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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

10 Amazing Products Reviewed During 2008

Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer for an easy-to-use day time moisturizer that’s lightweight, doesn’t cause acne, and keeps your skin moisturized all day long. Added benefit? It’s in techy air-less packaging, which means the ingredients don’t get contaminated by you or the air.

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment will help solve that no-good, stubborn-as-hell pimple that just hurts and is killing you to look at.

Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect is such a delicious combination of subtle color and shimmer–I absolutely adore it for a great everyday go-to kind of color and product.

Burberry The Beat Eau de Parfum is still a favorite scent that I keep on my bathroom counter, and I can only say that there are three that have made a home there. The Beat is in good company with Dior Addict and Vera Wang’s Look.

Calvin Klein Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss is my new favorite lipgloss formula. I love the way it lasts for awhile, comes in a good range of colors, and feels like a dream on my lips. Lightweight, pigmented, and sophisticated shimmer–YES!

I chose these products out of many, because these are products I use again and again and would continue to repurchase in the future if needed. These are truly some of my favorite products I had the chance to try during the year, but they are products I feel good about recommending to all of you.

Chanel Beiges de Chanel Quad really stole my heart this year. I’m totally digging neutral looks these days, and this is the perfect quad to arm yourself with for foolproof neutral eyes.

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator was such an amazing exfoliator for both the body and the face, and I truly am disappointed to see that there is no news of it returning or becoming part of the permanent line. I am all out of mine, unfortunately, so I can only dream now!

Clarisonic For Better Skin, not to mention cleaner, healthier skin. 100% worth the initial costs!

Lush Sweet Japanese Girl may have rubbed some of you the wrong way with its design, but the product itself feels amazing and keeps my skin feeling fab.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils really stole the show when it came to eyeliners. They may have been around beforehand, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I had the chance to try them (and totally fall head over heels in love with them!).

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Today, let’s celebrate both the passing of 2008 and beginning of 2009 by reminiscing about some of the most popular, favorite, and just plain ol’ fun posts from Temptalia over the past year.

10 Most Popular Posts of 2008

1. Eye Diagram, Parts of the Eye was the most popular post from this past year. It describes the different parts of the eye (like the crease, inner lid, etc.) with a photo diagram.

2. Tutorial for a Super Black & Gold Smoky Eye is an ultra dramatic smoky eye, perfect for your New Year’s Eve celebrations!

3. Need help getting out of a beauty rut? Temptalia readers offer their tips and advice on how to break free of that rut and get back into the groove of all things beauty!

4. Tutorial for a Blue & Green Eye that isn’t all that dramatic nor overly smoky–but it is jam-packed with color! It features Gorgeous Gold on the inner lid, with softer blues and darker navies on the outer lid.

5. MAC Hello Kitty Photos was a huge hit, whether you loved it or hated it. It is most definitely a much anticipated collection for 2009!

6. Tutorial for a Ultra Smoky Green-Black Eye teaches you how to achieve a kicked up green and gold smoky eye with just a smidge of black-gold to accent the color.

7. Tutorial for an Easy Work-Safe Eye was designed as a neutral look for Valentine’s Day, but it is also perfect for low-key events or even office-appropriate situations! Kick it up with a bright red lip!

8. First Video Tutorial featuring a smoky silver-blue eye. Pretty self-explanatory!

9. Tutorial for an Orange & Pink Eye is a neutral eye with a lot of pop and sizzle with Molten Sol liquidlast liner to brighten up the eye.

10. MAC Cosmetics: Guide For the Newly Addicted is a series of articles written to introduce you to the brand, from recommendations to advice!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


When was the last time you shopped your stash? When did you rediscover a product you used to love or a product you only used once or twice?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

I thought I better do a Royal Tour trio look before I returned it! I’m spending the day with my sister, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be heading to the mall at some point in the afternoon, so I’d like to return some Dame Edna stuff–I just really was disappointed by some items I bought. We’re going to see Marley & Me, so I only wore this look briefly, because I just know I’ll be crying like a baby at least once during the movie–no need to have violet streaming down my face, LOL.

Oh! Oh!  I would like to say that the lips I used in this look are far brighter than I’d normally pair with this bold of an eye.  I really wanted to do *some* lip combo using the Dame Edna products, thus you have it ;)  You can also blot down the lipstick so it’s more of a stain before you put the gloss over it to make it less in-your-face.

What are you all doing for New Year’s Eve?! I ask today, because I know there are several international readers, so I’m sure your NYE is coming up just a lil’ faster than mine ;)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Violet pigment (violet base), Dame’s Desire eyeshadow (light purple), Royal Tour eyeshadow (medium purple with fuchsia), Climate Blue eyeshadow (blue-purple), Femme-fi eyeshadow (highlighter), Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner (purple), (Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Don’t Be Shy blush (cool pink)
  • Lips: Gladiola lipstick (purple-fuchsia), Hot Frost lipglass (medium pink)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Dame’s Desire = Beautiful Iris; Royal Tour = Satellite Dreams; Climate Blue = Contrast; Femme-fi = Shroom; Don’t Be Shy = Well Dressed; Gladiola = Up the Amp + Girl About Town; Hot Frost = Cultured

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Violet pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Dame’s Desire eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Royal Tour eyeshadow to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Climate Blue packed on and drag into crease using the 239. Darken crease with Climate Blue eyeshadow using the 239. Sweep Femme-fi underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Don’t Be Shy blush using the 129. Apply Gladiola lipstick to lips, and then top with Hot Frost lipglass for color and shine.

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Stila for Spring ’09: Convertible Mascara

The innovative formula, with a duo of easy-to-use brushes, deilvers twenty-four hours of long, strong, gorgeous lashes. The thermo-sensitive polymer formula wraps each lash, encasing it in a thin tube of jet black pigment. COat the top lashes using the large tapered brush, and then defer to the narrow brush to target hard-to-reach inner lashes and define the lower ones with exact precision. The formula also strengthens the lashes with each wear. It is smudge-proof, sweat-proof, and water-resistant. To remove, simply splash warm water on the eyes and gently wipe your lashes clean. Priced at $22.00.

Availability: February 2009

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

A little late, but better than never, right? Here are photos and swatches of Laura Mercier’s Master Tool Box ($68.00) that came out for the holiday season. But guess what? You can save 25% with code HOL25 now through January 10th, 2009. So hey, maybe being late WAS a good thing after all ;) The lip palette has Tea Rose, Pink Champagne, Cinnamon, Amaretto and Garnet Lip Colours. The eyeshadow palette contains Morning Dew, Rose, Fresco, Chocolate, Twilight Grey, a mini Black Violet Kohl Eye Pencil.

The palette is very universal–I can see it working on everyone, which is always a good thing to see. I hate when a palette is pretty, but I can’t get it to work for my skin tone! The shadows are smooth, buttery, and the pigmentation is there. The colors look just like they do in the pan; it’s a huge pet peeve of mine when a shadow looks one way in the pan and totally different on the skin or during application. The lip colors are pretty tame, but there is a nice berry shade for holiday parties and winter outings.

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