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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is a mix of summery color goodness from a gorgeous blush to a “Sand and Sea” eyeshadow palette. The collection features a Matte and Shimmer Bronzer ($30.00 each), a Duo Bronzer ($31.00), Pure Color Gloss Stick in Orange Poppy and Pop Pink ($18.50 each), Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50), SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00), Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00), Duo Tone Eye Pencil ($18.50), Pure Color Lipstick in Golden Goddess ($18.50), High Gloss in Golden Goddess, Coral Goddess, and Rose Goddess ($17.00 each), and finally Pure Color Nail Lacqueri n Golden Goddess ($18.00).

The SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00) is a “blush and illuminator in one.” The center is a pinky-coral shade–perfect for summer–and the outer ring is more of a peachy shade with more shimmer than the center color. You can easily use just the center color if you so wish, but using just the outside color will be more difficult. To be honest, I prefer them swirled and used as one. Together they make a very pretty pink-coral color with golden sheen. I definitely will be reaching for this during the summer!

The Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00) is a good mix of cool and warm shades of color. I really love the theme of “Sand & Sea,” and I feel they hit it dead on. You get a medium bright blue paired with a lighter, more sky blue shade for your “sea.” You have a rich, warm deep brown with red toned shade as your darkest color in the palette. There is a pop of true gold and a medium brown with gold-peach sheen for “sand.” The lightest shade is a fairly nude highlighter, but it also gives off a blue-gray sheen. I give kudos to Estee Lauder for putting out such a fun mix of colors for their summer collection! Color texture was smooth and soft, and the color pigmentation was exactly what I wanted–there!

I can also appreciate the packaging on both the Illuminator and Eyeshadow Palette, because they’re in a warm, bronzy-brown color with gold detailing, but it doesn’t feel like traditional Estee Lauder packaging–it feels younger. Yay!

Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is available now at Nordstrom.com.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009


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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Le Metier de Beaute Opulent Seaside Garden Collection for Spring 2009

Kaleidoscope Eye Kits ($95.00)

  • Chinoiserie Azure – a gorgeous collection of soft blue hues
  • Mediterranean Seas – an amazing blend of green-gold shades, accented with champagne peaches
  • Emerald Isle – a collection of this season’s most desirable and wearable greens
  • Violaceous Splendor – a regal selection of the most divine violets

Kaleidoscope Lip Kits ($95.00)

  • Queensland Coral – a beautiful selection of coral shades
  • Dunes at Dusk – a blend of sultry champagne neutrals
  • Bougainvillea Bloom – a bold collection of pink-infused magentas
  • Golden Transcendence – a striking selection of spring hues that blend together to create never-before-seen colours that surprise and delight

Precision Liquid Liner ($42.00)

  • Bleu
  • Aqua
  • Noir

Nail Lacquer ($15.00)

  • Claire (Clear) ($18.00)
  • Gardenia
  • Magnolia
  • Pink Peony
  • Amaryllis
  • Phlox
  • Violaceous Splendor
  • Black Orchid
  • Lenton Rose
  • Inflorescence
  • Fleur de Champagne
  • Terra Nostra

Available: March 2009 at select Neiman Marcus stores, neimanmarcus.com, Bergdorf Goodman, bergdorfgoodman.com and The John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman. April 2009 for Nail Lacquers.

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you love yourself some bronzer? Only on certain occasions? What’s your favorite?

Temptalia's Answer.

I tend to get so caught up with blush and highlighters that I forget about bronzers! I love lots of things that give me bronzy glow, though! I think it’s an easy way to add va-voom :)
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Stila’s Summer Collection features a stunning quad, the Charmed palette ($28.00), which I am sure instantly created some temptation! The colors featured in the palette are a mid-tone copper, warm gold, intense teal, and deep burgundy.

The color themselves are quite lovely, as they swatch well with rich pigmentation. I’d describe the colors more of a coppery-pink, warm coppery-gold, teal with green undertones, and a brown-burgundy. The texture is smooth and silky, easily blending into the skin and no fall out problems.

The only issue I had with the palette was the packaging itself. The gold coloring and the detailing on the outside was beautiful, but it feels like it’s all cardboard. The clear part (where you can see the shadows) is super thin plastic–like what you might find on top of shadows. I’d have preferred something more durable. Otherwise, this palette is superb, and it is totally worth $28!

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Dior Bronze Harmony Blushicon ($42.00) comes in two stunning shades — Coral Riviera and Rose Brazilia. I’ve only had my hands on Coral Riviera at the moment, but I did swatch them both at Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t decide between the two… now I know I have to go back and get Rose Brazilia, too!

Oh, Dior, you really know how to make a girl swoon. First it was the Skin Shimmers (can’t wait for Pop Diamond!), and now.  The new Bronze Harmony Blushes. I love these blushes for a nice pop of color with just a touch of sheen!  I like to pair Coral Riviera with Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer for a bronzier look or Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer for a pinker cheek.

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