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Sunday, May 10th, 2009


Golden Apricot

Laura Geller’s Blush-N-Brighten Blushes ($29.50 each) are AMAZING. These are baked, marbleized pigments swirled together. They’re placed into terracotta pans, baked 24 hours, and the result is a soft, shimmery powder. If you love MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes, I think you’ll love these. Possibly even more. Why more? With the two I’ve tried, they give me a lot more color than many of the ones from MAC. I’ve always ended up using MAC’s MSFs as highlighters or complements to other blushes, rather than as a straight up blush. Besides, some of the real gems from MAC’s MSF releases are discontinued/were limited edition, so these provide you with an opportunity not to get sucked in by insane eBay prices, too!

The range currently includes six shades:

  • Berry Pink, berry, cream, gold
  • Golden Apricot Bronze, gold, rose
  • Honey Dipped Bronze, gold, copper
  • Pink Grapefruit Beige, mauve, pink shmmer
  • Roseberry Rose, copper, pink
  • Sunswept Bronze, coral, rose

The first shade I tried was Golden Apricot, which is a swirl/composition of coppery-peachy-orange, raspberry pink, apricot pink, and paler peach/apricot shades. It’s really pretty, has micro-fine shimmer, and the color goes on well. So despite the pretty look the blush has, it will kind of all swirl together and end up in one final shade — which is very much true to the name — golden apricot. You might call it a peachy-apricot, perhaps a peachy coral in a sense. It’s definitely a blush color that’s right up my alley, though. It would most definitely be a flattering shade on warmer skin tones, but I don’t think it is so warm as to make it difficult for cooler skin tones to wear it well.

The second shade I tried was Roseberry, which is a swirl/composition of rosy pink, a touch of raspberry, and a coppery-toned raspberry shimmer. This one looks less interesting at first glance, but it swatches beautifully. It’s a soft, rosy pink that’s not cool at all. It’s neutral-to-slightly-warm. It’s not overly intense, nor is it sheer. I find that the Blush-N-Brighten blushes are buildable in color/intensity. The shimmer is almost a soft gold sheen, but it doesn’t feel chunky at all.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed by Laura Geller’s Blush-N-Brighten blushes. The shimmer is extremely fine and soft–no chunky glitter here–and the color pigmentation is perfect. The ones I tried out included Laura Geller’s retractable brush for application, too ($35.00 each instead of $29.50), but the included brush is worth the extra $5.50. It’s ridiculously soft and dense. You won’t find one of those tossed in brushes that you’ll never use in these. Kudos to Laura Geller for that! (I’d say pick up one blush with the brush, and then you can just buy the blushes alone, since one is probably enough!)

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Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Yesterday, I was SO excited! Why? Because I applied false eyelashes for the first time to myself without it taking all day long. False eyelash application is most definitely an area where I lack expertise in (I can tell you all the tricks–I just can’t get them to work for me!), and one of the issues is I just can’t afford to spend an hour fussing with applying them. I don’t even just sit down and watch TV — I’m writing posts or taking photos or going through notes! I am just hoping maybe it’s all finally clicked for me, and I’ll be able to replicate my success next time, LOL!

I’d also like to add that in this look, I am using Korres’ Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 (you can expect a review later, but just for reference!). The pictures make it look a bit dewy, but I think that’s just me hot after blow-drying my hair. All in all, though, this is one of my favorite looks I’ve done lately, maybe overall, too :) Hope you like it!

& Happy Mother’s Day!! <3

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Mutiny pigment (aqua-blue), Parrot eyeshadow (blue with teal), Moon’s Reflection eyeshadow (silvery blue), Prussian eyeshadow (dark blue), Atlantic Blue eyeshadow (bright violet-blue), Femme-fi eyeshadow (highlighter), #7 lashes (false eyelashes), Blacktrack fluidline (black), Urban Decay Flipside 24/7 Liner (teal), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Enough Said blush (bronzy-orange), Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (bronzy highlighter)
  • Lips: Brave New Bronze lipstick (pinky nude), Goldyrocks dazzleglass (gold shimmer)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Mutiny = Teal + Frost; Parrot = Shimmermoss; Enough Said = bronzer; Brave New Bronze = Velvet Teddy;

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. With the 239, apply Mutiny pigment with water-based mixing medium on the lower lid. On the inner lid, pack Mutiny pigment on using the 239. Apply Parrot eyeshadow to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Moon’s Reflection eyeshadow using the 239. Darken crease with Atlantic Blue eyeshadow using the 226, then deepen with Prussian eyeshadow. Sweep Femme-fi eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Flipside Liner on lower lash line, and Blacktrack fluidline on the upper lash line using the 209. Apply #7 lashes to upper lash line, then lightly apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Enough Said blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Brave New Bronze lipstick to lips, and then top with Goldyrocks dazzleglass for color and shine.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Just A Pinch Gel Blush!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC Just A Pinch Gel Blush from the limited edition MAC A Rose Romance Collection. Submit your entry by leaving a comment in this post and telling us why you want to win. 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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Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What was the most luxurious beauty product you’ve tried? What about the one you’ve bought?

Temptalia's Answer.

Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperiale cream is probably one of the more luxe products I’ve tried (samples, though!)!
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Saturday, May 9th, 2009


Packaging

MAC Style Warriors Exclusive Temptalia Sneak Peek Part 2

Last month, we gave you a sneak peek of Style Warrior by MAC. Now, we’re giving you another sneak peek–yes, really! The collection officially debuts May 21st, according to my local MAC store (I asked just yesterday), but some stores are having unveiling parties May 12th (Tuesday), too. I’ll be heading to one such party myself on the 12th, so you can expect to see swatches, photos, and a review shortly thereafter. (It starts at 7PM, so you can start looking for posts after 8PM. I mean business when I go–I don’t linger, LOL!)

Not sure what Style Warriors is?

One thing I do want to mention is that these are products in final packaging, unlike some of the products last time, which were in sample packaging. I’d also like to note that the Purple Rite lipstick in the first sneak peek is notably different from the Purple Rite actually going to be released. It’s a brighter, more opaque pink with purple tones, with a frostier finish. (That is the nature of working names/samples, they are just that — a work in progress; sometimes they’re similar, sometimes they’re the same, and sometimes they end up different!)

EVERYONE must RUN to get Brave New Bronze lipstick. First, the name is kind of misleading — it is not really “bronze” to me. It’s this beautiful shade of fleshy-peachy nude without really being nude. It’s opaque, creamy, and has a subtle glossy sheen. It’s not an “exciting” shade, but it is really wearable. I, at least, implore you to give it a swatch when you see it and not just pass it up!

Vibrant Grape eyeshadow is permanent as part of the PRO product line-up, but for most of us, PRO access is limited to zilch, so it’s not a bad shade to pick up. It’s a pretty pinky-purple, fairly bright, and just lovely. I’m surprised that I didn’t have it already, so thankfully I have it now! Style Warrior lipglass is a pretty opaque, warm chocolaty brown with micro red and gold shimmer. Kind of hard for me to wear alone — definitely would need to overlay it on top of a lipstick to find a way to make it look good on me.

Pink Rebel Lustre Drops is a sheer, pearly soft pink. It’s more of a warmed up pink with maybe just a touch of peachiness/gold shimmer in it. I can’t say I’m really won over by the lustre drops, because the tube is so small and the price seems hefty ($18.50), though for sure a little goes a very long way. I’m just not sure if I’d actually use them on the regular. Both lustre drops I’ve played with are gorgeous, though.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Fix+ Rose!

We’re giving away one (1) MAC Fix+ Rose from the limited edition MAC A Rose Romance Collection. Submit your entry by leaving a comment in this post and telling us why you want to win. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

All entries must be submitted by May 12th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. That’s it! This contest is only open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws.

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