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Philosophy Silent Night 3-in-1 Shower Gel

Philosophy Silent Night 3-in-1 Shower Gel
Philosophy Silent Night 3-in-1 Shower Gel

Philosophy Silent Night 3-in-1 Shower Gel

Philosophy Silent Night 3-in-1 Shower Gel ($16.00 for 0.16 oz.) is an earthy lavender-scented multi-purpose product (body wash, shampoo, or bubble bath).  It really smells like… well, lavender.  If you’re used to sweeter, more vanilla-based lavender scents, you might find this too earthy.  I love lavender, and it’s one of my favorite scents to use before I go to sleep, so it’s great for a night time bath or shower.

Philosophy Shower Gels are one of my personal favorites for body washes, because they come in an assortment of scents, with new ones each season. They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. I wouldn’t call these a moisturizing body wash nor do their scents linger. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you like more earthy, herb-inspired scents, I think you’ll like Silent Night (given you enjoy lavender as a base, of course).

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink Silky Finish Lipstick

Wet 'n' Wild 520E Lipstpick
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink Lipstick

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink Lipstick

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink (520E) Silky Finish Lipstick ($0.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a bright, summery pink with a tiny bit of red-coral pull. It has a creamy, slightly shiny, finish with nearly opaque color. The color pay off is fantastic, and it applies fairly easily and doesn’t drag or pull. This wore for three hours on me before it was significantly faded (my average is four hours), but it managed to pull through a couple sips of water at least.

There is a faint sweetened berry scent that’s a touch synthetic but rather subtle so I wouldn’t say it’s bothersome. I have noticed that some shades have a stronger scent while others seem scent-free, which leads me to believe the scent doesn’t last long (possibly a good thing for some). The cap popped off too easily for my liking; I ended up with lipstick smeared in a makeup bag, which wasn’t so fun to clean-up.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: At just under a buck, it’s hard to go wrong with these. Those who are often bothered by the synthetic sweet scents of other drugstore brands may want to avoid these, because as faint as the scent is, it is still there. The color itself was beautiful, the lipstick easy to apply, and it lasted decently, if a bit below average.

WHERE TO BUY: Local drugstores

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a beautiful neutral duo featuring a shimmering, warmed-up champagne beige and a rich, coppered chocolate brown. Hourglass’ Eyeshadow Duos are such an underrated and underappreciated product–the quality is absolutely phenomenal and the shades are infinitely flattering.
Selfishly, I wish they had about a dozen more duos, because their eyeshadows are easily some of the best I’ve come across–and better yet, the quality is fantastic across the range. There are no duds in their duo line-up. Soft, smooth as silk, and buttery texture paired with intense color pigmentation that glides on, blends effortlessly, and can be used wet or dry.

The $38 may seem steep, but don’t let it fool you: there are two full-sized (actually, more than that) eyeshadows inside. Each eyeshadow is 0.10 oz., which is double the average full-sized eyeshadow, for a total of 0.20 oz. The packaging is also this pewter bronze with a swivel top that reveals a mirror inside along with a pint-sized brush (with real bristles) that’s usable and not scratchy.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Hourglass as a brand is underrated, but their eyeshadows are easily my favorite product from the brand.  There is something to be said for a brand that puts out consistently high quality products with to-die-for textures.  This duo will naturally flatter warmer skin tones but they are not too warm–they will work well on cooler and neutral-toned skin, too.

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora

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Win $900 of Make Up For Ever Products! Another Chance!

Win $900 of Make Up For Ever Products!

We have our second kit up for grabs!  One (1) very lucky reader will be able to call this kit their own.   This is a Rock For Ever traincase that Make Up For Ever allowed me to choose products to put in it (the instructions being any products until it is full) as a result of winning their Lips to Love contest. There are 29 products that fit in the case, plus the case itself, and the Temptalia’s Essentials Kit weighs in at over five pounds!

Congrats to Kayce!

One (1) grand prize winner will receive the following Make Up For Ever products, all housed in a Rock For Ever Traincase (which is not available for sale!) of MY essentials:

  • 12 Flash Color Case ($95)
  • HD Blush Brush #55N ($39)
  • Kabuki Brush ($39)
  • Eyeshadow Brush #6N ($24)
  • HD Elixir ($38)
  • HD Microfinish Powder ($30)
  • HD Bluses in #5 Nip Slip, #6 Quickie, and #8 PDA ($75)
  • Aqua Creams in #5 Peach and $21 Turquoise ($44)
  • Eyeshadows in #304, 310, #72, #92, #93, #123, #127, #147, #153, #159 ($190)
  • Aqua Eyes Liner in #0L, #5L, #11L, #12L, #17L, #20L, and #23L ($119)
  • Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks in #9, #17, #19, #21, #24, #36 ($114)
  • #16 Pure Pigment ($19)
  • #112 Valerie False Eyelashes ($15)
  • #43 Moulin Rouge Strass ($20)

Official Rules, Terms, & Conditions

The approximate value of the grand prize is $900.00. This prize is non-transferable. There are no cash or other substitutes of prizes by winner. Temptalia reserves the right to substitute similar prizes of equal or greater value in the event the above prize is unavailable for any reason. Individual, parent, or legal guardian of the winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to the grand prize. Prize will be mailed to the winner’s physical mailing address. Please allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for delivery.

By entering or accepting the prize in this contest, winner(s) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions and to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. This contest runs from January 10th, 2010 through January 14th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST.

Eligibility

This contest is open to all participants, including international unless prohibited by their local state/country. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parent or legal guardian on their behalf. For reference, the age of majority is 18 years old in the United States, with the exception of Alabama (19), Delaware (19), Mississippi (21), and Nebraska (19). The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Eligible participants are allowed to enter up to three (3) times, as per the section below.

Three Ways to Enter

1.) Leave a comment on this post: sharing with me which product you’re most looking forward to trying!

2.) Follow @temptalia on Twitter and tweet this message: Follow @temptalia and RT to win $900 of Make Up For Ever products! Two more ways to win + rules: http://budurl.com/mufekit2

3.) “Like” us on Facebook and leave a comment on this Facebook post indicating which product from the kit you’re most looking forward to trying.

How to Win

One (1) grand prize winner will be selected through a random drawing from all eligible entries after contest closes. In the event that the original grand prize winner does not meet eligibility requirements or he/she forfeits the prize, the prize may be awarded to the next randomly drawn eligible participant. All entries must be received on or before January 14th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. The grand prize winner will be notified via e-mail, direct message (through Twitter), or Facebook message, as appropriate. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize after initial notification. If winner fails to claim within 48 hours, an alternative winner will be selected.

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