Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Artistic License Technakohl Liner!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC Artistic License Technakohl Liner, from the limited edition MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection.

Submit your entry by leaving a comment in this post and telling us how’d you wear this eyeliner.

All entries must be submitted by September 3rd, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

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For a total of four chances! Just remember you must leave a comment on this post to get entered initially. Please be sure to use a valid e-mail address.

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Congrats Jasmine G.!

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your favorite highlighter? What do you reach for most often?

Temptalia's Answer.

The Dior Skin Shimmers! I reach for Amber Diamond the most :)

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Thanks to reader MC for today’s question!

Friday, August 21st, 2009

30% off at KorresUSA.com!

KORRES just launched their online shopping portal for the U.S.  To celebrate, Korres is offering Temptalia readers a sweet discount of 30% off their total purchase when they shop at the new site.  The discount code is TEMPTALIA, and it is good through September 15th, 2009.  Happy hauling!  (I know I will be!)

Temptalia Korres Reviews

Friday, August 21st, 2009

MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: Review & Round-up

OVERALL, the collection has a good mix of the bright & bold and the subtle & muted. I feel like there is definitely something for everyone within this launch (particularly since there are over thirty products to choose from), which is always a good thing. My favorite items were the new shades of technakohl liner–bright and beautiful, that’s SO me. The technakohl formula is soft and creamy without being wet, easy to apply, and long-wearing, so I was pleased to *finally* see some new shades get released. The lipsticks gave me nothing to write home about, and I will admit I’m surprised none of them were super dark or opaque.

On Display is an absolutely stunning shade of lipglass, and I fervently hope you’ll consider it next time you’re at the counter! New Spirit was also on my radar, though not quite as impressive as On Display, which is just the right blend of dark and bold without venturing too much into vampy. I didn’t love any of the three eyeshadow quads, though I liked Photo Realism and Notoriety. I can’t say skip enough when it comes to the Private Viewing quad!

The eyeshadows, while bright, do offer a lot of repromotes, as only two are new (Off the Page and Maira’s Magic). I found Off the Page to be very reminiscent of Fab & Flashy, which I love, so that alone makes it noteworthy. Haunting will just never live up to my expectations, I think, unless it somehow gets a clue and intensifies itself. I’ve always had a soft spot for Purple Shower, though it does need to be layered on occasion. I want to like Crest the Wave, but I’m not sure if that shade of yellow will work so well with my skin tone.

The glitters are gorgeous in all of their glittering glory, but for most of us, they’re too much of a pain in the butt to justify purchasing. You can’t (and shouldn’t) use glitters on your eyes when they aren’t recommended for the area. Sometimes glitter particles are too large/sharp and can actually scratch or injure your cornea. While I can understand the occasional avant garde application of glitter (and using extremely adhesive bases!), it’s just not something I’d risk, myself, on a regular basis. As such, glitters are best used on the lips (easiest), though you can mix them into nail polishes, moisturizers, or hair gel/spray. They’re usable, but you gotta get creative. I liked all four of the pigments released, though two are repromotes (Cocomotion and Heritage Rouge). They’re all pigmented and go on fairly smooth, with Push the Edge being the more velvety one.

Don’t miss our product-by-product reviews!

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: On Display & New Spirit lipglasses, Off the Page & Purple shower eyeshadows, Brash & Bold & Cocomotion pigments, Artistic License & Colour Matters technakohl liners

Nice-to-Haves: Front Lit lipstick, Personal Taste lipglass, Photo Realism eyeshadow quad, Crest the Wave & Maira’s Magic eyeshadows, Heritage Rouge & Push the Edge pigment, Full of Fuchsia & Obviously Orange technakohl liners

Skip: Lovin’ It lipstick, In the Gallery eyeshadow quad, Violet Trance eyeshadow, Gold & Fuchsia glitters

What did you end up getting? What did you love/hate? Share your thoughts!

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Choose or Lose

How long is your hair?

  • Even longer than that! (40%, 494 Votes)
  • Just below my shoulders (35%, 430 Votes)
  • To my shoulders (15%, 179 Votes)
  • Just below the ears (7%, 84 Votes)
  • Length, what length? (2%, 28 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,227

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your current skincare regimen? What do you use in the morning/evening?

Temptalia's Answer.

In the AM, I use Mario Badescu cleanser followed by Cosmedix moisturizer. In the PM, I use Darphin Waterily cleanser, NARS toner, Korres Olive & Rye moisturizer.

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Thanks to reader MC for today’s question!