Yay or Nay: Victoria’s Secret Cosmetics

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The Muse is for the most part a supporting fan of Victoria’s Secret Cosmetics. She’s wondering what you think of their cosmetic line up?

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Is Victoria’s Secret a Yay or Nay for you?

Find out what I think after the jump!

I generally like almost all of the Limited Edition Collections that Victoria’s Secret puts out. Most of the regular catalog items aren’t particularly wonderful but they seem to go the extra mile with LE products. Most LE items are pretty special packaging wise and quality wise. Which is why I always pick up the LE items.

So my answer? Yay and Nay for this Muse!

Nay on the regular boring line up…not so great packaging wise, not really pigmented enough to oh and ah over, and just nothing special to get hyped about. A bit expensive too for the quality you get.

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Yay on the LE items! Def special! Color payoff is normally quite good, packaging is unique and pretty, and quality is generally quite good.

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How about you?

Yay or Nay or both?

Tell the Muse!

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Beauty News: Official Stila Back in Business!

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It’s official peeps! Stila is back! WWD and BloggingStocks reports that Stila is ready to kick it again.

Jump ahead for the deets!

Recently Stila defaulted on loans from Wachovia and CIT group which lead lenders to foreclose on the company causing chaos for beauty junkies and Stila lovers far and wide.

Stila has been officially sold to New York private equity Patriarch Partners. Stila was originally a label under Estee Lauder but branched out.

BloggingStocks has a report from The Wall Street Journal as saying that “Stila, which maintains a cult following with products such as a browns sugar lip gloss and a pale seafoam blue eyeshadow, joins other high-end niche beauty lines struggling to tempt cash-strapped shoppers. The brand is sold in department stors and through specialty retails such as Sephora.”

Ummm shows how much Wall Street Journal knows about beauty…seafoam blue shadow? brown sugar lip gloss? That’s def not the highlight of Stila.

Again, Lipstick Indicator or Lipstick Economy comes into play in various articles regarding Stila describing how women cut back on pricer items but turn to affordable items such as drugstore cosmetics rather than higher end brands like Stila which accounts for their recent struggles.

Moral of the story kids is Stila’s back! I look forward to it’s growth and success in the years to come. The Muse for one is a fan!

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Beauty News: NARS On HSN


NARS is pretty expensive and I always wince somewhat when purchasing a shadow (‘elllllllllo $22 less the richer) or a blush (buy-bye $25!).

Today’s beauty news brings word of NARS on HSN….hello easy pay and free shipping!

This is news to me as I hadn’t known that NARS was being sold on HSN. It’s likely part of HSN’s deal with Sephora as HSN has begun to carry more and more of the brands from Sephora as you may have already noticed. I can so deal with Free Shipping on NARS plus they offer easy pay options.

Minor rant, the catalog features four items…sheesh but maybe given time we’ll see more!

At the moment they have the NARS Dolce Vita Kit for $50 bucks on two easy payments of $25 each plus Free Shipping, that’s what I’m talkin’ about! They also have a trio of lip pencils for $45, again on easy pay plus free shipping.

I’m not feeling nearly as guilty indulging in NARS with an easy pay option and free shipping. Now, HSN, please can you bring in the full catalog of NARS so we can get our fix?

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theBalm Cabana Boy Blush

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Cabana Boy? I need one!

Don’t be cheeky! I’m talking about the brand new theBalm Cabana Boy Blush! Hello pretty boy!

Recently, I fell hard for theBalm Down Boy Blush and the Muse can’t begin to tell you how giddy she is about the release of theBalm Cabana Boy Blush! Gorgeous!

theBalm likes us to get a bit of bang for our buck so this fresh pink dusty rose shade is good for making cheeks blush with color or shading our eyes with a touch of rose!

Oh my I so need a Cabana Boy in my life this Summer! $20 USD, available soon from Sephora and theBalm.

LIKEY! Alot! Keep ‘em coming theBalm, keep ‘em coming!

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DuWop Amber Eyes Trio

The Muse was so enthralled with DuWop Crush Metallic Eyeshadow Trio last year. It was truly a great little trio of shadows. She was so in lust with it she was busy wishin’ and hopin’ that DuWop might extend the line and do a few more shades, the Muse can so get on board with that.

Although they didn’t quite get it right, they are getting the idea with the brand new, limited edition DuWop Amber Eyes Trio!

Behold:

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It’s like a little version of DuWop’s popular Amber Eyes Palette! Look! Just like mom used to make only smaller (ha remember that commercial?)!

The compact features an amber shadow for the lid and a contrasting deeper amber for the crease with a sable eyeliner. It also includes a double-ended brush but count me in for calling that a stupid idea, where the hell am I supposed to store the brush? Hello, lost and found? Have you found my DuWop double ended brush I lost last week because I can’t fit it in the palette and have to carry it around separately duh!

Aside from my rant about the brush I like the idea of this palette but not so much the colors as it’s a bit of the same I already have with the Crush palette….but let’s wait…and see…maybe we’ll get more colors of this fine palette soon from DuWop……

You’re almost there now DuWop…needs a little tweaking and you’ll have it just right me thinks!

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