Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Cream/Gel Eyeliner Breakdown

Cream/gel eyeliners are usually thick creams (the consistency of a cream, but the thickness of more like a paste… or a lipstick, for a better beauty reference!). They usually require a brush to apply it, and most use these on the upper lash line (they can be irritating on the lower lash line, particularly for those with more sensitive eyes). They’re a very, very popular item with numerous brands having their own take on the cream/gel eyeliner product type.

At the end of the day, they’re all quality cream/gel eyeliners and none are not worth paying for. As with many cosmetic products, some will work better on others–we’re not all going to fall in love with the same formula–but I do think these are all good picks. Personally, I tend to choose by the color/shade rather than the brand! If I had to give you a top three (in alphabetical order), they would be: Bobbi Brown, MAC, and shu uemura.

Here’s a comparison across eight different brands and their cream/gel eyeliners… Continue reading →

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

  • Best green eyeliner?
  • Best green eyeshadow?
  • Best green eyeshadow combo?
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Chance to Win $100 in MAC Products of YOUR Choice!

YOU get to pick your prize, should you be the lucky winner.   You can select up to $100.00 worth of MAC products (before tax) that are available at freestanding stores.  You cannot go over $100.00 (automatic disqualification, so add it up!), but of course, you can go under–it doesn’t have to be exact.

RULES: All entries must be submitted by January 5th, 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 we have receipt of prizes.  If a product you want is not available at my local freestanding store, I will ask you to choose a substitute.

How to Win: Just One Way

There’s only one way to win, and this is how…

Submit your entry: leave a comment on this blog post telling me what specific products you want to win. Remember, $100 or less, but not a cent more!  (And you only win what you do list in your comment.)

Congratulations to Teresa H.!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Sephora.com, Inc.

Save an extra 20% off all sale items on Sephora!

Use code EXTRA. Valid through 12/31/09.

P.S. – I spotted some interesting items in the sale bin: Korres eyeshadow, TONS of Laura Gellar products (wonder if they’re phasing it out?), Urban Decay Hi-Fi 24/7 Set, lots of Kevyn Aucoin and Ted Gibson up for grams,

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your favorite beauty retailer? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

Nordstrom’s is probably my favorite! I love shopping Sephora online, but Sephora in-store is overwhelming. I don’t have a Saks/Bloomingdales close enough to enjoy!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lasting Finish Lipstick ($5.19) is a bright cherry red with a frosty sheen. It feels fairly creamy, goes on opaque in just a layer, and it is (obviously) quite pigmented. Rimmel describes this lipstick as giving the wearer up to eight hours of wear; I’d say I got about four or five, which is average for me — not the best, but certainly not bad. It did leave behind a soft stain, since it is a red shade. It has a sweet, kind of synthetic scent, but I can tolerate it. The packaging is decent, particularly for a $5 lipstick. This is Rimmel’s more orange-based red, while Temptation (to be reviewed) is more of a blue-based red.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →