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Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Happy weekend, all!

I just wanted to let you all know what’s been happening with Temptalia for the past 24 hours. We experienced intermittent downtime from 7AM PST and onwards until approximately 6PM PST. We started the process of transferring to a new server around 2PM PST. We migrated the Temptalia.com domain beginning around 10PM PST. The propagation of the domain name can take anywhere from minutes to 72 hours. We hope this new server will better be able to accommodate us as well as make your experience viewing Temptalia faster/more reliable.

If you can see this post, it probably means the domain has propagated for you. You should be able to view posts, leave comments, etc. and the site should run normally. If you see this post, it means all went well and Temptalia is back for your viewing pleasure! :)

But if you could do me a favor, I would appreciate it! If you can see this post, leave me a comment and let me know. I’d like to see just how fast things are getting up for everyone.

Thank you for understanding!

Best,
Christine

HUGE thanks to Ryan Yockey for giving us some superb support as we got our new server up and running! :)

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What was the last lipstick you fell in love with? The one you can’t believe you did without?

Temptalia's Answer.

Chanel’s Tangerine Dream! I really love the vibrancy, texture, and look of it.
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Friday, April 24th, 2009

The Hit List

Worst Face Cleanser? What product wins this category?

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Diorskin Nudeicon ($45.00) is one of Dior’s newer foundations. It’s a liquid foundation that’s designed to be extremely lightweight–actually described as “weightless”–with a slightly dewy finish. According to Dior, it uses “[a] unique blend of 100% natural mineral pigments and Dior’s innovative Mineralized Water.” I don’t really know what that means, and I’m a skeptic and interpret most of that as marketing jargon.

Too Long, Don’t Want to Read?

Cliff Notes: MAC Studio Fix Fluid has been my holy grail foundation since SFF launched, which must have been about four or so years ago, at least. So for any foundation to displace my SFF has to be just that good.

Diorskin Nude comes in shades that range from Ivory to Light Beige to Medium Beige to Honey Beige to Dark Beige to Dark Brown. For those unfamiliar with Dior’s colors/numbering system for the Nude foundation, I thought I’d give you a little summary since I didn’t know myself. For reference, I’m currently about NC25 or so in MAC foundations (I used to be NC30, and somehow I got lighter… whole ‘nother story!). I tried about six different shades in Nude before finally settling on one, which is Linen #021.

The system of numbers starts with #010 and goesup to #070. #010 is the lightest, and it is neutral (no yellow, pink, or peach undertones). All numbers ending in a zero reflect neutral undertones. All numbers ending with a one (like #021) reflect shades with yellow undertones (warm/olive toned). All numbers ending with a two (like #022) reflect shades with pink undertones (cool toned). All numbers ending with a three (like #023) reflect shades with peach undertones (warm/not olive). Diorskin Nude has a good shade range for light to medium toned skin, with several options for deeper skintones, but only if you don’t find your skin has pink or peach undertones.

I’ve been struggling to find a foundation that matches my neck for some time now. For whatever reason, my neck is lighter than my face, and the rule of thumb is you should match your face to your neck… whether it is lighter or darker. It’s always easier to go darker than lighter! Nude feels nearly weightless as marketed, and the coverage is still there. It feels surprisingly thin and watery (but not like, ew, separated watery) while still providing me with decent coverage. I’d say it’s light-to-medium coverage, and you can definitely build it up to medium coverage on areas you need to.

Read the rest of this way-too-detailed-review! Continue reading →

Friday, April 24th, 2009

The Container Store’s Underbed Storage ($10.99) is a really easy way to store your seasonal products or products you just don’t use very often. Like shoes, I often store products like self-tanners and spray tans in these storage units and slide them under my bed until I need them.

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Friday, April 24th, 2009

Project Revamp

If you could revamp Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, what would you change? What would you keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?