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Lestat’s Return: Babblings of an Un-Cosmetic Nature

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Here’s one for the Lestat fans (there have to be one or two of you out there in cosmetic land).

It appears Anne Rice is returning to her roots and giving Lestat some much needed air to breath, he’s been buried up in his tomb for far too long and many of his fans miss him (the Muse does!). Anne Rice spoke to Time Magazine recently and promises one more book for Lestat.

It interests me she’ll be breathing life back into Lestat but I fear for Lestat’s return as from the article’s tone it appears Lestat will be released back into the head storm of Anne Rice’s religious hurricane (I’m an atheist, no I’m not, yes I am, no I’m not!)!

If you’ve been buried under a rock for 12 years or you’re just not a big reader you probably haven’t noticed the lack of blood dripping from Anne Rice novels as of late. That’s simply because Anne Rice is no longer an atheist and “re-found” the catholic church. In short terms, this meant she’d buried the Vampire Chronicles and ‘the evil” it created for her and she’d take on the new adventure of writing about Christ’s life. I can’t make this stuff up it’s all completely true. A lady that was writing about Sleeping Beauty in Bondage a few years ago is now a hardcore Christian…I dunno..whatever floats your boat I guess…stranger things have happened right?

I haven’t been a fan of Anne in a while in all honesty. Her work began a downward spiral a very long time ago and Lestat had long since lost his ability to speak to me since…god…who knows a very long time ago.

I’ve done my duty, as a good fan, and read through everything she’s put out (with much difficulty) over the course of the last several years. Reading Memnoch was at times comparable to root canal surgery with a rusty drill!

I guess we do that from time to time with someone we love reading (King is a good example). We fall under the illusion that the next book out will surely recapture the intense feeling we experienced when we originally read the author’s first book. But it’s never really the case is it?

Lestat’s return won’t happen for a few more years yet I imagine (even the article states as much) but I’ll keep some sort of hope (not a high hope…) alive that he might make a colorful reappearance in her next novel! Who knows maybe Lestat will learn to communicate on the same level with Anne that he used to before Anne went off on her trip to Never Never Land without him.

The Muse looks forwards to the gentleman vampire’s return (even though my gut tells me it’s going to be a very weird trip)!

Cheers Lestat de Lioncourt! High hopes for one last big bang before you disappear off the literary circuit for good.

By the way if you’re really missing the goth you can always appease your hunger by reading Christopher Rice’s dribble…that’s not quite root canal surgery…it’s more alone the lines of brain surgery while you’re fully awake!

Yay!

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Crazy Busy!

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Hey Guys!

I wanted to say a quickie Hello, Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Happy Monday, Etc….Etc…Etc….!

I’m crazy busy today so I haven’t had much time to update, reply to comments, reply to e-mails, etc………!

I owe many people e-mails that I’ll get too soonish! My comment box is overflowing with tons of good stuff from the weekend that I’ll reply to tonight! I got some of it done this morning but at the moment I can’t do the rest as I’m nutty at my office!

As far as updates I got a TON for you guys but haven’t had a chance to either take pics, write reviews, or upload so that will be done tonight as well!

Sorry for my insanity but I wanted to let you guys know why there hasn’t been any updates today!

What to look forward to at Musings of a Muse:

  • Review of Benefit Erase Paste
  • Some exciting bits from Shu Uemura including a review of some of the new Rebirth Collection
  • Givenchy’s Denim Fetiche Collection Review
  • Lunasol Diamond Palette FOTD
  • Various new releases across the board that have caught the Muse’s eye
  • L’occitane en Provence Japanese Cherry Blossom Review
  • And much, much, much more…..!

I have quite a few interesting posts up my sleeves for you all so bare with me while I get it all to you shortly!

Hugs from your Muse!

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Hard Gay Coming to a Bento Near You!

You might already know I have a little obsession with bento art. This translates as me browsing Japanese blogs for good bento lunch ideas. I came across a rather awesome blog of amazing bento packed lunches! One in particular really had me laughing!

BEHOLD:
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Hard Gay in your bento!

Do you love it?

Sincerely the resemblance is uncanny don’t you agree?

The cuppa tea I was sipping while scanning through this blog is now dripping happily down my monitor as when I seen Hard Gay shaking his thing in a bento box it was either laugh and choke or laugh and spray. I decided it was best to laugh and spray!

Check out more amazing bento lunches at Rico & Coco. Click!

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Dalenna’s First FOTD

My awesome little mate Dalenna decided to brave the storm and jump onto the FOTD bandwagon!

She did a beautiful look that I really envy! I can never make my makeup look so natural, fresh, and gorgeous like this!

Click here to show Mizz D a little love for her first ever FOTD!

While you’re giving her love you should also help me hate on her for her flawless silky hair…sheesh why doesn’t my hair behave so great???

Cheers D! Great job sweetie! I look forward to seeing more FOTD’s in your future posts!

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Beauty on a Budget: Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Review, Swatches, Photos

Uh oh.

I think Vincent Longo is sitting at his desk and being uber pissed at the fact that Milani turned around and snatched his formula for their new Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! They not only duped the eyeshadow, formula, and part of the name but I think they actually, if it’s possible, did it better then Vinny!

Oh my!

“Grrr! Damn Milani! Who do they think they are stealing muh eyeshadow formula! Get my lightsaber! This means war!”
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Last week I was wandering around my favorite Drugstore Queen’s blog, Vanessa, when I noticed she was pimping out Milani’s newest eyeshadows. We bow to you Vanessa and your awesome, artful application with mere drugstore brands! How does she do it!? She’s actually Wonder Woman in disguise! Able to leap tall buildings, race faster then the speed of light, and apply $2.99 eyeshadow like it’s Chanel! Seriously, have you seen the art she creates with really cheap cosmetics? I honestly can’t believe my eyes! This is talent people! TALENT!

Behold Milani’s New Eyeshadows! Pretty!
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Swatches from Left to Right Milani Lily White, Vincent Longo Sparkle White, Milani Shamrock, Vincent Longo Verite, Milani Blue Lagoon, and Vincent Longo Mermaid Blu
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Shamrock vs Verite
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Blue Lagoon vs Mermaid Blu
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Lily White vs Sparkling White
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Anyway.

Somehow whenever I visit with Vanessa I get these strange urges to purchase drugstore brands! I’m slightly disgusted by these urges but I must say I have them none the less! She makes everything looks so appealing! Suddenly Covergirl sounds like the call of MAC to my ears!

I’m a snob. I admit that while blushing. I just don’t have any true feelings for drugstore brands stateside and I just can’t put any love or money into inexpensive brands but the more I read ‘Nessa’s blog the more I struggle with my intense lemmings to go to CVS and Walgreens! Lord!

Last week I gave into my temptations and wandered over to CVS to purchase Milani’s Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! And I’m actually glad I did. This is my first drugstore purchase in….years…! I rarely touch drugstore brands stateside and you’ll never catch me setting foot into a CVS, Walgreens, or Harmons!

My Haul of Yum!
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Strangely enough as I entered CVS last week I thought maybe the building would fall down around me and crumble because it was such an epiphany to have me enter it’s realm! I think I heard angels sing as I entered through the sliding glass doors and perhaps a single ray of pure sunlight touched my face in welcome! I could have made that all up but you’ll never know for sure because you weren’t there so nanner nanner on you!

Now I’d never admit to you that I actually had to visit three freaking CVS stores before I found these eyeshadows! They were sold out everywhere but I’d never admit that I went to three separate stores to find them because that’s just not the case…not me…no way…I’d never do anything THAT extreme!

I gathered up eight compacts in my arms and frantically searched and proceeded to panic when I couldn’t locate the light blue shade and pink shade that I had seen on ‘Nessa’s blog! My god the horror! They sold out of these essential colors! Didn’t they realize the Muse was in their presence?!!?

Now the shadows are $5.49 USD but last week they were on sale so you’d buy one at the price of $5.49 and proceed to get the second at 50% off which brought it down to $2.75 for the 2nd shadow. I had the audacity to turn to the cashier and ask for a rain check after I brought the 8 colors! Hells here I am shelling $350 some odd dollars out for the MAC Fafi Collection last week yet I was worried about missing out on the buy one get one 50% off sale at CVS! Lord!

Anyway I guess you wanna here my review on these bad boys after all that long babbling dontcha?

The review is easy. Ready?

Get them now.

Run, Fast, Quick now and get yourself some of these! They are GOOD…no..sorry..they are GREAT!

Milani did a most fabulous job with these. If you like sparkle, if you like glitter and shimmer and shine you want these. I’m literally keeling over that these only cost $5.49 USD regularly! Who’d have freaking thought!??!?!?

The quality is excellent! Pigmentation is actually BETTER then the Vincent Longo Diamond Wet/Dry Eyeshadow. Shimmer? BETTER then Vincent Longo’s! These go on smooth, silky, and light your eye up with gorgeous glimmer and twinkle! Dry they are stunning and wet they are bold and vibrant!

The applicator these come with is a dual end. One end is a sponge and one end is a brush. It’s rubbish in my opinion. It’s twisted in such a way that you can’t really make too good a use out of it. Garbage for me. But aside from that very minor flaw these shadows have knocked my socks off!

I’m utterly devastated I wasn’t able to lay my hands on the other colors (I believe I’m missing two now! The pink and lighter blue shades.)

All the colors available in my humble opinion are sincerely workable with any coloring! The shades range from black, to white, to beautiful golds, browns, and greens!

I can’t begin to explain how shocked I am how good these are! They contain much more shimmer then the Vincent Longo ones and I find they go on better as well! I get alot of fall out with Vincent Longo’s while these aren’t nearly as bad and clean up is a bit easier! I’ve noticed that these contain a very fine shimmer of golds and silvers where as the Vincent Longo shadows only contain silver which I guess accounts for the intensity of the sparkle you get in these and why they are so much more brighter and eye popping then the Vincent Longo ones!

Black Out
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Lily White
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Silver Charm
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Beach Sand
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Bronze Doll
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Blue Lagoon
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Shamrock
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Overall, these are a freaking steal! If Milani puts out more items like this in the future they’ll have a fan for life!

Well done!

These come with the Muse’s highest seal of approval! I haven’t been this excited about a product in a very long time!

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Get you to your local drugstore and pick them up now!

Want ‘em?

Have ‘em?

Love ‘em?

Tell the Muse! I definately want to discuss these with you!

By the way, Iris, if you’re reading this, I got you some! YOU NEED TO TRY THESE! I think you’re going love ‘em!

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