Clinique Black Tie Violet Collection for Winter 2009

Clinique Black Tie Violet Collection for Winter 2009

Chic and sophisticated, Clinique’s has it!

Colour Surge Eye Shadow

  • Frosted Blossom
  • Purple Pixie
  • Black Orchid

Cream Shaper for Eyes

  • Starry Plum

Long Last Lipstick

  • Pinkberry

Long Last Glosswear SPF 15

  • Clearly Pink

Quickliner For Lips

  • Raspberry

Blushing Blush Powder Blush

  • Smoldering Plum
  • Iced Lotus

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The Fairest Private Sample Sale Launches!

The Fairest Private Sample Sale Launches!

THE FAIREST has officially launched, and I’m so excited to tell you about it. The Fairest is devoted to beauty sample sales. You can save up to 75% off your favorite beauty brands, and they already have some awesome, big-time brands signed up. Today’s sales include Stila and COOLA. Sales in the next few weeks include Jurlique, MOR, Butter London, Tarte, and Cosmedicine.

Second, I am a blog contributor, where you can learn more about the brands/products featured in the latest sales at The Fairest. Third, when you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. When you join through our referral, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

I hope you’re as excited as I am that someone finally invested and created a beauty sample sale site — c’mon, how often do you see major brands at 50% off? EXACTLY!

International Readers: Unfortunately, at this time, The Fairest does not offer international shipping.  Both myself and Nadine (of The Fairest) are happy to hear your thoughts, and please know that Nadine is definitely passing along your feedback to the company.

Would love to hear your input! (And, as always, share any hauls you make!)

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Lippmann Collection is Celebrating Their 10-year Anniversary!

Lippmann Collection is Celebrating Their 10-year Anniversary!

Today only, September 1st, 2009, every 10th customer to make a purchase on will win a $50 gift certificate. To commemorate their anniversary, Deborah Lippmann created a limited edition trio of shades, available together for $35.00:

  • Superstar Show-stopping copper flecked fudge
  • Funky Chunky Sequined sheer black
  • Ruby Red Slippers Dorothy’s shimmering ruby

Illamasqua Fable Lipstick

Fable is an opaque, warmed-up bubblegum pink. I’ve found most bubblegum pink lipsticks to run a tad cool, while I find this one has a definite warm edge to it. I also wouldn’t call it matte, and I’d say it is more of a semi-matte finish, because there is some glossiness/sheen to it that I don’t normally see in matte textures. I do like the way it looks with just the hint of glossiness, because it keeps the lipstick from being too dry (it’s a smidgen creamy) or flat. Illamasqua packs plenty of pigmentation into this tube of lipstick; there’s no building or layering required to achieve the opacity as seen in the lip swatch.

Though a lipstick will cost you $20, the value is still strong, because you get 0.14 oz. for your troubles. Compared to other high-end brands, Illamasqua is just a bit more expensive than MAC ($140/oz. vs. $143/oz.), but not by much. Their lipsticks are priced right in line with other competitors like Cargo and Make Up For Ever, as well.

The packaging is functional and isn’t over-sized (like their eyeshadows/blushes can feel like)–there’s just nothing special to it. I will say I do feel like their labels tend to rub off all too quickly.

Recommendation: If you like intense lip color, you may find Illamasqua’s matte lipsticks to be just the right kind for you.

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