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La Prairie – Holiday 2007 – Switzerland Luxury Skincare


La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (Limited Edition): The most extravagant gift you can give your face.

La Prairie, a name synonymous with luxury, reinvents utter indulgence, bringing the ultimate in luxury to unprecedented heights with Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. When only the utmost in luxury will do, La Prairie offers the answer: the supremely elegant experience of lifting and firming in a limited-edition size jar, when a little is simply not enough.

Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is a superior concentration of caviar extracts, unique sea proteins, phytotherapy and bioengineering technologies. Your senses feel caressed by an extravagant gift of energy and moisture, beyond ordinary luxury into the ultimate Caviar experience. This experience allows lifted, illuminated satin to replace the tired skin of moments ago. 5.2 oz.

Now, I know La Prairie is a pricey skincare line; one most mortals cannot afford to try nor fall in love with. This is a special holiday edition size (5.2 oz), and the price tag? Oh, a mere $900.00! So let me ask you dear readers, have any of you tried La Prairie’s products? What was your experience? I keep thinking for $900.00, why don’t I save up for a face lift? Botox?

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Nails – MAC Cosmetics’ Antiquitease White and Gold Crackled Nails


I was jonesing to try out those interesting nails featured in the Antiquitease promotional photos: white base with gold overlay. Now, luckily I didn’t have to really bother with experimentation and delving into my creative mind, because Carleen explained how to do it! I didn’t quite follow it step for step, as I’m absentminded and tend to recreate without remembering to look at what I’m trying to copycat.

So how did I do it? I used two coats of a white (creme finish) polish then put one coat of Gold Veneer polish on top. I would add the gold polish to one nail at a time. You have to add the texture/swirls/crackling before the polish dries, so it’s better to do one or two at a time, crackle, then move on. I personally tried to do two at a time and found the second one ended up already being a bit too dry!

For the crackling, I ripped off a small square of paper towel, maybe four inches on each side. Mine is textured (at least somewhat) as Carleen suggests, but I ended up using the edge of the paper towel to create better variance across each nail. Just pressing the paper towel ended up giving me the pattern on the paper towel, which was very uniform.

Now that I’ve done it once and experienced first hand how easy it is, I’m definitely going to try again to make them resemble the original Antiquitease photo. What do you think of these kinds of nails?  Love ’em, hate ’em? My boyfriend said they look dirty!

Holiday 2007 Madness – Sephora Holiday 2007 Collection Gift Sets and Palettes


Sephora not only has you covered for nearly every brand imaginable, but they also have their own brand of beauty, and with it, several delectable offerings for your purchase pleasure. One of the most talked about palettes from last holiday was Sephora’s Blockbuster Palette. This year, they do not disappoint with the latest version, which includes a whopping 64 eyeshadows, 32 lip colors, 7 cheek colors, 1 shimmer powder, plus a few applicator tools to help you out ($48.00).

The Scent Sampler has you covered for your fragrance fiends, allowing the receiver to sample ten of the bestselling perfumes (available in “for him” or “for her”), plus a gift certificate of equal value that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any one of the samples in the kit ($50.00). Get girly with their Diamond Atomizer ($18.00) to carry your favorite fragrance in style.

For eyeshadow addicts, the Colorful Story Palette includes 16 shadows for an enchanting holiday look ($48.00), and there are two Enchanted Eyeshadow Palettes ($26.00) in either purple or ccopper with eight shades of coordinating color.  Don’t forget the lipgloss addict in your life, show them love with the Holiday Harmony Palette ($12.00) with six shades, a lip brush, and a mirror (so compact!).

Need a place to keep all your newly acquired loot?  Sephora has you so covered! Pick out a storage-galore traincase in either pink ($98.00), gunmetal ($98.00), or croc ($110.00) or try one of their various bags, pouches, and cases (ranging from $14.00 to $38.00).

What about tools to apply those 64 shadows? Several brush sets are available to choose from! Metallic Pocket Brush Set ($15.00) or Croc Pocket Brush Set ($18.00) for budget beauties.  Check out their Deluxe Anti-Bacterial Brush Set ($60.00) with brushes with “germ repelling” fibers (um, we must see this, stat!); Pop-Up Brush Set ($45.00) that’s perfect for a vanity; Smokey Eye Brush Set ($42.00) to uncomplicate the ever-loved smokey eye with five brushes, volume mascara, and instruction manual; and the coveted Prestige Brush Set ($150) with twelve luxurious brushes plus brush storage roll.

Available at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com!

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Holiday 2007 Madness – Tarte Cosmetics Holiday 2007 Gift Sets & Palettes


Tarte has brought out quite a bit to perhaps overwhelm you this holiday season, but let Temptalia give you a quick summary of what to drool over. “We Wish You Wealth Palette” is a limited edition palette with something for every part of your face; it includes sixteen new eyeshadows, sixteen new lipglosses, four gel eyeliners, four cheek stains, three 24/7 lip sheers, eyelid primer, luminizer, and eyeshadow and eyelining brushes ($52.00). “We Wish You Health Skinvigorating Discovery Kit” is all about looking better, naturally, and as you can guess, it revolves around the skin; it contains Inside Out gloss, Lock & Roll creaseless eyeshadow duo, Clean Slate Face Primer, and Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in1 mascara ($38.00). “We Wish You Happiness Mini Cheekstain Set” is a three-piece set of cheekstains for your blushing pleasure ($30.00). Don’t miss the Ready-to-Wear/Pret-a-Porter dual look palette ($200 value), which includes six eyeshadows, two cream blushes, four lipsticks, a mini mascara, an eyeshadow brush, an eyeliner brush, and a Rest Assured eyeliner ($44.00). Shop for Tarte at www.tartecosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.

Holiday 2007 Madness – Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Holiday 2007 Gift Sets and Palettes

Yves Saint Laurent celebrates the holiday season with some very lush offerings. The White Gold Celebration palette featuers three eyeshadows, three lipsticks, one gloss, one highlighter, and a blush ($67.00). There is a matching White Gold Lip palette that can be worn around the neck or attached to an accessorry. The heart has two textures, an intense lipstick and a natural gloss ($62.00). Check out their compact powder for complexion decorated with a heart imprint with a duo of Pink Beige and Rose Whisper ($52.00). The White Gold Eyeshadow palette contains four metallic shadows that can be applied wet or dry ($50.00). Don’t foret to keep your nails in the spirit with White Gold nail lacquer ($18.00), nor ignore your lips with lipstick with White Gold ($28.00). Of course, a real standout is the Opium makeup palette, which is gorgeous and detailed with a phoenix and flowers ($57.00). Now available at Nordstrom.comicon.