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Product Musings: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Ruthless Review and Swatches


I’m getting cozy with Illamasqua today so I thought I’d muse some about their nail varnish!

Jump ahead for a peep!

Illamasqua has taken the Beauty Blogging world by storm this year. With many beauty bloggers and junkies alike getting their hands on Illamasqua goodies since it hit our side of the pond and is now available at Sephora is it any wonder we are all very happy?

As Fall rolls in I imagine you may be looking for three shades of cool to get your nails in tiptop shape. My picks for Fall in regards to nails always consists of the same colors. A true red, a beautiful chocolate brown, and a hardcore black.


Illamasque Nail Varnish in Ruthless has me covered for red. This true, rich shade of red has a beautiful glossy finish.

What are your fav shades of Fall from Illamasque?

Any that’ll be topping your nails this season?

Muse it!

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Drugstore Drive-By: August 2nd to August 8th


Jump ahead for a peek at what’s happening at your local drugstore!


Garnier Skin Care
$9.99 (After Rebate)

L’Oreal Face and Lip Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Maybelline Eye Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Almay Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Sally Hansen Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Revlon Beyond Natural Makeup
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Revlon Double Twist Mascara
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Covergirl Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Purchase Any 3 Items from Maybelline, Clearasil, Sally Hansen, Got2b, Veet, Love’s, Phisoderm, and N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics and recieve back by mail a free back to school survivial kit filled with product samples.


L’Oreal Lip Products
$2 Off

Revlon Nail Polish
2 for $7

Rimmel Mascara
$2 Off

All Maybelline Eye Shadows and Liners
$1 Off


Maybelline
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Revlon
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Neutrogena
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off


Max Factor Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 50% Off

Covergirl Cosmetics
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off


Covergirl Lashblast Mascara
Purchase $25 in P&G Products to Get It Free!

Covergirl
Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off

Almay
3 Days Only (After Tuesday Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off)
Buy 1, Get 1 Free

Happy Haulin’!

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Musings of the Day: When Swapage Goes Terribly Wrong!

I love swapping makeup. I haven’t done so in a long time but I adore hanging out on Cozycot, Specktra, MUA, etc…to discuss makeup, do cps, or just enjoy a swap or two. Which brings me to today’s Musings.


Have you ever had a swap that went wrong? Maybe you’ve been swap-lifted? Gasp! Or got the item and it was in totally gross condition?

Tell me your swap story and jump ahead for my tales of swapage that have gone terribly wrong!

Honestly, I’ve only ever been blessed with the best swap partners. Particularly my good friend Iris comes to mind when I think of hardcore CP’ing. I swear Iris must curse the day she met me because she’s probably never got such requests as the ones I loaded on her. Truly a swapper/cp’er extraordinaire.

Personally, I stink at cps, swaps, trading, etc….since I started Musings. I just have no time to complete a good cp and I’m a total wash up. It’s so bad I just stopped offering altogether.

But days of old when swapping was my game I’ve been lucky enough to always have a great partner to trade with. I can only recall two times that I had a problem with a swap and I’ve never mentioned them on the Internet until now but have been known to make my friends laugh rather loudly when I tell them that swapping can sometimes be disgusting.

Generally I never look to swap anything used. I’ve been known to swap away gently used items however I personally don’t want used items. I know I’m so anal, apologies. Moral of the story is everything I’ve ever swapped for was brand new aside from this one time when I decided to swap for a MAC Cream Blush. At the time the girl who contacted me wanted something really badly from my list and she had absolutely nothing I wanted. But she was begging and pleading with me so I felt bad enough to give in and select an item from her list. I ended up going with a MAC Cream Blush that said “gently used”…honestly I had no intention of using it because I know how I am, miss germ-a-phobe, but since her list consisted of 99% used goods it was the only item that looked somewhat good. I was thinking once I got it I could just put it back up for swap.

I got it alright but the description failed to tell me that the swap also included hair. Omg so gross. The compact had two strands of long brown hair. Can I tell you I didn’t even bother opening it. I took one look at the blush through the transparent plastic barrier and proceeded to ditch it.

Ew!

Just ew!

To add insult to injury she included two extras. Extra that were also used…as in used chapstick in Cherry and some no name lipstick that was equally used almost completely used up…maybe 50% lipstick remained.

To say I was horrified is an understatement.

That’s about the worst swapping experience I’ve had thankfully.

How about you?

What are some of your swap nightmares?

Tell the Muse!

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Sneak Peeks: Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection Review and Swatches

Oh. my. god. The Muse is so about the Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection! I told you a bit about the collection yesterday and popped a sneak peek of my FOTD today on Twitter.


For Fall the bold, green eye look is too entirely flattering for brown eyes in my humblest. Putting aside the preppy factor and just rejoicing over such a true, gorgeous shade of forest green is enough to make me dance around in circles of joy.

Check it after the jump!

So far I’ve only gotten my hands on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Golden Leaf but I want to haul the other emerald green shade that is being released. The texture of the shadow is super smooth, blends beautifully, and is deeply pigmented, delish! Although it’s a shimmer wash shadow it still manages to have a velvet-like finish with a subtle hint of golden sparkle. Too pretty.


To accompany the greens in the collection a new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink was created. The color has a dominate brown note but also has the deeper aspects of a golden olive green. The shade is perfectly suited to the two shadows released and could possibly work as both a liner and a base.


I also told you about the new Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils. I got one in brown plum. Quite a nice, moisturizing pencil that glides on smoothly without skipping and smudges like a dream. For my look today I didn’t use the pencil but I have a future FOTD planned with it.


Honestly for me the stars of this show are the Forest Shimmer Ink Gel Liner and the two new shadows, particularly Golden Leaf. Although I favor a warm look in the Fall that’s made up of browns, golds, and occasionally oranges I can’t deny that such a deep, dark green is utterly flattering and fitting for the season.

Well done Bobbi. Another incredible line up.

For my look below I simply used Golden Leaf eye shadow all over my lid and crease followed up with Forest Shimmer Ink liner on my waterline. You can see how dramatic the look is, it obviously speaks for itself that a simple wash of shadow on my lids and a little lining created a bold, beautiful look! Also as promised a close up of my eye using Urban Decay Eye Lash Primer and Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara…I think you can see the results are quite nice when the two are combined.


Anyone hauling?

Excited as I am about all that green?

Tell it!

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Stash Spotlight: B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Eye Shadows


I’d like to think I paved the way for many a Lush lover. I get so many e-mails a day since starting my blog about how people are rejoicing since discovering Lush on my blog. It warms my Grinch heart that people are busy discovering Lush. I’ve been a Lush lover for many a fine year and simply think it’s an outstanding brand.

I thought I’d take a moment out to point you in the direction of Lush’s sister brand B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful. I introduced you to B a year or so ago with a few posts here and there and even one about my collection of B perfumes. Up until now I can’t believe I’ve never once posted my stash of B cosmetics.

Yes, you read that right, cosmetics. Lush is indeed responsible for creating it’s own line of makeup under the B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful brand name. Think of B as Lush’s hipster sister. Created with a no animal testing policy and with plenty of “fresh” ingredients this makeup is all Lush!


Click it for a peep at my stash of B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Eye Shadows.

Some folk love ’em, some hate ’em. Count me as a lover of B makeup. Although it expires fairly quickly (a year, sometimes two, three if you’re lucky) it’s one of the most unique brands I’ve had the pleasure of owning. Housed in bejeweled little pots much of the line brings quality and a bit of posh to the table. Most of my B was collected on various trips to London but you can order B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful product from it’s website which ships internationally.

The shadows are particularly wonderful little critters as they are pigmented as a MAC shadow and quite cute to boot (about the size of a US quarter). The line should appeal to Lush lovers as it’s a whimsical collection of interesting hippie makeup bits and bobs or if you’re just a fan of interesting little out of the way make up items the line will capture your fancy.

Below are some shots of my stash of B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful eye shadows, check ’em!


Some makeup I just treasure and all my B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful makeup happens to fall right in with that. Gorgeous, stunning little things aren’t they?

Hope you enjoyed a view of B’s shadows and I’ll bring you more spotlights of B collection in future posts.

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