Sunday Link Love, Volume #036

Happy Sunday!

I hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend, even if it is nearly over!  I spent much of it… eating!  Had the most delicious chocolate hazelnut croissant from the farmers’ market this morning.  Yum, yum.  I’m not even much of a chocolate fan!

China Glaze Awakening Collection (Fall 2010)

China Glaze Awakening Collection

To get in you in the Halloween spirit, China Glaze’s Awakening Collection contains three spook-tacular shades–Zombie Zest (mossy green shade with gold flecks of migro glitter), Mummy May I (vampy, wine colored purple with flecks of hot pink glitter), and Ick-a-bod-y (dark green base chock full of orange glitter). Come September, expect to see the full display at Sally’s Beauty Supply Stores, while a four-piece set (which includes the three shades plus a Fast forward Top Coat) at all other beauty and nail supply outlets, stores, and e-tailers.

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RECOMMENDATION: As long as you don’t mind using a thicker top coat, Mummy May I and Ick-a-bod-y are both fun shades for Halloween. Zombie Zest is my favorite, just because it isn’t necessarily a pretty shade at first glance but looks quite lovely on.

AVAILABILITY: September 2010

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Win $148 in Make Up For Ever Goodies from MBFW Swim!

The Look @ Mara Hoffman

Make Up For Ever @ Mara Hoffman, Aqua Di Lara, & Qiss Qiss

On Saturday, Make Up For Ever did the makeup for Aqua Di Lara, Mara Hoffman, and Qiss Qiss. One lucky winner will win $148 worth of Make Up For Ever products (all shades used to create the looks at the shows).

From the shows, Make Up For Ever and Temptalia are giving away:

  • Aqua Cream #4
  • Aqua Cream #7
  • Aqua Cream #21
  • Aqua Cream #14
  • Star Powder #930
  • Aqua Cream #16
  • Lipstick #423

RULES: All entries must be submitted by July 26th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Two Ways to Win

You can do one, the other, or both to maximize your chances of winning…

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell me which look from the shows was your favorite!

2.) Follow me on Twitter & re-tweet the following: RT @temptalia Follow @temptalia & RT to win $148 in Make Up For Ever! Info + one more way to win:

Congratulations to Lorena H.!

See more photos & breakdowns! (Swimsuits ahead!)

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Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Galante (09)

Guerlain Galante Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Galante (09) Rouge G Lipstick ($46.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly brown-tinged, plum-kissed pink. Sephora describes it as a “rosy plum,” and I see the plum, but I also feel like you can’t not say there’s some brown in there, too. It’s a shade that’s difficult to describe. Not that that really matters, because it’s such a beautiful shade.

Every time I apply one of the Rouge Gs, I am reminded of how amazing the formula is. It’s soft, smooth, and moisturizing while delivering rich color in a whole slew of universally flattering shades. Galante has this subtle light rose pink micro-shimmer that dazzles and shimmers in the light in such a lovely way. I love the way they feel and wear–I get anywhere from three to six hours, depending on the shade. With a shade like this, I usually hit the four or five hour mark.

Guerlain’s Rouge Gs are scented with fragrance, so if you’re sensitive to scents, you may want to stop by and give it a whiff before committing $46 to it. I don’t notice it when I wear it, only when I smell the tube itself, but I’m not bothered by it either way. I still have a secret wish that they made the Rouge G formula available without the fancy case (which is truly fancy with its substantial weighty feel and flip mirror), just so the price wouldn’t be as high.

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Aveda Aqua Pearl Eye Color Trio

AVEDA Aqua Pearl Eyeshadow

After being really happy with Aveda’s Golden Jasper Eye Color Trio, I knew I had to try some of the other eyeshadow trios. I decided to go with Aqua Pearl ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.), which looked like a pretty trio of yellow, muted green, and a green-teal. Unfortunately, the eyeshadows themselves are a far cry from what they look like in the pan. I didn’t experience the same soft, melts-on-skin feeling as I did with Golden Jasper. Aqua Pearl was incredibly sheer and all three shades looked muted when swatched. I did like that they weren’t powdery, and they did apply smoothly for the most part–just very, very different than they look in the pan.

I do still like that the eyeshadow trio is packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and paper, and the eyeshadow itself doesn’t contain talc, mineral oil, or parabens.

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RECOMMENDATION: I would definitely pass on this shade unless you want something very sheer that doesn’t ever get to be intense.


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