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Saturday, January 16th, 2010


MAC So Sweet, So Easy Cremeblend Blush

MAC Cremeblend Blushes — Lip Swatches

Here are quick & dirty lip swatches of the four Cremeblend blushes. When applied to lips, they can have a decent amount of slip. They almost seem to sit on lips and take quite awhile to sink in. The more pigmented ones (e.g. Florida) will stain lips if left on for long enough. I put about two or three layers of product on with a lip brush to get these, then I blended with my finger.

So Sweet, So Easy looked the worst, because it came off frosty and showed off lip lines, while Joie-de-Vivre and Florida seemed to look the best. My apologies in advance for the ultra close-up of Optimistic Orange — it was the only photo that was remotely in focus, and I didn’t want to keep delaying this post so hopefully it still gives you an idea of it on lips, even if it is uber close.

The taste is borderline tasteless to slightly plastic-y. It’s not delicious by any means, and there’s no real scent, but I probably wouldn’t recommend licking your lips with it. It’s not as bad as some of MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners, which definitely have a sunscreen taste to them.

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Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Weekend Quickies: Beauty News & Events

Most importantly, to help aid Haitians, you can donate $10 via texting “Haiti” to 90999 to the Red Cross. The donation amount will be added to your cell phone bill. You can also donate $5 via texting YELE to 501501 (again, the donation amount will be added to your cell phone bill).  The most effective way to help is by providing monetary aid rather than goods or products.  Make sure if you donate you are confident in the organization you’re donating to.

  • In related news, several brands are donating a portion of sales/proceeds towards relief for Haiti. From what I’ve gathered so far via email and Twitter notifications, here are the brands and what they’re doing: Josie Maran (50% of all proceeds through the end of January towards Red Cross), Dr. Dennis Gross (10% of purchases from 1/15 to 1/18), Mario Badescu ($0.50 per product purchased towards Red Cross), Bond No. 9 (10% of proceeds from The Scent of Pease towards the Red Cross), PHYTO Hair Care (holding a fundraiser on January 21st), P&G (product and monetary donations, employee contribution matching), Kiehl’s ($5,000 to PSI, $1 per RT of their post up to $5K).
  • Urban Decay launched their Alice in Wonderland palette, which features sixteen shades of their best-selling eyeshadows renamed with an Alice in Wonderland theme. It also includes two miniature-sized eyeliners and Primer Potion. According to @UrbanDecay411, it’s now sold out on the website, but we can expect to see it show up at retailers like Sephora in early February. Did you grab yours? Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, OPI’s four inspired shades are now available at various retailers and etailers.
  • Shiseido offers up $1.7B to purchase Bare Escentuals. (WWD) Whew!
  • Bobbi Brown has launched her Pretty Powerful campaign, and the campaign kicked off with a live Q&A session held on Twitter. The campaign is all about real women and real beauty. The campaign includes several different aspects from before-and-after galleries to video contests.
  • Chanel will launch a brand new line of lipsticks in late Spring called Rouge Coco. It’s designed to be a long-lasting and moisturizing lipstick that will replace the existing Hydrabase line (so stock-up, if that’s your favorite formula). It will launch in March, with each shade retailing for $30. There are four color families: Roses-Pinks, Reds-Corals, Violets-Berries, and Neutrals-Browns–Chanel expects to offer 9 shades in Roses-Pinks, 8 in Reds-Corals, 4 in Violets-Berries, and 9 in Neutrals-Browns. There will be an additional seven shades that will be available internationally. (WWD)
  • Illamasqua wants to know — do fans in the States want to see their Pastel Mint Varnishes in the Spring? (Nudge – mint; Blow – lemon; Caress – powder blue; Wink – lilac) Expect Body Electrics–all about seductive bronze–as their spring/summer launch, too. Those in London can check them out at IMATS on January 30th and 31st.
  • Napoleon Perdis will be making an in-store appearance and doing makeovers next weekend, January 23rd, at the San Francisco Centre. To book ($100, fully redeemable in product), call 415.546.1711.
  • Bergdorf Goodman is running their “Smart Beauty” event starting this Monday, January 18th, through Saturday, January 30th. You can receive a couture cosmetic bag filled with deluxe-sized samples with any $200 or more purchase on their beauty level. You’ll see brands like AmorePacific, Awake, Bulgari, Chantecaille, Clinque, DaNa Decker, Kanebo Sensai, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Laura Mercier, ReVive, Sisley-Paris, and Tom Ford included in your beauty gift.
  • Halle Berry to launch Pure Orchid fragrance — yet another celebrity fragrance, are you intrigued or tired of ’em? Pure Orchid is slated for a February launch and features top notes of crisp Italian lemon, papaya nectar fizz, and jungle cactus flower, with a heart of Masdevallia orchid, blackberry creme concentre and star anise, and a final dry down of gaitn sequoia, patchouli leaf, and tonka bean. It’s described as “a voluptuous floral experience.” Fancy! (WWD)
  • Get ready to see Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne in upcoming Proactiv commercials and advertisements! (WWD)
Friday, January 15th, 2010

Summer Makeup: The Bright Sunset – Yellow, Orange, & Red

I just can’t help it!   The latest shades to join the permanent range at MAC are all bright, they’re so *summer* and it’s not even technically spring yet! Oh, well… call it fashionably early? Hm. Whatever. This was just me having a little fun late at night :) If you want to wear it yourself and make it a little more tame or “everyday” (but I mean, it is bright!), use a more neutral highlighter (maybe Nylon) rather than going with color up to the brow bone.  I’d rock it either way! :)

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the lid with the 249. With the 239 and water-based mixing medium (or water), apply Golden Lemon pigment all over the lid portion. Using the 239, apply Going Bananas eyeshadow on the inner third of the eyelid. Next, apply Goldenrod eyeshadow on the middle third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the inner corner. Darken the outer third of the lid with Free to Be eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Next, define the crease by applying Red Brick eyeshadow with the 226. Lightly tap and brush Going Bananas eyeshadow directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Nylon eyeshadow as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Bourbon eyeliner on the lower lash line, and Going Bananas eyeshadow lightly patted below the lower lash line with the 219 brush. Finish by sweeping lashes with Exceptionnel mascara.

For cheeks, apply Vintage Pink blush to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Bronze Shimmer lipstick first, and then layer Lychee Luxe lipglass for a complementing lip.

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Friday, January 15th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your philosophy on makeup? Take that as what you think that means!

Temptalia's Answer.

Makeup to me is an outlet to have fun, try new things, and get creativity flowing. It’s not always about making things perfect or absolutely flawless; a lot of it is really just trying things out and enjoying making mistakes to learn about what works, doesn’t, and how to improve. I love makeup because it’s fun, not because there’s a right or wrong way to do it. It’s great for restoring my confidence when I’m feeling low or highlighting my favorite features when I’m in a good mood.

Friday, January 15th, 2010

MAC Pop Colour Collection

MAC “Pop Colour” Collection:  Review, Photos, Swatches

Debuting today in-store are eight eyeshadow shades, permanent extensions to the freestanding and PRO store eyeshadow ranges. They will only be available in limited quantity and duration at counters (department stores), though. They’re also available online and should be online for as long as they’re permanent (think of online as much like a freestanding store). These are, thus, available in palette form when you purchase through freestanding/PRO stores or through the MAC website. Four shades were already PRO shades, two were previously limited edition shades, and two are brand new.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-have: Lucky Green, Atlantic Blue, Winkle

Nice-to-have: Free to Be, Vibrant Grape

Skip:

I found the texture and pay off to be pretty good across the board. The mattes tended to needed two or three layers to build up the intensity and make them smooth without a proper base, but since I’ve owned a few of these previously, I can say they work well in practice. I don’t think any of them are poor in quality to merit skipping them based on that; it comes down to whether or not you like a particular shade (e.g. I don’t know if I’m going to love Goldenrod on me). Sunny Spot is the only one of the eight that has a similar shade already in the permanent line (Bitter), but it’s not a dead-on dupe.

Eyeshadows

  • Red Brick is a brick red — that’s really what it is. It’s an orange-y red with a matte finish. It can be pigmented, but it requires building up the intensity and/or a good base. Red Brick has been a PRO color for as long as I can remember. As far as I know, it is pretty much the closest to red eyeshadow I’ve seen from MAC (with the exception of Mi’Lady mineralize eyeshadow).
  • Free to Be is a satin-y coral-pink. It can go on pink, or it can go on more coral; it will depend on what you use it with or your natural skin tone. Thanks to Sarah, she pointed out that the Free to Be from 2005 is actually a dusky gray-green. It is also going to be released as a limited edition shade (and in special packaging) in Give Me Liberty of London in March, as the description is a coral matte (fits).
  • Goldenrod is a brightened golden yellow with a little orange thrown in. It’s much darker and more orange than Chrome Yellow. Like Red Brick, I can’t remember when this wasn’t at PRO.
  • Lucky Green is a golden shimmered yellow-based green. This is one of my all-time favorite shades by MAC, and I’m really happy to see it become part of the permanent range. It was originally released with Belle Azure (2005). It has an amazing texture and goes on so smooth and pigmented, but it is a veluxe pearl, so I’ve come to expect that from my VPs! You can looks I’ve done with it here.
  • Sunny Spot is a matte textured chartreuse shade. It’s a very yellowed green. It’s decently pigmented (more so than similar permanent shade Bitter–also yellower, by the by), but I’d have rather seen Sour Lemon from the PRO line (though that isn’t matte, to be fair). This is one of two brand spankin’ new shades to debut at both freestanding and PRO stores as an extension of the permanent line.
  • Vibrant Grape is a medium dark reddened purple.   This one definitely needs a base underneath it to go on smoothly.  I’ve used it in practice, so I can tell you it’s easier to use than it is to swatch.  It’s been a PRO shade for sometime now, but it will now be permanent at freestanding stores in addition to PRO stores. It was also released in limited edition packaging in Style Warriors last year. And if you’re looking for ideas on how to wear, we have a Look Book for it! You can see the original launch images here. You can see a look with it here.
  • Atlantic Blue is a gorgeous shade of deep ocean blue with kind of a violet twist to it (because it’s not just plain ol’ blue, nor is it a navy blue). I love this shade, and I really love that it’s matte. Works excellently in the crease! This was originally part of the PRO line, but it is now permanent at freestanding stores, too. Check out a few reader-submitted ideas on how to use this shade in our Look Book.  Here are a few looks I’ve done with it: here, here, here.
  • Winkle is a softened sky blue with an edge of periwinkle. It’s not quite periwinkle (not nearly enough purple), but it’s not quite a true sky blue either (check out the PRO shade Sky Blue if that’s what you’re looking for). This is the second of the two brand new shades.

Any favorites for you? What are you getting? (Or not getting?)

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Friday, January 15th, 2010

Choose or Lose

Do you like liquid liner?

  • Yes, love it! (45%, 875 Votes)
  • It's okay... (35%, 675 Votes)
  • Nope, not my thing! (19%, 373 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,937

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