Happy 200,000 Comments!

Celebrate with us as we reach 200,000 comments!

Just eight months ago, on March 21st, 2009, we celebrate reaching 100,000 comments.  Sometime today, we’ll reach the crazy-insane mark of 200,000 comments.  It’s amazing how the time flies, and thank you all so much for your comments, feedback, questions, and suggestions.  Your participation is such a vital necessity to this blog and making it a success!

So congratulations to all of you, for making 200,000 a possibility!

The Scarlet Season: MAC Port Red Lipstick

MAC Port Red Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a gorgeous ruby red with gold sheen. I really love this shade, and it’s neck-and-neck with Queen’s Sin as one of MAC’s better red lipsticks. They aren’t identical, as Queen’s Sin is a little deeper, with more berry as an undertone and doesn’t have the same gold shimmer. I love the gold flecks that you see in this lipstick. Port Red isn’t too orange or too blue, it’s just that right shade of true red. Surprisingly, it was launched in May of 2008 (so you may have to do some hunting to find it, e.g. on eBay), but it’s an amazing shade of red for the holiday season as well.

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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Win $145 in MAC Cosmetics!

Temptalia Gives Away $145 in MAC Cosmetics!

The theme of this prize package is limited edition collections with very special packaging all housed in a clear MAC Fafi makeup bag.  The total value of the prize is $145.00.

Winner will receive:

  • MAC Fafi/Small Bag
  • MAC Solar Riche Bronzer
  • MAC Love Rules Lipglass
  • MAC Not So Innocent Lipstick
  • MAC Hot Frost Lipglass
  • MAC She’s A Star Lipglass
  • MAC Purple Rite Lipstick
  • MAC Kanga-Rouge lipstick
  • MAC Supreme Lipglass

Submit your entry by leaving a comment telling me what your favorite MAC Collection is of all-time.

RULES: All entries must be submitted by November 22nd, 2009 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 “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

Congratulations to Danielle P.!

Increase Your Chances to Win…

For a total of two chances! Just remember you must leave a comment on this post to get entered initially. Please be sure to use a valid e-mail address.

2. Follow us on Twitter (please include your Twitter name in your comment!) and re-tweet the following: RT @temptalia RT to win $145 in MAC Limited Edition Shades! Follow @temptalia! Rules: http://tinyurl.com/maclebag

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Urban Decay on Sale @ HauteLook Next Week!

Next Week: Urban Decay on Sale @ HauteLook!

We’re excited to tell you about Urban Decay coming to HauteLook next Monday (November 23rd) at 8AM PST. HauteLook holds beauty sample sales periodically, and often you can pick up some of your favorites for 50% off (sometimes more, sometimes less).

Psst… and we’ve arranged free shipping for Temptalia readers for the Urban Decay sale!  We’ll reveal the code when the sale goes live next week! :)

HauteLook and Temptalia have partnered together to create a co-branded shopping experience and to highlight certain sales that I really think are worthwhile for readers. We’re taking it slow and seeing how the experience works for both you and us, and we’re going to feature one sale this month and another in December.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Warming Scrub Review & Photos

I was really, really impressed by Aveeno’s Warming Scrub, and it’s definitely a new favorite and easily in line to become a shower staple.  As someone who pretty much lives and breathes new products, it’s always difficult to actually stick with a staple–but for the sake of argument, if I was a normal consumer, this would totally be a buy and buy again product.  It smells kind of like a more natural version of baby shampoo.  I couldn’t think of a better description for the scent other than that; it’s kind of clean, lightly sweetened, kind of natural.  I liked the scent quite a bit, just because it was soft, pleasing, and relaxing.

The exfoliating bits and bobs in this product seem gentle enough to be used several times a week, and I’ve encountered no problems using it about three or four times a week.  I use mine in the shower, so typically in the AM, so I don’t have to worry about getting off any makeup.  I’ve been a long-time user and fan of Aveeno products, so I’m happy to see this one work out for me as well.  I think I’ll have to pick up a tube and pass it along to my sister and see if she likes it.  (We both grew up using Aveeno skincare products.)

For a very long time, my favorite thermal scrub was Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification ($45.00), with Clean & Clear’s In-Shower Facial coming close as a more affordable option.  Instant Gratification is much more of a mask kind of product, because it’s not something you’re meant to use on a daily basis (I used mine about once a week or less), and it’s more abrasive than both the In-Shower Facial and Warming Scrub.  I really like that I can use the Warming Scrub more often, because I love that thermal/heat sensation that comes along with it.  It doesn’t last long (20 seconds or so), but it’s so relaxing and a great way to start your day off.  Smooth, soft, and radiant skin, courtesy of $9 well-spent!

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