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Summer Collections 2008: Aube Gloss Frutina

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Aube Gloss Frutina are an absolute staple item of mine and even though I’ve reviewed them prior to this I thought they deserved a revisit considering a new selection has been released for Summer (Visit with Carleen and check out my love of Gloss Frutina at Girl Gloss!)

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The original Gloss Frutina line up from last year included a healthy dose of shades where as this year the collection was cut down to a mere four shade selections. Even though the shades were limited this season they did have their own unique difference that the prior release did not sport.

This year the collection was not only scented with exotic fruit and food flavors but included a pleasant taste as well. I’ve quite fond of mentioning and re-mentioning the fact that many Japanese gloss brands fail to flavor their glosses. I’m always shocked to hear how many people actually hate flavored glosses where as I always love them and prefer my glosses have some sort of flavor. The new glosses range from orange flavoring to apple flavoring and more so I was quite in nirvana when I heard about this!

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The formula on these pretty much remains the same as the previous release with very minor differences. Although in the packaging the gloss appears to be a creamy lip color and pigmented that’s not the case. The texture is quite a good deal thicker and creamier than the prior release and I’m actually enjoying this formula much better. Pigmentation isn’t fantastic sadly although you can build sheer color up on your lips the best bet is to stain your lips prior to use to get the most out of the gloss. Each gloss contains a very faint shimmer of gold or silver but nothing overpowering just enough to give your lips a delightfully shiny, shimmery look.

The packaging has changed very slightly with the glosses sporting a brand new pinkish lilac top. This new top is quite lovely considering it matches the palettes beautifully. It still contains the same crystals embedded into it as well which is a nice, elegant touch. The prior release was identical aside from the fact that top was silver.

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As I mentioned earlier these do have a gorgeous scent and flavor. EX03 is a creamy shimmering coral shade that tastes like Blood Orange and Rosemary. The idea of combining oranges and rosemary may sound unappealing but I assure you the taste and smell is very pleasant! EX04 is a gorgeous, popping true pink that tastes like Berries and Mint. EX05 shimmering, nude, natural plum beige combination that tastes like lemongrass and plum. And lastly EX06 is a nude beige that tastes like caramel apple.

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My favorite of the four shades would have to be EX04. It’s such a beautiful pop of pink and with a very sheer layer of lip stain under it my lips look quite gorgeous sporting this!

Aube did a rather great job with the new line up of Gloss Frutina and I’m glad I indulged in all four colors as they were well worth adding to my beauty stash!

Aube Gloss Frutina are most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Click here to see my original review of Aube Frutina Glosses!

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to visit with Janice on Specktra and see my review of Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eye Palettes!

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to find out why I’m loving Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes!

It’s hot outside but you can keep yourself cool by exploring my Winter 2007 review of Aube’s Holiday Collection!

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Shiseido Kesho Wakusei Summer Collection Line Up

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Shiseido has you all covered on the Beauty on a Budget front for the Summer! If you’re wanting a cheap, inexpensive nail polish for the Summer you’ll find just what you need from the Shiseido Kesho Wakusei selection this season!

From what I can understand 5 new color selections are available at 450 yen each.

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Loving this post? Search around my blog and you’ll run into more of Kesho Wakusei entries and reviews! Who doesn’t love cheap, cheesy brands right? The Muse says if it’s Japanese it’s all good! No questions asked.

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Summer Collection 2008: Susie N.Y. Website Update

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One of my very favorite brands from Japan has updated it’s website with the latest Summer Collection. Susie N.Y. is a drugstore brand available in Japan that has a nice selection of cosmetics that really appeal to my sense of simplicity. I really enjoy the funky, fun colors released in the Summer!

Last Summer they released three dual eye color palettes in beautiful Summer shades that I really adored. Each palette contained a shimmering gold/silver glittery base and one solid, bold color. There was some debate over the fact that each palette contained the same exact base shade and how wasteful it was to purchase all three palettes for this reason. Even after the grave argument of whether it was worth shelling out cash for all three palettes with the same single base I ended up diving right in and purchasing all three (did you think I’d do anything different!? Come on now you know me!). The base is a really stunning shade and not only compliments the secondary color in the palette but other single colors I have! I’m actually happy I have three of the same shade as it’s become a staple for me when I prep my eye area for a deeper, darker, shade of shadow!

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Gorgeous Base Color
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As you can see from the above photos Susie N.Y. takes a note from Shu’s simple, classic packaging. The Summer releases always seem to pop up in the same clear, plastic palette style which I adore (most of the other line sports the same packaging but larger forms such as the eye quads). The simplicity of the packaging is both practical and pretty to my eye and make for great storage as they are tiny and easy to stock in a bin!

This year Susie N.Y. has spiced things up with it’s Summer offerings and is offering two different palettes. A few new nail colors were introduced as well but what really caught my eye were the new dual eyeshadow palettes. From what I can see on the site it appears the base this year is a cream and the main color is powder! The combination of a cream and powder shadow should be an interesting combo!

The palettes are entitled “Attracting Eye” and are available in two shades for 1,400 yen each (around $12 USD each or “6 GBP) but it’s safe to say they will be a bit discounted within drugstores.

The shades available are Miss No. 1 which is a deep rose pink powder and a complimenting lighter pink cream base and Daring which is a deep gold powder and a lighter shimmering cream base. The basic idea of each palette is to use the cream as a base and to line your eye with the powder but I think you can definately get creative with how you do up your eye with these! Who says we can’t have fun right?

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The model appears to be sporting Miss No. 1 and I’m really liking the fresh, rosy look they have created with this palette!

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All in all this collection has shaped out rather well. I love smaller collections for the Summer as I have time to save money for the soon to be released Fall collections! Expect a review on these palettes from me shortly as they have made their way onto my wishy list!

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Beaute de Kose Summer Collection 2008

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Beaute de Kose never fails to wow me with its special releases. This Summer we have the Limited Edition Multi-Reflection Powder in two color versions. The powders are a multi-colored shimmering powder for face or if you like you can try them out on your eyes. The colors available are Strawberry Ice and Peach Frost. Each palette is 4,500 yen each which isn’t too bad for the high quality of the compact!

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I think these may make a guest starring appearance on my Summer wish list but I want to see what else pops up before I purchase!

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Read about my WOW for the gorgeous Beaute de Kose Cyber Shine Eye Palettes by clicking here!

See a reader’s images of the Beaute de Kose Cyber Shine Eye Palettes by clicking here!

Click here to see my haul and review of Beaute de Kose’s Star Twinkle Collection!

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Lavshuca Summer Collection 2008: Summer Gradually Compacts

I know how patiently you’re waiting for me to review the Lavshuca Summer Collection! I’ve been SO swamped with everything else that I haven’t broken into the palettes yet! Gasp! Sigh! Rant!

Am I nuts?

Possibly.

But to make up for the fact that I haven’t written the review or done any looks with the palettes yet I thought I’d tease you with yummie images of both palettes!

Here you go:

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Am I forgiven for being so behind on reviews?

You still love me right?

Check out more of upcoming Japanese Collections from the Muse by clicking here!

I know, I know I’m a big tease! Sue me! X-D

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