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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What was your favorite summer makeup collection? What was your least?

Temptalia's Answer.

I’d have to say Dior’s Cristal Collection, even though that didn’t totally sweep me off my feet! I think my least favorite would be Colour Craft. Mineralize is so not for me!

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Pucker Up: Warmed-Up Fall Lips

One of my favorite things to do, beauty-wise, is to create lip combinations. I love playing with lip colors, and I love mixing and matching to find different ways to achieve traditional shades, but also discovering fun shades I haven’t tried before! You’d be amazed at just how much you can create with only a few products. You really don’t need a lip army arsenal a la Temptalia! But since I am a fervent lip product fanatic, every Tuesday, I’m going to show you different ways of layering and mixing lip products to create custom shades for every occasion.

Today, I wanted to do a twist on the dark, vampy lip that we’re seeing pop up for the fall and winter seasons. I, myself, don’t always feel comfortable in something as dark as the more traditional vampy lip (often very deep burgundy/wine). I’ve often found vampy lips to run a bit cool, which complicates things for me as a warm-toned gal. I also wanted to play with MAC Reflects Glitter to show how to incorporate it into a lip look as well.

Products Used

Methodology

First, apply Benefit No Competition Lipstick with a flat lip brush to create a defined pout. Whenever I use darker lipsticks, I use a lip brush (and sometimes a lip liner — definitely use one if lip products bleed on you!) to make sure I stay “inside the lines.” Brush on Givenchy Velvet Plum Gloss Interdit over the lipstick layer. With your finger (best method, to be honest!), dab on MAC Reflects Bronze Glitter onto the center of the top and bottom lips. Use your lip brush to blend the glitter into your lip color. Voila!

Change It Up

You can see how much each product can really change up the look, yeah? Using a dark, plummy gloss intensified our lipstick base color and made it much in-your-face. The addition of the Reflects Bronze Glitter added a lot of warmth and made it more of a reddish-toned color. You can always stop at just a gloss (which turned out to be a very gorgeous color–no Reflects needed!), or you could use a different shade of glitter, which would still give you the shimmering-water effect with a different tone/shade.

Oh, and p.s.? It only takes a few minutes from start to finish–really! :)

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Clinique Black Tie Violet Collection for Winter 2009

Chic and sophisticated, Clinique’s has it!

Colour Surge Eye Shadow

  • Frosted Blossom
  • Purple Pixie
  • Black Orchid

Cream Shaper for Eyes

  • Starry Plum

Long Last Lipstick

  • Pinkberry

Long Last Glosswear SPF 15

  • Clearly Pink

Quickliner For Lips

  • Raspberry

Blushing Blush Powder Blush

  • Smoldering Plum
  • Iced Lotus

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

The Fairest Private Sample Sale Launches!

THE FAIREST has officially launched, and I’m so excited to tell you about it. The Fairest is devoted to beauty sample sales. You can save up to 75% off your favorite beauty brands, and they already have some awesome, big-time brands signed up. Today’s sales include Stila and COOLA. Sales in the next few weeks include Jurlique, MOR, Butter London, Tarte, and Cosmedicine.

Second, I am a blog contributor, where you can learn more about the brands/products featured in the latest sales at The Fairest. Third, when you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. When you join through our referral, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

I hope you’re as excited as I am that someone finally invested and created a beauty sample sale site — c’mon, how often do you see major brands at 50% off? EXACTLY!

International Readers: Unfortunately, at this time, The Fairest does not offer international shipping.  Both myself and Nadine (of The Fairest) are happy to hear your thoughts, and please know that Nadine is definitely passing along your feedback to the company.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Lippmann Collection is Celebrating Their 10-year Anniversary!

Today only, September 1st, 2009, every 10th customer to make a purchase on www.lippmanncollection.com will win a $50 gift certificate. To commemorate their anniversary, Deborah Lippmann created a limited edition trio of shades, available together for $35.00:

  • Superstar Show-stopping copper flecked fudge
  • Funky Chunky Sequined sheer black
  • Ruby Red Slippers Dorothy’s shimmering ruby
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Illamasqua Fable Lipstick: Matte Bubblegum Pink

Illamasqua Fable Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte bubblegum pink” by Sephora.

Fable is an opaque, warmed-up bubblegum pink. I’ve found most bubblegum pink lipsticks to run a tad cool, while I find this one has a definite warm edge to it. I also wouldn’t call it matte, and I’d say it is more of a semi-matte finish, because there is some glossiness/sheen to it that I don’t normally see in matte textures. I do like the way it looks with just the hint of glossiness, because it keeps the lipstick from being too dry (it’s a smidgen creamy) or flat. Illamasqua packs plenty of pigmentation into this tube of lipstick; there’s no building or layering required to achieve the opacity as seen in the lip swatch.

Though a lipstick will cost you $20, the value is still strong, because you get 0.14 oz. for your troubles. Compared to other high-end brands, Illamasqua is just a bit more expensive than MAC ($140/oz. vs. $143/oz.), but not by much. Their lipsticks are priced right in line with other competitors like Cargo and Make Up For Ever, as well.

The packaging is functional and isn’t over-sized (like their eyeshadows/blushes can feel like)–there’s just nothing special to it. I will say I do feel like their labels tend to rub off all too quickly.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you like intense lip color, you may find Illamasqua’s matte lipsticks to be just the right kind for you.

Availability: Sephora.com

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