Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Oct 19, 2007

MAC Antiquitease Color Hits and Misses

I thought I'd clarify a bit on the Hit and Misses in the MAC Antiquitease Color Story!

I think this helps if you're ordering online or you're on a budget and just want to keep things to a minimal in what you purchase!

I've broken all of it down into what was released and what I'd buy and what I'd skip! Of course this varies from person to person since your skin type or coloring may flatter colors better than my own ;) Plus you just might see something that's really appealing to you and you want it! So this guide is just what I personally think would be a Hit and a Miss in the color story and may or may not be helpful when making your selections and choices!

I love all of it but I think breaking it down to a HIT and MISS makes life easier for sure ;) Plus if you do have the cash to throw down I'd totally grab a majority of it!

Comment and let me know what you think is a HIT or a MISS! Curious minds.

Happy Shopping :)

Also, a most wonderful reader and friend, Betsy, provided the Muse with a delightful little code for MAC online which is GLOSS. This code gets you free shipping all year long! Thanks to Betsy for that! The Muse hearts you!

Saving your pennies? See this list:

Lipstick
Gilty Kiss MISS
Her Fancy MISS
Antiquitease MISS
Queen's Sin HIT
Budding Lust MISS

Tinted Lipglass
Red Romp HIT
Corsette MISS
Trifle MISS
Majestic MISS

Mineralized Eyeshadow
Silversmith MISS
Earthly Riches MISS
Engaging HIT
Family Silver HIT
Mi' Lady HIT

Pigments
Gold Stroke MISS
Your Ladyship HIT
Sweet Sienna MISS

Fluidline
Uppity HIT

Splurging on yourself? See this list:

Lipstick
Gilty Kiss MISS
Her Fancy MISS
Antiquitease MISS
Queen's Sin HIT
Budding Lust MISS

Tinted Lipglass
Red Romp HIT
Corsette MISS
Trifle MISS
Majestic MISS

Mineralized Eyeshadow
Silversmith HIT
Earthly Riches MISS
Engaging HIT
Family Silver HIT
Mi' Lady HIT

Pigments
Gold Stroke HIT
Your Ladyship HIT
Sweet Sienna HIT

Fluidline
Uppity HIT

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Rocketqueen Goes English

I was checking my stats a few days ago and I noticed an increase of traffic via a website entitled "Rocketqueen's Blog".

I went over to visit and I was delighted when I seen my review for the Bare Escentuals Smoky "V" Eye Kit was up on the site!

I was loving the site but I couldn't make much out of it as sadly it wasn't in English!

With that said I now bring you good news! Rocketqueen is now in English! Wahoo! The Muse is excited!

I'm not only a writer of my own blog but a big reader of blogs and this is quickly making it's way onto my favorite list!

The site consists of a ton of great items that I look for in a blog. Great reviews, FOTD's, product photos, and all that latest, greatest bits about beauty that I adore reading about!

Today Rocketqueen has an interview with Erika from Makeup Bag up on her site which I enjoyed reading!

Do have a visit with Rocketqueen!

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Botched Up "Her Fancy" Face Chart Attempt FOTD

I felt like playing with Antiquitease this morning and I was a bit lazy so instead of thinking up how I'd use the colors I just snatched a face chart from MAC, printed it out, and went to work.

Sadly it came out nothing like I had planned and I was probably better off doing my own FOTD rather then using a face chart for the look!

The "Her Fancy" Face Chart is simple enough to follow but the end result is nothing like the photo sadly!

Her Fancy Face Chart is available from at MAC's website


The good news is I'm more in love with Mi' Lady than I was yesterday! It's such a wicked little color and quite deceiving in the pot! I am a tad disappointed that it's not the red I was hoping for but I'm still quite properly chuffed that it's such a lovely shimmering orange/copper color!

It reminds me of a subdued firespot (MAC Moonbathe) with beautiful silver sparkle!

It's just gorgeous!

Sadly, this is a botched up Face of the Day, my apologies but I wanted to share it with you anyway!









Got an Antiquitease FOTD you want to share with us? E-mail it to the Muse and she'll post it up!

What I Used:
MAC Mi' Lady Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Engaging Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Your Ladyship Pigment
MAC Technakohl in Black

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MuseTV Presents: MAC Antiquitease Color

MAC Antiquitease Color popped up in stores today and of course the Muse walked as fast as her little legs could carry her to get her haul of Antiquitease goodies!

The entire collection is quite lovely with very few misses and quite a few hits!

MAC Antiquitease



I ended up purchasing the lot of mineralized shadows duos, one lipglass, one lipstick, all the pigments, the new fluidline, and a plushlash!

The shadows are stunning and these are as great as the Flashtronic shadows (sorry I had a brain fart while filming the video and I had said the last shadow collection with mineralized shadows was Rushmetal! Apologies :) I had meant Flashtronic!).

Almost all of the shadows have a gorgeous bold silver veining that runs through the shadow and have quite a dose of shimmer. I've already applied some on my eye and that silver veining contains quite a healthy pop once your brush connects with it! Gorgeous!

Mi' Lady appears to be my favorite of the bunch so far because of it's ultra bold red and purple coloring. Yum! I'm eager to create a look with this! Don't let the red fool you though as the color actually shows almost orange on the the eye! It's very interesting color!

Mi' Lady


Family Silver is going to a be nice base shadow or highlighter for me as the colors are lighter in this shadow as compared to the others in this collection.

Mineralized Eyeshadow in Family Silver


Silversmith and Engaging are both beautiful colors as well. Silversmith is a wonderful duo of silver and gold while Engaging has a very pretty peachy pink color and a bronze.

Mineralized Eyeshadow in Silversmith


Mineralized Eyeshadow in Engaging


The only duo that has me wondering whether I am loving it or not is Earthly Riches. It's a bit of a darker duo and I'm unsure how it'll look but I grabbed it anyway at the risk of it selling out before I can make my mind up (I can always swap it off later if I hate it!).

Mineralized Eyeshadow in Earthly Riches


The star of the lipglasses and the lipsticks were the too outrageously bold red colors offered which were Red Romp and Queen's Sin. I'm not one for red lipstick but Queen's Sin was calling my name when I laid eyes on it! It's quite a nice shade of red and perfect for the Holiday Season! Royal Romp is going to look amazing over it! I was in high debate whether to grab the Royal Romp Lipglass because it reminded me so much of Boundless In3D lipgloss but turns out that Royal Romp is a more subdued maroon when compared to the brighter, truer red of Boundless!

Royal Romp Lipglass and Queen's Sin Lipstick


Royal Romp and Boundless (You can see the difference between the two)


The pigments are all quite nice and I'm loving Your Ladyship best as it reminds me of a beefed up Provence with tons more shimmer.

Gold Stroke is a nice brown with bits of gold swirled in. The website says it's bits of red but I'm seeing gold. Sweet Sienna is a grey color with silver shimmer and again I have to disagree with the website as it says it's a brown color with grey pearl but I don't see any brown in it!

Your Ladyship, Gold Stroke, and Sweet Sienna


Finally I grabbed Uppity Fluidline which is gold in color. This will make a great base color and is perfect for the holidays and will look great combined with some of my other gold collections!

Uppity Fluidline


Overall, I'd say the collection is utterly wearable and very pretty! I'm loving all of it! I did skip on many of the lipglasses and lipsticks because they were just too nude in color for me so those in my opinion aren't worth the purchase however everything else is a go and the Muse says get to your counter and grab some of this before it's gone!

The holiday collections are full on and more collections will be popping up very soon! To keep you nice and organized here's what you can expect from MAC in the next few weeks:

Antiquitease: Heirloom October 25th
Brush Sets
Eyeshadow Palettes
Lip Palettes
Heirlooms Brush Box
Keepsake Kit

Curiousitease November 15th
Various small pigment vial sets, lipglasses, eyeliners, etc...all in mini form.

Antiquitease Finery Novemver 21st
Kits that include lipglass, two lipsticks, and a pouch

Visit Janice at Specktra Blog for all the latest and greatest information about color stories coming up!

MuseTV Presents: MAC Antiquitease Color

(If the video doesn't work right away please allow time for processing and check back in a little while!)

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Oct 18, 2007

Sparkling Fuchsia FOTD

Hello World ;)

New Face of th Day picture for you!

Today I was feeling a bit pink so I hauled out an array of products to use on this look!

Sadly, I got some major fall out all over my eyes and it just didn't want to clean up this morning! Oh well! I was discoballicious at work all day ;)







Okee dokee! Off to meet my mate Jen at the mall so we can grab ourselves some MAC Antiqutease!

Be back soon with details!

What I Used:
MAC Fuchsia Pigment
MAC Frost Pigment
MAC Vanilla Pigment
Vincent Longo Wet Diamond Shadow in Libertango
Vincent Long Wet Diamond Shadow in Galaxy Mist
Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Sting
Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Things Douse me with Diamonds Eyeshadow in Dazzle

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Stila Smoky Palettes

Hello World!

You may recall me mentioning that the Stila site had undergone some construction and soon after it returned they had a little sale with 20% off (which is ongoing until the 21st of this month)!

At the time nothing of too much interest was wowing me from the site but I did happen upon the new smoky palettes and decided I might as well snatch them up with the discount.

Stila's Smoky Eye Palettes






I had already purchased the original smoky eye palette some months ago and was pretty pleased with it so I dove in and purchased the two newest colors.

I'm going to say you don't need these unless you wanna splurge a little. There isn't anything to wow you about the palettes and you don't need to rush off and purchase them right away (wait for the Stila Warehouse Sale).

The pro side of the purchase is that the shadows are very pigmented and the liner cakes these come with are quite good however you really don't absolutely have to have these.

I'm just diseased thus they ended up in my stash of cosmetics ;)

I do give them a good solid review because Stila makes some very good shadows and you get quite a nice palette for the price! With the discount I only paid $32 a palette.

If you're a minimal girl or you don't like alot of nonsense when it comes to your eye makeup these are perfect. They do exactly what they promise to do which is create an elegant smoky eye look that's perfect for the day or evening.

These are also pretty darn nice if you have a difficult time achieving a smokey eye look. They also happen to have a little button you can press that allows you to listen to a tutorial recording giving you step by step instructions on how to apply the shadows.

Pretty nifty eh?

The Emerald Palette




The Bronze Palette




The Original Smoky Palette




L@@K The Muse was even thoughtful enough to make you a video to show you how the talking tutorial works!
video

Overall these are a nice edition to any collection and they make eyeshadow application a snap on the days that applying makeup seems too much of an ordeal!

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And It Begins...............!

Oh Woe! Those horrible words "Out of Stock" are popping up on the Sephora site. So far the list includes:

Holiday Collections:
Givenchy Precious Diamond Powder
Givenchy Captiv'Eyes Intense Volume Mascara
Pop Day to Play Palette
Givenchy Forever Gold

Non Holiday Collections:
Guerlain Meteorites Powder (All colors but interestingly enough the new gold color is still available)

Still in Stock:
Tarte's We Wish You Wealth Palette
Bare Escentuals Classic Rock Set
Givenchy's Lash Sparkles
Guerlain Meteorites Powder in Gold Temptation
Guerlain's Gold Overcoat

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Sephora Early Friends and Family Discount

If you wanted to start shopping early and saving 20% at Sephora now would be a good time to do so!

If you have a little visit with the lovely Janice at Specktra Blog you can nab the first code I've seen available for the Friends and Family Event at Sephora.

Get over there and grab the code to start saving ;)

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MAC Antiquitease Color Shopping Spree!

The Muse shall take herself to the mall this evening to purchase her lot of Antiquitease and McQueen ;)

I'm going to try to practice being good and only getting what I'll need (how many times have I told myself this?).

I'll be posting the pictures, first impressions, and possibly a video (do you want a video?) later tonight!

Stay tuned!

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Oct 17, 2007

The Muse Expands Her Horizons

A most lovely union is about to occur ;)

And the Muse is going to spread her wings and expand her horizons ;)

Stay tuned for details!

I'm excited to tell you ALL about it when it's ready to launch!

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Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Things Cosmetic Collection



Last year I happened to have a $10 Victoria's Secret Coupon burning a hole in my pocket. The coupon talked to me for a bit, asked after my family, asked how work was, made random chitchat and the like. All this kindly conversation from the coupon led me into Victoria's Secret to have a nosy around (remember kids rip coupons up, burn them, or throw them out! Don't talk to them!).

I personally think all the polite chitchat was under the guise I'd go in and buy something and truth be told I went ahead and did just that.

I normally head straight for the beauty department when I go into Victoria's Secret and this day was no exception! I wandered right over to the front display and my eyes spied a gorgeous palette that the coupon insisted I buy!

And guess what?

I did just that.

Make Me Gorgeous Palette




And thus began my love affair with the Sexy Little Things Cosmetic Collection at Victoria's Secret.

Victoria's Secret Sexy Little Things Palette, Shadows, and Eyeliner


I have to admit the palette is truly a gorgeous affair. It was $28 but the kindly coupon let me have it for $18!

This particular palette is entitled "Make Me Gorgeous" and it does just that! For a really simple, minimal yet sexy look this be the palette for you! It contains two shimmering shades of eyeshadow (one sparkling goldish white and one shimmering cranberry), two lip creams, cream blush, and applicators.

The entire look you can create with the kit is very simple yet sexy and is perfect for day or evening. It's especially nice during rushed makeup days when you're brushing your teeth and applying lipstick with the same hand!

I must admit that the reason the palette sold me was because it has an adorable lit mirror! You can switch it on or off if you so choose or it can remain on whenever you open the palette and shuts off when you snap it close! How cute is that?





I guess I'm concentrating too much on my nifty little palette when I should mention that I am quite in lust with the entire collection!

I also have two of the Douse Me with Diamonds eyeshadows which are no longer part of the collection (never fear E-bay is here) and a Put a Sparkle in My Eye eyeliner pencil.

I have the say the Douse Me with Diamonds eyeshadows are awesome! Major fall out all over your face but damn it's super pigmented and sparkles and shines and gives your eyelids a party!



Put a Sparkle in My Eye Eyeliner


The line also consists of perfume, lipgloss, mascara, sparkling powder, and general bath and body bits!

I happened to wander onto the site a few days ago and BEHOLD:

Please Dazzle Me Glitter Lash Coap


A glitter lash coat! Oh My! And it's only $13! The Muse says Santa Baby put this in my stocking!

I'm used to being spoiled rotten with Japanese Brands that offer me tons of different glittery overcoats for my lashes but it's so rare that any brands here have these and I see them popping up more and more in different lines such as the Guerlain Gold Overcoat!

I love this entire line and I'm really hopeful that they'll do something special for Christmas!

Head on over to Victoria's Secret and check Sexy Little Things out for yourself! And if you happen to have a talking coupon all the better!

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MAD Minerals FOTD and A Bit of Cam Whoring!

The Muse is quite the cam whore today! She couldn't help herself! After using her new MAD Minerals she felt so glamorous that she couldn't stop clicking picture after picture to show you how WOWZER her eyes came out!

What do you think?



















After work and my eyes are still crackling away!




You may remember our guest Face of the Dayer Julie from a few days ago! She had done this AMAZING purple look that the Muse fell in lust with! After seeing it I ran (I never walk when cosmetics are around) over to the MAD Minerals website and immediately placed an order for the exact same colors that Julie used on her eyes!

So I'm mighty impressed with these piggies I picked up at MAD Minerals. For one thing they are cheap as day old chips with great pigment and fantastic hold through the day into the evening. Another fantastic thing is their catalog is pretty darn huge and they have an array of colors to suit any mood or taste!

1/4 tsp. Sample Jar is $2.25 and believe me a little goes a long way so that small amount will last you ages!

The texture of these is very weird because inside the jar they appear thin and almost transparent but as soon as you apply you'll notice right away the color pay off they pack is pretty huge!

The company sells larger sizes if you're loving a particular color, I personally just brought some sample size jars.

I ended up buying all the colors Julie used and they also threw in three sample jars which was very generous!

They shipped these within a day and I had them within two days or so! Very fast turnaround time!

Overall it's worth a look at and the Muse deems it fit for purchase!

A special thanks to Julie who's enabled me to the wonders of these pigments!

If you're wanting these at the moment Barbi from MAD Minerals informs me that they are going to do a Halloween Sale shortly with 20% off the entire site!

Off to make my list of goodies I want!

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Technical Difficulties

Hello Pretties!

Musings of a Muse is experiencing some slight technical difficulties that I thought you should know about. If you're wandering around my archives (how the very dare you! Get out of my closet!) you'll notice some of the font color on my entries is off and you're unable to read any of it!

I'm slowly switching around the html code on those entries so the text will be readable!

I apologize for the problem :( It probably occurred during my big move from mySpace to Blogger!

Please excuse the mess while the Muse cleans it all up nice and tidy for you!

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The Muse Hits Rocketqueen's Blog

The Muse would like to say hello to the Rocketqueen and a big thank you and hug for featuring my review on your site!

Rocketqueen's blog looks awesome the Muse wishes she could read Swedish so she can do more than look at the pretty pictures ;)

You can visit with the Rocketqueen by clicking your way over here.

I'm loving the green FOTD do check it out!

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Collection

Urban Decay's 24/7 Travel Eyeliner set may be on your wish list this holiday season and at $29 for the lot who doesn't want it?

If you want to shell out an extra $6 you can nab the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Mini Collection for $35.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Mini Collection as seen on Sephora


The set includes 5 mini Aqua Eyes Eyeliners in vibrant shades that are very appealing to this girl!

Or you could always get both sets and call it a day!

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Make Up For Ever Diamonds For Ever Kit



Ahh diamonds! All our favorite brands of cosmetics are promising to bling us out this season with diamonds ;)

Diamonds For Ever as seen on Sephora


Make Up For Ever wants in on the Diamond act so they created the lovely Diamonds For Ever Kit to make us sparkle and shine this Holiday Season!

This set is $49 and includes a vanity pouch, diamond powder, diamond shadow, mascara, eyeliner, and lipgloss! For some odd reason the price tag is putting me off for some reason. You do get a good bit of product for the price but I've seen other kits with a bit more for my buck!

My collection has a single Star Powder in it from Make Up For Ever and I must say that it's super pigmented, blends a treat, and gives me a bit of sparkle which tempts me to purchase this collection!

I'm most definitely getting into all the diamond craze and hype this season!

Count the Muse as maybe wanting this cute little kit of sparkle and shine!

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