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End of Summer Round Up: Summer Cosmetic Addictions and Obsessions

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Although the official Autumnal Equinox is normally between the 22nd or the 23rd of September I still associate the end of Summer with the day after Labor Day.

As far as the Muse is concerned we are in full Fall force mode even though it’s still fairly warm here, the nights are cooler and I’ve pretty much had Fall cosmetic collections on my head for the last month.

Summer went awful quickly this year for some reason! It could be because I started reviewing Fall collections so early or maybe it just flew by because I was so busy with life, the universe, and everything.

Who knows.

Either way it’s definately Fall for me!

What better way to celebrate the end of Summer then with a great post rounding up all my favorites, addictions, and obsessions in the cosmetic universe for Summer 2008!

Lips
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Although no lipsticks caught my eye in a major way this Summer, I know for a fact that many glosses thrilled me to pieces! I favor gloss in the Summer anyway so this suited me just fine!

I was particularly enthusiastic when it came to MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit and it quickly made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have Makeup list! The color was sheer perfection and it’s possibly one of the best colors I’ve come across by MAC or any other brand for that matter!

Summer Must Have Makeup: MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit

I had a soft spot for NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave but you won’t catch me tucking it away now that Summer is over! The color can bring me way into the Fall and straight through the Winter! That beautiful cherry red with gold shimmer is perfection for any Season!

Summer Must Have Makeup: NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

Dior’s Ultra Gloss Reflect had three great shades but I was partial to the gorgeous hues of Beige Lurex and Corale Lame.

Dior Ultra Gloss Reflect Review

Face of the Day Featuring Dior Ultra Gloss in Beige Lurex

Aube Gloss Frutina in EX05 has quickly made it’s self at home on my favorite list! The color is virtually perfect for both the warm Summer and the cooler Fall weather!

Aube Gloss Frutina Summer 2008 Review

Eyes
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I was pretty taken with MAC’s Neo Sci-Fi Collection and was pretty hyped over the great shadows released with the collection!

MAC eyes shadow in Evening Aura and Expensive Pink surely did please me and I found myself reaching for both on more than one occasion this Summer!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

When it came to spicing up all my orange, bronze, and gold looks this Summer I couldn’t help but reach for my Majolca Majorca Lash Heat Metallic Mascara! I loved how this added a bit of heat and sparkle to my lashes!

Majolica Majorca Summer 2008 Review

Shu Uemura never fails to thrill and I can remember my excitement upon testing out the Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette! This palette kept me company all month long and will last well into the Fall and Winter and right into the Spring when it arrives. A palette that offers versalitity and a slew of options is always approved by the Muse!

Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette Review

KATE Dual Carat’s are easily my most favorite eyeshadow duos around and GD-2 made me realize how much I adore these great palettes! GD-2 lent a certain refreshing look to my eyes while adding a bit of sparkle! Since gold is always in style when the holidays come around this fun Summer palette will work it’s magic when the weather becomes cooler!

KATE Dual Carat Review

Cheeks
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Having popping cheeks was quite the rage for me during the hot weather! I fell absolutely in love and lust when I got my hands on Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold! It was love at first site and it instantly changed my mind about bronzers!

Urban Decay Summer Collection Review

Lending pop, sizzling, and cracking color to my cheeks were Aromaleigh Rocks! An instant classic for the Muse and most definately a funky item to add to your beauty blush stash!

Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Review

MAC Neo-Sci played favorites not only with it’s eye shadows but also with it’s blush! I adored Spaced Out so much that I had considered for a while that I might need a back up! Soft, Peachy, Perfection! A favorite of the Muse’s!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

Two cheek stains quickly climbed the ranks and became staple items for me this Summer! Both Benefit Posietint and Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech were reached for again, and again and again for a fresh glowing look that was perfect for the warm weather!

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Benefit Posietint Review

Bourjois Paris Hi-Tech Rouge Review

Summer Skincare
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You recently read how much I adored Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner but it’s worth a re-mention how much I loved adding this to my Summer skincare regime!

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review

MAC Neo Sci-Fi did it again with the release of MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator! Let’s hope MAC brings this one back!!!!!!

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

Summer Scents
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I can’t forget how much I was loving Clean Perfume’s newest scent entitled Summer! It’s been my favorite scent of the season since I got it!

Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails in Punchy was equally well reached for and used!

Clean Summer Eau Fraiche Review

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails Review

I’m saddened Summer is over but boy do I love the Fall!!!! I look forward to incoporating some of my Summer favorites into my Fall looks.

What were your favorite Summer makeup releases?

Tell the Muse!

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Current Beauty Addictions

Year End Review: Favorites List

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Your Current Beauty Addictions

My tastes in cosmetics varies from day to day, week to week, and month to month. What was my favorite last month is most likely not my favorite this month. I have such a variety of product that I am constantly rotating what I have and finding new favorites each day!

I thought I’d do a post that examined some of my favorite items at the moment!

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  • Givenchy Prism Again! Blush in Arty (Click to see more of the Arty Collection)

I love the look of the Arty Blush on my cheeks. It’s a cross between a very soft pink and a gorgeous peach. The mix of colors gives my face such a beautiful glow! This has been on my list of favorites since it’s release and probably will remain a favorite for a good while!

  • Shu Uemura Blush in P Orange 58D (Click to see me wearing it!)

Shu’s P Orange 58D is one of my favorite colors in the line! It’s a beautiful peach that just looks so natural and lovely on! Anytime I wear it I get a ton of compliments!

  • Bobbi Brown Rouge Pot for Cheeks and Lips in Raspberry (Click here to see more of the Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection!)

Bobbi’s got my vote for awesome when it comes to the potted rouge for cheeks and lips! Simplicity is sometimes best and this gives me just flushed cheeks in a flash with little effort!

  • MJ Blush in PK333

MJ has such a beautiful range of products at such an affordable price you can’t help but want to collect them all! Most of the MJ blushes are on my hit list of favorites and PK333 is most definately a fav for flushed cheeks!

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  • Pop Lid Neon Palette (Click to read my review of this palette!)

You know the Muse and bold! Pop’s Lid Neon Palette satifies my need for bold, vibrant shades and will work well into the Summer! Most definately a fav!

  • Bobbi Brown Metallics Palette in Burnt Sugar (Click here to read a review about the Metallics Collection! Click here to see my FOTD using Burnt Sugar.)

The Metallics Collection was definately a fav of mine but Burnt Sugar ended up on my hit list for a great looking, natural look!

  • Aube Jewelry Shower Palette in EX02 (Click to see more of the Aube Holiday Collection! Click here to read a review on Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes!)

Aube’s LE palette in EX02 was part of the Holiday Collection and is definately a fav of mine at the moment! It creates a beautiful shimmering look that’s natural yet elegant!

  • KATE Glamtrick Palette in GN1 (Click here to see me wearing GN1 and click here to see more of the KATE Spring Collection)

GN-1 is my absolute favorite palette of the year! Outstandingly awesome pigmentation and creates thee most flattering and gorgeous smokey green eye!

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  • Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black (Click for an FOTD using Gel Eyeliner! Click for a review on this great liner)

This little gem has become a fast favorite for the Muse and I can’t stop myself from reaching for it daily! It’s true love for sure!

  • KATE’s Power Gel Liner in GD1 (Click to read more about KATE’s Spring Collection)

I adored the metallic shades that KATE came out with this season and GD1 is definately on my favorite hit list!

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  • Milani Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Beach Sand (Click to read my review on Milani’s new Wet/Dry Shadows!)

What’s not to love? It shimmers, it sparkles, it shines, I can pair it up with everything, the Muse likey ALOT!

  • Visee Aqua Shining Eyes in BE300

The Muse loves this color! It’s natural, shimmery, and beautiful! It’s been on my favorite list for a few months now and I see no end in site for it’s ability to wow me!

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  • Fairy Drops Mascara (Click for a review on this awesome little mascara!)

The Muse’s reader and mate, Taryn, hooked me up with this and I’ve been a true user every since! I reach for this about 4-5 times a week! It gives me the perfect natural curl!

  • Maquillage Mascara Combing Glamour

At the moment Maquillage Combing Glamour seems to be what I reach for daily when I’m not grabbing Fairy Drops! I love the ultra slim comb that reaches all my lashes and curls! curls! curls them up and out!

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  • Cynthia Rowley for Avon Blush Brush (Click to see the Cynthia Rowley Collection)

This brush has been a fav of mine since I got it. Dirt cheap but works a charm! It’s large and perfect for dusting on powder and blushes!

  • MAC 227 (Click to read my drama with MAC’s 227!)

MAC’s 227 is something that you’d have to pry from my cold dead hands. This brush is my absolute holy grail! It blends cleanly and brilliantly! I get little to no fall out when using this! It highlights and packs on color like a pro! I sweat this brush so hard! It is presently on my favorite list and there it shall remain ever more!

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  • Canmake Cheek Gradation in Chocolate

One of Canmake’s most pigmented Cheek Gradations in my opinion! Gives a healthy dose of beautiful color! Has been on my favorite list for ages and shall remain ever after!

  • Gransebon Gran Brush in 10

Highlights, Shimmers, Sparkles, and makes me look killer! My absolute favorite in the line of Gran Brushes!

  • DiorShow Powder in Porcelain Pink

The perfect shimmer to add to my cheeks!

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  • Jillian Dempsey Horizon Blush in Apricot Horizon (Click to hear my mad raves about this new blush!)

What’s not to love? It’s beautiful, it’s bold, and it makes me look like I just stepped in from the cold! Pure perfection a blush!

  • MJ Spice Blush in Sensual Spice

Who doesn’t just love the ultra cute Spice Blushers? So sweet! Packaging wise they are adorable plus they give just the right amount of color to cheeks, eyes, anywhere! Sensual Spice has been a favorite this past month for me as it goes fantastic with some of my MAC Fafi looks I’ve been creating!

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  • Stila Lipglaze in Raspberry (Click to see me wearing this!)

I adore this color. It’s been on my favorite list for the past few weeks! It’s such a fresh, juicy pink!

  • MJ Honey Plump Gloss in Pink

I love toting this around with me for touch ups! Although it’s unflavored it still is a favorite for quick touch ups minus any sticky, tacky feelings!

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  • Esprique Precious Lipstick in BR300

This was recommend to me by my most gorgeous mate Iris and it remains on my hit list from the day I purchased it a year ago! It’s the perfect, natural shade of brown that looks elegant paired with a cool peach blush!

  • Fafi for MAC Lipstick in Flash n Dash (Click to see me wearing Flash n Dash! Click to see my haul and review of Fafi for MAC)

Flash n Dash is one of those lipshades that can be worn bright and bold or toned down for a more natural look! Flash n Dash is one shade I may need a back up of! A beautiful shade!

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  • Dior Long Wearing Moisturizing Concealer

One of my must have concealers at the moment! Works well with my dry under eye area and covers everything up making me look fresh and awake!

  • Dior Radiance Booster Pen

A favorite for touch ups as well as day to day wear! This is another of my absolute favorite concealers that reflects just enough light around my eye area to make me look awake and refreshed!

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  • Clean Shower Fresh Parfum

One of my favorite scents of the moment! Smells just like you stepped from a shower! Love that soap and water scent!

  • Lush’s Lily Savon Parfum

I’m not much for florals but the smell of Lily Savon totally makes me swoon! A hit for me in February it’s still going strong as a favorite in March!

  • Fresh Lemon Sugar Parfum

This rarely gets taken down from my fav list! It’s wonderful light yet strong enough to last throughout the day! Beautiful!

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  • Lush’s Skin Shangra La Facial Moisturizer

It’s cold. Which means my face is dry and flakey! Skin Shangra La is my life saver during the winter for beautiful, flawless skin!

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  • Lush’s Ultra Bland Cleanser

I’m normally a big lover of Philosophy Purity and it’s what I use most days but when the weather is cold and my skin is suffering from dryness I reach for Ultra Bland to remove my makeup! It’s absolutely perfect for removing stubborn mascara and eye makeup plus it leaves my face feeling as smooth as a baby’s behind!

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  • Boot’s Ultimate Lift Eye Gel

I cannot live without this stuff. Seriously. It’s been on my favorite list since my lovely mate Rows from Mostly Makeup gifted it to me! It works amazingly well at waking my eyes up, keeping them from puffying up, and just generally making my eyes behave like that of a 19 year old! Thanks Rows the Muse hearts you for getting her hooked on this stuff!

  • Dr Denese Hydroshield Eye Serum

I can’t live without this stuff either. It’s been on my favorite list for about two months now. It’s the perfect night eye treatment! Keeps my dry under eye moisturized to the max plus reduces fine lines in a major way from what I seen! Review coming soon!

How about you guys?

What are some of your absolute favorite Beauty Addictions of the moment?

Any of my favorites match up with yours?

Tell your Muse!

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Year End Review: 2007 Favorites List

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We are soon closing up 2007 and a New Year will be upon us within a few days! In celebration of that I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products of the year!

Asking me to choose a single favorite item in each category is impossible so I’ve listed a few of them instead! My mind changes often and my taste in makeup changes day to day so something that may have been my favorite last week is probably not the same this week! Most of the items on my list are items that I’ve really enjoyed using this year! Some are age old favorites while some are brand new items! I wish I could take the time out to type a little something about each but if I did we’d end up with a huge blog entry to say the least! I’ve just decided to list my favorites and if I’ve reviewed them before or featured them I’ve included a link so if you’re inclined to find out more you can click the link and be magically transfered to the review or impression I got of the item! You can also comment or e-mail me a question about any of the items and I’ll be happy to help!

I’d really love to hear about your favorite items this year too so please by all means comment or e-mail me icon smile You don’t need an account to comment icon wink It’s open for everyone!

Much happiness for a great New Year! I hope Musings will be bigger and better this coming year with more of what you want!

Thank you for being such loyal readers! I appreciate each and everyone of you greatly!

On with the show!

Eyeshadow

MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo in Earthly Riches (See my FOTD with Earthly Riches by Clicking Here)
Canmake Metallic Eye Shadow in 01 (See my Spotlight on Canmake by clicking here)
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Star
Majolica Majorca Eyeshadows in WT963, Rd422, and BL724
MAC Eyeshadows in Firespot, Passionate, Parrot, Black Tied, and Magic Dust
Urban Decay Eyeshadiw in Uzi and Grifter
Beaute de Kose Star Twinkle Eye Color in PK 872 (Click here for more on Beaute de Kose’s Star Twinkle Collection)
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Eyeshadow Duos

Susie N.Y. Resort Collection Eye Color Paradise Duos in 01, 02, 03
KATE Dual Carat Eyeshadows in RD-1 and SV1

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Eye Pigments, Shimmers, Glitters, Etc….

B Never Metallic Loose Powder

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Too Faced After Glow Loose Powder and Pressed Eyeshadow Duo

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MAC Pigments in Silver Fog, Quietly, White Gold, Your Ladyship, and Quick Frost
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MAC Glitters in Reflects Gold and Blackened Red
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KATE Loose Eyeshadow in Bu1, SV1, PK1, and GD1
Bourjois Paris Ombre a Paupieres Loose Eyesshadow in 23

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Eyeshadow Primer

Urban Decay Primer Poton
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Mascara

Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander
Excel Maxi Glamour Lash (Click here for my review)

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Mascara Overcoats


Guerlain Gold Overcoat (Click here to see more of the Guerlain Gold Holiday)
Majolica Majorca Lash Freeze
KISS Overcoat in Pink

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Mascara Primer
Blinc Mascara Primer
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Blush

Clio Blush in Rose Pink (Click here to see my review on Clio Blushes)
MAC Blush in Fab
The Body Shop Solar Duo Blush in 01
Signature Club A Mistake Proof Blush
NARS Blush in Desire

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Highlighters

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Shimpagne (Click here to see me wearing Shimpagne)
Bare Minerals Gold Gossamer (Click here to read more)
Gransenbon Gran Brush in 10
Excel Highlighter Blush in G2

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Foundation

Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette
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Favorite Makeup Collections from 2007

Guerlain Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Holiday Guerlain)
Givenchy’s Diamantisimme Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Givenchy’s Holiday Collection)
MAC C-Shock (Click here to see my collection from C-Shock)
MAC Smoke Signals (Click here to see my collection from Smoke Signals)
Barbie Loves MAC
T’estimo Spring Collection (Click here for my T’estimo Spring Collection)


Concealers

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Benefit Bo-ing
Benefit Lemon Aid
Philosophy Airbrushed Fingerpaints Concealer Palette
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Face Powders

Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Mosaic Powder
Physicians Formula CoverToxTen

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Lip and Cheek Stains

Vincent Long Gel Cheek and Lip Stain
Loreal Pinch of Color Stain
Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain
Majolica Majorca Flesh and Blood Cheek Stain
Morgen Schick Healthy Flush Cheek Stain
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Lipsticks

MAC Lipstick in Thrills
MAC Lipstick in Queen’s Sin
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick in Plum Orchid (Read more about the Cynthia Rowley Collection for Avon by Clicking here!)

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Lipgloss

Shu Uemura Gloss Lacquer in Radical Fuchsia (Click here to see my review)
Du-Wop Lip Venom in Pink Shimmer
Majolica Majorca Imitation Kiss in 2
Sony CP Curvy Lip Silicon in Clear
MAC Lipglass in Red Romp (See my FOTD using Red Romp by clicking here!)
MAC Plushglass in Full for You
Aube Fruitina Lipgloss in 14 and 16

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Other Lip Items

Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheers

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Palettes

Stila Belle of the Ball glitter Eye Shadow Palette (Click here to read more about Stila “Asia” Only Haul)
MAC Smoking Eye Quad (Click here to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul)
MAC Gentle Fumes Eye Quad (Click here to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul)
Awake Stardom Eye Quad (Click here to read my review about the Stardom Eye Quads)
Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette in Diamond (Click here to read more about my Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette Haul)

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Bobbi Brown Metallics Eye Palette in Burnt Sugar (Click here to see my FOTD and Review of Burnt Sugar and Click here to see some more about this palettes!)
Majolica Majorca Holiday Majolook Palette in SV801 (Click here to see my FOTD and Tutorial for SV801 and Click here to see my MJ Holiday Haul)
Gransebon Gran De Eyes Palette in 15
Susie N.Y. Eyeshadow Quad in 11
NARS Night Series Palette (Click here to see more details on this palette!)
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T’estimo Frame Impact Eye Palette in 03 (Click here to see the Fall and Spring Palettes with my Impressions of each!)
T’estimo Layered Impact Eye Palettes in 04 and 05
Esprique Precious Full Sparkle Eyes in S-0
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Eyeliners

MAC Technakohl Eyeliner
KATE Super Sharp Eyeliner
Majolica Majorca Jeweling Pencils
NARS Eyeliner
Mark Star Eyeliner Pencil
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Brushes

Sponge Applicators
MAC 183 (See my recommendation by clicking here)
MAC 187
Stila 21
MAC 227
Bare Escentuals Eye Buki Brush
MAC 224
MAC 217
Mally Curved Blending Brush
Smashbox 9
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Fragrance

Lush Cosmetics Icon
Lush Cosmetics Ginger

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Lush Sakura
BPAL Perfume Oils in Crypt Queen, Dana O’Shee, Pink Moon, and Pruno (Want to learn more about BPAL Perfume Oils? Click here!)
Love Magical Perfurmerie Candy Pop Perfume Oil (Click here to read my review on Candy Pop)
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Facial Moisturizers

Lush Gorgeous
Lush Skins Shangri La
Philosophy When Hope is not Enough
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Eye Cream
Petroleum Jelly
Lush Enchanted Eye Cream
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Facial Cleaners

Philosophy Purity
Kose Airy Whip
Lush Ultra Bland (Click here to learn more about Lush Skincare)
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Facial Exfoliants

Lush Ocean Salt
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash (Click here to read my review!)
C.O. Bigelow Tropical Fruit Face Scrub
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Toners

Lush Tea Tree Water
Lush Breath of Fresh Air
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Face Masks, Treatments, Etc…


Boire Deep Cleaning Nose Strips
Boire Self Heating Face Masks
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Nose Mask
Sony Blackhead Off Stick
Pola Hot Cleaning Gel
Pola Deep Cleaning Nose Wash for Blackheads

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Shower Gels

Bloom Shower Gel in Energy
Bliss Shock Therapy
Lush Snowcake (Click here to see my Snowcake Haul!)
Lush Ghost (Click here for my review on Ghost)
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Philosophy Bubbly (See my ravings on Bubbly by clicking here)
Bath and Body Works Temptations 3 in 1 Shower Gel in Iced Tea Twist and Forever Frosting
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Body Scrubs

Isle of Eden Body Scrub in Bombshell
Philosophy Empowermint
Philosophy Pink Lemonade (Click here for my review)
Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Scrub
Philosophy Senorita Margarita Body Scrub
Philosophy Candy Cane Body Scrub
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Body Lotions

Tone Quick Absorbing Body Lotion
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Body Soaps

Lush Cocktail

Lush Snowcake
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Lush Sexy Peel
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Villainess
Blush
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Bath Bombs

Cherriflip Citrus Whip Truffle
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Lush Haagen Bath
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Lush Sakura
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Lush Sex Bomb
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Pich Posh Peach Bellini
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Bubble Bars

Bubbles of Rockport Bloomin’ Raspberry Bubble Bar
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Bubbles of Rockport Chocolate Covered Cherry
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Lush Creamy Candy
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Lush The Comforter
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Those are my favs of the year! How about you? What are your favorites this year?

Tell the Muse!

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