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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Chance to Win $100 in MAC Products of YOUR Choice!

YOU get to pick your prize, should you be the lucky winner.   You can select up to $100.00 worth of MAC products (before tax) that are available at freestanding stores.  You cannot go over $100.00 (automatic disqualification, so add it up!), but of course, you can go under–it doesn’t have to be exact.

RULES: All entries must be submitted by January 5th, 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 we have receipt of prizes.  If a product you want is not available at my local freestanding store, I will ask you to choose a substitute.

How to Win: Just One Way

There’s only one way to win, and this is how…

Submit your entry: leave a comment on this blog post telling me what specific products you want to win. Remember, $100 or less, but not a cent more!  (And you only win what you do list in your comment.)

Congratulations to Teresa H.!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Sephora.com, Inc.

Save an extra 20% off all sale items on Sephora!

Use code EXTRA. Valid through 12/31/09.

P.S. – I spotted some interesting items in the sale bin: Korres eyeshadow, TONS of Laura Gellar products (wonder if they’re phasing it out?), Urban Decay Hi-Fi 24/7 Set, lots of Kevyn Aucoin and Ted Gibson up for grams,

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Ruby Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00) is a creamy, opaque shade of ruby red with a subtle blue-base. I like that it runs more neutral-cool than totally cool, as sometimes blue-reds look off against my warm-toned skin. It does have a stronger, more floral scent than other lipsticks, so if you’re sensitive to scented makeup products, you might not find this one to your liking, purely from a nose-standpoint! It doesn’t bother me (I couldn’t say I love it, but I’m indifferent), because the texture is really soft, smooth, and it doesn’t settle or enhance lip lines.

If you’re confused about this shade, saying to yourself, “She reviewed this already… and it doesn’t look like this!” — you’re not wrong. Dolce & Gabbana also has Ruby Lipstick, but in their Shine formula. They’re totally different shades, and I’ll say Dolce & Gabbana could have made it less confusing by giving them different names.

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 →

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 →