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Summer Must Have Makeup: Flirt! Cosmetics Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palette Review and Swatches

Let me tell you a story about the best $14 bucks you’ll spend this Summer. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is head to Kohl’s and snag yourself the new Flirt! Cosmetics Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palette.

Loves ’em!

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My last run in with Flirt! Cosmetics was when I came across Flirt! Cosmetics RollerBlush. I’m pretty sure at the time I was thinking that what the world needed now was more rollerblush. What? It was a simpler time in life, the economy was considerably better, and the the idea of rollerblush just made the Muse’s happy. I’ve since realized that maybe rollerblush isn’t all that great an idea however I’ll tell you what is a fantastic idea. Flirt! Cosmetics Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palettes!

I got these in the mail a few weeks ago and I was kinda saving them up until the weather got better. Well…the weather never did get better and we are full swing into Summer now so might as well shout the good word. At first peep they aren’t really anything to write home about and the makeup snob inside me is crying out that they do look somewhat cheap. But I do so admit all those strips of color are tempting and rather pretty to look at. Anything with strips of makeup, particularly gloss, inside always seems like a disastrous mess waiting to happen which could sway me from indulging. Even with a possible hot mess waiting in the wings and the slight cheap factor I decided to give Flirt! Candy Stripes Glossy Lip Palette it’s just deserves in the review department and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them.

Available in two shades these palettes consist of five shades of pigmented gloss which act more like a creamy lip treatment than a gloss. You can mix, match, combine, or cocktail any and all of the glosses into a unique shade just for you or use each shade individually. The color combinations you can get from the one palette are truly limitless. I was so, so surprised at how incredibly pigmented these were. The formula isn’t without the flaw of being quite sticky and tacky but honestly how many glosses have you run into that don’t have such a formula (hello beloved MAC Lipglass!). The gloss is pretty much bulletproof and has quite a nice long wear. I’m looking at least 4-5 hours without eating and drinking of course. I think what delighted me most about the palettes was the pigmentation. Each color pops and sizzles on my lips, oh so lurvely.

The palette is available in two color varitations, Pink Stripes and Peach Stripes. Pink is very nice but my heart is with Peach. Mixing up the various shades of peach gives me a gorgeous shade of coral gloss that’s so beautiful! I find the best way to use the palettes is by slapping a bunch of the shades together. Some colors are lighter where as some are darker so combining them gets a perfect shade. I also noticed that applying a darker shade with a lighter on top gets a more glossy look since the darker shades lean more towards a creamy lip color rather than a simple gloss. Please excuse the crummy swatches! I only swatched the pink palette and it came out really light but truly the palette is way more pigmented than the swatches let on.

I really adore these and I’m glad I decided to get over myself and give them a whirl. Truly a worth while beauty purchase in my opinion. Do head on into Kohl’s to check ’em out. I’m Muse Approving these for purchase, a great Summer Makeup Must
Have for this Muse!

Below are some pics I took using the palettes. The first set I used the pink palette and the second I used the peach. I can’t say which colors I used because it’s a cocktail of almost everything in the palette but as you can see it’s rather a nice effect especially the peach!

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Beauty News: SteamCream Available Within the USA

As you may already know I’m a terribly big fan girl when it comes to Steam Cream. I consider it life saving for my skin. Gorgeous stuff. The best news about Steam Cream is it’s now available in the USA exclusively at Beauty Habit! w000t! No longer do you have to wait for your order to be airmailed to you, now you can simply click and purchase from Beauty Habit and score yourself a tin of my beloved Steam Cream for $18 USD which will arrive safely at your door quickly and easily.

The Muse is quite happy to finally see Steam Cream has made it’s way across the pond and is happily living at Beauty Habit now. Hmmmm think we might see an LE tin or two that are exclusive to Beauty Habit as well? Sure hope so!

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Beauty News: Hayden Christensen Face of Lacoste Fragrance

Hayden Christensen is the face for the brand new Lacoste Challenge Fragrance. Featuring an ultra preppy, sporty look, Hayden is the latest to jump on board the celebrity fragrance model rise. Look out Becks, Jonathan, and James, Hayden is bringing the force to fragrance…sorry guys that’s something you’ll never have.

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Cheap Toner: C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Toner Review

It’s obvious I’ve been hauling C.O. Bigelow at BBW lately right? My latest discovery is from the brand new C.O. Bigelow Face Collection. The line includes a slew of interesting bits which I’ll tell you all about soon but today I’ll be concentrating on the new C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Toner.

Can you say love?

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With a $12 price tag and a larger size bottle than my normal Shu Uemura DepSea Water Facial Mist I can so get on board the cheap train to enjoy myself a bottle of C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Toner. Likey!

With promises to perk up my tired, dull looking skin and replenish it with nutrients I imagine this could get the typical skin care junkie excited. It’s formulated with a Healthy Skin Complex, a blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep my skin looking healthy, strong, and youthful supposedly. That’s a whole lot of promise but the real deal is that it’s cheap and it performs pretty great at toning my skin, refreshing it, and making it ready for my facial moisturizer and really that’s about all I need. Now if by chance it also gives me a youthful appearance and is packing my skin full of healthy goodness I won’t complain but I promise I’m an easy going sort that will be just as happy if it simply tones my face, which in fact it does.

It’s 6.3oz in size and $12 bucks ummm hello cheap! My typical bottle of Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist in Mint is 5oz in size and $24. See? Cheap is good. It feels the same on my skin as Shu’s, it does the same thing in making my skin moist and dewy, and it even has a better nozzle for a finer spray of mist than my Shu. I’m feeling that happy glow of saving myself $12 bucks here people. The mist is subtly scented with a crisp, floral, slightly fruity smell. It’s quite difficult to describe the scent but it’s almost like a very green kiwi.

Fact of the matter is C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Toner is cheap, refreshing, and gives my skin a nice wake up call all while keeping it fresh, dewy, and easing the way for my moisturizer.

If you’re not willing to dish $24 or more dollars on toner I’d say check it out. It’s Muse Approved for purchase and well worth your dollar. It’s available now from Bath and Body Works and the kicker is all of C.O. Bigelow products are buy two get two free right now so hurry on over and snag yourself some.

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Which facial mists do you enjoy using?

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This Time Last Year: Vincent Longo, Banila Co, Bourjois Paris, and Many Other Musings

Click through some past posts from yesteryear!

This Time Last Year I was Musing about…..

This time last year I was thinking mark Gorgeous Eye Trios were quite a cute little value!

This time last year Vincent Longo Liquid Eye Shadow failed to wow me!

The This time last year Banila Co Sun Blessed Collection caused one or two lemmings!

This time last year I was busy musing a plenty about the Susie N.Y. Summer Collection 2008!

This time last year I remembered how much I fancied Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech Lip Stain!

This time last year my lust for the Shu Uemura Fluer De Source Palette knew no bounds!

This time last year I was digging all over Red Point Airbrush Effects BlushWhip (I still reach for this daily!).

This time last year Beaute de Kose Summer Collection 2008 was a story I shared with you!

Hope you enjoyed clicking through some past posts from last year! Do check out all my archives located on the left hand drop down menu.

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