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Happy Mothers’ Day!


Happy Mothers’ Day!

The Temptalia family is wishing all of our mothers–fur-moms, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, sisters, friends, mentors, and all those amazing people in our lives that nurture and foster our dreams, hopes, and passions–the most wonderful day of the year!   We love and appreciate you everyday of the year (okay, maybe not every day, sometimes you drive us batty!), but especially today with extra hugs and kisses.

3 Things My Mom Taught Me About Beauty

  • Beauty comes from the inside. I actually wasn’t allowed to wear makeup growing up, so I didn’t get into makeup until I went away to college (so just when I turned 18).  While I didn’t get to learn about how to apply makeup from my mom, she taught me that beauty is about more than what you put on your face, and I think it’s a really great lesson to have taught to you over and over again growing up.
  • Cross your fingers for good genes. My mother doesn’t wear makeup, and she doesn’t have any crazy skincare routine.  In fact, I’m not really sure what she did for skincare prior to me being a beauty blogger.  She only wears sunscreen when she goes to the beach and yet has very few signs of aging at 50+.  She just reminds me that for all the lotions and potions I buy, genetics may be the one thing I have to hang my hat on and just hope for.
  • “Flaws” are signs of character. It took me almost twenty years to come to terms with my beauty mark (the larger one, by my nose).  For years, I waffled over whether to remove it or not.  I didn’t feel insecure about it until my early teens, because my parents never made me feel that way growing up.  They always referred to it as a beauty mark, which I think has a very different connotation than the word “mole.”  She would tell me it made me unique and more beautiful.

3 Reasons Why I Appreciate My Mom

  • She is my mentor. My Mom has held C-level executive positions throughout her career.  She has a bachelor’s degree, three masters’ degrees, and is currently working on her PhD.  There is no one who motivates and encourages me more to continually better myself than her, because she truly does lead by example.
  • Who I am today is because of her. (And my Dad!)  I owe so much to both my parents for instilling good values and beliefs that have helped guide me to make the right decisions to get me to where I am today.  I’m often asked how I’m able to balance everything, and I think it’s because of an internalized desire to prioritize, plan, and schedule.  When I was little, I had a big easel with a daily schedule written out–when to play, do homework, eat dinner, have a bath, and so on.
  • She is my #1 supporter. There is nothing that I can’t do, according to my Mom.  She thinks I’m capable of anything I want to do and that kind of unwavering confidence and support has been key.  I’m not afraid to dream big or pursue lofty goals, because I know I have her support and she will always be there for me if I make a mistake.

Feel free to share any lessons you’ve learned and the like in the comments! 🙂

My mom actually was so touched my words/post this morning that she wanted to reply with some of her own:

What mother would not have cried reading her daughter’s note like the above? Christine, you made me cried buckets of happy tears reading it (and I am not the crying kind). I also feel compelled to join this conversation. I hope it is all okay with all of you, Christine’s readers, who are one of her sources of strength and inspiration.

First, to all the furry and non-furry sons and daughters, it is you that make us ‘mothers’ so a big heartfelt thank you!

The learning goes both ways, so I want to share the three things I learn from Christine:

  • Love is given freely but respect is earned: it is often assumed that our kids must love and respect parents or vice versa. I love her unconditionally, but until I saw how she is building her life and the incredible amount of work, effort and dedication she puts in Temptalia, I also developed a deep respect for her. I can’t do what she does, and I really don’t know how she does it all! I learned that I need to earn her respect, too, as a parent and a human being. The love and the respect expressed in Christine’s note meant more than anything else. She is both a daughter and a friend whom I want to hang out with.
  • Power of “Letting go”: this must be one of the hardest lesson that I learned. Let go of my ‘baby’ and let her take risks and create a new independent life, away from “mommy,” was so difficult. I hurt when I read nasty comments about her and had to resist answering those unkind and false accusations. When she tells me about some challenges that she needs to deal with, I want desperately to rush in and tell her to let me “take care of it.”   I learned to rise above these emotions and resist these temptations; and I would give her advice but leave her to make her own decisions. I learned that in letting go both she and I have become stronger people and our relationship seems to get stronger too. I must admit that this is very difficult thing to do since I still find it difficult as I am going through this with my younger daughter right now.
  • Hope for the future of our world: when I was a child and my parents would push me to do this or that, , I would give them a hard time and resist their efforts! They would always tell me that it is because they want me “‘to be smarter and do better than them.”    I did not quite understand that lesson until I saw how Christine and my younger daughter are doing today – they both have achieved so much more than what I did at their age. Can you imagine how the future of the world will be when the current generation is so much more creative and smarter than the previous generation? And that gives me hope that the future of the world is in good hands.

A big virtual hug to all the sons and daughters out there!

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MAC Surf Baby Collection: Overall & Recommendations

MAC Surf Baby Collection: Overall & Recommendations

Surf Baby is a really fun collection with several high-quality products and shades, which makes it a really nice follow-up to Flighty, which left some disappointed.  The eyeshadows are fantastic–great smooth textures with excellent color pay off make them all worth having, but it’ll depend on your personal preferences and what you may already have at home.  I think the lipsticks and lipglasses are on par with what one would expect; not necessarily anything out-of-the-box but no significant texture issues.

I’m not much for bronzer, but I really loved the way the two shades of Studio Careblend Pressed Powders looked and felt on the skin–so natural.  The Skinsheen Bronzer Sticks are also a nice way to incorporate bronzer in your routine, and they, too, look natural against skin (though Gilty Bronze has shimmer and doesn’t!).  It’s hard to choose between the two.

Oddly enough, My Paradise and the Suntints are least impressive.  My Paradise is a little dusty; it’s just not a really finely milled, refined finish.  I think the drastic difference between the color with the overlay and the actual base color is going to make it easier to resist it.  Marine Life was better, because even though the gold was an overspray, there are two separate colors that go all the way through.  I don’t find Suntints to be a good lip balm at all, and of all products to splurge on for higher-end, lip balm is not usually one of them so it had better be good.

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners – 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner ($23.00 for 0.058 oz.) is a new liquid liner that launched recently at Sephora. It claims to be “weather, tear, and sweat-proof color” and “100% waterproof.” There are fifteen shades in total (there is no #2 shade), all of which have been photographed and swatched in this post.

  • #1 is a semi-sheer yellowed gold base with gold shimmer.
  • #3 is a darkened forest green with olive and green shimmer.
  • #4 is a medium-dark blue-teal with silver and teal shimmer.
  • #5 is a bright blue with soft silvery-white shimmer.
  • #6 is a blackened, cool-toned blue-purple with silver and blue shimmer.
  • #7 is a blackened violet purple with blue-violet and purple shimmer.
  • #8 is a medium-dark red-based purple with violet and fuchsia shimmer.
  • #9 is a bright, neon pink with a soft sheen.
  • #10 is a neutreal red with soft ruby red shimmer.
  • #11 is a burgundy wine with fuchsia and pink shimmer.
  • #12 is a lightened black with a touch of brown.
  • #13 is a deep, dark black.
  • #14 is a black-brown with multi-colored shimmer.
  • #15 is a silvered black with multi-colored shimmer.
  • #16 is a colorless base with white shimmer.

It’s clear that there’s a new liquid liner formula on the block, and a lot of brands have taken advantage of it: MAC Superslick ($17.50/0.06 oz.), Illamasqua Precision Ink ($27.50/0.06 oz., only available in Abyss and Glister), Laura Mercier Liquid Eyeliner ($26, only available in Gold Thread), Stila Sparkle Liquid Liner ($22.00/0.05 oz.), and Bobbi Brown Glitter Liquid Liner ($20.00/0.05 oz., only available in Silver and Gold during the holiday). I couldn’t tell the difference between the majority of these when it came to the formula (Laura Mercier’s I haven’t tried; Stila’s is chalked full of shimmer/glitter, so they feel a little different).

Make Up For Ever definitely changed up the formula and tweaked the packaging, which is something I didn’t see in the other brands. The brush is actually more tapered and shorter, though still made out of foam. The shorter length actually enables you to have a little more precision and makes it easy to never have too much product on the brush (this makes these edge out just oh-so-slightly ahead, but the longer applicator is still easy to work with). I also felt like the formula was thinner, almost watery, but it wasn’t watered down, because each liner was intensely pigmented. You also have to shake up these Aqua Liners (you’ll hear something rattling inside when you do) — and this isn’t something common to the other brands.

Aqua Liners are budgeproof, smudgeproof, and waterproof. These don’t budge until you’re ready to remove them, and they removed easily with an eye makeup remover like Lancome Bi-Facil or Make Up For Ever’s Sens’Eyes. MAC’s Makeup Removing Wipes also did a fine job of removing these from my arm. The product will flake off more than it will dissolve, but I didn’t experience any flaking while wearing–only when I went to remove it; the best way to describe it is to analogize it to tube mascara.

Though Aqua Liners have a different applicator and the formula is definitely tweaked (at least, in consistency/feel), but in wear, I’ve found that all of the variations on this new type of liquid eyeliner wear extremely well. Make Up For Ever has the largest range at 15. The two shades that overlap across nearly every brand is gold (for MUFE, it’s #1), though Make Up For Ever’s #1 seems a little darker, less metallic gold, more sun-gold, and plain ol’ black (for MUFE, it’s #15).

P.S. — I’m still waiting for a few Stila Sparkle Liquid Liners, and then I’ll post some comparisons for any shades that do compare.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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