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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Benefit Zone Out Lipgloss
Benefit Zone Out Lipgloss

The Spring Season: Benefit Zone Out Lipgloss

 

Benefit Cosmetics Lip Gloss Zone Out ($18.00) is an ultra sheer shimmering champagne with a touch of gold. This is really a gloss that’s best to enhance another lipstick or worn alone for a quick, everyday kind of lip that just sparkles a bit. It doesn’t actually add or change-up my normal lip color, so that’s why I like to pair it with a flatter lipstick to enhance the undertones of my lip color instead. Benefit Lip Gloss is a non-sticky, thinner gloss with a springy doe-foot applicator and no real noticeable scent from what I could sniff out!

More Benefit Lip Gloss Reviews…

Is this the perfect gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Cle de Peau Eyeshadow
Cle de Peau #101 Eyeshadow

Going Luxe:  Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color

Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the ultimate luxury in eyeshadow.  It’s absolutely fantastic eyeshadow–soft, smooth; it applies like butter and feels like silk.  At $642 per ounce–and to put that into perspective, MAC is $290/oz., NARS is $328/oz., Chanel is $407/oz.–it’s the most expensive eyeshadow I’ve ever tested.  (But I got curious, so I did some research, and La Prairie’s Eyeshadow comes in at $900/oz. and Sisley at $920/oz., so it’s not the priciest one out there…)

Knowing that it’s Cle de Peau, a luxury line, there’s a sense of, “Mmm, ahh, ohh!” from the get-go, which is part of the experience of using high-end or luxury brands.  When I did the math, however, even I had to go,“Whoa!”  I’m going to tell you point blank that I don’t think I’d ever fork over $45 for a single eyeshadow myself (of course, if it was antique gold, maybe we could talk, if my wallet didn’t run away).  But this is something that has to be put into perspective.  I would have (and I have) paid $45 or more for a lipstick (Guerlain) or lipgloss (Cle de Peau!) that I really liked.  I also want to say that Cle de Peau is a luxury brand, so their business is not built on being affordable.  The price tag very much reflects that.

So, putting price aside, the eyeshadow formula does not disappoint.  I tried two shades:  #101, which is a shimmering warmed-up white, and #107, which is a softened plum-mauve with a shimmery finish. Both shades swatched very true-to-color, and the shimmer is softened a bit (almost like a diffused glow) but on the frostier side.  The best way to describe these is exactly as I said earlier:  “it applies like butter and feels like silk.” The two shades I tried were well-pigmented and shimmered in their loveliness.

These also adhere very well to the lids, whether or not you use a base.  Typically, I don’t bother trying out eyeshadows without a base, since wearing an eyeshadow base is nearly a must-do when you wear eyeshadow, period.  However, because Cle de Peau advertises that it can be applied without “fading, creasing, or dulling,” I had to give it a shot.  The eyeshadows have “Hydro-wrap Complex” and Argan Tree Oil for “smooth application and wear.”  Fancy talk, but these do wear well as an all over color and no base, so count me surprised.  They didn’t soften, crease, or fade during the eight hours I wore them to test (and yes, I totally wore #101 on one eye and #107 on the other!).

They are truly lovely and beautiful from start to finish, even if they are jaw-dropping-ly expensive.  I can easily see why someone would purchase these, even if I myself can’t quite afford them!

Has anyone else tried these?  Anyone caved on these?  Must-see shades?

There are also eight other shades in the formula: 102 (smoked, gray-purple), 103 (nude), 104 (peach), 105 (pinked-peach), 106 (subdued brown-pink), 108 (purple amethyst), 109 (medium green), and 110 (soft sky blue).

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For the ultimate indulgence in eyeshadow, there’s Cle de Peau. I would indulge only if it was a product I could see myself using regularly and finishing.

Availability: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Maybelline Eye Studio Copper Chic Eyeshadow Quad

Maybelline Eye Studio Copper Chic Eyeshadow Quad

Maybelline Eye Studio Copper Chic Eyeshadow Quad ($9.99) is a stunning combination of slightly warmed-up neutrals.  I was really hoping Maybelline was going to knock it out of the park with this combination, but they didn’t quite hit the mark for me.  They’re so-so but just not stellar.  I’d still consider it pretty good by drugstore beauty standards, though–but it’s only decent against popular favorites like MAC, Make Up For Ever, and Urban Decay.

It includes a champagne-pink with a frosty finish, subdued copper, muted golden bronze, and darker chocolate bronze with light gold shimmer.  My biggest issue with these eyeshadows was just that they applied sheerly, so it was difficult to get as much dimension as I’d like on my eyes.  Like the other Maybelline palettes, these are softer eyeshadows that have to be applied with less sweeping and more packing/tapping techniques.

These excel best over a more metallic base (think MAC Indianwood or Rubenesque Paint Pots), because these eyeshadows grab onto the base well and then you can get the colors to pop and look more like themselves!  I’m still, overall, impressed by the quality of the Maybelline Eyeshadow Quads, but none have been quite as good as Good with Gold thus far.

More Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeshadow Quad Reviews…

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you’re looking for soft, almost velvet-textured neutrals, you might like Copper Chic for a budget-friendly option.

Availability: Target

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Monday, March 8th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


What makeup tips did your mother teach you? (Or sister, aunt, grandma, and so on!)

Temptalia's Answer.

She always told me less was more. But then again, my mom never wears makeup!

Thanks to Sally for this question!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Blogging from the Heart, Blogging for the Soul

Temptalia has stolen my heart, but I don’t mind–because it soothes my beauty-lovin’ soul and lifts me up. It’s changed my life, who I am, my outlook on life, and opened my mind.  I’ve been wanting to write something to explain how I feel about Temptalia and the opportunities it has given me so far, so I hope you won’t think me too sentimental for today’s post. :)

For me, blogging is a supremely personal endeavor. Every post, every photo, and every comment is me. I feel like I put myself out there in so many of the posts, whether it’s my face for a look or my credibility when I review a new product. (I can’t tell you how many times I get the feeling of, “I hope they love it as much as I do… oh, I hope they don’t hate it!” when I fall in love with a product and recommend it to others! ) There is no question as to why I do what I do, why I am still excited to write every day—because I love it from the bottom of my heart.

Sharing a new post (or two or three…) with all of you each day brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. Blogging has been one of the most rewarding (if not the most) experience in my life thus far. I really feel absolutely, positively, and truly blessed to be able to have Temptalia as such an incredible creative outlet.  It’s taught me to focus on the positive things in life and not dwell on the past but thrive in the now.

The first thought I have when I wake up is, “What am I going to write today?” and the last thought I have before I fall asleep is, “I can’t wait to write such and such post for tomorrow!” (I swear, the best brainstorming happens five minutes before you nod off, which is why I keep a notebook and pen on my nightstand!) It’s like I never knew what I wanted to do in my life until I started Temptalia and then there was that light bulb moment–“THIS… this is what I want to do!”

One of my favorite parts of the day is sitting down and reading through the comments and questions left by readers. Instant feedback is entirely addicting! It’s a real thrill to read through everyone’s responses to questions, reactions to the latest review, or whatever it happens to be at that moment. I love that connection we can have through discussion! I love that I can get recommendations or help on whatever beauty dilemma I’m currently suffering through, and I also love that I’m able to do the same for others in return.

It’s really the readers that read and enjoy Temptalia that keep me striving to be a better person and make this a better community and place for all of us to participate in! It’s like you are all my best friends who know and understand what it’s like to be head-over-heels for all things beauty! You all encourage me to work hard, be productive, and embrace what I love and reach for the stars. Thank you for letting me take a moment to share a few thoughts with you, but most of all, just thank you for reading and stopping by!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: HAIR DYE!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about hair dye and all that those entail.