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Lavshuca Creamy Liquid Foundation Review

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.

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Black Head Off Stick Review: Blackheads Be Gone….Maybe?!

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?

Well….

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?

Well….

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?

Yes.

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!

w00t!

Tried this?

Love it?

What do you use for pesky blackheads on your nose?

Tell the Muse!

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Majolica Majorca Fall Collection 2008: Majolook Trick On Palette Review

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.

Wearing GR750

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.

Wearing BR751

Sigh.

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.

Oh well!

Have you tried Majolica Majorca Trick On Palettes?

Love ‘em?

Not really?

Are you stashing or trashing the two new color selections?

You guys have been awful quiet lately ;-)

Tell the Muse! She’s listening!

Stay tuned for next week for more Fall Japanese Collections!

Click below to enjoy some past reviews of Majolica Majorca items!

Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara Review

Majolica Majorca Fall Collection: A Girl with Wings

Majolica Majorca Spring Collection 2008 Reviewed: Featuring The First Four Trick On Palettes

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Mandom Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion Review

Feeling lazy?

Here’s your solution:

Meet Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion.

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 came across the mandom Beauty website at first visit and later I came across Lady L’s youTube video of this!

How I missed this video is beyond me as I closely follow Lady L’s going ons. Call me a stalker but she fascinates me and I adore her blog!

Hopefully she doesn’t mind too much that I’m totally snatching her youTube video and showing it here! Check it, Lady L working her magic with Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion:

As you can see it removes virtually all traces of eye makeup! It works all over the face so it multitasks as both an eye makeup remover and face cleanser plus did I mention it’s cheap as chips?

I paid retail at around 800 yen I believe. Can’t beat the price as the bottle is huge but I imagine it’ll go fast as you do need a few squirts for both eyes and face but hey it’s cheap..just buy more!

I can see this easily become a cult favorite for me right up there with Kose Airy Whip which means I’m seeing my future and it consists of me buying cases of Cleansing Express Moist!

Although you can’t purchase it for retail if you’re not in Japan you can get it from Weichi for $13.99 USD which is still a steal in my opinion! Click!

Did I mention the cleanser is water based and contains no alcohol? Gotta love it! Keeps getting better and better doesn’t it?

Do I love it?

But of course!

Am I stashing it? Yes….the Muse needs cases of this stuff!

Muse Approval for this one! I love it! I believe I found my holy grail eye makeup remover!

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Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara Review

As part of it’s Fall Collection Majolica Majorca released a new mascara entitled Lash Gorgeous Wing Mascara.

The Muse is not impressed.

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?

Love it?

Love or Hate fiber mascaras?

Love Majolica Majorca mascara?

Tell the Muse!

My good mate Iris is kinda loving Lash Gorgeous Wing! Check out her review by clicking here.

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