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Friday, January 25th, 2008

Some exciting news developed this morning, as Temptalia was mentioned briefly in an article called The Key Sites which lists ten of the hottest beauty blogs, by Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). The Key Sites is an accompanying article to Beauty In the Blogosphere, an article that talks about the growing influence of beauty blogs on the industry and compares and contrasts some of the issues concerning print vs. blog reviews and usage.  Thanks to WWD and Matthew Evans!

The Key Sites
Ten of today’s hottest beauty blogs, with self-reported readership figures.

Temptalia (temptalia.com)
On Site: Ways to learn about beauty in an environment that fosters curiosity.
Founded: October 2006
Readership: 500,000 page views, or 150,000 visits, a month.
Blogger Bio: Founder Christine Mielke, a law student at Santa Clara University, devotes up to 30 hours a week to Temptalia.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Is the red lip not a classic choice for Valentine’s Day? I mean, the day is themed with pink and red, so it seems only fitting, right? This post is full of some of my favorite MAC red glosses/lipsticks that I thought I’d share with you! Each product is worn alone, when typically I would wear a lipstick and a gloss together (I rarely wear either by itself!). Unfortunately, several of these are limited edition, which means you may be updating your wish list over at MakeUpAlley soon! I love Check, Please lipglass for its really, really deep blood red color and super glossy finish. Perpetuate prolongwear is my choice for a kiss-proof red (and while it may not be make-out proof, it gets through without too much damage), and it is also a very nice deep red that isn’t too over the top or bright.

I hope this post shows how versatile reds can be (and these are just some of the ones that MAC offers), and even if you haven’t found your shade yet, keep looking and you’re bound to find one that suits you well!

Lip swatches include: Check, Please lipglass (pictured above; LE from Nordstrom 1+ year ago); Red Romp lipglass (Antiquitease); Witty lipglass (Stylistics); Classic Dame mattene (Mattenes); Stylistics lipstick (Stylistics), Rockocco lipstick (Rockocco); Russian Red lipstick (permanent!); and Perpetuate prolongwear (not sure of status, check your store). Now… Continue reading →

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What do the men folk in your life think of your makeup? Who’s all for it? Do they all love it or hate it? Do you often hear that they like you without it better?

My boyfriend has grown to appreciate makeup, probably because he hears about it nonstop these days. He does like me au natural, but he compliments me from time to time even when it’s obvious I’m wearing makeup! My dad probably hates it, but he hates all makeup and perfume and essentially anything in the beauty industry beyond soap!

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Spring 2008 nail trends are obviously going sheer rather than bright pops of color (though not all brands are following this trend–China Glaze is most definitely not!).  Essie gives nail polish fans six lovely sheers to choose from as spring arrives in beautiful hues of soft pastels.  These polishes apply easily, smoothly, and just to show what kind of color you can build, each color was applied with three coats (keep in mind that these were done strictly as swatches, so the aren’t perfectly polished!).

Pictured above, Hi Maintenance, was my favorite of the six, because it was such a flattering pink.  It wasn’t so cool that it looked awkward on my warmer skin, but it also wasn’t a warm pink that looked a bit too peppy for my tastes.  Hard To Getis a brighter pink that’s fairly opaque–it kind of reminds me of Don’t Be Shy blush from MAC’s Barbie launch–it was really close to being my perfect pink, but it was just a few shades too bright to be that absolute perfect pink.  Secret Affairis a fun, shimmery pinky-white shade that looked surprisingly nice with my skin; I thought something with that much white in it could never look right all over nails.  Looking For Loveis a lovely lavender color that was just gorgeous, but I found that it did apply a bit streaky in terms of depositing the color – I think you may have to be a bit more meticulous when applying this particular shade, but it’s too beautiful to dismiss.  Body Language was a flatter white with gray-purple undertones; kind of an odd color for my nails personally, but I see it working better on lighter skinned hands.  Great Expectations has a silvery-purple cast to it, and like Looking For Love, it didn’t apply as evenly as the others did.  I found this shade to be too cool for my taste, making it my least favorite.  Overall, I liked that I could build up these sheers with three coats to get decent color, since I don’t usually wear sheers.  On the same note, for more professional or subdued affairs, sheers are fabulous choices, and this gives you a polish that can multitask!  Also, sheers are amazing on top of a more opaque polish to give it a different sheen or color.

Check out swatches of the five other polishes… Continue reading →

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

I just wanted to give my dearest readers that many stores around the country are having events to celebrate the Fafi launch.  Some of these include unveilings, which are amazing opportunities to see Fafi before it’s even launched officially!  It is best to call up your local store/counter and ask if they have anything going on.  With that said, I will be attending the unveiling event for Fafi on February 10th at MAC Cosmetics at Valley Fair in San Jose, CA. If you’re in the area and would like to come, and call (408) 244-6533 to RSVP!  I’m scheduled to attend at 5:30pm, but please let me know if you can make it and when you will, because I’m sure I can find a reason to stick around longer!

(And also, this means you can fully expect swatches and a review February 10th/11th!)

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

A little late, but oh well…  I passed on most of the items from A Mei, because the palettes contained permanent/repromoted colors, as were the lipsticks (both are permanent), so there’s no need to rush out and get them.  I got both lipglasses since I’m a sucker for glosses!  She’s A Star is a pretty straight gold gloss with lots of shimmer and shine.  Fun to wear alone as an ultra glossy coat or to lighten any too-bold-to-wear-right-now lipstick.  Love Rules is a brighter, deeper pink, but not quite hot fuchsia pink.  The shimmer/reflects in Love Rules is pink with a touch of opalescence.  I wouldn’t say either of these are must-haves, but they are cute!

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