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Laneige The Snow Shimmer Brighter Review

The quest for the bloody snow crystal is still on peeps! Remember how our two heroes were searching for it in my last review?

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Today, finally, I’m bringing you a review of Laneige The Snow Shimmer Brighter.

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No one could legally dub a palette with a name like Laneige The Snow Shimmer Brighter…that’s right it’s not a brightener, it’s not a highlighter, it’s a “brighter”, only Asian cosmetics can get away with this stuff. Now the Muse hasn’t a clue what a brighter is but I promise it’s probably something seriously important in the cosmetic world, either that or maybe it was too much money to print brightener and they just left off a few letters, not a biggie, economy and such.

Anyway this is long overdo considering Laneige is off playing with the new Spring Collection, Art Play right now but the Muse got sidetracked around the Holidays and didn’t get all her reviews in at a timely manner. So deal with it! I’m doing a Holiday Collection review today, just sit there and smile nicely.

Now I’ve already reviewed the eye palettes in the Laniege Holiday Collection and this is actually the final piece. All kidding aside it’s a face powder obviously and a highlighter. I’ll be honest I purchased the whole collection because I’m very, very shallow and I like pretty packaging and designs. Which means if the makeup is crap the design and compact more than make up for that and instantly become the awesome.

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But truthfully The Snow Shimmer Brighter is both beautiful and practical, if you consider practical me never wanting to use it because it’s too pretty. The powder comes in an identical black flip compact as the shadow palettes I reviewed a few weeks ago. The powder is housed on top with a compartment underneath for the brush and a nice full size mirror. The powder is a shimmering off white color with beautiful multicolored snowflakes embedded into it. Depending on how you stroke your brush across it you’ll end up with a teal, pink, coral, or green iridescent white shimmering finish. In most cases the shimmering is minimal and the product simply casts a highlighted glow onto cheeks and face. Very pretty to say the least.

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The powder is probably too beautiful for true makeup junkies to want to use. Yes, yes I know the feeling, tuck it away in the beauty vault, keep it safe, wrap it in cotton, and take it out on a rare occasion to pet it and stroke it.

Overall, I was quite happy to have added this palette and both of the shadow palettes to my collection that was released with the Laneige Snow Collection for Holiday 2008. I wish I can recommend it to purchase but I’m doubtful it’ll be easy to find after my late review but keep your eyes peeled for it on Gmarket or Evil-bay! Maybe one will pop up or wait for next year when our heroes continue their quest for the Secret of the Snow Crystal!

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Missha Beauty Sketch

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Another slightly medicore Spring release from Korea with Missha Beauty Sketch. I’m not feeling the love for Korea Spring Collection releases this year. First Etude House VIP Girl and now Missha Beauty Sketch fail to hold my attention.

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Hohum!

Although it contains plenty of Spring friendly colors I’m not particularly interested in anything from the Beauty Sketch Collection. The collection consists of a slew of new nail polishes and focuses special attention on new duo eye shadows in a slew of color selections entitled The Style Silky Shadow Duo.

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Also releasing is Missha Style Eyeprime Boomer. Quite like Benefit Lemon Aid this guy is and at a nice budget friendly price of 4,200 won! May want to give this one a whirl.

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All in all it looks like a mighty fine release and the price set of 4,200 won is incredibly cheap especially how won is converting to USD at the moment but nothing calls out to me and I don’t feeling particularly compelled to haul any of it aside from the primer maybe.

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Banila Co Gossip Girl

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We all need a little gossip in our lives. The Muse thrives on good gossip…oh should I not admit that do you think?

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Banila Co knows that we all LOVE a little juicy gossip which could be why their latest color story is entitled Gossip Girl!

Be prepared for some great pops of color!

-xoxo darlings!

The star of Banila Co Gossip Girl would be the new face and eye palette which features a lovely pink blush and three shades of shadow! Loves it!

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A new marble blusher is also available in the shade Pleasure which is a cool shimmering pale pink! Sweet!

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My personal favorite is the new dual shadow which features a bright pink and orange that clash wildly together. I absolutely love this duo and def want to pick it up.

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A popping shade of green lip plumper anyone? Could work you never know!

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Pair it all up with a bright pink lippie to complete your gossipy look!

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The collection looks quite nice and I’m particularly feeling the love for that shadow duo, so gorg! Rather a nice late Spring release from Banila Co.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project

It’s that special time of the year kids when all the Asian brands begin releasing new base makeup. I kinda like and don’t like this time of the year. I like it because it’s interesting exploring new base makeup options and I don’t like it because Summer seems ages away which means a longer wait for Summer Collection details! I also don’t really like changing my base makeup around alot so I’m always somewhat fascinated at how many lines revamp there base line to include a slew of new powders, foundations, etc….

This isn’t to say I don’t like new base makeup I just feel like I switch around alot lately since I’m always searching for that perfect base makeup.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that Etude House has a brand new base line up which also includes a few color options as well. It’s somewhat unusual to have a new base makeup and a color collection released together which is one more reason to absolutely adore Korean cosmetic brands as the Japanese would never consider doing both at the same release.

Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project looks interesting enough but I’m doubtful it can compete with last year’s Lovely Face champagne.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project hmmm sounds like the Greenlight Project or something. “Be a part of the Etude House Precious Mineral Skin Project….” Whoa, awesome. Aside from the funny name the collection has promise.

Happy is a Muse who’s presented with new Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream. I’m a big fan of Etude House Magic BB Cream so this looks quite similar! Wants it!

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A new mineral setting powder also being released.

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Etude House Precious Mineral Make Essence is a new primer.

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Etude House Tear Drop Liner which is quite similar to what was released with the Lovely Face Collection. This is a glitter liner meant to lighten up the eye area!

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A new highlighter for applying to cheeks and face for a bit of a Spring glow!

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And finally two new color options which are the Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo and Etude House Fresh Cherry Lip Tint quite like Etude House Plumping Lip Tint.

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I’m kinda leaning towards snagging just about everything in the collection as it all looks rather good. I’m particularly liking the blusher duo and lip tints!

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Clio Spring 2009 Collection

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I always get rather excited when I see Clio releasing new items as they don’t do so nearly enough!

Releasing a brand new base collection along with a point collection offers many options this season for perfecting skin and creating a colorful Spring look!

Much of the new base collection embraces anti-aging with Q10 to help promote fresher, rejuvenated skin.

Clio Collagen Essence Foundation firms and lifts skin.

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Clio Collagen Essence Concealer firms and lifts skin under the eyes while concealing fine lines and dark circles.

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Clio Collagen Essence Pact contains an SPF 22 and collagen boosting benefits to sooth skin and regenerate.

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Clio Art Lip Gloss is available in 17 shades offers a clear sparkle with Vitamin E and C.

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Housed in an deco lipstick case Clio Art Lipstick is a pigmented, moisturizing formula.

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Clio Lip Plumping Pencil offers a high shine finish and a formula that plumps lips for a flirty Spring Pout!

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Clio Art Shadow 1.5 embraces the old Clio shadow lie but with a new twist. A trio of shades instead of single color. Use all three shades to create a perfect Spring eye look!

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Quite a nice selection of goodies from Clio for Spring 2009 me thinks. I already have a great deal of the single shadows from Clio and I’m absolutely loving the idea of trio. The base makeup all looks rather good as well particularly the concealer.

Although none of this is available within the US keep your eyes peeled and check up on Sasa as sooner or later the collection is available…a little late..but better late than not at all!

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