Mmmm the fire in my blood is slowly dying out for Japanese brand Lavshuca. What is going on with these releases lately? They either all have similar colors to previous collections or they just suck in a major way! And hello? How many shades of brown and natural brown can we possibly have? Every single palette has brown, brown, and more brown! What happened to the rather lovely pinks and aquas that Lavshuca used to release?! I know, I know, shocking how candid the Muse is on voicing her opinion when she’s been known to express her undying love and appreciation for all things Lavshuca!
I purchased both coffrets from the Lavshuca Antique Collection for Holiday 2008 and I must say that they are nice but lord knows that the colors are absolutely boring and the same colors released over and over and over again from Lavshuca lately!
The Lavshuca Antique Collection comes in two flavors, Antique Sepia and Antique Monochrome. I’ll be reviewing Antique Sepia today and bringing you Antique Monochrome later this week. Each collection comes housed in a tiny, sturdy cardboard box and includes one Lavshuca Dual Eyeshadow and one Lavshuca Liquid Rouge. I paid retail for each set which was 1,890 yen plus the normal promotional discount (30% or so) that applies to Japanese drugstore cosmetics. I’ve seen the sets on E-bay for around $21 USD plus shipping if you’re wanting to indulge and of course Adams Beauty will probably have them for considerably less so do shop around before settling on one spot to buy from!
I think my two favorite items from the collection are the box and the gloss. Taking into consideration that Lavshuca’s Winter Make palettes were very delicately made last year it came as a shock that the box with this year’s collection is so sturdy and nice. It’s quite a cute little pull out draw that will hold around three or four MAC lipsticks. I was actually expecting something large as the pics make it look HUGE however it is tiny! As you can see below I placed a Clinique eyeshadow palette beside the box to show the size.
The second item that I really enjoyed with the collection was the Lavshuca Liquid Rouge. For some odd reason or another this particular Lavshuca Liquid Rouge seemed to have a bit more sparkle and shimmer than the normal range. The color included with Antique Sepia is a nice beige with golden shimmer and hints of peach! It completes my nude look beautifully when I use the included shadow duo!
The shadow is a bit on the boring side sadly as it includes a rather crummy nude brown shade with hints of gold shimmer and a base color of white gold that contains a bit of sparkle with a slightly iridescent finish. I will say that once I completed my look I did like the effects of combining the beige gloss with the nude eye look however it’s not what I’d want for the Holiday in all honestly. Right now it goes rather well with the Fall weather however I do love a festive eye look come the Holiday that’s vibrant, full of shimmer, and most importantly doesn’t shout natural! The duo is quite tiny and far from regular size. Although the gloss is regular size do brace yourself for a mini shadow!
As you can see below a MAC eyeshadow is even bigger than the little Lavshuca duo!
I did have a hard time deciding how I wanted to use the shadow. Sadly, I don’t read Japanese and the diagrams that I’ve come to rely on, on the back of the package are just never around on Lavshuca packaging. They must do this to irritate me, honestly. Between Jill Stuart and Lavshuca I’m unsure which brand annoys me the most when they fail to include the handy dandy eye diagram most Japanese brands favor on the back of their packaging!
In the end I decided that I’d use the white creamy gold shade as an all over color wash on my entire eye and follow up by blending the brown into my crease and on my lid. The look comes out very natural and yes, I begrudging admit, lovely but I still call it as being hells boring for the Holiday Season! Sorry it is what it is and this doesn’t shout “fun, shimmery Holiday!” to this Muse!
Aside from my major ranting about the shades and the lack of festive feel to the collection I did like the items included and especially enjoyed the very cute packaging! Overall, they are worth picking up if you can nab them at a good price but not so much if you’re paying more than retail!
I’ll give you the good (or bad) word on the second coffret shortly so stay tuned!
Late Sunday night I decided to dive in and try out MAC Pigment Pressing for the first time. Um yea can I tell you how horrifying pigment pressing is for a makeup junkie?
Ok, first off let me explain that I thought pigment pressing was going to be some sort of major mess but turns out it’s actually quite easy, fuss and mess free! I had zero mess to clean up and didn’t get pigments on my fingers or anywhere else thankfully!
What was it horrifying?
The problem with pigment pressing is if you’re emotionally attached to your MAC LE pigments and you’re planning on pressing them you may be in for a shock at how much product you have to use to get a single press! I had no idea I would have to use SO much pigment! I used MAC Pigment in Mutiny because I sincerely adore this color. I was smart enough to realize when to stop but if I kept going I’d have used up over half of my jar of Mutiny before getting a full press!
I had no idea that I’d need to use so much pigment to get a full press of shadow from the jar! If you want a full press of a pigment you have to use at least half a jar of pigment or more! See where I am heading with this?
If you’re really attached to your pigment in loose form chances are you’re going to be upset when using a half a jar of a favorite LE pigment! On top of this the chances of messing the press of the pigment are very real. I was trying to press MAC Pigment in Blue Steel and completely screwed it up! Ahhhh! Imagine taking a very valuable LE pigment and screwing up the press? It would be like going to a funeral!
I guess if you’re using pigments you can get from MAC anytime then I’d recommend pressing them out as it makes application quite easy considering how much fall out pigments create however if you have vaulable LE pigments that you’re not willing to part with I’d totally avoid pressing them (unless the Muse is the only one emotionally attached to her pigments)!
This was an experience the Muse didn’t enjoy and won’t be doing again as most of her piggies are LE!
These are about a quarter jar of pigment each…as you can see the presses are not even half full!!!!!!
Or at least the juvenile Muse thought so! The floor is now open to slander Roxette’s bad hair…I’ll turn away while you do so….
In 2008 Verg Wang Look has “the Look”, minus the bad hair of course! Vera Wang Look is a new Eau de Parfum that represents the style and passion that Vera Wang’s new Fall/Winter Fashion Line introduces for 2008-2009.
Vera Wang Look is dominantly a soft floral with notes of lily, freesia, and jasmine but other notes such as sweet vanilla, musk, and deliches apple create a sparkling soft fragrance that manages to have a sophisticated yet fun edge. I got a rather clean, crisp citrus like scent from Vera Wang Look. If you enjoy soft florals, brisk, clean blends this would be something you’d love. Vera Wang Look is ideally perfect for a day time fragrance in the Muse’s opinion. Look extends it’s clean, sparkling look to it’s packaging as the scent is held in a simple, clear prism bottle.
Taking into consideration that Vera Wang Look is an Eau de Parfum you’ll have a good long wear time on this. I used about three squirts and it extended from around 6 in the morning all the way into the evening around 7 when it started to wear down slightly but still held a rather nice touch of scent.
All in all Vera Wang Look is something worth checking out for yourself! The collection consists of the main fragrance plus additional items to layer with such as a sheer body lotion, body cream and more!
Vera Wang Look is currently available at Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s, and other select department stores. Do stop in and have a sniff for yourself the Muse thinks you’ll love it!
So let me introduce you to another fine lip stain…might as well do two stains in one day! What the heck I feel like living dangerously today!
Tricia Sawyer Clearly Pretty Lipgloss has my heart at the moment as far as lip stains go! Loves it!
What is it? It’s a body heat-activated lip gloss that turns the perfect, customized shade of pink! Basically it enhances your own natural lip color flushing lips to a really intense pink that’s quite beautiful! I tried it and my sister tried it and we both got different results. Mine turned a rather dramatic fuchsia pink that I was absolutely loving and my sister it turned a rather dark red that was quite charming! I wouldn’t mind either shade in all honesty as they both were rocking as far as I’m concerned!
I’d call this a liquid stain considering that the formula isn’t quite intensely glossy. You can use a bit more gloss on top after application to get a fuller lip look. The formula does get super props for creating a rather sizzling shade of pink on my lips! It goes on clear but takes a mere second to turn into a brighter shade of pink or in my sister’s case red!
I thought it was rather interesting that it turned a delicate pink on my arm but on my lips it was a louder shade of pink! I guess the body temperature of my arm was a bit cooler than that of my lips.
If you adore the look of just kissed or just bitten lips you should try out Tricia Sawyer Clearly Pretty Lip Gloss! Good stuff! The Muse likey this one…alot!
Lancome’s Beauty Box looks like something the Muse must have! With any $36 USD Lancome purchase you’ll receive a train case chock full of Lancome goodies for $49.50 USD!
You get a full size Bi-Facil…hello Bi-Facil is $26 USD alone…you’re getting a full size in this kit! Plus you’ll also recieve the following items:
Lancome Full Size Definicils Mascara
Lancome Maquicomplete Concealer
Lancome Le Rouge Absolu Lip Colour in Ruby Silk and Coquette
Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Work It!
Lancome Color Fever Shine Sensual Sheer Color in Boiling Point
Lancome Juicy Tubes Jelly Lipgloss in Magic Spell and Spring Fling
Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eyeshadow Palette (Includes 7 Shadows)
Lancome Blush Subtil Powder Duo
3 Piece Brush Set
And Much, Much More!
Holy cow! Nice haul of items in this one!
Starting today you can get your black train case exclusively at Macy’s and the burgundy train case is available from Lancome directly by purchasing $36 USD worth of products and using coupon code BEAUTYBOX at checkout! CLICK to start shopping now!
All other department stores will have the train case starting the 23rd of this month! Hurry over to Lancome and snatch one up now as I have a feeling they will go fast! The Muse wants one!