Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My Day On A Plate

When something goes viral on the interwebs, you better be sure that I will be there to participate in pounding that dead horse into the ground along with all the others.  The latest viral joke is apparently from an article published by the Telegraph a few days ago.  Kara Rosen is a founder of juice company called Plenish, The Telegraph published her "My day on a plate", which is apparently a regular feature?  Either way, the article went viral when it was retweeted by Anita Singh, who just happens to be a Telegraph editor. You can see Ms. Rosens stark and uber "healthy"diet in the photo below.  

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Ms. Singh's sentiment is that Rosen needs to eat a Twix. She tweeted as such and that tweet resonated with people around the world.  Soon they were sharing their own "My Day On A Plate" articles.  So as to not be outdone, I have created my own. And it goes a little something like this:

Pink Sith
Despondent Beauty Blogger and Office Slave

My Day on a Plate

5:15am Hit snooze button on alarm, take a sip of room temp water, spilling some on pillow, go back to sleep.

5:24am Turn off obnoxious alarm, curse world for even having a 5:24am and get out of bed. Take another sip of room temp water and spill most of it on my shirt.

5:26am Brush teeth while ingesting small amounts of toothpaste and Listerine.

6:30am Make strong back tea with 2 Tru-via sweeteners and dash of half and half to bring with me to work. Prepare healthy lunch of quinoa salad with chickpeas and back beans, an orange and two bottles of water to bring with me to work along with healthy snacks for the ride home.

6:32am Leave lunch on kitchen counter along with tea.

6:45am Stop at bakery pick up extra black coffee with dash of milk, croissant, blueberry muffin, bear claw and chocolate chip cookie.

6:50am Finish off blueberry muffin and croissant while driving to work between guzzling coffee.

7:25am Eat crumbs off of my clothing before getting out of car. 

8:30am Eat bear claw at my desk while drinking cold coffee and going through emails from boss telling me that I suck as a human being.

9am Cry in the bathroom at work. Drink tears of despair.

10:45am Eat my feelings with the chocolate chip cookie, which I was saving for lunch.

11:50am Plan where I should buy lunch while crying at my desk.

11:51am Drink in my salty tears of disheartenment.

12:45pm Grab a day old sandwich and two mini bags of chips from canteen in basement of office building.

1:00pm Buy a Diet Mountain Dew and lose more of my self-respect while I purchase a snickers from the vending machine.

3:00pm Crash from sugar and caffeine high. Purchase second Diet Mountain Dew and a Twix.

4:30pm Cry in car on the ride home while eating an Arby’s XL Roast Beef Sandwich with extra Horsey Sauce.

5:00pm Eat a half bag of Cheetos with son while watching Cartoon Network.

7pm Eat chicken nuggets son didn't eat before putting plate in sink.

7:30pm When my son is in bed I start on my dinner: Lucky Charms Cereal with Almond Milk and other half bag of Cheetos while watching a marathon of Caprica on Netflix.

10pm Raw cookie dough from fridge while contemplating homelessness over working for oppressive douchecanoe boss.

11pm Cry self to sleep while sipping room temp water that I spill on pillow.

Now I personally do not judge Ms. Rosen for her diet. I think she needs more calories and protein in her daily meal. But If that's what keeps her going, so be it.  I personally think a message needs to be given that eating like Ms. Rosen every day has the potential to be unhealthy for you in the long run. My "Diet" is satirical and should not be followed by anyone, ever.

You can read more satirical diets here from the Someecards Happy Place website.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Makeup Of Agent Carter

Marvel's Agent Carter has arrived on ABC. The first episode was kick-ass Peggy Carter working for a bunch of misogynistic a-holes in 1940's New York. Oh! I mean, There is some super secret spy stuff going on and Agent Carter is a fiercely strong woman that is a wonderful role model for all girls and women alike!

Hayley Atwell plays Agent Carter, as you may remember her from the same role in the movie, Captain America: The First Avenger.  She was Steve Rogers' love interest in the movie. But, now that the Captain is basically (Spoiler alert) a Popsicle  (or as I like to call him a Cap-sicle) somewhere in the Atlantic, Peggy must carry on and carry on she does.  She tries to find balance between life as a single woman working at the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), and by tackling secret missions for her old pal, Howard Stark (Iron Man's daddy). She does it with grace and elan and never smudges her red lipstick.

image from besamecosmetics.com

Speaking of lipstick, did you know that her lipstick is the one and only Besame Classic Color lipstick in Red Velvet?  A brand that is near and dear to my heart, Besame Red Velvet is my favorite red of the entire line of lipsticks. It's a matte red with deep undertones. It's a blue based red, that some might find too blue for their liking, but I think it looks great on everyone.

image from opi.com
As for Peggy's nails, she never looked more stylish while picking a lock then ever before. Thanks to the OPI limited edition Cinnamon Sweet, part of the Gwen Stefani Holiday Nail Lacquer collection, your tips (and toes) can be just as classic as Agent Carter.  While Cinnamon Sweet is a limited edition shade, it's readily available anywhere OPI is sold.

In the show Agent Carter delivers a knock out kiss to the owner of a night club engaged in shady dealings.  While the lipstick there is labeled "Sweet Dreams", rest assured that Besame Red Velvet it the REAL color on her lips...and I promise it will not knock anyone you kiss out cold.

What about fragrance?  I know no one asked about fragrance, but since I'm slightly fragrance obsessed, I would like to tell you about some of the fragrances that were popular in the 1940's
After the war (World War II) the trend was for lighter, fresher perfumes.  Flowers were key so scents with Gardenia and rose and jasmine were very popular.
L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci (Released in 1948)
Miss Dior by Christian Dior (Released in 1947)
Bourjois Evening In Paris Perfume (Released in 1928 but became fashionable again in the late 1940's. Discontinued in 1969, re-formulated an re-released in 2000)

image from robertpiguetparfums.com

HOWEVER, fragrances like Caron Tabac Blond (Released 1919) and Chanel Cuir de Russie (Released 1924) were perfumes  from the 1920's for the "emancipated woman".  You know, Women who dare to smoke in the public, Women who defy fashion and go without corsets,   When Bandit by Robert Piguet was released in 1944, it hearkened back to the early 20th century and the rebellious woman from the 1920's.

I think Agent Carter is a rebel, and as such I think that a fragrance like Bandit would be the ideal scent for her.  Of course she would never wear it while doing undercover work, because a scent like that is too easily remembered for someone that wishes to be forgotten.

But does the gal who wants to look like Agent Carter HAVE TO but these specific items?  Not really. Most deep red/blue based lipsticks will do, as long as they are matte. And any medium to dark red nail polish (minus any glitter) will also serve as a good dupe.

Check out clips from the first episode here:

So are you an Agent Carter Fan?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have Box for December 2014

Are you tired of puny samples?  Want full size products you can actually use?  Then POPSUGAR Must Have Box is the subscription box for you.  It's not always makeup. It's cool stuff that you can use to incorporate the latest trends and fashions into your daily life.  

If you’re unfamiliar with the POPSUGAR Must Have Box, it's a monthly subscription service where you receive hand-selected, full-size products and premium items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness, and food for only $39.95 a month, with free shipping. (available in the US only).

Check out the box for December ans you tell me if you think it's awesome!

That's a whopping $169.95 USD value!! You save $130 USD!  That's a bargain. Plus anything that you don't like, you can use as a gift. Because the items are unique and full size, they make a great holiday or anytime gift for someone in your life.

Currently POPSUGAR is offering $10 off a 3 month subscription using the code: DEC14SELECT  This code is good until 01/02/2015. Sign up HERE!

So what say you?  Something you might be interested in for the long haul, for the holidays or as a gift subscription for someone?

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Shopping for the Woman that has Everything or Most Expensive Beauty Gifts of the Season

What do you get for the wooman who has everything?  Well I have 5 suggestions for some of the most over the top, expensive beauty gifts for three over the top gift giving senarios!

Queen Elizabeth II
Say the Queen of England has invited you to Buckingham Palace for a Christmas party.  You obviously want to make a good impression so you find your most ornate Christmas sweater, your reindeer antler headband and a gift for good ole Liz.  What do you get the woman that has everything?  Well here are a few suggestions:

image from harrods.com

Since you'll be across the pond, why not pop into Harrods and pick up the Kiehl's Swarovski Edition Creme De Corps for £5,000. ($7,824 USD)  Why have a plain old bottle of the coveted Kiehl's Creme de Corps when you can have the bottle covered with sparkling yellow Swarovski crystals?  Right?  Sure. it doesn't make the lotion any better, but it's pretty awesome to begin with, so adding the crystal swathed bottle only adds to the luxe experience...or so I'm told. 

image from selfridges.com

I haven't noticed the queen wearing as much makeup as her Daughter in Law, so maybe you could pick her up Tom Ford's stunning gift offering from Selfridges.  The Tom Ford Trousseau Gift Set has everything from lipstick to eyeshadow, foundation to brushes, and every Tom Ford make-up product The Queen could ever want.  Plus SHE will get to pick the colors during her personal consultation for this gift.  The products are all presented in a beautiful trousseau. This little number will set you back £925 ($1,447 USD)  Sadly, Mr. Ford is not included in this set.

Jacqueline Mars

Back in the US, you might be invited to Jacqueline Mars' holiday extravaganza.  Jackie is the co owner of Mars Inc., the world's largest candy company.  With the decline in cocoa production due to higher consumption across the globe, a rare fungal infection in cocoa pods and that pesky Ebola virus killing of her cocoa pickers in West Africa, you know Jackie is under a lot of stress.. She could probably benefit from a little gift as a pick-me-up! Here are a couple of suggestions:
image from barneys.com

Give Ms. Mars a little sparkle in her eye. Check out the Kre-at Beauty Diamond Lashes at Barney's  I'm not sure if the Queen of Chocolate wears false lashes, but maybe you could be the BFF that gets her to take the plunge!  These corner wing (read: half lashes), diamond studded, false lashes will set you back $1,350 USD.  The 0.2 karats worth of diamonds are set in 18K white gold.   Her eyes will certainly sparkle with these gems. Most appropriate for when she visits the Twix factory to roll around in the liquid chocolate. She does this every second Wednesday of the month. (Not really)

image from neimarmarcus.com

OK. Maybe Jackie might like a few Tom Ford products to keep up with Queen Lizzy.  Perhaps she needs the Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip and Nail Box.  This sleek back box contains 8  lipsticks and 8 coordinating nail polishes from the brand.  Well thank goodness for Neiman Marcus. They have it all in a nice little box ready to go. Retailing for $656 USD which works out to $41 USD per item.  This could be a stocking stuffer for the chocolaty heiress!.

Christy Walton

Well what about Christy Walton? (Heir to the Wal-Mart fortune.) Christy is the richest woman in the US.  Certainly, if you are invited for a Christmas party you want to wear your finest Jacqueline Smith for Wal-Mart brand clothing, but you also want to bring a gift befitting the heiress.  How about:

image from barneys.com

The Givenchy Beauty Limited Edition Crocodile Case Le Rouge Lipstick. For the special price of $300.00 USD you can saunter to your local Barneys and purchase this tiny bauble as a gift for little Christy.  The Givenchy lipstick case  is handcrafted in authentic leather with 3,000 numbered cases produced worldwide, and only 300 for the US specifically.   The lipstick color is in the most iconic shade of Le Rouge Givenchy, Carmin Escarpin No. 306. It's a bright red  that will be sure to enhance Christy's complexion as she cuts the health care option for her part time employees and makes them work during Thanksgiving day.

image from sephora.com

You want to make sure the Curtains match the Drapes....No! Not THOSE curtains and drapes. I mean lips and nails.  That's why you might also pick up the Christain Louboutin Starlight special edition nail lacquer to go with the Givenchy Lipstick.  You thought $50 USD was a lot of money for a red nail polish.  How about $675 USD?!?!  No. The Louboutin nail lacquer formula has not changed.  However the presentation box and stem for the bottle have!  The Rouge Louboutin Nail Color  comes encased in an elegant black box with red flower detailing. The bottle is decorated with 1,800 hand applied, two-tone Strass crystals.  No one will be able to tell if Christy is wearing a $675 red nail polish or a $6 nail polish from Wal-Mart's featured brand of Hard Candy Cosmetics, except you! The no chip formula of the nail lacquer will come in handy as Christy counts her millions made after her workers are exploited working during the Black Friday sales!

I'm so glad I could help you in your shopping for the most expensive beauty gifts of the season. I hope Liz, Jackie and Christy will like your thoughtful offerings.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Show Towels for the Holidays

Show Towels in their natural habitat

The holiday season is upon us and you have tons-o-parties to attend.  What do you get the gracious hostess for each event?  Easy. Something that can pamper her and make her smell nice! Perfume can be a very personal choice, but soaps can double as a nice smelling gift that won't offend the nose of your host, while complementing a typical accessory to guest bathrooms and powder rooms....


A Show Towel is a subspecies of the common hand towel. Its natural habitat is on a towel rack, in a basket or placed strategically on the side of a guest bathroom or powder room vanity.  Show Towels are an engineered breed of towels that, through years of painstaking cross breeding, cross stitching and lace applique, have evolved into a towel that is only for show. The Show Towel roots are from tea towels, old fashioned linen towels, lingerie and baby doll ankle socks.  The Show Towel branched off to include a sub-sub species which adopted some traits from the terry cloth towel.

Typically, Show Towels are identified by added trim like lace, satin or have embroidery done to primarily make it "look nice". Many Show Towels feature appliques such as satin butterflies or geometrical shapes.  During the holiday season the Show Towel adapts to its environment by changing the appliques into satin Christmas trees, snowmen and reindeer.  At the very least, Show Towels have adapted to color-coordinate with the decorative scheme of the bathroom in which it resides.

Most commonly found in the USA, Show Towels should not be used to actually dry anything!  The Show Towel is supposed to be displayed when one has guests, no one, not even the residents of the home, are allowed to use them.  Adding insult to injury, guests are also not allowed to use them!  Show Towels are strictly decorative in nature.   As a result a symbiotic relationship has developed between the mighty Show Towel and the less decorative Functional Towel. Functional Towels are actually for use by residents or guests in a Show Towel home.  The typical make up of the Functional Towels are either sold color terrycloth or high end, absorbent paper.  Show Towels are used to stymie the other residents and guests of the home.  If a Show Towel is used the offender will be chastised and reminded that there are paper towels on the side of the sink for hand drying purposes.  Then the offender will be reminded not to engage in the use of Show Towels the next time they use the habitat of the Show Towel.

Mostly women in the household are the carriers of the Show Towels spores that propagate when a woman has access to a Horchow catalog, browses the Wayfair.com website or wanders into the decorative towel aisle of Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Mind you, not all women carry the Show Towel spores, but if they do, the Show Towel will naturally germinate and appear in a guest bathroom simply by the woman's mere existence.

Fancy soaps work well with Show Towels.  The fancier the packaging the more likely the soap will become Show Soap, a cousin to the Show Towel.  My recommendations are:

L'Occitane Lavender Perfumed Soap  $6.00
L'Occitane 'Savons de Provence' Deluxe Soap Set (Limited Edition) $19.00
Crabtree Evelyn 'Almond Milk & Honey' Triple Milled Soap  $10.00
Crabtree & Evelyn 'Pear & Pink Magnolia' Triple Milled Soap  $8.00
diptyque 'Philosykos' Perfumed Soap  $15.00
diptyque '34' Soap $30.00
TOCCA Soap Trio (Limited Edition)  $18.00
Creed 'Virgin Island Water' Soap  $40.00
Creed 'Millesime Imperial' Soap $40.00
Tory Burch Soap Gift Set  $42.00
Fresh Mangosteen Soap $15.00
Fresh Sugar Soap Anniversary Edition $15.00

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