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Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Set

Ah something to make the Muse happy icon smile

A gift set that contains her most favorite Philosophy shower gel that makes a special appearance every Holiday Season! The Sugar Plum Fairy!

You can get both the gloss and a shower gel in this Nordstrom Exclusive set for $16!

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Sugar Plum Fairy is a bit deceiving (at least for me she is). I originally purchased my first bottle two seasons ago off the Philosophy website without knowing what she smelled like! In my minds eye I had assumed she’d be a spicy sort of scent boy was I wrong! She’s quite fruity and sweet! Some people may find she smells a bit plastic like but I really enjoy the smell! It’s very difficult to explain exactly what it smells like! It smells almost like some sort of fruity gum or candy with a faint, faint underlay of pineapple. It’s so yum and I buy it every year!

The lipgloss is a complete contradiction to the scent of the shower gel! Go firgure! This is what I had originally thought the shower gel would smell like! It’s spicy and warm and almost gingerbread like but not quite (real gingerbread not Philosophy’s version of gingerbread!).

I purchase it every year and at $16 for the gloss and an 8oz bottle of Shower Gel it’s back on my wish list for another season! Especially for gift giving reasons!

In celebration of Sugar Plum Fairy’s return I cracked open my last bottle I purchased last year! Ahhh now I can safely use it (without fear it wasn’t making a come back) and stash up on some more!

Tis the season to smell fruity and delicious!

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Philosophy Essential Oil Sets

Remember way back in the day when The Body Shop had essential oils for relieving stress, waking you up, calming you, etc…

I remember being in High School at the time and one in particular that my friends and I had toted around was a wake up temple oil that smelled of cooling peppermint. You’d take it and place a bit on the temples of your head and on the pulses of your wrist and supposedly this would keep you awake through long lectures (in my case it was the religious study ones that put me out like a light! I went to an all girls private catholic school which meant an hour and a half of religious instruction twice a week!).

Anyway.

Philosophy has recaptured this idea and are selling essential oil sets. I find the entire idea sort of intriguing. Especially since the descriptions sound really interesting! Logically speaking I don’t think the smell of lavender is going to make me sleep but hey at least it comes in a cute gift box right?

They have two sets available with two oils per gift set (.12oz) for $25.

Philosophy ‘Stuffies & Stressies’
has two oils with congestion-relieving eucalyptus to give you the pick me up you need during the yucky flu season!

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Of course ‘Stuffies and Stressies also promises to relieve anxiety and stress! The Muse needs a liter of this stuff as her anxiety and stress levels are full on lately.

Obviously, I’m not buying the stress and anxiety relief but I am intrigued to see if it helps my stuffy nose during a harsh cold!

Philosophy ‘Sleepies & Weepies’ is another set the Muse can use as it promises to fight fatigue *yawn*! It also happens to ease depression and make you happy! And just as I was saying earlier, it does all this through the cooling scent of peppermint and citrus oils!

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Cool right?

Well the bad news is if you’re depressed, tired, feeling stressed, or just sad I hate to say it but I doubt essential oils are going to help but the good news is these make damn cute novelty gifts icon wink

Wanna relieve your stuffies, stressies, sleepies and weepies? Head on over to Nordstrom to purchase these cute gift sets for yourself!

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The Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals 2007

I’m backkkkkkk!

Last weekend I had missed the Steals and Deals of the week but this weekend I’m back with some great finds just for you!

Click over and print out this coupon for a Free Wallflower or Scentport Starter Kit from Bath and Body Works! Get your home smelling lovely and hey it’s free! $15 Value!

Head on over to QVC and add a quad of Philosophy lipglosses into your cart for $33! These normally retail for $10 each but you can get all four for $33 (Item Number A12627). The kit includes lemonade, mint, apple, and coconut! And while you’re at it you might want to sneak on over and check out the Muse’s review on these glosses prior to purchasing!

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Since you’re at QVC browsing around for lipglosses on sale why not indulge your sweet tooth and check out their newest three in one shower gel duo for $30! You’ll get both Sweet Creamy Frosting and Red Velvet Cake with this kit! Mmmmm!

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And hey, the Muse advises and says that it’s never to early for Christmas shopping! So check out Item Number A5322 for a fab deal! This is a trio of full size (16oz) Philosophy Three in One shower gels with cute gift bags! The Muse purchased a few of these last year for various Christmas gifts, grab bags, etc..and they were a huge success! And at the price of $35 bucks for all three they come cheap (That’s less than $12 each!) The Muse advises purchasing these prior to November as last year they sold out and were on wait list forever! So grab ‘em while the grabbing is good! They make great gifts as a set or given away indivdually!

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Lush wants you naked! Head on over to Lush and purchase any two of their bare-ly wrapped products and get the third absolutely free! Promo Code: BARENAKED

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Keep your brows in order for free! Beauty.com will include a free Anastasia brow gel with any purchase!

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Enjoy Free Shipping from Sasa with any $50 Purchase! Did the Muse happen to mention how much she LOVES free shipping?

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Burt’s Bees happens to be one of the Muse’s favorite brands and it’s on sale at Drugstore.com! 30% Off All Burt’s Bees Stock plus Free Shipping!

Bobodave is offering 10% off All Sofina Stock from September 24th to the 30th. Discount will be refunded after purchase.

Glossy Lips anyone? Get a double ended gloss wand with any $50 Benefit purchase free! Enter Coupon Code GLOSSIX2 to receive your free gloss!

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Grab yourself Free Shipping and a Free Full Size product of your choice if you spend $39.50 at Beach Girl Beauty.

It’s not beauty but it is Bollywood! If you happen to love Hindi films, like me, the Muse advises you to click over to Nehaflix to nab some great deals on Bollywood DVD’s and receive Free Shipping with your order of $30 or more!

Nordstrom is giving away a soft traincase full of goodies to Lancome customers who spend $35 or more! Now might be a good time to nab yourself some of the Limited Edition Mystery Game goodies to get your free traincase!

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Happy Weekend! See you Monday!

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The Weekend Beauty Shopper

I’m away this weekend but I do believe taking a second out of my busy schedule to type up this Weekend’s Steals and Deals is always in order!

Don’t you agree?

This weekend the Muse recommends heading over to Sasa for your beauty crack! Lots to be had on sale over at Sasa and Free Shipping too on orders of $50 or more!

Some of the Steals and Deals to be had at Sasa:

Bourjois Maxi Frange Maximum Length And Volume Mascara This mascara comes with the Muse’s highest recommendation and at $10.90 it also comes cheap! This retails for $19 at Sephora so you’ll be saving yourself $9! Yay!

Lavshuca Single Eyeshadows are $8.80

Majolica Majorca eyeshadows are available for $8 Sadly colors are extremely limited but if you have a hardcore lemming these are a pretty ok deal! They aren’t jacked up too much price wise compared to the original price of $5 or so each Japan side!

If I were you and I was in a bit of a shopping mood I’d click my mouse over to Drugstore.com and take advantage of the sale they have!

$5 off $30 plus free shipping

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$10 off $50 plus free shipping

Drugstore.com is also having a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale which can be combined with the above deals (You’ll find a few goodies in this sale! Rimmel Mascara, Neutrogena Face Soap, Etc…)! Wahoooooo savings all around!

Might the Muse recommend THIS for your cart?

Macy’s likes us to be happy shoppers so they are offering a free deluxe sample of Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake 3 in 1 Shower Gel with a 2 product Philosophy purchase!

Since you’re at Macy’s anyway you might want to check out the Estee Lauder counter and score Free Shipping if you purchase $50 in products! Use coupon code LAUDERAUG to take advantage of Free Shipping!

If you’re lemming the Mystery Game Collection now might be a good time to get it and get something free! Lancome is offering a free sample duo with any purchase! The duo includes Definicils High Definition Mascara and Bi-facil Eye Makeup Remover (The Muse uses this and recommends it for eye makeup removal).

That’s it for this Weekend’s Beauty Steals and Deals! Enjoy your weekend! Happy Labor Day (and Happy Shopping at all the Labor Day Sales!)

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Picking Apart My Best Feature

I don’t have many good features. To me my entire body, face, and everything in between just isn’t what I want! If I could, I’d change it all in a flash! But I can’t sadly and I’m stuck with my lot in life icon wink

I have a hard time picking out my best feature but after some careful consideration I have to say my best feature would have to be my skin! My skin is just good, period.

I had fantastic teenager years with it and nary a problem! I had lovely twenties years with it and nary a problem there either! And finally I’m heading into 30 (Hell, I’ll go right ahead and blow my own horn here! I don’t look a day over 20! Some people think I’m all of 16 or 17! I get carded when buying movie tickets! I stopped at the Clinique counter in Macy’s once and had the Makeup Artist ask me where my mummy was and please to not touch the lipsticks!! I’m looking forward to 60 when I’ll look 30 hehehe) soon and so far, tap wood, it’s a ok!

Now I can’t take credit for it at all! My good skin has everything to do with a great skin care products! Some of which I discussed in my video!

My main skincare has been Lush for quite a while now! I used to use Clinique and after that Philosophy (I still am a philosophy girl in some aspects of my cleaning routine)! I’ve used quite a few products that have never fully worked for me! But I must say Lush has been very good to my skin and I’ve come out with blemish free, smooth, lovely skin all the way around!

Lush skincare has an adapting period, it’s the same with Lush haircare. When I say adapt it simply means your skin has to grow accustomed to a moisturizer/toner/cleanser/etc…that’s has some to no preservatives! Your skin will thank you within a month’s time of developing a good skincare routine with Lush however it does need to a bit of time to work!

All my Lush is purchased from the Lush UK website! If you have the means to do so I highly recommend you too get it from there as well, shipping isn’t as expensive as you may think plus it actually evens itself out as the products UK side are cheaper and by the time you add in shipping you are paying equal or sometimes even less than an order you’d do here stateside. I find the products on the other side of the pond fresher, with a different texture, and just better all around!

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To go over my main skincare routine I’ll do a morning and a evening routine for you.

My skincare in the morning consists of:

In the Shower:
Baby Face All over my face
Rinse
Sweet Japanese Girl rubbed on my nose
Rinse
Ocean Salt Scrubbed all over my face (Three Times a Week no Coalface used the days I use Ocean Salt)
Coalface scrubbed all over my face (4 Times a Week No Ocean Salt the days I use Coalface)

Out of the Shower:
Prep Skin with Tea Tree Oil (If it’s a humid, hot day)
Prep Skin with Breath of Fresh Air (If it’s a cooler day)
Moisturize with Gorgeous (If it’s a summer day or hot day)
Skins Shangra La (If it’s a winter day)
Apply Makeup
Done

My Skincare in the Evening consists of:
Remove Eye Makeup with Lancome Eye Makeup Remover
Wash Face with Philosophy Purity
Rinse
Angels on Bare Skin Work Into Paste and Scrub Onto Face
Rinse
Follow with Fresh Farmacy
Rinse
Depending on how try my skin is I’ll use Skin Shangra La or When Hope is Not Enough as my night cream
Apply Enchanted Eye Cream
Done

It seems like one too many steps but in the end it does pay off! My skin has never looked so good thanks to Lush and I can’t begin to say how great the skincare line is! If you’re interested in trying it but not buying it you can stop into your local Lush for some samples of the products! They are happy to decant small amounts into tiny containers to take home with you to sample out! They’ll also gladly cut you off slices of Fresh Fharmacy and Coalface to try!

If you’d like to try the skincare routine out but not invest a ton of money they have some really cute portable skincare kits!

These kits are 19.99 and include a variety of skincare products to try out in mini size! Two Kits are currently available and they are for normal skin and combo/dry skin!

The kits are available stateside only so if you’re placing an order with Lush UK these are unavailable at this time! I’m doubtful Mark (Lush’s Founder and Owner) would even consider adding these to the UK lineup as he is big on minimal packaging and very conscious of the enviroment. These use a bit more packaging than the normal range of products which isn’t what Lush UK stands for! So..if you love these…you’ll need to do an order from Lush NA!

Please keep in mind all products from Lush expire within a years time! All products are very fresh with little to no preservatives added which give them a shelf life of about a year! I store my perishable Lush in a mini fridge I have for Skincare. Some items such as Angels on Bare Skin, Face Masks, and a few other bits are only good for about 4-5 months. I have found as long as you don’t get Angels on Bare Skin wet you can keep it around for a good 8 months or more!

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Fresh Farmacy Slices
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Fresh Farmacy Wet and Lathered Up!
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Fresh Farmacy is purchased in any size you want! Soaps and some skincare products are purchased in different sizes at Lush! It’s much like walking into a deli and asking for a slice of this or that! Soap is cut to your size specifications, weighted, wrapped and purchased! Fresh Farmacy comes in a large wheel and is cut to the size you’d like! Normally online the sizes are 3.5oz chunks which in my opinion is plenty enough to last you a good 5 to 6 months! When I get my chunk I cut it into slices and use the chunks one at a time. You can use the entire bar but I prefer small slices! Basically I use this as my last step of the cleaning process prior to moisturizing in the evenings! Some people feel that it leaves a film on your face afterwards and they use a toner to remove it but I don’t I just apply my moisturize and that’s about it! I like the film it leaves behind it makes me feel like it’s working! My forehead is somewhat oily and prone to small breakouts this clears it right up! If you have mild, medium, or even severe acne this is a great product for clearing up your woes!

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Coalface Wet and Lathered Up! See the little grains of coal?
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Coalface is something I use on a regular day to day base! I use it more days than Ocean Salt because I find it’s more gentle. Ocean Salt is more of a course scrub where as Coalface is more of a gentle exfoliator that you can use daily without feeling like you’re over doing it! It does indeed contain really tiny grains of coal in it and the smell may or may not appeal to you! I’ve grown to love the scent! It seems primitive but it’s actually very effective in drying your face up if you’re prone to oily skin and it’s also wonderful for any minor acne problems you may have! I use it on my entire face to scrub away flaky skin! I works really well but do be careful as it will dry your skin out a tiny bit more than you want it too! This is sold “off the block” and cut into sizes as I explained above with Fresh Farmacy.

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Awww she isn’t so sweet in this picture is she?

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She’s quite a good piece of skincare for your beauty arsenal! I love nose strips! Use ‘em all the time and swear by ‘em! However, nose strips sometimes don’t always get the really deeply embedded blackheads and clogged pores on my nose! When they fail to lift that gunk away I turn to this sweet little girl to wipe them all away! She’s quite simple to use! Best $10 you’ll spend in this life! She has two sides, a softer side and a grainy hard side! Basically you swipe her grainy, hard side over your nose a few times you then flip her over and swipe her soft side over your nose rubbing in circular motions to get the grains working into your nose! This loosens any blackheads you may have and those little nasties will wash away with warm water! Presto! Easy as 1-2-3! This takes a bit of work and may even take 2-5 uses before you see them disappear but upon using her day to day you’ll notice less and less blackheads! Mainly she keeps to my nose area and the sides of my nose but some people choose to use her all over the face area! She’s too harsh for me to use everywhere so I stick to my nose!

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Ahh Baby Face! Sweet Japanese Girl’s little brother! This guy is the same formula as Sweet Japanese Girl minus the grainy bits! He’s smooth and melty and can be used all over your face for some much needed moisture during cold winter months when you skin feels just a little too tight for your face! He’s filled with lovely shea butter that melts upon contact with hot water! Some people choose to use him without water I find he melts better with it! This is perfect for rubbing in between my brow area where I get a bit of dry skin from plucking my brows! He’s quite greasy and oily but with a little hot water it’ll all wash away leaving your skin wonderfully smooth! He’s no good for you if your skin is very oily but if you’re a combo skin type or a dry skin type he’s perfect and he’ll love your skin! With Sweet Japanese Girl and Baby Face I stock up about 6-7 of these prior to April. Reason being is the weather becomes warm and these guys will melt pretty fast when shipped over! So be sure to get a nice little stash into your fridge prior to the warmer months!

Baby Face Prior to losing his face to hot water!

Both fit quite perfect in Lush’s shampoo tins! When I travel or I’m not using them I store them in one! Be sure you dry them out fully prior to slapping them in the tin otherwise you’ll open the tin the next day to a mess!

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Lush carries several facial masks in store which are very fresh! These masks last for about 2-3 weeks stored in your fridge but no longer! All are quite good! Mask of Magnaminity or MoM to her devotees is the only Mask that has a shelf life of about 3 months, can be stored in your medicine cabinet, and is sold via mail order (no other mask is)! I think MoM is so popular because of the scent. It smells like chocolate chip mint ice cream which makes it hugely appealing to the masses! Personally I’ve seen very little results in any skin improvements when using it! It is good for scrubbing away dead skin cells but aside from that I’ve never seen anything more. Some people claim it removes redness from their faces (I don’t suffer from this problem), unclogs pores (never did for me), and removes excess oil (nope still oily after use). I do purchase it randomly when ordering but not as a staple product in my skincare routine! I prefer heading to the Lush shop and picking up a Cupcake fresh mask which smells almost the same, rids me of oily bits, clears my pores, and makes my tired face feel refreshed! The only benefits to MoM is the scent because I’ve never seen it do much for me! Sadly, Lush Fresh Masks are available in store only! But if you happen to live in the UK, as I hope to soon, you can order these online and have them shipped happily to your door! Lush UK does NOT ship Fresh Masks to the US only to UK residents only (anything else it will ship to our little pond but not masks)!

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Angels on Bare Skin is advertised as a facial cleanser. Personally I couldn’t remove make-up with this even if I tried really hard! However, it is a wonderfully gentle exfoliater! I love using this after cleaning my face with Purity! Only a dime size amount is all you need! You take the small amount, add a drop of water, and rub, rub, rub until a paste forms! Apply to your face in circular motions and rinse! Gorgeous skin! This really helps me with any breakouts I have on my forehead and also prevents oily skin on my forehead area! Truly a lovely product! Big thumbs up!

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Gorgeous is Lush’s most posh and pricey moisturizer! This costs about $70 per pot! However, it does last a year through, at least it does for me! $70 a year for a perfect pot of moisturizer isn’t too much to pay for gorgeous skin! Personally I believe that Gorgeous is perfect for all skin types. It’s super light and absorbs very quickly! Doesn’t dry skin out, doesn’t make your skin oily, it does what it says it’ll do which is make your skin gorgeous! It quite smells like Fruit Loops to me which I enjoy icon wink I’ve used plenty of moisturizers and this is by far the best I’ve come across! Keeps my skin very happy!

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Skin Shangra La is Lush’s 2nd most expensive moisturizer but far cheaper to Gorgeous! It’s quite good as a nightcream but I use it mostly in the winter months because my skin is so tight and dry during the cold weather season! If you suffer from dry skin this is your escape to soft, dewy, blissfully moist skin! It’s rather perfect in all ways! But mind yourself and use it sparsely! A dab will do just fine! It’s super emollient which can cause mega oily skin if you aren’t careful with it!

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Ahh Ocean Salt quite a multitasking demon it is! It can be used all over your body! Legs, knees, elbows, and all those rough little areas that need a good healthy scrub! And of course, most important of all, it can be used to scrub away dead skin cells on your face! This works a perfect treat for getting your skin into a state of blushing perfection! I normally use Baby Face prior, rinse a bit, and on goes Ocean Salt for a good hardcore Scrub! This may not be good if you have sensitive skin so try a tiny amount prior to a scoopful! This contains all sorts of goodies! Real, fresh goodies! Coconut, Lime, Lemon oh my! It smells just like a Margarita! Prior to using your Ocean Salt I suggest taking a chop stick inserting it into the jar and giving it a nice stir up! The sea salt on top will be mixed in quite nicely that way! Great for clogged pores, minor pimples, oily skin, and more! As I said, quite the multitasker!

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Ultrabland has disguised itself in this little jar! Shhhhh it’s actually Baby Face but in a different format completely! Not so solid but creamy now icon wink It’s advertised as a cleanser and is quite good at removing eye makeup and general gunk from your face but I mostly use it after cleaning my face with Purity! I use it about three or four times a week during winter months to moisturize my face! Take a tiny amount apply to face and rinse with hot water! Smooth beautiful skin! Not recommended for oily folks!

Two products pictured in my Happy Family shot that I haven’t taken close ups photos of but are worth mentioning would be Tea Tree Oil and Breath of Fresh Air!

Tea Tree Oil is perfect for getting your skin to behave itself when it wants to be oily! Spray prior to moisturizing and you’ll see your skin will be quite matte and wonderful for make-up application! Lasts all day on me and keeps my forehead from becoming a mirror!

Breath of Fresh Air I keep nice and cold in my fridge and I spray it on prior to moisturizing in the winter months! It’s perfect for prepping any skin type for moisturizer!

I think that about covers my favorite skin care products and how I achieve a good illusion of near perfect skin! I hope this helps you make the proper purchase for your skin! I strongly recommend trying Lush out for a week or two and see what your skin feels like after!

I want to know what you think! Do you use Lush now? What are your favorite skincare products? My comment box is at the ready!

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