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Pieces of Life: The Hello Kitty Edition

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Damn, that bloody kitty! She’s popping up everywhere lately isn’t she? I’m speaking of Miss Hello Kitty of course!

With the introduction of the MAC Hello Kitty Collection the entire world is being reintroduced to every one’s favorite cat again! The Muse loves the fact that everyone is embracing Hello Kitty and loving all over her.

Actually since we are all feeling the love for Miss Kitty this Spring how about banking with HK herself?

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If you happen to have an account with Bank of America you can sign up for their new program called My Expressions Banking.

My Expressions Banking is simply a gimmicky deal that allows you to embrace the unique side of your personality while banking. Who the hell knows why banks deem it necessary to make your banking more personal with debit cards that feature cats, dogs, and any other array of items that suit your personality! But hey I am so NOT complaining as I am loving the My Expressions Banking Hello Kitty Edition.

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Basically the program simply works by taking your old ugly blue and silver debit card and replacing it with a pink and white Hello Kitty debit card! Oh my god the cuteness may make me hurl! But not only does your debit card change you’ll also get checks featuring Hello Kitty and your monthly paper statement (if you get one in the mail) will be printed on Hello Kitty stationary! How awesome is that?

Sincerely, can I embrace my inner 6 year old kid with these options? I love that my bank card sports Hello Kitty! For the Muse it’s the equivalent of a black American Express Card.

I actually don’t get monthly paper statements as I do my banking online but I was too curious to see these Hello Kitty statements so I switched back to paper for a month and was oddly delighted to see Miss Kitty making an appearance on my banking statement…lord things can’t get any cuter!

If you’re a Bank of America customer you can call up and have your current debit card switched over to My Expressions Banking right now. Believe me if you’re an HK fan you’re so gonna wanna do this. And hey if Bank of America tanks at least you’ll have a cute debit card that’s virtually useless! Yay!

Click to make the switch from blah banking to Hello Kittified banking!

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Philosopopy Apricots & Cream Shower Gel Set

The Muse is terribly fond of reminding everyone how Philosophy has really improved on it’s 3-in-1 Shower Gels as of late….I can’t be the only one that feels this way right?

But of course their newest QVC Exclusive has me wanting to sample it as the idea of Apricots and Cream sounds heavenly!

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This three piece kit contains large sizes (24oz chubby bottle) of the newest Philosophy scent Apricots and Cream. You’ll get Philosophy 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Philosophy Body Lotion, and Philosophy Lip Shine all in the brand new scent for the perfect fruity sweet layering experience!

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The price of the kit is $48.06 USD. Each 24oz shower gel normally prices at $20 USD so you aren’t really saving a ton of money by buying the kit. If you’re purchasing each item separate the total cost would be $50 USD plus tax and in this case with shipping and tax it comes to nearly $60 USD. Honestly, the only thing you are getting is the limited edition products and exclusivity of the kit although we all know sooner or later these things have a way of popping up on Sephora. Taking cost into consideration, although I really want to try out the shower gel I have no need of another lotion or lipshine so I think I’ll wait to see if Philosophy Shower Gel in Apricots and Cream ends up at Sephora sometime soon!

If you absolutely need it now look up item number A90250 at QVC.

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Avon Pretty Petal Lip Balm

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Steal a little love for your lips!

Avon Pretty Petal Lip Balms are available in some great Easter flavors so you can get your lips feeling all soft and pretty for the Spring ahead!

Try one or two out or even nab all four for .69 cents each with free shipping by using promo code WINTER9.

The Muse is a sucker for cute lip balms so she’ll be all over Chocolate, Sugar Berry, Jelly Bean, and Marshmallow….what? Their only a few pennies each might as well indulge! I imagine the Easter Bunny approves!

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Cargo Plant Love Bronzer, Eyeshadow, and Lipstick Review

Green goes glam with the new Cargo Plant Love Cosmetics Collection! Cargo’s Plant Love Collection is one of the few organic/natural lines I’ve tried that’s actually really, really good.

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Normally I find that collections that embrace their green friendly side end up forsaking quality but I was pretty impressed with the quality and performance of the items I tried out from the line.

Jump ahead to hear my review!

The entire Plant Love Collection is natural in origin including it’s packaging. Plant Love is free of parabens, phthalates, petro-chemicals, synthetic dyes, and fragrances. The packaging on each item is made from polylatic acid which is a polymer made up entirely from corn! Soak the box from your purchase in water and plant it! It’s embedded with wildflower seeds. Pretty cool right?

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I’m honestly not a fond fan of bronzer as you may already know from reading my past reviews however I’ve taken baby steps to embrace the bronzer world. When I tried out Cargo Plant Love 100% Natural Origin Bronzer I was a bit skeptical and worried as the shade isn’t particularly flattering in the pan. The color is a dull brown without a hint of shimmer, you know that the Muse minus shimmer is never a pretty event. However, I felt determined to give this a try and I was quite pleasantly surprised and shocked how much I loved it.

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The shade is actually quite natural, sheer, and easy to blend. I actually used it conjunction with a tiny bit of my Bobbi Brown Rouge Pot. I applied a bit of the Rouge Pot to my cheeks and topped it with this. The bronzer deepened the rouge and created a very soft focused, healthy, glowing look. This is made with natural terracotta ingredients minus harmful parabens. Considering the product is so sheer it creates a glow rather than going overboard into the land of Oompa Loompa as some bronzers are known to do. I liked the overall effect and I’m actually delighted that I liked it so much.

Now the real star of the show are the Cargo Plant Love 100% Natural Origins Eye Shadow. Oh. My. God. So good. You really need to try these out. They blend like an absolute dream! The formula is so light yet manages to have sincerely great color payoff. The shadow glides onto the eye beautifully well and blends perfectly. I tried a few colors which I’ll review for you in a second post but the shade I was most in love with was Parakeet which was a beautiful orangy copper with a nice shimmer finish. The shade is ideal for a warm Summer look.

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The last product I tried was the Plant Love Lipstick. Two dollars from every sale of the lipstick sale benefits the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The formula of the lipstick is paraben-free which makes it a great find however I wasn’t too captivated by the formula. It has great color pigmentation and gives a nice rich color to lips however the texture was a tad bit too hard for me and didn’t feel too moisturizing on my lips. However, considering how natural it is I do think its well worth a repurchase. The shade I tried was Sagarmatha, a rosy taupe shade.

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For my look below I used the Plant Love Bronzer on my cheeks, forehead, and face. On my eyes I’m using Plant Love Eyeshadow in Parakeet and on my lips I have on Plant Love Lipstick in Sagarmatha. I’m looking quite like Summer in the dead of Winter but I just loved how the look came out overall thanks to the great effect of the bronzer and the beautiful shade of shadow!

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All in all I think the line is pretty incredible and well worth checking out for yourself especially if you’re “green” friendly. Although it’s quite natural and organic it doesn’t forsake quality in anyway. After trying out a few pieces I’m wanting to get to Sephora to explore further!

Cargo Plant Love is available now from Sephora or visit www.cargocosmetics.com for further info!

The Cargo Plant Love Collection is Muse Approved for purchase! Loves it!

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Product Musings: MAC Eyeshadow Firespot


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The Muse thinks we should all sign a petition and ask MAC to freaking bring back Firespot! Too many makeup junkies have not experienced the beauty and joys of Firespot, blasphemy!

The Muse has an orange eyeshadow here and there. She also owns a few peaches, a few bronzes, and a coral or two, and other wonderful shades that fall into the “orange” category. But she’s never quite run across such a stunning, pigmented shade of pure orange flame like MAC Firespot.

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Upon it’s release with the MAC Moonbathe Collection it sold out uber quickly. I was lucky to get one at the time as I was a week to late hauling Moonbathe as I recall it.

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It’s possibly the most prettiest shade I’ve come across and quite reminds me of a flame of a fire. It’s extremely pigmented and works amazingly well with golds to create a gorgeous Summery eye look!

Loves it!

Can we please has it back now MAC?

How about you?

Have it?

Love it?

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