Beauty Bits & Bobs
I think, by now, we have established I LOVE shopping! Now I’m not saying that I love it…I LOVE IT….get me?
Sometimes, a girl such as myself, can get a bit bored with items that stores have. I get a bit burned out seeing the same type of product offered over and over and over in a different format, color, or package.
I love being wow’ed by the next best thing but on a occasion sometimes the wow factor goes out of shopping!
In order to get my daily dose of wow I head over to Etsy to discover new, interesting, unique and generally awesome little goodies that are handmade by masses of different people!
Etsy reminds me of a little market places where tons of friendly people are peddling their wares! The only difference between Etsy and a real market place is this is my computer and I don’t actually get a chance to meet with the talented artists that pawn their goods on Etsy!
I admire and respect many of the artists on Etsy and adore giving them business! I think it takes a special kind of person to create so many interesting items! I call them artists because truly that’s what it boils down too! These people put heart and soul into all their creations! The best thing is you’ll shop, purchase, and end up owning something that’s truly a one of a kind item! What more could a girl want?
Some Etsy Shops that the Muse frequents and recommends:
Mad City Sue Soaps
Plenty of wonderful bits and bobs to keep you happy in the shower and out! Handmade soaps, body scrubs, customized mists and more! I strongly recommend the Italian Cream Cake Foaming Shower Parfait but please try to avoid digging into it with a spoon! After all it is for your body!
When the Muse wants to a little sparkle, shimmer, and glitter she looks no further than Whimsy Hollow where she can purchase Faerie Glimmer Dust! This gorgeous shimmer comes in a whimsical little jar with the cutest little powder puff. Use it on your eyes, shoulders, body, anywhere you’d love a little sparkle and a bit of honeysuckle fragrance makes it extra special! Whimsy Hollow offers other fine little bits and bobs for sale so check the shop out and see what catches your fancy!
The Muse loves lip glosses and balms! When she grows a bit tired of her normal stash she heads over to Sobe Botanicals to purchase some of their custom made lip glosses! Sobe allows you to choose the color and the flavor of your balm! It goes on smooth, gives your lips a tiny touch of color, tastes yum, and is cheap as a day old chips! Perfect for those days you don’t want to be too made up! Sobe has other wonderful little makeup minerals and such for sale as well!
The Muse sometimes likes to step off the well used path onto a new one! When she does she visits Baba Studios to purchase some of their highly sought after bags! She uses them for a variety of storages purposes and sometimes even when she’s out and about! They always cause quite a stir among the vintage lovers in her life and are quite the conversation piece! For a few dollars you too can own a very interesting piece of art work to hang around your wrist or just to hold your tiny treasures in!
The Muse absolutely adores spoiling her family and friends! She loves buying them pressies even when their isn’t a holiday or a birthday to celebrate! When she wants to add a special little something to a package for a friend or a family member she enjoys tagging it with one of the Victorian tags she can purchase from GraceEsjavacreations! It gives her gifts that special little touch!
BamaBelle Vintage Boutique
I can’t think of a single thing that the Muse’s likes more than vintage clothing! Oh yes wait I can think of something! Vintage clothing without the hassle of shopping for it yourself! Bamabelle scours the Vintage scene for all the greatest finds you could possibly imagine and all you do is sit back and relax while browsing through an extensive list of her finds! Gosh vintage shopping doesn’t get any easier does it? Note: the Muse loves when Bamabelle locates interesting cute camis and lists them for mere pennies for which she’d paid here in Manhattan!
Louise Black Designs
The Muse is never averse to adding a little goth into her life! She admires all the FRUiTS, Lolitas, and general Harajuku girl styles! When you want a little darkness in your life you can visit Louise Black Designs for an array of wonderful gothic clothings! Gorgeous corsets, blouses, and wonderful vintage pieces will line your closet after shopping here! She’s pretty new but she’s a favorite for me already! Her corsets are absolutely drop dead gorgeous! I’ve purchased two already!
The Muse has a lot of wobbly bits that need to be tucked out of the way! When she wants them tucked away and seeks to look glamorous she heads over to the glamourbunny’s closet to purchase corsets and belts and an array of gorgeous handmade clothing! The Muse recommends the Taffeta bow belt for $25! It’s the must have Fall fashion accessory in her humble opinion!
The Muse loves a little flare! When she seeks something with flare she wanders over to Boudoir Queen to purchase it! The Boudoir Doll purses are quite a favorite here! Note: If you’re a lucky petite size you’ll be happy to shop her Living Doll Collection which features some of thee most amazing fashion finds I ever did lay my eyes on! You can pair some of her corsets with a simple pair of jeans for a really amazing look!
As you can see Etsy offers a wide array of wonderful, unusual, unique, and amazing finds! These are just a mere handful of my favorite shops! Head on over, sign up, and begin searching, finding, and adding to your favorite shops! It’s always nice to have a special piece in your closet, shower, or train case that no one else has! Just don’t tell them where you purchased it! A girl has to have some secrets right?
Already an Etsy Member? Tell me your favorite shops!
Well girls it’s the weekend which can only mean one thing….SHOPPING!
Here’s some deals you might want to nab during your weekend online sprees!
Select Bath and Beauty Works Temptations 3 in 1 16oz Shower Gels on Sale:
Melon Cooler $6
Ice Tea Twist $6
Orange Freeze $6
Free shipping on your order of $55 or more using coupon code FREESHIP55.
Cherriflip has 20% off your total order cost! Sale ends today so stock up and save on Perfumes, Shower Gels, Haircare, and other Bath and Body goodies! Use coupon code beach to get your 20% discount!
Sephora Collection Make-Up Brushes are discounted up to 75%
The Muse’s Favorite Brush Buys:
Contour Eyeshadow Brush $14
Blush Brush $8
Large Eyeshadow Brush $5.60
Flat Blush Brush $10
Crease Brush $5.60
Get these while the getting is good! They are selling out uber fast!
Majolica Majorca Beauty in Black Fall Collection Eyeshadows are $6.49 at BoboDave This offer is good till August 11th! Price is a bit jacked up but you won’t find a better deal on any e-bay shop in my opinion!
Have a great weekend and Happy Shopping!
As I sit here and type this I can hear the crickets outside my bedroom window. This can sadly mean one thing, Summer is soon coming to an end.
I always get kinda melancholy when the season changes and a new one begins. It’s almost as if I am saying goodbye to friend that I won’t see for an entire year!
The good news is that soon the weather will get cooler, the leaves will start to fall from the trees, and the nights will become longer. All this adds up to the upcoming holiday that I may very much like more than Christmas. Some of you may guess what Holiday I am speaking of but some of you may well not be familiar with it in your part of the world. Halloween
Halloween holds a spot near and dear to my heart not only because it’s my birthday but because it’s just a generally awesome Holiday! I love everything about it! Candy, costumes, nutty (like me) caramel apples, kids….!
I think one of the best things about Halloween is when the beauty industry takes a step into it and store shelves not only line up with candy and decorations but Halloween themed bath goodies, perfumes, and an assortment of bits that any girl will love!
I’m particularly partial to heading into Bath and Body Works when they start loading their shelves with body lotions, shower gels, and body sprays in an array of funky Halloween blends like Spicy Pumpkin, Apple, etc….! I’m quite curious what they’ll be introducing in the Temptations line for Halloween/Fall!
Many smaller shops online take part in the festivities of Halloween and theme many products for the Holiday!
One particular shop that I know and love dedicates an entire line of perfume oil to the Halloween holiday!
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab or BPAL to it’s diseased, addicted fans (Hey I can call them diseased because I’m one of the club with a gold membership card!) releases anywhere from 10 to 15 limited edition perfume oils every year for Halloween! This is truly an eagerly anticipated event for fans everywhere!
If you aren’t familiar with the Lab let me give you a very brief introduction to it.
The Lab started out as a very small operation that sprung up into a pretty huge full time online shop! It’s immensely popular and has an order wait time of 20-45 days!!!!!!!!!!! They sell 5ML bottles of highly concentrated perfume oil in a variety of scents. Perfume Oil is very potent and strong, a dab will last all day and into the evening too! 5ML seems small but it will last you a long time since you’ll be applying so sparely. The Lab, sadly, isn’t particularly a great place for people like me. Reason being is because they lack fruity, food, and sweet blends. A majority of the catalog are earthy, herbal, dark blends which I can’t stand. These have a huge cult following and many girls absolutely love them. Personally they aren’t for me. The good news is that if you dig deep enough you’ll find quite a few gems in the catalog! They release limited edition scents quite often and with every new moon they release a fragrance dedicated to that particular moon! I find that the limited edition scents are where the real treasures lay! They do Halloweenies during the Fall and Yule blends during the winter and Christmas Holiday! They also have themes for Valentine’s Day but those are normally too dark for me! They even went so far as to release some very silly Paris Hilton in Jail themed oils! Now if you are weary and just want to try they offer what they call “imps” of catalog blends. Imps are tiny vials of oil for you to test and see if you’d love a larger bottle! 6 are $19.50 plus shipping! They also include imps with any full size bottle purchase as an extra little gift for purchasing!
Well that’s a bit of background info on the lab….
Mostly I’m excited because shortly towards the middle or end of the month (Depending on Beth’s, the owner, schedule) the Halloweenies will pop up and be available for purchase!
Each year I really get excited to see which blends will make a come back from the year before and which new blends will be available! If you LOVE Halloween as much as I do you’re in for a real treat if you do decide to order from the Lab! The past few years I’ve collected many a fantastic perfume oil! Spicy Pumpkin, Candy scents, and so many other interesting bits and bobs have popped up! I’m especially a huge fan of the Pumpkin Patch oils which are released in a set of 5 and consist of 5 different blends of pumpkin mixed with different notes such as cocoa, pomegranate, and more!
These are actually a good investment. Sounds weird doesn’t it? Perfume Oil an investment. But actually they are. Bottles have ranged, over the course of a few years, from $14 to $17.50 and $20-22 for Limited Edition. Now if you hang onto a particular blend long enough you can fetch triple or more your money back! Not that I’d sell ANY of my rare blends EVER but it’s an interesting little fact of information to share! I’ve seen bottles of Pumpkin King go for $300 on E-bay! I’ve also seen many bottles from the Carnival Series go for $90-$120! I’ve even heard rumors of unreleased blends going for $500!!!!!!!
Occasionally with the Limited Edition blends the Lab’s Trading Post shop will release special oils that are a bit more costly! Last year they released 4 blends entitled Trick or Treat. It consisted of 4 oils, 2 Trick and 2 Treat. In order to get the oils you had to plea your case of which you wanted and why! It was all in good fun and made your purchase interesting and fun I got all 4 of the bottles! They cost $50 each and came with a cute little T-Shirt! The oils are well up in price now on E-bay but I refuse to part with them
Soon the new blends will be released and again the yearning for a new scent will fall upon me and others like me!
If you’ve never purchased from the Lab before now is a good time as any to start checking it out and see which Halloween blends will pop up that you might be interested in!
If you need any help deciding on a particular scent do let me know as I’ve tried plenty!!!!
I leave you with some pictures from my collection!
Trick or Treat Oil Blends from Halloween 2006
Pumpkin Patch Oil Blends from Halloween 2005
A few of the Halloweenies from Halloween 2006
A few Halloweenies from Halloween 2005 (As you can Sugar Skull is in both this picture and the one above! Sometimes oils get a reprieve and make a reappearance from year to year! I always buy the reruns because the blend is sometimes slightly different from the year before and it’s delightful to pick apart how they differ from year to year!)
The Muse’s lovely mate at A Touch of Blusher has an entire week of Anti-Aging! Some wonderful articles to be had on general skincare, skincare reviews, and great tips and tricks!
Of course the Muse is gorgeous and never aging so she has no need of trivial things such as anti-aging methods (I’m Kidding! I’m Kidding!)!
My favorite so far is Thursday’s entry which contained a link for What Makes a State-of-the-Art Moisturizer? Very interesting reading!
And of course when Anti-Aging week is over you can always keep A Touch of Blusher bookmarked for other fantastic blog entries about cosmetics, skincare, and all good things girly!
Once upon a time their was a beautiful princess by the name of Lynnderella! Now Lynnderella, like all gorgeous princesses, wanted to smell like the sweet scent of cotton candy.
Now Lynderella is quite a smart princess as she wrote to the Muse telling her tales of the perfect Cotton Candy blend! In turn the Muse felt that she owed the beautiful princess some highly gorgeous Cotton Candy recommendations
So this….is for you Lynn….a highly compiled list of all the Cotton Candy blends the Muse has tried and found true and unique to her little nose I hope it helps you on your quest in finding that perfect cotton candy blend that your little heart seeks! May it put your lemmings to rest!
Now most anyone that hears cotton candy will right away jump up and shout PINK SUGAR! PINK SUGAR! PINK SUGAR! (My lovely soulmate owns a pink shirt that’s been properly nicked Pink Sugar as I kept slipping up whenever I typed “pink shirt”…see this is how the mind of a true girl works! “Pink shirt” some how popped out as “pink sugar” almost every single time!)! Now the wonders of Pink Sugar are quite lost on me because I hate it! It makes me positively ill! Pray don’t step forward and tell me you love it because I may have to shoot you dead for admitting as such! Ok Ok..I won’t shot you…but torture you I may!
So Pink Sugar is officially off the Cotton Candy list! Princess Lynnderella is clever and she has already tried Demeter’s version of Cotton Candy but this was not to her liking! Or to mine for that matter! The throw is off, the linger is non existent and it’s just not worth it!
In the Muse’s travels through cyberspace she has discovered some near perfect blends of Cotton Candy that she hopes might appease our Princess and make her happy and lemming free!
And here they be:
Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Isle of Eden (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):
Blood Orange Cotton Candy
This ain’t your grandma’s cotton candy. For a grown-up treat that still looks good on a paper cone this ultraluxe combo of Cotton Candy and real Italian Blood Orange will make every kid on the Tilt-a-Whirl jealous.
Can’t Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me!
You’ll smell it all! Pink Cotton Candy, Funnel Cake, and Delicious Candied Red Apple!
The wonderful aroma of fresh-squeezed lemons and sugar, with an added touch of cotton candy.
Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Skindazzles (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):
Sweet marshmallow fondant blended with ice cream & cotton candy. Totally pink and fluffy!
Pink Lemonade mingles with sweet pink cotton candy, pink grapefruit and vanilla.
Framboise Fairy Floss
A delicious fragrance blend consisting of raspberry, cotton candy, amaretto and vanilla.
A playful carnival inspired blend of cotton candy, caramel apple and candy corn.
Breezy ocean notes, bright orange sunshine and sweet cotton candy.
Delicious and sweet cotton candy!
A sweet and sexy mixture of blackberries, sweet cotton candy, pansy & a touch of amber musk.
Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Cherriflip (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):
Sweet summer strawberries, oodles of marshmallow cream frosting, cotton candy and vanilla cream makes this one sweet treat. This is one of the Muse’s signature scents but since she likes Lynn she’ll share the secret of it’s existence!
Pink sparkling grapefruit sprinkled in sweet sugar, with supporting notes of honey, cotton candy, and vanilla.
Pink Sugar Cubes
Sweet cotton candy, caramel are all at this sugary pink carnival!
Sweet fluffy very real cotton candy sniff.
Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Suds and Light (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes available in these blends):
Blue raspberries, vanilla cream and sugary cotton candy
Blue Cotton Candy
Sweet blue raspberry flavored cotton candy
Creamy Cotton Candy
Pink fluffy cotton candy and creamy vanilla
Cotton Candy Blends Offered From Tickled Pink Scentsations (Shampoos, Conditioners, Scrubs, Perfumes, Etc…available in these blends):
Caramel Apples, Cotton Candy, and freshly popped kettle corn.
Cotton candy glistening with sprinkles of sweet sugar.
Vanilla, cotton candy, and other sweet candies.
The Muse doesn’t share her secrets with everyone but just this once I guess it’s ok! Starring Fragrances is one of her FAVORITE (I don’t mean favorite I mean FAVORITE) locations to purchase from (I own everything on the site..seriously I do)! Here are some of the fantastic Cotton Candy blends they make:
Lime it Up!
Take a little sprinkle of sweet lime sugar atop that sticky sweet cotton candy! Tart lime, sweet candy floss, a whole lot of smiles!
Sneak a cuddle in a floral garden full of sweet fresh buds with a basket of sweet mixed berries and swirls of cotton candy and vanilla kisses.
Pink & Yellow Cake
A new twist! We’ve added Bathsweets delicious pink cotton candy to her classic yellow cake for a new twist! A rich buttery yellow cake with swirls of puffed pink cotton floss!
Think about a sweet marshmallow puff kissed with the most perfect bright pink cotton candy
Who Spiked The Cupcakes?
Thick luscious white cupcakes topped with mounds of pure white frosting was secretly spiked with soft spun pink confectionery cotton candy!
You won’t want to avoid this sweet sticky mess! Fluffy pink cotton candy, sweet cherry cream chews, and white chocolate pistachio bark!
The Family Film
Something everyone can enjoy! Some fair favorites like a refreshing blue raspberry sno-cone, a frothy frozen orange sherbert drink, and sticky sweet pink cotton candy!
Now if you are unable to locate the perfect cotton candy blend from Starring the lovely Ashley will blend, blend, blend until she finds just that right sniff you seek (If you’re not familiar with the Peldon sisters just know they are some of the sweetest people I have ever had the chance of knowing. I am not recommending their products because of that! I am recommending them because the quality cannot be beat!)!
All my Cotton Candy secrets are now spilled all over the internet I hope it helps you locate your perfect blend my friend! Happy Hunting!