Beauty Bits & Bobs

Happy New Year!

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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? for New 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 icon wink

Sincerely,
-Your Muse (for this year and hopefully many more to come!)

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Year End Review: 2007 Favorites List

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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 icon smile You don’t need an account to comment icon wink 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!

Eyeshadow

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)
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Eyeshadow Duos

Susie N.Y. Resort Collection Eye Color Paradise Duos in 01, 02, 03
KATE Dual Carat Eyeshadows in RD-1 and SV1

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Eye Pigments, Shimmers, Glitters, Etc….

B Never Metallic Loose Powder

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Too Faced After Glow Loose Powder and Pressed Eyeshadow Duo

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MAC Pigments in Silver Fog, Quietly, White Gold, Your Ladyship, and Quick Frost
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MAC Glitters in Reflects Gold and Blackened Red
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KATE Loose Eyeshadow in Bu1, SV1, PK1, and GD1
Bourjois Paris Ombre a Paupieres Loose Eyesshadow in 23

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Eyeshadow Primer

Urban Decay Primer Poton
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Mascara

Beaute de Kose Mascara Fantasist
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander
Excel Maxi Glamour Lash (Click here for my review)

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Mascara Overcoats


Guerlain Gold Overcoat (Click here to see more of the Guerlain Gold Holiday)
Majolica Majorca Lash Freeze
KISS Overcoat in Pink

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Mascara Primer
Blinc Mascara Primer
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Blush

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

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Highlighters

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

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Foundation

Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette
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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)


Concealers

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Benefit Bo-ing
Benefit Lemon Aid
Philosophy Airbrushed Fingerpaints Concealer Palette
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Face Powders

Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Mosaic Powder
Physicians Formula CoverToxTen

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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
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Lipsticks

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!)

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Lipgloss

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

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Other Lip Items

Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheers

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Palettes

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)

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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!)
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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
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Eyeliners

MAC Technakohl Eyeliner
KATE Super Sharp Eyeliner
Majolica Majorca Jeweling Pencils
NARS Eyeliner
Mark Star Eyeliner Pencil
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Brushes

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
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Fragrance

Lush Cosmetics Icon
Lush Cosmetics Ginger

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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)
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Facial Moisturizers

Lush Gorgeous
Lush Skins Shangri La
Philosophy When Hope is not Enough
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Eye Cream
Petroleum Jelly
Lush Enchanted Eye Cream
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Facial Cleaners

Philosophy Purity
Kose Airy Whip
Lush Ultra Bland (Click here to learn more about Lush Skincare)
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Facial Exfoliants

Lush Ocean Salt
Philosophy Microdelivery Wash (Click here to read my review!)
C.O. Bigelow Tropical Fruit Face Scrub
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Toners

Lush Tea Tree Water
Lush Breath of Fresh Air
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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

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Shower Gels

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)
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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
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Body Scrubs

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
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Body Lotions

Tone Quick Absorbing Body Lotion
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Body Soaps

Lush Cocktail

Lush Snowcake
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Lush Sexy Peel
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Villainess
Blush
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Bath Bombs

Cherriflip Citrus Whip Truffle
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Lush Haagen Bath
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Lush Sakura
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Lush Sex Bomb
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Pich Posh Peach Bellini
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Bubble Bars

Bubbles of Rockport Bloomin’ Raspberry Bubble Bar
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Bubbles of Rockport Chocolate Covered Cherry
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Lush Creamy Candy
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Lush The Comforter
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Those are my favs of the year! How about you? What are your favorites this year?

Tell the Muse!

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Megan’s Cosmetic Tutorial Take 2

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 icon wink

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 icon wink 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!

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Sephora’s Beauty Resolutions

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Sephora has a guideline of Beauty Resolutions for us all and I thought I’d see how many of these “resolutions” apply to me!

Hmmm Let’s see shall we?!

I will use SPF everyday!

Check! I do indeed use SPF everyday and so should you and if you’re not I highly suggest it. Be you 13 or 55 start using it before you destroy your skin!

I will wash my face everyday!
(Click here to learn about my skincare regime)

No problem got this one covered too! I’m actually anal about washing my face so we should be a ok! Remember kids remove your makeup before going to bed!

I will spend less time on my hair!
(Click here to learn how I simplified my haircare!)

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!).
I will lose weight!
(Click here to see how you can lose weight using a ligploss!)

It’s not that easy Sephora! I’ve been trying for years and I’m still quite short and round! I’ll try harder. Promise. I’ll even use lipgloss to aid me!

I will try a new scent!
(Click here to read about the new scent I tried recently!)

Hey! Got it covered! I tried a new scent recently and I’m always on the look out for new blends! Check!

I will create the perfect smoky eye!
(Click here, here, and here to see some “smoky” eye looks)

I dunno if it’s perfect but I definately love creating some dramatic looks with grays, blacks, and silvers!

I will be more adventurous!
(Click here, here, and here to view some adventurous makeup looks)

I’m adventurous! I plan on bungee jumping off the Empire State Building in 2008! Until than I’ll settle on being adventurous with my makeup and we all know by now how very bold I am with makeup!

I will keep my Beauty organized!
(Click here to see how organized I am!)

I dunno if I’d call my beauty organized but I sure do try to attempt to have some sort of organization with my cosmetics!

I will feed my skin healthy ingredients!
(Click here to read about my past posts about Lush Fresh Cosmetics!)

No problem! Lush has me covered!

I will treat my hair with respect!
(Click here to read more about haircare!)
We’ve already been through this haven’t we?!

I don’t personally have any Beauty resolutions for myself but answering the Sephora one’s was sure fun icon wink

Do you have Beauty Resolutions? Anything you aren’t doing and should be with your skincare regime? Are you wanting to be more adventurous with your makeup application?

Tell me about ‘em!

I’m all ears!

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Catching Up on Comments!

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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 icon smile

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 icon wink

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 icon wink

I feel like I need a personal assistant sometimes hehe!

Hope your Holidays went well and all your present wishes came true!

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