Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Lipstick League - week of 6.25.12



Question of the Week: - Your three favorite skincare lines, name them... 

Answer: -This is a hard question to answer because I am constantly testing new skin care. I'll give you my 3 favorite skincare items instead. 1) Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for those pimples that need overnight treatment, 2) Chanel Sublimage Eye Cream because I haven't found anything that works as well. 3)AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel because it lasts forever (A little goes a long way) does not irritate my sensitive skin and makes my face feel baby smooth!

What about you?  Leave your 3 favorite skincare lines or items in the comment section.

Oh and don't forget to check out the last link. That's a new feature of The Lipstick League. Each week one blogger picks a blog post from another blog to feature here.  My week is next week.  To day G form Nouveau Cheap introduces us to Glam Morena's blog!

Nouveau Cheap - Perhaps the longest review G. has ever written about a drugstore foundation, come see why she felt the need to update her original Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup post with even more photos and info.

Pink Sith - Is full of non-sequitur references when it comes to talking about Chanel Fall 2012 Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder with Shimmer!

Prime Beauty - appreciates multi-tasking beauty products and Sue Devitt's Marine Minerals Eye Shadow Palette in Soloman Islands is a triple threat AND ideal for summer. Okay, a quadruple threat!

Phyrra - updates her lovely locks with Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise & Fuchsia Shock! Check it out!

Vampy Varnish - If you love makeup and art then you are going to love the new Milani Color Play Felt-Tip Liquid Pens!

we heart this - Want to win one of two $81 skincare sets from Yu-Be, the Japanese line with a cult-like following? Pop by and say Konnichiwa!

Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber gives us an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette!

EauMG - Licorice, gumdrops, Turkish delights! Check out my review of Boadicea the Victorious Intense perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews - Can you believe it's time to start thinking about the fall? I haven't even been on vacation yet! Needless to say, it's a departure from the bright summer colors, but I kind of like the classic vibe. You?

Krasey Beauty - shows you all of Make Up For Ever's latest summer additions!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap - If you like MAC MSFs but you're on a tight budget, check out Glam Morena's swatches of the new e.l.f Baked Blushes.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Highlighters You Can't Have #6 - Chanel Lumiere Platine Platinum Face Powder - Review, Pictures, Swatches


Time to show you another highlighter in the series of Highlighters You Can't Have. I started the series with a Dior Highlighter, then teased you with a Guerlain Highlighter, showed you an Estee Lauder Highlighter, repeated the Estee Lauder Theme the following month, and finally gave you a Revlon Highlighter/Blush for you to gaze upon. Since I have been featuring items from Chanel's 2012 Fall Collection this week, I figured I might as well make the entire week all about Chanel, so I  bring you a Highlighter You Can't Have from Chanel. 


Chanel Lumiere Platine Platinum Face Powder.  Released in 1999 for the Millennium this may be the oldest highlighter I own.This little gem sold out very quickly. Blame it on the craze that was the Y2K or the fact that this may be the prettiest silver powder that Chanel has EVER PUT OUT!  OK. I'm yelling. I'm sorry.  It's just that, the millennium was a crazy time.


People were panicked. Cobol programmers were in demand and I kid you not, radio stations were NOT playing that Prince Song like I thought they would be.  It was looking like the end of days.  People were convinced that airplanes would just fall out of the sky, there would be massive blackouts, public utilities such as water gas electric would be shut down, etc. once the date changed to 1/1/00.  Why?  Because in the short sightedness of computer programming most systems were based on a 19XX year. For some reason the didn't think about the 20XX or 21XX or any other years when setting up the date in the computer systems.  So naturally when the clock struck midnight and the year changed from 1999 to 2000 people worried that the computers would think it was 1900 and not 2000.  How this equated to airplanes falling out of the sky, I'm not sure.  Anyway. Crisis averted.  The year 2K came and went with not so much as a flicker in the lights.  I had recently broken up with a nimrod I was dating who took me out to dinner one night but couldn't pay for the bill because he had spent all his cash on a 20 lb bag of rice, duct tape and 20 gallons of water for his Y2K bunker.  Needless to say, that relationship soured.  Thankfully I met Mr. Sith 19 days later..the rest is history!


Anyway, back to the Chanel powder.  I refer to it as a Joues Contraste or JC even though it really isn't. It's shaped like one and comes in similar packaging, but it's not labeled as a JC.  So if I refer to the Lumiere Platine Platinum Face Powder as a JC you'll understand what I'm talking about, right?


This platinum powder is packaged particularly prudently in the prevalent petite Chanel JC case.  The unique differences are the Chanel CC at the top of the case are in silver rather than the standard white. Upon opening, you will note that the typical black plastic has been  replaced with a mirror like silver plastic as has the brush handle. Although I no longer have the plastic disc that covered the powder, it too was silver.  I should say platinum, but you all know what  mean.


The powder was the baked kind of formula which most Europeans and Canadians are familiar with. I procured this powder from a seller in Canada, I'm not sure if the US version was different. The powder is fairly hard as is the case with most JC blushes in this formula. The pigmentation is sheer. It should be anyway. I mean you don't want a stripe of platinum on your face, do you?  OK. Maybe you do, but I don't.  Anyway, the powder when applied is sparkly.  Thia is the quintessential "glitter bomb" that people rant about.  I happen to like glitter quite a lot, so I'm cool with that.


This is NOT a highlighter for the office.  This is a highlighter for a night on the town, dancing in dark clubs to 140 bpm music.  This is a highlighter for New Years Eve!  Granted the special fireworks they had in Washington DC were completely lame for 2000 New Years Eve, but with this highlighter you can create your own sparkle on your cheeks!

Direct sunlight
Good luck finding this for sale anywhere.  If you do find it you must think long and hard if you want to pay that much for glittery sparkle.  I knew I wanted it because it was Chanel and because it looked pretty.  It doesn't take much for me to want something.

Indirect sunlight
What about you?  Would you have use for a highlighter like this?  Did you know dubstep is usually 140 beats per minute?  And because he is awesome I will leave you with dancer Marquese Scott and his video for Pumped Up Kicks-Dubstep.  Enjoy.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Poll

 
 
Going on vacation makes people happy.  Seems logical, right?  Taking a break from the drudgery of work is good for the mind and body.  A recent study, however showed that people were happier in the days leading up to the vacation rather than actually being on the vacation itself.  Apparently the anticipation of the event is more exciting than the event itself.  I can almost understand that.  The anticipation to my birthday is always more exciting than....oh. wait a second.  I stopped delightfully anticipating my birthday when I turned 31.  I tell you what, getting old isn't as much fun as I thought it would be.  In my heart and in my mind, I feel younger than I am, but on paper, I'm in a completely different age demographic.  I recently decided to claim I am 25 on a lot of the "beauty surveys" for sample programs. As a result I have been getting better samples!  Win!  Coincidentally, a small number of on-line friends think I'm actually 25 and forget my real age. I do remind them, often.  That's probably because I'm so damn immature. However, in real life, the wrinkles in my forehead are begging for Botox. Thankfully I have 25 year olds like Lindsay Lohan around who look closer to my actual age than I do. I think the wrinkles are the hardest part for me.  Well I should say, the wrinkles AND the acne.  Wrinkles and acne at the same time seriously sucks.  Being in the business of writing about beauty makes the ridiculous combo even worse.  "Hi I'm a beauty blogger with forehead wrinkles and chin acne. Nice to meet you."  Yeah.  Not the best endorsement.  Mr. Sith says I'm too hard on myself, that that's supposed to be his job. (Joke) But I am. I am always in competition...with myself. I am always striving to do better than the day before.  If I'm not moving forward, I'm moving backwards.  I couldn't care less about how other beauty bloggers are doing in relation to my blog. I'm not competing with them. I'm competing with myself. I am running a race against the Pink Sith of four years ago, four months ago, four days ago.  I see other women out there, not many thankfully, that want to make it all a competition between other bloggers.  Let them have their "fun". Deep down, they know they are miserable and they will never truly be happy because that kind of blogging only makes one more and more miserable.  I may not always be first with the newest cosmetic release, or I may not always get the PR samples that other bloggers get, but as long as I strive to make my blog better, write the best that I can, be as honest as possible and strive to make a better post than yesterday, I'm more than fulfilled. So to those bloggers I say: Have fun racing against me. Because you will always lose.  You know you might get the first post about a brand or the PR samples, but I'll win, because I decided not to race in the first place. What's that saying? It takes more courage to walk away from a fight than it does to stay and fight.
On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day? - Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Troublant.  LOVE this plummy brown mauve. Wearing it for the third time this week!

2.  What day is your Birthday? (You do not need to include the date.) - July 2nd.

3. Recent Beauty Acquisition? - All that awesome Fall 2012 Chanel Makeup I've been posting about this week.

4.  According to the infographic from The Daily Viz,  posted below, these are the most common birthdays. How common is your birthday? - WTF are people doing in October/November that makes so many babies in July and August?  I didn't think Thanksgiving was all that sexy! My birthday day is on the high end of most common.
click to enlarge. Image from http://thedailyviz.com

5.  Do you have any planned or upcoming beauty purchases? - Well Since my birthday is in a few days I think it would signal the end of days if I didn't get myself a little something. Right?  Maybe the Chanel quad from the Fall 2012 collection.  I loves me some Chanel makeup!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chanel Fall 2012 Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Initiale - Review, Swatches, Pictures



You know all those times I told you I found the "Perfect Pink Blush"?
*I was lying to you.
**I NOW have found the "Perfect Pink Blush" and it is Chanel, of course, it is from their Fall 2012 collection and it is called Rose Initiale!


Chanel's 2012 Fall collection is fast becoming one of my favorites.  How can I not like something that includes a Pink Rose colored blush?  To those that say, "Hey Elvira. I thought you already had a bunch of pink colored blushes. You really don't need more do you?"  I can respond to this inane question with a simple one word, three letter response,


DUH!


OF COURSE I don't need more pink blush.  But I NEED more pink blush.  You see. As a non blush addict, you will never fully appreciate the little nuances between each pink blush.  Some may be a warm pink, others a cool pink. Some are frosty, some shimmery and some may be matte.  Some may be the same pink color but one will be shimmery and the other matte. One might be slightly darker than another, but trust me, I NEED both.

natural sunlight

As for THIS particular pink blush, Chanel Rose Initiale is a sweet rose pink. It is not dusty or grey. It is a happy pink that is not too bright and not too subtle. It's a total Goldilox pink. It's juuuuust right.


As with all Chanel JC powder blushes. the powder is finely milled, light as air and lasts a long time on your face.  I like to apply this to the apples of my cheeks for a fresh flushed look. It goes well with my pale skin, but because this particular pink is so rich, I think it would look good on a variety of skin tones.


Do you NEED this?  Does a blush addict need a new blush? Does a fish need a bicycle? Is Goldilox technically a vandal and committing a crime? If Papa bear had shot her when he arrived home to find she had stolen food, broken furniture and was passed out in their house, would he be protected under the Castle Doctrine?  YES to all of the above.  I purchased this blush from Neiman Marcus. You can order it though the web or you can call Kathy Shoreman and place an order over the phone at 571-533-4972.

Click to enlarge. Color comparison in pan

*Not really


Click to enlarge. Selected swatch comparison

**This may or may not be the "Perfect Pink Blush". I tend to use hyperbole when saying a blush is perfect.  There are many perfect blushes out there. I just think that the majority of them happen to be pink.


Mixed Tumulte and Malice on Right and Roe Initiale on left.  It looks like Rose Initiale is the offspring of the 2 other blushes (kinda)


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chanel Fall 2012 Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss in Troublant - Review, Swatches, Pictures


image from neimanmarcus.com

Once upon a time there was a little girl that adored her music teacher.  Her music teacher was plain in the looks department, but had the most beautiful lips ever seen.  They were pouty without being sad and plump without being fat.  As the little girl listened to her teacher she was mesmerized by the plummy brown lip color the teacher always wore.  The color looked like her teacher's natural lips, but better (If that was even possible).  The sweet color lent an air of sophistication to her teacher's otherwise forgettable looks.  The little girl vowed to one day find a lip color such as that and vowed to wear it in honor of her teacher and as a tribute to all things that are beautiful in an otherwise overlooked and unembellished landscape. 


The vow was almost achieved a few times, but sadly circumstances beyond her control dashed her hopes of success.  In 7th grade she thought she found the same color and asked for it as a birthday present.  Sadly her wishes went unanswered as she opened gifts of socks and cassette tapes of new wave bands.  Then in college she thought she found the lip color again, but alas on a poor college budget the price was too high. She made note of the color and tried to find it once she did have the funds but it was gone, like it never existed in the first place.  Then many years later she found a lipstick from Armani that fit the bill, and it was very close, but over time she realized that this color was a tad too dark to be THE COLOR she was looking for.  But then it happened.  


Chanel Fall 2012 was released. She went to her local Neiman Marcus to pick up what she though was just going to be a blush and a highlighter and while she waited for the sales associate to get her items held for her in the back she saw IT.  What was this "it"?


Chanel Fall 2012 Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss in Troublant!  Described best as a plummy brown which pulled more plum than brown on her fair skin, this color was the color she had been searching for all these years!  Victory!  She purchased the gloss, applied it as soon as possible and she was transported back in time to an era of maxi dresses, large frame sunglasses, platform shoes and long straight hair....Oh wait. No she wasn't. That's today. She wasn't transported at all. It's just the fashions of the late 1970's/ early 1980's are "in" again.  Oh well.  She had her gloss and that's all that mattered.


The Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss in Troublant is limited edition, so the little girl, all grown up might want to consider getting a back up.  The Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss is called a "Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss."  This could not be a more exact and accurate definition of a Chanel gloss The girl has ever read.  The shine is intense.  Not like "I just ate a bucket of fried chicken" shiny, but more like "I have vinyl on my lips" shiny.  The color is intense. Not like "I just used house paint on my lips", but more like "this color stands out but does not diminish the natural beauty of my actual lips" intense.  The wear is intense. Not like "I put this on and then sealed it with superglue and nothing but acetone will remove it", more like, "I just ate a tea biscuit and drank my morning cuppa and I still see some of the color and shine (although definitely muted) of my original gloss application" type wear.  The gloss wasn't sticky but it definitely felt like she was wearing gloss.  It wasn't greasy, more like the feeling of honey before it warms up upon contact with your skin. it's not unpleasant.  The gloss has no flavor and a light scent which makes the little girl, all grown up very happy.


Do you NEED this? YES!  YES! YES! If you are as obsessed as finding that lipstick match as the little girl in the story was. (probably unlikely)  Or if you really like a good plummy brown/mauve lip color. Let's face it, that color looks great on almost everyone!  Troublant means Disturbing in English.  I would find it disturbing if you didn't get the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss in Troublant.  I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus. The NM website has all the fall products listed. Call Kathy Shoreman if you absolutely cannot wait at 571-533-4972

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living, dead, or going by the name Elvira or Pink Sith is purely coincidental.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Chanel Fall 2012 Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges - Review, Swatches, Pictures


When Kathy Shoreman from Neiman Marcus e-mailed me a picture of the new Chanel Fall collection I had to sit down. Not only did it include 5 new shades of single eyeshadows, a new quad eyeshadow palette, a new JC Blush, New Glosses and Rouge Coco and Rouge Coco Shines...which by the way would have been enough, this collection also contained a new highlighter that didn't cost $90 freakin dollars. (Sorry, you know my weakness for highlighters and the more expensive they become, the more grumpy I become)  Said highlighter in the Chanel Fall 2012 Collection is....(Drum roll)


Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges.  Que? or should I say Quoi? (That's French for "What".  I took French for 4 years in school and I remember none of it. I actually had to verify that quoi was correct on google translate because the lyrics for Front 242's song Manhunter 


took priority over French vocabulary)  Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges roughly translates to Illuminating Powder with Shimmer in Beige.  Which goes to show you the value of a good education because Google translate says it means "Fireworks light of Belgians".  *snort*  I bet the Belgians are none too pleased.


Anyhoo.


About the powder.


First and foremost I will tell you up front. the shimmer you see on the brand new product is overspray. A glittery top coat which disappears once the product is used for the first time.  The powder underneath looks quite matte and, I'll be frank, quite dull. But as I will explain in a moment, that's not a problem and the dull looking powder is a red herring, so to speak.

image from http://www.bellasugar.com/

Secondly, I would like to point out that Chanel is recycling powder molds. This is the exactly same sequined look as the 2006 Holiday collection Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Metallic Eyeshadow. As you can see in the picture above, the metallic limited edition eyeshadow had the sequined look with silver pewter and gold metallic colors. This however, was metallic to the core and not an overspray like the current Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges offered today.  It's great that I can remember an eyeshadow from 2006 but can't remember 4 years of French class.  I guess we all know where my priorities are.  Despite the re-use of the sequin motif the Chanel Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges is still a successful product
.

Thirdly, the quality of the powder of this product is exceptional.  It is finer than pixie dust.  For those not familiar with the quality of pixie dust it is slightly finer than that of Sandman Sand and Fairy Dust.  There has been a long drawn out legal battle over the patent of Pixie Dust. The Fairies contend that they had the patent first and have been manufacturing this grade of dust well before the Pixies.  However, the Pixies say that their patent is different and that their dust is superior and not open to embedding malicious code like the Fairy dust is.  In fact, the Fairy dust is considered bulky and slow and not as dynamic as the sleeker more adaptable Pixie dust that is being used today.  I have to agree. One does not need a Bachelors degree in Computer Science to operate Pixie dust, but it sure seems that way when dealing with Fairy dust, especially when you get the dreaded blue screen of death.  Plus Pixie dust does not crash as often as Fairy dust.  Are we still talking about cosmetics?

With overspray removed

With overspray
Fourthly and lastly, the Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges is glowy.  Yes. Glowy! (Ah ha! The red herring!)  The powder despite looking matte in the pan has a very fine level of shimmer that is not glittery.  The powder, when applied to the cheeks, dusted down the bridge of the nose and carefully dotted over the eyebrows, gives the face a golden ethereal glow.  


The color of the powder as seen in the swatch above is golden and glowy. It is a heavy swatch applied with a cosmetics sponge, but I did this to show the color and depth of the powder.  As you can see it is a buildable color and could be used on almost any skin tone from light to dark.

Do you NEED this?  Well if you want a more obvious highlighter that is more frosty then no. But to anyone that wishes that they a) should have picked  that Estee Lauder Limited edition powder that I featured on Highlighters You Can't Have (because this is a nice dupe for it) or b) Want to have a nice natural soft glow reminiscent to the golden hues of an Autumn twilight when the leaves on the trees blaze in orange, red and yellow and the light from the sun spreads a golden cast to the land, then YES! You NEED this!  I have yet to see this show up on chanel.com or neimanmarcus.com, so if You MUST have this NOW you can call Kathy Shoreman at 571-533-4972 and place your order right away before this one sells out. It is limited edition, after all, and you never know, the Fairies might win that patent lawsuit and this powder could be recalled!*  I purchased this for about $60 USD but to be honest I can't remember the exact amount and my receipt is missing, Probably buried at the bottom of my purse.

*no it couldn't. That's a joke. Sadly I have to put in a disclaimer about said joke because some people don't have a sense of humor and others are gullible.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Lipstick League - week of 6.18.12





Question of the Week: - What's your current favorite hand cream?

Answer:- That' an excellent question.  Right now I am trying to find one. I would LOVE to hear your suggestions.  I am using the one from gud, but I'm not fond of the scent.

Lipglossiping - finds her new 'darling' in the form of Darling Diva's Space Beetle Nail Polish.

Nouveau Cheap - Can a $1 eyeshadow from the dollar store really deliver bold color and pigmentation...even without primer? Come find out!

Pink Sith - has pretty pink nails of steel thanks to the peptide infused nail lacquers from Dermelect Cosmeceuticals.

Prime Beauty - says all tinted moistuizers are NOT created equal. Keep from having a makeup meltdown this summer with  NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30.

Vampy Varnish - Kinda digs the new Benefit Ultra Plush Glosses.

we heart this - Are you one of the many that have pondered whether RevitaLash really works? See for yourself with the we heart this review complete with Before and After Photographs!

Beauty Junkies Unite - Did you know that Benefit is launching 6 new ULTRA PLUSH lip glosses next month that correspond with their famous box o' blushes? See the review, swatches, and comparisons of CORALista, Dallas, and Sugarbomb!

Clumps of Mascara - is giving away an epilator. Brace yourself for this one, gals...

EauMG  - It's officially summer! And if you're looking for a new summer fragrance to add to your wardrobe, you may be interested in this one by Atelier Cologne.

Gouldylox Reviews -  discovers the Good, the Bad and the Wet. Or really, just the good and the wet.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Lipglossiping
Drivel about Frivol: My Minimalism: Looks




Friday, June 22, 2012

Foundation Friday - Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation in Alabaster Review, Swatches Pictures

image from Chantecaille.com


There was a time, not too long ago, where my skin looked very good. Like really rood. Like good enough to go without foundation good.  But that will never happen. I still have redness and pores to conceal so I was looking for a foundation that would mask these imperfections without looking heavy or made up.  Mind you, this was before NARS released it's Tinted Moisturizer, because if that was around there would be no question as to which I would purchase.  I headed for my local Neiman Marcus and walked right up to the Chantecaille counter and insisted that I get the Future Skin foundation.  OK. Not really. I did some research on it and found it is oil free, a light texture and that the lightest shade, Porcelain might even be too light for me!

Well as luck would have it Kathy Shoreman was at Neimans and she helped me pick out the right shade, which was alabaster.  It was a bit more yellow and less white than porcelain but also not as orange pink as Ivory or chamomile. Chantecaille has 13 different shades in this formula.  

This foundation feels amazing on my skin. It's like putting a soothing gel all over my face. The color match is actually pretty good.  Sure it looks fairly yellow in the picture, but the redness in my face was toned down once this was applied properly and sheered out.  The swatch above is a VERY heavy swatch and is not indicative of what it would look like on your face.  The coverage is very sheer.  One would needs fairly good skin to pull this off as a daily foundation.  However, when you layer the foundation it does blend well together and you can build up the coverage from sheer to light.  Getting a medium coverage from this foundation is not possible without looking like a mucky streaky mess.  

After trial and error  found the best way to apply the foundation is with your fingertips.  Not very hygienic, since this comes i a jar with no spatula. But I used a Q-tip to scoop out the foundation and put it on the back of my hand.   Once applied the foundation fires down to a satin finish. Not dewy not matte.  It looks very natural.  Kind of a "My Skin But Better" look.  Actually. My skin looked fantastic with this foundation!  Even Mr. Sith couldn't tell I was wearing foundation and said that I looked amazing. (Of course his opinion is a bit biased)

image from neimanmarcus.com

The Pros to this foundation:
  • Sheer to light, yet even coverage.
  • Feels amazing on my skin
  • Looked amazing on my skin
  • Did not break me out
  • Oil Free


The Cons to this foundation
  • Sheer to light coverage. Can be built up but the finish is compromised by looking mucky
  • It costs $72 for 1 oz of foundation
  • Color range is limited to those with light to medium dark skin tone. There are not too many choices for some darker skin tones.
  • It costs $72 for 1 oz of foundation!!!


The price is VERY high.  This was a birthday present to myself. A year later I still have about 1/2 a jar left, but that's because I don't wear this every day. I probably wear it about once or twice a month.


Do you NEED this?  No.  Sorry. As nice as it is, and as pretty as it looked I feel guilty recommending it based on the price alone.  Fortunately most Chantecaille counters are happy to make a small sample for you so you can try before you buy.  I purchased this at Neiman Marcus.

So what about you.  Would you, or have you, spent this much on foundation?  If it makes your skin look perfect would you? How much have you spent on foundations that didn't work…did that come to $72?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Poll


VAGINA. Bet you didn't expect me to start a Thursday Poll with that word, did ya?  Imagine all the great google search hits I will get by using the word, VAGINA, throughout this post.  Last week a lawmaker in the sate of Michigan was banned from the State House floor for saying the word "VAGINA".  Yes. Really.  No. I'm not joking. It was during Representative Lisa Brown's speech on the house floor about an abortion bill.  No matter how you feel on the subject of abortion, the fact that this woman was censored for saying a perfectly acceptable MEDICAL term for part of a woman's anatomy is unbelievable.  The offensive sentence? “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested my vagina, but no means no.”  Yup. VAGINA was used. Sure it was a bit of theater to conjure up that image, but the word, VAGINA, is not a dirty word.  Of course if you ask a another State Rep in Michigan, Mike Callton, he would tell you "It was so offensive, I don't even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company."  Seriously?  This grown man cannot utter the word VAGINA in mixed company?  But what word should we use?  Isn't VAGINA the correct term?  Apparently not only men are afraid of using that word. Another state rep from Michigan, Lisa Lyons said "As a woman and mother, I was personally offended by Rep. Lisa Brown's disgraceful actions during Wednesday's floor debate."  But Ms. Lyons has her own VAGINA.  What does she call it?  Is she ashamed about having a VAGINA?  There was also another woman banned from speaking on the State House floor because they said she spoke out of turn when she insisted that vasectomies be regulated like abortions.  Seriously. I couldn't make this up if I tried.  The Michigan GOP Leader of the House, the day after he banned the two women lawmakers from speaking on the House floor, “simultaneously did not deny that the women were banned for saying ‘vagina’ and further accused the two of throwing ‘temper tantrums’.” Temper Tantrums.  Isn't that what children throw?  Isn't he just infantilizing and de-legitimizing their points by using that term?  Now that he said they were holding "temper tantrums" I imagine Rep Brown in Shirley Temple curls, a pink dress, patent leather mary janes  and ankle socks holding a huge lollipop in one hand while sticking her tongue out and stamping her foot.  Which finally brings me to my point. The POWER OF WORDS.  Words do have a lot of power.   The power lies in what the words mean to the person that hears them.  The evoke feelings from one's own subconscious into emotional responses toward the subject at hand.  Jean-Paul Sartre once said "Words are loaded pistols." and that "Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think."  He was so right. Saying the word VAGINA wasn't the issue. It was the way it made Reps Callton, Lyons and the Michigan GOP leader FEEL about the subject. Perhaps Callton is FOR the passage of the bill so no matter what Rep Brown said it would "sound" offensive to him. Perhaps Lyons is ashamed of being a woman in a "mans world" and doesn't want to draw attention to the fact that she too has a VAGINA. Perhaps the GOP leader is a misogynist douchebag and thinks women need to be quiet and stay in the kitchen.  I have no idea.  I'm not saying these are truths about these people, I'm just guessing.   See?  I even had to be careful with the words I use for fear of being accused of libel.  For the record I do not believe the word VAGINA is a bad word.  There are tons of other slang words for VAGINA that I find more offensive.  It's time everyone stopped being angry about using the word VAGINA and started being angry at people that try to stop you from saying that word.
On To The Poll!

1. Blush Of The Day? - Chanel JC in Poesie. One of the "Blushes You Can't Have". Deceptively cool toned pink in the pan but a very neutral warmish pink on my cheek. I like to use this one when I am focusing more on my eyes as it does not compete for attention with the rest of my makeup.

2.  What word do you use to refer to a VAGINA? - VAGINA.  Sorry. I must be boring or offensive. But what else am I going to call it?  I have all sorts of wretched slang phrases I could use, but like Rep. Mike Callton, I don't even want to say them in mixed company.

3.  What color are your eyes? Do you like that color or do you wish you had different colored eyes? - I have gray-ish, blue-ish, green-ish eyes. I like the color but I would love to have ice blue eyes like Carol Alt. 

4.  What is one beauty product you would recommend to ALL of your friends? - Chanel Joues Contrase Blush. Own at least one, if anything for the ritual of opening the Chanel case and swirling your blush brush over the dome of perfect powder like silk while the sweet rose scent greets you with the promise of perfect glowy cheeks. But also because I adore this formula.  Not everyone agrees that it's the best blush out there, and I'm cool with that. But it's the best CHANEL blush ever.

5.  Give me some words that sound dirty but really aren't. (Need help. Here is a long LIST)
Peniaphobia - The fear of being poor.
and
Ballcock - a device for regulating the supply of water in a tank, cistern, or the like, consisting essentially of a valve connected to a hollow floating ball which by its rise or fall shuts or opens the valve.
And honorable mentions:  Jaculate, Blowhole, Bangkok, Uranus, Gesticulate, Titmouse, Tetons, Ramrod, Angina, Titular, and Cockles.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Incognito #316 - Review, Pictures, Swatches

image from sephora.com

Makeup addicts have all sorts of acronyms. I consider it a shorthand code.  This makes getting messages across quicker which in turn give us more time to shop.  Here are some acronyms that I use a lot:
gwp - Gift With Purchase
HG - Holy Grail
DS - Drugstore
EOTD - eye of the day
LOTD - lip of the day
NM - Neiman Marcus (or never mind)
and my favorite:
YLBB - Your Lips But Better


For example:
"OMG the CD AE l/s in #316 is TDF. It's a MLBB HG! Of course YRMV. Go 2 NM b/c they r having a GWP now."
Translation:
"Oh My God the Christian Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in #316 is to die for.  It's a my lips but better holy grail!  Of course your results may vary. Go to Neiman Marcus because they are having a gift with purchase now."

See?  It make perfect sense if you know what you are reading.


Your Lips But Better refers to a lip color that looks natural and very similar to what your natural lip color would be, but enhanced so that it has either more color, depth, shine, etc. (Hence the But Better part)   My lips are almost colorless.  They match my very pale complexion and are only slightly darker and pinker than the skin on my face, so when I find a lipstick that is as close to what my natural lip color SHOULD be, I am immediately attracted to it.


Enter stage right, Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in #316 Incognito.  A pinky beige neutral lipstick that does not turn orange on me!  A lit of pinky nude lipsticks tend to go orange on me. It's the cross I must bear in life.  Dior touts this as being an "extremely long-wearing lipstick that provides radiant shine."  It's shiny. that's for sure, but long wearing?  Nope. Not even a little.  Sorry Dior. Your lipsticks are usually not very long wearing, and the shiner the lipstick the less wear time you get from it. Just sayin'

This lipstick feels like buttah!  It's creamy and moisturizing and seems to plump up my lips just a little.  It is one of the nicest lipsticks I own. it's not overly greasy or waxy. It has perfect slip (which means it applies well without tugging on the lip) and it feels amazing!  It better for $30!


Yes. It's a great lipstick. I love the color, the high gloss the feel, but the wear time is not great. It wears as long as other Dior Addict lip products wear.  Granted I purchased the lightest and most neutral color.  Perhaps if I purchased a darker pink or red it might seem to wear longer.  The Dior Addict Extreme comes in 16 colors ranging from nude to deep plum.  It has a decent color range and I imagine Dior will add to it in the future.


Do you NEED this?  Well the formula? Amazeballs.  I'll give you that. The colors? Meh. I can see them being duped with other brands. The high shine? Exceptional! Only a few other lipsticks can replicate that shine and they cost as much if not more.  So what's my answer?  Um Maybe?  Let's face it, it's not the most expensive lipstick out there but it's not the least expensive either.  But if you have the same problem as me with nude lipsticks turning orange on you, then Incognito #316 IS THE ONE nude for you.  For that reason alone I say YES, you need this.  Its one for the few lipsticks I own that I actually look forward to applying!

I purchased my lipstick from the wonderful Kathy Shoreman from Neiman Marcus. If you too would like to purchase from her you can give her a call at 571-533-4972.  Otherwise you can find Dior Addict Extreme at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and other retailers.

ATM I am in <3 with my CD AE l/s. IDK why, but I want more! IMHO it's a HG moisturizing l/s. AFAIK no DS brand could rival this, but YRMV,  BTW wouldn't it b awesome if they offered a BOGOF deal? My poor DH would never hear the end of it. + they would probably be OOS of every color I wanted anyway. FWIW I don't think HE brands will resort to sales like that any time soon. Kthxbai!


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