Beauty Abroad

Etude House VIP Girl

Etude House has updated it’s Korean portal (yes, there happens to be an Etude House US Portal too now!) with a brand new color story entitled Etude House VIP Girl.

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I was just discussing with you yesterday how Sephora has opted for an interesting neon look this year and here we have Etude House doing pretty much the same with bold, bright colors that are sure to get fans in a colorful mood for Spring!

I can honestly say that nothing truly calls to me with this particularly collection. I took note that this is a rather interesting collection for Etude House as normally I associate the line with “sweet” and “kawaii” however this is a bit more…I dunno….wild for lack of a better word.

As with all Etude House campaigns this includes color selections for a sweet or a bold look or in this case a “Hot Girl Style” or a “You Say Pink Style”. I think it’s safe to say that the “You Say Pink Style” is the more subdued look of the two.

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The collection places heavy emphasis on the new lipstick shades which are all quite loud and outrageous. Hmmm how very un-Etude House like! Four new shades are available of the lipstick.

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Also available is a lipstick base quite which is like what I had purchased last year with the Etude House Peach Spring Collection. This is used to mute out lips and intensify the color of your lipstick.

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A liquid eyeliner is also up for grabs. Interesting as I believe this is my first time seeing a liquid liner available from Etude House.

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Two new shades of gloss in “VIP” packaging are also released.

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Four shades of eyeshadow which have captured my attention. These appear to have a base shadow and a liner shade smack in the center. The colors are somewhat boring but I like the looks of them regardless.

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A new mascara is also being released which is something I can safely skip as I’ve never had much love for Etude House mascaras anyway.

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And finally 5 shades of a new nail varnish! I’m not much of a nail girl but my friend Michelle is so I’ll be picking these up as a little gift for her as I screwed up an order of nail polishes from Japan on her a few months ago and these would really have her hyped I think plus I think she’d adore blogging them or at least I hope she would.

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All in all the collection looks quite nice but I’m not feeling any great love for it…I honestly wish they’d have released some sort of new primer or a more fresher, sweeter look for Spring like last year’s release. This is quite fitting with the theme of things at the moment but I’m just more for a lighter, fresher look for Spring.

I thought it was quite interesting that the mascara was priced at 9,500 KRM at the moment….is it me or is that a bit of a price jack? Will have to do my homework but I thought the mascara was cheaper. On a side note Won is converting ridiculously awesome to USD at the moment so do take full advantage if you have friends, family, or easy access to Korean cosmetics, skincare, etc….

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Boots No7 Spring Collection 2009

I get a tiny bit excited when Boots releases a limited edition collection. Granted Boots No7 isn’t the best cosmetic brand in the world but I tend to veer towards it when I hear the words “limited” and “edition” in the same sentence. I’ve been collecting Boots No7 LE items for as long as the sky is blue so of course when I noticed they had a new Spring Collection I kinda did my little happy dance!

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Yes, Yes you can diss on it all you like but I’m still kinda sorta loving it!

Remember kids it’s the little things that makes the Muse happy!

The collection consists of the Boots No7 Petal Lip Tint, Boots No7 Eye Palette, and Boots No7 Petal Blusher. All of the palettes are available in two shade selections aside from the eye palette. The collection allows for a warm or cool look if you so please. I’m quite smitten with the No7 Petal Blusher although I’m not feeling the price range on most of the line which is topping in at 8 to nearly 11 hmmmm….can it be cheaper now please?

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Aside from the price the line up is quite nice and keeping with the Spring theme of things. I’m considering picking it up just because I like collecting these particular palettes but we shall see as I’ve already used up a majority of my Spring Collection budget.

It’s ok, I give you leave to rant over the shat quality of Boots No7 now.

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Rimmel London’s New Virtual Makeover Tool

Yes, well, I have a ton of things to do today as it’s a super busy time of the year at my offices but I’ve been sucked into the procrastination vortex when I visited Rimmel London’s website this morning and started playing around with the new Rimmel London Virtual Makeover Tool.


I didn’t have a photo sans makeup aside from the one I uploaded last night with my Yes to Tomatoes review so I ended up using that one and although I’m looking mighty ridiculous I couldn’t help but enjoy my visit with Rimmel London Virtual Makeover Tool.

It’s kinda cool! Likey!

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The site allows you to upload your photo (or use a model’s photo that’s provided by Rimmel) and use it to try out virtually all the products in the Rimmel London library from glosses, to blushes, and beyond! Granted I looked a bit ridiculous with Rimmel London Sexy Curves Mascara on (can you say exaggerated lashes?) but I was still loving trying on the glosses and blushes! Coolness!

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Need some help procrastinating today?

Check it out at www.rimmellondon.com

Tell me whatcha think!

I’m wasting away the better part of 20 minutes with this today!

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Bourjois Paris Website Update

Oooooo I do believe I spy with my little eye something new from Bourjois Paris!

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I was excited to see that Bourjois Paris has updated the master portal of it’s website with a new page! Aside from the French portal nothing else has much changed upon clicking through all the country portals but it doesn’t leave me without hope that maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally see some sort of update on the US portal!

Please Bourjois? Pretty please.

I’m not really counting on it with the economy the way it is but it sure would be delightful to hear about some new tid bit or another. Or even a page change from the Bourjois Paris Clubbing selection that’s been up on the US portal for over a year now.

Le sigh!

The French portal has completely updated the look and feel of their site so I’m hopeful these changes will relay back to the other country portals, of course, in particular, the US one!

Here’s to hoping! I long for some small bone from Bourjois Paris US! Your fans are out here, the Muse happens to be one!

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Marcelle Concealer Palette Review

Remember my lemming for the Marcelle Concealer Palette? Well I decided to act on that lemming and purchased the Marcelle Concealer Palette after very little debate.

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Overall, I actually really loved it aside from one or two rantings!

Read ahead to find out what I loved and what I didn’t!

Marcelle is a Canadian based beauty brand that has an array of affordable cosmetics available within Canada. Actually, “affordable” is the key word of the day. At $15.95 USD the Marcelle Concealer Palette isn’t exactly affordable in the Muse’s humble opinion. Affordable for Canadians yes but affordable in terms of USD? No. Taking into consideration many high end cosmetic brands within the US have a price range of $15 USD to around $25 USD (some higher of course) for a concealer this isn’t really a cheap product. Taking CDN (Canadian Dollar) into consideration than yes indeed this would be cheap. The product is a bit too small to be considered a beauty budget purchase in my opinion as it contains very little product for nearly $16 plus the cost of airmail to have it shipped over makes it equally costly (Marcelle is exclusive to Canada and is not available for purchase within the US). Aside from my rant on the cost I must say it’s a decent product overall.

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The palette contains four shades of concealer in a slim circle compact with a tiny brush for application. Indeed, some may rant that the brush is too small to do anything but I quite liked the brush as it fits quite nicely under my eye, applies and blends the concealer nicely, and fits snugly back into the compact with little fanfare. The concealer shades all work well on me aside from one shade that’s a bit darker but that’s why I have three other shades…just mix a bit of the dark with the light and it’ll work fine! Colors range from a pale light beige, to a darker beige, a yellow corrector with hints of beige, and medium set beige. You can use colors individually or mix them up to create the perfect shade that’s suitable for your dark circles. I simply mix the lighter and medium shade and apply it on top of the yellow corrector. The yellow corrector erases my dark circles and the two beige shades brighten the eye area up.

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The formula of the concealer is nice creamy base that dries to a powder finish. It doesn’t have amazing pigmentation but it’s enough to cover up many of my under eye problems such as dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and tiredness. I found that the formula was a tiny bit drying since it dries to a powder finish but it’s nothing too bad and my eyes seemed to like the product overall considering it didn’t crease, fade, or cake up.

I probably wouldn’t purchase the product again solely due to it’s price tag as I can find much better at around the same price range. However, I do think it’s not too bad a product and well worth picking up if you have easy access. Remembering that MAC and many other cheaper brands that we take for granted in the US are quite costly within Canada I do think that the Marcelle Concealer Palette is a nice budget friendly option for those who are within Canada. If it was a tad bit cheaper I’d probably pick it up again.

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