I am not a Twilight fan. Saying that I have only seen the movie and have never read the books. I found the movie very, very dull but felt I had to see it since it was like literally filmed in our backyard. The film was beautiful just for the scenery of the lovely rainforests and coast of Washington (even though it did Rialto beach/LaPush no justice). I just found the story really boring and I felt too old for it. I do consider myself a vampire fan and I am a closet goth. I love Nosferatu, Vampyr, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, etc. And I am a mega fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. So the human/vampire love story is not new to me. Maybe the Twilight books are much better and I could feel some attachment to the characters, but the movie I could care less about. No character development.

Anyways, I can’t deny the popularity of this series. It has brought so much tourism to this area and that makes me happy. Plus, I can’t imagine a better setting for a vampire story than Western Washington. So I’m not going to complain. Maybe if I was 15 I would love this story or if I wasn’t a mega Buffy fan. You can’t travel to Port Angeles, WA or the dumpy Forks without running into Twilighters. They love to spend dough, so it is no surprise to me that DuWop has made a lip plumper in Twilight’s honor. I have to admit that even I am attracted to this product. How badly I want it and I am not a Twilighter! For years I have wanted a lip plumping lip stain and here it is. It is ” a blending of the vampire and human worlds”, meaning it is duo-phase. It is half DuWop Lip Venom lip plumping gloss (which is awesome but burns like hell) and a scarlet lip stain. Oh, and it has gold shimmer. It sounds like a perfect product in my book. However, it is limited edition and I missed out on the special on DuWop’s website. This breaks my gothic heart. I will get my hands on this and I will fight swarms of 15 year old girls and Edward lusters for this product. You can only get 2 anyways, so boo-yah!

Retails for $16 and is now available at Nordstrom. It is supposed to debut this fall at other retailers. I really wish they would make a Buffy/Angel or Buffy/Spike one of these and call it “The Hellmouth” since Lip Venom does plump but it burns your mouth like hell.

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Visit to Twilight land 2 weeks ago, La Push

I wanted to love this product so badly. The tin is adorable and I love the fragrance and flavor of violets and violet candies. Unfortantely, this is not what I wanted it to be. The tin is very cute in person, nouveau and adorable. However, I found it very difficult to open because it lacks a pronounced “lip”. The lip balm is more of a gloss and has the texture of Vaseline. This didn’t bother me. This makes it long lasting and perfect for “marninating” lips before applying a bold shade of lipstick. It feels nice on the lips. The violet fragrance really isn’t there. It doesn’t smell like fresh violets or like candied violets. I really don’t know what it is supposed to smell like, sweet? I don’t know what it is, but I dislike it. After sniffing other tins, I found that I like them better (such as red currant and vanilla) but the tin is still annoying. This retails for $6 and is availbale on beautyhabit.com. (If you are interested.)

Barbie is still looking good for 50, the number she will be celebrating this year. Stila is offering a limited edition makeup collection in honor of America’s favorite plastic vixen.

There are 4 paint can makeup sets that go for $40. You really get a lot in them. Each “can” has a featured Barbie from various decades. The trios and cans are printed with the doll of choice:

1959 Ponytail Doll: This is the “classic” of the cans. The 3 Pan Palette has a sea blue shimmer eyeshadow, a matte black shadow that pairs nicely as a liner, and a beautiful peachy coral shimmer blush. There is a Lip Color in Ponytail which is a luscious matte red and a Liquid Liner in Black.

1971 Malibu Doll: This is the pretty summer look of the cans. The 3 Pan Palette has a pale pink shimmer eyeshadow that looks amazing on the brow bone, a light blue shimmer eyeshadow, and a bronzer that looks great on complexion or eyes. There is a Lip Glaze in Malibu which is a pale pinky peach shimmer that is so pretty. It can be worn with warm or cool colors. The last item is a Lash Visor Waterproof Mascara in Black. This is the “blonde” makeup kit. It would look killer on those with Barbie like complexions.

1980 Foxy Doll: This is like the “80’s” look but don’t be scared of it, it is pretty tame. The 3 Pan Palette has a taupe shimmer eyeshadow, brown with gold shimmers eyeshadow, and a matte reddish berry blush. There is a Lip Glaze in Foxy which is a sheer coral orange and a Waterproof Lash Visor Mascara in Black. This is a pretty kit and I really think it can work on medium to deep skintones as well.

2000 Jewel Doll: This is the “hip and modern” doll that resembles a little Disney Channel diva. The 3 Pan Palette contains a beautiful tan shadow with pink shimmers, a golden brown eyeshadow with shimmer, and a medium pearly pink blush. There is a Lip Glaze in Jewel which is a beautiful pink shimmer and a Multi-Effects Mascara in Black.

There is a Talking Palette Eye Shadow that goes for $40. There is an icy pink shimmer, medium pink with gold shimmers, rich cranberry, and an iris purple. I find that for me at least, these colors when used together make me look like I’ve been in a fight. I look tired and well, abused. The pigments aren’t so bold so they give a strange slapped and bruised look.

I like the cans. I just wish I could mix and match some of the colors but that is understood when purchasing any set. I’m not wild about the Talking Palette. The colors aren’t great and I don’t want to pay extra tohave my cosmetics talk to me. Creepy. All are available on sephora.com.

Find the Stila Paint Cans in Barbies boudoir created by Jonath Adler.

Find the Stila Paint Cans in Barbie's boudoir created by Jonath Adler. (table under the mirror)

Sometimes your angel is the centerfold, this includes your Liz Taylor as Cleopatra complex. I really, really like Nars summer 2009 look. It is everything that I love, heavy teal eyes and blunt bangs. It is meant to be a very “tropic” look hence all the deep bronzes but it has enough of that Old Hollywood “Egyptian” vibe to be fun and interesting and not just another pretty, bronzey, summer look.

EYES: There is an Eye Shadow Single in Tropic which is a rich teal blue with silver shimmers. It is very pretty and very Cleopatra when paired with heavy, black liquid liner. It retails for $22. There is a nice “everyday” Eye Shadow Duo in Scorching Sun. This contains an orangey copper shimmer and a golden peachy sheen, both really warm shades. This has to be one of the best colors lately that has hit the market to really enhance blue eyes. Talk about making the eyes steal the show. Duos retail for $32 and I am so tempted to grab this one.

LIPS & NAILS: There are two lipstick shades. There is Falbala which is a warm, rose, shiny shimmer and Outsider which is a bronze coral. I am in love Outsider. It really helps to pull the rest of this collection together. There is a super friendly Lip Gloss in Belize which is a light rose with gold shimmer. It looks so nice with dark eyes. Lipsticks and lip glosses go for $24. There is a Lip Liner in Tonga which is a neutral mauve that retails for $20. There is a sheer golden peachy pink Nail Polish in Adelita that is sure to enhance any sunkissed complexions. It retails for $16.

FACE: A new shade of Bronzing Powder has been launched. It is Irrestistblement which is a dark chocolaty bronze with gold shimmer. It looks very pretty but is too dark for my Laguna loving complexion. It retails for $30.

Overall, I love the collection. It is one of those “hold me back” colllections. I have to talk myself out of buying everything. It works for pale and deep complexions. A bronzer is the star but look at the fair, blue-eyed model. She looks great. Nars is finally giving me what I like again after a few “dry” seasons.


As you know by now, lip plumpers aren’t working unless they are burning the daylights out of your lips. I feel they are so popular, well other than the fantastic claim, but I feel they are popular because women love to feel pain for cosmetic reasons. We like the reminder that something is uncomfortable because it reminds us of how “sexy” we are. That is why we continue to wear 6 inch wood heeled pumps, thongs, and strapless bras. It (the pain) will be on our minds more reminding us that we are damn sexy. Anyways, lip plumpers are one of those things. I have big lips and I still fall for and buy lip plumper. Other than being stupid, I just like the pain. It is simple as that. I feel like, “geez, this is really working”. The Borghese Lip Plumper is OK. It is clear and not too shiny. It burns. For some reason it burns more than Duwop or Too Faced on me. So, in my mind it is really working. So it contains all of those irritating ingredients. That isn’t too special. The price is expensive at $31.50 a tube. It can be picked up on beauty.com. It does plump up the lips and makes them have a bit more “color”. It plumps out the lines on the lips and makes them look so smooth. Other products can be layered over this. It isn’t sooo glossy. I feel like my lips keep the “plump” for hours, so there is no need to keep torturing yourself.

Maybe it is because I am a closet goth. But, I love the cool toned grapey purple lip look. I love a matte purple with really minimal eye makeup. I love the blue-ish tinted lip whitening sheer violet lip glosses with loud pink eyes. I love a purple hued lip stain with warm, coral eyes. I love it all. But, seriously, this is a difficult shade to wear and a difficult shade to find. It is so frustrating. So that is why I am sharing what I have found with you.

Lipstick: I love a purple lipstick look with minimal eye makeup. That bare even, mascara less look, if the purple is deep enough. I also like it in an 80’s way if the eyes are done a nice, light baby pink with a medium toned purple lip. I have even mixed an almost white purple lipstick for myself to wear with dark, dark eyes. I looked a bit dead but hey, I’ll try anything in the name of fashion. I find that when I find a purple I like, I better buy it because chances are it won’t be around long. Rimmel made an amazing one. It was truly deep and purple but it was amazing because it had lots of silver shimmer. I bought like 10 tubes, which was good because I have never seen it since. It was like I purchased what all the company had. Dior used to have an amazing one too, but it is no more. Even MAC is lacking in this area. However, MAC has two deeper ones that I like. Cyber is a lovely almost black purple but it is very difficult to work with. It is a satin finish which is stupid. It is very difficult to keep uniformed even with foundation on the lips. It wants to gather in certain areas. Your lips have to be flawless and baby bottom soft for it to wear evenly too. But man, once you get it to work it looks amazing. I also like Rebel which is a more on the berry side or purple. It looks nice with that nude eye makeup look. NYX has a pretty good purple selection. They have in their Black Label the shade Seductive which is a medium purple. They have a super shimmery shade in the Diamond Sparkle Lipstick, Sparkling Orchid. This one is a bit to berry pink on me but if you put a black gloss over it, it looks amazing. In their classic formula they have a few nice shades: Orpheus which is a muted grape, Pandora which is a flashy magenta violet, and Iced Lavender which is a super pale and shimmery purple that looks great over other shades. NYX has a great Lipstick Pencil in Vixen which is a deep, dark and gothic purple. Manic Panic has a few goth friendly shades in Black Rose which is a deep, deep purple berry matte and Tramp which is a medium purple matte. Since these are matte, the lips must be very smooth. They have a beautiful pearly purple in Plum Passion. Black Radiance has two nice Perfect Tone Lipsticks in Go Girl Grape which is a grape Kool-Aid and Majesty which is more of a berry kissed plum. Sometimes Sephora brand gets nice pure purple shades. Currently they have Lip Attitue Star in Audaciaous Violet and Plum Vertigo (what is so glam about vertigo anyways?) Victoria’s Secret has an easy to wear pink purple in their Perfect Lipstick in Stiletto. I call it the “work” purple.

Lip Gloss: MAC has a Lipgelee in Moistly which really isn’t much of a purple, but more of a berry. It is very sheer and looks nice with rust eye makeup. NYX has a Sheer Gloss in Lavender Note which is a pale lavender shimmer. It wears nicely over pinks. There are two nice NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Purple Rain a lovely pure purple and Orchid which is another one of those berry, fuchsia hybrids. There is a NYX Sheer Tube Lip Gloss in Lilac which reminds me of MAC’s Moistly. Black Radiance has a nice sheer lipstick in Vogue Vixen but because of my pale skin and the fact that this is sheer it looks a little too pink on me. Stila has a Lip Glaze in Black Cherry this is a bright orchid purple fuchsia shade. Shu Uemura has an amazing Gloss Unlimited Lip Gloss in PR 059 N, it is a deep and shimmery royal purple. It looks amazing alone or layered over those pinkish purple lipsticks to make them more purpley. Shu Uemura also has a super sheer lip gloss glaze in the Gloss Lacquer in Irrational Purple. It is just a hint of purple and looks nice with deep, dark eyes.

Lip Pencil: MAC has an OK Lip Pencil in Magenta which is a vivid pinkish purple. It looks nice colored in the entire lip with a frosty pinkish gloss over it. NYX has the Long Pencil in Deep Purple and the Slim Pencil in Deep Purple and Purple Rain. These are my favorite and the most budget friendly. Manic Panic has two nice lip pencils in Deadly Nightshade which is a deep and dark purple and Ultra Violet which is a vivid purple. Max Factor has a High Definition Lipliner in Purple. I also find that a cheap little eyeliner does the same thing.

Purple lips are hard to find and you ever find one please let me know. I usually find them in cheaper brands (NYX, Wet N Wild), brands made for woman of “color” (Black Radiance, Iman, Fashion Fair) and sometimes super high end French makeup will launch one (Dior, YSL, Guerlain.) It’s weird. I just really want a super dark purple lipstick dipped in tons of gold shimmer. And I can’t find it!

This limited edition lip gloss/ lip balm has a lovely super pale satin peachy pink. It makes for an amazing pale lip look on my skintone. Especially if the smoky eye is super bronzed or a smoky violety taupe. It looks very Victoria’s Secret Angels that way. I like the shade because it looks nice with both baby pink and peach blushes and it is stunning with a pinky-peach blush like NARS Orgasm. The only downside is that since it is pale and a bit satin (sans mega shimmer) it can look uneven or attach to dry patches like mad. That is a bit inconvenient being that this is a lip gloss balm that is made to make lips look healthy. Your lips have to be healthy and in tip top shape for this to look good. The formula is rich and contains shea butter. It moisturizes but doesn’t repair winter parched lips. Plus, I was craving a super rosy fragrance like those refreshing Middle Eastern drinks. The fragrance is rosy but very faint. It is rosy in a Dior Lychee Rose way. So it is a bit cat pissy and fruity. I try not to think about that too much and just try to think of roses. Luckily, the fragrance isn’t too strong so this can be ignored if you quit obsessing over it. This product is lucky to be such a pretty shade that works for me. I’m not shaken that this is limited edition. Once again it is another product that I could live without.