Musings of the Day: When Swapage Goes Terribly Wrong!

I love swapping makeup. I haven’t done so in a long time but I adore hanging out on Cozycot, Specktra, MUA, etc…to discuss makeup, do cps, or just enjoy a swap or two. Which brings me to today’s Musings.

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Have you ever had a swap that went wrong? Maybe you’ve been swap-lifted? Gasp! Or got the item and it was in totally gross condition?

Tell me your swap story and jump ahead for my tales of swapage that have gone terribly wrong!

Honestly, I’ve only ever been blessed with the best swap partners. Particularly my good friend Iris comes to mind when I think of hardcore CP’ing. I swear Iris must curse the day she met me because she’s probably never got such requests as the ones I loaded on her. Truly a swapper/cp’er extraordinaire.

Personally, I stink at cps, swaps, trading, etc….since I started Musings. I just have no time to complete a good cp and I’m a total wash up. It’s so bad I just stopped offering altogether.

But days of old when swapping was my game I’ve been lucky enough to always have a great partner to trade with. I can only recall two times that I had a problem with a swap and I’ve never mentioned them on the Internet until now but have been known to make my friends laugh rather loudly when I tell them that swapping can sometimes be disgusting.

Generally I never look to swap anything used. I’ve been known to swap away gently used items however I personally don’t want used items. I know I’m so anal, apologies. Moral of the story is everything I’ve ever swapped for was brand new aside from this one time when I decided to swap for a MAC Cream Blush. At the time the girl who contacted me wanted something really badly from my list and she had absolutely nothing I wanted. But she was begging and pleading with me so I felt bad enough to give in and select an item from her list. I ended up going with a MAC Cream Blush that said “gently used”…honestly I had no intention of using it because I know how I am, miss germ-a-phobe, but since her list consisted of 99% used goods it was the only item that looked somewhat good. I was thinking once I got it I could just put it back up for swap.

I got it alright but the description failed to tell me that the swap also included hair. Omg so gross. The compact had two strands of long brown hair. Can I tell you I didn’t even bother opening it. I took one look at the blush through the transparent plastic barrier and proceeded to ditch it.

Ew!

Just ew!

To add insult to injury she included two extras. Extra that were also used…as in used chapstick in Cherry and some no name lipstick that was equally used almost completely used up…maybe 50% lipstick remained.

To say I was horrified is an understatement.

That’s about the worst swapping experience I’ve had thankfully.

How about you?

What are some of your swap nightmares?

Tell the Muse!

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MAC Holiday Collection 2009 MAC Magic, Mirth & Mischief

More mischief is a foot with two photos of MAC Holiday Dazzleglasses, check ‘em out below!

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Hmmmm, how typically holiday-ish with shades of gold and silver!

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Jouer Cosmetics Summer Collection 2009 Review, Swatches, and Summer FOTD

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Contrary to all of today’s Musings about Fall and Holiday 2009, it is in fact still very Summer outside. To celebrate those long, hot days of Summer still ahead I gathered up a slew of Jouer Cosmetics to do a Summery look this morning.

Jump ahead for a peep, some swatches, and some babblings about Jouer.

The Muse remembers her first Jouer palette….it was a Holiday release…something bunny it was called. It had a cheek and lip stain and I was quite delighted and rolling around in fits of excitement how cute it was. Since that time Jouer has grown up, revamped, and come out with new, fun products. Although they have taken a new approach, the same fun design remains. Jouer Cosmetics, if you’re not privy to the brand, is a series of face, eye, and lip products that all “snap” together quite like a puzzle to make a customized beauty palette. Each piece features notched edges for sliding pieces together to create a little palette of sorts. Even a standard lipgloss has a deep set grove for snapping on shadows or a blusher for on the go touch ups. Pieces are also stackable for easy storage and portability. If you fancy a little organization with your makeup, Jouer has you covered.

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The Jouer Cosmetics Summer Collection is simplicity at it’s best. Jouer is not making a huge splash but keeping to a minimal, sunny look that’s fresh and pretty. Thinking about it now it’s the ideal collection for toting away for a quick holiday getaway when you aren’t wanting to drag around a slew of makeup. The collection features all the key ingredients for glowing skin, sexy lips, and sparkling eyes!

For my look below I used the following products:
Jouer Cosmetics Lip and Cheek Tint in Poppy
Jouer Cosmetics Suntan Matte Bronzer
Jouer Cosmetics Mimosa Lipgloss
Jouer Cosmetics Tiare Highlighter

The look is fairly simple to create and gives a warmth to your face leaving it fresh and sunny.

Start out by using the highlighter on your eyes. You can use this just about anywhere where you want a bit of golden sparkle. I opted to use it all over my lid to add a hint of gold to my eyes. I followed up with the the lip and cheek tint in poppy on my cheeks for a flush of sheer coral. The tint can be used on lips as well as it’s moisturizing and pigmented. To add a deeper color to the tint I swept on the matte bronzer on suntan by applying to places the sun would naturally hit my face. The finished results of using the tint and bronzer together creates a sunny glow to my face. Finally I completed the look by topping with lipgloss in mimosa which shimmering golden pink that pairs beautifully with warm skin.

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Overall, if you’re looking for a simple, sunny look for Summer do check out the Jouer Collection! I was quite impressed with the look especially since this morning I was rushing around and just wanted something minimal yet flattering. As you can see it’s quite a pretty look and just right for the warm weather!

You can see more and “try” on color for your skin tone at www.jouercosmetics.com

If you haven’t tried Jouer prioer to this it’ll be a great little discovery and if it’s been a while since you checked them out you’ll be in for a delightful surprise with the many changes to the line!

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Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 Collection Greige Collection

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Giorgio Armani leaps into fall with an elegant new Fall Collection. Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 pairs up a subtle but distinct tones to accentuate a deep smoky eye contrasted with a fresh, luminous complex and a mute but intense lip color.

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Jump ahead to learn more about the Greige Collection from Giorgio Armani Beauty for Fall 2009.

With a heavy emphasis on the eyes Giorgio Armani Beauty brings together the simplicity of a fresh, glowing face and a dramatic eye look with it’s the Giorgio Armani Beauty Manta Ray Eye Duo Palettes ($38). This palette is an eye duo dressed with an exotic Manta Ray patter. Inspired by precious and luxurious materials used in Giorgio Armani fashion accessories, the palettes offer a beautiful selection of color harmonies inspired by nature.

  • Charcoal and Greige: the ultimate eye shadow combination for this seasonís smoky eye
  • Deep Ocean Blue and Intense Ocean Green
  • Pale Lilac Grey and Luminous Fuchsia
  • Light Blue Stone and Sandy Beige
  • Shimmering Lilac Pearl and Pale Green Pearl

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  • Giorgio Armani Liquid Silk Eye Liner ($30)

Matte Charcoal Grey
Midnight Metallic Blue

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  • Giorgio Armani Silk Lipstick in 92 ($25)

This season’s must-have Armani lipstick accentuates your natural lip color, keeping the focus on your dramatic eye look. The grey-blue tones of this soft plum lipstick combines intensity but contradicts with an air of simplicity.

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The Giorgio Armani Beauty Greige Eye by Linda Cantello

Use the Greige shade to contour the eye by sweeping the shadow along the crease of the eye. Follow by sweeping the shade under the lower lash line and over the upper lash line. Use charcoal to add intensity.

A second option is to sweep the charcoal shadow over the whole lid and use the Greige to blend. For added intensity, apply midnight blue eyeliner along the upper lid lash line.

The Giorgio Armani Beauty Fall 2009 Collection is available for a limited time online at www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com and at selected fine department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.

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MAC Holiday 2009 Lip and Face Palettes and Kits

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Ahh now this I can get on board with. I expressed my dislike of the MAC Holiday 2009 Face Collection earlier this morning but I’m suffering none of the same feelings for the MAC Holiday 2009 Lip and Face Palettes, these I can get excited about.

Jump ahead for the deets!

From the looks of things I think we can all agree these are very nice and very new. Unlike many years past with the standard flip top compact MAC is embracing a new style of eye palette and just an overall revamp of the palettes in general. It’s been a while in between updates and I’ve taken note that these are very different from prior releases, loves it! Also appreciating the babble design with the dominant pinkish, lilac base, very pretty and possibly mirror-like or shiny too?

See below for the release details!

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Heavenly Dish Neutral Lip Kit ($22)
Floating Lightly (pale neutral pink beige)
Heavenly Dish (sheer mid-tone neutral pink)
Barely Visible (glossy pale nude with pearl)

Possessed By Pink! Lip Kit ($22.50)
Tickled (dark plum)
Laugh A Lot (creamy mid-tone blue pink)
Sweet Smile (glossy mid-tone pink with pearl)

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6 Sorceress Eye Shadows ($36)
Magnetized (light frosted lavender)
Altered State (deep frosted blue purple)
White Rabbit (frosted soft white)
Edge of Dark (charcoal with silver pearl)
Hold My Gaze (mid-tone cool green grey)
Hypnotizing (frosted grayed mauve)

6 Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadows ($36)
Dare Ya! (light frosty peachy pink)
Devilishly Dark (rich brown with gold pearl)
Oh My Darling (pale frosty cream)
Prankster (mid-tone frosted olive)
Sorcery (blackened burgundy)
Gold Tease (frosty mid-tone gold)

6 Mystic Cool Eye Shadows ($36)
Cool Incantation (opalescent white gold)
Shhh, Donít Tell (pale neutral pink)
Blue Enchantment (dark frosted turquoise)
Rose Potion (mid-tone frosted rose)
Deep Secret (deep frosted indigo)
Violet Vow (deep cool brown)

6 Smoke and Mirrors Eye Shadows
Fire in Her Eyes (frost neutral beige)
Black Magique (black with gold pearl)
Deception (frosty golden brown)
Spell No. 9 (soft muted pink beige)
Wide-eyed Wonder (mid frosty grey taupe)

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Hocus Focus Colourful Face Kit ($38)
Pretty Baby (soft baby pink)
Peachykeen (mid-tone peach with pearl)
Sunsparked Pearl (frost warm beige with pearl)

Fab-racadabra Bronze Face Kit ($38)
Golden (muted gold tan with gold pearl)
Sunbasque (gilded peach with pearl)
Buffed & Polished (frosty bronzed gold)

Overall, I love that MAC too the initiative to revamp Holiday 2009. It’s fresh, different, and very exciting. I’m curious to see the face kits and very excited to see all the eye palettes. I’m looking relishing the idea of this release and can’t wait to get my grubby little hands all over it.

What do you think?

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