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WANT: Marcelle Concealer Palette

Hello my name is Muse and I’m addicted to concealers. I realize that concealers have come and gone out of my life the past few year at an alarming rate but I’m still on board for any new one I see that tickles my fancy and promises a flawless under eye coverage!

Currently topping my hit list is the Marcelle Concealer Palette!

WANT!

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Dontcha just dig concealers that have several colors? It’s like a little paint box waiting for us to mix, blend, and cocktail our way to perfection!

Marcelle is a French brand based in Canada so the Muse has to do a little homework to get a friendly Canadian to grab this for her but after she’s done the hard work she’ll be back to bring you a review of this concealer.

Is it worth it? Remains to be seen but I have to try it out for myself and add it to my rather obscene stash of concealers to finally lay to rest the matter if my WANTing need is really worth it!

Which products are currently on your WANT list?

Any concealers making the list?

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2008 Year End Reflection

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It feels like the year virtually flew by doesn’t it? It’s been a great year for makeup that’s for sure! My year end favorite post is upcoming shortly but I thought we could reflect on a few things first!

Some of the questions I asked myself as I was reflecting were the following:

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The Muse will place her answers here and you can answer, if you like, in the comment field below! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this!

I think I have to take myself all the way back to Spring 2008 to get a good idea of my very favorite collection of the year. The Etude House My Lovely Face Collection (aka Peach Collection) was my absolute favorite of the year! And it’s no wonder with it’s great packaging, fresh peachy shades, and incredible Pore Erasing Peach Base! This was by far my fav of the year! Etude House Spring 2009 I Can’t Help Smiling is simply adorably but in the Muse’s opinion it isn’t nearly as kawaii as last year’s collection!

In reflecting on my tastes and whether they have changed or not from last year I’d have to say a loud YES! I embraced more natural looks this year, got really excited about nudes and neutrals, and just dramatically altered my normal bold looks to include some very mature ones! So yes indeed my tastes have changed a tad bit. This doesn’t mean I don’t still adore bold looks but I have to say I’ve surprised myself with the amount of natural makeup I’ve taken on lately!

Unquestionably my greatest cosmetic find of the year was NARS Blush in Super Orgasm! I’ve heard rants and I’ve heard hate but I simply adored it. For me it was pure perfection! Not that it tops Super Orgasm but discovering that Urban Decay Primer has a SLEW of product left in the bottle after slicing it open is definitely a highlight of my year as well!

I can’t say so much if I embraced any trends this year. I kinda march to the beat of my own drum and I’m not one for embracing a trend but more along the lines of doing my own thing! One trend I definitely couldn’t get a handle on, no mater how hard I tried, was the vampy lip! I tried with MAC Binge and tried again with the Lancome Piha Collection but it just didn’t work on this Muse!

I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t somewhat excited about the MAC Hello Kitty Collection! Although I made up my own little ideas about how this collection should look, I do find myself getting more and more antsy for it’s release as I am eager to see it in person for myself. Yes, I know I’ll be disappointed but I just can’t seem to shake the feeling that maybe, just maybe, it’ll be great! I’m also excited to see what the Summer has in store for us! Summer releases are a great time to stock up on bold shades so of course I look forward to what MAC, Urban Decay, and other brands have on the menu for the warmer weather!

Now it’s your turn…..

Tell the Muse all about what you loved and hated in 2008?

What your greatest find was?

What trends you embraced?

I’m listening!

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NuBo Cosmetics

I’m pretty sure I’m too young to take full advantage of the new cosmetic line NuBo or at least I’d like to think so. Debuting at Harrods in November, NuBo claims to offer “cosmeceutical-strength formulations without controversial chemical ingredients, including parabens, petrochemicals and sodium lauryl sulfate”.

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If you’re conscious of what goes onto your face I’m pretty sure the idea of a high street brand cosmetic that promises quality minus harmful ingredients is probably thrilling you to bits and pieces.

At the moment NuBo consists mostly of skincare and I’m unsure if they have plans to further the line into cosmetics. One product that did interest me, cosmetic wise, was the NuBo Voile.

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The product is an invisible veil created to hide lines, correct skin tone, and create flawless skin. This contains Hyaluronic Acid to fill and plump fine lines while offering extra moisture.

Considering I don’t have fine lines as of yet on my face is it terribly vain to admit that I fancy the lilac packaging and that was what really got my attention? Although, if you experiencing fine lines on your face already this sounds like an absolute miracle.

NoBu does look quite interesting but unless you’re willing to pay high street prices (prices range from 30 all the way to a whooping 120) you may find that it’s something you can safely skip on. But hey I’m sure some of us have found staple products that we are willing to dish the cash out for and NoBu may contain some staple products that we all can’t live without.

The Muse may try to get her greedy hands on some NuBo Voile as all the pretty packaging is too difficult to resist.

Visit Harrods for further information about NuBo

What are your thoughts on this brand?

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Spring Collections 2009: Kiss Chocolat Collection

There isn’t any question in the world that I absolutely adored the Kiss Chocolatier Collection for Sprng 2008 so I was really thrilled when I heard that Kiss would be following up on the theme and releasing a new chocolate collection for Spring 2009.

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Sadly, I wasn’t too excited once I actually got the chance to view the collection for myself.

The Kiss Chocolat Collection is quite small so it’s nothing to get too hyper about however I will say that I’m quite disappointed in the Kiss Dual Chocolat Eye Palettes released with the collection. Now the colors are absolutely fav and keeping with the chocolate strawberry theme however the main shade is a cream shadow. Although I’ve made piece with cream shadows I think it’s safe to say that these will probably be a mess to apply, lack pigmentation, plus the liner being a powder kinda makes them a tad on the boring side.

Le sigh!

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The good news is that the Lip Chocolat Treatment looks quite good! Of course it’s strawberry chocolate scented and flavored…Muse likey! Last year I enjoyed the glosses released with the Chocolatier Collection immensely! The flavors were really true to life and they smelled so yummie! I’m looking forward to this lipgloss in a major way and I’ll definately be reviewing it soon!

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Although the collection’s main focus item, the duos, are a sore disappointment I do think the gloss looks like a joy!

What do you think?

Love this collection?

Not so much?

Tell the Muse!

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Art Deco Glamorous Highlighter Review

The Muse would never admit it but she has one too many pretty face powders. Pretty face powders are somehow her downfall and she can’t resit ones that sparkle, shimmer, or are just generally pretty.

Of course when she laid eyes on the Art Deco Holiday Collection one of the first items that jumped up and bit her on the butt was the Art Deco Glamorous Highlighter.

Oy vey…another shimmering powder to add to the big stash growing in this Muse’s vault! But hey a girl can never have one too many right? Just nod yes to make your Muse feel more comfortable about her obsession!

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I guess we can chalk Art Deco Glamorous Highlighter up as being a really good deal considering it can be used as both a highlighter and an eyeshadow palette! W00t! That means I don’t feel nearly as guilty as I normally would adding it to my beauty vault of obscene powders.

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The palette consists of three warm shades that range from a creamy vanilla, a light brown with hints of peach, and a coffee brown shade. The colors aren’t really anything to get too excited about and I was actually a tiny bit scared to bother using them on my face as they look like they might be a bit muddy once combined. Although the shades start out as shimmery it sadly ends up quite matte as the powder contains a fine layer of shimmer that quickly disappears after use. Oh well so much for pretty shimmering powder!

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The powder actually worked quite well as both a blush and a highlighter as it was pigmented enough to give my cheeks a little pinch of a peachy finish. I haven’t tried it on my eyes yet but I think it’ll work equally as nicely as a sheer wash of shadow for the days I’m too lazy to do a complete look. In the photo below I’m wearing the highlighter on my cheeks

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All in all the only disappointing factor was the lack of shimmer after just one use but by now I am used to products being sprayed down with a top layer of shimmer considering most Japanese palettes and compacts favor this method to make a particular item appealing and pretty. Even without shimmer the powder successfully creates a nice, natural finish on the face.

I think it’s kinda worth tracking down if you’re interested in collecting obscure European cosmetic compacts or you just love powders in general like the Muse! I’m not Muse Approving it for purchase but I will say I did like it overall.

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