I was playing around with a new Make Up For Ever eyeshadow palette a few days ago, when it struck me that I’d not blogged about the new MUFE Artist Shadows, nor about what a huge fan of the brand’s eyeshadows that I am, ever since I was gifted with 1 a long time ago by a friend.

I have also talked about Make Up For Ever eyeshadows a long time ago (this was in the early days, so this was before swatches and pretty pictures but my thoughts on the products remain the same), and MUFE shadows are among the best in the business. I cut my teeth on Western brand eyeshadow on MUFE and it absolutely spoilt me with their pigment, texture and colour intensity. Very underrated, but the best in the business if you love pigmented colours. Forget MAC and Urban Decay, seriously. I’d pick a Make Up For Ever shadow any day.

make up for ever artist shadow trio palette

And now that there are 210 colours to choose from in 5 different textures, what’s your reason not to pick one? LOL! I photographed these on a dreary day, which fits the colour theme of my palette. When MUFE launched their Artist Shadows, they also changed the packaging around. Now, you buy the eyeshadow refills and the cases are sold separately – the single, duo and trio fit 1, 2 and 3 shadows respectively and are plastic cases with a clear top, similar to what you see in my picture.

The base is magnetic and the pans are metal so it all sits comfortably in there. Want to move your pans around? There is a little hole at the back where you can poke out the pans and interchange colours. Very handy and practical. For anything above 3 colours, you get the metal pans, similar to this one. But I like the trio. I think it’s a perfect size for anyone and because it’s so slim, perfect for toting about. My colour selection for this trio is a little strange and brave though LOL! 😀 Have you checked these shadows out?

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Don’t be ordinary – that’s what the new Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic fragrance encourages you. Be yourself, be your version of chic.

But you know, it’s getting harder and harder to stand out from the hipster crowd these days, don’t you think? Everyone is trying so hard to be different, we all end up being the same or similar in the end. Uniformly different, is how I’d describe it.

estee lauder modern muse chic

And in a manner of speaking, I feel that way about the new Modern Muse Chic fragrance from Estee Lauder. It’s different. If you’re used to the sweet, fairly generic floral scents that are found in Estee Lauder, Modern Muse Chic grates a little on the senses, with its slightly woody, musky basenote.

But you know what? I like it! I didn’t take to Modern Muse. I wasn’t inspired by it and it didn’t appeal to me at all. But I gravitate towards warmer, woodier, muskier scents and this one fits that bill despite being a distinct floral.

Which is why I say that it’s a bit of a “uniformly different” product, because there is all the florals, but with a deeper, edgier twist that you will either enjoy, or run off to the bathroom to scrub off your skin.

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Not long ago, I was asked where I’d just graduated from and if I’d started working. Considering I have not seen the inside of a University for erm… umpteen years, I was terribly amused. I mean, I felt it was a bit of an exaggeration, but when I told them my actual age (40) they didn’t believe me. Perhaps they meant I was a mature student at Uni eh?

aging signs

But naturally, I felt good about being thought I looked younger than I really am, wouldn’t you LOL! 😀 But what prompted the disbelief, I was later told, was in the lack of some tell-tale signs of aging in my physical make up. I thought it would be fun to share that bit of trivia with you! But it’ll interest me to know if you have, or are regularly perceived to be younger than what you actually are? 😉

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If there’s one thing I’ve stopped paying attention to, it’s new seasonal makeup releases. Sure, there’ll be that odd collection or item that tugs at my heart-strings, but for the most part, I’m now immune. Which isn’t a bad thing as far as my wallet is concerned!

A part of my apathy is also due to my slight disenchantment with the releases from a couple of my favourite brands. I’m just not seeing the flair and quality that’s come out in previous years and if I might say so, Dior has been near the top of my disappointment list. That Tie Dye Summer collection? I refused to touch it with a 10 foot pole!

dior cosmopolite fall 2015 makeup collection

But during the weekend, I met up with my friend, Romana and a new friend, Fatima and we stopped by the Dior beauty boutique at Mid Valley to take a peep at the Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection. I’d seen some pictures come out over the past few weeks, and I wasn’t that keen on it, as much as I enjoy Fall/Autumn makeup collections. I was surprised that we’d received it here so soon – I’m so used to collections arriving 2 months late that any early release never fails to surprise me.

Part of the reason I wasn’t keen on this collection, was the crazy layout of the logo. I suppose Dior is adopting a bit of a younger, more playful vibe, but I just can’t get behind it. For me, a brand like Dior should embody elegance and chic. Let MAC or Urban Decay or Stila do the fun, funky designs. The people who’d buy Dior want something “normal”. It’s the same reason I boycotted the Guerlain Crazy Paris Meteorites pearls – the packaging drove me crazy!

But I had taken these pictures in my phone (hence the photo quality) and I was asked what I thought of the Cosmopolite collection, so I decided to do a short overview, and show you the 1 item I picked up. Yeah, as much as I turned my nose up at this collection, there was still 1 item that suckered me in LOL! 😀

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