In the Muse’s Purse: Kleenex Aroma Tissues

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Welcome to a new category entitled “In the Muse’s Purse”! I thought this would be a kinda fun way of seeing what I’m toting around in my purse at the moment.

Now it doesn’t include EVERYTHING that’s in my purse it only includes one item that I am loving at the moment! You’ll have to check out my next post to see what else is happening in my purse!

Jump ahead to see what’s featured In the Muse’s Purse today!

Omg this is probably so corny but I’m utterly in love with single packs of Kleenex Aroma Tissues.

I picked these up at Harmon’s a few weeks ago and they have every since made a guest starring appearance in my bag. Considering my nose is always stuffy in the Winter it’s ideal to have a single package of small tissues around for cases of the sniffles or even for blotting my lipstick.

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What’s so special about a package of tissues?

Well…they are actually aroma tissues…cool right? What’s that mean? It means they are scented with Strawberry, Mint, and Nectarine. Teehee! Cool right? What? Sue me, the little things make a Muse happy.

I kinda get a kick out of Strawberry scented tissues! I just thought these were too cute and a nice little item to tote around in my bag. Who wants boring old tissues when they can have Minty, Strawberry, or Nectarine scented ones!

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Likey!

Kleenex Aroma Tissues are currently what’s in the Muse’s purse!

What’s in your purse?

Tell the Muse!

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Urban Decay Cream Shadow Review, Swatches, and FOTD

Who was it that said if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! It was actually W.C. Fields..my mum would be proud and stuff for knowing that type of trivia! She’s some sort of big supporter of W.C. Fields….shrug.

Anyway. The moral of the story is that most times, with makeup, I don’t try, try again. If I use something and it fails to work the first time I’m normally tossing it across the room and sighing in frustration. This actually happened recently with the brand new Urban Decay Cream Shadow released for Spring.

Oh my god…so frustrating and irritating as hell to apply! I was at my wits end and trying again was NOT an option.

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Read ahead to find out why…

Cream shadows are not a new product as Urban Decay actually had the line a few years ago but it was discontinued from the main catalog and slowly disappeared to wherever unwanted makeup goes (the land of misfit toys maybe?). I actually can’t recall trying the cream shadows back then but it’s fitting as I was on my passionate dislike of all things cream at the time.

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As of recent the Urban Decay Spring Collection has reintroduced cream shadow to the scene in twelve new bold, vibrant shades. Exciting for me as I’m now Miss fan girl when it comes to cream shadows!

After getting my haul of cream shadows I quickly uncapped, swatched, and proceeded to be delighted by the awe aspiring vibrant shades! These were special! Shimmery, vibrant, bold, and pigmented makes a girl happy indeed. The formula manages to be creamy and thick yet also have a thin consistency…trying to explain exactly would do my head in just trust me that the formula carries some interesting aspects. All 5 shades I tried were extremely pigmented which made me quickly eager to test on my eye.

And test I did and disappointed I was. Oh my god! To say they sucked was an understatement. After layering the product on my eye I proceed to pat and blend with my fingertip which causes the product to streak, slide off, and create one big hot mess. I was so frustrated after 10 minutes of trying to get fifty layers of product to look somewhat presentable on my eye! No matter how I blended the shadow simply would NOT stay on my eye and presented a streaky strange mess. I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I was. I couldn’t help but feel amazingly impressed with my swatches but what the hell was going on during application? The shadows quickly sailed across the room and luckily didn’t land in the trash bin at the rate I was going.

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After a week of sulking I did something I never do…I tried again. To my utter delight I finally figured out the correct and proper way to get the product on and boy was I ever happy because the finished results were stunning!

So there is a trick to application…listen closely and you’ll fall in love with Urban Decay Cream Shadows like the Muse soon enough minus her initial frustration. No fingertips required…that’s the key to application. Do not, I repeat do not try to blend with your fingertips! The shadows come in a tube with an attached sponge applicator you’re going to be very thankful for the sponge tip applicator as it layers product and creates a deeply pigmented, shiny eye look. To start the application prep with Urban Decay Primer Potion, wait to dry a few seconds, and proceed to layer Urban Decay Cream Shadow in the color of your choose onto your lid. Start slowly and follow your lid up to the crease with one layer. Wait a few seconds until the product is slightly dry and proceed to apply a second layer of the shadow, wait a few more seconds, and complete with one last layer. One layer is perfectly fine but I find that the product blends into the crease much better and creates a super intense eye look with three layers in place. With lighter shades you can pat a tiny bit with your finger tip but with darker shades don’t bother as it streaks so stick to using the sponge applicator for application. Possibly sounds strange and maybe difficult to do but the fact of the matter is the sponge applicator works fantastically well at applying the product correctly minus the streaking and mess I get with my fingers the first time around.

After using the sponge applicator for application I ended up with a fantastic eye look that was bold, vibrant, and shimmery! Yums!

As I mentioned I tried out five of the shades but I def want to add more to my little stash! The colors I tried were:

  • Weeds-Smoky dark, forest green
  • Whipped-Shimmering Peach
  • Radium-Metallic Blue
  • Sphynx-Shimmering pink with silver
  • Midnight Rodeo-Pink champagne beige

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Weeds was a particularly favorite as it gives me a smoked eye green eye look that lends a certain mystery to my brown eyes. I also adored Midnight Rodeo as it’s such a unique shade that’s a cross between pink and beige, I’m hoping we’ll see this in powder form one day soon! And finally I was loving Whipped as it has a ton of lovely shimmer and is quite different from any of the other peach shades in my collection.

All in all after my dramatic start I ended up falling quite in love with these and I’m Muse Approving them for purchase! Remember if at first they don’t work try, try again as the Muse promises after practice you’ll get the knack of application!

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Loves ‘em!

Get yours at www.urbandecay.com

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Beauty on a Budget: Wet n’ Wild Lash Intense Mascara Review

Ha who would think that mascara that costs $3.79 USD would actually work? Count the Muse amused, delighted, and surprised at how well her testing with Wet n’ Wild Lash Intense Mascara went!

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Read ahead to find out the deets!

I ran across Wet n’ Wild Lash Intense Mascara recently while I was at Walgreens and I must say it actually works quite well. Last Intense makes the standard round of promises such as fuller, thicker lashes but at $3.79 USD my dubious nature set in. Seriously, mascara that’s under $4 USD…..doesn’t the idea of the price tag alone scare the beegees out of you?

Turns out you can have thicker, longer, and fatter lashes for under $4 USD. Ha, who would guessed?

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Wet n’ Wild Lash Intense Mascara sports the plastic applicator that’s taken the drugstore world by storm lately. Everywhere you look plastic applicators are popping up! What do you think of plastic applicators? I find in some cases that they work rather well but in others not so great. In this case the applicator is the key to creating beautifully long, thick lashes and works quite well. The applicator has no curve and is straight in style with longer bristles on one side and shorter on the other. The best way to apply the mascara is to use the longer bristles to brush a few coats of mascara on and use the shorter end to work product through your lashes while curling them upwards. It does a take a little bit of work to get the knack of using it without creating a mess but a few tries later and I had quite nice results.

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Results are pretty amazing! My lashes were considerably thicker, longer, and full of volume. Likey! It wears well through the day without smudging, flaking, or smearing. The cute portable size and purple packaging appeals although it is a tiny bit cheap looking but hey the product works, that counts for something!

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What’s not to like? If you’re on a budget and looking for a cheap mascara that gives longer, fuller lashes this is well worth a try! I didn’t LOVE it but I definitely liked it!

Anyone try out Wet n’ Wild Lash Intense Mascara?

What did you think?

What are your fav budget mascara scores?

Tell the Muse!

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Givenchy Spring 2009 Face of the Day

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Morning everyone!

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was busy as bloody hell but great!

Anyway, today I thought I’d share an FOTD with you using some of the yummy items from the Givenchy Spring Collection 2009.

Jump ahead to view it and tell me whatcha think!

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What I Used:

Face
Givenchy Sari Glow Blush in Maharani Orange

Eyes
Givenchy Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow in Maharani Gold

Lips
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Maharani Henna

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Musings of the Day: Economy Beauty Woes

The Muse was wondering how is the current economy influencing your beauty purchases?

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Are you cutting back on your normal hauls? Saving more?

I’m very, very anal about setting budget goals for just about everything in my life. I plan cosmetic releases (and non cosmetic things) down to the last penny but occasionally I do go over budgets that I set for myself but it’s quite rare. I think present economic situation has definitely influenced my purchasing as I’m not so quick to jump on board purchasing every single shade of aqua eyeshadow put out. I’m a tad bit more conscious of asking myself do I really need this or do I have two dozen of the same thing at home? I’m also pretty tame with my MAC hauling late. I honestly don’t think this has too much to do with the economy so much as it has to do with scaling back some as sometimes I do realize that I have a bit TOO much stuff hanging around!

How about you?

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