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Estee Lauder Sensuous Gold Collection Review and Swatches

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Summer is coming to a close really quickly this year. Must be the all the rain or the fact that I went on holiday so early but Summer feels like it flew by really fast this year. How sad.

As I brace myself for my favorite season, Autumn, I’m over indulging in all things Fall. For the most part I always associate warm golden brown shades, sparkling golds, and fiery oranges with the season which is why I’m ever so delighted that I can have Fall and maybe a bit of Summer too with the new Estee Lauder Sensuous Gold Collection.

Jump ahead for the review and swatches!

At first glance I thought that perhaps the Estee Lauder Sensuous Gold Collection was some sort of late Summer release. Truly Fall didn’t cross my mind at all since the collection is so warm and bronze-like. But upon further investigation and after trying the collection out I’d say it’s ideal for that time when Summer is just changing to Fall and the weather is still very warm. With warm shades of bronze, brown, and pale pinks the colors are all very work friendly and elegant. This isn’t a loud, vibrant look but more of a subtle touch of color that accentuates eyes with a burst of warmth.

Rounding out the collection are two brand new limited edition quads containing an array of buttery smooth shadows in golden pinks, browns, and golds ($35 Each). Each palette is a golden copper tone, quite pretty and fitting with the “gold” theme. The Estée Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Amethyst contains a pale mauve pink, a deeper mauve, a warm nude beige, and a golden chocolate brown. The Estée Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Rose Gold contains a sheer nude peach, a light golden brown, a pale pink peach, and a fiery terracotta. The shadows have a beautiful sparkly over spray but the shadows are for the most part matte with a slightly pearl finish. Don’t get scared even though they are matte they manage to have a wonderful texture that blends like a dream. Overall, each creates a warm, work friendly look that’s elegant, chic, and very fitting for the warmer days of Fall.

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My look created using the Rose Gold Palette (Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Cinnamon on my lips and Pure Color Multi-Shimmer Gloss in Rose Gold)
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My look created using the Rose Amethyst Palette (Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Terracotta on my lips and Pure Color Multi-Shimmer Gloss in Amethyst)
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Estée Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick with Gold Shimmer are available in four shades to accompany this collection ($19.50). These are a dreamy, moisturizing lipstick with a golden sparkle in hues of brilliant Fall shades. My two favorites? Terracotta, a nude golden peach, and Cinnamon, a brilliant brown bronze with golden shimmer. The formula is beautiful as it glides onto lips leaving behind pigmented color and a high sheen as if I topped with gloss. Gorgeous!

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You might very well think MAC when you see the new Estee Lauder Pure Color
Multi-Shimmer Gloss ($18). This gloss is made of three shades of shimmering sheer gloss for a sparkling lip look. Rose Gold is made of sparkling warm peach shades and Amethyst is a trio of light pinks to deeper rubies. The glosses apply very subtly for the most part and aren’t terribly pigmented but they add an extra pop of lovely when paired up with the Hydra Lustre Lipsticks.

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All in all the Estee Lauder Sensuous Gold Collection manages to capture the essence of Summer while bringing it right through to Fall. The shades are all very sophisticated and chic for creating subtle eye catching looks. Indian Summer in September? Easy with this collection. Might as well milk Summer for all we can and what better way to do it than with such a warm, bronzy collection that sizzles but also manages to keep the theme of Autumn as well!

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NARS Essential Eye Palette and NARS Best of Lips Palette

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Ahhh NARS you excited me so! And two new palettes to choose from too! Loves it!

Skip ahead for the details!

Two new palettes are available now from NARS for lips and eyes. Yay!

The NARS Essential Eye Palette contains a combination of warm and cool tones for the eye.

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Top Shades
  • Unconditional Love
  • Night Star
  • Galapagos

Bottom Shades

  • Nepal
  • Ondine
  • Thunderball

Also available is the new NARS Best of Lips Palette which includes a variety of rich, vibrant shades for Fall.

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Top Shades
  • Copacabana
  • Chelsea Girls
  • Dolce Vita

Bottom Shades

  • Orgasm Multiple
  • Eros
  • Red Lizard

These are both available now at Nordstrom.

Want ‘em? I know I’m yearning for the eye palette!

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Product Musings: Illamasqua Nail Varnish Ruthless Review and Swatches

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I’m getting cozy with Illamasqua today so I thought I’d muse some about their nail varnish!

Jump ahead for a peep!

Illamasqua has taken the Beauty Blogging world by storm this year. With many beauty bloggers and junkies alike getting their hands on Illamasqua goodies since it hit our side of the pond and is now available at Sephora is it any wonder we are all very happy?

As Fall rolls in I imagine you may be looking for three shades of cool to get your nails in tiptop shape. My picks for Fall in regards to nails always consists of the same colors. A true red, a beautiful chocolate brown, and a hardcore black.


Illamasque Nail Varnish in Ruthless has me covered for red. This true, rich shade of red has a beautiful glossy finish.

What are your fav shades of Fall from Illamasque?

Any that’ll be topping your nails this season?

Muse it!

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 Collection Greige Collection

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Giorgio Armani leaps into fall with an elegant new Fall Collection. Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 pairs up a subtle but distinct tones to accentuate a deep smoky eye contrasted with a fresh, luminous complex and a mute but intense lip color.

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Jump ahead to learn more about the Greige Collection from Giorgio Armani Beauty for Fall 2009.

With a heavy emphasis on the eyes Giorgio Armani Beauty brings together the simplicity of a fresh, glowing face and a dramatic eye look with it’s the Giorgio Armani Beauty Manta Ray Eye Duo Palettes ($38). This palette is an eye duo dressed with an exotic Manta Ray patter. Inspired by precious and luxurious materials used in Giorgio Armani fashion accessories, the palettes offer a beautiful selection of color harmonies inspired by nature.

  • Charcoal and Greige: the ultimate eye shadow combination for this season’s smoky eye
  • Deep Ocean Blue and Intense Ocean Green
  • Pale Lilac Grey and Luminous Fuchsia
  • Light Blue Stone and Sandy Beige
  • Shimmering Lilac Pearl and Pale Green Pearl

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  • Giorgio Armani Liquid Silk Eye Liner ($30)

Matte Charcoal Grey
Midnight Metallic Blue

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  • Giorgio Armani Silk Lipstick in 92 ($25)

This season’s must-have Armani lipstick accentuates your natural lip color, keeping the focus on your dramatic eye look. The grey-blue tones of this soft plum lipstick combines intensity but contradicts with an air of simplicity.

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The Giorgio Armani Beauty Greige Eye by Linda Cantello

Use the Greige shade to contour the eye by sweeping the shadow along the crease of the eye. Follow by sweeping the shade under the lower lash line and over the upper lash line. Use charcoal to add intensity.

A second option is to sweep the charcoal shadow over the whole lid and use the Greige to blend. For added intensity, apply midnight blue eyeliner along the upper lid lash line.

The Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 Collection is available for a limited time online at www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com and at selected fine department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.

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Sneak Peeks: Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection Review and Swatches

Oh. my. god. The Muse is so about the Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection! I told you a bit about the collection yesterday and popped a sneak peek of my FOTD today on Twitter.


For Fall the bold, green eye look is too entirely flattering for brown eyes in my humblest. Putting aside the preppy factor and just rejoicing over such a true, gorgeous shade of forest green is enough to make me dance around in circles of joy.

Check it after the jump!

So far I’ve only gotten my hands on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Golden Leaf but I want to haul the other emerald green shade that is being released. The texture of the shadow is super smooth, blends beautifully, and is deeply pigmented, delish! Although it’s a shimmer wash shadow it still manages to have a velvet-like finish with a subtle hint of golden sparkle. Too pretty.


To accompany the greens in the collection a new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink was created. The color has a dominate brown note but also has the deeper aspects of a golden olive green. The shade is perfectly suited to the two shadows released and could possibly work as both a liner and a base.


I also told you about the new Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils. I got one in brown plum. Quite a nice, moisturizing pencil that glides on smoothly without skipping and smudges like a dream. For my look today I didn’t use the pencil but I have a future FOTD planned with it.


Honestly for me the stars of this show are the Forest Shimmer Ink Gel Liner and the two new shadows, particularly Golden Leaf. Although I favor a warm look in the Fall that’s made up of browns, golds, and occasionally oranges I can’t deny that such a deep, dark green is utterly flattering and fitting for the season.

Well done Bobbi. Another incredible line up.

For my look below I simply used Golden Leaf eye shadow all over my lid and crease followed up with Forest Shimmer Ink liner on my waterline. You can see how dramatic the look is, it obviously speaks for itself that a simple wash of shadow on my lids and a little lining created a bold, beautiful look! Also as promised a close up of my eye using Urban Decay Eye Lash Primer and Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara…I think you can see the results are quite nice when the two are combined.


Anyone hauling?

Excited as I am about all that green?

Tell it!

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