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Another Year, Another Birthday for Lilith

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Captain Lilith and her First Mate

It’s my favorite time of the year. Fall, leaves, pumpkins, my own upcoming birthday, and of course, Lilith’s birthday! Lilith is the daughter of Elizabeth and Ted, co-founders of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. If you’ve been reading Musings of a Muse for a while you likely have read reviews on perfume oils from the Lab that date back as far as 2007. I’ve been buying, collecting, and wearing perfume oils from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for around 10 years now and one of my favorite seasonal collections from them is the limited edition Halloween fragrances. Six years ago Beth gave birth to a gorgeous little girl and each year she celebrates the joy of motherhood (and Ted the joy of fatherhood) with a selection of limited edition fragrances that are truly treasured scents and very worth hauling.

For me they are particularly delightful scents because many of them are foody in nature and I’m all about sweet, foody, and fruity scents. Not only do I enjoy the oils but I’m always terribly touched by the lovely blurbs of memories that Elizabeth and Ted write for each perfume oil describing special moments and milestones in Lilith’s life!

So here we are yet another year with another round of lovely birthday perfume oils in honor of Lilith.

If you’re a lover of perfume oils you’ll adore some of these scents!


Sonia Kashuk Ombre Obsessed Brush Set Review

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Sonia Kashuk releases some fine brush sets from season to season. Sometimes it’s really difficult not to go to Target every single season and pick up all her limited edition brush sets. You have to remind yourself, “Wait, I have enough makeup brushes do I really need more?” Typically as I’m asking myself that question I’m also convincing myself how it wouldn’t hurt to own ONE more set right?

And how could I say no to this Sonia Kashuk Ombre Obsessed Brush Set, I mean, ombre right? That’s excuse enough yes?


Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Satin Kiss Lipstick Review & Swatches

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The Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Satin Kiss Lipstick are a new limited edition collection of lipsticks that Ciate London collaborated on with American socialite, Olivia Palermo. Ciate’s Makeup Collection just launched recently and is still very much in its infancy stages but honestly, that hasn’t stopped the brand from introducing a steam of brand new products each season.

For Fall 2015, they teamed up with Olivia to create a gorgeous selection of warm, natural, nude shades for eyes and lips that was highly flattering for the season.

One of the things that jumped up at me when I originally saw the promotional images for the Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Makeup Collection was the gorgeous nude lip that Olivia was sporting. I think her whole makeup looking was very appealing to me as she had a warm, natural sultry eye with a pop of color on her cheeks and a delicate nude lip that brought it all together. Upon seeing those images I was instantly excited about seeing the lipsticks in person for myself. I feel like I don’t have enough great nude lipstick shades and when I do for ones I love I tend to hoard them away.

Why you might ask? Well, I just feel like a nude lip can prove difficult to pull off and finding that perfect shade to achieve the looks can sometimes prove difficult.

The Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Satin Kiss Lipstick brings together four gorgeous shades, three of which are incredibly pretty nudes.

Let’s take a look!


Urban Decay Vice 4 Now Available At Ulta

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The Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette (Review & Swatches) is now available at Ulta.com.

Happy Shopping!

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Buxom Holiday 2015 Gift Sets

Buxom Don't Miss A beat Full-On Lip Polish Collection

You’ve already previewed the new Buxom Leave Your Mark Full-On Lip Polish & Lip Cream Set for Holiday 2015 but there’s another new gift set arriving from Buxom for the Holidays!

So here’s a look at both Buxom Holiday 2015 Gift Sets!