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Monday, July 20th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Considering investing in brushes for your face? Trying to figure out which brushes you need? Look no further — here’s our guide to MAC Face Brushes! Plus, seasoned MAC Artists weigh in with their must-haves!

MAC Face Brushes — Our Reviews

Temptalia’s Recommendations

5 Basics to Begin With: 109, 129, 150, 188, 194
5 More to Add Down the Road: 116, 138, 182, 187, 189
5 Great Multi-Taskers: 109, 129, 150, 182, 188
Best for Highlighting: 116, 165, 184
Best for Liquid Foundation: 109, 182, 187
Best for Cream Foundation: 109, 187, 190
Best for Powder Foundation: 150, 189
Best for Cream Blush: 188, 192
Best for Powder Blush: 116, 129
Best for Contouring: 109, 168
Best for Powder: 134, 150

What the PROS Say

MAC Senior Artist John Stapleton says, “Cannot live without the 187. It’s a two speed brush. It has the density at the base needed to provide more coverage and the softness of the fibres at the tip to give sheer light coverage.”

On the other hand, Senior Artist Luc Bouchard thinks, “188 [is a must-have]; it’s the perfect foundation brush if you use it in circular motion you get even coverage instantly,” and Senior Artist Keri Blair agrees, “This two-toned beauty is great for blending out foundation to create an airbrushed quality to the finish of your foundation. The synthetic white bristle can also be misted with MAC Fix + to help sheer out products to create a lighter more modern finish.”

Share your favorites with fellow Temptalia readers, just copy and paste the form below and write-in your own answers…

5 Basics to Begin With:
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5 Great Multi-Taskers:
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Best for Foundation:
Best for Blush:
Best for Contouring:
Best for Powder:

P.S. – Looking for reviews on MAC eye brushes? Check out our brush review round-up!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Getting Ready for Summer

How does your beauty routine change as spring fades and summer shines?

For me, I tend to give up thicker, heavier foundations in lieu of lightweight, more sweat-resistant foundations like tinted moisturizers and light powders. I also make sure I’m stocked up on all of my favorite sun-care products from head to toe (and hair!). I look for waterproof/water-resistant products like mascaras, liners, and even foundation, too.

Plus, thinking about all of the body prepping and pampering reminds me that I probably should slim down a bit. Inevitably, it’s swimsuit season, so if I want to show off that glowy fake bake tan, those winter pounds (from all of my Mom’s baked desserts) gotta go. I find it hard to resist snacking, so one way to snack better is to go with SunChips 100 Calorie Packs, because they keep me from devouring a whole bag of snacks.  (No, seriously, I will.  It’s terrible!)

Here are some summer posts to get you through the upcoming sunny days! Continue reading →

Monday, July 20th, 2009

NARS Eyeliner Stylo & Mascara for Fall 2009

During New York Fashion Week back in February, NARS also unveiled a new eyeliner called “Stylo,” which will be available in three shades — Black, Brown, and Blue ($27.00 each).  These will be waterproof and come with a felt-tip pen kind of application system.  These will be launched October 2009.

In addition to that, NARS will also launch Larger than Life Volumizing Mascara and Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara ($25.00 each), both water-resistant formulas with different brushes, as part of the fall line-up. The fall color collection is already available at NARSCosmetics.com for purchase, so you can expect to see these hitting counters sometime in September/October 2009.  You can expect to see these on Sephora exclusively as early as late August.

NARS Cosmetics has requested images for Stylo Eyeliners and Volumizing Mascara to be removed until further notice. In order to comply with this request, images have been removed and will be republished at a later date. Temptalia deeply apologizes to our readers for any inconvenience this might cause.

Monday, July 20th, 2009

NARS Sheer Foundation for Fall 2009

During New York Fashion Week back in February, we saw NARS unveil and use a new foundation on the runway. Available in Sheer Matte Foundation and Sheer Glow Foundation. Sheer Matte has a matte finish, while Sheer Glow has a satin finish; both will be available in twenty shades and retail for $42.00. New for Fall 2009, you can expect it to start hitting counters in August/September 2009. Meanwhile, be sure to head over to NARSCosmetics.com and check out their fall collection already available for purchase.

NARS Cosmetics has requested images for Sheer Foundation to be removed until further notice. In order to comply with this request, images have been removed and will be republished at a later date. Temptalia deeply apologizes to our readers for any inconvenience this might cause.

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Gilt Groupe is having a sale on Stila! I’m inviting you to join should you like yourself some Stila at 30-50% off! (Gilt is invite-only.)  It looks like a lot of the products available were also available at HauteLook last week, but maybe you’ll still find some things to take home with you :)

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Fashion Patch Mineralize Eyeshadow!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC Fashion Patch Mineralize Eyeshadow, from the limited edition MAC Colour Craft Collection.

Submit your entry by leaving a comment in this post and telling us what your favorite type of beauty product is!

All entries must be submitted by July 28th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

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