Ask Temptalia Session #025

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  • If you’ve tried a lot of products and are still looking for the one that works, if you could tell me products or techniques you have tried, that helps me suss out what might work! Again, I’d hate to just recommend you a product/technique you’ve tried!

It is always a pleasure to answer your questions, and I always hate answering your question with a follow-up question about your coloring or what brand you’d like the dupe in or what-have-you, so hopefully this will allow me to give you better answers and more efficiently, to boot! πŸ™‚

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Don’t be shy — ask one or twenty or none! πŸ™‚

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What do you think of MAC’s 130 brush?
What’s your favourite Foundation, and which do you use most of the time?
How’s your lovely mellan?
Oh! and have you seen the new Dior Glosses? if you have what did you think of them?
Sorry for the questions in one lol, just thought it would save some time.

Hey Simone,

It’s okay – there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a quality brush that has a nice level of stiffness, very soft on the skin, and it can be used with a host of cream-based products. I just never reach for it for anything!

I use Make Up For Ever HD the most – it looks really good in photos – but in real life, I use Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer the most.

He is great! πŸ™‚ Napping now, of course.

Do you mean the Ultra Gloss? I did a few reviews –

No worries! Ask as many as you want!

You could say practice – if you’re referring to lip swatches! If it’s in a look, I try to be a little more precise and clean up any obvious boo-boos!

hello, i would like to know when doing the eyeshadow applying on i notice different things you first but the primer on then some of the ladies put concelar or use’s the nyx milk how do you know and when should you do that all the time or just because

Hi Ms. Rolley,

Some use concealer or NYX Milk as their primer – I just use something else. It depends on what works for you, what you have, and the like. I don’t personally use concealer on my lids (some may just to camouflage any veins, redness, etc.), just a primer like UDPP or TFSI.

Hi! I don’t know if this counts as a question, but I’ve been dying to figure out how to duplicate ciara’s eye look in this video ( ). It looks like a gorgeous blend of unexpected colors and I can’t figure it out. Any suggestions would be awesome! Thank you! This is my first post here, but it won’t be my last. I LOVE your site! I don’t know what I ever did without Temptalia πŸ™‚

Hi Michaela,

It looks kind of like a smoky eye with a smoky blue-gray. I watched the first minute or so of the video, and it looks to me like it could be something like MAC Purple Haze on the lid, maybe even Idol Eyes, and Scene in the crease.

Thank you! Happy first comment πŸ˜€

Hi Christine

I have oily eye lids but the skin just above that (near/on the bone) is dry and flakes. Should I be mosturizing this area?

Hey Diana,

Yep! You should be moisturizing even if you’re oily – sometimes things like overexfoliating or lack of moisturizing can actually make your skin worse!

Hi Christine!

So I am kind of new to MAC brushes and was wondering what the difference between the 187 and 188 brushes compared to the 130 and 131 brushes coming out in the new To the beach collection. Thanks so much for doing these sessions, they are very helpful to newbies like me!! =)

188 is a smaller version of the 187 – it’s smaller in everyday, and it’s not quite as flared out. The 130 is like a firmer, stiff, stumpier 188. The 131 is like none of them – it’s a tapered, fluffier duo-fibre brush – more like a blush brush but with duo-fibres.

I had 2 questions. First, I’m trying to get all my MAC eyeshadows organized, should I mix my limited colors with my permanent colors or should I put them in a seperate palette. Second is it a good idea to put lipsticks in one of those lipstic palettes or do they last longer if I leave them in the tubes. Oh wait 3rd question, how can I make my blush last longer. I only wear powder and blush, but by 10 AM I look blah. I use studio fix C4 and warm soul blush

Hey Lynda,

As a normal person, I would mix the two – I did that for a very long time. Since I post looks on the blog, I don’t want to use a limited edition from five years ago that nobody can find anymore, you know? That’s really the only reason I have mine separated!

I’m not sure if the shelf life matters. I would say that it is easier to sanitize a lipstick in a tube than a potted product, though.

I’ve always found that the mineralize blushes seem to fade a lot faster, so using a primer underneath your foundation + setting with translucent powder seems to help.

hi christine! i get so excited when u do these q&a posts because i can read ur answers to other ppl’s questions too haha

i’ve been contemplating getting coral crepe pp (the hype surrounding it doesn’t help haha) could i use it under neutral shadows too?

Hi Yuliya,

You can definitely use it under neutral eyeshadows! πŸ™‚ It’s best as a base, so you can really layer anything you want over it, but I personally prefer more neutral shades!

hey christine
could you suggest some mac eyeshadows for me anything from neutrals to bright colors. i picked up 2 that you recommended me the last ask temptalia session which was humid and juxt which i love. im nw20 with brown eyes and dark brown hair.

thank you : )

Hey Vickie,

Neutrals – Soft Brown, Patina, Ricepaper
Brights – Winkle, Lucky Green, Atlantic Blue, Electric Eel

thank you for your quick answer : )

i just have one more question. i forgot to ask if you could recommend some pink eyeshadows from mac. ive tried many from nyx and they just make me look like i have pink eye :/

yes i love MAC’s Expensive Pink! try wearing it on your lid and put MAC’s Haux in the crease. Haux is a very creamy blendable matte color and the two play off each other well. πŸ™‚

Da Bling is a really pretty pink as well. I love wearing it on the lid with Tempting or Scene in the crease. Paradisco is really pretty too if you want something that is coral-pink. I wore it on the lid last week with Tempting in the crease and Nylon to highlight – liked this look a lot.

Hi Christine! No questions, here. I just wanted to thank you once again for all the amazing work you do! Your website is amazing, and I’m digging the new layout. =)

I wanted to ask you what foundation do you wear? or what would you recommend for me. I am NC35/NC40 I have oily skin, my problem for example: If I hug somebody my makeup transfers to there clothing. Is this with any foundation? I do wear a primer, I set my foundation with a drug store powder or could it maybe be my powder? I’m currently using Mac’s studio fix, I have use other drug store brands but they all do that. Thank you in advance for all your help and suggestions!!!!


I vary what I wear. I tend to wear Make Up For Ever HD for photos/videos, and I wear Guerlain’s Parure Gold for special events.

Hmm, it might be the powder — you should be able to let it set and not have it transfer! I’m not sure why the drugstore powder isn’t up to snuff – I use Laura Mercier’s and it’s solved a lot of the transferring issues!

I want to know a full 360 of what I should do to my face. Right now I am just using MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C4 with MAC prep + prime base visage under which worked at first but not so much anymore.
I am a medium skin tone, as I am hispanic. My skin is one of the most horrible to tame I am EXTREMELY oily not only on my t-zone but as well as my chin and cheeks I also have VERY noticeable pores on my forehead & cheeks. What would you reccommend that isn’t very expensive? I’m more leaning towards MAC products because it’s a little more affordable than other brands out there. I was thinking of trying studio fix fluid spf 15 but i’m not too sure. What about concealer, primer, and finishing powder? What do you reccomend? Especially for my pores and oily skin.

Thank you so much! This blog is SUCH a help when I choose new products πŸ™‚

Hi Amanda,

Are you using a moisturizer? I only ask ’cause I know some with oilier skin skip moisturizer, but it can actually make your skin oilier if you do! I’d also recommend exfoliating two to three times a week.

You may want to try Smashbox’s Anti-Shine as a primer (price point is similar to MAC). For a concealer, something like MAC’s Studio Sculpt concealer might work, since it has a drier texture. As far as finishing powder goes, MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder is nice, but you may want to grab the Blot Powder, which is good for setting but also blotting up mid-day oil.

Studio Fix Fluid would be good for your skin type, since it has a matte finish!

Thank you!

I’m actually not using any type of moisturizer, but if you have opinions feel free to let me know! Any brands are good I’m really open to whatever since my skin is in need of mositure as well. Thank you for your comment back and thanks for ALL the comments, getting such good tips!

Does MAC send you free products? you always get them early, lucky! i would love to know what goes on with you getting the first look at all the high end products πŸ™‚

Hi Nicole,

Yes, sometimes MAC sends free products, but if you see a full collection, then I most likely purchased it. Many sneak peeks are the result of product samples πŸ™‚ Any review that has product samples has a disclosure statement at the end of the review, so you can always find out right then and there, too!

woo hoo! ready? go!

1) do you use a mac or pc for the website work and video editing? i’m curious what program you use for video editing as well – now that i know you have a kick-ass camera (btw i JUST bought a DOF adaptor for my camcorder woo hoo! getting ready to shoot a music video soon). i’ll still use my flip for youtube videos but i love the look of the 35mm lens on the camcorder. it looks so 70s! πŸ™‚

2) what is captain lab doing right now? lol i have one dog awake and one asleep, which is how it usually goes. one likes to play and wrestle (seriously, he uses his “arms” and is quite strong) and the other likes to be lazy and sleep all day long (especially if he can find a sunny spot to lay in and bake).

3) do you ever use mac’s prep + prime lash? i was talked into buying it about a year ago by a crafty sales person and i don’t like it. i also don’t really get the idea of a lash primer (not really). ever use lash primers? like em? hate em? don’t care? i’m dying for someone else’s opinion!!!

ooh! one more. paint pots vs mac pait (as an eyeshadow base). opinion on either?? and what is your favorite e/s base? i usually see you use paint pots but have noticed the last few looks using benefits stay don’t stray.

I like Paint Pots because they’re WAY WAY easier to use than paints. Both work fine on me (in terms of not creasing, budging, smudging, etc. etc.), so I don’t prefer one over the other on one of those things. Paints are creamier, and they’re easier to blend out sometimes – less prone to drying out than PPs. But PPs never over-dispense! You don’t have to worry about whether you unrolled the paint tube enough to avoid a gush of paint!

I like pigments + mixing medium, because I just find that nothing adds pop like a colored base! I’ve been testing out Stay Don’t Stray, and it seems to do the job. They kind of all run together for me – none of them crease on me, so it’s like, “hmm, how does one pick a favorite?” I hate the pump dispenser, though.

Ohh, you have questions this time!

1.) The boy does ALL the video editing! The deal was I’d do them if he would edit, ’cause I can’t STAND my voice. We use Adobe Premiere for editing. Which is an angry beast of a program. We both use PCs. It’s funny – growing up, I had a PC and a Mac (my parents are/were both computer engineers, so we were a very wired family), but I never liked Macs!

2.) Being a couch potato! I don’t know what it is about dogs, but they love them some couch time.

3.) I’ve used it, but I don’t know. I don’t know if it does anything. I tend to only use a lash primer with colored mascara, since my lashes are dark black/brown, to make the color pop a bit. I find MAC’s a little thick/creamy/goopy. Could be an old tube, but I don’t know. I liked Lancome’s Oscillation primer – coats nicely. But it seems like if you had a good mascara, you wouldn’t really need the primer.

I have heard a few bad things about that pump dispenser in the Benefit primer. I have used Paint Pots before but I was thinking of switching to Paints because then I don’t have to use a spatula to scrape out product (though I do LOVE those glass containers that Paint Pots come in). For colored bases – as you know – I like Pro Paint Sticks but I know a great many MAC artists to favor using Chromaline for colored bases. I’ve tried Chromaline before but I find it to be far too drying – So much that you have to work REALLY fast just to get eyeshadow to stick.

Good deal on the video editing – And I’m a PC guy myself. Of course I’d take a $3500 Mac if someone gave it to me, but I’d rather spend half that much and get a PC that’s just as good (I often compare the two to driving a stick vs an automatic transmission. I say Mac’s are for wusses LOL).

And re: the eyelash primer – I hear you on the colored mascara – Other than that I just find it cause clumps and be one extra pain-in-the-butt step (I think I’ve used it maybe three times?)

Thanks for the feedback! And my yellow dog is still asleep (maybe it’s something with yellow dogs and lazy?) LOL

Hey Dusty!

Ooh, yeah, I could see paints being more convenient in that sense then! πŸ™‚ I’ve had no issues with them – they’re thinner and creamier than paint pots, but they work the same on me! I have a bunch of the Chromalines, but they are quite drying. I didn’t really dig ’em myself.

Ahaha! Yes, even though I can somehow justify paying for the name/label on makeup… I can’t do it on a computer. I’d rather get a top-of-the-line PC (my dad always builds mine, lol) than an entry-level Mac for the same price! TBH, I’ve never had a PC completely die on me, but a Mac has hosed me more than once… the sad Mac πŸ™ Worst thing you could ever see!

Mine is still on the couch… shocker πŸ˜‰

uh oh! mail is here! time to stop sleeping and bark out the window! lol

my folks used to own a computer company – custom building pc’s… so i’m just kind of familiar with them and just like you – i always build my own (well, have them built anyway lol). i know enough to have a conversation with a tech and to troublshoot pretty well, but i draw the line there. i was WAY more involved in my previous live (6 or 7 years ago). it’s amazing how much you can forget about something when you CAN’T STAND IT! lol!

Yeah, I have no capacity for the nitty gritty, and my Dad is my troubleshooter (though, I mean, I can do plenty on my own, but if we start talking specs, I’m like zzz!). I used to do HTML and I can’t remember much any more… nothing beyond links, images, and some font styling, LOL!

I started out using Shu Uemura’s Lash Repair as a primer/eyelash conditioner. It was good but too expensive. Then I switched to MAC’s Prep and Prime Lash for just putting it under mascara. I like it because it helps mascara NOT smudge on me. I used to wear Zoomlash which would smudge onto the undereye and needed to be wiped away with my fingers after 4 hours, but with the Prep and Prime Lash underneath, there was no smudging at all. Also, I used Dior Iconic mascara on its own and found it too hard to remove (Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil couldn’t do the job, I needed to use it, THEN use MAC Wipes. All the tugging was making me lose a few lashes). Using it on top of Prep and Prime Lash helps remove the Iconic mascara easily with just the cleansing oil. I think a lash primer does have its merits, it also helps condition the lashes (though I’m not sure if MAC’s primer does that).

NW20, brown hair and eyes, freckles.

LOVE the To The Beach collection, but I can’t buy everything, sadly. No money! I’m definitely getting the Scorcher nail polish and Hipness blush. No lippie products, I have too many already. What I’m wondering is… which shades of eyeshadow would you recommend from that collection for me? I wish I could get them all, but realistically, I’m thinking 2-3.

Hey Sara,

Well, considering that two of the five shades are permanent… you can always hold off on those (Humid and Shimmermoss). I think Sweet & Punchy is a gorg color if you love brights, enjoy the yellowness of a chartreuse green.. but even if you miss it, Sour Lemon (PRO) is pretty close – as is Rated R (from last year). I’d recommend Sweet & Punchy and Firecracker (but if you got Hot Hot Hot, you could skip this one since you’re on a budget). I really found Sand & Sun impossible to show up on me, though so I’d pass there!

I actually did get Hot Hot Hot! And I was eyeing Firecracker, lol. Good to know I could skip it though. I think it’s my goal to own every coraly shadow. Whoooops! Maybe I’ll do Sweet & Punchy and one of the permanent shades. I think Humid, unless there’s something faboo about Shimmermoss that I need to get it rightnow! :p

You’re amazing, and always the best person to come to with questions. Thank you so much πŸ˜€

Ahh, I feel ya – if you LOVE corals and want them and wear them, then definitely go for Firecracker. Like I adore me some teal, so I’ll own all of them. Whatever. They can be half a hue different and I want them both.

I don’t think you can go wrong, though πŸ˜‰

I thought of another question! I think at some point I want to to the MUFE palette freebie thing on Sephora. Buy 3, get the palette free. I already have a shadow in 139 (deep, dark brown)… are there any other MUFE staples you think I should start with? 139 was my first one!

Hi Christine!

I was watching a few youtube videos my makeup gurus who have suggested ‘trace gold’ by MAC. If you have seen it in person, what are your thoughts? How would it match my NW20 skin?

Do you have other blush recommendations? I am planning to get Hipness and I already use NARS Orgasm and Benefit’s Sugarbomb religiously. Maybe some darker/plum-ier shades? Or coral ones?


Hey Vanessa,

I don’t own it myself (I don’t have many MAC permanent blushes — let’s just say I’ve spent more time on LEs… I think I have 50, LOL!). Are you able to check it out in store? I think Trace Gold is pretty, though a little frosty, but I worry it may not work perfect with your skin tone.

Ooh, what about Breath O’ Plum? Maybe Dolce Vita by NARS? Love Dolce Vita! NARS Deep Throat and MAC Springsheen are both nice, too.

I think I will fight the crowds and swatch Trace Gold and Breath O’ Plum in person when I grab Hipness!

I’ve been wanting Deep Throat for so long! Sephora has a set with a full-size Deep Throat, one of the multiples in Orgasm (mini), and a lip pencil, so I may grab that since it’s such a great value.

Thank you for your suggestions! πŸ™‚

Ah, and two more questions that just popped into my head. 1) Do regular MAC stores sell empty eyeshadow palettes or pan refills or are those only available at PRO locations? 2) Is To-The-Beach hitting MAC counters on the 27th as well? Would it be too late to call and pre-order marine life at either counters or stores?

Hey Vanessa,

1.) All freestanding MAC stores sell empty eyeshadow palettes and pan/palette refills. I can’t remember if freestanding stores now also carry the blush palettes (but I know they don’t have the blush pans).

2.) As far as I know, it’s still the 27th. I don’t think it’s too late!

Actually, both the (non-PRO) freestanding stores I go to have blush pans and blush palettes, so I’m assuming that’s common to most or all f/s stores πŸ™‚

I’ve heard on another swatching site that MUFE’s HD Blush in 14 Star Struck is a good dupe for MAC Ripe Peach Ombre Blush, would do you think?

I LOVE my EL Peach Nuance. I also am madly in love with Radiant Peach. I can’t believe some of my favourite blushes are EL. It was just an accident I discovered them too because I had to return a concealer because they didn’t carry a shade light enough and they only did exchange only returns πŸ˜‰

Hi Christine! I don’t have that much time in the morning so I’m looking for really good moisturizer and sunscreen in the morning. I have olay spf 15, but I find that it’s not moisturizing enough anymore. Something not too expensive and doesn’t leave a white sheen. I’m just a tad darker than NC 30 in Mac.

What are you using at night? Maybe you can beef up your night time moisturizer.

I also like Neutrogena’s line of moisturizers – solid and most have SPF in them.

This is more of a recommendation, but if it is too much work feel free to ignore me. I noticed that on the superglasses you posted the ingredients list, and you don’t normally do that, but it would be so awesome if you did! I always feel weird looking at the ingredients in a store, and it is practically impossible for me to see mac’s ingredients because they don’t post theirs on their website, and I forget to save the packaging (since it isn’t on the actual product).

I usually don’t get the boxes when products are samples, so I usually can’t provide any ingredient lists, unfortunately πŸ™ I try to when it’s skincare, if I get the box or if the ingredients are on the packaging itself! So sorry!!

I would, though, if you *are* concerned about ingredients, just email via customer service for an ingredient list πŸ™‚ I’ve done that in the past with good results! Sephora also lists a ton of ingredients for products.

They’re already packed away in a box, ready for a label, actually! πŸ™‚ But yes, since I had the Superglass boxes from purchasing them – I was able to type up the ingredients, which I already did!

I have 2 questions, please!
1)why is it so challenging for me to apply gel/cream eyeliner? I have the right brushes & products (Clinique, Bobbi Brown & Smashbox). Do you ever use gel liners (rather than cake) right up under your top lashline? I have such trouble getting it smoothly across the top of my lid (probably due to crepey skin-I’m 52). 2)When using gel/cream liners on the upper lid, do your recommend pushing the product into the lashline or dragging it horizontally across the actual lid? Thanks a million if you can help!


What brush do you use? I know a lot of people recommended the 266 to me years ago, and I hated it for gel lining! I found the 208 much, much easier to use! But you may find tightlining is better for you, you can still get some upper lash line definition but not have to worry so much about going smoothing over the lid.

As far as #2 goes, I do both – I usually will do the line across the actual lid initially, then push into the lash line.

Hi, my lipsticks are getting way, way out of control – I am thinking of detubing into individual see thru pots, I see lots of pros in doing this not to mention the B2M’s I would have. The only con I see is not being able to use from the tube always having to use a brush – – thoughts???? I don’t want to regret this later πŸ™‚ for some reason I feel as though I would be hurting my lippies :0


It’s not something I’d do personally, because I’m lazy and would rather apply straight from the tube than use a lip brush. I also like that I can easily sanitize my lipsticks periodically by dipping them into alcohol, which would be wayyy less feasible detubed. However, one suggestion I have for you is if you do decide to detube, you could always leave your very, very favorites that you wear often in their tubes πŸ™‚

Hey! I am trying your favorite foundation, Guerlain Parure Gold. What is the lasting time for you? Its now at hour 6 of wear time, and it is gone from my nose & chin, and forehead. How are you keeping it from disappearing? TIA!

Hey Amy,

It lasts all day for me – I set with Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting powder (which I do with all my makeup) – did you use any setting powder?

Which cleanser would you recommend with the clairsonic, I just got it today. I have very oily spot prone, clogged up skin. Can you please may be recommend a few, I live in the UK so just in case it is not available here. Thank you much

I like gel-based cleansers and ones that have a little lather/foaming. I like Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple (Foaming) & Chanel’s Exfoliating Mousse with the Clarisonic.

You might like a bronzer like MAC’s Golden, which is a bronzer, but it has a lil’ shimmer in it, too – could give you a nice glow and tan. Try Benefit Sugarbomb or MAC’s Well Dressed!

Hi Christine
I use Mac lingering eyebrow pencil to fill in my eyebrows, the color is great as it looks natural while giving a very good definition but, it fades away like in 2 hours, I tried setting it with espresso eye shadow but it makes it too dark, do you know any other eye eyeshadow color that I can use to set it ( preferably Mac)
Thank you so much

Hey Christine!!
First question, are Love Nectar lustreglass and Big Baby plushglass similar?
Also, i have tan skin, blonde hair and blue eyes…which would you recommend for me – Angel or Creme Cup lipstick?

Thanks Christine!! Hope you have a good day!!! πŸ™‚

Hey Kim,

They are pretty similar – Love Nectar is a little more pigmented/peach and has more shimmery.

Either would work well, but I think you may like Creme Cup more πŸ™‚

I’m on a quest for the perfect concealer (for me), but I can’t seem to find one that (1) matches my skin color extremely well, (2) doesn’t settle into lines, (3) doesn’t totally kill my wallet. My main issue is finding my shade. πŸ™

So far, I’ve tried Maybelline Angelfit, Nichido, Elianto, The Face Shop, The Body Shop, Etude House, and E.L.F.. And since I live in the Philippines, there aren’t a lot of brands available. πŸ™ Help please.

Oh no! πŸ™

Some recommendations:

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer
theBalm Time Balm
Revlon ColorStay Concealer
Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer
Estee Lauder Double-Wear Concealer

I’m kind of stumped for questions but for now I really want to know how Mellan is doing? (Didn’t he have problems with his hip or something?) And of course, how you are doing?!

Yep, still has a hip problem, so sometimes, towards the end of the day, he looks like an old man getting up, but otherwise he is good! You’d never know anything was wrong with him except that he sways his hip like a runway model when he walks πŸ˜›

I am good! Kind of exciting that there are only three more days of school (then two days of finals) and I’ll actually have summer… free… I haven’t taken a summer off since maybe 2003? LOL.

Hahaha! Glad to hear you’re doing good. Sometimes I feel us readers forget there’s an actual person *behind* the blog so I just wanted to check with you. Enjoy your summer off! Lots of occasions to take Mellan to the beach, no? πŸ™‚ (I love your lab so much, he’s got that “awwww-factor”.)

Hopefully! The beach isn’t *that* close, so we’ll see. Surprisingly, he doesn’t love the beach. He’d much rather swim in my parents’ pool! He is a cutie. Sometimes labs look super cute as puppies but get the old man face… which is cute in an ugly way almost. (My boyfriend’s brother has a lab – such an ugly dog, but so ugly he’s cute again!)

I am in vet school, so I hope you don’t mind me butting in on this. πŸ™‚
Have you taken him to see the vet? Definitely sounds like Mellan has hip dysplasia, which is pretty painful to those guys! Get him checked out if you haven’t yet.

Yes, he does – it was confirmed by our regular vet and an orthopedic surgeon at 8 months of age. Severe, bilateral hip dysplasia! Not to be defensive (seriously, totally not! I appreciate the concern) – let me tell ya, I am on his health, LOL. We do supplements, high quality food (not Science Diet!), exercise, special exercises (to strength the rear muscles). Unfortunately (but fortunately for him), we have become more than acquainted with it (since we are doing conservative management). You really couldn’t tell, though, and our ortho doesn’t recommend surgery at this time – treat the dog, not the x-ray.

hi christine
ques eyeliner or kaajal stays on my oily upperlid and lower waterline.have even tried mac fluidline in black track.anything i apply smudges within an hour.plz suggest some product and a technique?
ques 2.have fair skin but towards pale side,suggest a red lipstick that will suit me the best.?
ques 3.any tips on picking up a perfume?
ques 4.5 cosmetic products that u can suggest i shud always carry in my purse to sail me thru any occassion
would love to see ur reply

Hey Shilpa,

1.) Have you tried MAC Liquidlast – it’s a liquid liner that does. not. move. You could also try a sealer like Benefit She-Laq.
2.) Russian Red or Viva Glam I.
3.) Sniff around, but ask the salesperson for a sample vial – most counters have them, because it’s so hard to really smell something amongst 50 other scents!
4.) Makeup removing swabs (MAC and Jane Iredale make ’em), pressed powder (eliminate shine, blend out anything amiss), brown-black eyeliner, mascara, your favorite blush, and a makeup quad for your emergency kit.

Hi Christine, love the blog!

1. Please recommend a “permanent” dupe for MAC Fresh Salmon.

2. I am an NC35. i love wearing MAC Fold and Tuck liglass. Too bad it’s LE. I’ve tried Lychee Luxe and it kind of looks horrible on me. too bad b/c i know a lot of people love it. Can you recommend a “permanent” dupe for Fold and Tuck?

Thanks for your help!


Hi Christine! I have two questions:

1: I have flat, almost downturned shaped eyes. I find that I can get a sexy upturned look with eyeliner, but I’m pretty darn lousy when it comes to shaping my eyes with eyeshadow. The perfect placement of shadows seem to come to people in video tutorials so easily, but not to me. Any tips?

2: I have horrible lines under my eyes near the tear ducts (I think from years of pulling on them to put in contact lenses). Could you please recommend an undereye concealer as well as an eye-safe, worth-my-dollar, anti-wrinkle product?

Thanks much!

Hi Courtney,

1.) From what I know, placement is still much like lightest color on the inner lid, fading to a medium color on the outer lid, then a darker crease color in the crease, but turned up a bit to help make the eye look like it’s pulled upwards. Also, keeping liner thinner and always wing it upwards to help further the illusion.
2.) I like theBalm’s Time Balm & MAC’s Moisturecover. For something anti-aging, try Olay or their Olay Pro-x line.

Oh! I got another one. In the summer I feel like a big blod of oil. My face gets so shiney. How do I stop this? I use MUFE Mat Velvet + in 30 (I was actually probably color matched wrong..Im more of a yellow base) and I use their All Mat primer. I shine so much I should be a vampire. What am I doing wrong??

Hmm, are you moisturizing beforehand? Gotta do that!

Then, are you setting with a powder? I find that I can’t skip setting my makeup in the summer, especially if I’m outside for long.

do you have any suggestions as to why TFSI would crease on me? most any eye primer does actually, and i have normal to dry skin so that seems a bit weird? i apply about 10-15 minutes after i moisturize, use eye cream. could the eye cream be the problem?

You could try dusting your lids with a translucent powder beforehand, to see if maybe the eye cream hasn’t fully absorbed yet. You could also try moisturizing your eyes, and then coming back a half hour or hour later –just to see if it makes a difference–and then you could kind of narrow down the issue!

You could, though, also be using too much or too little primer. Usually a thinner layer is better!

Hey Christine, I recently found your website through youtube so I’m kind of new and I don’t know if you’ve ever mentioned this, But I was just wondering, how do you get M.A.C. products before they come out in stores?

Hi Fatima,

Sometimes MAC has unveiling parties, so customers can attend the event and purchase the products before they’re out in-stores. Other times, if it’s just a selection of products, MAC’s public relations department has sent over product samples for review.

You can always find out if the product was provided by the brand/PR – there is a disclosure statement that follows the post/review πŸ™‚

Hi, Christine!

Totally random/silly question, but how do you feel about eating with lipstick on? I am so bothered when I’m eating a sandwich and see lipstick on my bread (or on my glass). It doesn’t bother me so much that it gradually wears off, but when I see it on my food, it causes my OCD to kick in. Now, I wipe off my lipstick before eating and reapply… if I remember! πŸ™‚

LOL! It doesn’t bother me, personally, except red… then I’m like, “Am I bleeding all over my food?!”

Quick tip: lick your lips before you drink or eat something. It makes them slippery. No more marks on the glass, I promise! πŸ™‚ (You could also lick the glass but that would look err… kind of weird.)

Thank you for the wonderful tip, Roxanne!

I just smeared on my Cyndi lipstick and topped it off with some Dazzleglass and gave my lips a quick lick. There’s a bit of lip product on the cup but not as much as before!

I’ll probably save the glass licking in private, lol! πŸ˜‰

I’m the same way! I wipe it all off and add it back later. I just get weirded out at the thought that I’m consciously eating all my lipstick, basically πŸ˜› I also hate how lipstick and gloss cause crumbs, etc to stick to my lips. If I’m eating something with a fork that I can eat in small bites, I’ll leave it on, but sandwiches, burritos, etc…nooo sir. But the WORST is when I get lipstick all over my (reusable metal) water bottle. I keep a supply of straws in my office for that reason!

I think that we are lipstick wearing twins, daphne. πŸ˜€

It’s terrible when you get the lipstick rings on burritos! Ahhhh. I tend to not use straws (guilt issue lol), but I wipe away at my glass like crazy. If I can eat it with a fork or a utensil, I’m game, but anything that requires mouth contact, it has to come off!

Hi Christine!
I would like to start using a foundation and some blush but I’m kinda lost on which brand I should choose. I have pale skin with warm undertones and my skin is combination. Do you know a good foundation (to begin with) and some discreet blush?

Thank you!

I’d opt for Tinted Moisturizer if you’re new to foundation — it will give you some coverage but it’s a nice way to introduce yourself to foundation. I recommend Kiehl’s, Korres, or Laura Mercier for a tinted moisturizer (Laura Mercier has the widest shade range, though).

For a blush, try something like Benefit Sugarbomb–subtle but noticeable, and would be lovelyyy with your skin tone!

Thank you for your quick answer, I’ll check out Benefit’ Sugarbomb! Laura Mercier, Kiehl’s and Korres are not sold or hard to find in France but I’m going to London soon, I’ll look for them. πŸ™‚

Thank you again for your quick answer, you’re so nice

What do you think is the best way to get rid of those annoying little hairs in your face : between eyes, lip…(tweezer, wax, laser??)?

I tweeze for eyes, and I use a small razor (by Eve Pearl) for the upper lip. I do lip swatches every 1-2 days, so razor is just the best – because waxing/threading you just can’t do everyday, you know? I’m usually too busy/lazy/forgetful to get my brows done, so I tend to tweeze myself. I find it easy and quick enough to do though. If you need help with shape, a pro is usually the best way to go initially!

Hi Christine! I just want to say I love to follow your blog. I’ve been doing so for over a year and I usually participate when you have these forums. I recently got hooked on Twitter and I follow you there as well. (I’m sue713 idk I you recall me… I tend to respond 2 ur tweets).

My question today is: Do you use a separate sunblock with your tinted moisturizer? I’ve also discovered Korres & Kiehls TM thanks to you.

Also when are you going to post your review for the Laura Mercier TM. I have used it for a while. I really like it just that it’s $40 dollars. Although I must say I paid the same for MUFE HD foundtion but don’t really use that. I use my tinted moisturizer on a daily basis.

Last question. I recently noticed a change in my skin. I’ve become more oily in my t zone. What can I do to control it throughout the day?

Thanks again! Till next time! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much, Susan! πŸ™‚ I recognize your twitter name!

I use a moisturizer and a tinted moisturizer — I usually take a shower first thing in the morning, but I don’t necessarily put makeup on right away, so I use my daytime moisturizer (with SPF) and then a tinted moisturizer later on.

Soon! I am trying to make sure I have the right shade, LOL!

You can try a mattifying primer like Smashbox Anti-Shine or blotting powder to help control it during the day πŸ™‚

Thank you!

Hi! (and sorry for the long comment in advance!)

I’ve been wondering whether to get Diorskin Nude or not. I have combination skin where my t-zone is oily but not in excess and my cheeks and around my mouth area can be extremely dry. I’ve been wanting to get a foundation which would give me a glow or dewy like effect (which is why i’m considering diorskin nude) and would give be a sheer coverage however I do enjoy exercising frequently which causes my face to get moist and flushed. Do you think the foundation would cover up my redness without running off my face? Or could you recommend one which may be more suitable?

Previously I have used BareMinerals foundation since my skin sometimes puts on a fuss and decides to be sensitive, however I found that makeup drying and dulling my face. Should I have been using liquid this time instead of powder? I’m kinda new to makeup πŸ˜›

Hey Arielle,

DiorSkin Nude is a nice foundation, but I don’t really think it’s going to last through any major workouts. If you need one that’s going to last through a workout, you’re better off going for long-wearing foundation (like Estee Lauder has some really tough foundations), but they tend to be on the medium or full coverage end of the spectrum.

Hmm, I know that some people react to the bismuth (I think it’s bismuth – it’s either bismuth or talc, but I’m pretty sure it’s bismuth) in BareMinerals, so it could have been that. If you have drier skin on your cheeks, you may find liquid more comfortable to wear, since it’s a larger, more noticeable surface than say your t-zone πŸ™‚

Hi! Just a quick question, do you think that you will be reviewing the new LE Nars Multiple tints? I’m in the UK and we don’t have them so I’m tempted to ship from the US but I can’t bare to buy anything without your reviews first! πŸ™‚ xx

I’m not planning to at the moment, since I think you can only grab ’em off the NARS site at the moment! They’re not something I think I’d use, and at $38 a pop, I’d rather just swatch in store, snap some photos, than buy each at $38 just to swatch, lol!

Or at least just grab one but if I don’t like it… can always easily return it!

How do you keep up with all your makeup! I love collecting makeup but sometimes I get so overwhelmed and can’t seem to use it all. Do you use all of it?

Nope, of course I don’t – it would be impossible to use all of it! How I use my makeup now is totally different than how I used it before I started the blog, too, so inevitably, there are certainly products that don’t get used!

Hello Christine! I hope you’re well!
Well, here’s my question: I would like something to contour my face.
The closer shade I am at mac is NW15 (although it’s too orange – I’m more cool/beige than anything)
The closest mac store is only a mac counter at Le Printemps which means, no access to the pro product and limited catalogue. Is there a blush (or an eyeshadow – that’d work too!!) among the mac collection that’d work to contour? If not among mac, anything in an other brand (but I really prefer mac, eh eh)? πŸ™‚

MAC Harmony is the closest, but you can always just use foundation that’s darker than you by 1-2. So perhaps you could use MSF Natural in the lightest or second to lightest shade πŸ™‚

Hi Christine! Do you have recommendations for reducing under-eye creasing from concealer? I have BAD circles, so I have to use fairly thick and emollient products to keep the area looking moist and not dry and flaky. Currently, I prime the area with Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch or the L’Oreal Studio Secrets base, then conceal with Eve Pearl’s Salmon concealor, then brighten with a tiny dab of Estee Lauder Max Coverage Foundation, then set with Benefit’s Powderflage and a fluffy eye brush. I know it’s a lot of product, but it seems to be the only way to get the long-lasting coverage I need. Thanks a lot!

Hey Nichole,

All the steps you take were all the ones I was going to recommend! You may find using a sponge to gently press the product into the area helps to combat some of the creasing as well!

Hey – I am wondering about oil control. I am so tired with breaking out my MAC blot powder every hour.

The thing is that i start out the day super super dry and then get greasy mid/end day.

I wear Nars Sheer Glow in Trinidad and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Deep Dark.

What would you suggest to keep oil away ?

Hi Christine!! First of all thank you so much for this site! I don’t know what I’d do without it. Although…I think I keep lemming things that may not work for me since we have totally different colouring!! I’m NW/NC10 LOL. I keep wanting all these bright lipsticks I see on here.

Anyways…my question is I’m looking for brand recommendations for eyeshadows. I love highly pigmented smooth eyeshadows. So far I seem to have the best luck with a lot of MAC’s shadows but I would like to try some other brands. I bought the DIOR Ready to Glow quint to branch out and had to return it since the pigmentation was HORRIBLE. Where should I start?? Thanks!

Hi Christa,

Best thing to do is try – maybe even just trying out a bright shade from the drugstore so you’re not out a ton of $ (or return!), too πŸ™‚

If you love super pigmented and enjoy MAC – I think you’d enjoy Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever! UD has a lot of great shimmery shades, and Make Up For Ever does mattes and satins really well!

Green/natural beauty… are you concerned with transitioning your products to more “green” stuff? I’ve wanted to take the plunge to using mostly Burt’s Bees, tarte, Yes to Carrots, Korres, Kiehl’s but aghhh it’s so expensive! Which of these brands and products are you using now?

Hey Sara,

I don’t have a ton of time to research into the brands and products being touted as green, natural, etc. Very rarely are the terms regulated or have any concrete meaning – of course, some brands are more transparent about it than others, but then at the same time, I’m more concerned about the efficacy of what I’m using, since it is my skin. I don’t want to pay $40 for a product that does nothing for my skin or makes it worse – green or not. I’ve used all of the brands you mentioned. I love Kiehl’s, Korres and Burt’s Bees are nice but nothing has blown me away (this is to say good, but not great). I’ve used Yes to Carrots way, way long ago, but it seemed fine (again, good, not outstanding). I like Tarte’s liners and their eyeshadows.

Hi Sara – just a few tips since my whole skincare routine is green and some of my makeup is green. =)

I would concern myself more with greening my skincare than my makeup because it has much more face time (day and night and while you sleep). Good brands I recommend and that you can get at Whole Foods are suki, MyChelle, Pangea Organics, Devita and Burt’s Bees. suki makes excellent tinted moisturizer and a really nice concealer, MyChelle makes very nice stick foundations and Pangea has the best eye cream I’ve used (the Turkish Rose and White Tea one). Gabriel Cosmetics makes nice lipstick.

Korres is the worst brand of skincare I’ve ever used and I refuse to use their makeup because they’re dishonest about how green their products are. Tarte is nice. Hope this helps!

Hi christine! Could you reccomend some good mac eyeshadows for stage? I am a ballet dancer, my costume is going to be black and burgundy with lace etc. I am pretty fair with neutral undertones and brown eyes. Colors SA’s have reccomended were too cool and ashy or so frosty to the point that they looked dirty on stage…

Hmm, I would recommend some shades like Pink Freeze, Shale, Sketch if you’re aiming for something to match your costume. For something lighter, I might go with Hush on the lid, then a more dramatic crease like Plum Dressing or Sketch!

-Which would you recommend: The Mac holiday Brush sets or the sigma ones?
-Do you have a swatch of impassioned anywhere?
-What is your skincare routine?
I always get excited whenever you have these questionnaires, you’re very informative & I love this website.

Probably the Sigma ones.

Here’s Impassioned, an old, scary swatch…

My skincare routine changes alllll the time. (Always testing something new out!) Right now, I’m using a Chanel day cream (very luxe, nice), was using a Burt’s Bee Pomegranate Night Cream (I got bored, moved onto Origins Ginger something right now!), Renee Rouleau Cleansing Gel for a general cleanser, shu’s balancing cleansing oil for removing makeup. I use Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate two times a week or so!

Thank you!

Hi Christine!

I’ve been a fan of Temptalia for years now and I have to say I’m as happy with all the reviews and product information as I was when I first encountered your site!

Now, I have a personal question. I know you’re a law student but I was wondering if you ever would consider becoming a professional makeup artist. It just seems to me your passion is makeup and, personally, I would enjoy doing something I loved as a career. What are your thoughts?

Hey Chloe,

That’s so AMAZING! to hear πŸ™‚ Really, it is! It just makes me so, so happy to have long-time readers πŸ™‚

I actually LOVE blogging. Let me rephrase – I love helping all of you with whatever makeup knowledge I have. It may not be technical or scientific knowledge, but if I can help you make better purchases, find things you really love (or warn you on products that you won’t) – that really makes my day. It’s not so much the application of makeup on others that holds interest to me – it’s being able to interact with so many wonderful people every day. Every day I feel blessed to be able to post on Temptalia and share with you whatever new products or swatches or tips or looks I have.

Thank you!!

Oh, you have more longtime readers that you think. Your blog was the first beauty blog I started to read some years ago and it’s getting better and better with time. Very professional and dedicated to be precise.

Have you already imagined being so taken with your future job that you couldn’t have the time/motivation to blog anymore? A job can be so time devouring (or even mentally destroying)… I hope it won’t happen to you and that you’ll keep on being there.

It’s just inspiring to hear from you guys (gals!) πŸ™‚ It’s just like, “OK, I must be doing something right if someone can read my drivel for THAT many years!”

I really, truly LOVE doing the blog – if I can pay my bills and live my life and just do this, I would. I still have a year to go in school, and blogging as a career is totally unstable, so it’s still a wait-and-see game. But this is my dream – I am blessed and privileged to be able to live part of my dream for even a second. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that if I keep working hard, I can be fortunate enough to continue living out my dream πŸ™‚

Thank you!

I’ve been lurking here since you were just using Temptalia as your own archive for looks πŸ˜‰ Ahhh, they grow so fast…

I hope you can make a living out of this – you deserve it πŸ™‚

Hi there, Christine!

You truly have followers from all around the world, since here’s finnish one writing for you πŸ™‚

So my question is:

I’ve had Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows vol 1. for some time now, but i’m still not quite sure how to use all those lovely shadows for inspirational looks that would suit me, so I decided to ask help from you πŸ™‚

Here is some description of the tones on my face to help you to give some guidelines next time i’m using that UD palette:

My complexion is fair, yet very warm with golden undertones, natural colour in my undyed hair is something between golden and dark blond,
and my eyes are really deep dark blue.

I’d like to try out new colours and combinations, but I always end up using those safe but oh so boooring browns on the second row. I just don’t know how to use these shades together and combine them :/

Any ideas?

Thank you so much for your help, and greetings from Finland, too!

Here are some combos you could try… Please let me know if I have the wrong palette, LOL.

Scandal, Roach, Lastcall
Scandal, Goddess
Sidecar, GridLock, Perversion
Baked, Smog
Shakedown, Protest, Perversion
Midnight Cowboy, Sidecar, Gridlock
Shakedown, Mayhem, Goddess

Hi Christine! I’m thinking about upgrading my drugstore foundation, and I’m not sure what brand would be best. I have clear skin, but I use foundation to cover redness on my nose and as needed elsewhere. I have a small sample of Lancome foundation, which I love…but I’m not sure what else is out there. Any recommendations?

I have light skin with warm/neutral undertones.

Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

Well, if you love the sample you have – why not try that? Which foundation is it? Lancome has good foundations from what I’ve tried πŸ™‚

What blush do you recomend?
I have tan NW 35-40 skin now and am looking for a blush that makes my cheeks look like they’ve been just pinched. Can you give me powder and cream recommendations? Thanks!

Hey Christine, I just wanted to ask you what eye look you were wearing in the Lancome tinted moisturiser review,I L-O-V-E the look and your blog.Keep up the great work.Love abhi

Hello! I’m very, very pale (like, translucent) with some freckles, my eyes are brown, and my hair is brown with some warm red undertones.

Can you recommend any good eyeshadow looks for work? I’ve done the whole warm copper, brown, peach thing, and I’m getting bored with it. I’m afraid other “cooler” or “brighter” colors look ridiculous on me because I’m so pale and they look garish!


What about maybe red-based purples? Like soft pinks (MAC Hush) and a plum-gray (MAC Shale)? That might be an interesting way to move away from brown but still not be too much! You could also try light golds (MAC Nylon) paired with your fail-safe browns/coppers for more of a pop on the lid.

I get more compliments from the really professional people when I wear neutral eyeshadows with colorful eyeliner. That’s the main look that gets me attention.

Hi Christine! here’s another question for you. (I submitted one earlier but idk if it went through) Can you recommend a good concealer for undereye circles? I use select moisturecover by MAC. I also have studio finish concealer but it doesnt seem to work for my undereyes. It’s not creamy… doesn’t glide on like select moisturecover. What do you recommend? I’m open to try other brands =)

I love Moisturecover! πŸ™‚

I also like theBalm’s Time Balm and Eve Pearl’s Salmon Concealer (definitely creamy!) πŸ™‚

Such nice time to get this session…I had a question.

1. Do you have any idea if MUFE Gold Icone collection Spring 2010 which has been released in other countries will ever release in US SEPHORA or its an Asia exclusive kind of thing.

2. Is is mandatory to paint both feet nais and hand nails in same color?

3. Which is the best brush for Bronzer Application and which is your fav matte and shimmery Bronzer….

4. Is 188 beter or 131 better. Is 131 necessary…or must have kind of brush/

Hey Resham,

1.) I have no idea. I haven’t heard anything about it — I don’t think I even got a press release on it!
2.) No, I don’t think so. First, there are no RULES! just guidelines. I never have mine the same, though. I wear China Glaze For Audrey like 95% of the time on my toes, but my fingers change.
3.) I like the fan brush… 184? I think. I think it’s PRO, though. I also like the 168 (angled contour). I like Dior and Chanel bronzers a lot – both for matte and shimmery. I do like MAC, but I just find the Chanel bronzers to be the softest and most natural.
4.) I never reach for the 131 myself! I don’t use a lot of mineralize products, though (they break me out). Hmm, 130 may be better for cream blush than the 188, since it’s stiffer.

Hi Christine! I had a q. about a smokey eye: I’m fair skinned w/warm undertones, big blue eyes, light brown hair and lots of lid space according to the mac mua’s. I’d love to do a dark all-over lid color like club but it looks like I’ve been punched in the eye! I’ve noticed that a lighter lid and a darker crease color looks better on me. What would you recommend for a smokey eye? Thanks!
P.S.: It’s so nice to see a law student can be interested in makeup and still be smart. I always felt like I was the only one!!

Hi Ali,

Club can be a hard color to wear, though. Have you tried something maybe more monochromatic (like Silver Ring all over the lid) or even just doing a light inner lid but going much darker on the outer and crease area? Maybe you still need a lil’ pop of brightness on the inner corner/lid, and there’s nothing wrong with that! If that works, then more power to you πŸ™‚

hey Christine,
Wanna thank you first for the recommendation the frederic fekkai hairspray, it worked wonders and keeps the curls!

My question is that I’ve been contemplating buying either the MAC 227 or 217 brush, i know they are quite different but i heard that the 227 is good for an all over the lid wash and blending too. Just wanna know which one is more versatile. thanks!

Yay for another ask temptalia session! My favorite:)
1. I have a school event coming up next week and I have a coral dress but I have no idea what do for makeup, would a coralish eye be too much? I was thinking of a brown smokey eye or something along the lines
of would you wear your makeup with a bright coral dress?
2. Have you tried the Chanel vitalumiere or the mat lumiere? if yes what do you think?
3. best pink lipsticks for nc30?

Thanks in advance and keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

Hi Crissy,

1.) I think a brown smoky eye would be lovely paired with a coral dress πŸ™‚ I might go with a coral lip or gloss OR blush and do more neutral shades on the eyes.
2.) I haven’t!
3.) MAC Sweetie, UD Naked


I’m NC30 too and I think the best pink lipstick is Full Fuchsia (PRO) or Girl About Town (almost the same colour). But that’s hot pink of course =P

Hey Crissy, I just bought myself a bottle of Mat Lumiere after loving a sample and I can tell you my thoughts. It’s a lovely, soft, even finish that gives the skin a really smooth look and has good coverage but looks super light. The look of it just makes me sigh – my skin is so flawless in it! It does not have the greatest lasting power though. I have to remind myself to be careful with my face when I wear it…so I try extra hard not to touch my face, and eat carefully, so I don’t end up taking my foundation off with a napkin. I also make sure to use a good primer and setting powder. Basically, I save it for special occasions because it’s so expensive and am especially like to use it when I’m going out for a night and won’t be wearing it all day.

Whats is a good mac product I can use for highlight? I have NC25 skin. Also what mac eyeshadow that is comparable to UD’s flash? Also what is a good medium pink lipstick/lipglass for my skin tone? Oh,I also have black hair

Try Soft & Gentle MSF! πŸ™‚

None, really, TBH. Parfait Amour would come the closest. Violet pigment would work best after that!

Try Sweetie lipstick & Cultured lipglass!

I like Moisturecover the best πŸ™‚

Try Parfait Amour, Patina, Melon pigment, Bronze. Parfait Amour is the only one that doesn’t dupe the palette well.

Hi Christine!!
Let me first of all say I LOVE this website even though I just discovered it a month ago and have been coming on every day! Its so inspiring how you can keep up this blog and still go to business and law anyways Now that the semester is over I want to learn more about makeup, and such. My face has moderately light acne but I want it all gone and I noticed that you dont have any at all on your skin(beautiful skin btw!) what is your skincare regimen? I know everyone has there own but I am just very curious so I can have an idea of where to start from lol

Hi Okonedo!

So, it’s not that I don’t have any, it’s just that you can’t SEE it πŸ˜‰ I usually wear light-medium to medium coverage foundation to cover up any imperfections, as I do struggle from acne unfortunately!

Right now, I am using Kate Somerville ExfoliKate 2x per week, Origins Ginger Moisturizer at night, Chanel day cream in the AM, Renee Rouleau Cleansing Gel for AM/PM cleansing, and shu uemura’s balancing cleansing oil for makeup removal. Mine changes every 8-12 weeks, though!

Thank you so much!

Hi! I was wondering if you knew any discount makeup/skin care stores online that do ships to Canada? They seem to be just an urban legend around here….Thank you!

Hey Gen,

I really have no idea πŸ™ Hopefully one of our many Canadian readers can help you out!

OH! StrawberryNet, I believe, ships anywhere!

I have no solution but I would like to listen in and let you know I feel your pain. What drives me crazy is when a site has a county selector page and has Canada available then you go to check out and it is really the site for the US so you can’t actually get it shipped to you. *cries*

yeah i know…it really is sad when u.s. sites does ship elsewhere but Canada , we are on the same continent!!!! I live in Montreal and there are products we can’t get here because of the french language thing…*cries and weep*!!!

I love shopping at Sasa and Cosme-De. They’re both based in Hong Kong and they have discounted products as well. Cosme-De does free shipping worldwide on any order, and Sasa offers free shipping over $100. You can pay either with Paypal or credit card, and they’re both very safe and reliable.

Hi Gen, ships to Canada. I got dinged with duty fees the last time I ordered from them, though, which had never happened before. Even with those fees it’s still a pretty good deal! No MAC, though. πŸ™

There used to be a show on style called “The Modern Girls Guide to Life” and they had a segment on what to do with makeup products, aside from returning them, that weren’t the right shade for you (lip glosses,lipstick,blush etc.)..Do you think you could do something similar to that in the future?

Hi again!
I am soo sorry for all the questions and comments but I also wanted to ask.which eyeshadow palette would you buy the coastal scents 88 one or the nyx? and do you know any good palettes apart from the mentioned that are really good and highly pigmented but at the same time affordable? thank you!

Yeah … another great “”Ask Temptalia Session”.

What’s your make-up trick for hot&humid summer months? Do you use mattifying product? How do you keep make-up in place during hot and sweaty days?

I usually turn into a grease ball in just a couple of hours in the morning. I tried switching from full foundation to tinted moisturizer (LM Oil Free) to mineral powder foundation (MAC), but it didn’t work. I tried MAC Blot Powder as a setting powder – didn’t work. I must have blotting sheets and MAC BP in every purse. Sometimes I ended up wiping off the entire make-up during lunch and redo the whole thing again for fresher look.

Hey Max,

I just use Korres silicone-free primer, tinted moisturizer, and setting powder. Nothing too special!

Have you tried a mattifying primer like Smashbox Anti-Shine? That might help extend your makeup wear time πŸ™‚

Hey Christine! First time commenting–I love your site!
What would you recommend for a good “every day” lipstick? I’m a bit lighter than NW15, my lips are…fairly pigmented, but not too much? Not sure how to tell, haha. I have a lot of peach colors but I’m looking for a good pinky one. I’d prefer MAC (because of the price) but if it’s an amazing product I’ll consider anything! Also, a good pink blush?

Thank you soo much! xo

Ooh, maybe Angel or Creme Cup? I think you’d like those! Well-Dressed is a pretty pink blush shade, too!

Thank you!

Hi Christine! Can you recommend me a nice nailpolish top coat? Haven’t found a favourite yet. And how do you apply your polish? It’s so exact and nice looking! Wow!

Hey Marielouise!

I like Zoya’s Color Lock System – so I use the Zoya top coat included in it (it contains top coat, base coat, fast drying coat, and remover!). I start from the middle and then I pull the polish to each side. I keep meaning to do a video, since I’ve had a few people ask me, and I gotta say… it’s hard to describe in words!

I’m paler than the MAC NC15 foundation, and I can’t seem to find any that isn’t too dark or too yellow for my skin tone. Do you know of any?

Hey Christine, I loved the look you did with Sweet and Punchy and Firecracker. Do you have similar e/s looks where you combined greens and pinks? Thanks!

Hi Christine,

I have some UD loose pigments and they are such a pain to put on as they go all over the place. Is there any way i can press them and make them into eyeshadows like how we can do it with the MAC!

P.S- LOVE LOVE your website!


Hi Lily,

I’ve never tried it, but you may be able to. I think they’re pretty finely milled, so use less alcohol to bind it together. I’m not sure if there is enough to press, though πŸ™

Thank you!

I would like to know what color family or colors suit me, I have warm skin tone…. I think I’m warm, I have yellowish, tanned skin if that makes sense at all.


Hi Christine, I have a question about reviews. When deciding whether or not to review products from brand new start up lines, what ultimately drives your decision? I know you review mainly more established lines, but have also been at the forefront of introducing some new ones to us. Why those lines and not others? Thanks!!

There is so much that goes into the process – from how many readers request a review, whether I think it’s a good fit for the blog or if I’m a good candidate for review (e.g. I’m not a mineral makeup fan, so I don’t review many, since I have a definite bias there!). There are so many new products coming out, so I try to pick what I think is most interesting to readers or if it really excites/inspires me as well.

Maybe for Profusion, you could try Lovelorn or See Sheer. I’ve never seen Pink Aphrodite though πŸ™

Hi Christine!

I have pale skin with pink/yellowy undertones. I was wondering what would be a good red lipstick that’s a pure, deep red. Not an orangey one. I also would like a blueish red, if you know of one that would look good with my skin tone for under or around 20 dollars. THANKS!!!

Hey Maeve,

MAC Russian Red is a classic blue-based red. You could also try Ruby Woo! Dubonnet is a deeper red as well.

As Christine said, Mac “Russian Red” is the perfect true red. A real must have.
If you want a blueish red, you can check Mac “Mac Red” too, it’s true red but the “bluer” version of “Russian Red”. πŸ™‚

Hi Christine! I had a q. about a smokey eye: I’m fair skinned w/warm undertones, big blue eyes, light brown hair and lots of lid space according to the mac mua’s. I’d love to do a dark all-over lid color like club but it looks like I’ve been punched in the eye! I’ve noticed that a lighter lid and a darker crease color looks better on me. What would you recommend for a smokey eye? Thanks!
P.S.: It’s so nice to see a law student can be interested in makeup and still be smart. I always felt like I was the only one!!

Hi Christine!
I was wondering if you could recommend a good facial sunscreen to wear under make up. I break out really easily and have oily skin so nothing ever goes over very well.
Also, could you tell me what your ALL TIME favorite mac blush and e/s would be if you had to pick one?
Hope you and mellan are doing well πŸ™‚

Hey Court,

I like Kiehl’s daily moisturizer – I believe it’s SPF 15. I also like Neutrogena Dry-Touch for a ton of SPF, but unless I’m spending the day outside, it’s a bit overkill.

Margin blush for sure. Only blush I have pan showing in! πŸ˜‰ For eyeshadow, all-time, then Rye eyeshadow (antique gold), which was LE.

Mellan is good!

Kiehl’s just came up with an SPF50 one ! (at least in Belgium, haven’t seen it in the UK, and I have no idea for the US !) but it’s great under makeup πŸ™‚

Hi πŸ™‚
What would you recommend as a crease brush? I think the one you usually use is a LE MAC brush and I’d like to get one which is available now.
I’ll really really appreciate the recommendation πŸ™‚

sorry i have one more question……..what can i do to make my make up last at least half a day? i use bare minerals prime time and even better foundation by clinique, and i hate that later on my face has absorbed my make up, what other primer would u recommend? i have oily, acne prone skin. i have also tried using a cream blush under my powder blusha dn even that fades, could it be that i dont use enough product, because my mom sometimes tells me that i put very little product on

once again thank you and im addicted to temptalia since ive been more into make up :)and ur reviews are so helpful!!!!

So i have an oily t-zone. I have tried every product from every brand and they all seem to work for no more than an hour and then i go back to being a grease ball. I do not have sensitive skin and do not have brakeouts. Whay mattifyer do u suggest i try? Prize does not matter at this point. Please help me…=(

Hi Christine, I hope this Ask Temptalia session is not too overwhelming for you! We appreciate you anwsering all of our questions πŸ™‚

First off, I have very fair skin with cool undertones, I wear Make up Forever HD foundation in 115, and I have warm brown eyes and dark blonde/light brown hair.

I like to wear pink lipstick/gloss, do you think cool pinks (like Speed Dial) would suit my skintone better for an everyday look, or would warmer pinks be better (like Fanfare)?

Also, do you think warmer or cooler tones of blush would suit me better? I am thinking about purchasing a NARS blush, and I am debating weather I should get the ever popular Orgasm or the more pinky Deep Throat.

Thanks so much Christine!

Hi Kathryn,

I’m happy to be able to help in any way I can! πŸ™‚

1.) Cooler pinks would definitely suit you better, IMO.
2.) Cooler, but you can wear warmer ones, too. I think you’ll like Deep Throat better!

What’s the best dupe for enough said blush? MAC or non-MAC.
Also, I’m NW20 with brown eyes, red hair…what NARS eyeshadows single or duos would you recommend having never tried NARS shadows before?

Hey Heather,

I think MAC Golden comes close – it’s not quite as pigmented/dark, but I think they’re close.

From NARS: All About Eve, April Fool’s, Brazil, Caravaggio, Iceland, Persepolis, Portobello, Unconditional Love

The 239 is my favorite eye brush, period. If you think that feels a bit big, try the 213, which is kind of a smaller version of it πŸ™‚

Hi Christine! I love Temptalia & check it even single day…you are terrific πŸ™‚ On the the questions…
(I have medium olive-ish skin with yellow undertones that’s oily/ acne-prone, dark brown hair and eyes)
1) Am I a warm complexion or a cool complexion?
2)Best MAC liquid foundation for me? (I have been using Bare Minerals but it looks kinda dry and powdery sometimes..)
3) Best MAC brushes for doing eye makeup (or dupes for those)?
4)If I had MAC Handwritten e/s do I need Espresso? (Maybe for brows…?)?
Thanks Christine! Sorry for all the questions…. πŸ™‚

Hi Bxboricua,

1.) Based on what you’ve told me, it sounds like you’re warmer. You can check your veins on the underside of your forearm – if they’re green, you’re warm; if they’re blue, you’re cool.
2.) You may like Studio Fix Fluid πŸ™‚ It has a matte finish, so it’s nice on oily skin.
3.) I love the 239. I used to just use that single brush to do my makeup! You may also like the 224 (crease) and 217 (blending).
4.) Espresso is a bit darker than Handwritten – love Espresso for brows!

Thank you!

Thinking about adding a primer and possibly a tinted moisturizer to my routine any recommendations? I have dry sensitive skin, fair-medium warm tones and noticeable pores down the center of my face. I’m in Canada both drugstore and higher end are fine. Thank so much!


For tinted moisturizer, I’d totally recommend Kiehl’s or Laura Mercier – I think either would work just fine for your drier skin. I like Kiehl’s skincare (from what I’ve tried, too), and it’s at a nice price point — not too $$ for a non-drugstore brand.

For a primer, I like Korres’ silicone-free Primer, because it works well without breaking me out like some primers (which are often silicone based) do. I have heard some excellent things about Hourglass’ Veil Primer (something like that), but I haven’t tried it.

I’ve read that you recommend Kiehl’s, Korres, and Laura Mercier for tinted moisturizers, but could you explain further which skin types each brand might suit or what makes each brand appealing? I am an NC35 with an oily T-zone and dry skin around the creases of my nose and corners of my mouth, and I’m in the market for a tinted moisturizer. Thanks so much!

Kiehl’s has a very lightly dewy finish, so it’s ideal for all skin types. Korres has a very matte finish, so it’s not excellent for drier skin types. Both brands have a more finite shade range (Korres being only three, so you may not find one that’s right for you there). Laura Mercier is a good, universal offering suitable for all skin types (based on my experience) and has a much larger shade range.

Love, Love, Love your site first of all. I have very fair skin, blonde hair, and greenish blue eyes. I also tend to have a red/pinkish tone to my skin. I have the hardest time trying to find eyeshadow shades that do not bring out the redness in my skin while trying to bring out my eyes. Any suggestions?

Hi Danielle,

Thank you!

Have you tried some peaches and champagne shades like MAC Samoa Silk, Motif, Ricepaper, and Nylon? I think you may also like smokier, cooler browns like Satin Taupe and Cork!

hi christine…..i’m a NC 37 in mac studio fix foundation……what do u think would be my colour in the Nars sheer glow foundation and the Mufe Matt velvet foundation?

Hi Kritika,

For NARS Sheer Glow, I’d say either Barcelona or Santa Fe. For MUFE Mat+ Velvet, I’d say 35 or 50.

Which tinted moiturizer would you recommend for someone with very oily skin? I have been considering the oil-free version from Laura Mercier or Stila, or MAC studio moisture tint. If you have any other suggestions, that would be fine too. For reference, I’m an NC40-NC42 so preferably a brand with a good colour range.

Hmm, I’d recommend Korres if you can match the dark shade – I fit medium (I’m around NC25/NC30). It has a drier, more matte finish, so it’s great for oilier skin. Otherwise, I’d definitely opt for Laura Mercier — such a huge range of shades available.

Hey, Christine! First of all – thank you for the awesome blog, the new layout is fab. Now, to the question…
I have a prom in less than a month, and I’m kind of stuck with the make up look ;( I’d love something on the natural side, yet fun and flirtatious. It would be amazing if you could incorporate M.A.C.’s Bough Grey from the LofL collection. Photos will be taken, of course, any tips on flawless photo-ready makeup? My skin tone is MAC NW20-ish, maybe a bit more bronzed after a vacation, I have grey-green SMALL eyes, light brown hair. I’ll be wearing a light grey top and this skirt (, maybe you could take the inspriation from there. My make-up skills are kind of decent, so you can get all scientific if you want to πŸ˜‰ Once again, you’re a dazzling blogger, keep up the great job!

P.S.: Any great false-lash effect mascara you would recommend? Falsies = mess.

Hey Lana!

My fave foundation for photos is MUFE HD – just always photographs well. Studio Fix Fluid photographed well back when I wore it, too.

Some combo ideas…

Phloof! on the inner half of the lid, Moon’s Reflection on the outer half, Bough Grey in the outer crease/crease
Crystal Avalanche/Vapour on the inner half of the lid, Scene on the outer half, Bough Grey in the outer crease/crease
Soft Brown on the inner half of the lid, Bough Grey on the outer lid & crease

Hmm, Dior Extase gives me really long, long lashes – love it for length! MAC Opulash also does really long, lengthy lashes.

Thank you!

Ooooh I always look forward to these sessions πŸ™‚

I just love MAC’s Tempting e/s, but I can’t stand the texture. Can you recommend a similar colour? MAC or other πŸ™‚

Christine are you going to do a review on the LE brushes that are coming out with MTtB? Also can you recomend 4 MAC e/s for a smokey quad that I am building ?
and Thank you for your AWESOME review of MTtB I am so excited for the 27th… when do you think it will be on MAC wesite ?

oh I have brown eyes and brown hair with highlights and I am Deauville in NARS sheerglow which I love πŸ™‚
Thanks Again For All You Do !!!