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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

CHANEL N˚ 5 DAY IN NYC — May 5th, 2009

Audrey Tautou is the newest spokesperson for the iconic fragrance, designed to capture Coco Chanel’s philosophy. Chanel describes the fragrance as, “a rich modern floral blend of Grasse Jasmine, May Rose, Neroli, Bourbon Vanilla and Ylang-Ylang with gentle precious woods.” It debuted in 1921, and it is still a staple for many women.

Today, Chanel unveils a short film titled Train de Nuit starring Audrey Tautou, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. You can view the film at www.chaneln5.com. Additionally, May 2nd through May 10th, the Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship store will be changing up their exterior and interior of the store to celebrate Chanel.

Have you tried Chanel No. 5? Does it hold any memories for you?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Way to Love Lipstick!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC Way to Love Lipstick from the limited edition MAC A Rose Romance Collection. Submit your entry by leaving a comment in this post and telling us why you want to win. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

All entries must be submitted by May 9th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. That’s it! This contest is only open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

4 Must-Have MAC Orange Lipsticks

About the Temptalia Must-Haves Series

A series of posts showcasing must-have products from MAC Cosmetics’ permanent line of products. Selections are based on quality, universality, uniqueness amongst the line, and the like. Limited edition shades are deliberately excluded to make buying easier. Readers’ comments act as a supplement to these lists of their favorites and must-haves. You can find the entire series here.

Morange lipstick is a ridiculously creamy, opaque bright orange shade. This is not for the faint of heart! This is a lipstick one must wear with the utmost confidence.

Meltdown lipstick is a shimmery orange with just a little bit of coral in it. It’s surprisingly wearable, particularly for those with warm, deep skin tones.

So Chaud lipstick is a orangey-reddish shade. It’s not quite a red, but it’s not necessarily bright orange either. Very pigmented, very hot (harhar!).

Charismatic lipstick is a sheer, brownish orange shade with subtle gold shimmer laced through it.

What are your favorite orange lipsticks?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your “special occasion” look consist of? What products? Do you always change it?

Temptalia's Answer.

I tend to go for a fairly neutral look, actually! I spend a lot of time on “perfecting” the skin :)
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Monday, May 4th, 2009

Chanel London Madness Collection for Summer 2009

May brings a brand new reason to step in to Selfridges for the opening of the new Chanel Makeup Counter. To celebrate the occasion, Peter Philips, the Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, has designed 3 limited edition must-have products – The London Madness Collection – which will be exclusively available in the Oxford Street store and then launching nationwide at the end of June. This collection was inspired by Peter’s love of London and has been expressed in the creation of the exclusive Union Jack Palette.

Collection Includes:

  • London Madness “Pearly Banner” Highlighter with an ivory, gold and silver union jack on the surface
  • Rouge Allure in ‘Enthusiast’ Bright, young, fresh red shade
  • Le Vernis in ‘Enthusiast’ Complimentary red nail colour

Available: May 2009 at Oxford Street store, late June elsewhere in the UK — I do not know if this will be launched outside of the UK area at this time!

See more images! Continue reading →

Monday, May 4th, 2009

MAX Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper ($9.98) is designed to give you voluminous lashes with lots of length. The brush is a patented “Fat-Wrap Brush,” which is a brush with plastic bristles that “flex” a bit. According to MAX Factor, it contains 67% more bristles than MAX Factor Volume Couture Mascara. The mascara is available in three shades: Extreme Blackout (blackest black), Black Velvet (soft black), and Blackest Brown (black-brown), and it is available in a waterproof formula.

I tested out the Extreme Blackout shade (seriously, why bother with anything but the blackest mascara?!), and I was pretty impressed by how quickly I was able to get super-black, length-y lashes. The brush is fairly large so it isn’t quite so easy to get mascara on the bottom lashes, but I managed to do so without a streak of black on my face, so it’s definitely do-able. It’s just not optimal, you know?

The depth of the black was very dark–definitely up to par–and the brush maneuvered well enough. I would say that this mascara does tend to clump up a bit on me, so I definitely advise you to take a tissue to the brush before you apply, so you don’t over-apply. The mascara gave my lashes good lengthening, and it did give some thickening, but I ended up having to comb a lot of it out to make sure it wasn’t clumpy. It did give my lashes a natural curl, though, which is a huge plus! I really liked the formula overall, and I’d recommend it for those who need a lot of length and some curl.

Plus, MAX Factor Vivid LipColor review… Continue reading →