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Reader’s Request: Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream Review

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I’ve gotten a fair few request to do more reviews on Burt’s Bees products. One particularly item that pops up again and again when asked for reviews would be Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. Considering it’s price of $7.99 and 97% natural ingredients it’s understandable why it appeals but the real question is does it work?

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Although it promises a gentle, effective cleaning I got more of a drying, tightness from it after use. Cleansing soap bark and healing aloe vera are promised to moisturize and soften my skin while removing makeup and dirt but for the most part it ended up drying my face out further than it already was and making it uncomfortably tight.

The rich, opaque cream lathers up nicely has a soothing, herbal scent and removes makeup well enough (just the standard fair such as foundation, a bit of blush, etc…) but sadly doesn’t do much for my dry skin. If you’re oily this may be an ideal cleanser for you especially considering it did wonders for my shiny forehead but sadly if you sport dry skin best skip this one as it won’t lend any favors to those that already sport dryness.

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Although it’s healthy ingredients and inexpensive price tag appeals I can’t say the results were worth either. Those who have oily skin may appreciate the drying element of the formula and it’s cheap price tag but anyone with dry skin would probably do best seeking something else.

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Beauty News: Victoria’s Secret Debuts New Makeup Collection

Call me a beauty junkie but I can’t help but be excited about the new line of Victoria’s Secret Makeup coming out in August. Most every Victoria’s Secret you’ve walked into lately probably has the same sign up as seen below.

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Most of the line was hit with a 50-75% off sale during the semi-annual and in some cases even before that. This big discount was to make room for the new line do out in stores August. Of course, much of it will probably be the regular line up of blushes, shadows, and lip products however the excitement for me would be the reinvention of the packaging.

This is the second time that Victoria’s Secret is revamping it’s packaging. I admit that I long since missed the silver and pink standard from yesteryear and was never fully on board with the newer, chic black packaging. Out with the black and in with the new, this Muse hopes it’s a good one.

What do you think the new packaging will look like?

What do you want it to look like?

Hoping for something new to be added to the current selection?

Tell it!

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Steal It: Urban Decay Best of Urban Sets

Mondays are soooo dull. Especially after a really long weekend. That’s why I love sitting down to sort through tweets, e-mail, and my RSS to see what’s going on around the Internet after being away from my computer for a bit.

The best part is when I sort through and found a cool steal and deal. Retail therapy makes Monday all the better.

Today I was sorting through tweets and noticed that the Urban Decay Best of Urban Sets are $15.99!

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W00t score for a blue Monday!

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The sets were $32 bucks during the Holiday season but Urban Decay has axed ‘em to a mere $15.99.

Each set includes a full size Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner and Eyeshadow plus an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in mini size. Considering shadows are $16 each and liners are $18 you’ll be getting the entire set for the price of one eye shadow. Sweet!

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I reviewed the Urban Decay Best of Urban Baked Set a few months ago if you’d like do click the enclosed link to see swatches, an fotd, and my review.

The sets are on sale now at Urban Decay so grab ‘em while the grabbing is good.

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Vintage Sister Summer Lip Balm Collection

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Why Vintage Sister you do surprise me this year with brand new flavors of your popular gloss. Year to year flavors normally come and go but are in constant rotation without too much change in the works which is why the Muse was ever so surprised and delighted that this year Vintage Sister choose to do something a little bit different instead of hauling out much beloved classics from last year!

Jump for it!

With all the talk of Fall Collections 2009 isn’t it nice to rewind and discuss something Summer-like? Vintage Sister Summer Lip Balm Collection captured my attention with it’s new line of interesting flavors this year. Six new flavors for under $3 bucks each make these balms highly affordable and crazy cute for tucking into your purse! Although old flavors are back like Raspberry Lemonade new flavors also make an appearance like Circus Peanut!

Check ‘em:

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Find out more by visiting http://www.vintagesister.com

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Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick

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The Muse always feels the need to multitask. That’s why having a three-in-one pencil that lines, fills, and defines my lips seems like a great little idea!

Check it after the jump!

Available in six shades Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick ($18) is the brand new edition to the “buxom” line.

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These new pencils define, line, and fill with creamy color and plumps them up as well. I’m not much for lining my lips in all honesty but I have a fan of the Buxom Lip Polishes (not to be mistake with the lipgloss which has an entirely different applicator and the Muse no likey) which them all the more appealing to try out.

Anyone interested?

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