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Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away $135+ in MAC Cosmetics!

The theme of this prize package is dramatic, smoky eyes. The total value of the prize is $137.00.

Winner will receive:

  • MAC Mascara X
  • MAC Orpheus Kohl Power
  • MAC Ebony Eye Kohl
  • MAC Blacktrack fluidline
  • MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious Lacquer
  • MAC Meet the Fleet eyeshadow
  • MAC Reflects Blackened Red
  • MAC Mont Black eyeshadow
  • MAC Smoke Signal pigment

RULES: All entries must be submitted by November 27th, 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.

Congratulations to Stephine, @twistedheartsx, for winning!

How to Win:  Two Chances…

For a total of two chances!  Please be sure to use a valid e-mail address.

1. Comment to win: leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite black eyeshadow is.
2. Follow us on Twitter and re-tweet the following: RT @temptalia RT to win $135+ in MAC Cosmetics! Follow @temptalia! Rules: http://tinyurl.com/macsmokyset

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are five beauty tips every makeup fan should know? Share your favorites!

Temptalia's Answer.

1.) Practice makes perfect — you learn so much through practice, not to mention you *do* improve over time as well. 2.) Brushes make a difference, quality brushes make an even bigger one. 3.) Don’t let rules confine you–play around, experiment, find what YOU like. 4.) Take photos–the closer the better–so you can really see where you need to improve (if anywhere!). 5.) Always have fun.

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Makeup artist, Karrie, shares this lovely multi-colored look, inspired by MAC’s Jingle Jangle face chart, with us today. You may recognize Karrie from her take on MAC’s Unzipped Look for Halloween! You can see more of her work at her beauty blog.

She used…

  • Eyes: Prep+Prime Eye, Prep+Prime Lash, Loud Lash, Brow Set Clear, Chromaline Black Black, Sculpt Sculpting Powder, Smolder Khol, Blue Sorcery Mineralize Eyeshadow, Devil-May-Care Mineralize Eyeshadow, One Off Eyeshadow, Typographic Eyeshadow, Handwritten Eyeshadow, Blanc Type Eyeshadow
  • Face: Studio Finish Concealer NW15, Studio Sculpt NC15, Light MSF Natural, Conjure Up Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Prep+Prime Lip, Total Wow! Lipstick, Jingle Jangle Dazzleglass

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss
Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss

The Scarlet Season: Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss

Cosmoholic Rockstar Red Lip Gloss ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a glossy semi-opaque red with pink tones. I had never heard of Cosmoholic prior to trying out this shade, and I was pleasantly surprised at the pigmentation! After reading up on Cosmoholic’s back story, I learned that their lip glosses are designed to be liquid lipsticks, so they’re supposed to be heavily pigmented. The gloss itself is non-sticky, contains no shimmer, and lasts about four hours on me and leaves a just-bitten stain behind. It has a sweet vanilla scent that doesn’t read synthetic, though a lil’ extra sweet for my personal taste (but it’s not a bad thing). The gloss also contains vitamin E, and this gloss definitely didn’t dry out my lips while I wore it!

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

China Glaze Cleopatra Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cleopatra Nail Lacquer

Glitter Polish: China Glaze Cleopatra Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Cleopatra Nail Lacquer ($3.50 to $6.00) is a warmed-up yellow gold with small-sized gold particle glitter with a little mix of multi-colored shimmer. On my nails, it read more yellow gold and I didn’t notice much of the holographic glitter.

It’s kind of the opposite of Medallion, which is more of a cool-toned antique gold in comparison. Between the two of them, I do prefer Cleopatra with my skin tone — it really just warms me up.

This is also glitter suspended in a clear base, so it can work nicely as a glitter top coat over your favorite nail polish or worn alone for a sheerer look. It took me three coats to achieve the results in the swatches, but I could have waited a little longer in-between coats to get a more opaque look. (I was trying to get it done before my boyfriend came back to the office!)

It’s not as smooth as the average China Glaze lacquer, and it has the same consistency and feel of Medallion–a little gritty, not the easiest to apply, but it’s workable and not bad for a glitter polish.  It removes like the average glitter polish.  If I could improve it, I’d definitely wish for a smoother application–just one that spread the glitter evenly and quickly, and perhaps, a faster drying time.

From the various shades I’ve tried from China Glaze’s fifty new glitter lacquers, Cleopatra is my favorite! It’s just the right shade of gold that I’m automatically drawn to–plus, it complements my skin tone quite well.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Looking for a warm gold, totally blinged out lacquer? Cleopatra might be it.

Availability: 8ty8beauty.com, Head2ToeBeauty.com, TransDesign.com

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are your top 10 must-have beauty products? Be specific! You can’t just say “lipstick”!

Temptalia's Answer.

Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, MAC Mari-sheeno lipstick, MAC Espresso eyeshadow (brows, baby!), MAC Margin blush, Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque, Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer, Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers, Clarisonic, Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation

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