Friday, September 30, 2011

Blushes You Can't Have #9 Laneige Snow Bloom Blusher

Because of the evil nature of the Sith, we like to torture those around us.  Therefore the Pink Sith Blog has come up with a series of posts about BLUSHES YOU CAN'T HAVE!! There are imitators out there, but The Pink Sith Blog is the original sadistic series of blush and taupe shadows you wish you had but can't have because they are either discontinued or very hard to find.  Once a month we torture you, like your Aunt Flo, and make you realize that your makeup collection is seriously lacking, unlike your Aunt Flo.  

 Let's take a walk down memory lane.  In 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,; May was Chanel Joues Contraste in Turbulent; June was Wet ‘n Wild blush in Naive; July was VOV Color Song Volume Blusher #03 Pink Red Mixing. Then in August it was Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pink Raspberry.  Today we have another treat from Korea!

Laneige Snow Bloom Blusher!

Laneige is a subsidiary of AmorePacific from Korea.  Great care is taken with the formulation of many AP products and the attention to detail for Laneige products is evident as well.

The blush is from the Laneige Spring Collection 2008: Snow Bloom.  The Laneige Snow Bloom Blusher consists of 5 shades that can be used together or individually.  

a well loved and well used blush of mine..sorry for the lack of pristine condition pictures.

What makes this blush so special is NOT the fact that it is from Korea, Discontinued and Hard To Find...although that helps a whole lot when I am trying to torture you, it is the fact that this blush is so incredibly soft and the powder so finely milled, it's like applying tiny snow crystals to your cheek.

those "dents" in the surface are from a blush brush...this powder is VERY soft.
As you can see in the top and bottom strips of color they are infused with teeny tiny silver glitter.  When applied this glitter does not just sit on the surface of your skin, not. it slightly diffuses the whole look and melts into the background giving an air of shimmer and glow that you see on freshly fallen snow at twilight.  The top peach colored strips or bottom pink strips can be used alone with the white strip to highlight or you can make your blush brush dance across the entire palette in order to form a beautiful glowy peach pink cacophony of AWESOME.

You should rue the day that you didn't even know about this blush existing and you not purchasing it.

And The Winners Are...

Congratulations to the two winners of the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pink Raspberry Giveaway!

The Winners Are:

Karen F.
Amanda Z.

The winners have been notified via e-mail.  They will need to respond within 72  hours with their address so I can mail out their prizes to them.  Should they not respond, new winner(s) will be selected.

Thank you to all for participating in the Giveaway.  Stay Tuned because I have several more exciting giveaways coming up and one as soon as this MONDAY!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday Poll

My darling husband, Mr. Sith, just showed me a picture of a business card someone had printed up.  Some of you may have seen this card already....but here it is.

Effective, concise and well written...however the threat to vandalize a persons property might be a bit much...but I still like the idea behind it.  There is even a website called in which you can post photographs of egregious parking jobs, print out notices to put on poorly parked cars, even find out why you received a notice and get an explanation of your "crime" of parking like an asshole.  Oh boy do I have some terrible parkers where I live.  When every house frau under 5 feel 4 inches has a Chevy Suburban and insists on parking it as close to the grocery store as possible I feel the urge to leave a "notice" on their windshield letting them know that a) their Stupid Unnecessary Vehicle is not a compact car and b) just because you have a baby seat in your car does not give you permission to park in the "Expectant Mothers or Parents w/ Small Children" Parking spaces when YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR KID WITH YOU!  But I'm a reasonable Sith. I know there are sometimes 2 at fault for horrendous parking.  For example.  The local shopping mall likes to boast that is has X number of parking spots.  Whee. Who cares when each spot is smaller than the average car size and many of the cars that park there are the size of one spot and 1/4 of another spot.  In other words. They made the spots smaller to boast about parking volume. So stupid.  However. Where I live, in Virginia, they have a Concealed Carry law.  That means if you take a gun safety course, are not a felon, not a drug dealer/addict, have mental health issues and a host of other requirements you can legally carry around a firearm on your person in a concealed manner.  Oh and in VA you can carry a firearm on your person in an unconcealed manner without a permit.  Yep.So that 5 foot 4 inch house frau in the Chevy Suburban might be packin' heat.  That means if she seem me leaving a notice on her car AND she has a gun AND she's had a bad day AND she is mentally unstable, she just might shoot me.  That is not cool.  My solution.  Park in another spot. Count to 10, do some deep breathing and go on with my life.  There are worse things in this world than having to walk a few extra feet to go to a store...but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy reading notes left by other people or enjoy looking at pictures of bad parking jobs!
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Rose Ecrin.  So wonderful I wrote a poem about it!

2. Have you ever left a note on a poorly parked car? - Not in the last 10 years but I did once.  After a blizzard hit and over 24 inches of snow fell, I managed to dig out my car from the on street parking and put down cones (LIKE THE REST OF MY NEIGHBORS WERE DOING) to "hold" my spot while I drove to the nearest grocery store to pick up food and cat litter.  Well when I returned some jerk had moved one of the cones out of the way and parked ON TOP OF the other cone and taken my spot.  Now in all fairness, I had no legal claim to that "spot" and it was technically illegal for me to block a spot on a public road...but STILL. That was a dick move.  Anyone that has lived in a place with on street parking and a lot of snow, knows the unwritten rule of not parking in spots that have been freshly shoveled out and marked off.  After I spent the next hour looking for a place to park, I used some colorful language in my note.

3. What makeup brand are you must interested in trying next? - Koh Gen Do cosmetics. I read some reviews on The Beauty Look Book and I'd like to try out the foundation, lipstick and maybe some skin care!

4.   Now that fall is here, do you have any fun things planned for the weekend (Spring for those in the lower part of the hemisphere)? - Obviously Halloween is going to be fun, but I hope to get out to Mt. Vernon (George Washington's home) for the Fall Harvest & Family Days which has hay rides, tours of the house and 16 sided barn, and a maze for the kids!

5.  Crackle Nail Polish: Yay / Nay / OMGWTFBBQ? -  I'll go for the Oh My God What The F*ck B!tch Be Quiet!  Hate it. Hated it in the 80's. Hate it now. Can' wait for the trend to die. Bring On The Magnetic Nail Polishes B!TCHES!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

AromafloriA Kiwi Coconut Sensory Fusion Body and Bath Review

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I take my bath/shower time pretty seriously.  It's pretty much the only "me" time I have during the day.  If I'm not being bombarded by phone calls and clients at work, I'm running after Darthypie when I get home.  Mr. Sith takes up a lot of my time as well...but in a good way.  But my shower...that's all me.  When I was contacted by AromafloriA to test some of their products I was happy to do so.  I am always up for new bath products. AromafloriA's products are soap-free, preservative-free, vegan-based, not tested on animals and eco-friendly. Aside from being one of the pioneers in aromatherapy, the company really cares for our planet. Some of their Green Ingredient Guidelines are: Originate from renewable, sustainable, mineral and organic plant-based sources. Animal friendly (AromafloriA does not conduct animal testing on its products). Provide fair and socially responsible business to the communities and vendors supplying these materials in a fair-trade manner. Require environmentally friendly chemical processes. Require human health data for mutagenicity and carcinogenicity. Require biodegradation results for materials that are either readily or easily biodegradable. Require the vendor community to test for aquatic toxicity and environmental fate. Meet the DFE Standard for aquatic toxicity as a minimum. Require that packaging materials contain the highest level of post consumer recyclables where possible, are made with renewable raw materials only if they do not compromise human welfare and /or further pollute the waste stream. Require energy efficient manufacturing processes that are environmentally safe.  

I was sent a trio of products from AromafloriA's Sensory Fusion Body & Bath line in the Kiwi Coconut scent.  A Foaming Body Wash, A Salt Glow Buff, and Whipped Body Butter.  Let's see how they fared, shall we?

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AromafloriA Kiwi Coconut Foaming Body Wash with Shea Butter Size: 8 oz./250 ml retail US $20.00
This amides, SLS, SLES, and Paraben free body wash was very kind to my skin.  While I might have been blessed/cursed with an oily skinned face the rest of my body is dry, dry, dry. This "soap free" body wash not only foamed up like crazy, it didn't leave my skin dry or tight after use.  The Kiwi is said to nourish and firm skin and the coconut is supposed to gently soothe it.  AromafloriA use a naturally derived coconut cleanser and add in moisturizing organic shea butter.  The end result: soft clean skin!  However.  The scent was NOT the best. I'm not sure why, because the ingredients (listed at the end of this post) seem to be free of harsh chemicals, but the scent of the Kiwi Coconut body wash was almost chemical like and I could not detect any coconut in the fragrance at all. The kiwi smelled/felt synthetic and the overall scent reminded me of balsam with a heavy sweet component.  Not really enjoyable.

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AromafloriA Kiwi Coconut Salt Glow Buff  Size: 12 oz./340 g retail US $25.00
This scrub uses Bali sea salts and edible coconut and is preservative free.  The salt granules are very fine which the AromafloriA website claims, makes it safe for all skin types.  Honestly tho, I found almost no benefit other than moisturizing my skin. The "scrub" part (as provided by the salt) was not scrubby enough for me.  The salt crystals were too fine and I felt as if the scrub just melted on my skin before I could get any exfoliation benefit from it at all.  In addition to not having any exfoliation or scrubbing benefit, the scent again was heavy and felt/smelled synthetic.  I detected no coconut scent at all and the overall scrub smelled a bit pine like with a heavy sweet note to it. However the Essential Oil blend left my skin remarkably moisturized and soft.

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Recently upgraded from the 4.5 ounce containers, the AromafloriA Whipped Body Butters come in 8 ounce containers and they are still the same price!  Now THIS body butter did smell GREAT!  I'm not sure why the scent didn't translate to the body wash or salt scrub but this body butter definitely had notes of sweet kiwi and creamy coconut. I didn't smell like a pina colada when I used this body butter but I smelled fresh and sweet.  The body butter itself is wonderful.  It was extremely moisturizing and nourished my skin a great deal.  In fact, I noticed a marked improvement on my dry flaky heels since I started using this body butter.  The skin on my feet has improved a lot and I don't need to use that pumice stone as often as I used to!  WIN!  In addition, the skin on my legs, arms and elbows is happy and soft.  A little goes a long way with this whipped body butter,. The silky texture of the luxurious creme melts into my skin and does not leave a greasy or sticky residue. I can put this on my arms and legs and get dressed sooner than I could have with any other body butter.  In addition the formula did not sting on my freshly shaved legs.  Come on, we all have put on lotion after shaving and felt that sting at one time or another.  With the AromafloriA Kiwi Coconut Whipped Body Butter I had no such reaction. Another WIN!

Do You NEED this?  Well to be quite honest...No for the Salt Glow Buff.  Even though it comes in another scent (Pomegranate) I don't find the fine salt crystals effective at exfoliation. I cannot recommend it at all.  Now the body wash preformed very well it was only the scent I took issue with. Perhaps a different scent would have been better for me. Since all the products that AromafloriA offers are soap free I would recommend this body wash for anyone that is sensitive to sulfates or other chemicals in common soaps.  I also recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin as I found this body wash to be nicely moisturizing without feeling heavy or greasy.  As for the Whipped Body Butter.  Heck YES you NEED this.  Soft, creamy, silky, decadent and EFFECTIVE all in one 8 ounce tub.  You can't go wrong, no matter what fragrance you select. (Other scents are Pomegranate, Mango Ginger and Honey Papaya)  So all in all not bad. Not great but not bad.  When I run out of the body butter I intend to buy another one. As for the body wash and salt scrub, I'll hand them off to a friend that will enjoy them more than I do.  You can purchase AromafloriA products at most ULTA stores, but to find a store near you, click on this store locator HERE.

Kiwi Coconut Foaming Body Wash with Shea Butter
INGREDIENTS: Aqua purificata (Purified Water), Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera Powder)*, Leaf Juice, Actinidia delicosa (Kiwi Extract), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamine Oxide, PPG-2 hydroxyethyl coco/isostearamide, Natural Flavor, Natural Essential Oil Blend, Butyrospermium parkii (Shea Nut Butter)*, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Caprylyl Glycol, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Ahnfeltia concinna (Red Algae), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Kiwi Coconut Salt Glow Buff
Ingredients: Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Vegetable Glycerin, Aqua Purificata (Purified Water), Actinidia Delicosa (Kiwi) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Natural Thai Coconut Cream), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Wax, Natural Essential Oil Blend, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna (Red Algae) Extract.

Kiwi Coconut Whipped Body Butter w/ Shea and Aloe
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Juice**, Vegetable Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Nut Butter), Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Coco Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*. // * From Natural Essential Oils, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E ), Xanthan Gum. **Certified Organic

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Whisper Review Pictures Swatches

Back in January I told you about my first foray into the Hourglass lipstick world.  Not much of a "world", as there are only 12 shades, but I digress.  The shade I brought you 9 months ago was Embrace, a warm plum with copper reflects.  Today I bring you another shade from this small collection, Whisper.  How aptly named this shade is.  It is a mere whisper of color on the lips. I'm not saying that it is sheer, I'm saying that to look at my lips you would find yourself wondering if I'm wearing lipstick at all.  The shade looks so natural on me it's like My Lips But Better (MLBB)!

I love doing a smoky eye and what better lipstick to pair with that smoky eye than a nude lipstick.  Well my darlings. Behold.

A golden pink beige with shimmer, this nude lipstick leaves my lips soft and hydrated all day long. Even after it has worn off my lips still feel soft.  infused with Vitamin E and jojoba oil, this plush lipstick delivers beautiful color, shine and softness with every stroke.  The lipstick is Paraben, Sulfate, Synthetic Dye and Phthalate FREE. No nasty harmful chemicals on your lips...which you ingest anyway.  Oh and by the way. The "Average" woman does NOT ingest 4-5 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime.  Check out this article HERE.

The Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick is shaped with a square tip. It doesn't follow the shape of your lips like most traditional lipstick bullets, but the square tip is nice for precise application using a lip brush. You can still apply directly from the tube and you can even use the flat end of the lipstick to make a pseudo lip line to fill in.  The trademark hourglass embossed into the lipstick bullet itself, adds that attention to detail that I adore in lipstick.

One more nice thing about the Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick is the case. It's a hefty brown metallic with a golden "Hourglass" in an Arts & Crafts font engraved on the side.  The case is as much of a piece of artworks as the lipstick itself.  Now wouldn't it be a shame when you finished your lipstick (Yes NORMAL people actually finish lipsticks) to throw that case away?  Well fret not my beauties.  This lipstick case is REFILLABLE!  You simply purchase a replacement cartridge for abut $6 less than the original lipstick, snap it into place and you are ready to go again.  And no rules apply to changing your mind about a color when you are done with one.  Simply purchase a different color refill and snap it into the empty case...just don't forget the new name in case you want to pick up another one or are complimented on the shade and need to tell people what color it is.  Trust me. you will get compliments.

Hi.  My name is Pink Sith and I have a Nude Lipstick Addiction.

Admitting that you have a problem is the first they say.  Although I have admitted that I have a red lipstick addiction for many years now and that has not slowed me down.  I might have become a tad more discerning but I still am purchasing red lipstick like it was going outta style.  Well Nude lipstick is another problems for me.  It seems that I like extremes.

I'm quite fond on "Nude" or MLBB shades.  In fact, when I was doing comparison swatches I had to stop at 5 comparisons or else my whole arm might be full of nude pink, beige pink and light mauve pink lipsticks. As you can see below the Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Whisper is only similar to Estee Lauder Pinkberry but even then, the formula is so different.

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Do you NEED this?  Well yes. YES!  If not in Whisper, perhaps in any of the other 11 colors in the line. Embrace is pretty and I believe my next purchase will be for Raven which is a Vibrant Orange Red!!  The Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick comes in 12 pigmented colors and retails for $30 and it's refillable for $24!

Ingredients:  Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, DI-PPG-3 Myristyl Ether Adipate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Tribehenin, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vanillin. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410:2), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2).

Monday, September 26, 2011

Clinique Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour in Salt and Pepper Review Swatches and Pictures

What can I say.  I have a love hate relationship with Clinique.  Just when I think they have turned a corner I find myself right back where I started.  Here is my main gripe with Clinique.  Their color.  Clinique color is waaay to subtle for my taste.  That does not mean the Clinique color is in any way poor, dysfunctional, bad or terrible. It just means that I, PERSONALLY, do not like the level of pigmentation or color choices available to purchase from the brand.  Since the 1980's I have not purchased ONE clinique eye color product that I enjoyed.  Their lip products are exceptional and I will wax poetic about the buttershine formula for lips...but this most recent forray into long wear crease resistant eye shadow...well...let's start at the beginning.

I was on a high from purchasing my Le Metier de Beaute Pink Sith Kaleidoscope and I was near the Clinique counter when checking out.  The Clinique Product Specialist in Tysons Corner is Alexandra Tuluceanu. Not only is she very nice, she's also not pushy.  If you show an interest in a product she will tell you a bit more about it and by the way she tells you about a product, you feel that you have enough good information to consider purchasing or not.  Most of the time I just stick to skin care with Clinique.  It was Alexandra that pushed me towards the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum and I am forever grateful for that.  I love the stuff.  But that day I felt daring and decided to purchase one of the new Clinique Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour shadows.  Yes. they have 2 different taupe colors (Sassy-Fras and Seventh Heather) But the soft silver shimmer from Salt and Pepper called to me.
Of coruse once I said the words out loud THAT song was in my head.

You know what I'm talking about.  And now it is in your head!  Please. You KNEW I was gonna go there. 

Anyway, I swatched the cream shadow in the store. it looked AMAZING!
Alexandra told me how the metal tip of the product was designed to fit the contours of the eye and also to feel cool upon application.  It did.  That was the truth. If felt good against my eye, did not tug at my delicate skin and did feel cool to the touch.  WIN!!  I purchased ASAP.

Once I got home it was a different story. I mean the product still looked the same and felt the same, but in reality controlling the amount of product that comes out from the tube isn't as easy as one would think.  Also more product comes out than you need and you end up with a mucky layer of ick.

I went back to Alexandra and she said she has had her best results when applying with a concealer brush.  Well heck. I have one of those.  Concealer brush to the rescue!  Alexandra was spot on.  The concealer brush did make for an excellent way to apply this cream shadow.  It created a flawless smooth look with out any streaks or patchiness.  Of course the product sets quickly so one has to work fast on each lid, but the end result is very nice.

However, there is always a However when it comes to Clinique. The concealer brush application was perfect, but that sort of ends the usefulness of the contoured metal tipped applicator.  No?

The color was nice in the semi transparent tube and swatched on my arm very well, but because of the application, I could never get it to that almost tarnished silver look on my lids.  No matter how much I tried if I added more cream shadow the product started to streak or pill or just get mucky.  

Worse yet the product DID crease after only a few hours.  I chalked it up to oily lids and applied it the next day with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye primer.  No luck.  Still creased on me.  Now I will say that I have YET to find ANY cream shadow that does not crease on me (after some amount of time) when I wear it alone (i.e. no powder shadow on top) but this one by Clinique seemed to crease the fastest.  The shadow felt absolutely light on my lids. It was like I wasn't wearing any shadow, but well before 8 hours that shadow was a mere ghost of itself and i was left with nothing on my lids.  FAIL.

Do you NEED this?  I suppose if you have better luck with cream shadow than I do, sure spend the $19.50 USD and get one...but honestly I will NOT be getting any other colors...even to use as a base because it's just not worth it.  I have better cream shadows that, while they crease, last a heck of a lot longer on my lids and have an easier application.  Not to mention the sheerness of the's just not my thing. I want something with more Umph.  That's just me.  There is always a time & place for more subtle color and Clinique is wonderful at "Subtle".  Sadly I'm about as subtle as a brick through a glass window, so I'm gonna pass.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Beauty Blog Network Weekend Beauty Read


Phyrra ushers you into Fall with the new collection from Silk Naturals.

Thu from Painted Ladies reviews Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara. Is it a keeper?

The Pink Sith has finally found a full cover foundation that doesn’t look or feel like a mask with DEX New York Mineral Retouch!

A Touch of Blusher reviews Burberry Light Glow in Peony Blush.

Beauty and Fashion Tech has updated its buyer’s guide on Home Microdermabrasion.

Elke shares every single nail look from New York Fashion Week. Thanks to CND.

Cinnamon Kitten falls for Annabelle’s Smudge Paint.

Hello Dollface contemplates 40 Things To Do Before Turning 40.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin Review, Pictures Swatches

In November of 2008 I wrote a poem about Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Petale.  Yes. I loved that blush so much I wrote a poem abut it.  Today I shall profess my love for a new Chanel blush.  Rose Ecrin.

There are any that try and keep us apart.  Your pink base and my pink undertones do not a happy Makeup Artist make.  While they try to push your peach and nude colored cousins on me. I long for your sweet pink embrace.

Your name befuddles me.  Rose Ecrin.  Rose is easy enough to understand, but Ecrin?  Translated from French it means Case or Box.  Like a Jewelery box or a box in which a ring or other jewelery is presented.  Perhaps you were named correctly.  You are a gem to behold.  For that matter any Chanel Joues Contraste blush is a treasure.  But Rose Ecrin, you are truly a nonpareil.

On days when I feel like I look like an old crone, and the image that stares back at me from the mirror confirms it, I need only open your sturdy black plastic case with it's ample mirror and behold in your beauty. Nothing can feel more luxurious than removing the square black compact from it's velvet pouch, seeing the minimal decoration of the white Chanel logo in the center and opening this "ecrin", jewel box, to reveal the perfect blush.

The perfect round dome of not quite pink and not quite rose and not quite peach glow as if it were a rare stone.  Your color is mysterious yet familiar.  One swipe of my blush brush and part of you is released in the form of a finely milled powder rich in pigmentation and sweet with the scent of roses.  

Then the miracle happens. Your color that is not quite anything becomes quite possibly the most natural, neutral hue that this old crone has seen in a long time.  The reflection in the mirror transforms me from crone to princess.  It is not the blush itself that makes me beautiful, it is the way the Rose Ecrin makes me FEEL beautiful, that is what the miracle is about.

Long in the day, when the sun has set and the babes are sleeping, you, Rose Ecrin, remain on my cheek like a lover's kiss.  You hold steady through the trials of the day and reward me with a natural and neutral flush that compliments and never contends for attention away from my smokey eyes or my red lips.

Rose Ecrin, you are worth your cost and then some. You, amongst all the other Chanel Joues Contraste Blushes I own, and I own MANY, are by far my favorite.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday Poll

First World Problems.
I am getting kind of sick and tired of people using the phrase "First World Problems" to nullify arguments.  By and large the things people complain about on the interwebz are petty.  In fact being able to complain about anything on the interwebz is a result of living in the First World (you know, as opposed to the Third World).  Don't get me wrong, having low bandwidth does not trump not having clean drinking water, but aren't these two things mutually exclusive?  I think so.  Just because the Third World lacks sufficient money and infrastructure to produce clean drinking water for its villages does not mean that people living in the First World can't be disappointed in their "First World" infrastructure not being able to provide more bandwidth  It's one thing to complain about a long line at Starbucks and then follow up that you acknowledge that your complaint is a "First World Problem" but it's another thing to jump into a conversation that two people are having about a change in the level of service a business provides and try and stop the lamenting by saying "First World Problems" and consider that contributing to the conversation.  It's not contribution. It's just rude and ignorant.  Aren't customers allowed to be dismayed if the level of service from a business changes for the worst?  Yes.  Does it mean that those very customers don't CARE that there are people in the Third World without clean drinking water?  No.  Of Course Not.  One thing has nothing to do with the other.  I saw something on Twitter the other day that said "Over 30,000 Somalian children died recently as a result of famine, but more importantly, Facebook changed their layout again. Life's hard!" That's the equivalent of a "First World Problems" contribution to a conversation (I mean if you consider twitter conversation)  Just because people are upset with change does NOT mean that they don't care about the fact that Children are starving in this world.  Should everything spoken be only directed at lamenting over Third World Problems?  And I ask you, Of those people that do draw that comparison, what are THEY doing to solve those Third World Problems they claim to care so much about?  I bet you less than 5% of the people that say "First World Problems" to shame people from complaining actually do volunteer time, money assistance to solving those Third World Problems.  I'm not saying that the changes on Facebook or splitting Netflix into two different companies is the end of the world.  Of course it's not.  In the big scheme of things it's hardly a blip on the radar.  I'm just saying that, unless you are personally doing something to end Third World Problems, find a more constructive way to remind your friends that their complaints aren't as woeful as they appear to be.
THANK YOU to Rebecca and Eri for helping me clarify my point with comments they left on my Facebook page.  Without them, I wouldn't have made as much sense.
On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day? - Chantecaille Lip Chic in Calla Lilly. It's a sheer brick red which shows more brown plum on me...but on NORMAL people it would look more brick red.

2.  If you could eliminate one thing from your morning beauty routine, so that you never had to do it again, what would it be? - I would eliminate having to do my eyebrows. I would love them to be colored in and arched perfectly without my effort.

3.  If you knew you could not fail, what would you try? - Flying.  I have always wanted to be able to fly.  I have dreams about it.  That or robbing a bank. (JUST KIDDING)

4.  It's well over a month away...but have you started to plan your Halloween costume yet? - Nope.  I'm not dressing far as I know, but I already have Darthypie's Costumre.  He's gonna go as Captain America!

5.  Most recent beauty purchase? - Chantecaille New Classic Palette.  I love it!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chantecaille New Classic Palette Review Pictures and Swatches

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Here are few truths about me.
I love taupe eyeshadow
I love Chantecaille cosmetics
I love Chantecaille Cosmetics that contain taupe eyeshadow
Therefore The New Classics Palette from Chantecaille is my new love.

I also own the Sea Turtle Palette, the Tiger In The Wild Palette, the Les Dauphins Palette, and Sylvie's Personal Palette.  I think they all contain a taupe shadow of one kind or another. They all contain a blush and they all are 4 pan palettes with wonderful embellishments.  The New Classics Palette is far more demure. It only has a simple 'C' for Chantecaille on each item in the palette.  I think THIS palette might actually encourage people to USE it rather than just LOOK at it.  You won't believe how many comments I get about how people couldn't bring themselves to touching the palette because they didn't want to "ruin" it.  Well the New Classic Palette is so user friendly and so ... well ... CLASSIC that you just HAVE to use it.
The journey begins when you open the palette. A thin vellum sheet shows you what powder is for what use.  You can use that as a guideline or you can think outside the box.  

The shadows are listed as Valerian, Thistle and Lavender.  I love the name Valerian as I am a huge Song of Ice & Fire fan.  You see The Author George R.R. Martin created the word Valyrian as a people/country in his imaginary land which produced the finest and sharpest steel. Every time I hear the word Valerian I don't think of the herb commonly used for perfumes, teas and insomnia aids. I think of Valyrian Steel and Eddard Stark and Ice, the name he gave his sword.  Oh but I am getting of task.  I do so love Eddard Stark...and by that I mean I love Sean Bean.  He may seem rough looking to some, but I think he's just DREAMY.

OK. Where was I?

Oh yes. The names of the shadows.

Valerian is the upper left hand shadow. Valerian’s subtle shimmer can be used to highlight the brow bone, or the inner corners of the eye without looking too frosty. It can also be used as a base for the eye look.

Thistle is the TAUPE!  It is the perfect silver gray lid shade for both day and night.  The must have neutral color may work as a base or in the crease when Valerian is used as a base.  It can also be applied over Valerian for a more subtle and lighter look.  This is the workhorse of the palette being most versatile and most beautiful.

Lavender is the bottom left hand shadow.  As opposite from the color Lavender as one can get in the purple family.  But I suppose calling a shadow Byzantium is a tad too confusing or obscure. Lavender can be used to define the eye, as a liner, or to create a smoky look.

All of the shadows are not overly frosty, which means those with more...ahem...mature eyelids, won't have to shy away from the rich and pigmented satin finish of these stunning Chantecaille shades.  These shadows will not over emphasize crepe-y lids like some frosty shadows are want to do.

And then there is the blush.  Here's the thing. Chantecaille keeps describing this blush color as "pink".  The have named it Rose.  I won't deny that there is some pink in the color, don't get me wrong, but this blush looks more of a coral pink or tea rose pink to me.  It's a warmer pink if anything with fine gold pearle to give a brightening effect to the cheeks.  This is a color that can look flattering on almost any skin tone.  Oh and lest I forget to mention, this blush is enriched with vitamins A, C and E and is highly pigmented.  One need only mention to their blush brush that they are going to put it near this color and your brush is instantly infused with the rich pigmented blush (<---Hyperbole). You need only a little amount of powder to bring a nice youthful and healthy glow you your cheeks when using this blush.

My only complaint, this palette just like the Sea Turtle palette does NOT come with a satin or leather pouch to store it in.  Sadly I think the days of pouches for Chantecaille products has gone the way of the Dodo.  Special little touches like drawstring satin pouches and the like were what made purchasing products from Chantecaille that much more of a treat and a luxury.  Chanel and Dior can still afford pouches for their products...It's a shame that Chantecaille can't do the same.

Do You NEED this?  Have I ever said no to any Chantecaille 4 pan palette?  Nope. I have not.  Which means that YES you need this.  Now before you get your knickers in a twist over the price (it retails for $85 USD) think about the fact that this palette is so perfect and so classic that this may be the only palette you need.  Us makeup junkies can't comprehend this, but there are people out there that own no more than 1 blush and three eyeshadows in this world.  This palette is perfect for the woman that is not a collector.  This palette could be the go to stand by for any woman that doesn't want to think about which shadow goes with what, or does this blush work with my eyeliner.  In other words...this almost universally flattering palette is as close to perfection as one can get...and by owning a piece of perfection such as the Chantecaille New Classic Palette one could almost consider themselves that much more closer to perfection itself. (<---Hyperbole again) Honestly.  This would make a great gift for a friend or family member that wants to wear makeup but doesn't want to be bothered with mixing & matching.  This would be a great introduction to neutrals palette for the novice makeup junkie.  Plus, when the pans run out they are easily swapped out for Chantecaille colors from the permanent line.  

I purchased my Chantecaille New Classics palette from the darling and knowledgeable Alicia Cortes at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Corner.  She knows her stuff about Chantecaille and is so incredibly pleasant and helpful that shopping with her is like taking a vacation.  You can call Alicia at 703-761-1600 X-3289 for assistance or you can call my favorite Beauty Sales Associate Kathy Shoreman at 703-761-1600 X-3282 for more assistance or to purchase over the phone.  Of couse you can also purchase the New Classic Palette on line from, Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bloomingdales, etc. etc. etc.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DEX New York Mineral Retouch Review Pictures Swatches

DEX New York’s Mineral Retouch is a lightweight, camouflaging skin Concealer/Foundation. It is designed to satisfy those that need very light spot coverage to those who need medical grade coverage for scars, tattoos, dark circles, and blemishes.  Mineral Retouch has a very lightweight, true skin-like feel, which is an unfamiliar characteristic for most full coverage cosmetic products. DEX Mineral Retouch was created for those that demand a cream-like, mineral-based foundation while also providing healthy, illuminating skin and extensive shade choices.  DEX Mineral Retouch is a mineral-based, moisturizing skin cover that is waterproof, paraben-free and long lasting. Mineral Retouch promises a natural looking, flawless complexion with a healthy glow, giving every woman bulletproof beauty all day long.

I received a sample of the DEX New York Mineral Retouch and it took me almost 2 weeks to even test it.  And by test, I mean I swatched it on my arm. I put it down for another week and let it sit.  I don't know what my fear was based on, but then it dawned on me. Every time I have tried a full cover creme foundation I have a) broken out from it and b) had my skin look like an oily mask of yellow foundation.  Judging from the colors that were sent to me I figured the same thing was going to  let it sit.  But one day my skin had a terrible flare up and the products I was using to treat the acne made my skin so very red. I had no choice.  I had to use this full cover foundation and hope for the best.

MR 2.5 on Left and MR 1.5 on Right

I wasn't quite sure how to apply this foundation. I had a flat foundation brush, a rounded foundation brush, a Skunk Brush, Sponges and a kabuki brush.  I first decided on using the Skunk Brush (My MAC 187)  Swirling the brush evenly between the pans I picked up a nice amount of product (but you would never know it to look at the pans. They looked untouched) and started to apply to my skin.  The color match was surprisingly close to my natural skin tone and the application via a Skunk Brush left only slight streaking in areas around my nose.  Buffing in tiny circles I managed to cover my entire face with a light application of the DEX New York Mineral Retouch but it didn't feel heavy or cakey.  I smoothed out any streaks with a damp sponge and some of the Mineral Retouch applied to it.  The result.  Seamless full coverage with all my blemishes hidden.  I set the foundation with powder and finished my face of makeup and went about my day.  By noon I was showing some shine and blotted my face.  Some of the foundation transferred to the blotting paper but my skin still looked covered.  I was impressed.  By 4:00 PM (note I applied this at 5:30 AM) without touch ups the foundation finally started to show signs of breaking down and settling into pores and/or looking patchy on my skin.  11 Hours, two blottings and it finally starts to show wear was amazing performance as far as I was concerned.

MR 2.5 on Left , MR 1.5 in Middle, 2 products blended on Right

My trepidation had been put aside and the next day I applied the DEX New York Mineral Retouch with my kabuki brush.  GENIUS!  I achieved an AIRBRUSHED finish using the kabuki. No streaks, no lines, no patches. This was definitely the way I would apply this in the future.   The thing is.  While I was wearing DEX New York Mineral Retouch, I never once felt like I was walking around with a mask on my face.  I never once worried that scratching my nose would cause me to scratch off a "layer" of makeup. I achieved the same amount of wear time from the Kabuki application as I did the Skunk Brush and Sponge application.

1/2 of my face with the DEX New York Mineral Retouch and 1/2 bare no-makeup

My skin looked flawless.  I had achieved Mannequin Skin!  (Yes.  My darlings, some of us do want to look plastic.  Joeybunny can confirm that mannequin skin is a good thing at times.)  I hardly needed to use my concealer once I was finished applying the Mineral Retouch. I'm sure, Dexter Phillip, the founder and CEO of DEX New York Cosmetics, Inc. is cringing at the term Mannequin Skin, but I say it with the utmost reverence and respect for mannequins.

After using only DEX New York Mineral Retouch, some concealer under eyes, setting powder, blush & eye makeup

Best yet. I didn't break out from using this product. I am thrilled to finally have a decent product to use when my skin starts acting like a jerk.

Mineral Retouch from DEX New York provides medical grade coverage (for scars and tattoos), is waterproof, paraben free, fragrance free, and hypoallergenic.  It comes in 12 shades and 5 starter palette combinations.  The starter palette is refillable, and you may opt to customize the shade combination (for example. MR 2.5 and MR 4.5). The palette pictured in this review is MR 1.5 and MR 2.5.

MR 1.5 - MR 2.5 Lightest 
MR 3.5 – MR 4.5 Light/Medium
MR 5.5 – MR 6.5 Medium 
MR 7.5 – MR 8.5 Medium/Dark
MR 9.5 – MR 10.5 Dark 
MR 11.5 – MR 12.5 Darkest

I found the packaging to be just So-So. It's not great and it's not terrible. The DEX New York Mineral Retouch came in a pleather (Vinyl) covered cardboard container. It house the 2 pans and had an ample mirror.  However, after some use the compact seemed to widen a bit and the pans began to slide around in the compact. Not a lot of sliding, but enough that it was slightly annoying.  

Do you NEED this?  Yes, but only if you desire full coverage. I mean FULL coverage.  And you MUST use an oil cleansing method to remove this product. Using just plain soap and water will not get rid of all of the makeup and you might be left with acne or irritation if you do not properly cleanse this product from your skin. The starter palette comes with 2 shades and will retail for $50 USD. Each refill will retail for $21 USD.  The DEX New York Website has the link to the Mineral Retouch on the web but as of 09/20/2011 you are not able to purchase it. I was told it would be available for purchase on 9/19/2011, but I believe there is just some disconnect between the web and the retail segment.  So keep checking back with them.

Active Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Paraffin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Cetyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Magnesium Myristate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Petrolatum, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Oleth-10, Propylene Glycol, BHT, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Citric Acid, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Cin-namyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance) and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Red 36 CI 12085, Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77289, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 7 Lake CI 15850, Carmine CI 75470, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Red 40 Lake CI 16035, Yellow 6 Lake CI 15985, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Red 22 Lake CI 45380, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Red 28 Lake CI 45410, Mica] May contain carmine as a color additive.
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