Sometimes I think I need my mate Betsy on board to keep this blog updated Without her you wouldn’t get this special little treat I’m about to give you!
The Muse hadn’t checked Biteki’s site in a bit and it appears, thanks to Betsy for alerting me, that the Holiday Collection pull out is up and available on the site.
Biteki is a Japanese magazine that is sadly not available here in the US! Sometimes if you happen to be lucky you can nab older copies on E-bay or the Muse wanders through drugstores in Chinatown in hopes of nabbing a copy! On a rare occasion you can get a copy that’s…..wait for it….6 months to a year old *sigh*
However, the good news is you can always visit the website! The Muse just happens to be picky and likes to have a hard copy of the mag in her hand!
The good news is the holiday collections are up and on the site! You can check them out by clicking here. 17 pages of pure Holiday bliss! This features US and Japanese brands so you get a little mix of great and wonderful!
Sincerely, take a look at the site because it really does give a great break down of holiday “It” collections! I truly wish the US offered a better beauty magazine that did this!
Of course Betsy should be taken out and beaten for making the Muse’s wish list triple! But I love her so I’ll forgive her! Just this once.
Enjoy the Holiday Previews in Biteki! And let the Muse hear all about your wish list!
My comment box and my ears are open!
Update: Duh! I just noticed that Rouge Deluxe also has a feature on Biteki and also Voce! Click here to have a peek!
Here in the US we have our fair share of gorgeous cosmetics but you know that my heart always lays with the gorgeous collections that my most favorite Japanese brands put out for the Holiday season!
What better way to learn all about what’s coming out this season then visiting with the Muse’s very good mate Iris at Rouge Deluxe!
Iris has been making the Muse very happy with all her posts about the goodies that Lavshuca, MJ, Paul and Joe, Gransenbon, and many other brands have in store for us this Christmas Season!
Some of the items I am looking forward to this Holiday Season are included in this little blog entry!
The entire Majorca Majolica collection! Iris has just posted the details and the Muse is drooling in delight at what’s being offered!
Two (not one but two! Celebrate good times come on!) new Majolook Line Impact palettes! Oh my and one looks purple with shimmery bits and pieces! Go right ahead and count the Muse in as being excited about these! If you’d like a look at past Majolook palettes please see my prior blog Spolight on Majorca Majolica by clicking here.
Lash Freeze Glitter Mascara! OH.MY.GOD! You know I want this don’t you? Count me in for two of these please! I love the old glitter mascara they introduced and this is on my MUST MUST MUST HAVE TO HAVE OR DIE LIST! Oh sorry was I being a bit too dramatic? Glitter does that to me.
And finally Snow Carat Face Powder which sounds like something very yummie that I must have as well
MJ looks like it’s coming out with quite a gorgeous range for Christmas! You can see the pictures, prices, and first impressions from Iris by visiting her here.
Next up on the list is Lavshuca’s two new Holiday palettes! The packaging on these looks adorable! You can see both by clicking here and here. Puffy’s back as Lavshuca’s model for the palettes! Yes, I know I know everyone is groaning but the Muse likes Puffy! I’m not entirely sure I’m loving her hair in these promo images but I still think she looks gorgeous! Anyway enough babbling about Puffy back to the palettes! The palettes are a bit weird in color as these appear more Autumn than Winter however they both look quite nice and too good to use! Beauty Vault anyone? They consist of three strips of shadows and two lip creams! Yum the Muse is writing her Letter to Santa now!
Please bring me two each of the new Lavshuca palettes and I’ll be sure the cookies are extra good this year! Promise!
Much love, the Muse!
Sonia Rykiel has caught my eye with the sparkling face powders they are introducing for the season! You can click over here and see them. I’m thinking all three need to make an appearance under my Christmas tree!
Aube Christmas line looks pretty darn nice as well! The new Jewelry Shower eye palette has caught the Muse’s eye! If you’d like to see the past Jewelry Shower eyes click here.
My Japan/Asian wish list is growing quickly and I’m happy that most of my US shopping has been done (aside from the MAC bits that have to make an appearance). The Muse has to go count her pennies and see about making all these wonderful items her very own
Visit with Iris on Rouge Deluxe for your Japanese Beauty fix but don’t say I didn’t warn you! Japanese makeup makes you broke and poor kids! Don’t be annoyed when the Muse says “I told you so!” when she hears your wallet screaming in pain!
Look for these at your favorite Japanese online shops starting around the end of the month and the beginning of November!
I wannaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa here you guys talk! Comment! Tell me what you are getting this year from these lines or other Japanese lines!
New to Japanese cosmetics? Check out the Muse’s Spotlights on Japanese Brands to learn more! Got a question about Japanese Cosmetics? Ask away!
Ah something to make the Muse happy
A gift set that contains her most favorite Philosophy shower gel that makes a special appearance every Holiday Season! The Sugar Plum Fairy!
You can get both the gloss and a shower gel in this Nordstrom Exclusive set for $16!
Sugar Plum Fairy is a bit deceiving (at least for me she is). I originally purchased my first bottle two seasons ago off the Philosophy website without knowing what she smelled like! In my minds eye I had assumed she’d be a spicy sort of scent boy was I wrong! She’s quite fruity and sweet! Some people may find she smells a bit plastic like but I really enjoy the smell! It’s very difficult to explain exactly what it smells like! It smells almost like some sort of fruity gum or candy with a faint, faint underlay of pineapple. It’s so yum and I buy it every year!
The lipgloss is a complete contradiction to the scent of the shower gel! Go firgure! This is what I had originally thought the shower gel would smell like! It’s spicy and warm and almost gingerbread like but not quite (real gingerbread not Philosophy’s version of gingerbread!).
I purchase it every year and at $16 for the gloss and an 8oz bottle of Shower Gel it’s back on my wish list for another season! Especially for gift giving reasons!
In celebration of Sugar Plum Fairy’s return I cracked open my last bottle I purchased last year! Ahhh now I can safely use it (without fear it wasn’t making a come back) and stash up on some more!
Tis the season to smell fruity and delicious!
Well…I heard about Twisted Peppermint Body Spray way back in the summer! If you remember I had blogged about the Fall and Christmas releases in a previous blog.
First of all I must say that I’m really loving the Temptations line at the moment and I might go ahead and say I actually may even like them more than the Philosophy 3 in 1 Shower Gels. The scent is stronger, the linger much longer than the Philosophy Shower Gels, and hell they are cheaper!
Prior to this they have never released the line in a Body Spray. You could get it in several popular formats such as Shower Gel and Lotion but never Body Spray. This year they have released one single body spray that I had also mentioned in a previous blog!
More good news is that they have released a second body spray which is in the Muse’s VERY favorite scent, Twisted Peppermint!
Twisted Peppermint Body Spray as seen on Bath and Body Works Website
The bad news? It’s $11 as compared to the normal $8 price tag. More bad news….it’s shimmering body spray sigh.
Oh woe. Sigh! Great dramatic tears of disappointment!
Why couldn’t they just give us a normal body spray why does it have to be a freaking shimmering body spray?
As much as the Muse adores shimmer, sparkle, glitter, and shine she doesn’t want it in her body spray thanks very much!
I always find body sprays that contain shimmer sticky and they stain good blouses and shirts
I guess this isn’t on the wish list! I’m so disappointed. I was hopeful for a simple body spray with the sweet minty fresh smell of Twisted Peppermint instead they give me a shimmering body spray!
Thanks alot Bath and Body Works you’ve ruined my Monday!
Two seasons ago Sue Devitt introduced two gorgeous palettes that I was and am still very much in love with! They were entitled the Naughty or Nice palettes and they packed a whole lot of gorgeous into one very, very cute palette!
Sue Devitt’s Naughy or Nice Palettes
Now the Muse is telling you this for two reasons. One, she wants you to have a gorgeous, shimmering Holiday face and Two, she wants you to nab an awesome deal!
I believe at the time these palettes had cost $38 or $35 each (Don’t quote the Muse, she’s growing older and her memory isn’t as good as it once was). But you can have them both for prices ranging from $7.99-$14.99! Both of them for that price! That’s like $4 bucks a palette! If you search E-bay for “Sue Devitt Naughty Nice” you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the very nice, low prices these palettes are selling for!
Why is the Muse telling you this? Another two reasons if you will. One, if you’re on a budget this season and want to look gorgeous these are both fabulous palettes to have in your beauty arsenal and Two, did I mention these are selling for practically FREE!?
Now if I haven’t sold you with the price alone allow me to tell you a little about each palette! If you happen to love shimmer and sparkle and shine and glittery bits and pieces as much as the Muse does, these, my friends, be the palettes for you!
Naughty is my favorite of the two (not that Nice isn’t equally as gorgeous I just have a thing for the name! “Naughty” how very bad!). The Naughty palette contains two shimmering shades of shadow and two glittering lipglosses. The shadows included are a deep silver shimmer and a gorgeous frosty white. The lipglosses are a bitten red with silver sparkle and a deep pink with silver sparkle. The overall look the palette creates is a frosty holiday face that’s sure to please! Add a little liner from your own stash and you’ll be looking so Naughty it’ll be nice
Sue Devitt’s Naughty Palette
Now the Nice palette is as equally as gorgeous as the Naughty! If you happen to be a brunette these are most flattering shades indeed! This palette includes a gorgeous sparkling bronze eyeshadow and a sparkling beige that reminds me of Stila’s popular Kitten eyeshadow but with way more sparkle! The two lipglosses included are a bronze with gold sparkle and a copper with gold sparkle! The naughty palette isn’t only for the holidays you can easily get away with the look for Autumn or Summer! The effect this palette creates is a very elegant bronzed look with tons of beautiful shimmer!
Sue Devitt’s Nice Palette
Each palette also includes a lipbrush although for some odd reason or another they failed to include an eyeshadow applicator but that doesn’t take away from the fact that these are and remain a favorite Holiday Palette! Sue Devitt hasn’t wow’ed the Muse in a few years and these, at the time, had most definately wow’ed me!
I’d grab these off E-bay it’s such a good deal you can’t really lose out!
Being beautiful doesn’t have to cost a fortune