December 2008


Sometimes its a great thing that you didn’t buy it. That is the case with this product. I’m not a huge Donna Karan Cashmere Mist fan but I do respect it as a warm, perfect for cooler weather scent. It is a nice cuddly dry wood scent. There aren’t too many like this in the mainstream market. It is warm and inviting. Anyways, I received a sample of this body creme. I expected it to be luxurious, über moisturizing, rich and very fragrant. It was none of the above. The scent wasn’t horrible. I liked it. It wasn’t the same as the EDP but it did smell of warm dry cedarwood coated in amber and musk. It was warm and very woody. However, the scent did not linger for more than 30 minutes, maybe an hour. I expect for a $55 cream to stay around for dinner. The cream layered nicely with other woodsy scents and I found that it wears nicely with a few Serge Lutens and even that inexpensive Crazylilbellue and the Poppies Encens Mystic. It isn’t very moisturizing either. It melted quickly into my skin and my skin felt very “thirsty”. Granted I am having a wicked case of the ashiness and it is like 19 degrees outside, but hey isn’t that the best time to test a body cream? My skin lapped this stuff up. I like it but I wouldn’t pay this price for it, maybe like $10. That is my limit for a cream that doesn’t moisturize and really doesn’t add a lot of fragrance.


Cashmere Mist Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz by Donna Karan

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

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I read that Too Faced was thinking about making a Smurf makeup collection not too long ago. I was really hoping they wouldn’t go there. I’m not much of one for these cross-over product gimmicks. I mean the Smurfs have always kind of creeped me out. There’s like one girl in the entire village and she comes across as a slut. Plus, I didn’t really understand it watching it as a child and I felt bad for the kitty cat. I didn’t know why they were so mean to that ruff looking kitty. And there was that one mentally retarded smurf that everyone was mean too, and they had an odd language/idiolect. However, they live in mushrooms. Being a mushroom hunter I do think that is pretty cool. But, I know that they only lived in mushrooms because only drug heads and little hippie children watched the show.

This Smurfette Signature Collection contains the following products:

FACE: There is a So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder which is a blend of complexion enhancing color-correcting shades in a smurf paper compact. I have to admit that this is kind of cute. I am a sucker for powders as art. I mainly purchase them and look at them and well, never use them.

EYES: There are two new shades of Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Feel’n Smurfy which is a multi-colored glitter and Smurf You which is a bright blue which I love. The top has Miss Smurfette on top, looking bashful as always. There is a So Smurfy Eye Shadow Quad. It has two beautiful taupey brown shimmers, shimmery pink, and a shimmery blue. It is also in that smurf packaging.

LIPS: There is a Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss in a Smurf packaging. This is supposed to work with your “body” heat and swing from a blue shimmer to a pink. I never try these because I am scared that it will “swing” too much and if I was mad at somebody they would know because my lips would turn cobalt blue or something. Silly, I know. I am sure this stuff just turns pink on everybody.

I don’t think I am going to “go there” and purchase any of these items. There aren’t many cartoons I would endorse on cosmetics, just Jem, really. I am a fan of Smurf blue and if there was a liquid liner truly in that shade I would “go” for it.

I love a tart and fruity cosmo. I like mine with lots of vodka and unsweetened cranberry juice and lots of lime. I like to pair it with stupid Marylin Monroe or Jayne Mansfield flicks. It makes for a good and lonely Friday night.

Demeter Cosmopolitan Cocktail Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray is really not what I was looking for. It should be renamed Pixie Stick or Sweet Tarte since it is a dead ringer of these childhood sugary treats. It is very tart on initial spritz and very refined sugar. I feel like the little molecules of the fragrance are actually Pixie Stick sugar dust that I will have to sweep up later. It is sour and tangy but in a candy way not a fruity cranberry way. I know fruits are very difficult to replicate in fragrance and you can really tell it with this fragrance. It smells like strawberry Sweet Tarts with a dash of lime. I don’t totally hate this one, it just isn’t what I expected. It doesn’t remind me of a Cosmo at all. In fact if you just handed me a blotter card with this one it I would think it was just sugary candy. It doesn’t smell alchol-ish or a bit like cranberry juice: sweetened or unsweetened. Next time I’ll just stick to the real thing.

The large spray can be purchased at fragrancenet.com.

Here is another cheap gift I bought. The set comes with six popular Bliss items. I like it but I think the L’Occitane Verbena to Go gift set from Sephora which is the same price is a much better buy. This kit has six super small items. Each item is one ounce and comes in a pretty cheap-o but one step up from a Ziploc baggie that is just there in case these things leak. The bottles are super small, one ounce is pretty tiny, but they are great for sampling or for airline travel. It comes with 5 Lemon + Sage items: Soapy Sap, Supershine Shampoo, Conditioning Rinse, Soap Slab, and Body Butter. This scent is a bit lemon zest with a hint of herb. I like the scent of L’Occitane Verbena better, it smells more “authentic”. The scent of the bliss stuff isn’t bad, I just prefer the other. This kit also contains a one ounce bottle of the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. This stuff is nice and it is nice to have a travel bottle around. It smells like fake passion fruit. It won’t make you gag or anything I just thought it was an odd choice. I like these kinds of kits because the price is right and you do get to play with a lot of new stuff. I just wouldn’t buy one of these for myself. Now if there was a Blood Orange + White Pepper one, I would definitely pick a few of those up.

So, my gothness is just growing greater and I can’t fight that force right now. I mean I never see the sunlight living here in Seattle. I thought “they” were exaggerating but I feel like I never see the light of day. Which I mean isn’t a bad thing if I was a vampire or something but it is nice to know what time of day it is. Anyways, I have really been wanting one of these Edwardian/Pagoda shaped umbrellas, so gothic and lovely. I would probably pop one of these out on the beach in the summer. So why do I not own one? Well, if you have an umbrella in Seattle you look like a tourist, a hood or a stylish hat should do. And nobody here cares about their hair so no need to worry about frizziness and hat hair. And I’m trying to fight those gothic carry around a parasol urges. These do come in other colors, but I would probably go for the sooty black or gray and not the cream or mint.And I can’t seem to find one in the States. I have found them on www.powder-blue.co.uk.

And I really like antique umbrella stands. They’re nice but I’m sure some tweeker or high schooler would steal it out of my mud room. You never now when a shanty town will need one of these.But, if they were really Northwestern hardcore they wouldn’t be carrying an umbrella anyways.

We all have our favorite bimbo. Jane just happens to be one of my favorites. I feel you can just see the pain on her face in every single pic. She seemed to love and hate being the bleached blonde. She knew no other way. I love this pic of her because the pain is vaguely there but not too much, she knows how to put on a show,  and I am a sucker for coral lips. Orange lips make me swoon.

To get this look apply concealer where needed and a powder foundation such as YSL Radiant Touch Concealer and Dianne Brill Fresh Water Pearl Powder Foundation in your shade. Brows are filled in to perfection. Fill in brows with a pencil such as Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in a shade that suits your complexion. Apply foundation powder to eyelids to absorb oil and even the skintone of the eyelids. Apply a nude shadow such as the lightest shade in Diane Brill Eye Shadow Trio in Bedroom Eyes from lash line to brow bone. Apply the medium shade lightly in the crease. Take the deepest shade and wet a liner brush. Apply closely to the lashline to add depth and fullness to the lashes. I suggest applying false lashes because the eye makeup is very minimal. Plus, it adds classic glamour. Or apply lots of mascara. Cheeks are peachy perfect. Apply Avon Be Blushed Cheek Color in Tropical Peach to the apples and blend and layer as many times as you need. Now to the amazing lips. Apply Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone, a clear to keep this bold color from bleeding. Apply Estee Lauder Signature Lipstick in Spiced Coral. Apply a sheer coral gloss over lips for extra shine and fullness, something like Estee Lauder High Gloss in Coral. I love the scent of that stuff. And to make this look even more fun apply Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDT fragrance. Even the packaging is Jayne friendly. No go out and have fun being a bimbo.

I love the packaging of Coty Airspun Loose Powder. It is the original packaging and I wish more companies would keep the same look. It gives this product such an adorable retro glamor. It is a cardboard “hatbox” with the cutest powder puffs all over it. The classic burnt orange means that the product has scent and the teal background means that it is fragrance free. Of course, I went for fragrance. The fragrance is a bit old fashioned and I can understand why people would want to go the fragrance free route. I just love the old fashioned scent that is a bit “powdery” and floral and all lady. The container is packed full of loose powder. I have it in a tinted beige shade. The powder will last for a long time. The powder mattifies and really does provide a perfect vintage look. A little of the powder goes a long way. I still like to look “dewey” so I brush on just a little and blot with tissue. It is a wonderful product and I will repurchase. I mean goes for like under $6, looks so cute on a dresser, and does its job. What more could I ask for?

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