The Muse Takes on Specktra

You may recall that I had mentioned I was expanding my horizons in a previous post!

And now would be a good time to tell you exactly how I plan to do so icon wink

My love affair with MAC began not so long ago by visiting a forum entitled Specktra. Now you may or may not know of Specktra and here in lays my story with Specktra icon smile

Specktra is the type of community that plenty of hard work, passion, and love goes into! You can tell by visiting Specktra how much hard work goes into it! It’s an utter and complete encyclopedia for all good things MAC. Truly if you can’t find what you seek on Specktra you won’t find it anywhere else on the Internet.

I’ve been a proud member of Specktra for quite a while and I use it for all good things MAC. Now Specktra isn’t completely broken out of it’s MAC mold and that’s something I love about it because it’s my #1 resource for MAC information!

The Muse has the responsibility of bringing all the latest and greatest non MAC news to Specktra’s Blog.

This is thee most exciting news for the Muse! Writing for a blog that I admire so much is truly something I am very excited about!

So, once a week, you’ll see the Muse making a little guest appearance on Specktra blog featuring some new cosmetic find =-)

Many of you are privy already to huge stash of cosmetic must haves and now is my chance to share the information further with members and readers of Specktra!

I hope you’ll visit with me on Specktra Blog!

And of course this new venture does not hinder Musings of a Muse in anyway! The Muse’s blog will chug along as it always does!

I hope you’re excited about this as I am!

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Victoria’s Secret Limited Edition Heidi Collection

It was just a matter of time before we got Heidi Klum cosmetics from Victoria’s Secret don’t you agree?

Victoria’s Secret Limited Edition Heidi Collection as seen on Victoria’s Secret
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The collection is up and available for sale at Victoria’s Secret and the Muse is slightly interested as her love affair with Victoria’s Secret cosmetics has not diminished quite yet!

The collection looks interesting enough if not a bit on the boring side!

Let’s have a look see at the products being offered.

Mosaic Eyeshadow Palette $18 USD
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The palette looks interesting enough but a bit of a snore for me. Colors are too standard and you know the Muse loves her vibrant, bold shades! The actual palette looks very pretty done in gold with Heidi’s image on the front but the actual shadows aren’t very appealing to me!

Perfect Lipstick $12 USD
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The lipstick does have me intrigued as it seems to be shimmery. Bit too nude for me to love but I’m still liking the shimmer in it and I’m wondering if that runs straight through the actual lippie formula! Hmmm…! Possible wish list here!

Lipgloss $12 USD
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This might be a possible hit as well since it looks like it’ll be nice over the nude lipstick they are offering!

Glitter Eyeliner $10 USD
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Nothing special here! I have plenty of glitter eyeliners!

Overall, it’s a really nice collection and it’s quite pretty but the colors aren’t anything that I absolutely have to have! I will most definitely consider getting the lipstick and the gloss if it happens to pop up on sale (and it will for sure at the semi-annual) but for now I’ll skip! It’s inexpensive to begin with but imagine the deals you’ll nab after Christmas!

It’s worth mentioning as Victoria’s Secret, as you know from my previous blogs, has been really making a mark in my cosmetic world!

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Biteki Magazine Holiday Collections Feature

Sometimes I think I need my mate Betsy on board to keep this blog updated icon wink 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!

Anyway.

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.

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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!

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Beautiful is Christmas in Japan

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 icon wink

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!

Dear Santa,

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!

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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 icon wink

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!

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Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Set

Ah something to make the Muse happy icon smile

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!

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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!

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