Holiday Collections 2007

NARS Night Series Palette First Impression

I got my Sephora Friends and Family order a few days ago and inside lay my gorgeous Night Series Palette from NARS! Oh My! This is beyond yummie my friends and well worth the money!

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I had blogged about this previously and must take back any bad thought I had about it! The palette just looks boring when you view it online! It looks matte and unexciting and just not something that I must have! So really when I originally seen it pop up on Sephora I just passed over it really quickly and chalked it up as rubbish that I didn’t need!

However, upon seeing it in store I fell in deep lust and it ended up on my WANT, MUST HAVE NOW list!

The palette is $55 regularly but I got it for $44 with the 20% discount. $55 may seem a bit much but if you break it down it’s less than $10 per a shadow which is a pretty good deal! I must say that I prefer paying $44 for it in comparison to it’s original price tag of $55 however I’d pay the regular price if I had to because the palette is most definately a high quality item in my humblest opinion.

The palette contains a favorite shadow of mine which is Night Star! I love this shadow! It’s an understated gold sparkle affair that is fantastic as a base or all by itself.

The rest of the shadows I don’t have but all of them are gorgeous. One of which I’m deeply in love with is the Night Snow which is a gorgeous shimmering white sparkle that’s going to be absolutely perfect for many great Holiday eye looks!

Other shadows included are Night Fever which is a black with tons of red glitter, Night Clubbing which is black with gold glitter, Night Rider which is purple with silver glitter, and Night Fairy which is lilac with gold glitter!

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I love the two blacks in this palette because the shimmer has totally transformed the colors from being basic black to something completely WOW!

Overall, the palette is most definately on my awesome list! I’m completely loving it and it’s Muse approved for sure!

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Awake Limited Edition Stardom Holiday Collection

The Muse has a coven of little elves to help her locate exciting goodies for you! So you might want to give a special thanks to the Muse’s mate and reader, Betsy, for locating this gorgeous little fine!

It appears you won’t need to stalk Japanese websites or beg friends to get you Awake’s Limited Edition Stardom Holiday Collection because Betsy has kindly pointed out that your local Neiman Marcus has it available for a mere $50 (Betsy also kindly pointed out you can nab it with Free Shipping by using coupon code WINTER). Have we told Betsy how much we love her for this?

Awake Limited Edition Stardom Holiday Collection as seen on Neiman Marcus
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This set includes Mascara, Dimensional Eye Color in Love Light and Angel Wing, Face Powder in Champagne Glow, Lip Gloss in Fairly Pink, and Nail Varnish in Magnetic Violet Sheer and let’s not forget it comes all wrapped up in a cute red awake box!

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Thanks again to Betsy for filling the Muse’s Christmas Wish List with dreams of the Awake Holiday Set!

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Bare Minerals bareGold Pure Luxury Color Collection First Impression

Today I received my Bare Minerals bareGold Luxury Color Collection in the mail and I must say I’m pretty impressed! You can view my previous blog about this collection by clicking here.

The collection wow’ed me a bit more than the Bare Esentuals Pure Platinum Collection (Bare Minerals is the same company as Bare Esentuals if you were wondering). You can see my impression of the Pure Platinum Collection by clicking here.

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For starters the collection comes in a far better box than the Platinum Collection. The box is highly reusable and perfect just to keep the entire collection together. Plus it has an awesome flip up mirror which is ideal for application. Don’t get me wrong the Platinum Collection had quite a nice box as well but this is just quite a deal better!

In my opinion the bareGold Collection is much more wearable for the Autumn than it will be for the winter and holiday season as the colors lean more towards browns and golds while the Pure Platinum Collection contains cooler colors that are better suited for the colder weather and the upcoming holiday season!

Like the Pure Platinum Collection the bareGold Collection comes with three brushes however the similarities end with the Full Flawless Face Brush. The other two brushes are completely different. Where as the Pure Platinum Collection comes with a crease brush and a shadow brush the bareGold Collection comes with a liner blending brush and an eye shaping brush!

I’m somewhat thankful that these came with different brushes as having duplicates is somewhat pointless!

The brushes are pretty ok quality so far that I see and no shedding as of yet! The liner blending brush is a bit pointless and I’d have prefered some sort of eyeshadow brush but I’ll find a use for it I’m sure. My favorite in the lot of three brushes would be the eye shaping brush. It’s pretty soft and it has a nice curve to it so I can fit it precisely into the crease of my eye quite nicely. It’ll serve well as a multitasking brush for my lid and crease area.

From Bottom to Top: Flawless Face Brush, Eye Shaping Brush and Heavenly Liner Blending Brush
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The collection comes with a Mineral Veil in full size which was was missing from both the Classic Rock and Pure Platinum Collections. Mineral Veil is actually one product I do approve of in the BE line of foundations products so getting a full size Veil with this set is such a nice extra!

My favorite item in the set is most definately the Gold Gossamer powder. It’s shimmery and gorgeous and just perfect to use just about anywhere you want a bit of gold sparkle! Eyes, Face, Body, wherever you desire a bit of glittery gold you can apply this lovely Gossamer! This is a tiny bit more wearable than the Platinum Gossamer powder because it’s such a universal color that’ll work well with most all skin types!

Gold Gossamer
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The glimmer this set comes with is called Golden Earth and is quite a gorgeous brown shade with golden sparkle! Upon viewing some of these colors you’ll see why I believe they are better suited for the Autumn than the Winter!

Golden Earth Glimmer
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Gilded Taupe glimpse is is a beige color with specks of gold and quite lovely. I’ve noticed that the gold infused in all these colors is much more prominent than the crushed diamond in the Platinum Collection!

Gilded Taupe
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Last but most definately not least in the shadow department is the Gold Mine Liner Shadow. This can be used a liner or an eyeshadow and it’s my favorite of the several eye products in this collection! It’s a deep mineral brown color with tons of gold! I’m so loving this and I’m envisioning several looks I can do with it!

Gold Miner Liner Shadow
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The blush in this set I find much more flattering than Posh Blush which was included with the Platinum Collection! This blush is called Riches and it’s a shimmering rosy peach with quite a nice dose of gold!

Riches Blush
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Finally another win for me is the lipcolor in this collection! The Platinum Collection included a muddy rose color that I’m not entirely in love with where as this collection included a brownish peach color with a bit of gold!

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I’m most definately favoring this set over the Pure Platinum Collection plus it was cheaper!!!! The only thing missing from this set was a mascara and beautifully luminous lashes duo but the good news is I already have gold beautifully luminous lashes so I’m covered icon wink

As with most BE collection and eye sets this comes with great instructions for application! Anything that makes makeup easy is always a plus for me! It’s so nice to open a package and have some really helpful hints, tips, and general step by steps for applying what where and how! Sometimes colors can stump us all and it’s difficult to firgure out just where something should be on our eye area and BE always seems to simplify that stressful part of application!

This set would make an amazing gift and like I said the price is just too sweet to pass up!

I’m eager to get my Classic Rock Collection now and see how it is and make my final decision about which could be my favorite!

Do see my original post about this collection to nab it for yourself at a very nice price! Click!

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Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes 2007

Yay! I got my Lavshuca Holiday Palettes today! These actually arrived I think Friday or Saturday but I was unable to collect them until today from the post office icon wink

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They are now in my greedy, sweaty little hands and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 01
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Lavshuca Winter Make Palette in 02
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The palettes came in the cutest little gift box and if you happen to have a Japanese cosmetic lover in your life these would be the perfect gift!

They come packaged in separate parts. One part is the empty compact and the second part is your lipgloss, eyeshadow, and applicators. I assume that they package the parts separately for beautiful display reasons, it also keeps things nice and tidy during shipping, and finally it’s just good, old plain fun to put it all together into the compact yourself!

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The compact isn’t a hard shell it’s a durable cardboard which may sound worrying because you might be thinking this means it’s on the cheap and shoddy side. Fear not! The cardboard is quite sturdy and not cheap in the least. It’s covered in either a pink or gold foiling depending which color you end up purchasing with the lovely Lavshuca emblem on top.

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Inside there are two separate spots for the sponge eyeshadow applicator and lipbrush on either side with the eyeshadow and gloss smack in the middle. The Lavshuca emblem again graces the inside top of the palette.

I haven’t yet tried any of the colors but from what I can see the strip of eyeshadows are quite shimmery and gorgeous and I’m hoping it isn’t a spray of glitter but a sparkle straight to the core. You’ll also receive a sparkling lipgloss and a matte lipcream.

The size of the shadow strip is a tiny bit disappointing because it’s really NOT a whole lot of product but if you generally collect tons of palettes and shadows you won’t mind too much because chances are you won’t go through this very quickly! However, if you don’t own a ton of different shadows and you’ll be using this daily chances are you’ll get through it very quickly as it’s not a whole lot of product!

I have to say that at the moment I find them both very pretty but I do favor the 02 palette better than the 01.

02 eyeshadows consist of a white shimmering gold color, a shimmering yellow gold, and a shimmering brown with gold specks. The gloss is a sparkling golden brown color while the lipcream is a orange brown. Layering the gloss and lipcream will surely make a striking combo!

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01 is just as pretty and consists of a shimmering white with, it appears, to me, pink, a shimmering pink shade, and a darker purple. The gloss is a sparkling pinkish purple affair while the lipcream is rosebud pink.

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Overall, I’d say they are most definately worth a pick up! The Lavshuca Winter Make Palettes are Muse Approved for purchase!

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Do visit PJ to see A Touch of Blusher’s impression on these palettes you can also visit with RF at Make Up & Stuff and see some more about the Lavshuca’s Holiday Palettes!

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MAC Stylistics

Picture+022MAC’s newest color story, Stylistics, is releasing November 29th. Stylistics is similar to last year’s Couture collection in quality, design, and price.

My Stylistics Invitation
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The collection is a much more posh and upscale collection in comparison to what MAC normally releases and consists of several gorgeous compacts, lipshades, brushes, and quite a few other goodies!

I have to say that this collection is a bit more appealing to me than last year’s Couture collection in design. Couture was elegant and classy but Stylistics’s compact design is quite beautiful to my eye. You can see some of my Couture collection by clicking here.

The good news is it’s pretty affordable however the bad news is that this isn’t something you can tote around in your purse for touch ups. It’s a “made for vanity” in my opinion and that’s awesome for display purposes but pretty impractical for tucking into your purse. However, if you’re super careful I’m sure you’ll do just fine in carrying it along with you on special nights! Won’t you be the envy of every lady in the powder room when you’re touching up with a gorgeous pearl encrusted compact!

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Personally I think the prices are outstandingly good for high quality makeup plus the glam of a gorgeous design on the packaging!

I got my invitation to reserve the collection today and I’ll share the link with you! Click here to reserve any or all of this beautiful collection!

The collection consists of the following:

Lipsticks $22USD Each

  • In Vogue
  • Soft Pout
  • Stylistic
  • The Scene

Lipglass $20USD Each

  • Conversational
  • Witty
  • Tastemaker
  • Hyper Chic

Sheersparkle Pressed Powder Compacts $22USD Each

  • Solitaire
  • Warm Ice
  • Pave
  • Fashionette

Sheer Mystery Powder $45USD Each (Comes with Refill)

  • Model Chic
  • Lighthearted
  • Dark Secret

Air of Style Perfume $60USD
Stylistic Clutch $75USD
129 Special Edition Powder Brush $42USD
224 Special Edition Eyeshadow Brush $32USD
316 Special Edition Lip Brush $22USD

For me a majority of the collection is appealing but some of the prices on the brushes, clutch, and perfume are a bit much!

However, the cosmetic side has some pretty nice prices and not bad overall! I’m happy to see the Sheer Mystery Powder is back as I didn’t get last year’s version during Couture’s run! I’m also highly interested in the Sparkle Powders and I’m hoping they aren’t cream like last year’s highlighters!

All in all I’d say there are some definite hits for me in this collection!

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