Beauty Abroad

Images of Spring in Japan Part 2

The Muse’s mate Betsy has shared some wonderful images of her Spring Haul again with the Muse!

You can see the previous palettes that Betsy has purchased for Spring by clicking here!

I’m totally lemming the new Lunasol palettes after seeing the pictures she sent me so gorgeous! The Magie Deco are so pricey but obviously worth the bucks as look at how beautiful these are!

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Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008 First Impressions

I’m positive many of you will be hyper and happy about this entry as I know quite a majority of my readers are big Lavshuca fans (as am I!).

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I was excited and disappointed with the Spring releases as the colors ended up being very dark and dull. My excitement at the release of new palettes was definately high however my first glimpse left me feeling rather crestfallen with the color selection being so very “un-Spring” like!

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The current palettes, entitled Noble On Eyes, have evolved yet again and although they remain familiar in size they differ in small ways from the standard Grade Eye Select Palettes in the general catalog.

I was in high debate if I wanted any of this collection but as I am such a mush I gave into temptation and got all five palettes released and three of the new lipshades!

A few of the differences that I took note of were the fact that the palette now consists of three colors instead of the standard four shades, the applicator is no longer a dual tipped sponge, it now has a brush on one end and a sponge liner brush on the other side, and the packaging of the palette is slightly different in color and design. The new packaging carries a floral cut along the outer edge all the way around and the color went from pinkish purple to a dark purplish pink.

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Most shocking is the fact that each of these palettes appear to carry all the same dark base colors while leaving us with one vibrant shade for our lid! Le Sigh! How very boring!

However, the good news is that each has a bit of a lighter or darker shade to it so really even though they appear the same they have little tiny differences! Still disappointing none the less but at least it’s not a total loss that I have five palettes with the exact same colors!

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The palettes come in a pink, blue, green, orange, and tan variation. To create your look with these you’ll be using the lightest shade (on the bottom left corner) on your highbrow as a highlighter and also as a liner for your bottom lash line. You’ll use the middle color on your crease and the dark shade (upper right hand) as a liner. This is basically what I can glean from the diagram. Hmm. Sounds interesting!? I guess it’s best we use our imaginations while applying and see what we can do with such wonky colors!

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From what I can see BR1 and BG1 carry the same base colors while the middle color is different! PK1 may look dark but actually the lower left hand corner color appears to be a very sandy pink color to my eyes! GN1′s lower color is a golden sheen while OR1 is a sandy beige.

The upper color is mostly the same in three out of five of the palettes. OR1, BG1, and BR1 appear the be the same while GN1 is a lighter variation and PK1 is the lightest in the lot!

So even though they appear to carry the same colors they are very slightly different from each other aside from BR1 and BG1.

The Spring Collection happened to bring a new color release for the Grade Color Select palettes which I didn’t get as it was blacks and grays and I have plenty of each. Sadly, no new colors for the Grade Eye Select which may mean they are phasing them out of the catalog. I hope not as they are actually my favorite! We shall see what Summer brings!

It deserves to be mentioned that color pay off is what you make of it. A lighter hand will get you a beautiful natural look while a heavier hand that’s packing on color with leave you with a more bolder, vibrant look. Lavshuca shadows have good pigment to them and with a little work you can create a lovely eye with them!

I used BG1 this morning and sadly it came out a complete mess to me. Working the darker browns with the lighter aqua shade in the palette was difficult at best. The completed look, to me, appears very washed out and just ugly. I’m really not loving how these combine! Although they look great on Puffy in the promo images I am unable to prefect the same look. Using the darkest shade to line the aqua just made it a mess so I ended up removing it and tried applying the darker shade to my lid while highlighting with the aqua, again I got crummy results. I somehow ended up with the lightest shade highlighting my highbrow, the aqua all over my crease and lid, and the darkest shade applied lightly on my lid and lining my upper lashline! After all this drama I think it came out crap! Maybe I was rushing too much this morning so I can’t give these a totally bad review yet! I have to test a bit more to make my final decision.

With the palettes they also introduced a brand new lipstick entitled Rouge Essence Bar. To me it’s basically the same old standard lipsticks but in keeping with the current theme they just packaged it different. However, the formula for these does appear creamier and less gritty then the original lipshades. I find the old lipshades had glitter in them and weren’t as flawless to apply as these are plus they had a bit of a gritty feel to them! These are very moisturizing and creamy and have excellent color payoff and indeed they do have a touch of shimmer! I think I may want a few more of these! I ended up purchasing three colors.

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Evolution of Lavshuca’s Lipstick
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I’ll be uploading my FOTD later today so you can see one of the palettes in action! I’m not particularly thrilled with these to be honest and I think you can safely skip these if you’re unable to locate them at retail price. If you’re a collector or you can get these at retail they may very well be worth picking up. The lipsticks are a definite buy as I found them very good quality!

Overall, a little bit of a disappointing collection!

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Review: KATE’s Newest Gel Mascara

After much debate I decided to purchase some of KATE’s newest Spring Collection this season! One item that particularly caught my eye was the new Gel Mascara. I have the latest gel mascara that was released this winter but I decided I’d like to try out the new formula as curiosity got the best of me!

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I’ll be featuring some of KATE’s new palettes in an upcoming post but for now I’ll be reviewing the mascara for you!

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I’m not particularly sure if I love or hate the new formula so this is a bit of a mixed review. First of all one of the most surprising factors of the new mascara is the applicator. This doesn’t have the standard brush applicator, in it’s place we have a new short comb applicator. To me it just looks like a stick with little ridges set into it. It’s in no way like the standard MJ Lash Extender comb applicator it’s far slimmer.

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The good news is if you’re Asian and your lashes are very tiny this may very well be your ideal mascara as the applicator has a special knack for pulling lashes out and forward for beautiful volume! I purchased one of these mascara’s for my sister as she was curious about the original gel formula and this really works well on her minuscule lashes! She has really tiny baby lashes and the applicator worked them out and up very well!

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New vs Old (KATE’s new applicator featured on top while KATE’s old standard brush applicator is shown on the bottom)
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The applicator also works well at capturing lashes in the inner corner of the eye. The lashes in my inner eye are always difficult to get at but this fits right in and takes them from limp to fab!

The texture is the same as the original gel mascara to me but maybe a little bit lighter. If you’ve never tried the original formula it basically a very light texture that feels very natural on!

I’ve found a lighter hand is best when applying as I did notice it was clumping up a bit while applying. I think a combination of the applicator and the clumping turned me off slightly. I’m not particularly a fan of the new applicator unfortunately. I’m not entirely sure why I’m not loving it as I adore the Bare Escentuals brushless mascara which is almost the same concept as this plus I really love the old Kate Gel Mascara!

I think it’s an ok update to the line but I’m not quite at the stage where I can’t live without it. Slightly good news is that someone did comment in my Visee Aqua Shining Eyes FOTD (Click!) and asked if I had done something different with my lashes! So maybe, just maybe this is actually doing something good for my lashes!

I may feel differently after using this more but at the moment I’m undecided!

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Kiss Spring Collection 2008: Chocolatier Collection Review with FOTD

It’s that time of the year again kids!

It’s time for the newest Spring Collections that are popping up in stores since as early as the beginning of January!

Many beautiful products await my review this week and I have a ton of new items to review, discuss, and show you guys!

I’m going to launch my week of review with Kiss’s newest Spring Collection entitled Chocolatier which is a small, yet beautiful collection of goodies! I’m not sure you can call this an official Spring release as it only consists of a palette and two lipglosses however the quality more than makes up for the quantity! You can click here to read my original post about this line up!

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I originally thought I’d just want the Mocha Chocolate gloss but since my obsession with pink gloss has set in I decided to get both glosses (CLICK! to read about my need for pink gloss!).

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I’ll start my review off by setting in on the glosses! I was shocked to learn that these are flavored glosses as normally Japanese glosses are tasteless however these are flavored and beautifully so might I add! The pink gloss carries the beautiful flavor of strawberry ice cream while the brown gloss carries the flavor of Chocolate Mocha! Neither lacks an artificial taste or smell! They both taste wonderful and the smell is simply to die for, very much like the real thing! This flavor plays a redeeming role in my review since I’m not particularly a fan of the texture on these. The gloss is a bit tacky and sticky which is a deal breaker for me however since they smell and taste so wonderful I forgive the formula. I’m not thrilled with the way these apply either. I find they apply a bit streaky so you really have to layer it on to get good decent coverage! However, even though the formula stinks and the application is crummy once it’s on it looks rather great! This morning I wore the pink. I couldn’t wear it alone since it’s rather sheer however with a tiny bit of Stila Cherry Crush I found the color really looked great. The pink color really popped and although I’m not a fan of such a mod pink I thought it looked rather nice! Sadly, since I’m licking my lips constantly to taste it I’m not sure how long it’ll last on! The formula happens to be very thick and in the running with a MAC lipglass so it’s safe to say once you apply enough of this it should last you a few hours! Overall, I really do like these and I’m pleased to have purchased both!

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Strawberry
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Next up, our eye palette!

The eye palette has me yearning for brown mascara this morning as I used it. Why? Because brown mascara would have went so well with the beautiful shades of pink and brown! The shadows in this are a pale pink, a dark mauve pink, a sandy beige pink, and a deep chocolate brown liner. These are pigmented enough to create a beautiful, natural look! I have a few Kiss palettes but this could make it’s way onto my favorite list shortly! The colors aren’t exactly Spring but they are natural so it’s very user friendly for all the seasons! I’m particular fond of the beautiful smoked eye look that the chocolate liner creates. All four colors just work so have no fear that you’ll end up with a palette that leaves you puzzled or clueless how to use it. The colors just go together and work well to give you a perfect pink look with a lovely underlay of brown thus the name of the collection comes into play as it reminds me of a Strawberry Sundae with Chocolate syrup on top!

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To begin my application I used the pale pink shade as a wash of color over my entire eye area from upper brow area all the way to my lid! The diagram suggests applying this particular color on the center of your eye area so I paid special attention to apply it the middle of my lid as per the recommendation of the packaging however I did find that once I applied the deeper pink it washed out the pale color! After this I proceeded to use sandy beige color to highlight my high brown area taking care to blend downwards. After this I used the darkest pink shade on my lid and crease area and completed the look by applying the dark chocolate liner to my upper and lower lash line. I also used a bit of the palest pink on my bottom lash line to brighten up my eye area. I was very, very light with the chocolate brown on my bottom lash line since I find that brown shades on the lower part of my eye makes me appear a bit tired and washed out!

Overall, I really love the look the palette and the gloss created together!

To create the look below I simply used the Chocolatier Palette plus the Strawberry Gloss! I think brown mascara would have really made the look POP! but I only own black so I ended up using the new KATE Gel Mascara which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow for you! Apologies for all the photos but I was so in lust with the palette I ended up cam whoring big time!

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I highly recommend nabbing the entire collection for yourself as it’s a beautiful lot of goodies to have!

The Kiss Chocolatier Collection is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Laneige Spring Collection 2008: Snow Bloom

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Laneige’s Spring Collection has launched in Korea and is making it’s way across the Asian board. Most of the Laneige sites haven’t yet been updated with the new collection but it is out and available in Korea (lucky you if you live there!)!

It’s quite a beautiful collection!

Although, I want some of it I may refrain as I haven’t even dug into my Winter Collection from Laneige yet!

The collection consists of a loose powder, eyeshadow palette, and blush palette! The packaging is quite beautiful and I’m having a hard time not purchasing all of it!

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I’m not sure which Asian countries are getting the update aside from Korea and China. I’m also unsure what the import to Singapore will be and if available the price range as sadly Singapore gets hit with a bit of a price jack.

The Loose Powder 30,000 KRW (approximately $31-$33 USD or so). The blusher carries the same price tag while the eyeshadow palette is a big lower in price at 28,000 KRW (approximately $29-31 USD).

Expect to pay a raise of about $9 -$11 USD per item online. I’m noticing the powder popping up online for $39-40 USD and the blush and eyeshadow palettes at around the same.

Point makeup instructions are available on the Korean site if you want to know what was used on the model and how to achieve the look.

Overall, another beautiful offering from Laneige!

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