Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Skinfood Party Tox Nail Line in #05 Seaweed Party - Review, Pictures, Swatches

Skinfood Party Tox Nail Line in #05 Seaweed Party

Skinfood Party Tox Nail Line in #05 Seaweed Party is quite a mouth full. I prefer to call in "Pretty Sparkly". Bu so as to not confuse you all I'll call it. Skin Food Seaweed Party.  Are we all OK with that?  Good. Moving on.

Skinfood #05 Seaweed Party

If you're like me, when you see a nail polish post the main things you look at are the pictures.  You will probably find out the name and price of the nail polish and then you will also look for a place to purchase it.  I think the last thing people read is the actual text between the nail polish pictures.


So let me put all the info up front and then I can use various words to make up the filler in between the pictures. I purchased this from eBay. A seller called rubyruby76 sells almost all of the colors.  I decided on just one color since it was priced at $7.99 each. There are other sellers on eBay for this nail polish line.  The color is a blue based hot pink-red. It has gorgeous iridescent glitter dispersed in the polish to give a look like little gems are swimming on your nails.  I like the blue and gold touches the glitter gives when the light hits them just right.  The bottle is on the small side but there's plenty in there for multiple manicures.  My nail polish (applied with a base coat of CND Stickey and top coat of CND Speedy) lasted 5 days with no chipping and minimal tip wear.  All in all, I was very satisfied with the nail polish and I would purchase more.
On to the pictures!

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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "a word to mean a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs. A condition meeting the word's definition is normally called silicosis.  It is best know as being a very long word. The 45-letter word was coined to serve as the longest English word and is the longest word ever to appear in an English language dictionary. It is listed in the current edition of several dictionaries.

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Antidisestablishmentarianism is a political position that originated in 19th-century Britain in opposition to proposals for the disestablishment of the Church of England.  That is the act to remove the Anglican Church's status as the state church of England, Ireland, and Wales. The word is known in the English language because of its unusual length of 28 letters and 12 syllables. It is one of the longest words in the English language. It is commonly thought to be the longest word in English found in major dictionaries, excluding coined and technical terms.

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Floccinaucinihilipilification is apparently a satirical word created by those blue blooded scamps at Eton.  Basically the word was inspired by a line in the Eton Latin Grammar that listed verbs that govern a genitive noun: "Flocci, nauci, nihili, pili, assis, hujus, teruncii, his verbis, aestimo, pendo, facio, peculiariter adduntur." Latin flocci, from floccus, a wisp or piece of wool + nauci, from naucum, a trifle + nihili, from the Latin pronoun, nihil ("nothing") + pili, from pilus, a hair, something insignificant (all therefore having the sense of "pettiness" or "nothing") + -fication. floccinaucinihilipilification (uncountable).  Roughly translated it means: The act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant, of having no value or being worthless.  It is also oft cited as the longest non-technical word in the English language, being one letter longer than the commonly-cited antidisestablishmentarianism.

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Do you NEED this?  Well if this is your type of color, I say go for it!  I'm not really partial to pinks/reds but something about the iridescent glitter in this polish really sold me.  I love it!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Abreva Conceal Patch - Review, Pictures







I'm here today to talk about something that no one really wants to talk about.

Cold Sores!

Let's face it. One of these days one of you is going to get a cold sore on your lip…and probably at a really inopportune moment…I mean is there ever a "good" time to have a cold sore? And let's face it. No one wants to admit they get cold sores....amirite?  I get them every few years but I used to get them as young as 11 years old and almost 2 or three times a year! It was awful.  Back then, there was no treatment for them that I knew of.  Thankfully there are plenty of prescription and OTC treatments.  But what do you do about the ugly spot that is left behind while it's healing?   Well the people at Abreva have developed a clear non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet is protective enough to keep contaminants out. This little miracle worker is called Abreva Conceal.





I haven't had a cold sore in a while so I decided to write a comic about what would happen if I did.  You can call this Abreva Conceal Man Action Comics # 1. This is going to be worth millions in like 70 years!


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Unfortunately you might not have Abreva Conceal Man coming to your rescue, so you will have to go buy a package of 6 or 12 and then follow these simple steps.

1. Wash your face with a mild soap, and use a fresh towel to pat your cold sore and the neighboring area dry.


2. Open Conceal packaging and remove the contents inside.


3. Peel back the paper tab marked in red with the number “1” (avoid touching the sticky part underneath by holding on to the small rectangular tab).


4. Continue to hold the rectangular tab and peel back the other paper tab, marked in blue with the number “2”.


5. While looking in a mirror, place the round patch over the cold sore.


6. Press down lightly on the center of the patch and hold the patch in place for 15-20 seconds to make sure it sticks to on top of your cold sore.

7. Gently pull away the applicator tab, at a slight angle away from your face. Voila! Conceal is in place.



8. Apply makeup on top of Conceal to ensure that the cold sore blends in with the rest of your lips.





You can also see more information and application tips HERE.

Here are some helpful tips when applying make-up over Abreva Conceal:
  • Liquid concealer, or a liquid spot treatment, works well over Abreva Conceal. Stick concealers also work but be sure to use a concealer brush for application.
  • Liquid or powder foundation can be applied on top of Abreva Conceal. Powder foundation may need a bit of liquid concealer on the patch to adhere to the Abreva Conceal Patch.  You can also try applying foundation in place of concealer. If, for some  reason, your foundation appears too light on top of the Abreva Conceal patch, try a little matte bronzer on top of the foundation to blend with your skin tone.
  • Lip gloss looks really great over Abreva Conceal. The shiny finish does well to mask the satin finish of the Abreva Conceal patch.
  • Lipstick of almost any kind can also cover the Abreva Conceal patch but be careful when applying over the patch as you don't want to tug on the patch and move it. It is best to apply lipstick using a lip brush and not directly from the tube. It also looks great when you finish the lipstick with a touch of tinted gloss.
  • Lip liner can be applied but you must be VERY gentle when applying on top of the Abreva Conceal patch.

My personal experience using the Abreva Conceal Patch:
  • The patch was kind of difficult to apply at first. I didn't press it into the skin long enough and/or the area wasn't dry enough when I first tried it.  Thankfully tho, I did get the hang of it.  The patch is incredibly thin, so you really do have to master the application technique to make this look natural.
  • I did not wear the Abreva Conceal patch for 8 hours at a time so I have no idea if it lasts that long. I do know that it lasts at least a few hours. You might need to replace it if you eat or drink while wearing the patch, if any sort of moisture gets in contact with the patch, or if you have VERY oily skin, like me.
  • Make sure that your patch is sealed all around the edges with no folds or ripples before applying foundation or concealer.  If you do this it will allow the patch to wear for longer periods of time. If some foundation gets under the patch it will dislodge the patch and will no longer be able to keep contaminants out or keep the patch on your skin. I didn't do this at first and the patch lifted off after just a few minutes.
Things to remember:
  • The Abreva Conceal Patch is NON-MEDICATED and is not a treatment for a cold sore.  
  • You cannot use the Abreva creme for treating a cold sore in conjunction with wearing the Abreva Conceal patch.  
  • You should ALWAYS see your doctor for treatment if you develop a cold sore or before using any new over the counter treatments for cold sores.
  • For any cosmetics you use with the Abreva Conceal patch, make sure to dispense some onto the back of your hand so as to not contaminate the source product. 
  • Do not apply lip gloss straight from the tube when wearing the Abreva Conceal patch or when you have a cold sore. (The image above was taken for editorial purposes only.)

The Abreva Conceal patch retails for approximately $12 for a 6 pack and $17 for a 12 pack of patches. You can find them at your local pharmacy, drugstore.com, or grocery store.

Abreva Conceal is a clean, non-medicated patch for cold sores that allows air in, yet protective enough to keep contaminants out.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Abreva via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Abreva.

This post is designed for educational purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This information is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider. A consultation with your health care professional is the proper method to address your health concerns. You are encouraged to consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Rapid advances in medicine may cause information contained here to become outdated, invalid or subject to debate. Accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The Pink Sith Blog assumes no responsibility for how information presented here or on the following links is used by the public. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Lipstick League - week of 10.22.12



Congratulations to Clumps of Mascara, Vampy Varnish and Nouveau Cheap for being featured on the new Wet n Wild Cosmetics "Beauty Ambassador Favorites" display, coming soon to a Walgreens near you! (Click the links above for pics of the display.)

Question of the Week: - Can you remember your first lipstick love?

Answer: - I think so. It was in high school and it was a lipstick from Revlon called Frosted Brownie. It was a shimmery pale beige. It looked terrible on most people…but it was the 1980's so we all looked pretty terrible.

Beauty Junkies Unite - I'm pretty sure you'll like this set of mini Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in tarte's new 'Fantastic Foursome' Blush Enthusiast Set for the holidays as much as I do!

Clumps of Mascara - is battling stretch marks with her growing baby bump. Is it a waste of time or will these products actually help combat them?

Lipglossiping - is definitely feeling the pull when it comes to Illamasqua's lipstick in Magnetism!

Gouldylox Reviews - Have you started planning your gift lists already? Check out these lust-worthy gift ideas and stock up before they are gone!

Nouveau Cheap - Do you remember the brand Styli-Style, famous for their long-wear eyeliners? Well they're back and under new ownership with lots of fun new products, as well as some old favorites.

Pink Sith - Confesses her love for a blush from Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Prime Beauty - takes a look at two highly giftable must-haves from  Tarte's Holiday Baby It's Bold Outside.

Phyrra - shows you how to get that perfect glow with Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo.

Vampy Varnish - thinks you are going to love at least half of the new OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012.

we heart this - We've deemed this the best long-wearing lip product we have EVER used. Find out what it is!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beauty Junkies Unite - Gel manicures are a little pricey---but my fave fashionista, Sydne Summer of Sydne Style shows you two cute ways you can extend the life of your costly mani, DIY-style!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Delicata - Review, Pictures, Swatches



Why is it so hard to write about a product that I love so dearly?  I purchased the Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Delicata from Zuneta months and months ago.  So long ago I was still taking pictures outside waiting for sunlight through the clouds.  So why, now when I have literally reached pan and have completely finished this blush can I not put a few words together telling you all what a staple it has become in my daily makeup routine?

This unsung hero in my makeup case is a blush with no equal. It is quite possibly the perfect contour color I have ever used in my entire life.  And remember, I date back to the Paleozoic Era so I have some experience with contour blushes.  The blush is sheer. I mean like second skin, airbrush sheer. It imparts such a natural look to the skin that I question if it is made from fairy dust and wishes.


The color is a tawny brownish rose. It's hard to describe accurately because it is s sheer that it will look different on different skin tones.  I will admit that when I first purchased this I was expecting more of a pink color and I was slightly disappointed.  But then I thought I might use this for a contour and that is when the magic happened.


Hen applied in the hollows of my cheeks and the sides of my nose, the Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Delicata transformed my face. I looked "sculpted", "defined" "chiseled". I HAVE CHEEK BONES AGAIN AND A SLIMMER NOSE!  Sorry to shout, but after years of just going through the motions with a contour I have finally found a contour blush that actually CONTOURS!

Now I know what you are thinking. "Elvira, there are a bevy of contouring products out there that are far less expensive.  Why do I need this one?"


Well my frugal minded friend. You are absolutely correct. There are less expensive contour blushes out there.  You probably have one yourself.  However. I have found this one and I love it and I learned not too long ago that I could waste all my money buying products to try and replace a beloved but high priced item or I could just buy the high priced item and save my money for other stuff.



So yes. this blush retails for approximately $31 USD on Zuneta and Beautyhabit. That is high as far as blushes go.  But the fact that It is the most perfect nude beigey rose with the slightest hint of peach, and it gives an illuminated glow, and  accentuates my cheekbones creating...actual cheekbones...it's a small price to pay for such perfection.  

What say you?  Do you contour? Do you have a favorite contouring blush/product?

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday Poll


Do I HAVE to go on a long rant about sexy/slutty Halloween costumes again? I thought  my ire for slutty costumes for any holiday had spread far and wide and no one would be dressed up as a sexy Big Bird this year.  I guess my message didn't get out to the masses.  Now there is nothing wrong with some sexy Halloween costumes, but making a costume that isn't remotely sexy like Big Bird, into a sexy Big Bird, well...that's just silly!  But since I an not Queen of the world and I cannot control what people wear...yet....May I ask that if you do decide to wear a sexy Halloween costume you follow a few simple suggestions?

1) First and foremost. Children should not be a sexy anything!  That means no sexy costumes for kids ever! Granted you can't control what a teenager is going to wear but for the love of all that is unholy, no children in Slave Leia costumes or Sexy Gangsters. I saw a little girl probably about 4 or 5 years old in a Slave Leia costume at Star Wars Celebration VI and I seriously wanted eye bleach and brain bleach to forget I ever saw that.

Speaking of eye bleach...

2) Are you wearing a costume you would be embarrassed to have your boss or mother see you in?  Let's just put it this way.  Friend went as a Naughty Nurse (A totally acceptable sexy costume in my opinion) for Halloween. Went downtown to a few clubs.  Ran into a managing partner (who was in black tie for a masquerade ball) while walking from one club to another and she was mortified...and felt that the managing partner never looked at her the same way after that. And Know your venue! In this case it was a mom at Darthypie's Day Care Costume Parade.  This mom of one of the kids decided to dress as a "sexy devil" (another acceptable sexy costume in my opinion) for the parade...well, let's just say that some kids had the talk with their parents about birds and bees and everything in between after that parade.

3) Does the world need to have a sexy costume out of something that is genderless or not sexy in the first place?  For example, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, A Real Estate Agent, A Plumber, etc. Shall I show you some disturbing examples?  Yes. Yes I shall.
What has been seen cannot be unseen!
image courtesy of yandy.com
Sexy Corn?  Really?
image courtesy of yandy.com
Plumber's crack...Nice.
image courtesy of zoogstercostumes.com
Why?
image courtesy of electriqueboutique.com

2 different Big Bird Costumes.  The one on the left isn't all that bad, really.
image courtesy of yandy.com

Now don't get me wrong. These women have amazing bodies but let's be honest, the world does not need a sexy Bert and Ernie. It doesn't. It really does not!

4) Before you think you are being clever, are you making fun of someone else's race or ethnicity with your sexy costume?  Unless you are living under a rock, you know about the movement to stop dressing as ethnic stereotypes for Halloween "We're a Culture NOT a Costume" campaign has been discussed so much I don't feel like I need to discuss it here. But this link to a CNN story about it should get you up to speed if you have been living under a rock.
That surprised look is the best worst thing about this picture
image courtesy of halloweenandcostumes.com
Chinese Silk pattern and a pink petticoat under the micro Kimono? Mixed cultures FTW! 
image courtesy of odgirl.com
Is she directing traffic or trying to ward off an angry mob of people?
image courtesy of hollywood.uk.com
Somewhere a Native American is standing in a field looking into the sunset while a single tear runs down his cheek
image courtesy of http://popularcharactercostumes.blogspot.com
Your EVERYTHING is showing
image courtesy of http://popularcharactercostumes.blogspot.com

5) Have Fun, but not because this is the one time of year you can show your goods!  If you were a Cos-Player you could show your goods all year long at various conventions and meet-ups.  And there will be others like you that like to dress up and they will not give you the "side eye" when you walk in dressed like this:
Sexy Slave Leia = YES!
image courtesy of buystarwarscostumes.com
But they might, if you dress like this:
Sexy Chewbacca = ARUUGHUUUUGH!
image courtesy of yandy.com
On To The Poll!

1.  Blush Of The Day? - Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Petale. A nice and easy stand by blush fir when I have no idea what to do with my makeup.

2.  What is your favorite feature on your face? - My Eyes. At least Mr. Sith says he likes them.  Plus it's where I can put on Taupe eyeshadow!

3.  What is a piece of advice you would give to your past self about makeup? - Steer clear of cheap bronzers and self tanners. You look like an Oompa Loompah.

4.  What is your least favorite feature on your face? - My skin...obviously.  Followed by my nose.

5.  Say a monkey broke into your house and started going through your makeup.  What one item would make you go Ape SH*T if he stole it? - My Shu Uemura ME Silver 945!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DNA EGF Renewal Foaming Cleanser - Review


I was recently sent a cleanser to review. And what is there to say about cleansers other than if they wash or don't.  Well As you may or may not know I'm just a sucker for self foaming cleansers. I love pressing the pump and having the billowy soft ball of foam right in my hand ready to spread on my face.  When using this foaming cleanser, I sometimes start singing the song from Oliver called "Food Glorious Food"  Granted I really  hate musicals and I have never seen Oliver, but something about that ear-worm of a song just starts up every time I use this foaming cleanser from DNA EGF Renewal.  

So here is my new song called Foam Glorious Foam as sung to the tune "Food Glorious Food" from the musical, Oliver.

Foam glorious Foam
Renewal Foaming Cleanser!
When I'm in the mood --
Foam cleansing is better
DNA EGD Renewal
That is the brand name
Smart people use it, gals --
Ex-Fol-Iation!

Foam, glorious Foam!
Gentle Gly-co-lic Acid.
Twice cleansing a day --
You should really have it!

Just picture soft smooth skin --
free of dull dead cells.
Oh, Foam
Wonderful Foam
Marvelous Foam,
Glorious Foam.

Foam, glorious Foam!
Sulfate-Free Cleansing!
Vibrant soft skin --
but you won't pay a king's ransom.
What washes away dirt and oil?
and is still good for sensitive skin?
Its DNA EGF Renewal
Foaming Cleanser!

Foam, glorious Foam!
AHC a slow release, AHA
Just wait and you'll win
Refined facial texture.
Won't dry out your skin,
or cause it to turn red-er
The Foam,
Magical Foam
Wonderful Foam
Marvellous Foam
Fabulous FOAM!

This gentle, foaming formula provides a non-irritating version of glycolic acid for gentle exfoliating combined with sulfate-free cleansing.  The amino acid glycolic complex stimulates cell turnover and washes away surface impurities.  It encourages optimum absorption of your serums and moisturizers for highly effective results.  


The DNA EGF Revewal Foaming Cleanser is free of artificial fragrances, sulfates, and parabens. It does have a scent that is slightly off putting but nothing noxious or horrible.  It is supposed to be ideal for all skin types and formulated for daily use. I have sensitive skin and had no adverse reaction to using this cleanser every day.


 The DNA EGF Renewal Foaming Cleanser provides a control-release, non-irritating delivery of AHC (glycolic ‘sugar’ acid) ideal for daily use and sensitive skin  AHC is a non-irritating AHA (glycolic ‘sugar’ acid) that is combined with an amino acid for slow, controlled release thereby reducing any stinging and irritation typically associated with standard AHAs.


This foam cleanser feels mild and almost creamy on the skin.  After repeated use, my skin felt soft and smooth and glowing. The pump is easy to use and doesn't get stuck afet a couple week of use like on some other foaming cleansers ::coughAveenocough:: A 6.7 fl oz pump bottle of the DNA EGF Renewal Cleanser retails for $28 USD

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Besame Cosmetics Brightening Violet Powder - Review, Pictures

image from Besame Cosmetics
When Besame Cosmetics came out with a Brightening Violet Powder a while back I was very tempted to try it. I love the idea of brightening my face. I feel it can look sallow and dull at times.  The thought of the intoxicating scent of powder and violets combined with the old 1940's nostalgia of the packaging and the promise of brighter looking skin...well it was all too much to resist.  In a moment of weakness, which is usually the case when ordering something from Besame, I ordered JUST the violet powder. I was a good girl and didn't pick up another red lipstick to add to my ever growing collection.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

As I waited patiently for the violet powder to arrive I realized I had not done my research before ordering it.  I do like most Besame products, and the owner is fabulous with communication if you ask her a question.  But something about the sweet violets pictured in the advertisement made me ignore all my regular processes and just purchase without thinking.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder ingredients

When the powder arrived I was excited and hesitant. I carefully opened the packaging and removed the small hexagonal box from the shipping box.  I then carefully turned over the box and read the ingredients.  It was there that my heart sank...just a little.   TALC.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

Talc was one of the ingredients.  It's not a bad ingredient per se, it's just that in certain cosmetics it might break me out.  But this talc was in a finishing powder. Perhaps it wouldn't harm my skin like some talc in foundations have in the past. 

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

I opened the sweet violet adorned paper packaging to reveal the classic creme and crimson Besame packaging with the distinctive chrysanthemum design on the lid.  I unscrewed the lid and inside was a very plush white velvet powder puff.  So soft and so pristine.  There is something to be said about a brand new powder puff. So pure, so much promise.  So elegant and delicate at the same time.  Oh how I used to dream as a child about applying powder from a luxurious puff whilst sitting at my dressing table.  It was always like something out of a 1940's movie.  No excessive makeup, just what one needed to make themselves look beautiful. A large powder puff, red lipstick, creme rouge and cake mascara....but I digress.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

The Besame Violet Powder comes packaged in a smart plastic container, resembling the Bakelite of the 1940's.  The container has a clear plastic cover to keep the puff out of the powder when not in use.  Clever and sanitary all at the same time.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

One you pop open the lid holding access to the powder, a few pre-drilled holes allow the powder to sift through.  The delicate scent of violets fills the air. It is not cloying or crude. It is simply as if a very classy woman walked past you and the sillage of her violet perfume lingers ever so slightly in the air.  The violet perfume of the powder is complimented by the subdued violet color of the powder.  It wont transfer to your skin in a ghostly purple mask, the powder is milled so fine that once applied, with a large fluffy brush or with the enclosed lush feeling puff, the powder imparts a fine gaussian blur to the skin brightening the tone and diffusing fine lines.  It is as if one has lifted their complexion and set it with a fine matte finish.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

My nemesis, Talc, gave me no trouble whilst wearing this fine spun powder, but I also save this powder for special occasions so I don't wear it every day.  Granted every day should be a special occasion, but for me, I like to save the Besame Violet powder for every once in a while. I don't want my nose to grow used to the scent and not recognize it as a treat or something mundane. I want to save this powder for special days when I need that extra lift from the violet scent or the extra feeling of glamour form the packaging and application, or that extra feeling of being a 1940's movie starlet as I apply the powder to my face and I awaken the light that shines within us all.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

Do you need this?  YES, if you are looking for a brightening powder. I have seen reviews on line that suggest that this can be suitable for any skin tone. Bust as you know, I'm white as Casper the ghost so your results may vary.  This retails for $22 on the Besame website and can be purchased there or at the Besame Boutique in Glendale, CA

So what say you?  What is your trick for keeping your complexion looking bright and fresh?
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