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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

MAC Warning Lip Varnish

The Scarlet Season: MAC Warning Lip Varnish

I can thank my girl Heather for turning me on to one of MAC’s all-time greatest shades of reds.  I remember seeing her rock it, and it was stunning!  I was like, “What’s that?”  I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses the days of MAC Lip Varnish — slick, glossy opaque colors in bright, bold shades. Warning is a high-glossy bright red that goes on opaque in a single layer and clings well to lips. It wears well and lasts a good six to eight hours if I don’t eat (it survives some drinking mostly intact). It was such a shame when MAC decided to discontinue this formula, but maybe one day they’ll bring it back and perhaps even improve upon it…

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Halloween Makeup: Cat (Puss In Boots)

Jen went as the ever-adorable Puss-in-Boots from the movie Shrek! I think she nailed his patented look, too!


  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Palette (Iced Gold and Tangerine)
  • Revlon Colorstay Quad in Copper Spice (dark brown for contour)
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Pencil
  • Sugar Cosmetics False Lashes
  • Model21 GEO Annex Ring Black Circle Lenses


  • Graftobian Hi-Def Foundation Palette
  • Graftobian Concealer Palette MAC Blot Powder


  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • NYX Cream Blush in Glow Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Palette (Ice + Azalea)


  • Graftobian Concealer Palette
  • NYX Round Lipstick in Doll

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

How long does it take you to put on your makeup (on average)? Are you a five minutes or less kind of person? An hour?

Temptalia's Answer.

From start to finish, probably twenty minutes if I’m doing anything I haven’t done before.


Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Build a Quad: “Purple Shock”

Rich in purples, Purple Shock is a mix of cool-toned, blue-based purples and a more red-toned fuchsia purple to give it a little more oomph, a little something extra. Featured in the quad are MAC Parfait Amour eyeshadow (a cool-toned medium purple frost), MAC Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow (a fuchsia-purple with a icy purple sheen), MAC Beautiful Iris eyeshadow (a soft, iridescent lilac purple), and MAC Shroom eyeshadow (a soft, lightly shimmered highlighter).

For more customization, you can easily swap in your favorite highlighter in place of Shroom, or if you’re not looking to use this quad on its lonesome (e.g. you have plenty of highlighters elsewhere), you could add in a fleshy pink like MAC Hush eyeshadow instead. On the opposite end, you could go darker and smokier by adding MAC Contrast eyeshadow in place of Shroom.

A few combinations to try with this…

  • Shroom all over the lid, Stars ‘n Rockets on the outer lid, Parfait Amour in the crease, Shroom to highlight
  • Beautiful Iris all over the lid, Stars ‘n Rockets on the outer lid, Parfait Amour in the crease, Shroom to highlight
  • Beautiful Iris all over the lid, Parfait Amour in the crease, Shroom to highlight
  • Shroom all over the lid, Beautiful Iris on the outer lid, Stars ‘n Rockets in the crease, Shroom to highlight

A few looks I’ve done that can be replicated with these shades…

Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow. We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments! Don’t forget to name your quad! :)

P.S. — Thank you for all of your fantastic and encouraging feedback on last week’s debut of this feature.

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Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: SKINCARE!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about skincare and all that it entails.

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Halloween Makeup: Autumn, Glam Rock Style

Dustin created this, as he calls it, “autumn-inspired glam-rock look.” Not only did it come out stunning and right on point (it immediately reminded me of fall), but the photos really showcase the look in all its splendor. Kudos!


  • MAC Red Apple Blush on the brow (and in the brow)
  • MAC Parfait Amour Eyeshadow
  • MAC Off the Page Eyeshadow
  • MAC Unbasic White Eyeshadow
  • MAC Smoke & Diamonds Eyeshadow
  • Reflects Rust Glitter
  • Mascara was MAC Mixing Medium and Push the Edge Pigment


  • MAC Face & Body
  • MAC Studio Fix
  • MAC Unbasic White Eyeshadow
  • MAC Off the Page Eyeshadow
  • MAC Orange Eyeshadow


  • MAC Azalea Blush
  • MAC Coppering Eyeshadow
  • MAC She-Zam Dazzleglass
  • Sublime Shine Dazzleglass Creme

Also, for the leaves…

“I used leaves that I gathered and glued them to a paper mache mask that I made (out of black MAC tissue paper no less! LOL). I also pinned some to my hair and glued some to my face (for a more three-dimensional, multi-layered look.”

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