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Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Illamasqua: Hussy Blush

Illamasqua Hussy Powder Blush ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a matte, bright coral-pink. It’s smooth, intensely pigmented, and blends easily. It can be applied more subtly by using a stippling brush like MAC’s 187, or you can always tone it down if you’ve over-applied with a light dusting of powder.

It wears well and won’t fade on you throughout the day, and the color is not so cool to be unwearable for warmer skin tones, but it is also more pink than coral, making it easy to wear for cool skin tones, too. Sephora describes the shade as “petal pink,” which isn’t inaccurate, but I just keep seeing a bit of coral in it, too. The best part about this blush is the intensity of the pigmentation, because you definitely don’t have to worry about it not showing up on your skin tone! I’d compare the pigmentation to that of NARS’ blushes.

I’m a bit disappointed in the value of these blushes, though. They’re more expensive than NARS blushes, and nearly double the cost (per ounce) of MAC blushes. They’re priced just under (again, per ounce) Stila and Smashbox blushes. I do think they could have given us a little more product for the $23 price tag!

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

Recommendation: Have trouble finding blushes that show up on you? Illamasqua’s are richly pigmented making them good choices for those who like to put the spotlight on cheeks!

Availability: Sephora

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Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What does your go-to smoky eye look like? What products/colors?

Temptalia's Answer.

I use MAC Silver pigment as a base, and then I layer with Electra, Silver Ring, and Carbon.

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Friday, September 4th, 2009

Choose or Lose

How do you groom your brows?

  • Plucking/tweezing (63%, 878 Votes)
  • Threading (16%, 218 Votes)
  • Waxing (15%, 206 Votes)
  • Au natural (5%, 71 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,393

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays!  Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like.  Recommend your favorite book, or tell us what you just started reading; share a great dessert recipe or a photo of your pet (which is sure to be the cutest, yeah?).

Now… have at it!

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The Best of the Best, Volume #002

This week has definitely been a better one than last–the boy is definitely on the mend (chest pains), and Magellan is limping a lot less. My weekend (which starts today–yay!) plans include mostly catching up on comments (sorry I am so behind! argh!), working on reviews, and generally all that is beauty. (So shocking!) What are you doing for the long weekend? I hope everyone has an awesome holiday weekend! :)

This Week’s 5 Most Popular Posts

This Week’s 5 Most Discussed Posts

  • What makeup is in your purse right now?: Some of you are carrying makeup bags within your purses, others have products rolling around (that’s more my style!) the bottom… and others are finding lost treasure in those cavernous bags!
  • What was the last beauty product you finished?: a surprising amount of you have finished beauty products fairly recently — very nice!
  • The Hit List: Worst Brush Brand: seemed like Bare Escentuals may have made it to the top of the hit list in this week’s edition, but several other brands like Coastal Scents and Posh made appearances, too.
  • Rant & Rave: Perfume: You loved it, you hated it, and some of you didn’t have time for it…
  • Survey Says: this week’s edition was all about what you loved and hated about makeup and how you first got into it.

This Week’s Contests

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Kiehl's Acai Organic Skincare

Kiehl’s to Launch Acai Organic Skin Care Line in September

In mid-september, Kiehl’s will unveil it’s first organic skin care line. The line has received approval from Ecocert and Cradle to Cradle.

“Since our inception, we have always been known for our service and for creating efficacious products,” said Salgardo, noting that everyone asks for “green” products, but still demand high performance. “We heard that our customers wanted organics, that they wanted paraben-free, that they wanted natural — and they wanted to focus on the first signs of aging. We went to the lab to do all that. The result: our new Açaí line.”

The Line Includes…

  • Açaí Damage-Minimizing Cleanser, $25 for 5 oz.
  • Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, $27 for 6 oz.
  • Damage-Correcting Moisturizer, $44 for 2.5 oz.
  • Damage-Repairing Serum, $46 for 1.7 oz.

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