Monthly Archives: August 2010

Tuesday’s Tarot

Justice, a Cardinal Virtue, in the most literal sense symbolizes looming legal entanglements.  The emergence of this card means there will be an even-handed resolution to the conflict.  Withhold your jubilation; folks are rarely satisfied with what is objectively fair.  The scales mirror Libra, and this is your card.  Beyond the obvious implications, Justice asks whether you’ve balanced your quest for earthly ambition with spiritual growth?  This is about accountability and harsh truth.  Adjust yourself toward equilibrium.  When reversed, beware of bias.

Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment: Days 1-7

So far, I’ve been loathe to spend over $50 on a face cream.  Something about spending $80 on a single ounce of fluid seems absurd, especially for a person who favors abundance.  However, as time marches across my face, I recently decided that a luxury skin treatment might be worth it — but only if it is really, really effective.  We begin with Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment on the recommendation of a very well-informed friend (merci AMP). Kinerase claims that C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment creates younger looking skin in 28 days.  The active ingredients are essentially Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, white tea, and Acetyl Octapeptide 3.

Days 1-7, average application: 5 pumps

Within two hours of the first application, areas of inflammation calmed.  An angry red stubborn blemish softened to pink.  Skin texture felt moisturized, but not oily; nourished, but not too shiny.  Immediately the treatment softens skin.  Overnight the angry blemish lightened even further to a very pale, smooth pink.  Skin looks tighter; lines softened.  Moisture content in skin retained overnight.  By day three, hot spots not completely gone, but greatly improved.  Skin texture appears tighter, but still soft.  No new areas of inflammation have surfaced.  The visage looks healthier.Truthfully, after going in for some regrettable extractions last night, this morning’s face still shows the evidence.  While each morning skin texture looks better than the night before, there have yet to be much in the way of cumulative results.  So far it has been the same two steps forward, one step back when it comes to Kinerase C8.  Day five, the re-aggravated hot spots have not completely subsided, but the overall skin tone appears more even.  No new blemishes have emerged since treatment has commenced.  Though it contains vitamin A, it is not a strong exfoliator.   This serum is calming, but not the most “active” product when it comes to skin resurfacing.On day six, woke up wishing this stuff was a bit more emollient.  Stubborn spots still present, but hyper-pigmentation appears less noticeable.  Hot spots chilled out overnight.  After the seven days, there is notable improvement in skin texture to the touch.  To make Kinerase C8 worth the investment, the next seven days must bring a marked improvement in visible skin texture.

Good Karma Monday

Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there’s got to be a leap of faith.  Ultimately, when you’re at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together.

Yo-Yo Ma

Sunday With Rita Hayworth

Poor Lady Home Improvement

Most furniture at the big box stores sucks balls.  Instead, painted found furniture is so much more chic and environmentally friendly.

Seek wood or metal odds-and-ends at your local thrift store or junk shop.  Choose paint in bright colors that pop.

Invest in a good hand sander which will make refinishing your finds easy instead of tedious.

Be bold in your color choices.  Matching is for cowards.

An unexpectedly colorful side table can freshen a room for a minimal investment.

If your style sways more Pottery Barn, try matte black paint or even high gloss.

Sephora Mascara Sampler Part II: the last five

As promised and requested (C’est pour vous, AMP), please enjoy reviews of the second half of Sephora’s Mascara Sampler.  Loyal readers remember the first round; if you are new here, welcome, please feel free to browse.  You’ll find reviews for the first half of the sampler categorized under Beauty.

Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara

Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara has a soft, densely bristled large brush.  A no-clump formula provides above average lash lengthening and separating.  Overall, this is a non-flaking, quality mascara.  Bonus tip: if you like a mascara brush, save it.  Wash it, and use it to separate your lashes.  Clean mascara wands make the best declumpers.  Consider hanging on to this Laura Mercier brush.

Fresh Supernova

This little Fresh Supernova provides a pleasant surprise.  While diminutive in stature (it is the shortest of the tubes), this is one of the best of the box.  A small depression in the middle sets this brush apart.  The soft bristles and silky formula effortlessly glide over lashes, and it fantastically curls.  The result is natural and best for day.  Very Fresh indeed.

Sephora Lash Stretcher

The second best of these five, Sephora Lash Stretcher has a smooth, non-clumping texture.  The innovative brush design uses tiny hairs which protrude from the larger bristles to coat every angle of each lash.  Lash Stretcher is just that: a lengthener.  It doesn’t do much in the way of thickening.  Not super dramatic, this is another great formula for everyday.

Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain

Me likey the idea of a stain, but not the execution.  Tarte 4 Day Lash Stain has a sharp pointed stiff brush.  The color is pitch black, and the formula very lengthening.  It isn’t exactly clumpy, but it does cause the lashes to stick together….like fucking glue.  It was extremely difficult and messy to separate the lashes.  Worse, smudges are damn near impossible to clean off due to the stain feature of this product.  My lashes still looked darker the next day, but this is for those nasty bitches who sleep in their makeup.

Cargo LashActivator

If you like the new, short, rubber bristled brushes, then Cargo LashActivator might be for you.  The brush design excels at reaching bottom and corner lashes.  The non-messy formula falls in the middle in terms of lengthening, but it does curl nicely.  The only drawback: slightly clumpy texture.  Overall, this one’s treading in the sea of mediocrity.

In totality, top honors go to Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing and Strengthening Mascara, with an almost equally strong showing from Fresh Supernova.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

The Rachel Zoe Project: Raisin Womb

This week Rachel was on the hunt for the best gowns for the 2010 Oscars.  She proclaimed a white obsession and declared everyone should have a white moment on the red carpet.  According to her, everyone looks good in white.  The truth is most people look like shit in white.  A rare woman wears white head-to-toe well, and it ain’t exactly slimming.  Occasionally, white works and when it does it can be admittedly spectacular.  More often than not, it evokes the inevitable and dreaded bridal comparisons and should be avoided.First, Rachel sycophantically gushed over the brilliant Oscar de la Renta, but it was slightly less annoying than usual since he actual deserves it.  As expected, Oscar served gown after delicious gown, but really only one princess gown stood out as a possible Oscar option.  After the show, Rachel, Rodger, and Brad piled into an SUV to go ten blocks to the Michael Kors show.  Despite sitting in gridlock traffic less than a mile away, it didn’t occur to the West Coasters to get out and walk to make it on time.  The three self-important assholes rolled in late and rude, even though all the editors and other fashion folk seemed to make it on time under identical circumstances.  On the way out, Zoe complained loudly about people sweating them for their bad manners and tardiness.

Rodger and Rachel’s sister, Pam, went to Kiki de Montparnasse to find something sexy for Rachel.  The thought of emaciated, wrinkly, Rachel ensconced in lingerie is enough to conjure the heaves (Rachel Zoe presents the Refugee Collection).  The lubricious salesgirl wasted no time breaking out an “intimacy kit” complete with vibrator.  Mortified, Rodger moved on to the French Maid getup, before settling on a simple black camisole and lace thong that he could have bought anywhere.  Proving he’s at least forty percent queen, Rodger closed the sale by saying, “We should get this because it is sexy, and she can definitely wear this with a Chanel jacket and be happy.”

Next, Brad (sans Rachel and thus relegated to the 5th row) at Derek LamBrad fixated on the modern white drapey cowl-neck high collar gown for Cameron Diaz, which was amazing (and was coincidentally included in Demeter Clarc’s selections of the best Fall 2010 gowns).  Despite the gown’s dopeness, it obviously wasn’t right for Cameron or the OscarsBrad says Taylor made him look incompetent, but so far he’s done just fine proving his lack of artistic vision.  His picks are off, and that’s why you should never trust a gay man to do a woman’s job.  Brad excels at dressing men, and that’s where he should turn his focus.

Rachel rushed waaaaay down market to style her QVC fashion show.  The collection looked cheap, budget, and utterly home shopping.  This should prove once and for all that this woman’s style and certainly her design talent, are greatly exaggerated.  Admit it, the collection was not hot.For their anniversary, Marisa gave Rodger and Rachel a DVD of their 1998 St. Barts honeymoon.  Rachel was barely recognizable in the video describing herself as “a brunette with no wrinkles.”  After, Rachel and Rodger traded gifts.  Rachel bought Rodger a gift, and a gift for herself from Rodger – rose gold and diamond handcuffs.  When Rodger busted out the Kiki de Montparnasse box, Rachel recoiled in horror repeating the mantra “not wearing it.”  When Rodger pulled the relatively benign cami out of the box Rachel’s panic subsided, but she batted down his attempt to show the thong.  Can we agree that a sex tape staring these two would be the least erotic thing ever?Rachel seemed pretty disappointed with her gifts until Rodger busted out a custom Barbie doll fashioned in her image.  First Dylan McKay’s Porsche, then Rachel Barbie, gentlemen take note.That evening at Donna Karan, Rachel chirped, “Hey Beauty!” to the likes of Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, and Brooke Shields reminding us that Zoe herself is more hired-help than style star.  Rodger and Rachel told anybody who would listen about their wedding anniversary, and then feigned surprised when congratulated, exclaiming how nice it was that everyone remembered.

Pam sat Rachel down and gave her a serious talking to regarding her reproductive future.  Rachel blames her hectic schedule on her childless womb, but she probably just doesn’t want to get fat or quit smoking.  Hermès, Chanel, Balenciaga, these are Rachel’s babies. Getting ready for Marc Jacobs, Rachel vacillated between hair-up or hair-down, with the majority of Team Zoe preferring the hair up so as not to compete with the ruffled shoulder.  Considering the jacket choice, her hair did look better up, and that’s how she walked out the door.  However, moments later in the car, the hair was down.  How can you trust a stylist that cannot style herself?

The next morning, Brad broke the news of a ban on white gowns at the OscarsRachel whined, “I hate no white.”  Fear not, she utilized the Lam in this Bazaar spread with Atwood.Wrapping things up at Jessica McClintock Marchesa, Rachel fixated on a busy silver beaded dress with a huge bow on the shoulder.  Didn’t we learn anything from Charlize’s bow shoulder disaster from a few years back?  Even though the bow looked like a big ass parrot sitting on the model’s shoulder, Brad proclaimed the gown “the most coveted dress of the entire season.”  He stressed, “If it’s not worn by one of Rachel’s clients, Lord help me.”


Metallics remain a strong trend for evening this Fall.

Strong shoulders keep the silhouette tough for autumn nights.

Epitomize glamour with (faux) fur over a drapey gown.

Fabric, colors, and patterns usually relegated to spring made their way onto the runway.

Unusual plums and purples look fresh.

Shimmering columns with interesting detail surfaced at Ferretti and Gaultier.

Black or white at Derek Lam.