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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Lancome Love It! Lipstick
Lancome Love It! Lipstick

The Spring Season: Lancome Love It! Lipstick

Lancome Love It! Color Design Lipstick ($22.00) is a soft, rosy petal-pink with a glossy sheen. On lips, it goes on semi-opaque and looks and feels creamy (but not thick). It really just looks like it melted into lips for very natural looking color. This is just one of those incredibly easy-to-wear pinks that works with a smoky eye or neutral eye. Definitely one of my favorites! The lipstick itself isn’t drying and lasts a good four or so hours on me.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your nail care routine? Share your routine to keep your nails looking their best!

Temptalia's Answer.

I try to moisturize with hand cream often (a few times a day). Whenever I wear polish, I do a base coat, polish coat, top coat, and a drying coat!

Thanks to Chess for this question!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Maybelline Eye Studio Green with Envy

Look: Maybelline Green with Envy Quickie

From several readers’ comments, it sounded like there was trouble using this quad, but I didn’t seem to share a lot of the concerns readers had. When I originally tested it, I just did one eye (the other eye was something else…), so I figured I’d at least do both eyes so it would be visually acceptable.  So, I threw on this SUPER, SUPER quick look after I got home from school (which is why the mascara is dusty–I was wearing mascara already–only removed my eyeshadow from earlier in the day but kept the mascara on).

The colors definitely showed up on me, and I just threw on UDPP as a base since it was the closest thing to me when I put this on.  Just used MAC 239 to apply and do any blending, along with the 226 for the crease.    I was a bit hurried (I have a ton of cases to read!) when I did all this (think about three or four minutes), so I don’t think I spread the UDPP evenly on my lid, but otherwise I really didn’t encounter difficulty using these.  I took my brush, tapped it into the eyeshadow, then I patted it onto my lid; rinse and repeat!  The champagne shade was the only shade that felt a little on the powdery side for me.  Not better than a lot of my high-end eyeshadows, but some of the better drugstore eyeshadows I’ve tried in the past five years.

I don’t know if it helps, but I thought I’d share my method and how everything turned out for me with some photographic evidence, LOL! :)

P.S. – Cheeks are Benefit Sugarbomb; lips are Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: SUNSCREEN!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about sunscreen and all that those entail.

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Maybelline Eye Studio Green with Envy

Affordable Eyeshadow? Really?  Maybelline Eye Studio may make it possible!

Maybelline Eye Studio Green with Envy Eyeshadow Quad ($7.49 to $9.99) is new from Maybelline for spring.  Though the packaging is nothing to write home about (typical mass packaging–feels cheap, not the sturdiest palette I’ve ever handled–the lids often pop off, but they can be popped back on), the eyeshadows are some of the better ones I’ve tried when it comes to drugstore beauty brands.  The eyeshadow quad consists of four shades…

  • A shimmery, white-gold champagne highlighter that’s opaque enough to show up but sheer enough not to be overly frosty. I like this as a highlighter or all-over-the-lid kind of wash of color.
  • A shimmery, yellow-based green with a golden sheen. It’s like a slightly muted, less golden-shimmered MAC Lucky Green. It has decent color pay off, but it’s not quite as pigmented as higher-end eyeshadows (like MAC or Urban Decay), but for a drugstore brand, I’m still impressed.
  • A shimmery, muted peach-brown with golden shimmer and sheen. I can’t think of a dupe for this (at least, not off the top of my head), but it kind of feels like one of those hard-to-wear neutral shades, at least for me. I think those with cooler complexions may find it easier to wear than warm-toned complexions.
  • A charcoal gray with gold and green shimmer. I felt like this had the worst texture and color pay off of the four, though it was still okay (just not fabulous). It felt a little chalky or powdery, so it’s best applied in layers and patted on rather than blended too much. It is, however, a unique shade (which just isn’t something you see often from mass). I think if you layered this over a dark base, you wouldn’t have to worry so much about pigmentation and could get the cool multi-tonal shimmer to show.

I think the color pay off of the Give Me Gold Eyeshadow Quad was better than this one, but I’d still say it was good for something found in mass retailers and for the price. It has the same silky texture, but it can sometimes feel powdery (use less than you think, then build up).  I have a few more of these to try out over the next few weeks, so I’ll continue to review the other variations as I test them.  I have a few of the more “colorful” ones to judge just how pigmented Maybelline can do truer, more vibrant hues.

Which ones have you tried?  Impressed or disappointed?

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation:  If you like soft shadows and want something affordable, Maybelline Eye Studio Quads might be up your alley!

Availability: Target, Walmart

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion

Go Matte or Go Home! with Urban Decay’s Eden Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($18.00) is the newest version of Primer Potion to debut this spring season. Like the original Urban Decay Primer Potion and follow-up Sin, Eden helps to prevent creasing, helps your eyeshadow stay on all day long, and increase color vibrancy of eyeshadows.

Eden is a yellow-toned opaque primer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some skin tones (probably those with yellow undertones and medium complexions) use this as a concealer in a jam. On me, I felt like when blended out on the lid, it looked slight yellower than my MAC Soft Ochre paint pot, but this has a much thinner consistency, though it still runs significantly more opaque than the original UDPP and still thicker and richer than Sin.

Unlike the original UDPP, which carries a slight sheen/shimmer, and Sin, which carries an incredibly metallic shimmer sheen (and it’s very pink-champagne), Eden is completely and utterly matte. It’s a good base for those wanting to keep their matte or satin eyeshadows just that, soft and with minimal shimmer. Also, it’s a nice way to kind of mattify some of the more shimmered eyeshadows you have, too.

I like it, and it didn’t really crease on me, which surprised me as UDPP creases on me, personally. It worked well with my skin tone, but I think those with more pink undertones may find this a little too yellow on them (just like Sin is kind of awful on me). It comes in the same genie-bottle packaging as the other versions of Primer Potion, so if you aren’t loving that curvy lil’ bottle, this isn’t any different.

I’ll probably stick with my MAC Soft Ochre paint pot for a matte, neutral eyeshadow base (like the thicker texture, less yellow, and no packaging woes), but I’m so glad Urban Decay has put out a truly matte Primer Potion! It’s about time and makes an excellent addition to their Primer Potion range!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 2/5

Recommendation:  If you’re in need of a matte-finish eyeshadow base… consider Eden!

Availability: Sephora

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