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Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Are you excited for Fashion Week? Fashion Week has been gearing up, and it is really about to go into full swing in the next day or two. Do you keep up? Do you live for this time of the year or are you completely bored with it?

I am, but you should all know why! :)

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Hi everyone!  I know there have been numerous requests for video tutorials, and I expect sometime in the future it may be an option, but I was wondering if this kind of video tutorial would satisfy you in the meanwhile.  Please let me know what you think, and if you’d like to see other tutorials in the same format (but they will always be in a still format with step-by-step text, as I personally feel this is a good way to learn).

Edit: I think I must have confused you all… this would NOT replace the existing all text tutorials, I am just wondering if these are worth doing.  I’m fully aware that it is not live action, but it is currently not feasible to do something of that nature for the time being, which is why I’m trying to offer something in between.  So please tell me if you would like to see these in addition, not in place of, the existing tutorial format.  Thank you!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

MAC Cosmetics debuted a Fafi website (anyone remember the Barbie one last year?), and right now, you can sign up for notification as information is released.  Thanks to Shefali for alerting us to it!

Friday, January 25th, 2008

For Spring 2008, Zoya has two different collections, each with six shades, Blissful and PurityBlissful is a beautiful collection of creamy pastels, while Purity is composed of sheerer pastels ideal for manicures (and I don’t know if it’s just me, but I have visions of bridal nails with these colors, too).  Today I’d like to show you swatches from Blissful.

It was actually really hard to pick a favorite shade out of the six, because I loved them all!  Let me say that one really versatile color is Penelope, which is a darker pink-peach color that’s incredibly creamy and goes on smooth.  It isn’t too warm, so I think even cooler-toned hands can pull this one off with no issues.  I think anyone entranced by pastels will find Laurie a very lovely shade of pale, milky pink.  It is also a cream finish leaving fingers looking incredibly soft and feminine.  Miley is much like Laurie, only it is a milky pastel lavender.  Lulu is a warm shade of peach that’s soft and subtle, and I see this as a great shade for spring, but also a nice way to transition into summer.  Zanna is a mauvey-purple with pink in it, and it also has a creamy finish.  I found this applied so easily and well, with no streaking or worries about distribution.  Felicity rosey color with golden shimmer, which makes it completely unlike the other five in the Blissful family.  It’s a fun color, and I like that it is the odd-one-out with its shimmery composition.  Overall, I liked the buildability and opacity of these pastel colors; they give me a way to get less in-your-face nails while still getting a good bit of color when I don’t want to opt for straight out sheers.

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

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 →