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The Golden Compact Awards

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The Golden Compact Awards is the first every Beauty Awards by the beauty blog community. The awards showcase the best in beauty products that have debuted from January and December 2008 with winners in five separate categories: hair, skin care, body care, makeup and nails.

Finalists are selected by three wonderful beauty bloggers Jamie Allison from The Beauty of Life, Michelle Mismas from All Lacquered Up and Lilan Doug from The Daily Cookie.

Brands include MAC, YSL, Frederic Fekkai, OPI, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Benefit Cosmetics, Lipstick Queen, and many, many other favorites.

The blogger panel has spent a good deal of time testing and reviewing the products and will reveal their top picks soon! Readers can head over to The Golden Compact site to cast their vote for best products in each category! One random voter will be chosen to receive a prize packaged filled with the items from the finalists (all the more reason to vote! Wink, wink, nudge, nudge!).

Visit www.goldencompactawards.com to cast your vote and join in the fun!

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Hey guys!

I was curious….

What would you like to see more of? Less of? Something I haven’t covered that you want me too?

Do throw your ideas at me! I’m curious what you’re wanting to see at Musings or what you’d like to see more of!

Tell the Muse all about it!

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Musings of the Day: I Hate It but She Loves It!

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What are some products you simply hate that other people love…..you know the ones that everyone raves on and on about but you just don’t understand why they love it so much!?

Jump ahead to hear mine!

Two products that come to mind for the Muse are MAC Fluidline and the Bare Escentuals Foundation Kit.

There are SO many better options around than MAC Fluidline! I think it’s ok but the way people rave on and on and on about how amazing it is really makes me sit and puzzle…??? What am I missing? It applies streaky and I have to sit and reline it…it’s just not that great…..

And jeez if one more person tells me how great the BE Foundation Kit is I may scream! I tried it three times! That’s right, three times! I purchased the kit on three occasions and every time I ended up feeling like I may itch my skin off! Gawd! It’s terribly itchy and it makes me feel like I have a mask on! Hates it!

How about you?

What product or products do you hate that the rest of the world absolutely loves?

Tell the Muse!

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Stila Pomegranate Crush Review

Although I’ve already reviewed Stila Pomegranate Crush this past Holiday Season, I couldn’t help but bring it out to play again as it is after all an official release for Stila Spring 2009.

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I’m a big lover of Stila Cherry Crush so when I first got the chance to try an early release of Stila Pomegranate Crush I was dashing around circles in excitement. Stila Cherry Crush scored major points with the Muse so she had all sorts of high hopes for Stila Pomegranate Crush.

It just so happens that I fell hard for Stila Pomegranate Crush almost instantly and think it deserves a re-review for Spring!

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The product comes housed in an awesome little click pen and applies easy to both face and cheeks with a quick stroke of the brush. I love the packaging however I did have some reserves about using the same item on my face that I had just used on my lips….sooooooooo to solve my dilemma and my anal germ obsession I’m happily sporting two of the pens one of which I use on my face and the other on my lips.

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Pomegranate Crush is deeper in color when compared to Cherry Crush. It’s a much richer pink and gives cheeks that perfect natural flush that makes you look like you’ve just been kissed, just stepped out of the cold, or just been pinched on the cheeks. Taking all three of those things and bottling them up into a click pen is sheer genius. Pinched cheeks are absolutely essential for a youthful, fresh, natural look in the Muse’s opinion and very flattering for Spring.

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The formula is a gel base and not at all drying on the lips or the skin. I did think Cherry Crush was tastier where as this doesn’t have too much of a scent or taste. I actually like both Pom and Cherry Crush better than I do Benetint as the packaging is super travel friendly and the color is more natural and pigmented.

Stila Pomegranate Crush is one of those great items to have in your purse for a quick burst of color onto cheeks to make you go from the stress of eight hours of work to the natural, freshness of a well rested you. It’s a simple, little to no makeup look that makes life simple and makes you look fabulously gorgeous. Can’t name many products that do all that with a simple twist of a pen!

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I absolutely adore it and it’s Muse Approved for purchase! Def a Spring and Summer essential!

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Loves it!

Tried it?

Love it?

Tried Stila Cherry Crush? Loving that?

Tell the Muse!

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Yay or Nay: Demeter Fragrance Library

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Demeter Fragrance Library is a vast un-ending array of unique fragrances that are sure to please just about everyone but are they a Yay or a Nay?

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Jump ahead to tell me your version of the story!

Tricky, tricky, tricky is the question today! It’s so difficult for the Muse to figure out if she’s on the yay team or the nay team when it comes to Demeter Fragrance Library.

One of the perks of Demeter is the ridiculous amount of unique blends available and how much product they put out over the course of the year. Tons and tons of LE blends are added daily some of which are borderline strange, unique, and terribly fun! Think Playdoh, Lobster, and Dirt for example!

As fun and fabulous Demeter is one minor problem plagues the brand which would be the linger of each EDT. The scents are all extremely fun but some suffer from a rather short burst of fragrance that lasts an hour if you’re lucky or less if you’re not so lucky. Sadly, it seems the amount of “toilette” that goes into each fragrance versus the amount of perfume oil is a pretty high ratio which means little to no scent time. My skin happens to suck these up at a crazy speed so within 30 minutes at most I’m having to reapply. However, the good news is that some are mighty strong, the Muse just wishes they all were.

So the question remains are they a Yay or a Nay?

I can’t help but say I’m on the Yay team for these as the variety outweighs the formula in this case and I do so adore quirky perfumes plus they aren’t terribly expensive that spraying yourself every hour on the hour won’t hurt the bank too much.

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Yup, it’s a firm yay for me! I loves ‘em! Can’t help myself!

How about you?

Demeter Fragrance Library in your Yay book? Or Nay!?

Tell the Muse!

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