The Muse can’t begin to tell you how much she misses and mourns T’estimo. It was one of her very favorite Japanese brands of all times. I can’t look at most of my collection without sobbing in grief that it was discontinued. Why, god, why!
What in the world were they thinking when they axed T’estimo from the Kanebo line up? Insanity.
The Muse yanked out a few of her T’estimo palettes for a little stash spotlight!
Jump ahead for a peep!
The Muse wanted to pull out her entire T’estimo collection but she started sobbing as soon as she seen the T’estimo logo….so you’ll have to settle for a few pictures of her beloved palettes.
Oh the agony…why Kanebo? Why!?
Are you a T’estimo lover?
My stash of Lavshuca palettes has gotten considerably smaller over the years as they release more and more palette styles and colors that I am none too fond of. I believe the last time I indulged was last Summer. I’m hopeful this Summer we’ll have more of the same great palettes from Lavshuca rather than a rehash of terrible colors.
Until Summer the Muse hauled out some of her Lavshuca to do a Stash Spotlight on!
As I said Lavshuca has failed to catch my fancy as of late. Lord knows it’s an epic fail lately. I am so terribly eager for news of the Summer Collection to reach my ears (hopefully good news and not disappointing news!).
I’ve been collecting Lavshuca for a few years now and I embraced the brand new packaging with glee however I do miss the certain princess feel the brand used to sport however I’m still loving the new slicker clothes.
Could be the sparkle, the smallness of the palettes, or just the fact that it’s Japanese but Lavshuca has a special place in my heart even when it’s busy putting out crummy shades!
Here’s a few pictures of my stash of palettes!
Lavshuca lover yourself?
Longing for something better from Lavshuca?
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Do you realize that I used to have over 25 Shu Uemura Blushes? It was a disease I believe, that’s the only thing I could think of that would cause me to collect so many.
I started out my collection years ago but I’ve since swapped many of the blushes away when I started collecting NARS. I’m unsure why because I do think that Shu might top NARS very slightly in the blush category! But indeed, I use to have a fair few.
Today I’m proud to say I only have six. Phew. Jump ahead to spy my small stash of Shu blushes!
With names like P Red D32 you’re sure to completely forget what color is your favorite. This could be one reason I stopped purchasing Shu blushes, the bloody number and letter system confused this Muse. The blushes are all majorly pigmented so for those who prefer alot of pop with their blush you’ll find Shu makes some of the best around. They have quite an extensive catalog of colors so there is definitely a little something for everyone.
As I look at these I remember what fond favorites they were and are. I think I’ll take advantage during the next FF sale and indulge in a few shades I swapped away…the Muse misses them and feels a bit nostalgic.
What about you?
Lover of Shu?
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For today’s Stash Spotlight I thought I’d give you a peep at my stash of Morgen Schick Lip Shines!
Some of you may be privy to Morgen Schick’s cosmetic line and some of you may be scratching your head saying “who?” Morgen Schick does a line of cosmetics that premiered on HSN some years ago and she also has her own website where she sells the line. She really has some incredible cosmetics and I happen to be a huge fan, particularly, of her base makeup line, tis HG material for this Muse.
I’m also a huge fan of the Morgen Schick Lip Shines. Don’t ask me why as they really aren’t the best lipgloss around but I’m terribly addicted to the tasty mint flavor, the ridiculous amount of color variety, and the great long wear of the product. They aren’t richly pigmented but they do leave a nice hint of color on lips with a slightly shimmery finish that’s really quite nice. I’ve collected quite a few year since Morgen had sets of five available that would ship ever season or so…of course I was on that auto ship option!
Since than I’ve collected various ones from Evil-bay, or swapping, and purchasing on HSN. I highly suggest seeking at least one shade out for yourself as they are an interesting gloss to try!
Without further babbling from me a few pics of my stash are below!
KATE is one of Kanebo’s many sub-branch cosmetic lines available within Japanese drugstores in Japan and if you’re lucky in various parts of Asia. Many of you already know most of this already but for those new to Asian brands a few quick facts about KATE lay ahead.
KATE is a rather inexpensive, mid-range priced cosmetic line that sports a variety of edgy compacts and cosmetics with fantastic color payoff and quality. The line is darker and has a certain flair that many Japanese cosmetics don’t sport. Where as many of these brands sport kawaii, girlish, or very feminine packaging, KATE brings the edge to it’s brand.
One of my very favorite items from the line are the KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow palettes!
Jump ahead for my stash!
KATE Dual Carat Eye Shadow Palettes contain two contrasting shades of shimmering, pigmented shadow in a small slim line case. The shadows are silky smooth with fantastic color payoff and most important pack a nice shimmery finish that the Muse favors!
I’m a big lover of these little guys and I believe I’ve collected all the shades that KATE has released so far. I’m ever hopeful when a new collection pops up that they’ll either add to the current catalog of Dual Carat compacts or introduce a similar line up as KATE is known for revamping there palettes while keeping certain aspects of the old.
They are a true favorite with this Muse as you can see from my vast collection!
How about you?
Love KATE Dual Carat Shadow Palettes?
What’s your favorite KATE palette?
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There’s something so very pretty about Jill Stuart Blushes. I’m not a big fan of the pressed powder blush but I absolutely adore the loose powder blushes!
I know, I know I’ve already done a Jill Stuart spotlight but today I thought I’d focus on the blushes!
I’ve always had such a soft spot in my heart for these blushes. They come housed in a dome shaped powder jar that has a certain Victorian feel about it. Bedecked with little jewels the jar is completely girlish and very pretty. Although it’s plastic the container still manages to sport a certain elegance about it.
I used to have all the shades of the blush but I’ve swapped a few away here and there and I’m left with five at the moment. My favorite of the bunch is Aurora Rose which is a popping pink that makes me look like someone pinched my cheeks!
One thing I must rave on and on about is the great brush these comes with. It’s dense with large fluffy bristles that make application a breeze. I look forward to one day hitting bottom on one of these blushes so i can use the brush for something else. I’m anal at the moment and won’t use the brush for anything else but the blush it came with.
The blushes are pigmented and silky smooth but if I’m honest I’d probably admit to buying these just because I adore the packaging…the fact that blushes are good is just a bonus!
Jill Stuart Blushes total love for this Muse!
Own any yourself?
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