Just last week I was wishing each of you a Happy Christmas and now I’ve gone and blinked and a New Year is on us already!
I’m hoping this year will be a great one full of health, happiness, and love!
I practice the art of nengaj?forNew Year. Nengaj?is the Japanese tradition of sending out cards to family members and friends wishing them health and happiness for the New Year. I’m not a crafty person by any means but each year a few days before New Year’s I take to making my own cards to wish all my friends and family a very Happy New Year! I think it’s a great tradition and I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember since being introduced to it by one of my best friends who lives in Japan. Of course you can just send a card you purchased but I do love making my way to different shops in China Town to locate pretty stationary, stickers, and bits to make the cards with! It’s quite fun! This isn’t something that’s normally done here in the States. New Year’s greetings are done in person, on the phone, or in passing with a simple “Happy New Year” that’s uttered quickly. Of course I take the time out to say Happy New Year but it’s a nice little surprise to get a card in the mail wishing a person well for the New Year!
Well…anyway the moral of the story is I think we sometimes forget in the rush of Christmas to remember how important the New Year is. It’s a fresh start. A time for new beginnings. A time to remind ourselves of the things that are truly important in life. To remind our friends and our family how much we love and appreciate them.
Christmas and pressies are lovely but I hope you all remember how important the New Year is too!
Many Wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year that’s filled with new beginnings! Adventures are to be had! Take full advantage of life because my dear, dear friends it’s far to short to spend it with a frown on your face
Sincerely, -Your Muse (for this year and hopefully many more to come!)
We are soon closing up 2007 and a New Year will be upon us within a few days! In celebration of that I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite products of the year!
Asking me to choose a single favorite item in each category is impossible so I’ve listed a few of them instead! My mind changes often and my taste in makeup changes day to day so something that may have been my favorite last week is probably not the same this week! Most of the items on my list are items that I’ve really enjoyed using this year! Some are age old favorites while some are brand new items! I wish I could take the time out to type a little something about each but if I did we’d end up with a huge blog entry to say the least! I’ve just decided to list my favorites and if I’ve reviewed them before or featured them I’ve included a link so if you’re inclined to find out more you can click the link and be magically transfered to the review or impression I got of the item! You can also comment or e-mail me a question about any of the items and I’ll be happy to help!
I’d really love to hear about your favorite items this year too so please by all means comment or e-mail me You don’t need an account to comment It’s open for everyone!
Much happiness for a great New Year! I hope Musings will be bigger and better this coming year with more of what you want!
Thank you for being such loyal readers! I appreciate each and everyone of you greatly!
On with the show!
MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow Duo in Earthly Riches (See my FOTD with Earthly Riches by Clicking Here) Canmake Metallic Eye Shadow in 01 (See my Spotlight on Canmake by clicking here) NARS Eyeshadow in Night Star Majolica Majorca Eyeshadows in WT963, Rd422, and BL724 MAC Eyeshadows in Firespot, Passionate, Parrot, Black Tied, and Magic Dust Urban Decay Eyeshadiw in Uzi and Grifter Beaute de Kose Star Twinkle Eye Color in PK 872 (Click here for more on Beaute de Kose’s Star Twinkle Collection)
Susie N.Y. Resort Collection Eye Color Paradise Duos in 01, 02, 03 KATE Dual Carat Eyeshadows in RD-1 and SV1
Eye Pigments, Shimmers, Glitters, Etc….
B Never Metallic Loose Powder
Too Faced After Glow Loose Powder and Pressed Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Pigments in Silver Fog, Quietly, White Gold, Your Ladyship, and Quick Frost
MAC Glitters in Reflects Gold and Blackened Red
KATE Loose Eyeshadow in Bu1, SV1, PK1, and GD1 Bourjois Paris Ombre a Paupieres Loose Eyesshadow in 23
Urban Decay Primer Poton
Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Excel Maxi Glamour Lash (Click here for my review)
Guerlain Gold Overcoat (Click here to see more of the Guerlain Gold Holiday) Majolica Majorca Lash Freeze KISS Overcoat in Pink
Blinc Mascara Primer
Clio Blush in Rose Pink (Click here to see my review on Clio Blushes) MAC Blush in Fab The Body Shop Solar Duo Blush in 01 Signature Club A Mistake Proof Blush NARS Blush in Desire
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Shimpagne (Click here to see me wearing Shimpagne) Bare Minerals Gold Gossamer (Click here to read more) Gransenbon Gran Brush in 10 Excel Highlighter Blush in G2
Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette
Favorite Makeup Collections from 2007
Guerlain Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Holiday Guerlain) Givenchy’s Diamantisimme Holiday Collection (Click here to see my collection of Givenchy’s Holiday Collection) MAC C-Shock (Click here to see my collection from C-Shock) MAC Smoke Signals (Click here to see my collection from Smoke Signals) Barbie Loves MAC T’estimo Spring Collection (Click here for my T’estimo Spring Collection)
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Benefit Bo-ing Benefit Lemon Aid Philosophy Airbrushed Fingerpaints Concealer Palette
Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Mosaic Powder Physicians Formula CoverToxTen
Lip and Cheek Stains
Vincent Long Gel Cheek and Lip Stain Loreal Pinch of Color Stain Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain Majolica Majorca Flesh and Blood Cheek Stain Morgen Schick Healthy Flush Cheek Stain
MAC Lipstick in Thrills MAC Lipstick in Queen’s Sin Cynthia Rowley for Avon Lipstick in Plum Orchid (Read more about the Cynthia Rowley Collection for Avon by Clicking here!)
Shu Uemura Gloss Lacquer in Radical Fuchsia (Click here to see my review) Du-Wop Lip Venom in Pink Shimmer Majolica Majorca Imitation Kiss in 2 Sony CP Curvy Lip Silicon in Clear MAC Lipglass in Red Romp (See my FOTD using Red Romp by clicking here!) MAC Plushglass in Full for You Aube Fruitina Lipgloss in 14 and 16
Other Lip Items
Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheers
Stila Belle of the Ball glitter Eye Shadow Palette (Click here to read more about Stila “Asia” Only Haul) MAC Smoking Eye Quad (Click here to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul) MAC Gentle Fumes Eye Quad (Click here to read more about my Smoke Signal Haul) Awake Stardom Eye Quad (Click here to read my review about the Stardom Eye Quads) Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette in Diamond (Click here to read more about my Lunasol Geminate Eye Palette Haul)
Bobbi Brown Metallics Eye Palette in Burnt Sugar (Click here to see my FOTD and Review of Burnt Sugar and Click here to see some more about this palettes!) Majolica Majorca Holiday Majolook Palette in SV801 (Click here to see my FOTD and Tutorial for SV801 and Click here to see my MJ Holiday Haul) Gransebon Gran De Eyes Palette in 15 Susie N.Y. Eyeshadow Quad in 11 NARS Night Series Palette (Click here to see more details on this palette!)
T’estimo Frame Impact Eye Palette in 03 (Click here to see the Fall and Spring Palettes with my Impressions of each!) T’estimo Layered Impact Eye Palettes in 04 and 05 Esprique Precious Full Sparkle Eyes in S-0
MAC Technakohl Eyeliner KATE Super Sharp Eyeliner Majolica Majorca Jeweling Pencils NARS Eyeliner Mark Star Eyeliner Pencil
Sponge Applicators MAC 183 (See my recommendation by clicking here) MAC 187 Stila 21 MAC 227 Bare Escentuals Eye Buki Brush MAC 224 MAC 217 Mally Curved Blending Brush Smashbox 9
Lush Cosmetics Icon Lush Cosmetics Ginger
Lush Sakura BPAL Perfume Oils in Crypt Queen, Dana O’Shee, Pink Moon, and Pruno (Want to learn more about BPAL Perfume Oils? Click here!) Love Magical Perfurmerie Candy Pop Perfume Oil (Click here to read my review on Candy Pop)
Lush Gorgeous Lush Skins Shangri La Philosophy When Hope is not Enough
Petroleum Jelly Lush Enchanted Eye Cream
Philosophy Purity Kose Airy Whip Lush Ultra Bland (Click here to learn more about Lush Skincare)
Lush Ocean Salt Philosophy Microdelivery Wash (Click here to read my review!) C.O. Bigelow Tropical Fruit Face Scrub
Lush Tea Tree Water Lush Breath of Fresh Air
Face Masks, Treatments, Etc…
Boire Deep Cleaning Nose Strips Boire Self Heating Face Masks The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Blackhead Nose Mask Sony Blackhead Off Stick Pola Hot Cleaning Gel Pola Deep Cleaning Nose Wash for Blackheads
Bloom Shower Gel in Energy Bliss Shock Therapy Lush Snowcake (Click here to see my Snowcake Haul!) Lush Ghost (Click here for my review on Ghost)
Philosophy Bubbly (See my ravings on Bubbly by clicking here) Bath and Body Works Temptations 3 in 1 Shower Gel in Iced Tea Twist and Forever Frosting
Isle of Eden Body Scrub in Bombshell Philosophy Empowermint Philosophy Pink Lemonade (Click here for my review) Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Body Scrub Philosophy Senorita Margarita Body Scrub Philosophy Candy Cane Body Scrub
Tone Quick Absorbing Body Lotion
Lush Sexy Peel Villainess Blush
Cherriflip Citrus Whip Truffle
Lush Haagen Bath
Lush Sex Bomb
Pich Posh Peach Bellini
Bubbles of Rockport Bloomin’ Raspberry Bubble Bar
Bubbles of Rockport Chocolate Covered Cherry
Lush Creamy Candy
Lush The Comforter
Those are my favs of the year! How about you? What are your favorites this year?
If you shop Sasa you probably already noticed that they updated the website and have quite a few new items.
A few months ago Iris from Rouge Deluxe gifted me with a beautiful Cineora Powder and Eyeliner set. You can click here to read about it.
Cineora was a brand I never heard about prior to receiving this gift. I had never seen it on my trips to Japan and it was quite brand new to my eye.
After trying it I soon fell deeply in love with it especially the powder. You can’t appreciate the powder as much unless you’re facing the dilemma I currently am.
As of late my undereye area is extremely dry. I’ve always had dry patchy skin in the Winter and oily in the Summer. But this year I find that my undereye area is suffering terribly. I’m not sure if I can blame it on the weather and to be honest I think much of it has to do with getting older.
Fact is I find myself applying eye cream day and night now instead of once daily. I also see the fine lines creeping in and I’m freaking out in a major way.
That’s all rather depressing.
The moral of the story is that I normally apply concealer and I pat my powder on under my eye area to set. I am no longer able to do this. My eye area is so dry that applying powder after my cream concealer is literally aging me 10 years or more. Seriously. So now I’m faced with the horror of having to just apply my cream concealer minus powder to set it which means my concealer isn’t lasting as long as I’d like.
The powder and the concealer is caking badly due to my eye area being so dry!!
The good news is Cineora Powder has saved the day! Serious.
The powder is super fine, silky, and light. It smooths under my eye area to set my concealer without creasing, fading, or aging me due to my dry skin! Bless be!
I’ve received many an email about the cute packaging Cineora comes in and where can it be purchased etc…
The only way you could get this would be jumping a flight or calling on a dear friend (if you have any living in Japan).
I’ve never seen this sold online, be it E-bay or online shops. Nowhere have I seen these products sold.
So what’s the really good news?
Well if my previous post (and this post) have created any lemmings for Cineora you can now purchase it at Sasa.com!
I can’t say how thrilled I am this is available at Sasa! It saves me the trouble of asking friends to get it for me and ship it over! It’s a bit more expensive but the packaging and the product is so brilliant I don’t think you’ll mind much shelling out the money!
Sadly, they only carry the powder and the mascara. No liner as of yet. But I’m just happy to have a place to replenish my powder and not have my mates running around Tokyo to get this for me!
You can click here if you’re interested in fulfilling your need for Cineora!
Cineora as far as I know doesn’t have a huge line up and I believe the powder, liner, and mascara is it. But it’s such a killer brand you won’t mind that they don’t have a ton to offer as the powder will completely wow you enough!
The powder is available for $16.50 USD and the mascara is available for $13.90 plus Free Shipping for orders over $50! Sadly, the liner (which I love!) is not available as of yet on the site!
The Muse’s little friend Megan is back and teaching us all about cosmetics! I want to adopt this child! She talks like a little English old lady! “Remember to smile!” I love her! Please let me have her! The Muse wants a army of little girl’s just like her to take over the cosmetic world!
Take a look:
How about those blending skills folks!? And the lipliner! Sheer perfection! Someone needs to remind Megan she’s gorgeous without the cosmetics
Click here to visit Megan and her cousin Rows at Mostly Make Up (Mind you Megs is the genius behind the entire blog! I’m kidding, I’m kidding!).
Note: Megan is only 7 and she’s not really doing up her makeup for a night on the town! She’s simply a very little girl enjoying her older cousin’s cosmetics and having a little bit of fun! No children were harmed in the making of this video and I promise Rows spoils her rotten and takes very good care of her from what I’ve seen So no worries that Megan is going wild applying goops of cosmetics and running around London Town with it on and no Rows does not hold a shot gun to Megan’s head while forcing her to depot eyeshadow she only does that with her boyfriend! Hehe…couldn’t resist!
I’m positive all my MAC junkies already know but here’s the newsflash anyway. MAC’s newest color story, Sculpt and Shape, is available online and in stores this week.
I personally don’t contour my face so this collection is somewhat useless to me sadly. I actually really should because my face is round and a little contouring and sculpting could make me appear a bit longer in face but ado I don’t partake.
However, these new sculpting powders do intrigue me and the fact that Stila and a few other companies have released similar powders this year really has me wanting to possibly buy a compact.
I know I probably won’t because the fact of the matter is I’m packing so much (primer, rice powder, foundation, concealer, whisper setting powder, my secret whitening agent that I’d have to kill you if I told you what it is! Etc…Etc…) rubbish on my face as is I really don’t need sculpting powder added to that lot! It always fascinates me how much I end up with on my face in one sitting but thankfully it appears quite flawless and not caked on! Phew!
But that doesn’t make me any less curious what I’d look like if I contoured my face a bit!
MAC’s duos are pretty cheap so if you’re wanting (or already do) contour your face you must be happy about this!
I know of at least one person that’s excited to see these powders available and she’s already purchased one already! Visit with Vanessa at Nessasary Makeup by clicking here to view her tutorial on sculpting and contouring! Vanessa is a big believer in contouring her face and she does a fab job of it! It’s quite well done and may make you want to dive in and purchase some of these powders!
The Muse’s most beautiful mate Erika, from Makeup Bag, has me lemming Bobbi Brown’s newest collection!
I must say I’ve had my ups and downs (Click here to view my woes and Click here to view my wows) with Bobbi Brown but I reboarded the Bobbi Brown train and headed over to Nordstrom’s after seeing Erika’s beaitiful FOTD today. Click here to see Erika sporting some of the Pink Raspberry collection.
I was actually really good about ordering from this collection and only got two items (I know I even amaze myself sometimes with the strength of my willpower!).
The two items that intrigued me most were the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks. I dunno what it was but I guess I was blinded by the two colors that were released for the collection. They look stunning. I love blushes that give me a pinched look and these most definately fall into that category! Honestly a majority of the time I work the “cute” look thus really sweet pinks make there way onto my cheeks. I don’t have alot going for me in the beauty department so “cute” is my way of working it thus these are most definately something that can give me the “cute” dewy look that I favor!
The palette does intrigue me but fact of the matter is it seems two costly for what you get. At $55 I can think of another palette or other makeup items I’d want much more!
The glosses are equally pretty but won’t be too flattering on me so that’s more money saved and the lip pencils just aren’t me. I’m not one for lip pencils.
Finally as gorgeous as the brush set was it was too expensive for me to really bother with!
So really not much wormed it’s way into my heart or cart for that matter.
I can’t believe the words “expensive” are popping from my very lips. Suddenly I’ve become the frugal shopper. Bloody hell what’s wrong with me!?
I think mostly Erika’s gorgeous FOTD really sold me and upon seeing the beautiful shades from the potted blush I knew I had to have those!
I’m a bit scared as I don’t have very good luck with the staying power of cream blushes but I’m hoping these are good!
You’ll see my review on these two blushes soon (My raves or my ranting like a loon! We shall see which!) until then are you loving this collection? Want any of it? Skipping?
Many of the Japanese Spring Collections are popping up soon and if you’re a fan at all you’ve most definately been visiting with the Muse’s most gorgeous mate Iris. If not why are you still here reading this? Click here to see what juicy gossip Iris has on the Japanese Beauty front!
I see several collections I want something from but I’m pretty shocked that I don’t see more! I think I may be over-eating on the cosmetic front lately because I’ve been quite picky about what I purchase as of late.
Jill Stuart Spring Collection 2008 Click here for complete details on this collection!
My First Impression: Good news we don’t have to jump on this bandwagon to quickly as Iris reports the palettes are all permanent, no limited. My humblest opinion is the colors are staring to bore me. God I can’t believe I said that. I love JS as much as the next girl but why do they keep releasing similar shade palettes each collection!? They’ll be a matte version as well which is horrifying for me as I detest mattes with a passion! Facts are facts I’ll end up purchasing these because I’m a collector but I just want something new and exciting from the line and lately that hasn’t been happening!
How about you? Want any of this collection? Love it?
RMK Spring Collection 2008 Click here for complete details on this collection!
Now this interests me. It’s rather different for RMK and I’m already jumping around begging our mate Row from Mostly Makeup to purchase me some of this! The shadows remind me of Rimmel’s U Stir It Up Cream Eyeshadow except these are powder! I’m not too excited about the shadows those are kinda take it or leave it but I’m loving the blushes!
Paul and Joe Disney Collection Click here and here for complete details on this collection!
Here’s another that I’m racing around in circles for! As soon as I seen this I was emailing Iris about it! I’m definately wanting a majority of the collection especially the face powders! How cute!
Visee Spring Collection 208 Click here for details!
Another I’m quite excited about! The Metallic Loose Powder is definitely on my wish list! And of course I’m wanting the new Jewel Crush Eye Palettes!
Lunasol Spring Collection 2008 Click here to read up on the new palettes being introduced!
I’m on the couch about these. They look nice enough but I’m not so thrilled! I know many of you are extreme followers of Lunasol and as much as I adore it I have to say a no on these possibly as I can think of a few other items I want far more!
Lavshuca has some interesting new eye palettes out that are shaped like our beloved Eye Color Select palettes. The difference? These colors are not particularly fabulous and are limited to three shades instead of four. These are entitled Noble On Color Eyes. Perhaps these are nicer upon viewing them in person but they all look the same aside from the middle color! So muddy and beige…not very spring like really. Hmmm. You know I’m a devotee of Lavshuca and of course these will be in my cart but I’m slightly worried how great they’ll actually be when I get my hands on ‘em!
I’m all Glam Tricked out so I can do without any of KATE’s new collection. Nothing even makes me blink an eye! Although I’ll be excited to see the new video on the site when it’s up! I love the KATE commercials Click here to visit with Eru to see some of KATE’s past commercials (The Muse finds Eru’s passion for all things kawaii quite enchanting)!
I believe that’s about it right now. As I said earlier I must be getting picky or the collections just aren’t that brilliant! I’d really kill for a little wow right now but the Japanese never fail me and I’m positive Summer will bring something amazing! Or I’ll change my mind once I have some of these items in my hands!
How about you? What are you wanting from the Japanese Spring Collections? What are you loving? Hating?
Tell the Muse!
Click here to see my love of all good things Japanese!
Hells I barely spend anytime at all on mine so we should be safe here! It’s either in a bun or it’s flying around my head doing a bad Little Orphan Annie imitation (Those are the days I wander around the city trying to locate my very own Daddy Warbucks!).
Mr Uemura’s newest collection is up and available for purchase if you’re wanting to get a head start on your Spring Collection Shopping!
I think I may wait or just skip altogether on this one. Lovely colors in the pressed shadows and the blush are nice enough I guess but I know at least three other Spring Collections that are much prettier!
Just a quick note to let you guys know I’m doing my best to get caught up with e-mail and comments! I have about 50 comments to get through but I’m slowly getting there! So sorry about the delay in my reply but Blogger is a pain in the butt when it comes to comments and it’s difficult to locate comments when they are posted on older posts! So I have to go in post the comment, locate it by searching, and finally reply
If I’m a little slow going that’d be why!
As for e-mails that’s a scary thing to say the least but I’m doing my best to get caught up on all my e-mails from you gorgeous folk
About the only person that gets a reply from me lately would be Row but aside from that I’m wayyyyyyy behind!
So do excuse my mess while I reply to each one of you individually
I feel like I need a personal assistant sometimes hehe!
Hope your Holidays went well and all your present wishes came true!
Move over Urban Decay Primer Potion competion is in the works!
I see at least two new primers available at Sephora this week!
bareVitamins Prime Time Eyelid Primer
Don’t let the name full you Bare Escentuals puts this little primer out (maybe the name is a hint at what’s to come for a new line?)! At $16 it wont make me give up my beloved UDPP but it does sound interesting!
Meet Too Faced Shadow Insurance:
The promise of all day shadow wear is tempting but at $17 again I’m not tempted enough to cheat on my UDPP which only costs $15 and has been tested and found true!
All these sound delightfully interesting but in the long run I don’t find myself interested in purchasing either!