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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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Last up, Satins and Mattes 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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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades for Fall 2014
Marc Jacobs Beauty New Shades for Fall 2014

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Rita (172) Red sangria
  • Showgirl (168) Gold glitter
  • Blanche (162) Whipped creme
  • Louise (160) Soft ballet pink
  • Madame (158) White cocoa
  • Patsy (164) Gunmetal silver
  • Warm Blue (166) Teal turquoise
  • New Wave (156) Cobalt blue
  • Cora (170) Black grape

Style Eye-Con No. 3 Plush Shadow ($39.00) (New, Permanent)

  • The Seductress (122) Ivory matte, matte midnight black, metallic blue-green silver
  • The Escapist (120) Pink champagne frost, matte deep aubergine, matte lilac gray
  • The Innocent (116) Pearly champagne taupe, matte warm brown, matte nude
  • The Supreme (118) Deep olive sheen with iridescent shimmer, dusty greenish-gray matte, pale creme with golden sheen

Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow ($59.00) (New, Permanent)

  • The Enigma (216) Matte caviar black, deep gray pearl, metallic slate green, peony pearl with gold glitter, soft pink matte, metallic taupe with iridescent shimmer, rosy champagne pearl
  • The Night Owl (214) Champagne sheen with silver glitter, intense black matte with iridescent glitter, metallic golden bronze, matte creme, mermaid sheen with subtle iridescent shimmer, cocoa matte with rose gold shimmer, rich matte espresso.

Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Pink Diamond (326) Light mauve with copper sheen (Sheer)
  • Milkshake (334) Milky light pink (Sheer)
  • Pink Friday (324) Shimmering hot pink (Sheer)
  • Wrecked (332) Shimmering bright red (Sheer)
  • Deeper (328) Shimmering berry purple (Sheer)
  • Rumor (330) Shimmering light reddish brown (Sheer)
  • Gone Bad (216) Coral red (Full)

Availability: Now at Marc Jacobs Beauty and Sephora

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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! <<