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The Muse takes on….a possible mess? Eep!

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Can you guess what I’m going to be up to very soon?

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Making the Most of Urban Decay Primer

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E.L.F. Tinted Moisturizer

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My tea is happily dribbling down my monitor at the moment as after seeing this advert I couldn’t help but cough.

Isn’t this kinda like comparing apples and oranges?

I’m unsure if a $1 Tinted Moisturizer can hold it’s own next to Laura Mercier’s rather awesome version!

But tickle me curiosity!

I’m ordering some just in case!

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Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit Review

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End of Summer Round Up: Summer Cosmetic Addictions and Obsessions

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Although the official Autumnal Equinox is normally between the 22nd or the 23rd of September I still associate the end of Summer with the day after Labor Day.

As far as the Muse is concerned we are in full Fall force mode even though it’s still fairly warm here, the nights are cooler and I’ve pretty much had Fall cosmetic collections on my head for the last month.

Summer went awful quickly this year for some reason! It could be because I started reviewing Fall collections so early or maybe it just flew by because I was so busy with life, the universe, and everything.

Who knows.

Either way it’s definately Fall for me!

What better way to celebrate the end of Summer then with a great post rounding up all my favorites, addictions, and obsessions in the cosmetic universe for Summer 2008!

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Although no lipsticks caught my eye in a major way this Summer, I know for a fact that many glosses thrilled me to pieces! I favor gloss in the Summer anyway so this suited me just fine!

I was particularly enthusiastic when it came to MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit and it quickly made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have Makeup list! The color was sheer perfection and it’s possibly one of the best colors I’ve come across by MAC or any other brand for that matter!

Summer Must Have Makeup: MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit

I had a soft spot for NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave but you won’t catch me tucking it away now that Summer is over! The color can bring me way into the Fall and straight through the Winter! That beautiful cherry red with gold shimmer is perfection for any Season!

Summer Must Have Makeup: NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

Dior’s Ultra Gloss Reflect had three great shades but I was partial to the gorgeous hues of Beige Lurex and Corale Lame.

Dior Ultra Gloss Reflect Review

Face of the Day Featuring Dior Ultra Gloss in Beige Lurex

Aube Gloss Frutina in EX05 has quickly made it’s self at home on my favorite list! The color is virtually perfect for both the warm Summer and the cooler Fall weather!

Aube Gloss Frutina Summer 2008 Review

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I was pretty taken with MAC’s Neo Sci-Fi Collection and was pretty hyped over the great shadows released with the collection!

MAC eyes shadow in Evening Aura and Expensive Pink surely did please me and I found myself reaching for both on more than one occasion this Summer!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

When it came to spicing up all my orange, bronze, and gold looks this Summer I couldn’t help but reach for my Majolca Majorca Lash Heat Metallic Mascara! I loved how this added a bit of heat and sparkle to my lashes!

Majolica Majorca Summer 2008 Review

Shu Uemura never fails to thrill and I can remember my excitement upon testing out the Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette! This palette kept me company all month long and will last well into the Fall and Winter and right into the Spring when it arrives. A palette that offers versalitity and a slew of options is always approved by the Muse!

Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette Review

KATE Dual Carat’s are easily my most favorite eyeshadow duos around and GD-2 made me realize how much I adore these great palettes! GD-2 lent a certain refreshing look to my eyes while adding a bit of sparkle! Since gold is always in style when the holidays come around this fun Summer palette will work it’s magic when the weather becomes cooler!

KATE Dual Carat Review

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Having popping cheeks was quite the rage for me during the hot weather! I fell absolutely in love and lust when I got my hands on Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold! It was love at first site and it instantly changed my mind about bronzers!

Urban Decay Summer Collection Review

Lending pop, sizzling, and cracking color to my cheeks were Aromaleigh Rocks! An instant classic for the Muse and most definately a funky item to add to your beauty blush stash!

Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Review

MAC Neo-Sci played favorites not only with it’s eye shadows but also with it’s blush! I adored Spaced Out so much that I had considered for a while that I might need a back up! Soft, Peachy, Perfection! A favorite of the Muse’s!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

Two cheek stains quickly climbed the ranks and became staple items for me this Summer! Both Benefit Posietint and Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech were reached for again, and again and again for a fresh glowing look that was perfect for the warm weather!

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Benefit Posietint Review

Bourjois Paris Hi-Tech Rouge Review

Summer Skincare
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You recently read how much I adored Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner but it’s worth a re-mention how much I loved adding this to my Summer skincare regime!

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review

MAC Neo Sci-Fi did it again with the release of MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator! Let’s hope MAC brings this one back!!!!!!

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

Summer Scents
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I can’t forget how much I was loving Clean Perfume’s newest scent entitled Summer! It’s been my favorite scent of the season since I got it!

Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails in Punchy was equally well reached for and used!

Clean Summer Eau Fraiche Review

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails Review

I’m saddened Summer is over but boy do I love the Fall!!!! I look forward to incoporating some of my Summer favorites into my Fall looks.

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Current Beauty Addictions

Year End Review: Favorites List

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Lancome’s Gift with Purchase at Bergdorf Goodman

I don’t know if you recall but a week or so ago I did a review on Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer, in my post I mentioned the rather awesome Gift with Purchase from Bergdorf Goodman.

Although the promotion is no longer available I wanted to show you the super generous Gift with Purchase that Lancome was giving out.

It’s one of the best promos I’ve seen in a really long time and I can’t help but share it with you! In order to get the gift you only had to spend $35 USD….and let me tell you…it’s seriously worth so much more!

I had no idea how HUGE the bag would be that was included with the gift! It’s BIG! Wow! And so chic and glam! I can fit myself inside this bag!

Behold:
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I can easily get away with using the bag for overnight trips or weekend getaways! It’s a beautiful gray shade with an aubergine liner that matches the handles and piping on the outside. Gorgeous!

If the bag wasn’t enough for you wait till you see what was inside!

Three quality brushes for lips, face, and eyes! My favorite eye makeup remover, Lancome Bi-Facil, generous sizes of Lancome Absolue Night Cream and Lancome Absolue Replenishing Cream, a Lancome Color Fever Gloss, and an uber awesome palette for cheeks and eyes!

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I don’t think I ever seen Lancome give away a palette that included both a blush and four shadows. Normally I get the free eye quad. One of the shades in the palette is quite a gorgeous dupe for MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink! The colors are flattering for Fall and all go beautifully together to create a great look plus the gloss matches up perfectly with the palette to create a gorogeous warm look.

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I’m really impressed with the quality and generosity of this particular Gift with Purchase! All this for spending a mere $35 USD!

I highly recommend keeping your eyes peeled for Lancome’s next Gift with Purchase at Bergdorf Goodmans! I know I will be!

Did you score this during the GWP at Bergdorf’s?

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Lancome’s Mystery Game Collection Review


Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black

Lancome’s Maharani Jewels Fall Collection Featuring a Review of the Elephant Bronzer Powder

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Target Steps It Up: Pixi, Jemma Kidd, and Napoleon Perdis

A few weeks ago a friend of mine and business associate mentioned the Lipstick Index while we were out for dinner. In all my economic courses I’ve never heard a reference to the Lipstick Index prior to this but turns out if you Google you’ll find a ton of extremely interesting articles on this. It’s referred to in many terms one of which is the Lipstick Index but it’s also been called Lipstick Economy, Leading Lipstick Indicator, etc…

What the hell are you on about anyway Muse?

Well….

I’m referring to the fact that their is some theory and fact that lipstick and cosmetic sales actually rise during tough economy times because women tend to turn in smaller indulgences when money is tighter.

The term Leading Lipstick Indicator was actually coined by Leonard Lauder (chairman of Estee Lauder). The theory turns into fact as Estee Lauder reported sales go up during tougher times and during the September 11th terrorist attacks, lipstick sales were twice as much.

Interesting eh?

Target seems to have done it’s homework and realized now would be a great time to introduce three brand new line ups to their cosmetic selection. I’m betting Target has done some research and realized right now would be a great time to extend it’s line to include some higher end products that might sell very well.

It still remains a gamble for me however.

A few things about Target if you’re not within the US. It’s a large scale department store that sells cheaper lines of everything from clothes, to accessories, to home goods. Generally the cosmetic department consists of low end lines such as Covergirl, Almay, Etc…

Now I admire Target for being way ahead of the game by importing such brands as Boots (both skincare and cosmetics) and Soap and Glory. I feel further interest and admiration to Target for paving the way for a rather interesting import of posh cosmetics. Selling high end cosmetics in drugstores or larger scale department stores such as Target is rather unheard of. If you seek Dior, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Etc…you’ll have to head to a counter, Sephora, Ulta, or find some place online to buy however walking into common drugstores will not greet you with high end cosmetics but cheaper brands a plenty.

Bringing together Pixi, Jemma Kidd, and Napoleon Perdis seems like a very interesting venture by Target however as I mentioned I see it as a gamble. Since the lines are on the kawaii side it may not be as appealing to the masses as one would hope for. I’m always all over cute packaging and shimmery shades however I do believe those of us who enjoy these styles of cosmetic may just be in the majority and women my own age and older may not see the appeal of the “cuteness” of these brands.

I wandered into Target last night to see for myself what the hype was all about and I was wow’ed by the selection of cosmetics and I indulged in far too much of it for my own good but tempted I was.

First off I found it rather fantastic they had actual testers available which is unheard of in drugstores and department stores. I swatched to my little heart’s delight without any MA’s to interrupt me and try to sell me something I didn’t want, a girl could get used to this!

I find myself curious what audience Target hopes to well..target….with these brands. Are they hoping the failing economy will shoot sales of these brands through the roof? Are they gearing it towards teens who are seeking funky, fun cosmetics for back to school? Do they hope to get a glance from the 20 something year old who loves cute packaging?

I know I’m 30 and absolutely love the lines! Sadly, my Target did not yet have the Jemma Kid line up however I have seen it online and it’s simply stunning.

Interestingly enough Pixi is basically the same line up that Sephora used to carry and that Pixi itself now carries within the UK. I was quite surprised and delighted when I noticed Pixi now sells online where as before it was an exclusive UK site. Click to visit the Pixi site.

I was pretty shocked at the prices a teeny tiny bit as I’m not used to venturing into places like Target and being faced with price tags that read $18, $22, $38, etc….that’s MAJOR wow for cosmetics when it comes to such a department store as this. People are generally not used to these prices for makeup and it tickles my curiosity to see how people will react to it. Funny story…as I was browsing, swatching, and happily smiling to myself at the array of goodies, two girls walked up to the displays and began browsing. They were about to try a shadow or something when they noticed it read $18, one turned to the other and said, “$18? Hell no!” and both proceeded to walk away. I found this interesting and wonder if this will set the scene for how most women will feel about the prices.

I was hopeful the prices would be a little bit cheaper and I can’t help but feel slightly shocked when I did noticed that the cheapest item was around $15 USD. Pixi’s price range was around the following:

Palettes $28 USD
Blushes $20 USD
Various Lip Items $18 USD
Larger Kits $35-$38 USD

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As you can see the prices are WAY up there.

Napoleon Perdis did a few things different with his line which surprised me. As I mentioned Pixi is the standard line and nothing is new so if you’re familiar with Pixi Beauty this isn’t anything new to you however Napoleon Perdis took a new route. Napoleon Perdis’s line is entitled NP Set and introduces both old and new items. The NP Set line happens to be much cheaper compared to Pixi as well which I was quite happy to see. Prices vary as follows:

Lip Items $15 USD
Blushes $20 USD
Foundation/Primer $15 USD
Eye Shadows $15-$26 USD

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Although still priced high the items are considerably lower costing then Pixi.

I wasn’t able to see the Jemma Kidd items for myself however they look amazing online. The price range are the following:

Eye Shadows $18 USD
Lip Items $18 USD
Palettes $36 USD
Foundation/TM’s $28 USD and up

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As you can see Jemma Kidd follows along the lines of Pixi Beauty with the price selection available.

Out of the two collections I did see and purchase from I’m happy to report the items are wonderful. Pigmented, good quality, beautiful packaging, all the things you’d expect from items you’d purchase at a counter or your local Sephora.

Although I was a bit disappointed dishing out $144 USD for my little stash of goodies as I really didn’t expect to pay as much in Target of all places. Aside from this minor rant I’m happy I did indulge and yes I’ll definately be going back for more.

I hope that the introduction of brands such as these will start a chain reaction and we’ll begin seeing other brands offered in drugstores and low end department stores soon! Who knows this could be like the mineral/organic range that’s swept the drugstore beauty world!

I’ll be reviewing items from both the NP Set and Pixi Beauty collections very soon so stay tuned! Tomorrow I’ll bring you pictures of the items I purchased.

Above are only some of the selections available. I was very impressed with the amount of product covered face, eyes, lips, etc…I was also quite loving the vast color selection for items available. It was quite like walking into Sephora to have a nosy at the latest collections!

If you’d like to see more from NP Set, Pixi Beauty, and Jemma Kidd see the links below! Happy Surfing!

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