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End of Summer Round Up: Summer Cosmetic Addictions and Obsessions

Although the official Autumnal Equinox is normally between the 22nd or the 23rd of September I still associate the end of Summer with the day after Labor Day.

As far as the Muse is concerned we are in full Fall force mode even though it’s still fairly warm here, the nights are cooler and I’ve pretty much had Fall cosmetic collections on my head for the last month.

Summer went awful quickly this year for some reason! It could be because I started reviewing Fall collections so early or maybe it just flew by because I was so busy with life, the universe, and everything.

Who knows.

Either way it’s definately Fall for me!

What better way to celebrate the end of Summer then with a great post rounding up all my favorites, addictions, and obsessions in the cosmetic universe for Summer 2008!

Lips

Although no lipsticks caught my eye in a major way this Summer, I know for a fact that many glosses thrilled me to pieces! I favor gloss in the Summer anyway so this suited me just fine!

I was particularly enthusiastic when it came to MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit and it quickly made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have Makeup list! The color was sheer perfection and it’s possibly one of the best colors I’ve come across by MAC or any other brand for that matter!

Summer Must Have Makeup: MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit

I had a soft spot for NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave but you won’t catch me tucking it away now that Summer is over! The color can bring me way into the Fall and straight through the Winter! That beautiful cherry red with gold shimmer is perfection for any Season!

Summer Must Have Makeup: NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

Dior’s Ultra Gloss Reflect had three great shades but I was partial to the gorgeous hues of Beige Lurex and Corale Lame.

Dior Ultra Gloss Reflect Review

Face of the Day Featuring Dior Ultra Gloss in Beige Lurex

Aube Gloss Frutina in EX05 has quickly made it’s self at home on my favorite list! The color is virtually perfect for both the warm Summer and the cooler Fall weather!

Aube Gloss Frutina Summer 2008 Review

Eyes

I was pretty taken with MAC’s Neo Sci-Fi Collection and was pretty hyped over the great shadows released with the collection!

MAC eyes shadow in Evening Aura and Expensive Pink surely did please me and I found myself reaching for both on more than one occasion this Summer!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

When it came to spicing up all my orange, bronze, and gold looks this Summer I couldn’t help but reach for my Majolca Majorca Lash Heat Metallic Mascara! I loved how this added a bit of heat and sparkle to my lashes!

Majolica Majorca Summer 2008 Review

Shu Uemura never fails to thrill and I can remember my excitement upon testing out the Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette! This palette kept me company all month long and will last well into the Fall and Winter and right into the Spring when it arrives. A palette that offers versalitity and a slew of options is always approved by the Muse!

Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette Review

KATE Dual Carat’s are easily my most favorite eyeshadow duos around and GD-2 made me realize how much I adore these great palettes! GD-2 lent a certain refreshing look to my eyes while adding a bit of sparkle! Since gold is always in style when the holidays come around this fun Summer palette will work it’s magic when the weather becomes cooler!

KATE Dual Carat Review

Cheeks

Having popping cheeks was quite the rage for me during the hot weather! I fell absolutely in love and lust when I got my hands on Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold! It was love at first site and it instantly changed my mind about bronzers!

Urban Decay Summer Collection Review

Lending pop, sizzling, and cracking color to my cheeks were Aromaleigh Rocks! An instant classic for the Muse and most definately a funky item to add to your beauty blush stash!

Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Review

MAC Neo-Sci played favorites not only with it’s eye shadows but also with it’s blush! I adored Spaced Out so much that I had considered for a while that I might need a back up! Soft, Peachy, Perfection! A favorite of the Muse’s!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

Two cheek stains quickly climbed the ranks and became staple items for me this Summer! Both Benefit Posietint and Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech were reached for again, and again and again for a fresh glowing look that was perfect for the warm weather!

Benefit Posietint Review

Bourjois Paris Hi-Tech Rouge Review

Summer Skincare


You recently read how much I adored Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner but it’s worth a re-mention how much I loved adding this to my Summer skincare regime!

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review

MAC Neo Sci-Fi did it again with the release of MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator! Let’s hope MAC brings this one back!!!!!!

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

Summer Scents

I can’t forget how much I was loving Clean Perfume’s newest scent entitled Summer! It’s been my favorite scent of the season since I got it!

Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails in Punchy was equally well reached for and used!

Clean Summer Eau Fraiche Review

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails Review

I’m saddened Summer is over but boy do I love the Fall!!!! I look forward to incoporating some of my Summer favorites into my Fall looks.

What were your favorite Summer makeup releases?

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Lancome’s Gift with Purchase at Bergdorf Goodman

I don’t know if you recall but a week or so ago I did a review on Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer, in my post I mentioned the rather awesome Gift with Purchase from Bergdorf Goodman.

Although the promotion is no longer available I wanted to show you the super generous Gift with Purchase that Lancome was giving out.

It’s one of the best promos I’ve seen in a really long time and I can’t help but share it with you! In order to get the gift you only had to spend $35 USD….and let me tell you…it’s seriously worth so much more!

I had no idea how HUGE the bag would be that was included with the gift! It’s BIG! Wow! And so chic and glam! I can fit myself inside this bag!

Behold:

I can easily get away with using the bag for overnight trips or weekend getaways! It’s a beautiful gray shade with an aubergine liner that matches the handles and piping on the outside. Gorgeous!

If the bag wasn’t enough for you wait till you see what was inside!

Three quality brushes for lips, face, and eyes! My favorite eye makeup remover, Lancome Bi-Facil, generous sizes of Lancome Absolue Night Cream and Lancome Absolue Replenishing Cream, a Lancome Color Fever Gloss, and an uber awesome palette for cheeks and eyes!

I don’t think I ever seen Lancome give away a palette that included both a blush and four shadows. Normally I get the free eye quad. One of the shades in the palette is quite a gorgeous dupe for MAC Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink! The colors are flattering for Fall and all go beautifully together to create a great look plus the gloss matches up perfectly with the palette to create a gorogeous warm look.

I’m really impressed with the quality and generosity of this particular Gift with Purchase! All this for spending a mere $35 USD!

I highly recommend keeping your eyes peeled for Lancome’s next Gift with Purchase at Bergdorf Goodmans! I know I will be!

Did you score this during the GWP at Bergdorf’s?

Love GWP’s?

What’s the best GWP you came away with?

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Lavshuca Rouge Star Classic Lipstick Review

Since Lavshuca Fall Collection for 2008 failed to impressed me this year I actually avoided purchasing anything aside from one lonely lipstick.

If you’re not in the know Lavshuca released a full size lipstick this season entitled Rouge Star Classic. I believe this is the first time Lavshuca has ventured into doing a full size lipstick so it definately had me wanting to try it.

It’s mmm…ok…nothing to write home.

It got mine in the color RD-2 and I’m particularly glad I only got one color because the formula isn’t excactly fantastic. It sports an identical formula as the regular mini-size Jewel Lips which honestly I do adore however I’m not completely in love with the texture on either the Jewel Lips or the Rouge Star Classic.

The formula is slightly gritty and although they promise to be major moisturizing and contain “moisture wrapping oil” whatever the hell that is, I fail to see any of that during application. They glide on well enough with a very slight gritty feel but I’ve just tried better. I think I might have fell out of love with Lavshuca’s lippie selection when I discovered much better Japanese lipstick options.



RD-2 is a deeper pink shades with a bit of a red tinge and fine gold shimmer. It looks quite classical on the lips but this fails to redeem the crummy texture and formula of the actual product. Props goes to the packaging for the interesting slim line tube that matches with the newer Lavshuca packaging.

14 shades are available of this new line but I don’t see myself indulging in anymore than this one. The novelty of Jewel Lips is most definately the size which is why I own so many however Rouge Star Classic has nothing special to offer and is just a mediocre lipstick. For a few dollars more you can get yourself one of Urban Decay’s outstanding lipsticks. Each lipstick retails for 1,575 yen.

Size Comparison: Lavshuca Jewel Lips Mini, Lavshuca’s New Rouge Star Classic, and MAC Lipstick

The Muse enjoyed the packaging, liked trying this out, but definately will not indulge in further colors. Cute but fails to hold my interest!

Wearing Lavshuca Rouge Star Classic Lipstick in RD-2

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Musings of Edward Cullen

WARNING: Non Cosmetic Musings ahead…

It seems like everywhere I turn lately Edward Cullen pops up. His “face” or the face Hollywood has given him is splashed all over the Internet and it’s difficult getting away from so much publicity when I’m trying hard to isolate myself from Twilight at the moment.

Since I’m currently re-reading the Twilight Series I’ve avoided many places I KNOW Edward would pop up. Blogs, Live Journal, Forums I visit daily, youTube, Etc….

Believe you me getting away from big things like Twilight and Harry Potter is a difficult task to say the least especially considering I’ve been hopping around conventions the last few months where both the film and the books are splashed around a fair bit.

Among my geeker mates Bella, Edward, and Jacob are the topic of endless conversation so again I find it hard to avoid listening to spoilers. My friends are forbidden to discuss Breaking Dawn when I am anywhere around!

The good news is I’ve had Breaking Dawn since August 2nd and have not opened a single page nor will I until I successfully complete my re-read of Books 1 through 3. This same process occurred with Deathly Hallows by the way.

The greatest news is that I’ve successfully closeted myself so well that I’ve heard no spoilers at all about Breaking Dawn up until now…however….my curiosity got the better of me late last night.

I’ve been avoiding reading Stephenie Meyer’s website as well for fear I’d come across some little tidbit that would ruin Breaking Dawn for me however a I mentioned above I became slightly curious and did wander on her site late, late last night/early this morning.

If you haven’t already been on her site or you haven’t visited the forums or you’re re-reading like me and blanketing yourself from spoilers you may have missed something very important, very sad and very horrifying.

Stephenie’s draft for Midnight Sun was leaked recently across the internet and it’s discouraged her so much that she’s put the title on the back burner indefinitely. I can’t begin to tell you how sad I was hearing this.

I know how she must feel right now as I really get upset and emotional when I see people copying my content, reposting my images without proper credit, etc….My body of work is a simple blog that means so very much to me but can you imagine an entire novel that you’ve put your heart and soul into being stolen and handed out on the internet?

How terrible. My heart goes out to Stephenie right now as I can imagine how heartbroken she is over this.

Stephenie has generously supplied the first 274 pages of Midnight Sun for your reading pleasure. I urge you, if you’re a fan, to read these pages from her site in a sign of respect for her creative body of work.

I read all 274 pages around 3:30 am this morning and I was devastated I’d never see an end to such a fascinating piece. Being inside Bella’s head is a roller coaster ride that goes from one emo moment to the next. Being inside Edward’s head is an entirely other ballgame (pun intended! Go Team Edward!).

Finally understanding some of Edward’s struggle while he’s around Bella is heart wrenching to say the least. Knowing how complex Edward’s character is and finally putting that knowledge to text is extremely enlightening. Who would think teen lit could go so deep?

Being faced with Edward’s maturity is an interesting experience. Although Edward is described in no uncertain terms as being mature it’s always difficult to put the idea of his age into full effect when faced with mind images of his “crooked grin” and boyish good looks. However, in Midnight Sun you can finally come to understand Edward’s true age and put aside his seventeen year old face and body and come face to face with his 90 plus year old mind and maturity. It’s interesting to say the least especially if your mind’s eye has misplaced Edward’s age.

If you’d like to read Midnight Sun you can do so by clicking here. I do warn you if you’re a big fan of the Twilight series you may want to avoid Midnight Sun as no end is in sight and it’s difficult reading a draft that may never see it’s completion especially when you become so attached to the characters of a novel.

I look forward to discussing this with you in my comment box if you happen to be a fan of Edward, Stephenie Meyer, and the Twilight Series.

However, I refuse to speak to you if you’re a member of Team Jacob! The Muse no likey!

Hehe kidding!

Please no spoilers about Breaking Dawn, as keep in mind, the Muse hasn’t yet completed her re-read session!

Thanks in advance!

Cheers and Happy Reading!

P.S. If Edward “dazzled” you in Twilight you’ll feel the force of his glamour in Midnight Sun!

Here’s to hoping this will someday see the light of a book shelf near you!

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Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup Review

Shu Uemura Instinct Collection has my heart for the upcoming Fall season. The palettes in particular are so versatile and unique you can’t help but fall in love and lust with them!

I’ve been testing out some of the Shu Uemura Instinct Collection this week and I’m excited to finally tell you all about. I did a look a day for the past week using the shadow duos and I can probably get a week more of different looks from them. The palettes are interesting little pieces that you can get a nice array of eye looks from. You’d think two colors wouldn’t offer much in the way of variety but in fact they do indeed offer a good deal of selection.

Each palette consists of a heavily pigmented powder shade and a cream base which doubles up as a liner. The powders are extra silky and have a similar consistency to many popular Japanese eye shadows I’ve come across which is a cross between a cream and a shadow. The texture is wicked smooth and blends extremely well. Pigmentation is amazing, simply amazing even better than a MAC shadow. The finish is cross between a stunning shimmer and a beautiful metallic.

The cream base is smooth and creamy. The cream base can work as a prep for your shadow or as a liner. I was very impressed with how easy it was to blend these onto my lid. I normally hate using MAC paint pots or any cream shadows in general as you may have read in my prior posts however this particular base has just the right consistency to create a sheer layer that you can build up without fearing the shadow will dry before you can put your second coat on. The base adheres wonderfully to the eye and allows a perfect prep for the shadow. It allows the shadow to glide effortlessly onto the eye while preventing major fall out plus it deepens the powder shadow and morphs the color lending an air of mystery to the color. I noticed the base intensifies the shadow in a particularly beautiful way.

I’m partial to these new duos because as I mentioned above I love how versatile they are. I can easily get several looks from two shadows.

Some looks you might attempt with your own palette:

Eye Look 1: Cream Shadow on Lid
Creates an air of mystery and a uniquely goth look that’s both elegant and fun.

Eye Look 2: Powder Shadow on Lid
Beautifully rich and pigmented color on the lid creates a beautiful daytime and evening look for Fall!

Eye Look 3: Powder Shadow on Lid plus Line bottom and lower lash line with Cream Shadow
A great evening look for eyes!

Eye Look 4: Prep lid with Cream Shadow and Blend Powder Shadow onto lid!
This morphs the color of the shadow and deepens it allowing the look to go from simple to stunning!

Eye Look 5: Powder Shadow on Lid and Cream Shadow Used as a Liner on lower lash liner!
This opens the eye up and gives a simple yet unique look to your eyes!

Looks I created using the Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Collection:

Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mystifier (Cream Base with Powder Shadow Layered on Top)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Pulse
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Brown Dazzle

Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mesmerizer (Powder Shadow on lid and cream shadow used as a liner on upper lash line)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Pulse
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Brown Dazzle

Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mystifier (Powder Shadow on lid and Cream Base used as a liner on lower lash line)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Lust
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Brown Dazzle

Eyes: Shu Uemura Duo Eye Shadow Palette in Mesmerizer (Cream Base with Powder Shadow Layered on Top)
Cheeks: Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in Lust
Lips: Shu Uemura Rogue Unlimited Crystal Shine in Crimson Dazzle

These are just some of the ways I’ve used my palette this week and I must say I’m duly impressed with the many looks I’ve created with it so far.

The two palettes I tried out were Mystifier and Mesmerizer. Out of the two Mesmerizer was my favorite which is a beautiful blend of purples. Mystifier contains a hunter green cream base and a beautiful brassy bronze shadow.

As for the blushes in this collection I really love Shu’s Glow On Blushes and I’m particularly pleased with the two shades released with the Instinct Collection. The colors are both very pretty peach shades which offer cheeks a warmth for the Fall season. Each shade goes extremely well with the eye palette duos and offer the perfect contrast of color to cheeks against the back drop of such an intense eye look. I got both Lust and Pulse. I was slightly worried about Lust as it appears quite sheer and chalky but I quickly realized it would soon become my favorite of the two colors. Lust is actually quite a natural peach that gave my cheeks just a hint of color without overpowering the rest of my look. Pulse is a deeper shade of peach and offers a bit more pop when compared to Lust but still remains quite natural. Both are truly gorgeous shades. Each blush is embellished with a shimmering gold floral design which quickly disappears with one swipe of the brush! Le sigh! Oh well all good things must one day come to an end I guess!

Now another favorite piece for me in Shu Uemura Instinct Collection were undoubtfully the Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine. I’ve tried these previously and was quite excited about them but I must say that the colors I tried were nothing like the two shades released with Shu’s Instinct Collection!

The shades are Crimson Dazzle and Brown Dazzle. Now the formula is outstanding! It simply glides on leaving pigmented, moisturizing lip color behind. It’s like having a gloss and lipstick all in one tube! You can wear gloss on top for a bit of extra pop but the finish has enough of a shiny, glossy look to it that you may just want to skip on the gloss. Beautiful! Crimson Dazzle is particularly beautiful with touches of both red and a little tinge of orange and faint traces of golden shimmer. Brown Dazzle is just as nice with similar traces of tiny gold shimmer and deep, off chocolate coloring. Each shade is truly flattering for the Fall.

I had so much fun creating different looks with the entire collection. I can’t help but label the Shu Uemura Instinct Fall Mode Makeup Collection another favorite of mine for the upcoming Fall season!

With touches of brown, peach, and popping shades of shadow it’s a unique selection and combination of colors that no other collection has yet duplicated this season.

Instinct is made up of several other pieces that I do not have available to review for you sadly but I see myself buying more of the collection soon so keep your eyes peeled for another review shortly! Click on over to Shu’s site for a visit and a peek at the Shu Uemura Instinct Collection as there are several other awesome items that are part of this Muse Approved collection!

I love this one and I see myself making proper use of it all season long!

Tried any of the Shu Uemura Instinct Collection?

Want to?

Love the palettes?

What’s your favorite pieces from the collection?

What items do you want to try?

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Check out some other great Fall Collections reviewed by the Muse!

Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection Review

Clinique Modern Matte Sneak Peek (Review coming soon!)

Prescriptives Fall Dimensions Eye Color Quad Review

MAC Colour Forms Review


MAC Cult of the Cherry Review

Majolica Majorca Fall 2008 Collection Review: Majolook Trick On Palettes

Urban Decay Lipstick Review

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