Beauty Abroad

Jelly Pong Pong Summer Collection 2008

Leave it to our friends at Jelly Pong Pong to get creative for Summer!

How about Egg Confetti for your bath?

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Real Eggs filled with moisturizing, fruity smelling bath powder! Hmmmmm count the Muse excited!

These look simply divine! Two scent options are available for your bathing pleasure, Apple and Rhubarb and Blackcurrant and Orange. Yum! Each set contains 6 eggs and are 10.00 GBP (About $20 USD).

I’m wondering how they plan on shipping these beauties without them breaking hmmmmmm……………..

Want some more Jelly Pong Pong?

Check out the face charts below to create a gorgeous, vibrant face for Summer!

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Summer Collections 2008: Bourjois Paris Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow Review

I’m trying to cover as many as the Summer releases as I can get my hands on. I know many of you trust my opinion and come here prior to doing your purchasing so I want to say thanks for putting SO much faith in my reviews!

Here’s some sneak peeks of upcoming reviews:

Tarte’s Spring and Summer Collections
Urban Decay’s Summer Collection
Benefit Posietint (I know you’re eagerly awaiting this…!)
La Mer Reviews (Many, many e-mails about this! I’m reviewing a few of the items! In particular I was asked about the powder! It’s coming shortly!)
Dior Extreme Fix Powder (Lots of questions and emails! Review is upcoming!)
Lavshuca Summer Palettes
KATE Eyeshadow Palettes
Aube Fruitina Glosses
and much, much, more!

Don’t see something you want reviewed? Yell at me!

P.S. If you wrote me an e-mail I’ll get back to you as soon as possible! It may take a while but I do my best to write everyone back! I get flooded with e-mails daily and it’s sometimes very difficult for me to write back in a timely manner but I do appreciate every single one of your emails and promise to get to you all shortly icon smile

Now on with today’s review of Bourjois Paris Shimmer Liquid Eyes Shadow. This is a first for Bourjois Paris as far as I know. They have never had liquid or cream shadows prior to this release and it’s an interesting release for sure.

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This is an inventive little product that deserves some raves. You might be wondering why I’ve dubbed this inventive considering it’s not really anything we haven’t seen before right? Well…the formula is a very interesting thing and the packaging.

I’ll start by mentioning the texture, formula, etc….The name is fitting as this is a liquid shadow and not so much a cream. Cream shadows are dense and this is more of a liquid texture. The formula blends beautifully and it’s quite an interesting and unique experience applying this. You may (or may not) notice from my pictures of the product and in the pictures of me wearing this that the color morphs slightly. It goes from a lighter to darker. Within the packaging it appears almost as if it’s swirling around from a lighter shade to a darker shade. This carries out the same effect during application. I applied on my lid and smoothed it into place and what I came up with was an interesting lighter to darker effect on my lids. It almost seems as if I am wearing a lighter shade of shadow on my inner lid and on my outer lid it appears like I applied a darker shade. Very interesting. The finish has some shimmer but it carries more of a metallic look that’s very shiny on.

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Now the packaging deserves a mention too. In a similar vein as it’s loose eyeshadows Bourjois Paris decided to go pretty much the same route with these. It’s a cute plastic container with a screw top. Open it up and you’ll have another enclosure with the wand applicator. The brush is nice and large and captures the product wonderfully so you end up with a nice loaded brush ready to go for application! One application should do the trick as the product is pretty pigmented however if you prefer a darker look go ahead and apply another shade or two (I only did one application in my FOTD’s). The product dries pretty quickly so blending should take place as soon as you’ve swiped the brush on your eye! I did find if I applied a second coat on top of a dry coat it didn’t cause any flaking or smudging which was great!

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These are definately worth heading to Sephora to have a look at. Honestly, it’s probably the easiest liquid/cream shadow I’ve ever worked with. If you read my blog daily you might know I really hate cream shadows but lately I’ve found some great ones and this is turning into a great one! These are $16 USD each and sadly only available in six shades at the moment! Let’s hope they extend the line and add a few more color selections!

The colors I got were Rose Electron which is a soft rose pink and Beige Metallique which is a beautiful, neutral beige with tiny hints of gold!

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Ok so here’s some Face of the Day pics using both colors! Hopefully you aren’t too tired of my mug! I just think it’s cool to do the review with FOTD’s because you can see how the product looks on!

I think you can see how well the eyeshadow morphs in this photo! See how it looks pale pink in the middle of my lid and grows darker on the outer lid?
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If you’re loving my blush do catch my article on Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Powder Blush! They are my latest obsession!

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All in all I think these cute little shadows are worth a look at! I’m going to go ahead and slap them with a big Muse Approval for purchase! The Muse likey!

Have these?

Want ‘em?

Do tell the Muse! I’m listening!

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Discover my hate for Bourjois Paris Clubbing Mascara by clicking here!

Enjoy my raves for Bourjois Paris Minis by visiting here!

Click here to see more of the Bourjois Paris Summer Collection at the website!

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Etude House Moistfull Mask Review

I love Asian brands.

Here in the US we aren’t privy to many popular products available within various Asian countries such as Japan and Korea. One such product that isn’t as popular here as it is abroad are facial masks. Face masks are a very popular item that come in a number of different formulas and are available from many popular brands such as Kose, Kanebo, and in the case of my review, Etude House.

What exactly is a face mask?

I think here in the US we are pretty much conditioned to associate a face mask with something you’d get in a tube. Something you’d apply and either peel off, scrub off, or wash off. The most popular form of facial masks from Asia are actual masks! As in a mask with holes cut into it for your mouth and eyes. The masks are pre-soaked in different skin treatments such as whitening agents, lotions for dry skin, moisturizers for wrinkles, etc….different masks cater to different skin problems! Each mask is made of a linen like paper that is shaped and contoured to your face. You leave the mask on for anywhere from 5-10 minutes and allow the contents of the mask to sink into your face. It’s a beautifully relaxing experience that’s also very beneficial to your face. I’ve found masks are very helpful for my dry skin in the winter!

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You might recognize the brand Etude House if you’re from Korea or you might remember it from a blog entry I did recently! Etude House makes a line of skincare entitled Moistfull. It’s a rather wonderful line of product with a nice, inexpensive price tag!

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I’m particularly in love with the masks! The masks are packed full of a moisturizing lotion that makes your skin feel positively spoiled for 5 to 10 minutes with long term benefits! The mask is heavily saturated with a combination of lotion and serum that will make any dry, flaky patches on your face disappear!

I can’t begin to describe to you how amazing the mask feels when it’s on and how wonderful your skin feels after use! The mask fits perfectly over your face and I adore how it contours the shape of my under eye perfectly. Why is that important? This is the perfect solution for getting more moisture under my very dry eyes!

After 10 minutes of leaving the mask on my skin feels cool, refreshed, wonderfully soft, and moisturized! I normally do this treatment before bed while reading a few chapters of a book. The best part is when I wake up in the morning my face is literally glowing and I feel like I can go without makeup!

Etude House Moistfull Facial Masks definately get a hearty Muse Approval for purchase if you can find them! But fear not if you’re unable to locate them you can always use any number of the facial masks available from different brands such as Kose, Kanebo, Sofina, and more!

Facial Masks are a wonderful, and for me, essential part of good skin care!

Do you use facial masks?

What are you favorite brands?

Tell the Muse!

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Majorca Majolica Summer Collection 2008: Review with FOTD

Majorca Majolica’s early Summer Collection is a small release of some very nice products. This release brings a new mascara entitled Lash Heat Metallic which is a burnt orange color, a shimmering metallic powder in gold, and some nail polishes. I purchased the powder and the mascara and left the nail polishes.

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The powder is a similar affair to the Holiday release and is entitled Powder Metallic Heat which is fitting as it’s a gold shimmering powder where as the Holiday release was a sparkling white. The packaging is identical to the previous release which is a small container with lid and a powder puff. The color does appear gold but has hints of bronzy orange to it as well. I personally don’t think it’s pigmented enough to use alone but more for use as a highlighter. You can use it for a variety of purposes such as on your eyes, body, or face. It’s very pretty and I’m happy to have it to add to my MJ Collection.

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The mascara is a gorgeous shimmering metallic burnt orange with hints of gold sparkle and is entitled Lash Heat Metallic. It’s beautiful on and very flattering with both gold and orange eyeshadows. I decided to pair it up with gold and orange as pictured in the ad for the Summer release.

I used the mascara by itself but I believe it works best when combined with your normal mascara. First apply a coat of black mascara and finish with an overcoat of the Lash Heat Metallic. I find when applying a base it emphasizes the color of the Lash Heat Metallic beautifully and you end up with gorgeous orange/gold shimmering lashes! This is the 2nd release of a colored mascara from Majolica Majorca. Last Summer MJ released a deep true blue mascara overcoat that was deliciously bright and bold!

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Both the powder and mascara are beautiful additions to your Summer cosmetic collections and well worth adding to your shopping list! I really love this collection! A palette in golds and oranges would have been brilliant to go along with the powder and mascara.

I paid the original price for the mascara and powder which was 1200 yen and 1400 yen. This is respectively about $12 and $14 USD. I’ve seen the prices range for about $5-6 or more on top of retail on online shops. You can see my Guide to Japanese Shopping for further information about purchasing these products online.

What I Used:

Eyes
Majorca Majolica Lash Heat Metallic
MAC Eyeshadow in Firespot
Majorca Majolica Frozen Splash Eyes in GD 821

Lips
Majorca Majolica Hydrating Lipgloss in OR317

Face
Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Powder Blush in SundayGirl

I tried to do a really close up image so you can see the Lash Heat Metallic on!

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Lash Heat Metallic and Powder Heat Metallic are both Muse Approved for purchase!

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Read more about the Majorca Majolica Summer Collection by clicking here!

Click here to see my collection of Majorca Majolica Mascaras including the Holiday Release and last Summer’s blue overcoat!

Click here to read my review of Majorca Majolica’s Spring Collection!

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Japanese Summer Cosmetic Collection 2008: Week in Review Coming Soon!

A lovely, lovely, lovely friend of mine did a bit of shopping for me in Japan last week which means I’ll be bringing you a week in review of some great Japanese Cosmetics from the Summer Collections!

Here’s a sneak peak:

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Excited? I am! Can’t wait to dig in!

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To keep you occupied until next week how about revisiting some of my posts for the Spring Collections from Japan this year?

Click here to read my review on the Paul and Joe X Disney Spring Collection!

Click here
to read my review on the Lavshuca Spring Collection including the new Noble On Eye Palettes!

Click here to read my review on the Majolica Majorca Spring Collection!

Click here to read my review on Ettusais Glitter Princess Spring Collection!

Click here to read my review on the KATE Spring Collection!

Want more? Click through all my Spring reviews by locating the drop down menu of Spring Collections on the right hand side of my blog!

Happy Reading!

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