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Saturday, September 29th, 2007

We have an update on the Originals collection! Many of the items are more like improvements of existing or old shades that are consumer favorites, but perhaps not MAC addict favorites, but who else is tired of Kitschmas coming out? Many of the products featured in this collection will be reformulated to be better than their original counterparts, hence why some of the names aren’t dead ringers for older colors.

Here’s what we’ve recently learned about what’s in store…

A Little Folie
Ochre Style

Golden Olive
Steel Blue
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Friday, September 28th, 2007

Tomorrow I head off to the PRO store with fellow beauty blogger, Karen, to make a huge birthday haul! Okay, maybe not huge, but we’ll see, right? We always hope that we’ll be dissuaded from what we want, but somehow manage to come home with not just our list, but several off-list items as well.

I’d love to your opinions on any PRO items you think I should check out! BTW, I will do my best to swatch the new PRO launches :)


  • Lip Erase in Dim (maybe Pale?)
  • Gloss in Guava (maybe Pink Pearl and Rosy Coral)
  • Face & Body (C4)
  • Studio Fix Pastels
  • Cream Colour Base in Pink (maybe Antiqued Gold, Rich Coral)
  • Beauty Powder/Loose in Drizzle Gold, Daisydust, Peach Haze (I hope these are out!)
  • Shaping Powders (actually have these on their way to me!)
  • Sculpting Powers (also on the way)

I expect I will also pick up a few more of the Matte2 shadows while I’m there. Hopefully I can control myself on the Mattenes ;) I’m also interested in checking out the 174 brush, all of the pro glosses, the new reflects glitters (if they’re out), drool over a few pigments I don’t have, and the like.

What are some of your favorite PRO items?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Here’s what you can expect to be found inthe four Holiday eyeshadow palettes launching this fall/winter. There are four: warm, cool, smokey, and metallic. I’m most intrigued by the Metallic!

Sunday Best – Ivory with frost (F) (released before)
Nobility – (S)
Retrospeck – Beached blonde (L) (perm)
Star Violet – Earth-touched pinky-brown plum fusion (VP) (perm)
Club – Muted reddish brown duochrome with green opalescent shimmer (S) (perm)
Showstopper – Soft smoked brown black (M) (released before)

Medallion – (VP)
Silverwear – (F)
Trophy Pink – (F)
Modern Heir – (F)
Shadowy Lady – Darkly veiled plum (M) (released before)
Queen’s Jewel – (VP)

Keep reading for colors in the Smokey and Metallic palettes!

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Friday, September 28th, 2007

What makeup do you have stashed in your purse right now? Women are notorious for carrying more in than purse than need, and it got me to wonder just how much makeup are we keeping in our little (okay, big) bags?

Me? I hardly carry makeup with me, other than the lipstick/lipglass I used for the look of that day. I think all I have in my purse is Lil’ Sizzler lip gelee! So I think I might defy the norm in this respect.

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Senior MAC Artist Louise Zizzo gives us the low down on how to rock the new matte shadows with the right bases and brushes!

Temptalia: What is the best way to apply the new Matte2 shadows?
Louise Zizzo: The matte2 shadows are super smooth, very fine pigment and silky because of this you need to ensure that you apply them to a base that is already matte, meaning that you will have a hard time applying them directly on to an emollient surface, like cream color base.

Temptalia: (Makes mental note: do not use with CCBs!!) What products should be used as a base? What have you found that works well?
Louise Zizzo: Here is what I have found works really well. MAC Paints once dry, the matte textures v’s the frost to keep that matte finish. Paint pots in the cream textures rather than frosts to keep the shadow looking matte, again the paint pot needs to have dried down. I also find a sheer layer of concealor works well but you MUST set with a pressed or loose pressed powder.

Temptalia: What products specifically would make good bases?
Louise Zizzo: Yes, Painterly is perfect and Bare Canvas. Just a sheer application, don’t pack it on and let it dry completely, I would say may be a couple of minutes. Also when you are using your 224 keep your touch light, don’t press hard with the brush.

Temptalia: What brush do you think works best with the matte shadows?
Louise Zizzo: As far as brushes my favorite is the 224, use this and gradually build up the color to the intensity you require.

Temptalia: Any other tips or suggestions to make mattes work flawlessly?
Louise Zizzo: Like any matte shadows especially when you are using darker shades you have to build rather than getting too much on and then trying to blend down as you could end up with a blotchy mess!

Friday, September 28th, 2007


Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion is an amazing moisturizing lotion that can be used on any part of your body from face to feet to hands to legs.This product works differently in comparison to other moisturizers in that is uses a shielding method where the lotion helps to moisturize and then locks in moisture to rebalance your skin’s natural moisture.It’s important to follow the directions, because you do not need very much product to do a full application.I have been using this mostly for my face and feet, and this lotion really does work to reduce overall dryness and requires me to use it less and less over time.Users are recommended to apply the product to skin every four to eight hours for the first few days to a week, and then users can taper off the frequency of their applications as their skin adjusts and starts to moisturize itself.

I absolutely love how light weight it is, and it absorbs incredibly quickly even better.It makes a great hand lotion to minimize dryness because there is no oily residue or slippery feeling left minutes later.Really, the lotion absorbs in less than a few minutes.Skin MD Natural is also hypoallergenic, not tested on animals, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free.I love fragrance-free lotions when it comes to my face, so this is definitely on my list of top three facial lotions.
This is one product I very much endorse and hold out as a miracle worker when it comes to aiding dry skin.

You can find Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion www.skinmdnatural.com! You may also find it a retail location, which you can find through the site, as well.