Etude House Spring Collection 2008: Peach Makeup Collection Review

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Etude House released a rather interesting Spring Collection this year and of course the Muse couldn’t resist picking up most of it for herself!

The Collection consisted of an array of “Peach” Themed items. One item in particular that caught my eye was the Pore Erasing Peach Base. This quite reminded me of Benefit Erase Paste which I didn’t have the best experience with. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment but I decided that I needed to try the Pore Erasing Base because I had convinced myself that it had to be better than Benefit’s version! It’s 11,000 Won for the entire jar that’s under $10 USD! It’s freaking huge at 0.88oz!

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I tested it this morning and it’s not anything like Erase Paste. It’s a pre-makeup primer through and through and sadly my hope that it would have some concealing benefits were quickly dashed as soon as I got it on my skin. I don’t have large pores however this is perfect for creating a smooth, matte finish on your face prior to foundation and makeup. This carries a beautiful scent of peaches as well. Understandably some girls prefer cosmetics without scent but I don’t mind in the least! Whether this allows my makeup to last longer throughout the day remains to be seen but right now I’m loving this as a pre-foundation prep! The texture is quite like Smashbox Photofinish Primer but I felt like it was a bit more moisturizing and blended easier plus I didn’t get a breakout after using it where as with Smashbox’s primer pimples crop up! I did notice although it wasn’t concealing it did lighten my face up a tad bit and almost made me appear ghost like but after applying the next stage of my makeup that effect was gone thankfully.

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For the price I think it’s well worth looking into and trying out if you can get your hands on it! The good news is I got a small sample of this with my purchase and I’m giving it away to the first person that comments and is willing to review it for Musings of a Muse. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this so if you’re willing to review it give a yell! The first person who comments I’ll ship it out to and I’ll expect a review back within a week or so explaining if you loved it, hated it, etc…!

Sample of Etude House Peach Pore Erasing Base for Review!
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I also got the Peach Skin Pact which is best used for setting the Pore Erasing Base. The formula is obviously very good for oily skin types and offers very nice matte coverage. Good for touch ups and setting your foundation plus the compact is so bloody cute it’s no great chore to tote this around with you! I’ll make proper use of this come Summer when my skin decides to take a field trip from dry and venture into oily!

My entire routine for makeup this morning consisted of using the Etude House Pore Peach Base and setting it with the Peach Skin Pact. I used no other foundation in my makeup process as I wanted to dupe the entire look from the video how to on the Etude House website. I don’t normally use powder as my sole foundation since I feel like I need better coverage plus powder wears off very quickly throughout the day! I’m curious if the base will keep the powder intact all day which is why I’m experimenting going without my normal foundation! If it works I’ll be doing this all Summer long as my makeup feels very light today which will be perfect for Summer! This, like the pore base, carries the sweet scent of peaches which I absolutely adore!

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I got two of the Peach Cheek Blushers as well which are basically an exact dupe of Lorac’s Cheek Stamp that was released last season. These appear to be very sheer but they are not. They hold a beautiful pigmentation for an item that’s so cheap! The formula is a bit chalky but that’s simply because it’s catering to an Asian skin type that may be oily. The concept and idea of a cheek stamp is of course awesome not only for ease of application but for the cute factor! I’ve personally never tried Lorac’s version so I couldn’t say how good it is but I’m glad I decided to give these a shot. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept I’ll briefly explain. Basically this is a circle sponge that has blusher in the lid of the product. The sponge is saturated with the powder and you can pop it out and “stamp” it onto your cheeks for a pinch of color!

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Lorac’s Cheek Stamp
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I ended up purchasing the eyeshadow quad that was used in the Etude video as well. It’s actually not LE and is part of the normal collection but I was so juiced over the look they created using everything that I wanted to try and dupe the entire look thus this palette got tucked into my shopping list! It’s basically a quad of four shimmering shades that are very sheer but can be built up. They have about the same pigmentation as a Majolica Majorca Majolook palette. The shades in this particular palette are white, baby pink, light blue, and yellow. The shadows do have the standard chalky texture most Asian brands sport but I don’t mind as I’m used to this from various Japanese brands. They hold a beautiful shimmer and blend very well!

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I also got the Peach Beam Blusher which reminds me of a MAC MSF. It has a metallic shimmer finish that’s applies as a highlight but is pigmented enough to act as a blush! The effect is a beautiful glow! If you enjoy tanned skin during the Summer I imagine this will be very fitting for not only highlighting your cheeks but giving you a beautiful peach kissed look!

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Color Me Nude Lip Concealer also ended up on my shopping list! MAC makes a similar lip concealer but in a pot form. Basically it concealers your lips and primes them for lipstick or gloss. Supposedly when your lips are primed with a concealer your glosses and lipsticks appear more vibrant and bright! As I said MAC’s version comes in a pot and this just seems easier and convenient in stick form! I haven’t yet tried this and will be doing a review of it shortly!

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Staying on track with dupes Etude House also released Tear Drop Lash which is identical to Givenchy’s Lash Sparkles and Dior’s Lash Pearls. This is basically a wand that distributes little tear drops onto your lashes for a bit of an interesting “teardrop” effect! The applicator appears to be thought out a bit better than both Dior and Givenchy’s version! It’s a flat square plastic applicator with a tiny hole. It works quite well at disturbing the product and applying it right on the tips of the lashes! Very nice effect! I wish I can get a really close up image of my eyes so you can see the effect!

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Finally I got the Peach Water Gloss which smells amazing and tastes just as good! I used it this morning and I love how well it applies. It’s a bit sheer but the formula is nice and watery which makes it feel very light on the lips and not tacky or sticky on the lips!

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I got some cool freebies as well which were a cellular phone charm that houses an Etude gloss and a mini toner/lotion set.

All and all I’m thrilled to bits with the collection and it cost me under $85 USD for the entire lot of goodies I got. Inexpensive cosmetics that actually work well totally make the Muse’s day!

This morning as I mentioned I used almost all the collection to create a beautiful peachy pink look that’s both fresh, fun, and girly! I love how the peach contrasts so beautifully with the pink in my FOTD! I’d normally never pair up peaches and pinks but this came out so well that I’ll be doing so from now on!

My attempt to dupe the Etude look as seen on the video!

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What I Used:

Eyes
Etude House Cute and Sexy Eye Quad
KATE Gel Mascara
Etude House Tear Drop Lash

Face
Etude House Pore Erasing Peach Base
Etude House Peach Skin Pact
Etude House Peach Beam Blusher
Etude House Peach Cheek Blusher

Lips
Etude House Peach Water Gloss

The Peach Makeup Collection from Etude House is most definately Muse Approved!

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Cynthia Rowley for Avon: Flower and Petal Fragrances Review

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Remember I was babbling about Cynthia Rowley doing two new fragrances for Avon a week or so ago? Someone was even kind enough to point out what “Cheap, Rubbish” they might be!

Cries of Cheap and Rubbish didn’t sway me from purchasing both on E-bay for mere pennies and here I am to review them for you!

Two fragrances were released one entitled Flower and one called Petal. Flower is geared towards women while Petal is more for girls. I got both for the hells of it. Since I was so happy with Rowley’s Avon Collection in the Fall I firgured I couldn’t go wrong!

First of all it deserves to be mentioned that the bottles are very nice. Flower is a tiny bit bigger at 1.7 oz than Petal which is 1 oz which makes the contrast in size of the bottles sitting side by side a very nice little display for your vanity.

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Flower is actually in Eau de Parfum which I was fascinated with. Not many companies put themselves on the line with Parfum. Hells even high end brands sell you Eau de Toilette for outrageous prices! Flower is my favorite of the two. It lingers and lasts all day and carries with it the strong scent of Lily of the Valley. Although it’s very nice I still do get slightly woozy from the smell of the Lily as it smells more artificial than fresh and fragrant. I do like it but I don’t love it but hey it’s Avon and for Avon it’s pretty good, not great mind you, but ok!

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Petal is the worst of the two as it’s an Eau de Toilette and most definately holds true to that title as the scent doesn’t last at all. Spray it on, experience a faint whiff of a floral blend, and it’s gone. The lasting power is zero on it. No linger from this at all! As cute as the bottle is that doesn’t make up for the fact that what’s inside sucks! Although it’s a very nice, light blend and has the potential to go from ok to good the fact that it doesn’t last makes it useless sadly!

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All in all a complete disappointment and a waste of cash. I honestly didn’t expect too much from these and they didn’t deliver.

I guess I was blinded by Cynthia Rowley’s name on the bottle and was hoping for better! Oh well!

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Bourjois Paris Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow

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Give your eyes a bit of shimmer and shine with Bourjois Paris Shimmer Shine Liquid Eye Shadow! I ran across these when looking for new collections on Sephora late last night when I couldn’t sleep.

I’ve had a bit of a thing for cream shadows lately so I’m quite interested in giving this a test drive! I just ordered two of the six colors available from Sephora.

Review to follow soonish!

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Nordstrom Exclusive: Bare Minerals Carnevale Collection

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Ahhh Bare Minerals continues the saga of overpriced cosmetics with it’s newest Collection entitled Carnevale.

This particular collection is available as a Nordie’s Exclusive but I’m positive we’ll see some new spin on it and it’ll pop up at Sephora with little, tiny differences.

I know I’m hating on BM/BE lately and it sounds like I don’t like the products but that’s just not the case at all. I actually love some of the items they have available but as of late I’m very disappointed in the prices. This particular set is $64 USD! I’ve come to expect more from BE for less but it’s now reversed to “expect less and pay more”.

This collection doesn’t wow me but if you’re interested have a CLICK!

The kit includes all of the following:
bareMinerals Warm Radiance All Over Face Color
bareMinerals Sangria Eye Color
bareMinerals Carnival Liner Shadow
bareMinerals Sun Kissed Blush
Glamour Lash Mascara in Black
Lipgloss in Harp
Tapered Blush Brush
Double Ended Shaping Brush

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Philosophy Deals

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Grab yourself or your Mum (as Mother’s Day is around the corner) some Three in One Shower Gels @ a great price! Philosophy Three in One’s are 3 for $33 with Free Shipping using promo code SPRING33!Can’t beat that price! Most definately a Steal and a Deal! Sale ends today so hurry! Click!

Happy Shopping!

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