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Win $200+ MAC Mickey Contractor Products!

Win $200+ MAC Mickey Contractor Products!

To close out a fabulous year here at Temptalia, we have an incredible giveaway for you featuring the new, limited edition Mickey Contractor Collection.  The prize features twelve pieces from the upcoming collection, all brand new and eager to be played with!  Thanks for an incredible 2010!

Congratulations to Lizzy B.!

One (1) grand prize winner will receive:

  • MAC Gana Blush ($18.50)
  • MAC Sur Blush ($18.50)
  • MAC Athma Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00)
  • MAC Marvel Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Oomph Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Rani Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Saffron Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Flesh Lipglass ($14.50)
  • MAC Ivy Fluidline ($15.00)
  • MAC Siahi Fluidline ($15.00)
  • MAC Mehr Lipstick ($14.50)
  • MAC Yash Lipstick ($14.50)

Official Rules, Terms, & Conditions

The approximate value of the grand prize is $204.50.  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 December 31st, 2010 through January 5th, 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 two (2) times, as per the section below.

Two Ways to Enter

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post sharing with me a look you would create with this collection!

2.) Follow @temptalia on Twitter and tweet this messageFollow @temptalia and RT to win $200+ MAC Mickey Contractor Goodies! One more way to win + rules: http://budurl.com/mcnye

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 5th, 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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MAC Mickey Contractor: Comparisons & Dupes for Eyes


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MAC Mickey Contractor: Comparisons & Dupes for Eyes

  • IVY is slightly greener than Minted, while Urban Decay Graffiti has a stronger yellow base and appears much lighter. Jade Way is too dark to be a dupe. Make Up For Ever #22 Aqua Cream is significantly more of a yellow-based green, while Urban Decay Grass Cream Eyeshadow is less yellow but still doesn’t have the slight teal tinge that Ivy has. Urban Decay Loaded Ink for Eyes is, again, too yellow in its base.
  • SIAHI is darker and almost teal in comparison to Make Up For Ever #20; greener, less blue tham Stila Peacock; darker than Make Up For Ever #12L; darker and tealer than Smoothblue; tealer than Waveline; and tealer than Inky.
  • MARVEL is slightly less vibrant than Push the Edge, while Grapecomes close, but it’s a darker, less iridescent purple.
  • OOMPH is slightly blacker and less brown than Fiction, while it is just a little blacker than Greensmoke. Humid is significantly greener and Sumptuous Olive is totally different.
  • RANI is only slightly pinker than Passionate (a lot closer than I thought), while MUFE #75 is off the charts bright but fuchsia and blue-based. MUFE #52 doesn’t come anywhere close.
  • SAFFRON is less intense and a touch lighter than Red Brick, while it is darker, less intense (appearing rustier) than Orange. Rule is more orange, as is MUFE #50.
  • JAAN is browner and really not comparable to Gleam, while it is slightly lighter than Soft Brown. It is a touch darker and less warm than Bamboo (without the shimmer, of course), while Arenahas more shimmer and appears peachier.
  • VIVAH is darker and warmer than Cork; less red than Sable; less red than Twinks, while Tempting is not at all like it.

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MAC Mickey Contractor: Comparisons & Dupes for Lips/Cheeks


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MAC Mickey Contractor: Comparisons & Dupes for Lips/Cheeks

  • GANA is neutral, rather than slightly warm, as Chez Chez Lame, while Honour is noticeably darker (more of a soft brown than a champagne). Trace Gold is also darker, still a bit like a champagne shade, but gilded and slightly bronzy. NARS Albatross is significantly lighter, paler, and more of a white gold.
  • FLESH is most comparable to Siss, which is a lipstick, but the colors are very alike. Dolce & Gabbana Caramel Lipgloss has less peach in it.
  • GULABI is a slightly redder fuchsia than Girl About Town (though on lips, I couldn’t see that subtle difference), while NARS Schiap is lighter and bluer-based. Full Fuchsia isn’t quite as dark of a pink, but it is similar.
  • SUR is lightly rosier than Darkly My Dear; darker and more plum than Prim & Proper; plummier and darker than Prism; darker and plummier (totally different) than Gingerly; completely different from Pinch Me; Desert Rose and NARS Dolce Vita may be near dupes for each other, but are completely different from Sur; and finally, Notable is slightly redder.
  • MEHR is rosier than Cosmo, and unfortunately, I do not have some of the other possible dupes for this shade, like Brave and Fast Play. Brave New Bronze is completely different (peachy).
  • YASH is slightly browner than but otherwise close Brave New Bronze; darker than Peachstock; darker and more matte than Freckletone; lighter and less rosy than Velvet Teddy.

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Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum Shower Gel Review, Photos

Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum
Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum

Quick Review: Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum

Philosophy Hot Buttered Rum Shower Gel ($16.00 for 16 oz.) is a rich, buttery scent of caramel and sweetness; it’s a little sweeter than butterscotch but has the same sweetness of syrup without being overwhelming.  It’s a very foodie scent, but it has quickly become one of my favorite holiday scents from Philosophy this year.

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.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

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

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you are a fan of sweet, buttery scents like butterscotch and caramel, you may like this.

WHERE TO BUY: Philosophy

MAC Mickey Contractor Look

MAC Mickey Contractor Look

This was a super quick look I threw together to test out the new Mickey Contractor collection (as well as have some something on for taking blush and lip swatches!).  You can see how Ivy is sheer on the first pass!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Jaan eyeshadow on the inner two-thirds of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Vivah eyeshadow on the outer corner of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Folie into the crease with the 222, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Perversion eyeliner on the lower lash line and Ivy fluidline on the upper lash line.  Apply Jaan eyeshadow on lower lower lash line to brighten. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Sur blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Yash lipstick topped with Lust lipglass for a complementing lip.

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