Spring Collections 2008

2008 Year End Reflection

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It feels like the year virtually flew by doesn’t it? It’s been a great year for makeup that’s for sure! My year end favorite post is upcoming shortly but I thought we could reflect on a few things first!

Some of the questions I asked myself as I was reflecting were the following:

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The Muse will place her answers here and you can answer, if you like, in the comment field below! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this!

I think I have to take myself all the way back to Spring 2008 to get a good idea of my very favorite collection of the year. The Etude House My Lovely Face Collection (aka Peach Collection) was my absolute favorite of the year! And it’s no wonder with it’s great packaging, fresh peachy shades, and incredible Pore Erasing Peach Base! This was by far my fav of the year! Etude House Spring 2009 I Can’t Help Smiling is simply adorably but in the Muse’s opinion it isn’t nearly as kawaii as last year’s collection!

In reflecting on my tastes and whether they have changed or not from last year I’d have to say a loud YES! I embraced more natural looks this year, got really excited about nudes and neutrals, and just dramatically altered my normal bold looks to include some very mature ones! So yes indeed my tastes have changed a tad bit. This doesn’t mean I don’t still adore bold looks but I have to say I’ve surprised myself with the amount of natural makeup I’ve taken on lately!

Unquestionably my greatest cosmetic find of the year was NARS Blush in Super Orgasm! I’ve heard rants and I’ve heard hate but I simply adored it. For me it was pure perfection! Not that it tops Super Orgasm but discovering that Urban Decay Primer has a SLEW of product left in the bottle after slicing it open is definitely a highlight of my year as well!

I can’t say so much if I embraced any trends this year. I kinda march to the beat of my own drum and I’m not one for embracing a trend but more along the lines of doing my own thing! One trend I definitely couldn’t get a handle on, no mater how hard I tried, was the vampy lip! I tried with MAC Binge and tried again with the Lancome Piha Collection but it just didn’t work on this Muse!

I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t somewhat excited about the MAC Hello Kitty Collection! Although I made up my own little ideas about how this collection should look, I do find myself getting more and more antsy for it’s release as I am eager to see it in person for myself. Yes, I know I’ll be disappointed but I just can’t seem to shake the feeling that maybe, just maybe, it’ll be great! I’m also excited to see what the Summer has in store for us! Summer releases are a great time to stock up on bold shades so of course I look forward to what MAC, Urban Decay, and other brands have on the menu for the warmer weather!

Now it’s your turn…..

Tell the Muse all about what you loved and hated in 2008?

What your greatest find was?

What trends you embraced?

I’m listening!

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Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection Review

Ahhh the Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection, truly the crown jewel in my cosmetic collection (at least for now it is! Tomorrow I’m sure I’ll be on to the next fabulous makeup find!).

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Many months ago I spotted this amazing collection first at Neiman Marcus and later on Bobbi Brown’s site. I knew I absolutely needed it but I couldn’t quite justify the $140 USD price tag. Honestly, it was worth the cost considering it included two palettes, brushes, and a case however I was feeling a bit reserved and stingy so I kept holding out on buying it. Finally, when I did decide to make the plunge this collection was gone from site and I couldn’t locate it again for the very life of me.

Much to my UTTER delight I located the Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection last week at my local CCO for $98 USD and I quickly snatched it up as I couldn’t, for the second time, let it escape my greedy little hands!

The collection is truly gorgeous and I’m so happy to finally have it and a bit sickened by the fact that I didn’t get it the first time around considering how beautiful it is.

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The set includes a mini blush brush, a mini shadow brush, a mini lip brush, a leather case, a trio of limited edition Bobbi Brown Metallic eyeshadows, and a trio of Bobbi Brown glosses. All the items really caught my fancy however I was skeptical of the lip palette and the lip brush. I’m not a fan of lip palettes as I find them very messy to work with and lip brushes are equally annoying as they do NOT apply lipgloss or lipstick very well in my humblest opinion! However, much to my utter delight both the lip brush and the lip palette ended up stealing the show for me!

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The lip palette contains three shades which are Spring Blossom, Posey, and Pastel Ink. The glosses are delightfully moist and they simply glide onto my lips leaving behind a perfectly shiny pout with just a tiny hint of color! They are lovely alone or mix them up to create a more intense look! I like starting out my look by using Spring Blossom, which is a shimmery reddish pink, all over my lips and layering Pastel Ink, which is a true pink shade, on top! Posey is a shimmering nude pink which pairs up well with either of the shades in the palette but looks the best when layered with Spring Blossom! Alone or together all the shades are stunning, especially the amazingly soft, moisturizing formula! They glide on super well which makes this palette a quick favorite for me as most lips palettes I’ve tried always have a rather hard texture but these just have an intense glossy formula that really turned my head around and made me take notice! The palette is my favorite in the entire kit and I’m particularly thrilled with the lip brush which made applying a snap. Like the glosses the lip brush is super soft! I’ve had my fair share of crummy experiences with really hard, stiff lip brushes and I’m none to fond of them however using this brush has completely changed my opinion and I have a new found love of of them now! The brush is super soft and just the right size for smoothing gloss or lipstick on lips! I think the brush actually made the palette even better than it actually was since it made my application so smooth and effortless! Truly these two pieces were my favorite in the kit and have really changed my mind about lip palettes and brushes in general!

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The second trio palette in the kit included three Bobbi Brown Metallic eyeshadows in limited edition shades Hot Stone, Pink Ice, and Navajo (I believe Navajo is currently offered as a single shadow but don’t quote me on that!). Although the palette is fantastic, the lip palette remains my favorite of the two. In order to create your look it’s best to use Navajo as a highlight for your highbrow area paired up with Hot Stone on the crease and Pink Ice on the lid. I used this method to create my “Pink Satin” look. Out of the three shadows Pink Ice is my favorite, it’s a shimmery pink shade. Navajo is also a quick favorite being a creamy, shimmery gold shade. Hot Stone didn’t catch my fancy overmuch but it does work wonderfully well as a contrasting crease shade when paired up with Pink Ice!

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The kit also included three mini brushes and as you already know I am loving the lip brush. Although I run across a few rants here and there about how mini brushes just aren’t the same as full size, I personally don’t find that to be true! I actually love mini brushes and I think they are identical quality to larger size brushes. Bobbi Brown brushes are particularly good in mini size and the three included with the kit are fabulous. Easy to store, work well at applying my makeup, and fantastic and ideal for travel! What more could a girl want? You already know about the lip brush but the other two brushes included are a shadow brush and a blush brush!

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And finally the kit includes a mini leather makeup clutch which is quite nice. The case has slots for the three brushes, a mini pouch for storing smaller makeup items, and a roomy main compartment for toting a good deal of makeup around plus a wrist strap.

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The set also included a tutorial card for creating your “Pink Satin” look. I was a tad bit peeved that the card suggests using other shadows that didn’t come with the kit. It’d be awesome if they just gave tips for using the kit without offering suggestions for using other items but I guess that’s a minor rant on my part!

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All in all the kit is an amazing deal at the price I paid and it was truly a great deal at it’s original $140 USD price tag! I love just about everything in it! I’m super happy to have had the chance to add this to my collection and I know I’ll be reaching for the glosses and shadows daily for creating a subtle, natural pink look!

The look I created this morning was a tad bit rushed and didn’t come out as nicely as I wanted plus I’ve been sick so I’m looking overly tired, apologies it happens to the Muse on occasion! However, the show must go, sick and tired or not, and I really wanted to have at least one look to show you when I reviewed the kit!

So here it is:
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As you can see it’s very soft and natural but allows for a bit of sparkle on the eyes and a nice pop of color on the lips! I think with a bit more time I’d have created a nicer look then this but even rushed it does have a nice look to it!

Overall, I highly recommend trying to locate your own Bobbi Brown Pink Satin Collection if you have access to a CCO in your area! It’s definately Muse Approved for purchase if you can locate it!

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The Muse likey, ALOT!

How about you?

Did you luck out the first time this was released?

Did you buy it?

Do you love it?

Are you lemming it now that the Muse has whet your appetite?

Tell me all about it!

Don’t forget to stay tuned next week as the Muse may or may not have a little bit of Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008 to share with you! We’ll have to see!

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Tarte Double Dose Lipgloss Review

Summer is here which would make me very late reviewing these! Eep!

I’ve had Tarte’s Double Dose Berry Boost & Gloss tucked away for the better part of a month and I just broke into them this week!

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I get a bit hyper when it comes to innovative, unique packaging and Tarte gets the award for coolness with these new glosses! The lipgloss tube consists of two chambers which you can press to release more color versus more shine. Press the middle and you can slick on some nicely pigmented lip color. Press the center and you get a burst of shiny gloss to wear on it’s own or on top of the lip color. Cool right? The taste is a sweetly minty fresh cocktail which is definately approved by the Muse as I adore my glosses to have flavor but hey why you’re ingesting your Tarte Double Dose Lipgloss don’t forget that it’s packed full of good stuff for your skin! Cool now I’m not so worried about the poisons of chewing off my gloss/lipstick!

I tried out Pomegranate Punch which is a beautiful sparkling red and Go Go Goji which is a cross between a pink and a coral. Pigmentation was excellent and I liked the fact that these weren’t sticky or tacky plus as I mentioned they were quite tasty!

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I rarely go without staining my lips prior to gloss but I easily got away with using these on their own as they are packed full of color and depending on how much you layer you can do a natural or loud look!

Sporting Pomegranate Punch for a just kissed pucker!
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Sporting Go Go Goji for a natural lip look!
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Each tube will set you back $21 USD which does seem a tad bit high but the color payoff is excellent plus they slick on like an absolute dream so you get what you pay for quality wise!

Even though I’m a bit late reviewing these will take me safely from Spring to Summer for some gorgeous looking lips!

The Muse is loving Tarte Double Dose Lipglosses at the moment!

How about you?

Tried ‘em?

Want to?

Love ‘em?

Tell me!

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NARS Round Up Review: Abyssinia and More!

I got my hands on NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia finally. This color was released with the Spring Collection and I’ve been meaning to purchase it for ages. It’s not as bright and loud as my normal colors go but I adore it. I also got a few other NARS goodies that I’ll be discussing later on in this post!

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Abyssinia is a very delicate pearl color which gives a faint creamy look to your eye. Using such a light color on your eye area will brighten it up and make you appear more awake! I love the simplicity of this color because it allows me to take advantage of using heavier liners on my eye. I normally avoid lining my eyes when I’m using brighter, bolder shades as I think it’s a bit too much but when I’m using a lighter color I love going to town with my liner and making it pop! Such is the case with NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia! It’s a beautifully, refreshing color for using as an all over color wash, a high brown highlighter, or as a prep for a bolder shade! Yesterday morning I used Abyssinia with MAC Dual Eye Pencil in Nighthawk and Front Row and the look came out rather awesome. I was able to take full advantage of darking my eyes up with MAC’s pencil while keeping my eyeshadow simple and natural! I was trying to recreate the look of NARS Spring and Summer Collection with my bold lips and natural eyes!

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NARS Exotic Summer Collection Look and NARS Shanghai Lily Spring Collection Look
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Here’s what I came up with:

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Face
Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Powder in FemmeFatale

Eyes
NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia
MAC Dual End Pencil in Nighthawk and Front Row
Majorca Majolica Mascara

Lips
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick in Plum Orchid
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipgloss in Plum Orchid

Since I’m discussing NARS might I mention the dual ended Lipgloss/Lipstain Duos! I’m feeling neutrals lately and NARS Dual End Lipgloss/Lipstain Duo in Stolen Kisses/Pamp is the perfect nude neutral combo! Pampa is a beautiful chocolate with touches of gold and Stolen Kisses is a Dusky Rose that compliments Pampa beautifully! I always stain my lips prior to applying gloss so this little guy is a god sent for me! The idea of having my stain and gloss in one easy tube is simplicity at it’s best! The stain is beautifully pigmented and the gloss is wonderfully emollient without being sticky or tacky! The shades go wonderfully together! Each Duo is $28 USD and available for purchase at NARS or Sephora.

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Last on my list is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Since falling in love with Bobbi Brown’s lip crayons I really adore the idea of a lip pencil that you can use for not only lining but filling! NARS version of the lip pencil is a moisturizing, pigmented pencil of color that’s simple to use and great to have around for on the go touch ups! The color I got was Belle de Jour which is a sheer beige! Toting around a small pencil that works like a lipstick makes my life simple plus the color selection is awesome!

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I’m looking forward to snagging some of NARS Summer Collection to review for you shortly!

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Read about NARS Exotic Summer Collection by clicking here!

Click here
to read my raves for the NARS Dolce Vita Set!

Click here to read my review and first impressions of the NARS Night Series Palette!

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Bath and Body Works Spring Collection 2008: Temptations Body Spray

I’ve gotten a few e-mails asking me about the Bath and Body Works Spring and Summer Collection. Most of the questions were asking me about the Temptation line. Sadly, I have no information in regards to any new releases to the line. As the days past I’m doubtful anything new will be released from the popular line.

The bad news is I think maybe Bath and Body Works is replacing the line with other items but the good news is they do have a very tiny collection of body sprays that are part of the popular Temptation Collection!

Three Body Sprays have been released and appear to be available exclusively throught the website! Each body spray is $8 USD and available in three scents. The scents are Frosting Forever, Frozen Daiquiri, and Banana Smoothie.

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These are worth picking up if you crave a light, fun scent for the Summer! Vanilla Frosting is a yummie concoction of vanilla frosting and vanilla cupcake! Frozen Daiquiri is a sweet strawberry scent with very faint touches of lime! Banana Smoothie is a decadent combination of banana and strawberry!

If you crave something sweet and fun for the Summer and you’re yearning for the return of Bath and Body Works popular Temptation Collection these might be somewhat you’ll want to snatch up for your very own!

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