Posts From October 2008

Sephora Crystallized Lipstick Collector’s Edition

Want the perfect red pout for the Holiday?

Sephora Crystallized Lipstick Collector’s Edition is pretty inside and out! This limited edition lipstick comes housed in a chic black tube embellished with crystal rhinestones in matching with the Sephora Crystallized Palette.

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A rather cute quirk of the product is the fact that the cap can be reused and fits most any Sephora Lipstick from the Lip Attitude range!

The lipstick is $22 USD and available now from Sephora.

I’m sure about the price but if the packaging is as pretty in person as it is online, I think it would make a rather nice gift!

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Sephora Bronzing Essentials Kit

Sephora Summer Catalog 2008

Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara Review

Sephora Sale Haul

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Manish Arora for MAC Sold Out

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Morning guys!

How are you today? Hump day is here w00t! Two more days till the weekend and believe me the Muse is a counting it down!

Well…I have bad news and good news…..

The bad news is that Manish Arora is completely sold out on MAC’s website (Further Info).

Booo! Hiss! Rant!

The worst news is that MAC failed to include face charts for Manish Arora! Damn it MAC please let it be face chart now!

The good news is that it isn’t officially released yet in stores soooooo that still gives you time to get your greedy little hands on it if you so desire!

Tomorrow morning Manish Arora for MAC should be live and available at MAC Soho as of 11 AM which means you should get dialing to have them hold it for you! I’m unsure if they ship but I’ll be calling in a little bit and asking so stay tuned for an update here letting you know. If they do ship it’ll be US only and around $7 for UPS service.

MAC Pro NY is officially sold out of the collection as they had an early launch party for it and I’m unsure about MAC Pro North Robertson in CA but I’m making a big assumption that they possibly did the same as MAC Pro NY however I’ll be calling later to verify as I’m on a different time zone so it’ll be a bit before I can update you on west coast news!

For now, if you’re in New York and you want the collection head to MAC Soho tomorrow to get it or call ahead to reserve it…and as I said I’ll update you later about whether they ship or not!

And finally the best news is that my order should arrive today so I’ll have the review and swatches up hopefully today for you before the collection goes live tomorrow!

Good Luck finding this and Happy Shopping!

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Smashbox Holiday Collection 2008 Rapture

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It’s ALIVE!

The Smashbox Holiday Collection 2008 Rapture is up and available for your purchasing pleasure on the Smashbox site.

I have release information for this that I previously published but I had to remove it and re-post it on October 15th! Sorry guys!

However, the good news is a few of the pieces are up and available on the Smashbox site. I have two of the pieces myself so far that I’ll review for you shortly, I promise they are stunning! Smashbox did a fabulous job with this year’s Holiday collection and all the pink is truly appealing to my girlish side!

Alot of bang for your buck in this collection and some seriously awesome gift sets that you really need to check out for yourself! Click!

Some items appearing on the site so far are:

Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss Set $29 USD

This is one item I’ll be reviewing for you shortly! It contains 6 shimmering shades of gloss which work out to under $5 USD each which is definately a nice steal and a deal!

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Here’s one I want to get my hands on! Smashbox Rapture Eye Shadow and Brush Set includes 8 Shadow duos, two brushes, and a pouch for storing it all in for $59 USD! Break it down and you’re paying around $5.90 USD per each piece included not including the sweet pink bag! I need to head to Sephora to check this out for myself as I’m dead curious if the shades are a shimmery finish! If so, expect a review!

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Fitting in with all the pink comes the Smashbox Rapture Brush Set for $49 USD which includes 5 Brushes working itself out to roughly $10 USD a brush! Smashbox makes killer brushes so getting five full size at that price is definately a nice deal plus the cute pink carrying case!

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Honestly, Smashbox Rapture is possibly my favorite looking Holiday Collection as far as presentation goes so far and is visually pleasing and appealing to my girlish side! I’ll definately be indulging in a few of the pieces! Reviews are coming soon so definately stop back!

Further information and other gift sets can be found by clicking here.

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Smashbox Wicked Lovely Collection Review

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Reader Spotlight: Marietejero from youTube

Take a look at this cutie:

This is one of my readers, marietejero, showing us her super HOT Sephora Haul! Including the new Urban Decay Book of Shadows that I’ll be reviewing for you shortly!

Marietejero mentions the Muse as being one of her favorite bloggers in her post about this video…awww…*sniffs* Thanks lovie!

Do enjoy more of Marietejero on her youTube channel! Seriously, how cute is she? And her voice is simply adorable!

The Muse hearts you Marietejero! Thanks for the shout out and keep up the awesome work on your cool vids!

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Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Lame Noir Review

I recently got an email from a rather lovely email asking me, “Muse, will you be reviewing the Chanel Smokey Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette?”

Sadly, I had to say no, I love the palette, it’s stunning, it’s gorgeous…and it’s matte….eep! I believe two of the shades in the palette are matte and I honestly cannot, for my life, pull off a matte smokey eye.

So, no, I’m sorry you won’t see me reviewing the Chanel Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette anytime soon. However, to make up for the fact that I’m not reviewing the palette I’ll bring you a review of the rather awesome Chanel Noir Lame Eyeliner Duo.

Do you love me a little bit more now that I haven’t completely forsaken Chanel’s Fall Collection? Go on, kiss me why dontcha!

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Yes, there is a story behind the wrapping paper and no it’s not my birthday! The Chanel MA at Macy’s 34th gets rather excited when I bring my best friend Jai along for the ride so virtually everything I purchase gets wrapped up like a Christmas goose! I think maybe she hasn’t realized that Jai is actually gay and she’s hoping to impress him with her awesome wrapping skillz? I’m not really sure but she positively glows when he gushes about how cute a job she did wrapping! *shrugs* Stranger things have happened when I’m out with Jai, stranger things, truly…!

I’ll start my review by saying I’m rubbish with eyeliner! Indeed, I am! I admit it for all the world to know! I’m really not that fab lining my eyes and if I do line my eyes I prefer using a potted gel like Smashbox Cream Eye Liner, this is my liner of choice as it’s virtually goof proof when using a brush like the Smashbox #9 to apply.

Now taking things to the next level I find that powder liner is simply divine but lord knows no one makes it anymore!

I remember, back when the Muse was young and free, coming across my very first powder liner in some cheapy, cheesy clearance makeup catalog! God, for the very life of me I can’t recall the name of the catalog but I do recall ordering some of that powder liner and using it daily for many years after!

I haven’t had my hands on a proper powder liner in a long time until Stila introduced it’s talking Smoky Eye Palette which came with an ideally textured powder liner that was positively brilliant! It was like pay dirt when I hit that jackpot!

The moral of the story is that I find working with powder liner is simple, easy, mess free, and virtually goof proof. It glides on amazingly easy, smudges beautifully if you so desire, and you aren’t poking an eye out or creating a mess when using it!

In comes Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo and the Muse is in heaven! At $45 USD it’s not the cheapest option around however this is liable to last a few hundred years so you’re getting alot of bang for your buck!

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The palette is made up of two shades, Lame and Noir, well duh as per it’s name right? Contrary to images I’ve taken and images you’ll see on the Internets, Lame is not a full on black, it happens to be an off black that borders gray. The color creates a very nice smoked out look to eyes or if you prefer, with a heavier hand, you can get more definition to the eye area to create a more intense look.

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Noir is my favorite of the two shades as it contains a nice dose of shimmer (but not too much). This too is not a full on black either but leans more towards a deeper, darker off black shade with touches of gray and of course some beautiful silver shimmer.

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The palette comes with two applicators which, although small, make lining and defining the eye area simply and easy. The colors could probably be used wet if you like but I personally feel like that would ruin the palette and defeat the purpose of using a powder liner, hell if I wanted wet I’d have gone and gotten a liquid eye liner for $30 bucks less! You could also probably multitask the palette easily enough by using either shade as an eyeshadow but again the main point of the palette is to line eyes. The applicators included are a rounded sponge tip and a softer brush tip. The sponge tip makes for easy smudging while the brush applicator makes for a nice straight eye or curved cat eye. Whichever one you use you’re guaranteed a flawless lined eye!

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I highly recommend this for those that are liner retarded like myself or those who just like the simplicity and elegance of an easy eye lining experience. The palette is virtually goof proof and you don’t need to take brain surgery class prior to application…thank god for the Muse as she hates that damn class, way too long and boring!

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Like all Chanel products, the palette is beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated in it’s design and presentation.

I definately approve this one for purchase for it’s ease of use, the elegance factor, and just for the sake of saying “Hey, it’s Chanel!”

See more of the Chanel Exceptional Collection by clicking here!

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Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Review

Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Sets Review

Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit Review

KATE Spring Collection 2008 Featuring KATE Gel Liners

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner FOTD

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