Posts From November 2008

Love Clover PopChu Gloss Review & Swatches

Remember I was telling you about Love Clover’s PopChu Gloss a few weeks ago? CLICK! The Muse couldn’t resist it’s evil lure for long and she ended up purchasing a Lover Clover PopChu Gloss in Strawberry Pink for herself.

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Honestly, who can resist lipgloss that looks and supposedly tastes like a lollipop? Come on! What sort of willpower do you think I possess?

The Muse is here to say that she simply ADORES Love Clover PopChu Gloss but doubts that many others will. As great as the gloss is it probably won’t be too popular with those who do NOT love Sony CP lipgloss as the formulas are pretty similiar. If you love thick, sticky, and tacky glosses you’ll fall right into love with Love Clover Popchu however if you’re not a big lover of glosses with such a formula you might wish to avoid it.

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Although I normally have no tolerance for sticky, thick glosses I actually really love the formula of this gloss. It’s thick, it’s tacky, and it’s sticky but it stays in place and manages to make my lips look fuller for 4 to 5 hours straight without touching up. You might be excited by the fact that finally Japanese lipgloss has a flavor! Wahooo! You may know already or know from reading my past reviews that many Japanese brands do not flavor glosses however this actually does have a flavor however it’s possibly not as pleasant as think. Lollipops? No. Strawberry? Kinda but not really. Sweet? Mmm sorta….honestly it kinda tastes like strawberry plastic if the Muse knew what strawberry flavored plastic tasted like that is! I don’t find the taste particularly thrilling but I don’t hate it either! It is what it is and I’m not particularly delighted or disappointed in the long run! The gloss is pink however that doesn’t make it pigmented enough to show through on lips. It applies rather sheer and gives just a tiny hint of the pink shade the gloss sports but that’s fine by me as it makes for ease of use over darker lipsticks! The applicator is the standard spatula style which 80% of Japanese glosses sport. I love this style of applicator as it allows for easy glide of the gloss across the lips and builds gloss up easily!

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All in all I think it’s a rather nice little gloss and I imagine I will repurchase it when I run low. It’s a tad bit expensive at $13 USD or so which is the retail cost in Japan however I’m unsure if it’s really worth picking up if you find it online marked up. I do like it very much but the price is iffy for it’s size. If you can nab it at retail or cheaper the Muse thinks it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re a big lover of Sony CP lipgloss as the formulas and texture are quite similiar!

The Muse sporting Love Clover PopChu Gloss (Do excuse my lack of sleep and makeup! A tired Muse is not a pretty Muse!)
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Clean Winter Eau de Parfum Review

Ahh the Winter! Crisp, cold air….light, fluffy snowflakes…..Mmmm just thinking about it makes the Muse quite excited for it to begin!

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Unfortunately, it’s still very Fall outside my office window today and Winter seems ages away but I can prepare myself for the colder weather by indulging in my new favorite fragrance from Clean entitled Clean Winter!

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I love that Clean has recently extended it’s line up by adding a brand new scent every few months. It’s so fabulous that a brand I love so much has taken the initiative to extend it’s line up by adding on brand new fabulous scents to appease the fan base that know and love Clean!

Clean Winter has taken everything you love about the winter and created a fresh, crisp fragrance that’s sure to appeal to those who love a “clean” scent! Clean Winter is a cocktail of clean, soft florals, a hint of spice, and plenty of crisp Winter air. The scent is impossible to explain as it’s, like all Clean perfumes, a unique, complex blend. The scent is beyond a doubt very crisp and clean with hints of a sparkling base that gives the perfume that extra complexity.

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Although it’s name may hint at it being a “seasonal” fragrance, the Muse felt it was more of a fresh scent that associates itself with Winter but can just as easily be passed off as an everyday scent that’s fresh, crisp, and simply Clean.

I really loved this one and highly recommend trying it out for yourself. Clean Winter can be found on HSN in a gift set with matching body cream for $48.95 USD or purchased on it’s own for the same price!

The Muse Approves it for purchase as she adores blends that are comforting, cool, and Winter fresh!

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Armani Holiday Collection 2008: Armani Crystal Collection

The Muse is being lured, tempted, and teased by the new Armani Crystal Collection! I honestly admit that I’m seriously considering dropping the dime on these items that are being introduced with the new Armani Holiday Collection for 2008. In a time of economic insanity I really shouldn’t be taking any of this into consideration so I’ll just chalk it up as “research” for my blog! After all I bet you are all dying to see a review, swatches, and photos right? I can’t disappoint my readers right? See how well I am at convincing myself I need to shell out cash for this amazing collection!

The Armani Crystal Palette is of course the star of the show and at $98 USD it likely contains an actual star inside of it! Honestly, the price does make me cringe but I’ve taken into consideration that it does include face and eye items…that makes it worth it right? The limited edition dual compartment palette is lined with Swarovski Crystals and contains four shimmering eyeshadows and one shimmering face and body powder!

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The mascara is the second item that got the Muse’s attention! Armani Silver Sparkling Mascara Top Coat offers the option to dose lashes with sparkling silver for the Holiday!

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And finally Armani Midnight Lip Shimmer is available in four shades for a sexy, shimmering pout! The shades available are all deep, darker red tones which totally appeal to the Muse for pairing up with a smoked out, sparkling eye look!

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The collection is available now from Armani Beauty! The Muse is seriously trying to think of good excuses why she shouldn’t indulge!

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Review coming soon!?

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NARS Night Life Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

The Muse’s heart was thumping rather loudly after she seen the new NARS Holiday Collection 2008! She was particularly thrilled with the introduction of the two newest shades of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and Silent Night. Have you seen them yet? Oh my gosh gorgeous!

Today I’ll be reviewing NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and later this week I’ll bring you a second review of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Silent Night. Excited? The Muse is!

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I’m unsure which I love more but I must say that both shadows are outstanding. I used Night Life this morning for simple look and you can honestly get any number of looks using the shadow alone or together with other items in your stash. Night Life is a sparkling metallic silver which is absolute shimmer overload! If you love your shadows full of sparkle, shimmer, and glitter, Night Life should appeal! The texture may be a little bit of a let down considering that this causes major fall out woes. Upon applying you’ll end up with sparkles just about everywhere which is because the formula feels much like a pressed pigment would. Once you swipe your brush across the shadow it kicks up a huge cloud of chunky pieces of sparkle and glitter which in turn cause a major ordeal for application but honestly, when have you ever not run into a problem when applying a shimmering shadow?

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Aside from fall out problems I loved the finish of the shadow and highly recommend nabbing it for yourself. The shadow can be used alone to create a metallic, foiled silver eye which pairs up nicely with a black liner (this is how I used it this morning!). Or, better yet, Night Life will be an ideal shadow for creating a smoked eye sparkling eye look that should grab attention this Holiday Season! The silver would be a fantastic base or as a crease shade followed up closely with a matte black shadow to create a rather outstanding smoky eye! Honestly, the possibilities of using this shadow are endless and it’s fast becoming a favorite for the season ahead for me!

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If you simply adore sparkling shadows you’ll want to grab NARS Night Life for yourself! The Muse Approves it for purchase and says it’s well worth picking up to add to your NARS Collection!

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To create my look this morning I simply used NARS Night Life all over my eye and followed up with liner! Simple, sparkling, gorgeous!

What I used to create my look:

Eyes
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Life
Tony & Tiny Glitter Eyeliner in Black/Silver
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero
MAC Eyeliner in Black Funk
KATE Gel Mascara

Cheeks
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
Bare Escentuals Gossamer Diamond Powder

Lips
NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

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How about you?

Anything catch your eye from NARS Holiday Collection?

Tell the Muse!

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Lush Christmas Cake Soap Review

The Muse likes cake. She particularly likes Christmas Cake. It’s a rather sad state of affairs that Christmas Cake isn’t as popular within the US as it is in the UK.

Of course, we have our version which looks something like this:
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And tastes something like this:
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The Muse says if you want really good Christmas Cake your best bet is hop onto the nearest flight to England!

If you’re not particularly ready to board a plane the Muse highly recommends nabbing some Lush Christmas Cake Soap and calling it a day! Lush Christmas Cake Soap wasn’t on my wishy list this year however the curiosity of Christmas and Cake in one sentence, together, peeked my interest.

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What Lush has to say about it:

Looks like cake, smells like cake, but it’s best to wash with it (trust us). Christmas Cake soap reminds us of a very special holiday treat on a festive platter next to an open fire of fragrant, smouldering wood logs that chase the chill away. This skin-softening soap with soothing, smoky vetivert essential oil and organic aloe vera keeps your skin calm (and spirits bright) during the Yuletide, even if everything else goes a little crazy.

What the Muse has to say about it:

Christmas Cake Soap is quite a delightful little surprise! Strangely enough Christmas Cake smells quite similiar to Snowcake (the Muse’s most favorite soap evers!) But don’t buy this just because you love Snowcake because honestly the two soaps are vastly different. Although Christmas Cake has the beautiful base of Snowcake it also contains a smoky dominant note of vetivert which makes this an interesting cocktail of delicate and hard. I’m normally not partial to soaps that have such a woodsy note but I really enjoy how this takes a combination of a soft scent and is beefed up with a hard nutty edge. You’ll get the faint scent of marzipan to start with and closely behind that you’ll get a fruity woodsy dominant note which is followed close behind by a hint of spice. It’s such a complex blend that it’s something you need to check out for yourself to either appreciate or hate. The Muse falls into the appreciate group! I like this one! It’s a rather interesting blend that I haven’t really smelled in any other Lush product so I’m liking it. Very unique and different!

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I don’t think Christmas Cake is for everyone however those who appreciate complex, unique blends should like this very much. Christmas Cake is available for a limited time during the Holidays at your local Lush or from Lush’s website! Grab some before it’s gone as Holiday products are known to sell out very, very, very quickly!

The Muse is glad to add a little Christmas Cake to her morning shower and thinks you might too!

Tried this already?

Love it?

Tell the Muse!

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