Fall Collections 2009

Givenchy Fall Collection 2009: Givenchy Gloss Poetique Review and Swatches

Everyone is trying their hand at color changing gloss this season right? But how many brands have perfected it? Color changing gloss is a difficult one as you’ll run across many that are just too bright to look flattering on your lips. Most turn a bright bubble gum pink that the Muse thinks is quite pretty when swatched but on my lips not so much.

Givenchy Gloss Poetique gets it just right and than some!


Jump ahead for the review.

Available for a limited time as part of it’s Fall Collection, Givenchy has released Gloss Poetique a natural color enhancing lip treatment.

In some cases a hard Fall eye look is reigning supreme. Something smoky, something dramatic, perhaps a swirled up cat eye….in these cases we don’t want to take away from such an incredible eye look by pairing it up with a bold shade of lipstick or gloss. These are the times we want just the right amount of color but nothing dramatic, nothing crazy. Smooth a little Givenchy Gloss Poetique on for a radiant burst of pink that’s sheer, subtle, and pretty.


Housed in floral motif Givenchy palette this gloss and cheek duo may very well deserve the back up treatment. I have one so far and I’m ordering another shortly as it’s one of those things you won’t want to be without when it’s gone for good.

The formula is a gel like consistency that’s incredibly glossy and shiny for a potted lip treatment. Anything that doesn’t come in a tube is always a bit of a chore to get working correctly on lips in my opinion but this simply smooths on leaving a high glossy finish with a tiny touch of pink.


You’ll be delighted to know it also acts as a stain for cheeks. It’s glossy gel formula makes it a long wearing flush of pink for cheeks and face. Although a tad strange feeling on your face it does leave behind a gorgeous shade of baby pink that’s natural and quite pretty. The formula is meant to be used on most any skin tone for that perfect shade of pink on both lips and face.

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On Lips and Cheeks

Overall, it’s unique formula that multitasks on both face and lips makes this a great little find for Fall. Pairing up your dramatic eye look with gently flushed cheeks and subtle glossy lips makes for an ideal look for the upcoming season. I’m absolutely thrilled with Givenchy Gloss Poetique. Truly a fabulous little product and worthy of a pick up (and a backup purchase).

Loves it!

Total Muse Approval for Purchase.

summer museapproved stamp+(3)

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The Muse’s Japanese Fall Collection Wish List for 2009

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For what seems like a very long time I’ve fallen out with many of my beloved Japanese cosmetic collections. If you’re a collector or fan or Japanese cosmetics you probably know what I mean as it’s been a rather long, hard road of reruns and repetitive products and colors.

This year I’m actually quite excited to finally haul some new products from some of my favorite Japanese brands that have captured my interest.

Jump ahead to hear the Muse’s Wish List for Japanese Collections 2009.

Although my love affair is not nearly over with T’estimo, I have gotten used to the idea of Coffret D’Or. One thing I am excited about is the release of sixteen shades of Coffret D’Or Eye Shadows Singles. These shadows all look quite exciting to me and carry an inexpensive price tag so indulging in a few won’t break my bank.

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It’s been a while since Lunasol really caught my interest. As beautiful as many of the pieces are, I admit that the price does put me off every so slightly. However, cost aside this year’s Lunasol Star Shower Eyes have me in fits of joy. I see at least three color combinations I’ll be hauling!

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KATE almost always has my heart and it hasn’t been so long since my last haul from the brand. Kate Reflect Mirror Eyes look positively delightful with three shades of shadow for a contrasting, sparkling eye look!

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And finally Lavshuca Light Mix Eyes garnered some of my attention as these are a tad different from what Lavshuca has been pulling off lately. Although the color selection is pretty the same ho-hum shades, I still feel they may be worthy of a pick up.

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Overall, Japanese Fall is looking up this year. Although many of the shades and products have been done before a few items did warrant a further look and since I do feel ever so slightly excited about these releases I think, finally after a long, dry spell, I’ll be indulging in quite alot of Japan’s Fall cosmetic offerings.

How about you?

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Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette Review and Swatches

Tarte is totally slaying me this Fall season with the introduction of not one but two palettes. Oh you do so know I can’t say nay to a Tarte Palette! Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette and Tarte Naturale Eye Palette should be winging their way into your Fall wish list for a dramatic or nude eye look!


Check out one of the two after the jump!

The two best parts about the Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette is the fact that’s it refillable (yup you heard me right) and it comes with quickie instructions for creating two looks. Interestingly enough the palette is made up of ten separate shades and gives instructions for using five shades of shadow per a look. Oh god, let me tell you, I made such a fantastical mess this morning attempting to pull off one of the two looks. I swear present me with five shadows and it’s like brain surgery…most I ever used was three…four is pressing it and five is living dangerously. Ahhh! Brain overload….BOOM! Sadly, I don’t have looks to share today but I’m attempting them again shortly and will post when I’ve gotten the knack of it.


The palette is a great piece as the refillable shades totally make it worthy of a pick up. Each shade is the standard Tarte size with a magnetic backing for slipping the colors in and out of the palette. The palette also includes a double ended eye liner pencil and a double ended brush. Something tickles me about the fact that it’s refillable. Not sure why I love that option so much but it’s just rather super don’t you think?


The Tarte Femme Fatale Eye Palette for more smoldering eye looks where as the other is for a more natural, softer look. This palette contains an array of deeper, richer shades. You can get away with pretty much using them all individually if you want but of course the fun is in mixing and matching ‘em up. The palette is the traditionally royal purple shade that Tarte is known for. It’s a sturdy plastic with a wrap around of faux leather and golden spikes topping it. Quite chic and slick looking. Pretty decent for traveling as well since the plastic keeps everything snug although I’d wrap a rubber band around it for extra precaution when toting it around so it doesn’t flip open by mistake. The brush it comes with is very good. One end holds a crease and the other a standard eye shadow brush. Both are soft without shedding and pretty much will do the job of applying and blending with ease. The liner pencil included has two shades, emerald green and sparkling jewel blue.


I love that Tarte included instructions for creating two separate looks. I’ve noticed more and more US brands have embraced the technique of explaining how to achieve a desired look from a palette. Nothing worst than getting a beautiful palette home and just being clueless how to use it. The step by step instructions are made up of six steps and are pretty easy to follow. I’d probably have done an ok job of recreating each look if I didn’t have such a problem with the darker, bolder shades in the palette. But I shall continue to try, try again until my shadow application and blending techniques are at the greatness status, one can hope.


On the instruction cards the eye looks are a bluish, purple look and a golden green look. I honestly had a hard time figuring out how they created such great looks with these shades as it seemed heaps difficult. But like I said I stink at blending so could be me.

The palette is made up of ten shades as mentioned above. You’ll get (top row) a sheer pink blush, light gold, violet, smoky blue, and a shimmering onyx. On the bottom row you’ll get a shimmering light apricot gold, copper, bronze gold, green, and a reddish brown. Aside from the base shadows of pink and apricot (used as a color wash on the eye and prepping the eye area for the deeper shades) all the colors are deeply pigmented and pretty much have a shimmery finish. The two last shadows on the bottom and top row are the ones that are tricky for me as they are almost matte in texture so I had a time of it trying to blend correctly plus they are generally dark and difficult to work with for me. I really need practice with these guys.


I’m kinda psyched to perfect the looks and get them right. As I said I don’t have looks with the palette as of yet as I’m just in practicing mode but I’ll post when I do have them as I’m excited to try to dupe them correctly.

Overall, Tarte has a nice Fall Collection to add to your wish list. The palettes are a prime piece for me as I’m all about eye shadow but they have also released a new concealer and an eyeshadow primer as well which could become quick favorites for many.

The two palettes are worthy of a check out especially if you love Tarte and just adore color in general. The shadows are all a good healthy size so it’s quite a bang for your buck as you should know if you’ve indulged in some of Tarte’s incredible Holiday offerings.

Tarte Fall 2009 is available for purchase at Sephora and www.tartecosmetics.com If you sign up for there newsletter here you can get 30% off your order plus free shipping on $60 or more. Kinda a good deal if you’re wanting to haul Fall 2009.

Is Tarte on your Fall wish list?

What items are you interested in getting?

Tell it!

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Too Faced Natural Eye Kit Bestselling Hit: Have You Hauled It?


Hey chicas!

Word on the street is that the Too Faced Natural Eye Kit is a Top Seller at www.toofaced.com

The kit contains all the things you’ll need to create a pretty, soft, and slightly sexy natural eye look. It’s one of the easiest palettes I’ve come across to create a pretty nude eye look. The palette contains everything you need from shadows, to applicators, and most important three separate cards containing step by step instructions to create a three different natural, nude eye look!

I Muse Approved this for purchase in my recent as I adore the palette. Thought you’d like to know the good word that it’s a bestselling hit at Too Faced.

I was curious who hauled it already?

Anyone?

Loving it?

Do share!

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Josie Maran Argan Moisturizing Stick

Argan Oil, Emu Oil…it’s always sounded like the same thing to me for some reason. I swear the Muse must be so watching too many episodes of The Crocodile Dairies from years ago. Actually Emu Oil is created from the fat of an Emu…oh my god the grossness but supposedly it’s great for your skin.

Anyway, Argan Oil…that one had me puzzling…was there some species of bird out there named an Argan? Sometimes my stupidity knows no bounds. Turns out Argan is actually a tree.

Well duh how was I supposed to know that. What? I never claimed to know alot about trees.

Moral of the story is Josie Maran Argan Oil is the awesome, especially if you sport mega dry skin.

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Take the jump to hear about the new version of Josie Maran Argan Oil!

The Muse actually owns the Josie Maran Argan Bronzing Oil, good stuff (review coming soon) so she was kinda tickled that they have a new Argan Moisturizing Stick. It actually debuted today and is available at Sephora for $22 w00t!

So as much as I love the oil formula I must admit the stick does tempt a girl as it seems heaps less mess than an oil. This is a multi-purpose balm so you can use it from head to toe to give a shot to dry skin areas that need a bit of soothing moisture and tender, loving, care.

Chapped lips, dry, patchy cheeks, stinging insect bites, hang nails and cuticles, dry elbows and knees, dry spots between your brows (what? I get that! For serious!)…you name it you can slip a bit of this nourishing balm right on for instant relief. No it won’t clean the house for you, don’t even ask but hey it does everything else! Joy!

Me, I want it. I need all the help I can get in the dry skin department. Josie Maran Argan Moisturizing Stick, sign me up for a case Josie…I could use it.

Anyone try Josie’s regular Argan Oil?

What are you using the ward off evil dry skin?

Tell it!

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