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?
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!
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!).
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!