Holiday Collections 2008

Stila Surprise & Shine Palette Review & Swatches

I’m such a cheese but I totally dig the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette simply because it has an option that allows you to record a personal holiday message and play it back! Hey, it’s the little things in life that thrill the Muse to pieces!

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After testing this out I promptly headed onto Stila’s site and ordered three more as stocking stuffers for a few of my good friends! Soon after receiving them the Muse sat down, hit record, and started singing along with Andy Williams as he sung “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”! Nothing says personalized gift giving like the Muse singing while you apply your makeup! Gifts like this are priceless. Too bad for you the Muse won’t be sharing her rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” but she will share a review with you of the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette!

I dig the simplicity of Stila palettes lately and the Stila Surprise & Shine is just that, simple. The palette includes everything you need to create a really simple yet beautiful Holiday look no prior brain surgery training required. Truly I love Holiday palettes but honestly sometimes (Yes, I’m talking about you MAC) you really do need to be uber creative or just an amazing makeup artist to understand and use some of these palettes! If you’re looking for simple, quick, and easy I’d say that the Stila Surprise & Shine palette is ideal for you!

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The palette comes with a base eyeshadow shade which you’ll be using as an all over color wash on your eyes and a prep for the primary shadow shade. The base shadow is a nude, flesh color with a tiny bit of golden sparkle that’s barely noticeable so you won’t have the disco ball shimmer effect with this but just a tiny hint of shimmer. The primary color you’ll be using on your lid and blending up to your crease if you like. Completing your eye look you’ll be using the darker liner shade which can double up as an eyeshadow if you like. Finally add a bit of the Stila Convertible Color to lips and cheeks and away you go!

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The finished result is a natural look that’s pretty and flattering for a day or evening look! I’m particularly partial to the palette as it makes my eyes look quite fresh and I highly recommend it if you’re a bit older and starting to experience fine lines around your eyes or puffiness! The colors manages to diminish the look of shadows, fine lines, etc…while making your eyes more awake and fresh looking!

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I think the novelty of recording my own personal message was what really snagged my attention about this palette but the colors included and the simplicity of use most definitely kept my interest!

If you’re not great at makeup application and you’re looking for a nice little palette that easy to use the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette is worth taking a peek at! If you’re looking for a creative little gift to tuck into a friend’s stocking or to give as a little gift this is fantastic as well!

The Muse thought this was a cute little palette for the Holidays and recommends checking it out for yourself!

The palette is available now at Sephora and Stila cosmetics.

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Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder Review, Swatches, & Photos

I’m almost positive that I’m not the only one excited about the Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder. Like for example I know this guy is super psyched about it:

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme More Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder baby!
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The Muse stands behind the right to say that one can never have too many gold powders and in the case of Estee Lauder’s Shimmering Jewel Powder that rule becomes law! Have you seen this powder yet? If not you should be running over to your nearest Estee Lauder counter for a peek because it’s sincerely gorgeoussssssssss!

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The Muse likely.

Alot.

Plus it’s affordable gold powder too! Even better!

One of the main attractions of the powder is of course how beautiful it is but honestly, most important right now with the economy in such a slump, the price is pretty darn appealing as well at $32 USD for a huge compact of shimmering, sparkling, twinkling gold powder for your face, cheeks, and body! Divine!

The powder comes housed in a large golden compact which is about a third or so larger than a normal size powder compact, I think the size is what attracted me to it to begin with as seriously where can you get such a beautiful sized compact for this kind of price? Inside you’ll find silky, beautiful, luxurious shimmering gold powder that you can use on your face, cheeks, or body!

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Although the powder looks like it’s shimmer overload it’s actually quite buildable so you can do a very light dusting of gold or you can get crazy and cover yourself in shimmering gold from face to foot!

The Muse prefers the head to toe option herself!
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Once I applied it on my face I thought the finish was very subtle and lovely. It casts a nice shimmer across my cheeks and face creating a twinkling gold effect. The powder actually has a dual layer as it contains a nice spray of shimmer across the top but once that’s swiped away you’re presented with a second layer which is much less shimmery.

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Top Layer Swatch
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Bottom Layer Swatch
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Here’s a simple look I did using the powder! I kept my blush very light and natural so that the powder could really show through!

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If you’re a big lover of shimmering powders you’re going to want this one! It’s truly a stunning piece and the Muse happily approves it for purchase!

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With it’s inexpensive price tag and it’s gorgeous shimmer who could resist Estee Lauder Shimmering Jewel Powder?

Not the Muse that’s for sure!

Loves it! The perfect shimmering powder to keep you all bling’ed out the entire Holiday Season!

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond Review, Swatches, and Photos

I got countless e-mails asking after the new Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond and honestly I can’t blame many of you for asking, “Muse, Muse, do I need it? How similiar is it to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Gold? Are you getting it?”

So here you go a reply and answer to all your many e-mails!

Yay! Trust your dear old Muse to answer all your questions about the Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Shimmer Brick!

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Good news my dears, Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond is vastly different when compared to Gold! Excited? I am as I was prepared to be disappointed when I seen Copper Diamond up close and personal but disappointed I was not!

The name is slightly misleading..Copper Diamond…mmmm I wouldn’t necessarily fit the shades in to the copper or the diamond category! For the most part the palette is a super beautiful combination of beiges, browns, and creams. The finish does have a slight copper sheen to it but very slight in my opinion and leans more towards a golden bronze. It’s difficult to explain but it’s beautiful is all you really need to know.

I took swatches of each shade:

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I’ve never been a true fan of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks but somehow, someway I have collected my fair share of them over the course of a year or so. Along the way I also ended up from really not liking them that much to actually enjoying them quite alot, so much so that some shades have even replaced my beloved MAC Mineralized Skinfinish!

The evolution of the Bobbi Brown Holiday Shimmer Brick has been a rather nice ride for the Muse. Her first purchase was the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Gold which was quickly followed up by the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz from Holiday 2007 and finally I’m ringing in the start of Holiday 2008 with the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond. I’ve actually hauled out all three palettes and did close up shots and comparisons of all of them so you can see the differences for yourself. One of the major differences would be packaging of course. The packaging has evolved from the classic black Bobbi Brown compact featuring a beautiful gold border inside to a pink border the next year. Always after the compact remains black and modest even though each was a limited edition piece there was nothing super special about the packaging aside from that pretty border inside. Last year Bobbi ditched the simple black pox and replaced it with a shiny bronze pink metallic package that caught and held the Muse’s eye. Finally this year the packaging undergoes a major revamp and comes out shining like a brand new penny! The compact has gone from the simplicity of black to a stunning copper gold palette with a beautiful metallic face place displaying the Bobbi Brown brand name on top. When I originally seen the compact in photos it kind of resembled a cardboard compact but that’s not the case at all. The compact is actually a tiny bit bigger then a normal shimmer brick plus with it’s new clothes it’s quite the little stunner! I like that even during pressing economic times that Bobbi Brown took the initiative to create beautiful new packaging for a beautiful new limited edition product and kept the price at $40 USD!

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Evolution of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Packaging
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Do you need Copper Diamond? The Muse likes to think so. If you collect Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks you’re honestly going to want to purchase this one to add to your stash. If you’re thinking of purchasing one for the first time this is absolutely a great piece to start with. I really can’t help but Muse Approve it for purchase! If you were worried whether it was very like Gold rest assured it’s vastly different and just as beautiful.

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It’s available now on Bobbi Brown’s website or your local counter.

The Muse loves it and thinks you will too!

What I used to create my Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Look:

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Face:
Bourjois Paris 10 Hour Sleep Effect
Hard Candy Liquid Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush in Girlie
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond

Lips
Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balm in Copper Diamond (Review Coming Soon…)

Eyes
Urban Decay Potion Primer
Benefit Lemon Aid
Dior Radiance Booster Pen
Milani Wet/Dry Sparkling Eyeshadow in Beach Sand

Apologies in advance for looking so rough! I was out till 3:30am last night singing my little heart at karaoke and the night got away from me so the Muse ended up scoring a mere 2-3 hours worth of sleep and she’s looking like it in these photos EEP!

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Pop Hello Gorgeous Palette

Well, Hello Gorgeous!

Meet the Pop Hello Gorgeous Palette:

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Is that yummie or what? $150 USD worth of makeup all packed into a silver croc box! The Muse likey! I think I just shivered in excitement and I seen you shiver in anticipation *wink*!

Pop Hello Gorgeous includes:
10 Lip Glosses
6 Cheek Shades
36 Eye Shades
2 Dual Applicators
Silver Box

I own a slew of Pop palettes and I really like them so of course I’m quite excited about Pop Hello Gorgeous! It looks like a nice lot of makeup and did I mention that the silver box doubles up as a jewelry box after the makeup is gone. Sweet!

If you’re wanting it’s available now from Sephora for $48 USD.

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Dior Night Diamond All Over Diamond Dust Powder Review, Swatches, and Photos

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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