Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Remember how there was one Le Metier de Beaute gloss that slipped away (aka out of stock)? I ordered it off of Neiman Marcus Online last week (they had free shipping!), and it arrived yesterday. I thought I’d share it, because I love, love, LOVE IT!

The color is Papaya Creme ($36), and it’s this beautiful, shimmering shade of coppery-peachy-gold. The color itself is stunning (at least to me!), but the magic lies in the gloss’ pigmentation and wearing power. It goes on so much like it swatches, and in a gloss, this doesn’t happen nearly enough (Hello Kitty glosses, I’m talkin’ to you!). These glosses also wear for hours without touchups required, too!

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009


Framboise Creme

Yesterday I posted about my new favorite lipgloss, and here are lip swatches of the three I featured :) Tell me Framboise Creme doesn’t get you just a lil’ bit excited?

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Friday, February 27th, 2009


Apricot Creme, Dubai, Framboise Creme

Temptalia Approved: Le Metier de Beaute Lip Gloss

While in New York, I was scoping out Bergdorf Goodman’s (for the first time!), and I came across a brand I had never heard of before: Le Metier de Beaute. I was drawn to the brand partially because it was totally new to me, but their lipglosses just called to me–and for good reason, too!

LMdB has several types of lip gloss available. They have Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss ($32) and Clearly Brilliant Lip Gloss ($36). Additionally, they have Lip Creme Lip Gloss ($36), which is a more pigmented formula with a lacquer sheen finish. I ended up wanting four glosses (three of them Lip Cremes)–seriously, I stopped letting myself swatch for fear of adding more–but they were out of one so I only left with three. (But don’t worry, I ordered the fourth off of Neiman’s a few days ago!)

I picked up Dubai Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss immediately. It has this duochrome shimmer to it; it’s gold flecked , but there’s fuchsia and maybe even some coolness to it. It is a sheer gloss (hence the name), so don’t expect over the top pigmentation. The amount of shimmer reminds me of YSL’s Golden Glosses. Totally drawn to this tube like a moth to a flame, just because of the shimmer.

I swatched Apricot Creme and fell in love! It’s a nude gloss, but it’s not just a sheer wash of shimmer kind of nude… it leaves a beigey-peachy color on my lips with an ultra glossy finish. It has just a touch of golden shimmer, but it isn’t too much, so the gloss still looks quite creamy overall.

When I swatched Framboise Creme, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Really, truly — it was just that pigmented. It’s this delicious shade of deep, ruby red with a little bit of fiery shimmer. Just something about the base color and the way it interacts with the shimmer makes it such a standout shade. There are many glosses I’ve come across that are this intense, this color-rich. And yes, it really does go on pigmented on the lips (lip swatches are coming soon!). It’s not a misleading shade whatsoever!

There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to these glosses in terms of quality. The price is higher than I’d like, but considering I’d like all of the glosses… of course it’s higher than I’d like. They do make nice souvenirs from my trip to NY, and a worthwhile indulgence from time to time. I do wish they were available at more doors, but at least they’re available online at neimanmarcus.com.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


Tiger Lily Fresh Bloom Eyeshadow

Clinique’s Fresh Bloom Spring 2009 Collection is really the epitome of spring colors and shades. The promotional images for the launch indicated so, and the products themselves don’t disappoint! I think the Fresh Bloom eyeshadows ($16.50) are darling; the colors are all universally wearable. They’re colorful, but not overly so; they’re not colors you couldn’t work into your office makeup (for most of you, at least!). All four have good color pigmentation, and most of the colors have fairly frosty finishes.

Tiger Lily is a duo of light peachy-pink and coppery-peach.

Maple Blossom is a duo of silvery-gray and brownish-silver (like MAC Club, but better).

Apple Blossom is a duo of soft, whitish-silver and subdued pale, pastel green.

Cherry Blossom is a duo of a whitish-pink and light raspberry-pink.

Clinique also launched four shades of their Long Last Glosswear ($14.00) in Air Kiss, First Blush, Honey Shimmer, and Whisper. I only had the chance to check out First Blush (sheer peachy-pink) and Honey Shimmer (sheer reddish-copper with pink shimmer). I love the Long Last Glosswear formula for its long-lasting power, and I would definitely love to see some really bold, opaque shades launched in the future, as the two I tried from this launch were sheer like others I have tried before. Honey Shimmer was less sheer than First Blush, though.

Temptalia Recommendations

Must-haves: Cherry Blossom (more for a blusher, though!)
Nice-to-haves: Maple Blossom, Long Last Glosswears
Skip: This collection if pastels aren’t your bag!

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009


NARS Deep Throat Blush

During Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale last November, I picked up two NARS blushes and Orgasm Lip Gloss. I opted for Deep Throat, even though I’ve owned it before, because I wanted to give it another shot. People say for those who don’t LOVE NARS Orgasm Blush to give Deep Throat a try instead. I don’t have Orgasm blush, but I do have Super Orgasm blush, which does work really well for me. I don’t find it too glittery at all! Dolce Vita caught my eye mostly for its name (some are suckers for packaging, I’m a sucker for product names, sigh!). I also bought Orgasm Lip Gloss, because so many of you recommended it to me–especially because it was similar to Cle de Peau’s #2 Lip Gloss.

Can you believe I’ve only worn Deep Throat blush once? And Dolce Vita has gotten a lil’ more love with two or three uses. They’re in my blush containers, which I so rarely access with all of the newer cheek products that come out lately (MAC, I’m looking at you!). Deep Throat is a darker, deeper pink with peachy-gold shimmer (and it isn’t the chunky shimmer like Super Orgasm, for those wondering). Dolce Vita looks surprisingly good on my skin tone; I was quite worried it would be too pigmented and more muddy than pretty on my cheeks. It would make a nice everyday blush for me, actually. It doesn’t have any shimmer (that I could tell), which is a bonus for those who are hunting for shimmer-free cheek colors!

Orgasm Lip Gloss is not quite a dupe for Cle de Peau’s #2 Lip Gloss, which is not to say that it isn’t a pretty color, though! I find the luxe lip gloss to be much more shimmery and golden-toned with just a slight pink-peach base, whereas Orgasm Lip Gloss has a darker gloss base and less noticeable shimmer. They’re both fantastic glosses, and Orgasm Lip Gloss is a nice way to get close to Cle de Peau for half the price.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


Gloss Pur: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

YSL’s Spring Look 2009 Collection is fun to review, because it is so different from many of the other spring launches this season. Do you remember how we had a lil’ sneak peek a few weeks ago of what was to come? Sure, you have some pastels typical to spring, but then you have such an intense, vivid black that totally negates how spring it is!

Temptalia Recommendations:

Must-haves: Gloss Pur in Pure Raspberry, Pure Lipstick in Romantic Pink, Ivory Beige/Deep Black
Nice-to-haves: Glosss Pur in Pure Fuchsia, Pure Lipstick in Silky Apricot
Skip: Collector Powders (Complexion and Eye), Oatmeal/Petroleum Blue

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