If you read Musings daily you might know I’ve been in mourning for the better part of a year over my dearly departed T’estimo.
Oh woe is me!
T’estimo was cut from Kanebo’s line up last year and replaced with a new brand entitled Coffret D’Or. Now Coffret D’Or has alot going for it but the Muse’s love for T’estimo knew no bounds and she shunned Coffret D’Or for the better part of an entire year.
Recently her eye was caught and held by Coffret D’Or’s Fluffy Shine Eyes which was released as part of the Fall line up. Now these looked interesting enough to remove my veil of sadness.
Turns out I was right these are superb! I only tried out one shade but I’ll be indulging in the other four shades shortly as they are very good. Fluffy Shine Eyes are basically little pots of cream mousse eyeshadow which contain a nice healthy amount of shimmer and glittery bits and pieces that the Muse loves!
The finish is on par with Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color and Visee Aqua Shining Eyes. If you like shimmery shadows I highly recommend trying one or two shades out, you won’t be disappointed. The texture is a tiny bit gritty but blending is still easy as the formula is a cross between a soft mousse and a cream which creates ease of application. The shadow feels a bit spongy and if you press down on it you’ll come away with plenty of product to do one eye as a little goes a long way. My only real compliant is having to dip my fingers into the pot to use the product as this is a hands on experience and no makeup brush will help you blend and apply the shadow properly aside from your fingertips.
The color selection I choose is 03 which is very similiar to my favorite Visee Aqua Shining Eyes in GD002. The shade is a beige gold with plenty of golden shimmer. If I looked fast I’d say that the color was identical to looks I’ve creating using GD002.
I’m normally a big hater of cream shadows but since falling in love with Visee Aqua Shining Eyes I have broadened my horizons and tested the waters on cream shadows. I’m quite pleased that I indulged in Coffret D’Or Fluffy Shine Eyes as I liked the product immensely.
Although I simply loved the finish on these and the lasting power I have to remember I have quite a bit of space to work with on my eye which leads me to be unsure whether these are worth picking up if you have a tight Asian double eyelid. I think monolids can benefit from using these because you have a sincerely good area to work with however I worry that the formula is a bit gritty and will get caught between double lids and make for a rather uncomfortable experience with the shadow getting caught between the lids.
I’m heading to the theater tonight and have no time to change so I just wore my good makeup and clothes to work. I thought that the Fluffy Shine Eyes in 03 was a rather perfect shimmery eye for a night out!
To create my look I used the following:
NARS Blush in Super Orgasm
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black
MAC Technakohl in Black
Coffret D’Or Fluffy Shine Eyes in 03
Lorac Visual Effects Mascara
Sana Make Essence Concealer (Review coming soon!)
Too Faced Mirror Mirror Gloss
Dior High Shine Lipstick in Gispy Red
I paid retail for my pot which is probably converted to around $10-$13 USD or less and I have seen these for about the same amount on online shops such as Adam Beauty so if you’re lemming them the price raise isn’t too bad compared to Japanese drugstore retail.
The Muse approves these and highly recommends nabbing one! Her only compliant is lack of shades and the fact that she has to apply with her fingers plus she her worries about double lids.
Visee Aqua Shining Eyes Review
Introduction to Japanese Brands
T’estimo Spring Collection 2007
T’estimo Fall Collection 2007
Japanese Cosmetics Haul featuring T’estimo
T’estimo Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush Review
Oh my god, Bath and Body Works 2-in-1 Liplicious Moisturizing Lip Color & Sugar Scrub couldn’t come at a better time!
This week we are back to having nice, calm October weather but last week we had some sincerely cold weather which means major chapped lips for the Muse!
Don’t get me wrong I love a brisk Winter day but I DON’T love the chapped lips that come with it. Ugh agonizing!
Sadly, once I get a case of chapped lips I start looking like this kid! I’ve labeled this look the Kool-Aid smile! Remember when you were a kid and had a large glass of cherry kool-aide and came away lookin’ like you were Bozo the Clown?
Yeah, well, keep that mental image and multiply it by ten and you’ll get what the Muse looks like with chapped lips!
Steve knows the danger of the Kool-Aid smile!
So does Al! (Don’t mind that snotty look on Al’s face! He always looks like that after I tell him, “No, Al, you didn’t discover the bloody Internet!”)
How the Muse looks with chapped lips!
Although I was suffering hard with my chapped lips last week my pain wasn’t too bad after I slathered myself with Rosebud Salve! Considering that Rosebud Salve is the solution to Life, the Universe, and Everything, the Muse knows to have tons of it on hand when the cold weather sets in!
However, sadly, Rosebud Salve does moisturize and does heal chapped lips but it doesn’t do much for flaky dry skin left behind by chapped lips!
So lucky me that my Bath and Body Works 2-in-1 Liplicious came in the mail just when my chapped lips were clearing up! One end has a pigmented moisturizing lip color and the other end has a solid scrub to rub off those gross flakes and bring lips back into the realm of normal! I tried mine out Pomegranate/Brown Sugar Scrub but if you’re not loving the sound of that you can nab one in Coconut Truffle or Candied Apple!
It’s suggested that once you buff the Brown Sugar Scrub onto lips you can lick it off and although it’s very pleasant tasting the Muse didn’t want to “eat” it so she smoothed it on and tissued it off with a facial tissue. I actually really dug this considering that I’m normally really scared of scrubby lipsticks like this one. However, the formula is so gentle and buttery smooth that it makes application a snap and it does a rather fab job of exfoliating lips! The only disappointing aspect is the fact that the scrub doesn’t last all that long and only a little bit is in each tube. Since it’s such a melting formula almost as soon as you scrub it on half of the tube is gone! Sad sigh! Aside from that minor rant I actually loved the feeling and what a great job it did get my lips back in tip top shape!
After getting my lips nice and smooth I can flip to the other side of the tube and apply the pigmented, glossy lip color that tastes like Pomegranate! I loved the formula on this as well! It’s glossy, moisturizing, and adds a nice little pop of color to lips!
Sportin’ Liplicious Pomegranate on my lips!
All in all I think these are rather handy little items! The price is $12 USD each which I think is a bit too high however it is buy 2 get 1 free which breaks the cost down to $8 USD each. $8 USD is a much fairer price than $12 USD in the Muse’s humblest opinion!
If you’d like a nifty little way to keep your lips nice and smooth while adding a nice moisturizing lip color into the mix of things I suggest checking these out! The Muse liked ‘em! Next on my list to try would be the coconut!
Check out these and more of the Bath and Body Works Liplicious Collection by clicking here!
All the convenience of a powder blush in a cream formula? Hmmmm must try says the Muse!
Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Blush was introduced as part of the brand new Clinique Fall Collection 2008 entitled Modern Matte.
Mattes are outside my range but considering I’ve been very open and adventurous lately when it comes to matte shadows I decided to test these out! I’ll be bringing you a review shortly but for now I did want to introduce you to the new Blushwear Cream Stick Blush in Shy Blush!
Becoming friends with a blush in a stick form truly isn’t that hard! It’s convenient, easy to apply, and pigmented enough to make me blush all day long plus the color I have, Shy Blush, is the ideal warm color for Fall!
The formula is moisturizing and long wearing plus leaves behind a rather nice sheen of color. As I mentioned the color I have is Shy Blush which is a brownish peach with hints of bronze. The color leaves behind a very natural finish that lends a nice warmth to cheeks for the Fall season!
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, pigmented blush option that’s easy to apply and offers a flattering, natural finish this is worth checking out!
Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Blush is available now from Clinique! Do check out the other shades available, the Muse has her eye on Very Blush!
Check it: The Muse sportin’ Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Blush in Shy Blush
Check out some past Musings on Fall Collection for 2008!
Chanel Eyeliner Duo Review
NARS Super Orgasm Review
Pop Apple of the Cheeks Review
Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation Review
I’m not partial to rubies. Rubies remind me of budget vampire flicks, blood, and oh, this guy:
I harbor a secret hope that they’ll bring Gordon Walker back as he’s the villain I was secretly hoping would bring down the Winchester boys after they started waxing Jared’s eyebrows and deep frying him in a tanning bed. Once you start man-grooming that badly all bets are off for the Muse!
After Hollywood man-grooming!
I thought it was so killer watching Jared run after Gordon Walker with a stake while yelling, “Don’t call me Sammie!” Although I was considering personally contacting Kripke and telling him that the scene would be WAY better if they had Jared running around chasing Gordon in his boxer shorts. Just the Muse’s opinion but that would make fine, healthy entertainment for the tweens, teens, and generally old fan girls like the Muse!
But since we probably won’t see any ruby red blood dripping from Gordon Walker’s vampy teeth anytime soon we’ll have to settle for getting our ruby fix from the new Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection.
Although I’m a big fan of pointing out all the wrongs with Bare Escentuals kits now a days that doesn’t stop me from being their biggest supporter when it comes to purchasing their kits, especially Holiday ones!
The Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection is $54 USD and contains the following items:
bareMinerals Ruby Radiance All Over Face Color
bareMinerals Golden Ruby Eye Shadow
bareMinerals Vintage Ruby Eye Color
bareMinerals Wild Ruby Eye Liner Powder
Double Ended Black Mascara and Ruby Beautifully Luminous Lashes
Ruby Buxom Lip Polish
Double-Ended Shadow and Eyeliner Brush
Faux Croc Clutch
I have a few rants, I have some raves, I have good news and I also have some bad news with this review sooooooo sit back, relax, and take it all in as this is going to be a bit of a long ride!
It’s always best to start with the good news so I’ll tell you that first. The kit is priced at $54 USD and contains the same amount of items released with the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection from last year which was actually, here’s the good news part, $59 USD! You’re getting a great kit at nearly $5 USD less so maybe Bare Escentuals is actually listening to the Muse when she rants about the price as of late!
I personally love Bare Escentuals kits because they make application easy, simple, and fuss-free. If you’re not an expert at applying makeup I highly suggest nabbing one of their full kits because it truly breaks down application and teaches you how to create a beautiful look. Although I didn’t completely love the look that I got from the Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection I generally liked a good deal of the items included with the set and in the end the look I created wasn’t too bad just not thrilling (that’s the only bad news I really have).
My favorite item in the kit was the Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips in Ruby. The color is truly a nice ruby shade with a metallic-like finish that lends a nice warmth to lips. I mentioned this last year but it deserves to be said again that I really appreciate the fact that Buxom Lips Gloss now comes with a brush applicator and not a sponge tip applicator. The gloss was always a mediocre find for me until they converted to the brush applicator which now makes it a fabulous gloss in my opinion. The brush allows for much better application and really brings out the thick formula and pigmentation of the gloss where as before you could never really tell how good the gloss was as the sponge applicator failed to pick up enough product to really apply correctly.
Bare Escentuals Ruby Radiance All Over Face Color is my next favorite item within the kit. The entire collection is supposedly infused with real ruby powder. In the case of the Ruby Radiance All Over Face Color you can get the flair of the ruby within the powder. It has nice touches of warm red and pink with a very faint shimmer that’s not overwhelming on the skin. Once buffed on you’re left with a very rich, warm shade of cheek color. The finished result quite reminds me of the mauve blush included with the Bobbi Brown Mauve Face Palette.
The eye colors included in the kit are Golden Ruby and Vintage Ruby. Golden Ruby is a shimmering subdued golden shade which you’ll be using as an all over color wash while Vintage Ruby is soft fawn shade that contrasts Golden Ruby on the crease of your eye. I was too thrilled with Vintage Ruby but I can’t deny that it does contrast well with Golden Ruby. Golden Ruby was my favorite of the two as I love shimmering golds for my eyes. Following up your look you’ll be using Wild Ruby as a liner shade which is a purple plum shade. Wild Ruby seems out of place with the other shades but it does complete the overall look well and goes rather well with Vintage Ruby.
I took note that Bare Escentuals has introduced a new lift and peel seal. You may not care about this as much as I do but it thrilled me to bits that it was so EASY to open up the jars due to this new seal. You simply snatch the upper part and twist up and open! The seal pulls off in one go and you aren’t spilling content or having to scratch the remaining label off if you didn’t pull it all off the first go. I really appreciated this new seal and I hope other brands that seal product in a similiar fashion will begin using the same method!
To complete your Bare Escentuals Ruby look you can use the dual end mascara included with the kit. As per normal the mascara isn’t anything to write home about, it a simple black mascara that isn’t really fantastic but does the job well enough. On the opposite end you’ll get a Ruby Beautifully Luminous Lashes. I’ve reviewed Bare Escentuals Luminous Lashes prior to this and you can see that review here. Although I think the Ruby Luminous Lashes is great to add to my collection I just see it as a rather strange item to include with this kit. Sparkling ruby lashes just didn’t really go so well with the completed look I created with my kit.
Finally the kit includes a face brush, dual ended eye brush, and a faux croc makeup case. The brushes include a red handle and a ruby crystal embedded into the handle which mimics last year’s collection where they had white handles and a diamond crystal embed. The croc makeup bag is cute but knowing me I’ll swap it away as it really isn’t particularly thrilling and looks a tiny bit old lady like however it’s a nice extra to the collection!
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Brush versus Bare Escentuals Ruby Collection Brush
Overall, the collection was really nice. You’ll be happy to know that the products are nice, full size and not small sample sizes as per the Bare Escentuals Rocker Kit Tutorial that I recently reviewed. I was particularly delighted that the Radiance Powder was full size and not small like last year’s Classic Rock Collection.
The collection created a warm look which I wasn’t completely feeling as I prefer a cooler look for the Holidays but I can’t deny that it does look very natural and nice but nothing too dramatic.
All in all I think Bare Escentuals did a great job with the Ruby Collection. It’s not my favorite kit that they released but it contains a nice selection of items, a majority of which I really liked alot. I’m glad BE decided to lower the price slightly as well and I do think $54 USD is a fair enough price for the entire kit and the majority of items you’ll be getting. It’s well worth checking out for yourself. This is a Sephora exclusive so if you’re wanting to swatch up, check out, or buy these for yourself you’ll have to head over to Sephora to nab it!
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection Review
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock and Bare Escentuals Platinum Collection
Bare Escentuals Pure Platinum Collection Review
Bare Escentuals bareGold Collection Review
Bare Escentuals bareDiamond Collection Review
Bare Escentuals Rocker Eye Kit Review
The Muse’s wishy list is filled with dreams of the gloss sets from the MAC Little Darling Collection! However, today she’ll forsake the glosses and bring you a review of the next best thing, the MAC Little Darling Softsparkle/Eye Pencil Set!
About a week ago I brought you some swatches from items I already own from this particular set and today I’ll bring you the remaining swatches. When I first heard about this set I got uber excited as I thought that the set included ALL MAC Softsparkle Pencils. I got even more hyper when I thought the set included two shades of Softsparkle Pencils I didn’t already own.
The Muse quickly realized today upon opening the canister up that it actually included three SoftSparkle Pencils and two regular eye pencils from MAC!
Well, slap me and call me silly who knew?
The good news is I now have a backup of my very favorite pencil Peacocked! w00t! And the better news is I have a brand new SoftSparkle Pencil I’ve never even heard of entitled Chocolight!
This is fairly great deal at $29.50 USD as it contains five nice size (not full size) eye pencils from MAC. For all those technical people out there that means the large size pencils are 1.68g/0.059oz and the mini size are .95g/0.03oz. Either way you deal it, the Muse thinks it’s a good deal as it’s like paying under $5 USD per a pencil!
The pencils you’ll get with this set are:
MAC Softsparkle Eyeliner Pencils in:
- Peacocked (a sea foam green shade with shimmer)
- Chocolight (light caramel brown with shimmer)
- Mint & Green (olive green with shimmer)
MAC Eyeliner Pencils in:
- Black Funk (true black shade)
- Fab Orchid (true purple shade)
I simply adore Softsparkle pencils however a few things you’ll need to know, 1. the formula isn’t particularly fabulous and 2. I don’t think they are waterline safe. The formula on these are a tiny bit hard so if you’re used to using MAC Kohl or Technakohl don’t expect the same melty, buttery formula, these just don’t have that beautiful glide. A bit of tugging is invovled to get them on and a little bit of lining and re-lining to get the color on properly is required. However, after all that drama you’re left with a beautiful sparkling liner look so all is forgiven and right with the world again!
Similar problem with the MAC Eyeliner Pencils, they just don’t have a soft formula and they involve a bit of tugging to get into place but thankfully no re-lining is required, they normally go right on without streaking or need for another application! These are actually my least favorite in the MAC eye pencil line up and I don’t actually own any aside from these two that came with the kit! They are good but they aren’t great.
The pencils come housed in a bright red canister which resemble last year’s packaging aside from the fact that these are a lovely bright red. I shamefully admit I threw out my canisters from last season as in the Muse’s life there is such a thing as just “TOO MUCH crap!” But don’t follow my rules! The canister is actually a nice way to store and travel with the pencils or if you want you can tuck other small makeup items into them! Or if you happen to be of the Martha Stewart variety I bet you could come up with some fabulously awesome idea for using this thing! It’s a good thing!
All in all I think the MAC Little Darlings Softsparkle/Eye Pencil Set is a fab package and well worth the price tag with a few minor rants here and there from your dear old Muse!
I’m looking forward to nabbing the MAC Little Darling gloss sets shortly so expect a review and swatches as soon as I can get them in my greedy little hands!
MAC Little Darlings Product Photos and Swatches
MAC Adoring Carmine Face Brush Set Review