Saturday, July 31, 2010

Beauty Blog Link Love

Have you ever tried epilating? Well, now Rae has -- and she just loves her new Emjoi Emagine!

Vote NOW on what Makeup Series you'd like to see next on Betty Girl Makeup. Poll closes Friday, August 6th @ 11:59pm.

Jellyminx shows a summery golden pink look and features a surprise guest!

Kim Porter swatches products from the MAC In The Groove Collection to show you what it looks like on NC50 skin.

Krasey Beauty has exclusive swatches of the new Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Collection.

Rachel's been trying out new mineral makeup from Lily Lolo over at Queen of Turquoise.

Hot Beauty Health shares a list of the top 10 virtual hairstyle and makeover sites to try out a new look!

Musicalhouses makes Illamasqua's Beg blush wearable in her latest FOTD.

Find out everything about Summer 2010 makeup trends in the Makeup4All on-line beauty magazine.

Joeybunny over at the PinkSith blog tells us what worked and what didn't during her testing of Raw Minerals Makeup and Brushes. Did you know she's a Team Jacob and not a Team Cullen?

Jolie Laide Girl gets all hot and bothered playing with the Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Check out what makes Guerlain's Meteorites Perles primer so special on Beauty Addict.

Fed up of struggling to access your new makeup? Yeah... Lipglossiping is, too!

Christelle from Beauty Crazed learns that multiple X's are not always inappropriate... sometimes they mean mascara!

I Heart Cosmetics has become totally obsessed with the Clarisonic.


Retrodiva is giving away the brand new Sampar's Good Weekend Kit, a new travel-friendly kit for urban skin survival.

Win an Infiniti by Conair You Curl curling iron from Audrey Dao.

There's still time to enter the Summer Smooth Skin Giveaway at The Gloss Menagerie!

Got troublesome skin? Enter Hellcandy's skincare giveaway for the chance to win some B-Liv products!

Do you want a new traincase? CSN stores is giving one Spiced Beauty reader a $40 gift card!

And The Winner Is....

The winner of the Great Pink Sith 2nd Birthday Giveaway is...


Congratulations to Rashi. She has been sent an e-mail and should confirm her address by COB Friday. If I do not hear from her by then, I'll choose another winner.

For those that entered but did not not fret. Next week I will be hosting a giveaway for a new N.V. Perricone product. (US and Canadian entries only this time. Sorry!)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Taupes You Cant Have #7 Tarte - The Real McCoy

Joey and I have been rather mean with our posts featuring a taupe eye shadow that is discontinued (DCed) and/or hard-to-find (HTF) at the end of each month. I have read feedback that some readers are masochistic enough to enjoy this monthly segment. To that we say, Thank you for enabling our sadistic streak! We love to torture our readers. Joey and I have a large collection of DCed and HTF taupe eye shadows that we believed deserved the attention and love that all taupe eye shadow deserves. The first month we featured MAC Innuendo, the second month we showed you Shu Uemura ME Silver 945. The third month was Cargo Yukon. The fourth month, a taupe I don’t even have, Isadora Eye Shadow in Icy Khaki was featured. The fifth month was Club Monaco Quartz. Last month was Joey’s brand obsession with Paul and Joe Eye shadow in #23 Boulevard. So what is in store for you today?

Tarte Cosmetics The Real McCoy Eye Shadow.

Tarte, well known for their stick blushes in various gel formula colors, does have a decent range of eye shadows for use as well. Ah I remember the days when Tarte was nothing more than Stick Blush and lip gloss. Memories. Well I guess my aversion to their sticky stick blushes made me miss the eye shadow line. Before I knew it The Real McCoy was gone. I searched on line for The Real McCoy shadow but came up empty handed. Then one day I saw a swap listing for the shadow and offered up a swap for the little beauty. Success. In no less than a week Tarte The Real McCoy was in my hot little hands!

Since this shadow is from a swap and since it is discontinued I don’t have “fresh” photos of it. So what you are looking at is a slightly used Tarte The Real McCoy shadow. This shadow is soft. Almost as soft as Stila shadows, but not quite. That means one must use careful pressure when using a brush to this shadow. The true grey/brown taupe is shimmery and pulls slightly different colors on different skin tones. I have heard it can look plumy, grey and almost a pink-taupe on some people. On me it is a grey taupe with beige undertones.

The shadow is well pigmented and a little goes a long way. I find that it blends easily, but one needs to be careful if using this as a crease color that it doesn’t get muddy from over blending. I use it as an all over wash and then pair it with a navy or dark brown in the crease. I finish it with my predictable black cake liner and lots of mascara. This gives me an easy go to neutral office friendly eye.

The packaging seems to be faux leather wrapped around cardboard with a magnet embedded in it to keep the little compact closed. Not the sturdiest packaging in the world nor the easiest to keep clean, but honestly when the color hits your lids, who cares about the packaging?

This is one of the most true to definition taupe shadow that I own. The soft shimmer, the excellent pigmentation and long lasting color make it a very valuable item in my collection. I’m surprised that more people haven’t surrounded Tarte’s headquarters with torches and pitchforks asking for them to reissue this color. If you have this shadow you know what I mean, if you don’t you have no idea what you are missing.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


According to and the news release from MAC cosmetics has been published and it's great news!

As you may remember from earlier this month, MAC teamed up with the sisters at the Rodarte fashion house to create a new collection of cosmetics to complement Rodarte's new line of fashion "inspired" by a road trip though various cities in Mexico, one of them being Juarez Mexico. If you aren't already aware you can read my post on Juarez HERE.

The outcry from the public was huge! Blog posts were written (see most of them HERE) and petitions were created (See HERE). But today MAC release a new apology vowing to donate ALL of their global profits from the MAC / Rodarte collection to a newly created initiative to to raise awareness and provide on-the-ground support to the women and girls in Juarez.

Here is the official press release:

MAC and Rodarte apologize to the victims and their families in Juarez, the people of Mexico, the Mexican Government and concerned global citizens

MEXICO CITY, México, July 29, 2010In response to public concern over the limited edition MAC Rodarte makeup collection, set to launch in fall 2010, MAC will donate all of its global profits from this collection to a newly created initiative to raise awareness and provide on-the-ground support to the women and girls in Juarez. MAC and Rodarte are deeply sorry that this makeup collection was so offensive to the people of Mexico and concerned global citizens.

This announcement follows a meeting last evening in Mexico City with MAC executives and Mexican government officials, including CONAVIM (Comisión Nacional Para Prevenir y Erradicar la Violencia Contra las Mujeres/National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women.)

During the meeting, held at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this collective group committed to working together on the overall direction of the new initiative to help the women and girls of Juarez and to raise global awareness of their plight. MAC executives reiterated their deep regret and reinforced that it was never MAC’s or Rodarte’s intent to minimize the suffering of the women and girls of Ciudad Juarez.

In the coming weeks, MAC and Rodarte will be consulting with members of CONAVIM´s advisory board, as well as other local and global experts, to develop a comprehensive framework that provides grants to local and international organizations with a track record of improving the lives of the women and girls in Juarez.

“We are deeply sorry and apologize to everyone we offended, especially the victims, the women and girls of Juarez and their families. We have heard the response of concerned global citizens loud and clear and are doing our very best to right our wrong. The essence of MAC is to give back and care for the community and our initial handling of this makeup collection was not reflective of MAC’s values. MAC and Rodarte are committed to using these learnings to raise awareness on this important issue and to leverage our unique platform to help the women and girls of Juarez,” said MAC President John Demsey.

“Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. As designers, we strongly feel it is our responsibility to use ideas and actions for the good of our global community and are truly sorry for the offense we have caused. We are raising our voices in support of the strong women and girls of Juarez and joining others who are working internationally to improve their lives,” said Kate and Laura Mulleavy, designers of Rodarte.

Last week, MAC and Rodarte announced they would also be renaming the products and redesigning the marketing materials associated with the collection.

MAC has a longstanding tradition of service in Mexico, supporting important social causes in the country such as HIV prevention and treatment. Since 2002, the MAC AIDS Fund has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local entities, including Fundación Eudes, La Casa de la Sal, A.C., Ser Humano, A.C., Mesón de la Misericordia Divina A.C., Pirana Studio, and Fundación Unidos por un México Vivo.

MAC has had operations in Mexico since 1999. The brand currently employs more than 150 local professionals.

Thursday Poll

I have been getting next to no sleep lately and it is all Mr. Sith's fault. No. He’s not snoring or hogging the covers. He gave me a Sudoku book and a Crossword puzzle book. For our trip to Las Vegas he picked up those 2 books as well as Running with Scissors. I decided to jut read the book instead of playing games. (By The Way, that book is freakin tragic!) Well when we got home I unpacked and put the Sudoku book by my nightstand. One night recently, while getting ready for bed, I crack open the book and started on the easy puzzles in the book. The next thing I know it's 11PM and my alarm is set for 5AM. That's 6 hours of sleep, if I'm lucky. Ugh. I proceed to do the same thing each night for the entire week. Thank goodness crossword puzzles are a bit more challenging and I can put them down and come back to them later. There is just something about leaving a blank space on a Sudoku puzzle that drives me batty! Finally, today the lack of sleep catches up with me. Sure, I've been sleepy all week and wanting to nap when I get home, but I finally realized that I'm not 25 anymore and I just cannot function on 6 hours of sleep. I also realized that Sudoku is addicting. I'm seriously so tired that I feel as if I've been on the verge of tears all week. It sucks getting old. I'll tell you that right now. For you readers in your early to mid 20's. Enjoy it while you can. (Of course you won't. I know I didn't realize how good I had it until it was gone!) Sleep 4 hours, 2 hours not at all. You can do it and function, and for that I am deeply jealous and admire you. *donning a walker and shawl and a chin hair the length of a small rodent* You whippersnappers better get off my lawn before I call the police on you! Walking around in your miniskirts and jeans with the holes in them. Why I oughtta... Whoa! I think I just turned into an 80 year old wretched cat lady. Sorry you had to see that. Just a glimpse of the future I have waiting for me!
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day - Chanel JC in Rose Temptation. OMG this is a pigmented blush. It's a little powdery in the pan but I have to apply it with a skunk brush so I don't overwhelm myself with color. It's a deep warm toned rose. Perfection!

2. Do you play any puzzle games like crossword, Sudoku, jumble, etc? - Well Yes. Sudoku because I suck at math but this game doesn't require math skills so it makes me feel smart because I'm insecure. I just love puzzles in general. I love the challenge and the satisfaction once it is solved.

3. Any or recent beauty purchase you regretted? - Ugh. That LORAC palette. I really want to love it, but the softness of the shadows just kills it for me, plus the useless brush and average eye primer annoy me. I can't find my receipt either so that sucks as well.

4. Do you have a vision of what you will look like when you are 80, 90, 100? - Yes. I think I'll have long grey hair and wrinkles. I'll probably still have acne (FML) and I'll be sporting bright red lipstick because I can. The chin hair will be nonexistent because Mr. Sith promised to pluck it for me if I ever get too old or infirmed to do it myself!

5. Current beauty obsession? - Right now, my skin is clear and smooth and acne free. It has been for an entire week. If you knew me you would know how awesome that is. I think it's because I started using this new Estee Lauder stuff but I can't be sure. I need to give it a month for my stupid hormones to kick in and try to ruin my skin again. Hopefully my skin will remain clear. So my obsession is making sure I don't do anything to disturb my skin right now.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Review by Joeybunny - Raw Minerals makeup

A few weeks ago I received a lovely bunch of products from Raw Natural Beauty, a skincare and makeup company that touts itself as “an eco-friendly, natural line that never sacrifices performance.” I received five products, but this review is only going to focus on the three makeup items I was sent (I’m currently waist-deep in skincare that I’m trying out, and I only have so much skin to apply product to, so the skincare stuff will have to wait!).

Raw Natural Beauty makes three key claims about their makeup: it is restorative (the products contain “revitalizing active botanicals that nourish, protect, and defy the signs of aging”), it is sustainable, and it is natural (the company says it never “uses harsh chemicals, artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or artificial fragrances that can irritate skin and clog pores.”). Ok then, sounds nice enough - basically I have good for me and good for the earth makeup. Yay, right?

Well, sorta yay. Let me explain...

Just a reminder to any new-ish readers: I have some whacked-out, nutty skin. My skin is incredibly dry, and incredibly sensitive. I’m also acne-prone. My skin looks great, yes, but that’s because I’m incredibly careful with it. I pamper my face. I am loathe to anger my face, because my skin will peel, become red, and break out. Oh, and itch. It itches a lot.

Anyway, Raw Natural Beauty sent me three products from their Raw Minerals line: the Active Veil SPF 18, the Mineral Glow, and the Blush/Shaping Brush. I love bronzers and face powders, so I was truly thrilled to try everything.

Now, I really loved the Blush/Shaping Brush. This retails for $35, which I found to be pricey for a company that isn’t high-end, but the brush really feels quite luxurious. The bristles are incredibly soft and silky, so it feels like a dream to brush across my cheeks. The shape of the bristles are flat yet rounded, so you can either just dab a pop of color across the cheeks, or you can fit the brush into the hollows of the cheekbones for contour. The brush picks up color wonderfully, and is very effective in buffing out and diffusing the color as well. This was a win!

It was the Mineral Glow and the Active Veil (both retail for $25) that gave me some issues. I don’t know what happened, but the first time I tried using both products, my skin reacted. I had a ton of little red bumps pop up along my face, and I was itchy as hell for a few days. I have no idea whether it was the two products or something else that caused the reaction, so I decided to not use the products again until my skin calmed down.

After using both products a second time, I decided that it must have been just some random fluke, because my skin was just fine the second time around. Without the bumps and itchiness to distract me, I had some opportunity to evaluate the makeup, and here are my thoughts:

(The Active Veil SPF 18)

I definitely preferred the Mineral Glow to the Active Veil. The Active Veil is meant to be a finishing powder, used all over the face. If so, why is there so much glitter in this product?! I don’t mind a slightly shimmery face powder; hell, I love La Mer’s translucent powder because of the glow it gives me. However, the Active Veil has visible glitter in. I looked like a goddamn Cullen. A CULLEN. Excuse me, I’m Team Jacob, so an allover glittery face in daylight is not acceptable under any circumstances. Despite this, I found that I actually really liked this powder on my decollete and on my legs. Go figure!


The Mineral Glow is less shimmery/glittery than the Active Veil, and it is a lovely brown-toned bronzer. It didn’t look fake or overdone when I used it all over my face; instead, I just looked like I had spent a few hours in Central Park reading on a beach towel (a favorite hobby of mine). Also, the bronzed glow lasted all day. Win! I think it would be great as a contour powder, or even used all over my legs and arms (mixed with lotion, of course).

(The Mineral Glow - less orange and more brown IRL)

So, there you go. In a market inundated with mineral makeup, Raw Minerals tries to hold its own. The brushes are phenomenal, and while I didn’t quite enjoy the mineral powders as much as I had hoped, I bet that the rest of the Raw Minerals line is great - I would definitely be willing to try some other products! What are your thoughts? If you're interested in trying anything, you can use the code BLOGREVIEW at checkout and get 20% off of anything from Raw Natural Beauty on!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

LORAC Private Affair Palette

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Because I'm a sucker and I had a gift card to Sephora I decided to purchase the new LORAC Cosmetics Private Affair Palette. LORAC cosmetics has some pretty nice shadows and some decent glosses but I have never had the "OMG I MUST HAB DIS" desire for any of the products. That was until LORAC came out with a palette with not only a brown taupe but a silvery taupe and plum and champagne and and and. I just HAD TO HAB EET!

The palette arrived the other day and at first look I realized that this is something I won't be using until the weather gets much cooler...or until I get cooler...whichever comes first. Honestly, 1/2 the palette is too dark for the sweltering days of July/August and I would just look ridiculous with a platinum/plum smokey eye slowly melting down my face in the middle of the day. But that doesn't stop me from loving the palette. It comes in this wine colored faux crocodile pleather. It's very sweet looking! The mirror is ample and has enough shadows (6 total) for multiple smokey eyes!

The special perk of this palette is that is comes with a dual ended brush and an eyeshadow primer. I must say that the VERY first thing you do if you get this palette is carefully open the sliding drawer that houses the dual ended brush and eye primer and take the brush out of the drawer. Then walk over to the trash can and insert the dual ended brush. Yes! The brush is that terrible. I used it and I felt like I was putting porcupine quills on my eyelids. It is sooo scratchy and causes sooo much fallout that it is as useful as tits on a bull. Disappointing.

OK The second thing you do if you get the palette is to decide right then and there if you are going to use the eye primer. I used it for three days straight and I found it fairly good. It worked well, It did seem to make the colors slightly more "vibrant" But how vibrant can champagne rose with shimmer and soft taupe with pearl eyeshadows be?

The shadows in the palette are nice and neutral and can take you from day to night with the simple addition of a few key shades. The palette can create a lovely smokey eye and can create a nice office neutral look. Sadly, The shadows are VERY soft. Can shadows be too soft? Yes. LORAC shadows are too soft for me. They literally look crushed when you apply a brush to them and they create a lot of powder in the pan when you are using them. I find this wasteful and tragic. One thing I hate to see is overly molested eye shadow in a pan after just a few uses.

No Flash, Interior Light

Flash, Interior Light

The colors have no names. But from left to right they are:
Creamy beige with pearl
Champagne rose with shimmer
Soft taupe with pearl
Platinum grey with pearl
Deep wine with shimmer
Black with sparkle

As I said the shadows are VERY soft so you need a light hand hen applying. They tend to get sort of muddy if you try and blend too much so be careful with that.

You know what...the more I write this review, the more I realize this palette isn't as awesome as I thought it was.
Crappy Brush
Meh Primer
Super Soft Shadows

So why should you get this? I have no idea why. Maybe you can get it because you adore LORAC. Maybe you get it b/c you want a cute fall/winter like palette. Maybe you have a gift card and want to blow $38 on 6 eyeshadows a primer and a craptacular dual ended brush. Or Maybe you just don't get it at all. I'm disenchanted after re-reading my review. I'm gonna go ponder why I do stuff like this all the time.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Review by Joeybunny - NARS Fall Duos: Tzarine and Rajasthan

Ah, Monsieur Nars, you never really disappoint me, do you?

NARS Fall is definitely one of the best collections put out by the brand in a few seasons. Seriously, there is not a really disappointing item in the entire color story. Influenced by the gorgeous Daphne Guinness (oh, to be a muse for Nars!), Francois Nars has created a symphony of gorgeously pigmented yet wearable colors for both the avid NARS collector and the curious NARS newbie. Really, hide your credit cards and avoid the NARS counter at all costs, because you will buy something once you see the prettiness!

When I went to Saks to check out the collection, I was not expecting to fall as in love as I did. I fell hard. This was quick, this was lust, this was “OH MY GOD I NEED YOU NOW!” - my bank account could not handle my emotions. I could barely handle my emotions! I managed to only cave into my two biggest lemmings from the collection: Rajasthan and Tzarine eyeshadow duos. Thank goodness for self-control!

The two eyeshadow duos are definitely the stars of the color story. NARS eyeshadows never disappoint me, but I really was not expecting to be so WOW-ed by these. The genius of NARS is that the company produces the most gorgeous spins on colors you feel you have seen before. Just when you think “Oh, that’s just a basic beige” or “Oh, I have a thousand browns”, NARS comes along and slaps that thought out of your mind with just one swipe of your finger on the eyeshadow. The complexities of the tones and shimmer of each shade in these two duos make them unique additions to anyone’s collection. Considering that I have a pretty large assortment of beiges, taupes, gunmetals, and teals, I can tell you without a doubt that I have no dupes for any of these duos. None! That says a lot. Even Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book couldn’t find any dupes, and her eyeshadow collection is bigger than mine. If this doesn’t scream “Run and buy these now!,” then I don’t know what does.

Anyway, let me describe the duos:

Tzarine - A very pretty beige paired with a very bizarre (but in a good way!) gunmetal color. These are just very topical descriptions of the colors. The beige is more of a deeper champagne color, and it’s very cool-toned. The shimmer in this is fine, and seems to be multi-colored. On my skin (currently somewhere between NC40-NC42), this color pulls very cool and light, but isn’t unwearable. It’d be more of a lid color than a highlight color - at least for now, until I become paler in the fall-winter. The gunmetal color is so strange. It is definitely a cool-toned grey with deep blue tones, unlike any other gunmetal color I have. My others pull taupe-y or silvery; a good example of this is Urban Decay Gunmetal, which pulls a definite taupe on me. What pushes this color over the edge is that it has a golden shimmer. That warm cast over such a cool base just creates the most complex sheen, and makes the color unique and un-dupeable. If you love cooler shades on your eyes, this is definite must-have, especially since the colors are so wearable and not ‘in your face’.

Rajasthan - A golden taupe color paired with what appears to be a blackened teal color. Again, that’s just a topical way of describing the colors. The golden taupe color (which is similar but definitely not a dupe of NARS Cyprus) is softly shimmery, but has a definite dirty edge to it. It actually reminds me of MAC Patina, but without that reddish sheen that Patina has. It’s a little more golden-brown than it is taupe, and I can use it as either a lid color, or as a highlight color. Lighter skin tones might find it to be too dark to be a highlight, and would probably use it as either a lid or a crease color. Oh, but that deep, murky teal-ish color - how I love you! It’s a very blackened blue-green, with an unparalleled shimmer. It’s sexy, it’s sophisticated, it’s different. It works in the crease, or as a liner, and I’d even try it as a lid color if I was feeling adventurous. It’s just such a smoldering color, and I am glad to have it since it is so versatile.

(Tzarine swatches left, Rajasthan swatches right - swatch pics more accurate than the eyeshadow pics above!)

Both eyeshadow duos retail for $32, and if you can, I would recommend picking up both. I bet they’d pair well together, and because the colors are so versatile and not garish, they fit easily into a more day-by-day eyeshadow wardrobe. I have already worn Rajasthan twice since I purchased it, and I know that Tzarine is going to become a go-to palette for a basic smokey eye. So, bravo Nars, bravo! You’ve created a real masterpiece with these colors.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beauty Blog Network Weekend Beauty Read

Phyrra's Indie Spotlight for July is with the sizzling hot Whimsy Beading! Learn about the woman (and man) behind the jewelry.

Painted Ladies are giving a way a bottle of Perricone's High Potency Eye Lift!

Beauty Girl Musings
shares details for getting Vanessa Hudgens' beachy-chic look!

The Pink Sith admits to a torrid affair with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Zoya Nail Polish in Yasmeen

I know what you are thinking.

Oh Jeez. Not ANOTHER Purple Polish Post!

While I appreciate the alliteration I beg of you to be objective.

I know I have a purple nail polish fetish. I know that my purple polish drawer is overflowing. I know that having a drawer of purple polishes is also strange, but you have to believe me when I tell you that THIS polish is my favorite.........this week.

Zoya Yasmeen (Arabic for Jasmine Flower) is first off a pretty name, second off the most gorgeous red based purple with gold shimmer I have ever seen.

Zoya polishes apply smoothly and are always fluid and self leveling. This picture shows only 2 coats! Some polishes can be sheer, but this one packs a powerhouse of pigmentation in each brush stroke. It's positively perplexing how pigmented this purple polish paints! Presumably, Zoya used the perfect amount of preeminent probing to find the prime proportions, dare I say the perfect prescription of pigment to pour into the pretty bottle.

OK. I'll stop.

Seriously tho. Zoya Yasmeen is easy to apply, long wearing and pretty as a picture!

Do you NEED it? Well, how can I say you don't need any Zoya polish? Of Course you need it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Poll

I am woefully unorganized. Case in point. When I went to Las Vegas I left my Mother In Law with the keys to my car and the key to the mail box. I put the rest of my keys away for safe keeping. I put them away so well (or not so well) that now, after being back from Las Vegas for almost a week I still cannot find the rest of my keys. I'm thinking Darthypie took them and hid them somewhere. At least I hope that is what happened. It's much easier to blame a 3 year old for something like this because it's hard to admit that an adult such as myself can't find her damn keys! Place blame on others is a convenient way to avoid responsibility and guilt. I like to blame the cats for any missing lipstick or tube like cosmetics. I have currently misplaced 2 lip glosses recently and I would like to think that the cats decided the glosses were a toy, batted them around and I will eventually find them when we a) move the couch or b) move out of our house. I can't blame Artie the bulldog for missing/destroyed makeup anymore since he has since passed away, and Floyd the bulldog has basically transformed into a hassock since he hardly moves much at all, so I know he cannot be the culprit. So the cats are to blame for my lack of organization. And by organization I mean putting things back where they should go, and or having a place to put things. Oh well. Keys can be replaced, makeup can be re-purchased, but my memory...well. I guess taking extra Vitamin B-12 will have to be the answer for now.
On To The Poll!

1. Lip Of The Day? - Kevyn Aucoin The Rouge Hommage in Gently. It's a frosty pinky/peachy nude. I like the texture but it can be a bit drying at times so I usually wear a clear gloss over top.

2. Have you ever lost anything (aside form a wallet, keys, your mind or virginity) that you could never replace? - Humm. That's a hard one to answer. I guess it would have to be a glass dish from the Tiffany Company that I got as a wedding present. I thought we packed it when we moved but after almost 6 years I have never been able to find it. I think it might have broken in the move and Mr. Sith couldn't tell me since he knew I would be sad about it.

3. Current Lemmings? - Oh my. I am lemming the Tom Pecheux for Estee Lauder collection stuff and Chanel JC in Rose Temptation and Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe nail polish.

4. Have you ever lost makeup? Did you replace it or not? - Yes. I lost a Chanel lipstick once and I haven't replaced it yet because I keep thinking I'll find it...but honestly I don't have much hope. I think I'll probably buy the replacement this weekend.

5. What eye shadow, blush or lip colors are you really into right now? - I'm really into deep purples/plum and maroons for eye colors right now. I just picked up a new palette with 2 maroon colors and I'm just waiting for the weather to turn cold so I can finally wear them!

One more thing about Rodarte/MAC

I will say one more thing about MAC/Rodarte issue. (I hope) Both companies issued statements "apologizing" earlier this week. I copied them from Mizz Wothy's Blog HERE

MAC Statement:
We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and have the following plans to address concerns:
  • We are committed to donating $100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.
  • We are changing the product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection.

As we have done in the past, please be assured that we will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter.

Rodarte Statement:
We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.
Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.
That's nice and all, but I think it is too little too late. I hate to do that because an apology should be gracefully accepted, but I feel as tho both companies are apologizing because they "got caught" rather than they actually feel bad about the Juarez situation. More important, I find it distasteful that the Sisters at Rodarte imply that they have always cared about the situation in Juarez by saying that "Helping to improve the situation in Juarez is a priority for us..." That wasn't very evident when they exploited the killings and rapes by sending black eyed, corpse like models down the runway in rags earlier this year...but who am I to judge right? Perhaps they have made donations in private. I mean that is how donating should be. You shouldn't blow your own horn for helping charities. But as much as I would like to, I have a hard time giving these sisters at Rodarte the benefit of the doubt.

*sigh* this whole thing is so troubling to me. Honestly, I had no idea the level of violence going on until I started my own research into it this week. I too, like many were slightly aware of the problems but ignorant on the facts. In a way I am thankful to all the bloggers that called it to my attention. I'm also thankful to
Liloo (Tsunimee on twitter) for keeping track of all the blogs that wrote about the article. She deserves a huge pat on the back for that Herculean effort. You can see her efforts HERE

I will say that MAC really screwed the pooch on this one....but I can't entirely blame MAC. Rodarte has a lot to do with this problem. Typically when MAC teams up with a Fashion House/Designer (Ungaro, Heatherette, McQueen etc.) the Designer is usually given almost free reign. The Rodarte sisters went a little off the reservation on this one and came up with the names and shades. Unfortunately for MAC, they didn't realize it would be a problem until it was too late...which is their fault because it takes almost 18 months to get a collection finished. MAC backpedaled by announcing they would donate a "portion" of the proceeds to Charity. $100,000 is apparently that "portion" which many think is too little. I'm not here to argue financial details. In the future, I hope MAC gets more involved with the creative process so something like this doesn't happen again.

If you are interested in signing a petition to urge MAC Cosmetics to donate more...or if you are interested in donating your own money to a charity to help the woman of Juarez, please see the following post from Healing Beauty HERE!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

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I have a confession for all of you. When I was in Las Vegas last week I had an affair....with another eye primer.

It all started innocently enough. I go to Sephora, I buy a lip gloss and the temptress (AKA Sales Associate) behind the counter asks me if I would like to use 100 of my kazillion Sephora Beauty Insider points for a sample of the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. As if in a trance by her siren song of a sample, I felt my heart beat faster, my pupils dilate and in a low breathy voice I whisper, "Yes".

Somewhat shamed somewhat paranoid I keep my new NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base separated from the rest of my makeup kit. I don't want Too Faced Shadow Insurance to know that I am "seeing" someone else.

The NARS sample, while tiny, has enough product for at least 10 uses if not more. As you only need a little bit for your eyelids. The pristine white doe foot applicator brings forth just the right amount of primer for both eyes and I use it stealthily. I only hope that my Shu Uemura eye shadow does not reveal my secret of using a new primer. The Shu shadow is picky and will crease with certain bases...thankfully, as far as I know the Too Faced Shadow Insurance is blissfully unaware of my infidelity.

The 107 degree temperatures in the dry desert heat was no match for this NARS primer. By 6:00pm my shadow looked as fresh and as crease free new as it did 10 hours ago. No fading, no creasing, no drifting for 10 hours? Was this an affair I would continue when I returned home?


You see the high desert temperatures of Las Vegas are no match for the high humid temperatures of Washington, DC. When I returned home I continued my tryst with the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and that's when things changed. The humidity was no match for this base. After 5 hours in the humid weather my shadow started to fade and slightly crease. Would I break it off with NARS after this one slip? No. I decided to try and be objective. I used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance on one eye and the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base on the other. I used the Shu Uemura shadow on both eyes and ventured out into the jungle hot heat and humidity.

You know what?

I had the same result on both eyes. Some fading and slight creasing after 5 hours in HIGH humidity. My whole world came crashing down in that instant. What I thought was the love of my life in Too Faced Shadow Insurance could easily replaced with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base!

I started doing some research into this NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base to see what exactly I was getting myself into. According to the NARS Cosmetics Website the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a polymer and mineral powder blend which is fortified with special deep-sea and antioxidant rice extracts. It does all the things my Too Faced Shadow Insurance does
  • Extends the wear time of eye shadow
  • Preps my skin for shadow application
  • Maximizes the color intensity of my shadows
I then compared ingredients: (Identical Ingredients in PURPLE)

Isododecane · Talc · Cyclopentasiloxane · Disteardimonium Hectorite · Vp/Eicosene Copolymer Dimethicone · Cetyl Ethylhexanoate · Cyclohexasiloxane · Sorbitan Sesquioleate · Trimethylsiloxysilicate · Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride · Propylene Carbonate · Peg-40 Stearate · Sorbitan Olivate · Tocopheryl Acetate · Cera Alba (Beeswax) · Phenoxyethanol · Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate · Oryza Sativa [OryzaSativa (Rice) Bran Oil Extract] · Triethoxycaprylylsilane · Castor Oil Phosphate · Sea Whip Extract · Mica · Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) · Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).

Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Triethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Humm. Aside from some Rice Bran Extract, Sea Whip (? WTF?) and Beeswax I don't see much of a difference. So I compared Size. Because after all, I don't care what they think, But SIZE DOES MATTER.

NARS Size: 0.26 oz for $24
TFSI Size: 0.35 oz for $17

So there you have it. The Too Faced Shadow Insurance is larger than the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and costs $7 less to boot! I think I have made my decision.

While it was a nice fling with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, it was only just that, a fling. I can't see paying more for less in the future. I'm sticking with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. But NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base won't be forgotten....We'll always have Vegas.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hourglass Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss in Hypnotic

When I was in Las Vegas I visited the HUGE Sephora Store located in the Venetian Hotel. The Sephora has almost every brand that is sold on line...including Illamasqua and Hourglass. While I was excited to try out Illamasqua products in real life, I found myself drawn to the Hourglass display. Now I told myself that I wasn't going to buy anything in Las Vegas that couldn't get for myself at home. This left a lot of brands off the table, Hourglass included, but for some odd reason, maybe it was the 100+ degree heat, maybe it was the dry air, but my lips were crying out for relief and I had simply brought the wrong lip products with me. I had only taken two Chantecaille Lip Chics with me, and while they are incredibly moisturizing, they weren't cutting it in the dry oppressive heat of the Las Vegas desert. When I saw the word "Hydrating" in the name of the Hourglass Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss I knew I had to try it.

First of all the slim pocket friendly design of the tube was unique and captivating to me. Hey, I could put this in my pants pocket and go out clubbing without asking Mr. Sith to hold my gloss for me in his pants. (Yeah right. Did I tell you I got to go to Ghostbar at The Palms Casino? So freakin cool. But Mr. Sith Got to go to The Playboy Club and to Moon at the Palms and he saw all sorts of stars. Stupid me had an 8AM class/meeting so I slept as Mr. Sith got home at 4AM.) So ANYWAY, if I were to ever go clubbing this little slim design would be perfect. Until then, it fits nicely into my purse.

But honestly who cares what the tube looks like if the product sucks, right? Well thankfully this product does not suck. It is the antithesis of suck. It is ummm....AWESOME! OK. I must let you know that I am a lip gloss snob. I pretty much only wear Chanel Glossimers. It's the only gloss that isn't too sticky and isn't too greasy. It lasts longer on my than most other glosses and I hardly have to reapply as often as some other glosses on the market. It's unscented and I'm a fan of the doe foot applicator. I love that most of the shades actually are pigmented enough to show up on my lifeless colored lips. Now, that being said, I hold all other lip glosses to the same high standard. Many fail and they litter my makeup storage. I should just throw them away, but the addict in me tells me that might be useful some day....yeah right.

So how does this Hourglass Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss measure up? Well Let's take a look shall we?

Non Sticky/Non Greasy? Check!
Unscented? Check!
Long Lasting? Check!
Pigmented? Check!
Doe Foot Applicator? No. But that's OK. The slant tip applicator, while I find it messy at times seems to be just fine with application. I guess I can overlook one thing on my list o' perfection can't I?
Honestly, this gloss is so amazingly hydrating that I really didn't feel any dryness on my lips for the rest of the time I was in Las Vegas. It seems to last an incredibly long time as well and held up to multiple sips from a water bottle/glass during my day.

The color I purchased was called Hypnotic. It is described as a golden berry shimmer. That is exactly what it is. It's on the cool side but the gold shimmer makes it neutral enough for warm toned ladies to wear it as well. I was really drawn to the color, but I almost got Pulse (Described as a Golden Strawberry Shimmer) as it looked brighter and very appropriate for summer. The collection has 6 colors in total, of which only one does not seem to have shimmer of some sort, but don't worry, there is no gritty glitter in any of the shades. Now I just looked and as of 7/20/2010 Pulse is sold out on but it is available from (Free shipping - no minimum!) Or you can get it directly from the Hourglass Cosmetics website.

Do you NEED this? Well obviously if I'm giving you links to where you can purchase this wonderful gloss, I would say that is a YES! Sure. It costs almost as much as a Chanel Glossimer, but honestly, for the durability, quality and color, I think it's worth it!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Commentary on MAC - Rodarte Cosmetic Collection

M.A.C. collection. Courtesy Photo

I'm not sure where to start with the whole Rodarte and MAC controversy/Scandal. It started , for me, yesterday when I crawled out from under the rock where I live to discover that MAC Cosmetics had teamed up with Fashion House Rodatre for a cosmetic collection due to be released on September 15, 2010. The MAC cosmetics brand is no stranger to teaming up with Fashion Designers for a makeup collection, Heatherette and Ungaro for examples, so it wasn't the fact that they were teaming up with Rodarte for a collection that was the problem... It was she sheer lack of common sense. Let me start from the beginning.

The Fashion House of Rodarte released their 2010 Winter collection back in early July I believe. And when you find out the inspiration for the collection you will scratch you head and wonder why more people didn't take notice earlier. According to Rodarte (Kate and Laura Mulleavy) the inspiration for the 2010 Winter line was drawn from a recent road trip the sisters took in Texas Last year from El Paso to Marfa. The described the "ethereal nature of the landscape" and the flowing movement of women walking to work in the dead of night as "sleepwalking" for their inspiration.

What? Really?

OK. If you know anything about the border towns along this "road trip" passage you know they run right through Juarez, Mexico. One of the most dangerous places to be a woman in THE WORLD. For more than a decade, the city of Juarez, near the US-Mexico border, has been a killing field for young women, the site of nearly 400 unsolved murders and many more abductions. Despite the horrific nature of these crimes, authorities at all levels exhibit indifference, and there is strong evidence that some officials may be involved in the crimes. Protection from punishment and corruption have permitted the criminals to continue committing these horrendous acts, knowing there will be no consequences. The police do almost nothing to stop the violence and Vincente Fox' one time solution was to offer whistles to the women that had to walk the dark roads at night so as to indicate they were being attacked.

What a sham!

The National Organization for Women have called for a stop to the Femicide that is taking place in Juarez Femicide definition: Femicide is the mass murder of women simply because they are women. It is the term that has been coined in response to the murders of nearly 400 young women on the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. [1]

According to the Organization of American States's Inter-American Commission on Human Rights [2]:
"The victims of these crimes have preponderantly been young women, between 12 and 22 years of age. Many were students, and most were maquiladora workers. A number were relative newcomers to Ciudad Juarez who had migrated from other areas of Mexico. The victims were generally reported missing by their families, with their bodies found days or months later abandoned in vacant lots, outlying areas or in the desert. In most of these cases there were signs of sexual violence, torment, torture or in some cases disfigurement."
The majority of people that work in what is commonly called maquiladoras (Factories) are women. Women are chosen because they won't necessarily fight for higher wages, they won't try to unionize and because they are usually silent about mistreatment from their employers. Thanks to the 1994 NAFTA, many companies set up these maquiladoras in Mexico border towns to benefit from the free trade agreement. Unfortunately these maquiladoras are really just sweatshops that produce items for export, with 90 percent of the products destined for the United States. The maquiladoras employ mainly young women at poverty-level wages. In combination with lax environmental regulations and low tariffs under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the maquiladoras are amassing tremendous wealth. Yet despite the crime wave, they offer almost no protection for their workers. More information on factories that operate on the border can be found here. [3]

So what does this have to do with MAC Cosmetics?
Well in September 2010 MAC will release its Collection/Collaboration with Rodarte and they will have names such as Factory, Quinceanera, Sleepwalker, Badland Ghost Town and Juarez. [4] The names in an of itself are not offensive. What is offensive is that Rodarte used the word "ethereal" to describe places like Juarez. There is NOTHING ethereal about raped and dismembered bodies of women lining ditches in a factory town. I don't blame MAC entirely for this debacle. Rodarte should take a hard look at themselves and ask if they truly understood what they were looking at on their "Road Trip" Woman walking in the middle of the night in the desert of Juarez may look "flowy" but for god sakes ladies, lets consider the in your face fact that there are women leaving their families and children to work 17 hour shifts in factories making hardly any money at all...while they risk life and limb on the way to and from work. It's like looking at a Nazi Concentration Camp and noticing how expertly the Nazis herded people from the trains and into the ovens. Such Order! Or like looking at the slums of Brazil and remarking on how lovely the white sheets look that hang on the lines between the buildings and not notice that people are living on top of one another and dying in the streets. This brings me to the main point.

Rodarte, and in some capacity MAC Cosmetics, can't see the forest for the trees. In other words: they paid too much attention to details and did not understand the general situation regarding their environment.

Sure women wearing mostly pale shades of clothing, almost rags as they walk at night in the desert may make a spectacular image, but you HAVE to stop and ask yourself...WHY are these women walking around at night, WHY are they wearing rags? WTF Rodarte? Are you all that selfish and self-centered you didn't stop for one second in your trip to question WHY you were seeing what you saw? Shame on you.

There is nothing romantic about the border towns, the maquiladoras or Juarez. Nothing I could see there would inspire me to create a line of clothing or cosmetics for white, pale, and impossibly thin women. Not to mention that no woman of color could possibly benefit from the pale and greyed out shades from the Rodarte for MAC cosmetic collection. That's neither here nor there.

I think what also bothers me, other than the glaring lack of common sense on part of Rodarte, is the cool toned pink Beauty Powder in the MAC collection called "Quinceanera"

A Quinceñera [5], or Quince años (English: "fifteen years"), is a coming of age ceremony held in some Latin American cultures on a girl's fifteenth birthday, comparable to a Sweet Sixteen celebration. Planning begins up to a year in advance, and requires the resources of several members of the family and friends. The family priest will perform a Quinceañera ceremony in church. The girl's baptismal godparents will oversee the spiritual celebration, and her many friends and relatives will attend to see the recognition she will receive as she makes the transition from girl to young lady in everyone's eyes. Quinceañera are comparable in scope and grandeur to weddings, and the party atmosphere that follows the somewhat more subdued religious atmosphere. There is a significant dress, just as with a wedding, and can be just as expensive and unique as a wedding gown. Flowers and decorations are selected to match the color scheme of the festivities, a reception is held at which guests will be served a meal and there will be dancing for all in attendance.

Here is a list [6] of just some of the girls that were murdered in Juarez and never got to celebrate their Quinceañera:
  • Isabel López Unzueta, 14, died from gun shot wounds on May 22 in Ciudad Juárez. She was shot several times by gang members when she was outside of her house talking to a neighbor and two cousins.
  • Alejandra Yanel Díaz Sánchez 13 killed while her mother was working at a Factory Maquiladora
  • Cecilia Loya, 12, murdered in the Sierra Tarahumara's Guachochi municipality. The body showed signs of being beaten and burned.
  • Barbara Jazari Batalla Alvarado, a three-year-old girl, was found four days after she disappeared, in Parrel, Chihuahua. She was found on a patio. A few days later, police found her arms and legs on a street in Ciudad de Hildalgo del Parrel.
  • Clarivel Ochoa Sánchez, 13, died on August 20 from injuries sustained on July 23, when she was shot by a man outside of her home in Ciudad Juárez.
  • Cintia Liliana Moreno Álvarez, 14, was found in Guachochi, Chihuahua next to the car she had disappeared in ten days earlier. Her body showed signs of trauma to the head and other parts of her body. Police were unsure if she died in a car accident or was murdered.
  • Cecilia Lagarda Amapa, 8, was raped and died of her injuries 7 days later
  • Airis Estrella Enríquez, 7, was found in a cement-filled drum on a highway on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez. She had been missing since May 2. Airis had been brutally raped and killed.
  • Anhai Orozco Lerman, 10, was raped and strangled to death in her home in Ciudad Juárez

Now lest you think that MAC and Rodarte are ignoring this issue. they have both released statements [4]

We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.

Our makeup collaboration with M·A·C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa. The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The M·A·C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled.

Many other bloggers have written more passionately and more comprehensively about this issue and you can see a full listing of all the articles here:

So I GUESS my point is, I'm not mad about the names of the MAC products. I'm Mad about how insensitive Rodarte was in creating a collection like this without any nod or mention of the injustices and murders happening in these small towns from which they were "inspired"! I'm mad that MAC with its months of preparation and research didn't see the connection to the unspeakable crimes along the border towns and the hypocrisy of "ethereal" images from the Rodarte client. I'm mad at people that tell me to "Just not buy the products. It's not about looking the other way if you don't agree with something, it's about speaking up and fighting for what is right and just. In my book. Silence = Agreement. It's about making consumers and companies make better decisions.

MAC has said that they intend to give a "portion of the proceeds" to "help those in need in Juarez" and while they aren't specific on the amount or who will benefit from said donation I thought, along with Styrch from the Pretty In Dayton blog that making a donation in lieu of what one would have spent on this collection might be a great solution. I don't want to rely on MAC to make a donation for me, and I personally don't wish to purchase anything from this collection now that it is so tainted. That is why I am looking into making a donation of $50 to one of the charities below: [7]

Amnesty Intentional
- They accept donations, but don't appear to send them to a particular cause, hence my reluctance to donate.I want to know where my money is going.
Mujeres de Juarez - Seem to have a petition up but I don't see a place to donate.
Casa Amiga - seems to take donations, but the site is in Spanish. I'm still working on looking into this one.
Amigos de Mujeres - I don't think this group takes donations, but works with other organizations and channels donations to them. I have written them asking for more information.

I am going to continue to add to these charities. If you know of any I should add for this cause, please let me know and I will add it to the list.

If you are interested in signing a petition to urge MAC Cosmetics to donate more...or if you are interested in donating your own money to a charity to help the woman of Juarez, please see the following post from Healing Beauty HERE!

[1] National Organization for Women "Femicides of Juarez Fact Sheet"

[2]Council on Hemispheric Affairs "
Femicides of Juárez: Violence Against Women in Mexico" by COHA Research Associate Nidya Sarria

[3] Information on Factories in bordertowns can be found here

[4] Information on MAC Cosmetics Release and Official Statements from Rodarte and MAC from Temptalia

[5] Quinceanrea information taken from Wikipedia

[6] List from Washington Office Of Latin America "Murders of Women in Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico January 2004 through May 2007"

[7] Pretty In Dayton Blog Post "MAC & Rodarte - I feel like doing something about it. How about you?"
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