Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Lancome and Genes Day 2010

Lancôme will host Genes Day, a celebration of the beauty of scientific research. On this one day, Lancôme will highlight Génifique’s unique ability to deliver results in just seven days by donating $7 from the sale of every bottle of Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Lancôme, the world’s largest luxury beauty brand, has pledged to donate a minimum of $100,000 to St. Jude.

The suggested retail prices for Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate are $78 for 1 ounce; $98 for 1.7 ounces; $125 for 2.5 ounces. The $7 donation will be made for every concentrate sold at a Lancôme counter in the United States or at lancome-usa.com on October 22nd. Those new to Génifique are welcome to stop by the counter that day for a deluxe seven-day sample of the product. No purchase is necessary.

Internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

You can also donate directly to St. Jude here!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Win MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator!

One (1) lucky winner will receive MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, which was limited edition and is no longer available! (Retail value $19.50!)

Congratulations to Christina K.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by October 25th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Two Ways to Win

You can do one, the other, or both to maximize your chances of winning…

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell me what your biggest skin concern is!

2.) Like Temptalia on Facebook and leave a comment entering to win on this post on our page.

This prize purchased and provided by Temptalia.

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Evocative Beauty: Amethyst

Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a semi-opaque, dark, reddened burgundy with a glossy finish.  It’s kind of like a cream, but there’s so much shine, describing it as a cream seems inadequate.  It’s very smooth and glides on effortlessly, but this is the kind of texture that can bleed more often than not.  I recommend using either a matching lip liner or a clear lip liner around the outer edge of the lip to help keep the lip color in its place.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Cream Lipsticks wear an average of four hours on me, but this shade is pigmented and deep enough that I get around five and a half.  It is heavily scented with rose, but I mostly smell it in the tube, not so much when worn.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice vampy shade for autumn–it’s bold, dark, but the glossiness keeps it a little lighthearted, too.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Ethereal Beauty Collection for Holiday 2010

Ephemeral and delicate yet daring, the Ethereal Beauty Collection showcases captivatingly sensual Scarlett Johansson lying draped in shimmering black silky sheets. Scarlett, shown with David Ghandy, the ultimate Dolce & Gabbana man, looking down upon her, is a vision with smooth skin like polished alabaster. Scarlett radiates sheer desire and sensuality as she gazes at the viewer with longing and

Celebrated make up artist Pat McGrath collaborates with Dolce & Gabbana to create a mesmerizing look that captures the joyous serenity of the holiday season. A mixture of subtlety and finesse, a play of stellar nudes, neutrals, blushes and pinks culminates in a singular beauty that’s extraordinarily exquisite and discreetly dramatic.

The look lends an air of subversive sensuality and magnetic romance that is seamlessly sophisticated and deeply intimate. A rarefied almost unearthly glow radiates, informed by a play of creamy nudes, and neutrals in slight gradations with equally subtle pinks and translucent blushes to produce a face of transcendent beauty to honor the spirit of a season unlike any other.

The lips are luscious, silky smooth and moist in Rosebud, a new Shine lipstick… almost imperceptively defined in nude lipliner Cashmere and glazed with a whisper of shine in Shimmer, a new lip gloss. Eyes convey a deep mystery, a dark romance in Desert, a new eyeshadow quad of rich browns, emphasized further by black mascara. A hint of delicate Rosebud, the new blush, illuminates and enhances. Nails in Pink add a winsome feminine finish.

“We were into exploring the power of nuance, creating a mystique that, while ephemeral, speaks with authority. I love working with a select palette of neutrals and blushes; it’s such a fantastic challenge to try to create a potent mood and something really glam and sexy,” says Pat McGrath. “It’s quite simple really-an almost neutral lip with a bit of color around the eyes can be so gorgeous-but it’s also daring.”

The holiday collection was used at the Vogue Fashion Fund Show; Desert and Coffee on the eyes and Rosebud on cheeks.  Tan blush was used to sculpt and Dahlia lipstick blotted on lips.

Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Glitz (107) Classic Cream
  • Desert (109) Classic Cream
  • Rosebud (170) Shine
  • Shimmer (52) Shine

Lipgloss ($29.00)

  • Shimmer (55) Ultra Shine
  • Honey (137) Ultra Shine

Lipliner ($30.00)

  • Cashmere (8)
  • Cashmere (9)

Eyeshadow

  • Desert (123) Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)
  • Desire (105) Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)
  • Mystery (106) Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00) (Existing)

Eyeliner ($29.00)

  • Shimmer (12)
  • Coffee (2) (Existing)

Blush ($44.00)

  • Rosebud (33)

Bronzer ($47.00)

  • Cashmere (15)

Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Pink (100) (Existing)
  • Nude (210) (Existing)

Availability: Mid-October 2010 at Saks.com and select Saks locations

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Rescue Beauty Lounge Orbis Non Sufficit
Rescue Beauty Lounge Orbis Non Sufficit Nail Lacquer

Going Hunting for Green

Rescue Beauty Lounge Orbis Non Sufficit Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a dusty, gray-tinged hunter green cream. The formula packs quite a lot of pigment and is almost opaque in one coat (but the swatches are with two). Rescue Beauty Lounge’s formula is on the thicker side, but they apply beautifully; very smoothly and evenly, and the majority of shades–from my experience–are opaque in two coats.

At $18 a pop, they don’t come cheap, but the brand will be holding a 5-hour sale on November 1st from 11 to 4PM EST. You’ll need to sign-up for their newsletter/emails to get the details for the actual sale, but you can learn more about the upcoming event here.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For green fanatics, but particularly those with cooler undertones, this is a must.

AVAILABILITY: Rescue Beauty Lounge

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Win 3 Benefit Ultra Shines!

One (1) lucky winner will receive three Benefit’s Ultra Shines Lip Glosses, which includes Wild Child, Back to the Fuchsia, and Spiked Punch! (Retail value $54!)

Congratulations to Britta S.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by October 24th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Two Ways to Win

You can do one, the other, or both to maximize your chances of winning…

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell me which gloss you’d use first!

2.) Like Temptalia on Facebook and leave a comment entering to win on this post on our page.

Thanks to Benefit for their generosity to help us celebrate our 4th anniversary!