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Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Temptalia Reader Lushious Babe was kind enough to share her swatches with us! These are swatches of Heatherette lip products on her lips. Thanks Lushious Babe!  Be sure to visit her beauty forum for those in The Netherlands.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The Sweet (and Cool) Smell of Pop Art in Andy Warhol Union Square by Bond No. 9

“My favorite smell is the first smell of spring in New York,” Andy Warhol once said. Perhaps in a similar spirit, Warhol began painting and silk-screening a series of highly stylized, phantasmagorically colored flowers during the 1960s. He returned to this age-old painter’s subject in 1970, when he developed a portfolio of vibrantly colored flower screenprints at the first of his two studios on Union Square. Both the florals and the location were the inspiration for Andy Warhol Union Square, the latest in Bond No. 9′s series of collectible Warhol eaux de parfum, arriving on counter in March, 2008.

The scent, a seductive green floral that’s simultaneously cool and warm, is housed in the slim Bond No. 9 superstar flacon, this time displaying Warhol’s flowers as its surface design. Outsize, otherworldly flowers such as these are of course a major fashion statement for spring 2008 — with multitudes of designers taking their cue from the Warhol Flowers series. Likewise, Bond No. 9′s Andy Warhol Union Square is in tune with the times (as perfumes should be). But let us go one further and propose that this latest scent of ours, enveloped in Warhol’s iconic flower motif, raises the art of perfumery to — dare we say it? — a new level of sophistication.

The bottle is in typical Warhol artistry, but instead on a sculpted glass perfume bottle. It comes decorated in various shades ranging from red and yellow colored flowers to blue shaded blades of grass. As part of an effort to be more environmentally friendly this year, Bond No.9 boutiques will accept empty perfume bottles [to recycle for you], and as a reward, they will give you a refillable pocket spray.

The scent itself is a soft, feminine floral that definitely reminds of spring blooms and decadence. It dries down to a nice subtle scent that delights the nose, but it isn’t overwhelming. I found the scent stayed on throughout the day, fading minimally, but never turning.  I definitely detected the Lily of the Valley and Blue Freesia notes, and when it dried down, I noticed a touch of musk and wood.

Top notes include:  Lily of the Valley, Green Stem Notes, Sweet Blue Freesia, Golden Amber, Silver-cloud Musk Accord, White Birch Wood.

Union Square launches March 15th, 2008 at their four New York boutiques, www.bondno9.com, and Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide.  It will be available in 50ml size ($135) or 100ml size ($195).  A special collector set will be available of ten different bottles ($1500 for ten 100ml bottles) as well.

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

To celebrate Christopher’s sexy designs, flair with color and international mindset, Lancôme asked him to collaborate on a project for the iconic, oft-imitated Juicy Tubes franchise. The result: The Juicy Tubes World Tour, nine new lip glosses, each decorated with an illustration by Christopher. The shades, names and flavors were born from his fashion travels: from Rio, where, “the girls have an incredible kind of beauty,” to Paris, “the fashion capital of the world,” to New York, where”girls are groomed, sophisticated and so well dressed,” each captures the excitement of the hottest cities around.

Christopher is thrilled to be part of the Lancôme family and equally excited to be part of what he deems the “Juicy Tube phenomena.” “I have always loved the way a Juicy Tube can transform a lip with its patent texture and appearance,” he says. “It plumps the lip to perfection.”

Shades:

  • Red Hot New York
  • Fifth Avenue Frosting
  • Copacabana Coffee
  • Rio Mango
  • Grand Café Crème Brûlée
  • Moulin Rose
  • Paris Bubbly
  • Tokyo Plum Blossom
  • Peach Mochi

Available March 2008 at www.lancome-usa.com, Lancome Boutiques, and counters nationwide. Each retails for $18.00.

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Flash N Dash lipstick, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Flash N Dash! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What is your go-to lip combo? What lipstick/gloss/whatever combination do you always go-to when you’re in doubt, in a rush, etc.?

For me, it’s gotta be Mari-sheeno lipstick and any gloss really–just has to start with the Mari-sheeno lipstick!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Zeno ($149.00 to $200.00)

As a bit of a gadget geek, high-tech beauty products are always on my radar, including Zeno, a handheld device designed to treat acne. Zeno works using ClearPoint Technology that uses heat to treat P. acnes (read more about this type of acne at Wikipedia), which accounts for nearly 90% of blemishes according to Zeno.

The device takes thirty seconds to heat up after turning it on, and then it is applied to each pimple for two minutes, treated by a heated tip at 118.5 degrees F. Zeno beeps every thirty seconds, and then it does a little video game-like sound to signal that it’s been two minutes. You wait thirty seconds in between treatments before you can treat another pimple, and you can only treat three per session. After three, Zeno automatically has a safety mechanism that kicks in and forces you to wait another two minutes before treating additional pimples.

First and foremost, yes, I saw results, and yes, they were amazing. Zeno manages to “dry out” pimples within 24 hours, which means they’re healed within two or three days. When you have just one or two pimples that aren’t noticeable, it’s not a big deal, but when you’re plagued with more or ones that you can see easily, it is a godsend. The heat is also not at all painful — it’s quite like holding a warm washcloth against your face, soothing and pleasant.

So I must rave about the results, because who doesn’t want a way to treat unsightly acne? I’ve yet to find a cream/gel that actually produces such impressive results in the same time frame. Zeno does work better on newly developing pimples than ones that have already fully surfaced, though I personally found that it still worked well on that type, too.

The bad news about Zeno is that is cost-prohibitive. The device itself has a hefty pricetag, ranging from $149 to $200 (it is available in three versions — Zeno with 60-uses-tip, Zeno Pro with 90-uses-tip, and Zeno MD with 150-uses-tip). I wouldn’t mind spending that on a device that would last me quite awhile, but each tip will only work for a certain amount of uses — 60, 90, or 150, depending on your version. Tip replacements are $25, 35, and 55, and if you think 60 is plenty of uses, think again!

Say you need to treat five pimples, and you’ll need to do it 4 days out of the week. For effective treatment, it is good to treat each pimple two to three times a day. Just treating each pimple twice for four days (5 pimples x 2 treatments/day x 4 days) is 40 uses. Stay with me — think about your yearly usage, is 100 days out of the question? If we were going at 4 days per week for the year, we would end up with over 200 days. In 100 days, you will need 1000 uses (5 pimples x 2 treatments/day x 100 days)! If you opt for the 90-uses-tip ($35), you’ll need 11 of them, bringing you to a yearly total of $385.

While the results were amazing, I think my money could be better spent on prescription acne treatments, and at the very least, the long-term thinking and cost pattern of Zeno makes me more inclined to think about what’s causing my acne instead. I think the Zeno would be worth it for those who are not acne-plagued; for those who only need to treat one or two pimples a week or less. It is even great for treating that solitary pimple that shows up right before a big date or fancy occasion. Simply put, if you don’t need to use your Zeno that often, you won’t need to replace the tip as often, which means it comes to you at a much lower cost.

(By the way, I am aware that several users try to “cheat” the system that Zeno uses — as once your uses are up, it stops working — by simply using the heat that emanates from it as it heats up, but 1) it is not as effective as a full treatment cycle; 2) I’ll probably forget to do this half the time.)

Conclusion? Pick up Zeno if you only have a few dastardly pimples in a month, but look for other treatments and alternatives if you have persistent, regular acne.

Have you tried Zeno? Love it, hate it, worked for you? Is it worth it?

P.S. — Next week, I will bring you a review on ThermaClear, a product that is often compared to Zeno, so watch for that!