Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thursday Poll



For the first time the other day I watched a game called Australian Rules Football.  This is the most insane sport I have ever seen. It’s basically a bunch of guys in really short shorts running all over a field that looks about the size of a soccer pitch, and slamming into one another at full force.  There also seems to be a watermelon sized oblong ball involved and some 75 refs in yellow shirts all over the field blowing whistles at random times and intervals.  The players seem to run constantly and also run into other players at the same time. It’s almost like watching a human representation of water molecules heating up and bumping into each other at random times.  The crowd seems to cheer the loudest when one of the players manages to abscond with the watermelon ball and kick it through a series of poles in one part of the field.  This prompts a ref in a yellow shirt to blow a whistle and points are awarded.  I have no idea what the rules are. I have no idea what the strategy is, but I do know the following. A) The players are all really buff because running for hours on end and chasing after a watermelon ball whilst 7 other guys want to kill you keeps you really fit. B) The short shorts are HOT! C) It’s freakin chaos and I LOVE IT!  Maybe one of you can explain this game to me, but I almost don’t want to know because watching it as an outsider is an awesome thing.  I really like puzzles and I think if I watch this game long enough I might be able to figure out the rules, or mission or something.  I love American Football and I think if I were not American I would also have no clue as to what the hell is going on during that game.  American Football Players take a lot of breaks and stand around a whole lot.  Action comes in spits and spurts and there are a lot of really big, fat guys wearing really tight pants. I can understand an outsider’s disdain of the American Football sport.  Of course once you learn the rules and the strategy behind the American Football game it is far more interesting, but I’ll tell you what, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is as entertaining as watching Australian Rules Football regardless of your understanding of the game.  OK. I just had to share that with you.  I have no point today.
On To The Poll!

1.  Blush Of The Day?
– Chanel Joues Contraste in Poesie. A pretty pink that is slightly warm on me.  It looks way different in the pan than it does on the skin, but the application is sheer and natural looking.

2.  What was the last blush you purchased and how often have you used it?
– I picked up the Chanel Rose Temptation Joues Contraste Blush back in August and I have used it at least once a week since I purchased it…however, I think I will be using it more as the weather gets colder.

3.  What sport do you have no clue about the rules and quite honestly have no idea why people find it interesting? – I would have to say that sport would be Cricket.  I have NO idea how you play and I hear some matches can last hours if not days.  Ugh!  No thank you.  My max enjoyment for sports is about 2 hours. If it goes beyond that I tire and lose interest.

4.  What beauty items or non beauty items are you waiting for in the mail?
– None!  Oh it makes me so sad. I have nothing on the way to me.  Tell me what you have so I can live vicariously through you!

5.  Did you play any sports when you were younger?
– I was on Swim Team and Cross Country, but I pretty much sucked at both of them.  I really wanted to be on the pom pom squad, but my parents said it wouldn’t look good on my college applications.  Feh!  I don’t think college would have cared what I did in 8th grade.  I really wanted to wear those saddle shoes and have those pom poms.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Review by Joeybunny - Linari Acqua Santa Eau de Parfum

I have to admit that I’m somewhat at a loss for words for today’s review. Fragrance reviews are notoriously hard to do, because everyone has his or her own personal preferences when it comes to scent. I think that by now, I have done enough fragrance reviews on this site for you fine readers to know what I like: I am Joey, of the stinky man pits. I love strong, woody scents, or a good spicy oriental. Throw a musk at me, and I’m yours forever. On the more feminine spectrum of my perfumed preferences are heady rose and violets. I abhor aquatic scents, and most florals make me cringe. Citrusy-fruity scents? Forget it!


Whatever, that’s just me though. Elvira is the total opposite, preferring womanly florals and the like. I assume most women like to smell “pretty” - the perfume I’m about to describe to you is definitely a “pretty” smell. So, with this, I’m going to try to remain as impartial as possible, because - and I think you can tell by now - I didn’t quite like this perfume.


Linari is a German perfume house whose latest scent is Acqua Santa Eau de Parfume. Acqua Santa was created by Maurice Roucel, who's created such scents as Hermes 24 and Armani Onde Mystere. Now, the press release for Acqua Santa notes that Roucel’s artistic style breeds “streamlined, fearless, and courageous creations.” Ok, fine. Nothing about this scent screams fearless and courageous to me. It’s just...pretty. Acqua Santa is the kind of perfume I would buy as a present for someone, since I feel like there’s a note or two that will just appeal to most people.


The first spray is unbelievably fruity, which of course greatly upset me. I haven’t ever smelled something this fruity in what’s supposed to be an adult women’s fragrance. My first thought was “Well hell, this makes Pink Sugar seem almost sophisticated!” On my skin, the cassis (aka blackcurrant) note is so strong that it overpowers almost every other note. I get whiffs of ylang-ylang and lily of the valley as well, but it all has a cassis overlay. The drydown is more acceptable to my nose. The cassis (and bergamot, but I don’t really smell the bergamot on me) note melts into a strong floral, but not so strong that the base notes can’t come through. The base notes almost transform this into a gourmand - there’s a caramel note that mingles with a soft musk and wood. It reminds me a bit of Angel, almost, but is nowhere near as obscene - and that's a pity.


Admittedly, I do smell pretty delicious when I wear this. I can imagine being complimented on it, which is nice but that's never what I look for when choosing a fragrance. Elvira would have adored this, I know. It is quite nice, but it’s just not for me. I can imagine many people disagreeing with me, though!


Linari Acqua Santa is available at MiN NY, in a lovely 100ml wood and glass bottle. It retails for $195.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sick


Not feeling the best, dear readers.  I think I might be coming down with some sort of nasty cold or flu. I'll be back to posting soon tho, I promise. Maybe as early as tomorrow. But for now, explore my Link Love page and click on a blog you never visited before to entertain you today, but please come back tomorrow for more Sithtacular reviews!
XOXOX

-Elvira

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Beauty Blog Network Weekend Beauty Read

Phyrra shows you a gorgeous glitter eye video makeup tutorial with the LE Halloween Collection from Glamour Doll Eyes.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic found a great product for a super easy smokey eye!

The Pink Sith swoons over her new Burberry Beauty Sheer Eyeshadow in Rosewood. Come see why this taupe shadow is making her head spin!

Friday, September 24, 2010

KenzoKi Fresh Jelly And Gumdrops and Nightshift Cream


I have been trying out some new items that were sent to me from KenzoKi and I wanted to tell you about them.  It’s no secret that I really like the KenzoKi product line.  The Kenzo company known for their excellent colognes and perfumes also has a skincare line that uses a no nonsense yet fragrant approach.  The two products I tried this time are from the Energizing part of the line.  This part of the line uses Ginger Plant water and other essential oils to pamper your skin.  The two products are the Nightshift Cream and the Fresh Jelly and Gumdrops exfoliator. 


Allow me to start with the product I liked the least.

image from www.kenzousa.com
Let me explain that while I did receive these items from the company itself I do not hold anything back in my reviews.  Perhaps I’ll burn a bridge with this review, but I just cannot in good faith recommend this product at all.  Fresh Jelly and Gumdrops is a gentle exfoliator that comes in a gel base with little gummy beads in different sizes.  They call them “smart beads”, but I call them “beads that are near impossible to effectively exfoliate and rinse off my face”.  Yes. This gel exfoliator smelled nice and was somewhat cooling upon application, but it did nothing, and I mean NOTHING for me.  The get wasn’t sticky, it sort of reminded me of hair gel that never get’s sticky, but the “smart beads” either broke down and created a gelatinous mess on my hands or didn’t rub away any dead skin cells or unclog my pores in the last bit.  Oh, it’s also described as a face wash, but it did nothing to cleanse my face. Nada.  My makeup remained after use. It didn’t foam or remove any stitch of dirt from my face at all. I used this exfoliator for 2 weeks before I just couldn’t take it anymore.  The packaging was OK, but the bottle was a bit awkward in dispensing and sometimes I got too much or too little when I tried to dispense it.  Worse yet, once I rinsed the product off, I still found little traces of the smart beads on my skin (Usually around my hair line) afterwards.  I do NOT recommend spending your $34 hard earned dollars on this 2.7 oz item.
image from www.kenzousa.com

 NOW on to the good news!  The KenzoKi Nightshift Cream was very, very nice.  A creamy and emollient treatment for the night time.  What I love about this cream is that it has a light texture and feels almost like room temperature butter cream frosting! (Hey I really like cake, that’s the best comparison I could come up with)  The cream is lovely as you only need a little bit to apply to your whole face. I would say a dollop about the size of an M&M is what you need for your entire face.  Maybe a small peanut M&M… I digress.  I apply this to my face at night after cleaning and smooth whatever feels like “left over cream” onto my neck.  When I wake up my skin is soft, not overly greasy and the tone is quite even.  Now KenzoKi claims that this cream will brighten your complexion.  I did notice a nice even skin tone and my skin felt very soft in the morning so I’m gonna have to say YES! 100% effective.  Better yet. I didn’t experience any breakouts while using this cream and after 3 weeks of use I still have more than 3/4 of the jar left.  Not too shabby.  I do wish it came with a spatula to dispense the product as I do so hate putting my fingers into the jar, but I just used an old spatula from a used up product for this one.  The product is fragranced but nothing that is overpowering. It’s not a spicy ginger scent but it’s definitely a botanical scent.  For $60 you get 1.7 oz.  Since this jar hasn’t lost much product in the time I have been using it I bet I could get a good 9 months to a year out of it.  Those of you with dry skin may not find this rich enough for the colder, dryer months, but those with oily to combo skin could use this year round without the risk of feeling overly slicked up!  I tend to “retire” products I test after using them during the trial period, or use them up and not repurchase.  KenzoKi has consistently created products that I not only finish, but I repurchase with my own money time after time.

Do you NEED this?  Yes. To the Nightshift Cream and a resounding, fist clenched falling to my knees and looking up to the sky shouting “Nooooooooo” in slo-motion No for the Fresh Jelly and Gumdrops.  You get the idea!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday Poll



I have a phobia of insects. Also known as Acarophobia or Entomophobia or Insectophobia, the phobia itself can be pretty annoying because I'm not afraid of ALL bugs. Ants don't bother me unless they are really large. Lady bugs are OK as long as they don't come in hoards. Bumble bees are no problem because they are usually busy getting nectar from flowers and pay me no mind, but most other bugs scare the crap out of me. I also hate Spiders. Spiders really scare me. really teeny tiny ones are OK, because I can usually blow them away, but anything over the size of a chocolate chip will send me shrieking from the room. Oh gross, now I have associated chocolate chips with spiders. Now when I see a chocolate chip I'll think of spiders. Bleh! Mr. Sith is OK with all bugs except Spiders. He hates them too. So you can imagine that in our house if a spider gets in, it's kind of a production. We try really hard not to show our fear in front of Darthypie because we don't want to pass along the phobia to him, but I worry that he might get it anyway. Thank goodness we have bottles of spider spray everywhere in our home. Don't get me wrong. I understand that spiders do an excellent service to our garden. They eat the bad bugs that can ruin plants and all that. I leave them alone if they are outside, but if they take one step in my home, that's it. They are done! What's worse, our 2 cats, Herbie and Cujo, are not bug cats. They couldn't care less about bugs. (Stupid Cats). I'm sure I'll get letters from PETA now. I don't care. All I'm saying is that as the weather turns colder most bugs will go into hibernation and I won't have to see them for several months. So since today is the first day of Fall I celebrate a bug free home...until Spring.
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel Jouse Contraste in Rose Dust. One of the few cool toned blushes in the JC collection. I have the Euro version and it seems to be lighter than the US version and less chalky. I perfect blue based pinky-mauve.

2. Do you have any phobias? Don't know the name? Look it up on The Phobia List website. You can look up the indexed list to search by the thing you have a phobia of if you don't know the name of the phobia. - Aside from insects I have a Chiroptophobia. This is a fear of bats. I have no idea why Halloween is still my favorite time of year. Between the spiders and bats you would think I would be hiding in the corner with a can of spider spray and a shotgun.

3. Finish this sentence. "If I had more money I would buy more __________." (Must be a beauty product) - If I had more money would buy more Chantecaille cosmetics and skincare or high end niche perfumes. Yeah. I change my answer to perfume.

4. Do you have Coulrophobia? (Fear of clowns) - No. I don't think I do, but I really HATE clowns. I mean really hate them. I also hate the circus, not just for the clowns but also for the animal acts. Bleh! It's a little known fact. All clowns carry knives.

5. What beauty product were you so excited to have, but now you are just not that into anymore? - I guess my Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks. I find them incredibly drying after a while. I don't think I'll be purchasing more. (Please bookmark this page so you can remind me what a hypocrite I am the next time you see me review a new Rouge Coco lipstick!)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Burberry Beauty Eyeshadow in No. 9 Rosewood


Burberry has recently launched a new beauty line and it is available at select Nordstrom stores and on line at Nordstrom.com. When I found out, back in late spring/early summer that Burberry would be launching a cosmetics line I was thrilled. I have long since loved the signature Burberry plaid. I have a wallet, bag and scarf from Burberry and I covet them dearly. I was anxious what they would do with their line of cosmetics and to be honest there are no surprises in this line. Not to say that's a bad thing, quite the contrary. Burberry Beauty has classic colors, superior formulations and excellent packaging. The attention to detail in this line is astounding.

I felt it necessary to have my first post about Burberry Beauty be on one of the taupe colored eyeshadows from their line of cosmetics. Hello 'm a taupe hoor. I would loose my status as taupe hoor if I didn't do it. Right? So today, I bring you Burberry Beauty Sheer Eyeshadow in No. 9 Rosewood. The swatch on line does not show how absolutely stunning this color really is. I know you all thought I would go for the obvious No. 7 Taupe Brown, but I really was enchanted with the Rosewood color when I saw it featured on The Beauty Look Book. Isn't Sabrina great at creating lemmings? ANYWAY, I had a gift card to Nordstrom, so I used it to purchase the Rosewood Sheer Eyeshadow and the Rosewood Lipstick (Watch for a post on this in the future!). I have to tell you this was money well spent.

Before I even get to talking about the quality of the eyeshadow let me kvell about the attention to detail in the packaging. From the paper box to the compact itself, this Burberry eyeshadow is Burberry 100%. The box is a textured linen color with the classic Burberry font, it's very simple but elegant. (Are you really talking about the box Elvira?) YES! The box even feel luxe. The eyeshadow compact comes with it's own black velvet pouch, the signature Burberry plaid is on the velvet in black.

The compact itself feels heavy and sturdy. It is in a shiny mirror like pewter colored metal with the signature Burberry plaid design etched on the top.

The Burberry brand name is etched into the front of the compact. A magnet holds it closed so it is easily opened. When opened, an ample mirror accompanies the generous pan which holds the eyeshadow that has the Burberry plaid pressed into it. A standard foam applicator is included, but honestly I'm not fond of those so I usually just ignore it.


OK. The eyeshadow itself is as remarkable and understated as the compact. It is soft but not too soft. It is powdery, but not too powdery. It is sheer. Yes. If you are looking for vivid color and pigmentation to knock your socks off, this is NOT the brand for you. HOWEVER, if you like a sheer and subtle wash of color and you like color that blends easily and lasts all day, then this is it! The shadow applied like a dream. It blended easily on my primed lid and lasted a good 12 hours. I experience no fall out, no creasing or caking. It was simply divine!


The color is a light icy brown taupe with slight pink undertones, however I think this color would look very different depending on your skin tone, since it is so sheer. On me Rosewood is a neutral taupe with shimmer and slight frost. The swatch pic looks lighter in color than it does on my eye, so that shows you how different this color can look depending on your coloring (in the swatch pic I am using a MAC paint Pot in Painterly as a base).


Do you NEED this? Well at $29 a piece this is a hefty investment in eyeshadow, but I think it is totally worth it if you want a beautiful and luxurious neutral shadow. That being said I still want to eventually purchase the Taupe Brown and Midnight Plum colors and I'll have no regrets doing it.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ManGlaze Hot Mess and Matte Is Murder

You know I'm late to hop on the bandwagon for matte nail polishes, but I think it was because I hadn't found a matte nail polish that worked so well for me. ManGlaze polish is that miracle matte polish. Sure the color choices are limited, but what they do have is perfection. Today I bring you 2 more polishes from the collection. I told you about my first purchase from then a few weeks ago. I picked up Fuggen Ugly (A stunning steel grey matte) and Mayonnaise (A white matte with depth). While it took me a while to get a handle on applying Mayonnaise, I did eventually get it and I now adore the shade. In fact, while I type this post I am wearing Mayonnaise with a ManGlaze top coat called Hot Mess. Mot mess is a glitter infused matte top coat. It adds that little bit of OTT shine to a matte manicure without being OTT. (Over The Top for you acronym challenged folks out there) See how incredibly stunning mayonnaise is with Hot Mess over top? I have been wearing this manicure for 4 days straight. 4 baths for Darthypie and the minimum of housework (none) and I have no chips or cracks and just minor tip wear. Mayonnaise and Hot Mess FTW! (For The Win not Fuck The World, which is what a lot of people think that means.)

But then I get to the cornerstone of the ManGlaze line of polishes. The one that inspired many a rocker to clip their cuticles and decide between acetone free and acetone based polish remover. Yes. I'm talking about:


Matte Is Murder


The black matte polish applies like a dream. This is two coats in the picture. The color isn't just black it's black with micro shimmer that looks to have some teal, green, purple and perhaps silver? It is so awesome that even Mr. Sith said he would consider using it! To get Mr. Sith even remotely interested in my nail polish is a miracle. He commented that it looked like the Stealth Bomber paint and that was "cool" although he could pass on the "sparkles" as he put it.

Those "sparkles" were the Hot Mess accent nails I did on my ring finger and thumb. I thought I would zhuzh up the manicure for our date.

Do you need this? Well DUH! Yes. Matte is the perfect finish for fall. As we drag our suede boots out of storage matte polish will really tie your whole look together. Not that I own anything made of suede, but if I did, I would be wearing it in the fall. So add to your shopping cart when you visit Manglaze.com the following items:
Hot Mess
Matte Is Murder
Fuggen Ugly
and
Mayonnaise! After wearing Mayonnaise with Hot Mess I have decided that this is a HOT manicure for any time of the year!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Too Faced Naked Eye Palette

image from sephora.com

The Naked palette from Urban Decay came out and everyone ran around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to get their little hands on it. Once I got a good look that the UD Naked Palette I realized that there were far too many warm toned colors in the palette for me. I wanted a naked palette but the Urban Decay one wasn't going to be it.

My attention turned toward palettes from Lorac (Bleh. I have already had issues with their palettes in the past) and then to Too Faced. Well. I have only had one too faced shadow. (Mommie Dearest) and while it was kind of sheer I did enjoy it...from what I can remember. Soo many eye shadows have come and gone since then it's hard to keep track. I tested the palette in store, on the back of my hand...Mistake #1. It looked well pigmented and pretty. I scooped it up for a mere $35 (Hey 9 shadows for $35 isn't a bad deal, I justified to myself...Mistake # 2)

click on picture to enlarge

Upon getting it home I quickly realized that the sad little brush included with the palette was useless and just left it in the paper drawer. The palette itself was about the size of a CD and had nine lovely shadows in it. Three large base shadows and 6 fairly small contour/crease shadows. Humm. These are tiny shadows. The are slightly wider than my MAC 214 brush. That's kinda small. Oh well. It's still a nice selection. Especially for cooler toned people, I thought to myself.

click on picture to enlarge

Upon application is when my dreams of having the idea cool/neutral "Naked" eye palette were shattered. I started with the "Fashion" look. You see the palette has three looks to it, whoever one can mix and match how they see fit. The palette has "Day", "Classic" and "Fashion" looks. Clever, especially for eyeshadow novices. I apply "Pink Cheeks" a light pink shadow from the "Fashion" look and I am really disappointed to see that it is almost invisible on my eyelid. The color is INCREDIBLY sheer and almost matches my natural skin tone. I shrug off the first blunder and move on to the TAUPE shade.

Yes. The Too Faced Naked eye palette has a loverly taupe shade called "Lap Dance" and while the name of the shadow may be a bit on the vulgar side, it really is a pretty taupe! The shimmery taupe applies like a dream. It makes a lovely crease color and blends well. Then I apply the matte black shade "Stiletto" to the outer V and use it to line my eye. Mistake #4. Stiletto is powdery, chalky and has a ton of fall out. The matte back shade ends up giving me raccoon eyes! DO NOT WANT! I clean up what I can, apply concealer and go about my normal day. By noon (about 6 hours after application) the remaining black shadow has migrated into all my fine lines and underneath my eye. I look like a heroin addict.

I convinced myself that it was probably poor application that cause my makeup disaster yesterday and set out to give it a second try the next day. I want to repeat the same look but I apply the back shadow wet. Mistake #5 Umm yeah. Don't try this at home. I end up with a muddy grey bleh look that turns ashy once it dries and causes a lot of fall out.

The next day I decided to try a different look. I go with the "Classic" look using "Birthday Suit" a skin tone matching tan that melts into my skin looking like I have nothing on. Ha Ha. I get the joke Too Faced. I use "Satin Sheets" in the corner of my eye. I like this pink with gold duo chrome shadow. it is well pigmented and brightens up my eye. I use "Unmentionables" as a crease and liner color. The formula is identical to "Satin Sheets" so it blends well and looks half way decent. No powder fall out. I'm happy. It's a nice look. It wears well. It's not as pigmented as I would like but it's not subtle by any means. Maybe this is a win after all!

Mistake #6. Counting my chickens before they hatch. I use the "Day" look on casual Friday. The shadows are sheer and non-pigmented. The matte shadow "Like A Virgin" (Really Too Faced? These shadow names are getting really cliche) is hard to blend and looks like a smudge against the shimmery "Pillow Talk". The result? A lot of "Are you tired?" And "Not getting enough sleep?" comments all day from my COW-workers. This "Naked" look is too naked. Not to mention the "In the Buff" shade was practically invisible on me. In the swatch photo I had to go over it 6 or 7 times just to get it to show up!

I tried a few different combinations the next few days but decided that having a 9 pan palette with 3 great shades, 2 so-so shades and 4 Bleh! shades was sooo not worth it! Not to mention that the 3 great shades were the small size. Nothing make me more sad than seeing pan on a taupe shadow. I don't want to put myself through that sort of agony. I decided to return the palette to Sephora. I haven't "replaced" it with anything...yet.

Do you NEED this? No. You know it pains me when I have to return an eyeshadow palette that contains a bunch of pretty taupe colors. But after using the Too Faced Naked Eye Palette for a week I just couldn't get it to work for me. Now I already know that a bunch of people have purchased and used this palette with a lot of success. I think that is great. I personally did not find the quality of the shadows to be up to my standards. Perhaps I have unrealistic standards, but I just couldn't get this sucker to work for me. So not worth $35, so not worth the time and effort to "make it work". I just didn't have it in me to labor to making something look good when I have a train case full of shadows that look good from first application.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rant by Joeybunny - Makeup Storage: Why is it SO hard to get right?!

This is an open post, sort of. I hate my makeup storage. The following pictures are of my current storage, which consists of:

A cabinet full of makeup palettes and a Hello Kitty traincase inside said cabinet which holds a bumblefuck of assorted eyeshadows


(yes, the picture is dark and hard to see - but almost all of these palettes are black anyway, haha)


A traincase which holds an even larger bumblefuck of assorted eyeshadows



A dresser drawer filled with lipglosses, eyeliners, and brushes in makeup bags



A dresser countertop with Sterelite drawers of foundations, concealers, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, and lipsticks



This, my friends, is an organization nightmare. I can’t find anything. My makeup is so jumbled up that I forget what I have! The only things that are well-organized are my eyeshadow palettes...and that’s only because of that cabinet. Thank goodness my old roommate left it behind for me to snag!


So, does anyone have any ideas for me? Please share how you house your makeup, and if you have any cheap suggestions for me, let me know!


MY POOR EYESHADOWS NEED A BETTER HOME!


Also, I know someone's going to ask this: If I did full stash pics, I'd kill everyone. My storage is deceiving in the sense that you can't tell how much makeup I actually own. I own a lot. So no, you won't be getting real stash pics any time soon.


Oh - feel free to ask about anything you may be able to point out in these horrific pictures!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Poll


Oh goodness. It's 11:26 PM and I'm JUST getting around to doing the Thursday poll. I normally have this done the day before. I'm late with the poll because Mr. Sith and I went out to a lovely dinner and then watched a movie. You see today (Well, yesterday by the time you all read this) is (was) our 9th wedding anniversary! 9 wonderful years with Mr. Sith. He is truly my best friend and the love of my life. I'm not gushing on about this because I'm fishing for Kudos on the anniversary, but more so to explain what I'm going to talk about today. You see we made a decision to go by the traditional anniversary gift guide for the first 10 years of our marriage. The gifts are something some idiot made up a long time ago and I have been creative with staying within those guidelines. Mr. Sith...well he has had a harder time with the guidelines of the gifts each year. Some years he couldn't even come up with a gift idea so I let him off the hook...because he does find great cards and always has a beautiful dinner planned for us and a super alternate gift (usually makeup or perfume), but other years...Well. At some point, for some reason, he got it in his head that HE should make the gift. He felt that it would mean more if he MADE something. Let's just say, that wasn't the best idea ever. While he certainly tried hard to get a nice gift for the Wood anniversary, he just wasn't able to come up with anything in time. He lacked the woodworking tools to make anything, so I received a tearful apology and some beautiful flowers. The Copper Anniversary was kinda funny. He made me something, a box covered in copper flashing, but it looked a little rough and I just think he was rushed to finish it. But you know what? It doesn't matter to me. I love the fact that he tries so very hard to be original with a gift, and while he over thinks most of the gifts to the point of not being able to think of anything, I think it's awesome that he cares so much. This year was the pottery anniversary. I suggested we each get each other unique coffee mugs as a gift. (This was clever of me since I managed to stop him from buying a potters wheel and making me an ashtray or something.) While it's nice to give each other gifts for our anniversary, just spending time with him each day is a gift for me. I know I'm getting all sappy, so I'll just shut up. I may not get the best anniversary gifts but the fact that we are together and love each other is really the best gift I could ever ask for.
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day - Chanel Joues Contraste in Pink Explosion. I love this pretty neutral pink blush. It's sparkly in the pan but upon application it's not at all. It is also really well pigmented so a little goes a long way. A must have for those that love pink blush!

2. What was (one of) the worst or funniest gift you ever received? - One year for my birthday I received a Member's Only Jacket. Oh but the thing is, it was 1992. Yeah. About 10 years too late. Terribly retro and not in a good way.

3. Latest Beauty Acquisition? - A coveted Burberry Beauty item Rosewood Lipstick #4! I'll have a post about it next week. It is TO DIE FOR!

4. What was (one of) the best gifts you ever received? - An emerald pendant necklace that Mr. Sith gave me for my wedding gift. It is so beautiful. I just lover emeralds and hope to have a ring one day to go with it.

5. Current body wash you love? - I love the one from Soap and Glory (Clean On Me), but since they are pulling most if not all of their stock from US Target stores I have no place to purchase it. I'm hoping your current faves will give me an idea of what to try next!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Face

image from http://www.perriconemd.com

A little while ago I had a giveaway for Perricone Cold Plasma Face cream. I did the giveaway on the condition that I could also test the product. Unfortunately I was unable to receive the sample before the giveaway so I wasn’t able to say if it worked or not at the time of the giveaway. Well now that I have received and used the sample of Perricone Cold Plasma for about a month I have some results to share with you.

According to Perricone MD., Cold Plasma Face is supposed to ”prevent and correct the ten most visible signs of aging relating to: firmness, elasticity, clarity, radiance, smoothness, texture, redness, blotchiness, wrinkles, and dryness.”
In an independent four-week clinical study on women between the ages of 20 and 65:
- 99% reported that their skin was soft and smooth.
- 94% said they liked the results and felt it provided for their skincare needs.
- 92% reported that their skin looked radiant and healthy.
- 91% felt that their skin was infused with moisture.

Here is what I experienced after 4 week of use.
- Skin was soft
- Skin was moisturized
- Skin tone was more even (less redness)
Here is what I did NOT experience after 4 week of use:
- Skin was not smooth
- Skin was not radiant
- Skin did not feel or look firmer

So I guess it basically moisturized my skin really really well and the added moisture helped even out the skin tone. I did not notice added clarity or smoothness…but I also didn’t notice new wrinkles which is great. (But how many does one get in the span of 4 weeks?) I never had a problem with lack of elasticity or firmness before using this product, but my skin never felt firmer or more elastic after using it either.

I will say that my skin certainly felt nourished. It was properly moisturized every day and evening and I felt that having just used my moisturizer alone I would not have achieved the same level of moisturization without it. Does that make sense?

Things I didn’t like about the feel, texture, scent, packaging, etc. of the product:
It smelled like fish…and not fresh fish, but fish after it has been out for a while. It REALLY smelled like fish. While I appreciate Perricone not adding in synthetic fragrances to cover up the fish smell of this face cream, I kind of wish he had. Bleh. It really was overpowering. After using it for 4 week at twice a day my jar is a little over 1/2 to 2/3 full. That’s a lot of product gone in a short span of time. I would think that with regular use one would need a new jar every 3 months or so.

Things I did like about the feel, texture, scent, packaging, etc. of the product:
The product, while packaged in a jar came with a handy spatula to help pick up the right amount of product without having to dip my fingers in the product and contaminate it. The crème itself was very lightweight. I hesitate to call it a cream. It’s almost like a light liquidy emulsion. It spread evenly on my face and absorbed quickly. It did not feel sticky on my face and didn’t interfere with my makeup application. It also did not make my skin, which is very oily, feel overly greasy. It was a very nice light feeling and I appreciated that since I was instructed to wear it in the day and evening.

Do you NEED this? Well if you are under 30 I say no. But if you are over 30 I still say no. I honestly have not seen the “miraculous” results these women in an independent survey saw. It’s a nice serum/pre-moisturizer treatment but it did not do the things it is said to be capable of doing. AND for $150 an ounce I t better well do everything AND MORE….like the dishes & laundry.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Frankening

image from manglaze.com

Frankening is a term that many people are not familiar with. However, if you are a nail polish fiend like myself, you have heard of and have done your own frankening.

Frankening or Frankensteining your nail polish means to mix polishes or polishes and pigment and/or glitter together to come up with a new and hopefully unique nail polish color. People have been frankening ever since there has been nail polish. For example, there used to be a deficit of grey creme nail polish colors so people tried to create their own. There used to be a deficit of glitter colored nail polish so people, yep you guessed it, made their own. Now that there is a bevy of every color you can think of available for purchase from one retailer or another, some people don’t need to franken as often as they used to. But that doesn’t mean that frankening has gone the way of the dodo. No. Much the opposite in fact.
With the introduction of ManGlaze Franken Juggs, the franken revolution has taken fast hold of my heart. These glass jars have a super wide opening for easy pouring of different nail polishes. The jugs hold about as much as two full polish bottles so even then I have a lot of room for corrections (because I am a relative n00b when it comes to frankening.) and additions. Each jar comes with a decent brush attached to the lid and a single ball to put into the jug to help mix the polish. They retail for a mere $1.38 each! It’s so easy to pop a few in your shopping cart when you are on ManGlaze.com buying the latest Mayonnaise or Fuggen Ugly or any other product they sell. Please note that when I was shipped my last order, the balls to mix the polishes for the Franken Juggs were taped to the inside lid of the shipping box…so before you start to freak that they forgot to include your ballz look in your packaging again! Now some people may leave comments that you can buy empty jars for much less, but I challenge you to find jars with the huge open mouth and able to hold as much volume as these Franken Juggz from ManGlaze. Oh and those labels? Freakin HOT!


Having not franken'd a polish for a few years I did a little research on blogs. I found my new favorite which is Dr. Frankenpolish. Now this clever girl has not had a chance to update her blog in a little while, but she has sooooo many different examples it’s a great read if you want to get some ideas for colors. She also has a Franken Polish 101 which is super helpful. She’s a lot more careful with her mixing than me. I just go where the color takes me…while she actually tests stuff out before she mixes everything together. I have also learned that using some pigments like MAC pigments or Fyrinnae Pigments with a clear base or glitter base make for awesome and unusual colors. I plan to buy some Fyrinnae pigments soon to make some neat polish colors in the future!

OK. So here are three frankens I came up with. Mind you this was all trial and error. I have learned a lot during this testing period. I have learned what works and what doesn’t. I have decided I really like the idea of using pigments to get the color I want and I like the idea of adding glitter to frankens but HATE having to remove it so I probably won’t do as many glitter ones in the future. I also want to venture out into holographic frankens and I have a few ideas to make that work as well.
OK. The first one Is a simple Sally Hansen frosty white polish I was never going to use and an eyeshadow pigment I was never going to wear on my eye. I mixed the two and Viola! Awesome bright blue nail polish. I put in a few drops of Milani Silver holo, but not enough for a holo effect…it looks mostly like glitter. This is 2 coats of the polish.



The 2nd polish was an Eyeko coral which I thought would look better with gold glitter so I picked up a gold glitter polish to mix in. Then I remembered that I had this really neat Red Coral Jelly polish that had glitter in it and thought that would give it an almost translucent look which might show the gold glitter more. The result? A meh red corally not really jelly like color with some shimmer. I’ll tell you right now. This ain’t my favorite. I might use this for a pedicure tho.

Last and not least my Purple Franken. Because after all, how can I not franken purple right? I took an old Sally Hansen HD polish that I felt was too sheer and mixed it with a light lilac glitter polish that had a clear base. I then mixed in a few drops of black polish to deepen the color as well as some other random purple polishes I had around. The result? An interesting purple, but not the best thing I have ever seen. I like it and I’ll wear it, but I don’t think it’s anything to go crazy over.
All in all I learned a lot with my first few frankens. I learned that glitter bases are better for blending pigments. I learned that some polishes with turn your glitter base invisible and aren’t worth the trouble of mixing and also that mixing Big 3 free with non Big 3 free polishes doesn’t always turn out for the best. But I also learned that I have a ton of other creative ideas for polish colors and I plan to franken a bunch more colors in the future.

So. Do you think you will take a crack at Frankening?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Gabrielle Faust Mineral Eyeshadows by Overall Beauty

image from overallbeauty.com

I recently had the pleasure of trying out a new collection of mineral eye shadows by Overall Beauty. This is one of the first collections inspired by Author, Poet and "Gothic Fashionista" Gabrielle Faust. The collection includes 8 unique shades, most of which are a velvet/matte finish, but some have the extra shimmer that gives the overall collection that extra oomph!

Those of you not familiar with Gabrielle Faust should check out he Eternal Vigilance Vampire Series or perhaps some of her poetry. You can learn more about Ms. Faust HERE

As for the eye shadows. Overall Beauty brings you the Gabrielle Faust collection of 8 vegan shades. What's nice about ordering from them is that they always have a discount code somewhere, the customer service is top notch and the product is excellent. They also sell a line of nail polish that I have been dying to try (BB Couture) but being that there are over 100 shades to choose from, I'm taking my time in ordering.

As for the colors we have:
“Love Lost” (deep rose) This is a shimmery deep pink shade. It looks great as a blush too! Frost Finish

“Vampire’s Kiss” (sangria red) A warm Red Based Purple. Matte/Velvet Finish

“Karmic Knight” (dark eggplant purple) A neutral deep purple. Perfect for a smokey eye or a liner. Matte/Velvet Finish

"Misanthrope” (ashen violet) No only my favorite name for a color but also my favorite color. This sooty purple really is a stunning addition to a crease color or a way to punch up a drab black smokey eye. Matte/Velvet Finish

“Indiscretion” (charcoal gray) A neutral blackened grey, almost sooty, this is a nice alternative to harsh black liner for those fair haired ladies out there. Matte/Velvet Finish

“Aftermath” (burnt umber brown) This is a super brown. not red based, which I find ideal, this color stays true and looks stunning when paired with "Love Lost" Matte/Velvet Finish

“Sanctified Snow” (opalescent white) An excellent highlight or all over wash. this white isn't harsh at all. It's very transparent and gives just the hint of shimmer. Frost Finish

“Hourglass Sand” (golden cream). A neutral shade that is a knock out when paired with vampire kiss or Karmic Knight. It can also be used as an all over color or highlight. Matte/Velvet Finish

Each color can be mixed an matched for day and evening looks. Achieving a smokey eye look in purple is so much more stylish and hotter than your standard blacks and greys!

The mineral shadows are vegan, hypoallergenic and contain no dyes or carmine.

The set is available in 5 gram and 10 gram jar sizes. You can order all 8 samples for $18 or order just a few samples for $3 a piece. Also, don't forget to use coupon code: VAMP2112 to take $2.00 off your order!

Do you NEED this? Well I really find mineral shadows not my cuppa tea, but the color choices are so pretty and so "NOW" that I really fell in love with the whole set. I say yes. at a hefty 5g sample size for only $3 how can you not try at least one!?

Now here is my LAME attempt at a purple smokey eye, but I suggest you check out Phyrra's excellent craftsmanship with the Gabrielle Faust eyeshadows from Overall Beauty HERE

Friday, September 10, 2010

Review by Joeybunny - Stila Backstage Palette

I am generally not a fan of Stila eyeshadows. While the colors are quite lovely, I always found them to be too soft for my tastes. I had a few palettes that literally crumbled despite my best efforts to treat them gently. That’s so annoying - it's money down the drain!


Despite this, there have been a few times where Stila has released a palette that just wowed me so much with its color combinations that I just HAD to buy it. This happened last year with the much-coveted Stila Charmed palette, which I loved because of its rich jewel-toned colors and because (strangely enough) the eyeshadows were less soft than normal Stila shadows.


Once again, I have been struck by the Stila bug, because their new Fall palette, the Stila Backstage Palette, has captured my heart!


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The Stila Backstage Palette takes the best of the Fall fashion trends and puts it together in one pretty and insanely inexpensive palette. You get six huge eyeshadows for $28, which breaks down to about $4.67 per shade - not bad at all! Also, these shadows can be used wet or dry for endless textures and looks.


The colors do err on the more dramatic side, but the lovely thing is that the pigmentation can be manipulated with these shadows. Does this mean they’re sheer? No, not at all. I only ever buy highly pigmented shades, and this palette does deliver that. Their soft texture, however, allows them to be blended effortlessly - so one of the deeper colors can be blended down to a whisper if necessary. Anyway, let me describe the eyeshadows (colors are listed from L to R, from top to bottom rows):


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Chiffon: Easily the most shimmery shadow in this palette, Chiffon is a very pretty pink-peach color. It is good for an allover wash of shadow, and on my NC40 skin tone it makes a pretty highlight shade if applied lightly.

Flamingo: A satin-finish pink-purple shade that leans more pink than purple, I can see this being a bit scary for some people. However, experiment with it! Layer Chiffon over it to tone the color down, or try it on the lower lashline to pump up a neutral eye.

Pacific: I think it’s nice that the scariest color is the sheerest, since it allows someone who may be afraid of blue to start off slowly with the color, to maybe use it as an accent shade or a lower lashline color. This is a slightly purpled blue, that has an almost imperceptible micro-shimmer. It layers well for maximum color impact, which I like.

Luster: This color is so unique! I love it. In the pan it looks like a shimmery brown-olive color, but when this color is swatched or applied to the eye, there is this plummy undertone and shimmer that is just outerworldly to see. The layering of cool tones over a warm base makes this the workhorse shadow of the palette. It goes with every other color. Truly, it is a beautiful eyeshadow.

Poetic: This is such a pretty mauve color. Mauve shadows seem to be big this fall - there’s a similar color in the Urban Decay Book of Shadows III palette. Poetic is softly shimmery.

Coal: This is a misnamed, but still quite lovely, eyeshadow. When I think of coal, I think a black base and maybe some grey reflects. This is a black-based color with teal reflects. Gorgeous for sure as a liner or for a dramatic, smoked crease. This is actually my favorite color in the palette!


So, there we go - the Stila Backstage Palette delivers everything it promises. You have a highly diverse range of the colors that are big for Fall, with lovely textures and pigmentation, all for an amazing price! What’s not to love?


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