Spring Collections 2008

The Body Shop Spring Boom Spring Collection 2008

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The Body Shop’s Spring Bloom Collection is available online and in shops! Exciting!

I was lucky enough to view a beautiful FOTD created by a reader and fellow blogger using most of the collection and I must say I was very impressed! The colors are simply divine! I was particular in love with the Blushing Daisies Powder that was used to create the look!

Body Shop has been coming out with some rather lovely Collections lately and I look forward to each one and always pick up two or three items from each color story released!

This year the collection is entitled Spring Bloom and includes an array of yummie items that are sure to tempt to you!

First of all as I mentioned earlier the Blushing Daisies Powder caught my eye! The powder is $19.50 USD and comes in a light and dark pink variation. This is a shimmering blush with a pearl finish!

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Everywhere I look I see eyeshadow duos and Body Shop’s Spring Collection is no different. They have released three color variations of shadow duos entitled Shimmer Buds that are $16.50 USD Each. The color range includes green and silver, gold and green, and peach and blue. I own a few of the single shadows from past collections and I’m happy to say they are packed full of sparkle and have excellent color payoff so I suspect these little guys are no different!

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With the Spring Collection a new set of Shimmer Blocks were released in a quad of four colors for $19.50 USD. The colors include Blue, Green, Gold, and Copper.

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Also available is a liquid highlighter in pink for $14 USD which offers a touch of color for giving your face a natural, highlighted glow!

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And finally two new glosses entitled Lip Bloom are available with the Spring Bloom Collection in Rose and Peach for $15.50 USD each.

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The Collection looks very lovely and each piece is limited edition however the prices do make me wince slightly. Quality is very good on these as I’ve collected a few pieces from previous color releases however the prices are near counter price and I can get even better quality for alot less. This year the prices increased by a dollar or two from last season and although the collection is lovely I think I’ll wait for the Season to end and nab these items on sale!

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Bare Minerals bareDiamond Spring Color Collection Review and FOTD

A few months ago I had purchased the Bare Minerals bareGold Pure Luxury Gold Collection from QVC. The kit came with an Autoship option for those not in the know that simply meant that they’d send me a kit every few months that was similar in style to the bareGold Collection but with a different color selection. In total it’s four kits that I’ll be getting and so far I’ve gotten two which are the bareGold and now the bareDiamond.

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bareDiamond for me is a total disappointment. There isn’t anything redeeming in the kit aside from maybe the blush and brushes?!

Where as bareGold had some very lovely golds and browns bareDiamond sports lighter shades for the Spring but the colors are completely off to me.

The kit included:

Diamond Gossamer Powder
Eyeshadow in Clarity
Glimmer in Marquise
Liner Shadow in Bronze Leaf
Blush in Hint
Mineral Veil
Lipstick in Gelato
Angled Face Brush
Soft Focus Eyeshadow Brush
Eyeliner Brush
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First off the Diamond Gossamer is an absolute disappointment as I already have it from the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection. It’s a fantastic gossamer to have and I absolutely love it but I didn’t need a second pot of this. However, somewhere in the back of my head I knew that one of the kits included a gossamer I already had so no problems I can swap or sell it off!

The eyeshadow in Clarity is a nice enough color I guess but it’s a bit blah for someone that enjoys bold shades. It’s a pale blue, slightly iridescent shade that can be used as a base, highlighter, or all over wash of color. Formula is fantastic as always with Bare Minerals however for some odd reason I had a bit of a difficult time blending this well and the look I created with it today just came out rubbish!

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The glimmer in Marquise is equally awful. The color is just blah, blah, blah. It’s a dirty chrome gray mix up that doesn’t do anything for me. Again I had a difficult time blending this for some reason hmmm…I see a pattern developing here!

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The liner shadow in Gold Leaf has some redeeming qualities. It’s a brown bronze with little sparks of gold and purple that are quite lovely however it really left me feeling un-Spring like! Bronze now? It’s Spring!

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Now you’re supposed to take all three of these, combine them, and come up with some gorgeous Spring look. Um no. Don’t think so.

I created mud with a bit of light blue thrown in for good measure. Actually the effect came out somewhat like the Lavshuca FOTD I did using the Aqua Noble On Palette (Click to view the FOTD).

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The general idea is you apply Clarity as a base all over your eye, follow up with Marquise on the lid, and line with Gold Leaf and your finished look equals mud more or less with a bit of blue thrown in! The above FOTD was created using everything in the kit aside from the lipstick. I threw some Jill Stuart gloss on instead of the lippie that was included with the kit if you were curious what was on my lips!

I don’t know who’s bright idea it was to match up browns and beiges with lighter blues but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t WORK! Bloody hell it looks awful! STOP doing palettes and kits with blue and brown it doesn’t work I SAY (at least for me it doesn’t!).

Moving on….

The blush is actually redeemable after all the drama with the shadows and liners in the kit. I sort of liked it. It’s a dusky rose color and although it’s very subdued for me it does create a very natural, elegant look. I actually do like this and it will work well in taming down my wilder looks! Yay! One product that I actually like!

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The lipstick is another blah for me. The color is rose but it has some peach in it as well! I actually didn’t even bother swiping or using it since it was so unappealing. Another one for the swap/sale bin!

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Finally the brushes were pretty good! The brushes are a bit different from the previous set aside from the large Soft Focus Brush. I already have this brush from the previous sets so that’s another for the swap bin! However, the Soft Focus Eyeshadow Brush is very nice. No shedding on this and it’s very soft and works well for washing color onto the entire lid. I tried blending with it but it doesn’t work at that for that task. Overall, a good brush for general color washing but not blending or packing color on. The other brush is a slim liner brush which is also very good. It’s a thin tip brush and it works well with the liner shadow the kit came with! The brushes are different from the bareGold aside from the Soft Focus Brush which is great as I don’t have dupes now.

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Overall, the Collection is a bust for me. The colors are way too weird and mixed up to create a good look, many of the items are duplicates I already have, and I just found the shadows and glimmer difficult to blend for some reason or another.

If you’re still lemming this after my poor review you can call QVC direct (this isn’t available online for purchase) and use item number A77475 to order yourself one!

The Muse gives this a big thumbs down for purchase! Waste of money, don’t bother. The good news is if you’re really loving any of this I’ll be putting up a Spring Sale page very soon so most of this will be thrown on that page for sale! Yay!

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Click here to read about my first impressions of the bareGold Collection I purchased!

Click here to read about the contents, price, and autoship feature on the bareGold Collection!

Click here
to read about the Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Collection!

Click here
to read the review for the Bare Escentuals Platinum Collection!

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MAC Heatherette

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MAC Heatherette is live on the website (CLICK!)!

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This is long awaited by MAC fans and very exciting although I must say that I disagree with all the hype simply because MAC Fafi was the holy grail Collection for me personally.

MAC Fafi for me had a better color selection and had more WOW then Heatherette is offering. Of course this doesn’t stop me from wanting a majority of this color story but for me MAC Fafi was much better and I think many of you agree with that after scoring some of Fafi for yourself!

The lippies in Fafi were bold and exciting where as the Heatherette lipsticks are a bit of a nude mix up. For a round girl like me I avoid nude lippies like the plague less they make my face rounder than it already is!

The palettes are lovely in this collection and I’m very excited about the gorgeous double ended liners (a first for MAC I believe?).

All in all it’s a nice lot of goodies but for me Fafi remains a true love!

My list of wants:

All the eyeliner pencils!
1 lippie maybe?
2 lipglasses maybe?
All the Beauty Powders for sure!
Pink Pearl Piggie

I can’t help but be a tiny bit disappointed. I wanted a bit more from this collection but the good news is I got the “bit more” from MAC Fafi!

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Click to read about my haul of MAC Fafi!

Click to read my review and impressions of MAC Beauty Powders!

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Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine Lipstick

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Shu’s released 17 new shades of it’s Rouge Unlimited in a new formula entitled Crystal Shine. I’m dying to get my hands on some of these as they sound absolutely heavenly!

I adore Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks as they are so pigmented and gorgeous and the idea of combining that formula with shimmer and shine sounds amazing!

I wonder if these have a glossy fine finish!

I’m definately picking up a few colors and will review soonish!

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MAC Beauty Powder Blushes First Impressions

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I was lucky enough to get a few of the MAC Beauty Powders today! I’m pretty excited as they are bloody good! I got four of the eight and I’m currently wanting the rest!

They are terribly good and I must say I’m impressed with these for shizzle! I highly suggest motoring to your nearest counter or freestanding store to have a lookee!

I’m slightly puzzled over the “Beauty Powder” terminology and I’m thinking that’s just a fancy word for blush because these are sincerely pigmented, silky, smooth, and as easily blendable as a blush so where the term “beauty powder” comes into play I’m clueless about. As I had mentioned in a previous post most of my beauty powders from MAC are either filled with shimmer or are sort of a matte highlight powder or touch up powder where as these are full blown blushes in my humblest opinion! I guess this is MAC’s solution of combing two great products, blush and beauty powder, and coming up with one awesome product! On a side note these are pretty damn pigmented and pack a bunch so you might want to be very light with your hand during application!

MAC Beauty Powders from Past Collections
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From Left to Right Barbie Loves MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom, MAC Fafi Beauty Powder in Belightful, MAC Novel Twist Beauty Powder in Sun Twist

Old Beauty Powder vs New Beauty Powder Blushes
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These are smaller then standard powders I have or have come across. They are the size of a regular MAC blush and carry the same price tag of $17.50 USD. The product is extremely pigmented with a tiny sheen of pearl that really lights up my face! Within the colors released there are at least two or three you’ll want to take home for your very own or you might be diseased as I am and want to collect them all!

The colors I ended up with were Joyous, Sweetness, Serenely, and True Romantic. Joyous and Sweetness are probably my fav of the four. Joyous is a candy peach color where as Sweetness is a bright bubblegum pink. Serenely is a deep desert, dusky coral with bits of brown and rose and True Romantic is Dusty Pink.

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From left to right: Joyous, True Romantic, Serenely, and Sweetness
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Two brushes were released as well with the collection one of which I’m currently loving. The 169 is LE and quite a gorgeous little brush to use with these powders. 169 is pretty similar to the standard catalog 168. The differences I noticed between the two were that the 168 is a fuller brush where as the 169 seemed less so. I already own a few of the 168’s from various brush sets I’ve purchased so I’m quite pleased to now have the full size 169 in my beauty arsenal. This particular style brush is excellent for blush application, under eye powder application, touch ups, and setting powder on. I’m particularly loving the way this dusts the beauty powders on and gives me a natural flush to my cheeks! Very nice brush and worth taking a look at if you’re in store!

From top to bottom: MAC 169 and MAC 168SE
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All in all the collection is quite nice and I’m impressed! I’ll be doing some FOTD pictures with the blushes on shortly so stay tuned!

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