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Friday, December 25th, 2009

Choose or Lose

Do you keep a running beauty wishlist?

  • Yes -- I have it written/typed! (56%, 641 Votes)
  • Only in my head... (41%, 469 Votes)
  • Nah, only for birthdays/holidays/anniversaries! (3%, 39 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,154

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

Friday, December 25th, 2009


Listed below (left to right, row by row)

Scarlet Season: Blue-Based Reds Round-up

Lots of cool, more blue-based reds… Of course, it’ll come as no surprise, but Chanel’s Dragon is definitely one of my favorite reds.  It’s almost neutral, but I’d still say it runs just a wee bit cool (and it’s definitely not orange-y–that’s Coromandel!).  I also really enjoyed Dolce & Gabbana’s Ruby, Guerlain’s Greta, and MAC Russian Red.

I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of the reds featured throughout the Scarlet Season, just because none of them were bad.  They’re all respectable shades of red.  I think it’s really about what kind of red you’re looking for (the finish, the hue, the brightness, the undertone!).  So…

Which have you been your favorites?

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Shine Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Shine Lipstick ($30.00) is a glossy, orange-based red. It’s smooth, feels moisturizing, and is richly pigmented. Even though the Shine formula is designed to deliver semi-sheer color, this particular shade definitely gives lips plenty of color. I’d personally consider it an opaque shade that gives full color coverage. It’s like a redder, slightly more tamed version of Fire. Since it’s a Shine lipstick, it doesn’t have the same richness or creamy feeling as The Classic Cream formula, but on the other hand, it has a glossier finish and feels more hydrating once on lips.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

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!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What three makeup brushes would you bring with you to a desert island? A good and fun question :)

Temptalia's Answer.

239, 109, and 182!

Thanks to Dusty for the Q! :)

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The Scarlet Season: Round-Up

Oh, many, many lipsticks and glosses have been highlighted over the past three months (roughly 55 in sum).  Here’s a general summary and link round-up of all of the reds from the series.   I also included a list by price point, in case you’re looking for a budget-friendly red or an ultra luxe shade.

Over the next few days, I’ll break it down and highlight some shades together with photos and commentary.  Stay tuned!

For now, make sure you didn’t miss any reds you were hoping to see covered this season…

Or check out the list by price! Continue reading →

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Lancome Red Stiletto Lipstick
Lancome Red Stiletto Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Lancome Red Stiletto Lipstick

Lancome Red Stiletto Color Deseign Lipstick ($22.00) is a bold, ruby red with a very faint sheen with an otherwise played down, creamy finish. It’s bright and bold and yet not stop sign red, either. It feels creamy, hugs lips, and provides full color coverage in just one layer. It’s a solid blue-based red that lasts for a good five or six hours before subtly wearing away and leaving behind a red-tinged stain.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

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!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →