Monday, November 5th, 2012

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer
Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer

A Galaxy of Color

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full coverage, holiday black with a high concentration of micro-fine diamond holographic glitter.” It’s a rich, inky black cream with holographic sparkle. The shimmer and sparkle look multi-sized to me, and almost like flecks for some of the colors. While it seems similar to Illamasqua Creator, this shade doesn’t have any of the holographic shimmer, so it is just silver sparkle and shimmer–the effect is similar but if you really want the holographic aspect, you won’t find it there. The same is true with NARS Night Breed. Cult Nails I Got Distracted is closer, but it has large green-teal flecks as well.

This shade was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully!  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t experience any bubbling or pooling of the polish along the edges of my nails.  There’s plenty of shimmer, and it disperses and spreads evenly.  I typically get a week of wear with Zoya’s polish with no chipping and just minor tip wear.

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Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think it's actually the richness and depth of the black base that really makes the holographic shimmer and flecks sing!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012


Introducing Cameo and Noble by Illamasqua

From the runway shows of New York and London to city street styles, shades of blue continue to adorn the talons of the style makers and trendsetters alike. Inspired by the hottest color of the season, Illamasqua introduces two new blue nail varnishes in the beautifully expressive shades of Noble and Cameo to be sold exclusively at Sephora and Sephora inside JCP.

Illamasqua’s Director of Product Development David Horne specifically mixed these two complementary hues to compliment Illamasqua’s range of over 50 bold shades of chip resistant, long wearing nail varnishes.

Nail Varnish ($14.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cameo Cornflower blue
  • Noble Turquoise blue

Availability: Sephora

Monday, October 1st, 2012


Mellan is helping to raise awareness!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s a time not just for donating but raising awareness to those not yet affected by the devestating disease. I know that for many, mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, friends, and family have been lost, which is why early detection is key. The message of October, for me, has always been about spreading this knowledge. Anyone can get breast cancer–male or female–and chances of survival are greatly improved if it is detected early.   Make sure you know your risk factors, the ones you can’t change but also the ones you can (like lifestyle behaviors).

Get Tested

  • Mammogram | This is an x-ray and can detect cancer at earlier stages, even before a lump appears. Women over 40 should have one performed every year, and if you are younger but have a family history of breast cancer, you may want to speak with your doctor about whether to get them (or other screening tests) performed earlier. Read more on mammograms.
  • Clinical Breast Exam | This is done by your doctor and part of a general exam, which should be done every three years between 20 and 39, and then every year at 40 and older. Consider asking your doctor to show you how to do a self-exam at home as well.

And also? While we’re on this topic, and because I know the demographic here on Temptalia skews younger, so for our ladies under 26, please consider finding out whether you’re a candidate for the HPV vaccine, which can help prevent certain types of cervical cancers. Ask your doctor about it and see if it is something that you could benefit from.

Thoughts on BCA Products

When I first started Temptalia, I included several round-ups of various products involved in raising money for BCA. In the past two years that focus has lessened, because of the significant increase in brands hopping on the bandwagon. Any money raised is a great thing, but at the same time, buying a product that gives 5% back that you don’t really want or need under the auspices of helping the cause isn’t what October is about. I’m particularly leery of any product that does not specifically list the amount, e.g. “portion of proceeds” or “contribution will be made.”

For that reason, my focus is only brands/products that make significant efforts to donate and raise awareness. My motto is if you were going to buy that product anyway, why not buy one that donates X percentage/dollars to the cause?  (A lot of household items, like toilet paper and paper towels, give back!) But you’re better off donating your money (or even half of what you would have spent, in most cases) directly to a charity if you want to help.

  • Estee Lauder Companies offers a slew of products but they also do a fair amount of awareness raising. A lot of their core brands, like Clinique, offer bestselling products (e.g. something you might already buy or need to buy) that also give to the cause. I linked directly to the BCA Campaign, which includes a breakout of what brands and products are participating. Jo Malone is donating $30,000 and purchases of Jo Malone products have NO impact on that amount.Most of the other brands have participating products but are only donating 10-20% of the purchase price.
  • Philosophy Shower for the Cure Shower Gel ($20) donates 100% of net proceeds towards Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
  • Jare Iredale Cherish Lip Fixation ($34) will have 100% of profits from the sale go towards Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
  • eos Delicious Berry Blossom Hand Lotion & Smooth Sphere ($6.99) will donate 100% of profits from the sale to further the advancement of research.

If you know of a product that is donating all or most of proceeds towards the cause, feel free to let me know! 

Consider Donating

If and when you’re able to, consider donating to your preferred charity or organization. There are many available, and of course, all of them can benefit from additional donations. These are a few of the major organizations and some of these I’ve personally donated to over the years:

If there is another organization you’re thinking about donating to but aren’t sure about, look to see if they’ve been rated on Charity Navigator.

Monday, October 1st, 2012


Happy 6th Anniversary!

I can’t believe it’s been another year, let alone six in total!  That also means that Shaun and I will be celebrating our seventh anniversary next week, and Mellan will turn five years old at the end of the year.   So much has happened in the past six years–it’s hard to believe it was all just a side hobby at one point.

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 779,358 comments
  • … published 13,104 posts
  • … written 3,775 review posts (some cover more than one product or shade)
  • … asked 1,823 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 67.7 million visits, 202.6 million pageviews
  • … held over 430 contests.
  • … given 37 A+ ratings and 26 F ratings

Thank you so much for your amazing support and encouragement throughout the years!  Temptalia would not be as successful as it is today without all of you.  I am honored to be a part of Temptalia, and I am truly privileged to have been able to do this for six years.  Temptalia has such helpful, knowledgeable, and savvy readers–I could not ask for a better audience!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading.  Here’s to the next year!

P.S. — A huge personal thank you goes to resident tech guy, Shaun (also, my fiance!), my family, and my friends!  And Mellan, for being so cuddly and cute.

Sunday, September 30th, 2012


Download: Price per Ounce – Eye Products (High-End)

This price-per-ounce guide to high-end eye products was compiled and provided by Temptalia.com. We took popular brands and products along with current pricing (as of Fall 2012) and quantity in ounces to come up with price-per-ounce (PPO). This makes it easier to compare pricing across brands.

For example, if you expect to finish a product and/or re-purchase, PPO can be important. If you rarely finish any products and find yourself using a product only a few times before moving on, then the actual price (regardless of how much product you’re getting) will be more important.

Product quantities were taken from our product reviews as well as retailer websites. All quantities were rounded to the nearest thousandth (e.g. a product that contains 0.00945 will show as 0.009 oz. but the PPO is calculated using the actual quantity). Many eyeliners range between 0.001 and 0.048, so we felt it important to show the distinction and round further out in this category.

Download Here

I hope to do one more–for cheek products–and that will be that for awhile :)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


Download: Price per Ounce – Lip Products (High-End)

This price-per-ounce guide to high-end lip products was compiled and provided by Temptalia.com. We took popular brands and products along with current pricing (as of Fall 2012) and quantity in ounces to come up with price-per-ounce (PPO). This makes it easier to compare pricing across brands.

For example, if you expect to finish a product and/or re-purchase, PPO can be important. If you rarely finish any products and find yourself using a product only a few times before moving on, then the actual price (regardless of how much product you’re getting) will be more important.

Product quantities were taken from our product reviews as well as retailer websites. All quantities were rounded to the nearest hundredth (e.g. a product that contains 0.00985 will show as 0.01 oz. but the PPO is calculated using the actual quantity).

Download Here

I hope it’s helpful to some of you :) I’ve been compiling this for my own purposes for reviews to help me assess whether a brand is pricing a product appropriate (relative to their price point), providing generous or skimpy quantities of a product, and to get a better idea of the playing field. If it is useful, I’d be happy to provide more in the future for eye products, cheek products, etc.