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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Creme de Miel Eyeshadow!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC Creme de Miel Eyeshadow, from the limited edition Naked Honey Collection. Submit your entry by leaving a comment in this post and telling us what your favorite brow highlighter is.

All entries must be submitted by June 24th, 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.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush

MAC 212 Flat Definer Brush ($21.00) is a stiff, flat brush made out of synthetic fibers. It works well as a precision lining tool, but it can also create sharp, defined creases and shapes. The flatness and width of the brush (about 10mm in width) helps you create a wider line in one press. It can be useful in creating the “flick” of cat-eye liner. A fairly dense brush, it picks up product well and deposits it evenly. It really is quite a firm bristled brush, so that gives you more control when you use it.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Estee Lauder Sensuous Gold Collection for Fall 2009

Inspired by the ease and sensuality of the season’s fashions, Estée Lauder has created Sensuous Gold – a uniquely feminine, luxurious new color collection for fall 2009. Using soft nuances of color with rich tints, tones and washes, Sensuous Gold gently brings out an inner radiance and reveals the softer side of every woman. Skin is luminous, warm and radiant in a soft veil of golden tones. Eyes are delicately defined in soft shades of golden amber and peach accented by rich, regal amethyst. Lips are luxuriously dressed for the season in sateen finishes of coppery nudes and supple plums. Sensuous Gold creates a look that is at once sophisticated, luxurious and naturally feminine. Completing the impression is the distinctly modern and luxurious rose golden packaging.

Signature Eyeshadow Quad ($35.00)

  • Rose Gold
  • Rose Amethyst

Shimmer Powder ($36.00)

The new way to glow. Baked, marbleized powder, lit with shimmering gold, adds a sheer, luminous aura. Luxurious brush sweeps and blends the perfect amount over every curve of your face and décolletage.

  • Gilded Rose

Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick ($19.50)

  • Rose Amethyst
  • Plum Amethyst
  • Plum Terracotta
  • Cinnamon

Pure Color Multi-Shimmer Gloss ($18.00)

  • Rose Gold
  • Rose Amethyst

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

  • Black Amethyst
  • Rose Gold

Available: Now at Nordstrom.com.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush

MAC 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush ($17.50) is an extremely fine-tipped liner brush. It’s kind of like an ultra thin pen tip. It has some give, but overall, it’s fairly firm and stiff, which helps add to the level of control you have over your application. This is my preferred brush for liquid liners, as well as when I want an extremely precise line. I’ve found that if you’ve suffered any skipping issues with angled brushes, this one solves those issues. I also like that the entire length of the brush (which is probably about 10mm or less) is the same width/circumference, which means you can slant it horizontally to line, too, and your line will look the same all the way across. This is a solid brush worth the investment–if you frequently use liquid or cream/gel liners, that is!

How do you like to use this brush?

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Friday, June 19th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What was your last beauty bargain? (Besides MAC’s F&F sale!!) What’d you get for a steal?

Temptalia's Answer.

I snagged three REAL DEAL eyeshadows from MAC’s Moonbathe from eBay for $30!

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush

MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush ($17.50) is a thin, pointed brush made out of synthetic fibers. You can use it to apply both liquid and cream/gel liners, though I find it works better with creamier products than traditional liquid liners. (I prefer the 210 for those!) For those looking to create liner that isn’t too thin, this is an option for you. It’s not the thinnest/smallest lining brush MAC makes, but it will still give you a decent amount of precision to apply your liquid/cream liners. I do find myself often reaching for the 210 over this particular brush, just because I prefer to start thin and work my way up in thickness. It’s a matter of preference in whether you prefer tight, precise lines or slightly thicker, more noticeable liner. I do also like to use this brush to apply shadow to the lower lash line when I am looking for a more precise line. (If precision is not a desire, then I opt for the 219.)

How do you like to use this brush?

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