Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body Review & Photos

I love me some ExfoliKate (for the face), and I like ExfoliKate Body, but I don’t think I’d repurchase it at full price.  I picked up mine through Gilt, when they had a sale, so I think I paid around $40.   What I like most about ExfoliKate Body is how it seemed to help moisturize my skin post-shower.  By no means is this a replacement for a moisturizer (unless you have pretty hydrated skin already, then perhaps it might)–on my dragon-scale legs, it just helps.  They also feel ridiculously soft and smooth and stay that way for a few hours, even without moisturizer.

Ingredients:  Water, Lactic Acid, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Carica Papaya Fruit, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit, Ferment Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Papain, Bromelain, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Mel, Acetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Salicylic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cinnamal, Potassium Sorbate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Beta-Carotene (CI 75130), Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810).

The product is easy to apply but the process of application is not my cup of tea.  Just like ExfoliKate for face, this is a product that is supposed to sit on skin for a couple of minutes.  I don’t know about you, but this means I have to step to the back of the shower and just stand there, out of the spray, and well, it’s not as convenient.  I also feel like I’m wasting a ton of water, since I’m not enjoying it and it’s going right down the drain.

It’s a good product, but I don’t know if it’s that much better than so many other body scrubs and exfoliators.  Seeing how my body doesn’t seem all that particular or reactive to scrubs in general, shelling out for this one is probably not the way to go.  I’m more apt to spend more for good facial care, which is an area of skin that seems more finicky.

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Challenge: Feline-Inspired Makeup

Challenge: Feline-Inspired Makeup

Edited:  Just wanted to bump this up!  Deadline is tomorrow night! :)

Last month’s “No Makeup” Makeup Challenge worked out really well and readers seemed interest in making it a regular part of Temptalia.  This month, the challenge is to create a look that’s feline-inspired–whether that’s a look that simply takes colors from your favorite feline, incorporating patterns, or getting inspiration from words associated with felines (e.g. strong, powerful, independent).   It can be a look you’d wear to the office or an elaborate mask–whatever your interpretation of the challenge is what I want to see.

I’d love to see and share your feline-inspired look with Temptalia readers! The deadline to submit your look is September 15th, 2010, so be sure to send me:

  • at least two (2) high quality images (at least 600px wide, no phone camera pics (!), color accurate, no watermarks)
  • a breakdown of what you used
  • a brief description of what the inspiration was for your look
  • a brief bio about yourself (2-3 sentences), include any website/blog link as necessary

E-mail your feline-inspired look to me by September 15th, 2010, 9PM PST to be included. Don’t be camera shy — we’re a friendly group here at Temptalia! But if you are camera shy, feel free to share your look via the comments (with a text breakdown).

Win MAC Treat Me Nice Superslick Eyeliner!

Win MAC Treat Me Nice Superslick Eyeliner!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the limited edition Treat Me Nice Superslick Eyeliner from MAC’s Fabulous Felines Collection! (Retail value $16.50!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by September 20th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Congratulations to @_caybayy!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer (Scrangie, Under the Stars, Black Russian)

Rescue Beauty Lounge:  Scrangie, Under the Stars, Black Russian

Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a formula that always hits the right notes. It’s never thick, clumpy, or streaky–application is incredibly easy with a flawless, smooth finish in two coats (on average). Lasts a full week for me (that’s about as long as I wear a single shade) without chipping.

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RECOMMENDATION: There are certainly worth the splurge, because the formula is tops–but they are a splurge.

AVAILABILITY: Rescue Beauty Lounge

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Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Ever since learning that twist-up eyeliners give you such a TINY amount of product (the average is about 0.01 oz., can you believe it?), it’s been painful to find myself gravitating towards any of them. Stila’s Smudge Sticks are incredibly creamy, rich in color, and apply like butter on the water line or lash line. Their vibrancy is what really makes them worth checking out, because it doesn’t take much product to get an opaque line.  It’s also soft enough to apply gently to the lash line without tugging, but it’s not so soft that it just melts onto the lash line.

My experience wearing these has been fairly positive; they really stay put on  my lash line, even after twelve hours.  They’re budgeproof, smudgeproof, and waterproof, but I find if I apply it to my water line, I do get some irritation (which may just be my sensitivity) and it does seem to slide off after two or three hours.  I don’t really feel the irritation, but when I look in the mirror, my eyes are redder than usual.  So I’ll probably stick to wearing it just on the lower lash line rather than the water line (even though it lasts so well in comparison to most eyeliners), because red-tinged eyes are way un-sexy.

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RECOMMENDATION: If you’ve had trouble with eyeliner staying put and feel as if you’ve exhausted all of your options, Stila’s Smudge Sticks just might do the trick.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora, Stila

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