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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with a soft satin finish. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Passionate is a soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin with a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores but doesn’t look flat on the skin–glowing but not frosted. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, as described, and it lasted for a solid eight hours on me.

P.S. — You may be seeing some inconsistency in photo sizes in the next week or two, as we will be increasing the size of our images, but photos that were already processed earlier will be in the previous size. Thanks for understanding :)

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers.  For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back.   Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), The Body Shop  (8%)
  • MR. REBATES: Proactiv (40%), WEN (40%), Murad (15%), Yves Rocher (15%), Oscar Blandi (15%), Saks (12%), Cargo (12%), Carol’s Daughter (10%), BH Cosmetics (10%)

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line.   These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales noted for the week:

  • GILT: Laura Mercier (8/3)
  • HAUTELOOK: Tarina Tarantino (8/3), L’Artisan Parfumeur (8/4), Josie Maran (8/5)
  • IDEELI: —
  • MYHABIT: SK-II (8/3)
  • RUE LA LA: Scents of Summer (8/3), bliss (8/4)

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  • 100% PURE: Free shipping on $50+ orders. $15 Off on orders equal to or above $75 with code AT15OFF75, ends 8/31.
  • ALGENIST: Free Gift with Code SUMMERGLOW on Orders $100+ at Algenist.com Plus 2 Free Samples with every Purchase.
  • ASOS:  Free express shipping over $140 with code EXPRESSUSA.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $35+ orders. FREE Shipping On Orders $15+ Use Code AUGFS15, ends 8/3.
  • B-GLOWING: Free shipping on $75+ purchases.  20% Off Paula’s Choice orders of $60+ with code 20PAULA60, ends 8/5. 15% Off Peter Thomas Roth orders of $60+ with code 15PTR60, ends 8/5.
  • BARNEYS: Free shipping and returns on all U.S. orders.
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $35+ orders.  $15 off $75+ orders with code BEAUTY15 or through this link, ends 8/28.
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  • BLISS: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free deluxe samples of the Creme de la Mer, Eye Concentrate, Lifting Contour Serum & Reparative Suncreen with a $150+ La Mer purchase with code BLUEHEART, ends 8/19.
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  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders. Ready, Jet Set, Go. Free shipping + Makeup Travel Trio with $75 purchase with code GLOWTOGO, ends 8/6.
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  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPFR. 30% OFF Your Purchase + FREE Monoi Repairing Leave-In Conditioner with any $25 Purchase with code SAVE30NOW, ends 8/31.
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  • CHANEL: Complimentary shipping on $50+ orders.
  • CLARINS: —
    • CLARINS CANADA: Free shipping on $75+ orders.
    • CLARINS UK: Free Travel Beauty Essentials With Orders Over £45 with code SUMMER123, ends 8/20.
  • CLARISONIC: Buy any two devices together and receive 10% off and free standard shipping with code PAIRS, ends 12/31.   Get a FREE 1oz Deep Pore Daily Cleanser Sample and a 10ml Deep Pore Clay Mask Sample with any Alpha Fit Men’s Cleansing System purchase with code ALPHAFIT, ends 8/31.  Register your Device at Clarisonic.com and Receive $25 Off when you Spend $99+! Offer must be redeemed within 30 days of registering your device.  Choose your free bag & product gift with any purchase of $149 or more (a $45 value) with code SUMMERGIFT, ends 8/14.
  • CLE DE PEAU: Free 2nd day shipping on $150+ orders.  Free ground shipping on all orders.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Pick 4 Free Samples + Free Shipping with any $35 purchase, ends 8/7.
    • CLINIQUE UK: Free shipping on all orders. FREE summer skin treats with every £40+ spend. Includes 7 day scrub 30ml, Liquid Facial Soap Mild 30ml, + your choice of Turanaround Moisturizer with code RADIANCE or OVERNIGHT, ends 8/31.
  • COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD BEAUTY: Perfect Pairs are back! Great value, PLUS receive a CR Travel Bag with an Pair purchase.
  • DARPHIN: Enjoy 3 Travel Size Intral Samples + Free Shipping with code TRIOLOVE, ends 8/4, minimum purchase of $125.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • DRUGSTORE.COM: Free shipping on $25+ orders.  Extra 20% off everything in the beauty department (a few exclusions) through this link, ends 8/8.
  • ELF: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIP25. Buy One, Get One Free when you spend $25 with code BOGOFREE, ends 8/3.
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN: —
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • FOREO: Get a Free Beach Bag with purchase of any LUNA or ISSA device, ends 8/31.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members.
  • IT COSMETICS: —
  • IMOMOKO: —
  • JO MALONE: Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and an exclusive offer of the Peony & Blush Suede Body Crème. with code SUMMER, ends 8/8. Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and a duo sample offer of the NEW Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne (1.5ml) and the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne (1.5ml) with code MIMOSA, ends 8/4.
  • JUICE BEAUTY: —
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  To celebrate our 30 year anniversary, we’re offering a hydrating rose set on orders over $65 with code ANNIVERSARY, ends 8/12.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE:  Free shipping + three free samples on $50+ orders.
  • KERASTASE: Exclusive Gifts With Purchase: Full & Travel Size Elixir Ultime Rose Millenaire Oils (a $84 value) + Free Shipping on Orders of $6 with code ROSEOIL60, ends 8/15.
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    • UK: Free Shower Gel when you spend £40, ends 8/18.
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  • LANCOME: Free shipping on $49+ orders. Enjoy 4 samples plus free shipping with any purchase of $49 or more with code SUNKISSED, ends 8/31.
  • LAURA GELLER: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
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  • LISA WATIER (CANADA): Free shipping and four deluxe samples with $100+ orders with code FREEBIESLW, ends 5/1/16.  FREE Duo Shadow & Glitter Jewel of India with the purchase of any Bronze & Lumières product with code BRONZELUMIERES, ends 8/31.
  • LIVING PROOF: Free samples and shipping on all orders.
  • LIZ EARLE UK:  Monthly Liz Earle special offers/packages here.
  • LORD & TAYLOR: Free shipping on beauty and fragrance purchases of $49+.  Free express shipping to Canada with $100+ USD purchase.
  • 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 12/31.
  • MOLTON BROWN (UK):  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+. Receive 2 FREE 100ml Body Washes with all orders over £50.
    • US:  Free travel size body wash or lotion when you spend $55 with code SUMMER55, ends 8/31.  20% off all orders over $85, ends 12/2015.
  • MURAD: —
  • NARS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: Free shipping and returns always.
  • NET-A-PORTER: Free shipping and returns for U.S. orders.
  • NICOLE MILLER BEAUTY: —
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • OJON: —
  • OLE HENRIKSEN: —
  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% Off Omorovicza SPF products with code SPF15, ends 8/31.
  • ORIGINS: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Choose your FREE Full-size Origins product with any $45 order with code RICE or GINGER, ends 8/3. Free deluxe sample duo featuring our NEW Original Skin Retexturizing mask and Original Skin Renewal serum with any $30 order with code ORGSKIN, ends 8/31 or while supplies last.
  • PACIFICA:  Free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP75.
  • PAULA’S CHOICE: Free Shipping & Free SunKissed Custom Color Bronzer on orders of $50+ at PaulasChoice.com with code BRONZER2015, ends 8/4.
  • PERFUMANIA:  —
  • PRESCRIPTIVES: Free shipping and returns on all orders.
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • REVIVE: Free ground shipping.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free shipping on U.S. orders with code FREESHIP.  Up to $250 off when you shop women’s contemporary apparel, ends 8/8.
  • SALLY BEAUTY: —
  • SEPHORA:  [All deals require $25 minimum purchase while supplies last–some codes may run out faster than others.] Receive a free BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code PERFECTOR, ends 8/30. Receive a free MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Liquid Foundation deluxe sample with code ULTRAHD, ends 8/30.  Receive a free belif The True Cream Moisturizing bomb deluxe sample with code TRUTHBOMB, ends 8/30. Choose 1 of 3 trend deluxe samples with code TRENDS, ends 8/31. Receive a free Sephora Collection Mascara deluxe sample in ultra black with code MASCARA, ends 8/29.
  • SHISEIDO: Free shipping with purchase of the Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, ends 8/30.
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  • TARGET: —
  • TARTE: Free sample + free shipping on $40+ purchases. Save 30% on tarte.com with code FRIENDS, plus Free Sample + Shipping $40 & up, ends 8/3.
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  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Buy 3, get 3 free + free shipping on $50+ orders, 8/3 only.
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    • UK: £10 Off When you Spend £25, ends 8/31.
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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s one beauty product that you are still looking for the holy grail of? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMaybe mascara. I love a lot of them, but I don’t know if I’ve found the absolute holy grail.

Thanks to Lisa for today’s questions! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Gingerluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($25.00 for oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades ranging from gold to golden orange to smoky green. This trio is an online exclusive and limited edition. The three shades coordinate well together, but the Veluxe Pearlfusion is one of those eyeshadows that you may love or easily skip right on by. This formula is supposed to have “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. I liked this one best applied damp or over a tacky base, as the sparkly bits of the orange and smoky green don’t work well dry.

Gingerluxe #1 is described as a “yellow-gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellowed gold with warm, golden orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It was sheer applied dry and semi-opaque applied damp, but it was fairly smooth when applied with a damp brush. The dry application tended to sheer out the eyeshadow even more. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Surreal (P, ) is more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is more shimmery. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Summerfly (P, ) is darker. LORAC Unlimited (P, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is darker. Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. YSL Dewy Gold (08) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Oro (P, $37.00) is lighter. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gingerluxe #2 is described as a “tangerine orange.” It’s a yellowed, tangerine orange with warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer and faint sparkle. It was sheer applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when I applied it damp. The texture holds together better and gives smoother, more even application when used with a damp brush. This shade wore well for eight hours but has a smidgen of fall out to contend with. bareMinerals Extravagance (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gingerluxe #3 is described as a “deep sparkly khaki.” It’s a blackened olive green with larger olive sparkle and glitter. The base appears more olive-like when applied dry, but damp application brings out the darkness of the black. The texture is noticeably sparkly and tends to fall apart without a tacky base or really damp brush to help bind everything together. I had moderate fall out when using this with a damp brush, so I suspect a glitter adhesive will be a must to avoid fall out with this shade. It wore for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sultan’s Garden (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Greensmoke (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

MAC Flowerscope Lipstick
MAC Flowerscope Lipstick

There are six limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick in the Veluxe-a-Trois collection. Here are quick swatches of those six! Note, Heaux was previously released but as a Retro Matte (see the original here).

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy Pure Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Well, I couldn’t resist! I picked up five more shades (and Estee Lauder’s PR department sent me three others) to showcase the full range of Estee Lauder Pure Matte Sculpting Lipsticks ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) — full reviews to come of course! :)

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