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Beauty Reflections: Summer Collections 2008

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Step back in time with the Muse and re-visit with some of what was happening in Summer 2008.

Bobbi Brown taught this Muse a thing or two about the benefits of combining pink with beautiful bronzes to create a killer Summer look! Check out the Muse’s review of the Bobbi Brown Bronzed Pink Collection from 2008.

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Much excitement was afoot when the Muse discovered the new Stila Kitten goodies but sadly they did so disappointed. Gather round and listen to a tale of Stila Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss and Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow Wash.

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MAC Solar Bits were somehow easy to forget after the Muse originally purchased them and you’ll understand why after reading my review!

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What was the deal with Too Faced Mineral Water? Find out by reading my review.

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Bless Be! The KATE Summer Collection 2008 was absolutely a joy for this Muse! She was partial to her favorite shadows being released in three new shades. Japan never looked so good.

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Urban Decay taught the Muse how to love bronzer! Check out her review of the Urban Decay Summer Collection 2008 after this jump.

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Please MAC won’t your bring back Volcanic Ash this Summer?

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Small but lovely was the Majorca Majolica Summer Collection 2008.

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Vincent Long Liquid Shadow had a Muse crying nay! Check out her review on these shadows introduced in the Summer of ’08.

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Addict? Sure definately an addiction when it comes to the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect shades that were released last year. Loves ‘em!

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Cooling off with Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare was easy especially since it smelled so pretty and looked equally gorgeous.

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Hope you had fun clicking through some of Summer 2008. Maybe you came across a few reviews you missed from last year or discovered something new.

The Muse is a wonderin’…..

What’s your favorite releases from last Summer?

Share ‘em with me!

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Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence Review

Yesterday, I reviewed a few pieces for you from the Etude House Precious Mineral Project Collection. Today I’m diving deeper into the collection with a review of the new Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence is simply a nice way of saying primer. All that makeup essence stuff makes it sound more important than it really is it’s simply a primer you use prior to foundation application. Yes, yes before you think it, before you even say it out loud, the answer is yes. Yes, Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence is kinda sorta a dupe of Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer.

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Major differences do separate the two so even though in appearance they look the same just about everything else including the color and formula is vastly different so please for the love of this Muse don’t go around saying what a great dupe Etude House Makeup Essence is for Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer.

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I should get it off my chest first and foremost that this will sadly not make your foundation last longer. Some primers have the ability to allow makeup to last a good deal longer, some keep makeup fresh, and others just act as a really great prepping too. In this case, Etude House Precious Mineral Makeup Essence is simply a great prepping tool.

The formula is a watery texture that feels cooling on the skin and absorbs easily. It does have a creamy peach iridescent finish but it’s not noticeable on the skin in my opinion. Even fairer skin than my own probably won’t notice any sort of finish to the primer as it just absorbs clear or at least I thought so. I did notice that it tends to feel a little bit sticky until it dries down. It wasn’t really unpleasant but a little annoying having to wait a sec prior to applying my BB Cream.

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Hmmm I guess I don’t sound completely overjoyed over this particular primer but it’s just nothing to get too excited about and I’ve tried far better primers that multitask at keeping my makeup fresh and long wearing plus prep my skin prior to foundation. This primer simply preps and offers no other bells and whistles. For it’s price it’s probably worth trying out but honestly you can safely skip it if you’re purchasing within the US for a higher price.

I liked it ok but I didn’t love it and probably won’t purchase it again. Although the Etude House Precious Mineral Project Collection is turning out very well so far I wasn’t loving this primer and think you can safely skip it.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Review and Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact Review

I can’t deny that the release of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection disappointed me. I really wanted some festive, flirty Spring Collection that was filled with sweet shimmering shades. Instead we got a round up of plenty of base makeup items with little of the collection concentrating on any point pieces.

Le sigh!

But fear not. Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project Collection is solid gold base makeup and more than makes up for it’s lack of color with an amazing selecton of good quality base makeup for a nice price tag.

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Even though I suffered some disappointed with it’s release I can’t deny that the release of Etude House Mineral Skin Project was probably one of the better collections released from Etude House as of late. Lately, collections have come and gone without really capturing my attention but this definitely caught my eye since I’m a fond fan of Etude House BB Creams.

Today I’ll be reviewing two of the items from the collection and continuing my review later this week with the rest of the items I got. The two items I am concentrating on today are Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream and Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact.

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Until now the concept of “mineral” makeup in liquid form was rather confusing to me. I really didn’t get the point. Granted I imagined the formula included minerals in it’s ingredients but the finish was quite the same as any other liquid foundation I’ve come across. I’m mentioning this because I was quite delighted with the finish of the Etude House Mineral BB Cream. It’s a rather strange little product as it’s obviously a liquid cream however it’s finish is that of a mineral makeup and gives my skin a buffed on look that’s quite flawless and very, very pretty. I won’t say this dries down to a complete matte finish but it looks very matte and the complete effect looks quite like I used a mineral makeup. It’s interesting to say the least.

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream has all the benefits of a normal run of the mill BB Cream as it offers an SPF of 30, anti-aging ingredients, and whitening benefits. Everything and the kitchen sink is offered with this BB Cream as with many others. I can’t speak for anti-aging but it does whiten and brighten skin and the added benefits of SPF 30 are always a bonus. The box proclaims it offers sheer coverage but I personally think it offers medium to heavy coverage with proper application. A little goes a very long way so a few drops do me well at offering beautiful coverage while erasing dullness from my skin and making my skin literally glow with health. Truly it’s near perfect coverage. The cream comes in two variations one light and one darker (although the darker shade isn’t that dark). Although the cream should adjust to your skin tone I do think that it’s best used on fair to medium complexions but not dark, tan, or olive tones. This is a Korean product so it’s especially suited to Asian skin especially if you have yellow undertones as the product has a good deal of soft beige to erase yellow tones and even out the complexion.

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There isn’t anything particularly special about the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact but I fancy it anyway as it’s a perfect follow up for setting the BB Cream. The powder comes housed in a very simple pink compact with a large mirror and a soft sponge. This comes in three shades, I got the lightest and although I’d probably do better with the 2nd shade I didn’t mind so much as I felt like it went well with the lightest shade of BB that I selected. It blends out well on my skin and sets my makeup for long wear. It has an SPF of 30 as well which is fantastic.

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Both products promise “sheer glowing skin” and honestly that’s exactly what they deliver. You’d never know it during application as both products just seem your run of the mill BB cream and powder foundation. But don’t let the formula fool you, the results speak for their self as my skin was glowing this morning. I’ve always wanted to be able to use mineral makeup but never really found a brand that didn’t match me itchy or make me look like I had a mask of makeup on. This gives me the look of mineral makeup in a liquid formula, likey!

A few things that deserved to be mentioned……

Wasn’t loving the price on any of this. I was shocked how expensive it was by Korean cosmetic standards. I’d honestly pay double for it since the quality is there but I couldn’t help but raise a brow at the price as normally Etude House is a good deal cheaper. The compact was 14,500 won and the bb cream was 13,500 won, as you can see not your typical price tag for Etude House but regardless well worth it. Secondly, I normally adore the pump style tube that Etude House favors for it’s BB Creams but I had a terrible time getting it to work this time and for some reason nothing was coming out. 3 dozen pumps later and a squeeze or two of the tube it finally started to flow, phew! For a sec there I thought I was going to have to slice into the tube to get to the cream! Sadly, the pump on the jar doesn’t unscrew as it’s glued on so I couldn’t even just unscrew the top to get to the product. Bit ranty about this! As you can see in my photos my tube of BB cream is rather flat and a little bit wrinkled up since I was struggling with it!

Wearing the BB Cream layered with the powder on top! The blush is also from the collection but I’ll be reviewing that later this week!

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Aside from my minor rants I’m Muse Approving both Etude Hose Precious Mineral BB Cream and Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream for purchase.

I was lucky enough to have a very sweet person purchase these for me. If you’re wanting to purchase these I suggest checking on E-bay, Facial Shop, or G-Market to purchase although prices on the first two probably won’t be too kind!

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Overall, even though I started my review with rants, woe, and general disappointed I must end it with a big wow at how impressed I am altogether with how amazing my skin was looking today thanks to the cream and powder.

Loves it!

Any of my Korean readers try yet?

Do share!

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Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project

It’s that special time of the year kids when all the Asian brands begin releasing new base makeup. I kinda like and don’t like this time of the year. I like it because it’s interesting exploring new base makeup options and I don’t like it because Summer seems ages away which means a longer wait for Summer Collection details! I also don’t really like changing my base makeup around alot so I’m always somewhat fascinated at how many lines revamp there base line to include a slew of new powders, foundations, etc….

This isn’t to say I don’t like new base makeup I just feel like I switch around alot lately since I’m always searching for that perfect base makeup.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that Etude House has a brand new base line up which also includes a few color options as well. It’s somewhat unusual to have a new base makeup and a color collection released together which is one more reason to absolutely adore Korean cosmetic brands as the Japanese would never consider doing both at the same release.

Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project looks interesting enough but I’m doubtful it can compete with last year’s Lovely Face champagne.

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Jump ahead for the deets.

Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project hmmm sounds like the Greenlight Project or something. “Be a part of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project….” Whoa, awesome. Aside from the funny name the collection has promise.

Happy is a Muse who’s presented with new Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream. I’m a big fan of Etude House Magic BB Cream so this looks quite similar! Wants it!

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A new mineral setting powder also being released.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Make Essence is a new primer.

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Etude House Tear Drop Liner which is quite similar to what was released with the Lovely Face Collection. This is a glitter liner meant to lighten up the eye area!

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A new highlighter for applying to cheeks and face for a bit of a Spring glow!

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And finally two new color options which are the Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo and Etude House Fresh Cherry Lip Tint quite like Etude House Plumping Lip Tint.

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I’m kinda leaning towards snagging just about everything in the collection as it all looks rather good. I’m particularly liking the blusher duo and lip tints!

How about you?

Loves it?

Tell the Muse!

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Beauty Reflections: All About The Lips

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The Muse knows she’s not alone in thinking that their is something so very wonderful about lipgloss!

Go on now, you know you simply adore it.

Jump ahead to reflect on some reviews that’s are all about the lips!

The Muse thinks kawaii and gloss is a marriage most divine so of course she was all about Love Clover PopChu Lipgloss from Japan.

Love Clover PopChu Lipgloss Review

Christmas was extra special when the Muse discovered that diamonds and gloss could come together in a gorgeous piece of bling!

Isadora Diamond Gloss Ring Review

From Korea (and Etude House) with Love, the Muse was all about the newest Etude House plumping gloss!

Etude House Plumping Lip Tint Review

The gods graced the Muse (and makeup junkies everywhere) with the awesomeness of Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss this past Fall! Bless be!

Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss

Only the good die young so might as well sin with Lipstick Queen!

Lipstick Queen Sinner Shine Hardcore LipGloss Review

Why choose when you can have a slew of variety? Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss set was all about choices!

Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss Gift Set Review

Rule the recession with budget friendly gloss from Mark!

Mark Glossblossom Lipgloss Review

Part two of my Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick Review is upcoming so best get cracking and start reflecting on part one!

Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick Review and Swatches

The Muse finally admits that every cosmetic purchase she makes from Japan isn’t always a great one!

Shiseido Maquillage Diamond Tear Gloss Review

The Muse couldn’t pull off MAC Binge Slimshine but she found an alternative that worked well!

NARS Lipgloss in Revolt Review

Armani and the Muse are BFF’s especially when she was loving all over lip wax a few months ago!

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Wax Review

It’s not always about gloss! How about Lip Stain too?

Pixi Lip Blush Review

Hope you enjoyed reflecting on lip products today!

Tell the Muse some of your fav lip products!

She’s listening!

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