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Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara

You probably remember me blogging Fairy Drops Mascara way back when! Well, Fairy Drops now has a website…whoa…and it’s introduced a brand new version of it’s popular mascara which is called Fairy Drops Platinum…double whoa.

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As far as I can see Fairy Drops Platinum is about the same formula as the regular Fairy Drops but has a different applicator. The brush applicator on this new version is slightly curved to fit the contour of the eye better plus I believe the new version may be a fiber based mascara but I can’t verify. It retails for 2,200 yen and may be discounted by 20-30% in Japanese drugstores but again I can’t verify.

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I did find it decently priced online for $28 USD however after shipping it may not be such a fab deal. But if you having a lemming you can pick it up from Japan LA for yourself.

Although I love the regular version of Fairy Drops Mascara I’m unsure I’ll pick up Platinum or not. Current conversion rate from yen to usd is working in our favor so if you have a friend or family member you might want to ask for a cp.

Looks interesting to say the least!

Want it cheaper? Try out Rimmel Sexy Curves!

Anyone have a try?

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Love the old version?

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Up and Coming at Musings

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Be curious no longer! Look inside the Muse’s schedule to see what’s up and coming at Musings!

I have a packed schedule and a slew of things to get to so brace yourself as they are all up and coming as soon as the Muse can get them to you! Here’s a peek at what I am working (and testing out now) on!

KATE Spring Collection 2009 Review
Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss Review and Swatches
Lipstick Queen Big Bang Theory Review and Swatches
Eye Wrinkle Cream Round Up: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in the Eye Cream World
Stila Indian Summer Review and Swatches
More Kenzo Skincare Reviews
Pacifica Bath and Body Collection
Dior Summer Collection 2009
More Dianne Brill Reviews
More Taiwanese Brand Cosmetic Reviews Plus a Taiwan BB Cream you won’t want to live without!
My brand new Etsy Musings Category!

This is just a sneak peek for what’s ahead! Believe me their is a ton more to get too! I’ll be pumping the reviews out as quickly as my little hands can get to ‘em!

If you have suggestions of product reviews you’d like to see e-mail ‘em or comment below! I’ll be happy to consider your suggestion for use!

Hope you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming posts!

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Pieces of Life: Yen versus USD

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Good news awaits you on the yen!

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Much to the Muse’s delight USD is holding it’s own against Yen for two whole weeks now. I’ve been following it closely and it’s been converting almost even for the past two weeks. I’m hopeful it’ll keep through the Summer so we can take advantage with not only Summer Collections but most important Fall Collections.

At the moment the conversation is equal to USD which isn’t particularly a great sign for the economy but is a nice relief from past conversions. I’ve been holding out on my Japanese Spring haul due to crummy conversion but now I can indulge!

Bless be!

The moral of the story is if you haven’t hauled Spring yet you may want to now with the conversion rate going as it is. It’s really anyone’s guess how long this will last so take advantage while you can.

Off the topic of Yen, Won is still converting wonderfully well too so if you’re wanting to haul from Korea now is a good time.

Friendly note from your resident currency converter and makeup junkie hehe!


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Stash Spotlight: KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palettes

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KATE is one of Kanebo’s many sub-branch cosmetic lines available within Japanese drugstores in Japan and if you’re lucky in various parts of Asia. Many of you already know most of this already but for those new to Asian brands a few quick facts about KATE lay ahead.

KATE is a rather inexpensive, mid-range priced cosmetic line that sports a variety of edgy compacts and cosmetics with fantastic color payoff and quality. The line is darker and has a certain flair that many Japanese cosmetics don’t sport. Where as many of these brands sport kawaii, girlish, or very feminine packaging, KATE brings the edge to it’s brand.

One of my very favorite items from the line are the KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow palettes!

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Jump ahead for my stash!

KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palettes contain two contrasting shades of shimmering, pigmented shadow in a small slim line case. The shadows are silky smooth with fantastic color payoff and most important pack a nice shimmery finish that the Muse favors!

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I’m a big lover of these little guys and I believe I’ve collected all the shades that KATE has released so far. I’m ever hopeful when a new collection pops up that they’ll either add to the current catalog of Dual Carat compacts or introduce a similar line up as KATE is known for revamping there palettes while keeping certain aspects of the old.

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They are a true favorite with this Muse as you can see from my vast collection!

How about you?

Love KATE Dual Carat Shadow Palettes?

What’s your favorite KATE palette?

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Spring Greens! 5 Great Green Eye Shadows for Spring

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I can’t help but associate Spring with the color green. Green symbolizes rebirth somehow and the beginning of a warmer season when the new flowers begin to bloom, the grass begins to peek it’s head up from the cold melting blanket of snow, and nature begins to come alive with the warmer weather.

You should probably be prepared as Spring is right around the corner and what better way to brace yourself for the up coming season than with five great green eye shadows that are sure to help you kick off Spring!

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For the budget friendly makeup girl try out Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Leaf Green which is a sparkling light green that looks gorgeous on it’s own or paired up with a softer lilac or a darker green for a beautiful contrast! At around $4 USD this won’t break into your Spring budget. Get it this week at CVS during the Milani Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale!

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Want to go a bit darker? Dark green always looks mysterious and alluring on brown eyes, take the Muse’s word for it! For a cheap, inexpensive dark green eye look try out Terra Eye Shadow in Emerald Green which runs around $6.49 to $7.49 USD at Duane Reade Drugstores.

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If you want to step up your game and indulge in a sparkling green shadow try out Vincent Longo Wet/Dry Sparkling Eyeshadow in Verite. This dark green shade has plenty of sparkle and looks beautiful used wet or dry!

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Urban Decay is known for it’s heavy duty sparkly eye shadows but Acid Rain has a nice silky finish sans glitter and packs plenty of soft Spring green that will light up your eyes!

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Take your green abroad and indulge in a minty green shadow like Maquillage Eye Shadow in GR168. This minty green shade offers a different shade of green for Spring that’s unique and pleasing on any color eye!

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What are your fav green shadows for Spring?

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