Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Sep 30, 2007

Latest Japanese Haul

The Muse went a little crazy and ordered a few new Japanese goodies!

Here's her latest haul from the west end of the world:

T'estimo Gift Set

I've no idea how old this gift set is but it could be Christmas last year! After hearing the tale of T'estimo demise I went into mourning and soon after decided to make it my business to collect what remaining T'estimo I don't already own and stash it away in my collection before it was gone for good!

This nifty little kit contained two mini lipsticks and two cream eyeshadows in pink and gold colors! Overall it was quite a cute gift set and I'm thrilled to own it!

Shiseido as we know it here, in the US, is not a cheap brand of cosmetic. It's a high end of make-up that is purchased in posh shops. Shiseido is on a different sphere in Japan and how the Japanese know the brand. Shiseido is well known for not only expensive designer cosmetics in Japan but also cheaper drugstore brands such as Majorca Majolica, Maquillage, Etc... Shiseido has some amazingly inexpensive and fabulous branch offs in Japan that are not available in the states or Europe. Some of these brands are my truest love. The following are a new line, for me, that I came across. It's a very inexpensive brand of cosmetic that Shiseido has out and quite nice for such a low end brand of make-up!

Update: With a little help from your friends you can find just what you need! The website for this cheesy little brand can be found here: Thanks so much to Flecks for the information!

Trio Palette

These palettes slide open to reveal two shadows and a glittering lipgloss. Not the best palette in the world but quite cute for a casual, minimal make-up look!

Loose Powder Blushes

I got two of these loose powder blushes. The pink is ultra sheer but does give a bit of a wash of color! The white is gorgeous and pretty pigmented, I probably won't use it much on my cheeks but it will make a great base for shadows! Plenty of shimmer in the white too! The Muse likes shimmer!

Dual Contouring Blushes/Highlighters

Interesting blushes. One in glittering white and one in gold. Ok in the pigment department but does hold a nice glitter content, good for contouring or highlighting your face. One side holds a shimmering side and the other a matte side. Overall I'm pretty happy with these and I'm eager to try them out for size!

Pinkolors Palette

I've never seen this brand before and it's brand new to my eyes. I've searched but I haven't found a word about Pinkolors on the internet aside from some auctions selling it! This was a last minute purchase due to the cute packaging design! The colors in the palette are pretty nice but sheer. Good for a casual make-up day or using them as a base for a more vibrant shade!

All in all some interesting little tidbits in this haul!

Enjoy the pics and first impressions!

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Blogger Haru said...

Hey Iz!

I always love checking out your latest hauls! That T'estimo gift set is from December 2006. I think it didn't sell that well because I was still seeing it in the Japanese drugstores this past summer. But it's cute to play with nevertheless. Hey, when are you going to post some new EOTDs? :-) I miss seeing those! They're always a great inspiration!

September 30, 2007 at 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Izzy,

I loved seeing your latest j-mu haul. Those powder blushes look very neat! I like the little star design- so cute! Great reviews! Thanks for posting pics. :)


September 30, 2007 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger fleckenschnitte said...

That cheap Shiseido brand is called Kesho Wakusei and is available only in small convenience stores throughout Japan (haven't seen it in any of the "normal" drugstores)
Here's the website:

September 30, 2007 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hey iris :)

Always my pleasure when you pop up here my friend!

I'll get to doing more EOTD's very soon ;) Now that's it's Fall they'll be alot different than what you've seen over the summer! Bit more darker and dramatic!

Thanks for loving them!

Hey Sarah.

The blushes are a tad sheer but I am like the sparkle to the white!

You're most welcome, it's my pleasure!

hello you :) *hug*

Thanks for the info! Iris had told me this about a week ago and for the life of me I couldn't remember the name!!!!!!!

Have you tried any of the line? This is my first time!

Drugstores and convenience normally fall into the same category for me ;) but you're right, it's that cheap that it doesn't appear in drugstore lol!

I miss your reviews terribly! Come back come back!!! =-)

When are you going to do your own blog so we can all come to worship at the feet of your gorgeous collection :)


September 30, 2007 at 9:50 AM  
Anonymous petitez said...

New haul again! :) I love seeing all the things you buy! The Pinkolor palette is really sweet.

P.S. Don't feel glum anymore.. Cheer up and play with ur new goodies! :) *hugs*

September 30, 2007 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

hey serene ;)

How are you liking the UD my dear?

I like it! It's cute! Bit sheer though!

Aw of course! I'm always bouncing around cheery like you know me my friend ;)


September 30, 2007 at 10:04 AM  
Anonymous petitez said...

Glad to hear that you 'bounce' back fast.

I love the e/s palette! :) Tried lip stain and it made my lips real red! Thought it's pink in colour?? *scratches head* Any tips on using lip stain?

September 30, 2007 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hey serene!

I'm SO GLAD! I'm sorry about my bad communication lately! been nutty and busy!

Best bet for lipstain is to avoid applying it by itself. Apply with a very light hand and apply gloss on top and that should work perfect.

The urban decay is a particularly potent stain and very loud for lack of a better word! So it has to be applied with a very easy hand!

I can suggest some other stains that are way better and easier on the lips!

let me know ;)


September 30, 2007 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where you buy the keisho wakusei stuff from/?

October 1, 2007 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger ~raspy~ said...

they are sooooo preeeetty!!! where did you get them from??!

October 1, 2007 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

Hey raspy :)


I got it all from jpmon ;)

JPMon updated the site with all the latest keisho wakusei bits!


October 1, 2007 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger ~raspy~ said...

thanks! checking them out now! the web is all in chinese!! *faintx* my chinese sucks!!

October 1, 2007 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger A-Mused said...

hey raspy :)

I normally use a translation software to do it for me hehe!

If you need help give a yell!

October 1, 2007 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Heather Mary said...

SO purty!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 1, 2007 at 10:21 PM  

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