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Valentine’s Day: All About YOU!

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about lovers! Spoil yourself a little bit too!

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Jump ahead for some cheap budget beauty options to make you feel extra special and loved this season!

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Jelly Belly Bath Fizzers 3 (Set Includes Cherry, Tangerine, and Blueberry)
Jelly Belly 7 Day Shower Set 5 (Set Includes Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Watermelon, Tutti- Frutti, Licorice, Tangerine, and Very Cherry)
Jelly Belly Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss Set 3 (Set Includes Cotton Candy, Blueberry, and Very Cherry)

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Rose & Co Bath Fancies Gift Box 5

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Sephora Brand Lip Gloss Pencil $5 USD

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mark Twinklebelle $9 USD

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Bonnie Bell M&M’s Sweet Spring Collection $3.50 USD (Buy 1 Get 1 Free!)

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Milani Runway Eye Shadows $4.99 USD

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NYX Eyeshadow $3.50 USD

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Clio Art Shadow $8.20 USD

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Bath and Body Works Radiant Powder $9.75 USD

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Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath in Wacky Watermelon $2.55 USD

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Lush Luverly Bath Bomb $5.95 USD

The Muse carefully selected little beauty purchases that all had an ickle price tag so you aren’t breaking the bank indulging in a little something sweet for your very sweet self this Valentine’s Day!

What are your favorite small indulgences for yourself?

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L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara Review

I’m positive lightening struck the labs when L’Oreal Double Edge Mascara was created!

For serious.

I’m just saying, I’ve never quite run across drugstore mascara as good as this…so something had to happen to make it so great.

Who seriously knew drugstore mascara was any good? Is this a trick? Am I being Punk’d?

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When I first tried this out I thought for sure it was going to be rubbish. I have a pretty bad track record when it comes to drugstore mascara so my hopes weren’t particularly high for L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara. When I figured out it was a fiber mascara I was equally skeptical as I absolutely abhor fiber mascara.

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But guess what? It’s awesome! Go get some NOW!

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is a double edge mascara that has a base coat on one side and the mascara on the other. Simply apply a healthy dose of the base coat to lashes and follow up with the mascara for super fat, long, and thick lashes! It darkens lashes and creates a nice full look.

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I dunno I’m confused as this is described as a “tube mascara” but personally I just associate that with fiber. But it honestly doesn’t feel like a fiber and the “tubes” are much softer and natural feeling on my lashes without that “Ahhh! I have something stuck in my eye” feeling.

It’s a bit tricky at first as the base coat makes my lashes all clumpy and gross but after a few strokes I got the knack of application. Many will be happy to know it’s a nice thick brush applicator, no plastic wands here! The brush is particularly large in size with nice size bristles which could account for why it applies so well as it really does a great job at grabbing every single lash and pulling it up and out.

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It’s not a waterproof mascara which could relieve some and scare others. I’m not a fan of mascara that’s not waterproof so I’d fit right in with the scared folk. But have no fear it doesn’t smudge, flake, or smear. It stays on all day without any drama attached to it. It’s non waterproof formula should be a rave for those with shorter, delicate lashes who don’t like waterproof formulas that make their lashes break off or feel “hard”. This is gentle for stubbier lashes and should work well at creating a nice, full look without the drama of breaking lashes off during removal. Removal is as simple as using some water water and rubbing the tubes off your lashes, no makeup remover required.

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Overall, I really liked this one alot and thought it was a great beauty on a budget find. Well worth picking up for yourself! Prices range from $7 USD to $9 USD.

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is a total Muse Approved mascara! Loves it!

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Milani Minerals Mousse Foundation Review and Swatches

Milani Minerals Mousse Foundation is part of the Milani Spring Collection 2009. Available in six shade this oil-free mineral foundation offers a mousse like texture with a built in primer.

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Innovative? Yes. Does it work?

Read ahead to find out!

Milani Minerals Mousse Foundation sounds like thee perfect formula with it’s light-weight mineral base oil-free formula that offers a silicon base which fills pores, evens out skin tone, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.

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This brand new foundation is supposedly suitable for all skin types and provides medium to full coverage with a small amount (a very small amount, take my word for it, small is good…). Enriched with vitamins A&E, parabeen-free, and oil free this foundation sounds like a dream come true. Available in six shade selections Milani Minerals Mousse Foundation is $8.49 USD.

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Sadly, the dream ended as soon as I tried it out. I tested it in the shade 304 Classic Beige and it was WAY too dark. It was really a rough shade of beige that applied almost orange on my skin and seriously when I say use a tiny bit please do as the foundation is super max pigmented and a little goes a very long way. The texture is that of cream cheese, very thick with a mousse like consistency. I absolutely hated how it felt on my skin as it has a good base of silicon in it that made me itchy and greasy feeling, this is exactly why I don’t like Smashbox Photofinish. Once it was in place I just felt like I had a second skin on and looked heavily made up which I chalk up as the color being very wrong for my tone. I can’t deny that I was pretty impressed with how pigmented the product was but it’s such a heavy base that I couldn’t really make proper use of it. The foundation also has a strange scent that one could describe as fresh but for me it was a tad bit cheap smelling. It blends quite well but even with proper blending it just sits on top of my skin which in turn makes it feel very strange on my face.

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All in all I really can’t say I liked this one but I feel somewhat tempted to re-test using another shade. I recommend it to those who have large pores and like the idea of a foundation with a built in primer. It has plenty of silicon to fill large and small pores, fine lines, and any other skin woes you’re looking to cover.

Who might love it?

  • Anyone who wants to fill in large pores
  • Anyone who likes the idea of a silicon based foundation that acts as coverage and primer all in one prodct
  • Anyone who desires a heavily pigmented foundation

At $8.49 USD I do recommend checking it out for yourself as I have some strange feeling that this might somehow become a cult favorite, sadly, this was a no go for me.

Anyone try it yet?

Love Milani Foundations?

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The Muse wants to hear the good word!

The entire Milani cosmetic line is available at CVS or check out www.milanicosmetics.com for further information!

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Spring Collection 2009: Milani Nail Polish Ruby Jewels and Black Cherry Photos and Swatches

Budget, budget, budget….!

We’re all careful and watchful at the moment and monitoring our money really well or at least I suspect most everyone is.


Of course, the Muse feels the need to bring you the best budget beauty options in times of great distress!

Jump ahead to check out new Milani Nail Lacquers for Spring 2009 that won’t break the bank!

Milani Nail Lacquer range from $2.99-$3.79 USD per a bottle and comes in over fifty shades. Well hello, variety! Variety and budget friendly? Likey!

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The two newest shades of Milani Nail Lacquer touch on bringing a bold take to your nails this Spring with a splash of glittering red and a touch of dark cherry! I love, love these shades for tips and piggies! The newest colors are Black Cherry and Ruby Jewels. Black Cherry mimics it’s name exactly bringing a deep, dark cherry to the table where as Ruby Jewels is a glittering red.

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With a professional, long wearing formula your nails are sure to be fashion runway ready for the Spring season!

Budget friendly, plenty of variety, and two new great shades make Milani Nail Lacquer well worth our time.

Check out more info @ www.milanicosmetics.com or head to CVS for the complete line of Milani Cosmetics!

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Essence of Beauty Blender Brush Review

I was wandering around CVS a few days ago. I blame my aimless wandering on some sort of alien force that swayed me to enter the doors of a US drugstore because I’d honestly never set foot in a drugstore otherwise…wasn’t me…I was possessed….had to be that.

Anyway!

I was wandering aimlessly and I came across the Essence of Beauty Blender Brush and promptly purchased it!

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This isn’t my first run in with Essence of Beauty makeup brushes and I sure do wish I’d just take the plunge already and purchase a few as they are damn good brushes for the price!

The Essence of Beauty Blender Brush is a pocket size wonder that works fantastic at buffing in mineral powder, adding a dash of blush to cheeks, or works fab at sweeping a thin layer of powder under the eyes for a quick touch up. It blends cheek color seamlessly onto my face and tucks nicely into my purse for quickie touch ups. I’m not partial to mineral foundation but this brush definitely makes application way easier and much nicer, possibly making a mineral foundation lover out of me as it blends flawlessly.

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The bristles are super soft, the handle is nice and chubby so it fits nice and steady in my hand, and did I mention it’s only $7.99 USD? Where can you get such a nice brush at that price?

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Honestly, if you’re looking for some seriously great brushes at a budget friendly price and not wanting to dish out for costly MAC or counter brushes check out the Essence of Beauty line up at CVS as it’s really a great steal and a deal.

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