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Lilan from The Daily Cookie contributes to The Beauty Ideal web magazine this month and gives you the skinny on lip plumpers!

Find out why HoT Scent Boutique body scrub is now a top fave for Casual Lavish.

A Mom in Red High Heels tries a cosmetic line that leaves her looking and feeling less than perfect. Find out which products she won’t be trying again.

Makeup2Beauty shares tips on how to wearsilver and gray eyeshadow. And shows you how you can try on your favorite stars “Hollywood Hair Styles”.

Beauty’s Spot has the secret on Clarisonic by mailorder!

Mischo Beauty has a fabulous reader who wrote in to share why she loves Sunsilk�s De-Frizz 24/7 Cr�me.

The Beauty of Life hearkens back to her childhood with Bonne Bell LipSmackers. Check out her favorites!

Budget Beauty Love shares her thoughts on a makeup book full of eyeshadow inspiration.

Christine from Beauty in Real Life, gives us the lowdown on her favorite perfume. Can you guess what it is?

Joy from Makeup Junkie is doing a Three Custom Color Specialists Promo for April! Don’t forget to check it out and check out her new online store Makeup Junkie Online Beauty Shop!

Monique at beauty girl musings recalls…and still continues today

Toya from The Life of A Ladybug tries 100% Pure Cosmetics – with real fruit pigments!

Daily Dose of Coffee finally finds a drugstore brand that she not only likes but recommends!

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Visee Spring Collection 2008 Review

Lord I’m sure late with this one! Sorry ’bout that!

But it’s here now!

The Visee Spring Collection 2008 Review!

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Excited?

Don’t be.

It’s disappointing.

For those of you lovely girls (or boys!) that are not in the know allow me to briefly explain that Visee is a brand available in Japan and is sub-brand of Kose who makes a ton of fab brands, Visee, being one. These are sadly unavailable in the US icon sad

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Now for the review.

I know many readers were highly interested in hearing about the new Spring palettes considering that the previous release of the the Jewel Crush Eyes were such a smashing success and hit!

Don’t get me wrong these are beautiful, beautiful editions to the Jewel Crush Eyes line up but why they did them in such similar shades as previous releases is really beyond my feeble little mind.

The fact of the matter is that E6 and E7 are practically identical to E2 and E4. It really boggles my mind! The colors are so similar it borders on absurd to bother wasting your money on either!

The good news is I wasted my money so you don’t have too. Seriously, you do not need E6 and E7.

With that being said allow me to explain the very minor differences between the four palettes.

E7 is noticeably comparable to E4. The only difference between the two palettes is the fact that E7 contains a few deeper shades while E4 contains light shades. The main color appears identical to my eye, while the contrast shade is different. E4′s contrast shade is a lilac purple where E7′s shade is a deep gray. The base colors are different completely with E4 sporting a soft lilac and E7 a sparkling white. Finally the liners are a tad different as well with E4 having a purple based brown color and E7 having a smoky purple/black combo. Honestly, once they are on you’re not going to tell much difference between the looks you can create using these!

E7 and E4 (Starting from Top Left: Main Base Color, Contrasting Color, Base, and Liner)
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Moving on to E6 again we have a similar problem with color combinations. E6 is a dead on match for E2. This time the liners are identical colors! The main base shadow is gold in E6 and a softer beige gold in E2. The contrasting shadows are different in E6 is a gold based brown and E2 is more of a copper color with gold. And finally the base shadow shadow in E6 is more of a creamy white gold and E2 is a true gold. Again, same problem as before, you can create basically the same look using either of the two palettes.

E6 and E2 (Starting from Top Left: Main Base Color, Contrasting Color, Base, and Liner)
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Even though the differences appear major they are in fact very subtle and for me the small changes are not enough to warrant purchasing the newest palettes unless you’re a big addict like me and have the “have to have them all” mentality I seem to possess!

I also got the two mascaras that were released with the collection. At the time I was under the impression of how awesome Kose mascaras were but sadly these don’t fall under that “great” category!

The mascaras are not worth your money at all in my humblest. They made my lashes spiky as hell! The formula is great, the wand is fantastic, and the colors available are brilliant but that didn’t add up to a great mascara experience for me!

I’ve since used both colors I got, which were brown and black, and each time I tested these out for a run I ended up with the strange clumpy spike look! If I’m extra careful I do get some nice volume but I have to apply it really slow which for me is a big no! It’s the AM and I’m rushing no time for slow mascara application!

Big boo to these!

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I didn’t yet dive into getting any of the new metallic loose eyeshadows that were released but that’ll be very soon! As soon as I get them I’ll be reviewing!

All in all a rather weak and disappointing Spring Collection for Visee! Let’s hope Summer brings something much better!

Love Visee’s Jewel Crush Eye Palettes?

Hate this release?

Want these?

Tell the Muse!

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Philosophy Purity 32oz Back in Stock @ QVC

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I imagine this isn’t very news worthy but I thought I’d shout out and tell you that the 32oz mega size of Purity is back in stock at QVC.

About a month ago I finished off my mega size that I had purchased last year and I wandered over to QVC for a re-order and was saddened and shocked to see it was unavailable.

Now this mega size is about $40 USD or so after shipping.

I hopped into Sephora and had to pay $32 USD for 16oz…..sheesh………..I could get twice the amount for almost the same price!

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Anyway! For the Purity lovers grab it while the grabbing is good! Item Number A34737.

On to more Philosophy news…..

Have you seen these?

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From Philosophy’s website:

you need this product if…
  • your skin is dehydrated and thirsty for replenishment
  • your skin is dull, devitalized, and in need of extreme hydration
  • your skin has lost its firmness and elasticity
  • you want to minimize the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • your skin is stressed due to climate changes, stress, hormones or illness
  • Sounds like I need these as my skin is always thirsty for more moisture! It sounds like a great fix for Winter skin blues!

    What do you think?

    I’ve never tried any capsule treatments from Philosophy (they have booster shots available as well in cap form) so I am vaguely curious!

    Hmmmm!

    Thoughts?

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    Heatherette Trio 1 FOTD

    Playing with Heatherette’s Trio 1 today!

    It came out crap. I hate my lips, hate my cheeks, but I do like my eyes a bit. I’m also totally pms’ing so my skin is a MESS!

    Anyway!

    For the longest time I was puzzling over how best to use the palette and then yesterday I was visiting with Silver Lips and I totally stole her Heatherette look! It was pure perfection. I never really thought to use the palette like this in all honesty and I’ve been sitting on it for a bit now trying to think how to incorporate the darkest shade into my look. Call it a senior moment but this was suddenly a difficult task for me!

    And behold I duped Silver Lips look and thought it came out rather lovely and user friendly as hell!

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    What I Used:

    Eyes
    MAC Eyeshadow Palette in Heatherette Trio 1
    Kiss Mascara

    Cheeks
    MAC Beauty Powder in Alpha Girl
    Lola Blush in Mistress

    Lips
    MAC Lipglass in Cult Fav (Fafi for MAC)

    Got any of your own Heatherette looks you want to share with me? E-mail them to musings.of.a.muse@gmail.com!

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    Non Cosmetic Babblings About the Brit Awards 2008

    After a bit of a wait the US was treated to the Brit Awards a few weeks ago on BBC America. The original showing was about over a month ago British side I believe and I finally got to sit down and see it for myself rather then go through youTube clips, blogs, etc….

    I always appreciate Brit Award shows far more then I do the US ones. I found the Brits really hang loose where as we are so commercial and Hollywood US side the Brits just sorta sit back, kick back the liquor, get loud and enjoy themselves. Not likely in the US Award ceremonies. The UK always remind me of a buncha drunk folk in a pub lushing it up. I don’t normally even like Award shows but if it’s British I’m all over it like white on rice!

    The awards were hosted by none other then the Prince of Darkness and his family. I freaking love watching the Osbournes in action. It’s like a trainwreck, you just can’t take your eyes off, particularly Sharon. I love Ozzy and I love Black Sabbath and watching Ozzy age before my very eyes has always taken a little bit of getting used too!

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    Ozzy was fine, Jack was fine, Kelly was fine, but I couldn’t figure out if Sharon was high, drunk, or just being a show off in general. I go with being a show off. She’s one for flashing herself around and acting all hot in the pan. She was really, really irritating. I normally find her ok to deal with but last night I felt like slapping her upside the head.

    I must say that the amount of weight that Jack and Kelly have taken off is amazing and they really look very healthy and beautiful. Not that they weren’t before but they just look very cleaned up and mature. A big improvement over the old Kelly and Jack for sure.

    The strangest part of the entire night was when Sir Ian McKellen got up to present and proceeded to say, “If you’re wondering (and I was wondering) what I’m doing at the Brits, I’m here to meet MIKA!”

    At this point I gulped my tea the wrong way and spurted it back out at the TV. Wow. Way to out a guy Ian! I love me some Ian but this might be a bit too much considering how private Mika is about his sexuality and which side he’s pitching for. I imagine at this point the poor guy crawled under his table and prayed for death!

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    The Muse’s favorite Doctor made his special appearance at the awards and general drool, panting, and such occurred as he walked on stage to present. David has a knack for swinging around the court in a manly manner or last night in this particular case he displayed his metrosexual sense of flair and style with a close fitting jacket and a ultra cute t-shirt with a star emblem. We love you David, you’re a god. He presented the award to Kylie whom walked right into David’s arms as I stared daggers at the screen. I felt a bit of chemistry there…hmm the girlfriend is going to be jealous David you cheeky little monkey! I almost threw the TV out the window at this point since I was gagging so hard watching Kylie’s little botox arse hug David so hard but I realized I had a good hour left of the show so best keep the telly sitting where it was!

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    Amy Winehouse was surprisely sober during all this fanfare or at least she looked slightly sober. Her voice, as always, was beautiful. Her hair was in some decent sort of order, decent for Amy anyway. I suspect she took a few downers in the back prior to going on stage because damn she was very mellow. I almost didn’t recognize the “unwired” Amy!

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    Rihanna was looking beautiful as always! I can totally understand why this chick’s legs are insured for a million bucks!

    Oh Lord I’m embarrassed for Sharon!

    I think the major highlight of the night was the brief 20 seconds that Jonathan Rhys Meyers hopped on stage to present. He was looking smoking HOT! We aren’t exposed to enough JR here in the states. Please can it be Jonathan Rhys Meyers time all the time? Thanks the Muse appreciates it!

    We know why you like his album Jonathan!

    I was also loving the Arctic Monkeys! They looked sweet as pie in my humblest! That could be a bias opinion as I love them so much!

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    All in all an interesting night of beautiful brits!

    Did you see it?

    It should be available on youTube by now!

    Do share if you watched!

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