MAC Chromagraphic Pencils:

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils

Last week, MAC PRO launched a full collection of Chromagraphic Pencils. Each retails for $14.50, and all the shades are permanent at PRO stores. This collection is only available at PRO stores, but anyone can shop at a PRO store. You can even call up your nearest PRO store, and you can place a phone order for a flat-rate shipping cost. Keep in mind that these are PRO products, which means they were designed with the makeup artist in mind, not necessarily consumers.

These may seem familiar because MAC released two of the flesh-toned shades with Pret-a-Papier (NC15/NW20 and NW25/NC30). The other eleven shades are new. Chromagraphic Pencils are creamy pencils that glide on easily and smoothly. According to PRO, they are meant for lining and defining, which makes sense as they have other products (like Chroma Cakes and Paint Sticks) more suitable for larger areas.

I do really like the flesh-toned shades for use on the lower waterline to open up the eye. I find that the NC15/NW20 achieves that the best (the others being a bit too dark on me) myself, and I’m about NC25. Black Black is really intense, and it is safe for usage everywhere but the lips, and that’s the one I chose to test-drive first. It stays pretty well on the waterline and lash line – it looks intense and dark from a normal viewing distance, but up close, I can see that it looks a little faded–but it hadn’t faded any more after the initial inspection and stayed on for about six hours for me (on the waterline, over eight on the lash line).

The following shades are not to be used in the lip area: Black Black, Marine Ultra, NC15/NW20, NW25/NC30, NC42/NW35
The following shades are not to be used in the eye area: Basic Red, Genuine Orange, Process Magenta
The following shades are not to be used in the inner rim of eye: Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple

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OPI Burlesque Collection for Holiday 2010

In compliance with a digital takedown notice sent from OPI Products and their lawyer, all OPI images and information have been removed in order to avoid legal action taken against and its owner by OPI Products.

We will not “fight” this as a legal battle, as we have no desire to further promote nor give our time to a brand who uses their legal team on bloggers as their first line of defense. A simple Google search will turn up dozens of different websites and blogs with the same information we had previously posted.  Our apologies for being unable to serve our readers better.

We have been asked several times regarding this, but OPI did not issue any apology to  I’m happy to hear that hopefully some bloggers received apologies, but we did not. We aren’t hiding anything, and why would we?  We have always supported OPI in the past.

Win Three MAC Lipsticks from MAC To the Beach!

Win Three MAC Lipsticks from MAC To the Beach!

One (1) lucky winner will receive a set of MACLipsticks in Fun Bathing, Lazy Days, and Thrills from MAC’s upcoming To the Beach Collection! (Retail value $42.00!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by June 14th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. 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

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1.) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which lipstick you’d wear first.

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Congratulations to Deborah!

Korres Look: Greens & Coral

Korres Look: Green & Coral for Spring

I did this look using some of Korres’ highlighted products for summer — #42 Eyeshadow (a beautiful summery green) and #45 Coral Lipstick (a moisturizing orange-coral with a glossy sheen). I also used several other Korres products to bring it all together, but this was the first time I’ve really done a full look using just Korres products. I loved the blendability of the eyeshadows–smooth, pigmented, and easy to use–and the coverage of the Wild Rose foundation was a nice and buildable.

As you can tell, I was test-driving quite a few products in this look — the eyeshadows, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and foundation!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Stay Don’t Stray as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply #44 eyeshadow on the lower lid. Apply #42 Eyeshadow on the middle of the lid with the 239 brush. Next, apply #84 eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending outwards and onto the outer lid. Blend Vanilla eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #12 eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Abysinnia mascara.

For cheeks, apply #44 Coral blush to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply #45 Coral lipstick first, and then layer #33 Nude lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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Temptalia’s Favorite Posts for Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Sunday Favorites

This Week:  Temptalia’s Post Picks

Are these kind of weekly roundups helpful? I’m always on the fence about them, so I’d love to know if you find these of any use!

Sunday FavoritesMAC To the Beach Collection

MAC’s latest summer collection will be hitting stores on Thursday, May 27th, but it should show up online around the 25th–but who knows, you may start seeing it pop up on May 24th, too. I’ll try to put a post up announcing when it’s available online to purchase once I see it’s up! Of course, my favorite part of the collection was the To the Beach Bag, mostly because I was endlessly amused by trying to fit my dog into it.

Sunday FavoritesMake Up For Ever’s Aqua Creams are Love

There are always so many new products coming out, but MUFE’s Aqua Creams really excited me. They’re so easy to work with, come in a variety of shades (the five I bought from Sephora *just* arrived on Saturday!), and look beautiful. AMAZING!

Sunday FavoritesThe Boy’s First Review: Alford & Hoff Moisturizer

My funnier half finally, after months of prodding, wrote up a HILARIOUS review. He’s also been basking in the afterglow of feel of posting and the gratification of instant feedback. Anyone want to chime in and let me know how often you’d like to see him post?

Sunday FavoritesLook: Yellow, Chatreuse, & Green

Even though it’s a rather basic look, I found it really flattering and season-appropriate. I just loved the way it worked out, and I liked the way it looked on me. (Is that conceit? Hmm. I always feel weird saying things like.)

Sunday FavoritesBobbi Brown Lip Shines, Part 2

Still lovin’ Bobbi Brown’s new Lip Shines! (Check out Part 1, if you missed it!) I’m just still so amazed by how pigmented they are. The name “Lip Shines” really didn’t have me anticipating such rich and opaque shades.

Sunday FavoritesVictoria’s Secret’s Lipstick Line is a Pleasant Surprise

Of course, all surprises should be pleasant, but the quality and texture of VS Makeup’s Perfect Lipstick lives up to the name. Creamy, opaque, and never drying. Be Mine definitely was an impressive shade, and I look forward to checking out other shades in the line-up.

Sunday FavoritesGiveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways!

This week has definitely been giveaway heavy! Have you entered yet? Current giveaways include: COVERGIRL ShadowBlast Kits (U.S. only), MAC Lustre Drops, AMOREPACIFIC Moisturizers (U.S. & Canada only), MAC To the Beach Lipglasses, 16 of Avon’s Glazewears (U.S. & Canada only), MAC To the Beach Lip Pencils, MAC Shimmermoss Eyeshadow, and MAC Hipness Blush. Phew! I still have plenty o’ giveaways planned for the upcoming week, too.

Sunday FavoritesMAC Venomous Villains Collection

Are you digging the MAC & Disney collaboration? Many moons ago, they collaborated on some Tinted Lip Conditioners, which was just slightly before I, myself, was fully addicted to the brand. There’s not much information out yet, but it’s been confirmed by MAC, and we’ll at least see four villains in the collection: Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, Evil Queen (from Snow White), and Dr. Facilier.