Beauty Bits & Bobs
I got my Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret a few days ago. I had promised myself I wouldn’t bother with it but I must say I am happy I went ahead and purchased it because it’s quite gorgeous!
My favorite item out of the gift set is the very cute satin pouch it came with! It’s really roomy and just gorgeous for storing little treasures in! I love this!
The coffret isn’t anything to write home about to be honest. It did include some great items but it’s nothing you absolutely need so if you missed out buying this rest assured you’ll be fine and won’t die of lemming. I promise.
The set also included Shimmer Tint Face Gloss which is scented with a beautiful rose. The gloss comes in a mirrored compact that slides easily opened and closed. Very nice item but pointless a bit as it’s a balm and I don’t particularly care for using balms on my face.
Jill Stuart Shimmer Tint Face Gloss
The lipgloss included is a gorgeous shimmering red color which is quite nice. Packaging wise it’s very beautiful with the standard jewel look of all Jill Stuart glosses. As I said the color is gorgeous but I’m slightly worried about the applicator. It comes with a sponge applicator but it doesn’t appear to pick up much product upon first look! This remains to be seen as I have to smooth some on my lips before judging fully!
Jill Stuart Lipgloss in Rose Gleam
You’ll also get a cuticle oil which also comes in the gorgeous Jill Stuart packaging with the gem encrusted topper! This is something the Muse can really use as her cuticles are in terrible shape in the winter!
Jill Stuart Cuticle Oil
Another favorite of mine is the scented choker! It’s quite a nice choker and they give you plenty of ribbon with it so you can tie in snugly around your neck with a bit hanging down for a nice effect! It’s quite a pretty piece!
And finally last but never least would be the Brilliance Eyes Palette in the special Christmas packaging! This is a lace palette with ribbon and quite lovely! If you’re a collector of the Brilliance palettes this will be something you’ll definately appreciate! I somehow fail to get excited about these palettes as the colors tend to leans towards the same thing over and over. The only colors in this palette that really shout at me and are “new’ish” would be the pinky rose color and the bright yellow. The other two shades are similar to what I already have in previous Jill Stuart palettes. This is not to say that the palette isn’t lovely because it truly is but I do wish that they’d release some newer shades!
Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes Palette Christmas Edition
Overall, a beautiful Coffret from Jill Stuart this year but I’d say you can safely skip it unless you’re a die hard collector and fan! It’s beautiful yes but nothing to get too hyped over!
YAY! Today I got home after a really, really, really, did I mention really? stressful day at work and my Lush UK had arrived! I did a little dance in my hallway and proceeded to lug my big box upstairs to my washroom to rip into it!
Thankfully everything arrived safe and sound as the postal people like to play football with airmail!
If you have no idea what I’m so excited about it you can read my previous post by clicking here for the details and history behind this order!
If you ordered during the UK party your order should be with you this week (Unless you have Retro items in your order! If you do your order may take a tad bit longer!)! I’m vaguely surprised it took this long as normally UK Party orders are pretty quick but I think they got overwhelmed with Lush Retro orders thus the wait time!
Anyway it’s here now and that’s the important part!
I ended up ordering 7 Bottles of Snowcake Shower Gel and a Retro Hatbox for myself! Yes, you read it correctly. FOR MYSELF! No way on God’s green Earth am I sharing this shower gel with anyone! It’s far to fabulous and can only grace my shower stall (the rest will be carefully locked in the beauty vault).
Lots of Snowcake Shower Gel to keep a Muse smelling yummie!
What’s so fab about Snowcake Shower Gel? Go read my ode to Snowcake and you’ll understand the importance of it (Click here for that story).
Snowcake Shower Gel is exactly the same scent as the soap (and Smitten hand cream)! It’s gorgeous! I sampled some by washing my hands with it and it’s super thick, creamy, and smelling of marzipan, almonds, and all good things Lush! I may tip the bottle and pour some into my mouth! When my 7 bottles are gone I’ll mourn it’s lost in a major way!
Yummie Snowcake Shower Gel
I also got myself a Retro Hatbox which was offered during the party! I can’t begin to say how freaking chuffed I am with the Retro Hatbox. For one thing it was cheap as day old chips and for the other it’s filled with long gone Lush that I truly miss and I’m happy to see back for a rerun! I’ll be savoring all these goodies while they last! I was going to order two of these but at the last minute I decided one would have to do but I regret that now! Oh well!
My GIANT Retro Hatbox waiting for me to open it!
Ribbons off! Time to dive in!
YAY! Time to dig in!
If you’re old hat to Lush you’ll recognize some of the goodies that make a return in this Hatbox!
Content Menu of the Retro Hatbox
Soooooooooo the hatbox had a Snowcake Shower Gel in it…la da da da da…yup that brings my count up to eight hehe!
It also contained one each of the following items:
Noriko Soap Oh how long it’s been since I seen your delightful self make an appearance! Christmas’s have come and gone since Noriko’s return! A delightful Christmas soap!
Silent White Bath Bomb Another blast from the past but this has been cropping up during other parties so I haven’t been in too much withdrawal for it!
Jack Froth Bath Bomb Sigh….I miss you Jack! Jack hasn’t been around for Christmas in ages!
Brand Butter Bath Bomb Another wonderfully warm bomb that has failed to make an appearance in years! I’m so happy to have it back!
Ghost Writer Bath Bomb This little guy I don’t recall but I’m happy to have him and try it!
And finally a favorite of mine Hot Toddy Bubble Bar Slice which hasn’t been around for quite a while as well and I can’t begin to say how happy it’ll be making a guest starring appearance in my bath tub soon!
The hatbox cost about $60USD or so and was an absolute STEAL! If you nabbed one during the party fantastic! If not you really missed out on something special!
All of the items are packed in a gorgeous reusable hatbox (I use mine to store tarts, bath products, etc…)!
Contents of my Hatbox! L@@K Snowcake Shower Gel!
The hatbox was filled with Lush’s new packaging….POPCORN! Lush is always environmentally friendly so popcorn is there way of “going naked”! It keeps all your goodies safe and sound plus you can dump it out and feed it to the birds after! No waste! Yay Lush for being so sensitive to Mother Earth! Click here to check out one of the Muse’s favorite blog’s for more information about packaging (you can also check out Mandy crushing mighty hard on Mark! No comment!)!
POPCORN! The Muse highly suggest NOT eating the popcorn! It’s infused with Lush smell thus making it soapy popcorn! But she does recommend taking it to your local park, outside your yard, or to a duck pond and feeding it to some birds!
The fine people at Lush UK were kind enough to pack a Lush Times in with my order!
Oooo Lush Times! (So much better than Lush Times NA)
Pretty Christmas Lush!
Ooooo Lush Christmas Pressies!
My little eye spies some B at the top!
Much to my utter delight (This couldn’t come at a better time considering yesterday’s Goth Juice and King of Mods post was so popular with the masses! Click here for details!) there was an article and picture of Noel Fielding!
The article reads as follows:
Give Yourself a Mighty Boosh
One story about programme’s name is that someone from Birmingham accent saw Michael Fielding (Naboo, Noel’s brother) and remarked about his hair that he had a mighty bush (pronouced boosh, obviously). We’re not so sure. Anyway, it seemed like an irresistible twist of fate; our hair styling products should naturally be named after a programme named after a hair style. Then the Boosh team heard what Lush had done and made Mark Constantine an honorary member of the Boosh Fan Club, the Mod Wolves. (Auntie P had to pay, which seemed like yet one of the many injustices that the cruel world chooses to mete out sometimes. But meh, who cares?) That’s how come Adelle from the press office was an extra on set for series three. The Japanese Lush team love it to bits!
Vist the world of Boosh at www.themightboosh.com and watch clips on www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/mightyboosh/
(If you’re not getting the bit about Birmingham accents….the Muse recommends Google or youTube!)
LOOK! It’s Noel in the latest Lush Times!
Tame your Mighty Boosh with Lush’s New Hair Gels!
I won’t ruin too much of the surprise but if you ordered from the UK Party you’ll also receive a happy accident bubble bar from the Lush UK Mailorder Team! I won’t reveal the scent but it is a happy little accident to have a delightful free gift from Mailorder! Thanks guys for always making UK ordering so special!
A Happy Accident Bubble Bar! What it smells like? I won’t reveal! A mystery to be solved when you get yours!
Thanks to Hilary for arranging a great party! Thanks to Lynsey for getting my items to me safe and sound! And big hugs to everyone at Lush UK! Love you guys!
The Muse happens to be good mates with the RocketQueen and she was kind enough to send over a superb FOTD that I am absolutely gagging over! It’s gorgeous! Of course, the Rocketqueen is the beautiful one not the makeup but I must say she did an outstanding job duplicating the Brilliant Sorceress look from this year’s Sephora Holiday Catalog!
So without further babbling from me I present the Rocketqueen in all her glory:
Is this girl beautiful (inside and out might I add) or what?
The Rocketqueen mistakenly told the Muse that it would be a great honor if I posted her FOTD on my site. The fact of the matter is the Rocketqueen is honoring the Muse by allowing her to share this lovely FOTD with all of you!
Thanks for the great FOTD Linn! The Muse loves you!
See more FOTD’s, Product Reviews, and much more at the Rocketqueen’s blog! Visit her by clicking here.
I’ve been remiss and I promised a JPMon Tutorial ages ago! Sometimes life has way of catching up on me and I don’t always have time to complete what I say I will!
So here’s the JPMon Tutorial as requested by a lovely girl by the name of Taryn and quite a few other people that have commented, e-mailed, and asked after it!
If you’re not familiar with JPMon it’s an online shop that carries many fine Japanese and Asian cosmetics, skincare, and other bits and bobs!
This tutorial is making the assumption you already have an account with JPMon so it’s basically a tutorial to do the actual ordering!
All items on JPMon are priced in the Taiwan New Dollar so please when converting don’t do so in Yen, SGD, or HKD. If you use any of these currencies you’re going to get the wrong conversion amount please convert from TND to your chosen currency be it USD, Sterling, Euro, Etc…
Shipping is fairly good at JPMon and the most I’ve every paid was about $40USD for a rather large package of items. Your total cost is displayed prior to clicking submit so convert prior to submitting so you can break down your shipping costs and see if it’s worth the hassle of ordering.
Items are shipped via EMS which means they arrive SUPER fast! If you’ve had my beloved friend Iris do CP’s for you you’ll know how quickly EMS arrives. I’d say within 3 days you’ll have your goods if you’re within the US! I’m unsure about Europe, Asia, or elsewhere in the world! You’ll also notice that what you spend at JPMon is almost what you’d spend on a CP from the gorgeous Iris plus shipping so it works out almost as if you’re making a trip to a Japanese Drugstore yourself!
JPMon employees do speak English so if you have concerns or questions about your order you can contact them at this address firstname.lastname@example.org
I strongly and highly recommend shooting them over a polite e-mail enquiring about your order after placing it. I normally write a short note saying ‘Hello I just placed an order and I don’t read Chinese could you please check over my order and be sure you have my shipping address and everything else you need to process!”
I also include my order number with this E-mail so they’ll have no problem looking it up! Normally within seconds of placing an order you’ll receive a order confirmation which contains your order number use it to contact them!
I’ve ordered from JPMon many times without any problems but it’s always good to cover all your bases and make sure things are running smooth.
As I said earlier the following tutorial makes the big assumption you already have an account with JPMon!
I normally wing my orders with JPMon. I don’t read or speak Chinese so the very first time I ordered I was unable to get in contact with any friends and I was impatient so I winged my order and have used the very same system when ordering since!
I did have a bit of a problem with one part which was quickly redeemed by asking a lovely girl on Cozy!
So here’s my winged version of ordering (I promise it’ll work for you too and you’ll soon have your Japanese Cosmetic fix safely arriving at your doorstep!):
The images can be enlarged by clicking on them!
Here we are www.jpmon.com ready to shop till we drop!
Ok as an example I just added all of the MJ Collection to my cart! Obviously it’s easy enough to add items to the cart! It has a little symbol of a cart! Click it and boom it’s in your bag! You’ll notice a little pop up window each time you add something to your cart don’t worry all it says is that you added so and so product to your cart! Below I am pointing out where the contents of your cart can be located! Just click that little pink box and it’ll show you your items that you are ready to purchase!
If you scroll down a bit from your order details you’ll see three boxes with pull down menus! Guess what!? I have no idea what the first one says! I’ve completely forgot but I do know you have to select the MIDDLE option! That much I remember hehehe! So select the middle option and move on to the next set of drop down menus!
Ok so here we are on the next drop down menu and this basically gives you shipping options! The only option you can choose is EMS so drop down the menu and select EMS for your shipping!
Next drop down menu is where you are located! I happen to live in the US (although I’d rather be in the UK) so I choose USA as my location! So far so good! Piece of cake right? A monkey can do it!
Scroll down a little and you’ll see a cute little item being advertised! What’s this?!?! It’s your free gift! JPmon gives away little kawaii items with all orders and they normally advertise what’s free when you’re processing your order! In this case it looks like some sort of My Melody Keychain or Cell Phone Strap! See the button below the free gift? Click it!
Ok now we start winging things and making it up as we go along! Are you excited? I’m excited!
The first box is asking you to enter your name! My name happens to be Jane Doe for this order!
Next box is asking for your phone number, I dunno what the next box is asking for but it’s obviously not mandatory as it’s white and not yellow like the rest so skip it!
Box below that needs your e-mail addy so type it in and away you go! Zip Code is next, now your street number and address and after that your City and State, and finally USA should already be filled out for your country!
New set of boxes below that is pretty much the same deal! Here’s what you want in those boxes:
First and Last Name
Street Number and Name
State and City
And finally the last box which makes absolutely no sense to me but they basically want your bank info! This is basically where I wing it!
I normally put Visa in the first box (If I’m paying with Visa), in the second box I put the issuing bank. If you have no idea what the issuing bank of your card is just fib it and say Bank of America or something else, and finally it’s asking for the phone number associated with the card. Make one up or use the one on the back of your card!
As you can see I put in a small note asking them to contact me should they need further information! This normally works a treat however I strongly suggest NOT doing this as sometimes it gives an error. So leave the comment field empty and e-mail them later as I explained earlier in the post! Again, LEAVE the comment field EMPTY as it causes errors sometimes so just click that sweet little red button and you’re almost done now!
A new box will pop up asking you to enter your Credit Card details so this is easy enough!
Enter your card number
Enter your expiration date
and finally enter your security code located on the back of the card
Now with your credit card entered click on the green button on the left hand side and we are almost done now!
Your screen may blank a sec and you’ll see a transaction is processing image! Don’t touch anything while this is happening! Let it do what it’s doing! Give it some air, remove your hand from the mouse, don’t move or speak or breath! Just kidding you can breath but don’t move ok?
DONE! You should be taken back to the original JPMon website! This is when I normally check to be sure my order is safe! Click above your shopping card and it’ll take you to your “order history”. You should see your order there!
And last by not least check your email there should be your confirmation waiting for you!
Wait 3 days (or a bit more since the Holiday may have slowed up mail) and you should have some lovely goodies in your box!
That’s it kids!
Cheers and hope this helps!
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Happy Shopping my friends!
The Muse recommends their Slush Bath Soap! It’s to die for!
On a side note I have quite a few comments to get through but it’s been a rather busy work day and I haven’t had a sec to get to them! Will do so shortly!