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The best in beauty products that have truly stood the test of time. Tried and true, these still rock.
Calvin Klein Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss ($17.00) was a surprising discovery I made during last year’s Friends & Family sale at Sephora. I impulsively purchased Maven lip gloss, and I was quite pleased with it when I received it. In fact, I liked it so much, I went to my local Sephora and picked up three more — Knockout, Taffy, and Radar (at full price, even!). Shimmery, fairly pigmented glosses with exceptional glossiness and smooth texture. It didn’t feel sticky to me, but it wasn’t slipping off my lips either. Available at Sephora.com.
Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butters ($3.69) is one of those brands I find cute, affordable, and reliable. I’ve never not loved a Yes To Carrots product. They have a whole slew of flavors from Citrus (my personal favorite!), Melon, Berry, Carrot, and Mint. Super hydrating, deliciously scented, and lightly glossy. These just melt like butter on your lips. Available at Drugstore.com.
See three more of my long-standing faves! Continue reading →
“Sunset Boulevard” started with Traffic, Pageant, and Safety Orange
Yesterday, I introduced OCC Lip Tars ($12.50 each) to you. I showed you eleven shades of color — and what do you know? Last night they added two shades to their line up: Plum and Vintage! Lip Tars are made to be mixed and less so to be worn alone (especially the primary colors!), so I had a little mixology session last night where I made twelve different shades, just playing and experimenting with adding different amounts and shades together.
The best way to mix colors is to use small jars. I use clear, 5 gram sample jars that I’ve long since purchased from eBay. These come in handy for a variety of things – sampling out pigments, travel size containers for creams, cleansers, etc. They’re a good thing to have around the house.
Temptalia as a Mixologist
Step 1: Squeeze out the colors and the amounts you think you’ll need into the sample jar.
Step 2: Take a toothpick (or a plastic spatula, if you have them!), and then mix vigorously. Make sure to swipe the sides to really get as much color mixed as you can.
Step 3: If it’s the color you’ve always dreamed of, then it’s done. If not, add more of a shade or another shade to change up the color.
Tricks I Learned
- If you’re really into mixing up your own lip colors, I highly suggest picking up two tubes of white. I found I used white quite a bit, relative to all of the other shades.
- Go easy on black. It really will darken up your lip color INSTANTLY. Like a little will do ya!
- Adding clear gloss seemed to add more “bulk” – stretched out the color, but it didn’t dilute it or sheer it out.
- Thinner application to lips results in a very satiny finish. A second or third layer adds more glossiness and feels more comfortable on lips to me.
Overall, I had some fun experimenting. I know some of you were concerned about having to mix up colors everyday and the like, but it doesn’t need to be. You can mix up colors every so often, and you can fill up your sample jar with that color. You’ll get plenty of uses out of it before you have to think about mixing it up again.
I do recommend using lip liner and a lip brush when applying Lip Tars during real application. (I didn’t use lip liner since these are swatches–quick and dirty–and I think it is important to show each one’s potential to bleed. For example, black bleeds the most, and all of them bleed more if you have a thicker coat on.) I took pictures of the mixing process, so as to not to overload the page, I’ll share four custom mixed shades at a time!
See four shades I created… Continue reading →
Do you wear cream blushes? Do you prefer powder ones?
I do, but I generally layer them with a powder blush, too. I find I get better staying power that way!
Newest storage solution!
I’m always on the hunt for a new and improved storage solution for my makeup, and it seems like it is a never-ending quest. Keeping everything in my TV-stand-turned-vanity worked when I didn’t have to keep it in a closet, but for the past year, that’s where it has been. It makes using anything from it a pain in the butt, so stuff often goes unused instead. My bathroom was also starting to look like a Sephora threw up in it, LOL. (You can see my previous storage solutions here, too, to see the different stages!)
Inspired by Pursebuzz’s 20-Drawer Rolling Cart, I found myself getting two of the 10-Drawer Rolling Carts. The all-black drawer look suited me better, and unfortunately they don’t come in a set of 20, so two it was.
Just a heads up, these drawers do not really fit lipsticks or lipglosses standing up. They’re 2.75″ high, and the only lipsticks that I could fit were MAC — and they had to be on the top drawer only, because there’s a little extra room (heighth-wise) on the top drawer. Trust me, I tried, too. I had visions of all these lipsticks in one drawer dancing in my head, but no luck in realizing that dream. I found that these carts are sturdy enough for my purposes, though they’re not robust or ultra durable. The drawers do have a tendency to slip off their tracks when pulled in and out hurriedly, but it’s not a big deal to pop it back on. They’re small and compact, which makes them perfect for the space I’m in currently. (The second bathroom contains the majority of my stash–and nobody showers in it, so there’s no heat/steam issues.)
I used Shallow Drawers from The Container Store for inside the drawers, as well as black liner (to prevent shifting). Each drawer measures approximately 13.5″ long and 9.5″ wide. The shallow drawers are a pretty good fit, and you can use different sizes to suit what make up you might have. I still have a lot of my skincare and body products elsewhere, plus some stuff scattered in bathroom drawers. Overall, though, I ended up with only four empty drawers. I have just enough room to grow, hopefully!
See inside… Continue reading →
If you could revamp shu uemura cleansing oil, what would you change? What would you keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?
OCC NSFW Lip Tar
OCC Lip Tar Lip Swatches!
As promised, here are lip swatches of all of colored shades of Lip Tars. I will definitely do some mixing and matching later on today, and I’ll be sure to share the results!
To reiterate, the Lip Tars are designed to be mixed with each other! This means you don’t have to wear bright yellow all by itself — instead, get your creative juices flowing and start thinking about color theory and how to mix and blend colors to get your own custom shades. I’ll definitely be trying my hand at it this afternoon, and I will keep you all posted on the results.
See all of the lip swatches! Continue reading →