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I’ve gone and decided to make a few Resolutions for myself this year that I so know I’ll break but it’s fun making them anyway and looking back next year to see if I actually keep any of ‘em!
What are some of yours?
Mine are (in no particular order):
Drink more water!
I’m a big fan of tea and it’s my main drink of choice (I was British in my previous life. Serious!). This year I’ve decided that I’ll add more then 64oz (8 glasses) of water into my diet. It does wonders for my skin so that’s totally an added bonus!
I’ll stop stockpiling K-Dramas and start watching them!
I have a wicked, weird habit of purchasing the newest K-Dramas on DVD as soon as they launch on YesAsia. I literally stockpile K-Drama like it’s the end of the world and these dramas will somehow aid me during the demise of the planet. I’ve found that I’m way too busy to get through an entire set and my collection is becoming so vast that it’s taking over my DVD shelf. So this year I’ve decided that I won’t so much as glance at any K-Drama boxsets without first watching what I already have! Bloody hell I have ones that were released in ’03! How’s that for ridiculous (I also happen to do this with Bollywood, Anime and Japanese horror films! But thankfully it’s not as bad as my obsession with Korean soaps or maybe it is hmmmmm!!).
Holy cow I think I have Hotelier for 3 years now and only watched the first episode! SHEESH!
I will only buy parts of a collection rather then entire collections!
Again, my obsessive nature gets the best of me and I find that I do the age old, collect them all, pokemon type deal with cosmetic collections! I’ve decided this year I will only buy what I need rather then entire lots of items at once! I’m ridiculously addicted to cosmetics and I’m hoping to think with my head this year and not be so compulsive with my purchases!
I will use my limited edition products without feeling guilty!
Limited Edition cosmetics bring out the parental side of my nature. I take extra special care of items if I don’t think I’ll be able to get them again and most times I find myself not even using them which is completely and utterly shameful! I collect Chanel palettes and have some over 8 years old untouched, brand new, in the box. That’s fabulously awful and this year I’ve decided I will start breaking into my beauty vault without feeling like I’m breaking the law! I’ve already started on this resolution when I cracked open one of my bottles of Guerlain Forever Gold and went right ahead and used it! Click here for details!
I will use that eyeshadow palette this year! I will use those meteorites this year! I will! I will! Maybe! Kinda….Sorta…..
I’ll organize my e-mail better and reply faster!
I’m terrible with e-mail! I’m unorganized and leave people awaiting replies for ages on end! It’s so utterly rude of me but in my defense I will say that I’m uber busy with life, the universe, and everything so sometimes it’s really difficult to get replies out! I have so many people I want to talk to at once and sometimes I’m just too disorganized to get replies out quickly!!!!!! This year I vow I’ll take better care of my inbox and stop avoiding the mess and start cleaning it up! It’s rather weird that I’m so unorganized when it comes to e-mail as I’m quite an organized person (hell I have my CD’s in alphabetical order and my DVD’s seperated into genres!) but it’s just one of those things I guess!
I’ll stop giving millions of dollars to Steve Jobs (Right after MacWorld Expo 2008)
This will never happen but I thought I’d add it in anyway.
I’m gonna stop biting your Apple Steve! It’s too bloody expensive to be a Mac lover!
I will not buy designer shoes and purses that cost more than my future child’s (if I have any that is) education!
I promise to get right on this Resolution bandwagon as soon as I have these Jimmy Choo half boots in my possession! Honest! I swear!
It’s easy enough to give up LV when J-Lo is doing scary ads for them (That disgruntled pissed off look on her face is from paying $1999999999.00 for that bag she’s holding! How do I know? I wear the same expression when leaving the store with similar bags in tow…well….maybe not…..but the blissful utopia soon ends when the credit card statement comes in the mail! J-Lo must have just gotten her statement! See how she’s ready to fling the bag at someone! “Marc Anthony get over here I need to whip your arse with this bag so I feel better about the cash I dropped on it!”)
I love shoes and I love purses and paying obscene amounts of money for them really is sick. E-Luxury sent me a Christmas card this year that must mean I’m either a good customer or I went way overboard! I need to utilize Bag, Borrow, and Steal more often! Click!
I’ll adapt my musical tastes to the general population!
My taste in music runs from the extreme to the weird. It includes everything from Classical to J-Rock to Heavy Metal and Vintage Rock to Acid (especially Dutch Trance please thanks so much) and most definately Euro Trash oh and don’t forget Show Tunes (Can you say John Barrowman? Hey before Who and Torchwood the man had a singing career (and still does except for his tiny little mistake with his latest CD but no worries he’ll bounce back!)! I rarely venture outside of listening to any of the newer songs that can be found on regular radio stations. About 50% of my CD collection consists of Japanese Rock (I have a rather die hard crush on Gackt. I can’t help myself bish?nen really do it for me!) So basically my main problem is if you stick what’s her name..oh ya…Carrie Underwood or some other “pop” favorite flavor of the month under my nose I’ll probably sneer and turn away! So my Resolution is to accept the flavor of the month and know more about it so when someone casually mentions Carrie Underwood or that Montana girl or those three brothers what are their names? Jonie Brothers? Well if someone casually mentions these people or their songs in a conversation I can be somewhat versed on who they are instead of giving a blank stare and later replying with “Who?” Honestly, I feel rather retarded when someone mentions a popular song and I haven’t a clue about it! Another reason I’m bringing this up is because my sister Tivo’ed Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve, don’t ask me why she does this it seems rather pointless to watch this crap after the fact but she does and hey who am I to judge. Anyway she recorded it and about half the musical guests were not even remotely familiar to me. For instance, at one point on Tuesday morning I walked in and that annoying Ryan Seacrest was interviewing the Montana chick and I looked at my sister and said “Who’s that?” (and no it wasn’t because I had an extremely lately night! I generally didn’t know who the girl was!). I later realized that I should KNOW about this girl as people are literally lying to get tickets to her concert and paying huge sums of cash to attend (Thanks to Google I know all there is to know about her now!)! It’s like I’m completely out of touch with the American musical population (and I live in America! There in lays part of the problem! I should know this stuff right?!?!?!)! This year I shall educate myself on popular music!
Go from this:
I’ll work harder on my relationship!
Ahh Edie and Michael! I can’t think of a better picture for this resolution!
Long distance relationships suck. My boyfriend lives in England (I honestly don’t think I could ever settle for a man that wasn’t English) and I live in New York (not always hopefully) and over the course of several months I feel like our relationship has hit rock bottom. I’d love to be able to pick myself up, dust myself off, and try harder to make things work better. Stop being sensitive, stop with stupid fights, be more understanding, etc…..I think we generally drive each other nuts lately (or maybe I’m driving him nuts!) and we somehow forgot how to do the thing we do best together, have a laugh. And make fun of Americans! I’m kidding, I’m kidding! I’m a yank myself why would I ever do a thing like that?! I meant to say he’ll make fun of the Americans and I’ll laugh when none are around! See? I’m patriotic and respectful to my country! In all seriousness when you’re fighting so very much with the person you love so much it’s literally kills you a little bit inside with each harsh word and causes for many a sleepless night. I wish we could just laugh again!
I’ll take better care of my undereye area!
You read my blog so you know how obsessive I’ve been about my undereyes lately and wrinkles! 30 came in October and since then it seems my undereyes decided to say “ok it’s time for us to begin puffing up, wrinkling, and generally behaving badly”! So I’ve decided I’ll take better care of my undereye area (10 years too late but hey maybe I can reverse the damage!)! I’ve been using eye cream since I was like 18 but it appears it hasn’t done much to help with the tiny lines I see forming! I think it has to do with me and my roughness when quickly applying my concealer! This year I’m not going to smooth on I’m going to pat on gently. Wish me luck as the urge to smooth is hard upon me most mornings!
For treating my eyes overnight!
For treating my eyes throughout the day!
Be gone puffiness!
I will absolutely NOTkeep ever issue of Heavy Metal, Vogue, and Doctor Who Annual!
I plan to stick to my guns this year on this. I’m a bit of a geek (I use the term “bit of” very loosely as I wouldn’t want to admit being a full blown geek to my readers when I’ve tricked you all into believing how very posh, suave, and generally awesome I am. I’m exaggerating a little aren’t I?) so that’s where Heavy Metal and Doctor Who Annual come into play. I have issues of Heavy Metal dated back to the late 80′s sometimes I wonder if there might be a teenage boy hidden in my body or something (lord knows I hope NOT!). I do the same with Vogue, I think it stems from my hidden hope that one day I’ll meet Tom Ford and we’ll sit down, have a cuppa and pour over my backdated copies of Vogue together (and maybe he’ll realize he doesn’t want Ivan anymore and would rather play house with me! What?! A girl can dream can’t she?!)! I’m a sad little human being when it comes to Fantasy Art and Vogue. At least Doctor Who Annual can be controlled some (especially since it bloody sucks as of late) but Vogue and Heavy Metal is a bit (again I use that “bit of” terminology very loosely!) out of control at the moment. It’s really a rather sad little habit of mine and it needs to stop. I’m obviously a packrat as you can see. I’ve challenged myself to dig in and E-bay off some of my older issues of Heavy Metal without crying over them when I do it and thrash some of my issues of Vogue. My eyes are watering as I type this….
SOLD! For One Trillion dollars on E-bay (well maybe not this particular issue but I can definately find a 1977 issue that’ll nab me a $100! WAIT! I know! I can be like this guy and sell it all in a LOT! Click!)
Trash awaits me love!
You might have to pry this issue from my cold dead hands because chances are I won’t let it go while blood is still pumping through these veins!
Organize CP’s better!
I’m always happy to arrange a CP for lovely people but the problem is that I’m too busy to get items shipped out in a timely fashion! So I’m sitting ontop of things for ages on end while these poor, poor people await their items! I’ve resolved myself to do better with shipping CP’s out in a timely fashion! I aim to be timely and more organized with CP’s in 2008! Wish me luck!
And finally last but never least…..be the best person I can be!
I’ve got this covered already I think as I’m not such a bad sort I’m generous, I’m very kind, I’m sweet, I have flawless good manners (Told you I was British in another life didn’t I?), I’m giving, I’m honest to a flaw….I’m the super hero type disguised in the short, round, and average suit. Well maybe not super hero…….
Hopefully I didn’t bore you too much with my Resolutions! I firgure if I have them down in written format somewhere I’ll be more inclined to keep them! Plus I have all of you to keep me on the straight and narrow path!
So….what are your Resolutions this year? Any pack rats like me?
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!