Showing posts with label Guest Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guest Review. Show all posts

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Peek at Prime Beauty's Frugal Friday Find


Today I invite you to check out another blog called Prime Beauty.  She has a great series called Frugal Fridays  Here is a snippet on her latest low cost, but high quality beauty acquisition.  

While Prime Beauty was wandering around Target dazed and confused, she stumbled (yes literally stumbled--stupid platform shoes) into the Pacifica aisle, see what treasure she found for only $10!

Curious?  Click HERE to read more.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Killer Beauty – Dangerous Cosmetic Ingredients

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This post comes from Carleen Coulter at Beauty and Fashion Tech. Carleen also recently acquired an international fashion blog, Just For Trendy Girls, which she is fixing up into native English writing. 

There is a growing body of evidence that points to the dangerous side of glamour. Many cosmetic ingredients are unsafe for humans, especially when used over several decades. The average adult uses nine personal care products daily and is exposed to approximately 200 unique chemical ingredients as a result. The risks of these toxins include cancer, birth defects, brain damage, skin problems, kidney and liver damage, and other health effects, including death. While mercury and lead were once openly lauded as beauty ingredients, and Victorian women swallowed arsenic pills to make their eyes sparkle and put a glow on their cheeks, today’s health-conscious consumer would be wise to study the product label for dangerous ingredients.  

Six ingredients of Concern 

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Dibutyl Phthalate 
Phthalates are used to soften vinyl plastics in children’s toys and are the source of that funky vinyl shower curtain smell. They are used in air fresheners, detergents, and cleaning products. Cosmetic products containing phthalates include nail polish, perfume, creams, and hairspray. Phthalates have been linked to impaired thyroid function and breast cancer. 

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Formaldehyde 
Formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant, biocide, tissue fixative, and embalming agent. It is considered a known human carcinogen by many expert bodies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Formaldehyde is sometimes an ingredient in nail polish, shampoo, and soap. Health risks associated with formaldehyde include lung cancer and DNA damage. 

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Phenylenediamine 
Phenylenediamine is used in hair coloring products and is also known as coal tar. A mixture of several chemicals derived from petroleum, phenylenediamine is a carcinogen. Phenylenediamine hair dyes have contributed to the increase in Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This toxin can cause eczema, bronchial asthma, and skin irritations. If contaminated with low levels of heavy metals, it is also toxic to the brain. 

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Propylene Glycol 
Propylene glycol is found in lotions, mascara, anti-freeze, and brake and hydraulic fluids. It keeps cosmetics from melting in high heat or freezing in the cold. This toxic ingredient is used as a humectant or humidifying and delivery ingredient in cosmetics. Risks to health are dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver abnormalities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers propylene glycol of “low toxicity.” 

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Sodium Laurel Sulfate 
Mechanics use sodium laurel sulfate to degrease engines. It’s also used in a huge number or shampoos, some skin creams, and sometimes toothpaste. This ingredient is absorbed through the skin where it is retained in the heart, liver, and brain. Sodium laurel sulfate can cause eye damage. It can also cause coughing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, skin irritations, and allergic reactions. Some studies show that children exposed to sodium laurel sulfate run an increased risk of health issues. It also can cause acne. 

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Talc 
Talc, a common ingredient in baby powder, facial powder, antiperspirant sprays, and eye shadow, can be contaminated with asbestos fibers. This poses a risk for respiratory toxicity and cancer. Cosmetic-grade talc that is free of asbestos has also been demonstrated to be a form of magnesium silicate that is toxic and carcinogenic. 

Many modern cosmetics haven’t advanced beyond the Victorian practice of using turpentine liniment or diluted ammonia to cure dark, under-eye circles. The use of coal tar, embalming agents, and other toxic ingredients seems to be the standard in today’s cosmetic industry, a fact hidden in plain sight from most consumers. And cosmetics that claim to be “natural” are often unfortunately anything but. Just because a product is on a shelf in an organic market doesn't mean it doesn't contain toxic ingredients. Reading the label carefully is the best guarantee of purchasing a cosmetic that isn’t dangerous to your health. Beauty shouldn't kill.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm Featured on The Beauty Crazed Blog...Again!


WHOOT!  I made it to Canadia!  

OK. 

Not really. 

But I'm featured on the Beauty Crazed Blog based out of Canadia, or as the locals like to call it, "Canada".  

Check my review of Nail Bliss Bling Nail Appliques!

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm Featured on Beauty Tidbits Blog!


I am so incredibly thrilled to be featured on the Beauty Tidbits Blog.  The stunning Harshleen, from Beauty Tidbits asked me about my top 10 favorite beauty products.  I certainly have way more than 10, but the list I sent are really some of my current favorites.  I hope you will pop on over to read the article and then spend some time browsing her blog. It's just awesome!
Thanks!
-Elvira
A.K.A. Pink Sith

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guest Posting at Beauty Crazed in Canada


 I may make a lot of jokes about Canada but it's all in good fun.  My buddy Lisamarie over at Beauty Crazed in Canada asked me to review some neat-o cool Sephora Nail Bling stickers.
So do me a favor and hop on over to my Post on Beauty Crazed in Canada and stick around because they have some awesome content and a bunch of reviews for makeup that I want but can't purchase unless I go to Canadia!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Guest Review by Lachesisss Torture Testing: Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy Primer

Hello My lovely readers. We at the PinkSith blog are proud to bring you a guest post by Lindsay from the What Lachesis Thinks blog. She did an awesome post on Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, which I recommend you reading (Link is in Lindsay's post) and I asked her to do another post on Pixie epoxy because I think it's so fab. Actually I'm quite in love with most Fyrinnae products...just so you know. So without further ado....Here is Lindsay! ===================================================


The defacto standard in eyeshadow primer has always been Urban Decay Primer Potion, and while it’s nice and does help in keeping your eyeshadow in place and on your face, it is not the best at keep certain kinds of loose eyeshadows in place and on your face. In fact, most of the standard eyeshadow primers (Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Paint Pots, Shadesticks, Paints, Art Deco, Benefit Stay Don’t Stray) don’t really do much aiding and abetting in the longevity department for any loose eyeshadows, let alone the incredibly diverse and complex eyeshadows that Fyrinnae produces. In fact, mixing medium (the MAC kind, the Ben Nye kind, or the homemade kind – 3 parts H2O : 1 part Glycerin) sometimes isn’t enough to fully display and hold tribute to the duochrome present in the more complex Fyrinnae colors (i.e. the Arcane Magic line).


Luckily for us, the wily alchemists/designers/ formulators/ crazy wizards of awesome over at Fyrinnae realized that a different type of primer was needed to highlight the fabulousness hidden in the depths of their eyeshadows. So they produced the Pixie Epoxy, a water based gel primer with glycerin (for shellacking your shadows in place) and aloe gel (to soothe your delicate eyelids) that can hold glitter, pigment and shimmer to your lid, with NO FALLOUT.

Now, I’ve been discussing Fyrinnae eyeshadows but this works, literally for any. Don’t believe me?
Check out my original post about the Epoxy on my blog. Those shadows there which were from Fyrinnae, MAC and Chanel and ranged from loose, pigments, pressed and mineralized for the most part survived for 12 hours on my arm which was attached to my sleeping body. The biggest gripe with the epoxy is understanding the ratio of primer to eyeshadow needed to achieve a beautiful shimmer-y eye, because if you apply too much it can make the shadow chunky and hard to blend, too little and you’re going to have fall down, which is what you were avoiding in the first place when you decided you wanted to use this product. I sort of routed my way around that, not by scientifically analyzing the exact amount of epoxy needed for precise eyeshadow application, but by using it as a secondary base over a drier, more opaque eyeshadow base.

In conjunction with MAC paint pots, a teeny dab of epoxy on each lid gives you the perfect fall out free but blendable eyelid for you to conduct your daily homage to the goddess of color. In fact, I love this combo so much that I did another round of torture testing!
I used the double base method described above and the following Fyrinnae eyeshadows: Montalivet, Electro Koi, Red Panda, Medieval Haunting and Princess of Darkness (personal fave!). My look at how lovely and blended and vibrant the initial eye looks!
Now 12 hours later, and still no fall down and no creasing. There was a bit of a loss in vibrancy of the shadows, but for 12 hours to still see the individual colors of shadow is awesome in my book.
Now, I did sleep in my makeup, and I am an eye rubber at night. Meaning that sleeping in eyeshadow irritates the crap out of my eyes, so its very likely that I rubbed it off in a fit of annoyance that little shadow flecks were stabbing me in my cornea whilst sleeping, but when I woke up (approximately 24 hours after I had put on the makeup)the shadows were sadly gone. I can however, guesstimate that I achieved approximately 16 hours of wear from the eyeshadow, because I went to sleep around four hours after the 12 hour mark, and the look was still going strong. That’s insane! I normally get about 10 hours out of a MAC paint pot before it creases up on me, so by adding the Epoxy I extended the life of my eyeshadows by another 6 hours! Insane! Insanely Awesome!

The Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy can be purchased at
www.fyrinnae.com for $7 USD and as always, there is free shipping on orders over $20 USD! Fyrinnae ships to almost anywhere in the world for a nominal shipping charge.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Guet Review by GoBraves47 - Chantecaille Les Dauphins Palette

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Hello Readers. I am proud to bring you a review from GoBraves47 from Makeup Alley. She has impeccable taste in cosmetics (Guerlain, Chantecaille, Chanel, etc) I am super envious of her stash and hope that she invites me over to play one day. So without further blabbling from me, I bring you Gobraves47.
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When I first saw that dolphins were going to be on Chantecaille’s Spring 2010 palette, I was a little let down. It just didn’t seem as pretty as the embossed roses of Sylvie’s palette or the pretty fish swimming in the Protected Paradise palettes. However, all my disappointment was thrown aside when I saw the gorgeous eye shadow colors in the spring palette. I could tell that this palette would get some use.


It arrived from Bergdorf Goodman in a sweet beige satin palette cozy. The shiny palette opens to reveal 4 pans, a blush and 3 eye shadows, with two colors sharing each pan. The colors seem like they would be universally flattering, but I’m pale and quite cool-toned, so your results may vary.

Once the overspray is swept away, the shadows have a lovely almost-matte finish and the same quality that I’m used to from Chantecaille.



The first pan contains two subtle beige-y highlight colors. They’re very similar to each other and can be blended together to make either a brow or inner eye highlight that would work for everyone.


The second eye shadow pan has two gorgeous shades of a taupe-y milk chocolate brown--perfect lid and crease colors. These are lighter shades of brown—not ultra-pigmented dark brown.


The next pan is my personal favorite; I’m a sucker for silvers and grays. One half is a light/medium gray and the other is a deeper gray. The dark side is very pigmented and smooth. They work together perfectly and can be toned down for everyday or amped up with some black liner for a gorgeous gray smoky eye.


The remaining pan is a rose/pink (with a hint of peach) blush. When applied, the colors blend and it brushes on as a pale slightly warmish pink. It is fairly light in color and may not show much on tan/dark skin tones.

Overall, I’d say the two best features of the palette are the brown and gray pans. Those colors are beautiful and versatile. Although adequate, the highlight color and blush may be slightly disappointing in comparison. The palette is also refillable, so the colors can be popped out and switched with other Chantecaille pans to make a customized palette for travel.

In addition, 5% of the purchase goes to save the Dolphins in Greece. Ok, not much, but that should make it a tad easier to drop $77 for the palette. If you can handle the price and are a neutral lover, then this would be a great addition to your makeup bag.
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Hey all. Elvira here again. Want to see swatches of this palette? Check out KarlaSugar's blog HERE
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