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Up and Coming at Musings of a Muse

A inside peek at what’s up and coming at Musings of a Muse:

Lavshuca Christmas Collection Reviews, Pictures, and First Impressions (Coming Soon!)
Alexander Mcqueen for MAC Reviews, Pictures, and MuseTV Spotlight Video (Coming this Week)
Kesalan Patharan French Couture Palette Review, Pictures, and First Impressions (Coming Shortly)
MAC Antiquitease Review, Pictures, MuseTV Spotlight Video (Coming this Week)
The Muse’s Wishlist Updated
Christmas Present Collections: What should be on your shopping list for the season!
MuseTV Video Spotlight on Makeup Brushes (Coming Tonight or Tomorrow)

Pending:
YSL Christmas Collection Review, Pictures, and First Impressions
Japanese Brand Shopping and How To’s with MuseTV Video Spotlight
Best Christmas Gifts and Deals on the Internet
Guest FOTD’s
Guest Stash Photos
Christmas Contests

Lots of interesting things to come so stay tuned icon wink

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How to Flatter a Muse

The Muse is most flattered today!

Kiss and Makeup have linked back to her review on the Bare Escentuals Smoky “V” Eye Kit!

You can view their entry by clicking here.

When a blog that I adore and love features me on their page I can’t help but be tickled and flattered over it icon wink

Thanks to the team at Kiss and Makeup for making the Muse’s Monday all the brighter icon wink

By the way check out the price on the kit on the other side of the pond as compared to our price of $32 (and I paid $30 on E-bay)!

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Neil Gaiman Blogs About Lush

What’s more exciting than Lush?

Well…Neil Gaiman….THEE Neil Gaiman blogging about Lush is pretty freaking brilliant in the Muse’s opinion icon wink

Check out his blog and what he has to say about Lush! Click here to view it.

Does it strike anyone as hysterical that Neil Gaiman actually takes bathes to unwind? You’d think a brilliant mind like that was more of a shower person icon wink

The Muse approves Neil! She was your fan before but now she’s a bigger fan finding out that you’re bathing in Lush!

Do you think he sits propped up in the tub reading one of his own novels while bathing in masses of Lush bubbles?

My curious mind wants to know!

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Bath and Body Works Twisted PeppermInt Sale

The Muse didn’t have too much time this weekend to get the Weekend Steals and Deals up and available for you!

However, she comes bearing early Christmas gifts to make up for not posting the Steals and Deals of the week!

Head on over to your local Bath and Body Works shop or hop onto the website and you can purchase one of the Muse’s favorite Holiday items for $3!

Bath and Body Works is offering the 4oz size of Twisted
Peppermint Three in One Shower Gel
for $3!

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Snatch some up for yourself or to stuff stockings with!

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Guerlain Holiday 2007 Collection

I have to say that it’s been a long while in between collections that have wow’ed me.

As much as I adore cosmetics I can’t honestly say any collections from the past few Holiday seasons have really knocked me back. Last year Givenchy’s Christmas collection was gorgeous but nothing that I got insanely excited over. MAC’s collection last year was lovely as well (and this year) but again nothing to make me bounce off the walls! Of course I always look forward to the Holiday season to see what will be released and this year there is no exception.

Two collections have not failed to wow me this year and I’m pleased with both and can highly recommend them to you.

If you’re on a tight budget this year or just not looking to spend a whole lot on cosmetics my personal picks of the season would have to be from Guerlain and Givenchy’s line up. They have truly out done themselves. You can see the Givenchy Holiday Collection by clicking here.

Now…

On to the good stuff icon wink

Givenchy brings us Diamonds but Guerlain went for a completely opposite effect. Guerlain brought us the gold.

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My collection arrived in the mail today and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. The collection is beautiful and this is truly something you’re going to want to add to your cosmetic stash if you’re serious (and have a passion) about owning some seriously posh makeup items.

The star of the show is Forever Gold of course. A radiant shimmering gold powder for your face and body housed in a gorgeous vintage style perfume bottle. The powder is amazingly soft, silky and just pure perfection. I was slightly discouraged after hearing there was only .35oz in the bottle but it didn’t prevent me from wanting this. Of course seeing pictures that look larger than life probably have you skeptical about its size or at least I was worried about it. I purchased this quite blindfolded without seeing it in person but really its a spray bottle full of gold shimmering powder how much more do I need to know before saying I WANT THAT! I expected to be disappointed and even set myself up for disappointment. I had convinced myself that it would arrive and be the size of a nail polish bottle or smaller! I was shockingly delighted to see that it’s much larger. It’s about 1.7oz in size (50ML) which is fantastic because you can sit it on your vanity and convince yourself that 1.7oz’s of the most gorgeous shimmering powder awaits you (when in reality you’re only getting about .35oz or less of powder).

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Would I recommend this?

Of course. No question about it. If you have the money to spend on it I’d highly recommend nabbing it. I haven’t even sprayed the bottle yet and I know how gorgeous it is. I can only review this from the stand point of ripping off the protective label on the sprayer. The label had a quite a large bit of powder on it. I’m, of course, on protective mode so the general idea of spraying this and wasting any is a big no no right now. However, I took the label and rubbed it on my arm and the shimmer is outstanding on this. I’m not entirely sure I can get away with actually spraying it on my face but it’s going to make my eyes pop and my cleavage will thankfully be shimmering gold in color this Holiday Season!

I’m worried that the sprayer will clog up but aside from that the entire package is just beautiful and if you want to spoil yourself this holiday season do consider grabbing this!

The second item I got is the Ombre Eclat Duo and Liner. The compact is a heavy gold with pretty white snowflakes on the cover. It comes encased in a velvet bag and of course is a magnet for fingerprints. The two shadows you’ll receive are a light shimmering white gold color and a deeper gold color. Both appear very pigmented but I can’t say for sure yet. The liner seems slightly out of place as it’s a bronze brownish color but I believe it could work well with the two eyeshadows. If you’re a serious collector you’re going to want to add this to your stash for sure. It’s very pretty. The compact is just gorgeous and of course the makeup that lays within is equally outstanding!

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What would a Guerlain collection be without Meteorites? For the Holiday Collection and keeping with the gold theme, Guerlain gives us Gold Temptation Meteorites. The box is gold with an identical snowflake image as the Ombre Exclat Duo and Liner compact. For some odd reasons the meteorites appear just a bit smaller in this box than the normal size ones but that’s ok it makes for easier application in my opinion. They are highly shimmering beads of a beige gold color. Again, perfection.

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Lastly I ended up with the Gold Lash Top Coat Mascara which is a golden coat to apply over your mascara. Again, fitting with the theme, the casing matches perfectly with all of the pieces in the collection and is gold in color with the snowflake emblem. The applicator is brushless so you’ll be slipping this across your lashes after mascara application to add a shimmering shade of gold to your lashes! Very, Very nice!

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Some items I didn’t get were the lipsticks and gold gloss all of which were lovely but not something I absolutely had to HAVE. One item I also couldn’t even begin to think about affording was the pressed meteorites powder. At $155 the price tag screamed at me to say absolutely NOT! However, my lovely friend and reader, Betsy, pointed out that it is refillable so it’s not entirely a bad deal but still sometimes the Muse has to know her limits and a $155 palette is a limit she can’t reach even if she wants it badly!

Overall, it’s very difficult for the Muse to pick out one or two must haves from this collection because they are all simply stunning. As much as I adore the Givenchy Collection I’m loving (and possibly favoring) the Guerlain Collection.

If you’re on a budget I’d highly recommend removing yourself from any department stores that may contain a Guerlain counter. Because you’ll see all of this in person and most definately have a hard time saying NO!

The Muse strongly recommends selling off a kidney, a child, or a soul on E-bay (you know I’m kidding of course!) to nab yourself this glamorous collection!

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