Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Revitalize Conditioning Body Lotion Review

The Muse has a soft spot in her heart for Crabtree & Evelyn goodies so when she got her hands on a new Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations Conditioning Body Lotion she couldn’t help but feel a bit excited!

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The new Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations line up combines the benefits of 100% essential oils and natural ingredients to create a relaxing blend for both your skin and your senses. The body lotion I received carries the tart scent of lemons with a heavy twang of coriander for a sensory wake you up scent! I actually wish this was a hand lotion as the scent would be ideal for my hands or even for hair. It’s quite invigorating and fresh smelling. You’ll be happy to know that this contains no parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance and many other additives that most body lotions include in their formulas. The lotion glides on well and absorbs beautifully leaving behind the tart sweetness of lemons with just the right amount of coriander. You might think coriander in a body lotion is a bit strange but it goes very well with the lemons creating a rather nice vibrant blend.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations comes in three formulas, Relaxation, Revitalize, and Purify. So far the Revitalize scent is really something I enjoyed trying out…I think I’ll head into the store to try the other blends and see what else is available in the Revitalize range!

Crabtree & Evelyn Aromatherapy Distillations are worth checking out for yourself! So far I’m really enjoying the body lotion! Check out www.crabtree-evelyn.com for further info about this new collection!

Anyone try these?

Love ‘em?

Any favorites from Crabtree & Evelyn?

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Monday Blues

Morning guys!

I’m having a super busy Monday morning and everything that can go wrong…Murphy’s Law… is going wrong.

I’m quite happy that I had such a ridiculously lazy day yesterday which made me nice and well rested to deal with my nutty Monday! It’s been a while since I slept in so I did just that and enjoyed re-watching some of Sweet 18 on DVD and just generally vegetating. I can’t remember the last time I just stayed home on a Sunday and lazed!

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How was your weekend?

I’ll be posting up new reviews shortly but I’m a little behind getting to them! Keep your eyes peeled though as they’ll be here soon. I’m very backed up with e-mail so if you e-mailed I do apologize if I haven’t replied. I have about 800 some odd e-mails in my box at the moment and catching up is a nightmare to say the least. If you need an answer right away to whatever you may have e-mailed just comment and I’ll reply quicker or twitter me! I also have a few comments to get to from last week and this weekend, I’ll get to those soon!

Just wanted to update you for today and hope you aren’t missing your daily dose of Musings too much!

Much love and hugs from your Muse!

Happy Monday!

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Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick Review, Swatches, and FOTD

Remember the Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick I was telling you about? Turns out it’s something rather special! I do so highly suggest checking these out for yourself from Avon as they are truly good and inexpensive to boot!

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Each tube is $4.99 USD and contains a beautiful sparkling shade of highly moisturizing and pigmented lip color. Who can’t love that price? The shades all contain a healthy dose of gold shimmering flecks which ends up intensifying the color of the lipstick and making your lips gleam and shine! Gorgeous!

I tried two shades but I’m heading back for more shortly as truly they are gorgeous. The two colors I tried were Ruby in Gold and Golden Wine. Ruby in Gold is a beautiful deep peach a la my favorite MAC Lipglass Pink Grapefruit (I know, I know you’re tiring of hearing about Pink Grapefruit already!). Now Gold Wine had me terrified when I first seen it! The shade takes vampy up a few notches to say the least. In the tube it’s a deep, dark almost black cherry shade….terrifying….but it applies maroon with tiny flecks of gold! Gorgeous! If you ask which shade I like more I couldn’t possibly say as they are both beautiful.

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For the price and the great quality I’m slapping a Muse Approved sticker on ‘em! I loves ‘em and thinks you will to!

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If you’re looking for that perfect sparkling lippie for the Holiday Season with a nice price tag, look no further Avon Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick has you covered!

Snag yours by clicking here! I still want to try out Golden Raisin, 24K, and Natural Gold for myself! How about you?

Tried these already?

Love ‘em!

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Sephora France Aristo Punk Collection

As always we never get any of the cool stuff…..

Le sigh!

Take a gander at the awesome Sephora France Aristo Punk Collection:

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Oh my god it’s so unfair Sephora on our side of the world doesn’t have these! They totally appeal to the Muse’s inner goth side!

The gloss is violet flavored and although it’s an outrageous purple it applies clear. The blush can double up as an eyeshadow if you so please! The gloss is 8,90 and the blush is 12,90 somewhat expensive so I won’t be bugging anyone to snag these for me in France but I can’t resist the cuteness! Although the Muse is simply TERRIFIED of spiders she loves collecting bits with them on it like jewelry, t-shirts, etc….hey I never said I was normal.

If you’re in France nab these are your local Sephora, if you’re in the US or anywhere else you’re plum out of luck! *Sniff!*

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Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation Review & Swatches

I’m somewhat obsessed with Bourjois Paris foundations so when I seen the new Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation aka Bourjois Paris Fond de Teint Pinceau I knew I must haves it immediately. Lucky for the Muse her kindly friend from across the pond, Lauren, volunteered her time to nab me one!

In the vein of Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation, Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is pretty much the same concept with a cheaper price tag! At around $15 USD or so the price can’t be beat for the quality of the product however I do like the Too Faced version a tiny bit more for one main reason which I’ll explain shortly.

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The foundation comes in a large click style pen with a brush on one end and a depressor on the other. Click a few times and foundation will flow freely into the brush allowing you to brush on your foundation and blend into place. I find the brush is useless (same with the Too Faced one!) for blending so I normally just swipe where I need foundation and blend with clean fingers. The brush isn’t the greatest quality in the world and a tad bit scratchy however after it’s wet with the foundation the scratchiness does go away and it feels alot smoother and softer on the skin! Now considering you probably tote powder around with you but not liquid foundation this is a nice little item to have as it’s quite portable without any mess! If you need a bit of touch up during the day whip out and go to town! However, since the brush doesn’t do a fab job of blending you may not feel it’s completely portable friendly!

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The formula is a good deal more watery in consistency when compared to the Too Faced version however this didn’t bother me to much as it blends beautifully well and gives light coverage . I don’t particularly recommend this if you have alot to cover up as coverage is light to medium. I personally don’t use a whole lot of foundation on my face anyway so one click is enough for me to smooth around and create a good working canvas for my other makeup.

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Now the foundation has all but one fault with it. It covers nicely and gives a good fresh look to any dullness that’s residing on my face. I have the lightest color selection which is 31 Beige and this suits me well as it lightens and brightens up my face beautifully. Now these are the strong points of the product however after application of the foundation I get a powder-like dry down which mattifies my face a bit too much. Right now my face is already on overkill dryness and this manages to make my face feel tight. Also it pretty much shouts foundation! As soon as I apply and blend it casts a certain glow to my face that indeed says I’m “made up”. I’m chalking this effect up to the fact that my skin is so dry right now.

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The bad news is I probably can’t use this at the moment however I do look forward to retrying it in the Summer when my skin is oily. Perhaps then I’ll be quite happy with it. I did feel that the Too Faced version was far more richer, moisturizing, and thicker plus my skin seemed to soak all that goodness up and create a flawless and natural look.

Further news on the up side of things……

I also happened to enjoy how very fresh smelling this is! The foundation has a rather nice fresh scent which actually lingers around for a while after application. Quite nice as I kinda like my cosmetics to smell good.

All in all I think it’s not bad at all for the price and will be a great light foundation for Summer-wear however my skin no likey at the moment. I’m not Muse Approving it for purchase since I’m unsure how it’ll work in the warmer weather so maybe expect another look at this when the Summer sets in!

On a side note Bourjois Paris Brush Foundation is not yet available in the US and I can’t honestly say when it’ll be available if ever. If you’d like to try it I do recommend visiting MUA or your makeup forum of choice and asking a friendly Brit for a CP.

Anyone tried Bourjois Brush Foundation yet?

Love or hate?

Tell the Muse!

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