The Smashbox Holiday Collection 2008 Rapture is up and available for your purchasing pleasure on the Smashbox site.
I have release information for this that I previously published but I had to remove it and re-post it on October 15th! Sorry guys!
However, the good news is a few of the pieces are up and available on the Smashbox site. I have two of the pieces myself so far that I’ll review for you shortly, I promise they are stunning! Smashbox did a fabulous job with this year’s Holiday collection and all the pink is truly appealing to my girlish side!
Alot of bang for your buck in this collection and some seriously awesome gift sets that you really need to check out for yourself! Click!
Some items appearing on the site so far are:
Smashbox Rapture Lipgloss Set $29 USD
This is one item I’ll be reviewing for you shortly! It contains 6 shimmering shades of gloss which work out to under $5 USD each which is definately a nice steal and a deal!
Here’s one I want to get my hands on! Smashbox Rapture Eye Shadow and Brush Set includes 8 Shadow duos, two brushes, and a pouch for storing it all in for $59 USD! Break it down and you’re paying around $5.90 USD per each piece included not including the sweet pink bag! I need to head to Sephora to check this out for myself as I’m dead curious if the shades are a shimmery finish! If so, expect a review!
Fitting in with all the pink comes the Smashbox Rapture Brush Set for $49 USD which includes 5 Brushes working itself out to roughly $10 USD a brush! Smashbox makes killer brushes so getting five full size at that price is definately a nice deal plus the cute pink carrying case!
Honestly, Smashbox Rapture is possibly my favorite looking Holiday Collection as far as presentation goes so far and is visually pleasing and appealing to my girlish side! I’ll definately be indulging in a few of the pieces! Reviews are coming soon so definately stop back!
Further information and other gift sets can be found by clicking here.
I recently got an email from a rather lovely email asking me, “Muse, will you be reviewing the Chanel Smokey Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette?”
Sadly, I had to say no, I love the palette, it’s stunning, it’s gorgeous…and it’s matte….eep! I believe two of the shades in the palette are matte and I honestly cannot, for my life, pull off a matte smokey eye.
So, no, I’m sorry you won’t see me reviewing the Chanel Eye Quadra Eye Shadow Palette anytime soon. However, to make up for the fact that I’m not reviewing the palette I’ll bring you a review of the rather awesome Chanel Noir Lame Eyeliner Duo.
Do you love me a little bit more now that I haven’t completely forsaken Chanel’s Fall Collection? Go on, kiss me why dontcha!
Yes, there is a story behind the wrapping paper and no it’s not my birthday! The Chanel MA at Macy’s 34th gets rather excited when I bring my best friend Jai along for the ride so virtually everything I purchase gets wrapped up like a Christmas goose! I think maybe she hasn’t realized that Jai is actually gay and she’s hoping to impress him with her awesome wrapping skillz? I’m not really sure but she positively glows when he gushes about how cute a job she did wrapping! *shrugs* Stranger things have happened when I’m out with Jai, stranger things, truly…!
I’ll start my review by saying I’m rubbish with eyeliner! Indeed, I am! I admit it for all the world to know! I’m really not that fab lining my eyes and if I do line my eyes I prefer using a potted gel like Smashbox Cream Eye Liner, this is my liner of choice as it’s virtually goof proof when using a brush like the Smashbox #9 to apply.
Now taking things to the next level I find that powder liner is simply divine but lord knows no one makes it anymore!
I remember, back when the Muse was young and free, coming across my very first powder liner in some cheapy, cheesy clearance makeup catalog! God, for the very life of me I can’t recall the name of the catalog but I do recall ordering some of that powder liner and using it daily for many years after!
I haven’t had my hands on a proper powder liner in a long time until Stila introduced it’s talking Smoky Eye Palette which came with an ideally textured powder liner that was positively brilliant! It was like pay dirt when I hit that jackpot!
The moral of the story is that I find working with powder liner is simple, easy, mess free, and virtually goof proof. It glides on amazingly easy, smudges beautifully if you so desire, and you aren’t poking an eye out or creating a mess when using it!
In comes Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo and the Muse is in heaven! At $45 USD it’s not the cheapest option around however this is liable to last a few hundred years so you’re getting alot of bang for your buck!
The palette is made up of two shades, Lame and Noir, well duh as per it’s name right? Contrary to images I’ve taken and images you’ll see on the Internets, Lame is not a full on black, it happens to be an off black that borders gray. The color creates a very nice smoked out look to eyes or if you prefer, with a heavier hand, you can get more definition to the eye area to create a more intense look.
Noir is my favorite of the two shades as it contains a nice dose of shimmer (but not too much). This too is not a full on black either but leans more towards a deeper, darker off black shade with touches of gray and of course some beautiful silver shimmer.
The palette comes with two applicators which, although small, make lining and defining the eye area simply and easy. The colors could probably be used wet if you like but I personally feel like that would ruin the palette and defeat the purpose of using a powder liner, hell if I wanted wet I’d have gone and gotten a liquid eye liner for $30 bucks less! You could also probably multitask the palette easily enough by using either shade as an eyeshadow but again the main point of the palette is to line eyes. The applicators included are a rounded sponge tip and a softer brush tip. The sponge tip makes for easy smudging while the brush applicator makes for a nice straight eye or curved cat eye. Whichever one you use you’re guaranteed a flawless lined eye!
I highly recommend this for those that are liner retarded like myself or those who just like the simplicity and elegance of an easy eye lining experience. The palette is virtually goof proof and you don’t need to take brain surgery class prior to application…thank god for the Muse as she hates that damn class, way too long and boring!
Like all Chanel products, the palette is beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated in it’s design and presentation.
I definately approve this one for purchase for it’s ease of use, the elegance factor, and just for the sake of saying “Hey, it’s Chanel!”
See more of the Chanel Exceptional Collection by clicking here!
The Muse likey, alot.
Love this one?
Want it for yourself?
Lemming any of the other pieces from the Chanel Fall Collection?
Supposedly it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
At least it’s turning out that way for me when I seen this year’s offerings!
What’s a Holiday Collection without a brush set? $65 USD gets you four essential Bobbi Brown Brushes and a gold pouch for holding ‘em all in!
The Bobbi Brown Diamond Cosmestic Bag and Mini Brush Set isn’t on my wish list as it’s a tad bit on the pricey side and I’m not partial to the color of the bag however I will say be it mini or regular size, Bobbi Brown brushes are ideally some of the best I’ve used! I’ve used both her full and mini size brushes and both are incredibly good! However, for four brushes and a pouch, $65 USD might be a tiny bit much for this Muse!
Taking it down to $55 USD you can nab the Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Mini Brush Set which includes a gold pouch and three mini brushes!
Again, a little to high for me but I could probably see myself indulging if it wasn’t for the case! I’m just not feeling all that metallic gold!
Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Beauty Kit for $95 USD is a slick, two layered tier to hold all your beauty essentials!
Mmmm all the gold..Bobbi you’re killing me…could it be pink…but I guess that wouldn’t be too holiday-ish!
What would the holiday be without a gloss kit?! Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss Trio contains three shades of scrumptious gloss for $45 USD with a gold pouch for storing them all in!
You’ll get the following shades:
Spun Gold Shimmer
Sandy Beige Shimmer
It’s on the Muse’s wishy list! Santa baby fill my stocking with Bobbi Brown glosses please? k, Thanks, the Muse loves you very much! Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss retails for $20 USD each so getting three plus the bag is a nice little deal!
Of course, the holidays just aren’t the holidays without palettes!
Indulge your need for glorious palettes with all, some, or one of the following:
Bobbi Brown Basics Eye Palette $45 USD
Bobbi Brown Basics Lip Palette $45 USD
Get it ALL with the Bobbi Brown Lip & Eye Palette $60 USD
Ummm yes this is definately on the Muse’s wishy list! Wants!
Originally exclusive to Nordies now you can indulge in the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Palettes for the Holiday Season! Available in Moon Rock and Night Sky for $55 USD Each
Bobbi Brown Velvet Plum Eye Palette $45 USD
If you’re looking for a sophiscated, elegant and slightly shimmery Holiday Collection look no further than Bobbi Brown’s latest offerings!
I’ll definately bring you a few of these for review shortly as they are too stunning to pass up!
Although the site hasn’t been updated on the “What’s New?” section of the Bobbi Brown site all of the items are available for purchases at Bobbi’s site and also at Bobbi Brown counters! Get shopping!
Love any of this collection?
On your wish list for the Holiday?
Do tell the Muse!
I’m very curious what you’re thinking about the new Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection!
So you have dark circles? Got a bit less sleep then you’d like?
No problem-o! The Muse has you covered.
Have you tried Cargo Eyelighter?
Totally perfect solution for the days your eyes need a wakeup call on the double!
I recently tested out a few Cargo Eyelighters and fell pretty in love with ‘em! I purposely withheld using these on days I got plenty of rest however, like this morning for example when I’m working on three hours of sleep, I decided to dive right in to see how well Cargo Eyelighter banished my dark circles, puffy eyes, and the general sleep deprived droopy eye look I had going on!
And I’m here to tell the tale that indeed they do a damn fine job of waking up tired, sleepy eyes and offering a refreshed, awake appearance.
What are these things anyway Muse?
These are simply a dual sided eyeshadow pencil that contains a matte side of shadow on one end and a shimmery shadow on the other. The matte side of the pencil is used on the outer corner of your eye and highbrow while the shimmery side is used on the inner corner of the eye. The effect is a brightening, lightening, wide, awake appearance. Although the package suggests using the shadows on outer and inner corners, I took the liberal to line my lower lash line with the matte end and add a bit of the shimmery side as a highlight to my eye…the effect is the same..a wider, naturally bare look that’s both beautiful and refreshing.
Does it banish dark circles completely?
No, absolutely not. However, it successfully reflects off of dark shadows and creates a more awake appearance. Yes, you’ll absolutely still need concealer but this and concealer create a rather perfect, awake eye look!
This are ideal for travel or quick touch ups as the product is complete and you don’t have to tug around anything extra with you. The shadows are housed inside the cap of the applicator, simply twist, remove the applicator and it’ll already be saturated with color. Apply, done, AWAKE!
I think part of it’s major appeal would be the fact that it adds a natural elegance to my eye area. For someone who prefers bolder eye shadows it’s a rather nice break from vibrant and intense..to just..fresh, natural, and beautiful.
I personally loved the finished results on this and will be purchasing these again when I run out. If you watch Gossip Girl you might notice that Blake Lively always has a touch of shimmering white or gold in the inner corners of her eye, the results are pretty much the same as what you see on her although in my case I definately do NOT look like Blake Lively hehe!
The two shades I tried were Gold and Pink, Pink happens to be a new shade addition for Fall. This is also available in White which I’m dying to try out so I ordered it from Sephora last week and will bring you an updated review about it shortly!
All in all I liked this alot and I’m approving them for purchase. I like the idea of a single item that I can tote around with me for quick, on the go touch ups for wider, more awake eyes, I love the finished results of going from sleepy to wow in a few quick swipes and I simply adore the naturally beautiful look these create!
If you’re looking for something simple, easy to use, and works well enough at giving you that 12 hours of sleep you truly DIDN’T have…these are for you!