5 Luminous Blushes for Spring

I love a blush that has a luminous finish–a little more than satin, but it doesn’t get too frosted once applied. It’s the kind of finish that gives the skin a glowy look as you buff and blend the color onto the cheeks. Here are some of my favorites for spring:

  1. MAC I’m a Lover — a cool-toned pink with a satin finish
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow — a gold-shimmered medium pink
  3. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose — a rich raspberry pink
  4. MAC Make You Mind — a muted, copper-brown with a satin finish
  5. Clinique Peach Pop — a luminous coral-pink

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

5 Shades of Peach for Spring

Peach is often like the lighter, softer version of coral, as you can find pink-leaning peach shades or more orange-leaning peach shades, so there is usually a shade that will work for someone! There are even more peachy-beige kind of shades that are more neutral. I love peach on the eyes, whether as an eyeliner or on the center or inner lid. The center of lid is great to really brighten, especially if you use darker, more contrasting shades on the inner/outer areas of the lid. The inner tear duct is a nice place for a pop of more shimmery peach that I find helps to open up eyes.

  1. Bite Beauty Leche — a satin-finished, medium peach lip color
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a peach with champagne shimmer and warm undertones that works as a highlighter or subtle blush
  3. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — brighten eyes with this peachy-pink eyeliner
  4. Make Up For Ever #I524 Pinky Beige — a light-medium peach with a pearly sheen to brighten eyes
  5. YSL Tender Peach (26) — a glossy, pink-tinted peach lipstick

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

5 Shades of Lavender for Spring

It’s awesome to see that in 2015, finding the right shade of lavender is easier than ever, whether you prefer it on your lips, nails, cheeks, or eyes. Here are a few of my favorites for spring!

  1. ColourPop Brills — a pinky-lavender lipstick with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer — a pop of pinky-lavender for cheeks
  3. MAC Full of Joy — a pale lavender purple with a satin finish for cheeks
  4. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck — a muted lavender with a hint of pink with a cream finish for nails
  5. Make Up For Ever I918 Lavender — a cool-toned, pop of lavender purple for eyes

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

5 of My Go-To Brightening Eyeliners

Here are some of the eyeliners I’ve been reaching for to brighten my lower lash line these days! I tend to use them on my lower water line, beneath the inner corner of my eye, or paired with a richer eyeliner. What are your favorites?

  1. Sephora Strawberry Macaroon — a pop of pearly pink is an easy way to wear pink without adding redness to the eye
  2. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — a pearly pink-peach is great for brightening and lifting, especially below a darker eyeliner
  3. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll — a pink-tinted white always seems to bring out the whites of my eyes
  4. Sephora Blonde Ambition — a light beige with a pearly sheen, which is nice for brightening the waterline or inner corner
  5. Sephora Girl Talk — a softened gold with a metallic sheen (funny enough, I didn’t love it initially, but I often reach for it to pair with brown eyeliner to add brightness)

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

Top 100 Beauty Products of 2014

Thanks for the fun, 2014! Here is a wrap-up in case you missed any of the top 10 lists this year, which doubles as my top 100 beauty products that I tried during the past year. This has been the most productive year on record for me, personally, in regards to reviewing products. I was a lot better this past holiday season at turning around palettes and sets, which is a major feat for me! Thank you for your continued readership during the year, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what 2015 has to bring for all of us.

May your 2015 be filled with love, laughter, good health, and joy! Happy new year! :)

The Top 10s of 2014

Here are some fun facts about 2014…

  • 1148 x Posts under “Reviews”
  • 2395 x Posts (all categories)
  • 436 x Cheek/Face Swatches (972 in total*)
  • 1030 x Lip Swatches (2,319 in total*)
  • 4955 x Swatches (14,127 in total*)
  • 8018 x Product Photos (20,451 in total*)

* Based on images that are inventoried for MyTemptalia, so it doesn’t include the first four or so years of photos/swatches!

Worst of 2014: The 10 Most Disappointing Beauty Products

When I think about “Most Disappointing,” it doesn’t always mean all the Fs, because it can also mean formulas or products that you’ve come to expect A-level quality from that end up C-level (or worse!) quality, which is possibly more disappointing than a product that was never great to begin with. There were also some new formulas that were introduced this year that had little to no ability to be saved!

What were your big beauty disappointments this year?