Sunday, May 13th, 2012


Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the mothers out there–whether you’re an aunt, grandmother, mother, father, friend–enjoy a day that’s designed to celebrate you and all of the love and support you’ve given us over the years.  Thank you for putting up with us!

Mellan gave me a box of miniature cookies in the shape of dog bones.  I gave him a funny look and said I can’t eat these, to which he merely looked back at me with a sly, smug smile that said, “I know, but I can.”  He also gave me a beautiful bouquet that he and Daddy picked out!  Any one thinking about owning a lab… they really are like giant puppies for eternity.  Mellan’s four and a half years old, and truly, he’s as playful as he was when he was eight weeks old.

What was the best advice your mother (or mother figure) ever gave you? What was the best beauty-related advice?  Share in the comments!

It’s not advice per se, but it was showing me (by leading by example) that there’s nothing that women can’t do.  While growing up, it never occurred to me that I couldn’t do something because I was female, though I’ve encountered that attitude more and more as I got older (particularly in college and in graduate school).   My mom always preached that beauty came from within–I wasn’t even allowed to wear makeup growing up, and my mother rarely wore it–and though it took a long time to learn and feel that way about myself, it’s such an important message to reinforce in our children, ourselves, and friends.


Bouquet!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Welcome to the Latest Temptalia!

As you can probably tell (and if you can’t, do a hard refresh the page), things look just a little bit different here at Temptalia.   We hope you like the new look and feel!  Many of the decisions we made regarding the layout were designed to make the site more lightweight, load faster (both on regular computers but also for mobile users), and streamline our content and features as the site is unwieldy content-wise (12,000 posts!).  Enjoy! :)

If you spot any issues or have feedback, please email shaun[at]temptalia.com with a description of the problem, link to the page you spotted it on, and if you’re able to, provide a screen shot along with what type of device (Apple, PC, mobile, iPad, etc.) and browser you were using.

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Happy Sunday!

How has your weekend been going?  Mine has been filled with delicious food.  There’s a local Indian restaurant (which is actually the only Indian restaurant for 20-30 miles) that has the most amazing butter chicken.  We have a relatively new tradition of going to this Mediterranean restaurant for brunch on Sundays (the only day they have it)–they have these vegetable-loaded omelets with goat cheese that’s very local/sustainable and uses in-season veggies.  The only downside is that we have to finish cleaning the house before we can head out for brunch!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012


MAC Angel Lipstick/Lipglass, Nail Lacquer

MAC Fashion Sets – reviews, photos, swatches are coming. I’ve taken 2500 photos, but I still have 7 more sets to photograph. So there’s still a lot of work left before you’ll see any reviews (haven’t gone through, edited, written, etc. anything other than this preview photo!). With luck, I’ll be able to get one or two sets reviewed today with the rest to follow tomorrow and the next day.  Thanks for your patience — there are a whopping 48 products in this launch!

Monday, March 26th, 2012


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Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pale nude with golden pearl.” It’s a pale, subtly warmed champagne-nude shimmer lipstick. MAC Annelie is more metallic, lighter. NYX Fortune Cookie is frostier and lighter. MAC To Joy is pinker.

Of the shades released in the Rose Gold collection, Beige Gold is the least pigmented–it’s more like a heavily-dosed shimmer finish with less underlying color. You get semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, and there’s an overall lightening of the natural lip color with plenty of shimmer. This shade only hung on for two and a half hours, which is rather short, though not entirely unexpected, given its light coloring. Because of the higher shimmer content, it didn’t glide on easily as the other shades, which tend to be creamier. Unfortunately, this shade doesn’t deliver on the Rich Lip Color promises of a long-wearing, moisturizing, and full color formula.

The Glossover

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Bobbi Brown Beige Gold Rich Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

C-
The lipstick isn't awful nor does it feel like a C- lipstick, but it falls short of nearly every selling point of the Rich Lip Color formula, and so it doesn't live up to the brand's claims.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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