August 27, 2007

Better Late Than Never: Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul

I’ve been very busy lately and updating my blog normally happens either really, really, really late at night, during brief pauses at work if I am even remotely lucky to have any, or in spurts here and there. Basically what you see written on any one entry takes me a day or more to complete because I’m so nuts with work and life in general lately 😉

Reason I am telling you all this is I’m quite late displaying my latest Japanese Cosmetic Fall Haul! I got it ages ago and never had a chance to really take it out of the box and truly enjoy it aside from taking some pictures and doing a video of it AGES and AGES ago.

I know MANY of you have already been exposed to the new Jill Stuart palettes, pressed blushes, etc…but I like to keep my blog updated with all my latest hauls so here goes anyway 😉 Hopefully it isn’t too much of a snore!

Kose Airy Whip (The new love of my life! This could replace Purity for washing my make-up off in the evenings! It’s so light and lovely and removes all traces of my foundation, blusher, and eye makeup too!)

Crystal Lash Pearls (These are great! An inexpensive way to enjoy lash pearls! Work just as well as Givenchy’s Lash Pearls!)

Esprique Precious Gift Set (A real value! Tons of goodies for under $50)

Esprique Precious Gift Set Illuminate Nuancer (Could possibly be better than Meteorites! Oops did I say that out loud?)

Canmake Goodies (Canmake is the one of the few inexpensive cosmetics that the Muse has room in her heart for!)

Canmake Glitter Eyeliner Pencils (These are a bit to rough and hard in texture so hey may need to have a go under the hairdryer to soften them up prior to application)

Canmake Lipgloss (Pretty brilliant! First Japanese brand that actually made a flavored gloss hehe)

Canmake Glitter Shadow Trios

Canmake Metallic Eyes Shadow

Jill Stuart Brilliance Eyeshadow Palettes Fall 2007 (Both are gorgeous as you can see and the colors are surprisingly really nice! I was worried I’d never make any use out of these palettes but I’ve fallen in love)

Jill Stuart Pressed Blush Compact (Bit sheer but haven’t tried them on my face as of yet)

Jill Stuart Loose Powder Blush

Majolica Majorca Single Eyeshadows

Majolica Majorca Majex (This is going to work great during chapped lip season!)

Tiffa Goodies (In love with Tiffa! This is my first haul from Tiffa and I’m loving the gloss and shadow)

Tiffa Eyeshadow Duo

Gransenbon Blushes

Gransenbon Eyeshadow Palettes

RMK Shadows

RMK Cases

Excel Single Shadows (LOVE these! So much sparkle and shimmer!

Excel Mini Glitter Mascara

Sofina Compact Case Fall 2007 (Best compact introduced yet in my humble opinion!)

KATE Mascara Primer (Not entirely impressed with this yet! The fibers get caught in my lashes and are visible a bit which means I have to struggle to catch every fiber while applying mascara! Not sure I’m in love with this as much as I’d like to be!)

KATE Lipgloss

KATE and Lavshuca Super Sharp Eyeliner (Never seen a liquid liner with such a slim applicator!)

Some presents from my angel!

MuseMedia Presents: A Japanese Haul That’s Better Late Than Never!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Anonymous

    Hello Muse!

    Thank you for the great pics and reviews – I adore your blog! Do you have any favorite websites where you order your Japanese brands, especially Gransenbon? I am really lemming those blushes 🙂


  • A-Mused

    Hi thanks for dropping by 🙂

    You’re most welcome! I appreciate the comment and your visiting me here!

    I love a ton of different places! JPmon is one place, ebay is great for finding good japanese brands, adam beaty is another, and quite a few other places!

    Gransenbon is kinda hard to locate on some sites but JPMon does carry some of the line! Most of the gransenbon I’ve gotten was purchased for me by friends!

    But you may be able to locate the blushes on MUA in a swap! Do you have an MUA account?

    Hope this helps 😉

    Thanks for visiting!

  • ~raspy~

    you got the canmake sparkling lame liner & tiffa!!!!!!! you make me lem for them!! the esprique illuminate nuancer looks real pretty!!!

    you are tempting me to make me break my mu ban!!

  • A-Mused

    hehe raspy! I try to create as many lemmings as possible 😉 I’ve taken the job very seriously lol!

    The tiffa is amazing! it’s my first time trying tiffa and I’m impressed!!!!!!!!!!! These are fairly inexpensive so it’s not really breaking the ban completely lol!

    The illuminate nuancer is so great that I want the other color as well now! It’s pretty impressive!

    Thanks for visiting me!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Muse,

    (I just wrote this and it didn’t send I don’t think so here it is again).

    Anyways, I love your j-mu blog pics. You create so many lemmings for me!

    Can you tell me what the 2 MJ e/s singles are at the bottom of the MJ single e/s pic? The color names? Those are gorgeous and I must track those down. Thanks!

    I am also lemming the MJ Majex lip balm, the Tiffa l/g and e/s (so pretty!), the Sofina Compact Case Fall 2007 is to die for (I adore anything purple- that compact is fantastic)! I also love the Canmake purple e/s’s and I LOVE and am lemming the Cineora powder you posted a pic of in an earlier post (the purple compact, the adorable fairy packaging!) So cute.

    Thanks for all the lemmings! keep it up. 😛

    I have some neat j-mu on it’s way to me soon. I’ll let you know what I think of it all once I get it.

    Great blog yet again.


  • A-Mused

    hey girlie 🙂 The lemmings are the awful lol! I visit many blogs and get some seriously bad lemmings so I can imagine the lemmings my own blog creates for people!

    Sure. I have to look through my MJ shadows and I’ll get back to you about them! They were purchased by a dear friend and she went out of her way to get them as they were retired but she had known of a shop that did in fact have the retired shadows, thus they ended up in my collection! So hopefully with some hardwork you can track these down! I’ll let ya know the colors tomorrow!

    I’m so glad you are loving everything! Do tell me what you end up buying 🙂 I LOVE hearing about what everyone else purchases hehe!

    The cineora is so cute, I agree! The same friend that purchased me the MJ shadows gave me the cineora as a gift! I’m currently carrying around the compact in my purse as my main touch up powder as I love the purple too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What did you get do tell!!!!!!! And where from?


    Where are you from btw? US?

    Hugs and thanks for brightening my blog up with your posts!

  • petitez

    I want to rob u!!! Somebody stop me!! Great haul there! I love my JS 06 palette. Resisting to buy the other one…. Whats the codes for the MM e/s? I love the bottom 4. Going to add them to my wish list! hehehe…. Do review the Tiffa e/s duo and Gransenbon palettes. Look gorgeous. Must be nice to receive more pressies! 🙂

    Reading your blog is bad….. Real bad….. Someone kill my lemmings…. kekeke….

  • A-Mused

    LOL! Serene you are welcome over anytime you know that hehe!

    I’ll do the codes for you guys tomorrow they are old retired ones the entire lot. I’ll get ’em out of my traincase and list ’em 🙂

    I sure will review ’em all for ya 🙂

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God I create my own lemmings sometimes! So obsessed with cosmetics!

    AH! *runs away and hides*

    put me on a MU ban like raspy!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Muse,

    I am in the U.S. in the lovely state of Oregon. 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear the shade names on the MJ singles, thanks. Of course they are discontued, lol. It can never be easy right?

    I am expecting a few things all from lovely MUAers. 🙂 Swapping is awesome. I am getting a few MJ single e/s’s in SV821, VI113 and #17, a MJ l/g in BE366, a Kate Dual Carat PU-1 and a few Missha items. I missed out on some Canmake things. 😮 Now I want them as I saw them on your blog.

    I also may be getting some Heroine Make mascara, powder and possibly a T’estimo e/s palette and a Kose Twinkle cream e/s in purple of course. 😉 (It’s a swap in progress…)

    Thanks for all the lemmings. 😛


  • A-Mused

    Hey Sarah!

    Awesome! A fellow yank 🙂 Most of my readers are in Asia somewhere or Europe. I don’t get many US readers! Fantastic that I am reaching fellow americans 🙂

    Where did you hear about my blog if you don’t mind me asking?

    LOL nothing ever is in the cosmetic world lovie 😉

    OH MY! Nice haul you got going on! You’re going to love it all! is this your first t’estimo palette? You’re going to want more you realize that right? And the KATE Dual Carats are my FAV FAV FAVORITE!

    Canmake is relatively easy to find compared to other brands 😉 It’s pretty cheap and cheesy but I love it!

    Girlie you are getting quite a nice haul there! hehe! Good swaps for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll be completely my japanese brand shopping blogs soon so that’ll help you find items you want in online shops! Hopefully that’ll be useful to you!

    I look forward to talking to you more!

    Many hugs!

  • mag

    I felt like I was scrolling forever! Heh! Thanks for the lovely photos as always and for letting us all live vicariously through you 😀

  • A-Mused

    lol sorry mag 😉

    bit too many pics!

    Thanks for always dropping by!


  • Anonymous

    Wow huge haul! Lovely pictures, love to see them and like mag say, I also felt like I was scrolling forever LOL… but I simply enjoy them ;p


  • A-Mused

    hehe thanks 🙂

    I Have to make the pics a bit smaller maybe it’ll cut down on the scrolling 😉


  • Anonymous


    I just wanted to thank you for getting back to me about those Gransenbon blushes and the websites. You are a doll!



  • A-Mused

    Hello Breri!

    It’s my pleasure! I’ll be completely my Japanese Cosmetics How Too Shop guide very soon and hopefully that’ll help you!

    Many hugs and thanks 😉

  • Anonymous

    Hi Muse,

    I don’t mind scrolling to look at all the pretties! 😛

    I heard about your blog from my friend on MUA (Betsy). She’s commented here before.

    Your blog is great- I hope to try the chat feature in a bit later on- I think I have to use another web browser.

    I got my 1st MJ l/g today! And some Missha e/s’s and a MJ e/s single in SV281. I know Missha is “cheap as stale chips” as you say
    but I really like the pigments. Have you tried any Missha e/s?


  • A-Mused

    gooooooood day sarah 🙂 How are you?

    hehe thanks 😉 Sadly even with smaller pics we’ll still be scrolling lol!

    Oh cool! I’ve made it to MUA! I’m famous now hehehe!

    Let me know how the chat works out for ya! So far I haven’t seen anyone inside yet!

    YAY! Did you get the new gloss from MJ? I’m really loving it!

    I’ve never heard of Missha! Do Enable me 🙂 I don’t mind cheap asian brands 😉 Just hate cheap american brands hehe!

    Love ya!

  • su-pah

    OMGee!! raycious!!!
    girlfriend you know all about the good stuff.
    just spotted the tag for it and had to click.
    i want absolutely everything in this haul. i thought my lunasol craving was bad enough, now i want jill stuart and everything else too.

    anyways, i was so gutted they stopped doing raycious compacts, the powder was my HG! 🙁

    • the Muse

      haha su-pah! I miss raycious so MUCH! 😀 Jill Stuart and Lunasol ugh LOVE!!!!!!!!!! 😀 the powder was my HG too!

  • ale

    hello!I was wondering, how was the glitter mascara?I saw a girl in the metro the other day and she was wearing this amazing glittery mascara, it was not so noticeable but yet so pretty, so i am looking on the web now if i can find something like that…how was yours?or do you have any idea of what product it may be?thank youu