Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review by Joeybunny - Taupes You Can't Have #8, Cargo Fiji

Elvira and I have been (lovingly) torturous with our monthly posts that feature a taupe eye shadow that is discontinued (DCed) and/or hard-to-find (HTF). Despite our best efforts to inflict pain and suffering on our readers, we have heard that you all enjoy reading our posts. As a fellow masochist, I thank you all for the lovely feedback Elvira and I have enjoyed. As you know, the two of us 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. In January, I started with MAC Innuendo, and in February Elvira showed you Shu Uemura ME Silver 945. March was Cargo Yukon, blech. In April, my beloved Isadora Eye Shadow in Icy Khaki was featured. May was Club Monaco Quartz. June was my favorite brand obsession with Paul and Joe Eye shadow in #23 Boulevard. In July, Elvira brought us Tarte eyeshadow in The Real McCoy. So, what’s for August?

Well, it’s another Cargo eyeshadow - Cargo Fiji!

Why am I showing you another Cargo eyeshadow? I have a few reasons. One, I absolutely HATED Cargo Yukon. I had it, and I swapped it to another MUAer because I felt like she’d appreciate it more than I would. The color was just vile for me, a too cool-toned ungodly purple silver color that looked like a color-blind fairy sharted on my eyelids. However, I had another Cargo taupe, one that I loved so much more than Yukon. That color is Cargo Fiji.

I’ll never understand why Cargo discontinued their original eyeshadows. The color range, texture, and pigmentation of the old eyeshadows leaves the ones that replaced them in the dust. They retailed for somewhere between $16-$19, for 3.5 grams of eyeshadow. Fiji itself is a gorgeous and unique taupe. It is a warm brown-taupe, with an interesting hit of a plum undertone plus a reddish (almost metallic) shimmer. I’m sure this color probably pulls brown on some women, but whatever - on me, it’s definitely taupe, and it’s most definitely gorgeous. In terms of wear, there is no fallout and the lasting power is significant.

(In this swatch you can see the plum undertone of Fiji)

(In this swatch you can see the cool red shimmer in Fiji!)

Truly, Cargo Fiji is a color worth owning. As I type this, I’m staring lovingly at my little tin of taupe-y treasure. Cargo, seriously: BRING THESE DAMN SHADOWS BACK! Until Cargo listens to my cries of agony, those of you who want this color will have to check MakeupAlley and Evil-bay!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

image from www.mariobadescu.com

It's not a very glamorous subject, but acne, pimples, zits, spots, whatever you call them, are the bane of my existence. I have had acne since I was 12 years old. It was well before I started to wear makeup so I can only say that it is genetic. It started with pimples on my chin and then eventually spread all over my face. I didn't have the painful cystic type pimples until after college. You know when you hit your mid 20's and your skin is supposed to be clear? By the time I hit 30 I had completed 2 rounds of treatment with Accutane, multiple and countless topical prescription treatments, a sundry of pills and potions cluttered my medical history and all of it with no marked improvement in my skin. Heck, even that Zeno device didn't work for me. My acne was just not going to go away. As I near my err, ahem,...40's I have found that the frequency and severity of breakouts have diminished, due to birth control medication in part, but also to vigilance and adopting the less is more philosophy in my skin care regimen. But that still does not stop the lone pimple from showing up now and then. Since I'm an expert at recognizing the first signs of a pimple I am quick to treat it. I guess since I can't prevent acne from forming, I might as well combat it once it does show up as effectively as possible.

My weapon in this war? Mario Badsecu Drying Lotion. This stinky pink potion, when applied at the first signs of a pimple, has been THE ONLY thing that has successfully reduced the pimple or erased it from my face entirely. It is my Holy Grail in defense against acne for me.

The product contains salicylic acid, calamine and other ingredients to dry out the pimple almost overnight. The is one of the few acne treatments that I have used that does not overly dry out my skin and cause terrible flakies around the offending spot. Trust me. there is NOTHING worse than having a big old pimple and then flaky dry skin surrounding it. Bleh!

The product looks strange in the bottle. The pink sediment at the bottom, the clear liquid floating on top..what is this? Well you certainly should never shake it. You want the sediment in the bottom. that's the magic stuff!

At night, after cleansing and moisturizing your skin, you can apply the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion to your skin. All you need to do is dip a Q-tip into the bottle all the way to the bottom. pick up the pink sediment and dot on your face where you need to treat the pimple. On some days you might need to take multiple dips into the product. I highly recommend, to avoid the risk of contamination, that you use a new swab each time you dip into the product. However, most times you will only need to treat one or two spots so you should be fine with just one Q-tip. Once you have treated you skin you can go straight to bed. You will wake up in the morning and some of the product will still be on your face. It washes off easily and hopefully the result will be a pimple no more or a smaller pimple than you had last night. The product may come off on your pillowcase but I have never known it to bleach fabrics or harm them in any way.

Over the years, I thought I might save a few bucks by buying a competitor product that looks the same. I'm not sure if they are all that different, however, I have noticed the times when I use a duplicate product that isn't Mario Badescu I have not had the dramatic and immediate results I experience when I used the Drying Lotion. Now since I can pick up this product from Ulta I never have to be without my beloved Drying lotion ever again.

Do you NEED this? Well if you have acne or an occasional pimple and want an easy and effective overnight treatment I say YES! This is a must have. It costs a mere $17 and one can easily order it on line from the Mario Badescu website (which gives free samples with every order) or pick up at a Mario Badescu retailer like Nordstrom or Ulta. Better yet, if you live in New York, or are visiting, you can book an appointment at the salon/spa in Manhattan!

Ingredients: Isopropyl Alcohol,Deionized Water (Aqua), Calamine, Camphor, Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid,Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lipstick and Gloss in Denim Pink

image from www.lipstickqueen.com

I think you all are well aware of my fetish for new lipstick. I think I might have a name for it. I call it Lipstickaphilia. Now I have found a source for my newly coined obsession and it's Lipstick Queen. Poppy King, the creative genius behind the brand, has a wide range of lipsticks and glosses to suit everyone. You can see her items in some exclusive boutiques and in Barney's NY, but most people are relegated to purchasing Lipstick Queen products on line. I'm always hesitant purchasing lip products on line because on line swatches can be very unreliable. After buying her newest creation, Jean Queen lipstick in Denim Pink and Lip gloss in Denim Pink, and seeing swatches on line and swatches in real life, I am confident that the on line swatches are very true to life. Sadly, there is no Barney's NY in my area, I have to rely on shopping on line from the Lipstick Queen website HERE ,or on QVC, where I ordered the set (Jean Queen Lipstick and Gloss) for an inexpensive $22.80!, HERE.

The Lipstick Queen Jean Queen set advertising won me over. Listen to this description:
"Jean Queen Lip Gloss- It's Jeanius
Gorgeous natural pink gloss designed to perfectly offset denim and all your casual wear. Totally sticky-free and rich pigment for high impact coverage

Jean Queen Lipstick - It's Jeanius
Gorgeous natural pink lipstick in a super sheer moisturizing tint designed to perfectly offset denim and all your casual wear. Go from drab to fab in one stroke! "
When I'm not at work I LIVE in jeans. There is nothing better than a pair of jeans that fit juuuuust right! While I don't necessarily need help in finding a lipstick to go with my jeans, You all know I have waaay too many to count....no seriously. I have so many lipstick I lost count... I like the concept of a non fussy lipstick and gloss to slick on and go. Just like putting on a pair of jeans; Slip them on and go!

The gloss and lipstick are identical in color. While the lipstick has more pigmentation than the gloss I find that one could wear these products alone or together with relative ease. I would describe the color as a "My Lips But Better" (MLBB) pink. It is a universally flattering color that I think women of all skin tones and colors could wear. It is neither cool nor warm. It's a true neutral pink. As you can see in the swatch photo above the gloss is on the left and the lipstick is on the right. They are virtually identical and both very pigmented. I adore a good pigmented gloss. Nothing I hate more than a pretty pink gloss in the tube to turn virtually clear on my lips once applied! (I'm looking at you Chantecaille lip gloss in Glee!) I'm especially pleased because so many nude/pink lipsticks turn orange on me. I feared this would happen when I placed my order. I was fully expecting to send this set to Joeybunny as soon as it "turned" on me. Unfortunately I had to break the bad news to Joeybunny that she would have to get her own set. I was keeping mine!

The texture of the lipstick is divine! This lipstick is slick and creamy and shiny. It's all I want from a lipstick. It does not dry out my lips, it feels weightless on, it feels luxurious upon application and for a glossy lipstick it lasts pretty well. The packaging is smart. It comes in a denim blue metallic case with enough weight to it to feel expensive yet not so heavy that you are building muscle just carrying it around. (I'm looking at you Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick!)

glosses, until now. The Lipstick Queen Jean Queen The lip gloss is really a stand out. I really only like Chanel Glossimers and Laure Mercierlip gloss is non sticky, well pigmented and feels absolutely wonderful on. Again, the pigmentation is very nice for a gloss and it matches exactly to the lipstick. Another MLBB gloss. I gotta love that!
The squeeze pen/brush application is new to me, but it seems to work just fine. The only thing I worry about is when I get down to the last of the product how hard will it be to get on that brush....then I remember that I hardly ever finish a lip gloss so it really doesn't matter. (OK I finished one gloss once. It was a long time ago, before I knew about Lipstick Queen and other brands)

Do you need this? YES! YES! YES! It is the first pink lipstick I have purchased in a long time that I think can go with almost anything I own. The formula is fantastic and the gloss is wonderful. It's such a wonderful color I am really impressed. Do I want to try more of the Lipstick Queen products after trying this? HECK YES! The only problem is deciding where to start!

Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lipstick topped with Jean Queen Lip gloss

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday Poll



Verbose: ver·bose [ver-bohs]–adjective - characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report.
I thought I would start off with the definition of Verbose, because some people may overlook the meaning. I have the word VERBOSE in my blog title above. I do want to say that I have misrepresented myself. I say I'm "occasionally verbose" and if you read here regularly, you know that's a bald faced lie. I am ALWAYS verbose. I use too many words. I write too much. I overstate my point. So it always amuses me when I read criticisms that I am too "wordy" that I take too long to get to the point. Duh! I can't shut the fuck up. I thought you all knew that by now. Funny thing is. If you know me personally and we actually talk rather than text or your just read my rantings here, you would know I don't really say all that much. I interject with a witty comment from time to time but I don't talk too much. I think that's because I have surrounded myself with friends that either do enough talking for the both of us, or friends that are comfortable with few words and a lot of silence. I consider myself shy, but people that know me probably wouldn't say that I am. I have a mild case of social anxiety when in crowds and I really don't like calling attention to myself...however my days of combat boots and purple hair would prove otherwise. I'm a walking talking contradiction...a paradox. I claim to hate musicals but know every song from the Sound of Music. In fact right now the song from The Pirates Of Penzance "The When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold" (A Paradox) is in my head as I type. Why am I this way? I have no idea. But I'm comfortable with myself. After 30+ years I am finally comfortable with who I am. Do I wish I was was someone else, had different personality characteristics, approached issues/problems a different way? Sure...from time to time, but all in all I'm OK with who I am. There are some people that probably wish I was different, or wish I saw the world the way they see it, but that's just not going to happen. The sooner they stop wishing I was different and accept who I am as I am right now, the better things will be.
I must say I got to the point rather quickly on this one.
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Pink Satin. Long since discontinued. This cool pink frosty blush reminds me of Pink Explosion JC from the current fall collection only Pink Satin has more frost to it.

2. Do you consider yourself Outgoing or Shy, and would your friends contradict you? - Well you read above. I like to think I'm shy, but my rapier wit and my outspoken, almost brutal honesty makes people think otherwise.

3. In your opinion, what was the most over hyped product you ever tried? - Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara. Oh boy this mascara didn't work for me at all. I know it works for others, and that's great, but I just didn't understand what was so great about it.

4. You may have noticed that I have been doing a lot of nail polish posts lately. Are you all cool with this or would you like to see less? You won't hurt my feelings if you say you don't like them. - Obviously I can't answer this question.

5. What is your favorite blush brush? - I'm currently on the hunt for a new one. However I do adore my MAC 116 Blush Brush.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ManGlaze Matte Nail Polish


Ever since I joined twitter (Ugh. I know. I can't believe I tweet. I'm a freakin' sell out.) I have been shamelessly flirting with Marc Paez, the creative brain behind ManGlaze, matte polish for men. He is quite friendly and much better at keeping people updated on new products than he may be on the actual ManGlaze website. So when I heard about a NEW color coming out from ManGlaze AND a revamped color I knew I would be waiting with baited breath to be one of the first to purchase.

Before I go any further, let me tell you about ManGlaze. It is a matte nail polish brand for men (and women) founded in 2007. The small boutique firm touting itself as The Original Matte Nail Color", ManGlaze has 3 colors and 2 different top coats in its entire collection. Oh and they have Franken Juggs...More on that in a later post! The 3 color shades that ManGlaze offers are:

Matte Is Murder - A matte black with slight silver shimmer/glitter (original)
Fuggen Ugly - A matte gunmetal grey with slight silver shimmer/glitter (reformulated)
Mayonnaise - A matte white with VERY slight white shimmer (new)

ManGlaze offers two matte top coats which can mattify your favorite shiny polish or add some extra fierce mattness to your already matte ManGlaze or other matte polishes. It's called Matte-Astrophe™. But what may be even better is a matte top coat called Hot Mess. This matte top coat is infused with extra "bling" (e.g. glitter) to give your current matte polishes that extra edge in coolness. I definitely want to pick this up on my next order along with Matte Is Murder.

The labels for the polishes change from time to time. They feature awesome artwork that reminds me of a mix of tattoos, Japanime and deviant art. In other words. Very Punk Rock, which I believe is what the brand is focusing on anyway.

On this order I picked up Mayonnaise, Fuggen Ugly and 4 Franken Juggs

First Mayonnaise. This is the newest matte polish from the ManGlaze is white with just a hint of sparkle, but really it doesn't show up as much as it gives the matte a depth and glow to it. This is beyond painting your nails with White-out paper corrector, this is chic, cutting edge, and admit it, a little fun. However, the one major problem have with Mayonnaise is the application. In the picture above is three coats. I tried applying it with a regular base coat and an aqua base coat (used for holos so it doesn't dry out as fast between coats). I tried correcting the lines/patches while it was wet, I tried leaving the patches alone hoping that it would settle down once the polish dried. Sadly these techniques didn't help very much. Now I will say that by the 3rd try I was able to get this to apply evenly and with very little patchy areas, but I really was meticulous and careful with application. This is not a polish that you can just slap on and go on with your day. This takes some time, patience and commitment to drying time to make this polish work.

The second, and my favorite shade is Fuggen Ugly. Recently reformulated this matte charcoal grey is stunning. Is has a silver shimmer to it which only makes the matte look like it has more depth. This polish applies like a dream. It is opaque in two coats, dries quickly, but is still easy to apply multiple coats. It wears as well as any matte polish, there was some tip wear but no chipping. I love love love this polish and want to wear it every day. Honestly It's so pretty it replaces my Zoya matte Freja polish in the throne of awesomeness

Do you NEED these? Well I have to say that the Fuggen Ugly is beautiful, and if you don't like wearing a matte all the time you can put a shiny top coat to change the look, so YES you need this. As far as Mayonnaise...well that's a big maybe. I personally am not happy with the way it applies and find that it takes a very steady hand to get it perfect, so I say no. ManGlaze Fuggen Ugly retails for an evil $6.66 per bottle and Mayonnaise retails for $13.13. Both can be purchased on line at Manglaze.com

I am excited to read that ManGlaze may be coming out with more and new colors in the future. According to an interview that Paez gave to UK's Scratch Magazine,
"We’ll follow with a blue, green and possibly a really awful yellow. We also have a secret innovation coming out that is going to change the whole game. When people get their hands on our big new Manglaze, they’ll be dumping their old traditional nail polishes for good. It’s gonna be a scary thing for sure."
Exciting!! I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeves!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush in #6

image from sephora.com

Because I spend way too much money at Sephora I was able to get one of the Beauty Insider 100 Point Perks when I placed my most recent order. This time the 100 Point Perk was totally worth it. It was a sample size of Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush in #6 (A.K.A Quickie)

Sephora or MUFE gave them these ridiculous names, where as most MUFE products only go by numbers...so I have to think Sephora had a hand in it. Names like Quickie, Innuendo, Caught In The Act And Walk Of Shame all turned me off. I don't need yet another makeup brand adding lame "risqué" names to products that are already fine as is. It won't make me want a blush any more if you name it "Caught In The Act" because a) I don't buy products just for the name and b) YAWN. NARS and Urban Decay have already done it. It's sooooooo last century. So when the MUFE blushes were first introduced and I found out the idiotic names AND the fact that they were about the size of a lipstick I decided to pass. For one, I love blush but creme blush just is not on my top 10 of things I NEED to have and secondly, at $25 for 0.33 fl oz I really felt like I could spend my money of better things.

So how did I end up with the blush? Well I told you. CAN'T YOU READ? I had a 100 point perk for being a Sephora Beauty Insider. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to at least try it for "free".

The sample I received looked really similar to a full size product, but it's hard to tell because no weight is listed on the sample I received. It still came in the classic airless pump applicator and seemed to be almost identical to the full size product.

The pump dispenses sooooo much product that there is even an instruction on the bottle that says, "do not depress pump all the way" Well Umm. why didn't they just make it dispense less? Seriously, so much product comes out that you could blush up an entire army of demented ballerinas. *
Or for my UK followers, Aunt Sally.

A LIGHT hand is needed in dispensing AND application. Seriously this creme blush is PIGMENTED. A small dot on your cheek is almost all you need to give you a nice natural flush. The creme has an almost gel like consistency so it spreads evenly and blends nicely into you skin. It does not dry down entirely but it's not tacky like some gel blushes. The trick is to BLEND. starting at the apples of your cheeks, then work backwards, you can build upon the product without it getting cakey, but be careful not to overdo it! (See picture of Aunt Sally Above)

The color I received is a Salmon Pink color. It looks far more orange in the swatch than it does in real life. I had a hard time capturing the pink undertones of this blush. I'm also having a hard time figuring out the difference between Salmon
and Coral
and Peach
but whatever it is it seems to be one of these three colors or a combination of them.

The Creme blush seemed to last a fairly decent amount of time on my oily skin. Believe it or not, I got a good 10 hours of wear with some minor fading at the end of the day. That's to be expected on the hot days that I have been sweating through and my oily skin. The product did not cause me to break out .

All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this product. I truly expected it to suck and well it was quite the opposite of that. No, it didn't blow (opposite of suck) it was full of AWESOME! If I ever decide that I need a different color I would definitely buy this. It's compact enough to carry with me for a touch up if I needed it and the product should last me for the rest of my natural life....all the way into my "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane" phase of my elder years.

Do you NEED this? Well if you are a creme blush hoor I suppose you already have one of these Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blushes. If you were on the fence and have $25 to blow on the last blush you will ever need to buy then, YES. By all means go out and get one. But if you are a once in a while time user of creme blush, I hardly think this is worth your time and money. It will only sit there in your makeup collection mocking you each time you reach for a powder blush.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Mica, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Talc, Propylene Carbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol, [CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 19140( Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6), Tin Oxide, Silica, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake)].

* Yes. Those are drag queens dressed up as ballerinas.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #11


When I saw the swatches of the Make Up For Ever The Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks on The Next Best Thing To Going Shopping Yourself, I knew that out of 50 shades and 3 finishes there might be at least ONE that I could wear. You see, lately I have been very picky about lipstick. I think I might have finally hit lipstick saturation. I have all the colors I could possibly need or want...almost. Some days I think I want a new nude light pink lipstick and realize that I have several. I just need to shop what I have. I am always drawn to red lipsticks but if I buy one more Mr. Sith might have me committed. So I settled for a pretty pink frosty lipstick which I don't have in my collection.

I know what you are thinking: PINK FROST? WTF? It's NOT 1986!
To that I will reply: Maybe Not but I was a lot younger and thinner then so I reject your reality and substitute my own!

So anyway, I purchased Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in # 11. It's a cool pink/mauve (described as rosewood on the Sephora website) color with a heavy frost to it. In this swatch I used a light hand on the right and a heavy hand on the left.

When the lipstick arrived I was in love from first twist. Now I think you all know my fetish for brand new lipstick. There is something so incredibly desirable about a brand new lipstick. The perfection of an unmarred surface, the potential for greatness. the creamy formula captured and held in a solid state and shaped into a perfect slant for caressing your lips with the color hugging formula.....
Oops. I'm getting carried away. Well. Let's just say that I LOVE LOVE brand new lipstick.

ANYhoo! I quickly took pictures, swatched my arm and then applied the lipstick to my lips.

(insert needle being dragged off of a record sound here)

What the heck. This lipstick is dry!
HOW DRY IS IT?
It's so dry that if this lipstick was a fish it would be carrying a canteen.
It's so dry that if this lipstick was a person they would be spittin' cotton
It's so dry that...Oh well you get the idea.

Then I had an epiphany. Which comes quite often when dealing with a product that isn't to my expectations. (epiphany = come up with a justification to make this thing work before I toss it)

What figured out was, these lipsticks are really made for layering. The matte lipsticks layered w/ a gloss, the frost with the satin finishes. You see where I'm going. By layering the lipsticks you get to create your own color palette. You get to create your own unique shade that is personally you!

See? It all makes sense right? So what I really need to do, to combat the dry frost formula is buy ANOTHER Make Up For Ever The Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick to wear underneath the frost! AH HA! Or I could just wear a clear gloss on top, which is what I have been doing for the past 2 days and surprisingly it works nicely! OK. So you don't need to buy 2 lipsticks from MUFE to make this work, but that is the basic premise behind the line. A gloss on top or a balm underneath will work just fine with the drier formulas of the line.

The lipstick is opaque fairly quickly once applied and the scent, while described as "rose" smells nothing like rose to me. It's not offensive and disappears once applied. There is no taste to these lipsticks and holy moly do these wear a long time. Seriously, even with gloss on top I didn't have to reapply my lipstick for a few hours....of course I reapplied after eating or drinking.

The lipsticks cost $19 each and Sephora is an exclusive retailer for the product. Of course if you happen to be in NYC you can pick one or more of these up at the MUFE flagship store.

Do you NEED this? Well maybe not in this color for everyone, but since MUFE has 50 shades and the lipsticks can be layered to create your own custom color, I say YES. I plan to pick up a few more in the Satin formula and play around with layering.

MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #11 No lipliner no gloss.


Ingredients for Pearly and Satin Finish: Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Methyl, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Nylon-12, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Parfum (Fragrance), Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, StearalkoniumHectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Propyl Gallate, Trihydroxypalmitamidohydroxypropyl Myristyl Ether, BHT, [+/- CI 12085 (Red 36, Red 36 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 45370 (Orange 5, Orange 5 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 21, Red 21 Lake, Red 22 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), CI 47005 (Yellow 10, Yellow 10 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77002 (Aluminum Hydroxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)].

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday Poll



Tonight as I write the poll for Thursday I can't help but wonder if I'm going to start a lot of unnecessary drama. I had planned to talk abut the whole MAC./Rodarte thing and how I observed that some bloggers never mentioned the whole fiasco on their blog, Twitter or Facebook and those very same bloggers are ones that get MAC for free from their PR contacts. As I was writing this mini rant I realized that my point may not come across clearly, or be seen as a jealous rant by some low level blogger. But I figure what the hell. You all can think what you want. If I lose readers, so be it. Now, I did admire how Temptalia addressed the whole RodarteMAC issue. Temptalia gets all sorts of gratis MAC products to review for her blog. I don't have any problem with that. In fact I think it's super because she really is the best place I go to find out about new MAC collections. She didn't give her personal opinion on RodarteMAC, but she still acknowledged it by posting MAC press releases regarding the issue. She had to moderate the thousands of comments left on her blog while still maintaining her objectivity. She handled the whole thing with class. I wonder if other bloggers that get product from MAC PR, who ignored the whole issue completely, if they did that because they were worried that MAC would cut them off? I won't ever know their motivations to ignore the issue, but it certainly makes me question their credibility. Remaining silent on an issue as huge as this, when one reports about MAC products on an almost weekly or bi-monthly basis, makes me think that those bloggers were afraid of losing their gravy train. I understand that to some of these bloggers their blog is their business. They wouldn't want to bite the hand that feeds them, I get that, but how objective are you if you are afraid to speak your mind? Or what if it was another reason. There were only 2 dissenting opinions posted on the whole RodarteMAC issue. Those 2 bloggers stated, in their opinion, that they saw nothing wrong with the collection and that they felt that people were making much ado about nothing. Maybe those bloggers that get free MAC products to review felt that way, and they didn't want to lose their readership. Like I said, I don't know why they did what they did...or should I say didn't do what they didn't do. I have some serious doubts about their credibility after all is said and done. That makes me sad because I really thought these bloggers, being so quick to review every new MAC collection would have said something, anything...but I guess their silence speaks volumes. These opinions are my own. I'm not naming names of bloggers I think ignored the issue...so don't ask. Comments speculating on which bloggers I am referring to will be deleted. Sorry. However, comments disagreeing with me will NOT be deleted. Everyone is entitled to an opinion.
On To The Poll!


**UPDATE: Please let it be known I am not directing my comments at any individual blogger or blogger that does not get FREE MAC Product. I am merely talking about bloggers that a) Get Gratis MAC, b)Knew about the Rodarte Collection, and c) Chose to say nothing/do Nothing. I'm not saying they HAD to say or do anything, but when the entire blogging community is talking about it, a mere mention of a MAC press release or nod on Twitter or Facebook would have been nice. I was just made aware that some of these bloggers were under an embargo from MAC to NOT say anything about the Rodarte collection until almost 2 week before the release date. (Almost like a gag order.) I understand and respect that they were obligated to keep their mouth shut about the details of the collection until such time as the embargo was lifted.


1. Blush Of The Day? - MUFE HD Microfinish Blush # 6 "Quickie". I received this as a 100 point perk for being a Sephora Beauty Insider. It's my first day wearing it so I have yet to form a solid opinion, but be sure to watch out for a review coming soon. The blush is a cute salmon pink color.

2. Has the whole MAC Rodarte thing changed your buying habits with MAC? - Well to be honest, my purchases of MAC products were slowing down. I had fallen out of love with the brand. I had grown tired of the unending stream of limited releases, hard to find products and higher prices for no increase in quality. I think the straw that broke the camels back was when I purchased a Limited Edition taupe shadow that was IDENTICAL to Satin Taupe. It had just become ridiculous. The whole RodarteMAC thing just sealed the deal. I just am not interested anymore.

3. Recent beauty purchase? - Well I got some $$ from my Father In Law last week (Belated Birthday Present) so I picked up NARS Tzarine and Buxom Pug (Both items Joeybunny MADE ME purchase by reading her excellent reviews.

4. If you were in charge, what is one thing you would do to change the was MAC does business? - I would limit my special releases to 6 or 8 times a year and focus on a smaller number of products in each release. I would still make some limited edition, but I would rather focus on the quality of the regular products than coming out with yet a 5th chartreuse eyeshadow that is ever so slightly different than the last one.

5. Current favorite makeup item that you discovered/rediscovered/acquired/etc? - I recently rediscovered my Pout Miss Canada eyeshadow. I forgot how pretty it is. This reminds me that I need to shop my stash more often.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Eyeko Nail Polishes

The other day I received some nail polishes from a company called Eyeko. If anyone isn't familiar with this company they are based in the UK and have the absolutely cutest range of makeup ever invented! OK. I may be using a bit of hyperbole in that last statement, but they are totally cute!

So ANYWAY, I get these 4 nail polish shades and I'm kinda bummed because everyone and their mother have already received and reviewed these colors.I'm like the last dregs of the blog-o-sphere to review these polishes. Whoa. That didn’t come out well. Thank you to Kelly for pointing out my faux pas. I certainly didn’t mean to imply that if you are a blogger and you PURCHASED the Eyeko polishes you are lower than the last dregs of the blog-o-sphere. That was insensitive and very rude of me. I meant to convey that I was disappointed about the timing of the post and how it certainly wasn’t cutting edge news because other bloggers had already posted about the colors and I was probably the last of them to do so, whether the products were given to them gratis or they purchased them. I am VERY sorry for my insensitive remark above. And THANK you for kicking my butt and knocking some sense back into me. I decided to have some fun with them because a) You all have see the swatches and b) I'm not particularly fond of plain old creme polishes.

So here is what I did. I swatched all 4 shades:
Eyeko Posh Polish - A taupe (Did I hear the word Taupe?) creme
Eyeko Petite Polish - A sheer pink creme
Eyeko Rain Polish - A grey / blue creme (the most unique of the 4 I received)
Eyeko Coral Polish - A hot coral red creme

Then I layered. I used what I had in my home and I used what was still available on the market. I didn't want to layer with some obscure hard to find Japanese brand jelly with sparkles (which I do have and which I will be using for my own personal use). No I was nice and tried to be accessible.
So ANYWAY
I personally think the Eyeko polishes look MUCH better after a layer of another sheer shade on top. You be the judge.

From This:
Eyeko Petite Polish

To This:
Eyeko Petite Polish + Nicole by OPI Love Your Life

From This:
Eyeko Rain Polish

To This:
Eyeko Rain Polish + Sally Hansen #05 Diamonds

From This:
Eyeko Coral Polish

To This:
Eyeko Coral Polish + Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

From This:
Eyeko Posh Polish

To This:
Eyeko Posh Polish + Paul & Joe #20 nail polish

The polishes are thin, with the exception of Coral Polish. All are using 3 coats of Eyeko polish with no top coat. The brush is shamefully thin and reminds me of Milani nail polish brushes. The Eyeko polishes have a decent wear time. No chipping after 2 days. The bottles are SMALL 8.5 ml (.28 fl oz) and the price tag isn't huge, but hardly reflects the small bottle size at $5.50 USD. You can buy Eyeko nail polish and anything else from their line through the on line shopping part of their website located HERE. Free shipping on orders over $55

Do you NEED this: Well unless you see a color in their collection you CAN'T live without I say no. The thin consistency makes 3 coats necessary for most colors, since the bottles are so small it hardly seems worth it, you'll finish a bottle quickly. However. if you like to layer polishes (like I do) then you might give some of the basic creme colors a look see. I was particularly fond of Rain and they have a pretty Jade Green and a Lilac that are unique enough to warrant a purchase for sure.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yuko System Repair Through Leave In Conditioner

It's not often that we at Pink Sith talk about hair care products. We are all familiar with Joeybunny and her amazingly curly hair that is the envy of most people (including me) around the world. I have...well...I have confused hair. My hair is straight in places, curly in others, wavy and frizzy. It is a mousy ash blonde leaning more towards brown and fairly fine. I have a fair amount of hair and sometimes it takes a long time for it to dry, but all in all my hair is bleh. It's neither bouncy or shiny or dry or normal. I am prone the split ends and recently cut off about 5 inches of my hair to get rid of the last of my color and damaged ends. I would now say that my hair is of normal quality and not overly dry or damaged, but had the tendency to break and split easily so I have to baby it often.

Why am I telling you soooo much about my hair?

Well recently I was contacted by a rep from Yuko-USA who asked if I would be interested in trying a product from their home care line. Yuko is a Japanese Hair Straitening system that is apparently very effective for certain kinds and textures of hair. It touts itself as not only hair straightening, but hair repair. The philosophy at Yuko is that healthy hair is the first step to achieving the style you want in your hair. Developed by the beautiful and business savvy Yuko Yamashita, the Yuko Straightening system caught on rapidly in Japan and was patented in the US in 2000. Their main salon is located in Beverly Hills, CA, but they have many independent salons and stylists that have been trained in the Yuko method and are certified to provide the process, nation wide. You can lean more about the Yuko straightening system by reading HERE. To find a salon near you that provides the Yuko Straightening system you can click HERE. This post is not about the straightening system, but about a leave in conditioning product that is part of the Yuko hair care line.

That Product Is...
Yuko System Repair Through Leave In Conditioner.

Yuko Repair Through is a liquid spray in product designed to condition and prevent split ends and breakage. It will help protect against heat styling with a blow dryer and flat iron and is supposed to add shine and moisture to the hair.

I have used a lot of products that claim to add shine tot he hair. I would say that 90% of those products don't do a damn thing for shine in my type of hair....so needless to say I was skeptical that Yuko Repair Through would work for me.

The product comes in a generous 6.8 fl oz spray bottle. The liquid is a translucent white and it has no scent at all to it.

OK. Just an aside. I freakin LOVE that it has no scent. With all the scented shampoos, conditioners and styling products I put in my hair, I'm on fragrance overload by the time I even get to my perfume of the day! I want the perfume to make a statement, not my hair products.
OK. Back.

I use about 7 sprays in a sweeping motion in my below the shoulder hair. I comb it through and then apply an anti frizz serum and gel. I blow dry my hair or let it dry naturally and then I flat iron it. I have a flat iron I really like by Sedu. It works very well and I like the results, but until I started using this Yuko Repair Through I had never seen my hair so shiny before. With my hair being light in color and curly/frizzy sometimes it's hard to get that shiny look you see (DIGITALLY ENHANCED) in those Pantene commercials, but I swear to god that after using repair though for about a month, when I flat iron my hair I have that shiny hair I see in commercials!! It's not AS shiny of I blow dry alone, but my hair is left incredibly soft after using Yuko Repair Though. Even if I don't blow dry or iron my hair, when I use the Yuko Repair through my hair feels so wonderfully soft and bouncy.

OMG!
I have bouncy hair!
I could be a Breck Girl! (1970's reference)

Seriously though. Not since my discovery of Terax Life Drops have I fallen in love with a hair product. I haven't even used my beloved Terax Life drops for over a month and I don't miss it what so ever. Best of all, the Yuko won't weigh my hair down. Since I have very fine hair, too much product leaves me looking a greasy flat hair mess. Not so with the Yuko Repair Through! The product is very light but still provides enough moisture to my hair to keep it looking healthy. Best of all. I have noticed fewer split ends in the areas of my hair that normally split. Yuko Repair Through could extend the time between hair cuts, saving me much needed money! I am converted!

The Yuko Repair Through retails for $24 from the Yuko website, but if you do a google search you can find some other eTailers that sell it. (I have no idea of those other eTailers are reputable. Caveat emptor!)

I have been using Yuko Repair Through for about a month and I was my hair every other day, but some times it's every day depending on how hot it is outside....And i have the majority of the bottle left. Since I only need a few sprays per use, I expect it to last a long time.

Do you NEED this? Well if you have damaged or dry hair or hair that is prone to breakage this is a wonderful light weight leave in conditioner. The price per use is very reasonable. The result, at least for my hair, was excellent so I say YES!

Ingredients: Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Serine, Glycerin, Glutamic Acid, Alaine, Lysine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Cyclomethicone, Aloe Barbadensis, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Steartrimonium Chloride,Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Bultylparaben, Ethylparaben

Monday, August 16, 2010

LASplash Nail Polish in Golden Seahorse

The other day, while running into Ulta to pick up a few essentials (Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, Seche Vite Top Coat, etc.) I had a few minutes before Mr. Sith was to come back so I took advantage of perusing the nail polishes. I found a tiny display at the end of a row for LASplash cosmetics. I was immediately drawn to the nail polish Bottles because they were unusual size and I like packaging as much as I like product. What can I say, I'm a sucker.

image from ULTA.com

The think long glass bottles adorned with a brushed gold top caught my attention, but what really caught my attention was a nail polish called Golden Seahorse. The brush is somewhat thin but of decent quality and the wear on the polish is decent, for a glitter polish. I got 3 days with no chipping.

The misty sea foam blue green reminded me of the waters in Puerto Rico....the only Island I have ever been in the Caribbean...and the gold and silver glitter infused in the polish looked like the glistening sand in the surf. This was the color of warm water Caribbean waves. This was cool island breezes and palm trees rustling in the wind. This was a Pina Colada made with real coconut and fresh pineapple and authentic Perto Rican rum. This was a vacation in a bottle.

The polish applied surprisingly opaque and 2 coats was all I needed to get this look. The glitter was chunky, but settled well and a decent coat of Seche Vite made this LASplash polish shine like a brand new morning on the beach.

This polish retails for $3.99 at ULTA and right now ULTA is having a "buy 2 get 1 free" deal. What a perfect time to add some unique colors to your collection. Now I will tell you I purchased Violet Splash Which is a strictly glitter nail polish and it needs SEVERAL coats to become opaque, so I would not recommend if you just want a glitter nail b/c it will take forever to dry, but there are some unique and fun colors, and for only $3.99 you can't go wrong!

blurred to show the shimmery glitter....That's my story...it's not because my auto focus macro feature didn't work.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

And The Winner Is....


The winner of the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Face cream giveaway is...

KAMALA

She has been sent an e-mail to notify her of her win. She must respond back by Friday with her address or else a new winner will be selected.

Congratulations to Kamala. I hope you enjoy the Perricone MD Cold Plasma!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Review by Joeybunny - Bare Escentuals Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Pug

While I was at Sephora last weekend, I spotted a new display at the Bare Escentuals counter. Now, it’s a general fact that I don’t usually like Bare Escentuals, but I actually enjoy the Buxom glosses and once in a while, one of the eyeshadows will surprise me. Anyway, I was intrigued because, when I approached the new display, I noticed that the new products were cream eyeshadows! CREAM EYESHADOWS! They’re called Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows, and they are each named after a different breed of dog.

ZOMG. We all know how much this bunny loves her cream eyeshadows! I couldn’t resist opening the jars and testing them out. I was very surprised by what I discovered.

First, the texture of these shadows is really strange. It’s not mousse-y, but it’s not a cream exactly. It looks like it’s a powder in the jar, but when you touch it...it’s maybe like a powdery cream? Or a creamy powder? Who the hell knows? It’s just unlike any cream eyeshadow I have tried (and you know that I’ve tried them all!). It’s velvety and weightless, and you can kind of squish it. Weird!

Of all the colors/dogs, Pug stood out to me because it is a pewtery-taupe, and we all know how much I love my pewter shades!

(Not exactly pewter-toned, but cute nonetheless!)

The rest of the colors are surprisingly bright and incredibly pigmented, which I didn’t expect from the Buxom line; I always thought that Bare Minerals/Bare Escentuals makeup was more on the natural side. I also fell hard for Mutt (warm-brown taupe) and Schnauzer (bright cool-ish purple), but money constraints lead me to choose just one color. I happily adopted Pug and went home.

Let’s talk about the formula - the Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow is formulated without parabens, sulfates, and all that bad crap. Great! Also, it has Vitamin E and aloe so it’s soothing for your eyes. Also, the shadow is surprisingly creaseless, considering how creamy the eyeshadow is! It lasted (over a base of UDPP) for an entire work day - hot yoga usually does a number on my eyeshadows, but this stays put. Not only that, but I actually fell asleep while wearing Pug, and it looked as perfect when I woke up the next day as it did when I first applied it.

(SO CUTE, TINY JAR OF SPONGY BIZARRE SHIMMERY TAUPE HAPPIES!)

I love how easily layered Pug is - the formula is so workable that you can do a sheer wash of color or build it for maximum intensity without having the eyeshadow crease, smudge, or clump. This makes it a wonderful stand alone product, or a great base for other colors. In terms of shimmer, this eyeshadow is pretty shimmery. Again, if you use a light layer, the shimmer power is very muted. It becomes almost metallic if you build up the layers.

(AW SHIT THAT'S PRETTY!)

(I freakin' love this eyeshadow!)

Also, Bare Escentuals is making a donation to Canine Companions for Independence in honor of their new eyeshadows! Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for those who are disabled. Awesome, no? This way, you can’t feel guilty for hauling these eyeshadows!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Poll



I think by now, pretty much everyone has heard of the Jet Blue Flight Attendant that dramatically quit his job this week. Steve Slater, a 38 year old Flight Attendant for Jet Blue dramatically and somewhat dangerously quit his job this week following an altercation with a passenger. Mr. Slater was struck in the head by a bag of a passenger that stood up while the plane was taxing to the gate. Instead of apologizing, the passenger told Mr. Slater to F*ck Off (or something to that effect) and a verbal altercation between the two ensued. Finally Mr. Slater had had enough. He allegedly got on the airplane's P.A. and cursed out the entire plane, grabbed a couple of beers, opened the exit door, released the inflatable slide and slid down onto the tarmac. Mr. Slater then raced across the tarmac into the airport and then to his car. He drove to his home in Queens. NY and waited for authorities to arrest him later that evening. Now, what Mr. Slater did was extremely unprofessional and dangerous. I'm not denying that. But who here hasn't thought of quitting in a dramatic style? Perhaps not in a way that may endanger others, but hey, telling a plane full of passengers where to stick their luggage..so to speak..sounds like a secret fantasy of many flight attendants I have met. Let's face it. A lot of jobs in this world suck. You have to deal with all sorts of personalities and you can't always tell them how you really feel. Those that work in a customer service orientated position really understand the plight of Mr. Slater. I know there are many time when I have fantasized about telling my cow-workers (Intentional misspelling) how I really feel about them. Of course this fantasy involves winning an obscene amount of money in the lottery first and THEN quitting...it's never good to burn bridges....no matter how much you hate the people you are working with. That is why Mr. Slater isn't as clever as I would like him to be. He was having a particularly bad day and he quit. He has no back up job, no plan, nothing. Sure the Web is embracing him as a folk hero, and sure there have even been movies made about such a exit. Remember the character Howard Beale in the 1976 movie Network? The famous line. "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more!" but Mr. Slater is probably never going to work as a Flight Attendant ever again. Of course that is probably a good thing for him and any future passengers of his, but you get my drift. So what is to become of Mr. Slater? Jail, Probation, a Reality Show? Oh goodness. None of those options sound very appealing. This is really a lesson in restraint. Had Mr. Slater shown some, sure he wouldn't have his 15 minutes of fame, but he might still have his job and wouldn't have a criminal record!
On To The Poll!

1. Lip Of The Day? - Dior Creme de Gloss in Fig Nectar. I already reviewed it a while ago here. I think I'm coming to the end of this tube. I might have to repurchase!

2. Do you think Steven Slater is a Hero or an Idiot or both? - I think he is kinda both! See above,

3. Current Lemming? - Burberry Lipstick in Rosewood. It's sold out corporate wide at Nordstrom. I am trying to wait patiently for it to be restocked. It's not an easy thing to do.

4. Have you ever quit a job in a dramatic or non professional way? - I worked at an Italian restaurant in college. The head waitress had a big chip on her shoulder against college kids and treated me and my friend who worked there like trash. She started screwing with our shifts so when spring break came around we both said we were going out of town.....and then never went back to work. It was very unprofessional of me, but I was young and the boss was a turd!

5. I am a ____ ho and I am a ___ hater. I'll wear/use anything by____, but nothing by______. - I am a Taupe ho, Frosty Light Blue eyeshadow hater, I will wear/use anything by Guerlain or Chanel, and nothing by Sugar Cosmetics/Pop Beauty.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Review by Joeybunny - An Introduction to Le Metier de Beaute

I’m not sure if you all remember my post from last fall about Edward Bess, but if you do, you’ll remember that I stated that I had been afraid to approach the Edward Bess counter initially. The high price points plus the luxe feel of the line made me feel wholly unworthy of even testing the makeup.


Well, I felt the same way about Le Metier de Beaute. The Bergdorf Goodman counter, helmed by the entirely too attractive Dustin Lujan, scared the hell out of me. Sabrina (of The Beauty Look Book) and Gaia (of The Non Blonde)’s posts about the line teased me, tantalized me. I wanted to try the line, but with its high price points ($30 for an eyeshadow, for example), I couldn’t afford such an expensive addiction.


Then one day, I caved while perusing Bergdorf. I approached Dustin timidly, and before I could introduce myself he warmly said, “Oh hello Joey, I’ve been waiting for you.” I kid you not! I knew then that, with such an introduction, my resistance was futile. I was going to buy something. I was going to fall in love - and I did. I fell hard, especially after Dustin gave me a quick but lovely makeover.


Anyway, a quick intro to Le Metier de Beaute before I tell you about what I’ve acquired from the line so far: Le Metier was founded in 2007, a joint effort between Joanna Austin and Justin Henry. From what I know, the products in this line had been worked on for years; the quality of each and every item, from the texture to the packaging to the ingredients, is a true testament to the dedication of those who helm the line - as well as a justification of the price of the products!


Everything I have tried from Le Metier has been truly fabulous. Sadly, my collection so far is very tiny but I’m hoping to expand it very soon. So, here’s what I have (or have tried so far!):


Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe; retails for $125, whoa! This is a tinted treatment fluid that comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. The shade Light/Medium would suit most skin tones; it is a fraction too light for my skin right now but it is fine once I powder it. The finish is very glowy, and I noticed slight shimmer on my fingers after blending it into the skin. Peau Vierge covers like a foundation but feels lightweight - it sinks right into the skin like a serum. The consistency is reminiscent of a very fluid liquid foundation. According to Gaia, Peau Vierge has retinol, SPF 20, and silicones so you don’t need to use a primer underneath it. Awesome! It has held up miraculously at work, but I did set it with some Chanel loose powder. When I apply it, I make sure to focus on the areas that are red, have dark spots, etc. - I will be curious to see what difference it makes on my problem areas. Le Metier says that Peau Vierge is clinically proven to be 20x more effective to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fade skin discoloration, smooth skin, and improve texture (20x more effective than what, I don’t know). Apparently, there was 12 years of research put into Peau Vierge, and it has 12 patents worldwide. Results from using this are said to be visible after 7 days. I’m on day 3 and my skin looks a little more even and less red than normal! I’ll keep you posted about further results. And yes, the price tag is a bit shocking but when you consider that this is a tinted moisturizer AND skincare, it becomes more justifiable.


Lip Creme Lip Gloss in Peche Creme; $36, again, whoa!


$36 is hard to justify for a lip gloss, but the Le Metier lip glosses are luxe. The taste and smell is divine, as is the texture - glossy but not overly so, not goopy or sticky in the least, and incredibly moisturizing. Also, it lasts a few hours, which impressed me. Peche Creme is almost clear, but has a peach tint to it. It warms my lips up just the slightest, and just adds a pretty polish to my face whenever I apply it. Since it does not have much color, I use it to balance out more dramatic eye looks. There are many other colors I want, but I do balk a little at the price-tag. Knowing me, I will still haul a few!


True Color Eye Shadows in Corinthian and Plum ( first picture courtesy of Sabrina); $30 each.



Corinthian eyeshadow is heaven in a pan for those of us who are obsessed with taupe. My first visit to the Le Metier de Beaute counter lead me straight to this eyeshadow. I actually gasped and clutched my chest when I saw and swatched the tester. This is one of the most complex taupes I have ever seen, a truly beautiful neutral silvered taupe. The texture and pigmentation is out of this world: it’s creamy, and the shimmer makes it look like it is molten. On my eyes, Corinthian is not so shimmery or frosty that it’s OTT - instead, it just makes my eyes glow. I actually emailed Sabrina right after I bought it and told her this was the most gorgeous taupe I had ever laid my eyes upon. She bought it immediately (along with Le Metier Plum). You can see her blog entry about it here. I actually ended up buying Le Metier Plum from Sabrina because we had agreed that it wasn’t exactly her cup of tea. Plum is a blue-purple with a very subtle shimmer. It goes on with a satin finish, but the shimmer does begin to appear if you layer the color. What I love about Plum is that, despite the scary blueberry color in the pan, the application starts off sheer. The color can be built up to the intensity seen in the pan. Here’s a picture of me wearing one sheer layer of Plum (my lip color is Peche Creme!).



Red Rapture Kaleidoscope; $95 (for four shades of lip color).


I have to be honest with you here. This gorgeously constructed palette of four lip colors, all in different shades of red (which are meant to be layered), is just so pretty that I haven’t swatched it yet. I just can’t bring myself to mar it. I’m going to link you to Gaia’s review so that you can read more about the Red Kaleidoscope and see pictures. When I do finally use it, I'll update this post. For now, I'm just going to admire it from afar (afar being my dresser, ha!). I'm not sure if this was limited edition or not - I need to find out for you all!


For more information on Le Metier, check Gaia and Sabrina’s blogs out!

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