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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your go-to scent for autumn? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerTom Ford Oud Wood or Amber Absolute!

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Louise Young Crease Brushes
Louise Young Crease Brushes

Louise Young LY13 Mini Socket Brush ($18.00) is a very small, tapered, slightly dome-shaped brush made out of natural hair. It’s very stubby and squat. The brush head is 6mm in length, 3mm in width, and 3mm in thickness. It had a total length of 178mm with a round, metal ferrule. I like this brush for smudging out eyeliner or applying eyeshadow on the inner corner or along the lash lines. I wish it was slightly more domed and less tapered, because the tapered point can sometimes be felt against the skin when you’re using it, but it isn’t too dense or too sparse, and it has a moderate amount of give, which makes it nice for smudging. It is smaller overall compared to MAC 219.

Louise Young LY38 Tapered Shadow Brush ($28.00) is a medium-sized, tapered crease brush made out of natural hair. The brush head is14.6mm in length, 5.5mm in width, and 5.5mm in thickness. It had a total length of 193 mm with a round, metal ferrule. It is more tapered than domed, so it is particularly nice for those with deeper creases or for someone who wants a more precise color application. I find the more domed, rounded crease brushes to be a bit easier to blend and diffuse color with, but more tapered styles to be great for initial application. It’s soft against the eye lid and area, and it retains its shape well. It is a much softer version of MAC 226 (although, the shape of the 226 varies a lot between batches).

Louise Young LY38B Tapered Shadow Brush ($24.00) is a slimmer version of the LY38 Tapered Shadow Brush, so it’s a slimmer tapered crease brush with a noticeably tapered edge (not rounded). There is also a 38A version, which I don’t have, but you can view here, which is in-between the width of the LY38 and LY38B. The brush head is 14mm in length, 4mm in width, and 4mm in thickness. It had a total length of 189mm with a round, metal ferrule. It is less dense and has more spring/give than the LY38, in addition to it being a narrower brush. It still has soft bristles that fit into the contour of the eye socket for more precise crease color application. It also works well for diffusing color from the outer corner towards the middle lid. My personal preference is for the LY38, as it fits my eye shape/application style better, but both are nice brushes and I really like that the same style is available in multiple sizes.  The one downside I noticed about the LY38B is that it seems to have more splayed bristles than the LY38–it doesn’t seem as well cut.

Louise Young has a fantastic brush overview on her website–it is a good way to see size of brush heads from one brush to another. In the states, Nordstrom carries some of her brushes, but the line is much larger per her site. I’ve had mine for almost nine months now, and I haven’t had any issues with them; all of them have retained their shape, are easy to clean, haven’t shed or bled dye, and haven’t gotten rougher over time.

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LY13 Mini Socket Brush

I like this brush for smudging out eyeliner or applying eyeshadow on the inner corner or along the lash lines. I wish it was slightly more domed and less tapered, because the tapered point can sometimes be felt against the skin when you're using it.

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LY38 Tapered Shadow Brush

It is more tapered than domed, so it is particularly nice for those with deeper creases or for someone who wants a more precise color application.

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LY38B Tapered Shadow Brush

It is less dense and has more spring/give than the LY38, in addition to it being a narrower brush. It works well for diffusing color from the outer corner towards the middle lid as well as for applying color into the crease more precisely.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Hellbent Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “matte crimson red.” It’s a medium-dark, bright-but-not-neon red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches /
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The consistency of Hellbent is slightly dry and stiff, but I was able to still get it to apply evenly, and the color payoff didn’t suffer either. It had fully opaque color coverage that really clings and stays on lips for hours and hours. This is a shade that lasted for eight hours and left a stain that persisted for another hour or so. It was lightly drying, but it looks more drying than it actually felt while worn. It faded fairly evenly for me, and I didn’t have any issues with it feathering on me, but it is a color that is best applied with a lip brush for crisper edges as the drier texture made it difficult to get clean lines straight from the tube.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Here are a few eyeliners in shades of autumn–browns, coppers, tarnished gold, and plum! What eyeliners do you gravitate towards during fall?

  1. Marc Jacobs Brown(out) — a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen
  2. MAC Rich Ground — a coppery gel eyeliner
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a golden copper
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Plum — a deep plum purple
  5. MAC Lord It Up — a sparkly dark brown

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, August 30th, 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: September 2nd 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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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What product do you regret not buying? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerChanel Jade Le Vernis.

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