I have plenty of favorites this Holiday season and of course topping my list is the new Dior Night Diamond All Over Diamond Dust Powder.
Come on now who can resist beautiful shimmering powder in a gorgeous compact? You’re lying if you say you haven’t been lusting after Dior Night Diamond!
I happily added Dior Night Diamond to my collection a few weeks ago and I’ve waited a while to blog it because it seemed a bit too early to do a review on it however I really couldn’t wait much longer without finally give you the deets on this gorgeous powder.
If you’re expecting heavy duty shimmer you’ll be in for a surprise as the effects of this powder are very, very subtle and delicate. The color is a flattering, universal shade of beige with gold and beige shimmer to highlight cheeks, face, and body if you so please. The powder is silky smooth and gives a delightful touch of shimmer and highlight to my cheeks and face when I use it. It actually feels like a glorified face powder to me as it’s a perfect match for my skin tone and it has a rather nice whitening, brightening effect.
It comes housed in a heavy, faux diamond encrusted palette. It’s quite a different style of palette for Dior as they normally house powders (even special LE ones) in their standard blue compact. This is a heavy, collectible piece of cosmetic as can be attested from the weight of the palette itself.
The palette also includes a simple flat brush which sports soft bristles and it’s own velvet storage case. The brush is perfect for application as it picks up just the right amount of product and applies it beautifully to your face. I personally prefer using the brush that this came with as larger powder brushes can make a brutal mess of this lovely powder!
I know some of you may wince at it’s $80 USD (imagine if you lived in Europe or Asia where the price is nearly doubled!) price tag but for me it’s unquestionably a great deal and a beautiful piece to add to my Dior collection. Which brings me the topic of shades……The US is getting one shade which is 001 Beige Diamond however if you live in Europe or Asia chances are you’ll have access to Beige Diamond and Pink Diamond. So far I’ve seen Pink Diamond pop up in Singapore, Japan, and England. I’ve seen photos and swatches of Pink Diamond and I’m considering getting it as well considering how lovely it is! Sad sigh that the US only ever gets one color option!
If you’re a big fan of Dior you’re going to want this piece for your very own. The Muse highly suggests checking it out as once you see it, touch it, and swatch it, the question of whether you need it or not will be automatically answered to a full on YES!
Dior Night Diamond Powder is fully Muse Approved for purchase! I highly recommend nabbing one before it’s completely sold out and gone. I know many of you are waiting, wishing, and wanting to wait for Sephora Friends and Family to nab many posh purchases like this one but I honestly don’t recommend waiting. Chances are this will be gone before you have a chance to nab it so get ordering before it’s gone for good!
I’m off the open up my beauty vault so I can stash away my Dior Night Diamond and bring it out to play on special, special occasions! No peeking at the combination while I open it! Close your eyes now!
Dior Spring Collection 2008 Review Featuring the Dior Flower Blossom Face Powder
Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara Review
Because You’re Not Beautiful Without Dior
Ho-hum! The Muse roped herself into purchasing a Maquillage Diamond Tear Gloss a few months ago and as she tested it she remembered why she avoids Maquillage like the plague.
Maquillage is a brand of make up exclusive to Japan that’s distributed by Shiseido, actually it’s one of several brands brought to you by our dearest Shiseido! Oh why oh why can’t the US catch up with this stuff?
I purchased Maquillage Diamond Tear Gloss on a whim in hopes that it would be better then Maquillage Neo Climax Lip Gloss but of course I should have known it’s about the same thing with very minor differences.
Now I originally didn’t like the formula of Neo Climax at all so I thought maybe by some slim chance that Diamond Tear Gloss had some sort of improvement on it but honestly I should have known better considering that Diamond Tear Gloss was released prior so if the formula was going to get better it would have gotten better with Neo’s introduction.
Diamond Tear Gloss has since left the shelves of Japanese drugstores I believe and has been quietly replaced with Neo Climax at least I believe it has however if you’re wanting it you can still nab it on E-bay or online shops. Mainly I hate the texture of the gloss because it has a bit of a silicon feel to it which in the long run actually allows the gloss to stay in place for hours but still feels very uncomfortable on which is my main beef with the product. Aside from the strange formula and texture the gloss does have a pretty good finish and nice shine plus is pigmented enough to wear alone as a lip color if you so please.
Dress down day for the Muse! Apologies for the hoodie
The applicator is the standard plastic tip which is very good as it fits well to the contour of the lips and glides the gloss on nicely without making a mess! Normally I prefer plastic spatulas however in this case the applicator is very good and not nearly as bad as the one on the Lavshuca Conc Rouge Gloss.
Many raves support the product including it’s great staying power but ado the Muse can’t get passed the uncomfortable silicon feeling on her lips and the raves just don’t hold up to that rant!
Not a stash for the Muse but sadly a trash! I don’t see myself making much use of this and I imagine it’ll end up in the same pile as my Neo Climax!
The Muse recommends nabbing yourself a nice lippie or gloss from Kiss or KATE and skip the Maquillage! You’ll thank me for it later!
Shiseido Maquillage Neo Climax Lip Gloss Review
Shiseido Maquillage Watery Crush Eyes Review
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