Have you joined MyTemptalia yet? Register and start having fun today!
Monday, May 19th, 2008

EXUVIANCE is a brand I was recently able to check out, and one of my favorite products amongst the three I tried was their CoverBlend, which is a “concealing treatment makeup” that has SPF20 and is designed to really hide any skin imperfections from tone to ine lines. It is a smudge-resistant cream that lasts throughout the day. It is also water-resistant and non-creasing, which makes it great for even oilier skin types.

I can definitely appreciate a waterproof foundation in the summer months, just on the fact that I’m outdoors, and even if I’m not, I’m likely to sweat between the car and my destination anyway. Something that won’t break down immediately is so appreciated! I don’t know if I’d necessarily sport it to the beach and expect to walk out of the ocean with flawless foundation despite it being water-resistant, though. I interpret water-resistant to simply mean that you can splash your face without any noticeable damage, which is all I really need!

It comes in fourteen shades, and I always point out the availability based on range because it allows for more people to find an appropriate shade that matches them. And I bet you think this is pricey (I don’t know about you, but “Exuviance” as a name conjurs up connotations of luxury!), but it isn’t–get CoverBlend for only $22.50!

I also tried their Evening Restorative Complex ($30.50), as well as the Vespera Bionic Serum ($55.00). I really felt like the serum woke up my face, which is probably the result of all of the anti-oxidants found within this serum. Like most serums, it is pricier because it has more “good” ingredients. Serums are more intense than regular creams, they’re usually in a higher conentrate of the active or helpful ingredients.

Their Evening Restorative Complex was gentle enough for me to use on my skin without any problems, and it has a light scent of apple-citrus that is tolerable. It’s harder for me to judge the effectiveness of this product as I don’t have too many noticeable fine lines or wrinkles. I like that they label this as “Evening”, though, because nothing is better than when a brand takes the guess work out of skincare!

Learn more about or purchase Exuviance products at http://exuviance.com/.

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Suki Complexion Brightening Cream ($45.50) is an intensive face cream that brightens, moisturizes, and reduces puffiness. It contains time-released vitamin C as its primary antioxidant that works to stimulate collagen production, increase skin elasticity, and suppress sun damage. It contains pure rose wax to help hydrate along with shea butter, and it also reduces puffiness. This brightening cream is meant to brighten complexion, including dark circles and sun spots. The cream has a light herbal scent that’s pleasing (not one of those organic products that smells like a compost heap!), so you feel like you’re using something fresh and clean on your face.

It comes in a pump-bottle, which I love, because it means no opening the bottle to let light in nor fingers dipping into the product. However, it does come in a glass container, and while the label covers most of it, it does allow for some light to come in. (Light can often destroy certain ingredients and render your product less effective!).  Edit:  I spoke with the brand, and they actually considered packaging and whether or not to use glass or plastic–they determined that glass would not deteriorate their product for 24 months.  So color me informed!  While this on the pricier side, the good news is that you only need one or two pumps, which is less than a dime-size, to cover your entire face, so you can get a lot of usage out of a single bottle.

I noticed my skin reacted well to this product as my complexion looked brighter, a little more of a natural glow, and I didn’t find it burned my sensitive skin (at the time I was testing, my skin was going nutso and most of my staple creams were causing me to bite my lip and scream OW OW OW!) Plus, the product does sink in and absorb pretty quickly, which is always a plus in my book–anything to save time!

Learn more at www.sukipure.com.

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What’s one beauty technique that you feel you’ve mastered? Best liquid liner user? Perfect at curling lashes? Apply lipstick without a mirror?

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Fruits & Passion is a producer of face, body, and home fragrances. They recently launched a collection called Blue Pink Purple, which has three different scents, but all of them will remind you of summer. These aren’t scents that will bring memories of your grandma to the surface, and they aren’t scents I associate with sophistication, but they’re fun, friendly, and easy on the nose.

The collection bases off of the Blue scent, which makes Pink a lighter version with top notes of peach and black currant and touches of jasmine and freesia, and Purple a more vanilla scent. None of the three are too overwhelmingly youthful or fruity. Blue has the freshness of a summer with bottom notes of musk and sandalwood with melony top notes, while Pink is much more floral, and Purple is sweeter with vanilla heart notes and fig and ginger top notes. I liked Pink a lot, just because it was super wearable even around the house and on errand-running days.

Each fragrance is available in an eau de toilette ($40.00), shower gel ($14.00), body splash ($22.00), and body cream ($24.00). Find or purchase yours at www.fruits-passion.com.

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Check out these ladies who took the Temptalia Red Lips Challenge! Keep those submissions coming — I want to see YOU rockin’ the glorious red lip!  Make sure you see the first round of submissions, too!

Continue reading →

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Quick look, tried to be soft.

I used Soft Ochre paint pot on lid, Ricepaper eyeshadow on lid, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on outer crease and lightly on outer lid, Juxt eyeshadow above crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow on brow and lower lash line, Urban Decay Stash 24/7 liner on lower lash line, and Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof mascara on lashes. I had Lilicent blushcreme stippled on cheeks with Dior Amber Diamond SkinShimmer on cheeks to highlight. I wore Overrich lipstick (LE) with Squeeze It! lipglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Overrich = Vegas Volt; Squeeze It! = Pop Mode

Continue reading →