Awesome Randomness: Anna Kendrick in K-Pop Spoof Video

Anna K and Cup

If you haven’t seen this around, you must click on the link below and check it out.  Anna Kendrick has teamed up with Korean K-Pop band f(x) to create this new Funny or Die video.  It’s mostly a spoof of Pitch Perfect – a movie I absolutely loved.  Yup, I own the dvd.  How lame!!! Whatever.  My favorite character was Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy and she can do no wrong in any movie, but Anna Kendrick has really impressed me.  Who knew it would be HER from the Twilight movies who actually has acting chops and versatility?  Loved her in ParaNorman (cute movie), Pitch Perfect, and Up in the Air.

Here is the link to the video.  Or you can find it on your own from Funny or Die.

Second favorite line from the video?  “UGH!!!  That’s resource management m*therf*ckers!”

You’ll know what the first is when you see it in the video.  Or take a gander at the image for this post.  🙂

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THE Spring 2013 Cosmetics Case

I love cosmetic cases.  They offer cheap and swappable options for “pretty” that can be secreted away in a respectable, conservative handbag.  NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW.

My taste in cosmetics bags run the gamut.  I like to play!  Any size, any print, any color.  However, I still think about utility and convenience.  These cases must be cleanable, sturdy, and NOT COST AS MUCH AS A SMALL MID-PRICED HANDBAG.  This pretty much means my fantasy of owning a Smythson, or Valextra, case, is just not going to happen until I retire my desire for owning different cases.

Anyways, I have been looking at cute Spring 2013 cases and I fell in love with these two Tory Burch cases, which are conveniently backordered ’til mid-april on Nordstrom.  These are so cute and scream eclectic pretty spring.  The mixed print and soft pastel florals look lovely together.  This print looks especially very Easter-like, so I figured I would share on Good Friday.  A small dose of pretty for the holiday weekend for $78.00 a piece.

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Lusting For…New Skincare

I will always be a bigger skincare nut than a makeup nut.  My skincare expenditures dwarf my makeup expenditures easily.  I wish I could go cold turkey and not buy any new skincare products until I used up a significant amount of my products but it is rather hard for me to do.  I may actually insitute a skincare no-buy period simply because I have nearly two dozen brand new, still shrink wrapped, or boxed, skincare products stuffed in dark drawers, or shelves.  Some of which I know I will not be able to use until next fall/winter, since they are unsuited for spring/summer.  :/

But lust I must.  And beauty companies are always releasing a new potential blockbuster product.  Arrghhhhh.  I like to check out Sephora’s or Skinstore’s website weekly for new products, and I was not disappointed.  There are a few products that intrigued me and are within my allowable price points.  I have already tried samples for a few and liked them, but I have not yet made the purchase because of my own glut of products.  Sigh. How long will my resolve last?  

Olehenriksen C Oil

Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil™, 1.0 oz for $45.00

An oil and Vitamin C ?  Sweet!  This actually reminds me of Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail (reviewed here).  I love oils, so the idea of a vitamin c-infused oil to apply before sunscreen sounds great to me.  I WILL try this before the year is out and report back.  It is more expensive than I think it should be but I am “le sucker” for oils so, oh well.

Ingredients: Rosehip Seed Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).

Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel

Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel, 1.7 oz for $49.50

I actually tried a sample of this and I like it.  You can feel the exfoliating action quickly.  I have only used this after the gym so there is definitely more blood rushing in my face from my physical exertion, but this definitely softens and degreases my skin.  Kind of pricey though for a peel, but you actually dont need a lot to move around your face for the same effect.  It’s not like it neutralizes or anything.

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Synthetic Beeswax, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethyl Ester of PVM/MA Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Azelaic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Butylene Glycol, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate, Zinc Gluconate, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Menthyl Lactate, Lauryl Laurate, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ceteareth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil.

Murad Active Radiance

Murad Active Radiance™ Serum Featuring Resilient-C™ Complex, 1.0 oz for $89.00

I am looking for a new vitamin c serum.  I recently finished the last few uses of the Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail and I still have an extra bottle of the stuff, as well as the oily skin version.  However, I want something more potent for rapid firming and brightening.  Glycolic acid is one of the top ingredients and that is a plus.  I am particular about how serums feel on my skin, so I will see if I can get a sample before I buy to try out.

Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Ectoin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biotin, Mannitol, Chitosan Ascorbate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Menthyl Lactate, Lauryl Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Corn Starch Modified, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Orange 4 (CI 15510).

Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil

Marula The Leakey Collection Pure Marula Oil, 1.69 oz for $78.00

I received a generous sample of this from Sephora and I was really impressed with this oil, which is great for oily, acne-prone skin.  I have seen bad reviews for this product but they were all from women who complained about it on their dry skin, or it being not moisturizing enough.  So, dry skinned girl keep note this is NOT moisturizing enough.  However, on my oily skin it is just fine.  Loaded with antioxidants and omegas, it is supposed to nourish the skin, fight fine lines and wrinkles.  It can also be used as a primer and I have to say it worked well on my skin.  I still have the Hourglass No. 28 Serum, which is a primer chock full of essential oils, so this will have to hold out for a while.

Ingredient: Marula Oil

I didn’t notice until AFTER I was writing this post that I seem to be lemming after Vitamin C products.  So if there IS a moratorium on purchasing that will be the exclusion.  🙂

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light

Nearly Naked Light Powder Cover

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light, SRP

I purchased Revlon’s Nearly Naked Powder because I am actually a huge fan of their ColorStay Pressed Powder, which I have purchased three times.  I use Revlon’s ColorStay Pressed Powder as a finishing and setting powder to control the oilies.  I was curious to see how I could use Revlon’s Nearly Naked Powder, and if it would be similar to Revlon’s ColorStay shades.  It is not.

Revlon Powder Comparison Text

From my earlier swatches of Revlon’s Nearly Naked Liquid Makeup (posted here), you can tell that this foundation range in the light through medium runs VERY orange and would be great for those with peach, or strong orange undertones to their skin.  Companies often make the matching powders in a slightly different tone compared to the liquid foundations to allow it to be layered without deepening the color.  However, these powders run in the same undertone family, which is actually a good thing, since after using this powder, it could easily substitute as a light powder foundation.

When I tried it on, the coverage was light-medium.  The texture of the powder is finely milled.  It also easily layers over sunscreen, primer, or foundation seamlessly.  However, it does settle into pores and teeny fine lines.  There is no real oil control and if you have oily skin, expect your powder to get darker and more intense golden orange on your face.

Nearly Naked Finger Text

This powder comes in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium-Deep, Deep, and DarkFair, which has pink/yellow undertones is very light, while Light is really more of a Light-Medium shade for those with strong peach, or gold-orange undertones.  There is no real shade option for those with yellow skintones within the light-medium range.  Light can easily be used by someone who uses MAC’s NC 25-30.  You can definitely see a gold-orange tint to the powder, once the powder mixes in with your own natural oils, it  become more intense.  My skintone looked as if it had been adjusted by a technicolor makeup artist.  I definitely looked weird with it on and it did get darker rather quickly as my oily skin adjusted the tone further. 

Revlon ColorStay Powder Open Finger Text

Revlon’s Nearly Naked in Light, compared to Revlon’s ColorStay Pressed Powder in Light/Medium, is yellower and darker overall. They are nowhere near the same undertone family.  Colorstay’s Light/Medium appears to have both yellow and pink undertones, lending itself to a more neutral color that still blends well into my skintone, layered over my darker foundations.  Since my oily skin oxidizes most foundations, and turns powder’s darker, this is not a problem for me.  I generally cannot use powders that are an exact color match dry because they always turn darker on my face, so I prefer to go a shade lighter and allow it to darken up.  Also, ColorStay is more of a sheer finishing powder, while Revlon’s Nearly Naked offers significantly more pigment and coverage.

Revlon Powder Comparison Close Up Text

Texture-wise, I find that Revlon’s Nearly Naked Pressed Powder feels much more finely milled, while ColorStay Pressed Powder is not as finely milled but because of it’s sheerness you don’t notice it as much.  However, you can appear too powdery if you go overboard with the ColorStay

Revlon Powders Comparison Swatches 4 Text

I think the Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light is a great option if you have peach, or yellow-orange undertones and you like some coverage in your powders.  However, Colorstay’s Light/Medium Pressed Powder is a better option for me as a finishing powder.

Movie: Spring Breakers

Springbreakers

WTF!
Seriously?

I had some idea that this movie was going to be a bit out there, but this movie was so OUT THERE that I left it feeling GRIMEY.

First! This movie right here?  Great movie for dirty old men who have teen girl fantasies.  Not teen girls who look like they are in their twenties or thirties.  We are talking about young women who look like they are still in high school, perhaps 15?  Except for that VERY BABY FACED exception, Selena Gomez who looks like she is still 12!

Alright, I am going to leave the reactive side of my opinion and be a little bit more objective.  Here goes.

This movie follows four college girls who save all year to go on a Spring Break trip but realize they don’t have enough money.  Three of the girls hatch a plan to violently rob a restaurant with squirt guns and hammers they liberally use slamming and breaking things as they go terrorizing the patrons.  With their take, they have enough money to go on Spring Break in style.  While there they get arrested along with other hotel partiers at a bust where cocaine was found.  They are bailed out by a local drug dealer-small time local rapper played by a believable and extra grimey James Franco – for reelz. 

I wish I could say this is where the movie loses a gasket, like some reviews mention.  But if anyone thinks a group of teen girls robbing a restaurant with squirt guns and hammers is NORMAL then you’ve got issues.  If you think going on a Spring Break trip and engaging in blackout type drinking, snorting copious amounts of cocaine, surrounded by an orgiastic group of sex-crazed revelers is, you know, a healthy fun release from the boredom of everyday, well –DAMN, here I am being JUDGMENTAL AGAIN.

OH WELL.

I am not going to reveal the ending, or the twists this movie takes.  But I am just going to say that I am not against sex, or violence, in movies.  It doesn’t even have to be tasteful or artful, but there should be a point, like a good one.  This just seemed GRIMEY all around.  The almost unrecognizeable Vanessa Hudgens is so grimey, that honestly I think her career jumped the shark.  This isn’t “edgy.”  It looks sad and tacky.  The Jennifer Lawrence look-alike actress with a weak chin, who I will not even bother to look up her name, if she does any other films of note, then I will be surprised.  (Curiosity got me, and it turns out she is the director’s wife and is 26.  So, I guess she will have a role in all of her husband’s movies!)  Ashley Benson, the short-haired blond…eh, there isn’t much to say.  What I will say is that it is Vanessa Hudgen’s and Ashley Benson’s characters that stick around for the unbelievable ending.  Not a whoah, but WTF ending.  I spent half the movie waiting for it to end, and the last 10 minutes, I kept turning to my friend and asking “how the F did this happen and not…”  It was that kind of movie.

James Franco can do a role like this not just because he is a dude (double standard I don’t agree with), but because he has established himself as a consumate aritst, who emerses himself in his roles.  His grimey, idiotic “Alien” character will be a comedic trivia question, a footnote in his career.  But Vanessa Hudgen’s and Ashely Benson’s role? Ha.  I just don’t see how this won’t be a “Show Girls” level debacle for them, like it was for “Jessie Spano” of Saved by the Bell.  Selena Gomez will be spared because she was the only one smart enough to leave before the real shit goes down.  But her character was just as dumb with some of the dumbest lines ever.  Spring Break is not a place to find yourself.  It is not the place where dreams are made of.  Perhaps the target age for this movie are dirty old men and young, vapid teenagers. 

I don’t think this is worth watching but if curiosity gets you, wait for DVD.

What to expect?  Naked breasts everywhere, including as a serving platter to snort coke off of, fellating popsicles, frat-style drunken debauchery, tacky threesome, fellating guns, vapid, idiotic lines, tons of ass shots of the actresses – unnecessarily, and the most idiotic ending.  How do you get a direct hit, but avoid tons of fleshy skin elsewhere!!!

MAC Cosmetics LipMix in Orange and Fucshia

MAC Lip Mix

MAC Cosmetics LipMix in Orange and Fucshia, 0.33 oz for $15.00

My favorite part of Fashion Week is perusing pictures of backstage beauty shots.  I love looking at the makeup looks created by the makeup artists and I love reading detailed breakdowns of the products that were used.  MAC’s formerly exclusively pro-product – the LipMix, was one of those products always featured for the distinctive pigmented lips looks used season after season.  However, it was only after I saw the Missoni Spring/Summer 2013 beauty look created by Lucia Pieroni that I had to get these LipMixes.  I could not think of a single lip shade that emulated this bright matte flouro pinky-orange lip shade.

Missoni Beauty 1 Missoni Beauty

In the video posted by MOD TV, and in press releases for this show, Lucia Pieroni discusses using various MAC LipMixes to achieve the color.  In the video, I have posted a link to here, it clearly shows the Orange LipMix, what appears to be a Pink LipMix, and a White LipMix is mentioned by Lucia Pieroni.  In the video, a makeup artist is shown tapping pink flouro loose powder on to the lips to finish the look.  I am not particularily interested in patting powder on to my lip.  This looks more like an “editorial” look; however, I was going to pick up those LipMixes.  Now, I could not find this Pink LipMix on the MAC website, but I did find White and Orange.  However, I just did not see myself using the White very often.  Instead I picked up the Fucshia and Orange LipMixes, and I must tell you, these are amazing.

First, these LipMixes are meant to be used to mix with each other and other lipsticks to create your own customizable shade.  These are incredibly pigmented, so a teeny dot goes a LONG WAY.  They come in a cream texture that dries to a almost satin-y matte texture.  You should exfoliate your lips, and even if you don’t suffer from dry lips, you should moisturize up because these don’t really have much of a conditioning effect.  So you may need to keep reapplying the balm, but these are not necessarily drying on their own.

What I love about these LipMixes are that they can be used on their own, or mixed together to create a high lasting and durable look on the lip, but they also don’t feel like anything.   On it’s own, it is a super saturated color, incredibly thin, barely there feel on the lip, providing a stain effect if you want it to.  But the best part is how quickly and easily it washes away without perma-staining your skin the way Cover Girl’s Lip Perfection does.  I have not gotten to mixing these shades with other lip products I have – yet, but it’s going to be a matte, high voltage summer on those lazy casual weekends.

These are a worthwhile investment at $15.00. 

Here are the swatches of Orange and Fucshia.  These are so vibrantly pigmented that even on an overcast day, you can see how bright they are.

LipMix Text

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush Orchid

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, 0.19 oz for SRP

I officially banned purchasing drugstore blushes a short while ago, but this sucker was purchased over the late fall.  When I first purchased Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush, I enjoyed them for what they were: cheap pocketable blushes I could throw in a gym bag.  I purchased Hot Tamale, Peach Satin and Coffee Cake and wrote about it in this postLate last year I decided that the only color I really dug on me was the Coffee Cake, so I gave the other two to a friend who is not that into makeup but doesn’t mind playing around with soft tints.  However, there was one more color I wanted to pick up and I do not regret it: Orchid Hush.

Maybelline Dreamy Bouncy Blush Back

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush Open

Orchid Hush is a very pretty light powder pink shade.  I find that I can only really wear this color when I am almost bare faced because the pigmentation is not that strong.  Like the other shades in this line, it does not have lasting power and can be eaten by face oils pretty quickly.  However, for the price, cost and fun factor of playing with a play-doh-like blush, I think it’s worthwhile to pick this up.  It’s definitely a great gym bag staple for when you go out barefaced (with sunscreen, of course).  As far as I am concerned, Orchid Hush and Coffee  Cake are the standout shades in this collection.  No reason to pick up the others.

Here is the swatch.

Maybelline Swatch Text

Becca Cosmetics Mineral Bronzing Powder in Duende

Becca Mineral Bronzer Cover

Becca Cosmetics Mineral Bronzing Powder in Duende, 0.34 oz for $40.00

I am not the biggest fan of bronzers.  I find bronzers can run a bit orange on me.  So, for the few bronzers I have, I find I end up using them as blushes.  Contouring with powder does not really work on my super oily skin.  It will just look like streaked mud down my face.  But that does not stop me from trying bronzers that may artfully slim down the bottom of my cheeks with the right shadow-enhancing tone.  I picked up Becca Cosmetics Mineral Bronzing Powder in Duende with this hope, but it did not work out.

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I first saw this product used on Zuneta’s blog tv, which I find VERY useful for figuring out whether or not I want a product.  I saw this bronzer being used and it looked promising.  However, it all comes down to skintone doesn’t it?  I have a light yellow skin-tone with a greenish hint to it, that turns more olive when it tans.  My tan doesn’t really have red, or orange, undertones to it, and I find that most bronzers are meant for tans that have strong orange, or red, undertones.  Becca’s Duende is definitely one of these bronzers, which is a shame. 

Becca Mineral Bronzer Sideways

I love Becca’s mineral powder formulation.  It is silky, finely milled, smooth, and so creamy and blendable.  But the awesome texture can’t compensate for muddy streaks down my cheeks.  I found this bronzer turned darker on my skin as my skin turned oilier.

Becca Mineral Bronzer Duende

If you find that you can’t use bronzers that look orange, or reddish, then you will likely not like this bronzer.  However, if this shade works for you, then you will find long wearability, non-drying silky texture, and a soft microfine shimmer interspersed throughout that reflects subtle light.  Check out the swatches below.

Becca Bronzer Duende Swatch Text

Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexlglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, o-Cymen-5-ol, Potassium Sorbate. May contain/peut contenir [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Products That Make You Go Uuuuhhhh…

Uh

If you suffer from acne and you are in your late twenties and beyond, it is very hard to handle your acne AND general skin maintenance.  I love my Rx retinoids and will never be without them because I know they have kept me wrinkle-free and sandblasted acne off of my face, but I also know I am overstripping my skin with overzealous use of these ointments.  No – I do not use a pea size for my whole face.  I bathe my skin – affected and unaffected -in these prescription strength retinoids.  What results is dry, irritated skin EVERYWHERE by the second or third day of use.  I am ok with this because I find ACNE far worse than dry, irritated skin.  Also, there is not a single, OTC product that can handle all of the different types and causes of acne I experience.  So, it is very hard to coordinate usage of retinoids with some non-retinoid preventative products that are meant to reduce oxidative, or other cumulative damage to skin, connected to the environment.

This does not stop me from looking for products to preserve the elasticity, tone and moisture in my skin. I am always on the look for a blockbuster product to incorporate into my skincare routine, which will ALWAYS incorporate an Rx retinoid.  One of the big buzzwords in skincare maintanance AFTER SUNSCREEN is antioxidant protection.  I am all about prevention but antioxidant protection is kind of like the emperor’s new clothes.  You don’t actually see what it’s doing because it is supposed to prevent what might happen in the distant future.  I like results I can see, somewhat immediately.  This is why Vitamin C serums are awesome because unlike Green Tea, Idebenone, Vitamin E and what not, you can actually see visible results with Vitamin C after a few weeks.  Your tone evens out as dark spots are dispelled, your pores get smaller, your skin gets tighter.  I love Vitamin C – a proven collagen builder, but when I am super aggressively using retinoids, Vitamin C becomes a little too much.  So, I figured why not try OTHER antioxidant damage prevention products.

The problem I have, once again, is the fact that you can’t actually SEE any improvement with your skin.  I purchased the following products and used them over an extended period of time and I think in order to feel encouraged to use these products, you need to see SOME results.  Ultimately, I decided that these products may be best suited  for those NOT being affected by acne, or those who don’t mind NOT seeing any improvement with the condition of their skin.

1. Topix Replenix Power of Three Serum, 1.0 oz for $68.00

This brown tinted serum contains 90% green tea polyphenols, resveratrol and caffeine in a hyaluronic acid base that is suited for oily, acne-prone skin, as well as more sensitive skin types, courtesy of the  extra calming ingredients: bisabolo, chamomile and cucumber flower extract.   The combination of the most active component within green tea (90% polyphenol isolates) and resveratrol (extracted from red whine) act together to reduce oxidative damage from free radicals, while caffeine acts as a booster to the antioxidant protection provided by green tea.  There is also a light exfoliant in the form of glycolic acid near the bottom of the ingredient list for light sloughing of old skin cells.

I found that this serum worked perfectly well with whatever condition my skin was in whether dry, irritated, clear, broken out, or oily.  It sinks in quickly and I experienced no irritation or sensitivity. It did not interfere with other creams, lotions or serums because of how quickly it absorbed into my skin.  Problem?  It doesn’t actually feel like it is doing anything!  My skin is no worse or better after using three bottles of this product over the last couple of years.  It’s weird to purchase this over and over again and yet not notice anything different with your skin.  This product has a lot of great reviews…but they don’t really mention how it’s enhanced their skin quality.  I am kind of wondering if I am being a dumb dumb about this product.  I have decided to hold back from purchasing this again, until I try OTHER antioxidant protection products that offer some noticeable skin enhancements or maintenance.

Ingredients: Purified Water,  Caffeine U.S.P., Sclerotium Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Sodium Hyaluronate, Resveratrol, Bisabolol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, , Chamomilla Recutila (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Polysorbate-20, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

2. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, 5.1 oz for $155.00

I have been reading about this pitera-rich miracle water for the last couple of years in fashion magazines and I finally bit the bullet and bought it.  The stories, the ingredients, the beauty editor exclamations…and nothing.  First, this product is annoying to apply.  Second, this product has a scent I do not particularly enjoy.  Smells kind of like a very faint doughy yeast by-product.  I am not a fan of smells I do not find alluring.  (SK-II needs to take a page from Nuxe on what a pleasant smell is in skincare…Nuxe’s Nirvanesque line smells HEAVENLY.)  So, what is this awesome pitera?  Apparently, it’s the component scientists isolated from a yeast fermentation process that resulted in soft youthful hands for the brewery worker who came in constant contact with it.

This watery lotion should be patted into the skin, but sometimes I preferred spritzing myself with it.  It can be used at at any age level providing sebum-balancing moisture and evening out dark spots.  I noticed that when my skin was irritated and dry that applying this to my skin soothed it tremendously.  Obviously, you apply this after you have cleansed and toned your skin, and before any other heavier liquids, creams, or serums.  Due to my dislike of the application of this product (and my dislike of the smell), I ended up giving away the remaining 1/3 of the bottle to my mother.  While I don’t like watery lotions that are to be pressed into the skin, it doesn’t mean I won’t do it.  I actually don’t find the Hado Labo Shirojyun Lotion as annoying to apply for some reason, but this may have to do with the fliptop, plastic bottle and the fact that it is only around $20 and not $155!  The cost of this water makes me extra careful about not losing a SINGLE DROP.  Could you imagine?  Either way, I don’t see myself repurchasing this until I am older to try it again.  This didn’t do much for my skin.

Ingredients: Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate**, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/ Eau), Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid. *Pitera

3. Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum by Elizabeth Arden, 0.5 oz for $100.00

I don’t even feel like doing separate reviews for the Prevage products, but I will.  Prevage came out with a new blockbuster stabilized form of the antioxidant called idebenone, considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants out in the market.  Problem was, the surrounding base mechanism in which it was delivered was kind of irritating to the skin.  They souped up these serums with a few other skin friendly ingredients, but as you can see from the ingredient list, it’s chock full of non-skin enhancing parabens and other non-beneficial skin ingredients. 

The eye serum is supposed to enhance firmness of skin, lighten darkness and remove puffiness.  But I didn’t notice any of those things with my under eye area.  However, I mentioned in my other eye cream post, that I don’t have issues with my rather youthful looking undereye area.  There is nothing moisturizing about this though, so you would not need an additional eye cream if you needed moisture.

Ingredients; Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Sea Water/Maris Aqua/Eau De Mer, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butylene Glycol, Algae Extract, Peg-11 Methyl Ether Dimethcone, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Chrysin, Sodium Hyaluronate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Urea, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Phospholipids, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Trisiloxane, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Steareth-20, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Polyquaternium-51, Polyisobutene, Peg-8, Nylon-12, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Disodium Edta,  N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Mica, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 40 (Ci 16035), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140).

4. Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum by Elizabeth Arden, 1.7 oz for $159.00

The serum is supposed to improve tone, firmness, and brightness of skintone, but I noticed nothing.  I did not like the feel of these products on my oily skin and it may have actually caused a few breakouts, but I can’t be too certain.  This also created issues with other products I layered on top.  I feel as far as antioxidant protection is concerned, there are other just as effective products that would probably be more conducive to my skin, friendlier to my wallet, and have a more noticeable effect.  I haven’t finished either product yet, even though I have owned both for OVER A YEAR, but I will make a point to do so just to clear space.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Peg-8, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate (Idebenone), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Ergothioneine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea Leaf Ferment Filtrate, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Pca, Trehalose, Urea, Phospholipids, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyquaternium-51, Polyisobutene, Xanthan Gum, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Tetrasodium Edta, Mica, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Red 4 (Ci 14700), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)

Did you add up the total of these ‘Uuuuuuhhhhh” products? 

YEEEAAAAHHHHHH.

ME = DUMBASS.

Mean Bitc-err-Gir-err-Women

I don’t have much experience bearing the brunt of catty behavior, or witnessing catty behavior.  Growing up an average dorky, nerdy girl, I gravitate towards other dorky, nerdy girls for friendships.  Plus, I make it a point to not be friends with catty bitches, or associate with them.  Sadly, there have been a few folks in my past, who I truly enjoyed and meshed with, but I could not get passed the CATTINESS they were spewing.  (I felt guilty by association).

Does it mean that if you have ever made an unkind snarky comment about another person that you are a catty bitch?  No.  But you did just behave like one. Even I have moments, and fortunately I recognize them pretty quickly, you know…like in the same day.  🙂  And I of course check myself. But truthfully within my circle of friendships, our level of snarky, unkind comments run “g to pg-rated.”  Ultimately, snarky comments are not the norm, and we eventually check ourselves, which is extra nice since it saves someone else the trouble (and awkwardness) of doing it.  PHEW!!!!  #IHATECONFLICT

Anyways, it has been a LONG TIME since I have been the subject of snarky, catty comments.  As a matter of fact, I would probably have to look all the way back to high school to remember when I was AWARE of catty comments being made towards me.  THAT’S A LONG TIME!  So, to have it happen in front of me, mostly unaware until they very end was kind of SHOCKING.

Let’s set this up.

My weekends are hardcore gym days.  Getting back into my old form is pretty important right now.  I have been joined by a male friend a few times, who is a bigger gym nut than I am.  He is also trying to get back in form, except he’s only interested in losing 10 pounds, while I want to lose…more.  🙂  He also happens to be VERY HAWT.  We spin together for the first hour but separate after for the rest of the time at the gym, and then head out for a “healthy-ish” late lunch.

Anyways, I am not too particular on how I look like going to the gym, during the gym, and after the gym.  It’s called working out for a reason.  I sweat.  I go hard.  Or try to.  I try to do hardcore cardio and some weight training.  I go to the gym in standard gym gear: black spandex exercise pants and a gray dri-fit shirt from Nike.  After the gym, I clean up, wash the grime from my face, reapply sunscreen, concealer and some blush, and I am good to go.  But I am still looking scruffy.  However, on this particular day – LAST WEEK – my makeup bag had been STOLEN so I couldn’t even wash my face after the gym because I don’t trust random ass cleansers from the gym.  So, not only was the person who had stolen my makeup bag morally grimey, I WAS PHYSICALLY GRIMEY.

Anywho, we are done at the gym, I have moved on from talking/texting about my stolen makeup bag (which my friend DOES NOT UNDERSTAND AT ALL cuz it’s beauty stuff – what’s the big deal – duhh) and we get on the train.  Two seats open up in front and we squeeze in.  In front of us are two extra chatty young women – not girls – WOMEN.  As we sit down in front of them, their hushed banter becomes more boisterous, like they are sharing a joke.  A long running joke.  They seem pretty animated but this is the subway system and I don’t like being aware of other people and I was certainly very aware of them.  I just settle in and zone them out.  It’s easy too because I am wearing my baseball cap to cover my grimey post-gym face and I am wearing my overpriced Gucci, nerdy-mod, black plastic frame eyeglasses.  A small downward tilt blocks everything and I zone them out.

That is until their stop came up and they got up and momentarily stood at the front of the train doors waiting for it to open.  One of those wenches blatantly turned in my direction and STARED at me for a few seconds…and then LAUGHED.

WTF?!?!

I asked my friend what the hell was that and he gave up the intel.  THESE grimey wenches had been MAKING FUN of my physical appearance!  This chick here.  Right here.  Apparently, they did not like the fact that I was sitting next to my friend who is a tall, built, swarthy, hawt dude who pulls in the ladies quite easily.  I felt like I was TOTALLY PROFILED.  Basically these wenches looked at him, and then looked at me, and decided that I should not be seen next to the likes of this dude!

Let’s just say I unleashed an explitive-laden diatribe and I DID NOT CHECK MYSELF.  Of course, Mr. “Feeling Himself,” while he felt bad, still felt rather pleased two women had acted like total biatches because they found him attractive.

It makes me a lot less sympathetic to them when my friend initially pointed them out as the kind of women he would zone in on to pick up, string along for a few nighttime thrills and DUMP.  

Not my most feminist OR charitable moment – BUT WHATEVER!

They can suck it!