Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)

Shop Giorgio Armani Beauty and receive 15% off any purchase of $75 or more with code ARMANI13, 2/21 through 2/24. Plus, receive a full size pink lip Gloss d’Armani with any purchase of $75 or more with code GLOSS, 2/21 through 2/28.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Here’s a little mix of my picks for Valentine’s Day-themed lipsticks that range from light pink to vibrant red!  I’d love to hear your picks!

  1. MAC Lickable — bright pink
  2. Giorgio Armani #503 — rich red
  3. NARS Dragon Girl — blue-based matte red
  4. OCC Femme — light-medium pink
  5. Revlon Lollipop — glossy fuchsia pink

What lipsticks remind you of Valentine’s Day?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013


“This Spring I love the mix of vivid shades with nudes, women are traditionally drawn to color but afraid of it – this way they can play and customize to their own desires. At the Giorgio Armani S/S 13 show – I used the soft grey tone to create a muted graphic shape – then a thick liner was drawn with the Swimming Pool Turquoise blue, and then blended with the taupe – this gives a soft pop of glamorous, sensual color. Any woman can wear it.” — Linda Cantello, International Makeup Artist for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics

Face & Eye Bliss Palette ($88.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Coral Bliss Sheer Blush in Coral and for eyes; Opal, Shimmer Greige and Swimming Pool Turquoise shadows
  • Rose Bliss Sheer Blush in Rose and for the eyes; Iced Pearl, Flesh and Hibiscus shadows

Rouge d’Armani Sheer ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Beige Rose (101)
  • Beige (100)

Face Fabric ($49.00)

  • Pale Porcelain (0.5) (New)
  • Medium Nude (3.5) (New)
  • Medium Nude (4.5) (New)

Blushing Fabric ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

  • HD Orange (8)
  • Fuchsia (9)

Availability: Nordstrom and Giorgio Armani Beauty

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Gold Eyeliners
Gold Eyeliners: GA #04, D&G , MUFE #9L, Guerlain Gold, Korres #6S,
UD Eldorado, Chanel Vegas Gold, MAC Handforged, MAC Going for the Gold,
NARS Campo de’ Fiori, UD Honey, Stila Koi, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, Milani Gold

Gold Eyeliners: Your Guide

I say I love this color and that color, but it’s more apparent that I love all colors, really.  More gold eyeliner than you could fill a treasure chest with…

  1. Giorgio Armani #04 is a muted yellow gold with bronze-brown tones, so it appears a little brighter than true antique gold but not extremely brassy either. (LE)
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Candied is a pale, yellow gold. It’s lighter than all of the other gold eyeliners I have.
  3. Make Up For Ever #9L is a medium yellow gold. It is similar to Korres #6S.
  4. Guerlain Gold (01) is a warm, gold-shimmered orange. (LE)
  5. Korres #6S is a yellowed gold with a shimmered finish. (DC)
  6. Urban Decay Eldorado is a warm, orange-toned molten gold. It is similar to Chanel Vegas Gold.
  7. Chanel Vegas Gold is a warm-toned, orange-based gold with a metallic finish. It is similar to Urban Decay Eldorado. (LE)
  8. MAC Handforged is warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It is similar to MAC Going for the Gold and NARS Campo de’ Fiori.
  9. MAC Going for the Gold is a golden bronze with a metallic finish. It is similar to NARS Campo de’ Fiori and MAC Handforged. (LE)
  10. NARS Campo de’ Fiori is a gold-shimmered bronze with a soft sheen. It is similar to MAC Going for the Gold and MAC Handforged.
  11. Urban Decay Honey is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Stila Koi, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, and Milani Gold. (DC)
  12. Stila Koi is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, and Milani Gold.
  13. L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, Stila Koi, and Milani Gold.
  14. Milani Gold is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, Stila Koi, and L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #9L (true gold, quality), #11 (texture, pigmentation), #14 (budget-friendly, pigmentation, quality)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

What’s your favorite Gold Eyeliner? How do you like to use it?

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Copper Eyeliners
Copper Eyeliners: Chanel Peche Cuivre, Giorgio Armani #05, UD Baked, UD Lucky, MUFE #10L

Copper Eyeliners: Your Guide

I feel like I should have more coppery eyeliners, but there were only five that I really felt fit here!

  1. Chanel Peche Cuivre is a warm peach with a subtle sheen. (LE)
  2. Giorgio Armani #05 is a lightened copper with a soft, metallic sheen. (LE)
  3. Urban Decay Baked is a warm copper brown. It is not quite as warm-toned as Make Up For Ever #10L. (DC)
  4. Urban Decay Lucky is a rich copper with strong red and orange undertones.
  5. Make Up For Ever #10L is a warm copper brown. It is a touch warmer than Urban Decay Baked.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #4 (pigmentation, longevity), #5 (pigmentation, longevity)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

What’s your favorite copper eyeliner? How do you like to use it?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro

A Perfect Pink for Everyday Wear

Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a hint of mauve. In the tube, it looks more mauve than when swatched and applied–it definitely has a rosier hue on. MAC Shanghai Spice is warmer, less pink. MAC Flamingo is sheerer, pinker. NARS Montego Bay is a bit warmer. Cle de Peau #124 is shimmery and sheerer. Lancome Voile de Rose is similar.

Lip Maestro is a fantastic formula that’s long-wearing (Blush wore for six and a half hours), incredibly comfortable to wear (thanks to the slip and velvety feel from the silicone), and richly pigmented.  It’s completely opaque when applied, and you don’t need much product for full opacity.  It has a slightly slanted doe-foot applicator, and the lipstick is unscented. The consistency is lightweight but not particularly thin (but not at all thick), so it glides over lips without skipping.

The Glossover

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Blush (500)

A+
Blush would work well as an everyday, my-lips-but-better kind of shade. It has just a little warmth so it brightens the face and still looks natural even against cooler complexions.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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