Woodbury Hauls, Steals, and Deals

I went to Woodbury with my very best friends Jen, Jamie, and Jai on Saturday. That sounds like some kind of 50’s band doesn’t it? Bloody hell all those J’s! I feel left out as my name begins with the letter “I” sheesh! Note to self change your name so it begins with a “J”.

Anyway!

If you’re in the New York area (my stat reader tells me some of you are) you might want to head over and nab a few deals here and there.

The Cosmetics Company Outlet is hauling major MAC and you can score some serious bargains right now.

Here’s the lowdown of what I seen there:

Lovestone Mineralized Eyeshadow-I believe this was $10 bucks. I already have it but my friend Jai got it and I think he paid $11 USD.

Almost all of the Christmas Collection from this year are available at the moment including piggie vial sets, palettes, etc….

Prices:

Lip Bag Sets $22.50 USD
Pigment Vial Sets and Lipgloss Sets $20.75 USD
Palettes $23.75 USD

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Quite a few other MAC bits and bobs as well. I was mostly into the Christmas Collection thought as it was great I could grab some of what I missed during the holidays!

Major Bobbi Brown is happening as well. They had a really uber cute 8 or 10 piece mini brush set with pouch for $60 which I really wanted but I was trying to practice some sort of willpower.

Tons of Bobbi Palettes from last season such as the bridal ones for $33 USD! They had Shimmerbricks as well and a trio of glosses for $26.75 USD!

L’occitane also had quite a few bits and bobs around. I nailed a awesome two piece kit for $42 USD which included a 3.4oz Mint Green Tea Perfume and 8.4oz Body Gel!

I also picked up a 3.4oz Verbena Eau de Toilette for $35 which came with a two free bottles of shower cream in Verbena and a Verbena soap! I was running low on this anyway so it was a nice deal!

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Various clothes, accessories, and shoe steals and deals as well since most of the outlets are flooding in with Fall/Winter Collections which means big time deals to be had! The Factory Shoe Outlet had a ton of great Chinese Laundry purses which were considerably marked down from the normal $95-$145 price tag. Fendi had some killer bags as well at lovely prices. Yankee Candle has a slew of tart warmers in Spring Designs if you’re interested.

Lancome had Bi-Facil for $20 USD which was a steal as it’s normally $26. They also had some killer Flowerbomb box sets. The box set I purchased from Nordies a few months ago for $175 USD is $86.75 USD. It includes a 3.4oz Eau de Parfum, a mini Eau de Parfum (unsure of size), and a 8.4oz body lotion. That’s highway robbery! They had other various kits as well ranging from $76 USD at the lowest and $87 USD at the highest. If you adore Flowerbomb as much as I do you’ll really wanna haul ass over to the Lancome Factory Store to nab some of this before it’s gone. I actually ended up purchasing three of the $86.75 kits to use as gifts when I go to England this year for some mates. One of closest friends lives in London and she’ll absolutely freak when she finds out what I paid for this. She’s one for entitling Flowerbomb her “signature” scent. Seriously for the price you can’t go wrong. Random I know but if you’re curious what Flowerbomb smells like the best way I can describe it is cotton candy.

They had the normal range of Lancome bits plus they had some Shu shadows, blushes, and lip rouges that were pretty much free well not really but the price is almost free to my eyes and ears. The shadow selection wasn’t vast but the price was right at 3 for $15 USD. Sadly I had ever color they were offering at the price icon sad The rouge unlimited were the old packaging style so they aren’t exactly fresh however the price was right as well at $4 USD each.

Practically all the shoe/sneaker outlets have the buy one get one 50% off sale. Nike, Puma, Sketchers, Factory Brand Shoes, Etc….

Two places that deserve a mention on restock are Kate Spade and Jimmy Choo. I can normally never find much of anything in either outlet but I ALWAYS seem to get some killer deals around the beginning of Spring when the stock rotates. I hauled 1 Kate Spade Purse and 2 pairs of Jimmy Choos at some seriously discounted prices.

So…

The moral of my story is if you’re in the New Year area and want to score a bitchin’ deal or two or three hit up Woodbury soon!

Cheers!

PS I didn’t take pics of all my haul but I did include some of the cosmetics I purchased icon wink After all this is a blog about makeup so it’s worth snapping a few pics to put in here right?

Enjoy!

Note: For my beautiful readers abroad in any other countries a brief explanation for you about what exactly Woodbury is. Woodbury Commons is an outlet shopping mall which basically translates as a graveyard of such for older collections of items. The outdoor mall consists of a zillion different shops each housing one or several particular brands. As Seasons rotate and upscale shops need to rid themselves of older style selections those selections get sent to outlet shops for resell at considerably discounted prices. Woodbury happens to be one of many outlet style shopping centers.

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Rimmel Lip Bloomer Review: Why I Stay Away from Drugstore Brands!

Remember last week when I purchased a few of the Rimmel Spring Eyeliners? At the time I also purchased something called Lip Bloomer from Rimmel which is also part of one of their two Spring Collections.

Let me start off by saying I sincerely love lipstains with a passion. I stain my lips everyday! I stain my lips before lipstick, before gloss, etc….always without fail!

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I do this because it makes my glosses pop and gives a beautiful, healthy dimension to my lips so when I seen Rimmel’s Lipbloom for $6 bucks I thought this indeed might be a nice little bargain!

I use a variety of different stains most of which are excellent however Lipbloom blows. It blows right out the…anyway….

This particular stain mimics an older release from Too Faced with it’s dual side packaging. Too faced had something similar a few seasons ago and it basically consists of a gloss on one end and a stain on the other. Nifty right? That’s about all it is as the nifty is where it ends and all goes down hill!

The idea of having a gloss on one side and a stain on the other is, for me, the height of simplicity for touch ups. Swipe a bit of stain on, top with gloss, and you’re good to go! I find that combing a stain and a gloss makes my lips really look amazingly sexy, healthy, and beautiful (I’m one of the three at the very least).

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Well…I can’t achieve or create any look with Lip Bloomer. The stain slides right off my lips as soon as I attempt to apply it. Swipe it on and it drips right off. Pigmentation is zero. It’s like taking the juice from a watermelon or something and swiping it on your lips. Just like water with a bit of color that doesn’t stay put at all.

Sigh.

The gloss? You’d think maybe the gloss would redeem the fact that one side of the product sucks but no such luck the gloss is just as bad which equals out to a crap product all the way around. The gloss isn’t really sticky or tacky which is a plus but it’s also not even glossy in texture? It feels like…nothing? I mean it feels like you’re not even applying anything onto your lips. No shine, no glossy feel, nada, nothing, zip, zero.

Basically I’ve wasted $6 bucks on a product that does nothing. Yay me I won the drugstore lottery and now have a useless gloss and stain duo that does nothing w00t!

This, my dear dear girls, is why I avoid US drugstore brands!

Rimmel Lip Bloom……………

Total loser.

Boo!

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Read my review on Rimmel’s Spring Eyeliners by clicking here!

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Happy Easter from the Muse!

I can’t believe it’s Easter this Sunday!

Didn’t that go fast?

I don’t know if I entirely like that Daylight Savings began 2 years earlier then it did last year and Easter is here 12 months in advance.

I’m kidding.

But seriously I kinda like the Winter and I’m somewhat sad to see it go so quickly! In all seriousness does the fact that Daylight Savings coming early REALLY help you to be more “green”?

I’m still switching lights on left and right so all this extra daylight is definately not saving me money on my electric bill (or helping me conserve much energy for that matter). Bad Muse Bad!

Either way…..this post isn’t about conserving energy but more about wishing you a very Happy Easter Sunday! I hope you’re spending it with those near and dear to you be it friends or family!

I’m not a very religious person but my parents are and I try to be as “religious” as I can be for them (bloody hell I went to an all girl’s Catholic School!) but for me it’s all about the chocolate and the Easter Bunny. The tooth fairy is a gimmick, Santa was created by department stores to sell toys but the Easter Bunny is real! What’s not real about a big, fat, fluffy bunny who hops around giving chocolate and maybe a colored boiled egg or two? That’s some serious stuff right there!

Wishes for a beautiful Easter be it about the chocolate, the resurrection of Christ, or both! Enjoy, be happy and healthy, and above all be thankful you’re here, right now, to enjoy it all!

Spring is upon us! A special time for rebirth what’s not to love about that?

Happy Easter from your bunny loving Muse!

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Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette Review

I got something cool to show you!

Behold Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette (I’m getting pretty good with these close up shots aren’t I? I’m rockin’ the new Canon!):

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I have tons of eye palettes. Like seriously alot, more then two. But I don’t have any blush palettes and in all honesty when I think about it how many companies even make blush palettes!?

Which leads me into my review on Pop’s Rose Belle Blush Palette! This thing has freaking eight shades to choose from! How excited am I? I bet you’re excited too…don’t lie…I know you are!

Pop makes some uber cute cosmetics a few of which grace my collection and I’m happy to have gotten a chance to try out this new blush kit from them! The palette comes in three shade selections, each of which holds 8 shades of blusher, highlighters, or bronzers. The one I got is Rose Belle but they also have two others which are Bronze Belle and Glow Belle. Bronze Belle comes with a selection of 8 Bronzer while Glow Belle comes with a variety of highlighting shades. In my humblest I like the idea of having eight shades of blush in one palette so I think Rose Belle is definately the nicest in the selection of kits offered.

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Glow Belle
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Each one is $28 USD which breaks down to about $3.50 per a blush, another words it’s a total steal. The colors are silky, smooth, pigmented, and easy to blend. Use one or use several to create different shades to suit your skin tone or use one to highlight and one to contour. You can seriously get hundreds of looks from one palette as it’s so versatile!

The shades included with Rose Belle are Pale Pink, Baby Pink, Mauve, Copper-Rose, Fresh Rose, Hot Pink, Nude-Rose Glow, and Bronze-Rose.

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The colors range from light shades to darker bronzer shades. All the colors are pretty much flattering for any skin tone in my opinion and if for some odd reason you can’t find a suitable color among the eight you can get all Doctor Frankenstein and start combing colors like a mad scientist to concoct a shade that’s uniquely you! Isn’t that fun now?

The palette is pretty small and perfect for travel. Easier then toting around a few MAC blushes in my opinion! Slip this into your traincase and you have eight colors at your fingertips!

Overall, definately a sweet palette for the price and worth taking a look at!

This one gets a thumbs up and Muse Approved seal of approval for purchase!

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Click here to enjoy Musings about the Pop Neon Lid Palette!

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Upcoming from MAC: Neo Sci-Fi and Naughty Nauticals

We haven’t even made it through Heatherette and already the next color stories are pouring in!

Janice and her team at Specktra keep us abreast of all the latest and the greatest! What would we do without her?

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To be released with this collecion:

5 lipsticks
4 lip glosses
4 eye shadows
3 lip liners
1 mascara (plush lash)
2 blushes
4 nail lacquers

Neo Sci-Fi looks very C-Shock like to me and I’m absolutely dying to see these colors! Excited as the Muse?

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To be released with this collecton:

4 lipsticks
4 lipglosses
5 eye shadows
4 pigments
2 technakohl eyeliners
1 mascara
2 nail lacquers
1 Eye Quad

I’m just as excited about this release! I’m hopeful we get some aquas and sea greens with this particular collection!

MAC is moving along fast and May will be a busy, busy month for color stories! Start saving your pennies ladies!

What collections are you excited about for the Summer?

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