Spring Collections 2009

Etude House VIP Girl

Etude House has updated it’s Korean portal (yes, there happens to be an Etude House US Portal too now!) with a brand new color story entitled Etude House VIP Girl.

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I was just discussing with you yesterday how Sephora has opted for an interesting neon look this year and here we have Etude House doing pretty much the same with bold, bright colors that are sure to get fans in a colorful mood for Spring!

I can honestly say that nothing truly calls to me with this particularly collection. I took note that this is a rather interesting collection for Etude House as normally I associate the line with “sweet” and “kawaii” however this is a bit more…I dunno….wild for lack of a better word.

As with all Etude House campaigns this includes color selections for a sweet or a bold look or in this case a “Hot Girl Style” or a “You Say Pink Style”. I think it’s safe to say that the “You Say Pink Style” is the more subdued look of the two.

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The collection places heavy emphasis on the new lipstick shades which are all quite loud and outrageous. Hmmm how very un-Etude House like! Four new shades are available of the lipstick.

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Also available is a lipstick base quite which is like what I had purchased last year with the Etude House Peach Spring Collection. This is used to mute out lips and intensify the color of your lipstick.

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A liquid eyeliner is also up for grabs. Interesting as I believe this is my first time seeing a liquid liner available from Etude House.

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Two new shades of gloss in “VIP” packaging are also released.

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Four shades of eyeshadow which have captured my attention. These appear to have a base shadow and a liner shade smack in the center. The colors are somewhat boring but I like the looks of them regardless.

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A new mascara is also being released which is something I can safely skip as I’ve never had much love for Etude House mascaras anyway.

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And finally 5 shades of a new nail varnish! I’m not much of a nail girl but my friend Michelle is so I’ll be picking these up as a little gift for her as I screwed up an order of nail polishes from Japan on her a few months ago and these would really have her hyped I think plus I think she’d adore blogging them or at least I hope she would.

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All in all the collection looks quite nice but I’m not feeling any great love for it…I honestly wish they’d have released some sort of new primer or a more fresher, sweeter look for Spring like last year’s release. This is quite fitting with the theme of things at the moment but I’m just more for a lighter, fresher look for Spring.

I thought it was quite interesting that the mascara was priced at 9,500 KRM at the moment….is it me or is that a bit of a price jack? Will have to do my homework but I thought the mascara was cheaper. On a side note Won is converting ridiculously awesome to USD at the moment so do take full advantage if you have friends, family, or easy access to Korean cosmetics, skincare, etc….

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Trish McEvoy ‘The Point’ Brush

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The likely hood of me admitting that I actually don’t need a tiny brush to stipple concealer, foundation, and powder onto my face is highly unlikely so deal with it. You can count me tickled over the Trish McEvoy “The Point” brush if you want! Cheeky smile!

I just like the idea of a super small brush that can work my concealer on and blend it for me. Don’t get me wrong I already have two dozen concealer brushes but the size and shape of this particularly brush intrigues me. Am I alone here? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?

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The psychotic half of my brain is telling me that I must buy the Trish McEvoy “The Point” brush just so I can go around telling people that I own “The Point”! Sounds rather fabulous dontcha think?

Indeed, I think you’ll see a review of this shortly but if you can’t wait you can always head to Nordie’s to get your own! Say hi from the Muse to Trish while you’re there!

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Guerlain Ombre Eclat Mono Eyeshadow Review

Ahh Guerlain how near and dear you are to my heart and how very broke you make me with your new releases.

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The new Guerlain Ombre Eclat Mono Eyeshadow are enough to make my heart pound in excitement while I weep tears of joy!

Guerlain’s brand new single shadows are thee best thing that has happened to my puffy, fine lined life. Since it’s Winter my eyes are terribly dry which means wearing bolder shades is a bit difficult as they drown my eye area out. In comes Guerlain to save the day with 10 shades of perfectly soft, silky beautiful wearing single eye shadows. The Muse hearts you Guerlain, truly she does.

I purchased only one shade so far which was L’instant Precieux but I plan on going back for more soon. The shadow is silky, smooth, and blends seamlessly all this while brightening up my eye area and wearing extremely well. L’instant Precieux is a soft shimmering gold with a good solid base of yellow. This color manages to perk up my tired eyes and create a soft, youthful glow to my face. Likey alot. Although the color definately lends something to brightening up my eye area I also blame it on the formula of the shadow. The shadow formula is silky soft without a ton of pigmentation but just the right amount to leave behind a perfect flawless look to eyes. In keeping with the amazing formula of the shadows in their popular palette line up Guerlain managed to make an even better textured shadow with these new single shades.

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At $38 USD these don’t come cheap but the price gets you plenty of product in an elegant gold case with applicator. Truly a stunning piece to add to any makeup collector’s collection.

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Overall, if you’re experiencing puffy, dry eyes this season I think an investment in one or two of these shades will be a blessing as they really lend a certain glow to eyes and helps give the appearance of a fresh, awake you!

Guerlain Ombre Eclat Mono Eyeshadow are Muse Approved for purchase. Truly beautiful shadows.

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Smashbox Beauty Guru Palette

Oh teach me Smashbox! Teach me! I want to be a beauty guru too! I imagine that if I snag myself a Smashbox Beauty Guru Palette I’ll be well on my way to becoming a master beauty jedi.

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One can hope that’ll happen….

Gather around now kids and behold the multitiered palette for eyes, cheeks, AND lips.

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Are you excited yet? I’m well on my way there.

The new Smashbox Beauty Guru Palette has everything you need for making up lips, eyes, cheeks, and everything else in between, kitchen sink sold separately, apologies from the artists at Smashbox but you can’t have everything. Settle down now kids.

Smashbox and Sephora Beauty Guru Andria Woods include a step by step guide for obtaining a catwalk-worthy look. Personally, I don’t care about the catwalk I just want a palette with three tiers…is that terribly weird of me?

The set includes a blusher/bronzer duo, shadow and liner quad, and lip color trio with a high shine topcoat. All yours for $47 USD…or all mine in this case.

Although the Muse has been known to hate on bronzers she’s feeling the love for a pinch of pink and a hint of brown to spice things up for the Spring. The colors in the palette all look quite friendly although I’m sure you know what I’m about to say….the palette is a bit Fall-like color wise but aside from that minor rant I like the looks of it.

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Exclusive to Sephora so grab it now!

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Boots No7 Spring Collection 2009

I get a tiny bit excited when Boots releases a limited edition collection. Granted Boots No7 isn’t the best cosmetic brand in the world but I tend to veer towards it when I hear the words “limited” and “edition” in the same sentence. I’ve been collecting Boots No7 LE items for as long as the sky is blue so of course when I noticed they had a new Spring Collection I kinda did my little happy dance!

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Yes, Yes you can diss on it all you like but I’m still kinda sorta loving it!

Remember kids it’s the little things that makes the Muse happy!

The collection consists of the Boots No7 Petal Lip Tint, Boots No7 Eye Palette, and Boots No7 Petal Blusher. All of the palettes are available in two shade selections aside from the eye palette. The collection allows for a warm or cool look if you so please. I’m quite smitten with the No7 Petal Blusher although I’m not feeling the price range on most of the line which is topping in at 8 to nearly 11 hmmmm….can it be cheaper now please?

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Aside from the price the line up is quite nice and keeping with the Spring theme of things. I’m considering picking it up just because I like collecting these particular palettes but we shall see as I’ve already used up a majority of my Spring Collection budget.

It’s ok, I give you leave to rant over the shat quality of Boots No7 now.

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