Japanese Brands

KATE Website Update: KATE Gel Eyeshadows

Mmmmm mmmm mmmm good! KATE’s website has been updated with the brand new KATE Gel Eyeshadows and the Muse couldn’t be happier!

KATE is a Japanese brand that is exclusive to Japan however if you take a look at my buying guide you can locate a few shops online that sell KATE.

The brand new gel eyeshadows are calling my name I’ll be indulging in quite a few of the shades plus the price is right at 8,50 yen. At that price I think it’s safe to say that these should be about the size of KATE’s Gel Eyeliner which is about half the size of a MAC Fluidline.

These shadows are quite similiar to gel liners released this past Spring as they look like they have a metallic finish with quite a good bit of shimmer but we shall see soon enough!

KATE Gel Eye Liners

I have my eye on the pink, purple, gold, and white. If hey end up being good, as I think they will be, I’ll grab the other colors as well!

Have you seen ’em?

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Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil Review

I’ve forsaken Shu!

Bad Muse, Bad!

Although I simply adore Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils I recently cheated on them with Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil….what….Jill Stuart is way more girly and kawaii looking! Can’t help a girl for wanting to indulge!

After careful weighting in of my obscene collection of cleansing oils, both cheap and inexpensive, I deem Jill Stuart the best cleansing oil I ever did try!

I’ve been using this for a few months now and I see myself quickly replacing it with a new bottle as soon as I’m done. At around 2,800 yen per 200ML it’s actually not badly priced when compared to other costly brands I’ve tried such as Shu and RMK. Granted it’s not budget priced but it does exactly what it says it does, while having beautiful packaging, and smelling nice!’

What more could a girl want?

The cleansing oil works in a similiar fashion as all good cleansing oils. Simply pump two or three squirts into your dry hands and apply to dry skin by slowly massaging in to break up makeup, rinse with warm or cool water, and Bob’s your Uncle! Your face is left beautifully moist and makeup free!

Now any good cleansing can do this for you however it’s rare I’ve come across such a sweet smelling cleanser or one that washes away so well without leaving bit of a residue behind. Almost all cleansing oils I’ve tried always have a teeny tiny bit of a residue that I have to use toner to get off afterwards however Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil washes clean the first time! Aside from RMK which carries a cool, minty fragrance, Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil also happens to be the first of it’s kind that carries a delightfully fruity, sweet smell. I know many of you dislike scented skincare but I personally love it especially when it carries such a flattering scent as this.

Although the bottle is plastic it still manages to keep a nice elegant feel to it and it looks rather lovely on my bathroom vanity sitting with my other pretty bits and bobs!

Maybe I’m bias because it’s pink or maybe because it smells so pretty! Whatever the reason I’m currently loving Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil and making it my holy grail cleansing oil from now on!

The Muse likey and suggests picking one up online if you can find it at a decent price! Do see my Japanese Cosmetic Buying Guide to see if you can locate Jill Stuart Cleansing Online for a good price!

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Love Clover’s new PopChu Gloss

This slipped passed me but Love Clover has updated it’s site with the new Popchu Gloss! Looks like the site was updated on the 16th of September but the Muse doesn’t visit Love Clover’s site that much as she isn’t the biggest fan of their line.

Tis love for the Muse….*dreamy sigh*

Love Clover Popchu gloss comes in three shades which are Champagne Clear, Vanilla Beige, and Strawberry Pink. The Muse will be picking up Strawberry Pink for sure. I’d like all three to be honest but I just have a ridiculous amount of gloss to get through right now so one is plenty!

I have a feeling these will have a similiar texture to Makemania Curvy Lip Silicon Gloss which is actually a branch off of B&C Labs who also put out Love Clover. Curvy Lip Silicon Gloss is a holy grail gloss for the Muse however I know a few readers who dashed out to try it after I mentioned it at Musings and hated it. I personally love the ooey, goey mess and I’m hopeful Popchu Gloss is equally as fabulous!

The glosses have the typical spatula applicator most Japanese glosses have which is always an added plus for the Muse as this style applicator allows you to layer on gloss beautifully well! Sounds unconventional but works a treat! I wish more Western brands would embrace this awesome applicator! Get this, brace yourself, I believe these are flavored or at the least scented. Japanese glosses are not normally flavored so it’s always thrilling to have ones that are! I heart flavored glosses!

Each gloss is 1,260 yen but I’ve seen them crop up online ranging from $15-$19 USD. Whether they are worth the price jack remains to be seen! I’ll hopefully be reviewing these for you shortly so we’ll see if they are worth checking out!

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Sana Make Essence Concealer

You do realize I’m not NEARLY done with my concealer reviews right?

I got a ton more up my sleeve, I’ve just been giving you a breather in between!

I now have my eye on Sana Make Essence Concealer which is a yellow based concealer for concealing dark circles.

Sana Excel already makes a compact concealer for 800 yen that I have yet to try however the regular Sana brand has this new Make Essence Concealer that caught my eye since it has such a strong yellow base which is good for reflecting off of dark shadows and circles while concealing them up.

I’ll have to get my hands on some of this soon and review because I’m curious how good it is! The normal Sana line up is pretty good so I suspect that perhaps Sana Make Essence Concealer will be just as good.

If you live in Japan this is available now for 950 yen at a local drugstore! I believe it’s brand new as this is the first time I’ve seen it.

Review to follow shortly!

Sana Curler Review

Update: Read the Sana Make Essence Concealer Review

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Lavshuca Perfect Base Moist and UV Review

I’ve been wanting to try out Lavashuca Perfect Base for a long time now just because of it’s cute yet elegant packaging. The product comes in a heavy glass jar that’s beautifully vanity worthy and reminiscent of Lavshuca’s Jelly Eye Creams from a while back ago (I don’t believe they make these anymore). I liked the packaging so much I decided to get both the Moist and UV selections.

I know, crazy. Buying something because I love the packaging is ridiculous but since I’m on my quest for the perfect skin prep and primer I might as well try out Lavshuca with the added benefit of gorgeous packaging right? Indeed, the Muse’s mentality on choosing makeup does borderline on the strange and unusual.

My favorite of the two primers would be the Lavshuca Perfect Base UV. UV is a heavy duty cream that does have a slight whitening effect to it. Yes, I’m one of those crazy girls that believes in the miracles of a whitening agent. The cream is a thick consistency so I’m unsure if I’d recommend it for oily skin types considering the formula however if you have dry skin especially with the upcoming colder weather this will be a god sent. The cream is very lightly pigmented and casts a certain glow onto your face. It’s not a ghostly effect by any means but just lightens up certain dullness and gives a nice rested look to your skin however it’s not pigmented enough to forgo foundation. It’s super moisturizing and a little goes a very long way at filling pores, smoothing skin, and doing a general prep prior to foundation. It also has the benefit of containing ingredients to protect skin from harmful UV rays which is always a bonus. Although it offered fantastic moisture and prepped my skin wonderfully well for the rest of my foundation, I did not notice any really difference when it came to the length of wear on my foundation. My foundation lasted the normal 4-6 hours after use of this particular base however in defense of the product I don’t think it promises anything in regards to setting foundation for longer wear. I’d recommend this base for those who seek extra moisture even after use of their normal moisturizer, anyone who’s looking for a thicker primer to fill in pores, and finally someone who seeks UV protection.

The second base I tried was Lavshuca Perfect Base Moist base which is considerably different when compared to the UV version. This base is much lighter and the formula is completely different. The formula is water based, with a lighter consistency and a gel like texture that has a faintly pink iridescent finish that’s not completely visible on the skin. I like this base for prepping the skin prior to foundation because it makes my foundation glide on and blend easier however as far as filling pores or extending the life of my foundation I wouldn’t recommend it as it does neither. I enjoyed the consistency of the product and think it makes a rather great prep for warmer weather however right now, when my skin craves added moisture, I think the UV wins out. The base will make a rather great primer for my Summer skincare and I imagine I’ll reach for this when I’m using lighter makeup.

As you can see from my swatches below UV has a slightly white cast once blended and Moist contains a tiny amount of pink shimmer. Although each has an unique finish once blended onto my face I didn’t notice any shimmer from moist nor did I notice a noticeable change in my skin tone when using UV aside from dullness disappearing.

Both are generally good bases and I liked them alot but I found nothing particularly exciting or unique about either aside from the packaging. If you don’t have a ton of primers and bases around I’d recommend picking one of the two that would suit your skin however I’m not particularly partial to either. They performed well enough and I liked them very much but the Muse isn’t in love!

All in all a rather nice set of bases to add to my every growing collection of skin prepping items!

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