Clarifying Your Hair: Lush Big and Retread Review

I’ve already done a section on Lush Cosmetics Shampoo Bars a long, long while ago but I was doing my daily Sunday night hair clarifying ritual yesterday and I thought I’d share it with you guys since it works so well for me!

As you know my hair mostly stays up and out of my face in a bun with a headband. I don’t like my hair flying around my head, my mouth, my face, etc….it irritates and annoys me since it’s so very long. I like it out of my face when I’m working so 5 days a week from 9 to 5 my hair stays firmly in it’s bun with a headband smoothing it back. After work and on the weekends I don’t mind it floating around but when I’m working it’s smoothed back!

I wash it everyday. I do not believe that washing my hair daily will strip my hair of it’s natural oils yada yada yada. If it does, it does but the fact of the matter is I don’t feel clean unless my hair is washed so every morning I take a shower and I wash and condition my hair.

During the week I use various shampoos, conditioners, and such. My hair doesn’t have a whole lot of maintenance attached to it during the week. It consists of me entering the shower washing it with my daily choice of shampoo and condition, air drying it, curling it into a bun, and going.

I don’t blow dry my hair, I don’t curl it, etc….My hair is naturally curly, a bit dry, and long.

I normally use a very small amount of gel to slick it back otherwise I do have a bit of frizz.

Since I like to switch around shampoos and conditioners so much through the week my hair becomes weighted down from all the silicons in those products plus the gel causes it’s normal wreckage with my hair.

What does that mean?

It means my hair is heavy with a bit of buildup. We all get it, it happens to everyone.

My Sunday evening routine prior to bed is to take a shower and clarify my hair. There is nothing in the world like the feeling of a lighter head of hair. It feels cleaner, my curls are softer, my hair is shiner, etc…after I’ve used a good clarifying shampoo.

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My personal choice for that shampoo is Lush Cosmetics Big. Big gets my hair so clean it nearly whistles. Seriously. If your hair is oily this is a god sent!

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Big is actually for people with fine hair thus the name comes into play here. Big is supposed to give volume and pouf to those of you with fine hair! I do not have fine hair but I still use Big regardless for me it’s a deep cleaning shampoo that rids my hair of buildup. If you suffer from dandruff this will surely rid you of your problem as it contains sea salt which is fantastic for massaging into your scalp to rid yourself of any nasty dandruff that’s made a home in your head!

The formula of this is a tad bit weird and probably not like any shampoo you’ve run across before. It’s clumpy and full of seat salt so it basically looks like a pot of scrub for your face or body not something you’d use in your hair. Many people are a bit wary of trying it because they are worried the sea salt will not wash out easy. Have no fear the salt washes away quickly and easily. The lather is beautiful and the smell is fresh and beautiful.

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Now I had mentioned earlier on that this would be good for oily scalps. My hair is dry so do be warned that this will make your hair even drier when use it. It drys out hair big time so you need to follow up with a good conditioning. There in lays a good thing for the oily scalp folk as Big will definately dry up your scalp, remove the oil from your hair, and replace it with fluffy, soft hair!

Since Big is so drying I follow up closely with Lush’s Retread Conditioner. Retread smells just as gorgeous as Big and compliments it well in my humble opinion! Retread is one of Lush’s thickest conditioners minus any silicones. Your hair might not know what to do without the silicones you get in your normal conditioner but as it adjusts it’ll thank you for treating it to such an amazing conditioner. I normally smooth a good amount on and leave it on for 5 minutes while in the shower right after I’ve rinsed out Big. During that time frame I take a large tooth comb and start detangling with Retread in and smoothing my hair back and while working the conditioner through. Since Big leaves my hair such a mess and in such a tangle it feels good to gently work the comb through while Retread helps with the knots that Big created.

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After 5 minutesI rinse with luke warm water and I’m done.

I towel dry my hair after this and go to bed with it damp. In the morning my hair is fluffy, soft, and beautiful. After this treatment my hair seems to just behave better. It accepts product better, it brushes out easier, I don’t experience frizz or tangles as much, and my hair just seems to be thankful that I took a bit of time out to treat it to a nice clarify!

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The Muse highly recommends trying out Big and Retread for yourself! Retread is fantastic for daily use and as for Big I only recommend using it once a week and twice if you’re hair/scalp is oily!

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MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation

The idea of a mineralized foundation from MAC doesn’t get me to excited. I don’t use mineral foundation because I simply loath it!

However, this particular one intrigues me as it has an SPF of 15!

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Hmmm…interesting!

I may have to try it as a finishing powder! This is available now from Nordstrom.

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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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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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