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Monday, July 27th, 2009

NARS Cosmetics – Duo Eyeshadows – Product Photos (Part 1)

Next to their blushes and The Multiples, I’d say NARS’ duo eyeshadows are the next favorite. Available in four duo cream eyeshadows (each retails for $32 and includes Thebes, Unconditional Love, Summer Time, and Madagascar).  But it’s not the cream ones that are the real crowd-pleaser, it’s the 49 permanent shades of powder duo eyeshadows (each retails for $32).

Today, we’re going to share with you all forty-nine flavors of these duo shadows (plus the four creamier ones), starting with this first set of product photos.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom.com

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Monday, July 27th, 2009

Just four months ago, I wrote about what my seven must-have eye brushes were.. and they’ve already changed a bit! In this video, I talk about six brushes I think are really excellent for building up your eye makeup brush stash, plus a little talk on two extra brushes that you might want to consider as well (or in place of one of the six).

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Monday, July 27th, 2009


Star Powder #920

Make Up For Ever Star Powders ($19.00 for 0.09 oz.) are finely milled loose color. Think MAC pigments, but more of a powdery texture and more finely milled. They can be used wherever you want, however you want. I only used mine with mixing medium, personally, as I found without the adhesiveness of mixing medium, they didn’t stay put as well.

Pure Pigments ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) are extremely pigment-rich loose color that are matte in finish. They’re like Star Powders, but they’re more intense and contain no shimmer. Pretty much all of the Pure Pigments will stain the skin (and your brushes — so be sure to wash those ASAP! after using).

  • #920 is a shimmery muted golden yellow with frosty shimmer. This is a good base shade under golds, browns, pinks, and oranges.
  • #910 is a grayish-green with golden shimmer. It looks like an olive green at first, but it’s a bit more gray.
  • #958 is a pretty medium green–reminds me of a grassy green, actually. It has slightly more subtle shimmer than some of the other Star Powders, though it is still noticeably shimmery.
  • #960 is a mix of blue with aqua and green shimmer. It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Parrot eyeshadow, but in a loose form. It also seemed a little bluer.
  • #929 is a warm, chocolate brown with golden shimmer. It goes on smoothly and has good color pigmentation.
  • #18 is a matte turquoise. If you ever lusted after MAC’s long-discontinued Turquoise pigment, check this out. It’s extremely similar, but it’s much better in finish/texture. If you’re into intense color, you’ll love Pure Pigments. I don’t like how much they stain skin/brushes, and I don’t have a need for shades quite this bright, so I don’t think I’ll pick up any additional shades going forward.

Which of these are your favorites?

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Monday, July 27th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

If you could only bring three beauty items with you to a desert island, what would you bring? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

Moisturizer with SPF in it, cleanser, and mascara.

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Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Choose or Lose

How often do you exfoliate your face?

  • Twice a week or so (28%, 433 Votes)
  • Once a week (21%, 318 Votes)
  • Daily (20%, 299 Votes)
  • 3-4 times a week (18%, 276 Votes)
  • Less than once a week (12%, 176 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,521

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

Sunday, July 26th, 2009


Eyeshadows: #50, 71, 137

These are the last three Make Up For Ever eyeshadows I’ll be reviewing :)

  • #50 is matte lightly pastel orange. It’s a bit more subdued than #5. It also comes out a little more like an orange than #5 does at times.
  • #71 is a matte, sunshine yellow. This is a shade that just doesn’t work on my skin tone–it’s a much, much more pigmented MAC Chrome Yellow.
  • #137 is a shimmery mauvey-plum shade. This is really pretty, and it’s has a soft sheen rather than a high frost finish making this very wearable.

Which of these are your favorites?

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