NARS Cadaques Multiple Tint

NARS Cadaques Multiple=

The staying power of Cadaques is excellent–really lasts all day and then some.  It’s not heavy or greasy once it finally dries down, but it took at least fifteen minutes before it seemed to settle on the skin.  I experienced this issue with drying when I swatched them on my arm, too–imagine holding your arm away from your beige shirt for twenty minutes!  Personally, this is a total deal-breaker for me, because the last thing I want to do is add another fifteen minutes to my makeup routine.

It layers best directly onto skin, and the best application method is straight from the tube, because the product is very sheer.  It gave my medium skin a nice, subtle flush without a fuss, but it did not seem to be buildable other than that initial flush.   The application wasn’t as smooth or as even when applied over foundation (even liquid), and it seemed kind of gross (to me) to smear the stick on top of foundation, too.

This is kind of where the perfect skin bit kicks in — it’s best on natural skin, but it’s so subtle, layering foundation on top, even lightly, nearly covers up all the blush.  I also found that the staying power definitely lived up to expectations when applied directly to skin, but on top of foundation, it seemed to fade by mid-day.  It really is just better over the skin rather than over foundation.  If you rock the no-foundation look often and like gel-like blushes, I think the Multiple Tints may be up your alley.

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La Prairie Midnight Blues Collection for Fall 2010

La Prairie Midnight Blues Collection for Fall 2010

From morning to midnight, La Prairie has your colour needs covered, with sensual shades for the eyes, cheeks and lips that conjure visions of Paris nightlife, off the beaten path cabarets and all that jazz. It’s about understated sexiness, in the form of berry and plum lips, warm cheeks and a sultry, smoky eye in unexpected colour combinations of blues and violets.

Says noted New York City makeup artist, founder of Cheek to Chic makeup consultancy and La Prairie Colour Ambassador Raychel Wade, “Fall is a time when women reach for rich makeup colours, and “Midnight Blues” delivers just that! Using deep blues and cool pinks is a great way to accentuate and enhance your natural look, and this colour palette provides endless possibilities to create just the right amount of drama, so people notice you and not just your makeup!”

“Our customers crave a bit of sensuality in colour, along with science in skincare, so we work tirelessly to deliver both. Our “Midnight Blues” collection weaves together a beautiful story of sultry nights that is sure to strike a chord with women,” says La Prairie President Lynne Florio.

Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble ($70.00) (New & Limited Edition)

  • Midnight Blues A quad of slate blue, midnight navy, violet grey and lilac along with a black powder eye liner shade

Luxe Eye Definer ($50.00) (New & Limited Edition)

A wood pencil with a hybrid Kohl formula that feels soft and smooth, ideal for lining both inside the lid and outside. The dual-ended pencil has waterproof colour on one end and a smudge tip on the other and comes with a pencil sharpener for ultra convenience.

  • Midnight Violet
  • Midnight Blue
  • Midnight Noir

Cellular Treatment Powder Blush ($55.00)

  • Plum

Cellular Luxe Lip Colour ($55.00)

  • Quiet Berry Cinnamon
  • Midnight Rose Bold, vibrant blue-toned rose
  • Midnight Plum Raisin plum
  • Evening Nude Warm, shimmering nude
  • Twilight Blush Universally flattering, everyday pink

Luxe Lip Definer ($50.00) (New & Limited Edition)

  • Cocoa Spice Warm, spicy nude
  • Twilight Fig Muted plum
  • Evening Rose Vibrant rose

Availability: August 2010 at Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and

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MAC Alice + Olivia Collection for Summer 2010

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection

MAC Alice + Olivia Collection for Summer 2010

U.S. Launch Date: July 8th, 2010 @ MAC Freestanding Stores and Online
International Launch Date: August 2010 (Japan & Korea only)

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise, what it is, it wouldn’t be, what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” — alice + olivia \ Stacey Bendet, new York native, downtown-fashionista, all-around fun girl, and the sum total of design line alice + olivia, MAC’s latest collaborator.

A frump-fighting, pro-pixie, anti-seriousness collection of colour that includes new takes on Dazzleglass Creme, So Rich So Pretty Nail Lacquer and Partylicious Pigments…

hip + happy = alice + olivia for MAC.

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)

  • Sparklicious Creamy pale pinky white with soft multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)
  • If it’s Pink… Hot pink with soft multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)
  • I.Want.Candy. Hot yellow with soft multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Later. Black with transforming purple pearl (Limited Edition)
  • If It Sparkles… White with transforming pink pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Partylicious Turquoise with silver pearl (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Morning.After. Creamy turquoise (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • So Rich So Pretty Bright purple with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Military Black matte with silver suede pearl (Matte with Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia Collection for Fall 2010

Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia Collection for Fall 2010

“The beauty of the palettes is that you can create many looks ranging from neutral to dramatic. For a neutral look, use shades 1 and 3. To add more color, blend shades 2 and 4 to your desired intensity and line the eye with shade 5. I want women to play and have fun with the colors!” – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Introducing the new vision in color for the Fall 2010 season, the Blue Dahlia Pure Color Collection for smoldering eyes, shimmering lips and bold nails. Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux debuted his inspiration for this collection backstage at the Derek Lam Autumn/Winter 2010 Fashion Show. At the “Myth of the West” themed show, Tom created a strong, intensely energetic look that perfectly tied together the design and fantasy of the clothing. The complete makeup collection includes two distinct looks as well as two complimentary lip products that create a visionary, avant-garde look with a touch of whimsical glamour.

“The blues and purples in the collection are iconic colors for autumn and winter. I like to give women choices in the way that they look. From a neutral to a smoky to a fashionable, strong look, these shades can be used with them all.” – Tom Pecheux, Creative Makeup Director, Estée Lauder

Look 1: Blue Dahlia

  • Blue Dahlia Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette ($40.00)
  • Rose Dusk / Night Bloom Pure Color Gloss Stick ($18.50 each)
  • Rock Candy / Twilight Petal Pure Color Gloss ($20.00 each)
  • Twilight Rose / Sepia Sand Pure Color EyeShadow Single ($20.00 each)
  • Blue Dahlia Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

Look 2: Surreal Violet

  • Surreal Violet Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette ($40.00)
  • Orchid Dream / Mauve Mirage Pure Color Gloss Stick ($18.50 each)
  • Raspberry Pop / Star Pink Pure Color Gloss ($20.00 each)
  • Enchanted Meadow / Emerald Star Pure Color EyeShadow Single ($20.00 each)
  • Surreal Violet Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18.00)

Complimentary Products for Lips

  • Midnight Bloom Pure Color Gloss Stick ($18.50)
  • Midnight Bloom Pure Color Gloss ($18.00)

Availability: The Blue Dahlia Pure Color Fall 2010 collection will be available for a limited time at all Estée Lauder counters nationwide and starting in July 2010.

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Temptalia’s Collection – June 2010

Temptalia’s Collection – June 2010

For my 100th video, YouTube user kanadian00797 asked if I would do a special video — my makeup collection. I asked on Twitter if it was of interest, and by the post title, I think you know what the response was! :) The video is LONG. In previous years, I’ve split up the videos into MAC and non-MAC, but it’s all in one big video this time around. I also talk in more detail about blogging, the size of my stash, and what I do with products I don’t want or why I keep certain products. Since the video is pretty lengthy, I want to recap some of that in this post, too! :)

The Why & How:  Video Summary

  • I’ve been collecting makeup for 6 years. My collection wasn’t built overnight!
  • I am a *collector*! I may use what I buy and receive, but I am a collector at heart. Makeup is not purely utility for me, and this is why I consider it a hobby that I am passionate about.
  • I have been blogging for nearly 4 years. Brands and PR do send me product to consider reviewing. I don’t get paid to review products, no one gets to edit or preview my posts, and I’ve never lost a relationship because of a negative review, even the Ds and Fs.
  • I donate products to to local organizations like battered women’s shelters. I’m currently trying to work with a local veterans organization to find a way to send products to service men and women overseas.
  • The bathroom all my makeup is stored in is only used for makeup!  I wish it didn’t have a shower and instead a giant closet…
  • I consider this also an archive of the makeup past — it allows me to go back to previous launches for comparison.

My Storage System

Fun Facts

  • The Boy was the videographer for most of the video!
  • I still have the first brush I ever owned — Benefit’s Eyeshadow Blending Brush, which has long been discontinued.
  • I don’t know how many of each item I have, and it would probably make me cringe even a little if I did.  So don’t count!
  • I keep a lot of products for comparison purposes–e.g. how does X shadow compare to Y shadow from 4 years ago?  My memory is faulty, and though the improvement in my photographing skills over the years help me to photo-document everything, I like having it in real life to compare, too.
  • In looks, I try to keep older limited edition/discontinued products out of them.  I try to use new products (to show how they look applied) or permanent products.
  • I have the Scarlet/Spring/Summer seasons to thank for finally getting some permanent lipsticks in my stash!
  • My dream is to have California Closets come over and design me the ultimate makeup storage system.

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