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Harajuku Girl Solid Perfume Coffrets Contest

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Hey Guys!

Happy Friday!

Next week I’m bringing you a Week in Review of the brand new Harajuku Girl Fragrances. I covered these before but I wanted to do an individual review of each perfume because I got an overwhelming amount of e-mails asking how these are, if they are worth purchasing, key notes in the blends, etc…etc…Rather then answer all those e-mails I thought I’d just post a review a day of each fragrance giving you further details about each one, what my favorites are, what they smell like, etc….

In honor of my Week in Review I’ll be doing a little contest here on Musings! I know how much you adore my quirky contests where I do my geeky trivia but I’m going to keep this one rather clean and simple!

You have two chances to win one of two Harajuku Girl Solid Perfume Coffrets I have available. The coffrets have all five of the scents available in one cute gift box so you can try each of them out for yourself! Cutes right?!

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You have two chances to win one of these two sets by leaving a comment below and if you’re already a subscriber to my feed you’ll have a second chance to win the set! Which means if you aren’t already subscribed you’ll want to subscribe so you can have your second chance to win the sets! You can subscribe by entering your email below:


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The contest begins today and it will end next week Friday! Sadly, I can only open the contest to US residents right now! Sorry about that but I will have more contests shortly that will be open to non-US residents icon smile

For further information about the new Harajuku line you can check out a few of the links below!

Harajuku Lovers MySpace
Harajuku Lovers YouTube
Harajuku Lovers Flickr
Harajuku Lovers Facebook
Harajuku Lovers Official Website

Good Luck and I hope you’re looking forward to my week in review!

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Stila Friends & Family 20% Discount Coupon Code

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Mark your calenders ladies! Stila has a Friends and Family Sale from now until December 16th if you’re wanting to indulge in some Stila favorites or grab some items up that have been on your lemming list for a while!

The offer is 20% off your total order of $30 or more with Free Shipping! Can’t go wrong the Muse says! Use Coupon Code ECYX12 to nab your deal!

Visit www.stilacosmetics.com now to start making your list! Be sure to check it twice!

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Urban Decay Friends & Family

Urban Decay opens it’s doors next week and lets us all indulge our sweet tooth for more makeup! It’s Friends and Family Discount time! It’s likely the discount will be 30% as that’s normally the amount during Urban Decay Friends and Family sales.

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Starting Novemeber 10th the Urban Decay Friends and Family Sale is on peeps! So be sure to make your wishy list and check it twice!

Hopefully I’ll have my review live of Urban Decay Book of Shadows and the other amazing gift sets released for Holiday 2008 up by the time the sale rolls around so you can see the items up close and personal!

Anything you’ll be picking up during Urban Decay Friends and Family?

Tell the Muse!

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Sephora Haulin’

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I came, I saw, I conquered Sephora’s Friend & Family Sale!

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I ended up doing all my own personal purchases and gift purchases for friends and family on the same order. I normally like keeping them seperate because I like to budget my own purchases but this year I just gobbed it all together!

Sadly, it wasn’t as thrilling as it would be if I wasn’t a blogger. I tend to end up purchasing things way early so I can get reviews up here. If I waited for Sephora FF I’d be WAY late on reviews so I just indulge early! But I did get a few items that had my eye and will review them all for you when they arrive of course!

Here’s the final list (I think that’s all of it!):

Kate Von D Rock n Roll Eyeshadow in Air Guitar and Confessional
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Emmanuelle
Korres Eyeshadow in 24S Gold
Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set
Stila Eyeshadow Duo in Terracotta
Bare Escentuals Extreme Glimmers Kit
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Persepolis and Mediteranee
YSL Bow Lip Palette

I won’t be posting gifts I brought as my friends and some family members read my blog! Don’t wanna ruin the surprise!

How about you?

Whatcha haul?

Tell the Muse!

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Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels Collection: Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire Review & Swatches

The Muse was feeling like blue was the order of day so she pulled out her Estee Lauder Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire from the Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels Collection and proceeded to go to work!

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Estee Lauder released three “gem” inspired duos with it’s new Holiday Collection and I happen to love every single one of the color combinations. I fear the Pokemon epidemic may hit the Muse soon and she’ll be collecting all three to stash away in her beauty vault for the upcoming Holidays!

The duo I tried out this morning was Sapphire which is made up of a navy blue and a lighter blue based gray. The colors bounce off each other and contrast nicely when applied together. These are actually the shades used in the promo image for Vintage Jewels which is why I got Sapphire as I wanted to dupe the look. To create the look it’s a rather simple matter of applying the grayish blue shade to the entire lid and crease. Finish your look by blending the darker blue into the lid and slightly upwards into the crease. Done! Instant sophisticated smoked out blue look!

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Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire as seen on the model in the promo image!

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This is my first time using these duos and I was pretty satisfied with the silky texture and they blend quite nicely. I’m unsure what I’d called the finish as they do not contain a shimmer but they aren’t quite matte or frosty either. The look I created was quite simple yet had a nice pop of color for a Holiday look. I do think I messed up with the lipstick I used as I think a more flattering shade of maroon would have done nicely but I went with a louder true red.

The duo contains a dual sided applicator which has a sponge tip on one side and a brush on the other so you have pretty much all you need within the compact to create a quick look on the fly. If you’re not willing to wear blue to work and have an evening planned out for after you can slip this easily into your purse to create a really simple look that’s both beautiful and elegant.

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For my look I used the following items:

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Face
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
Estee Lauder Shimming Jewel Powder

Lips
MAC Lipstick in Port Red
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Lipgloss

Eyes
Estee Lauder Signature Silky Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire
Estee Lauder Smoked Eye Eye Pencil in Sapphire
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

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Overall, I think the entire Estee Lauder Vintage Collection is well worth checking out at your local counter as it has some fine pieces! I’m rather fond of the duo I got and I absolutely love the Shimming Jewel Powder as you probably already known from reading my previous review! Do have a peek at the Estee Lauder website for more details, face charts for application, and information about the entire Vintage Jewel Collection!

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