Posts From October 2008
Stila’s Holiday Collection 2008 is turning out wonderfully well so far! I really love when Stila releases kits for the Holidays as they are always filled with great items and have a super sweet price tag attached!
One item in particular that grabbed my attention is the Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection and Handbag Gift Set. The really awesome thing about Stila Step Out and Shine would be the fact that it includes the brand new, not yet debuted Stila Pomegranate Crush Cheek and Lip Stain! W00t! Score!
You know how much I loved Stila Cherry Crush? Take a trip down memory lane…CLICK!
Well, take Stila Cherry Crush and amp it up a little bit, deepen it, darken it, create a more intensely flushing shade and you’ll have Stila Pomegranate Crush!
Excited? I am but you can chalk that up to my great love of stains!
Stila Pomegranate Crush multitasks as a cheek and a lip stain and as per my earlier review of Stila Cherry Crush I have beef with using a product on my face that has already touched my lips! The Muse is anal about germs to say the least. So I highly recommend using the mini size that’s available with this gift set for your lips and later, when it debuts, grab yourself a full size for your cheeks!
Pomegranate Crush is a deeper shade of red than Cherry Crush which was much more pink. The color is ideal for Fall as it has a certain cast of maroon to it which is delightful!
This morning I was trying to locate my Stila Cherry Crush as I wanted to compare the two but sadly I couldn’t find! Swatches to follow later today!
The kit includes a slew of other goodies to create a quick, simple, flattering Holiday face! Aside from Stila Pomegranate Crush you’ll also receive the following items:
Stila Convertible Color in Orchid
Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize
Stila Multi-Effect Mascara Black
Stila Pomegranate Crush (as mentioned above)
A cute silver clutch with purple lining and a Stila emblem tag inside!
The Stila Convertible Color you’ll get is not available in the regular line up which makes the kit extra special that it included an item you normally can’t get. The color is a reddish maroon shade which adds just the right flush to cheeks and lips. A lighter hand will get you a blushing look while a heavier hand will create a deeper pop of color on cheeks! Convertible Color is appropriately named as it can easily convert from a cheek product to a lip product. How you use it is entirely up to you! I’ve reviewed Convertible Color prior to this and it’s one of favorite products from Stila as I adore products that multitask and allow for quick application!
Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize is a shimmery, light wear cream that can be used on lids, cheeks, or lips for an added touch of sparkling highlight! The is my first experience with the All Over Shimmer Luminize and I liked it! I tried it on my eyes as an all over color wash and it worked a treat at creating a rather natural highlight to my eyes.
This is my first experience with Stila Multi-Effect Mascara and it’s quite good. This is a nice volumizing mascara that gives a brilliant feather effect to lashes. It separates perfectly while creating a full look, plump look to lashes!
For the look I created below I used everything in the kit and only added a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero and some gloss to bring the look together.
I started my look by applying the Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize on my lids and following up with two layers of Stila Multi-Effect Mascara. I followed up by applying Stila Convertible Color in Orchid to my cheeks and completed the look by applying Stila Pomegranate Crush to my lips!
The results: A simply, classic flushed look that was both simple and elegant.
I recommend the kit for cooler and warmer skin types as the kit is plenty pigmented to suit any tone. The kit is ideal for those who are super busy during the Holidays and want a quick, easy, and fun look on the go! It doesn’t take a ton of work or time to apply and the results are beautiful and natural!
I liked this one alot so I’m Muse Approving it for purchase!
I did notice an interesting fact about this kit. The one Stila is offering includes all of the goodies I listed however Sephora has an exclusive kit that also contains an eye quad which I thought was really nice as well!
Whichever Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection suits you, rest assured your Muse loved this one!
It makes a killer gift but you know you want it for yourself anyway so why bother right? Hehe!
Loving anything from the Stila Holiday 2008 Collection?
Any of the items on your wish list?
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Stila SPF 20 Shine Lip Color Review
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder Review
Stila Convertible Color Review
This slipped passed me but Love Clover has updated it’s site with the new Popchu Gloss! Looks like the site was updated on the 16th of September but the Muse doesn’t visit Love Clover’s site that much as she isn’t the biggest fan of their line.
Tis love for the Muse….*dreamy sigh*
Love Clover Popchu gloss comes in three shades which are Champagne Clear, Vanilla Beige, and Strawberry Pink. The Muse will be picking up Strawberry Pink for sure. I’d like all three to be honest but I just have a ridiculous amount of gloss to get through right now so one is plenty!
I have a feeling these will have a similiar texture to Makemania Curvy Lip Silicon Gloss which is actually a branch off of B&C Labs who also put out Love Clover. Curvy Lip Silicon Gloss is a holy grail gloss for the Muse however I know a few readers who dashed out to try it after I mentioned it at Musings and hated it. I personally love the ooey, goey mess and I’m hopeful Popchu Gloss is equally as fabulous!
The glosses have the typical spatula applicator most Japanese glosses have which is always an added plus for the Muse as this style applicator allows you to layer on gloss beautifully well! Sounds unconventional but works a treat! I wish more Western brands would embrace this awesome applicator! Get this, brace yourself, I believe these are flavored or at the least scented. Japanese glosses are not normally flavored so it’s always thrilling to have ones that are! I heart flavored glosses!
Each gloss is 1,260 yen but I’ve seen them crop up online ranging from $15-$19 USD. Whether they are worth the price jack remains to be seen! I’ll hopefully be reviewing these for you shortly so we’ll see if they are worth checking out!
Love the kawaii factor?
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Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip Review
Summer Collection 2008: Aube Gloss Frutina Review
Round Up: Aube Gloss Frutina
Tis time for a new Favorites list for Fall!
Excited (If you’re not just pretend you are!)?
Rounding up some favorites for this month wasn’t too hard as so many interesting pieces have fallen into my lap for my very favorite season, Fall. I’ve hot linked any reviews I may have done on these items so do have a click around and maybe you’ll run across a review you might have missed the first time around!
Days of settling for oranges and golds are long gone and this year I embraced my need for nudes, naturals, and browns! Rounding up those colors I also had a fix for purple!
Although I only reviewed some of MAC Cult of the Cherry I admit to indulging in far too much of this vibrant Fall Collection! One item that I’ve reached for on more than one occasion since the weather has gotten cooler, would be the my MAC Quad in Spiced Chocolate! Fiery copper, cranberry, and brown create a favorite Fall eye look for the Muse!
Japanese brand, Gransenbon, never fails to please me with it’s tiny, adorable packaging but what’s inside is the real joy! The Gransenbon Gran de Eyes in 17 has been a favorite of mine for over a year now but I find I like it for creating a quick Fall eye look! Although purple isn’t exactly the first color you think of for Autumn, it reminds this Muse of Halloween and witches! And I do so love Halloween!
I scored almost all of the Napoleon Perdis Eye Patrol Eyeshadows at Sephora’s for 50% off Napoleon Perdis Sale but they have been a favorite far before that! Two shades I’ve reached for daily since Fall hit are Private Boudoir and Private Noir. The shades are ideal for a smoky brown eye while giving me a bit of sparkle, which we all know the Muse is sincerely addicted too!
Ahh Bobbi, Bobbi, Bobbi how you’ve changed the way I view makeup! Although the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Palette is most definately not something you’d have seen me toting around in the past, I’ve long since made my peace and embraced my need for nudes! This palette makes nudes more bearable by bringing in beautiful shimmer and sparkle!
Clarins Jazzy Colours Collection became a SUPER fast favorite this season and one item in particular that stunned me happy was the Clarins Colour Quartet for Eyes in So Chic!
Although I adore a warmer shade of blush for Fall, you’ll definately catch me with a bolder shade of pink on occasion as nothing like pink says “baby, it’s cold outside” to the Muse! Some of my favorite blushes for the Fall might surprise and delight you!
I think we established how much I love the multitasking demon that is Sugar Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Blush in Gingerbread! This dual sided baked blusher doubles up as a highly pigmented eyeshadow! So…you’re double tasking your way to warm eyes and cheeks for the Autumn! Don’t forget all Sugar is 50% Off at Sephora!
Although Victoria Secret meant for it’s Diamond Luster Face Powder to be ideal for a Summer bronze look, the Muse decided she’d embrace it for Fall! A quick swipe across my already blushing cheeks gives me a twinkle and shimmer of beautiful gold, copper, and pink from this gorgeous little palette!
Understanding my deep love and lust for Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer in Gilded Gold can not be comprehended unless you try it for yourself! It’s been my favorite all through Summer and has run right into Fall as being my top pick for adding a beautiful highlight of gold to my cheeks! Although I’ll tuck it safely away when Winter comes for now it remains on my top list!
Hauling Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot at my local CCO was possibly one of the best purchases I ever did make! Pink or Peach or both, Apricot really doesn’t know what it wants to be but the Muse doesn’t mind in the least! For her, it creates a beautiful flush of color on the cheeks that can’t be duped by any other blush she has in her collection! A fast favorite that carries it’s way through all seasons!
If it’s cheap you seek for flushed cheeks try out Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Blush in Blushing Berry! For me blushing cheeks are always in Season! I reach for Blushing Berry time and time again for nice pop of natural cool to complete a deeper, bolder Fall eye look!
I had quite a few favorites this Fall in the lip department and I’m finding new ones everyday! Glossy, bolder lips were definately in for me but I also liked a spot of shimmering pink or a quick mirror natural glossy look!
MAC Lipstick in Kiss Manish quickly climbed the ladder to my Fall list when I found out how well it went with my favorite MAC Lipglass of all time, Pink Grapefruit!
For a mirror, glossy finish I absolutely LOVE Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss! It’s my ideal gloss for beautiful, full, glossy lips!
Clarins Joli Rouge in 717 Plum left behind moisturizing, pigmented lip color in a bold shade of plummy maroon and has completed many of my Fall looks lately! It’s truly a favorite for both it’s shade and it’s great formula!
The sweet collection that made up Etude House’s Fall Collection included two brand new Plumping Lip Tints one of which turned into a favorite of mine! Etude House Plumping Lip Tint in Pink completes many of my bolder Fall looks and my need for a simple, yet beautiful burst of glossy pink on my lips! Tis love!
Japanese Brand, Kiss, created a beautiful Spring Collection but I’ve noticed I much prefer it for Fall! One item that I reach for daily would be the Kiss Gloss in Melty Chocolate which leaves behind a nice layer of sparkle and the yummie flavor of fresh mocha!
Although almost all the items from the MAC Cult of Cherry were favorites, I must say I do so reach for MAC Lipglass in Jampacked daily! Although it has a certain underlay of purple, the Muse feels like it looks like crushed dark cherries! Fall lip perfection in my humble opinion!
Jill Stuart Gloss is always a favorite for a bit of sparkle and shine and as far as the Muse is concerned all the shades are Fall friendly and Muse Approved for the shimmer gloss addicts!
The Avon Retro Charm Collection is on my favorite list but one item that gets paired up with many of my fall looks would be the gorgeous Avon Lipstick in Charmed Rose! Beautiful peachy perfection!
Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou is high on the rungs of favoritism for me! I totally adore how it kisses my lips with just the right bite of color! This one is a favorite for all seasons to come I’m sure!
Well that’s it! My Fall Favorites for Cheeks, Eyes, and Lips! I’m sure next week something else will catch my eye but for the past few weeks these are items I’ve reached for daily!
Now it’s your turn!
What are your Fall Favorites?
What do you use daily or often on your lips?
How about on your cheeks?
Anything that you love for your eyes?
Any of my favorites match up with yours?
Tell the Muse!
MuseTV Presents: The Road So Far: Over 40 Fall Collections Reviewed at Musings of a Muse!
End of Summer Round Up: Cosmetic Addictions and Obsessions
Your Current Beauty Addictions
Year End Review: 2007 Favorites List
Dontcha just love MAC Holiday?
Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside!
I’m REALLY loving MAC Little Darlings for Holiday 2008!
Last year, I didn’t take advantage of any of the sets introduced since I had so many of the items already offered and I was being a bit reserved with my purchases so I’d have plenty of money to feed my Japanese Holiday addiction!
I felt rather badly later since I missed out on the lip sets but many months passed and I was happy to haul those at my local CCO!
This year, however, I am taking full advantage of MAC Little Darlings and I’ll be quite the glutton with the interesting pieces releasing with these cute coffrets!
Although the piggie collections didn’t catch my eye (since I already have a majority of these in full size already) I do so highly recommend nabbing one or all since they are a super value for those of you who are new to MAC pigments! Each set includes five small vials of pigment (believe me that vial will last ages) for $29.50 USD. One thing I absolutely love about these sets is how interesting it is to see what colors they pair together! I noticed that Pink Mauved and Quietly, which I have in full sizes, make a great combo! I’d have never pair the two of these until I seen them in the cool pigment set!
This year there is a set of five warm pigments and five cool pigments each of which set contains a bit of MAC glitter as well so you can sparkle and shimmer your way through the holidays!
MAC Warm Pigment Set
Reflects Antique Gold (Glitter)
MAC Cool Pigment Set
Reflects Blackened Red (Glitter)
Although I won’t indulge in the pigments, I definately have my eye on the gloss selections! Yummie! These come packaged in lots of five for $29.50 USD as well please keep in mind these are mini size glosses, not full size however still a great deal none the less!
MAC Coral Lipglass/Lustreglass Set
Pink Grapefruit (ZOMG! It’s the Muse’s very favorite lipglass! Now you can get it in the gift set! I’m so excited I might just spit)
5 Neutral Lipglass/Lip Lustreglass Set
5 Pink Lipglass/Lip Lustreglass Set
Song and Dance
And finally MAC is releasing a Soft Sparkle Gift Set which includes five mini soft sparkle pencils! I have two of the colors of the five in the gift set so I’ll definately be indulging in this one as I want three shades I don’t have (nor have I ever heard of!). As with all the sets this too is $29.50 USD.
MAC Soft Sparkle Pencil Gift Set
Mint and Olive
If you’re new to MAC you have to be excited about these little sets or if you’re an old school’er I’m sure you still feel the love for at least one or two of these kits!
The Muse has her eye on maybe one or two of the gloss sets and definately the Soft Sparkle pencils!
These will be available from MAC as of November 6th so keep your eyes peeled to your local MAC counter or the MAC website! I did swatches of the items I already have to help you decide if you absolutely have to have some of these!
How about you?
What are you hauling?
What are you leaving?
Tell the Muse!
MAC Red She Said
MAC Royal Assets Holiday Collection 2007 Review
MAC Formal Black Vs MAC Royal Assets
MAC Holiday 2007
I wanted to address G-Market today in a post since I get many, many, many e-mails asking me about it, have I ever used it, what’s it like, how do I use it, etc….
Instead of the hassle of going through 200 or more e-mails on the topic I thought a post would be appropriate in answering the questions I get daily about it.
I’ve been collecting Korean Cosmetics for about a two years, possibly a year and a half, unsure exactly when I started. I get asked daily where I get my Korean makeup and the answer is I have a friend who lives in Seoul (the largest city and capital of South Korean) who ships me over random items that I ask her to purchase for me.
I have not seen anyone else aside from E-bay and Gmarket who sell Korean Cosmetics. I haven’t really seen many stores in Manhattan either that carry Korean makeup but maybe I am looking in the wrong locations. If I do come across a shop that carry the lines they are normally very out of date items.
If you live within a heavily populated Asian community you my be lucky enough to have a few Japanese, Korean, Chinese specialty shops that carry cosmetics from abroad.
If you’re unfamiliar with Gmarket allow me to briefly explain.
Gmarket is much like E-bay however instead of bidding on items you are purchasing them out right for buy it now prices. All items are priced extremely low and as close to retail as anything I’ve seen on the Internet and many popular brands I’ve discussed at Musings such as Etude House, Banila Co, VOV, etc…can be located at retail prices on Gmarket.
Even though Gmarket prices are amazing I have some rants about the service which is why I do not recommend using it unless you have a ton of cash to spare.
I’ve tried Gmarket twice and have noticed a few problems with the service and they are as follows:
Virtually no Customer Service at all.
During my first order I had some confusion of whether the funds I sent over actually went through so I decided to shoot over an inquiry about my order. This was 3 months ago and still they have not replied. Lucky enough the order arrived safely but having my money hang out in limbo while no one replies stinks.
No English speaking reps or members.
I don’t believe anyone that works for Gmarket or anyone who is a registered member that is selling speaks in English. I’ve successfully contacted a seller when asking a question only to receive a reply in Korean. This wasn’t a problem as I had someone translate it for me however if you’re virtually clueless about the Korean language this can be frustrating. This leads me to believe that the reps that work at Gmarket, run Gmarket, Etc…do not speak English either. Although Gmarket has a English sub-site I don’t believe anyone technically speaks English.
Shipping Prices are obscene at first glance!
Now shipping via Gmarket is fairly reasonable however as you add items into your cart from other sellers or even one particular seller the price goes up and up and up and up! This figure is a set estimate and you’ll later receive a credit on the shipping amount however it’s ridiculous having to set out $40, $60, or more dollars when you have 8-10 items in your cart! As mentioned you do get a credit however that credit is not put back into your Paypal account it’s set as G-Cash for spending on Gmarket. If you so choose you can transfer it back to Paypal but it won’t be worth it as they deduct a considerable amount in fees to do this!
Shipping, Paypal, and Other Woes….
Gmarket ships fairly quickly however the interface on Gmarket has a huge learning curve and I don’t think, after using it twice so far for orders, I even understand how it works! Figuring out where my money is, where my order is, when it shipped, how to track it, etc…is like brain surgery! The site isn’t user friendly in my opinion! Now when paying via Paypal can be quite a bit of a nail biting experience as waiting for the funds to go through, etc…makes me slightly nervous as my Paypal sits in limbo for 2-3 days. On top of this waiting for your credit back, for shipping, takes a fair few days. I just get a tad bit nervous when my money is sitting around and not doing anything!
All in all I currently avoid Gmarket like the plague and do all my Korean Cosmetics via CP purchases from my friend. If I can’t get items from her I tend to look around E-bay and see what pops up cheap! I don’t recommend using Gmarket if you get antsy about your money the way I do. I also don’t recommend it because of the silly estimated shipping fee problem!
The Muse suggests asking around MUA or on Asian based Forums for a CP. Be friendly, make a friend, and I’m positive they’ll be happy to help you get what you need from Korea! Don’t forget to offer to return the favor!
Hope this answers all your questions about Gmarket!
If you have further questions, ask away in comment field!
An Intro to Korean Cosmetic Brands
What is a BB Cream?
A Guide to Shopping for Japanese Cosmetics
JPMon Ordering Tutorial
Indonesian Cosmetic Brands
I absolutely love staining my lips and cheeks! Stains work so well at giving a natural, flushed looks to both lips and cheeks.
I’m particularly partial to staining my lips prior to gloss as it gives that extra pop to gloss! One of my very favorite products for staining my lips was from Bourjois Paris and came in a pen applicator! I was so sad they stopped carrying these soon after their original release.
I’ve since been through a slew of stains but I’ve located a new favorite when I recently purchased Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou!
Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou is available in four shades which are a pink, red, orange, and sheer pink.
I tried the red shade only but I’ll be going back shortly for more colors as it’s a very good stain. The stain comes in a cute little tube with squeeze applicator. Dab a small amount on your finger and smooth on or apply directly from the tube. The formula is a silicon like texture that smooths on dry and leaves behind a pinch of color bringing blah lips to life with a beautiful flush of red! This is beautiful with or without gloss! I like the interesting texture as although it’s a gel formula it still feels rather dry when applied which makes it ideal for lips as it doesn’t apply in a streaky mess! The stain lasts for a good four hours or so before fading even when drinking or eating which is great as all I have to do is touch up my gloss and go as my lips are already nicely flushed with color!
As you can see below the color choice I made was quite red however I thought it looked quite natural on and not scary or kool-aid like in appearance. My lips are quite red already however this enhances the natural color of my lips!
I really liked this one and it’s one of Etude House’s better items. It also happens to be extremely cheap at $4 USD. I paid retail price as I have a friend in Korea who purchased it for me however I’ve seen it on E-bay ranging from $9.99-$12.99 USD and I think it’s well worth that price even though the tube is tiny!
I’m Muse Approving this one! Definately loves it!
Do you stain your lips?
How about your cheeks?
Tell the Muse!
The Muse Appears in Etude House’s Newsletter
Etude House Plumping Lip Tint Review
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review
Etude House Lash Designing Vitcara Mascara Review