Monday, October 31, 2011

Blushes You Can' Have #10 MAC Blooming Powder Blush


It's that time of the month again.. No! Not THAT time.  I'm talking about the time of the month were I torture you over pictures of blushes YOU CAN'T HAVE!  This month, like any other month is special.  Special because a) your jealousy tastes delicious and 2) I like seeing you wail about how much you would have loved to have this blush.  I'm a sadist. I can't help it.  But don't curse my name yet.  The blush featured this month is from a company that might re-promote it...but I'll get to that soon.

Let's re-cap, shall we?  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.  September brought in a second treat Korea, Laneige Snow Bloom Blusher.  This month I bring you...

MAC Powder Blush in Blooming!


Originally released in 2008 in the Cult Of Chery Collection, Blooming was described as a "Frosty Deep Dirty Peach".  It's frosty, but not peach..as you will soon learn.  MAC is famous or infamous for releasing multiple limited edition collections in one month.  Back in 2008 the rate of collections released in one month was much slower than you are familiar with in 2011.  The cult of Cherry collection brought rich chocolaty eyes offset by chartreuse accents.  The lips were deep and vampy and the nails matched the lips.  The one respite in color on the face was in blush.  Blooming was one of two blushes released in this collection, the other being Plum de Bois which was described as a Frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearl but it really looked like a muted dirty plum with gold pearl.  Very pretty, but a tad too dark for my complexion.  I went for Blooming.  At this point in my MAC life I was starting to tire of the constant releases and the multitude of Limited Edition products, but I was enchanted by this blush and I just had to have it. 


One swatch of Blooming on my wrist and i knew I had a winner.  This was not peach, but pink, and it did have a dirty/greyed out feel to it.  In fact, the power in the pan looks completely different than the powder, once applied to the face.  A perfect neutral pink is the result of powder brush meeting pan and brush meeting face.  I dare say that this is the first "frost" blush i have ever owned that didn't make my pores look like moon craters.  While MAC may have labeled this a frost blush it was hardly frosty, but what it was, well, it was like the most natural pink blush I had ever owned.  Now I normally rave over Chanel Joues Contraste blushes, and I still find them superior to MAC, but this color. This one color was so exceptional. 


Imagine a perfect deep brow or grey or TAUPE smokey eye.  To keep that perfection a blush must be chosen that does not fight with the eye for attention, but still provides the right color so as not not make the rest of the face fade into the background.  MAC Blooming Powder Blush is that blush. It is the perfect hint of pink, yet neutral enough to not look like you applied blush.  You know that blush you have when you wake up after a good night's sleep?  That's this color.  It's just enough color to show you are still alive but not so much that you look like a 2 bit whore.  (2 bit whore blush is much more complicated to achieve.)

Alas, like all MAC collections this was LIMITED EDITION, but Like many MAC collections a Limited Edition tag does not mean never again.  MAC brings back Limited Edition colors all the time.  They even release limited edition colors that look EXACTLY LIKE permanent collection colors ::COUGHMACPreppedFor GlamourCOUGH:: once in a while.  So do not fret. Sit tight and in a few more years they will probably release this color again.  It only took 5 years for MAC to re-release Stereo Rose, and even less time for them to re-release Lightscapade.  You might have to only wait a few years to get Blooming...then again...MAC might never release it again...isn't that just awesome? ... not.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



I want to wish all of you a Happy Halloween
A Blessed  Samhain
And A Good Day of The Dead / All Saints Day and All Souls' Day Tuesday & Wednesday

And Happy Belated Birthday to my wonderful Brother!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Neiman Marcus 2011 Christmas Book Fantasy Gifts

I had planned to do this whole week long post of "Expensive Stuff That Really Works" but when I started in on the research for that Chanel Sublimage Eye cream that plan fell by the way side.  I know there are a few expensive things in the world that are worth the money, but I just didn't have the time or resources to do an entire week long series for you.  What I had planned on doing was ending the week with information about the ultimate indulgence, the fantasy gifts from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.  Not everyone gets the Christmas book, and I thought it would be fun to look at some of the really over the top gifts that Neiman Marcus is offering this year.  So take a ride with me and your fantasy check books that contain millions of dollars and let's do some shopping!


The 85th edition of the legendary Christmas Book continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true.  To many, the arrival of the Christmas Book is considered the official start of the holiday shopping season.  First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.  Eight of the fantasy gifts offered in the Christmas Book feature a unique charitable component. The 2011 featured charities include Water.org, the Double H Ranch, Stone Barns Center, First Book, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, amfAR™ and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Among the selection of fantasy gifts in the 2011 Christmas Book are some remarkable items, including:



“HIS & HERS” 2011  DANCING FOUNTAINS FROM WET

Founded in 1983 in Sun Valley, California, WET has become the foremost pioneer in creating state-of-the-art fountain technology. For the first time ever, the company will bring its magic to a private residence and create a personal scale fountain showcasing two of its amazing underwater robot nozzles. Individually programmable, each fountain will have a full range of motion, which adds personality and versatility to their performances. The elegant duo whirls, twirls, sweeps, and bows—sometimes in unison, sometimes as counterpoints, but always with engaging grace. These beautiful fountains will thrill onlookers for a lifetime, while their purchase will touch the lives of hundreds. Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 of the proceeds to Water.org, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries. A second package offered by WET—will grant one person the once-in-a-lifetime experience of choreographing a song to be performed by The Fountains of Bellagio. Just one of these packages will be available and $5,000 of the proceeds will benefit Water.org as well.
(Dancing Fountains, $1,000,000.00; page 57; Guest Choreographer package, $500,000; information available online only)



NEIMAN MARCUS-EDITION HACKER-CRAFT SPEEDBOAT

Chart a glamorous course in what is considered by boating enthusiasts worldwide to be the gold standard of pleasure boating. Entirely handbuilt in the USA, this 27-foot, solid mahogany wonder is the result of 1,400 hours of meticulous craftsmanship. Underneath 15 coats of handbrushed varnish and premium mahogany sits a glistening Mercury Marine 8.2 High Output 425-horsepower engine-CE, also compliant for use in Europe. A custom-designed bow burgee, gold-leafed waterline, underwater lighting, and deep violet bottom are among the rich details exclusive to the NM edition, which will feature the name you bestow it in gleaming 23-carat gold leafing. The ultra-posh, customized interior includes cream-colored seating with purple piping, a monogrammed humidor, topnotch refrigerator, GPS, and premium stereo sound system. Also included are the all-important sea trial, commissioning, and instructions in operation and maintenance. For every speedboat sold, Neiman Marcus will make a $3,000 donation to the Double H Ranch, a program that provides year-round support for families with children affected by life-threatening illnesses. Co-founded by Paul Newman and Charles R. Wood, the ranch offers unique camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, and empowering. ($250,000.00; page 58)



DAYTRIP TO STONE BARNS FARM

The idyllic Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in the countryside of Pocantico Hills, New York. Its mission is simple: Improve the way Americans eat and farm. Within this picturesque 80-acre compound resides the critically hailed restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which offers multiple-course “farmer’s feasts,” prepared from the day’s harvests. Gather six friends and head to the farm, where your group will participate in a hands-on learning experience. Farmer Jack Algiere will host an “edible garden lesson” and help participants plot their own home-based garden. Next, you’ll receive a cooking demonstration from Chef-Kitchen Director Adam Kaye, followed by a four-course lunch featuring the best seasonal ingredients. The purchase of this package benefits the nonprofit Stone Barns Center with 100% of the proceeds. For more ways to support the farm, Neiman Marcus is offering a luxury weekend for two at Stone Barns that includes a full-access, behind-the scenes tour of the farm and a dinner prepared by executive chef Dan Barber at Blue Hill.  If you can’t make a trip to the farm yourself, you can still make your presence felt by giving a gift that will help keep the honeybees happy and productive – a jar of local honey.  (Daytrip: $9,500.00; page 59; Luxury Weekend for two: $20,000; Jar of local honey:  $45; information available online only)



ASSOULINE CUSTOM-BUILT LIBRARY

The publishing house renowned for its beautiful volumes and cultural perspective is offering the ultimate enriching addition to your home: a bespoke library. From floor to ceiling and wall to wall, every nuance of this room will reflect Assouline’s brilliant style—through custom carpeting, objets d’art, and beautifully framed prints—as well as your intellectual viewpoint. When the decor is complete, the shelves will be lined with a one-of-a-kind Assouline collection, consisting of 250 current and vintage volumes in the genre of your choice. Enjoy published works from the world’s foremost artists, photographers, writers, architects, interior designers, and fashion and culinary masters. With this purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $2,500 to First Book, an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides access to new books for children in need throughout the U.S. and Canada. ($125,000.00; page 60)





INTERNATIONAL FLOWER SHOW TOUR, ARRANGED BY JETWAY PRIVATE AIR

Round up nine friends and head to Europe’s most celebrated flower shows, organized by the exclusive private jet-chartering company, JetWay Private Air. Your journey begins May 12, 2012, where you’ll hop across the pond in first-class style on a Gulfstream G-IV—with a JetWay representative as your group’s guide, concierge, and wine aficionado. Your tour will begin in Merges, Switzerland, at The Tulip Festival, where Lake Geneva provides a sparkling backdrop to 300 varieties of some 100,000 tulips. Later, rest and relax in luxury at the Hotel Lausanne Palace & Spa. Next, you’ll fly to Athens, Greece, home of the Kifissia Flower Show, a lavish display of more than 2,000 native and foreign plant species. After a lovely promenade, enjoy superior accommodations at Hotel Grand Bretagne. Your next stop: Avignon, France, where the Altera Rosa Festival awaits. The garden boasts an extensive collection of established rose breeds, which comingle with 30 new species introduced each year. Afterward, head to the Hotel d’Europe Avignon. Finally, you’ll visit London, England’s renowned Chelsea Flower Show, site of The Daily Telegraph Garden. Later that night, you’ll bask in the beauty of the historic Goring Hotel. This package includes two nights and three days at each destination, gourmet in-flight meals, private ground transportation, and flower show tickets. With the purchase of this excursion, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, an organization devoted to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes.  ($420,000.00; page 61)



DREAM FOLLY

Ever wish you could cross your arms, bat your eyes, and escape to a serene place all your own? Our “Dream Folly” is inspired by the classic 1960s TV show I Dream of Jeannie. Starting with a sturdy 18-foot-diameter yurt—a structure invented centuries ago by ancient Mongols—from Rainier Yurts, “Dream Folly” is the ideal simulation of a genie’s posh bottle. The structure consists of a mixed-grain interior lattice system, a Sunbrella® exterior lining, and a plexiglass door and dome. The roof is made from vinyl-coated polyester with an acrylic top coat for extra durability. But it’s the interior that goes beyond your wildest, most decadent dreams. Let’s start with the pièces de résistance: a bevy of one-of-a-kind, down-filled pillows from renowned designer Rebecca Vizard. Vizard built a workshop in her rural hometown of St. Joseph, Louisiana, where she and a group of craftsmen create these plush accessories—all by hand—from the finest textiles. In addition to the pillows, Vizard designed every detail of this space and selected colors to evoke the bubbles of a warm, soothing bath. The room’s other noteworthy embellishments include linen wall coverings by Coleman Taylor Handpainted Textiles in Montgomery, Alabama, and a custom, handcrafted crystal chandelier from New Orleans-based Julie Neill Designs. You can choose a different color scheme and decor from the ones depicted in the Christmas Book. The “Dream Folly” stands 12'5" tall with an 18’ diameter. For every retreat sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  (Beginning at $75,000.00; page 63)



JOHNNIE WALKER® PRIVATE SCOTCH TASTING

In 1820 Kilmarnock, Scotland, an enterprising young man named Johnnie Walker created powerful scotch blends that remain unrivaled in taste to this day. Now you can experience the smoothness of these perfectly aged libations during The Ultimate Scotch Tasting—your chance to host a truly exceptional gathering in the comfort of your own home. You and 20 guests will be entertained by an authentic Scottish bagpiper, while a Master of Whisky relays the history and palatable attributes of the five premium marques in the Johnnie Walker portfolio: the Blue, Black, Gold, Red, and Green Labels. A top-notch event planner will be on hand to orchestrate the entire evening. Guests will leave with a custom-engraved bottle of Johnnie’s premium-blend Blue Label for their personal enjoyment. 100% of the proceeds from this tax-deductible event will go directly to amfAR™, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Five available. ($5,000.00; page 64)



TOM BURR TABLE-TENNIS TABLE

Noted artist Tom Burr brings his modern aesthetic to your home in the form of a beautifully rendered table-tennis table, which also doubles as a contemporary work of art. Originally, the game of table tennis was favored by 19th-century British society before staging its most recent comeback among hipsters, families, and serious competitors alike. This limited-edition table, perfectly sculpted from a distinctive choice in material—black rubber—turns ordinary sporting equipment into the sublime. As Burr notes, “I like the notion of rubber. It has low-key glamour, like that of a sports car’s bumpers and guards. And, quite simply, rubber makes the balls bounce—more bounce for your buck.” For each table sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s mentoring leader in changing children’s lives for the better, forever. The table measures 9'L x 5'W x 30"H. Limited edition of 10 available. ($45,000.00; page 65)



THE 2012 FERRARI FF, BESPOKE FOR NEIMAN MARCUS

The NM exclusive edition of the 2012 Ferrari FF jumps from 0 to 60 in less than 3.7 seconds and reaches top speeds of over 200 MPH. The top-of-the-line model features 651-horsepower and a V12 engine, a proprietary, lightweight 4WD system (4RM™), as well as a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission for seamless automatic shifting. Each car is identified by a numbered interior plaque and unique exterior color, “Grigio Caldo.” The interior features soft-touch, semi-aniline leather with a matching custom luggage set. It comfortably seats 4 adults and features a class-leading 16 cubic feet of trunk space. The vehicle comes with Ferrari’s 7-year maintenance plan, and enrollment in the 2012 Ferrari Winter Driving Experience in Aspen, Colorado. 10 available. Reserve your Ferrari FF by calling 800.558.0022 beginning promptly at 12:00 PM EDT on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Delivery to occur in Spring 2012. ($395,000.00; page 170)

If money was no object...which one(s) would you choose?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday Poll


Last weekend Mr. Sith and I took Darthypie to Mount Vernon.  This is the home and estate of the first president f the United States, George Washington.  The entire house and surrounding lands have been made into a national park.  On some special weekend they have all sorts of festivities.  This weekend thy were celebrating fall harvest days.  They had wagon rides, a straw bale maze for kids to run around in, corn husk doll making, all sorts of great stuff.  The estate is HUGE and much of it is outdoors so service dogs and pet dogs are allowed on the grounds. (just not in the buildings)  So why do I mention that dogs are allowed?  Well, It was a beautiful crisp fall day. The sun was shining the air was cool (around 65 degrees) and the leaves were changing color.  Picture perfect.  We arrived at Mount Vernon around 10:30 AM. This was about an hour later than i wanted to be there.  Perhaps if we had arrived at 9:30 we would not have seen THIS

I was tempted to not obscure the a-holes license plate in the photo above, but I don't want to get sued or break any privacy laws. 
You are looking at a dog, a real dog, sitting in the back window of a car. The car is all black with a black interior AND all the windows are rolled up.  There is no water in the car for the dog and no fresh air coming in.  Now this car had already been parked by the time we go there so we figure it had been there since at least 10:30 if not earlier.  You see. although it's a nice crisp fall day, the sun is out, and the sun creates HEAT. something this a-hole didn't realize.  The sun will heat up a car and literally cook its contents in a matter of hours.  Even if it is only 65 degrees outside, the inside of the car can get much warmer and stifling.  Keeping a pet in a locked car with no air or water is beyond stupid, it's cruel. There was another couple near us that also spotted the dog and both them and Mr. Sith immediately took pictures of the car with the dog in it.  We both went to the park police about it.  They explained that the parking was not in the jurisdiction of the park and that the local police would have to respond.  They said they would alert the police.  We all went about our day hoping for the best, but Mr. Sith and I were wondering if we shouldn't have broken a window of the car and rescued that dog.  

Fast forward to 4:00 PM. Yes. That's right. Almost 6 hours later.  We are walking back to our car and we see the same couple that took pictures of the car & dog standing on the corner.  We were surprised to see them.  I certainly thought that by now the owners had come to claim the dog or that the police had rescued the poor thing.  Nope.  Nothing had happened.  almost 6 hours later and that dog is still in that sealed up car panting away.  Mr. Sith was about to take our car escape hammer and bust open the window.  
The couple told us they called animal control and they were waiting for them to show up.  about 10 minutes later the animal control van shows up.  The "officer" and I put that word in quotes for reasons you wills see in a minute, was confrontational as soon as he stepped out of his van.  The situation was explained to him and he took a quick look at the panting dog and said. "I don't thinks this animal is in distress. there is nothing I can do."  To which Mr. Sith said, "You're joking right?"  The Animal control officer just was not interested in hearing anything else. He said "It's not that hot out." even though it was explained to him that the dog had been in the sealed car for over 6 hours.  At that point Mr. Sith surmised, out loud, "You just don't want to rescue this dog because you don't want to do the paperwork.  It's almost 5:00, it's the end of your shift and it's the weekend. You just don't want to be bothered." The animal control "officer" turned red and said, if you have a complaint you can call my supervisor, handed Mr. Sith his card and drove off.  Seriously.  He just drove away.

A few moments later the OWNER of the car walked up.  Oh boy. Did he get an ear full from Mr. Sith and the other couple waiting for him.  He seemed to think he had done nothing wrong and was annoyed and bewildered as to why anyone would be concerned.  He eventually said.  "OK. Jeesh. I'm sorry, alright?"  Mr. Sith was like, "Don't apologize to us. Apologize to the dog!"  Of course that wouldn't have made a difference...the poor thing was shaking and panting so hard.  The owner drove off and a bunch of people THEN came up to Mr. Sith and the other couple and said "You did the right thing" or "That guy was a jerk" or something.

So that was our Saturday. Fun.  Oh and I got a migraine from being out in the sun too long.
On To The Poll.

1.  Blush Of The Day? - Le Metier de Beaute creme fresh tint in Mystique. you can read about it HERE. It's a pretty pale lilac-y pink.

2.  What would you have done in the situation above? - Personally I wanted to break the window but I had Darthypie with me and well...I'm not sure that would have been legal.

3.  Anything coming in the mail, beauty or otherwise? - I'm waiting on a pair f jeans from Old Navy and a hoodie.  I got my makeup goodies earlier this week. (See my post on Sephora Friends & Family)

4.  Do you have any pets? If so, what kinds and what are their names? - I have a English Bulldog named Floyd (Floydiepie) and a Tabby Cat (grey & black) named Cujo.

5.  Favorite season for makeup? - The fall. So many neat colors come out and the weather is cool enough that my makeup does not slide off my face by mid day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Ready-To-Wear Smoky Eyes Palette in 781 Smoky Brown Review Pictures Swatches


You know if there is a Dior shadow palette that includes taupe I'm gonna be all over it.  So when Dior came out with the 3 Couleurs Smoky Ready-To-Wear Smoky Eyes Palette in Smoky Brown I was all over that palette like white on rice.

Let's see.  Dior Shadows are soft has heck. Super silky and insanely pigmented. They are always packaged well and they last forever on the eyes.  Um yeah.  I had to have it.


So let's see whats so awesome about this palette, shall we?  The packaging = Awesome.  Slide back the top and a mirror pops up and the shadows are revealed.  Tres chic!  Oh yeah, and according to Dior "This three-color eye shadow harmony helps you create catwalk smoky eyes in three easy steps. The slide-out palette features an extremely blendable base that perfectly preps and colors the eyelid, while the eye shadows offer different effects: matte for a natural ready-to-wear style or shiny for a glamorous, couture style."

OK. Before I go forward let me explain a few things.
I will never ever be mistaken for a model so a "catwalk look" isn't what I need.  There was this one time back in 1998 when this dude approached me at a mall and asked me if I was a model tho.  He gave me his card and told me he was a photographer. He said I could do modeling and I should call him. Uh yeah. Right.  That totally reminded me of the scene in Fame where Irene Cara's character, Coco, is approached in a diner by a porno filmmaker (Steve Inwood) claiming to be a director. The rest of the story does not end well. 

Moving on.

So the Dior palette comes with a beautiful base color that is a satin finish and looks to be a cool beigey grey. (The swatches make it look warmer than it really is) Realistically one could use this as a base color and a highlight but it's slightly too dark for my fair skin to work as a highlight.  The shimmery taupe is just that. VERY shimmery and very pretty.  The matte brown is a wonderful liner and crease color (if using the taupe as an all over base color) it also works well in the outer V of the eye.  The matte shadow is soft and smooth and richly pigmented.  It is one of THE NICEST matte shadows I have ever used. It's not chalky and it covers evenly.  If all matte shadows were this nice I would own a ton of them.


Do you NEED this?  Well at $48 a pop it's not a MUST HAVE. Although the quality is excellent, you probably have similar colors in your collection already. However if one were to purchase through a specific store that may or may not be having a 20% off discount until the 2nd of November, then one might reason that $38.40 is a more tolerable amount to spend ($12 per shadow).  Just Sayin'


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chanel Sublimage Eye - Review

image from chanel.com
You know how crack dealers give you your first hit for free? Once you're hooked tho, you'll pay, and pay dearly.  So why am I likening Chanel Sublimage Eye to crack?  Because you get a sample from your friendly Chanel counter rep and then you're hooked.  At $200 for half of an ounce or 15 g, this eye cream is super duper expensive.  I figure at that price it better work and make me look ten years younger.

According to Chanel Sublimage Eye is "The ultimate in anti-aging luxury, specifically formulated for the delicate eye area. It starts with one unique plant -- the Vanilla Planifolia -- unearthed in the farthest reaches of Madagascar. A unique process created by CHANEL Research harnesses the power of this potent botanical fruit for targeted de-aging action. With the exclusive ingredient, Planifolia PFA*, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dehydration, lack of radiance and inconsistency in pigmentation are pinpointed at once. Adding to the cream's core strength: a unique eye complex to diminish the appearance of puffiness and dark circles and help skin quickly achieve a luminous look. . . revitalized, regenerated, radiant. *PFA: Polyfractioned Active. An ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient created through an exclusive purification technique developed by CHANEL. "

I started to think.  What is this special process they are talking about.  I googled "Polyfractioned Active"  You know what?  It's not a real term. I mean it is "real" but Chanel coined it to describe the "special" process in which they get  this special "botanical fruit for targeted de-aging action". The nonsense that went into developing Sublimage's Planifolia PFA is just another trick that cosmetic companies try in order to sell more product.  According to Chanel the patent-pending blend is created by "*polyfractioning" the fresh fruit of the vanilla planifolia plant.  Chanel's scientists selected this plant allegedly, for its rich supply of polyketones. Chanel says polyketones are anti-aging molecules that encourage cell renewal. However, according to Wikipedia, polyketones are thermoplastic polymers (translation: plastic). I could not find any documentation linking polyketones taken from botanical sources to anti-aging, except of course, in articles about Chanel.

*Chanel's exclusive "polyfractioning" technique (remember, polyfractioning isn't a word found in any dictionary. It's a term coined by Chanel), is part of the key process to restore firm, radiant, youthful skin. According to Chanel, polyfractioning is a new process that isolates the active ingredients from a plant, paring down millions of molecules to just a handful.  According to Chanel "In the farthest reaches of Madagascar, where the soil is rich in nutrients, the CHANEL Research Team unearthed the key to powerful anti-aging: the precious green fruit, Vanilla Planifolia. 231.5 pounds of Vanilla Planifolia are needed to produce 35.2 ounces of Planifolia PFA. Molecules called Polyketones are able to target the precise ‘life factors’ that program skin’s youthful appearance and vitality."

OK.  So let me break this down in easy to understand terms.

Because of the de-forestation of the Brazilian rain forest, it's no longer "cool" to claim your special fountain of youth comes from there so let's move to other neat-o keen places like Madagascar.  Who doesn't like Madagascar?


And Vanilla?  Everyone like Vanilla right?  I mean the Skinny Vanilla Latte is the *most popular drink at Starbucks, isn't it?  *not an actual fact.

So it only stands to reason that Madagascar vanilla could be the fountain of youth...Not.

Let's say for shits and giggles that the special Planifolia PFA from Chanel does what it says it does.  OK. Then when you look at the ingredients of the Sublimage Eye why is is soooo far down on the list of ingredients?  (Remember ingredients listed on cosmetic are listed in order of largest amount to smallest amount.)

INGREDIENTS:Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Canola Oil, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolmer, Peg-8 Beeswax, Beheneth-25, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Amonium Acryloyldimethytaurate/Vp Copolymer, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Butylene Gylcol, Sodium Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Steareth-20, Tetrasodium Edta, Citric Acid, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Dipeptide-2, Potassium Sorbate, Palmitoyl, Tetrapeptide-3, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Biotin

Water?, Glycerin?, Squalane?, Butyrospermum Parkii - Oh that's Shea Butter!, CANOLA OIL?!?!  Seriously? Canola Oil?  Do you all realize how common and INEXPENSIVE the first few ingredients are?  Do you also realize that those ingredients are also found in a host of other less expensive eye creams?

Out of the 35 total ingredients the precious Vanilla Fruit Extract is listed at 24.  That's pretty low.  Any anti-aging effect this item might have is buried under such common ingredients it makes no sense.

Moisturizing - Squalane, Glycerin, Shea butter, Canola oil, Beeswax, Lecithin
Anti-oxidants - Vanilla planifolia fruit oil, Ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C)
Smoothing -  Dimethicone (silicone)
Anti-inflammatory - Licorice extract
Anti-bacterial - Centella asiatica extract
Dark circle reducing - Hesperidin methyl chalcone
Wrinkle reducing - Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3
Preservatives - Methylparaben, O-cymen-5-ol, Chlorhexidine digluconate, Potassium sorbate
Humectants - Pentylene glycol, Butylene glycol
Plasticisers - Methylmethacrylate crosspolmer
Emollients - Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl glucoside
Emulsifiers - (water/oil mixers) Beheneth-20, Steareth 20
pH adjusters -  Citric acid
Thickening agents - Ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP copolymer, Xanthan gum
Detergents -  Palmitic acid
Chelating agents - (metal binding agents) Tetrasodium EDTA

Ugh.  I have a sinking feeling that $200 eye cream isn't worth more than the glass container it comes in.

So, do you NEED this?  I don't know.  
What?  
That's right. I'm not sure.  Even though a preponderance of the evidence shows that the ingredients are nothing special, that there is an excess of ingredients that could be found in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets I still am not sure if you "don't" need this.  Why?  Because whatever is in there, it works.  Maybe it's the Licorice extract or the Hesperidin methyl chalcone but when I use this eye cream I see an improvement in my under eyes so apparent and so remarkable that I am astounded.  My fine lines start to disappear, my dark circles start to lighten, the puffiness under my eyes dissipates and I look...well YOUNGER!  The eye cream sinks in quickly, does not feel greasy and works very well under eye makeup.  I apologize that my examples only serve to obfuscate and confuse you. They confuse me too.  So far I'm living off a few free sample tubes.  Once they are gone, well. I'll be on the hunt for an eye cream that works as well bust costs about $140 - $160 less than Chanel Sublimage Eye.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Beauty Blog Network Weekend Beauty Read



10/23/2011

Planning on a facial peel? Michelle Howard from Painted Ladies gives some great post-peel skin care tips.

Beauty and Fashion Tech discusses the LightStim Rosacea Light and whether it might be the best tool for battling that condition.

Stylebell is giving away a HUGE prize worth over $700 to someone whose hair really needs help.

Phyrra shares her Hacks! Cheats for blending eye shadows.

A Touch of Blusher reviews Olay Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir.

The Pink Sith has a new addiction and it happens to be taupe eyeshadow from Kose Addiction Eyeshadow in Nostalgia!

Author and contributor to HelloDollface, Caroline Leavitt interviews me about my new novel!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator Review Pictures


 When I was sent the Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator I was actually hopeful that I had found an Aveeno product that actually worked well for me. I'm not sure what my problem is. The sunscreen and colloidal oatmeal baths are OK, but the lotions, face washes and facial moisturizers from this brand just do not work for me. Either they break me out or the irritate my sensitive skin. Maybe it's the "active natural" ingredients, maybe it's my craptacular skin. I don't think it's Aveeno's fault. I mean they have a huge following and TONS of positive reviews all around the interwebz. When I received the Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator I had hope. Hope that this product would work well for me.


Why was I hopeful? Well many years ago I actually used the Aveeno Positively Radiant line of products with not too many adverse effects. I adored the self foaming cleanser, however. I was sad every time the pump stopped working, got stuck, and I felt like I ran out of the cleanser too quickly, so I just gave up using it. Then I also used the moisturizer. It was a very nice but the Salicylic Acid eventually irritated my face and the Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer w/ 15 SPF was too greasy for my oil slick of a face.  So why was I hopeful, again?  I'm not sure. I guess the past has made me forget my issues with the brand.


So let's just fast forward to now. The Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator arrived and I really liked the look of the packaging.  It reminded me of those Physician Formula mascaras shaped like a leaf...only the eye cream was more modernized with a neat shimmer to the light jade colored plastic packaging.  Of course as the Don't They Know Who I Am? Blog points out...it also kinda looks like a personal...um...massager. She's right. More on this later*.

So according to the packaging and the Aveeno Website 
"The Eye Illuminator refreshes and hydrates under eyes with an innovative brush applicator and a formula containing an exclusive combination of ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex boosted with tone-evening vitamin B3 and light-diffusing technology to rejuvenate your natural radiance and help you look fresh and luminous."

Well that sounds awesome. Right?


So I open up the tube/product/thingie and while I feel I am almost breaking it, I manage to twist the cap off.  There is a brush on the inside, a nice soft synthetic brush. All you need to do is squeeze the tube/vibrator/thingie and the product spurts out.  Be careful not to squeeze too hard or too much product will spurt out. I guess in my previous experiences with this type of packaging, and I have had my fair share) I have had to squeeze harder to get the product to spurt out, but this is a rare instance in which it spurts out, almost prematurely. In fact. I don't see this paragraph going in a direction that isn't NC-17 at all so I'll just stop here.


So the issue I have with the brush is the same I have with ALL products with a built in brush. It's not sanitary.  You apply a brush with product to your skin. It is possible to pick up bacteria and other creepy crawlies from your skin with said brush.  That brush is kept in a semi dark and moist environment with equals a Studio 54 for germs to get down and dirty on the brush.  Not good. Yes. You could clean the brush, but honestly I doubt I could get it clean enough without introducing water or bacteria into the product itself.

Now on to the product itself.  I can't tell you how it preformed. I can't tell you what results I saw. Wanna know why?  The Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator stung my eyes and the skin around my eyes like no body's business!   I put the stuff on under my eyes, and lightly at that, and it STUNG!  Not a good feeling.  I asked Mr. Sith to try it but he refused.  I shouldn't have told him that it was stinging me before I asked him to try it.  I thought the stinging might be a reaction to something else on my face so the next night I tried it again before I put anything on. I washed with a mild non soap cleanser, applied the Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator and GAAAAAH!  It BURNS!  Yep. This was yet another Aveeno product that was not for me.

Do you NEED this?  Well you would think I would say "No", but I'm going to say "Maybe" because I think it's just my dumb luck with Aveeno products.  They have so many great reviews and even good reviews for the Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator that I just think it's me.    However, and there is always a however, if you do purchase this, make sure you can return it for a refund or store credit....just in case.  The only way to improve on this product is to either make it not burn the skin around my eyes or make it *battery operated and vibrate.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sephora Friends and Family Sale 2011

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OK. Settle Down Rage Monkeys!  The Sephora Friends & Family Sale IS happening. It's a little different from last year and the years before, but it's still OPEN TO ALL* (*if you live in the USA)  Sorry Canadians and International shoppers.  You know you always get screwed this time of year so I'm sure it comes as no surprise that you, again, are not able to partake.  Have fun watching the frenzy unfold on line.  You can make a drinking game out of it.  One shot for every time you read "What's Sephora FF?" or "What are the details?", or "What is the code?", etc.

OK. HERE are the details.

Despite some confusion on Facebook Sephora Friends & Family ON.  You should be an actual friend or actual family member of an employee to get the discount.
How long is the code good for?
October 20th through November 2nd at 11:59pm PST

What is the code good for?
20% off everything except previous purchases, Canadian online purchases, and gift certificates.
Most important: You cannot combine with other codes or promotions. No stacking Codes!

Any other restrictions? (i.e.More Fine Print)
Offer valid 10/20/11 through 11/2/11 at 11:59 pm PST/PDT with any merchandise order on sephora.com. Online promo code cannot be used in retail stores or sephora inside jcpenney. Enter your unique promotion code during checkout to receive 20% off your entire online merchandise purchase. Promo code may be only be used once, is non-transferable, is not valid on previous purchases, on Canadian online purchases, nor with the purchase of eGift certificates or gift cards. Only one promo code per email address and only five email addresses per computer. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions/offers. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion offer at any time. By providing your e-mail address, you agree to receive e-mail announcements in accordance with Sephora's privacy policy.

So end of post right?

Sure if I was a sane and normal blogger with tact and commonsense. 

But I'm not.

You all know this.

Here's the deal. I understand that getting 20% off cosmetics is a pretty sweet thing. I understand that some people save up all year to get stuff during Sephora FF. I understand that times are tough and money is tight.


Why are people getting so upset over this whole thing?  To look at Sephora's Facebook Page you would have thought that they suggested that you bring a dead puppy into the store in order to get a discount.
Let me let you in on a little secret:
Sephora is a business.  They are here to MAKE MONEY.
You are NOT entitled to a discount....EVER.
Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and other stores never ever have such liberal Friend & Family discounts on Cosmetics, yet no one is screaming at them.

Let's take a look at the rantings.
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Oh but see where Sephora informs you that there will be BI and VIB discounts in the future...closer to the holidays?  No one even blinks.  Sure, it may not be a 20% discount, but it's something...something is better than nothing.

and then there is this:

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See where Sephora says they DON'T SHARE DETAILS OF OFFERS IN ADVANCE FOR COMPETITIVE REASONS.  That's right.  If Sephora gave you the big details about a sale their competitors might try to one up them and do another sale.  It's called a Competitive Advantage.

All I'm saying is, let's not go too ranty over the Sephora Friends and Family sale.  This type of rantyness happens almost every year and people claim they will boycott or that they will never shop there again, but in reality only a very small percentage of those that threaten that will follow through.  How many people said they were going to boycott MAC when the whole Rodarte Fiasco happened?  *raises hand* And how many of you kept that pledge? *raises hand again and looks around room of people avoiding eye contact with their hands down*  Has MAC gone under from lack of business?  Nope.  Do I feel better for not buying from them?  Sure.  I'm more annoyed at Rodarte than anything else...but that's a whole different story.  So if you still want to boycott Sephora, go for it.  If decide to change your mind later on, that's cool.  But I hope it's for a better reason than "Ooh they sent me a VIB coupon!".  Just saying.

Again.  My point is.  Let's not sweat the small stuff.  Getting a 20% discount on makeup is awesome but it's not the end of the world if you don't get the discount. Also Stores like Ulta and Skinstore and others have 20% off codes and some of the same things that Sephora sells, are sold there.  

AND 

now that Sephora does have a place where you can go and get a 20% off code  wasn't all that caterwauling all for naught? 

So will you be partaking in the FF sale?

I am thinking about placing an order.  so far my list is:
1) Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara - This stuff made my lashes so soft and didn't smudge and although I can't prove it, my lashes look longer than they did before I started using it.
2) Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel - I have no idea if this works.  I'm going to give it a try and see.  This might be returned.
3) NARS Blush - Miss Liberty - It looks like peach awesomeness in a pan.
4) ELLIS FAAS Milky Lips - L201   - This is a a deep red that Miss Panties over at The Black Panties Blog told me that I must have.  I always do as she says!


Thursday Poll


According to Harold Camping, the end of the world will be on October 21, 2011.  Yes. This Friday.  Oh and he also says that if you are planning on trying to"save your soul" before the 21st, it's too late.  Camping claims that God closed the books on souls to be saved on May 21st of this year.  May 21st sound familiar to you?  Well it should. that day was the ORIGINAL end of the world, according to Camping.  However, when 5PM Eastern Standard Time came and went, we were all still here and no one had been swept up to heaven, Camping included, he revised his prophesy and said that May 21st was a "warning" and that God was a comin' fer us in 5 months.  Oh and by the way, Harold Camping predicted the end of the world back in 1994 as well.  Now I seriously doubt that the end of the world will be this Friday, but It did get me thinking about what I would do, if I had some significant warning, if I was sure the world was going to end.  Gluttony came first to my mind.  I would eat like there was no tomorrow..because hey, there really was going to be no tomorrow.  The finest cuisines from around the world would be put in my belly.  Great wines, would be drunk, great cakes would be eaten and great roasts would be roasted.  But once I have eaten everything there is to eat, then what would I do?  Buying clothes and jewelery and makeup seems silly if I don't ave time to wear it all.  So I thought.  I would travel.  I would travel to the most beautiful place on earth and hey, if it's gonna end, might as well be someplace pretty to watch the destruction, right?  I'm thinking Fiji or Bora Bora. Some place in the South Pacific for sure.
I mean, look at these places!

FIJI:
Underwater hotel room?  Yes please!

I can just smell the salt air by looking at this picture.

BORA BORA:
So nice you have to say it twice!

I could ring in the end of days with this view.

Am I being rude by mocking this end of days thing?  Maybe.  But it won't really matter if Harold Camping is right. It's too late to be "saved" and nothing I do now will change anything.
On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day? - Fresh - Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment.  I was in a hurry this morning.

2.  If you were given 2 weeks to get your affairs in order before the world ended what would you do? - See above. Gluttony, Sloth, Lust, and probably some Avarice.

3. Since were on the subject of the end of things, What beauty item(s) are you most happy to have purchased before it was discontinued? - My Shu ME Silver 945 eyeshadow and my Club Monaco Pink Brown lipliner (RIP).

4. If you were given 2 hours to get your affairs in order before the world ended what would be one or some of your biggest regret(s)? - I would regret not seeing Darthypie grow up, Not being able to grow old with Mr. Sith, not being able to watch the Washington Capitals Win The Stanley Cup, and never going to Fiji and/or Bora Bora.

5. What beauty item(s) do you most regret not purchasing before it was discontinued? - The MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (the old version) I wish I had purchased MORE of this.  I also wish I had purchased every special edition Guerlain Meteorite compact ever released.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lancome Le French Touch Absolu lipstick in 314 Rouge Saint-Honoré Review Pictures Swatches



I am a sucker for
a) Red Lipstick
b) Vintage Packaging
c) Limited Edition

When Lancome came out with Le French Touch Absolu lipstick in 314 Rouge Saint-Honoré it was a no brainer.  I HAD TO HAVE IT!


I was prepared for the smaller vintage style size of the lipstick
I was prepared for the higher price $35
What I wasn't prepared for was the color and finish of the lipstick.  Now don't get me wrong. I knew it was going to be red, but I didn't realize it was going to be sheer and have SHIMMER in it!


I am very happy with my purchase, don't get me wrong, but just looking at the lipstick I wouldn't expect a beautiful sheer glossy finish!  I mean when it comes to VINTAGE lipstick one usually thinks of Matte and opaque reds.  Amirite or amirite? But this red.  This gorgeous shiny neutral to blue based red with red shimmer. This is unique and beautiful!

The Limited Edition lipstick with packaging inspired by Lancôme's heritage lipsticks, is smaller in size than most lipsticks.  Compared to the following:
Illamasqua Size: 0.14 oz
Clinique Butter Shine Size: 0.14 oz
Urban Decay Size: 0.13 oz
YSL Rouge Pur coture Size: 0.13 oz
Bobbi Brown Size: 0.12 oz
Guerlain Rouge G Size: 0.12 oz
Hourglass Size: 0.12 oz
Dior Addict Size: 0.12 oz
 
The Lancome Le French Touch Absolu lipstick in 314 weighing in at only 0.10 oz it might be a hard pill to swallow.  But if you are a lipstick addict like me...size doesn't matter. (Yeah right..That's a lie all the girls tell.) I have yet to finish a lipstick in the last 4 years.  I doubt I will ever again.


Now Lancome is touting that the Le French Touch Absolu lipstick in 314 Rouge Saint-Honoré has this miracle ingredient called Pro-Xylane™. According to the Truth In Aging website, Pro-Xylane is an ingredient that was originally developed by Lancome in 2006. It is basically a sugar-protein hybrid made from xylose, a sugar found in beech trees.  This protein is known to stimulate the production of glycoaminoglycans (GAGs), molecules which are responsible for defending the skin against water loss.  When Pro-Xylane enters the skin, it begins building of a gel-like network of proteins and sugars that acts as a scaffold and shock absorber between cells.  These molecules absorb water, making the matrix more gel-like, increasing the firmness of the cells and hence the skin.  When we age our skin looses its elasticity and we can’t produce "youth-boosting proteins", such as collagen. Pro-Xylane tells aging cells what to do and transmits information to younger cells and re-stimulates older cells. "According to Lancome (not an independent lab), 'tests and human trials reveal improvements across the board, or rather, matrix: be it the relationship between the matrix and the cells, skin density and firmness, or in the production of youth enhancing fibres, such as collagen.'"

OK Science aside let's just say that this lipstick with Pro-Xylane in it makes my lips feel soft and smooth and I never feel like I lack for moisture when I wear it.  If it does all that Lancome claims it does, then all the better, but honestly I'm happy with my lips not feeling like they are drying out.


Do you NEED this?   Well you know what?  Despite the high price tag and the small size, I'm going to say YES!  Yes if you are afraid of wearing red lipstick.  This sheer cherry red lipstick is the perfect introduction to red lips for those that are averse.  If you are an old pro at red lips then this is also a wonderful lipstick to have as it's a slick on and go red lip that does not require a liner or as much precision in application as some other reds.  If you are a sucker for packaging, this is a "Must Have".  The sweet Lancome rose at the top of the case and attention to detail would make an excellent addition to your makeup vanity.  It's a winner all around!


I purchased this lipstick from Neiman Marcus with the wonderful assistance of Kathy Shoreman.


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