Meet my new holy grail mascara, Dior Iconic Mascara!
The Muse loves it and tells it as such when she whispers sweet nothings in it’s ear about how fabulous it truly is! I’m quite pleased with Dior Iconic Mascara after using it for the past month or more. I got this when it was originally released but so many reviews popped up around that time I felt like it would be such a snore to read review after review after review about the same product!
So…your Muse waited a little while and here she is to spread the good word about Dior Iconic Mascara.
I love all these new plastic applicators that are popping up across the mascara board and Iconic takes on a great new applicator that creates beautiful curl while defining lashes and lengthening! Mascaras like Dior Iconic should be hauled like it’s the end of the world as they have that uncanny ability to create amazingly long lashes while keeping a natural appearance! That’s one of the main things I loved about Iconic!
Although this creates amazingly long lashes while giving the illusion of wearing falsies it still manages to look very natural on as if you’re not wearing mascara at all. The effect is a feathering look that’s beautiful, soft, fresh, and most important, long! The applicator is reminiscent of a curling hair brush and is the key to creating curling lashes. Simply twirl the brush as you apply the mascara and it pulls lashes upwards and out while creating volume, lenght, and definition. I do recommend it for Asian lashes as well or those who have short, stubbier lashes as the brush gently pulls outwards while curling upwards and the formula doesn’t create a clumpy mess!
The formula is not thick but very light which could account for the clump free application. Although light that doesn’t take away from the ability for the mascara to last all day and well into the evening without smudging, flaking or causing general raccoon eye drama! If anything it’s actually really difficult to remove without a proper eye makeup remover! Fantastically long wearing to say the least!
I think Dior Iconic covers pretty much all the things we seek in a fabulous mascara and has us well covered for long, beautiful lashes! I highly recommend nabbing one of these for yourself as it truly delivers on all it’s promises!
The Muse loves it and approves it for purchase!
Tried it already?
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Santa, baby, can you please fill my Christmas stocking with Lambie goodies from Bath and Body Works?
The Muse was really good this year…kinda….sorta..somewhat good…I was being ok…..alright I was naughty as hell but deal with it Santa!
The Muse sends kisses!
You don’t have to lie the census is already in, you guys freaking love Bath and Body Works Lambie line!
Go on admit it!
I got a gazillion e-mails about the Bath and Body Works Lambie line after I did my Bath and Body Works Holiday 2008 post last week and seriously who could blame you for being so interested in these sweet, warm, cuddly goodies!
I thought I’d bring a few more high resolution images your way to whet your appetite!
Bath and Body Works Lambie Blanket $35 USD WANT IT!
Bath and Body Works Lambie Socks $10 USD NEED IT!
Assorted Bath and Body Works Lambie Plushes $8 USD-$19.50 USD
Bath and Body Works Lambie Blanket and Sleep Mask GASP! HAVE TO HAVE IT!
Bath and Body Works Lambie Large Plush $19.50 USD
Bath and Body Works Lambie Shower Sponge $6 USD OMG! Lambie in my shower!
Bath and Body Works Lambie Sleep Mask $10 USD
Bath and Body Works Lambie Slippers $16 USD
Bath and Body Works Lambie Key Chain $4 USD Ooo she’d get dirty fast on my keys! Would have to find another place to put her!
The Muse has all the cutesy Lambie goodies on her wish list and she also happens to have a 20% Off coupon burning a mighty hole in her pocket…I think it’s time for a haul!
How about you?
Want any Bath and Body Works Lambie goodies?
Haul any last year?
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Bath and Body Works Holiday Collection 2008
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Bath and Body Works Lambie 2007
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I do so admit all the pink from the Smashbox Holiday Collection entitled Rapture has gotten me completely excited and hyper!
I’m rolling around in happiness at the prospect of pink! What? I’m a chick, I dig pink, sue me.
No seriously I really am quite excited about the rather cute little quilted pink cases that a majority of Smashbox Rapture is coming in so happy in fact that I knew I had to have one for my very own!
In comes Smashbox Gift of Glow which includes a cute ribbon tie makeup clutch in, you guessed it, PINK that the Muse absolutely loves! The makeup case isn’t the only thing to get excited about though! This set includes some wonderful items to get you all sparkled up for the Holiday Season!
The case included with Smashbox Gift of Glow is a dual zip clutch style makeup bag with two loose pockets for storing makeup, brushes, etc….it closes up using two pink ribbons which you tie together. It’s pink and it’s quilted and it’s very Musey-like! Inside you’ll find all the perfect treats to makeup cheeks, lips, and face!
The kit includes a Smash Shadow Liner in Hollywood. This morning I used Hollywood as a liner however the formula is so smooth it’s claim of being a “shadow liner” is all truth. This will make an ideal base for shadows or used on it’s own it as shadow. The color is a bronzy brown with quite a fair bit of gold sparkle that looks wonderful paired up with gold shadows.
The kit also includes two brushes which are a liner brush and a baby buki brush. The baby buki brush is quite nice although it sheds a tiny little bit however after my second use I didn’t notice shedding so that’s a good sign! The liner brush is a full size brush with is unheard of as many Holiday gift sets take to creating mini or smaller versions of full size brushes however Smashbox generously tucked in this full size liner brush! The brush, in my opinion, is a little too large for lining eyes but it works a treat for working on the v of the eye and the lower lash line! It’s has pink handle which I absolutely adore of course! More Pink! YAY!
The kit includes a Smashbox lipgloss in Gilded which is a Shimmery Pale Gold however I do not have pictures of the gloss sadly! Sorry ’bout that!
And finally my favorite piece in the set is the Smashbox Flash Powder in Gold which can be used on face, eyes, or body! This morning I used this on my eyes as a shadow and lined with Hollywood! The two match up beautifully well. This is a finely milled, silky powder that gives a beautiful golden shimmer and highlight to the face without overdosing your cheeks in disco fever! It’s quite a subtle sparkle that’s perfect for the holidays! If you’re looking for an inexpensive option to Chanel’s new Poudre Precieuse Gold Highlighting Powder this could definately work well at a much nicer price!
Here are a few more swatches of Flash and Hollywood side by side:
The entire kit costs $49 USD and is well worth it considering a majority of the products included are full size items. Breaking down the cost including the bag would make each piece $8.10 USD.
To create my look below I used NARS Super Orgasm on my cheeks and highlighted my face with Smashbox Flash Powder for a bit of gold sparkle! On my eyes I used Smashbox Flash Powder and lined with Smashbox Shadow Liner in Hollywood. I completed the look using one of the glosses available in the Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss Set (which I’ll be reviewing for you shortly!).
All in all I think that the Smashbox Gift of Glow offers a nice selection of goodies that will help us sparkle, shimmer, and shine for the Holiday Season! The set would make a beautiful gift for anyone who adores Smashbox Cosmetics or craves a bit of shimmer! The gift set has a reasonable price tag attached and includes a variety of items to create one or two complete holiday looks for the season!
The Muse likey!
You can get yours at Sephora or Smashbox Cosmetics!
Love the Smashbox Rapture Collection?
Lemming any of it?
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Further details about the Smashbox Rapture Collection
Further images from the Smashbox Rapture Collection
Smashbox Wicked Lovely Review and Swatches
I posted this last week but it was too early to post so I had to take it down! I’ve since posted images and another post about the Smashbox The Rapture Holiday Collection which you can see by clicking this link.
The collection is available at Sephora for purchase and Smashbox!
Phew, it’s not even October yet and already the Holiday Collections are flooding in! I love the Holidays as it’s always such a great time to stock up on kits and collections that are packed full of awesome goodies at a considerable savings! Plus it’s always a nice time for giving beautiful gifts to friends…and…well getting some for ourselves is always great too!
Allow me to introduce you to The Rapture Holiday Collection by Smashbox which includes an array of awesome pieces to enrapture and tickle you beautiful for the Holiday season!
I don’t have all the official images as of yet but here are details on what will be available!
Since we all know how hard the Muse has been working at finding that perfect primer now would be a good time to indulge in Smashbox Flawless Finish Primer Set for $39 USD which includes a full size and travel size of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Taking into consideration that the primer retails for $36 USD you’re getting a nice deal as you get a dual selection for $3 more! Sweet!
Dontcha just love gloss kits? I do..I can’t be alone here! Every brand always puts together a great coffret of glosses come the Holidays and Smashbox is no different with the Smashbox Lipgloss Collection valued at $90 USD but retailing for a mere $29 USD.
What’s in it for you:
Get three glosses selections in one kit for one great price!
Two kits, six glosses equals perfection.
Glosses available in the kits are:
- Ravishing (Nude Rose)
- Lovely (Shimmering Pink)
- Stunning (Shimmering Bright Pink)
- Illume (Iridescent Nude)
- Radiant (Pinkish Plum)
- Candid (Pink with shimmering gold specks)
But of course we can’t have a Holiday Collection without a brush kit right? Smashbox Travel Brush Collection will be available for $49 USD and includes 5 travel size brushes.
Brushes included are:
- Face Brush
- Shadow Brush
- Angled Blending Brush
- Smudger Brush
- Contour Blush & Liner Brush
Indulge in the Smashbox Eyeshadow and Brush Collection to create an endless array of beautiful eye looks.
$49 USD for the kit which includes:
- 16 Shades of Smashbox Eyeshadow
- Definer Brush
- Shadow Brush
Smashbox Gift of Glow Collection $49 USD caters to eyes, lips and cheek and includes all of the following:
- Liner Brush
- Smashbox Shadow Liner in Hollywood (Bronze shade will Golden Shimmer)
- Smashbox Lipgloss in Gilded (Shimmery Pale Gold)
- Smashbox Flash Powder
- Smashbox Baby Buki Brush
- Quilted Travel Pouch
Smashbox really out did itself with the new Smashbox Ultimate Beauty Palette available Exclusively at Ulta for $59 USD. This includes nearly 100 Smashbox favorites for cheeks and lips. Wow!
And finally my favorite of the lot (can’t wait to see this in person), a limited edition kit created by Smashbox and Canadian jewelry line, Foxy Originals, which includes an exclusive silver pendant necklace on a triple strand chain. The Smashbox Enchantress Beauty Kit retails for $45 USD and will be exclusive to Smashbox.com. It includes the beautiful pendant, Smashbox liner and mascara, plus shimmering shades for cheeks and lips all packed in a chic faux leather and suede multi-compartment clutch.
Details for the kit:
Smashbox Cream Liner Duo in Caviar/Midnight Brown
Smashbox Soft Lights Quad in Aglow (Shimmery Pearl, Peach, Pink, and Rose)
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Protege (Nude Pink with Gold Shimmer)
Smashbox Mascara in Black
Plus Pendant Necklace and Clutch for stowing it all away!
Well, obviously Smashbox went seriously all out for the holidays! Some of these items sound simply amazing and I hope I’ll review some of them for you shortly!
The Rapture Holiday Collection from Smashbox will be available as of October 15th at Smashbox, Bloomingdales, Nordies, and Ulta!
Keep your eyes peeled and keep checking Smashbox.com to see when the collection goes live! I know I can’t wait to see more images of this collection!
Like how the Smashbox Holiday Collection sounds?
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Smashbox Wicked Lovely Collection
How exciting! I just noticed Sephora is now carrying Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat!
I’ve been to Dylan’s a few times as we have one here in the city and it’s truly quite a funky, fun experience! The line includes, obviously, candy, accessories, and bath and body goodies with a candy/foody theme!
The only items that Sephora are carrying are the Bath and Body items but that’s still pretty cool as the line is quite fun and it’s not too badly priced either.
Although I love the idea that Sephora has brought the brand in I am highly doubtful it will remain for long and I picture it ending up 50% off in 6 months to a year. As we know, think Jessica Simpson’s Dessert line, candy and food theme Bath and Body items and perfumes do not do well at Sephora. The only line that has successfully fit into this niche market would be Philosophy with the Three in One Shower Gels that are so popular with the Muse and the masses!
I imagine that Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat is taking the place of Sugar Cosmetics who’s demise is currently happening at Sephora as all of it is marked down 50%!
I suspect we’ll see a few more new brands make an appearance as the Holiday sets in and January closes in. I don’t see a slew of new brands popping up but maybe two or three from now up till January!
Which is good news as it’ll mean more sales for us!
Anyway……more about Dylan’s…..
Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat consists of a body scrubs, lotions, shower gels, and other candy and food scented bath and body treats!
Some of the items popping up on Sephora are:
Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat Coconut Bon Bon Collection Prices Range from $8-$22 USD
Strawberry Licorice Soda Pop Shower Gel $16 USD
Candy Lip Saver Stackable Lip Balm $30 USD
Birthday Cake Batter Candy Butter Cream $22 USD
I personally haven’t tried anything from Dylan’s aside from the candy hehe but now that the bath and body line has hit Sephora you can count the Muse curious! I love really sweet candy, foody scents so this completely appeals to me!
I may check it out!
How about you?
Love candy scents?
Curious about this line?
Tell the Muse!