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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

Instructions: Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share it with us in the comments section! :)

Best Blue Eyeliner: [answer]
What do you do when you’re feeling lazy about makeup: [answer]
Best Beauty Buy You’ve Found: [answer]

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Stila’s Precious Pearl Collection not only features the so stunning Precious Pearl Palette, but four shades of Pearl Shimmer Gloss ($22.00 each):

  • South Sea Coral Soft peach with white shimmer
  • Pearlescent Pink Mid-tone pink with shimmer
  • Ocean Currant Deep, sheer berry with pink and red shimmer
  • Pearl Kitten Universally flattering warm pink-champagne with shimmer

I was able to try out South Sea Coral, which is a soft, semi-sheer peachy shade with multi-colored shimmer; as well as Pearl Kitten, which is a frosty, shimmery beigey color. It almost looks brown in the tube, but the formula itself is pretty sheer so it ends up working out when applied to lips. I preferred South Sea Coral, because on my lips, it’s almost like a sheer, milky peach with subtle gold shimmer. Pearl Kitten is richer in shimmer and gives my lips a bronzy look.

Check out close-up photos and swatches! Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You


Do you track how much you spend on beauty? Down to the penny? Prefer not to know?

Monday, January 5th, 2009

EDIT: Please visit THIS POST for the most recent code and details for MAC’s June 2009 Friends & Family Sale!

WOW!! MAC is having their Friends & Family sale and it begins January 6th, 2009 and lasts through January 8th 11:59 EST for US and Canadian addresses only. Save 25% off of EVERYTHING*! Use code MACFF9!

Edit: Some of you are saying BBR will not get a discount! Color me totally surprised on that one. MAC online always launches 2 days before the in-store launch, so I’m very surprised it’s not up today. According to MAC Live Chat, BBR has pushed to launch the 9th. Lil’ shady, if you ask me.

*Offer valid at maccosmetics.com (not valid at MAC Stores and MAC department store locations). Valid from 1/6/09 – 1/8/09 only on maccosmetics.com. Valid for shipments in the US and Canada only. May not be used in combination with any other offer or discounts. Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on purchase of gift cards or egift cards or VIVA GLAM products. Not valid on pending purchases or purchases made before 1/6/09 or after 1/8/09. All purchases are subject to bank authorization prior to processing. Only Authorized purchases will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel this promotion due to system errors or unforeseen problems.

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Stila’s Precious Pearl Collection definitely got a lot of buzz from you guys–namely the stunning palette encased in a “mother of pearl” kind of case with six lovely shades of eyeshadow. Can I just say that the promo photos didn’t do the palette justice? The Precious Pearl Palette will be available this February for $40, and it features the following eyeshadow colors:

  • White Gold Soft creamy white with gold shimmer
  • Soft Pink Pristine light pink with pink and white shimmer
  • Mid-tone Pink Neutral pink with warm undertones and pink shimmer
  • Gold Deep gold with yellow and gold shimmer
  • Green Intense mermaid green with blue and green shimmer
  • Deep Blue Dark navy with black undertones and blue shimmer

Too often, promotional images tell one story while swatches/actual photos tell another story–one that’s disappointing. This is certainly not the case with Stila’s palette for spring. The palette itself is prettier in person than it is in the photos, especially because Deep Blue is so much bluer and brighter than the promo photo made it look. But you know what really makes this palette awesome? It swatches like a dream! The shadows are smooth, velvety to the touch, and each shade is well pigmented. There is no chalky mess here; no misleading colors. Colors are true to appearance, and I think this bunch of colors offers a nice palette for the spring season.

White Gold is a gorgeous creamy white shade with gold shimmer. I bet it would look stunning all over the lid or as a highlight (though darker skin tones may have to use a light hand so it doesn’t look OTT). Soft Pink is a frosty purple-pink shade; kind of reminds me of MAC’s Pink Opal, but deeper in color. Mid-tone Pink is really that: a medium pink; a little subdued and has less frosty shimmer and more of a nice sheen. Gold is a bronzy antique gold shade, very color-rich with the same soft sheen as Mid-tone Pink. Green is a soft greenish color with gold sheen and shimmer. Deep Blue is a rich navy blue with an almost purple-blue sheen, lightly shimmered.

All in all, Stila’s Precious Pearl Palette is a delightful surprise and a great way to kick off spring. I love the textures and color pay off of every shadow, and each color is one I can see myself using. They didn’t waste your dollars by throwing in a boring or unusable shade–and they didn’t make any of them chalky or poorly pigmented. Well-done, Stila! Color me impressed.

What do you think? Has the palette continued to live up to your expectations? Is this going on your to-buy list or are you passing?

Check out close-up photos and swatches of the palette! Continue reading →

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Have y’all seen Nordstrom’s Value-Sized Favoritesicon section? I think it’s pretty nifty! I don’t remember if they’ve done this before or not, but it’s a great idea with the way people are cutting back on some of their spending. I know Nordstrom has had some special value-sized products in the past for sure, but I don’t remember so many of them.

I’m thinking about trying Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Washicon ($95.00), because I was so impressed with her Oil-Free Moisturizer (which I am now out of, unfortunately!). For all the Smashbox Photofinshicon fans, make sure you peep the value-sized version, going for $49. I know it’s also launching on their website, too. Now don’t you all wish we could afford Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Cremeicon? It only costs a cool $1,000! Mere pennies!