Spring Collections 2008

Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection Review and First Impressions

Hold onto your seats we are reboarding the Bobbi Brown Train and my week of Spring Collection reviews continues!

Taking a little break from the Japanese front today I bring you a Spring Collection from the US shores!

I’ve had bumpy rides with Bobbi Brown before but I gave into my need for more Bobbi last week when I seen her on QVC.

I dunno what it is but QVC really sells me on cosmetics! Damn them straight to hell and back (scratch the back part! Let them stay in hell and rot!).

Seriously, you know how it is when you watch QVC and that sudden hardcore NEED rocks your world and before long you find yourself snatching up the phone like the QVC agoraphobia fan club that does daily calls to review cosmetics and skincare they are using in the comfort of their own homes since they don’t venture outside the house!

Wow..that was rather dramatic wasn’t it? But truth be told in that statement my friends! I want to know these people who call QVC at 4AM, my god maybe I’m one of them (no I’m not! I haven’t reached that height of insanity yet thanks very much!)!

Anyway.

As I’ve been saying for the past few days I’ve tivo’ed Bobbi’s episodes like the mad little lady I am and watched them over the past few days and Bobbi sold me on a few of her items. I think maybe it was that host Lisa that really sold me on the items I purchased. You know the one? She acts like you’ll never ever in this lifetime or your second (if you believe in that sort of thing) will you be able to get this super rare, ultra limited edition palette! MY GOD GET IT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! WE ONLY HAVE 2 IN STOCK! IF YOU MISS THIS YOU’LL NEVER GET IT AGAIN (Two days later you find it at your local Cosmetics Company Outlet for half the price!)!!!!!!

Wow….what was I saying?

Oh yes, Bobbi Brown.

Anyway, I was watching Bobbi slather concealer on a model’s eye while making her up with the Pink Raspberry Palette and in that instant, as Bobbi multitasked through a look like the ultra awesome wizard she is, I realized I too, must OWN this palette!

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I had previously seen the palette in action on Erika’s blog, Makeup Bag, and as gorgeous as Erika looked sporting the palette I just felt it wasn’t me.

The hot pinks and dark shadows just weren’t calling my name at all however I did end up purchasing two of the potted rouge colors from this collection previously from Nordies which I meant to review but never got around too! Lucky you I’m going to do it all in one big post (prepared to be bored or enlightened or a little of both)!

After watching Bobbi work her magic with the palette I wandered over to her website and started browsing the Pink Raspberry Collection and a few clicks later I had a cart full of stuff I didn’t need but was lemming rather hard (and I didn’t have to pay $4 bucks or more per an item to get it shipped to me! Screw you QVC stop trying to make money off me with your damn stupid shipping costs!)!

Somehow, I’m not even sure how, I ended up with all of the Pink Raspberry Collection and I’m hear now to tell say that you too need all of the collection too simply because I don’t want to be alone with my sickness.

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No seriously you really need to check some of this collection out because it has some rather great items!

I think what really sold me on this was the promo images of the models! They look so fresh and naturally beautiful with their full, pink glossy lips and lovely pink cheeks!

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The palette is really a gorgeous yet simple affair that contains some rather vibrant yet elegant shades! At $55 USD it isn’t totally cheap but you’re getting a nice bit of product for the price and high quality product at that. However, you can safely skip this unless you’re really lemming it hard or you like simple makeup! The look this creates is very simple, pretty but still somewhat dull in my opinion! The shadows are matte and plain but the blush somehow makes up for that and when used together you get rather vibrant eyes with popping cheeks if that makes sense at all!

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You’ll get a beautiful pink blush, two lip creams, and two shadows. The pink blush is definately the gem in the palette! It’s vibrant and contracts beautifully with the darker eyeshadow as I mentioned above!

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By the very way, strangely enough after ordering this I ended up going to the Cosmetics Company Outlet and finding the Bridal Palette from last year for half the price with almost identical colors in it. It’s the story of my life to miss steals and deals sigh!

Overall, it’s a beautiful palette for the Spring and it can be worked right into everyday use and remains “season-less” for me as it’s perfect for a casual Spring or Summer day! If you so please you can spice up Fall and Winter with a bit of pink as well and use it then!

However I hate the fact that the powder gets in the lipcreams and such! Palettes like this normally get a pass up by me because they are so messy but this one was too pretty to pass up so I guess I’ll live!

A month or so ago I had purchased the potted rogue for cheeks and lips and these definately deserve a look at! I got my colors in Pink Raspberry and Raspberry, one is a light true pink color while the other is a deep pink. These are $22 USD each and have a fitting price tag as they contain a good bit of product for the price plus the colors are pigmented and longwearing!

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As I’ve mentioned in my last few posts I am now officially part of some sort of Pink Gloss club! I’ve been snatching up Pink Glosses left and right and it appears it’s the height of fashion in my little world (I rule there so back off! You can visit if you behave yourself!) .

I got the two glosses that came with this collection which I originally said wouldn’t look good at all on me. I’m about to contradict myself so hold onto your panties!

I’ve since fallen in love with Pink Popsicle which is a very deep pink gloss! If that wasn’t enough I went and got the Glitter Lipgloss as well in Pink Raspberry! Both are ultra beautiful! Particular Pink Popsicle which makes my lips pop and sizzle! I particular love the applicator on these as it picks up plenty of product to get my lips nice and shiny with little effort! I’m also deeply in lust with the pigmentation as I don’t need to stain my lips prior to use since the color is deep enough to wear on it’s very own!

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Finally after much debate I ended up with the lip pencils and guess what? I love ‘em! I’m not much of a lip pencil fan and I’m also not one for lining my lips but these are too cool! They are super moisturizing and again, like the gloss, very pigmented! A little swipe of these, some gloss on top and you’ll be looking posh!

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To wrap up all my gushing (by now you wanna vomit) I must say that the collection is great. Previously I was thinking that it wasn’t so wonderful but after trying this stuff for myself it’s making it’s way onto my favorite list for the Spring!

You seriously have to take a look at the Bobbi Brown website or head to your local counter and have a peek! I guarantee you’ll fall in love with a few of these items and want them for yourself!

The Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection could possibly be one of the best Spring Collections released western side!

I’ll happily stick the Muse Approved sticker on these items!

I know I’m overdosing everyone on pictures lately but I thought it would make up for the fact that my camera takes such crummy swatch shots. At least you can have a general idea of how the makeup looks on so I’ll be including FOTD’s with each of the reviews I do this week!

Below I used the Pink Raspberry Palette plus Pink Popsicle Lipgloss. I found it came out simply nice. Nothing too crazy but not too boring either. Interesting FOTD I’d call it! I’m less then flawless this morning as you can fine lines on my right hand eye due to Bobbi’s Concealer Palette that I reviewed yesterday. It hasn’t been 20 minutes since I put it on and already I have creasing into my fine lines! Rant! I also happened to use Majolica Majorca’s newest lash extender in this FOTD which I’ll be reviewing for you later this week!

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to read about my original train trip with Bobbi Brown!

Click here to read my original impressions of the Pink Raspberry Collection!

Click here to read my mad ravings for the Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection!

Click here to read about the Pink Quartz Limited Edition Shimmer Brick!

Click here to read my latest post and review about the Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette!

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Stila Asian Exclusive: Pon Pon Gerbera

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A new Stila Collection is available on the site this morning which is entitled Pon Pon Gerbera and centers around the Gerbera daisy!

The new collection is themed as an “Asia Exclusive” but as we know from the Christmas Collection that’s probably not the case at all.

However, the collection is very pretty and consists of a new palette, one new blush, a lipgloss, and a glitter liner!

As pretty as the collection is I wouldn’t run too quickly to purchase it as Stila has been having a crazy amount of sales lately and I’m positive within a few months these items will be greatly reduced!

Pon Pon Gerbera Palette $45 USD
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Pon Pon Gerbera Blush $18 USD
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Pon Pon Gerbera Lip Glaze $20 USD
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Glitter Eyeliner in Purple Pink $18
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From what I can tell the only repromote in the collection is the Glitter Eye Liner aside from that the rest of the items are newly released colors!

It looks like a nice collection but I can definately wait for a sale!

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Click here to read about the previous “Asia Only” Collection from Stila!

Click here to read about Stila’s New Spring Palettes!

Click here to read my review on Stila’s newest Lip and Cheek Stain, Cherry Crush!

Click here to read about my review of Stila’s Illuminating Powders!

Click here to read about the release of Stila’s Resort Collection!

Click here to read my review of the Stila Look Book Palettes!

Click here to read my review on Stila Convertible Color!

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Kiss Spring Collection 2008: Chocolatier Collection Review with FOTD

It’s that time of the year again kids!

It’s time for the newest Spring Collections that are popping up in stores since as early as the beginning of January!

Many beautiful products await my review this week and I have a ton of new items to review, discuss, and show you guys!

I’m going to launch my week of review with Kiss’s newest Spring Collection entitled Chocolatier which is a small, yet beautiful collection of goodies! I’m not sure you can call this an official Spring release as it only consists of a palette and two lipglosses however the quality more than makes up for the quantity! You can click here to read my original post about this line up!

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I originally thought I’d just want the Mocha Chocolate gloss but since my obsession with pink gloss has set in I decided to get both glosses (CLICK! to read about my need for pink gloss!).

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I’ll start my review off by setting in on the glosses! I was shocked to learn that these are flavored glosses as normally Japanese glosses are tasteless however these are flavored and beautifully so might I add! The pink gloss carries the beautiful flavor of strawberry ice cream while the brown gloss carries the flavor of Chocolate Mocha! Neither lacks an artificial taste or smell! They both taste wonderful and the smell is simply to die for, very much like the real thing! This flavor plays a redeeming role in my review since I’m not particularly a fan of the texture on these. The gloss is a bit tacky and sticky which is a deal breaker for me however since they smell and taste so wonderful I forgive the formula. I’m not thrilled with the way these apply either. I find they apply a bit streaky so you really have to layer it on to get good decent coverage! However, even though the formula stinks and the application is crummy once it’s on it looks rather great! This morning I wore the pink. I couldn’t wear it alone since it’s rather sheer however with a tiny bit of Stila Cherry Crush I found the color really looked great. The pink color really popped and although I’m not a fan of such a mod pink I thought it looked rather nice! Sadly, since I’m licking my lips constantly to taste it I’m not sure how long it’ll last on! The formula happens to be very thick and in the running with a MAC lipglass so it’s safe to say once you apply enough of this it should last you a few hours! Overall, I really do like these and I’m pleased to have purchased both!

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Next up, our eye palette!

The eye palette has me yearning for brown mascara this morning as I used it. Why? Because brown mascara would have went so well with the beautiful shades of pink and brown! The shadows in this are a pale pink, a dark mauve pink, a sandy beige pink, and a deep chocolate brown liner. These are pigmented enough to create a beautiful, natural look! I have a few Kiss palettes but this could make it’s way onto my favorite list shortly! The colors aren’t exactly Spring but they are natural so it’s very user friendly for all the seasons! I’m particular fond of the beautiful smoked eye look that the chocolate liner creates. All four colors just work so have no fear that you’ll end up with a palette that leaves you puzzled or clueless how to use it. The colors just go together and work well to give you a perfect pink look with a lovely underlay of brown thus the name of the collection comes into play as it reminds me of a Strawberry Sundae with Chocolate syrup on top!

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To begin my application I used the pale pink shade as a wash of color over my entire eye area from upper brow area all the way to my lid! The diagram suggests applying this particular color on the center of your eye area so I paid special attention to apply it the middle of my lid as per the recommendation of the packaging however I did find that once I applied the deeper pink it washed out the pale color! After this I proceeded to use sandy beige color to highlight my high brown area taking care to blend downwards. After this I used the darkest pink shade on my lid and crease area and completed the look by applying the dark chocolate liner to my upper and lower lash line. I also used a bit of the palest pink on my bottom lash line to brighten up my eye area. I was very, very light with the chocolate brown on my bottom lash line since I find that brown shades on the lower part of my eye makes me appear a bit tired and washed out!

Overall, I really love the look the palette and the gloss created together!

To create the look below I simply used the Chocolatier Palette plus the Strawberry Gloss! I think brown mascara would have really made the look POP! but I only own black so I ended up using the new KATE Gel Mascara which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow for you! Apologies for all the photos but I was so in lust with the palette I ended up cam whoring big time!

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I highly recommend nabbing the entire collection for yourself as it’s a beautiful lot of goodies to have!

The Kiss Chocolatier Collection is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!

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Laneige Spring Collection 2008: Snow Bloom

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Laneige’s Spring Collection has launched in Korea and is making it’s way across the Asian board. Most of the Laneige sites haven’t yet been updated with the new collection but it is out and available in Korea (lucky you if you live there!)!

It’s quite a beautiful collection!

Although, I want some of it I may refrain as I haven’t even dug into my Winter Collection from Laneige yet!

The collection consists of a loose powder, eyeshadow palette, and blush palette! The packaging is quite beautiful and I’m having a hard time not purchasing all of it!

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I’m not sure which Asian countries are getting the update aside from Korea and China. I’m also unsure what the import to Singapore will be and if available the price range as sadly Singapore gets hit with a bit of a price jack.

The Loose Powder 30,000 KRW (approximately $31-$33 USD or so). The blusher carries the same price tag while the eyeshadow palette is a big lower in price at 28,000 KRW (approximately $29-31 USD).

Expect to pay a raise of about $9 -$11 USD per item online. I’m noticing the powder popping up online for $39-40 USD and the blush and eyeshadow palettes at around the same.

Point makeup instructions are available on the Korean site if you want to know what was used on the model and how to achieve the look.

Overall, another beautiful offering from Laneige!

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Too Faced Spring 2008 Collection: Galactic Glam

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Too Faced is taking us too a galaxy far, far away with it’s Spring Collection entitled Galactic Glam!

Much of the collection consists of quick fixes such as a new primer, liner and cleanser but some interesting eyeshadows and such have popped up too!

Borderline $18.50 USD
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This pencil is a colorless stick that keeps your lipgloss from traveling all over your face and down your chin to your cheek…etc….you know what I mean right? It’s been done before but Too Faced decided to jump on the bandwagon and do their very own version! I’m slightly curious. I’ve tried pencils like this before and haven’t had much success to be honest.

Shadow Insurance $17 USD
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Nothing can tear me away from my Urban Decay Potion Primer not even Too Faced’s new shadow insurance. This primer promises that your eyeshadow will stick all day however I already have my trusty UDPP so I’m not really needing to try anything new plus my primer is $2 bucks cheaper! Ya Boyeeeeeee!

Lip of Luxury $18 USD
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Now here’s an interesting little lipstick. It’s champagne infused. I wonder what the hell that means? Do you think they inject it with tiny doses of champagne? I’m in if they do! Nothing like a bit of bubbly on the side of my lipstick! I love the cute pink packaging with sparkly diamond topper!

The Hopeless Romantic Quickie Palette $29.50 USD
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Meh…another quickie chronicle? I don’t really like these too much to be honest as I find them messy! They are ok I guess if I can find them on sale but really to pay full price I’m not interested. The set includes two layers instead of the standard one layer so it’s somewhat unique in that!

Lash Injection Antidote $23.50 USD
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This is basically formulated to remove Lash Injection but they forget to mention how much Lash Injection sucks! I don’t need a $23.50 mascara remover when the said mascara comes off without any help at all! Lash Injections sheds fibers like a cashmere sweater! You don’t need a remover when it comes off so easily by itself!

Mood Swing $18.50 USD
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Another lipgloss that promises to be your custom shade of color. Probably doesn’t work. Just my humblest!

Galaxy Glam Eyeshadow $19.50 USD
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Ahhh the star of the show! Now these are something to get hyper about! These shadows are infused with beautiful swirls of shimmering blues, golds, greens, and pink! They look rather awesome to my eye but I’m a tad bit worried that they won’t give the desired look I’m hoping for and just turn black when on! We shall see!

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