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Lush Godmother Soap Review

Sunday night I headed to Soho Apple to visit a friend who works there and catch some really late dinner. While waiting for my mate I decided I’d visit with Lush Soho too! Although I’m not a big lover of Lush stores within the US I decided meh why not!

I’m somewhat reserved about purchasing items from Lush stores do to a million other people handling the items. Can you say gross? Another reason I’m not particularly fond of Lush stores are because the items, to me, aren’t nearly as fresh as what I can get from Lush UK Mail Order.

However, I can’t resist walking into a Lush shop each and every time I see one. During this particular visit I couldn’t resist replenishing my dwindling stock of Lush Godmother soap. Since my original orders from Lush UK Mail Order consists of a huge bulk of products I decided I’d have to wait to get more Godmother however since I was in a Lush shop already, right here, convenient as you please in the city I seriously couldn’t resist getting something!

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I happily purchased a nice size chunk that cost me $12.83 USD and I quickly sliced it up when I got home making it into six hunks of yummy goodness for my shower and beside my sinks for washing my hands up!

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I can’t resist the beautiful candy like scent of Godmother! It’s vanilla with touches of pink, it’s girly, pure and simple! This seriously has to be what pink smells like!

If you haven’t yet tried Godmother, run now, get it! It’s an identical scent as Snow Fairy and since Snow Fairy doesn’t come around until Christmas no waiting is involved and instant gratification can be yours with Lush Godmother soap.

The Muse Approves Lush Godmother in a major way! If you’re girly, you NEED girly soap! Godmother is simply girly period.

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Sugar Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush Review

I simply adore Sugar’s new Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush!

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I seen these while browsing Sephora’s website recently and I couldn’t resist picking up both shades available. They did a truly amazing job with these and I hope to see more colors added in the future!

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Each generous size compact contains one baked blush that has two shades of color. You can use the shades together or seperate to create various looks! I personally liked the effect of swirling my brush around both shades to create a deep blush shade that can be applied sheer or built up to create a popping look on your cheeks! I deem these suitable and pure perfection for those with darker skin tones! The two shades available are Cupcake and Gingerbread. Cupcake is more of a frosty pink shimmering finish and not pigmented to work alone as a blush but more as a highlighter and Gingerbread, my personal favorite, is a beautiful combination of copper and cranberry. Gingerbread creates a beautiful peach glow on my cheeks that’s absolutely stunning. For once in my life I’m not obsessed with having paler skin, I’m actually wishing I had more of a deeper skin tone as I think these would be amazingly flattering on dark tones.

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Left hand swatch shows what the colors look like blended together, Right hand side displays colors separate.
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Left hand swatch shows what the colors look like blended together, Right hand side displays colors separate.
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Normally baked cosmetic products do not have the best color payoff however Gingerbread happens to have amazing color payoff and I personally think multitasking the compact as an eyeshadow would be awesome. Both shades compliment each other brilliantly so why not get your money’s worth and use it on your face and cheeks! The formula is silky and smooth, blends wonderfully well, and has just the right amount of shimmer to create a beautiful glow. These are $24 USD and since the compacts are pretty generous in size I’d say well worth the price.

I like that Sugar was thinking out side the Fall Collection Look box and created colors that are unique and completely flattering for the cooler weather.

Sugar Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush, particularly Gingerbread, is definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Lush Cosmetics Emotibombs Review

As far as the Muse is concerned Lush can do no wrong. I love all their products and haven’t run across a single one that I didn’t simply adore (except those that have patchouli in ‘em! The Muse no likey the scent of patchouli!). However, their new Emotibombs are definately on my not to be loved list (and possibly waste of money list).

Recently, I blogged about all the lovely and wonderful items that Lush Cosmetics recently rolled out and one item I was pretty excited about trying out were the new Emotibombs. Emotibombs are Lush’s solution to having an in shower bath bomb experience. These little bombs are placed at the foot of your tube and as you shower the water streaming down on them allows the bomb to fizz up and release it’s scent engulfing you in a gorgeous fragrant steam.

Sounds brilliant right?

Sadly, these fail in all aspects. It breaks my heart to give anything Lush makes a poor review but truly these were a big disappointment for me.

I got a few of these and so far I’ve tried out two which were Up You Gets and Sex in the Shower. Both smell really great out of the bag and each has a nice strong scent however that scent does not carry it’s way to your shower sadly. Up You Gets has a rather strong, bright, lemon, lime cocktail that’s really quite wonderful and Sex in the Shower smells pretty much like Lush Ginger Perfume, Soap, and Dusting Powder (if you’re familiar with Ginger you know how this smells). The scent is difficult to describe but it’s been said to smell like old lady, personally I adore it and it’s my signature scent. It’s warm, spicy, and very sophisticated.

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Lush Up You Gets Emotibomb
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My first use with an Emotibomb was quite a disappointment do to my own stupidity. I mistakenly placed the bomb directly in the shower’s spray which causes it to fizz within seconds and disappear. In the time it was fizzing away quickly I got absolutely no scent from it however I blame this on myself. I assumed that the bomb had the ability to last longer when under the spray of the shower. Some of Lush’s bombs, such as Happy Pill, last quite a while during a bath and I automatically assumed that Emotibombs would have the same staying power. I felt like I wasted a few dollars down the drain after using it this way.

My second use with the product I got a bit smarter and place it towards the back of my shower. This time it worked beautifully well and fizzed for the full 15-20 minutes that I was in the shower. I got some scent from it however the scent was so light that it was a sore disappointment.

I have a few more of these to get through but until they improve the formula and make the scent a bit heavier I doubt I’ll indulge in further Emotibombs. I can’t believe this but for once I’m very disappointed with a Lush product.

The Muse didn’t like Emotibombs at all and can’t recommend them. It’s wasteful to begin with having them go down the drain and it’s even worst they barely have fragrance.

Mmmm..definately not a good purchase!

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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm Review

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If you’re looking for a warm, simple, inexpensive look for Fall might I suggest having a look at by Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm.

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Although I’m a self confessed Avon hater I do admit that many of the collections they have released over the course of the last year have been really great, in particular those designed by Jillian Dempsey.

The collection consists of several items to make up a great face look for Fall. My favorite item is the Avon Retro Rouge which is available in two shades. The blush is a wonderfully pigmented cheek color that’s silky and long wearing. The blush comes in two shade selections and is available for $7.99 USD each. Each blush has a beautiful floral design which remains in place after swiping your blush across it! Bonus points for a great design that allows you to enjoy the cute floral design without completely erasing it after application! The color selection I have is Vintage Shimmer which is a warm peach shade. Although it contains “shimmer” in the name the blush itself remains a matte, silky finish.

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To pair up with my warm, peachy shade of blush I choose a Avon True Color Eyeshadow in Apricot which is a golden peach shade that has a very slight shimmer but creates a very natural, smooth finish that’s flattering with warm blushes.

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Finally to complete my look I used Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Charming Rose. The name is slightly misleading as the finish on this is a warm, metallic coral. Again, paired up with a warmer blush and shadow this color looks simply stunning!

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I was really pleased with the look I created using these products and highly recommend picking some of this collection up. My entire look minus foundation, mascara, etc….was $13.73 USD to create. $2.49 USD for my shadow, $7.99 USD for my blush, and my lipstick was $3.25 USD.

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Creating a stunning look for Fall for under $15 USD is definately Muse Approved.

I liked this collection alot. Color pay off was excellent, design and packaging was elegant, and my finished look was beautifully warm and Fall-like!

If you’re not particularly eager to shell out $25 USD for NARS Super Orgasm after reading my recent review I’d highly suggest nabbing this blush as a great replacement item!

Do check out Jillian Dempsey for Avon’s Retro Charm Collection to keep your beauty nice and budgeted!

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Philosophy Haunted House Gift Set Review

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Is it me or is Halloween thee best holiday evers? Halloween for me is what Christmas must be to the rest of the population! I simply adore it!

It’s not everyday I run across many products in the cosmetic world that have a Halloween theme! So, of course, I’m super excited about the Philosophy Haunted House Gift Set which includes three great shower gels!

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I’m possibly the only one that totally digs the cute little skeleton hand creeping up from the dirt! Ahh so cute and creepy!
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When I opened the box it was like pure childhood! All the smells combined created this spicy, warm Fall scent that really put me in the mood for the colder weather ahead!
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The Muse likey! Halloween, shower gels, cute packaging…yup, I feel a Muse Approval coming on here!

In honor of Philosophy uber cute Haunted House Gift Set I did a short little MuseTV video for you guys! Excited? Me too!

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The kit includes three, 3-1 shower gels in various Halloween and Fall themed scents. You’ll get Pumpkin Spice, Black Licorice, and Caramel Apple. Philosophy has gotten particularly better as of late with the scents of it’s newer shower gels and I’m particularly pleased with these three. Pumpkin Spice combines that warm, spicy pumpkin scent that makes you feel all cozy inside, Black Licorice is spot on and my favorite of the bunch, and Caramel Apple is a beautiful cocktail of sugary caramel and tart apple! My stomach is growling already! I may tip the bottle into my mouth at this point.

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I’ve reviewed Philosophy Shower Gels prior to this but I will remind you that they are brilliant multitaskers which allow you to use them as a shower gel, shampoo, and a bubble bath too! They sud up wonderfully well and offer a guilt free shower experience minus the calories of actually eating all those Halloween treats!

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Philosophy Haunted House is available now at www.philosophy.com do have a visit and don’t forget that these come in full size too if your sweet tooth happens to be extra big you might want to indulge in the 16 oz versions!

Check out the What’s New section and spot the matching lip shines and the new Cookie Exchange Gift Set! That one is screaming to the Muse, “buy me! buy me!”.

The Muse loves Philosophy Haunted House Gift Set and highly recommends nabbing one before it’s too late!

Muse Approval for this set!

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Boo to you from the Muse and Happy Early Halloween!

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