If you designed a cool-toned or warm-toned palette, what would you include?


Cool-toned

If you designed a cool-toned palette, what would you include?

Yesterday’s posts got me thinking (never a good thing!), and though I know we’ve discussed our dream palettes before, I wonder what you would include if you had to make one geared for cooler complexions or one for warmer complexions.  I love smoky taupes and grays along with deep jewel-tones for cooler-toned shades, and for warmer-toned hues, I embrace earthy shades like golds, greens, and browns.  I wanted to make both palettes wearable with a mix of textures, neutrals, and pops of color–they’re not exactly where I want them, but you get the idea!


Warm-toned

Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a soft, yellow-toned pink with very fine pale peach-gold micro-shimmer and a glossy sheen. It’s such a soft color, but the color payoff is almost opaque–you can just barely see the shadow of my lip freckle. Dior Pinky Mauve is a bit darker. Estee Lauder Night Bloom is similar but pinker. Maybelline Warm Me Up is a bit darker and grayer. MAC Angel is pinker and has a creamier look. Urban Decay Naked is a darker pinker.

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Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #129 Extra Silky Lipstick

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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
97%

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio
Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three shades of the High Shine eyeshadow: Flare, Pewter, and Polished. This kit is an Ulta exclusive.  High Shines are loose eyeshadows that are designed to have a really bright, foil-like finish.  They’re really nicely pigmented and definitely deliver on that high shine finish.  I’ve also had really good wear out of these–eight hours without a base (and no creasing!).  The pigmentation of these three is good, but they seem a little less intense than previous shades I’ve tested.

  • Flare is a champagne-shimmered beige-brown with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s an interesting color, because I want to say it’s copper at a glance, but it’s not orange enough, and the champagne shimmer throws it off. The only shade that I could think of that was similar was Urban Decay Spotlight, which is less golden and more beige.
  • Pewter is a silvered pewter with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s cooler-toned and more silver than gold compared to Bobbi Brown Pewter. Similarly, MAC Dalliance is much more golden.
  • Polished is a medium pink with yellow undertones and a bright, frost-metallic finish. It’s lighter but similar in tone to Giorgio Armani #7.

I really love the pigmentation, texture, and formula of the High Shines, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. I reviewed them here earlier this year, and everything received top marks–except packaging, which was a major bust for me.  It’s clunky and needs a redesign.  I know other readers have suggested to cut off the sponge-tipped applicator, but really, it should just come in better packaging.  I recommend opening these slowly and gently tapping away excess product before extracting the applicator–though expect some fall out nonetheless.

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

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Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
96%

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Happy Thanksgiving! (2011 Edition)


Happy Thanksgiving! (2011 Edition)

Hope you have some fun, festive plans for Thanksgiving this year–and hopefully somewhere nice and cozy!  I’d like to take this time to give thanks to a few things I am thankful for, and I’d love for you to do the same in the comments! :)

5 Things I’m Thankful For (Life Edition)

  1. My family — they’re a crucial part of my support system, and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
  2. Mellan — he’s always underfoot and playful and free.  He reminds me to take a break every now and again (if only to attend to one of his needs).  His optimistic attitude is no less than inspiring!
  3. My friends — whether I see them every week or once a year, they’re good people I can count on when I need them.  I didn’t always have such reliable, genuine friends, so now that I do, I feel so lucky to have them!
  4. Education — it’s painful to go through, especially graduate school and the like when you just want to be done and move on with life, but it’s so worth it in the long run.  It sets you up for success; in the area I live in, you can’t even compete without a degree.
  5. Temptalia readers — thank you for being with me!  I really appreciate all of the thoughtful comments you leave and that you even stop by :)

5 Things I’m Thankful For (Beauty Edition)

  1. Long-wearing eyeliner — it is SO nice to be able to go the day without having to constantly check the mirror to make sure your eyeliner isn’t halfway down your face.
  2. Red lipstick — nothing makes me feel more confident and sexy than a really great red lip color!
  3. Exfoliators — I really love a great scrub or mask; it’s relaxing but so, so feel-good.
  4. Duochromes — how can you hate on a color that flashes two different colors depending on how it’s positioned?
  5. Liquid foundation — flawless finish, natural appearance, and makes my skin look ten times better? Yes, yes, yes!

Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!


Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!

I’m not much of a cook; I’m not disastrous in the kitchen, and I can follow a recipe well, but in the past, I haven’t done a ton of cooking–especially nothing complicated!  I always did love to bake, though.  I’m always at a loss as to what to make, because I only want to spend the time if the results are amazing!  This was totally a spur-of-the-moment kind of post; I have always wanted to do it, because I consider the Temptalia community an excellent source of knowledge!  And it’s Friday, so I think I can slide this post through  :)

Since this was spontaneous, I jut sent an email over to my mom to ask her if she would share some of her fantastic recipes (now my mom is a fabulous cook!)  I usually look for and use recipes from AllRecipes.com, and sometimes I’ll head over to Food Network as well.  Do you have any favorite recipe sites or collectives?  I’m totally looking to the community to help me find some good things to cook this holiday season :)  And maybe you even have a really good recipe for a holiday doggy treat…

Share your favorite holiday recipes in the comments!

And… I am pleased to share two recipes I love that my mom does :)

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