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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the mothers out there–whether you’re an aunt, grandmother, mother, father, friend–enjoy a day that’s designed to celebrate you and all of the love and support you’ve given us over the years.  Thank you for putting up with us!

Mellan gave me a box of miniature cookies in the shape of dog bones.  I gave him a funny look and said I can’t eat these, to which he merely looked back at me with a sly, smug smile that said, “I know, but I can.”  He also gave me a beautiful bouquet that he and Daddy picked out!  Any one thinking about owning a lab… they really are like giant puppies for eternity.  Mellan’s four and a half years old, and truly, he’s as playful as he was when he was eight weeks old.

What was the best advice your mother (or mother figure) ever gave you? What was the best beauty-related advice?  Share in the comments!

It’s not advice per se, but it was showing me (by leading by example) that there’s nothing that women can’t do.  While growing up, it never occurred to me that I couldn’t do something because I was female, though I’ve encountered that attitude more and more as I got older (particularly in college and in graduate school).   My mom always preached that beauty came from within–I wasn’t even allowed to wear makeup growing up, and my mother rarely wore it–and though it took a long time to learn and feel that way about myself, it’s such an important message to reinforce in our children, ourselves, and friends.


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Sunday Link Love, Volume #093

Happy Sunday!

It’s been a crazy kind of week, and this weekend wasn’t much different!  Here’s to a better week!

The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #11 and #12

The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #11 and #12

Celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman has been developing a new product–Dr. KISS Gloss–and he’s filmed a series of videos exclusively for Temptalia readers as a look into the process behind creating a product and bringing it to the market.

Here are the next two episodes in the series — Brett works on the blister packaging for the gloss and whether to go blue!

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Luminizing creams/lotions are really good for an all-over glow (like MAC Strobe Cream/Lotion), but depending on your skin, you might prefer a powder product. For a subtle glow that is that “Hmm, what did you do differently?” kind of product, Guerlain Pressed Meteorites dusted all over. For a more obvious glow, I like highlighters like theBalm Mary Lou-manizer, Guerlain Meteorites, DiorSkin Shimmers, and the like.

— Christine

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Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Silver Smoke Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a taupe-pewter with a metallic finish. This was a really hard color to describe; it’s golden, smoky, pewter, and kind of taupe-ish. Chanel Delight is more copper. China Glaze Swing Baby is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Superfreak is more golden. MAC Soiree has more copper shimmer. Dior Timeless Gold is more pewter. China Glaze Jingle Bells is very gold in comparison. Chanel Quartz is grayer, almost green-tinted. Zoya Jules is lighter and less warm-toned.

The formula is thin without being watery, and it applies fairly evenly and easily. It’s not quite opaque after two coats, as there is a hint of visible nail line. Three coats would yield opaque color, and with the thinness of the formula, you could get away with three without trouble. There are very fine brush strokes if you look close enough, but the finish is so shiny that you almost miss them.  I tested this particular shade (along with Burnt Topaz) to test out the wear, since I wasn’t familiar with Tom Ford’s metallic finish, and it wore for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. I do warn that I don’t generally experience chipping no matter the brand or whether I use a top coat/base coat.


What We’re Wearing, Vol. #066

My favorite look was really simple, and it was what I wore to do a final try-on session of wedding dresses earlier this week.  I didn’t remember to grab a quick photo before I left (because I was already running late), unfortunately.  I used Hourglass Suede Eyeshadow Duo on the lid with the lighter shade on the lid and brow bone and the darker shade in the crease–it was a beige/taupe-brown combo with Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer on the lower lash line.  I used Korres Natural on cheeks and layered Bobbi Brown Naked Plum High Shimmer Lipgloss over Guerlain Giny.

What was your favorite look you wore this week?  Share yours in the comments! 🙂