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Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you like matte finishes in beauty products? Eyeshadow, lipstick, nails… tell me!

Temptalia's Answer.

I do and I don’t. Sometimes mattes are harder to work with, and I always feel a little unfinished without a glossy coat on my lips. I like mattes *most* on eyes, because I like them in the crease or for a more subtle look.

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Re-Fresh Mint

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer is a minty pastel green creme. This was one of the smoother, easier to apply light cremes from this collection. The finished look is definitely lovely, and even though it’s cool, I don’t mind it against my warmer skin. It’s much lighter and less green than MAC’s Peppermint Patti, and it’s a little greener than Essie’s Mint Candy Apple (which runs a bit blue in comparison).

The formula is similar to the other shades in the launch:  thick without being gooey and very pigmented.  I stuck with my base coat, thin coat, thicker coat, top coat routine with this shade, and I felt like success was much easier to obtain than starting out with a thicker coat (which could be too thick, be streaky anyway, etc.).

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a minty fresh manicure, try Re-Fresh Mint (if only for the clever name).

Availability: January 2010

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009

If you were using NARS Outlaw Blush?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Happy Go Lucky

China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer is a bright, sunshine yellow creme. It goes on opaque in just one or two layers, and it really does look quite cheery. This is nearly neon, but not quite, and it’s certainly a very bright shade–not for the faint of heart!

I liked a thinner first coat followed by a thicker second coat and then finished it off like I normally would (top coat/fast drying coat). Just one thicker coat alone had a tendency to be slightly streaky, so I preferred a streakier first coat followed by a more solid second coat to make sure it was all even in the end.

It’s a thick formula, though not runny or gooey, and it applies fairly smoothly. If you go with a thicker layer, be sure to keep hands flat while waiting for each coat to dry a bit, because the thickness of the formula can move to the sides if you hold your hand on the tilt. It also best to give each layer some time to dry and not just layer it on immediately.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Need some sunshine in your winter/spring? Happy Go Lucky to the rescue!

Availability: January 2010

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part IV

Gilded gold and forest green is always a good pairing, but it’s also completely festive! The rich evergreen in the pine trees… totally something key to winter/holidays.

Emerald green and gold is a bolder, brighter take on the green and gold pairing for the winter and holiday seasons. This is probably one of my all-time favorite looks that I’ve done!

Classic smoky eyes are never a bad way to go when you have a party or special occasion to attend!  You can always add your own twist by making it bluer, grayer, smokier… whatever!  I like to pair it with a golden-glossed nude lip.

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Light As Air

China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer is is a subdued lilac with a pastel edge and maybe a little mix of gray in it. It’s definitely more of a lilac shade than a gray shade, though it may photograph either way, depending on the lighting situation.

Formula-wise, I found this one to require a little more practice and patience than the deeper shades, because it was a little finnicky and prone to streaking. It’s really important that you’re patient and let each coat dry long enough before applying an additional layer. This polish was as thick as the other shades, but it wasn’t runny nor goopy.

As always, be sure to keep hands flat while waiting for each coat to dry a bit, because the thickness of the formula can move to the sides if you hold your hand on the tilt. It also best to give each layer some time to dry and not just layer it on immediately.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a more subdued shade of lilac, consider Light As Air.

Availability: January 2010

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