Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Purchase - Chanel Vega - Taupe discontinued

Chanel Shadowlights eyeshadow in Vega
What can I say about it other than:

It is Taupe
It is Chanel

It is impossible to find!

So why am I writing about this shadow if you, my dear readers, may not be able to get one?
Because, I’m evil and I like to flaunt it.

Chanel had a line of eye shadow singles called Shadowlights. They came in small square compacts and in many pretty shades. Vega was the premiere taupe shade in this collection. Chanel discontinued this line in 2006 I believe. Anyway. Since then, taupe addicts, like myself, have been wheeling and dealing to get their grubby paws on Vega. I finally got my grubby paws on one via evilbay. I stalked evilbay for 1 year. After 3 lost auctions I finally won! Take that 8***e, j***j and e***n!! I beat you all! MUWAHAHA.
I paid $31 for this shadow, but I did get 2 shadows. I also got an Anna Sui eye color in 502. It’s a reddish/purpley brown. Not really my color so I’m giving it to joeybunny if I ever get my butt to the post office. I digress.

The shadow has a soft silky texture and seems almost too powdery some times. I see a lot of powder fall out on the product but not on my cheeks, so either the powder is left over after I use my brush or the eye primer I use, has grabbed it well enough to avoid any fall out. Either way. I find that a tad annoying because I feel like product is being lost. I always use an eye shadow base but there are some shadows that don’t last all day even with a base. This Chanel Shadowlights did last all day. I’m happy to say and it still looked great at 7pm!

The taupe color is neither warm nor cool. It’s a good neutral brownish taupe with some shimmer and some micro glitter that is not over the top (OTT) for wearing in the day. It has no red undertones and sort of reminds me of a discontinued MAC pigment called Coco. The best thing about the color is that it is perfect alone on the eye. I use it alone as a wash and line under my eye with it. I even used it wet to line under my eye and it looked wonderful. It's a great every day color. In fact I wore this every day for an entire week and I didn't get tired of it. It's a great color to grab and go!

So is this the be all end all Holy Grail taupe eye shadow? I don’t really know if there is one. It’s like asking to choose a favorite child. You love all your taupes for different reasons. I love Chanel Vega just as much as I love Chanel Safari. Sure they look different, but they come from the same mother so what’s not to love? Regardless, if you love this shade I'm sure there is a good dupe of it out there and you aren't going to "die" if you don't have it...however...if you are taupe hoor like me, you will not be alive until you own it.

How many readers here have this eyeshadow?

Here we are with a swatch of Vega next to a swatch of Safari

Here is my Chanel Safari that has been worn down and had a dip forming in the product. I expect to hit pan some time in the next 3 years or so.

Here is my eye of the day using Chanel Vega. I applied to base of lid to above crease and blended with an old Skinmarket shadow that was applied to highlight. I used the Koji Line queen to line. On my lashes I have the usual Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara layered over it.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Purchase - Lancome - Le Magnetique Vernis Star Design. Campaign to bring it back!

Why, you may ask, am I doing a review of a nail polish from almost 2 years ago? Well the reason is, I didn't get my other photos edited in time and I thought you might at least find this interesting and possibly join me in campaigning Lancome to release more colors from this line of polishes. It's THAT cute! It's so neat that I want more! more! more! Navy blue, emerald green, silvery black, pretty pink, Imagine the possibilities! It can and SHOULD be done. Join me in my campaign to get Lancome to release more colors! You can fill out a form at http://www.lancome-usa.com/services/custservice_contactus.aspx

In the comments section you can write in something simple like:
I read about the Lancome Le Magnetique Vernis Star Design – Bordeaux Esmee on http://pinksith.blogspot.com and I now MUST have this nail polish. It is so beautiful you must re-release it and how about adding new colors too? Pretty please?"

or perhaps something not blatantly promotiong my blog like:

I think it would be wonderful if Lancome re-released the Lancome Le Magnetique Vernis Star Design – Bordeaux Esmee nail polish. It was a great product. It would also be nice if you released new colors too. Pretty Please with sugar on top?"

See. You can cut & paste. And I have dome most of the work for you! When Lancome gets flooded with requests for the Le Magnetique Vernis Star Design – Bordeaux Esmee nail polish they will HAVE to release it. Then you can take solace in the fact that you were instrumental in bringing nail polish joy to so many people! Or something like that. Oh and once you submit the form, you are sent an e-mail with a code for a deluxe sample the next time you place an order with Lancome on line.


Allow me to tell you a bit about the polish so I can convince you to write to Lancome!

The 2007 fall Lancome nail polish was so awesome! It was called Lancome Le Magnetique Vernis Star Design – Bordeaux Esmee. It is a Bordeaux wine colored nail polish with iron particles that have a different polarity than the magnet on the outside of the bottle.

I know what you all are thinking. "What the heck are you talking about Dr. Science?" The iron particles in the nail polish, when held up to this special magnet, create a starburst design in the nail polish!! So anyway, the trick is this: Paint your nails w/ one coat of the polish. Let them dry long enough to do both hands. Then paint a second coat, stopping after each nail to hold it up against the magnet on the back of the bottle.
You only have to hold your nail there for 5 seconds and all of a sudden the starburst design appears. I had fairly long nails when I took these pictures so the design looks a little off. If they were 1/2 the size I think the starburst design would cover my entire nail and it would look even cooler! The polish wears as well as all Lancome Polishes. Nice color, little to no chipping and an overall good nail polish. It was slightly expensive and sadly there was only one color choice.
The nail polish sold for $17 USD in 2007 and you did get a tiny amount (5.5 ml) but I only use it on special occasions so I just ran out 2 years later. (I made a lot of excuses for special occasions.)

Here is a picture of the final result in Natural Light:
Here is a picture in interior light

Friday, March 27, 2009

Gift - Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick - Paving the road to redemption with lipstick

image from clinique.com

I started the week with a $45 lipstick and I’m ending it with a $14 lipstick. What’s even more unbelievable is that this lipstick is from CLINIQUE! That’s right. My most disliked department store brand…lest we forget the awful makeover I received in the 1980’s as described in my post about Clinique Happy Heart Perfume.
Anyway, my friend Janine is always trying to convert me to the Clinique brand. She’s a very sweet and thoughtful woman, so when I offered to send her a Chantecaille Lip Chic in Geranium that I got on sale for $16 she offered to send me some red lipsticks from Clinique in exchange… I told her it wasn’t necessary but she insisted. She sent me 2 different lipstick formulations and one of them happened to be in the Butter Shine formula. According to Clinique, Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick is
“The creamiest, richest, smoothest lip colour you can imagine. Our revolutionary gel formula delivers the shine of a gloss, the comfort of a lipstick. Drenches lips in moist, lush colour that glides on buttery-soft, feels luxuriously smooth.”
WTH? ColoUr. When did Clinique become a British company? Since when do Americans spell color with a U? What Next? Spelling Behavior like BehavioUr? Calling a trash can, a bin? Calling the trunk of a car a boot? Calling the bathroom a loo? Having us queue up instead of line up? WHEN WILL THE MADNESS END?

As Susan Powter says, “STOP THE INSANITY!” Hey is she wearing the same color as me?

OK. Where was I?

Butter Shine lipstick.

Janine sent me a color called Parisian Red. It’s a deceiving name because it really isn’t red, per se... It’s more like a very hot pink or REALLY blue based red. When I applied it to my arm it looked kinda pink but was closer to the red side, but when I applied it to my lips it turned bright hot pink on me. Wow. That is so not a color I would ever wear in the daylight...or early afternoon. Maybe if I was going out dancing in a dark club. (I used to do this before I had Darthypie every weekend). But the color choice was not any fault of Janine or Clinique.

image from clinique.com
The swatch on the Clinique site shows the color very close to what it looked like on my lips…so I say A+ to the swatch accuracy for this one.

Color choice aside the Butter Shine lipstick was impressive. Yes. Don’t adjust your monitors; I did type the word “impressive”. The formula is creamy without being waxy, it’s soft without being greasy and shiny without being sticky. I am really in love with this formula, and while I find that the descriptions of a lipstick formula from the manufacturer contain a high amount of hyperbole I can say that the Clinique description is spot on! Oh jeez. Now I’m talking like a Brit! Spot On! Pip Pip!

Clinique offers 21 colors (1 limited edition which is the Parisian Red) in a silver bamboo looking tube…which I actually like the design very much. The lipstick has no scent. They cost a reasonable $14 a tube and apply smoothly and evenly. The only criticism I have is that the lipstick itself is a tad too wide and applying a red lipstick requires precision. You will not get precision with this baby. You definitely need a lip brush if you are using any of the red shades or a steadier hand than I have. I’m a bit bummed that the color selection isn’t a bit more diverse but I think the Apple Brandy color looks nice and possibly the Chocolate Ice would make a beautiful brown sheer lipstick. So go check these out when you can…of, course, I might be the last person on earth to discover them, and you already have a ton of them.

I still don’t love this brand and I will evaluate them harsher than I will most any other mid-end brand. Sorry but the blue mascara makeover takes a lot to forgive and one nice lipstick it’s going to erase all that pain!

Clinique Parisian Red Butter Shine lipstick Swatch

Clinique Parisian Red Butter Shine lipstick on lips

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday Poll

image from kissandmakeup.tv

So here we are. The last Thursday of March and what do I have to show for my No Buy since January? Hummm, let’s see. 4 taupe eye shadows, 2 nail polishes, dozens of sheet masks, a blush, Lipstick, brow powder, and eye cream. No Buy FAIL! So self restraint is not one of my strong suits. ::sigh:: Oh well. At least I’m good at baking. I do have some talent. Enough of my lack of will power and empty wallet, on to the poll….OH WAIT. Before I forget. Since I know how much you all love to take polls. There is a neat
survey on Sun On The Daisies. She’s a lovely American ex-pat that is living in Japan with her husband. She recently started her blog and I’m sure she would love to have some responses to her survey.

1. Lip of the day? – Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick and Chestnut Chic #612. One of my favorite lipsticks of all time. It’s a plumy brown but looks like a shiny/glittery/frosty my lips but better!

2. Are you allergic to anything (Seasonal allergies, pollen trees, etc. don’t count)? If so, what is it?
– Yes. I’m allergic to Walnuts. If I eat them I get these awful sores in my mouth and my taste buds get all inflamed. Sadly I didn’t figure this out until I was in my 30’s.

3. What’s coming in the mail?
– Chanel Glossimer in Blizzard and Yves Saint Laurent Gommage Action Biologique Sans Grains (AKA Radiance Revealer' Natural Action Exfoliator) Whoot! I can’t wait!!

4. Would you rather be a Pirate or a Ninja?
-- Ninja by far! They wear all black, Get cool weapons, and the majority are in Japan where I can get access to excellent makeup!

5. Your Beauty Mistakes Of the Past?
– Too much blush, Ungroomed eyebrows, Too Much ORANGE bronzer, Self Tanning, Dark Lip Liner w/ Light Lipstick!! and the list goes on and on.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Free Sample - Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion - Scrub This

image from sephora.com

This scrub is serious business. Dr. Brandt (BTW have you ever seen what this guy looks like? Yikes!) Has a microdermabrasion scrub of which I was fortunate or unfortunate enough to receive a very deluxe sample size.

Let’s get down to brass tacks shall we?

The Scent: Citrus
The Texture: A sugary paste similar to a grainy, stiff, butter cream frosting (Yes. It IS always food with me)
The Price: $75 for 1.7 oz
What it is formulated to do (according to Dr. Brandt): Magnesium oxide crystals. “Diamond shaped crystals exfoliate evenly without scratching or irritating the skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall texture of the skin.”
The result (according to PinkSith) : Smooth skin as a start. Very nice smooth skin after use and for 2 days after. My face looked glowier and smoother.
With continued usage (2x a week) I had scratched skin, tiny whiteheads, and peeling. bleh! Yes. It does what it says it does
Smooth Skin
Blah Blah Blah
But apparently my skin is too sensitive for this scrub. It’s not the scrub’s fault. My skin does not like scrubs some times. Maybe I scrubbed too hard, maybe there was an ingredient in it that irritated my skin, maybe it’s just one of those things. Either way, it didn’t work for me because it caused me to break out. I believe I broke out because the “diamond shaped crystals” scratched the surface of my skin, which allowed bacteria to get into my skin, which allowed acne and inflammation to erupt. Not my cup of tea.

Aside from the poor results for my skin, I would not buy this again because of the price. $75 for 1.7 oz? There are better microdermabrasion treatments out there for less. (CoughPhilosophyCough) Oh and one of the suggested extra uses is to use it for treating Keratosis Pilaris (tiny bumps in back of arms). Um. I am not spending that much money to get rid of my chicken skin!

Should you get it? No. Plain and simple. While I love Dr. Brandt “Pores No More” this product, Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion just doesn’t deliver for the price.

What is your favorite microdermabrasion scrub? I’m in the mood for a new fix. I’m leaning toward Philosophy but I’m open to new ideas.

Aqua (Water), Magnesium Oxide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Lecithin, Lauryl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Clover Honey (Miel), Dimethyl Sulfone, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Lauroyl, Lactylate, Hibiscus Militaris Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Retinyl Palmitate.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks - Guerlain has gone too far

I saw the new Rouge G lipsticks. The case is ingenious!
When you pull out the tube of lipstick a mirror pops up from the cover. It’s sleek and hefty at the same time. The tube looks like an ellipse and the color reminds me of white gold. It’s not garish and definitely a break from the design of the Kiss Kiss lipstick line.

Apparently Rouge G lipstick is a collaborated creation of Guerlain’s creative director, Olivier Echaudemaison and jeweler Lorenz Baümer. The case looks more like futuristic cell phone or extravagant piece of jewelry than a lipstick.

According to Echaudemaison, Guerlain formulated a set of criteria for creating a tool for flawless lip makeup every woman dreams of having:

* Exceptionally bright and radiant colors,
* Easy outlining of lip contour,
* Smooth and evened out surface of the lips,
* Plumper look,
* Feeling of full comfort.

But the major secret behind new lipstick’s formula is its jewelry ingredient – ruby powder.
Really? Ruby Powder. Are they serious? Just so you know. Ruby Powder is usually used as an industrial polisher for metals. But regardless of that little fact, during these tough economic times the last thing I want to do with rubies is grind them up to a fine powder and mix them in some wax and call it lipstick! Even if Ruby is my birthstone and it is probably a sign from the makeup gods that I must have this product!

According to Guerlain
Guerlain called on one of the most talented jewelers from the Place Vendome in Paris, Lorenz Baumer, to create an object of mystery and seduction: Rouge G de Guerlain. At the first click, the case reveals a stunning mirror, a promise of your own personal luxury, and then an exceptional lipstick nestled within the case. Rouge G de Guerlain surpasses mere beauty with a breathtaking formula. A precious ruby powder interacts with daylight to reveal spectacular radiance unachieved to date. At the first contact, lips are immediately defined, smoothed, plumped and hydrated.

Several years ago Guerlain had the Divinora line of lipstick with a hammered yellow gold case. The top of the lipstick case swiveled open to reveal a little round mirror. That was totally Awesome!! It was a novelty for me and I loved taking out my Divinora lipstick and opening up the mirror. People would always look and ask about it. Then the Kiss Kiss line came out and the mirror was gone. I had moved on to a little Kate Spade mirror so I wasn’t too put off, plus I LOVED the design of the Kiss Kiss line. Now Rouge G with the built in mirror was being released and when I saw the promo pictures I was so excited to get one.

I saw the new lipsticks at Bloomingdales this past weekend and I tried many different shades on. I really thought they were nice but nothing groundbreaking. No TRULY unique shades, nothing I hadn’t seen before from Guerlain or other lines. I asked the lovely sales rep is she knew the price and with some hesitation she said “I think they are $35”. Humm. I had to pass. That was a little beyond my budget for the day. Glad I did pass because that Sales Associate was incorrect. The lipsticks are $45! FOURTY FIVE US AMERICAN DOLLARS! WTH? Has Guerlain gone insane?

Hellooooo We are in a recession. I am so not spending $45 on one lipstick…and it’s not even refillable. When I run out I have to shell out another $45 for a new one? No way. I love Guerlain. I love the line so much it hurts that the have done this. OK. Really what hurts is that I can't afford a $45 lipstick. but that's beside the point. I could exist solely off of Guerlain makeup if I had to and here they go doing something stupid like a $45 lipstick! Of course if you can afford this lipstick, more power to you and can I be your best friend?

Guerlain Rouge G comes in 25 shades and matches two major types of outfit. The range includes never changing 10 shades and 15 bold pink, orange and blaze red shades. Rouge G de Guerlain will launch in April but it has been seen at my local Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Purchase - NYX single eye shadow in Dune - The latest addition to the PinkSith taupe family

I thought it might be nice to review a taupe eye shadow that is not only still available but affordable. Why? Well because I have about 2-3 reviews of very hard to find and/or expensive Taupe eye shadows coming up and I thought I might throw you a bone. MUWAHAHAHA. I am a taupe eye shadow fiend. While I could be a sadist by posting pictures of Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 and Chanel Vega, making you wonder what cruel twist of fate made you unable to partake in their taupe-y beauty because they have been discontinued, I do have a soft side for you dear reader, I have found a lovely silver taupe that is within your grasp.
::Politely pauses for applause and cheers to die down::
::pats self on the back and pretends to be modest and humble::

OK. Now that’s out of the way.

NYX Single eye shadows are surprisingly well pigmented for being a fairly low end brand of cosmetics…mind you I am not saying “Low End” in a derogatory way. It’s Low End as in cost…which is ALWAYS good! Yup. $5 is all the single eye shadow costs. $5! Can you believe it? How awesome is that? Oh did I mention that NYX has about 160 different shades of which 8 to10 of them are taupe eye shadows? How cool!

How did I decide on Dune? Well I could have gone for the obvious choices like Iced Mocha, Beanie and Root Beer, (Brown almost plumy taupes) but Dune was calling my name. It wasn’t brown, it wasn’t grey, it wasn’t warm it wasn’t cool. It wasn’t necessarily taupe but it was. Does that make any sense? No. I know it doesn’t. Dune is a silvery, gray, taupe. It’s classified as a “Metallic” shade by NYX which the company defines as “Bold colors with intense shimmer.” I’m all for bold.

How does it apply? Well it’s a little powdery. It’s not crumbly or hard but it’s not necessarily soft or silky. It’s above average and I would definitely buy more of this brand. It’s highly pigmented and a little goes a long, long way. It wears extremely well and the color did not crease…although I wear an eye shadow base so I can’t say if it will crease without a base, but you should wear a base anyway. So there! It’s also a hefty 3g/0.11oz, compared to MAC 1.5g/0.05oz. [edit] It’s a steal!

So run, do not walk to your local store that carries NYX…What’s that? You don’t know where to buy it?

Well go to the NYX website (Turn down your speakers as there is annoying music the starts to play the second you get there. The music shouts “Oh Hai Cow-workers. Yes! I do have a nightclub in my office!”)
Or to Cherryculture.com
Or to NonpareilBoutique.com
I purchased my NYX eye shadow at a perfume outlet in an outlet mall but you can also find NYX at certain Ulta stores. Last but not least you can always click on the “Store Locator” link on the main NYX “Hey I’m shopping at work and everyone in the cubicle farm can hear it” website.

Here I compared NYX Dune to my Pout Miss Canada and Laneige Gold Khaki eye shadow. NYX Dune looks like the love child of those 2 shadows

Here is an eye of the day using dune all over the bottom lid to slightly above the crease, BECCA Chantilly eye shadow above the crease and blended into the NYX Dune, Koji Line queen liner and a terribly applied Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara. Note the lack of curl and clumpy lashes. Not my best effort.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Poll

image from kissandmakeup.tv

Thank you for all your kind words about my dog Artie. You all have no idea how much I appreciate it.
OK. Allow me to divert my attention to makeup as this makes me feel a bit better about all the crap going on right now. I have been watching the gray skies for what seems like weeks and have not been able to take any good pictures. I finally got some sunlight and was able to take pictures of my new Taupe Eyeshadow acquisitions, which you all will see shortly on this blog. Regardless, it's nice that winter is fading and the first day of Spring will be on Friday! Spring means NEW SUMMER MAKEUP! The Chanel Summer collection is very pretty and I'm looking forward to Guerlain's new collection due out later. OK. enough babbling about the weather...on to the poll!!

1. Blush Of The Day? - Clio Art Blush # 4 Rose Pink

2. Favorite Season?
- Autumn. I love the break from the hot days of summer and the cool crisp air. The color of the leaves on the trees the smell of bonfires, the start of the football season. It's a perfect time.

3. Name a product that would make you would scream & yell if they discontinued it.
- La Mer Loose powder. This stuff is so fine & light and gives me an airbrushed finish. It's expensive but a little goes a long long way. I would die if they got rid of it....or I would hoard it either way, the end result won't be pretty.

4. What Perfume that reminds you of Spring?
- Clinique Happy Heart. It's crisp and green and floral. My favorite type of scent. However. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea is a close second.

5. Current makeup obsession? - A sparkly or metallic cool brown liquid liner. I think Fyrinnae Inks liquid Liner might have a color I'm looking for but their site says they ran out of the containers and they may not be back in stock until the end of March. Gah!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


My sweet bulldog Artie died last night. you might remember him from the lip gloss chewing incident. He was a sweet dog, if not a little destructive, but sweet none the less. He would bark at you if you stopped petting him, he loved eating the cat's food, he was the Alpha dog in the house even though he was only 50 pounds and about 1/2 the size of his big brother Floyd, and he slept with his tongue sticking out. He had a seizure at 6pm last night and my husband rushed him to our vet. They stabilized him and he came home. He was tired but seemed back to his own self. Then 4 hours later he had another seizure and my husband rushed him to the 24 hour emergency care vet. He continued to have 2 more seizures at the emergency vet and the decision was made to put him down. Had we not, he would have had to be sedated 24/7 (possibly for weeks) to run multiple tests and scans and there was no guarantee that he would have another seizure during this time. It was not a way to live. My brave husband had to make this difficult decision on his own as I didn't hear the phone ring. I'm sorry he had to go through that alone and I'm sorry that Artie is gone and I'm sorry that his big brother Floyd is alone and I'm sorry that my son Darthypie won't remember him. I'll miss you ArtieFartie.

Artie loved to go under the curtain and sit with it resting on his head. What a kook! :-)

Artie looking hungry. He always looked hungry. lol

This is Artie on the day we brought him home.

Artie and Big Brother Floyd. Doing what they do best. Napping!

Artie inspecting the jaco-o-lantern for Halloween

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Purchase - Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Base - Meh results in 2 installments (Part 2)

My second installment of the Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Bases and my quest for perfect looking skin is the Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Base for Cheek! (I reviewed the Makeup base for "Strawberry Nose" yesterday.) Look how freakin cute this is! Orange Cheek? How sweet is that? Yes. I have orange cheeks! OK. They look like oranges only without the orange color. I had high hopes for this one but it didn’t quite live up to the promises. However, the product is so darn cute I can’t be mad at it.

This stuff claims to:
Cover the unevenness of cheek, like smoothing an orange surface!

1. High Coverage for Unevenness - it contains soft focusing powder which hides the pores & skin unevenness with the help of light reflection.
2. Collagen Content - with collagen ingredients for moisture care
3. Sebum Absorbing - it contains sebum absorbing powder to remove excessive sebum from the cheek region, and leave you a clear & matte finish, it also help prevents acne.
4. With green-tea extracts for pore tightening performance
5. Can be used as a concealer for concerned area
6. In natural skin color finish for the best matching, no fragrance.

OK. Let’s break it down.

1. Fail. I would not call this high coverage. The formula is sticky and the pigmentation is not strong enough to cover dark blemishes or spots…but it did have medium coverage. It did not mask my pore size. This was the main reason for buying this and It didn’t work.

2. Pass. It certainly didn’t dry out my cheeks, but my cheeks can be oily so it’s not like I needed extra moisture. I use a moisturizer already that takes care of this for me.

3. Pass. Like with the “strawberry nose” this base worked well at controlling oil but once I blotted any sebum absorbing properties were gone because my makeup came off with the blotting. Again, it felt like the oil was trapped under my makeup and once I blotted, it was released. Sad.

4. Fail. This is a bogus claim. My pores were not tightened at all.

5. Pass. Yes. I did use it as a spot of concealer but it certainly was not superior to my Cle de Peau concealer or even that of my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. It sort of reminded me of MUFE lift concealer (medium to light coverage) without the lifting properties.

6. Fall-ish. This product is slightly lighter than the "strawberry nose" base but if blended well, it worked on my NC20 skin tone, but would suit a MAC NC25 better. It’s still really yellow based and not for the fair skinned.

OK. So not a bad review on the surface but the main reason to buy this was to cover the moon craters on my cheeks I like to call pores. This product did not do that. Clarins Instant Smooth perfecting touch did a far better job with this and has no color to blend in. I would pay the money for Clarins over the Dariya Keanash product any day. One more thing…The silicones in this product really did not react well with my skin. I got awful breakouts from this …but that is me. I’m just sensitive to silicones.

So should YOU buy this? Yes if you need a lightweight concealer that dries to a semi matte finish and you are not concerned about covering large pores, but have fairly small ones that could benefit from some masking. But that’s it.

You should NOT buy this if you are sensitive to silicones. Yuk. The breakouts I had were terrible. I still have a dark red mark left over from a recent inflammation caused by this stuff. (And No I didn’t try to pop it!)

The price is right $10.45 (from a seller on ebay AlphabeautyUK) and the total weight is 25g /0.88oz which is a lot considering only a small amount is needed. And Yay no Fragrance because it’s being used on my cheek I’m likely to smell any fragrance with my super sensitive nose!

OK. I have decided that the masking properties of the “Strawberry Nose” along with the lighter color and formulation of the “Orange Cheek” and had my skin not be sensitive to silicone products this would be an excellent item. ::sigh:: I guess it’s back to the drawing board for me. I think my skin needs more help than a simple cover-up. I need resurfacing…which will have to wait until Darthypie is old enough to get a NFL or Major League Baseball contract and buy it for his mommy.

Here is what a small dab of the product on the back of my hand looks like. It's very yellow.

Here is the product blended out a little bit. See how yellow it is...but not as dark as the "Strawberry Nose" product.

Here is the "Orange Cheek" fully blended out. Not a terrible color match but the back of my hand isn't exactly like my cheek...but you can see some light masking abilities.

Here is my cat, Trauma, trying to work his way into my blog. Cheeky little bugger!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Purchase - Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Base - Meh results in 2 installments (Part 1)

In my never ending quest for porcelain doll smooth like skin I ventured into the Dariya makeup base primers.

I have some shocking news for you all. I, Pinksith, do not have perfect skin.

There. I said it. Wow. I feel so much better now. You have no idea how much stress I was carrying around with me. It feels so good to be able to tell you I do not have perfect skin. I know you all are kinda shell-shocked right now, but I promise…..What? You knew this already? Huh? Oh riiiiiiiight. All those posts about my imperfect skin. Yeah. I guess I do have a sort of obscene fetish with perfection, especially when it comes to my skin. OK. Well now that we all know I’m not perfect, nor is my skin…why am I always the last one to know?...we can move on.

So any way. I have seen these Dariya primers around for a while and finally decided to give them a try. They are so freakin’ cute. How adorable is it to say I have Strawberry Nose or Orange Cheek versus the actual Blackhead Nose and Pore Crater Cheek. See Orange sounds so much better than Pore Crater! I picked up (from one of my face sellers on all things Japanese and Beauty related AlphabeautyUK) Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Base for Strawberry Nose and Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Base for Orange Cheek. Two different items for basically the same problem. Imperfect skin that needs a smoothing out to look flawless.

Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Base for Strawberry Nose claims it offers
1. High Coverage for Unevenness - with the high coverage powder ingredients, it helps cover the pores, unevenness, and blackheads in nose region.
2. Prevent Makeup Dropoff - with densely packed polymer covering on skin surface to help prevent makeup drop-off.
3. Sebum Absorbing - it contains sebum absorbing powder to remove excessive sebum from the nose, and leave you a clear & matte finish, it also help prevents acne.
4. With green-tea extracts for pore tightening performance
5. Can be used as a concealer for concerned area
6. In natural skin color finish for the best matching, no fragrance.

OK Let’s dissect this
1 = Pass. Pores did look covered.
2 = Pass. The makeup stayed on until I blotted on most days , which was around 11am
3 = Fail. I have oily skin. The oil absorbing properties failed as soon as it came off when I blotted. It almost felt like the oil was trapped under the makeup/primer
4 = Fail. My pores were not tightened. I don’t think green tea is capable of this
5 = Fail-ish. If I was 2 shades darker I guess I could use it as concealer…I guess
6 = Fail-ish. Natural skin color of someone 2 shades darker than me, maybe. But no fragrance so Pass.

Let me say that it did a fairly good job at masking pores. If you are darker than a MAC NC30 this product would work well for you. It didn’t work for me because of the darkness of the product but also because of the silicone in the product. My nose broke out with horrible cystic type lumps and large whiteheads. It was awful and painful. That’s the reaction I have with silicone products. I have to give this an overall FAIL in my book.
If you A) are dark enough, and B) are not sensitive to silicone products you might want to give this a try.

It’s inexpensive at $10.45 (on ebay) and comes in a large enough tube, 15g /0.5oz as you only need a little for your nose.

In my next post I’ll fill you in on the Dariya Japan KEANASH Makeup Base for Orange Cheek.

Here are some photos of the product. I must that that a little goes a long long way. It does not feel silicone-y or too slippery. Rather it is very creamy and dries down to a nice matte finish. There is no scent which is great since you have to apply it to your nose!

A small dab on the back of my hand to show color

This is that "small dab" spread out. A little goes a long way. See how yellow it is?

Here is the product completely blended into my hand. It does a good job hiding imperfections and such but the color match for me (MAC NC20) just did not work. :-(

Friday, March 6, 2009

Things I’m excited to try out

OK. This might be a phoning it in post but I had to share my excitement about some lovely KenzoKi skin care products I received. Yes. Kenzo like the perfume. They have a skin care line as well. The KenzoKi line I'm using is geared towards Combination to Oily skin and is referred to as Energizing and uses Bamboo Plant water.
I’m currently trying out 4 items.
- Cream with a Zing
- Face Phenomenon
- Chilly Foaming Cleanser
- Smooth Bamboo Water

The KenzoKi line also has skin care for the following
-Normal to Combination - Euphoric (Ginger Plant)
-Normal to Dry - Relaxing (White Lotus Plant)
-Dry - Sensual (Rice Plant)
So far I like the results but I really I like to give skin care a few weeks, if not months, to see results I’ll be posting about it some time from now.

I think I might have found the mirror effect silver nail polish I have been looking for. While searching on Scrangie’s blog I came across an old post about silver nail polish and she said the Sally Hansen (Rectangular bottle) in Sterling has a mirror like finish. I ordered a bottle from evilbay…so here’s to that mirrors on my fingertips look I have always wanted. Expect to see a post in a few days.

Taupe eye shadow. When am I not looking forward to taupe eye shadow? Never. I found an old NYX single that I forgot I had (That shows you how much makeup I have when I forget I have something! I still can't find my Stila talking eyeshadow palette that gives smokey eye instructions in Korean!) anyway. I hope to swatch & wear it and post about it soon! Soon! Soon!

Not to neglect my other love but I have a new blush that I got from my loverly friend Pam…well from her loverly husband b/c he bought it when he went to Korea. I hope to have a picture next week it's swirly, pink and Korean…need I say more?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thursday Poll

image from kissandmakeup.tv

Hey y’all I’m back with the Thursday Poll! My much neglected Thursday Poll has been collecting dust as I have not posted enough these past few weeks to even warrant a poll. But here we are, a new month and a new outlook on life (OK. Not really but I have carved some time out of my day to post more) and a new poll! This weekend The Watchmen opens. For those that have never read the Graphic Novel by Alan Moore. I strongly suggest that you do so STAT! This is one movie that you will benefit by having read the GN prior to watching the movie. Unlike with the movie Wanted, (which was alos a GN prior to being a movie) the GN was far superior and reading it first, only made the movie that much more of a suck fest. But as my enlightened and brilliant husband pointed out, Wanted may have been a good movie had we not the expectations from the GN prior to watching it. OK. Comic book geekness aside. I am so excited about The Watchmen that I can barely contain myself. On to the poll.

1. Blush Of the Day?
– Chanel Rose Petal. I adore this blush. It is fast becoming my go to every day blush!

2. Latest beauty acquisition? – Humm Let’s see. Since I’ve been on a no buy and have proceeded to still buy crap from evilbay I guess my no buy was broken. That being said I recently purchased some back ups of my beloved Koji line queen black eyeliner. I eagerly wait by my mailbox for its arrival.

3. Will you be seeing The Watchmen move this weekend?

4. Current beauty obsession? – Clear skin. I have decided that all the stuff I keep putting on my face is making it worse. I have decided to slowly approach "a less is more attitude" with my skin. That means no 5x a week sheet masks, multiple microdermabrasion treatments and various other harsh things I have been doing to my skin. I will also have to take a hard look at my diet as I truly believe it is contributing to my awful breakouts. As much as I hate to admit this. I think dairy and sugar may have an awful effect on my skin and I need to give up both. ::cries::

5. Do you remember your High School’s Fight Song? Did your HS even have one?
– Yes! Mine did. I was a band geek and orchestra geek. Most people hated me in HS or I hated them or whatever. I have no friends that I keep in contact with and I do not plan on going to my 20th reunion. Don't feel sad for me or think I'm a bitter loser. I don't feel sad for me and I don't think I'm bitter....maybe I'm a loser, but that's beside the point.
Anyway. Our Fight Song was the following:
Fight on fight on for Whitman.
Vikings give us the score.

Black & white our hats off to you

Show them we want more

Fight, fight, fight on for Whitman

Hear our Roar

it's W-H-I-T-M-A-N

Whitman Fight On!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Purchase - Hello Kitty for MAC On The Prowl Nail Polish and Milani Day Dreaming. What you don't want to hear.

So. You have been thinking about getting that gray nail polish called “On the Prowl” from the MAC Hello Kitty collection. Huh? What’s that? You already bought On the Prowl nail polish from the MAC Hello Kitty Collection? Humm. I see. So I guess you don’t want to hear about the $3.99 dupe from Milani called “Day Dreaming” that I saw at CVS yesterday do you?

OK. I won’t tell you that the Day Dreaming nail polish from Milani is also a limited edition. I won’t tell you that it looks slightly warmer in the bottle but once applied to your nails it looks almost exactly the same as the MAC polish.

I also won’t tell you that the Milani Polish is 0.45 fl oz (13.2 mL) versus MAC’s 0.34 fl oz (10 mL). so you actually get more Milani than MAC. (Math is hard)

I won’t tell you how Milani nail polish doesn’t chip as fast as MAC’s and that the brush is far superior to MAC scraggely one. Nope. I won’t mention it at all.

I also won’t tell you that while the Milani color is the exact same you do have to give it three coats to get opaque, MAC only requires 2 which I guess is a bad thing right? OK. So the advantages of having the MAC polish are that it only requires 2 coats versus three and has that adorable Hello Kitty on the bottle. The Milani bottle has the same old cheesy gold lettering. However, you can take a hello kitty sticker and put it on the Milani bottle. Then they would be almost alike.

After all. You already have that $15 polish from MAC. Why would you want to hear about a dupe from a drug store that’s less than half the price, lasts longer , has a better brush and has more product? That would be silly…right?


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