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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Searching for that dewy, glowy look? Benefit High Beam has you covered!

Benefit High Beam ($24.00) is a liquid highlighter that comes in a small bottle. Twist the cap and you’ll see a brush applicator–all in all, the packaging and application system looks very much like nail polish. I’ve found the best application method is to take the brush and dot it on the areas you want to highlight. I usually dotted two or three small-sized dots on my cheek bones, and then I blended it in with MAC’s 188 brush.

High Beam can act as a highlighter or illuminizer, which makes it a great, multi-tasking product to keep in your makeup bag. (Because of the packaging, it also makes a nice travel companion!) To use it as an illuminizer, mix a drop or two with your favorite foundation or moisturizer and apply all over to face. If you’ve used Strobe Cream, it’s kind of like that, but you’re able to mix to your desired level of lumination. As a highlighter, you use it on the traditional areas where you’d want light to reflect off your face (cheek bones, forehead, nose, chin, and so on). You can also use this on your brow bone — it is especially nice when you’re just wearing mascara, because it helps to brighten and wake-up tired eyes with minimal effort.

The best part about High Beam is that it isn’t noticeable that you’re wearing makeup. It’s subtle, soft, and has just this beautiful dewy, glowy finish that looks incredibly natural and yet adds so much more to your complexion. It doesn’t look or feel like a typical shimmery highlighter; it feels more like a radiant highlighter, where the luminous feel comes from a soft sheen instead of sparkles or glitter. I’ve had both my mom (older than me) and sister (deeper skintone) try this, and it looked equally lovely on them.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you love dewy skin and are looking for a new highlighting option, consider Benefit High Beam. The product itself is high-quality, they give you plenty of it, and it’s fairly easy to use. The packaging is functional and cute, though the applicator system could use improvement. Overall, it’s a solid product and worth purchasing.

Availability: BenefitCosmetics.com, Sephora.com

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

If you were using Make Up For Ever #75 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!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana The Golden Beams Collection for Holiday 2009

The Golden Beams Collection for Holiday 2009 captures the precious singularity of golden tones with a rare depth and an unexpected eroticism, celebrating three ultra femme variations on golden translucence, anchored by the drama and depth of surreal fantasy. Dolce & Gabbana use captivating contrasts to take beauty to a new level of decadence.

A trio of modern-minded golds – Yellow Gold, White Gold and Rose Gold – glaze, flicker and interact to reveal one sublime look that is at once sexy and glamorous. “Gold has always been a Dolce & Gabbana signature,” notes Stefano Gabbana. “This collection, based on three shades of gold,” adds Domenico Dolce, “encompasses the sensual, natural and romantic nuances of surreal femininity.”

The collection includes supple textures to enchant and seduce with glints of gold from an exclusive palette of glistening to pearly tones. A harmony of effortless precision results in a look that’s irresistibly off balance – and daringly, distinctively Dolce & Gabbana.

Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

  • Golds 125 (New)

Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)

  • Gold 130

Volumized Lashes Mascara ($28.00)

  • Black 1

Crayon Intense ($29.00)

  • Gold 3

Lipstick

  • Fire 235 Classic Cream Lipstick (New) ($30.00)
  • Sparkling 65 Shine Lipstick (New) ($30.00)
  • Gold 70 Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

Precision Lipliner ($29.00)

  • Fire 5 (New)

Luminous Cheek Colour ($44.00)

  • Caramel 25 (New)

Glow Bronzing Powder ($47.00)

  • Natural 10

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Fire 125 (New)
  • Royal 165 (New)

Availability: On-counter October 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your cure for a pimple right before a special occasion? Any tricks you’ve discovered?

Temptalia's Answer.

I use Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion and/or hydrocortisone.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away Sally Hansen HD Nail Colors!

Sally Hansen is giving away a full set of HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Collections to five (5) lucky Temptalia winners in celebration of their HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Sweepstakes.

The Sweepstakes includes:

  • Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a 32inch HD TV
  • An iPod Nano will be awarded each month to a randomly selected winner
  • 10 winners total will be randomly selected to receive a Sally Hansen gift bag

Submit your entry by leaving a comment telling me which color is your favorite of the eight launched!

All entries must be submitted by August 10th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. readers as pursuant to your local state’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.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana The Romantic Collection for Fall 2009

Inspired by Surrealism, the Dolce & Gabbana A/W 09 runway collection echoes both revolutionary sensibility and rebellious spirit. Just as the Surrealists eschewed the conventional to embrace the unpredictable and explore the unimaginable, Dolce & Gabbana break the rules both on the runway and with a new collection of Make Up for fall, tracing the fine line between dreams and reality to create an innovative glamour that teases and provokes. “We worship the surrealists; they pushed the limits-and proved that anything is possible,” says Stefano Gabbana, “With the Romantic Collection, the idea is to break away from the expected to transform beauty, creating a look that is about ultimate fantasy.”

“And the ultimate luxury,” adds Domenico Dolce, “After all, the ultimate luxury is to dream and, for the Dolce & Gabbana woman, the dream should always be a reality.”

The Romantic Collection showcases tone against tone contrast via a rich new range of pinks-from delicate to vibrant to shocking – with a fresh shimmer to lend natural luminosity. Lustrous new shades share a balance of the sensual and the subversive to embody Dolce & Gabbana signature glamour.

A key “Romantic” Look

Legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath collaborates closely with Dolce & Gabbana to create the beauty look with select Make Up classics paired with brilliant new shades. Explicit and ethereal pinks are imbued with light; deep neutrals are refined and distinctive.

The look lends an air of romance and a sense of intimacy with lucid washes of pure colour and sensuality. A truly feminine aura that’s both suggestive and assertive; the look is exuberant with weightless layering of tone against tone pinks, that coalesce in a seamless elegance that is at once fresh and cool.

Moist, voluptuous lips beckon and seduce – soft-sculpted and defined with Soft, a new shade of the classic lipstick and the lipliner. The same hue adds sophistication to nails, through the new Soft shade of the nail lacquer. Eyes are delicate, yet smoldering with the eyeshadow duo in Rose, enhanced with the mascara in Black. Cheeks appear lightly flushed with the blush in new Delight.

The Romantic Collection is intimate yet ephemeral with a glaze of pinks dissolving into a rush of strong femininity “The Rose palette brings the collection to a new level; Dolce & Gabbana wanted to take risks with colour, texture, mood – and at the same time capture the essence of each element,” says Pat McGrath. “While the focus is on the eyes – very sexy, very daring – the soft voluptuous lips add an intensity that’s erotic. The rose look is very romantic, almost ethereal – yet very sophisticated.”

Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

  • Dazzling 160

Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)

  • Rose 90 (New)

Volumized Lashes Mascara ($28.00)

  • Black 1

Crayon Intense ($29.00)

  • Platinum 6 (New)

Lipstick

  • Soft 65 Classic Cream Lipstick (New) ($30.00)
  • Naked 60 Shine Lipstick ($30.00)
  • Drama 90 Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

Precision Lipliner ($29.00)

  • Soft 6 (New)

Luminous Cheek Colour ($44.00)

  • Delight 35 (New)

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Soft 205 (New)
  • Pink 100

Availability: On-counter September 2009 at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and saks.com.

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