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WKW for shu uemura: Wong Kar Wai Holiday 2011 Collection


WKW for shu uemura: Wong Kar Wai Holiday 2011 Collection

Glitter Mascara ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Golden Masquerade Gold glitter in clear base

Lustrous Glow Powder ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Luster Warm rosy glow

False Eyelash (Limited Edition)

  • Dance in Glitter ($75.00)
  • Jeweled Love ($27.00)

Rouge Unlimited ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Luster Tender red with gold shimmer
  • Pink Flush Warm pink with a glossy finish
  • Glitter Fuse Beige with golden dust

Mini Nail Duo ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Festive Rouge Pearly warm and deep rouge meets golden charm
  • Bleu Splendor Starry shine in a midnight blue Christmas sky

Flashing Gold Mini Brush Set ($69.00) (Limited Edition)

A light, soft and handy portable brush set for any kind of party, printed with an exclusive image from “Mask.” Includes four professional brushes and case.

Brightening Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

Like watching a scene from “Mask,” an exquisite image decorates this edition of brightening cleansing oil. The perfect way to end a festive day–gently remove your make-up with cleansing oil for beautiful, shining skin.

Eye & Cheek Palette (International Only, $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Burning in Water Shimmery blue, classic blue with silver sparkles, deep aqua
  • Drowning in Flame Tender rose, golden dust, warmth

availability: October 18th, 2011 @ shuuemura-usa.com; eye & cheek palettes may not be available in U.S. (press release for U.S. does not mention them, but they were included in the digital image kit–will confirm soon!)

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Items of Intrigue, Vol. 007


Items of Intrigue, Vol. 007

Another week, a few hours wasted window shopping at the usual suspects online. These are the five items that caught my attention the most during my browse-a-thon…

  • Laura Mercier Smoky Mauves Eye Color Trio ($25.00) is one of three trios (the others are Smoky Neutrals and Smoky Taupes) available for the holidays. I think these sets could be great gifts to give–they seem travel-friendly and the price isn’t painful. Of course, I’m curious about the quality, and it says 0.02 oz. each — now is that each shade or total? If it’s total, then these are tiny!
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour ($24.00) look like MAC shadesticks, but I wonder if they’re softer and tug less on the eyes.
  • Clinique Lid Smoothie ($19.50) comes in a ton of colors, and it’s supposed to be a creamy, crease-resistant eyeshadow that wears for eight hours. Any favorite colors?
  • Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydragon Gel ($38.00) sounds like a product that could work for my skin type–love the moisturizing ability of gels combiend with the lighter feel compared to a cream.
  • Kate Somerville 24-Hour Pimple Punisher ($28.00) just caught my eye because of the name. Of course, it would be great if it worked, too – but really, the name alone is intriguing!

What’s caught your eye this week?

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Rediscovering Old Favorites


What products have you found and fallen in love with all over again?

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv and T3 Bespoke Featherweight Hair Dryer are products I’ve recently used again, after prolonged periods of disuse, and I remembered how much I loved them when I first tried them… and was reminded how much I still love them.   I reviewed one of the creams from Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv line a few years ago (Ultimate Youth Creme), and I recently started using their Ultimate Lift Creme.  I’ve trialed many products between then and now, and I found myself still loving many of the qualities inherent in the Re-Nutriv creams (smell, texture, dry down, hydration levels).

The product that really inspired this post, though, was my trusty T3.  I have very long, thick hair and a whole lot of it, which means it takes far too long to dry, never wants to stay lifted, and generally, I skip the blow drying.  I don’t know why I loathe it so, because with the T3, it still takes just five minutes to go from wet to dry for me.  I use a large round brush and go for it, and I think I need to start taking that five minutes to blow dry rather than go to bed with damp hair!

I’d love to hear about your rediscovered old favorites! 🙂

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Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) contains multi-colored square (mostly) glitter suspended in a clear base color. The polish is thicker, not quite gel-like, but it’s thick enough that after two coats (which is what is shown here) that I wouldn’t go for a third and expect excellent wear. There are large, square-shaped glitter in greenish-teal, bluish-green, light-medium purple, and golden orange. There also appears to be hexagon-shaped glitter in the same golden orange color.

This shade could be used for layering, but I really liked it alone. It was fun and whimsical; not your most obvious choice for holidays, but it has a wintry vibe to it. I could see it seeming more appropriate for spring, because of some of the overall lightness in color, but I just keep thinking “winter wonderland.”

Though glitter polishes are often difficult to remove, this seemed extra difficult, so it will require patience and plenty of your favorite remover. The key is to let the remover soak through the layers of polish, which will make it easier to remove. Generally, I get a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann’s polishes with minimal tip wear. Nothing comes to mind as a dupe, but maybe Temptalia readers know of one to share! 🙂