I’ve forsaken Shu!
Bad Muse, Bad!
Although I simply adore Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils I recently cheated on them with Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil….what….Jill Stuart is way more girly and kawaii looking! Can’t help a girl for wanting to indulge!
After careful weighting in of my obscene collection of cleansing oils, both cheap and inexpensive, I deem Jill Stuart the best cleansing oil I ever did try!
I’ve been using this for a few months now and I see myself quickly replacing it with a new bottle as soon as I’m done. At around 2,800 yen per 200ML it’s actually not badly priced when compared to other costly brands I’ve tried such as Shu and RMK. Granted it’s not budget priced but it does exactly what it says it does, while having beautiful packaging, and smelling nice!’
What more could a girl want?
The cleansing oil works in a similiar fashion as all good cleansing oils. Simply pump two or three squirts into your dry hands and apply to dry skin by slowly massaging in to break up makeup, rinse with warm or cool water, and Bob’s your Uncle! Your face is left beautifully moist and makeup free!
Now any good cleansing can do this for you however it’s rare I’ve come across such a sweet smelling cleanser or one that washes away so well without leaving bit of a residue behind. Almost all cleansing oils I’ve tried always have a teeny tiny bit of a residue that I have to use toner to get off afterwards however Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil washes clean the first time! Aside from RMK which carries a cool, minty fragrance, Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil also happens to be the first of it’s kind that carries a delightfully fruity, sweet smell. I know many of you dislike scented skincare but I personally love it especially when it carries such a flattering scent as this.
Although the bottle is plastic it still manages to keep a nice elegant feel to it and it looks rather lovely on my bathroom vanity sitting with my other pretty bits and bobs!
Maybe I’m bias because it’s pink or maybe because it smells so pretty! Whatever the reason I’m currently loving Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil and making it my holy grail cleansing oil from now on!
The Muse likey and suggests picking one up online if you can find it at a decent price! Do see my Japanese Cosmetic Buying Guide to see if you can locate Jill Stuart Cleansing Online for a good price!
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Jill Stuart Perfume Review
Jill Stuart Holiday 2007 Review
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Shu Uemura White Recovery Ex Cleansing Oil Review
Mandom Cleansing Express Moist Cleansing Lotion Review
Remember when I reviewed the very popular Paul & Joe Disney X Collection back in the Spring?
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GREAT news if you were loving the collection but didn’t have the means or the way to get it when it was released in Japan!
It’s coming to the US and making it’s debut this November!
Isn’t that fantastic?
You’ll be able to purchase the entire line up in November at your local Paul & Joe location!
Keep checking the Paul & Joe US portal for more information and locations where the collection will be available for purchase!
Further information about the collection guys!
It is available as of November at Bergdorf, you may want to call ahead and see if they have a list as I predict it’ll sale out very, very, very quickly. Here’s the number: 1-800-558-1855
The pricing on the items is about the same as when it was available in Japan just a shade cheaper by $3-$4 which is great news as the pieces are priced to own in my humblest opinion!
Pricing is as follows:
Face Color-$36 USD Each
Milky Lip Treatment-$18 USD
Protective Hand Cream-$24 USD
Since I already own the collection, I’ll go ahead and Muse Approve it for purchase! You must grab this one when it becomes available, you won’t be sorry!
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Spring Collection 2008: Paul & Joe Disney X
Paul & Joe Disney X Review and First Impressions
This slipped passed me but Love Clover has updated it’s site with the new Popchu Gloss! Looks like the site was updated on the 16th of September but the Muse doesn’t visit Love Clover’s site that much as she isn’t the biggest fan of their line.
Tis love for the Muse….*dreamy sigh*
Love Clover Popchu gloss comes in three shades which are Champagne Clear, Vanilla Beige, and Strawberry Pink. The Muse will be picking up Strawberry Pink for sure. I’d like all three to be honest but I just have a ridiculous amount of gloss to get through right now so one is plenty!
I have a feeling these will have a similiar texture to Makemania Curvy Lip Silicon Gloss which is actually a branch off of B&C Labs who also put out Love Clover. Curvy Lip Silicon Gloss is a holy grail gloss for the Muse however I know a few readers who dashed out to try it after I mentioned it at Musings and hated it. I personally love the ooey, goey mess and I’m hopeful Popchu Gloss is equally as fabulous!
The glosses have the typical spatula applicator most Japanese glosses have which is always an added plus for the Muse as this style applicator allows you to layer on gloss beautifully well! Sounds unconventional but works a treat! I wish more Western brands would embrace this awesome applicator! Get this, brace yourself, I believe these are flavored or at the least scented. Japanese glosses are not normally flavored so it’s always thrilling to have ones that are! I heart flavored glosses!
Each gloss is 1,260 yen but I’ve seen them crop up online ranging from $15-$19 USD. Whether they are worth the price jack remains to be seen! I’ll hopefully be reviewing these for you shortly so we’ll see if they are worth checking out!
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Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip Review
Summer Collection 2008: Aube Gloss Frutina Review
Round Up: Aube Gloss Frutina
I wanted to address G-Market today in a post since I get many, many, many e-mails asking me about it, have I ever used it, what’s it like, how do I use it, etc….
Instead of the hassle of going through 200 or more e-mails on the topic I thought a post would be appropriate in answering the questions I get daily about it.
I’ve been collecting Korean Cosmetics for about a two years, possibly a year and a half, unsure exactly when I started. I get asked daily where I get my Korean makeup and the answer is I have a friend who lives in Seoul (the largest city and capital of South Korean) who ships me over random items that I ask her to purchase for me.
I have not seen anyone else aside from E-bay and Gmarket who sell Korean Cosmetics. I haven’t really seen many stores in Manhattan either that carry Korean makeup but maybe I am looking in the wrong locations. If I do come across a shop that carry the lines they are normally very out of date items.
If you live within a heavily populated Asian community you my be lucky enough to have a few Japanese, Korean, Chinese specialty shops that carry cosmetics from abroad.
If you’re unfamiliar with Gmarket allow me to briefly explain.
Gmarket is much like E-bay however instead of bidding on items you are purchasing them out right for buy it now prices. All items are priced extremely low and as close to retail as anything I’ve seen on the Internet and many popular brands I’ve discussed at Musings such as Etude House, Banila Co, VOV, etc…can be located at retail prices on Gmarket.
Even though Gmarket prices are amazing I have some rants about the service which is why I do not recommend using it unless you have a ton of cash to spare.
I’ve tried Gmarket twice and have noticed a few problems with the service and they are as follows:
Virtually no Customer Service at all.
During my first order I had some confusion of whether the funds I sent over actually went through so I decided to shoot over an inquiry about my order. This was 3 months ago and still they have not replied. Lucky enough the order arrived safely but having my money hang out in limbo while no one replies stinks.
No English speaking reps or members.
I don’t believe anyone that works for Gmarket or anyone who is a registered member that is selling speaks in English. I’ve successfully contacted a seller when asking a question only to receive a reply in Korean. This wasn’t a problem as I had someone translate it for me however if you’re virtually clueless about the Korean language this can be frustrating. This leads me to believe that the reps that work at Gmarket, run Gmarket, Etc…do not speak English either. Although Gmarket has a English sub-site I don’t believe anyone technically speaks English.
Shipping Prices are obscene at first glance!
Now shipping via Gmarket is fairly reasonable however as you add items into your cart from other sellers or even one particular seller the price goes up and up and up and up! This figure is a set estimate and you’ll later receive a credit on the shipping amount however it’s ridiculous having to set out $40, $60, or more dollars when you have 8-10 items in your cart! As mentioned you do get a credit however that credit is not put back into your Paypal account it’s set as G-Cash for spending on Gmarket. If you so choose you can transfer it back to Paypal but it won’t be worth it as they deduct a considerable amount in fees to do this!
Shipping, Paypal, and Other Woes….
Gmarket ships fairly quickly however the interface on Gmarket has a huge learning curve and I don’t think, after using it twice so far for orders, I even understand how it works! Figuring out where my money is, where my order is, when it shipped, how to track it, etc…is like brain surgery! The site isn’t user friendly in my opinion! Now when paying via Paypal can be quite a bit of a nail biting experience as waiting for the funds to go through, etc…makes me slightly nervous as my Paypal sits in limbo for 2-3 days. On top of this waiting for your credit back, for shipping, takes a fair few days. I just get a tad bit nervous when my money is sitting around and not doing anything!
All in all I currently avoid Gmarket like the plague and do all my Korean Cosmetics via CP purchases from my friend. If I can’t get items from her I tend to look around E-bay and see what pops up cheap! I don’t recommend using Gmarket if you get antsy about your money the way I do. I also don’t recommend it because of the silly estimated shipping fee problem!
The Muse suggests asking around MUA or on Asian based Forums for a CP. Be friendly, make a friend, and I’m positive they’ll be happy to help you get what you need from Korea! Don’t forget to offer to return the favor!
Hope this answers all your questions about Gmarket!
If you have further questions, ask away in comment field!
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A Guide to Shopping for Japanese Cosmetics
JPMon Ordering Tutorial
Indonesian Cosmetic Brands
I absolutely love staining my lips and cheeks! Stains work so well at giving a natural, flushed looks to both lips and cheeks.
I’m particularly partial to staining my lips prior to gloss as it gives that extra pop to gloss! One of my very favorite products for staining my lips was from Bourjois Paris and came in a pen applicator! I was so sad they stopped carrying these soon after their original release.
I’ve since been through a slew of stains but I’ve located a new favorite when I recently purchased Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou!
Etude House 55 Kissful Tint Chou is available in four shades which are a pink, red, orange, and sheer pink.
I tried the red shade only but I’ll be going back shortly for more colors as it’s a very good stain. The stain comes in a cute little tube with squeeze applicator. Dab a small amount on your finger and smooth on or apply directly from the tube. The formula is a silicon like texture that smooths on dry and leaves behind a pinch of color bringing blah lips to life with a beautiful flush of red! This is beautiful with or without gloss! I like the interesting texture as although it’s a gel formula it still feels rather dry when applied which makes it ideal for lips as it doesn’t apply in a streaky mess! The stain lasts for a good four hours or so before fading even when drinking or eating which is great as all I have to do is touch up my gloss and go as my lips are already nicely flushed with color!
As you can see below the color choice I made was quite red however I thought it looked quite natural on and not scary or kool-aid like in appearance. My lips are quite red already however this enhances the natural color of my lips!
I really liked this one and it’s one of Etude House’s better items. It also happens to be extremely cheap at $4 USD. I paid retail price as I have a friend in Korea who purchased it for me however I’ve seen it on E-bay ranging from $9.99-$12.99 USD and I think it’s well worth that price even though the tube is tiny!
I’m Muse Approving this one! Definately loves it!
Do you stain your lips?
How about your cheeks?
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The Muse Appears in Etude House’s Newsletter
Etude House Plumping Lip Tint Review
Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review
Etude House Lash Designing Vitcara Mascara Review