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Monday, May 25th, 2009

Benefit’s CORALista ($28.00) is fast becoming a cult favorite amongst the beauty crowd. It’s 0.42 oz. of a lightly warmed up coral-pink powder blush that works well to give you a soft, summery flush. It’s housed in cute packaging (exactly what I’d expect from Benefit!) and includes a miniaturized brush that fits inside. The brush is so-so, as most included brushes are, and I much prefer to use a traditional blush brush with this product. But it is nice to have something that can be toted with it, too.

What’s really fantastic about this shade of blush is it goes on extremely natural–you get a soft, glowy sheen with just a touch of coral color. It’ll instantly brighten up your complexion, and it is such a great product for summer when less is definitely more. There is a bit of a flora fragrance that’ll sneak out of the box each time you open it, so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, that might be a reason to check it ou before you purchase.

CORALista isn’t too warm, so it is great for a range of skintones–not just warmer toned faces. Since it can be built up in intensity, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it from the get go. There’s no chunky glitter or large shimmer particles, but there is a soft sheen/fine shimmer in it. (It’s what gives you the “glow.”)

If you’ve found NARS blushes to run too shimmery, you might find Benefit CORALista more up your alley. If you’re a bit hesitant because of the price tag, NARS’ blushes are $25 for only 0.16 oz. and MAC’s blushes are $18.00 for 0.21 oz., which makes Benefit cheaper by the ounce. CORALista is one of those easy-to-wear, everyday colors, so it is also a practical purchase you’ll use forever.

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Monday, May 25th, 2009

TINte Cosmetics Match Book in Natural Beauty ($28.00) is an easy, everyday kind of makeup palette perfect for anyone in the market for a solid, everyday look. TINte offers three Match Books: Blushed Beauty, Natural Beauty, and Smoky Eyes. Each Match Book contains two eye shadow colors (a base and contour), a cream eyeliner, blush, two lip glosses, and two brushes. On the back of each Match Book is a “Match the Look” which is a stpe-by-step guide (with pictures!) on how to use the products.

The Natural Beauty palette contains a base color that’s a soft, whitish-beige shade and then a color shade that’s a soft, golden tan color. The cream eyeliner is an intense, deep black-brown with a bit of warmth to it. The blush is kind of a bronzy shade, but it isn’t shimmery or anything, so it gives a natural flush to cheeks. The two lipglosses include one in a coral-peach shimmer shade and then a bronzy-tan with gold shimmer shade.

I like that the brushes included aren’t miniature in size, because I find those tiny handles impossible to use. These are more like short handled brushes, which makes them a lot more manageable. Also, the brushes were a nice add-on, because you get a lip brush, shadow brush, and a liner brush (one brush is dual-sided). The palette itself is housed in cardboard/paper packaging, so it is more earth-friendly than plastic palettes, and you don’t have to worry about this cracking if you drop it. I was really impressed by the intensity of the cream eye liner, because it was ridiculously deep and creamy. I also preferred two glosses over a gloss and a lipstick, because I find lipstick pans tend to be kind of sheer and blah.

For $28, this palette is a great deal, too. This is something I’d give to friends/family who weren’t comfortable with makeup and wanted something that’s totally go-to when they had a special occasion or wanted to play around with makeup. It’s also nice to have in the stash for weekend getaways where natural is all you need.

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Monday, May 25th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What was your last beauty/makeup faux pas? Did your foundation mis-match? Bold eyes and bold lips? (Hey, no one said you had to care that you made a “faux pas”!)

Temptalia's Answer.

Probably foundation that wasn’t quite matching, as I spent quite a bit of timing trying out a bunch of different shades in various lighting to determine the best one!
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Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Try painting a CANYON SUNRISE on your lid by combining a mix of golden hued yellows, sunkissed, fiery oranges, and warm brown to ground it.

With an eyeshadow brush, apply a goldenrod yellow all over the lid. In the middle third of the lid, lightly pat a muted, yellow-drenched orange with a fluffy brush. On the outer third of the lid, blend a fiery orange-red shade with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Using a tapered crease brush, lightly blend the fiery orange-red shade into the crease Define the crease with a small, tapered crease brush and tap a deep, warm reddish brown color to add depth. Highlight the brow bone with a warm-hued neutral highlighter shade, and then line upper/lower lash line (as desired) with a black-brown shade. For complementing cheeks, try sunkissed cheeks by dusting a light touch of bronzer or a light tint of coral. Finish the look with lip colors in beiges, nudes, corals, or rusty browns for best results.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics’ Graphic Garden Collection launches in July at Nordstrom’s. It is a fairly large collection featuring palettes, brush sets, and the like. Here are some images :)

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009

MAC Summer Trend Bags for Summer 2009

Launch Date: North America July 9, 2009, MAC Store Exclusive

Style Warriors storm the gates of glamour with every brush, shade, kit and colour weapon stealthily contained and concealed in these wild-and-ready signature Rectangle MAC bags created in exotically printed nylon: choose Mini: Spot The Leopard, Medium: Run Tiger, and Small Go Zebra, all with solarized-silver metallic piping and high-gloss silver patent loop handles. The ultimate expression of the fashion-fierce, multi-culti, untamed urban Style Warrior.

Rectangle MAC/Mini/Spot the Leopard ($18.00USD / $21.50CAD)
A mini, leopard print Rectangle MAC with silver metallic piping and silver loop handle.

Rectangle MAC/Small/Go Zebra ($28.00USD / $33.50CAD)
A small, zebra print Rectangle MAC with silver metallic piping and silver loop handle.

Rectangle MAC/Medium/Run Tiger ($38.00USD / $45.50CAD)
A medium, tiger print Rectangle MAC with silver metallic piping and silver loop handle.

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