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Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Guerlain Forever Beige Lipstick
Guerlain Forever Beige Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Forever Beige Lipstick

Guerlain Forever Beige (#558) KissKiss Lipstick ($30.00) is a bronzy brown nude with copper flecks. I don’t think the name fits the shade, just because this isn’t what I think of when I hear the word “beige.” It’s an elegant color, but it’s just not beige. Aside from the name confusion, Forever Beige looks smooth and natural on lips while still providing significant color. The shade itself is silky smooth and provides full color coverage once applied. KissKiss Lipsticks do have Guerlain’s signature scent (kind of a fragrant fruity scent) that can be too overpowering for those who prefer scent-free or near scent-free lip products. Luckily, I have no problems with the scent myself, so it’s certainly not a deterrant. (Wait, did I say luckily? No, maybe that makes me unlucky!)

Is this the right brown-nude lipstick 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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Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Behind-the-Scenes: Purple Lab Debuts on HSN

Temptalia was invited by Purple Lab and its founder, Karen Robinovitz, to come to their launch on HSN on Thursday, February 18th. Purple Lab showed five times on HSN, and the first one was an 9am show-time, but the big show was on at 8pm. I was there for both! This is an exclusive, inside look at not only how Purple Lab’s show came together, but the process itself and how things run at HSN.

It was a very interesting and educational experience, because there really is so much that goes behind-the-scenes to put together a brand’s launch on HSN. I asked how many people it took to go from the ground and up with Purple Lab, and it was estimated to be at least 100. It takes 100 people’s hands to get a show on the air and ready to go live! I think that’s just one of those, “Whoa!” moments, because as a regular viewer, I wouldn’t have even thought about that many people having to be involved to get it from the concept to finished product.

Karen is passionate about the products she creates and totally in love with her line, so it was an absolutely incredible experience to watch someone’s dreams all come true. She said to me and others on set that she didn’t want to create a product unless it was better than the one she was currently using. Karen wants all products to be “double duty beauty,” which means they’re multi-tasking products that aren’t just color, but are color and contain ingredients helpful to the skin. She’s definitely a strong, confident woman who’s going after what she wants, and she’s been able to realize her dream of being on HSN!

Purple Lab debuted on HSN to launch five new products alongside their first product, Huge Lips, Skinny Hips. The range now includes Cheek Implants (cream blush available in two shades), Lashionista Modelista (tubing mascara/liquid liner), Silk Sheets (foundation, available in four shades), Luvah (lipstick/lipgloss duo), and Luxury Squared (concealer/highlighter).

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Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


Who/what inspires your makeup style? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

The latest releases tend to inspire me — I kind of gravitate towards, “How can I use this?” for inspiration.

Thanks to Amal for this question!

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


Lancome Chris & Tell Lipstick

Lancome Chris & Tell Lipstick

Have you managed to get your hands on this year’s coveted Lancome designer lipstick? First it was Proenza Pink, and this year, it’s Chris & Tell. Chris & Tell was designed by Chris Benz and comes on the luxuriating L’Absolu Rouge formula. It’s sold out on Lancome’s website, so those hoping to snag one should call their nearest Saks store to see if they can track one down!

Chris & Tell is an ultra creamy, brightened coral-pink. It’s bright and richly pigmented. The color is so vibrantly coral, it instantly reminded me of summer (not so much spring). The color grabs onto lips and wears well for a solid four hours. The creaminess of the lipstick is just enough to give lips a glossy sheen and comfortable feeling without being too creamy and causing slippage.

Did you snag a Chris & Tell Lipstick?

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Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick
Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick

The Spring Season: Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick

Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a beautiful shade of medium pink with golden shimmer. It reminded me of a seriously muted version of Guerlain Giulette Lipstick. It could also double as MAC Nympette Lipglass in lipstick form. It has a beautiful muted medium pink base with golden shimmer and a light sheen. Korres’ Guava Lipstick is incredibly moisturizing and glides onto lips easily. Guava Lipstick wears well (four hours for me) and looks soft and smooth without being creamy–so they don’t slip on the lips.

Is this the right sheer lipstick 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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Beauty on a Budget:  Maybelline Irresistibly Ivy Eyeshadow Quad

Maybelline Eye Studio Irresistibly Ivy Eyeshadow Quad ($8.49) is a mix of four eyeshadows that can be used together or alone. They’re very soft, slightly powdery shades, so it’s better to use a tapping technique, rather than sweeping/brushing it on a lot. Think less windshield-wiper motions when applying these with a brush. I find that this is just something that holds true for all softer shadows (e.g. Stila and Urban Decay).

Irresistibly Ivy includes a softly shimmered champagne beige; rich, orange-copper with golden shimmer; matte teal with glitter sparkle; and reddened bronze-copper. I found that the orange-copper shade had the best texture and color pay off–very smooth and true-to-color. The teal had a little more of a dusty feel to it, since it’s more of a matte base with shimmer on top.

For drugstore beauty, the pay off is intense and over a good primer (e.g. UDPP), I had no problems with the color popping and staying true. I found minimal fading after eight hours, so they’re not quite as good as some of my favorite eyeshadows, but for the price, they’re an excellent alternative for those on a budget–or would like to try certain colors without shelling out $15+ for one.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you like soft shadows and want something affordable, Maybelline Eye Studio Quads might be up your alley!

Availability: Local drugstores

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