Beauty Abroad

Stash Spotlight: Lavshuca Palettes

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My stash of Lavshuca palettes has gotten considerably smaller over the years as they release more and more palette styles and colors that I am none too fond of. I believe the last time I indulged was last Summer. I’m hopeful this Summer we’ll have more of the same great palettes from Lavshuca rather than a rehash of terrible colors.

Until Summer the Muse hauled out some of her Lavshuca to do a Stash Spotlight on!

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As I said Lavshuca has failed to catch my fancy as of late. Lord knows it’s an epic fail lately. I am so terribly eager for news of the Summer Collection to reach my ears (hopefully good news and not disappointing news!).

I’ve been collecting Lavshuca for a few years now and I embraced the brand new packaging with glee however I do miss the certain princess feel the brand used to sport however I’m still loving the new slicker clothes.

Could be the sparkle, the smallness of the palettes, or just the fact that it’s Japanese but Lavshuca has a special place in my heart even when it’s busy putting out crummy shades!

Here’s a few pictures of my stash of palettes!

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Lavshuca lover yourself?

Longing for something better from Lavshuca?

Tell the Muse!

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Beauty Blast from the Past: Past Clio Collections

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I did a little Spring clean up a few days ago and came across some great post cards from some past Clio Collection, as far back as 2005 w00t! I thought you might enjoy peeping at them as Clio hasn’t really updated in a while!

Jump ahead for a full peek!

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Hope you enjoyed a look into Clio’s past!

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IsaDora Spring Collection 2009: IsaDora In Bloom

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I’ve already blogged the IsaDora Spring Collection, In Bloom but today I thought I’d share further details and images from the collection as it’s such a great beauty budget collection that it’s well worth a re-mention! Have a peek after the jump!

For Eyes:

Isadora Shadow Palette in Blooming Spring $19 USD

A Spring color palette of soft bleached pastels in peachy sherbet, soft pastel pink, glimmering lilac, sheer luminous mint and shimmering bronze.

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For Brows:

Isadora Eye Brow Lift and Define $13 USD

A double ended brow pencil and highlighter is a one-stop-shop for flawless, shapely brows. Apply the soft pink color underneath the brow to accentuate brow area and make eyes pop. Gently fill in sparse areas in brows with the brown pencil to naturally define brows and frame the eyes.

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Isadora Jumbo Flex Sharpener $5 USD

Professional quality flexible sharpener for round or sharp jumbo pencils. It includes a cleaning stick and pop-off case for storing shavings for mess-free sharpening.

For Complexion:

Isadora Ultra Cover Compact Powder SPF 15 in Camouflage $14

This anti-redness water-based pressed powder foundation instantly covers problem areas such as veins, dark under eye circles and effortlessly evens out skin tone for a flawless finish. The universal shade flatters all skin tones and features an oil absorbing formula that immediately mattifies and protects skin with SPF 15. Perfect for on the go touch ups as skin adjusts to warmer climates.

For Lips:

Isadora Crystal Gloss Stick $12

A sheer lip gloss stick with a crystal shine finish with the perfect touch of color. Moisturizing shea butter and Vitamin E provide a soft and creamy texture.

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Available in 6 Shades:
  • Taffeta Pink: a soft, luminous pink
  • Mango Fizz: a shimmery copper
  • Coral Rose: a vibrant coral with a hint of pink
  • Choco Breeze: a bold terracotta
  • Bermuda Pink: a vivid, feminine pink
  • In Red: a glossy, dazzling red

The entire collection is available now from Cosmetic Mall.

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Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color Platinum Gold Review and Swatches

Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in Platinum Gold was released as part of the Spring Collection this year and proved extremely difficult to get a hold off. Almost as soon as it released it was sold out in Japan right away. See kids? Japan knows what LE really means!

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Jump ahead to hear a rave about Platinum Gold!

Proving to be one of the most elusive items to date that the Muse had to track down, Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in Platinum Gold also happens to be the most beautiful. After it selling out in Japan I had to quickly located it in Taiwan, which bless be, it was easy enough to locate. It’s understandable why it was so popular as it’s probably one of the prettiest shades in the Jelly Eye collection. The color is a white gold with contrasting silver shimmer and sparkle. It’s heavy duty sparkle so if you’re not a lover you’d best keep away from Jelly Eye Shadows in general.

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Although it’s a cream shadow it blends effortlessly and creates a soft, subtle golden shimmer on the lid that can only be described as stunning. It also lends a certain lightness to my eyes so it’s particularly nice if I’m having a dark circle day or baggy eye day as this will brighten up my eyes a fair bit. I’ve have a few of the Jelly Eye Shadows before and I really like the formula. As I mentioned the formula blends easily and it’s also very light and smooth, not heavy at all, so it feels silky on. Although for some the amount of shimmer could be a deal breaker. It doesn’t dry quickly so it gives plenty of time to blend the shadow out, I’m a sucker for cream shadows that don’t dry right away as I think this causes woe for blending. The shadow comes housed in a gorgeous jar with a pretty silver top, very feminine and elegant.

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The shade is probably my favorite from the line so far and is truly a pretty addition for Spring. It may prove slightly difficult to find so I suggest trying KATE Gel Eyeshadow in GD-1 or Coffret D’Or Fluffy Shine Eyes in 03. Both of these options are easier to find stateside and cheaper as well!

Apologies for my bare lips in the photos!

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I’m looking forward to seeing what Jill Stuart has in store for us this Summer! I’ve been kinda off the Jill Stuart bandwagon lately but I’m always excited for new release.

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Shills Flawless Foundation Cream Review


DJ put a record on I wanna dance with my new Shills Flawless Foundation Cream aka shameless dupe of Benefit Some Kind of Gorgeous. Oh my god it gets more and more comical as I try out Shills and notice the incredible similarities between them and Benefit.

How shameful! But still I’m loving me some Shills anyway!

Read ahead for a review on Shills Flawless Foundation Cream.

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Before I begin my review I think their may be a debate of whether Shills originated in China or Taiwan. I honestly can’t verify. I’ve only personally seen it available in Taiwan not China but I’ve heard from readers that it’s available in various parts of China. Personally, I’ve only seen it available in Taiwan. I hope this clears up some of the confusion.

So Shills Flawless Foundation Cream and Benefit Some Kind of Gorgeous…oh my the very my two products that are exactly alike in just about everything but price. Shills is $239TWD or so where as Some Kind of Gorgeous is $28 USD. You can obviously see the better bargain here.

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What is it?

It’s a cream foundation that dries down to a matte powder finish.

Where as the sole compliant with Benefit Some Kind of Gorgeous was the fact that it was such a nasty oily mess you’ll quickly notice that you won’t have any of the same problems with Shills Flawless Foundation Cream. I personally adore cream foundations and most of my makeup “career” has been based around cream foundations. When I got my hands on Some Kind of Gorgeous it was an utter nightmare so I’m happy to report that the Shills version is way nicer and pretty ideal for Summer wear!

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The formula of the foundation is quite a nice silky blend. It starts out a cream but quickly dries down to a powder finish which allows for ease of blending, good coverage, and fantastic oil control. I’m unable to take full advantage of this since my skin is dry but when the Summer sets in and I’m looking to mattify my skin, this is ideal.

The product only comes in one shade which is very flattering for anyone with yellow undertones and needs alot of beige to tame that. I thought it was a little too dark for my skin but I made it work by using a little and blending it out. It comes housed in a great little dual compact which has the foundation on top and has a stealthy little compartment on the bottom for the sponge.

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As I mentioned it’s a cheap dupe of Benefit with it’s record packaging which I thought was kinda of funny. Much of the line has cutesy style packaging a la Benefit style, terrible I know.

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It’s quite pigmented and has heavy coverage so it’s not completely ideal for Summer-wear but it does tame oil very well and offers a nice flawless finish to skin. I think it would be particularly good at covering up large pores as well. Overall, I liked it but wasn’t in love with it simply because they color was very dark and beige. If they released a lighter shade of this I could see myself Muse Approving it for purchase.

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If you’re wanting it I suggest checking E-bay as there are a few E-bayer’s selling Shills. I paid retail which was $239TWN I believe so try to keep that in mind prior to getting purchasing at a scary price.

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