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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

With December in full swing now, I hope all of your holiday gift shopping is well underway! I know that I’ll be wrapping up my holiday shopping over the next two weeks!

For those of you who are still on the hunt for beauty gifts to give (or receive!), check out our gift guides:

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Winter Wonderland: Zoya Luna Nail Lacquer

Zoya Luna Nail Lacquer ($7.00) is the third shade in Zoya’s Ultra Glitter winter collection (which also featured Nova, a raspberry pink, and Astra, a reddish pink, reviewed previously). Luna is a sheer silver shimmered base with bright and dark silver small glitter particles. It’s a very wintry, holiday-esque kind of color. It wears well, and it’s not too difficult to remove (certainly not any more so than the average glitter polish). I used Zoya’s Color Lock System for this and got a week’s wear with very minor tip wear–but considering I type all day, I was pleasantly surprised at just how minimal it was.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Fans of bright silver AND glitter polish may rejoice over this shade!

Availability: Zoya

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss
Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss

The Scarlet Season: Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss

Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss ($28.00) is a dual-ended lipgloss with two shades: a mauvey plum and a rich ruby red with red and gold shimmer. This is an excellent red lip gloss, because it’s richly pigmented, goes on opaque, and it feels very smooth and moisturizing. It has a minty scent, too! The gloss really impresses me most with how much color it gives lips while still being a gloss. It has a subtly glossy sheen that’s not too much, but still has a wetter look than a lipstick. One of my favorite glosses by Eve pearl!

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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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s the longest-wearing lipstick you’ve come across? Share your finds!

Temptalia's Answer.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laques last really long on me!

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

Today is World AIDS Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, but it also remembers the people who have lost their lives to the spread of this pandemic. This year’s theme of the campaign is Respect and Protect. Learn more about the campaign, as well as HIV/AIDS at http://www.worldaidsday.org.

In support of the effort, some beauty brands have joined in to raise awareness and support the cause…

  • Kiehl’s will doante 100% of net profits from each sale of Hand Care for a Cure, which is a limited edition version of its Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, to stemming the loss of life from HIV/AIDS. Kiehl’s has been committed to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS since 1996, and this year they’ve partnered with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
  • MAC Cosmetics is supporting World AIDS Day with a company-wide effort volunteer initiative. Hundreds of MAC artists from New York will be spending their time and sharing their skills with God’s Love We Deliver Facilities dedicated to improving those residents affected by HIV/AIDS. The New York City store will have a special one-day in-store promotion where 100% of sales for all Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglasses will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC has a year-round HIV/AIDS awareness initiative with their Viva Glam product line-up. 100% of all sales of Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglasses go towards fighting HIV/AIDS. MAF has raised over $150 million through the sale of the VG line.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be donating 100% of the selling price of their NSFW Nail Lacquer to National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities, Inc.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Guerlain Gracia Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gracia Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gracia Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a glossy, opaque shade of plum-berry with soft gold shimmer. It applies evenly and goes on creamy without being thick. Rouge G is a really fantastic formula (though I would love it if they lasted a solid eight hours with such a hefty price tag, but I’ll take the four to six I get), because it’s rich in color and pigmentation, feels like a dream on lips with a lightweight texture, and the shimmer is subtle but still noticeable. Gracia is a lovely shade for both the fall and winter season, but it’s very wearable year-round, too – just because it’s dark enough to work in the cooler temperatures, yet not so dark it’s vampy.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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