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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you think you’ll ever fall out of love with makeup? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI don’t think so! I think it is both an exercise in creativity as well as a way to add a little extra confidence on a day when you’re not feeling your best. I could see being more or less “into it” in regards to caring or watching about new products vs. just using what you have and love over time, though (assuming I no longer blogged).

Thanks to reader Cinzia for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Launches in the U.S.
Charlotte Tilbury Launches in the U.S.

As the world’s number one make-up artist, Charlotte Tilbury understands the power of make-up like no-one else. With over 20 years at the forefront of the make-up industry, working with the world’s top models, photographers, celebrities and designers, Charlotte has poured her best-kept secrets into an edited ‘all-you-need’ skincare and make-up collection.

Charlotte believes that beauty is not an exclusive club. Make-up is every woman’s secret weapon to become her most beautiful and confident self. Charlotte understands that make-up must be easy and fool-proof – from how you buy it to how you use it. With this in mind, Charlotte has created an uncompromising collection for the modern woman who is as likely to do her makeup on the run as she is to sit down at a vanity. By decoding her expertise into essential make-up tips, tricks and tools, Charlotte has created a new make-up mantra for every woman: EASY TO CHOOSE, EASY TO USE and ALWAYS IRRESISTIBLE.

Availability: Now at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER

Luxury Palette Color-Coded Eye Shadows ($52.00)

The power to mesmerise is in your eyes and Charlotte has decoded the secrets to iconic, hypnotic eyes with the Luxury Palette. Each colour in the quad has a different texture and formula to suit its primary function. ‘Prime’ is emollient-rich to smooth the eyelid, ‘Enhance’ blends easily with all of the other colours, ‘Smoke’ is highly pigment-rich to create a dramatic effect, ‘Pop’ is rich in light-reflecting shimmer flex for an eye-catching, mesmerising finish.

  • The Sophisticate
  • The Rebel
  • The Vintage Vamp
  • The Glamour Muse
  • The Rock Chick
  • The Dolce Vita
  • The Golden Goddess
  • The Uptown Girl

Colour Chameleon Colour Morphing Eye Shadow Pencil ($26.00)

Bring out the natural colour of your eyes and gemstone sparkle in the stroke of a pencil. Charlotte has fused the laws of contrasting colour with light flex technology to create her range of 8 perfect eye shadow pencils. Find the perfect pencil to contrast your eye colour and transform and enhance your natural eye colour.

  • Golden Quartz
  • Amethyst Aphrodisiac
  • Dark Pearl
  • Smoky Emerald
  • Champagne Diamonds
  • Bronzed Garnet
  • Black Diamonds
  • Amber Haze

Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher ($40.00)

Charlotte Tilbury has decoded her artistry into an easy 2-step ritual to recreate that youthful flush of first love that she calls a “love glow”. These portable blushers are Charlotte’s secret to glowing, flushed skin for a faultless, fresh finish every time. Each shade is a creamy, colour-rich texture containing finely crushed pearls to give skin a limitless glow.

  • First Love
  • Love Glow
  • Ecstasy
  • love is the Drug
  • Sex on Fire
  • The Climax

Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($65.00)

Charlotte understands that through clever tricks of shading and highlighting assets can be sculpted, trimmed, slimmed and emphasised to maximize your face. This covetable compact has a universal bronzer that is the perfect blend to contour the skin and an ultra-flattering highlighter tint for a candle-lit finish. All this is wrapped up in a compact inspired by the elegance and glamour of a 1920’s cigarette case. A real make-up bag must-have.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick ($32.00)

Perfect, full, kissable lips really do grow on trees… Charlotte’s debut range of lipsticks are truly remarkable and boast a fail-safe recipe for perfect lips. The unique formula features seed extracts from ‘The Lipstick Tree,’ a plant extract that is exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury. ‘The Lipstick Tree’ is a rare, exotic tree with nurturing and protective properties were originally discovered by Native American women who used the seeds to paint and protect their lips. With an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, lips are left cashmere soft and irresistible. With a wide range of backstage nudes to red carpet reds these lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that are sure to leave a lasting impression!

  • Hepburn Honey
  • Night Crimson
  • Velvet Underground
  • Love Bite
  • Nude Kate
  • Bitch Perfect
  • Penelope Pink
  • So Marilyn
  • Coachella Coral
  • Stoned Rose

Lip Lustre ($22.00)

With lip lustre, everyone gets to join the Perfect Lip Club! No lip look is complete without a flourish of Lip Lustre. Charlotte has created a range of ultra-luxe lip lacquers in 10 shades to seamlessly match each K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick. Lip Lustre gives lips a brilliant mirror-shine finish, creating the illusion of a sculpted, 3-dimensional, voluptuous pout.

  • Candy Darling
  • High Society
  • Ibiza Nights
  • Sweet Stiletto
  • Blondie
  • Portobello Girl
  • Hall of Fame
  • Red Vixen
  • Seduction
  • Unleash Me
  • Bardot Beige (Limited Edition)

Lip Cheat ($22.00)

Charlotte Tilbury never does a lip look without her backstage weapon. Lip Cheat is a rich, velvety lip liner that glides effortlessly over the lips and has the power to completely re-shape, re-size and balance your lips. It’s a trick that Charlotte swears by and uses for cover shoots, at shows and on her clients. Charlotte has created 5 shades to match seamlessly with the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick range and make your lipstick stay in place from dawn ‘til dusk.

  • Pink Venus
  • Savage Rose
  • Kiss ‘n’ Tell
  • Pillow Talk
  • Iconic Nude

Rock ‘n’ Kohl ($26.00)

The eye liner to end all eye liners. Revolutionize the way you line your eyes with Charlotte’s statement liquid eye liner in a pencil. Inspired by the ultimate, rock chick “bedroom eyes”, Rock ‘N’ Kohl boasts the silky smooth glide and accuracy of a liquid liner with the soft, sooty, pigment-rich result of a kohl.

  • Bedroom Black
  • Barbarella Brown
  • Veruschka Mink
  • Elizabeth Violet
  • Marlene Midnight
  • Eye Cheat

Availability: September 2nd at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER

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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes four shades that revolve around a green-hued theme. The quality was consistently high across the four shades with the more glittery shade having some fall out, but the pigmentation, texture, and application of the four were nice. This brand has been available (along with this particular quad) for awhile in the UK, and I bought this from Selfridges, but it will be available stateside at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER tomorrow, September 2nd. Of the products I’ve tried from the brand, I think her eyeshadows are not just good quality but more unique. (In general, the line is high quality, but the shades are often more dupable than not.) Most of the pricing is in line with other designer brands like Chanel and Dior, but the quad pricing is noticeably lower ($52 vs. ~$60 of Chanel, Dior, etc.). It contains about the same to a little less in terms of product weight/quantity to other comparable brands.

The Rebel #1 is a golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that was easy to blend and lasted for nine hours before fading. Stila Kitten (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is warmer. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rebel #2 is a medium, grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was soft and buttery, while it was blendable and nicely pigmented. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. Shiseido Sudachi (GR 619) (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is lighter. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is brighter. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is darker, cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is darker. MAC Golden Olive (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Foxfire (P, $14.00) is brighter. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rebel #3 is a muted, olive green with warm, khaki undertones and gold glitter. It had good color payoff, despite having a texture that felt thinner–almost wet–and glittery. It applies fairly well for something with this much glitter, as a lot of the glitter binds with the base color. Also worth noting is that it appears significantly lighter on than it looks in the pan. There is some fall out over time (more than minor, less than moderate), though the underlying base color lasts for nine hours without creasing. Anastasia Emerald (LE) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Silver Sun (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is lighter, less glittery. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter, less glittery. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is darker, less glittery. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is darker. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rebel #4 is a deepened, medium-dark green-ish teal with cool undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that went on very smoothly and was fairly blendable (but it could have been a little easier to blend out). It lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is greener. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is bluer. MAC Double Feature #4 #1 (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #80 (DC, $20.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Blotting Powders!

my answer: It’s not a product I use often, as I don’t get too oily until 10-12 hours after wearing makeup. I usually just use a pressed powder as my blotting powder, so I don’t have too much to say here!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Zoya Remy, Sansa, Yuna Nail Lacquers
Zoya Remy, Sansa, Yuna Nail Lacquers

Zoya Remy Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “indigo with copper and gold liquid metal.” It’s an inky, blackened navy blue with lighter blue and teal sparkle. It seems like the “copper and gold” turns into a lighter, bluish-teal with the blue polish over/mixed with it. This was so pigmented–it was pretty much opaque in one coat, but the swatches show two. It was slightly thin but not particularly problematic to apply. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, smaller shimmer. Color Club First Looks (P) is darker, smaller shimmer. China Glaze Little Drummer Boy (LE, $7.50) is darker, smaller shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Samsa Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deepest eggplant with gold liquid metal.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with gold and copper flecks of sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and dried down to a shiny finish. The consistency was a little thin, but it didn’t run to the edges, thankfully. Chanel Taboo (LE, $27.00) is darker, different colored shimmer. Cult Nails Spontaneous (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Cult Nails Enigmatic (LE, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery. Zoya Neeka (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned, less sparkly. Butter London Marrow (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Yuna Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey with copper and gold liquid metal.” It’s a dark gray with subtle warm undertones and a yellowed sparkle. It had very nearly opaque color coverage after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (LE, $7.50) and Zoya Evvie (P, $9.00) have no shimmer, so they’re not very similar overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic berry.” It’s a deepened, berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic shimmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier, no shimmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is darker, no shimmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) has less shimmer. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. Milani Chilled Brandy (P, $5.49) is much warmer. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula boasts 10-hour wear with “one-swipe payoff” that “leaves lips supple.” Wolvesmouth has mostly opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will come through slightly. The consistency was thin, lightweight, a little clingy, and applied with only a little drag/tugging–but at least the color went on fairly evenly. On me, the color wore well for seven hours, and the formula was somewhat drying over time. It had a sweet, creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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