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Rant & Rave: Eye Cream

This Week’s Topic: Eye Cream!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about eye cream. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I very rarely use them, because most of the ones I’ve tried seem to really, really burn the area around my eyes (like underneath the eye, orbital bone). I like the textures!

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Win It! $633 of Benefit, Illamasqua, MAC, Make Up For Ever, & Urban Decay Makeup!

Win It! $633 of Benefit, Illamasqua, MAC, Make Up For Ever, & Urban Decay Makeup!

To celebrate our 6th anniversary, we have a great giveaway for you!  Up for grabs is a selection of products from Benefit, Illamasqua, MAC, Make Up For Ever, and Urban Decay valued at $633.

  • Benefit Birthday Suit Cream Shadow
  • Benefit High Beam
  • Benefit Posietint
  • Illamasqua Resolute Liquid Metal
  • MAC Black Line Eyeliner
  • MAC Blonde MSF
  • MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline
  • MAC Deliciously Forbidden
  • MAC Forever Marilyn
  • MAC Good to Go PLW Lipcreme
  • MAC Idyllic Paint Pot
  • MAC Little Rock Dazzleglass
  • MAC Midnight Media
  • MAC Neon Orange Lipstick
  • MAC Patience Please Pro Longwear Lipglass
  • MAC Phiff Dazzleglass
  • MAC Plush Lash Mascara
  • MAC Prolong PLW Lipcreme
  • MAC Sexpectations Mega Metal
  • MAC She Who Dares Mineralize Duo
  • MAC Show Orchid Lipstick
  • MAC Smolder Eye Pencil
  • Make Up For Ever 5, 13, 15, 16 Aqua Creams
  • Urban Decay 54 Stardust
  • Urban Decay Atmospheric Stardust
  • Urban Decay Covet Eyeliner
  • Urban Decay Diamond Dog Stardust
  • Urban Decay Grind House
  • Urban Decay Stash Eyeliner

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Happy 6th Anniversary, Temptalia!


Happy 6th Anniversary!

I can’t believe it’s been another year, let alone six in total!  That also means that Shaun and I will be celebrating our seventh anniversary next week, and Mellan will turn five years old at the end of the year.   So much has happened in the past six years–it’s hard to believe it was all just a side hobby at one point.

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 779,358 comments
  • … published 13,104 posts
  • … written 3,775 review posts (some cover more than one product or shade)
  • … asked 1,823 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 67.7 million visits, 202.6 million pageviews
  • … held over 430 contests.
  • … given 37 A+ ratings and 26 F ratings

Thank you so much for your amazing support and encouragement throughout the years!  Temptalia would not be as successful as it is today without all of you.  I am honored to be a part of Temptalia, and I am truly privileged to have been able to do this for six years.  Temptalia has such helpful, knowledgeable, and savvy readers–I could not ask for a better audience!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading.  Here’s to the next year!

P.S. — A huge personal thank you goes to resident tech guy, Shaun (also, my fiance!), my family, and my friends!  And Mellan, for being so cuddly and cute.

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Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait

Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L'Extrait
Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait

A Stunning Berry That Wears All Day

Guerlain Orgueil Rouge G L’Extrait ($48.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “plum.” What a pedestrian description! This shade is so much more complex. It’s a rich, deepened scarlet red with ruby red micro-shimmer. There’s just a hint of berry in the overall color, especially from afar. While it is not a dupe, it’s a cooler-toned, more berry-hued version of Chanel Dragon. MAC Good to Be Bad is browner and has no shimmer. MAC What a Joy! is more berry-hued. Guerlain Gigolo is deeper, darker, but it is rather close.

The way Rouge G L’Extrait feels on the lips is hard to describe; it’s not quite a full-on second-skin feel, which I always think of as a lip color that clings, almost like cling wrap. This has more movement in a way; you can press your lips together and you don’t feel them sticking together. Orgueil wore for eight hours and was still wearable for another hour or so. It can be reapplied, because it doesn’t flake off or wear away unevenly like some other long-wearing formulas can. This formula has more transfer than those, so there are trade-offs. I can wear it for eight hours, and my lips aren’t dry at all. The color is very pigmented, and a little goes a long way.

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Temptalia Asks You

If it was really, REALLY bad, then I might stop entirely. If the brand doesn’t have great customer service through their own website, I would make sure to purchase elsewhere. For instance, I’ll shop through a retailer with free shipping and return shipping over one that will charge me for return shipping. It also depends on why it’s bad – is it because they’re slow to get back to you or are they nasty and/or lying?

— Christine