Lavshuca Spring Collection 2008 First Impressions

I’m positive many of you will be hyper and happy about this entry as I know quite a majority of my readers are big Lavshuca fans (as am I!).

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I was excited and disappointed with the Spring releases as the colors ended up being very dark and dull. My excitement at the release of new palettes was definately high however my first glimpse left me feeling rather crestfallen with the color selection being so very “un-Spring” like!

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The current palettes, entitled Noble On Eyes, have evolved yet again and although they remain familiar in size they differ in small ways from the standard Grade Eye Select Palettes in the general catalog.

I was in high debate if I wanted any of this collection but as I am such a mush I gave into temptation and got all five palettes released and three of the new lipshades!

A few of the differences that I took note of were the fact that the palette now consists of three colors instead of the standard four shades, the applicator is no longer a dual tipped sponge, it now has a brush on one end and a sponge liner brush on the other side, and the packaging of the palette is slightly different in color and design. The new packaging carries a floral cut along the outer edge all the way around and the color went from pinkish purple to a dark purplish pink.

Evolution of the Lavshuca Palette
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Most shocking is the fact that each of these palettes appear to carry all the same dark base colors while leaving us with one vibrant shade for our lid! Le Sigh! How very boring!

However, the good news is that each has a bit of a lighter or darker shade to it so really even though they appear the same they have little tiny differences! Still disappointing none the less but at least it’s not a total loss that I have five palettes with the exact same colors!

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The palettes come in a pink, blue, green, orange, and tan variation. To create your look with these you’ll be using the lightest shade (on the bottom left corner) on your highbrow as a highlighter and also as a liner for your bottom lash line. You’ll use the middle color on your crease and the dark shade (upper right hand) as a liner. This is basically what I can glean from the diagram. Hmm. Sounds interesting!? I guess it’s best we use our imaginations while applying and see what we can do with such wonky colors!

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From what I can see BR1 and BG1 carry the same base colors while the middle color is different! PK1 may look dark but actually the lower left hand corner color appears to be a very sandy pink color to my eyes! GN1’s lower color is a golden sheen while OR1 is a sandy beige.

The upper color is mostly the same in three out of five of the palettes. OR1, BG1, and BR1 appear the be the same while GN1 is a lighter variation and PK1 is the lightest in the lot!

So even though they appear to carry the same colors they are very slightly different from each other aside from BR1 and BG1.

The Spring Collection happened to bring a new color release for the Grade Color Select palettes which I didn’t get as it was blacks and grays and I have plenty of each. Sadly, no new colors for the Grade Eye Select which may mean they are phasing them out of the catalog. I hope not as they are actually my favorite! We shall see what Summer brings!

It deserves to be mentioned that color pay off is what you make of it. A lighter hand will get you a beautiful natural look while a heavier hand that’s packing on color with leave you with a more bolder, vibrant look. Lavshuca shadows have good pigment to them and with a little work you can create a lovely eye with them!

I used BG1 this morning and sadly it came out a complete mess to me. Working the darker browns with the lighter aqua shade in the palette was difficult at best. The completed look, to me, appears very washed out and just ugly. I’m really not loving how these combine! Although they look great on Puffy in the promo images I am unable to prefect the same look. Using the darkest shade to line the aqua just made it a mess so I ended up removing it and tried applying the darker shade to my lid while highlighting with the aqua, again I got crummy results. I somehow ended up with the lightest shade highlighting my highbrow, the aqua all over my crease and lid, and the darkest shade applied lightly on my lid and lining my upper lashline! After all this drama I think it came out crap! Maybe I was rushing too much this morning so I can’t give these a totally bad review yet! I have to test a bit more to make my final decision.

With the palettes they also introduced a brand new lipstick entitled Rouge Essence Bar. To me it’s basically the same old standard lipsticks but in keeping with the current theme they just packaged it different. However, the formula for these does appear creamier and less gritty then the original lipshades. I find the old lipshades had glitter in them and weren’t as flawless to apply as these are plus they had a bit of a gritty feel to them! These are very moisturizing and creamy and have excellent color payoff and indeed they do have a touch of shimmer! I think I may want a few more of these! I ended up purchasing three colors.

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RS1, RD2, and RD1
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Evolution of Lavshuca’s Lipstick
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I’ll be uploading my FOTD later today so you can see one of the palettes in action! I’m not particularly thrilled with these to be honest and I think you can safely skip these if you’re unable to locate them at retail price. If you’re a collector or you can get these at retail they may very well be worth picking up. The lipsticks are a definite buy as I found them very good quality!

Overall, a little bit of a disappointing collection!

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Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Review

I don’t know how but I’ve somehow became a Bobbi Brown groupie (you must be exhausted hearing about Bobbi Brown cosmetics so much this week!). Bobbi Brown is alot like the little boy in kindergarten who hits a little girl because he likes her. I’ve slapped Bobbi Brown around a few times in some old posts as you might recall but it’s probably just me hiding a deeper love for her product then I realized thus I’m the little boy!

I was on a Bobbi Brown kick last week so I purchased her gel eyeliner and I’m hear to rave about it! I’m normally a big fan of KATE gel liner or Smashbox cream liner. I rarely venture outside of using those two brands. Fact of the matter is I do indeed collect many MAC Fluidlines but rarely reach for them! My hand normally goes for either KATE or Smashbox.

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Another fact is I rarely line my eyes. A girl on Specktra once told me that in order to wrap up my look it’s best to line my upper lashline and lower waterline and believe me it was the best advice ever because liner really makes an eye look pop! However, I tend to create very bold looks and using liner on top of that makes me look quite like a “painted lady” (read between the lines). You’ll catch me using eyeliner for an evening out or when I’m using a lighter shade of shadow and that’s about it.

Anyway, the story is getting long and you’re getting bored! On with the review!

I don’t normally like gel based liners because I find they apply streaky and I have to fill in the area after I apply. Which means I have to have a steady hand to apply and a steadier hand to reapply because the first time I didn’t get the coverage I wanted to begin with! This happens to me with MAC FL much of the time I use it which puts me into a battle of loving and hating it.

The good news is Bobbi Brown Gel Liner goes on smoothly, seamlessly and once. I don’t have to re-line the area. One line is dark enough and perfect enough to last me all evening (or day) long!

The texture is “melty” and soft but it doesn’t make application difficult. Normally my sole reason I don’t use MAC FL as much as I should is due to the weird melting, soft formula that streaks for me. However, this gel liner applies very dark the first time, no streaks, and gives me a perfect, smooth line! I realize MAC FL has a cult following but I’m not really all that big a fan, sorry guys! However, I’m loving the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner at the moment!

Three Cheers for this one! It’s Muse Approved!

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Before Liner. Aw no pop!
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After Liner. POP!
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Sorry lots of similar pics! You can tell I was messing with makeup that night big time right?!

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Review: KATE’s Newest Gel Mascara

After much debate I decided to purchase some of KATE’s newest Spring Collection this season! One item that particularly caught my eye was the new Gel Mascara. I have the latest gel mascara that was released this winter but I decided I’d like to try out the new formula as curiosity got the best of me!

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I’ll be featuring some of KATE’s new palettes in an upcoming post but for now I’ll be reviewing the mascara for you!

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I’m not particularly sure if I love or hate the new formula so this is a bit of a mixed review. First of all one of the most surprising factors of the new mascara is the applicator. This doesn’t have the standard brush applicator, in it’s place we have a new short comb applicator. To me it just looks like a stick with little ridges set into it. It’s in no way like the standard MJ Lash Extender comb applicator it’s far slimmer.

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The good news is if you’re Asian and your lashes are very tiny this may very well be your ideal mascara as the applicator has a special knack for pulling lashes out and forward for beautiful volume! I purchased one of these mascara’s for my sister as she was curious about the original gel formula and this really works well on her minuscule lashes! She has really tiny baby lashes and the applicator worked them out and up very well!

KATE’s New Gel Mascara with the new applicator
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New vs Old (KATE’s new applicator featured on top while KATE’s old standard brush applicator is shown on the bottom)
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The applicator also works well at capturing lashes in the inner corner of the eye. The lashes in my inner eye are always difficult to get at but this fits right in and takes them from limp to fab!

The texture is the same as the original gel mascara to me but maybe a little bit lighter. If you’ve never tried the original formula it basically a very light texture that feels very natural on!

I’ve found a lighter hand is best when applying as I did notice it was clumping up a bit while applying. I think a combination of the applicator and the clumping turned me off slightly. I’m not particularly a fan of the new applicator unfortunately. I’m not entirely sure why I’m not loving it as I adore the Bare Escentuals brushless mascara which is almost the same concept as this plus I really love the old Kate Gel Mascara!

I think it’s an ok update to the line but I’m not quite at the stage where I can’t live without it. Slightly good news is that someone did comment in my Visee Aqua Shining Eyes FOTD (Click!) and asked if I had done something different with my lashes! So maybe, just maybe this is actually doing something good for my lashes!

I may feel differently after using this more but at the moment I’m undecided!

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Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection Review and First Impressions

Hold onto your seats we are reboarding the Bobbi Brown Train and my week of Spring Collection reviews continues!

Taking a little break from the Japanese front today I bring you a Spring Collection from the US shores!

I’ve had bumpy rides with Bobbi Brown before but I gave into my need for more Bobbi last week when I seen her on QVC.

I dunno what it is but QVC really sells me on cosmetics! Damn them straight to hell and back (scratch the back part! Let them stay in hell and rot!).

Seriously, you know how it is when you watch QVC and that sudden hardcore NEED rocks your world and before long you find yourself snatching up the phone like the QVC agoraphobia fan club that does daily calls to review cosmetics and skincare they are using in the comfort of their own homes since they don’t venture outside the house!

Wow..that was rather dramatic wasn’t it? But truth be told in that statement my friends! I want to know these people who call QVC at 4AM, my god maybe I’m one of them (no I’m not! I haven’t reached that height of insanity yet thanks very much!)!

Anyway.

As I’ve been saying for the past few days I’ve tivo’ed Bobbi’s episodes like the mad little lady I am and watched them over the past few days and Bobbi sold me on a few of her items. I think maybe it was that host Lisa that really sold me on the items I purchased. You know the one? She acts like you’ll never ever in this lifetime or your second (if you believe in that sort of thing) will you be able to get this super rare, ultra limited edition palette! MY GOD GET IT NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! WE ONLY HAVE 2 IN STOCK! IF YOU MISS THIS YOU’LL NEVER GET IT AGAIN (Two days later you find it at your local Cosmetics Company Outlet for half the price!)!!!!!!

Wow….what was I saying?

Oh yes, Bobbi Brown.

Anyway, I was watching Bobbi slather concealer on a model’s eye while making her up with the Pink Raspberry Palette and in that instant, as Bobbi multitasked through a look like the ultra awesome wizard she is, I realized I too, must OWN this palette!

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I had previously seen the palette in action on Erika’s blog, Makeup Bag, and as gorgeous as Erika looked sporting the palette I just felt it wasn’t me.

The hot pinks and dark shadows just weren’t calling my name at all however I did end up purchasing two of the potted rouge colors from this collection previously from Nordies which I meant to review but never got around too! Lucky you I’m going to do it all in one big post (prepared to be bored or enlightened or a little of both)!

After watching Bobbi work her magic with the palette I wandered over to her website and started browsing the Pink Raspberry Collection and a few clicks later I had a cart full of stuff I didn’t need but was lemming rather hard (and I didn’t have to pay $4 bucks or more per an item to get it shipped to me! Screw you QVC stop trying to make money off me with your damn stupid shipping costs!)!

Somehow, I’m not even sure how, I ended up with all of the Pink Raspberry Collection and I’m hear now to tell say that you too need all of the collection too simply because I don’t want to be alone with my sickness.

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No seriously you really need to check some of this collection out because it has some rather great items!

I think what really sold me on this was the promo images of the models! They look so fresh and naturally beautiful with their full, pink glossy lips and lovely pink cheeks!

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The palette is really a gorgeous yet simple affair that contains some rather vibrant yet elegant shades! At $55 USD it isn’t totally cheap but you’re getting a nice bit of product for the price and high quality product at that. However, you can safely skip this unless you’re really lemming it hard or you like simple makeup! The look this creates is very simple, pretty but still somewhat dull in my opinion! The shadows are matte and plain but the blush somehow makes up for that and when used together you get rather vibrant eyes with popping cheeks if that makes sense at all!

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You’ll get a beautiful pink blush, two lip creams, and two shadows. The pink blush is definately the gem in the palette! It’s vibrant and contracts beautifully with the darker eyeshadow as I mentioned above!

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By the very way, strangely enough after ordering this I ended up going to the Cosmetics Company Outlet and finding the Bridal Palette from last year for half the price with almost identical colors in it. It’s the story of my life to miss steals and deals sigh!

Overall, it’s a beautiful palette for the Spring and it can be worked right into everyday use and remains “season-less” for me as it’s perfect for a casual Spring or Summer day! If you so please you can spice up Fall and Winter with a bit of pink as well and use it then!

However I hate the fact that the powder gets in the lipcreams and such! Palettes like this normally get a pass up by me because they are so messy but this one was too pretty to pass up so I guess I’ll live!

A month or so ago I had purchased the potted rogue for cheeks and lips and these definately deserve a look at! I got my colors in Pink Raspberry and Raspberry, one is a light true pink color while the other is a deep pink. These are $22 USD each and have a fitting price tag as they contain a good bit of product for the price plus the colors are pigmented and longwearing!

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As I’ve mentioned in my last few posts I am now officially part of some sort of Pink Gloss club! I’ve been snatching up Pink Glosses left and right and it appears it’s the height of fashion in my little world (I rule there so back off! You can visit if you behave yourself!) .

I got the two glosses that came with this collection which I originally said wouldn’t look good at all on me. I’m about to contradict myself so hold onto your panties!

I’ve since fallen in love with Pink Popsicle which is a very deep pink gloss! If that wasn’t enough I went and got the Glitter Lipgloss as well in Pink Raspberry! Both are ultra beautiful! Particular Pink Popsicle which makes my lips pop and sizzle! I particular love the applicator on these as it picks up plenty of product to get my lips nice and shiny with little effort! I’m also deeply in lust with the pigmentation as I don’t need to stain my lips prior to use since the color is deep enough to wear on it’s very own!

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Pink Raspberry
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Finally after much debate I ended up with the lip pencils and guess what? I love ‘em! I’m not much of a lip pencil fan and I’m also not one for lining my lips but these are too cool! They are super moisturizing and again, like the gloss, very pigmented! A little swipe of these, some gloss on top and you’ll be looking posh!

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To wrap up all my gushing (by now you wanna vomit) I must say that the collection is great. Previously I was thinking that it wasn’t so wonderful but after trying this stuff for myself it’s making it’s way onto my favorite list for the Spring!

You seriously have to take a look at the Bobbi Brown website or head to your local counter and have a peek! I guarantee you’ll fall in love with a few of these items and want them for yourself!

The Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection could possibly be one of the best Spring Collections released western side!

I’ll happily stick the Muse Approved sticker on these items!

I know I’m overdosing everyone on pictures lately but I thought it would make up for the fact that my camera takes such crummy swatch shots. At least you can have a general idea of how the makeup looks on so I’ll be including FOTD’s with each of the reviews I do this week!

Below I used the Pink Raspberry Palette plus Pink Popsicle Lipgloss. I found it came out simply nice. Nothing too crazy but not too boring either. Interesting FOTD I’d call it! I’m less then flawless this morning as you can fine lines on my right hand eye due to Bobbi’s Concealer Palette that I reviewed yesterday. It hasn’t been 20 minutes since I put it on and already I have creasing into my fine lines! Rant! I also happened to use Majolica Majorca’s newest lash extender in this FOTD which I’ll be reviewing for you later this week!

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Stila Asian Exclusive: Pon Pon Gerbera

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A new Stila Collection is available on the site this morning which is entitled Pon Pon Gerbera and centers around the Gerbera daisy!

The new collection is themed as an “Asia Exclusive” but as we know from the Christmas Collection that’s probably not the case at all.

However, the collection is very pretty and consists of a new palette, one new blush, a lipgloss, and a glitter liner!

As pretty as the collection is I wouldn’t run too quickly to purchase it as Stila has been having a crazy amount of sales lately and I’m positive within a few months these items will be greatly reduced!

Pon Pon Gerbera Palette $45 USD
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Pon Pon Gerbera Blush $18 USD
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Pon Pon Gerbera Lip Glaze $20 USD
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Glitter Eyeliner in Purple Pink $18
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From what I can tell the only repromote in the collection is the Glitter Eye Liner aside from that the rest of the items are newly released colors!

It looks like a nice collection but I can definately wait for a sale!

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Click here to read about the previous “Asia Only” Collection from Stila!

Click here to read about Stila’s New Spring Palettes!

Click here to read my review on Stila’s newest Lip and Cheek Stain, Cherry Crush!

Click here to read about my review of Stila’s Illuminating Powders!

Click here to read about the release of Stila’s Resort Collection!

Click here to read my review of the Stila Look Book Palettes!

Click here to read my review on Stila Convertible Color!

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