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Sunday Link Love, Volume #093

Happy Sunday!

It’s been a crazy kind of week, and this weekend wasn’t much different!  Here’s to a better week!

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The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #11 and #12

The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #11 and #12

Celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman has been developing a new product–Dr. KISS Gloss–and he’s filmed a series of videos exclusively for Temptalia readers as a look into the process behind creating a product and bringing it to the market.

Here are the next two episodes in the series — Brett works on the blister packaging for the gloss and whether to go blue!

Luminizing creams/lotions are really good for an all-over glow (like MAC Strobe Cream/Lotion), but depending on your skin, you might prefer a powder product. For a subtle glow that is that “Hmm, what did you do differently?” kind of product, Guerlain Pressed Meteorites dusted all over. For a more obvious glow, I like highlighters like theBalm Mary Lou-manizer, Guerlain Meteorites, DiorSkin Shimmers, and the like.

— Christine

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Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a taupe-pewter with a metallic finish. This was a really hard color to describe; it’s golden, smoky, pewter, and kind of taupe-ish. Chanel Delight is more copper. China Glaze Swing Baby is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Superfreak is more golden. MAC Soiree has more copper shimmer. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter. China Glaze Jingle Bells is very gold in comparison. Chanel Quartz is grayer, almost green-tinted. Zoya Jules is lighter and less warm-toned.

The formula is thin without being watery, and it applies fairly evenly and easily. It’s not quite opaque after two coats, as there is a hint of visible nail line. Three coats would yield opaque color, and with the thinness of the formula, you could get away with three without trouble. There are very fine brush strokes if you look close enough, but the finish is so shiny that you almost miss them.  I tested this particular shade (along with Burnt Topaz) to test out the wear, since I wasn’t familiar with Tom Ford’s metallic finish, and it wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn that I don’t generally experience chipping no matter the brand or whether I use a top coat/base coat.

Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Silver Smoke
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

What We’re Wearing, Vol. #066

My favorite look was really simple, and it was what I wore to do a final try-on session of wedding dresses earlier this week.  I didn’t remember to grab a quick photo before I left (because I was already running late), unfortunately.  I used Hourglass Suede Eyeshadow Duo on the lid with the lighter shade on the lid and brow bone and the darker shade in the crease–it was a beige/taupe-brown combo with Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer on the lower lash line.  I used Korres Natural on cheeks and layered Bobbi Brown Naked Plum High Shimmer Lipgloss over Guerlain Giny.

What was your favorite look you wore this week?  Share yours in the comments! 🙂

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Hype Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “matte bright yellow.” This is a vibrant, bright sunshine yellow–it has a lot of warmth. There’s a slightly goldenrod tone to it. It’s not as warm or as dark as MAC Goldenrod, but it is nearly identical to Inglot #323.  Other shades of yellow I think of are either more neutral or cool-toned or else have a lot of shimmer.

I’m determined to do a look featuring several of the new Illamasqua shades, because they’re beginning to be used together.  I’ve just been testing one or two at a time, because it’s faster, but they make my heart flutter when I see them next to each other.  Hype has good color payoff and feels very soft and smooth–but it has a slightly drier texture compared to the other shades recently launched.  Not so dry that it becomes difficult to use, because it still has a lot of color richness and blends well on the lid, but the texture is a little different from the others.  It wore just over seven hours with slight fading around the edges but no creasing.  I think it just barely stained my lids when worn without a base.

Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow Hype
Hype
Hype
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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