What would you pair with MAC Sweet & Punchy Eyeshadow?

If you were using MAC Sweet & Punchy Eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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Clarins Instant Sun Light Eyeshadow Palette

Clarins Eyeshadow Palette

Each eyeshadow is smooth, pigmented, and blendable.  What I really love about this palette is how workable it is–all the shades belong and work together with ease.  This is a great everyday palette, but it’s also perfect for traveling.  Whether you want a lighter, softer neutral eye or a smokier eye, you can do both with this one palette.  Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t necessarily the most innovative shades, but they are high-quality eyeshadows that will do you well, if you’re in the market for some neutrals or want them all in a convenient palette.

The eyeliner also suits the palette, because it’s dark enough to be smoldering, but it’s not so dark that it can’t be worn during the day, too.  I like the subtle shimmer in it, and I didn’t experience any smudging or fading when I wore it.  The included brushes are just mediocre but will get the job done if you’re in a pinch.

Clarins packaged this well–just a nice metal compact with a velvety brown bag–and I’m really surprised at the price.  Typically, Clarins eyeshadow quartets retail for $40, while this limited edition summer palette is just $36.  This made me curious to see if perhaps they just went with minimal quantity, but you get 0.15 oz. of product here.  Quartets contain 0.21 oz.–so I can see why there is a price differential.

Nonetheless, while it’s always great to get a ton of product for your money, we don’t always need the amount we buy, so sometimes just the initial investment cost is more important at the end of the day.  I think the amount you get is plenty to last you, even if this becomes an everyday palette (think of it as about 0.03 oz. per shade, as compared to the average eyeshadow at 0.05 oz.).

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Nubar 2010: Layer ’til Your Heart’s Content

Nubar 2010

Nubar 2010 ($7.49) is a clear base with glitter flakies suspended in the thick, colorless base.   The flakes are different sizes, and it’s definitely something designed to be worn on top of your favorite polishes rather than alone (but no worries, I showed it alone, as well).  It flashes a greenish-gold, fiery-gold, orange, and green, depending on how the light hits it and how much you use.  I just used one coat of Nubar 2010 over two coats of other polishes.  I picked polishes with cream finishes, rather than shimmery ones, and other than that, I just grabbed ones nearest to me.  It’s easy to use, as it applies smoothly while dispersing the flakies pretty evenly without  trouble!

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Recommendation: If you love to layer your polishes, you may find Nubar 2010 an excellent way to add some bling to your manicure/pedicure.

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A little change… new layout!

A little change… new layout!

Notice anything different? The new design features changes in the look and feel of the site, as well as some more structural changes, such as the navigation and search.  We are still tweaking the comments section over the next 24-48 hours, though.

  • The navigation is now clickable so that you can view each category’s subcategories.
  • The search is powered by Google to–hopefully–aid you in better, more efficient searching.
  • Before you get to the content, the most popular posts from the week, which you can scroll through.
  • Each post can be easily “Liked” on Facebook or Stumbled with StumbleUpon.
  • Redesigned comment section.

I hope you like the new design and some of the features that came along with it.  The Love it/Leave it feature was designed to be launched with the new layout, but I couldn’t wait for to get that live!  Temptalia gives major thanks to Shaun aka the tech guy for the weeks and months and hours upon hours he’s put into the site (seriously, thirty-six hours in the past three days alone).

P.S. — If you see anything that seems broken, do let us know!

Tag: Your Holy Grail Beauty Products

Tag: Your Holy Grail Beauty Products

What are your absolute must-have, can’t-live-without beauty products?  Share yours and find out what others can’t bear to be without as well! Don’t be shy — say as much or as little as you want; share your reasons, why it’s great for your skin tone — whatever you want!

Feel free to tag your friends or other beauty bloggers if you want to see theirs, too! :)

Here’s mine…

  • Best Eyeshadow Base:  MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot makes for the most excellent neutral, matte eyeshadow base on warmer skin tones (go Painterly for cooler skin tones).  Always keeps my eyeshadow in place!
  • Best Eyeshadow:   MAC Eyeshadow — gotta give it to MAC for the wide variety of shades and textures.   I kind of wanted to mention Hourglass’ eyeshadows, too, but they definitely have a more limited range, and to be honest, range is important to me!
  • Best Eyeliner:  Urban Decay 24/7 Liners are simply the right mix of long-wearing power with a soft, creamy texture and come in a variety of fun shades.
  • Best Mascara:  Chanel Exceptionnel still has my heart, even though it’s one steeply priced mascara.
  • Best Foundation:  Guerlain Parure Gold!  It’s totally my special occasion foundation.
  • Best Blush:  I’m totally torn here.  I wear MAC blushes all the time, but I love the texture of Dolce & Gabbana blushes, even if I haven’t found a shade I’d wear all the time.  I also love the softness of Benefit’s boxed powders, but they’re a mixture of highlighter, blush, and bronzer.
  • Best Highlighter:  Dior Skinshimmers and Benefit Sugarbomb–I can’t decide between the two!  Dior has more options, but I could wear Sugarbomb everyday!
  • Best Lipstick:  Guerlain Rouge Gs hit it right on the nail (except on price, duh) with a creamy formula that keeps lips soft and hydrated but doesn’t slip and slide all over the place.  The pigmentation is incredible, and the shades themselves are so wearable.  Hello, Giulette?  Seriously amazing.  I also want to mention Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laques, which are more of the liquid lipstick family, so I never feel quite comfortable saying they’re my favorite lipstick since they’re not quite that, you know?
  • Best Lipgloss:  I have too many favorites–it’s so hard to pick!  Guerlain KissKiss Gloss, YSL Golden Gloss, and LORAC Multiplex have dazzling, shimmering shades that really look gorgeous over a lipstick.  I love Illamasqua’s Intense Lipglosses for something wickedly pigmented and ultra glossy.
  • Best Lip Balm:  Philosophy Kiss Me Intense Lip Therapy goes beyond the call of duty to keep my lips in tip-top shape.

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