Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving


While this PinkSith (me) is on a mini break she wants to wish you all Happy Thanksgiving!
In America Thanksgiving is the day we all sit down and honor the religious persocution, rape and pillaging of native aboriginal indigenous persons of North America, the slaughtering of inbred turkeys, the harvesting of yams, the only use for canned french fried onion rings, breaking bread with people you would rather see choke on a turkey leg than eat with, being relegated to the children's table because you don't have a spouse yet even though you're 30, and FOOTBALL! Well Football is actually good. I'll take that out of the equation.
Not that I'm bitter. I love pumpkin pie.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Epic Fail




I had been all excited about posting my Clarisonic Brush review for you all today but I never got it done. I was supposed to bake 3 pies last night but the dough for the crust never set up right and it was a crumbly mess. I was going to make an appointment with my eye doctor because my left contact was impossible to see out of…that is until I realized I had put 2 contacts in the SAME EYE! Yeah. I’m a little stressed out. I’m hosting Thanksgiving tonight instead of next Thursday because my Mother In Law is in town this week and will be back home with my Dear Husband’s step father and his family next week. Ugh. So anyway. I’m at work today and my MIL and DH are at home getting everything ready. Being the control freak that I am, nothing will taste right because I didn’t make it and I’m still pissed that we are getting store bought pie because the crusts didn’t set up right.
All this stress was getting to me this morning until I ran across a little post on temptalia’s blog. Yes. MAC & Hello Kitty have merged to create a limited edition (duh!) collection out in stores on Feb 12th (on the web on the 10th) This is as epic as MAC Barbie from 2 years ago. There are awesome pictures on her blog
http://www.temptalia.com/mac-hello-kitty-collection-photo-information
The collection looks ah-freakin-mazing! I am seriously going to forgo buying Christmas presents for my husband so I can buy everything from this collection. I might need 2 of everything! I’m that serious!

Now before you go off the deep end and start ranting about how much you hate HK, here is a blog you will like.
Hello Kitty Hell! http://www.kittyhell.com/
Many of the posts are disturbing photos and commentary on what some HK fans have done to their homes, cars, clothing, bodies all in love for HK. So before you flame me for loving HK take a look at this site and you will end up laughing about how crazy the HK fans are that you will forget to flame me.
See now we can both be happy.
Have a nice weekend everybody!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday Poll

image from kissandmakeup.tv

My lovely mother in law is in town and I was able to go on a real live date with my husband while she baby sat little Darthypie! We wont to see the new James Bond movie and I tried to restrain myself from drooling every time Daniel Craig was on screen. (which is most of the movie). I was nice to have a night out and I wish my mother in law lived closer and could visit more often. Darthypie love his Grandma "ba ba" (we are working on multi syllabic words right now). Enough incoherent rambling about my son. On to the POLL!

1) Blush Of The Day? - Pout Berry Babe. Damn a 2nd one I like. I might have to swap for more!

2) Which do you own more of?: Blush, eye shadow, lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliner, or other? - Eyeshadow with a close second at lip gloss. It used to be Lipstick but eyeshadow easily overtook that.

3) Name a favorite item you never would have tried if it wasn't recommended to you. - Chanel Mocha JC. The SA put it on my inner wrist and it looked so lovely. I was so glad that it looked the same on my cheeks. Too bad this color is not for everyone. It really is lovely! AND Pout Cherie Tart, recommended to me by Cashmerewhore on MUA. I love this flushed "just in from the cold" color it gives my cheeks!

4) Name a guilty pleasure you have when it comes to watching TV. - I love watching all the "Real Housewives Of..." series. Let it be Orange County, New York, Atlanta. I love it all. The majority of the women that participate are wretched people but I like watching them shop, especially on the Orange County Show. I thought the Real Housewives Of Atlanta had the most use of makeup and makeup artists...which is always nice. Oh I also like watching Split Ends and fantasize about being a hairdresser. Then I remember how much my back hurts when I stand in one place for too long and realize I would be a Beauty School Drop Out.

5) What perfume are you currently obsessed with and what one has lost your favor? - I'm currently obsessed with Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb. I didn't like it sprayed on a card but I put it on my wrist the other day and I fell in love! I have lost favor with my Jill Stuart Jasmine Fleur perfume. After reading a review that said they detected a "fecal" note I immediately started to smell it too! Gah. I know it's not there but now I can't rid my nose's mind of it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Purchase - Clarins So Chic eye shadow palette is Taupetastic-Plumalicious



What can I say about the Clarins So Chic eye shadow palette that hasn’t already been said? I’m a little late reviewing this palette but that's because I held off for so long before buying it. I thought I could “dupe” it. I thought I had the colors already in my collection. I have a ton-o-eye shadow. Surely I must have this combination somewhere. I think I have most of the components except for the plum. The plum color is hard to duplicate. I have a few MAC shadows that might be close buy they were too warm. I realized I had swapped away my Giorgio Armani eye mania # 2 palette for a MAC Beau eye shadow quad (I’ll review that soon enough) and those were the only other plums I had…and to be frank, they weren’t even that plumy or that nice…they were more burgundy and far more sheer than the Clarins eye shadow.

So get to the point Elvira!

OK. So basically I finally caved and purchased the Clarins palette. They were out at my local Nordstrom so I walked across the mall to Macy’s and picked it up there. The very sweet and generous SA gave me a ton of samples and didn’t try to up sell too much. I hate the up sell that Clarins SAs are notorious for. “No I don’t need toner.” No I don’t need cleanser.” “Yes I know my skin is broken out AND I have fine lines.” “No I don’t want the cream/gel/tonic/or whatever will ‘cure’ that.” “Thanks anyway.” No this SA was a doll. I happily left with my plethora of samples and my eye shadow. The So Chic palette proceeded to let it sit in the box for a week. Yeah. I wanted to take pictures of it before I used it. I wanted to have a nice virgin surface to show you all. I’m a little crazy like that.




The palette itself comes in a pretty red cloth that feels like suede with a nice little magnet closure. The colors consists of a pretty glittery black that actually goes on quite matte. It is richly pigmented and a little goes a long way. The next shade is a pretty neutral deep plum. It’s not warm; it’s not cool so I say it’s neutral. It has some slight glitter in it but none that actually shows up upon application. This plum color is also quite pigmented. The highlighter is a frosty white and it’s one of the 2 frosty shades in the palette. The last shade is...

Are you ready?
...
TAUPE!

Duh. Like I would buy a palette without a taupe!
It’s the most beautiful silver taupe. It’s frosty. It’s not glittery. It’s heavily pigmented and well...not entirely unique. I think I have this color in MAC Smoke & Diamonds but it’s ever so slightly cooler than the MAC shadow. Oh but it’s taupe and I can overlook that I might have a dupe of it. I love taupe!





The application of the shadows is fairly nice. They aren’t as smooth as Chanel singles and drag a tad more than Lancome singles but they wear wonderfully. I was actually all ready to return it the first time I wore the palette because by mid day my shadow was creased and starting to fade...even with a primer! Then I realized, that day I had used a sample of a lifting serum on my lids that the Clarins SA had given me. The next day I used just the primer, no serum, and my eye shadow looked fab for 14 hours! The so Chic palette is a keeper!
It’s a tad dramatic for the office but I think I can get away with it. I use the taupe as an all over color, plum in the crease, white to highlight and black to line. I have also worn it with the black in the outer V rather than as a liner and used my Chanel ecriture de Chanel liquid liner in Noir and that looks really awesome too. (Sorry no pictures). You could also wear the plum as a liner but my skin is a tad too pink and it would look like I had a dreadful cold. I think warmer skin tones could definitely rock the plum liner look! So all in all. A MUST BUY. Nice quality, excellent pigmentation, long wear, versatile and TAUPE! Need I say more? Oh this is a Limited Edition so you might want to call your Clarins counter before making the trip or order it directly from Clarins.com.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Purchase - Sephora By OPI: I'm With Brad nail polish and I'm Impressed!



I recently swapped for a OPI by Sephora or Sephora by OPI (they show it 1 way on the web and another on the bottle) nail polish. I swapped for it sight unseen and I must say I am quite pleased. I received "I'm With Brad". Hey, at least they are still being somewhat clever with the names. But personally the only Brads I have ever known have been total Jackasses and I doubt I would ever be "with" them, but I decided to overlook my prejudice of all things "Brad" and go with this polish. I'm glad I did.

"I'm With Brad" is a lovely almost vampy shade that sparkles in the sunlight but looks subtle enough under fluorescent lights to wear to the office. Sephora describes the color as "Shimmering Wine over Dark Coffee" Read=Red shimmer over dark brownish black! I would suck as a color describer. I like to tell it how it is.

The polish applies well, like most OPI polishes, but I will say it definitely needs a good 2 heavy coats, or even three if you want real depth to the color. The first coat looks like a sheer grayish-black with red shimmer, but once the second coat goes on the real beautiful color begins to develop. It does not streak and dries fairly quickly.

I like the wear of this polish. It does not fade and after 3 days no chips! I'm pretty hard on my hands so anything that lasts 3 days makes me happy. Your mileage may vary.

As I have about 10-15 black/gray/charcoal/graphite colored nail polishes this is a nice and refreshing addition. But those with other shimmery wine colored polishes may just want to pass. this one is easily dupeable.

Oh and just so you know. I completely suck at applying nail polish. I was so excited to have an almost decent application to take a picture of on a sunny day. I thought I would add a light coat to my nails before taking a picture and look what happens.

I suck. :-)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gift - New Additions to the Pink Sith Taupe Eyeshadow Family



I realized I haven't posted a Taupe e/s picture in a while. And I don't think I'm doing you all any favors by posting a picture of 2 taupe eye shadows (well, 3 because one is a duo) that are both discontinued. Sorry but those have been my recent acquisitions to the Taupe Eyeshadow Family.
I hate to post about discontinued products but you never know with ebay and other outlets you might just be able to find these 2 discontinued eye shadows.




The first one is from Pout. It's called Miss Canada. Pout cosmetics went out of business last year and it is only now that I discover them. Darn it. Thankfully I have managed to acquire through MUA swap 2 blushes and this eyeshadow duo. Miss Canada is a taupe on taupe dream! The shadows look warmer in the pan than they apply. I would put this in the gray taupe family. The texture is smooth and creamy. The color payoff is almost opaque and metallic. One swipe of the eye and you have enough to build on to spread out over the whole lid. The eye shadow wears very well (with a primer underneath) and lasts most of a 14 hour day.




The second one is Lancome color Focus single eyeshadow in Aspen Nights. A friendly MUAer found this at a TJ Maxx at a heavily discounted rate and offered to send me one out of the kindness of her own heart. Sweet! It's a deep dark gray taupe that had some greenish tendencies but only slight. The texture on this one is harder and more powdery than Pout. The color payoff is very good it does not look as metallic on the eye as it does in the pot. It takes a little effort to blend well. It makes a nice liner and a decent crease color if you are willing to work with it. The shadow does not wear as well as other I have but lasts for a good 10 hours (with a primer underneath)


The Pout eye duo is fast becoming a favorite. I find it very versatile and easy to wear. It is one of the nicer light taupes I own. The Lancome Aspen Nights is nice but I still find that my Becca Lame eye shadow is still my favorite of the darker taupes.


Here is an Eye Of The Day using only Pout Miss Canada and Lancome Aspen Nights. As you can see I over blended the Lancome into the Pout but What do you want for 5:30 in the morning? I used Urban Decay Oil Slick liquid liner and Maybelline The Colossal Mascara layered over Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Poll

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I have the day off tomorrow and I plan to hit the CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) with another MUAer on Friday. I'm hoping we will keep each other in check as we tend to do well shopping together. I really don't need anything other than Strawbaby lipstick (If they have it) and maybe a new paint pot (not that I need it). My lovely Mother in law comes into town on Saturday. She's a doll. She is a super grandma to Darthypie, lets me sleep in, and she cooks for us! I lucked out!

Enough of my bragging.
On to the poll!


1) Lip of the day? -
Laura Mercier Gala Lip Glace - Sooooo pretty. I'll have a review of this soon

2) Last makeup/beauty purchase? - Ashamed to admit it but I picked up all the Harajuku
Lovers perfumes. They are so freakin' cute. I like most of the scents but I plan to display them with my ever growing perfume collection. Oh and a replacement for my Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara. I love this stuff. Expect a review soon!

3) Would you all be interested in having a readers "Best of" post near the end of the year? Like you all would write to me your picks for best mascara, blush, moisturizer, etc? - I think it might be fun...but has the potential for drama or falling flat when no one responds. lol

4) Are you going to see the new James Bond movie? - Hell Yes! Daniel Craig is so dreamy! It's sinful what I think about him.


5) If you hit the pan on something does it inspire you to use it up faster or use it less? - Both! On my Chantecaille The Coral face powder I hit pan and stopped using it. I didn't want to run out and that started my sick highlighter collection. When I hit pan on any MAC product I use it up as fast as I can so it will be another empty for a Back 2 MAC exchange!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gift - Ode to Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush #99 Rose Petale



I have eyed you from a distance for many years.
I would make attempts to procure you only to be distracted by your sisters, Narcisse, Mocha, Luna, Rose Bronze and Nude.
Your pink hue looked almost peach in the store tester display so I always held back.
Yet I yearned for you still.
Then one day, you arrived as a gift.
You came all the way from Singapore and "Made in France" was stamped on your label.
You were a cousin to the Rose Petal in the US and yet you looked even prettier than your domestic counterpart.
You were more sheer and less powdery than your American kin.
I thought you might not work for me as I have to dig my blush brush into you to get the amount of color that I require.
I think I might hit your pan faster than any other Chanel Blush in your family.
However, once applied to the apples of my cheeks the Angels do sing.
A glowing healthy blush overtakes my sad sallow skin and you seem to light me of from within.
You are my dream come true.
My "perfect" blush.
All is well in the world.....of Pink Sith's blush.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

And the NEW winner is......



And the NEW winner is Karla S!

As you all might remember from my Quandary post, the winner of the MAC Brule eyeshadow, May X., never sent me a message. So with the feedback of some of the readers here I have decided to draw a new name. I used a random number generator found on mathgoodies.com

So Ms. S, send an e-mail to with your name & address, before Wednesday the 19th and this lovely MAC Brule eyeshadow will be on it's way to you as soon as possible!

This was an interesting experiment. I'll do this again but next time I'll have you all e-mail me your entries so can contact the winner rather than relying on them reading the blog again.

Fresh Rose Face Mask - Hydration rejuvenation in a jar



I picked up the Fresh Rose Petal face mask during last years Sephora Friends and Family sale. I saved 20% on this $55 mask. It's quite expensive and an indulgence I thought I would never get simply because of the price. Somehow saving $11 made it seem "do-able" How $44 for a mask versus $55 is any different can only be explained by the fog of confusion that settles in your brain during the Sephora FF sale. I have no excuse. Thankfully I am not sorry I purchased it.


This lovely mask is supposed to hydrate & tone your skin as well as reduce redness. It contains real rose petals, rose water, aloe vera, and cucumber extract among other ingredients. Oh, and Fresh claims that this mask also contains porphyridium cruentum (a "smart" algae that seeks out the areas of your skin that needs moisture the most). Uh huh. riiight. Whatever you say. Please note that this mask does contain several oils but I have never had a bad reaction to this mask, no breakouts or irritation. Your results may vary.


The Fresh Rose Face Mask comes in a heavy opaque white glass jar. It's not the most hygienic way to store a face mask, so I use a clean spatula to get the product out. The mask itself is a brownish gel with rose petals in it. It smells faintly of roses but more of cucumber than anything else. The rose petals are soft and almost disintegrate upon application. They are not full red, pink, yellow etc.colored petals, although that would be nice. No, they are more brown shriveled up petals that look like they have been "fermenting" (read, rotting) for a while. It's OK though. they don't smell rotted or anything like that. The mask smells quite clean and refreshing and there is no cloying rose scent, fake, real or otherwise. I'm a huge fan of rose scented anything and was a bit disappointed that this did not smell more like roses, but the benefits outweigh the lack of rose scent. If you can get past the look of the mask you are 1/2 way there!


OK. So what are my results? Well I'm quite pleased actually. I use this mask on days when my skin feels dull and dry. That's usually during the winter when I go from a dry cold to a dry heat. Getting In and out of the car, buildings, etc can do a number on my skin. I even have combination skin and the winter (as I get older) seems to emphasize the dryness. This mask takes that all away. It's amazing. I apply the mask to my clean face and rest for 15 minutes or so. The mask never sets. It's a thick gel like texture and does not dry at all. Once the 15 minutes are up I wash it off, which it does easily, and apply my night time moisturizer. My skin doesn't glow per se, but it sure looks happier! My skin feels more hydrated, plumper (yes, that's a good thing) and all around smooth and pretty. I think the infusion of the Aloe Vera is great for my skin. There is no residue once I wash off the mask and frankly having a little left over Aloe Vera gel on my face can't be that bad right?

As with all Fresh products this mask is expensive ($55 USD) but the 3.4 ounce jar has lasted well over a year with monthly use. I have less than half of a jar left. If I used it more often I think I would be finished within in 8 months but I only use it once in a while when I know I can get some uninterrupted relaxation time in for at least 30 minutes.

So what was the most you ever spent on a facial mask?

Does a sale prompt you to spend money on skincare or makeup that you otherwise wouldn't?

If so, do you end up liking what you get or are you disappointed with the end haul?


Fresh - Rose Face Mask $55 for 3.4 oz.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-60, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Carbomer, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sea Water (Aqua Maris), Caramel, Rose Flower Oil, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia, Sinensis Leaf Extract, ChamomillaRecutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Laura Mercier Caviar Dreams - A dreamy indulgence


I didn’t think it was possible but I have fallen in love with a nail polish. OK, Maybe I have fallen in love with nail polish before but allow me to clarify that this time I have really fallen in love with a nail polish.

Laura Mercier Caviar Dreams limited edition nail polish is from the Black Tie collection for winter. It is the most beautiful “black” nail polish I have ever worn. I put the “black” in quotation marks because this polish truly changes colors as you move. It flashes green it flashes teal it flashes purple but the base is a frosty gray/black. It is simply stunning. It reminds me of a black pearl. I tried my best to capture the color changes but it was impossible. Just take my word for it. this nail polish it HAWT!
Please excuse the less than professional application. OK WAY less than professional.


There are a few things that I don't really "love" about this polish.
a) It's limited edition. If I love it this much I might have to buy a back up because I plan to wear this one often.

b) The amount you get for the cost is appalling. Damn straight I better love this nail polish because for $15 USD and only 0.35 fl oz it’s a high price for a little product. (OPI nail polish is .5 fl oz)
c) The square cap is not a cap cover like with Chanel and N.Y.C. nail polish. It's straight cap baby and that means that it's not going to be flush with the bottle ever...unless you keep it loose (and why would anyone do that?) or you force it to do that 1/2 turn...which is a bad idea because you might never get it unscrewed again or you might ruin the treads on the cap and bottle. So you are left with a cap that is all wonky. That's a huge FAIL!

Thankfully the good things outweigh the bad.
The color is unique. I have never seen anything like this before.
The application is quick and only needs 2 light coats to become opaque
It dries quickly for a frost polish
It leaves a very nice glossy finish even before the top coat
It wears very well. After multiple hand washings. Changing Darthypie's diapers does a number on my hands I'm constantly washing them. Multiple showers and giving Darthypie baths, my manicure only started to show signs of wear on the 4th day. That's VERY good for me. It only started to chip off after Day 7. That's excellent for me.
It's unique enough to wear to work...maybe on a casual Friday if you work in a conservative office.

All in all. this is an amazing polish. If you want to buy it on line you will have to go to lauramercier.com or NeimanMarcus.com because it's out of stock on Sephora.com and I can't seem to find it on Nordstrom.com or saksfifthavenue.com. But you can still find it in most stores.

Will you be buying this?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Quandry



So I had that drawing for my MAC Brule eye shadow a little over a week ago and announced the winner, but she never contacted me. So I'm going to do another drawing tomorrow. Is that fair or should I wait a little longer for the winner to contact me?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Soap & Glory - My Obsession




Some of you might recognize the name Marcia Kilgore? Yes? She was the founder of Bliss spa. Remember being bullied by the Bliss Spa Catalog to buy something RIGHT NOW or else they would stop mailing the catalog to you? Yeah. I was a sucker. I bought stuff. If you remember that, then you have been witness to Ms. Kilgore's most genius marketing concept. While many may not like that tactic, it's effective for business. Being a good little capitalist can appreciate that and being of good humor I can also laugh at myself for buying into it and ordering from the Bliss catalog...just so i could keep getting it. That damn catalog is like porn to me! Well, Ms. Kilgore has since left Bliss and now has come out with a lower-priced product line called Soap & Glory. As she did with Bliss, Ms. Kilgore has come up with some cutsie names for her line. But don't let the pink plastic and kitschy names fool you. What's inside is great stuff!

One of the major reasons I love Soap & Glory products is because of the scent. Everything from the shower soap to the body butter smells like Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie perfume! I happen to be a huge fan of that scent. It has been described as having notes of Green Tangerine, Violette, Pink Jasmine, Patchouli, Crystalline Musk, Strawberry Leaves, Caramelized Popcorn, Strawberry Sorbet. Popcorn? Yes. My nose is not as sophisticated as others but I like what I like. But this is a Love it or Hate it scent. If you hate it the Soap & Glory products won't be on your shopping list....sad to say.

I have only been able to purchase the Soap & Glory products at Target in the USA but the Soap & Glory website is being revamped and will have on line shopping soon! Let's hope the shipping isn't too expensive.

After purchasing my 3rd tub of Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter I figured I would finally write a review of it. I also have a few other products from this line and I'll comment on those too. But lets start with the body butter shall we?

For $14.99 and at a giant size of 10.14 oz!, this body butter comes in a large plastic pink tub with a screw off top. It's super packaging because I can get every last drop of this stuff out. The body butter is rich. but not waxy or greasy. It sinks in immediately and leaves no residue. It definitely keeps my skin soft. With continued use I have seen an improvement in my skin on my arms and legs. Now my feet, well that's another matter entirely. I have awful feet. I hate them. They are in terrible condition and I feel sorry for anyone that has to do a pedicure on them. I tip very well whenever I get a pedi done. But I will tell you. When I slather the S&G body butter on my tootsies they got a bit better. It's a miracle. I actually saw an improvement in my feet after repeated use.

So what else is good?


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Lotion - This is a lighter version of the body butter with the same delicious scent. I use this on my chest and neck and back with no pore clogging! 7.7 fl oz for $9.99 it's a deal!


Soap & Glory Clean On Me Body Wash - 2 pumps and you have a ton of lather! One bottle has lasted me months and months! The body wash is not drying and rinses well leaving no residue. I wish it was a tad more moisturizing but I have the lotions & spray oils to help. 16.2 fl oz at $9.99


Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life Body Scrub - for days when soap is not enough I use this body scrub what is a foaming scrub so it not only cleans but sloughs away dead skin off my arms and legs. It has the same scent and comes in a squeeze tube. It rinses clean without any residue or grainy bits left over. A little goes a long way. 6.6 fl oz for $14.99

Sorry no picture available!

Soap & Glory Girligo Body Moisturizing Mist - For days when I need extra moisturizing i spray this mist on as soon as I get out of the shower. it feels like an oil, it spreads in evenly and does not leave a greasy feel but I feel like my skin is more moisturized. It has the same wonderful scent and is a great item if you like to layer scents. I find that my perfume (Miss Dior Cherie) tends to last longer when I layer it with the Soap & Glory products. 7.7 fl oz for $11.99. 2-3 sprays for each limb and 1-2 for your chest & neck this bottle will last a while!


Soap & Glory Great Shakes Hand Cream - A nice moisturizing hand cream but it is strongly scented so watch out for use with a different perfume. It may clash. It leaves my hands soft and supple without feeling greasy or waxy. 4.2 fl oz for $9.99

So All in all. I'm in love. I love the quality, scent, price. You name it I love it. I might not agree with Ms. Kilgore's past marketing philosophy 100% but I'm able to let bygones be bygones for the fantastic products she offers. I want every item she sells from this line...except for maybe the cellulite cream which I think as an idea is worthless...and I'm too far gone, that a cream isn't going to help me.

all pictures taken from target.com

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday Poll

image from kissandmakeup.tv

Writer's Block Sucks.
It's not that hard to write about makeup, but it's difficult to do if you are uninspired. Lighting has been crap for the past few days, I'm tired and stressed out from the election. (Yea that Obama Won!!) I have an ear infection and I'm generally grumpy. But of course that won't stop me from my Thursday Poll.
So ladies, have at it!

1) Blush of the day? - Pout Cherie Tarte (love this)

2) What is your eye color and what eye color do you wish you had? - I have gray/green/blue eyes. they change depending on what I wear. I wish I had those ice blue eyes like Carol Alt!

3) Any packages waiting for you in the mail? - Yes! Tons. I went overboard with recent swaps, sales and a good friend's husband is bringing me back some makeup from Korea!!!

4) Favorite Home Made beauty treatment? - Baking Soda scrub and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner! I add 1/2 a tsp of baking soda to a cream facial cleanser and lightly scrub my face. My skin looks almost poreless after use (of course I have taken out my contacts so I can't see very well). For the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) toner, I use Unpasteurized ACV and filtered and boiled water that has been cooled in a 1 to 1 ratio. The ACV acids counteract the alkaline results of the baking soda normalizing the PH of your skin...or so I have been told.

5) Best way to inspire yourself to get something done? - Just start doing it! Expect something beauty related from me by tomorrow! I promise!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!


image from novareinna.com

Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all my Brit friends.
I know this has nothing to do with Makeup but I'm having a touch of writers block and the lighting to take pictures of products has been craptacular lately so I'm stalling by celebrating Guy Fawkes Day.
The last time I celebrated this holiday was was 1991. I was living in London. It lived in Maida Vale in the City of Westminster. I was "goth" then, but it's not too hard to be goth when all you wear is black clothing, have white hair and wear blood red lipstick in North Carolina. Going to London I looked like an average Jane.
I miss it there. I never felt safer in a big city. I loved all the clubs. EMF "Unbelievable" was a huge hit then and I laughed because it was such a terrible song. I miss drinking Snakebites and Cider and Ribena. I miss the Tube/Underground that got me everywhere I needed to be. I miss Oxford Street and all the shoe shopping! I miss American tourists asking me for directions and then looking shocked when I spoke w/ my American accent. I miss Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park and keeping my mouth shut so they wouldn't know I was a Yank and start saying how much the US sucks. I miss my Political Science Professor who gave me a tour of Parliament and I got to sit in the PM's seat and listen to my Professor tell awful jokes about the Scottish. I miss The Strand. I miss hearing people say "please" and "cheers" all the time. I miss watching old re-runs of "Neighbours" on the TV.
I don't miss blowing black snot out of my nose every night from the pollution or having holes in my pockets from all the heavy change I carried around. But that's about it.
::sigh::
I know it's a cliche but You never can go home again.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

VOTE


image from www.kissmygumbo.com

I don't care who you vote for. (OK. maybe I do)

Wear comfortable shoes because there might be a line you have to stand in.
Bring lip balm.
Have some hand sanitizer. (just in case)
Women have only had the right to vote since August 18, 1920. That's only 88 years.
Don't waste your right that thousands of Suffragists fought for.
Your vote does count.
You have no excuse!

No post from me today. Feeling a bit of writer's block. I'll be back with more soon!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Urban Decay Book of Shadows - Guest Reviewer Joeybunny


image from sephora.com


Howdy ho faithful Pink Sith groupies! It’s Joeybunny here again, guest reviewing for Elvira. Today I bring you the one makeup item I – along with half of Makeup Alley – have been lusting for since we first caught wind of it about two months ago: the Urban Decay Book of Shadows! Urban Decay is pretty renowned for their eye shadows – pigmented, crazy range of colors and textures, and long-lasting. I’ve only recently become a big fan, after being sent one as a gift. UD (I’ll be using the MUA abbreviation now) shadows are pretty well-priced (the regular shadows are $16, and the Deluxe shadows are $18), but one of the awesome things about the line is the palettes. UD has come out with some pretty awesome palettes that include a wide range of their shadows for a good price – you can get a ton of variety for the price of two shadows. The Book of Shadows is their biggest palette to date with 16! shadows, two brushes, and a mini UDPP. The two brushes are mini versions of their Crease Brush and Wonder Brush. I’m very impressed with the quality of them, and I intend on maybe investing in the full-sizes. I’ll leave my pure, unadultered hatred of UDPP out of this review (sort of, ha!). Anyway, before I bore the bloody hell out of you guys, let’s get to the colors! Although, before I get to that, I just need to note one thing: this palette is f*ckin’ heavy. The packaging leaves much to be desired (that’s a nice way of saying “Hey UD, this packaging is pretty dumb!”); the pop-up vanity is kind of cute but totally, completely unnecessary, and the eyeshadow drawer is really hard to pull out. I can’t see myself really traveling with this. I can, however, see myself flinging it against the wall in frustration (the drawer gets stuck! WTH!). However, the packaging is still outweighed by the awesomeness inside the bottom drawer. Like I said, there are 16 shadows here, 8 of which are new colors. The old colors are:
  • Last Call: A Joeybunny favorite! Shimmery, intense reddish-plum. Kind of like MAC Star Violet but with more pigmentation.
  • Grifter: Pink-lavender with silver glitter. The glitter seems fine to me.
  • Baked: A very intense yellowish bronze color. I’m slightly terrified by it, but cannot wait to make it work!
  • Smog: Another Joeybunny favorite! A warmer, more antiqued bronze.
  • Roach: On Joeybunny’s all-time favorite eye shadows list!! Satiny shimmery red-brown.
  • Midnight Cowboy: The perennial UD shadow. Beige-pink with a sh!tload of silver glitter (hey, UD! Try using GOLD glitter once in awhile! Love, Joeybunny).
  • Goddess: Intense navy blue with bright blue glitter. Looks like it’d make a killer smokey eye.
  • Shattered: Strange color! Not quite blue. Not quite green. Sephora calls it a bright iridescent aquamarine. Sephora people are bad with colors. UD website calls it a bright green/blue shift. This is slightly better.
The new colors are remarkable, I think, and I will definitely be buying regular sizes of a few:
  • Perversion: I can’t really tell the difference between this and UD Oil Slick. It’s a matte black with very, very sparse silver glitter. It may as well have no glitter.
  • Mayhem: Shimmering hot purple with very, very sparse silver glitter. I see a slight hint of blue in it.
  • Sidecar: Imagine the golden-beige equivalent of Midnight Cowboy and there you go. Bonus: not as chock-full of silver glitter as Midnight Cowboy, but still pretty glittery.
  • Gridlock: A new Joeybunny favorite! Golden-peachy-taupey goodness.
  • Shakedown: Another new Joeybunny favorite! Jesus heard my prayers and made a powder version of Benefit’s Skinny Jeans. Silver-pewter-taupe with a slight green cast.
  • Scandal: If a Salmony-pink color got it on with a beige color, this is their baby. Very strange color.
  • Absinthe: Hot, hot golden green. Exactly the color I think of when I think about absinthe!
  • Protest: I’m reminded of the discontinued MAC eyeshadow called Fiction. Deep olive green.


The closed palette (it’s 5x6 in.)

The palette opened (my boyfriend said “Oooh!” at all the pop-ups)


The Eye Shadow drawer



The Brushes


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