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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Five Reasons Beauty Junkies Should Join Twitter

  • Hear the latest tips/tricks from brands
  • Special Twitter-only giveaways/discounts
  • Ask questions on the fly to your favorite brands
  • Special sneak peeks of upcoming launches/products
  • Behind-the-scenes insight/photos

My favorite part about Twitter is how easy it is to interact with all of you–I love hearing your thoughts and feedback and getting to know you through tweets. My second favorite part is the interaction between consumers and their favorite brands. Obviously, my poison of choice is beauty, but it’s really amazing at how many brands are using Twitter in a proactive, interactive way that’s really fun to be a part of.

If you’re not already a regular Twitter user, you may not realize just how many major beauty brands are actively tweeting away! I created a list of many of the major beauty brands, and it stands at 151 different brands. I’m actually loving Twitter’s new list creation ability, because now I can just check out what beauty brands are saying separately from friends and readers. You can also easily follow my list by either bookmarking the list and just reading it that way or clicking the “follow” link.

Here are some tweet-lights from beauty brands from today:

  • @BloomCosmetics is giving customers 20% off during their Christmas party on November 25th from 6 to 8pm in their Chapel Street store
  • @ChinaGlaze showed swatch previews of the new shades from their Up and Away Collection for Spring
  • @Clarisonic is holding a Twitter giveaway for a MIA
  • @SallyBeauty released code 555262 to save 15% on all online orders over $25
  • @Sephora is holding their Sephora Clause giveaway/promotion
  • @UrbanDecay411 released a sneak peek video about upcoming UD products for 2010

Check out some of my personal favorite brands and people to followContinue reading →

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Urban Decay on Sale @ HauteLook!

We’re excited to tell you about Urban Decay coming to HauteLook today, Monday (November 23rd) which starts at 8AM PST.

Psst… and we’ve arranged free shipping for Temptalia readers for the Urban Decay sale! Use code FREESHIPTEMPT during checkout. Head on over to our co-branded shopping experience to shop the sale!

HauteLook and Temptalia have partnered together to create a co-branded shopping experience and to highlight certain sales that I really think are worthwhile for readers. We’re taking it slow and seeing how the experience works for both you and us, and we’re going to feature one sale this month and another in December.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: LOOSE POWDER!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about loose powder and all that it entails.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Pop Life & Toudra

NARS Pop Life & Toudra Velvet Matte Lip Pencils ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) are two new shades from NARS’ Holiday Collection.  These are jumbo-sized lip pencils that are designed to be used more like a lipstick than a lip pencil.  The product is “enriched with Vitamin E” and is designed to last for “hours.”  NARS describes Toudra as a “richly pigmented Barolo wine shade is creamy, long-lasting and matte for strong, seamless color and a perfectly defined pout,” while Pop life is a “bold, bright and modernly matte holly–red hue that slips on with a velvety texture – a new holiday staple.”

Toudra is a bronzy, not quite coppery, brown-based wine.  It’s not really what I’d think of when someone tells me it’s a wine shade, though.  It’s in there, and yet it’s distinctly different.  It has a bit of a frosty/shimmery look, and I didn’t find it applied as easily as some other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have in the past.  It even felt a little gritty, and dare I say… drying?  (Which these are specifically stated to not be!)  It is reasonably pigmented, though since it doesn’t apply smoothly, you end up using a fair amount of product get an even, full coverage look.

Pop Life looks very holiday-red when you check out the product, but on my lips, it was definitely not the case.  It was more of a brightened up orange-based coral shade.  It was smoother and gave a better look overall compared to Toudra, but even this still felt a little drying to me.  I didn’t get “hydrating” when testing either of these shades out myself.   If you’re looking for a red, you might consider Dragon Girl or Cruella instead–both of which are a lot redder than Pop Life.

These aren’t really your best bang for your buck lip product, considering you only get 0.086 oz. for $24–a NARS lipstick contains 0.12 oz. but also costs $24.00.  NARS has plenty of pigmented lipsticks in their collection (along with sheer shades, of course), so I’d probably start there in a lip color hunt.  I like these, in terms of the actual product (and discounting the price differential), more than NYX’s Jumbo Lip Pencils, because they feel a little more high quality and they do last much longer on me (about four to five hours).

Bottom Line: I don’t love the new shades from holiday.  I don’t own any of the permanent shades, but I’ve tested them in-store and have been more drawn to them there than I was when I swatched these two (and liked them even less when I actually used them!).  Neither color really pops for me, and I’m not sure why these aren’t as hydrating as NARS touts the product line to be.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: I’d recommend trying these in-store before purchasing, to see if the texture meets your expectations!

Availability: Beauty.com, NARS Cosmetics, Sephora

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away $135+ in MAC Cosmetics!

The theme of this prize package is dramatic, smoky eyes. The total value of the prize is $137.00.

Winner will receive:

  • MAC Mascara X
  • MAC Orpheus Kohl Power
  • MAC Ebony Eye Kohl
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline
  • MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious Lacquer
  • MAC Meet the Fleet eyeshadow
  • MAC Reflects Blackened Red
  • MAC Mont Black eyeshadow
  • MAC Smoke Signal pigment

RULES: All entries must be submitted by November 27th, 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.

Congratulations to Stephine, @twistedheartsx, for winning!

How to Win:  Two Chances…

For a total of two chances!  Please be sure to use a valid e-mail address.

1. Comment to win: leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite black eyeshadow is.
2. Follow us on Twitter and re-tweet the following: RT @temptalia RT to win $135+ in MAC Cosmetics! Follow @temptalia! Rules: http://tinyurl.com/macsmokyset

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are five beauty tips every makeup fan should know? Share your favorites!

Temptalia's Answer.

1.) Practice makes perfect — you learn so much through practice, not to mention you *do* improve over time as well. 2.) Brushes make a difference, quality brushes make an even bigger one. 3.) Don’t let rules confine you–play around, experiment, find what YOU like. 4.) Take photos–the closer the better–so you can really see where you need to improve (if anywhere!). 5.) Always have fun.

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