Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Natura Bissé Pure Air Bubble At Neiman Marcus Tysons Corner on February 22-25th


Neiman Marcus and Natura Bissé will be presenting an exclusive concept in skin therapy by introducing a rejuvenating, pure air environment to showcase their exclusive Diamond White Facial.  The "bubble" facial and body treatments are performed in a 99.9% pure air bubble. This spacious, isolated area is specifically designed to enhance treatments, increase the efficacy of the products and transport the client to a state of complete tranquility.  Inside the "bubble", the air is 99.9% pure and free of polluting particles and bacterial agents. This clean air allows the skin and body to receive improved clarity, energy, and detoxification while providing the perfect venue for the launch of Natura Bissé's unique beauty ritual, The Diamond White Facial.


The Diamond White Facial is a renewing treatment that clarifies and evens out skin tone, revealing a fresh and brightened complexion.  This facial incorporates advanced ingredients that provide melanin-minimizing and non-aggressive exfoliation which lightens the skin and diminishes the appearance of hyper pigmentation.  A significant anti-inflammatory effect soothes the skin providing rapid and long lasting results revealing a revitalized skin texture and youthful glow.


The experience not only provides a world class facial and body treatment, but it includes invigorating breathing and relaxation exercises which is meant to leave you more refreshed and relaxed than ever before.

As a bit of background, Natura Bissé is a luxury skin care company that was founded in Barcelona, Spain, in 1979 by Ricardo Fisas Mulleras.  Mr. Mulleras ran a research lab dedicated to hydrolyzing collagen, elastin and keratin proteins. After a series of tests, he launched his cosmetic product, under the name Natura Bissé. Today, the company is still owned, almost in its entirety, by the Fisas family.  Since its beginnings in 1979, the company has been growing and is now in 35 countries!

Do you live in the Washington, DC area and want to experience the "Bubble" yourself? Well guess what...You can!  Natura Bissé's NEW innovation, the Oxygen Bubble, will be at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria for only a few days between February 22nd and the 25th.  To make an appointment for the "Bubble", call Denise Thomas, the Natura Bissé specialist, at 703-761-1600, extension 3305.  Let her know that you heard about it from the Pink Sith, A.K.A. Elvira, so you can receive special attention.  A minimum purchase of Natura Bissé products is recommended for this treatment.

Not sure what to get?  Well, if you don't discover some amazing products during the treatment and facial might I recommend Natura Bissé Inhibit-Dermafill?

I have only used complimentary samples but I must say that the effect was exactly as promised.  This is an anti aging alternative to all those micro-injections like Botox and Restylane.

image from neimanmarcus.com

Natura Bissé Inhibit-Dermafill actually relaxes muscle contractions and keeps expression lines from re-forming with a double dose of Octamioxyl™ at a 40% concentration.  It also has a Dermafill complex at 10% concentration, which fills in and smoothes out wrinkles through a layering process that works from deepest to the most superficial layers of skin.  I used this in targeted locations on my face; My smile lines and that number 11 that appears between my eyebrows.  Let me tell you.  It works!  After applying the Natura Bissé Inhibit-Dermafill the lines, they were significantly less noticeable and the effect lasted all day.  I don't find this product to have a cumulative effect but I did not use this product for more than 2 weeks, so your results may vary.

See you in the "Bubble"!

Highlighters You Can't Have #1 - Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder - Review, Pictures, Swatches

image from nordstrom.com

Two years ago you were tortured with Taupe Eyeshadows You Couldn't Have.  Last year Blushes You Can't Have became the bane of your existence.  This year, In 2012, I intend to make you wish the world would end, as it would put a stop to seeing all the Highlighters You Can't Have!  Yes. In my ever sadistic and demented way, I have amassed a collection of 12 highlighters that are Very Hard to Find and/or Discontinued, hence the "You Can't Have" part of the series.  Each month I will reveal another highlighter from the past which will show you that makeup hoarding can be useful once in a while.  Some lucky readers will own one or two of the highlighters featured in this series, treat them as the gods that they are, because they had the foresight to buy said highlighter before it disappeared from the shelves.  I always welcome your curses and cries of agony over not owning any of the highlighters I feature this year.

To begin, I bring you what started this whole makeup collecting insanity in the first place.

The Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder



Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder was released in 2008. It was inspired by Victoire de Castellane’s “Diorette” jewelry collection.
OMG is this not the cutest thing ever? Of course I would probably put someone's eye out w/ that ring!

This pale pink pressed powder perfection of pearlescent pigment provides a pellucid painting to your profile. Alliteration is FUN!


The Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder provides a loverly pale pink, almost white luster. The powder emanates as a glow rather than a harsh metallic or glittery swipe across the cheeks.  The finely milled powder just barely rests on your skin and does not settle into fine lines or pores.  The result?  Sweet, innocent, splendor. 


Because powder is so finely milled, one is left with a very smooth luminosity without a glittery result. Not that glitter is bad, but if I'm paying money for Dior I don't want JUST glitter.  The glitter you see in the pictures is just overspray.


Now I think an issue with the Dior Flower Blossom Floral Illuminating Powder is that it is simply too beautiful to swatch or "mess up".  I'll be the first to admit that when I first purchased this I had no intention of ever using it.  But almost 4 years later, I open the case and notice that the pretty green and blue colors have faded...significantly. The Dior highlighter has lost some of it's mystique.  In it's heyday the colors were truly stunning and awesome.  Now it just looks faded.  So I went ahead and swatched it.

There.  Happy now?  I know I am. 

This is technically considered a palette by Dior, as the colors could be used for eyes and cheeks, however, the colors are so pale that most with lighter skin tones would only benefit from it. I find it only useful for the face as the slight green and blue shades simply so light they just don't show up on many skin tones. It reminds me of the Dior Moonray Eyeshadow quint, which happens to be the first ever high end makeup purchase I ever made.  Yeah. I was 13 and buying a Dior Quint.  And my parents wonder why I am so into makeup.  It starts early, people!  See the swatch below.



Was it worth waiting 4 years to try it?  No. But that's why I'm doing this series. So I can now use some of those DO NOT TOUCH highlighters I have collected over the years.



I hope you enjoyed this first installment of Highlighters You Can't Have. Stay tuned for more goodies at the end of every month!



Monday, January 30, 2012

Votre Vu created the look of Parker Posey for the premiere of “Price Check” at the Sundance Film Festival.


Parker Posey must have a painting of herself in the attic that ages. (re: The Picture of Dorian Gray)  This woman does not seem to age at all. Maybe her secret is the host of Votre Vu products she uses.
Here is a quick recap of what Parker wore in the freezing temperatures at the Sundance Film Festival!


Kelsey Deenihan for Votre Vu created the look of Parker Posey for the premiere of “Price Check” at the Sundance Film Festival.  

"Below freezing temperatures is never good for ANYONE'S skin. We get red around the nose, chapped lips, and our skin becomes very dehydrated. Before starting Parker's makeup this morning I had to take my time and replenish the skin's moisture and nourish it with products that would last her all day.

Today I really wanted to make sure I had Parker's skin hydrated and protected for a full day out in the elements, and fully prepared to wear makeup for a long day of press.

I started off by toning Parkers skin with Votre Vu’s Fleur Blanc Tonic. I used a cotton round and moistened it with tonic and wiped it across the face and neck. This refreshing first step leaves the skin silky soft and ready for the following Votre Vu skincare.

 

Tout Le Monde Antioxidant Eye Gelee was applied around the eye and lightly massaged into this sensitive area until fully absorbed. This cooling gel hydrates and comforts the area around the eye while firming and reducing the appearance of fine lines and creases.

 

Tragic Magic was key today. I applied a generous amount all over the face and neck. The lime in the creme clams the skin and reduces redness


Once Parker's makeup was finished I lightly dusted the face with Votre Vu Mineral Powder to set the makeup, decrease shine, and complete the look."

 

Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Concealer - Review, Pictures

image from http://www.lemetierdebeaute.com

OK. Here's the deal. I think I have claimed at least 2 different concealers as "Holy Grails" on this blog.  But what might work for me, may not work for you, so I keep trying new stuff because, as I have recently been informed, much to my chagrin, it's not always about me.  Feh.

So when I was getting my epic makeover from the one and only Mikey Castillo of Le Metier de Beaute at my local Neiman Marcus, I asked about getting a new concealer.  Mr. Castillo introduced me to the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Concealer.  It was a small-ish concealer, NET WT. 0.08oz. (2.3g), and it came with a SPF of 18 in 12 different shades, but despite the size I was intrigued because the consistency and level of coverage reminded me a lot of my beloved Cle de Peau concealer.  And well that concealer only has 3 color choices...Le Metier de Beaute had 12. I think I was sold on that option alone.

Now here's the thing.  I need to conceal dark under eye circles but I also need to conceal occasional acne flare ups and some sun damage I have from when I was a foolish teen in the 1980's trying to tan with baby oil.  This concealer needs to be multi-tasking. It needs to cover enough but not look cakey. It needs to be nice to my skin and not break me out and it needs to stay on for a decent amount of wear time on this oily mug of mine.  Not an easy request.  That's why, like most concealers I had low expectations.


Just like Pedro, from the movie, Rio, I was ready to get down and dirty with this Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Concealer.

According to the Le Metier de Beaute website, the  Classic Flawless Finish Concealer is designed to  blend away dark circles, slight blemishes and imperfections, while nourishing and protecting the skin. "Perfect for quick touchups, the unique slim-tip design glides the contours of your face, including hard-to-reach areas under the eyes, leaving a veil of high level SPF 18 sun protection, without chalky film deposits. The Nylon 12 base holds smoothly, to breathe with the movements of the skin. Natural active ingredients include Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to replenish and revitalize."
Yep.  Truth in advertising. Gotta love it!  I say that having used this concealer since October, everything they say is true.

First off: The color choices.  I was all ready to grab color #1. I mean I'm white...white-white. But Concealer number 1 had too much pink in it.  Concealer #2 was almost too orange.  Now I was getting worried.  Concealer #3 was perfection. it was very fair with neutral undertones...like my skin!  It was an almost exact match to my skin color. I was thrilled.  Of course women of color may or may not have a harder time finding a match. they do offer several darker shades, but I neglected to test them out.  Fortunately Christina from Lovesong For My Lipgloss has swatched all the concealers.  You can find them HERE.

Now here's the deal.  Did it work?
Well. Let's just say that I am not really one for using up product. I tend to move on to the next "great" thing that comes along.  I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to cosmetics. If there is something new and shiny out on the horizon, I'm on my way!  But there was something about the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Concealer that kept me grounded.

Was it the excellent coverage that didn't crease under my eyes or slip off my oily skin?
Was it the smoothness of application? I could use my fingers or a concealer brush and obtain fantastic results.
Was it the divine color match? I had no issues with reverse raccoon eyes or splotchy coverage...in fact it was seamless almost invisible transition from concealer to foundation (which wasn't even a Le Metier de Beaute brand!)
Had I finally matured past the toddler/magpie state of concealers and settled?

See for yourself!


That, my darling readers is PAN! Concealer PAN!  on a freakin MONDAY! I am almost out of my beloved...yes. I said beloved Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Concealer in #3.  I am scraping the dregs out with a Q-tip and concealer brush.  I apologize for showing such graphic pan p0rn without a warning. but I think this pretty much says everything I need to say in one photograph. n'est–ce pas?

So. do you NEED this?  YES if you like stick concealers. I know that this form of concealer isn't everyone's bag. but those that do like this form should check it.  It's on the pricey side at $55 USD but if you have an exact color match in a concealer that actually preforms well, then it's worth it.  The only issue is that the small amount only lasted me 4 months...I'll admit that I have more imperfections that need to be covered than most and I do apply a new face of makeup more than once a day some times (for the blog)...so with NORMAL use I say 6 months will be the longest this lasts.  Then the price seems a bit better.  Will I be purchasing this again?  YES! But I have a few other concealers to test before I pick this one up...which actually makes me sad because I actually MISS this concealer.  Oh man. I need mental help.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush - Review

Rembrandt - The Night Watch

If brushes made the artist, then everyone would be Rembrandt. Can a perfect brush make you paint a perfect picture?  No...but I bet you didn't realize that a perfect brush can give your foundation a flawless look of perfection.

WHAT?

Yup.  The geniuses over at Shiseido have created a foundation brush that is PERFECT!  It's so perfect, in fact, they even use the word "perfect" in the name of the product.

Ladies and gentlemen I bring you:

image from nordstrom.com

The Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush.

I have a fetish for looking like I have mannequin skin. Perfect, plastic, poreless, flawless.  I want to look photoshopped. I want to look unreal.  Blame it on the media. I have an unhealthy ideal of what "perfect" skin looks like.  Thanks to photoshopping all traces of pores, blemishes and wrinkles form every face I see in magazines, I now want that same look.  That look, by the way is unrealistic, but I want it anyway.


So what do I do?  I go through a zillion different primers and foundations trying to achieve this flawless look.  Sometimes it's not the foundation's fault that I can't look flawless. It's, what I like to call:
IO Error = Idiot Operator Error
or
1D10T Error = Idiot Error
Yes. I'm so clever.
Not.
Anyhoo.

When you combine Shiseido's sate-of-the-art technology with traditional Japanese brush-making techniques you end up with the perfect foundation brush that provides the perfect foundation finish. I have only used this brush with liquid and powder foundations but it is supposed to work for cream foundations as well.  Judging by the performance I have seen so far, I imagine that cream foundations will respond very well to this brush.  

The 100% Synthetic bristles in this brush pick up the the right amount of product and distributes it evenly for a consistent and flawless finish.  The brush has tapered fibers that form an angle or slope, if you will.  This slope allows the bristles to reach all of the facial contours.  The trick is in the method you use to apply the foundation. The made in Japan brush has a fairly short handle.  this makes it perfect for close up work and for travel!  The brush from it's highest point to the end is approximately four and a half inches. (~4.5" or ~11.5 cm)  From just the handle to the end of the ferrule, you know the metal part that holds the bristles to the brush, is approximately three and three quarters inches. (~3.75" or ~9.5 cm)

I found the best way to use this brush for an instantly perfect finish is to do the following:
  • Put some liquid foundation on the back of your had.  Use about 1/3 the amount you normally use when applying with a sponge or other brush.
  • Gently tap the brush into the foundation picking up a small amount.
  • Starting with your forehead (or chin) quickly tap or dab the brush over your face.  You will then see a thin but even coverage of your foundation in the area to which you applied it.  If needed you can smooth out any streaks you might encounter by gently sweeping the brush over the area or simply dab the brush some more in the same area to even out the coverage.  However I have been using this brush for several weeks and I have yet to notice any streaking when I use the dab, dab, dab application!
  • Work in sections forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, neck (if necessary) moving in a dabbing motion throughout. You do not need to move in circles or even strokes. That won't help.
End result...PERFECTION.
No seriously.  I have been using Armani LSF in 3.75 for months and I have always like the color match but sometimes it just didn't look so great in application. I used a sponge to apply and I found myself going through bottle after bottle very quickly.  I used to take 6 pumps of the bottle to get my entire face and neck done.  Then when I started to use the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush I a) Achieved an even and immaculate finish. 2) I started to used LESS of my foundation I went from 6 pumps to 3 to 4 depending on how much coverage I desired and iii) Because I started out with a more even coverage I used less concealer and my foundation wore better throughout the day because it was applied properly! WIN!

The only, and I mean ONLY issue I have with this brush, is that it can be slightly difficult to clean.  The bristles are very dense and there are many of them.  Foundation LOVES to cling to the brush and it tends to move farther and farther down the bristle until it reaches the ferrule.  That makes cleaning a real bitch.  I actually start by using my oil based cleanser (and if this is a bad thing to do, please tell me, it's the only way I have found that gets all the foundation to separate from the bristles) work it in there pretty well. then get the bristles damp and watch the oil emulsify off all of the foundation. Then I follow with my BECCA Professional Makeup Brush Soap and usually have to do two rounds of washing to get it all clean.  I have to clean it after each use because I don't like using dirty brushes for foundation or any sort of liquid or cream based products.

Do you NEED this?  YES! You need this bad!  If you wear foundation, you need this brush. TRUST ME!  If it can me this old hag look somewhat presentable and not scare small children* it can make you look like a supermodel...from the neck up.  The brush retails for $30 USD (totally worth the investment) and can be found online and in select stores at Nordstrom, or Sephora.com .


*Funny story. Back in college I used to have all sorts of strange colors in my hair. Purple, Blue, White, Magenta, etc. This was in the early 1990's and in the south in a rather small town, so freaks like me were fairly unusual. I was in a local department store to pick up my roommate from work when I happened around a corner and took a little girl by surprise. I was wearing my platforms so I was about 6 feet tall. I was wearing all black, my leather biker jacket and a long black skirt. I had dark purple hair in spiral curls and I was wearing lipstick that matched my hair color (not the best makeup moment of my life). She took one look at me, her eyes went super wide and then she started to cry and run away from me.  She thought I was a witch! BUWAHAHAHA!  She almost had it right...she just needed to replace the 'W' with a 'B'!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon Long Lasting Eye Shadow - Review Pictures Swatches


When Rouge Bunny Rouge named one of their Long Lasting Eyeshadows "Solstice Halcyon" I don't think they were referring to the epic doom metal band out of the UK which released an album titled Halcyon back in 1996.  I mean...maybe...but nah.


I think they were referring to the Kingfisher Bird.


What?

Well since their whole theme is "WHEN BIRDS ARE SINGING..." I think it's safe to say they are referring to the kingfisher. I did a little research and discovered that kingfishers are sometimes called a Halcyon in honor of the Greek myth which is associated with the kingfisher bird.  The term comes from the ancient myth by Ovid, in which two weeks of calm weather were to be expected around the winter solstice (21st or 22nd of December). It was believed that the halcyon bird calmed the surface of the sea in order to hatch her eggs on a floating nest. The Halcyon days begin one week before solstice and last for one week after the solstice.


To most tho, halcyon means calm and tranquil or happy and carefree. 

You know what taupe eyeshadow makes me feel?

HAPPY!


Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. The shadow is harder than that of Le Metier de Beaute but softer than MAC or Bobbi Brown.  The pigmentation is strong, and they can be built up to intensify the color without looking chalky or muddy.  The shadows blend beautifully with each other and with other brands leaving a truly beautiful diffused look to the eye.  The shadow does not fade or crease (when used in conjunction with an eye base) and lasts for a good 10 hours on the eye.


The Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon Long Lasting Eyeshadow is a stunning taupe. It looks rather unassuming in the pan, but once applied the sweet satin texture of the shadow combined with the not quite grey not quite beige color make a heavenly shadow!  This is one of THOSE taupes. You know the ones. The taupe shadows that everyone wants. Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian, MAC Satin Taupe, Chanel Safari are all classic taupes. Add Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon to that list my dears!  Solstice Halcyon is darker and a touch more brown/grey than Gracious Arasari but lighter and less purple than Delicate Hummingbird


OK. Here's the issue.
Now don't get mad at me. I'm just the messenger.
As of 1/22/2012, Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow in Solstice Halcyon is sold out on Zuneta.com, the only place I know of where you can purchase Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows.
::ducks::
Now, it's not very nice to throw things at me!  I can't control how awesome this shadow is and how the demand for it has outgrown the Six Sigma models for manufacturing, supply, and distribution that Rouge Bunny Rouge and Zuneta have.  I may have studied the Six Sigma business management strategy. I know that Six Sigma seeks to "improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.  It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization ("Black Belts", "Green Belts", etc.) who are experts in these methods." (1) But I still can't tell Zuneta to re-stock Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon!  I did confirm on the Rouge Bunny Rouge FaceBook page that this shade is NOT discontinued.  So that's a good piece of news....right?



Do you NEED this?  YES. You need this if for no other reason than to say you have it. It's that big of a deal! It will one day be like saying you own Shu ME Silver 945.  Yeah. It's that important!


(1) Info from Wikipedia...and from sitting through hours upon hours of Six Sigma classes at one of my old jobs.  It was originally developed at Motorola but worked so well that it took the business world by storm. I personally think it has to do with the fact that these businessmen at my old job just wanted to be "black belts" in something other than Douchebaggery.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

LUSH Dragon Soap


LATHER UP FOR GOOD LUCK!

Chinese New Year was January 23rd and to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, LUSH created a beautiful, limited edition soap with the best-selling Karma fragrance. The spicy blend of patchouli, lavender and pine perfectly captures the passionate, creative and free-spirited nature of the Dragon. Intense, earthy, and confident: have a wash with LUSH's Dragon soap and your ambitions for the year ahead are sure to come to fruition.

At the very least, you'll be nice and clean, and smell scrumptious.

The Red Dragon soap ($7.95*) is available ONLINE ONLY at LUSH.com starting January 2012.


NARS Makeup Removing Water - Review

image from NARScosmetics.com

I'm going to keep this short and sweet.  I no longer have any need for makeup removing wipes.
That's right. I have found my ideal tool for removing makeup in a hurry.  


Just released this month, NARS Makeup Removing Water is a soap-free, oil-free and alcohol-free water that removes face makeup, cleanses, and tones the skin.  According to NARS the water is infused with cucumber, chamomile and hyaluronic acid. This formula is supposed to "sweep away makeup" and "leave skin feeling soft soothed and refreshed".

Well guess what?

IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO!

I know that products actually delivering on their promises shouldn't be a reason for all caps, but in this day and age, when everything is supposed to make you look 20 years younger and 20 pounds thinner and 20 times richer, we all know none of that is going to happen. 

Honestly, I can't believe I'm getting so excited about a makeup remover.

I mean really?  That's what is going to float my boat?  Makeup remover?

I'll tell you what.

It's more than just a makeup remover.

It's a time machine. It's a mental health therapy session. It's a sleep aid. It's a marital aid.  Yes. It is all of those things.

A) time machine: I now save a ton of time in the evening by using this makeup removing water when I'm too tired to do the full facial cleansing with my Clarisonic.  Now I just use the oil cleaning and then follow up with the NARS Makeup Removing Water.  I'm done!  That affords me a few extra minutes before bed. It's like getting free time!

B) mental health therapy session: Believe it or not I get really stressed out if I fall asleep in my makeup.  I start to worry about the damage I am doing to my skin by sleeping in my makeup. That stress transforms into a huge zit somewhere I can't cover like the tip of my nose or the middle of my forehead. I then end up buying more products to hide the zit, which stresses me out because I'm spending money on something that was avoidable, and my self confidence sinks to an all time low because of the zit on my face.  BUT with NARS Makeup Removing Water, I skip all that stress. It's a Therapist in a bottle.  All that stress about damaging my skin is swept away when I swipe the Makeup Removing Water over my face.

C) sleep aid: By getting my makeup off faster and finishing my nightly cleansing routine sooner I have more time to relax and ease myself into blissful sleep. I am relaxed knowing that I have not only saved time, but I am not damaging my skin by sleeping in my makeup because I was too tired to actually use my Clarisonic.  I sleep well because I have no worries about my face erupting with acne from lack of care.

D) marital aid:  By being ready for bed sooner, Mr. Sith and I have a little more time in the evening to...um...well..."Have a Conversation".

Is The NARS Makeup Removing Water a replacement for my regular cleaning routine?
No.
I use it on occasion when I'm just to tired or rushed to do the whole cleansing routine.  I would never replace my cleanser and Clarisonic.  But The NARS Makeup Removing Water is a super alternative to makeup removing wipes and other quick makeup removers because my skin feels soooo much better and soooo much cleaner after using it.

Do You NEED this?  Possibly.  If you use makeup removing wipes on a regular basis I think you really need to check this out. If you are constantly falling asleep in your makeup. 1) SHAME ON YOU and 2) Yes. You need this.  If you are a religious user of a Clarisonic and cleansing, you probably don't need this. But if you're like me and some times you just don't wanna, then this is for you!  The NARS Makeup Removing Water retails for $28 at www.narscosmetics.com.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Beauty Blog Network Weekend Beauty Read


1/22/2012

Thu from Painted Ladies reviews Kat Von D’s Mi Vida Loca palette.  

Elke reviews the new Do It Yourself “Knock Out” Gel Nails.  

The Pink Sith has been humming cowboy tunes all day because of the new Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Pencil from the NARS 2012 Spring Collection. 
 
Phyrra shows off some sweet eye shadows from Kiss My Sass.  

Cindy from HelloDollface gets Botox for the first time and likes it!.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

And The Winner Is....

 
The winner of the Vaseline $25 Gift Card Giveaway is....
Janice P.

Janice will receive a $25 American Express Gift Card! Oh and Janice mentioned that she found those mini pots of Vaseline Lip Therapy at her local Target. And I think they might have them at Walgreens too!
 
Please Congratulate MJ!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 01 Le Rouge - Review, Pictures, Swatches


It wouldn't be right to let you go into the weekend without a few lemmings right? Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick is a good lemming to have...AMIRITE?


This YSL lipstick comes in 18 shades (Neiman Marcus carries all the shades) and is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan. ( You know,  all those bad thingies that causes third eyes to grow out of our foreheads and everything.) Regardless the satiny smooth lipstick is highly pigmented and comes with a SPF of 15!  The formula is touted as being moisturizing and long lasting.


The color I have for you today came as a Gift With Purchase (GWP)! This is the "Flagship" Red in the collection. It is called Le Rouge.  Pretty straight forward, no?  The description is says it is a "Blood Red" but I find it more of a Darth Vader Lightsaber Red.  Just my opinion. I could be wrong.

Anyway, this creamy Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick glides on like it is second skin. It feels like the lipstick is becoming one with your lips. This non greasy formula does not wear down quickly.  After wearing it all day, with only a few touch ups, I noticed that the actual lipstick bullet did not look that molested e.g. used.  The lipstick feels almost indulgent however I did not find it as moisturizing as other lipsticks I have worn. Thankfully it certainly didn't dry my lips out like some lipsticks do.  The lipstick is scented with that fruity mango scent that all YSL lip products have, but it isn't as bad as the glosses (which I detest only because of the strong scent). Fortunately the scent seems to fade quickly upon application.


The case feels heavy and the metal is brightly polished gold with the YSL accent at the base.  The case is polished so well, it can double for a mirror in a pinch.  I like multitasking products as much as I like multitasking packaging! (Less things I have to carry in my purse.)


Do you NEED this? DUH!  Does a Lightsaber need an internal superconductor to transfer the returning looped plasma energy from the negative-charged flux aperture back into an internal power cell?  YES! Exactly!  The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick retails for $30...or if you are lucky like me you get one as a GWP! [insert maniacal laugh here]

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Poll


I have the incredibly huge and rare honor to be featured as one of eight beauty bloggers on the Neiman Marcus Beauty Awards Beauty Blogger Favorites!  I think it's well known that I adore shopping at Neiman Marcus. I don't think you all understand what a magnificent honor being featured on their web page means to me. I am humbled and appreciative of this recognition. Let's face it, I'm hardly what you would call a "Traditional Beauty Blogger". I'm slightly uncouth, sometimes crass and a little crazy.  Yet there I am. giving my opinion about some "Best In Beauty" products that were nominated. 





I was originally asked to provide three quotes from a huge list of nominated beauty products that Neiman Marcus sells.  Well you know me. I'm verbose. I can't chose JUST three...so I provided five.  Yup.  I'm glad I did, because I would have had a hard chance choosing which three to put up.  The five products I chose were (with my quotes):
1. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair - "I apply this at night and wake up to new looking skin.  This should be required for anyone over the age of 30 for great looking skin!"
2. Cle de Peau Concealer - "I am never without my Cle de Peau Concealer. It's smooth application and crease resistant long wear make this my Holy Grail of concealers."
3.  Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow - "If there is such a thing as perfection, then Le Metier de Beaute has created it with this eyeshadow formula. Soft as silk, highly pigmented color that lasts and lasts. It's my go to eye shadow!"
4. Trish McEvoy High-Volume Mascara - "I never thought A mascara could change my look so much. Not only are my lashes full and soft but they keep their curl. One stoke of this mascara and you'll wonder what you ever did before it!"
5. Guerlain Le Rouge G - "Guerlain knows how to do lipsticks right! I am completely in love with amazing formula and luxurious case!"
The quotes I provided were all sincere. I honestly feel this way about all of these products.  I have not, however, had a chance to write about all of these products.  Here's why. a) The Estee Lauder serum is a hard one for me to write about because I have no scientific backing to explain why my skin feels so amazing after using it, but I will try to write a post about this very soon!  b) The Trish McEvoy mascara was one of my favorite mascaras...but I am loath to review mascaras because I think the efficacy of any mascara is very subjective. I rarely find more than five people that can agree on one mascara being "perfect".  So I will not review this mascara on this blog, but I will tell you it worked for me. It might not work for you.  See if you can get a sample before you purchase.
OK.  Enough about me.  Let's talk about what are some of YOUR favorite items.  For this Thursday Poll I'm going to ask you to list your favorite products from specific categories.  The twist is that you don't have to just choose what Neiman Marcus sells. It can be a product sold anywhere!  Sound like fun?
On To The Poll!  I can't wait to read all the answers!!!

List your favorite product in the following categories:


2. Eye Care - Chanel Sublimage Eye

3. Foundation - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation 

4. Concealer - It's a tie! Cle de Peau Concealer and Make Up For Ever Full Cover


6. Eye Shadow - Le Metier de Beaute


8. Mascara - It's a Tie! Trish McEvoy High-Volume Mascara and Josie Maran Gogo Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara 

9. Lipstick and/or Gloss - Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick I have no favorite gloss....yet.

10. Tools (Brushes, Curlers, Face Brushes, Tweezers, etc.) - Too Many to mention, but of all the Clarisonic Brush has made the biggest difference in my life!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Single in Lhasa - Review, Pictures, Swatches


Let's face it. When one has over 125 entries under the color TAUPE on their blog, one has a serious TAUPE addiction.  When I say "One" I mean ME!  I don't need an intervention. I just need more Taupe shadows.  More taupe shadows like....

The NARS 2012 Spring collection Eyeshadow Single in Lhasa!


Named after the Tibetan capital, Lhasa is a delicate grey taupe with hints of lavender and purple.  It is a satin finish shadow that has a slight nod to pearl without losing the satin qualities for which it is formulated.  This shadow is well pigmented. It applies well using a brush and looks even deeper in color when using a foam applicator. 


Tonight I am going to a fondue restaurant for a "Girls Night Out" with a bunch of the moms to kids in Darthypie's Day Care class.  I think I'm the ONLY mom in the entire group that actually wears makeup.  I am wearing NARS Eyeshadow Single in Lhasa, black winged liner, light pink blush and a pink-y nude lipstick.  By most standards I am not wearing too much makeup...but I have a feeling I will be wearing a lot compared to these women.  My intent is not to make myself feel overly made up. It is to make all those moms look into my eyes and fall in LOVE with NARS Lhasa eyeshadow!


How could they not?  It's an amazing shade. It's TAUPE!  I imagine they will look at me from across the steaming pot of Fondue and think to themselves why they are suddenly so enchanted with me.  They will then remember how incredibly charming I am. How I have a delightful sense of humor and how Darthypie is the most precious little boy in the world.  Yep.  I think that's exactly how it will go......

Mom # 1: "Have you tried the beef, Elvira?"

Me: "Not yet.  Thank you it looks delicious!"

Mom #2: "Not as delicious as your eyeshadow!"


Mom #3: "I'm so glad you said something. I have been entranced by the luminous grey lavender color of your shadow since I sat down tonight!"

Mom #1: "I agree. If I may be so bold, your eyeshadow color is so spectacular I imagine that if you have the good sense to wear such a stunning color you must be very smart in so many other areas.  Tell me.  Do you have any parenting advice?"

Me: (with mouth full of fondue beef)  "Ummm. Yes?  I mean...no?  I mean.  So  how about those football playoffs?"

Mom #2: "Your eyeshadow is just brilliant. I love the way that it looks satiny without looking too metallic.  Tell me.  What's your secret for looking so amazing ALL THE TIME!?"

Mom #4: "Yes. Please oh please tell us.  You always look so "put together" and I promise we won't get mad when we read this on your blog tomorrow. In fact, I have no idea you even have a blog.  It's a good thing I don't know you have a blog, because I would probably be really annoyed that you are portraying us as mindless fools with nothing to talk about other than your NARS eyeshadow."

Me: "Huh?  I think you said the loud part, quiet and the quiet part, loud."

Mom #3: "I agree. I also love your eyeshadow but if I ever read this review on your blog, which I have no idea it actually exists, I would probably never speak to you again and I wouldn't be inviting Darthypie to my kid's birthday party."

Me: "I think this fantasy conversation is getting out of hand. I mean, this is MY fantasy! You all are supposed to ooh and ahh over me regaling tales of how pigmented the NARS shadow is. You are supposed to take notes when I mention that it lasts forever with hardly any creasing or fading when worn with an eye primer.  You are supposed to beg me to tell you where to purchase this, and quickly start typing the web address for narscosmetics.com into your smart phones!  You are supposed to delight in the fact that this shadow is only $23!

Waiter: "They would be doing all those things and more if you didn't feel so guilty for using them as a plot device in your story about NARS Lhasa Eyeshadow from the 2012 Spring Collection.  Your overwhelming sense of guilt in making these lovely women look like vapid buffoons has not only caused your fantasy to derail, but now you have no solid ending for the post!"

Mom #1:  "The Waiter is right.  You really have no way to show that this specific NARS Lhasa eyeshadow is so very unique when you compare it to four other shadows."


Mom #2:  Yes. Even when you mention that Armani Eyes To Kill Intense in Pulp Fiction is more silver and metallic, Inglot P420 is lighter, Shu Uemura ME Silver 945 is more brown and the lid color from Wet 'n Wild Silent Treatment lacks the lustre and purple qualities of NARS Lhasa. It will still seem forced and incongruous with the rest of the post."

Me: "Incongruous?"

Mom #2: "Yes. I'm a school teacher. I have a better vocabulary than you.  Might I add that your grammar is appalling?  However, not as appalling as the fact that if one does not buy NARS eyeshadow in Lhasa how empty their life will be."

Waiter: "It's not even like you can do the 'Do you NEED this?' question at the end of this post without it looking choppy.  Mind you, I know that you would tell your readers that 'YES! You need this shadow in your life!' but it's too late now. You have gone off on a tangent and there is no reasonable way to get back."

Me: "Check Please!"



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