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A little change… new layout!

A little change… new layout!

Notice anything different? The new design features changes in the look and feel of the site, as well as some more structural changes, such as the navigation and search.  We are still tweaking the comments section over the next 24-48 hours, though.

  • The navigation is now clickable so that you can view each category’s subcategories.
  • The search is powered by Google to–hopefully–aid you in better, more efficient searching.
  • Before you get to the content, the most popular posts from the week, which you can scroll through.
  • Each post can be easily “Liked” on Facebook or Stumbled with StumbleUpon.
  • Redesigned comment section.

I hope you like the new design and some of the features that came along with it.  The Love it/Leave it feature was designed to be launched with the new layout, but I couldn’t wait for to get that live!  Temptalia gives major thanks to Shaun aka the tech guy for the weeks and months and hours upon hours he’s put into the site (seriously, thirty-six hours in the past three days alone).

P.S. — If you see anything that seems broken, do let us know!

Tag: Your Holy Grail Beauty Products

Tag: Your Holy Grail Beauty Products

What are your absolute must-have, can’t-live-without beauty products?  Share yours and find out what others can’t bear to be without as well! Don’t be shy — say as much or as little as you want; share your reasons, why it’s great for your skin tone — whatever you want!

Feel free to tag your friends or other beauty bloggers if you want to see theirs, too! :)

Here’s mine…

  • Best Eyeshadow Base:  MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot makes for the most excellent neutral, matte eyeshadow base on warmer skin tones (go Painterly for cooler skin tones).  Always keeps my eyeshadow in place!
  • Best Eyeshadow:   MAC Eyeshadow — gotta give it to MAC for the wide variety of shades and textures.   I kind of wanted to mention Hourglass’ eyeshadows, too, but they definitely have a more limited range, and to be honest, range is important to me!
  • Best Eyeliner:  Urban Decay 24/7 Liners are simply the right mix of long-wearing power with a soft, creamy texture and come in a variety of fun shades.
  • Best Mascara:  Chanel Exceptionnel still has my heart, even though it’s one steeply priced mascara.
  • Best Foundation:  Guerlain Parure Gold!  It’s totally my special occasion foundation.
  • Best Blush:  I’m totally torn here.  I wear MAC blushes all the time, but I love the texture of Dolce & Gabbana blushes, even if I haven’t found a shade I’d wear all the time.  I also love the softness of Benefit’s boxed powders, but they’re a mixture of highlighter, blush, and bronzer.
  • Best Highlighter:  Dior Skinshimmers and Benefit Sugarbomb–I can’t decide between the two!  Dior has more options, but I could wear Sugarbomb everyday!
  • Best Lipstick:  Guerlain Rouge Gs hit it right on the nail (except on price, duh) with a creamy formula that keeps lips soft and hydrated but doesn’t slip and slide all over the place.  The pigmentation is incredible, and the shades themselves are so wearable.  Hello, Giulette?  Seriously amazing.  I also want to mention Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laques, which are more of the liquid lipstick family, so I never feel quite comfortable saying they’re my favorite lipstick since they’re not quite that, you know?
  • Best Lipgloss:  I have too many favorites–it’s so hard to pick!  Guerlain KissKiss Gloss, YSL Golden Gloss, and LORAC Multiplex have dazzling, shimmering shades that really look gorgeous over a lipstick.  I love Illamasqua’s Intense Lipglosses for something wickedly pigmented and ultra glossy.
  • Best Lip Balm:  Philosophy Kiss Me Intense Lip Therapy goes beyond the call of duty to keep my lips in tip-top shape.

Leave a comment and copy & paste the list below and fill it in with your answers! :)

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Best Lipstick:
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This Week’s Sales for May 17th, 2010

This Week’s Sales for May 17th, 2010

  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115.
  • Bliss: Get a Beauty Flash 30ml (VALUE $27.50) with any Clarins purchase of $40 or more at . Enter promo code CLARINS at checkout. This offer is valid May 14th through July 20th.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.
  • Bobbi Brown:  Get a full-size Indigo Ink Long-wear Gel Eyeliner with any $65+ order with code LAST5. Expires 6/29. Free full-size Nougat Lip Gloss with $65+ order with code SHINE5. Expires 6/29.
  • The Body Shop: Customer Favorites – Buy 2 Get 1 Free.
  • C.O. Bigelow: 10% off any purchase over $50 with code BIG10. Expires 6/30.
  • Clinique: Free Summer Tote with order of any 2 Clinique SPF products. Use code SUNTOTE.  Starts 5/18.
  • CVS: Buy one, get one 50% for Almay, Essence of Beauty Accessories, Sally Hansen Cosmetics.
  • Hourglass: 35% off with code LUCKYBREAKS2, expires 5/31.
  • Juara Skincare: 10% off all orders with code MAY10, expires 5/31/2010.
  • Noodle & Boo: Spend $50 and receive a free All of My Heart Soap with code myheart50, expires 5/31/10. Spend $75 on Mom’s Glowology favorites and receive a free Love Light with code lovelight75, expires 5/31/10.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Origins: Free full-size cleanser with $30 order with code CHECKS.
  • Philosophy:  20% off and free shipping on orders of $50+ with code HAPPY, expires 5/20/10.
  • Rite Aid: Buy one, get one 50% off for Cover Girl (Eye & Lip), Revlon, and & L’Oreal.  Buy one, get one free for Wet ‘n Wild.
  • Saks: Receive a complimentary Extra Rick Lipstick sample with any Cle de Peau Beauty purchase. Use Code CDP4.
  • Walgreens: Buy one, get one 50% off for Maybelline (Eye) and Revlon.

Sephora: Get 10 free skincare samples with any order while supplies last with code 10FREE.

  • Free Shiseido Serum Sample with code SUPERSERUM.
  • Free Korres Primer Sample with any online order with code OAKPRIME.
  • Get samples of all five HerCut styling products with any online order with code HAIRPICK.
  • Get a free Kim Kardashian tote with $45+ on Kim Kardashian’s fragrance with code KARDASHIAN.
  • Free bliss Hot Salt Scrub when you buy the Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe trimmer with code HOTSALT.
  • Free Boscia night cream sample with code BOSCIANIGHT.
  • Free Urban Decay De-Slick sample with code DESLICK.
  • Free Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil sample with code CLEANSEOIL.