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Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Four At-Home Hair Tips & Tricks for Fall

Kattia and stylists from NYC’s Butterfly Studio Salon share their favorite tips for your hair this season…

“Brushing your hair 100 times a day will not make your hair grow faster, it simply stimulates the scalp but it will cause breakage. To help your hair grow faster, simply massage the scalp for five minutes at a time. This will also stimulate the blood flow and will NOT cause breakage” –Kattia Solano

“First, apply a volumizing product on damp hair. Then flip your hair over and dry it upside down, which is the key to creating volume at the roots. At first, it will look a bit out of control, but you can set the hair with Velcro rollers or smooth out with a curling iron. If you use a roller set, blow dry with heat for a few minutes and then finish with cool air. Remove rollers and brush or run your fingers through hair. If you use a curling iron, then you can set the curls in place by spraying 2 inch sections with hairspray and curling.” –Kattia Solano

“If you have hairspray buildup: first shampoo hair then create a paste with baking soda and water. Work the paste into hair, comb through and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse and condition for optimum results.” — Nicole Descoteaux

“If you have oily buildup: add a 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, such as Palmolive or Dawn, to your shampoo.” — Dana Vuljevic

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Guerlain Rouge Sultan Cashmere Lip Gloss

The Scarlet Season: Guerlain Rouge Sultan Cashmere Lip Gloss

Guerlain Rouge Sultan Cashmere Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a liquid lipstick in the shade of vibrant, orange-based red. It’s a fiery red that’s definitely a showstopping shade of scarlet. It has a semi-matte finish (even though it’s described as matte), because it still has a slight sheen to it. I would describe Guerlain’s Cashmere Lip Glosses to having a similar feel as Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laques, but they’re thinner and a little more drying on the lips (though I wouldn’t say that they are drying!). Rouge Sultan wears incredibly well, because it really hugs lips and lasts me hours and gets through a cup of coffee. Although Rouge Sultan is a limited edition shade from Guerlain’s Terracotta collection, it is still available for purchase through both Nordstrom and Sephora.

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!

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Saturday, November 14th, 2009

China Glaze Meteor Shower Nail Lacquer ($3.20 to $7.00) is a rich, dark navy blue with multi-colored square glitter with predominantly cobalt blue sparkle. Meteor Shower is part of China Glaze’s fifty new glitter polishes, along with Atlantis, which I reviewed earlier this week.

While Atlantis applied with a more semi-opaque jelly base, Meteor Shower applies opaque in two coats and looks fairly dark on the nail. Some of the glitter seemed to submerge within the color base, but I still had a good amount show through, so it wasn’t a big deal. I found application and quality to mirror what I’ve come to expect from China Glaze (excellent and excellent), so it’s really a matter of whether this is a shade that calls to you or not! For me, it’s not my favorite shade yet… I am bound to find at least one (or ten) that are much more my style within the fifty, though! If you have any recommendations from the new line-up, I’d love to hear ‘em!

What say you? Is Meteor Shower your new best friend?

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a dark navy glitter polish, Meteor Shower has you covered!

Availability: 8ty8tbeauty.com, Head2ToeBeauty.com, TransDesign.com

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Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora V.I.B.s will receive 20% off their orders November 13th through the 15th with code V324HW during check-out. V.I.B.s are “Very Important Beauty Insider,” which are Beauty Insiders that spend over $350 at Sephora or Sephora.com in a calender year.

Origins Online (ELC)

Origins is having their Friends & Family Sale!

Save 25% off your entire order with code NOVFF during November 14th through 19th.

If you know of any other weekend deals, feel free to let everyone know in the comments!

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you research before you buy a beauty product? What kind of information do you try to find first?

Temptalia's Answer.

Yes and no. I don’t research in the sense that I’m playing scientist and trying to understand all of the ingredients and the like, but I do look into what I’m interested in and see what others are saying. I also look at claims vs. realm of reality.

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Friday, November 13th, 2009

Choose or Lose

Do you like lip palettes?

  • Nah, hate 'em! (63%, 965 Votes)
  • They're okay... (31%, 476 Votes)
  • Yes, love 'em! (6%, 90 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,537

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