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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Collection for Summer 2015
NARS x Christopher Kane Collection for Summer 2015

London Fashion Week collaborators since 2012, Christopher Kane and NARS share a passion for vivid colors amplified by unconventional creativity. For Summer 2015, NARS introduces The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection – NEONEUTRAL, a limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formulas inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades that complement them.

The collection, which showcases Christopher Kane’s unexpected and edgy design aesthetic with NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy, is the first fashion collaboration to feature a full line of Eyeshadows, Blushes, Illuminating Multiples, and Lip Glosses. Eyes are enhanced with iridescent rose gold, pink lilac, and violet. Cheeks are flushed with soft beige or hot pink. And lips are saturated in high-shine shades of neon pink and coral that subtly stain after the gloss is gone.

Single Eyeshadow ($25.00)

  • Outer Limits Iridescent rose gold (Limited Edition)

Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00)

  • Parallel Universe Iridescent pink lilac / soft iridescent violet (Limited Edition)

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Mezmer Sheer neon pink (Limited Edition)
  • Nebulous Neon coral (Limited Edition)
  • Nucleus Seashell pink (Limited Edition)
  • Glow Pink Sheer fuchsia (Limited Edition)

Blush ($30.00)

  • Starscape Neon pink (Limited Edition)
  • Silent Nude Soft beige (Limited Edition)

Illuminating Mulptiple ($39.00)

  • Violet Atom Sheer iridescent violet (Limited Edition)
  • Quantum Sheer iridescent magenta (Limited Edition) (Exclusive to NARS)

Availability: April 15th, 2015 at NARS, May 1st, 2015 at all other retailers

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is available in ten shades from a highlighter to a deepened red. I reviewed all of these last year after I visited a Barney’s location and saw Surratt’s range for the first time. Of all the products I swatched at the counter, I left with all ten shades–they were that impressive in texture, even after being swatched by dozens before me. I never did a roundup of them when I finished reviewing the range, and since several asked me about reviewing the range, a roundup seemed like the perfect way to dust off those old posts :) The texture is remarkable, as it is a powder product, but it is so finely-milled, silky, and smooth, that it feels like a cream, and despite all that silkiness, it doesn’t feel or turn powdery. The finish is subtle and luminous, so it’s flattering on the skin. I would love to see an expansion of the shade range to include more mid-tone and deeper shades, like a cool-toned berry, rusty brown, and medium pink.

If you’re unfamiliar with Surratt’s range, all of the powder products are designed to be put into palettes (the brand has two available, but I keep mine in a Z-Palette with magnets attached to the back). Each plastic pan comes with a thin, slide-off plastic “sleeve” that’s more substantial than a plastic insert you might find with a pan eyeshadow, but it’s not sturdy enough to really withstand being put into a makeup bag or traveling. If you just keep everything in a vanity or train case, I think you can leave it as-is without getting a palette for it.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library
Bite Beauty Watercolor Lip Gloss Library

Watercolor Lip Gloss Library ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

A delicate palette of ethereal shades inspired by the beauty of watercolor. A range composed of twelve soft shades for a beautiful translucent wash of color and alluring shine. Each sheer gloss provides hydrating properties that will leave your lips lush and supple. BITE Beauty is created with natural and food-grade ingredients for beauty that’s better for you. BITE Beauty lip products do not contain parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates and are certified gluten-free.

“We were all so inspired by this colour palette – beautiful and effortless shades that are also a little irregular and unpredictable. A gorgeous wash of colour that offers a subtle yet striking lift of colour for lips.” – Susanne Langmuir, Founder & CEO

  • One Yellow
  • Two Light pink
  • Three Pink
  • Four Lavender
  • Five Green
  • Six Pink
  • Seven Red
  • Eight Coral
  • Nine Plum
  • Ten Dark pink
  • Eleven Fuchsia
  • Twelve Purple berry

Availability: April 7th for VIB Rouges at Sephora; April 15th online for everyone, April 16th in-stores

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 004
Bite Beauty Shade 004

Lip Lab Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Shade 004 Dragon Fruit Rich, luminous fuchsia (April 2015)

Availability: Now at Sephora

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Do you have an at-home pampering routine? How often do you indulge in it? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerFor me, it’s a long, hot shower and exfoliating from head-to-toe, actually remembering to moisturizer from head-to-toe (I’m great when it comes to my face but not the body!), and some sort of mask (usually hydrating these days). I’d say once every other week or so!

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Launches at Sephora
Surratt Beauty Launches at Sephora

Surratt Beauty is now available at Sephora! :)

Artistique Blush ($32.00)

Artistique Blush delivers flawlessly flushed cheeks with an aura of vitality and a natural-looking, radiant, seamless finish. With shades from demure to provocative, it features an exclusive Japanese slurry formula and a silky, illuminating texture.

  • La Vie En Rose Soft rose
  • Grisaille Contour
  • Aureole Highlighter
  • Ponceau Poppy
  • Parfait Coral
  • Cantaloup Golden melon
  • Duchesse Soft peach
  • Rougeur Classic rouge
  • Se Pomponner Dolly pink
  • Guimauve Marshmallow pink

Artistique Eyeshadow ($20.00)

These stunning eye shades bring sheer washes of color and rich, vivid hues to lids. These ultra-versatile shadows feature an exclusive Japanese formula, and their illuminating, blendable textures can be applied wet or dry for numerous effects.

  • Scintillante Twinkling white
  • Soie Silky nude
  • Idealiste Sparkling champagne
  • Chamois Matte buttercream
  • Poudre Matte soft peach
  • Dore Rose Rose gold
  • Cuivre Copper
  • Ingenue Glowing pink
  • Ravissante Light reflective lilac
  • Marron Brilliant burgundy brown
  • Fee Dragee Sugared plum
  • Truffe Matte brown
  • Haute Chocolate Glowing rich brown
  • Dore Patinated gold
  • Greige Matte grey taupe
  • Ombre Matte wheat
  • Patine Patinated silver
  • Grey Gardens Cool grey
  • Enchanteresse Metallic black
  • Brun Noir Brown black
  • Noir Le Plus Noir Deep matte black
  • Minuit Midnight blue
  • Tyrian Majestic purple
  • Envier Green

Lip Lustre ($32.00)

Lip Gloss gets a makeover with Surratt Lip Lustre. Sheer yet long-wearing, this next-level, creamy gloss features a unique flexible applicator to help you create pro artist lip looks.

  • Teinte Sheer white tint
  • Etoile Shimmering clear
  • Ton Sheer black toner
  • Tres Chic Sheer deep violette
  • Amethyste Violette quartz
  • Nudite Glistening nude
  • Coquette Flirtatious twinkling pink
  • Sogine Elegant sparkling rose
  • Pompadour Pink Vivacious pink
  • Flamant Flamingo coral
  • Charmante Charming peach
  • Bon Vivant Lively red
  • Au Naturelle Universal neutral with a kiss of gold
  • Ensoleille Reflective rose bronze

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