Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Jul 28, 2007

MuseTV Presents: Fall Collection Haul

'ello there!

I was lucky enough to get a delightful little package in the mail of which contained the Fall Japanese goodies!

I did a video blog of 'em for you guys! I've added in pics as well and will be doing reviews and Face of the Days pics very soon!

MuseTV Presents: Fall Collection Haul:

Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures :( I normally take photos with my trusty Kodak DX6490. I decided that I'd go with cute and super portable so I purchased a Sony Cyber Shot T20 this past week! I was excited to have a smaller cam to use for taking pics for my blog and just generally toting around for small shots here and there!

My DX6490 is only 4MP's has a virtually no ISO so the T20 was quite appealing at 8MP with an obscene ISO, HD output, onscreen editing, and a tons of other bells and whistles.

Upon getting it in the mail I flipped out at how cute it was. I proceeded to try some Face of the Day pics plus some additional variety, random shots's crap. I strongly suggest not bothering! I've just now finished wrapping it up and it's going right back for a full return! I am astounded at the crap quality of the pics! Everything had a weird orange tinge too it plus the ISO had a setting of 300 because anything more would cause some mega crap quality photos!

Do tell me whatcha think of these pics taken with the cybershot as compared to my older pics in my blog taken with my trusty kodak!

I've been sorely tempted to purchase a Nikon D40 but can't justify the cost for a hobbyist like myself. It'd be far different if I had a family with children and such but just to purchase the D40 for hobby shots of cosmetics, some vacation photos, and random shots seems just a silly purchase really! I adore photography but the general idea of the D40 seems a spoiled indulgence on my part!


On to the pics :)

New Lavashuca Palettes

Older Lavshuca Palette, New Color!

New Lavshuca Glosses

Lavshuca Glitter Mascara

MJ Honey Plump Glosses

MJ Fall Eyeshadows

New MJ Mascara and Neo Lash Expander

MJ Fall Collection Glosses

MJ Fall Collection Eyeliners

KATE Fall Shadow Collection

KATE Gel Eyeliners

KATE Dual Carat Eyeshadow

Kiss Lipgloss

Maqulliage Pressed Powder

Visee Eyeshadow Palette

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Link Love

I'm not only a writer of my own blog but I'm also a great reader and lover of blogs! Below you'll find links to some of my favorite beauty blogs!

I recently had my entire links list wiped out by mistake so if you were on here before do let me know and I'll re-add you!

Where the Muse Resides

Your Muse resides right here on her home at most days however on occasion you may locate her in the other following locations:

the Muse on Skitch
the Muse on Flickr
the Muse's Humble Beginnings
the Muse's MySpace
the Muse on VOX
Home of MuseTV
the Muse on Twitter
the Muse's World Through Twitpic


Musings of a Muse has a loyal readership both within the US and Internationally. Japan, Singapore, Korea, and England are just a few of the many places that Musings gets traffic from. Readers are very interactive about what they are currently loving in the cosmetic world here at Musings and love hearing about the latest and greatest on the makeup front!

Musings of a Muse is popular do to the fact that the Muse is an average, everyday girl (Not Paris Hilton!) that's passionate about cosmetics, skincare, and other wonderful beauty finds and that excitement and passion comes out in her posts and reviews to readers (If anything at all the Muse sure does know how to get the blood boiling and pumping when it comes to new cosmetic finds!)!

If this is an environment that you'd like to see your product reviewed in do drop the Muse an e-mail at or use the e-mail contact form below.

My press time varies depending on what I have lined up for review at the moment however I can make room if you need your review posted at a quicker turn around time! Just ask nicely ;)

E-mail the Muse

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Please keep in mind the Muse is sometimes swamped reviewing, testing, posting, replying to comments, and real life sometimes catches up with her too so if you don't get a reply right away to your email please be patient she promises to write back really soon!

If you can't wait for a reply just comment and you'll get an uber quick reply from yours truly!

About the Muse

Who is this Muse girl anyway?

Around the Internet I'm simply known as the Muse. A Muse of makeup maybe..the Muse in Musings perhaps?

Could be anything.

Who am I really?

I'm just an average, everyday, general cosmetic junkie that plans to take over the world. You can join me and my minions on our quest for cosmetic nirvana by reading my uber awesome, fabulous blog!

In all seriousness..........

I'm a 30 year old, native New Yorker. Born, Bred, and Raised in this little city (but traveled far from home on many a fine occasion seeking new and exciting beauty products from distant's true just check my blog for reviews on products you may have never heard of!).

Contrary to popular belief I do not work in the fashion or cosmetic industry, far from it.

When I'm not moonlighting as the Editor here at Musings (Wow! Editor sounds so bloody important doesn't it?) I have a real job, in the real world as an Insurance Broker, underwriting commercial and personal policies. I own and operate my own office with my older sister and together we are a legend in our own minds (I'm positive other people think we are legendary as well but I haven't met one yet! If I do I'll let you know!).

I also enjoy pina coladas and getting caught in the rain....

When I'm not posting tons of reviews, testing new products, and playing around in the comment box with my awesome readers you can find me at some high end counter looking for the next awesome cosmetic find.

I'm also a geek and come with all the excess baggage geeks come with such as attending crazy conventions, playing stupid amounts of WoW, reading manga, and watching Star Trek and Doctor Who reruns.

In my spare time I love shopping, eating out, going to the movies, and enjoying good times with my friends (Hey, I live in the city that never sleeps! We got plenty of awesome entertainment options here!).

I'm a huge lover of literature, indie and foreign films and could possibly be more passionate about these than cosmetics. Whoa.

I adore traveling and have been to many great and exotic places! I'm a big lover of Japanese, Korean, and British popular culture.

Ok, ok enough about me...I feel like I'm on a dating site here....

Something you're dying to know about little, old, boring me?

E-mail or comment! I'll happily provide the deets!

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Jul 27, 2007

Urban Decay and MAC Sitting in a Tree!

I've decided to introduce Urban Decay to MAC! They play nice together don't they?

What I used:
B Never Metallic Loose Powder (All over eyelid)
MAC Freshwater (On Lid and In Crease)
Urban Decay Kiddie Pool (Over Freshwater, On Lid and Crease)
And for my mascara freaks those are indeed my real lashes with MJ Mascara...why are you still here looking at this? RUN to E-bay and pick yourself up some!


Jul 26, 2007

Slow Loading Times

My most wonderful mate Haru kindly told me that loading times are super slow on my blog!

She suggested I start uploading images directly to blogger!

If you've been experiencing super slow loading times please excuse the delay while I switch over images to blogger's server!

Thanks for your patience!


The Mystery of Peter

The thought had crossed my mind that some of you wander onto my previous blog and have a wonder who Peter might be!

Peter comments on ALL my blogs! Always! No matter what they are about, he is always there and the first one to post his opinion, comment, remark, etc...

Just the day before I had asked for suggestions on my Face of the Day and have no fear but Peter was indeed right there messaging me his suggestions for my Face of the Day! Now...really...what a 63 year old man could possibly suggest to me about make-up may make you wonder...but no matter...he steps up to the plate at all times even when it comes to cosmetics, couture, and other such girly bits and bobs! I can recall a time or two I had influenced him to post blogs about such grave matters of importance! Yes, really! It's all very true! He went through his stage of cosmetics, couture, and general other girlish bits that he quite put his own spin on!

I imagine by now you've noticed how much he adores taking the piss out of me!

Today I was running across the forum and a most lovely girl by the name of Karya made me giggle. Now I do so need a giggle as I've been feeling right rotten this entire week!

This is what she wrote:

"I'm always in anticipation of your lovely FOTDs, keep em' coming

LOVE your new address.... now we can all go comment, and not just peter!! *cues evil laughter and demented pose* wahahahahaha........ "

LOL!!!!!!!! I love it! And the mystery of Peter still remains doesn't it?

So today....the suspense is to be lifted and you shall all know who this strange English man is commenting on my blogs of cosmetics and such!

Peter belongs to a man named Jonny. I guess to have Jonny you get Peter as well (which isn't a bad thing as Peter is quite a delightful little man). It's some sort of package deal I believe. Jonny is the man I love. If you put two and two together you'll very likely get four and come to the conclusion that Peter is Jonny's father.


My dearest friends and readers....

The mystery is solved of whom Peter might be!

Thanks Karya for making me smile and yes YOU can comment now too NOT just Peter!


Label Love

I'm so properly chuffed with labels! They make life so much easier and organized!

So....if you're confused I shall explain ;)

If you're not familiar with the general outline of the blog you will be after this!

Labels are nifty little tags that allow me to place particular blogs into particular headings so it's easy for YOU, my reader, to find what your little heart desires!

If you look towards your right hand side you'll see a list of various items with little numbers next to them!

These are labels!

Basically if you see a blog of particular interest and were curious if I had previously blogged you can look down on the bottom of that particular entry and take note of the "labels" or "tags"! Click on the particular label that interests you and PRESTO! You'll be magically transmitted to another similar blog of interest!

An example:

You're viewing one of my many cam whore Face of the Day entries and you're really loving it because I'm so awesome, gorgeous, etc....and you're so wishing at some point that you were as great as I am but never will be, etc....(I'm kidding of course but let me have my moment in the sun would ya?)...anyway as you're enjoying this entry you're curious if I've done any other Face of the Day posts!

No problem!

After you've drooled over my beauty (again, kidding!) you can click the label on the bottom of the entry and BAM! You'll be transported to all my Face of the Day entries!

How very nifty don't you agree?



Moving Update

It appears that my new home here at Blogger is coming along quite nicely!

I've been slowly and carefully moving my blogs from their old home and all is coming along very nicely!

You'll notice some of my posts refer to an item I got yesterday or today, etc....please take note these blogs are older ones that I wrote weeks, months, or days ago so the time frame is slightly off :)

I'm looking forward to interacting with you all and I'll hope you'll take a moment to say hello or comment!

Many thanks for your patience during my move!


Tempting Offerings!

Obviously I have way too much freaking time on my hands today and blogging calms me so you're stuck with me posting far too many entries today!

Personally, I believe that any time that I share with you should be considered some sort of blessed blessing! After all I'm very important and special and what not!

Sorry I got off track, that happens sometimes when I talk about my fabulous self!

In a
prior blog I discussed the drama of my first Bobbi Brown purchases. It appears I haven't learned my lesson in regards to Bobbi Brown because I just stumbled onto the Make-Up Bag Blog and glory be my eyes were blinded by some new palettes being released for the fall Bobbi Brown line up!

I got that funny feeling in my stomach and my hands began to shake upon seeing these shiny new palettes! It must be love??? Well, maybe not love but lust was in there somewhere for sure!

After my previous burn with the
Sand and Surf palette I'm left feeling unloved by Bobbi Brown but maybe...just maybe...kinda....sorta.....I could be convinced to purchase the new line of palettes popping up for Fall!

Behold! Bobbi Brown Metallics Collection

This collectin includes:

Burnt Sugar Metallics
  • Toffee Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Gold Dust Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Burnt Sugar Metallic Eye Shadow

Velvet Plum Metallics

  • Raisin Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Champagne Quartz Eye Shadow
  • Velvet Plum Metallics

Forest Metallics

  • Sage Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Balsam Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Forest Metallic Eye Shadow

Midnight Metallics

  • Platinum Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Rockstar Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Midnight Metallic Eye Shadow
I know I'm going to regret even thinking about purchasing these but I'm sorely tempted by the blue, green, and velvet palettes look amazing!

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Caribbean Ocean Hues

AMEN for concealer! Makes you look like you had at least 10 hours of sleep when technically you had........NONE!

Thank You Benefit! I heart you!

This didn't come out as planned because I was doing it in a rush's alright not too bad!

What I used:
T'estimo Eyeshadow in BU55
Bnever Eyeshadow in Burke
T'estimo Impact Eyes Palette in 04
Urban Decay Shadow in Shattered
MAC Eyeshadow in Jewel Blue
MAC Softsparkle Eyeliner Pencil in Refecto
MJ Mascara


Smashbox Fall 2007 Vanity Brush Collection

Fall is obviously here! Tons of new bits are popping up here and there!

Smashbox's contribution to Fall's Line Up, The Vanity Brush Collection!

God, I think I am drooling! I so need this set! The only thing preventing me from purchasing this is the ugly brush bag! What's with the faux fur? Ew!

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The Mailman Cometh!

'ello 'ello! (This was written last night and is being posted now because MySpace was being quite the bitch and wouldn't let me post it yesterday)

I think by now we are all EXHAUSTED of my video blogs that include many, many, many, "ummmm's"! You've no idea how many times I've gotten the piss taken out of me today about my um's! Early this morning I got a call from my best friend shouting in my ear "Ummm so it's me and Ummm what's going on? And ummm are you coming out tonight? and by the way Ummmm...." You get the general idea I imagine hehehe! It's put me off video blogging for a little bit while I gather my thoughts and remove "um" from my vocabulary! I swear to god I'm a college graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering! Honest to god! Tis true! Regardless of the fact that my video blogs sound like I'm trying to count to ten on one hand and not understanding why it isn't working! So ya...that's my story and I'm sticking too it! But I loved that you loved them and I promise they'll be more sometime in the near distant future! BUT fear NOT from what I understand....Peter will bring you WISE life lessons via a video blog soon! Oh my the very my! If you're extra nice he may go back to discussing fashion, couture, and musings of his metrosexuality! Happy Days!

Tonight I'm back to typing up a blog the good old fashion way! I'm also quite knackered so I don't have my normal valley girl, cheerleader energy (energy of not body of by the very way) to video blog so that's also an excuse that I can throw in!

I've got a ton of great stuff to share in this blog! The Mailman came bearing all sorts of pressies today! I got a total of 5 boxes today and I just lumped up everything into one blog and here it is to share with you!

Questions? Comments! Shout 'em out!

Oh by the way..someone kindly asked how I afford all this. In reply....I sell off organs on E-bay! Kidneys, few lungs, liver! You know, stuff I don't really need! I'm kinda sorta running low on organs so if anyone wants to volunteer please by all means e-mail me! At this point I'm thinking that the love of my life would gracefully volunteer an organ or two to make me happy if I asked him to so hey I'm a lucky kinda chick ya know? BUT we can never have too many organs! So bring 'em on! After you donate I'll even give you a signed autographed picture of moi, yours truly! It's quite a keepsake and you might be able to sell it on E-bay and make enough to buy back the organs you so generously donated to me! The sarcasm is flowing heavy here! Hopefully everyone is laughing at this point!

You'd love if I stop babbling now and start with the goodies right? Ok Ok I won't make you wait any longer!

Behold! One Million Dollars worth of Cosmetics and Other Bits and Bobs (Well not a million but that sure sounded bloody good didn't it? Pat on the back to me!)

Soooooooooooo in my travels around the worldwide web I popped onto
Demeter's website! I normally check it once and while for cool updates! Such as the time they introduced Play-Doh scented perfume spray! Now for some odd reason or another I was all over that like bees on honey! The entire idea of a perfume that smelled of Play-Doh fascinated the bloody hell out of me (They now have one that smells like crayons! God nothing fails to shock me at this point!)! So I'm thinking this is proper training if I one day become a mummy! No expensive perfumes just crayons and play-doh! Mind you I'd be quite happy at that too! I wandered onto the site I noticed they have a new update! Oh my! They introduced 6 new perfume sprays which I had to have! Now it's slightly ironic as some of these aren't exactly what a girl like myself (short, round and such) should go around smelling like! But it didn't prevent me from wanting them all badly! RIGHT AWAY! So I ordered them and they arrived today!

These sprays are based on the popular Jelly Belly Jellybeans! If you're familiar with the candy you'll know that they include a little menu for making cocktails with different flavored jellybeans! Thus these scents were born!

Hot Fudge Sundae (If you can't see the irony of me smelling like Hot Frudge Sundae than god love you for it!), Mango, Pineapple Salsa (Don't be put off by the "salsa" part! It's quite a lovely fruity blend!), Fruit Salad

Wild Blackberry Peach Cobbler, Sugar and Spice (awww that's me! Sugar and Spice and everything nice!), Blueberry Muffin

The following is of my Japanese Haul! I know some items are probabily missing! It's because I was tooling about with them and didn't take pics! But I got a majority of the bits so enjoy!

Visee's Jewel Crush Palettes (Ended up with 4 of the colors but loved them so much I ordered the 5th one! Will probably arrive next week!)

What's to say about these? They are gorgeous! Unlike some Japanese palettes these are shimmer straight through! Some palettes are sprayed with a thin layer of glitter on top and the shadow beneath doesn't contain the same amount of sparkle as that wonderful top layer! But these are sparkle right down to the core! Just gorgeous! A must have!

Excel Blushes

These were recommended to me by Haru
who is the Queen of All things cosmetics! I've seen these numerous times but I never picked any up! Simple reason why. I'm a package snob. The package on these stinks. It's cheap and cheesy in my humble opinion! But really when Haru recommends, I listen! And she was spot on! These are AMAZING! The shimmer and sparkle is so nice! I applied some over my blush and it boosted the color up so nicely! I think they may be to sheer to wear on their own! But as a booster to your current blush color these are truly a gem! Great, great product!

Some of you may be wondering about the brush storage! I was too. I was worried laying the brush on top would make a grave mess of the palette! But they kindly included a thin film of plastic to place on top of the blush which makes a nice little barrier between brush and blush! Perfection!

Excel Eyeshadow
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I'm so pissed off at myself for not getting more of these! They are great! Really a nice pigment to this shadow!


KATE is my new lust! I tried the dual carat shadows and fell in love! Thus I had to have more! Not sure why I avoided KATE prior to my purchases of the Dual Carats a few weeks ago! I guess I felt like there were other items that I wanted more! Glad I dove in with these because they are great! Palettes are full of sparkle! Yay! The loose shadows I was skeptical of but I seen a picture on MUA and became intrigued by the spatula applicator! Thus I got all four colors! They are amazing! Full of sparkle, shimmer, and glitter!

Gransenbon Gran Brush Blush

These are AMAZING! Period. The End. Drop everything. Get these NOW.


I ran across these on Sasa and fell in love right away! These are Made in Italy and available in Korea only from what I can understand! Sadly I'm unable to locate anything else from the line aside from these 6 lonely shadows! So each day I go to the website to drool at the array of products I can't get my hands on! Sigh...please Q the sad music and give me a strong shoulder to lean on!

Various Mascaras

Few mascaras I've wanted to try! I always find Japanese brand mascara adds far more volume and lenght to my lashes than anything I can get stateside! Plus the cost is about half what I'd pay here for some crummy designer brand that doesn't work nearly as wonderful! Bit of Kiss in there, some Excel, Kose, etc....

Kiss Pink Tiara Glitter Mascara

Truly chuffed proper with this! I used it a bit before! Encrusts my lashes with little bits of glitter! Love this! Need a backup!

Mm...drawing a blank here! Believe these are by K-Palette? Almost as nice as the Kiss glitter mascara above! Sparkly lashes are happy lashes!


Canmake a brand that fascinates and boggles my mind! Cheap as day old chips and really nice quality! Got a bunch of the shadows and three of the cheek highlighters! Such a great lot of items that's so very affordable!

Majolica Majorca

Sooooooooooooooooo weirdly enough I had this sudden need to buy all (almost all) the MJ shadows! I own the palettes but never ventured into purchasing the single shadows! Suddenly, one day, I needed them! And here they are! Glad I dove in as they are nice and pigmented!

And heck while I was at it I threw in all of the cream shadows! I know I have told everyone over and over how I hate cream shadows but I made an exception this once as it's MJ and all!

I was feeling spunky so I said hell why not get all the blushes too! And I did just that!

And if this wasn't nice enough! Two MJ compacts arrived from
MUA today! How sweet my shadows can have a new home!

Lavashuca Jewel Lipsticks

Few colors I didn't already have!

Aube Shower Eyes Palettes

If you recall I had
previously blogged about these! Loved 'em so much I needed

Cyber Color Shadows

Not so sure about these yet! Good pigment on them but they are a bit hard to blend! We shall see!

Makemania Silcon Plumping Gloss (A gloss made by Sony!)

I have this in clear and love it! It's quite like slapping plaster on your lips but I love it! It really plumps up my rather thin lips and makes them look so yum and delish! Oh my! I know at least one person who is going to be very excited about the addition of this to my lipgloss collection!

That's it for now!

I'll be doing a step into Fall blog later next week because I'm expecting to get quite a few of the Fall line ups from Japan in the mail! Also, Jill Stuart will be releasing her fall bits and bobs so that's something more to look forward too! So stay tune...and I'll dazzle you with the goodies as they pop into my mail box!

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