NARS Strawberry Fields Lip Gloss (Fall 2010)

NARS Strawberry Fields Lip Gloss

NARS Strawberry Fields Lip Gloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a richly pigmented, near-opaque shade of deep strawberry pink (but I almost want to call it raspberry–the product name makes me want to stay on track, though). It’s the most pigmented lip gloss I’ve ever tried by NARS–and I’m really quite (pleasantly) surprised by it.

Of course, not every lip gloss needs to be opaque, and there is certainly a time and place for even the sheerest glosses. I’ve just come to accept that NARS glosses are generally sheer and that’s that. Strawberry Fields is a dominating shade in comparison to the NARS range. It’s bold and bright without being too much; it will give your lips definition and zero in the focus to them, but it’s not a traffic-stopping shade.

I got about three hours of wear this shade, and then a slight stain that wore on for another hour or two. It was scent- and taste-free (not even a hint of waxiness/plastic!). I do like NARS glosses for their moisturizing properties, too. Though $24 may seem steep for a lip gloss, NARS delivers much more than the average lip gloss does–0.28 oz.–which makes them as expensive (by the ounce) as MAC lipglasses.

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NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo (Fall 2010)

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rajasthan Eyeshadow Duo ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a stunning mix of golden taupe brown and smoky peacock blue. I’m not always a huge fan of NARS eyeshadows, to be honest–I’ve had a lot of misses, particularly with their singles in the past few seasonal collections–but Rajasthan blew me away. It is such a gorgeous duo that’s wearable and so perfect for fall. I love that it’s not a smoky plum but a charcoal black smoked out base with layers of metallic and navy blue all woven together. It may look a little on the cooler side, but warmer beauties will have no problem turning this into something lovely on the eyes.

The pigmentation is spot-on–it looks just like it does in the pan–while the texture is exactly what you’d expect from NARS: smooth and buttery. NARS’ eyeshadow duos are always a better value than their eyeshadow singles–you get twice as much for only $9 more.

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RECOMMENDATION: This is a must-have in my book. The pigmentation and texture are exactly where they should be, and the colors are incredibly wearable for both cooler and warmer as well as lighter and deeper skin tones.


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Sunday Link Love, Volume #036

Happy Sunday!

I hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend, even if it is nearly over!  I spent much of it… eating!  Had the most delicious chocolate hazelnut croissant from the farmers’ market this morning.  Yum, yum.  I’m not even much of a chocolate fan!

China Glaze Awakening Collection (Fall 2010)

China Glaze Awakening Collection

To get in you in the Halloween spirit, China Glaze’s Awakening Collection contains three spook-tacular shades–Zombie Zest (mossy green shade with gold flecks of migro glitter), Mummy May I (vampy, wine colored purple with flecks of hot pink glitter), and Ick-a-bod-y (dark green base chock full of orange glitter). Come September, expect to see the full display at Sally’s Beauty Supply Stores, while a four-piece set (which includes the three shades plus a Fast forward Top Coat) at all other beauty and nail supply outlets, stores, and e-tailers.

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RECOMMENDATION: As long as you don’t mind using a thicker top coat, Mummy May I and Ick-a-bod-y are both fun shades for Halloween. Zombie Zest is my favorite, just because it isn’t necessarily a pretty shade at first glance but looks quite lovely on.

AVAILABILITY: September 2010

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Win $148 in Make Up For Ever Goodies from MBFW Swim!

The Look @ Mara Hoffman

Make Up For Ever @ Mara Hoffman, Aqua Di Lara, & Qiss Qiss

On Saturday, Make Up For Ever did the makeup for Aqua Di Lara, Mara Hoffman, and Qiss Qiss. One lucky winner will win $148 worth of Make Up For Ever products (all shades used to create the looks at the shows).

From the shows, Make Up For Ever and Temptalia are giving away:

  • Aqua Cream #4
  • Aqua Cream #7
  • Aqua Cream #21
  • Aqua Cream #14
  • Star Powder #930
  • Aqua Cream #16
  • Lipstick #423

RULES: All entries must be submitted by July 26th, 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

You can do one, the other, or both to maximize your chances of winning…

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell me which look from the shows was your favorite!

2.) Follow me on Twitter & re-tweet the following: RT @temptalia Follow @temptalia & RT to win $148 in Make Up For Ever! Info + one more way to win:

Congratulations to Lorena H.!

See more photos & breakdowns! (Swimsuits ahead!)

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