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Clarins Spring Collection 2009: Latest Obsession Clarins Instant Gloss Review, Swatches, And FOTD

Clarins Nature Temptation Collection for Spring 2009 is currently topping my favorite list! I just got my hands on a majority of the collection yesterday and I have to say it’s turning out to be something seriously special. I’ve decided to do separate reviews for each product in the release because I can concentrate more on each review and offer more details etc….

One item that’s currently topping my latest obsession list is the Clarins Instant Gloss which was released with the Spring Collection.

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Read more why I love it and think you need it after the jump!

So what’s Instant Gloss?

Well, you’ve seen the concept before so it’s nothing new but Clarins Instant Gloss is a transparent gloss that creates an instant shade of unique pink to suit your skin tone. We’ve been introduced to this concept alot lately with Smashbox O-Gloss, Tricia Sawyer Clearly Pretty, and as of recent Too Faced Mood Swing Gloss.

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Ok, I did groan when I heard about yet another gloss changing formula…it’s sorta old news and a majority of the time I really don’t even like the shade it turns my lips however so NOT the case with Clarins Instant Gloss. This particular gloss happens to be quite unique and different when compared to the competition.

Although the idea of another “perfect pink” gloss held little appeal I knew that Clarins, if anyone, would perfect the idea and make it it’s own. And indeed they have excelled at making Clarins Instant Gloss a truly great product. Clarins took Instant Gloss and made it into a semi-glossy formula with the perfect amount of pink to make lips natural, shiny, and truly gorgeous looking. I think natural is the key word here. I do so associate Clarins with sophistication and they take that element and make this gloss completely wearable for those seeking a more mature look. Please don’t be scared when I say “mature” as the gloss is truly a flattering shade of pink when it does turn. I suppose what I am getting at here is the fact that the shade of pink happens to be very subdued, natural, and in keeping with flattering your lips while not overpowering them with a loud burst of color.

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The formula of the gloss isn’t particularly glossy but it does offer just the right amount of shine and mirror-like finish for a nice, quiet look. The shade of pink it turns my lips enhanced the color of my natural lips while keeping a nice sweet pink color.

All in all I was very, very pleased with the product and will repurchase it again. I’m unsure if this is limited edition or not and truly if it is I may need to go back and grab another one because it’s currently topping my latest obsession list.

When swatching I noticed that the gloss barely changed color but on my lips it changes quite nicely!

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As you can see from my pics below the gloss gives me just the right bite of color without appearing out of place or unnaturally pink.

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Truly the gloss is a great introduction to Spring and will go wonderfully well with cool shades of shadow, softly blushing cheeks, and a more natural, fresh look.

The Muse loves it and recommends checking it out for yourself. It comes with the highest form of Muse Approval for purchase.

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Clarins Instant Gloss is available now at Clarins website or your local Clarins counter for $22 USD.

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Sephora Friends and Family Checklist

It’s today people! Sephora Friends and Family starts today with a whopping 20% off your entire order! I always look forward to this time of year since it’s a fab time to try out new makeup, stock up on staple items, purchase gifts for friends and family, and of course indulge my own sweet tooth for more makeup! After all we all know the Muse can never have too much makeup!

For a while there I was worried about whether Sephora Friends and Family was going to actually happen but thankfully soon after we got good news and today we are ready to shop till we drop hopefully!

I can’t speak for this year but I did use the code three times last year when I forgot to purchase various items that didn’t end up on my wish list, or I seen something else that caught my interest, or I ended up grabbing a few items for friends, and so on and so forth! This year I’m hopeful I can do the same thing just in case I forget an item or want to go back for second helpings however I’ve prepared myself just in case I can’t and I thought I’d share some of the items I think you should be considering or things that you may already have on your wish list or things you might want to quickly write down since your Muse loves ‘em and we all know what the Muse loves is probably awesome…right? Am I putting too much importance on how uber fabulous I am there? Probably but my ego knows no bounds!

I took a few pictures and I’ve included links to reviews if I already reviewed an item here on Musings. If you need help or have a question about any of the items I mention here do shout it in my comment box as I’d love to be of service! I’d also love to hear what you’re hauling so share, share, share! Please? The Muse loves hearing about hauling as much as she loves to haul herself!

Considering Sephora is busy stocking up on palettes and gift sets the Muse thinks it’s a great time to stock up on these items considering the discount! Some of the ones she thinks you should keep your eye on are below!

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Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit
Urban Decay Book of Shadows
Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box
Vincent Longo Diamante Quad
Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection
Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit
Urban Decay Essentials
Too Faced Glamor 2 Go Palette
Too Faced Pink Diamond Jewelry Box Palette
Pop Rose Belle Blush Palette
Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette

Now you might not even be thinking about staple products at the moment because you’re so excited about getting new makeup but don’t forget that now is such a great time to grab some staple items that you use daily and may be running low on or better yet to have a back up handy when you are! At 20% off it’s a great time to nab concealers, skincare, foundations, primers, etc….Some the ones the Muse thinks you should have on your list are below.

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Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash
Cargo Blu_Ray Concealer
Benefit Lemon-Aid
Benefit Powderflage
Benefit Boi-ing
Dior Radiance Booster Pen
YSL Touche Eclat

Laura Mercier Concealer
Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer
DERMADoctor Wrinkle Revenge Eye Balm

Of course, we’re all hyper about makeup! We want as much makeup out of this deal as we can get! Right? Glosses, shadows, blushes, the more, the merrier!

The Muse has selected some of her personal favorites that she thinks you might like too! Check it out:

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Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Bare Escentuals Glimmer
theBalm Overshadow

Mascara, mascara, mascara! Now is a rather great time to grab some mascaras you’ve been dying to try out but not wanting to splurge on! The Muse picked out a few that she thinks you might love:

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Lorac Visual Effects Mascara
Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Bare Escentuals Big Tease Mascara
Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara
Givenchy Phenomen’ Eyes Mascara

Nothing can begin without foundation! The Muse knows of some she thinks you’ll want to nab at a discount!

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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Keyvn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer
Too Faced Illuminating Magic Wand Foundation
Benefit Play Sticks

Primers can be costly so now is a great time to stock up on old favorites or try out a new primer at a discounted price!

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Tricia Sawyer Skin Balancing Water Primer
Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion

There are so many powders and blushes that the Muse absolutely loves but some are rather costly! Now is a great time to update your blush wardrobe with some new shades! Check below for ones that the Muse loves!

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NARS Blush
Bare Escentuals Blush
Stila Convertible Color

Can’t forget lipsticks and glosses can we? Many have run across the Muse’s path this year and some of her favorites are on her list to stock up on during Sephora Friends and Family!

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Urban Decay Lipstick
NARS Lipgloss
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss
Stila Lipglaze
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited
Dior Addict Ultra Reflect Lipgloss

Finish up your greatest eye look with an equally fab liner! The Muse choose a few she loves below!

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NARS Eyeliner
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner

Last minute bits and bobs can quickly be added to your cart! Some items the Muse suggests nabbing are Benefit’s powders such as Dandelion and Dallas! Don’t forget stains! The Muse swears by a good stain and listed a few favorites below!

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Benefit Face Powders
Stila Cherry Crush
Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain

Well I think that’s all for now guys! Plenty more awaits you I’m sure and your lists must be as long as mine! Better check ‘em twice and make sure you have all the yummie goodies in place and start shopping!

Happy Days!

Don’t forget to stop back here and tell the Muse all the deets on YOUR order!

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Clarins Jazzy Colours Review, Swatches, and Looks

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Why do I feel so strange reviewing a Fall Collection right now? Lord, I’ve been so overwhelmed with Holiday Collections that I forgot how much I was loving all the beautiful Fall Collections!

One in particular that totally made my season was Clarins Jazzy Colours! Sadly, Clarins has removed the original promo from their site for this fabulous collection but have no fear it’s still alive and kicking on the website with a bit of searching and across counters worldwide! After trying out Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation I knew I had to dig deeper into the mysterious of Clarins and discover their beautiful Fall Collection for myself!

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I tried out a majority of the offerings from Clarins Jazzy Colours and before I even get involved in my full on review I must say that it’s Muse Approved for purchase and comes with my highest recommendation! Clarins Jazzy Colours truly kept the idea of Fall together for me while bringing together warm, bold shades.

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My favorite pieces in the collection are the Clarins Colour Quartet for Eyes. Two new shades were introduced for Fall which are So Sublime and So Chic, the palettes respectively create a warmer look and a cooler look. This is my first time trying out a Clarins Colour Quartet Palette and I was quite surprised at how wonderfully pigmented the shadows were. I’m unsure what I was expecting but to say I was in awe over how butter soft, easily blendable, and wonderfully pigmented these were, is an understatement. It’s difficult to choose a favorite from the two but I did fall head over heels in lust with So Chic which is a combination of warm shades that include shimmering black, shimmering white, shimmering khaki green, and a matte plum. So Chic manages to create an intense evening or day time look by contrasting green with a dominant plum and a beautiful highlight of white. The look I created using So Chic was my dupe of the Clarins Jazzy Colours promo image and probably my favorite of the looks I created using the palettes so far.

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To start your look you can highlight your highbrow with the shimmering white, follow up by shading your lid and crease with the khaki green, proceed to blend the plum shade into the outer v and move it gently upwards to outline the crease, and finally, complete your look by lining the outer and lower lash line with the shimmering black!

Clarins Colour Quartet in So Sublime is made up of much more cooler tones when compared with So Chic. The palette contains two shades of light and dark contrasting pinks, a shimmering blue liner shade, and a shimmering gray.

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For my look with So Sublime I simply used the darker pink on my crease and blended the lighter pink into my lid, I highlighted my brow bone using the gray, and completed the look with a pop of the blue on my lower lash line. I think the blue drowned out my eyes a tiny little bit so my next run with the palette I’ll be lining my upper eye with the blue instead and seeing how that looks!

Each palette is $40 USD and truly it’s not much to pay as the palettes are extremely beautiful pieces. The palettes come housed in a velvet cloth bag so you can store them safely without scratching the posh mirrored compact. The palettes are quite heavy and the quality is seen not only in the contents but in the packaging itself! I truly loved these and can definately see myself returning for more of the color options available.

Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in Plum completed my look with the Clarins Colour Quartet in So Chic. This is an intense Plum shade with a rich burgundy finish that looks simply stunning with a bold smoky eye look. Although I could gush all day about the shade I have to say that Clarins Joli Rouge is possibly one of the better lipsticks I’ve come across in my travels through the cosmetic universe. Although I fell deeply in love with Urban Decay’s new Lipsticks I have to say that Clarins Joli Rouge has them topped and trumped in spades! The formula is so moisturizing, so vibrant, so glossy, so pigmented! Truly a quality lipstick if ever I did see one! At $23 USD the price is not much difference from Urban Decay’s new lipsticks either! Plum is quite a sophisticated look for me and I know I’ll be reaching for it again and again to top warmer looks I’ll be doing as the Fall season progresses!

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And finally a new shade of Clarins Wonder Length Mascara was released which goes wonderfully well, again, with the Clarins Colour Quartet in So Chic! Wonder Plum completes the plum color perfectly in the So Chic palette with the perfect intense shade of plum colored lashes you’ll ever be privy too! The formula is the mascara is quite good and lengthens lashes while separating, curling, and fattening them up beautifully. The application is a straight, skinny brush which easily captured all your lashes in one pull and does a excellent job of getting hard to reach lower lashes!

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All in all creating looks with Clarins Jazzy Colour Collection for Fall has been a great experience. The quality of each item was outstanding and I was very pleased with the completed results! I definately recommend picking up the lipstick and So Chic palette as those are my favorite out of the items I tested out!

As mentioned early this is Muse Approved for purchase! I loved it and I’m sure I’ll be sporting So Chic quite a few times this Fall and of course with my Joli Rouge lipstick I’m hopeful I’ll be the height of elegance and sophistication…..what? A girl can dream!

Check out more of the Clarins Makeup Collection, Jazzy Colours, and great skincare by visiting there website!

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Check out some other Fall reviews you might have missed!

Jill Stuart Illuminance Review

Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Collection Review

Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Aquila Review

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Retro Charm Review

Smashbox Wicked Lovely Collection Review

MAC Overrich Review with Swatches

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Clarins Holiday Collection 2008 Chic & Glam Holiday Colour Collection

Golly..I’m reviewing Clarins Fall Collection tonight and already the Holiday Collection is knocking on my door!

Isn’t it nuts how quickly collections have popped up this year? Phew! I’m exhausted and it isn’t even Christmas yet!

Clarins celebrates the Holiday Season with some fabulous kits this year and at $40 USD they are quite wallet friendly in my humble opinion!

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The collection includes three gorgeous palettes with a sparkling clutch! Three three limited edition purses are available in gold, black, and silver and include everything to make up your face, lips, and cheeks for the upcoming Holiday Season!

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3 Eye Shadows: Mystic Plum, Star Grey, and Midnight Grey
2 Lipglosses: Red Grape and Rose Fizz
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Black
Face Powder
Black Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

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3 Eyeshadows: Warm Gold, Sun Bronze, Candy Rose
2 Lip Gloss Shades: Rose Cocktail and Milk Chocolate
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Black
Face Powder
Gold Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

Clarins Chic & Glam Classy Silver
3 Eyeshadows: Purple Lilac, Smoky Grey, White Snow
2 Lip Gloss Shades: Raspberry Pop and Bubble Gum
Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Wonder Black
Face Powder
Silver Clutch
Sponge, Eye Brush, Lip Brush, and Mirror

The palettes look quite darling and at $40 USD they aren’t too badly priced for gift giving as well as spoiling yourself with one or two!

The Clarins Holiday Collection is available now on counters and at the Clarins site!

Be sure to stop back later tonight to hear my detailed review on Clarins Fall Collection 2008: Jazzy Colours

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Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review: It’s LOVE!

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Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review

It’s hard ignoring the sheer perfection that is Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation.

*sigh of pleasure*

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After one simple dab on my face I knew this was love. It’s not all that hard deciding right away that the product is pure bliss.

First of all it’s probably one of the biggest foundation products I’ve ever owned. Although it’s a little over 1 oz in size it feels like a TON of product is inside and the heavy glass jar is a luxe and posh presentation that’s worthy of your vanity or dresser.

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Although, at this point, I’m positive many of you are moaning and groaning about the fact that you have to dip your fingers inside to get the product out, fear NOT, they include a little spatula for those of us that are terribly scared of germs and bacteria and such.

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You’re not going to be moaning for long once you discover how heavenly the foundation is in texture. It is a mousse like foundation that’s whipped creamy and glides onto the skin like a dream. It absorbs quickly leaving behind a velvet-like canvas that’s prepped and ready for makeup.

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I swear this is love.

One of the things I did notice about the formula is it quite reminded of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. It has somewhat a similiar texture but absorbs more fully into the skin. The foundation also happens to have a very light, fresh scent that I really like. Some may be disturbed by a scented foundation but I thought it was lovely and added to the appeal of the product. The fact that the foundation is silicon like in texture allows it to smooth onto the skin in a nice, even glide covering up blemishes, problem skin, dull spots, and pores as it goes. I highly recommend this to my Asian readers that suffer from larger pores and are wanting to fill and cover them up. The product not only acts as a foundation but almost as if it is double tasking as a primer as well. I also happen to recommend this to older girls that may have the beginnings or the full effect of fine lines on their faces. This should smooth and offer good coverage for all these problems and more.

The coverage is medium but is quite buildable if you prefer. One of the most impressive things that I noticed about the foundation is it multitasks as a concealer. It’s such a moisturizing foundation that smoothing a tiny bit under your eyes creates a rather gorgeous finish. A few readers had recommended using Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch under my eyes prior to using concealer this happens to mimic that technique only this is like having Perfecting Touch mixed in with a concealer and ready to apply.

I did notice that a little goes a long way and if I use too much I end up looking heavily made up so do mind yourself when applying! Just a two or three dabs and smooth out for a nice even finish. The wear is considerably longer than other foundations I’ve used before with a wear of around six or seven hours prior to needing a touch up.

One minor rant about the product is the color selections. They are rather weird color shades that are difficult to grasp. Some are too beige and others appear too orange. I got the lightest shade available which was 00 Ivory Beige but it just has a bit too much beige in it however it is very suitable to my tone and worked very well. I just always have a little bit of a problem when it comes to selecting the proper shade with Clarins. This is why I highly recommend you go to your local counter to make your color choice. You can see, touch, swatch, and have them match up the perfect shade for you where as with an Internet purchase you’ll stumble through what looks best and suitable for your skin. 00 Ivory Beige quite reminds me of a BB Cream prior to application which leads me to believe it’ll be suitable for Asian skin tones since it has a considerable amount of beige in it to sooth and even out yellow skin tones.

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At a price of $37 USD it’s a bit on the pricey side however since it’s like getting two products in one jar that actually works out to a deal and a steal. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch retails for $28 USD anyway so for less than $10 more you can purchase Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation and it’s basically like getting both products. Although I actually do recommend picking up Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch as well as Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation if you have major problem skin and are looking to create a seriously flawless canvas. By prepping skin prior with Perfecting Touch and following up with Instant Smooth Foundation you should have virtually no signs of pores, blemishes, or anything else.

Clarins has a winner on it’s hands as far as the Muse is concerned. This is foundation greatness at it’s best and I can see this becoming a Fall and Winter staple product with holy grail stamped all over.

I really loved this one and recommend you go and try it out for yourself at your local counter. For further information and color selections visit Clarins website. While you’re visiting the site do check out the new Jazzy Colours Collection! I’ll be reviewing this shortly and hoping I can create an interesting face of the day look as the one the model is sporting! Doesn’t she look glam?

I’m slapping the Muse Approval on it for purchase!

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