Jill Stuart

Japan’s Spring Collections 2008

Many of the Japanese Spring Collections are popping up soon and if you’re a fan at all you’ve most definately been visiting with the Muse’s most gorgeous mate Iris. If not why are you still here reading this? Click here to see what juicy gossip Iris has on the Japanese Beauty front!

I see several collections I want something from but I’m pretty shocked that I don’t see more! I think I may be over-eating on the cosmetic front lately because I’ve been quite picky about what I purchase as of late.

Jill Stuart Spring Collection 2008
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My First Impression: Good news we don’t have to jump on this bandwagon to quickly as Iris reports the palettes are all permanent, no limited. My humblest opinion is the colors are staring to bore me. God I can’t believe I said that. I love JS as much as the next girl but why do they keep releasing similar shade palettes each collection!? They’ll be a matte version as well which is horrifying for me as I detest mattes with a passion! Facts are facts I’ll end up purchasing these because I’m a collector but I just want something new and exciting from the line and lately that hasn’t been happening!

How about you? Want any of this collection? Love it?

RMK Spring Collection 2008
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Now this interests me. It’s rather different for RMK and I’m already jumping around begging our mate Row from Mostly Makeup to purchase me some of this! The shadows remind me of Rimmel’s U Stir It Up Cream Eyeshadow except these are powder! I’m not too excited about the shadows those are kinda take it or leave it but I’m loving the blushes!

Paul and Joe Disney Collection
Click here and here for complete details on this collection!

Here’s another that I’m racing around in circles for! As soon as I seen this I was emailing Iris about it! I’m definately wanting a majority of the collection especially the face powders! How cute!

Visee Spring Collection 208
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Another I’m quite excited about! The Metallic Loose Powder is definitely on my wish list! And of course I’m wanting the new Jewel Crush Eye Palettes!

Lunasol Spring Collection 2008
Click here to read up on the new palettes being introduced!

I’m on the couch about these. They look nice enough but I’m not so thrilled! I know many of you are extreme followers of Lunasol and as much as I adore it I have to say a no on these possibly as I can think of a few other items I want far more!

Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008
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Lavshuca has some interesting new eye palettes out that are shaped like our beloved Eye Color Select palettes. The difference? These colors are not particularly fabulous and are limited to three shades instead of four. These are entitled Noble On Color Eyes. Perhaps these are nicer upon viewing them in person but they all look the same aside from the middle color! So muddy and beige…not very spring like really. Hmmm. You know I’m a devotee of Lavshuca and of course these will be in my cart but I’m slightly worried how great they’ll actually be when I get my hands on ‘em!

KATE Spring Collection 2008
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I’m all Glam Tricked out so I can do without any of KATE’s new collection. Nothing even makes me blink an eye! Although I’ll be excited to see the new video on the site when it’s up! I love the KATE commercials :) Click here to visit with Eru to see some of KATE’s past commercials (The Muse finds Eru’s passion for all things kawaii quite enchanting)!

I believe that’s about it right now. As I said earlier I must be getting picky or the collections just aren’t that brilliant! I’d really kill for a little wow right now but the Japanese never fail me and I’m positive Summer will bring something amazing! Or I’ll change my mind once I have some of these items in my hands!

How about you?
What are you wanting from the Japanese Spring Collections?
What are you loving?
Hating?

Tell the Muse!

Click here to see my love of all good things Japanese!

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Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret 2007 First Impressions

I got my Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret a few days ago. I had promised myself I wouldn’t bother with it but I must say I am happy I went ahead and purchased it because it’s quite gorgeous!

My favorite item out of the gift set is the very cute satin pouch it came with! It’s really roomy and just gorgeous for storing little treasures in! I love this!

The coffret isn’t anything to write home about to be honest. It did include some great items but it’s nothing you absolutely need so if you missed out buying this rest assured you’ll be fine and won’t die of lemming. I promise.

The set also included Shimmer Tint Face Gloss which is scented with a beautiful rose. The gloss comes in a mirrored compact that slides easily opened and closed. Very nice item but pointless a bit as it’s a balm and I don’t particularly care for using balms on my face.

Jill Stuart Shimmer Tint Face Gloss

The lipgloss included is a gorgeous shimmering red color which is quite nice. Packaging wise it’s very beautiful with the standard jewel look of all Jill Stuart glosses. As I said the color is gorgeous but I’m slightly worried about the applicator. It comes with a sponge applicator but it doesn’t appear to pick up much product upon first look! This remains to be seen as I have to smooth some on my lips before judging fully!

Jill Stuart Lipgloss in Rose Gleam

You’ll also get a cuticle oil which also comes in the gorgeous Jill Stuart packaging with the gem encrusted topper! This is something the Muse can really use as her cuticles are in terrible shape in the winter!

Jill Stuart Cuticle Oil

Another favorite of mine is the scented choker! It’s quite a nice choker and they give you plenty of ribbon with it so you can tie in snugly around your neck with a bit hanging down for a nice effect! It’s quite a pretty piece!

And finally last but never least would be the Brilliance Eyes Palette in the special Christmas packaging! This is a lace palette with ribbon and quite lovely! If you’re a collector of the Brilliance palettes this will be something you’ll definately appreciate! I somehow fail to get excited about these palettes as the colors tend to leans towards the same thing over and over. The only colors in this palette that really shout at me and are “new’ish” would be the pinky rose color and the bright yellow. The other two shades are similar to what I already have in previous Jill Stuart palettes. This is not to say that the palette isn’t lovely because it truly is but I do wish that they’d release some newer shades!

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes Palette Christmas Edition

Overall, a beautiful Coffret from Jill Stuart this year but I’d say you can safely skip it unless you’re a die hard collector and fan! It’s beautiful yes but nothing to get too hyped over!

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Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret 2007

The Muse has caved.

After much consideration the Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret somehow ended up in her cart and she couldn’t say no. So she’s gone and purchased it!

Bad Muse, Bad!

Jill Stuart Christmas Coffret

How about you?
Want It?
Need It?
Not Really?

Tell me!

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MuseTV Presents: Spotlight on Jill Stuart Cosmetics

Work is swamped this week and I’ve been staying late! But I didn’t forget about you lovely ladies so here, as promised, the kick off of the first day of Japanese Cosmetics Week!

I’m quite a girly girl in all aspects which means if it’s pretty I am all over it!

As women, we are lucky enough to have an array of brands to choose from. Brands that run from practical and conventional, to cute and girlish, to plain and simple, and finally some brands can boast elegance and style.

Jill Stuart is one brand that can most definately lay claim to elegance, style, and so much more. The sheer gorgeous packaging on a Jill Stuart product guarantees it’s bringing you the pretty as well as a high quality make-up item!

I’m a great lover of many brands but I can’t honestly say I’ve run into any brands that are more beautiful and feminine than this line of cosmetics. I love being able to have a gorgeous product to use AND display on my vanity! You’re not only getting a beautiful make-up item to wear on your face but also an item that is presented in such a way that it’s outwardly beautiful to behold as well as use!

I can honestly admit if the product happened to be of a shabby quality, which it is not, I would still want the items for the cute compacts and jars they come in. Possibly a waste of money but I must say the packaging most definately sells the product in this case. Their is no question that the product is a good one but I imagine a good portion of the sales are generated by fancy, lovely presentation!

MuseTV Presents: A Spotlight On Jill Stuart Cosmetics


Jill Stuart Blushes

Jill Stuart has an array of loose powder blush to choose from, at the moment the general catalog contains 9 colors that are, to me, flattering on most skin types!

The blushes overall are good quality items. The texture is like nothing I’m run across stateside. It’s a very chalky, thin powder. It goes on quite flawlessly if you get the correct color. If you happen to choose an unflattering shade chances are the flawless finish to the blush will actually look chalky and flaky. I have five of the nine colors and have only run across one that didn’t particularly work well for me which was orange plush but it’s a small problem that can easily be redeemed by applying a blusher over orange plush during application.

These blushes come as I said loose and in a fancy plastic jar with their own brush. The jar itself can easily be mistaken for glass if you display it on your vanity but of course, upon picking it up, it’s only plastic. Don’t let the plastic put you off, it takes nothing away from the lovely packaging!

Glowing Red, Cherry Frost and Aurora Rose

Pink Passion and Orange Plush

Each brush that comes with the blushes is quite good quality with no shedding problems. They are soft, solid brushes that work well with this style of powder blush! Application is as easy as applying your BareMineral foundation, swirl, dap, brush on! I’ve heard mixed reviews about application problems with the blush, I’ve experienced no such problems!

Each jar of loose powder blush runs about $26 USD. Once your blush is gone you can purchase a replacement bag of the blush but I’m sadly unsure what the cost is for that!

Overall I love the blush and highly recommend it with glowing cheeks ;)

Jill Stuart Loose Powder

The Jill Stuart Loose Powder comes in a similar jar as the blushes but a bit on the larger side. The powder comes in four different formulas which are shine, sparkle, natural and glow. I’ve only tried one of the four and that would be sparkle. The powder comes with a cute powder puff applicator and I personally use this as a finishing powder after I’ve completely my look. It creates a sheer sparkle effect much like Bare Escentuals gossamer face powders. If you’re not a lover of sparkle and shimmer this is perfectly fine to use because it’s very sheer minus the disco ball effect! The powder runs about $38 USD. It’s a perfectly great powder and gets my high rating!

Loose Powder Blush in Sparkle

Jill Stuart Eye Shadow Palettes

At the moment Jill Stuart has released seven eyeshadow palettes which contain four shimmering shadows in each compact. The textures of the shadows are on par with T’estimo palettes.

The texture is silky smooth and application is a breeze as the powder smooths on easily. Color intensity depends on many layers of the shadow you apply. One layer will give you a nice, gentle wash of color while two to three layers will give you a more dramatic, intense eye look. The colors are sparkley and full of shimmer.

I think, like other brands, the compacts sometimes come across with a strange combination of colors that give the appearance they won’t work together very well. Finding looks to come up with using some of these may prove difficult but with a little imagination you can create a fantastic eye look!

The compacts are extremely beautiful but unconventional to use outside of your home. If you’re looking for a compact to throw in your bag for touch-ups I strongly suggest looking elsewhere. The palettes are easy to scratch up if you stow them away in a purse or a make-up bag. The price per a palette is around $43 USD.

I adore these and can’t give them a big enough thumbs up!

Jill Stuart Pressed Powder

Jill Stuart has a line of pressed powders for every skin type. These are not foundation powders but just a pressed finishing powder or a powder you can use for quick touch ups. This formula, like the loose powder, comes in natural, shine, and sparkle. I only own one of the three and that would be…you guessed it..sparkle.

The sparkle powder doesn’t have much in the way of sparkle however I find it works fantastic when touching up under your eyes or powdering an oily forehead or a shiny nose!

It comes in, of course, an elegant compact with sponge applicator. Cost wise this carries a high price tag of $45 USD but is well worth it!

The powder isn’t an absolute must have but it is a nice conversation piece. You can probably skip it if you’re low on cash but if you happen to have the extra money I strongly suggest nabbing one or two!

Jill Stuart Pressed Powder Blush

Finally, last but not least I give you the Jill Stuart Pressed Powder Blushes! There was much excitement and fanfare when these were introduced and many people were eager to get their hands on them. You can see why they were so eagerly anticipated. The compact is a gorgeous silver affair with a detachable silver jeweled brush!

Our first views of these had many people worried about the practicality of having a brush that hung from a compact. How would we apply a blush with a brush hanging from the side? How would we store it? So many questions and a bit of disappointment for all! However, after further pictures were released in magazines and on blogs, much to our relief, we learned the brush was in fact detachable. The brush clips right off of the compact making for easy application and simple storage! The brush’s first reviews were poor ones. It was reviewed as being stiff and hard in texture but to my relief, upon getting my compacts, I found the brush was not so bad and quite soft without any shedding of any kind much like the loose powder brush but a little stiffer!

I can’t review the blush as it’s just been too pretty to touch as of yet but I can tell you that I’ve heard various review in poor favor of this! It was awaited patiently and eagerly and when it finally got to shops and was purchased a majority of the purchasers were disappointed and cried out their dismay at the fact that the blushes were so sheer with very minimal pigment! I’ve come across more bad reviews than I have good but again, I can’t speak for myself as I’m still in the phase of stroking it lovely and telling it how gorgeous it is and quickly putting it back in my beauty vault! Blushes run about $38 USD.

I’d recommend nabbing one just for the packaging alone if you have some extra cash! If not wait for the Muse to use hers and of course she’ll give you her honest opinion of it!

Jill Stuart carries a full range of cosmetics which includes glosses, lipsticks, single eyeshadows, face care, and more…

Check out the website by clicking here.

I know of two online shops that carry the line but the prices are not what you’ll be paying retail sadly.

Those shops are:

Bobodave

and

Ichibankao

Prices increases go from anywhere from $5-$25 on top of retail cost.

You can find certain items on E-bay but again prices are jacked up!

Most all my Jill Stuart was purchased by friends and shipped to me via airmail so if you happen to have a friend living in Japan that makes life easier and cheaper!

Well…

That’s it :)

I hope you enjoyed exploring Jill Stuart cosmetics! Check back tomorrow for a new Japanese Brand Spotlight!

Stay Tuned tomorrow for an FOTD using Jill Stuart Cosmetics!

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Better Late Than Never: Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul

I’ve been very busy lately and updating my blog normally happens either really, really, really late at night, during brief pauses at work if I am even remotely lucky to have any, or in spurts here and there. Basically what you see written on any one entry takes me a day or more to complete because I’m so nuts with work and life in general lately ;)

Reason I am telling you all this is I’m quite late displaying my latest Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul! I got it ages ago and never had a chance to really take it out of the box and truly enjoy it aside from taking some pictures and doing a video of it AGES and AGES ago.

I know MANY of you have already been exposed to the new Jill Stuart palettes, pressed blushes, etc…but I like to keep my blog updated with all my latest hauls so here goes anyway ;) Hopefully it isn’t too much of a snore!

Kose Airy Whip (The new love of my life! This could replace Purity for washing my make-up off in the evenings! It’s so light and lovely and removes all traces of my foundation, blusher, and eye makeup too!)

Crystal Lash Pearls (These are great! An inexpensive way to enjoy lash pearls! Work just as well as Givenchy’s Lash Pearls!)

Esprique Precious Gift Set (A real value! Tons of goodies for under $50)

Esprique Precious Gift Set Illuminate Nuancer (Could possibly be better than Meteorites! Oops did I say that out loud?)

Canmake Goodies (Canmake is the one of the few inexpensive cosmetics that the Muse has room in her heart for!)

Canmake Glitter Eyeliner Pencils (These are a bit to rough and hard in texture so hey may need to have a go under the hairdryer to soften them up prior to application)

Canmake Lipgloss (Pretty brilliant! First Japanese brand that actually made a flavored gloss hehe)

Canmake Glitter Shadow Trios

Canmake Metallic Eyes Shadow

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyeshadow Palettes Fall 2007 (Both are gorgeous as you can see and the colors are surprisingly really nice! I was worried I’d never make any use out of these palettes but I’ve fallen in love)

Jill Stuart Pressed Blush Compact (Bit sheer but haven’t tried them on my face as of yet)

Jill Stuart Loose Powder Blush

Majolica Majorca Single Eyeshadows

Majolica Majorca Majex (This is going to work great during chapped lip season!)

Tiffa Goodies (In love with Tiffa! This is my first haul from Tiffa and I’m loving the gloss and shadow)

Tiffa Eyeshadow Duo

Gransenbon Blushes

Gransenbon Eyeshadow Palettes

RMK Shadows

RMK Cases

Excel Single Shadows (LOVE these! So much sparkle and shimmer!

Excel Mini Glitter Mascara

Sofina Compact Case Fall 2007 (Best compact introduced yet in my humble opinion!)

KATE Mascara Primer (Not entirely impressed with this yet! The fibers get caught in my lashes and are visible a bit which means I have to struggle to catch every fiber while applying mascara! Not sure I’m in love with this as much as I’d like to be!)

KATE Lipgloss

KATE and Lavshuca Super Sharp Eyeliner (Never seen a liquid liner with such a slim applicator!)

Some presents from my angel!

MuseMedia Presents: A Japanese Haul That’s Better Late Than Never!

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