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What three lipstick shades would you love to create?

Medium-dark ruby red with pearl in a glossier finish that doesn’t get all over your face. A medium-dark, pink-coral base with pink-to-gold shift. Muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with subtle pearl. Really I am just recreating the favorites I’ve lost over the years — Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You, Chanel Dragon Rouge


Sydney Grace x Temptalia Radiant Reflection | The Arrangement + Combinations

The Radiant Reflection palette features three matte shades and nine shimmers. One shimmer–Forget-Her-Not–has a lower level of pearl and sheen, could be used as a “matte” for depth for those who don’t mind a lil’ bit of sheen in the crease (couldn’t achieve a matte purple in this depth, vividness, and tone without using non-FDA color additives!). All three palettes are arranged similarly so that they can be visualized the same way, but hopefully, these images help breakdown the color combinations...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Fda, Christine, Aurora, Sydney Grace, Makeup Look Ideas, Sydney Grace X Temptalia, Temptalia Radiant Reflection View Post View Post


Makeup by Mario Opal Soft Glow Highlighter Review & Swatches

Opal Makeup by Mario Opal Soft Glow HighlighterMakeup by Mario Opal Soft Glow Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a pale white with subtle warmth coming through paired with a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had larger, more visible sparkle compared to most shades in the highlighter range, so for those who prefer a smoother, shinier finish, it may be too sparkly. The texture felt almost wet to the touch, but the powder itself was more...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, LORAC, Temptalia, Makeup by Mario, Summer 2021, Mario Opal


Sydney Grace x Temptalia On the Horizon | The Arrangement + Combinations

The On the Horizon palette features four matte shades and eight shimmers. One shimmer–Calming Presence–has a lower level of pearl and sheen, could be used as a “matte” for depth for those who don’t mind a lil’ bit of sheen in the crease. All three palettes are arranged similarly so that they can be visualized the same way, but hopefully, these images help breakdown the color combinations possible. Note: October Odyssey and Infinite Echoes are the matte eyeshadows that have a Light and Deep ver...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Magellan, Phoenix, Christine, Sydney Grace, Makeup Look Ideas, Sydney Grace X Temptalia, Horizon View Post View Post, Sakura ft Sydney Grace


How do you coordinate your makeup with your outfit?

Since I’m home most of the time… I do not, LOL. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You


Natasha Denona Tan Puff Paint Blush Serum Review & Swatches

Tan Natasha Denona Tan Puff Paint Liquid Blush SerumNatasha Denona Tan Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum ($22.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a darker peach with warm undertones tempered and muted with hints of brown paired with a natural sheen. It had semi-sheer to medium color payoff initially, which could be built up (as marketed) or sheered out further if desired. The texture was lightweight, thin, and almost like a very watery gel, as it glide...
Tags: US, Beauty, Christine, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, LORAC, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Natasha Denona Tan, Summer 2021, Natasha Denona Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum, Tan Natasha Denona Tan


Sydney Grace x Temptalia: Light vs. Deep Versions + Visualizing & Comparing All the Shades

One of the questions I’ve been asked the most is whether someone should get the Light or Deep version of a palette, so I thought I’d discuss the differences and hopefully provide some insight/ask the right questions to help you dial in whether the light or deep version is more suitable for you, assuming you’re looking to purchase one. As always, if none of the palettes would be something you wear, please do not buy to “support” me. Engaging with the content I post, re...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Aurora, Orion Nebula, Vanity, Sydney Grace, Sydney Grace X Temptalia, Zenith Light, Parallax Deep, Operose Reds, Operose, Sirius Starlight, Galactic Muse, Sakura Glow, Celestial Bloom


Lisa Eldridge Pink Soap Enlivening Blush Review & Swatches

Pink Soap Lisa Eldridge Pink Soap Enlivening Blush ($34.00 for 0.5 oz.) is a medium pink with muted, warm undertones and a natural finish. It looked like just-hydrated skin–slight sheen but not wet or glossy–when it dried down. It had sheer, buildable pigmentation, as marketed, when working with a very small amount (that was as recommended by the brand). The texture was smooth, lightweight, and creamy with more density/thickness and...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, LORAC, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Summer 2021, Pink Soap Lisa Eldridge Pink Soap Enlivening Blush, Pink Soap P Permanent


What makes a product worth keeping?

On a personal level, quality has to be exceptional (or the color/finish very unique). More generally, I tend to keep permanent lines of products from popular brands, but I don’t keep most cream/gel-based formulas (like eyeliner, blush, highlighter, etc.) as I don’t find I need to go back into... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You


Lethal Cosmetics Roots Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Roots Lethal Cosmetics Roots 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($27.00 for 0.34 oz.) includes six new eyeshadows, which can be purchased individually ($6 to $7 each) or together as a pre-made palette (as shown). The palette contains three matte shades and three shimmers. The three shimmers were quite nice; pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. One of the matte eyeshadows was stellar–Coven–while the other two were a little powdery but pigmen...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Sigil Sigil, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, Lake CI, BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana, Lethal Cosmetics, Summer 2021


Lisa Eldridge Crystal Nebula Elevated Glow Highlighter Review & Swatches

Crystal Nebula Lisa Eldridge Crystal Nebula Elevated Glow Highlighter ($38.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a light, yellowy gold with fine, lighter pearl and a soft, luminous sheen. It imparted a glowing, almost wet-like shine to my skin that wasn’t overtly shimmery but was more intense than a lot of other liquid highlighters on the market (which are often very sheer and lower in pearl). It had a sheerer base, but the intensity of the glow was ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Avena, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Polyglyceryl, Becca Moonstone, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Linda Hallberg, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA, Summer 2021, Crystal Nebula P Permanent


Sydney Grace x Temptalia Quintessence | The Arrangement + Combinations

The Quintessence palette features four matte shades and eight shimmers. One shimmer–Orion Nebula–has a lower level of pearl and sheen, so it is more like a satin-to-pearl finish and could be used as a matte for those who don’t mind a lil’ bit of sheen in the crease. All three palettes are arranged similarly so that they can be visualized the same way, but hopefully, these images help breakdown the color combinations possible. Note: Reaching Zenith and Parallax are the matte eyeshadows that hav...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Zenith, Christine, Aurora, Orion Nebula, Sydney Grace, Makeup Look Ideas, Sydney Grace X Temptalia


Chanel Radiant, Freshness, Zenith Rouge Coco Bloom Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches

Radiant (118) Chanel Radiant (118) Rouge Coco Bloom Lip Colour ($40.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation paired with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that had moderate slip but didn’t slide around too much during wear. The product applied evenly and didn’t emphasize the natural texture of my lips, though it wasn’t quite as smoothing of my lip ...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Chanel, Sephora, Zenith, Christine, Fraser, Acacia, Lip Products, NARS Dolce Vita, Pigmentation, Tom Ford Beauty Helena, POLYGLYCERIN, Revlon Pink Velvet


Chanel Destiny, Vitalite, Alive Rouge Coco Bloom Lip Colours Reviews & Swatches

Destiny (136) Chanel Destiny (136) Rouge Coco Bloom Lip Colour ($40.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single pass, which adhered evenly to my lips without settling into my lip lines. The texture was lightweight, moderately creamy with noticeable slip, but it didn’t feather or bleed on me over time. It stayed on nicely for five hours,...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Lipstick, Miami, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Sonja, Fraser, Negroni, Acacia, Bobbi Brown, Pat McGrath, Lip Products, Pigmentation


If you could only use one category of makeup, what would you choose?

Eyeshadow. It was my first love, and it would be a terrible time to not be able to use… all the things, but eyeshadow. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You


Makeup by Mario Dusty Rose Soft Pop Blush Stick Review & Swatches

Dusty Rose Makeup by Mario Dusty Rose Soft Pop Blush StickMakeup by Mario Dusty Rose Soft Pop Blush Stick ($28.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium pink with warmer undertones and a dewy finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation when applied and blended out on my face; it was a formula that naturally sheered out, so while it may have seemed more pigmented initially, it was sheerer and more buildable as described by the brand. The pr...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Makeup by Mario, Summer 2021, Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick, Mario Dusty Rose Soft Pop Blush Stick, Mario Dusty Rose, Merit Beverly Hills


Lisa Eldridge Celestial Fire Elevated Glow Highlighter Review & Swatches

Celestial Fire Lisa Eldridge Celestial Fire Elevated Glow Highlighter ($38.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a light-medium copper with warmer, fine gold pearl and a dewy sheen. It had sheer pigmentation, as marketed, that was somewhat buildable to more medium coverage if layered up, though I’d say that the finish became more shimmery and intense when layered overall. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and thin without being too watery or too d...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Avena, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Polyglyceryl, Wayne Goss, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Kosas Tropic Equinox, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA, Summer 2021


Terra Moons Metallic Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches (Part 3 of 4)

Stormy Terra Moons Stormy Shimmer Eyeshadow ($6.00 for 0.05 oz.) has a blackened blue base with brighter, more contrasting blue-teal shimmer that gave it a smooth, pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a soft, lightly emollient texture that was thin (but not in a bad way, as it wasn’t powdery or dry!) that had exceptional adhesion to bare skin. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.FURTHER READING...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Nefertiti, Eye Products, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia, BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana, Huda Beauty Electric, Indigo Blue DC, Pat McGrath Blitz Aquamarine, Terra Moons, Urban Decay Solstice, Stormy Terra Moons Stormy Shimmer Eyeshadow, Anastasia Leo


Sydney Grace x Temptalia Dear Reader Eyeshadow

Dear Reader Sydney Grace Dear Reader Pressed Pigment Shadow ($6.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a brighter, light-medium lavender with neutral undertones and a bright, metallic finish. For those following along on Instagram, I shared this shade along with three other versions I received for Temptalia (in the Radiant Reflection palette). This was shade three (I chose shade four to be shade Temptalia), which received an overwhelming amount of support...
Tags: Instagram, Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Eye Products, Eyeshadows, Sydney Grace, Lysine Mica Mica, Lauroyl Lysine Caranuba Mica Mica, Mica Mica, Chanel Au Fil des Fleurs, Tom Ford Beauty Violet Argente, Sydney Grace View


Chanel Tender Healthy Glow Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Tender Chanel Tender Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.16 oz.) includes two more shimmery shades, three more semi-matte to satin shades, and one more sparkly shade. The worst performing shade was the sparkly one, as it was very sheer, didn’t build up, and translated very little to my lid and had lots of fallout, so it was hard to work with in a meaningful way. The other four shades were much better with...
Tags: UK, John Lewis, Beauty, Sydney, Chanel, Sephora, Christine, Fraser, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Eyeshadows, Temptalia


Lethal Cosmetics Flare Pressed Highlighter Review & Swatches

Flare Lethal Cosmetics Flare Magnetic Pressed Highlighter ($18.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a light-medium copper with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a luminous sheen. It appeared more metallic when initially swatched, but applied and blended out on my cheeks, it was a softer glow that never emphasized my skin’s natural texture. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer but could be applied with a lighter hand or diffused more heavil...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Temptalia, Lethal Cosmetics, Summer 2021, Lethal Cosmetics Camera Ready Cosmetics, Lethal Cosmetics Flare


Lisa Eldridge Songbird & Delilah Gloss Embrace Lip Glosses Reviews & Swatches

Songbird Lisa Eldridge Songbird Gloss Embrace Lip Gloss ($25.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, peachy coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which was as described, and on my lips, it tended to look more brownish than coral (and it may look different on you as a result). The texture was smooth, lightweight, and creamy with more of a gel-like feel, as it was plusher, non-sticky, and very comf...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Pat McGrath, Lipgloss, Lip Products, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, Summer 2021, Kaja Pink Drink, Lisa Eldridge Gloss Embrace Lip Gloss


Natasha Denona Darya Puff Paint Blush Serum Review & Swatches

Darya Natasha Denona Darya Puff Paint Liquid Blush SerumNatasha Denona Darya Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum ($22.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-coral with moderate, warm undertones and a natural finish. It wasn’t quite dewy, but it had a hydrated, natural sheen that wasn’t tacky and fairly transfer-resistant (but not transfer-proof!). It had semi-sheer to medium, buildable pigmentation (as marketed), which layered well on i...
Tags: US, Beauty, Christine, Darya, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Natasha Denona Darya, Summer 2021, Natasha Denona Puff Paint Liquid Blush Serum, Darya Natasha Denona Darya


Survey Says... June 9th, 2021

Happy Wednesday! Here's this week's survey, which you can copy and paste and share as a comment. Your skin tone/coloring: Favorite every day sunscreen? Is face primer essential? Cream blush or powder blush? Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Survey Says


How do you incorporate current trends into your routine?

I definitely end up doing so based on trying and testing out more new products than old standbys, so they pretty much incorporate themselves. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You


Lisa Eldridge Cosmic Rose Elevated Glow Highlighter Review & Swatches

Cosmic Rose Lisa Eldridge Cosmic Rose Elevated Glow Highlighter ($38.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a light, golden peach with ultra-fine pearl that gave it a soft, luminous sheen when left to set and dry down on skin. It wasn’t transfer-proof but fairly transfer-resistant, and it was key to let it set as this was how one achieved the “smoothing” effect that helped the product meld better with skin and appear reflective and glowing without bei...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Avena, Natasha Denona, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Polyglyceryl, Temptalia, Lisa Eldridge, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA, Summer 2021


Pat McGrath Divine Rose Divine Blush Review & Swatches

Divine Rose Pat McGrath Divine Rose Divine BlushPat McGrath Divine Rose Divine Blush ($38.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage, but it took more effort to sheer it out than anticipated based on the brand’s claims (so as long as being more pigmented isn’t a deal-breaker, there are no real cons to the formula!). I suspe...
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Pat McGrath, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, LORAC Caribbean LE, Summer 2021, SephoraSephora Pat McGrath Sephora, ColourPop Vogue LE


This Week in Dupes, Vol. 146

Did a product catch your eye this week? Check out dupes for the most loved and most wanted products between June 1st and June 7th before you buy! Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Dupe List


What are the most sentimental items in your collection?

Definitely MAC Jealousy Wakes and my Sydney Grace palettes, since they are my “creations” so they reflect the successes I’ve had in this career. — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Sydney, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You, MAC Jealousy Wakes


Pat McGrath Cherish Divine Blush Review & Swatches

Cherish Pat McGrath Cherish Divine BlushPat McGrath Cherish Divine Blush ($38.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with near opaque coverage in a single layer, so I’d recommend using a very light hand when working with it to achieve the sheer coverage mentioned by the brand (the formula was supposed to be buildable). The texture was soft, smooth,...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Pat McGrath, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Temptalia, Clinique Berry Pop, Summer 2021, SephoraSephora Pat McGrath Sephora, Pat McGrath Cherish Divine BlushPat McGrath, Mario Poppy Pink P



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