Monday, September 30, 2013

The Lipstick League – week of 9.23.13


Question of the Week: Do you switch up your skincare routine with the change of the seasons? How are you preparing for the cooler weather? 

Answer: Not really. I guess I might use less sunscreen just because I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark and don't really leave the office during the day.  It's a sad life I live.  What about you?  Leave your answer in the comments section.

Chalkboard Nails - Disney fans will recognize the Titans in this Hercules nail art -- thankfully, Zeus has let me borrow his thunderbolts to keep them in check!

Clumps of Mascara - changed her hair. Yes again! Check out what she did.

EauMG - This perfume sets the scene for a Lovecraft tale. Here’s a deep patchouli scent by Roxana Illuminated Perfumes.

Gouldylox Reviews - Want waves that last through sleep and a trip to the gym? This mineral totally worked for me

Lipglossiping - washes away the day’s grime with a look at what are (probably) the most expensive face wipes in the world…

My Beauty Bunny - is gearing up for the BeWell Beauty and Wellness Expo coming to Pasadena this October. Want to win tickets and a swag bag worth $300? Of course you do. Stop on by and enter!

Nouveau Cheap - I rarely declare something a new “Holy Grail” product, but in the case of this facial cleanser, it’s so good that I haven’t wanted to reach for something else in months.

Pink Sith - thinks raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens is cool and all, but she would rather tell you about her favorite Oils for face, hair, nails and body.

Prime Beauty - and other top beauty bloggers give you a peak at what's in their purses!

Phyrra - tells you how to get sublime skin with Cover FX CC Cream Time Release Tinted Treatment SPF 30!

we heart this - have been talking about the OCC moderncraft nail lacquers for weeks. If you can only get one polish from the whole launch, get Isherwood. Seriously...

Beauty Junkies Unite - Check out the review & swatches for new Breast Cancer Awareness collection from OPI, Pink of Hearts 2013!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Chalkboard Nails - Nail Polish Society shows us her sweet-yet-tough manicure, complete with glitter that has been hand placed in the shape of a skull and crossbones!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday Poll

Thursday Poll on Pinksith.com

Listen. I'm a geek and I know it. I'm a geek about makeup and about SciFi and about Comics and Star Wars and , and, and.  But I have a horrible secret.  One that I am afraid that someone else will expose, so I figured I would "out" myself before anyone else can do it.  I do not watch Doctor Who.  I never have, and honestly, unless I can catch up with a marathon of shows from about the Ninth Doctor in  2004 to present day, I may never ever watch it.  

I'll give you all a moment to collect yourselves from this earth shattering confession.

It's not that I don't like Doctor Who.  That's not it at all. It's just that...well...My first exposure to Doctor Who was in the late 1970's/early 1980's and they were only on their 4th Doctor.  The 4th Doctor was played by Tom Baker and he was the one with the curly hair and long scarf. (Seen below)
photo credit BBC

As you can imagine, the 1970's had some pretty trippy TV shows and Doctor Who was pretty close to being one of the trippiest.  Then in to mid 1980's I must have missed the fifth Doctor because I only remember the next Doctor Who I saw on TV as the Sixth Doctor. This was played by Colin Baker and was yet another dude in funky clothing and curly hair.  (See below)
photo credit BBC

I think you might be seeing a theme here.  I really do not like dudes with curly hair.  I think it all stems back to a reoccurring nightmare of a strange man chasing me with curly brown hair and blue eyes. I had these dreams as far back as 5 years old.  I think that's pretty much what cemented my dislike of any grown man with curly hair.  Does that mean I don't like Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Sasha Baron Cohen, Matthew Morrison, or Kit Harrington?  No.  But I certainly prefer them with shorter close cropped hair, and honestly I don't find them attractive at all.  So it's a combo of freaky story lines from the 70's and 80's and curly hair that made me avoid Doctor Who.  Sure I know all about the TARDIS and Electronic Screwdrivers and Weeping Angles but it still am not going to watch.  Even though the 9th, 10th, and 11th Doctors DON'T have curly hair, I still don't think I will watch...why? because the 12th Doctor does have curly hair!!  Maybe I need to explore my disdain for curly haired males.  Maybe I need more time in the day to watch TV. Maybe I just don't care.  I just hope that my geek cred is not taken away because I don't watch Doctor Who.  I hope you all can forgive me for not watching the show and for my weird curly hair issues.  So can we get back to fighting over Star Wars versus Star Trek and how Star Wars is vastly superior to Star Trek?  I'll feel better if we do that.
On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day? - Well if any of you saw my Top 10 items in my purse you know that I have plenty of lip products at my disposal.  Today I am wearing the Big Apple Lipstick In Strawberry Lips...because I can.

2.  Do you watch Doctor Who? - Nope.

3. Current Lemmings? - About three new lipsticks I saw in other Top 10 items in my purse posts. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native and butter LONDON lipstick in Marshmallow...all nude pinks.  I have issues.

4. Star Wars versus Star Trek? - Star Wars...duh.  (I promise not to berate you for picking Star Trek or answering "neither" or answering "Stargate".)

5. Product(s) you recently used up/finished?  Will you repurchase? - I finished my Kiehl's Skin Rescuer lotion. I will repurchase when I have cash.  I also finished a sample of the Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder. I will repurchase when I finish all my other loose powders ... which will be in about a year or two. 
 

UPDATE on Princess Lexi


Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to let you know that there are less than 6 days left to reach our $2,000 goal to help Lexi.  A few days ago I posted about Lexi and her family.  They are dear friends.  Lexi has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, as well as ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease where her own body attacks her digestive system causing it to ulcerate and bleed. Lexi has been hospitalized 11 times since last November, each time with unbearable joint pain, stomach pain, and profuse bleeding.  she was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with avascular necrosis, a loss of blood flow to the bones of her knees, shoulders, and ankles. This means that her bones are degenerating and as her physical therapist terms it, the bones look like "swiss cheese." She already uses a wheelchair about 50% of the time, now it looks as though her future is a permanent wheelchair.

Lexi was recently approved to go to the Cleveland Clinic by Medicaid.  She will see a pediatric orthopedic specialist, Dr. Gurd, to help with her juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and some of the other diseases she contracted as a result of being on medications to fix the original diseases!  However, a trip to Cleveland, OH from Colorado is an expensive one.  [UPDATE] Lisa and her family are going to drive to Cleveland, but their van just won't make it.  with the assistance of some new tires and minor mechanical issues fixed on their van.  Plane tickets are roughly $320 each The tires are covered by a friend, but the cost of gas and other mechanical needs of the van are not, and they need a hotel for Lisa and Jason (Lexi's Dad) to stay while Lexi is treated.  It's just going to be too expensive for them.  Lisa looked into staying at The Ronald McDonald House (A great place for families to stay, free of cost, while their child is getting medical treatment, but they don't take reservations. You have to ask the day you show up, and they have a long waiting list.)  So I thought I would try to raise some money for them. 




I have created an indiegogo campaign to raise some money for Lexi and her Mom to use for their Trip to Cleveland on the 29th of September. [UPDATE] As I mentioned above plane tickets are roughly $320 each, they will need 2.  Gas and maintenance for the van will run about $500 and the hotel in Cleveland is $90 a night and they will have to be there for up to 7 nights.  They can eat cheaply, they have mastered that, but I think if we could raise $2,000 for them we could make a big difference in their lives.  

The campaign on indiegogo will hold all the money that is donated until the end of the campaign, which is October 1st.  I'm hoping that we can raise the money before they go on their trip, as It would be really great to have that money in had while they are on the road.  Of course if we don't get it to them before the trip, getting the money after the trip will certainly help a lot.  Even if we don't reach the entire $2,000 goal, the funds that are raised will be sent directly to the family.  Indiegogo takes a percentage of the funds that are raised.If we reach the goal they take 4% of the total and if we don't reach the goal, they take 9% of the total.  I plan to personally cover the cost of both fees out of my own pocket so what you see as the total money raised will be exactly what the family gets.

So PLEASE donate to help Lexi. Even a dollar or two can help.  Just click on the link below that says I want to help Lexi!


I WANT TO HELP LEXI

Help this indiegogo campaign go viral. Tweet it to your friends, share it on Facebook, Pin it in Pinterest, Stumble it on Stumbleupon, Share it on Reddit, I don't care how you do it. The more people that see this plea the better chance we have of reaching our $2,000 goal. Remember we're only $500 away!!  That's so close.  If 100 people donate $5 we're there! And don't worry. Even if we don't reach our goal of $2,000, whatever money we do get will be sent to Lexi and her family.  


Thanks for your help!



Stur $250 Giveaway



Here is your chance to win all 6 flavors of Stur flavored water enhancer and $250! Info on how to enter is at the end of this post.

Stur is a natural stevia liquid water enhancer with 0 sugar, 0 calories, and 7 essential vitamins. Available in several flavors, Stur helps people naturally drink more water, by adding as little or as much flavor as they want. I talked about it in my Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials post HERE

The founder created Stur when his wife was pregnant with twins and he wanted to help her drink more water throughout her pregnancy. The U.S. Institutes of Medicine recommend Americans drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Among other things, water helps maintain the balance of body fluids, can help control calories, helps energize muscles, helps keep skin looking good, and helps your kidneys flush out toxins.

There are 6 flavors - and you can mix them with water, tea, unflavored soda, or even cocktails!

Stur Features:
Lightly sweetened with stevia leaf extract
Natural fruit flavors
Zero calories
Sugar free
Gluten free
Caffeine free
Vegan
7 essential vitamins - A, D, E, B3, B5, B6, B12
Add to water, soda water and even cocktails!
Portable – great for travel

Flavors:
Cucumber Mint
Lemonade
Orange Mango
PomeCranberry
Strawberry
Lemon Tea

Stur contains stevia leaf extract. The sweet leaves of the stevia plant have been safely used as a sweetener in South America for centuries, and are recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the general population, including pregnant women and children. Stur does NOT use artificial or chemical sweeteners commonly found in other water enhancers and bottled beverages, such as Sucralose, Aspartame, and Acesulfame Potassium.

Price:
18 (8oz.) servings per bottle
Retail Price: $3.99–$4.99

The Stur giveaway starts at 1 am on September 26, 2013 and ends on October 18th. Prize is a $250 Visa gift card and all 6 flavors of Stur (www.sturdrinks.com). Prize is fulfilled by Stur.  Open to US residents only. See the rafflecopter entry form below for more details.  To enter wait for the rafflecopter form to load and choose your entry forms from there. The more option you choose the more chances you have to win!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top 10 Tuesdays Top 10 Items In My Purse

Top 10 Tuesdays on pinksith.com


This week the Top 10 Tuesdays group is doing something a bit different.  We are listing the top 10 beauty items in our purses.  Normally I wouldn't give half of the items in my purse a top 10 of anything, but I do carry a lot of junk around with me, so consider this a little voyeuristic peek into my personal life.  Also. I should warn you. that YES. I do carry THAT MANY lip products with me at any one time.  I have an addiction to lipstick and glosses. I hope you can overlook my shame.
Top 10 Tuesdays on pinksith.com

Since I have way more than 10 beauty items in my purse, let's break it down into categories, shall we?

Givenchy Le Rouge in 307 Grenat Initle on pinksith.com

1. Lipstick (Reviews are linked)
I have toooooo many lipsticks in my purse.  I don't know why I refuse to take them out once I have used them. It's like a security blanket I guess.
In the picture I have
Laura Mercier Stick Gloss in Rosewater
Red Apple Lipstick in Strawberry Lips (press sample)
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 040 Red Velvet
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 085 Sugar Plum
Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in RS308 Iron Maiden
Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Lovelight


NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Majella on pinksith.com

2. Lip Pencils (Reviews are linked)
I only have 2 in my bag...this time, but in the summer the number might be up to 5 or 6.  I obviously have a problem.
In the picture  have 
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Brooklyn

NARS Larger than Life Lip Gloss in Paris Follies on pinksith.com

3. Lip Gloss and Lip Creme (Reviews are linked)
I'm a gloss addict...but you wouldn't know that by looking at my bag. I feel inadequate because I didn't represent in the gloss category.
In the picture I have
Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer in La Petite Robe Noir 463


4. Lip Liner
Yes. VERY different than a Lip Pencil and YES all of them are red.  Two of them are double ended so basically I'm toting around 5 different red colored lip liners.  I think a 12 step group might be in order.
In the picture I have
Stili-Style Lipliner in Terra
Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil in Red and Coralo Red
Vincent Longo Duo Lip Pencil in Wine and Peking Red


5. Powder Foundation
I don't know why this is still in my purse. It does not work very well on me.  I guess it's a holding ground until I come to terms with the fact that I should have just purchased my trustworthy Lancome Dual Finish instead of going the cheap route.
In the picture I have
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation


6. Translucent Powder (Reviews are linked)
This is another item I carry in my purse for emergencies.  And it REALLY has to be an emergency if I am going to use this sucker.  I didn't like it when I reviewed it a few years ago and my thoughts have not changed.  It need to find a new home.


7. Sunscreen
Because I always forget to put sunscreen on my arms when I'm rushing out of the house.  Sure this stuff is for face and body, but I prefer to use it on my arms and hands.
In the picture I have
Supergoop! Sunscreen Day Cream SPF 40 (press sample)



8.  Hand Lotion
Hand lotion is a staple in my bag, but lately I have been obsessed with honey scents.  I managed to get my paws on this limited edition HONEY Hand Cream from L'Occitane. I have 3 left and they are all mine!!  SO THERE!
In the picture I have
L'Occitane Honey Hand Cream with 20% Shea Butter


9.  Beauty Tools (Reviews are linked)
My trusty Sonia Kashuk portable brush case.  Three mini eye brushes and a flat powder brush have saved me on many occasions!  I do need to remember to wash them tho. I'm bad about that.
In the Picture I have


10.Miscellanious
OK. So I have more than 10 specific beauty items in my purse.  Did you really expect me to have ONLY 10?  So here I have bits and bobs and thingamagigs. All necessary for a beauty emergency or helping out Magyver diffuse a bomb. Either way. I'm covered.
In the picture I have
A package of bobby pins
A no snag hair elastic
A nail clipper 
A sample of a Hermes fragrance called Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

Check out these other great blogs and revel in how much more organized they are compared to my messy purse.  Then get together with other readers and form an intervention for me with my red lipstick addiction.  Thanks!  Many of these items cane be purchased using the links below or by going to ShopAtHome.com





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Monday, September 23, 2013

My Favorite Oils



I know the gals at Makeup Wars already did a list of their favorite oils, but I was on the road and unable to participate, so I thought since I have a tiny bit of free time, I tell you about some of my favorite oils.  

I think it is well known that I have oily skin. So why would I even LIKE oil?  Well, did ever hear the phrase, "Fight fire with fire"?  Well sometimes you have to fight oil WITH oil!

So let's start with the one that makes the most difference in my skin care routine:



Obviously I have talked a lot about cleansing oils, but the one from Boscia is my favorite out of all the ones I have tried.  It dissolves even the most long wearing makeup in seconds and leaves my skin makeup free for my deep cleansing routine.  You can read more about it HERE.  Plus for only $26 it's a good bargain compared to a lot of other oils on the market.



Another Oil I have used on my face is the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil.  This oil acts as a natural astringent for oily or combination skin.  The blend of rosewood, geranium and lotus extracts help to purify and refine the skin texture.  Now Clarins makes the claim that it tightens pores. but I'll let you in on a little secret.  Pores cannot be tightened, opened or closed.  They are the size they are by genetics.  Now I will say that pores can APPEAR larger or smaller depending on how much "gunk" (That the scientific term) is in them.  The less gunk the small the pore appears.  So with a few essential extracts in the Clarins Lotus Oil that help refine (Fancy word for remove impurities and/or exfoliate) the skin, after long term use you too may see the size of your pores appear smaller.  But that's not why I love this stuff. I love the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil because it actually helps regulate how much oil my own skin produces.  The longer I use the Clarins the less natural oil my face spews forth. WIN WIN!



This is an oil for your body. It is loaded with antioxidants from the grape seed oil and smells like a floral haven.  I like to use this oil spray as soon as I get out of the shower.  I combines with the water on my skin and makes it easier to spread and easier to moisturize all over.  I also find I use less of it this way.  I also spray a teeny bit on my cuticles at night and work whatever is left over I might put into the ends of my dry hair or work into my hands. It just depends.  Either way the entire thing smells AMAZING. It's roses and grapefruit and pink pepper and cedar and vanilla and musk...all wrapped up into a neat little bow.  I'll let you in on a little secret.  I buy the travel size (0.5 oz) because I use so little of it and it lasts a long time. it's only $9 and that's not too much to spend when I'm as fickle as I am about product.



Of course I cannot ignore my hair.  The Leonor Greyl PARIS 'Huile de Palme' Pre-Shampoo Beautifying Oil is my all time favorite oil for the hair.  I use it BEFORE shampooing as a deep conditioner like treatment.  Aside from the fragrance being astounding the results are superb.  Hair like spun silk and fragrances with white flowers...I feel like a princess every time I use it.   Read More HERE! The oil washes out of the hair with ease and no greasy residue is left.    It detangles, restores life to dry brittle hair and protects hair too.  This wonder-oil is a long time fave. A little goes a long way, but I am nearing the end of my second bottle so it's time to pick up some more before winter arrives.



My other hair oil treatment is from Luxury Lane Soap and it's called the Deep Moisture Hair Treatment Elixir.  Anything called an elixir get's my attention. It just sounds cool.  Well aside from sounding cool this Deep Moisture Hair Treatment elixir actually does COOL stuff to my hair.  Glossy, shiny, smooth luminous hair is just three drops of oil away!  I add it to semi damp hair to style and sometimes to dry hair to smooth.  No matter how I use it, my hair never looks greasy or frizzy thanks to this stuff!  Read more HERE. The little dropper on top makes it easy to dispense and it too smells divine!  Plus at $24.95 for a large 1 oz bottle It takes a while to work my way through it. A little goes a long way!



Last but certainly not least I have Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil.  OK. The name is a misnomer as there are no actual apricots or apricot seed oils in this product.  Actually it's cotton seed  and soybean oil.  essie added in Vitamin A and E to mimic the benefits of apricots but...well it's not really apricot oil.  So why do I like it so much?  Well it smells amazing. it is easy to apply after and between manicures, oh and IT WORKS.  My cuticles have never looked better. They are healthy and hydrated and my nails grow faster when the skin around my nails is healthy.  Essie took me from "Crime Scene Cuticles" to "Pageant Cuticles" in a few short weeks.  I was diligent about application and always followed up with lotion working the lotion/oil mixture into the skin around my nails.  Plus at $8 a bottle I found myself using the essie oil a lot longer than I thought it would last.  Another WIN WIN!

So that's all the oily talk I have for your today.  I would love to hear about some of your favorite oils and how you use them.  Please let me know in the comments section.  Who knows.  Perhaps you will inspire me to try some new products.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Lipstick League



Question of the Week: Fall is here! What makeup items are you adding to your stash to celebrate the season? 

Answer: A dark lipstick, a Dark nail polish and Antique gold eyeshadows!!!  I can't wait to wear everything ASAP!

Chalkboard Nails - This hand placed glitter nail art answers important questions like, "What would a mermaid look like if she was going out clubbing?"

Clumps of Mascara - In honor of Skin Care Awareness Month, I'm giving away a $150 Whole Foods gift card. The lucky winner will be able to load up on skin healthy fruits and veggies!

EauMG - shares her perfume picks for autumn 2013. From hayrides to date night, Victoria has a perfume suggestion for you!

Gouldylox Reviews - Hey Now!  I joined the Stern Universe for one morning and got the chance to ask the beautiful Lisa G how she does it.

Lipglossiping - gets technical and puts Guerlain’s latest foundation to the test, soon discovering that this scientifically-advanced base is the one testing her!

My Beauty Bunny - Blow outs go to the dogs! I had a doggy spa day thanks to the Metro Air Force Commander, a compact dog drying/grooming tool all spoiled pooches must have!

Nouveau Cheap - The Walgreens-exclusive Disney Villains Collections have landed, and one of my favorites is the e.l.f. Maleficent Look Book. Your inner villain won’t be disappointed.

Pink Sith - asks if you are doing serious damage to your hair with your flat iron. She has 5 Helpful Flat Ironing Tips for you to look your best!

Prime Beauty - takes a look at Lancôme's the Absolu Désir Collection for Fall 2013 and it's trés magnifique!

Phyrra - shares her most favorite cruelty free beauty products! From hair to skincare, makeup and more!

we heart this - discovers multiple levels of nude perfection, courtesy of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Beauty Spotlight Team Featuring Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog



Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has, in part, become a forum for Helen’s unmitigated obsession with luxury face oils. Therefore, when The Beauty Spotlight Team allowed her to choose up to 12 items to feature she naturally chose 12! Any guesses as to which of these magical golden elixirs made her list?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Help Princess Lexi

Help Princess Lexi 

Mr. Sith has been friends with Lisa Counterman since High School and for over 20 years since.  She is one of the only High School friends he has kept in touch with.  Lisa is an amazing woman, a wonderful wife and mother, and she is currently suffering through the worst thing that any parent can ever deal with; a child who is suffering and dying slowly in front of her eyes. Lisa lives in Colorado with her husband Jason and their three kids. Lexi, the middle child, is a sweet and wonderful child and needs our help.

I don't normally post about charities or ask for donations on this blog because it's not something I like to do.  In fact. unless I know you personally, I probably won't ever do this again. However, I feel that the time has come when more needs to be done for this family.  PLEASE, help them, we may be their only hope...

Lisa has already organized numerous events, like 5k's and bake-offs and all kinds of stuff, but she could always use some help, especially now. She is an out of work Special Education Teacher and her husband works construction, when he can get work at all. (Of course, with a large part of Colorado being flooded there might not be any work for a while)  I asked lisa to explain Lexi's condition and what can be done to help her.  Here is what Lisa has to say: 

This is my daughter, Lexi, who is 12 years old. Both pictures are actually her and were taken only about 7 mos apart from each other. 

Help Princess Lexi

Lexi has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, as well as ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease where her own body attacks her digestive system causing it to ulcerate and bleed. Lexi has been hospitalized 11 times since last November, each time with unbearable joint pain, stomach pain, and profuse bleeding. She required 3 blood transfusions within just a 2 week time span, and to try to give her at least SOME measure of relief, the doctors treated her with massive doses of steroids and immunosuppressor medications. Now, not only does she have this painful autoimmune disease, she also now has three additional debilitating diseases from the medications. She developed Cushings syndrome, a steroid caused disease where you get "moon face", gain a "fat pad" (often called a buffalo hump) on the back of your neck, and at 12 yrs old she now has purple stretch marks all over her body. She also developed adrenal insufficiency, which means if her body is under any kind of trauma or stress, her adrenal glands will not work and she will have organ failure unless an emergency dose of steroid is given quickly. Lastly, she was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with avascular necrosis, a loss of blood flow to the bones of her knees, shoulders, and ankles. This means that her bones are degenerating and as her physical therapist terms it, the bones look like "swiss cheese." She already uses a wheelchair about 50% of the time, now it looks as though her future is a permanent wheelchair. All of these "additional" life altering diseases because there is no cure to colitis. We are raising money for the Crohns and Colitis foundation (CCFA) because we HAVE to find a cure. 1.4 million other Americans deal with Crohn's disease or colitis every day, but it is all of these side effects that we are working to eliminate! Please help us and donate if you can - the CCFA is one of the few A-rated nonprofit organizations in the country and your donation is tax deductible. You can go to Lexi's donation website http://online.ccfa.org/Lexi and read more about how she was diagnosed. Every little bit helps! Thank you for reading!
Sincerely,
Lisa Counterman
(Lexi's mom who will fight to the end for a CURE!)

I have decided to take this a step further.  While it is a great thing to donate to the CCFA, Lexi will not really see any money from that.  Hopefully she will benefit one day from the research they are able to do with those donations, but Lexi needs our help right now.  

Lexi was recently approved to go to the Cleveland Clinic by Medicaid.  She will see a pediatric orthopedic specialist, Dr. Gurd, to help with her juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and some of the other diseases she contracted as a result of being on medications to fix the original diseases!  However, a trip to Cleveland, OH from Colorado is an expensive one by air.  Lisa and her family were going to drive to Cleveland, but their van just won't make it.  Plane tickets are roughly $320 each and they need a hotel for Lisa to stay while Lexi is treated.  It's just going to be too expensive for them.  Lisa looked into staying at The Ronald McDonald House (A great place for families to stay, free of cost, while their child is getting medical treatment, but they don't take reservations. You have to ask the day you show up, and they have a long waiting list.)  So I thought I would try to raise some money for them. 


I have created an indiegogo campaign to raise some money for Lexi and her Mom to use for their Trip to Cleveland on the 29th of September.  As I mentioned above plane tickets are roughly $320 each, they will need 2.  The hotel in Cleveland is $90 a night and they will have to be there for up to 7 nights.  They can eat cheaply, they have mastered that, but I think if we could raise $2,000 for them we could make a big difference in their lives.  I have set up a special campaign on indiegogo and they will hold all the money that is donated until the end of the campaign, which is October 1st.  I'm hoping that we can raise the money before they go on their trip, as It would be really great to have that money in had while they are on the road.  Of course if we don't get it to them before the trip, getting the money after the trip will certainly help a lot.  Even if we don't reach the entire $2,000 goal, the funds that are raised will be sent directly to the family.  Indiegogo takes a percentage of the funds that are raised.If we reach the goal they take 4% of the total and if we don't reach the goal, they take 9% of the total.  I plan to personally cover the cost of both fees out of my own pocket so what you see as the total money raised will be exactly what the family gets.

So PLEASE donate to help Lexi. Even a dollar or two can help.  Just click on the link below that says I want to help Lexi!


While your donation to the indiegogo campaign is NOT tax deductible, you can make a tax deductible donation to the CCFA in Lexi's name by clicking here.  

Help this blog post go viral. Tweet it to your friends, share it on Facebook, Pin it in Pinterest, Stumble it on Stumbleupon, Share it on Reddit, I don't care how you do it. The more people that see this plea the better chance we have of reaching our $2,000 goal and possibly raising money for CCFA too!  And don't worry. Even if we don't reach our goal of $2,000, whatever money we do get will be sent to Lisa and her family.  


Thursday Poll

Thursday Poll on pinksith.com 

Dear Anonymous Commenter:
I am so happy you like my blog and feel it necessary to click and comment on multiple posts of mine.  You drive up my numbers, making me look more popular than I really am.  I do appreciate you being a big reason why my "New Visitor" numbers have skyrocketed, but I am a little sad that you don't seem to come back using the I.P. address, there by raising my "Returning Visitor" numbers.  It seems you might have a slight reading comprehension issue so I would like to share with you some examples of your comments.
On my September 11 post you commented:  "This information is priceless  How can I find out more?  Grow Taller 4 Idiots Scam () on"
You see. I don't think you grasped the spirit of my post which was of despair but also of healing from the 9/11 attacks.  I am also 5' 7" and I don't really need any more height.
You also seem to REALLY like my Votre Vu Snapdragon Body cream post but you keep asking me to check out your blog post about "I like to share information that will I have accumulated through the year to help enhance team performance. my blog post; 醫美診所 or 微晶瓷隆鼻"  I'm really sorry but applying body lotion is not a team effort.  Well I guess if one weighed aver 600 pounds and couldn't really move you would need a few people to apply lotion to your skin...but i am not that obese...yet.  Plus I cannot read the Kanji you used.  Thanks, but perhaps we need to at least keep our conversations to English until I learn a foreign language.
I'm stoked that you liked my DHC Pore Cleansing Oil review. But I think you might have misunderstood the main premise of the article.  Your comment, "Some lenders turn away homeowners seeking loan modifications on account of lower-than-average credit, while other lenders accept them depending on his or her situation my website the funds that individuals borrow to begin a company
may go toward buying various equipment, materials and advertising." Does not really relate to pore cleansing.  In fact, I can't even come up with any correlation between pores and home loan modifications.  I guess getting a loan modification may make you sweat while waiting for approval, but still tho...that's kind of a stretch.
I noticed on a few different posts you commented about your family troubles. "The othеr day, while I was at wоrk, my cousin stоle my iPad and testeԁ to ѕee if it can survivе a twеnty five foοt drοp, just ѕo she can bе a уoutube sensation. Mу iPаd is now deѕtroyed and she haѕ 83 views. Ι knοw thiѕ іs еntirely off toрic but I had to shаre it with somеone! my ωеblοg :: ata rеmote" Your cousin should be ashamed of himself.  That's horrible.  He really needs to learn how to market a video.  83 views is nothing.  Perhaps you can get someone to post the video on reddit and it will go viral. Or perhaps you were upset about having your iPad destroyed.  Either way, I don't think my posts about my Lunasol eyeshadow quad, or Femme Science Skin care is really the best place to bring it up.
All in all in the past 7 days you have left 39 comments on my blog.  You are a prolific commenter! That's over 5 posts a day!  If only you were paid to leave nonsensical comments on random blog posts around the Internet. If only there was some way to monetize all that effort you put into writing and commenting. Oh well. Maybe some day someone will figure out a way to make it all pay off for you.  Until then. I hope you get your home loan approved, grow a few more inches, get your team to work better together and that your cousin is punished for breaking your iPad.
No Love,
Pink Sith
On To The Poll!

1.  Lip Of The Day? - Le Metier de Beaute Lip Cream in Cebu. A warm pink with gold shimmer.  Perfect for the last few days of Summer left in September.

2.  Do you follow expiration guidelines for makeup and skincare? - Yes and No.  Yes for Sunscreen and face cream and eye cream If no expiration date is on the product I usually give it one year from date of opening the product.  NO for Mascara, blush, lip gloss, lipstick, etc.  Unless it smells "off" that stuff is goin on my face, not in the trash can!  What a waste because most powder products don't expire but some magazines say you should toss after a year!

3.  Have you ever attempted a Pinterest "thing" in real life?  What was it and what was the result? - I have tried and failed at a few of them.  Whipping cold coconut milk into whipped cream. = FAIL. Using a rubber band on your nail to get a straight line of nail polish across the nail = FAIL. 

4.  Before we officially head into Fall 2013, what was your favorite new beauty product of Summer 2013, and why? - I get all these collections mixed up in my head...but the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks were pretty awesome. I want more!

5.  List your First World Problem HERE. No Judgements! - I have too many shows to watch on my DVR and not enough time to watch them before the DVR reaches capacity.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Five Helpful Flat Ironing Tips For Super Sleek Hair

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I have long had a battle with dry damaged hair. But when I decided to start flat ironing my hair I noticed the damage increase tenfold. That's when I started to do some research to help my hair and sanity. Apparently I had been doing it all wrong! Now that I have changed my ways I would like to share some tips with you. A flat iron is not for Straightening your hair. It's for FLATTENING your hair. that means if you have a wave in your hair, you are just flattening the wave. That's not the best way to treat your hair. Plus the heat needed to "straighten" curly or wavy hair can cause a lot of damage to your hair. I used to wash my hair at night, let it air dry, and then tackle it with a flat iron the next morning. This is pretty much how NOT to flat iron your hair.

So here are some tips to have you avoid my mistakes. The first and major rule is to:



1. PICK THE RIGHT IRON
Before you even start ironing your hair you need to make sure you have the right flat iron. And in order to pick the right iron for your hair you can't just use what your BFF Jill is using. The length and thickness of your hair will determine what size flat iron you need. Also, don’t skimp on the purchase, because buying a "cheap" iron may cause more damage in the long run. If you have the right size iron, it will be easier to use and more efficient. Not to mention that it will decrease the risk of overheating and damaging hair.
a) For short, fine, or thick hair, an iron with an inch to one and 1/4 inch thick plates are ideal. You should be flat ironing in smaller sections, the small width of the plates will help with that. The BaByliss Nano Titanium 1-1/4" Straightening Iron $139.95. might be one to check out.
b) For long, coarse, or very curly hair, an iron with one and a half inch plates or larger is your best bet. Like the T3 SinglePass X 1.5" Wide Iron $230.00.  
c) Don't be afraid to invest some money in your flat iron. A top flat iron should last up to 10 years. Brand names may cause the price to jump, but that's not a reason to buy one. You want to make sure it has some other key features too.
  i) Make sure the flat iron has either ceramic, tourmaline or titanium metals plates. This will ensure that the heat is evenly distributed and lessen the possibility for frizz. Like the Sedu Revolution Professional Nano Tourmaline Ionic 1" Styling Iron $159.95.
  ii) Steer clear of "Ceramic Coated" or Teflon Coated" as those types of irons typically do not distribute the heat as evenly.
d) Adjustable HEAT is key: Investing in a flat iron that allows you to adjust the temperature according to the condition of you hair is key. If your hair is damaged, like mine, and /or color treated, like mine, you want a lower temperature. I have found using the setting below 300 degrees keeps my hair from getting damaged. If you have stronger, coarse, or very curly hair, you can use an iron that goes from 350 to 400 degrees and up. Some irons you had your eye on may be ruled out because there is no temperature adjustment, or the auto set temperature is just too high for your hair type.



2. BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR FIRST!
Blow drying hair prior to flat ironing it will give you a chance to
a) Establish some volume in your hair
b) Allow for you to put styling product in it like a mousse or a thermal protectant (more on that later)
c) will lessen the time the flat iron is used to flatten the hair. Less time = less heat = less damage
Basically, flat ironing after a blow out will ensure that your style is "sealed".
I never blow dried my hair before I did my research, and now I understand why my hair looked so funky at times. Aside from not having the right thermal protectant, I also was just flattening my curls and tugging on my hair to make it look straight. If I had done a basic blow out before, flat ironing my hair would have been so much easier. I have used many hair dryers, but the one I like the best is my BaByliss Nano Titanium Portofino Dryer $139.95. It comes with 6 heat/speed settings and 3 concentrator nozzles and diffuser! I have only had it for 2 years, but so far so good, but the 4 year warranty helps. OF course if you want to go the less expensive route for a dryer, the Babyliss replaced my Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Styling System $29.99. It was inexpensive and did it's job, but it was extremely loud!



3. HEAT PROTECTOR PRODUCT
Using a heat protector product is a must. There are many different ones out on the market. I try to avoid using straight oil on my hair as a heat protectant because it just doesn't protect and makes my ends look greasy and frizzy all at the same time. I have been using Chi Infra Treatment $15-$30 for years. A little goes a very long way. While it's not the best smelling product in the world, it's not the worse either/ a few drops rubbed into my palms and applied to my hair from the ends up gives me the protection I need. I try to avoid getting any near my scalp as it can make my hair look greasy. Another heat protector I just started to use is the Alterna Bamboo Smooth anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant spray $25. I still spray this into my palms and apply to my hair that way, only because when I spray directly on my hair, I can over do it and end up with greasy locks. I have also used to use L'Oréal Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray $4.99. It works well but be careful about using too much. Remember these tips when using a heat protector product:
a) Less is more. Start out with the smallest recommended amount by the manufacturer and work up from there.
b) Use this on damp hair that is about to be blow dried. It's OK if you blow dry your hair with the heat protector product and then flat iron it.
c) Apply from the ends of your hair working up. Do not apply to the roots or else you will end up with greasy looking hair.



4. DON'T....
Oh there are several "don't"s when it comes to flat ironing your hair.
a) Don't pull the iron through your hair. Smooth it! That vice like grip you have on the iron is not doing your hair any favors. Gentle pressure and smooth movement are key.
b) Don’t pass multiple times. When you pass over the same section of hair like more than three times you may end up damaging your hair more than if you were using a higher temperature setting. So if you find that your hair is getting FLAT upon the first or 2nd pass you might need to use a higher temperature!
c) Don't iron wet or damp hair. Wet hair and the high heat of the iron make a terrible combination for your hair. That sizzling and popping sounds are actually the moisture in your hair coming to a boiling point and damaging the hair shaft. That heated water has to go somewhere and THROUGH the hair shaft is where it goes, leaving damaged and broken hair in its wake.
d) Don't use a flat iron with chipped plate or any broken parts. This could be dangerous beyond burning your hair.
e) Don't keep the iron on your hair if it is steaming or smoking. Remember if you're smoking, you’re burning.
f) Don't use a flat iron every day. Any hair styling tool using high heat will dry your hair out and make is especially brittle over time.


5. KEEP IT CLEAN
You should clean your iron after every use. Once the iron has cooled completely and is UNPLUGGED, take a cloth with lukewarm water and wipe down the plates. This will prevent product buildup on the plates and keep the iron snag free for future use.

What say you? Do you have any tips for Flat Ironing Your Hair? Please share them in the comments section.

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