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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Smashbox Reign Collection for Fall 2009

The Smashbox Reign Collection is inspired by the ruling era of the English Tudors—an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence. The products featured in this collection are luxe, sexy, and indulgently sensorial, giving a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of royalty.

Eye Shadow Palette ($42.00)

  • Majesty Peach champagne, plum burgundy, black
  • Monarch Light gold, bronze, taupe trio

Jet Set Palette ($48.00)

  • Matte black/dark brown, Gold and metallic brown liner duos

Fusion Blush ($32.00)

  • Regal Soft peachy pink

Lash DNA Mascara ($19.00)

  • Plum Muted eggplant

Lip Gloss ($18.00)

  • Crowned Sheer peachy pink

Doubletake Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Amaretto Pinkish nude/warm nude
  • Currant Deep plum/dark cherry

Available: Now at Sephora.com

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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Have you checked out Sephora Favorites?

They’re pre-packaged kits/sets of Sephora’s favorite/popular products from different categories. For example, there’s Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler, which features eleven different “most wanted mascaras” for $39. There are ten kits in total, from pink lips to fragrances to skin care. All of the kits are $40 or less. The kits offer a more cost-effective way to try out bestsellers and products you’ve thought about but never wanted shell out all the money for. I think I’m most interested in the Face Quenchers Moisturizers Deluxe Sampler.

Samples/Freebies Codes

  • Free Bare Escentuals Matte Foundation, use code BEMATTE.
  • Free Mystic Tan Sample, use code MYSTIC.
  • Free Enzyme Face Peel by AmorePacific, use code AMORE.
  • Free sample bag of men’s grooming essentials, use code ALLHIS.
  • Free full-sized Perricone Eye Smoother, use code CERAMIC.
  • Free Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Light, use code PRIMER.
  • Free DuWop Prime Venom, use code DUWOP.
Monday, June 29th, 2009

Illamasqua: Lip Focus

I am absolutely in LOVE with Illamasqua’s Lipsticks (£14.00 each). The texture, pigmentation, and feel of the two I tried is phenomenal — incredibly smooth, extremely color-rich, and moisturizing. The wear time is top notch, giving me several hours and lasting through drinking a glass of water.

Encounter Lipstick is an opaque shade red that almost looks and feels like a matte, but it is more like a satiny finish with plenty of color and a soft sheen. Not every red works well on me, but this one made me want to go out and show ‘em off!

Obey Lipstick is a pretty coral-pink that’s rich in color so it’s opaque, and it has the same satiny finish of Encounter. I just love when a lipstick is soft, creamy, and has a natural sheen to it. (I find it difficult to wear matte lipsticks sometimes!)

I also tried out Lily Rose Sheer Lipgloss (£12.50 each), which is a semi-sheer red with just a little bit of pink and silver shimmer. It has an ultra glossy look when applied to lips, and it did give my lips plenty of color (kind of looked like watermelon-red on me). It makes me curious to see how intense the Intense Lipglosses are if their Sheer Lipglosses can give me this much color!

Have you tried Illamasqua’s lip products? Any favorites or recommendations?

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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Illamasqua: Nail Varnishes

Everybody’s been talking about new UK brand Illamasqua, and for good reason–it’s not just hype. For now, let’s talk about their Nail Varnish (£12.50 for 15ml) — I tried out Phallic, which is a rich, deep dark midnight-blue with silver-blue glitter; and Loella, which is a subtle bubblegum pink with fuchsia-pink shimmer. Both shades went on smoothly and opaque with two medium thick coats. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to work with, and I loved how glittery Phallic was without making the texture feel gritty. There’s gotta be at least ten more colors I want to try now!

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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Considering investing in brushes for your eyeshadows? Trying to figure out which brushes you need? Look no further — here’s our guide to MAC Eye Brushes! Plus, seasoned MAC Artists weigh in with their must-haves!

MAC Eye Brushes — Our Reviews

Temptalia’s Recommendations

  • 5 Basics to Begin With: 217, 219, 226 (if unavailable, 222/224), 231, 239
  • 5 More to Add Down the Road: 205, 208, 249, 266, 272
  • 5 Great Multi-taskers: 208, 217, 231, 239, 249
  • Best for Highlighting:  217, 272
  • Best for Blending:  217, 224, 231, 239, 272
  • Best for Crease:  219, 222, 224, 226
  • Best for Eyeshadow Application:  231, 239, 242

What the PROS Say

MAC Senior Artist Luc Bouchard loves the 222, he says, “I love this brush because I can define and diffuse the crease in a second! I also use it to apply and blend concealer – it allows me to apply a perfectly blended sheer coat.”

MAC Senior Artist Keri Blair must have the 224, because it is “hands down this brush is great for blending, blending and blending… It’s been an extension of my right hand for over 13 years. The tip of the brush picks up the color and all the tapered hairs help to move the product out and across the eye.”

Share your favorites with fellow Temptalia readers, just copy and paste the form below and write-in your own answers…

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Monday, June 29th, 2009

Chantecaille Sylvie Personal Collection for Fall 2009

Chic and sophisticated, the Sylvie Personal Collection embodies today’s strong, modern woman. Sparked by the energy and excitement of the city, this new collection speaks to women who are active, engaged and stylish—women who find beauty in a confident, elegant look.

The Sylvie Personal Collection was inspired by Chantecaille founder, Sylvie Chantecaille, and is thoroughly contemporary in its fashionforward palette and sleek, brand-new gunmetal packaging. This simple, streamlined look reflects an up-to-date femininity—a simple, authentic statement that exudes smart, urban cool. A complete collection for face, eyes and lips, re-imagined for Fall.

Sylvie’s Personal Palette ($72.00)

A new, square, super-stylized compact contains a complete palette for eyes and cheeks. Each of the four colors is intricately embossed in the shape of the rose, the symbol of Chantecaille. Eyes are the focus of Fall’s face, and three deep tones include two Lasting Eyeshades in a rich plum brown and a matte beige, both of which can be applied wet or dry. A Shine Eyeshade in shimmery fawn is an opulent highlight and can be easily blended in the crease of the eye for added sparkle. A Perfect Blush in a medium toned rose for cheeks comes in an ultra-fine highly adherent formula for a smooth, flawless complexion. All delivered in one chic, metalized pouch, it creates a rich and elegant vision for fall.

Lip Chic in Heirloom ($30.00)

New, deep berry tone that anchors Fall’s sophisticated face. The newest addition to Chantecaille’s Lip Chic collection, a highly emollient formula that offers the even coverage of a lipstick with the high shine and plumping effects of a gloss. Added collagen give lips a boost, leaving them fuller and decidedly more youthful in appearance, with out any irritation.

Luminous Eye Liner in Viola ($22.00)

An intense, long-wearing liquid eyeliner in plum with brown overtones. A unique formula rich in pearls and pigments is easily applied with the brush applicator to deliver a high-glamour look.

Le Stylo in Dark Brown ($26.00)

A dramatic, long-lasting liquid liner in an innovative marker form. Perfect for graphically defining eyes with a highly precise line of rich, dark brown.

Availability: August 2009 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Frédéric Fekkai Salons, Neiman Marcus, select Saks Fifth Avenue locations, and Space NK.

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