Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday Poll


It's Halloween and I'm excited! I love this holiday. I love dressing up in costumes (Although I am not dressing up this year) and I love CANDY!!!  In fact I love candy so much I have Mr. Sith Hide the bag of candy he buys to give out to trick or treaters until Halloween. I cannot resist Reece's peanut butter cups or twix!!  But that is not the point of this post.  I recently saw a blog post from Moms Who Drink And Swear (Of course I read this!) who made me aware of a woman in North Dakota who handed out this note, anonymously, to her neighbors.

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It takes a tell this woman she is off her nut!  "You[r] child is, in my opinion, moderately obese..." Hummmm. Let's see I don't think I asked for her opinion and I'm pretty sure she is not a doctor so she can STFU!  Her hope is that "you will step up as a parent..." DO NOT tell me how to parent!  YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!
Some people actually agree with this thinly veiled attempt at fat shaming children.  Most do not...thankfully.  I think you all know how I feel about this.  I think this woman is full of crap and needs to mind her own damn business.  If she is SO concerned about the children in her neighborhood why is she not out there in the community trying to create some effective and positive change?  I don't know if she is also doing that, but this little note will certainly NOT help.  And how DARE she assume that her neighbors are bad parents because their kids don't meet this woman's "Stepford Wives" level of perfection.  Some say this woman is giving kids a healthy dose of reality, which is "what they need".  Reality? I suppose if you want your child to face the reality that the world is full of self important assholes then she accomplished that!  Her little passive aggressive "note" isn't going to fix the obesity problem.  This woman could have opted to pass out toys, pencils, or healthy treats instead of judging her entire community with this crappy note. I ask you, how cold and callous must you be to think that this insulting note would help anyone?  I say let kids BE kids and enjoy their Halloween. If this woman hates the idea of the kids eating candy that much why doesn't she start a drive in her neighborhood to do a "Buy Back" of the Halloween candy the kids collected and donate it to our soldiers overseas?  This is a common practice at Darthypie's school.  The kids that "sell" their candy get a little prize and a gift card to a bookstore.  I think it's brilliant.  Plus  they are encouraged to write a note to the soldier as well.  It teaches the children about sharing, compassion, and duty.  This woman taking her own personal issues with food/weight/self control or whatever, out on an unsuspecting kid is just plain cowardly and rude! 
On To The Poll!

1.  Blush Of The Day? - NARS Day Dream blush. I can't get enough of this beauty!

2.  What do you think of this note? - It's awful. I just can't imaging giving this to kids and having them see that.  If she was truly concerned and not a monster she could have been one of "those" people that hands out toys, pencils, pennies, etc.

3.  What is your favorite concealer or concealer you are currently using? - I am currently using some Ben Nye concealer samples. I'm not a fan, but I do adore my Le Metier de Beaute concealer and Edward Bess Concealer.

4.  Did you ever Trick or treat as a kid. If so or if not, what age is too old to still trick or treat? - Yes. I did Trick or Treat and I think after the age of 12 is too old to trick or treat.

5.  Now that the weather is getting cooler in the Northern hemisphere, what product do you rely on to keep your skin soft and moisturized? - I still reach for my Kiehl's Creme de Corps. I friggin' love that stuff. It's my HG body lotion!

UPDATE! I have found an article on the interwebz that claims a local radio station morning show has created this letter and the whole thing is a hoax.  I'm not sure now what is real and what is not.  You can read the article HERE.  If it is a was pretty cruel to get people all worked up over this.  Yes. It may have started a discussion about childhood obesity, but i do not believe this was the right way to do it.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Three BB Creams In Your Drugstore the Pink Sith Thinks You Should Avoid

3 BB Creams to avoid according to

You know me. I'm a BB cream addict. OK. Maybe not addict, but I always like finding a new foundation/base makeup product. When BB creams showed up on my radar well over a decade ago, I knew I would find some winners and losers in the bunch. I have found a few good BB creams and MANY bad BB creams. The ones from the American drugstore market are mostly insufficient as BB creams go. To learn more about what I consider to be a REAL BB Cream (In my opinion) should do, read my article "BB Creams. What Are They?". Sure, there are a few good drugstore BB creams, like Revlon Photo Ready BB cream, but there are some real stinkers too.

Today I bring you three BB Creams that IN MY OPINIONbelong in the Hall of Shame a.k.a. trash can. In no particular order:

1. L'Oreal Paris Magic Magic B.B. Cream (Purchase)
L'Oreal makes the claim that this "magic" cream has "4 Beautifying Actions in 1: Primes, Perfects, Hydrates, Corrects".
This is actually NOT a BB Cream like you think. L'Oreal tricks you by using the abbreviation B. B. This abbreviation, B. B. stands for "Beautifying Beads". I think it's more like B. S. As L'Oreal explains it. the Beautifying Beads are encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidants Vitamins C and E. 

Do you see the "beautifying beads"?
Encapsulated pigments is code for color encased in wax balls which "burst" when you mix them and the lotion on your skin. Almay had that gimmick years ago called "Smart Shade" foundation or some such nonsense. First we have a BB cream where the BB doesn't even mean what consumers think it to mean. Secondly we have a lotion that is devoid of Vitamin C. It does have vitamin E listed as Tocopherol the 3rd last ingredient on the list, and Panthenol which is Vitamin B5, the 2nd to last ingredient on the list. (The lower the ingredient, the less of it in the product) This is primarily a silicone laden moisturizer (Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, and Isoeicosane) with some pigment pellets suspended in it. They should call it P. P. cream!!

Field testing this "BB" cream resulted in oily sheen across face, little to no color imparted on the skin. It did not Prime, it did not perfect, it did not correct. It did hydrate...sort of...but the silicones prevented this from fully absorbing into the skin. Last but not least, where is the sunscreen? BB creams should provide protection from UVA and UVB rays. This product has 0 sun protection.

Verdict: Not a real BB cream, Not worth your money.

Water, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isoeicosane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Boron Nitride, Phenoxythanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Methylparaben, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates/C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Tocopherol, Panthenol, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

2. CoverGirl Smoothers SPF 15 BB Cream Tinted Coverage (Press Sample)
CoverGirl used to have THE EXACT SAME PRODUCT marketed as a tinted moisturizer. Now with the BB craze they simply changed the packaging to read BB cream instead of Tinted Moisturizer. Yes. Really. Do they think we are stupid? The CG Smoothers BB Cream does contain sunscreen, so there is that, but aside from it being a moisturizer with a low level of silicones, this does not a BB cream make. It's a tinted moisturizer, plain and simple. It does not mask pores, act as a primer, smooth lines, rejuvenate skin tone...none of that. A proper BB cream will do all that. The CG Smoothers BB cream does boast antiaging benefits as it has Vitamin E higher up on the ingredient list and Vitamin A really low on the ingredient list, but even if you used this as your ONLY moisturizer for an entire year I don't think you would not see any anti-aging benefits from those ingredients.

Field testing this "BB" cream was a nightmare. I understand that it is meant for dry to normal skin, and I have oily skin, but that wasn't the nightmare. The nightmare is that the pigmentation in the "BB" cream was severely lacking. Like I could see it was tinted when I squeezed it out of the tube, but as soon as I began to apply it to my face the coverage was so incredibly sheet that the color completely disappeared. Like NOTHING. Like putting on plain old moisturizer. CG claims that this product has "lightweight moisturizers with a wash of sheer color to help cover tiny imperfections and smooth skin tone" A) Not lightweight moisturizing. Kinda medium to heavy. B) "cover tiny imperfections" my butt! If I had imperfections that this slop could cover, I wouldn't need a tinted moisturizer in the first place because I would have to have PERFECT SKIN! C) SPF 15 is not strong enough for sun protection in my opinion. The Zinc Oxide is photostable (Meaning it wont degrade or break down over time while wearing it) but the Octinoxate is NOT. In fact, it is "Water-insoluble; Degrades overtime when exposed to sunlight, therefore, not the most photostable" (Source UV Filters Chart)

Verdict: This is just a tinted moisturizer with a crappy and non photostable sunscreen to boot.. If you want something that moisturizes and you don't care that the tint won't show up on you....skip this and get a regular moisturizer with a decent sunscreen.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (6%), Zinc Oxide (3.0%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Oleth 3 Phosphate, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, DMDM Hydantoin, Steareth 21, Steareth 2, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Talc, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Panthenol, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Methicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Laureth 7, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

3) Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup (Purchase)
9 in 1. Well that's certainly a time saver, right? Rimmel claims that their BB Cream "Primes, Moisturizes, Minimizes Pores, Conceals, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Brightens and helps Protect". Technically that is 9 things, but let's look at them one by one, shall we? Prime - OK. There is Cyclopentasiloxane, which is used in primers to smooth out skin and mask pores. Moisturizes - OK. It can moisturize with the Shea Butter in the ingredients list along with a few other ingredients. Minimizes Pores - That should read Minimizes THE LOOK of pores because nothing, aside from extraction, could possibly minimize the size of your pores. Your pores do not get bigger and smaller because you put some gunk on them. Pores can LOOK smaller thanks to the Cyclopentasiloxane. So that's kinda only 8 things now. Conceals - The tint will conceal a bit. Covers - That's kinda like conceal isn't it? So I'm gonna knock this down to 7 things it does. Smoothes - So it does not technically smooth your skin though some sort of chemical exfoliant and it has no physical exfoliant so I'll say it GIVES THE APPEARANCE of smooth skin with the Cyclopentasiloxane and that's 6 things it does because priming and pore concealing are almost the same as smoothing in this instance. Mattifies - Yes. It does mattify. Brightens - It does contain Ascorbyl Glucoside which is a form of Vitamin C, and a stable form at that. The Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract in this product could technically brighten your skin if it wasn't so low on the ingredient list...and if Glycerrhiza Glabra Root Extract was truly efficient in brightening...which, according to Truth In Aging website, "there is little research on its [Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract] actual ability to whiten or moisturize. When combined with other plant oils, alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, keto-acids amides, ammonium salts and inorganic salts it can be used to reduce dark age spots and whiten skin, according to some studies." Maybe we're at 5 1/2 since the jury is out on the benefits of Glycerrhiza Glabra Root Extract to whiten, but at least the Ascorbyl Glucoside is stable. Protect - Yes. the SPF 25 is decent, it could be higher but not necessary. The sunscreen is all chemical Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (4%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (2%), and while Avobenzone is not known to be photostable, the addition of Octocrylene makes it stable. So yes, the Rimmel BB Cream is really a 5 1/2 in 1 product.

Field Testing this BB cream is where I had my problems. This stuff is streakier than a spray on tan without exfoliating. I mean this stuff balls up on your skin, does not apply evenly, and in general looks like you have a fine layer of play-dough on your face. It's utterly terrible. I really had high hopes with the mattifying promises, but alas it was not meant to be. Oh and the lightest color Rimmel offers was still too dark and orange on me.

Verdict: Move Along This is not the BB cream you are looking for. While this does meet most of the requirements to be a BB cream, the formula and finish leave much to be desired.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (4%), Octisalate (4%), Octocrylene (2%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Beheneth-25, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Dimyristate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, BHT, Citric Acid, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

I know that some of you will disagree with me on these "worst" BB creams.  This is my opinion only. Your experience and opinion may differ.  I would love to hear your experience with these particular products because everyone is different and has different needs. If you have had a good experience with any of these products, and wish to leave a comment, I ask that you also mention your skin type (Dry, Normal Oily) and skin concerns (Redness, Acne, Dry Patches, Sensitive) in your comments so others will benefit from your feedback. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Make Up For Ever Halloween Inspiration Face Charts and Boutique Makeup Application Offer

Make Up For Ever is doing away with the tricks and offering treats this Halloween.  From October 25th through November 2nd you can have Make Up For Ever artists perfect your Halloween look with a makeup application to complement every costume.  They are offering 2 services:

Halloween Lite FX which includes a full face of makeup and some light special effects makeup. This one-hour makeup application will cost $100. AND Halloween Face and Body. This will include a full face makeup as well as neck and hands.  This 2 hour application will cost $175.  To see the specific Make Up For Ever boutiques offering these services click on the image above to enlarge.

So, what do you do if you don't have a Make Up For Ever boutique near you?  Well, the kind people of Make Up For Ever have provided some face charts for you to re-create your own looks.  Take a look and let me know which one(s) is (are) your favorite(s)!

Zombie Girl

by Jasmine Ringo at Las Vegas Venetian

Create lifeless skin by mixing Clown White and Mat Velvet. Apply in a stippling motion with an Ellipse Sponge. Use a Powder puff to set foundation with #0 Super Matte Loose. Sculpt contours of the cheeks, temples, and jaw with Sculpting Kit #2. Deepen contour with #160 Eye Shadow; blend down to create a sunken-in look. Also shade in hollows on the “zombie” sides forehead, under lip, jawline and neck.
Prime eye lids with Eye Prime. Shape the crease with #164 Eye Shadow. Detail “stitched” eye with #98 and #04 Eye Shadow. On the “zombie” eye create a Smokey effect, with #160, #49 and #9 Eye Shadows. Apply winged Eyeliner to
both eyes using Aqua Black. Finish with Smoky Extravagant Mascara. 
Camouflage the lip with Clown White and Mat Velvet mixture. Outline heart-shape lip with 0L Aqua Lip. Fill in the lip with purple and Black Flash Color. Highlight the center of the bottom lip with #942 Star Powder.
To create stiches start by sketching stich lines with 2K Kohl Pencil. Then, mix blue, carmine, and yellow Flash Color from the Special FX Palette to a neutral shade. Trace over the white kohl pencil keeping some areas “open” to create the illusion that the skin is splitting apart. Use Black Flash in some “open” areas to create more depth. To draw the veins use a small tapered brush saturated with Aqua Seal and #49 Eye Shadow. Draw on the face starting with heavy pressure to soft pressure creating organic lines.



by Talia Cich at Los Angeles Robertson

Apply #0 HD Primer starting through the center and working outward. Then applyHD Foundation using a shade lighter that your own skin tone. Highlight and Contour your cheeks, temples and Jaw using Sculpting Kit #2. Create color smudges using orange and yellow Flash Color on the cheeks nose and neck. 
To outline overall shape sketch designs around the eyes and on the cheeks using 2K Eye Kohl. Start with sea foam Flash color on the top of the brow bone and through the brow hair. Apply blue shade to the outer corner and underneath the eyes, blend to create a gradient effect. Around the eyes use Aqua Black to define and add depth to your shapes. Then line the inner rim of the eye with 2K Eye Kohl. For maximum stability set the entire face with #0 Super Matte Loose. Next, use Eye Shadows in matching shades to bring back intense color saturation. Seal with Mist and Fix.
Line and define your lip with a 2C Aqua Lip. Then, Fill the entire lip with #22 Rouge Artist Intense. Add Washes of yellow, orange, and red on the upper and lower lip. Finish with white to add volume.


Fairy Princess

by Tara Vasquez at Topanga

Prime skin with #7 HD Primer to brighten skin tone. Apply Face and Body Foundation mixed with #22 Uplight. Using a HD Concealer two shades lighter than your own skin tone conceal, under eyes, above the eye brows, down the center of the nose and the top of the cheekbones. Re-intensify your highlights with #940 Star Powder. Then, sculpt your cheek bones, temple, and jaw using the dark shade in #2 Sculpting kit. Create flushed cheeks with #4 HD Blush. To make fairy skin come to life press #1Dimond Powder into high planes of the face.
Lightly press Full Cover in your brow to neutralize color. Apply a sheer amount of Lash glue onto your eye brows to act as a base, then, press #1Diamond Powder with your finger to create an opaque glittery brow cover. Apply #967 Star Powder as a brow highlight and on the center of the eyelid. For a “star gazer” draw dots and small stars with #21 Color Liner above the brow and around orbital bone. Blend #164 Eye Shadow in your crease and diffuse with a blending brush. Then draw 9K Eye Kohl in your crease and blend for more depth. Use Aqua Black to define the upper lash line. Apply Smoky Extravagant mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Finish your eyes with Faux lash #14 on top and #9 Individual lashes on bottom.
Line and shape your lips with #20C Aqua Lip. Fill your lips in #22 Rouge Artist Intense. Finish by pressing #1 Diamond Powder in the center of the lips.


Foundation Brush-Large #108, Precision Highlighter Brush #144, Precision Blender Brush-Large #286, Precision Smudger Brush-Medium #212, Lip Brush #304

Wicked Witch

by Heather Michaels at Dallas North Park

Create lightened luminous skin by mixing your HD Foundation shade with white Flash Color. Apply with a brush and buff with a sponge for a transparent effect. Set Complexion with #944 Star Powder and HD Microfinishing Powder. To create a veil of green apply #33 Fluo Night following the contours of the face and sculpt cheek bones with #40 Eye Shadow.
Apply Aqua Black to define and exaggerate your eye brows. Next, Apply #2 Aqua Cream from lash line up to crease. Highlight the inner comer of the eyes and the brow bone with #941 Star Powder. Then press #942 Star Powder onto the eyelid. Next, apply #4 Eye Shadow through the crease and for more black intensity re-define with Aqua Black. Line the upper and lower waterline with 0L Aqua Eyes smudge at lower lash line with #4 Eye Shadow. Then create a dramatic wing on the upper lash line using Aqua Black. Finish with Smoky Lash Mascara and apply Faux lashes #155.
Define and shape lips with 0L Aqua Eyes . Apply #50 Rouge Artist Intense with a lip brush and finish with M2 Lab Shine. Highlight the center of the lip with #941 Star Powder.



By Donna DiLia at New York SOHO

Create lighted luminous skin by mixing your HD Foundation shade with white Flash Color. Apply with a brush and buff with the HD Sponge for a transparent effect. Smooth and finish with a small amount of HD Micofinishing Powder. Highlight the high points of the cheekbones, bridge of nose, and forehead with #967 Star Powder. Sculpt the contours of cheeks, temples, and jaw with#165 Eye Shadow.
Apply #16 Aqua Shadow from lash line to crease, then, layer #61Eye Shadow onto the lid and through the crease to intensify color. Apply #8C Aqua Lip to the top and bottom waterline. Line the upper lash line with Aqua Black creating a winged effect at the outer corner of your eye. Apply 25L Aqua Eyes to the bottom lash line then smudge. Now, add depth in the crease by applying #163 Eye Shadow through the crease and re-intensify with Aqua Black. Finish lashes with Smoky Extravagant
#112 Faux Lash.
Define lips with #12C Aqua lip. Fill the lips in with #12 Aqua Rouge. Add dripping blood for a freshly feed effect.
Start by laying down a thin amount of spirit gum. Roll two small pieces of plasto wax into balls. Press flat and lay down over sprit gum, use your fingers to blend edges into your skin. Then puncture the Plasto Wax with a spatula. To enhance the torn flesh effect use Flash Color in black to darken punctured area and red around the outside of the wound for irritation. Finish the effect with Thick Blood.



by Genoa Norris at South Coast Plaza

Apply #0 HD Primer starting through the center and working outward. Then apply HD Foundation using your shade. Highlight and Contour your cheeks, temples and jaw using Sculpting Kit #2. Apply #10 Sculpting blush to the apples of the cheeks. 

Start with Eye Prime all over the eye lid. Then apply #6E Aqua Shadow in the inner corner of your eye and blend. Next, apply #8E Aqua Shadow in the inner rim and outer corner of the upper lid and blend into the crease. Intensify colors by applying #53 Eye Shadow in the inner corner and #167Eye Shadow to smudge under eye and blend the outer corner. Create more dimension by adding #4 Eye Shadow through the crease. Use a fluffy brush and continue to diffuse color around the eye. Then apply #967 Start Powder as a brow highlight. Using Aqua Black, create a cat liner on the upper lash line. 

Define and shape your lips with 16C Aqua Lip. Then fill in the entire lip with #36 Rouge Artist Intense. Finish with #11 Diamond Powder in the center of the lips. 

Place pink Flash Color in center of the nose bridge and blend out with a sponge to create a gradient effect. Using a small detail brush create an outer edge with Blue and Green Flash color, then, blend edges slightly. Powder with Super Matte Loose #0. Apply #967 Star Powder to highlight white areas in the mask. Then, with Aqua Black and a fine tip brush, draw the black outline and design inside the mask. Apply white dots and highlights using White Aquarelle.



by Yvonne Macinnis at Toronto Eaton Center


Apply #0 HD Primer starting through the center and working outward. Create velvety skin using Mat Velvet Foundation and a foundation brush. Conceal under eyes with HD Concealer and any additional areas. Pull Concealer through brows with a flat firm brush. Next apply #6 sculpting blush to the apples of the cheeks. Re-intensify highlight with #941 Star Powder.
Using #25 Aqua Brow create thin downturned eyebrows. On the eyes start with #3 Aqua Cream, apply over eye lid and blend into your crease. Smudge #4E Aqua Shadow with a small firm brush along the upper and lower lash line creating a down turned effect. Rim the outer lash line with 1K Eye Kohl Pencil and smudge. Apply #4 Eye Shadow into the outer corner of the upper lid and pull into the crease. Next, blend with #157 Eye Shadow and highlight with #941 Star Powder in the center of the eyelid. Apply Smoky Lash to your top and bottom lashes. Finish with #152 lash on top and #132 lash on bottom.
Line the outer edge of the lips with Concealer Pencil and buff lightly into the lip line. Use #13C Aqua Lip to create a small heart shaped mouth. Fill the entire lip with #48 Rouge Artist Intense.


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