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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Chanel Jupiter Glossimer
Chanel Jupiter Glossimer

The Scarlet Season: Chanel Jupiter Glossimer

Chanel Jupiter Glossimer ($27.00) was a limited edition shade of orange-y red gloss with multicolored sparkle. I was happy to see it is still available through Bloomingdales, if this is your kind of red–you may even find your local Chanel counter still has some stock leftover from earlier this year as well. Glossimers have a very special shimmer about them; they’re smoother and finer than MAC’s Dazzleglass and just as dazzling. This is one of my preferred shades of Glossimers, just because it’s pigmented and super shimmery without being sticky or gritty. For a deeper, more opaque look, I’d recommend wearing a red or berry lipstick underneath.

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!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s the longest-wearing lipgloss you’ve come across? Share your finds! Tell us how long it lasts on you! (I know some of you mentioned glosses yesterday, but mention them again!)

Temptalia's Answer.

Clinique’s Long Last Glosswear lasts pretty long on me – about six hours.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

China Glaze Up & Away Collection for Spring 2010

Popping with optimistic brights and sweet pastels, China Glaze takes you Up & Away with a collection that provides seamless and even coverage in each rich, crème formulation. Free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde, the Up & Away collection is fabulously-fun and oozes with creamy color happiness.

  • Grape Pop Bright plum
  • Sugar High Petal pink
  • Something Sweet Cotton candy
  • Light As Air Periwinkle
  • Heli-Yum Raspberry
  • Flyin’ High Teal
  • Four Leaf Clover Kelly green
  • Re-Fresh Mint Spearmint
  • Peachy Keen Nectar
  • High Hopes Guava
  • Happy Go Lucky Sunshine yellow
  • Lemon Fizz Banana

Availability: January/February 2010

I saw some of the swatches from the new shades from @chinaglaze, and I’m really excited from Flyin’ High myself.  What about you?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Mild Cleanser: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($22.50 for 5.0 fl. oz.) is described as a mild, foaming, deep cleansing formula for normal to oily skin types to “purify and thoroughly cleanse” without stripping skin. It uses “Amazonian White Clay and finely crushed diatomaceous earth particles to gently remove surface debris, toxins, and oils.” It purports to help minimize the appearance of pores (read: it does not actually minimize them, just minimizes the appearance of them) as well. There are also a few additional products from the Rare Earth line-up: Pore Refining Tonic, Pore Minimizing Lotion, Pore and Cleansing Masque.

It’s a thick, slightly creamy, mostly white (perhaps, a little grayed white) cleanser that you squeeze out of the tube. I use about a dime-size amount of product, and I find it’s more than enough to thoroughly cleanse my face and neck during my morning shower. It lathers up just enough to give you the “it’s doing something” feeling, and my skin definitely feels clean post-shower, but it doesn’t feel dry, stripped, or tight.

This is probably one of the more gentle cleansers I’ve ever tried that’s also supposed to exfoliate. It has diatomaceous earth as its scrubby bits, but I found I could hardly feel them. If I wasn’t trying to think about all the nuances of the product for a review, I might never have really thought about it as an exfoliator whatsoever. I would certainly have to agree with Kiehl’s claim that it is a mild and gentle cleanser.

Bottom Line: I liked it a lot, and if I wasn’t regularly trying out new skincare products for review, I would consider repurchasing it. It’s a very mild cleanser that’s effective without being harsh. It doesn’t have too many frills, which is something I like – less frills, less over-the-top claims.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

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

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser, you might like Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser!

Availability: Nordstrom

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Survey Says

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

  • Best nail polish top coat?
  • Best nail polish base coat?
  • Best nail polish remover?
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part I

Bright gold, soft coppers complement coppery, bronzy red lips well for the holiday season. This kind of look lets you have plenty of color on the lid while still wearing a bolder lip color.

Bronzy golds, subtle green is festive, holiday appropriate, and yet not the typical gold/neutral/smoky eye either. It can work with a light or medium lip color, depending on what kind of look you want to go for.

Soft, warmed-up neutrals are not only appropriate during the summertime, but they’re the perfect way to dress-up eyes and wear a bold, bright red lip color. They’re soft, natural, and don’t take any attention away from the beautiful red lip that would make this a great holiday look.