Albion Eprise 2008 Spring Collection First Impressions, Reviews, and Other Bits and Bobs!

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I got something kinda sorta interesting to show you guys today and I have to post this super quickly I’m extremely busy at work today! If I owe you an e-mail or a reply to a comment I promise I’ll get to it soonish! I’m just a bit backed up due to work, life, the universe, and everything!

Albion Eprise has released it’s Spring Collection and one item that particularly caught my eye was the Water Face Color. Before I introduce you to the Water Face Color allow me to babble a bit about the new Collection.

I personally left behind a majority of the Spring Collection but it did have some very interesting pieces! The Collection consists of some very pretty items and unlike most of the releases this Season I’ve noticed that this particular Collection consists of some very fresh and interesting colors. Albion Eprise is obviously making it’s own kind of music with their Collection!

I feel a real sense of Spring with these colors and I was tempted to purchase a majority of this collection for that reason but I was good and only indulged in two pieces. Basically they went with really bold lips and really soft eyes which I totally love!

The lippies are almost all very bright reds and pinks while the eye colors are very soft blues, greens, and purples.

The release consists of a beautiful array of lipsticks, three new colors in the Creamy Eye Color, three new nail varnish colors, lipliners, and the Water Face Color Blush which ended up in my cart!

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As I said I skipped all of these delightful goodies and went for just the Water Face Color Blush. They blush was released in five colors and I ended up with two. All in all I thought it was rather the best of the lot of items! They have some really cute cartoon promo images using the cosmetics and this in itself almost convinced me to buy the entire lot of items used on each face but I was good!

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Ok enough babbling on to the review!

As I was saying I ended up with the Water Face Color and these are so, so, so interesting! The blushes come in a heavy glass bottle that’s quite cute. These are truly interesting as they aren’t quite a stain but they almost give you the same effect as one. On top of each bottle is a stopper which you place your finger over and proceed to tilt the bottle upside down to distribute a bit of the color on the tip of your finger for application! Not alot of product comes out of the bottle using this method which is good because you can slowly build the color up on your cheeks or use a lighter hand for a more natural, fresh look!

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The texture is a silky cool liquid that’s quite pigmented and beautiful. I found I got a beautiful flush of color to my cheeks when using this. This doesn’t dry as a powder nor does it really give you the benefits of a stain. It’s like nothing I’ve really tried on the market before and reminds me a little bit of Hard Candy’s Sweet Cheeks Liquid Blush but not quite as the texture is more water based where as the Sweet Cheeks is more thick. The blush is very lightweight and has excellent staying power. I imagine this is going to work excellent in humid weather!

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If you’re seeking a very light, refreshing blush this might very well be something you’d be interested in purchasing! The colors are natural and beautiful and the formula is light and refreshing! I find it especially flawless on my combination skin (which is more dry right now in the cold weather)!

Overall, I’m very impressed with these! The entire Spring Collection from Albion Eprise appears very wearable and beautiful and I feel the need to go back for a second helping of this fabulous line up!

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Reader’s Request: KATE Glamtrick in GN-1 FOTD

Ok guys! As per your requests I did an FOTD this morning with the new KATE Glamtrick palette in GN-1.

The palette is very versatile and you can choose to do a light or a darker look using it. Don’t be discouraged that the dark look I created won’t be good for Spring because that’s not the case. I choose to do a darker look but if you desire you can definately lighten the look up! Later in the week I’ll do a lighter look with it but for today I choose to do a deeper look!

The quint is definately worth picking up as it’s truly a nice addiction to the Glamtrick line up! I know some of you had said that KATE’s line was sheer and I’ve never experienced that with any of KATE’s palettes and this particular FOTD definately proves how much you can build color up with these!

You can click here to view my original post about KATE’s Spring Collection!

I got a bit picture happy as I really loved the way this came out and I paid special attention to it as I know many of you were curious about what sort of looks you could create using this particular palette!

I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I enjoyed creating it and hopefully this helps you decide whether GN1 is something you want to add to your collection of palettes!

Glamtrick’ed out Muse
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What I Used:

Eyes
KATE Glamtrick Palette in GN1
MAC Plushlash in Black

Lips
KATE Liquid Rouge

Face
NARS Blush in Angelika

Tools of the Trade
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Ghosts of Christmas Past Sale @ Lush

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Missing Snowcake? Want more Cocktail?

No problem!

Lush is having a sale at the moment and you can get all your favorite Lush goodies for 30-60% off! It’s rare that Lush discounts so now is a SUPER good time to stock up and save! Especially since they have Snowcake!

I mean who doesn’t need more Snowcake right? CLICK to Shop!

The Muse is stocking up and highly suggests you stock up too! I’m betting by morning it’s all gone!

Happy after Christmas shopping!

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Biteki Purple and Green Spring Dupe FOTD

I started out using blue this morning but I decided that I wanted to dupe the latest Biteki Purple and Green look!

PJ at A Touch of Blusher has posted the promo video for Biteki which is where my inspiration for this look came from! I haven’t gotten my latest issue of Biteki and I’m quite eager to get it as I’m curious about the promo DVD it comes with!

My look came out a bit too sparkley as I was running late for work and did it quickly which sadly means it came out sloppy! However, the good news is that you can easily recreate the look if you have the colors I used! They are practically identical to what the model is wearing in the Biteki ad and with a lighter hand you can dupe the look perfectly!

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What I Used:

Eyes
Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Fisnet
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Grifter
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Flipside
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Vert
MAC Pigment in Kitschmas
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Covet
MAC Mascara Primer
Bare Escentuals Big Tease Mascara

Lips
MAC Lipglass in Cult Fav (Fafi)
MAC Lipstick in Strawbaby (Fafi)

Cheeks
Pout Rouge Blush in Berry Babe

Back to work with my butt! Pray I get out of here before it gets much later sigh!

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KATE Spring Collection 2008: Review and First Impressions

I’m really lagging behind with this review! I meant to do it last week but Fafi took up residence on my blog and I was obsessing over it so this particular collection got shoved behind!

The good news is I’m here this morning to review it for you, babble a bit, and give you my 1st impressions of the KATE Spring Collection for 2008!

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My original impression of the new KATE line was a bit of a snore. I was on a bit of a Spicy overload as I have practically every single palette in the Spicy line so new ones did kinda make me take pause and wonder did I need these? I guess it got the better of me and I did end up indulging in some of the new line up!

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One item that particularly caught my eye was the newest color in the Glamtrick palettes. In keeping with the current flair of green that’s splashed all over the place KATE released a greenish Glamtrick palette that I am absolutely in love with at the moment! This palette contains an assortment of shimmering shades to make up that perfect green eye look and if you’re so inclined you might want to dab a bit of purple in somewhere to create the coveted green and purple look that’s so popular at the moment! The palette contains 4 shadows total and one liner color. The colors are a range of greens, silvers, and white while the liner is a deep dark forest green. The entire affair is pure perfection in my eyes and I’ve been eager to try this out since getting it!

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Speaking of palettes the newest ones to grace KATE’s line are the Line Spicy N Collection. Nothing to new about these aside from colors. The line consists of two shadows and two liners that you can interchange to create some very simple yet bold looks! I got two color selections from the give offered.

You don’t absolutely have to run out and get these. They are very nice color combos but aren’t something you have to have if you currently have a large wish list I’d say push these to the bottom! I ended up purchasing them because in all honesty they are cheap as stale chips so I firgured I might as well! But if you’re unable to get them at retail I suggest picking up the newest Glamtrick instead!

The two color selections I purchased were GD-1 and PK-1. PK-1 contains a shimmering pink eyeshadow and a beige shadow with complimenting liners of white and beige while GD-1 contains shimmering shadows in gold and brown and liners in blue and white.

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KATE also introduced a square cut eye liner which I am in love with. This is a very chunky square cut liner that contours perfectly to the lash line. I love it simply because it creates a rather gorgeous smoked out eye without the need for smudging it yourself. The liner is quite thick so you can create a large outlandish line or you can rub it along your lash line for a very smokey look! This is most definately worth picking up and is truly a gem of a liner! Ideally you can create a thin line with it if you desire but it’ll take a bit of work however using it as a tool for creating a thick line or just for smudging some liner on is absolutely perfect! I adore that this eliminates one step in creating a smoked out liner look! When “smoking” my liner I normally line and then proceed to smudge with a q-tip, brush, or finger however with this liner I can smudge as I walk it across my lashline! Sheer perfection! Good job with this KATE!

I ended up purchasing the newest KATE Gel Mascara as well which I’ve already reviewed in a prior post! Click here for details!

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Last but not least are the newest colors in the Powder Gel Liner! I already have a majority of the gel liners and these new colors particularly caught my eye. Both are metallic, shimmering shades of gold and silver and simply gorgeous! I’ve already used the gold in a few of my past FOTD’s from last week and the week before! I’m super chuffed with these. The liner formula is absolutely dreamy and a bit different from past KATE gel liners. It’s almost like applying a thin layer of powdered shimmer onto my lashline! So pretty and unique! For my Maquillage lovers you’ll be happy to know that they did similar color releases with their Spring line up! I was debating on the KATE and the Maquillage ones for a while and just ended up with KATE because it was cheaper plus I’ve tried them before and was happy with the results!

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Overall, the collection has some really great items in it! I highly suggest nabbing the new square cut liner, the gel liners, and the new Glamtrick palette!

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