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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
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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!

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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!

Lash Freeze
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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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JPMon Ordering Tutorial

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!

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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 [email protected]

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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!

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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
Phone Number
Zip Code
Street Number and Name
State and City
Country

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!

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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!

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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

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Now with your credit card entered click on the green button on the left hand side and we are almost done now!

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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?

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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!

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And last by not least check your email there should be your confirmation waiting for you!

Presto!
You’re done!

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!

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