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Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Check out MAC’s Question & Answer sessions with James Gager (SVP, Creative Director of MAC), Jennifer Balbier (SVP Product Development of MAC), and Fafi (the designer who inspired the line).

Q&A with James Gager, Senior Vice President & Creative Director MAC Worldwide

Q: How did the collaboration with FAFI develop?
A:
Ironically, Fafi wasn’t in my mind when we first began.
I was working with photographer, Richard Burbridge, and we started shooting photographs of this beautiful Asian woman with a renegade spirit and style, playing with makeup, different fashion accessories, and a video camera.  It really conveyed the feeling that captures the spirit of youth today in terms of dressing up, experimenting and using technology as a form of expression. I then worked with Jennifer Balbier to shape it into a spring collection, elaborating on the playful idea behind the Barbie collection, but in a way that reflects this new generation. After doing research, we came across the work of Fafi, and from there we got the idea to merge illustration with photography. We are using art as a vehicle — merging photography with animation, and then integrating it with fashion, trends, colour, and forwardness.

Q: What makes FAFI a good fit for MAC?
A:
MAC has its pulse on fashion, trends, art, the youth culture and what’s happening on the streets and in the world. The Fafi collaboration embodies our connection with the world of art, and fuses MAC’s philosophy that makeup
should be about play, experimentation, and making the customer feel good and have fun. When we met with Fafi, she was this amazing, young carefree hip person who also happened to be a true artist, so the collaboration ended up being a perfect match. We’re also about All Ages, All Races and All Sexes with the Fafinette characters representing that as well.

Q: Who will FAFI appeal to?
A:
Everyone. They will certainly appeal to a younger generation, but I believe the world of Fafi is one that all ages will enjoy. Everyone wants to escape into a world of fantasy and imagination, and that’s what this collection offers. Customers want to feel young, so I think it’s likely that say, a soccer mom would be as intrigued by this collection as well as a younger consumer.

Keep reading for the rest of James’ interview, plus Jennifer and Fafi’s! Continue reading →

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What was your best drugstore beauty find? What product did you find in a drugstore that is beyond amazing?

P.S. – What is everyone doing for Valentine’s Day?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Don’t speak! Lips in danger of all manner of delicious indiscretion, so seductive in colour, shine, staying power, everyone’s looking and listening — so be careful of what you say! Seven new Slimshine Lipstick shades in addition to 13 bring-backs for ultra-glossy conversation in lurid, living colour. Oh yes, people will talk.

  • Think Tan Deep reddish brown with gold (frost)
  • Assertive Rusty brown with gold pearl (frost)
  • Voile Canary yellow with gold pearl (frost)
  • Missy Creamy pastel coral (cream)
  • Grenadine Creamy deep blue red (cream)
  • Rock Out Clean bright blue pink with gold pearl (frost)
  • Intimidate Creamy plummy pink (cream)
  • Bare Light neutral pink with subtle gold pearl (frost)
  • Pleasing Mid-tone violet with red and gold pearl (frost)
  • Long Stem Rose Light baby pink with subtle gold pearl (frost)
  • Scant Mid-tone dirty plum with gold pearl (frost)
  • Mousse Mid-tone caramel brown (cream)
  • Lovey-Dove Mid-tone terracotta with subtle bronze pearl (frost)
  • Prudeaux Dark rich burgundy plum (cream)
  • Ultra-Elegant Light neutral beige (cream)
  • Funshine Shimmery soft apricot pink (frost)
  • Urgent! Classic mid-tone red (frost)
  • Cocoamour Neutral cool brown with matching pearl (frost)
  • Most Wanted Intense purplish-red with metallic golden shimmer (frost)
  • Gaily Soft mid-tone berry pink with pearl (frost)

Suggested Retail Price $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN.  Available at stores currently, and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Using my new Kryolan stuff! Apparently the palette they gave me was exclusive to international wholesalers, but they said they are going to make a US exclusive palette once I post it (which is… now!). It is an eight color eyeshadow palette #5308-SF ($75.00). I’ve included a picture of the palette, so you can see it! All of the shadows are incredibly pigmented, and each eyeshadow is HUGE!

P.S. – Apologies for the weird looking lashes, testing a new mascara!

I used True Chartreuse pigment on all over lid, Kryolan Gold eyeshadow on inner lid, Kryolan AB23 (bright matte green) on middle of lid, Kryolan TK2 (bright matte turquoise) on outer lid, Kryolan Steel eyeshadow on outer crease, MAC Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow above crease, MAC White Tie eyeshadow on brow, Kryolan TK2 eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, Kryolan Gold eyeshadow on inner lower lash line, and Feline kohl power on lower water line. I had MAC Springsheen blush with MAC Harmony blush to contour on my cheeks. I wore MAC CB96 lipstick with MAC Vibrational lipglass.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Creme ($250.00) is a product I recently received to test. I want to put it plain that I did not purchase this product, so there is no confusion. I am by no means on an unlimited cosmetic budget, so for me to test a cream of this standard is a real treat, but I always desperately hope not to love it, and secretly desire it to fall flat on its face. Why? Because a face cream for $250.00 is not friendly to my budget. I preface this review with so much attention to the price because I now face a huge dilemma: there is something about this cream that has performed a small miracle on my face in the past three weeks of continuous use.

What it’s supposed to do: Resveratrate is the trademarked ingredient dubbed “The Youth Molecule” by Estee Lauder. It “is a more potent, stable, and time released form of Resveratrol.” This product is meant to extend the skin’s youthfulness so that time “stands still.” According to Estee Lauder, the skin will increase in its clarity, tone, and fine dry lines will be plumped by the moisturizer. There is science clearly involved, and they talk about “longevity genes” that regulate the lifespan of skin’s epidermal cells.

What it actually does: Based on testing it for three weeks as both a day and night moisturizer (and let me be honest, there were a few times I misplaced it, so I substituted, but generally speaking, I used this pretty religiously). After one week, I noticed something very impossible happening–my acne was vanishing. Now, this is not an acne-preventing product, it is an anti-aging product geared towards women in their late 20s and older. My diet hadn’t undergone any real change, water intake didn’t increase, and I hadn’t added any other products to my daily facial regimen.

I have never suffered from severe acne, but I get enough that it can be annoying, and there is always one that’s far too noticeable for my liking. Since using the Youth Creme, almost all of my noticeable acne has disappeared. I am not 100% clear-faced, but in my eyes, this is about as close as I could ever get. My skin looks much improved because of the blemishes being gone, but it is also more even and healthy looking. Every time I see my Mom, no matter what, she mentions how pale and sickly I look–but she didn’t say that when I saw her last week (first time since using the Youth Creme). She asked if I did something different with my makeup, because I looked healthier. Application is easy, as you don’t need much to cover the entire face, and it feels lightweight, but it still moisturizers quite well (despite wintry patches of skin). I also love that it dries quickly! There is no strong, overpowering scent, either – it kind of reminds me of a very subtle organic, maybe a touch of oatmeal scent that you can only distinguish if you put your nose in the jar. So to me, it’s nearly fragrance-free once it’s on my face.

So as I said, I face a serious dilemma: how am I going to be able to afford this in the future? I would like to note that the jar still seems mostly full, despite using it twice a day for three weeks. It gives me hope that I can stretch the jar over four to six months.

Do I recommend this product? I do and I don’t. I recommend it because it worked well for me, and the acne-miracle it worked for me would make it worth the price (how much money do I spend each month on products that only work minimally?) as the product jar should last me multiple months. I don’t, because I fear for your poor wallet if you fall in love with it as I have! You know that whole saying, “You can’t miss what you never had?” Exactly. So basically, I do recommend this product, but know that you may find yourself addicted!

Available now at www.esteelauder.com and Estee Lauder locations.

Have you encountered a similar dilemma before? What product led to your downfall? Did you become a loyal re-purchaser or have you been hunting for a less expensive alternative?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Fafi is a French artist who conjures up the most curvaceous cuties — chick-a-boom characters that make us smile. A Fafi girl is a nymphette with a Ph.D. in passion — she’s an adventuress with a very animated love life! From Toulouse to Tokyo, the movie of her life is a rags-to-riches love story, an electric Technicolor dream in violet, coral and strawbaby anime. Find her pouting on compacts, preening on packaging, and as the cutest doll we’ve ever seen — soon to be on every MAC lover’s vanity.

LIPSTICK

  • Fun ‘n’ Sexy Blue pink with blue pearl (glaze)
  • Not So Innocent Sheer tan with pink and peach pearl (glaze)
  • Utterly Frivolous Rosy coral with pink pearl (lustre)
  • High Top Grey purple with blue pearl (glaze)
  • Flash-n-Dash Intense tangerine red with pink pearl (glaze)
  • Strawbaby Coral rose with rainbow pearl (lustre)

LIPGLASS

  • Cult Fave Blue mid-tone pink with white pearl (frost)
  • Sugar Trance Creamy soft pink with white and rainbow pearl (frost)
  • Squeeze It Brassy plum (frost)
  • Totally It Sheer bright pink with intense pink pearl (frost)

Fafi Eyes 1

  • Howzat Deep grey with silver sparkle (satin)
  • Hey Neutral tan with white pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • Pink Venus Washed pink (lustre)
  • Vanilla Soft pale-peachy-ivory flecked with shimmer (velvet)

Fafi Eyes 2

  • Bold as Gold Yellow gold with gold pearl (lustre)
  • You’re Fresh Pale green with silver sparkle (lustre)
  • Shockwave Intense orange with silver sparkle (velvet)
  • Prankster Muted dark blue (satin)

PAINT POT

  • Nice Vice Dirty purple with purple pearl (frost)
  • Girl Friendly Creamy grey pink (cream)
  • Layin’ Low Creamy beige (cream)
  • Cash Flow Green gold with gold pearl (frost)
  • Perky Cream coral with white pearl (satin)
  • Rollickin’ Aqua blue green with white pearl (frost)

FLUIDLINE

  • Blacktrack Solid flat black

EYE KOHL

  • Smolder Intense black
  • Fascinating Snake-eyes matte white

ZOOM LASH

  • Zoomblack Rich black

POWDER BLUSH

  • Hipness Intense coral with soft white pearl
  • Fashion Frenzy Mid-tone blue pink

IRIDESCENT PRESSED POWDER

  • Sassed-up Soft coral pink with gold sparkle
  • Verve-acaious Intense yellow gold with gold pearl
  • Belightful Gilded peach bronze

NAIL LACQUER

  • Girls Will Be Girls Pink with coral pearl
  • Boom! Rich eggplant with purple pearl

BRUSHES

  • 210 Precise Eye Liner Firm, extra-fine tip brush for precision lining with emollient or water-based products. Replacement to old MAC 210 Eye Liner Brush.
  • 129SH Powder/Blush (with decorated pouch) Soft natural fluffed dome Brush for application of powder products on cheeks and face. In a special decorated Fafi-themed pouch.
  • 208 Angled Brow Brush Firm, angled tip Brush for precision application of brow and eye-lining product.
  • 182 Buffer Brush Ultra-soft, large, rounded dome tip Brush for use with powder face and cheek product.

Available February 13th, 2008 in most US and Canada locations, as well as www.maccosmetics.com.

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