correct me if I’m wrong but until now I’ve never seen a foundation release from Lavshuca in a tube. With the Fall Collection Lavshuca released a brand new foundation available in five shades with SPF 25 and it’s great, you need it.
Considering I felt like the Fall Collection was very disappointing the fact that the foundation is simply awesome redeems Lavshuca’s terrible mistake with the new eye palettes! Sorry kids, just can’t love the new palettes and I didn’t indulge! I’ll hold out for the Holiday Collection.
Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation is extremely tiny! Indeed, major rant, there is simply not enough of this fine foundation in the tube! The tube is 25g which averages about .75oz or so…a little bit more but the fact still remains it’s tiny!
Have you ever purchased a foundation this small before? I honestly can’t say I have. I did the comparisons below and showed the tube along side a small Prescriptives concealer and a MAC lipstick as you can see the tube of foundation isn’t much bigger than either one. It’s rather disappointing that it’s so tiny! I’ll obviously need to stock up this!
Aside from the size the foundation is brilliant. I will redeem my minor rant by saying that the formula is very pigmented so a little bit goes a very long way which means a tiny tube should last you quite a long time but still I can’t help feeling disappointed it’s so small!
The formula’s best feature isn’t only the fact it’s extremely pigmented! It also happens to be extra creamy, every smooth, easy to blend, and wonderfully moisturizing. It just gets better and better doesn’t it! All this for a drugstore brand…dontcha just love the Japanese? Only they could squeeze all those benefits into one tube, slap it onto a drugstore shelf, and sell it like it’s posh counter cosmetic!
The formula is obviously waterproof because as you blend you can feel a strange but not unpleasant silicon-like dry down. I got about eight hours of wear before I needed touching up. The foundation did not cake, crease, or turn ashy or gray after long wear on my face it simply blended into my skin perfectly while allowing my skin to breath. It’s not what I’d classify as a light foundation but it’s not heavy either. I think it’s safe to say it should work on normal, dry, and oily skin without problem because it seemed quite universally suitable for all skin types.
The applicator is a very thin nozzle which makes it great for quickly squeezing out a small amount. The tube also matches anything else you might have in your Lavshuca stash with it’s lovely deep aubergine packaging and silver scripted Lavshuca emblem. It’s a very elegant little tube.
Although color selection is limited to five shades but it appears it’s a good selection of colors for tones ranging from light to medium but nothing suitable for very dark tones. If you’re a milky caramel or have a cinnamon finish to your skin you might be able to get away with either the colors OC-D or Beige C. These two shades look good for those tones. The tone I purchased was OC-B which is the lightest shade.
The shades do have a certain amount of beige and yellow to counteract any yellow tones in the skin but it’s definately something you’ll have to swatch in order to figure out the best available shade. I just winged mine and prayed.
I paid retail which was probably under 1,500 yen. I’m not even sure of the exact price at retail as I had a friend purchase a ton of stuff for me and I didn’t ask after prices on each item.
I have seen the tubes online at the original retail minus the 20% off must Japanese drugstores give you. Honestly, the original price of 1,990 yen is still a very good deal even though the size is small so I highly recommend nabbing one and trying it out for yourself as the foundation is holy grail material.
The Muse is happy with this one! Good quality foundation from Lavshuca! Love it! Muse Approval for purchase on Lavshua’s Creamy Liquid Foundation.
Do you have any really silly stuff in your beauty arsenal that you swear by?
Black Head Off Stick by B & C Laboratories is probably one of my most silliest items that I stash away in my beauty arsenal and often reach for, I’m embarrassed to admit I do use this!
Muse, what the hell is Black Head Off Stick anywhere?
This little guy is made by those same friendly people over at Sony who bring you great electronics and lip gloss too!
It’s a Japanese thing don’t ask me.
But I’m just happy to have a little stash of Black Head Off Sticks. I’ve been through about 3 in the last year.
Anyway I forgot to explain what it was didn’t I?
It looks like a lip balm but it’s actually a stick that you smooth over your nose and after that you proceed to rub the area and supposedly this “erases” your blackheads.
Don’t ask me why I continue using this thing but for some odd reason or another I’ve convinced myself that it’s improved the blackheads I get on my nose. Ok, granted not those deeply embedded suckers that you need acid to remove…BUT the ones at the surface are easily removed by swiping this across your nose a few times and briskly rubbing.
It also kinda makes my nose matte and less shiny….and this is weird…but my nose kind of looks brighter and fresher….does that make any sense?
Prob not but I think when they coined the phrase “powder your nose” the effect would be similiar to what Black Head Off Stick does to my nose!
Is it useless? Possibly.
Am I convinced it works?
Do I recommend it?
Sure why not!
It’s cheap as day old chips so yes I recommend picking one up. And hey you don’t even have to go to Japan (although if you have the means I highly recommend flying to Japan to get one! For cultural purposes only of course) to get it. Most Asian markets have these available and if not you can wander through my Japanese Shopping Guide and come across a few shops that carry this and it’s also available on E-bay for mere pennies.
The Muse likes it. Useless, possibly but I’m all for useless products!
What do you use for pesky blackheads on your nose?
Majolica Majorca introduced it’s Trick On Palettes in Spring 2008. They have since extended the line to include two new colors for the Fall 2008.
The two newest shades are Gr750 and BR751. Both are general catalog and not limited edition as far as I know. The Trick On Palettes are quite nice and I gave them a good review when they first appeared on the scene in the Spring however I’m not feeling the color variations for the Fall in all honesty.
GR750 and BR751
It’s simply the same old stuff released again and again and again! if I put together all my Majolook Line Impact palettes, last season’s Trick On palettes, plus my Majolook Illuminator palettes I could probably easily make up all four shades in the newest color selections.
I collect all the Majolook palettes released which accounts for me purchasing GR750 and BR751 but in my humblest opinion you just don’t need either unless you’re a serious collector and like having each release from Majolica Majorca.
GR750 and BR751
Neither palette contains pop of any kind so this isn’t a sizzling eye look you’ll be creating. Each palette consists of two shadow colors, one liner shade, and a “Trick On” shimmering powder. Although the shades are very Fall-like in color I just felt like they were a bit boring and as I mentioned very easy to dupe from past palettes. For instance GR750 contains shades very similiar to BR762 from the Majolook Illuminator Palette.
GR750 contains a highlighting shade in a light beige brown shade combined with a khaki green for your lid. The liner shade is a deep dark teal green and the “trick on” powder is a shimmering gold.
Although the beige brown contrasts nicely with the khaki green I felt like the teal liner created an unusual look to my eyes and layering the “trick on” shimmering powder on top of the khaki green really made a mess considering it was a lighter gold shade.
It is note worthy to mention that the all the shades are nicely pigmented in particular the khaki green and each sports that unusual creamy powder formula that most Japanese eye shadows are known for.
BR751 contains a highlighting shade in gold and a taupe color for the lid which is followed by a chocolate brown liner shade and finally a pale pink shimmer makes up the “trick on” powder. Again, a rather boring array of colors sadly. This time I felt like the taupe and gold were completely mismatched as well and in particular the liner shade just doesn’t go with the base lid color. This seems to be such an unusual and weird cocktail of colors.
I do have one major rave for each palette and that would be pigmentation and ease of blending. The formula on the Trick On palettes seems very different compared to previous variations of the Majolook palettes and I find they are quite nicely pigmented and they blend very well! Yes, you do have to layer quite a bit to get good color payoff with other Majolook palettes but I felt like two strokes of color or even one with the Trick On palettes was all you needed to create a nice deep color on the lid.
All in all I was pretty disappointed with these. If you’re a big collector of MJ palettes you’ll want to add them to your collection but if you’re purchasing them simply for color selection alone it’s safe to skip both palettes in my humblest opinion. I felt like both selections made my eyes look tired, boring, and blah.
Have you tried Majolica Majorca Trick On Palettes?
Are you stashing or trashing the two new color selections?
You guys have been awful quiet lately
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Stay tuned for next week for more Fall Japanese Collections!
I’ve never heard of it before, I’ve never seen it before, and probably would have never gotten a chance to even try it if my beautiful mate Aya didn’t mention it to me. During one of our e-mails she said that she noticed I was looking for a good mascara remover and proceeded to recommend this stuff!
Well, Aya’s rave is spot on!
It’s freaking good stuff!
This removes virtually everything from your face without drying it. It does a particularly killer job removing waterproof mascara and eye makeup. The formula is very strange as it’s not oily but just like pure water! I simply took a large cotton square, pumped a few squirts on and went to work on my eyes. After I took another cotton square and did my face. Aya had suggested rinsing afterward although you don’t have to as per the instructions I took her advice and had a quick rinse. Presto done! Just as the bottle advertises, “Ready for bed as soon as possible!”
I was so excited about Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion I had to go on my merry googling way and find out more about it!
I’m normally not one for fiber mascaras but I couldn’t resist purchasing one of these since I’m a big lover of Majolica Majorca mascara however this is a big disappointment for me and of course the main reason is the fact it’s a fiber mascara.
Although to look at it you’d never know it was fiber based as the wand doesn’t have a ton of fibers sticking from it once it’s removed from the tube however once applied I instantly get that lash in the eye feeling that’s both irritating physically and emotionally. Damn right I said emotionally! I got emotional when I have to go through a work day feeling like I have lashes stuck in my eye and unable to do a damn thing about it! Ahhhhhh! The irritation is too much to take!
Lash Gorgeous Wing is not the first fiber mascara released from Majorca Majolica but it is the first mascara that has a brush applicator as all previous versions sport the Muse beloved comb applicator which take lashes to crazy long lengths!
The mascara does exactly what it promises in providing you with feathery light lashes that keep the curl all day long however if you’re not a big lover of fibers you might want to avoid this. I, for one, picture this making a guest starring appearance in the bottom of the makeup draw graveyard.
I like my lashes to look fat and long. Although Lash Gorgeous Wing did give me ok lenght I wasn’t loving the fact that it separated my lashes and made them look alot less full and more natural. The Muse does not like the natural look. I also felt like the mascara didn’t have the exact same inky black formula Majolica Majorca mascara is known for, it seemed much lighter.
The brush wasn’t exactly working to my satisfaction either since it didn’t give me the volume I’ve come to expect from Majorca Majolica due to the awesome comb applicator previous versions had. I’ve always loved how fat and full the regular version of Majolica Majorca made my lashes this however fails on that account terribly.
I’m glad I paid retail at 1,290 yen because I’d seriously be upset if I had paid more. This, I sadly have to say, isn’t exactly what I wanted from Majolica Majorca. I’ve come to expect better from there mascara and this is definately no where near the best.
The Muse gives it a thumb down! Definitely not loving it! Perhaps I’ll have better luck with the new palettes! Stay tuned for my review!
Anyone try it?
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My good mate Iris is kinda loving Lash Gorgeous Wing! Check out her review by clicking here.
Your Muse hasn’t blogged BB Creams as of yet since her experiences with them haven’t really been the greatest however since I mentioned them once or twice I ended up getting many e-mails and comments about them. I recently reviewed Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer which reminded me of BB Cream so much in texture and formula that I was kinda of inspired to write about BB’s soon after!
What’s a BB Cream? How do I use a BB Cream? Where can I purchase BB Creams? These are some of the daily questions I get in my inbox!
The US market, as far as I know, has not yet been exposed to BB Creams. I imagine we are all somewhat obsessed with our skin within the US but I personally feel like the Asian population is more so and that obsession accounts for the mass amount of products released within Asian countries. For me and other skincare junkies this is pure nirvana!
One of the latest, greatest, popular, and hyped products to hit Korea are BB Creams which is short for Blemish Balm Cream. The craze began in Korea but has since hit Japan, China, Etc…
So what is a BB Cream anyway?
BB Cream is pretty much the end all of foundation, concealer, moisturizer, etc….It’s a combined product that eliminates many products from your daily makeup routine and not only simplifies foundation but also offers key ingredients that we all look for in makeup and skin care.
BB Creams are highly moisturizing, contain SPF, have acne fighting and anti-aging ingredients, plus conceal and lay a foundation for your other makeup.
What BB Cream Eliminates from your daily routine:
BB Creams are so highly moisturizing you may or may not wish to apply a moisturizer prior to using!
BB Creams contain doses of 25+ SPF so you don’t need an extra SPF product to protect your skin from harmless sun rays!
Acne Treatments, Lotions, Etc…
BB Creams contain active ingredients for fighting off problem areas!
Anti-Aging Lotions, Potions, Etc…
BB Creams contain anti-aging ingredients to prevent wrinkles and also treat any fine lines you may already have!
BB Creams act as a concealer for concealing under eye circles, baggage, etc…It also concealsr acne, blemishes, red areas, etc…
BB Creams act as a foundation for prepping the skin for makeup and creating a flawless finish to skin!
Whitening Lotions, Fluids, Etc….
BB Creams contain whitening agents to lighten the skin!
You can see why everyone is so hyper and excited about BB Creams. They are virtually the superman of foundation however they are not without their flaws.
Your Muse has tried about 8-10 brands of BB Creams now and I’ve been disappointed about 95% of the time. BB Creams are NOT without one major problem.
My god Muse what do you mean?! They sound like skin care perfection!
The problem with BB Creams is color selection. BB Creams are not like foundation where you walk in and have an array of colors to choose from. Most BB Creams offer one color option only or sometimes, if you’re lucky, two color selections.
Right off the bat I’ll say if you’re a deeper, darker skin tone I’m highly doubtful that BB Creams will work for you although I can’t be sure as I don’t have experience with application on such a skin tone.
I’m fascinated with the excitement over a product that only comes in a dull beige color. Many Asian girls do have a yellow tone to skin and beige is not only unflattering on yellow tones but just, in my opinion, unflattering on ALL skin tones. Thus my amazement over the hype that surrounds the product in Asian countries. BB Creams are so pigmented that the color will look very unnatural on any and all skin tones at least this has been my experience with the brands I’ve tried.
Another surprising thing about BB Creams is the fact that they seem to be best suited to dry skin. I have many, many Asian friends and about 95% of them have oily skin. BB Creams do not dry matte in my personal opinion and they feel very moisturizing when on so I’m curious how those with oily skin feel about the formula and texture of such a product.
I was recently contacted by a reader who recommended me a few brands I hadn’t tried before that made some high end BB Creams. After discussing it with her I decided to give BB Creams a much needed revisit.
You won’t be hearing about the bad. When it comes to Asian cosmetics and skincare it’s difficult for the Muse to trash it. It’s simply too high quality to snark at which accounts for my lack of posts regarding BB Creams. However, I have decided I’ll start reviewing brands I have tried and the pros and cons of each. I’ll also have an upcoming review on a brand of BB that I do LOVE and again this is thanks to the reader that recommended it! That review is coming shortly so thank the gods we finally have a good BB Cream to rave about.
BB Creams are a welcome edition to the makeup world and an innovation in skin care and makeup that needs a bit of tweaking. The potential for greatness is already there and with a little work we’ll have pure perfection.
It’s hard not to notice that I littered my blog entry with difference adverts of BB Creams. As you can see many, many, many companies in Korea have out various brands of the popular product so sometimes it’s difficult to weed through the bad to get to the good! However, that’s what you have the Muse for! I’ll be sharing the best and not so great with you very soon!
Jill Stuart’s website has been updated with the latest Fall Collection for 2008 entitled Illuminance. I find the name quite fitting as the new shadow palettes and cheek blushes sport beautiful golds for Fall.
I wasn’t particularly excited about the Brilliance collection but I do feel a slight tinge of interest. I think I’ll be indulging in at least one of the blushes and three of the shadow palettes. The shadow palettes have been slightly revamped as well with an interesting design on the front of the compact. It’s been a little bit of a gap between purchases for me on the Jill Stuart front simply because the shadow palettes are extremely uneventful with similiar shades being used over and over and over again.
The Muse’s stash of blush compacts hauled from last season!
However, after such a long dry spell Jill Stuart Illuminance may be getting some of the Muse’s hard earned money! Palettes are 5,000 yen each and blushes are 4,500 yen each. Expect to pay $10-$30 USD more per item online.
Items I think I’ll be indulging in:
Eye palettes in Jewel Dress, Fantastic Light, Brocade Gold, and Flash Veil.
Our friend Kodi Kumi is back in full swing advertising Visee’s Fall Collection. After a rough patch of publicity it’s nice to see her back in the promo for Fall!
A few items are being released with Visee’s Fall Collection but of course the item that really jumps up at me is the new Glam Hunt Eye Palettes. Visee makes a great eye palette as you may have guessed from my previous raves. These are a revamp from the last few releases and the colors are very suitable for the cooler weather that will be upon is soon!
The palettes come in five styles and include five shades of shadow plus a brush for application. I see at least three color combos I want but I may just indulge in all five.
Each palette is 1890 yen but it’ll probably be a bit cheaper due to various drugstore discounts in Japan.
While most Japanese brands are busy releasing and selling Fall Collections, Canmake’s released a late Summer Collection entitled Sunset Beauty. I recently reviewed Canmake’s Spring Collection and wasn’t too pleased with the eye quads I had purchased so I think I’ll be steering clear of this collection.
Canmake has taken a note from Lavshuca and has yet again revamped it’s eye shadow packaging. They are taking the quad business very seriously lately and have released three new multitasking eye shadow palettes with the collection entitled Color Stripe Palette. I was delighted to see that the applicator is a dual end which has a brush on one side and a sponge applicator on the other side. Hey, sue me, I get excited about the little stuff in life! The palettes do sport a bronze look to them but you can easily take these looks well into the Fall season with you. As you may have noticed I mentioned these were multitasking that’s because you can use each quad as an eyeshadow, highlighter, and blusher.
Although I won’t be indulging in these palettes since I was burned with the Spring Collection my eye did roam over to the new Pop n’ Jelly Gloss shades. I generally like Canmake’s glosses plus the price is nice as well!
I know many of you have expressed a keen disdain for Canmake but I normally like many of the items in the catalog as the price is really nice and the quality isn’t too bad. I could see myself indulging in the glosses but I think the quads are a no go!
The Color Stripe Palettes are 880 yen each and the glosses are 540 yen.
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Check out my review of the Canmake Spring Collection by clicking here featuring the Four Shiny Eye Palettes!
I’m not sure if I should be relieved or disappointed that most of the Japanese Fall Collections are turning out to be a snore this year.
One collection in particular that’s a devastating disappointment is Lavshuca’s Fall Collection. Yet again Lavshuca decided to revamp it’s eye shadow palettes with an array of rather boring shades. I thought I had all I could take with the Lavshuca Noble On palettes released for Spring but now I have another weak assemble of strange duo shadow palettes to contend with.
I feel like Lavshuca is trying just a little too hard lately. The original palettes released were such a gorgeous array of shimmering shades that just worked but lately each new design and color releases seem to be rushed with little thought. The only redeeming collection from Lavshuca in a while now would be the Summer palettes which I will be reviewing shortly.
These shades just look strange to my eye and I’m debating with myself fiercely whether I should be indulging or not. Sometimes cosmetics remind me of a great author. I’m a big reader and I love many fine authors. I find myself buying a new book release from an author that I know has long since lost it in the hopes of gathering that special feeling I felt the first time I read a book by that writer. And so it goes for cosmetics as well! For the sake of collecting I find myself picking up various pieces from collections even though I know they won’t be as great as they were the first time I was lured in by their brilliance.
Evolution of the Lavshuca Palette
Original Lavshuca Palette
Newer Palette Design
Newest Palette Design
In this case I’m wondering if I’ve learned my lessons when I purchased all the Lavshuca Noble On palette releases!
These could very well turn out to be amazingly good but for once I think I’ll sit back and wait for a review prior to being the “first kid on the block” to purchase them!
I’ll keep hope alive that the Lavshuca Winter/Holiday releases hold a special magic that the Fall releases have failed to give me!
Hopeful they’ll be great?
What are your favorite Lavshuca items?
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Click here to view my review on the Lavshuca Spring 2008 Collection featuring the Noble On palettes!
BoBoDave has a few steals and deals on Coffret D’Or’s original release collection. The prices are about $3-$4 higher than what you’d pay in drugstores but still much better in comparison to some sites that charge $10 or more on top of retail.
In particular the 3D Lightening Shine Eyes caught my eye for the reasonable price. Of course this doesn’t include shipping but still not a bad deal at all either considering that Ichibankao charges $44 USD per a palette!
3D Lightening Shine Eyes HK $180
This is a private sale available via e-mail only however you got your dear old Muse here to share it with you!
In order to take advantage of these sales you simply have to e-mail a list of the items you’d like to the following address email@example.com.
After that they will invoice you for your purchases and after payment they will ship. I’ve ordered from BoBodave about 5-6 times or more and always had a good experience with the customer service and fast shipping times however I have read many poor reviews as well but I’ve personally never experienced any problems with them!
Other items on sale:
Coffret D’Or Foundation HK $200
Coffret D’Or Full Styling Rouge HK $176
I don’t have any reviews on Coffret D’Or sadly as I am still in mourning over my beloved T’estimo so I haven’t really delved into the delightful world of Coffret D’Or quite yet. However, do click around below to find out why I’m missing T’estimo so much!
Click here to see why I was raving about the T’estimo Fall Collection for 2007!