Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio: Tropicallia

Shiseido YE406 Tropicallia Eyeshadow Trio

Shiseido’s Luminizing eyeshadows have an incredibly butter, almost creamy kind of texture. They’re so soft and finely milled they feel like silk when applied. The shadow holds together so well and deposits evenly. Every shade in the Tropicallia trio is richly pigmented; nothing sheer or untrue here–exactly as pictured. After trying Shiseido’s formula, it’s definitely one of the nicest formulas I’ve ever tried.  The purplish-fuchsia shade did remind me of MAC’s Stars ‘n Rockets, though in a more pigmented and creamier formula that applies pinker (less blue-toned).

The only downside (which isn’t major) is they could give you a little bit more of each color–the quantity is just a little below what I’d expect at the price tag. Each shade is about 0.033 oz. (0.10 oz. in sum), so you’ll still get plenty of usage out of each, and it’s not too high of an investment cost ($11 per shadow).

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RECOMMENDATION: Give Shiseido’s eyeshadow trios a swatch next time you’re at the counter. I think you’ll be surprised at how lovely the formula is.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora.com

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Zoya Wicked Collection

Zoya Wicked Collection

Zoya Wicked Collection ($36.00 for all 6, or $7 each) is one of two fall collections from Zoya.  It contains six shades:
Edyta (complex mixture of gold, olive, blue-green, and smoky grey with a sparkling metallic finish), Julieanne (unique purple sparkles with gold, peach, and yellow-green duochrome in a dark blue-purple base), Cheryl (smoky brown base completely packed with metallic copper, gold, and mahogany metallic microglitter), Karina (cool medium crimson red with swirls of pink, gold, and red foil metallic glitter), Carrie Ann (light warm scarlet red with copper, gold and pink-red foil metallic glitter), Kym (antique copper base with gold, copper, and pink reflective metallic sparkles).

The formula is just as you’d expect from Zoya:  smooth, nicely pigmented, and dries down beautifully.  The colors are very true-to-bottle, and I had no issues with application whatsoever.

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RECOMMENDATION: Excellent pigmentation for all six shades, easy to apply, and none needed more than two coats for a smooth, opaque finish. If you see a color you like, I think you’ll be happy with it.

AVAILABILITY: Zoya

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Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a creamy darkened raspberry with a plummy edge.  Extra Silky Lipsticks are one of my favorite lipstick formulas, for their lightweight feel, moisturizing properties, and the way colors look on.  It hugs lips but never feels drying or clingy; it always looks smooth, lush, and rich.  I haven’t met an Extra Silky shade I didn’t find appealing–nearly universally so.  The color applies opaque, even though it feels and looks like it might not in the swatch.

I recommend applying less than you think, because it’s easy to over-apply the product here due to the creamy nature of the formula.  At this price (and the amount you get), you don’t want to waste a single bit!  These are also scent- and taste-free as far as I can tell.   I don’t have any exact dupes at the moment, but perhaps as the series progresses, we’ll find something.

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Fresh Eat, Pray, Love Collection

Fresh Eat, Pray, Love Collection

Fresh is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Sony Pictures’ feature film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, debuting in theaters August 13, 2010. Lev Glazman, Fresh Co-founder and Fragrance Designer, was instantly intrigued by the project: “Fragrance is a big part of my own spiritual journey. I have always been emotionally connected to scent. It is how I organize my own memories, the special moments in my life. With every chapter of Eat, Pray, Love, I found myself automatically translating each into a scent.” The results are emotionally-charged fragrances designed to be worn alone or layered together, that not only transport you to a specific destination, but also to a different state of mind. Embark on a sensorial journey with the Fresh Eat, Pray, Love Collection:

EAT EAU DE PARFUM ($32.00 for 1 oz.)

This sweet, effervescent scent indulges in Italy’s most addictive desserts and sensual wines. It celebrates the beauty of reconnecting with your body’s needs after a great sadness, forgetting consequences and giving in to the simple pleasures it craves. Notes of bright Italian lemon and basil are balanced with creamy textures reminiscent of cannoli and tiramisus topped off with sparkling Prosecco and Limoncello for the ultimate gourmand experience.

  • Top Notes: Italian lemon, basil, bergamot
  • Middle Notes: plum, red currant, rose
  • Bottom Notes: caramel, meringue, vanilla

PRAY EAU DE PARFUM ($32.00 for 1 oz.)

Inspired by India’s serene sunsets, fresh soil, and traces of incense and spices that permeate warm winds, this scent has great impact and ultimately puts you at peace. A comforting blend of jasmines, pink pepper, patchouli, ambers, juniper berries, cardamom, and incense results in a woodsy fragrance laced with exotic spices and silky undertones.

  • Top Notes: elemi, pink pepper, juniper berry
  • Middle Notes: incense, peony, rose
  • Base Notes: patchouli, amber, musk

LOVE EAU DE PARFUM ($32.00 for 1 oz.)

This fragrance bottles the bright, colorful, anything-is-possible feelings of falling in love. Scents of passion, like percolating pheromones, sun-caressed skin, and salty kisses, are combined with the lush aromas of Indonesia’s exotic landscape for a sunny floral fragrance with tropical fruity undertones.

  • Top Notes: bergamot, red currant, mango blossom
  • Middle Notes: lisylang, Tiare, dewy jasmine
  • Base Notes: sandalwood, vetyver, velvet amber

CANDLE TRIO ($45)

This artisanal trio of petite candles features the unique scents of Eat, Pray, and Love. Designed to be burned separately or together, different candle combinations allow you to create different moods throughout the home. Each is made with a special blend of waxes that preserves the fragrance from start to finish and
a lead-free wick for a clean flame.

The Fresh Eat Pray Love Collection will be available beginning July 15 for a limited time exclusively at Fresh retail stores and www.fresh.com.

Philosophy Celebrate Love Shower Gel Review, Photos

Philosophy Celebrate Love

The Tech GuyShaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, is here with another must-read “manly” review. He’s twenty-seven with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).  I told him to review this, and he said “Absolutely not!” in his girliest voice, and then, I was going to review it this morning… and here he comes along to steal my thunder and review it himself!

Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes to being my shoulder to cry on.

Hello, yeah I just got out of the shower? What? Yes, I tried the new Philosophy Celebrate Love Shower Gel. How’d I like it….? Uh…. Okay, it’s the greatest fragrance I’ve ever smelt. Review it?!? Are you crazy? I’ll be tarred in feathered by the male community! What?! No! Don’t take that away! FINE, I’ll review it! What? Yeah, tacos… Okay, I love you too. No, don’t make me say that…… FINE! I love you too… snookums. Bye.

Ahem, sorry I was on the phone with Christine. This is a hard one for me, because I basically have to turn in my man pass, and never be allowed to do anything manly again. There goes spitting and scratching! Thanks a lot ladies!

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