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My Spotlight on Japanese Cosmetics will continue sometime later today or tonight depending on how busy I am
While you’re waiting for the newest entry please check out one of my old Spotlights!
Click below to view it!
Hey pretties! Well it’s that time again! Today’s Spotlight I’m bringing you some lovely Visee goodies to please and entice! Lucky for you I did a majority of my blogging during free time on Sunday night because I have been swamped silly this week with work!
MuseTV Presents: A Spotlight On Visee Cosmetics
You can visit the Visee website by clicking here.
Visee is pretty much a virgin brand to me as I’ve only tried two products in the entire line! The good news is it’s brought to us by our lovely friends at Kose, the Muse likey Kose cosmetics!
The palettes I’ve discussed in my video and the ones I will post pictures of in a moment have been reviewed by the masses and enjoyed by all and might the Muse add her two cents to that and say that she agrees with everything great and good that’s been said about these palettes! They are superb and well worth the cash!
The palettes will set you back a mere $19 and change (USD) and with that donation to Visee you get yourself a brilliant shimmering, sparkley packed shadow quad that’s sure to make your eyes pop and dance in delight!
The palettes are pretty much on par with T’estimo and Jill Stuart and maybe..shhh..don’t tell anyone…possibly better. If you’re really a big fan of shimmer these shadows bring that and more! The thing about these is they are not airbrushed with a thin line of shimmer as some palettes are. The shimmer in these is right down to the core! Some brands do a thin airbrushing of shimmer ontop of the shadows, which for me, is obviously to score sales. In this case you’ll find that the shadows are just as they are from first use to last use, full of fine particles of glitter and shimmery bits and pieces!
Each palette contains four shadows or darker shades can be used as a liner!
These have plenty of pigment, fantastic staying power, and go on with a near perfect finish. If by chance you are either tired in the morning or shadow retarded (nothing to be ashamed about!) these are easy enough to apply because all the colors just work together! Don’t you love palettes like that?
Sadly, like Jill Stuart, the palettes are for at home use only! Taking these with you will scratch up the lovely case they come in but hey if that doesn’t bother you, tote them away
Contrary to what I had said in my video a little light bulb went off in my head and I remembered that I had tried two of the Visee Aqua Shining Eyes. These were recommended to me by a wonderful little lady and friend that I always talk about (You probably guessed who by now);)
I randomly added these to my cart when shopping one day at Adam Beauty and I ended up just loving them! I’m not a big fan of cream shadows but props has to go to these fine shadows! They dry very quickly upon application, go on evenly without creasing, and have enough glittery bits to keep the Muse happy well into the day and night! These are around $16 USD each. A little steep in price but they work like an absolute dream! I do believe I need the rest of the colors Wish List anyone?
Overall the Muse highly recommends checking out the Jewel Crush Palettes and the Aqua Shining Eyes and if you’re hungry for more definately check out the rest of the line because I know at least several items that are on my wish list from this brilliant Japanese brand!
Visee Cosmetics can purchased for relatively good prices at Adam Beauty!
I hope you enjoyed this adventure in Visee! Stay tuned tomorrow for the next Japanese Brand Spotlight!
Work is swamped this week and I’ve been staying late! But I didn’t forget about you lovely ladies so here, as promised, the kick off of the first day of Japanese Cosmetics Week!
I’m quite a girly girl in all aspects which means if it’s pretty I am all over it!
As women, we are lucky enough to have an array of brands to choose from. Brands that run from practical and conventional, to cute and girlish, to plain and simple, and finally some brands can boast elegance and style.
Jill Stuart is one brand that can most definately lay claim to elegance, style, and so much more. The sheer gorgeous packaging on a Jill Stuart product guarantees it’s bringing you the pretty as well as a high quality make-up item!
I’m a great lover of many brands but I can’t honestly say I’ve run into any brands that are more beautiful and feminine than this line of cosmetics. I love being able to have a gorgeous product to use AND display on my vanity! You’re not only getting a beautiful make-up item to wear on your face but also an item that is presented in such a way that it’s outwardly beautiful to behold as well as use!
I can honestly admit if the product happened to be of a shabby quality, which it is not, I would still want the items for the cute compacts and jars they come in. Possibly a waste of money but I must say the packaging most definately sells the product in this case. Their is no question that the product is a good one but I imagine a good portion of the sales are generated by fancy, lovely presentation!
MuseTV Presents: A Spotlight On Jill Stuart Cosmetics
Jill Stuart has an array of loose powder blush to choose from, at the moment the general catalog contains 9 colors that are, to me, flattering on most skin types!
The blushes overall are good quality items. The texture is like nothing I’m run across stateside. It’s a very chalky, thin powder. It goes on quite flawlessly if you get the correct color. If you happen to choose an unflattering shade chances are the flawless finish to the blush will actually look chalky and flaky. I have five of the nine colors and have only run across one that didn’t particularly work well for me which was orange plush but it’s a small problem that can easily be redeemed by applying a blusher over orange plush during application.
These blushes come as I said loose and in a fancy plastic jar with their own brush. The jar itself can easily be mistaken for glass if you display it on your vanity but of course, upon picking it up, it’s only plastic. Don’t let the plastic put you off, it takes nothing away from the lovely packaging!
Each brush that comes with the blushes is quite good quality with no shedding problems. They are soft, solid brushes that work well with this style of powder blush! Application is as easy as applying your BareMineral foundation, swirl, dap, brush on! I’ve heard mixed reviews about application problems with the blush, I’ve experienced no such problems!
Each jar of loose powder blush runs about $26 USD. Once your blush is gone you can purchase a replacement bag of the blush but I’m sadly unsure what the cost is for that!
Overall I love the blush and highly recommend it with glowing cheeks
The Jill Stuart Loose Powder comes in a similar jar as the blushes but a bit on the larger side. The powder comes in four different formulas which are shine, sparkle, natural and glow. I’ve only tried one of the four and that would be sparkle. The powder comes with a cute powder puff applicator and I personally use this as a finishing powder after I’ve completely my look. It creates a sheer sparkle effect much like Bare Escentuals gossamer face powders. If you’re not a lover of sparkle and shimmer this is perfectly fine to use because it’s very sheer minus the disco ball effect! The powder runs about $38 USD. It’s a perfectly great powder and gets my high rating!
At the moment Jill Stuart has released seven eyeshadow palettes which contain four shimmering shadows in each compact. The textures of the shadows are on par with T’estimo palettes.
The texture is silky smooth and application is a breeze as the powder smooths on easily. Color intensity depends on many layers of the shadow you apply. One layer will give you a nice, gentle wash of color while two to three layers will give you a more dramatic, intense eye look. The colors are sparkley and full of shimmer.
I think, like other brands, the compacts sometimes come across with a strange combination of colors that give the appearance they won’t work together very well. Finding looks to come up with using some of these may prove difficult but with a little imagination you can create a fantastic eye look!
The compacts are extremely beautiful but unconventional to use outside of your home. If you’re looking for a compact to throw in your bag for touch-ups I strongly suggest looking elsewhere. The palettes are easy to scratch up if you stow them away in a purse or a make-up bag. The price per a palette is around $43 USD.
I adore these and can’t give them a big enough thumbs up!
Jill Stuart has a line of pressed powders for every skin type. These are not foundation powders but just a pressed finishing powder or a powder you can use for quick touch ups. This formula, like the loose powder, comes in natural, shine, and sparkle. I only own one of the three and that would be…you guessed it..sparkle.
The sparkle powder doesn’t have much in the way of sparkle however I find it works fantastic when touching up under your eyes or powdering an oily forehead or a shiny nose!
It comes in, of course, an elegant compact with sponge applicator. Cost wise this carries a high price tag of $45 USD but is well worth it!
The powder isn’t an absolute must have but it is a nice conversation piece. You can probably skip it if you’re low on cash but if you happen to have the extra money I strongly suggest nabbing one or two!
Finally, last but not least I give you the Jill Stuart Pressed Powder Blushes! There was much excitement and fanfare when these were introduced and many people were eager to get their hands on them. You can see why they were so eagerly anticipated. The compact is a gorgeous silver affair with a detachable silver jeweled brush!
Our first views of these had many people worried about the practicality of having a brush that hung from a compact. How would we apply a blush with a brush hanging from the side? How would we store it? So many questions and a bit of disappointment for all! However, after further pictures were released in magazines and on blogs, much to our relief, we learned the brush was in fact detachable. The brush clips right off of the compact making for easy application and simple storage! The brush’s first reviews were poor ones. It was reviewed as being stiff and hard in texture but to my relief, upon getting my compacts, I found the brush was not so bad and quite soft without any shedding of any kind much like the loose powder brush but a little stiffer!
I can’t review the blush as it’s just been too pretty to touch as of yet but I can tell you that I’ve heard various review in poor favor of this! It was awaited patiently and eagerly and when it finally got to shops and was purchased a majority of the purchasers were disappointed and cried out their dismay at the fact that the blushes were so sheer with very minimal pigment! I’ve come across more bad reviews than I have good but again, I can’t speak for myself as I’m still in the phase of stroking it lovely and telling it how gorgeous it is and quickly putting it back in my beauty vault! Blushes run about $38 USD.
I’d recommend nabbing one just for the packaging alone if you have some extra cash! If not wait for the Muse to use hers and of course she’ll give you her honest opinion of it!
Jill Stuart carries a full range of cosmetics which includes glosses, lipsticks, single eyeshadows, face care, and more…
Check out the website by clicking here.
I know of two online shops that carry the line but the prices are not what you’ll be paying retail sadly.
Those shops are:
Prices increases go from anywhere from $5-$25 on top of retail cost.
You can find certain items on E-bay but again prices are jacked up!
Most all my Jill Stuart was purchased by friends and shipped to me via airmail so if you happen to have a friend living in Japan that makes life easier and cheaper!
I hope you enjoyed exploring Jill Stuart cosmetics! Check back tomorrow for a new Japanese Brand Spotlight!
Stay Tuned tomorrow for an FOTD using Jill Stuart Cosmetics!
Next week I’ll be doing a spotlight on Japanese Brand cosmetics for the week you’ll see a new video each day starting Monday and ending on Friday.
I get many questions in regards to Japanese Brands and I thought I’d spotlight some different brands for you to view close up. I’ll be doing impressions of the products, reviews, pictures, and of course the video that goes along with it.
In preparation for the week in video I made this one in explanation of why MuseTV has been out of commission for a month or more!
Note: The video on Jill Stuart will be on display for your viewing pleasure on Monday! Check back!
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A lovely girl by the name of Aimee happened to e-mail the Muse about a month ago (*blush* it’s taken me this long to get to replying).
In her e-mail she explained that my videos had inspired her to make some of her own!
I love looking at other people’s collections and this video deserves a look (A traincase full of goodies)! Aimee also happens to have some great tutorials up!
The Muse recommends you have a peek!
Thanks for the e-mail Aimee and keep up the great work with the videos! The Muse approves and loves ‘em
And of course she’s utterly flattered she’s inspired you in someway!
Ya ya I know tarts aren’t very cosmetic like are they?
But I guess they kinda sorta fall under the Bath and Body line of thinking
The Muse sure does enjoy tarts and she keeps quite a healthy stash of these guys around her house to make her home smell wonderful!
Some of you may or may not know what tarts are so I’ll dive right into a bit of an explanation.
Tarts are little pieces of either soy or paraffin wax that can be placed into a tart warmer or burner and melted to release lovely scents into your home. So it’s pretty much like a scented candle without a wick! You take your tart and place it into your warmer, light a votive under it, and as it melts the smell of the tart will become stronger and stronger releasing a wonderful aroma throughout your home!
Tart warmers come in many shapes and sizes! I collect ‘em *blush* I know weird habit but I do! Yankee Candles sells warmers and tarts. I personally don’t like the tarts all that much as the scents are kinda limited compared with online sellers who hand make tarts in a much larger scent selection scale. Yankee Candles does sell some amazingly cute warmers that they rotate with each Season and Holiday. The Muse loves having a different warmer for each Season and Holiday that comes along!
Tarts come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and scents to suit all your needs! Some shapes you’ll come across are small little cupcake shaped melts, large breakaway bars which allow you to break a piece off and combine with other tarts to make a unique scent all your own, food shaped tarts such as fruits, cakes, etc….that carry the scent of their shape, and some come in cups of various kinds which make for easy storage!
It’s difficult to decide on where to purchase tarts with the HUGE array of places that make tarts! But hey that’s why you have the Muse! She’ll tell you the best places to purchase your goodies from as she’s tried most all of ‘em!
Now tarts are kinda a picky little animal which means some tarts aren’t as strong as others! Some shops don’t use enough fragrance oil in their blends so the tart falls flat and you either end up not smelling it at all OR it smells very little! You want a good solid tart that gives off super strong scent, linger, and nice throw. Meaning you’d like something that you can burn upstairs and still get whiffs of downstairs in your home! You’d also like something that maybe lingers a bit after the flame has long gone out!
Yes of course I did a video for you! Hehe! Please excuse my 1. Messy Desk and 2. Clutter of wires on the floor *blush* I decided tonight was a good time to crawl under my desk and install two new archive hard drives into my main server so basically I have a massive tangle of wires after pulling out my server for the installation work.
So if you don’t mind all that…please go right ahead and view!
Muse Media Presents Tarts The Art of Home Fragrance (A Non Cosmetic Blog)
Some of my personal favorite tarts places would have to be the following (in no particular order):
Candy, the owner, is a sweetheart! She has wonderful service and a quick turn around time when ordering! She is in Canada which means higher shipping costs but her tarts are fantastic! She offers three types of tarts. Breakaways, single tarts, and bags of 4 tarts. She also does a bag of “misfit” tarts which are tarts that are in odd shapes or just something she is unable to use for sale so she bags ‘em together and sells them in 1lb surprise bags! This is great for trying various scents and enjoying the feel of a grab bag surprise! Overall, her tarts are hit and miss! Meaning some scents are stronger than others! The Muse highly recommends Boo and Ichabody for Halloween! Both are fantastically strong and just put you in the spirit of the Holiday! Two others I adore would be Bunny Hugs and Sweet Candy both of which are strong and good smelling tarts!
Some Break-A-Away Tart that are sold at Skindazzles! These come in a large bar and you can break off cubes to mix and match with other cubes to create a new blend or just break off pieces to burn by themselves! These are available in an array of scents that you can choose from!
Some tart melts from Skindazzles. These come in a package of four and again you can mix these with other melts to create a brand new blend all your own! The Muse loves mixing Pumpkins on Parade with Southern Peaches and Buttercream melts! Yum!
Another great tart place! They aren’t open very often so when they do open (mid September is their next opening I believe) make sure you grab a nice order of her wonderful tarts! All the scents have amazingly strong throw! She normally does a bakers dozen for $9.99 which is a fab deal in my humble opinion! And occasionally she does buy 2 bakers dozen get one free! Her scent list isn’t as extensive as most tart dealers as she pre-makes these and doesn’t make them as orders come in! So they aren’t customizable that you are picking scents you want from a list! It’s more of whatever she has made that’s what you can order from her at that time! Either way she does some wonderful tarts and the Muse recommends nabbing some!
AH! Dearest Tod! A genius if every their lived one! This man KNOWS how to create tarts! Tod’s list of tarts is not extensive and since he’s a man his tarts lean towards the dark side of things! If you like earthy blends he’s your guy! He does many woodsy, herbal, and darker blends that aren’t so appealing to my nose! But on the positive side I am a loyal customer because he has several scents that I adore. Tod’s tarts are weird. Why? Well…they are good for one solid burn. Which means reburning them will mean that you won’t get much scent from them. When I say reburn I mean that at some point during your burning you blow the candle out and go to bed, or leave the house, etc…when you come back you are left with a solid pool of wax where once a pretty tart laid! You can relight it and get some more use out of it. However, this can’t be done with Tod’s tarts. They are only good for a nice long burn of 6 or more hours. After you blow out the votive the scent is pretty much done for so you’ll need to start a fresh tart! But the good news is that Tod’s tarts are so amazingly strong and wonderful that they are well worth that minor rant from me! His tarts fill my entire home with yum (plus they linger like crazy! I can burn a Honey Roast tart from his line, blow the votive out, go to bed, wake up in the morning and still smell it!)! I strongly, strongly recommend Honey Roast (He makes me soap in this but I’m special so don’t ask him to do it for you hehe! I know I’m a tease!), Candy Coma, Summer on Ice, Monkey Love and Bonbon Voyage!
The lovely Peldon Sisters at Starring opened up an Etsy shop for tarts. Courtney took over the tart side of business while the lovely Ashley continues to wow me with awesome perfumes! I just recently got into Starring tarts and must say Courtney outdoes herself with some of these concoctions! Courtney does a triple layer tart which consists of three scents in one tarts. As each layer melts it releases one layer of the scent as the next layer melts it combines with the 1st to create a new smell and so on and so fourth! Truly genius (Skindazzles does something similar by the way)! Courtney does a bag of 7 in a theme for $8! Her themes consists of mostly Wiccan themed tarts with elaborate names and cute descriptions (Courtney is Wiccan) but don’t let that fool you. The scents are pure joy! Most are very complex cake blends! Such as The Enchanted Broomstick which consists of bananas and chocolate! Or Sparkling Potion which has caramel corn and cookies! At the moment the Muse highly recommends snatching up the Halloween Blends she is doing! She has two packs Halloween 1 and Halloween the sequel! Both are fantastic packages of tarts! She also has two new themed tart packages which are mostly cake blends!
Once upon a time their was a wonderful lady by the name of Kelly who shared her love of tart making with the world! The lovely lady got pregnant and was unable to continue making tarts as her world was about to change and she was about to become a busy mum! This was good news and sad news! Good news that a baby was entering the world Sad news as Kelly’s awesome tarts were taking a vacation! For almost a year I was without Kelly’s wonderful tarts! And a few months ago, much to my delight, she reopened her shop and began once again making her delightful blends! Her sweet baby Kara is 9 months old and is the “theme” of her new shop! Kara’s name appears on most all the products Kelly sells! It’s quite cute! Kelly has an extensive scent list that will wow you and make your mouth water! Now one thing about Kelly is you are not only ordering tarts but you are making a new friend. Her customer service is like ordering from your best friend. She packages this stuff amazingly with candy, and uber generous samples, and just tender, love and care! She gives so many extras you’ll want to go back again and again and again! I love great customer care don’t you? I don’t think she has many scents that the Muse doesn’t love! Strongly recommend ‘em all! They have amazing throw, great linger and just awesome all around!
These are just a TINY few of the etailers I purchase tarts from! Google tarts and you’ll find a million more! This may sound like some endorsement for the above etailers but it’s not I just generally love these tarts and the people that make them have ALWAYS treated me with kindness and generosity! That’s not something you get in a store!
Now if you’re looking for tart warmers you can head on over to Tartwarmers.com and get have an array of warmers at your fingertips to choose from! Some of you may be weary of having an open flame in your home or have young children around that you don’t want touching the candle, etc….The good news is you can still enjoy tarts as their are electric burners available which plug into a wall socket, heat up, and burn your tart just as good as a candle burning warmer
A few of my tart warmers:
If you’re curious about how to switch scents and start up a new tart that’s easy enough! Just blow out the candle in your warmer, allow the pool of wax left from your tart to harden, slip the entire warmer or the dish from the warmer (some have removable dishes like my Yankee Hanging Tart Warmers) and slip it in the freezer for a few seconds. Take it out and PRESTO! The wax will slip free and allow you to start a new tart up!
Please keep in mind prior to ordering tarts from etailers that these are handmade items which means when you place your order they will hand make them at that time! This causes for a wait time! Most places get items out anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on how busy they are! Holiday months are always a busy time so keep that in mind when placing orders during the holidays!
Well…I guess I’ve babbled enough!
Questions? Comments? Favorite Tarts? Comment me!
Some Random Tarts from E-tailers:
I hope I didn’t bore you guys too much!
My Better Late Than Never blog entry is being updated with the videos! Check back shortly and scroll to the bottom of the entry to see MuseTV’s latest video blog!
You can view that blog by clicking here.
I’ve been very busy lately and updating my blog normally happens either really, really, really late at night, during brief pauses at work if I am even remotely lucky to have any, or in spurts here and there. Basically what you see written on any one entry takes me a day or more to complete because I’m so nuts with work and life in general lately
Reason I am telling you all this is I’m quite late displaying my latest Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul! I got it ages ago and never had a chance to really take it out of the box and truly enjoy it aside from taking some pictures and doing a video of it AGES and AGES ago.
I know MANY of you have already been exposed to the new Jill Stuart palettes, pressed blushes, etc…but I like to keep my blog updated with all my latest hauls so here goes anyway Hopefully it isn’t too much of a snore!
Kose Airy Whip (The new love of my life! This could replace Purity for washing my make-up off in the evenings! It’s so light and lovely and removes all traces of my foundation, blusher, and eye makeup too!)
Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyeshadow Palettes Fall 2007 (Both are gorgeous as you can see and the colors are surprisingly really nice! I was worried I’d never make any use out of these palettes but I’ve fallen in love)
KATE Mascara Primer (Not entirely impressed with this yet! The fibers get caught in my lashes and are visible a bit which means I have to struggle to catch every fiber while applying mascara! Not sure I’m in love with this as much as I’d like to be!)
MuseMedia Presents: A Japanese Haul That’s Better Late Than Never!
I get many fine questions about MJ or MM (short for Majolica Majorca) from many a fine person that wanders onto my youTube page or happens upon my blog! I went ahead and did a little spotlight video on some fantastic MJ products I love!
MuseTV Presents: A Spotlight on Majolica Majorca
I’m going to attempt using my Sony Mini DV to start doing videos! I’m not entirely sure how well the compression will be in relation to uploading on youTube! Another words quality may very well be too much for little old youTube to handle! But since the vids have gotten so popular I may just serve them from my own server and you can have them in all their beauty and glory minus bad compression from youTube. It’s entirely debatable at this point as I’m quite busy lately and haven’t much time to fiddle! I’ve also got a few comments about the videos making you feel slightly like a milkshake as I wriggle it around from here to there and everywhere! Soooooooo..recording using the Mini DV will make life easier as I can set it down and babble about everything and anything where as with the digital camera I have to hold it on my hand while speaking!
Let’s see what happens
First off I should say that I’m not completely sold on Painterly yet! Lots of tugging to be had during application which kinda freaks me out! But I’ve decided maybe applying with a brush is the way to go with these! You can see my very first review and FOTD with Delft in a prior blog! When I seen the display basically some of the colors sorta screamed at me and thus I walked away with 4 colors!
These are great colors and I’m looking forward to trying to convince myself to love these!
I also ended up snatching up some of the new technakohls because really we can never have too many eyeliner pencils right?
I ended up getting:
I also happened to fall in love with In3D! These shocked me as I’m not normally MAC’s biggest cheerleader when it comes to their glosses! But these are a good solid product and I think they should keep this formula around! It doesn’t have the normal sponge applicator but a brush like applicator which I love! I always feel like a brush applicator catches more product and you don’t have to keep dipping and layering! Some of the colors were just really gorgeous and pretty pigmented to the point that you won’t need stain or lipstick under these!
The colors I ended up getting were:
I did rant a bit in my last blogs about these new color stories but overall a nice haul of products this time so I take back some of the rants
MuseTV decided it wanted it’s time in the spotlight as well so I present a video of MAC’s newest color stories (Sorry for my lack of enthusiasm I’m just dead tired tonight so these videos aren’t so great)!