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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

4 Must-Have MAC Orange Lipsticks

About the Temptalia Must-Haves Series

A series of posts showcasing must-have products from MAC Cosmetics’ permanent line of products. Selections are based on quality, universality, uniqueness amongst the line, and the like. Limited edition shades are deliberately excluded to make buying easier. Readers’ comments act as a supplement to these lists of their favorites and must-haves. You can find the entire series here.

Morange lipstick is a ridiculously creamy, opaque bright orange shade. This is not for the faint of heart! This is a lipstick one must wear with the utmost confidence.

Meltdown lipstick is a shimmery orange with just a little bit of coral in it. It’s surprisingly wearable, particularly for those with warm, deep skin tones.

So Chaud lipstick is a orangey-reddish shade. It’s not quite a red, but it’s not necessarily bright orange either. Very pigmented, very hot (harhar!).

Charismatic lipstick is a sheer, brownish orange shade with subtle gold shimmer laced through it.

What are your favorite orange lipsticks?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your “special occasion” look consist of? What products? Do you always change it?

Temptalia's Answer.

I tend to go for a fairly neutral look, actually! I spend a lot of time on “perfecting” the skin :)
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Monday, May 4th, 2009

Chanel London Madness Collection for Summer 2009

May brings a brand new reason to step in to Selfridges for the opening of the new Chanel Makeup Counter. To celebrate the occasion, Peter Philips, the Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, has designed 3 limited edition must-have products – The London Madness Collection – which will be exclusively available in the Oxford Street store and then launching nationwide at the end of June. This collection was inspired by Peter’s love of London and has been expressed in the creation of the exclusive Union Jack Palette.

Collection Includes:

  • London Madness “Pearly Banner” Highlighter with an ivory, gold and silver union jack on the surface
  • Rouge Allure in ‘Enthusiast’ Bright, young, fresh red shade
  • Le Vernis in ‘Enthusiast’ Complimentary red nail colour

Available: May 2009 at Oxford Street store, late June elsewhere in the UK — I do not know if this will be launched outside of the UK area at this time!

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Monday, May 4th, 2009

MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper ($9.98) is designed to give you voluminous lashes with lots of length. The brush is a patented “Fat-Wrap Brush,” which is a brush with plastic bristles that “flex” a bit. According to MAX Factor, it contains 67% more bristles than MAX Factor Volume Couture Mascara. The mascara is available in three shades: Extreme Blackout (blackest black), Black Velvet (soft black), and Blackest Brown (black-brown), and it is available in a waterproof formula.

I tested out the Extreme Blackout shade (seriously, why bother with anything but the blackest mascara?!), and I was pretty impressed by how quickly I was able to get super-black, length-y lashes. The brush is fairly large so it isn’t quite so easy to get mascara on the bottom lashes, but I managed to do so without a streak of black on my face, so it’s definitely do-able. It’s just not optimal, you know?

The depth of the black was very dark–definitely up to par–and the brush maneuvered well enough. I would say that this mascara does tend to clump up a bit on me, so I definitely advise you to take a tissue to the brush before you apply, so you don’t over-apply. The mascara gave my lashes good lengthening, and it did give some thickening, but I ended up having to comb a lot of it out to make sure it wasn’t clumpy. It did give my lashes a natural curl, though, which is a huge plus! I really liked the formula overall, and I’d recommend it for those who need a lot of length and some curl.

Plus, MAX Factor Vivid LipColor review… Continue reading →

Monday, May 4th, 2009

shu uemura Luanches New Web Site!

To celebrate the launch of their new website, shu uemura is offering 20% off when you use code NEWSITEBLOG. There is also complimentary standard shipping for orders over $50. The code is good today through May 7th, 2009.

One of the features shu uemura is most excited about is their new Customizable Palettes. You can create a quad of four eyeshadows ($92.00), a compact with two eyeshadows and a blush ($53.00), or a compact with two blushes ($54.00).

They’ve also enhanced their product zoom feature, simplified the shopping process, added an online artistry program, and registered members get to choose one deluxe sample.

Monday, May 4th, 2009

6 Must-Have MAC Red Lipsticks

About the Temptalia Must-Haves Series

A series of posts showcasing must-have products from MAC Cosmetics’ permanent line of products. Selections are based on quality, universality, uniqueness amongst the line, and the like. Limited edition shades are deliberately excluded to make buying easier. Readers’ comments act as a supplement to these lists of their favorites and must-haves. You can find the entire series here.

Russian Red lipstick is a matte, super bright blue-based red. This is pretty much a standard red lip for anyone. I’ll admit it doesn’t always work on me, since it can run too blue, but you can always pair it with a lip liner or gloss to make it more your tone.

Viva Glam I lipstick is a matte, retro red. Retro red is kind of a deeper, more muted red. This is a very wearable red for all skin tones, and it is one of my favorite reds on me.

Dubonnet lipstick is a deep red with a slightly burgundy tone to it with a creamy, slightly glossy finish. This is another flattering shade on a variety of skin tones.

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