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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “beige and champagne colors” that “unify while peach dots add a perfecting touch.” It’s a translucent powder with very fine shimmer that translates into more of a soft sheen on the skin rather than detectable shimmer or sparkle. As much as I love Meteorites, it can be difficult to distinguish differences between them at times, and this is one of those times. Visually, I really just don’t notice a difference between the effect of this compared to Clair (02 on my skin tone. I think some skin tones might find one works better than the other, but on my medium complexion, they both give a subtle luminous effect that simultaneously blurs imperfections while giving the skin a brightened, livelier appearance. I love the effect of both on the skin, but I don’t think you need both unless you’re very fair or much deeper and perhaps your skin tone will allow any nuances to become visible. View comparison swatches / view dupes.

I like wearing it alone over bare skin, but I typically use it as a finishing powder dusted all-over the face after I’ve applied setting powder (and it is a finishing powder, to be clear!). I get an extra half hour of wear out of my foundation if I just use this and skip the setting powder, but I have normal-to-dry skin. The powder is violet-scented, though I don’t notice any scent when it is applied.

For those who were wondering if the pan could be removed: it is supposed to be glued in, and in fact, the one I ordered arrived with the pan itself rattling around, because it wasn’t actually glued in any more (but you can see where the glue was). I hope I was just one of the few unlucky ones to have this happen to them, and it isn’t prevalent (the other one I ordered was fine).

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Anastasia liquid lipsticks
  • Weekend plans: Superbowl on Sunday! Going through mundane adult responsibilities (finances, bills, etc.) on Saturday.
  • Who has influenced you most in life?: My mom for sure!

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Taken awhile ago, but I don’t think I ever shared! :) Mellan at the beach!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia American Doll Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, blue-based red with an ultra matte finish. MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is less matte, darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is darker, less matte. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is warmer. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to offer “vibrant long-wearing color” in “one sweep.” The brand recommends to “swirl wand around tube to evenly mix color before application.” The consistency is thin, almost watery (without being runny), and spreads well. This particular shade applied with one-stroke color payoff and was not just intense, but it applied evenly right off the bat. I did buy a few shades, and a few shades looked streaky before they dried down, while this one always looked even. It dries down and sets in about thirty seconds. Once set, it clings to lips without feeling clingy or drying, and it has a lighter-weight feel. The formula gets drying after five hours of wear, which is really the only downside of the product. It will easily last through drinking, but eating will depend on how much oil is in your meal, as oil will make it break down. I was a little bummed to see it only contained 0.11 fl. oz. (some brands, like Guerlain, Kat Von D, Laura Mercier, have nearly double, though other brands, like Hourglass and Stila, contain about the same).

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever had your makeup stolen? How did you prioritize what to replace first?

Temptalia's AnswerI don’t think I’ve had to deal with that yet, thankfully! I would prioritize basics like foundation, powder, etc. and tools, and maybe I’d go with a couple of easy palettes to rebuild.

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

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette
Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pink-hued palette with five shades ranging from pink-tinted ivory to mauve. Despite having continual poor luck with the quality in Dior’s palettes, I remain a glutton for punishment and bought both of the new spring palettes. I wasn’t impressed with House of Pinks due to its drier, unforgiving texture–it made my entire lid space look dry. I thought Monochrome was frustrating to work with (I tested both simultaneously, one on each eye), but Monochrome didn’t emphasize texture nearly as much, despite being more powdery (I guess that’s the where the silkiness came into play). The consistency of the eyeshadows was generally firmer and drier, while the color payoff ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. They were harder to apply to bare skin, as they didn’t want to stick, and only one shade performed decently. It’s yet another palette that reminds me of why Dior’s palettes are a “look but don’t touch” situation more often than not. Dior palettes are best at inspiring me to try a new color combination, but I should know better by now to create it with anything but Dior’s own palette.

House of Pinks #1 is a gold-shimmered, pink-white with a frosted finish. It had a dustiness to it that made it a pain to work with, and it seemed to really be one of the worst offenders when it came to exacerbating the texture of my natural lid (which looks fine with the majority of the eyeshadows I have ever used). It lasted for five and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #2 is a pale, pink-tinted white with a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a very powdery, dusty texture that was prone to fading and didn’t apply evenly. It lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #3 is a brightened pop of cool-toned, light-medium pink with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff but was rather dusty and almost chalky, and it barely showed up on the lid. It really needed to be pressed into the skin and packed on for any visible color, but none of it stuck. It just seemed to fade immediately. The washed-out version of it that remained after the initial five minutes stayed in its sad state for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #4 is a mauve-y taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firm, dry texture. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #5 is a dark, eggplant purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, dustier texture that applied unevenly. It creased after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Hit List

What’s the Best Cuticle Oil or Treatment that you’ve tried?

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

I’ve liked Sally Hansen’s, Essie’s, but I haven’t tried a lot.

Thanks to Bonnie for today’s topic!