Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

The Scarlet Season: Dolce & Gabbana Iconic Lipstick

Add D&G’s makeup range to just another luxe item I lust after. Make it completely and wholly unavailable to see in person, and you have one frustrated beauty addict! I was so excited to try out the new line earlier this fall, and I loved the feel of their lipsticks–particularly this lovely shade of orange-based red called Iconic. It’s a creamy, opaque formula with a glossy finish. I love that glossy sheen, because I’m not much of a matte-lips kind of girl, so I always end up adding gloss on top of a lipstick. However, with Iconic, I feel like it’s very wearable on its lonesome, just because it has a fantastic gloss finish.

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!

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are five lipglosses you can’t live without? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

MAC Cult of Cherry Lipglass, Le Metier de Beaute Payapa Creme, Cle de Peau #2 Gloss, MAC Luminary Lustreglass, & Chanel Dragon (does that count as a gloss?)!

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

If you were using Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

The Scarlet Season: MAC Amorous Dazzleglass Creme

Recently released this past September (which means, despite its limited edition status, you can likely still find it in-store or online for purchase), MAC Amorous Dazzleglass Creme is a glittery, glamorous red gloss that packs both color and shimmer into a non-sticky high-gloss formula.  I like Amorous for the interplay between red color base and gold and red shimmer.  This shade of red is deep enough to not feel bright, but still rich in hue.  For a more opaque look, try it over your favorite red lipstick!

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!

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are your top five beauty products? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

Oh, gosh! I’m terrible at these kind of questions! Chanel Rouge Allure Laques, Chanel Exfoliating Mousse Cleanser, Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer, Vaseline, Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification! Five!

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Monday, October 19th, 2009

Sephora.com, Inc.

When the Sephora Friends & Family Sale starts (20% off – use code FF2009 at checkout), I always get an influx of questions about what people should buy. To me, there are three categories of products to consider whenever a decent sale rolls around in the beauty world. Otherwise, it’s really a matter of what your budget is like, what you need, and what you want. There are so many amazing beauty products that I think are worth checking out, but I couldn’t even begin to compile a list for you, since it definitely matters what you’re looking for! So here are some of my suggestions on how to whittle your lists down…

More expensive purchases that you’ve otherwise held off on make great buys during big sales.  I know that I often delay pricier purchases until I’m really sure I want/need it.  If you’ve been drooling over something for the past six months, this is an item you might want to consider splurging on.  For me, if I lose interest by the next week, I know I made the right move by using what little patience I have waiting.

Products like the Clarisonic fall right into this category of sale possibilities.  It’s a product that’s been well-received by many beauty addicts, but it’s also one of the pricier purchases you might make this year.  (I do recommend the Mia for those on a tighter budget — performs just as well as the full-size version.)

And it doesn’t have to be that pricey–just pricier than you feel comfortable paying on a regular basis–like Guerlain Rouge G Lipsticks. They’re overpriced, though fabulous, and with 20% off, it brings the price down to a more palatable $36.  It’s all about you and what you consider a splurge — for me, a splurge is Rouge G.  For others, it may be an Urban Decay Lipstick at $22!

I always like to use beauty sales to stock-up on my favorite makeup and skincare staples.  For me, that means Philosophy shower gels and pricier skincare like Kate Somerville.  Don’t forget about things you use often and go through within the year, like cleansers, makeup removers, mascara, etc.  These are always good purchases, because you know you’ll use them and aren’t just buying them because there’s a sale.

The third category of products are all of the gifts and value sets that various brands put together for the holiday giving/receiving season.  I like these because they usually represent a better value than if you purchased the included pieces individually, so then when you save 20%, you’re really saving even more.  Totally love that!   Plus, as a beauty addict, my stash is only going to grow, so I don’t necessarily need full sizes of everything–sometimes the gift set size is perfect.  I love being able to try multiple products for the same price as one or two full size products!