Mid-Range Makeup Brands

Ulta Peppermint Swirl 3-in-1 Shower Smoothie Review, Photos

Seeking last minute stocking stuffers or a friendly hostess gift for a friend? Crack out the Ulta Peppermint Swirl 3-in-1 Shower Smoothie for the win!

This Philosophy dupe (or Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint) can be used as a shower gel, a shampoo, or as a bubble bath and has the sweet, cool, crispy scent of candy canes swirled with vanilla. It’s a touch more minty fresh than vanilla but it does the trick perfectly if you aren’t wanting to splurge on Philosophy version or you’re just missing Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint aka I can’t believe they didn’t bring it back along with lambie, what the hell are they thinking? Oh sorry did I go off on a rant there?

This is a nice jumbo, 24 oz size with a squirt topper for easy squeeze-free lathering up!

Ulta always has these Smoothies available for buy 2 Two, Get Two Free so check your local Ulta to see what deals they have going at the moment. Online this will set you back a mere $8.99 so it’s a nice budget pick however in store shopping is nesscary at this point if you’re wanting a last minute pressie!

Loves it!

It’s not Philosophy but it’s the next best thing particularly for the beauty budgeters!

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MAC Lip Conditioner + Lavender Review, Swatches, Photos

I haven’t actually ever tried MAC Lip Conditioner outside the tinted ones. Just wanted to throw that out there before you started reading this review.

How about you? Anyone try the transparent, colorless versions? Dunno why I never indulged considering I love the tinted ones!

Thanks to MAC Cham Pale I get my chance to try out the MAC Lip Conditioner + Lavender.

Let’s have a peek!

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Smashbox In Bloom Spring 2011

I absolutely adore the promo model’s image for the Smashbox In Bloom Spring 2011 Collection. It’s so fresh and clean, very natural for Spring with a minimalist finish but just the right amount of makeup to flatter.

But I couldn’t help but wonder how they got such a great eye look from the Smashbox In Bloom Eye Palette which contains some really smoky shades. This is one reason you probably should never depend on stock imagery to make your makeup choices as I’m guessing the palette looks way better in the flesh than it does in the promo shot.

Anyone with me?

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the Muse’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 11 Kat Von D Adora Gift Set

This giveaway is now closed and a winner will be alerted via e-mail. Thank you for your entry!

Ahhh Day 11! Almost getting to the big finale for Day 12 here on Musings, I hope you’ll like it!

But before 12 we have to do 11 and on the 11th Day of Christmas I have for you…

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Sephora Travel Clutch Brush Set Review, Photos

Still stumped for beauty gifts? Brush sets are always a great one to go for! Particularly ones that are of high quality because I’m of a strong believer that makeup junkies can never have too many great brushes to apply their face with.

The Sephora Travel Clutch Brush Set is available in a festive red brush bag with a mirror and wristlet for toting around plus don’t forget the six brushes it hides away inside.

Check it!

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