Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Salux Beauty Skin Cloth
Salux Beauty Skin Cloth

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Shaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, is here with another must-read “manly” review. He’s twenty-eight with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).  He has no dedication whatsoever to his writing duties here on Temptalia, given his absence of years (or however long it’s been) but, thankfully, is more attentive to keeping the site alive and well.

Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes.

I was recommended the Salux Beauty Skin Cloth after my Pulitzer Prize-winning review of the Bath Pouf. I bought the device on Amazon and received it soon after. The packaging is reminiscent of something you buy in a dollar store, and at a glance, the cloth looks like something you would dry your newly washed car with. I pulled said cloth out of its high quality packaging and felt the rough, stretchy, and plastic material. It felt kind of like the Bath Pouf, but only if the Bath Pouf was created by an evil genius because this material is very coarse.

I asked a friend of mine to tell me what it felt like, he said: “Feels like 20 grit sandpaper!” We promptly high-fived, grunted, and went along drinking beer afterwards. When he left, I looked up “20 grit sandpaper” because I had no idea what it meant. The only time I sand anything is when I’m filing down my nails. Apparently, 20 grit sandpaper is a coarser version of normal sandpaper. Who knew?

I finally got around to using the thing, and I can say one thing: I’m a whole lot smoother than I used to be. If you feel like you have lost some of your aerodynamics this could be a good buy for you, because it shaves down the uneven portions of your body. Sandpaper is a good analogy because this stuff is pretty rough. If you deem your body “supple” then I’d probably avoid this skin cloth.

Now, just because it’s rough doesn’t mean it’s bad. I found that it held lather extremely well as long as you do what the instructions say and keep it out of direct water contact. It does get a bit hard to manage when you are scrubbing the front of your body. It kind of wants to bunch up, which makes it kind of hard to use. The star quality is that this will be the only device you’ll need for your whole body. I used to use a branch with a pine cone on it to scrub my back, but no longer! You just grab the cloth on either side and do the shimmy-shake across your back. You’ll never have to wonder if you missed a spot on your back again!

One of the drawbacks of this cloth is that I have no idea where to put it. There’s no convenient string that hooks it to anything in your shower. So I kind of draped it over the bath tub faucet which feels kind of… Eww, to me. Let me know where you put yours, ladies!

Pros

  • Good exfoliator
  • Cleans your back better than any other tool I’ve tried
  • Lathers well
  • Machine washable (claimed on the package, I haven’t tried washing it)
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Might be too harsh for daily use
  • No way to store it
  • Binds up when using on the front of your body

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is such a visually striking palette! It’s a very classic color combination (generally speaking), but it looks stunning. It’s silver, black, and red. And I really do mean red–it’s not a red masquerading as fuchsia or pinky-red or coppery-red. It looks candy apple red in the pan.

The first shade in the palette is a medium-dark silver with a metallic finish. It’s definitely similar in color to Inglot #448. The color payoff is decent to good, but the texture makes it so it doesn’t come together as well so the appearance is less than smooth (which gives it slightly uneven color payoff).

In the middle, there’s a mostly matte black with brown undertones. It’s not the worst I’ve tried (and Wet ‘n’ Wild has had worse mattes in their palettes), but it’s not stellar. It has a drier texture so the pigmentation suffers; it’s not as opaque or as dense as I’d like. It performs better on the eye when it comes to pigmentation but did find there was slight fading after six hours (even over a primer). Not quite as bad as Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly me to the Moon but not as lovely as Make Up For Ever #4.

The final shade is is an orange-based red with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It has decent color payoff, though not as vibrant swatched as it appears in the pan. Sugarpill Love+ is more intense (though matte). Make Up For Ever #99 is matte, and more intense, while Make Up For Ever #158 is matte and more intense but also darker. Inglot #366 is similar but seems more orange. For $3, it’s a rather impressive red from a drugstore brand when many higher end brands do not have reds in their lines.

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Wet 'n' Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
For the red alone, I'd still recommend it -- particularly if you've always wanted to try red eyeshadow but know you'd never use it often enough to justify some of the higher end options. The black is the worst performing shade here, while the silver is the best and the red is decent.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is actually no longer available, because Urban Decay has slowly but methodically discontinued their matte eyeshadows. I took these photos several months ago (ah, yes, the never-ending backlog!), and while it’s not conventionally available any more, it does still pop-up on retailers like HauteLook.

It’s a grayish brown with a cool tone and matte finish. Urban Decay’s matte eyeshadows are soft and silky but can sometimes be a little powdery. Shakedown is only very slightly powdery, but the silkiness of the texture makes it a cinch to blend. It makes a great crease color for neutral looks. It’s similar to: theBalm Celebrational (shimmery), MAC Street Cool (cream-based product, frosted), MAC Double Feature 3 (satiny), and Inglot #342 (lighter, more caramel).

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Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
It's a versatile neutral shade, and it's a shame it was discontinued, because the matte finish made it even more versatile. I hope we'll see Urban Decay roll out a revamped line of mattes now that they've really culled the line.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011


Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra sheer stocking.” Ji says it will give your fingers a sleeker look and the right color to wear for an interview. On me, it’s almost like a peachy beige cream, though it does have the faintest micro-shimmer. The shimmer is barely detectable, even under brighter light. In two coats, it’s opaque, and though it seems to take a little longer to dry than other polishes (including Rescue Beauty Lounge’s), it does dry to a rather shiny finish without requiring a top coat. The consistency was workable but felt a little thicker than I’d like. The color itself reminded me of MAC Hangin’ Loose.

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Sheer Nude

A
If you like your nudes more opaque, you might like this one, because I had no trouble achieving solid color without having to pile on the coats.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow
Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow

Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow

Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic silver,” which is exactly what it is. It’s a bright silver with a high shine finish–very metallic–and decent color payoff, but it coudl have a softer, denser texture.

I tested out this particular shade on my eyelid without a primer (it’s supposed to be long-wearing), and it wore with very subtle creasing after eight hours. Over a primer, I had no problem with creasing or fading at the twelve-hour mark. This particular shade isn’t unique, but silver is a staple shade for any stash.

It reminded me of MAC Electra, which might be a shade darker.  It is more of a neutral silver compared to several others shades in the Swatch Gallery.

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Style Section

B
I like it, but I don't love the texture--it is on the drier side, which means you may not get the best color payoff.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

NARS California Eyeshadow
NARS California Eyeshadow

NARS California Eyeshadow

NARS California Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich copper.” It’s a warm, reddish copper with a frosted finish. The color payoff is good, though the texture seems on the drier side–but luckily, it still comes together with a smooth feel and even color. It seems a touch redder and deeper compared to MAC Mythology but not as red as MAC Coppering.

According to NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

Oh, and p.s.? It’s available for $8 at Sephora.com.  Talk about perfect timing! :)

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California

B+
It's a lovely shade for autumn; burnt around the edges, fiery without being aflame, and rich in color. It won't wear all day without some noticeable wear, but over a primer, it's quite nice..

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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