Friday, December 30, 2011

Blushes You Can't Have #12 - Chanel Joues Contraste in Narcisse


It's the end of the month and the end of the YEAR!  That Means that this is THE LAST installment of Blushes You Can't Have on The Pink Sith Blog!.  I know. I'm sad too.  But not as sad as you when I start to recap all of the blushes shown this year...mostly because you don't and/or can't have them. < Insert Maniacal Laugh HERE >

As an explanation, just in case you have not followed this series all year, Blushes You Can't Have is about blushes that are discontinued and/or hard to find.  That means that every once in a while you might luck out and find a hearty supply of a blush that was featured in this series. To that I say Huzzah!  Congratulations! and Buy IT!!

Let us look back at all the blushes featured so far this year.  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 Joeybunny's sentimental favorite, Inoui ID blush in PK-1,; May was my hot pink  Chanel Joues Contraste in Turbulent; June was Wet ‘n Wild blush in Naive; July was VOV Color Song Volume Blusher #03 Pink Red Mixing; August was a review and a giveaway of Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pink Raspberry; September was another treat from Korea, Laneige Snow Bloom Blusher; and October was the very popular and much beloved MAC Blooming Powder Blush. Last Month was a made all the way back in 2002! It was Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Caprice. This month's blush, the 12th and last in the series, is another blush from Chanel. This one was only recently discontinued and I have heard rumors that it might be re-released!  That blush is:....

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Narcisse.

John William Waterhouse Echo et Narcisse 1903
Narcissus in Greek mythology, was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. He was exceptionally proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis saw this and attracted Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection in the waters and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died. Ummm. yeah.  Sad.

But Narcisse Blush from Chanel is exceptionally beautiful. Do I fall into the same trap, gazing at its beauty only to die of starvation because I can't look away?  Nah. I like food too much!


Now you see two blushes here.  One with a scandalous amount of pan showing and another looking pristine.  Yes. This is a backup and my original Narcisse blush purchased when it was released back in 2007.  Part of the Fall 2007 collection (which means it came out some time in July of 2007) this doll pink blush was a favorite of many a fair skinned ladies. 


The Blush I purchased in 2007 has a lot of pan showing. I mean it's almost indecent right?  Well this blush was one of my only Chanel blushes at the time and I wore it almost every day.  It was and still is, the perfect accompaniment to red lips. Providing just a hint of color to what would otherwise be a very pale complexion, Chanel Narcisse is the perfect neutral pastel pink.  In fact Narcisse was my holy grail of blushes (until I got Chanel Rose Petale...which works for almost anyone). So I did what any reasonable makeup addict would do...I procured a Backup.


Viola!
The Backup to Chanel Narcisse.  However this blush is sliiiightly different than the original Narcisse I purchased in 2007.  First of all I procured this blush in 2010. The size of the blush shrunk over this three year period.  This happens often in the cosmetics world.  The company will take off a 10th of an ounce here and there to meet costs and profits.  Do I agree with this?  No. But I'm a realist. I understand why businesses do it. I just don't agree that they do.  

click on image to enbiggen
ANYWAY...that's not the only difference..I personally think the formula is different.  The Made In France blush seems to have a sheerness to it that the Made In USA blush lacks.  


Do I prefer one over the other?  I'm not sure. I kinda like the USA opaqueness but the France Sheerness seems to not have any effect on the pigmentation or color payoff.  So all in all, I'm a happy little blush addict because I have both.


Last year you were tortured by Taupe Eyeshadows you couldn't have, this year it was Blushes you can't have. Next year I plan to torture you with HIGHLIGHTERS YOU CAN'T HAVE! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  See you all in 2012.
And THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading this blog!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On a Teeny Tiny Break



I'm tired, burnt out and uninspired.
I hate to do this, but I need to take a little break from the blog. 
It's not you, it's me. I hope we can still stay friends.

I'll be back on 12/30/11 to post the last installment of Blushes You Can't Have
And then back to my regular posting routine on January 3, 2011

I hope you return at that time and don't realize that your checkbooks are happier without me.

Anything you all would like to see more of in 2012?  Let me know in the comments section.

Happy Holidays!

-Elvira
A.K.A. Pink Sith

HA!  Funny thing. I wrote this post. Scheduled it to run on Friday and guess what?  My computer died. Seriously. It is dead. That means any photos I had ready to edit for this week are gone gone gone.  Yep. Sucktastic.  Now I'm hoping it is merely a problem with the power source and my hard drive was not affected by this, but until I can find a way to actually turn on my computer, I guess we are all SOL*.  I wonder if my ancient computer knew about the break I intended to take.  It is 7 years old and I've pretty much used up all the space in one of the hard drives and I don't have enough memory to run more than two applications at the same time, so maybe it (the computer) decided this was as good a time as any to crap out.  I just wish I could have saved the images from my hard drive before it kicked the can.  On the bright side, I guess I can post about some skin care stuff since I only need press photos for that....::sigh::

So you might see some random posts from me on some skin care items I have been testing out.  I hope you still stick around, because some way or another I WILL be back to my regular posting schedule in 2012!!!

*SOL = Sh!t Outta Luck

Monday, December 19, 2011

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Color Concentrate in Smote - Review Pictures Swatches


Famous Last Words:  "Oh come on. One more Taupe eyeshadow isn't going to kill me!"

Thankfully the number of taupe shadows I own has yet to snuff me out. My most recent addition to the Pink Sith Taupe Family is a loose pigment from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC).  I avoid calling it an eyeshadow because OCC Loose Color Concentrates are micronized color pigments that are fused with light- reflecting mica.  They can be used to apply shimmer on the eyes, lips, cheeks and anywhere else on the face or body.  The OCC Loose Color Concentrates are 100% vegan, mineral-based pigments.  They do more than just shade the eyes, they can be mixed with mixing mediums to create color anywhere on the body, they can be mixed into airbrush liquid solutions to paint the face or body, they are eye lip and body safe. With 30 shades to choose from, one would be hard pressed to find a color that couldn't be created from blending any of the shades.

HOWEVER

I'm not makeup artist. I'm just some woman with a lot of opinions and a rudimentary skill set for applying cosmetics.  I'm going to talk about how OCC Loose Color Concentrate in SMOTE works as eyeshadow.

I picked up Smote during my last purchase of OCC Lip Tars. I wanted a new taupe, but being overwhelmed by so may grey shadows that I already own, I decided to go for something much warmer.  Something almost coppery.  I got what I wished for with OCC Smote.  This color is described as a "Tin-Taupe Shimmer", but to be quite honest, on my fair skin it shows as a rich dusty copper.  I'm cool with that. I'll put the TAUPE tag on the post, but I honestly would classify this as a copper.  ANYHOO....


OCC Loose Color Concentrate in Smote is a very finely milled pigment with intense shimmer.  The pigment is as light as air and comes in a generous 2.5 g clear sifter jar.  A little pigment will go a long way. I don't see me running out of this until the Zombie Apocalypse.  


The color, as I mentioned above is a dusty copper. It is beautiful when worn in the crease with a gold or warm beige color. It's stunning on it's own, but those with pink skin my want to steer clear of lining under your eyes with this color as it does lead in the red family and could give you a much undesirable "I'm coming down with the plague" look to your eyes.  Smote would look awesome as a base color on darker skin tones with a rich deep brown to make a smokey eye or with a deep black with gold shimmer to enhance the warmth of this spectacular color.
Do You NEED this?  Well at only $12 USD for the 2.5 g jar I say YES! If you have the right coloring one could wear this mixed with another pigment as a bronzer or shimmery blush. Mixed in with the right lip tar you could get a very unique lip color...the possibilities are endless....lest we forget that mixed in with a little clear nail polish and you get a SPECTACULAR coppery manicure!  OCC Loose Color Concentrates may be purchased on line at occmakeup.com or with an OCC retailer, found HERE.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Beauty Blog Network Weekend Beauty Read




12/16/2011

The Pink Sith has the perfect red lipstick set from Ultraflesh to help you decide which color is right for you and it just so happens to be called Perfect Reds!

Phyrra debuts Femme Fatale Cosmetics and their lovely duochrome eye shadows

Megan Murray from Painted Ladies sees (and makes up) dead people. Read about her adventures doing theatrical makeup.

Still have Holiday shopping to do for the beauty junkies on your list? Stylebell suggests 10 great gifts, all under $50!

Beauty and Fashion Tech has Daphne Guinness for MAC swatches

Girl Gloss looks at how to find a party dress

Friday, December 16, 2011

Red Lips Week Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 38 La Fascinante Review Pictures Swatches


It is the last day of Red Lips Week on the Pink Sith Blog..  This week I am focusing on the "high end" red lip products.  (Anything over $18)  My goal was to highlight sumptuous formulas, bold reds, and statement making lip products that almost any woman could wear.  Red Lips week doesn't have to end today.  Simply  check out the Red Lips tag and you will see over 45 entries related to red lips on this blog alone! That should keep you occupied for some time.

Today I end the series with a coup de grace of red lipsticks.


Of course!

Chanel recently came out with a new lipstick formula called Rouge Allure Matte Velvet. Now anyone over the age of 35 is cringing at the thought of matte lipstick formulas.  They were drying, crumbly, they flaked off terribly, they accentuated every line and imperfection on your lips...they were...in a word...Atrocious.

Chanel has fixed the old style matte formula so it is now the antithesis of atrocious. Chanel Matte Velvet formula is, in a word, Delightful!  Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in #38 La Fascinante is even more delightful because of the beautiful red color!


This non drying matte formula glides on the lips with an effortless sophistication one expects from a Chanel lipstick.  The slip to this lipstick is nice. It's not as slick as the regular Rouge Allure but it still feels world better than any matte lipstick I have ever worn.

The color?


Oh the color of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in #38 La Fascinante is a vibrant, Holiday Party, take me out for Valentine's Day, I'm a Screen Siren from the 1940's, red! This is a blue based red but wears fairly neutral depending on your skin tone. But will pull slightly pink are very warm skin tones.


The packaging is the typical Rouge Allure "Click Click" packaging, the lipstick is in a spring loaded case. Click one to eject the metal lipstick holder from the black Chanel case and click again to secure it.  (I love Rouge Allure Packaging! Click Click!  Even Darthypie knows how to and enjoys opening those lipsticks!)


Do you NEED this?  If you are looking for a drop dead red, then YES! Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in #38 La Fascinante is the quintessential mattered lip!  Not sure this red is right for you? Chanel also has a deeper berry red in the same formula called #40, La Sensuelle. You can see pictures and read a review on the Lipstick Musings Blog HERE.  Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet retails for $32 USD and is LIMITED EDITION!  This means if you want to try this awesome formula you better hustle!  Who knows how long Chanel is going to keep this gem around.  This is NOT Limited Edition as I once thought. Only #31 is LE not this color or the other colors available. Thanks to a loverly reader for alerting me to this! I purchased my Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet at Neiman Marcus.  The wonderful Kathy Shoreman was my sales assistant. I mention her without compensation or special consideration from Neiman Marcus.  I mention her because she is a great sales associate and she likes Star Wars and the whole Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre!  That makes her epically awesome!  You can call Kathy Shoreman at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Galleria at 703-761-1600 X-3282.

a) I look too yellow here. The actual color is a tad deeper
b) the lipstick looks shiny because of the flash. this really is a matte lipstick

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Red Lips Week Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Zivoli - Review Pictures Swatches



It's Red Lips Week on the Pink Sith Blog again.  This week I am focusing on the "high end" red lip products.  (Anything over $18)  My goal is to highlight sumptuous formulas, bold reds, and statement making lip products that almost any woman can wear.  Red lips are just not confined to this week. Check out the Red Lips tag and you will see over 45 entries related to red lips on this blog alone!

Today I bring you a lipstick from a relatively new brand to me.



This company hails from The Great White North, Canada.  Their website is one page.  Really?  I am actually interested in learning more about the brand but I was not able to garner any other info than they are from Canada and they are sold exclusively through Sephora. Regardless, Bite Beauty offers a interesting collection of lip products featuring super antioxidant resveratrol. According to Sephora.com, the colors and formula were designed by industry-leading makeup artists. The Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick formula boasts an all-natural ingredient list which includes organic shea butter, superfoods, and food-grade colors, making them good enough to eat!  Bite claims that the Luminous Creme Lipstick delivers super antioxidant resveratrol, which fights free radicals with potent long-term antiaging benefits. Each lipstick contains the amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine. OH REALLY?  Mmmm Wine.  No. You won't get drunk just by wearing this lipstick, but that would be kinda cool.  I digress.  The Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan. 


The business at hand is red lips.  And Bite Beauty's best red lip is the shade called Zivoli. Described as a Brick Red on Sephora.com, I found Zivoli to be a true neutral red.  Slightly toned down with just a soupcon of brown. This red would be flattering on just about anyone.  I truly love this color. I could wear this on a daily basis it is just that awesome!


The feel of this lipstick is superb.  Silky and smooth. it has excellent slip and is super moisturizing.  The lipstick is slightly hard but not waxy. It feels wonderfully light on the lips and has a sheer application that is very buildable.


OK. Here's a unique thing about this lipstick. The caps of the tubes are different depending on what family of colors you are buying from.  Bite Beauty goes even farther to "classify" your personality based on how your used lipstick ends up looking.  I don't really subscribe to this type of personality classification but here is what they have posted on Sephora.com:

REDS - sharp angled tip
Energetic and impulsive, you are a social butterfly. You're envied for how well you wear those red shades! Quick, sharp strokes from the heart to the edges of your lips create the distinctly angled mould conveying your contagious passion for life.

NEUTRALS - natural slant
Always calm under pressure, you take your time with things, even when applying your lipstick. Perfectly even, your lipstick moulds into a natural slant which reflects your trustworthy and likeable nature.

PINKS - curved
You prefer to wear pink shades because you're bright and optimistic. A true romantic, creativity is your strength and draws people towards you. You apply your lipstick in long flowing strokes, producing this smooth angled curve that reflects your cheerful outlook on life.

BERRIES - point
Loveable and curious, you're a free spirit who enjoys going on an adventure. Your adoration for berry colors reflects your breezy, no-fuss persona. Many call you charismatic, exotic even. You like a shade that is easily worn day or night and you apply your lipstick in a way that creates the double slant of perfect symmetry. 

Um. OK.  I can see parts of my personality in each lipstick shape they mention....except for the "point" because I am not a free spirit. I like planning and routine and I am definitely not a "no-fuss" personality. I am the antithesis of "no-fuss" I enjoy high maintenance routine!

Do you NEED this?  Yes.  Great formula. AWESOME color  cute packaging.  What's not to love?  Wanna know how much I love this lipstick?  I didn't crack ANY jokes about Canada in this entire post!!.  Yesh.  THAT MUCH!  Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick retails for $24 USD and is available exclusively at Sephora USA and Canada and via the Sephora.com website.  Now if they would just update the Bite Beauty website...

All shades contain:
Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polypropanediol Dimer Dilinoleate (Vegetable-Derived), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Natural Flavor, Phenoxyethanol (Coconut Derived), Trans-Resveratrol, Natural Rebiana Sweetener, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019),Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), FD&C Blue No. 1 (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140), FD&C Yellow No. 6 (CI 15985), FD&C Red No. 40 (CI16035), Manganese Violet (CI 77742). 



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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Red Lips Week. Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RD514 Dragon - Reviews Picturres Swatches

image from http://www.shiseido.com
It is Red Lips Week on the Pink Sith Blog again.  This week I am focusing on the "high end" red lip products.  (Anything over $18)  My goal is to highlight sumptuous formulas, bold reds, and statement making lip products that almost any woman can wear.  Red lips are just not confined to this week. Check out the Red Lips tag and you will see over 45 entries related to red lips on this blog alone.  You are sure to find some inspiration in there somewhere!

Today I bring you a lipstick from a tried and true brand.
This brand does not seem to get enough love on this blog...and I plan to fix that. (Read = I really need to use more Shiseido products and review them for this blog.)


Shiseido brings the consumer over 100 years experience with skincare and cosmetics.  Pronounced "She-Say-Doe," Shiseido is one of the oldest cosmetic companies in the world. Founded in 1872 by Yushin Fukuhara as Japan's first western-style pharmacy, the line has since proved itself as a true pioneer in the world of beauty.  With industry icon, Dick Page, as Shiseido's Artistic Director, consumers are treated to a world of beautiful and flattering color choices mixed with the newest technology advancements in ingredients that are great for the skin. 

This translates to the Perfect Rouge lipstick line.  A 20-shade lip collection, Perfect Rouge Lipstick was created by Dick Page for Shiseido. It combines powerful skincare with cutting-edge color technologies to create the ultimate lipstick. Perfect Rouge Lipstick embraces the use of Dual Optimizing Powder, Ultra-Fine Satin Smooth Pearl, and Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE, (According to the company website.)  I have no idea what those terms mean, but I do know that when I wear a Shiseido Perfect Rouge my lips are moisturized all day and the color stays true.  Plus, I feel like my lips are in better condition the longer I wear the lipstick!

 The color I selected for Red Lips Week is a true Red. Deep. Bold. Dangerous. Classic.  It is the red to end all reds.  It is the red by which other reds should be judged.  I am talking about Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipstick in RD514. A.K.A. Dragon.


Dragons happen to have been quite the connoisseurs of red lipstick...when they still existed.  Back in the day Japanese Dragons used to decide the names for all red lipstick produced by the Japanese empire. (As opposed to English Dragons that basically sat about and flambéed Knights for sport Except for Welsh Dragons. They liked to sing more than flambé, would get into terrible fights for no reason, listened to the Utah Saints and did the Running Man all the time.) Names like Scarlett, Rouge, Love, Heat, Spark, etc. (Obviously English translations of the original Japanese words-スカーレット, 赤, 好き, 熱, スパーク), were names for shades of red lipstick in ancient Japan. But the name "Dragon"(竜) was reserved for the best and most pure red lipstick in the empire...dare I say, the WORLD!  Yup. All true fact*.  However after dragons died out and Japan started excelling in electronics and Sanrio exports the lore of Dragons naming red lipsticks faded away like so many old tapestries that depicted the intricate Dragon led lipstick naming ceremonies. A huge thanks is owed to Dick Page for resurrecting this ancient and revered practice.


Everything about this lipstick screams luxury.  From the hefty feeling case that is neither cylindrical nor rectangular, to the color of the deep metallic bluish purple. The formula is delightful.  The slip of the lipstick is excellent and the lipstick feels creamy on your lips.  It is not heavy or greasy, but almost balm like in it's feel.  The longer you wear the lipstick the better your lips feel.  The color fades evenly and does stain the lips so that it does not look too uneven once it has worn off.


Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Dragon is the purest red I have seen in some time. Slightly blue based, the color is rich and deep.  The pigmentation is so rich in this lipstick that is better applied using a lip brush....however one could apply straight from the tube if they wish.  The color is opaque upon first application, but can be blotted or sheered over a lip balm for a lighter touch. The finish is satin, however the flash in the picture below makes the finish look more glossy than it is in real life.


 Do you NEED this?  Yes. there are 20 shades to choose from so you could select a color for every day of the week or just wear the same color every day (I don't understand that, but some people have this strange fetish about wearing one color and actually FINISHING a lipstick before purchasing a new one!  Hey! Let's not judge. I'm sure those kind of people are very nice and put their lipstick one one lip at a time like the rest of us.  I will not tolerate makeup bigotry on this blog!). The cumulative effects of having such a wonderful formula on your lips is sure to show after a short time. Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipstick retails for $25 USD and can be found online at Sheseido.com, Sephora.com and at your local Shiseido counter in Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and other retailers.


*No. Not really. Read a history book once in a while.

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