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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition
Dolce & Gabbana Collector’s Edition

Dolce&Gabbana Make Up offers exclusive Holiday gifting with Collector’s Edition, a collection of limited edition products embellished with symbolic motifs, each a true collector’s item. Collector’s Edition pieces take inspiration from the world of Dolce&Gabbana and the Designers’ artistry. The limited editions of The Bronzer and The Illuminator, an illuminating powder, and The Shine Lipstick in the new Real Red shade offer a unique and special insight into the creative heritage of the Designers through the Ancient Coin and the Iconic Red. The Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in the new Pure Bronze and Pure Gold and The Nail Lacquer in Lover complement the collection and add the final touch to your look for the holiday season.

The Makeup Collector’s Edition

  • The Bronzer Collector’s Edition ($51.00) (Limited Edition)
  • The Illuminator Collector’s Edition ($51.00) (Limited Edition)
  • The Lipstick in Real Red Collector’s Edition ($33.00) (Limited Edition)
  • Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Pure Bronze and Pure Gold Collector’s Edition ($36.00) (Limited Edition)
  • The Nail Lacquer in Lover Collector’s Edition ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Availability: November 2014 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy’s

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Which recent eyeshadow palette purchase has been the greatest value for you? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMake Up For Ever’s 30th Anniversary Palette or else the Artist Palette. Both are just so fantastic in terms of quality, and they really gave me a good way to gauge the brand and its new formula.

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

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette ($44.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes twelve matte eyeshadows ranging from yellowed beige to deep black. The majority of the palette is closer to neutral in tone than really cool- or warm-toned, though some shades lean cooler/warmer. The majority of the shades felt soft and silky with a few being a smidgen powdery, but I found these less powdery on the whole compared to other Tarte matte eyeshadows. Some wore for eight hours, while a few were faster to fade. I only had major issues with one shade (Best Friend), but the other shades were fairly easy to work with.

Free Spirit is a light, pale yellow beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had good color payoff and wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Force of Nature is a medium brown with warm, slightly reddish, undertones and a matte finish. It had pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t powdery. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dreamer is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft without being powdery. This one blended fairly well, but it could have been easier to work with. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Multi-Tasker is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caregiver is a light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, and the texture was just a little powdery but easy to blend and apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural Beauty is a subdued, pinky-taupe with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had excellent pigmentation with a slightly powdery, but silky, texture. It was really easy to blend on the skin. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Best Friend is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was rather powdery, so the color payoff was sheer and uneven. It started to look faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bombshell is a blackened purple with a muted quality to it and a matte finish. It was very pigmented, and there was some excess fall out when applied, but it has a softer, silkier consistency that made it easier to work with (it could have been more blendable, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Super Mom is a very light beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great color payoff, even though the texture was powdery, so it can be messy to use (I used it as a brow bone highlighter, and it covered the movable lid with dust). It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wanderer is a light-medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was moderately powdery, though it was very blendable on the skin and applied smoothly with good color coverage. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Power Player is a warm, taupe brown with a semi-matte finish (there’s a smidgen of a sheen there). It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashionista is a rich black with a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very silky, smooth consistency–it is a really lovely, rich black to work with, but a little goes a long way! It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Tartelette

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Product

8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Free Spirit

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Force of Nature

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Must-Have Beauty Tool that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

That’s so tough! Do we count brushes? I feel like those are the tools that I couldn’t go without. I love products like the Clarisonic, eyelash curlers, and so forth, but brushes… they’re amazing and fun to play with. Beyond brushes, tweezers — wouldn’t be able to handle my unruly brows without ‘em!

Thanks to Rosie for today’s topic!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of beige–there’s a muted quality there–and warm undertones with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever S714 Bisque (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, darker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more matte. bareMinerals Peace (P) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised that this was listed as a blush shade, but it is officially listed as one. The satin texture lends itself well for blush application, as the color goes on effortlessly, blends easily, and looks natural without being too shimmery or too flat/matte. It is a shade that will show up best on fairer skin tones than mine, though it gave my medium skin tone a slight peachy warmth (I think it is more noticeable in person). This shade was nicely pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency that was very smooth. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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S718 Salmon

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

There are SO many sales going on right now, some ending today, and a few still going. I thought I’d make this a running post to keep track! :)

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)
GIORGIO ARMANI: Get 20% Off your purchase of $75 or more, plus free shipping with code FAMILY14, ends 12/7.

YSL: Get 20% Off your purchase of $75 or more, plus free shipping with code YSLGIFT, ends 12/7.

  • CRABTREE & EVELYN: 20% off $50+ purchases with code FFHLDY14, now through 11/22.
  • KIEHL’S CANADA: 20% off when you purchase 2+ products, plus free shipping on $75+ orders with code KIEHLS, ends 11/22.
  • BIOTHERM: Get 30% off all orders over $90 with code MAD30, ends 11/23.
  • IT COSMETICS: 25% off your entire purchase with code FRIENDSFAMILY25, ends 11/24.