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Sofina Aube Couture Designing Highlight Review

A few years ago I purchased Laura Mercier Brightening Powder and hated it. Honestly, this stuff was pointless to me. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I ended up not liking it at all.

Flash forward a year or so later and it started to become my right hand lady to use in conjunction with my concealer. Go further forward and Bobbi Brown’s Concealer Palette had a similar white powder which became a fast friend of mine.

And finally present day you’ll find me toting around Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Powder, it’s my HG (holy grail).

Moral of the story? I’ve gotten older and appreciate brightening powders in a major way. They not only set concealer but they really do brighten up the eye area and create a more flawless finish under my eyes. Granted, in my opinion, if you’re younger you might not experience the same results but if you’re in your late 20′s, 30′s or older, a brightening powder is essential to have in your beauty arsenal in my opinion.

Most recently Sofina Aube Couture Designing Highlight crossed my path. I’m a fond fan of Japanese brand, Aube, so I was all about trying out their brightening powder….

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Ghosts of Christmas Past Collections

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“Are you the Spirit, sir, whose coming was foretold to me?” asked the Muse.

“I am!”

The voice was soft and gentle. Singularly low, as if instead of being so close beside her, it were at a distance.

“Who, and what are you?” the Muse demanded.

“I am the Ghost of Christmas Collections Past.”

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The Muse is quite fond of rehashing her past and remembering collections that caught her fancy over the years. Take a step back in time with her and remember Holiday Collections from 2007 that brought joy and excitement to us all!

The Muse has always had a special fondness for Aube Shower Jewelry Eyes, just the name along has been an endless source of joy and amusement for this Muse and she did so love and adore the Aube Shower Jewelry Eyes Holiday Palette in EX02. Cool shimmering shades of light blue, white, and brown topped with a grayish liner created the perfect sophisticated holiday eye! With the release of the palette Aube also gifted us with two loose shimmering powders which came in a lovely little glass bottle! Truly a Holiday Collection that excited this Muse!

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Step into my past and check out the Aube Holiday Collection 2007 Review

On the heels of Aube’s release came Majolica Majorica’s Holiday Collection which granted our Christmas wishes and brought to us two shimmering Majolook Palettes that would later become my very favorite shades when brought together with my other MJ palettes. Keeping in the theme of sparkling colors MJ also released a shimmering silver mascara overcoat and a sparkling white face, eye, and body powder! This collection has since topped the Muse’s list as a favorite collection released from Majorca Majolica!

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Follow the path to a review of Majorca Majolica Holiday Collection 2007

Jill Stuart always keeps a special place in my heart even though many releases are quite repetitious of colors past. This year I didn’t feel the need to indulge in the Holiday Coffret but last year I did get tempted by all the sparkling, light hues of the Christmas palette!

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Remember Jill Stuart’s Christmas Coffret 2007



Although the Muse sometimes gets a bit ranty and disappointed over Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks she’s almost always on the bandwagon to purchase a new one, especially limited edition ones, as soon as they release. Last year she dove fully into her purchase of the Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick and although she never truly made proper use of it she still looks at it fondly and is happy it graces her collection.

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A glowing ranting review on Bobbi Brown Pink Quart Shimmer Brick



This year the Muse liked but didn’t love the Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection but last year she fondly recalls loving each and every release that Bare Escentuals graced us with! The Holiday Collections from BE last year were something that the Muse still can’t forget!

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The crisp coolness of the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection thrilled the Muse to bits and she still gets hyper each time she whips out her BE Diamond Gossamer powder!

A tale and a review of Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection



Following closely behind Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection was the QVC release of Bare Minerals bareGold Luxury Color Collection and soon after the Nordstrom release of Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection!

The amount of gossamer powder that the Muse ended up hauling with each gift set should last her well into the years to come!

Read on about Gold!



Read further about Platinum!

The Muse let the holiday get away from her this year and in doing so she forgot a few small pieces here and there she wanted to pick up! The NARS Holiday Palette this year was on this Muse’s list but never quite made it into her cart (maybe soon) but she does so remember getting her NARS Night Series Palette last year and holding it in her greedy, sweaty palms as she gleefully smiled down at it!

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Drool over a review on the NARS Night Series Palette



Thinking back on the Lavshuca Winter Make Collection the Muse recalls her excitement however she does feel kinda let down that the cardboard palettes from this collection didn’t fair well into 2008! But it doesn’t keep her from recalling how truly lovely and brilliant she thought they were when she first laid eyes on them.



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Recall beautiful things with the Lavshuca Winter Make Holiday Collection 2007

To this day the mystery behind Stila’s “Asia” Only palettes amuses this Muse…Asia only? What? Huh? Confuddled am I! Even though the mystery remains the Muse still loving caresses each of those palettes as they brought back her beloved Stila girls! The packaging was too delightful to resist and the Muse pleads with Stila please more Stila girls! Some of us, after all, miss them crazily!

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Enjoy a review on the release of Stila “Asia” Only Palettes from last Holiday Season!

Disappointment sometimes reigns supreme with MAC Holiday if you’re an old school collector but the Muse does still give thanks and praise for the release of the MAC Royal Assets Metallic Eyes Palette!

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MAC Royal Assets Holiday 2007

It wasn’t too much of a problem falling deeply in love with a few items from MAC’s Antiquitease Color Collection. The Muse was particularly thrilled to bits and maybe pieces too by Red Romp Lipglass, Queen’s Sin Lipstick, and Uppity Fluidline! The Muse sends blessings to MAC each day for introducing to red lippie items that actually work well for this Muse!

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Jump ahead to a review on MAC’s Holiday Color Collection from 2007

Fall in love with Red Romp and Queen’s Sin!

Is there any ever doubt that perfection and luxury is housed in all Guerlain compacts? Purple was the order of business for Guerlain Holiday 2008 but last year gold…gold reigned supreme over Guerlain Holiday 2007!

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Learn about all good things gold by reading my review on Guerlain Holiday 2007

Diamonds were a girl’s best friend this year and they happened to be just as friendly last year when the Muse got her claws into the Givenchy Diamantismme Holiday Collection! To this day the Givenchy Prisme Solitaire All Over Diamond Powder holds a special place of honor on my vanity!

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Learn what true love is all about by visiting my review on Givenchy’s Holiday Collection 2007

The Muse hopes you enjoyed her trip through Christmas Past! Check out last year’s Christmas Past post and read up on all good things the Muse loved from 2005 and 2006!

Don’t forget to share what collections you absolutely loved from past holiday releases! The Muse is dying to hear all about it!

Can’t get enough of Holiday ’07? That’s ok neither can the Muse! Check out all good things under the Holiday 2007 category! TAG! You’re it!

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Summer Collections 2008: Aube Gloss Frutina

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Aube Gloss Frutina are an absolute staple item of mine and even though I’ve reviewed them prior to this I thought they deserved a revisit considering a new selection has been released for Summer (Visit with Carleen and check out my love of Gloss Frutina at Girl Gloss!)

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The original Gloss Frutina line up from last year included a healthy dose of shades where as this year the collection was cut down to a mere four shade selections. Even though the shades were limited this season they did have their own unique difference that the prior release did not sport.

This year the collection was not only scented with exotic fruit and food flavors but included a pleasant taste as well. I’ve quite fond of mentioning and re-mentioning the fact that many Japanese gloss brands fail to flavor their glosses. I’m always shocked to hear how many people actually hate flavored glosses where as I always love them and prefer my glosses have some sort of flavor. The new glosses range from orange flavoring to apple flavoring and more so I was quite in nirvana when I heard about this!

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The formula on these pretty much remains the same as the previous release with very minor differences. Although in the packaging the gloss appears to be a creamy lip color and pigmented that’s not the case. The texture is quite a good deal thicker and creamier than the prior release and I’m actually enjoying this formula much better. Pigmentation isn’t fantastic sadly although you can build sheer color up on your lips the best bet is to stain your lips prior to use to get the most out of the gloss. Each gloss contains a very faint shimmer of gold or silver but nothing overpowering just enough to give your lips a delightfully shiny, shimmery look.

The packaging has changed very slightly with the glosses sporting a brand new pinkish lilac top. This new top is quite lovely considering it matches the palettes beautifully. It still contains the same crystals embedded into it as well which is a nice, elegant touch. The prior release was identical aside from the fact that top was silver.

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As I mentioned earlier these do have a gorgeous scent and flavor. EX03 is a creamy shimmering coral shade that tastes like Blood Orange and Rosemary. The idea of combining oranges and rosemary may sound unappealing but I assure you the taste and smell is very pleasant! EX04 is a gorgeous, popping true pink that tastes like Berries and Mint. EX05 shimmering, nude, natural plum beige combination that tastes like lemongrass and plum. And lastly EX06 is a nude beige that tastes like caramel apple.

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My favorite of the four shades would have to be EX04. It’s such a beautiful pop of pink and with a very sheer layer of lip stain under it my lips look quite gorgeous sporting this!

Aube did a rather great job with the new line up of Gloss Frutina and I’m glad I indulged in all four colors as they were well worth adding to my beauty stash!

Aube Gloss Frutina are most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Click here to see my original review of Aube Frutina Glosses!

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to visit with Janice on Specktra and see my review of Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eye Palettes!

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to find out why I’m loving Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes!

It’s hot outside but you can keep yourself cool by exploring my Winter 2007 review of Aube’s Holiday Collection!

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Summer Collection 2008: Aube Gloss Frutina

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I’m a big fan of the Aube Frutina Lipglosses that were released last year and the good news is this year they are making a guest starring appearance in Aube’s Early Summer release Collection!

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My very beautiful mate, Iris, reported on these earlier in the month and I felt myself getting all hyper at the prospect of not only new colors but from what I’m understanding new flavors!

BLESS BE the Japanese have heard my prayers and have answered them! Flavored Lipgloss! Hooray! Hooray! I’m one for ranting at the lack of flavor in a majority of gloss brands on Japanese shores so this is exciting!

Each gloss is LE and scented in exotic combinations but I’m not entirely sure if they are “flavored” as well! So here’s to hoping right?

Orange is orange and rosemary scented, Pink is berry and mint (mmm sounds great), dusky pink is plum and lemongrass, and finally the beige is apple caramal and chamomile (please see Rouge Deluxe for the original information about these releases!).

Each gloss is 2100 yen each and well worth the price tag in my opinion. The color selection looks fabulous compared to last year’s glosses. They appear almost frosty this time around however sometimes the swatches aren’t so brilliant so can’t go by that until I actually see them in person.

Since I enjoyed these so much I thought I’d combine a mini review here from the glosses I do have from the previous release!

I really like these and they definately fall into a favorite category for me. One thing I really like about them is the applicator. The applicator is a sponge but it’s a large sponge and for some reason or another it saturates really well with the product so you get a nice bit of the gloss on it for smoothing onto your lips! I’m not sure if it’s the applicator or the formula but it just smooths on amazingly well for a gloss! I always struggle with sponge applicators as I’m constantly redipping where as with this I only need one dip and I’m good to go! These are a tiny bit on the sheer side so I definately suggest layering them to deepen the color on your lips as one stroke will get you a nice glossy look but not enough color to really pop so a bit of redipping and building the color up will give you an excellent pay off and beautiful look!

The texture is not sticky or tacky at all. It feels perfect on and has a pretty good water base because the gloss just slides on beautifully creating a very natural feel on your lips but NOT the type that’s sliding off onto your chin!

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Sadly, as with almost all Japanese glosses I’ve tried, these lack any taste or flavor. I enjoy flavor in my gloss but this is great if you’re hating that. The color selection last year came in about 12 shades I believe and a few were LE but not all. These new releases will all be LE so that’s a plus!

The packaging is definately pleasing as each gloss has tiny crystals in the top! Very pretty!

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These particular shades being released appear more pigmented! We shall see! Very excited for the collection to hit shops so I can lay my greedy hands on some!

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Aube Winter Collection 2007

At the rate I’m going I could have reviewed Aube’s Holiday/Winter Collection next season! Sorry about the delay getting this out!

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I’ve had this collection for a while and I haven’t yet tried any of it but last night I decided to finally crack it open and take a peek at the colors!

When the collection came onto the scene I wasn’t too tempted but later on I decided that I needed to add some of it to my beauty arsenal!

They released a pressed powder with this that a friend of mine was unable to locate sadly so I missed out on that! Out of all the goodies I only ended up with three items which were the newest Jewerly Shower Eyes and the two loose shimmering powders!

The palette is quite gorgeous although not what I expected. Upon seeing the promo images it appeared the model was sporting a white sparkling baby blue look but upon getting the palette I learned the colors are a tad bit different and it left me slightly puzzling over the best way to get her look but that hasn’t swayed me from loving it!

The main color in the palette is a cream gold sparkle followed by a beige bronze color and a dark chocolate liner color. The Shower part of the palette (and star of the shower in my opinion) is the light blue gold infused cream color! It’s a beautiful shade and it really sparks up the main colors of the palette! I’m not going into detail about application here but if you’re interested in understanding how the palette works do click here to review my main review on Aube’s Jewelry Shower palettes! My sole rant about the palette was the packaging. I was slightly disappointed that the packaging wasn’t the standard shiny metallic style. It seemed they changed the compact to a matte finish instead of the regular shiny metallic compact! I really liked the pretty pink shimmer to the old compacts!

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The palette sold very well in Japan from what I understand as my mate had a difficult time locating it upon it’s release!

The other two items I got were the loose shimmering powders which come in a nice glass bottle. I really love the presentation on these and the packaging is ultra cute however application is a bit messy! The powders come in a nail polish style bottle but they do not have an attached applicator. I thought this would come with a spatula applicator or a brush of some sort attached to the bottle topper but that’s not the case sadly. In order to apply you have to tip the bottle while stopping it with a finger tip and then lightly dab the powder where you want it! It’s a wonderful silky, sparkly powder that can used on your face, cheeks, or body however application is a tad bit messy with just a fingertip for applying. I guess you can use a really slim brush to fit into the bottle and take a little powder out at a time but I’m still wishing these came with an applicator of their own! The two shades available were gold and pink and both are well worth getting as they are truly beautiful shimmering shades!

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Overall, I really like this collection and I’m glad I decided to get some of it! I highly recommend at least nabbing the palette if you have the means of locating it!

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