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Monday, October 22nd, 2007

What do others think of your beauty/makeup love? (Okay, perhaps addiction is a better word!) Do your family or friends love it or hate it? Support it, fund it, or scoff at you?

I’m so lucky that my mom supports all of my hobbies–not financially, unfortunately (!)–but she loves that I’ve turned a passion into something productive (the blog), and she’s always bragging to people that her daughter is a blogger, actually! Now, nobody thinks I should be spending as much as I do by any means, though. I just moved back to my hometown, but none of my friends are here, so I’ve not encountered anything from that side of things. Thank god I met Karen of Makeupandbeautyblog.com, who I can gab about makeup and beauty all day and night long ;) My boyfriend was afraid I’d turn him into a girl with all my beauty talk nonstop!

Monday, October 22nd, 2007


Zoya’s Austine (from Utopia | Winter 2007/08) is a very gorgeous gold with warm undertones of bronze with silver shimmer. It’s a bit metallic in appearance, which is always fun (when you tire of gunmetal gray, as lovely as it is, go opposite with this color!) for the upcoming holiday season. I found it applied quite well, minimal streaks/brushstrokes when all was said and done. $6

This color, as well as the rest of Utopia, is available at fine salons and www.zoya.com.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Laura Mercier presents this Signature Collection Book with three eyeshadows in Guava, Forest, and Margaux; three lip colors in Blossom, Pink Dawn, and Ruby, plus two cheek colors in Crushed Hazelnut and Rosedust. $45.00

Sunday, October 21st, 2007


Zoya puts out a most gorgeous selection of six jewel-toned shades for their Winter 2007 collection. Choose from: Akyra (bold metallic azure), Austine (soft metallic gold), Irene (truly unique metallic sage), Juno (deep metallic amethyst), Kamilah (rich gilded metallic scarlet), and Tama (bright metallic orchid pink). Zoya healthy nail colors are also free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Keep checking Temptalia as we bring you reviews of each shade over the next few days! But let me tell you – they’re gorgeous colors, and I’m so loving that they’re all jewel-toned (I’m obsessed with this type of colors). I’ll tell you now that my favorite was Tama, with Austine running close behind.  I’m also trying out Zoya’s Color-Lock system, and of course, will report the results after I’ve done a bit of wearing with it in action!


Check out all six lovely shades at www.zoya.com or at a salon near you.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

What’s your favorite eye makeup palette? Nearly every line has limited edition quads, duos, or palettes that come at various times of the year – what’s your favorite? Which one do you always use?

I’m awful with palettes; they often sit unused for me. I own an overwhelming majority of MAC quads/holiday palettes — most of which I depotted and put in with the rest of my regular palettes. I love the Liza AM (old, old, OLD quad) for the easiest neutral eye. They’re all matte shadows, very blah shades when you look at them, but they can add some va-voom for those occasions where you need to be professional or subtle with the eye makeup.

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Estee Lauder Professional Pure Color Lipstick is a lovely gold gift set with five full-size lipsticks in Pink Parfait, Bois de Rose, Nectarine, Rose Tea, and Rice Papapya. $32.50

Estee Lauder Professional Pure Color EyeShadow is a gorgeous gold palette with six great shades for the holidays: Camouflage, Copper Penny, Honey Drop, Ivory Box, Pale Moon, and Plum Pop for a mere $25.00.

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