Beauty Abroad

Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes 2007

Yay! I got my Lavshuca Holiday Palettes today! These actually arrived I think Friday or Saturday but I was unable to collect them until today from the post office icon wink

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They are now in my greedy, sweaty little hands and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 01
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Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 02
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The palettes came in the cutest little gift box and if you happen to have a Japanese cosmetic lover in your life these would be the perfect gift!

They come packaged in separate parts. One part is the empty compact and the second part is your lipgloss, eyeshadow, and applicators. I assume that they package the parts separately for beautiful display reasons, it also keeps things nice and tidy during shipping, and finally it’s just good, old plain fun to put it all together into the compact yourself!

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The compact isn’t a hard shell it’s a durable cardboard which may sound worrying because you might be thinking this means it’s on the cheap and shoddy side. Fear not! The cardboard is quite sturdy and not cheap in the least. It’s covered in either a pink or gold foiling depending which color you end up purchasing with the lovely Lavshuca emblem on top.

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Inside there are two separate spots for the sponge eyeshadow applicator and lipbrush on either side with the eyeshadow and gloss smack in the middle. The Lavshuca emblem again graces the inside top of the palette.

I haven’t yet tried any of the colors but from what I can see the strip of eyeshadows are quite shimmery and gorgeous and I’m hoping it isn’t a spray of glitter but a sparkle straight to the core. You’ll also receive a sparkling lipgloss and a matte lipcream.

The size of the shadow strip is a tiny bit disappointing because it’s really NOT a whole lot of product but if you generally collect tons of palettes and shadows you won’t mind too much because chances are you won’t go through this very quickly! However, if you don’t own a ton of different shadows and you’ll be using this daily chances are you’ll get through it very quickly as it’s not a whole lot of product!

I have to say that at the moment I find them both very pretty but I do favor the 02 palette better than the 01.

02 eyeshadows consist of a white shimmering gold color, a shimmering yellow gold, and a shimmering brown with gold specks. The gloss is a sparkling golden brown color while the lipcream is a orange brown. Layering the gloss and lipcream will surely make a striking combo!

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01 is just as pretty and consists of a shimmering white with, it appears, to me, pink, a shimmering pink shade, and a darker purple. The gloss is a sparkling pinkish purple affair while the lipcream is rosebud pink.

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Overall, I’d say they are most definately worth a pick up! The Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes are Muse Approved for purchase!

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Do visit PJ to see A Touch of Blusher’s impression on these palettes you can also visit with RF at Make Up & Stuff and see some more about the Lavshuca’s Holiday Palettes!

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Bourjois Paris Eau De Gloss Review

Imagine a gloss that felt like a refreshing sip of water on your lips. Now imagine it coming in an array of fabulous shades.

What if I told you there was such a product available?

Well look no further icon wink Bourjois Paris’s Eau De Gloss contains 14% water content and is a slick, glossy, moisturizing treat for the lips!

I have two of these glosses and I adore them! I’m a big lover of lipgloss but I really hate how many brands leave my lips feeling tacky and sticky which is one reason Eau De Gloss gets the Muse’s approval for a great gloss! The gloss has a rather short bristle brush for applying so one application is never enough and I find I have to re-dip two or three times but aside from that minor flaw the gloss itself is a great formula as it does exactly what it advertises. It leaves my lips feeling refreshed and glossy minus the tack and stick of other glosses I use. It lasts quite a while with about a 3 hour time span before retouching up! I have this in Eau fraiche which is a clear color that’s perfect after I stain my lips or apply some lipstick. Slick some on and my lipstick or stain becomes gloriously glossy and shiny! I also have this in Framboise Glacee which is pigmented enough to wear with or without your favorite lipstick or lipstain beneath!

Each gloss is $15USD which isn’t too bad as you get quite a large bit of product!

Overall, these are a staple in my beauty arsenal and I definately love ‘em! I wish more glosses used the same formula as I wouldn’t mind the slick without the sticky!

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T’estimo Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush Review

T’estimo has a similar style of blush out as Jill Stuart (actually quite a few Japanese brands do similar loose blushes).

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The difference of course in the two would be price and quality.

Sadly, as much as I love T’estimo the blush is lacking something for me! The packaging is an adorable domed container with a soft brush that will look quite lovely on your vanity displayed with your other cosmetic items however the blush inside leaves a bit to be desired!

I have these in two flavors WT-04 and P-K20. I’ll get to the WT-04 in a minute but first let me explain PK-20. PK-20 appears to me the darker of the two pink shades that are offered from T’estimo. Sadly, the blush is very sheer and even after building up color with a few strokes it still fails to wow me. The texture is quite the same as the Jill Stuart blushes I own which is an almost sheer, chalky feel but unlike the Jill Stuart this is not so pigmented.

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It’s so strange that a company that makes such amazing, pigmented eyeshadows makes such a weak blush! I think it’s safe to say that if you are fairer of a skin you might very well be able to pull PK-20 off but for me I’m sadly left desiring something more when it comes to this blush!

The good news is the WT-04 is gorgeous and it’s just about near perfect for the upcoming Holiday season! WT-04 is a sheer shimmering shade of white that I use for a touch of sparkle and to contour around my cheeks and face! It’s delightfully simple in it’s shimmer and it’s not at all over done! I’m not sure why the fit it in with the blush but for me it’s a multitasking tool! I use it on my face as well as my eyes and across my cleavage for some barely there shine! Truly I heart WT-04 and if you’re considering purchasing any of these I’d most definately pick this little guy up!

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T’estimo Pure Layer Blush is available in four shades total which are the two I’ve already mentioned and two others that are OR-21 which is an orange/peach shade and PK-21 which is the newest and a softer shade of pink than PK-20.

The blushes are available for purchase from JPMon and Adam Beauty for about $23usd per a blush. Now might be a good time to grab yourself some of these since T’estimo is slowly being fazed out and being replaced with a new brand!

The Muse approves of at least one color in this line but the rest she says skip ‘em and buy something else!

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Majorca Majolica’s Holiday Collection

MJ’s website has been updated with the Holiday collection but no cool story *sniff*(not that the Muse can read the story but she likes the pretty flash that goes along with it!) to go with it…hmmm maybe they’ll update upon release! Cross your fingers!

Anyway the goodies are up with pictures!

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If you want to see close up shots click here.

Everything looks great but I’d have liked some more then a Majolook palette. It’s very pretty but something special for the holidays would have been nicer!

The Muse wants it all with a few backups icon wink

How about you?

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Jelly Pong Pong Review

I got a very nice package this week filled with gorgeous bits and pieces from Jelly Pong Pong!

Since I have all this lovely new makeup to play with I thought I’d share a review of it with my gorgeous readers!

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Remember how much I hate bronzer? Well I’m happy to report that the Jelly Pong Pong Omnibronzer is quite an interesting little product!

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It comes in a faux leather case (this will keep my spare change from getting lost on the bottom of my purse) that you can unzip to get to the actual compact, very chic and cute in the Muse’s opinion! The compact is tiny and quite sweet with the powder on top and a flip lid to reveal the super soft brush beneath. So I’m very weary of bronzers of any kind they just don’t agree with me or my skin however this particular bronzer shows up a lovely healthy peach color on my skin!! I was shocked as the actual color of the powder is a typical brownish muddy color that I detest with a passion but upon stroking it on my cheeks it makes me look quite fresh and healthy! To say I’m impressed is an understatement! I need a back up of this amazing stuff!

The bronzer is a universal color and should work on all skin types! It’s available for $29usd from Jelly Pong Pong and well worth the price tag as it could be the most perfect shade of peach I’ve come across!

Next up the Supermodel Stain which like the Omnibronzer comes in a cute little compact! This compact is super small but has quite a nice bit of product inside! It’s pink in color and features three “models” on the cover (guess that’s where the name comes into play right?). The color I got is Slenderella and I was a bit weary as it’s really a pale shade of pink which would be much better suited to a very fair skinned person! However, I’m happy to report that it works perfectly on my skin tone and it gives me a sweet flush of color! Anytime I use cream stains or blushes I always get the look of “just out of the cold weather” and this is no different it gives my cheeks a bite of color that’s very natural and young! 5 colors are available from the website and each compact is $19usd! The Muse is now lemming Nymphette and Cupcake Pout which both look quite appealing!

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The item I’ve been lemming for a while and wanting to try is the Gourmet Lip Therapy and I’m lucky enough to have gotten my chance to try it in the flavor Real Honey! First of all the packaging on this is ultra cute with a pop up design when opened (you’ll see my pictures in this post for yourself). The actual gloss tastes like I’m slathering honey on my lips minus the stickiness of real honey! It’s quite a slippery emollient lipgloss which is exactly the way I prefer my gloss as it glides on easy and doesn’t leave my lips feeling tacky, sticky and just gross! Gourmet Lip Therapy comes in three flavors and are $16usd!

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Love multitasking makeup? I do. On the days I’m too bloody lazy to bother with a full face I turn to the easiest and simplest ways to make myself presentable and pretty! Jelly Pong Pong offers Love Rouge to multitask my way through cheeks and lips in one easy step! Love Rouge is a duo of colors that can be used as a touch of color on your cheeks or a slip of color across your lips! Easy, Simple, Out the door quickly! I love multitasking makeup icon wink $16usd nabs you a cute duo of color to make makeup simple when life is being complicated!

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Teint Sublime is something that actually DOES what Benefit That Gal promises! When I originally seen the color of this I was thinking it was a big no for me. It’s a baby pink that could not look great on me! However, upon trying it I’m shocked to say that it brightened my rather dull skin up and created a nice soft matte finish to my skin for makeup application! Now this is actually to combat skin problems such as dull skin, red spots, etc….however I found it works great as under makeup primer! I even felt like I didn’t need to wear foundation after using it! Interesting little product! It’s available in a variety of formulas to combat common skin problems and in my opinion well worth the price! I do believe I need more of this! $20usd gets you a nice size amount to clear up skin woes and make you gorgeous! I forgot to add the packaging is kinda awesome on this (hey I’m a geek! Packaging sales cosmetics for me)! It’s a cardboard box with a zipper that actually works! How freaking nifty is that? Sorry but these little touches really tickle me!

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One product that fails to wow the Muse was Gloss BonBon! This is a multitasking gloss and cheek stain like Love Rouge. I haven’t actually used it on my face as of yet but I did use it on my lips and didn’t like the texture. It was a really weird chalky gloss that was doing nothing for my lips! I’m curious how it’ll look on my cheeks but I’m not sure after trying it on my lips if it’ll be any better on my face! This is available in a variety of colors for $12usd and maybe one of the other colors would work better on me I’m not sure but this one wasn’t great for the Muse!

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Overall I’d say Jelly Pong Pong has some very interesting little products that I really enjoyed trying out and reviewing for you! My wish list is quite huge after wandering on the site and I feel the urge to do an order very shortly! Stay tuned icon wink I’ll update you with what I get and what I think!

Already a Jelly Pong Pong user and lover? Tell the Muse what you’ve tried and why you love or hate it!

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