Pieces of Life

Beauty on a Budget Week

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Since the world as we know it has taken a nose dive and gas prices have risen up to $4.95 USD per a gallon and the future of the presidential election is the biggest mystery since Elvis appearing on a slice of whole wheat toast I’ve decided that we must have a Beauty on a Budget Week!

Yes kids, now is the time to take responsibility for our money and hope for the best.

And everyone from England who’s groaning about the ridiculously low cost of gas should know we yanks are spoiled and $4.95 USD is damn expensive!

The moral of the story is today my sister brought me to Walmart (I should say a few days ago as this was written a bit ago! Sorry ’bout that peeps!) as I kicked, screamed, and pleaded with her to PLEASE DO NOT TAKE ME TO WALMART FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS GOOD AND HOLY!

I hate Walmart.

With a passion.

I really do.

Sorry if you love it.

I simply hate it.

It’s a giant space filled with really cheap stuff…I mean seriously cheap….I mean tacky cheap….I mean….ok I’m being a bit dramatic…you get the point. Aside from that I won’t get into what an evil empire it is!

Anyway. She’s going on holiday shortly and needed a few bits and bobs so somehow that translated into “Let’s go to Walmart!”

And it turned into a day trip with her, my best friend Jai, and myself. Praise Jebus that Jai came along for the ride! I mean seriously who else could I trade catty remarks with while browsing the aisles of really cheap crap laying around Walmart.

I’ve no idea how we got invovled in this road trip but obviously we had nothing better to do with our fabulous selves aside from following my sister around while she loaded her cart with enough stuff to cloth, feed, cleanse, and make up an entire country.

Since Jai and I drew the line at following her into the clothing department (our eyes were burning enough already imagine if we were presented with racks and racks of cheap clothes???) we wandered into the cosmetic aisles and amused ourselves with really cheap drugstore cosmetics.

And as we browsed we decided that we’d spend some bucks on really cheap drugstore finds and do an article on all the cool or maybe not so cool stuff we found!

So since inspiration struck in the middle of the cosmetic aisle at Walmart I’ve decided to bring you a week in review of really cheap, Beauty on a Budget finds!

You’ll see a new Beauty on a Budget review each day for the next week (or until I run out of crap to review).

In all seriousness, catty comments aside, I think it’s a great way for me to broaden my horizons and see what else is available that can’t be found at Neimans, Saks, Sephora, Nordies, or the inside of Japanese, Korean, and Singaporean drugstores.

It’ll be a real learning experience for me!

It’s a great essential guide for you as well since these may be a few items you might have wanted to try but like me have been burned one too many times by drugstore brands and have passed them by chalking them up as money well NOT spent.

I’ll be featuring many items I’ve passed up MANY times that I’ve wanted to try but have been highly skeptical of!

I hope you’re excited to learn more about these items and hey maybe I’ll find something in this pile that I actually really do LOVE!

What are your Beauty on a Budget favs?

Share ‘em with the Muse!

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Guess Who’s Back?

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Taken in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hello World!

Miss me much?

I know I missed you!

Obviously a few days away from the beauty blogging world is way too much as I see brand new collections, semi-annual sales, Fall Collections, new MAC color stories (Yes, I did indulge and I know you’re gagging to hear about it! Review to come!) and tons of other great stuff!

My fingers are eager to start typing (and sharing) away about all the items I’ve come across and heard about!

How are you all? It appears you’re all alive and kicking as I have over 80 comments to get through! Thanks for all the well wishes on my trip! Appreciate them greatly! It’s going to take me a little time but I promise to respond to each one individually! I noticed many of you commented on my Dior vs YSL post and I’m eager to dive into that discussion shortly!

I’m great and well rested and relaxed after a wonderful and amazing holiday! Yay! My cruise was absolutely fabulous and I’m thinking that maybe I need an extra month more to get back into the grove of work, life, and everything else but ado reality is knocking on my door and it’s back to real life!

A HUGE hello and thanks to a very special couple of friends the Muse made while on her cruise! I was lucky enough to meet a beautiful couple (who may just be reading this) during my time away so a big thanks to them for making my vacation extra special!

What about everyone else?

What have you been up to?

Any new lemmings?

Any new purchases?

Eager for the Japanese Fall Collections?

Tell the Muse all about it!

Comment box is open and available! It seems like years since I’ve talked to each of you!

Before I leave I’ll give you some details on what to expect in the new few days from your dear, old Muse!

Upcoming:

A review on Philosophy’s newest cleanser….hmmmm exciting eh?
Reviews and FOTD’s from MAC’s hot new color stories including Cool Heat!
News on Korean and Japanese Fall Collections
Reviews on Japanese Summer Collections (Long over do aren’t I?)
and much, much more……….!

Sadly, I didn’t overindulge in duty-free shopping as truly I didn’t find anything that I didn’t already own or could find cheaper here. I can never understand all the hype about duty-free shopping as it’s sincerely not that fantastic!

However, I do have many a fine trick up my sleeve for the week and you won’t be without your daily dose of Musings from this Muse!

The Muse now needs to unpack…..*groan* Wanna help?

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Gone Fishin’! Kinda.

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The Muse is leaving on a jet plane….well…not a jet plane but a cruise ship! It’s almost the same thing anyway right?

I’ll be away from from June 2nd until June 14th. Umm yea totally screwed up on the dates duh…June 4th to June 14th…ahhhh that’s better!

I’m not bringing any geeky gadgets while I’m away…no cell phone….no powerbook….etc…

Which sadly means no blogging for 12 days! I doubt you’ll miss me as much as I’ll miss you!

While I’m away you can amuse yourself with some of my past posts!

Bon Voyage!

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A Game of Tag!

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Toya from The Life of a Ladybug!

Simple rules of the game. Tag 6 more bloggers, leave a comment asking them to participate by reading your blog for the rules, and finally list the players you’ve tagged after your post! Easy!

This is an interesting game of tag as it offers you more of an insight into the Muse’s life!

1) What was I doing 10 year’s ago?

I was attending college and testing out my first year of scary loft life with my best friend at the time. Scary as my mate was a complete disorganized mess and this couldn’t be more of a nightmare for an anally organized person like myself. I was majoring in CE and a little geek to say the least. I also had done an internship around that time with a local campus as a TA for a Pascal course (I kicked it old school with the programming languages back than!). 10 years ago would be just around the time I took my first trip to the Nederlands as well and visited Amsterdam which I completely fell in love with.

2) What are 5 Things on my To-Do List today?

  • Get back on top of my game with my blog posts as I’ve been too busy to concentrate on reviews, posts, etc….
  • Pick up some books I have on order from Barnes and Noble.
  • Meet my friend Jai for a late, long lunch break that I deserve big time.
  • Pick up some items for my garden that I need.
  • Pick up dry cleaning.

3) Snacks I Enjoy:

  • Stacy’s Pita Chips in Garlic and Herb
  • Trader Joe Everything Crackers
  • Whole Foods Organic Hemp Crunch Trail Mix
  • Watermelon
  • Just Tomatoes Organic Just Apples mixed up with Organic Soy Nuts (Oh my god so YUMMY!)

4) Places I’ve Lived:

I’m mostly a New York girl and haven’t lived elsewhere although I have visited many places for long periods of time such as England, Thailand, and Japan so I guess you could consider that as sorta living away for a while as it was months at a time!

5) Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:

Buy world peace. Please.

6) People I want to know more about:

Jonathan Rhys Meyer: If you’re free Jonathan my ear is open! I can sit on your lap while you tell me all about yourself……hehe!

I’m tagging Sarah from The Puff Reports, Gloria from Divashop, Jazmin from Makeup Moxie, Allysia-May from Divalcious Glamazon, The love of my life, Mandy from MandyPandy’s Beauty Blog, and the gorgeous Critty from Pretty by Critty!

Feel free to add pieces of your life!

The Muse is all ears about hearing more about YOU!

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"Korean Cosmetics Appear in an American Girl’s Blog"

The Muse has a really deep love for all different kinds of Asian cultures. One culture I have a very special in my heart for is Korea. I’m a big lover of Korean popular culture as you may know from reading my past blogs about K-Dramas, K-Pop, Etc…..

Today a lovely reader, MJ, pointed out that I had made it into an online Korean newspaper (Thanks MJ! Hugs!).

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I’m so utterly thrilled that the good word of my little blog has spread so far as a Korean newspaper! How awesome is that?!

Sadly, I can’t read everything that was said but I translated some of it via Babel Fish and it sure sounds like a promising article about my Etude House review!

Yay!

Do have a click over here to view the article for yourself (be sure to have a Korean Lanuage Pack installed if you’re wanting to translate for yourself)!

Thanks again to MJ for pointing this out to me! I had noticed a very large increase of Korean readers lately on my stats and obviously this is the reason why!

A big warm welcome to all my new readers from Korea!

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