Beauty Bits & Bobs

Keep Your Skincare On Ice

I admit that I own a mini fridge that I store my skincare items in. A majority of my skincare items are Lush which means they are quite fresh and have an expiration date of a year or six months. I find refrigerating them keeps them fresher and long lasting (either that or I’m anal about what I put on my face). You can read about my skincare regime by clicking here.

About two years ago I purchased a mini fridge from Think Geek for a small chunk of change (I only keep skincare and cosmetics in it NOT food and drinks) however for $225 you can get a mini cooler that’s made exclusively for your skincare!

Check this out:

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I’m geeky enough to think this is awesome!

Check out what it promises to do:

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Alexander McQueen for MAC First Impressions

Talk about late right? But I guess what they say is true better late then never!

I’m sorry for my rather delayed McQueen impression but other items took president and I never got around to reviewing McQueen!

But have no fear! I’m here now!

So…..McQueen………….sadly I have to say it’s nothing to get too excited about!

Aside from New Vegas a majority of the collection didn’t excite me! The glosses and lipsticks were a big no for me as most of the colors are nude and I just can’t pull off the mod look of nude lipstick! Sorry MAC!

The paint pots are virtually the same colors as the shadows so I skipped those as well sadly! I’m not a big fan of the paint pots anywhere so passing these by wasn’t too big a chore!

The eyeliners were gorgeous but I have just a bit too many liners at the moment so again I passed on those!

So what did I get?

I got the eyeshadows but I’m not particularly wow’ed by them! The colors are brilliant and quite gorgeous but they are very matte and I’m not a huge fan of matte! I did purchase these because I had in mind that the shadows would make a good base for a pigment color so that’s one use for them! Can you skip these? Yes I believe you can. A majority of the collection is still in stores (New Vegas is sold out at most counters and freestanding stores) so you can definately wander over and decide if these are for you but personally aside from the great packaging (which sells these) the shadows aren’t something you absolutely need unless you’re a big lover of mattes or a big collector of MAC.

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New Vegas is most definately the gem in this collection as I had previously discussed! Now you’re going to get a few people and MA’s telling you that New Vegas is similar to all sorts of MSF. Shimpagne, Global Glow, Etc… But that’s just no the case at all. New Vegas is an utterly and completely unique color for me. It’s a very light gold and quite beautiful. How it’ll look on my skin remains to be determined as I haven’t yet tried it but it’s quite a gorgeous shimmering gold affair that I’m loving. Out of all the golds that have been released this is probably the truest light golden color of them all. Most are bronze or tannish with hints of gold but this is a true gold color that I’m just loving so if you can still locate one do drop it in your cart for a purchase!

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Overall, as I said, the collection isn’t all that fantastic! I personally did without a majority of it (a first for me as I’m MAC mad).

Did you get any of the collection?
Love it?
Hate it?

Tell me!

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Shop PBS

I’m not affiliated with or endorsing PBS but it’s a project that’s very near and dear to my heart and a little pimpin’ never hurt anyone hehe!

I can remember as far back as when I was about 7 or 8 year’s old and seeing little old ladies carrying around PBS tote bags rushing for the bus! Funny as back then it was more along the lines of ewww who’d carry around a PBS tote!

Now I guess I’m that little old lady because I carry mine around like it’s Prada!

In all seriousness two projects that are very important to me are Animal Rescue and PBS so if by some slim chance your interested in supporting PBS you might want to wander over to their Shop PBS site and order yourself a Philosophy Tree House Hand Care Kit.

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The kit includes an Philosophy Apple Hand Wash and an Apple Hand Lotion. It’s $25 for the kit and you might be wondering what’s so special about this collection. The special part is your $25, 100% of it, goes to support PBS!

So why not give a gift that gives? I purchased 4 of these as stocking stuffers and it pleases me that my total cost is being donated to PBS!

Cheers to Philosophy for being so amazingly generous and supportive of PBS!

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Amazon Steals and Deals

Almost every year about 30% or more of my Holiday Shopping gets done at Amazon.com

I mean who doesn’t shop at Amazon right? They literally have everything and the kitchen sink!

The main reason I shop at Amazon is to earn back money! Who doesn’t love to shop PLUS earn back cash!

Here’s a list I’ve compiled of places to shop on Amazon that’ll earn you cash back!

L’Occitane
From November 6, 2007 through December 18, 2007, every purchase of $50 or more of products offered by L’Occitane will earn you a gift certificate for $15 off a future Amazon.com purchase.

The Body Shop
From November 6, 2007 through December 18, 2007, every purchase of $75 or more of products offered by The Body Shop will earn you a gift certificate for $20 off a future Amazon.com purchase.

Philosophy
From November 6, 2007 through December 18, 2007, every purchase of $100 or more of products offered by philosophy will earn you a gift certificate for $30 off a future Amazon.com purchase.

Cosmetic Market
From November 6, 2007 through December 18, 2007, every purchase of $100 or more of products offered by Cosmetic Market will earn you a gift certificate for $30 off a future Amazon.com purchase.

Last year I earned back $180 which I used on Books, DVD’s, and a small Sephora order! I got the reward around the middle of February so it’s just in time for the Spring lines! I remember purchasing some of Smashbox’s Toki Doki collection with the certificiates!

The moral of the story is if you’re going to spend money why not get something back for it!

Happy Shopping!

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Have a Greedy, Retro Christmas!

How chic (or greedy) would you be pulling this out of your bag for touch ups this holiday!

Retro Makeup case with the words “I only shop for me, myself, and I” printed on it!

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Cutes!

The Muse doesn’t practice such a cruel art of gift giving but she does adore how cute this is (but I did order one for myself anyway and one for my sister’s stocking!).

Comes with a compact mirror, cherry lipgloss, and makeup bag!

Available from ASOS for 10.00 (ASOS ships worldwide).

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