Fall Collections 2007

Mark "Customize Your Shimmer" Palettes

Mark is releasing some interesting little tidbits that may tempt the Muse into purchasing them!

I’m not much of an Avon fan but I have been known to sneak a few pieces of Avon’s hipper, younger sister company, into my traincase!

These look awesome:

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These are interchangeable, customizable shimmer palettes for face and eyes! From what I’ve read they are being introduced sometime in November so keep your eyes peeled for updates!

I like the look of all the palettes and Mark is so cheap that you can afford to dive in and pick up the entire lot if your little heart so desired it!

Customizable pieces like these are nothing new to Mark. They carry a slew of different interchangeable pieces on their website which range from shadow palettes to lipcreams, etc…. The thing that caught my eyes about these is of course those magic words that every girl loves, “shimmer”.

One thing does bother me about these, the release date of November seems ages away and the colors seem very Fall to me. The general idea of a release day all the way in November for colors you’ll be wearing for about a month seems silly. I’d have liked to see these on the site already or even at the very least in the beginning of October! Oh well I guess that only applies to anal people like me that adjust eyeshadow color with the seasons and all that insanity icon wink

Estimate on prices from past collections I’d say these will run about $4 for the pop in and the empty palettes maybe $6 bucks each, I’d bet money that they’ll be even cheaper on E-bay!

Happy Days!

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloween Haul

I got one of my orders from Bpal today! Please have a look at my prior blogs on BPAL here and here for further information prior to reading this blog so you aren’t too confused icon wink

The Pumpkin Patch Set
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The new labels are delightful on this set of oils! Very cute! All smelled as great as last year! The Murder of Crow Imp smells like dish liquid soap to me but aside from that the rest are yummie Pumpkin goodness!

Number 1 is vying for first place as my favorite! The fruity tartness of the pear and pumpkin blend together in perfect harmony!

Number 2 I’m loving least! *burp* The tobacco kills the entire blend in my humblest opinion. It’s wearable but not nearly as good as it’s brothers!

Number 3 is chocolate pumpkin overload with a good dry down scent of creamy fruit!

Number 4 is too green for me! Another loser in the batch! It’s wearable but way to earthy for me to enjoy. Not getting much pumpkin in it!

Number 5 Is all vanilla goodness to me mixed up with yummie pumpkin! The perfect fall scent!

The Perilous Parlor. Libra and Sugar Skull
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The Perilous Parlor is part of the Haunted House Collection and is divine! It’s a boozy pear smell heavy on the vanilla and purely perfect in all ways! I think I need a backup bottle of this gem!

Libra is quite gorgeous as well! Fruity and Floral!

Sugar Skull is pretty much identical to last year with maybe a little more of a heavy hand on the sugar! This is one of my favorite scents and I adore when it’s released around Halloween!

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Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Face Palettes Fall Collection

If you remember not so long ago I was bragging about how delightful I found Victoria’s Secret latest cosmetic offerings (Clickie for the previous blog entry).

I was pretty chuffed with what they had introduced this Spring and Summer and now I must say that I’m happy once again with the palettes they have released for the Fall.

Prior to these I had purchased the Heavenly Face Eye Shadow Quad and couldn’t rave enough about how cute, pigmented, gorgeous, and girly it was.

I had a Doctor’s appointment today and I happened to wander into Victoria’s Secret because I had about 2 minutes to spare and I came across the latest Eye Shadow Quad and deemed it a must have! My little eye spotted the duo blush and I had to have it as well! I left the store feeling quite content that I nabbed two gorgeous palettes weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Dontcha love palettes?

Both are Limited Edition palettes so get ‘em while the getting is good! I find these palettes sell out pretty darn fast at Victoria’s Secret and I’d rather nab them in store than online because paying shipping on top of the price tag of $22 each is a bit obscene! If by chance you are unable to locate these they are most definately available online and I notice they sell out at a slower rate than in stores so it’s a second choice if your lemming comes on hard! I ended up getting a kinda good deal on these as I had a $10 coupon so I got both for around $34 plus taxes, not too bad.

These new palettes come in a really blinged out box compared to the prior boring box of Spring/Summer. One is a gold glitter/shimmer box and the other is a pink glitter/shimmer box. I love the packaging this time around and will definately keep the boxes and store the palettes in ‘em as the box is to darn pretty too toss out!

As with the Spring/Summer palette the shadow and now the blush too has a cute gold shimmer design imprinted on each shadow and blush. This time it’s a little twirl and prior it was a cute star shape (you’ll see what I mean in the pictures below). The actual palette case is vastly different from the previous release. It now has the words “Heavenly Face” in script across the case where as the prior release had only a simple design on the cover. I like both actually and think they are super nice either way!

The colors in the eyeshadow quad are very fall this time around. A shimmering dark brown, a shimmering gold, a shimmering beige/nude, and a shimmering bronze are included.

The blush duo has a pale shimmering pink color and a darker shimmering pink. You can use them separately or together, personally I think the lighter pink color may be to sheer for my skin tone but I haven’t yet tried it that’s only based on looking at it not actually testing it. Sadly I couldn’t swipe any of these in store as the testers were behind a glass cube.

Overall these are definately impressive. Victoria’s Secret shocks me somewhat as they have come such a long way with their cosmetic line. These are truly cute and girly to the max!

I’m loving ‘em!

The Muse says go get ‘em before they sell out!

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Here is the Spring/Summer Palette on the left hand side and the New Fall Palette! I’m loving the new packaging!
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Again the Spring/Summer Palette is on the left and features a design on the case of the palette while the newest Fall palette has the imprint “Heavenly Faces” on it!
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Color comparisons between the two palettes! The Spring/Summer (On the left again) palette had more vibrant, bold colors while the Fall palette gives us colors that are just as vibrant and bold but more geared towards the upcoming Autumn!
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Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection

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Bobbi Brown’s Fall Eye Palette Collection are out and available for purchase this week.

I believe that I had sworn myself off Bobbi Brown for the rest of this lifetime and my next one after my fiasco with the Sand and Surf Palette (go on click it you’ll see the drama I mean)!

But it seems that I’m a glutton for punishment because I decided that I’d just have a tiny sneaky peek at these new palettes when I was breezing through Nordies, I do that occasionally, breeze through department stores, I’m that fabulous!

Where was I?

Oh ya, Bobbi Brown!

Yours truly wasn’t happy enough sneaking a tiny peek! The Muse got a bad case of Limited Edition anxiety and ended up purchasing 3 of the 4 palettes (she wants the fourth by the way).

So the sales girl sold me some gimmick that these are tripled pigmented. I’ve never heard of anything being tripled pigmented but ok it sounds good to me that must mean I need these right? Obviously that was the case because I walked out out of the store swinging a $150 bag of palettes! Somebody stop me please!

All in all I have to say that these are pretty brilliant. I think this is Bobbi Brown’s apology to me for the crummy Sand and Surf. I’ve come to the conclusion she may have just realized how it truly sucked and decided she must redeem herself in the Muse’s eyes thus she created the Metallics Collection.

Ok first of all these may very well be tripled pigmented. These have some heavy duty color going on here. Color so bright, vibrant and eye popping that one swipe of my brush is all I need, no going back for second swipes!

Secondly, if you’re insane for shimmer, these are the palettes for you! Highly, intensely shimmer packed! I’m talking fall out all over your cheeks and face! The SA I spoke to said apply the shadow prior to my foundation because I’d need some serious clean up time with these! And she is indeed right! These have to be applied super carefully to avoid a ton of chunky shadow falling all over your face! These are really an interesting texture. Very thick for a shadow but also loose. It’s almost as if the shadow was a loose pigment and pressed into the palette. As soon as you swipe a brush across a color it comes away with a ton of loose powder!

I haven’t really used these yet on my eyes just swatched them on my hand and all in all I have to say these are a big thumbs up for me! If you’re currently looking for the perfect Fall palette I’d totally nab one or two of these.

The good news is the Muse approves and gives them a big fat recommendation for purchase. The bad news is these are costly as hell at $45 per palette!

I personally recommend all four if you have the spare change hanging around but if you don’t I recommend going with either Forest Metallics or Burnt Sugar Metallics.

Burnt Sugar is probably the most versatile. It has a really good solid gold in it that can be used with just about anything you currently have. Of course the entire point is to use the palette’s three colors but you can easily take any of the three colors and use them with single shadows you may have. This palette is quite interesting to pair up with browns, golds, and even oranges or peaches!

The other two I got were the Forest Metallics and Midnight Metallics. Now the Velvet Plum palette is a mystery to me as it looked almost identical to the Burnt Sugar except darker. I didn’t notice any plum in it just brown, brown, and more brown! I’m still tempted to purchase it as that weird Pokemon feeling comes across me with cosmetics. You know the feeling right? Have to collect them all!

Well..I leave you with some pictures and a first impression! I’ll get around to doing a deeper review when I used them on a full eye look plus do some FOTD’s!

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Burnt Sugar Metallics
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Tarte EmphasEYES High Definition Eye Pencil Review

I blogged about this previously when I happened across it in the Sephora Fall Catalog.

I was generally curious about it so I decided to take the plunge and purchase this vastly overpriced eye pencil.

Basically this is a nifty little tool for lining your waterline. I haven’t tried using it on anything but my waterline as that’s basically what this particularly liner is for. I guess if you wanted to get the most bang for your buck you could go ahead and line your entire eye with it but I haven’t ventured onto that path. It’s super skinny so I’m positive it’ll make a wonderfully thin line.

The pencil itself is very slim so it fits right in all the nooks and crannies that you want it to. I struggled with it for about 10 minutes when I originally removed it from the packaging. I couldn’t get the pencil to twist it up and just sat there debating whether to return it or fling it out the window as it had me so damn frustrated that it wouldn’t rotate up! Finally I got it to twist up! As I said earlier I only used it for lining the waterline of my eye and it works a treat. The slimness of the pencil makes it a snap to work with it and one swipe will have your entire waterline done up quickly and easily.

On the pro side it’s a great little tool to add to your beauty arsenal for making lining your delicate and sensitive inner eye area easy as 1, 2, 3. On the con side, at $18 per pencil the price just doesn’t sit right.

Indeed it does make lining the waterline really a snap but not so much more than any other pencil you might have laying around such as MAC Technakohl.

So really do you need this?

I’d say no.

Have some spare cash hanging around? Grab one it’s kinda sorta a nifty tool!

Overall the Muse likes it but doesn’t deem it a must have!

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