YAY! Today I got home after a really, really, really, did I mention really? stressful day at work and my Lush UK had arrived! I did a little dance in my hallway and proceeded to lug my big box upstairs to my washroom to rip into it!
Thankfully everything arrived safe and sound as the postal people like to play football with airmail!
If you have no idea what I’m so excited about it you can read my previous post by clicking here for the details and history behind this order!
If you ordered during the UK party your order should be with you this week (Unless you have Retro items in your order! If you do your order may take a tad bit longer!)! I’m vaguely surprised it took this long as normally UK Party orders are pretty quick but I think they got overwhelmed with Lush Retro orders thus the wait time!
Anyway it’s here now and that’s the important part!
I ended up ordering 7 Bottles of Snowcake Shower Gel and a Retro Hatbox for myself! Yes, you read it correctly. FOR MYSELF! No way on God’s green Earth am I sharing this shower gel with anyone! It’s far to fabulous and can only grace my shower stall (the rest will be carefully locked in the beauty vault).
Lots of Snowcake Shower Gel to keep a Muse smelling yummie!
What’s so fab about Snowcake Shower Gel? Go read my ode to Snowcake and you’ll understand the importance of it (Click here for that story).
Snowcake Shower Gel is exactly the same scent as the soap (and Smitten hand cream)! It’s gorgeous! I sampled some by washing my hands with it and it’s super thick, creamy, and smelling of marzipan, almonds, and all good things Lush! I may tip the bottle and pour some into my mouth! When my 7 bottles are gone I’ll mourn it’s lost in a major way!
Yummie Snowcake Shower Gel
I also got myself a Retro Hatbox which was offered during the party! I can’t begin to say how freaking chuffed I am with the Retro Hatbox. For one thing it was cheap as day old chips and for the other it’s filled with long gone Lush that I truly miss and I’m happy to see back for a rerun! I’ll be savoring all these goodies while they last! I was going to order two of these but at the last minute I decided one would have to do but I regret that now! Oh well!
My GIANT Retro Hatbox waiting for me to open it!
Ribbons off! Time to dive in!
YAY! Time to dig in!
If you’re old hat to Lush you’ll recognize some of the goodies that make a return in this Hatbox!
Content Menu of the Retro Hatbox
Soooooooooo the hatbox had a Snowcake Shower Gel in it…la da da da da…yup that brings my count up to eight hehe!
It also contained one each of the following items:
Noriko Soap Oh how long it’s been since I seen your delightful self make an appearance! Christmas’s have come and gone since Noriko’s return! A delightful Christmas soap!
Silent White Bath Bomb Another blast from the past but this has been cropping up during other parties so I haven’t been in too much withdrawal for it!
Jack Froth Bath Bomb Sigh….I miss you Jack! Jack hasn’t been around for Christmas in ages!
Brand Butter Bath Bomb Another wonderfully warm bomb that has failed to make an appearance in years! I’m so happy to have it back!
Ghost Writer Bath Bomb This little guy I don’t recall but I’m happy to have him and try it!
And finally a favorite of mine Hot Toddy Bubble Bar Slice which hasn’t been around for quite a while as well and I can’t begin to say how happy it’ll be making a guest starring appearance in my bath tub soon!
The hatbox cost about $60USD or so and was an absolute STEAL! If you nabbed one during the party fantastic! If not you really missed out on something special!
All of the items are packed in a gorgeous reusable hatbox (I use mine to store tarts, bath products, etc…)!
Contents of my Hatbox! L@@K Snowcake Shower Gel!
The hatbox was filled with Lush’s new packaging….POPCORN! Lush is always environmentally friendly so popcorn is there way of “going naked”! It keeps all your goodies safe and sound plus you can dump it out and feed it to the birds after! No waste! Yay Lush for being so sensitive to Mother Earth! Click here to check out one of the Muse’s favorite blog’s for more information about packaging (you can also check out Mandy crushing mighty hard on Mark! No comment!)!
POPCORN! The Muse highly suggest NOT eating the popcorn! It’s infused with Lush smell thus making it soapy popcorn! But she does recommend taking it to your local park, outside your yard, or to a duck pond and feeding it to some birds!
The fine people at Lush UK were kind enough to pack a Lush Times in with my order!
Oooo Lush Times! (So much better than Lush Times NA)
Pretty Christmas Lush!
Ooooo Lush Christmas Pressies!
My little eye spies some B at the top!
Much to my utter delight (This couldn’t come at a better time considering yesterday’s Goth Juice and King of Mods post was so popular with the masses! Click here for details!) there was an article and picture of Noel Fielding!
The article reads as follows:
Give Yourself a Mighty Boosh
One story about programme’s name is that someone from Birmingham accent saw Michael Fielding (Naboo, Noel’s brother) and remarked about his hair that he had a mighty bush (pronouced boosh, obviously). We’re not so sure. Anyway, it seemed like an irresistible twist of fate; our hair styling products should naturally be named after a programme named after a hair style. Then the Boosh team heard what Lush had done and made Mark Constantine an honorary member of the Boosh Fan Club, the Mod Wolves. (Auntie P had to pay, which seemed like yet one of the many injustices that the cruel world chooses to mete out sometimes. But meh, who cares?) That’s how come Adelle from the press office was an extra on set for series three. The Japanese Lush team love it to bits!
Vist the world of Boosh at www.themightboosh.com and watch clips on www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/mightyboosh/
(If you’re not getting the bit about Birmingham accents….the Muse recommends Google or youTube!)
LOOK! It’s Noel in the latest Lush Times!
Tame your Mighty Boosh with Lush’s New Hair Gels!
I won’t ruin too much of the surprise but if you ordered from the UK Party you’ll also receive a happy accident bubble bar from the Lush UK Mailorder Team! I won’t reveal the scent but it is a happy little accident to have a delightful free gift from Mailorder! Thanks guys for always making UK ordering so special!
A Happy Accident Bubble Bar! What it smells like? I won’t reveal! A mystery to be solved when you get yours!
Thanks to Hilary for arranging a great party! Thanks to Lynsey for getting my items to me safe and sound! And big hugs to everyone at Lush UK! Love you guys!
The Muse has finally decided and placed her order for the Friends and Family Discount at Sephora! At first my list was rather short but it got a tiny bit bigger upon seeing a few items last night at Sephora!
So this is my final list (I’m a bit proud of myself as years past my list has been way bigger):
NARS Night Series Mini Palette
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Cassini
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Roja
Stila Front Cover LookBook Palette in Look No. 3
Stila Front Cover LookBook Palette in Look No. 2
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Flawless Diamond
Grand Total: $274.00
Total After Savings: $237.56
So whatcha get?
Tell me all about!
My comment box is open and ready for you!
The Muse has an angel that takes very, very good care of her! When the Muse needs her Japanese fix the angel is always around to get what is on the Muse’s wish list (I’m very lucky to be blessed with wonderful people in my life!)!
Today I got a gorgeous package that I have holding my breath waiting for and inside were two items that were most definately on this Muse’s wish list!
Kesalan Patharan French Couture Eyeshadow Palettes!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m quite pleased with these and I’m happy I ended up purchasing them as I wasn’t sure at first if they were worth it. I’m happy to report that you should snatch these up before they are gone for good!
Out of the entire collection of French Couture nothing else appealed to me aside from these two palettes but at first I was somewhat skeptical if they were worth a purchase but my mind was quickly changed when my sweet mate Iris said they were most definately worth getting!
The palettes are available in two flavors s005 and s004 (someday I’m going to convince the Japanese to stop naming palettes with numbers and letters! It’s bloody confusing!) . The shadows inside are three strips of shimmering color that range from dark, medium, to light which means you have just about everything you need within this compact to create your eye look!
My favorite of the two would have to be s005 which consists of a shimmering gold, a shimmering brown, and a gorgeous peach color. s004 is equally beautiful and includes a shimmering silver, a deep shimmering purple, and a lighter purple.
Of course the Muse in her sick, twisted little mind doesn’t want to use them at the moment because of the beautiful design imprinted on the middle powder! It’s a swirling flowery affair that will be ruined once you dip your brush into it. Le sigh the life of a cosmetic junkie is sometimes too stressful!
KP has outdone themselves with these very sweet palettes and I’m just enjoying looking at these at the moment and thinking up exciting eye looks to create!
The palettes are available for $55SGD and 3,990yen so I’m happy to report that the import of these to Singapore hasn’t caused too much of a price jack and the palettes are respectfully a few dollars off (for us yanks that’d be $37USD and $34USD).
I have other KP shadow trios and I do like the line of shadows from KP as they are quite pigmented but I do feel they are slightly chalky in texture and rub off a bit easily. These are the first really pretty shimmery shades I’ve seen from KP and I’m enjoying the novelty of them!
Overall, if you have the means these should most definately make an appearance on your wish list!
Now the Muse’s angel always spoils her and she also happened to included an awesome KP makeup bag for me which I’m utterly loving at the moment! It had a cute mini KP brush set inside too! Plus another cute Stila Girl makeup bag in pink The Muse loves pink! Having good friends around that take such lovely care of me always makes my day!
Ok, MAC Addicts.
It’s that time you’ve all been waiting for
The Muse’s haul is very tiny, actually, it’s bigger than I originally thought it would be!
This morning I was fairly sure I was going to end up with one palette but, of course, like the diseased cosmetic whore I am, I ended up purchasing three of the four Royal Asset Palettes.
Unless you’re as diseased as I am you only need one of the Royal Assets palettes in my opinion. This only applies if you are up to date with MAC Formal Black Holiday Collection 2006. If you didn’t partake of Holiday palettes last year this year is a good time to nab very similar palettes as 2006′s releases!
I’m not sure what I think of the actual compacts yet. I’m sorta of loving them and I’m sorta hating them. They are very nicely made. Very classy, worldly, chic but they may have a little bit of an underlay of cheap. I’m not sure what exactly it is that’s turning me off but I feel a little cheap going on here. So, right now I’m in a love/hate relationship with the actual style.
Contents are typical MAC eyeshadows that are very, very similar to Formal Black!
The Muse took the guess work out of this for you and compared the palettes side by side. The only palette I totally skipped out on was the Smokey Eye because it wasn’t even close to last year’s in beauty! It was actually quite blah! The colors seemed all matte to me and not as beautiful as last year’s smokey palette! The good news is that I highly recommend nabbing the Royal Assets Metallic Eyes palette as that appears to be a bit similar to last year’s smokey palette!
Let’s review. I ended up getting the Cool, Warm, and Metallic Eye palettes.
Few differences in last year’s palettes and this years! Here we are comparing the warm palette from this year (on the left) to the warm palette from last year (on the right).
Royal Assets Warm Eyes Palette vs. Formal Black Eyes Warm Palette
I don’t have the names of last year’s shadows sadly. It’s not listed on the box or the insert and the Muse is a bit too lazy to look it up on the internet So I’ll give you a run down of the names of this year’s shadows and compare them to last years!
Royal Assets Warm Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Sunday Best (this is replacing a lighter gold color. It’s nude with a bit of a frosty shimmer to it)
Star Voilet (this is replacing a copper color. It’s not nearly as nice as last year’s color. It’s a matte light brown)
Club (this is replacing a beige gold color, last year was a nice color but this year the color is even better! It’s a nice shimmering gold)
Showstopper (This is a bluish brown color and replacing a caca green/brown color from last year! I’m not sure I like this color! Prefer last years!)
Nobility (This is matte dark brown color! Very blah! Last year was a lighter chocolate matte brown! Neither is pretty in my opinion)
I’m comparing Formal Black’s Smokey Palette to this year’s Metallic Palette because 1. I didn’t get this year’s smokey palette as it was too blah for me to bother! And 2. These are a bit similar in color!
Formal Black Eyes Smokey Palette vs. Royal Assets Metallic Eyes Palette
The Metallic palette is definately a keeper! The colors are very workable and in my opinion it’s the best palette in the lot of the four that were released! It quite reminds me of last year’s outstanding smokey eye palette! Again, I don’t have last year’s color names as they aren’t listed so I am going to do a quick rundown comparison.
Royal Assets Metallic Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Honey Lust (This is nothing like the nude color that’s included with the Formal Black Smokey Eye Palette! It’s a gorgeous shimmering gold!)
Silver Fog (Silver Fog is a silver white shimmering shadow that’s very similar to what was included in last year’s palette! Last year it was a bit of a darker silver shimmer.)
Stately Black (This is a light copper shimmer that’s slightly similar to the brown shimmer we got but not quite the same!)
Velvet Lady (Nothing like the smokey eye palette this is a beautiful dark blue with silver shimmer!)
Creme Royal (Again nothing like last year’s color! This is chocolate brown with an almost iridescent green too it)
Manor (Black Tied was included with the Smokey Eye Palette and this is quite similar but has much less silver than Black Tied and is much more subdued!)
I made a mistake and had to edit this! Sorry Thanks to the reader that pointed out my error! This is a comparison between Intense Eyes from Formal Black and the Cool Eyes from Royal Assets! Cool eyes last year is a bit similar to the Royal Assets version however I find that Intense Eyes from Formal Black was more on the same base as this year’s Cool palette!
Formal Black Eyes Intense Eyes Palette vs. Royal Assets Cool Eyes Palette
Royal Assets Cool Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Shadowy (This is a very light pale pink! Last year we had no light pink color like this.)
Silverwear (This is a frosty matte silver! Again, nothing like this!)
Modern Heir (Light Fuschia pink. Last year we had a similar pink but a bit more dark.)
Queen’s Jewel (This is a light off purple color. Last year we had a true purple color in the cool palette)
Medellin (Very similar but minus the frost. This is a matte dark chocolate color)
Trophy (An iridescent bluish color, nothing like last year’s palette)
Formal Black’s Intense Eye palette had much more POP! to it! This year the colors are nice but not nearly as beautiful as the previous palette which had a beautiful aqua, green, purple, etc….This year many of the shadows are a matte frost texture and not nearly as shimmery.
MAC Royal Assets Palettes
Metallic Eyes, Cool Eyes, and Warm Eyes
Overall, it’s a nice collection but nothing you have to have unless you’re a serious MAC addict! I do suggest grabbing the Metallic Eye Palette as it is quite gorgeous! The rest I advise leaving and saving your money!
The lip palettes are nice as well but they weren’t so appealing I had to have them so I skipped! Brush sets are very pretty as well but nothing I don’t already have.
A good collection for new MAC users or people that skipped out on the Formal Black collection.
Count the Muse as being a bit sad and depressed that the collection didn’t completely knock her socks off!
Oh well we have the Stylists collection to look forward to right?
The Muse shall take herself to the mall this evening to purchase her lot of Antiquitease and McQueen
I’m going to try to practice being good and only getting what I’ll need (how many times have I told myself this?).
I’ll be posting the pictures, first impressions, and possibly a video (do you want a video?) later tonight!