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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection
Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection

Hakuhodo x Sephora PRO Brush Collection consists of five face brushes that are made out of synthetic fibers. All five are on the larger side and dense with a lot of spring/give (particularly the Large Teardrop brush, which seems almost floppy as the brush tapers). The edges of all five brushes was very even, and I didn’t have any issues with scratchiness or feeling an odd bristle while trying the brushes in multiple directions. The fibers don’t seem as fine as they could be–IT’s Velvet Luxe line is softer and smoother in feel against the skin. I’m uncertain about some of the shapes and how versatile/useful they will be, but that is a personal call based on my own preferences, but you may want to see them in-store if you can.

It was apt that all but one brush was specifically named as a “Powder Brush,” because these seemed to be best with powders. Their density, though, made then prone to picking up and applying quite a bit of product, so you’ll want to use a light hand or use this with your sheerer to medium coverage products. I do not recommend using this with a bright candy apple red blush, for example, which is my personal test for seeing how much powder is deposited in a pick-up as well as how well the brush blends the color out (red blush is unforgiving, it gets splotchy quite easily without good application). As a side note, all of that intense red blusher washed right off with no staining (which is as expected).

Despite being a synthetic material, which often lends itself to liquid application, the Kusabi (Wedge Sloping Powder Brush) worked poorly with liquid/cream foundation as is very streaky, while the Kusuriyubi (Angled Concealer Brush) must be used to pat concealer into place rather than any sweeping or blending motions as it will leave slight lines. I think the Kusuriyubi is rather large, so it only worked okay underneath the eye (larger area), but it doesn’t fit as well into the grooves of the nose, around the mouth, under the brow, or for concealing acne or spots.

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Blush - July 2015 Shade Extensions
Sephora Colorful Blush – July 2015 Shade Extensions

Colorful Blush ($15.00) (New Shades)

There appear to be three new highlighter shades, three new contour shades, and two new blush shades now available in the Colorful Blush formula.

  • Secretive (19) Illuminator
  • Serene (20) Illuminator
  • Jubilant (21) Illuminator
  • Love Sick (22) Blush
  • Passionate (23) Blush
  • Los Cabos (24) Contour
  • Fiji (25) Contour
  • Tranquil (26) Contour

Availability: Now at Sephora

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You

If you could create any lip color, what would it be and what would you call it? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerA pink-leaning coral with fine coral, gold, and copper pearl with a luminous sheen–not quite glossy but glossier than a satin. (A Guerlain Gems but perfected.) I’d call it Sundazzled! (That’s all I got right now… it’s early.)

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

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Becca Mineral Blushes
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Here are eight shades of Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) that I bought when I spotted them on Sephora this past week. There is a ninth blush, Damselfly that has been out forever, but it is out of stock and I’m not certain when or if it will be coming back into stock… which I’ve apparently reviewed before (in 2012), so I’ll try to see if I still have it and redo swatches.

From what I can tell, the range has gone through a slight packaging and labeling update, but the ingredients don’t seem to have changed from existing shades when compared against the list I have from 2012. Nightingale, Hyacinth, and Lantana are brand new, though! I hope to review these over time, but for now, enjoy these swatches!


Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Choose or Lose

Have you ever finished an eyeshadow palette?

Check out the results!

Thanks to Staci for today’s question!

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

NARS Fall 2015 Collection
NARS Fall 2015 Collection

NARS Fall 2015 consists of eight Velvet Shadow Sticks, two Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, one Lipstick, two Lipglosses, and one Blush. Here’s a sneak peek of all of those shades! Working on testing and getting reviews up soon! :)

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