Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year


I just wanted to wish you all a happy and healthy and BEAUTIFUL New Year!
I know that my blog is not for everyone. I have a unique style of writing that may not appeal to the masses, but those readers that stick with it and keep coming back are the most dear to me.  I hope 2014 is filled with success and joy!  See you"Next Year"!

Monday, December 30, 2013

My Top Posts of 2013


I always like to look at my numbers. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to see how many "hits" a specific blog article has. It is also a great tool to make me feel insignificant and useless when I look at articles that didn't get many hits. It's a great way to tear myself down and build myself up all at the same time.  In other words, Not very healthy.  But since I am so obsessed with numbers I thought that it would be fun to see what 10 posts of 2013 were the most successful. 

What does it say about you, the reader? I dunno. What does it say about me the writer?  I dunno. It's the end of the year and I just wanna take a nap.

  1. Silicones in Hair Care. What You Need To Know 
  2. Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Growth Supplements
  3. 20 Beauty Tips and Tricks with Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly
  4. Foreo Luna - Facial Cleansing Device
  5. Sephora Collection Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow in Taupe #6
  6. GlamGlow Super-Mud™ Clearing Treatment Mask
  7. Fifty Dollar Makeup Dupe Challenge
  8. L'Oréal RevitaLift Miracle Blur
  9. Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in 307 Grenat Initié
  10. NARS Satin Lip Pencils in Lodhi, Yu and Majella

Alternately.  The top posts for each month are:











Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Beauty Spotlight Team asks Polish Insomniac 20 questions

It's Jessika's week for 20 Questions from The Beauty Spotlight Team!  Will she crack under the pressure?  Is there a real person under all that glitter (and hair)?  It's time to find out!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Favorite Cold Weather Fragrances


I am a white flower fragrance junkie.  So when the weather turns cool I tend to feel I bit odd wearing something soooo floral.  That's when I turn to some "warmer" less floral scents to match the cool weather.  Obviously fragrance is a very personal choice...so please don't feel you "HAVE TO" stop wearing your signature scent just because the thermometer dips a little.  Keep on doing what you're doing if it makes you feel good.

Because I am such a floral fragrance junkie my "cold weather" fragrances will also reflect a strong floral note. I just can't help it.   So without further ado,here are my top picks!

$70 for 1.0 oz
Notes: Carnation, Wild Mint, Turkish Rose Essence, Hemp Leaves, Vetiver Roots, White Amber.
This Strong Rose floral is not your grandmothers rose perfume.  It's a rose with thorns.  This fragrance is not for the timid. This is a fragrance for a "Dame" with "legs that won't quit". This is a fragrance that a private detective smoking a cigarette and chasing it with a shot of bourbon won't forget even if he wants to. 

$210 for 1.7 oz
Notes: Ginger, Tobacco Leaves, Anise, Coriander, Tobacco Flower, Clove, Spices, Fruit Wood Sap, Benzoin, Vanilla, Tonka bean.
I imagine that if Sherlock Holmes wore a fragrance it would be this.  The smooth and sweet tobacco from his pipe and the rich leather from his favorite chair in his flat on 221B Baker Street. The spices of coriander, clove and ginger mingle in the air like the smoke from his pipe.  The vanilla and creamy tonka bean, mix with the tobacco flower, and the finish is a heady and sensual tobacco and vanilla fruit accord that is reminiscent of aged dried apricots.  Of course I'm talking about the novelized version of Sherlock and not the Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr. or BBC Benedict Comberbatch. For those characters have their own fragrances and neither are as strong and sensual as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation.

$80 for 1.0 oz
Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
The oriental notes of this fragrance make it perfect for a cold winter day, but the abundance of floral make it very feminine and a floral lover's dream.  This fragrance is aptly named. Flowebomb is just that. The grenade shaped bottle, lends to the feeling that the wearer has just pulled the pin on a floral grenade and you and others around you are the causalities of it's provocative scent.  Is that too harsh? It can be if over sprayed, but to be honest, the rose and jasmine and freesia melt in with the patchouli making what would be a cloying and sickeningly sweet trifecta of floral into a alluring and sexy fragrance. 

Notes: Fig Leaf, Fig Fruit, Coconut, Green Notes, White Cedar, Woods, Fig Tree 
Philosykos, which in Greek means 'friend of the fig tree,' is an ode to the entire fig tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun and the milky flavor of the fruit. Why when in the middle of winter would I recommend a fragrance borne from the summer sun and of the isles of Greece?  Well who wouldn't want a little respite in the dead of winter to remind you of the full glory of the hot summer sun, the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea off the cost of Athens and the sweet and milky, almost honeyed fragrance of the fig trees that line the path to the beach?  I know I would.  If you have only encountered a fig in the form of a "Newton", then you may be apprehensive to travel down the golden and sunny path that diptyque Philosykos leads you, but trust in me that the cloying, sickly, sticky, sweet that is alleged "fruit and cake" is NOTHING like a fresh fig. Combine the creamy sweetness of the fig with the sharp green scent of the fig leaf  and the warm sun on your skin and you have the ideal mini vacation for your senses.  So if you are facing a day of slush and freezing rain, a Wednesday in the office with nothing but powerpoint slides and returning phone calls, diptyque Philosykos will help alleviate that grey winter blah and have carve out a bit of Mediterranean paradise for you in the cube farm of your life..

$60 for 1 oz, $115 for 3.4 oz
Notes: Raspberry, Pomegranate, Plum, Rhubarb, Watermelon, Jasmine, Rose, Pink Pepper, Clove, Frankincense, Guaiac Wood, Virginia cedar, Patchouli, Musk, Amber.
The Jo Malone philosophy is to layer fragrances.  Is it a clever way to get you to purchase more than one scent?  Yes. Is it necessary to layer? No.  Pomegranate Noir can be a stand alone cologne.  It is a dream of sweet fruity notes of raspberry, plum, and pomegranate upon initial spray, but the notes of pink pepper and patchouli intermingle and then the notes of frankincense and spicy and smokey woods emerge to create a scent that is hedonic and sophisticated.   On a cold winter day when all you want to do is catch the first flight to a tropical island with a pool boy named Umberto, you realize as the Arctic wind slaps you back into reality that the only escape you have may be your perfume.  The Joe Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne will wrap you in a a red sensual cashmere robe, light the wood fireplace, bring you spiced cider and rub your feet while it hand feeds you juicy sweet raspberries and tart pomegranate seeds. OK. Maybe it won't do all that, but perhaps you can imagine it does because that is how you will feel when you wear this special Cologne.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The True Story Behind The Song


I would like to bring to light a very important and very troubling issue about a certain man who is beloved by all children. I'm talking about Santa Claus. There is a dark side to this "jolly elf" and it is never more apparent than in the desperate cry for help that is the Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer song. Many do not know that the song is actually taken from the testimony of a Civil Case when Rudolph N. Reindeer (The Plaintiff) testified in open court about the egregious actions of his former employer, Santa N. Claus (The Defendant). As folklore evolves there is usually some kernel of truth at the center of the story. While it has been centuries since the infamous Rudolph vs Claus and Santa N Claus Industries civil case, the basic bones of the dispute remain highlighted by a jaunty melody once thought to be a simple Christmas Carol.

Rudolph N. Reindeer Employee Photo from S.N. Claus Industries

According to The Defendant, It all started out so innocently. He was under pressure to hire a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Having exclusively hired flying reindeer for centuries, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Department of Labor and the Better Business Bureau all applied pressure to The Defendant's Corporation (Santa N Claus Industries) to make reasonable accommodation for non flying reindeer and possibly train non flying reindeer to fly in the future.


As revealed in the testimony, The Plaintiff was born with an unusual birth defect. His nose produced light, and it glowed uncontrollably. As a result of this defect, The Plaintiff became the center of scorn and discrimination by many in his peer group. He recalled the many times when his peers at SNCI used to laugh at his expense and would use hate speech when referring to him or his disability. He also painfully recalled the times he was not allowed to play in the annual SNCI Reindeer Sporting League of hide and seek. Apparently his disability would always give away his position, resulting in a loss for whomever's team he was on. This truly devastated The Plaintiff. He was driven to the point of absolute solitude, and every time he filed a formal complaint with Human Resources he was summarily dismissed. It came to light that The Defendant did not enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), or the corporation's anti-harassment policy. Therefore, discrimination ran rampant through the Reindeer Division.


The impetus for the suit brought against S. N. Claus Industries (SNCI) came about from the following incident: 
It was a usual Christmas Eve and employees of SNCI were working yet another holiday shift. It is important to note that there was no overtime or holiday pay, in addition to the regular working pay for this day. This is a direct violation of the FLSA for nonexempt/hourly employees. As it happened, on this particular Christmas Eve, the weather conditions at the headquarters of SNCI were not suitable for transport. According to the National Transportation Safety Review Board, the black box from the sleigh showed that the weather was very foggy, and the pilot of the sleigh, which was assumed to be The Defendant, was unable to safely navigate out of the area. It was later revealed through testimony from an employee by the name of Blitzen Reindeer and corroborated by another employee, Prancer Reindeer that The Defendant stopped piloting the sleigh several centuries ago. In fact The Defendant left the navigation and piloting up to a few select elves that worked in the SNCI factory during the rest of the year. Apparently the piloting was used as an incentive reward for Elf employees that met their annual quotas for production. Since most of the navigation software was state of the art, it made piloting the sleigh almost foolproof. However, on this specific Christmas Eve the remote sensing software in the guidance control application was not operating correctly. The ability to use infrared/FLIR (forward-looking infrared imaging systems) was down. With the thermal imaging cameras, components, and imaging sensors non-operational, the sleigh was unable to navigate towards its first destination. At that point, it looked as if The Defendant was ready to abort the mission.


It was during the testimony of a Ms. Vixen Reindeer (now former employee of SNCI) that she declared that The Defendant was alerted to The Plaintiff's disability and decided to exploit it for personal gain. It turns out that SNCI was due a huge bonus for delivery on Christmas Eve from at least 36 countries on the planet. If the corporation failed to deliver by the due date, those countries were going to go with the sub-contractor E. Bunny, Incorporated (EBI) to deliver on Christmas Eve. SNCI was greatly upset with this possibility as EBI had already cornered the market on Easter Sunday deliveries. In addition, EBI was in talks to pair up with the Tooth Fairy Corporation (TFC) for world-wide distribution of Easter Candy and procurement of lost teeth related activities. As a result of the immense pressure to meet deadlines and the possibility of losing billions of dollars in bonuses The Defendant asked The Plaintiff to guide the sleigh and use his glowing nose as a combination beacon and guiding light for the severely handicapped sleigh.


The Plaintiff testified that as soon as The Defendant gave him the lead position for the sleigh all of his peers in the company suddenly and inexplicably accepted him into the secret Reindeer Society, and they all began to shout. They also announced that The Plaintiff would "go down in history". The Plaintiff expressed confusion over his selection as lead reindeer and sudden membership into the secret Reindeer Society. The Plaintiff had received only the most remedial training on flying and never with a sleigh attached. He also had only booked 4 flight hours total because, as previously mentioned, his peers excluded him from any and all interaction and used hate speech against him because of his disability. The Defendant admitted in court that the other Reindeer were given specific orders to induct The Plaintiff into the secret Reindeer Society and shout his name in order to build up the confidence of The Plaintiff. The Defendant said his motivation to "build up confidence" was because The Plaintiff had almost no flying experience and was hired in order to quell the EEOC, DOL and BBB complaints against The Defendant's discriminatory hiring and promotion practices.


As the NTSB revealed, the Black Box of the sleigh showed that the takeoff was shaky as The Plaintiff had not adjusted for wind shear and a drop in the barometric pressure due to the high fog in the area. Once airborne, the Elves, who were piloting the sleigh realized they were “flying blind” as the FLIR was down. Not equipped to deal with these types of shortfalls, the Elfs all abandoned the vehicle using the emergency parachutes provided in the sleigh. Now airborne with no pilot, no navigation device or any guidance at all, The Plaintiff suffered what doctors testified to as a panic attack. The sleigh took an immediate nosedive. Before it could even escape the Arctic Circle, the sleigh, its eight tiny reindeer, The Plaintiff, and the entire contents splashed down into the sub zero freezing waters of the Arctic Sea.


This is where the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that the sleigh did not meet the minimum safety requirements for a water landing. There were not enough life rafts for the flying reindeer, and the ones that did inflate were easily punctured by the reindeer's antlers and hooves. As it turns out the Russian icebreaker ship called the Krasin, was in the area and was able to provide rescue for almost all of the reindeer and all of the cargo that the sleigh was transporting. Of the eight reindeer in addition to The Plaintiff, only, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen and Blitzen survived. Comet suffered a broken neck and was killed immediately upon impact, Cupid had severe hypothermia, and while rescued from the water, he eventually succumbed to his injuries aboard ship. The body of Donner was never recovered.


The Plaintiff sued The Defendant for $14.5 million dollars for illegal termination, violation of FLSA requirements, and pain and suffering. The Plaintiff was unable to pull a flying sleigh without severe pain to his upper back and hind quarters. His disability was further exacerbated as a result of the accident. While his nose would glow only occasionally before the accident, it now glowed all the time, making it impossible for him or his spouse to sleep. The Defendant filed for bankruptcy. After the fines levied by the NTSB and OSHA, the loss of the Christmas contract to EBI and failed attempts to secure the place as the sole provider of gifts for Valentines Day, The Defendant has lost almost all of his staff and had no capital to keep what little of his business he had left, operational.

The ruling of the court was for The Plaintiff. Civil cases for wrongful death filed by the family members of Donner, Cupid and Comet went forward as a result of the guilty verdict in this case.

So while the folksong technically says Rudolph "you'll go down in history!", it was not the historical notoriety that he or anyone would want. After the civil cases were settled, Easter Bunny, Inc (EBI), won the re-bid for the Christmas contact. EBI became the majority shareholder in SNCI after Santa was forced to sell his stock in the company in order to pay off his legal bills. EBI then hired Santa as the "face" of Christmas for continuity purposes. In order to pay off the debt owed in the judgments for all the cases, Santa makes appearances at local malls, on fire trucks in local parades and as the key guest at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He lost his long standing Coca-cola sponsorship to Polar Bear Conglomerated and no longer appears in the advertisements. All compensation, minus a modest stipend for Mr. Claus to live off of, is put into a fund to pay off the victims of that tragic Christmas Eve.

♪ ♫ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer,
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph,
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say,
Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then all the other reindeer loved him,
And they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You'll go down in history. ♪ ♫

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer - Review Pictures Swatches


Eve Pearl is well known for her "Salmon Concealer". Which is so famous it's a registered Salmon Concealer®! Well She also has a Dual Salmon Concealer® (also registered) and it was sent to me for review. The salmon part of the concealer (right side) is an orangy-peach that neutralizes under-eye circles and any hyper-pigmentation. Ever Pearl claims it can even cover tattoos. Now I can finally get those teardrop gang tattoos for those people I killed in prison! 

Many people extoll the virtues of a salmon concealer, so I was excited to try it out.  According to the Eve Pearl website this Dual Salmon Concealer®'s benefits are:
  • Neutralizes under-eye circles and any hyper-pigmented area (even covers tattoos)
  • Non-greasy texture glides on the under eye area while allowing skin to breathe
  • Universal spectrum of color adapts to skin tones and changes caused by body chemistry, weather and sun exposure Matte finish ... the feel transforms from a smooth cream to a lightweight powder
  • For all skin types, especially sensitive skin
  • Available in 5-Shades

Allow me to break this down for you as far as MY experience with this concealer.

Neutralizes under-eye circles and any hyper-pigmented area (even covers tattoos) = True.
The salmon color does minimize the blue and purple tones under my eyes. My under eye area isn't all that dark, but it certainly did cover it up well.

Non-greasy texture glides on the under eye area while allowing skin to breathe = False.
While this may be slightly factual as most people associate grease with oil, the reality is that ingredients like Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate and Octyldodecanol and Hydrogenated Coconut Oil give off the feeling of being greasy even though they are described as an "emollient ". Sorry, but no matter how I applied this concealer it felt greasy on me. (I applied the concealer using a flat concealer brush and then a fluffy concealer brush to blend)

Universal spectrum of color adapts to skin tones and changes caused by body chemistry, weather and sun exposure = Unknown/False.
While I did not expose my concealer under eyes to changes in weather and sun exposure, I can tell you that it pretty much remained the same color on me throughout the day. So if they are saying it doesn't oxidize, then YES, That's true. It certainly cannot turn MORE orange on me than it already looks.


Matte finish ... the feel transforms from a smooth cream to a lightweight powder = False.
The finish of this concealer is ANYTHING BUT matte. It remained dewy looking under my eyes. I had to set it with powder to prevent creasing and even then it still creased up on me. From the time I applied it (after foundation) to the time I put on my eyeshadow (foundation, concealer, eye primer, contouring, eyebrows then eyeshadow) the concealer had already creased under my eyes. I had to pat it down with my pinky to get rid of the creasing. And then again after I had finished my full face.

For all skin types, especially sensitive skin = True-ish.
Sensitive skin is a liberal definition. Sensitivities are individual. And while it's true that the majority of the ingredients are harmless for most people with sensitive skin, it does contain Cyclopentasiloxane, which has been shown to irritate MY skin. In fact, I developed a small cystic type pimple right under my eye by the bridge of my nose. It only developed AFTER using this product for a long period of time. In the interest of full disclosure, I do wear glasses which can contribute to clogged pores and acne on the bridge of my nose. 

This is the Light/Medium shade. It's obvious that I need the Fair/Light shade

Available in 5-Shades= True.
Of course that's easy to prove. It's right there on the website. Fortunately this comes in a much broader range of colors than the HD foundation I was sent. So women of color do have a few options for a match. I was sent the Light/Medium color (even though I specifically told them I was super pale), and the color match was quite off. It was way too dark and yellow for me. As you can see in the before & after images.

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Do you NEED this? No. It is too "emollient", it creases, the color match for light skin tones is off. To be quite honest, a concealer that creases is worthless in my book. Creasing ends up looking like wrinkles from far away, and the LAST thing I want is to ADD wrinkles under my eyes. The price is $39 USD. for 0.14 oz/ 4g that's moderately expensive for a concealer that would only suit those with the driest of under eyes and even then, I'm not sure if it won't crease on dry skin.

What say you? Have you used this concealer before? Did you have different results? I would love to hear in the comments section.

INGREDIENTS:  Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire d’abeille), PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Polysilicone-11, +/-(May Contain/Peut Contenir): Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Great Beauty Stocking Stuffers for $25 or Less


There has to be something said for stocking stuffers. They are excellent extras to what is usually an over abundant gift filled holiday.  Stocking stuffers hold a special place in my heart because growing up and as I got older my Christmas stocking was usually bare, and if there was anything in it, it would be an orange. Yes. An orange.  My parents are older than most parents from people my age and they didn't observe a lot of the holiday customs that  people do today.  I remember them telling me a story how they ran out on Easter Sunday to buy candy to hide because my brother went searching for candy and they had no idea this was "a thing".  When it comes to Christmas stockings, my parents told me they usually got an orange in their stocking, if anything at all.  In the 20th and 21st century getting an orange in the dead of winter isn't the "treat" it was considered to be in the 1930's and 1940's.  So many years passed when my parents simply forgot to put something in my stocking. It hung flat and empty by the tree.  Sad isn't it?  OK. Not really. Not getting a something in your stocking is such a FIRST WORLD PROBLEM and WHITE WHINE that I dare not complain any further.

Let's take a look at some neat-o cool gifts that you can buy as a stocking stuffer for your friends and family.  Hopefully by consistently giving them stocking stuffer gifts, they will avoid the years of therapy I had to endure.

L'Occitane  'Shea Honey' Hand Cream $12 - Shea butter and the scent of honey?  It's not even the artificial honey scent, it's a really nice non synthetic smelling honey. I picked up 3 tubes when I heard they were going out of stock on the L'Occitane website, but I found it on the Nordstrom website, so I can buy many more!

Deborah Lippmann 'R&B' Mini Nail Lacquer Duet $19 - Pink and Glitter?  Pink and Glitter in a glittery bag?  Sign me up!  $19 is a decent price, but remember, these are mini bottles so you are not getting the same amount as full size.  But to be honest, I have so many nail polishes I think a few mini bottles would do me some good.  Oh wait. This is supposed to be a gift for a friend, right?  Well I'll just buy 2.  If you need a great and easy way to remove glitter nail polish check out my tutorial!

Fresh Verbena Oval Soap $15 - Fresh makes the nicest soaps.  They last forever and produce an abundance of rich and creamy lather.  The verbena scent is particularly enjoyable to me because it just reminds me of summer and fresh air and clean.  This makes a great hostess gift or something for your mom or grandma, since they always seem to have fancy soap in the guest bathroom, Am I right? Of course you probably have that really put together friend who has a perfect house and always fresh linens and soaps in the guest bath. She would probably like this too.

Formula X For Sephora Holiday Ornament $14 - I have yet to review the Formula X line of nail polishes but I have worn a few and they wear like IRON!  Seriously. No top coat, no base coat, 2 coats of polish and 6 days later I only had minimal tip wear!  WIN!  Plus this gold glitter is pretty and it can be used to make your current mani look more festive. Oh and Hellooooo it is a tree ornament!  So cute!

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick - Icon Mini $10 - I picked up this mini during the Sephora VIB sale and I must say it was a great purchase. It's VERY tiny, but still plenty of product for many many red lip days.  It's a great gift for someone that either a) Wants to get into wearing red lipstick but afraid to try, b) Wants to try out the Hourglass formula before they commit to a full size tube, or C) has so many red lipsticks, that are wasted because one can only wear so many red lips in their lifetime and getting a mini tube is perfect because they won't feel like it is being wasted.  (Speaking for a friend)

Kiehl's Since 1851 Lip Balm #1 $6.30 - Kiehl's Lip Balm is pretty awesome AND it's unisex, so even Uncle Al can wear this without worrying that he is looking too Fru-fru!  Plus, it really is moisturizing!

Ineke Deluxe Sample Collection $25 - I already told you about how this is a great deal!  Buy a sampler from the Ineke Website and use that $25 as credit toward a full size bottle.  Sample before you indulge!

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Her $15-$23 - The prices range from website to website and you can see all of the Minimergency items on the pinchprovisions.comI reviewed this ingenious little kit  already. I'm thinking I might need to get a few for some of my friends!

Voluspa 'Maison Blanc - Saijo Persimmon' 2-Wick Candle $16 - Designer candles are all the rage but they must smell nice too, right?  The Saijo Persimmon candle has been sniffed firsthand by me and it's DELICIOUS!  Persimmon combines with peach and red currant. I just wanna eat it up...but I'm allergic to persimmons, so this is how I get my "fix"

Tea Forté 'Warming Joy - Petite' Tea Ribbon Box  $13.36 - This box of 10 pyramid shaped tea infusers with limited edition teas is perfect for the tea lover in your life.  Did I mention I love tea?  The flavors are Rum Raisin Biscotti, Sweet Orange Spice, Harvest Apple Spice, Sweet Ginger Plum and Winter Chai. NOMMY!

What say you?  Have any nice Stocking Stuffer ideas you would like to share?

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NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Lipstick in Future Red - Review, Swatches, Pictures

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Someone asked me how many red lipsticks I own.  This is not a difficult question for most people.  But for me...with all of my red lipsticks scattered around my house.... I have no idea how many I own. I don't know if I have 14 or 40. I know I have more than 3, which is probably 2 more than the average woman owns...but I can't help it. Red lipstick speaks to me.  When NARS came out with its Limited Edition Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Cinematic Lipstick I honestly did not really want it. Cherry Reds are nice and all, but rather bright for the day time and I don't really go anywhere at night.  Perhaps I have too many bright reds. Perhaps I am too shy to wear a bright "in yo face" red.  Or perhaps I was suffering from Red Lipstick Burnout Syndrome. (RLBS). Either way, I finally came to my senses and ordered the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Lipstick in Future Red during the Sephora VIB sale. I am so glad I did!

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I know I have written several times about the pure beauty of an unadulterated red lipstick bullet. How the pristine surface combined with the red hue makes for an almost delicious treat for the eyes.  I'm sure I have mentioned it. I know this because I'm quite repetitive about certain things.  New lipstick is my weakness and new RED lipstick is my fetish.
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Just look at it.  Isn't it splendiferious?!  I might have made that word up. But it is splendid and wonderful and magnificent all at the same time. That is what Splendiferious means.  The pigmentation on this lipstick is absolutely insane. It's quite opaque and quite long lasting.  HOWEVERs we all know, the higher the pigmentation, the drier the lipstick.  NOT SO! Not so I say. for the genius that is Francois Nars has added in Monoi Butter and Vitamin E to condition, hydrate and nourish the lips.  

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The NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Lipstick in Future Red applies like buttah! No seriously. it practically melds into your lips with the ease of a quick swipe. It has wonderful slip (That's how easily it spreads on your lips. No tugging = good slip). It is creamy and lush and velvety and .... I have run out of synonyms for creamy...but it's all those things.

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The color. It's a cherry red. It's a slightly blue based, bright cherry red.  This color is not for the faint of heart. But with the right skin tone you can certainly make this color your own. You will wear the color, the color won't wear you.  WTF does that mean anyway?  I guess I really mean to say is...If you are confident and apply it properly with a lip brush and use a liner, you too can have knockout drop dead amazing and splendiferious lips too.  Wouldn't you like to walk into the board meeting at Pepsi Cola and tell the members that this isn't your first time at the Rodeo!?  Of course you would!  NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Lipstick in Future Red is THAT color. Future Red will give you the strength to tell those execs at PepsiCo to F***Off!...if you are so inclined to do so.

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Do you NEED this?  Well you have to be the right person for such a bright red. But if you are that person, OFCOURSEYOUNEEDIT! It's a) Red, b) Limited Edition C)Great Quality d) Under $30!  If you are more of a "sometimes I wanna wear red, but not sure if I really need THIS red" kinda person, I'll be quite honest, you probably don't.  You may be able to duplicate the color with other products. However, you probably won't be able to duplicate the formula or the pigmentation for that is what makes this lipstick unique. 

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The NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Cinematic Lipstick in Future Red retails for $26 USD and can be found at Sephora and Saks Fifth Avenue.

ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyglyceryl-2 Tetraisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Ozokerite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Hexyl Laurate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Bht, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Methicone, Commiphora Mukul (Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract), Gardenia Tahitensis (Gardenia Tahitensis Flower), [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)].

Monday, December 16, 2013

The top 13 Beauty Reviews of 2013 from The Pink Sith

I was going to do this whole 12 days of Christmas thing and give you a link to one post for every month of 2013, but I'm kinda bad at rhyming and I think you all might be a bit tired of my feeble attempts at poetry so I am just going to give you a list instead. Plus, top 12 is an odd number and since this is the end of 2013 I thought I would just give you a "baker's dozen) and have 13 posts!  I give you the reason why I love these specific posts so much.. If anything it's a fun time waster if you're waiting for a flight out of town or a bus to downtown. It's a good way to catch up on a few reviews you might have missed and it's an easy way to do my "year in review" posts without coming off as too cliche!
So without further ado....My top 13 posts of 2013:

13. Kiehl's Skin Rescuer allows me to tell you about the different stages of my skin though the Incredible Hulk transformation process.

12. NCLA Nail Polish in Trophy Wife in which I get confused about geography.

11. Real Colors Eyeshadow in Poker Face where I give myself and you an earworm of a pop song.

10. Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in Grenat Initié and show you how to pronounce and not pronounce "Givenchy".

9. Etude House Juicy Cocktail Gradation Nail Polish in Lovely Violet Because a) Gradient manicure and b) my nails are super long.

8. Stars Makeup Haven Lip Gloss in Jezebel might get me in trouble with The Law.

7. C Booth Ginger Sugar Body Scrub has an ant's point of view.

6. Edward Bess Blush Imperiale in Desert Blossom reaches back to my brain scan and explains how my mind works.

5. Seth Kornegay Orla eau de parfum takes you on a scented journey through the written word.

3. NARS Day Dream Blush where I tell you what I day dream about, duh!

2. St. Ives Energizing Citrus and Vitamin C Spray Lotion is a nod to Dr. Seuss but certainly could use some work in the rhyming department.

1. ULTA Holiday Shopping Guide! I wrote it in the style of "Twas the night Before Christmas" and GREAT GIFT IDEAS!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Lipstick League – week of 12.9.13

For the month of December, we’re super-sizing The Lipstick League and giving you double the fun from some members!

Question of the Week: What are some beauty products that you’d be delighted to receive as gifts this holiday season?

Answer: I would be delighted to receive the Urban Dacay Naked 3, The NuFace facial muscle toner and/or a gift certificate to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom or Sephora!
What about you?  Leave me your answers in the comments section. :-)

Beauty Junkies Unite - See what Amber thought were hits, and those that were misses in the new MAC RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection!

Chalkboard Nails - There’s no better way to celebrate Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 than with some freehand radiant orchid nail art!

Chalkboard Nails - Get party perfect nails with five easy black and gold nail art ideas. Feeling bold? Try combining a few together!

Clumps of Mascara - Been itchin’ to try new nail polishes but the stores don’t seem to have anything up your alley? Support an indie nail polish brand!

Clumps of Mascara - So not beauty-related but c’mon...who doesn’t like pictures of Baby Clumps?

Gouldylox Reviews - Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Here's a list that takes care of everyone!

Gouldylox Reviews - Beauty products commonly use these tricks to play on your self-esteem. Don't let them trick you!

Lipglossiping - checks out the behind-the-scenes video featuring the much-awaited relaunch of Shu Uemura’s lipstick range.

My Beauty Bunny - We've got the scoop on Radical Skin Care This powerful (and effective!) anti-aging line is the buzz brand in Hollywood - find out why.

My Beauty Bunny - We're ALWAYS raving about DermOrganic's amazing hair care products. Want to try them yourself? Here's your chance to win two full size products!

Nouveau Cheap - Are the new Almay Shadow Softies cream shadows? Mousse shadows? Answer: neither.

Nouveau Cheap - Wet n Wild is discontinuing some products in 2014. Come see if your favorites made the cut.

Pink Sith - shares with you a famous holiday poem. "Twas the poem about the holidays that barely rhymed, but I show you gifts from ULTA Beauty so I know you won't mind."

Pink Sith - has a great gift idea for the men in your life. The Billy Jealousy Shave3Some is Mr. Sith approved!

Prime Beauty - attends so many holiday parties (haha) she needs flawless skin for all the pictures she'll be starring in (haha again). Renee Rouleau's Triple Berry Smoothing Peel does the trick and it's on sale!

Prime Beauty - explores the Indie Brand SENNA Cosmetics and likes what she finds!

Phyrra - I've launched my very own cruelty free, paraben free, vegan hair masque called Pretty Little Elixir! It's a must have for dyed or heat styled hair!

Phyrra - Love Chocolate? See if this sweet treat from Too Faced is for you! It's the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette.

we heart this - took a field trip to 100% Pure in West Hollywood, a long time favorite of many of our team members. It was a sniff and scrub-a-polloza!

we heart this - bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling is all kinds of beautiful. Check out the looks we posted and see if you agree...
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