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Summer Collection 2008: Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette Review

Oh how I love me some Shu.

Shu Uemura’s ridiculously gorgeous Summer Collection is available now for purchase and I can’t help but drool over all the yummie palettes released! I wants them all!

This collection isn’t actually a Summer Collection but the Birthday Collection. Each year a special Birthday Collection of LE items is released to celebrate the anniversary of Shu Uemura! They went all out with the collection this year and I’m yearning for everything released!

Three palettes were released, two shades of limited edition shimmer eyeliner, and three Eau de Toillete Sprays. It’s quite a luxurious selection of goodies as you might tell from the price tags on both the palettes and the sprays!

Each spray is $85 USD each for 1.7 oz bottle! Ouchie! I haven’t yet smelled these but I have a feeling they are probably worth the hefty price tag! Hey, sometimes you have to pay the big bucks for beauty!

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Each palette is $65 USD and contains a serious array of awesome colors. Personally I think the price is justified as the palette contains quite a few shades and you can get plenty of different looks out of each!

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As I mentioned each Eau de Toillete is available in three separate scents and is made from natural origin fragrance and pure deep sea water. The fragrance selection is as follows:

Fleur de Rose
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Fresh Floral Amber

Fleur de Source
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Refreshing Floral with Spicy Notes

Fleur de Terre
1112 lg sq
Fresh Floral with Woodsy Notes

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Each bottle is 1.7oz and $85 USD each and available now at your local Shu counter or Shu Uemura’s website!

As interesting as the Eau de Toillete’s sound the real gems for me are the palettes! They are simply gorgeous and I’m dreaming up different ways to use mine! I only got one so far but I plan on purchasing the other two shortly! Each palette contains seven shades in a slim yet elegant compact.

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The palette I’m testing out is the Fleur de Source which contains many a fine blue shade. From left to right the shades included are as follows:

A khaki dark green and oceany teal shade
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Cherry brown shade and light lime green
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Creamy beige and true aqua blue shade
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Grayish sky blue shade
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All the shades are paired up aside from the grayish sky blue shade which sits alone. I think it’s safe to say that this shade can be combined with any of the shades as a base or color wash to prep the eye prior to using the other deeper shades. The colors are all very vibrant aside from the one creamy, beige color which is light. The colors have a hint of shimmer and have excellent pigmentation.

The palette contains a dual tipped sponge applicator which I appreciate greatly as I prefer a sponge applicator for packing on such pigmented shades! Some people may be disappointed at the lack of a brush but I’m all for a sponge!

The compact is really small and slim but still manages to sport versatility and plenty of product for creating tons of different looks! Seven shades alone will get you seven separate looks just imagine when you start combing the colors? A slew of looks and one slim palette! Cool!

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I haven’t seen the other two palettes in person but I think Fleur de Source contains the most vibrant, bolder shades of the three. You know how I adore bolder shades!

The palettes, as I said earlier, are available in three color shade selections which are identically named as the fragrances. They are as follows:

Fleur de Rose
1117 lg sq
Contains golds, browns, and more smokey shades

Fleur de Source
1116 lg sq
Contains blues, greens, and bolder shades

Fleur de Terre
1115 lg sq
Contains browns, pinks, and golden shades

Each palette is $65 USD and although it seems a high cost it’s actually a pretty good deal considering what good quality the shadows are and the amount of looks you can get from the one palette. Of course my opinion may just be bias as I love me some Shu!

All in all the Birthday Collection is truly smashing! Definitely head on over to your counter for a peek! I’m sure once you see the palettes you’ll want to take at least ONE home!

I did a really simple FOTD using the brightest aqua in the palette and the lime green! Fun right? I’m looking forward to creating other combos with this palette!

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The palettes are definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Steals and Deals: Anna Sui and Vincent Longo

Bath and Body Works is slashing Awake cosmetic prices in half and not to be out done Victoria’s Secret has it’s fair deal of yummy sales during it’s Semi-Annual Sale this year.

Take a look for yourself and grab some while the grabbing is good!

Anna Sui Eye Color
$6.99 USD (Originally $17 USD)
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Anna Sui Eye Liner Pencil $5.99 USD (Originally $16 USD)
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Anna Sui Rouge “S” Shimmer Lipstick $6.99 USD (Originally $20 USD)
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Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Sparkling Eye Shadow
$11.99 USD (Originally $24 USD)
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Personally favorite of mine!

Vincent Longo Eyeshadow Trio
$11.99 USD (Originally $30 USD)
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Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain $6.99 USD (Originally $22.50)
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Another personal fav of mine!

The Semi-Annual is ongoing now so definately head on in to nab a few deals and maybe a steal or two!

Stop back here after your spree and tell me what you hauled!

I’m partaking of these deals for sure!

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Bath and Body Works Steals and Deals

Tis time for the Semi-Annual Sale kids!

Plenty of deals to be had at Bath and Body Works to say the least!

Just because it’s Bath and Body Works doesn’t mean we can’t nab a makeup steal! Check out the deals I located:

Awake Eye Tints $12.50 USD (Originally $25 USD)

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Awake Stardom Plump Lipstick $12 USD (Originally $24 USD)

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Awake Stardom Volume Lipgloss $10 USD (Originally $20 USD)

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Awake Stardom Pure Eye Color $9 USD (Originally $18 USD)

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Awake Intervention Liquid Makeup $20 USD (Originally $40 USD)

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These are just a few items that caught my wandering eye but definately head on over to the site and check out what else is available! I seen some Vincent Longo that was 50% Off plus your standard Bath and Body Works goodies are all on sale! Now is a great time to stock up and save in a major way!

Happy Shopping!

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Online Shopping Spotlight: BeautyKat

After the popularity of my Etude House post I got so many comments, e-mails, and questions asking where you could buy Etude House from. Sadly, I got mine directly from a friend in Korea and I was unable to recommend any good, inexpensive sellers online.

I recently ran across a site entitled BeautyKat which sells a limited amount of Etude House products. Prices aren’t too bad and shipping is only $2.88 USD within the US.

The site sells a few Japanese brands as well so it’s worth checking out!

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Happy Shopping!

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Summer Makeup Must Haves: RedPoint Airbrush Effects BlushWhip Review

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I got my hands on a pot of RedPoint Airbrush Effects BlushWhip recently which is turning into my Summer Must Have Makeup item!

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RedPoint Beauty has a score of products I’m highly interested in getting my hands on and truly I can’t resist all that shiny red packaging so I imagine my credit card is jumping out of my wallet in excitement as the prospect of a new line of cosmetics.

My first peek at RedPoint Airbrush Effects BlushWhip had me gagging to try it out and all its promises of a bright, fresh complexion had me hyper to test it out.

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The product offers a whole lot of everything! Think of the perfect cream blush now think of a cream blush that will diminish the appearance of large pores, add moisture to dry skin, and diminish lines and wrinkles.

Does it do all this?

I’m not sure. I don’t have very large pores so whether or not this erases pesky pores is lost on my skin sadly. Does it add moisture? Yes! I’m quite happy about this as my skin is dry and the product glides on wonderfully well leaving a beautiful sheen of color in its wake! Are my lines and wrinkles gone? Not sure on this either as I don’t yet sport any lines or wrinkles on my face but the blush does contain peptide so it’s claim of smoothing out annoying lines may be quite true!

The product advertises itself as a “just pinched” blush but I felt like it gave me more of a sunkissed, healthy glow rather than the “pinched” look I’m known for! Granted, I tried the color Glow which is a peachy bronze color and the other color available is Vida which is a rosy shade. Vida may likely give me a “pinched” look but I definately ended up with a healthy, sunny look when sporting Glow!

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When I read the description and seen the promo images I automatically assumed that the blush was a gel like substance. It isn’t really a gel but more of a very creamy blush. It’s quite thick and a little bit goes a long way! I highly suggest using a smidge to start and slowly adding more to build the color up. It glides on wonderfully well for those with dry skin however it does take a second or so to dry which brought up my concern for those with oily skin. I’m not entirely sure if I recommend this to those of you with oily skin as the texture and finish of the product is not quite matte. I felt like the finish of the product was a “sheen” of color comparably to what you’d see Jennifer Lopez looking like on a hot, humid night. I’m positive you know what I mean? That burst of color on her cheeks with a bit of sweat mingled on her skin to give her that very sexy, touched by the sun glow. Warning: I DID not look like JLo after application so don’t get your hopes up! I haven’t yet tried it but the product can be used on eyes and lips as well as cheeks. I felt like my cheeks were “bouncy” and “cheeky” after use if that makes any sense!

Some of you may be slightly turned off by the fact that this comes in a jar and its all about dipping your fingers in. As you know I’m utterly anal about this so I’d totally appreciate a squeeze type bottle or tube for this bad boy as I fear the angry gods of cosmetic bacteria and germs! Aside from the fact I’m dipping my fingers in I do love the bright red packaging and heavy plastic jar! Quite a nice little display item for your vanity.

The product is very pigmented and the color lasts pretty much all day. I wasn’t out in the sun too long today but it is pretty humid out and the color stayed intact until about 6:30 in the evening or so after being applied at 7 this morning! Not bad. I didn’t touch up at all and once I got home I took a quickie “after” picture and I was still looking quite healthy and glowy!

I failed to mention one exciting thing about the blush, for shame Muse! The blush contains light diffusing pigments which caused a beautiful sparkle on my cheeks. It almost looked like a very faint shimmer of silver! It really lit my face up! I took some swatches but sadly you can’t really see the faint gleam of the blush! The swatches aren’t on this post but I’ll upload them shortly.

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I did a very simple Face of the Day which consisted of Benefit’s Rebel Light Tinted Moisturizer, curling my lashes (no mascara), a swipe of MAC Tendertone lip balm, and this blush on my cheeks.

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All in all I really am enjoying this blush and it’s made my Summer Makeup Must Have list! It’s simple to apply, blends evenly and smoothly, it’s very long wearing and pigmented, and it’s moisturizing for my dry skin (perfect Winter blush anyone?).

RedPoint Airbrush Effects BlushWhip is available now for $28 USD from RedPoint Beauty!

Tried it before?

Want to?

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