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Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Choose or Lose


Do you have separate AM & PM beauty/skincare routines?

  • Yes, I have separate AM and PM routines! (67%, 222 Votes)
  • Nope, my AM routine is the same as my PM! (32%, 108 Votes)
  • Other -- tell me in the comments! (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 333

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Fancy by Jessica Simpson ($59.00) is a sweet, dessert-ish scent. This is Simpson’s first fragrance, though she did have a beauty line called “Dessert Beauty,” which featured sweet, food-related scents. Fancy is not as cloying or as over-the-top, but there is still a distinct sweetness from the caramel and vanilla creme notes. I find in the beginning, it is too sweet for me, but after a half hour or so, it calms down and gets a healthy reduction in sweetness. It’s still noticeably sweet, don’t get me wrong, it just doesn’t make me feel like I’m in a bakery.

There’s more to this review… Continue reading →

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Fashion Week kicks off this Friday, September 5th, 2008 — how excited are you? In February, Temptalia was there for a couple of days in person, but this year, we’ll be remote bloggin’ it. There’s been an increase in access to the shows for those not in attendance, and it looks like MAC wants to bring backstage to your e-doorstep!

MAC Cosmetics plan to capitalize on consumers’ rising, and many say reality TV-induced, interest in fashion and their curiosity about the shows behind the scenes. For the first time in the 15 years it has sponsored Fashion Week is exposing the backstage goings-on at New York, London, Milan, and Paris shows via Twitter.

Through a Facebook widget set to launch sometime next week, fans will be able to access tweets from individual pro-team MAC artists who will have to do a minimum of 15 tweets per day.

The initiative supports the branch’s strategy to use alternative media to gain awareness and get new fans, many of whom are active in social networks, explains Laura Elkins, VP of global consumer marketing and artist relations. She adds that it also supports MAC’s “heritage in fashion.”

“We want to engage fashion fans, beauty junkies, and loyalists. [Backstage] is not accessible to them usually,” says Evans. “It’s a great way for them to connect with our senior artists.”

The team will feature the Twitter initiative on its Facebook group and, working with Paul Wilmot Communications, promote the initiative via outreach to fashion and beauty bloggers and online magazines. — Source

Is it something you’re interested in? Will you be watching the widget? I know I’ll be totally amazed at the artists being able to manage twitter while working. Backstage is crazy-insane, always rushed, and just all around chaotic. It’s hard to imagine an artist having a free moment (or hand, for that matter) to “tweet.” (My twitter page!)

Are you looking forward to Fashion Week?

  • Yes (50%, 79 Votes)
  • Sort of (26%, 41 Votes)
  • No (24%, 39 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What hair products do you use regularly? Hairstyling products? Shampoos?

P.S. – What’s everybody doing for Labor Day Weekend? Hope you all have Monday off :)

Friday, August 29th, 2008

GIVENCHY FOR HOLIDAY 2008

Nicolas Degenees envisions a night filled with sparking stars and brilliant fireworks, all reflected in a makeup palette that’s both fanciful and wearable. Eyes got defined with navy, grey and black tones, offset by twinkly hints of shimmering pink, lilac and gold. Velvety red, brilliant raspberry and glossy pinks accentuate lips, and skin becomes perfected with highlights to create a glowing visage. The final touch is soft skin, kissed with a hint of sexy fragrance and subtle glimmering shine. This feminine, enchanted collection is the ultimate preparation for the joyful season’s occasion.

Holiday Offerings

  • Very Couture Palette ($65.00)
  • Rouge Interdit Shine ($26.50) in 02 Nude Shine, 07 Rose Shine
  • Rouge Interdit ($26.50) in 39 Absolutely Irresistible Red (Limited Edition)
  • Pop Gloss Crystal ($23.50) in 4443 Rose by Night, 444 Plum by Night (Limited Edition)
  • Prisme Again! Blush Glow ($40.00) in 71 Glowing Rose (Limited Edition)
  • Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($27.00) in 751 (Limited Edition)
  • Vernis Please! ($15.00) in 160 Purple by Night (Limited Edition)
  • Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen ($31.50) in 71 Dawnlight

Availability: October 2008

See fabulous shots of the products for the holiday season! Continue reading →

Friday, August 29th, 2008

While I couldn’t quite appreciate the “genius” of MAC’s Gold Fever Andrew & Andrew videos, I can appreciate their video concept for Cult of Cherry.

Today, WWD had an article about the video concept today, and here’s an excerpt explaining it…

“We began with the idea of a woman who lives in a white world and suddenly she feels it is lacking sensuality and wants to break free from its monotony,” Gager said. “She craves color, dimension and flavor, so she goes to the experts to help make over every aspect of her life from beauty, fashion, interior decorating and cooking.”

The model starts out in a plain white room, wearing white from head to toe. By the end of the video, she’s sporting a cherry-bedecked couture Erin Fetherston frock, living in a brown-and-white designer room put together by Miller and eating a cherry pie baked by Ruggiero. All are featured in the video, which will be shown at select MAC counters and online at maccosmetics.com.

“The whole concept James developed worked perfectly with this look: an edible, pleasurable concept,”said Balbier. “The look embodies a girl who is slightly Goth punk, but with a sophisticated edge. She’s both sweet and shocking at the same time.” — WWD

What’s your take?