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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

MAC’s Naked Honey Collection, as well as their Summer Trend Bags are now available online for purchase. They are also available online at Nordstrom.com. Both will be available in-store on Thursday, June 11th.

What are you getting from Naked Honey? Anyone picking up any of the bags?

Or are you saving up for a later collection (e.g. Colour Craft, which seems astronomically large)?

Not sure what to buy? We were able to give you two sneak peeks, so hopefully they might help make your decisions a bit easier (or harder!).

Check out: Buzz Lipglass, Golden Nectar High-Light, and Honey Salve, Honey Light High-Light, Creme de Miel, Pollinator, and official promotional photos/information. We’ll have full swatches and photos posted on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick for Body ($75.00) is new for Summer 2009. It’s the same concept and has the same texture/feel/look of the traditional (and popular) shimmer bricks. There’s just one difference — it’s seems huge. I don’t know necessarily if I’d say it’s $75.00 huge, but it is extremely large in comparison to the normal shimmer bricks. I thought I’d review this today, because of Bobbi Brown’s Summer Sale – get 25% off automatically applied to your order from today until June 11th — it brings this body shimmer brick down to just over $50.

It contains 0.5 oz./15 grams of product, whereas a normal shimmer brick contains 0.4 oz./10.3 grams. I like to see how much you’re really paying for things. After a little math, I found with the body shimmer brick, you’re paying $5.00 per gram. The regular shimmer brick is only $3.89 per gram. So even though the size of the body shimmer brick seems like twice the size of a regular shimmer brick, the actual product quantity is only slightly more. From what I can tell, I think the body shimmer brick might be most similar to the Beige Shimmer Brick. One thing I do like that is different between the two is that if you have a good body brush (I love MAC’s 179), there’s a lot of surface area to use. It’s not a small compact, so you do have more room to work with. Bobbi Brown does have a limited edition All Over Body Brush ($85.00) designed for the Shimmer Brick for Body, but I haven’t tested it yet, so I can’t weigh in.

The color of the Body Shimmer Brick is a soft golden-bronze shade. It’s just as frosty as regular shimmer bricks, but I think the shimmer is more downplayed when used on shoulders and decolletage. I do like the product, and I think it is excellent for adding a little extra oomph before going out at night! I know some of you are shimmer brick fanatics, so I hope you enjoy this one, too!

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

See swatches! Continue reading →

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Have you ever caved to sales’ pressure at the beauty counter? Share your stories!

Temptalia's Answer.

Yes, I definitely have. It tends to happen when I’ve gone to events or had my makeup done… and ended up not really wanting anything. Then I end up buying way more than I want of stuff I wasn’t really wanting in the first place.

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Monday, June 8th, 2009

Make Up For Ever Launches HD Elixir

Dry, flaky skin is never attractive, but when magnified in high definition format, it becomes unacceptable and makes applying make up a challenge. Make up artists must combat skin dehydration on actors immediately before applying foundation to create a flawless complexion that is worthy of cameras that see 6x what the human eye sees. With no time to wait for results from moisturizers that may take several days to reverse dryness, the artists turned to Dany Sanz, Creator and Artistic Director of MAKE UP FOR EVER, for a solution.

Created specifically to instantly boost skin’s moisture to create a perfectly smooth palette for HD Complexion make up, HD Elixir is a unique hybrid serum that is part skincare and part make up. Clinical tests proved that HD Elixir boosted skin’s moisture a whopping 520% after 15 minutes and continued to hold in moisture at 490% after 30 minutes and 430% after one hour. In addition to the instant surge of moisture, HD Elixir also restores skin’s radiance and erases signs of fatigue, actually firming and giving skin a smooth and soft texture.

To use: Using the push button dropper, squeeze one pump into fingers and apply all over face or solely to very dry areas before HD Microperfecting Primer and HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Wait until serum has been fully absorbed by skin before applying next product.

Available at exclusively at Sephora beginning June 12th. Retail price is $38.00. You can learn more at hd-generation.com.

Monday, June 8th, 2009

For 2010 Anniversary Beauty Exclusives, please view this post.

Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusives

Beginning July 17th, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! It goes on through August 2nd. Beauty exclusives are a big part of what makes an Anniversary Sale special, for me, because brands often give Nordstrom customers exclusive access to products for fall, customized value sets, and value sized offerings of cult favorites.

This year, over 100 beauty brands are participating. Some highlights include MAC, Chanel, Juicy Couture, NARS, Kiehl’s, Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs, Dior, Bobbi Brown and Philosophy. True beauty addicts can go online to Nordstrom.com or stop into Nordstrom stores to pre-order starting on June 22nd. As of July17th, the sale goes live and customers both in store and online can purchase the limited-edition Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives.

Temptalia is pleased to bring you a comprehensive list of Beauty Exclusives as well as Gift With Purchases available during Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

Makeup

  • Anastasia Go Brow & Brow Enhancing Serum Kit ($36.00)
  • Armani Lip Set including Sheer #10, Lip Shimmer #44, Lip Pencil #3 with bag ($65.00)
  • Bare Escentuals In Fashion Kit containing Large Rose Radiance-All-Over Face Color, Stunner Eye Color, Charleston Eye Color, Retro Liner Shadow, NEW Blackberry 100% Natural Lipgloss, New Double Ended Defining Edge Eye & Line Brush, Soft Focus Face Brush ($55.00)
  • Bare Escentuals XL Hydrating Mineral Veil .84 oz. ($39.00)
  • Bobbi Brown Must Have Collection includes 7 pan lip palette, eyeshadow, duo, full size gel liner, dual ended brush, mini mascara ($85.00)
  • Chanel Muscat Glossimer (a beige pink shimmer) ($27.00)
  • Chanel Le Vernis Nail Lacquer in Roses des Vents (rose shimmer), Rouge Noir (red black) ($23.00)
  • Chanel Radient Eye & Lip Palette contains two shadows, four lip glosses ($45.00)
  • Clarins Wonder Lush Mascara
  • Clinique Best of Clinique Set includes Youth Surge SPF 15 (new spring Product), All About Eyes .21 oz. Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser 5.0 oz, Dual Ended High Impact/High Impact Curling Mascara (Curling is a new spring product), Dual Ended Cream Shaper for Eyes (in Cocoa Shimmer and Mink), Almost Lipstick Black Honey all in a Off White Handle Bag ($45.00)
  • Clinique Best of Lips includes three mini long last soft shine lipglosses ($18.50)
  • Dior Jazz Club Jazz Club Palette ($60.00)
  • Dior Jazz Club Nail Lacquer in 703 and 987 ($19.00)
  • Cover FX Complexion Perfecting Kit includes 15ml Skinprep FX, Split Pan Trios, Setting Powder, #130 Foundation Brush and How To DVD ($75.00)
  • Enormous Lash B1G1 ($95.00)
  • Fekkai Jumbo Sized Technician Color Care Shampoo/Conditioner ($85.00)
  • Kiehl’s 1 Liter Creme de Corp ($70.00)
  • Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo ($48.00)
  • Lancome Brush Set includes Foundation Brush,Dual Ended Brush, Blender Brush and Blush Subtil Duo. All brushes have indigo blue handles ($52.00)
  • Lancome Mascara Set includes Full Size Curb Virtuose Top Coat in Gold-Fall shade by aaron Dey Mey. Full Size Virtuose in Black Carat, Mini Cils Booster, Mini Bifacil ($35.00)
  • Lancome Poudre Liberty Compact ($40.00)
  • Laura Mercier Renaissance Collection Set includes Flawless face Day Cream 5g., full Size undercover eye pot #3, full size lip glace in Pink Champagne (exc color), mini mascara, full eyeshadow in Renaissance, Double ended brush, mini puff, and cosmetic bag.($65.00)
  • Lippmann Polish Set (Exclusive set of 3) ($35.00)
  • MAC Graphic Garden Cool/Warm Eye Palettes ($35.00 each)
  • MAC Graphic Garden Summer Crop Lip Bags in Cool/Warm ($35.00 each)
  • MAC Graphic Garden Define & Blend / Shape & Perfect Brush Sets ($49.50 each)
  • MAC Graphic Garden Look In A Box in Seductress, Sun Siren, and Sweet Tease ($59.50 each)
  • NARS Nordstrom Best Palette v. 2 ($50.00)
  • Rock & Republic Color Set includes includes Full sizes of blush, lipgloss and eyeshadow all in a beautiful leather logo cosmetic bag ($75.00)
  • shu uemura Best of shu uemura Set includes Eyelash curler, Ultimate X Mascara in black, deluxe mini Cleansing Oil (A/O) 1.0 oz, deluxe mini Gloss Unlimited (WN283S — shimmering plum) in a black mesh zippered bag with shu uemura metal pull ($42.00)
  • Smashbox After Hours Beauty Set includes Cream Liner Palette (new), Eye Shadow Quad (new), Lash DNA, Lip enhancing gloss, Double ended brush #15/precision liner, Double Decker Cheek (new) baked cheek color top/loose shimmer on the bottom, travel bag ($58.00)
  • Smashbox Lip Kit includes High Shine Lipgloss, Long Lasting Lip Gloss and Lip Enhancing Gloss ($29.00)
  • T3 Pro Dryer Set with Plump Serum ($119.00)
  • Trish McEvoy Little Black Card includes Natural 1 with Peony Pink Sleeve ($58.00)
  • Trish McEvoy Peony Pink Planner includes Petite Planner with POM page included ($75.00)
  • Trish McEvoy Peony Pink Portable Beauty Brush Set ($65.00)
  • YSL All For Eyes Kit includes Faux Cils Mascara in black, Touche Eclat #1, deluxe mini eyemakeup remover (1 oz) ($62.00)

See list of Skincare & Fragrance Exclusives, plus Gift With Purchases Exclusives & Images! Continue reading →

Monday, June 8th, 2009

MAC Graphic Garden Sneak Peek Photos

Hey all! Are you gearing up for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Exclusives? It’s one of the best times for beauty products at Nordstrom, because of all of the exclusives, gift with purchases, and “stock up” sizes. MAC always puts out an exclusive set of products for their anniversary, and this year is no different with Graphic Garden.

Pictured above is the Graphic Garden Cool Eye Palette and Graphic Garden Warm Eye Palette. Each will retail for $35.00. The Cool Eye Palette will contain Social Climber, Botanical Blue, Straight Hedge, Wild Wisteria, Linear Lilac, and Graphic Garden. The Warm Eye Palette will contain Floral Inc., Sun-Shy, Fresh Cut, Poppy Noir, Bloomcycle, and Part Peony. You can read up on full details of all of the product sets/kits coming out with Graphic Garden here.

We also want to share with you a look at Sweet Tease Look In A Box contains Shell Pearl Beauty Powder, Gleam eyeshadow, Mulch eyeshadow, Love Nectar lustreglass, Zoomlash mascara in Zoomblack, and a 181 brush. There are three different “Look In A Box” offerings, and each will retail for $59.50. Each includes two full-sized eyeshadows and lipgloss, and then a miniature size Zoomlash mascara and 181 brush.

See Look In A Box! Continue reading →