Check out a few ways to save a buck with some cheaper cosmetic alternatives!
Your wallet will thank you.
Check ‘em after the jump!
You could indulge in a gorgeous tube of Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion for $28 bucks.
Or you can cheap it up a bit by buying an inexpensive large body lotion at your local drugstore and mixing it with a little bit of Ben Nye Lumiere Luxe Loose Powder. Total cost, around $14 bucks or less.
You could indulge in the new Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick for $22
Or you can cheap it up a bit and get a $6 buck Avon Ideal Shade Concealer Stick!
$24 bucks gets you a 5oz bottle of Shu Depsea Water Facial Mist….
$12 bucks snags you a 6.3oz bottle of C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Mist
….you do the math!
By Terry Baume de Rose is so luscious but $60 could prove too much to indulge for some!
Try Smith’s Rosebud Salve for $6 bucks and save yourself $54 bucks!
I’ve been using C.O. Bigelow Triple Task Eye Treatment for a few weeks now in place of DERMADoctor Wrinkle Revenge and I’m kinda digging on it.
Click after the jump for some first impressions and a bit of a review!
Few fun facts about my eyes…
I have a few fine lines, dark circles nothing dramatic but they are there if I don’t get proper rest, plus some puffiness. Mainly I’ve been looking for an eye cream for ages to rid myself of puffiness that’s one of my great concerns as I tend to wake up puffy. I’ve tried all the normal tips and tricks to get the puffiness down but to no avail, still puffy.
One of the interesting things about C.O. Bigelow Triple Task Eye Treatment that captured my interest was the fact that it contained 3% Eyeliss. Eyeliss is supposedly a miracle worker for puffy eyes. Not many eye creams contain Eyeliss at least none of the ones I’ve been privy too and believe me I’ve tried alot lately. Strangely enough Eyeliss is sometimes found in concealers. I know Lorac is guilty of putting a bit of Eyeliss in their concealer as is Tarte which I think it’s rather fab as what better way to battle the puff than with concealer right? So indeed Eyeliss being an active ingredient in this sold me on it. Honestly, if Eyeliss was not listed I’d have skipped as I’m a bit of a snob and rather splurge on higher end eye creams in the hopes that the most buck will get me the biggest bang of results.
Not surprising that up until now I really don’t see too much of a difference in my eye area but that’s no fault of the cream as I’ve purchased eye creams that are $80 bucks and rarely see any results. Puffiness is still there, fine lines are a tiny bit blurred but not erased by any means, and dark circles still firmly around when I’m caught running on 5 hours of sleep.
The good news is the cream is inexpensive and does a fairly good job of moisturizing my dry under eye area without causing milia. Richer creams have been known to create a milia problem for me but thankfully I’ve seen none of that with this. It’s a very basic eye cream that moisturizes but offers little else. I could also be jumping the gun here as I’ve only used it a few weeks so I may need to wait a little longer to see any long term results. I’m one for instant gratification and want to see visible results with one application but that’s a tad unfair.
Overall, C.O. Bigelow Triple Task Eye Treatment works nicely enough offering moisture where it’s needed but not much else…so far anyway. I’ll revisit this in a few weeks and update you on the process but I suspect not much will change. Honestly, it’s not all bad at all and quite a good moisturizing eye cream for it’s price tag which I can definitely appreciate.
Have you tried this?
Would you be willing to try?
What’s your HG eye cream?
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Yesterday I was telling you about Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask which is very nice but pretty expensive too! Sad sigh. Have no fear the Muse can cheap it up for you.
I recently hauled a few bits and bobs from C.O. Bigelow’s Face Collection when it was buy two get two free at Bath and Body Works. One new item they introduced is the Power Berry Mask which is a moisturizing mask treatment for nourishing and restoring moisture to skin.
Click for the review!
I dunno if I’d call this cheap as it’s $18, that’s somewhat high for C.O. Bigelow but I do generally like their products so indulge I did (plus the sale didn’t hurt the price too much either).
The C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask is a light purple shade and smells subtly of fruit and floral. Of course it makes the wild claims of how incredible the acai berry is for wrinkles, skin, etc….we’ve all heard those before. Simply put it delivers nice hydration to my skin and it’s cheap and that’s what matters most to me. Hey, if it helps with anti-aging in the long wrong I won’t complain!
I apply the mask and leave it on for 20 minutes you can do 10 as per the instructions. I just leave it on longer to get the full benefit of a moisturizing treatment. After the time is up I rinse with cold water and my face feels nicely softened and moisturized. It’s nothing dramatic but it does offer moisture where moisture is needed as my face is dry as all hells lately.
I read some bad reviews that said this made a few folks break out, haven’t experienced that but their was a slight sting when I applied. Barely noticeable to my hard as nail skin but I imagine if you’re sensitive this could possibly irritate or break your skin out so beware. Secondly, I got it free as I got it on sale but I’m really unsure if I’d indulge further at $18 as I’d rather just shell out the rest of my cash for the Clarins mask but if it’s on sale again I can see myself picking it up for sure.
Not an amazing facial treatment but not terrible either.
It’s obvious I’ve been hauling C.O. Bigelow at BBW lately right? My latest discovery is from the brand new C.O. Bigelow Face Collection. The line includes a slew of interesting bits which I’ll tell you all about soon but today I’ll be concentrating on the new C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Toner.
Can you say love?
Click it to hear the rave!
With a $12 price tag and a larger size bottle than my normal Shu Uemura DepSea Water Facial Mist I can so get on board the cheap train to enjoy myself a bottle of C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Toner. Likey!
With promises to perk up my tired, dull looking skin and replenish it with nutrients I imagine this could get the typical skin care junkie excited. It’s formulated with a Healthy Skin Complex, a blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep my skin looking healthy, strong, and youthful supposedly. That’s a whole lot of promise but the real deal is that it’s cheap and it performs pretty great at toning my skin, refreshing it, and making it ready for my facial moisturizer and really that’s about all I need. Now if by chance it also gives me a youthful appearance and is packing my skin full of healthy goodness I won’t complain but I promise I’m an easy going sort that will be just as happy if it simply tones my face, which in fact it does.
It’s 6.3oz in size and $12 bucks ummm hello cheap! My typical bottle of Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist in Mint is 5oz in size and $24. See? Cheap is good. It feels the same on my skin as Shu’s, it does the same thing in making my skin moist and dewy, and it even has a better nozzle for a finer spray of mist than my Shu. I’m feeling that happy glow of saving myself $12 bucks here people. The mist is subtly scented with a crisp, floral, slightly fruity smell. It’s quite difficult to describe the scent but it’s almost like a very green kiwi.
Fact of the matter is C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Toner is cheap, refreshing, and gives my skin a nice wake up call all while keeping it fresh, dewy, and easing the way for my moisturizer.
If you’re not willing to dish $24 or more dollars on toner I’d say check it out. It’s Muse Approved for purchase and well worth your dollar. It’s available now from Bath and Body Works and the kicker is all of C.O. Bigelow products are buy two get two free right now so hurry on over and snag yourself some.
Which facial mists do you enjoy using?
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When word of C.O. Bigelow Lemon Eau de Parfum hit the Muse was quite hyped for a sniff. She loves all of the C.O. Bigelow Lemon Collection and the general idea of a lemony fragrance along the same vein absolutely thrilled her to bits and pieces.
Check out my review of C.O. Bigelow Lemon Eau de Parfum
Considering the formula is inspired by it’s Lemon Body Cream I was all about hauling this as quickly as I could get my greedy hands on it. I admit I was worried they’d end up messing it up with notes it didn’t need especially since the description reads of green lemon leaves, creamy undertones, and a warm white musk. That sounds all nice and lovely but honestly the Lemon Body Cream is more about straight up sweet, tart lemon without all the unnecessary extras. You know what I mean dontcha?
I was pleasantly surprised that it does indeed smells simply like lemon, particularly like C.O. Bigelow Lemon Body Cream. No fanfare here it’s just sparkling, fruity, and sweet, with a round of tartness which blends it out to a happy effervescent note that the body lotion lacks. It’s quite lovely and light, beautiful for Summer wear.
I absolutely love it.
C.O. went all out with the packaging on this guy as well. It’s a large glass bottle that’s 3.5oz in size but feels way larger. Right now it’s Buy Two C.O. Bigelow items and Get Two Free including this fragrance which regularly retails for $34 USD so if you have a friend (or just overindulge yourself) you can split the costs between the two of you. It retails for $34.50 USD and I think it’s well worth picking up. I admit I was slightly disappointed that it didn’t last longer on my skin so I was left touching up after two hours or so but regardless it’s such a nice Summer scent that I can’t resist Muse Approving it for purchase. If you absolutely adore the C.O. Bigelow Lemon line or you’re just simply a lover of lemony scents this one is for you. Truly a great blend for Summer!
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