Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Sep 26, 2008

The Road So Far: Fall Cosmetic Collection Round Up

I've been working seriously hard at bringing you all the latest and the greatest for Fall Collections! I hope you've enjoyed all my reviews so far and I hope you're looking forward to hearing about more Fall goodies! I definately have a few more up my sleeves that I'll be bringing to you very soon and of course before you know it the Muse will take you down the Holiday road to bring you all the best selections for Winter and the Holiday from the US, Japan, Korea, and anywhere else that strikes my fancy!

For now I'm leaving you with a little weekend link love round up of links to Fall Collections I've reviewed! If you're a loyal reader I'm sure you've already been through these but maybe you'll enjoy looking through them again or maybe catch something you missed the first time around! If you're a new reader I'm sure it'll be great to browse through some past reviews and maybe find something you fancy purchasing to add to your current cosmetic wardrobe!





Smashbox Wicked Lovely Collection Review


NARS Super Orgasm Review

Dior Face Pro-Styler Palette Review

Sugar Cosmetics Sweet Cheeks Baked Blush Review

Guerlain Parure Aqua Review

MAC Overrich Review

Too Faced Smoke and Mirrors Collection Review

Lorac Double Feature Highlighter Concealer Review

MAC Cult of Cherry Review

Urban Decay Lipstick Review


Majolica Marjorca Fall Collection 2008

Bare Minerals Rocker Chick Kit Review

MAC Colour Forums Review


Shu Uemura Instinct Collection Review

New or old, thank you for being apart of Musings! I greatly appreciate your reading my little blog!

Happy Weekend!

Don't forget you can easily find all my Fall reviews by visiting the drop down menu on the left hand side of my blog!

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Etude House Lash Designing Vitcara

I've been reviewing a few items from Etude House's Fall Collection this week and today I'm ending the week with a review on Etude House Lash Designing Vitcara Mascara.

Although there isn't anything too special about Etude House Lash Designing Vitcara Mascara I was delighted with it's price and it's performance.



The mascara comes in two versions, a fiber base and a regular volume (curl) mascara. Out of the two versions I liked the regular volume mascara best.

The regular curl version has a very good applicator on par with Beaute de Kose's Volumizing Mascara's applicator, it's a tiny curved smooth handle with tiny bristles at the very tip. The curved end fits the contour of your eye lashes perfectly to comb lashes upwards and out. You can use the bristles to comb the mascara further through the lashes or concentrate on certain lashes (such as the outer ones) to create a fuller look or a doll-like effect to lashes. The formula is nice and thick and does a fine job of fattening lashes up, separating them, and creating a nice full look. I experienced no problems with smudges or fading. It's not the best mascara around but it does do what it promises and it's quite inexpensive as well.













The second mascara was a bit of a shock to me as it's actually not half bad considering how much I hate fiber based mascaras. My first use with it was a complete mess and I ended up absolutely hating it but after reading the instructions and recommendation for use I successfully created quite a good full lash look with it. The applicator on this one is a tiny comb style with a smooth surface on one side and a bristle side on the other. For application you're supposed to use the smoother side to pull the lashes upward and out after you proceed to brush through lashes with the comb. The smooth side of the applicator reminds me of Bare Escentuals Brushless Mascara and the entire design actually sorta reminds me of another Bare Escentuals mascara which is Big Tease. I was delighted that the fibers didn't get stuck in my eye or cause general irritation as fiber mascaras have been known to do for me! I highly recommend trying this particular mascara if you have shorter, stubbier lashes. It pulls lashes up and out nicely and creates a very full, long look to eyes. My first use, as I mentioned, was a mess and my lashes had the spider web effect going on but after using the applicator correctly I was quite pleased with the results.















All in all for the price you sincerely can't go wrong and I definately enjoyed these two mascaras.

You can see further information with before and after photos on Etude House's blog. If you have a Korean language pack installed it's easy enough to translate the site as well!



Enjoy further reviews on Etude House's Fall Collection by clicking through some past posts!

Etude House Lip Plumping Tint Review

Etude House Face Designing Brightener Review


Etude House Brightening Eyes Duo Review

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Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Collection Review

As my blog grows, my taste in cosmetics grows as well and I realized something very important this Fall. I realized trying something new works out for the best in the long run.

Nudes, neutrals, and natural shades are outside my norm but I've been testing out so many lately that I've grown to love a few. Although I was slightly scared of the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Palette I knew I needed to try it out for myself.







Guess what?

I ended up loving i!

Go figure right?

The palette retails for $50 USD and includes a total of seven shades that range from soft shimmers to metallics and even mattes. The palette includes a dual ended applicator as well, one side of which is a shadow brush and the other side a flat liner brush.





Since I'm self employed if I want to head in to my office wearing blue eye shadow I do just that and my clients aren't too surprised by my wacky choice in colors however if you're in a working environment where color matters the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes palette offers the ability to create various soft, sophisticated looks that are actually very, very flattering! I know it's strange to be surprised at how well nudes work but I can't help but be slightly shocked at how beautiful they look on my eye.

I think the reason I loved the palette so much is due to the array of softer, shimmering shades. I'm big on shimmer so give me a palette full of shimmery shades I'll end up loving it by default. Although the shadows contain shimmer it's nothing to be too scared of since the colors are very soft and the finish is a very sheer layer of shimmer that lightens up a nude, natural eye look.

You get a total of 7 shadows with the palette and at $50 USD for the entire palette you're paying around $7 USD per a shadow. When you break the cost down I think it's a considerably good deal considering each regular size Bobbi Brown Metallic Shadows are $20 USD each and you're getting 7 smaller sizes for a nice deal! Considering the palette has such an array of shades you can easily create a number of looks with one palette which makes this a very nice deal.

The shades included in the palette are:
Nude Beach (Metallic Shadow)
Nude Mist (Shimmering Shadow)
Naked Eye (Matte Shadow)
Nude Glow (Metallic Shadow)
Mica Shimmer (Matte Shadow)
Nude Spice (Metallic Shadow)
Espresso (Matte Shadow)







I'm somewhat scared of mattes so I was happy many of the finishes in the palette were of a shimmer base however I was delighted to discover that when I did venture into using the Mattes they blended extremely well and worked wonderful as a base for adding a bit of the shimmery shadows on top. The only shade I had a bit of a problem working with was Espresso which is a chocolate like brown shade with a matte finish. However, as per the instructions on the box I ended up using this as a liner and it worked a treat!





I created three looks for you using the palette but could have gotten many more but ado the Muse only has one face so she had to stop at three as she has other collections to get to!

The look below I'm using Espresso as a liner. I thought this came out interesting as using it as a liner was far easier than using it as a shadow.













With the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Collection a few other items were released which included a few new shades of Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color. I've been pairing up the shade Pink Sequin with all my nude looks this week and I must say it's an absolutely awesome shade and a great formula. This is my first experience with Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color and I'm quite impressed. Pink Sequin has a range of shades in it including gold, pink, and a bit of peach! The shade on lips is nude however it gives lips just a sparkle of color that's very flattering. I thought the best way to use it was over a little bit of peach lip stain. My first set of photos I have peach stain on under it and my second set of photos I have it on over bare lips. The texture of the product is a creamy balm that's very soothing on the lips. It has a slight lemony taste which is quite pleasant.













All in all I really liked both trying out both the Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Palette and Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color. I'll be indulging in further colors of the Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color and without a doubt I'll definately take advantage of further palettes that come out as I've really had a soft spot for Bobbi's line lately!

If you're looking for a softer, elegant looking palette that's extremely work friendly I highly recommend nabbing this new palette! It can easily create a slew of looks plus work well into the evening due to the shimmer finish on a majority of the colors.

The Muse recommends this for purchase! Beautiful palette and a gorgeous collection overall!



Check out more of the Shimmering Nudes Collection including other releases I didn't review at Bobbi Brown.

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Bobbi Brown Pink Raspberry Collection Review


Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection Review

Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection Review

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Jelly Pong Pong Crystallize Review

The Muse likes a little sparkle, and a little glitter...oh and I love some shimmer so of course I'm all about Jelly Pong Pong Crystallize!



Jelly Pong Pong Crystallize is a new product from Jelly Pong Pong that contains four shades of dazzling jewel like shimmers that you can use on your face, body, or hair!







The product comes in sphere compact so it's not only beautiful on the inside but also gorgeous on the outside. Once you've unscrewed the cap you'll come across a powder puff applicator and under that is a sifter that's divided into four parts a la Givenchy's Prsme Libre Loose Powder Quartet. The sifter does not contain a divider between each shade so it's difficult to actually apply each shade individually however this does not take away from the effects of the powder simply because combining all four shades creates an intense shimmery finish that's simply gorgeous.







The four shades housed in the sphere are a Light Amethyst, Tanzanite, Firestone Ruby, and White Crystal or in Muse English they are green, pink, purple, and peach! Combining the shades simply gives you a highly intense shimmery effect that's not so much a rainbow of color but more of a simple crystal-like finish. Of course, if you prefer you can, with a little work, apply each shade separately.





I've been happily using this on my cheeks, face, arms, etc...and as per Jelly Pong Pong's recommendation I mixed some with my moisturizer and applied on my skin which produced a rather fun effect on my skin! Likey!





All in all this is a rather cute little shimmer to add to your collection if you're high on doses of sparkle like the Muse is! I'm sealing it with a Muse Approval for purchase!

You can visit Jelly Pong Pong by clicking here!



If you like sparkle, you'll love this!

As obsessed with shimmer as the Muse is?

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Other Jelly Pong Pong posts to get excited about!

Jelly Pong Pong Lip Cushion Review


Jelly Pong Pong Summer Collection 2008

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