Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday Poll

This morning while checking my e-mail I received a notice saying that I was close to exceeding the bandwidth of my free Photobucket account.  OK. That's cool. I can have some time to check out options of what I want to do, and if I want to upgrade and for how much and...DING! I receive another e-mail from a concerned reader telling me that all my images are gone from my blog and in its place is this:

Well Jeez!  Thanks Photobucket for giving me some time...not.  I note the time on the "warning" e-mail from Photobucket was  sent late last night. Apparently between 8PM last night and 8AM the next day I exceeded my bandwidth and the just put this up in place of all my images on my blog.  They were holding my pictures hostage!  I do understand I was using this service for FREE so I should be happy that I could store so many images since 2009 for no cost at all, right?  Right.  It's just, 12 hours is not sufficient time to get something in motion to solve this problem.  Especially when those hours happen near my bedtime and while I'm sleeping.  Oh well I fixed the issue this morning once I was able to get to a computer, but my images won't show up for another 6 hours!!!  It still irks me that some of you a greeted with the image above for 6 hours or more.

That lead me to think about all the "free" stuff I enjoy on the web.  Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, countless blogs.  I think the days of "free" internet are slowly fading away.  Even now on Facebook if you want to have a post on your fan page seen by all your fans, you have to pay. If you care about such things on Twitter, you can pay to have Twitter promote your post to show up in thousands of feeds.  Gmail is free now, but you get ads across your screen related to the content of your messages.  Gmail is reading your e-mail!  How much longer before they start charging a fee based on the number of messages you have in your account?

I'm not complaining, mind you. This is a capitalist society (in America) and the web is slowly turning that way too.  I'm just being cranky I guess.  I liked being able to read the New York Times for free on line.  That ended quickly.  I liked to be able to watch TV shows on line, until some networks and Hulu, Netflix, etc. got the bright idea that people would pay to watch "free TV".  Heck TV isn't even free any more.  They got rid of the analog signal over the airwaves and switched to digital. Now you need a special box just to get the basic channels.

I'm starting to sound like a crotchety old woman.  "Back in my day we didn't have to pay for high bandwidth!" "You kids get off my lawn!" "Slow down! This is a neighborhood!"

On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day? - Chanel Allure Extrait De Gloss in Troublant. This My Lips But Better gloss is the perfect neutral lip for days when I just don't have time to fuss with picking a color and a liner and being precise with application.

2.  Fill in the blank with a beauty item: "I'm totally obsessed with _________ right now." - I could say NOTHING. I'm a little burnt out on beauty right now. But If I had to answer I would say, finding a good leave in conditioner that doesn't make my hair greasy.

3.  What is your favorite soup? - Having been sick for almost 3 weeks I had a lot of soup to eat. Chicken mostly and I'm over it!  My favorite soup is Lobster Bisque!

4.  What makeup application technique would you like to learn how to do or improve upon? - Tightlining. I suck at it. I get watery eyes from it and it never looks right.

5. What was the last thing you ate? - Belvita Breakfast Biscuits.  Yummy and filling!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Trouble With Taupes

I recently had a lovely reader lament over purchasing an eyeshadow that looked like it might be the perfect taupe for her after reading one of my reviews.  When she purchased the taupe and swatched it on her skin, it turned into a completely different color.  How disappointing! She's not blaming me, but simply sharing her experience.  And let's face it, making a mistake on an expensive Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow is painful to not only your taupe loving soul, but to your wallet.  I know that computer monitors may distort colors and don't always show them as accurately as they should be, but to go from a taupe that was described as a brown/grey taupe on one person to a grey lilac on another, well, let's face it.  That's just weird.

my swatch of RBR Solstice Halcyon
Or is it?

I admit that I try to do the best I can to describe the color that I see with my own eyes on swatches on my own skin, but therein lies the problem.  My skin color may effect the way the shadow looks. 

Yes. Really.

The undertones in our skin, be they warm or cool or olive or neutral or yellow or pink all have an effect on the way colors look against our skin.I am very pale with cool to neutral undertones.  I have more pink in my face than I do in my arm, but for the most part eyeshadows look the same on my eyelid as they do on my arm.  Someone else with warm undertones may make the color look completely different on her.  Also, lighting and monitor settings take its toll as well.

When one is unable to see an eyeshadow in person, shopping for the right color can be a challenge.  Like many, I have no Rouge Bunny Rouge counters near me to test shadows, so I must rely on swatches I see on-line from other bloggers.  I have taken the liberty of showing you some images from different bloggers that are swatching the same taupe shadow, Solstice Halcyon from Rouge Bunny Rouge, just to show you the differences that you can see from blog to blog.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog shows you a line of of several taupes, comparing them for you in one picture.  She's awesome that way, just like her blog!

Modesty Brown shows you how Solstice Halcyon looks compared to 2 other Rouge Bunny Rouge Taupes.  She also has a great Taupe Comparison post you should check out.  Modesty Brown is my sister from another mister when it comes to taupe shadows! I ♥ Her!

Zuzu's Petals from The Everyday Beauty Blog has a couple of Solstice Halcyon comparisons for you showing how lighting and comparison shades can make the shadow look different.  I hope her schedule clears up so she can start blogging again. I miss her blog very much!

The Delicate Hummingbird Blog always has wonderful pictures of taupes and here in her comparison we see 7 popular taupes compared side by side.  He blog is absolutely lovely but sadly she stopped blogging...however her blog is still a great resource for all types of beauty products.

L-R NARS Ashes to Ashes, NARS Cairo, Wet N Wild Trio, RBR Solstice Halcyon (center), RBR Atlas Swallowtail, RBR A Major/fis Minor, Chanel Safari
The Indigo Kir Royale blog is new to me, but I have already bookmarked it and have started to read it with much admiration.  She blogs mostly high end makeup, and has a great swatch comparison for Solstice Halcyon that will really make you understand how lighting and skin tone can change a color.

L-R: Becca Lame, Becca Surah (from the Enigma Palette - Fall 2011 collection), Burberry Rosewood, Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon, Chanel Fauve (taken outdoors in natural light + flash photography).
At the Blooming Beauty Blog she does us all a favor of comparing a variety of Burberry Eyeshadows with other similar colors from other brands.  This incredibly helpful post breaks down by color and you can see how Solstice Halcyon looks compared to Burberry Rosewood and others. Not only is her blog awesome but she does a lot of comparison pictures, which I find really helpful!

L-R: Chanel Fauve, NARS Lhasa, MAC Satin Taupe, Burberry Rosewood, RBR Solstice Halcyon, RBR Bohemian Waxwing
The Renee Hearts Blog, or as I called it "Renee Loves", stopped publishing in 2011, but she still has a decent archive for reviews and swatches. She has a nice comparison of Solstice Halcyon with another popular Rouge Bunny Rouge shadow called Delicate Hummingbird.  Her picture shows how compared to the purple of Delicate Hummingbird, the Solstice Halcyon shadow really looks like a warm brown.  

So as you see, lighting, skin color and even monitor settings really can skew your results when searching for the "perfect taupe" shadow. Heck, even on-line swatches from the manufacturer can be incredibly deceiving. What should you do to make sure you don't pick a dud that can't be returned?  I recommend a google image search of the color, that way you can view multiple pictures at the same time and then reading more than one blog post to see how the blogger describes the color.  In the linked reviews above you will see that some bloggers call this brown while others say it has a mauve color to it and even others find it slightly grey to purple.  Of course there is no fool proof way to buy a shadow sight unseen, but at least you will have done your research and if you still end up getting a dud, you can always give the shadow to your daughter, mom, best friend, or me! (Just kidding on sending me shadow. I really do not need it!)

What have been your experiences with purchasing cosmetics on line without having an opportunity to test them first.  Did you ever get any big surprises when the color on line didn't match the color you see in real life?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nubar Nails Gradient Manicure - Pictures

What's that saying? Those that can, do. Those that cannot, attempt gradient manicures and fail?  I think that's it.  I have seen my fair share of beautiful Gradient Manicures.  A Gradient Manicure is one where several colors of nail polish are used on one nail and there is a smooth almost imperceptible line between the colors.  You know how they do that? Apparently I didn't. 

Check out the Gradient Manicure from Jeanette at The Swatchaholic (who by the way, generously let me use her image with permission.)  You will see a flawless transition between colors.  They sponge the colors on.  Yeah SPONGE!  Something I neglected to do with my gradient manicure.  I'm much too impatient to break out a sponge and tap and pat and tap and pat. I really am pretty impatient when it comes to everything, so why I attempted this type of manicure, I have no idea.  Maybe I was feeling guilty about all the nail polish I own. I have more nail polish than I do fingers and toes and friends that have fingers and toes. Maybe I just wanted to be creative.  Maybe I was bored.  It's not important WHY I attempted the manicure, what's important is that I FAILED. (Wait. That doesn't sound right) What's important is that I can learn from my mistakes.

Here are the nail polishes I used in creating my Gradient Manicure.  I use the Nubar Sandstone as a base, then Nubar Jem to the middle of the nail. I applied Sally Hansen Big Money on the tips and then used Confetti Tiara all over in order to "blur" the lines a bit.  HA!  Not so much, BUT I will say that without my glasses on it looked pretty cool.  Also from far away my nails looked neat too.  So I basically spent the week not wearing my glasses and standing approximately 10 feet away from anyone so my nails would look nice.  It was difficult. But I managed.

Wanna see the result?

Gradient Manicure

OK. Maybe it isn't as bad as I described (Yes it is), but it was fun to do. And now that I know I have no patience to actually use a sponge to create this Gradient Manicure and I have neither the skill to make it look as awesome as The Swatchaholic. I think I'll just stick to one color and maybe an accent nail or a little glitter on the tips now and again. 

What about you?  Have you attempted the Gradient Manicure?  What other fun nail polish applications are you doing right now? 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Real Colors Regal Eyes Embellished Eye Shadow in Poker Face - Review, Pictures, Swatches

It's not that I'm a big fan of Lady Gaga, nor do I hate her music. I'm indifferent.  She has a great voice and many of her songs are "catchy"  I have nothing negative to say about her.  Well...except for one thing.  That song "Poker Face". Ugh. It's what I call an "Ear Worm" It gets in your head and you can't get it out.

♪ P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah) ♫

Well I made the mistake of picking up a taupe eyeshadow...Oh wait. Let me rephrase that.  I had the good judgement to pick up a taupe eyeshadow.  I had even better judgement to pick one up from Sally Beauty Supply for only $7.69! The brand is called Real Colors and it seems to have a decent array of products, This might be a Sally Beauty Supply House Brand but I'm not sure. The mistake I made, was looking at the name of the shadow. The name is "Poker Face".  

♫ Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face ♪

Now I will say that despite the ear worm, I'm pretty pleased with this shadow. It is about as hard as a MAC shadow, not too powdery and has a slight satin finish.  However, it can look matte at times.  It has a light overspray that disappears the first time you use the shadow, but even after that the shadow alone is very pretty.  The pigmentation is decent. It's not the most pigmented taupe shadow I own, but it certainly isn't the least.

 ♪ P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah) ♫

The color is that of a soft pinky brown taupe.  It has a slightly warmer feel than some of the grey based taupes and can hold its own as a wash of color or as a base with a darker crease color added.

♫ P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah) ♪

If I have any qualms with the shadow I would have to say it is 3 things:
1) The Packaging is kinda flimsy and cheap
2) The Name, OBVIOUSLY!
3) The picture of the shadow on the Sally Beauty Supply website is reversed with another color called "Ace High".   If you don't have a Sally's near you and you need to purchase on-line,  order Poker Face, but remember it won't look like the picture.  You'll get what Ace High looks like on the website, and vice versa.  Get it?  Got it. Good.

♪ Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody) ♫

Do you NEED this?  Well Unless you absolutely HATE Lady Gaga (Note: She has nothing to do with this brand, this shadow or anything related to this item) This is not a bad taupe to pick up for under $8!  It certainly is a lot of product with 0.176 ounces, where as the average shadow has 0.07 ounces.  The only thing that comes close is the Sephora Collection Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow for $16 with 0.12 ounces.  If I had to pick between the two, I would go with the Sephora because it is just higher quality all around.  

So what do you think?  Is this a good "pick me up" for days when you're feeling blah and need some inexpensive retail therapy?  I think so.

And now I leave you with the entire video because, well, let's face it, you have that song in your head now.  Might as well hear the whole thing.  Right?

Please don't hate on me for giving you an ear worm!  Muwahahahahaha (evil laugh)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm On The Mend

Just a note to let you all know that I am feeling much better.  After recovering from the Flu in which I had to go to the hospital because I was having a hard time breathing, I quickly developed a multiple infection that kicked my butt. Strep Throat, Bronchitis, Sinus Infection, Ear Infection and Pink Eye!  All at the same time.  Gross.  I know, but I am feeling much better now.  I still have very little energy but I am back at work full time again.  I basically come home and sleep, wake up for an hour or so to eat and read Darthypie a bedtime story and go back to bed.  I hope to be back to normal after this weekend.

This weekend, well THIS day and this weekend are very special to me.  Today is Darthypie's 6th birthday!  I can't believe he is 6 years old already!  He is the apple of my eye, the bee's knees, the cat's pajamas, the best little sith/zombie/spiderman/fighter pilot ever.  So I'll be a bit busy over the weekend with birthday celebrations and such, but I do plan to come back to blogging next week. I may not post every day to start, but I will be back.  

Thank you for your patience during this ordeal. I honestly have never been that sick before. I hope to never again! Just so you know, my sense of snark is coming back. I know I wasn't all that funny when I was sick, but believe me I have plenty of snark for a recent item I received.  You will enjoy it. I promise.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you soon!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Just in case you were wondering...

I just wanted to explain my absence. As much as i wish i have been absent because I won the lottery and decided to say screw it and move to Bora Bora, I actually have the flu. I kinda forgot to get a flu vaccine for the first time in over a decade. As a result I got the flu for the first time in over a decade. I'll survive, but I was unprepared for the illness, as far as the blog goes. I had nothing "in the can" ready to post during my illness. I apologize for the lack of posts.   I am a bad blogger.

As you know, I have a family and a full time job to deal with in addition to this blog, so it's not like I don't have a lot on my plate already. Mr Sith and Darthypie also got sick with different illnesses so it's been quite an interesting few weeks at the Pink Sith household. Were a Hazmat level 3 declared zone by FEMA now. So we'll get government funding in 6 to 8 months (kidding).

I just wanted to let you know I haven't gone away, I haven't quit, I'm just incapacitated by a stupid virus. I promise I'll be back as soon as I am able.  It may be this week or next, but I'll be back. In the mean time, check out my archives and my link love listing.

I have some great items to show you, but until I'm feeling 100% I don't think it's fair to give a half hearted review of a product. That may result in me being "late" with certain reviews. You might see items that have been out for a while, finally reviewed here.  It might seem too late, but it's never too late for makeup and another opinion on makeup. Plus if you have already purchased an item I finally get around to reviewing, you can share your experience in the comments section, making this blog even more interactive. Right?

Stay healthy, check back later and get your flu vaccine!!!
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