NARS Round Up Review: Abyssinia and More!

I got my hands on NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia finally. This color was released with the Spring Collection and I’ve been meaning to purchase it for ages. It’s not as bright and loud as my normal colors go but I adore it. I also got a few other NARS goodies that I’ll be discussing later on in this post!

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Abyssinia is a very delicate pearl color which gives a faint creamy look to your eye. Using such a light color on your eye area will brighten it up and make you appear more awake! I love the simplicity of this color because it allows me to take advantage of using heavier liners on my eye. I normally avoid lining my eyes when I’m using brighter, bolder shades as I think it’s a bit too much but when I’m using a lighter color I love going to town with my liner and making it pop! Such is the case with NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia! It’s a beautifully, refreshing color for using as an all over color wash, a high brown highlighter, or as a prep for a bolder shade! Yesterday morning I used Abyssinia with MAC Dual Eye Pencil in Nighthawk and Front Row and the look came out rather awesome. I was able to take full advantage of darking my eyes up with MAC’s pencil while keeping my eyeshadow simple and natural! I was trying to recreate the look of NARS Spring and Summer Collection with my bold lips and natural eyes!

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NARS Exotic Summer Collection Look and NARS Shanghai Lily Spring Collection Look
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Here’s what I came up with:

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Face
Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Powder in FemmeFatale

Eyes
NARS Eyeshadow in Abyssinia
MAC Dual End Pencil in Nighthawk and Front Row
Majorca Majolica Mascara

Lips
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick in Plum Orchid
Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipgloss in Plum Orchid

Since I’m discussing NARS might I mention the dual ended Lipgloss/Lipstain Duos! I’m feeling neutrals lately and NARS Dual End Lipgloss/Lipstain Duo in Stolen Kisses/Pamp is the perfect nude neutral combo! Pampa is a beautiful chocolate with touches of gold and Stolen Kisses is a Dusky Rose that compliments Pampa beautifully! I always stain my lips prior to applying gloss so this little guy is a god sent for me! The idea of having my stain and gloss in one easy tube is simplicity at it’s best! The stain is beautifully pigmented and the gloss is wonderfully emollient without being sticky or tacky! The shades go wonderfully together! Each Duo is $28 USD and available for purchase at NARS or Sephora.

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Last on my list is the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. Since falling in love with Bobbi Brown’s lip crayons I really adore the idea of a lip pencil that you can use for not only lining but filling! NARS version of the lip pencil is a moisturizing, pigmented pencil of color that’s simple to use and great to have around for on the go touch ups! The color I got was Belle de Jour which is a sheer beige! Toting around a small pencil that works like a lipstick makes my life simple plus the color selection is awesome!

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I’m looking forward to snagging some of NARS Summer Collection to review for you shortly!

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Read about NARS Exotic Summer Collection by clicking here!

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Click here to read my review and first impressions of the NARS Night Series Palette!

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Banana Republic Minis Review

Banana Republic has extended it’s line of popular fragrances to a new size, MINIS! Now the beauty of Banana Republic fragrance is available in a tiny size with a smaller price tag! Purchasing a mini version of these fragrances is a perfectly great investment since they are Eau de Parfum and not Eau de Toillete which means a beautifully lingering scent with a tiny touch of product!

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Each Mini is an exact replica of it’s full size parent and is 7.5 ML in size for a mere $10 USD! Scents available for woman are:

  • Alabaster
  • Rosewood
  • Malachite

I tested Malachite out and it’s a gorgeous blend of peony, sandalwood, and hyacinth. The notes may shout scary floral but it’s actually a very light, fresh, crisp floral that’s quite addicting once on! You’ll find yourself sniffing your wrists on more than one occasion throughout the day!

I personally love the price at $10 USD plus I like to have a purse friendly version to tote around with me for touching up throughout the day although the scent lingered for such a long time I actually didn’t have to reapply at the end of the day!

I’m pretty pleased after trying out Malachite and I’m now curious about Alabaster and Rosewood! Those are next on my list to purchase and try out!

You can purchase Banana Republic Minis directly from their site by clicking here or visit your local store to snag yourself a bottle or two!

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Majorca Majolica Summer Collection 2008: Review with FOTD

Majorca Majolica’s early Summer Collection is a small release of some very nice products. This release brings a new mascara entitled Lash Heat Metallic which is a burnt orange color, a shimmering metallic powder in gold, and some nail polishes. I purchased the powder and the mascara and left the nail polishes.

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The powder is a similar affair to the Holiday release and is entitled Powder Metallic Heat which is fitting as it’s a gold shimmering powder where as the Holiday release was a sparkling white. The packaging is identical to the previous release which is a small container with lid and a powder puff. The color does appear gold but has hints of bronzy orange to it as well. I personally don’t think it’s pigmented enough to use alone but more for use as a highlighter. You can use it for a variety of purposes such as on your eyes, body, or face. It’s very pretty and I’m happy to have it to add to my MJ Collection.

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The mascara is a gorgeous shimmering metallic burnt orange with hints of gold sparkle and is entitled Lash Heat Metallic. It’s beautiful on and very flattering with both gold and orange eyeshadows. I decided to pair it up with gold and orange as pictured in the ad for the Summer release.

I used the mascara by itself but I believe it works best when combined with your normal mascara. First apply a coat of black mascara and finish with an overcoat of the Lash Heat Metallic. I find when applying a base it emphasizes the color of the Lash Heat Metallic beautifully and you end up with gorgeous orange/gold shimmering lashes! This is the 2nd release of a colored mascara from Majolica Majorca. Last Summer MJ released a deep true blue mascara overcoat that was deliciously bright and bold!

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Both the powder and mascara are beautiful additions to your Summer cosmetic collections and well worth adding to your shopping list! I really love this collection! A palette in golds and oranges would have been brilliant to go along with the powder and mascara.

I paid the original price for the mascara and powder which was 1200 yen and 1400 yen. This is respectively about $12 and $14 USD. I’ve seen the prices range for about $5-6 or more on top of retail on online shops. You can see my Guide to Japanese Shopping for further information about purchasing these products online.

What I Used:

Eyes
Majorca Majolica Lash Heat Metallic
MAC Eyeshadow in Firespot
Majorca Majolica Frozen Splash Eyes in GD 821

Lips
Majorca Majolica Hydrating Lipgloss in OR317

Face
Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Powder Blush in SundayGirl

I tried to do a really close up image so you can see the Lash Heat Metallic on!

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Lash Heat Metallic and Powder Heat Metallic are both Muse Approved for purchase!

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Read more about the Majorca Majolica Summer Collection by clicking here!

Click here to see my collection of Majorca Majolica Mascaras including the Holiday Release and last Summer’s blue overcoat!

Click here to read my review of Majorca Majolica’s Spring Collection!

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theBalm Bahama Mama

Move over Hot Mama a new girl is in town! theBalm has introduced a new powder to it’s popular line up entitled Bahama Mama!

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In the vein of Hot Mama this cute compact is filled with beach-worthy bronze powder to give your skin a sun kissed tan without the sun!

The Muse no likey bronze powder but she definately likey the cute packaging on this! I Heart Hot Mama but I can’t love Bahama Mama sadly! But hey for all you sun divas out there this be the perfect powder!

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Bath and Body Works Spring Collection 2008: Temptations Body Spray

I’ve gotten a few e-mails asking me about the Bath and Body Works Spring and Summer Collection. Most of the questions were asking me about the Temptation line. Sadly, I have no information in regards to any new releases to the line. As the days past I’m doubtful anything new will be released from the popular line.

The bad news is I think maybe Bath and Body Works is replacing the line with other items but the good news is they do have a very tiny collection of body sprays that are part of the popular Temptation Collection!

Three Body Sprays have been released and appear to be available exclusively throught the website! Each body spray is $8 USD and available in three scents. The scents are Frosting Forever, Frozen Daiquiri, and Banana Smoothie.

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These are worth picking up if you crave a light, fun scent for the Summer! Vanilla Frosting is a yummie concoction of vanilla frosting and vanilla cupcake! Frozen Daiquiri is a sweet strawberry scent with very faint touches of lime! Banana Smoothie is a decadent combination of banana and strawberry!

If you crave something sweet and fun for the Summer and you’re yearning for the return of Bath and Body Works popular Temptation Collection these might be somewhat you’ll want to snatch up for your very own!

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