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Koda Kumi Gossip!

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I read about the Koda Kumi gossip on a blog a few days ago but Iris from Rouge Deluxe has reported on it as well!

If you haven’t yet noticed Visee’s website has been down the past few days and it’s all do to problems with it’s spokesmodel, Koda Kumi!

If you’re not familiar with Koda Kumi she’s a Japanese pop star and of course the model image for Kose’s Visee line!

I won’t go into details about what happened with her as you can click your way over to Iris and read the details for yourself!

I will however say that I don’t think what was said was meant in an ill or mean spirited manner. I guess she thought she was being very “scientific” but it came out completely wrong! However, she’s cost Kose (and herself I imagine) a ton of money! You’d think she’d have known better then to say something like that! I’m wondering what Kose is planning to do with the new line up that just released?! New spokesmodel?

Anyway! Thought you might find it of interest if you live stateside and haven’t heard about it and happen to be a fan of Visee or Koda Kumi!

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Fafi for MAC is Live!

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Fafi for MAC is Live on the website (CLICK!)! Thanks to a Watercolour Sky for this info! I know we already discussed it but since it’s Live I thought we can dive into it again!

You can’t purchase as of yet but I’m sure within a few days you’ll be able to click yourself to cosmetic bliss!

The collection is highly anticipated by MAC lovers far and wide!

Official dates for the US Counters is February 13th and I believe that’s also for UK and Asia as well but do correct me if I’m wrong!

Of course, as always, the swatches on the site suck but I know I’m wanting a majority of the collection!

The break down of the Muse’s lemmings:

Lipsticks
Flash-N-Dash
Utterly Frivolous
Strawbaby
High Top

Lipglass
Totally It
Squeeze It

Eyeshadow Quads
Fafi Eyes 1
Fafi Eyes 2

Blush
Hipness
Fashion Frenzy

Pressed Powder
Sassed-Up
Verve-Acious
Belightful

Items I’m debating on:
Fafi Dolls
Makeup Bag and Brush Set
Makeup Bags
Fafi Tote

Wow, I’m officially broke and I haven’t been to the counter as of yet!

How about you!?

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Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008 First Impressions

I’m positive many of you will be hyper and happy about this entry as I know quite a majority of my readers are big Lavshuca fans (as am I!).

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I was excited and disappointed with the Spring releases as the colors ended up being very dark and dull. My excitement at the release of new palettes was definately high however my first glimpse left me feeling rather crestfallen with the color selection being so very “un-Spring” like!

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The current palettes, entitled Noble On Eyes, have evolved yet again and although they remain familiar in size they differ in small ways from the standard Grade Eye Select Palettes in the general catalog.

I was in high debate if I wanted any of this collection but as I am such a mush I gave into temptation and got all five palettes released and three of the new lipshades!

A few of the differences that I took note of were the fact that the palette now consists of three colors instead of the standard four shades, the applicator is no longer a dual tipped sponge, it now has a brush on one end and a sponge liner brush on the other side, and the packaging of the palette is slightly different in color and design. The new packaging carries a floral cut along the outer edge all the way around and the color went from pinkish purple to a dark purplish pink.

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Most shocking is the fact that each of these palettes appear to carry all the same dark base colors while leaving us with one vibrant shade for our lid! Le Sigh! How very boring!

However, the good news is that each has a bit of a lighter or darker shade to it so really even though they appear the same they have little tiny differences! Still disappointing none the less but at least it’s not a total loss that I have five palettes with the exact same colors!

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The palettes come in a pink, blue, green, orange, and tan variation. To create your look with these you’ll be using the lightest shade (on the bottom left corner) on your highbrow as a highlighter and also as a liner for your bottom lash line. You’ll use the middle color on your crease and the dark shade (upper right hand) as a liner. This is basically what I can glean from the diagram. Hmm. Sounds interesting!? I guess it’s best we use our imaginations while applying and see what we can do with such wonky colors!

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From what I can see BR1 and BG1 carry the same base colors while the middle color is different! PK1 may look dark but actually the lower left hand corner color appears to be a very sandy pink color to my eyes! GN1’s lower color is a golden sheen while OR1 is a sandy beige.

The upper color is mostly the same in three out of five of the palettes. OR1, BG1, and BR1 appear the be the same while GN1 is a lighter variation and PK1 is the lightest in the lot!

So even though they appear to carry the same colors they are very slightly different from each other aside from BR1 and BG1.

The Spring Collection happened to bring a new color release for the Grade Color Select palettes which I didn’t get as it was blacks and grays and I have plenty of each. Sadly, no new colors for the Grade Eye Select which may mean they are phasing them out of the catalog. I hope not as they are actually my favorite! We shall see what Summer brings!

It deserves to be mentioned that color pay off is what you make of it. A lighter hand will get you a beautiful natural look while a heavier hand that’s packing on color with leave you with a more bolder, vibrant look. Lavshuca shadows have good pigment to them and with a little work you can create a lovely eye with them!

I used BG1 this morning and sadly it came out a complete mess to me. Working the darker browns with the lighter aqua shade in the palette was difficult at best. The completed look, to me, appears very washed out and just ugly. I’m really not loving how these combine! Although they look great on Puffy in the promo images I am unable to prefect the same look. Using the darkest shade to line the aqua just made it a mess so I ended up removing it and tried applying the darker shade to my lid while highlighting with the aqua, again I got crummy results. I somehow ended up with the lightest shade highlighting my highbrow, the aqua all over my crease and lid, and the darkest shade applied lightly on my lid and lining my upper lashline! After all this drama I think it came out crap! Maybe I was rushing too much this morning so I can’t give these a totally bad review yet! I have to test a bit more to make my final decision.

With the palettes they also introduced a brand new lipstick entitled Rouge Essence Bar. To me it’s basically the same old standard lipsticks but in keeping with the current theme they just packaged it different. However, the formula for these does appear creamier and less gritty then the original lipshades. I find the old lipshades had glitter in them and weren’t as flawless to apply as these are plus they had a bit of a gritty feel to them! These are very moisturizing and creamy and have excellent color payoff and indeed they do have a touch of shimmer! I think I may want a few more of these! I ended up purchasing three colors.

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Evolution of Lavshuca’s Lipstick
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I’ll be uploading my FOTD later today so you can see one of the palettes in action! I’m not particularly thrilled with these to be honest and I think you can safely skip these if you’re unable to locate them at retail price. If you’re a collector or you can get these at retail they may very well be worth picking up. The lipsticks are a definite buy as I found them very good quality!

Overall, a little bit of a disappointing collection!

Got some of this?
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Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection Review and First Impressions

Hold onto your seats we are reboarding the Bobbi Brown Train and my week of Spring Collection reviews continues!

Taking a little break from the Japanese front today I bring you a Spring Collection from the US shores!

I’ve had bumpy rides with Bobbi Brown before but I gave into my need for more Bobbi last week when I seen her on QVC.

I dunno what it is but QVC really sells me on cosmetics! Damn them straight to hell and back (scratch the back part! Let them stay in hell and rot!).

Seriously, you know how it is when you watch QVC and that sudden hardcore NEED rocks your world and before long you find yourself snatching up the phone like the QVC agoraphobia fan club that does daily calls to review cosmetics and skincare they are using in the comfort of their own homes since they don’t venture outside the house!

Wow..that was rather dramatic wasn’t it? But truth be told in that statement my friends! I want to know these people who call QVC at 4AM, my god maybe I’m one of them (no I’m not! I haven’t reached that height of insanity yet thanks very much!)!

Anyway.

As I’ve been saying for the past few days I’ve tivo’ed Bobbi’s episodes like the mad little lady I am and watched them over the past few days and Bobbi sold me on a few of her items. I think maybe it was that host Lisa that really sold me on the items I purchased. You know the one? She acts like you’ll never ever in this lifetime or your second (if you believe in that sort of thing) will you be able to get this super rare, ultra limited edition palette! MY GOD GET IT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! WE ONLY HAVE 2 IN STOCK! IF YOU MISS THIS YOU’LL NEVER GET IT AGAIN (Two days later you find it at your local Cosmetics Company Outlet for half the price!)!!!!!!

Wow….what was I saying?

Oh yes, Bobbi Brown.

Anyway, I was watching Bobbi slather concealer on a model’s eye while making her up with the Pink Raspberry Palette and in that instant, as Bobbi multitasked through a look like the ultra awesome wizard she is, I realized I too, must OWN this palette!

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I had previously seen the palette in action on Erika’s blog, Makeup Bag, and as gorgeous as Erika looked sporting the palette I just felt it wasn’t me.

The hot pinks and dark shadows just weren’t calling my name at all however I did end up purchasing two of the potted rouge colors from this collection previously from Nordies which I meant to review but never got around too! Lucky you I’m going to do it all in one big post (prepared to be bored or enlightened or a little of both)!

After watching Bobbi work her magic with the palette I wandered over to her website and started browsing the Pink Raspberry Collection and a few clicks later I had a cart full of stuff I didn’t need but was lemming rather hard (and I didn’t have to pay $4 bucks or more per an item to get it shipped to me! Screw you QVC stop trying to make money off me with your damn stupid shipping costs!)!

Somehow, I’m not even sure how, I ended up with all of the Pink Raspberry Collection and I’m hear now to tell say that you too need all of the collection too simply because I don’t want to be alone with my sickness.

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No seriously you really need to check some of this collection out because it has some rather great items!

I think what really sold me on this was the promo images of the models! They look so fresh and naturally beautiful with their full, pink glossy lips and lovely pink cheeks!

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The palette is really a gorgeous yet simple affair that contains some rather vibrant yet elegant shades! At $55 USD it isn’t totally cheap but you’re getting a nice bit of product for the price and high quality product at that. However, you can safely skip this unless you’re really lemming it hard or you like simple makeup! The look this creates is very simple, pretty but still somewhat dull in my opinion! The shadows are matte and plain but the blush somehow makes up for that and when used together you get rather vibrant eyes with popping cheeks if that makes sense at all!

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You’ll get a beautiful pink blush, two lip creams, and two shadows. The pink blush is definately the gem in the palette! It’s vibrant and contracts beautifully with the darker eyeshadow as I mentioned above!

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By the very way, strangely enough after ordering this I ended up going to the Cosmetics Company Outlet and finding the Bridal Palette from last year for half the price with almost identical colors in it. It’s the story of my life to miss steals and deals sigh!

Overall, it’s a beautiful palette for the Spring and it can be worked right into everyday use and remains “season-less” for me as it’s perfect for a casual Spring or Summer day! If you so please you can spice up Fall and Winter with a bit of pink as well and use it then!

However I hate the fact that the powder gets in the lipcreams and such! Palettes like this normally get a pass up by me because they are so messy but this one was too pretty to pass up so I guess I’ll live!

A month or so ago I had purchased the potted rogue for cheeks and lips and these definately deserve a look at! I got my colors in Pink Raspberry and Raspberry, one is a light true pink color while the other is a deep pink. These are $22 USD each and have a fitting price tag as they contain a good bit of product for the price plus the colors are pigmented and longwearing!

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As I’ve mentioned in my last few posts I am now officially part of some sort of Pink Gloss club! I’ve been snatching up Pink Glosses left and right and it appears it’s the height of fashion in my little world (I rule there so back off! You can visit if you behave yourself!) .

I got the two glosses that came with this collection which I originally said wouldn’t look good at all on me. I’m about to contradict myself so hold onto your panties!

I’ve since fallen in love with Pink Popsicle which is a very deep pink gloss! If that wasn’t enough I went and got the Glitter Lipgloss as well in Pink Raspberry! Both are ultra beautiful! Particular Pink Popsicle which makes my lips pop and sizzle! I particular love the applicator on these as it picks up plenty of product to get my lips nice and shiny with little effort! I’m also deeply in lust with the pigmentation as I don’t need to stain my lips prior to use since the color is deep enough to wear on it’s very own!

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Finally after much debate I ended up with the lip pencils and guess what? I love ‘em! I’m not much of a lip pencil fan and I’m also not one for lining my lips but these are too cool! They are super moisturizing and again, like the gloss, very pigmented! A little swipe of these, some gloss on top and you’ll be looking posh!

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To wrap up all my gushing (by now you wanna vomit) I must say that the collection is great. Previously I was thinking that it wasn’t so wonderful but after trying this stuff for myself it’s making it’s way onto my favorite list for the Spring!

You seriously have to take a look at the Bobbi Brown website or head to your local counter and have a peek! I guarantee you’ll fall in love with a few of these items and want them for yourself!

The Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection could possibly be one of the best Spring Collections released western side!

I’ll happily stick the Muse Approved sticker on these items!

I know I’m overdosing everyone on pictures lately but I thought it would make up for the fact that my camera takes such crummy swatch shots. At least you can have a general idea of how the makeup looks on so I’ll be including FOTD’s with each of the reviews I do this week!

Below I used the Pink Raspberry Palette plus Pink Popsicle Lipgloss. I found it came out simply nice. Nothing too crazy but not too boring either. Interesting FOTD I’d call it! I’m less then flawless this morning as you can fine lines on my right hand eye due to Bobbi’s Concealer Palette that I reviewed yesterday. It hasn’t been 20 minutes since I put it on and already I have creasing into my fine lines! Rant! I also happened to use Majolica Majorca’s newest lash extender in this FOTD which I’ll be reviewing for you later this week!

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Click here
to read about my original train trip with Bobbi Brown!

Click here to read my original impressions of the Pink Raspberry Collection!

Click here to read my mad ravings for the Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection!

Click here to read about the Pink Quartz Limited Edition Shimmer Brick!

Click here to read my latest post and review about the Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette!

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Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette Review

You might remember me discussing the Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette last week when Bobbi Brown was on QVC, click here for the details!

I tivo’ed the show and ended up fast forwarding through it late one night last week. As I sat there with my cuppa tea and snack size Peanut M&M’s I was somehow tempted by the evil lure of Bobbi to order the concealer palette that she was smearing under the model’s eye as if she was trying to cover up not only dark circles but possibly the entire eye area as well (I blame my spontaneous purchase on the amount of sugar in the M&M’s)!

Even while watching her brutal cover up job I was still tempted to order this little palette for my very own. I was especially wanting it after hearing so many rave reviews about Bobbi Brown concealer all over cyber space and beyond!

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I got it. I used it. And I’m here to review it just for you! Don’t you feel special?

Whether I like it or not remains to be seen as I haven’t quite made up my mind if I’m keeping this or sending it back (Yes, you can send back used cosmetics to QVC and they smile and say no problem here’s your money back!).

First of all I hate the price. $58 USD gets you a tiny palette and a little baby brush and my wallet it screaming about the amount of cash I dropped on some concealer however if this was available in store you wouldn’t get the brush and it would probably be around the same price so no sense complaining right because after all you got a free bloody brush!

The palette contains a light shade of concealer, a darker shade, a foundation stick concealer (which I’m confused about!) and a fine white powder to set the concealer. I’m confused what the hell I’m supposed to do with the foundation stick concealer and I can only assume that it’s used as a spot treatment however I have been using it under my eye area truth be told.

Why I need two shades of concealer is also puzzling me but I do like the fact that I can play Frankenstein Lab with all the shades and create my perfect shade of concealer. Just for kicks I’ll give you a break down of how I used it and hell I know it’s probably wrong but I find it worked a treat when used this way! I take a little of the darker shade of the two concealers and mix it with the light shade and then I dip it in the foundation stick concealer and mix it up a little bit. I proceed to layer it under my eye and pat it into place. After this I take some more of the lighter shade and I tap it on! Finally I finish it by brushing on a tiny bit of the setting powder very lightly (I can’t do too much powder since I find powder under my eyes makes me appear quite old lately!)! Done!

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Coverage is perfect. It really does cover well. However, coverage comes at a price and I find the formula is very heavy for my particular eye area. I’m getting old, my god did I just say that? and I’m noticing that my eye area is very delicate and dry and this particular concealer takes a bit of work to blend which I’m not liking! I don’t like touching my eye area too much with it being so delicate and I find that this needs a bit of work to blend perfectly into my skin. It’s very creamy and appears very moisturizing but it does have a nice knack for sinking into the fine lines under my eyes after a few hours.

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My regular concealer of choice is Benefit Bo-ing but I switched over to Dior’s Skinfinish Radiance Booster Pen when I noticed it was settling into my fine lines. I find the Dior very creamy and it conceals quite well for me minus the caking under the eye (I don’t recommend it if you have very dark shadows or circles to conceal as it won’t do a good job!).

After using the Booster Pen and switching to this palette for a few days I notice that I’m getting much better coverage but I’m also having to deal with patting my eye to remove the excess which is settling too comfortably in my fine lines! Grrrr getting old blows!

Overall, the coverage is great but I’m thinking the palette might be for a younger girl to enjoy. If your eye area has some fine lines or is dry this might be something you might want to skip on!

I love the fact that this lasts all day long with little to no touch up and I also love how well it covers and makes me look wide awake however the deal breaker is the fact that it cakes a bit and the coverage is very thick! A thicker formula is fab for now but what about Summer? Who wants to walk around with a thick layer of concealer under their eye?

The brush this came with is great as well! Strangely enough I love the brush so much because it comes with a cap! Most concealer brushes you have to leave home, either that or suffer concealer all over your makeup bag! However, this comes with a nifty little cap that covers up the messy concealer end of the brush! The brush is dual ended and includes a fluffy powder brush on one side and a harder tipped concealer brush on the other end. It may turn you off that it’s so tiny but I can say it works double duty and is perfect for working the concealer into your eye area plus it’s portable and perfect for touch ups! I love the brush!

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L@@K a cool cap!
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Messy concealer be gone! Cover up the brush with the included cap!
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Click here to see my Visee Aqua Shining Eyes FOTD and you can compare my regular concealer to this FOTD using the Bobbi Brown palette.

I really should have done these sans flash but my camera doesn’t take good pics without flash! Sorry!

You can see that my eye area looks smoother, brighter, and much more flawless with the Bobbi Brown palette where as in my Visee FOTD my eye area looks a bit saggy, darker, and tired looking!

I guess my eye area almost looks whiter too weirdly enough but not in a bad way! However, it does, in my opinion, appear to make my eye more awake and flawless looking!

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I’m still debating with myself on if I’m loving the palette or disliking it! I think it might work it’s way into my heart soon but that remains to be seen!

P.S. Sorry for the lack of gloss, blush, and such! It was worn off after a long day icon wink These pics were taken quite late so my makeup was longggggg gone!

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