Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blushes You Can't Have #8 Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks in Pink Raspberry No. 18 Review Pictures Swatches

< Don Pardo Announcer Voice > And now! The Pink Sith Radio Network brings you another installment of their award winning radio series < echo on > BLUSHES YOU CANT HAVE!   Your host Piiiiiiiiiiiiink Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiith! < /Don Pardo Announcer Voice >

Hello and Welcome to the Pink Sith Blushes You Can't Have radio show.  I'm your host Pink Sith.  This month I focus on a cream blush.  But before we get started let's recap what we have covered so far this year.

January we told you about Chanel Joues Contraste in Poesie; February was MAC powder blush in Afterdusk; March was Shu Uemura Sakura Glow-On; April was Inoui ID blush in PK-1, A favorite by our little Joeybunny!; May was Chanel Joues Contraste in Turbulent; June was Wet ‘n Wild blush in Naive; and in July we talked about a blush from Korea called VOV Color Song Volume Blusher #03 Pink Red Mixing

This month...well this month is a cream blush from Bobbi Brown called Bobbi Brown Post Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pink Raspberry #18.  Now before I get a ton-o-e-mail from you all telling me that you can still purchase this because you found some lone random website that sells it.  Let me clarify that this series is about blushes that are discontinued or HARD TO FIND. Therefore this blush falls into the Hard To Find category. My Blog Radio Show, My Series, My Rules.  Now there may come a time when Bobbi Brown re-releases this blush.  I hope she does because it is truly beautiful and I would love you all to be able to own one for yourself.

So Here she is. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks in Pink Raspberry.  Don't let the bright pink in the pot scare you. This creme blush blends easily to a light neutral to cool pink hue for your cheeks.  As many of you are familiar with Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks, you know the consistency is amazing and the wear is astounding.

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Aaand we're back!  Hi Folks.  If your just tuning in, to the Blushes You Can't Have show, we were talking about Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pink Raspberry #18.  This cream-based formula is great on both lips and cheeks for a sheer, stained finish. The Pink Raspberry color is a bright blue based pink. It sheers out nicely, it's creamy and easy to blend.

As you can see in this swatch the color can be applied as heavy or light as you wish.  The product can be layered over foundation or primed skin for a beautiful pop of color.

Now here's an interesting story of how I came across this blush.  I had bid on and won an auction for a seller on Evilbay.  It was NOT for this item.  I was supposed to receive some other random cosmetic  but what showed up in the mail was THREE brand new, in box Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks in Pink Raspberry.  I had received someone else's order.  I contacted the seller to tell her of the mix up and offered to forward it on to the original buyer or send it back to the seller.  But the seller said that I should keep the blushes and STILL sent me my original auction item.  Well Three pot rouges in oink raspberry would last me until I was approximately 312 years old so I decided to give one to a friend, keep one for myself and hold on to the other one.  One of these days I might even feature it as a giveaway on my blog Radio Show.  You'll just have to wait and see!

That's our blog post show for today. I'm your host, Pink Sith.  I hope you enjoyed reading listening.  Stay tuned for next month's installment of Blushes You Can't Have. Until then, Stay Beautiful!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Delicate Hummingbird Review Pictures Swatches

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Delicate Hummingbird. A Scene from the chronicles of Makeup Addicts Anonymous.

PINKSITH stands at a podium in a dimly lit room with a naked light bulb hanging overhead.  the room is smokey and dim and there are hundreds of faceless women in the audience.

Hello. My name is PinkSith and I am an addict.

(in unison) 
Hi PinkSith

Hello.  I appreciate you all allowing me to share my story with you.  It all started back in May of 2011.  I was only curious. I thought I could just look around.  I thought I could just browse and be done with it.  I was so very wrong. Twenty eight days later I had placed an order with THEM for IT.  I didn't know that Pandora's box had been opened. As soon as I received IT I knew there was no turning back.

Who is THEM and what is IT PinkSith?

(clearing her throat)
THEM is a UK based beauty retailer that deals in brands from All For Eve to Yllume What's in the middle is IT. IT is Rouge Bunny Rouge Cosmetics. Zuneta seems to be the only place I know of to sate my addiction to Rouge Bunny Rouge cosmetics.  I fear that I may never be free of the wanton desire for high quality eyeshadow and Rouge Bunny Rouge is fast becoming the axis to a  balanced palette of colors, with wearable, blendable and adaptable textures and shades.

You can do it PinkSith. You can throw down the shackles of High End Cosmetic Addiction and settle for lesser quality off brand cosmetics.  Be strong!  One Day At A Time! look at us.  We don't use good quality cosmetics any more and we look just fine.

Pan to shot of FACELESS GROUP and pan back to PINKSITH horror stricken expression.
From the movie Night Of The Living Dead
You know what. I think I'm OK with the higher end brands.  Ummm. yeah.  I think I might be in the wrong meeting.  I'm gonna go now.  I'll just back my way out of the room and...

 GET HER! She's trying to get away! Maybe she has some Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow on her right now.  Oh how I would KILL for a chance to wear Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow just ONE MORE TIME!

Melee ensues.  Makeup is being strewn about. Mostly bad but some treasures mixed in.  

 Look there is Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird!

The sweet RBR Logo embossed on the top of the Smoky amethyst shadow.  Hints of silver and gold blend in and make the most lovely purple one has ever laid eyes upon.

See how it looks almost like a fine piece of art? The shadow is finely milled and slightly hard to the touch. I would say it resembles the hardness of Bobbi Brown eyeshadows with the same great long lasting pigmentation.  GIVE IT TO ME!

More struggling and the shadow is knocked loose from PINKSITH's hands

(swatching the Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird shadow on her arm)
When worn with a primer this gem is a workhorse of a shadow that will last a good 10 hours or more.  The purple is not red based so lining your eyes with the shadow does not lean toward that "I'm sick with Ebola virus" look. It leans more cool and gives that. "I'm a mysterious Russian Tzarina who may or may not make you fall in love with me from across the room" look. I MUST HAVE IT!

(snatching the Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird Shadow away)
Listen to me!  I just want to leave peacefully. I don't want any problems with you.  Let me go and I won't report you to the Beauty Police.  Let me go and I promise to never darken your doors again.

(in unison) 

Tell us how you got it and how much it cost?  At least do us that one kindness.

 OK.  I purchased it for £ 22.00 (approximately $30-$35 USD depending on the conversion rate) and I got it from  And yes. You NEED it!  There  Are you happy now?

PINKSITH wipes away a lone tear from her cheek showing that she is wearing the Rouge Bunny Rouge shadow on her lid with Armani Eyes To Kill Intense #4 to highlight and Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion on upper lid as her EOTD.

(in unison)

The FACELESS GROUP swarms PINKSITH and bits of makeup and cosmetics sponges and brushes are thrown about.

From the movie Shaun Of The Dead


Monday, August 29, 2011

Besame Crimson Cream Rouge Review Pictures Swatches

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There is a movie by Quentin Tarantino called Inglourious Basterds.  In that movie, Mélanie Laurent, plays a character called  Shosanna Dreyfus.  This character is a Jew who has one time escaped the clutches of the SS and has been living in Nazi occupied France as a cinema operator without people knowing she is a Jew.  In one scene, Laurent's character must get dressed up for a film premiere at her Cinema because Hitler is coming to view his latest propaganda film. This movie is fantasy, not historical.  In this fantasy, a group of American soldiers, called the Inglorious Basterds, are on a mission to assassinate Hitler.  Their chance to do this is at the premiere, at this cinema with the help of Laurent's character.  Laurnet's character is getting ready for the premiere sitting at her spartan dressing table.She picks up a pot of cream rouge. She applies the cream rouge as if it is war paint.  I loved the imagery and symbolism of this scene, and of course, being the makeup addict that I am, it made me wish for a retro cream rouge.  I have issues.

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I'm not sure what it is about the 1930's-1940's aesthetic but something about cosmetics fashioned after that era, makes them irresistible to me. I certainly do not covet the formulas.  We have advanced quit nicely as far as quality of the cosmetics formula goes since then, but then again, things were simpler then in terms of makeup.  Maybe not simple, but thrifty.  Lipsticks were smaller, but you only needed a tiny bit to get beautiful color. Blush or Rouge, as it was called, was sometimes in a cream formula and usually was a dual purpose item for cheeks as well as lips.  Gabriela Hernandez, founder of Bésame Cosmetics Inc., has hit gold again with her new release of Crimson Cream Rouge.  

Packaging Side 1
The timeless and vintage inspired Bésame Crimson Cream Rouge is the ideal for instant rosy cheeks and lips.  Packaged in a vintage styled recyclable tin, this cream rouge provides a natural flush and perfectly stained lips.  As with cream rouges of yesteryear, they were slightly thicker consistency, but still imparted a natural flush, no matter what your skin tone.  Well Bésame has managed to take that vintage aesthetic and combine it with modern technology to bring a high quality product to the market.
Packaging side 2
 The texture is light and easy to blend.  The cream is highly pigmented and applies best using your fingertips.  Just the mere heat from your body will melt the cream rouge under your fingertips allowing for a perfect amount of product to lightly liquefy and become the ideal amount for application to your cheeks and lips.  Just dot on the apples of your cheeks and blend with clean fingertips out and up to create that just been kissed flush.  Then the remaining Crimson Cream Rouge can be dotted on your lips and made into a stain or applied heavier for a full lipstick like effect. 

The Bésame Crimson Cream rouge lasted almost all day on my cheeks and though my morning cuppa on my lips.  I did need to reapply to the lips throughout the day but that's to be expected with almost any lip product.  No worries tho, because the tin is easily portable and, because if the design, won't open up in my makeup bag.  

The color was that of a blue based red with such an intensity that I could not photograph it properly.  It almost looks neon to me in the pictures, but rest assured that the swatch photos show a more true color.  As you can see below it is very pigmented but the color blends down to a rosy sheer wash that looks so incredibly natural.  And I cannot stress again how delightful the formula is. So creamy and fluid but so long lasting.


I couldn't resist purchasing a pocket mirror when I placed my order for the Crimson Cream Rouge.  I selected a traditional Spaniard  Lady with the High Black Lacquer comb in her hair. I think that was chosen because I just finished reading the children's book The Story of Ferdinand to Darthypie.  If you have never read it, it's a sweet story, but the illustrations (all pen and ink) by Robert Lawson, are amazing. 

I remember as a child how I would stare at the books for hours imagining that I was one of the Ladies in Madrid at the bullfight with the beautiful combs in my hair and tons of flowers cascading from my hair.  (Of course bullfighting is inexplicably savage and brutal and I would never ever in a million years ever condone it or go to a fight.  But I was a little girl back then and had no idea how barbaric, inhumane it really was)  Where was I? Oh yes. the pocket Mirrors.  There are 6 designs in total, and one sure to please you. At $8 a piece they would make excellent stocking stuffers for your friends.

Darthypie added the Spiderman Sticker. Very Retro!

Do you NEED the Bésame Crimson Cream Rouge?  YES! It's such a wonderful color and it blends so well I think it would flatter any skin tone. The formula is second to none and bests my Bobbi Brown Pot rouge for Cheeks and Lips as well as my BECCA Lip & Cheek Creme.  This is a winner.  I hope that Bésame comes out with more colors in the future, but honestly, I'm happy with the one I have.  Besame Crimson Cream Rouge retails for $22 USD and is available at

Besame Crimson Cream Rouge with a light balm over top

Besame Crimson Cream Rouge on Cheeks and lips

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Beauty Blog Network Weekend Beauty Read


Daily Polish tries her very first FOTD, a scary place for this lifelong nail blogger!

Tentacles anyone? Phyrra shows you the latest way to adorn yourself in her review of Deceptions jewelry!

Retrodiva is getting ready for Fashion’s Night Out in New York City, and has gathered up her best beauty events. Check out where she will be for this crazy night!

In the latest Breaking Down Beauty, Sheila from Painted Ladies shows you how to press your pigment shadows.

Cinnamon Kitten tries to tame those flyaways with a review of John Frieda’s Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer.

A Touch of Blusher previews SK-II's debut color makeup collection.

The Pink Sith is having a giveaway for her holy grail of sunscreen. Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46. Enter today. The giveaway ends on August 30, 2011!

Get to know Marina’s “beauty personality” on Beauty 365’s newest feature, The Beauty3/6/5.

Beauty and Fashion Tech has MAC Me Over Swatches

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Lipstick League - week of 8.22.11

Question of the Week:  What has you most excited for fall, beauty product or otherwise?

Answer: Well I musty sat I was most excited about Chanel Fall's collection. The cream shadows, the nail polishes, the eyeshadow quad, the blush. I love it all and use everything I purchased almost every day of not every week!  

What about you?  Leave your answers in the comments section.

Vampy Varnish - Kelly shows you how not to wear your lipstick and lipliner in the first of her new series How NOT to Wear...

we heart this - discovers a mascara with a TRULY original feature, a squeezable tube that lets you control the amount of product on the wand. Check out LashControl.

Beauty Junkies Unite - See why we're loving the latest from LORAC for fall, the Naked Lace Collection.

Clumps of Mascara - Has found the best drugstore lip gloss to date. And they only cost $2.29 a pop.

Gouldylox Reviews - Not sure what eye liner will give you the purrfect cat eye? Check out these tips and tricks meow to get the look your longing for!

Krasey Beauty - Looking for a lipstick that will bring you only high octane color and shine? Check out the new Urban Decay High Shine Lip Pencils!

Nouveau Cheap - What's my favorite part about Halloween besides candy corn? Wet n Wild's Fantasy Makers collection, of course!

Pink Sith - Is having a giveaway for her holy grail of sunscreens! Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46. Enter today, giveaway ends on August 30th, 2011!

Prime Beauty - gives us a glimpse of the New York City inspired Paul and Joe Manhattan Fall Collection -see what gems she scored and what she's still lusting after.

Phyrra - Tentacles anyone? Phyrra shows you the latest way to adorn yourself in her review of Deceptions jewelry!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 Review Pictures Swatches

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You knew it was bound to happen.  Once you open the floodgates it's hard to resist.  Just like potato chips and tattoos, you can't have just one.  Well I couldn't have just one Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I had to have a second.  While I thought my second would be the Rose version I happened upon the brand new Passion version when I was in Neiman Marcus last week.  Sadly tho, Neimans didn't have any for sale, jut pre-order...and once I swatched the tester I knew I had to have it.  I did a quick on line search and found had it as an on-line exclusive and I know how fast they ship so I placed my order immediately.  In about 3 business days I had the brand new Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment in my hot little hands!  Sorry Neimans, but Sephora beat you to the punch.

Anyway! I was THRILLED to have the same wonderful lip treatment formula available to me in a nice pretty crimson red version.  Those that didn't read the review I did on the Fresh Sugar Honey Lip Treatment should know that the lip treatment has a decent SPF 15 rating and includes ingredients like: sugar, a natural humectant, this lip treatment ensures long-lasting moisture.  It also has meadowfoam, black currant seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and antioxidant rich grape seed oil, so your lips are conditioned as well.  But wait! There's more!

A light, yet buildable tint of a sheer red (which shows up cool on me, but warm on my friend. Thanks to what Fresh describes as a "a well-balanced, warm-cool pigment" the Fresh Sugar Passion Lip Treatment compliments the natural shade of your lip, no matter what your skintone.  The color stayed true on my lips. Didn't turn overly pink (as some sheer reds are wont to do) and best of all it lasted!

Many sheer lipsticks fade quickly because it's just the way sheep lipsticks work.  However, the Fresh Sugar Passion Lip Treatment lasted longer on my lips because it is thicker than regular sheer lipsticks. After all, it is a lip treatment.  It has a slightly waxy feel but not heavy.  It glides on the lips easily and imparts a natural satin finish. I don't look like I just ate all the fried Oreos at the county fair after applying this lip treatment (trust me. Fried Oreos are so gross). However, my lips don't look a like a waxy matte mess either (I'm looking at you Original Formula Chapstick!)  There is a light lemon scent, which is nice, but a passion fruit or sugar scent would be better (hint hint). It has a flavor that is ever so slightly a sweet/saccharine lemon but I don't usually lick my lips so I didn't really notice it. Best of all, my lips always felt perfectly conditioned, never dry or irritated!

Do you NEED this?  YES!  Yes if you are afraid of red lips. Because this is an excellent way to start wearing red lips. It's not streaky like some red lipsticks or glosses so you know the application will be a cinch.  Then you can start working your way up to a lip stain with this over top!  Next thing you know you'll be sporting the boldest red lip this side of the Mississippi!  YES! If you are just looking for a lip product that has SPF, conditions your lips, and imparts a very natural red hue, then you have found your ideal product here.  YES! If you have no problems spending $30+ on a sheer lipstick that fades before you finish your tea (coughDiorcough) then spending $22.50 won't hurt at all.

Ingredients for Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15:
Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Limnanthes Alba, (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Persea Gratissima, (Avocado) Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vanillin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Propyl Gallate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Introducing NARS' New Concealer!

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I personally have never used a NARS concealer, but I do love me some stick concealers.  Have any of you tried this concealer?  What are you thoughts?  AND  How cool to see the addition of 5 NEW darker complexion colors.  Women of color now have a bit more choice.  But hey, anyone slightly darker than my sheet of paper white complexion is a woman of color in my eyes! Oh and hey. Chantilly might just be the color to match me but Vanilla might work too.  What say you?

NARS is giving a face lift to its Concealer! Along with a new slim packaging, the formula has grown its range from six to ten shades in order to reach a broader scope of skin tones. All shades boast the same lightweight, creamy texture, enriched with Vitamin E for crease-resistant coverage that stays in place all day.

The range of shades now includes (from lightest to darkest):

•    Chantilly – for fairest of complexions, true ivory (NEW!)
•    Vanilla – for fair complexions, tiny cast of pink tones
•    Honey – for light to medium complexion, warm peach tones
•    Custard – for light to medium complexions, yellow tones
•    Ginger – for medium complexions, golden tones
•    Biscuit – for medium to dark complexions, natural balance of pink and yellow tones (NEW!)
•    Caramel – for medium to dark complexions, yellow and golden tones (NEW!)
•    Amande – for medium to dark complexions, golden olive tones (NEW!)
•    Café – for dark complexions, warm red tones (NEW!)
•    Cacao – for dark complexions, deep-gold-brown tones (NEW!)
Price: $22 Available:, beginning September 1st

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Thursday Poll

As many of you have already heard...or felt, there was an earthquake in my neck of the woods on Tuesday.  It was the largest earthquake to hit Virginia for over a century.  The earthquake registered a 5.8 on the Richter scale and was located about 80 miles (128 Kilometers) south of where I live.  When the quake hit around 1:50 PM and I had no idea what was going on.  I was at work, at my desk when I felt and heard a rumbling.  Now we have a fairly strong HVAC unit to cool the building and sometimes when it kicks on it makes a rumbling sound for about one second.  But the quake lasted 1 whole minute and I knew quickly that it wasn't the HVAC.  Then I remembered that there is construction going on near by and they were blasting, so I thought it was that, but the blasting lasts for a few seconds nothing like this.  Then my desk unit started to shake and the walls were kinda moving. I liken it so being in a car going over a gravel road.  About half way through I went to my office door and called out to my assistant and asked if she was OK and if she knew what the heck was going on.  She didn't either.  It wasn't until someone who was from our California office came in and said.  "Yup! That was an earthquake!"  My assistant and I are east coast born and raised so we had never experienced an earthquake before.  It was shocking to us and kind of interesting.  Of course I sat at my desk through most of the quake like an idiot instead of seeking cover UNDER my desk. DERP! Oh well. Maybe next time I'll know better.  There have been 4 aftershocks since the first quake but I have not felt any of them. I was happy and relieved to hear no one was killed or injured during the quake, and while there was damage to many buildings it wasn't catastrophic.  The Washington Monument (The big 555 foot obelisk) suffered some sever cracks in the pyramid section of the structure and the National Cathedral, down town, also lost a few spires and damaged some of the gargoyles around it, but no one was hurt.  Of course many jokes started to surface after the quake, which I had no problem with. The quake didn't kill anyone, and there was minor damage for the most part.  The part that irritated me was seeing a brands try to profit from the quake by tweeting "Earthquake got you stressed? Pamper your curls with a Deep Treatment. Your curls and nerves will thank you!"  The company since took down the tweet and mention on its Facebook page, but not before a bunch of people called them on their sh!t.  I was one of them.  It's OK to make a joke, but to profit b/c of a natural disaster, when you have no reason to..well. it just seemed tacky.  Sure if this company was in the business of say, masonry or earthquake proofing buildings, fine. That make s sense, but hair products.  That's just lame. Perhaps I am overreacting, I'll give you all a chance to voice your opinion. I use products from that brand and probably would have stopped if they didn't remove the tweet. But they did, and I have to remember that it wasn't the owner of the brand saying that, it was some marketing intern or lackey that was responsible, so I can't be too angry. I mean it's just haircare after all.  I digress. The quake hit, everyone, including me, Darthypie and Mr. Sith are fine, Floydiepie the bulldog was a little annoyed and the cat, Cujo...well he just didn't seem to be affected one bit.
On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day - Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Passion. Brand spankin' new and straight from Sephora. a crimson red that is so incredibly pigmented I swear it is like a lipstick...but good for my lips! (check out the review on Friday!)

2.  Did you feel the earthquake?  Have you ever been in an earthquake?  Did you know what was going on when it happened? If you have never been in a quake, what terrible natural disaster did you experience most recently? - Yes. Not before this one.  No. Before the quake the most recent natural disaster I was in was the snowmageddon that took over the DC area dumping 20 inches in less than 24 hours.

3.  Recent beauty acquisition? - Fresh Sugar Passion lip balm, Besame Crimson cream rouge!, and Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Shadow #3! OMG so many great reviews coming soon!

4.  Do you think it was tacky for that company to tweet what they did about the earthquake?  Do you think it is tacky to make jokes about the quake? - Yes.  No.  Yes I thought it was tacky but it didn't call for a boycott or anything they removed the tweet, which was good.  And No. I don't think it is tacky to make jokes.  If the quake had been that of the 1994 Northridge, CA quake proportions, then yes. it would have been very poor form to joke. But it wasn't.

5.  Now that summer is coming to an end or spring is coming to you south of the equator or if you live in Southern, CA The days are getting slightly colder like 72 degrees versus 75.  How is your skincare and makeup going to change?  Or will it not change at all? - I don't think my skin care is going to change much at all.  I am in a controlled climate long enough during the day that I need not worry about fluctuations in temperatures. I might moisturize a bit more if I'm in the AC for a long period of time. As for makeup. Not much will change except I might wear more red lipstick and darker nail polish colors.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 and Giveaway!!

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I think I have established that I
a) I have incredibly oily skin
b) I have sensitive skin prone to breakouts
c) I think daily use of sunscreen is essential
d) I love Taupe eyeshadow

OK. Of the above, this post deals with a through c.

a) I have incredibly oily skin.  No matter what primer I use, I get oil breakthrough at least 4-8 hours after application.  Oily skin is the bane of my existence.  Sure the wrinkle cream sellers tell me how "blessed" I am because I won't get wrinkles as fast as people with dry skin, but I think it's a bunch of hooey if I have oily skin and b) I have sensitive skin prone to breakouts. My skin is so prone to acne that even reading the words "Silicone" or "Dairy" makes me break out.  Worse yet, I am sensitive to high levels of Titanium Dioxide, which causes tiny whiteheads to appear on my skin and leave tiny red marks all over my face.  The worst of my acne is caused by diet (sugar & dairy) and hormones. I can sort of control that, but every once in a while a mystery ingredient from a new product will cause me to have a terrible reaction.  So even if I do have oily skin, the fact that all my makeup slides off by noon does not do me much good since my skin is sensitive and I need to mask the red marks and acne.  But worse yet, since my skin is sensitive and oily, finding a sunscreen that will last me through the day is a challenge.  You see, c) I think daily use of sunscreen is essential.  I may have oily skin but I want to make sure I don't give the sun any reason to speed up the aging process.  I'm also very very fair and I burn easily.  Just 15 minutes in the sun without protection and I turn the color of a boiled lobster. Mmmmmmm. Lobster.  I digress.  Sunscreen will protect me against sun damage, hopefully skin cancer and wrinkles!

So what does the above diatribe have to do with anything?

I'll tell you!

I have found a sunscreen that is not only high in SPF but it a) Is a god send for oily skin and b) is a gentle savior for sensitive skin.  This may be my new HOLY GRAIL of sunscreens.  Ever since my Sofina Lucent sunscreen was discontinued I have been on the hunt for a comparable sunscreen for my oily and sensitive skin. I have tried SEVERAL sunscreens. I have not reviewed them all here because it just would have been a chain of bad reviews.  Not worth the effort or the bandwidth.  But ever since I had an opportunity from to try the Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 I have been THRILLED and astounded with the results.

Let me get to the point.  When I wear this sunscreen under my makeup I don't have an oily sheen on my face. I still have to blot occasionally, but not until 4 or 5 PM and even then, the amount of oil on the blotting paper is 1/4 the amount it used to be.  Best of all, my foundation does not come off on the blotting sheet because it's just sitting on a layer of oil.  That's right; my Armani Luminous Skin Foundation looks perfect ALL DAY!  I'm using a bit of hyperbole here. It's not all day, it's most of the day. The only reason my foundation seems to fade by the end of the day is because I am on the phone so it tends to rub off when I use that.  Other than that...Genius!

Now for the other information:

Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 has broad-spectrum sunscreen protection of zinc oxide and has the skin care benefits of Niacinamide to calm and protect sensitive, acne-prone, or photo-damaged skin.  Niacinamide's effect and management of blemishes such as acne, as well as skin discoloration, has been scientifically proven many times over. (according to Elta MD)

Elta MD UV Clear contains 9% transparent micronized zinc oxide to protect skin from UVA ray damage, the major cause of early wrinkles and skin cancer.  It delivers SPF 46 to protect skin from UVB rays that burn.  Elta MD UV Clear is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic.  Active Ingredients: Zinc oxide 9.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%
Inactive Ingredients:  (In alphabetical order) Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Phenoxyethanol, Polyisobutene, Purified Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

The product comes in an airless pump. The texture is creamy. It's not liquidy like most other oil free sunscreens. HOWEVER it does NOT feel greasy upon application and sets to a perfect matte finish.  One pump is enough for my face, neck, chest and backs of my hands. The creamy formula spreads easily and dries quickly.  Since I'm so dang pale I can't tell you if it leaves a white cast. It does not leave one on me as compared to other sunscreens I have used that do leave a white cast.

There is the important thing to remember. This specific sunscreen from Elta MD is NOT for dry skin. Your skin will feel tight and flake if you have dry skin and use this sunscreen.  This works best for people with oily to very oily skin. Even those with combination skin (T-Zone oily, cheeks dry) may find this a bit too drying for them.  So if you have dry or slightly combo skin, this is NOT the sunscreen for you.  I use my regular moisturizer under the sunscreen and have not had any issues at all with application or dryness or longevity of my foundation.

Do you NEED this?  YES if you have oily skin. It retails for $29 for 1.7 oz, which is actually good for what it does.  Trust me. if it retailed for twice that amount, I would pay it!

Oh and guess what?  The good people at have given me a bottle of the Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 to give away to one lucky reader that lives in the USA or Canada.  The contest starts 08/24/2011 and ends on 08/31/2011. One random winner will be chosen and announced on this blog.  Should they not respond within 3 business days, a new winner will be selected.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile Eau de Parfum

You wouldn't know it to look at me but I am actually 1/2 Italian. And that Italian part of me is Calebrese.  That means my Italian side of the family comes from an area in Italy called Calabria.  

Calabria is in Southern Italy. The Tip of the boot.  It covers from the tip of the boot to beginning of the arch.  The area is mainly mountainous and hilly. I like to call my cousins that live there Italian Hillbillies. But I mean it with love.  
Cliffside homes in Tropea, Calabria.
Calabria is so incredibly beautiful. The flora and fauna is breathtaking. The scents of the mountains mixed with the salt air from the coast makes the air so fresh. Trust me, after being in Rome for a few days you are going to need fresh air to escape all that pollution. If you ever get a chance to go to Italy, Calabria is worth a visit.
Capo Vaticano, Calabria
So what does Calabria have to do with perfume?  Well I'll tell you!  Acqua di Parma 's latest  fragrance in the Le Nobili collection is Gelsomino Nobile.  (In Italian, Gelsomino means  Jasmine) This fragrance is centered around an exclusive and highly unique species of Jasmine grown only in the Calabria region of Italy, this new Floral Green-Musk style of eau de parfum creates the sensation of walking through lush Italian gardens, in bloom with Jasmine, while the breeze brings in the soft, salty air from the Mediterranean. Gelsomino Nobile is also launching with a sumptuous body cream in addition to two sizes of eau de parfum spray. 

Acqua di Parma added to the elegant and regal women's collection which celebrates Italy's famous Italian gardens. The collection already includes the acclaimed Iris Nobile and Magnolia Nobile fragrances.

I fell in love with Gelsomino Nobile at first spray.  The fragrance opens up with a sharp citrus note combined with that exclusive Calabrian jasmine.  The citrus keeps the Jasmine from smelling powdery.  The orange blossom and rose are apparent after a slight dry down but when mixed with the Jasmine the scent starts to mimic that of fresh Honeysuckle. I swoon at the thought of honeysuckle. A most delicate scent that is hard to replicate without smelling "manufactured".

Acqua di Parma mixed in pink peppercorns to give the scent a more spicy feel but it also gives the white floral part of this scent some balance.  While Jasmine has a tendency to get a "fecal" note to it, so Acqua di Parma countered with cedar and musk for the dry down.  Once the fragrance settles on your skin you are left with a pure jasmine that is not powdery, it's slightly sweet and fairly green (from the cedar) at the same time.

Best of all, the scent lasts for hours on my skin. I normally lose the fragrance after a few hours...that's probably because my skin is so dry and I'm dehydrated. But the eau de parfum of the  Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile lasts for hours and hours and I can still enjoy it without having to re-spray.

Acqua di Parma use only the highest quality of ingredients used in fragrance making today.  All of the products are made by expert artisans in Italy, and even the labels are still applied by hand. Neiman Marcus will feature the new fragrance in their stores starting in August, and the world wide launch is set for September 1, 2011.  Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile Eau de Parfum, 1.7 oz. retails for $108 and the 3.4 oz. will retail for $170.

So what say you?  Are you a white floral lover?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in Magic Night

Back in June I brought you an eyeshadow from Chanel that wasn't released in the US until late July.  That was Fauve. It was from the Sophisticated Eye Collection.  Well today I bring you a second stunner from the collection called Magic Night.

Magic Night is a deep red based plum with color changing abilities like a chameleon.  It can look deep purple and smokey when placed against a lighter shade like Fauve and it can look plummy and warm when used alone on the lid.  This versatile shadow from Chanel is one of my new favorites.

This shadow is not taupe.  I understand that. But for some reason I hold it in the same high regard as I do my other Chanel taupe shadows.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe because it pairs so well with taupe that I feel it almost a 2nd cousin to taupe.  Perhaps it is the deep plum that ranges from brown to red as a base that I might consider it a sister in law to the Chanel Taupes I have.  Either way. She's on the Christmas list and you will have to get her more than bath salts for this year's holiday gift.

The shadow itself is smooth and soft and not powdery. When used with a primer this shadow lasted over 10 hours and looked as picture perfect as when I first applied it. I experienced no fall out from application, no creasing or fading. The color stayed true all day and didn't oxidize. While this shadow is on the expensive side, $28.50, it is worth every penny!  Believe it or not this is only my 4th Chanel Ombre Essentielle eyeshadow.  I must correct this egregious oversight and start amassing a fortune of these shadows as soon as possible.

Do you NEED this?  Well honestly.....YES!  It is so pretty and so versatile that I think depending on what shadow you pair it with as a crease color you can get a lot of different looks from this beauty.  Sure it's on the pricey side, but it's Chanel and it's so worth it.   

Coco Chanel's birthday was August 19th.  She passed away in January 1971 (before I was born) but I like to think that wearing her cosmetics, fragrance, and oh some day, clothing I pay homage to a woman that had more style and class in her little finger than most of us do in our whole body.  One of my favorite quotes from her is:
"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow on Fauve as a base with Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in Magic Night in the crease. Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Turbo Lover, Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow in Magic Night as a base and under lower lash line, Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadow in #8 Champagne to highlight, Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion on upper lid and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero on waterline, Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

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