10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known

10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known

I didn’t fall in love with makeup until I was 18! I had just started my freshman year of college at University of California, Irvine, and I bought some MAC Pigment samples off of eBay (thinking back, I don’t think they *were* really MAC)… but it was over from there. I was totally smitten! Surprisingly, this love affair has endured for five years now (almost 6, am I really turning 24 this year? sigh!), though I don’t usually obsess over something for so long.

I am in desperate need of a hair cut at the moment. I haven’t had my hair cut since December 2008. Yes, 2008, that was not a typo! I keep meaning to set an appointment somewhere, but then I get distracted or forget for a month. I’m fortunate that since I don’t do very much with my hair (very, very little heat or styling) that it’s so forgiving. The good news is at least it’s nice and long again with no split ends!

I make silly faces in all my makeup! It’s something I started doing whenever I had the thought, “Is this too much? I feel ridiculous!” But I seem to make silly faces a lot in general :) I like making the faces because it reminds me not to be so serious, but it also makes sure I haven’t shallacked my face and can still move it around!

I only wear China Glaze For Audrey Nail Lacquer on my toes during the summer! I love, love the way the color looks in the summer particularly, but it looks so pretty underwater, too.

Wearing makeup has helped me stop rubbing my eyes and licking my lips (both bad habits!). I remember when I first started wearing eye makeup, I would always forget and then rub my eye… and then remember once half of my eyeshadow was on my hand! LOL! Wearing lipstick and lipgloss at once really helped me combat any licking/tugging of my lips that I used to do, too.

I did not have a skincare regimen until I was 19! If you have kids, I hope you’re educating them on the merits and MUSTS of sunscreen, because that is the one thing I wish someone had told me about twenty years ago! I didn’t wash my face with digilence or regularity, and even when I was 19, I used Cetaphil until I was 20 (which is a good cleanser, but it doesn’t remove all your makeup). Bad, bad, bad! I don’t even think I got into the habit of wearing SPF everyday until I was 20 or 21. :(

I suffer from serious makeup COLLECT ‘EM ALL SYNDROME. If I fall in love with a particular formula or product and say I own 5 of 8 shades… then I have to own all 8, even if I’m not in love with the other shades! It’s like I need to complete my set. I’m just lucky that I manage to resist the urge to complete much larger sets (e.g. my MAC permanent eyeshadows or lipsticks) that would really break the bank!

I always match my makeup to my clothes. Whether it’s a faux pas or not, I do it. I like it, so I do it! It doesn’t mean that I always have to be an exact match or I won’t do a neutral paired with a color. Oh, and I love wearing black with a very bold lip or eye — I find it really makes the look pop!

I desperately yearn for a makeup room to call my own. I want one huge room where I keep and store all my makeup, shoes, and clothes! Apartment living really cramps my style, I tell ya :)

The only thing I am more obsessed over than beauty/makeup is my dog, Magellan aka Mellan. He’s a two-year old yellow lab that long ago stole my heart with his big puppy eyes and come-love-me face. I take way too many photos of him (and he is sooo not photogenic!), love him way too much, and inject him into conversations like an obsessive dog-lady. At least I only dress him up on holidays…

What are some nifty random facts of beauty about you?  Share ’em with me!

The Summer Season: Dolce & Gabbana Violet Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Violet (#100) Shine Lipstick ($30.00) is a creamy, magenta purple with a very glossy, squishy look. It’s quite pigmented–nearly opaque–and feels incredible on lips. It’s smooth, applies evenly, and looks practically wet on lips. The lipstick has a noticeable rosy scent which may be too much for some, but luckily, I don’t mind heavier scented lipsticks, and I find that it’s not noticeable (to me, at least) when I wear it–it’s more of a scent you can smell when you smell the tube.

I have to admit I was surprised about this shade, because even though I had high hopes for a shade called “Violet,” I didn’t think I’d find a color that’s really not represented by many of the ultra high-end brands.

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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NYX Paradise Nail Polish

NYX Paradise Nail Lacquer

NYX Paradise Nail Polish ($5.00) is a funky shade perfect for summer!  It’s this blue-teal with flecks of gold-green shimmer.  I thought it’d be a nice shade to feature for the upcoming warmer, summery season :)

The formula doesn’t standout, but it’s solid — it’s not too thick or thin, and it goes opaque in three coats (but you definitely need three).  I get good wear out of this polish, too–it’s my first NYX polish–so I was pleasantly surprised by that.  I used Zoya’s Color Lock System for the polish, just as a FYI!

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Recommendation:  If you love duochromes, Paradise is a nice mix of blue, teal, gold, and green.  Perfect for summer!

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Beauty Lessons: How to Apply Blush

How to Apply Blush

Applying blush at first can be tricky, but it’s all about being patient and using the right tools. You want to make sure you’re using the right blush brush — preferably, you want a brush that’s dense enough to pick up color but still fluffy enough to deposit it softly. You may also want a buffing brush on standby for any mistakes!

Powder Blush

  • Step 1. Finish prepping the skin and let all products sink in/dry. Whether you’re just wearing moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, or foundation, you want all these products to be applied before you to get to blush. (Though, you can always switch it up and wear an intense blusher before foundation–but after moisturizer–and then lightly apply foundation on top!)
  • Step 2. Taking a slightly fluffy, dense brush, gently tap it into your blush compact. I usually do three or four taps and then a sweep.
  • Step 3. SMILE LIKE YOU JUST WON A BAJILLION DOLLARS! The easiest way to find the apples of your cheeks is to smile really big–you’ll see them pop out at you as compared to when your face is relaxed.
  • Step 4. Gently tap the blush brush onto the apples of your cheek, starting from the roundest portion and tapping lightly upwards and towards your temple.
  • Step 5. Do a sweep–like a Nike “swoosh”–from the apple to the temple to diffuse and blend the color together.
  • Step 6. If it’s not intense enough, rinse and repeat. If it’s too bright, you can either lightly sweep upwards with your blush brush or use a buffing brush to buff some of the color out. You can also layer translucent or colored loose powder on top to help soften the color (and this will also help to set your makeup).

Cream blush how-to…

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The Summer Season: Illamasqua Indulge Intense Lipgloss

I was so impressed with Frenzy, I just had to try a few more of Illamasqua’s Intense Lipglosses (I will also be featuring Fierce, Petulant, and Move soon!). They totally scream, “TEMPTALIA!” since they’re glossy but wickedly pigmented. Indulge didn’t disappoint me either–it’s bright, richly pigmented, and applies beautifully. Even better is that these glosses last a good three to four hours on me before a little fading occurs, which is quite good for a lipgloss! These feel like a cross between lipstick and lipgloss, but they’re definitely more on the lipgloss side of the equation.

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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