Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin NARS Taos Zoya Beatrix YSL Vert d'Orient Illamasqua Supernatural Burberry Cameo Pink Burberry Cameo Pink OCC New Wave OCC New Wave Urban Decay Radium Sephora Fairytale Marc Jacobs The Starlet

The Tempting 10 features my top product picks for the upcoming month, and these are all products I’ve reviewed in the past (you can click around the image above or use the links below to see more photos, swatches, etc.). I think it’s a great way for me to share old favorites (but always ones that are permanent!) and highlight recent limited editions that have captured my attention.  Asking me to narrow anything down to a top ten is difficult, but I’ve tried to capture products across brands, price points, and even types, for a more well-rounded list.

August is that month that, for me, will always be the last real month of summer, even if technically it’s not over.  I think a lot of it has to do with being in school until I was 25, so August meant back-to-school shopping, enjoying the last days with no essays, no textbooks, and no looming exams, and getting away with (at least some of the time) doing nothing.  Now that I’ve graduated from school, summer is a little different, but there’s a part of me that still gets nervous when August 1st pops up on the calendar, because I think, “Nooo, school!”  To that end, I look at the month as one filled with fun, which is why my favorites are vibrant and rich.  I also think with the hot temperatures we see in August, brighter colors just feel so appropriate, and then formulas that are minimalist or long-wearing are musts.  I love how one statement color, whether on eyes, lips, or nails (or wherever else!) can instantly make one look alive and colorful and present without spending a lot of time or having to worry about it breaking down easily.

Bonus: a lot of these products work well for anyone hurried in the mornings or doesn’t want to touch-up a lot during the day–so perfect for those of you who are heading back to school this fall.

  1. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin — a rich, vibrant orange-red for the perfect pop of color in the summer when you want to look a little done up but not actually wear a lot of makeup
  2. NARS Taos — a bolder, super pigment-rich shade that can be worn subtly or intensely in a burnt red with gold shimmer–the more you blend and buff it into the skin, the more glowy it looks
  3. Zoya Beatrix – a sparkling, dazzling tangerine for your nails that wears well, too
  4. YSL Vert d’Orient – a rich, decadent teal cream that makes me think of swimming pools, tropical islands, and vacation
  5. Illamasqua Supernatural — a dewy, bronzy glow that gives skin a wet, shimmering look
  6. Burberry Cameo Pink – a beautiful, glossy coral-pink shimmered with gold with semi-opaque color coverage
  7. OCC New Wave – glossy, shiny, stained glass color that is lighter than lipstick but still more pigmented than traditional gloss; New Wave being a pinky-red with subtle cool undertones–like a juicy watermelon for your lips
  8. Urban Decay Radium — a deep blue with a frosted finish and would work well paired with golds, greens, aquas, and teals (if the eyeshadow is too much, there is always the eyeliner!)
  9. Sephora Fairytale — shimmer like a mermaid with this blue-based teal that has green and gold shimmer; I love wearing shades like this (I am a teal eyeliner junkie) on the lower lash line with not much else on the eyes for an instant burst of color
  10. Marc Jacobs The Starlet – it’s a lovely palette, period, but I think it’s a nice transition piece from summer to fall, and August, no doubt, is going to be an interesting month for MJB, since we’ll see the full release and I can’t wait to hear what the beauty world says about the range!

I’d also like to take a moment in this post to plead with Tom Ford to make his Cream Colors in Escapade and Pink Haze permanent, because had they not completely sold out months ago (part of the summer collection), they would have earned a spot here most definitely.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for August in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

  • Must-Have Eye Products:
  • Must-Have Cheek/Face Products:
  • Must-Have Lip Products:
  • Must-Have Hair/Skin Products:
Saturday, May 18th, 2013

YSL Vert d'Orient (36) La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer
YSL Vert d’Orient (36) La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer

YSL Vert d’Orient (36) La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer ($25.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a green-leaning teal with a cream finish. Illamasqua Venuous is very similar–slightly lighter. China Glaze Exotic Encounters is darker. MAC Ocean Dip is greener, brighter. MAC Salad Dressed is lighter. MAC Screening Room is bluer.

Vert d’Orient was fully opaque after two coats of polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the polish flowed fluidly across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the edges. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish (but a top coat would really perfect the finish). I tested this particular shade during the past month, and it lasted seven days with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

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Vert d'Orient (36)

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

Navy Blue Eyeliners
Navy Blue Eyeliners: BB Black Navy, MUFE #8K, bareMinerals Noon,
D&G 8, EL Blackened Sapphire, MAC Marine Ultra, MAC Prussian, MAC Blooz

Navy Blue Eyeliners: Your Guide

I think navy blue might be the color I have the most shades for!

  1. Bobbi Brown Black Navy is a deep, dark navy that almost looks purple.
  2. Make Up For Ever #8K is a deep navy blue. It is a touch darker than Dolce & Gabbana #8.
  3. bareMinerals Noon is a blackened navy blue. (LE)
  4. Dolce & Gabbana #8 is a deep navy blue with a sheen. It is a bit lighter than MUFE #8K.
  5. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire is a rich, blackened navy blue with a matte finish. (LE)
  6. MAC Marine Ultra is a lighter, but a darker blue with more brightness than other shades here.
  7. MAC Prussian is a navy blue with a purple tinge and a soft sheen.
  8. MAC Blooz is a blackened navy blue with a hint of purple. It is very similar to Givenchy #14.
  9. Givenchy #14 is a blackened navy blue with a hint of purple. It is very similar to MAC Blooz.
  10. NARS Rue Saint-Honore is a dark navy blue with a soft sheen. It is a touch more intense compared to Dolce & Gabbana #8 and MUFE #8K.
  11. YSL Oriental Blue #3 is a rich, navy blue with a matte finish. It is a touch lighter than La Prairie Midnight Blue.
  12. Korres #9 is a teal-ish blue (looked navy blue in the pencil!). (DC)
  13. La Prairie Midnight Blue is a rich, navy blue with a matte finish. It is a bit darker than YSL Oriental Blue.
  14. Chanel Marine is a shimmering navy blue.
  15. Make Up For Ever #3L is a blackened navy blue with soft sparkle.
  16. MAC Fly-By-Blu is a lightened blue over a blackened navy base. (LE)
  17. MAC Petrol Blue is a dark navy blue with sparkle over a blackened blue base. This shade is similar to MUFE #8K and D&G #8.
  18. MAC Blue Stripe is a blackened navy blue with a subtle sheen. It is darker and less sparkly compared to MAC Petrol Blue, and a touch darker than MUFE #3L.
  19. Urban Decay Binge is a lightened navy blue with a hint of purple; it is a bit lighter than the other navy blues here.
  20. Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot is a rich navy blue over a blackened navy base. It is comparable to NARS Rue Saint-Honore and MAC Petrol Blue.
  21. MAC Sense of Style is a darkened, teal-blue with a black base. (LE)
  22. MAC Navy Stain is a navy blue with subtle sheen.
  23. MAC Hyacinth is a medium-dark blue with a matte finish. (LE)
  24. MAC Industrial is a lightened, medium blue with a brownish-black base. It is similar to MAC Fly-By-Blu, but it has a lighter base.
  25. Urban Decay LSD is medium blue sparkle over a blackened navy base. It is a bit like MAC Fly-By-Blu. (LE)
  26. Make Up For Ever #15L is a darkened cornflower blue with a barely-there sheen.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #5 (pigmentation, texture), #17 (intensity), #20 (pigmentation, longevity), #26 (uniqueness, 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 navy blue Eyeliner? How do you like to use it?

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Thursday, January 10th, 2013


YSL Arty Stone Collection for Spring 2013

Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00)

  • No. 14 Green, pink, purple, blue

Creme de Blush ($38.00)

  • 07 Rose
  • 08 Brown
  • 09 Pink

Rouge Voluupte Sheer Candy ($30.00)

  • Framboise Craquante (12) Pink
  • Moka Griotte (13) Brown

Rouge Pur Couture ($)

  • Peche Cerra-Cola (27) Peach
  • Violine Surrealiste (26) Plum
  • Fuchsia Busite (23) Burgundy
  • Rose Forreau (29) Rosy brown

La Laque Couture ($25.00)

  • Jade Imperial (34) Green
  • Bronze Pyrite (35) Bronze

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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Saturday, November 17th, 2012

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Giorgio Armani Beauty & YSL 20% Off + Free Shipping!

Giorgio Armani Beauty: Enjoy the Preview Sale! Receive 20% off on any purchase, plus complimentary shipping with any purchase of $75 or more, with code PREVIEW12 at checkout, valid 11/18 through 11/22.

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012

YSL 15% Off Cosmetics + Free Shipping Coupon Code

Receive 15% off plus complimentary shipping on any cosmetic purchase at YSL! Offer not valid on Fragrance or Skincare. Use code EXCLUSIVE at checkout. Offer valid 10.25 – 10.27.12.