Friday, October 31, 2008

LLLL = Lovely Long Lasting Lips with Chanel Rouge Double Intensité

image from chanel.com
I love alliteration. Alliteration is the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in :
"She sells sea shells by the seashore"
"Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers"
"Lovely long lasting lips"
Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Color brings alliteration poetry to my lips!

I'm impressed. I wasn't at first. I purchased this months ago and used it twice. I decided I would return it although the color was nice, the wear was icky, it kept pilling up on me, felt flaky (even with the gloss top coat) and it seemed awfully expensive ($32 USD) for something that I can get the same results with from a drugstore product. Unfortunately, I lost the receipt and procrastinated about returning it for store credit. Bummer!

The other day, while cleaning up the bathroom after my dog Artie went on a rampage with the trashcan....have I mentioned Artie before?

No I haven't. That's because Artie, as cute as he is, is Major Destructo in my home. He loves to eat paper products, paper towels, kleenex, cotton pads, newspaper, etc. He also like to eat chairs. Here is a picture of his most spectacular work:


The worried looking dog in the bottom corner is a good boy and does nothing wrong, but always seems to feel guilty when Artie is punished for being a bad boy. I digress. Thankfully I love Artie or else he would be out on the street!

So while cleaning up, I happened upon the Chanel Rouge Double Intensité, I decided to give it another go. This time I put it on without any balm or makeup on my lips. You see, I always seem to have some sort of powder or foundation transfer on my lips when I apply lipstick first thing in the morning. This time it was the evening. I had washed all my makeup off and I was about to hop in the shower. I thought; what better way to test the "long wearingness" (not a word. I know) of this product than to take a shower and eat dinner with it! Let me tell you. It was going strong after the shower and after dinner, the gloss top coat was gone but the color was still there perfect as ever. No pilling, no awful feel. It was fabulous! It was a keeper!

The trick to this product is to make sure your lips are completely clean. Apply the color and wait for it to dry a bit before putting on the gloss top coat. You should reapply the gloss top coat only when it is all gone that way you don't get buildup.

What makes this product different than drugstore bands? Well I think it's the quality. It does not dry out my lip when the gloss coat is gone, it does not flake or wear off unevenly. It lasts for a good 5 to 8 hours (minus eating) and it applies evenly. The color choices are limited, but very unique. Most important, the wear is so much nicer and better than anything I have purchased on the cheap. The gloss top coat isn't sticky at all. It's almost moisturizing and feels nothing like the Chanel Glossimer texture. In fact, you hardly feel it on your lips. It's like having perfect moisturized lips without a sticky, greasy, gloopy feel. I also like the fact that the color is a doe foot applicator and the clear top coat is a brush applicator. I loves me some brush applicators, yo!
As for the color - I purchased Pink Diamond. It's a berry color, but not overly cool...however it does have some sort of blue duochrome in the tube but it does not show up on the lips.

I am a bit bummed about the price $32 USD. Heck I could get a ton of Drugstore long wear lip products for that money....But I only need one or two of these gems! The colored part of the product does have a strange vanilla/chemical scent to it, but it's only slight and it fades. Once you have the top clear gloss the scent should disappear. The packaging is OK but the tube for the clear top coat is black and I cannot see how much product remains, so that is kind of annoying.
I am writing this review after eating a bagel w/ butter and hot tea for breakfast and I have only needed to reapply the clear gloss top coat as the color still looks as fresh as when I applied it this morning. I would definitely repurchase and I plan to get other colors as well. I also plan to put Artie on prozac...but that's for another blog. Perhaps my next contest will be for a free dog!

And the Winner is........


And the winner is May X!
I used a random number generator found on mathgoodies.com
So Ms. X, send an e-mail to with your name & address, and this lovely MAC Brule eyeshadow will be on it's way to you as soon as possible! This was fun. I'm going to have to do this again!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday Poll

image from kissandmakeup.tv

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Brother. OK. he doesn't read this blog let alone know I have one but Happy Birthday anyway Anthony! He's 50 BTW. Old man. Thank god I'm no where near that old. LOL!!

So the day before Halloween and I have yet to even get into the mood for the holiday...which makes me wonder how many of you readers actually celebrate Halloween. In the US it's a big deal. Halloween decorations go up in late august (in the stores) and every piece of advertisement has some sort of Halloween theme from selling mattresses to cars to fast food!

The only thing I'm looking forward to is being able to close the porch light at 9:30 and giving all those kids that are too old for trick-or-treating little boxes of raisins instead of candy. HA! That's what you get for showing up at my door at 9:30 without a costume!

On to the poll!

1) Lip of the day? - Guelain Kiss Kiss Laque in Baby Beige

2) Do you celebrate Halloween? If so, to what extent? - Yes. I dress up Darthypie and hand out candy. I carve a pumpkin and usually O.D. on candy corn. I used to get all dressed up in awesome costumes but not since Darthypie was born.

3) What makeup/beauty item are you currently obsessed with? - I think I'm obsessed with facial masks right now. I'm lemming all sorts of facial stuff. My skin has been normal lately (no huge breakouts) so I'm wondering if it's self destructive or self improvement? LOL I'm also obsessed with Laura Mercier Caviar Dreams nail polish and Chanel Rose Dust blush.

4) Do you think $560 USD is too much for a pair of shoes? Even if they are these shoes? (Trying to kill my desire for these Bally shoes called Nobli - Oh yeah, they come in black too!) - Yes it is too much to pay for a pair of shoes. But Damn these are so HOT!!!




5) Next Beauty/Makeup purchase? - I'm leaning towards Shu Uemura The Basic mascara as mine is nearing the 3 month mark. I wish it was something more exciting than that. Perhaps the Banilla Co. eye shadow duo on Kathi's Blog Lotuspalace.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Last Chance


Don't forget to leave your first name & initial of your last name in the comments section under my
updates & a rant post by Thursday evening! (Eastern Standard Time)
If you do, you will be entered into a random drawing for a brand new, in box MAC Brule eye shadow.
On Friday, October 31st, I will announce a winner. Every entry will be assigned a number by the order they post and I will use a random number generator to select the winner.
Sound fun? Well maybe not but hey, it's a free eyeshadow!
P.S. I will ship internationally.
This contest is not sponsored by MAC, nor am I affiliated in any way with MAC Cosmetics.

Lunasol Lighting for Eyes #03 Soft - Not what I hoped for




Timing is everything isn't it?
I will be reviewing the Lunasol Lighting for Eyes #03 "Soft" eye shadow palette but before I do let me tell you how I got it.

I used to get makeup from StrawberryNET.com (Snet) all the time. I then stopped buying because my brand interest lead me elsewhere and Snet didn't have what I was looking for. Well they would send me e-mails now & then, offering me 5% discount, 7% discount, and finally a 10% discount. I decided I would buy something. When I went to check out, the discount wasn't applied to my order so I wrote to customer service and they apologized and said they would apply it the next time I checked out. I never completed that order. So what did I do? I waited. I waited until Snet sent me another e-mail asking me to spend my money with them. This time it was a "Congratulations! we've been named a top etailer on blah blah blah.com. Save 10% on your next purchase." AH HA! I clicked on through and found the Lunasol palette I was looking for and decided to purchase it. Not only did I save 10%, I saved an additional 10% for my come back to us bonus and another 5% for buying more than 3 products and another 7.5% for another loyalty bonus for some convoluted reason I can't remember... so now I was saving 32.5% on a Lunasol palette. Since the palette was being sold at $49.50 USD I actually purchased it for $33 USD!!! Not bad actually. And one you read my review you will wonder why I even paid that much.
huh?
Yeah. I'm not loving the Lunasol palette.
I can't get the shadows to work for me. They crease even with a primer within 5 hours, the dark color does not want to blend at all, if I use it as a liner it migrates to my upper lid and gives me raccoon eyes, and the silver sparkle is useless. The dark pink is nice and all but it's not THAT nice. and if I wear the pink shadow as a base color the dark shadow looks muddy and the silver sparkle looks silly.
As I type this I know I'm going to get flamed for writing about how I don't like the Lunasol eye shadow....but I just don't. I know I have heard wonderful things about Lunasol, how pigmented and soft the shadows are, how wonderful the colors are, how amazing the quality is...but I just don't see it.
I'm not going to give up tho. I will buy another Lunasol quad and see if it was just that one from Snet that sucks or if the quality is the same all around. But, for the time being, I'm going to have to put a big old FAIL on Lighting for Eyes #03 "Soft". Sad to say.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dont Forget you have to enter to win!


Don't forget to leave a comment with your first name & initial of your last name under my
updates & a rant post
by Thursday evening!

If you do, you will be entered into a random drawing for a brand new, in box MAC Brule eye shadow.
On Friday, October 31st, I will announce a winner. Every entry will be assigned a number by the order they post and I will use a random number generator to select the winner.
Sound fun? Well maybe not but hey, it's a free eyeshadow!
P.S. I will ship internationally.
This contest is not sponsored by MAC, nor am I affiliated in any way with MAC.

Dianne Brill Fresh Water Pearl Foundation. - A Lovely Gem!

image from diannebrill.com

I used to be a foundation hoor. I had bottles and bottles of foundations. I was never satisfied with any of them. Then I finally discovered 3 excellent liquid foundations. Vincent Longo Healthy Skin Fluid in Soft Matte and Carmindy for Sally Hansen and Make Up For Ever Face & Body foundation. I loved all 3 for 3 different reasons but I decided to switch to a powder foundation for the summer. My oily skin, cream foundation and the humidity in my area do not make a good combination for staying power. Well, the seasons started to change and I found myself looking at liquid foundations again. I happened upon a blog by the name of Best Face Forward. Her wonderful description convinced me to find some Dianne Brill Fresh Water Pearl Foundation.
image from Diannebrill.com
Who is Dianne Brill you ask? Well according to her website, diannebrill.com :
Dianne Brill has risen to prominence as a celebrity and social magnet, giving her the title of New York's legendary 'Queen of the Night.' A reigning pop icon, Dianne's many talents surfaced as a result of her celebrity - best selling author, model, muse, TV commentator, actress, New York's social party whirlwind-the original 'It Girl'.
Uh huh. I think that translates in to a self promoter with no particular claim to fame other than being seen at the "right parties" and looking the "right way". Whatever. It makes no difference to me. I like her products!

For the record I had tried this very foundation during my hooring days of foundation indulgence but the color match was just a bit too dark. Best Face Forward blog informed me that Ms. Bill had come out with some new, lighter shades! I did a search on ebay because there was no local store that sold Dianne Brill cosmetics and I was certainly not going to pay $50-$65 which is what they charge on Beautyhabit.com Don't ask me why some of the foundations are $50 while others are $65, I have no idea. After several weeks of searching I finally found some items up for bid on ebay and bid I did. I won all my auctions and I walked away with a brand new in box Dianne Brill foundation for the low price of $10.79! Whoot! A bargain at twice the price!
I got the foundation in Champagne Pearl. The packaging is adorable! It comes in a little box with frilly lacy paper protecting the foundation and the foundation brush! Ms. Brill's whole concept is Lingerie. Face Lingerie, Lip Lingerie, Eye Lingerie and Lash Lingerie. The items are packaged as bon bons (Her potted glosses) or as Cigars (Her lip pencils) or Lace wrapped lingerie (The foundation).
The color match for me is perfect...maybe a tad yellow on my neck, but any lighter and I might look like I'm wearing a mask. Dianne Brill has not updated her own website with the new colors! But beautyhabit.com has the new colors listed. Go figure. The color names are
Baby Pearl Ring (This is the one I had before. I think it would be better suited for a MAC NC25)
Pearl Cuff
Pearl Earring
Pearl Pin
Strands Of Pearls
Chandelier Pearl*
Geisha Pearl*
Twisted Pearl*
Diamonds and Pearls*
Royal Pearl*
Venus Pearl*
Champagne Pearl* (This is the one i got. I'm a MAC NC20)
* Denotes new colors and/or colors not found on Dianne Brill's website.



This is a medium to full coverage foundation. The consistency is liquid. Very liquid. It comes in a squeeze tube and has a foundation brush that goes along with it. I love the consistency as it is easy to spread and blends easily BUT you have to work in one section at a time because the foundation dries very quickly and sets up very fast. I have been wearing this foundation for 3 straight weeks now. I have used different methods of application and while the little foundation brush is included I find it useless as it leaves a streaky mess on my face. I tried applying with my MAC 187 skunk brush but that too didn't provide the right application and coverage. Finally I used my clean fingertips and found this was the best way to get even coverage. Most important, a little goes a long way. I would say I use a little more than 1/8 of a teaspoon for my entire face. I was using more and I found I had so much left over after applying, or that I was getting more coverage than I needed. Thankfully you can layer the foundation without it looking cakey. Best part is that it lasts all day. It's amazing!

A major con, is that the foundation is scented heavily. Heavily with a perfume of vanilla and something. I can't quite place it but it is overwhelming with vanilla. Those that don't like scented products will hate this. It's strong and it does not fade quickly. I swear 2 hours after applying this foundation I can still smell it...faintly.

Would I buy this again. Yes/Maybe. I say "Maybe" only because of the outrageous price. I say "Yes" because it's a very, very nice foundation. Yes, if I see it again on ebay I'll snatch it up again. Since I do have so many foundations and I am fortunate enough to have found some that already work for me I'm not in a hurry to buy this if I run out. Fortunately I only use a little for each application so I don't see myself running out any time soon!
Should you buy this? Yes, if you need a foundation that sets and lasts all day, if you don't mind scented products and if you have combination skin or oily skin. I think dry skin might not like this foundation too much.


This product did not break me out. Not one bit. I had no bad reaction to it and if you are acne prone or have sensitive skin, I have included the ingredients below, so you can see if there is something in there that irritates your skin.


INGREDIENTS:
Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyacrylamide, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, C13-14 Isoparrafin, Nylon-12, Laureth-7, Pearl Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Potassium Myristate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triclosan, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobuthylparaben, Parfum; MAY CONTAIN: (+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, MICA CI 77019, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499

Monday, October 27, 2008

Updates and a Rant

Just a few updates on recent posts and an itty bitty rant.

First the updates.

I finally heard back from MAC cosmetics about The Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. They write me a letter saying that they received my e-mail and were passing along my thoughts to the marketing team. I think that's code for, "We got a good laugh about of your Haikus but I don't think there is enough interest in bringing back some sugary gloopy scrub that didn't sell as well as we hoped...thanks for playing." They included a full size eyeshadow as a "thanks for writing". That was certainly very nice of them. So as a thank you to all of those that read here I would like to give this away to one of my readers. You will receive a full size brand new in box Brule eyeshadow. Just leave me a comment here with your first name and last initial, and on Friday, October 31st, I will announce a winner. Every entry will be assigned a number by the order they post and I will use a random number generator to select the winner. Sound fun? Well maybe not but hey, it's a free eyeshadow! P.S. I will ship internationally.



Sephora has FINALLY replenished their stock of slim liner pencils so my coveted holy grail 114 nude lip liner pencil can now be procured. Yes. I'm going to be buying 3 at one time. I can finally toss away that "dupe" that broke me out along my lip line. While it was a good color match it certainly wasn't a suitable replacement in the long run.

The nivea lip balms I wrote about do have a scent. I was mistaken when I posted that they did not. The peach one does not have a scent but the red and pink ones do. Sorry if you are sensitive to scents in your lip products. I know how annoying that can be. Fortunately the scent does not last long and fades after a while. They are still my Holy Grail lip balms.

I found that the Giorgio Armani Lip Wax when this one did the same thing. Oh well. I guess they products I purchased were too drying for me. The red one (#6) didn't apply evenly enough and it gave me flaky lips. The nude one (#2) was just too orange on me. I have a problem with nude lip colors looking orange on me so I was not surprisedaren't as great as I thought they were. I also think I kind of didn't like the fact that I had to apply with a lip brush. It's a personal thing as many people don't mind lip brushes.... but for me it was just a pain in the butt. Sorry folks.

I eventually returned the Clarins Instant Smooth Foundation. It broke me out (I think it was the silicones) and it just didn't set up on me...but I have been talking to other users with less oily skin than me and they have reported great results...so I hope that those that were interested try it out .... hopefully you can get a sample before you buy.


And now for my rant.
Many of you may read the Makeupalley.com makeup chat boards. If you don't, be thankful. For the last 3-4 days it has been unbearable. I like a lot of the posters there, don't get me wrong, but recently some of them have been really awful. Sephora came out with special one time use only code for specific Beauty Insider (BI) members. This code was a akin to a 40% savings on a purchase. (ex: save $20 on a $50 purchase or $15 of a $35 purchase). Not every BI member got one of these codes (I didn't). When the word got out that that codes were sent to some people and not all, you would have thought that God himself had personally snubbed some of the people that didn't get the code. The disgusting display of self entitlement was embarrassing and annoying. I was embarrassed for the members that really took it personally that they didn't get a code...some even claiming they would boycott Sephora or not participate in an upcoming 20% discount sale called "Friends and Family"(F&F) and I was annoyed that some of these members didn't stop to think for two seconds what a small population of only US residents got the special one time use only code. There are tons of people that buy from Sephora that a) Don't live in the US and b) Never ever get to partake in sales or the liberal return policy that Sephora in the US offers. Even the F&F sale is for US residents only.
So I say to those that were flipping out: Take a step back. It's only makeup. It's nothing that if you can't buy it you would die. It's not medicine, food, water, shelter, clothing, etc. It's just makeup. For those complaining that they didn't get the discount code, was your life so terribly impacted that you were unable to get up and have a meal, breathe unassisted, walk unassisted, hug a loved one, sleep in a warm bed or post and bitch about it on your computer with Internet access? No. No you weren't. In the big scheme of things it's just pigment, wax and mica in plastic boxes. Is makeup really that crucial to your ability to live, that missing a one time discount was going to kill you?
I may be makeup obsessed but I would trade my whole collection for the assurance that my husband and son were guaranteed happiness and health for the rest of their lives. As much as I love Chanel, Gurelain and Dior I would throw it all away if it meant saving someone I loved.
There are more important things in life. Stop bitching about a one time discount and start taking a harder look in the mirror at yourselves. Someone under all that powder, blush and lipstick is really empty. If feeling that slighted by a missed discount affects you that much, no amount of makeup will ever fix that.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Just a reminder.........

image from nytimes.com

"In the factory we make cosmetics; in the drugstore we sell hope."


Charles Revson - Creator and manager of Revlon Cosmetics through 5 decades.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sofina Perfect UV Lucent - My Holy Grail Sunscreen

image from sofina.co.jp

I have been struggling over writing this article for some time now. I recently purchased my 3rd large bottle of Sofina Perfect UV Lucent Sunscreen and decided I must tell you all about it. But then I started doing research and all the sunscreen info was confusing and long winded and so many contradictions I started just collecting info and storing it. So now I have all this information that I have yet to decipher and me telling you to buy this particular sunscreen JUST BECAUSE I SAID SO is not good enough. So here’s what I’ll do. I'll post links to some sites. You can check them out, or not. I save space and you don't have to read 1 kazillion lines of text about the differences between physical and chemical sunscreen here...you can read it elsewhere. :-)

A few links about sunscreens:

Makeupalley.com Notepad on Sunscreens
The Melanoma Foundation Prevention Facts
Skincancer.org Sunscreens Explained

WebMD.com Sunscreen Overview
Medscape.com Sunscreen article
P&G Science Skincare Chemical versus Physical Sunscreen article

One site to avoid
; The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Cosmetics Database is an alarmist group that actually suggests that sunscreen can actually be harmful to you. They do not site specific studies to back up their claims and I personally find it irresponsible to publish some of the information they do. The Skin Cancer Foundation has gone so far as to post a rebuttal about EWGs claims about Oxybenzone (which, by the way, Sofina Lucent does not contain Oxybenzone)

OK. Now that has been said let me introduce you to Sofina Perfect UV Lucent SPF 50+ PA+++ sunscreen.


Sofina's sunscreen line is called Perfect UV. Sofina has 3 different types of sunscreen, Lucent (which I am reviewing), Nuance Up, and White Protect; all of them are SPF 50+/PA+++. Lucent is the basic sunscreen, Nuance Up is tinted a light pink, allegedly for light coverage but I have been told it does nothing and White Protect contains herbal extracts "whiten skin". But no research has been conclusive that herbal extracts do anything as far as whitening. So being that I don't need extra unnecessary ingredients, I went with the Lucent version.


Sofina Perfect UV Lucent SPF50+ PA+++ is a light weight sunscreen with a matte, translucent finish. It has a very high SPF and does not leave a greasy film on my skin. There is no scent to the product, which I like, and it is supposed to be water-resistant (NOT waterproof). I have been using this sunscreen for over a year now and I have not noticed any breakouts from it. I previously was using Clarins Super UV Plus and I would break out from that all the time. I didn’t try the Shiseido face sunscreen because in my past experiences everything from Shiseido has broken me out and I didn’t want to take a chance. The sunscreen is very watery and you need a good ½ a teaspoon for your face and neck. You have to shake the bottle well before you use it. There is a little ball inside to help mix it.

Here is what I do. I apply the sunscreen AFTER my moisturizer and wait a few minutes before I apply makeup. I can even use this as a primer for your makeup. My foundation goes on smoothly even without my regular primer underneath…but I still use a primer because I’m a product hoor. Ideally, you should reapply sunscreen every 4 to 6 hours and after intense exercise (sweating or swimming) alas, I cannot do a full face a makeup more than once a day so I don’t really rely on it to protect me from direct and intense sun exposure unless I do reapply. If I were going to the beach or lake or just sitting out in the sun (which I don’t do anyway) I would blot then reapply the Sofina sunscreen and then powder.

Where to purchase and how much?

Many on line retailers sell this sunscreen. Please note this was once formerly named UV Cut Milk Extra Block. If you see this advertised it’s OLD. Do not buy it.

Places where I have purchased the 60 ml size (large bottle) on-line are:

* Adam Beauty $28.50
* Ichibanko $30.00
* Bobo Dave $30.10 (but less if you buy more than 1 at a time)

* Facial-Shop $34.99

If wearing sunscreen or a makeup with sunscreen it is HIGHLY recommended to use an oil cleanser to remove the product. I think that was the problem I was having with the Clarins Sunscreen. I hadn’t started to use an oil cleanser on a regular basis until after I purchased the Sofina Lucent Sunscreen. The oil cleanser will help remove the Zinc Oxide found in the sunscreen and other "water resistant" ingredients. Make sure it’s an oil cleanser not just an oil. Rubbing olive oil on your face is not the same as a oil cleanser like DHC or Shu Uemura.

OK. From all my research, the best I can find here are the ingredients for the Sofina Lucent. Please note that there is alcohol and talc in this product. If you are sensitive to either I do not recommend you using it.
Ingredients: cyclomethicone, water, dimethicone, zinc oxide, alcohol, octinoxate, glycerin, talc, polymethylsilsesquioxane, lauryl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate copolymer, polysilicone-9, PEG-12 dimethicone, PEG-3 dimethicone, methicone, titanium dioxide, aluminum hydroxide, silica, alumina , BHT

In closing here is why I love this Sunscreen and why it’s my Holy Grail

1) Smooth matte finish

2) Does not break me out

3) No whitish cast left on skin

4) Seems to control oil for a short while

5) Reasonable price

6) Covers well

7) WORKS!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday Poll

image from kiss and makeuup.tv
Poll Thursday is here again. The week is just zipping by. This Friday I have to go to little Darthypie's Halloween festival at his day care. I have no idea why they are holding it a week early. But whatever, it will be fun. He's going as Spiderman. Or as he says, "Maan" And I'll let you in on a secret. His costume is a pair of pyjamas. Yep. No sense in spending over $20 on a costume he's going to wear once. Know what I mean? Am I a horrible mother for not shelling out $35 for the Spiderman costume I saw at Target? In my defense he will have a Spiderman pail to collect his candy, which he is not allowed to eat! LOL OK. enough mommy stuff... on to the poll!

1) Mascara of the day? - My tried and true Shu Uemura The Basic mascara with Maybelline Colossal Volume layered over it. I'm really liking this combination!

2) Would you rather spend $200 on a one Holy Grail item, or $20 on just O.K. items? - I shudder to even think about spending $200 on any one beauty item but I do have a clarisonic brush and it is a godsend...even if it was less than $200. I say. Yes to $200 for 1 HG item. Quality over Quantity.


3) What is the weirdest name you ever gave a pet? - Trauma. Yup. I have a cat named Trauma. He has very hoarse meow and always sounds like he is complaining. He sounds like he is in the midst of a trauma every tie he speak. I think it fits him better than Trent, which was his original name.

4) What Makeup, Fragrance or other Beauty item what have you purchased just for the packaging? - The Lancome Lotus Splendor eye & lip duo. I couldn't help myself!


5) If you named an eyeshadow after yourself, what color would it be? - I think a Taupe for sure! And a plummy taupe with no glitter! Shimmery, metallic and almost wet looking on the lids.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Laneige Eyeshadow - I'm asking you for help



The other day I received a fabulous eyeshadow from a swap I arranged for with someone from Indonesia. This was not the only thing I received. I also got my much lemminged (desired) Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Mask. (I love this and a review to be posted soon.)

In this package was a Laneige Professional Selection Eye Shadow Single in G767- Gold Kakhi. It is beautiful. So beautiful I decided to wear it alone today. Yes. the woman who usually puts 3 to 4 shades of shadow on at one time has just one on today. No crease color, no highlighter, nada. Just this amazing color. It's not green, it's not taupe it's not gold, but it is all of these all at the same time.



Oh and the texture? Sure the surface looks like the Neil Armstrong walk of fame but seriously, its so smooth and pigmented. It reminds me of a cross between MAC Starflash shadows and Chanel singles. It applies like a dream. My brush picks up a lot of color and it spreads evenly over my eyelid and a little goes a long way. It lasts all day too. Of course I used an eyeshadow base but even at the end of a long day there is some creasing, but with this shadow, no creasing at all!

I also just realized why I love this shadow so much. Because it looks a lot like my Chanel Kaleidoscope nail polish!!
See?


So here is my conundrum.


Where can I get more of these singles?

Do they make a palette to put them in? (You all know what a palette hoor I am!!)
Where can I see reliable color swatches? The swatch for this one on the Laneige website shows G767 Gold Kakhi as a BLUE color. Yes. That's right. Blue! WTH??


I have looked on e-bay and a few other Asian beauty sites but no luck. I really really don't want to deal with gmarket if I don't have to.


Oh and before you even suggest it. It is a different size than the Shu Uemura eye shadows. I already checked.


Any information you could provide would be most helpful. I know most people go to blogs to GET information but this time I need you to PROVIDE information if you can. If you cant, well you can revel in the gorgeousness of this shade. Isn't it just divine?

I used MAC Bare Study Paint Pot as a base, Laneige Gold Kakhi on lid, MAC Dress Khaki as a liner, Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara layered over it.




And because couldn't resist doing JUST one color for a 2nd day in a row I added Shu Uemura IR Green 50 and IR White 900Y to the mix. In this look I used Lancome Arliner in Star Shower and same mascara combination as above.




Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Seikisho Mask White - Ouch!

image from kose-usa.com

I got this Seikisho Mask White by Kose in a recent skincare order. I didn't have a peel off mask in my arsenal of masks and I figured this one from Kose would be a nice addition. Seikisho is from Kose-USA. Kose is slowly branching out to the US and the few products they have for skin care are decent. This peel off mask is by far not my favorite.

So apparently Seikisho claims that this mask will unclog pores to help reduce blackheads, increase clarity and add radiance to your skin, remove dirt and impurities to thoroughly clean skin and enhance translucency of your skin.

OK. True & False time
Unclog Pores = Not entirely.
Increase Clarity = Um No.
Thoroughly Clean Skin = Nope.
Enhance Translucency of Skin = ??

What does this do?
It pulls all the tiny minuscule hairs from your face as you slowly peel the mask off your face.
Done & done.

No blackheads, No radiant skin, no translucency, but my skin was smoother after use....but that could be because all the fine hairs on my face along with the first layer of my skin was removed when I peeled this mask off. There really is no telling.

The mask claims that is adheres closely to the skin surface and lifts away dullness with a mild tingling sensation. No tingling sensation unless you count the feeling of having every hair removed from your face slowly...like slowly removing a day old band-aid. The irony is that this gooey, black mask claims to whiten and brighten skin when my main result is red skin. Smooth but red.


Another problem with this product is the mess factor. It is REALLY messy as most peel off masks are but even with careful application my fingers are a mess and it's impossible to wash off. So be prepared to have black hands during and after the application.


The application is a bit tricky. It spreads inconsistently and if it's too thin, it will dry up before the rest of the mask and make it hard to peel off. Plus small bubbles form under the mask and it seems like it's not picking up anything from my skin. Oh and by the way, make sure you avoid your eyebrows and hair line. The mask wont necessarily remove them but it won't be easy to get the mask off your hair either.

The mask is heavily scented.It's almost a fabric softener dryer sheet smell. OK. I admit I like that smell and it does dissipate after a few minutes. The mask itself takes almost 20 minutes to fully dry...so have some free time (like the time it takes to write a review on a peel off mask, for example) to really let this mask dry because removing it before it's dry is a total pain in the butt.

As you can see from the ingredients below this mask has Alcohol listed as it's 2nd and 3rd ingredient. Those with dry or sensitive skin are urged to stay away from this mask. (Not by the manufacturer, but by me)

Will I buy it again?
Heck no.

But I love facial masks so expect to see more reviews in the future on other ones.
So is it just me? Has anyone else tried this mask and had a good experience? if so, please share your thoughts. It will be helpful for people to hear more information.
Anyone here love/hate peel off masks?

Water (aqua), Polyvinyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PPG 10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Titanium Dioxide, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract, Coix Lacryma Jobi Seed Extract (Job's Tears), Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Phosphate, Polyglyceryl 10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl 10 Pentaoleate, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (parfum)


you know I couldn't resist taking a picture!

Monday, October 20, 2008

MAC Mineralized Earthly Riches - A purple taupe, but I'm not in love


So is it an addition to the Taupe eye shadow family if 1/2 of the shadow is purple. Heck Yeah it is!
MAC Mineralized eyeshadow in Earthly Riches is this Pink Sith's newest addition to her taupe family.
"But Wait!" you say
"There is no taupe in that eyeshadow pot? All I see is gray, pink and purple."
I would answer.
"Correct my not scrolling down friend."
But scroll down and you will see that upon mixing the three, a beautiful taupe can be seen! That's almost poetry!


Oh sure. Some people don't like the texture of the MAC Mineralized eye shadows but then again, some people don't like to spritz their eyeshadow brush with a little bit of MAC Fix+ or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater and then pick up that color from the shadow and pat, pat pat on their eye lid. Those people we call words like:
"difficult"
and
"non-MACMineralizedeyeshadowwearers."

Yeah. it's kind of a pain in the butt to apply, especially if you apply it dry and don't expect some fall out. But a really good eye shadow base (MAC Paints. Paint Pots, Too Faced shadow Insurance, etc) applied correctly and then apply the eye shadow while the base is still tacky, will get you past the fall out issue.

So here are 2 looks I did w/ the MAC Earthy Riches shadow.

This one, I took a dry brush and brought up a lot of powder from the silver/pink side and tapped off the excess into the plastic cover. Then I spritzed my brush with a healthy Dose of Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater and collected the powder from the cover. I patted the color onto my eyelid and let it dried. Once dry I used a dry brush and blended out any creases. I added Bobbi Brown Black Mauve Shimmer ink on the top lid and Guerlain Oriental Metal Kohl for the waterline and finished with Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara layered over it.



For the second look, I used the purple shade on the bottom lid and then the taupe shade above and blended the 2 together. I highlighted w/ Paul & Joe Rose Dragee face powder, lined the top lid with Chanel Ecriture de Chanel in Noir and the waterline with MAC Fluidliner in Blacktrack. I finished it up with Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara layered over it.



Do I love this shadow?
No.
Do I like it?
Maybe. It's OK.
It sure does swatch better than it applies to the eye and that isn't so great. but I like the purple-y taupe-y color the 1/2 of the shadows gives, so I'll use it for smokey eyes for when I'm in a hurry...but I don't expect to be using this one a lot.
Verdict?
Pass.
It's OK. It is a limited edition shade that is discontinued and I only found it at a local Cosmetics Company Outlet. No love lost really.

UPDATE
I think some outside factors contributed to my sour attitude about this shadow. I have since changed my mind and DO like this little duo. It's unique in coloring (I don't have many plums/purples) and I do like the fact that it will probably last me the rest of my life...it's huge! And hey. after all it is taupe!
Note to self. Do not express opinions about eyeshadow while wearing a peel off mask that rips out all your skin & hair and do not write a review after you manage to knock an entire bottle of DuWop Payoff Eyeshadow Intensifier down the bathroom sink. Bye Bye $17!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sisley Botanical Eye & Lip Contour Balm. My bank account is hurting just thinking about it!

Image from neimanmarcus.com

Confession. I have 8 different eye creams, gels and balms in my medicine cabinet right now. Why? Because I am trying to replicate the results I got from one product.

Well Elvira, Why don't you just buy that "one product" and stop cluttering your medicine cabinet?
Because life is not that simple my dears! It just isn't
Oops. there I go talking to myself again. (pops my meds)

OK that one product is?
Sisley, Botanical Eye & Lip Contour Balm.
According to Sisley:
The Botanical Eye & Lip Contour Balm will moisturize and protect the fragile lip and eye areas.
• Specially formulated for this delicate area.
• Fresh, transparent formula.
• Helps prevent fine lines and dryness.
• Botanical extracts include witch hazel and phytostimulines of tomato.
• Apply in the morning, and you'll also diminish under-eye puffiness.
• 1-ounce jar.

What's true and what isn't
Fresh and transparent = Yes
Prevent fine lines and dryness = Nope not entirely.
Diminish under eye puffiness = YES!

Do buy this if you want to tighten and tone the skin around your eyes and lips. Do not buy this is you need a lot of moisturization. It's that simple. Not eveyone needs a tone of moisturization on their eyes during the day.

I really like this eye gel. OK. I love this eye gel. If I ever win the lottery I'll be buying it on a regular basis.
Yeah.
That's right.
I have to win the lottery in order to buy this gel again.
Sisley Botanical Eye & Lip Contour Balm is insanely priced at $130 USD for 1 ounce of product!
My Costco had jars of this stuff for only $55 and I purchased 2. They are long gone now but I figured I could at least tell you about the time when my eyes looked fresh and awake and my lips smooth as silk...at least for a while.
Damn you Costco for getting me hooked and then taking away my crack...err I mean Sisley!

The Botanical Eye & Lip Contour Balm comes in a small glass jar. Like many eye creams/gels, etc. I wish it came in an airless pump. I always, always use a clean spatula to take this gel like "balm" out of the glass jar or else I run the risk of contaminating it. Since it has active botanicals in the product you really should use the entire jar as soon as possible. It tends to lose it's effectiveness after 6-8 months depending on use, storage, etc. It has no or minimal scent and is a clear, medium weight (non runny) gel.

To get excellent results with this product try the following
Use in the AM after cleansing your skin, and before moisturizer.
Apply a tiny amount under each eye and an even smaller amount on the lid. pat, pat, pat the balm onto the eye. Never rub or you run the risk of stretching the fine skin around your eye.
Apply a slightly larger than tiny amount to your lips and pat, pat, pat.
Now wait.
Wait 5 minutes
Iron your shirt, find your missing sock, brush & style your hair.
OK. Is 5 minutes up?
It is?
Good.
Apply your moisturizer and go along with your regular skin care routine that SHOULD include sunscreen of some sort please!
Your result?
An eye area that feels firmer, eye lids that are less crepe-y, smoother lips and overall a more rested look.
Should you apply at night?
I'm not really sure. The product says apply in AM. I didn't see any significant increase in results when I woke up after applying at night, yet I didn't see any decrease in results if I skipped a night. I do like to apply it to my lips at night and then follow with a lip balm. My lips never felt so full and soft!

Remember the trick(s) to this product are: Make sure it is fresh, don't use it after 6-8 months, use it sparingly and wait for it to set before you put on makeup. You will avoid the following: Poor performance, lack of de-puffing (is that a word?), stickiness and general dislike for the product.

OK. So why am I telling you this? Why am I reviewing a $130 jar of eye gel? Because it's the only eye product I have ever used that did what it said it was going to do. Some of you have the money to spend on this gel and I say. Yea! for you! Good for you. Go forth, purchase and enjoy. I'll know who buys it because their under eyes, and lids will be bright and supple. I'll curse you for being so fortunate, but you'll be better for it!

But the question remains. Is it a Holy Grail if I can't afford to buy it? What constitutes a holy grail? Does the price of the item matter or it is based solely on performance, color and texture?
I think price does matter in the Holy Grail scheme of things. I guess I will be living off of sample packets I buy from evilbay and beg off of Sisley Sales Associates (which is a lot harder than you would believe) until I win the lottery.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday Poll

image from kissandmakeup.tv

It's getting close to Halloween kiddos! We have a decent amount of trick-o-treaters in our neighborhood but some of the kids come really late and some don't even wear costumes! I think I'll be turning off the porch light at 9:00 this year...maybe even sooner.... and I'm giving boxed raisins to kids without costumes!!

On to the Poll

1) Lip Of The Day - Guerlain Kiss Kiss stick Gloss in Grape Juice

2) A beauty tip that you feel is important or want to share with others? - Sunscreen is your best friend. It should be worn every day even when you think it is overcast. Nothing prevents fine lines and wrinkles better than sunscreen applied often and early! Yeah that's right, I'm looking at you 20 somethings!

3) What was the #1 song on the day you were born? Click here to find out: http://www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInHistory/SelectMonth.htm Mine was "It's Too Late/ I Feel the Earth Move" by Carole King

4) What color lipstick will you never wear and why? Orange or any variance of orange. It make my face look this sickly yellow red. No matter how much I tried, Chanel Rouge Allure in Exotic would not work for me. :: sniffle::

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New TAUPE Addition to the family - ArtDeco #218


Is it possible that there is a perfect taupe eye shadow? Well I'm not sure, because if that were so, I would have to stop collecting taupe eyeshadow and I really don't want to stop. So I'll proclaim that this is closest to the most perfect taupe eye shadow I have ever found. How's that?
OK. Here it is.

ArtDeco eyeshadow #218 is close to the most perfect light, neutral, taupe I have ever owned.
(hee hee this leaves me open to collecting dark taupes, cool taupes, warm taupes, plummy taupes, brown taupes, etc.) I'm so sneaky. This is a shimmery brown neutral taupe with silver shimmer. It is truly lovely as a crease color or all over lid color. I am in love!

Art Deco eyeshadow as a whole is amazing quality. I really love the shimmery goodness that this shadow has and I also love that they are butter soft and so well pigmented. ArtDeco is a drugstore brand sold primarily in Germany but available in The EC as a whole. Individual shadows retail for approximately €5.30 (appx $7.80). They are TINY...oh so tiny. See in my picture below.

tiny. I told you so!


Thankfully a little goes along way as these pigmented beauties deliver buildable color without becoming muddy. Best of all. they last for hours on the eye. Of course, any good eye base will make your shadows last (ArtDeco makes a wonderful one , so I have been told) but eye base not withstanding, this shadow stayed on my eyelids for over 9 hours and looked just as strong at 6am as they did at 3pm!





What is neat is that each shadow is magnetized so the will fit neatly into an ArtDeco Palette (as pictured above) or in any other magnetized palette that can accommodate the small rectangular shape. I like the 3 pan palette as I can create an easy, on the go, neutral eye, but you can get a palette that will hold 10 at a time if you wish. Some day I might have to get more. As
I have never ever hit the pan on any eye shadow I am not going to buy a back up of #218, but I think I will start my quest to find other great taupes from this line. Any suggestions readers???

As I mentioned above, ArtDeco is not available for sale in the US and if you wish to purchase these little treasures you must a) find someone in Germany willing to do a custom purchase for you or b) find a web site that is willing to ship to the United States. I acquired my eye shadows though a swap with other Makeupalley members, but I have found one site beautytrading.co.uk that will show me all the colors but does not ship to the US!!! If any readers out there know of any other websites that sell ArtDeco and ship to the US, please let me know and I will update this post accordingly. Thanks!
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