoping for something new to be added to the current selection?

Tell it!

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Steal It: Urban Decay Best of Urban Sets

Mondays are soooo dull. Especially after a really long weekend. That’s why I love sitting down to sort through tweets, e-mail, and my RSS to see what’s going on around the Internet after being away from my computer for a bit.

The best part is when I sort through and found a cool steal and deal. Retail therapy makes Monday all the better.

Today I was sorting through tweets and noticed that the Urban Decay Best of Urban Sets are $15.99!

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W00t score for a blue Monday!

Click it to hear the deets!

The sets were $32 bucks during the Holiday season but Urban Decay has axed ‘em to a mere $15.99.

Each set includes a full size Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner and Eyeshadow plus an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in mini size. Considering shadows are $16 each and liners are $18 you’ll be getting the entire set for the price of one eye shadow. Sweet!

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I reviewed the Urban Decay Best of Urban Baked Set a few months ago if you’d like do click the enclosed link to see swatches, an fotd, and my review.

The sets are on sale now at Urban Decay so grab ‘em while the grabbing is good.

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