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Sneek Peek: MAC Rose Romance First Impressions, Review, and Product Photos

Oh MAC why…why do you have do this to me? Just when I thought I was cured you yank me back under your spell. MAC Rose Romance, a truly romantic and impressive collection from MAC.

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Could be love, could definately be love! Jump ahead for the sneaky peek!

MAC Rose Romance releases officially April 23rd but check your local Pro shops as it might be peeking it’s pretty head out early for you to snag. So far I only have a few of the items and from what I tried I must say I’m impressed and I’m rubbing my hands in glee awaiting my chance to get my greedy little hands on the rest of the release.

Star of the show, for the Muse, without question is the new MAC Just Pinch Gel Blush. Oh my god the coolness is too much. Housed in a paint pot glass jar this gel gives your cheeks a pinch of blush that will last all day long! Likey. It’s a loud red so a little goes a long way and with a bit of the new beauty powder on top you’re sure to look pretty for Spring!

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Of course second runner up for my money are the stunning new Rose Romance Beauty Powder. Available in two shades these are shaped like a rose and pack a nice bit of pigment so they can easily be used a blush. I have Summer Rose which is a soft violet with plenty of pink.

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I only have two of the three lipglasses released but from what I seen so far loves it! They seem more shimmery and full of sparkle than any other lipglasses I have. Steal My Heart is bright fun pink shade and Virgin Kiss is a pale almost peach with plenty of sparkle.

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I wasn’t big on the lippies as they are a bit too nude but I def want to try to make them work. The colors I have so far are A Rose Romance which is a nude pink and Way to Love which is a creamy nude pink that almost has a touch of peach. I’m wanting Odyssey as it seems a nice warm plum shade and keeping with the mauve like look and feel to the entire collection.

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Love, love, love the new shades of See Thru Lip Colour although they have been downsized from their original size of .17oz and are now mini size. I’m partial to Tender Tryst which is a gorgeous plum! I also tried out Secret Crush which is a pure berry.

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I’m looking forward to seeing the other shades of shadow in the collection but so far I’ve tried Of Summer which is a frosty mauve and Et Tu, Bouquet? which is a frost pale pink with touches of gold (nice to to cocktail with Circa Plum piggie!).

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I believe Circa Plum Pigment is a repromote. It’s a frosty dark lavender which makes a great contrasting shade for paler pinks, very fitting for the collection. Mutiny is being re-released as well and if you haven’t already gotten this gem from the Naughty Nauticals Collection I highly rec nabbing it now as it’s thee most perfect shade of aqua I’ve run across.

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So far I’m deeply impressed. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest shortly and I’m very eager to try out the MAC Fix + Rose Spray, it’s on top of my list to buy! Just when I think I’m off the MAC train I can’t help but be suckered back in. Really a great collection and well worth checking out for yourself.

What do you think?

Loves MAC Rose Romance?

Leaves it?

Tell me what you’re hauling!

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MAC SugarSweet Shadestick Review, Swatches, and First Impressions

Oh my god I’m in such a pissy mood right now! After work today I picked up my friend Jai and whisked us away to MAC to snatch up some SugarSweet for ourselves. Normally it’s just easier for me to head to MAC Soho to haul or Macy’s on 34th but my mate Martin, who works for Apple, was working the Mall circuit today so instead of our normal haunts we hit the MAC at the mall. Martin is our shadow so we can’t go anywhere without him in tow thus we decided to become mallrats so we could kill two birds with one stone, pick Martin up for dinner and snag some MAC.

Such a big mistake. We are so killing Martin, tis his fault we couldn’t haul MAC SugarSweet today. Upon arriving at the MAC we noticed that they had the display out for SugarSweet and it only had the Shadesticks on it. So we asked after the rest and you guessed it, nothing in stock yet.

Boo, freaking, hoo! What the hell? To say we were disappointed is an understatement but we did get some yay factor in as we got all of the Shadesticks and I think that’s what Jai and I were the most excited about.

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Jump ahead to have a look!

I only have my eye on a few other things from the collection so I am happy, at the very least, that they had the Shadesticks because that was honestly high on my list of things to get. I also want to snag Perfect Topping and Sugarshot. My list isn’t all that huge so I guess I’m not too devastated. I’m avoiding the glosses like the plague because as one reader mentioned they are seriously nice but with 2-3 uses they are going to be one big mess so it’s just not worth it. The lippies aren’t exactly all that fabulous so I can safely skip those and the rest of the shadows hold little appeal. I do wish MAC had release a blush or two with the collection.

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For me the gems of this collection were the Shadesticks. It’s been a while since MAC released Shadesticks and these are some stunning shades. The revamped packaging is pretty slick as well which makes them even more appealing. I wasn’t always a lover of Shadesticks but after seeing how easier they make it to apply pigment I started to like them.

Four new shades are released with MAC SugarSweet and one regular catalog shade. Penny is the shade that’s already available from MAC and just released in new clothes for this collection.

Cakeshop, which you would think would be the shade of batter or cake, is a frosty green almost olive shade. Wonderful shade and a possible favorite for me but strange name! Lemon Chiffon is a creamy shimmering white gold, another favorite for me. Butternutty, really a crummy, rubbish shade when viewed but swatched it’s a gorgeous nude pink that’s stunning! Red Velvet is a deeper pink with an almost matte like finish. And finally Penny is a pretty peachy copper shade.

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I absolutely love all of the shades and think they are well worth picking up. Correct me if I’m wrong but the price on these has gone up as they are $16.50 USD each but I recall them being a little less? Or maybe not.

I highly recommend grabbing some for yourself as they really do make life easier with shadow application and particularly pigment application. I find I get less fall out and a deeper color pay off when I use a Shadestick prior to applying pigment.

Overall, MAC SugarSweet is the first collection I’ve been excited about in months and I highly recommend heading over to MAC and having a swatch, you’re sure to fall in love with a few of the items available.

I also caved while I was in store and purchased Popster Tinted Lip Conditioner and Tippy Blush. I wasn’t too surprised after seeing Hello Kitty in person for the first time that still it failed to wow me.

In closing the Muse thinks the new MAC Shadesticks deserve a Muse Approval for purchase. Likey!

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What did you haul from MAC SugarSweet?

Skipped it altogether?

Tell the Muse!

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MAC SugarSweet Sneak Peek

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The Muse is feeling the sugar rush today and is bracing herself for the release of MAC SugarSweet tomorrow. I can barely wait as this collection is so me, the Muse happens to as sweet as sugar dontcha know!

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Jump ahead for a teeny tiny preview of what’s ahead for MAC Sugarsweet tomorrow.

As I said I’m quite excited about this color story release so I’m all raved up and ready to go. I thought I’d give you a quickie sneaky peek at a few items I’ve already hauled…tomorrow I’ll be hauling more so expect a sequel post shortly.

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Am I the only demented one that thinks with names like Dear Cupcake and Lemon Chiffon that this collection would be even better if the products were scented as such?

You seen mine now tell me yours, whatcha haulin’?

Tell the Muse!

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MAC Hello Kitty Collection Photos, Review, and First Impressions

I’m starting to feel like I’m the only makeup junkie alive who fails to feel the excitement for the MAC Hello Kitty Collection.

I’m so lonely, please don’t hate me (or hurt me).

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New York has had pre-launch after pre-launch of this exciting collection and I’ve yet to attend a single one…..I’m just not feeling the love for Miss Kitty….

My story started some weeks ago when I was busy witching (exchange that w for a b) about the crazy strange goth look of Miss Kitty’s MAC release. Why black? Why god why!

Soon after the Muse decided she’d make up her own MAC Hello Kitty Collection and plea to the mighty gods at MAC to please give us pink and white? No one listened and the fan girls gathered at the gates of MAC Pro hammering the doors down and demanding their gothy black Hello Kitty packaging.

The Muse wept…cold and alone.

Was that too dramatic?

Probably.

But I lurve the dramas!

In all seriousness, MAC Hello Kitty sadly does not excite me however I do have a few odd pieces to share with you today. I will say that the packaging isn’t all bad mostly I’m not in love with the swirly bits but I do sorta dig the black but I must emphasize that the entire swirl effect they got going on…mmm not digging it. The palettes are actually quite awesome as they sport Hello Kitty’s cute little mug and a nice heavy spray of pink shimmer all over the palette! Fun, fun! Who knew?! However, the swirl design thingyamagee takes away from the palette and just makes it rather cheap looking in my humblest of opinions.

From what I’ve seen so far online the color selection looks pretty outstanding and I can definitely see myself loving some of these shades if I ever actually venture into a MAC store to sneak a peek. So far I haven’t been near a counter or a store as it just hasn’t held my interest.

I do wonder to myself if I’m falling off the MAC bandwagon or it’s just that I’m not particularly digging MAC Hello Kitty. I do think it’s a little bit of both but MAC will always remain near and dear to my heart it’s just that it’s been a tad bit hit or miss with me lately.

Actually, the moral of the story is, that I went and took my entire MAC Hello Kitty budget and blew it on a Kindle 2…obviously Kindle 2 trumped MAC Hello Kitty in this current stage of my life. However, I think I still might go and wander into MAC and just peek a bit more to see what appeals….I always say you never can tell until you see it for yourself, swatch it for yourself, and finally fall in love with it for yourself. Blogs are great, pics are wonderful, reviews are tops, but nothing quite makes up for just viewing it for yourself and finally making that decision of whether it’s a love or a leave.

Without further ado here are a few little pieces that ended up in my possession as the MAC fairy dropped them off at my house recently.

MAC Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Quad in Lucky Tom reminds me of Fafi’s release with the lemon (Crème Royal) and orange shade (Paradisco). Following up on these lighter shades are purple (Stylin) and a brown (Lucky Tom). This has to be the strangest mismatch of colors I’ve seen to date from MAC either that or I’m just not creative. Pairing two tropical shades (which I love by the way even though I already own Paradisco in a single) with a purple and brown completely throws me for a loop. Hello, do we has face charts please because I’m confused what to do next!?

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MAC Hello Kitty Lipstick in Cute Ster is actually quite nice for Spring with it’s warm peachy base and golden shimmer. Loves this one!

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MAC Hello Kitty Blush in Fun & Games is another winner for me as it’s a fabulous warm iridescent peach that will be flattering for the warmer weather ahead!

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MAC Hello Kitty Lipglass in Fast Friends is sure to please anyone who likes unique shades of lipglass. The color is a nice purple but applies quite sheer aside from sparkling bits of purple shimmer it leaves behind. Should look fab on top of warmer berry shades!

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And finally MAC Hello Kitty Nail Polish in Something About Pink which my sister is absolutely loving at the moment. This is a nice hot pink shade that should look fab on piggies this coming Spring and Summer!

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Few things that deserved to be mentioned are the fact that, thank god, their are no stickers on the packaging. The design is not a sticker, no peeling off drama, no Dame Edna or Fafi problems here. The design is printed on the compacts, lipsticks, and glosses. Yay MAC! Also I think it’s worth mentioning that I really like this style quad for MAC and think they should embrace it with other palettes they release. It’s a nice slim line design that’s easy to store and great for traveling. I’m enjoying this size and style quite alot!

I’ll try not to disappoint, I promise to do my best and drag myself to MAC sometime this week to see if anything else strikes my fancy but be warned I might not be able to ever get over my depression of the MAC Hello Kitty release. Can we rewinds and do it over please?

What are you thoughts?

What have you hauled?

Get me the Muse in the spirit of things!

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Sneak Peek: MAC Cremeteam Cremesheen Lipstick in Lavender Whip

Crack the whip ladies and check out MAC Cremesheen Lipstick Lavender Whip!

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Yesterday you were privy to the brand new MAC Cremesheen Glass and today I bring you a sneak peek at a look of one of the newest shades of Cremesheen Lipstick in Lavender Whip!

Loving it?

I imagine you’ll want to get your mod on with this interesting lilac lip color with a creamy smooth formula that glides onto lips leaving behind a “mod”-like finish and a burst of Spring purple!

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We fell in love with MAC Cremesheen Lipstick this past fall and now MAC is reintroducing the collection with some new shades and some old favorites. Watch your MAC counter in February for the release of MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in eight shades!

Now I’m off to figure out the best way to use Lavender on my lips…hmmmmmmmmmmm……..I aim to do Twiggy proud with my moddy purple look!

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