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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Have you used a BB or CC Cream before? How did you use it? Did it replace any other products you used to use? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI have used them before, but I usually used them more as tinted moisturizers than as a replacement for moisturizer or primer (though I don’t typically wear primer, so if it acted as a primer as well, it would be doing double-duty there).

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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This Saturday, here’s a swatch-a-palooza of the Iridescent shades from Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadows ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) that I’ll be reviewing (a couple may have already been reviewed).  This post does exclude any shades from the 30th Anniversary Palette (click the link for swatches of those), which I already posted before!  :)

Any favorites?

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a trio of Hourglass’ blushes, including one shade (Incandescent Electra) that’s exclusive to the palette. Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure were very similar to the individual, permanent versions I have, though they varied slightly as is the nature of the product (swirled, so yours may be lighter or darker, depending on how much the blush and illuminator portions are). The Mood Exposure in the trio has more of the illuminator showing, but the general composition, look, feel, and so forth, are in the line with the standalone shades. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes have a very soft, finely-milled feel that’s silky and a little powdery in the pan, but they don’t look powdery applied. They have good color payoff that’s buildable as well as blendable, so you can always take it down a notch if you prefer or go for full-coverage.

Full-sized blushes are $35 for 0.15 oz. or $233.33/oz., and each blush is 0.11 oz. in the palette for a total of 0.33 oz., so the palette contains $77 worth of blush. The Ambient Lighting Powders are $45 for 0.35 oz. or $128.57/oz. The Ambient Lighting Palette is $58 for 0.35 oz., so only a $45 worth of the Ambient Lighting powders, so the blush palette is actually a value-packed palette in comparison. If you rarely finish blushes, you may also consider that $58 for three blushes compared to $105 for three full-sized blushes (and similarly with the powder palette, $58 for three compared to $135 for three full-sized powders).

Everything about this palette is nice with regards to quality, wear, and color payoff, but I really wish the blushes had more variety in their undertones/colors–I think if you are very fair, you will notice the most difference between the three. On my medium skin tone, they look very similar with Incandescent Electra being the lightest and pinkest, followed by Luminous Flush, which is slightly warmer, and finally by Mood Exposure, which has a warmer, redder tone applied. I would have loved to see a cool-toned pink and more mauve-berry shade, because they could really be mixed and layered for even more variet (and that makes more sense to me for a trio format). This is how I felt about the permanent range when it initially launched as well. I hope Hourglass will consider adding more differentiated shades in the future.

Luminous Flush is described as a “champagne rose.” It’s a pop of light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a bit powdery in the pan but looked soft, luminous on without emphasizing pores or skin imperfections. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is warmer. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is similar. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is darker, pinker. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is slightly pinker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Incandescent Electra is described as a “cool peach.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and smooth, though it was slightly powdery in the pan. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and it looked luminous without being too shimmery on the skin, so it didn’t emphasize skin imperfections or pores. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is a touch darker. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is darker, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mood Exposure is described as a “soft plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy pink with warm undertones and a soft, satiny shimmer-sheen. The one in the pan seemed to have slightly less shimmer this time around, but it was within what I’d consider a normal variation for this type of product. It didn’t seem to impact the overall look of it once applied, which was softly luminous but not shimmery, so it didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours on me. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is very similar. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Becca Raspberry/Opal (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

One common color combination I feel I’ve been seeing more often as we get into autumn is a mix of copper, gold, and plum. Here’s my current favorite mix of shades in that vein! :) These could all be worn together or as three or four shades.  Subra is great for making the look appear smokier, cooler, while Goddess and Deep Damson create dimension with their less frosted finishes.  I’d love to hear what shades you’re using to recreate the combination as well.

  1. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red — a metallic, golden copper
  2. Makeup Geek Goddess — a satiny, orange with hints of brown
  3. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron — a rich bronze with a frosted sheen
  4. MAC Deep Damson — a matte, plummy burgundy
  5. NARS Subra — a deepened yet muted purpled burgundy with a soft, frosted finish

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

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

 

Sephora Favorites for Holiday 2014
Sephora Favorites for Holiday 2014

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip ($59.00) ($192 Value) (Limited Edition)

From lipsticks to glosses and more, this multibranded lip set features different formulas and four color families for you to pair up with: red, berry, pink, and nude. Perfect for a beginner or a beauty addict, it lets you explore 14 of Sephora’s favorite brands and 17 different products, making it a value set that you’ll want to give as a gift or keep for yourself.

  • 0.05 oz bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Speak Your Mind (bubble gum pink)
  • 0.01 oz Benefit Cosmetics Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
  • 0.07 oz Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Palomino (vibrant magenta)
  • 0.04 oz Buxom Mini Full Bodied lipstick in Menace
  • 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment
  • 0.03 oz Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
  • 0.10 oz Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw
  • 0.09 oz Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Blush (medium rose brown)
  • 0.09 oz Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Red Armour
  • 0.025 oz MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil
  • 0.08 oz Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia Lip Tar: Matte Test Tube
  • 0.068 oz Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion
  • 0.14 oz Stila Stay All Day® Vinyl Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl (medium pink nude)
  • 0.06 oz Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody
  • 0.04 oz Tarte Lipsurgence Power Pigment in Flush
  • 0.05 oz Too Faced Cosmetics La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Naked Dolly
  • 0.16 oz Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick

Sephora Favorites Draw the Line ($30.00) ($79.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This set features liquid, gel, and pencil liners that let you flick, drag, sweep, or smudge on liner. Create countless looks with multiple formulas for precise pigmented application, inner rim lining, long-wear, contouring, and subtle to smoky looks.

This set contains:

  • 0.028 oz Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 HR Wear in Black Lace
  • 0.01 oz Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  • 0.007 oz Kat Von D Deluxe Tattoo liner in Trooper (black)
  • 0.01 oz Nars Cosmetics Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Long Wear Eyeliner (black)
  • 0.01 oz Deluxe Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner in Blacquer
  • 0.02 oz Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Perversion and Rockstar

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip ($25.00) ($90.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Match up with your perfect lip shade with this multibranded lip set that lets you choose your favorite. Experiment with different formulas to achieve the perfect everyday lip.

This set contains:

  • 0.03 oz Urban Decay Mini Naked Revolution Lipstick
  • 0.12 oz Nars Deluxe Orgasm Lip Gloss
  • 0.07 oz Buxom Mini Full On Lip Cream in White Russian
  • 0.02 oz Marc Jacobs Mini Lust for Lacquer in Kissability
  • 0.05 oz Deluxe Bite High Pigment Lip Pencil in Meritage
  • 0.20 oz Full-size Smashbox Be Legendary Gloss in Pout

Sephora Favorites Lashstash ($45.00) ($118.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Sephora Favorites Lashstash is a multibranded mascara set that lets you choose from 10 different mascaras. This set includes new mascaras, your favorites, and bestsellers to choose from—and a full-size lash primer and makeup remover as a bonus to keep eyes looking luminious.

This set contains:

  • 0.05 oz Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara In Jet Black
  • 0.2 oz Buxom® Lash Mascara In Blackest Black
  • 0.07 oz Clinique Dual Ended High Impact Mascara And Lash Primer
  • 0.17 oz Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara
  • 0.1 oz Kat Von D Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara
  • 0.135 oz Lancôme Paris Hypnôse Drama Mascara
  • 0.84 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
  • 0.067 oz Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl Dramatic Volume And Curl Mascara
  • 0.32 oz Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara In Jet Black
  • 0.08 oz Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
  • 0.06 oz YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Baby Doll

Sephora Favorites Superstars ($75.00) ($225.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This is a set of our bestselling items offers every beauty essential you need—from head to toe. With an array of full-size products, from nail polish to styling spray, they’re perfect for every beauty lover.

This set contains:

  • 0.003 oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
  • 0.25 oz Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional
  • 0.05 oz Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara In Jet Black
  • 1.7 oz Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray
  • 0.34 oz Chloè by Chloè Rollerball
  • 0.4 oz Formula X Nail Color in Ignite
  • 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rosè Tinted Lip Treatment
  • 0.5 oz Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
  • 0.16 oz Nars Cosmetics Blush in Orgasm
  • 1 oz Smashbox Cosmetics Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 in Light
  • 0.016 oz Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner In Intense Black
  • 0.05 oz Urban Decay Eye shadow In Sin

Sephora Favorites Glitz & Glam Party Essentials ($45.00) ($156.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Vamp up your makeup with this set that takes you from day to evening looks. It features nine makeup must-haves to create the perfect glam look, or to incorporate into your every day look. Stay organized when you store all of your beauty necessities inside the included clutch for touch ups throughout the day.

This set contains:

  • 0.1 oz Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Infrared Matte (matte true red)
  • 1.4 oz Drybar Detox dry shampoo
  • 0.5 oz Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad nail color
  • 0.03 oz Laura Mercier Caviar Stick eye color in Rose Gold
  • 0.049 oz Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Foil Finish eye shadow in Metallic Dusty Rose
  • 1 Pair of SEPHORA COLLECTION false eye lashes in Astonish
  • 0.08 oz Benefit Watt’s Up! highlighter in Luminous Champagne
  • 0.035 oz Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Microfinish Powder
  • 0.04 oz Lancome Artliner eyeliner in Noir

Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler ($60.00) ($105 Value) (Limited Edition)

Inside this box, you’ll find 14 samples of some of our most sought-after women’s perfumes. Choose your favorite, and then take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store* to redeem for a full-size bottle of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.

This set contains:

  • 0.06 oz Burberry Brit Sheer spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.04 oz Chloé Chloé spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.06 oz Elizabeth And James Nirvana Black spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.06 oz Elizabeth And James Nirvana White spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.06 oz Gucci Flora By Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia dabber (Certificate redeems for 1.6 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Lancôme La Vie Est Belle spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz L’Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.04 oz Marc Jacobs Daisy spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.03 oz Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rodriguez For Her spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Prada Candy spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.04 oz Thierry Mugler Alien spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Refillable Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Tom Ford Black Orchid spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray)
  • 0.03 oz Versace Bright Crystal spray (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)

Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler ($60.00) ($105 Value) (Limited Edition)

Inside this classic faux leather toiletry case, you’ll find 12 samples of some of our most sought-after modern men’s fragrances. Choose your favorite, and then take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store * to redeem for a full-size bottle of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.

This set contains:

  • thm For Men spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.03 oz Jean Paul Gaultier “Le Male” spray (Certificate redeems for 1.3 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Giò spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.05 oz John Varvatos John Varvatos dabber(Certificate redeems for 2.5 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.06 oz Gucci Guilty Pour Homme dabber (Certificate redeems for 1.0 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.06 oz Lacoste Eau De Lacoste L.12.12 Noir dabber (Certificate redeems for 3.3 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.06 oz Gucci Made To Measure spray (Certificate redeems for 1.6 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Paco Rabanne 1 Million spray (Certificate redeems for 1.7 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.06 oz Hugo Boss Boss Bottled Night dabber(Certificate redeems for 1.6 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Ralph Lauren Polo Red spray (Certificate redeems for 2.5 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.03 oz Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Pour Homme spray (Certificate redeems for 1.35 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • 0.05 oz Yves Saint Laurent L’homme spray (Certificate redeems for 1.3 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray)
  • Faux leather toiletry case

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Friday, September 19th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Are there cult classic beauty products that everyone should own? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIt’s hard for a product to be universal, and even if you ignore color, you have price, accessibility, and just plain ol’ preferences that come into play! I certainly think that there are some great, cult products that are worth checking out, but even some of the major classics (NARS Orgasm always comes to mind) have 239847234 iterations since their creation where some of the “dupes” are better.

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