Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Midnight Bloom Collection

Dolce & Gabbana: The Midnight Bloom Collection for Summer 2010

Presenting the incomparable collection of colour cosmetics developed by the sartorial talents of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Each season, luminous colour direct from the runway is transformed with a discerning eye to produce a transcendent palette. The brilliant design duo create a dynamic portrait of the present and path to the future drawn from hints of the past. The Make Up defies the conventional and celebrates the power of today’s femininity… the look is bold and unexpected, yet softly sensual and seductive.

Introducing the Midnight Bloom Collection for Summer 2010: profound glamour, languid sophistication and cunning romance. A celebration of Dolce & Gabbana’s singular sensibility inspired as always by their cherished Sicily: its glorious past and the dramatic duality of its intriguing present. With Midnight Bloom, Dolce & Gabbana honor their vibrant heritage with signature brilliance and sultry sensuality. The collection is expressly created for the Dolce & Gabbana woman who flaunts her femininity; who trusts in serendipity; who relishes a luxury that’s effortless; who emboldens reality with a touch of fantasy… and celebrates who she is, inside and out.

Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00)

  • Fabulous (155) (New) includes a spring green, pink lilac, bluish-gray, eggplant

Eyeshadow Duo ($36.00)

  • Laguna (150) (New) includes an aqua-green, deep green

Crayon Intense (Eyeliner) ($29.00)

  • Blue (8) (New) Rich blue

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Delicate (53) (New) Pink-nude
  • Emotion (56) (New) Pink

Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Nude (50)

Lipgloss ($29.00)

  • Delicious (73) (New) Candy pink

Precision Lipliner ($29.00)

  • Nude (1)

Luminous Cheek Colour

  • Tan (22) (New) is a satin brown

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Shocking (122) (New) Fuchsia
  • Nude (210) Nude

Availability: May 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana The Brush Collection Collection

Dolce & Gabbana: The Brush Collection for Summer 2010

Dolce & Gabbana presents The Brush Collection: the accessory line up created by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to enrich The Make Up line.  The Make Up captures a sense of mystery and a touch of magic to create a look that’s sophisticated, sensual and always exquisite.

Dolce & Gabbana translates two decades of a straight-from-the-runway beauty, into a palette of colours and textures that’s discreetly dramatic and divinely distinctive. The colour range, both vivid and nuanced, reflects the Designers’ singular spirit of romance, revolution and risk. A signature sensibility joins a dynamic aesthetic to create a collection of new modern classics that enhance and entrance.

The Brush Collection, the inaugural accessory collection from The Make Up, is conceived for the woman who is passionate about perfection, performance, and play. An exceptional line of professional quality tools to assure a flawless precision, effortless application, and implement a polished finish for endless glamour.

The Brush Collection

A selection of five professional quality brushes define, highlight and refine… with a luxuriant touch that caresses the skin. Soft sculpted and succinct, the brushes are designed with well-considered detail and engineered ergonomically for optimal application. Each brush is an object of seamless eloquence in rich matte black and shimmering gold, crafted from the highest quality materials using only the finest natural hair; Goat AAA for the face and for the eyes and Sable for the lips. The Dolce & Gabbana emblem is delicately engraved in elegant gold lettering along the stem of each brush.

The Powder Brush ($55.00)

An all-purpose brush that glides soft and sensual against the skin for meticulous coverage. It provides a smooth even finish with a full dome shape assembled of sumptuous natural bristles, designed for applying pressed powder, loose powder and bronzing powder.

The Blush Brush ($48.00)

Boasts a gentle touch that feels magical. This brush is specially designed to impart the perfect amount of colour for even application. The semi-full dome shape of the feathery-soft bristles is tapered to highlight, shade and define features with accuracy.

The Eyeshading Brush ($30.00)

A slim stem with natural bristles gathered at the base, tapering slightly at the tip. Perfect for sweeping a single shade from brow to lid or for blending two or more shades with ease.

The Blending Brush ($32.00)

A delicate eye brush for blending shadows with precision. The soft, natural bristles are springy and full to contour the lids, layer intense colour or to define and refine explicitly.

The Retractable Lip Brush ($29.00)

A revolutionary tool for superior lip colour application. The tapered edge creates a pliable tip for unerring control to form the perfect pout. A retractable mechanism with a lid allows for portability and versatility… slip in a purse or pocket.

Availability: Now!

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Hard Candy for Spring 2010

Hard Candy for Spring/Summer 2010

The ever lovely Muse told me about Hard Candy’s latest, and of course, I had to share with you as well!

1,000 Lashes Mascara and Primer ($6.00)

Fiber extension formula for lusciously long lashes. 1,000 Lashes is infused with volume-building fibers that thicken, separate and lengthen lashes dramatically! The lash fibers adhere to your own eyelashes, acting like instant lash extensions. The result is super voluptuous, clump free, incredibly long lashes. The 1,000 Lashes Primer preps lashes for use with any mascara and adds extraordinary length and volume.

Hot Smudge ($6.00)

Duo Cream eyeliner/smudge shadow is housed in a long, sexy case—complete with brush and smudger. It’s everything you want in cream eyeliner with more precision than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid. This ultra-creamy, formula offers more control, playtime, and buildable coverage than typical liners. Create razor-sharp lines or smokey bedroom eyes with the double-ended angled liner brush and smudger. This creamy eyeliner is available in a wide variety of sexy shades that stay put all day long. $6

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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I love, love, love Renée Rouleau.  She really is one of my favorite skincare experts, so I always love to read her tips.  (Like sometimes I want to travel to Texas just to visit her spa.) Recently, she sent over these tips to share with Temptalia readers, and we could all use more beauty tips in our lives, right?  I don’t think there is a such thing as too many beauty tips…

Skincare Tips:  Travel & Your Skin

Have you recently flown or are you planning on taking a vacation in the near future? Worried about the airplane giving your skin trouble? Skin Care Expert & Licensed Celebrity Esthetician, Renée Rouleau offers helpful tips to keep skin healthy and balanced before, during and after taking flight.

The cabins of airplanes have extremely low humidity, which will cause skin to get extremely dehydrated (lack of water). They dry air looks for moisture where it can get it and that means robbing it right from your skin! Dry skin will become drier, but did you know that oily skin will get even oilier when flying on a plane? When the skin has no water, it attempts to compensate for the dehydration by producing more oil—which is the last thing that oily skin needs. But for dry skins that have no oil glands, the skin will be depleted of its water content.

Bottom line: Airplanes can wreak havoc on the skin!

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant
Blondie, Betsy, Bianca

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick: Betsy, Bianca, Blondie

Rouge G de Brilliant ($46.00 each) launched earlier this spring with ten shades (all permanent). Like the original Rouge G line-up, there is a theme–all of the names begin with a B. Brilliants different from the traditional Rouge G formula, because they are sheerer with more shimmer and a glossier finish. These are touted as a more natural lipstick. It feels lighter than Rouge Gs, but it looks considerably lighter on lips as well. These have a kind of “wet” look to them, so you may not need a gloss to give you that glossy sheen.

While the formula itself feels amazing on lips, without the wear (I only get about three to four hours as compared to four to six on regular Rouge Gs) and the rich pigmentation of the traditional Rouge Gs, I still prefer the original Rouge Gs over these, if I’m shelling out $46 a shade. But keep in mind that these were designed to be sheerer and glossier, so Guerlain hit the mark there. But for me, since I like my lipsticks pigmented, they’re not my favorite when I know the pigmented Rouge Gs exist!  These are, however, not ultra sheer–they do pack some color and change-up my natural lip color.

  • Betsy is a softened berry plum with subtle gold shimmer. Applied, it has this wet, shimmering look–very pretty and a color I’d slick on in a rush during the fall.
  • Bianca is a semi-sheer pink-coral with barely-there shimmer. This is one of the more pigmented shades of Brilliant that I’ve tried–this is more semi-opaque than semi-sheer–and it imparts a healthy color to my natural lip color.
  • Blondie is a subtle nude beige with champagne shimmer. On my lips, it actually does a fair job of giving my lips enough color, but it’s still sheer enough where your natural lip color can greatly affect how the color shows up on your lips. I see this turning much pinker and less nude on those with more naturally red lips.

Packaging wise, these have the same fancy-pants packaging as Guerlain’s Rouge Gs, which is luxe, heavy metal. It’s a very solid piece of makeup, but I’ve always felt that a lot of the price tag of Rouge Gs goes towards that indulgent packaging (which is nice, but I’d happily pay less for regular packaging!).

Much of the value gets eaten up by this packaging, because this is a formula that I’d pay $30-35 for (which is typical for high-end lipsticks), while at $45-46, it’s more about finding those perfect shades you’ll wear over and over again.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you like softer, sheerer lipstick color that goes on and feels almost like a thin yet creamy gloss, Rouge G de Brilliant hits the nail on the head. Colors are easy to wear, the formula feels fantastic on lips, and it is all housed in space-age packaging.

Availability: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Bliss Softening Socks

Happy Feet with Bliss Softening Socks

Bliss Softening Socks ($48.00) are a real treat for dry, cracked, and tired feet. These are an indulgence, not a necessity, but those with brutally dry or cracked heels will find these a nice way to get a little at-home spa treatment.

The socks can be worn as they’re bought, or you can lotion up your feet with any shea butter-based product (I used Bliss’ Lemon & Sage Body Butter) and then slip on the socks. The socks are lined with a “self-activating gel lining,” which is supposed to release olive oil, jojoba seed oil, grape seed oil, and vitamin E for hydration. On my foot, the gel lining goes up to my ankle, while the sock itself extends up a few more inches (but I have big feet–size 10). The gel kind of clings to your feet, and to be honest, the feeling is weird (not bad, but it is an odd feeling!) at first, but once your feet have warmed up the gel inside, they’re pretty comfortable.

I usually will slip these on when I know I’m going to be at my desk for awhile, because I feel like you probably shouldn’t walk a mile in these, though nothing indicates you couldn’t (but it feels funny, ha!). I will wear them for about thirty minutes or so, and my feet come out feeling soft and smooth. For reference, though, I don’t have the most beat up feet. I have baby feet in the sense that I pad around the house in socks on the regular, so walking on pavement makes my poor feet cry.

You can use these without lotioning up and still get a nice softness after twenty to thirty minutes of use, which is nice for those days where a thick body butter just won’t do. Those who just want an indulgence and general softening will find that enough, but for those with cracked heels, I definitely recommend using a body butter or Bliss’ Sock Salve to really treat your feet.

For those who can’t afford these socks, I recommend using a body butter (if you want to stick with bliss, I like Bliss’ Lemon & Sage Body Butter) to slather on your soles and then slip into a pair of thick socks and leave on for an hour (or overnight) for softened feet.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  With the price tag of these socks, they are definitely a luxury to own. They’re good for those who want to make the softness of a pedicure last and last or for those with extremely dry heels and toes. If you have fairly happy feet, you may want to try moisturizing with Bliss Sock Salve ($28.00) and slip on a pair of thick socks as a less expensive alternative.

Availability: BlueMercury

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