I got my Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret a few days ago. I had promised myself I wouldn’t bother with it but I must say I am happy I went ahead and purchased it because it’s quite gorgeous!
My favorite item out of the gift set is the very cute satin pouch it came with! It’s really roomy and just gorgeous for storing little treasures in! I love this!
The coffret isn’t anything to write home about to be honest. It did include some great items but it’s nothing you absolutely need so if you missed out buying this rest assured you’ll be fine and won’t die of lemming. I promise.
The set also included Shimmer Tint Face Gloss which is scented with a beautiful rose. The gloss comes in a mirrored compact that slides easily opened and closed. Very nice item but pointless a bit as it’s a balm and I don’t particularly care for using balms on my face.
Jill Stuart Shimmer Tint Face Gloss
The lipgloss included is a gorgeous shimmering red color which is quite nice. Packaging wise it’s very beautiful with the standard jewel look of all Jill Stuart glosses. As I said the color is gorgeous but I’m slightly worried about the applicator. It comes with a sponge applicator but it doesn’t appear to pick up much product upon first look! This remains to be seen as I have to smooth some on my lips before judging fully!
Jill Stuart Lipgloss in Rose Gleam
You’ll also get a cuticle oil which also comes in the gorgeous Jill Stuart packaging with the gem encrusted topper! This is something the Muse can really use as her cuticles are in terrible shape in the winter!
Jill Stuart Cuticle Oil
Another favorite of mine is the scented choker! It’s quite a nice choker and they give you plenty of ribbon with it so you can tie in snugly around your neck with a bit hanging down for a nice effect! It’s quite a pretty piece!
And finally last but never least would be the Brilliance Eyes Palette in the special Christmas packaging! This is a lace palette with ribbon and quite lovely! If you’re a collector of the Brilliance palettes this will be something you’ll definately appreciate! I somehow fail to get excited about these palettes as the colors tend to leans towards the same thing over and over. The only colors in this palette that really shout at me and are “new’ish” would be the pinky rose color and the bright yellow. The other two shades are similar to what I already have in previous Jill Stuart palettes. This is not to say that the palette isn’t lovely because it truly is but I do wish that they’d release some newer shades!
Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes Palette Christmas Edition
Overall, a beautiful Coffret from Jill Stuart this year but I’d say you can safely skip it unless you’re a die hard collector and fan! It’s beautiful yes but nothing to get too hyped over!
I’ve been remiss and I promised a JPMon Tutorial ages ago! Sometimes life has way of catching up on me and I don’t always have time to complete what I say I will!
So here’s the JPMon Tutorial as requested by a lovely girl by the name of Taryn and quite a few other people that have commented, e-mailed, and asked after it!
If you’re not familiar with JPMon it’s an online shop that carries many fine Japanese and Asian cosmetics, skincare, and other bits and bobs!
This tutorial is making the assumption you already have an account with JPMon so it’s basically a tutorial to do the actual ordering!
All items on JPMon are priced in the Taiwan New Dollar so please when converting don’t do so in Yen, SGD, or HKD. If you use any of these currencies you’re going to get the wrong conversion amount please convert from TND to your chosen currency be it USD, Sterling, Euro, Etc…
Shipping is fairly good at JPMon and the most I’ve every paid was about $40USD for a rather large package of items. Your total cost is displayed prior to clicking submit so convert prior to submitting so you can break down your shipping costs and see if it’s worth the hassle of ordering.
Items are shipped via EMS which means they arrive SUPER fast! If you’ve had my beloved friend Iris do CP’s for you you’ll know how quickly EMS arrives. I’d say within 3 days you’ll have your goods if you’re within the US! I’m unsure about Europe, Asia, or elsewhere in the world! You’ll also notice that what you spend at JPMon is almost what you’d spend on a CP from the gorgeous Iris plus shipping so it works out almost as if you’re making a trip to a Japanese Drugstore yourself!
JPMon employees do speak English so if you have concerns or questions about your order you can contact them at this address firstname.lastname@example.org
I strongly and highly recommend shooting them over a polite e-mail enquiring about your order after placing it. I normally write a short note saying ‘Hello I just placed an order and I don’t read Chinese could you please check over my order and be sure you have my shipping address and everything else you need to process!”
I also include my order number with this E-mail so they’ll have no problem looking it up! Normally within seconds of placing an order you’ll receive a order confirmation which contains your order number use it to contact them!
I’ve ordered from JPMon many times without any problems but it’s always good to cover all your bases and make sure things are running smooth.
As I said earlier the following tutorial makes the big assumption you already have an account with JPMon!
I normally wing my orders with JPMon. I don’t read or speak Chinese so the very first time I ordered I was unable to get in contact with any friends and I was impatient so I winged my order and have used the very same system when ordering since!
I did have a bit of a problem with one part which was quickly redeemed by asking a lovely girl on Cozy!
So here’s my winged version of ordering (I promise it’ll work for you too and you’ll soon have your Japanese Cosmetic fix safely arriving at your doorstep!):
The images can be enlarged by clicking on them!
Here we are www.jpmon.com ready to shop till we drop!
Ok as an example I just added all of the MJ Collection to my cart! Obviously it’s easy enough to add items to the cart! It has a little symbol of a cart! Click it and boom it’s in your bag! You’ll notice a little pop up window each time you add something to your cart don’t worry all it says is that you added so and so product to your cart! Below I am pointing out where the contents of your cart can be located! Just click that little pink box and it’ll show you your items that you are ready to purchase!
If you scroll down a bit from your order details you’ll see three boxes with pull down menus! Guess what!? I have no idea what the first one says! I’ve completely forgot but I do know you have to select the MIDDLE option! That much I remember hehehe! So select the middle option and move on to the next set of drop down menus!
Ok so here we are on the next drop down menu and this basically gives you shipping options! The only option you can choose is EMS so drop down the menu and select EMS for your shipping!
Next drop down menu is where you are located! I happen to live in the US (although I’d rather be in the UK) so I choose USA as my location! So far so good! Piece of cake right? A monkey can do it!
Scroll down a little and you’ll see a cute little item being advertised! What’s this?!?! It’s your free gift! JPmon gives away little kawaii items with all orders and they normally advertise what’s free when you’re processing your order! In this case it looks like some sort of My Melody Keychain or Cell Phone Strap! See the button below the free gift? Click it!
Ok now we start winging things and making it up as we go along! Are you excited? I’m excited!
The first box is asking you to enter your name! My name happens to be Jane Doe for this order!
Next box is asking for your phone number, I dunno what the next box is asking for but it’s obviously not mandatory as it’s white and not yellow like the rest so skip it!
Box below that needs your e-mail addy so type it in and away you go! Zip Code is next, now your street number and address and after that your City and State, and finally USA should already be filled out for your country!
New set of boxes below that is pretty much the same deal! Here’s what you want in those boxes:
First and Last Name
Street Number and Name
State and City
And finally the last box which makes absolutely no sense to me but they basically want your bank info! This is basically where I wing it!
I normally put Visa in the first box (If I’m paying with Visa), in the second box I put the issuing bank. If you have no idea what the issuing bank of your card is just fib it and say Bank of America or something else, and finally it’s asking for the phone number associated with the card. Make one up or use the one on the back of your card!
As you can see I put in a small note asking them to contact me should they need further information! This normally works a treat however I strongly suggest NOT doing this as sometimes it gives an error. So leave the comment field empty and e-mail them later as I explained earlier in the post! Again, LEAVE the comment field EMPTY as it causes errors sometimes so just click that sweet little red button and you’re almost done now!
A new box will pop up asking you to enter your Credit Card details so this is easy enough!
Enter your card number
Enter your expiration date
and finally enter your security code located on the back of the card
Now with your credit card entered click on the green button on the left hand side and we are almost done now!
Your screen may blank a sec and you’ll see a transaction is processing image! Don’t touch anything while this is happening! Let it do what it’s doing! Give it some air, remove your hand from the mouse, don’t move or speak or breath! Just kidding you can breath but don’t move ok?
DONE! You should be taken back to the original JPMon website! This is when I normally check to be sure my order is safe! Click above your shopping card and it’ll take you to your “order history”. You should see your order there!
And last by not least check your email there should be your confirmation waiting for you!
Wait 3 days (or a bit more since the Holiday may have slowed up mail) and you should have some lovely goodies in your box!
That’s it kids!
Cheers and hope this helps!
The Muse has an angel that takes very, very good care of her! When the Muse needs her Japanese fix the angel is always around to get what is on the Muse’s wish list (I’m very lucky to be blessed with wonderful people in my life!)!
Today I got a gorgeous package that I have holding my breath waiting for and inside were two items that were most definately on this Muse’s wish list!
Kesalan Patharan French Couture Eyeshadow Palettes!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m quite pleased with these and I’m happy I ended up purchasing them as I wasn’t sure at first if they were worth it. I’m happy to report that you should snatch these up before they are gone for good!
Out of the entire collection of French Couture nothing else appealed to me aside from these two palettes but at first I was somewhat skeptical if they were worth a purchase but my mind was quickly changed when my sweet mate Iris said they were most definately worth getting!
The palettes are available in two flavors s005 and s004 (someday I’m going to convince the Japanese to stop naming palettes with numbers and letters! It’s bloody confusing!) . The shadows inside are three strips of shimmering color that range from dark, medium, to light which means you have just about everything you need within this compact to create your eye look!
My favorite of the two would have to be s005 which consists of a shimmering gold, a shimmering brown, and a gorgeous peach color. s004 is equally beautiful and includes a shimmering silver, a deep shimmering purple, and a lighter purple.
Of course the Muse in her sick, twisted little mind doesn’t want to use them at the moment because of the beautiful design imprinted on the middle powder! It’s a swirling flowery affair that will be ruined once you dip your brush into it. Le sigh the life of a cosmetic junkie is sometimes too stressful!
KP has outdone themselves with these very sweet palettes and I’m just enjoying looking at these at the moment and thinking up exciting eye looks to create!
The palettes are available for $55SGD and 3,990yen so I’m happy to report that the import of these to Singapore hasn’t caused too much of a price jack and the palettes are respectfully a few dollars off (for us yanks that’d be $37USD and $34USD).
I have other KP shadow trios and I do like the line of shadows from KP as they are quite pigmented but I do feel they are slightly chalky in texture and rub off a bit easily. These are the first really pretty shimmery shades I’ve seen from KP and I’m enjoying the novelty of them!
Overall, if you have the means these should most definately make an appearance on your wish list!
Now the Muse’s angel always spoils her and she also happened to included an awesome KP makeup bag for me which I’m utterly loving at the moment! It had a cute mini KP brush set inside too! Plus another cute Stila Girl makeup bag in pink The Muse loves pink! Having good friends around that take such lovely care of me always makes my day!
I’ve been meaning to get to this for ages and never had a chance!
If you’re by chance looking for a review on older or new Japanese Cosmetics I’ll tell you my #1 resource to find out if I should or shouldn’t purchase an item!
You’re thinking I’m going to recommend you visit Rouge Deluxe but actually I’m not. Now I visit my lovely, sweet, gorgeous friend Iris at Rouge Deluxe obsessively 5 times or more a day ( Hey I’m her biggest fan!)!
But when I’m seeking out a review on Japanese products I must deem Kathi the Queen of reviews. You probably know her from Cozy or you probably know her from MUA. She’s an absolute walking encyclopedia for all good things Japanese!
With that said I recommend you have a visit with her and go through her archives of over 200 cosmetics that she’s used, taken photos of, and reviewed (I find myself drooling whenever I go back to some of her older reviews)!
If you’re an MUA member you can check here out by clicking here.
If you’re not an MUA member you’ll have to become a member to read the reviews Being an MUA member has it’s benefits and it’s well worth your time as it’s a good source of cosmetic information!
Kathi’s a sweetie and a wonderful girl and takes time out of her busy schedule to do some incredible reviews! I dunno what I’d do without her!
So an Ode to Kathi and her great reviews on MUA!
Thanks for making the world of Japanese Cosmetics all the more brighter my friend!