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The Best of the Best, Volume #001
Ahh, thank goodness it’s Friday! It’s been a super busy week for me as my boyfriend’s been sick for the past four or five days, so I’ve been playing nursemaid for him. Plus, Magellan decided it was a good time to limp around the house, too, so I’ve been tending to him this past week as well. (For the record, the boyfriend is–hopefully–on the mend, and Magellan’s limp is less noticeable now.) Boy, I am so ready for the week to end–bring on the weekend! I’m hoping my weekend involves plenty o’ sleep and R&R, what about you?
This Week’s 5 Most Popular Posts
- MAC DSquared Collection Product Photos really seemed to inspire some lemmings (and some of you who are way too good at resisting!) for this October-slated launch.
- MAC DSquared Collection Preview Photos were our first lil’ peek into the world of MAC & DSquared. It was just a morsel, but it just made us hungry for more.
- MAC Style Black Collection with photos! Finally, we see how things are shaping up for this September collection. With new dazzleglasses and brand-new product greasepaints, many of you are eager for this collection to launch. Not to mention? Temptalia readers are totally going to sell out Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. Let’s do it! (Just let me buy my ten backups, k?)
- Bobbi Brown Chrome Collection is the much anticipated holiday collection. It seemed like the overall feeling was positive, most of you liking the splash of color Bobbi added to her holiday palette. I’m curious about that silvery lipstick myself!
- MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: All About the Eyeshadows seemed to be popular amongst readers this week, coming in fifth place. It must be all those bright shades, yeah?
This Week’s 5 Most Discussed Posts
- Survey Says, August 22nd, 2009: short and sweet, you answered our survey questions for the week, and we had a great turnout!
- What makeup do you reapply throughout the day? Many of you responded with lip products–be it lipstick, gloss, or balm–but a few of you also reapplied your powders to help re-set or blot up oiliness.
- What was the last makeup/indulgence you made? You all made us wickedly jealous of some of the awesome new goodies you hauled lately!
- Chanel Noirs Obscurs Collection: Debuting this November, just in time for the winter/holiday round of purchasing, Chanel’s dark collection has the beauty community buzzin’!
- MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Review & Round-Up: for everything you ever wanted to know about MAC’s Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection — a round-up of links to reviews, swatches, and photos.
This Week’s Contests
At Home with Beauty: Sleep Pillow Mist
Bath & Body Works’ Sleep Pillow Mist in Lavender Chamomile ($10.00) is an easy way to add a little more relaxation to the end of your day. Whether it’s the blend of lavender and chamomile or just the simple act of taking thirty seconds to consciously take a few deep breaths and relax… it does have a calming effect.
It’s a quick-drying lightly scented product that you just spritz as you please. I personally would spritz two or three times on the edge of my sheets (areas where my face wouldn’t touch), which was enough for the scent to reach my nose, but not overwhelming. The scent is light enough that you could definitely spray it on your pillow (for those with less sensitive/acne-prone skin), though. It doesn’t stain or leave any residue behind once it dries. The scent fades by morning, so you will need to reapply regularly.
If you really want a relaxing experience, I highly recommend doubling-up and lotioning up from head to toe with matching body lotion ($13.00). The scent may certainly relax you, but so will the act of massaging the body lotion into your skin before you slip between the sheets. One of my favorite features of B&BW products is that if you like a scent or find one that really works for you… you can often find it in just about every other body care product you’d need. Matching made easy!
- Product: 8/10
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 8/10
- Packaging: 7/10
Recommendation: If you don’t always fall asleep once your head hits the pillow, you might want to try adding some lavender to your nightly ritual!
Availability: Bath & Body Works
How to Wear MAC Photo Realism Eyeshadow Quad
MAC’s Photo Realism Eyeshadow Quad (see review, swatches, and photos here) is a recently released palette of cool-toned shades. The quad contains these shades: Photorealism (pale yellow-gold); Fresh Approach (pale mint green); Image Maker (grayish green); and Grey Range (dark blue-green). Here are five combinations (plus a bonus one!)…
- Inner Lid: Photorealism
- Outer Lid: Image Maker
- Crease: Grey Range
- Brow: Photorealism
- Cheek: The Perfect Cheek
- Lip: Hold the Pose, New Spirit
See more combinations… Continue reading →
Do you keep yourself on a beauty budget? Do you limit yourself? Do you stay within your budget? Or do you not want to keep track?
I have a rough estimate of what I can/can’t afford beauty-wise per month, so I stick within those limits
MAC Nail Trend F/W ’09 Collection: Review
OVERALL, the shades are creamy and cool-toned, going on mostly opaque with two medium-thick coats of lacquer, and they have a soft glossy sheen. These are not matte polishes (as I know some have asked me), but they’re definitely colors perfect for the fall and winter season. I liked For Fun and Cool Reserve the most, though Rich, Dark, Delicious is lovely and I’ll find myself wearing at least once in the next few months. Dry Martini, while different, just didn’t suit my skin tone, and Beyond Jealous was a bit too dark for my personal taste. Dance All Night is classic, so it just depends on your taste/collection on whether it’s worthwhile to pick up.
- For Fun is a creamy magenta-purple with a subtle red tone. It is nearly opaque in two medium-thick coats, though a third coat would really bring it home.
- Dry Martini is a creamy deep olive-green with a bit more olive than green in it. I didn’t detect any shimmer, and I found this one to be the hardest to apply. It was a bit streaky, and I felt like thicker coats made it easier to apply overall. I’m not feeling the color myself, but it’s one of those shades you don’t see too often.
- Cool Reserve is a creamy, cool-toned grayed purple. It’s a soft grayish lilac almost. Like For Fun, two medium-thick coats made it just nearly opaque, and a third coat would make it totally solid. This one was one of my favorites — even on my warm skin tone, I liked it on myself.
- Beyond Jealous is a creamy, green-black. It goes totally opaque with two medium-thick coats, and it has a glossy finish that’s more apparent in this shade than the other five. It is really a very dark, very deep green that runs very close to black in natural light.
- Rich, Dark, Delicious is a deep dark chocolate black-brown that runs a little neutral-cool and has nearly imperceptible flecks of shimmer. I can only see the shimmer if I look really hard in sunlight, otherwise it appears mostly as a creme. Two coats made it opaque with no application issues.
- Dance All Night is a rich, blood red that goes on nearly opaque with two coats. I do recommend using three thinner coats with this particular shade, because I found medium to thick coats to be a bit overwhelming. This one is all creme–no shimmer whatsoever–and is quite fitting it is so.
- Product: 8/10
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 7/10
- Packaging: 7/10
Recommendation: Nail polish fanatics hoping for an improved MAC formula might find in the latest lacquers created by nail guru Jin Soon Choi!
Availability: MAC Cosmetics (August 27th)
What did you think of MAC’s latest polishes? Did you pick up any?
For Fun Nail Lacquer
MAC Nail Trend F/W ’09 Collection: Swatches
With six creamy fall shades launched, the collection presents an interesting mix of colors for the upcoming season. (See official collection information here.)
See swatches… Continue reading →