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Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


Do you ever buy beauty products to feel better? Does it help? Do you regret it later?

Temptalia's Answer.

Yes, but I still try to buy products I want, not just anything. I also try not to spend TOO much, just because I’m in a bad mood, so that way I don’t regret it a few days later!

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

MAC Art Supplies Collection
Lipstain Markers: A Classic, Full of Flare, Modern Mocha, Point of View,
Purposefully Red, Runway Ripened, Stylesetter, Sunset, Tomorrow’s Coral

MAC Art Supplies Collection:  Overall Review & Round-up

OVERALL, Art Supplies is either totally up your alley or something you can easily skip. It’s not really a must-have collection, but it offers some nice pieces and some not-so-fabulous pieces.

The Pearlglide Eyeliners were my favorite part of the launch. They’re all fabulously pigmented and the shade range is excellent. There are a few similar-to shades, but if you’ve missed out on previous Pearlglide launches, they’re nice to pick up. The formula on them is awesome: soft, smooth, and intense color pay off. On me, they wear all day without budging, smudging, or fading. (Note: as far as I have heard, these are not waterline safe.)

No matter how hard I try to (or want to!) love the Lipstain Markers, I just can’t! Shade-wise, I really loved the color of Full of Flare, Purposefully Red, and Stylesetter. These went on very intensely and evenly. If you don’t mind wearing your stain with lip balm or a gloss on top (or just plan to use it as a lipstick base), then those are some shades to consider.

The Lipstain Markers are much, much more wearable when paired with other products–whether you use a balm, gloss, or lipstick on top, the additional product helps keep your lips from dehydrating with just the stain on them. It also helps to keep the stain on and from rubbing off. Purposefully Red is particularly nice for those who love the look of red lips but not the maintenance–the stain itself seems superior to the other shades, too, and a little balm or gloss will make it work.

I think the Greasepaint Sticks are a fun concept, but the ultra dark color range is almost overdone. When I use darker bases, I find that many will “eat” any color you put on top, so I just don’t see the need to own eight different dark bases. They are all smooth and pigmented, so you can’t go wrong with any of the shades. Slick Black is a great solid black eyeliner or base, but if you already own several, you may find it redundant.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-haves: Below Ground & Zinc Zone Greasepaint Sticks; Purposefully Red Lipstain Marker; Black Line, Designer Purple, & Undercurrent Pearlglide Eye Liners

Nice-to-haves: Greengrease & Dirty Greasepaint Sticks; Full of Flare & Stylesetter Lipstain Markers; Almost Noir, Petrol Blue, & Undercurrent Pearlglide Eye Liners

Skip: Modern Mocha Lipstain Marker

Skip if you have…

Greasepaint Sticks: Charred Mauve if you have V, Uniformly Blue if you have B, Slick Black if you have Blacktrack (Fluidline)

Pearlglide Eyeliners: Almost Noir if you have Miss Fortune (LE); Petrol Blue if you have Fly-by-blu (LE)

Photos, Reviews, & Swatches

What are your must-haves? What are you skipping?

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Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The Hit List

What’s the Worst Base Coat for Nails…?

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick

The Summer Season: Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Giuliana (#42) Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brilliant shade of orange-coral. It’s almost all orange, but it’s not quite a full-blown orange. This was definitely a love-at-first-swatch kind of shade. I saw it in the tube, and I wasn’t too excited, but on the lips? Oh, it’s gorgeous! It has such a beautiful subtle golden shimmer topped with this vibrant shade of orange that doesn’t pull too orange. The Rouge G formula is just icing on the cake, because the color itself is so spectacular.

I’m not typically a big fan of orange-based shades on my lips, but this could easily be my favorite–let’s not be hasty, this is only the kick-off of the Summer Season!

P.S. – For whatever reason, it’s not spelled correctly at a lot of retailers – it’s called “Guliana,” but the name on my lipstick case is “Giuliana.”

Is this the right coral lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Barielle High Steppin' Collection

Barielle High Steppin’ Collection for Summer 2010

For summer, Barielle is releasing six shades of summery shades in late April/early May. There are quite a few metallic finish shades in this collection, which made me a bit wary, as I cannot seem to minimize brushstrokes enough to feel good about wearing a metallic finish polish. Freestyle has only a slight metallic finish, so I was able to work with that one, but Passion Pirouette and Slow Motion are both distinctly metallic and were less easy for me to work with. Electric Boogie is absolutely divine and if you’re a fan of dark blues, you might just have to get this shade.

  • Passion Pirouette is a reddened fuchsia-purple with a metallic finish with a silver-ish overlay. If you take your time with this shade, I think you can bang out a pretty fun, metallic-look with minimal brush strokes. With metallic finishes, less is definitely more — you don’t want to have to go back over the same area, because you want to minimize the brush strokes as much as possible. It is an opaque shade, though, as it only requires two coats for a good, opaque color.
  • Slow Motion is a gray, lilac-tinged shade with a metallic finish. This shade takes about three coats to go opaque, but I found it was harder to disguise the brushstrokes, because the color itself is on the light side.
  • Belly Dance is a slightly grayed fleshy beige with champagne shimmer. This applied beautifully; it was easy to apply and went on smoothly. I found two coats was about right, though I applied three for good measure.
  • Night Moves is a silver with an almost pewter cast and a very glittery, more foil-like finish than a metallic-finish. Because the glitter is noticeable, it helps to disguise any brush stroke issues. This really did remind me of foil… but way, way more intense. It’s like foil met a disco ball and they had a glitter-tastic baby.
  • Electric Boogie is a rich, deep water blue with night sky sparkle. This is truly the standout shade of the six. This is a seriously lush color that looks kind of sexy on nails. It has sky blue shimmer and larger, more obvious blue-teal flecks of glitter. Beautiful!
  • Freestyle is a pastel mint green with champagne gold micro-glitter. This shade was the sheerest of the bunch and definitely needed three coats to look opaque, but three was good. It has a slightly metallic finish, so some brushstrokes are visible, but much less obvious than with Passion Pirouette and Slow Motion.

LOVE Electric Boogie, LIKE Freestyle and Night Moves, but would SKIP Passion Pirouette.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  It’s not a solid collection, because not all shades are made equal, but there are some nice shades to be found within the collection as well.  If you do like metallic finishes and have no issues working with them, though, then you may enjoy the entire collection!

Availability: May 2010

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Thursday, April 1st, 2010

MAC for Temptalia Collection for Summer 2010

I’m SO excited to announce that Temptalia has had the unique opportunity to collaborate with MAC Cosmetics to create our very own collection!  It’s truly a dream come true…  I can’t even tell you!   And let me tell you… it was so, so hard not being able to share with you the experience until now!  Ahhh!

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!

U.S. Launch Date: June 24th, 2010

International Launch Date: July 2010

STOP THE PRESSES! MAC for Temptalia combines addiction for beauty by collaborating with the editor of Temptalia to create a collection that combines fun and glamour with a seductive edge.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Summa-soft Beige pink with yellow pearl (Satin)
  • Jezebella Petal pink with coral glamour and gold pearl (Amplified Creme)
  • Femme Fatale Brightened coral-red with gloss pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Gilded Summer sun-yellow with orange pearl (Lustre)
  • Vixen Fuchsia pink with violet reflects (Amplified Creme)
  • Temptress True coral with gold pearl (Cremesheen)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Toy Ploy Sheer golden pearl (Frost)
  • Entrapture Pure fuchsia violet cream (Cream)
  • Allurance Bright coral-red with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Not So Sweet Chartreuse green with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Teasingly Soft nude beige with white pearl (Frost)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Insatiation Foreboding violet lilac with blue pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Flashy True frosted golden sunshine (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Miss-titilate Paled grass green with gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Scarletta Deep red with red and black glitter (Frost)
  • Sirenic Vibrant aqua-blue with green pearl (Frost)
  • Statix Tropical sea-blue with aqua pearl (Veluxe Pearl)

Plushlash Mascara ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Plushblack True black (Permanent)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Carnal Caress Sheer raspberry coral
  • Jealousy Wakes Brightened lilac
  • Pearls of Love Played down raspberry
  • Silken Sheen Softened coral with orange pearl

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)

  • Sunrisen Goldenrod yellow with orange shimmer (Frost)
  • Jackanapes Bold periwinkle blue (Cream)
  • Pretty, Pretty Fuchsia pink with blue pearl (Shimmer)
  • Engagement Tiffany blue with white pearl (Shimmer)

Eye Kohl ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Elastique Matte purple with red undertones
  • Seashore Brightened, matte aqua green
  • Tropic Kiss Chartreuse with white pearl
  • Meet at Midnight Softened navy blue

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

  • Temptalia Deep raspberry pink with purple pearl
  • So Enraptured Darkened taupe with pewter pearl
  • Branded Mine Soft yellow-gold with white pearl
  • Nightly Seductions Darkened robin’s egg blue with green pearl

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