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Majolica Majorca Fall Collection 2009


It’s not surprising that the Majolica Majorca Fall Collection 2009 is extremely tiny and slightly disappointing. This isn’t too shocking considering the larger Summer release of eight brand new palettes.

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I’m loving the imagery for Fall ’09 with it’s slight BDSM twist, quite nice. A little goth, a little BDSM, oh my MJ have you gone all dark on me again? As I mentioned above it doesn’t really shock me that the release is extra tiny since Majolica Majorca Summer Collection was quite huge. I find it fun that Summer was “innocent” and Fall is a little bit evil. I see a trend developing here as Urban Decay has a little bit of innocence going on and a little bit of evil too with it’s new lippie shades.

The collection releases July 21st in Japan and will include the following items:

Majolica Majorca Perfect Automatic Liner in 7 Shades hold little appeal for me. I have one of the old versions and it’s utter crap (either that or I suck at liquid liner application). The promo image alone makes me want to purchase one to attempt an exotic look but I won’t bother, meh!


Majolica Majorca Cheek Customize in a new shade? Whoa been ages since we seen any new colors. This appears more of a highlighter but we’ll have wait and see! Again, another item I can safely skip, kinda boring.


Majolica Majorca Honey Pump Gloss Neo is a creamy tinted version of the regular Honey Plump Gloss. Honey Plump Gloss is decent enough but I’m not going to bother with this either, just kinda ho-hum. I’m such a killjoy aren’t I? Sorry, just not feeling the excitement here.


Majorca Majolica Honey Pump Lip Essence seems a special release of some kind of Honey Plump and yes you guessed it, boringggggg!


A majority of the items are pretty much releases that have already been done before just with little differences here and there. I suspect Winter/Holiday 2009 will be small but perhaps more appealing (one can hope).

This is somewhat good news as I can use the money I was saving for Fall ’09 and spend it on the Summer palettes I have yet to haul!

What do you think?

Majolica Majorca Fall Collection 2009 Yay or Nay?

Me, I’m saying nay. They could have done slightly better.

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DHC Rose Beauty Gel Foundation Review

It’s such a terrible shame we aren’t privy to some of the DHC cosmetics that are offered in Japan. I spoke to you briefly about the DHC Rose Beauty Collection that was released some time ago in Japan and even reviewed the DHC Rose Beauty Shiny Color Base for you in a prior post.

Today I thought I’d haul out my DHC Rose Beauty Gel Foundation which I’m loving all over at the moment and give you a brief review!

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As pretty and romantic as I found the DHC Rose Beauty Collection, I admit that many of the products were a fail with me including the base which turned out to be just another meh product. However, bless be that the DHC Rose Beauty Gel Foundation was such a winner for me.

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Available for almost retail at Imomoko, DHC Rose Beauty Gel Foundation is a thick, creamy, heavily pigmented foundation that creates a beautiful flawless finish to skin. The foundation comes housed in a sweet little pink pot with a rose top and a spatula for spooning out the foundation (so your hands are digging around in the jar).

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Although gel is in the name I wouldn’t say it was gel-like in consistency. It’s more of a heavy, moisturizing foundation. A little goes a very long way at prepping face for makeup. I’d say the coverage is medium but can be pressed to full coverage if you layer it well. It covers flaws, minor imperfections, dullness, and uneven skin tone quite well with a nice dewy finish. I don’t know if I’d recommend this for oily skin as it’s quite heavy and moisturizing. Dry skin and possibly combination skin types should be in heaven with the blend (particularly those with dry skin). The foundation applies beautifully well without oxidizing on the skin after a few hours of wear. My foundation is known for oxidizing but this stays true and wears well for at least 5-6 hours.

I ended up with the lightest shade, I believe there are three shades total. I should have gotten the middle shade as the lighter of the three is just a bit too porcelain but after I have my full makeup on it looks quite nice. Possibly the only thing I’d change about the foundation is the size. It’s rather huge for the price and I worry I won’t get through it before it goes bad as that’s a whole LOT of foundation especially considering it’s quite pigmented so a drop is all you need.

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Overall, I’d say DHC Gel Foundation is a winner! Quite nice but I believe it’s LE which is rather sad as it’s a great product.

Nice one!

Loves it!

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Beauty Most Unusual: Horny Remover

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The Muse has confessed on occasion her elbows do indeed get dry and rough however she’s unsure if she’s up for removing that roughness with a…horny remover?

This simple tool will get rid of all that horny on your elbows. Ah the joys of Asian beauty tools!

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Possibly multitasking for the hub or the boyfriend on nights you have a headache….”here honey use the horny remover!” See? Relationship help and a beauty tool all in one wonder!

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Product Musings: Majorica Majolica Lash Expander Mascara

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Care to Muse Majolica Majorca with me? It’s been a while since I mused Japanese cosmetics. After talking with some of my mates on Twitter today I realized how much I miss musing about on CozyCot about makeup and just posting hauls and such. Good times!

I was inspired to product muse about one of my favorite mascaras soon after. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander is worthy of a muse for sures!


For the longest time Majolica Majorca mascaras were my go to holy grail mascara for longer, fuller lashes. I swear MJ mascara has some magical formula that makes my lashes look incredible. I’ve been so busy testing everything in the sun the past year or so I can’t recall the last time I purchased a new version of MJ mascara. With each new season Majolica Majorca has a knack for introducing a new mascara with a supposedly new and improved formula. Most times the formulas are as incredible as the last but I’m a traditionalist and love the simple old Lash Expander as is.

The design of the mascara is meant for Asian eyes and lashes as the applicator tends to fit the contour of an Asian eye very well and pulls lashes upwards and out. I love it because it always gives my lashes a fuller, longer look. Particularly longer! Many mascaras I’ve tried and none give me as much length as I get from MJ.


It’s my first Japanese love and will remain so ever after. I’ll continue to buy new versions as it releases and I’ll try not to push it aside when I’m busy testing other mascaras as I must remind myself it’s superior to all others. Loves it!

Are you a fan of MJ mascara?

Why or why not?

If you’d like further details about Majolica Majorca Mascara do see my full review here.

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Lavshuca Fall Collection 2009

Ahhh blessed relief. Let’s all let out a collection sigh of utter, blissful relief. My good friend Iris from Rouge Deluxe reports about the Lavshuca Fall Collection 2009 and what a pleasant surprise it is!

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Finally something great to look forward to from Lavshuca this year.

With it’s disappointing release after release as of late Lavshuca has fallen into the do not buy list for the Muse. Look at Summer, utter disappointment there!

My last known purchase from Lavshuca was Summer 2008 and I do think, currency conversion aside, this is testimony how bad collections have been as of late from Japan. Because seriously if I’m not hauling something is terribly wrong.

But have no fear the Lavshuca Fall Collection 2009 is so something special to look forward to it appears. The floral motif and interesting color selection shown in the photo above is enough of a reason to get this Muse excited. I’m looking forward to how this develops and I’ll start saving my pennies as of now so I might indulge. Iris reports the following items will be released:

  • Lavshuca Light Mix Eyes (5 Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Grade Color Eyes (1 New Shade Selection)
  • Lavshuca Dual Prism Eyes (2 New Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Full Baloon Rouge (15 Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Rouge Star Classics (2 New Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Power Memory Eyebrow (2 Shade Selections)
  • Lavshuca Power Memory Eyeliner (1 Shade Selection)
  • Lavshuca Pore Concealer Base

Count me excited for Fall to get here!

Anyone else?

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