Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick (Part 1)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) are new lipstick formula for spring (and being added to the permanent range). The line consists of twelve shades, and this review features five of those. According to Bobbi Brown, these are “lightweight, yet intense” and have “a clear base to deliver pure, crisp color with just one swipe.” The formula is also “creamy and moisturizing.” These shades are officially described as: Guava (bright pink coral), Old Hollywood (bright cherry red), Sweet Nectar (coral pink), Soft Coral (pale peach), and Bikini Pink (soft white pink).

I’ve road tested three shades from the line-up specifically for wear: Bikini Pink, Soft Coral, Old Hollywood. The idea is to test for wear and to do so with shades with different intensities. Bikini Pink is the lightest, while Soft Coral lies in the middle, and Old Hollywood, being a red, was likely to last the longest. The lighter colors inevitably fade/last less than deeper shades, as deeper shades often stain, which is why I try to test from both ends of a spectrum when it comes to a new lipstick formula.

my thoughts on the formula: These are really comfortable to wear,with their semi-matte finishes, creamy but lightweight texture, and rich color coverage.  Every shade was opaque and needed very little product to achieve full color coverage.  They are also scent- and taste-free, which should appeal to some.  Wear was anywhere from four to six hours, with deeper shades like Old Hollywood lasting a full six and beginning to fade after that.  Lighter shades hung on for about four hours.

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Givenchy Summer 2011 Collection: Acid Summer


Givenchy Summer 2011 Collection

Givenchy Summer 2011 Collection: Acid Summer

Travelling all over the world nourishes me with discoveries. Diversity is the richness that comes from such wanderings. And yet, in certain ways, the places where people live their lives all seem to follow the same rhythm. No matter the geographic location, no matter the culture, there are always meeting points where the barriers of solitude are broken down. Places for rambling, for celebrating or for dreaming, like guiding beacons drawing us to their light. Sparkling and seductive, the neon lights call out in every language to join the life of the community, to share. Their glow brightens the darkest corners and beautifies the eyes with a tangy multicoloured brilliance.

It mutes the volumes and makes the materials come alive. Like veins of light, pulsing with a unifying electrified energy that sweeps away all inertia, the neon colours resonate and amplify each other, stirring up a rebellious atmosphere in a world that knows no inhibition. Bridging the gap between day and night, neon is the vital force of summer 2011. A season that’s a call to enjoyment, to enjoy greater freedom. And we dare to answer that call, fearing no other consequence than a moment of happiness… to be shared.

Happy new Acid Summer! — Nicholas Degennes

Le Prismissime Yeux ($53.00) (Limited Edition)

Turquoise Blues, Anise Green, Golden Yellow, Coral Orange, Mauvish Pink, Frappe Coffee, Sparkling White

With its orange colour, the unique packaging highlights the acidic character of an eccentric, varying intensity palette. Like a mirror ball for the third millennium, its textures, matte or glittery, enliven the eyes with a hypnotic “electrical field”. Offering interplays of layers or contrasts, it lends itself to all desires and flights of fancy.

Like the reflections of a neon tube, the palette of Le Prismissime Yeux comprises shades that look sharp and vibrant in the case, but produce a softened result on the skin. Spherical polymers and micronised pigments make the colour easy to smooth onto the eyelids, while three esters with emollient properties ensure long hold.

Mister Radiant ($TBA)

It’s a veritable revolution in material — or more precisely in non-material. It’s life in suspension in an ethereal fluid. Three different kinds of microbeads trapped in a gel texture with a high water content. Brown and light yellow microbeads containing pigments and illuminating pearlescent particles. Dark yellow microbeads saturated with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Diluted by the gel, the microbeads are instantly diffused on the skin by the fingertips, for a transparency of material and a genuine sensation of freshness. The result is an instant healthy glow, buildable depending on the desired result.

Gelee d’Interdit – Balm Smoothing Gloss – Crystal Shine ($26.50)

This newcomer joins the Interdit family, which already includes Rouge Interdit, Rouge Interdit Shine and Gloss Interdit. A colourful, sparkling transparency in a balm with multiple beneficial properties: Immediately upon application, moi s tur i s ing and replumping properties through microspheres of hyaluronic acid (a substance naturally present in the skin). Taking action instantly, they slip into the fine lines on the lips and, like tiny sponges, fill up with water from the skin’s surface, trapping it and swelling to smooth the lips.

Over the longer term, revitalising and smoothing properties through the action of a botanical extract that stimulates cellular renewal in the epidermis to help prevent the accumulation of dead cells. Hydration is boosted by camelina oil, an ingredient found in all products of the Interdit line, to give the lips a final touch of comfort. For the first time, the clear formula that allows the pigments to shine through is wax-free. Its non-sticky texture offers an all-new sensation on the lips: the feel of a balm with a delicate scent of lychee.

Of the 13 different shades* of the Gelee d’Interdit line, three vivid, tangy colours were chosen by Nicolas Degennes to echo the concept of ACID SUMMER. The vibrant, feminine fuchsia of Explosive Raspberry; the magnetic, voluptuous violet of Electric Purple; and tart, luminous Neon Orange.

Phenomen’Eyes Waterproof ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Acid Blue Klein blue

Vernis Please! ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

  • Acid Orange Orange

Availability: April 2011

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Temptalia FAQ – 200+ Questions!


Temptalia FAQ – 200+ Questions!

This is only a temporary FAQ, as we work to build a robust question and answer system that enables better searching and the like, I wanted to take a moment to point it out, because it has quite a lot of information. There are over 200 questions and answers ranging from typical questions (when did Temptalia start? what does Temptalia mean?) to many answers about product recommendations.  The FAQ is not exhaustive and consists of questions that are, naturally, more general in nature.

I urge you to check it out and–for now–do a quick search for your question (something like CTRL+F).  If you have a question that is not answered by the FAQ, please free to ask it here.  If you are looking for dupe, one excellent place to start is The Dupe List.  I’m always happy to answer any questions that have not been addressed elsewhere, so feel free to ask here.

I am no longer answering questions about dupes, recommendations, etc. through e-mail; you must use our Formspring, which is a Q&A service.  You do not have to register, and unless you do, they are anonymous.   I look forward to answering your questions–just note that while I work to answer quickly and frequently, it may take a few days (which is why we have built so many resource posts and features, to help answer potential questions instantly).

Check out the new FAQ!

Check out the new FAQ!

Check out the new FAQ!

Spring Purples with Lancome Amethyst Glam

Spring Purples with Lancome Amethyst Glam

I wanted to see how this palette performed before reviewing it, so I did this quick look!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249.  Apply the pale white-pink eyeshadow to the inner half of the lid and tearduct with the 239.  Next, apply the soft lilac eyeshadow to the outer half of the lid with the 239.  Using the 222, apply the lilac purple eyeshadow to the crease and blend towards the inner crease.  Highlight the brow bone with Dune eyeshadow with the 239.  Apply Asphyxia liner on the lower lash line, and then apply Perversion liner on the lower water line.  Finish by sweeping lashes with Buxom Lash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Flush cheek stain on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with fingers.

For lips, apply Bikini Pink lipstick for a complementing lip.

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