Beauty Bits & Bobs

Summer Series: Cosmetic Treasures $10 Bucks and Under

As Summer quickly approaches you may be on the look out for a beauty steal and deal here and there! A little cosmetic treasure that won’t break your piggie bank too much. Check out some cool buys for $10 bucks and under to add to your Summer time beauty regime!


Check outL.A. Girl Illuminating Blush in Just Pinched for a flush of pink to your cheeks. This nifty blush comes in a dual compartment compact with blush on top and applicator on the bottom plus a full size mirror for quick on the go touch ups. Best part of all? It’ll only set you back $6 bucks!


Score glossy, shiny lips with a trio of Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss Set for under $10 bucks! Likey!


A kiss of blush and a hint of bronze, Sonia Kashuk Crème Bronzer/ Blush Duo in Golden Crème gives you both for $8.99!


Treat lips so they are moist and shiny with the Muse’s personal favorites, Smith’s Rosebud Salve and Smith’s Strawberry Lipbalm. Only $5.59 each so even if you indulge in both you’re still keeping it at almost $10 bucks!


Did you know Girlactik Star Blush used to be sold at Sephora for more than the $3 bucks you can nab it for now? Check out shades Capri and Bora Bora for a slick way to amp up your Summer color wardrobe! Hey, get three and you’re still at your $10 threshold.


Pretty much a great dupe for MAC Tender Tones, L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm are around, available, and under $10 bucks (unlike Tender Tones which are long since gone!)


It always amuses the Muse that there are indeed items from E.L.F. that cost more than a buck! E.L.F. Mineral Eye Shadows are $3 bucks and pack a nice hint of shimmer for a nice Summer eye look. Honest, the Muse has seen them up close and personal, not too bad a deal for these babies. Try out Celebrity or the new shade Golden.


Snag a two pack of Softlips with SPF 20 to keep your lips protected while you’re lazing poolside.


Get your glow on for $4 bucks with Bonnie Bell Blend N Glow Natural Blush!


Metallic strips of gold, bronze, and green are sure to keep your eyes looking fierce this Summer with Milani Runway Eyes Palette.


Not the biggest fan of Sephora makeup but not denying that the shimmering array of Sephora Colorful Strass Mono Eyeshadow for $10 bucks each is a killer deal. Try out #3 and #5 for that Sunset Eye Look you’ve been wanting to test drive.


NYX Cream Blush is a great one for the pool as it won’t easily rub off as a powder would plus sets you back $7 bucks…what’s not to love?


The Muse has a thing for mineral blushes especially ones that are $5 bucks, contain an SPF 15, and come in shades called Glistening Coral! Splash Mineral Blush has it going on.

Check out some of the above cosmetic goodies to keep your Summer budget on the low down. Your wallet will thank you I’m sure!

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Stash Spotlight: Bare Escentuals Glimmers and Eyeshadows

The Muse thinks it’s been too long since her last Stash Spotlight so she deems today a good day to do one!


How about a lookiee at her stash of Bare Escentuals Glimmers and Shadows?

Ok, so the Muse is the first to admit she has way too many of these. Whoa. But she feels better that at least they were mostly collected with kits and not purchased separately, that counts for something right? Maybe….


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Product Musings: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Pink Coral


The Muse listens, honest she does. She’s gotten numerous requests asking for a review and swatches of the new Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush. One new shade was introduced, Pink Coral, which was quite appealing for my Summer Blush series but I got soooo many requests for a review and a spotlight on it that I just decided why not Muse it by itself instead of having it become lost in a series post!

So here it is, as per alot of requests, Product Musings on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Pink Coral.

With the barest hint of sparkle, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blushes are sure to please anyone who prefers a non-matte blush formula. Pink Coral is one of the newest shades available in this formula and ideal for Summer-wear. It’s a gorgeous shade of coral with a tiny kiss of pink! If you’re desiring a sweet pop of peach on your cheeks Pink Coral will do the job well. Although the “shimmer” maybe scare you, rest assured it’s a barely there shimmer that’s very subtle and pretty.


The silky formula glides on well and blends beautifully leaving behind plenty of pigmented color so remember a little goes a very long way. Use the blush in it’s own pan or pop it out and place it in one of the Bobbi Brown Customize palettes to create your own unique compact.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush are fantastic and Pink Coral is a beautiful shade to Muse about this sunny day! The only rant the Muse has is the blushes are only available in seven shades, boo can we has more now?


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush in Pink Coral (or any shade) is Muse Approved for purchase.


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Carol’s Daughter Pearls Gift Set Limited Edition Review

Carol’s Daughter has been known to capture my heart a time or two with their incredibly unique fragrances. So the case may be with the brand new fragrance introduced from Carol’s Daughter.


Carol’s Daughter Pearls is one of the best scents to date I’ve tried from the collection. According to Lisa Price she loves creating fragrances that are unique and unforgettable and truly that’s something she does well. Pearls is a soft blend of lemon verbena with a beautiful finish of apricot and peach. The blend has a complex way of morphing from a fruity scent to a warm sugary blend to a soft floral with hints of jasmine, rose, and violet and plenty of warm vanilla and caramel too! It quite reminds me of Fresh Lemon Sugar but far more complex with it’s various notes. The scent is very warm, sweet yet nothing too crazy, and very feminine and flirty. I love the scent of lemons in my perfume and this is a heavy note of lemon with a nice underlay of warm vanilla, sugar, and hints of caramel which slowly morphs into a fine floral. It’s quite interesting, very unique, and truly a special fragrance. Even though the fragrance is an EDT it still manages to have great throw and lingers quite strongly as most Carol’s Daughter fragrances do.

I’m reviewing Carol’s Daughter Pearls today since Mother’s Day is right around the corner and there is a very special limited edition collection available that’s a steal, a deal, and something that will make your mum (or you…hey we all need spoiling!) very happy.

Available for a very limited time is the Carol’s Daughter Limited Edition Pearls Gift Set for $49.50 which includes a Carol’s Daughter Pearls Eau de Toilette 2.5 oz and a Carol’s Daughter Pearls Body Creme 1oz. The two items come housed in a gorgeous little keepsake jewelry box with a dome lid and a little gold clasp. I still have the creme and perfume stowed away in it but you can remove them and use the box to stash away your jewelry or small treasures as it’s really a nice, sturdy keepsake box.


Carol’s Daughter Pearls Fragrance is actually $45 USD so you can spend a few dollars more and get the gift set with the body lotion for a better deal. It also ships free when purchased from Carol’s Daughter directly. Sephora also has it in store and in stock.


Carol’s Daughter Pearls is very Muse Approved for purchase. Do head to your local Sephora to check out, I’m positive you’ll fall in love with it as much as I did. It’s simply a gorgeous scent. It makes a rather great gift for Mother’s Day but the Muse can understand if you want to keep it all to yourself!

Discover more about the Pearls collection by visiting http://www.carolsdaughter.com

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Smashbox Untamed 3 Piece Set @ QVC

If you’re been a lemming Smashbox Untamed but couldn’t quite justify the cost at the moment do check out the Smashbox Untamed 3 Piece Set on QVC. Killer deal!


The kit includes three pieces from the brand new Smashbox Summer Collection, Untamed. Purchased separately the items would run you $71 USD plus tax. You can snag three of the items for $46 (plus shipping) from QVC by using item number A91013.

The kit includes:

  • Smashbox Untamed Trio in Savage
  • Smashbox Untamed Lipgloss in Flesh
  • Smashbox Cream Cheeky Color in Untamed

Nice little deal if you ask the Muse’s opinion.

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