Japanese Brands

Cineora @ Sasa

If you shop Sasa you probably already noticed that they updated the website and have quite a few new items.

A few months ago Iris from Rouge Deluxe gifted me with a beautiful Cineora Powder and Eyeliner set. You can click here to read about it.

Cineora was a brand I never heard about prior to receiving this gift. I had never seen it on my trips to Japan and it was quite brand new to my eye.

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After trying it I soon fell deeply in love with it especially the powder. You can’t appreciate the powder as much unless you’re facing the dilemma I currently am.

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As of late my undereye area is extremely dry. I’ve always had dry patchy skin in the Winter and oily in the Summer. But this year I find that my undereye area is suffering terribly. I’m not sure if I can blame it on the weather and to be honest I think much of it has to do with getting older.

Fact is I find myself applying eye cream day and night now instead of once daily. I also see the fine lines creeping in and I’m freaking out in a major way.

Well….

That’s all rather depressing.

The moral of the story is that I normally apply concealer and I pat my powder on under my eye area to set. I am no longer able to do this. My eye area is so dry that applying powder after my cream concealer is literally aging me 10 years or more. Seriously. So now I’m faced with the horror of having to just apply my cream concealer minus powder to set it which means my concealer isn’t lasting as long as I’d like.

The powder and the concealer is caking badly due to my eye area being so dry!!

The good news is Cineora Powder has saved the day! Serious.

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The powder is super fine, silky, and light. It smooths under my eye area to set my concealer without creasing, fading, or aging me due to my dry skin! Bless be!

I’ve received many an email about the cute packaging Cineora comes in and where can it be purchased etc…

The only way you could get this would be jumping a flight or calling on a dear friend (if you have any living in Japan).

I’ve never seen this sold online, be it E-bay or online shops. Nowhere have I seen these products sold.

So what’s the really good news?

Well if my previous post (and this post) have created any lemmings for Cineora you can now purchase it at Sasa.com!

I can’t say how thrilled I am this is available at Sasa! It saves me the trouble of asking friends to get it for me and ship it over! It’s a bit more expensive but the packaging and the product is so brilliant I don’t think you’ll mind much shelling out the money!

Sadly, they only carry the powder and the mascara. No liner as of yet. But I’m just happy to have a place to replenish my powder and not have my mates running around Tokyo to get this for me!

You can click here if you’re interested in fulfilling your need for Cineora!

Cineora as far as I know doesn’t have a huge line up and I believe the powder, liner, and mascara is it. But it’s such a killer brand you won’t mind that they don’t have a ton to offer as the powder will completely wow you enough!

The powder is available for $16.50 USD and the mascara is available for $13.90 plus Free Shipping for orders over $50! Sadly, the liner (which I love!) is not available as of yet on the site!

This is most definately a Muse Approved item!

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Japan’s Spring Collections 2008

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Many of the Japanese Spring Collections are popping up soon and if you’re a fan at all you’ve most definately been visiting with the Muse’s most gorgeous mate Iris. If not why are you still here reading this? Click here to see what juicy gossip Iris has on the Japanese Beauty front!

I see several collections I want something from but I’m pretty shocked that I don’t see more! I think I may be over-eating on the cosmetic front lately because I’ve been quite picky about what I purchase as of late.

Jill Stuart Spring Collection 2008
Click here for complete details on this collection!

My First Impression: Good news we don’t have to jump on this bandwagon to quickly as Iris reports the palettes are all permanent, no limited. My humblest opinion is the colors are staring to bore me. God I can’t believe I said that. I love JS as much as the next girl but why do they keep releasing similar shade palettes each collection!? They’ll be a matte version as well which is horrifying for me as I detest mattes with a passion! Facts are facts I’ll end up purchasing these because I’m a collector but I just want something new and exciting from the line and lately that hasn’t been happening!

How about you? Want any of this collection? Love it?

RMK Spring Collection 2008
Click here for complete details on this collection!

Now this interests me. It’s rather different for RMK and I’m already jumping around begging our mate Row from Mostly Makeup to purchase me some of this! The shadows remind me of Rimmel’s U Stir It Up Cream Eyeshadow except these are powder! I’m not too excited about the shadows those are kinda take it or leave it but I’m loving the blushes!

Paul and Joe Disney Collection
Click here and here for complete details on this collection!

Here’s another that I’m racing around in circles for! As soon as I seen this I was emailing Iris about it! I’m definately wanting a majority of the collection especially the face powders! How cute!

Visee Spring Collection 208
Click here for details!

Another I’m quite excited about! The Metallic Loose Powder is definitely on my wish list! And of course I’m wanting the new Jewel Crush Eye Palettes!

Lunasol Spring Collection 2008
Click here to read up on the new palettes being introduced!

I’m on the couch about these. They look nice enough but I’m not so thrilled! I know many of you are extreme followers of Lunasol and as much as I adore it I have to say a no on these possibly as I can think of a few other items I want far more!

Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008
Read more by clicking here!

Lavshuca has some interesting new eye palettes out that are shaped like our beloved Eye Color Select palettes. The difference? These colors are not particularly fabulous and are limited to three shades instead of four. These are entitled Noble On Color Eyes. Perhaps these are nicer upon viewing them in person but they all look the same aside from the middle color! So muddy and beige…not very spring like really. Hmmm. You know I’m a devotee of Lavshuca and of course these will be in my cart but I’m slightly worried how great they’ll actually be when I get my hands on ‘em!

KATE Spring Collection 2008
Click here!

I’m all Glam Tricked out so I can do without any of KATE’s new collection. Nothing even makes me blink an eye! Although I’ll be excited to see the new video on the site when it’s up! I love the KATE commercials icon smile Click here to visit with Eru to see some of KATE’s past commercials (The Muse finds Eru’s passion for all things kawaii quite enchanting)!

I believe that’s about it right now. As I said earlier I must be getting picky or the collections just aren’t that brilliant! I’d really kill for a little wow right now but the Japanese never fail me and I’m positive Summer will bring something amazing! Or I’ll change my mind once I have some of these items in my hands!

How about you?
What are you wanting from the Japanese Spring Collections?
What are you loving?
Hating?

Tell the Muse!

Click here to see my love of all good things Japanese!

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Guest Haul: Taryn’s JPMon Order

One of the Muse’s readers, Taryn, got her first haul from JPMon a few days ago and she was very generous to share pictures of all her goodies to make us green with jealously!

Oh my pretty! Sony CP Lipgloss, Rice Powder, Tons of Mascara, Tiffa, I’m hyperventilating!

Close up shot of Apple Lip Cream (These things are like crack for the Muse! I have the peach, apple, orange, etc…totally yummie! I dunno which I love more the hand cream version or the lip cream version)!

Fairy Drops Mascara HOLY COW! I want this! NOW! How has the Muse not heard about this? I’m the Queen of Japanese Mascara but never seen anything like this! Taryn tells the Muse that this stuff is “the awesome”! Obviously it’s on my wish list right now!

Thanks so much for sharing your haul with us Taryn!

Taryn ordered all her goodies by following my little tutorial from JPmon! You can click here to view it! I feel all special now because she said I was of great help with that tutorial *sniff* *blush*

Sweet Haul Taryn!

Thanks again for sharing!

Now if you’d give us a link for the Fairy Drops Mascara we’d all be forever grateful!

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Majolica Majorca Holiday 2007 Collection

I’m so utterly guilty of calling MJ Majorca Majolica sometimes! I utterly reverse the name! If you see me do that call me out on it as I’m bloody confused most days of my life!

Anyway!

I got my MJ haul a while ago and haven’t had a sec to blog about it. My most beautiful friend Iris has already gotten her haul from Japan and reviewed it. If you missed out click here to visit with Iris and read her impressions and review on the new Holiday set!

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For me this is a must have set. It’s inexpensive plus it’s cute as a button so go you, now, get it!

First in the line up are the Limited Edition Majolook Eyeshadow Palettes in SV801 and PK122. Both are quite gorgeous!

SV801 and PK122
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SV801 contains a shimmering white, a shimmering light silver, a darker silver, and an eyeliner. These are of medium pigmentation so really you can create a beautiful natural look with the palette but nothing too dramatic!

PK122 contains a shimmering cream white, a shimmering light pink, a shimmering darker pink, and an eyeliner. These colors are also of medium pigment and can create a very nice frosty winter look!

Both palettes are very pretty and I’m excited to try them out for a look!

Up next the MJ Snow Carat Powder which is very pretty! It’s a beautiful white sparkling powder that’s inexpensive and perfect for giving you a touch of sparkle on your cheeks and eyes! However, I’m not too thrilled that this has a rather large opening for distribution. It would be easier if it had a siffer style with tiny holes instead of a big large hole which will cause a ton of waste for me. I like to slowly build up sparkle not have a ton dumped on the puff! But overall it’s really cute and sweet! This quite reminds me of the Kesho Wakusei highlighter powder I got a few months ago! Click here to view the powder and compare!

Snow Carat Powder
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And finally last but never least as this is my favorite item would be the MJ Lash Freeze. I was going to get two of these but decided one was plenty but now I’m wondering if I should have grabbed some more. This is a sparkling silver glitter base for your lashes. Apply your mascara as you normally would and add Lash Freeze on top to make your lashes sparkle and shimmer with little bits of Silver!

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I really love Japanese overcoats and this is soon making an appearance on my favorite list as I love the easy comb applicator and the effect is brilliant! Quite an inexpensive version of Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles!

Overall, in my humblest opinion this is most definately a must have collection! It’s cheap, pigmented, and sweet! If you’re a grand collector of Japanese cosmetics you’re going to want all of this rather badly!

Got it already?
Want it?
Tell the Muse!

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Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret 2007 First Impressions

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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!

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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
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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
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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
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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!

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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
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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!

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