Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Walmart

Beauty on a Budget: Adventure at Walmart

Have you checked out your local Walmart lately? If you know me, I’m not the biggest drugstore beauty gal, and it’s mostly because they’re all too inconveniently located. Walmart is my nearest outlet for mass retail brands like Almay, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Physician’s Formula, Revlon, etc. If there’s one item that always tempts me whenever I’m looking at budget beauty items, it’s mascara. Rarely does high-end, pricey mascara so out perform more affordable mascaras, so you can count me among the curious whenever there’s a new mascara everyone’s buzzing about.

When Walmart asked me to snoop through their beauty aisles and tell you about what I saw, I figured, “Why not?” It was something I was totally game for, because who doesn’t like to look at beauty products? (At least, a beauty addict wouldn’t say no, right?) My local Walmart contains about four or five aisles lined with cosmetics, and it pretty much seems to be home to nearly every major mass cosmetic brand I’ve heard of. It also has some smaller brands I hadn’t heard of like Black Radiance, CQ, and Illusions. I went early in the morning (before 10AM), because I wanted time to peruse and not worry about being in anyone’s way since I was just being a big snoop. Another benefit of being an early bird customer was everything was clean and organized.

I don’t know why, but every time I see the displayers full of eyeshadows, I am surprised to see brighter, bolder colors like lime green and turquoise amongst the neutrals. My mind is still stuck in the past, I guess–back when brands were all about neutrals and tamer shades. I also saw a lot of different eyeshadow/blush palettes or compacts with embellished designs or patterns, which reminded me of some of the cult favorites from high-end brands.

It’s always good to see what’s available at a lower price point, particularly if you’re on a tighter budget. There are just some things you don’t need, and there are other things you can substitute for and never miss the more expensive version. I always stock up on my favorite tried-and-true mascaras like Maybelline Full ‘n Soft and CoverGirl Lash Blast, while I grab cotton balls, swabs, and pads for easy makeup removal, too. They also had a ton of the *cutest* makeup bags that were really hard to resist! I have to assess the makeup bag situation here at home before I let myself cave into a matching set.

What products and brands do you use when you’re on a budget?

What budget-friendly brands do you love even when you’re not on a budget

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Today, The Fairest has a Tarte sale in progress! I actually wrote up a little “Best of Tarte” post over at Who’s the Fairest? blog.  I definitely recommend the “Intro to Tarte” set and the “EyeQuatic” set.

When you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. Also, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

P.S. – The Fairest is currently only shipping to U.S. residents right now. If and when anything changes, I’ll definitely pass the word along!

Gilt Groupe is featuring a Smashbox sale today! I’m inviting you to join if you aren’t already a member (Gilt is invite-only). I’m pretty excited, and I’m hoping there’ll be some stuff I’ve been wanting available, too!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are your favorite eyeshadow colors to wear? What shades do you love?

Temptalia's Answer.

I love wearing golds and greens–those are definitely the two that I always reach for.

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

If you were using Make Up For Ever #159 Eyeshadow?, 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!

Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Neiman Marcus The Beauty Event Begins!

The much anticipated, the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event has begun. It’s good now through September 21st online, and in-store from September 10th through the 20th. You’ll get a Neiman Marcus exclusive leopard-print tote with these five goodies inside with any cosmetics/fragrance purchase of $100 or more…

  • Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair, 0.16 ounces
  • ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream, 0.07 ounces
  • CHANEL Cristalle Eau Verte Fragrance, 0.06 ounces
  • Prada L’Eau Ambree Fragrance, 0.05 ounces
  • Dior Beauty Invitation for a Deluxe Sample L’Or De Vie Creme

Additionally, you can use code NMBEAUTY to earn Neiman Marcus gift cards when you spend $500 or more.

The following brands are participating with gift with purchases when you purchase their productsContinue reading →

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Cool Reserve Nail Lacquer!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC Cool Reserve Nail Lacquer, from the limited edition MAC Nail Trend F/W ’09 Collection.

All entries must be submitted by September 9th, 2009 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 “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

Re-Tweet to Win

This is a Twitter Giveaway, so it is extremely easy to enter–just two simple steps!

1. Follow us on Twitter

2. Re-tweet the following: “Entered to win MAC Cool Reserve Polish! Follow @temptalia & RT to enter! http://tinyurl.com/nt09cr #temptalia”

Good luck!

(And yes, we will still be having giveaways that are not 100% Twitter-based. Not to fear! :) )

Congrats to @blushingnoir!