Many of you are already in the know about what’s coming up in the Spring but I thought I’d do a bit of a Spring Round Up of the Collections that are popping up with a little commentary about each!
Do share your own thoughts and tell me how you’re feeling about these collections!
NARS was one of the first Spring Collections I seen pop on the scene with it’s Shanghai Lily Collection. It also happens to have set the theme for this year’s Collections with it’s bold look. As beautiful as the collection is it leaves me with a bit of a question mark hanging over my head as it’s not in keeping with my general look of Spring! The colors are very bold and dark reminding me of a Fall Collection rather then the light feeling of Spring. The star of the collection for me would be the newest eyeshadow in Abyssina which is soft pearl shimmer.
Overall, I really do love the look of the collection but it loses some of it’s appeal when the weather begins to warm up and I’m looking for a softer look! If they released this for the Fall I’m positive I’d be all over it like white on rice however this fails to wow me at the moment! I’ll definately pick up Abyssina but the rest I can do without until the colder weather sets in and the feel of Spring has left the air!
Smashbox hits another foul ball with it’s Green Room Collection. It consists of tons of bronzey shades and again it appears they confused seasons here. This look reminds me of a more Summer feel with it’s warmer, golden colors! Last Spring we got a rather nice surprise with the Tokidoki Collection however this too wasn’t worth your time. Aside from the gorgeous Tokidoki themed packaging the actual product and colors were a bit too sheer for my lighting thus this year we ended up with another dud. The Green Room Collection fails on all accounts for me and I can’t pick out a single item out of the collection that intrigues me. This one is can be skipped on all accounts.
For the sake of being an avid collector I did indeed purchase some of the Givenchy Denim Collection this year just because I’m so diseased but I can’t help but feel ripped off. Again, we have really dark colors for the Spring! I’m starting to get confused what Season we are heading into here! The collection has absolutely nothing to redeem itself and it consists of all dark, deep colors that I can’t even associate a Season with! I hate to say these things as I’m such a collector and fan of Givenchy but this collection leaves no lasting impression on me! Saks also happened to pop up with a new Prismissime for the Eyes which consists of colors from the Sweet and Decandent Chocolate Prismissime. It’s quite lovely and has since made it’s starring appearance on Sephora however again another disappointment. I purchased this even thought I already own the Sweet and Decandent Chocolate Prismissime palettes separately but it’s not an absolutely have to have for a few reasons. One would be the fact that again the colors are completely off Season for me and secondly if you have the original palettes you really don’t need to shell out the cash for this new palette unless you’re as sick as I am! After some confusion it’s finally been cleared up that the blue-purplish blush you may have seen as part of the Collection is an Asian Exclusive, Japan to be exact I believe so of course we got ripped off on that. I debated myself for a while whether I should have my friend get me the blush but I’ve since decided I’ve overindulged in this collection and I really don’t need more items I probably won’t even use!
Overall, the Collection is interesting but it loses points for it’s dark colors! If you’re a collector I, of course, recommend it for purchase. If you’re not, it’s safe to skip it!
After much debate I decided to get a majority of the Lavshuca Spring Collection! In keeping with the current theme Lavshuca decided to take the Fall road as well and introduce a ton of palettes that contain some bronzey, brownish looking colors with one lighter shade. Again, I’m scratching my head in confusion! A good friend of mine, Mayu, lives in Japan and isn’t so busy at the moment so I’ve had her do the Spring Collection Shopping Spree for me and I ended up getting the new Noble On Eye Palettes. Just call me curious but I have to see for myself what the drama is with these palettes. They intrigue me to say the very least. The new slim style lipshades have also piqued my interest and I’ve decided I must try these as well but if you ask me they just look like the same standard Lavshuca lipstick in new packaging but we shall see!
Overall, this too seems to be a disappointment but I’m eagerly awaiting the package which should be here soon so I can review these!
Majolica Majorca has my heart this season with their newest Majolook palettes! I cannot wait to get my hands on these! At least the colors are reminding me of Spring here with beautiful pinks, aquas, and golds! Thank you Shiseido for having a heart and gifting us with true Spring palettes! Click here to read more about MJ’s newest Collection!
Much to my utter dismay Jill Stuart’s Seductive Eye Collection totally broke my heart. How do I dislike thee, let me count the ways! Matte shadows? My god the horror! Similar to every other JS Palette released? Check. More dark colors? Sheesh. I can’t believe I’m about to admit this but I skipped on all of the newest releases from JS this year and I plan on sticking to my word about purchasing these as they were just not interesting at all! Click here to read about the Seductive Eye Collection!
I believe I’ve bored you enough with my Musings about Spring Collections! I’ll be reviewing quite a few Spring Collections soon as I purchase them!
Click Here to Read about My Impressions of the Dior Spring Collection 2008
Meet Morgen Schick:
I was sorting through e-mail and I came across an e-mail from “Morgen” at first I thought it was spam but after reading it I was astounded to learn it was from Morgen Schick, herself!
Morgen’s e-mail to me:
Hello Muse. This is first time I have been on a ‘blog’- guess it shows my age! My name is Morgen and I actually have never Goggled myself until today, when some one told me I had to see what was on the ‘net’ about me! So I scrolled down, and see that this lovely lady has picked one of my all time favorite products as one of her ‘Fav of 2007′ products! I decided 2 things, #1- that I wanted to thank you, and #2- that you need a new Hide N Hilight!! So, if there is an address where I can personally send you a new one (at least for photography on your blog I will happily do so! I’m also loving that you use my Schick Stick Cheek & Lip Stain, again, something I use daily- I’ll throw one of those babies in too! I appreciate your including my little products in your very impressive list, and I hope you have an awesome 2008!! Best, Morgen
Even after reading this it took a sec for my brain to function and realize that this was indeed, thee Morgen Schick, and not someone playing around with me!
I almost fell off my chair soon after. I replied really quickly and in my star struck manner I asked her about HSN! It’s been a long while since I’ve seen her featured on HSN and to my delight she told me that she’ll soon be on and gave me her schedule for the dates and times!
If you’re a US resident you can tune into HSN on the following dates and times to see Morgen Schick! It’s been ages since Morgen has been on and I can’t say how excited I am! And I really want to share this with you because I honestly couldn’t achieve some of my best looks without using Morgen’s Whisper Set Powder and Hide and Highlight Foundation!
Morgen Schicks Appearances on HSN:
Jan 16th @ 3pm and 11pm Jan 17th 7am, 2pm, and 8pm
You may remember a while ago I did a blog about my Flawless Face Coverage and how I achieve it, if not click here for details! One of my secret weapons to creating a flawless look is starting with the Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette! This is my holy grail product! I use this as my main foundation of choice (click here to see it featured in my Year End Review). I’ll be featuring a review on the palette very soon but until then I highly recommend tuning into HSN and seeing Morgen work her magic!
It may sound corny but I’m such a very big fan of her cosmetics and the idea she took the time out to write me a lovely e-mail totally made my day!
We are soon closing up 2007 and a New Year will be upon us within a few days! In celebration of that I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products of the year!
Asking me to choose a single favorite item in each category is impossible so I’ve listed a few of them instead! My mind changes often and my taste in makeup changes day to day so something that may have been my favorite last week is probably not the same this week! Most of the items on my list are items that I’ve really enjoyed using this year! Some are age old favorites while some are brand new items! I wish I could take the time out to type a little something about each but if I did we’d end up with a huge blog entry to say the least! I’ve just decided to list my favorites and if I’ve reviewed them before or featured them I’ve included a link so if you’re inclined to find out more you can click the link and be magically transfered to the review or impression I got of the item! You can also comment or e-mail me a question about any of the items and I’ll be happy to help!
I’d really love to hear about your favorite items this year too so please by all means comment or e-mail me You don’t need an account to comment It’s open for everyone!
Much happiness for a great New Year! I hope Musings will be bigger and better this coming year with more of what you want!
Thank you for being such loyal readers! I appreciate each and everyone of you greatly!
On with the show!
MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo in Earthly Riches (See my FOTD with Earthly Riches by Clicking Here)
Canmake Metallic Eye Shadow in 01 (See my Spotlight on Canmake by clicking here)
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Star
Majolica Majorca Eyeshadows in WT963, Rd422, and BL724
MAC Eyeshadows in Firespot, Passionate, Parrot, Black Tied, and Magic Dust
Urban Decay Eyeshadiw in Uzi and Grifter
Beaute de Kose Star Twinkle Eye Color in PK 872 (Click here for more on Beaute de Kose’s Star Twinkle Collection)
Susie N.Y. Resort Collection Eye Color Paradise Duos in 01, 02, 03
KATE Dual Carat Eyeshadows in RD-1 and SV1
Eye Pigments, Shimmers, Glitters, Etc….
B Never Metallic Loose Powder
Too Faced After Glow Loose Powder and Pressed Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Pigments in Silver Fog, Quietly, White Gold, Your Ladyship, and Quick Frost
MAC Glitters in Reflects Gold and Blackened Red
KATE Loose Eyeshadow in Bu1, SV1, PK1, and GD1
Bourjois Paris Ombre a Paupieres Loose Eyesshadow in 23
Urban Decay Primer Poton
Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander
Excel Maxi Glamour Lash (Click here for my review)
Guerlain Gold Overcoat (Click here to see more of the Guerlain Gold Holiday)
Majolica Majorca Lash Freeze
KISS Overcoat in Pink
Blinc Mascara Primer
Clio Blush in Rose Pink (Click here to see my review on Clio Blushes)
MAC Blush in Fab
The Body Shop Solar Duo Blush in 01
Signature Club A Mistake Proof Blush
NARS Blush in Desire
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Shimpagne (Click here
to see me wearing Shimpagne)
Bare Minerals Gold Gossamer (Click here
to read more)
Gransenbon Gran Brush in 10
Excel Highlighter Blush in G2
Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette
Favorite Makeup Collections from 2007
Guerlain Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Holiday Guerlain)
Givenchy’s Diamantisimme Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Givenchy’s Holiday Collection)
MAC C-Shock (Click here to see my collection from C-Shock)
MAC Smoke Signals (Click here to see my collection from Smoke Signals)
Barbie Loves MAC
T’estimo Spring Collection (Click here for my T’estimo Spring Collection)
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Benefit Lemon Aid
Philosophy Airbrushed Fingerpaints Concealer Palette
Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Mosaic Powder
Physicians Formula CoverToxTen
Lip and Cheek Stains
Vincent Long Gel Cheek and Lip Stain
Loreal Pinch of Color Stain
Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain
Majolica Majorca Flesh and Blood Cheek Stain
Morgen Schick Healthy Flush Cheek Stain
MAC Lipstick in Thrills
MAC Lipstick in Queen’s Sin
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick in Plum Orchid (Read more about the Cynthia Rowley Collection for Avon by Clicking here!)
Shu Uemura Gloss Lacquer in Radical Fuchsia (Click here
to see my review)
Du-Wop Lip Venom in Pink Shimmer
Majolica Majorca Imitation Kiss in 2
Sony CP Curvy Lip Silicon in Clear
MAC Lipglass in Red Romp (See my FOTD using Red Romp by clicking here
MAC Plushglass in Full for You
Aube Fruitina Lipgloss in 14 and 16
Other Lip Items
Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheers
Stila Belle of the Ball glitter Eye Shadow Palette (Click here
to read more about Stila “Asia” Only Haul)
MAC Smoking Eye Quad (Click here
to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul)
MAC Gentle Fumes Eye Quad (Click here
to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul)
Awake Stardom Eye Quad (Click here
to read my review about the Stardom Eye Quads)
Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette in Diamond (Click here
to read more about my Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette Haul)
Bobbi Brown Metallics Eye Palette in Burnt Sugar (Click here to see my FOTD and Review of Burnt Sugar and Click here to see some more about this palettes!)
Majolica Majorca Holiday Majolook Palette in SV801 (Click here to see my FOTD and Tutorial for SV801 and Click here to see my MJ Holiday Haul)
Gransebon Gran De Eyes Palette in 15
Susie N.Y. Eyeshadow Quad in 11
NARS Night Series Palette (Click here to see more details on this palette!)
T’estimo Frame Impact Eye Palette in 03 (Click here to see the Fall and Spring Palettes with my Impressions of each!)
T’estimo Layered Impact Eye Palettes in 04 and 05
Esprique Precious Full Sparkle Eyes in S-0
MAC Technakohl Eyeliner
KATE Super Sharp Eyeliner
Majolica Majorca Jeweling Pencils
Mark Star Eyeliner Pencil
MAC 183 (See my recommendation by clicking here)
Bare Escentuals Eye Buki Brush
Mally Curved Blending Brush
Lush Cosmetics Icon
Lush Cosmetics Ginger
BPAL Perfume Oils in Crypt Queen, Dana O’Shee, Pink Moon, and Pruno (Want to learn more about BPAL Perfume Oils? Click here!)
Love Magical Perfurmerie Candy Pop Perfume Oil (Click here to read my review on Candy Pop)
Lush Skins Shangri La
Philosophy When Hope is not Enough
Lush Enchanted Eye Cream
Kose Airy Whip
Lush Ultra Bland (Click here to learn more about Lush Skincare)
Lush Ocean Salt
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash (Click here to read my review!)
C.O. Bigelow Tropical Fruit Face Scrub
Lush Tea Tree Water
Lush Breath of Fresh Air
Face Masks, Treatments, Etc…
Boire Deep Cleaning Nose Strips
Boire Self Heating Face Masks
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Nose Mask
Sony Blackhead Off Stick
Pola Hot Cleaning Gel
Pola Deep Cleaning Nose Wash for Blackheads
Bloom Shower Gel in Energy
Bliss Shock Therapy
Lush Snowcake (Click here to see my Snowcake Haul!)
Lush Ghost (Click here for my review on Ghost)
Philosophy Bubbly (See my ravings on Bubbly by clicking here)
Bath and Body Works Temptations 3 in 1 Shower Gel in Iced Tea Twist and Forever Frosting
Isle of Eden Body Scrub in Bombshell
Philosophy Pink Lemonade (Click here for my review)
Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Scrub
Philosophy Senorita Margarita Body Scrub
Philosophy Candy Cane Body Scrub
Tone Quick Absorbing Body Lotion
Lush Sexy Peel
Cherriflip Citrus Whip Truffle
Lush Haagen Bath
Lush Sex Bomb
Pich Posh Peach Bellini
Bubbles of Rockport Bloomin’ Raspberry Bubble Bar
Bubbles of Rockport Chocolate Covered Cherry
Lush Creamy Candy
Lush The Comforter
Those are my favs of the year! How about you? What are your favorites this year?
Tell the Muse!
Sephora has a guideline of Beauty Resolutions for us all and I thought I’d see how many of these “resolutions” apply to me!
Hmmm Let’s see shall we?!
I will use SPF everyday!
Check! I do indeed use SPF everyday and so should you and if you’re not I highly suggest it. Be you 13 or 55 start using it before you destroy your skin!
I will wash my face everyday!
(Click here to learn about my skincare regime)
No problem got this one covered too! I’m actually anal about washing my face so we should be a ok! Remember kids remove your makeup before going to bed!
I will spend less time on my hair!
(Click here to learn how I simplified my haircare!)
Hells I barely spend anytime at all on mine so we should be safe here! It’s either in a bun or it’s flying around my head doing a bad Little Orphan Annie imitation (Those are the days I wander around the city trying to locate my very own Daddy Warbucks!).
I will lose weight!
(Click here to see how you can lose weight using a ligploss!)
It’s not that easy Sephora! I’ve been trying for years and I’m still quite short and round! I’ll try harder. Promise. I’ll even use lipgloss to aid me!
I will try a new scent!(Click here to read about the new scent I tried recently!)
Hey! Got it covered! I tried a new scent recently and I’m always on the look out for new blends! Check!
I will create the perfect smoky eye!
(Click here, here, and here to see some “smoky” eye looks)
I dunno if it’s perfect but I definately love creating some dramatic looks with grays, blacks, and silvers!
I will be more adventurous!
(Click here, here, and here to view some adventurous makeup looks)
I’m adventurous! I plan on bungee jumping off the Empire State Building in 2008! Until than I’ll settle on being adventurous with my makeup and we all know by now how very bold I am with makeup!
I will keep my Beauty organized!(Click here to see how organized I am!)
I dunno if I’d call my beauty organized but I sure do try to attempt to have some sort of organization with my cosmetics!
I will feed my skin healthy ingredients!(Click here to read about my past posts about Lush Fresh Cosmetics!)
No problem! Lush has me covered!
I will treat my hair with respect!(Click here to read more about haircare!)
We’ve already been through this haven’t we?!
I don’t personally have any Beauty resolutions for myself but answering the Sephora one’s was sure fun
Do you have Beauty Resolutions? Anything you aren’t doing and should be with your skincare regime? Are you wanting to be more adventurous with your makeup application?
Tell me about ‘em!
I’m all ears!
I’ve tried the Bare Minerals face kit and found it lacking so now I’m being a glutton for punishment and currently lemming this:
Don’t ask me why but this set somehow intrigues me. It looks cheap as hell but I can’t resist the lure for some odd reason!
Maybe it’s the marbleized blush? Could be the tacky cheap brush? I’m not sure what it is but it’s pulling me in and somehow I feel myself clicking submit and buying this (only to be disappointed I’m POSITIVE)!
Have you tried Pur Minerals?
Convince me! Because I’m curious!