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Illamasqua Throb Collection

Illamasqua Throb Collection
Illamasqua Throb Collection

Illamasqua Throb Collection

Cult British beauty brand Illamasqua invites you to step into a world where your heart will race and your pulse quicken. Inspired by your Alter Ego’s inner depths of desire, and in celebration of Saint Valentine, the new Throb Collection consists of three new Nail Varnish shades, an Intense Lipgloss and a blood red Lipstick.

Nail Varnish (£13.50)

  • Load Rich cream
  • Scorn Midnight matt
  • Throb Powerful red

Intense Lipgloss (£13.00)

  • Succubus Seductive red

Lipstick (£15.50)

  • Sangers Blood red

Availability: The Throb collection is available from January 17th 2011 in Illamasqua’s Flagship Store, Selfridges London, Manchester, Birmingham, Fenwick Newcastle, Debenhams Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and online at www.illamasqua.com.

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Giorgio Armani Transluminence Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Transluminence Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Transluminence Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Transluminence Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Transluminence Eye Palette ($58.00 for 0.07 oz.) is new and limited edition from the brand’s Transluminence Collection. It includes four shades of eyeshadow, all of which can be used wet or dry.

It includes a blue-based violet purple with a satiny sheen; jewe-toned teal with a semi-frost finish; grayed white-beige with a soft satin sheen; and a soft black with satin sheen. The finishes of these eyeshadows were more satiny–a soft sheen, not too frosted, and less obvious shimmer. The violet shade was the only one that appeared a touch sheer, while the other three were silky smooth with nice color intensity. I thought the teal was particularly stunning–it’s exactly teal.

I found these eyeshadows to work similarly whether used wet or dry–I didn’t notice a major difference in pigmentation or saturation when used wet. I used the palette on its own over NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, and it was blendable and none of the colors lost their vibrancy when layered and blended in a look. I’m bummed by the lack of product you get in the compact, though–it doesn’t seem tiny by any means, but once you look at the weight, it’s a different story.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: I’m a sucker for jewel-tones, so I love the way this palette looks together. All four shades coordinate well and can be used together in an assortment of ways, which is nice. It is a cooler-toned palette, but jewel-tones always look lovely on warmer skin tones, despite their often cooler appearance.  The lack of product in it, however, does bring down the overall grade in a noteworthy way.

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2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Roundup


2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Roundup

For easy reference and bookmarking, Temptalia’s 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards can be found all in one place here. If you want to browse through it by sections, you can also reference this list:

Summary

  • Brands with the Most Awards in 2011: Maybelline (6), Neutrogena (6), Chanel (5), MAC Cosmetics (5), Revlon (5), Guerlain (4), Kiehl’s (4), NARS (4), Wet ‘n’ Wild (4)
  • Total Brands Recognized: 43 (High-end), 26 (Budget), 69 (total)
  • Total Award Categories: 72
  • Total Winners: 131

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to recognize and share with you my favorite products from 2010 and all-time.  I hope you saw at least a couple of products you love make my cut but maybe some new ones you’ll think about trying next time you’re in the mood for something new! 🙂

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 5: Skincare, Body Care, Hair Care


2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 5: Skincare, Body Care, Hair Care

This is the last and final section–all about skincare, body care, and hair care products. There were definitely some new favorites this year, but this section had several categories where the product I awarded last year is still the best product I’ve tried.

KATE SOMERVILLE GENTLE DAILY WASH
Best Facial Cleanser (High-end)

For me, it does all the cleansing that I need. It gets rid of dirt and grime and any foundation/tinted moisturizer I’ve worn that day. This won’t breakdown heavy eye/lip makeup, but in my experience, gentle cleansers rarely do as that is not what they’re designed for. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Chanel Exfoliating Mousse (2009)

CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL CLEANSER
Best Facial Cleanser (Budget)

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is the world’s best cleanser to go to whenever my skin is out of whack. Whenever I feel like nothing’s working, I turn back to Cetaphil. It’s gentle, soothing, and great for my skin, even when it’s sensitive.

Past Winners: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (2009)

KIEHL’S RARE EARTH DEEP PORE DAILY CLEANSER
Best Daily Facial Exfoliator (High-end)

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that softly exfoliates and can be used on a daily basis. I love the lightness of this cleanser. It’s almost like a milky cleanser, because even though it lathers up, it’s not a traditional foaming lather. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (2009)

DOVE GENTLE EXFOLIATING DAILY FACIAL CLEANSER
Best Daily Facial Exfoliator (Budget)

Dove’s tiny exfoliating beads provide gentle exfoliation hidden inside a thick, foaming cleanser that does a nice job of cleansing the skin without leaving it dry and tight.

Past Winners: Dove Gentle Exfoliating Daily Facial (2009)

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