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Your Resource for Japanese Cosmetic Reviews

I’ve been meaning to get to this for ages and never had a chance!

If you’re by chance looking for a review on older or new Japanese Cosmetics I’ll tell you my #1 resource to find out if I should or shouldn’t purchase an item!

You’re thinking I’m going to recommend you visit Rouge Deluxe but actually I’m not. Now I visit my lovely, sweet, gorgeous friend Iris at Rouge Deluxe obsessively 5 times or more a day ( Hey I’m her biggest fan!)!

But when I’m seeking out a review on Japanese products I must deem Kathi the Queen of reviews. You probably know her from Cozy or you probably know her from MUA. She’s an absolute walking encyclopedia for all good things Japanese!

With that said I recommend you have a visit with her and go through her archives of over 200 cosmetics that she’s used, taken photos of, and reviewed (I find myself drooling whenever I go back to some of her older reviews)!

If you’re an MUA member you can check here out by clicking here.

If you’re not an MUA member you’ll have to become a member to read the reviews icon smile Being an MUA member has it’s benefits and it’s well worth your time as it’s a good source of cosmetic information!

Kathi’s a sweetie and a wonderful girl and takes time out of her busy schedule to do some incredible reviews! I dunno what I’d do without her!

So an Ode to Kathi and her great reviews on MUA!

Thanks for making the world of Japanese Cosmetics all the more brighter my friend!

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Esprique Precious Illuminate Nuancer Review

One of favorite companies, Kose, has some great brand branch offs that I adore. Kose, like Kanebo, is made up of several companies that make some wonderful high end cosmetics.

Some of these companies you may be familiar with they consist of Visee, Fasio, Beaute de Kose and one that I’ll be discussing today, Esprique Precious.

Esprique Precious has a great line up of various cosmetic items and the one I’ll be reviewing today is the Esprique Precious Illuminate Nuancer Pearls.

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These pearls quite remind me of Guerlain’s Meteorites at a fraction of the cost. These come in two color variations 01 and 02. 01 is the color I have and I’m currently wanting 02. 01 is a sheer, shimmering, iridescent powder while 02 appears to have a bit of color to it and almost a bronze look!

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The brush the pearls come with is very soft and full and it offers a nice area of coverage on your cheekbones and face when applying plus no shedding which is a pet peeve of mine icon wink

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I give these quite a good, solid review and recommendation they work fantastic at lightening up your face and giving a soft, dewy glow after blush application or you can always use these on a fresh bare face for a bit of a soft, light to your cheeks!

When you run the brush across these you don’t pick up a ton of powder which pleases me as I hate the messy application I sometimes run into when using Meteorites and the loads of powder one stroke of my brush comes up with! With the Illuminate Nuancer pearls I end up with a very fine layer of powder that I can stroke on gently and not end up with tons of fall out!

If you’re fair skinned these will work wonderfully at making your cheeks glow, if you’re medium skin they will give your skin a dewy look, and I assume if you’re a bit of a dark skin tone you’d notice a bit of a shine to your face (a nice shine).

The shimmer isn’t insane in this powder so no worries about looking like you have a ton of glitter on your face. It’s just a very fine shimmer that all mixes well with the iridescence of the powder to create a glowing look!

I personally use mine as a sort of finishing powder to complete a look. After blush application I apply a quick stroke or two of this and I’m looking pretty and bright! It does a good job of waking my face up and I like to stroke some under my eyes which makes me look like I had quite a few hours of sleep when in reality I haven’t!

For the life of me I can’t remember where I purchased these. It could be JpMon! But I will give you a rundown where you can purchase them!

Adam Beauty has these in both colors for $29 plus reasonable shippings costs.
JPmon has these for $36 plus shipping costs.

These have become a must have in my morning makeup routine! I recommend grabbing some for yourself and giving them a whirl! They are most definitely Muse approved!

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Majorca Majolica Spring 2008 Collection

I dunno whether to laugh or cry that Majorca Majolica already has news of it’s Spring Collection!

Jeez, Halloween hasn’t even past yet!

The good news is your number #1 source for all good things Japanese has posted the update about Majorca Majolica’s newest line up!

Click yourself over and visit with Iris and let her tell you all the delights that MJ has in store for us come January (Yes, I said January).

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The Muse’s Japanese Brand Wish List

Now that the Muse has taken care of a majority of the collections here in the states she’s ready to pursue her Japanese Brand Wish List!

I really want to hear all about what you guys are lemming from Japan this year icon wink

Here’s what I am wanting:

The two new limited edition Christmas palettes from Lavshuca are so definitely on my wish list! The Japanese take all the extra steps to make a palette perfect in my opinion and in this case I’ll explain how. This palette is cute right? But are you thinking that maybe it’ll be a bit messy having eyes and lips in one place? That’s how the Muse’s mind works and when I originally seen this I was thinking oh wow love it, cute, but it’s going to be messy icon sad

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Have no fear the palette is completely organized and mess free. The lip side of the palette has a clear plastic hinge that lifts up for application and flips down when not in use. Tell me is this mess free and awesome? The Muse loves the Japanese and bows to their superiority in making all things cosmetic perfect icon wink

These retail for about $15 each and can be seen on the Lavshuca website!

They are most definitely on the Muse’s wish list!

The two Elegance Christmas Coffrets are on my wish list as well! Each kit comes with a gorgeous eyeshadow, blush, lipgloss, and case! These are a bit steep at about $78 each but I’m really loving the look of the eyeshadows in these kits! These are on the Muse’s “maybe” wish list! The only thing preventing me at this point of purchasing both is the price tag!

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Kesalan Patharan’s My Dear X-Mas Coffrets are also on my wish list. Dear Dream seems somewhat more appealing to me than Dear Wish so it may come down to purchasing just one of these! Each Set is $65 USD (Can anyone verify the price for me in Singapore please?).

Kesalan Patharan’s My Dear X-Mas Coffrets 2007
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moz screenshotAnna Sui’s Christmas collection is delightful and I’m lemming just about all of it! On my wish list are the two separate makeup kits which include a pouch, gloss, and blush (peach and pink color options), the loose powder glitter, and the glitter mascara overcoat are all on my wish list!

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Anna Sui Christmas Set $45 Each USD
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Anna Sui Glitter Mascara Overcoat $25 Each USD
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Anna Sui Loose Gitter Powder $18 Each USD
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I’m sure there are more items that will pop up and make their way onto my wish list but for now these are the items I’m really wanting!

I’m eagerly awaiting Majorica Majolica’s website update because I know I most definately want all of the Christmas items that will be introduced!

The Muse will update you as her list gets longer and her wallet continues screaming in absolute agonizing pain!

Want any of these items?
Something else on your Japanese Cosmetic Wish List?

Tell the Muse all about it!

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Biteki Magazine Holiday Collections Feature

Sometimes I think I need my mate Betsy on board to keep this blog updated icon wink Without her you wouldn’t get this special little treat I’m about to give you!

The Muse hadn’t checked Biteki’s site in a bit and it appears, thanks to Betsy for alerting me, that the Holiday Collection pull out is up and available on the site.

Biteki is a Japanese magazine that is sadly not available here in the US! Sometimes if you happen to be lucky you can nab older copies on E-bay or the Muse wanders through drugstores in Chinatown in hopes of nabbing a copy! On a rare occasion you can get a copy that’s…..wait for it….6 months to a year old *sigh*

However, the good news is you can always visit the website! The Muse just happens to be picky and likes to have a hard copy of the mag in her hand!

Anyway.

The good news is the holiday collections are up and on the site! You can check them out by clicking here. 17 pages of pure Holiday bliss! This features US and Japanese brands so you get a little mix of great and wonderful!

Sincerely, take a look at the site because it really does give a great break down of holiday “It” collections! I truly wish the US offered a better beauty magazine that did this!

Of course Betsy should be taken out and beaten for making the Muse’s wish list triple! But I love her so I’ll forgive her! Just this once.

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Enjoy the Holiday Previews in Biteki! And let the Muse hear all about your wish list!

My comment box and my ears are open!

Update: Duh! I just noticed that Rouge Deluxe also has a feature on Biteki and also Voce! Click here to have a peek!

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