Posts From May 2008

Nordstrom Exclusive: Philosophy Green Apple

Ahhhh who doesn’t love Nordie Exclusives! You know the type that come stamped with that big, bold “Nordstrom” Exclusive across it on the Nordie’s site.

I get all hyper and teary eyed every time I see the words “exclusive”. Hyper because I’m a diseased makeup junkie and teary eyed because I know how untrue the words “exclusive” really are (think Pink Lemonade from last Summer!).

Exclusive translates into “we have it now” but “they’ll have it later” (example: Sephora, QVC, Etc…).

Anyway now that I had my rant on the magic word “exclusive” might I bring to your attention the Philosophy Green Apple Collection!

Nordstrom has a few interesting items available for your purchasing pleasure from Philosophy!

I was getting all 50 Cent on myself after reading about this new collection! Hey, I can’t make this stuff up it says right in the description and I quote, “Take a trip to the Candy Shop…”…I can’t help it if 50 Cent popped into my head!

Oh wait after watching this I realized he was definately not talking about candy….oops…..

Back to Philosophy….

Behold, Yummie goodies to please:

Philosophy Green Apple Gift Set $18 USD (Available separately as well! Gloss $10 USD and Three in One Body Wash $16 USD).
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Philosophy Green Apple Body Scrub $25 USD
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I was a tiny bit skeptical about this release and worried that maybe this would just smell like the original Red Apple Three in One but I’m happy to report it promises to have a sweet and sour scent. I’m thinking Jolly Rancher Sour Apple candy…whatcha think?

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I think I needs it if it smells that good! I can’t promise if it smells that great that I won’t be chugging it from the bottle (I’ve been known to do stupid things on occasion)!

Yup….I feel a trip to Nordstrom coming on! Who’s coming with?

Wanna indulge in Philosophy Green Apple?

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Click here to read my raving review for the Philosophy Pink Lemonade Collection from last year!

Click here to battle dry skin with my review on Philosophy’s Microdelivery Wash!

Satisfy your need for more Philosophy Summer Collections by clicking here!

Take a walk through a Philosophy Field of Flowers by clicking here!

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MAC Tendertones

Tis time for MAC Tendertones kids!

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Tendertones are available now at your local MAC counter or click on over to the MAC site to snatch some up before they disappear!

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Hauling these?

Love ‘em?

Hate ‘em?

Tell me what you’re getting!

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Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow Wash and Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss Review

Stila’s bestselling, popular Kitten eyeshadow took on new and exciting forms this year for Summer.

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A few weeks ago I blogged about one of Stila’s Summer Collections which included a ton of “Kitten” themed goodies. I ended up hauling the entire collection and I’ll be reviewing for you today the Kitten Silk Eyeshadow Wash and the Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss. Later on this week I’ll be reviewing the Kitten Eyeshadow palette so stay tuned for that!

Kitten is a universally flattering shade of shadow that works on all skin tones. It’s a subdued, nude shimmering pink with golden undertones. Personally I find it to be a bit of a beige color. It’s truly a lovely shade and packs plenty of sparkle and shimmer in it’s power form however in the new cream version it fails by a mile to maintain the beautiful shimmering color I’ve fallen in love with.

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The Kitten Family: Gloss, Shadow Wash, and Eyeshadow Powder
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Stila’s Kitten Silk Eyeshadow Wash is morphed into an entire new color for me. It does appear to be a similar shade to the powder but it looks a bit darker on and it’s more of a metallic wet look than a fine shimmer.

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The formula doesn’t blend as well as I would like and it dries pretty quickly which means you have to work fast and apply enough product your first try or you’ll be in trouble. If you’re looking to layer after, I highly recommend not doing so as it makes a bit of a mess since the shadow dries so quickly it’s basically like applying something wet onto something dry…think mud.

I can’t pinpoint exactly why I wasn’t loving this but I guess some of it accounts to the lack of shimmer, the problem with blending, and the fact that it’s not exactly as gorgeous as my beloved Kitten Eyeshadow.

Here are two swatch photos of Kitten Shadow Wash versus Kitten Powder Eyeshadow. As you can see the wash is a tad bit darker than the powder! I must say that the wash looks quite a good deal shimmery on my arm than it does on my eye.

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I had little success with the Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss and was just as disappointed with it’s performance as I was with the Stila Kitten Silk Eyeshadow Wash!

The gloss is absolutely stunning and appears to be packed with sparkle, shimmer, glitter, and shine. That’s a big YAY for the Muse of course however the product isn’t as nearly nice on as it appears in it’s gorgeous packaging.

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I was stunned upon applying this to have a very sheer layer of clear gloss with a tiny bit of sparkle instead of the gorgeous pink shimmer that was in the bottle and on the applicator. I thought for sure this would be amazing on my lips but its a complete miss for me.

The formula isn’t so wonderful and has little staying power. It’s not sticky or tacky which could account for the fact that it virtually slides right off after application. The color and shimmer you see doesn’t come through once the product is on your lips so you’re left with a rather natural glossy look that can be achieved with a far cheaper gloss.

If this was a bit more pigmented and packed some shimmer we’d have a solid gold winner on our hands to pair up with Kitten eyeshadow. Sadly, none of that applies to this gloss and it’s a big disappointment for me.

I do have to rave about the cute packaging. I really dig the kitten script on the simple brown packaging! Really cutes! The palette features the same cute “Kitten” script! Loves it!

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All in all these two particular items in the Stila Summer Collection haven’t thrilled me but I have high hopes for the Kitten Eye Palette! It’s simply gorgeous and packed full of beautiful shades for the Summer! My review is upcoming on it and I think it’ll be a glowing one so stayed tuned!

In my FOTD today I’m wearing the Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow Wash, Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss, and some Urban Decay Baked Bronzer!

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Check out more of the Stila Summer releases by clicking here!

Have you purchased any of these Stila items?

Love Stila Kitten?

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Lip color with SPF? The Muse has you covered with her review of Stila’s SPF 20 Shine Lip Color! Click to read up!

Click to nab some Steals and Deals from Stila!

Find out why I’m raving about Stila Cherry Crush by clicking here!

Illuminate yourself by checking out my review on Stila’s Illuminating Finishing Powder!

Pssttt…Check on my Spring Cleaning Sale and nab a Steal and maybe a Deal on some Stila that’s unwanted by the Muse! Click!

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Jill Stuart Seductive Eyes Summer 2008

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Jill Stuart has updated it’s website with a very small Summer Collection. Sadly, it’s nothing to get too excited about.

The releases include a new Seductive Eyes Palette in 05 Gemmy Diva and two liglosses in Marguerite Glow and Gleaming Nectar.

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Any other day I’d be bouncing around in excitement that a new palette has been introduced but I am slightly wary of the color combinations that they keep releasing. I’d love something new. This particular palette is similiar to the Holiday Coffret’s release. I’m very tempted as the two colors on the left seem to be very nice Summery shades however it’s nothing I can’t recreate or don’t already have from prior palette releases.

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As much as I absolutely adore Jill Stuart I can’t help but yawn and as you can see above the palette is very similar to the Holiday release!

I’ll definately be purchasing this palette but please, Jill, if you’re listening, can we have some new color combos?

The palette is 5,000 yen (did the price raise on these? I recall them being a tad bit lower last year!) and each lipgloss is 2,800 yen!

I think it’s safe to assume these are out and available at counters now or will be shortly since the site has been update very recently!

Wanting this collection?

As bored as the Muse?

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Catch up on some Jill Stuart posts!

Click here to read my review and see some awesome photos of the Jill Stuart Holiday Coffret including the palette I just featured in this post!

Click here to hear about the Jill Stuart Spring Collection!

Click here to behold the beauty of Jill Stuart’s newest perfume! Here to my review too!

Click here
to watch some MuseTV with a Spotlight on my Jill Stuart Collection!

Click here to read the woe and warning of Fake Jill Stuart Palettes that have popped up on online auctions!

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Laneige Summer 2008 Collection

Well lookiee what the Muse came across on the Laneige Singapore site!

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It’s the Summer Collection!

I was shocked to see the Laneige site had updated for Summer on the Singapore site only and not the Korean! I was thinking I’d see the update on the Korean site prior to any of the other global gateways!

Go Singapore (lately you guys have been really up to date with the cosmetic collections!)!

The release appears to be very small with some shadows and a lipstick but I’m unsure of all the details as of yet! As soon as I know I’ll definately keep you posted!

As always the promo model image is gorgeous! It’s a very edgy look they created using soft colors. I think perhaps the edge comes from the haircut the model is sporting!

I’m interested in getting my hands on some of this collection to review for you guys so stayed tuned!

On a side note I’m behind on comments please know I’ll get to them soon! Sorry for the delay! Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging on occasion! Love you all!

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Click here to check out the Laneige Spring Collection!

Click here
to read my review of Laneige’s Darling Big Eyes Palette!

Click here
to read why I was so excited about Laneige’s Pink Sliding Compact!

Click here to read my review on Laneige’s Snow Radiant Blusher!

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