Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The Hit List

Worst Lipstick Shade? What brand/product wins this category?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009


Glossy Full Couleur: #6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Yesterday, I showed you swatches of five of Make Up For Ever’s Glossy Full Couleur Lip Glosses, and today I have the other five. Again, they have a minty flavor/scent, retail for $19.00 each, and contain 0.33 oz. of product.

  • #6 is a sheer, glossy medium pink. Unlike #4, it’s not a bright pop of pink, but it isn’t so subdued that it’s boring, either.
  • #7 is a sheer, baby-girl pink. It has a really nice glossy finish.
  • #8 is a softer version of #2 and a darker version of #3. It’s a soft shade of orange that’s not quite coral, but not full blown orange either.
  • #9 is a glossy lilac-y pink shade. It’s not very purple, but there is definitely hints of it.
  • #10 is a brighter orange-y coral shade. It’s less orange and deeper than #3.

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Don’t Let Summer Age You!

Watching the ladies over at Only in a Woman’s World always gets me thinking about the things we go through to look and feel better about ourselves. After spending the weekend on a lake, it reminded me at how we sometimes set ourselves back unknowingly. Even though summer is the time to head outdoors, spend some time in the sun, and enjoy yourself… it’s no excuse to let your beauty routine fall by the way side!

Here are five tips to look young and beautiful this summer…

Reapply your sunscreen–often! Sunscreen is an area you shouldn’t skimp on. Waterproof sunscreen is better than water-resistant; the two are not the same, believe it or not! The FDA requires waterproof sunscreens to continue to work for 80 minutes after being in contact with water. Water-resistant sunscreens only need to last 40 minutes. If you’re lounging around in the pool/ocean/lake/your favorite body of water — make sure you remember to pack the sunscreen in your bag. You should also be sure to apply sunscreen approximately a half hour before you plan on heading into the sun to give it enough time to absorb into your skin.

Wear sunglasses! Prevent unnecessary fine lines and wrinkling around your eyes by wearing tinted glasses. These help prevent you from squinting because of the sun’s bright rays. (This is also applicable to those of us who loathe to wear glasses despite declining vision.)

Drink lots of fluids–particularly water! Don’t let you body get dehydrated or suffer from heat exhaustion. Be sure to keep the water free-flowing whenever you’re outside for prolonged periods of time. If you’re hiking, pack at least one bottle of water with you, if not more, depending on the length of your hike. (If you’re bringing a pooch, don’t forget water for him, too!)

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What do you look for in a good eyeshadow? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

For me, it’s pretty much all about pigmentation. I like it to go on like it looks–no surprises!

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Monday, July 20th, 2009


Glossy Full Couleur: #1, 2, 3, 4

Make Up For Ever is famous for their range of eye products, but they are a full service line and include everything from eyeshadow to lipgloss to lipstick to blush. Today, let’s look at their line-up of Glossy Full Couleur, which is a jelly, sheer lipgloss with a non-sticky feel and ultra-glossy finish. It has a minty scent, which may or may not be your cup of tea (it doesn’t sway me one way or another, though I am partial to sweeter scents like vanilla). They are numbered, not named, like the brand’s other products, and they are numbered one through ten. Each retails for $19.00 a pop and contains 0.33 oz. of product. I’ll cover five here, and then the other five tomorrow!

  • #1 is a sheer, glossy red with an orange undertone. (If you’re a blue-based red kind of person, this isn’t it.)
  • #2 is a sheer, sweetly glossed bright pop of orange. I’d say this is orange with just a touch of burnt red in it.
  • #3 is an orange-based coral with a glossy look.  I like layering this over pink-based lipsticks to get a more wearable shade of coral.
  • #4 is a glossy, hot pink. It’s pretty intense, but on lips, it sheers out a fair amount so don’t let the pigmentation of the swatch scare you!
  • #5 is a pretty shade of pinky-wine-berry. This was one of my favorite colors, because I felt like it was really wearable and perfect for fall.

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Monday, July 20th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Considering investing in brushes for your face? Trying to figure out which brushes you need? Look no further — here’s our guide to MAC Face Brushes! Plus, seasoned MAC Artists weigh in with their must-haves!

MAC Face Brushes — Our Reviews

Temptalia’s Recommendations

5 Basics to Begin With: 109, 129, 150, 188, 194
5 More to Add Down the Road: 116, 138, 182, 187, 189
5 Great Multi-Taskers: 109, 129, 150, 182, 188
Best for Highlighting: 116, 165, 184
Best for Liquid Foundation: 109, 182, 187
Best for Cream Foundation: 109, 187, 190
Best for Powder Foundation: 150, 189
Best for Cream Blush: 188, 192
Best for Powder Blush: 116, 129
Best for Contouring: 109, 168
Best for Powder: 134, 150

What the PROS Say

MAC Senior Artist John Stapleton says, “Cannot live without the 187. It’s a two speed brush. It has the density at the base needed to provide more coverage and the softness of the fibres at the tip to give sheer light coverage.”

On the other hand, Senior Artist Luc Bouchard thinks, “188 [is a must-have]; it’s the perfect foundation brush if you use it in circular motion you get even coverage instantly,” and Senior Artist Keri Blair agrees, “This two-toned beauty is great for blending out foundation to create an airbrushed quality to the finish of your foundation. The synthetic white bristle can also be misted with MAC Fix + to help sheer out products to create a lighter more modern finish.”

Share your favorites with fellow Temptalia readers, just copy and paste the form below and write-in your own answers…

5 Basics to Begin With:
5 More to Add Down the Road:
5 Great Multi-Taskers:
Best for Highlighting:
Best for Foundation:
Best for Blush:
Best for Contouring:
Best for Powder:

P.S. – Looking for reviews on MAC eye brushes? Check out our brush review round-up!