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Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Temptalia Asks You


Would you consider (or have you had) cosmetic surgery as a way to fight aging? Share your thoughts!

Temptalia's Answer.

I haven’t considered it, but I imagine I might consider it in ten years. But then I don’t know if I’d ever go through with it!

Thanks to Dusty for this question!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Choose or Lose

Do you stick to the guidelines for tossing out products?

  • I go by smell/taste/texture! (55%, 1,155 Votes)
  • Nope! (22%, 453 Votes)
  • Just with mascara! (20%, 428 Votes)
  • Yes, if it says 6 months shelf life, it's gone in 6! (3%, 53 Votes)
  • Other (1%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,105

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

The Looks of January 2010

With January wrapping up today, make sure you haven’t missed any of this month’s looks… from bright to bold to smoky to neutral to red lips!

What was your favorite?

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Cool, Pink Cheeks with Illamasqua Chased Blush

Illamasqua Chased Blush ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a matte, blue-based medium pink. I know Sephora describes this as a lilac pink, but I don’t know if that’s very accurate. Its not so much lilac as it is just a very cool-toned pink. Personally, I found this shade a bit hard to pull off, but I liked it softly tapped onto the apples of cheeks with a smoky eye and a light pink or nude lip.

The texture is matte, so its great for those who find shimmery blushes too much for their skin. Illamasqua’s blushes, while matte, are not powdery or chalky. As with most matte textures, some trial and error is to be expected, but if you keep working with it, you’ll happen upon just the right technique and application method to give you very natural-looking color.

I also like that you can build up the color intensity by applying more, but you don’t have to worry about getting too much with just one swipe, either. I found just one tap of the brush on the powder was enough to give me the color intensity I wanted more often than not. Its always better to start off lighter rather than heavier–easier to add more than it is to diffuse it. But in the event that you feel like you’ve overdone it, use a buffer brush or take some loose powder and blend it out to lighten the color.

I’m not a huge fan of Illamasqua’s packaging, because its bulkier than Id like (or that it needs to be). You get a good amount of product for your money — Illamasqua’s blushes are just slightly more expensive than NARS in terms of price per ounce ($156 compared to $164). Illamasqua blushes come in a good range of shades, ranging from vibrant to soft.

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Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Gloss

The Spring Season: Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Lip Gloss

Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Lip Gloss ($36.00) is a peachy-nude cream gloss with just a touch of golden shimmer laced through it. It is, primarily, a cream finish gloss, though, so it can settle into lip lines. I find that it’s not really noticeable from the average viewing difference. I love, love the feeling of Le Metier de Beaute glosses, though; it’s moisturizing, lush, and non-sticky. It just feels amazing on lips. Every time I use one of my Le Metier de Beaute glosses, I marvel at how lovely they feel applied. I don’t wear Apricot Creme alone very often, but I love it on top of pinks and nudes.

Is this the right nude gloss 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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