NARS Holiday Collection is now available, including all the sets/kits (they bumped up the launch date). You can see all reviews I have so far here. I’m going to try and get the last two sets reviewed tomorrow (but you can peek at swatches here). My top picks are the limited edition Lipglosses, Deadly Catch/Femme Fleur lipsticks, and the Lip Pencil Set (full review goes up today). Reader Nicole also spotted a few items up at Sephora (but not everything is up yet).
shu uemura x Shupette also debuted today!
Let me know if you haul anything! I love hearing about what readers buy!
shu uemura Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld for Holiday 2014
Eye & Lip Palette ($89.00) (Limited Edition)
- Shupette Has-It-All Eight eyeshadows, six lip colors
Eye-Need-Shu Trio ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
- Parisienne Chic Dark blue, medium blue, light blue
- Tokyo Kawaii Bronze, pink, yellow
Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio ($35.00) (Limited Edition)
- Parisienne Chic Fuchsia, plum, pink
- Tokyo Kawaii Coral, red, fuchsia
Silk Cushion Cheek ($25.00) (Limited Edition)
Eye-Need-Shu Liner ($24.00) (Limited Edition)
- Midnight Black
- Gala Brown
Pampearl-Me Face Powder ($39.00) (Limited Edition)
Luminous face powder.
My Precious Glitter Set ($45.00) (Limited Edition)
Includes three glitters (3 x 0.035 oz.) in pink, gold, and silver.
Ultim8 Cleansing Oil ($90.00) (Limited Edition)
Special edition packaging.
Shupette’s Make-up Trunk ($400.00) (Limited Edition)
Large makeup traincase.
With-Love-From-Paris Brush Set ($69.00) (Limited Edition)
Features two face brushes, one eye brush, and a lip brush, plus bag.
Premium Falsh Eyelash ($75.00) (Limited Edition)
- Furry Fantasy Bejeweled, dramatic lashes with pink fur
False Eyelash ($29.00) (Limited Edition)
- Eye-Need-Shu Blue bejeweled lashes
Fabulous Cat Nail Enamel ($18.00) (Limited Edition)
Availability: October 15th at shu uemura
shu uemura 15% off Fall Five Day Event
shu uemura is kicking off their Fall Five Day Event where you can get 15% off PLUS free shipping on all orders with code TEMPTALIA, now through 8/17. It’s even good for Canadian readers!
If you’re looking for product recommendations, you can check out some of my favorites from last year’s Editor’s Choice Awards. I’m a big fan of their Cleansing Oils (review from 2013) (I bought Ultim8 last sale, actually), and their Eyelash Curler. Any suggestions for products to try? I’d love to hear ‘em.
shu uemura: Get 20% OFF plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more with code TEMPTALIA, ends 5/18!
Canadians! shu uemura Canada is giving 20% off + free shipping on $100+ orders with code QUEEN, ends 5/19. Get 10% off + free shipping on $50+ orders or 15% off + free shipping on $75+ orders as well.
Personal Recommendations: Cleansing Oils (I like the High Performance Balancing; just ran out and need to repurchase!) and Eyelash Curler–both are staples that I use pretty much every day!
Temptalia readers can get 25% off + free shipping on $50+ orders at shu uemura with code TEMPTALIA, 11/18 through 11/20. Canadian readers can shop shu uemura’s Canadian website and get 25% off + free shipping on $75+ orders with code TEMPTALIA, 11/18 through 11/20.
Some of my personal picks from shu uemura are their Cleansing Oils (High Performance is one I use often; gave their cleansing oils an Editor’s Choice Award last year!) and Eyelash Curler (I have three of them!). Happy shopping!
shu uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil
shu uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil ($67.00 for 15.2 fl. oz.) is designed for combination to oily skin types as a cleansing oil that “effectively remove[s] make-up and ipurities … while maintaining the skin’s necessary moisture level.” It is “empowered with Sakura Complex” to “[minimize] pores by eliminating excess sebum and visibly [smoothe] the skin’s surface.” According to shu uemura, sakura leaf extract is “known to reduce inflammatory mediators that can cause skin redness” and “improve skin texture.” It also contains salicyclic acid and cherry extract. It is available year-round in a regularly pink-tinted bottle but has been relased in special packaging for the ob collection. It’s sold out (in this packaging) online, but if you are located where shu uemura is still sold in stores, you may find it locally.
I’m a big fan of shu uemura’s Cleansing Oils, and I hadn’t tried the Fresh Pore Clarifying formula yet. The last bottle I used was a limited edition bottle released with last holiday season’s wkw collection, which was the “White Recovery EX+ Brightening Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula” (which doesn’t seem to be available in regular packaging on the U.S. website). One giant bottle lasts me anywhere from four to six months. I didn’t love this one as much as the other formulas I’ve tried, because it is very thin–almost water-like in texture. The others were slightly thicker but not so thick that they felt oily or heavy, but this one is so thin that it took some getting used to. I needed to pump it into my hands over the sink, as it would leak through my fingers or pump beyond my hands and get onto the counter/in the sink. I just never noticed this as an issue with the two or three bottles I’ve used previously (different formulas, all cleansing oils). The formula has a very light floral scent that’s pretty muted.
Aside from the consistency/packaging issue, the formula worked well to break down and remove makeup, dirt, and whatever else happened to be on my face. I take two to three pumps and then massage and work it into my skin, and then I rinse my hands under water and then work the oil into a small lather. After that, I rinse my face with lukewarm water and pat dry. I never experience any oily residue, no squeaky clean/tight feeling, or have issues with my eyes clouding during the rinsing process. shu’s cleansing oils are definitely a go-to for me when I’m wearing a full face of makeup, because it gets it all off and I don’t need to follow-up with another cleanser.