Beauty Abroad

Lavshuca Fall Collection 2008

I’m not sure if I should be relieved or disappointed that most of the Japanese Fall Collections are turning out to be a snore this year.

One collection in particular that’s a devastating disappointment is Lavshuca’s Fall Collection. Yet again Lavshuca decided to revamp it’s eye shadow palettes with an array of rather boring shades. I thought I had all I could take with the Lavshuca Noble On palettes released for Spring but now I have another weak assemble of strange duo shadow palettes to contend with.

I feel like Lavshuca is trying just a little too hard lately. The original palettes released were such a gorgeous array of shimmering shades that just worked but lately each new design and color releases seem to be rushed with little thought. The only redeeming collection from Lavshuca in a while now would be the Summer palettes which I will be reviewing shortly.

These shades just look strange to my eye and I’m debating with myself fiercely whether I should be indulging or not. Sometimes cosmetics remind me of a great author. I’m a big reader and I love many fine authors. I find myself buying a new book release from an author that I know has long since lost it in the hopes of gathering that special feeling I felt the first time I read a book by that writer. And so it goes for cosmetics as well! For the sake of collecting I find myself picking up various pieces from collections even though I know they won’t be as great as they were the first time I was lured in by their brilliance.

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Original Lavshuca Palette
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Newer Palette Design
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Newest Palette Design
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In this case I’m wondering if I’ve learned my lessons when I purchased all the Lavshuca Noble On palette releases!

These could very well turn out to be amazingly good but for once I think I’ll sit back and wait for a review prior to being the “first kid on the block” to purchase them!

I’ll keep hope alive that the Lavshuca Winter/Holiday releases hold a special magic that the Fall releases have failed to give me!

Want these?

Hopeful they’ll be great?

Skipping completely?

What are your favorite Lavshuca items?

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Click here to view my review on the Lavshuca Spring 2008 Collection featuring the Noble On palettes!

Get a sneak peek of the Lavshuca Summer 2008 palettes that I’ll be reviewing soon!

Check out the Lavshuca Winter Make palettes from the Holiday Collection!

Kick back and watch some MuseTV with a Spotlight on Lavshuca Cosmetics!

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Coffret D’Or On Sale!

BoBoDave has a few steals and deals on Coffret D’Or’s original release collection. The prices are about $3-$4 higher than what you’d pay in drugstores but still much better in comparison to some sites that charge $10 or more on top of retail.

In particular the 3D Lightening Shine Eyes caught my eye for the reasonable price. Of course this doesn’t include shipping but still not a bad deal at all either considering that Ichibankao charges $44 USD per a palette!

3D Lightening Shine Eyes HK $180
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This is a private sale available via e-mail only however you got your dear old Muse here to share it with you!

In order to take advantage of these sales you simply have to e-mail a list of the items you’d like to the following address [email protected]

After that they will invoice you for your purchases and after payment they will ship. I’ve ordered from BoBodave about 5-6 times or more and always had a good experience with the customer service and fast shipping times however I have read many poor reviews as well but I’ve personally never experienced any problems with them!

Other items on sale:

Coffret D’Or Foundation HK $200
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Coffret D’Or Full Styling Rouge HK $176
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I don’t have any reviews on Coffret D’Or sadly as I am still in mourning over my beloved T’estimo so I haven’t really delved into the delightful world of Coffret D’Or quite yet. However, do click around below to find out why I’m missing T’estimo so much!

Happy Shopping!

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Click here to see why I was raving about the T’estimo Fall Collection for 2007!

Read more ravings about the T’estimo Spring Collection for 2007!

Click here to read a brief introduction to Japanese Cosmetics featuring T’estimo!

Read why I love T’estimo’s Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush!

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Bourjois Paris 10 Hour Sleep Effect

Laura, my little shopping angel, from across the pond has done the Muse a big service yet again and sent me over some Bourjois Paris 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation.

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Thanks Laura the Muse hearts you! I’ve come to one of two conclusions. Laura either owns her own private jet or she has wings. She mailed the package on June 19th and it was in my mailbox less than 4 days later! Damn that’s some seriously quick airmail!

Gorgeous cards from Laura are happily littering my desk and fridge! *Mwah* Thanks Laura!
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Anyway!

Since Bourjois Paris refuses to gift our lowly country with good cosmetics I must depend on the help of beautiful English people to get me what I need. Like Hi-Tech Rouge, 10 Hour Sleep Effect has not yet hit our shores. For shame! And the way things are going I fear they never will……….

Honestly, I can’t recall a time when Bourjois Paris had ever had a liquid foundation available here have you? Maybe I have to think back really far hmmmm…..Well maybe as they do have the Matt Lovely Foundation but aside from that….Nope can’t think of anything else!

10 Hour Sleep Effect is one of two liquid foundations Bourjois Paris has available within the UK at the moment the other one being Reboosting Collagen Foundation. Both make mighty claims of evening out our dull, uneven skin tone, covering dark circles with a single stroke, and making us look flawless and gorgeous.

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Well the fact of the matter is they can claim all this and more but until I try it I won’t believe it.

Which is where Laura comes into play. She was kind enough to head on down to her local Boots and pick me up the Bourjois Paris 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation although the Reboosting Collagen Foundation seemed interesting enough the appeal of 10 hours of sleep in a simple pump sounded much more desirable plus I’m not yet sporting any fine lines on my face so it seemed like the more logical choice of the two.

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It’s a very fluffy, soft, light foundation that gives excellent coverage while evening out skin tone and giving your face a beautiful flawless finish.

Can you believe it?

It’s true!

Did that sound too much like a commercial? Oops sorry!

It’s actually a very flattering and interesting foundation. Although the color is a strange light peach shade it actually does blends smoothly in and gives a wake up call to your skin! I was shocked how well it worked on my medium-fair skin!

I got the lightest shade available but it does come in a variety of colors to suit most skin types. Although the peachy look of the foundation had me wondering how well it would work on my skin tone turns out I had naught to worry about because it does wonderfully well at providing decent coverage while waking up my dull skin.

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My skin normally goes dull in the Summer months due to a variety of reasons including the sun, weather, etc…..I’m always seeking a lighter foundation in during the warm weather and this is perfect. The formula is very light yet moisturizing enough for the dry spots on my face. It has a lovely, light fragrance and it comes in a wonderful little pump bottle which gives just the right amount of product when pressed!

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I think it’s safe to say this could be called a bit of a Budget Beauty find as it’s under $20 USD or so. I don’t think you can get a cheaper foundation that actually works well for a better price.

I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re seeking a heavy, pigmented foundation as it’s more of a sheer, buildable coverage that gives skin a glowy look while creating a smooth, flawless foundation for your makeup.

Another words if you have major flaws to cover this probably won’t be something you want to shell out for! However, if you do like a light coverage that’s both moisturizing and offers light to medium coverage this is definately worth your time.

I’m slapping a hearty Muse Approval on it because I’m loving it at the moment! I like the finish of my face after use, I like how long wearing it is, I’m loving how it wakes up my dull skin and gives me a just scrubbed my face look, and I love the nice, inexpensive price tag!

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The Muse says it’s worth having a look at!

Have it already?

Love it?

Want to try it?

Tell me!

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Discover more light Summer coverage by clicking through some of my past reviews!

Click here to discover why I love Too Faced Magic Wand Illuminating Foundation!

Discover the healthy, flawless finish I achieved using Peter Thomas Roth’s Un-Wrinkle Foundation Powder!

Want more Bourjois Paris?

Click here to read my recent review of Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech Lip Stain!

Read about the Bourjois Paris Fall Release from last year by clicking through my Fall Roundup post!

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Sephora Sale Haul

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I hit some major sales at Sephora yesterday on the way home from work. Although I’m not a big lover of Napoleon Perdis I couldn’t resist the prices on some of the stuff so I ended up hauling items I wouldn’t normally go after. Expect either some ranting or raving reviews on the Napoleon Perdis line shortly!

I did get some Eye Patrol eye shadows which I fell in love with a while back ago! At $10 USD each these were a steal!

I also got some Bourjois Paris which are being phased out of the Sephora line up and are currently drastically reduced in price.

I’ll be showing you more of the items I scored in my next few posts so be on the look out!

Head on over to your local Sephora now to haul some Bourjois Paris, Napoleon Perdis, and a few other selected items are on sale!

Have you hit any Sephora sales lately?

Whatcha get?

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Feed your greed for cosmetics by checking out some past haul posts!

Click here to view my Beauty on a Budget Week haulage!

Check out my Fall Haul of Japanese goodies from last year!

Click here to see a few Japanese skincare items and cosmetics I had hauled from Bobodave!

Check out my Kawaii haul of storage by clicking here!

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Gransenbon Pore Cover Veil

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Grasenbon has introduced a new Pore Cover Veil that sports an SPF of 25 as part of it’s late Summer releases. Although I do not have large pores I am very interested in this as a pre-foundation prep plus the benefits of such a high SPF sound wonderful.

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The formula contains light reflecting pigments to give the illusion of smaller pores. The veil is perfect for use as a prep or on it’s own!

I think I’ll be purchasing this for a test run!

Want it?

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Which product do you use to prep your skin?

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