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Badger Cheerful Mind Balm Review

Happiness and the key to a cheerful mind is housed inside a cute orange and yellow tin with, of all things, a badger on the front.

The Muse happens to be a very, very, very big fan of Badger Balms and she thinks they are something you need to know about so she’ll be featuring a few reviews of these incredible balms in upcoming posts!

Today I’m bringing you the opportunity to free your mind, sooth your senses, and enter a state of cheeriness with Badger Cheerful Mind Balm.

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The Muse is a very cheerful by nature! She smiles lots, laughs often, and doesn’t take this life too seriously. We’re only here for a short while so we might as well laugh our way through the journey!

She doesn’t need any help in the cheer department but that doesn’t stop her from simply loving all over Badger Cheerful Mind Balm. Tuck this soothing balm in your purse or work desk draw so you can experience a cheery moment or two when you’re in need!

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What is it?

It’s an organic balm with made with olive oil, beeswax, and other friendly skin loving ingredients.

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What’s it do?

It’s meant to be used on your hands, temples, forehead, or other various pulse points as a aromatherapy treatment for getting you into a state of cheer! Look to it for those gloomy Monday mornings or when work is just a bit too much or maybe when sitting in traffic. A small amount will surround you with the scent of a dominant citrus note mixed with herbs and flowers and a soothing hint of spearmint that brings the scent to another level.

Does it work?

Yes! Seriously it does. I use it when I need to wake my sleepy self up Monday mornings. I’m SO not a morning person and a little dab of this on my temples and even under my nose makes me feel awake and quite happy and cheery! Plus the dull Winter weather a bit more bearable.

But what else can I use it for?

Well, you don’t have to depend on this simply to put you in a cheery mood or maybe you’re the type of person that just doesn’t believe that a simple balm will put you in a happy mood! That’s ok! Use the balm to soften your hands and cuticles, use it on cracked heels, use it on rough elbows and knees, all while enjoying the perfect scent of orange and spearmint!

The formula needs a little warming up so rub a clean fingertip into it and circle around and around to create a nice emollient oil. The balm absorbs easily into skin and doesn’t feel greasy or oily! Remember to place it in places where your body temperature is warmer such as pulse points now relax, breath deep, and get into that cheery mind frame!

With a budget friendly price tag of $8 USD for a large size tin you’ll be experiencing a bit of cheer without breaking the bank!

You can purchase Badger Balms directly from their website if you want or Drugstore.com sells them as well for International readers.

Badger Balms are Muse Approved for purchase!

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Loves ‘em!

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Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer Review

Just so you know I sincerely do not like Smashbox Primer. Eep! Sorry Smashbox the Muse no likey! It breaks me out terribly and it pills horribly and lord shall I go on? Isn’t that enough to make you want to cry?

When I heard about Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer which was released with the Spring 2009 Collection, I kinda sorta felt intrigued simply because it looked all shimmery and pretty. The Muse’s brain works on one level, present her with anything that glows or looks shimmery and her brain registers it as an instant yes, wants it!

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Jump ahead for the review!

I believe Smashbox Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer was originally released with the Green Room Collection. Correct me if I’m wrong but that’s how the Muse recalls it.

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What is it?

It’s actually a luminizer and a primer all in one product. The primer works at prepping your face for makeup and the luminzer highlights skin. Now actually this is where the product fails a teeny tiny bit for me. The packaging is difficult to work with and I’m left wondering if maybe it would have been a better idea to have a primer and a lumininzer separate, two products, two separate packages. Two products, one package…no likey. The tube that this is housed in has a dual chamber and two holes in one spout. This means you have to squeeze the tube just the right way to get the right amount of product out of both chambers. Most times this means you get either too little or too much of any one product. Very difficult packaging to work with and terribly irritating for me. I like my cosmetic sans an MD degree to operate, call me old fashion.

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Aside from my rant about the packaging the product overall is quite nice. A little tiny bit goes a long way as you could succumb to disco ball shimmer overload if you apply too much. I actually prefer Smashbox primer when it’s mixed up with the luminizer. It doesn’t pill, doesn’t itch as it normally would, nor does it have a silicon feel, these are all bonuses for me! The formula is gel-like in consistency and absorbs easily into skin leaving behind a peachy, gold finish. Actually I was duly impressed that using this did extend my foundation by a few hours of wear.

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I normally use this prior to blush but you can use it after if you desire to highlight cheek bones or you can use it a tiny dab on your eye lids or brow bone for a little hint of shimmer! I do think that this makes a fine product for Summer but I wasn’t feeling it for Spring.

Overall, I did like the product aside from the crummy packaging. It’s well worth checking out if you have a highlight/luminizer fetish or if you’re looking to replenish your current bottle of Smashbox Photofinish Primer why not nab this and get two products in one?

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Stila Convertible Mascara Review

Is it terribly weird that while I was testing out Stila Convertible Color Mascara I was thinking of convertibles and the Hoff?


I dunno what it is but convertibles just remind me of that catchy little ditty by David….I hear he’s big in Japan.

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Stila Convertible color is embracing the crazy tube technology that’s taking the mascara world by storm at the moment. Not fibers kids but tubes!

The unique polymer formula encases puny lashes in a tiny smudge-proof, water-proof “tube” that binds each lash and offers longer, defined lashes that can take on the world and the Hoff if worst comes to worst without flaking, smudging, or creating terrorizing raccoon eyes!

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I don’t claim to know why Stila dubs everything with convertible lately but the Muse likes to think they too were thinking of the Hoff and his hawt car when creating this mascara. The Stila Convertible Mascara is a dual-ended brush that works at offering volume to both top lashes and lower lashes for that no lash left behind feeling (our x-President would be pride I’m sure!).

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I generally like the idea of a double ended wand that performs separately to lengthen my top and lower lashes. Considering that each brush is made specifically for separate functions I somehow wish that all my mascaras sported a similar feature as I always have a hell of a hard time getting to those naughty lower lashes without causing a hot mess. The upper lash applicator is a nice size brush that grasps lashes quite well and sweeps them upwards and outwards while the secondary lower lash applicator is thinner in size and has a straight line for snagging those hard to reach lashes.

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The mascara isn’t particularly wow inspiring. It does volumize and it does offer length but it’s nothing too dramatic. I recommend it for anyone that doesn’t like the irritating feeling of fiber based mascaras as this is a nice light weight formula that will offer good volume to puny lashes without weighting them down or making them feel “hard”. For me personally tube mascaras are probably thee most awesome find considering how much I hate the feeling of fiber mascaras.

This offers plenty of bells and whistles such as being smudge-proof and water resistant while offering definition, length, and volume but I can’t help but feel the overall effect wasn’t particularly amazing. I’m not too big a fan of a more natural lash look and this is exactly the finished result that Stila Convertible Mascara offers.

All in all quite a nice product but I prefer L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara as it’s cheaper and offers more of a dramatic result than this did. It was worth testing out just so I could compare “convertible mascara” to David’s popular “Get Into My Car” song. Bless that man.

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Stila Plumping Lip Glaze Set

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Oh hells yes I want this Stila Plumping Lip Glaze Set!

The Muse loves Stila Lip Glaze so she’s loving the idea of a plumping formula of lip glaze! Bring it on baby!

How did this find fall off my radar? Released for Valentine’s Day, Stila has a set of three Stila Plumping Lip Glaze for $32 USD!

Check the flavs:
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The flavors sounds fantastic and it’s a real steal for the kit too as the cost per a gloss comes out nice and cheap!

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I’m feeling tempted!

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