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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What is your least favorite part of your beauty routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerRight now, it’s a toss up being washing/drying my hair and trimming/filing my nails.

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

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with a frosted, reflective finish. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Belightful (LE) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an intensely pigmented, ultra-soft highlighter where a little goes a long way. There’s a definite sweet spot with application, and both your technique and your tool of choice will be key, as too much product can emphasize pores. When it’s applied lightly and buffed into the skin, it looks really lovely and luminous on the skin. I liked using a stippling brush or a moderately dense, tapered highlighting brush and dusting it along the tops of cheek bones. It’s not a foolproof highlighter, though, but it’s not difficult to use, especially if you know that it’s very pigmented so you start with less. The powder’s texture is incredibly soft, almost creamy, and finely-milled with a smooth–not powdery–feel. Applied, the highlighter lasts for almost nine hours before fading, but it never looks patchy.

The Glossover

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Fuchsia Lipstick that you’ve tried?

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

At the moment, I’m loving Bite Beauty Moscato!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Set Dior Fusion Monos LORAC Skinny Palettes Jo Malone Cologne Set Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Butter London Nail Set

My Top Picks

  1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Set — a serious go-to for intensely hydrating body lotion that never feels greasy or heavy, and I love that it’s unscented
  2. Dior Diorshow Fusion Monos — one of my favorite cream eyeshadow formulas!
  3. LORAC Skinny Palettes — seems hard to go wrong for $15!
  4. Jo Malone Cologne Set — I love mini sets, especially for fragrance so you can play with multiple scents without buying full bottles
  5. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse — delicately designed, hopeful it’s a top tier highlighter
  6. Butter London Funfair Fashion Set — love this formula so a value-packed set is always a good thing!

Are you tempted by any of the Beauty Exclusives this year? Did you already indulge?
I think I’m set :) Three beauty-related orders for various things to review (hopefully!) and then one for things for me. Now I need to run away from the sale, haha!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a satin finish. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP The Surf (P) is a cream product, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is slightly more beige, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As it is such a light shade, it’s one that shows up best on very fair skin tones, as it is very subtle on my medium complexion, but it doesn’t turn chalky or ashy on me, and the finish gives a lift and subtle warmth to the skin that’s effortless. It really does have good color payoff, but it’s a lighter shade, so it may be harder to see against my skin tone. There’s a very natural sheen that’s not shimmery, but it’s not totally matte either. The powder has a soft, silky texture that almost feels like a cream product, because it has such a buttery, smooth feel that never turns powdery. This shade lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Face Powder
Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Face Powder

Illuminating Face Powder ($80.00) (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

CHANEL ILLUMINATING FACE POWDER features a delicate lace design in shades of beige, pink and bronze. It’s paired with an exclusive angled brush to dust your skin in radiant perfection.

  • Dentelle Precieuse Beige, pink, bronze

Availability: Now for cardholders at Nordstrom; July 18th for everyonee

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