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Blogging from the Heart, Blogging for the Soul

Blogging from the Heart, Blogging for the Soul

Temptalia has stolen my heart, but I don’t mind–because it soothes my beauty-lovin’ soul and lifts me up. It’s changed my life, who I am, my outlook on life, and opened my mind.  I’ve been wanting to write something to explain how I feel about Temptalia and the opportunities it has given me so far, so I hope you won’t think me too sentimental for today’s post. :)

For me, blogging is a supremely personal endeavor. Every post, every photo, and every comment is me. I feel like I put myself out there in so many of the posts, whether it’s my face for a look or my credibility when I review a new product. (I can’t tell you how many times I get the feeling of, “I hope they love it as much as I do… oh, I hope they don’t hate it!” when I fall in love with a product and recommend it to others! ) There is no question as to why I do what I do, why I am still excited to write every day—because I love it from the bottom of my heart.

Sharing a new post (or two or three…) with all of you each day brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. Blogging has been one of the most rewarding (if not the most) experience in my life thus far. I really feel absolutely, positively, and truly blessed to be able to have Temptalia as such an incredible creative outlet.  It’s taught me to focus on the positive things in life and not dwell on the past but thrive in the now.

The first thought I have when I wake up is, “What am I going to write today?” and the last thought I have before I fall asleep is, “I can’t wait to write such and such post for tomorrow!” (I swear, the best brainstorming happens five minutes before you nod off, which is why I keep a notebook and pen on my nightstand!) It’s like I never knew what I wanted to do in my life until I started Temptalia and then there was that light bulb moment–“THIS… this is what I want to do!”

One of my favorite parts of the day is sitting down and reading through the comments and questions left by readers. Instant feedback is entirely addicting! It’s a real thrill to read through everyone’s responses to questions, reactions to the latest review, or whatever it happens to be at that moment. I love that connection we can have through discussion! I love that I can get recommendations or help on whatever beauty dilemma I’m currently suffering through, and I also love that I’m able to do the same for others in return.

It’s really the readers that read and enjoy Temptalia that keep me striving to be a better person and make this a better community and place for all of us to participate in! It’s like you are all my best friends who know and understand what it’s like to be head-over-heels for all things beauty! You all encourage me to work hard, be productive, and embrace what I love and reach for the stars. Thank you for letting me take a moment to share a few thoughts with you, but most of all, just thank you for reading and stopping by!

Milani Glitter Eyeliner (Black Rocks, Emerald Stone, Blue Topaz)

Milani Glitter Eyeliner

Milani Glitter Eyeliner ($5.99) is new for spring, and it’s available in six shades: Precious Silver, Emerald Stone, Purple Quartz, Terra Brown, Blue Topaz, and Black Rocks.

I’m pleased to report that these pencil eyeliners are easy to use and last well on the lower lash line. I didn’t experience any budging, smudging, or migration when I wore these on my lower lash line. What I really liked about these was how smooth and soft they were when I applied the color to my lower lash line. Some glitter eyeliners have a grittier texture, which makes them less than ideal for application on such sensitive areas as the lash line.

A fun detail is on the opposite side of the pencil is a smudging sponge, but I found these didn’t smudge that well–even when first applied. That’s fine for me, since I’d rather have it never smudge than smudge a little. I also prefer using the 219 and eyeshadow to really smoke out or smudge the lash line!

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Lancome Mix & Matte Collection: Matte Lipsticks (Part II)

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Recommendation:  If you’ve hated the way matte lipsticks have felt in the past, you may find Lancome’s version of matte a wonderful experience!

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Lancome Mix & Matte Collection: Matte Lipsticks

Pleasantly, fabulously surprised! Matte lipsticks have a reputation for being chalky, drying, and difficult to work with. Lancome has reinvented the feel and touch and play of a matte lipstick and modernized it in a way that works. I would describe the finish of these new lipsticks as more of a semi-matte or demi-matte. In natural light, they look like a more traditional matte lipstick, but in the sunlight, they have a subtle sheen.

However, regardless of how they look, they feel nothing like matte lipsticks. Nothing. At. All. (That’s where the pleasantly surprised bit comes in!)  Like it was love at first swipe.  My mouth formed an “O” as soon as I applied Bronze Show.  I was like, “What?  No way.”

These matte lipsticks are soft, creamy, and glide on smoothly. There’s no pulling or draggint to get even, opaque coverage. Every single shade in the matte lipstick line-up is consistent in its finish, feel, texture, and pigmentation. These are lightly moisturizing and have a bit of slip, which is so out-of-the-realm of matte lipsticks in my world. Lancome attributes this to “soft waxes and emollients” for “modern glide and slip” as well as a “light-diffusing gel” as a mattifying agent (as opposed to a dull powder).

Though there is some slip, I wouldn’t describe these as slippery. They’re creamy without being all over the place. The color clings to lips well so wear-time is improved (I found myself getting around five hours with these) and fades in a way that doesn’t leave a ring of color on the outskirts of your lips.

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