Monday, June 15th, 2009

Illamasqua Sirens Collection for Spring/Summer 2009

Inspired by the powerful beauty of the Sirens, the captivating, brutal nature of their appeal and the undeniable pull of their decadent existence, Illamasqua has created a new make-up collection designed to glorify the divine being within us all.

The collection provides a cornucopia of sumptuous shades, from shimmering corals and aquamarines, to luscious golds and bronzed metallics. With products to enhance the face, eyes, lips and nails, Sirens lets you indulge your alter ego, and ensures that your summer nights are even hotter than the days.

Sirens 4-Colour Powder Eyeshadow Palette (£29.00)

  • Palette includes Illamasqua Eye Shadow in Spellbound, Morn, Luminescence, Fate.

Bronzing Duo (£18.00)

  • Glint/Writhe
  • Glint/Burnish

Lipstick (£14.00)

  • Fable
  • Resist

Sheer Lipgloss (£12.50)

  • Soul

Liquid Metal (£16.00)

  • Solstice
  • Enrapture

Shimmer Cream (£14.00)

  • Eternal

Fat Pencil (£12.72)

  • Fickle
  • Wilful
  • Perverse

Nail Varnish (£12.50)

  • Lament
  • Muse

False Eyelashes (£11.00)

  • No. 20

Available: Exclusively at Selfridges Oxford Street and Selfridges Manchester Trafford throughout April. Also, online at Illamasqua.com.

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Sunday, June 14th, 2009


Queen Bee Lipglass

As promised, here are lip swatches of MAC’s Naked Honey lipglasses! :) Continue reading →

Saturday, June 13th, 2009


“Sweet Divinity” started with Katricia and NSFW, mix it up!

Here’s the last set of four shades! :) Continue reading →

Saturday, June 13th, 2009


“Apple Dilution” started with clear gloss, NSFW, and Pageant

Here’s another set of four shades! :) Continue reading →

Saturday, June 13th, 2009


“Sunset Boulevard” started with Traffic, Pageant, and Safety Orange

Yesterday, I introduced OCC Lip Tars ($12.50 each) to you. I showed you eleven shades of color — and what do you know? Last night they added two shades to their line up: Plum and Vintage! Lip Tars are made to be mixed and less so to be worn alone (especially the primary colors!), so I had a little mixology session last night where I made twelve different shades, just playing and experimenting with adding different amounts and shades together.

The best way to mix colors is to use small jars. I use clear, 5 gram sample jars that I’ve long since purchased from eBay. These come in handy for a variety of things – sampling out pigments, travel size containers for creams, cleansers, etc. They’re a good thing to have around the house.

Temptalia as a Mixologist

Step 1: Squeeze out the colors and the amounts you think you’ll need into the sample jar.

Step 2: Take a toothpick (or a plastic spatula, if you have them!), and then mix vigorously. Make sure to swipe the sides to really get as much color mixed as you can.

Step 3: If it’s the color you’ve always dreamed of, then it’s done. If not, add more of a shade or another shade to change up the color.

Tricks I Learned

  • If you’re really into mixing up your own lip colors, I highly suggest picking up two tubes of white. I found I used white quite a bit, relative to all of the other shades.
  • Go easy on black. It really will darken up your lip color INSTANTLY. Like a little will do ya!
  • Adding clear gloss seemed to add more “bulk” – stretched out the color, but it didn’t dilute it or sheer it out.
  • Thinner application to lips results in a very satiny finish. A second or third layer adds more glossiness and feels more comfortable on lips to me.

Overall, I had some fun experimenting. I know some of you were concerned about having to mix up colors everyday and the like, but it doesn’t need to be. You can mix up colors every so often, and you can fill up your sample jar with that color. You’ll get plenty of uses out of it before you have to think about mixing it up again.

I do recommend using lip liner and a lip brush when applying Lip Tars during real application. (I didn’t use lip liner since these are swatches–quick and dirty–and I think it is important to show each one’s potential to bleed. For example, black bleeds the most, and all of them bleed more if you have a thicker coat on.) I took pictures of the mixing process, so as to not to overload the page, I’ll share four custom mixed shades at a time!

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Friday, June 12th, 2009


OCC NSFW Lip Tar

OCC Lip Tar Lip Swatches!

As promised, here are lip swatches of all of colored shades of Lip Tars. I will definitely do some mixing and matching later on today, and I’ll be sure to share the results!

To reiterate, the Lip Tars are designed to be mixed with each other! This means you don’t have to wear bright yellow all by itself — instead, get your creative juices flowing and start thinking about color theory and how to mix and blend colors to get your own custom shades. :)  I’ll definitely be trying my hand at it this afternoon, and I will keep you all posted on the results.

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