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Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Submit your own look to temptalia@gmail.com! Make sure to include at least one photo and what products you used!

Today’s guest look was submitted by huge MAC collector Virginia, who has such great lashes – wow! I must check out Diorshow someday.

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to check out and try several La Mer products over the past few weeks. Since La Mer focuses on skincare, I wanted to test everything for awhile, so I could really give you a true blue review on them! You’ll find a review on eight different La Mer products: Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream, Moisturizing lotion, Moisturizing gel, Eye Balm, Concentrate, Cleansing Gel, Refining Facial, and Hand Treatment.

Overall, La Mer products are luxurious against the skin — there is no doubt about it — soft, silky, and deliciously moisturized and well-balanced skin results from using their products over a matter of days. I love that they’ve come out with several versions of their most popular item, Creme de la Mer, so they can provide products that can really cater to a customer’s individual skin. They have lightweight versions of it, which I found was great for days when the weather was just too hot for anything remotely thick.

Creme de la Mer — I can see why this product is raved about, because it made my skin soft and supple, and I swear there was a touch of glow to it after using Creme de la Mer for a few weeks. It has a very light scent, which is a definite plus for me, as I prefer my facial products with minimal scents. The cream itself is rich and thick, and you have to make sure you warm it up between your palm or fingers before applying in order to achieve the best results.

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Check out these can’-be-missed-posts from the past week

Dita Von Teese Interview: Temptalia went behind the scenes at Macy’s Passport last week to interview thes ultry burlesque star and Viva Glam spokesperson! Listen to the podcast of the interview and/or read the transcript.

New MAC Collections Galore: We have all the images you could want of Plush Lash, Repackaged Lashes, Matte2, and Mattene you could want! Oh, and what? Holiday 2007 images, too! (Plus product photos and swatches of Henri Bendel exclusives).

Matte2 Collection: See swatches of all 16 new matte shades, plus read Temptalia’s review of the collection (plus an overview of Plush Lash!).

Macy’s Passport: Temptalia headed over to Passport to interview Dita, but we also stayed for the show! Read up on an intro to Dita and Macy’s Passport and summary of the runway show.

Temptalia’s September Contest: Find out what i’s all about, the rules, and how to enter here.

59th Annual Emmy Awards: Want that starlet look? Temptalia tells you how!

You can also check out what other beauty blogs have been blogging about this past week, too…

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Submit your own look to temptalia@gmail.com! Make sure to include at least one photo and what products you used!

Today’s guest look is from the lovely Lorraine, who looks darling in her white top and whew, those lashes!  know they’re #7s, but they still look good.

GUEST FOTD | LORRAINE

She used the following products:
Mac Studio Tech NC50
Mac Pressed Powder NC 50
Format/Slave somethin?? Blush
Chestnut Lipliner
Boingo Plushglass
Lovelorn Lipstick
Jest e/s, Bronze e/s, Embark e/s, Arena e/s
Spiked eyepencil
#7 lashes
Dipdown gel liner, stubborn brown eyeliner

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Overall, I found that Matte2 (pronounced Matte Squared, for those who were unsure!) was a collection of some new colors, some duplicates, but I also realize that these are all using a new matte formula, and as a result, have replaced (and probably will end up replacing more in the future) existing shades with the old matte formula. These are like butter; creamy, smooth, and the pay off is incredible. I like that they came right out with 16 shades, rather than giving us a few now, and then throwing us more limited edition ones as time went on. They really are revamping the permanent collection by putting 16 new eyeshadows into the mix, and I really love that. Liquidlast liner is always fun, and I must have missed Inky and Inkspill, because they seem totally new to me!

Plush Lash: Okay, I didn’t have much time to really play with this, but I did get to put a few coats on quickly, and I really did love the length, thickness, and subtle curl of the mascara. I’m thinking it just might be a keeper, but I have to use it in a real look first.

Eyeshadows
Blanc Type — If you’ve ever wanted a bright matte white, this is it! No shimmer to be found, just pure white. It isn’t gray, it isn’t pink, just white.
Brown Script — I’m reminded of Texture eyeshadow, but of course, this is matte texture, which means it is an excellent crease color to increase the depth and definition of your natural eyes.
Clarity — A lot of people are comparing this to Electric Eel, and it isn’t a bad comparison; they really are alike. I do like this formula better, even though Electric Eel has great color pay off. However, if you already own Electric Eel and find yourself rarely reaching for it, Clarity probably isn’t of much value to you!
Copperplate — A gray-plum, which will make a great lid color for a more subtle or downplayed smoky eye this fall.
Fig. 1 — This is such a gorgeous purple; it reminded me of what I wished Creme de Violet would have looked like. It’s a lovely grape purple, with a bit more brightness.
Flourishing — A subtle shade of olive green, which I think is fabulous, because the line really needed this shade of green. I love the matte greens like Femme Noir and Velvet Moss (I think this is a satin) – and now there’s something more toned down but still matte.
Graphology — Dark, smoldering purple – deliciously smooth and perfect for that sultry smoky eye.
Handwritten — This might end up being a new brow filler color for me! It’s a warm chocolate brown, and because of the texture, the pay off is excellent and velvet smooth.
Newly Minted — Remember Melody? It was discontinued quite a while ago, but here it is, revamped and better than ever with a new name. Truly, I immediately thought of Melody, which had pretty good pay off, but this seemed like it would apply even smoother and with more pop.
Pen ‘N’ Pink — There is a color in the Liza AM quad (old, limited edition) that’s very similar to this, because it is the same light white-pink and matte finish, but this has far better payoff. The other one ends up being a bit chalky, whereas this one is creamy. I found this had a bit less color pay off than the other 15, though.
Poison Pen — Another grayish purple color, but this time, it’s more purple than gray. It’s almost like a chalky purple, but not in texture, just in the color – toned down, wearable.
Post Haste — If you have Passionate, you’ll find yourself wondering if these two are twins. Their difference is in texture, in feel. I would say I’d pick Post Haste over Passionate, though. It’s such a pretty hot pink.
Prussian — I love the name! A dark blue, not quite navy, because there is still some brightness to it, but this gorgeous shade of a deep sea blue. I’m reminded a tad of Deep Truth, without all of the shimmer.
Signed, Sealed — A darker chocolate brown in color, and I think a lot will love this color for its earth tone and how easy it will be to incorporate it into neutral and work-safe looks.
Tete-A-Tint — An orange-pink, peachy almost, which reminds me more of spring than the fall, but I think it is a gorgeous shade. I can’t think of a similar color in the MAC line that would compare well against this.
Typographic — Ever wished for a less black Carbon? This is it. A gray-black in the this new creamy formula, and I can’t wait to see people use it in some smokey eyes.

Liquidlasts
Electrolady — This is one of my favorite liquidlast liners; it such a vibrant violet color, and one of my favorite ways to line my lower lash line (and then add a touch of Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow on top for a real pop!).
Coco Bar — I don’t think I’ve ever really been a huge fan of brown liner for myself, so I found this color passable, though it’s a lovely rich deep brown.
Inkspill — Oh, what a gorgeous deep teal color. Looking at these, I was reminded of the jewel tones of fall.
Inky — Another jewel tone, a deep blue, not too bright or bold, and I, of course, fell in love with it.
Point Black — Who doesn’t love a pitch black liquid liner?

You can see all of the swatches here.

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Henri Bendel department store recently celebrated their 100th anniversary, and as a way to commemorate the achievement, MAC Cosmetics formulated and released two special edition lipsticks in special Bendel packaging. Check out the product photos and swatches we have for you!

HENRI BENDEL | MAC COSMETICS

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