Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from PINK MANHATTAN

Thank you for your continued support and interest in my blog in its 7th year of online publication. I'm grateful for the stamina to keep writing and share my thoughts and inspirations with you!

Chanuka at Bubbe's

Cue to 15:41 and hear the loveliest Hanukkah song about lighting the chanukiah (menorah). The harmonies that occur starting at 17:03 due to its canonical structure are beautiful and fun to sing. I think more people should hear it, and make it a Chanukah classic!

Happy Chanukah 2013, aka Thanksgivukkah - Gobble tov!

Related link: Menorah versus Chanukiah - Gans Gifts and Judaica from Israel

Saturday, November 23, 2013

One loves Essie Ballet Slippers: the Queen's favourite nail shade

One loves Essie Ballet Slippers: the Queen's favourite nail shade - The Queen crowns Essie's pale pink 'Ballet Slippers' shade as her one and only ruling nail colour. By Kate Toung | 19 November 2013 Telegraph

Friday, November 22, 2013

The New Neutral Nudes: Winter Nail Polish Colors (via Unnaked Nails)

Image: Leighton Denny Supermodel, "a fabulous mink shade" (

From Unnaked Nails: "I know a lot of peeps refer to nudes as fleshy coloured boring beiges but let me broaden your horizons me, nudes are..." See the gorgeous neutral palette chosen by one of the hippest nail polish / beauty bloggers out there (Yes, I envy both the polishes available in the UK and their sensibility borne of style and substance): Winter Nudes // Nail Polish Picks - by Catrine, Unnaked Nails, November 22, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Blue Veins? Cool or Warm Toned Skin? Why Makeup Color Theory is Bunk

Since the days of Color Me Beautiful of the 1970s, women have tried to figure out if we're cool or warm toned in order to choose the correct colors for our natural coloring to look our best. So the theory goes, and the color chart we're told we should follow looks something like this (found at every makeup retailer):

Cool (pink, red or bluish undertones)
Warm (yellow, peachy, golden undertones)
Neutral (a mix of warm and cool undertones)
(From Stylecaster)

We take such info for granted as being true, but did anyone else know that pink and red are warm colors (pink is light red), and only blue is cool?

According to makeup color theory, the definitive way to tell the difference between cool and warm comes down to the color of our veins as seen through our skin: green or blue. Since most people aren't pale enough to be considered "blue-blooded," this system lets the fairest people in the world feel dissimilar from the rest of the world consisting of a great, great, great many colored folks. Furthermore, even green-veined light gals can take psychological refuge in knowing that they are at least less pigmented with unwanted colors (mainly yellow which turns blue veins green) than certain other folks who are so far away from being fair, they really aren't blue-blooded at all.

Except all the green-veined gals are lumped together as being warm. Well, has anyone else noticed that green is a cool color, closer to blue than pink or red? In fact blue and yellow are its parents.

If both blue and green are cool colors, what's the difference between skin tone that appears either blue or green-veined? Blue is cooler in relation to green. Likewise, pink is cooler than orange, making pink a cool color in relation to having yellow in it. Red is warm unless you subtract yellow and get a purple red, or pink, a color that only cool-toned gals can wear! The absence of yellow makes a color cool. The whole theory in a nutshell is just that.

What sets one apart from the other as being able to wear certain colors (generally the bright and pretty ones)? The zero mark on the makeup color wheel appears to be set where green breaks from blue-toned green to yellow-toned green. That's why green can fall into both cool and warm spectrums on a modified color chart like this one:

Actually, red marks the spot where the reason lies. Notice how the chart breaks it down between cool or warm toned red. That means the chart is based on yellow as the marker between colors fit for blue-bloods and non. It's not enough to dissuade certain gals from wearing pink, but it's a start. (Edited to add) Notice too all those brown shades where orange should be. Brown can't be made by mixing red and yellow, you know, but that's one way to fill up the warm color chart, since all the other colors are taken.

You see, the makeup color theory is based on comparisons to other people and their skin color, not a true color theory used by scientists. The interesting thing about color temperature theory is that the cooler color is a hotter temperature, evident in the color of a blue flame. You'll also see the color spectrum is not a neatly structured manmade wheel, a system designed to make color biases simpler to visualize and explain.

"Color temperatures over 5,000 K are called cool colors (bluish white), while lower color temperatures (2,700–3,000 K) are called warm colors (yellowish white through red). [1] This relation, however, is a psychological one in contrast to the physical relation implied by Wien's displacement law, according to which the spectral peak is shifted towards shorter wavelengths (resulting in a more blueish white) for higher temperatures." From Wikipedia: Color temperature

Sunday, November 10, 2013

How Hipsters Ruined Paris

"People say you had to be in Paris in the ’20s or New York in the ’80s. The sad truth of our contemporary moment seems to be only that you no longer need to be anywhere in particular anymore." Read the article: How Hipsters Ruined Paris by Thomas Chatterton Williams, November 8, 2013 The New York Times

Katy Perry Killer Queen

From Teenage Dream to Killer Queen, recording artist Katy Perry continues to expand her repertoire of personas as only a superstar of her caliber could. I got a sample of this scent at Sephora where I almost missed it completely as it was obscured under the One Direction display. Had my tween not quietly shrieked at the sight of Our Moment, I would not have seen the heavy glass bottle beneath it, a garnet red juice in a crowned, bejeweled scepter-inspired bottle with a sharper pointed edge than even that of Thierry Mugler Angel or Chopard Wish. For sure the name fits the presentation. I don't think this comes as a rollerball, but I could be wrong.

As for the scent, it's pleasantly sweet and ambery, a dustier version of Rihanna Reb'l Fleur, reminiscent of Juicy Couture Couture Couture, a heavyish orange blossom blend that I like but the kids don't seem to. Also bearing similarities to Givenchy Absolutely Irresistible and Chanel Allure Sensuelle of a few years back, I think Killer Queen is the strongest launch by Katy Perry thus far, but I'm only comparing it to her first one, as I wasn't aware of a second fragrance launch before this one, which is apparently her third.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Demi Lovato and The New Black Pair Up to Release 5 New Nail Kits!

“I love all the products that I have created because I think they embody all the qualities of a strong woman,” Demi told Women’s Wear Daily. “It is fun to be able to create your own look down to your nails. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my nails, although you can’t always tell. I want to put something cool on my nails that expresses who I am and what I’m feeling.” See the colors here: Demi Lovato and The New Black Pair Up to Release 5 New Nail Kits! - Nail It Magazine

Pictured: "Studded": Grey Stone Polish, a Top Coat, and Mini-Studs

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Painting a Room With Blues, or Hip-Hop, or Mozart

"RECORD companies have long promoted music for helping to set a mood, and paint brands similarly highlight the power of a coat of well-chosen paint to create the right ambience. Now a paint company is marrying those notions, with a smartphone app that suggests paint colors based on consumers’ favorite songs." Painting a Room With Blues, or Hip-Hop, or Mozart by Andrew Adam Newman, The New York Times October 28, 2013