Musings of a Muse A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore


 

Briogeo Top Picks And What Works Great for My Long, Wavy Hair

A lot of people are sort of amazed that Briogeo is founded and owned by a black woman. I think people assume it’s a brand under some larger parent company like L’Oreal but in reality it was founded and is owned by Nancy Twine. She’s one of the youngest African American women to launch a hair care line at Sephora being in her twenties at the time of launch. Nancy is one of those triple threats that we should recognize and admire for the fact that she is not only African American but also, bec...
Tags: Nordstrom, Instagram, Beauty, Hair, Nancy, Sephora, Haircare, Oreal, Briogeo, Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Coconut Oil Micro, My Long Wavy Hair, Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfood Mask Not


A Tale of How Flora & Curl Flower Garden Hair Butter Concentrate Helped Me Go From Rey Skywalker’s Triple Bun to a Perfect Crown Braid

I recently added Flora & Curl Flower Garden Hair Butter Concentrate to my hair care arsenal and it’s become my Summer staple for creating glorious pigtails, crown braids, and perfectly hydrated and fuller waves. I’m in love! But be warned, when they say concentrate they really do mean concentrate! I don’t really do hair styles. When I’m at work my hair is slicked backed with a headband and tucked into a bun. If I’m out and about I’ll leave it down and wavy or in a half ponytail. There’s not a l...
Tags: Beauty, Hair, Orlando Bloom, Haircare, Don, Shiseido, Ulta, Muse Approved, Haircare Reviews, Rey Skywalker, Flora Curl Flower Garden, Jonathan Antin, Orlando Fiber Neo, Flora Curl Flower Garden Hair Butter Concentrate


Black Owned Etsy Shops To Support

Good Morning! I hope your Monday went well and your Tuesday is even better! Today I thought we’d explore some black owned Etsy shops! It’s been such a long, long time since I did an Etsy Discovery post! That saddens me because I am a huge Etsy shopper and fan but I feel bad that I never really share some of my purchases on here. One thing that recently became important to me was educating myself on discovering new Etsy shops that were black owned and support those small businesses and featur...
Tags: Etsy, Beauty, Ayesha, Etsy Musings, Pina Colada Honey Scrub Body, Zandra Beauty Zandra, Ella DeanEtsy Musings


Black Owned Beauty Brands Available Now at Ulta

I’ve asked myself how I could do more when it comes to the Black Loves Matters Movement and sometimes the answer is actually really simple. Buy more from black owned businesses! I already support a lot of different black owned beauty businesses when it comes to hair care. Having long, wavy, frizzy, and drier hair I’ve always found comfort for my locks in brands like Carol’s Daughter, Shea Moisture, Mane Choice, and many others. I’ve complied a list of a few brands I like and are easily avai...
Tags: Beauty, Recommendations, Carol, Irvington, Ulta, Richelieu Dennis, Madam C J Walker, Fenty Beauty, Mixed Chicks, Beauty Bakerie, Kim Etheredge, Wendi Levy Kaaya, Villa Lewaro, Black Loves Matters Movement, Flower Garden Hair Butter Concentrate, Beauty Bakerie You


Sephora #Lipstories Lip Balm Is Just What We Need Right Now

Like many of you I love Sephora Lipstories Lipstick and now that summer is here the new Sephora #Lipstories Lip Balm is a perfect pick to add lightweight, hydrating color to lips. I think these are meant as a Fall 2020 launch but who doesn’t love a nice lightweight balm in the Summer? So the launch date fits in just perfect with the hot, humid weather at the moment. Available in a sating and a shimmer finish these new balms come in ten shades and have a soft textured formula with mango butter...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Sephora Lipstories Lipstick, Fall Collections 2020, Sephora Lipstories Lip Balm, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip


Kopari Beauty Tropical Coconut Melt Oh My God What Is That? Oh My God What Is Dat?

Kopari Beauty Tropical Coconut Melt is a new formulation of the original coconut melt that now smells like a freaking pina colada. Shut the hell up! I know, I know! Some people aren’t big on Kopari’s Coconut Melt because they feel it’s too expensive but I actually love it. Sorry! Don’t kill me! So, yeah, I’m sort of excited about the idea of having it formulated with a new scent that smells like a pina colada! Want! This new version is available exclusively at Ulta and features organic ...
Tags: Beauty, Don, Dat, Ulta, Kopari, Summer Collections 2020, Too Faced Papaya Eyeshadow, Kopari Beauty Tropical Coconut Melt


Do We Need Pumpkin Infused Brushes and Face Sponges? My Fall Loving Self Says Hell YES!

Pumpkin infused makeup brushes and a face sponges but really? That’s totally a thing! Meet the new Sephora Pumpkin Infused Brush Set and Sephora Pumpkin Infused Sponge Set for Fall 2020. Ok, yes, some smart of my mind is like, “Really? Pumpkin infused sponges and makeup brushes? But why though…!?” These brushes and sponges are infused with pumpkin powder which apparently helps to lock in moisture and provide a visible glow. Ummm….yeah, that sounds really gimmicky but some smart of part of ...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Don, Body Works Fall 2016 Hand SoapsBath, Fall Collections 2020, Sephora Pumpkin Infused Brush Set, NowLimited Edition Sonia Kashuk Brush Sets


Lorac Summer 2020 Finally Landed at Ulta But Does Anyone Care Anymore?

It feels like ages since Lorac started promoting their Summer 2020 Collection on Instagram and it’s just now available at Ulta. I’m so sorry but I find it so annoying when brands release on their website exclusively first. It drives me bonkers for some reason. They’ve been promoting Summer 2020 for well over a month now but I was never once tempted to purchase it from their website. I dunno why but I rebel at the idea of being forced to purchase something from just one location. Maybe I wa...
Tags: Beauty, Ulta, LORAC, Summer Collections 2020, Lorac Sunset LUX Diamond Eye Gloss Trio, Lorac Sunrise LUX Diamond Eye Gloss Trio, Lorac LUX Diamond Golden Hour Face Palette


L’Oreal Gold Mirage Shimmering Eyeshadow and Lipgloss for Summer 2020

L’Oreal Gold Mirage Shimmering Eyeshadow and Gold Mirage Crushed Quartz Lipgloss is available today exclusively for Platinum Members at ulta.com. These kind of remind of that exclusive Walmart Collection from last year and the fact that the eyeshadows appear to have a slurry formula they also remind me of the L’Oreal x Camila Cabello Havana Collection! I’m still a little salty I missed hauling those eyeshadows! I got like one shade and loved it but never got my hands on the others! I will sa...
Tags: Beauty, L'oreal, Giorgio Armani, Oreal, Ulta, Natasha Denona, Lipgloss, Luminizer, Camila Cabello Havana Collection, Summer Collections 2020, L'Oreal Gold Mirage Shimmering Eyeshadow, Oreal Gold Mirage Shimmering Eyeshadow, Quartz Lipgloss, Walmart Collection


30% Off Your Entire Ofra Purchase

Platinum Members sign into your account today at ulta.com and instantly get 30% off your Ofra order! Enjoy! Where to buy Ulta You may also enjoy... Nordstrom You Are AmazingMAC Devoted Members 25% OffIt Cosmetics 25% Off Coupon Code Friends and Family 2015 SaleTarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer 50% Off Today Only! The post 30% Off Your Entire Ofra Purchase appeared first on Musings of a Muse.
Tags: Beauty, Ulta, Steals and Deals, Ofra


Here’s What I Did This 4 of July and Here’s The Sales I Hit Up

Good Morning! How was your weekend? I hope you had a lovely one! It was nice that the 4th fell on the weekend but kind of crappy that we’re all still quarantining here (friends, family, and my BF who got back from CA last week)! But it’s ok! I made a list of things I wanted to do by myself over the weekend and I had fun even if it wasn’t with a big BBQ, friends, and family. I was a little uncomfortable with the sheer amount of people walking around upstate this weekend without masks. At on...
Tags: CA, Karen, Beauty, New Orleans, Hudson, Home Goods, Tj Maxx, Marshall, Hudson Valley, Warren Street, Pat McGrath, Pinkberry, Musings of the Day, Antique Stores, Etude House Tsum Tsum


E.L.F. Ride or Die Lip Balm Is Now At Ulta

E.L.F.’s new Ride or Die Lip Balm is now available ulta.com! Enjoy! Where to buy Ulta You may also enjoy... E.L.F. Ride or Die Lip Balm for Summer 2020Tony Moly Minions Summer 2020 Collection Brings Despicable Me Goodness to Your Beauty WorldKopari Beauty Tropical Coconut Melt Oh My God What Is That? Oh My God What Is Dat?E.L.F. Cosmetics Retro Paradise for Summer 2020 The post E.L.F. Ride or Die Lip Balm Is Now At Ulta appeared first on Musings of a Muse.
Tags: Beauty, Ulta, Summer Collections 2020


Viktor & Rolf Magic Elixir Fragrances 50% Off!

Holy cow. Viktor & Rolf Magic Elixirs Fragrances are now on sale at sephora.com! This is insane. These are 50% Off! I purchased all of these except for Invisible Oud when they first launched and I thought I got a deal at the time because I got them at 20% off but 50% off!? Holy cow. This is a killer deal! If nothing else purchase Magic Salty Flower! It’s such a great Summer scent! Viktor & Rolf Magic Invisible Oud Viktor & Rolf Magic Salty Flower Viktor & Rolf Sparkling Secret Viktor & Ro...
Tags: Beauty, Viktor, Viktor Rolf, Steals and Deals, Becca Palette, Rolf Magic Elixir Fragrances, Viktor Rolf Magic Elixir Fragrances


50% Off Select Bite Beauty

Snag 50% Off select Bite Beauty at bitebeauty.com this weekend! Enjoy! Where to buy Bite Beauty You may also enjoy... Juice Beauty Friends and Family SaleToo Faced Friends and Family 20% Off 2015Select Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks $15 Each50% Off Select Too Faced Including The New Papaya Eyeshadow Palette The post 50% Off Select Bite Beauty appeared first on Musings of a Muse.
Tags: Beauty, Steals and Deals, SaleToo Faced Friends and Family


Sunday Riley, Pixi, Tony Moly, LuluLun And More 25% Off

Don’t forget you can snag 25% off at skinstore.com this weekend with code USA25. A few brands on sale include Pixi (all Pixi Treats Skincare including Glow Tonic), Tony Moly including their new Moisture Boost Hydro-Gel Eye Patches and Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum. Lululun Facial Mask Packs are also on sale and many other brands! Enjoy! Where to buy Skinstore You may also enjoy... Juice Beauty Friends and Family SaleIt Cosmetics 25% Off Coupon Code Friends and Family 2015 Sal...
Tags: Beauty, Don, Riley, Pixi, Ulta, Steals and Deals, Pixi Treats Skincare, Moisture Boost Hydro Gel Eye Patches


Sephora 4th of July Clearance Sale

Sephora has updated their sales section for 4th of July with plenty of new offerings with marked downs up to 65% Off! A few items that caught my eye: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette $40 Sephora Contour Blush Spice Market Blush Palette $14 Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer $13 Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick $12.50 Too Faced Peach Perfect Instant Coverage Concealer $15 Givenchy Le Rouge Metallic Lipstick $29 Pat Mcgrath EYEdols Eye Shadow $12.50 There’s tons more! Enjoy! Where...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Pat McGrath, Steals and Deals, Sephora Contour Blush Spice Market Blush Palette, Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, Givenchy Le Rouge Metallic Lipstick


Pat Mcgrath 20% and 50% Select Eyeshadow Palettes, Single Eyeshadows, Primer, More!

Pat Mcgrath is having 20% Off sitewide with no code needed! There are also select items that are marked down 50% off: Select Lust Lipgloss $24 Select Mattetrance Lipsticks $24 Mothership VIII: Divine Rose II $113 Mothership VII: Divine Rose $113 Eye Ecstasy Duo $28 Eye Ecstasy Palettes $14 Each Skin Fetish Primer $30 MTHRSHP Sublime: Golden Opulence $38 Select Lip Fetish $19 Blitz Astral Quads $33 EYEdols Eye Shadow $12.50 Backstage Eye Con Kits $60 Where to buy Pat Mcgrath You...
Tags: Beauty, Pat McGrath, Steals and Deals, Pat McGrath Mothership, Select Mattetrance Lipsticks


Bath and Body Works Fall 2020 Candles Arrive But There’s Nothing Exciting To See Here

Bath and Body Works Fall 2020 Candles have arrived but don’t worry there’s nothing exciting to see here as it’s a round of re-promoted scents. Don’t worry, the Summer is young and the Fall is long so, I’m positive we’ll something pop up that we haven’t sniffed before. This is only round one they’ll be a round two and three I’m sure before the first day of autumn even gets here. For years now, perhaps since Harry Slakin stepped down, Bath and Body Works Candles have been a bit lacking but it ...
Tags: Beauty, Don, Home Fragrance, Harry Slakin, Fall Collections 2020, Wick Candles However, Caramel Pumpkin Swirl


Covergirl Summer 2020 I Like It But I Don’t Really Like It

Covergirl Summer 2020 launched and I like it but I don’t really like it. Meh….! It seems a standard, permanent line of products that I don’t really need. Covergirl’s been surprising me lately! They did those interesting Her Majesty Eyeshadow Palettes that were all Game of Thrones-like several months ago. Plus remember the cool Peach and Chocolate Trunaked Eyeshadow Palettes? It just seems they were on track creating some very cool makeup lately. But Summer 2020 sort of rolled things back. ...
Tags: Beauty, Ulta, Summer Collections 2020, MAC Paints Jump


After That Ode To Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy Perfume Here’s How To Get It On the Cheap

Yesterday I waxed poetry about Kilian’s Love Don’t Be Shy Perfume on Instagram. An ode to a very important perfume in my fragrance wardrobe! Sadly, at $240-$290 for a 1.7 oz bottle it isn’t exactly cheap! But I’m very happy to report they now offer it a travel spray of 0.24 oz for $48. If it’s something you’ve wanted to try for a long time $48 is way cheaper a price to pay than over $200! The travel spray is now available at Sephora. Are you a fan of this beautiful fragrance? Do share! Enj...
Tags: Beauty, Fragrance, Sephora, Kilian, Kilian Love Don, DrugstoreComptoir Sud Pacifique Introduces


Pat Mcgrath Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow Palette On Sale + Free Shipping

Pat Mcgrath’s Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow Palette is on sale at sephora.com today for $32.50. If you don’t have flash shipping you can use code FREESHIP to get free shipping on it or any other purchase. Enjoy! Where to buy Sephora You may also enjoy... Juice Beauty Friends and Family SaleIt Cosmetics 25% Off Coupon Code Friends and Family 2015 SalePat Mcgrath Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow Palette Arrives Today in Two Gorgeous Shade SelectionsPat Mcgrath EYEdols Eye Shadow $12.50 + Free...
Tags: Beauty, Pat McGrath, Steals and Deals, SelectionsPat Mcgrath


Pat Mcgrath EYEdols Eye Shadow $12.50 + Free Ship These Won’t Last

These won’t last! Grab ’em now! Pat Mcgrath EYEdols Eye Shadow are $12.50 each! If you don’t have Flash Shipping you can score free shipping on any order using code FREESHIP at sephora.com! Enjoy! Where to buy Sephora You may also enjoy... Juice Beauty Friends and Family SaleToo Faced Friends and Family 20% Off 2015It Cosmetics 25% Off Coupon Code Friends and Family 2015 SalePat Mcgrath Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow Palette On Sale + Free Shipping The post Pat Mcgrath EYEdols Eye S...
Tags: Beauty, Pat McGrath, Steals and Deals, SaleToo Faced Friends and Family


Shiseido Ginza Tokyo Skin Care & Makeup 50% Off Or More

Shiseido Ginza Tokyo Skin Care & Makeup Collection is on sale today for 50% off or more on retail prices at nordstromrack.com! Enjoy! Where to buy Nordstrom You may also enjoy... Juice Beauty Friends and Family SaleCoffret D’Or On Sale!Up to 50% Off By Terry Including Sun Designer PalettesToo Faced Sale The post Shiseido Ginza Tokyo Skin Care & Makeup 50% Off Or More appeared first on Musings of a Muse.
Tags: Nordstrom, Beauty, Steals and Deals, Shiseido Ginza Tokyo Skin Care, Shiseido Ginza Tokyo Skin Care Makeup Collection, Shiseido Ginza Tokyo Skin Care Makeup


Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Gloss Needs To Come Home With Me Because I Love a Shiny Lipstick

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Gloss just launched in a trio set available exclusively at QVC and I got all excited because I do love a shiny lipstick or a stick lipgloss! If these are half as good as Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue (but hopefully not as melty) I’ll be a happy girl indeed. I really don’t need them right now because hello, face masks! But hey, I was walking around the house two weeks ago in purple lipstick and my friend Facetimed me and was like, “Wait, where are you goi...
Tags: Beauty, Qvc, Facetimed, Summer Collections 2020, Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Gloss


Darling, Why Do You Always Smell Good Enough to Eat?

Remember when we were all obsessed with Philosophy Shower Gels? Or was I the only one hoarding them away like the apocalypse was about to go down? One of the best things about the changing seasons was the fact that Philosophy would slide into my beauty world with some new scented shower gel. There were Fall ones, Halloween ones, Valentine’s Day ones, Christmas ones, it was such an amazing time for shower gels in I’m still trying to figure out why I liked them so much as the scents were so fl...
Tags: Uncategorized, Beauty, Qvc, Bubbly Fresh Cream Senorita Margarita


Wet n Wild My Melody and Kuromi Full Collection Box for Summer 2020

What’s cooler than the Wet n Wild Pac Man Collection? That would be the new My Melody and Kuromi Makeup Collection! Ahhhh! I’m so excited! I’m a complete kid so this My Melody and Kuromi Full Collection Box is screaming at me to snag it. It didn’t take me too long to hit submit on this and buy it. I’ve always been a Sanrio fan and Hello Kitty is so my jam. I have t-shirts, I have purses, I have school supplies, hell, I have have underwear with Sanrio characters. I’m not sorry about any ...
Tags: Wild, Beauty, Hello Kitty, Melody, Sanrio, Kitty, Ulta, Kuromi, Summer Collections 2020, My Melody


E.L.F. Ride or Die Lip Balm for Summer 2020

What’s your ride or die makeup item? Concealer for me! And Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Powder to set it (yes, I love Ben Nye but if you can believe it I use Hard Candy more). It’s a bad time to introduce a lip balm but speaking of ride or due products here’s the new E.L.F. Ride or Die Lip Balm that launched for Summer 2020. These $5 lip balms are available in four shade selections with a vegan, cruelty-free formula. They contain an infusion of rose oil and collage and g...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Berry, Ben Nye, Summer Collections 2020, MemoriesNew Lipsticks Lipglosses


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Starts Starts August 2020 With An Early Preview July 24th for All

Guess what? The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts in August and has an early preview coming July 24th for everyone! Typically the sale happens in July but as per an earlier post I did back in April I did mention that Nordstrom might postpone the Anniversary Sale and that’s exactly what they did as it’s happening nearly a month after the traditional date! And I’m ok with that! Don’t get me wrong I love shopping the sale as much as everyone else but I’m not always ready for Fall Fashion and Makeu...
Tags: Nordstrom, Uncategorized, Canada, Beauty, Don, Nordy, Mara Hoffman, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, COVID, Makeup Collections, LaunchesDemi Lovato


Don’t Be Shy Do More Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette Dupes

There’s allegedly a lawsuit against Huda Beauty related to her Neon Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes. Did I see that one coming? Yes! It’s always been a great concern of me that these were advertised as being an eyeshadow palette versus a pressed pigment palette. When it comes to pressed pigments and avoiding the FDA there are plenty of loop holes and brands have exploited them quite well in the last two year. Interestingly enough this Summer there are plenty of dupes popping up! Don’t let law...
Tags: Beauty, Fda, Don, Huda, Ulta, Makeup Revolution, Lottie London, Summer Collections 2020, Laila Loves Neon Palettes


Skinstore 25% Off Sitewide

Skinstore has started their 4th of July sale a bit early. Enjoy 25% off your total with code USA25. Happy hauling! Where to buy Skinstore You may also enjoy... It Cosmetics 25% Off Coupon Code Friends and Family 2015 SaleJuice Beauty Friends and Family Sale25% Off NYX Cosmetics @ Cherry Culture Nordstrom You Are Amazing The post Skinstore 25% Off Sitewide appeared first on Musings of a Muse.
Tags: Beauty, Steals and Deals, SkinStore