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Friday, April 2nd, 2010

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. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul: Seven MAC Pearlglides (six to giveaway, though!) and four MAC Lipstain Markers.  I did pre-sale Chanel Mistral & Riviera Le Vernis, plus two lipsticks… but it shouldn’t count since I haven’t paid yet!

Excited for: seeing my parents this weekend, enjoying Easter Sunday, and maybe, just maybe, finding time to read a book.

My pic of the week…  Mellan wishes you all a happy April!

Now… have at it!

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Five for Friday: Products I’m Trying to Resist

The good news is I haven’t caved on any of the five things from last Friday.  The bad news is that is only because I was in a hurry and kind of forgot all about what I meant to get at Nordstrom on Thursday.  I’m definitely caving in on Guerlain’s Tinted Moisturizer and potentially Philosophy’s Raspberries & Cream set.

  • Philosophy Pure Grace Hand Wash ($18.00) showed up at Nordstrom.com today. I didn’t know Philosophy made hand soap… hmm. We go through quite a bit of soap here, so I might have to try this one since I love Philosophy’s Shower Gels so much.
  • Guerlain The 180 Year Collector’s Case ($3,750.00) is only on this list because it was the most outlandish product I saw this week. Holy moly, that’s a lot of perfume and a lot of bucks you need to shell out for ’em. Just in case we have some high rollers reading this blog, it contains 1 oz. bottles of 1853 Eau de Cologne Impériale, 1889 Jicky, 1912 LHeure Bleue, 1919 Mitsouko, 1925 Shalima, 1959 Vetiver, 1965 Habit Rouge, 1979 Nahema, 1989 Samsara, 2003 L’Instant de Guerlain, 2004 L’Instant de Guerlain pour Homme, 2005 Rose Barbare, 2005 Angélique Noire, 2005 Cuir Belluga, 2006 Bois de Arménie, 2006 Insolence, 2007 Iris Ganache, 2008 Cruel Gardénia.
  • Cake Beauty Cake Kiss Lemon Chiffon Lip Butter Lemon Chiffon ($9.00) sounds so, so yummy. I tried a Cake Beauty Lip Butter wayyy back in the day, and I remember liking it so much I finished the pot!
  • Smashbox Cream Eye Liner Palette Metallic ($32.00) has ten shades of Smashbox’s cream eyeliners in metallic finishes. I’ve never tried one of Smashbox’s cream eyeliner palettes — are they any good? Better than pots?
  • Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner ($35.00) is available in four shades (00 Metal D’or, 01 Noir Ebene, 02 Bleu, and 03 Encre Brun), and it is a little tempting. Anyone try this?

What five products are on YOUR lust list this week?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


Do you ever buy beauty products to feel better? Does it help? Do you regret it later?

Temptalia's Answer.

Yes, but I still try to buy products I want, not just anything. I also try not to spend TOO much, just because I’m in a bad mood, so that way I don’t regret it a few days later!

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

MAC Art Supplies Collection
Lipstain Markers: A Classic, Full of Flare, Modern Mocha, Point of View,
Purposefully Red, Runway Ripened, Stylesetter, Sunset, Tomorrow’s Coral

MAC Art Supplies Collection:  Overall Review & Round-up

OVERALL, Art Supplies is either totally up your alley or something you can easily skip. It’s not really a must-have collection, but it offers some nice pieces and some not-so-fabulous pieces.

The Pearlglide Eyeliners were my favorite part of the launch. They’re all fabulously pigmented and the shade range is excellent. There are a few similar-to shades, but if you’ve missed out on previous Pearlglide launches, they’re nice to pick up. The formula on them is awesome: soft, smooth, and intense color pay off. On me, they wear all day without budging, smudging, or fading. (Note: as far as I have heard, these are not waterline safe.)

No matter how hard I try to (or want to!) love the Lipstain Markers, I just can’t! Shade-wise, I really loved the color of Full of Flare, Purposefully Red, and Stylesetter. These went on very intensely and evenly. If you don’t mind wearing your stain with lip balm or a gloss on top (or just plan to use it as a lipstick base), then those are some shades to consider.

The Lipstain Markers are much, much more wearable when paired with other products–whether you use a balm, gloss, or lipstick on top, the additional product helps keep your lips from dehydrating with just the stain on them. It also helps to keep the stain on and from rubbing off. Purposefully Red is particularly nice for those who love the look of red lips but not the maintenance–the stain itself seems superior to the other shades, too, and a little balm or gloss will make it work.

I think the Greasepaint Sticks are a fun concept, but the ultra dark color range is almost overdone. When I use darker bases, I find that many will “eat” any color you put on top, so I just don’t see the need to own eight different dark bases. They are all smooth and pigmented, so you can’t go wrong with any of the shades. Slick Black is a great solid black eyeliner or base, but if you already own several, you may find it redundant.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Below Ground & Zinc Zone Greasepaint Sticks; Purposefully Red Lipstain Marker; Black Line, Designer Purple, & Undercurrent Pearlglide Eye Liners

Nice-to-haves: Greengrease & Dirty Greasepaint Sticks; Full of Flare & Stylesetter Lipstain Markers; Almost Noir, Petrol Blue, & Undercurrent Pearlglide Eye Liners

Skip: Modern Mocha Lipstain Marker

Skip if you have…

Greasepaint Sticks: Charred Mauve if you have V, Uniformly Blue if you have B, Slick Black if you have Blacktrack (Fluidline)

Pearlglide Eyeliners: Almost Noir if you have Miss Fortune (LE); Petrol Blue if you have Fly-by-blu (LE)

Photos, Reviews, & Swatches

What are your must-haves? What are you skipping?

Check out some photo-fun I had with Art Supplies… Continue reading →

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The Hit List

What’s the Worst Base Coat for Nails…?

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick

The Summer Season: Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Giuliana (#42) Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brilliant shade of orange-coral. It’s almost all orange, but it’s not quite a full-blown orange. This was definitely a love-at-first-swatch kind of shade. I saw it in the tube, and I wasn’t too excited, but on the lips? Oh, it’s gorgeous! It has such a beautiful subtle golden shimmer topped with this vibrant shade of orange that doesn’t pull too orange. The Rouge G formula is just icing on the cake, because the color itself is so spectacular.

I’m not typically a big fan of orange-based shades on my lips, but this could easily be my favorite–let’s not be hasty, this is only the kick-off of the Summer Season!

P.S. – For whatever reason, it’s not spelled correctly at a lot of retailers – it’s called “Guliana,” but the name on my lipstick case is “Giuliana.”

Is this the right coral lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →