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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Going to Barneys was like a fish-out-of-water experience for me, because I have been primarily a MAC girl, which is still on the lower end of most mid to high end makeup brands. I’ve always been hard-pressed to purchase brands like Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, etc. because the prices are steeper than I want to pay. I suppose with more disposable income, I feel less awkward about getting an item or two here and there, though. The service at Barneys is incomparable, because everyone is incredibly knowledgeable–not only about their line, but the other ones carried at the store. David (Counter Manager for Cle de Peau) took me on a beauty tour of the department, going over the different brands, telling me tidbits about them, and showing me his favorite products. He made me feel welcome, when I knew I didn’t quite belong.

So while you won’t see me purchasing a lipstick for $50.00, I can see why those who might have plenty of money to spend would. I also think that an item or two from one of these luxury lines may make a nice to-self present for that job promotion or graduating school. Additionally, I can at least tell you this: every luxury brand I swatched tended to leave a stain behind. The eyeshadows took more than just a tissue to remove, and the lipsticks were so pigmented that they stained my hand after being on my hand for no more than an hour tops. What this tells me is that they are probably richer in pigmentation than the average lipstick. This doesn’t mean the lipstick will stay on your lips better necessarily, but I expect that it would fade less noticeably (especially deeper colors), since there would be a stain left behind.

What do I have to show for my experience? I purchased one lip gloss from Cle de Peau. With tax, it was just over $50. Because of the price tag, I feel it deserves its own write-up and entry, which I’ll post sometime later this week. I’ll leave you to guess what color family I went for!

Are you a fan of any of the luxury lines? Do you make regular purchases? Are you completely shocked?

You can read more about what products, brands, and the like I found at the store (plus more photos)… Continue reading →

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Sarah shares this fun pink shadow look!

Face

  • MAC Strobe Cream
  • MAC Prep and Prime Primer
  • MAC Studio Mist (Medium)
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder NC30

Cheeks

  • MAC Springsheen
  • Eyes
  • MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl
  • MAC Medallion (from LE Royal Assets Cool Eyes Pallette) ES
  • MAC Wookwinked ES
  • MAC Vanilla Pigment
  • MAC Shadestick in Sharkskin
  • MAC Fiberlash Mascara in All Black

Lips

  • MAC Pleasureseeker LS (LE from New Scifi)
  • MAC Plushglass LG in Angel Cream

Check out more photos! Continue reading →

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Dior Impression Cuir Fall 2008 Beauty Star Product

You drooled over the promotional images and product shots of Dior’s Impression Cuir collection, slated for Fall 2008. How about some actual product photos? Swatches? Even a bit of a review? Thought you might be interested! I was fortunate enough to be able to try out the Impression Cuir Eye Palette, Earth Tones #673 Quint, Pink Drama #559 Rouge Dior Lip Color, and Delicious Plum #675 Creme de Gloss. But let me preface this review with: DO NOT MISS IMPRESSION CUIR! Make sure you give yourself a chance to at least go to your Dior counter and play and test and swatch some products for this fall line.

Impression Cuir Eye Palette (pictured above) is gorgeous. It is a palette that allures you in with the cool, animal-print texture and its shimmery hues. While it says it is an eye palette, all I want to do is use this on my cheeks (which I probably will do). The colors are gorgeous when swirled together, but you could feasibly use them as three separate colors. I love the way the shades fade subtly into each other. This is one star product that definitely grabbed my attention and kept it. The animal-print texture does go in pretty deep, so you’ll see some of it remain for awhile, though it doesn’t go all the way through (but the color does, which is, ultimately, what matters).

You know you want to see more! Continue reading →

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

How to play: Create color names, descriptions, and even texture/finishes for the four colors shown in the quad to the left!

What I’d call it:

Romantic Peachy-pink with gold undertones (Frost)

Midsummer Toned down yellow gold (Veluxe Pearl)

Ever So Lovely Cool, intense bue-pink (Frost)

Determined Warm, brown with copper shimmer (Frost)

Now, it’s your turn!

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with! You’re always so creative!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

For our next giveaway in our Summer of Fun Giveaways, we have three products perfect for the skin! We invite you to start with the base, so you Love Your Skin

  • Clinique Superdefense Triple Action Moisturizer SPF25 (Dry)
  • Borghese Spa Comforting Cleanser
  • Borghese Cleansing Cream

This prize package is worth $60.00! To enter to win, simply leave a comment, and make sure to have an accurate e-mail address (this is how we contact you if you win!) by July 9th, 9PM PST. Remember, there are ways to increase your chances to win, so make sure you find out how (and read additional rules).

Good luck!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What scent(s) are you using for summer? Are you loving one in particular? Are you rotating through some favorites?