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The Solution to Life, the Universe, and Everything: Rosebud Salve

I guess my heading is a bit dramatic and if you’re not a Douglas Adams fan you have no idea what the reference is about however it is slightly true!

Behold my solution to Life, the Universe and Everything lays within a tiny tin of lip balm!
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Ok, ok enough drama but I will say I can’t recommend this balm enough and if you don’t have at least five of these tins in your draw already you better hurry to the store and grab some immediately! Rosebud Salve is my cure all, multitasking beauty demon that works in any number of ways to save the day! This works on everything! When I say everything I really mean EVERYTHING! If you visit the website they’ll recommend it for any number of things that will amaze you but I personally use it for the following reasons:

Chapped Lips: I get severe chapped lips come winter and this is wonderfully soothing and healing on my cracked, dry lips!
Eyebrows: A small amount keeps my brows in proper shape all day long!
Zits: Yes I said zits! This works great on small pimples and dries them up almost instantly!
Elbows, Knees, and Feet: I use this on all my rough patchy skin areas like my knees, elbows, and on the heals of my feet! It makes my skin smooth and soft!
Cuts, Cuticles, Hangnails, and Burns: I’m not exactly Betty Crocker in the kitchen but when I do get small burns from removing something from the oven I can dab a little of this on to soothe it! It also works great on small cuts! Smooths out my cuticle area and for hangnails it works amazingly well to sooth the dry skin and makes me less likely to rip it off!

I can probably go on and on with this list! I’ve been using this stuff for ages and it’s amazing! I’ve seen imitation brands but nothing works as good as the original Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve!

I love the fact that over the course of the last few years they have done different flavors! I really can’t pick a favorite as I adore them all! Mint Rose is a delightful Victorian rose and mint flavor! It may sound weird but the taste is yum! The strawberry is yummie too! And the regular rose flavor is delightfully fragrant and tasty! The mentholated one I don’t use on my lips but I do use on my chest when I’m feeling a bit congested!

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Mostly this post was inspired by the fact that a new flavor has been introduced that the Muse is dying to try!

Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm

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This new flavor promises the taste of freshly baked berry pie! Mmm my lips are singing already!

Here are a few in my collection (I keep these everywhere! My desk draw, washroom, nightstand, etc…):

Minted Rose
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Strawberry
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Original Rosebud Salve (This is my body tin which accounts for the amount used hehe! Hands, Feet, Toes, Legs, Etc…)
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These tins run $6-$7 each and are an incredible value as the tin is HUGE! The Muse highly recommends Rosebud Salve which makes these Muse approved!

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Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick First Impression

I fear my curiosity got the better of me and I had to go sneak a peek at the Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick. On seeing it in person I, of course, fell in love with and had to have it so somehow it ended up in my cart (that happens alot! Stuff randomly falls into my cart without me even realizing it! Honest!). I have a love/hate relationship with shimmer bricks but I must say that the Pink Quartz did tickle me as being quite gorgeous so it suddenly became a must have for me upon seeing it in person!

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I originally thought this would be a very light shimmering pink but I was completely wrong. It’s actually a bronze, dark, dusty pink that shows up quite nicely on my cheeks! You are getting some softer pink tones but the darker browner pinks are dominant in the palette. I don’t normally like bronze colors of any tone or shade but these are quite lovely together! Of course, like almost all Shimmer Bricks you’re getting no color! I normally jump around in excitement when I see a darker Shimmer Brick in hopes it’ll work as a shimmer and a blush but sadly that’s not the case! It’s not nearly pigmented enough to work solely as a blush so you need to use this over your blush as a highlighter! I tried it on my bare face and it makes me look silly but over blush it makes my face light up and sparkle!

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The palette itself is the standard Limited Edition palette which consists of a black case, goldish bronze lettering on the front, and the gold surround inside the compact. I love the LE cases as they are a bit more glam than the standard Shimmer Brick compacts!

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Overall, for $38 I’d say it was something you should consider picking up! It’s quite inexpensive for the price and if you’re absolutely a HUGE lover and collector of Shimmer Bricks you’re going to want this really badly!

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Lush Gift Sale

Since Lush NA is located within and distributes from Canada the chances of a Black Friday sale are 50/50 (Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October not November) and the same goes for Lush UK (Our brit friends don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at all).

The bad news is there may or may not be a Black Friday sale this week but the good news is you have your Muse to tell you if their is or isn’t come Friday morning!

While we await word of a Black Friday Sale you can take advantage of purchasing pre-wrapped gifts at Lush with a 10% savings code! Use Code LUSCIOUSGIFTS03 to get 10% Off this offer is good for all Holiday and year round gifts but is only good from Lush NA (the coupon codes does not extend to Lush UK).

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If you’re a Lush Connoisseur you’ve realized that buying pre-wrapped gifts isn’t exactly the best deal in the world! If you’re new to Lush and wondering why that is allow your Muse to explain that the gifts are gorgeous, wonderful, and lovely but they aren’t exactly cheap! If you purchase each item included in a gift set individually you’ll notice a $3-8 (or more) increase on price when purchased within a gift set! Which obviously means you’re paying for all the delightful wrapping! In the case of hat boxes it’s well worth it but when it’s just a brightly colored packaged with a cardboard box underneath when unwrapped it may or may not be worth the extra dollars you’re paying for it!

So………10% off is basically like getting free gift wrapping service for your gifts! It takes just the right amount off to even out the costs of all that lovely wrapping paper!

Head on over to Lush and score some great gifts for your mum, sister, friends, and hey maybe even your boyfriend (Might the Muse recommend Stocking Fella and Overhaul for him!)

The sale is ongoing until December 10th!

I know the Super-Size Christmas Pud is on my list plus a Hat Box (I already purchased a Retro Hatbox from the UK for me but my sister would love one I’m sure!)!

Shop, Save, and Tell the Muse what you get!

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Our Origins Contest Winner!

And the winner of our Origins Contest is……….

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Drum roll please…………………..

DANIEL!

But Daniel you didn’t leave the Muse an e-mail address icon smile So if you’d kindly e-mail me your address I can ship all your goodies out!

Thanks again for everyone that participated!

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Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection First Impressions

I’ve done first impressions on both the Gold and the Platinum Collections that Bare Escentuals introduced and now I have the Classic Rock Collection which is more of a sparkling white diamond in comparison with the silver and gold of the other collections! If you missed either of the posts about the other collections you can click here and here to view them!

This collection is quite nice but a bit smaller than the others as it doesn’t contain nearly as much product and goodies as the others do! I’ll be doing a comparison post of all three sometime next week but this definately contains a considerably amount less product than the Gold and Platinum Kits however it is still nice.

The first thing that deserves mentioning is the Buxom Lip Gloss included with this kit. Bare Escentuals must be listening because they have changed the applicator on the Buxom Lips from a sponge to a brush. Many complaints have arisen about the Buxom Lips being a great product but the sponge applicator wasn’t distrubing enough product and you would be triple dipping to get enough gloss to apply on your lips. Well, have no fear, this Buxom Lip Gloss has a brush applicator and makes application simple. It’s entitled Dominique and is a gorgeous clear gloss with a ton of sparkle. Our other two sets did not include a gloss but a lipstick. While this failed to include a lipstick the gloss is gorgeous enough to make up for that!

Dominique Buxom Lip Gloss
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YAY Out with the Sponge Application and in with the Brush Applicator!
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This set included two brushes instead of the normal three as seen with Gold and Platinum however they brushes are far more prettier than those collections in that they have a cute little rhinestone on the handle! You get a Flawless Face Brush and a Tapered Eyeshadow Brush with this kit! Both are pretty soft and I haven’t seen any shedding yet after applying blush with the Flawless Face Brush this morning! So far so good!

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You also, like the Platinum Collection, get a Beautifully Luminous Mascara Duo. If you’re worried about getting repeat products when purchasing both sets you can rest easy knowing that both sets are dramatically different color wise. Where as the Platinum Kit contains a silver Beautifully Luminous Mascara this kit includes a sparkling white one! You can read my review on Beautifully Luminous Mascara by clicking here.

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The Diamond Gossamer included with this kit is a gorgeous sparkling white color! They recommend using the Gossamer’s as a body powder for arms, legs, cleavage, etc…I personally like using it on my eyes, face, and body! It’s possibly my favorite Gossamer aside from the gold that was included with the bareGold Kit!

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Classic Rock Eyeshadow is a sparkling silver color much like the silver color that was included with the Platinum collection but it is a bit lighter so it’ll be nice to use both in a look for contrasting!

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The blush you’ll get is called Laughter and is a peachy color which is very nice! I fail to see too much diamond sparkle in it though! It appears quite matte to me but it’s still a nice color.

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Nice Rock Glimmer is a sparkling chocolate brown and you can most definately see the touches of diamond powder in it! I’m eager to give this a try!

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And finally you get a cute little white clutch which I’m in love with. The other two kits did not include clutches but instead sturdy boxes to store your bits in! However, I am loving the clutch as it’s quite lovely!

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Overall, the collection is quite nice but I’m happy I didn’t pay the original price tag of $59 for it. It’s a nice set but the shadows included just don’t seem to match up in my eyes (silver and chocolate?!?!).

There are definately some plus posh items in the lot such as the gossamer and clutch plus the brushes but it still fails to give me that WOW that I’m looking for!

It’s definately a nice gift or for yourself but don’t pay $59 for it! Nab it now while 20% at Sephora is still ongoing so you can save a few bucks on the kit!

Nice but no wow factor!

The Muse likes it but felt it was missing something!

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