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Stash Spotlight: KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palettes

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KATE is one of Kanebo’s many sub-branch cosmetic lines available within Japanese drugstores in Japan and if you’re lucky in various parts of Asia. Many of you already know most of this already but for those new to Asian brands a few quick facts about KATE lay ahead.

KATE is a rather inexpensive, mid-range priced cosmetic line that sports a variety of edgy compacts and cosmetics with fantastic color payoff and quality. The line is darker and has a certain flair that many Japanese cosmetics don’t sport. Where as many of these brands sport kawaii, girlish, or very feminine packaging, KATE brings the edge to it’s brand.

One of my very favorite items from the line are the KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow palettes!

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KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palettes contain two contrasting shades of shimmering, pigmented shadow in a small slim line case. The shadows are silky smooth with fantastic color payoff and most important pack a nice shimmery finish that the Muse favors!

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I’m a big lover of these little guys and I believe I’ve collected all the shades that KATE has released so far. I’m ever hopeful when a new collection pops up that they’ll either add to the current catalog of Dual Carat compacts or introduce a similar line up as KATE is known for revamping there palettes while keeping certain aspects of the old.

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They are a true favorite with this Muse as you can see from my vast collection!

How about you?

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Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Review

Aren’t fairies supposed to be sweet little bits that run around granting wishes or something?

Well, not according to Captain Jack they aren’t!

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Have no fear! Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes is sweet and will grant all your mascara wishes with a sweep of it’s wand! Scary fairies not included thankfully.

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If you hated Majorca Majolica Gorgeous Wing as much as the Muse you’ll be thankful for the introduction of the newest mascara from Jelly Pong Pong entitled Fairy Lashes. The promise of light, fluffy lashes that are thicker, fatter, and volumized awaits you without the drama of harsh fibers!

If you have stubbier lashes or smaller lashes this is one you’ll want to try and if you already have full lashes but want extra volume with a light, soft feel Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes is for you.

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The formula is an interesting formula that creates nice full lashes with plenty of volume all while keeping things light and soft. Your lashes will feel virtually weightless and soft with this mascara in place. Where as some mascaras give an icky hard feeling to lashes, Fairy Lashes keeps lashes soft and conditioned as if you aren’t even wearing mascara at all! Likey! The applicator is a big chunky brush which captures all your lashes at once so no struggling to try to get inner lashes. One swipe and you’re golden! A few swipes more will get you plenty of volume and curl.

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I thought the mascara also managed to keep curl exceptional well which is probably due to it’s very light formula. Asian (or anyone with shorter, stubbier lashes) lashes can definitely benefit from this formula as it’ll keep curl all day plus keep lashes soft which in turn will allow for less breakage.

The formula is formulated with cotton seed extract which is supposedly an active ingredient that contains natural oligosaccharides which restructions eyelashes and renders them flexible and hydrated.

Overall, I absolutely loved this and I wish more mascaras would embrace the interesting “technology” behind it. It keeps my lashes very soft, holds curl all throughout the day, and it’s fairly easy to remove even though the formula is waterproof. It doesn’t smudge, cake, or create raccoon eyes which is always a plus. The formula itself just feels so natural and weightless on my lashes I can’t help but love it.

The mascara comes in a cute blue box with a sweet fluffy feather affair on top. The box splits open to reveal the purple tube of mascara within. Quite a nice presentation packaging wise. I’m always so chuffed proper with Jelly Pong Pong packaging I actually ended up keeping this box and storing the mascara back inside since I loved it so much!

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Who might love it?

  • Anyone who’s been seeking a weightless formula that makes lashes soft while giving good volume to lashes!
  • Anyone with shorter, stubbier lashes who desires a softer natural look to lashes while not causing breakage!
  • Someone who’s been seeking a mascara that keeps curl all day with a weightless formula!

The mascara successfully does what it promises which is to create fuller, curlier lashes while keeping them weightless, soft, and natural. Truly a winner in the mascara world! I’m Muse Approving this for purchase as I think it’s truly a great one. I think my Asian girls would particularly love this formula so I do highly recommend checking it for yourself.

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You can get yours from the Jelly Pong Pong site at http://jellypongpong.com

Jelly Pong Pong ships worldwide too! Cost per a mascara is $18.50 USD or 15

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Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation Review

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Is it a BB Cream? Is it a primer? One can’t be sure when it comes to Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation. Ahh there in lays a clue…”silkily foundation” so that must mean it’s a foundation right?

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Let’s find out!

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If I’m honest with myself I’ll admit that Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation is not a BB Cream, nor is it a foundation but it does happen to fall into the glorified primer category quite nicely.

What is it?

A refreshing and moisturizing tonic which regulates the skin’s PH and restores it’s uniform color.

I dunno that’s what the box says but don’t take my word for it take a look for yourself:

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What is it really?

It’s a thick creamy white moisturizer with flecks of pearl that preps skin prior to foundation use. It’s extra thick which makes it a pain for blending in and absorbing easy but it sure will do the trick of filling pores if you’re looking for a good treatment to do so. The thick consistency should fill lines, pores, and other skin woes you’re sporting at the moment. It’s not greasy in the least and feels quite nice on the skin once it’s fully absorbed.

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The product promises to whiten skin which it does successfully. It removes dull spots and creates a nice white finish to skin which allows your foundation to go on smoother and look more natural. The shade is a tad ghastly at first but after foundation is in place it’s perfect. This also claims to have anti-aging and anti-acne fighting ingredients but I can’t speak for either as I am not having any probs with acne at the moment and anti-aging is really a hard call as you’d have to use the product years to see any real results.

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As a primer it’s super as it does allow foundation to apply easier and last a tad bit longer than usual. It smells like a fresh floral almost rose scented. The product in general does much of what it promises and I’m particularly thrilled with how well it works at bringing my skin down a shade slightly, nothing dramatic just a tad bit of whitening. The Muse is all about anything that whitens her skin so this falls into the awesome category. Generally speaking the product is used to create radiant to skin where it happens to be dull or lackluster so don’t be fooled by it’s name “BB Silkily Foundation”, it is by all means a primer with whitening benefits at best. Shills Diamond Girl BB Silkily Foundation also comes in a lilac shade which can be used for lightening skin tone as well but I felt like the white did a fine job of this already.

Overall, I really liked the product and would purchase again should I run out. I paid retail which was $239TWD I believe which isn’t a bad deal. I’ve seen it on E-bay ranging for $15.99-$17.99 USD which isn’t exactly a fair price but not too bad as I think it’s worth trying out.

You’ll like this if:

  • You want something to fill up pores, fine lines, etc…
  • You want to brighten, whiten, and add radiance to skin
  • You want a nice thick primer to aid foundation wear and tear

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Spring Greens! 5 Great Green Eye Shadows for Spring

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I can’t help but associate Spring with the color green. Green symbolizes rebirth somehow and the beginning of a warmer season when the new flowers begin to bloom, the grass begins to peek it’s head up from the cold melting blanket of snow, and nature begins to come alive with the warmer weather.

You should probably be prepared as Spring is right around the corner and what better way to brace yourself for the up coming season than with five great green eye shadows that are sure to help you kick off Spring!

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For the budget friendly makeup girl try out Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Leaf Green which is a sparkling light green that looks gorgeous on it’s own or paired up with a softer lilac or a darker green for a beautiful contrast! At around $4 USD this won’t break into your Spring budget. Get it this week at CVS during the Milani Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale!

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Want to go a bit darker? Dark green always looks mysterious and alluring on brown eyes, take the Muse’s word for it! For a cheap, inexpensive dark green eye look try out Terra Eye Shadow in Emerald Green which runs around $6.49 to $7.49 USD at Duane Reade Drugstores.

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If you want to step up your game and indulge in a sparkling green shadow try out Vincent Longo Wet/Dry Sparkling Eyeshadow in Verite. This dark green shade has plenty of sparkle and looks beautiful used wet or dry!

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Urban Decay is known for it’s heavy duty sparkly eye shadows but Acid Rain has a nice silky finish sans glitter and packs plenty of soft Spring green that will light up your eyes!

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Take your green abroad and indulge in a minty green shadow like Maquillage Eye Shadow in GR168. This minty green shade offers a different shade of green for Spring that’s unique and pleasing on any color eye!

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What are your fav green shadows for Spring?

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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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