Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Overall & Round-up

These are all of the shades of Giorgio Armani’s Eye to Kill Intense Eyeshadows that I have.  There is one missing (14), which came out with 13, 15, and 16 for holiday in 2010–unfortunately, it was already unavailable when I started to review these shades earlier this year.  You can view all 15 in their full glory in the Swatch Gallery.

More UniqueBlast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4)

Good AlonePulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9),

Less Unique:  Gold Blitz (5), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9), White Punch (11)

Temptalia’s Favorites:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2)), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13)

Best Quality:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Gold Blitz (5), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13), Copper/Black Grey (15)

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Sunday, July 10th, 2011

MAC Tete-a-Tint Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Browns (Part 1)

As promised, here are even more brown MAC Eyeshadows ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) — I have a few more palettes to work through, including more neutrals (which include more browns, too).

Tete-a-Tint is a soft, medium-dark peach-brown with a Matte2 finish. It is now discontinued. Inglot #337 is similar but less warm–more of a brown than tinted with burnt peach.
Amber Lights is a rich, warm-toned coppery bronze with a frost finish. Inglot #405 is similar, perhaps more bronze than golden.
Soft Brown is a muted, medium-dark tan brown with a matte finish. Inglot #337 is closer to Soft Brown than it is to Tete-a-Tint.
Bamboo is a soft, yellowed brown with a matte finish.
Motif is a pale yellow with a duochrome of pink iridescence. It has a frost finish.
Arena is a softened, medium beige-brown with a satin finish.  Illamasqua’s Furore is similar but a little more orange.
Espresso is a neutral, dark brown with a matte finish.
Mystery is a cool-toned, gray-brown with a satin finish.
Smut is a cool-toned, charcoal brown with burgundy shimmer and a velvet finish.
Satin Taupe is a dark taupe with a frost finish. Bare Escentuals Meteorite is similar.
Romp is a medium-dark, golden brown with a frost finish. Urban Decay Rush is similar to Romp, but it’s less golden.

Shades like Amber Lights, Romp, and Satin Taupe are some of MAC’s standout eyeshadows within their entire permanent range. Whether the colors are ones you’d wear or not, these are highly pigmented, smooth-textured, and so easy to blend. I have found that the neutral range of mattes is a cinch to work with; they really aren’t fussy–not powdery, chalky, or poorly pigmented. Soft Brown is one of MAC’s bestselling eyeshadow shades. Arena works so lovely as an all-over lid color because it has a subtle sheen but still remains rather sedate. Mystery and Smut are nice browns for those with cooler undertones. The only shade that falls a little short is Motif, which has a slightly gritty texture and less than perfect color payoff.

The Glossover


MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Browns (Part 1)


Even though MAC may be known for their brighter shades and bold looks, their shade of browns is amazing. From matte to frost to satin finishes, they work well and come in a large variety.











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Saturday, February 26th, 2011

MAC PRO: Product & Price List

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Roundup

For easy reference and bookmarking, Temptalia’s 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards can be found all in one place here. If you want to browse through it by sections, you can also reference this list:


  • Brands with the Most Awards in 2011: Maybelline (6), Neutrogena (6), Chanel (5), MAC Cosmetics (5), Revlon (5), Guerlain (4), Kiehl’s (4), NARS (4), Wet ‘n’ Wild (4)
  • Total Brands Recognized: 43 (High-end), 26 (Budget), 69 (total)
  • Total Award Categories: 72
  • Total Winners: 131

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to recognize and share with you my favorite products from 2010 and all-time.  I hope you saw at least a couple of products you love make my cut but maybe some new ones you’ll think about trying next time you’re in the mood for something new! :)

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 5: Skincare, Body Care, Hair Care

This is the last and final section–all about skincare, body care, and hair care products. There were definitely some new favorites this year, but this section had several categories where the product I awarded last year is still the best product I’ve tried.

Best Facial Cleanser (High-end)

For me, it does all the cleansing that I need. It gets rid of dirt and grime and any foundation/tinted moisturizer I’ve worn that day. This won’t breakdown heavy eye/lip makeup, but in my experience, gentle cleansers rarely do as that is not what they’re designed for. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Chanel Exfoliating Mousse (2009)

Best Facial Cleanser (Budget)

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is the world’s best cleanser to go to whenever my skin is out of whack. Whenever I feel like nothing’s working, I turn back to Cetaphil. It’s gentle, soothing, and great for my skin, even when it’s sensitive.

Past Winners: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (2009)

Best Daily Facial Exfoliator (High-end)

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that softly exfoliates and can be used on a daily basis. I love the lightness of this cleanser. It’s almost like a milky cleanser, because even though it lathers up, it’s not a traditional foaming lather. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser (2009)

Best Daily Facial Exfoliator (Budget)

Dove’s tiny exfoliating beads provide gentle exfoliation hidden inside a thick, foaming cleanser that does a nice job of cleansing the skin without leaving it dry and tight.

Past Winners: Dove Gentle Exfoliating Daily Facial (2009)

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

2011 Editor’s Choice Awards – Part 4: Lips, Nails, Tools

This section includes awards for lip products, nail polishes and the like, along with a few beauty tools.

Best Lipgloss (High-end)

I always find this to be one of the more challenging categories to choose. I rediscovered my love for Le Metier de Beaute’s Lip Cremes this year, and they really are a fantastic gloss that doesn’t get as much recognition as I’d like–but it is expected as it is a relatively inaccessible brand (and pricey, too). So comfortable to wear, beautiful finishes and shades.(See my review here.)

Past Winners: Guerlain KissKiss Gloss (2009), Calvin Klein Light Glistening Lipgloss (2008)

Best Lipgloss (Budget)

Sheer, lightweight glosses with lots of dazzling shimmer with little to no scent (some smell synthetically sweet but subtly so while others have had no scent). It is non-sticky and lasts three to four hours on me.

Past Winners: NYX MegaShine Lipgloss (2009)

Best Lipstick (High-end)

Rouge G delivers excellent color pay off with a full range of shades from nude to copper to red. They come in space-age packaging (though I could do without it, if it meant a price reduction!), too. The shades have such nuances to their colors, which is probably why I gravitate towards the line. (See my reviews here.)

Past Winners: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque (2009)

Best Lipstick (Budget)

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor are smooth, creamy lipsticks that go on evenly and look fantastic. They have a lot of wearable shades, and the packaging feels and looks pretty nice for a budget brand. They have kind of a synthetic sweet scent, but it’s not too strong and not noticeable once you’ve applied the color. (See my review here.)

Past Winners: Maybelline ColorSensational (2009)

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