Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab Review

Pop Pop Fizz Fizz! Oh what a relief it is!

Ok, we are probably all way too young to remember that one but my mum used to randomly sing it to make me laugh when I was little and it came to mind when I whipped out my Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab last night! Hehe!

I’ve been using Lush toner tabs for a while and I realized, “hey I haven’t reviewed any yet on Musings!” so here the Muse be with a review special for you! Love me much? At the moment Lush has three toner tabs available and I’m reviewing for you today the Tea Tree Toner Tab and later on this week or next I’ll review the other two tablets!

The “tabs” are tiny tablets, about the size of a quarter, that you drop in hot water and steam your face with. You can do this in any number of ways such as dropping one into a large bowl of steaming water or, as the Muse prefers, fill your sink with hot water, drop a tablet in, and cover your head with a towel! Poof! Bob’s your Uncle! You’ll be steaming happily away! They fizz happily away while the dissolve like your favorite bath bomb which brings the Pop Pop Fizz Fizz song to mind! If you totally didn’t get that here’s some simple instructions with graphics from those kind people at Lush:

Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab is actually for troubled, traumatized skin. So if your skin is sensitive or acne prone this would be the toner you’ll want. My skin is not sensitive nor do I have acne but I’m curious so that accounts for why I purchased this one!

I’ve heard various complaints about how horrible this tab smells but honestly I didn’t smell much of anything other than the faint scent of salt. Aside from that I really got no smell at all from this but maybe my nose isn’t sensitive enough to pick up exactly what it is that’s so “horrible” smelling. Shrug! Who knows! After steaming my face with this I honestly felt no difference considering I don’t have problem skin however after my steam I dipped a piece of facial muslin in the water and proceeded to wipe my face. Lush recommends using all the lovely water from your steaming to tone your face with so you’re actually getting two products in one! Yay! I loved this idea! One day, in the near future, the Muse will share her beauty secret and tell you all about an amazing product called Rosewater and Glycerin but for now she’ll tell you that Tea Tree Toner Tab actually has about the same consistency as Rosewater and Glycerin. The tab makes the water feel heavenly and full of moisture so while you wipe you’ll notice your skin feeling as if you applied a bit of a light moisturizer to your skin.

The bad news….

As much as I adored the moisturizing feel of the water, I found out later that it seriously created a problem for my skin. I suspect that since this is for problem skin, that would also mean oily skin. Normally Tea Tree Oil, Water, Etc…is used to mattify oily skin which I think caused my problem. Almost as soon as I dried my face off I noticed that my cheeks had dry, itchy patches! Yak! Even after my moisturizer my skin was still feeling somewhat tight and dry so indeed this isn’t the toner tab for me. I’m thinking this would be lovely in the Summer when my skin is feeling slippery but at the moment this definitely isn’t something to reconsider using!

All in all I rather liked the feel of the water after my steam however since my skin isn’t problematic I can’t report on any improvement. It’s worth trying out one for yourself if you have acne or problem areas you’re wanting to address! I trust Lush skincare with my life so I’m sure you’ll see some sort of improvement after a few uses plus the price of $1.50 USD per a tab isn’t too bad at all!

In other news I had heard that one girl took a tab, dropped it in a spray bottle, shook it up, and used it as a toner! That sounds rather interesting and cheaper than purchasing a bottle of Lush Tea Tree Water! I personally won’t try it until Summer though.

All in all this tab doesn’t get my Muse Approval but I do think it’s worth checking out for those with problem skin!

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Givenchy Holiday 2008: Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Glowing Rose Review, Swatches, & FOTD

Glow on darlin‘! Glow on!

If you’re looking for that perfect combination of blush and highlighter let me introduce you to Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet in Glowing Rose. I have several of Givenchy’s Blush Quartet compacts and I have to say that Glowing Rose is probably my favorite. The colors all work well to together to give your cheeks a pop of frosty, flushed color!

The quartet is made up of four shades of color. The primary colors are pink and coral and the highlighting shades are a light pink and rose. I noticed that the two main colors have a matte finish where as the two lighter shades have a frosty, shimmer finish. You can apply by sweeping your brush in all four shades and brushing onto the apples of cheeks this produces a soft rosy glow. By concentrating your brush on the darker pink and coral and applying you’ll end up with a deeper flush to cheeks which you can highlight by using the lighter shades on the cheek bone and contours of the face. The Muse isn’t the skinniest girl around these parts so she was a tad worried at the frosty finish as frosts lends a pound to my already full face. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how very nice and fresh the product looks on. I find it easier and best to simply swirl my brush in all four shades and apply to my chubby cheeks but as I mentioned you can get technical with the shades by applying different colors to different parts of the face.

I did a few photos for you displaying the blush in different ways as you can get a feel for how it works.

Below I’m wearing all four shades on the apple of my cheeks!

In this photo I’m wearing just the two darkest shades. As you can see without the highlighter the colors are more matte without as much of the shimmery frost finish that the lighter shades lend to my look!

In this photo I applied the light shades on top of the darker shades. See how the two lighter shades morphed the darker ones to create a lighter flush?

Just the lighter shades on my cheeks here!

Off topic of Givenchy but in case you’re curious I am wearing the Skin79 Gold Label BB Cream that I reviewed earlier this week. Considering that I took a photo wearing no makeup when I reviewed the cream I thought you’d like to take note that this is how it looks with a bit of blusher! When I originally reviewed I did mention the cream causes an unnatural look to the skin but after makeup application the color blended flawlessly with my skin. And as you can see above, with a bit of blush, the color is perfection!

This particular Givenchy Prisme Again! Blush Quartet is part of the Givenchy Holiday Collection 2009 so it’s design is extra special. The compact has a new fireworks (although the Muse thinks the fireworks look like little snowflakes!) motif on a purple background. The compact has the standard Givenchy dual flip compact design which has the blush on top and a nifty little compartment beneath for the brush. Normally I love the brushes that come with Givenchy products however I prefer using a bigger, fluffier brush for application of Glowing Rose as it worked better at blending the blush on my cheeks! The brush is nice and soft with standard square head.

On a side note I think it deserves to be mentioned that Givenchy has recently been cutting the cost of products here and there. Such products as the new Givenchy Couture Palette and Givenchy Mister Bright have all seen a drastic dip in prices. I think we should all celebrate the fact that Givenchy is making luxe beauty more affordable during an economic slump. Bravo!

If you’re looking for that perfect holiday glow the Muse recommends checking out the new Givenchy Blush Qartet in Glowing Rose! It’s a winner for me and Muse Approved for purchase!

Find out more about the Givenchy Holiday Collection 2008 at www.parfumsgivenchy.com

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Lush Comforter Shower Gel Available from Lush NA

Last month I went into my closet and realized I was down to my last bottle of Lush Comforter Shower Gel! Oh woe is me!

*sniffle* The last of Comforter Shower Gel!

T’was a sad day indeed! Instead of using it I tucked it back into my closet and decided I’d save it for a special occasion. I resisted as long as I could and finally I tucked into the bottle and as of last week it’s almost completely gone. This week I was planning a funeral for my last bottle when I realized that, gasp, to my shock and surprised that Lush US was offering Comforter Shower Gel! I think I heard the angels sing! This truly was wonderful news!

This is the first time Lush Comforter Shower Gel is available in the US! It’s original release was about a year and a half ago as a special LE from Lush Germany. Now this was indeed a special time as not even Lush UK had this available which is the source for all LE products from Lush! The Muse was lucky enough to nab six bottles of Lush Comforter Shower Gel thanks to her x-boyfriend’s sister, Leeza who was attending classes in Germany at the time! Yay!

No idea what the hell this says but I promise it’s good stuff inside!

I’m actually quite excited about this release as I recently got my Lush UK Perfume Party order which had my Lush Comforter Body Lotion and Comforter Perfume (review coming soon!) inside so now I can layer with shower gel, lotion, and perfume! Life couldn’t be better!

The moral of today’s story is you should be heading to Lush as soon as humanly possible and snatch up as many bottles as your cart can hold because a shower without Comforter in it is a sad shower indeed!

Be it bubble bar, lotion, perfume, or shower gel, Lush Comforter is always Muse Approved for Purchase! Click to start shopping for your Comforter!

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Etude House I Can’t Help Smiling

Etude House has updated it’s main portal (Korean site) with a brand new collection entitled I Can’t Help Smiling!

The collection seems to be centered around a brand new perfume of the same name. Although I’m not particularly interested in the fragrance (I find most of Etude House’s fragrances smell somewhat old ladyish!) I am quite excited about getting my hands on the new makeup items and cleansing oils introduced with the Etude House I Can’t Help Smiling collection!

The collection includes a highlighting bead set with cute fluffy puff in the same vein as Guerlain Meteorites but with a Benefit Highlighter packaging style! Cute! Also available is a lipgloss mini trio and what appears to be a quad gift set of lip balms!

And finally a few new cleansing oils entitled Etude House Cleansing Dream and also a few cream cleansers I believe.

I wouldn’t call this a holiday collection per say but it does look like a rather nice line up of goodies from Etude House. Sadly, I have no prices as of yet since the Etude House shop is not yet showing the products nor am I able to get a hold of the new makeup video for these goodies as the site is boggled down as usual! Rant! I’m going to try to get my hands on these items so I can appease my appetite for new Etude House goodies and bring you the deets on whether you need ‘em!

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Religious Cosmetic Musings: Looking Good For Jesus

Religious Musings ahead with some comic relief……you’ve been warned!

The Muse likes to think she’s an agnostic kinda girl although on occasion she’s been known to lean towards the atheist side of the field. Now her parents did their best and sent the Muse to Catholic elementary school and an all girl’s Catholic High School but here be the Muse a few hundred years later and her beliefs are quite drastically changed from when she was a mere girl.

The Muse has decided that the best way to bring Jebus into her life was to do so with bubble bath, moisturizer, and lip balm. I mean this is surely how a Muse would gain faith right? So she set on her quest to find Jebus by taking the leap of faith into cosmetic country. Sadly, she found out that not many cosmetic brands care about the all mighty God just about the all mighty dollar!

Damn.

But…now…recently…she was enlightened by the latest brand from Blue Q entitled “Looking Good for Jesus”! This was it! This would surely be my way to the Lord!

My god look at that slogan! “Look your Sunday Best! Guaranteed to help you be worthy and get noticed by the King of Kings!” This is possibly so morally and maybe politically incorrect I can’t help but piss myself laughing!

Now to get tight with Christ you can indulge in bubble bath, lip balms, and many other fabulous and heavenly items!

Find the Lord in your bathtub!

A Sparkling Hand Cream! I just knew that Jebus would love the sparkles!

Jebus Lip Balm! It says that this will be return my lips to near virgin quality! Bless Be!

Now to get the full effects of this amazing brand the Muse does recommend checking it out for yourself by clicking here!

The Muse has meditated (and prayed) on the topic and she’s decided that these items could surely change the face of Jesus, the church, and religion as we know it! If you hit the cosmetic junkies with the Lord surely the good news of Christ will spread far and wide.

Indeed…Jesus needs to consider tapping this industry!

If you’re wanting to get jiggy with Jesus do check out the Blue Q website for further details as I’m positive you’ll at the very least want the lip balm! Lord knows where your lips have been right? Best get them back to virgin-like quality fast!

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