December 30, 2007

Year End Review: 2007 Favorites List

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)

Eyeshadow Duos

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

Eyeshadow Primer

Urban Decay Primer Poton


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

Mascara Overcoats

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

Mascara Primer

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

Face Powders

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)

Facial Moisturizers

Lush Gorgeous
Lush Skins Shangri La
Philosophy When Hope is not Enough

Eye Cream

Petroleum Jelly
Lush Enchanted Eye Cream

Facial Cleaners

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

Facial Exfoliants

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

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)

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

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

Body Lotions

Tone Quick Absorbing Body Lotion

Body Soaps

Lush Cocktail

Lush Snowcake

Lush Sexy Peel


Bath Bombs

Cherriflip Citrus Whip Truffle

Lush Haagen Bath

Lush Sakura

Lush Sex Bomb

Pich Posh Peach Bellini

Bubble Bars

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?

Tell the Muse!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • MandyPandy

    Awwww… Prost Neujahr to you too, Musey!

    Is it just me, or does the idea of MM’s ‘Flesh and Blood Cheek Stain’ seem a bit revolting? I mean, flesh AND blood? Who makes them? Mrs. Lovett? Somehow, I’m not sure a cosmetic with the words ‘blood’ and ‘stain’ in the title would go down to well with Anglophones.

  • the Muse

    Hey 😉

    Prosit Neujahr!

    Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

    Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!

    That’s all I know 😉

    LOL It could be Miss Lovetts 😉 With the Meat pies 😉 Squeezes a bit into the tub and it’s the worst cheek stain in London 😉

    I’m actually really missing this stuff since they dc’ed it as it gives me such a great look!

    It would be truly funny if it was called fresh and blood… 😉

  • MandyPandy

    Nah, it can’t be called ‘Fresh and Blood’, that would probably violate a copyright, or something. Someone already has a line of meat pies there with that name. Engrish is a fickle mistress.

    Out of curiosity, have you checked out It seems like something up your alley (I can’t get enough of it).

  • Row

    Product. Overload. Brain. Mush.

    I loveee the susie ny eyeshadows – are they a Japanese brand?

  • Taryn

    Good list, Muse. There are lots of goodies on there that are peaking my interest. 😉 Here are my favorites, for what they’re worth:

    -Tricia Sawyer foundation
    -Vincent Longo Water Canvas
    -Fairy Drops mascara
    -Kevyn Aucoin mascara
    -Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
    -Kevyn Aucoin Dew Drop foundation
    -Kevyn Aucoin brushes
    -L’Oreal AirWear concealer
    -Awake Aqua Trans powder
    -Fyrinnae loose mineral shadows
    -Gransenbon blushes
    -MAC Northern Light MSF
    -Urban Decay liquid liners
    -Urban Decay 24/7 pencils
    -Urban Decay Deluxe palette
    -Chantecaille Lip Chic lipsticks
    -Tarte/Borba lipstick in Zen
    -MAC Lipglass in Electrolush
    -Lunasol Geminate Eyes palette
    -Rosebud Brambleberry Rose salve
    -Obagi Clenziderm cleanser/toner
    -Kate Somerville Exfoli-Kate
    -Daniel Kern 2% benzoyl peroxide
    -Clean & Clear Persa Gel

    Whew! That was a long list!

  • the Muse

    Hey mans 😉

    LOL! You got my engrish reference in the “fresh” part you clever girl you!

    Oh my gosh that blog was fantastic! I was loving the Matt Damon skit with the whistlers. Were they trying to imply that he understood what they were saying. I picture him having an earbud in his ear and someone feeding him the translations! I was absolutely adoring Uncle Jun chatting up the swedish chick too! That was fab! LOL and meg ryan’s coffee commercial 🙂 Love love love celebs that do asian commercials so fabulously awful!

    People think that Brad and Angie are living off the fruit of the land while not doing films (and they are helping people and saving the world and being eco friendly while flying around in jets) when in reality he’s advertising whiskey and watches in Japan and she does cosmetic commercials!

    Brilliant blog! Love the link thanks!

  • the Muse

    Hey Taryn!

    Thanks for the list 🙂 I see a few items I wanna try on your list!
    Fairy Drops mascara
    Awake Aqua Trans powder
    Chantecaille Lip Chic lipsticks

    darn I knew I missed some stuff I wanted to add to my own list and you reminded me!

    MAC Northern Light MSF
    Urban Decay 24/7 pencils

    Those are definately awesome products!

    It was difficult picking favs!

  • Taryn

    Muse, I guarantee you’ll love the Awake powder, and I bet you’d like the Lip Chics too. They’re really buttery and have a plumping effect. Right now there are only three colors, but they’re pretty universal ones.

    Have you tried any of Kevyn’s stuff? His mascara is probably in my top 3 of all time. It was the first “tubing” one I tried. Oh, and Tricia Sawyer’s products are excellent too – her foundation covers blemishes so well and it’s very creamy.

    OK, now I’m babbling endlessly again. See what this product talk does to me? 😛

  • Taryn

    Muse, I forgot to ask you something else! What do you think of the NYX line of cosmetics? An Eckerd drug around here used to carry a small selection of them but stopped when they were bought out by Rite Aid. I tried only a couple of the products. Any advice/opinions?

    I hate to admit it, but I’m an insufferable snob when it comes to cosmetics. There was a time, even up to a year ago, when I’d head over to Walgreens and pick up a new d/s item just for the heck of it. Even though I still preferred the higher-end stuff, I was also open to d/s products. Almost overnight, that changed and something came over me! I’m not even tempted at Target or Walgreens! The haircare/skincare aisles usually draw me in a little, but that’s it.

    Anyway, the point of that long-winded tale is that NYX doesn’t seem like your typical drugstore stuff. That’s why I was asking. 😉

    PS…and when I got to the bottom of your favorites, my jaw dropped and I said out loud “Get outta here! The Muse uses Physicians Formula?!”

  • the Muse

    Hey Taryn!

    Can’t wait to try it! Lip Chics are another that I haven’t tried but now are on my list thanks to you evil girl!

    No Kevyn at all. I was meaning to buy one of the potted cream blushes but never did. It looked great too!

    MY GOD my list is getting bigger! Stop Stop! Hehe 🙂

    Talk away 😉 I’m an utter product whore 😉

    I’ve tried NYX trios but that’s it and they blew arse. However, in NYX’s defense, I’ve read rave reviews about singles and how they are on par with MAC in pigmentation!

    NYX was nice enough to extend a discount to me and readers but I never got a chance to do an order. I’ve been meaning to for months and months but I haven’t had time to really concentrate on the page. I was going to purchase a lot of items and then offer the discount to readers as well since NYX said that would be fine. However I just haven’t had a sec to actually do it and it’s been backburned for far too long.

    I must must must get to it soon! I really have heard rather mixed reviews on products. Have you checked with Vanessa on Nesscary Makeup? She’s the queen of matching NYX to MAC colors and doing fab swatches and reviews on NYX products plus FOTDS!

    Actually one of the main reasons I was so intrigued with NYX is because of her. She does this uber glamorous FOTD’s using drugstore makeup and it makes me want to hit my local walgreens to try the same thing out!

    I’m a snob too! Big time. I’m rarely tempted at Walgreens or Target either. Even the boots at Target fails to wow me. I’m a fan of no 7 UK side but stateside it’s so terribly cheap looking?!?!?!?!?!?

    I hardly ever even hit the haircare or skincare aisles. It just seems very overpriced. If I’m going to lay down $7.98 for a mascara in a DS I might as well add $5 on and get one at JPmon or some other asian site. Or ask a friend for a cp!

    From what I understand NYX is pretty good in some aspects and pretty crummy in others. I’ve heard the same about Milani. Some good, some bad. Trios are rubbish. I tried two and they were somewhat sheer. Singles I’ve heard rave, rave, rave reviews about. Not sure of the other bits and bobs. I’d definately check with Vanessa’s site. You won’t be disappointed with her fountain of info 😉

    LOL physcians formula is absolutely awesome. It’s the only D/s brand that I love, adore, cherish, and think is a generally awesome buy. Some PF is staple for me! The powders are so amazing! And I love some of the blushes too! Good, good stuff 🙂

    Shhh don’t tell anyone I admitted that lol!

  • Helen

    Hi musing so famuse,
    I am a big fan of your blog. Thank you for your postings, especially for Japanese and Korean Brand. I really love Japanese and Korean cosmetics but have a lack knowledge about this, let’s say I’m a newbie. Right now I’m looking for Pressed Powder which I can use daily and doesn’t contain any foundations. I use Etude House for Pressed Powder , I love the texture and color, but I want to try other brand, will you suggest what is the best pressed powder in Japanese or Korean Brand. I have an asian skin and combination skin type. Thank you for your help.

    • the Muse

      hi helen

      sorry for the delayed reply. thank you so much *hugs* your comment brightened my day!

      doesn’t contain any foundations? I’m unsure what you mean. Can you explain?

      Give me further info and I’ll see if I can help 🙂