The Muse has a coven of little elves to help her locate exciting goodies for you! So you might want to give a special thanks to the Muse’s mate and reader, Betsy, for locating this gorgeous little fine!
It appears you won’t need to stalk Japanese websites or beg friends to get you Awake’s Limited Edition Stardom Holiday Collection because Betsy has kindly pointed out that your local Neiman Marcus has it available for a mere $50 (Betsy also kindly pointed out you can nab it with Free Shipping by using coupon code WINTER). Have we told Betsy how much we love her for this?
Awake Limited Edition Stardom Holiday Collection as seen on Neiman Marcus
This set includes Mascara, Dimensional Eye Color in Love Light and Angel Wing, Face Powder in Champagne Glow, Lip Gloss in Fairly Pink, and Nail Varnish in Magnetic Violet Sheer and let’s not forget it comes all wrapped up in a cute red awake box!
Go get it! Click!
Thanks again to Betsy for filling the Muse’s Christmas Wish List with dreams of the Awake Holiday Set!
Yay! I got my Lavshuca Holiday Palettes today! These actually arrived I think Friday or Saturday but I was unable to collect them until today from the post office
They are now in my greedy, sweaty little hands and I couldn’t be more pleased!
Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 01
Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 02
The palettes came in the cutest little gift box and if you happen to have a Japanese cosmetic lover in your life these would be the perfect gift!
They come packaged in separate parts. One part is the empty compact and the second part is your lipgloss, eyeshadow, and applicators. I assume that they package the parts separately for beautiful display reasons, it also keeps things nice and tidy during shipping, and finally it’s just good, old plain fun to put it all together into the compact yourself!
The compact isn’t a hard shell it’s a durable cardboard which may sound worrying because you might be thinking this means it’s on the cheap and shoddy side. Fear not! The cardboard is quite sturdy and not cheap in the least. It’s covered in either a pink or gold foiling depending which color you end up purchasing with the lovely Lavshuca emblem on top.
Inside there are two separate spots for the sponge eyeshadow applicator and lipbrush on either side with the eyeshadow and gloss smack in the middle. The Lavshuca emblem again graces the inside top of the palette.
I haven’t yet tried any of the colors but from what I can see the strip of eyeshadows are quite shimmery and gorgeous and I’m hoping it isn’t a spray of glitter but a sparkle straight to the core. You’ll also receive a sparkling lipgloss and a matte lipcream.
The size of the shadow strip is a tiny bit disappointing because it’s really NOT a whole lot of product but if you generally collect tons of palettes and shadows you won’t mind too much because chances are you won’t go through this very quickly! However, if you don’t own a ton of different shadows and you’ll be using this daily chances are you’ll get through it very quickly as it’s not a whole lot of product!
I have to say that at the moment I find them both very pretty but I do favor the 02 palette better than the 01.
02 eyeshadows consist of a white shimmering gold color, a shimmering yellow gold, and a shimmering brown with gold specks. The gloss is a sparkling golden brown color while the lipcream is a orange brown. Layering the gloss and lipcream will surely make a striking combo!
01 is just as pretty and consists of a shimmering white with, it appears, to me, pink, a shimmering pink shade, and a darker purple. The gloss is a sparkling pinkish purple affair while the lipcream is rosebud pink.
Overall, I’d say they are most definately worth a pick up! The Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes are Muse Approved for purchase!
Do visit PJ to see A Touch of Blusher’s impression on these palettes you can also visit with RF at Make Up & Stuff and see some more about the Lavshuca’s Holiday Palettes!
Imagine a gloss that felt like a refreshing sip of water on your lips. Now imagine it coming in an array of fabulous shades.
What if I told you there was such a product available?
Well look no further Bourjois Paris’s Eau De Gloss contains 14% water content and is a slick, glossy, moisturizing treat for the lips!
I have two of these glosses and I adore them! I’m a big lover of lipgloss but I really hate how many brands leave my lips feeling tacky and sticky which is one reason Eau De Gloss gets the Muse’s approval for a great gloss! The gloss has a rather short bristle brush for applying so one application is never enough and I find I have to re-dip two or three times but aside from that minor flaw the gloss itself is a great formula as it does exactly what it advertises. It leaves my lips feeling refreshed and glossy minus the tack and stick of other glosses I use. It lasts quite a while with about a 3 hour time span before retouching up! I have this in Eau fraiche which is a clear color that’s perfect after I stain my lips or apply some lipstick. Slick some on and my lipstick or stain becomes gloriously glossy and shiny! I also have this in Framboise Glacee which is pigmented enough to wear with or without your favorite lipstick or lipstain beneath!
Each gloss is $15USD which isn’t too bad as you get quite a large bit of product!
Overall, these are a staple in my beauty arsenal and I definately love ‘em! I wish more glosses used the same formula as I wouldn’t mind the slick without the sticky!
T’estimo has a similar style of blush out as Jill Stuart (actually quite a few Japanese brands do similar loose blushes).
T’estimo Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush
The difference of course in the two would be price and quality.
Sadly, as much as I love T’estimo the blush is lacking something for me! The packaging is an adorable domed container with a soft brush that will look quite lovely on your vanity displayed with your other cosmetic items however the blush inside leaves a bit to be desired!
I have these in two flavors WT-04 and P-K20. I’ll get to the WT-04 in a minute but first let me explain PK-20. PK-20 appears to me the darker of the two pink shades that are offered from T’estimo. Sadly, the blush is very sheer and even after building up color with a few strokes it still fails to wow me. The texture is quite the same as the Jill Stuart blushes I own which is an almost sheer, chalky feel but unlike the Jill Stuart this is not so pigmented.
It’s so strange that a company that makes such amazing, pigmented eyeshadows makes such a weak blush! I think it’s safe to say that if you are fairer of a skin you might very well be able to pull PK-20 off but for me I’m sadly left desiring something more when it comes to this blush!
The good news is the WT-04 is gorgeous and it’s just about near perfect for the upcoming Holiday season! WT-04 is a sheer shimmering shade of white that I use for a touch of sparkle and to contour around my cheeks and face! It’s delightfully simple in it’s shimmer and it’s not at all over done! I’m not sure why the fit it in with the blush but for me it’s a multitasking tool! I use it on my face as well as my eyes and across my cleavage for some barely there shine! Truly I heart WT-04 and if you’re considering purchasing any of these I’d most definately pick this little guy up!
T’estimo Pure Layer Blush is available in four shades total which are the two I’ve already mentioned and two others that are OR-21 which is an orange/peach shade and PK-21 which is the newest and a softer shade of pink than PK-20.
The blushes are available for purchase from JPMon and Adam Beauty for about $23usd per a blush. Now might be a good time to grab yourself some of these since T’estimo is slowly being fazed out and being replaced with a new brand!
The Muse approves of at least one color in this line but the rest she says skip ‘em and buy something else!
MJ’s website has been updated with the Holiday collection but no cool story *sniff*(not that the Muse can read the story but she likes the pretty flash that goes along with it!) to go with it…hmmm maybe they’ll update upon release! Cross your fingers!
Anyway the goodies are up with pictures!
If you want to see close up shots click here.
Everything looks great but I’d have liked some more then a Majolook palette. It’s very pretty but something special for the holidays would have been nicer!
The Muse wants it all with a few backups
How about you?