Beauty Bits & Bobs

Guest Haul: Taryn’s JPMon Order

One of the Muse’s readers, Taryn, got her first haul from JPMon a few days ago and she was very generous to share pictures of all her goodies to make us green with jealously!

Oh my pretty! Sony CP Lipgloss, Rice Powder, Tons of Mascara, Tiffa, I’m hyperventilating!

Close up shot of Apple Lip Cream (These things are like crack for the Muse! I have the peach, apple, orange, etc…totally yummie! I dunno which I love more the hand cream version or the lip cream version)!

Fairy Drops Mascara HOLY COW! I want this! NOW! How has the Muse not heard about this? I’m the Queen of Japanese Mascara but never seen anything like this! Taryn tells the Muse that this stuff is “the awesome”! Obviously it’s on my wish list right now!

Thanks so much for sharing your haul with us Taryn!

Taryn ordered all her goodies by following my little tutorial from JPmon! You can click here to view it! I feel all special now because she said I was of great help with that tutorial *sniff* *blush*

Sweet Haul Taryn!

Thanks again for sharing!

Now if you’d give us a link for the Fairy Drops Mascara we’d all be forever grateful!

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Specktra and Snowcake a Marriage Most Perfect

The Muse is pimpin’ Snowcake on Specktra this week!

I figured you guys are exhausted hearing about Snowcake by now so I moved on to bug the Specktra users about it!

*evil smile*

If you’re not too tired you can visit with the Muse on Specktra blog and read all about her looney ravings by clicking here!

I made it worth your wild to come visit me on Specktra with pretty pictures of chunks of Snowcake that I’ve stuffed into stockings for friends so definately come visit with me over yonder!

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Ahhhh Youth

My mum convinced me that I’d be doing a “good deed” if I dressed as a little elf last night. Yes. Tis true. I dressed as an elf.

God.

The things I won’t do for my mum.

Anyway.

She had this senior get together thingy (she hates when I call her senior but damn if I don’t get joy from it) and she dresses as Santa every year and every year she somehow convinces me that playing an elf to her Santa is an absolutely AWESOME idea (I just think I feel guilt because my dad and sister have already said absolutely NO WAY! Thus that leaves me!).

Anyway.

I went to my parents house late yesterday afternoon to pick up “Miss Santa Claus” and wandered around as she got her bits together.

And let me tell you my mum is big on pictures. She has pictures of everything we’ve done as a child. I’m talking first spit, first poo, first snot, etc……if my sister and me did it, it’s liable she has a picture of it somewhere (where as my dad is the utter opposite! He carries around a keyring with the three of us in a photo. He claims it’s to remind him how he went crazy!)

I’ve never seen such a mother so proud of her daughter’s first snot like my mum! She’s the type to whip out some embarrassing photo at random moments and coe at how awesomely gorgeous my sister and I are (did I mention she’s blind? I’m kidding! I’m kidding!).

My mum is the type to tell me, “Pick me up at 1 on the dot and don’t be late”. Meanwhile I have to wait 15 hours while she gets her rubbish together before we can actually leave her house and get to our destination.

So yesterday I was waiting for her and she yells from upstairs to gather the cookies and such on the dining room table and I wandered in to gather them up and I was faced with the doom of staring at the life size image of my graduation picture on the dining room wall.

Pray tell. Who does this to their children?

So here are twin life size photos. One of me, one of my sister Jo on the dining room wall. God. The horror.

The sad news is I have to face this every time I have dinner at my parents house. The really bad news is company has to as well (those poor, poor people).

The good news is yesterday I realize that in 13 years since I graduated High School I haven’t changed one bit!

I’m seriously considering bottling some of my youth and selling it on E-bay!

No but seriously I must be doing something right in my skincare routine because nary a wrinkle mars my face, an age spot, a single gray hair, or any other signs of aging have occurred as of yet! Maybe I should be quiet before I jinx myself and knock wood!

I turned 30 this year and I can still get away with saying I’m 17…..

Hmmm…..Maybe when I’m 60 I can tell people I’m 30.

I chalk it up to expensive cosmetics, skincare, and good genes as my mum looks damn good for her age too (this from a lady who washes her face with Ivory soap and walks out of the house without foundation, blush, or lipstick for the past 150 years of her life).

An unflattering picture of the Muse and her mum

Well…anyway to embarrass myself further I give you my High School grad photo from almost 13 years ago (granted I can’t get away with the Peaches and Cream face look anymore! Now I have to layer on foundation and blush to even resemble this image)!

Behold Greatness (I kid, I kid):
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I believe back then there was no such thing as tweezers or something (Have to have some excuse for my awful untamed brows)!

Ah youth!

Count your blessing at how lucky you are I’ve shared such an embarrassing photo with you!

But it’s a darn fun post isn’t it and a good excuse to pimp Lush!

Check out the Muse’s skincare regime by clicking here.

And no cheeky comments about how dorky I look or how much weight I’ve gained *groan*!

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Guerlain Forever Gold FOTD with Review

I cautiously cracked open one of my bottles of Forever Gold this morning (I know I’m such a daredevil rebel aren’t I?)! You wanna be just like me when you grow up don’t you!?

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Who’d have thought I’d actually try to use this stuff! It is the Holy Grail after all and when I purchased two bottles I was thinking that I’d take them out of my beauty vault on special occasions, stroke them lovingly, tell them how pretty they are, make empty promises to them about possibly using them in the near future and then tuck them safely back into my vault.

But today….

Surprise Surprise! I used a bottle. My god it felt absolutely decadent spraying my face and bosom with $78 Gold Shimmer! I take it this is how Paris Hilton feels (I picture her bathing in liquid gold for some reason or another as she just looks the type ya know?).

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As I sat there trying to very gently depress the pump I suddenly got overwhelmingly daring and instead of just doing one tiny squirt I was doing about 4 or 5! It was madness I tell you! Absolute bloody madness! This is Guerlain Forever Gold for god’s sake what was I thinking!? I was being awful brave this morning!

Well….I dunno what possessed me but damn I sure felt like 2 million bucks afterwards!

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This stuff is magical (or crack I haven’t decided which yet). Seriously it is. As well it should be for the insane price tag!

If I wanna be fair to myself I will say I expected crummy results when spraying this on my face. I didn’t think it would spray evenly and I thought I’d have one half of my face dusted in gold and the other half looking strangely vacant. But, Guerlain somehow worked it’s magic and one quick squirt of this distributes an even and beautiful layer of pure gold shimmer right across my entire face! I just went nuts and did a few pumps on my face and my neck and my chest and…well you get the idea (I was tempted to just hose my entire body down with this stuff but I fought the good fight and I decided against using an entire bottle for that purpose! But don’t think I wasn’t tempted to do just that because I surely was!).

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In all seriousness this stuff rocks in the way of application! It’s such a snap to use! Squeeze once for an ultra sheer layer of shimmer on your face, shoulders, anywhere you want a bit of gold! And as I said earlier it distributes quite easily as long as you hold it a nice distance away from your face or where ever it is you’re applying!

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The shimmer is a very fine milled powder and it’s not clumpy or gritty. It just simply is. Once you apply it’s as if your skin is shining with gold from within. It doesn’t lay on the skin in a way you can see where it begins so to speak. It becomes one with your look!

I refuse to give this a bad review but I do need to mention that it appears that it sort of blew off or just came off in the process of the day! I’m chalking it up to bitter cold windy New York weather and it’s no fault of the product! 12 Hours in and it seems to somewhat diminished from my face but hey what powder, shimmer or shadow do you know that lasts 12 hours straight anyway!?

Have I mentioned how in lust I am with this stuff? I think I’m going to make room for it in my bed and snuggle next to it tonight!

This is seriously well worth the cash I shelled out for it. Well done Guerlain a very happy fan girl here!

If you haven’t picked this up yet I have bad news as I believe it’s virtually sold out everywhere but do try to locate a bottle of your very own from your local Sephora, Saks, or maybe E-bay or MUA.

You can see the rest of the Muse’s Guerlain’s awesome Holiday Collection by clicking here.

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Click Me to see all that gorgeous shimmer on my face!
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What I Used:

Eyes
MAC Technakohl in Black
Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Pigment in Quick Frost
MAC Pigment in White Gold
MAC Glitter in Reflects Gold
MAC Eyeshadow in Magic Dust
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie

Face
MAC Blush in Fab
MAC Beauty Powder in Natural Flare

Lips
Sony CP Gloss in Clear
Tarte 24/7 Lipbalm in Tuesday

12 Hours Later, 15 Blocks in the Wind, A bit of Rain, and A little King of Mods working overtime to tame my horrible head of frizz and this is what you have:

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I’m too sexy for my own blog. Not. Jesus my hair looks like it’s been flushed around a few times! Sorry folks can’t have slick locks all the time! I look everyone of my 30 years in these pictures! Phew cold weather sure ages a girl!

BONUS:

And for your enjoyment me working my “Ghetto Fabulous” jacket! I picked this little gem up on 34th Street last weekend. My mate Jen calls my taste in clothes “the fashion weird” but hey I’m loving this jacket! I can’t help myself! I love tack *happy sigh*!

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Dontcha love the hood? I’m strange. Just deal with it.
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Bath and Body Works Temptation Sale

Well me loves it’s that time of the year!

I’m wandering around Bath and Body Works and the Semi Annual is creeping slowly up on us!

The Temptation line, as predicted by yours truly, has made it’s way onto the sale list!

So go yee and stock up on Twisted Peppermint for a mere $6 for a 12oz bottle!

What I seen on the site so far:
Twisted Peppermint 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Twisted Peppermint Body Scrub $6
Glittery Gumdrop 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Sassy Strawberry 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Sugar and Spice 3-1 Shower Gel $6
Various Lotions from the Temptation Line $4
Twisted Peppermint Bath Fizzies $1.75

A majority of it is 50% off at this time but give it a bit of time and it’ll be down to 75% soon I’m sure!

I’d personally start loading up on the Twisted Peppermint if you’re inclined as it tends to sell out fast online once it hits the clearance bin!

Now if they’d just discount the Sweetest Softest Line I’d be a happy Muse!

Happy Shopping!

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