Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!


The day wouldn't be complete without a Halloween post. So here is my little Darthypie all dressed up like Lord Vader. He is obsessed with Darth Vader even though he hasn't seen the movie. He's definitely my little Sith in training!
As for me. I just put on a quickie zombie face with stuff I had around in my makeup case. It's mostly Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars and Mac Paint Pots. Not my best attempt at a zombie but I do like how my rotting flesh matches the color of my eyes.

yes. the stuff on my teeth is there on purpose.

Have a happy & safe Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Purchase - Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain and Giveaway!

image from sephora.com

A month or so ago Sephora had a special deal on a Tarte Mascara called 4 Day Stay Lash Stain. It was only $6 and I needed (ha!) a new mascara so I figured why not. Consequently they raised the price back up to $18 but that’s OK. I got 2…just in case I LOVED it and I needed a back up.

According to Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain is a
“...stain that keeps lashes looking naturally full for four days without reapplying. Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain is a revolutionary product that envelops lashes in long-lasting pigment while keeping them soft and flexible. It's formulated with PolyFlex™ technology: Cross-polymers are blended with mineral pigments and then treated with ProVitamin B5 to create a binding tint. So whether you're hitting the pool or hitting the shower this gentle lash stain will keep lashes looking fresh, and won't fade or flake.”
Humm. 4 days? ORLY? Yeah. I realized that was really not going to be the case when the fine print said “* To remove product simply use an oil-based makeup remover on lashes.” OK. So I guess my Shu Uemura Cleansing oil is gonna take this Tarte 4 day stay lash stain off in a few seconds. Well I’m not going to sacrifice my skin for my lashes. The cleansing oil stays. The lash stain will just have to act like a regular mascara.

So I used this mascara for one week. Sadly I did not get to test the claims of 4 days of wear, but I can attest to the fact that this mascara did not smudge or flake on me. It lasted well throughout the day and didn’t fade. HOWEVER the claim of full looking lashes is kinda far fetched. I noticed no significant increase in the volume of my lashes. I will say that by the end of the day my lashes were soft and flexible, I’ll give them that.

Here are my lashes without and with the Tarte lash stain. Now please note that my lashes are very light and adding any color to them can make a dramatic change. So don’t take the fact that my lashes have a darker color to mean that the Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain is “remarkable”. It’s simply gust OK. It’s a good waterproof type mascara. But nothing more.

BEFORE

AFTER

Do you need this? Not for $18 you don’t! This is merely a decent waterproof mascara. It adds some length but no volume. You can find a comparable waterproof mascara at a drug store for less money.

BUT!

You can try to win a Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain here!
Remember that back up I purchased? Well I’ll be giving it away to one randomly chosen reader that enters in the contest widget below! A winner will be announced on November 13th! This contest is open to all readers in all parts of the world. Good Luck!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday Poll



Halloween is on Saturday. In The States it's a big deal holiday. Not big enough to have a day off of work, but still something special. I have always loved costumes. As a small child I think I was a ballerina for many years in a row. I would get dressed up in my ballerina tutu, big red circles of blush on my cheeks, bright blue eyeshadow on my eyes and lots of liner. I was a fright, but I thought I looked cool! I do remember one year when I didn't go as a ballerina...well sort of. I was in kindergarten. I had picked a Tinkerbell costume from Dart Drug Store. The costume was one with the cheap fabric/plastic dress, Mask and Clear Tinkerbell wings. Oh how I LOVED those wings! I was allowed to wear the costume to school for the Halloween parade. The parade went off well. I wanted to have glitter to sprinkle on to the other students as I passed by, but that idea was nixed quickly. Oh well. I still think I was a convincing Tinkerbell. My hot breath on the plastic mask made a tad bit of "humidity" form at the tiny mouth hole. I freakin hated that, but I endured the yuk for the sake of "the craft". When the parade was over we got out of our costumes and put everything away in our cubbies. Well as one can imagine, the plastic wings would not fit in the cubbie. So what did my idiot teacher do? She attempted to FOLD THE WINGS IN HALF and put them in the cubbie. WTF? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? Well of course the wings broke. The split right down the middle. They were ruined. My Tinkerbell costume wasn't complete without THE FREAKIN WINGS! GAH! There was no repairing them. I was pissed. And you know what. I never dressed up as Tinkerbell ever again. Stupid teacher. I'll never forget or forgive her. So my back up, was of course a ballerina. I sighed and trudged along. my winter coat over my costume (because it was 40 degrees outside) ruining my costume (don't ask how I would have worn those stupid wings with a coat..THAT'S NOT THE POINT!). I collected a fair amount of candy and let most of it rot my teeth and the rest go stale in the Halloween bag. (Mostly the Clark Bars and Mary Janes).
Obviously the wounds from my kindergarten Halloween disaster from *GASP* 33 years ago (Damn I'm freakin OLD) are still fresh. I'll leave you to participate in the poll whilst I plot my revenge against that idiot teacher...now If I could just remember her name....
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day? - Pout Cherie Tarte. I wrote about it HERE. The picture is crappy but the color in real life is that" just in from the cold" flush that I adore.

2. Do you celebrate Halloween? Do you dress up or just hand out candy or ignore it all together and hope your house is not TP'd because you sit alone in your home, hiding in the dark, whilst eager and hopeful children ring your doorbell hoping for a chance to partake in your kind stewardship of offering candy? - I used to dress up, but this year Mr. Sith is taking Darthypie trick-or-treating, so I'm staying home to give out candy. Oh and yes....Darthypie is going as Darth Vader this year.

3. What Mascara are you currently using? - Right now I'm rotating between Fairy Drops mascara and my Beloved Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara/Maybelline Colossal Mascara combo.

4. What are your Most Favorite and Least Favorite candies? - Most Favorite has to be Chocolate covered Marzipan. Yummmm. Least Favorite is definitely Black Licorice. Yuk. That stuff is from the 9th circle of hell. I am sure that if you die and go to hell you have to eat, manufacture and sleep on black licorice for eternity.

5. What beauty product have you used up recently that you plan to re-purchase or replace? - My Guerlian Pressed Meteorites. I hit pan a week ago and it's only a matter of time before I have to get a refill. This will be my 3rd refill. I love this stuff. Subtle all over finishing powder. It gives a subtle glow and makes it looks like I airbrushed my face. LOVE it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Free Sample - Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in Rose Taboo

image from sephora.com
For those that hesitated or were not able to get the Beauty Insider 100 point gift of the Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in #04 Rose Taboo, you might want to think about purchasing a full size version.

During the frenzy that was and still is Sephora Friends and Family event, Sephora Beauty Insider members with 100 points in their Beauty bank were eligible, for a short time, to get this Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect in Rose Taboo. I normally pass on the 100 point gifts unless it’s an item I really, really want to try. Givenchy gloss is one of those items. I adore my Chanel Glossimers very much. I was looking for a new line of glosses to try since I pretty much have every Chanel color I want for the time being. I decided to try out Givenchy because I heard they use a lip brush (WIN!), they are not sticky (WIN!) and they have a non offensive scent (WIN!)– Unlike YSL glosses which smell awful to me. So I received my little Givenchy gloss when I received my Sephora order. I must say that I was almost as excited about the gloss as I was what I PAID for. I soon found out I had good reason to be excited. The gloss in the package looked a lot like Chanel Wild Rose Glossimer. But upon application the Givenchy gloss definitely was more opaque and the silver shimmer was not as prevalent on the lips. It does have a scent. It’s very sweet candy smelling scent. I can’t describe it but it’s not so strong that when I wear it I can “taste” it when I breathe. The color is a nude pink my lips but better (MLBB) color. It’s slightly warmer than the swatch Sephora has on its website but not so warm that cool gals couldn’t pull this off. It’s such a sweet and dainty color. It’s fab for slicking on for a quick neutral lip or when you are in a hurry. I will say that the glitter in the lip gloss is kind of gritty. I have never had this problem with Chanel Glossimers so I was a bit disappointed about that. The texture was sleek and light. It did not feel sticky at all. The brush made for wonderful precise application and does not splay out like those wretched Bobbi Brown gloss wands brushes! Best of all this gloss is shiny. I mean like put on your sunglasses shiny. I mean like, it looks like I just ate at KFC shiny! Better yet, it says shiny for a long, long time. It does not seem to dull as it wears off.
Win! Win! And Win!


Last time I counted I had about 6,890,604,568,087 pink, my lips but better, lip glosses. This one is a definite WIN for me and I will purchase it again when I run out. And YES I do actually USE up lip glosses Judgy McJudgenstien!


One thing I find a tad misleading is that the name of the product “Gloss Interdit Ultra-Shiny Color Plumping Effect”. The ultra shine to this gloss gives the ILLUSION that your lips are plumper. The gloss itself has no plumping qualities to it. It’s just an illusion. And while I love Doug Henning; and agree that “Magic is a world of illusion!”, your lip gloss should not be. Oh how I am dating myself by even mentioning Doug Henning. There are so many people reading this right now that have no idea who he is and what the “world of illusion” references. I’ll just sit here with a smug look on my face while you scratch your head and wonder if I’m really married with a kid or if I live with 15 cats in a house full of junk. (Ha! Shows what YOU know. You’re only half right!) Do you need this? It depends. If you don’t mind a little grit from the glitter and you don’t mind that it’s scented and you don’t intend to plump your lips then yes…but that being the case there are an equal number of cons as there are pros. So I say it’s all about color. If you love the color or if you love one of the 13 other colors this gloss comes in then by all means pick one up. You’ll be out $24.50 for your troubles, but your lips will look afreakinmazing. (Yes. Afreakinmazing is a real word Judgy von Judgicutty!)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Purchase - Two more Ulta Taupe eyeshadows because I'm the Boss of You

So many Taupe eye shadows and yet soo little time. Honestly I have more taupe eye shadow than I know what to do with, but that does not stop me from acquiring more. My most recent acquisitions are Ulta Eye Shadows in Sandstone and Mystique.

Now, I will admit that Sandstone is really bordering on beige and really may not qualify as a taupe, but since it’s my blog and I make the rules I get to say what is taupe and what isn’t. It’s nice being the boss. I’m only the boss of two things: This blog and Darthypie. I am the boss of Darthypie and I let him know that quite often. He has entered his “Why” phase of development.
For example:
“Darthypie. Please put away your toys.”

“Mommy Why?”

“Because we need to clean up before dinner.”

“Mommy Why?”
“Because we need to eat and I don’t want a mess everywhere.”
“Mommy Why?”

“Because I said so.”
“Mommy Why?”
“Because I’m The Boss Of You!”

That usually settles it. It’s fun to say. I highly recommend having a child for this very reason. Just so you can say “Because I am the boss of you.” It’s very empowering.

But enough of my being the boss. Let’s get back to taupe that really may not be taupe, but is taupe because I am the boss!


I have already talked about Ulta shadows before
here. The quality is OK. The cost is reasonable, especially when they are having a buy 3 get 2 free thing or something like that. I must say that after a long day the shadow does tend to crease a bit. I think I am spoiled because my Chantecaille shadows don’t ever fade or crease and after wearing those everything else seems… well…inferior.

Let’s start with a Taupe that IS a taupe.
Mystique. Ahh. I love Mystique in The X-Men. Movies and comic books. I must say that Rebecca Romijn makes an awesome Mystique. She’s sexy despite being covered in blue scaly skin.
image from wallpapers.free-review.net

Just like Rebecca, Ulta Mystique eye shadow is sexy despite the dull presentation in the utilitarian Ulta plastic packaging.


Mystique is a true Taupe. It’s a brownish grey. It makes a wonderful crease color when paired with a champagne or light pink-y violet shadow and turns into an amazing smoky eye when paired with a nice true black liner. Either way. This Taupe should be a staple in every taupe lover’s collection. I find this color so versatile that I liken it to Chanel Safari. While it is not as shimmery as Chanel Safari and the quality is not as great. It is still pretty enough to use every day and never tire of it. Trust me. I have worn it for a week straight and love it each and every time I wear it.

On to the Taupe that may not really be a taupe. Sandstone.


This is a much warmer brown with a nice frost to it, but it’s really bordering on beige that it could pass for brown rather than taupe by some standards. That’s not to say it’s not worth a purchase. I find the formula to be very nicely pigmented and very frosty, but decent as far as wear and application. It pairs nicely with a warm brown in the crease or deep plum. It can be worn alone as a light wash of color or applied as a nice conservative day time smoky eye.


Do you NEED these? Well I say YES for Mystique for sure. Sandstone may be too warm for some people and not taupe enough for others. That’s OK. I don’t really think this is a must have anyway. It’s a nice to have.

Sorry. No eye pictures this time. ...OK Just one eye picture. This is Ulta Mystique and Becca Chantilly. Chanel Ecriture de Chanel liquid liner in Noir, Shu Uemura The Basic (Still sold out on Sephora.com) Mascara and Maybelline Colossal Mascara.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Press Sample - Guest Review by Joeybunny - Kenzoki Marshmallow Mask

image from kenzousa.com

The lovely people at KenzoKi were gracious enough to send me their latest skincare treat: Marshmallow Mask. I immediately jumped at the chance to review it, because anything that has the word marshmallow in it sounds delicious to me. Honestly, I was half-curious if I could eat it. Sadly, I can't. But I digress.

I have the driest skin imaginable. Honestly, you'd never know if from looking at me, but my skin flakes and has a general ricepaper-y texture. It's kind of gross. Even my nose flakes! I have to work really hard to keep it as supple as possible, so I'm a huge fan of any skincare that can promise me superior moisturizing. I already have a KenzoKi skincare product that Elvira sent me - a chilly face wash or something, and I quite like it (although it's terrible for removing makeup). I was happy to receive more exposure to the line, and the press release sounded promising.

According to KenzoKi, Marsmallow Mask has "a rich, mellow texture [that] envelops the skin while ingredients cocoa butter, cameline oil, and cotton butter go to work to hydrate and repair." Apparently it can be used more than once a week. Which is good, because I need constant pampering for my poor face.

So, let's break down the ingredients:

Cocoa butter - this is a win for dry skin. I love cocoa butter and have used it since I was young for my dry skin.
Cotton butter - WTF you can make butter out of anything, huh? KenzoKi claims it's called "the White Gold" and is "famous for its regenerating and nourishing properties." Ok. Sure. Butter is butter. I'm sure it does something right? I mean, besides put more fat on my ass, har har.
Cameline oil - Ok never heard of this. According to KenzoKi, Cameline and its seeds are native to the Asian steppes and the oil is "hydrating and soothing". Again, ok. Isn't all oil hydrating? Also, I loved the note mentioning that it can also be used as a "cooking oil, as it contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E." Now I'm not entirely sure WHY that makes it a good cooking oil, but hey, that's the kind of stuff I want on my face!

Ok, I'm sold. Also adding to my enthusiam is: 1) This stuff LOOKS like marshmallow fluff! Don't worry I didn't taste it. I was tempted to.; 2) This smells AMAZING. It supposedly is scented with rice steam, but let's face it - rice smells terrible when it's being cooked. This stuff smells SO good. Kind of like FlowerbyKenzo, but...sexier. Hi KenzoKi people, PLEASE MAKE A PERFUME THAT SMELLS LIKE THIS KTHXBAI.


So after cleansing and toning, I slathered what I felt was a generous amount. Honestly, I was too afraid to use too much of this mask for a couple of reason. The jar is tiny, at least to me - 1.7 oz for a face mask! How long could that last? Also, I was, as I am with all new products, afraid of breakouts. I think I used an amount equal to a silver dollar plus a quarter. I used a little extra under my eyes and on my cheeks, which are my driest areas. The instructions said to leave it on for ten minutes, but I left it on for twenty (only because I can't tell time).

Upon application, my skin felt slightly cooled and coddled. It was an interesting feel...I never really rubbed marshmallow fluff on my face. When I checked on myself after twenty minutes I was amazed to see the majority of the mask had sunk into my skin! I totally expected it to just sit on my face but no! It actually penetrated! I was really surprised. I wiped the mask off as per instruction, but I still felt the mask on my face so I rinsed with warm water and patted dry. My skin had this incredible, incredible glow and felt like baby ass. BABY ASS. That soft, for real. Just to check to see if the effects were more than just temporary, I went to sleep without using my nighttime moisturizer. When I woke up in the AM, my face was glowy, super soft, and without any pesky pimples. WIN!

Now, would I recommend this product? Well it costs $45 and like I said, the jar is tiny for a face mask in my opinion. However, I used less than I thought I would end up using, and barely made a dent in the jar. I can see it, with twice weekly usage, lasting me at least a month. That's pretty decent I think. Also, the scent, feel, and effect of the mask was so decadent that I feel as if this could be one of those awesome pampering splurges. You know, Marshmallow Mask, wine, pedicure, bar of chocolate...all the makings of a perfect at home "It's all about ME!" day or night. And let's face it, it worked. And worked well. It's two days later and my face still feels softer than usual. And no, I haven't broken out. So yeah, it's not the cheapest face mask ever but it's incredibly effective and nice to look at and sniff. If you're in desperate need of moisture, I say spring for the mask if you can!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday Poll



As I type this post I have a ton of splotches allover my hand and I'm wearing black and green lips. Yes. You guessed it. I got my OCC Lip Tars in the mail. By next month I should be able to do an intensive review of them. If you wish to buy them before my review, OCC has a discount code TAS09 which has been reinstated through Monday, October 26th. Get 20% Off Lip Tar & Loose Colour and $50.00 USD off of all of OCC's airbrush systems. You can find OCC's website here
So ANYWAY, it feels like Christmas because no only did my lip tars come in the mail, but my Sephora Friends & Family (FF) order arrived. For those that live outside of the United States, count yourself lucky that you don't have the FF discount. Yes. I said it. DON'T. Honestly. I think people order stuff just because they are getting 20% off. I know I was guilty of that last year. Helloooo I ordered the Fresh Rose Face Mask. WTF? That SH*T is expensive...even with the 20% off. This year I limited myself to one item. The Dior Smoky Crystal eye shadow quint. And may I say... it is prettier in real life. I didn't think it was possible but it is. As I was saying. This "sale" has some people on a spending spree. Honestly I can't do it anymore. For one I don't have the money, and secondly, I honestly think I have enough makeup right now.
Wait for it...
No. Do not look out your window. Pigs are not flying. I just think I'm in a good place makeup wise. I'm sure I will have a few things I pick up here and there, but honestly I think I'm good. Now, that is NOT to say I won't have things to write about. No. I have a ton of stuff to write about. Don't you worry (Like you really were worried. Please. You don't need to humor me. I know you weren't)
So now that we have that all settled let's get on to the poll shall we?

1. Lip Of The Day? - OCC Lip tar in Tarred and Botanical. (Black & Green) Hey it isn't pretty, but I'm having fun. Plus I'm at home. I wouldn't wear this out in public...as far as you know.

2. TV or Movie where you specifically noticed the makeup and LIKED it? - Well not many people watched this show but Better Off Ted was an excellent show. Very funny!. Andrea Anders, who played Linda in the show, always had the most awesome taupey/silvery/smokey eye makeup in each episode. Portia de Rossi is always beautiful so it doesn't take much to make her look good, but honestly she looked outstanding in each and every episode. Lizbeth Williamson was the key makeup artist on most of the episodes and I just found out that she does Katy Segal's makeup on another favorite show The Sons of Anarchy! I would love to meet this woman one day and watch her work. That would be a thrill!

3. What is your most hated chore on the household chore list? - Mine has to be vacuuming. I really hate doing it. I think because we have wood floors and rugs. The strings on the ends of the rugs get caught in the vacuum and then it makes an awful noise. Oh, and Floydiepie wants to attack the vacuum cleaner every time I use it. I just let Mr. Sith vacuum while I walk Floydiepie.

4. Recent Beauty Purchase(s)? - OCC Lip Tars & Dior Quint and I got that Sedu Flat Iron. I was in Ulta and it was right there in front of me. I had to get it. Oh and I LOVE it!

5. What’s your favorite line from any movie? - My Favorite move is Gone With The Wind and I love it when Scarlett says. "I won't worry about that today. I'll worry about that tomorrow." But my favorite line is from Mommy Dearest. I love when Joan Crawford Says. "Don't f*ck with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo!" But right now it has to be the line from Zombieland where Jesse Eisenberg's character says to Woody Harrelson's character. "I'm gonna take The Browns To The Superbowl." (You figure out what that means)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Purchase - Obsessed Minerals Pressed Shadows

I heard about Obsessed Minerals by reading Elke Von Freudenberg's blog. She raved about a gold eye shadow and the coop pressed pattern that I had to check it out for myself! I liked the fact that not only did Obsessed Minerals sell loose pigments, they also sold pressed pigments. Obsessed Minerals is a small e-tailer of mineral cosmetics. I’m not a big mineral makeup fan, but I like some of the shimmery qualities and unique colors that mineral makeup can bring so I decided to test it out.

The first thing I thought when I went to the obsessed mineral site is that this is definitely a small operation. I’m good with that. Fyrinnae is one of my favorite e-tailers for pigments and they are small too. Sometimes you just find a diamond in the rough…you know what I mean?

I concentrated on the pressed eye shadows because I really hate dealing with loose shadows all the time. Plus I noticed two shades right away that I liked. I got to the end of the pressed pigment list and saw that for an extra dollar they will press any loose pigment you choose! Sweet. I headed over to the loose pigments to search and picked my last pigment, Mocha Grande.

Now let me say something about picking the pigments. The photographs of some of the pigments are awful. The lighting is bad and some of the product looks well used. Now I’m not one that is squeamish about used cosmetics, but I like to see fresh product at the minimum. What’s worse was the lighting. I really couldn’t tell what some pigments looked like because the pictures were so dark. Honestly, Obsessed Minerals could take a page from Fyrinnae as far as presentation of color/swatches go. Don’t even look at the mineral lipsticks if you don’t like looking at used makeup…trust me.

OK. Moving on. So each pressed pigment is $10 each. It’s a little on the high side, in my opinion, but I decided to give it a chance anyway.

OK. So far we have bad pictures (Red flag #1) and semi high cost (Red flag #2). I went against my better judgment and ordered three shadows.

The shadows were shipped very quickly and packaged well. YAY! Upon testing the shadows I find them to be VERY soft and powdery. OK. I get that. Pressed pigments can be powdery. But upon use one of the shadows just crumbled. I honestly don’t think enough binder was used when pressing that particular pigment. Sometimes you need to add in a binder (like glycerin) or else the alcohol you use to press the pigments, once it evaporates, the pigment just falls apart. So anyway. I wasn’t too happy with the crumbling.

Upon wearing the shadows I found that they were easy to blend and they wore well, but honestly, they kinda got muddy by the end of the day. I’ll leave that up to my less than professional application and not to the product.

So here are the three shadows I purchased.
Mocha Grande – A deep brownish reddish purple shimmer

Steel Plum – A silvery purple shimmer. TAUPE! Gotta love this one. It's very pretty and soft, but becomes more intense and frosty when applied with a damp brush.

Swift – A warm silver frost with slight gold undertones

No Eye photos. I just didn’t like the blending I did. It looked like a hot mess…I will say that Steel Plum and Swift make a pretty combination. It reminds me of a warmer and much FROSTIER Nars Tokyo Duo.

please note that this picture is a tad warmer than in real life. Swift is not as gold as it looks in this photo. I guess taking pictures of pigments isn't all that easy.

Do you need this? Maybe. It’s personal preference. I’m not a fan of the pigment crumbling upon use and the poor pictures on the web. However a pretty plum TAUPE makes up for some of the issues. Remember. Taupe eyeshadow can erase a lot of hurt and make everything better. Are you interested in taking a look and testing a few colors?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Purchase - Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation


image from giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

I have a sickness. It’s called Foundationsearchaphrenia. That means that I am always on the look out for a “Holy Grail” foundation. I have found many “Holy Grails” in the past, but they always let me down at some point. I have tried powder, mousse, liquid and cream. I have tried Drugstore brands, Department Store brands, Boutique/Niche brands and Overseas brands all to no avail. You see, I have skin that is difficult. I’m acne prone, oily and dry, red and a completely darker shade on my face than on my neck. It is sometimes difficult to find a shade match and something that stays on my oily skin and does not break me out all that the same time. You would think it wouldn’t be so difficult with the kazillion foundations out there, but somehow I have found a way to make my life more difficult.

Giorgio Armani (GA) was having a sale a month or so ago. Since I had heard such great stuff about the foundations from this line I decided to get one. I know I needed a foundation that had a mattifying effect, so I found the Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20. GA claims that:
“Lasting Silk UV spf 20 high resistance makeup is inspired by extreme backstage conditions. This revolutionary new water-based foundation provides 14-hour satin matte coverage without the coverage feel. For normal to oily skin, providing medium coverage.”
Ah yes. That is indeed what I needed. I used Karla Sugar’s blog to find my shade…because honestly, the GA website has crappy swatches and I was too lazy to go to my local Neiman Marcus to look at the foundations in real life. I determined that I would probably need Shade #4. Although #2 looked light enough for me, I find that I tend to think my skin is lighter than it really is. Plus, I read in some other on line reviews that led me to believe I would be fine with #4. Of course after using it I think I would be a #3. Oh yeah. GA doesn't make a shade #3 in this formula. Just my luck!

The foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a pump. Which I like very much. I use 3 pumps for my entire face, but mind you I use a brush to apply, so if you use fingers you probably only need 2 pumps. I have been using the foundation daily for one month and so far I have PLENTY left. The foundation does not have any fragrance that i can detect and does not seem to oxidize (Turn Orange) on me.

The foundation seemed like a decent shade match for me, but upon application it looked way more yellow on my neck than I wanted it to. Careful blending is necessary when I apply this. I used my MAC 187 duo fiber brush to apply the foundation. I stippled it on my face and move the brush in a circular motion into order to blend the foundation and give it an air brushed appearance.


The foundation, once set, looks amazing on. It provides medium coverage but can be built upon, if necessary, without caking. However it still did not cover all of my acne scars/marks. The foundation wears well with a primer, but does not last 14 hours on my oily T-Zone. It’s more like 8 hours and I have to touch up on my nose & chin before the end of the work day. The foundation looks good, but it also settles into my pores and fine lines at the end of the day, but honestly I have yet to find a foundation that dosen’t do that, so I’m not annoyed by that. After a month of wear, I found no adverse reaction to the foundation. I experience no makeup related breakouts from use. All in all it is a decent foundation.


Do you NEED this? Well. I have to say the retail price is VERY high. I got it on sale for $46.40 and I thought that was a lot, but the retail price is $58! Since it does not completely cover all my red marks, and seems to fade after only 8 hours of wear I don’t find this a MUST buy. Foundation is so subjective. What might not work for me, may work for you. I am going to use it until it runs out, and then be on the search for another “Holy Grail”. Because as far as I know, there is no cure for Foundationsearchaphrenia.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Free Sample – Evolution Of Smooth Organic Round Lip Balm


image from evolutionofsmooth.com

A month or so back, Evolution Of Smooth (EOS) came out with a freebie through Face Book that if you signed up for EOS and posted something on your page you would get a free round lip balm. Hey. I’m all about free lip balm. I have a zillion lip balms around b/c I am always feeling like my lips are about to dry up and fall off my face at any given time. Needless to say, I jumped on the opportunity to get one.


EOS touts itself as an Organic and natural company. The lip balm comes in the following flavors/scents:

honeysuckle honeydew

summer fruit

sweet mint

It is 100% natural and 95% organic. It is free of Parabens and Petroleum and it contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. That all sounds great! I was excited to try it.


Plus…


Hellooooo it’s ROUND.


How cool looking is that? It’s certainly a conversation piece this egg shaped light green plastic container emerges from your purse, because let’s face it, carrying it in your pants pocket will not only be uncomfortable, but just plain strange looking.


ANYWAY, you twist off the cap and you reveal a dome shaped hunk-o-balm. It looks like half of a super ball and smells like sweet mint. Yeah. My free sample was the sweet mint flavor/scent. Yes. It is favored and scented. The mint is rather strong, but not obnoxious.


Application is precise….Obviously…. The dome shape of the balm makes it easy to smother your lips, but honestly it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I think if the lip balm FELT a little nicer it would be worth it. The balm is SOOOOOO waxy. It’s hard and it does not seem to “melt” much when in contact with your skin. It’s really waxy on my lips too.


Speaking of how it feels on, it felt worse the longer I wore it. I can’t prove it, but I think this lip balm dried out my lips! I started getting slightly chapped lips so I used it more, and it seemed that the more I used it, the more chapped my lips got! Maybe it was the menthol, I have heard that it can actually draw moisture from your skin, though I can’t say if that is true or not, but regardless of the mint, my lips were worse off using this EOS balm than if I had not used it all.


Do you NEED this? Heck no! Honestly. They should call it POS rather than EOS. (To those not knowing what POS stands for click here.
(...it’s the 1st definition.)

EOS lip balm can be purchased on line through the EOS website or Drugstore.com. It can also be found in Walgreens and Rite-aid stores. The sphere shaped balm retails for approximately $3.29 USD.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blogger FTC Information

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So I have been reading about the Federal Trade Commission’s new stance on blogger regulations concerning free products and paid reviews. I think it's great and I'm more than willing to comply with the new regulations!
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm


From this day forward I will be tagging all posts to indicate where the product came from and how I came about acquiring it. I will also be mentioning it in the review.
The products that I review are a mix of purchases, samples from companies, samples I received by visiting a store, and gifts from friends. Regardless of the source, I always review products truthfully and with no intention of giving a false review to get “free stuff”. First of all, it’s ethically wrong, second of all, it helps no one and third of all, it’s just lame.

So as of today I will be labeling my post with the following tags:


Purchase:
This product is an item I purchased with my own hard earned money. I was given no special consideration or compensation for writing about or using this product.


Press Sample: This is a free sample given to me by a company. Either directly from the manufacturer or from a PR company.

Free Sample:
This is a free sample that I received by asking for it at a local store like Sephora, Nordstrom, for example, or as a freebie with a purchase I made at Bliss or Beautyhabit.com or Sephora.com, for example.
These companies gave me no special consideration or compensation and have no reasonable expectations that I will be writing about their product(s) on my blog.

Gift:
This is a product I received as a gift from any of my personal friends or readers of this blog, who are NOT affiliated with any cosmetic or beauty company.


Here’s where it gets interesting. The FTC ruling does not say if this is retroactive or not. Just to be safe, I will be updating all of my posts with the new tags. The Pink Sith blog is a little over a year old, so this won’t take too long , but anyone getting feeds of my posts, may get their mail boxes clogged. I won’t be insulted at all if you use your spam filter on me.


Just a general disclaimer for now:
© Pink Sith 2009 all rights reserved. I am an average woman who happens to be very passionate about makeup, skincare and beauty in general. Anything I review here at the Pink Sith blog is based on my own personal experience with the product. What might work for me, may not work for you. What might work for you might not work for me. Your personal results may vary on makeup, skincare, body care, hair care and perfume. All my opinions are my own; therefore one should seek the advice of a professional before using any product you are not familiar with. I will not be held liable for any problems that should arise from trying out a product I review here. If you break out, get a rash, have spilt ends, or end up with alligator skin, I am not responsible. Please use any and all cosmetics or items featured on my blog with caution and safety in mind. Please don't eat the body wash because it smells like chocolate. Any links embedded in my posts are not sponsored links so I do not get paid if you click them or purchase a product. All sponsored links are separate and on the side of the blog under the heading "Sponsors” The sponsors have paid me a nominal fee to allow their links posted there. You can click on them if you like, or not. The sponsors in no way influence my reviews. Any links in my posts are there for informational purposes. I do not receive a commission from these links or any purchases you make. Although I have no plans to do so now, I reserve the right to include an affiliate link in future posts if I desire it. However, you will be alerted within said post if it includes an affiliate link. Occasionally images found on the web and believed to be in the public domain are used on this site. I don’t claim to be the owner of such images. All visual content are copyrighted to their respectful owner. If you are the owner of an image and want it removed, please, email me and I will do so as soon as possible. 95% of the beauty products you see reviewed are purchased with my own money. About 5% are given to me from various companies for review. Just because I am given a product for reviews DOES NOT mean I will rave about it. All reviews are expressed with complete honesty. In other words; just because it's free does not mean it gets a glowing, raving review. I am not affiliated with any beauty company or PR firm. I have never been offered nor would I ever agree to paid posts. This is a hobby and my passion. I do this for fun. I do not do this to “become rich” or get “free stuff”. Should I ever become “rich” form this hobby you might want to check the temperature and look overhead because hell will most certainly have frozen over and pigs will be flying.

Good day!
I said Good day!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Guest Review by Joeybunny - Purchase - Urban Decay Book Of Shadows Vol. 2

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Hi all - Pink Sith here. Joeybunny brings you another fab review.. This is just in time for Sephora Friends & Family sale that start on October 19th. More information about that sale coming up, but now, on to Joeybunny and her review of Urban Decay Book Of Shadows-Vol. 2!

The Urban Decay Book of Shadows, Volume 2 came out at the end of August. If you remember my post about the original Book of Shadows, then you know that I clearly had to have this palette immediately. The original Book of Shadows is one of my prized makeup possessions, and it still gets much love from me a year later. I ordered the Book of Shadows 2 the day it went live in August, but due to a mix-up between Urban Decay and USPS, I didn't receive my palette for nearly a month (this was a terrible situation, and I'll never order from Urban Decay again, but that's another story for another time). Well, I've had the palette for about 3 weeks now, and here is what I think:

I F*CKING LOVE THIS THING.

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Ok, glad I got that out of my system. But seriously, the new Book of Shadows is much, much better than the first one. Granted, the new one still has the obnoxious packaging (and is actually slightly larger than the original), and I still hate UDPP, but hotdamn, these shadows are gorgeous.



First off, the shadows in Book of Shadows 2 are a lot better coordinated than the shadows in the original were. What this means is that the colors don't all seem alike (the original's neutral shades were all very similar) and they are arranged in four rows for those who don't have an easy time pairing shades. There's a smokey gray-plum row, a taupe-pink row, a neutral-brown row, and a green-blue row. Secondly, there are only two glittery shades in this set, as opposed to the the 4 or 5 glitterbombs from the first volume. Thirdly, there's a highlight shade in this set (Sellout!), which is something the first Book of Shadows lacked. Finally, instead of little brushes, the Book of Shadows 2 comes with mini sizes of Zero and Bourbon 24/7 liners! How awesome is that.

Here is a list of all the pre-existing shades that are in the Book of Shadows 2:
Perversion - This is the only repeat from Book of Shadows 1. It's a matte black shade that I love as a shadow liner.
Gunmetal - This shade is actually fairly new to the UD lineup of shadows; I believe it came out last fall or winter. It's probably my favorite eyeshadow in the entire palette, as I have never found a true gunmetal shade before! It's gorgeous and shimmery and I want to rub it all over my body.
Ecstasy - This is an eyeshadow that actually debuted in UD's shadow lineup this spring. It's a bright, slightly pinked purple shade. I'm really enjoying this color, which surprises me.
Sellout - Sellout is usually touted as Midnight Cowboy without the glitter, and I'm not sure I believe that. But it's a gorgeous, highly shimmery pinked-beige color that makes a perfect highlight shade. Thank you for adding this to the palette, UD! With the first Book of Shadows, I had to use Midnight Cowboy as a highlight, once I shook all the glitter off.
Half-Baked - This is the darker, bronzier version of Baked eyeshadow (a gold shade). A classic UD color.
Twice-Baked - OH HELLO, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MY ENTIRE LIFE?! Twice-Baked is a color that's been around forever, yet I've never owned it. In the pan, it's deceptively warm. On the eyes, it is the perfect-neutral cool brown of my dreams. I've been using this with Sellout and a black liquid liner to create the classic Marilyn eye.
Midnight Cowboy Rides Again - Sigh. MCRA is MC with 100x the glitter. You need Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy to use this shadow. It's ridiculous.
YDK - TAUPE ALERT! TAUPE ALERT! This is the only shadow in the palette I already owned besides Perversion. This is a gorgeous, warm, perfect light brown-beige-taupe color. Everyone needs this color in their taupe arsenal.
Flipside - A pretty blue-teal that I'm liking a lot. Reminiscent of UD Shattered but is much more blue.

Now, here's a list of the eyeshadow shades exclusive to the Book of Shadows 2:
AC/DC - AC/DC (along with the previously mentioned Gunmetal and soon to be mentioned Misdemeanor) make this palette worth its pricetag of $48. This is a gorgeous, stunning deep silvered purple-plum. I cannot tell you how gorgeous this color is. I have been using it with Gunmetal to create the most perfect gray-plum smokey eye.
Nylon - This is the other glittery shadow in the palette, but it isn't as glittery as MCRA (then again, nothing is as glittery as that shadow, ugh!). It's a deep buttered beige, and quite pretty.
Mushroom - TAUPE ALERT! TAUPE ALERT! Mushroom is actually an existing UD shade, but it's a cream shadow. I own the cream shadow, and it's kind of crappy. However, the color is gorgeous (it's a shimmery gray-taupe) so I was excited to learn it was being made into a powder form. However, the powder version of Mushroom isn't as nice a color as the cream version. It's more gray than taupe, at least on me. But it's still nice enough, I think.
Sphynx - This is another shade that already exists, but as a cream shadow. It's a bright pink color, but it's warm. Slightly bizarre, I think.
Jinx - This is the color I picture when I think of the waters of the Carribean. Clear, blue, and bright.
Homegrown - A grassy green, just like...homegrown grass (you get to decide which type of grass UD was referring to here, ha!).
Misdemeanor - This color defies description. There have been debates on MUA about what color this really is. It's gray, green, and taupe all rolled into one gorgeous smoky color. I love it. It's an instant smokey, sexy eye!

So do you need the Book of Shadows 2? Yes if: you're an addict like me, you love color, you love shimmer, you love variety, you want to try UD eyeshadow, or you don't have anything better to spend $48 on. It's really quite a fabulous deal since UD shadows retail for $16 each, and you get two mini eyeliners and a mini UDPP. I recommend you snatch it up soon, as it's a limited edition palette, and with Sephora's Friends and Family sale starting in next week, it'll probably sell out soon!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Poll


Why do I have no problem spending $100 on cosmetics, $100 on clothing, $100 on shoes, yet when it comes to spending money on Hair Styling Appliances I blanch at the thought of spending more than $50? I’m cheap with my hair. I think it’s because I have a deep seeded resentment for it. My hair and I don’t get along. The first betrayal was when I was two. My hair turned from a beautiful brick red to blonde. Sure. Blond hair is nice, but red is better. Then I got back at my blond hair by coloring it almost every color in the rainbow between the ages of 16 and 27. I finally gave up the battle over color 2 years ago. My hair is now an ash brownblonde. It’s not really brown, but it’s not really blonde it’s ash bleh. Oh but my hair revolted in other ways. It decided to be curly but not curly. It decided to be straight but not straight. It decided to frizz in humidity and lay flat as a pancake against my head in dry weather. I countered by using expensive shampoos and conditioners and styling gels, but my hair triumphed and only got limper and frizzier. I then retaliated by using cheap ass products on my hair. White Rain was my favorite. I think I got the shampoo for less than a dollar! Oh how my hair hated it. I used hair dryers and curling irons and air drying and mousses and flat irons and what did my hair do? It split at the ends. I can just look at a hair brush and my hair will split. It breaks off in the most unusual ways. I think if there was a split end hall of fame I would be in it several times over. I tried to coax my hair into liking me by getting haircuts at fancy salons by gay men that talked about Madonna, Range Rovers and eternity diamond bands. Nope. $65 + tip down the drain. My hair looked nice for the gay man but decided to lay flat, plastered to the side of my head as soon as I got into my car. My hair and I just do not see eye to eye. That’s why buying a new flat iron for $100 kills me. Will my hair really be any different? My current flat iron is breaking. It’s reached the end of its short life and I need to put it out of its misery. What would you do? Spend the money on a real good flat iron (which I would use at least 2 times a week) or say screw it and have a gay man scold you for not coming in to the salon for a trim more often? BTW. The flat iron I want is by Sedu.
On to the poll!


1. Lip Of The Day?
Chanel Aqualumiere lipstick in Formentera. A limited edition color form last spring? Summer? I don’t remember. It’s a pretty frosty beige with plum undertones.


2. Do you have long, short or medium hair? Is it curly straight or in between? Do you like your hair as is?
– Me long. It goes to just below my shoulder blades, but the layers make it look shorter from the front. See above for the other 2 answers.


3. Do you wake up to a CD, the radio, or a buzzer?
– I wake up to a buzzer. I used to wake up to a radio but I started incorporating that into my dreams and oversleeping. Plus the only station I could get clearly was Classical Music which isn’t great to wake up to as it usually puts me to sleep.


4. Beauty item(s) you want most at the moment?
– Dior Smokey Crystal Quint, Amore Pacific Enzyme Face peel.


5. When was the last time you got your hair cut?
– I'm ashamed to say it, but I think it's been like 8 months? Uh oh. I really need to make an appointment.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ineke Field Notes From Paris - Lusty Love of Tobacco Leaf & Patchouli

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I have to write this review for Field Notes from Paris, Ineke's newest addition to her line of fragrances, quickly because... well, to be blunt, I sprayed some on Mr. Sith and I am in love all over again.

I received my sample directly from Ineke this afternoon. I had been in communication with them since I wrote the review on her deluxe sample collection that I purchased a while back. Ineke was gracious enough to send me a sample of the new Perfume which debuted at the end of September. I wrote about the press release here.

Let me get down to the nitty gritty.


This 6th fragrance, "F" as in Field Notes From Paris, is a complete and utter turn around for the mild and flowery scents that are A through E.


Field Notes From Paris is sex in a bottle.


The top notes are Coriander Seed Orange Flower and Bergamot. You might spray this and think. "Oh no. Another fruity floral." But wait. PATIENCE!


After the dry down from the initial spritz, Field Notes From Paris mellows into a STRONG Tobacco Flower & Leaf, Patchouli and Cedar knock out. Let me say I am NOT a fan of Patchouli, but whatever Patchouli Ineke used in this fragrance is amazing. The sweet and masculine tobacco combined with the cedar is just lusty.


As I said, I sprayed some on Mr. Sith, who a) complained that it was too fruity upon first spray but then when it mellowed he liked it as much as I did...or perhaps he just liked my reaction to it because a come hither look was in my eyes as I sniffed his wrist. b) He threatened to rub his wrists together and flail them about, which would prematurely dry the fragrance and ruin the scent. But he didn't. I have trained him well. He knows better than to do do this senseless act to a fine fragrance.


Field Notes From Paris finally melted into a tobacco mixed with the base notes of Tonka Bean Leather Beeswax and Vanilla. Tonka Bean smells like a combination of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon, and cloves. Yum! I could also smell the leather and the slightest hint of beeswax.

Of course I sprayed myself as well but I much prefer this scent on Mr. Sith. This is a fragrance that could be worn by both men and women. I think Joeybunny might love this fragrance.

Now if you don't mind, we have put Darthypie to bed early, I'm typing like mad and Mr. Sith is spraying himself with Field Notes From Paris....so I have to run! Ta ta for now!

For a more in depth review of this scent check out sniffapalooza magazine here

P.S. People that have purchased a full sized bottle or the Deluxe Sample Collection Volume 2 via the ineke website will receive a free sample in the mail over the next 1-2 weeks depending on the USPS.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Saks Fifth Avenue Firends & Family Sale!

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Saks Friends & Family Discount is available online only Today and Tomorrow.
Use code FRIENDS2 when you check out!
10% off beauty and fragrances...which isn't much, but it's something.

I do not think you can "Stack" codes so the free shipping code of OCTSHIP9 may not work in conjunction with the Friends & Family Discount. Sorry. :-(

So, will you be buying anything?
I think I'm going to pick up La Mer Loose Powder. I had a generous Sample size that is now running out. I might as well get it now since that sort of thing never goes on sale. But then again...maybe not.

Click Here to start Shopping!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Purchase - Paul & Joe Fall 2009 - Verite (061) Eye Shadow and Reckless (063) Lipstick

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Paul & Joe is a brand I have mixed feelings about. On one hand I adore their cute packaging and their lipstick formula is afreakinmazing! On the other hand their eye shadows are beautiful in the package but the texture and color payoff isn’t always what I like. That’s not to say the eye shadows are bad. No. Joeybunny loves them as do many other bloggers around the web. I’m just picky and my personal preference is to not spend my money on the eye shadows.

So you may be scratching your head right now asking yourself.
“Hey Elvira. Then why in the hell did you buy another eye shadow? Are you stupid or just have a shopping addiction?”
HA! Much to the contrary my dear judgmental reader. (Since I put the words in your head I can put a label on you too…and honestly you should be ashamed of yourself for labeling me with a shopping addiction, when clearly I don’t have one. For Shame. For shame.
)

I saw an auction on evilbay for the Lipstick Reckless and Eye shadow Verite from the Paul & Joe 2009 Fall collection. Knowing full well that the lipstick alone retails for $20 I put in a starting bid at $11 and wished for the best. I knew I didn’t NEED a new lipstick or an eye shadow, but Paul & Joe isn’t about need. It’s about HAVETOFREAKINHAVE! Yes. I HAD to have that lipstick. I had to. It’s a) Red and b) Paul & Joe and c) Limited Edition and d) Paul & Joe. Well 5 bids later and $20 later I WON that auction. Yup I got a lipstick and eye shadow worth $44 retail for only $20!

Now you might use some silly thing like MATH and say,
“Elvira. Um why didn’t you just buy the lipstick for $20 and save yourself the trouble of getting an eye shadow you didn’t like?”

And with that I look at you with my head slightly cocked to the side and say
“Ruh?”

No. No. No. You have it all wrong. I’m gonna love this shadow. It’s champagne and gold. A perfect compliment to red lips. I can do my classic Marilyn look with this set. It’ll be different this time. This time it will be special! (Cue ominous music)

So I get the package in the mail and I’m elated. The packaging is this cute blue and tan paisley. The lipstick has the classic Paul & Joe Chrysanthemum stamped into it. The Eye shadow comes in this adorable oval container with a sweet little sponge tip applicator. Half of the pressed shadow is champagne and the second half is humm…looks like brown not gold. Meh. That’s cool. I like that color too! The packaging is so darned cute, who cares about the color!?


OK let’s start with the lipstick. This is a warm red color with micro gold and red shimmer which does not show up upon application. The lipstick went on to my arm sheer when I swatched it,
but upon application it became a gorgeous creamy opaque red. It was the classic Paul & Joe formula, it was moisturizing, pigmented and long lasting. The BEST!



The Eye shadow was smooth and more pigmented than I expected. The champagne was lovely and frosty and warm. The gold/brown color in the pan showed up as a warm coppery gold on my swatch. It is lovely truly pretty; don’t let the pan color deceive you. This is definitely a warm eye shadow color. It applied loverly. Very smooth and creamy. The champagne color is a way more sheer than I am used to but the coppery gold color is well pigmented. (Sorry no eye pics). However, the champagne color blended so well into my skin it was invisible. This would look much better on someone with darker skin than me.

Do you NEED this? Yes. a) Red and b) Paul & Joe and c) Limited Edition and d) Paul & Joe. Oh wait. I said that already. But the answer is still YES at least for the lipstick. You can skip this if you are cool toned. Honestly this is not the shadow or lipstick for you. OH. Did I mention that this is limited edition? Yeah. You better more quickly if you want it!

So there you have it. See it was a good bargain! $20 for a $44 retail value. I should mention in the interest of full self disclosure that I am giving the shadow to Joeybunny. I just couldn’t get the coppery shade to work for me and the champagne side was too sheer and too light for me this time. That’s OK. She will enjoy it so it was still well worth it!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guest Review by Joeybunny At The Beauty Look Book Blog - Paul & Joe Holiday 2009


Hi All! Head on over to Lina's blog at The Beauty Look Book because Joeybunny gives an AWESOME review on her recent makeover at the Paul & Joe counter at Bergdorf Goodman and her awesome purchases from the Paul & Joe Holiday 2009 collection!
Click here to read her review!
And while you are there, take a look around Lina's wonderful blog. She has wonderful and thoughtful reviews and amazing photos of products and swatches!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Guest Review by Joeybunny -Purchase -- NARS Makeover and Meeting Mr. François Nars Himself!

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So today, I met François Nars. Yes, that Nars. As in, NARS Orgasm. The gorgeous Mr. Nars made an appearance today at Saks in NYC, and I was lucky enough to snag a space in line to meet him and to get a makeover with one of NARS’ global makeup artists. With a wish list containing the Habanera eyeshadow duo and Montenegro cream blush in hand, my darling friend Daphne accompanied me on what was probably the best day ever.

Daphne sat with my digital camera in hand as Marco, my artist, got started on my face. I told him right away what I wanted to try, and he incorporated some of the NARS Fall collection into my look. There was NARS Sheer Glow foundation on my face (which felt great and looked great but honestly, Punjab was not my skin match - a shade too light), concealer, loose powder (which was too dark - more on this later), and Laguna bronzer. My eyes - a cream shadow as base (it was a gorgeous color but NARS cream shadows crease like hell, and it ended up doing a number on my eye look), Habanera and Brousse eyeshadow duos (why he used the green in Habanera as a highlight color is beyond me, but ok...), the new black liquid liner pen and Night Porter eyeshadow to tightline, and mascara. My cheeks were Montenegro, clearly. My lips - Toundra Velvet Matte lip pencil (sigh, gorgeous deep color for fall), Mitzi lip liner (I think), and Greek Holiday gloss.


Well, despite the tons of compliments I received on my face, the foundation oxidized pretty much immediately (Daphne said it was because of the powder), and my eye makeup creased immediately too (NARS cream shadows crease so, so badly). Oh, and MINT GREEN HIGHLIGHT UNDER MY BROWS?! Enough said. I couldn’t go outside like that, let alone to meet François, so I wiped off some of the eye makeup! After Daphne received a quick but equally misguided makeover (her face was made three shades darker by a powder foundation), I paid for my small haul of Habanera, Montenegro, and Toundra and went to meet Nars.


Well, not only did I have my ancient copy of “Makeup Your Mind” autographed, but I got a picture with the maestro himself. François was handsome, and incredibly sweet. We talked for a few minutes about my love for the line, and how excited I was to meet him, and how he’s my makeup hero. He was so gracious and complimented me and stroked my hands. Clearly, I broke down immediately after saying good-bye. Thank you Daphne, for keeping me from collapsing on 5th Avenue!


Well, what are two unhappily made-over girls in the city supposed to do? Go to Bergdorf Goodman to get re-madeover! I took Daphne to my beloved Hettie and Caroline at Paul and Joe, where we spent over an hour playing with products and having our faces redone. Daphne was thrilled to find a red she felt comfortable in, an amazing foundation match in their new Protective Fluid foundation, and took home a sample of the foundation along with some skincare. As for me, I have a makeover scheduled with Paul and Joe for this Saturday, so I placed my order for the new Holiday collection early (Hettie spoils me and let me see the new products early!), along with some other products. Oh, and Hettie completely redid my makeup; I had a gorgeous shiny deep pink with bronze and gold eyes.

And as of right now, more than six hours later, my eye makeup is still perfect! I ate so my lips disappeared, sadly. It’s good to know I have somewhere to go where I’ll always have a great makeover, with incredible service (Hettie personally made me some skincare samples! I adore her!). Of course, that’s not to say I didn’t have fun at NARS - I did! My makeover was funky and dark, but it just didn’t last, sadly. However, I hope I have better luck on my own with the products. And hey, I would have gone through the worst makeover ever just to meet François. He was so worth it all, and he really made my day!
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