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Smashbox Fall Collection 2009: Smashbox Reign Eye Shadow Palette

What is it with these incredible Fall Collections? I dunno why and I dunno how but I was thinking I wouldn’t be impressed this Fall but man, oh man it’s one great thing after the next lately!

Check out Smashbox Reign Eye Shadow Palette:

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Smashbox Reign Eye Shadow Palette is a mix of shimmery and matte shades enclosed in a beautiful leather case. The shadows are baked and in a trio however they are split as a duo which means you’re getting six shades of shadow to work with. Quite interesting really. The palette is available in two shade selections, Majesty and Monarch.

Majesty seems the smoker, Fall-ish of the two with shades of peach champagne, plum burgundy, and black. Where as Monarch is the lighter, friendly palette with shades of light gold, bronze, and taupe.

The Smashbox Reign Collection is inspired by the ruling era of the English Tudors—an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence. The pieces in the collection are all royally themed in nature. I just say they are simply beautiful.

Both palettes look delicious and are on my Fall wishy list.

What do you think?

Worthy of a haul?

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Beauty News: Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009 Available for Purchase

Urban Decay is showing us the Fall loving with it’s new Fall Collection for 2009 which is available on it’s site!


Check it after the jump!

I’m very impressed with the Urban Decay Fall Collection 2009. It looks incredible and I’m seeing more than one item in the selection that I’m sure will become fast cult favorite among beauty junkies everywhere. Take a peep at the releases below!

Urban Decay Lipstick is getting three new shades. Naked, a creamy nude, Oil Slick, a glossy black, and Confession a deep burgundy.

Yay for new shades in the Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow range. I’m a big fan of the deluxe range and happy to report they are extending the line with two new colors. Fridge, a deep purple and Ruthless, sandy taupe shimmer!

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes is a brand new liner for eyes!

Two brand new primers! Oh the excitement! One for filling pores and one for brightening dull skin!

Urban Decay Surreal Skin Cream to Powder is also brand new and offers a creamy foundation with a powder dry down.

Extending the popular primer line even further Urban Decay Primer Potion for Eyes and Lips are added to the collection!

Looks like an amazing line up from Urban Decay and I’m very eager to test some out for myself and review for you!

What are you lemming?

Which products are yelling at you to buy them?

Tell the Muse!

The entire Fall Collection 2009 is available now at

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Lipstick Queen Medieval Review and Swatches

I’m about to get all Medieval on you! Ha, I crack myself up. I so wanted to review Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick just so I can use that catch phrase. What? I’m easily amused, sue me.

Why was I under the impression Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick was a deeply pigmented, possibly matte lippie? Oh how the very confused I was. Turns out it’s an incredibly sheer, lightweight lipstick that’s simply gorg!

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This lipstick was inspired by Medieval times when full coverage lipstick was considered a sin, hey they had lipstick in Medival times? Who knew? Better yet Lipstick Queen explains that women used lemons to stimulate the lips and stain their lips a see through blood red. Ha! That’s like my tip of the day who wants to hit up Trader Joe’s with me for some lemons? Ok, maybe mess, we’ll stick with Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick, same effect and pretty packaging too!

I’ve been privy to much of Lipstick Queen’s line and have loved just about everything I tried thus far. For some odd reason or another I was under the impression that Medieval was in fact a very bold, bright, matte red. Is there any reason why I was under said impression? It’s any wonder as Lipstick Queen is known for brighter, bolder shades of lipstick that’s for sure.

Turns out Lipstick Queen Medieval is anything but…..

This lippie is a very sheer, subtle kiss of red that’s ideal for Summer lovin’ lips. It’s a universally flattering shade of what I deem “Snow White” red. You remember the fairy tale that told us Snow White had blood red lips well I suspect Snow White was guilty of going Medieval. The shade is that of a bitten lip look for a very natural, fresh kiss of color. I’m in love.

With the market saturating itself with plenty of sheer lip treatments lately, ‘ello Dior, ‘ello Fresh, I must say that Medieval sets itself apart in a sea of red. The formula is a moisturizing blend with just the right touch of red pigment. It’s nothing overly dramatic, nothing crazy or bold. It’s simply natural, fresh, and rather ideal of you’re a minimal makeup kinda gal.

As for me, Lipstick Queen Medieval is simply gorgeous and my new Summer Must Have Make Up Item. I multitasked it in my below picture by applying a generous layer on my lips and proceeding to follow up with some on my cheeks. Yup, that’s right, I used it as a blush. The formula can easily be used as as a subtle lipstick or a cheeky little blusher for gently flushed skin. No making fun as I didn’t have time to slap on foundation or concealer this morning so I’m being really minimal today with my makeup eep!

Loves it!

Total Muse Approval for purchase. Likey alot.

Anyone try?

Loves it?

Tell the Muse!

Lipstick Queen Medieval is available at for $20.


Wants It: Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint

Baby I’m a want you and Baby I’m a possible need you!

Holy awesomeness Batman! Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint looks like the shiz for gorgeous blushing cheeks this Summer!

Check it!

Just heard the word these are part of the Sonia Kashuk Spring Collection over at Target. Haven’t seen ’em in Target yet…hello are we late much? But word on the street is to check around and they may pop up somewhere. The Muse has decided she absolutely must have them at all costs. How cool is a liquid tint in a pump bottle? Ok, maybe I’m the only nut job excited about the prospects here. Available in 3 Shades for I believe $9.99 each…yes they must all be mine so we can take over the universe together.

Don’t bother looking online, nada on Target’s website. I just called my best mate Jai just in case he was in the vicinity of a Target, one never knows with Jai he hangs out in unusual locations after I drop him home at night, but he’s not near a Target darn. He is at Barnes and Noble though anyone need books? I suspect he’s picking up hot guys there? Shrug, I dunno he says hot guys hang out at B&N.

I’m coming to get you liquid tint and we shall rule the Summer with blushing cheeks!

Anyone try yet?

Loving ’em?

Don’t make me too jealous k?

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Top Keyword Searches At Musings

This is kinda a fun post or at least I think it is. I’m always curious what brings new users to Musings. I wonder how they get here, who they heard about me from, or what they looked up to locate my blog. I can’t always tell if they heard about me from someone else or how they got here to begin with although I can make a guess as I can see where they traveled from to pop up here. One of my favorite pass times though is looking through keywords that brought a reader to my site. These are words they typed into a search engine which led them here!

I compiled a list of some of the top keywords that my stat service has collected and I thought I’d share them with you!

Click below for the list!

BB Cream, Blemish Balm Cream

With my very long post about What a BB Cream Is? it doesn’t surprise me that this is one of the top keywords that brings readers to Musings!

Steam Cream is also a top search word that brings users over yonder. I find this rather funny as I fell so hard for Steam Cream and posted so much about it I’m guessing people gather around here as it’s the first thing that pops up in google when I search Steam Cream myself!

Lush Reviews seems to be a top keyword as well. Not much surprise there considering how much I adore Lush!

Benefit Coralista seems to be a keyword that’s led quite a few readers to my blog! Any wonder as Coralista was love at first swipe!

Stila Look Book is an interesting one as it continues to be a top keyword that leads people here. Interesting as Look Books are ages old and it’s been a while since I posted about them! Obviously they still warrant an interest from some readers.

Some weird ones:

Steal It From my Friends Album
Hmmm what’s this person up to?

Green Snot
When have I ever blogged green snot and why is this keyword bringing readers here?!

Naughty Maggie Gyllenhaal
I imagine my Agent Provocateur post tickles this keyword!

Are you a new reader?

What sort of keywords led you to my blog?

Share ’em!