December 2008


I am a fan of Milani cosmetics. They are a great deal and are usually packed full of pigment. I’m not a huge fan of loose shadows because they don’t pack the pigment that I want. I like MAC pigments, but I don’t know if I would classify those as loose shadows. Anyways, Milani Loose Eye Shadows have a little brush built into the handle, they are kind of like those by Bourjois. This does keep the shadow from being too messy. It doesn’t spill out because of the shape of the container. Actually, the brush isn’t too bad. It doesn’t shed and is easy to use. I have Mint Sugar which is a pale lime shimmer. It is pretty sheer but packs a shimmery punch. These can be used wet or dry. I haven’t tried it wet because I thought it would make the brush messy. When used dry, I find that the shadow stays in place and wears fine. I’m not wild about the color but I don’t hate it either. It looks wonderful mixed with other greens like MAC Swimming and Urban Decay Mildew, it looks great with plums and roses such as NYX Hot Pink. I just don’t like the color by itself. It has a tendency to wash me out. These retail for $4.99 which I think this is worth it. You get lots of shadow. There are 7 other colors ranging from gilded bronzes to dollish pinks. These are sold at most drugstores and drugstore.com.

This color is very sheer but very pretty. It looks healthy and “ripe”. The color in the tube looks much darker than it appears in real life. On, it is a very sheer and satin reddish plum. It adds a healthy tint. It looks like wine stained lips with a layer of sheer glossy lip balm. I really love the color because it really makes my complexion look healthy. It has a little sheen buy zero shimmer. It is the classic Eight Hour formula. It has an odd herbaceous odor. If you are familiar with the original Eight Hour cream, this is the same medicinal, herbaceous odor. That really doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that it burns my lips after a day’s wear. I don’t know if it is the added SPF 15. My lips don’t take kindly to sunscreens. Sunscreens usually cause them to burn, itch, and become extremely dry. This is what wearing this does to my lips. By the end of the day my lips feel really chapped. I still use it because I like the color. Stupid, I know. I just won’t repurchase. Alot of people rave of this, I would too if it didn’t irritate the crap out of my lips. It retails for $17. It is available at drugstore.com.

I thought I’d give i Profumi di Firenze Fiori del Cielo a try. I wasn’t wowed nor did I despise it. With a name like “Flowers From Heaven” you really expect a whole lot. This is where they shot themselves in the foot in my opinion. These are hand crafted from Italian tradition. It is supposed to represent a lovely spring bouquet of iris, narcissus, anemone, and cyclamen. It is inspired by “the natural beauty of Florence”. I love iris fragrances. I really do like this fragrance. I was wanting to love it but I’m not there. It has the crispness of iris in the initial spritz. It is fresh and green but almost aquatic at times. So it does have a fresh rain element. Which is nice because it is trying to resemble Florence’s flowers after the rain. The scent is a very updated scent of classic iris based fragrances. It is crisp and almost grape like at times. I love the smell until is dries down. It just doesn’t work for me. It starts to smell like dried flowers and not like the crisp notes that were there before. I also felt like this one didn’t last on me. It only lasted a few hours before I grew numb to it. It isn’t a horrible fragrance and it is worth testing. I think I am going to test it again. It just isn’t something that I keep sniffing because I love it so much and it isn’t living up to the “Flowers From Heaven” name. But it does smell expensive and not “cheap”. I’ll give it another shot maybe when the weather warms up. Maybe I’ll love it in the spring. I’ve been stuck in the snow for a week. You would think any floral would “wow” my mind when I have cabin fever and a longing for spring.

It retails for $89 for 50 ml and is available at beautyhabit.com and barneys.com.

I bought this brush over two years ago and it still looks as good as the first day I used it. This has been one great investment. This brush has survived daily use and weekly washes. I love it. It rarely ever sheds. It is dense and the bristles are soft. It is the perfect size and it distributes bronzer perfectly. I typically use it with Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, NARS Bronzer, and Clarins Bronzer. All of them work so well with this brush. I swipe it on and buff it out. With bronzer,  I apply everything in four big strokes: forehead, both cheek bones, and down the nose. The handle is thick and isn’t too stubby. It’s sturdy. It sells for $25 which isn’t a horrible price, especially for something used daily that is great quality. I keep it clean by washing it weekly with a gentle soap such as my shampoo or face wash. Sometimes I use a hand soap because it is antibacterial. I’m really impressed with how well this brush has held up. I think it should be in everyone’s brush collection.

I am a fan of Queen Helene products. You get a ton of nice product for an excellent price. I like heavy creams. I love Cocoa Butter Body Creme. It comes in a “tub”. The cream is rich without being too oily. It has a smooth texture and more of a rich lotion feel. It is not a chalky solid or in a waxy base. It is a mixture of cocoa butter and lanolin. It has a light cocoa-ish fragrance that isn’t overwhelming. I love it on my parched winter skin and my parched summer skin. My skin seems to be parched most of the year. It retails for about $5.50 and is available at many chain stores and drugstores. I always have a vat of this around.

Every now and then I go through a 70s phase. Or at least what I thought was glamorous of the 70s, things like tans and jumpers. I guess I am feeling a bit washed out here in the Northwest. So I just want that 70s ideal of a “healthy” and “young” look. Yes, I have even considered going to the tanning salon even though I know that is horrible for you skin, etc. I’ve never done such a thing before but of course I was living in the South and there I actually saw the sun and felt the warmth of its rays every now and then. I didn’t even know I could get so pale. I mean I’m right there with Dita Von Teese. And I wore sunblock when I lived in the South. I wore that stuff daily and I still had “color”. Anyways, enough of my complaining and back to this Farrah fab look.

I look this look but Farrah looks a bit dry, maybe all that sun? I would suggest applying a tinted moisturizer for a bit of dewy complexion. One can’t look “healthy” without being a little dewy. Use something like Clarins Hydra Care Tinted Moisturizer if you are fairly dry with cool undertones. If you aren’t either or these then use something else. Follow with bronzer. My all time favorite is NARS Bronzing Powder. Apply with a large bronzing brush and apply where the sun would “naturally” hit. You guys may have to remind me of these points since I live like in the Artic Circle and seem to forget these sorts of things. Brows are pretty natural and soft. Just brush them into place with a clear brow gel such as The Body Shop Brow and Lash Gel. Apply a nude eye shadow from lash line to brows. Apply the lightest shade from Bare Escentuals Meet The Nuts kit; this shade is Pistachio Light which is a sheer nude. From the lash line to crease apply the medium shade, Pecan Medium, and blend. The eyes are dark. Apply the darkest shade, Chestnut Dark, around the lash line, smudging outward for a perfect smoky eye. I love a brown smoky eye. It really makes eyes pop and is usually OK to wear all the time. Line the eyes with a black eyeliner for extra drama (if needed), use something like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero. Apply tons of mascara. You need dramatic lashes to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays 🙂 Now to the blush. Apply Cargo Beach Blush in Cable Beach to cheeks or you can apply more bronzer to cheeks. I do like a little bit of  “color”. Lips are nude and natural. Apply a balm such as Revlon Beyond Natural Protective Lip Tint in Nude. For fragrance I am thinking of Origins Ginger Essence for some reason. Maybe because it is spicy without being too heavy? Now, to hair, no, maybe not.

I’m usually not one for Disney crap. I mean I really didn’t like any of their features and many of the story lines were so sexist and racist that as a child I knew something was just “wrong” with them and I stayed the hell away. They lost my attention very quickly. However, I did like Alice in Wonderland but who doesn’t? For some reason I kind of liked the Aristocats. The tunes were catchy. Who could love the band of hipster pot head beatnik alley cats and their ambiguously “Asian” Siamese, cross-eyed buck teeth friend/opium dealer? There is nothing racist or well, inappropriate about that is there? The story line is so lame. Super mega, posh lesbian cat lady has nobody to will her amazing estate too, so the “evil” man in the story dumps the cats. And who could blame him? He works a hard service industry job, wiping the ass or some old socialite and taking her stupid Belle Epoque class/society bitch abuse, being all loyal and stuff, for her to give her fortune to pedigree cats. Class battle between man and cats… Beautiful single hot mamma cat and her three brats are left to fend for themselves like every other cat. She meets with a tom cat who would totally have had the feline AIDS and has been around the block a few hundred times. He doesn’t want a ready made family (like he doesn’t have a few hundred kids out there somewhere), he wants to run but money talks. He’s like a hooker with a heart of gold and falls for mamma anyways. And seriously what economically poor guy wouldn’t fall for a hot, rich lady even if she had kids? Come on. Happily ever after. I’m sure he moved in to the mansion, got his shots and got neutered. Party is over, Mr. Thomas O’Mally, the alley cat.

Anyways, enough of my ranting about how much I hate Disney. I only kind of like their older stuff because it shows what racist crap was in the media and I love to see the company make excuses for their behavior. It’s a lesson in history to look back and see how stupid everybody used to be.

Anyways again, back to this limited edition lip treatment. The packaging features sweet, proper, and cute Marie, Disney’s feline Paris Hilton. The packaging is a bit lame, but the product is nice. It is rich and has a sweet pink sheen and smells of orange blossoms. Some of my favorite “flavorings” in nice balms. It’s nice and girly and fairly simple and it is only $18 from beautyhabit.com.

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