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Now would be a great time to get the brand new Vincent Longo Diamante Quad I recently reviewed or stock up on other goodies!

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Clarins Jazzy Colours Review, Swatches, and Looks

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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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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!

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!

Clarins Chic & Glam Chic Black
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

Clarins Chic & Glam Trendy Gold
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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Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Lame Noir Review

I recently got an email from a rather lovely email asking me, “Muse, will you be reviewing the Chanel Smokey Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette?”

Sadly, I had to say no, I love the palette, it’s stunning, it’s gorgeous…and it’s matte….eep! I believe two of the shades in the palette are matte and I honestly cannot, for my life, pull off a matte smokey eye.

So, no, I’m sorry you won’t see me reviewing the Chanel Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette anytime soon. However, to make up for the fact that I’m not reviewing the palette I’ll bring you a review of the rather awesome Chanel Noir Lame Eyeliner Duo.

Do you love me a little bit more now that I haven’t completely forsaken Chanel’s Fall Collection? Go on, kiss me why dontcha!

Yes, there is a story behind the wrapping paper and no it’s not my birthday! The Chanel MA at Macy’s 34th gets rather excited when I bring my best friend Jai along for the ride so virtually everything I purchase gets wrapped up like a Christmas goose! I think maybe she hasn’t realized that Jai is actually gay and she’s hoping to impress him with her awesome wrapping skillz? I’m not really sure but she positively glows when he gushes about how cute a job she did wrapping! *shrugs* Stranger things have happened when I’m out with Jai, stranger things, truly…!

I’ll start my review by saying I’m rubbish with eyeliner! Indeed, I am! I admit it for all the world to know! I’m really not that fab lining my eyes and if I do line my eyes I prefer using a potted gel like Smashbox Cream Eye Liner, this is my liner of choice as it’s virtually goof proof when using a brush like the Smashbox #9 to apply.

Now taking things to the next level I find that powder liner is simply divine but lord knows no one makes it anymore!

I remember, back when the Muse was young and free, coming across my very first powder liner in some cheapy, cheesy clearance makeup catalog! God, for the very life of me I can’t recall the name of the catalog but I do recall ordering some of that powder liner and using it daily for many years after!

I haven’t had my hands on a proper powder liner in a long time until Stila introduced it’s talking Smoky Eye Palette which came with an ideally textured powder liner that was positively brilliant! It was like pay dirt when I hit that jackpot!

The moral of the story is that I find working with powder liner is simple, easy, mess free, and virtually goof proof. It glides on amazingly easy, smudges beautifully if you so desire, and you aren’t poking an eye out or creating a mess when using it!

In comes Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo and the Muse is in heaven! At $45 USD it’s not the cheapest option around however this is liable to last a few hundred years so you’re getting alot of bang for your buck!

The palette is made up of two shades, Lame and Noir, well duh as per it’s name right? Contrary to images I’ve taken and images you’ll see on the Internets, Lame is not a full on black, it happens to be an off black that borders gray. The color creates a very nice smoked out look to eyes or if you prefer, with a heavier hand, you can get more definition to the eye area to create a more intense look.

Noir is my favorite of the two shades as it contains a nice dose of shimmer (but not too much). This too is not a full on black either but leans more towards a deeper, darker off black shade with touches of gray and of course some beautiful silver shimmer.

The palette comes with two applicators which, although small, make lining and defining the eye area simply and easy. The colors could probably be used wet if you like but I personally feel like that would ruin the palette and defeat the purpose of using a powder liner, hell if I wanted wet I’d have gone and gotten a liquid eye liner for $30 bucks less! You could also probably multitask the palette easily enough by using either shade as an eyeshadow but again the main point of the palette is to line eyes. The applicators included are a rounded sponge tip and a softer brush tip. The sponge tip makes for easy smudging while the brush applicator makes for a nice straight eye or curved cat eye. Whichever one you use you’re guaranteed a flawless lined eye!

I highly recommend this for those that are liner retarded like myself or those who just like the simplicity and elegance of an easy eye lining experience. The palette is virtually goof proof and you don’t need to take brain surgery class prior to application…thank god for the Muse as she hates that damn class, way too long and boring!

Like all Chanel products, the palette is beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated in it’s design and presentation.

I definately approve this one for purchase for it’s ease of use, the elegance factor, and just for the sake of saying “Hey, it’s Chanel!”

See more of the Chanel Exceptional Collection by clicking here!

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Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection 2008

Anyone feel like a little Bobbi Brown Holiday?

Supposedly it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

At least it’s turning out that way for me when I seen this year’s offerings!

What’s a Holiday Collection without a brush set? $65 USD gets you four essential Bobbi Brown Brushes and a gold pouch for holding ‘em all in!

The Bobbi Brown Diamond Cosmestic Bag and Mini Brush Set isn’t on my wish list as it’s a tad bit on the pricey side and I’m not partial to the color of the bag however I will say be it mini or regular size, Bobbi Brown brushes are ideally some of the best I’ve used! I’ve used both her full and mini size brushes and both are incredibly good! However, for four brushes and a pouch, $65 USD might be a tiny bit much for this Muse!

Taking it down to $55 USD you can nab the Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Mini Brush Set which includes a gold pouch and three mini brushes!

Again, a little to high for me but I could probably see myself indulging if it wasn’t for the case! I’m just not feeling all that metallic gold!

Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Beauty Kit for $95 USD is a slick, two layered tier to hold all your beauty essentials!

Mmmm all the gold..Bobbi you’re killing me…could it be pink…but I guess that wouldn’t be too holiday-ish!

What would the holiday be without a gloss kit?! Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio contains three shades of scrumptious gloss for $45 USD with a gold pouch for storing them all in!

You’ll get the following shades:

  • Spun Gold Shimmer
  • Pink Glitter
  • Sandy Beige Shimmer

It’s on the Muse’s wishy list! Santa baby fill my stocking with Bobbi Brown glosses please? k, Thanks, the Muse loves you very much! Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss retails for $20 USD each so getting three plus the bag is a nice little deal!

Of course, the holidays just aren’t the holidays without palettes!

Indulge your need for glorious palettes with all, some, or one of the following:

Bobbi Brown Basics Eye Palette $45 USD

Bobbi Brown Basics Lip Palette $45 USD

Get it ALL with the Bobbi Brown Lip & Eye Palette $60 USD

Ummm yes this is definately on the Muse’s wishy list! Wants!

Originally exclusive to Nordies now you can indulge in the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Palettes for the Holiday Season! Available in Moon Rock and Night Sky for $55 USD Each

Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum Eye Palette $45 USD

If you’re looking for a sophiscated, elegant and slightly shimmery Holiday Collection look no further than Bobbi Brown’s latest offerings!

I’ll definately bring you a few of these for review shortly as they are too stunning to pass up!

Although the site hasn’t been updated on the “What’s New?” section of the Bobbi Brown site all of the items are available for purchases at Bobbi’s site and also at Bobbi Brown counters! Get shopping!

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I’m very curious what you’re thinking about the new Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection!

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