Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Earlier this season, I posted several gift guides featuring my favorites to give and receive. I’ve received several questions from readers about what they should splurge on with their holiday gift cards, and I thought I’d highlight my lists of top picks for those of you looking for something special to give yourself this year–all but the holiday 2014 list feature permanent products. :)

For more recommendations, I suggest browsing my past reviews by rating or seeing what products I’ve given the Temptalia Recommends designation. For a list of all my favorites, see the Editor’s Choice Awards.

Best of Holiday 2014 Palettes & Limited Edition

Best of Holiday 2014
Featuring the best of the season’s holiday palettes, sets, kits, and limited edition offerings. View the full list here.

Best of Eyeshadows & Eyeliners

Best of Eyeshadows & Eyeliners
From Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows to the classic Naked Palettes, I share my favorite formulas to indulge in to make your eyes pop. View the full list here.

Best High-End Lipsticks & Lipglosses

Best High-End Lipsticks & Lipglosses
A compilation of the top formulas of lipstick and lipgloss that I’ve tried over the years–the ones well-worth considering! From the ultra-luxe Guerlain Rouge G to ridiculously pigmented Too Faced Melted Lipstick, view the full list here.

Best Blushes, Highlighters, & Face Products

Best Blushes, Highlighters, & Face Products
For the ultimate splurge, there are Tom Ford’s Cheek Color (and I actually just bought a back-up of Love Lust myself!) and decadent highlighters from Cle de Peau, but wait, there’s so many more! — view the full list here.

Best Beauty Products Under $15

Best Blushes, Highlighters, & Face Products
There are an array of formulas and products that won’t break the bank but will feel like a real treat to use! I’m obsessed with L’Oreal True Teal Silkissime Eyeliner this season. Check out my top budget-friendly picks are here.
Sunday, December 7th, 2014

As promised, here are five of my favorite more neutral/basic shades of from Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed here. I really like the more pearly/metallic finish shades, as they tended to have the creamiest consistency and most pigmentation in a single pass. What are your favorite budget-friendly eyeliners for basics?

  1. Sephora Flirting Game — a cool-toned, taupe brown with a pearly sheen
  2. Sephora Cocoa — a warm, dark brown with a pearly sheen
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a pop of metallic copper-brown
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — a warm, honey gold with a metallic finish
  5. Sephora 5th Avenue — a deepened gray with a matte finish

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

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

It’s getting colder in my part of the world, though hardly cold (to anyone but a Californian, that is), but with the thought of chilly days, I’m reminded me of the upcoming wintry months. How about a look at some fun shades of silver? I wanted to curate a range from light and bright to darker, moodier silvers (that almost look gray).

  1. Inglot #447 — a bright, metallic silver
  2. NARS Interstellar — a cream eyeliner/eyeshadow in silver
  3. Make Up For Ever ME 116 — a light-medium silver
  4. Makeup Geek Mercury — a bluish-silver-gray
  5. Urban Decay S&M — a dark, silvery gray

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

By the way, are there any lists you’d love to see created?

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

There are a few different types of gold–all fun and festive for the holiday season–and here are some of my recent favorites! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Makeup Geek Gold Digger — a frosted, orange gold
  2. Ulta Gold — a shimmery, yellow gold
  3. Ardency Inn Sunday — a light-medium gold with a metallic finish
  4. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow — a sparkly white gold
  5. Ardency Inn Heaven — a metallic, antique gold

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

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season for red lips–or at least, that’s often how it feels–so how about a top five of creamy, glossy reds? (For this one, I specifically wanted to highlight shimmer-free shades.) What are your must-haved reds?

  1. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) — medium, blue-based red
  2. Laura Mercier Poppy — a bold,, medium red with orange undertones
  3. Milani Red My Lips — a bright, neutral red
  4. Maybelline Signature Scarlet — a warm red
  5. MAC Russian Red — a blue-based red cream

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

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

This list features my top picks for face–from primers to blushes to highlighters–that are worth checking out if you’re able to. Long-time readers know that one of the key attributes I look for in a good cheek product is texture and how nicely it sits on the skin, along with good pigmentation and long-wear. What are your must-have face products? What would you recommend to fellow readers?

For more recommendations, I suggest browsing my past reviews by rating or seeing what products I’ve given the Temptalia Recommends designation. For a list of all my favorites, see the Editor’s Choice Awards.

Tom Ford Cheek Color

Tom Ford Cheek Color
My all-time favorite powder blush formula, as it is incredibly pigmented with a buttery, smooth, and silky consistency that looks gorgeous on the skin. Favorites include: Love Lust and Wicked. Full Review

Where to Buy

$55.00 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush
The formula is incredibly soft but smooth, even color application, and it delivers color as intense or as sheer as your heart desires. The finish is luminous, glowy, but very natural; it looks like a cream blush when applied–never powdery–and applies like one, as the way it blends and smooths over the skin is incredible. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora, Nordstrom

Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer
If there’s one product that I tend to gravitate towards these days, it’s a well-done cheek product. The powder’s texture is soft, smooth, and blends easily on the skin, while the shimmer is luminous and sits well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. I love that it is available in four shades, so there’s bound to be one that will work for your skin tone! Full Review

Where to Buy

$55.00 at Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher
If you like soft, buttery blush formulas, you may love this one. Each blush features a small, center shade and an outer ring of another shade, so you can adjust the intensity of color and shimmer. My favorites include Love Glow and Love is the Drug for quality, but First Love is easy to wear. Full Review

Where to Buy

$40.00 at Beautylish, Nordstrom

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
The selling point of this product is its texture: silky-smooth, buttery, and incredibly finely-milled. It’s a product that delivers a true sheen of a finish–it’s not sparkling, shimmery, or glittery in any way. Full Review

Where to Buy

$44.00 at Beauty.com, Beautylish, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
If you’re on the lookout for a setting or finishing powder that gives skin a soft, luminous look, Hourglass has you covered. A little goes a long way, and there’s a good amount of product in each compact. Full Review

Where to Buy

$45.00 at Sephora, NET-A-PORTER

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel
Chanel’s formula gives you effortless application with rich color payoff and long-wear that gives the wear of a cream blush but the blendability and finish of a powder. Favorites include: Affinite, Intonation, Presage. Full Review

Where to Buy

$38.00 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
This has such a smoothing effect on the skin that doesn’t feel heavy. It’s velvety to the touch, and it really does prep the skin for better application of foundation and blush products. Full Review

Where to Buy

$52.00 at Sephora, NET-A-PORTER

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Powder

Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Powder
Guerlain’s Meteorites Voyage Powders are really a pressed version of their famous Meteorite with less emphasis on shimmer, more on radiance, brightening, and creating an illusion of better skin. That’s really what these powders do for me: give me the effect of Photoshop in real life. Full Review

Where to Buy

$55.00 at Nordstrom

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush
The formula itself is lightly creamy but sets and dries down to a powder-like texture after twenty to thirty seconds, but what’s nice is that the powder-like texture is blendable like you’d expect a powder blush to be. Full Review

Where to Buy

$26.00 at Sephora

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder

Urban Decay Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder
It’s an incredibly finely-milled loose powder; it almost melts into skin because it is so, so fine. It feels like silk, and it blends and disappears into skin seamlessly. No matter how much I applied, it never looked powdery or cakey. Full Review

Where to Buy

$34.00 at Sephora, Beauty.com