Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What are your top five brands you’d like to see available in your country? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerBarryM, SUQQU, Laduree, Lunasol, GOSH. With the internet, you can get nearly anything you want (just depends on how much you want to pay and/or how many hoops you want to jump through), but I’d love to be able to see/touch/easily obtain from those brands.

Thanks to reader Annie for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Most Luxurious Lipstick Formula that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

Guerlain Rouge G or Cle de Peau Extra Rich!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you took a friend to a beauty store for the first time, what products would you make sure to show them? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIf they might be thinking about foundation/concealer kind of products, that would be the first thing I would show them, since seeing those types of products in person is such an advantage!

Thanks to reader Alyssa for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is a limited edition set of twelve eyeshadows in shades of “deep tones of green, blue and gold.” The i-Divine Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “super-pigmented [and] long-lasting.” I think this is a worthwhile palette at this price point; there are a few misses, but there are enough hits to make it compelling. If you typically use primer, I think some of the misses will be more manageable. When Sleek nails it, they REALLY nail it, but when they miss, it’s usually by a fair amount, and I usually find their satin/matte shades to be a bit drier, which results in sheerer color payoff compared to their more shimmery shades that are usually amazing.

FYI, Sleek lists this as unavailable to ship to USA due to shipping regulations on their site, but it is also available for $9.99 (plus $2.50 shipping) via Amazon (I’ve only ordered Sleek via Amazon, and I’ve never had any issues–pretty quick to arrive, too!).

Scheherazade’s Tale is a light-medium, beige-brown with a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a texture that felt almost creamy, so it applied very smoothly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold Souk is a light-medium, sparkling yellow gold with warm undertones and a glittery, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture seemed to stick together, despite it being a more glittery shade. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours and had a smidgen of fall out (surprisingly little, though!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aladdin’s Lamp is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend out. I was able to get nine hours of wear before it showed signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sultan’s Garden is a dark, smoky green with soft green and gold sparkle/shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a sheerer, drier texture that just didn’t yield good color payoff. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hocus Pocus is a rich, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a frosted, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly intense, while the texture was buttery and smooth. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before it was showing slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simbad’s Seas is a bold, rich bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had amazing color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, buttery texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genie is a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with a high-shine, metallic finish. This shade was very soft and intensely pigmented, so it was easy to over-apply, which made the metallic finish appear almost chunky. It was easier to apply on the lid knowing that, compared to when I initially swatched it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Magic is a blackened navy blue with a satin finish and subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly dry and stiff to work with. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before there was fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stallion is a medium-dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was dry and stiffer in the pan, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as other shades in the palette. On me, the shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sorcerer is a blackened navy blue–just a darker version than Black Magic–that has a faint bit of purple-ish micro-shimmer and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was still blendable, but the powder was a little drier and thinner. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Valley of Diamonds is a rich, medium-dark wine with gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had really good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of creasing until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

1001 Nights is a rich, deep black with a pearly sheen. It had the creamiest texture of a powder I’ve ever experienced–it really felt like a cream eyeshadow. It was smooth and richly pigmented, and it lasted for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite bright lipstick?
  • Favorite bold blush?
  • Favorite colored eyeliner?
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Eyeliner Storage
My Current Eyeliner Storage

I love peeking into others’ storage solutions for their makeup, because I am always on the hunt for new ways to organize my own stash.

I would love to feature YOUR storage solutions and ideas here on Temptalia. If you’re interested in sharing photos and a brief description of your storage solution, send a few high quality images and the details to me.  It could be your entire vanity set-up, how you store palettes, where your lipsticks are, or how you arrange your perfumes.

I’ll start if off with a recent reorganization project I did! A couple of weekends ago, I reorganized my go-to eyeliners, which I keep separated out from all my other eyeliners. I keep them out so I can easily reach for a particular shade on occasions when I’m not testing any eyeliner. In the past, I had them organized by color, but I found that I would often think of a specific shade and brand, so I decided to instead organize by brand. I have four favorites for eyeliners: Sephora Contour Eye Pencils, Tarina Tarantino Hyperliners, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners, and Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliners. I also have a fifth glass that I store some Stila Smudgesticks a few one-off shades in.

I was thinking of glasses, because they’re clean, affordable, and can always be used as drinkware if I change my solution (yet again). I originally considered blue-tinted Ball Mason Jars, but I felt like it didn’t suit my personal style (I like the aesthetic, but nothing I have in my own home really matches it). I picked up glass tumblers from Target (similar options here and here) that are just under six inches tall and three inches in diameter. I bought mine in-store, and I couldn’t find them online, but if you love the exact ones I have, I recommend checking out your local store, because they were $3 for 4 glasses (no joke!). Otherwise, any discount home stores (Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc.) are good places to check out for options. You might also check the office supplies section for actual pencil cups/holders.  If you only need one or two, vintage glassware can be incredibly stylish and useful, and it’s not difficult to find two that coordinate/complement each other.

I ended up liking the way these looked on the counter that I ended up buying eight more glasses and storing my brushes in them, too! You could also use shorter glasses for storing things like lipsticks, lipgloss, and mascara.

Eyeliner Storage
Eyeliner Storage