Beauty Bits & Bobs
So Gene Simmons has been whoring himself on telly lately….This is off the topics of cosmetics so you might want to turn away while I babble vintage rock.
I couldn’t sleep last night so around 3 am I found myself sitting up in bed with my ultra awesome sweetest softest blanket from Bath and Body Works (I love that thing) and powering up the Tivo to catch up on Ugly Betty. It’s been weeks since the last episode and I just now got the chance to have a watch!
Much to my delight Gene Simmons popped up during the last 2 minutes of the show. Dontcha love that Gene Simmons whores himself all over TV lately? Celebrity Apprentice, Ugly Betty, Family Guy, and even SpongeBob Square Pants!
You think maybe 30 years ago Gene Simmons thought to himself “Hey when I’m 60 I think I’ll lend my ultra awesome voice to a kids show about a Sponge that lives under the sea in a pineapple! ROCK ON!” Or even better yet wouldn’t it be awesome to hear Gene sing the theme song? Holy cow I’d rock out to that.
Gene also has his own reality show on A&E called Family Jewels. As I watch Gene and his slightly dysfunctional family the thought crosses my mind of how the mighty have fallen! I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that Gene Simmons, God of Rock, has a reality show. Wow. Just Wow.
I think I was 5 and my cousin Joe, was about 17 or 18 and he’d pump up KISS on his very low end car stereo (the height of technology in our hay day) in his pimp’ed up Monte Carlo. Yup, my cousin was the Fonz. That’s right. He drove a pimp daddy, deep red Monte Carlo, wore a leather jacket, and had all the girls swooning at his feet. To this day my dad always looks back on Joe with fond memories and is in awe that he’s a family man now! Who would have thought all the grease in his head would lead to a beautiful wife and kids (sadly he doesn’t have much hair left to grease which the Muse is fond of reminding him of).
Anyway my deep appreciation for vintage rock is due to him I guess. Mostly my blog stems from the fact that I miss Joe alot lately (he hasn’t been doing so well but that’s a story for another day).
As I was watching Gene Simmons wag his tongue around on Ugly Betty last night I couldn’t help but think it would crack Joe up that this is where Gene Simmons has ended up circa 2008!
The moral of the story is we love you Gene but less cheese and more rock please! You’re killing your image!
If you’re any kind of a fan of KISS you might be tickled to know that it appears the writers of Ugly Betty have even infiltrated Paul Stanley as he’ll be on the show too shortly! Lord…what is the world coming too?
I’m predicting the future and I’m seeing Paul and Gene on Home Shopping Network next year selling anti wrinkle cream that goes on white and black and gives you the alluring charm of the Demon or the Starchild! I can’t wait till I’m 60 so I can buy it
Discuss (I imagine everyone is thinking shut up get on with the cosmetics already!)?
I saw Avon’s new blush in the latest issue of Bazaar Magazine (Avon in Bazaar? I know right? What the hell!?).
The blush in question is entitled Horizon Blush and is designed by Jillian Dempsey. A long time ago, in a land far away Jillian Dempsey was actually a leading firgure for Deluxe Cosmetics (remember that brand?) but more importantly, dig this, Jillian Dempsey is married to Patrick Dempsey. Who would’ve have guessed? Sure they share the same last name but I didn’t know this was his wife (it could be because that I’m in denial he’s married with kids as I still have that beautiful fantasy of me running around Seattle Grace in a naughty nurse uniform while he chases me around with a syringe in one hand and a can of whipped cream in the other!)
I’m thinking to myself that it can’t be too fun around that house. I mean how does she introduce herself? Hello I’m Jillian, yes my husband is McDreamy and I work for Avon. Ouch. Jillian, honey, quit Avon or let the Muse have McDreamy for her very own!
In all seriousness Jillian has some redeeming qualities, one of which happens to be the new blush she created for Avon! Thanks Jillian you aren’t at the level of McDreamy but you’re slowly gaining speed!
The Muse likes this blush because it reminds her of the Solar Duo Blush that was released for the Body Shop Summer Collection last year! Sadly the Muse only has one of the two colors released from that collection as she broke one when it fell off her vanity! Twas a sad sad day! But now I have these new blushes from Avon to invest my time (and money) into and maybe they can replace my gorgeous Solar Duo Blushes!
The blush is available in two shades of peach and pink. These are gradation blushes that can be applied for a sheer wash of color or build up for intensity. One end holds a light side and one end holds a darker side of each color.
So…these are $7.99 USD (I know, not what you’d expect from a lady married to the 7 million dollar man but hey a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!) and I’m questioning how pigmented they can be but I must remind myself that Avon had shocked my socks off a few months ago with it’s rather awesome Cynthia Rowley Collection (Missed my review? Click here to read up)!
I think I want these (minus the cheap brush they come with! Thanks very much!). Count these on the Muse’s wish list! I’m going to give Jillian a try and maybe I can think up a rather clever nick for her while I’m at it hmmm McMakeup? McAvon? McBlush?
Tell the Muse!
I failed to mention in my previous dribble and babble post (Click!) about MAC Fafi that I purchased Cash Flow Paint Pot!
All you evil, evil people convinced me I was doing an injustice to MAC by not purchasing at least one paint pot!
Staring at the array of paint pots on display with the Fafi goodies I heard each of you in the back of my head chanting and urging me to buy all six (god I’m so sick!) but I decided that I don’t like them and I stuck to my guns on that however, somehow, someway Cash Flow did end up in my cart and I hold each of you accountable!
It’s a rather nice shade though isn’t it?
Tell the Muse!
After skipping over to Sephora I also skipped over to the MAC store to pick up the Fafi Tote and a Fafi Doll for myself as I hadn’t gotten either with my Fafi Haul!
I walked out of the store with a Fafi Doll but not the tote as it was just too overwhelmingly big for me! I’m already short and wobbly so I really don’t need a huge tote to carry around that’ll be completely unflattering! I mean seriously what’s attractive about a short, round girl walking down the street with a tote bigger then her entire body! This is not cute, not cute at all! I had hopes it would be medium size but it’s actually big enough to carry enough food for a small village plus your car keys so I skipped! Granted for $60 USD that’s alot of bag for your buckage but it was just a bit too large for me, I’d have personally liked a smaller bag. It deserves to be mentioned that the only tote the Muse carries around that is that large is a PBS tote (the height of couture people) and I won’t give it away for the world (You’ll understand if you happen to be a PBS dork!). On a happy note if you’re slim and amazon size (amazon in the Muse’s case is anyone 5’2 and above) you’ll probably look uber attractive carrying this around!
I didn’t only leave the store with a doll but I’ll get to that later as I want to discuss this doll! Now for some diseased reason I wanted all three dolls but ended up with one as they are all the same poses just different colors and such. My desk is already littered with Doctor Who figures, fantasy art sculptures, skulls, Nightmare Before Christmas figures, and a ton of other rubbish that would be fitting for a 13 year old boy however the Muse is fully grown so she felt to make this lot of items more sophisticated she’d add a Fafi Doll! That would surely make all the other crap on my desk look really posh and important right?
She’s so tiny that she’s lost in the sea of general Sci/Fi paraphernalia that already resides on my desk. For some odd reason I thought these might be bigger then a tube of lipstick. That’s about her height and size! She’s so very tiny and delicate. Sigh. Cute but really small.
I guess what I’m trying to say is you really don’t need these unless you’re caught somewhere between childhood and adulthood like the Muse!
Sheesh my cheek stain is bigger then her!
Cute but somewhat disappointing. Oh well.
Now the main reason I’m actually writing this post is because I wanted to share with you something interesting! I originally purchased three of the Beauty Powders which were Verve-Acious, Belightful, and Sassed-Up. I believe that Belightful is the only repromote in the lot but you, my dears, can correct me if I am wrong.
I have none of these so I indulged in all three last week during the official release. Today while wandering around the MAC Store low and behold my eye spots a new powder! What be this? It’s a pure, white shimmering shade entitled Delicacy in the Fafi packaging! Turns out Delicacy is also a repromote but I don’t own it so I’m glad I purchased it. It’s rather gorgeous to be honest. Why it’s at MAC Stores and not counters I haven’t a clue! I think, I somehow recall, that our beautiful friend ‘Nessa at Nessasary Makeup had mentioned the stores running out of Belightful and offering Delicacy instead! Don’t quote me on that but I think that’s what I had read on her blog!
MAC Beauty Powders from the Fafi Collection
Fact of the matter is that I’m kinda excited to have this particular shade in the Fafi packaging! It reminds me of NARS Albatross but a white version! Perfect for highlighting your face with a bit of gorgeous sparkle!
MAC Beauty Powder in Delicacy
I’d definately wander over to your local MAC store and have a peek! I think it’s a nice addition to Fafi!
Pop’s new palette got a little love from me earlier today when I posted about it! Click here to see my original post.
Soon after my post the need for this little palette grew and I found myself skipping my way (not literally but isn’t it damn hysterical to picture the Muse skipping?) to Sephora a little while ago to pick it up!
It’s been a very long, busy week at work with many late nights so I deserved a little pick me up treat! The palette is all I wanted it to be and I’m hopeful I can get some decent looks out of it!
It’s pretty tiny for $22 USD and it’s not super duper pigmented so you’ll have to build up color a bit but I think it’s fair enough to say that it’s a pretty sweet little array of ultra cool shadows! I love that I can have six luscious neon shades in one place! These totally work together for some vibrant, loud looks! The inside cover suggests a few ideas for using the palette which is a nice little touch!
Seriously for $22 bucks it’s well worth it in my opinion! If you want to re-live the 80’s or you’re just looking for something fresh and fun for the Summer this be the palette for you!
The Muse thinks she may approve it but she has to give it a test run tomorrow! Stay tuned for an FOTD!
Some swatches as requested by a reader:
Sorry but my cam kinda takes crummy swatch photos! These are actually way more vibrant then they look on the back of my arm!
Tell the Muse!