Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyper Liner

I found these liners stayed put on my lower lash line (I didn’t wear on my water line, since I wasn’t sure if these were waterline safe or not) without budging, smudging, or migrating during the day.   The liner itself applies intensely without work, and it glides on without tugging on the lash line, too.  I really like the level of softness, because it’s not so soft it’s easy to break, but it’s not so hard that it tugs or drags on the lash line either.

The eyeliners are also very simply packaged–colored end followed by a silver strip, and then the majority of the pencil is a pink all topped off with a silver cap.  They’re the same price as both Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever’s eyeliners–and just as good.  I’d say the color range may differ here and there, though Tarina Tarantino’s closer to Urban Decay’s.   In fact, Glamorous Thief is incredibly similar to Deviant, while Amethyst Android to Lust.  (If you have those, I’d pass on both these shades.)  On me, all three wear about the same, with Make Up For Ever doing the best on the water line, and then Tarina Tarantino and Urban Decay doing just slightly under Make Up For Ever (but I personally prefer the color range and softness of Urban Decay).

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Recommendation:  If you’re either an eyeliner fiend or you don’t have too many Urban Decay/Make Up For Ever eyeliners, then Tarina Tarantino is a nice line to try if you’re looking for a pop of color in your eyeliner.  I don’t think the shade range is as standout when the market has so much that is similar, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that these work well and are high quality eyeliners.  If you own all of Urban Decay’s liners, you may find these too similar to own both–the only shade that looks different from anything Urban Decay has is Broken Doll (light pink).

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Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Liner ($5.79) is a waterproof, self-sharpening eyeliner that comes in in six different shades (Deep Ocean being the only one not shown).  Each pencil also has a smudging tip on the opposite end.

The formula on these is pretty good, but they could live up their claims of being waterproof and budgeproof just a little bit more.  I found that they stayed pretty well, but on oilier areas (yes, I put eyeliner on my forehead–don’t you?  What, you don’t?  Say it isn’t so!), it doesn’t hold up 100%–more like 90%.  The other downside is that they seem to take a little longer to set/dry, so make sure not to blink too hard or else you might unintentionally smudge!  On the other hand, if you want to smudge it, you have plenty of time to do so.

None of the shades seemed to last on my water line for more than a half hour or so, but they stayed put on my lower lash line when I wore them just fine (for reference, my skin is normal-to-dry).  More watery or oilier lash lines may experience a little bit of migration or budging after several hours, but for a drugstore liner, these worked out well.

The liner itself feels very soft along the lash line, and it doesn’t tug at it either.  The tip is fine enough to get a thin line, but it might too thick to get a really tight line if that’s what you’re after.  I like that they’re self-sharpening (the sharpener is included on the pencil), because it’s something you can keep in your makeup bag and never have to worry about a sharpener.  They also are fairly waterproof–they barely budged after I ran my arm under a faucet.

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10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known

10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known

I didn’t fall in love with makeup until I was 18! I had just started my freshman year of college at University of California, Irvine, and I bought some MAC Pigment samples off of eBay (thinking back, I don’t think they *were* really MAC)… but it was over from there. I was totally smitten! Surprisingly, this love affair has endured for five years now (almost 6, am I really turning 24 this year? sigh!), though I don’t usually obsess over something for so long.

I am in desperate need of a hair cut at the moment. I haven’t had my hair cut since December 2008. Yes, 2008, that was not a typo! I keep meaning to set an appointment somewhere, but then I get distracted or forget for a month. I’m fortunate that since I don’t do very much with my hair (very, very little heat or styling) that it’s so forgiving. The good news is at least it’s nice and long again with no split ends!

I make silly faces in all my makeup! It’s something I started doing whenever I had the thought, “Is this too much? I feel ridiculous!” But I seem to make silly faces a lot in general :) I like making the faces because it reminds me not to be so serious, but it also makes sure I haven’t shallacked my face and can still move it around!

I only wear China Glaze For Audrey Nail Lacquer on my toes during the summer! I love, love the way the color looks in the summer particularly, but it looks so pretty underwater, too.

Wearing makeup has helped me stop rubbing my eyes and licking my lips (both bad habits!). I remember when I first started wearing eye makeup, I would always forget and then rub my eye… and then remember once half of my eyeshadow was on my hand! LOL! Wearing lipstick and lipgloss at once really helped me combat any licking/tugging of my lips that I used to do, too.

I did not have a skincare regimen until I was 19! If you have kids, I hope you’re educating them on the merits and MUSTS of sunscreen, because that is the one thing I wish someone had told me about twenty years ago! I didn’t wash my face with digilence or regularity, and even when I was 19, I used Cetaphil until I was 20 (which is a good cleanser, but it doesn’t remove all your makeup). Bad, bad, bad! I don’t even think I got into the habit of wearing SPF everyday until I was 20 or 21. :(

I suffer from serious makeup COLLECT ‘EM ALL SYNDROME. If I fall in love with a particular formula or product and say I own 5 of 8 shades… then I have to own all 8, even if I’m not in love with the other shades! It’s like I need to complete my set. I’m just lucky that I manage to resist the urge to complete much larger sets (e.g. my MAC permanent eyeshadows or lipsticks) that would really break the bank!

I always match my makeup to my clothes. Whether it’s a faux pas or not, I do it. I like it, so I do it! It doesn’t mean that I always have to be an exact match or I won’t do a neutral paired with a color. Oh, and I love wearing black with a very bold lip or eye — I find it really makes the look pop!

I desperately yearn for a makeup room to call my own. I want one huge room where I keep and store all my makeup, shoes, and clothes! Apartment living really cramps my style, I tell ya :)

The only thing I am more obsessed over than beauty/makeup is my dog, Magellan aka Mellan. He’s a two-year old yellow lab that long ago stole my heart with his big puppy eyes and come-love-me face. I take way too many photos of him (and he is sooo not photogenic!), love him way too much, and inject him into conversations like an obsessive dog-lady. At least I only dress him up on holidays…

What are some nifty random facts of beauty about you?  Share ’em with me!

The Summer Season: Dolce & Gabbana Violet Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Violet (#100) Shine Lipstick ($30.00) is a creamy, magenta purple with a very glossy, squishy look. It’s quite pigmented–nearly opaque–and feels incredible on lips. It’s smooth, applies evenly, and looks practically wet on lips. The lipstick has a noticeable rosy scent which may be too much for some, but luckily, I don’t mind heavier scented lipsticks, and I find that it’s not noticeable (to me, at least) when I wear it–it’s more of a scent you can smell when you smell the tube.

I have to admit I was surprised about this shade, because even though I had high hopes for a shade called “Violet,” I didn’t think I’d find a color that’s really not represented by many of the ultra high-end brands.

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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NYX Paradise Nail Polish

NYX Paradise Nail Lacquer

NYX Paradise Nail Polish ($5.00) is a funky shade perfect for summer!  It’s this blue-teal with flecks of gold-green shimmer.  I thought it’d be a nice shade to feature for the upcoming warmer, summery season :)

The formula doesn’t standout, but it’s solid — it’s not too thick or thin, and it goes opaque in three coats (but you definitely need three).  I get good wear out of this polish, too–it’s my first NYX polish–so I was pleasantly surprised by that.  I used Zoya’s Color Lock System for the polish, just as a FYI!

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Recommendation:  If you love duochromes, Paradise is a nice mix of blue, teal, gold, and green.  Perfect for summer!

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