Beauty Bits & Bobs

Lush Easter Eggs

You may recall me babbling about Lush’s Easter Egg Gifts a few weeks ago! If not do have a click here and here for the details!

Today I got my eggs in the mail! I was so thrilled they didn’t crack! I had ordered three for myself and a few others as gifts! Can’t wait to take a bath to use some! I was going to order from the UK but I had a gift certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket and the UK doesn’t take US gift cards so I said I ordered from Lush NA and was shocked how quickly they arrived and all in one piece too!

Anyone get these?

Wanting them?

The Easter Bunny came early to the Muse’s house!

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Easter Egg Bomb compared to a regular size Lush Bomb!

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MAC Beauty Powder Blushes First Impressions

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I was lucky enough to get a few of the MAC Beauty Powders today! I’m pretty excited as they are bloody good! I got four of the eight and I’m currently wanting the rest!

They are terribly good and I must say I’m impressed with these for shizzle! I highly suggest motoring to your nearest counter or freestanding store to have a lookee!

I’m slightly puzzled over the “Beauty Powder” terminology and I’m thinking that’s just a fancy word for blush because these are sincerely pigmented, silky, smooth, and as easily blendable as a blush so where the term “beauty powder” comes into play I’m clueless about. As I had mentioned in a previous post most of my beauty powders from MAC are either filled with shimmer or are sort of a matte highlight powder or touch up powder where as these are full blown blushes in my humblest opinion! I guess this is MAC’s solution of combing two great products, blush and beauty powder, and coming up with one awesome product! On a side note these are pretty damn pigmented and pack a bunch so you might want to be very light with your hand during application!

MAC Beauty Powders from Past Collections
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From Left to Right Barbie Loves MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom, MAC Fafi Beauty Powder in Belightful, MAC Novel Twist Beauty Powder in Sun Twist

Old Beauty Powder vs New Beauty Powder Blushes
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These are smaller then standard powders I have or have come across. They are the size of a regular MAC blush and carry the same price tag of $17.50 USD. The product is extremely pigmented with a tiny sheen of pearl that really lights up my face! Within the colors released there are at least two or three you’ll want to take home for your very own or you might be diseased as I am and want to collect them all!

The colors I ended up with were Joyous, Sweetness, Serenely, and True Romantic. Joyous and Sweetness are probably my fav of the four. Joyous is a candy peach color where as Sweetness is a bright bubblegum pink. Serenely is a deep desert, dusky coral with bits of brown and rose and True Romantic is Dusty Pink.

Joyous
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True Romantic
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Serenely
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Sweetness
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From left to right: Joyous, True Romantic, Serenely, and Sweetness
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Two brushes were released as well with the collection one of which I’m currently loving. The 169 is LE and quite a gorgeous little brush to use with these powders. 169 is pretty similar to the standard catalog 168. The differences I noticed between the two were that the 168 is a fuller brush where as the 169 seemed less so. I already own a few of the 168′s from various brush sets I’ve purchased so I’m quite pleased to now have the full size 169 in my beauty arsenal. This particular style brush is excellent for blush application, under eye powder application, touch ups, and setting powder on. I’m particularly loving the way this dusts the beauty powders on and gives me a natural flush to my cheeks! Very nice brush and worth taking a look at if you’re in store!

From top to bottom: MAC 169 and MAC 168SE
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All in all the collection is quite nice and I’m impressed! I’ll be doing some FOTD pictures with the blushes on shortly so stay tuned!

Loving this collection?

Got any of the beauty powders for yourself?

Love the 169?

Tell the Muse!

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Keith Richards for Louis Vuitton

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Keith Richards is the new public face for Louis Vuitton! This is what I’ve been waiting for all my life. Combing couture with classic rock!

Long live the Stones! \m/

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Vote Cookie!

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If you’re a beauty blogger chances are you know a sweet little lady by the name of nilla cookie aka Lilan. Lilan has been commenting and reading Musings of the Muse for quite a while now and has been a fast friend of the Muse’s. I see her about bringing a bit of sunshine to beauty bloggers everywhere with her friendly comments and sweet nature!

Chances are you love her as much as I do so why not show her a bit of that love and vote for her wonderful blog, the Daily Cookie, at the Glam Media 2nd Annual Glam Network Awards.

Lilan’s blog, the Daily Cookie, has been nominated for Beauty Publisher category! How exciting! Congrats Mizz Cookie!

You might want to show the Daily Cookie and it’s author a little love and support by heading over to Glam Network and casting your vote! Click here to participate!

Keep in mind you can vote once a day up until April 10, 2008 so if you have a spare second during the day definately head over and have a quick click!

Congrats Lilan!

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Babblings About Digital Cameras and Musings of Change!

Hey Guys!

I wanted to share something with you! I’m about to embark on the purchase of a new digi cam in April. I’ve been using my trusty Kodak and Sony for ages and I thought I needed something with a bit more meat. After carefully consulting with my digital camera guru, Vanessa, I decided to go with a Canon. She had recommend two solid models and after a bit of thought I decided to wait a little while and go with the Canon Powershot SD1100 which is releasing in April. I seriously don’t need another digital camera as I have plenty in the “digital graveyard” in my closet where all old technology goes to rest (mice, keyboards, cameras, printers, my commadore 64, my Apple Lisa, etc…etc..). It appears, like the geek I am, that I develop emotional attachments to hardware and have a hard time throwing it away!

This particular model of the Canon looks very good. This is actually more a purchase for you guys then for me. I wanted something that would take high quality images of cosmetics, good bright photos of swatches, and close up shots. My old camera does ok with these things but I could definately use an upgrade! I normally avoid swatching because my camera takes such crummy shots and the colors appear wrong so hopefully the Canon will solve this problem and we’ll end up with some good true to color swatch pictures.

Anyway!

Thought I’d share and tell you to be on the look out for better pictures coming to a blog near you very soon! I think this will be extremely beneficial when your unable to purchase Japanese cosmetics at retail. The jacked up prices don’t give you an option to make a mistake with color if you know what I mean. So if you end up shelling out cash for Japanese Collections you’ll at least have the tools you need (my swatches and photos) to make proper color selections when purchasing!

Most of you know that a majority of my Japanese cosmetics are purchased at retail cost. I have a few friends that live in Japan and they get me what I need and I do the same for them. But when you’re purchasing online prices have a tendency to rise from $5-$10 USD or more!

A few other changes are also coming your way shortly….

Good changes I hope.

A new adventure awaits readers of Musings of a Muse some of which I think might be exciting!

I’m working on my own forum very soon so you’ll have a place to chat to fellow readers, swap cosmetics, chat about brands, etc…..

There are many, many makeup forums around but I thought Musings of a Muse deserved it’s own forum! So it shall be very soon! I’ve wanted to do this for a long time but I just haven’t had the time but know it’s in the works!

After much thought and consideration I’ve decided to start podcasting some of my posts. This should be live very soon depending on how much time I have to do it. Now you’ll not only have the opportunity to read my posts but you’ll also be able to listen to me babble about a collection, share my thoughts and opinions, and just do my normal giggle ummmm routine! Brace yourself while I try to remove the giggles and the “ummm’s” from my vocabulary!

I’ve wanted to do this for a while and I thought it would be a fun and unique way to make my posts even more interesting!

I think that’s about it for now! I hope you’ll find all these new additions as exciting as I do!

Thanks to my old and new readers because this can’t be possible without each of you!

Update: Camera is on the way! Amazon.com had listed it’s release April 15 but thanks to Taryn for showing the Muse it was available on Best Buy! So we’ll now have quality images soon! I hope it works well in low light situations and such! We shall see!

Cheers Taryn! Thanks for helping a Muse out icon wink

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