Monday, December 7th, 2009


Illamasqua Avenge Lipstick

Brighten Up the Winter:  Illamasqua Avenge Lipstick

Illamasqua Avenge Lipstick (£14.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new shade from their winter collection Dystopia. It’s a hot fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It has just a touch of sheen, but it really is quite matte. Illamasqua’s matte lipsticks are some of the least drying matte lipsticks around, but they may be more drying than some are used to (if you haven’t tried out mattes before — most of them can be a smidgen drying). Avenge is easy to apply, goes on creamy and doesn’t stick in places, so it gives lips even, opaque coverage without much fuss.

The only downside? It’s only available in the UK or through the website (which will ship outside of the UK!), but it is still a bit of a bummer.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Love yourself some hot pink? Might like Avenge…

Availability: Illamasqua

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Monday, December 7th, 2009


First row: Heli-Yum, Sugar High, Something Sweet
Second row: High Hopes, Peachykeen, Happy Go Lucky
Third row: Lemon Fizz, Four Leaf Clover, Re-Fresh Mint
Fourth row: Flyin’ High, Grape Pop, Light As Air

China Glaze Up & Away Collection Review Round-up

The twelve shades from Up & Away are all creme finish, which means that they’re creamy and have absolutely no shimmer whatsoever. I didn’t find these the easiest to apply from the beginning, but I did find that after I initially applied three or four of them, I started to figure out what worked and what didn’t for these. I did, however, really love the range of shades included in this launch and really felt like they covered the entire rainbow.

Temptalia Recommendations

Must-Haves: Four Leaf Clover, Sugar High, Re-Fresh Mint
Nice-to-Haves: Something Sweet, Lemon Fizz, Flyin’ High, Light As Air
Skip: –

I don’t think any of these merit a skip, because none of them performed horribly — it’s really a matter of what kind of shades you gravitate towards and which ones you just know aren’t your thing. (Like bright yellows? Not really my thing.) I found the darker/deeper colors to be the easiest to apply, with the lighter ones more prone to streaking, but as you can see, I was able to get creamy, smooth results with all the shades.

Here are some tips I learned about application for these spring shades…

  • Experiment with thickness of coats and number of coats. I found one thin coat (which might even be streaky) followed by a slightly thicker second coat gave me the results I wanted.
  • Make sure to use a base coat and top coat. The base coat will give the polish a smoother surface and something better to anchor to, which will help the polish look and feel more even and smooth. (It also helps it last longer!)
  • Patience is a virtue. You don’t need to wait ten minutes in-between coats, but I would advise waiting anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. Since I went for a fairly thin first coat, I didn’t have to wait long before it was dry enough to layer on a second coat.

Shade by Shade Reviews

China Glaze’s spring collection certainly caught your eye, and I was really pleasantly surprised by just how many nail polish fans we have on this blog! I will definitely try to be more consistent and include more coverage on nail polish in the future (though let’s take a break for a few days!).

What are your favorites?

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Purple Lab NYC Expands Product Range for Spring 2010

In Spring 2010, Purple Lab NYC will be expanding their product range from beyond lipgloss (their famous Huge Lips, Skinny Hips Lipgloss) to include a full line of makeup. All products are available for pre-order at Purple Lab NYC.

Cheek Implants ($26.00)

Cheek Implants is a creamy blush that glides across the skin while plumping, lifting, and enhancing cheek bones. Key ingredients: Nylon, Elastin, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid

  • Backstage Pass Chic. Flirty. Feminine. A peachy, nude-ish stain that’s ultra-flattering on all skin shades
  • Six Inch Heels Glam! Haute! Hot! Attention-grabbing! A rosy blush with shimmering golden highlights

Lashionista/Modelista ($32.50)

Lashionista/Modelista is a double sided mascara/liquid liner beauty product, available in two shades, that mixes glamour and science-forward technology. Key ingredients: Diamond Powder, Glycerin, Vitamin B3, Myristoyl Petapeptide 17, Keratin

  • After Dark Silk black with diamond dust, perfectly colored and clear diamonds, ground down to powder to add a new dimension to color – one that twinkles to the max. Its high drama, yet soft, rich and shiny, almost like mink
  • Modern Classic A rich black with undertones of midnight blue, bringing out the whites of your eyes, creating a healthy, fresh look that is simply divine, impossibly royal, and well – modern and classic

Luvah ($24.00)

Luvah is a double plumping lip color infused with aphrodisiacs, aromatherapy for sensuality and moisturizing agents. Key ingredients: Maxi Lip, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Ylang Ylang, Dong Quai, Jasmine, Chocolate, Vanilla Mint

  • Rich Jerk Eye popping berry that doesn’t overwhelm. Striking on everyone, there’s a slight pink to the shade that brightens the face and makes lips pop
  • Mama’s Boy Nude and glamorous, subtle yet bright enough to make you stand out. With the softest of brown undertones, it looks natural and is tailor made for day or night

Luxury Squared ($26.50)

Luxury Squared is two must-haves in one – skin-evening, color-correcting, anti-inflammatory concealer and glimmering highlighter with skin firmers and antioxidants. Key ingredients: Silk, Silica, Vitamin E, Algae, Beta Glucan, Tea Leaf

  • Concealer A neutral shade that color corrects under the eyes, made for all skin tones
  • Highlighter Soft golden glow to highlight facial features with a lovely hint of metallic pop

Silk Sheets Luxe Foundation ($34.50)

Silk Sheets is a luxe cream foundation infused with silk, juniper, and almond seeds. Key ingredients: Silk, Juniper, Almond Seed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Lead Extract, Algae Extract and Seaweed, Ascorbic Acid, Nettle, Green Tea Extract

  • Light Made for fair, delicate skin and it works for slightly pinkish or yellow complexion undertones
  • Medium If your skin is gorgeously olive, slightly darker than fair, this is your shade
  • Tan You’re naturally dark and exotic? Get this one!
  • Dark Beautiful and sultry, it’s best for dark complexions

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Heli-Yum

China Glaze Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer is a vibrant, deeply pigmented pinky-red.; It’s not the scarlet red we’ve seen over and over again for the holiday season — it’s marked by a lot of raspberry pink. It’s one of the deeper shades of the collection as well, but it is a beautiful shade of not-quite-red but more-than-pink.

Intensely pigmented, smooth to the touch, and pretty easy to apply all describe this formula and shade. I needed just one medium-thick coat to get a smooth, non-streaky application with an opaque finish. I still went for two, but that’s a personal preference; you could easily get away with just a single coat with this particular shade and formula.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Though a little summery, this is one beautiful pink-coral shade for nails!

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Sugar High Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Sugar High

China Glaze Sugar High Nail Lacquer is a vibrant medium pink with a coral kick creme. When I swatched it, I saw a fair amount of coral in it, so I wouldn’t classify it as a hot pink at all. It does have the brightness one would expect in a hot pink, though, but there is definitely some coral in it. I actually think the smidgen of coral makes it a more interesting than it otherwise would have been.

Like other deeper shades in the collection, Sugar High applied like a dream–even, smooth, and opaque–in just one or two coats. I didn’t find myself worrying much over streakiness with this, like I did with some of the lighter shades, which was nice. The formula is similar to the other shades; thick, richly pigmented, and has a beautiful slightly glossy creme finish.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Though a little summery, this is one beautiful pink-coral shade for nails!

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze High Hopes Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: High Hopes

China Glaze High Hopes Nail Lacquer is a bright orange-red creme. It’s almost like a really, really intense orange-coral with kind of a red flare to it. It’s definitely not “construction orange” nor is it a summery coral! It’s somewhere in the middle, and I’d say it is considerably bright for the spring season. I could just as easily see this shade being part of a summer launch as I do for a spring launch (I’d probably lean towards the summer side, though).

This was a very intensely pigmented creme formula — it went on evenly, smoothly, and opaque in one medium-thick coat. I still ended up opting for a thinner first coat followed by a thicker second coat for the swatches; I just felt like it gave it a more finished look and feel overall. The formula itself wasn’t too thick or gooey, and this one applied particularly well out of the bunch, so I was quite pleased!

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a brighter color on your nails this spring, High Hopes might make you hopeful (harhar!)!

Availability: January 2010

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