Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer

Urban Decay Urban Defense

Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($32.00 for 1 oz.) is new for summer from Urban Decay. It’s a sheer, lightweight tinted moisturizer that provides a touch of color to even out the skin tone with a slightly dewy finish.

Active Ingredients: Octocrylene (8.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%)

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Glycerin, Silica, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Litchi Chinesis Pericarp Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Montmorillonite, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyenthanal. May contain CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI7749/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides).

On the SPF front, octocrylene is a chemical sunscreen that covers the UVB spectrum and short UVA (but not long UVA). The formula also contains dimethicone, so those who are sensitive to silicone-based ingredients may find it irritating. It’s high enough on the list that I was a bit concerned for myself, but I didn’t notice any skin issues (well, no more than usual!) after using this for a full week.

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The Summer Season: Lancome Electric Pink La Laque Fever

Oh, but you know the best part about La Laque Fevers? They wear incredibly well for a gloss. I get a full four hours of color wear out of it, and I’d say the gloss is around two hours or so before it could use a little touch-up (you could use clear gloss as a way to add shine without adding more product). The scent seems a little fruity to me, but it’s subtle and pleasant (much less subtle in comparison to some of Lancome’s lipsticks).

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Pretty.Smart. Launches + Giveaway!

The following post is an advertorial.

Pretty.Smart. is a new beauty program that will quickly become your easy and affordable everyday guide to beauty, skin, hair, and body care. Pretty.Smart. is a great source for beauty ideas, how-to videos, and new product advice. It’s kinda like a best friend who also happens to be a cosmetologist, stylist, and a frugalista. This means that with every monthly site refresh you’ll get budget-friendly ideas that’ll keep you feeling and looking great WITHOUT destroying your pocketbook. This year the program is hosted by Nina Sutton, who’s a wife AND a busy mother of 2 young boys. She also happens to be the author of “The Chic Mom’s Guide To Feeling Fabulous” – a book based on a REAL mom’s experience in the beauty and fashion industries. Basically, Pretty.Smart is all set to offer you new, PROFESSIONAL beauty advice for free, every month.

This month they’re featuring Spring Scent-Sations. Nina delves into how fragrance affects your mood, how you can feel fresh all day, and how to maximize the life of your preferred fragrance. This month’s featured products include Degree’s new line of body-responsive fragrances inspired by nature. natureffects©™ pairs anti-perspirant and deodorant in new body mists to create a “scentual” experience that heightens all of the body’s natural senses. Degree® Natureffects™ comes in in Olive Leave & Pink Pepper, Orange Flower & Cranberry, and Honeysuckle & Tea Tree Oil.

The Pretty.Smart. April 2010 edition also features Dove® go fresh Body Mists that will “wake up your senses”. Nectarine and white ginger provide a burst of juicy goodness to drench your skin in fresh moisture. Pomegranate and lemon verbena revive your senses, cool essentials (cucumber and green tea) offer a crisp, soothing scent. And the juicy, sparkling scent of grapefruit coupled with lemongrass offers a brilliant energizing aroma.

Visit Pretty.Smart. for new beauty tips every month.

To celebrate the start of Pretty.Smart., Temptalia is giving away a set of three (3) Degree Women Natureffects Body Mists AND three (3) Dove Body Mists to one lucky winner!

Scents from Degree Women include Orange Flower + Cranberry, Olive Leaf & Pink Pepper, and Honeysuckle & Tea Tree. Scents from Dove include Cucumber & Green Tea, Energizing Grapefruit & Lemongrass, and Burst.

  • To Enter: Head on over to Pretty.Smart. and tell me what makes you Pretty.Smart?
  • Rules: All entries must be received by April 18th, 2010.  Winner will be chosen randomly amongst those who have entered.  One entry per person.

Congratulations to Kat!

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyper Liner

I found these liners stayed put on my lower lash line (I didn’t wear on my water line, since I wasn’t sure if these were waterline safe or not) without budging, smudging, or migrating during the day.   The liner itself applies intensely without work, and it glides on without tugging on the lash line, too.  I really like the level of softness, because it’s not so soft it’s easy to break, but it’s not so hard that it tugs or drags on the lash line either.

The eyeliners are also very simply packaged–colored end followed by a silver strip, and then the majority of the pencil is a pink all topped off with a silver cap.  They’re the same price as both Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever’s eyeliners–and just as good.  I’d say the color range may differ here and there, though Tarina Tarantino’s closer to Urban Decay’s.   In fact, Glamorous Thief is incredibly similar to Deviant, while Amethyst Android to Lust.  (If you have those, I’d pass on both these shades.)  On me, all three wear about the same, with Make Up For Ever doing the best on the water line, and then Tarina Tarantino and Urban Decay doing just slightly under Make Up For Ever (but I personally prefer the color range and softness of Urban Decay).

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Recommendation:  If you’re either an eyeliner fiend or you don’t have too many Urban Decay/Make Up For Ever eyeliners, then Tarina Tarantino is a nice line to try if you’re looking for a pop of color in your eyeliner.  I don’t think the shade range is as standout when the market has so much that is similar, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that these work well and are high quality eyeliners.  If you own all of Urban Decay’s liners, you may find these too similar to own both–the only shade that looks different from anything Urban Decay has is Broken Doll (light pink).

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