Thursday, January 14th, 2010

The Hit List

What’s the Worst Nail Polish Brand…?

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You

What beauty question do you have that has proved impossible to get an answer to? Share your impossible questions and just maybe someone in the Temptalia community will have an answer 😉

Temptalia's Answer.

Why must skincare be such a trial!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss
Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss

The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss

Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss ($47.00) has been a favorite of mine since I first swatched it on the back of my hands at Barneys (in Vegas).  I still can’t believe I plunked down the bucks for this one without even trying it on!  I don’t regret it, though, because it’s such a stunning golden-peach flecked gloss.  I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say it’s worth every penny by any means, but I’m happy with the purchase, even over a year out.  It’s mostly non-sticky, but it doesn’t have the jelly feel that a lot of non-sticky glosses have.  It’s a fairly thick gloss that has decent pigmentation (particular for this kind of shade) and really stands out amongst all the Cle de Peau Lip Glosses (IMO!).  I remember swatching several shades and none of them grabbed me like this one.  It has an almost duochrome nature to it; it’s peachy, gold, green, apricot…  Love it. It comes with a wand applicator, has little to no scent (I didn’t notice anything myself).

The only shade I’ve found that’s truly comparable to it has been Le Metier de Beaute’s Payapa Creme ($36).  Sheerer and not nearly as reflective dupes might include shades like MAC Nymphette Lipglass ($14) or NARS Orgasm Lipgloss ($22).  It’s a pricey gloss, so it’s not going to be something just anyone will buy or will want to buy, and that’s fine.  If you like indulgent buys or the ultra luxe, this is definitely one of my favorites.

Is this the right spring gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You

Do you prefer your eyeshadows in pots or palettes? Do you depot shadows to fit into palettes? Only buy from brands with palette options?

Temptalia's Answer.

I prefer palettes myself. I just find I forget about anything that isn’t in the palette — if it’s in the palette, I’ll see it when I’m feeling like a blue eyeshadow or a pink one.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Three Reasons Why Blush is a Must

Are you skipping the blush?  Do you only use one blush for every look?

Aside from my inner beauty addict fainting from your admission… blush is not something to be scared of.  It is something that can really break, complete, or even make a look.

Sometimes blush is all you need

In a rush?  Blush can be a quick and easy way to add color and a look of “I’m awake, I didn’t only get three hours of sleep last night!”  I find that cream blushes often work incredibly well for this purpose, because they tend to look very natural and subtle on skin when applied with a light, even hand.  You can apply them quickly, too — many just use fingers to do so!  (I do, though, recommend a brush and later blending with fingers if necessary.)

Get that Glow

Blush can give you that glow-from-within look.  It’s not always the sheen of a highlighter that can make you look like you’re feeling great, well-rested, and as happy as can be!   A perfect product that gives color and glow is a new favorite from me, Benefit’s Sugarbomb, which I wear all the time.

Tie things together

When you’re putting a look together, blush can really act as a tie-in between the eyes and the lips.  I may be warm-toned, but you can bet I’m still going to rock some cool-toned shades every now and again.  One trick I find to make this easier is by warming it up with a blush.  For example, in this ultra black smoky eye, with such bold eyes and lips and cool-tones, a warmer bronze made this better integrated with my features and skin tone.  Someone who was cooler could pair this with a cool-toned pink or purple and have rocked that, too; but for me, it likely would have been a little too cool.

Why do you wear blush?

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: ANTI-ACNE PRODUCTS!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about anti-acne products and all that those entail.