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Saturday, November 7th, 2009

NORDSTROM.com - Today Only Buy 2 Mascara Get 1 Free

Nordstrom is having their buy 2, get 1 free sale on mascara (not all brands are participating). According to the e-mail I received, participating brands are Lancome, Dior, MAC, Chanel, Trish McEvoy, and YSL. The deal is only good today — both online and in-store.

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow
NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow from Holiday 2009

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new shade of cream-to-powder eyeshadow from NARS’ Holiday Collection. NARS describes this shade as “[a] shimmering, spicy pine named for the monsoon – natural and unpredictable … [i]t has richness and depth, yet allows for a surprising range of intensity.” They later describe the color as “silver sage.”

Mousson is is an antique gold with a green tarnish and silver sparkle. It’s creamy, dries to a mostly powder finish fairly quickly (but not so fast you don’t have time to work with it), and I’ve found it fairly crease-resistant. I would say it’s much better and doesn’t crease easily when set with a powder base or layered over an eyeshadow base like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The shade itself is exactly something I’d wear and a color I’d feel compelled to own–you know me and (antique) golds!

NARS’ Cream Eyeshadows aren’t my absolute favorite cream formula to work with (Benefit’s are my current favorite), but I do like it. I just find it does have a slight tendency to crease if you apply too much or you don’t set it with an eyeshadow. For me, I rarely wear cream shadows alone anyway, so it’s not a big deal to use it in conjunction with powder eyeshadow.

Bottom Line: For a fun, sparkly shade of antique gold with a green cast, Mousson might be something you’d like. If you’re not normally a cream eyeshadow fan, while it’s still worth taking a peek at your local NARS’ counter, I’m not sure these will persuade you otherwise at the end of the day.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love NARS’ Cream Eyeshadows, I do think you’ll like Mousson!

Availability: NARS

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Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your favorite beauty retailer/store? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

I think it’s Nordstrom for me. I get points, and I love their customer service. Sephora is great, but I get SO overwhelmed!

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Friday, November 6th, 2009

Cargo Cherry Bliss Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Cargo Cherry Bliss Lipstick

CARGO PlantLove Cherry Bliss Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an earth-friendly lipstick (tube is made out of corn) that also does good, too.  For their celeb-designed lipsticks, $2 from the purchase price goes to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research.   Even the box it comes with can be planted and you’ll see some nice flowers grow.  Cherry Bliss was designed by celebrity Kim Raver, and it is a glossy, opaque cherry red. It’s a bright pop of red with a really glossy finish (but no real shimmer). The formula itself is creamy and moisturizing while it wears really well (about five to six hours).

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Friday, November 6th, 2009

The Best of the Best, Volume #010

It’s been a good–but tiring–week!  I’m still getting over this forever lingering cough, but at least I no longer sound like I’m infected with the worst cold/flu ever!  People aren’t running away from me any more :)

What are your weekend plans?  Mine are…

My weekend is gonna suck.  Seriously.  There is nothing promising about this weekend other than the brief moment in time that I’ll spend with my family to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and see my sister (who’s typically away at college) simultaneously.  But otherwise?  I’ve got a 35 page paper to crank out on Behavioral Advertising and Privacy!  Wish me luck–I need it!

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Friday, November 6th, 2009

Choose or Lose

Do you compliment others on their makeup?

  • Sometimes, but not too often! (61%, 682 Votes)
  • Yes -- all of the time! (33%, 364 Votes)
  • Never! (5%, 59 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,109

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!