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Musings of the Day: Spring Collections 2009

It’s been a few days since we Muse’d together hasn’t it?

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Oh I forgot to mention….you can’t say MAC Hello Kitty!

hehe! I’m evil.

So what’s mine? Easy. I’m looking forward to NARS Spring Collection 2009 in a major way! Although I was disappointed that the Grenadines is a matte shadow but I’m still hyped about the other single shadows being introduced! I was also quite excited about the concealer palette which I’m simply gagging to try!

All in all a really great round up of products from NARS and I’m very excited about it and will be bringing you swatches and a review shortly!

So what are you excited about for Spring ’09? Remember no Hello Kitty hehe!

Tell your Muse!

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Stash Spotlight: NARS Blush

The Muse wonders, is there any dispute that NARS Blush is the best on the market?

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Pigmented, silky, smooth, easy to blend, and amazing color selection makes NARS Blush a favorite with this Muse! It’s no wonder I’ve stashed quite a few and use ‘em daily!

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Do you love NARS blush?

Which shades are your favorite?

Tell the Muse!

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2008 Year End Reflection

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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:

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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!

Unquestionably my greatest cosmetic find of the year was NARS Blush in Super Orgasm! I’ve heard rants and I’ve heard hate but I simply adored it. For me it was pure perfection! Not that it tops Super Orgasm but discovering that Urban Decay Primer has a SLEW of product left in the bottle after slicing it open is definitely a highlight of my year as well!

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?

What your greatest find was?

What trends you embraced?

I’m listening!

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NARS Night Life Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

The Muse’s heart was thumping rather loudly after she seen the new NARS Holiday Collection 2008! She was particularly thrilled with the introduction of the two newest shades of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and Silent Night. Have you seen them yet? Oh my gosh gorgeous!

Today I’ll be reviewing NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Life and later this week I’ll bring you a second review of NARS Single Eye Shadow in Silent Night. Excited? The Muse is!

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I’m unsure which I love more but I must say that both shadows are outstanding. I used Night Life this morning for simple look and you can honestly get any number of looks using the shadow alone or together with other items in your stash. Night Life is a sparkling metallic silver which is absolute shimmer overload! If you love your shadows full of sparkle, shimmer, and glitter, Night Life should appeal! The texture may be a little bit of a let down considering that this causes major fall out woes. Upon applying you’ll end up with sparkles just about everywhere which is because the formula feels much like a pressed pigment would. Once you swipe your brush across the shadow it kicks up a huge cloud of chunky pieces of sparkle and glitter which in turn cause a major ordeal for application but honestly, when have you ever not run into a problem when applying a shimmering shadow?

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Aside from fall out problems I loved the finish of the shadow and highly recommend nabbing it for yourself. The shadow can be used alone to create a metallic, foiled silver eye which pairs up nicely with a black liner (this is how I used it this morning!). Or, better yet, Night Life will be an ideal shadow for creating a smoked eye sparkling eye look that should grab attention this Holiday Season! The silver would be a fantastic base or as a crease shade followed up closely with a matte black shadow to create a rather outstanding smoky eye! Honestly, the possibilities of using this shadow are endless and it’s fast becoming a favorite for the season ahead for me!

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If you simply adore sparkling shadows you’ll want to grab NARS Night Life for yourself! The Muse Approves it for purchase and says it’s well worth picking up to add to your NARS Collection!

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To create my look this morning I simply used NARS Night Life all over my eye and followed up with liner! Simple, sparkling, gorgeous!

What I used to create my look:

Eyes
NARS Eyeshadow in Night Life
Tony & Tiny Glitter Eyeliner in Black/Silver
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero
MAC Eyeliner in Black Funk
KATE Gel Mascara

Cheeks
MAC Blush in Pink Swoon
Bare Escentuals Gossamer Diamond Powder

Lips
NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

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How about you?

Anything catch your eye from NARS Holiday Collection?

Tell the Muse!

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NARS "How To" Videos

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NARS has two videos on their site which I thought were interesting so I thought I’d share them here with you!

The first video is entitled “A Healthy, Radiant Complextion” and this features the NARS Senior Stylist James Boehmer giving tips and tricks on using foundation and concealer!

You can view that video by clicking here.

As I was watching the video I realized that I never tried NARS concealer before! Must add that onto my list for review!

Update: Ah ha now I know why I never purchased NARS concealer, it comes in a lipstick style tube! The Muse no likey that style of concealer! Ack!

The second video is entitled “A Beautiful Cheek” and shows a detailed guide for ahcieving contoured cheeks.

You can view that video here.

While I was watching this video I realized that my blush is “WOW” in your face! I never apply to the lower cheek area, I normally apply to the apples of my cheek! I’m wondering if I choose to apply this way if it would give the illusion of a slimmer face hmmmm!

All in all a rather fun way to procrastinate at work today! Happy viewing!

Stop back and tell me whatcha think of the videos!

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