NARS Vintage Nail Polish for Fall 2010

NARS Vintage Polish

NARS Vintage Nail Polish for Fall 2010

Introducing the NARS Vintage Nail Polish Collection! Five shades, resurrected by popular demand, with NARS’ signature longwearing formula. Imparting an initial high gloss luster that is water and detergent resistant, these vintage polishes are being brought out from the archives for a limited time. With classic cinema as their common theme, below are the shades (with original launch dates), their descriptions and the movies that inspired them.

  • Mash (1996) Army green infused with gold
  • King Kong (1996) Copper brown infused with gold
  • Midnight Express (1996) Deep navy
  • Zulu (1996) Forest green
  • Full Metal Jacket (1998) Gunmetal grey

Availability: October 1st at narscosmetics.com, all shades are limited edition and retail for $16 each.

Breast Cancer Awareness with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony

Laura Mercier Sequin Eyeshadow
Laura Mercier Peacock Sequin Eyeshadow

Breast Cancer Awareness with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony

This October marks the 10th anniversary of Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Foundation, and the brand has collaborated with 100 bloggers who snapped shots of themselves wearing the Pink Pony polo. The Pink Pony effort is a global, year-round effort and doesn’t just focus on breast cancer but other types of cancer as well. Pink Pony is a unique effort, as their mission is to provide cancer care to the medically undeserved communities and provide treatment at earlier, more curable stages. The Pink Pony Fund supports programs for cancer screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation.

If you’re shopping Ralph Lauren, they’re giving customers 25% off while they donate 10% with code RLGIVE2010. Additionally, there is a charity auction that runs from October 1st through the 21st with 10% of the net proceeds benefiting the Pink Pony Fund.

The information and facts below are from Susan G. Komen for a Cure.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer knows few boundaries. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers today. All women are at risk; and, although rare, men can also develop the deadly disease. Breast cancer is complex and unpredictable. We aren’t sure what causes breast cancer, so, we can’t say for sure how to prevent. We do know that early detection saves lives.

  • An estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2009. An estimated 40,170 women will die. In addition to invasive breast cancer, 62,280 new cases of in situ breast cancer are expected to occur among women in 2009.
  • An estimated 1,910 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 440 will die in 2009.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cancer among American women and second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths.
  • More than two million women currently living in the U.S. have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.
  • About 85% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer DO NOT have a family history.
  • Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen.

Early Detection & Treatment

  • Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. When breast cancer is diagnosed at its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 95 percent.
  • Mammograms are the best and most widely available breast cancer screening tool. They can detect about 85 percent of all breast cancers.
  • At age 40, women should get an annual mammogram.
  • Know how your breasts look and feel and report changes to your health care provider
  • Make healthy living choices; maintain a healthy weight, add exercise into your routine and limit alcohol intake.

Learn more about Breast Self-Awareness and how to do a breast self-exam over at Susan G. Komen For a Cure.

Win MAC Sweet Ever After Pro Longwear Lipcreme!

Win MAC Sweet Ever After Pro Longwear Lipcreme!

One (1) lucky winner will receive MAC Sweet Ever After Longwear Lipcreme from MAC’s new lipstick line! (Retail value $16.50!)

Congratulations to Heather K.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by October 3rd, 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.

Two Ways to Win

You can do one, the other, or both to maximize your chances of winning…

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell me where you’d wear Sweet Ever After to!

2.) Follow me on Twitter & tweet the following: Follow @temptalia & RT to win MAC Sweet Ever After Lipcreme! Info + one more way to win: http://budurl.com/seacreme

Laura Mercier Sequin Eyeshadow (Peacock, Sterling)

Laura Mercier Sequin Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Sequin Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) are a shimmering, glittering formula of eyeshadow. It’s similar to Stila’s Jewel Palette, Urban Decay’s Stardusts, and Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Eyeshadows. They all have this nearly creamy, slightly tacky, texture that’s chocked full of shimmer and glitter. It’s this new breed of glitter eyeshadow with a base that seems to hold the glittery bits together, so they don’t end up all over your face instead.

Laura Mercier’s Sequin Eyeshadows feel a little smoother, less glittery, but still incredibly shimmery. I found both shades I tried sheerer than Bobbi Brown’s (which are the most pigmented that I’ve tried), but infinitely more opaque than Urban Decay’s. Bobbi Brown’s are better bang-for-your-buck at $24/0.13 oz. but they’re both considerably more shadow than your average powder shade (I imagine this new glitter formula is heavier). However, neither of these shades are represented in Bobbi Brown’s line, so it’s more about what shade tickles your fancy.

I was able wear these alone without any noticeable fallout throughout the day, but more importantly, they did not crease during the six hours I wore them.   I do prefer them over a base, just because it feels so bizarre not to use one!

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Chanel Extrait de Gloss (Part 1)

Chanel Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is designed to be a color-rich, high shine, gel-based that wears “for hours.” The line includes nine shades that range from soft pink to nude to brown. All but Confidence (to be reviewed) are permanent.

It has a new wedge-shaped applicator–almost like someone took a nibble out of a doe-foot gloss on both sides. I found the applicator rather springy, and though application was easy for me, I do prefer the Rouge Allure Laque applicator, which has one side that’s rather curved, almost designed to fit your lip into that curve. The opening of the gloss itself seems to make it so not much product gets on each swipe, so you may find yourself going back for a second helping to get a more opaque look.

It’s not a sticky or tacky gloss, but I wouldn’t describe it as non-sticky; there’s a little tack to it. The texture of the gloss is on the thicker side, very jelly-like, which is fitting, since it is a gel-based formula. It is smooth, and it applies evenly without settling into lip lines. They do have a lovely glossy finish, though, and they feel like a gloss–they are not a liquid lipstick like the Rouge Allure Laques. There’s an incredibly faint floral scent, but I can barely detect it long enough to accurately describe it, so it’s certainly nothing heavy. I found myself getting about three to four hours of wear with these, even the lighter shades, and it made it so-so through a full venti cup of coffee. I wouldn’t call it a long-wearing gloss, though. It wears well, but it doesn’t go on for hours. The Extrait de Glosses last a little longer than the average gloss but not much longer.

All in all, they’re a nice gloss. Not exactly groundbreaking, but for those looking for a little more color than the Glossimers and Aqualumieres have to offer, Extrait de Gloss fills that void. These also remind me of Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss Serum–which also debuted this fall.

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Chanel Extrait de Gloss (Part 1)

B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
88%