Holiday Collections 2008

mark Holiday Collection 2008

The mark site has been updated with the Holiday Collection for 2008! I have many International readers so I’m just going to take a brief moment out and explain that mark is a branch off of Avon. Avon caters to a more mature audience and mark was created to appeal to teens and women in their twenties (or in the Muse’s case women in their thirties! What can I say, I never grew up!).

Although I’m a big supporter of mark, I do feel that sometimes there Holiday coffrets are a tad bit overpriced for what you get so I highly recommend searching E-bay for a good deal on these items as they end up there for much cheaper prices!

Four gifts sets have been introduced for the Holiday and they are pretty much the same as years passed aside from the packaging. They are all actually very cute it’s just the price that puts me off slightly!

mark Most Loved Eyes Kit $16 USD

PROD 1066933 XL

Includes the following:
I-Sheer in Meringue, Mousse, Praline, Sorbert, and Galcee
Metalliner in Blue Chrome and Quick SIlver
On the Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Cleo
Scanda-Lash Mascara
Packaged in a Red Makeup Pouch

mark Most Loved Lips $16 USD

PROD 1066932 XL

Includes the following:
Glow Baby Glow in Sweet Talk and Player
Metalluscious Gloss in Opulence and Majesty
Glow Baby Glow Luxe in Pearl Luxe and Melon Luxe
Packaged in a Red Makeup Pouch

You can see what I mean from the above sets when I say that the gift sets are a tad bit high costing. At $16 USD these are SUPER mini glosses and eyeshadow items. For a few dollars more I can indulge in a MAC gift set that has WAY bigger sizes!

Now the mark Serious Case of Glam Train Case is well worth it’s price tag at $32 USD considering it contains full sized products plus a rather nice case to tote them around in!

PROD 1065513 XL

The mark Serious Case of Glam Train Case contains the following:
Sydney Flip For it Color Kit (Four Lip Glosses, Two Shadows, and a Blush)
Glow Xpert Face Shimmer in Champagne Glow
On the Edge Liquid Eyeliner in Medusa
Scanda-Lash Mascara
Limited Edition Brush Set (5 pieces)

And finally the last item available is the mark Glamourlicious Lips Mini Juice Gems Set for $12 USD.

PROD 1060297 XL

This contains four mini glosses flavored in Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Apple Cobbler, and Ice Cookie.

If you’re loving these they are available now on mark’s website!

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Urban Decay Holiday Collection 2008: Urban Decay Poison Ring

I’m on a Holiday gloss ring kick! Last week the IsaDora Diamond Ring with Gloss caught my eye and this week the new Urban Decay Poison Ring has me captivated!

Now as much as I love the IsaDora Diamond Ring it doesn’t have the options that the Urban Decay Poison Ring has! Three glosses, one ring, the Muse likey!

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The Urban Decay Poison Ring comes with three glosses in Heatherette (shimmering beige with silver sparkle) Guys Love Betsey (sheer red), and Naked (pinky-nude).

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The ring is packaged in a cute multi-compartment ring case which has a spot for your ring on top and a pull out draw to stow away each of the three glosses! Cutes!

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The Urban Decay Poison Ring is available for $50 USD from Urban Decay Cosmetics so if you’re wanting to spice up the Holiday with a slick little ring that stows away your gloss as well as being a stylish accessory go nab yours now!

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Stila Holiday Collection 2008: Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection and Handbag Gift Set Review

Stila’s Holiday Collection 2008 is turning out wonderfully well so far! I really love when Stila releases kits for the Holidays as they are always filled with great items and have a super sweet price tag attached!

One item in particular that grabbed my attention is the Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection and Handbag Gift Set. The really awesome thing about Stila Step Out and Shine would be the fact that it includes the brand new, not yet debuted Stila Pomegranate Crush Cheek and Lip Stain! W00t! Score!

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You know how much I loved Stila Cherry Crush? Take a trip down memory lane…CLICK!

Well, take Stila Cherry Crush and amp it up a little bit, deepen it, darken it, create a more intensely flushing shade and you’ll have Stila Pomegranate Crush!

Excited? I am but you can chalk that up to my great love of stains!

Stila Pomegranate Crush multitasks as a cheek and a lip stain and as per my earlier review of Stila Cherry Crush I have beef with using a product on my face that has already touched my lips! The Muse is anal about germs to say the least. So I highly recommend using the mini size that’s available with this gift set for your lips and later, when it debuts, grab yourself a full size for your cheeks!

Pomegranate Crush is a deeper shade of red than Cherry Crush which was much more pink. The color is ideal for Fall as it has a certain cast of maroon to it which is delightful!

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This morning I was trying to locate my Stila Cherry Crush as I wanted to compare the two but sadly I couldn’t find! Swatches to follow later today!

The kit includes a slew of other goodies to create a quick, simple, flattering Holiday face! Aside from Stila Pomegranate Crush you’ll also receive the following items:

Stila Convertible Color in Orchid
Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize
Stila Multi-Effect Mascara Black
Stila Pomegranate Crush (as mentioned above)
A cute silver clutch with purple lining and a Stila emblem tag inside!

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The Stila Convertible Color you’ll get is not available in the regular line up which makes the kit extra special that it included an item you normally can’t get. The color is a reddish maroon shade which adds just the right flush to cheeks and lips. A lighter hand will get you a blushing look while a heavier hand will create a deeper pop of color on cheeks! Convertible Color is appropriately named as it can easily convert from a cheek product to a lip product. How you use it is entirely up to you! I’ve reviewed Convertible Color prior to this and it’s one of favorite products from Stila as I adore products that multitask and allow for quick application!

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Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize is a shimmery, light wear cream that can be used on lids, cheeks, or lips for an added touch of sparkling highlight! The is my first experience with the All Over Shimmer Luminize and I liked it! I tried it on my eyes as an all over color wash and it worked a treat at creating a rather natural highlight to my eyes.

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This is my first experience with Stila Multi-Effect Mascara and it’s quite good. This is a nice volumizing mascara that gives a brilliant feather effect to lashes. It separates perfectly while creating a full look, plump look to lashes!

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Before Mascara:
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After Mascara:
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For the look I created below I used everything in the kit and only added a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero and some gloss to bring the look together.

With Gloss:
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Without Gloss
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I started my look by applying the Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize on my lids and following up with two layers of Stila Multi-Effect Mascara. I followed up by applying Stila Convertible Color in Orchid to my cheeks and completed the look by applying Stila Pomegranate Crush to my lips!

The results: A simply, classic flushed look that was both simple and elegant.

I recommend the kit for cooler and warmer skin types as the kit is plenty pigmented to suit any tone. The kit is ideal for those who are super busy during the Holidays and want a quick, easy, and fun look on the go! It doesn’t take a ton of work or time to apply and the results are beautiful and natural!

I liked this one alot so I’m Muse Approving it for purchase!

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I did notice an interesting fact about this kit. The one Stila is offering includes all of the goodies I listed however Sephora has an exclusive kit that also contains an eye quad which I thought was really nice as well!

Whichever Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection suits you, rest assured your Muse loved this one!

It makes a killer gift but you know you want it for yourself anyway so why bother right? Hehe!

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MAC Little Darlings Product Photos and Swatches

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Dontcha just love MAC Holiday?

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside!

I’m REALLY loving MAC Little Darlings for Holiday 2008!

Last year, I didn’t take advantage of any of the sets introduced since I had so many of the items already offered and I was being a bit reserved with my purchases so I’d have plenty of money to feed my Japanese Holiday addiction!

I felt rather badly later since I missed out on the lip sets but many months passed and I was happy to haul those at my local CCO!

This year, however, I am taking full advantage of MAC Little Darlings and I’ll be quite the glutton with the interesting pieces releasing with these cute coffrets!

Although the piggie collections didn’t catch my eye (since I already have a majority of these in full size already) I do so highly recommend nabbing one or all since they are a super value for those of you who are new to MAC pigments! Each set includes five small vials of pigment (believe me that vial will last ages) for $29.50 USD. One thing I absolutely love about these sets is how interesting it is to see what colors they pair together! I noticed that Pink Mauved and Quietly, which I have in full sizes, make a great combo! I’d have never pair the two of these until I seen them in the cool pigment set!

This year there is a set of five warm pigments and five cool pigments each of which set contains a bit of MAC glitter as well so you can sparkle and shimmer your way through the holidays!

MAC Warm Pigment Set
Gold Dust
Gold Mode
Melon
Gold Stroke
Reflects Antique Gold (Glitter)

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MAC Cool Pigment Set
Frost
Quietly
Pinked Mauve
Teal
Reflects Blackened Red (Glitter)

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Although I won’t indulge in the pigments, I definately have my eye on the gloss selections! Yummie! These come packaged in lots of five for $29.50 USD as well please keep in mind these are mini size glosses, not full size however still a great deal none the less!

MAC Coral Lipglass/Lustreglass Set
Pink Grapefruit (ZOMG! It’s the Muse’s very favorite lipglass! Now you can get it in the gift set! I’m so excited I might just spit)
Wondstruck
Budding
Ola Mango!
Underage

5 Neutral Lipglass/Lip Lustreglass Set
C-Thru
Mouthwatering
Languish
Love Nectar
Beaux

5 Pink Lipglass/Lip Lustreglass Set
Fleur Delight
Song and Dance
Flashmode
Little VI
Magnetique

And finally MAC is releasing a Soft Sparkle Gift Set which includes five mini soft sparkle pencils! I have two of the colors of the five in the gift set so I’ll definately be indulging in this one as I want three shades I don’t have (nor have I ever heard of!). As with all the sets this too is $29.50 USD.

MAC Soft Sparkle Pencil Gift Set
Peacocked
Mint and Olive
Chocolight
Fab Orchid
Black Funk

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If you’re new to MAC you have to be excited about these little sets or if you’re an old school’er I’m sure you still feel the love for at least one or two of these kits!

The Muse has her eye on maybe one or two of the gloss sets and definately the Soft Sparkle pencils!

These will be available from MAC as of November 6th so keep your eyes peeled to your local MAC counter or the MAC website! I did swatches of the items I already have to help you decide if you absolutely have to have some of these!

How about you?

What are you hauling?

What are you leaving?

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MAC Red She Said

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MAC Red She Said is up and available at the MAC Website!

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Excited?

The Muse is!

I’m very excited about MAC Holiday this year as I’ve noticed I really love reds and MAC has plenty to be had with it’s exciting multi-part collection release!

MAC Red She Said is the main color story release that includes the new Mineralize Eye Shadow Trio that everyone is so hyper about. I’m personally not so interested in the shadows but I do want some of the lippies released with this collection!

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Trio

  • Persuasive
  • Word-of-Mouth
  • Outspoken
  • Danger Zone
  • Threesome
  • Inter-view

MAC Dazzleglass Lipgloss

  • Date Night
  • Baby Sparks
  • Miss Dynamite
  • Love Alert
  • Sugarrimmed

MAC Beauty Powder Blush

  • Stark Naked
  • Enough Said

MAC Lipstick

  • “Red” She Said
  • Crazeee
  • Pomposity
  • Soft Pause
  • Quiet Please

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