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Stash Spotlight: T’estimo Palettes

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The Muse can’t begin to tell you how much she misses and mourns T’estimo. It was one of her very favorite Japanese brands of all times. I can’t look at most of my collection without sobbing in grief that it was discontinued. Why, god, why!

What in the world were they thinking when they axed T’estimo from the Kanebo line up? Insanity.

The Muse yanked out a few of her T’estimo palettes for a little stash spotlight!

Jump ahead for a peep!

The Muse wanted to pull out her entire T’estimo collection but she started sobbing as soon as she seen the T’estimo logo….so you’ll have to settle for a few pictures of her beloved palettes.

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Oh the agony…why Kanebo? Why!?

Are you a T’estimo lover?

Missing it?

Mourning it?

Hold me.

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T’estimo Pure Layer Loose Powder Blush Review

T’estimo has a similar style of blush out as Jill Stuart (actually quite a few Japanese brands do similar loose blushes).

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The difference of course in the two would be price and quality.

Sadly, as much as I love T’estimo the blush is lacking something for me! The packaging is an adorable domed container with a soft brush that will look quite lovely on your vanity displayed with your other cosmetic items however the blush inside leaves a bit to be desired!

I have these in two flavors WT-04 and P-K20. I’ll get to the WT-04 in a minute but first let me explain PK-20. PK-20 appears to me the darker of the two pink shades that are offered from T’estimo. Sadly, the blush is very sheer and even after building up color with a few strokes it still fails to wow me. The texture is quite the same as the Jill Stuart blushes I own which is an almost sheer, chalky feel but unlike the Jill Stuart this is not so pigmented.

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It’s so strange that a company that makes such amazing, pigmented eyeshadows makes such a weak blush! I think it’s safe to say that if you are fairer of a skin you might very well be able to pull PK-20 off but for me I’m sadly left desiring something more when it comes to this blush!

The good news is the WT-04 is gorgeous and it’s just about near perfect for the upcoming Holiday season! WT-04 is a sheer shimmering shade of white that I use for a touch of sparkle and to contour around my cheeks and face! It’s delightfully simple in it’s shimmer and it’s not at all over done! I’m not sure why the fit it in with the blush but for me it’s a multitasking tool! I use it on my face as well as my eyes and across my cleavage for some barely there shine! Truly I heart WT-04 and if you’re considering purchasing any of these I’d most definately pick this little guy up!

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T’estimo Pure Layer Blush is available in four shades total which are the two I’ve already mentioned and two others that are OR-21 which is an orange/peach shade and PK-21 which is the newest and a softer shade of pink than PK-20.

The blushes are available for purchase from JPMon and Adam Beauty for about $23usd per a blush. Now might be a good time to grab yourself some of these since T’estimo is slowly being fazed out and being replaced with a new brand!

The Muse approves of at least one color in this line but the rest she says skip ‘em and buy something else!

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Latest Japanese Haul

The Muse went a little crazy and ordered a few new Japanese goodies!

Here’s her latest haul from the west end of the world:
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T’estimo Gift Set
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I’ve no idea how old this gift set is but it could be Christmas last year! After hearing the tale of T’estimo demise I went into mourning and soon after decided to make it my business to collect what remaining T’estimo I don’t already own and stash it away in my collection before it was gone for good!

This nifty little kit contained two mini lipsticks and two cream eyeshadows in pink and gold colors! Overall it was quite a cute gift set and I’m thrilled to own it!

Shiseido as we know it here, in the US, is not a cheap brand of cosmetic. It’s a high end of make-up that is purchased in posh shops. Shiseido is on a different sphere in Japan and how the Japanese know the brand. Shiseido is well known for not only expensive designer cosmetics in Japan but also cheaper drugstore brands such as Majorca Majolica, Maquillage, Etc… Shiseido has some amazingly inexpensive and fabulous branch offs in Japan that are not available in the states or Europe. Some of these brands are my truest love. The following are a new line, for me, that I came across. It’s a very inexpensive brand of cosmetic that Shiseido has out and quite nice for such a low end brand of make-up!

Update: With a little help from your friends you can find just what you need! The website for this cheesy little brand can be found here: http://www.kesho-wakusei.com/lineup/makeup/index.htm Thanks so much to Flecks for the information!

Trio Palette
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These palettes slide open to reveal two shadows and a glittering lipgloss. Not the best palette in the world but quite cute for a casual, minimal make-up look!

Loose Powder Blushes
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I got two of these loose powder blushes. The pink is ultra sheer but does give a bit of a wash of color! The white is gorgeous and pretty pigmented, I probably won’t use it much on my cheeks but it will make a great base for shadows! Plenty of shimmer in the white too! The Muse likes shimmer!

Dual Contouring Blushes/Highlighters
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Interesting blushes. One in glittering white and one in gold. Ok in the pigment department but does hold a nice glitter content, good for contouring or highlighting your face. One side holds a shimmering side and the other a matte side. Overall I’m pretty happy with these and I’m eager to try them out for size!

Pinkolors Palette
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I’ve never seen this brand before and it’s brand new to my eyes. I’ve searched but I haven’t found a word about Pinkolors on the internet aside from some auctions selling it! This was a last minute purchase due to the cute packaging design! The colors in the palette are pretty nice but sheer. Good for a casual make-up day or using them as a base for a more vibrant shade!

All in all some interesting little tidbits in this haul!

Enjoy the pics and first impressions!

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T’estimo’s Demise, Coffret D’Or Uprise!

If you’re as much a fan as Japanese cosmetics as I am you’ll know that Kanebo is cutting T’estimo from it’s main line up and replacing it with a new line entitled Coffret D’Or.

I’m mourning T’estimo in a major way! If you’d like a sneak peak at Coffret D’Or do head on over to my good friend Iris’s blog to see some great pics of the new line!

The new line does look interesting enough but I’m still not completely convinced!

Fellow Japanese cosmetics addicts what’s your take?

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When Life Brings You Lemons…….

When life brings you lemons, I say squeeze a blog out of ‘em and make lemonade!

It’s a LONGGGGGGGG night my friends and sleep has taken another holiday on me! Indeed, it has! I’m serious! It’s gone off to some island and is taking in the sun! It might even be scoring with hot chicks (I’m making that part up)!

Hell, the last time sleep took off on me I started blogging to Jonny’s mum! Whom, hasn’t replied to me yet! Hint Hint! Nudge Nudge! It’s ok. I’ll be over shortly and you can make me a nice cuppa and tell me all his embarressing moments! My ears are open!

When sleep is on holiday it’s a darn good time to blog about my favorite topic…..go on now…..you know what it is dontcha?

That’s right! Make-up!!!!!!! Before I carry on with my blog of great importance I will say that I am sorry I’ve been remiss in the couture department! Summer fashions aren’t as appealing to me as Winter ones so you’ll see me blogging way more about couture in the Fall and Winter months than you will in the Summer!

That said…let’s move on to the good stuff!

My lovely, sweet, gorgeous, amazing, beautiful, and loving friend Mai is coming from Japan to stay with me shortly. Hi Mai! I know you read this lovie!

I got a package from Mai this pass week! Mai is my asian cosmetic crack dealer. She is, it’s true. Don’t worry her english sucks so right now she’s scratching her head and possibly her arse and wondering what a crack dealer is (don’t worry she can take a joke and loves when I tease her)! Love you Mai!

Anyway…

Within this gorgeous, amazing, bright, shiny, huge package, there be treasure maties! Oh my was it ever the package of all packages! I had asked Mai to pick me up some bits, bobs, and a little of this and that! By the time I was done I had raked up a bill with Mai that could put my first born child through college for the next four years of his life. Somehow, I convinced myself that it was ok to spend that much money on cosmetics because…because….I dunno how I convinced myself it was ok! Let’s not dwell on that right now!

Mai is now happily sitting on a Paypal payment from me that’ll fund her morgage for a year!

Yes yes I know I know! You want to see the amazing items I got don’t you? Greedy little buggers aren’t you?

Behold:

Aube Sofina Limited Edition Fruitina Lipgloss
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These are awesome! I’m well chuffed and disappointed I didn’t order 10 more! Super duper glossy and shimmering! I just didn’t like the fact that they weren’t flavored. That was somewhat crummy! They taste sorta yuk! But I guess I can deal with it! Those are real
Swarvoski crystals embedded in the top! Pretty neat right?

Lavshuca Jewel Lipstick
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Really pleased with these as well! I was shocked that it turned out these are NOT full size lipsticks! They are mini ones! Very cute and very portable! I was under the impression they were larger! Aside from that they are great! I picked the color selections from my mate PJ’s blog and I’m glad I went with them because they are both great colors! Can’t go wrong with PJ! I want more of these as well! They go on quite sheer and are just a blush of color for your lips! Nice product!

T’estimo Eyeshadow Singles
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I’m a T’estimo whore! But my entire time purchasing T’estimo cosmetics I’ve never once purchased an eyeshadow single! These are my first! Not much to say really! They are just as wonderful as anything you find in the palettes! Possibly even nicer to have a single color outside the palette theme! Really enjoy how sparkling and shimmery they go on!

Lavshuca Blush
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These were introduced as part of the summer lineup! Rubbish. I purchased the mosiac blushes prior to these and was disappointed! I should have known better! Not even a sheer wash of color from these! Barely pigmented! Absolute garbage! Up on E-bay tomorrow! Was kinda hoping for a better product! Oh well! Win some, lose some!

Shiseido Maquillage Glossy Gloss
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There are certain brands of cosmetics that are like bread! You go to the store, you buy bread, you eat the bread and it’s good! It’s rare that you buy bread that you hate (hell take it from a round girl, carbs are GOOD)! Shiseido is like bread! Anything you buy from Shiseido is an absolute winner! You can’t really go wrong. It’s a solid cosmetic brand that makes outstanding products. These glosses are just what they say “glossy gloss”! Intense shine and gloss! Really just perfect!

Lavshuca Loose Face Powder
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This is an interesting little find! I use a unique little product, that I won’t reveal since I have to have some secrets, to lighten my face. I purchased this as a possible replacement! And I’m quite delighted to say it can’t be used in the same manner as I use the other shhhh secret product! I’m delighted because this is actually a shimmering powder that makes my cheeks and face look all sparkle like and lovely! Really like this one!

Jill Stuart Blush
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Some Jill Stuart Blushes I didn’t have! I have almost all the colors now! These were just as great as all my others icon smile

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyes Summer 2007 Eyeshadow Palette
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This is the 5th palette they introduced for the
Brilliance Eyes collection! I own them all and I love them! This one however was…mmm slightly disappointing! I was not loving the black color! Why they felt the need to put in black is beyond me! But hey the rest are cool icon smile

Jill Stuart Loose Powder
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Gorgeous shimmering powder! I already have this in the Shine and Natural colors and this is by far my favorite! Sparkle! Weeeeeee!

The Pretty Boxes Jill Stuart Arrived In!
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Lavashuca Lipstick
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Not much to say about these! I have a zillion already and these are just some extra colors I wanted! Sheer, glossy and wonderful as always!

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Again, not much to say! I have a ton already but wanted a few more icon wink Great colors! Shimmering, glossy, and sheer! These are what MAC slimshines hope to be like when they grow up!

So that pretty much concludes our tour of my latest purchases! Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed posting it! Drop me an e-mail if you have questions about where to purchase these items or what countries they are available in! My ear is yours! I’m always pleased to help!

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