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Thursday, October 1st, 2009

MAC Mischief Makers

MAC Cosmetics Mischief Makers Collection

U.S. Launch Date: November 5th, 2009

Mini Lipglass/Lustreglass ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

Sexy Shenanigans/Soft

  • Elle White pink with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Poetic License Coral rose (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Cruise Control Pastel pink with white pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Ensign Peachy pink with white and gold pearlized pigments (Lustreglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Morning Glory Pale pearlized pink (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Frisky Business/Bright

  • Silly Girl Pastel peach with multi-coloured pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Totally It Sheer bright pink with pink pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Beaute Bright coral with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition)
  • Pinkarat Soft-toned pink with gold pearl (Lustreglass) (Permanent)
  • Wonderstruck Lustred-up clean pink coral (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Models Misbehaving/Deep

  • Pinkular Bronzed copper (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Magnetique Frosted violet fuchsia (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Gitane Burnt red orange with pearlized pigments (Lipglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Angelwing Deep plum with golden pearlized pigments (Lustreglass) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Instant Gold Lustre-shined light neutral gold (Lustreglass) (Permanent)

Edited: Now with photos!

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Shop Pink, Part 2

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.

  • Donna Karan: Donna Karan Cosmetics will make a donation of $15,000 in connection with the sales of the Limited-Edition Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum Spray to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.donnakaranbeauty.com
  • Estee Lauder: Estée Lauder will donate $500,000 in connection with the sales of its Pink Ribbon Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Pink Ribbon Collection includes Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Lip Sets, Jeweled Pink Ribbon Pin, Beautiful fragrance, and Advanced Night Repair.
  • Jo Malone: Jo Malone will donate $15,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in connection with the North American sales of Red Roses Cologne and Bath Oil.
  • Lab Series: Lab Series Skincare For Men will make a donation of $10,000, in connection with the sales of Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.labseries.com
  • La Mer: La Mer will make a donation of $30,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in connection with the North American sales of Crème de la Mer. www.lamer.com
  • OJON: Ojon® will donate 20 percent of North American sales of Pink Ribbon Revitalizing Mist during the month of October to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with a maximum donation of $35,000. www.ojon.com
  • Origins: Origins will donate $35,000 in connection with the North American sales of Peace of Mind® to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.origins.com
  • Prescriptives: Prescriptives will donate $20,000 in connection with North American sales of the PX Pink ,Ribbon Palette for Cheeks and Eyes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.prescriptives.com
Thursday, October 1st, 2009

The Hit List

Wost Drugstore Mascara…

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Korres Thyme Honey Cream ($32.50 for 1.35 oz.) is a daily moisturizer designed for normal and dry skin.

Korres is known as a brand that doesn’t use a lot of those “bad” ingredients like parabens, suflates, petro-chemcials, and synthetic dyes. My personal stance is I’m not overly concerned by them, as research hasn’t proven otherwise (at least not to me) — one of my favorite beauty blogs, The Beauty Brains, did a write-up on parabens. So for me, a “natural” product just has to be a good product for me, but I’m not looking for anything explicitly natural. (It’s totally fine if you are, though! To each their own! :) )

This is a medium thick cream that comes in a jar, but it actually feels lightweight and absorbs very quickly. I went through my entire jar in about four or five weeks. It definitely felt a little faster than normal (normally I’ve spent the requisite four to six weeks testing it out, and then I move on and there’s still plenty left). To be clear, though, I was using this both AM and PM and typically I do have a separate AM and PM moisturizer. I’d expect if you just use this as a PM moisturizer, you’d get about two to three months of use out of one jar.

This doesn’t have any SPF, which does make it usable at night (without feeling like you’re wasting the SPF factor!), but consequently, you do need to wear something else that does have SPF. I found it moisturized my normal-to-dry skin very well, and I never felt dry or had any dry patches creep on me.

I will caution some on the scent, which is kind of like an earthy honey scent. It didn’t read synthetic honey to me, but it’s noticeable when you first apply it. I personally didn’t notice the scent linger on after it absorbed, but if you’re not a honey person, I’d recommend you choose one of Korres’ other moisturizers. I liked the scent, though I didn’t love it, but it wasn’t an issue for my nose!

Even though Korres does recommend this for normal skin, I think it’s more suited for those with drier skin, because it is quite hydrating and rich enough to soothe drier skin, it may be too heavy on normal skin. I wouldn’t recommend this one for oily skinned folks, either. If you have normal skin but sometimes need an extra boost in hydration, I’d suggest checking out Korres Thyme Honey Mask instead, as an as-needed intensive treatment.

I’m not a big fan of open-jar packaging. I’m just not keen on using fingers to scoop out product (let’s face it, most of us are not vigilant enough about using a separate, sterile spatula every time we go to moisturize), so I’d rather an airless pump in some form myself. The packaging feels nice (I think it’s glass) and has some heft to it, and the way Korres’ labels their products is cute and functional.

Overall, after using this for over a month (’til I ran out), I liked it, but I’m still on the hunt for something else. I don’t typically use up whole jars of anything, so it is a testament to how much I did enjoy using the product while it lasted. It moisturized and kept my skin moisturized throughout the day without causing breakouts or clogged pores. That’s pretty much what the product is supposed to do, and it definitely did that! I’m trying out Korres’ Wild Rose moisturizer now, will let you know how that works out…

  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For those with dry skin, Korres’ Thyme Honey Moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated and soothed!

Availability: Sephora

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Shop Pink, Part 1

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.

  • AVEDA: Aveda will donate $4 from each sale of the Breast Cancer Awareness Hand Relief to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund environmental research to help find a cure, with a maximum donation of $300,000. www.aveda.com
  • Bobbi Brown: Bobbi Brown will be donating $35,000 in connection with the North American sales of Pink Ribbon Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.bobbibrown.com
  • Bumble and Bumble: Bumble and bumble will donate $1.00 from every can of Classic Hairspray sold on Bumbleandbumble. com and in our two NYC Salons during September and October to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.bumbleandbumble.com
  • Clinique: $10 per Lipgloss Key Chain purchased during the month of October will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $10 per Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion sold during the month of October will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.clinique.com
  • Darphin: Darphin will donate $20.00 from each sale of Arovita C Energic Firming Cream during the month of October to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Darphin will donate $5.00 from each sale of the Energic Firming Décolleté Treatment during the month of October to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.darphin.com
  • DKNY: DKNY will make a donation of $15,000 in connection with the sales of the DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. www.dknyfragrances.com
Thursday, October 1st, 2009


Chanel Dynastie Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Dynastie Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00) is the third to be featured in our seven days of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque feature.

Dynastie is a beautiful shade of fiery coral. It’s not too red or orange–it’s a good mix of bold and bright without being over the top. It has an orange-coral base with a softer peachy-coral shimmer and glossy sheen. It feels like silk on the lips; weightless and just a smidgen creamy when you apply it, and then just long-lasting color for hours.

It’s opaque in just one layer (I only need to use whatever is on the applicator; no double-dipping required!) and easy to apply with precision. Being able to apply it with ease and not having to worry about it bleeding or dragging on my lips is such a relief. It just makes this a no-brainer for me. This shade is deep enough for the fall/winter, but it’s still appropriate for a lovely summer coral, too!

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Pricey at $32 each

  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love coral lips and want color that lasts for hours and looks gorgeous, try Dynastie!

Availability: Nordstrom

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