Posts From October 2008

Smashbox Holiday 2008: Smashbox Rapture Gift of Glow Gift Set Review and Swatches

I do so admit all the pink from the Smashbox Holiday Collection entitled Rapture has gotten me completely excited and hyper!

I’m rolling around in happiness at the prospect of pink! What? I’m a chick, I dig pink, sue me.

No seriously I really am quite excited about the rather cute little quilted pink cases that a majority of Smashbox Rapture is coming in so happy in fact that I knew I had to have one for my very own!

In comes Smashbox Gift of Glow which includes a cute ribbon tie makeup clutch in, you guessed it, PINK that the Muse absolutely loves! The makeup case isn’t the only thing to get excited about though! This set includes some wonderful items to get you all sparkled up for the Holiday Season!

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The case included with Smashbox Gift of Glow is a dual zip clutch style makeup bag with two loose pockets for storing makeup, brushes, etc….it closes up using two pink ribbons which you tie together. It’s pink and it’s quilted and it’s very Musey-like! Inside you’ll find all the perfect treats to makeup cheeks, lips, and face!

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The kit includes a Smash Shadow Liner in Hollywood. This morning I used Hollywood as a liner however the formula is so smooth it’s claim of being a “shadow liner” is all truth. This will make an ideal base for shadows or used on it’s own it as shadow. The color is a bronzy brown with quite a fair bit of gold sparkle that looks wonderful paired up with gold shadows.

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The kit also includes two brushes which are a liner brush and a baby buki brush. The baby buki brush is quite nice although it sheds a tiny little bit however after my second use I didn’t notice shedding so that’s a good sign! The liner brush is a full size brush with is unheard of as many Holiday gift sets take to creating mini or smaller versions of full size brushes however Smashbox generously tucked in this full size liner brush! The brush, in my opinion, is a little too large for lining eyes but it works a treat for working on the v of the eye and the lower lash line! It’s has pink handle which I absolutely adore of course! More Pink! YAY!

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The kit includes a Smashbox lipgloss in Gilded which is a Shimmery Pale Gold however I do not have pictures of the gloss sadly! Sorry ’bout that!

And finally my favorite piece in the set is the Smashbox Flash Powder in Gold which can be used on face, eyes, or body! This morning I used this on my eyes as a shadow and lined with Hollywood! The two match up beautifully well. This is a finely milled, silky powder that gives a beautiful golden shimmer and highlight to the face without overdosing your cheeks in disco fever! It’s quite a subtle sparkle that’s perfect for the holidays! If you’re looking for an inexpensive option to Chanel’s new Poudre Precieuse Gold Highlighting Powder this could definately work well at a much nicer price!

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Here are a few more swatches of Flash and Hollywood side by side:

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The entire kit costs $49 USD and is well worth it considering a majority of the products included are full size items. Breaking down the cost including the bag would make each piece $8.10 USD.

To create my look below I used NARS Super Orgasm on my cheeks and highlighted my face with Smashbox Flash Powder for a bit of gold sparkle! On my eyes I used Smashbox Flash Powder and lined with Smashbox Shadow Liner in Hollywood. I completed the look using one of the glosses available in the Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss Set (which I’ll be reviewing for you shortly!).

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All in all I think that the Smashbox Gift of Glow offers a nice selection of goodies that will help us sparkle, shimmer, and shine for the Holiday Season! The set would make a beautiful gift for anyone who adores Smashbox Cosmetics or craves a bit of shimmer! The gift set has a reasonable price tag attached and includes a variety of items to create one or two complete holiday looks for the season!

The Muse likey!

You can get yours at Sephora or Smashbox Cosmetics!

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Further details about the Smashbox Rapture Collection

Further images from the Smashbox Rapture Collection


Smashbox Wicked Lovely Review and Swatches

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Smashbox The Rapture Holiday Collection

Hey guys!

I posted this last week but it was too early to post so I had to take it down! I’ve since posted images and another post about the Smashbox The Rapture Holiday Collection which you can see by clicking this link.

The collection is available at Sephora for purchase and Smashbox!

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Phew, it’s not even October yet and already the Holiday Collections are flooding in! I love the Holidays as it’s always such a great time to stock up on kits and collections that are packed full of awesome goodies at a considerable savings! Plus it’s always a nice time for giving beautiful gifts to friends…and…well getting some for ourselves is always great too!

Allow me to introduce you to The Rapture Holiday Collection by Smashbox which includes an array of awesome pieces to enrapture and tickle you beautiful for the Holiday season!

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I don’t have all the official images as of yet but here are details on what will be available!

Since we all know how hard the Muse has been working at finding that perfect primer now would be a good time to indulge in Smashbox Flawless Finish Primer Set for $39 USD which includes a full size and travel size of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Taking into consideration that the primer retails for $36 USD you’re getting a nice deal as you get a dual selection for $3 more! Sweet!

Dontcha just love gloss kits? I do..I can’t be alone here! Every brand always puts together a great coffret of glosses come the Holidays and Smashbox is no different with the Smashbox Lipgloss Collection valued at $90 USD but retailing for a mere $29 USD.

What’s in it for you:

Get three glosses selections in one kit for one great price!

Two kits, six glosses equals perfection.

Glosses available in the kits are:

  • Ravishing (Nude Rose)
  • Lovely (Shimmering Pink)
  • Stunning (Shimmering Bright Pink)
  • Illume (Iridescent Nude)
  • Radiant (Pinkish Plum)
  • Candid (Pink with shimmering gold specks)

But of course we can’t have a Holiday Collection without a brush kit right? Smashbox Travel Brush Collection will be available for $49 USD and includes 5 travel size brushes.

Brushes included are:

  • Face Brush
  • Shadow Brush
  • Angled Blending Brush
  • Smudger Brush
  • Contour Blush & Liner Brush

Indulge in the Smashbox Eyeshadow and Brush Collection to create an endless array of beautiful eye looks.

$49 USD for the kit which includes:

  • 16 Shades of Smashbox Eyeshadow
  • Definer Brush
  • Shadow Brush

Smashbox Gift of Glow Collection $49 USD caters to eyes, lips and cheek and includes all of the following:

  • Liner Brush
  • Smashbox Shadow Liner in Hollywood (Bronze shade will Golden Shimmer)
  • Smashbox Lipgloss in Gilded (Shimmery Pale Gold)
  • Smashbox Flash Powder
  • Smashbox Baby Buki Brush
  • Quilted Travel Pouch

Smashbox really out did itself with the new Smashbox Ultimate Beauty Palette available Exclusively at Ulta for $59 USD. This includes nearly 100 Smashbox favorites for cheeks and lips. Wow!

And finally my favorite of the lot (can’t wait to see this in person), a limited edition kit created by Smashbox and Canadian jewelry line, Foxy Originals, which includes an exclusive silver pendant necklace on a triple strand chain. The Smashbox Enchantress Beauty Kit retails for $45 USD and will be exclusive to Smashbox.com. It includes the beautiful pendant, Smashbox liner and mascara, plus shimmering shades for cheeks and lips all packed in a chic faux leather and suede multi-compartment clutch.

Details for the kit:

Smashbox Cream Liner Duo in Caviar/Midnight Brown
Smashbox Soft Lights Quad in Aglow (Shimmery Pearl, Peach, Pink, and Rose)
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Protege (Nude Pink with Gold Shimmer)
Smashbox Mascara in Black
Plus Pendant Necklace and Clutch for stowing it all away!

Well, obviously Smashbox went seriously all out for the holidays! Some of these items sound simply amazing and I hope I’ll review some of them for you shortly!

The Rapture Holiday Collection from Smashbox will be available as of October 15th at Smashbox, Bloomingdales, Nordies, and Ulta!

Keep your eyes peeled and keep checking Smashbox.com to see when the collection goes live! I know I can’t wait to see more images of this collection!

Like how the Smashbox Holiday Collection sounds?

Lemming any of the above items?

Which ones?

What are some Holiday Collections you’re excited about?

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Smashbox Wicked Lovely Collection

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Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat at Sephora

How exciting! I just noticed Sephora is now carrying Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat!

I’ve been to Dylan’s a few times as we have one here in the city and it’s truly quite a funky, fun experience! The line includes, obviously, candy, accessories, and bath and body goodies with a candy/foody theme!

The only items that Sephora are carrying are the Bath and Body items but that’s still pretty cool as the line is quite fun and it’s not too badly priced either.

Although I love the idea that Sephora has brought the brand in I am highly doubtful it will remain for long and I picture it ending up 50% off in 6 months to a year. As we know, think Jessica Simpson’s Dessert line, candy and food theme Bath and Body items and perfumes do not do well at Sephora. The only line that has successfully fit into this niche market would be Philosophy with the Three in One Shower Gels that are so popular with the Muse and the masses!

I imagine that Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat is taking the place of Sugar Cosmetics who’s demise is currently happening at Sephora as all of it is marked down 50%!

I suspect we’ll see a few more new brands make an appearance as the Holiday sets in and January closes in. I don’t see a slew of new brands popping up but maybe two or three from now up till January!

Which is good news as it’ll mean more sales for us!

Anyway……more about Dylan’s…..

Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat consists of a body scrubs, lotions, shower gels, and other candy and food scented bath and body treats!

Some of the items popping up on Sephora are:

Dylan’s Candy Bar Re-Treat Coconut Bon Bon Collection Prices Range from $8-$22 USD

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Strawberry Licorice Soda Pop Shower Gel $16 USD
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Candy Lip Saver Stackable Lip Balm $30 USD
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Birthday Cake Batter Candy Butter Cream $22 USD
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I personally haven’t tried anything from Dylan’s aside from the candy hehe but now that the bath and body line has hit Sephora you can count the Muse curious! I love really sweet candy, foody scents so this completely appeals to me!

I may check it out!

How about you?

Love candy scents?

Curious about this line?

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mark Holiday Collection 2008

The mark site has been updated with the Holiday Collection for 2008! I have many International readers so I’m just going to take a brief moment out and explain that mark is a branch off of Avon. Avon caters to a more mature audience and mark was created to appeal to teens and women in their twenties (or in the Muse’s case women in their thirties! What can I say, I never grew up!).

Although I’m a big supporter of mark, I do feel that sometimes there Holiday coffrets are a tad bit overpriced for what you get so I highly recommend searching E-bay for a good deal on these items as they end up there for much cheaper prices!

Four gifts sets have been introduced for the Holiday and they are pretty much the same as years passed aside from the packaging. They are all actually very cute it’s just the price that puts me off slightly!

mark Most Loved Eyes Kit $16 USD

PROD 1066933 XL

Includes the following:
I-Sheer in Meringue, Mousse, Praline, Sorbert, and Galcee
Metalliner in Blue Chrome and Quick SIlver
On the Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo
Scanda-Lash Mascara
Packaged in a Red Makeup Pouch

mark Most Loved Lips $16 USD

PROD 1066932 XL

Includes the following:
Glow Baby Glow in Sweet Talk and Player
Metalluscious Gloss in Opulence and Majesty
Glow Baby Glow Luxe in Pearl Luxe and Melon Luxe
Packaged in a Red Makeup Pouch

You can see what I mean from the above sets when I say that the gift sets are a tad bit high costing. At $16 USD these are SUPER mini glosses and eyeshadow items. For a few dollars more I can indulge in a MAC gift set that has WAY bigger sizes!

Now the mark Serious Case of Glam Train Case is well worth it’s price tag at $32 USD considering it contains full sized products plus a rather nice case to tote them around in!

PROD 1065513 XL

The mark Serious Case of Glam Train Case contains the following:
Sydney Flip For it Color Kit (Four Lip Glosses, Two Shadows, and a Blush)
Glow Xpert Face Shimmer in Champagne Glow
On the Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Medusa
Scanda-Lash Mascara
Limited Edition Brush Set (5 pieces)

And finally the last item available is the mark Glamourlicious Lips Mini Juice Gems Set for $12 USD.

PROD 1060297 XL

This contains four mini glosses flavored in Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Apple Cobbler, and Ice Cookie.

If you’re loving these they are available now on mark’s website!

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mark Earth Face Glow

mark Gorgeous Eyes Trio

mark Pure Eye and Lip Strips

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Urban Decay Holiday Collection 2008: Urban Decay Poison Ring

I’m on a Holiday gloss ring kick! Last week the IsaDora Diamond Ring with Gloss caught my eye and this week the new Urban Decay Poison Ring has me captivated!

Now as much as I love the IsaDora Diamond Ring it doesn’t have the options that the Urban Decay Poison Ring has! Three glosses, one ring, the Muse likey!

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The Urban Decay Poison Ring comes with three glosses in Heatherette (shimmering beige with silver sparkle) Guys Love Betsey (sheer red), and Naked (pinky-nude).

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The ring is packaged in a cute multi-compartment ring case which has a spot for your ring on top and a pull out draw to stow away each of the three glosses! Cutes!

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The Urban Decay Poison Ring is available for $50 USD from Urban Decay Cosmetics so if you’re wanting to spice up the Holiday with a slick little ring that stows away your gloss as well as being a stylish accessory go nab yours now!

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Urban Decay Limited Edition Lipstick Cap

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner Gift Set

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Sets in VIP and Velvet Rope

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