Dark Neutrals: Smoky Brown Eyes

Dark Neutrals: Smoky Brown Eyes

This is probably my last look dedicated to MAC’s Warm & Cozy Collection. I’m pretty sure my next look is going to use some *color* as the past few have all been fairly neutral, given the theme of Warm & Cozy. I’ve never been a huge fan of using super dark bases overall, just because I’ve always found they have a tendency to eat color and not enhance it as much as lighter bases can do. Relaxed seemed to work best when layered with shimmery eyeshadows, rather than softer, more satiny shades.

You will need the following…

Directions: Start by applying Relaxed shadestick as your eyeshadow base all over the lid with the 249. Using the 239, apply Modelette eyeshadow on the inner third of the eyelid. Next, apply Mulled Cider eyeshadow on the middle third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the inner corner. Darken the outer third of the lid with Coppering eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Next, define the crease by applying Antiqued eyeshadow with the 226. To add more depth, tap and lightly blend in Embark eyeshadow in the crease with the 219. Lightly tap and brush Modelette eyeshadow directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Chamomile eyeshadow as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Feline kohl power on the lower waterline and Goldmine eyeshadow on the lower lash line, and then sweeping lashes with DiorShow Extase mascara.

For cheeks, apply Imprevu blush to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116. To highlight, apply Empreinte de Chanel lightly over the cheekbones with the 165.

For lips, apply Warm Me Up lipstick first, and then layer Feelin’ Dreamy lipglass for a lighter lip.

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New Year, New You with Clarisonic

New Year, New You with Clarisonic

Our Clarisonic giveaway from last week went so well, we wanted to offer up a few more Clarisonics for three lucky winners and their dearest friends.

What You’ll Win

THREE lucky winners will win a set of Clarisonics (yes — TWO Clarisonics) of their choice! You’ll get to choose the model and color — make it the perfect one for you!

Clarisonic has three versions available to choose from:

  • MIA Smaller, more compact than the originalm with one speed ($149) (my review)
  • Classic The original, two-speed cleansing system ($195) (my review)
  • PLUS Three speeds, plus a “body mode” and a brush for the body ($225) (it’s the only one I don’t have!)

Clarisonic also offers an excellent comparison chart for easy shopping between models.

How to Enter

Leave a comment on this post telling us how you’d like to start the new year, and who in your life would also benefit from starting the new year with a Clarisonic!


All entries must be submitted by January 4th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Please make sure to use a valid e-mail address when leaving your comment. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated once winners have been confirmed.

Again, lots of gratitude and thank yous to the lovely folks at Clarisonic for their generosity this holiday season!

Congratulations to Mandy, Sixx, and Joanne J.!

Scarlet Season: Temptalia’s Favorite Red Lipsticks & Glosses

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Scarlet Season:  Temptalia’s Favorite Red Lipsticks & Glosses

I’m sure some of you are interested in what my favorites were–and to be sure, I included some that just had flat-out spectacular formulas and wear, even if the color wasn’t what I’d normally go for–so here’s a compilation of them.  They’re, for the most part, in alphabetical order by brand.

I can still (and now with full confidence after testing so many reds!) that Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque is still my SCARLET QUEEN.  Sorry to all the lovely shades of red from the Scarlet Season, but Dragon still has my heart, and I think it’s totally made away with it and is now in hiding, hoping to never have to give it back!  (I am also ever-relieved every time someone tells me they purchased Dragon and love it, because sometimes I fear for the worst!)

Of course, there are still many shades that came close and gave poor Dragon a big ol’ scare, and those make up the rest that I’ve included.  I do have to give some props to La Prairie for having a lipstick that really does apply like the sweetest dream and does make every lip line a little less noticeable.  Urban Decay’s Revolution lipstick also had a particularly lovely formula; all smooth and moisturizing and glossy.  Of course, both Dolce & Gabbana and Guerlain didn’t disappoint in their crisp, pigmented, and lip-huggin’ formulas, either.  MAC is classic, and they do some fine reds.  Bring back Queen’s Sin, please.

Which were your favorites?

Pur Minerals – Temptalia Readers Save 20% & Giveaway!

Just for Temptalia readers, Pur Minerals is offering an exclusive 20% off any purchase from December 26th through December 31st with code TEMPT.

There’s also free shipping on all orders over $50 or grab yourself some free shipping on any purchase from December 28th through the 31st.

To kick off this special deal, three lucky Temptalia readers will win a Pur Minerals gift basket containing Pout Plumping Lip Gloss, Mineral Wash, and Fulvic Mineral Mist ($50.00 value).

Submit your entry by leaving a comment telling me what your favorite winter treat is.

All entries must be submitted by January 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

Congratulations to Tee, Janet, & Abigail!

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