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L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara Review

I’m almost positive L’oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara isn’t going to change my cosmetic life any time soon but it’s decent enough for a $6.99 mascara…likey budget right?


Check it after the review!

Many of my friends aren’t as heavily into makeup as I am and some that do like (but not love) makeup think that a throw away drugstore mascara is the ideal solution to not spending $20-$30 on a high street brand. It’s understandable especially if you’re as anal as I am about germs. I won’t touch mascara after 3 to 4 months simply because I’m worried about what’s breeding inside the tube so it seems sensible to head to the drugstore to score mascara as that way we aren’t shelling out ridiculous amounts of cash for something we’ll toss out anyway within in a few months.

I’m not of the mentality that cheaper is better even in cases of mascara. I do so love a good brand name mascara that sets me back $20 or more dollars as I see good, solid results with said product. Am I alone? Maybe.

If you happen to fall into the “I don’t want to spend more than $10 bucks on a mascara” group you can try out L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara for around $7 bucks and call it a day. Like I said it’s not going to change your cosmetic life but it’s inexpensive and it does what it says to some extent.

The plus side of the formula is it’s richly pigmented and truly black. I love mascara that’s really rich and deep black it’s the perfect companion to a smoky eye. This sells me right off the bat in regards to that. It promises 12x’s your normal lash length…ummm not really. It does a decent job of lengthening but nothing that has me jumping up and down shouting, “Yes!” while doing a fist pump. For the most part the finished results are very natural, softer, fuller curls. If that’s your look you’ll love this. The brush applicator makes mascara application a snap as it glides on to lashes perfectly while lengthening and plumping. I don’t see dramatic curl results with this but it does wear well without smudging or flaking.


Overall, it’s noting I got too hyped over but it’s decent enough for the price. I’m not a fan of the “natural” lash look and prefer a more dramatic look so that could be one reason I’m not thrilled. If you like your lashes to look fuller and longer while still remaining very natural this might very well be a great one to try. For the price it really can’t break the bank to give it a whirl.

Have you tried L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

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Popular Searches Of The Week

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Here’s some popular keywords that brought readers to Musings last week. Check ‘em out.

Since LA Ink premiered the buzz around the Internet has brought many searches in for Kat Von D Concealer and how Kat Von D looks without her tats. The brand new Kat Von D Perfume has also caused a stir in my search box!

For some reason or another the Too Faced Smurfette Collection has generated quite a fair bit of incoming traffic lately. Everyone is searching up the smurfs…could it be we might see another smurfy collection soon or maybe it’s just about ready to hit the clearance bin!

Folks are obviously feeling the heat and humidity because searches for warm weather friendly makeup are abound like MAC Just a Pinch Blush, Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation, and Lush Tea Tree Water Toner.

Milani Runway Eyes Wet and Dry Eye Shadow in Beach has been named my fav a few times here at Musings and obviously it’s a fav this Summer as the searches are pouring in trying to find swatches for this great Summer shade!

The searches are also pouring in for Fall Makeup Collections 2009, Winter Collections 2009, and of course Holiday 2009. Obviously this heat doesn’t sway anyone from yearning for Fall and Holiday looks!

And that’s the top searches bringing people into Musings this week!

What are you searching for on my blog?

Do share, curious minds!

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N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics Special FX Lipstick Review and Swatches

Mmmm hate to disappoint you but the Muse is going cheap again, can’t resist the charm of cool products that cost me under $3 bucks and are actually pretty decent. N.Y.C. New York City Color Cosmetics has two new lipsticks out for Summer that are $2.49 each at your local drugstore. I highly suggest snagging these as they are ideal for funky, fresh Summer Lips!


Check ‘em after the jump!

These two lippies are part of a very tiny Summer Collection from N.Y.C. Color. Honestly, from the lot of items I thought these were the best. I’m not normally one for indulging in overly cheap cosmetics you know my feelings already about that sort of thing but these were shouting at me from the display as the colors are truly lovely for Summer especially if you like a sizzling lip look for the warmer weather.


I think it’s four shade’s altogether in the release but I purchased only two that I thought stood out. The lipsticks are entitled Special FX Lipstick but I’m unsure if that’s part of the regular line from N.Y.C. or just something newly introduced since I’m not all that familiar with the regular catalog of items.

The two shades I got were Hot Tamale and Sun Kissed. Hot Tamale is my favorite of the two and is a crisp, burned red shot through with a heavy dose of orange. Sun Kissed is metallic burnt orange. The finishes of each are metallic but can easily be toned down by topping with gloss plus it appears after two or three uses the metallic overcoat on the lipsticks wears done so the finish is sheer. The lipsticks are richly pigmented which was pretty interesting consider their cheap price tag. They apply smoothly and evenly leaving behind nice color pay off. I don’t think there is anything particularly special about the lipstick formula but it’s decent enough. I did find it slightly drying on it’s own minus gloss so I do recommend a touch of gloss as it not only livens the shades up further but keeps color moist on your lips.


If you’re not up for spending $15-$20 on a brand new lipstick for hot Summer lips I highly suggest nabbing these two shades from N.Y.C. Color. The inexpensive price tag, fantastic pigmentation, and HOT Summer shades are pleasing this Muse!

Loves ‘em!

Total Muse Approval for purchase!

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Anyone haul these?

What do you think?

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Wet n’ Wild Beauty Benefits Beyond Eye Makeup Remover Review


Since I’ve been so busy scoring left and right with awesome eye makeup removers at my drugstore I thought, “heyz let’s go ahead and try something else new…” Pushing my luck I purchased Wet n’ Wild Beauty Benefits Beyond Eye Makeover Remover and proceeded to have my head examined.

I’m such a dope. I should know lightening never strikes twice. I was lucky with Clean & Clear and again lucky with L’Oreal but this…this is utter rubbish.

Le sigh.

Jump for it!

Wet n’ Wild is going all green and organic or whatever you want to call the current craze of hippie loving cosmetics out there (no offense green friendly peeps but the market is getting a little too saturated with this stuff that it’s getting on my nerves by now!).

Along with cosmetics in the new Wet n’ Wild Beauty Benefits Collection they released a $4.99, 3.8oz size of eye make remover. It claims to remove waterproof mascara but I don’t think so.


First off it burns like acid. OW! It hurts something fierce. It also has the consistency of water mixed with dish soap, not good, not good at all. Oh and it also smells like dish soap mixed with gasoline, pretties (insert sarcasm there).

Seriously though between the burning sensation, the gross smell, and the fact that it doesn’t do all that great a job removing my shadow never mind my waterproof mascara, this one is a very safe skip.

Stay clear people, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Final word, no likey, at all.

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Buy Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics Online

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Why can’t I have a cosmetic line like that? Now you can…!

Jesse’s Girl cosmetics are sold in Duane Reade drugstores here in the NY area. Personally I’ve never seen them outside of Duane Reade but I’ll take your word for it if you have had the pleasure of seeing the line sold elsewhere.

Gratuity video of Rick Springfield looking all kinds of hot!

Duane Reade doesn’t carry a whole lot of the line, at least not in my experience, and only ever get a shadow set here and there but not much else.

The good news?

Buy Jesse’s Girl cosmetics online! They’ll ship it all over the world too!

Click it for some details, pictures, and some great prices on the line.

Best part about ordering from the site is the fact they bundle collections together. For example they have the Jesse’s Girl Color My World Eyeshadow for $17 as a set of four (normally these are $4.99 each) and also the Jesse’s Girl Startdust Powder Eye Shadow in a set of six for $24 (regular $4.49 each).

Of course if you’re not wanting to indulge in sets you can pick and choose single products as well. Much of the Jesse’s Girl line is quite good quality and pigmented for it’s inexpensive price tag.

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The company offers a flat rate shipping in the US for $5.95 and flat worldwide shipping $8.95.

If you have a difficult time locating the line in your area this is a great way to indulge.

Visit www.jessesgirlcosmetics.com to shop it!

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