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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your favorite beauty retailer? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

Nordstrom’s is probably my favorite! I love shopping Sephora online, but Sephora in-store is overwhelming. I don’t have a Saks/Bloomingdales close enough to enjoy!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Rimmel Alarm Lipstick
Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Rimmel Alarm Lipstick

Rimmel Alarm Lasting Finish Lipstick ($5.19) is a bright cherry red with a frosty sheen. It feels fairly creamy, goes on opaque in just a layer, and it is (obviously) quite pigmented. Rimmel describes this lipstick as giving the wearer up to eight hours of wear; I’d say I got about four or five, which is average for me — not the best, but certainly not bad. It did leave behind a soft stain, since it is a red shade. It has a sweet, kind of synthetic scent, but I can tolerate it. The packaging is decent, particularly for a $5 lipstick. This is Rimmel’s more orange-based red, while Temptation (to be reviewed) is more of a blue-based red.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Sejal wants to help make your holidays a little easier by showing you how to transition your daytime look into a more dramatic evening look in just a few steps. Sejal blogs about beauty over at Kajal Couture!

With the holidays in full swing, I know a lot of us are running from work/school to parties/dinners and have very little time to re-do our makeup. Even during the year, I know there are times when I am running straight from work to happy hour or dinner out and want to freshen up my look and make it more dramatic for the evening, but I usually don’t have time to run home and start my makeup from scratch. So, here’s a daytime appropriate look that can be easily transformed into a evening look in just five minutes flat.

Check out how to go from day to night! Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

If you were using NARS Blade Runner Eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Got a question? Now’s the time to ask it!

I’m taking your questions and answering them today. You can feel free to ask any question you’d like, beauty-related or unrelated. Feel free to answer other readers’ questions, too :) The more the merrier!

Go ahead, ask!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection: The Roundup

OVERALL, I like, but I don’t *love* Les Impressions de Chanel. There are some great products, but there are also some good-but-not-worth-the-price-tag products as well. I think Chanel did a good job mixing a more neutral, softer color palette with edgy darkness (e.g. Imprevu and Kaska Beige).

My favorites out of the bunch were the lip products and the Kaska Beige eyeshadow quad (and hey, make sure you saw the look I did with it!). I think the lip products are prettily subtle; like they’re shades that work on a variety of skin tones and work with dramatic looks or for everyday wear. They also layer incredibly well; so far, I’ve fallen in love with every combination of glossimer + Rouge Allure I’ve tried thus far.

For those who aren’t Chanel fans, I don’t think too many of these products are “exciting” enough to induce you over to the double-C side of things, even though everything is incredibly wearable and looks lovely on. I just think if bold is what you’re after, this collection is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for easy-to-wear shades that can be worn for a special occasion or to work in the same palette, this is a collection you may enjoy.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Futile Glossimer, Delicieuse Rouge Allure Lipstick, Kaska Beige Eyeshadow Quad

Nice-to-Haves: Maline Glossimer, Incognito Rouge Allure Lipstick

Skip: Tendresse Le Vernis (easily duped; Chanel’s formula is not so beyond-compare that it warrants a $23 price tag!)

Product-by-Product Reviews

P.S. – I ordered Particuliere from Saks, so hopefully that’ll arrive later this week, and I’ll review it then :)