Build a Quad: “Smoky Duo”

Build a Quad: “Smoky Duo”

To me, the classic smoky eye is a mix of grays, silvers, and blacks–but the best part about smoky eyes? You can make any eye smoky. I thought rather than just doing a monochromatic quad for smoky eyes (at least, this time around!), it’d be nice to give you the ability to create two different smoky eyed looks in one.

This quad includes: MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow (a soft, lightly shimmered beige), MAC Soft Brown eyeshadow (matte reddish medium brown), MAC Silver Ring eyeshadow (shimmery silver-gray), and MAC Carbon eyeshadow (matte black).

A few combinations to try with this…

  • Ricepaper all over the lid, Soft Brown in the outer corner/crease, Ricepaper to highlight
  • Ricepaper all over the lid, Soft Brown in the outer corner/crease, Carbon dusted lightly in the crease, Ricepaper to highlight
  • Ricepaper all over the lid, Silver Ring on the outer lid/corner, Carbon in the crease, Ricepaper to highlight
  • Silver Ring all over the lid, Carbon in the crease, Ricepaper to highlight

A few looks I’ve done that can be replicated with these shades…

Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow. We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments! Don’t forget to name your quad! :)

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Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara Review, Photos, Comparisons

Overall, I really liked this mascara, though it’s not my all-time favorite mascara or my personal holy grail. I love dramatic lashes, and I pretty much want a mascara that makes me look like I’m wearing false eyelashes 24/7–so that’s my taste. This mascara is not supposed to do that (despite the name, which perhaps would suggest otherwise), because it’s more of a volumizing and separating mascara that’s supposed to cling to lashes and not clump or flake on you later.

Extreme Party seems like it delivers on everything it’s supposed to. My lashes had a lovely, feathery volume to them–they looked lush and lightweight and never felt heavy. I got a smidgen of length, but not too much, and this mascara didn’t clump even after I tried to make it clump with a fourth coat (just for kicks!). It also separated beautifully (which is sort of a duh, if it doesn’t clump).

This mascara reminded me of Maybelline’s Full ‘n Soft mascara, which is a formula I like for softer, but still noticeable, lashes. Extreme Party is a little richer and a touch more dramatic in its overall look, but if you like Full ‘n Soft, I think you’d like Extreme Party, too.

Bottom Line: The name is a bit misleading–I wouldn’t describe the effect on my lashes as an “extreme party,” but I do like what it does and feel like it meets the marketed claims (which is very important to me). It’s a very nice mascara for separating lashes and giving you a more voluminous look.

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MOR on Sale @ HauteLook!

MOR is on sale at HauteLook!

About the brand:

MOR is the expression of a dynamic collaboration between Australian designers, Dianna Burmas and Deon St.Mor.

Creative spirits merged when they first met in 1998 unaware that in just over three years, they would be running what would become a hugely successful international body care company.

At the time of their meeting, Dianna was carving a reputation as a talented visual merchandiser, stamping her refreshing aesthetic on department store floors across the globe. Meanwhile, Deon, an industrial design graduate, was co-owner of a budding, Melbourne-based interior design company.

With a shared passion for travel, food and the arts, their union led to the development of an extensive range of contemporary lifestyle products and the opening of an interior-design retail store in the Melbourne CBD. Their signature pieces included lamps, vases, cushions, candle holders and stationery with a distinct, chic-urban edge.

The range extended to include a collection of soaps—their first foray into the world of beauty products. A collection of lotions, aromatic oil blends and candles followed soon after. Inspired by traditional apothecary, they had fallen in love with the endless possibilities of blending age old and contemporary ingredients and decided there and then to channel their energies into this vision.

In the midst of discussing their newly made plans in May 2001, in the back of a New Delhi cab, Deon spotted a street sign with the word MOR (meaning peacock in Hindi). It struck a chord and upon their return to Melbourne, the pair immediately registered MOR Cosmetics.

The link above is an invite-link, which is a referral link. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :)

The Scarlet Season: Lancome Red and Sensual Java Lipstick

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Win $150+ in Urban Decay!

Temptalia Gives Away $150+ in Urban Decay!

We’re giving away over $150 in some of our favorite Urban Decay products!

We’re giving away…

  • Urban Decay Book of Shadows II
  • Urban Decay Rocks
  • Urban Decay Spandex Glitter
  • Urban Decay Glam Rock Glitter
  • Urban Decay Deviant 24/7 Liner
  • Urban Decay Gunmetal 24/7 Liner
  • Urban Decay Dime 24/7 Liner

All entries must be submitted by November 14th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via direct message on Twitter. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.

Re-Tweet to Win

This is a Twitter Giveaway, so it is extremely easy to enter–just two simple steps! You’re welcome to re-tweet away, but there is only one entry per person.

1. Follow us on Twitter

2. Re-tweet the following: “RT @temptalia Win $150 worth of Urban Decay! Follow @temptalia & RT to enter! Info:

Congratulations to Emily, @emilyisxstrange