The Scarlet Season: Korres #55 Red Guava Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Korres #55 Red Guava Lipstick

Korres’ Guava Lipstick is an amazing formula, albeit pricier than I feel it should be, and the red shade is a really fabulous starter-red. You know, like you’re not quite sure you’re ready for a full-stop red, so you need to work your way towards it… that’s what this shade is for. #55 Red is a soft, semi-opaque red with just a hint of pink. It’s not too bright, nor does it run orange or blue, so it’s very wearable. The formula itself is incredibly hydrating, so it even wears well and leaves lips feeling soft at the end of the day.

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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Breast Cancer Awareness 2009 Fundraiser

Temptalia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Online Initiative

Last year, Temptalia readers raised $1,180 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we renew our commitment to raising awareness about this devastating disease this year. Our goal for this year is $2,000–double last year’s goal, because I know the Temptalia community is strong and we can do it together!  Our chosen charity is The Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF).

As a thank you for your donation, for every $5 you donate, you are eligible for a chance to win an amazing thank you package. There will be eight winners in total. Winners will be drawn at random, and the first winner pulled gets to choose their thank you prize package, and then the next winner will be drawn and pick from the remaining seven prizes, and so on and so forth. This year we are giving away over $800 in thank you packages!

I would like to thank The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for donating the Think Pink! product prize package to help raise funds through our online initiative for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I would also like to thank Zapi for donating three Pink Zapis to further support our fundraiser efforts.

We hope you’ll join us in donating Pink during the month of October!

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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension in Extension Blue Review, Photos, Comparison Shots

On my lashes, the color itself is minimal–if you have lighter or blonder lashes, I imagine the blue will be more pronounced. To get more color pay off, I do recommend trying it with a fleshy-colored lash primer (most lash primers are white–my favorite is Lancome’s Oscillation Primer). Aside from the color, I was incredibly impressed by the superior length I achieved with a few coats of this mascara. My lashes looked longer, just a smidgen thicker (but I wouldn’t call this mascara thickening), and it kept my lashes pretty separated.

The biggest downside is this product takes some getting used to. It definitely has a revolutionary wand, which is a sphere-shaped wand with little spikes. I’d say it took me about three to four uses before I started to feel like I was getting the hang of the application. You have to play around and experiment to see what’s the best method to apply it is. I don’t think this separates perfectly, but I also think that the “spikes” on the wand can sometimes clump up with product, so blotting can help. One or two brushes with a lash comb will separate lashes and give you a great finished look, and I find I usually do this step most of the time, since I have a tendency to PILE on the mascara. :)

Bottom Line: For a great lengthening mascara, Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension Mascara is killer. It also gives my lashes a natural curl and keeps it in place all day. I don’t find this mascara smudges or flakes on me, either. My only issue is the blue doesn’t really show up that well on me, though it’s more noticeable in person than in photos. I’d probably just get the Extension Black shade instead, but I really found the formula to work! It’s not the easiest mascara to use and it is a bit pricey, which keeps this product from getting a better overall score.

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