The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.
Shaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, is here with another must-read “manly” review. He’s twenty-seven with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).
Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes to being my shoulder to cry on.
I haven’t used a straight razor in a long time. In fact, I tend to put off shaving as much possible. I tried Gillette’s ProGlide ($12.99) with a bit of reluctance because of the bad memories of shavings past. They came to me in the night much like the story of Scrooge. Each one was scarier than the last, but I persevered!
The main complaint I have with the straight edge is that it seemingly takes forever and is morbidly inconvenient. Maybe it was the razor, or maybe it was just the passage of time, but this was one of the quicker shaves I’ve had in a while. There’s no doubt about it, the straight edge does a far superior job than the electric razor does. This particular model came with a vibration feature, and I don’t know what it is about the term “vibration” but I feel… Dirty about it…
15 Orange Lipsticks & Lipglosses
There were definitely some fierce oranges featured over the past few months! My personal favorite shades were #1, 3, 8, 9, and 11.
If you’ve been jonesin’ for either MAC Morange or Neon Orange, Milani Mandarina is a decent dupe–just a smidgen lighter. Illamasqua Temper, though a gloss, is similar in color to Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Shine Lipstick.
- Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick
- Chanel Exotic Lipstick
- Dolce & Gabbana Sheer (13) Shine Lipstick
- Guerlain Gil Lipstick
- Guerlain Ginger Lipstick
- Guerlain Gipsy Lipstick
- Guerlain Giuliana Rouge G Lipstick
- Illamasqua Temper Intense Lipgloss
- MAC Morange Lipstick
- MAC Neon Orange Lipstick
- MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick
- Milani Mandarina Lipstick
- Milani Orange-gina Lipstick
- NYX 24 Karat Lipstick
- YSL Tender Peach Lipstick
What was your favorite orange lipstick/lipgloss?
6 Purple Lipsticks & Lipglosses
Today marks the end of the Summer Season, which means it’s time for round-ups to see what’s close, what’s similar, and all of that. There weren’t too many purple lipsticks/glosses that were really rich and pigmented, so with only six featured in during the series, there are definitely no dupes amongst them!
- Dolce & Gabbana Violet Lipstick
- Illamasqua Fierce Intense Lipgloss
- MAC Show Orchid Lipstick
- MAC Violetta Lipstick
- Milani Magenta Madness Lipstick
- Tarina Tarantino Candy Jar Lipstick
Which purple lipstick/lipgloss was your favorite?
CoverGirl Blazing Blues Eyeshadow Trio ($5.19 for 0.14 oz.) looked like a promising trio of bright, vibrant eyeshadows. Several years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find any bright eyeshadows, let alone a whole trio of them! It’s definitely great to see that drugstore brands have stepped things up and started putting out more fun, bold, and bright shades. However, it’s too bad that the pigmentation is still sorely lacking.
After building up four or five layers of color, I was able to get decent color pay off, but it took more work than it should have. The trio contains a medium-dark blue with a low level sheen, banana yellow with a soft frost finish, and an aqua-blue with silver sheen. Personally, I was hoping that the yellow might be a MAC Going Bananas dupe, but it’s so faint, it’s difficult to compare the two. The worst shade in the trio was the aqua-blue, because even after attempting to build up the intensity of the shade, it still looked sheer and washed out.
In terms of texture, these eyeshadows were a little chalky and powdery–not delectably smooth and buttery at all.
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