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KATE Spring Collection 2008: Review and First Impressions

I’m really lagging behind with this review! I meant to do it last week but Fafi took up residence on my blog and I was obsessing over it so this particular collection got shoved behind!

The good news is I’m here this morning to review it for you, babble a bit, and give you my 1st impressions of the KATE Spring Collection for 2008!

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My original impression of the new KATE line was a bit of a snore. I was on a bit of a Spicy overload as I have practically every single palette in the Spicy line so new ones did kinda make me take pause and wonder did I need these? I guess it got the better of me and I did end up indulging in some of the new line up!

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One item that particularly caught my eye was the newest color in the Glamtrick palettes. In keeping with the current flair of green that’s splashed all over the place KATE released a greenish Glamtrick palette that I am absolutely in love with at the moment! This palette contains an assortment of shimmering shades to make up that perfect green eye look and if you’re so inclined you might want to dab a bit of purple in somewhere to create the coveted green and purple look that’s so popular at the moment! The palette contains 4 shadows total and one liner color. The colors are a range of greens, silvers, and white while the liner is a deep dark forest green. The entire affair is pure perfection in my eyes and I’ve been eager to try this out since getting it!

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Speaking of palettes the newest ones to grace KATE’s line are the Line Spicy N Collection. Nothing to new about these aside from colors. The line consists of two shadows and two liners that you can interchange to create some very simple yet bold looks! I got two color selections from the give offered.

You don’t absolutely have to run out and get these. They are very nice color combos but aren’t something you have to have if you currently have a large wish list I’d say push these to the bottom! I ended up purchasing them because in all honesty they are cheap as stale chips so I firgured I might as well! But if you’re unable to get them at retail I suggest picking up the newest Glamtrick instead!

The two color selections I purchased were GD-1 and PK-1. PK-1 contains a shimmering pink eyeshadow and a beige shadow with complimenting liners of white and beige while GD-1 contains shimmering shadows in gold and brown and liners in blue and white.

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KATE also introduced a square cut eye liner which I am in love with. This is a very chunky square cut liner that contours perfectly to the lash line. I love it simply because it creates a rather gorgeous smoked out eye without the need for smudging it yourself. The liner is quite thick so you can create a large outlandish line or you can rub it along your lash line for a very smokey look! This is most definately worth picking up and is truly a gem of a liner! Ideally you can create a thin line with it if you desire but it’ll take a bit of work however using it as a tool for creating a thick line or just for smudging some liner on is absolutely perfect! I adore that this eliminates one step in creating a smoked out liner look! When “smoking” my liner I normally line and then proceed to smudge with a q-tip, brush, or finger however with this liner I can smudge as I walk it across my lashline! Sheer perfection! Good job with this KATE!

I ended up purchasing the newest KATE Gel Mascara as well which I’ve already reviewed in a prior post! Click here for details!

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Last but not least are the newest colors in the Powder Gel Liner! I already have a majority of the gel liners and these new colors particularly caught my eye. Both are metallic, shimmering shades of gold and silver and simply gorgeous! I’ve already used the gold in a few of my past FOTD’s from last week and the week before! I’m super chuffed with these. The liner formula is absolutely dreamy and a bit different from past KATE gel liners. It’s almost like applying a thin layer of powdered shimmer onto my lashline! So pretty and unique! For my Maquillage lovers you’ll be happy to know that they did similar color releases with their Spring line up! I was debating on the KATE and the Maquillage ones for a while and just ended up with KATE because it was cheaper plus I’ve tried them before and was happy with the results!

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Overall, the collection has some really great items in it! I highly suggest nabbing the new square cut liner, the gel liners, and the new Glamtrick palette!

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Dramatic Fafinette FOTD

In contrast to yesterday’s very natural Fafinette FOTD I decided to get loud and bold! Missed it? Click!

I’m stuck up at my office still and it’s gone on 6.30…sigh…I wanna go home rather badly as I am bone tired today but I have so much to get through that I really must stay and get it done! The good news is I can take a tiny, baby break to slap my Face of the Day Up really quick!

Today I didn’t use any Fafi on my eyes but I definately accented my lips and cheeks with some of the collection!

I don’t entirely like the way this came out as it may be a bit TOO much but it’s funky I guess! Sometimes I think I may be getting a little too old to pull these looks off icon wink

I fear that leaving the house in neon oranges and pinks is chalked up as “Old enough to know better and young enough not to give a crumb!” teehee!

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What I Used:

Eyes
MAC Eyeshadow in Firespot
MAC Eyeshadow in Fab and Flashy
Make Up For Ever Star Powder in Iridescent Fuschia 951
KISS Volumizing Mascara

Face
MAC Blush in Fashion Frenzy (Fafi)
MAC Beauty Powder in Sassed Up (Fafi)

Lips
MAC Lipstick in Fun n’ Sexy (Fafi)
MAC Lipglass in Totally It (Fafi)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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So it’s Valentine’s Day isn’t it?

Minor depression as my boyfriend lives in the UK but we did spend a rather awesome evening talking, being goofy, etc…!

I kinda sorta think V-Day is somewhat a bit too commercial for my likes. I don’t think I need a particular day of the year to tell someone I love them! Heck I do that everyday anyway icon wink

But I did want to take a sec to say Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you and your loved ones! It’s not all about lovers! My parents get me a V-Day pressie every year and I give them one! Same for my sis! icon wink And some special friends too!

So even if you’re single you can make it about someone else that holds a near and dear place in your heart.

Single, Married, or In a Relationship the Muse wishes you only the happiest feelings in the world on Valentine’s Day!

If I could I’d give each and every one of you a big squishy hug and some hershey kisses too (because fat content is important on Valentine’s Day!)!

I hope your day is special whatever you do!

And hey what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then with great pick up lines from the Captain right?

You’ve been officially Shatnerized with this post! And yes the Muse believes even back then it was a hair piece! For shame William, for shame!

Dear oh Dear Spock you cheeky little monkey! Naughty! Naughty!

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Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Oh.
My.
God.

The Muse is in geeky heaven watching the preview for the new Indiana Jones movie! I nearly wet my pants, nearly, very nearly.

Although if possible there may be just a bit too much CGI for me. I know, I know but we’re talking old school Indy here…a little less CGI would give it that vintage feel!

By the very way Mr Spielberg maybe just maybe we could have done without Shai Lebeouf. Bloody hell I had to deal with him in Transformers and that was like root canal surgery now Indiana Jones?

You’re ruining my geeky childhood here (and geeky adulthood)….! Sinseriously…I did not need Shai Lebeouf mucking up my Transformer experience!

Anyways.

Aside from those minor rants…this has the potential to be awesome. Cross your fingers we don’t have a lemon on our hands here a la Lucas’s money grubbying Episode 1, Episode 2, etc…….that had dollar signs written all over it!

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Natural Fafinette with Bold Lips FOTD

I was playing with Fafi this morning! I couldn’t resist so you’re about to get picture overload as I love, love, love the natural look I created with super bold lips!

It came out kinda nice in my humble opinion!

I must say that I did my fair share of ranting yesterday but the colors are truly outstanding on this collection! The blush is amazing for my skintone and the lipstick I used totally popped for me! It’s honestly the most exciting selection I’ve seen in a while!

Ok enough babbling on to the pics!

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What I Used:

Face
Sassed Up Beauty Powder
Hipness Blush

Lips
Flash n’ Dance
Sony CP Lip Silicon

Eyes
Fafi Eyes 2
Beaute de Kose Mascara

BONUS:

New geeky sneaks!

AHHH! I picked these up at the Disney Store, so kawaii! I’m a huge Jack fan! Couldn’t help myself! Total Goth Chic! Dontcha just love ‘em!? I Heart Jack!

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If anyone has any Fafi FOTDs to share do send ‘em to me at musings.of.a.muse@gmail.com

Cheers!

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