It feels like the year virtually flew by doesn’t it? It’s been a great year for makeup that’s for sure! My year end favorite post is upcoming shortly but I thought we could reflect on a few things first!
Some of the questions I asked myself as I was reflecting were the following:
The Muse will place her answers here and you can answer, if you like, in the comment field below! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this!
I think I have to take myself all the way back to Spring 2008 to get a good idea of my very favorite collection of the year. The Etude House My Lovely Face Collection (aka Peach Collection) was my absolute favorite of the year! And it’s no wonder with it’s great packaging, fresh peachy shades, and incredible Pore Erasing Peach Base! This was by far my fav of the year! Etude House Spring 2009 I Can’t Help Smiling is simply adorably but in the Muse’s opinion it isn’t nearly as kawaii as last year’s collection!
In reflecting on my tastes and whether they have changed or not from last year I’d have to say a loud YES! I embraced more natural looks this year, got really excited about nudes and neutrals, and just dramatically altered my normal bold looks to include some very mature ones! So yes indeed my tastes have changed a tad bit. This doesn’t mean I don’t still adore bold looks but I have to say I’ve surprised myself with the amount of natural makeup I’ve taken on lately!
I can’t say so much if I embraced any trends this year. I kinda march to the beat of my own drum and I’m not one for embracing a trend but more along the lines of doing my own thing! One trend I definitely couldn’t get a handle on, no mater how hard I tried, was the vampy lip! I tried with MAC Binge and tried again with the Lancome Piha Collection but it just didn’t work on this Muse!
I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t somewhat excited about the MAC Hello Kitty Collection! Although I made up my own little ideas about how this collection should look, I do find myself getting more and more antsy for it’s release as I am eager to see it in person for myself. Yes, I know I’ll be disappointed but I just can’t seem to shake the feeling that maybe, just maybe, it’ll be great! I’m also excited to see what the Summer has in store for us! Summer releases are a great time to stock up on bold shades so of course I look forward to what MAC, Urban Decay, and other brands have on the menu for the warmer weather!
Now it’s your turn…..
Tell the Muse all about what you loved and hated in 2008?
Lancome’s Beauty Box looks like something the Muse must have! With any $36 USD Lancome purchase you’ll receive a train case chock full of Lancome goodies for $49.50 USD!
You get a full size Bi-Facil…hello Bi-Facil is $26 USD alone…you’re getting a full size in this kit! Plus you’ll also recieve the following items:
Lancome Full Size Definicils Mascara
Lancome Maquicomplete Concealer
Lancome Le Rouge Absolu Lip Colour in Ruby Silk and Coquette
Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Work It!
Lancome Color Fever Shine Sensual Sheer Color in Boiling Point
Lancome Juicy Tubes Jelly Lipgloss in Magic Spell and Spring Fling
Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow Palette (Includes 7 Shadows)
Lancome Blush Subtil Powder Duo
3 Piece Brush Set
And Much, Much More!
Holy cow! Nice haul of items in this one!
Starting today you can get your black train case exclusively at Macy’s and the burgundy train case is available from Lancome directly by purchasing $36 USD worth of products and using coupon code BEAUTYBOX at checkout! CLICK to start shopping now!
All other department stores will have the train case starting the 23rd of this month! Hurry over to Lancome and snatch one up now as I have a feeling they will go fast! The Muse wants one!
Lancome Oscillation mascara has launched live on the Lancome site! The Muse is ordering hers right now and a back up for her annoying little friend, Jai!
Go snag yours now before it sells out! It sold out mighty fast during it’s sneak peek this Summer so the Muse is taking no chances during this second release!
Check out the application video (CLICK!) while you’re visiting Lancome’s site so you can tutor yourself on proper application just in case you win a Lancome Oscillation mascara during the Muse’s giveaway (I’ll be announcing the winner later today!)!
Spend $35 USD or more on Lancome site and you’ll get a Deluxe Sample of Bi-Facil and Cils Booster XL when you enter promo code Oscillation.
Do tell the Muse if you grab a Lancome Oscillation! She’s curious who wants this!
Did ya know that Lancome Oscillation Mascara is available for purchase on Lancome’s website as of October 22nd?
The Muse sure is!
I got my credit card handy and ready to go as I missed the original release of Lancome Oscillation Mascara when Lancome had a sneak peek purchase a few months ago!
But now, finally, I can have one for my very own!
I seriously can’t wait to try this mascara because I’m hearing raves all across the board about how fab it is! From what I understand the counter wait list is long so you might want to save yourself the agony right now and order it online when it officially releases this week!
Plus I got super good news for you…..
You can have one too!
Want a chance to win the Lancome Oscillation Mascara?
You can right here at Musings!
Just comment below and I’ll enter you to win your very own Oscillation from Lancome! I’ll be announcing the winner on October 22nd when the mascara is officially available for purchase on Lancome’s website!
Aren’t you happy that the contest is so easy and your Muse isn’t confuddling you with crazy Doctor Who trivia as per her past contests! I thought I’d give you a break this time and make it nice and simple! No googling skills required hehe!
For now do click over to Lancome’s site and have a visit with the Holiday Collection 2008!
Good Luck and do have a click over to Lancome’s site and show ‘em the love! The Muse would appreciate it greatly!
I went to Atlantic City this weekend so of course I had to hit up the Lancome Outlet to see what they had in stock.
They had a ton of items however I was actually quite relieved that it wasn’t anything I absolutely needed (I’ve been known to get crazy at the Lancome Outlet) however one item did catch my eye which was Lancome Absolue Makeup and for the ridiculous price of $10 USD (this normally retails for $57 USD) I firgured I might as well try it.
Honestly, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I purchased it because aside from being great for dry skin it’s really not what I’d typical look for in a foundation. It’s meant for dry/mature skin…ummm dry yes but I’m not quite that mature yet..at least I don’t think I am. It’s pretty heavy and super pigmented for covering up everything and anything….again not what I’d normally reach for as I like a lighter foundation for my face.
Turns out that it works amazingly well and is actually well worth it’s originally $57 USD price tag. I can see myself purchasing another if I ever actually use all of this one as the jar is freaking huge and should last me till the apocalypse (Dontcha just love Misha?).
I do not recommend this for oily skin this is strictly for dry skin in my humble opinion. It’s extremely heavy foundation and a little tiny bit goes a very, very, very long wear. At the moment I can’t make proper use of it but as soon as the colder weather settles in my skin will be falling to it’s knees and thanking the Lancome gods for such a perfectly, moisturizing foundation that offers beautiful, airbrushed coverage and helps keep my dry skin dewy and moist!
I originally purchased this since I became slightly obsessed with foundations in a jar after falling in love with Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation and CoverGirl TRUblend Whipped Foundation plus the price couldn’t be beat at $10 bucks! I know, I know, pot foundations breed bacteria and germs but this does come with a handy little scoop so my fingers are never actually touching the foundation! And get this….the scoop comes with this handy little plastic pocket to store it in….sue me, I get excited about the little things! I was reading My Makeup Reviews (best site evers) a few days ago and Jojoba was saying how she hated the fact she had no where to store the little scoop from Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation so here in lays a little bit of a solution! A little plastic sleeve for my scoop! Yay!
A little bit more information about the formula…..
As I mentioned the formula is extra moisturizing and extremely pigmented. You can do light coverage but it does take a bit of work to figure out exactly how much you’ll need for a thinner layer of coverage as it always seems I’m just using too much! But after working with the product for a bit I finally got it down to the perfect amount for a nice, sheer layer of coverage that lightens my complextion, erases dullness, and leaves my skin looking airbrushed and perfect.
I was particularly thrilled with how great it worked under my eyes. It’s thick yes but it works well at concealing dark circles and just general under eye woes without drying the area out so it takes on the task of foundation and concealer in one product.
There are 12 color selections available and from looking at the site it appears they have pretty much all tones covered but I do find that when I am selecting color ranges from Lancome for foundation and concealers it’s best to head to your local counter to purchase so you can swatch it out and see what is best suited to your skin tone.
The wear is particularly good and you can easily get eight hours of wear out of this with proper prepping. I started out my day with it as of 5 am and it lasted till around 3 pm before it started fading and needing touch up. Not bad in my opinion plus it didn’t turn ashy on me as foundations sometimes have been known to do after long wear on my face.
I recommend this for the following skin:
Those who seek an extra moisturizing foundation especially if your skin is dry in the Winter.
Fantastic foundation for those who have the beginings or full effect of lines on their face as this will erase fine lines and create a smoother, fresher appearance.
Those who seek extra coverage
Those who want a foundation that can multitask as a concealer.
This one I’m approving for purchase. I’d indulge in $57 USD for it considering how much coverage and moisture if offers plus it’s a very large that will last over a year. Taking all the positives into consideration with absolutely zero negatives I’d say it’s well worth checking out for yourself. Pricey yes, but does exactly what it promises and more!
Check out more of the color selections and further information at Lancome.
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!
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!
It’s hard not to notice that the hottest Fall trend this season is the vampy black lipstick. It’s possibly the most difficult look to pull off in the Muse’s humblest opinion. Those lucky individuals that can work it are truly something to envy and those who can’t pull it off seek another alternative to this sexy look.
In comes Lancome with it’s new luxe lip set created by Aaron de Mey, Lancome’s new artistic director of makeup. This kit is $48 USD and contains Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black and Color Fever Lipstick in Piha Red.
The idea of mixing black and red may sound twisted but do take a look at the sexy lip look created using both:
Lips like this call for a really corny Vampire dance off!
Here’s the catch. Only 500 sets are available of this posh lip set! Eep! Time to rush to Bloomingdale’s 59th in November! Or call ahead to put your name on the list at (212) 705-2886.
I put my name on the list already! I know I can’t pull off the goth purples and blacks I see cropping up in different collections this season so I’m very tempted to try this out for myself. You have to admit that contrast of all that red topped by a tiny bit of black is super sexy! Color Fever Gloss is one of my favorite glosses from Lancome do to it’s innovative applicator. Lancome is one of the few companies that have adapted the popular Japanese heart shaped applicator to their glosses. This makes for ease of application in a major way. The applicator is large and saturates well with color, one swipe gets full glossy lips in seconds! Loves it! It’s been suggested that you can also use Piha Black on your lids as well as your lips which sounds like an interesting concept. Black definately doesn’t work on my lips but I’m hoping the red will mute that and make it as popping as the promo images however when all else fails maybe I can sport this on my lids for a glossy smoked out look!
Whether or not the Muse can work this remains to be seen but try I will! You’ll see a review sometime in November for the kit!
Loving all the black that’s popping up for Fall?
What are some of your must have vampy glosses and lipsticks from this season’s collections?
I know, I know you’ve been waiting ALL day for this little entry haven’t you? I fear I’m boring you with my spotlight on concealers lately but hopefully you’ve found at least one out of the batch I’ve reviewed so far that works for you!
Today I’m reviewing Lancome’s Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer. That rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it? Is it bad to admit I have no idea how to properly pronounce Maquicomplet?
I noticed that I never really review concealer in the proper light. I don’t use concealer to cover pimples or problem skin. I’m too bloody old for acne and I don’t have anything that needs covering that my foundation doesn’t already do. I’m kinda disappointed in myself because I should really review it from all angles. But I only use concealer for under eye coverage plus even if I have a pimple pop up I think layering concealer or foundation on top of it is rather gross and causes me to break out further! Yak!
Apologies for never properly giving you the deets on covering up pimples or problem skin with concealer!
However, Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer does a mighty nice job of concealing my dark circles and extra baggage! Maquitcomplet comes in nine shades that pretty much suit all skin tones and while carrying the correct tints to neutralize problems like dark circles. For instance I have the most lightest shade available which has a perfect yellow base to conceal my dark circles.
The packaging is a wand style applicator which for me is just as great as a click pen. Smoothing and blending this on is simple and mess free with the provided sponge tip applicator. Stroke on, pat into place, and your dark circles are gone. The product is pigmented enough to conceal dark circles perfectly however my baggy eyes weren’t as fresh looking as I’d have liked after use but I still find the product offers excellent coverage for dark circles. The formula is a thin liquid however it is creamy and quite moisturizing. I had no problems with creasing under my eyes after blending and wear lasted for at least six hours before I needed to touch up.
The price might scare you at $27.50 USD however if you’re lemming this after my review you can head on over to Bergdorf Goodman and indulge in a gift with purchase!
Spend $35 USD and with any Lancome purchase you’ll recieve a chic grey and burgundy tote filled with gorgeous samples of Color Fever Gloss and Lipstick, an eyeshadow quad, blush, mascara, Bi-Facil, Absolute Premium BX Face and Night Cream, and a Three Piece Brush Set!
Plus Lancome is always giving away something so purchasing a concealer at $27.50 USD plus nabbing a great GWP is well worth it dontcha think?
I’m actually going to head to my Lancome counter to nab that bag of goodies! I’ll be purchasing the Maharani Jewels Quad…perfect excuse to splurge $40 on a palette when I’m getting such an awesome gift! Review to follow!
The Muse likes Lancome Maquicomplet Complete Coverage Concealer and thinks it’s worth looking at to cover up your dark circle woes!
Check it out at Lancome or your nearest Lancome counter!