Benefit The Porefessional

Benefit The Porefessional

Please note that I did not test this on the face for an extended period of time, due to a sensitivity to dimethicone (second ingredient in The Porefessional). I only applied it to see whether my pores looked minimized. I left it on the back of my hand, and the effect lasted noticeably for four hours.

Porefessional seems to apply a soft focus lens over your skin, which gives it the appearance of a softer, smoother, and less-pore-filled. I wouldn’t say my pores vanish instantly, but they are definitely minimized, which is the goal. It is similar to MAC’s Prep + Prime Line Filler as well as bears some resemblance to face primers in general. It has a silkier texture, though, and it helps to mattify the skin as well. The product works to give skin a little help by minimizing textural issues, which pores can sometimes contribute to. It works pretty well, and it did a nice job of disguising some of the pores on the side of my nose.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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Dior Technicolor Red (873) Addict Lipcolor

Dior Technicolor Red Lipstick

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RECOMMENDATION: The pink in this makes it an excellent shade for cooler skin tones. The subtle coolness of the pink-red combo still makes it a shade that can work on warmer skin tones, too.


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Welcome to Swatch-all-idays!

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays!

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to be more organized, stay on top of things, and be more realistic about the volume of products I can review in detail with full swatches.  Ideally, I’d love to start off with a clean slate so-to-speak by clearing out an ever growing backlog of products I’ve photographed, swatched, and often tested, but for whatever reason, never got through the photo editing process and thus were never written up.  I am often ambitious and well… don’t have as much time as I’d like!  I would like to do better for you in 2011!

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be doing quick reviews.  I’ll try to include as much relevant information as I can based on my notes, and I will, of course, indicate if I haven’t tested and only swatched.  These reviews are going to be quick and dirty–and sometimes posts are not as detailed as I like (e.g. a blush is not shown on the face, only swatched).  I’m clearing out photos I’ve had since June with the total number nearing 10,000 (these are all raw, unedited photos).

A couple of weeks ago, I asked readers whether quick reviews were helpful as opposed to not reviewing at all.  I would love to do full, detailed reviews for every product–trust me, I would!–but I’m recognizing that I need to stop the bleeding before I can heal the wound.  Readers said that photos and swatches are helpful enough and worth posting, if I am unable to do a full review.  I will still have regular, full reviews being posted everyday, just like usual, but I will also be posting additional quick reviews.  Like stocking stuffers!  All extras on top of normal daily content.

It may be the holidays… but it’s SWATCH-ALL-IDAYS here on Temptalia!

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Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty

Photo credit: Vincent Lappartient

Chanel: 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers d’Art Show Beauty

“The theme of the collection, Paris-Byzance is a great inspiration on it’s own. The links and associations with Chanel are rich and plenty. Karl gave Sam (McKnight) and me a sketch giving us a rough idea of the direction he wanted for the look, from then the tone was set. Karl also showed us the world-famous mosaic portrait of Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire Mosaic from the Saint-Vital de Ravenne Basilica, which very naturally became the inspiration for the show’s makeup. The portrait gave me a focus point : the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows. This look is all about light and rich textures. The choreography between gold, bronze, black and red can be easily personalized according to the desires of each woman.” – Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup

Peter used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Skin prepared with HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin.
  • Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15
  • Poudre Universelle Libra Natural Finish Loose Powder
  • Eclat Lumiere Highlighter Face Pen
  • Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer
  • Regarde Signe de Chanel in Topaki (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
  • Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Rouge
  • Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
  • Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Brun Teak
  • Le Crayon Sourcils (Available August 2011)
  • Inimitable Mascara in Noir
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Or (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Moca
  • Soine Tendre Levres Hydrating Lip Treatment SPF 15
  • Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige Petale on the hands (Summer 2011 Makeup Collection, available May 2011)

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Chantecaille Spring 2011 Collection

Chantecaille Spring 2011 Collection

Sea turtles define all that is ancient and magical about our blue planet and yet they are endangered and struggling for survival, their numbers severely reduced from historical levels. Persistent over-exploitation, especially of adult females on nesting beaches, and the widespread collection of eggs are largely responsible for the depleted status of Caribbean species. In addition to this harvesting, the turtles are accidentally captured in active or abandoned fishing gear, resulting in deaths to tens of thousands of turtles annually. Coral reef and seagrass degradation, oil spills, chemical waste, persistent plastic and other marine debris, high density coastal development, and an increase in ocean-based tourism have damaged or eliminated nesting beaches and feeding areas.

Sea turtles once shared the Earth with the dinosaurs, and they have quietly watched the theater of evolution for eons. Among the most migratory of all creatures, they touch the hearts and economies of nearly 100 nations. They have been in the midst of danger for some time, and unfortunately many have been lost due to our lack of action. Today, Chantecaille is honoring the impressive beauty and stature of these gentle giants. Chantecaille continues its mission to support marine wildlife.

Chantecaille is partnering with Dr. Karen Eckert of WIDECAST, who is focused on saving sea turtles in the waters of the Caribbean Sea, including Caribbean island nations and in Central and South America. WIDECAST, the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (, is comprised of a network of experts resident in more than 40 Caribbean nations and territories, all working together to realize a future where sea turtles and human communities can live together in balance. Please join us in supporting the conservation efforts of this unique organization.

Sea Turtle Palette ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

This limited edition palette, inspired by the beauty of green sea turtles and their warm, sandy nesting grounds, reflects the fluid ease, billowy freedom and insouciant vintage Parisian chic of fashion. Three Eye Shades and one Cheek Shade reflect the golden warmth of new spring neutrals complimented by an on trend deep sea green eye defining shade. Composed of formulas with the finest pearl and pigment particles to create a natural, satin, sheer veil on the skin with a glowing effect. Eye shades never travel or crease. For the complete Spring look, follow with one of our new long lasting, full color Hydra Chic shades. With the purchase of this refillable palette, 5% of proceeds will help WIDECAST ensure the survival of sea turtles.

New Hydra Chic Shades ($30.00)

To complete this clean, graceful and sophisticated look, Chantecaille created three new Hydra Chic shades. Hydra Chic is a modern full-impact lipstick that is hydrating and luminous with six hours of great color wear. Natural extracts of papaya and orchid help to soften lips and provide anti-oxidant and anti-aging protection. Raist, a natural sugar derivative, provides immediate and comforting hydration.

  • Aster A bright vibrant floral pink shade. Not too cool and not too warm, this pink emphasizes and brightens lips.
  • Canna A soft peach shade warms the face.
  • Willow Impart the sophisticated look of the neutral lip with this deep beige shade.

Availability: Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Frédéric Fekkai Salons, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, select Saks Fifth Avenue locations, Space NK, and online at for Spring 2011

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