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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer ($26.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a peachy champagne with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less peach. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is a powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighte,r powder. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Watt’s Up! (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be a liquid highlighter (“concentrated radiance liquid for the face”) that can be used alone or mixed with a base product (moisturizer, foundation, etc.). The texture is lightweight, thin without being watery, easily spread on the skin or mixed in with other liquids and creams. The effect is very comparable to the wand version, in terms of color, and the delivery mechanism is really the major difference, though I think the liquid is a bit less frosted overall. It gives a luminous, lightly dewy finish once it dries down that doesn’t emphasize pores and lasts for seven and a half hours on me.

You’ll get the most quantity of product through the liquid version, but I think it is most suited towards those who expect to use it mixed with their base products, as it is difficult to dispense just the amount needed for more targeted highlighting (like the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow)–I get a big dollop that’s more than needed for even mixing in. You can almost get 3/4 of a dollop if you’re careful when dispensing, but I couldn’t get a manageable amount out for using this to highlight specific areas, unfortunately. You can twist off the pump entirely, which may work better if you want to do more specific areas rather than all-over.

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9.5/10

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon
Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon

Surratt Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “high-pigment lip crayon with a lightweight, non-drying matte finish.” It is also described as “moisturizing” and “nourishing.” It might as well be a jumbo-sized lip liner, and despite it looking thicker, it actually contains as much as your typical, lip pencil (0.04 oz.). You don’t need to sharpen this one, as it simply twists up. It’s so dry, painful to use as it pulls and drags at the lips, and feels uncomfortable to wear for however long it wears. The major upsides are that wear time runs long and doesn’t feather or bleed, but if you’re someone who cannot do clingy, dry, and drying lip products, I don’t know that will be much comfort to you. There was no scent or taste to the formula. I found these uncomfortable, bordering on painful, to wear, and I don’t consider myself to have dry lips, yet these made my lips look worse and feel worse. Just as a heads up, the amount contained in this seems a little below average than most jumbo lip pencils.

Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a drier, stiff consistency that tugs on the lips a lot, so it can be hard to get really smooth color without having to go over the same area a few times. It lasted for six hours and faded from the center of the mouth first. Anastasia Sweet Talker (P, $20.00) is more matte. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Celestine Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a very dry, stiff texture that made it difficult to apply, as it dragged and pulled at the lips a lot. It lasted for five hours on me, and it was drying over time, as well as in generally being uncomfortable to wear due to how clingy it was. Flower Beauty Petal Kiss (P, $6.98) is pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Half-Red (P) is darker. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Shocking Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “audacious pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm pink-red with an ultra-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but the formula is dry and stiff that it does drag, so it can be a challenge to get the color to deposit on the lips well. It wore for six and a half hours, and it was painfully drying–not just dry-feeling–over time. MAC Victoriana (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is very similar. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What holy grail product are you currently trying to find? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI actually don’t think I am actively looking for any at this moment–I don’t know that I’ve ever felt that way before!

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil ($30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, muted yellow beige with a pearly gold shimmer-sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is yellower. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is yellower, more shimmery. Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Star! (LE) is sheerer. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy highlighting powder” that will give you a “lit-from-within radiance.” For anyone in the market for a warm-toned, more subtle highlighting powder, you may find this fits the bill. It’s really hard to overdo it, because the finish is subtly luminous rather than overtly shimmery. The texture is incredibly silky and smooth–it does, in fact, feel almost like a cream because it is so smooth without being powdery, which made it incredibly blendable and helped it sit well on the skin (no emphasis of pores or dryness). On my medium complexion, it doesn’t look yellow or give much color, just a soft sheen to the skin, but fairer complexions may see a stronger warmth when applied, though I think application will be sheer enough that it won’t be yellow. It’s a sweet spot between beige and gold without being too yellow or too orange. The powder highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. I’ll also be revieweing the liquid and cream version soon, but I can tell you that the powder is the least shimmery/frosted and is a bit more yellow-based.

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9.5/10

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme

Here are swatches of all the shades I have of Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) (plus two shades of the Sheer Lip Gel formula). Hope to have full reviews eventually but wanted to get these swatches to you before the Sephora sale ends! :)

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Evergreen Beauty Deals

A little reminder!  SEPHORA’S annual Spring Beauty Insider Event opens up to BIs tomorrow, 4/17. VIB Rouges and VIBs will receive 15% off, while BIs will receive 10% off. See below for run dates and codes for each customer tier:

  • 4/12/2015 – 4/21/2015: VIB Rouge 15% off with code ROUGELOVE
  • 4/16/2015 – 4/21/2015: VIB 15% with code VIBLOVE
  • 4/17/2015 – 4/20/2015: BI 10% with code BILOVE

What have you hauled so far? What’s on your shopping list? I’d love to see your lists! :)

Fine print:

VIB Rouge 15% off eligible merchandise valid for a limited time in Sephora U.S. and Canada stores, on sephora.com, and at Sephora inside JCPenney locations. Enter promo code when prompted at checkout. VIB Rouge: valid 4/12/15 through 4/21/15 at 11:59 PM PDT. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Due to heavy demand, Sephora Flash delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion cards. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.

VIBs 15% off eligible merchandise valid for a limited time in Sephora U.S. and Canada stores, on sephora.com, and at Sephora inside JCPenney locations. Enter promo code when prompted at checkout. VIBs: valid 4/16/15 through 4/21/15 at 11:59 PM PDT. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Due to heavy demand, Sephora Flash delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion cards. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.

Beauty Insiders 10% off eligible merchandise valid for a limited time in Sephora U.S. and Canada stores, on sephora.com, and at Sephora inside JCPenney locations. Enter promo code when prompted at checkout. Beauty Insiders: valid 4/17/15 through 4/20/15 at 11:59 PM PDT. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Due to heavy demand, Sephora Flash delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion cards. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.