Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Weekend Quickies:  Carnival Lights, Lancome Cream Shadows, Philosophy Holiday Shower Gels

Here are some products I’ve tried in the past few months with reviews done all quick-style ;)

  • China Glaze Carnival Lights Nail Lacquer ($3.50) has a medium pink jelly base with silver micro-glitter and larger silver hexagonal glitter. It doesn’t go opaque on my nail, as you can still see the tip of it a bit. Above is two coats.
  • Lancome ‘Color Design’ Cream Eyeshadow ($22.00) came in three shades: Garter Belt (deep burgundy with red shimmer), Haute Smoke (soft taupe brown with multicolored shimmer), and Pink Lace (a milky pale pink). These lasted on my lids well (until I took it off, so about eight hours or so), though they are advertised to last for sixteen hours (I don’t think I usually wear my makeup for much more than eight hours!).
  • Philosophy Candy Cane Shower Gel ($16.00) smells exactly as advertised — like the peppermint-y candy canes of the holiday season. Lathers up quite well, as the rest of their shower gels do.
  • Philosophy Have a Cherry Christmas Shower Gel ($16.00) lathers up nicely and smells like slightly sweetened cherries that still have that tartness to them. The Muse has a more in-depth review if you’re curious. I love me some Philosophy Shower Gels, but how many times can I tell you that? Ha! ;)

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Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Lipstick

The Spring Season: Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Classic Cream Lipstick (#130) ($27.00) is a beautiful soft pinky-rose. It has a semi-sheer look that looks very natural on lips. Even though it’s not opaque, it’s one of those “You don’t know I’m wearing lipstick” kind of shades. It’s just a very subtle hue and the color clings and never looks heavy. It is, though, surprisingly not as pigmented as several of the other Classic Cream shades I’ve tried, unfortunately. I like the way the results regardless, but I just thought I’d note that quality.

Is this the right pink for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Chanel Pin-up Glossimer

The Spring Season: Chanel Pin-up Glossimer

Chanel Pin-up Glossimer ($27.00) sheer, light peach champagne with just a smidgen of pink in it with pale gold and champagne micro-shimmer. Glossimers are thin in texture, smooth in shimmer, and non-sticky in feel. On my lips, the golden tones of this gloss really pop, but I really love wearing this for an extra kick over any lipstick.

I used to not *get* the hype over glossimers, for two reasons: 1) why would anyone pay $27 for a gloss? (OK, totally over that, as I always say, once you pay $50 for a gloss… there’s no going back!) and 2) it just looks like a gloss! Now, it does and doesn’t look like any ol’ gloss. It’s a very, very good gloss, but to really fall in love, you have to see it glittering and shimmering like the ocean in the sunlight. That’s really where I had my “I get it!” moment with these. I don’t care if a gloss is sticky or not, so that wasn’t a selling point for me, but I know it is for others.

Most of glossimers do run sheer, and this one is no exception, but that is one of the reasons I love it over other products. It enhances without detracting from the base color (usually a lipstick in my case). I wore it most recently in a Valentine’s Day Look.

Is this the right nude for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Kitschmas vs. Kitschmas: The Results

Much to the dismay of neat-freaks everywhere, pigments once again exploded in my household. I conducted this messy project in my kitchen (easier to clean) with a very small (pocket-sized!) digital scale that can weigh up to 500 grams. I go through the entire process in detail further into the post. This is a follow-up to my original comparison post from a few days ago.  I used ounces for comparison, particularly because you get more decimal places using ounces, so I feel like it’s more accurate that way.

Kitschmas: Original Packaging, Labeled 7.5 grams / 0.26 oz.

  • Actual Weight: 8.7 grams / 0.280 oz.
  • Empty Jar Weight: 0.402 oz.
  • Total Jar Weight: 0.670 oz.
  • Bonus: You got 1.2 grams / 0.020 oz. more than you expected! :)
  • Sad: Lost approximately 0.012 oz. in transporting it back into the packaging :(

Kitschmas: New Packaging, Labeled 4.5 grams / 0.15 oz.

  • Actual Weight: 6.0 grams / 0.212 oz.
  • Empty Jar Weight: 0.282 oz.
  • Total Jar Weight: 0.476 oz.
  • Bonus: You got 1.5 grams / 0.062 oz. more than you expected! :)
  • Sad: Lost approximately 0.018 oz. in transporting it back into the packaging :(

One of the bigger concerns I saw voiced in the comments was paying the same price for 40% less. In the comparison between the two jars of Kitschmas, you still ended up with 0.212 oz. of Kitschmas, even in the new packaging. Everyone believed and expected MAC to give them 0.26 oz. of pigment before (though it is clear that they give you more, which is actually a common practice). So, I’m only going to look at that, but in this instance, you aren’t losing 40%. You’re really losing 0.048 oz. or 18.5%.

Keep in mind that MAC only need meet the advertised label of 0.15 oz., so your mileage may vary. Rich Life weighed in at .212 oz. as well, while Universal Mix weighed in at 0.187 oz.  I do want to be honest and tell you that it’s the same Universal Mix I used for the original comparison post, so I imagine I lost (at least, because I did a lot of transferring back and forth) 0.012 oz. (this is based on how much I lost just doing these minimal transfers for Kitschmas comparisons).

From weighing several different jars, it seems common practice for MAC to overfill, rather than exactly fill, their pigment jars. For instance, Push the Edge should only have 0.15 oz. of product in it, but it actually has 0.427 oz.–that’s over twice the amount advertised.

See both instructional step-by-step and full-sized (and additional) photos through the process, PLUS weights of other pigment jars for comparison… Continue reading →

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC in Lillyland Collection

MAC in Lillyland Collection: Overall & Round-up

OVERALL, Lillyland is definitely a very bright and colorful collection. It’s something that will catch your eye when you see it on displayer, even if you’re not necessarily into colors. Between the ultra pigmented Cremeblend Blushes and the ultra dazzling Lip Gelees, this is a very bold, bright, and cheery collection. It feels much more like a summer collection, actually, just because the colors are so bright and, well, summery! I truly am surprised they launched this together with All Ages, All Races, All Sexes; I almost feel like there’s no way to compete with it. But maybe some will be drawn in by the brightness, see neutrals next to them, and end up going that route instead.

Lillyland also included several permanent products, which I did not include in my review — such as three paint pots (Bare Study, Fresco Rose, and Rubenesque) and two technakohl liners (Graphblack and Purple Dash).

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Preppy Lip Gelee, Lush & Bright Lip Gelee, So Sweet So Easy Cremeblend Blush,

Nice-to-haves: Resort Life Lip Gelee, Joie-de-Vivre Cremeblend Blush, Coconut Ice Nail Lacquer

Skip: Pearlmatte Eyeshadow

Product-by-Product Reviews, Photos, Swatches

What are you loving? What aren’t you loving? But more importantly: what are you buying?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Overall & Round-up

OVERALL, the All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection is really going to be a hit or miss collection for many. I don’t think it has the mass appeal of some of MAC’s previous more neutral collections, like Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead or the N Collection. I think some of the shades may be too “blah” looking, even if they’re good shades to have in your color wardrobe.

I feel like the theme here is playing up your natural beauty; playing around with light and shapes, highlighting and contouring, accentuating brows, etc. It’s, obviously, not about rich, popping color. I didn’t find too many shades that really worked well for my skin tone and matched my personal tastes, but I know others will find more to love and some will walk away with nothing.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Universal Mix Pigment, All Races Eyeshadow, Naked Frost Lipglass

Nice-to-haves: Personal Style Beauty Powder Blush, Banshee Eyeshadow, Myself Lipstick, Empowered Lipstick, Liqueur Lipglass

Skip: Equality Lipstick (if you’re not into ultra pale lips)

Product-by-Product Reviews, Photos, Swatches

What products caught your eye? What’s coming home with you?