Posts From November 2008
It took the Muse a bit to realize the potential of the Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette! How horrifying that I almost missed out on owning this gorgeous palette.
I originally declined to purchase the Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette for two main reasons one of which was the fact that the palette just looked a bit too matte for the Muse’s liking and secondly all the shades seem to be a round up of colors I already owned from the Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit.
However, after discussions with many of you urging and egging me on to purchase this I decided to take the dive and get one! And you’re all right! It is superb! If you haven’t already added this to your collection, I highly suggest getting one!
I originally seen this when I picked up my Chanel Eyeliner Duo and it truly didn’t appeal. I didn’t swatch at the time and honestly the colors all seemed quite matte however upon getting my palette I quickly realized how wrong I was. Granted, the palette doesn’t contain the amount of shimmer of the shades in the BE Rocker Eye Kit but it does still contain a fair amount of flattering shimmer that doesn’t overdo a look! All the shades are NOT matte as I originally suspected. If you don’t own any blacks or smoky eye palettes this is an ideal palette to pick up as it contains virtually everything you’ll need to create an extremely chic, sophisticated smoky eye look!
The four shades in the palette are a soft white shimmering highlight, a softer shimmering gray, a deeper shimmering gray, and a matte true black. You can use the shades in any number of ways to create your smoked eye look. I choose to use the white as a highbrow highlighter and a prep for my entire eye area, following up by using the darker gray all over my create and lid, brushing a bit of the softer gray on my lid and blending with the darker gray, and finally using the matte black in the V and blending it in and up into the crease.
The formula of the shadows is outstanding as the blend like butter and are extremely pigmented for excellent color pay off! Elegant packaging, gorgeous colors, beautiful smoked out look, amazing pigmentation, what more could a girl want from?
All in all I think that the Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette is a fantastic piece to add to your cosmetic wardrobe and I’m sticking a Muse Approved on it for purchase! I loved it and think it’s well worth indulging in and nabbing for yourself!
I did two looks using my Chanel Smoky Eye Quadra Palette one of which was all about Twilight! It’s today, it’s today! Who’s going to see Twilight tonight or maybe you already seen it!? For my Twilight look I was all about a smoky eye look with vampy red lips!
I also finished my hoodie last night while watching this week’s episode of Chuck on the good old Tivo! Go Team Edward!
For my second look I kept my lips much tamer and created a rather nice, chic smoky eye that really made my eyes pop!
How about you?
Got this palette?
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Musings of Edward Cullen
More Musings of Edward Cullen
Twilight Movie Trailer
Chanel Eyeliner Duo Review
Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit Review
KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palette Review
Guys, guys, guys! Look!
Tis the Harajuku Lovers Thanksgiving Day Float that will be making a special appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The Muse is quite excited about this! She can’t help herself she loves the idea of a Harajuku Lovers Float…
Sadly, I’ll won’t be in the city for Thanksgiving Day this year so the Muse will miss the awesome float but no worries I’ll be glued to the tube watching the parade with my family and friends on the big day!
If you’re in New York or will be visiting New York for the parade you can head over to Columbus Circle (west side of the street; Broadway between 38th and 58th Street and 34th Street, the south side of the street b ween Broadway and 7th Avenue) to catch your glimpse of the Harajuku Lovers Thanksgiving Day Float! This will be between 9am and 12pm on Thanksgiving Day!
The float is inspired by the downtown Harajuku area in Tokyo and will feature multi-levels with glass platforms that show the lights of Tokyo in full effect! On board will be the balloonhead alter agos of Love, Lil Angel, Music, Baby, and G and also taking the trip through Manhattan will be the real Love, Angel, Music and Baby!
In addition to seeing the float, there will also be team members handing out samples of the fragrances and cards for a special gift with purchase! If you’re going to be there you better take pictures for the Muse! She wants to see it up close and personal!
Check out more images of the float by checking out the official Harajuku Lovers Flickr feed! For further info about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade you can click here!
Harajuku Lovers G Review
Harajuku Lovers Baby Review
Harajuku Lovers Love Review
Harajuku Lovers Music Review
Harajuku Lovers Round Up Review Featuring a Review of Lil’ Angel
Excitement is afoot today in the blogging world as news of MAC Hello Kitty hits the blogsphere! WWD has posted the first images and information on this coveted collect for MAC fans far and wide and although it looks promising the Muse can’t help but feel a tiny tinge of disappointment.
I love Hello Kitty. My house is filled with ridiculous items that feature Hello Kitty like a TV, a microwave, a computer keyboard and mouse, many a handbag, and various other bits of girlish insanity! When I think Hello Kitty I think pink and girlish so imagine my surprise and shock when I seen the first images of the collection included…black compacts?
Ok…well black isn’t too bad…black is elegant and chic….but…but….the image on the compacts looks kinda blah!? When did Hello Kitty get so cheap looking? And how about that shadow trio pictured….that’s rather Heatherette like isn’t it!??! The shades look quite similar to what was released in the Heatherette shadow trios……
The good news is the collection is double star studded so you’ll be getting two releases one standard price and one high end. Hello Kitty Colour Collection contains the normal array of releases such as the shadow trios you see pictured, lipsticks, etc…where as Hello Kitty Kouture will include the crystal studded compacts we’ve all read about on forums, other blogs, etc…..
Pictured is the MAC Hello Kitty Colour Collection and I can’t help but feel a gloomy depression over it however considering I haven’t yet seen images pop up for MAC Hello Kitty Kouture I am keeping hope alive that this will redeem the looks of the lower end releases!
Of course I’m basing my opinions and thoughts on solely on the photos that have cropped up so far and really who knows, once I walk into MAC and see the collection for myself I may just fall over in ecstasy but at the moment I am a tad bit saddened by what I have seen so far.
How about you?
Do share your thoughts of this collection with the Muse!
What did you want to see released with this collection?
Shimmer, Sparkle, and Pink?
Black, Chic, and Elegant?
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Manish Arora for MAC Review & Swatches
FAFI for MAC Review
MAC Heatherette Review
Majolica Majorca has updated it’s website with it’s new Holiday story, I Am Gorgeous. CLICK! The only site updated is the main Japanese portal as the official street date for the collection is the 21st and taking into consideration at the moment it’s the 21st already in Japan, it’s pretty logical the site has been updated accordingly! When other Asian countries will get the release is beyond this Muse but I’m sure it’ll shortly be available within Singapore, Taiwan, Etc…and followed up a few months down the line in other locations (aside from the US where we get NONE of the good stuff SIGH! RANT!).
I’m very excited about this collection although that’s not saying much as I’m always excited when Majolica Majorca updates it’s site. The Holiday Collection does look interesting to say the least and I’ll be partaking of everything released with it!
I think the star of the show are the new Majolumina Powder in Puffs. I’m normally not a fan of powders that are in the puff already but I am very curious about these and will be purchasing both as the price of 1,300 yen or so is truly a bargain!
Although I’m not the biggest fan of Majolica Majorca Gorgeous Wing Mascara I will be purchasing the new version released with the I Am Gorgeous Collection. The color is a orangy-bronze-gold brown which looks very nice!
And finally two new Majolook palettes! Yay! I’m looking forward to these! Again, not a big fan of the base cream shade but the trio of powder shades looks simply amazing so, I for one, am very happy about the return of Majolook and glad they didn’t do more Trick On Palettes for this reason! Honestly, BR788 looks very similar to a palette I already have but I’m all for getting this anyway!
All in all it looks like a very promising selection of items. They extended the line a tiny bit compared with Holiday 2007 as this year we are getting two powders, two palettes, and a mascara where as last year it was one powder, two palettes, and a mascara. Of course, the Muse is on board and will review this all for you shortly!
The site is very, very lagged at the moment so I recommend checking back later tonight or tomorrow morning to see the updates! The Muse is looking forward to the Singaporean update so I can read the story in English! Once you “find” all the items you’ll have a chance to download the special screen saver! Do grab it as it’s rather cute!
How about you?
Loving the new palettes?
Indulging in any Majolica Majorca Holiday 2008?
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Majolica Majorca Gorgeous Wing Mascara Review
Majolica Majorca Summer Collection 2008 Review
Majolica Majorca Fall Collection 2008 Featuring Trick On Palettes
There happens to be a thin line between love and hate. The Muse happens to love and hate Benefit Cosmetics! Some products she simply cannot live without while others make her so mad she sees red. And so the relationship goes when you’re loving and hating someone or something in this case.
Benefit has been on a great winning streak with the Muse lately, take into consideration they are releasing Benefit Coralista shortly…whoa…has to be a win this Muse thinks…also remember how wonderful Benefit Posietint was! Another score! Obviously it’s been a rather great release of products lately but sometimes Benefit has a dud or two here and there!
However, today I’m not on the topic of hate but more along the lines of passionate, undying love for Benefit Lemon Aid. My tale starts with a request from a reader asking me to review a few of my very favorite Benefit items and in this case Lemon Aid happens to fall into the favorite pile!
My story is actually quite short as Benefit Lemon Aid doesn’t have a whole lot of hoopla attached to it. It simply is and does what it says without anything in between! The simplicity of Benefit Lemon Aid is the reason the product remains a favorite of mine for at least 10 years now (could be more!).
Benefit Lemon Aid is a yellow based cream base for eyelids. So who honestly needs a cream base for eyes? Generally speaking when we choose to conceal our woes we are most worried about what lays under our eyes but not above! Lemon Aid happens to turn the situation around and offers concealer and coverage for our lids instead of under our eyes!
Do we really need to conceal our eyelids? The Muse likes to think so. After concealing under my eyes I notice that my lids are sometimes a tiny bit red, dull, or just not very awake due to dull skin around the lids. I could probably easily just use concealer on top of my lids as well but honestly I’ve tried and it simply doesn’t work.
So here in lays my solution!
Whip out my pot of Benefit Lemon Aid and go to work concealing my lids. A little dab here, a little dab there and my eyes begin to transform and I’m looking fresher, more awake, and ready for my day!
Lemon Aid is yellow based and flattering on all skin types, it’s formula is creamy yet dense enough to create a nice base for the next step in your makeup routine (think MAC paint pot texture!), and most important Lemon Aid manages to transform woe skin to wow skin with a pat here and there!
Do you need it?
Hells yes. It’s Muse Approved so that along means you need it!
Honestly, I simply can’t live without this stuff. It’s been said you can easily use it to conceal dark circles as well but the Muse highly suggests going by the book in this case and sticking to applying on the lid. This isn’t for concealing under the eye but over it!
Wakes up tired eyes? Check!
Creamy, Moisturizing Formula? Check!
Works as a great base for shadow? Check!
I think Benefit Lemon Aid pretty much has it all covered! It’s part of my daily routine for years now and I highly recommend checking it out!
Fair warning: I’ve heard many people rant about Benefit Lemon Aid and I’m quite shocked as I think it’s the awesome! Personally I think it’s a product that you need to test for yourself to see if you’re standing on the love line or the hate one!
Tell the Muse!
Benefit Posietint Review
Benefit “That Gal” Review