Skincare

Body Beautiful: Summer Must Haves For Beautifying Your Body from Head to Toes


If you’re looking for some fab finds to get your body beautiful for the Summer do click ahead to enjoy a slew of scrubs, shower gels, lotions, and potions to spoil yourself with this Summer. All of ‘em are on the Muse’s Summer Must Have list!

Get your body beautiful!

It’s no secret I like minty products. Anything that smells like mint you can count me in. It’s particularly nice in Summer when you’re taking a shower and enjoying a minty body wash or a shampoo as it gives you that cooling, tingling sensation to keep you nice and cool while the weather is humid and hot! Check out some of my fav minty pics for Summer!

Lush Ice Blue Shampoo ($25.95 USD from Lush)

What Lush Says About It:
A Revitalizing mint, scape stimulating minty and a bit more mint just to make sure! Shampoo to refresh your head and put a bit of life back into your hair. Wash, Rinse. And that’s about it!

What the Muse Says About It:
Minty spearmint refreshes your hair and scalp with a burst of coolness that rinses a long day of hot Summer right out of your hair!

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Hair Mint-Infused Shampoo and Conditioner (Two for $10 at Bath and Body Works)

What They Say About It:
Mint Infused shampoo and conditioner for all hair types to leave hair shiny and manageable while imparting moisture and nourishment. Formulated with invigorating Peppermint, this replenishing hair treatment energizes hair while leaving it refreshed and healthy.

What The Muse Says About It:
A cooling blast of peppermint tingles through your scalp while getting hair clean and soft! Love that burst of crisp coolness on a humid morning! Just the ticket to get me to wake up.

We all know I have a serious addiction to shower gels. I’m a self confessed shower gel collector of some sort or another and tons of these crazy bottles line the shelves of my washroom closet. How sad. Here are a few of my Summer loves!

Jaqua Beauty Pina Colada Shower Syrup ($18 USD from Jaqua Beauty)

What They Have To Say About It:
A fabulous body wash cocktail with pineapple and ginseng for soft, hydrated skin. This richly lathering shower syrup leaves skin clean, smooth, and silky. Best of all, the pineapple, coconut fragrance will turn your shower into a vacation. Escape!

What The Muse Says About It:
Pina Colada just spells Summer! This one is a true treat for the shower. Syrup is a great way to explain it as the formula is such a rich, ooey, gooey texture that softens my skin and scents it with the luscious, juicy smell of pineapples with a hint of coconut. Yum!

Johnson’s SoftWash 2-in-1 Shower and Shave Moisturizing Wash (Available at drugstores $4.99 USD

What They Have To Say About It:
A body wash that combines gentle cleansing and smoothing saving in the shower. This new body wash works in two ways to leave skin cleansed, moisturized, and bath smooth after saving.

What The Muse Says About It:
Mmmm! A bright, fresh scent that creates luxurious lather in my shower. It makes me smell fresh and clean plus it gets my entire body soft and silky smooth. And hey it double tasks as a shaving agent plus did I mention it’s cheap as day old chips?

Tame the locks I say. Humidity sets in and frizz follows after. If you happen to need a bit and a bob to keep your hair in place and together check out my pick for keeping Summer out of your hair.

Bloom Energy Liquid Body Wash ($15.49 USD at Shared Secrets)

What They Say About It:
Soothing fragrance awakens your senses. Skin is revitalized with a refreshing herbal cleanser infused with carefully selected plants and herb essences.

What The Muse Says About It:
Bloom Bath and Body products have been on my shelves for a very long, long time. Energy happens to be my favorite scent from Bloom and utterly Summer friendly with it’s crisp, herbal citrus scent it’s a sure favorite. I just wish Bloom wasn’t so bloody difficult to locate!

Soap & Glory Hair Supply ($9.99 USD at Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
A Super Gloss-Giving Radiance and Repair Mask Treatment for All Hair Types that leaves hair smooth and shiny while coating and controlling split ends.

What The Muse Says About It:
It has that signature Soap & Glory scent that I so dearly love and it keeps the frizz right out of my hair, ’nuff said.

Everyone wants beach hair but some of us just want to keep the beach (and possibly the pool) out of our hair. Check out my picks for keeping your hair squeaky clean after days of laze at the pool and at the beach!


Lush Big Shampoo ($21.35 USD from Lush)

What They Have To Say About It:
New life affirming shampoo for more shine that you thought possible. Dull hair turns into traffic stopping shiny, silky hair with a formula featuring raw salt, seaweed, and lime juice.

What The Muse Says About It:
If you want your hair to whistle after you clean you’d best try out Lush Big. This is possibly the best clarifying treatment you’ll ever come across in this life and your next. But please, if you dye your hair, beware!

Lush Retread ($22.35 from Lush)

What They Have to Say About It:
Specially enhanced triple strength conditioner. Seamlessly combines soya milk, yoghurt, and fresh melon. Tempting to use a handful so do it!

What The Muse Says About It:
Let me tell you after using Big you’ll need a healthy dose of Retread to get locks back in the calm. This super conditioner makes hair soft, manageable, and fresh smelling!

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo
($19.50 USD from Lush)

What They Have To Say About It:
Absolutely Gorgeous Coconut and Vanilla Conditioning Shampoo. To control thick, curly hair and make it soft, shiny, and smooth this deeply moisturizing, emollient shampoo is made of 15% coconut!

What The Muse Says About It:
Curly locks? No problem, your solution awaits you with a tub of Curly Wurly. Adds just enough weight to hair to keep curls soft, smooth, and frizz free plus it has chunks and chunks of shredded coconut…doesn’t coconut so remind you of Summer?

Your legs and arms aren’t hiding away anymore. Summer is here and your skin is on display alot more. You’ll need a scrub or two and a good moisturizer to keep all those rough bits smooth and soft! Check out my favs!

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub ($16.99 USD from Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
Use Sugar Crush in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly depending on your scaliness (make it four if you’ve ever been labeled old lizard legs!).

What The Muse Says About It:
Smells just like a cool 7-Up! Fresh, Crisp, and Effervescent this scrub gets rough bits smooth and silky once again! When can we have a matching body lotion S&G?

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter ($14.99 from Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
A body moisturizing formula so virtuous you might swear you’re wearing velvet.

What The Muse Says About It:
Hey kids! It smells like that great Soap and Glory scent…need I say more? Ok, ok I’ll say more. Thick, creamy, and moisturizing, now I really need not say more, you get it.

We all like to smell sweet and pretty but how about our hair? It’s just as important isn’t it? Try out my top pick to get locks smelling sweet!

Make Me Smooth Make My Hair Smell Deelish Perfume Detangling Mist for Hair (Available from Make Me Smooth for $9.99)

What They Have To Say About It:
This refreshing Body & Hair mist is super duper for leaving the body fresh, and amazing at detangling the hair. Leaves your skin and hair lightly scented after a shower or bath.

What The Muse Says About It:
It’s customizable! Available in over 100 different scents, god I love variety. Plus you can use it on hair and body, god I love multitasking products! What more does one need? My favs? Snowcakes, a Lush Snowcake dupe and Georgia’s A Peach, sweet, juicy peach scent!

Mmm swine flu. It somehow woke the world up to the evolution of washing your hands. The Muse is a chronic hand washer already but thankfully the rest of the population is finally catching up. Check out my pick for getting my hands nice and clean!

Soap and Glory Wash Your Hands Of It ($9.99 USD from Target)

What They Have To Say About It:
Shea butter and silky soft liquid hand wash with soothing lime tree blossom and a built-in skin conditioner!

What The Muse Says About It:
You know the drill….it smells like Soap and Glory…shrug…sorry it’s true.

Check below for my favorite picks to get feet in shape for sandals this Summer!

Frills Hey, Sugar Pineapple Sugar Hand and Foot Scrub

What They Have To Say About It:
Who knew the pineapples and sugar cane of Hawaii could be this good for your hands and feet. Blended into this moisturizing gel scrub, they’re the ultimate exfoliating treat for smooth, sweet hands and feet!

What They Muse Has To Say About It:
It’s cheap and it comes in single packs! 50 cents per a pack baby! w00t! Check your local drugstores for these as they are normally on end caps (or on Evil-bay too in lots of 3 or more). At 50 cents they are a steal plus it’s a slice and use packet which can be tossed after use. No mess, no fuss, just goodness for getting feet into tip top shape for your flip flops!

Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer ($5.49 USD At Drugstore.com)

What They Have To Say About It:
4 in 1 Cleanses, exfoliates, massages and moisturizes with glycerin, olive oil, shea butter, and eucalyptus.

What I Have To Say About It:
Oh hai cheapness! This cheap little foot scrubber is ideal for getting feet in fine form for the warm weather. Simply wet the sponge to release a cream lather and begin scrubbing the bottom of feet and heels. Gets them super smooth, super fast!

Time to shave the legs. You may have been hiding your hairy legs under heavy jeans and sweats this Winter but now it’s time to get rid of that fuzz. Check out one of my top picks for getting the closest shave this season!

Rolling Razor Pomegranate Shaving Cream ($8.95 USD at Rolling Razor)

What They Have To Say About It:
Underarm irritation is a thing of the past. Our saving cream is hands down the softest and creamiest on the market. Formulated with antioxidant-rich pomegranate, one of nature’s oldest anti-aging resources, the Rolling Razor Shaving Cream later leaves even the difficult skin soft and silky smooth

What The Muse Says About It:
Fruity and lush this luxurious shaving cream makes my legs silky smooth and gives me an incredibly smooth shave. Likey!

Top picks for Summer scents? I has ‘em! Check below to see what fragrances I adore for Summer!


Harajuku Lovers Fragrance G ($45 USD from Sephora)

What They Have To Say About It:
Never one to get lost in the crowd, G leads her crew in a white, corseted top and a blue miniskirt la Alice in Wonderland. Quirky, unique, and undeniably cool, G is the leader of the pack. Her scent is an oriental, fruity, gourmand fragrance with notes of fresh coconut, jasmine, and cotton woods.

What They Muse Says About It:
A blend of hot coconut with hints of fruit, jasmine, and just a touch of musk make G my very favorite Summer blend. It simply smells like Summer and the beach.

Demeter Sex on the Beach ($20 USD from Demeter)

What They Have To Say About It:
Sex on the Beach Cocktail, a sensory sensation; an inviting and refreshing combination of Vodka, unsweetened Pineapple Juice, a touch of Raspberry liquor, a hint of Melon liquor and a splash of Cranberry.

What The Muse Says About It:
Pineapples, raspberry, melon, and a certain tart twang make this scent ideal for Summer time lovin’!

Demeter Swimming Pool ($20 USD from Demeter)

What They Have To Say About It:
A soft, watery, natural ozone scent…wrapped in a fresh cotton towel…

What They Muse Says About It:
Watery, refreshing, and fresh this one definitely reminds me of a cool dip in the pool!

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell (3 for $24 or 7 for $35 from Victoria’s Secret)

What They Have To Say About It:
Lush blend of peach, cherry blossom and white jasmine.

What The Muse Says About It:
Do I really need to wax poetry about Love Spell? An age old classic that graces my fragrance library year round.

C.O. Bigelow Lemon Eau de Parfum ($34.50 from Bath and Body Works)

What They Have To Say About It:
This freshly scented Eau de Parfum is inspired by our most-loved, favorite original formulary, Lemon Body Cream. The pure, sparkling Lemon fragrance blends effervescent citrus notes with green lemon leaves and sensual, creamy undertones of warm white musk.

What The Muse Says About It:
Even though the scent fails to last more than two hours this parfum is making it’s way to my top Summer pick this year. The crisp, refreshing, fruity yet tart blend of lemons is enough to make any girl happy. Love, love, love it!

These are just a few of my favorites for getting my body beautiful this Summer season. They are all currently topping my favorite list and items that I use daily. Lord knows it’s difficult weeding through a sea of product and latching on to a favorite but these are definitely making a guest starring appearance on my Summer Must Have List.

What’s making your body beautiful this Summer?

I look forward to hearing your picks!

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Beauty Most Unusual: Deluscious Cookies and Borba

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The Muse digs cookies. Mmm cookies and milk, good stuff. You know DeLuscious looks like they make seriously good looking cookies. The Muse can get on board with good looking cookies.

But get this….their cookies happen to be laced with something other than the typical ingredients you’d find in your standard chocolate chip variety.

Click it to find out what’s inside these cookies!

Considering Borba has bottled up tropical juices with anti-aging, clarifying, replenishing, and other goodies for your skin it was only a matter of time that they got to the cookies.

Come to the darkside…we have cookies…cookies with good for your skin ingredients. Ok, be right there!

Deluscious has teamed up with Borba to create a line of vitamin-enhanced oatmeal raisin and chocolate white chocolate toffee cookies (that’s chocolate twice peeps obviously this is serious skincare we are talkin’ here) to help your skin look flawless. Look at that? I’m so printing this out and taking it over to my mum’s who proclaimed how bad chocolate was for my skin when I was a growing teenage girl.

I think the promise of a cookie that creates flawless skin could be a bit much but I’m willing to try, for the sake of beauty, etc…not because I like cookies mind you.

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Here’s the scoop, the cookies contain antioxidants and nutrients such as acia and noni berries plus vitamins B3, B6, and B12 plus Flaxseed. I honestly get a bit too much Flaxseed in my diet (I’m addicted but that’s a story for another day) so I might be over doing it by indulging in these.

But hey sure sounds like a cure all for your body and your skin! You can get half a dozen from Deluscious for $24.95 USD, milk is sold separately.

As for the Muse she’s still debating if this is Beauty Most Unusual or something that could actually work.

I’m leaning towards a tad unusual for now.

What do you think?

Would you like your cookies laced with skincare and a side of Flaxseed?

Tell the Muse!

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Victoria’s Secret Pool Party Nail Paint Swatch and Review

The Muse is boldly going where no Muse has gone before. To the land of nail polish….yes it happens occasionally, the Muse ventures outside her comfort zone and takes on exciting new cosmetics like nail polish.


Remember kids, the Muse knows nothing about nail polish, isn’t an expert of any kind, and is only doing this post for a little fun.

Click ahead to check out Victoria’s Secret Limited Edition Pool Party Nail Paint.

I swear I’m having nightmares someone is going to ask me some techy nail polish question like what finish this is or something equally important and I won’t know how to answer. I’m truly a n00b when it comes to polish (be gentle) so I really can’t review this proper for you however I did want to show you this funky fun shade from the Victoria’s Secret Pool Party Collection I was telling you about last week!


There are a total of four shades available and the one I’m sportin’ today is called Clemenshine. The other shades I didn’t haul but this particular color did appeal for whatever reason so I just snagged it with the rest of my treasures as it seemed such a fun, funky shade for Summer. It’s a bright, true orange so indeed it fairly shouts Summer! These are 3 for $15 which you can mix and match with other items in the collection so I guess not too badly priced? I’m not sure how much does polish cost anyway? I don’t normally buy polish aside from a few select Chanel shades and when I have my weekly pedi I get whatever is hanging out on the rack or I steal something from my sis.

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If you’re looking for bold, neon shades this Summer, I’d check these out as they seem quite fresh and fun for the warmer weather.

Hope my first official nail post wasn’t too bad, wink!

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Urban Decay Summer 2009: Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Shimmer Lotion Review & Swatches

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy is possibly my favorite shadow of all time which is why I’m always excited when they introduce it in different formats. A new shade of it, in glitter liner format, in a lipstick, etc….

To put a twist on my Summer, Urban Decay has introduced my favorite shadow shade into a lotion. Oh. my. god. Loves it!


Jump ahead to hear me squeal about the joys of Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion.

Urban Decay you cheeky little monkey! You know just how to make a girl squeal like a little girl on Christmas morning. Meet Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion:


Hello lover!

Ok, let me tell you a secret. The Muse wasn’t paying attention the first time she got the good word of this lotion and for some odd reason she was under the impression it was a tiny bottle, like maybe, I dunno, 2 oz in size or less. I dunno why I was thinking that. Doh!

It’s actually a whopping 7oz! It’s a big bottle! Likey! Enough lotion in here to get you through Summer without probs but the Muse thinks you’d best stock up anyway as hey, you can never have too much shimmer in your life.

First off we need sniff-o-vision around here because I’m sincerely dying for you to take a whiff of this if you haven’t already. It’s tropical, coconut gorgeousness. Think of tanning oil but with a softer edge. Beautiful, glorious scent! They call the scent milk and honey I call it hot Summer night!

Now the formula is a super light, paraben-free, fast absorbing lotion that leaves skin with a delicate veil of golden shimmer. I thought the sparkle was very subtle, very pretty, and perfectly golden. If you’re a huge fan of shimmering lotions but aren’t always thrilled with the overkill of sparkle this is sure to please as it’s very sheer. It’ll look glorious on a tan that’s for sure. Use it on legs, arms, shoulders, wherever you want a golden sparkling sheen of Midnight Cowboy.


All this Muse can say is ride ‘em cowboy!

Loves it!

Total Muse Approval for purchase. You needs it, ’nuff said.

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Anyone try yet?

Wanting to?

Tell the Muse!

If you need it, you know you want it, get it at Sephora and Urban Decay right now.

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Beauty News: Soap and Glory Skincare Now At Target

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I blogged about Soap & Glory Skincare in January being widely available in Boots, across the pond, in the far UK. I recall ranting a tad bit about how it would take two years and a mule to get it over to our side of the pond. I’m happy to report that it’s now available at Target. I was at Target last Sunday and happened across it. Joy! I picked up a few bits to review for you but if you can’t wait you can snag it for yourself at your local Target as it’s widely available as of now in the US, bless be to the Soap & Glory gods!

Anyone see it at their Target yet?

Wanting to indulge?

Tell the Muse!

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