November 2008


Lancôme C’est Magnifique Holiday 2008 Color Story is a bit predictable. It reminds me alot of other collections that have been launched recently, umm, Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels and a host of others. The colors are jewel tones and many shades are meant to be bold and dramatic for the holidays. It isn’t a horrible collection, it sure isn’t magnifique, but it is a nice collection if you don’t have colors like this. I think that Lancome has seen better days.

EYES: Colour Design LE Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad comes in Glamour Première which is a shimmery ruby set that would look amazing on brunettes and dyed redheads. The other is Hollywood Seductive which has shimmery metal shades and a deep sapphire. There is a Virtuôse Black Carat Mascara that is a black with shimmer. For some reason it gets on my nerves. I love the two new Artliner Liquid Eyeliners. There is Star Studded which is a dirty/antique gold shade and Midnight Glam which is alot like existing Blueberry but this blue is metallic. We have three Colour Design Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo. These are loose shadows in a tiny tube with a sponge tip applicator. They are alot like those that Victoria’s Secret have. The colors are Award Winning Gold which is a pale gold shimmer, Fashion Flair Bronze which is a lighter bronze, and Modelesque Plum which is a plummy mauve. These are pretty worn as a wash of color with lots of mascara and bold lips.

LIPS & NAILS: We five new Juicy Tubes with delicious gourmand fragrances. We have In All Her Splendor which is a cherry red, Luminous in Lace which is a pale bronzey shade, Showered in Diamonds which is a clear with tons of shimmer, Icon of Stage which is a dramatic plum, and Pretty In Pink which is a nude pale sheer pink. We have Le Rouge Absolu Lipstick in Cinema Noir (love this shade) which is a deep merlot, Bordeaux which is a satin reddish wine, Pampered which is a pale pink, and Golden Girl which is a golden bronze. Three Le Lipstiques Lip Liners have been featured: Charme which is a nudish brown peach, Enchantment which is a brickish red, and Mauvelle whihc is a perfect berry. I really like the two new nail shades in In All Her Splendor which is a shimmery seasonal red and Midnight Glam which is a shimmery cobalt.

FACE: Of course the normal ole face products have been relaunched. The real stars are Colour Ideal Illuminator in Shimmering Pink which is lovely on face and eyes. The blushes are Colour Design Cream Blush in Signature Look which is a peachy pale pink and Retro Rouge which is a firey blushing red.

Demeter Vanilla Ice Cream Sweet Delights Pick-Me-Up Fragrance Spray Cologne is a sweet mess. It isn’t what I expected. I wanted something that resembled more of a vanilla bean with a hint of cool, icy ozone. Instead this is more like cheap cooking grade synthetic vanilla extract mixed with egg yolks and tons of sugar. It does not smell cool. I mean yeah, I was expecting something foodie but not like this. This is more like sugar cookie dough. It smells like wet batter and not frozen sweet cream. It comes across like a seasonal Yankee Candle also. It is a bit too sweet and buttery and egg-ish to be ice cream. It’s like a dough or  like smelling the melting foam of something that used to be vanilla ice cream. I do mix my PMU sprays and I may try this one with a Sandalwood or Incense or I may smear amber resin on my pulse points. This may not be bad if mixed with a bit of a heady, powdery accord. The scent doesn’t linger very long on the skin, 30-45 minutes max. This is a good thing in this case since I am not wild about this even a little bit.

Thankful to be out of the South

Thankful to be out of the South

I try to keep this blog from being too personal. I don’t expect people to enjoy reading about my fortunes or misfortunes. That’s what reality TV is for. Anyways, on this Thanksgiving I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. This has been a huge year for me. I’ve made my first huge move. Drove across this barren country, starting in hot and bothered Nashville and making it to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. I was prepared for the worst. It was a ballsy move. However, this has been the best thing I have ever done. Well, other than marrying my sweetheart. (Sorry to gag you with a spoon.) I’m so happy that this move worked out. I never realized why I was so unhappy. I just thought I was a bitch. I’m still a bitch but at least I am a happy one that spends weekends on the rocky coasts, finding so many golden chanterelles that I never want to see this little fungi again, and exposed to the most amazing produce ever. I love living in a place that keeps me so busy, either shopping for my new fave niche fragrance or kicking so many toadstools. It’s nice. It was a nice match for me. All I wanted was was mountains and sea with lots of fungus, good food, and feeling like I am in a place that is apart of the globe. My husband and I are happy, living in a cute yellow craftsmen a few blocks from the sea. Still no buttermilk colored French bulldog pitter patting about, still working on that. My French bulldog biological clock is still ticking. Still no delicious Mexican food. How I long for that daily! People don’t “keep it real” out here and I miss that. I come across as bitchy and pushy and that is funny. I miss people saying for Thanksgiving, “that they gonna eat till they get sick” or “until they hope to not see food ever again.” There are some differences but I needed a reason to romanticize the dirty South just like the rest of the country does. I needed a reason to think that making biscuits is cute and charming and eating pintos is something that you do even if you aren’t so damn poor that your parents can’t afford Top Ramen. It has it’s ups and downs but I’m just happy to be away from the South for a while. I’m thankful to have my own blue potato mashed potato Thanksgiving dinner sans driving to Grandma’s house stuck behind a huge ass SUV with anti-Obama, anti-gay, anti-everything bumper stickers.

Two happy peeps.

Two happy peeps.

First things first, I really like Ahava products. They somehow make my skin feel really “buffed” and creepily smooth. I started washing my face with Ahava Moisturizing Soap for Normal to Dry Skin a few weeks ago. I’ve used it in the shower on my body in the past. It was nice. However, when used on my face, it makes my skin feel incredibly smooth. My skin feels “slick” and sanded. The soap is glycerin based but I think it has corn starch or something in it to make your skin feel really smooth for the time being. Maybe a residue or something? My skin is shineless too. The soap is lightly scented witha  fresh “Ahava” scent. I really feel the bar will last a while. It retails for $7.50 which isn’t so bad.

You have got to love this Austrian actress look: lovely, soft, and feminine without being too sweet. It’s a nice vintage change from the super popular red lips look. Seeing a lot of red lips this holiday season.

First apply concealer and a powder foundation, I really like MAC Select Cover Up Concealer and MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. Brows are thick, sculptured and dramatic. If you are blessed with thick brows, just apply a gel brow tamer, if not pencil in brows with MAC Eye Brows in a dark brown like Lingering. Apply a matte, white-ish nude shadow from lashline to brow bone. Use something like Gesso . Apply a light brown like Omega from lashline to crease. Blend with a big shadow brush. In the crease blend a frosty gray like Silver Ring. Line eyes with MAC Eye Khol in Phone Number which is a smoky gray. Line top lashline and bottom lashline. Next apply false lashes and/or black mascara. Mascara should be applied to bottom lashes also. Cheeks are soft and have a Georgia peach look. Apply MAC Powder Blush in Pinch O’ Peach. I love this shade, looks great on eyes too. Brush onto the apples of cheeks. Apply a lip liner like MAC Cremestick Liner in Summerfruit which is a pale coral. Apply MAC Lipstick in Ravishing for peachy perfect lips. Apply MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt if your skintone is deeper. Curl hair and tossle for a messy sultry look. Apply fragrance, no one is dressed without it, I’m thinking something like Chanel Cristalle EDT, with its peachy green goodness.

Chanel’s Holiday 2008 Makeup Collection is well, very Chanel. It is about flawless skin, nude eyes and bold lips. It is a pretty ho-hum collection but it can get maximum wear. It is polished and refined.

FACE: Poudre Précieuse Or Gold Highlighting Powder is very beautiful on warm skintones. It is a pale gold shimmer that looks great on the complexion, body and eyes. We have the Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen. It is alot like what all the other French cosmetic companies have been offering us this year and all the time. It is a pink undertoned concealer/highlighter pen that can be used under eyes or to add a bit of “color” to the complexion. It has a brush tip applicator.

EYES: We have the Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in in Beige de Chanel which is four everyday warm brown to taupe shades. They are versatile for the office or for the weekends. We have two Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eye Shadow in Source which is a shimmery pale pink and Riveria which is a shimmering pale gold-ish peach shade. These shadows are great if you have no wrinkles. They really can age the eyelids because they are so shimmery and “wet”. I do recommended trying before buying. And don’t try it on your hand, it usually looks awesome there. I’m talking try it on your lids. I’ve known so many people that have either loved this product or were so disappointed that they returned it. Le Crayon Yeux Eye Definer is in Noir Scintillant which is a pitch black with gold sparkles that is really pretty and fun. There is the Le Ligne De Chanel which is a creamy no budge liner in Brun-Lamé which is a duo of browns. It is described as a mix between a liquid liner and a khol liner. Nice.

LIPS: Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour is offered in Audace a reddish shade, Exaltation which is a deeper pink shade, Ardent which is a lovely mauve, and Nude which is perfect with smoky eyes. I love the Crème Gloss Lumière Brush-On Creme Lip Colour in Praline Rose which is a lovely nude pink bronze and Canele which is a lovely mauvey bronze. Two Lèvres Scintallentes Lip Glosses are available in Gold Shine which is a lovely pure gold shimmer and Red Shine which is a blood red gloss. The Le Vernis Nail Colors are kind of boring for Chanel. There is Perle Rosée which is a light nude shimmery pink, Dazzling which is a holiday red, and Haute Chocolat which is a golden brown.

Like I have said the colors aren’t super exicting but they are very wearable during and after the holidays. They’re very sleek and posh shades that are great for everyday and special occasions.

First things first, I am not a fan of Bath and Body Works. I find many of their fragrances boring and well, artificial and I can usually find somewhere else to spend my money. However, I do like some of their fragrances. I find them simple and layerable. Vanilla Bean Noel has been one of my B&BW guilty pleasures since 2004. I’m not a huge fan of gourmand fragrances but they do have a time and a place. Cooler weather makes me want to wear richer fragrances even if they smell like baked goods. Every year I buy the Vanilla Bean Noel body lotion by the time I am finished with the bottle I am finished with the fragrance. It’s limited edition. Vanilla Bean Noel is a vanilla fragrance, but it isn’t too cake batter-ish. It kind of smells like creme brulee because it has a burnt sugar note. Pretty much the fragrance is French Vanilla with a burnt caramel note. It is simple but complex because it isn’t straight up vanilla. I love to layer it under my fave fragrances such as Prada, L’Aromarine oils like Oppanaux, and Le Maison de Vanille fragrances. This scent doesn’t fight other perfumes. The scent is rich and comforting but not too juvenile. I haven’t used any of the other products in the line such as the body wash or body spray. I just like the richness of the lotion. It is very moisturizing and I like the smell. It is great for winter. I wish it didn’t have such an annoying name. The bonus is that this stuff goes dirt cheap after Christmas because of its annoying name. Currently, it retails for $11.

It is time to mod-ify your look. This look is super simple but really glam. No wonder Urban Outfitters is obsessed with this look.

First apply a tinted moisturizer to even out the complexion. I really like Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinte Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30. Use a concealer where needed, if you are like me you can not live without it under the eye area. I love Prescriptives Site Unseen Concecelear. Illuminate skin with Guerlain Meteorites for the Face in Mythic. Love this stuff. Brows are simple and pretty much clean but undefined. Brush brows with Dior Brow Gel in Clear. Use a nude shadow from lashline to brow, something like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie. Line eyes with a matte cake liner such as NVEY ECO Organic Cake Eyeliner in Black. Wet a thin liner brush and dip in the eyeliner. Line and it won’t budge once it is dry. Coat lashes with a black mascara of your choice. Make sure to coat bottom lashes for this mod eyed look. Dab Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss in Deafening Silence onto cheeks with fingertips. Also use this on lips for a simple and polished look. Fragrance should be simple and “tonic-ish”. I say go for something like Hermes (how appropriate for Jane!) Us Jardin Apres Le Mousson, it’s lovely and unisex.

Even though there are like a hundred of these Crazylibellule and The Poppies solid fragrance perfumes on the market, I am determined to have them all. They’re cheap, portable, and most importantly, they smell expensive. My recent addition to my solid perfume collection has been Aux Anges (On Cloud Nine) from the Les Divines Alcôves collection. All you need to know about it is that it smells like jasmine, no matter what else it claims to have in it (bergamot, ylang-ylang, tangerine, jasmine and more jasmine). It’s a pretty strong and authentic smelling jasmine (it is not as strong as L’Aromarine Jasmin). This jasmine is still pungent but wears closely to the skin in this solid form. I love the scent of jasmine and I give this a thumbs up. It isn’t fussy, it’s intimate and  it is sooo feminine. It is a star in the Divines collection. Les Divines Alcôves was a collection that was supposed to represent love and meetings. It is a very soft, polished, and romantic scent. It reminds me of late 50’s bridal magazines because it is so polished and it is so keen on selling romance. It’s trying to sell devotion and monogamy to a generation that is starting to care less (I’m pointing to you candy scented fragrances). It’s a flirty white floral bouquet housed in a butter yellow poppy printed cardboard tube. It’s amazing considering that it goes for $16 and the only other option you have in that range is like Aquolina Pink Sugar glitter or Malibu Musk. Do pick one up from beautyhabit.com.

Benefit is known for their catchy, kitschy packaging, names and advertising. Everyone has to admit that is why we gave them a try to begin with. If you still haven’t tried any of Benefit’s products then you should. Not all of their products are great, they can be expensive and hokey. But most of them are nice. For instance, some of those little boxes of powder.

First, the packaging of these are usually cute. Functional, um..no, cute…yes. I have mine on my dresser because I don’t want them to break or get nasty in my makeup bag. If you have put yours in with your other makeup and have traveled, please let me know what happened. I just have a feeling it ended up being shattered…Anyways, most of the powders are lightly scented, very lightly and have a nice texture. They come with huge flat brushes that I rarely use because it deposits too much color in one area. I’ll start my guide with the first box I ever tried.

Dandelion: The Perk-Me-Up Pink Powder– This is a non-chalky pale pink powder with a hint of shimmer and a light floral fragrance. It comes in a cute dandelion puff box. When I bought this back in the day, the sales associate sold it to me like a blush. Yeah, whatever. Not enough color for me, this is sheer stuff. You’d have to have like a gallon of Benetint under it to show up. You could use it as a blush if you were terrified of blush and were scared of having 80’s flashbacks when applying something with pigment. I lightly brush it all over and it adds a little color in a good way. It makes me look alive if I am sallow.

Georgia: A Peach Face Powder That Radiates Sunshine– This one is more my speed because I’ve always wanted an Uma Thurman peaches and cream complexion. It’s a sheer peach powder with a little shimmer and a peach scent. It warms my complexion and I like it better than most bronzers. It too can be used as a blush like Dandelion if you want minimal pigment, but I like it all over. The box has a graphic peach on it. It could have cuter packaging in my opinion.

Hoola: A Natural Bronzing Powder– This is a deeper bronze shade matte bronzing powder. I can’t remember the scent because I never purchased it. This is too dark for my skintone and has a tendency to look mucky. I have a friend that uses it, she is way more tan than me and it looks awesome on her. Her skin is oily and she prefers to have a bronzer without shimmer since she spends good money and time to not look shiny. The packaging has an orchid on it and the brush has a teal handle. Do not use the brush with this stuff. It will mess you up and make you look like a zebra. Use a normal bronzer brush for a natural look.

Dallas: The Perfect Combination of Bronzer and Blush– This is a sheer rosy bronze shade with a hint of shimmer. Sorry again, I didn’t buy this so I can’t remember the fragrance. This can be used as a blush or as a bronzer. This color is all wrong for me. It’s too pink to be a bronzer and to dark to be a blush. It works for some folks. My mom loves it but she is really tan. The box is cute with a chick riding a horse into the sunset. I want to love it because I love the packaging. The Benefit website says it is for everyone but that ain’t true.

10– This is a nice powder that is you’re supposed to do the “sexy sweep” with. I don’t. I apply it with a normal brush where I want to. One side is a perfect pale, shimmery pearl pink that is an awesome highlighter and eyeshadow. When I use it I get tons of complements and look flawless. I brush a little over the cheekbones. The other side is a shimmery bronzer that works with my skintone. It is a great contouring set. Both sides can be used as shadow and the colors look great on the body too. It is a very versatile product. I just don’t like the “sexy sweep” which is when you apply the powder with pink side up and the bronze side down and sweep. It doesn’t blend correctly and never looks even. Use a normal brush. And the packaging is stupid looking. It has like a rhinestone belt on it and some outline of a lady. Not cute. And I can’t smell it.

Thrrrob: A “turned-on” Face Powder– Gross, my face powder does not have sexual feelings. Anyways this is a brighter pink with a little shimmer that is supposed to look like a natural heart-racing flush, we know what they mean. It’s a nice color, especially as a blush. I don’t like it all over. I don’t look great with a pink face. It could work if you had that color in your skin. I’m kind of yellow. The packaging is a red and pink corset or something. It’s kind of tacky.

Each box-o-powder sells for $28 and comes in a cardboard box with a flatbuki style brush.

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