MAC Holiday 2009 Magic, Mirth, and Mischief

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Golly it’s August and we are already into Holiday 2009. Of course, most important of all, MAC Holiday 2009 debuts soon and Magic, Mirth, and Mischief is a foot…all those things yes but that also happens to be the name of the collection.

Jump ahead for more deets and photos!

Let’s not forget this is the full face color story and not the palettes so don’t get disappointed too quickly as I was. One thing I adore about this collection’s primary image is the fact that it is indeed very festive and holiday-like however I’ll proceed to moan about more…mineralized eye shadows? Can you say over done? But as I mentioned I won’t whine over much as the fact of the matter is that we still have the palette and gift set selection to look forward to and I’m positive those will be special. Worst than mineralized eye shadows would be the fact that many of these items are repromotes.

Here’s what we have to look forward to from MAC Holiday 2009 Magic, Mirth, and Mischief (callin’ Harry Potter!):

MAC Holiday 2009 Lipstick

  • Pervette (soft bright pink with violet opalescent shimmer)
  • Utter Fun (fuchsia cherry pink)
  • Surprise Me (mid-tone peach)
  • Total Wow! (blue pink berry)

MAC Holiday 2009 Dazzleglass

  • She-Zam Sheer (silver with silver and red pearl)
  • Jingle Jangle (sheer yellow peach)
  • Phiff! (yellow pink with red and sapphire pearl

MAC Holiday 2009 Cremesheen Glass

  • Ever So Rich (sheer lilac)
  • Partial to Pink (light creamy yellow pink w/light gold pearl)
  • Boy Bait (light neutral beige with pearl)

Softsparkle Eye Pencil

  • Iris Accents (pale violet with silver pearl)
  • Nightsky (true black with silver pearl)

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MAC Holiday 2009 Mineralize Eye Shadow Duo
  • Devil-May (light violet)
  • Crescent (silver)
  • Under Your Spell Base (light yellow peach pink)
  • Crescent: (rich copper)
  • Mayhem Base (dirty brown gold)
  • Crescent (silver)
  • Midnight Madness Base (dirty grey brown)
  • Crescent (gold)
  • It’s A Miracle Base (deep blue burgundy)
  • Crescent (gold)
  • Blue Sorcery Base (bright turquoise)
  • Crescent (silver)

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Mineralize Blush
  • Su perdu pernatural (mid-tone coral)
  • Conjure Up Dirty (mid-tone plum)

MAC Holiday 2009 Nail Lacquer

  • $$$ Yes Metallic (silver foil)
  • Lucky Number (metallic blue pink)

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Overall, I admit I’m not that excited about this line up but I’ll hold off my final judgment until I see it all in person, after all, MAC has a way of catching up with us when we actually have a swatch and a play.

What do you think?

Loves it?

Leaves it?

Tell the Muse!


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Kat Von D Sinner and Saint Perfume

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It’s here kids! The release of Kat Von D Sinner and Saint perfume is upon us. Sephora has updated it’s site with both Saint and Sinner which will be on sale shortly. Until than you can try a free sample out of both scents!

Check it below for the deets!

Are you a random act of kindness kinda girl? Never lie? Sweet as pie? You must be a saint.

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Indulge in Kat Von D Eau de Parfum Spray which is a sweet nectar of Mirabelle Plum and sparkling juicy mandarin. With a heart of, exotic, heady Tiare flower and sweet, caramel adorned with the jasmine and a sensual vanilla and creamy musk combine with the warmth of sandalwood for a comforting dry down you’re sure to be saintly and angelic.

Do you lie? Cheat? Gossip? You must be a sinner.

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Indulge in Kat Von D Eau de Parfum Spray Sinner which with delicate top notes of orange blossom, refreshing mandarin, and fleshy plum creating a beautiful contrast with a provocative, sultry heart. Jasmine blends seamlessly with a white-flower bouquet and a spicy warmth of cinnamon—an herb. Vetiver, patchouli, and woods enveloped in creamy vanilla and sensual musk.

Or maybe you’re both? Are you sinner and saint? If so you can try out both of Kat Von D’s brand new perfumes before they hit shelves by making a purchase at Sephora and using promo code VIBKVD.

Each bottle of her new fragrances was created exclusively by Kat and brought to you by Sephora. The bottles are 1.7oz in size and $55 each. They aren’t on sale yet but should be released shortly.

Count me eager to try both. Sounds like I could be both a saint and a sinner although I am leaning towards my more saintly side!

How about you?

Saint?

Sinner?

Tell the Muse (she promises not to judge).

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Smashbox Reign Collection Review and Swatches

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“The Smashbox Reign Collection is inspired by the ruling era of the English Tudors—an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence. The products featured in this collection are luxe, sexy, and indulgently sensorial, giving a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of royalty…”

Actually I think Smashbox was thinking “Oh my gawd that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the hawtness let’s base a collection around all that eye candy!” Or at least that’s how interpenetrated it. The Muse has a one track mind when it comes to loving me some JRM.


Jump ahead for the review on the smashing Smashbox Reign Collection!

Oh baby I’m a need the two palettes that were released with this collection so stay tuned for the review on those but for now I’m going to show you three pieces from the collection that created this rather awesome, elegant, super easy look for me yesterday.

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I got my hands on the Smashbox Reign Jet Set Palette which is hello all kinds of gorgeous. Really they put alot of effort into this collection so props and applause to Smashbox. The palette is a slick faux leather affair with a flip top, full size mirror, two wells with liner duos, a mini liner brush, and a “tudor” Smashbox themed coat of arms design. The palette is quite elegant, don’t expect cheap here, it’s a very nice piece of palette and alot of love and consideration was put into the design, likey! This particular palette houses two wells with snap closures. Inside each well a duo of Smashbox Jet Set Gel Eye Liners await you. You’ll get a deep, dark rich chocolate brown and light brown on one side and a golden metallic bronze and light metallic bronze brown on the other. I’m not the biggest fan of Jet Set liner as a prefer Smashbox regular cake liner from yesteryear but one thing I do love about Jet Set is the ability to use it as a shadow. The colors aren’t deeply pigmented so they blend wonderfully on the eye for a sheer wash of color or build it up for deeper color payoff. I got creative with this palette to create my look as I didn’t want to go all boring on you and just line my eyes using it. To create my look below I used the liners on the right side of the palette, the bronze brown and golden bronze. I placed a bit of the brown on my lid and blended out and proceeded to layer the golden bronze on top. Presto done. I lined my lower waterline with tons of the deeper chocolate brown on the opposite of the palette to set off my brown eyes. It’s a very simple, understated yet incredibly elegant look. Granted I’m doubtful that Smashbox had any intention of creating such a look with the collection but I was feeling all creative. It’s worthy of a pick up in my opinion as it’s travel friendly (hello four liners in one chic case! I likey you to come with me on holiday!) plus the shades all work as a shadow as well.


Now my new best friend is the Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color Pencil. This really beefed up my look with a bold splash of rich red on my lips. Brace yourselves for a moisturizing lip experience as Smashbox has perfected this one. The pencil is dual sided with a liner on one end and a lip color on the other. I braced myself for a rather blah experience as normally pencils aren’t all that fantastic. However, I was simply shocked at how juicy, moisturizing, glossy, and pigmented the lipcolor side was! Whoa! I didn’t use the liner but I did use the lipcolor all over my lips for my look below and as you can see it contrasts amazingly well with my more subdued eye look.


Finally I tried the one gloss that was released with the collection. Again very elegant packaging as this has a tiny charm attached to the gloss with the Smashbox coat of arms emblem. Slightly disappointed with this as the color quite reminds me of the shade released with Smashbox Muse. I personally prefer the bolder look they decided on with the duo lip pencil as this more subtle nude peach is a tad boring however I imagine it’ll go very well with the bolder eye palettes that I hope to review for you soon!


Overall, the Smashbox Reign Collection definitely has royalty stamped all over it. It’s a tad on the expensive side for Smashbox but I must say I’m quite impressed with the packaging, the overall look, and the beautiful shade selections. If you’re looking for a rich makeup look this season do settle on Smashbox Reign. Loving all over it at the moment and Muse Approving it for purchase.

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The Muse’s Smashbox Reign Look


So far it’s a love!

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Sneak Peeks: Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection Review and Swatches

Oh. my. god. The Muse is so about the Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection! I told you a bit about the collection yesterday and popped a sneak peek of my FOTD today on Twitter.


For Fall the bold, green eye look is too entirely flattering for brown eyes in my humblest. Putting aside the preppy factor and just rejoicing over such a true, gorgeous shade of forest green is enough to make me dance around in circles of joy.

Check it after the jump!

So far I’ve only gotten my hands on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Golden Leaf but I want to haul the other emerald green shade that is being released. The texture of the shadow is super smooth, blends beautifully, and is deeply pigmented, delish! Although it’s a shimmer wash shadow it still manages to have a velvet-like finish with a subtle hint of golden sparkle. Too pretty.


To accompany the greens in the collection a new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink was created. The color has a dominate brown note but also has the deeper aspects of a golden olive green. The shade is perfectly suited to the two shadows released and could possibly work as both a liner and a base.


I also told you about the new Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencils. I got one in brown plum. Quite a nice, moisturizing pencil that glides on smoothly without skipping and smudges like a dream. For my look today I didn’t use the pencil but I have a future FOTD planned with it.


Honestly for me the stars of this show are the Forest Shimmer Ink Gel Liner and the two new shadows, particularly Golden Leaf. Although I favor a warm look in the Fall that’s made up of browns, golds, and occasionally oranges I can’t deny that such a deep, dark green is utterly flattering and fitting for the season.

Well done Bobbi. Another incredible line up.

For my look below I simply used Golden Leaf eye shadow all over my lid and crease followed up with Forest Shimmer Ink liner on my waterline. You can see how dramatic the look is, it obviously speaks for itself that a simple wash of shadow on my lids and a little lining created a bold, beautiful look! Also as promised a close up of my eye using Urban Decay Eye Lash Primer and Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara…I think you can see the results are quite nice when the two are combined.


Anyone hauling?

Excited as I am about all that green?

Tell it!

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Stash Spotlight: B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Eye Shadows

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I’d like to think I paved the way for many a Lush lover. I get so many e-mails a day since starting my blog about how people are rejoicing since discovering Lush on my blog. It warms my Grinch heart that people are busy discovering Lush. I’ve been a Lush lover for many a fine year and simply think it’s an outstanding brand.

I thought I’d take a moment out to point you in the direction of Lush’s sister brand B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful. I introduced you to B a year or so ago with a few posts here and there and even one about my collection of B perfumes. Up until now I can’t believe I’ve never once posted my stash of B cosmetics.

Yes, you read that right, cosmetics. Lush is indeed responsible for creating it’s own line of makeup under the B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful brand name. Think of B as Lush’s hipster sister. Created with a no animal testing policy and with plenty of “fresh” ingredients this makeup is all Lush!


Click it for a peep at my stash of B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Eye Shadows.

Some folk love ‘em, some hate ‘em. Count me as a lover of B makeup. Although it expires fairly quickly (a year, sometimes two, three if you’re lucky) it’s one of the most unique brands I’ve had the pleasure of owning. Housed in bejeweled little pots much of the line brings quality and a bit of posh to the table. Most of my B was collected on various trips to London but you can order B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful product from it’s website which ships internationally.

The shadows are particularly wonderful little critters as they are pigmented as a MAC shadow and quite cute to boot (about the size of a US quarter). The line should appeal to Lush lovers as it’s a whimsical collection of interesting hippie makeup bits and bobs or if you’re just a fan of interesting little out of the way make up items the line will capture your fancy.

Below are some shots of my stash of B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful eye shadows, check ‘em!


Some makeup I just treasure and all my B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful makeup happens to fall right in with that. Gorgeous, stunning little things aren’t they?

Hope you enjoyed a view of B’s shadows and I’ll bring you more spotlights of B collection in future posts.

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