Posts From June 2008
Meet my Summer Must Have lipglass from MAC:
Ahhh just the name makes shivers run down my back.
It’s simply thee most gorgeous shade of yum I’ve come across in a long, long time.
Have you picked this up yet? Stop reading this and get to MAC before it’s gone!
Hurry! Now damn you now!
Oh, Pink Grapefruit how I love thee, let me count the ways!
You’re a cocktail of shimmery orange, pink, red goodness that screams Summer hotness!
You’re gorgeous neon orange packaging is both hip and glow in the dark awesome.
You’re sticky and tacky but you last and last and last all day long!
You’re flattering too all my coral, peach, and orange blush shades!
You rock the socks off my shimmering gold, peach, orange, and copper eyeshadow collection!
Even thought I wasn’t feeling the MAC Summer trio of color stories over much I do so admit that Pink Grapefruit totally has my love for the moment and is most definately my latest obsession for Summer gorgeous!
Truly it’s a unique shade that I haven’t yet run across from MAC! The site calls it a combo of orange with gold pearl but it just seems like a mix of pink, red, orange, and copper! It’s a really complex color that is simply stunning on!
MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit is a Summer Must Have for the Muse and gets a big, hearty Muse Approved for purchase!
If you’re purchased nothing else from MAC’s latest color stories you MUST at least get this!
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Want more gloss? Check below for some great posts!
Click here to find out why I’m not loving Stila’s Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss!
Click here to find out how much I’m loving MAC Dazzleglass with my raving review!
Click here to read about the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflects I hauled from the Summer 2008 Collection!
Click here to read my obsession with a certain shade of tangerine gloss!
Click here to read what glosses made it onto My Current Beauty Addiction List!
Click here to read my obsession with Bubblegum Pink glosses!
Click here to read about the Ettusias Glitter Princess Collection and the glosses that came out with the release!
Lately I’ve been daring enough to try out various cream eyeshadows. I’m normally not a big fan of cream shadows but I’ve run across some really good ones and this has turned my Nay into a Yay when it comes to them.
I recently blogged about Vincent Longo’s Beautiful Dreamer Summer Collection and one of the main items released with it were some new liquid shadows. Of course, I had to go out and buy them for myself so I could review them here!
I was pretty excited about these as they appeared to be a shimmering liquid shadow plus the colors looked very Summer friendly. I do so admit that product gets sold to me very quickly when the promo images of the model sporting the makeup looks posh, put together, and simply gorgeous. This may stem from some unconscious need to look that flawless, that gorgeous, or it could be I’m hoping to attempt the same eye, lip, or cheek look. Who knows really but I do automatically hunt out a product if I’m liking the way it appears on a model pimping the collection out. The model was looking simply stunning in this particular advert.
The collection, aside from the liquid shadow, wasn’t anything to get too excited about so I ended up purchasing just two colors of the shadow and leaving the rest. The liquid shadow only comes in four shades which is both good news and bad. Bad, if I ended up loving the product and not being able to get my hands on more colors of a great product. Good, because I actually didn’t end up loving Vincent Longo Liquid Shadow as much as I had hoped I would.
I was expecting a shimmering cream shadow but sadly that’s not the case. The lack of shimmer in these lead to the downward spiral that will slowly become my poor review on the product.
Did I miss the trendy boat that said metallics are so in this season? I never got the memo. This goes to show you how much of a non-trendy person I am. I tend to march to a different drum then the rest of the cosmetic society because I had no idea that metallics were so huge this Summer. I guess I should have gotten a hint when Bobbi Brown released it’s Metallic Single Eyeshadows or when Bourjois Paris came out with it’s Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow.
Which brings me to the fact that these do in fact dry down to a high metallic sheen. Although I don’t mind metallics, I just don’t find I reach for them first thing. These have some good key factors so it’s not all bad. They dry down very slowly giving you plenty of time to build up color and blend as much or as little as you like. I think this is key with liquid shadows and I really appreciate this type of formula when I buy a cream shadow! One of the main reasons I avoid cream shadow is the incredibly quick dry down time which makes blending such a bitch. The fact that these dry down so slowly and give plenty of time for both blending and adding additional product to build up the color is a big plus. They are also very long wearing and have pretty good pigmentation but you do have to slather color on to see a good pop of color. One brush stroke will definately not create a dramatic eye so be prepared to saturate your eye area with cream shadow.
The colors I got were Supple Rose which is a warm pink and Liquid Desire which is a golden peach. Guess what? They look exactly the same on my eye. I couldn’t really tell too much of a difference between the colors once they were on. Swatches appeared really gorgeous and shimmering and you can distinctively tell a difference in color. However, once applied the color melded on and both looked identical. I was particularly taken with the look of Liquid Desire when I swatched it but it ended up just being blah when it was on my eye!
As you can see from my FOTD’s it looks like I’m wearing the same exact shade of shadow in both photos.
Aside from the drama of color I just didn’t get the wow factor at all. The payoff in the end is very natural, neutral, and dare I say boring? Although you can’t see it in my pictures the effect is that of a high sheen of metallic. The shadow dries down but it still appears somewhat shiny and wet. You’d think this alone would give some sort of dramatic effect. Nope. Not really. Yawn.
I really can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that I’m disliking about these. I’m not thrilled about the price either. $24 USD per shadow isn’t exactly cheap chips and it seems even more expensive when I am not loving the product! Have no fear I imagine I’d be a real sport about the $24 bucks if I was loving these!
When it’s all is said and done I think you can safely skip these. Nice to play with, nice to try, but don’t be fooled by the swatches you might do while in Sephora. As pretty and shimmering as they look on your hand you just won’t get the same effect once the product is on your eyes.
Although the formula is excellent in regards to blending and pigmentation in the end it fails at creating any wow or excitement.
The Muse no likey.
Skip it and buy something else.
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Stila jumps on board the cool, refreshing band wagon and releases it’s new Hydrating Powder and Primer.
Both the powder and primer are available for pre-order at Stila’s site and are supposed to be officially released in 2-3 weeks but you can order now! I’m unsure exactly when the items will ship but it’s safe to say it’ll be before the official release of both!
I’m actually curious about both and leaning towards investing my hard earned cash into buying them! I have my doubts about the price but it may well be worth it!
I’ve been searching for a good primer for a while now and “hydrating” primer sounds quite interesting. Stila’s hydrating primer has an SPF 15 which is a big plus and anti-aging ingredients. The price at $34 USD does make me shudder but as I always say, “whoever said being beautiful was cheap?”
Stila Hydrating Primer
The powder also has my eye and I’m curious of it’s a cooling, “wet” feeling powder but again at $32 USD I am raising my eyebrows! At this price I can just dive in and purchase the Awake powder I’ve had my eye on for ages! But I’m not totally crossing this off the list as of yet! Must test this out and see for myself!
Stila Hydrating Powder
This is proof that certain words will trigger off that “need” for product! As soon as I heard hydrating I was ready to jump on the site, whip my credit card out, and begin the buying spree!
Will I review these? Depends! Stay tuned and they might pop up around here soon!
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Another Summer Collection for Banila Co has been released entitled Sun Blessed. This is the 2nd release for Summer from Banila Co and is much warmer than it’s previous release entitled “Blue”.
Releasing with the Sun Blessed Collection are the following items:
Face Blusher for 18,000 won which is a shimmering bronzer blush, Bronzer Highlighter for 12,000 won which is a shimmering cream bronzer for face and body, Bronzing Body Liner for 8,800 won, two new shades of the marble eyeshadows in a shimmering bronzy gold and a blue for 8,500 won each, two shades of shimmering lipstick for 12,000 won each, and several new shades of polish for 4,000 won each.
Sun Blessed Face Blusher
Sun Blessed Bronzing Highlighter
Sun Blessed Marbled Eyeshadows, Shimmer Lipstick, and Nail Polish
The collection looks lovely but I doubt I’ll be partaking as a few other items such as Etude House’s Sherbet Cool Party Collection has caught my eye!
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Click to read about Banila Co’s cooler Summer Collection!
Click to read why I’m lusting after the new Etude House Summer Skincare line up!
Craving more Korean cosmetics? Click to read my rave review for Etude House Pore Erasing Peach Base and Peach Pact Powder!
Get the scoop on Laneige’s Summer Collection by clicking here!
One of my very favorite brands from Japan has updated it’s website with the latest Summer Collection. Susie N.Y. is a drugstore brand available in Japan that has a nice selection of cosmetics that really appeal to my sense of simplicity. I really enjoy the funky, fun colors released in the Summer!
Last Summer they released three dual eye color palettes in beautiful Summer shades that I really adored. Each palette contained a shimmering gold/silver glittery base and one solid, bold color. There was some debate over the fact that each palette contained the same exact base shade and how wasteful it was to purchase all three palettes for this reason. Even after the grave argument of whether it was worth shelling out cash for all three palettes with the same single base I ended up diving right in and purchasing all three (did you think I’d do anything different!? Come on now you know me!). The base is a really stunning shade and not only compliments the secondary color in the palette but other single colors I have! I’m actually happy I have three of the same shade as it’s become a staple for me when I prep my eye area for a deeper, darker, shade of shadow!
Summer 2007 Releases
Gorgeous Base Color
As you can see from the above photos Susie N.Y. takes a note from Shu’s simple, classic packaging. The Summer releases always seem to pop up in the same clear, plastic palette style which I adore (most of the other line sports the same packaging but larger forms such as the eye quads). The simplicity of the packaging is both practical and pretty to my eye and make for great storage as they are tiny and easy to stock in a bin!
This year Susie N.Y. has spiced things up with it’s Summer offerings and is offering two different palettes. A few new nail colors were introduced as well but what really caught my eye were the new dual eyeshadow palettes. From what I can see on the site it appears the base this year is a cream and the main color is powder! The combination of a cream and powder shadow should be an interesting combo!
The palettes are entitled “Attracting Eye” and are available in two shades for 1,400 yen each (around $12 USD each or “£6 GBP) but it’s safe to say they will be a bit discounted within drugstores.
The shades available are Miss No. 1 which is a deep rose pink powder and a complimenting lighter pink cream base and Daring which is a deep gold powder and a lighter shimmering cream base. The basic idea of each palette is to use the cream as a base and to line your eye with the powder but I think you can definately get creative with how you do up your eye with these! Who says we can’t have fun right?
The model appears to be sporting Miss No. 1 and I’m really liking the fresh, rosy look they have created with this palette!
All in all this collection has shaped out rather well. I love smaller collections for the Summer as I have time to save money for the soon to be released Fall collections! Expect a review on these palettes from me shortly as they have made their way onto my wishy list!
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