Nubar Holiday Jewel Basket

Nubar Holiday Jewel Basket ($49.95)

Give the gift of beautiful nails! nubar’s Holiday Jewel Basket is filled with nine nubar classics for a perfect holiday manicure. With a range from glitters to classic red crème, the Holiday Jewel Basket has something for every woman.

Always free of formaldehyde, phthalate and toluene, the nail lacquers in Holiday Jewel Basket offer four fine glitters, two glitter top coats, a classic red crème, Foundation Base Coat, and Diamont Top Coat.

  • Grass Green Glitter (G103) Fine green glitter
  • Silver Glitter (G108) Fine silver glitter
  • Gold Glitter (G113) Fine gold glitter
  • Pixie Dust (G125) Delicate dusting of shimmer
  • Ruby Red Glitz (G157) Fine red glitter
  • Nubar 2010 (G188) Flaky glitter in a color changing base
  • Competition Red (N219) Classic red creme
  • Foundation Base Coat (T304)
  • Diamont Top Coat (T309)

Availability: November 15th

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Win $156 in Zoya! Part 3!

Win $156 in Zoya! Part 3!

Two (2) lucky winner will receive Zoya’s Color Lock System, along with Wicked, Wonderful, and Fire & Ice Collections! (Retail value $156!)

Congratulations to G.R.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by November 1st, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to continental U.S. readers only as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws (too many restrictions on nail polish internationally, sorry!). 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 which collection you’d use first!

2.) Like Temptalia on Facebook and leave a comment entering to win on this post on our page.

Thanks to Zoya for their generosity to help us celebrate our 4th anniversary!

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #052

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul: Some holiday Philosophy shower gels, Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Friday plans: Study, study study.

Lipstick you always reach for: Lately, it’s been Guerlain’s Giny!

Oooh, add your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo…

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MAC Tartan Tale Collection (Colour): Overall, Round-up, & Recommendations

MAC Tartan Tale

OVERALL, Tartan Tale doesn’t do it for me.  The eyeshadows look really cool, and they have a lovely soft and smooth texture, but they just seem so muted when you apply them.  Glamora Castle and Semi-Precious were the best of the six, while the other shades felt more appropriate as soft, springy pastel kind of shades.

I don’t like the value of Dazzleglass Cremes, and this batch of five tends to run rather sheer and they start to all look like the next when worn on the lips, and there were too many that were similar to permanent or recently released shades–a few also looked just like Dazzleglass and lacked the “creme” part.   Sheer is great, but seeing it over and over within the same collection is redundant.

My favorites are all of the Pearlglide Eyeliners, though three of them are repromotes–all worth a peek if you don’t yet have them! It’s just such a rich, pigmented formula that glides on like butter and still wears long, I can never pass these up.  I also really enjoyed the pigments that came out with the launch, because I felt like they had depth and stood out amongst past and present pigment releases.  Both nail lacquers were stunning on, but the brushes on both were a bit thick, so I’m not sure if there was a manufacturing defect there or not.

Much of this launch felt decent to good but only some items were really great.  On the flip side, I didn’t feel like anything here was really lacking in quality to merit a skip.

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MAC Tartan Tale Collection (Chapter 1): Overall, Round-up, & Recommendations

MAC Tartan Tale

OVERALL, Tartan Tale is both overwhelming and underwhelming–the sheer size makes it difficult to focus on individual products and starts to feel more like an explosion of products. It’s underwhelming in that a lot of the kits/sets aren’t as value-driven as palettes and sets often are, but some of the quality is lacking in the palettes, as well.

For this part of the holiday collection, I have no must-haves. There are some nice colors within the palettes, but I don’t feel that the entire palette/kit is a must-have. These were some of the individual shades I thought were worth noting: Endless Fun (Happily Ever After Lip Kit), Baron’s Rose (Dazzle the Lads Lip Bag), Mellow Mood (Vain & Glorious Lip Bag), and Rolled Gold (Twists of Tartan Palette.  I liked Rockers & Reelers the most out of the palettes and sets, but I didn’t love it.

I also like the Face Kits, and I think they’re worth checking out if you don’t have any of the permanent blush shades included in each. It’s a more affordable way to try three cheek products at once, and at least, if you love the blushes, they’re available in the permanent range, too.  I do always recommend the MAC Viva Glam holiday products. If you love the color of either the gloss or lipstick, but not the bag or both, they are available year-round for purchase.

The one item I specifically do not recommend are the brush sets.  I think the quality is significantly below MAC brushes (full-sized), but worse yet, below more affordable brush options.  Buy one or two full-size brushes and add to your brush collection over time.

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