Zoya Wicked Collection

Zoya Wicked Collection

Zoya Wicked Collection ($36.00 for all 6, or $7 each) is one of two fall collections from Zoya.  It contains six shades:
Edyta (complex mixture of gold, olive, blue-green, and smoky grey with a sparkling metallic finish), Julieanne (unique purple sparkles with gold, peach, and yellow-green duochrome in a dark blue-purple base), Cheryl (smoky brown base completely packed with metallic copper, gold, and mahogany metallic microglitter), Karina (cool medium crimson red with swirls of pink, gold, and red foil metallic glitter), Carrie Ann (light warm scarlet red with copper, gold and pink-red foil metallic glitter), Kym (antique copper base with gold, copper, and pink reflective metallic sparkles).

The formula is just as you’d expect from Zoya:  smooth, nicely pigmented, and dries down beautifully.  The colors are very true-to-bottle, and I had no issues with application whatsoever.

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RECOMMENDATION: Excellent pigmentation for all six shades, easy to apply, and none needed more than two coats for a smooth, opaque finish. If you see a color you like, I think you’ll be happy with it.


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Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #117 Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a creamy darkened raspberry with a plummy edge.  Extra Silky Lipsticks are one of my favorite lipstick formulas, for their lightweight feel, moisturizing properties, and the way colors look on.  It hugs lips but never feels drying or clingy; it always looks smooth, lush, and rich.  I haven’t met an Extra Silky shade I didn’t find appealing–nearly universally so.  The color applies opaque, even though it feels and looks like it might not in the swatch.

I recommend applying less than you think, because it’s easy to over-apply the product here due to the creamy nature of the formula.  At this price (and the amount you get), you don’t want to waste a single bit!  These are also scent- and taste-free as far as I can tell.   I don’t have any exact dupes at the moment, but perhaps as the series progresses, we’ll find something.

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Fresh Eat, Pray, Love Collection

Fresh Eat, Pray, Love Collection

Fresh is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Sony Pictures’ feature film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, debuting in theaters August 13, 2010. Lev Glazman, Fresh Co-founder and Fragrance Designer, was instantly intrigued by the project: “Fragrance is a big part of my own spiritual journey. I have always been emotionally connected to scent. It is how I organize my own memories, the special moments in my life. With every chapter of Eat, Pray, Love, I found myself automatically translating each into a scent.” The results are emotionally-charged fragrances designed to be worn alone or layered together, that not only transport you to a specific destination, but also to a different state of mind. Embark on a sensorial journey with the Fresh Eat, Pray, Love Collection:

EAT EAU DE PARFUM ($32.00 for 1 oz.)

This sweet, effervescent scent indulges in Italy’s most addictive desserts and sensual wines. It celebrates the beauty of reconnecting with your body’s needs after a great sadness, forgetting consequences and giving in to the simple pleasures it craves. Notes of bright Italian lemon and basil are balanced with creamy textures reminiscent of cannoli and tiramisus topped off with sparkling Prosecco and Limoncello for the ultimate gourmand experience.

  • Top Notes: Italian lemon, basil, bergamot
  • Middle Notes: plum, red currant, rose
  • Bottom Notes: caramel, meringue, vanilla

PRAY EAU DE PARFUM ($32.00 for 1 oz.)

Inspired by India’s serene sunsets, fresh soil, and traces of incense and spices that permeate warm winds, this scent has great impact and ultimately puts you at peace. A comforting blend of jasmines, pink pepper, patchouli, ambers, juniper berries, cardamom, and incense results in a woodsy fragrance laced with exotic spices and silky undertones.

  • Top Notes: elemi, pink pepper, juniper berry
  • Middle Notes: incense, peony, rose
  • Base Notes: patchouli, amber, musk

LOVE EAU DE PARFUM ($32.00 for 1 oz.)

This fragrance bottles the bright, colorful, anything-is-possible feelings of falling in love. Scents of passion, like percolating pheromones, sun-caressed skin, and salty kisses, are combined with the lush aromas of Indonesia’s exotic landscape for a sunny floral fragrance with tropical fruity undertones.

  • Top Notes: bergamot, red currant, mango blossom
  • Middle Notes: lisylang, Tiare, dewy jasmine
  • Base Notes: sandalwood, vetyver, velvet amber


This artisanal trio of petite candles features the unique scents of Eat, Pray, and Love. Designed to be burned separately or together, different candle combinations allow you to create different moods throughout the home. Each is made with a special blend of waxes that preserves the fragrance from start to finish and
a lead-free wick for a clean flame.

The Fresh Eat Pray Love Collection will be available beginning July 15 for a limited time exclusively at Fresh retail stores and www.fresh.com.

Philosophy Celebrate Love Shower Gel Review, Photos

Philosophy Celebrate Love

The Tech GuyShaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, is here with another must-read “manly” review. He’s twenty-seven with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).  I told him to review this, and he said “Absolutely not!” in his girliest voice, and then, I was going to review it this morning… and here he comes along to steal my thunder and review it himself!

Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes to being my shoulder to cry on.

Hello, yeah I just got out of the shower? What? Yes, I tried the new Philosophy Celebrate Love Shower Gel. How’d I like it….? Uh…. Okay, it’s the greatest fragrance I’ve ever smelt. Review it?!? Are you crazy? I’ll be tarred in feathered by the male community! What?! No! Don’t take that away! FINE, I’ll review it! What? Yeah, tacos… Okay, I love you too. No, don’t make me say that…… FINE! I love you too… snookums. Bye.

Ahem, sorry I was on the phone with Christine. This is a hard one for me, because I basically have to turn in my man pass, and never be allowed to do anything manly again. There goes spitting and scratching! Thanks a lot ladies!

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Dare to Wear Look: Yellow, Coral, Red

Dare to Wear Look: Yellow, Coral, Red

If there is one beauty lesson I cannot seem to learn is to remove mascara before doing a look!  Argh!  I always do this — have mascara on for some other purpose, decide to do a look, but don’t want to waste time (aka being lazy) removing mascara and then waiting for the area to dry (don’t want to apply eyeshadow base on top of remover… counterproductive!)… and then the mascara looks all clumpy and yuck at the end.  No more being lazy!

I did upper lash liner because I know some will be disappointed otherwise if they saw this look sans the liner.  I was just playing around with the combo last night anyway, so removing it after ten minutes wasn’t going to break my heart so it worked out :)  Well, except for the minor swelling this AM, lol!

You can easily pair this look with a toned down coral, pink, or even nude lip.  I went for the gusto and used Gimme That! but it’s not necessary.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Going Bananas eyeshadow on the lower half of the lid. Lightly blend Free to Be eyeshadow on the middle of the lid, horizontally, with the 239. Apply Louder, Please eyeshadow on the outer half of the crease with the 239 and lightly blend upwards.  Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Zero liner on the lower lash line and Blacktrack fluidline on the upper lash line with the 208. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara. Add false lashes if desired.

For cheeks, apply #15 Natural blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116, then lightly pat Mary Lou-manizer on the cheekbones.

For lips, apply Gimme That! lipglass for a complementing lip.

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