MAC Peacocky Collection… Coming soon!

Yep, that’s right, happy new year’s eve with MAC Peacocky coming just around the bend! I’m almost done cropping photos, which means reviews next! 🙂 I’ll be breaking up the eyeshadows and lipcolours into three parts each, that way the new products and shades will be easier to digest and give me time to write while you read! Please hold all questions until the review is posted, and if I haven’t answered your question there, feel free to ask in the appropriate post. Thank you!

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Philosophy Peppermint Bark Shower Gel Review, Photos

Philosophy Peppermint Bark

Philosophy Shower Gels are one of my personal favorites for body washes, because they come in an assortment of scents, with new ones each season. They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. I wouldn’t call these a moisturizing body wash nor do their scents linger. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you love peppermint bark, peppermint chocolate, or mint chocolate, this might be worth picking up.

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora

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Happy New Year: Looking Back on 2010


Happy New Year!

In the blogosphere, it is rather traditional to go through the past year’s posts to find favorites, gems, and the like.   I’ve got a few more things to keep me busy this New Year’s Eve, which you’ll see soon enough.  Sometimes we have readers wonder why we cover every MAC collection, but from these top post lists, you’ll notice that these are often our most popular, most requested/expected posts here on Temptalia–and ultimately, we want to provide you with the content you want. It is also with great happiness to see both the Makeup Dupe List and the Foundation Matrix do so well this year!

Thank you for ALL of your amazing support over the past year! We’ve had a great 2010, and I just know we’re going to rock it out again in 2011!

Hope you have a fabulous evening and kick-off 2011 with a smile!  Happy new year! 🙂

Top 20 Most Commented Posts of 2010*

  1. MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion #2
  2. MAC for Temptalia Collection for Summer 2010 (April Fool’s joke!)
  3. MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish Review
  4. My First Waxing Experience — AMAZING!
  5. Look: MAC Venomous Villains – Maleficent
  6. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette Review
  7. Dare to Wear Look: Yellow, Green, Blue
  8. How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?
  9. I Spy Temptalia @ Revlon Lashes
  10. MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion #1
  11. A Day in the Life of Temptalia… as a Beauty Blogger
  12. Birthday Makeup: Ice Cream Swirl Cake
  13. MAC To the Beach Sneak Peek
  14. MAC Venomous Villains Evil Queen Review
  15. Have you ever boycotted a beauty product/brand?
  16. MAC In the Groove Mineralize Skinfinishes Review
  17. MAC Liberty of London Lipsticks Review
  18. Tag: Your Holy Grail Beauty Products
  19. 10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known
  20. Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Look

Top 20 Viewed Posts of 2010*

  1. Your Guide to Upcoming MAC Cosmetics Collections 2010
  2. Tutorial: Black Smoky Eye
  3. The Makeup Dupe List
  4. The Foundation Matrix
  5. MAC Venomous Villains: Maleficent Review
  6. MAC Venomous Villains: Evil Queen Review
  7. Urban Decay Naked Palette Review
  8. MAC Venomous Villains: Cruella Review
  9. MAC Eyeshadow Swatches: Browns
  10. MAC Venomous Villains: Dr. Facilier Review
  11. Tutorial: Smoky Eye
  12. MAC Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Review
  13. MAC Fabulous Felines: Overall Review & Recommendations
  14. MAC Lipstick Swatches on Skin
  15. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette Review
  16. Tutorial: Cat Eye Liner
  17. MAC Spring Colour Forecast Review & Round-up
  18. 6 Must-Have MAC Nude Lipsticks
  19. MAC In the Groove Lipsticks Review
  20. MAC To the Beach: Overall Review & Round-up

* We eliminated several categories, such as general information posts like launches as well as contests.

Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of All Time

  1. Tutorial: Black Smoky Eye
  2. Your Guide to Upcoming MAC Collections 2010
  3. MAC Hello Kitty Collection
  4. MAC Venomous Villains Collection
  5. Tutorial: Smoky Eye
  6. Makeup Dupe List
  7. The Foundation Matrix
  8. Tutorial: Cat Eye Liner
  9. MAC A Tartan Tale Collection
  10. MAC To the Beach Collection

No exceptions or exclusions for the all-time list.

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #061

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul: MAC Cham-Pale, MAC Stylishly Yours, MAC Mickey Contractor collections.

Weekend plans: Hang out with friends & family… try to get in some reading for my classes which start WAY TOO EARLY (January 3rd)!  I feel like I haven’t had a chance to relax at all over break.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Current cleanser:  Fresh’s Soy Cleanser

Keep adding your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo!


Mellan turned 3 years old on Christmas Eve, this is a
now & then shot — him at 3 years (left), him at 8 weeks (right).

More Mellan photos…

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Chanel Coquette (85) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Coquette Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Coquette (85) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened pinky-coral with cool-toned, fuchsia iridescence. It is almost opaque, but a hint of my lip freckle still peeks through, but this is a very creamy, moisturizing shade within the Rouge Allure formula. The color glides on effortlessly and wears for a solid five hours.

Rouge Allures have a slight rose scent, but I’ve found that the scent is usually subtle though occasionally a tube will have a more concentrated rose scent. (I’m not personally bothered by the scent, but those with more sensitive noses may want to check it out in person.) I get between four to six hours of wear, as Rouge Allures tend to wear longer than average on me.

The closest dupe I could come up with was Korres #18, which is pinker with gold shimmer. MAC Crosswires is more orange-based and a touch darker. NARS Niagara is closest in the pink color (though a little cooler) but doesn’t have the shimmer.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

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Win $200+ MAC Mickey Contractor Products!

Win $200+ MAC Mickey Contractor Products!

To close out a fabulous year here at Temptalia, we have an incredible giveaway for you featuring the new, limited edition Mickey Contractor Collection.  The prize features twelve pieces from the upcoming collection, all brand new and eager to be played with!  Thanks for an incredible 2010!

Congratulations to Lizzy B.!

One (1) grand prize winner will receive:

  • MAC Gana Blush ($18.50)
  • MAC Sur Blush ($18.50)
  • MAC Athma Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00)
  • MAC Marvel Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Oomph Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Rani Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Saffron Eyeshadow ($14.50)
  • MAC Flesh Lipglass ($14.50)
  • MAC Ivy Fluidline ($15.00)
  • MAC Siahi Fluidline ($15.00)
  • MAC Mehr Lipstick ($14.50)
  • MAC Yash Lipstick ($14.50)

Official Rules, Terms, & Conditions

The approximate value of the grand prize is $204.50.  This prize is non-transferable. There are no cash or other substitutes of prizes by winner. Temptalia reserves the right to substitute similar prizes of equal or greater value in the event the above prize is unavailable for any reason. Individual, parent, or legal guardian of the winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to the grand prize. Prize will be mailed to the winner’s physical mailing address. Please allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for delivery.

By entering or accepting the prize in this contest, winner(s) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions and to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. This contest runs from December 31st, 2010 through January 5th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST.

Eligibility

This contest is open to all participants, including international unless prohibited by their local state/country. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parent or legal guardian on their behalf. For reference, the age of majority is 18 years old in the United States, with the exception of Alabama (19), Delaware (19), Mississippi (21), and Nebraska (19). The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  Eligible participants are allowed to enter up to two (2) times, as per the section below.

Two Ways to Enter

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post sharing with me a look you would create with this collection!

2.) Follow @temptalia on Twitter and tweet this messageFollow @temptalia and RT to win $200+ MAC Mickey Contractor Goodies! One more way to win + rules: http://budurl.com/mcnye

How to Win

One (1) grand prize winner will be selected through a random drawing from all eligible entries after contest closes. In the event that the original grand prize winner does not meet eligibility requirements or he/she forfeits the prize, the prize may be awarded to the next randomly drawn eligible participant. All entries must be received on or before January 5th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. The grand prize winner will be notified via e-mail, direct message (through Twitter), or Facebook message, as appropriate. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize after initial notification. If winner fails to claim within 48 hours, an alternative winner will be selected.