Posts From February 2008

Barack Obama Music Video

It’s been a while since I visited with Dooce or GEORGE! for that matter so today I decided to wander over.

GEORGE! happened to have a rather awesome video up on his blog today! Hopefully he doesn’t mind too much if I snatch it from him!

I found this deeply moving and powerful!

BTW it appears GEORGE! cut his hair! Do drop him a line and tell him how HAWT! his new hair cut is icon wink

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Koda Kumi Gossip!

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I read about the Koda Kumi gossip on a blog a few days ago but Iris from Rouge Deluxe has reported on it as well!

If you haven’t yet noticed Visee’s website has been down the past few days and it’s all do to problems with it’s spokesmodel, Koda Kumi!

If you’re not familiar with Koda Kumi she’s a Japanese pop star and of course the model image for Kose’s Visee line!

I won’t go into details about what happened with her as you can click your way over to Iris and read the details for yourself!

I will however say that I don’t think what was said was meant in an ill or mean spirited manner. I guess she thought she was being very “scientific” but it came out completely wrong! However, she’s cost Kose (and herself I imagine) a ton of money! You’d think she’d have known better then to say something like that! I’m wondering what Kose is planning to do with the new line up that just released?! New spokesmodel?

Anyway! Thought you might find it of interest if you live stateside and haven’t heard about it and happen to be a fan of Visee or Koda Kumi!

Discuss?

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Fafi for MAC is Live!

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Fafi for MAC is Live on the website (CLICK!)! Thanks to a Watercolour Sky for this info! I know we already discussed it but since it’s Live I thought we can dive into it again!

You can’t purchase as of yet but I’m sure within a few days you’ll be able to click yourself to cosmetic bliss!

The collection is highly anticipated by MAC lovers far and wide!

Official dates for the US Counters is February 13th and I believe that’s also for UK and Asia as well but do correct me if I’m wrong!

Of course, as always, the swatches on the site suck but I know I’m wanting a majority of the collection!

The break down of the Muse’s lemmings:

Lipsticks
Flash-N-Dash
Utterly Frivolous
Strawbaby
High Top

Lipglass
Totally It
Squeeze It

Eyeshadow Quads
Fafi Eyes 1
Fafi Eyes 2

Blush
Hipness
Fashion Frenzy

Pressed Powder
Sassed-Up
Verve-Acious
Belightful

Items I’m debating on:
Fafi Dolls
Makeup Bag and Brush Set
Makeup Bags
Fafi Tote

Wow, I’m officially broke and I haven’t been to the counter as of yet!

How about you!?

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Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008 First Impressions

I’m positive many of you will be hyper and happy about this entry as I know quite a majority of my readers are big Lavshuca fans (as am I!).

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I was excited and disappointed with the Spring releases as the colors ended up being very dark and dull. My excitement at the release of new palettes was definately high however my first glimpse left me feeling rather crestfallen with the color selection being so very “un-Spring” like!

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The current palettes, entitled Noble On Eyes, have evolved yet again and although they remain familiar in size they differ in small ways from the standard Grade Eye Select Palettes in the general catalog.

I was in high debate if I wanted any of this collection but as I am such a mush I gave into temptation and got all five palettes released and three of the new lipshades!

A few of the differences that I took note of were the fact that the palette now consists of three colors instead of the standard four shades, the applicator is no longer a dual tipped sponge, it now has a brush on one end and a sponge liner brush on the other side, and the packaging of the palette is slightly different in color and design. The new packaging carries a floral cut along the outer edge all the way around and the color went from pinkish purple to a dark purplish pink.

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Most shocking is the fact that each of these palettes appear to carry all the same dark base colors while leaving us with one vibrant shade for our lid! Le Sigh! How very boring!

However, the good news is that each has a bit of a lighter or darker shade to it so really even though they appear the same they have little tiny differences! Still disappointing none the less but at least it’s not a total loss that I have five palettes with the exact same colors!

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The palettes come in a pink, blue, green, orange, and tan variation. To create your look with these you’ll be using the lightest shade (on the bottom left corner) on your highbrow as a highlighter and also as a liner for your bottom lash line. You’ll use the middle color on your crease and the dark shade (upper right hand) as a liner. This is basically what I can glean from the diagram. Hmm. Sounds interesting!? I guess it’s best we use our imaginations while applying and see what we can do with such wonky colors!

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From what I can see BR1 and BG1 carry the same base colors while the middle color is different! PK1 may look dark but actually the lower left hand corner color appears to be a very sandy pink color to my eyes! GN1′s lower color is a golden sheen while OR1 is a sandy beige.

The upper color is mostly the same in three out of five of the palettes. OR1, BG1, and BR1 appear the be the same while GN1 is a lighter variation and PK1 is the lightest in the lot!

So even though they appear to carry the same colors they are very slightly different from each other aside from BR1 and BG1.

The Spring Collection happened to bring a new color release for the Grade Color Select palettes which I didn’t get as it was blacks and grays and I have plenty of each. Sadly, no new colors for the Grade Eye Select which may mean they are phasing them out of the catalog. I hope not as they are actually my favorite! We shall see what Summer brings!

It deserves to be mentioned that color pay off is what you make of it. A lighter hand will get you a beautiful natural look while a heavier hand that’s packing on color with leave you with a more bolder, vibrant look. Lavshuca shadows have good pigment to them and with a little work you can create a lovely eye with them!

I used BG1 this morning and sadly it came out a complete mess to me. Working the darker browns with the lighter aqua shade in the palette was difficult at best. The completed look, to me, appears very washed out and just ugly. I’m really not loving how these combine! Although they look great on Puffy in the promo images I am unable to prefect the same look. Using the darkest shade to line the aqua just made it a mess so I ended up removing it and tried applying the darker shade to my lid while highlighting with the aqua, again I got crummy results. I somehow ended up with the lightest shade highlighting my highbrow, the aqua all over my crease and lid, and the darkest shade applied lightly on my lid and lining my upper lashline! After all this drama I think it came out crap! Maybe I was rushing too much this morning so I can’t give these a totally bad review yet! I have to test a bit more to make my final decision.

With the palettes they also introduced a brand new lipstick entitled Rouge Essence Bar. To me it’s basically the same old standard lipsticks but in keeping with the current theme they just packaged it different. However, the formula for these does appear creamier and less gritty then the original lipshades. I find the old lipshades had glitter in them and weren’t as flawless to apply as these are plus they had a bit of a gritty feel to them! These are very moisturizing and creamy and have excellent color payoff and indeed they do have a touch of shimmer! I think I may want a few more of these! I ended up purchasing three colors.

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RS1, RD2, and RD1
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Evolution of Lavshuca’s Lipstick
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I’ll be uploading my FOTD later today so you can see one of the palettes in action! I’m not particularly thrilled with these to be honest and I think you can safely skip these if you’re unable to locate them at retail price. If you’re a collector or you can get these at retail they may very well be worth picking up. The lipsticks are a definite buy as I found them very good quality!

Overall, a little bit of a disappointing collection!

Got some of this?
Want it?
Loving the shades of the Noble Eye Palettes?
Not so much?

Discuss!

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Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Review

I don’t know how but I’ve somehow became a Bobbi Brown groupie (you must be exhausted hearing about Bobbi Brown cosmetics so much this week!). Bobbi Brown is alot like the little boy in kindergarten who hits a little girl because he likes her. I’ve slapped Bobbi Brown around a few times in some old posts as you might recall but it’s probably just me hiding a deeper love for her product then I realized thus I’m the little boy!

I was on a Bobbi Brown kick last week so I purchased her gel eyeliner and I’m hear to rave about it! I’m normally a big fan of KATE gel liner or Smashbox cream liner. I rarely venture outside of using those two brands. Fact of the matter is I do indeed collect many MAC Fluidlines but rarely reach for them! My hand normally goes for either KATE or Smashbox.

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Another fact is I rarely line my eyes. A girl on Specktra once told me that in order to wrap up my look it’s best to line my upper lashline and lower waterline and believe me it was the best advice ever because liner really makes an eye look pop! However, I tend to create very bold looks and using liner on top of that makes me look quite like a “painted lady” (read between the lines). You’ll catch me using eyeliner for an evening out or when I’m using a lighter shade of shadow and that’s about it.

Anyway, the story is getting long and you’re getting bored! On with the review!

I don’t normally like gel based liners because I find they apply streaky and I have to fill in the area after I apply. Which means I have to have a steady hand to apply and a steadier hand to reapply because the first time I didn’t get the coverage I wanted to begin with! This happens to me with MAC FL much of the time I use it which puts me into a battle of loving and hating it.

The good news is Bobbi Brown Gel Liner goes on smoothly, seamlessly and once. I don’t have to re-line the area. One line is dark enough and perfect enough to last me all evening (or day) long!

The texture is “melty” and soft but it doesn’t make application difficult. Normally my sole reason I don’t use MAC FL as much as I should is due to the weird melting, soft formula that streaks for me. However, this gel liner applies very dark the first time, no streaks, and gives me a perfect, smooth line! I realize MAC FL has a cult following but I’m not really all that big a fan, sorry guys! However, I’m loving the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner at the moment!

Three Cheers for this one! It’s Muse Approved!

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Before Liner. Aw no pop!
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After Liner. POP!
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Sorry lots of similar pics! You can tell I was messing with makeup that night big time right?!

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