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Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo
Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Gypsy Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a beautiful neutral duo featuring a shimmering, warmed-up champagne beige and a rich, coppered chocolate brown. Hourglass’ Eyeshadow Duos are such an underrated and underappreciated product–the quality is absolutely phenomenal and the shades are infinitely flattering.
Selfishly, I wish they had about a dozen more duos, because their eyeshadows are easily some of the best I’ve come across–and better yet, the quality is fantastic across the range. There are no duds in their duo line-up. Soft, smooth as silk, and buttery texture paired with intense color pigmentation that glides on, blends effortlessly, and can be used wet or dry.

The $38 may seem steep, but don’t let it fool you: there are two full-sized (actually, more than that) eyeshadows inside. Each eyeshadow is 0.10 oz., which is double the average full-sized eyeshadow, for a total of 0.20 oz. The packaging is also this pewter bronze with a swivel top that reveals a mirror inside along with a pint-sized brush (with real bristles) that’s usable and not scratchy.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Hourglass as a brand is underrated, but their eyeshadows are easily my favorite product from the brand.  There is something to be said for a brand that puts out consistently high quality products with to-die-for textures.  This duo will naturally flatter warmer skin tones but they are not too warm–they will work well on cooler and neutral-toned skin, too.

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora

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Win $900 of Make Up For Ever Products! Another Chance!

Win $900 of Make Up For Ever Products!

We have our second kit up for grabs!  One (1) very lucky reader will be able to call this kit their own.   This is a Rock For Ever traincase that Make Up For Ever allowed me to choose products to put in it (the instructions being any products until it is full) as a result of winning their Lips to Love contest. There are 29 products that fit in the case, plus the case itself, and the Temptalia’s Essentials Kit weighs in at over five pounds!

Congrats to Kayce!

One (1) grand prize winner will receive the following Make Up For Ever products, all housed in a Rock For Ever Traincase (which is not available for sale!) of MY essentials:

  • 12 Flash Color Case ($95)
  • HD Blush Brush #55N ($39)
  • Kabuki Brush ($39)
  • Eyeshadow Brush #6N ($24)
  • HD Elixir ($38)
  • HD Microfinish Powder ($30)
  • HD Bluses in #5 Nip Slip, #6 Quickie, and #8 PDA ($75)
  • Aqua Creams in #5 Peach and $21 Turquoise ($44)
  • Eyeshadows in #304, 310, #72, #92, #93, #123, #127, #147, #153, #159 ($190)
  • Aqua Eyes Liner in #0L, #5L, #11L, #12L, #17L, #20L, and #23L ($119)
  • Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks in #9, #17, #19, #21, #24, #36 ($114)
  • #16 Pure Pigment ($19)
  • #112 Valerie False Eyelashes ($15)
  • #43 Moulin Rouge Strass ($20)

Official Rules, Terms, & Conditions

The approximate value of the grand prize is $900.00. This prize is non-transferable. There are no cash or other substitutes of prizes by winner. Temptalia reserves the right to substitute similar prizes of equal or greater value in the event the above prize is unavailable for any reason. Individual, parent, or legal guardian of the winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to the grand prize. Prize will be mailed to the winner’s physical mailing address. Please allow six (6) to eight (8) weeks for delivery.

By entering or accepting the prize in this contest, winner(s) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, Terms, and Conditions and to conform to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. This contest runs from January 10th, 2010 through January 14th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST.

Eligibility

This contest is open to all participants, including international unless prohibited by their local state/country. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parent or legal guardian on their behalf. For reference, the age of majority is 18 years old in the United States, with the exception of Alabama (19), Delaware (19), Mississippi (21), and Nebraska (19). The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Eligible participants are allowed to enter up to three (3) times, as per the section below.

Three Ways to Enter

1.) Leave a comment on this post: sharing with me which product you’re most looking forward to trying!

2.) Follow @temptalia on Twitter and tweet this message: Follow @temptalia and RT to win $900 of Make Up For Ever products! Two more ways to win + rules: http://budurl.com/mufekit2

3.) “Like” us on Facebook and leave a comment on this Facebook post indicating which product from the kit you’re most looking forward to trying.

How to Win

One (1) grand prize winner will be selected through a random drawing from all eligible entries after contest closes. In the event that the original grand prize winner does not meet eligibility requirements or he/she forfeits the prize, the prize may be awarded to the next randomly drawn eligible participant. All entries must be received on or before January 14th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. The grand prize winner will be notified via e-mail, direct message (through Twitter), or Facebook message, as appropriate. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize after initial notification. If winner fails to claim within 48 hours, an alternative winner will be selected.

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Tell us how we’re doing!

From time to time, we ask for your feedback on how we’re doing here at Temptalia, and with the new year off and running, we would like to take this time to gather your insights on where we should focus ourselves and do more of what you want in 2011.

Specific feedback or suggestions are the most helpful, as is constructive feedback.  We want to know what we do well, what we need to do more of (or less of), and where we can improve.  We want to know how we can make Temptalia better for you.

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Hourglass Siren Extreme Sheen Lipgloss

Hourglass Siren Extreme Sheen Lipgloss
Hourglass Siren Extreme Sheen Lipgloss

Hourglass Siren Extreme Sheen Lipgloss

Hourglass Siren Extreme Sheen Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a wicked shade of fiery red with a part-chrome, part-metallic finish. It has a definite orange-base, but this the strength of the red really is pulled to the forefront. Think Kat Von D Adora… but more. It is such a rich, luxurious gloss that applies beautifully and evenly while delivering opaque color with very little product. The wear is fantastic (four to six hours), and it’s moisturizing while you wear it. There is a light, sweet scent–reminiscent of perhaps creme brulee–that doesn’t feel overwhelming nor smell synthetic.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Yes, yes, and yes. I have to try more to see if the whole range performs as well as Siren, but I look forward to whatever shade I try next. I just wish they’d inject a wee bit more into each tube — at 0.12 oz., they fall below average, and though it certainly is a vibrant, pigmented gloss and doesn’t need a lot of product to deliver that color, it’s still a little low.

WHERE TO BUY: Hourglass

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