MAC Film Noir Lipstick

MAC Film Noir Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, reddened brown–very dark, very vampy.  It doesn’t go black on me, but it is incredibly dark.  On me, the red tones help keep it from being too much of a contrast against my warmer skin tone and potentially washing me out.  This is a shade that longs to be the star of a look–just pair it with a little eyeliner, mascara, and a contoured cheek.

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #040

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: For the boy’s birthday, I treated him to a massage (at a SPA!)… which also meant that I got to tag along (at my expense, though!) – so I suppose that should count as a haul! :)

Excited for: Celebrating the boy’s birthday again when his family comes to visit, plus celebrate my sister and the boy’s birthday with my family, too.  Yes, having your boyfriend’s birthday be a day after your sister makes for a very busy week!

Friday plans: I kept thinking it was Friday all day yesterday!  I gotta clean-up for visitors, which will not be fun.  I’m sure I will find beauty products in places I won’t understand at all.

This week’s Mellan photo…

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Your “No Makeup” Makeup Looks, Part 1

Temptalia Readers Share Their “No Makeup” Makeup Looks!

It’s very exciting to see such an amazing turnout!  I loved seeing all of your looks!  I want to make sure every person who submitted (and met the requirements) gets a lil’ Temptalia air time, so I’ve broken submissions into four posts with everybody’s pretty face out in front.  Readers are shown in the order submissions were received.

Check out breakdowns for each reader’s look!

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Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss (£12.50 for 0.2 fl. oz.) is not a wearable shade by any stretch of the imagination.  This is a shade that completely embodies the word fun.  It’s different; it’s unusual.  It’s something to be used for that just-right-occasion, which might be Halloween for some, an avant garde photo-session with your best pals, or lightly patted on over your favorite lipstick to give it a bluish cast.

Gender is a medium blue that leans a little teal–it’s described as a sky blue, but it definitely had this teal edge to it that made me think less sky blue.  I could not smile in swatch photos – it just did not look right!  I felt like it made a mockery of the shade, so “straight faced” it was.

It’s almost opaque, but it didn’t apply as evenly or as solidly as other Intense shades have in the past.  I would probably lay down a concealer/foundation base (or even a blue eyeliner) and then use a lip brush to apply this–I think that would help it look more even.   This is a shade that’s only available through Illamasqua; you won’t find it at your local Sephora!

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