Summer Collections 2009

Stila Summer Collection 2009: Stila Bronze Collection

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Stila coming at us this Summer with a slew of new items that are sure to please the sun lovers!

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I’ve already introduced you to the Stila Indian Summer Collection (the lipglosses from this collection are stunning! Can’t wait to review for you guys!) for Summer 2009 and I’ve reviewed Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain as well. Today, I’ll introduce you to a few of the point items released with Stila Summer that will give you glowing bronze skin this season!

I’m quite excited about the Stila Bronze Collection even thought I’m not a fan of bronzers. The promise of a shimmering 24 Karat Gold finish makes me think of my great love of Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer so I’m quite curious to try this line up. Sparkling gold and bronzer=likey very much!

Stila Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer is infused with 24 Karat Gold for shimmering bronzed skin this season. Provides an SPF 15 for a beaming, flawless face. $32 USD

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Stila Loose Mineral Bronzing Powder with 24 Karat Gold is a natural origin finishing powder to create warm skin with a simple dusting of powder! $34 USD

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Also available is the old pressed bronzer powder. This is a new style palette but same great formula as the last release.

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Even a Muse can be tempted by this selection of goodies…hey it promises 24 Karat Gold…I can dig that!

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Sneak Peeks: Spring 2009 and Summer 2009 Shu Uemura Collections

Hey guys!

Busy Monday for the Muse today! How was your weekend? It’s a gorgeous but brisk day in New York today, supposedly it’s going down to 16 degrees tonight…umm so much for Spring weather!

Even though the weather outside is frightful I can tantalize you with news of Shu Uemura Collections releasing over the new few months.

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Check it out below!

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Loving these! Available now, brand new Shu Uemura Cream Eye Shadows available in nine shades for $30 USD each. The waterproof formula comes in matte and pearl finishes. The formula supposedly lasts for hours without creasing or fading for all day, long wear.

Colors available are:

  • Black
  • Beige
  • Brown
  • Light Green
  • Sand Brown
  • White
  • Light Blue
  • Pink Taupe

These looks fab but I was a little shocked at the $30 price tag….seems a little bit much? But I have complete faith in Shu and I think they might be something special! We shall see! Looking forward to having a swatch and trying ‘em out for myself.

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Now this I’m all over! You know how much I adore concealer of any kind! This is $45 USD and available in March. This can be used for precise application on age spots, acne scars, and dark circles.

Likey! Anything to cure my dark circles I’m all over and I like the idea of using it everywhere on my face not only under my eyes.

Here’s some sneak peeks of what will be coming soon from Shu Uemura this upcoming Spring and Summer, check it!

Coming in April, Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection which will include lipsticks and glosses made from Pink Hybrid Pigment, one of the purest pink pigments ever discovered. Oooooo likey pink for the Spring, this sounds interesting!

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In May Shu Uemura Painting Gel Liners will be released in nine shades. I’d love to see how these measure up to my HG liner, Bobbi Brown Gel Liner!

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May also brings the release of Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse Shimmer which is a light weight mousse primer to even skin tone, tighten pores, and create a flawless, even finish for makeup.

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In June we can partake of a new Shu Uemura Tokyo Lash Bar themed as Lashes in Nature. I’m looking forward to seeing these. The collection is designed by Shu’s atelier team including celebrity artist and Shu Uemura artistic director Gina Brooke.

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Overall, we have plenty to look forward to from Shu this Spring and Summer! I’m particularly eager to try the new cream shadows and spot brightener.

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Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain Review and Swatches

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but this morning when I was test driving Stila Mango Crush I realized I was too pale to use it. Gasp! Outrageous right? Although it looks mighty nice on I think it’ll look way more flattering, gulp still can’t believe I’m saying this, on sunny skin. Obviously Stila’s intention was to make a shade that was flattering on tanned skin and in this case I’m in agreement with them.

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You’ve been reading Musings long enough by now probably to realize what an advocate the Muse is when it comes to brightening, whitening, and remaining as pale as possible. I’m a medium fair skin and I do everything in my power to bring my skin down to, at the very least, a fair shade without looking too ghastly. I think I blend out well enough that you’d never realize my skin was a shade or two darker than it actually really is. This morning I was having a test run with Stila Mango Crush and I realized that it’ll actually be way more flattering if I simply sat in the sun for a while or used a tinted bronzer or bronzing powder prior to applying.

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I’m loving the shade. It’s a gorgeous deep coral color that has a hint of a pearly shimmer that’s very pretty. It’s plenty pigmented to give a nice pop of peach to cheeks. I think the idea was for it to taste like mango as with the other stains in the line they taste and smell like their namesakes. However, I thought it tasted like cucumber and not mango.

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The stain comes in a click style pen and with a brush applicator. Simply click for a squirt of color and brush on. A per my rantings in my prior reviews I’m not a fan of using the product on my lips and following up on my face so I’ve taken to simply wiping it clean with a MAC Cleansing Cloth after each use. My first venture with Stila Cherry Crush I ended up purchasing one for my lips and one for my cheeks but I’ve become economy friendly now and just wipe down the brush after use with the cloth and I’m good to rumble. I like the style of packaging as it’s travel friendly and mess, fuss-free.

As mentioned above it gives a rather lovely pop of peach to my cheeks but I think it would look even better on a tanned face. Tomorrow I’m going to try using a bit of a bronzing powder to see how it looks on. The shade is quite pigmented and should work well on most skin types however it may not be deep enough for a darker skin tone. It looks quite nice and natural on lips as well.

Overall, I really loved Stila Mango Crush and must say I love that they keep extending this line and growing it with new shades. It’s a wonderful color for Summer and it’ll work well into the Fall. The stain is long wearing with no touch ups between so it’s virtually sweat proof, rain proof, and sunny day proof. Even when the rest of your makeup has well worn away you’ll still be sporting a sunny shade of sunset on the apples of your cheeks!

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Well done Stila! Keep crushing and the Muse will keep buying! Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain is Muse Approved for purchase. This was a little sneak peek review so you’ll have to wait a little longer for Mango Crush, she’ll be available in May from Stila and Sephora. For now check out Cherry Crush and Pomegranate Crush for cure your lemmings!

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Happiness is the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sand & Sea Palette! Loves it!

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess has some particularly great items that were released with this very early Summer-like collection but the one I’m loving the best is undoubtedly the Sand & Sea Palette.

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A little golden sand, a bit of the ocean, and the perfect blue sky and you’ll have an ideal palette for creating numerous Summer looks that are sure to please. The palette is made up pf six silky shimmering shades of color that range from aqua to gold and than some. Housed in a slick slim line case in a golden bronze shade that flips open to reveal a full size mirror, you’ll be wanting to tote this little guy along on your next tropical getaway!

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The shadows are all silky smooth with a satin finish with the barest hint of shimmer. The colors have quite good color pay off and blend very well. Plenty of variety is housed in the palette and the colors fitting in with their name of “Sand and Sea”. You’ll get an aqua shade, a sky blue, a deep chocolate brown, a shimmering sunset gold, a light cream beige, and a subtle bronze. Contrasting aqua with the sandy, golden shades creates a rather interesting effect on lids that really brings out a bit of the Summer. The palette is a nice price at $38 USD which rounds out to around to $6 dollars per a shade of shadow. You’re getting quite a fair bit of product for the price. I’m a sucker for gorgeous palettes and this is really a nice one especially considering the variety you can get from all six shades. I created three separate looks for you with the palette but you can get any number of combinations from it.

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For my look below I started out using the light blue shade all over my lid and crease. I followed up by using the deeper shade of aqua on my lid and blending slowly upwards. I finished the look by lining my lower lash line and my lower waterline with the Estee Lauder Duo-Tone Eye Pencil. You’ll also notice I used a tiny touch of the gold shade above my crease just blended upwards slightly for a hint of shimmer!

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For my second look I started off by giving my entire eye a color wash using Tea Biscuit (light cream beige), I paid particularly close attention to my high brow area, highlighting with this shade. I followed up with Ginger Drop (subtle bronze shade) on my lid and completed the look by contrasting Ginger Drop with Gold Nugget (sunset gold shade) in my lid and blending upwards.

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For my final look I used just about all the shades and the kitchen sink! Tea Biscuit was used as an all over color wash and followed up with Ginger Drop on my lid and contrasted with Gold Nugget on the outer v of my eye and blended into the crease. A tiny touch of Bronze Cube (chocolaty brown shade) on my crease blended upwards complete the upper part of my eye. For a bit of pop I added some aqua to my lower lash line and lined my lower waterline with the Estee Lauder Duo-Tone Eye Pencil.

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Although this is a review of the Estee Lauder Sand & Sand Palette I also used the new Estee Lauder Duo-Tone Eye Pencil in my few of my looks which deserves a mention. This pencil is a dual sided liner that has two shades of color in one pencil. The Muse wishes that more brands would embrace this idea, I heart two shades of color for my dollar! This is worth a look and a buy if you’re a fan of aqua shades as this has two shades of brilliant aquas that are unique and pair well with the palette.

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Overall, I’m really enjoying my adventures with the entire Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection. It’s Summer-friendly and has plenty of beautiful shades to last well into the Fall if you choose to haul the palette out when the cooler weather sets in (I know, I know! Spring isn’t hear yet and I’m on about Fall but hey makeup junkies must prepare ahead). The palette is a nice value for the price and offers plenty of color options for quite a few eye looks. If you’re looking for a warmer bronze palette to flatter your Summer tan look no further than the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sand and Sea Palette, tis Muse Approved for purchase! Head on over to your counter for a swatch, the Muse guarantees you’ll fall in love with it.

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See more of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection by visiting www.esteelauder.com

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Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain

Oh Stila you had me at Cherry Crush and you made me fall in love with you all over again with Pomegranate Crush. Now, well now you want me to lust after you and crush on you for your new addition to the your lip and cheek stain family with Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain!

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Stila Mango Lip and Cheek Stain is the third installment in Stila’s click pen lip and cheek stain collection. Add a coral, peachy glow to lips and cheeks for Summer with a quick swipe of this highly addicting, tasty treat!

Like it’s past releases, Stila Mango Lip and Cheek Stain is a long lasting formula with high anti-oxidants and Vitamins A, C, and E making this stain healthy and good for your skin!

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Stila Mango Lip and Cheek Stain will be available from Stila Cosmetics and Sephora in May 2009.

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