Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush

Dolce & Gabbana Provocative Blush ($44.00 for .17 oz.) is a smooth, matte baby doll pink blusher.  It runs just a little cool, but overall, it’s suitable for both cool and warm-toned complexions.

It actually reminds me a lot of one of my all-time favorite blushes, MAC Don’t Be Shy Blush, which was limited edition, so I’m happy to have found an awesome alternative.  This one is actually smoother and silkier in its texture, and the color is quite pigmented (though it is not overly pigmented–I know, some may find there’s no such thing, but I like a good medium when it comes to blush pigmentation).

When it comes the packaging, while there’s heft and it looks gold and shiny, it does show fingerprints, which is a pet peeve of mine.  I really do like the color, and while I’m sure I’ll never get through an entire pan, the amount you get for the price tag is actually less than some of the other high-end brands like Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, etc.  I do consider this more of a splurge/indulgence, but I am pleased with the product’s quality overall (which cushions the blow to the wallet!).

D&G’s makeup line includes four other blush shades:  Nude, Peach, Rose, and Warm.  According to their website, Pat McGrath recommends, “For day, brush a soft rose or peach colour high on the cheekbones in a circular motion using a large powder brush. For evening, contour the face with a blush that is slightly darker than natural skin colour. Brush the contour along the cheekbones, temples, and chin for a subtly sculpted effect.”

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5 Ways to Wear: MAC In the Gallery Eyeshadow Quad

How to Wear MAC In the Gallery Eyeshadow Quad

MAC’s In the Gallery Eyeshadow Quad (see review, swatches, and photos here) is a purple-themed eyeshadow palette. The quad contains these shades: Lightfall (dusty, gray-lilac); Look at the Eyes (iridescent silver-purple); In the Gallery (eggplant); and Private Viewing (dark burgundy-wine).

  • Inner Lid: Lightfall
  • Outer Lid: Look at the Eyes
  • Crease: In the Gallery
  • Brow: Lightfall
  • Cheek: The Perfect Cheek
  • Lip: Hold the Pose, On Display

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The Best of the Best, Volume #001

The Best of the Best, Volume #001

Ahh, thank goodness it’s Friday! It’s been a super busy week for me as my boyfriend’s been sick for the past four or five days, so I’ve been playing nursemaid for him. Plus, Magellan decided it was a good time to limp around the house, too, so I’ve been tending to him this past week as well. (For the record, the boyfriend is–hopefully–on the mend, and Magellan’s limp is less noticeable now.)  Boy, I am so ready for the week to end–bring on the weekend!  I’m hoping my weekend involves plenty o’ sleep and R&R, what about you?

This Week’s 5 Most Popular Posts

  • MAC DSquared Collection Product Photos really seemed to inspire some lemmings (and some of you who are way too good at resisting!) for this October-slated launch.
  • MAC DSquared Collection Preview Photos were our first lil’ peek into the world of MAC & DSquared. It was just a morsel, but it just made us hungry for more.
  • MAC Style Black Collection with photos! Finally, we see how things are shaping up for this September collection. With new dazzleglasses and brand-new product greasepaints, many of you are eager for this collection to launch. Not to mention? Temptalia readers are totally going to sell out Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. Let’s do it! (Just let me buy my ten backups, k?)
  • Bobbi Brown Chrome Collection is the much anticipated holiday collection. It seemed like the overall feeling was positive, most of you liking the splash of color Bobbi added to her holiday palette. I’m curious about that silvery lipstick myself!
  • MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection: All About the Eyeshadows seemed to be popular amongst readers this week, coming in fifth place. It must be all those bright shades, yeah?

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