I’m sure you have noticed that as of late I haven’t been my normal MAC self. I’m normally one for running to the counter to pick up the latest collection (in it’s entirety like the crazy cosmetic demon I am) as soon as it hits the shelf!
However, the last few collections, as tempting as they are, have not made their way into my cart. I promised myself that I’d not buy anything from the last few collections while I was busy with Christmas shopping for others. This normally doesn’t prevent me from throwing caution to the wind and just buying it anyway but I’ll be honest MAC has overwhelmed me lately. Collection upon collection upon collection is difficult to keep up with (and expensive as bloody hell)!
Up to now I haven’t purchased The Stylistics, Metal X, and Finery Collections. It’s not for not wanting them because I honestly want something from each of them however I really can’t justify the cost during the Holidays at the moment so I skipped (this isn’t to say after the Holidays I won’t be nabbing some goodies)!
Anyway…I did indeed throw caution to the wind this weekend and casually strolled around the MAC counter at Macy’s on 34th. You see I had convinced myself that the crowds were so very big that I’d never find anyone to actually help me so I could look but no way was I waiting for a MA to help me and on top of that, wait on the huge line that was reaching all the way across the floor to the Clinique counter. Sadly, my plan didn’t work as well as I wanted and one of my regular MAC MA’s was there to “save the day” and help me make two purchases, one of which I’ll be discussing with you in this post.
A few months ago (I think it’s months. It feels like months!) I had purchased two Beauty Powders from MAC Pro in Manhattan and had them ship them over (I was feeling particularly lazy and decided I didn’t want to walk over and do the purchasing myself! It also saved me from purchasing all six colors as I wasn’t there to actually try them!). You can click here to read my review on the powders I did get.
Anyway, soon after MAC counters got the Beauty Powders and I soon forgot about the collection and was not tempted at all to purchase the other powders in the color story and other items were higher up on my wish list.
On display with the Beauty Powders was the 183 and I fell deeply and completely in lust with this fantastic little brush (I also feel deeply in lust with another Beauty Powder in this collection which I’ll tell you about in another post). When I seen the brush it didn’t look too familiar and it turns out that’s because it’s only available with this collection and will be gone shortly so I highly suggest and recommend nabbing this $40 brush! I actually didn’t know this at the time and was furiously googling the MAC website on my blackberry trying to find out (as most times when you ask an MA they aren’t always 100% positive).
This brush totally makes buffing the beauty powders into your skin a snap! If you’re a mineral foundation user this will be a dream for application. I’ve been using this since I got it on Saturday for my Beauty Powders, for setting powder application on my face, for general blush application, and just for smoothing on whisper set powder under my eyes and it works an absolute treat!
183 is my absolute newest love! The bristles are soft on this with no shedding at all (did you expect anything less from a MAC brush?). The handle is small enough to grasp between your fingers for a nice hold while buffing and it’s just a perfect wonderful brush overall!
I wouldn’t call this a kabuki but maybe more of a glorified version of one. The bristles are more flat and not rounded as compared to a kabuki so it’s quite different!
This is really a keeper for me and well worth it’s $40 price tag!
Grab one before it disappears!
The Muse highly recommends the 183!
My skin never behaves in the Winter. Ever. I get patchy dry skin between my eyebrows, on my cheeks, and just general gross, flaky skin all over the place! Yuk! I moisturize and moisturize and I moisturize some more but it doesn’t completely help my problem!
However this does:
I use this in the evenings prior to applying my night cream and it works absolute wonders on my skin. For one thing it really helps my night cream sink into my skin when my cheeks are feeling tight, dry, and chapped from the cold, cold weather! It also removes any flaky, dry skin I have on my face and just makes my face feel like a clean slate! With the combination of using this and When Hope is Not Enough in the evenings I wake up in the morning to a very soft face that’s ready for the world!
Blackheads? Nasty little buggers aren’t they! I love scrubbing this on my nose to wipe clean any clogged pores!
The texture of this is very silky. It has a slightly watery, soapy base with the perfect amount of crystals in the mix. The crystals are not abrasive or scratchy but if you’re skin is sensitive I highly recommend treating the back of your hand or a small part of your face prior to doing the full treatment just in case it breaks you out!
Many people automatically assume that since it has “wash” in the title that means you’re supposed to use it with water. No. Not the case. No water is involved when treating your skin with this. Basically you squeeze about a quarter (or less if you please!) size amount into one of the Microdelivery cloths and scrub gently on your face in a circular motion. You can do it without the cloths but I prefer using them and I’ll tell you why in a brief second. I normally work this into my skin for a few minutes and rinse. I had previously used this on my damp skin, which if you want you can do too, but stopped doing so when I seen an interview with Christina Carlino (founder of Philosophy) recommending it be used sans water! After trying it I found it works twice as better on a dry face! Either wet or dry this will foam up a little as you scrub which I find great as you can feel like it working. There are so many crystals in the tiny squeeze that you used that you can easily distribute all over your face and work the product into your skin sloshing away dead skin cells and dry bits and pieces right off your face! You can get this guy in one of two sizes, 8oz or 16oz. Respectively you can get about 6 months or more out of the smaller bottle which will cost you $25 and you can probably nab a full year or more out of the big 16oz which is $37. The price is justified and inexpensive in my opinion since you’re using a tiny amount of product to achieve a fantastic finish to your skin!
I was talking about The Microdelivery cloths a little bit ago. Cloths are sadly sold separately and you might not be be able to justify the cost as they are $15 for 20 clothes tiny bit expensive but I love them! The good news is you can buy a duo of the wash and cloths on QVC for $35 (Item Number A72557) or you can scour E-bay and nab packs of 20 for $5-$10 depending on how lucky you are while bidding! The clothes just make the wash easier to distribute and work around my face and aid me in getting a nice proper scrub. You slip your hand into the one end and slide your thumb into the hole on top. Squeeze a bit of the wash onto your hand and scrub, scrub, scrub with the cloth! Presto! Beautiful Skin!
Microdelivery Face Cloths
The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash is possibly your best defense against dry Winter Skin!
If you’re looking for a Steal and a Deal grab 32oz’s of this wash for $49.98 from QVC using Item Number A74085. I have this in the large size and I use it to refill my little 8oz bottle! Perfect and a value!!!!!!
The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash and Cloths are very Muse Approved!
Do you use this?
That quite sounds like a disease doesn’t it? Piggie Vial? Oh my it does indeed!
You might (or might not if you happen to be a MAC Whore like the Muse) be wondering what Piggie Vials are! Piggie Vials are actually Pigment Vials which are smaller containers of MAC pigment. You can only get pigment vials around the Holidays (or at least that’s been the case for the last few years) and they normally come sold in sets of five or so!
Now you might be wondering why I am bringing this up in a blog post! Well I think that the importance of Pigment Vials is underestimated and it’s my job to tell you how important they are!
Pigment vials contain 2.5 grams of pigment in one rather cute little vial! Why is this important? MAC Pigments are so pigmented that a little product goes a long way and vials are the perfect solution to not purchasing a large jar of pigment that will take you literally years to get through!
A normal jar of pigment is 7.5 grams in size and is $19.50 while pigment vials are sold normally in lots of 5 for $29.50. That means you’ll get 12.5 grams of pigment for a nice little price plus it’s a variety of colors you’ll receive and enough product that’ll last you ages and ages!
I’m addicted to pigments and as appealing as large pigment jars are I’d love if MAC started offering pigment vials as a regular catalog item! How great would it be to walk up to your MAC counter and have the option of buying a full size jar of pigment or a vial of pigment!
Until that time comes (MAC are you listening? We want more piggie vials!) I adore picking up the Holiday collections with the 5 very cute vials that allow me to have an array of colors for an inexpensive price tag!
MAC Pigment and Glitter Vials
MAC introduced two new pigment sets this year which are a warm and a cool selection for $29.50USD each!
MAC Curiousitease Warm Pigment
MAC Curiousitease Cool Pigment
The moral of the story is if you’re on the fence or you’re new to MAC and you’re feeling overwhelmed by the vast collection of color why not settle for a gorgeous set of pigments!
Now is a great time to get them as they are up and available for the Holiday Season!
MAC Pigments (big or small) are always Muse Approved!
I’ve been wanting to do a post about B for a very long time but I just never had the time to take the photos of my rather large stash of B! I’ve decided that it’s long overdo and I’m bringing you a tale of B today!
I’ll be doing the post in two separate parts. Part 1 will consist of B’s perfume line and Part 2 will consist of B’s cosmetic line! I was going to do a Part 3 discussing B’s Bath and Body lineup but I think it might be overkill so I’ll only cover that briefly (plus if I had to haul out my entire collection of B Bath and Body goodies I’d be here for the next year of my life).
If you’ve no idea what I am talking about allow me to explain a little.
B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful is Lush Cosmetic’s younger, groovier little sister (it’s also alot more expensive and posh than Lush is). B is not available in the US or any other country other then jolly old England so sadly it’s either order online and have it airmailed to you or hop the nearest plane to London to grab yourself some!
I’ve been collecting B products for about 4 years or so now. I visited B for the first time about 3-4 years old in London with one of my best mates and from that day on I was forever a fan and lover!
The store is something to behold and if you happen to live in London or are visiting do drop by 39 Carnaby Street for the full effect! It’s gorgeous and you’ll leave the store about $1000 dollars poorer while wiping the drool off your mouth and trying to snap yourself back into reality. I wish I had photos of my visit but sadly I do not! I’ve googled and you can locate images for yourself by clicking here.
If you’re expecting something similar to Lush you’ll be shocked to learn this is NOTHING like Lush. It’s completely different.
B consists of vegan friendly cosmetics, perfume, bath and body items. It’s mostly popular for it’s bejeweled cosmetics but it also has quite a cult following when it comes to it’s very different perfume line!
Scents have come and gone in the B line and at the moment there are eight scents as the main line up (seven of which I have tried and six of each I own!). Nine if you consider the Body Spray, Dirty, part of the line up!
Perfumes you’ll find at B are a unique, expensive experience that are well worth the price of omission in my personal opinion. If you have a taste for the posh and gorgeous these will appeal to you. Be warned they take some getting used. First sniff will almost always have you pulling back in dismay but slowly B perfumes grow on you and you become deeper and deeper in lust and love with them as time passes!
The thing I adore about B perfume is how exotic and unique they are. It’s something you can wear and not worry about smelling like the rest of the population which means you’ll truly have your very own personal scent as B is not exactly easy to get around these parts!
Prices on B perfume range from $90 and upwards (cheaper for smaller bottles or sprays!). These are not cheap in anyway, shape or form but they are well worth the disgusting price tag in my humble opinion!
Sadly, the Muse is unable to explain the perfumes because they are such a unusual blend of notes but I’ll do the best I can!
One of my favorite perfumes from B is entitled Love. The main notes in the blend are jasmine, rose, and ylang ylang. These combine to create a strangely citrus floral blend on me.
The only true way to describe the scent of Love and other B perfume is to sum it up as Old Hollywood. B perfumes remind me of vintage, retro, black and white Hollywood. Fay Wray, Joan Crawford, Vivian Leigh, Etc…
B perfumes all come in vintage victorian style bottles with a tasseled pump so it brings you way back into a gorgeous, glamorous era!
My second favorite scent would be Keep It Fluffy which is slightly on the sweet side but it too falls into the floral combination of rose, ylang ylang, and vanilla! It’s a very deep blend so don’t expect something light (don’t expect light from any B perfume).
Keep It Fluffy
My third favorite is Cocktail which is indeed a cocktail of different notes including cassia, sandalwood, jasmine, ylang ylang and other interesting bits!
My fourth favorite would be Two Hearts Beating As One which is a blend of jasmine, rose, and musk. It’s a very sophisticated floral combination that’s positively gorgeous!
My fifth favorite would be A Thousand Kisses Deep which is a blend of vanilla, asian spices, and musk (and a few other things). It’s quite an interesting blend and like all B perfumes glamorous and gorgeous!
A Thousand Kisses Deep
My sixth and least favorite perfume is B Scent which contains notes of sandalwood and jasmine over a base I can’t quite pinpoint. It’s difficult to describe B Scent but it’s not really a favorite of mine! Although, I like it well enough it’s not the first bottle I reach for!
Ladyboy and Breath of God are two other scents offered by B. I haven’t yet tried Breath of God and I can tell already I’ll hate it as it contains patchouli. Breath of God is pretty new and takes the place of another fragrance that used to be offered called Om which strangely enough contains a majority of the same notes as this new scent thus it’s just a rename I guess! Ladyboy is a scent I had purchased a while ago and absolutely hated. It was actually something I thought I’d love due to it’s notes but it’s terrible. It’s a violet banana blend that just doesn’t work at all and makes me gag and cringe (sorry B)!
B perfumes are sophisticated blends that are very “evening” wearable. They aren’t something you can spritz on for a light splash of scent. They are more of a “out on the town” scent that are very strong and lingering.
They take some getting used to but in the long run they are downright delightful (and addicting) once you’ve gotten a taste for them!
B extends most of these scents into Bath and Body goodies as well such as Bath Bombs, Bubble Bars, Lotions and other bits and bobs!
Keep It Fluffy Body Powder
Love and B Scent Body Sprays
If your tastes run to the unique, unusual, rare, and posh B Never is something you’ll want to try!
My Collection of B Perfumes
B Never perfumes (and everything B offers) is most definately Muse approved!
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I guess my heading is a bit dramatic and if you’re not a Douglas Adams fan you have no idea what the reference is about however it is slightly true!
Behold my solution to Life, the Universe and Everything lays within a tiny tin of lip balm!
Ok, ok enough drama but I will say I can’t recommend this balm enough and if you don’t have at least five of these tins in your draw already you better hurry to the store and grab some immediately! Rosebud Salve is my cure all, multitasking beauty demon that works in any number of ways to save the day! This works on everything! When I say everything I really mean EVERYTHING! If you visit the website they’ll recommend it for any number of things that will amaze you but I personally use it for the following reasons:
Chapped Lips: I get severe chapped lips come winter and this is wonderfully soothing and healing on my cracked, dry lips!
Eyebrows: A small amount keeps my brows in proper shape all day long!
Zits: Yes I said zits! This works great on small pimples and dries them up almost instantly!
Elbows, Knees, and Feet: I use this on all my rough patchy skin areas like my knees, elbows, and on the heals of my feet! It makes my skin smooth and soft!
Cuts, Cuticles, Hangnails, and Burns: I’m not exactly Betty Crocker in the kitchen but when I do get small burns from removing something from the oven I can dab a little of this on to soothe it! It also works great on small cuts! Smooths out my cuticle area and for hangnails it works amazingly well to sooth the dry skin and makes me less likely to rip it off!
I can probably go on and on with this list! I’ve been using this stuff for ages and it’s amazing! I’ve seen imitation brands but nothing works as good as the original Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve!
I love the fact that over the course of the last few years they have done different flavors! I really can’t pick a favorite as I adore them all! Mint Rose is a delightful Victorian rose and mint flavor! It may sound weird but the taste is yum! The strawberry is yummie too! And the regular rose flavor is delightfully fragrant and tasty! The mentholated one I don’t use on my lips but I do use on my chest when I’m feeling a bit congested!
Mostly this post was inspired by the fact that a new flavor has been introduced that the Muse is dying to try!
Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm
This new flavor promises the taste of freshly baked berry pie! Mmm my lips are singing already!
Here are a few in my collection (I keep these everywhere! My desk draw, washroom, nightstand, etc…):
Original Rosebud Salve (This is my body tin which accounts for the amount used hehe! Hands, Feet, Toes, Legs, Etc…)
These tins run $6-$7 each and are an incredible value as the tin is HUGE! The Muse highly recommends Rosebud Salve which makes these Muse approved!
Tell the Muse!