Holiday Collections 2008

The Ghosts of Christmas Makeup Collections Past

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Every year I have a fun time rehashing Holiday Collections from years past. Sadly, this year, I ran out of time rather quickly and didn’t get a chance to do this post.

However, I surely hope you’ll have fun clicking through The Ghosts of Christmas Past Collections from prior years and also through Holiday 2007, 2008, and 2009 archives. I personally adore re-living my Holiday Makeup Past and I’m positive as a fellow makeup junkie you too will enjoy these past posts!

Happy Readin’!

Please do feel free to share some of your favorite “ghosts” from Christmas Past Collections!

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Bare Minerals Extreme Glimmers Review

The Muse got all kinds of hyped when she seen the new edition of the Bare Minerals Extreme Glimmers Kit available on Sephora today. In honor of my excitement I thought I’d give you a peep at last year’s collection. This particularly set is still available on QVC and probably on Sephora too but don’t quote me on that as I haven’t been over to check.

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Laneige The Snow Shimmer Brighter Review

The quest for the bloody snow crystal is still on peeps! Remember how our two heroes were searching for it in my last review?

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Today, finally, I’m bringing you a review of Laneige The Snow Shimmer Brighter.

Jump ahead for the deets!

No one could legally dub a palette with a name like Laneige The Snow Shimmer Brighter…that’s right it’s not a brightener, it’s not a highlighter, it’s a “brighter”, only Asian cosmetics can get away with this stuff. Now the Muse hasn’t a clue what a brighter is but I promise it’s probably something seriously important in the cosmetic world, either that or maybe it was too much money to print brightener and they just left off a few letters, not a biggie, economy and such.

Anyway this is long overdo considering Laneige is off playing with the new Spring Collection, Art Play right now but the Muse got sidetracked around the Holidays and didn’t get all her reviews in at a timely manner. So deal with it! I’m doing a Holiday Collection review today, just sit there and smile nicely.

Now I’ve already reviewed the eye palettes in the Laniege Holiday Collection and this is actually the final piece. All kidding aside it’s a face powder obviously and a highlighter. I’ll be honest I purchased the whole collection because I’m very, very shallow and I like pretty packaging and designs. Which means if the makeup is crap the design and compact more than make up for that and instantly become the awesome.

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But truthfully The Snow Shimmer Brighter is both beautiful and practical, if you consider practical me never wanting to use it because it’s too pretty. The powder comes in an identical black flip compact as the shadow palettes I reviewed a few weeks ago. The powder is housed on top with a compartment underneath for the brush and a nice full size mirror. The powder is a shimmering off white color with beautiful multicolored snowflakes embedded into it. Depending on how you stroke your brush across it you’ll end up with a teal, pink, coral, or green iridescent white shimmering finish. In most cases the shimmering is minimal and the product simply casts a highlighted glow onto cheeks and face. Very pretty to say the least.

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The powder is probably too beautiful for true makeup junkies to want to use. Yes, yes I know the feeling, tuck it away in the beauty vault, keep it safe, wrap it in cotton, and take it out on a rare occasion to pet it and stroke it.

Overall, I was quite happy to have added this palette and both of the shadow palettes to my collection that was released with the Laneige Snow Collection for Holiday 2008. I wish I can recommend it to purchase but I’m doubtful it’ll be easy to find after my late review but keep your eyes peeled for it on Gmarket or Evil-bay! Maybe one will pop up or wait for next year when our heroes continue their quest for the Secret of the Snow Crystal!

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Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Coffret Review, Swatches, Photos, and FOTD

One of my favorite collections from Holiday 2008 was the Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Coffret. I didn’t indulge in the Holiday 2007 version as it wasn’t nearly as gorgeous and glamorous as this year’s.

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Do jump ahead for a peek!

Cosme Decorte Magie Deco Coffret was truly a glamorous collection and I instantly fell in love with it when I seen it on the site. The coffret contains three pieces for eyes, lips and face. I paid retail for the coffret which was around 6,300 yen, a true deal if I ever seen one.

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The set includes:

Magie Deco Fairy Powder
Magie Deco Fairy Gloss R0660
Magie Deco Fairy Eyes GD040
Magie Deco Fairy Retractable Brush

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The collection settled on gorgeous shimmering gold eyes, beautiful pouty ruby red lips, and a hint of shimmery face powder for it’s Holiday look. All these items are totally what the Muse looks for during the Holiday Season and she couldn’t be more pleased to have them bundled together in one set.

The Magie Deco Fairy Powder was the highlight of the collection. This was a striped higlighter that contains 5 separate colors ranging from soft muted beiges, to creams, and pinks. All the shades combined beautifully to create just a soft subtle shimmer on the face. The palette contains a heavy spray of golden shimmer on top but once wiped away it just leaves behind a very soft focused highlighter that can be used to brighten up the face and cheeks. The colors are way to light to use this as a blush so using blush prior to application is recommended.

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The Magie Deco Fairy Eyes I’ve had the pleasure of using before and I must say I was quite happy to add the gold edition to my collection. This is a soft cream shadow that’s easy to blend and leaves behind a hint of true gold on lids. This is not a yellow gold but more of a true golden shade. It was rather a perfect color for the Holiday season in the Muse’s opinion.

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Contrasting beautifully with golden eyes was the Magie Deco Fairy Gloss in R0660 which was a beautiful ruby red shade with hints of golden sparkle! The formula was nicely pigmented and left behind a beautiful finish however it wasn’t terribly glossy but more of a lip cream with a nice shimmery finish.

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And finally the collection included a retractable brush for applying the highlighter!

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I wish I had a chance to review this for you during the Holidays but I got a bit sidetracked and quite busy so I hope you’ll enjoy the photos and brief review of the coffret now.

Overall, this was the best coffret released from Cosme Decorte to date. I really like the simplicity of shimmering golden eyes followed up with a gentle subtly highlighted face and a nice pop of ruby on the lips.

I really quick look using the set!

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I look forward to seeing what Cosme Decorte releases next year!

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Laneige The Snow Eye Palette 01 Review, Swatches and FOTD

Phew still hauling out the Holiday Collections and trying to get them all reviewed! How sad is it that the holidays are fully over and I’m still working my way through the makeup pile trying to pump out reviews?

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Wanna visit Laneige Holiday 2008 with me today?

I’ve already wrote a review on the Laneige The Snow Eye Palette 02 and today I’m bringing you the 01 version. Yes, yes a bit out of sequence there but I was feeling the love for the 02 palette a little more than the 01 version.

02 was a cool, frosty pink looking affair with hints of golden shimmer and 01 is a bit darker, still cool none the less, with blues, golds, and a tiny hint of frosty silver white. I’m not going to go into great detail about the formula of the shadow or the texture as you can gleen most of that from the review I did prior to this on the other palette however I will say that I felt like these shades blended a little bit crummy when compared to the 02 palette. I had a harder time coming up with a good look using the navy blue and ended up just lining my lower lash line with the shade as it was too dark to really do anything else with. I find I like navy blue less and less lately, I’ve never had much of a problem with it in the past but as of late it just makes my eyes look old and tired. For the most part I believe they created the blue to use solely as a liner but I like to be a bit inventive and use the liner as a shadow and in some cases that works out well for me but for the most part I felt like the navy in this palette was just drowning my eyes out.

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The palette is made up of a shimmering silver white shade which is used as a base, a sparkling gold which can be used to contrast the silver, and finally a navy blue liner shade. All the shades have a shimmer finish and are quite lovely however blending is a bit of a pain as the silver and gold just don’t go well together. Two shades I avoid mixing are silver and gold for some reason they seem like apples and oranges to me. I finally decided on using the silver as a base, the gold on my lid, and the blue as a liner for my bottom lash line. As you can see below it didn’t come out too badly but does kind of look messy.

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I’m actually quite pleased with the palette overall so long as I don’t actually have to use the colors together to create a look. I think they’ll look great alone or maybe with other shades in my collection but together I wasn’t feeling the love.

Props for the awesome packaging and snowflake design. I loved the dual flip compact which has the shadows on top and a mirror and a compartment below to house the sponge and brush applicators. I’m also a big lover of the snowflake design which was extra pretty for the Holidays and even for just now during our deep winter.

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All in all I love Laneige and aside from my rants here and there I was happy to add the Laneige The Snow Eye Palettes to my collection.

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