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Sunday, December 14th, 2008

China Glaze recently launched their Romantique Collection, which features six warm-toned and six cool-toned polishes for a total of twelve for this winter season. Since there are so many, I’m going to be sharing all of them with you throughout today. Keep checking back so you don’t miss any of them.

Romantique polishes are very similar in texture, formula, feel, pay off, etc. The only real difference between the polishes is the color, otherwise I feel they are the same. The colors are very different from the typical holdiay/winter polishes we see–which is a great refresher. It also makes these polishes great for other seasons, too. The colors themselves aren’t incredibly bright (a few are, but most aren’t); they’re almost a pastel metallic-chrome color. The finish resembles chrome/metallic, and you will see some brush strokes if you apply in a hurry.

One huge problem I encountered with these is the formula is quite loose, even though it’s still thick–almost goopy–and with quick swatches? The polish did not go on so well. You really need to make sure you only have a little bit of lacquer on the brush applicator or else you’ll find it too thick to be able to apply neatly. Brush strokes are also easy to leave behind when there is too much laquer, but I would say you still have to be careful to avoid them even with the proper amount of polish per coat.

China Glaze is one of my favorite lacquers because of how well pigmented their polishes are, and I also love how they apply.  Despite the application being trickier with the Romantique polishes, the pigmentation is still fabulous.  The chrome-y finish in the end is also a really fun look for nails!

I’ll break down the colors as I post their close-up photos and swatches! Stay tuned.

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Do you match your makeup to your clothes? Complement? Completely contrast?

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

It’s that time of the year — time to nominate your favorite beauty brands, products, and tools!

This year the awards will be done differently than last year.  We want you to nominate your favorites before voting actually begins.  After two weeks of nominations, the top ten or so nominees for each category plus the obligatory “other” choice will make it onto the actual award ballot.

Please nominate your favorites and help get them on the ballot! Continue reading →

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Choose or Lose

When do you do your makeup?

  • Morning (85%, 539 Votes)
  • Afternoon (6%, 39 Votes)
  • Evening (5%, 33 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (4%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 636

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Above is Taffy, you can see the other two… Continue reading →

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Remember I told you about my love for Calvin Klein’s Maven Lip Gloss?  I wasn’t joking!  I picked up three more of these glosses at Sephora–and of course, I didn’t even use my $15 off coupon.  I was too impatient to go home and get it!  The colors I bought were Taffy, Knockout, and Radar.  I just love the way these glosses feel alone (and I rarely wear glosses alone), so I wanted some great everyday shades.  Taffy is a nice, soft pink with gold shimmer in it.  Knockout is a cooler, pastel purple-pink that’s less traditionally everyday–it reminded me of Negligee lipglass by MAC.  Radar is ridiculously pretty, being almost like a nude lipgloss but with plenty of pink and peach undertones.

See close-ups and swatches (and lip swatches coming soon)! Continue reading →