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Givenchy Spring Collection 2009: Givenchy Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow Maharani Silver and Maharani Gold Photos, Swatches, and Review

Here’s an interesting little item released with the Givenchy Spring Collection this year, Givenchy Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow.

Quite a new turn for Givenchy to do a creamy eyeshadow or in this case more like a gel!



Givenchy Precious Sari Glittering Eyeshadow is available in two shades and gives lids a shimmering, foiled effect, paired up with the Givenchy Sari Glow Blush you’ll be sporting a beautiful warm, sparkling look this Spring Season!

The shadows are a gel-like consistency that apply a very sheer wash of glitter to eyes. It’s really nothing to dramatic but the completed look is quite nice and I guess the fact that it’s so sheer actually works well because you aren’t taking away from the bolder blusher you’ll be wearing from the collection. This comes with a pointed tip sponge applicator which applies the glitter easily onto lids, blends it beautifully, and makes for ease of application along the lower waterline and inner corners of the eye.

The product is available in Maharani Gold which is a shimmering beige like gold and Maharani Silver which is a true silver shade. My favorite of the two is definitely Maharani Gold as I really love golds and secondly I think it’s much more suitable and themed towards the entire collection.











Sadly, at $26 USD these aren’t all that cheap and by now you’re probably thinking of a dozen other products you have stashed away that perform the same function at half the cost. Personally, I find them interesting and unique and worth the $26 USD price tag but I may be bias, as when it comes to high end cosmetics I rarely mind the high cost.

If you’re a big fan of Givenchy you’re going to want to pick these up. I do believe they are well worth adding to your Spring Collection list especially the gold! I’ll be doing FOTD’s in the next few days with the entire Givenchy Spring Collection 2009 so keep it tuned in here.

Love these?

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Check our further info about this release and other great Givenchy cosmetics at www.parfumsgivenchy.com

See a few FOTD’s using these items by clicking below:

Givenchy FOTD 1

Givenchy FOTD 2

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Givency Spring Collection 2009: Givenchy Sari Glow Blush Maharani Pink and Maharani Orange Photos, Swatches, and Review

To say I’m pleased with Givenchy Sari Glow Blush is an understatement! Sari Glow Blush manages to keep all the fine features I know and love about Givenchy Blush and add something a little bit different and extra to make the blush even better.

Givenchy released two colors of Sari Glow Blush both of which reflect the beautiful colors incorporated into an Indian woman’s traditional dress. Much like the MAC Manish Aurora release, Givenchy choose bolder shades of pinks and oranges to dominate their new Spring Collection for 2009 and the Muse can’t deny she’s absolutely thrilled with the colors and the products released.



Givenchy Sari Glow Blush is a tiny bit different when compared with other blushes released from the line as the formula is baked and a good deal more pigmented then many colors already available. I got both colors as they are quite unique, exotic, and beautiful. Givenchy managed to keep the texture and formula of the blush even though it’s a baked version so you’ll still get that iridescent “glow” finish when you use the blushes. Do see my FOTD from Givenchy’s Holiday Collection and I think you’ll understand the glow I mean! Pigmentation is excellent on both shades of blush so you can have a bold stroke of color on cheeks or a lighter sheer wash, it’s entirely up to you.



The colors available in the blush are Maharani Orange and Maharani Pink. Maharani Orange is a true orange blush and applies as such. Don’t expect to get a peachy glow from this, it’s orange, really orange. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it’s not easy to pull off for everyone and I have to say even I’m struggling with it slightly. The collection does have the vibe that it would work best on bronzed, sunkissed, or darker tones than my own medium fair skin. I’m thinking I need to try the orange on my sister and see how it looks on her! After a fair bit of blending I was kinda feeling the love for all that orange and felt quite dolled up! It’s a really nice glowing shade and I think it’ll look even better if I allow myself to get a little sun this coming Summer (highly doubtful I’ll get anywhere near the Sun but it’s the thought that counts!). Maharani Pink is a true pink shade that gives a nice stroke of shimmering iridescent pinched pink on my cheeks! I like this one alot as it’s a straight pink with a nice finish…not too bold but bold enough to be noticed.







Each blush is a dual compact which has the blush on top and a brush tucked away underneath in a separate compact. Givenchy obviously understands what addicts want, which would be not having our brush lay on top of our blusher! Of course, Givenchy has designed and themed it’s compacts with an Indian like flare around the border of the compact and a pink background for the Maharani Pink Blush and an orange one for the Maharani Orange Blush. The blush bears the Givenchy emblem smack in the middle and a black border all around the powder. Interestingly enough after a few swipes it still remains there…we shall see for how long!



I took note that these are $42 USD and correct me if you must but weren’t Givenchy blushes $50 USD last year? So again we see Givenchy making steps to lower the cost of it’s cosmetics, likey!

Overall, I think if you’re a collector and fan of Givenchy you’ll want to pick up both blushes. If you’re a darker skin tone I think you’ll want these as well as they’ll look stunning on darker tones especially those who are of Indian descent. I do Muse Approve them for purchase because I think they are unique and interesting items to add to your higher end collection. The Muse loves ’em!

Are Givenchy Sari Glow Blushes on your wish list?

Already have them?

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Learn more about Givenchy Cosmetics at www.parfumsgivenchy.com

See a few FOTD’s using these items by clicking below:

Givenchy FOTD 1

Givenchy FOTD 2

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Agent Provocateur Diamond Dust Eau de Parfum

The Muse is a long time lover of the Agent Provocateur Perfume line so when she read they would be introducing Agent Provocateur Diamond Dust Eau de Parfum her heart nearly leapt out of her chest.

I believe I originally read about the release in Vogue UK and they had stated that Diamond Dust would be a Holiday release but I’ve stalked Agent Provocateur website since November and seen NO updates for this parfum.

But guess what? Obviously they were waiting to release the good stuff on Valentine’s Day because Agent Provocateur Diamond Dust Eau de Parfum is up and available for purchase!


Watch the Muse proceed to run in circles now and get all dizzy and stuff!

Agent Provocateur Diamond Dust Eau de Parfum contains real diamond dust which creates a shimmering, luminous effect on the skin. The parfum comes house in a leather-like jewel box padded with beautiful silver on a pink satin bed. The oval bottle is decorated in silver and pink shimmering with particles of diamond dust! Oh my god I think I just felt my heart palpitate!

I just ordered it on the site as I know if I head to the Soho store they probably won’t have it in stock or may never get it so might as well just order online. At $90 USD plus shipping it’s not exactly cheap but I’m rarely disappointed in any of their blends and I consider them my signature perfume so I’m not minding the price in the least.

I’m thinking of doing a round up review shortly and will of course review this when it arrives. It has diamonds after all…the Muse is all about the diamond dust!

Loving you Agent Provocateur! XoXo!

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Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eye Shadow Primer Review

If you’re feeling tired of Urban Decay Primer Potion or you just don’t like MAC Paint Pots (like me!) you might want to check out the new Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer for your priming needs.


It’s a bit expensive but well worth your time.

As far as I know this is the first time that Guerlain has ventured into the primer waters. Not many brands jumped on board the eye shadow primer hype prior to Urban Decay’s release of Primer Potion so most people were left using MAC Fluidline or MAC Shadesticks as a prep and prime prior to shadow. Hey, this worked well for years and still does but I won’t say I don’t have some sincerely major love for my Urban Decay Primer Potion.







Upon Guerlain releasing a primer though I did have to try it for myself as I simply adore Guerlain and I suppose with the release of a shadow primer I was expecting the gates of heaven to flood open…most of the time that happens with every Guerlain release that the Muse is privy to so it’s no great surprise that indeed she was touched by an angel after trying out Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer.

First of all it’s not comparable to paint pots, nor is it anything like Urban Decay Primer Potion. The formulas are vastly different in my opinion and I will do the comparison babbling for you. Obviously Guerlain Eye Shadow Primer is a nice creamy base which could be compared to MAC Paint Pots however it blends easier, isn’t as thick as a paint pot’s formula, allows better blending for pigments and shadow in my opinion, and intensifies color, all while holding my shadow in place. It’s un-comparable to Urban Decay Primer Potion as well considering it’s a cream base and not as runny a formula as Primer Potion.






Guerlain Eye Shadow Primer is a nice creamy base that blends easily onto the lid. It comes with it’s own mini brush which honestly I find somewhat useless as I’d rather spread it around with my finger however if you’re a germ-a-phobe (hey the Muse is! No shame in that!) you’ll think the little brush is a life saver. A little bit of product goes a long way at freshening the eye area up a la Benefit Lemon Aid plus prepping for shadow or pigment. It has a hard beige edge which intensifies the color of shadow while it adheres. I don’t think any of my primers successfully intensify a color quite like this does. Greens look brighter, purples look deeper, and it just generally makes my shadow pop a fair bit. I think this has to do with the deeper beige of the product as it darkens shadows a fair bit which I find interesting.



I suppose it’s debatable that this could perform the same function as a MAC Paint Pot which is much cheaper but honestly I have no real love for MAC Paint Pots so this is ideal for someone like me who wanted something that was easier to blend and helped my shadow remain creaseless for hours at a time. I like the formula much better when compared to a paint pot.

Overall, I will definitely repurchase when I’m finished with this as it’s superior in terms of keeping my shadow fresh and long wearing plus offering some concealing benefits as well, allowing my lids to look fresher and less dull. It also blends beautifully well which makes application a snap. Well worth trying out if you’re anything like the Muse and not a lover of MAC Paint Pots.

All in all well done on this one Guerlain. The Muse likey!

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Bobbi Brights Collection: Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Retro Pink and Rose Brown Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

As part of the Bobbi Brown Brights Collection, several new shades of Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color were released. I’ve reviewed Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color briefly in my Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Collection post but I thought they did deserve a revisit and an article of their own considering what a lovely formula and product they are.


Four new shades of Creamy Lip Color were introduced with the Bobbi Brights Collection, two of which are making a spotlight appearance here on Musings for my review. Today I’ll be discussing, reviewing, and showing you the shades Retro Pink and Rose Brown.

Skip ahead to hear what I think about these lippies!

I’m a big fan of emollient lip products! Shiny, glossy, moisturizing, I’m all over that. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color brings all those great qualities to the table with a rich pigmented base that’s sure to please makeup lovers far and wide.

The formula of the lip colors is a nice glossy, moisturizing lip treatment. It’s a cross between a lipstick, a gloss, and a lip balm, all rolled into one product. Who doesn’t love all those qualities cocktailed together? I know I do. The product glides onto the lips beautifully leaving behind pigmented, glossy color. I’m a particularly fond fan of applying a dab or two of lipstain on my lips and following up with a few strokes of the creamy lip color for a lovely pout!

I have two of the four new shades released which are Retro Pink (a bubblegum pink) and Rose Brown (a muted brown with a hint of brown).


Rose Brown makes me think of my friend Iris as I know she’d completely love this shade because it would remind her of one of her favorite lipstick shades from Esprique Precious, BR300….actually on me, as you’ll see below, the color came out as a coral because I paired it up with a touch of an orange lipstain under it prior to use. The effect of the stain and the lip color on top is interesting to say the least.





Retro Pink is a great Spring shade considering how light and fun it is. If you enjoy Bubble Gum pink shades this will surely please.





There aren’t a good deal of creamy lip colors on the market like this at the moment. I try ALOT of different brands as you know and I really never ran across a product like this outside of the Asian market. I enjoy how lightweight it is and absolutely love that it still remains a good deal pigmented even though the formula would seem sheer when applying. Color is buildable and lips are left feeling glossy, shiny, and lovely.

What’s not to love?

Who would love this?

  • Anyone who likes a lightweight lip color with plenty of pigmentation and a super gloss finish!
  • Those who aren’t too big a fan heavier lipsticks but still desire a bite of color on their lips!
  • Anyone who enjoys a glossy, moisturizing lip treatment.

These are really fab in the Muse’s opinion and a tried and true favorite. I look forward to new color releases and I’ll continue buying since the formula is outstanding.

All in all Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color are Muse Approved for purchase. The Muse thinks they should be on your beauty radar! Loves it!

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