September 5, 2008

End of Summer Round Up: Summer Cosmetic Addictions and Obsessions

Although the official Autumnal Equinox is normally between the 22nd or the 23rd of September I still associate the end of Summer with the day after Labor Day.

As far as the Muse is concerned we are in full Fall force mode even though it’s still fairly warm here, the nights are cooler and I’ve pretty much had Fall cosmetic collections on my head for the last month.

Summer went awful quickly this year for some reason! It could be because I started reviewing Fall collections so early or maybe it just flew by because I was so busy with life, the universe, and everything.

Who knows.

Either way it’s definately Fall for me!

What better way to celebrate the end of Summer then with a great post rounding up all my favorites, addictions, and obsessions in the cosmetic universe for Summer 2008!


Although no lipsticks caught my eye in a major way this Summer, I know for a fact that many glosses thrilled me to pieces! I favor gloss in the Summer anyway so this suited me just fine!

I was particularly enthusiastic when it came to MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit and it quickly made it’s way onto my Summer Must Have Makeup list! The color was sheer perfection and it’s possibly one of the best colors I’ve come across by MAC or any other brand for that matter!

Summer Must Have Makeup: MAC Lipglass in Pink Grapefruit

I had a soft spot for NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave but you won’t catch me tucking it away now that Summer is over! The color can bring me way into the Fall and straight through the Winter! That beautiful cherry red with gold shimmer is perfection for any Season!

Summer Must Have Makeup: NARS Lipgloss in Misbehave

Dior’s Ultra Gloss Reflect had three great shades but I was partial to the gorgeous hues of Beige Lurex and Corale Lame.

Dior Ultra Gloss Reflect Review

Face of the Day Featuring Dior Ultra Gloss in Beige Lurex

Aube Gloss Frutina in EX05 has quickly made it’s self at home on my favorite list! The color is virtually perfect for both the warm Summer and the cooler Fall weather!

Aube Gloss Frutina Summer 2008 Review


I was pretty taken with MAC’s Neo Sci-Fi Collection and was pretty hyped over the great shadows released with the collection!

MAC eyes shadow in Evening Aura and Expensive Pink surely did please me and I found myself reaching for both on more than one occasion this Summer!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

When it came to spicing up all my orange, bronze, and gold looks this Summer I couldn’t help but reach for my Majolca Majorca Lash Heat Metallic Mascara! I loved how this added a bit of heat and sparkle to my lashes!

Majolica Majorca Summer 2008 Review

Shu Uemura never fails to thrill and I can remember my excitement upon testing out the Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette! This palette kept me company all month long and will last well into the Fall and Winter and right into the Spring when it arrives. A palette that offers versalitity and a slew of options is always approved by the Muse!

Shu Uemura Fleur de Source Eyeshadow Palette Review

KATE Dual Carat’s are easily my most favorite eyeshadow duos around and GD-2 made me realize how much I adore these great palettes! GD-2 lent a certain refreshing look to my eyes while adding a bit of sparkle! Since gold is always in style when the holidays come around this fun Summer palette will work it’s magic when the weather becomes cooler!

KATE Dual Carat Review


Having popping cheeks was quite the rage for me during the hot weather! I fell absolutely in love and lust when I got my hands on Urban Decay Half Baked Bronzer in Glided Gold! It was love at first site and it instantly changed my mind about bronzers!

Urban Decay Summer Collection Review

Lending pop, sizzling, and cracking color to my cheeks were Aromaleigh Rocks! An instant classic for the Muse and most definately a funky item to add to your beauty blush stash!

Aromaleigh Rocks! Mineral Blush Review

MAC Neo-Sci played favorites not only with it’s eye shadows but also with it’s blush! I adored Spaced Out so much that I had considered for a while that I might need a back up! Soft, Peachy, Perfection! A favorite of the Muse’s!

MAC Neo Sci-Fi Review

Two cheek stains quickly climbed the ranks and became staple items for me this Summer! Both Benefit Posietint and Bourjois Paris Rouge Hi-Tech were reached for again, and again and again for a fresh glowing look that was perfect for the warm weather!

Benefit Posietint Review

Bourjois Paris Hi-Tech Rouge Review

Summer Skincare

You recently read how much I adored Etude House Aqua Sherbet Ice Toner but it’s worth a re-mention how much I loved adding this to my Summer skincare regime!

Etude House Aqua Sherbet Skincare Review

MAC Neo Sci-Fi did it again with the release of MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator! Let’s hope MAC brings this one back!!!!!!

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator Review

Summer Scents

I can’t forget how much I was loving Clean Perfume’s newest scent entitled Summer! It’s been my favorite scent of the season since I got it!

Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails in Punchy was equally well reached for and used!

Clean Summer Eau Fraiche Review

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Body Double Mist Tropical Cocktails Review

I’m saddened Summer is over but boy do I love the Fall!!!! I look forward to incoporating some of my Summer favorites into my Fall looks.

What were your favorite Summer makeup releases?

Tell the Muse!

Current Beauty Addictions

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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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  • MC

    Ah..I am so sad summer has gone…but at least it left me with some pretty pretty make up shades. XD

    Neo Sci-FI Soft and Slow Lipglass
    Neo Sci-Fi Expensive Pink eyeshadow
    Solar Field Black Ore Solar Bits Pigments

    Smashbox Red: Rock Lip gloss

    Urban Decay De-Slick

    Those are my top picks for the summer of ’08. 🙂

    Hope you have a great weekend Muse!!! (I know mine will be sucktacular with the remains of Tropical Storm Hannah hitting. Oh well, that gives me time to play Mario Kart and write in my blog lol)

  • Dancinggal

    The boy is picking me up Misbehave right now!!! Hurray, can’t wait seeing our summer is just coming up!!!

  • makeupmag

    Someone commented that I looked very summery today (I was wearing yellow) and your post totally reminded me of that. 🙂 There’re some winners in your Summer round-up! 🙂

  • Dana

    My end of summer faves…

    Etude House Peach eyeshadow palettes, MISSHA BB cream in watery or shiny, Bliss Youth as we know it, Lush emotibombs!

    By the way I have my own makeup blog that is waiting to be checked out by you! You and lotus palace are my inspirations. It is mostly asian beauty products and some other brands like Lush. Let me know what you think! Jersey girl here!

  • the Muse

    hi mc!

    Miss ya round here!

    I am too :*( but I sure do love the fall!

    Oh I forget about Soft and Slow! It’s on my list too!

    Good picks! I forgot about UD deslick too! Damn lol!

    Mmm we had some rain too blah! I got caught in it with friends on 34th street..not fun 🙁

    Hehe wish I caught up with my blogging this weekend! bad muse!

  • the Muse

    hiya Dancinggal!

    Fantastic! It’s a great shade 🙂 Sheesh and we are headed for Winter!

    How bizarre 🙂

  • the Muse

    hello there dana!

    Oh yes indeed I love that palette 🙂

    Sadly Missha Shiny BB was too dark on me darn it!

    Awww thank you so much *blush* Asian beauty is always good for me hehe!

    I’m heading over right now! Looking forward to reading it 🙂

    Ahhh you’re not too far away than 😉

    New York here!

  • Dana Cifelli

    Hi my dear musey!

    How did you get the etude house aqua toner sherbet? I cannot get anyone on ebay or gmarket to send me anything that is aerosol. I really want a few aerosol items by etude house. Help!

  • the Muse

    hello dana!

    how are you lovie?

    A friend of mine actually sent it over. You’re not supposed to send over aerosol items but she sent it over anyway. Lucky enough customs didn’t give me or her a prob!

    I’d check out MUA and see if a lovely Korean would be willing to cp.

    Hope this helps!