Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Yellow, Orange, Coral with MAC Big Bounce & Fashion Flower

This is a look I did last week to test out the MAC Big Bounce eyeshadow for twelve hours.  For reference, you really don’t need Fresh Daisy in this look.  I initially wanted to use it in the inner corner (and you can see a very little bit), but it was just too stark against my skin tone so I covered most of it with Bright Sunshine.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Reward Yourself eyeshadow all over the lid and above the crease with the 242.  Apply Fresh Daisy eyeshadow to the inner tearduct with the 239.  Next, apply Bright Sunshine eyeshadow to the middle of the lid with the 239.  Gently blend Rule eyeshadow to the outer third of the lid and into the crease with the 239.  Darken the crease with Free to Be eyeshadow using the 222.

For cheeks, apply Springsheen blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Ever Hip lipstick and top with #2 lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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Friday, June 4th, 2010

Natural Makeup: Quick & Easy Browns

My days are all messed up. I thought it was going to be Saturday, so I thought a neutral look would make for a good Saturday post… but no, it’s Friday. Had I known that, I would have definitely done something brighter. Boo!  And yeah, the lip combo for this look is a pricey one, so you could try MAC Kinda Sexy or Honeylove lipstick with Nymphette lipglass on top for a more affordable version!  (I am just determined to start using and finishing some of my higher-end lipsticks/glosses!)

HAPPY FRIDAY! :)

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Soft Ochre paint pot as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply All That Glitters eyeshadow on the inner two thirds of the lid. Lightly blend Soft Brown eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Swiss Chocolate eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Grain eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Underground eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Supernova mascara.

For cheeks, apply Peach Nuance blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116, then lightly pat Sugarbomb blush on the cheekbones for a little glow.

For lips, apply T2 lipstick first, and then layer #2 lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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Monday, March 29th, 2010

Best Lipstick

The Spring Season: Temptalia’s Favorites

After many, many months of swatching and testing, these are my favorites–a whopping eighteen of them! During the Spring Season, we featured cooler nudes (9), cooler pinks (8), soft corals (8), lipglosses (15), warmer nudes (15), and warmer pinks (17) for a total of 72 different lipsticks and lipglosses in varying shades of soft coral, nude, and pink.

Comments & Thoughts

When I picked my favorites, I went through all the different folders I had for Spring Season shades and marked the ones I loved.  At the end, I wound up with eighteen–a little much, but who says there is a limit on favorites?  I do, however, obviously gravitate towards certain shades and tones over others.

  • #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band), #3 (Cle de Peau #2), and #17 (NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss) are all in the same family.  #3 is my favorite of this shade family, though.
  • I also love the texture of Cle de Peau’s Extra Silky Lipsticks, which necessitated the inclusion of both #4 (Cle de Peau #103) and #5 (Cle de Peau #106).  You’re just lucky I held off on including #124, too!
  • Oh, Guerlain! Similarly, Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks still have my heart–as evidenced by #6 (Guerlain Garance), #7 (Guerlain Gardenia), #8 (Guerlain Gemma), #9 (Guerlain Georgia), and #10 (Guerlain Guerlinade).  I haven’t found a dupe (nothing even similar enough to bother talking about!) to Garance nor Gardenia, but I feel like Gardenia may be substituted with a peachy nude and satisfy some enough.  Gemma is similar to #12 (Korres #22).  Guerlinade may be duped the best (based on my current lipstick repository) by #14 (MAC Freckletone), but Freckletone is significantly sheerer, glossier, and brighter/peachier–Guerlinade looks more muted in comparison, and obviously creamier and more opaque.
  • #8 (Guerlain Gemma) is similar to #9 (Guerlain Georgia) except with that cool gold sheen and a rosier pink base, but #12 (Korres #22) is like a more muted version of #8, too.  #8 is my favorite of the three, but #12 comes close and it’s what, a third of the price?
  • #11 (Korres #13) is a lighter, pinker version of #15 (MAC Velvet Teddy).
  1. Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss
  2. Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque
  3. Cle de Peau #2 Gloss
  4. Cle de Peau #103 Extra Silky Lipstick
  5. Cle de Peau #106 Extra Silky Lipstick
  6. Guerlain Garance Rouge G Lipstick
  7. Guerlain Gardenia Rouge G Lipstick
  8. Guerlain Gemma Rouge G Lipstick
  9. Guerlain Georgia Rouge G Lipstick
  10. Guerlain Guerlinade Rouge G Lipstick
  11. Korres #13 Natural Pink Guava Lipstick
  12. Korres #22 Rose Guava Lipstick
  13. Lancome Voile de Rose Lipstick
  14. MAC Freckletone Lipstick
  15. MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
  16. NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss
  17. Smashbox Splendid Lipstick
  18. Urban Decay Naked Lipstick
Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Spring Glosses

The Spring Season: Lipgloss Wrap-up

Did you know that it’s easier to swatch multiple lipsticks at once than lipglosses? Who knew! Let’s take a look back at the lipglosses featured in the Spring Season…

The closest dupe to #4 (Cle de Peau #2) is #3 (Chanel Pin-up), but it’s not quite as pigmented or as golden-peach; #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band) also comes close, but it’s a good deal pinker.    However, #12 (NP Set Mauritius) is the closest in the “feel” of #4–but it’s milkier, creamier–has a very obvious nude base but gives the same sheen/effect.  #12 is also similar to #7 (Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme).

Predictably, #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band), #3 (Chanel Pinup), #4 (Cle de Peau #2), #8 (MAC Nymphette), and #11 (NARS Orgasm) are all in the same family.  I often hear comments comparing these shades to NARS Orgasm, but I have to tell you, on my lips, Orgasm is the sheerest and least impressive.  Cle de Peau #2 is the best, but it’s also the priciest.  I think a good affordable version is either Benefit’s I’m With the Band or MAC Nymphette.  For something even closer, I think Chanel’s Pinup does the trick.  I still love Cle de Peau #2 the best and would buy it again in  a heartbeat.

  1. Benefit I’m With the Band Lipgloss
  2. Benefit Zone Out Lipgloss
  3. Chanel Pinup Glossimer
  4. Cle de Peau #2 Gloss
  5. Dolce & Gabbana Sunset Lipgloss
  6. Korres #25 Natural Purple Lipgloss
  7. Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme Gloss
  8. MAC Nymphette Lipglass
  9. Maybelline Sandstone Shimmer Lip Gloss
  10. NARS Belize Lipgloss
  11. NARS Orgasm Lipgloss
  12. NP Set Mauritius Lipgloss
  13. NYX Chandelier Lipgloss
  14. Shiseido PK 406 Lipgloss
  15. YSL Golden Peony (#10) Golden Gloss
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss
Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss

The Spring Season: Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss

Cle de Peau #2 Lip Gloss ($47.00) has been a favorite of mine since I first swatched it on the back of my hands at Barneys (in Vegas).  I still can’t believe I plunked down the bucks for this one without even trying it on!  I don’t regret it, though, because it’s such a stunning golden-peach flecked gloss.  I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say it’s worth every penny by any means, but I’m happy with the purchase, even over a year out.  It’s mostly non-sticky, but it doesn’t have the jelly feel that a lot of non-sticky glosses have.  It’s a fairly thick gloss that has decent pigmentation (particular for this kind of shade) and really stands out amongst all the Cle de Peau Lip Glosses (IMO!).  I remember swatching several shades and none of them grabbed me like this one.  It has an almost duochrome nature to it; it’s peachy, gold, green, apricot…  Love it. It comes with a wand applicator, has little to no scent (I didn’t notice anything myself).

The only shade I’ve found that’s truly comparable to it has been Le Metier de Beaute’s Payapa Creme ($36).  Sheerer and not nearly as reflective dupes might include shades like MAC Nymphette Lipglass ($14) or NARS Orgasm Lipgloss ($22).  It’s a pricey gloss, so it’s not going to be something just anyone will buy or will want to buy, and that’s fine.  If you like indulgent buys or the ultra luxe, this is definitely one of my favorites.

Is this the right spring gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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