Beauty Bits & Bobs
The Muse is kinda down that Lush NA didn’t really do much in regards to a sale this year. Normally Lush does a Clean Slate sale which entitled the masses to major free goodies however this year they had a clearance sale on Christmas goodies only and from what I’ve heard and seen so far that’s about it.
It doesn’t bug me overmuch because I rarely order anything from Lush NA as most of the time I do my ordering from Lush UK so I’m not really too upset that the sale was off this year however I do know many a Lush lover who really missed it.
However, as I mentioned I did indulge in the clearance sale….
The Muse happens to be a very big fan of Lush’s sister company, Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful and one of her very favorite scents from the company is Keep It Fluffy.
This year as part of the Holiday Collection Lush introduced Keep It Fluffy in a guest soap! Bless be! The Muse overindulged in mass quantities of the soap and happily indulged further when Lush had it’s Holiday sale.
Behold, Keep It Fluffy Haul:
I already had quite a few bars of Keep It Fluffy stashed away but I ended up purchasing five from Lush NA and getting five for free during the sale. That was 10 bars for under $50 USD! Score!
I won’t go into great detail about how Keep It Fluffy smells since it’s quite complex and unique but this Muse did want to share her haul with you!
Anyone else haul during the sale?
What did you get?
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The Muse and her best friend Jai had lunch today and as we picked at our gourmet cuisine of Nerds, Diet Cherry Pepsi, and Twizzlers we came across the new Lush UK Promo.
Boy, were we ever tickled when we seen that we can get the new Lush Night in for 2 for £10! That was less than the cost of our exquisite lunch.
After lunch we looked through our pockets and came across a few pennies, some left over cheetos from the night before, and a few dollars. After each producing £5 each we gave Lush UK a ringy dingy and ordered ourselves a Lush Night in for 2 kit!
Indeed, Nerds and Cherry Pepsi did make it’s way onto our powerbooks screens after seeing this particular graphic….
So for £10 we snagged ourselves a kit which includes two muslin clothes, two mini Lush Ultrabland cleansers, a Lush Cupcake Face Mask (neither of us is experiencing teen acne but we sure do love the smell of chocolate mint!), two toner tabs, and two mini Lush Gorgeous moisturizers!
Are you getting excited yet? I know we were nearly rolling in fits of joy while we ordered. The entire package is fully customizable to your skin type so you pick the mask, you pick the moisturizer, and you pick the toner tabs you want.
Now Jai and I are just waiting for it to arrive so we can have a skin slumber party!
Lush Night in for 2 is exclusive to Lush UK so airmail fees apply, we had ours shipped to a friend in London for free (we had a coupon) and she’ll ship it over to us which will be around $8-$9 USD however if you’re doing a large order, airmail directly from Lush UK works out at a rather nice rate. Lusk UK ships without the UK and worldwide. In order to order Lush Night in for 2 you must call Lush UK Mail Order, the item is not available for order off the website. For further info about the promotion check out this link. I failed to mentuon that Lush Night in for 2 is for UK residents or anyone who can get a friend to ship it over as the face masks are not shipped outside of the UK, apologies for not saying as such.
If you’ve never tried Lush Skincare before this is a perfect way to experience a little of everything! I sure hope that Lush NA picks up on this so others can order it without higher airmail fees.
The Muse feels rather badly that it’s taken her so long to discover the awesomeness that is Korres Natural Products. Well, Hello Wonderful! I recently fell in love with the Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set released for Holiday 2008 and soon after a mass amount of e-mail flooded into my inbox telling me I had to try this by Korres, I had to try that, and Muse please review the foundation, review the body cream, review the eye cream, etc…etc…
After ALL the recommendations I got I was feeling a bit curious….had the Muse missed out on an important brand?
Obviously she had.
But what’s this?
Korres Body Butter!
The Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set was my first venture into the brand and honestly I wasn’t expecting much and was shocked at the amazing quality of each item in the kit. I think I take for granted the fact that aside from Lush, many “natural” brands aren’t exactly the best formulas around. Do you experience that too? Anything and everything has jumped on board the organic, natural, paraben free bandwagon lately. Honestly, it’s great but I think many of the products I’ve tried haven’t been all that and a bag of chips.
I was absolutely delighted with the quality of makeup that Korres had available and it struck me that I really needed to dive in further and explore the brand more fully especially considering many of you really wanted to hear reviews about the various products.
Today I’ll be reviewing Korres Body Butter in Quince and allow your Muse to tell you how amazing it smells, how simply amazing. At this moment I wish you could lean in and scratch and sniff your monitor because I really don’t think I can put into words how heavenly this smells! As per the package description it’s fruity and spicy! The scent starts off with a base note of floral, a middle, heavier note of fruit….almost like a crunchy, sweet pear, and finishes with a tiny bit of spice like that of a carnation. I just can’t even begin to describe how amazing it smells! I wish they had a perfume in the same scent, I’d be on it like white on rice.
This is a body butter and the formula is extra moisturizing for drier skin types so indeed it makes just about the perfect skin care item for the cold, harsh weather at the moment. Personally I just like slathering it all over my hands and arms so I can sniff myself every five minutes and sigh in delight. The formula is slightly greasy but it absorbs very well while giving skin a nice dose of moisture. The greasiness goes away quickly enough and leaves behind a nice soft, silky finish. My elbows and knees are happily soft at the moment thanks to this. The lotion comes in a rather fabulous upside pump which easily distributes a small or large amount of cream depending on what you need.
All in all Korres Body Butter in Quince is fabulous, truly a great product and well worth it’s inexpensive $21 USD price tag. The Muse gives Korres Body Butter her highest Muse Approval for purchase. This one is a keeper!
Snag some more info about Korres by visiting them at www.korres.com and purchase the complete line up of products from Sephora
Not that the Muse is a Brad Pitt fan or anything (not since Cool World
anyway…the Muse thinks that was a cinematic masterpiece!) but she did take note a few days ago when her issue of W magazine
popped into her mailbox with a big, giant face shot of Brad’s scary, un-airbrushed mug.
The Muse hasn’t been this upset since she seen Gwen un-airbrushed….
Ok, not that I’m pro-airbrushing but who knew that Brad Pitt was old and stuff? Every time the Muse sees him he’s smooth as a baby’s butt and looking quite like he’s 18 at the most.
Who gave him a ticket to pass go and collect $200 all the while aging himself “gracefully” for the cover of W?
He doesn’t necessarily look terrible or anything but I admit that when I opened my mailbox and seen this staring back at me I was somewhat shocked….can you blame me?
I was thinking about it and this guy
and Brad have alot in common.
Disclaimer: Brad Pitt, Angelina, and the kids were not harmed in the making of this post. This post is solely for the Muse’s entertainment purposes no matter how shallow it is.
The Muse is still musing over whether she loves Too Faced Smurfette Collection or if she isn’t quite feeling it.
She’s had her stash of the Too Faced Smurfette Collection since it’s release a few weeks ago and has been busily playing around with it, testing it, swatching it, and musing over it for the better part of a week and a half. I didn’t want to post my first impressions before actually using the items so today I’m doing a full review of the entire collection.
Sit back, grab a cuppa tea, and read on…..
To begin I will say I simply adore the packaging. I’m a child of the 80’s so I can completely appreciate “smurf” themed makeup. Call it childish, immature, whatever you will but the fact of the matter is that I simply adore kawaii cosmetics and Too Faced Smurfette Collection brings cuteness to the table.
The collection consists of an eye quad, glitter liners, a highlighter powder, and a new lipgloss. I indulged in everything aside from the glitter liners as I have a ton already which I hardly make use of as is.
The Too Faced So Smurfy Eye Shadow Palette is probably my least favorite item in the collection because it was simply too difficult to work with in terms of formula, texture, and colors. I guess I shouldn’t expect too much from a “smurfy” eye palette right? This was a strange cocktail that the Muse had a hard time trying to figure out what goes where and what sort of look would come out of it. In the end I created a “smurfy” look and a more natural, shimmering look by using separate color combos (I actually liked the shimmering look the best!). I’m not sure what they were thinking exactly but it was seriously brain surgery for me to think up some way to use the shades in the palette. The colors included were a bright matte pink, a bold navy blue, a shimmering, glittery gold, and a glittery deeper pink almost brown shade. After much thought I decided to wear the pink on my lid and the navy blue as a liner for the bottom lash line…I honestly wasn’t sure how else to pair the two up? Was I supposed to wear the blue on my lid? Should I have applied the blue in my crease and the pink on my lid? I haven’t a clue but after much playing around the best possible look (which isn’t even that fab anyway) was applying the blue as a liner on my bottom lash line.
The full Smurf look using the palette, lipgloss, and highlighter!
A partial smurfy look using the gold glitter shadow and highlighter!
The pink and blue shades were difficult to blend for me but this probably isn’t at any fault of the formula, the Muse just happens to be a retard when it comes to blending matte shades.
My second look was FAR from “smurfy”! I ended up simply applying the gold shade to my lid for a little bit of a sparkling, gold look. I loved the two shimmering shadows best however they are extremely gritty and fall out is of epic proportions which makes them an epic fail for application. After applying concealer on top, wiping with a tissue, using shadow shields, and just generally doing alot of clean up I still ended up having glitter just about everywhere on my face. Sad sigh.
Now the packaging of the palette is super! It’s pink and black with a rather cute Smurfette image on it! It’s a flip top palette with a nice size mirror. I generally like this style of palette because it cleans up fairly well and stores quite nicely. However, packaging aside, I felt like the quad just wasn’t exactly what I expected.
A difficult time applying the shadows due to formula and problems with a mix match of strange colors left the Muse feeling a little less love for the Too Faced So Smurfy Eyeshadow Palette.
After all the woe of the shadow palette at least I can happily say that the Too Faced So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder was quite lovely! This palette contains soft pastel blues, yellow, white, and pink which created a soft focused look when applied on the face. The palette is embedded with Smurfette’s smiling mug and is just too sweet! I’m positive the first thing you’ll be wondering about is Smurfette’s smiling little face….in answer to your concerns about whether or not the emblem wipes away with one brush stroke…no, it does not. You’ll be happy to know that I’ve used it a total of 7 times and Smurfette is still smiling happily away inside although please do take into consideration that I was quite careful when stroking my brush across it plus given time she will wipe away completely considering that the emblem is very lightly sketched into the palette and not fully embedded in so to speak.
The palette is a strange mix match of pastel shades and when swatched almost appears white…however don’t let that sway you. The finished result is quite lovely. I didn’t feel like it was shimmer overload and thought it gave more of a soft focused look that was metallic like and frosty. Quite pretty really. Again, the packaging is a flip top mimicking that of the quad which makes both a nice little set.
Finally I picked up the Too Faced Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lipgloss which I really liked alot. I’m not a huge fan of Smashbox O-Gloss so I was slightly wary of picking up another “color changing gloss”. The gloss is supposed to change to a suitable smurfy shade for your lips! Gotta love it. It starts out a shimmering blue shade but on my lips it ended up turning a super bright pink! Likey! The formula isn’t nearly as nice as my beloved Too Faced Mirror Mirror gloss but it has plenty of shine and lovely glossy finish! I simply adored the novelty of it starting out blue and later changing pink. So cutes! Works quite well at giving a deeper shade of pink when compared to Smashbox O-Gloss and also lasts a good deal longer with a glossier finish. The gloss has a nice, fresh berry flavor! Yummy!
Overall, I think the collection is a great little collector’s item but I did find the palette lacking a tad bit although it is unquestionably pigmented, I just ended up having a hard time using it, blending with it, and having other general woes. Aside from that I absolutely loved the highlighter and the new gloss and think they are well worth picking up!
Did you indulge already?
Tell the Muse!