Friday, March 30, 2012

Highlighters You Can't Have - Estee Lauder Pure Color Night Collection Luminous Highlighter - Review Pictures Swatches

I'm back again with my third installment of Highlighters You Can't Have.  Every month for the rest of the year I will feature a Hard To Find, Discontinued or rare Highlighter from my collection.  I have done this before with Taupe Shadows and Blush, I figure why not Highlighter.  I like to torture you all, and your jealousy tastes delicious.  I started off this sunny little series with a Dior highlighter that had remained untouched in my collection for over 4 years.  I swatched it just for you all!  (Feel Special?)  In my second installment I showed you a highlighter that was recently released and sold out quicker than a 1980's one hit wonder band being asked to sell the rights to their song for a car commercial.  That was Guerlain Cruel Gardenia. (The highlighter, not the band) Some of you warmed my cold, dead, black, withered heart by letting me know you were able to hunt this gem down and purchase it.  See? I'm not THAT evil.  Well today I bring you a highlighter that almost has no name.  It's from Estee Lauder and it's called Estee Lauder Pure Color Night Collection Luminous Highlighter 01.
Back in June 2010, Tom Pecheux, who is the Creative Director over at Estee Lauder came up with his Pure Color Night line of cosmetics.  Released at a limited number of stores in New York and London the collection had only three limited edition products, one of which was a highlighter.  The highlighter has not specific name, just Luminous Highlighter 01. I was hoping Estee Lauder would release a 02 in this range, but so far, no dice.

As you can see I have hit pan on my highlighter. It's quite tragic.  And while the pan showing is minuscule. I had stopped using this highlighter as often, in hope that I could ration it to make it last my entire life.  Of course this makes no sense at all. Why own a makeup item you are never going to use?  I have started to wear it more often now, and I have fallen in love with it all over again.

The Estee Lauder Luminous Powder comes in a large Estee Lauder signature navy blue case.  It's slightly difficult to open.  Instead of a simple plastic protector for the powder, this case has a gold metal colored protector.  Tres chic! (however I think that's what is making it hard to open.)  

The powder itself is golden. Slightly leaning toward the peachy spectrum, but not so much that people with a cool skin tone couldn't wear it.  I know you are looking at the pan and thinking,  "Meh". I would too, but you see I know the secret of this powder.

I looked in the thesaurus and could not find any adjectives to properly describe the texture and finish of this powder once applied to the skin.  Words like Sheer, Luminous, Finely Milled don't seem special enough to describe this powder.  Ethereal, Heavenly, Magical..that's almost close.  You see, when this powder touches the skin it melts. I mean, MELTS into the skin and looks like you are lit by candlelight or have that special glow one has when they are in love...or pregnant.  This powder applies over your blush or contour like fine golden gossamer wings of a butterfly. It is not glittery or sparkly. It is not metallic or heavy. It is sheer and luminous and beautiful.

If you were lucky enough to have purchased this a little less than two years ago, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  If you haven't, you will never fully appreciate how wonderful this powder is. And for that, I pity you.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Poll

For a while I thought the word Quinoa was pronounced "Quin-no-ah". It's actually pronounced "Kin-wah".  I corrected my pronunciation but I still read it at "Quin-no-ah".  I know how to say most french cosmetic and fashion brands Givenchy is "Je-vaun-shee" and Guerlain is "Ger-lauhn" or there about.  Brands like Lanvin "Lawn-van" are a bit more tricky. But note these are mostly french words.  The English language has all sorts of words that are mispronounced. For example: Some people say Affidavid instead of Affidavit  The T in affidavit is turned into a D a lot.  Then there's the unnecessary X. Escape, Espresso are mangaled into Ex-Scape and Ex-sPresso.  The classic Liberry instead of LibRary is common. Even a former president mispronounced the word Nuclear. He would always say Nuke-u-ler.  That irked me to no end.  The one I don't hear as often as I used to is Irregardless. The correct word is Regardless. Thank goodness that is dying down.  I work with someone that has an almost pathological block with two words. Moot and Specific.  She says Mute and Pacific.  It used to drive me bananas, until I learned to just let it go.  I am certainly am not going to correct her, she would get really pissed off.  But then there are phrases that are just butchered in the English language.  For example: "For all intensive purposes."  That's incorrect. It should be "For all intents and purposes."  I think I have been guilty of saying that incorrectly once or twice.  Others include "It's a doggy dog world" when it should really be "It's a dog eat dog world", and it's not "One in the same." It's "One and the same."  Now you all are probably reading this and thinking to yourself, "Elvira, you have some of the worst grammar and punctuation ever. Don't you think it's a tad hypocritical of you to 'lecture' us on this subject?"  And to that I say, "Newp."  (<--- see what I did there?) I'm just amusing myself with mispronunciations. We all do it from time to time. Plus I'm talking about speaking, not writing.  Here are a few more that I find amusing:  
Incorrect: I could care less
Correct: I couldn't care less (If you COULD CARE less then you actually COULD.  Get it?)
Incorrect: A whole nother     
Correct: A whole other ("Nother" isn't a word.)
Incorrect: Hot water heater     
Correct: Water Heater (If the water is already HOT why are you heating it? From the department of redundancy department)
Anyway. I bring this up because I find language and the use of the spoken word so very interesting.  I like seeing how the spoken word evolves, how words like Keenex and Clorox become substitutes for the words tissue and bleach. How phrases are altered by the way people HEAR then and then they are altered further by the way people write what they hear.  Of course that doesn't explain why I got a C in my Linguistics class in College...I'll blame it on the professor. He could make describing rainbows flying out of a unicorn's butt sound boring.

On To The Poll!

1.  Blush Of The Day? - Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Ecrin. The perfect blush. The blush to end all blush. Did I mention I plan to get at least one of the 2 new Chanel Blushes that just came out this week?

2.  Favorite or most annoying mispronounced word (in any language you speak)? Nuclear. I constantly yell at the TV when ever people say "Nuke-U-Ler".

3.  Next planned beauty purchase? - You know Sephora is having a VIB sale starting today. VIBs get 15% off. I JUST purchased from Sephora. I had NO IDEA they were going to do this.  So I'm kinda ticked I didn't save 15% and that I don't really "need" anything right now.

4.  Do you read words incorrectly but pronounce them correctly? Do you correct people what say words or phrases incorrectly? - Yes. and It depends. I correct Darthypie, because he is still learning. Like, he will say "That guy got shotted." instead of shot. But other people...not so much.

5.  Last beauty item(s) you finished? Will you re-purchase? - I finished a cleansing water from Korres, a Foundation from Giorgio Armani, and a Mascara from Josie Maran. I will probably re-purchase only the Mascara.

P.S. There are tons of 7 and 8 second videos on Youtube on how to pronounce certain words like Givenchy, Lanvin, Versace, etc.  THIS one is my favorite.  How to pronounce BVLGARI:


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Of The Year Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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Last week I wrote about Pantone and their color of the year, Tangerine Tango. A brilliant Orange Red that you will see on the runways this Spring, Summer and into Fall.  Pantone has teamed up with to offer cosmetics in various shades of Tangerine Tango and other shades that compliment the hyped hue.  Today I bring you the cornerstone of the collection.  The Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango icon.

First off let me say that under NORMAL circumstances I would not purchase a bright orange lipstick.  I think MOST people would not purchase a bright orange lipstick. But being that I'm a sucker for all things new and unique in cosmetics AND a magpie who is attracted to shiny things, let's just say that this was "the Perfect Storm" to get me to lay out my money for orange lipstick....excuse me. Tangerine Tango lipstick.

Before I wax poetic about the lipstick itself, let's look at the impressive packaging.

The BOX that The Sephora + Pantone Universe Creme Lipstick comes in is hefty. It's a large box with a graphic grid of various shades of this year's "it" color.  

Slide the box open and you see the white clad lipstick case nestled snugly in the box.  You have to remove a thin plastic protector to even get at the lipstick itself.

Once you manage to extract the lipstick case from the box you notice how incredibly heavy it is.  Seriously heavy.  I was wondering if they had put rocks in the darn thing.  My question was soon answered as I removed the top of the case from the metal base of the lipstick.  


I was as perplexed by why they chose such HEAVY magnets, as Insane Clown Posse is by how they actually work

Thankfully I know how magnets work because I listen to SANE Clown Posse.

Getting back to my point.

The case is heavy. Overly so.  Whatever. You don't need to be a weight lifter to carry it around, but it certainly is one of the heavier cases I have ever had.

The lipstick bullet.  It's all swirly and ridged.  KEWL!

I like a unique looking bullet.  Let's face it. When you already own 84,769,076 lipsticks, it's fun when there is a little variety in the shape.

The color...well, here's the problem. the color isn't exactly Tangerine Tango. 


Tangerine Tango is more red. It's certainly orange but it's not THAT orange.  Is the lipstick  unwearable?  No. It it totally wearable. But I personally do NOT think this is a close enough match for Tangerine Tango.  The color finish is slightly sheer. It is not opaque, as described on the Sephora website. However, if one were to apply Sephora + Pantone Universe Creme Lipstick, blot and then reapply one would get a more opaque look to the finish.  It would also help in deepening the color.

The formula is nice. It's very slick and very emollient. There is a vanilla scent to the lipstick, but it fades quickly.  The lipstick has no flavor, which is also a plus.  There is a generous amount of slip to the product. Some may find it too "greasy". It's not oily per se, it's just really, really slippery and glossy.  The glossy part is nice.

applied straight from tube, blotted and reapplied

Can anyone wear this color?  No.  Not by a long shot.  Well...let me rephrase that. Not as is.  Anyone could wear this if one were to doctor it up a bit.  Some women can wear this color straight out of the tube, while others may have to apply this with a lighter touch and top it with a gloss (clear or colored) to get a look that is most flattering on them.

applied with fingertips with a sheer pink gloss over top.

Do you NEED this?  No.  Not unless you are fanatical for orange and you actually look good in it.  You could get the lipstick, just to collect...I suppose.  Or you could get it if you are willing to doctor it up every time you apply it.  It just depends on how high maintenance you want your lipstick to be.  The Sephora + Pantone Universe Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango icon retails for $18 which is reasonable considering all the packaging and heavy ass magnets they include.  But what I like most about this pairing of Sephora and Pantone, is the wide range of cosmetics and tools they have come out with for this collection. Multiple gloss shades, blushes, eyeshadows, eye liners, nail polishes and brushes, bags and a lash curler.  For those that adore orange accessories, your day has come!  Better get them all before they are gone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Colour Burst Lipstick in Word Of Mouth - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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Far off in the kingdom of Cherry Pop lives a beautiful princess named Elysium.  Her hair was raven black, so black it looked blue.  Her eyes were violet and would darken and lighten like her mood.  Her skin looked like it was made of pure porcelain. Not a blemish in sight. Her cheeks radiated a subtle pink hue that seemed to make her perfect skin look like it was glowing from within.  Her features were perfection like they were chiseled out of the finest marble.  Her lips...oh her lips were a thing of beauty.  They were perfectly formed, full and supple. Not a line or wrinkle.  They were the color of the name of the kingdom. A Cherry Popsicle.  Her lips were full and glossy and looked as if she had just been eating a cherry popsicle.  Aside from her beauty, Princess Elysium was kind of heart, intelligent, and talented. She spoke 15 different languages, was excellent in mathematics. She rescued injured small woodland creatures and nursed them back to health and she was sweet to all her servants ad people in the land.  She was, the perfect princess.

But this story isn't about her.

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This story is about a pig farmer's daughter named Eunice.  Eunice was ... well plain.  She was fairly average looking as girls standards go, but among pig farmer's daughters she might even be considered pretty.  She was neither tall nor short. Neither fat nor skinny. Her hair was neither straight or curly. Her skin had the pallor of dishwater, her eyes were dull and her hair duller. Not everyone can be a Princess Elysium, right?  Despite looking just average, and having just average intelligence and being pretty average at taking care of pigs, Eunice had much grander plans for her future.  Eunice wanted to be a princess.  Of course when ever she mentioned that people would laugh at how ridiculous that notion was.

One day a traveling band of performers made their way into town.  Eunice loved watching the plays and marionette shows and the jugglers, but what really caught her eye was a dried up old crone that sat in a tent made of fantastically colored silks.  This crone would sip tea all day and swirl the tea in her cup, toss out the liquid and then study the leaves inside the cup for hours upon hours.  Eunice got up the courage to approach the crone and ask her what her business was.

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The crone looked into Eunice's dull eyes, she looked at her dull skin and dull hair and dull dress and said. "My dear Princess Eunice!" "I know what you desire."  The fact that the crone knew her name was scary but the fact that she called her a princess, was...well...something out of a fairy tale.  Speechless, Eunice's doughy lips hung lose as she tried to form the words to question the crone.  But before a single syllable was uttered by the plain pig farmer's daughter, the crone produced a glossy black tube the length of her palm.  She handed the tube to Eunice and said, "This is what you desire." "Wear it and you will be the princess you long to be."  In a trance, Eunice took the glossy black tube from the crone, turned around and walked out of the tent.  When she turned around to say something to the crone, to ask her what it was, how it worked, how she knew, the tent was gone, the crone was gone and the only thing remaining was a chipped teacup.

Spooked beyond belief, Eunice ran all the way home and hid in her room.  Shaking she slowly pulled the glossy back tube from her pocket. The hefty weight made it seem like something very important, indeed.  There was lovely white script on the top of the tube, in the middle were precious flowers and at the bottom were the words:
Rouge Bunny Rouge, Colour Burst Lipstick - Hues of Enchantment, Word Of Mouth.


As a long stream of obscenities the poured out of Eunice's mouth, she finally said, "You have got to be kidding me."  Lipstick will not make me a princess, thought Eunice.  Angry and tired, she threw the lipstick at the wall, lay down and cried herself to sleep.  That morning Eunice woke up puffy eyed and red nosed.  She brushed her dull hair, washed her dull face and dressed in her dull clothing.  She then spied the tube of lipstick the crone gave her and decided to open it up.  What's the worst that can happen, she thought to herself.

As she opened the lipstick the subtle fig like scent welcomed her.  The lipstick was a stunning shade of muted cherry. Not a red hot red. But like a cherry baked in a pie. It takes on this dusty red translucent quality. It's not too bright but not too bland.

Eunice then applied the lipstick.  The lipstick was so soft and felt so great on her lips.  It had an easy glide to it and the conditioning oils and botanicals from Orchid Flower Extract, Meadowfoam, Manoi Butter or Inca Inchi Oil made her lips feel soft and smooth.

The color...the color was...well perfect. It wasn't  too bright and it wasn't too dull. It wasn't too opaque and it wasn't too sheer. It was JUUUST right.  (Eunice's friend Goldilox used that term all the time. She found it annoying at first, but after her friend was eaten by a sleuth of bears, Eunice did find herself a bit nostalgic for her friend's fetish for all things medium/average)  

Eunice when down stairs to break her morning fast and as if time had stopped her entire family froze at the sight of her and stared.  Her mother dropped a plate on the floor and her siblings looked at her with mouths agape.

"Your Grace!" bowed her sister and pulled out a chair at the table.

Her mother scurried to fix a plate of food and set it on the table and brought out the good linens and silver for Eunice to dine with.  Her father bowed, got on one knee and removed his hat. He spoke, "Your Majesty, Princess Eunice. Thank you for gracing us with your presence.  It is truly an honor."

Gobsmacked, Eunice looked at her family genuflecting before her.  Was it the lipstick that transformed her into a princess?  Had the old crone really done it by handing her a Rouge Bunny Rouge Lipstick in Word of Mouth?  Eunice happily ate her breakfast, reapplied her Rouge Bunny Rouge Lipstick in Word of Mouth, and skipped out of the house to play among the flowers and butterflies that surrounded the modest pig farm.

"Do you think she'll snap out of it by lunch time?" asked Eunice's mother?
"Nah." "Let her have her day." replied her father. "She can go back to slopping pigs while wearing that lipstick tomorrow."

This Rouge Bunny Rouge lipstick was purchased from The lipsticks costs about $30 depending on the foreign currency conversion rate. Zuneta has 9 of the 17 colors available at this time, Word Of Mouth being one of the most popular colors and being known as The Little Black Dress of Lipsticks. It goes with everything and would look great on anyone. YES, you need it.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - Review, Pictures

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NO mascara is perfect. However, that doesn't stop me from trying as many brands as I can to find that "perfect mascara". Today I bring you a mascara that was sent to me for review.

I don't really review mascara all that often here.  The reason being is that what makes a mascara good or bad can be so subjective.  What might work for you may not work for me and vice versa.  There are tons of woman that swear by YSL Faux Cils mascara, but when I wear it, I just end up looking like a raccoon because it flakes like crazy on me.  Others adore Blinc Mascara but when I wear it all the curl in my lashes disappear.  I adore Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara, but some women claim it smudges and flakes on them.  It's a no win situation.  I think that's why there are an insane amount of choices for mascara on the market.  I mean, that's why Lancome has like 17 different mascara formulations to chose from, right?

There a few things that are unique about this mascara.

First off, it comes in a tube. That means you can actually squeeze the mascara tube to get every last drop of mascara left in there on your brush.  Haven't you at least once thrown out a mascara thinking that there was probably more product n there but just couldn't get it out in a manner that wouldn't contaminate the product?  I know I have.

with mascara

without mascara

Secondly, the Eyeko Skinny Brush is unique...well at least to me. The brush as you can see with and without the mascara on it, it fairly thin; the bristles don't extend far past the wand, and they are set in a spiral like pattern around the wand. This is advantageous to those that seem to get more mascara on the lids of their eyes than the lashes themselves.  (Raises hand)  You think I wear liquid liner every day because I'm really into the retro look? Well, i kinda am, but I wear it more to camouflage the mascara transfer from the brush when I apply the mascara to my lashes.  this brings me to my third point.

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Thirdly, the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara comes with a little guitar pick like shield to hold against your lid. By doing this you are able to get the brush all the way to the root of your lash without getting mascara all over your eyelids.  This little trick has been used for decades, but now I won't have to keep stealing Mr. Sith's actual guitar picks to implement this beauty secret.  Oh and by the way, guys really don't dig you using their guitar picks for makeup application.  Oh and another thing.  Don't leave said shield on your counter if you have a cat.  My cat, Cujo, thought the Eyeko shield was one of his toys.  He knocked it off the counter, jumped down, grabbed the Eyeko "shield" in his mouth and trotted in a stealthy like manner out of the bathroom. The shield has never been seen again. (hence the images taken from the Eyeko & instead of an actual photograph...damn cat!)

My lashes are really light. Like, you can't see them unless I have mascara on, light. So while the before & after pictures may look dramatic, remember that my lashes are pretty much invisible without mascara on.

Lashes w/ no mascara, tightlined with UD 24/7 pencil in Perversion

Lashes w/ no mascara, tightlined with UD 24/7 pencil in Perversion


That being said, I did find that the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara did add length to my lashes that I have not gotten by using other mascaras.

Lashes with Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara and tightlined with UD 24.7 Pencil in Perversion

Lashes with Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara and tightlined with UD 24.7 Pencil in Perversion

The Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara gives an instant lengthening effect to lashes.  The formula claims to be moisturizing and contain pro-vitamin B, natural oils, and waxes to prevent breakage and promote growth.  I found the mascara did not condition my lashes as well as another mascara i use, but. I think this goes back to the subjective nature of mascaras.  The color is deep black and it does have a glossy finish.  The mascara applied smoothly to my lashes and I only needed one or two strokes to obtain thick and long looking lashes.  That being said, I found my lashes did clump a little more using this mascara than other i have tried in the past.  I did have to use a lash comb on occasion to separate lashes that stuck together too much. Also, I did not lose the curl in my lashes when I applied this mascara after manually curling my lashes which is nice.  Lastly, the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara did not smudge, crumble, or flake while I wore it. (No Raccoon Eyes!) That's always a win!
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara is formulated without Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan. (whatever triclosan is)  As long as I'm putting it near my eye, I'm happy to hear it doesn't have those things in it.

My one and only complaint about this mascara is that it was so freakin' hard to remove.  I use an oil cleansing method and this mascara did not want to dissolve in the oil.  I tried warm water (thinking it was like a tubing mascara, and it still didn't want to come off), eye makeup remover and cream cleansers.  I ended up LOSING lashes while trying to remove this stuff from my eyes.  Perhaps my specific method of removal was flawed.  Perhaps my lashes are more delicate than yours. Perhaps I'm just an idiot. (you don't need to agree to that last point so quickly.)  I told you, no mascara is perfect.

Do you NEED this? Like I said, mascara can be so subjective.  I don't know. Yes. No. Maybe.  In general, I liked it. I liked that it didn't smudge or flake or relax the curl in my lashes. I liked that the brush was thin which prevented mascara getting on my lids when I applied it. I liked that it came with a shield to protect my lids from mascara transfer. I liked the glossy black finish of the mascara and that it made my lashes look long!  I don't like I personally found it harder to remove, but others have told me they had no problems. Maybe it was User Error.  Will I keep using it?  After using it for several weeks and seeing myself losing lashes because I am obviously too rough on removing it, I think I will reserve using this for special occasions.This is not going to be an every day mascara for me.  But that doesn't mean it won't be an every day mascara for you!  You can now purchase the Eyeko Skinny Brush mascara from and in select Sephora stores.  It retails for $19 for a 0.29 oz tube. You can also purchase it direct from the Eyeko website.

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