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Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Choose or Lose

Are you looking forward to holiday makeup collections?

  • Yes, definitely! (63%, 597 Votes)
  • Somewhat... (34%, 322 Votes)
  • No way! (3%, 32 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 954

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

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Urban Decay Show Pony Shadow Box ($30.00) contains six 0.03 oz. eyeshadows, a miniature sized Primer Potion (0.13 fl.oz.), and miniature sized Zero 24/7 Eye Pencil (0.03 oz.).

The palette contains…

  • Snatch is a peachy-pink champagne kind of shade.  It reminded me a bit of MAC’s Say Yeah eyeshadow, which was limited edition from eons ago.  I felt like Snatch was very glittery, though, so fall out may be a concern for some.  It didn’t feel as gritty as Midnight Cowboy Rides Again from their Book of Shadows, Vol. II.
  • Mildew is a medium-dark forest green with golden green shimmer weaved through it.  It’s very pretty, and it’s perfect for the fall.
  • Flash is a bright, cool-toned violet purple with an icy purple sheen.
  • Painkiller is a bright, lightened blue-based teal with a silvery sheen.  It reminded me a bit of Flipside 24/7 Eye Pencil.
  • Smog is a neutral-warm bronzy brown.  It’s pretty, but you may already have something like it in your stash.  It’s a good kind of shade to own, as it makes for a wonderful smoked out neutral eye.
  • Toasted is a cool-toned taupe brown with softer brown shimmer.

This palette contains some nice shades, and only one of them (Snatch) had a texture that left something to be desired.  The other five were soft and went on very pigmented.  While I like the shades, I don’t think this is the most original combination of colors, and I’m not sure if you’d find it hard to create color combinations within just these six.  I can definitely spot a few, but you’ll need to use a separate highlighter–Snatch is a bit too pigmented and glittery to serve as really a choice highlighter.  In a pinch, you could work it in, though.

Between this and the Book of Shadows, I’d opt for the Book of Shadows.  It’s pricier ($18 more), but you’ll get more shadows, more color combinations, and more use out of it, per my opinion.  I do like that it does come with a miniature UDPP – great for travel.  I personally have so many miniature sized Zeros that I don’t know if I’ll ever run out of Zero, so maybe a fun colored liner would have been nice to include in it.

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re a fan of Urban Decay’s palettes, this is a cute little set, but make sure you have a separate highlighter on hand.

Availability: Urban Decay

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Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Chanel Ming Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Ming Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00) is the fourth to drool over in our seven days of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque feature.

Ming is a soft, medium pink that runs just a little warm, but overall, I’d consider neutral. It’s just this perfect girly pink that’s feminine, soft, and very, very wearable. This is a shade you could wear anywhere, anytime, and for any occasion. I could easily see this being a go-to for a quick slip of everyday color that looks gorgeous and lasts for hours. I found Ming has the least staying power, but I still was able to get through a light meal with minimal fading (mostly just the glossiness fades). It’s not as opaque as deeper shades like Coromandel and Dragon, but it’s still quite pigmented on my lips and covers up most of my natural lip color. What I like is that even though it’s very light, my natural lip color doesn’t seem to drag the color down at all–it looks very much as it does in the tube as it does on my lips.

Since I don’t want to just re-write what I say about the formula (since it is the same–if there are any variations, you can be sure I’ll call them out), here’s a quick bullet-point summary.


  • Satiny, creamy lip color that hydrates
  • Opaque color in one layer–very pigmented
  • Lasts for hours and even through eating/drinking
  • Glossy sheen
  • Looks like a lipstick AND a gloss
  • Easy to travel with
  • Sleek packaging


  • Pricey at $32 each

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re all about the pink lip, check this one out!

Availability: Nordstrom

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Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The Best of the Best, Volume #006

It’s been a pretty awesome week for me, so I’m jazzed about that.  We bought Mellan a Halloween costume yesterday, for entertainment value, and it was so worth it.  Absolutely hilarious.  Surprisingly, he was pretty good about wearing it–didn’t attempt to take it off!

What are your weekend plans?

Study, study, study!  I have a midterm next week, so I have to prepare and memorize a zillion things for it.  As far as fun goes, probably go out to eat once or twice with the boy and use Mellan as a distraction for all things academic!

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Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Recommend your favorite book or tell us what you just started reading; share a great dessert recipe or a photo of your pet (which is sure to be the cutest, yeah?).

First, I’ll share mine!

I’ve been very good — my last beauty haul was last Thursday (Chanel Rouge Allure Laques/MAC Style Black)!

Now… have at it!

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Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Shop Pink, Part 3

October 1st marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and many brands participate by creating or marketing certain products as Pink products. Our motto at Temptalia is: if you Need Pink, why not Shop Pink while you’re at it?

Shop Pink when there’s something you need/want, but if you find yourself just wanting to support the cause, the best way to raise awareness and support the cause is by donating directly to the charity of your choice (whether it’s time, money, beauty products, clothes, etc.). Purchasing Pink products always helps, too, but consider donating directly if all you want to do is support the cause. (You can also join us in our fundraiser, too!)

We’re just going to tell you about Pink beauty products, but there are plenty of brands across the retail market, from cereal to socks to lipstick, that are also joining in and raising awareness and donations.

  • Beauty.com is making it easy for you to know what’s Pink. Look for products with a “Cancer and Careers seal,” and the participating brands will donate a portion of sales to help women who are survivng cancer access resources as they learn to balance work and treatment. There’s a whole slew of brands participating: from Urban Decay UDPP to philosophy hope in a jar to Korres Natural Products Body Butter Quince. Head over to Beauty.com to learn more. Additionally, from October 12-18th, Beauty.com will donate 10% of purchases made through the Pop-Up Store.
  • Conair: Conair will donate $1.00 per hair care appliance sold and $0.30 – $0.50 per hair accessory and brush product sold, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000. www.conair.com
  • Ouidad: Ouidad matches, dollar for dollar, donations to Curls for a Cure® which can be made on www.ouidad.com as an outright contribution from one of the “Donate” links or can be added as a donation to the shopping basket during check-out when you make a purchase. Any size donation is accepted. Ouidad will match donations up to $50,000 in 2009. Benefit to the BCRF.
  • Sean John Fragrances: Sean John Fragrances will make a donation of $10,000 in connection with the sales of I Am King to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.seanjohn-iamking.com
  • Sephora: When you purchase Forever Pink Supershimmer, $1.00 goes to BCRF; Refillable brush, $2.00; and Eyelash Curler, $1.00. www.sephora.com
  • Sonia Kashuk: 15% of the purchase price of Curl for a Cause Eyelash Curler, Sweep of Pink Brush, Brush Up on Pink Purse Brush Set, Brushed to Perfection Travel Brush Set, and Bag Lady Cosmetic Bag will go to BCRF.
  • Tarte: During the month of October, tarte will donate 20% of the proceeds from the Think Pink natural collection to the Young Survival Coalition, a support network for women under 40 living with breast cancer. www.tartecosmetics.com
  • ULTA: During October 2009, ULTA invites customers who have been affected by breast cancer in some way to write down their stories in a letter, bring it to one of ULTA’s over 330 stores nationwide and post it in the windows. If you put all the windows of all the ULTA stores end to end, it will stretch for 6 miles, and it is our hope to have 6 miles of windows filled with letters of love, homage and courage. Throughout October, donations to support BCRF will be accepted at every ULTA location. Customers who donate $10.00 or more will receive their choice of an exclusive pink hat or scarf. A guaranteed minimum donation of $50,000 in connection with the Windows of Love campaign. www.ulta.com
  • Violight: Violight will donate $0.50 cents from the sale of each pink Zapi Toothbrush Sanitizer. www.violight.com