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Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away Softlips Pure!

To celebrate our three-year blogiversary, Softlips is giving away a complete set of six of the Softlips Pure range to TWO (2) lucky winners!

Softlips PURE is free of synthetic chemicals and harmful ingredients, utilizing only all-natural emollients and conditioners, including organic oils, beeswax, shea butter and vitamin E that are USDA-certified organic. The product is mounted on recyclable packaging that’s printed with vegetable-based ink. They are a great choice for “chemically sensitive” individuals, as well as those who prefer to use products with natural ingredients.

Softlips PURE lip conditioners in pomegranate and honeydew are available in mass retail, supermarket and drug stores nationwide for the suggested retail price of $2.99.  Look for the newest flavors – peppermint, acai berry, papaya and chai tea – on display in the natural beauty section of select Target stores.

Submit your entry by leaving a comment telling me how you keep you lips in kissable condition.

All entries must be submitted by November 3rd, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. 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 “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

Congratulations to Margaret and Jackie!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

If you were using MAC It’s a Miracle 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!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Trish McEvoy Gorgeous Red Gorgeous Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a blue-based fuchsia-red. It applies semi-opaquely and definitely has a distinctive pinkness to it, so it’s not really a true red. However, the pink makes it less intense and thereby makes it more wearable for some who are a little shy of truer reds. I found the formula to be hydrating, and it felt more like a lip stain than a lipstick. I wouldn’t describe it as a creamy red, but more of a sheer red with a higher color threshold than expected out of a sheerer shade. It’s also a buildable shade, which means that it took a few layers to get a mostly solid look, but on the same token, you can go sheerer if you like (or the occasion calls for it) with the same shade.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  For fans of sheerer, softer reds, Gorgeous Red gives you sheer-to-buildable pinky red.

Availability: BlueMercury.com

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!

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Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you change your skincare routine? Or do you stick with it once you find what works?

Temptalia's Answer.

I change periodically — partially because I’m not 100% satisfied, but also because I’m an addict, LOL.

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Friday, October 30th, 2009

The Best of the Best, Volume #009

When I was compiling the most popular posts for the week, it was kind of funny that most of them were the same last week… for those of you who also noticed, it’s not a mistake!  This week has just gone by in a total blur for me!  Where’s the pause button?  Hope you’ve had a fantastic week and got some killer plans for tonight!

What are your weekend plans?

I’ll be putting together a Powerpoint for my forty-five minute presentation in Privacy Law on Monday!  Super fun, I know — you’re totally jealous! :)  Hopefully squeezing in some time to photograph, swatch, and test some new products between today and Monday, too.

This Week’s 5 Most Popular Posts

  • MAC in Lillyland Collection: with the additional of full collection photos, more of you started figuring out whether this was a must-have collection or not. It seemed like a lot of you wished that they incorporated more of Lilly Pulitzer’s style in the actual packaging!
  • MAC Mischief Makers Collection: debuting November 5th, MAC’s holiday kits of pigments, glosses, and the like sure are popular!
  • Tutorial: Black Smoky Eye: for whatever reason, this old-as-dirt tutorial garnered quite a few views this week!
  • MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection: MAC’s exclusive, “high-end” collection is causing quite a stir!
  • Sephora Friends & Family Sale: lots of you bought, some of you passed, but it’s still going on!

This Week’s 5 Most Discussed Posts

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Choose or Lose

What kind of makeup do you like to see on others?

  • Natural/Beauty (51%, 436 Votes)
  • Colorful (28%, 239 Votes)
  • Avant garde/over the top (20%, 171 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (2%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 861

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