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Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret 2007 First Impressions

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I got my Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret a few days ago. I had promised myself I wouldn’t bother with it but I must say I am happy I went ahead and purchased it because it’s quite gorgeous!

My favorite item out of the gift set is the very cute satin pouch it came with! It’s really roomy and just gorgeous for storing little treasures in! I love this!

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The coffret isn’t anything to write home about to be honest. It did include some great items but it’s nothing you absolutely need so if you missed out buying this rest assured you’ll be fine and won’t die of lemming. I promise.

The set also included Shimmer Tint Face Gloss which is scented with a beautiful rose. The gloss comes in a mirrored compact that slides easily opened and closed. Very nice item but pointless a bit as it’s a balm and I don’t particularly care for using balms on my face.

Jill Stuart Shimmer Tint Face Gloss
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The lipgloss included is a gorgeous shimmering red color which is quite nice. Packaging wise it’s very beautiful with the standard jewel look of all Jill Stuart glosses. As I said the color is gorgeous but I’m slightly worried about the applicator. It comes with a sponge applicator but it doesn’t appear to pick up much product upon first look! This remains to be seen as I have to smooth some on my lips before judging fully!

Jill Stuart Lipgloss in Rose Gleam
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You’ll also get a cuticle oil which also comes in the gorgeous Jill Stuart packaging with the gem encrusted topper! This is something the Muse can really use as her cuticles are in terrible shape in the winter!

Jill Stuart Cuticle Oil
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Another favorite of mine is the scented choker! It’s quite a nice choker and they give you plenty of ribbon with it so you can tie in snugly around your neck with a bit hanging down for a nice effect! It’s quite a pretty piece!

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And finally last but never least would be the Brilliance Eyes Palette in the special Christmas packaging! This is a lace palette with ribbon and quite lovely! If you’re a collector of the Brilliance palettes this will be something you’ll definately appreciate! I somehow fail to get excited about these palettes as the colors tend to leans towards the same thing over and over. The only colors in this palette that really shout at me and are “new’ish” would be the pinky rose color and the bright yellow. The other two shades are similar to what I already have in previous Jill Stuart palettes. This is not to say that the palette isn’t lovely because it truly is but I do wish that they’d release some newer shades!

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes Palette Christmas Edition
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Overall, a beautiful Coffret from Jill Stuart this year but I’d say you can safely skip it unless you’re a die hard collector and fan! It’s beautiful yes but nothing to get too hyped over!

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JPMon Ordering Tutorial

I’ve been remiss and I promised a JPMon Tutorial ages ago! Sometimes life has way of catching up on me and I don’t always have time to complete what I say I will!

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So here’s the JPMon Tutorial as requested by a lovely girl by the name of Taryn and quite a few other people that have commented, e-mailed, and asked after it!

If you’re not familiar with JPMon it’s an online shop that carries many fine Japanese and Asian cosmetics, skincare, and other bits and bobs!

This tutorial is making the assumption you already have an account with JPMon so it’s basically a tutorial to do the actual ordering!

All items on JPMon are priced in the Taiwan New Dollar so please when converting don’t do so in Yen, SGD, or HKD. If you use any of these currencies you’re going to get the wrong conversion amount please convert from TND to your chosen currency be it USD, Sterling, Euro, Etc…

Shipping is fairly good at JPMon and the most I’ve every paid was about $40USD for a rather large package of items. Your total cost is displayed prior to clicking submit so convert prior to submitting so you can break down your shipping costs and see if it’s worth the hassle of ordering.

Items are shipped via EMS which means they arrive SUPER fast! If you’ve had my beloved friend Iris do CP’s for you you’ll know how quickly EMS arrives. I’d say within 3 days you’ll have your goods if you’re within the US! I’m unsure about Europe, Asia, or elsewhere in the world! You’ll also notice that what you spend at JPMon is almost what you’d spend on a CP from the gorgeous Iris plus shipping so it works out almost as if you’re making a trip to a Japanese Drugstore yourself!

JPMon employees do speak English so if you have concerns or questions about your order you can contact them at this address order@jpmon.com

I strongly and highly recommend shooting them over a polite e-mail enquiring about your order after placing it. I normally write a short note saying ‘Hello I just placed an order and I don’t read Chinese could you please check over my order and be sure you have my shipping address and everything else you need to process!”

I also include my order number with this E-mail so they’ll have no problem looking it up! Normally within seconds of placing an order you’ll receive a order confirmation which contains your order number use it to contact them!

I’ve ordered from JPMon many times without any problems but it’s always good to cover all your bases and make sure things are running smooth.

As I said earlier the following tutorial makes the big assumption you already have an account with JPMon!

I normally wing my orders with JPMon. I don’t read or speak Chinese so the very first time I ordered I was unable to get in contact with any friends and I was impatient so I winged my order and have used the very same system when ordering since!

I did have a bit of a problem with one part which was quickly redeemed by asking a lovely girl on Cozy!

So here’s my winged version of ordering (I promise it’ll work for you too and you’ll soon have your Japanese Cosmetic fix safely arriving at your doorstep!):

The images can be enlarged by clicking on them!

Here we are www.jpmon.com ready to shop till we drop!
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Ok as an example I just added all of the MJ Collection to my cart! Obviously it’s easy enough to add items to the cart! It has a little symbol of a cart! Click it and boom it’s in your bag! You’ll notice a little pop up window each time you add something to your cart don’t worry all it says is that you added so and so product to your cart! Below I am pointing out where the contents of your cart can be located! Just click that little pink box and it’ll show you your items that you are ready to purchase!
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If you scroll down a bit from your order details you’ll see three boxes with pull down menus! Guess what!? I have no idea what the first one says! I’ve completely forgot but I do know you have to select the MIDDLE option! That much I remember hehehe! So select the middle option and move on to the next set of drop down menus!
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Ok so here we are on the next drop down menu and this basically gives you shipping options! The only option you can choose is EMS so drop down the menu and select EMS for your shipping!
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Next drop down menu is where you are located! I happen to live in the US (although I’d rather be in the UK) so I choose USA as my location! So far so good! Piece of cake right? A monkey can do it!
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Scroll down a little and you’ll see a cute little item being advertised! What’s this?!?! It’s your free gift! JPmon gives away little kawaii items with all orders and they normally advertise what’s free when you’re processing your order! In this case it looks like some sort of My Melody Keychain or Cell Phone Strap! See the button below the free gift? Click it!

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Ok now we start winging things and making it up as we go along! Are you excited? I’m excited!

The first box is asking you to enter your name! My name happens to be Jane Doe for this order!

Next box is asking for your phone number, I dunno what the next box is asking for but it’s obviously not mandatory as it’s white and not yellow like the rest so skip it!

Box below that needs your e-mail addy so type it in and away you go! Zip Code is next, now your street number and address and after that your City and State, and finally USA should already be filled out for your country!

New set of boxes below that is pretty much the same deal! Here’s what you want in those boxes:

First and Last Name
Phone Number
Zip Code
Street Number and Name
State and City
Country

And finally the last box which makes absolutely no sense to me but they basically want your bank info! This is basically where I wing it!

I normally put Visa in the first box (If I’m paying with Visa), in the second box I put the issuing bank. If you have no idea what the issuing bank of your card is just fib it and say Bank of America or something else, and finally it’s asking for the phone number associated with the card. Make one up or use the one on the back of your card!

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As you can see I put in a small note asking them to contact me should they need further information! This normally works a treat however I strongly suggest NOT doing this as sometimes it gives an error. So leave the comment field empty and e-mail them later as I explained earlier in the post! Again, LEAVE the comment field EMPTY as it causes errors sometimes so just click that sweet little red button and you’re almost done now!

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A new box will pop up asking you to enter your Credit Card details so this is easy enough!

Enter your card number
Enter your expiration date
and finally enter your security code located on the back of the card

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Now with your credit card entered click on the green button on the left hand side and we are almost done now!

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Your screen may blank a sec and you’ll see a transaction is processing image! Don’t touch anything while this is happening! Let it do what it’s doing! Give it some air, remove your hand from the mouse, don’t move or speak or breath! Just kidding you can breath but don’t move ok?

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DONE! You should be taken back to the original JPMon website! This is when I normally check to be sure my order is safe! Click above your shopping card and it’ll take you to your “order history”. You should see your order there!

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And last by not least check your email there should be your confirmation waiting for you!

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You’re done!

Wait 3 days (or a bit more since the Holiday may have slowed up mail) and you should have some lovely goodies in your box!

That’s it kids!

Cheers and hope this helps!

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Cyber Colors Jewel Amour Eyeshadows

Cyber Color is a Korean brand that’s pretty much available all over Asia such as Singapore, Japan, Etc…

It’s a pretty inexpensive brand of cosmetic and I have some of their shadows and can say they are pretty pigmented for the price!

Sasa just got in some of the new Holiday Collection Eyeshadows which are entitled Jewel Amour. I must say I am pretty tempted by these and they look yummie!

Cyber Color Jewel Amour Eyeshadows Available from Sasa.com
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Some colors that are tempting me:

Amethyst
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Aquamarine
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Peridot
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Citrine
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These are a whopping $11.30 which is quite expensive as they are about 75% cheaper if you purchase them in store but I have a funny feeling after the holidays they’ll be marked down! So as tempting as they are do wait on these if you’re wanting them as they’ll be on clearance sooner or later!

Although, the colors are making me want them right now rather badly!

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B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Inhale Perfume

You may remember my previous post about B perfumes if not you can click here and have a look and a read!

I just noticed (I must be out of the loop) that B’s site has been updated with their latest scents Inhale and Exhale.

B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Inhale Body Spray
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Exhale is the men’s version of the scent while Inhale is the women’s version. I’m hearing rave reviews about Inhale so I’ve ordered the Body Spray for myself to try it out (I never met a B scent that I didn’t love…well..maybe one or two…).

I’m pretty excited about this scent as I’ve heard it carries a nice underlay of fresh melon and I adore fruity scents so I’m curious what sort of blend this is!

Inhale is only available in Body Spray at the moment but I’m sure it’ll extend to Eau de Parfum at a later date but I can assure you, if you’re interested in this, that B’s Body Spray’s are very potent, have excellent throw, and linger a very long time with a spray or two and the best part is the bottles are quite large for the price!

Inhale is available for 18.00 from B’s website now (They ship worldwide).

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The Muse’s Christmas List Take 2

The Muse has quite a large list of goodies on her wish list this Holiday Season! I already did a previous post about my Japanese Christmas Wish List which you can see by clicking here. This list is basically what I’m deciding on at the moment and wondering what I should and shouldn’t get!

Sooooooooo………here’s a few of the items I’m dying to get my greedy little hands on but I’m still trying to figure out what I need and what I HAVE to have!

MAC Stylistics Lipstick in Stylistic and The Scene
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MAC Stylistics Sheer Mystery Powder
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MAC Stylistics Sheerspark Pressed Powders in Pave, Fashionette, Solitaire, and Warm Ice
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MAC Stylistics Lipgloss in Witty and Tastemaker
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MAC Finery Lip Bag Sets in Pink, Coral, Tan, and Plum Lips
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MAC Metal X Glitter Eyeliners in Blitzed, Limedandy, Wonderwhite, Enbronze, and Pewterpink
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YSL White Gold Eyeshadow Collection
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YSL White Gold Celebration Palette
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YSL White Gold Compact Powder
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Anna Sui Christmas Collection
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Excel’s Holiday Collection
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Aube’s Jewelry Shower Eyes EX02
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I think that covers what I am currently wanting at the moment!

You can see some of the Christmas Collections I’ve already got by clicking on the links below:

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Brown Quartz ShimmerBrick Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

NARS Night Series Palette Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Awake Limited Edition Stardom Palettes Click for my First Impression with Pictures

bareMinerals bareGold Luxury Color Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Stila’s “Asia” Only Exclusive Trios and Palettes Click for My First Impression with Pictures

MAC Royal Assets Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

MAC Antiquitease Color Click for my Review, Pictures, and Video

Guerlain Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

Givenchy’s Diamantismme Holiday Collection Click for my First Impression with Pictures

See my Christmas Past Collection by clicking here!

So what’s on your Christmas Wish List?
What collections have you already gotten?
Which are you really wanting?
What are you skipping?
What are you considering?
Your Muse’s ears are open! I want to hear all about it!

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