Beauty Abroad

Next Week: MuseTV Presents A Week of Video Blogging

Next week I’ll be doing a spotlight on Japanese Brand cosmetics for the week you’ll see a new video each day starting Monday and ending on Friday.

I get many questions in regards to Japanese Brands and I thought I’d spotlight some different brands for you to view close up. I’ll be doing impressions of the products, reviews, pictures, and of course the video that goes along with it.

In preparation for the week in video I made this one in explanation of why MuseTV has been out of commission for a month or more!

Note: The video on Jill Stuart will be on display for your viewing pleasure on Monday! Check back!

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Latest Japanese Haul

The Muse went a little crazy and ordered a few new Japanese goodies!

Here’s her latest haul from the west end of the world:
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T’estimo Gift Set
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I’ve no idea how old this gift set is but it could be Christmas last year! After hearing the tale of T’estimo demise I went into mourning and soon after decided to make it my business to collect what remaining T’estimo I don’t already own and stash it away in my collection before it was gone for good!

This nifty little kit contained two mini lipsticks and two cream eyeshadows in pink and gold colors! Overall it was quite a cute gift set and I’m thrilled to own it!

Shiseido as we know it here, in the US, is not a cheap brand of cosmetic. It’s a high end of make-up that is purchased in posh shops. Shiseido is on a different sphere in Japan and how the Japanese know the brand. Shiseido is well known for not only expensive designer cosmetics in Japan but also cheaper drugstore brands such as Majorca Majolica, Maquillage, Etc… Shiseido has some amazingly inexpensive and fabulous branch offs in Japan that are not available in the states or Europe. Some of these brands are my truest love. The following are a new line, for me, that I came across. It’s a very inexpensive brand of cosmetic that Shiseido has out and quite nice for such a low end brand of make-up!

Update: With a little help from your friends you can find just what you need! The website for this cheesy little brand can be found here: http://www.kesho-wakusei.com/lineup/makeup/index.htm Thanks so much to Flecks for the information!

Trio Palette
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These palettes slide open to reveal two shadows and a glittering lipgloss. Not the best palette in the world but quite cute for a casual, minimal make-up look!

Loose Powder Blushes
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I got two of these loose powder blushes. The pink is ultra sheer but does give a bit of a wash of color! The white is gorgeous and pretty pigmented, I probably won’t use it much on my cheeks but it will make a great base for shadows! Plenty of shimmer in the white too! The Muse likes shimmer!

Dual Contouring Blushes/Highlighters
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Interesting blushes. One in glittering white and one in gold. Ok in the pigment department but does hold a nice glitter content, good for contouring or highlighting your face. One side holds a shimmering side and the other a matte side. Overall I’m pretty happy with these and I’m eager to try them out for size!

Pinkolors Palette
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I’ve never seen this brand before and it’s brand new to my eyes. I’ve searched but I haven’t found a word about Pinkolors on the internet aside from some auctions selling it! This was a last minute purchase due to the cute packaging design! The colors in the palette are pretty nice but sheer. Good for a casual make-up day or using them as a base for a more vibrant shade!

All in all some interesting little tidbits in this haul!

Enjoy the pics and first impressions!

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Clio Blushes

You might remember a few months ago I had gotten some Clio Eyeshadows that I really liked.

I was dead curious about the entire line so I googled a little and came across the website for Clio. Upon viewing the website I fell in love with just about everything the line offers as the items are so damn cute!

Of course when it’s cute that normally means it’s some sort of Asian cosmetic that the Muse will have a hard time getting her hands on! *sad sigh*

Lucky enough the Muse happens to have friends in high places (sort of, kinda) and she ended up nabbing two of the Clio Blushes that were extremely difficult to locate here in the US!

I must say these are everything the Muse wants in a MAC Skinfinish! They are silky, smooth, and pigmented! MAC Skinfinish are amazing but I’d love a bit more color to some of them, that, is in fact, where Clio picks up the bag. Clio Blushes give a gorgeous wash of color on the cheeks that looks amazingly natural and just downright pretty! The brushes they come with are very soft, no shedding, and nicely rounded and large for good coverage!

I ended up getting two of these FINE blushes and I wish I could have gotten the other colors! If you have access do pick up a few of these as they are fantastic!

I love the Clio eyeshadows I’ve purchased prior to this but I must say they out did themselves on the blushes!

Bravo!

Now..solving the problem of locating Clio stateside…hmmmmmmm……….

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Anna Sui Royal Romp Pressed Powder M

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An angel happened to help the Muse out in purchasing some of her recent lemmings for Anna Sui goodies!

Upon seeing the new Royal Romp collection from Anna Sui on the Japan site the Muse swooned in delight!

The entire collection is quite delightful but the thing that whispered to the Muse’s delicate little ears was the Pressed Powder M!

Magical Pressed Powder to enhance my complexion! Oh my!

The design on these delicate compacts is lovely gothic black and purple colors with a silver and purple butterfly emblem on top! Inside the powder has a slight shimmer to it and a purple puff that carries the strong, sweet, gorgeous scent of roses! Tre Chic!

I’m quite pleased with these powders! It’s just the right amount of shimmer that you aren’t over doing a look. The texture is soft and perfect in all ways! And how cute to whip this out of your bag for quick touch ups right?

The colors available are a pale pink/white (01), a beige/peach (02), and a darker pink (03).

The Muse ended up going with 01 and 03 as 02 didn’t appeal to her.

Overall these are a fantastic little find from the Royal Romp Collection and worth a peek or a purchase! They are limited edition so get ‘em while to getting is good icon wink

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T’estimo’s Demise, Coffret D’Or Uprise!

If you’re as much a fan as Japanese cosmetics as I am you’ll know that Kanebo is cutting T’estimo from it’s main line up and replacing it with a new line entitled Coffret D’Or.

I’m mourning T’estimo in a major way! If you’d like a sneak peak at Coffret D’Or do head on over to my good friend Iris’s blog to see some great pics of the new line!

The new line does look interesting enough but I’m still not completely convinced!

Fellow Japanese cosmetics addicts what’s your take?

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