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Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day!

“Why do I have two sets of antlers, Daddy?” My Dad is known as the Answer Man, because you can ask him any question, and he’ll give you some kind of answer.  (It’s usually the right one, but sometimes he’ll turn it into a joke if he doesn’t know it.)   He is one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters–I have been told that both my mom and sister have caught him watching my YouTube videos or catching up on the blog!  I’m pretty sure he frequents Temptalia more than my mom and sister do, actually! And I actually call my dad Daddy more often than not.

Today, we wish a happy Father’s Day out to all of the amazing people who have been our fathers in our lives, from fathers, fathers-to-be, uncles, grandfathers, brothers, neighbors, friends, and even fur-dads, for being there for us, supporting our dreams, and loving us in a way only fathers can.

3 Things My Dad Taught Me About Beauty

  1. Painting your toe nails red just makes it look like your feet are bleeding! I don’t, visually, see that image myself, but whenever I wear red nail polish, I’m instantly reminded of my Dad.  It always reminds me that we all have our different tastes, and what one person might not like, someone else may love.
  2. Perfume is meant to be subtle! Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup, and I had to keep any scents subtle because even those were toeing the line.  But I think there is something to be said for subtlety in your scent of choice–it should be there, apparent, lingering, but not overwhelming.
  3. You’re already pretty without makeup! If there was one person who I knew really meant it when they said, “You look better without makeup,” it would be my Dad, and it’s not an insult but how he genuinely feels.  There is real joy knowing that someone finds you as beautiful with makeup as they do without.

3 Reasons I Appreciate My Dad

  1. He is completely and utterly rational. This means he’s not only a good sounding board, but he can be a really calming presence when you’re in the middle of a freak out and feel like your world is falling apart.  There is no subterfuge with my Dad; he’ll tell you how it is if you ask him.  He’ll help you find a solution the best way that he can.
  2. Dedication and commitment are rare qualities. He embodies both of these qualities to the fullest, and everyday I strive to be as dedicated and committed as he is to the things he loves most (like family).  He does some things everyday that I put on my New Year’s Resolutions’ list every year; like have breakfast and walk the dogs (rain or shine or snow or hail).
  3. There’s no shame in being smart. I told you, my Dad is the Answer Man, and I grew up playing Jeopardy! with him and having a big, “WHAT?” every time he’d get an answer right.  Even today, I’m just like, “How did you know that?”  He’s not even a big sports guy, but he’ll get sports questions right.

Feel free to wish anyone in your life a happy Father’s Day, too! 🙂  I’d love to know what beauty lessons you learned from yours!


Mellan & Shaun… Fur-kid and Fur-Dad

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Aquarius Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

Here are ten more Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches! 🙂   The Swatch Gallery is really starting to come together, and just seeing all of the swatches show up makes all of the re-swatching completely worth it.

  • Aquarius is a muted blue with a gray overcast and frosted sheen.
  • Blaze is lightened coppery brown with a soft, metallic sheen.
  • Blunt is a medium golden yellow with a soft, frosted finish.
  • Chronic is a medium-dark grass green with subtly cool undertones and a matte finish.
  • Ecstasy is a medium-dark violet purple with a soft sheen.
  • Electric is a bright, cyan blue with a matte finish.
  • Fishnet is a fuchsia pink with purple iridescence. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Freakshow is a deep, dark purple with subtle red undertones and a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Frigid is a dark, blue-purple with a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Gash is a coppered red with a soft, frosted finish.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are some of my favorites–they are typically very pigmented, smooth, buttery, and blendable.  The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario). Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.

Ecstasy was the biggest miss here–it’s a little sheer and soft, you just can’t get as much color out of it as you should.  Frigid also seems to be lacking some color payoff, but it isn’t as sheered out as Ecstasy.   If you’re looking for more Urban Decay swatches, you can check out our full Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatch Gallery! 🙂

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

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9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #323, 370, 364, 343, 333, 331, 384 (Yellows & Greens)


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #2

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #323, 370, 364, 343, 333, 331, 384 (Yellows & Greens)

Our look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) moves to some of their yellows and greens. (I did show #323 yesterday, but it fits better with this post.)  I’m hoping to get through the rest of the matte eyeshadows I have before next weekend, because I know several readers will be heading to IMATS in Pasadena, so I hope this will be helpful.

  • 323 is a bright, medium-dark yellow with a matte finish.
  • 370 is a bright yellow with a little mustard to it and a matte finish.
  • 364 is a soft yellow with a hint of green and a matte finish.
  • 343 is a bright yellowed chartreuse with a matte finish. This felt a little dry and ended up looking powdery and uneven when I swatched it.
  • 333 is a dark hunter green with a matte finish.
  • 331 is a medium-dark grass green with a matte finish.
  • 384 is a medium grass green with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

I had a little trouble with #343, because the texture seemed drier and rather powdery, so it didn’t hold together as well and ended up having a more uneven finish than the other shades.

Edit: Images are fixed – sorry it took so long, I was sleeping.

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #323, 370, 364, 343, 333, 331, 384 (Yellows & Greens)

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9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer<
Cult Nails Captivated Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Captivated Nail Laquer ($10.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral jelly polish packed with intense gold and coral glitter.”  It’s a pink-coral jelly base with molten gold and coral glitter that spreads really evenly and easily over the nail.  It’s best to wait for each coat to dry so that you don’t disturb the existing glitter.  I used three coats for a more opaque look, but it has a nice translucence when done with two coats–it’s truer to the squishy, jelly finish with two coats.   The formula is very thick; it reminded me of the consistency of hair gel, actually.

Captivated is a limited edition shade, and I know that Maria (creator and founder of Cult Nails) let me know that quantities were dwindling when she sent these for review.  I wore Captivated for a week without chipping, and removal is on par with other glitter polishes–it’s best to let your remover soak on the nail for a little bit and then removing.  I just use felt soaked in Zoya Remove+ and press it against the nail for 5-10 seconds, and then I do one pull.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Captivated
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Limited Edition

10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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