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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Givenchy’s Summer 2009 Collection is a natural, glowy-bronzy compilation of products for the face, eyes, and lips.

Glow to Wear in Sun Satin ($37.00) is a sheer, shimmery (golden-bronze) oil that you can apply all over your body for a subtle, barely bronzed sheen. The shimmer is definitely noticeable, though, so if you aren’t into shimmer, you’ll want to pass on this.

There were two Pop Gloss Crystal lipglosses ($24.00 each) launched — Sun Coral and Sun Rose. Sun Coral is a muted, peachy pink with multicolored shimmer. Sun Rose is a coral-orange shade with subtle multicolored shimmer.

Two bronzers were launched in the form of Prisme Again! Compact Powder Quartet ($43.00 each) — Sun Mango and Sun Cinnamon. Sun Mango is a quartet of light beige to peach tones, and it is ideal for lighter complexions. Sun Cinnamon is similar, just darker, so it is more suitable for deeper complexions.

The Sun Reflection Prisme Again! Eyes Quartet ($50.00) is actually quite stunning. These are four incredibly frosty shades of eyeshadow, but they look like shimmering water when swatched. They were so hypnotic, I found it quite difficult to capture what I liked most about them (their sheen/glimmer) in a photo.

The last piece I tested out was the Prismissime Mat & Glow in Sun Caramel ($53.00), which is a product designed to add just a little warmth to face. It contains six shades of matte caramel-toned shades, and then the three in the center are shimmery. These can be used anywhere you want, from face to eyes, which does make it convenient.

Overall, I wasn’t wow-ed by this collection. I much preferred spring’s Maharani Collection over this. I feel this feels too uninspired and traditional for a summer release. The standout product was the Eye Quartet–the shadows are truly stunning with their water-like glimmer.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

7 Must-Have MAC Brown 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.

Twig lipstick is a creamy, semi-sheer pink with brownie-pink. It’s almost like a really deep, flesh-toned color.

Stay In Touch lipstick is a creamy, soft-sheen yellow-based brown that goes on fairly opaque, but it is wearable even for those wary of brown.

Spirit lipstick is a semi-sheer beige-based brown with just a touch of pink in it.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

When did you first get into makeup? When did you become full fledged beauty junkie?

Temptalia's Answer.

Just after I turned 18, actually! I pretty much fell in love thereafter, so I was probably just around the same age when I became an addict!
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Hit List

Best Lip Balm? What product wins this category?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Philosophy Unconditional Love Firming Body Emulsion (16 oz. for $34) is a ridiculously well-hydrating moisturizer for your body with the same, blackberry ‘n vanilla sweetness as Unconditional Love Eau de Toilette I wrote about earlier. Again, despite being a rather sweet and fruity scent (with a good dose of warm vanilla), it’s not cloying or overly sweet. It also doesn’t turn once it’s applied to skin.

The Firming Body Emulsion has a “synergistic blend of vitamins E and C provides antioxidant protection and firming properties to help tone the skin.” That’s fancy talk for ingredients that are supposed to help your skin look better. I don’t really buy into firming body products–they take a long time to work, you really have to work it in (a lot of the “firming” effect comes from all your hard work!), and apply it at least twice a day. It’d be nice if it did anything, but I really just like it and use it for the likeable scent and how moisturizing it is.

I also like to use this to layer with the fragrance to help bring out the scent a bit more, since both are lightly scented. One bottle will definitely last me several months of everyday usage — I’d say I use two pumps per leg, and then another three pumps for the rest of me. Each “pump” of product isn’t very much, either.

I will say that the vitamin E inclusion is nice, because vitamin E can help reduce some skin concerns, though. It’s the olive and macadamia nut oils and shea butter that I care about, since those three together are one whopper of a hydrator!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Philosophy for Summer 2009

I saw these new Sephora exclusives the other day, and I had to share. I am all over these! Shower gels? Lip shines? YES, I think so!

Beach Party ($35.00)
Philosophy Beach Party is the ultimate bath, body, and lip trio to make you the golden girl of the summer. This ensemble will give you smooth skin, high-gloss lips, and an island colada scent—a delicious pineapple and coconut blend. Get ready for a day of fun in the sun!

  • 4.0 oz. Golden Girl Shower Gel
  • 4.0 oz. Golden Girl Body Lotion
  • 4.0 oz. Golden Girl Lip Shine

Surfer Girl ($35.00)
The Philosophy Surfer Girl set is inspired by the ocean sparkling in the sunlight. This ensemble will give you smooth skin, high-gloss lips, a hint of shimmer, and a tropical scent—all of which come together to create an irresistible, “fresh from the waves” impression.

  • 4.0 oz. Surf Wave Exfoliating Shower Gel
  • 4.0 oz. Surf Wave Shimmer Lotion
  • 4.0 oz. Surf Wave Lip Shine

Available exclusively at
Sephora.com, Inc.

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