Posts From September 2008
I don’t know if you recall but a week or so ago I did a review on Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer, in my post I mentioned the rather awesome Gift with Purchase from Bergdorf Goodman.
Although the promotion is no longer available I wanted to show you the super generous Gift with Purchase that Lancome was giving out.
It’s one of the best promos I’ve seen in a really long time and I can’t help but share it with you! In order to get the gift you only had to spend $35 USD….and let me tell you…it’s seriously worth so much more!
I had no idea how HUGE the bag would be that was included with the gift! It’s BIG! Wow! And so chic and glam! I can fit myself inside this bag!
I can easily get away with using the bag for overnight trips or weekend getaways! It’s a beautiful gray shade with an aubergine liner that matches the handles and piping on the outside. Gorgeous!
If the bag wasn’t enough for you wait till you see what was inside!
Three quality brushes for lips, face, and eyes! My favorite eye makeup remover, Lancome Bi-Facil, generous sizes of Lancome Absolue Night Cream and Lancome Absolue Replenishing Cream, a Lancome Color Fever Gloss, and an uber awesome palette for cheeks and eyes!
I don’t think I ever seen Lancome give away a palette that included both a blush and four shadows. Normally I get the free eye quad. One of the shades in the palette is quite a gorgeous dupe for MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink! The colors are flattering for Fall and all go beautifully together to create a great look plus the gloss matches up perfectly with the palette to create a gorogeous warm look.
I’m really impressed with the quality and generosity of this particular Gift with Purchase! All this for spending a mere $35 USD!
I highly recommend keeping your eyes peeled for Lancome’s next Gift with Purchase at Bergdorf Goodmans! I know I will be!
Did you score this during the GWP at Bergdorf’s?
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Lancome’s Mystery Game Collection Review
Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black
Lancome’s Maharani Jewels Fall Collection Featuring a Review of the Elephant Bronzer Powder
Hey pretty girls (and guys)!
I know you’ve been eagerly awaiting my review on Etude House’s Summer skincare collection but skincare is a tricky thing to review and it needs a ton of testing before I can sit down and give you guys the lowdown!
I’ve had the complete collection of Etude House Aqua Sherbet for over a month now and I’ve been using it daily for that entire time as part of my AM skincare regime. The collection consists of all of the following products:
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Facial Lotion
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Toner
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Serum
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Gel Cream
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner
Please note that a brand new mist has been recently added to the collection. Sadly, when I had my friend purchase this lot of items for me the mist was not yet out and available however I did ask for it now so hopefully soon I can bring you a review for that!
As you can see the entire regime is a bit of an overkill as that’s a whole LOT of stuff to be putting on your face daily. Although, as per Etude House’s recommendation, the products should be used in a certain order as a daily skincare technique, I personally ended up breaking some of it up and using it for different purposes although I’m not stranger to using a ton of different items on my skin daily so this was not a big deal!
I think I’ll start my review with my favorite product out of the entire line which was the Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner. I. Love. This. Stuff.
It’s seriously awesome and I wish I could find something of similiar quality here in the US for such an inexpensive price. It’s literally does what it says, an icy cool, refreshing toner. It’s not a spray but a foam so you can’t spray this directly on your face unfortunately. Basically you spray a bit on a cotton pad, it’s a foam so it’s not really saturating the pad completely, you proceed to wipe it all over your face for a rather nice blast of coolness. It’s icy cool and fresh feeling and my skin seems to love it! Although I can’t read the ingredients I think it’s safe to say this contains a healthy dose of alcohol but I experienced no dryness after using it. It’s such a great little item to have around on a hot Summer morning! It makes my face feel cool, refreshed, and ready for my makeup! I love it! Etude House did a seriously good job with this one and I’ve enjoyed using this daily and will definately be purchasing some more to stock up on! The toner is 18,000 won which is pricey for Etude House as they normally range in the 9,000-12,000 won price category however it’s well worth it and if you so choose, and have access, you can actually purchase the toner and gel cream together for 21,000 won which is like getting the gel cream free!
The toner and the lotion are very good however I did sadly experience a bit of drying with both. As I mentioned earlier Etude House skincare does have a considerable amount of alcohol in it. It’s hard not to notice as they do faintly have the scent of it however with the Etude House Moistfull Skincare Collection I experience absolutely no dryness after use but with the Aqua Sherbet toner and lotion I did have a bit of a drying, sticky feeling after use. I don’t mind this so much since it’s so hot and humid and my skin can actually take advantage of the mattifying these two products provide however I probably will have to avoid use in the Winter when my skin will become much drier. Aside from that I liked both. Each is 9,500 won or both for 20,000 and the bottles are very large so this is definately a lovely price tag. The toner nor lotion does not produce the same cooling experience that the Ice Toner has. The Ice Toner definately has a cooling sensation when applied however the regular toner and lotion didn’t have the same effect. I was slightly disappointed that I failed to notice any citrusy scent with any of the products as well since I THINK they are meant to have a faint fruity smell. Turns out they actually smell quite similiar to the Moistfull Collection which is a fresh, aqua like smell for lack of a better description. The toner is a typical liquid toner that you use with a cotton pad and the lotion has a nice light consistency for Summer wear. All the bottles in Etude House’s skincare and fragrance line are extremely vanity worthy however I do have a problem with getting the lotion out of such a heavy glass bottle. Each bottle is a beautifully frosted heavy glass but a tiny bit unconventional for a clumsy person like me who might drop it. It’s also rather irritating to shake it around to get the lotion flowing as well! It kinda has that annoying Ketchup method where you sit for a while trying to shake the product out of the bottle. Aside from my minor rants I did like the toner and lotion.
One of my lovely readers, jkim, kindly translated the use of each product and they should be used in the following order:
Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner or Aqua Sherbet Toner
Aqua Sherbet Serum
Aqua Sherbet Facial Lotion
Aqua Sherbet Gel Cream
I’ve been basically using them in these stages as well but sometimes skipping the gel cream and serum and using those as night treatments.
For me both the Serum and the Gel Cream had about the same consistency which was a bit of a thicker formula than the lotion but only a tad bit more so. Neither the Serum nor the Gel Cream were drying thankfully although I did feel like the Serum was much better than the Gel Cream simply because the Gel Cream left a tiny bit of a sticky residue behind after use.
I personally don’t understand the idea of using a serum, facial lotion, plus a gel cream. Maybe if I could read Korean I’d understand the mentality behind it all. Since this seemed like a rather weird way to use the products I decided I’d use the both toners in the AM plus the regular facial lotion. I follow up by using the gel cream as a primer and I use the serum in the evening. The gel and serum can be purchased together or separately. Together they retail for 23,000 won where as seperate the gel costs 12,000 won and the serum costs 11,000 won.
In a over month’s use I didn’t experience anything wow aspiring about the collection however I am impressed with the price, the wonderful packaging, and the rather great concept of a lighter form of skincare for the Summer.
We all change and rearrange how we care for our skin during different times of the year and Etude House’s Aqua Sherbert line was a rather fun item to use as my Summer skincare. It’s light, refreshing, plus since it contains a fair bit of alcohol it successfully mattified my skin without over drying too much!
Although I had minor complaints here and there and I do prefer Etude House’s Moistfull Skincare Collection over this I still liked this little collection and felt like it was money well spent!
Cheers to Etude House for always putting a smile on my face!
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Etude House Summer Collection 2008: Sherbert Cool Party Release Information
The Muse’s Appearance in Etude House’s Newsletter!
Etude House’s Spring Collection 2008 Reviewed
Since Lavshuca Fall Collection for 2008 failed to impressed me this year I actually avoided purchasing anything aside from one lonely lipstick.
If you’re not in the know Lavshuca released a full size lipstick this season entitled Rouge Star Classic. I believe this is the first time Lavshuca has ventured into doing a full size lipstick so it definately had me wanting to try it.
It’s mmm…ok…nothing to write home.
It got mine in the color RD-2 and I’m particularly glad I only got one color because the formula isn’t excactly fantastic. It sports an identical formula as the regular mini-size Jewel Lips which honestly I do adore however I’m not completely in love with the texture on either the Jewel Lips or the Rouge Star Classic.
The formula is slightly gritty and although they promise to be major moisturizing and contain “moisture wrapping oil” whatever the hell that is, I fail to see any of that during application. They glide on well enough with a very slight gritty feel but I’ve just tried better. I think I might have fell out of love with Lavshuca’s lippie selection when I discovered much better Japanese lipstick options.
RD-2 is a deeper pink shades with a bit of a red tinge and fine gold shimmer. It looks quite classical on the lips but this fails to redeem the crummy texture and formula of the actual product. Props goes to the packaging for the interesting slim line tube that matches with the newer Lavshuca packaging.
14 shades are available of this new line but I don’t see myself indulging in anymore than this one. The novelty of Jewel Lips is most definately the size which is why I own so many however Rouge Star Classic has nothing special to offer and is just a mediocre lipstick. For a few dollars more you can get yourself one of Urban Decay’s outstanding lipsticks. Each lipstick retails for 1,575 yen.
Size Comparison: Lavshuca Jewel Lips Mini, Lavshuca’s New Rouge Star Classic, and MAC Lipstick
The Muse enjoyed the packaging, liked trying this out, but definately will not indulge in further colors. Cute but fails to hold my interest!
Wearing Lavshuca Rouge Star Classic Lipstick in RD-2
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Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation Review
Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008 Reviewed
Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes 2007 Review
Lavshuca Color Conc Rouge Review
Ok, are you listening?
Make sure your listening.
This is important.
For $10 USD or less you can have awesome flawless skin.
Are you in?
If you like the way my skin looks in my photos you can thank my secret weapon which I’ve been using for at least 10 years now.
It creates flawless perfection.
Seriously the best stuff I ever used in my life.
Now you know I HATE drugstore cosmetics within the US however this stuff deserves some serious props.
I discovered this when I was a wee lass and on a student budget and since I started using it I never looked back.
It can be used as my sole foundation, as a quick touch up, as a finishing powder, to hide dullness, to refresh my skin, to create the illusion of pure perfection.
Sounds too good to be true right?
But it’s true.
WHAT IS IT MUSE!?
Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Pressed Powder Palette.
Go figure right?
I’ve seriously used this stuff since I was a teen and I just love it. I recently had to purchase a new one and I thought gee I need to share this with the world.
See? Told you I needed a new one!
So here I am telling you all about my secret weapon that creates the flawlessness you see in all my photos.
The powder comes in a few different color selections but I use Creamy Natural. I think it’s safe to say that Creamy Natural should work on fair, medium, and yellow tone skin. I think this should be flattering on Asian skin but I can’t completely guarantee it as I haven’t yet convinced any of my Asian girl friends to take the dive (they are just as snobby as me when it comes to drugstore beauty brands!). However, it has so many variations of beige in it that I think it should even out yellows very nicely!
The palette is made up of several colors including white, darker, lighter, and medium shades of beige. Each color combines to create this rather amazing shade that’s completely flattering to my skin tone.
I’ve used the product as a finishing powder mostly but I can easily get away with using it as foundation. It’s truly pure perfection. It works amazing well at creating this soft focused look that I’ve never been able to duplicate with expensive powders I’ve tried. It evens out my skin tone, removes dullness, and just makes my skin look beautifully flawless.
I love the packaging too by the way! It’s a two way compact with the powder on top and a small compartment underneath for tucking in the super soft puff application it comes with.
Sadly, it does contain talc and parabens. Parabens are definately a no for many people but I don’t mind them as much and talc has been known to cause break outs however I’ve never experienced that problem with this.
Is it love?
If I had to pick three products to take with me on a deserted island would this be one?
This one is holy grail material.
I love it and I’m kindly sharing it with you!
Go out, grab some, and try it out! I bet you’ll be hooked!
This is by far the best Beauty Budget purchase I ever made in my life and if they ever axe this from the line I might as well jump out a window! Can’t live without it!
The Muse Approves it big time!
Want to try it?
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Enjoy some past Beauty on a Budget posts!
Rimmel Underground Spring Collection 2008: Rock, Spark and Spin
Physicians Formula Plump Potion Review
Latest Obsession: Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray Review
Beauty on a Budget: Twice as Clean Gift Set
Physicians Formula Flawless Complexion Kit Review
Shiseido Kesho Wakusei Summer Collection Line Up
Terra Eyeshadow Review
When Beauty on a Budget, Goes Wrong: Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review
Just when you think MAC has done it all they switch things up a little bit and create another new, interesting, and unique collection that will appeal to the n00bs and fan girls alike.
Although MAC has done and re-done pigments until we are all blue in the face I think it’s safe to say that they never get old and we never get tired of ‘em, at least I don’t!
Last year MAC Rush Metal made me a happy girl but this year…this year MAC Overrich really made me estactic. Although Rush Metal is by far one of my favorite pigment collections I must admit that I was thrilled with MAC Overrich.
The pigments in Overrich are good deal different from most previous pigment releases. The formula is a finer grain of product that pigments are most definately not known for and the colors are richer and deeper than any previous release I’ve collected thus far.
Now the formula as I mentioned is slightly different on a few colors. I noticed the formula varied in format in several of the pigments however pretty much very single shade had a very finely milled texture. Most pigments I own do not have this texture, most are very grainy and chunky where as most all of the Overrich pigments were finely milled powder. I also noticed that the colors blended easier and fall out wasn’t as bad as it normally is with other MAC pigments. I also felt like the colors were more richer and intense in comparsion to past shades I’ve collected.
I got all the colors released aside from Mauvement which was a repromote from Rush Metal. The colors are truly intense shades that are super Fall friendly and will be great for creating unique, mysterious, dark eye looks! I can barely wait to dive in!
Blonde’s Gold is my favorite and happens to be a perfect shade of tan that contains so much gold it can easily be mistaken for a shimmering subdued beige shade.
Vintage Gold and Antique Green are next on my top list! These two combined will create a near perfect smoky green eye look. Vintage Gold is an olive green with traces of gold where as Antique Green is a true forest green shade.
Heritage Rouge is a deep burgundy with hints of brown.
Copperbeam is a fine brown with hints of deeper red which creates a tarnished maroon shade.
Mega-Rich is a burnt orange and ideally perfect for Fall!
And finally Museum Bronze is a taupe off brown with hints of gold.
As you can see a majority of the shades contain quite a good deal of golden shimmer which is quite alright with me as I favor a bit of gold in all my shades.
The selection is extremely Fall orintated but can easily work well in the Winter if you’re seeking some ultra chic smoky looks using bolder shades.
I’m glad I got all the colors as they are something well worth picking up! I’m particularly enamoured with Blonde’s Gold.
All in all I’m loving MAC Overrich! It’s a wonderful selection of colors that are Muse Approved for purchase!
Grab ‘em before they are gone!
Which colors are your favorite?
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The Importance of Piggie Vials
MAC Antiquitease Color
MAC Blue Storm
MAC Painterly and In3D
MAC Rush Metal
MAC Cult of the Cherry