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Monday, September 1st, 2014

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Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES: Sheer Cover (25%), SkinStore (up to 10%), Kohl’s (9%), Saks Fifth Avenue (9%), Marcelle/Annabelle (8.5%), Stila (8%)
  • GILT: –
  • HAUTELOOK:  Miracle Skin Transformer (9/1), Rae Cosmetics (9/1), China Glaze & Seche Vite (9/1), Macadamia Natural Oil (9/2), LORAC Skinny Palettes (9/2), B.Kamins (9/2), MDSolarSciences (9/3), FLO (9/3), Cattiva (9/3)
  • MR. REBATES: Murad (12%), WEN 910%), Kiehl’s (8%), Sephora (8%), Saks (8%)
  • MYHABIT: –
  • Rue La La: dr. brandt skincare (9/1), Corioliss (9/1)

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+.
  • ASOS: Free express shipping for U.S. orders over $140 with code EXPRESSUSA.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $30+ orders.
  • BATH & BODY WORKS: Free Gift with $10 Purchase + Free Shipping with $50 Purchase with code FALLFREEBIE, ends 9/2.
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $25+ orders.  $10 off $50+ orders through THIS LINK, ends 8/31.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.
  • BH COSMETICS: –
  • BIOTHERM: –
  • BLISS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.  20% off Sitewide Labor Day Sale some exclusions apply with code LABORDAY, ends 9/8.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Free Shipping + 2 Deluxe Samples with any $30 order with code SEPTDUO, ends 9/7.
  • BUMBLE & BUMBLE:  –
  • BURBERRY: –
  • C.O. BIGELOW: 15% Off Site Wide plus Free Shipping Over $49 with LABORDAY15, ends 9/2.
  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPFR.
  • CAUDALIE: –
  • CLARINS: –
  • CLARISONIC:  Buy any two devices together and receive 10% off + free standard shipping with code PAIRS, ends 10/31.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Choose a Free Liquid Facial Soap Mini with ANY purchase, use code DRY or OILY, ends 9/3.
  • COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD BEAUTY:  10% off code with INTRO10, ends 10/31.
  • DARPHIN: –
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • DRUGSTORE.COM: –
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN: –
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Get 20% off Back to School Products using code BACKTOSCHOOL, ends 9/14.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members.
  • JO MALONE:  Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and a deluxe sample of the Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne with code JMCOLOGNE, ends 9/30. Complimentary Delivery + Orange Blossom Body Crème Sample With Any $75 Purchase with code SUMMER, ends 9/7.
  • JUICE BEAUTY: –
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. FREE Gifts (Over $40 value) + Free Shipping with any $65 purchase with code RECOVER, ends 9/30.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE:  Free shipping + three free samples on $50+ orders.
  • KIEHLS: Free shipping on $60+ orders. Receive 2 deluxe samples with the purchase of a Super Multi-Corrective Cream or a Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum with code SUPER, ends 9/29.
    • CANADA: Get a Free Lip Balm #1 with any order over $35 with code LIPBALM, ends 9/2.
  • L’OCCITANE:  –
    • CANADA:  Free shipping on $99+ orders.
  • LANCOME:   Enjoy 4 of our best-selling products PLUS, free standard shipping with ANY order $49 or more; as a Bonus: Receive a Renergie Multi Lift Night Cream with ANY order over $75 with code FAVORITES, ends 9/30.
  • LIZ EARLE UK:  Monthly Liz Earle special offers/packages here.
  • MACY’S: –
  • MARCELLE: Free shipping on $25+ orders (Canada), free U.S. shipping on $50+ orders.
  • MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free shipping on any order with code SHIP, ends 9/1.  Deluxe-size Highliner with $75+ order with code MINI, while supplies last.
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+.
  • MURAD: –
  • NARS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: –
  • NICOLE MILLER BEAUTY: –
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • OJON: Free Shipping & Free Travel Size Rare Blen Cowash + Hair Oil with any $30 purchase with code COWASH, ends 9/10.
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  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% off all products using code JUNE15, ends 6/6/15.
  • ORIGINS: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free No Puffery Cooling Eye Roll-On + Free Shipping with any order with code PUFFERY, ends 9/2.
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  • PACIFICA:  Free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP75.
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  • PRESCRIPTIVES: Receive a FREE 1oz Super Line Preventor with $75 purchase with code FREESLPSEPT, ends 9/4.
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  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free shipping on U.S. orders with code FREESHIP. Receive a sample of Ultimune* with any $75 Shiseido purchase with code SHISEID45, ends 9/7.
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  • SEPHORA:   [All deals require $25 minimum purchase.]    Choose 1 of 3 FREE deluxe face oil minis with code TRYOIL, ends 9/30.  Receive a FREE Hair Cream Mini with code PHYTOSTYLE, ends 9/30. Get a FREE Perricone MD No Foundation Serum Mini with code PMDSERUM, ends 9/30. Get an $11 Discount applied at checkout when you add a Buxom Vanity Lash and your favorite Mascara Bar Brush with code BUXOM, ends 9/30.Receive a FREE Estee Lauder Mini with code REPAIR, ends 9/30. Free Murad mini serum with code LIGHTEN, ends 9/30. Free sample of Tarte Faux Lash with code FAUXLASH, ends 9/30. Free Living Proof mini with code TEXTURE, ends 9/30. Free Caudalie deluxe sample with code SORBET, ends 9/30. Free Josie Maran Skincare Ritual sample set with code TRYJOSIE, ends 9/30.
  • SHISEIDO: –
  • SHU UEMURA: Get 3 deluxe cleansing oil samples and free shipping with orders over $50 – code 3OILS (valid 8/29-9/3).
    • CANADA:  Get 3 deluxe cleansing oil samples and free shipping with all orders over $50 with code 3OILS, ends 9/3.
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  –
  • SMASHBOX: Save $15 off your first order of $75+ with code WELCOME2.  Join Pretty Points Rewards and earn $10 for every $100 spent + free shipping.
  • STILA COSMETICS: –
  • TARGET: –
  • TARTE: Get a FREE makeup bag with any purchase of $75 & up from the Fall 2014 Collection on tarte.com with code AFTERDARK, ends 8/31.
  • TATCHA: Discover TATCHA® to Reveal Your Most Beautiful Skin. Simple, Pure Ingredients Based on 200 Years of Geisha Beauty Practices. Enjoy a Complimentary Travel-Size Camellia Cleansing Oil ($12 Value) with Your First Order with code WELCOMEOIL, ends 12/31.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ purchase.50% off makeup, 9/3-9/4.
    •  CANADA: Buy 3, get 2 free, ends 9/7.
    • UK: –
  • THIERRY MUGLER:  –
  • TOO FACED: –
  • ULTA: –
  • WALGREENS: –
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your go-to look for a special occasion? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerTom Ford Pink Haze + Escapade cream eyeshadows on the lid, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy on the lash line, mascara, Tom Ford Love Lust blush, Guerlain Gems lipstick or Chanel Dragon!

Thanks to reader SheDaisy for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

MAC Diva Lipstick
MAC Diva Lipstick

MAC Diva Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “Intense reddish-burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned deepened red with a slightly muted quality–it is a lighter and brighter burgundy to me–and has a semi-matte finish. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is glossier, slightly redder. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Over the years, I’ve had a lot of questions asking whether such-and-such new shade was like MAC Diva, but I didn’t have it to compare to–now I do! I’d love to include more reviews of MAC’s permanent range, but with so many limited edition products, I try to use the time between launches to focus on other brands and products. Diva had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy; just enough that it didn’t tug much on the lips, but it still retained its more matte finish. It’s one of the brand’s more comfortable mattes, and it lasts for six and a half hours while leaving behind a reddish stain. It didn’t dry out my lips, but I wouldn’t call it a hydrating formula either. As always, MAC’s lipsticks are vanilla scented but have no discernible taste.

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Hope you’ve been having a lovely and relaxing weekend!  We had a nice dinner out last night, and Mellan received the new bow tie collars and toy I ordered him (he may have as many toys as I have makeup… okay, maybe not).  Today will be low-key with grocery shopping and that’s about it :)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Burgundy can be such a warm and cozy color, which is why it reminds me of autumn! Here are a few of my favorites right now…

  1. Laura Mercier Kir Royal — a satin, warm-toned burgundy
  2. Makeup Geek Burlesque — a shimmery reddish-burgundy
  3. MAC Deep Damson — a matte burgundy
  4. Inglot #425 — a bold, deepened red-burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a muted, deep burgundy

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a set of warm-toned shades in peach and brown. The two colors playoff each other well, as they can be blended subtly for a more contrasting look or blended more for a smooth gradient. I wish the darker brown shade was more pigmented, though.

Shhh… is described as an “apricot nectar.” It’s a light-medium, peach orange with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. The finish is lovely as it adds dimension but doesn’t look shimmery on the lid. It wore well for ten hours before fading. MAC Apricot Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $40.00) is a cream product, lighter. MAC Arena (P, $15.00) is darker, browner. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Yes Please is described as a “cinnamon brown shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it wasn’t as pigmented as the Ready formula is usually, which was disappointing. The texture was soft and smooth, so it was still easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It wore well for ten hours before fading. Stila Character (P) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is darker. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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