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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast 1
MAC La La Eyeshadow

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

There are eight single eyeshadows that debut in this launch. There are four from part one and four from part two. Additionally, there are two eyeshadow quads being released in parts three and four, respectively, that will be reviewed separately.  My favorites: La La, Very Violet; Hot Hot Hot, Straw Harvest.  What are your favorites?

Spring Colour 1 Forecast — Eyeshadows

  • Rosy Outlook is a dusty medium pink with a satin finish. I think there was a shade called Riviera Rose–this reminds me of it, only not as cool-toned, but still has that dusty pink feel.
  • Very Violet is a crisp darkened violet-purple with very little sheen, not at all frosty like its frost finish would suggest. I can’t remember MAC doing a purple quite like this in recent history.
  • La La is a rich magenta fuchsia with fuchsia shimmer-sheen. It reminds me of Brash & Bold Pigment from Makeup Art Cosmetics last fall, but in eyeshadow form (so more convenient and easier to work with overall). Very nicely pigmented and smooth–and surprisingly not that frosty, despite its frost finish.
  • Da Bling is a slightly paled medium pink with a frosty sheen but excellent color pay off in a veluxe pearl finish. This is a permanent eyeshadow, though, so no need to rush to purchase.

Spring Colour 2 Forecast — Eyeshadows

  • Nanogold is a semi-sheer pinky beige. This is probably one of the nicest lustre-finish eyeshadows I’ve ever come across. It feels nothing like a lustre! This one has come out previously, though always limited edition.
  • Hot Hot Hot is an intensely pigmented orange-based red that looks mostly matte, though it has very subtle shimmer, since it is a satin finish eyeshadow. I don’t think I’ve seen MAC put out a shade like this since being a fan (about five years).
  • Straw Harvest is a gorgeous shade of warmed-up peach gold with a lighter gold sheen in a veluxe pearl finish.
  • Perky is a satin finish light salmon-y pink with good color pay off. Not quite like anything in the permanent line from what I can see.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast 1

Welcome to the MAC Spring Colour Forecast Hour!

Make sure you keep the official collection information bookmarked, because Spring Colour Forecast is a doozy. With four “parts,” this collection is positively enormous–though not surprising as it anniversarizes last year’s mega-popular Hello Kitty collection.  It is now currently available for purchase at www.maccosmetics.com.

Just trying to determine the best way to organize this collection’s review has been a nightmare (each collection has too many photos to put into a single post to do it the most obvious way, with each part getting a post). Instead, I’ve decided to group similar products together–all the single eyeshadows together, all of the single lipglasses together, etc.

So, stay with me as I review and post swatches and photos over the next hour… or two… or ten :)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Lancome Love It! Lipstick
Lancome Love It! Lipstick

The Spring Season: Lancome Love It! Lipstick

Lancome Love It! Color Design Lipstick ($22.00) is a soft, rosy petal-pink with a glossy sheen. On lips, it goes on semi-opaque and looks and feels creamy (but not thick). It really just looks like it melted into lips for very natural looking color. This is just one of those incredibly easy-to-wear pinks that works with a smoky eye or neutral eye. Definitely one of my favorites! The lipstick itself isn’t drying and lasts a good four or so hours on me.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your nail care routine? Share your routine to keep your nails looking their best!

Temptalia's Answer.

I try to moisturize with hand cream often (a few times a day). Whenever I wear polish, I do a base coat, polish coat, top coat, and a drying coat!

Thanks to Chess for this question!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Maybelline Eye Studio Green with Envy

Look: Maybelline Green with Envy Quickie

From several readers’ comments, it sounded like there was trouble using this quad, but I didn’t seem to share a lot of the concerns readers had. When I originally tested it, I just did one eye (the other eye was something else…), so I figured I’d at least do both eyes so it would be visually acceptable.  So, I threw on this SUPER, SUPER quick look after I got home from school (which is why the mascara is dusty–I was wearing mascara already–only removed my eyeshadow from earlier in the day but kept the mascara on).

The colors definitely showed up on me, and I just threw on UDPP as a base since it was the closest thing to me when I put this on.  Just used MAC 239 to apply and do any blending, along with the 226 for the crease.    I was a bit hurried (I have a ton of cases to read!) when I did all this (think about three or four minutes), so I don’t think I spread the UDPP evenly on my lid, but otherwise I really didn’t encounter difficulty using these.  I took my brush, tapped it into the eyeshadow, then I patted it onto my lid; rinse and repeat!  The champagne shade was the only shade that felt a little on the powdery side for me.  Not better than a lot of my high-end eyeshadows, but some of the better drugstore eyeshadows I’ve tried in the past five years.

I don’t know if it helps, but I thought I’d share my method and how everything turned out for me with some photographic evidence, LOL! :)

P.S. – Cheeks are Benefit Sugarbomb; lips are Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: SUNSCREEN!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about sunscreen and all that those entail.