Beauty Bits & Bobs

Shu Uemura Exclusive Face Chart for Musings of a Muse

Hey guys!

I wanted to share this exciting news with you last week when I originally got it but I was too busy to recreate the look so I didn’t want to post it without my spin on it!

One of the key makeup artists at Shu Uemura, Misumi Kitano, created a gorgeous exclusive face chart for readers of Musings of a Muse using the brand new Rebirth Collection! I was lucky enough to nab some of the Rebirth Collection for myself and it’s delightfully Spring-like!

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I didn’t have everything that was used in the face chart so I improvised with some stuff from my own collection!

What was used in the face chart:

Cheeks:
Glow on Harmonious Orange

Lips:
Rouge Unlimited in Dewy Beige

Eyes:
Rocket Eye Pencil Energy Flow
Pristine Green Eyeshadow
Precise Volume Mascara Black

My dup of the face chart:

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What I Used:

Cheeks:
Milani Mineral Blush in Mai-Tai

Eye
Shu Uemura Rocket Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow
Shu Uemura Pristine Green Eyeshadow
MAC Pigment in Charteuse
Fairy Drops Mascara

Lips
Smashbox O-Gloss
Urban Decay Lip Envy in Envious

I’m happy to say that I got a chance to sample some of the Rebirth Collection from Shu and it’s quite gorgeous. It’s one of the few Collections that is very light and Spring-like! Many collections this year went for very bold and dramatic colors that didn’t completely suit my taste for Spring but Shu came out with a beautiful range of soft Spring colors such as greens and yellows that are sure to suit the upcoming warmth of Spring! The title of the Collection is quite fitting as each spring their is a Rebirth and regrowth of life around us! Flowers, Trees, Etc…the colors and the name are well suited!

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The highlight of the collection for me are the rather awesome stackable tri color pencils. These come in three colors that are stackable to create one easy to carry pencil. These are a very creamy pencil that can be applied as an all over color or an eyeliner! Two color combinations are available which are Energy Flow and Aqua Flow. Both sets include three color selections for $20 USD. These trios are Limited Edition.

Overall, the collection is quite lovely and worth having a look at! The Muse loved recreating the look from the face chart Misumi created for Musings! A big thank you to Misumi for taking time out to design the chart!

Check out Shu’s Rebirth Collection at the Shu Uemura Website.

If you’d like to copy the face chart and do your own creation and share it with the Muse and readers of Musings of a Muse do e-mail it to me at [email protected]!

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Click here to read my recent review of the Shu Uemura Mini Lash Curler!

Click to read my review on Shu Uemura’s Gloss Lacquers!

Click here to read how I fell head over heels in love with Shu’s Lash Curler!

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Lunasol Geminate Diamond Palette FOTD

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You may recall that I had was in with all of the Lunasol Geminate Eye Palettes when they were introduced. I went nuts and just said to myself “MUST have all!”

At the time I recall my good mate Iris from Rouge Deluxe saying she liked the Diamond palette the least. At the time Iris had purchased me the Diamond palette and I was in agreement with her that it was probably not as nice as the others plus would be a bit sheer as well! It’s rare I’m in disagreement with anything she says so I was definately on the bandwagon that this particular palette wasn’t as beautiful as the rest of the lineup!

However, I beg to change my opinion! It’s become a fast favorite of mine the times I’ve used it and I’ve created some ultra stunning, shimmery looks with it!

I love, love, love how the colors all just work so well together!

This is what I created a few days ago when using it:

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It’s quite nice but it’s a bit of shimmer overload! My fallout was a mess! Oh well I’m still enjoying all the glittery bits and pieces!

What I Used:

Cheeks
MAC Blush in Full Fuchsia

Eyes
Lunasol Geminate Palette in Diamond
MJ Lash Extender Spring Edition
KATE Loose Eyeshadow in PK1
Kate Loose Eyeshadow in SV1

Lips
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Pink Raspberry
Ettusais Glitter Pink Lipgloss

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Lestat’s Return: Babblings of an Un-Cosmetic Nature

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Here’s one for the Lestat fans (there have to be one or two of you out there in cosmetic land).

It appears Anne Rice is returning to her roots and giving Lestat some much needed air to breath, he’s been buried up in his tomb for far too long and many of his fans miss him (the Muse does!). Anne Rice spoke to Time Magazine recently and promises one more book for Lestat.

It interests me she’ll be breathing life back into Lestat but I fear for Lestat’s return as from the article’s tone it appears Lestat will be released back into the head storm of Anne Rice’s religious hurricane (I’m an atheist, no I’m not, yes I am, no I’m not!)!

If you’ve been buried under a rock for 12 years or you’re just not a big reader you probably haven’t noticed the lack of blood dripping from Anne Rice novels as of late. That’s simply because Anne Rice is no longer an atheist and “re-found” the catholic church. In short terms, this meant she’d buried the Vampire Chronicles and ‘the evil” it created for her and she’d take on the new adventure of writing about Christ’s life. I can’t make this stuff up it’s all completely true. A lady that was writing about Sleeping Beauty in Bondage a few years ago is now a hardcore Christian…I dunno..whatever floats your boat I guess…stranger things have happened right?

I haven’t been a fan of Anne in a while in all honesty. Her work began a downward spiral a very long time ago and Lestat had long since lost his ability to speak to me since…god…who knows a very long time ago.

I’ve done my duty, as a good fan, and read through everything she’s put out (with much difficulty) over the course of the last several years. Reading Memnoch was at times comparable to root canal surgery with a rusty drill!

I guess we do that from time to time with someone we love reading (King is a good example). We fall under the illusion that the next book out will surely recapture the intense feeling we experienced when we originally read the author’s first book. But it’s never really the case is it?

Lestat’s return won’t happen for a few more years yet I imagine (even the article states as much) but I’ll keep some sort of hope (not a high hope…) alive that he might make a colorful reappearance in her next novel! Who knows maybe Lestat will learn to communicate on the same level with Anne that he used to before Anne went off on her trip to Never Never Land without him.

The Muse looks forwards to the gentleman vampire’s return (even though my gut tells me it’s going to be a very weird trip)!

Cheers Lestat de Lioncourt! High hopes for one last big bang before you disappear off the literary circuit for good.

By the way if you’re really missing the goth you can always appease your hunger by reading Christopher Rice’s dribble…that’s not quite root canal surgery…it’s more alone the lines of brain surgery while you’re fully awake!

Yay!

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Crazy Busy!

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Hey Guys!

I wanted to say a quickie Hello, Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Happy Monday, Etc….Etc…Etc….!

I’m crazy busy today so I haven’t had much time to update, reply to comments, reply to e-mails, etc………!

I owe many people e-mails that I’ll get too soonish! My comment box is overflowing with tons of good stuff from the weekend that I’ll reply to tonight! I got some of it done this morning but at the moment I can’t do the rest as I’m nutty at my office!

As far as updates I got a TON for you guys but haven’t had a chance to either take pics, write reviews, or upload so that will be done tonight as well!

Sorry for my insanity but I wanted to let you guys know why there hasn’t been any updates today!

What to look forward to at Musings of a Muse:

  • Review of Benefit Erase Paste
  • Some exciting bits from Shu Uemura including a review of some of the new Rebirth Collection
  • Givenchy’s Denim Fetiche Collection Review
  • Lunasol Diamond Palette FOTD
  • Various new releases across the board that have caught the Muse’s eye
  • L’occitane en Provence Japanese Cherry Blossom Review
  • And much, much, much more…..!

I have quite a few interesting posts up my sleeves for you all so bare with me while I get it all to you shortly!

Hugs from your Muse!

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Hard Gay Coming to a Bento Near You!

You might already know I have a little obsession with bento art. This translates as me browsing Japanese blogs for good bento lunch ideas. I came across a rather awesome blog of amazing bento packed lunches! One in particular really had me laughing!

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Hard Gay in your bento!

Do you love it?

Sincerely the resemblance is uncanny don’t you agree?

The cuppa tea I was sipping while scanning through this blog is now dripping happily down my monitor as when I seen Hard Gay shaking his thing in a bento box it was either laugh and choke or laugh and spray. I decided it was best to laugh and spray!

Check out more amazing bento lunches at Rico & Coco. Click!

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