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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Smashbox Heartbreaker Collection for Spring 2010

QVC has the jump on Smashbox’s Heartbreaker Collection, for $181 for all seven pieces (compared to $271 retail value). Otherwise, expect it in January/February 2010!

Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00)

  • Hot Date Creme brulee, shimmering chestnut, champagne, shimmering azure, mint, and warm taupe
  • Kiss ‘n Tell Ballet pink, hot pink, icy white, deep violet, charcoal, and peony

Fusion Soft Lights ($30.00)

  • Baked Starlight White gold, bright pink, warm bronze, rosy pink, and ballet pink

Lip Shine

  • Berry Hot
  • Melon-Drama

Roller Gloss

  • Pink Sugar

Liquid Liner Pen ($24.00)

An ultra-fine liquid eyeliner pen that can take you from sweet and sassy to ultra-seductive in just one sweep.

  • Jet Black

Availability: Spring 2010

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Sally Hansen Garnet Lipstick
Sally Hansen Garnet Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Sally Hansen Garnet Lipstick

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Garnet Lipstick ($4.99) is a glossy, bright raspberry red — it’s not even what I’d really think of when I think raspberry, because it seems so much redder, but it’s clear that there are some strong signs of pinkness to this shade. Sally Hansen’s Color Comfort Lip Color is one of my favorite drugstore lipstick brands to turn to; they’re moisturizing, beautiful, and easy to apply. The color is rich and lasts a good four hours on me.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

How old were you when you fell in love with makeup? Share your story of true love!

Temptalia's Answer.

Eighteen! I was totally a late bloomer. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup when I was younger, and when I went to college, I fell in love with MAC pigments.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

  • What’s your favorite lipgloss of all-time?
  • What’s your favorite mascara of all-time?
  • What’s your favorite eyeliner of all-time?
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Lilacism, Neo Whimsical, Pop Art Pink, Nouveau Red, Tart Deco, Van D’go

Essie The Art of Spring Collection for Spring 2010

I spotted this lovely collection of pastels on Pink Melon, and I do hope it is Essie’s spring collection and not just exclusive to Germany. 😉


  • Lilacism
  • Neo Whimsical
  • Pop Art Pink
  • Nouveau Red
  • Tart Deco
  • Van D’go

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Laura Mercier Mocha Rouge Lip Velvet

Long-Lasting Lip Color: Laura Mercier Lip Velvet

Laura Mercier Mocha Rouge Lip Velvet ($22.00) is a brightened up adobe brown–there may be a little redness to it, but not too much warmth–it’s not the easiest color to describe. It’s very neutral, despite its richness in pigmentation.

Lip Velvets are long-wearing liquid lipsticks. If you’ve been around the beauty-sphere for a bit, MAC’s Lac Lusters, which have been long discontinued. I know some of you are wondering how it compares to my beloved Chanel Rouge Allure Laques, and I don’t think they’re the same product. Oh, they’re most certainly similar–but they have different qualities that may appeal to you.

Lip Velvet is lightly creamy, very smooth, and intensely pigmented. It comes with a doe-foot wand applicator that’s fairly easy to use, but with the color richness, it’s best to apply with a mirror. The formula is also much more matte (I’d call it semi-matte, though) with some of the dryness associated with mattes. The product feels fairly dry on the lips, but it’s not actually drying. It’s not particularly hydrating, but it seems to retain whatever moisture you already had in your lips before applying it–making it no better or worse.

The color hugs and clings to lips and gives me around six hours of wear, plus a residual stain that lingers thereafter. This really is a long-wearing product that doesn’t dry your lips out (but just be prepared for it to feel a little… well, matte and dry!), which is a huge plus and often a failing of long-wear products. It goes on opaque in just one swipe, so you don’t need much product at all to get full-coverage color. The finish isn’t quite matte, as it does have a slightly glossy sheen, but it’s mostly matte.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laques are more moisturizing and not quite as thick, plus they’re very much glossy. There’s no “matte” in Rouge Allure Laque; it’s shimmery, glossy color. I think just the difference in finish really makes them two different products, or at the very least, products to consider together rather than trying to pick one over the other.

Lip Velvet’s do beat Chanel on wearing time, though – they certainly last longer, and even the lighter shades tend to persist for hours. I hope Laura Mercier will add some more shades that *pop* during 2010–the existing shade range is a bit everyday, neutral, and work-safe. (Not bad things, but I’d love to see more variation!)

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For long-wearing lip color that doesn’t dry out lips but lasts for hours, Laura Mercier’s Lip Velvets are a good place to start.

Availability: Blue Mercury

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