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Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Here’s a sneak peek at NARS’ Summer Collection! :)

I know everyone was really excited over Tropic eyeshadow ($22.00), including me, but it disappointed me in the end. In the promotional image, it looked like a gorgeous shimmering blue–like glittering water on a hot summer’s day, you know? In real life, it’s extremely different. It has chunky, silvery bits and pieces that lay on top on a matte, dark bluish-teal. When swatched, it really ends up being a mostly matte color, because the silver glitter is really too large to stay on easily. It’s pigmented, though it is more powdery in its finish, so if you have trouble working with mattes, this one might give you a tough time, too.

Scorching Sun duo eyeshadow ($32.00) was another product that caught my eye from the get-go, because it looked like it would have a really sunny orange in it. It’s more of an orange with a little bit of yellow in it paired with a medium orange. The lighter orange doesn’t have much shimmer (if any), while the medium shade of orange has a little bit–enough of it to give it a soft sheen. The duo is pretty, and the texture and pigmentation are right on par of what I’d expect in a NARS eyeshadow. A part of me just wishes it was yellower!

Outsider lipstick ($24.00) is a sheer peachy-pink shade with a fairly frosty finish. I think Falbala lipstick would probably be more pigmented, but I’ll have to check it out in stores to confirm. Belize lipgloss ($24.00) is a lovely shade of subdued fleshy pink with gold shimmer.

Overall, I’d pass on the lipstick and Tropic eyeshadow, but I’d suggest checking out the eyeshadow duo for sure. If you’re a gloss kind of gal, Belize might be up your alley, too. For $24, I’d rather blow it on one of NARS’ permanent eyeshadows than the gloss, though, so perhaps test out some of their other eyeshadows!

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Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are the best strategies for saving money on your makeup purchases? Do you go drugstore on some items? Skip areas of beauty?

Temptalia's Answer.

I try to shop my stash, if I’m jonesin’ for something new. It can help take the edge of the want to buy something else :)
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Thanks to Arika for this question!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Project Revamp

If you could revamp St. Ives Apricot Scrub, what would you change? What would you keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

This was my FIRST smokey eye ever! It’s from December 2005, and looking at the photos makes me kind of itch to re-try it, actually! I think this was actually the first look I ever did a tutorial for, too. What was your first smokey eye like?

Used: Silver pigment on lid, Black Tied e/s on outer corner and crease, Say Yeah! e/s from crease to brow..

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

shu uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection for Summer 2009

Rouge Unlimited’s Pink Collection, a series of lipsticks and glosses made with a Pink Hybrid Pigment, one of the purest pink pigments ever discovered and patented by the cult Japanese beauty company. Thanks to this breakthrough, this lip collection boasts the most vibrant hues available, creating new and unique shades of pink never seen before.

The Pink Hybrid Pigment, which was discovered by shu uemura laboratories, is made up of a fusion between a mineral core and an organic shell, which produces particles that are perfectly round and regular in shape. This consistency is what makes the hues of the lipstick so bright and pure. This is what creates the new and unique hues of pink seen in the collection with shades that range from never before seen light, yellowish, dark and bluish pinks.

Light pinks with yellow tints

  • PK 321 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 322 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 323 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 310N Gloss Unlimited

Light pinks with blue tints

  • PK 343 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 344 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 325N Gloss Unlimited
  • PK 333S Gloss Unlimited

Dark pinks with yellow tints

  • PK 312 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 316 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 315N Gloss Unlimited

Dark pinks with blue tints

  • PK 359 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 369 Rouge Unlimited
  • PK 378S Gloss Unlimited

Available: April 2009 at shuuemura-usa.com, shu uemura boutiques and counters nationwide.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What discontinued/limited edition product do you wish would come back? You can only pick up to five!

Temptalia's Answer.

MAC Mari-sheeno lipstick, MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, MAC Casablanca eyeshadow, MAC Going Bananas eyeshadow, & MAC Lucky Green eyeshadow!
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