First Impressions

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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Bare Escentuals "V" Brush

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After much debate the Muse has decided to order the Smokey “V” Eye Kit from Bare Escentuals.

I really didn’t need or want the kit when I originally seen it pop up online at Sephora however I’ve changed my mind since seeing the “V” Brush in action.

I scoured around E-bay for the Brush and it looks like, at the moment, it’s going for anywhere between $14-22 USD. For that price I figured I might as well just dive in and buy the whole kit which is available on an E-bay auction for $29.99 plus free shipping or from Sephora for $32 (but then I’d have to pay taxes and shipping so E-bay seems a good idea!).

Ok…anyway…let’s get back to the brush!

The brush was intriguing when I first seen it but I wasn’t sure how exactly it was supposed to work. It basically resembles a fishtail and I was assuming that to apply you’d be dipping into your shadow and just using the brush in the outer corner of the eye where the area creates a “V” however since viewing a demo on QVC (which I am sad to say I am unable to locate for you to view) that’s not the case at all!

Photos of the brush that I nicked from E-bay
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Ok so this might be hard to explain but basically to use the brush you’ll be dipping into your shadow or better yet coating both sides of the brush in whatever color you are using at the moment. After your brush is nicely coated in color you’ll be dragging the brush from the inner corner of the eye all the way outward to the V of your eye where you’ll proceed to twist the brush up slightly. The entire effect basically coats your crease and lower lash liner with color while avoiding your middle eye and lid area! The twist towards the end will emphasize the V area and create a more intense effect.

So..that sounds really complicated but I promise you when I seen how it was used I was really delighted and instantly in “want” mode!

The Muse has decided that she needs this kit and highly recommends scouring around E-bay for either the kit or to try to locate the brush at a decent price! It seems a really good tool to add to the beauty arsenal! All in all I’d say you’ll make good use of the shadow and glimmer that comes with the kit! They are perfect colors for the fall/winter and evening looks plus you end up with the nifty brush.

Happy Hunting!

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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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Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie

The Muse is as obsessed with fragrance as she is with cosmetics and she’s always on the look out for exciting new scents to tickle her nose and make her smell gorgeous!

While wandering around on one of my favorite sites, Wickedly Chic, I came across a review of Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie.

I ended up ordering three oils from Magickal Perfumerie and believe you me that was a difficult task to do! The array of scents available is overwhelming and everything sounds so good that you’ll be tempted to buy one of everything!

The first item to hit my cart was a perfume oil entitled “Candy Pop”.

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This perfume promised notes of Pink Sugar, Candied Apple, Coconut, Cherry, Strawberry, Vanilla, Daffodil, Plumeria. Oh my the Muse likey all those notes!

I haven’t yet tried any of these on my person so this is a first impression from sniffing alone and not wearing the actual fragrance! Upon first sniff of Candy Pop I can most definately smell the fruits in this blend! Cherry and Strawberry are the most prominent with an underlay of coconut and a tiny smidgen of apple! Vanilla is most definately in there as well and it appears to be holding the entire concoction together with a gorgeous layering.

Candy Pop is most definately a favorite for the Muse! As far as lasting power and linger that’s to be determined when I get around to wearing this lovely blend!

As I was wandering and browsing around the site with Candy Pop safely in my cart awaiting purchase I came across a most interesting perfume, Linnea Quigley Summer of Sin. Now I think the celeb factor along sold me on this perfume blend. You may not know Linnea Quigley unless you’re a geek but for me the general idea of a blend that was endorsed by the scream queen of B Horror films totally blew me away and I had to have it. The geek factor did sell me on this but I also happened to glance at the notes in the oil and they also agreed with the Muse’s little nose so into the cart it went!

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The description of the oil contains Coconut Oil, Papaya and Pineapple and a few other interesting tropical treats that most definately appeal to my sense of smell. Upon sniffing this I am a tad disappointed. I was expecting this to be way more tropical than it actually is. I do get coconut and some pineapple but the blend seems to also have a strange (not unpleasant) of chocolate. It’s interesting that’s for sure and my disappointment is only minor as the blend seems quite nice!

My final purchase was difficult to make simply because I ended up running into the “sugared” collection category on the site. The site carries a large list of sugared scents that make my mouth water! I settled on Sugared Melons as my purchase but Sugared Cherries, Sugared Bananas, Sugared Vanilla Mint, and quite a few more tempted me to commit a major sin against my credit card! I refrained and ended up with Sugared Melons as I do adore the sweet scent of Melon!

A mouth-wateringly delicious melon salad of Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Mango, Guava and Papaya, with a sprinkling of sparkling sugar.

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The above description sold me on this perfume blend and I’m happy to have picked it as it smells fantastic! Cantaloupe is most definately a high note in this perfume blend and it’s quickly followed by Watermelon. I haven’t yet touched on Mango, Guava, or Papaya but once I try this on my skin I imagine it’ll dry down to a mix of wonderful fruity scents!

Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie are extremely generous with their samples and they included 4 large samples that the Muse is quite thankful for as it gives her a chance to further experiment with some new blends from this fantastic site!

Included with my order was Sugared Orchids, Innocence Found, Nectar du Printemps, and Linnea Quigley’s Rabid.

Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie is making it’s way to the Muse’s favorite list very quickly! Customer Service was fantastic, generous extras, and shipping was super quick (and quite FREE! I love free shipping!).

One other thing that deserves to be mentioned is the artwork on the bottles and the website. The art work is just too awesome. What you see on the site is what is printed on each bottle’s label!

I’m very eager to try these on and can’t wait to make my next order!

My Haul from Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie:

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